The Mice summoned a council to decide how they might best devise
means of warning themselves of the approach of their great enemy
the Cat. Among the many plans suggested, the one that found most
favor was the proposal to tie a bell to the neck of the Cat, so that
the Mice, being warned by the sound of the tinkling, might run away
and hide themselves in their holes at his approach. But when the
Mice further debated who among them should thus "bell the Cat,"
there was no one found to do it.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)