To tie a bowline knot, lay the end of the rope ‘a’ over ‘b’ so as to form a bight ‘c’; pass the end ‘a’ round behind and under ‘b’, and through the bight; continue with ‘a’ to pass it under the standing part ‘b’, and through the bight ‘c’ in the opposite direction. This knot forms the best loop that will not slip.
John H. Finley ed. Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia (vol. 7) (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917) 137