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 Halifax (in Nova Scotia).Hall Mark. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Halifax Law.
By this law, whoever commits theft in the liberty of Halifax is to be executed on the Halifax gibbet, a kind of guillotine.   1
“At Hallifax the law so sharpe doth deale.
That whoso more than thirteen pence doth steale,
They have a jyn that wondrous quick and well
Sends thieves all headless into heaven or hell.”
Taylor (the Water Poet): Works, ii. (1630).

 Halifax (in Nova Scotia).Hall Mark. 


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