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PETER RABBIT AND DANNY MEADOW MOUSE LIVE HIGH
ETER RABBIT sat in his secretest place in the dear Old Briar-patch
with one of his long hind legs all swelled up and
terribly sore because of the fine wire fast around it
and cutting into it. He could hear Farmer Brow's boy
going around on the edge of the dear Old Briar-patch
and stopping every little while to do something. In
spite of his pain, Peter was curious. Finally he called
Danny Meadow Mouse.
"Danny, you are small and can keep out of sight easier
than I can. Go as near as ever you dare to Farmer
Brown's boy and find out what he is doing," said Peter
So Danny Meadow Mouse crept out as near to Farmer
Brown's boy as ever he dared and studied and studied to
make out what Farmer Brown's boy was doing. By and by
he returned to Peter Rabbit.
I don't know what he's doing, Peter, but he's putting
something in every one of your private little paths
leading in from the Green Meadows."
"Ha!" said Peter Rabbit.
"There are little loops of that queer stuff you've got
hanging to your leg, Peter," continued Danny Meadow
"Just so!" said Peter Rabbit.
"And he's put cabbage leaves and pieces of apple all
around," said Danny.
"We must be careful!" said Peter Rabbit.
Peter's leg was in a very bad way, indeed, and Peter
suffered a great deal of pain. The worst of it was, he
didn't know how to get off the wire that was cutting
into it so. He had tried to cut the wire with his big
teeth, but he couldn't do it. Danny Meadow Mouse had
tried and tried to gnaw the wire, but it wasn't of the
least bit of use. But Danny wasn't easily discouraged,
and he kept working and working at it. Once he thought
he felt it slip a little. He said nothing, but kept
right on working. Pretty soon he was sure that it
slipped. He went right on working harder than ever. By
and by he had it so loose that he slipped it right off
of Peter's leg, and Peter didn't know anything about
it. You see, that cruel wire snare had been so tight
that Peter didn't have any feeling except of pain left
in his leg, and so when Danny Meadow Mouse pulled the
cruel wire snare off, Peter didn't know it until Danny
held it up in front of him.
My, how thankful Peter was, and how he did thank Danny
Meadow Mouse! But Danny said that it was nothing at
all, just nothing at all, and that he owed more than
that to Peter Rabbit for being so good to him and
letting him live in the dear Old Briar-patch.
It was a long time before Peter could hop as he used
to, but after the first day he managed to get around.
He found that Farmer Brown's boy had spread those
miserable wire snares in every one of his private
little paths. But Peter knew what they were now. He
showed Danny Meadow Mouse how he, because he was so
small, could safely run about among the snares and
steal the cabbage leaves and apples which Farmer
Brown's boy had put there for bait.
Danny Meadow Mouse thought this great fun and a great
joke on Farmer Brown's boy. So every day he stole the
bait, and he and Peter Rabbit lived high while Peter's
leg was getting well. And all the time Farmer Brown's
boy wondered and wondered why he couldn't catch Peter