10 JULY 1936, Page 22

HAGGIS [To the Editor of THE SPECTATOR.] SIR,—I _ read with

interest M. Edith Durham's letter upon the origin of the haggis, where the suggestion is made that cave- man was the originator. This theory is borne out by a passage in Homer's Odyssey, which was not written after 1000 B.C. There we find : " He tossed this way and that, as when a man turns a paunch, full of fat and blood, over a mighty fire." Thus, even in those days the practice was common enough to warrant

its use in a simile.—Yours, &c., W. S. ALLEN. . Christ's Hospital, W. Horsham, Sussex.