Critical Survey: “The Man That Was Used Up”

Some villains broke into a counting-house, in Glasgow. Fortunately for them they were scared. The owner has since posted the following note on his door, and different public places — “Loaded spring-guns set in — ’s counting-house. If any dare break into it, let them bring their coffins.”

The New Joe Miller; Or, Odd Fellows’ Companion (1826), p. 124