The Jackdaw


This bird is considered sacred, because it frequents church steeples and

builds its nest there, and it is said to be an innocent bird, though

given to carrying off things and hiding them in out-of-the-way places.

When ignorance of a fault is pleaded, it is a common saying--I have no

more knowledge of the fact than the Devil has of the jackdaw (see

Bye-Gones, Vol. I., 86). The Devil evidently will have nothing to do

with this bird, because it makes its home in the church steeple, and he

hates the church and everything belonging to it.