Wire tapper

1.(Slang) One that taps, or cuts in on, telegraph wires and intercepts messages;
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Authorship is defined broadly to embrace those who wrote, and sometimes who pioneered, genres not normally accepted into a literary canon owing to their weak aesthetic merit: comic books (Palmer Cox and his wildly successful "Brownies"), crime fiction (Arthur Stringer and his The Wire Tappers), adventure novels (Harvey O'Higgins and his The Smoke-Eaters), investigative journalism (McFarlane and his articles on arson and fire insurance), metaphysical works (Charles Brodie Patterson and his New Thought Essays, on a movement similar to our "New Age"), nature and outdoor publications (apart from Seton, Edwyn Sandys and his articles for the magazine Outing), and humour (Peter McArthur and his paragraphs for innumerable high-profile magazines).