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By Miriam Norton

While A MOUSE family members reveals a helpless, homeless, child kitten, they choose to undertake him, identify him Mickey, and lift him as certainly one of their very own . . . by no means telling him that he’s really a cat!

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We will be able to convey him as much as be a superb mouse. He want by no means discover he's particularly a cat. You’ll see—he’ll be a very good factor for this kinfolk. ” “Let’s name him Mickey,” acknowledged Lester. And that’s how Mickey Miggs came upon his new relatives and a reputation. After his eyes opened he started to develop up simply as mice do, consuming all types of seeds and insects and ingesting from puddles and napping in a comfortable pile of brother and sister mice. Father Miggs confirmed him his first tomcat—at a secure distance—and warned him to “keep clear of all cats and canine and other people. ” Mickey observed his first mousetrap—“The most threatening factor of all,” stated mom Miggs—when they moved to the indoor nest that fall. Mickey turned worthy in fooling the family cat, Hazel. He could disguise in a depressing nook after which, “Meow! Meow! ” he’d cry. Hazel might poke round, leaving the pantry cabinets unguarded whereas she sought for the opposite cat. That gave Lester and his sisters an opportunity to make a raid at the leftovers. negative Hazel! She knew she heard, even smelled, one other cat, and occasionally observed a cat’s eyes shining in a nook. yet no cat ever got here out to satisfy her. How may well she be aware of that Mickey didn’t be aware of he used to be a cat in any respect and that he feared Hazel up to the mousiest mouse may! And so Mickey Miggs grew, changing into a greater mouse for all time and having fun with his lifestyles. He enjoyed cheese, bacon, and cake crumbs. He bought specifically stable at smelling out potato skins and led the sisters and Lester instantly to them each time. “A healthy and uncatlike food,” stated mom Miggs to Father Miggs approvingly. “Mickey is doing good. ” And Father Miggs acknowledged to mom Miggs, “I informed you so! ” Then someday, coming from a snooze within the wastepaper basket, Mickey met the youngsters of the home, Peggy and Paul. “Ee-eeeeeek! ” Mickey squeaked in terror. He dashed alongside the partitions of the room trying to find his mousehole. “It’s a kitten! ” cried Peggy, as Mickey squeezed throughout the gap. “But it acts like a mouse,” stated Paul. the youngsters couldn't comprehend why the kitten were so mouselike, yet they determined to aim to make buddies with him. That evening, as Mickey got here out of his gap, he approximately tripped over whatever mendacity correct there in entrance of him. He sniffed at it. It used to be a dish, and within the dish used to be anything to drink. “What is it? ” requested Mickey. Lester didn’t recognize, yet timidly attempted a bit. “No good,” he stated, shaking his whiskers. Mickey attempted it, attempted a few extra, then a few extra and a few a growing number of and more—until it was once all long gone. “Mmmmmmmmmm! ” he acknowledged. “What significant stuff. ” “It’s most likely poison and you’ll get sick,” stated Lester disgustedly. however it wasn’t poison, and Mickey had a beautiful feeling in his belly from consuming it. It used to be milk, in fact. and each evening that week Mickey discovered a saucer of milk outdoor that very same gap. He lapped up each drop. “He drank it, he drank it! ” cried Peggy and Paul fortunately each one morning. They started to set out a saucerful within the daylight hours, too. initially Mickey could drink the milk in basic terms while he used to be definite Peggy and Paul have been nowhere round.

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