Title Page
Of the First Edition

FRONTISPIECE.
The Ratcatcher

PREFACE.
By the Author

INTRODUCTION.
Addressed to all Schoolboys.

CHAPTER I.
The Ferret Family—Crossed with the Polecat—Choosing Ferrets—Hutches—Feeding Ferrets—"Bar the Tail"—Handling Ferrets.

CHAPTER II.
Bag versus Box—Ferrets Fighting—The Ratting Spade—Ratting Tools—Hints to Schoolmasters—Learning Dog-Language—With a Scold in the Voice—Dogs' Kennel—Treating Dogs Kindly—Dogs in their Proper Place

CHAPTER III.
Aristocratic versus Plutocratic—Come-by-Chance—Chance's Friend—Nondescript Tinker—Grindum—How I got Grindum—Grindum's Friends—Jack and his Sister—"Jack Took Me"—End of an Ugly Story—Grindum's First Rat—Pepper and Wasp .

CHAPTER IV.
A Day's Ratting—An Autumn Walk—"Steady, Dogs, Steady"—A Ferret Disabled—Rats up a Pollard—A Rat-catcher's Picnic—Rats in a Drain—A Weary Walk Home—" Kennel, Dogs, Kennel"

CHAPTER V.
A Poor Day's Ratting—A Rat in a Queer Place—Rats in my Lady's Chamber—Rats in a House—Slaughter in a Cellar—Dead Rats in a House.

CHAPTER VI.
A November Day—A Laid-up Ferret—A Tramp Home in the Wet—A Snug Evening—Things Students should Know—Muzzling Ferrets—Sucking Blood—A Strange Use for a Dog's Tail.

CHAPTER VII.
Rabbit Catching—Tools for Rabbit Catching—An Easy Day's Rabbiting—Ferreting a Bank—A Deep Dig in the Sand—A Day with the Purse Nets—Necessity of Silence—Ferrets without Muzzles—How to Kill Rabbits.

CHAPTER VIII.
Trip to the Seaside—Surveying the Hunting Ground—A View from the Cliffs—A Sea View—The Rector's Daughter—Doctoring the Burrows—Running out Nets—"Hie in, Good Dogs".

CHAPTER IX.
The Beginning of a Storm—A Ship in Distress—The Village Harbour—A Fisherman's Home—Little Jack, the Cripple—Waiting for the Boats—A Rough Old Fish-Wife—The Return of the Fishermen

CHAPTER X.
The Rector's Story—A Ship in Danger Running Straight on the Rocks—To the Rescue—Watching the Boat—Breaking up of the Ship—Beyond the Storms of Life—Life in the Little One—Nature's Gifts—What a Hodge-Podge.