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An eagle made her nest at the top of a lofty oak; a cat, having found a convenient hole, moved into the middle of the trunk; and a wild rain, with her young, took shelter in a hollow at its foot. The cat cunningly resolved to destroy this chance-made colony.

To carry our her design, she climbed to the nest of the eagle, and said, "Destruction is being prepared for you, and for me too, unfortunately. The wild ram, whom you see daily digging up the earth, wishes to uproot the oak, so she may, on its fall, seize our families as food for her young."

Having thus frightened the out of her senses, she crept down ro the cave of the ram, and said, "Your children are in great danger;for as soon as you go out with your litter to find food, the eagle is prepared to pounce upon one of your little ones Having instilled these fears- into the ram, she went and pretended to hide herself in the hollow of the tree. When night came she went forth with silent foot and obtained food tor herself and her kittens, but feigning to be afraid, she kept on a lookout all through the day. Meanwhile, the eagle, full of fear of the mm, sat still on the branches, and the ram, terrified by the eagle, did not dare to go out from her cave. And thus they both, along with their families, perished from hunger, and afforded ample provision for the cat and her kittens,


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