A cat espied a tiny mouse,
    And crouched to make a spring;
The mousey couldn't find a place
    In which to hide—poor thing!
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  Just then the bullet made a hole—
    A fair-sezed hole at that—
And in it dashed the frightened mouse,
    And thus escaped the cat.


Peter Newell, The Hole Book, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1908, plate 18.

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Online edition by Marco Graziosi, December 1999.

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