Downtown shoppers and passerby have been shocked recently when they receive handwritten messages from a swarm of rodents. The rats bore small handwritten messages tied to them with twine, written with a faint red ink. The rats paused before the passersby, and before long people realized the rats meant them no harm. As some took pictures for social media, others, at first gingerly, plucked the messages from the rats. Despite being written by hand, each message was exactly the same:
“My name is James Tilly Matthews. I was born in 1770 and I speak for the rats.”
The Times will document this history as it unfolds.