5 DECEMBER 1952, Page 18


Set by John Usborne

The original legend of the Miracle of the Heated Sod makes no mention of a" Page ", but says it was one " Podivintes, assiduus comes who put his tired and frozen feet in Wenceslas' footsteps. J. M. Neale invented the foumain for his daughter, Agnes. How did, the two men carry flesh, wine and pitielogs through deep, crisp, even snow for a good league ? Why not Christmas Eve instead of St. Stephen's? Usual, prizes for an improved Good King Wenceslas with the suggested emendations. Poetry, instead of doggerel, needed.

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