"This is a remarkable specimen," Mr. Flowers commented. "There's nothing special
about the materials, or even the craftsmanship, but this piece has history. Unless
I'm mistaken, it's the same type as those used in Good Friday pageants in rural
Salford for over two hundred years. There were rumors
of miracles visited upon those who sought it out for healing, though I must note that
none have been observed since the Salford vicarage was absorbed into that of
"How were such pageants performed?" asked Mr. Gilby, ever curious about matters of ritual.
"There's an interesting story about that, actually," replied Mr. Flowers. "Some gruesome business. Hardly for the faint of heart."