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[13] The noose of the cord to be laid on the crown and the cord itself should be of woven esparto,1 since this is rot-proof. The noose itself and the cord must be strong; and the clog attached must be of common or evergreen oak, twenty-seven inches long, not stripped of the bark, and three inches thick.

1 Yates (Textrinum Antiquorum) believes that the plant meant is Spanish broom (Genista). But it is indeed the grass “esparto,” Stipa tenacissima.

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