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The Concert Master

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6wh2n45
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title The Concert Master
Description THE CONCERT MASTER Eardley B. Madsen 7550 Dunbarton Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045 Professional Division Second Place Short Story When Malthus said that population tends to outrun the food supply, he must have had. a cat family in mind. Our lit-tle kittens seemed to generate spontaneously. They came from nowhere and everywhere, in increasing numbers! My mother, a widow, was very aware of this population explosion, and so it was with great regret and many misgivings that she solemnly announced: "We will have to get rid of our tom cat. " His frequent forays into neighboring territory with the ac-companying chorus of 'cat-calls' in the middle of the night was the 'cause celebre" for this explosive state of affairs. In fact, almost any night of the week, the mournful tunes would come in crescendo from the direction of a high picket fence, accompanied by an adagio echo from the nearest barn. An 'unbiased' report from our neighbors put the cat noise at the pollution level. They conceded to no less than a brigade of cats with two regiments-one performing "The Ride of the Valkyries'1 on the picket fence, while the other improvised a kettle-drum version of "The Flying Dutchman. " It was Wagner gone awry! There were broad hints, indeed, even out- right accusations, that our tom cat was the operatic lead as well as concert master to the whole performance! Doubts were expressed as to whether relief could be expected without drastic intervention. In short, they threatened "to shoot the damn cat. " And all this, because nature had not syn-chronized the bio-rhythms of the feline estrus cycle with our neighbors' sleeping habits! Although the words used by our neighbors in "discussing " the cat problem were colorful, often pungent, and conveyed an auditory sting that left no doubt as to exactly what they meant, I think that accuracy can still be served by continuing the narrative without verbatim quotes. The neighborhood kangaroo court had pronounced our cat- expendable! Weeks passed before my mother summoned enough courage to face the issue on an operational level. Talking about a pet's demise was one thing; causing it was quite another. The spring morning was bright and clear. She placed our round galvanised wash tub on the lawn and filled it with -52-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325456
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325456