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The Book of Fables and Folk Stories by  Horace E. Scudder

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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 [160] agreed upon the bell, say, who shall hang it upon the Cat's neck?" But there was no one ready to bell the Cat.


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