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The Greeks used formerly to employ the rush for making ropes; so, at least, we are led to believe, from the name1 given by them to that plant; and at a later period they made them, it is very clear, from the leaves of the palm, and the inner bark of the linden-tree. It seems to me very probable, too, that it was from them that the Carthaginians borrowed the first hint for applying spartum to a similar purpose.

1 The same word, σχοινος, signifying both a "rush" and a "rope."

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