THE CAT, THE COCK, AND THE YOUNG MOUSE
 A VERY young Mouse, who
had never seen anything of the
world, almost came to grief the
very first time he ventured out.
And this is the story he told his
mother about his adventures.
"I was strolling along very
peaceably when, just as I turned
the corner into the next yard, I
saw two strange creatures. One
of them had a very kind and
gracious look, but the other was
the most fearful monster you
can imagine. You should have
"On top of his head and in
front of his neck hung pieces of
raw red meat. He walked about
restlessly, tearing up the ground
with his toes, and beating his
arms savagely against his sides.
The moment he caught sight of
me he opened his pointed mouth
as if to swallow me, and then he
let out a piercing roar that frightened me almost to death."
 Can you guess who it was that
our young Mouse was trying to
describe to his mother? It was
nobody but the Barnyard Cock
and the first one the little Mouse
had ever seen.
"If it had not been for that
terrible monster," the Mouse
went on, " I should have made
the acquaintance of the pretty
creature, who looked so good and
gentle. He had thick, velvety
fur, a meek face, and a look that
was very modest, though his
eyes were bright and shining.
As he looked at me he waved
his fine long tail and smiled.
"I am sure he was just about
to speak to me when the monster
I have told you about let out a
screaming yell, and I ran for
"My son," said the Mother
Mouse, "that gentle creature you
saw was none other than the Cat.
Under his kindly appearance, he
bears a grudge against every one
of us. The other was nothing
but a bird who wouldn't harm
you in the least. As for the
Cat, he eats us. So be thankful,
my child, that you escaped with
your life, and, as long as you
live, never judge people by their
Do not trust alone to outward appearances.