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, AN'S gratitude was
the cause of the cus
tom of setting apart
one day of the year
as a day of thanks
giving and praise to
ward the Giver of
every good and perfect gift. The his
tory of every nation of which records
are preserved contains references to
days of thanksgiving from the Hebrew
Feast of Tabernacles, of which mention
Is mcde in the Bible, through the Greek
festival of Demeter. god of the harvest,
the Roman feast of Ceralia. goddess of
plenty, to the Saxon Harvest-Home and
our own Thanksgiving, now universally
observed as a national holiday.
The history of Thanksgiving in
America begins prior to the landing
of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth
Rock in 1620. The first service of this
character ever held in this country
was celebrated on the.bleak Newfound
land coast in 1578 by an lnglish -clergy
man named Woitall. who was connect
ed with the Frobisher exploring party.
Frobisher brought the first colony to
settle on those shores; and to the Rev.
Mr. Wolfall. otherwise unkuown to
fame, belongs the credit of the first
evangelical sermon and the first cele
bration of the communonu in North
America. It was a service of grateful
prayer and praise for their safe arrival
and escape from the dangers of the
Of similar character was the next
recorded Thanksgiving service. twenty
nine years later, when the Popham col
ony arrived at Sagadahoc, on the coast
of Maine. in August of 1G07. and on
the nineteenth of that month laid claim
to the territory. infurled the English
flag and observe-. the day as one of
pra ze and thanksgiving. This was
three mouths after the landing of the
colonists -at Jamestown. in Virginia.
The Popham colony not only held the
frst thanksgiving service on territory
now comprised within the United
States. but also held the first popular
election and chose the first officers to
gov'rni an American eomnunity.
Thirteen years later came the Pi
grims. a(nchoring in 3assaetinsetts Bay
on Saturday. December 9 (0. S.. They
deferred landing until Monday, despite
.their long sojourn on the sea. and we
may weil believe that their last Sab
bath service on shipboard was eloquent
with gratitude and praises to "Him
who hath the steerage of our course."
During the cold and cruol winter that
Followed almost one-half (if the little
band were laid at rest on the bluff that
bad frowned upon the Maytlower. their
geaves being leveled that the Indians
might not become aware of their di
minishing number: Hopefully the remn
nant toiled through the summer, gath
ering a fair harvest. The old chronicler
tells of indifferent barley and a failure
in peas, offset to some extent by twen
ty acres of good corn. But meat of
deer and wild fowl was abundaut, the
pestilence was stayed and they were
comfortably housed for the winter.
Therefore, on the'twenty-fourth of Oc
tober Governor Bradford proclaimed a
thanksgiving feast. Carrying their
inuskets they marched in staid pro
cession to the little meeting house, the
Governor leading the way, with Elder
Erewster reverently bearing the Bible
on his right, and plain, matter-of-fact
Miles Standish, the military chief of
..the colony, at his left-Law, supported
by the church and the army. It was
worthy of mentipn in the old annals
that the elder's s'ermon was unusually
.-hort, not quite two hours! What
- would a nineteenth century congrega
tion say to a discourse two flours
n ~d then came the feast, at which
-were displayed the fine napery and
household treasures brought from Old
England-those precious relics whose
possession in these days is the patent
of American birth and nobility. It was
an al fresco dinner, in the mild Indian
summer; and at this time and place
the American turkey, since sacred to
the day, made his first appearance as
the piece de resistance of a Thanks
And after the solemn service in the
little church and the decorous feast.
served with Puritan sedateness, the
people returned to their homes, and
'the early darkness settled down upon
the little settlement, from which was
to grow so grand a nation. Suddenly
the peaceful night was broken by the
sentry's peremptory challenge, the rat
tle of a drum, mingled with an Indian
shout, and every man grabbed his
trusty musket and rushed out, while
the souls of the women and children
quaked with fear. A .iundred sav
ages poured down upon them-Massa
soit's braves, but on pacific errand
bent. They came to share the white
man's feast and brought deer and
other game as their contribution. So
the Ores were lit again, and the good
wvives baked and boiled for their un
expected guests, who entertained them
by performing their dances a.mid wild
yells and menacing gestures. It was
thought prudent to show the Ocee in
traders that the infant colony was not
withotut defense, so Captain Standish
ordered out his soldiers. drilled the~m,
anid tina ly en~d:d with a volicy from
their muskets into the treetops and the
discharge of the great cannon on the
bit and the smaller one at the Gov
ernor's door. The Iudians were prop~er
ty im pre ssed and beg'ged the great Cap
tanntto make it thuin der again.
