What is the Smug Lay?

Smug Lay is were a person pretends to be a smuggler of lace and valuable articles. These men borrow money of publicans by depositing these goods in their hands; they shortly decamp, and the publican discovers too late that he has been duped, and on opening the pretended treasure, he finds trifling articles of no value.

Editors note:  The term “lay” is a Cant term that generally refers to some sort of crime or scheme.   Roost lay is stealing poultry for example.

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