Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports, &c./Part 1/Dildrum, King of the Cats

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DILDRUM, KING OF THE CATS.

The following tradition is often heard in South Lancashire:—A gentleman was one evening sitting cosily in his parlour, reading or meditating, when he was interrupted by the appearance of a cat, which came down the chimney, and called out, "Tell Dildrum, Doldrum's dead!" He was naturally startled by the occurrence; and when, shortly afterwards, his wife entered, he related to her what had happened, and their own cat, which had accompanied her, exclaimed, "Is Doldrum dead?" and immediately rushed up the chimney, and was heard of no more. Of course there were numberless conjectures upon such a remarkable event, but the general opinion appears to be that Doldrum had been king of cat-land, and that Dildrum was the next heir.—N. and Q., 2d ser. x. 464.