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THOSE of you who were reading THE CATHOLIC HERALD round about Christmas time last year will remember that a lot of big feasts in the Christian Church had their equivalent in pagan times in this country. Now we have at last reached Eastertide, it is strange to think that once upon a time the feast day belonged to a pagan goddess called Eostra.
She was supposed to be the personification of dawn and new life, The Venerable Bede, an early Christian writer, tells us that the first missionaries still kept the name of Fostra for this feast, and that is how Easter got its name.
There is a special flower at Easter time, a kind of purple anemone, which is called the Paschal-flower after the Jewish feast which occurs at this time of the year.
Mr. Slyboots has an especial interest in Easter. He told me the other day that, as be has four stockings at Christmas, he feels he ought to have four Easter eggs.
Actually he thought it was Easter Sunday last week when he received an enormous egg wrapped up in a brown paper parcel. Being very clumsy it took him a long time to undo it, but when he had who do you think popped out ?
It was Nobby who had got stuck at the other end of London without enough money to pay his bus fare. However, he had just enough for a postage stamp. so he posted himself off to Slyboots and arrived next day very hungry and very cramped.
I hope you have better luck with your Easter eggs I
SLYBOOPS EASTER POEM
I wish you lots of Easter eggs (At least as many as I have legs).
An:0o1wdhen you're walking in the
I hope you'll come on lots of food.
I never do, and that Is why
I hope you have more luck than