Ths the tirst T.Ihank-"g'ie'n of the
'~gim Fathers wvas a stramc blend
ing of ..'dlyI pimSiI and sava "e dantes,
th ra*.me oflre:':is and indian war
inl N''vembe~r the.s..p....ietne nr
wereredued t on scan.T mel i
for bread. Governor Winthrop called
the men together, and after much de
liberation a hunting expedition, though
full of peril and toil, was determined
upon. It was February; the snow was
deep; the Indians. though not openly
hostile, were not averse to reducing
the number of the white invaders, and
they could Illy spare any of their num-:
ber. They decided to observe a day
of fasting and prayer on the morrow,
then venture into the' pathless forest
in search of game. But in the morn
ing, when they went out, there lay
UpoD the cold blue waters of th.e bay
the white wings of the long-expected
ship. The starving people rushed
down to the beach, tears In every eye,
hope and gratitude in every heart.
Their fasting was once again turned
into feasting. their supplications Into
thanksgivings; and with one accord
they assembled at the church. It is
recorded that the minister read the
one hundred and third Psalm-"B!ess
the Lord, oh, my soul, and forget not
all His benefits!" voicing the thanks
of a grateful people who found the
ways of Providence. so mysterious
to our blind eyes. -a very present help
in time of trouble." For again and
again. as we read these old chronicles,
we are force . acknowledge the fre
quent intervention of a Supreme Being
who seemed to hold the little con
munity in the hollow of His hand, in
- By Mary1
heres apumpinfluted, golden,
hirtte o'r wthcustoms olden
Out of bygone days.
-Cinderella's ancient glory;
Sung, in song and told in story,
Suits its yellow blaze.
Ta~bls at the first Thanltsoiving,
When colonial dames were living,
Shewed its p~olden cheer.
Still it smiles.a fiendly ,greeting
At the happ'y family meeting
On the feast-day dear.
terposing His grace an~d mercy between
them and their ever present perils, as
if they were indeed His chosen few
Again atnd again they were In direct
extremity, in danger of utter exter
mination by famine or massacre, when
help came unexpectedly through what
seems more than chance happenings
eeen to sceptics, and which the reei
pents gratefully acknowledged as
In Colonial timecs it still remained
the custom to observe special days of
thanksgivig- Under our present gov
ernment, a day of thanksgiving was!
appointed by President Washington at
te request of- Congress, the occas~on
being the adoption of the Constitution
o the United States. At the close of
the War of 1S12. President Madison,
aso at the request of Congress. an
nunced a day of thantksgiving for :he
return of peace.
Since the war it has become an es
tablished custom that the las;t Thurs
day in November shall be observed as
a 'general Thaniksgiving Day thr-ough
ot the federation of States.--Marble
An Old-Tim e Thanksgivin,..
Patience DeliveranCe llopefuil Ann,
A gra little prim little Puritan.
\\lo ived in t he vears that are far away.
S down to her dinner Thanksgvmg day
Tuker and goose. and a pumpkin pie,
-\ tte rost p i wii a chestnuit eye.
pddia and appie. and good brown
-- :eelvery huingry,' Denverance said.
--AN -UP rO-DATE
Oyster (Blue Points) cocktail.
Thm brown bread.
Olives. Salted almonds.
Bouillon with whipped cream.
Bread sticks. Radishes
Roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, giblet
Mashed potatoes. Glazed sweet potatoes.
Hubbard squash. Fringed celery.
Lemon girger sorbet.
Baked quail, hominy, cauliflower.
Pumpkin pie, mince pie, apple.pie.
Preserved ginger, cheese, raisins.
'Nuts. Nesselrode pudding. Fruits.
Thanksgiving Day Entertainment.
