Huddled close together for warmth in the pews of the village church at Buchau, pious farmer folk heard their beloved pastor explain from the pulpit, last week, why Europe has been visited with the coldest winter of the century.

"God is angry at the shameless city women!" thundered the pastor. "His eye is offended by their short skirts, from beneath which peeps the wanton whiteness of their limbs. God is not mocked with impunity! He has sent this piercing cold to make the city women feel His wrath and lengthen their skirts. That is why your vines are blighted my...

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