Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Cats: Their Points and Characteristics
Class XII. Any other Variety or Abnormal Formation
'...And, talking of Birmingham, there was one cat exhibited here in this class, which, as a Naval officer, I must be permitted to have a shy at. Was it a Manx? No; very much the reverse, for, whereas a Manx cat has no tail, this brute had no fewer than nine. It was labelled “Garotters back-biter,” and hailed from Millbank prison. I wish it were confined to that prison, or to any prison. By all means use it on the backs of garotters. Tickle them up with it three times a day if you choose. But why, in this civilized age, should this brutal weapon be still raised against our brave blue-jackets, who defend our coast and homes, and fight our battles both by sea and land. Soldiers are now exempt from the lash; are sailors less deserving? ...I have seen a commander—thank God such men are few: smirking to himself, as he looked on a strong man writhing in silent agony.' - Cats: Their Points and Characteristics
Oh, humans are into that sort of thing, granted the Navy has gone a bit kinder, gentler in the last 100 years, but humans still need their justice. Although a bit of a strange aside for a cat book.