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      Belling the Cat

Long long ago, there was a mice who had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy Cat.

Some of them said this while some of them said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to which he thought would meet the case.

"You will all agree,"he said, "that our chief danger consists in the cunning and deceitful manner in which the enemy move towards us.

Now, if we could receive some signal of her movement, we could easily escape from her.

Therefore, I volunteer, to propose that a small bell, attached by a ribbon should be tied round the neck of the Cat.

 By this, we should always know when she was about to move and come to us, and could easily get to know while she was in the neighborhood."

This plan met with general ovation, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who will tie the bell to the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke. Then the old mouse said:

Moral: "It is easy to suggest impossible remedies."