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- Once I heard that a young man named John Mac Gowan of Creeve Elphin was left minding the house. He was sitting by the fire thinking of what he would do. The cat came and lay on the hearth beside him. After a while she fell asleep. Then John got gun powder and put it in two pieces of paper. He put one of the pieces to the cat's nose and the other to her tail. Then he put a light to the papers, and ran outside opened the window, looked in to see what would the cat do when the powder would explode. When the powder exploded the cat jumped to the window and scratched John Severely.Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.