A cat espied a tiny mouse,
And crouched to make a spring;
The mousey couldn't find a place
In which to hidepoor thing!
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
[title page] [Peter Newell]
Online edition by Marco
Graziosi, December 1999.