In the climax of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, three men were on an island with many rats. The three men signaled a light to see if they could receive help. Patrol was signaled and thought the three men were eaten alive. The patrol brought a ship full of meat that the rats could smell. These rats were attracted and went onto the ship to nibble on the meat. Soon after many of these rats were blown up and died. The other rats, that thought they were alive, were eaten by the sharks that were rooming around. After that crazy mess the three men were just about to leave until Itchoua came up with a good idea. His idea was to use the light as a signal to those on the vessel.
"we need to go and find some help"
"help came with meat on the ship to distract the rats"
"rats get blown up and remaining got eaten by sharks"
"Our darkened light had been noticed from the main-land, and as dawn was breaking, the patrol was there to investigate the failure of our light. They thought, as I afterwards found out, that we had been eaten alive."
safely leave the big mess of the rats
"But the rats had also seen the ship or had scented thecrew. They scented the meat on the ship."
"Then the sharks took part. Belly up, mouths gaping,they arrived in swarms and scooped up the rats, sweeping through them like a sickle through wheat. That was one daythat sharks really served a useful purpose."
"We were about to leave when Itchoua,regaining his senses, thought of using the light as a signal. He lit it and, using a plank placed and withdrawn before the beam to form the dots and dashes, quickly sent out our storyto those on the vessel."