[00:03.16]A very dear cat
[00:11.86]Why was Rastus 'very dear' in more ways than one?
[00:19.20]Kidnappers are rarely interested in animals,
[00:22.11]but they recently took considerable interest in Mrs. Eleanor Ramsay's cat.
[00:28.54]Mrs. Eleanor Ramsay, a very wealthy old lady,
[00:32.50] has shared a flat with her cat, Rastus, for a great many years.
[00:38.08]Rastus leads an orderly life.
[00:41.14]He usually takes a short walk in the evenings and is always home by seven o'clock.
[00:47.64]One evening, however he failed to arrive.
[00:51.86]Mrs. Ramsay got very worried.
[00:54.88]She looked everywhere for him but could not find him.
[00:59.31]Three days after Rastus' disappearance,
[01:02.16]Mrs. Ramsay received an anonymous letter.
[01:05.86]The writer stated that Rastus was in safe hands and would be returned immediately if Mrs. Ramsay paid a ransom of $1,000.
[01:16.87]Mrs.Ramsay was instructed to place the money in a cardboard box and to leave it outside her door.
[01:24.88]At first, she decided to go to the police,
[01:28.40]but fearing that she would never see Rastus again -- the letter had made that quite clear -- she changed her mind.
[01:36.08]She withdrew $1000 from her bank and followed the kidnapper's instructions.
[01:42.45]The next morning, the box had disappeared but Mrs.Ramsay was sure that the kidnapper would keep his word.
[01:50.39]Sure enough, Rastus arrived punctually at seven o'clock that evening.
[01:55.77]He looked very well, though he was rather thirsty, for he drank half a bottle of milk.
[02:02.27]The police were astounded when Mrs. Ramsay told them what she had done.
[02:06.82]She explained that Rastus was very dear to her.
[02:10.54]Considering the amount she paid, he was dear in more ways than one!