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Fable Aesop
The Mice And The Weasels
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The Weasels and the Mice waged a perpetual war with each other,
in which much blood was shed. The Weasels were always the
victors. The Mice thought that the cause of their frequent defeats
was that they had no leaders set apart from the general army to
command them, and that they were exposed to dangers from lack
of discipline. They therefore chose as leaders Mice that were most
renowned for their family descent, strength, and counsel, as well
as those most noted for their courage in the fight, so that they
might be better marshaled in battle array and formed into troops,
regiments, and battalions. When all this was done, and the army
disciplined, and the herald Mouse had duly proclaimed war by
challenging the Weasels, the newly chosen generals bound their
heads with straws, that they might be more conspicuous to all their
troops. Scarcely had the battle begun, when a great rout
overwhelmed the Mice, who scampered off as fast as they could to
their holes. The generals, not being able to get in on account of the
ornaments on their heads, were all captured and eaten by the

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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