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fastened one end of a cord, & carried the
other end over & made it fast to the
middle of the opposite side. Then they ga-
thered up the loops & fastened them by the
middle, all together, to a stout bit of
marline ; & their staging was all ready.
They carried up this staging & swung it
2 feet below the middle of a thick
limb, so that some leaves above
sheltered them from sun & rain; and
upon thus swinging stage they built
their nest. The marline was tied once
around the limb, &, to make it per-
fectly sure, the end was brought down
& fastened to the supporting cord with
a reversed double-hitch, the kind that
a man uses in cinching* his saddle.
Moreover, the birds tied a single knot
at the extreme end lest the marline
should ravel in the wind. The nest
hangs above my table now. the reward
of a 25 years' search; but not one in

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