A Cat’s Fearful Leap.
An adventurous and patriotic cat ascended the Washington Monument by the stairs which are within the shaft. Ihe following morning, when the men went up to work, she took fright, and springing to the edge, took a leap of IflO feet. In the descent the cat spread herself out like a flying squirrel, and struck the ground on all fours. After looking around, a little while, she proceeded to leave the place, and had almost gotten beyond the shadow of the monument, when a dog, that stays around the base, started for her, and the cat, not being in her running trim, was easily made a victim and killed. Had she lived and not been so shy, the workmen say that they would have bought her- a collar, and given her the freedom of the monument. As it is, the cat will be stuffed and placed in the Smithsonian Institute, and . will bear this legend : This cat jumped on September 23, 1880, from Washington Monument, and lived.”
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A Cat’s Fearful Leap., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881
A Cat’s Fearful Leap. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 307, 31 March 1881
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