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loop (the one with the near string going to the far side of the right thumb) is above the other loop--about half-way up on the finger; and keep the loops in place by pressing the side of the left middle finger against the side of the left index. Now, take up from below on the tip of the left index the ring around the right index,

and draw the hands apart (Fig. 422). Keep this new left index loop up at the tip of the index. See that the original right index loop (the one with the near string going to the far side of the left thumb) is placed on the right index half- way up, and between the other two loops.

You now have a loop on each thumb, a loop on each little finger and three loops on each index finger; the near strings of these three loops must cross one another as follows: the near strings of the top loops cross each other to become the

near strings of the lower loops; the near strings of the middle loop cross lower down over the near strings of the lower loop and still lower they cross each other.

Fourth: Keeping the loops in these relative positions on each index, by pressing the middle finger and index together, carefully turn the hands with the palms toward you, and close the four fingers down on the palm, over all the strings except the near thumb string (Fig. 423). Throw this near thumb string away from you over the hands and let it fall down on the backs of the hands. Now return each hand to its usual position, and put each thumb up under the near string of the