On Iron Crows' Nests


THREE years ago, the removal of an old tree in the Cossipore Ordnance Factory, near Calcutta, brought to light a singular bird's nest, composed mainly of bent and twisted fragments of stout iron wire, such as is used to bind up bundles of bar iron for transport. The pieces, which were all about as thick as stout telegraph wire, were of considerable length and weight, and were keyed together by their own irregularities; but as there was no evidence by which to identify the builder, I merely made a note of the circumstances.

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