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It only remains for us to skin the tail, which is the most difficult. To enable us to do so, we must disengage or bare the first two or three joints; we tie them strongly with a cord, which we fasten to a cramp iron or to a wall hook; we pass a cleft stick between the cord which holds the tail and the skin, that is, on the bare joints, which are, of course, placed within t It only remains for us to skin the tail, which is the most difficult. To enable us to do so, we must disengage or bare the first two or three joints; we tie them strongly with a cord, which we fasten to a cramp iron or to a wall hook; we pass a cleft stick between the cord which holds the tail and the skin, that is, on the bare joints, which are, of course, placed within the cleft; with a hand on each side we draw the stick towards the extremity, and the tail comes out of its sheath. We extend the skin well upon the table, stretching out the paws, we take away all the muscles which remain inside the skin, and, thus prepared, it is ready for stuffing.


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It only remains for us to skin the tail, which is the most difficult. To enable us to do so, we must disengage or bare the first two or three joints; we tie them strongly with a cord, which we fasten to a cramp iron or to a wall hook; we pass a cleft stick between the cord which holds the tail and the skin, that is, on the bare joints, which are, of course, placed within t It only remains for us to skin the tail, which is the most difficult. To enable us to do so, we must disengage or bare the first two or three joints; we tie them strongly with a cord, which we fasten to a cramp iron or to a wall hook; we pass a cleft stick between the cord which holds the tail and the skin, that is, on the bare joints, which are, of course, placed within the cleft; with a hand on each side we draw the stick towards the extremity, and the tail comes out of its sheath. We extend the skin well upon the table, stretching out the paws, we take away all the muscles which remain inside the skin, and, thus prepared, it is ready for stuffing.

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