A century of rats

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Old news is today’s news. back in September 1919 the campaign against rats in Sheffield went on without interruption. Sheffield Corporation had employed a rat catcher and demand had risen so fast that the council was considering employing another one or two experts. The busy rat catcher had visited all kinds of premises – houses, works, shops – and the number of his victims had run into the thousands. However, the council were reluctant to promote National Rat Week, scheduled for October, because the rat-catcher “already had enough on hand.” One hundred years later, our progress has been abysmal, with rats threatening to outnumber people in the city centre… and we have to pay to get rid of them. Hate them, hate them, hate them!