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||used as a baseboard when hand-starting fires. "One of the pieces of wood which they use to make a fire is of white cedar; which is the most combustible; a foot long more or less; according as they choose to make it; and as thick as two fingers. On one side; on the very edge; they make little holes; in which they make a notch. They put this bit of wood on some rotten wood or on some grass; dry and very fine; after taking care to crush it thoroughly in their hands. The other piece of wood is as thick as the little finger; it is a bit of a wood that has a black berry; which we call morette. When this wood is green it is very soft; and it is proportionately hard when it is dry. They shape the end to the size of the holes in the other piece of wood; into one of which they insert it; and by turning it in their hands without ceasing; they produce a sort of powder from which; after a very short time; one sees smoke issue; which shortly is converted into flame. This coming through the notch of which I have just spoken; falls on the rotten wood or dry grass; which is ignited"