Thanksgiving Day orings with it
worries for the housewife as to how
to make the dinner a succesd. Friends
from out of town are invited, and ev
erything should pass off satisfactorily.
It is none too soon to be planning
table decorations, especially if the
clever brains and fingers do not want
a wild rush at the last minute.
From the very best linen down to
the-place cards and centre decorations,
all must be inspected and provided.
To the woman who has deft fingers
with the paint brush. all sorts of possi
bilities loom forth for original work,
while the shops are replete with novel
ties. Place cards can be had in the
shape of miniature pigs. Others are
turkeys and geese. Some of these are
hand-painted and are very effective.
To cause some amusement It is an
excellent idea to take the initial of
each person's name. and with these as
. as Gold
Cristmas rooms are gay with holly,
Cbristmacs sees the merry folly
.Of the mistltoes
Easter hiles, pure and stca.tty
In thc springfime bloom sedately,
When soft breezes blow.
utumn dressed the woods in splendor
But their colors, rich an~d tender,
All have passed a.way.
.Now the pump~'~n, rip'e and melloi,
-jeeps a tint of Autumn's yellow
Fo hanksiving, Day.
initial letters write a phrase descrip
tie of the person wl- is to occupy
that pla1Ce. Thus, if aman's initials
are E. M.. an.d his hobby is well known
to his hostess, he might find a card on
which is written "'Everlasting Music."
A gir's initials may be. for instance,
A. L. F.. and, amid much laughter,
Ishe might he forced to accept a phrase
marked, "Arrant Little Flirt,"~ and so
on all around the table until each per
son finds, or is assisted in finding, his
o r her place.
A good way of initial treatment is to
write verse-s. each line to begin with
one initial of the victim's name.
A pretty idea is for etch guest to
write a Thanksgivinlg sertiment, or a
cas for thainkfulness, on a slip of
paper. These are collected in a bowl
and drawn forth andi read one at a
time, while everyone tries to discover
As a centrepiece for the table, a
large baskrt og chrysanthemumlfls is ef
feete. yellow and red are the colors
for the decorations.
Twelve months are sped--we look behind
And call God's goodness fresh to mind,
His care was felt through storm and shine;
With grateful hearts wt: seek His shrine,
And humbly kneeling there we say
Our orisons3 Thanksgiving day:
"For desolation's track untrod.
Our thanks arc Thine, Almighty God.
'or eaons fruitful, gifts of love
Fokor ,br newe:i, for grace above
Ou poor dlesert, thanks unto Thee.
T hrogh sorrow. dleath and misery
Xh~e our lot-or good or ill
ihoa been our source of comi'ort still.
T hou' awe have known the ebastenir: rod,
Thv mercie h:ve been sure. 0 God.
- r day0 tonm. help us to be
con iriued aboutIThy ministry . .
'ice-rong" i- wrong and 'ri:3:;h
T 1 v arnth we ncd, we nee rhy m'ight.
iie~p as m wa i b h ve '; .:t -
lh n- o i2'omIh ante.
Drsmkr wil' not ilt with black:
ppns and re;.:ard it asnuckyv to tack
with greenl cotton. Milliners regrard
as of hap~lpy ainiury the drop of blood
f flling on a hat from a pricked fin-1
ge.-Nots and Queries.
MANY town boards and
are making a mistake in
Nal purchasing stone crushers,
under the impression that
(rUSneu stone given by the residents
along the road. if placed upon the
crown of the roal. will make a dry.
hard roadway without any further
work. Nothing could be more false.
and in many par:s of the State each
town is learning the fact that it has
thrown awny its money in the pur
chase of a stone crusher and that it
has thrown away the material which
it has received from the residents in
the hopes of getting a good road. and
that this material, once used, can
never be obtained again, and similar
material may have to be .bought at
great expense from outside of tha
town when the next stone is wanted.
