Pussy and her pray...(prey)

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You no doubt have heard the expression "Poor as a church mouse"? Well here we have not just a church mouse but a Cathedral cat and rat both of whom starved to death! The fine image from the Mason Collection shows the mummified remains that were found in Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin during cleaning.

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: 1890 - 1910

NLI Ref: M27/6

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 08/Nov/2019 08:03:56

    You get a lot of dead mice in church organs. You need to hoover them out periodically, or they turn to dust and make the pipes cipher. Dead cats are less common, in my experience.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Nov/2019 08:33:07

    Okay, I know I requested more cat photos, but this wasn't quite what I meant :-)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Nov/2019 08:50:31

    ew

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Nov/2019 09:01:53

    Via Trove, this from 1887 - " ... The tomb of the Earl of Kildare, a huge, plain structure, usurped the place of the high altar when altar and sacrifice were no longer needed; and a motley collection of other tombs, tablets, and statues (almost all of Protestant days) perpetuate the memory of local nonentities and historical villains in epitaphs "so flattering to all, that surely death hath claimed the good alone"—an instructive contrast with the plain, unvarnished date tale and the humble orate of the olden Catholic days. On a shelf stand two altar candle-sticks and a gilt tabernacle. An interrogatory look elicits from the custodian the unwilling information that they were kept over as relics of the time when King James set up Roman worship in Christ's Church — for a brief season. In reverent proximity to the tabernacle are the mummified bodies of a cat and a rat, discovered by some workmen wedged fast in a crevice behind the great organ. They are in excellent form and preservation. Every muscle in pussy's frame is strained to the utmost tension in unavailing efforts to reach the little rodent, who has taken refuge in a narrow slit in the wall, just one little inch beyond the reach of his pursuer's deadly claws. The custodian evidently looked upon the mummies as the gems of his collection, speaking of them with unwonted volubility, and "letting-off" for the thousandeth time a venerable jest about the fryingpan and the fire. ... From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/170599522?searchTerm=c... (half way down column 4)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Nov/2019 09:30:10

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2008 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/marto-marto/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/marto-marto/3310221848/

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    Foxglove

    • 08/Nov/2019 10:02:15

    there may be numerous "cat" groups on Flickr that would love this in their sets ..... as long as it is a true BW and not tinted etc, a colleague once found a monkey head and complete pelt behind the shelves of an aged university dept library bookcase; no students ever record as lost in their books

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Nov/2019 11:50:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Sharon, welcome to my World! http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Cats ??

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Nov/2019 12:04:04

    It looks to me as if the rat has been replaced. This theory needs, er, ratification. Paws for thought ...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 08/Nov/2019 12:24:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I did have a vague recollection of someone mentioning (possibly on twitter) that the current rat was a replacement. And, yes, according to an article about a different Irish mummified cat, the Christ Church rat had been stolen recently. (The article is from 1990.)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Nov/2019 12:44:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet A cat rat burglar!

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Nov/2019 12:54:13

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Very good.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 08/Nov/2019 13:15:42

    well then.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 08/Nov/2019 13:17:08

    I just got the pun. Pray. church... dead prey

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    Foxglove

    • 08/Nov/2019 18:43:29

    as it gets closer to dinnertime my thoughts drift to "biltong". I'm sure that cat could be resurected... to follow church themes

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