Rough on Rats was a common poison in the early 20th century, intended to kill a widespread household pest. Sadly, it was also often used by suicides – a fact exploited by this cartoon, which also draws on negative stereotypes of the stingy Scotsman. Poisoning was the most common suicide method in this period.
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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: New Zealand Free Lance, 8 September 1906, p. 15
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