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An Exercise in Punctuation

Belling the Cat
from
The ÆSOP for Children
with Pictures by Milo Winter

Directions: The punctuation and capitalization in the following text was lost. Please fix it (right on this page).

     the mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves

of their enemy the cat at least they wished to find some way of knowing

when she was coming so they might have time to run away indeed 

something had to be done for they lived in such constant fear of her claws

that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day

     many plans were discussed but none of them was thought good enough

at last a very young mouse got up and said

I have a plan that seems very simple but i know it will be successful all 

we have to do is to hang a bell about the cats neck when we hear the bell 

ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming

     all the mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a 

plan before but in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune an

old mouse arose and said

     i will say that the plan of the young mouse is very good but let me 

ask one question who will bell the cat

it is one thing to say that something should be done 

but quite a different matter to do it