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THE KAÍJLE: WKDXKSDAY. SKPTE.MIiEJ! 5, 11194-.
COLD-STORAGE CATS. Felines That Live Constantly in a Freezing Temperature. Through Tbelr Perpetual Exposure to the Frigid AtmoKphure the Animal Have Acquired Heavy Coats of Fur. In the cold-storage warehouses of Pittsburgh, says the Pittsburgh Dis-! patch, when they were established, j there were no rats or mice. The tem perature in the eold rooms was too low ; to admit the existence of these noc turnal animals. The keepers of these 1 things about them is the development places soon found, however, that the j 0f their "feelers." These long, stiii rat was an animal of remarkable adap tability. The ordinary rat of the United Ktatescnmc originally from Nor way In that country, naturalists say, was a eat of unusually iliiek fur end she thrived and grew fat in quarters where the temperature was below thirty degrees. l!y careful nursing a brood of seven kittens was developed in this warehouse into sturdy, tliijls furred eats that love an led :n'.i.: clime. They have been di..lri'ut :: 1 among the other cold-storage lr.v.rvs -f Pittsburgh, and have created :i peculiar breed of cats, adapted to the conditions under which they must exist to find their prey. These cats are short-tailed, chubby pussies, with hair as thick and full of under-fur as the wild cats of the Car.a dian woods. One of the remarkable the animal was much better prepared ; to withstand the climate than it is in this country were it suddenly trans-, ported to a eold climate. If any ordi- nary cellar rat were put in a cage, con- veyed by ship to Spitsbergen, and re-! lensed on that icy island, it would freeze to deatli in a few hours. Yet there are rats in Spitsbergen. These rats are fat rascal:;, with hag and very thick hair, and have adapted them selves to the temperature of the region. 1 It is just such rats as those of the hairs that protrude from a cat's nose and eyebrows are, in the ordinary e.o mestie feline, about three inches long. In the cats cultivated in the cold ware houses the "feelers" grow to a length of five and six inches. This is probably because the light is dim in these pities and all movements must be the result of the feeling sense. In these two re spects, the growth of thick hair and the development of "feelers." the do mestic cat shows the operation of Dar win's well-known law of the survival of the fittest in the development of their conditions adapted to the environment. The storage people say that if one of northern region that have adapted these furry cats is taken into the open themselves to the cold-storage ware- nir, particularly during this hot spell houses. After some of these house had been in operation for a few months the attendants found that rats were at work in the rooms where the tempera ture was constantly kept below the .freezing point. In the warehouse of Uie .msnurg, .oruge comnany, uc- - roiTrapher of the Hritlsh navy fore its burning last fall, two rats ! , , ,i ,i,: ' were killed by the employes. They were found to be clothed in wonder- it will die in a few hours. It ea.v.nt endure a high temperature, and an in troduction to a stove would send it into a fit. Finding New Korku In the Sea. It appears from the annual report of ; fully long and thick fur, even their tapering, snakelike tails being covered by a thick growth of hair. Rats of this variety, whose coats have adapted themselves to the conditions under which they live, have doinesti-1 eated themselves in all the storage j warehouses in Pittsburgh. i The prevalence of rats in these places led to the introduction of eats. Now j it is well known that pussy is a lover j of warmth and comfort. She delights i to lie close to the lire when the mow ; is drifting around the house, and to wash her face with her warm, soft paws, lats, However, nave a greai adaptability to conditions. The wild eat of Africa, now extinct and living only in the form of its domestic conge ner, was nursed by the Egyptians as a timepiece, and so regulated her eye., Unit by a glance at them the inhabi tant of Cairo was able to tell the lime that two hundred rocks and other dan gerous objects to na vigation were dis- j covered during last year twenty -six by surveying vessels, thirty-five by i other ships belonging to the navy, ( I twenty-two by lintish and foreign ves-, I sels, one hundred and five were report- j j ed by colonial and foreign govern- j j ments and thirteen were discovered by ; i vessels striking on them. The resur- j veys of Spithead, Pembroke and Plyui- j outh sound have been going on, and serious obstacles were discovered at j the Welsh port, while at Plymouth it i turned out that the depth in the main j anchorage was vei y much less Hum is I shown on the chart, so that the largest i I ships would be certain to touch bottom j i in some places if the water sunk to its I lowest level. Dredging has therefore been undertaken. Sli l'lrniwd the Queen. 1 It is said that Miss JIajendie, who :. has just received the much-coveted po- ' sition of maid of honor to queen ic- , of day without the advent of Seth W ar- j toria, owes her good luck to a mere ; er ; freak of 'magnetic attraction. The When eats were introduced into storage houses and turned loose in the eold vooms they pined and died because queen saw her for the first lime when she caine to sing at the little Sunday service arranged by Princess lieatriee in at tne ma i aoorieoiii, and was par- thi ; I ticularly struck by her pleasant face subject, that one cat was finally intro- and sweet voice. It was with the ut duced into the rooms of the Pennsyl- most surprise that the circle, as well as vania Storage company which was able ! the young lady herself, learned of the to withstand the low teinncriiture. She 1 honor designed for her. of the excessive eold. It appears the course of investigation into IVVf IVJ6 'i V ft i 1 1 i L MfflL mm pote 7