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Taillon

leaves, threads and leaf

. TAILLON, Ste Louis Olivier, Canadian statesman: b. Terrebonne, Quebec. 26 Sept. 1840. He was educated at Masson College and was called to the bar in 1865. He engaged in practice at Quebec in 1882 and became one of the leaders of thebar. He served in the Que bec assembly from 1875; was speaker in 1882 84; Attorney-General in 1884-87; and in Janu ary 18g7 he formed an administration, but re signed in two days and until 1890 was leader of the Opposition. He was appointed Minister without Portfolio in December 1891; was Prime Minister in 1892-96; and Postmaster General in 1911. He was knighted in 1916 some years after his retirement to priyate life.

an East Indian warbler (Orthotomus or Sutoria sutorici), one of many species in a large genus which exhibit a close similarity in structure and habits. They in habit cultivated districts, are dressed in plain tints, feed chiefly on insects, and are peculiar mainly in their nest-making. They either sew

a dead leaf to a living one or join two neigh boring leaves together, so as to form a land of hanging pouch, which remains attached to the branch by the leaf-stalk of one or both leaves. The threads which they use consist generally of twisted vegetable fibres or of ac tual cotton threads, the bill serving for a needle in puncturing holes in the leaves and in draw ing the threads through. Occasionally, if a large enough leaf be found, the nest may be formed by joining together the free edges of the leaf. The lower part of the pouch con tains the nest, which is a cup.of soft materials and is entered from above. The actual struc ture of this ingenious cradle has never been scientifically observed, although tailor-birds are common. The best infortnation is contained in Hume, 'Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds) (London 1890).