"It used to be told
at St. Edmondsbury," said
Father Peter on
occasion, "that many years ago they were so overrun with mice that the
good abbot gave orders that all the cats from the country round should
obtained to exterminate the vermin.
A record was kept, and at the end
the year it was found that every cat had killed an equal number of
and the total was exactly 1,111,111 mice.
How many cats do
"Methinks one cat
killed the lot," said Brother
"Out upon thee,
brother! I said 'cats.'"
persisted Benjamin, "perchance
Father Peter, after the monks'
"I said 'mice;' and all I need add is this—that each cat
mice than there were cats.
They told me it was merely a question of the
division of numbers, but I know not the answer to the riddle."
The correct answer
is recorded, but it is not
shown how they