After a time spent trapped in the lighthouse, the men must face a new challenge in George A. Toudouze's short story "Three Skeleton Key". One, "sheet of metal sealing [Itchoua's] window gave way," and the men of the lighthouse engaged in a fight with the rats. However, the numbers of the rats were too strong, and they retreated into the lantern room. Inside, the mind of Le Gleo broke and he started laughing maniacally; the others were bleeding from, "wounds on [their] limbs and body." With the light off, people took notice and sent a patrol to the lighthouse, but it was attcked by the rats. Using steam, the engineer of the boat drove off the rats, which promtly returned through the sharks to the lighthouse. While this was happening, Itchoua noticed that the patrol had given up on them, and quickly thought of an idea. "Itchoua... thought of using the light as a signal," and used a piece a wood to signal with morse code. Once the patrol understood what had happened, they steamed back to shore to get help. It returned with a flotilla which tried to spray down the rats with its fireboat, but instead the rats fell into the water and fought the boat! Itchoua, Le Gleo, and the narrator ended up still trapped in the lantern room.