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An alarmed family.

--A family in Boston were alarmed for three nights in succession by the ringing of all the bells in the house after midnight. A thorough investigation showed that there was a box in the corner of the cellar, through which the water pipe, gas pipe, and bell wires passed in close proximity to each other. On examining the box, the rats, it was found, had gnawed a hole through the top, and that these vermin in dropping through the hole, struck upon the bell wires, causing every bell in the house to ring. The gentleman's theory is that, on scrambling out of the box, the rats again came in contact with the wires, causing a repetition of the mysterious bell-ringing.

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