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Geronimo Stilton - Editor Volume 1, Issue 2 - February 2004
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Live Cats at
Poopedcat Pass?

Reporter Mouseanna Mousetti is on the scene

Every rodent on Mouse Island knows the story of Poopedcat Pass. It's the site of the battle that was the turning point of the War Between the Cats and Mice. In 1754, the island's bravest mice used all the firepower they had — catnip, balls of yarn, and in some cases, their own tails — to lure the cat forces into the pass. Then, while the cats were trapped inside, the valiant mice attacked! Soon the cats were so pooped that they surrendered, giving the Pass the name it has held ever since: Poopedcat Pass.

Not long after the famous battle, our foremouses ran the cats off the island altogether, making it safe from cats for hundreds of years. As far as most mice are concerned, all of this is ancient history. For the past two centuries, not a single feline has entered Mouse Island. Until a few weeks ago, when every mouse's worst fear became a reality: a cat was spotted at Poopedcat Pass.

"I was taking my usual morning walk when I saw 'im," said one witness, Major Tim Fattail. "It was a cat, to be sure! I'd know one anywhere. And he was sniffing about the memorial to all the mice that fell at the historic battle. Back for revenge, I'll bet!"

Another witness, Mrs. Susan Saltyfur, nodded in agreement. "The cats have never forgotten the way we mice humiliated them that day. It was only a matter of time before they returned for their payback."

Revenge, 250 years after the battle? Well, it could very well be. Travelers outside Mouse Island know that the cats of the world have been smarting over the embarrassment of Poopedcat Pass for decades. But still other, more important questions remain. How did this cat get to Mouse Island? And why wasn't he detected by the Royal Mouse Navy? Be sure to pick up next week's issue of The Rodent's Gazette for the latest details on this developing story.

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