The Lion And The Mouse

ONCE when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him;
this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big
jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O King,” cried the little Mouse: “forgive
me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do
you a turn some of these days?” The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the
Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time
after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters, who desired to carry him
alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a waggon to
carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad
plight in which the Lion was, sent up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that
bound the King of the Beasts. &#147;Was I not right?&#148; said the little Mouse.<br>