A strange attachment, akin to love, has been formed by a convict for a rat which he has caught and tamed and of which he has grown very fond. It is the only living thing he cares for and which care for him, and in the solitude of his cell the companionship of the rodent gives the poor fellow a great deal of comfort and pleasure. One of the keepers of the prison sees the prisoner playing with the rat, rushes into the cell, dashes the animal to the door and kills it. The convict seizes the keeper by the throat, strangles and almost kills him. He is brought before the warden and placed in solitary confinement. A visiting clergyman, a friend of the warden, is escorted through the prison, in company with the warden's wife and child. When they enter the cell of the convict placed to solitary confinement they find him morose and sullen, grieving over the loss of his friend and companion and the injustice of the whole human race. The clergyman speaks to him kindly and the warden's little ...
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