THE CAT AND THE FOX
 ONCE a Cat and a Fox were
traveling together. As they went
along, picking up provisions on
the way—a stray mouse here, a
fat chicken there—they began an
argument to while away the time
between bites. And, as usually
happens when comrades argue,
the talk began to get personal.
"You think you are extremely
clever, don't you?" said the Fox.
"Do you pretend to know more
than I? Why, I know a whole
sackful of tricks!"
"Well," retorted the Cat, " I
admit I know one trick only, but
that one, let me tell you, is worth
a thousand of yours!"
Just then, close by, they heard
a hunter's horn and the yelping
of a pack of hounds. In an
instant the Cat was up a tree,
hiding among the leaves.
"This is my trick," he called
to the Fox. "Now let me see
what yours are worth."
But the Fox had so many
plans for escape he could not
decide which one to try first.
He dodged here and there with
the hounds at his heels. He
doubled on his tracks, he ran at
top speed, he entered a dozen
burrows,—but all in vain. The
hounds caught him, and soon put
an end to the boaster and all
Common sense is always worth more than cunning.
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