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The caretaker of one of the oldest and most neglected cemeteries had a feud with the rats. They had settled in the graveyard, but the caretaker decided that they must go. At first, he set traps and put poisoned food by their burrows, and later he tried to shoot them in vain. The rats stayed, multiplying and overrunning the graveyard with their ravenous hordes. Mason had caught glimpses of some as large as cats, Mason disliked and respected the wild little rodent, for he knew the danger that lurked in their flashing, needle-sharp fangs -he had heard rumors of ghoulish beings that dwelt far underground, marshaling them like horrible armies. Bodies had been stolen from graves for nocturnal, subterranean feasts, they said. The purest gold is used in filling teeth and this gold is not removed when a man is buried. So far Mason had managed to discourage investigation and denied the existence of the rats. He did not care what happened to the bodies after he had performed gruesome thefts, but the rats dragged away from the whole cadaver through the whole they gnawed in the coffin. He was always worried to see that the coffins always being bitten open at the end, never at the side or top. Now he stood in an open grave and threw the last sprinkling of wet earth on the heap beside the pit It was raining, the graveyard was a slew of yellow, sucking mud. The rats had retreated to their burrows Abruptly, he stiffened beneath his feet he sensed an unquiet stirring and scratching ,as though something was moving within the coffin In a paroxysm of anger he wrenched at the fastenings of the coffin .he got the sharp edge of the shovel under the lid and pried it up until he could finish the job . Rain spattered against the white satin lining, the coffin was empty. Mason saw a flicker of movement at the head of the case and darted the light in that direction. A black shoe, limp and dragging were disappearing, and he realized that the rats had forestalled him by only a few minutes. He fell on his hands and knees and made a hasty clutch at the shoe The shoe was tugged from his grasp and heard a sharp, excited squealing It was a large one He wondered the size of the rats that could carry away a man’s body He clipped the flashlight to his belt and crept into the burrow .He crept along the tunnels He saw a cave -a terrifying cave Panic touched him He felt sharp teeth sink into his flesh and kicked out He saw a dozen great rats watching him intently They swarmed over his legs, biting and he shrieked horribly as he snatched for his gun He fired without aiming and only .luck saved him from blowing a foot off.He saw a brown and shriveled mummy and with a dreadful shock, he realized that it was moving. It was crawling towards him -It was a skull of a long-dead corpse made a faint groaning sound as it crawling towards Mason and he was frozen with fear and loathing. A monster size rat was approaching he gave last frantic tug at the stone. He began to scream insanely but could not drown them out. For a moment he thrashed within his narrow prison, and then he was quiet, gasping for air His eyelids closed, his blackened tongue protruded, and he sank down into the blackness of death with the mad squealing of the rats dining in his ears.
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