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passes his paw in through the opening 7 and
paws at the bait on the fork 21, the forward
movement imparted to the latter thereby will
swing the trigger 20 forwardly, and the catch
5 22 will move from under the decent 14, and
the forward end of the lever 8 will be turned
downwardly by the action of the spring 17.
By this means the prongs or tines 18 will be
forced down against the paw or foot of the
1o animal and will press the same against the
tines 23, the withdrawal of the paw or foot
being prevented by the inclination of the two
sets of tines,xwhich will be caused to penetrate
into the foot or paw when the animal attempts
15 to draw the same back through the opening 7.
The tines 18 and 23 may have sharpened ends
to more effectually deter any attempts of the
animal to escape.
The trap may be held or secured at the point
20 of use in any preferred way. In the present
instance I have shown it provided with a chain
or like connection 24, secured at one end by
a staple 23' to the base 2 and provided at its
opposite end with an anchor 24'. The anchor
25 and chain are intended to be embedded in the
ground to firmly anchor the trap and prevent
it from being carried off or moved by the
From the foregoing description, taken in
30 connection with the accompanying drawings,
the construction and operation of the inven-
tion will be readily understood without re-
quiring a more extended explanation.
Various changes in the form, proportion,
and the minor details of construction may be 35
resorted to without departing from the prin-
ciple or sacrificing any of the advantages of
Having thus described my invention, what
I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Pat- 40
An animal-trap comprising a casing pro-
vided with an inlet-opening, rearwardly-in-
clined detaining-prongs fixed to the floor of
the casing, a lever having a front cross-bar 45
and pivoted within the casing near the rear
wall thereof, a spring connected to said lever
and to the casing for throwing the front end
of the lever downward, detaining-prongs on
the front cross-bar of said lever, a swinging 50
bait-fork pivoted to the upper wall of the cas-
ing and provided with a shoulder or detent,
and a cross-bar on the lever for engaging the
detent, substantially as described.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set 55
my hand in presence of two subscribing wit-
JOHN MARION WILKINSON.
Jmi T. BoGGs,
HENRY A. SPARKS.
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Wilkinson, John Marion. Animal Trap, patent, November 8, 1904; [Washington D.C.]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth514526/m1/3/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.