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THE HIDING OF THE CHURCH BELL
HE men of Gotham were once greatly scared by a report
that enemies were about to invade their country. They
were anxious to save as much as they could from falling
into the hands of the invaders; and first of all they
decided to save their church bell, which they prized
more than anything else. After a great deal of trouble
they succeeded in getting it down out of the church
steeple; but what to do with it then was far from easy
"Where shall we hide it so the enemy cannot find it?"
asked one of another.
At last some one said, "Let us sink it in the deepest
part of our pond."
"Agreed !" said his fellows, and they dragged the bell
down to the shore of the pond and got it aboard a boat.
Then they rowed out to the middle of the pond and
hoisted the bell overboard. After it had
dis-  appeared the worthy citizens of Gotham began to think
they had been hasty. "The bell is now truly safe from
the enemy," said they; "but how are we to find it when
the enemy has left us?"
One of them, who was wiser than the rest, sprang up and
cried, "That is easy enough. All we have to do is to
cut a mark where we dropped it in!"
He snatched a knife from his pocket and cut a deep
notch in the side of the boat where the bell
been thrown overboard. "It was right here that we
heaved the bell out," said he.
Then the men of Gotham rowed back to the shore, fully
assured that they would be able to find their bell by
the mark on the side of the boat.