The Saint & the Devil

St. Swithin's Day, if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain: St. Swithin's Day, if thou be fair, For forty days 'twill rain nae mair. Last week, 1,083 years after St. Swithin's death,* the ancient verse was quoted again. On many Americans rain had fallen on St. Swithin's Day (July 15) and most of the time since.

In Manhattan, in the first fortnight after St. Swithin's Day, rain fell eleven days. New Jersey was soggy after the worst floods in four decades. At Little Falls, the Passaic River washed out a railroad bridge, leaving only...

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