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 Black Rood of Sootland.Black Saturday. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Black Russia.
Central and Southern Russia is so called from its black soil.   1
        “The winter crops in the whole of European Russia are very good, especially in the black-earth regions. In the government of Northern Russia the condition is less favourable.”—Newspaper paragraph, December, 1893.

 Black Rood of Sootland.Black Saturday. 

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