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BELLING THE CAT
THERE was a sly Cat in a house, and the Mice were so
plagued with her at every turn, that they called a
council to plan a way by which they might guard against
being caught by her.
"If you will be ruled by me," says one of Mice,
"there's nothing like hanging a bell about the Cat's
neck, to give warning when Puss is coming." They all
thought that a capital plan.
"Well," says another, "and now we are
 agreed upon the
bell, say, who shall hang it upon the Cat's neck?" But
there was no one ready to bell the Cat.