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WHEN ONE IS THREATENED


A Mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a Mouse-Trap Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"


The Chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."


The Mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The Pig sympathized, but said, I am very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be Assured you are in my Prayers."


The Mouse turned to the Cow and said, "there is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The Cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse, I am sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose."


So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.


The Farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake was furious and bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a severe fever.


Everyone knows that you treat a fever with a fresh chicken soup. So, the farmer took his hatchet ...

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