BEAVERS ATTACK A BIG DAM.
“If you see it in the [New York] Sun, it’s so.” Wherefore, the following story, which appeared in that paper on Sunday, May 26 must be true. The dispatch is dated Betnis, Me., May 24, and is to the following effect: “Horace Frost, one of the Berlin Mills company’s superintendents, had the gates in the dam above Kennebago Falls hoisted the other day to let the water out. When he did so he noticed a beaver on the other side of the dam busily at work cutting a 12×12 timber used as a brace. The crew of twenty-five or thirty men were called to witness the unusual sight— for it is asserted that beavers will never work in sight of human beings. The crowd watched the industrious little fellow as he first gave his uppercuts and then his undercuts, and then, if the chip did not fall, he would take hold of it with both sets of teeth. Mr. Frost went down to where the animal was working, but the beaver stood his ground, and when Frost backed away, the beaver gave chase. The beaver next went under a pile of brush. When one of the men went down to discover where the animal had disappeared and got on his hands and knees to look under the brush the beaver charged from the rear. The man took to his heels and never stopped till he was well on top of the dam. After this the beaver went away, and in a short time came back with a number of others, who joined in the task of cutting away the timbers. They were driven away, but left rather reluctantly. The high wat er, which was running some ten feet over the dam before the gates were raised, had evidently driven the colony of beavers from their homes, and they had reasoned out the problem and were going to clear away the obstruction. This is the second time the beavers have attempted to demolish this dam.”