The secret of road construction is
arainage. In the State of New York.
on a three-rod road, there falls an
nually on a mile of highway fifty-three
tons of water, and this is the great
est enemy that the highway com
missioner has to contend with. Horses'
hoofs, narrow 'ires or heavy loads do
not conimenee to make the impression
upon a roadway that this immnense
volume of water does. The road sur
face is a roof, throwing the water on
either side to the ditches. If this sur
face is properly crowned (not too
high,. or ruts will be created), say on
a sixteen-foot road, if the crown in
the centre is eight inches higher than
the sides. so that the water runs
promptly to the ditches. the road will
he good in all seasons. Crushed stone
thrown upon the surface of a road and
no provision made for drainage and
ditches, simply goes out of sight in
the mud, and the mud comes to i1'.d
surface, and in a few years you would
never know that any work had been
done on that road. The crushed
stone is not worn out. but has sunk
below the surface of the road. Manv
a highway commissioner and tax
plyer speaks in wonder of a mudhole
in front of his house, into which -ear
after year i:- has put stone. earth and
rubbish to till it up1. and which have
constantly gone out of sight. If this
1mudhole had a ditch made from its
bottom to the side of the road, so that
the water could run into the main
ditch and it wais then i-ilhld, it would
stay filled and cause no further trou
ble.-RIder and Driver.
Mending Our Ways.
One would sur:ni1-e from Mr. Eld
ridge's listing of the geological wealth
of this country that nowhere should
there be better roads, considering the
material that ne ture has given us.
Here is an excerpt from a paragraph
on this subject:
In New England where industrial
progress has made hard roads a neces
sity, trap rock, the most suited to
heavy travel, exists in abundance.
This rock is round in the'Middle and
Lake States, aind in smaller quantities
in regions farther south and far up
on the Pacilie coast. Granite. lime
stone, quartz and sandstone are abund
a-t in many parts of the country, as
are two materials but lately assum
ing great importance in road building,
viz., ehertz and novoculties. Natuis.
has not only piled up great rocky
masses of inexhaustible road building
material in favored regions, but has
broken up and prepared rock in other
regions. By the operationl of the great
law of com~pensation. vast areas of
rich low land, destitute in themselves
of native rock. are provided wvith pre
pared material in thc fo':m of gravel,
which has been carried (downl froam the
rocky region by glaial and water ac
ion. The sea has been very kind to
us and yieldled up vast qjuantities of
shell which are converted into beauti
ful and valuable roadls. Thie vege
table and uninal kingdom have con
iributed their quota. The fauna and1(
flora of bygone ages were changed by
beneficent processes of nature into
formations wvhich have ylded up) in
some parts of the Umited States, nota
bly California. oil, which, when spread
upon a road, makes a smooth. dust
less waterp~roof covering.-Mauirice 0.
Eldridge, in "Mending Our Ways," Out
State Highway Improvement.
State Engineer and Surveyor Van
Alstyne, in a circular letter, calls at
tention to the fact that recent amend
ments to the highway law impose upon
his department the responsibility of
furnishing di rect ions for the guidance
of town otficials in the expenditure of
money, raised in towns and furnished
by the State for highway purposes in
money system towns. wvhich in the ag
grate oun~l~ts to $43.549.709 for 1903.
The depiartmnerit is also required by
the Higbir-Armstrong Good Itoads act
to ompile statistics, colleet intforma
tion, co-operate and assh-t all town and
contyft oth('iais, and at all times aid in
the promotion of hightway improve
nent throughmit the State. Appre
elting the fact tha~mt the several good
roads'laws are n~ot fully understood
by town ofijials. and in order to aid
them in thei: work and1( to assist tile
Stite engineer in time p)erformn3 ~ce of
his duties, it has been deemed advis
tlie to outlire liie application of these
various la1ws and the position whlichi
the dparim:nt is obliged to take. and
a buietin ha:~s been issued on this mat
P'roof if EdAiI-on' tMatUdr'
Thiomais A.1 Edisoni was i.im seven
t ,ei yrarr- old w i lie miade his tirst
e'nab them= *'P to apposetecm
...m, sety in all kinds of weatimr.
AN ELQQUENT SUNDAY SERMON B'(
THE REV. J.OHN DOUCLAS ADAM.
.;ubject: Moral Lameness.
Brooklyn. N. Y.-The Rev. .Tohn
Douglas Adam. the pastor of the Re
formed Church on the Heights.
preached Sunday on "Moral Lame
ness." from the text: Acts iii:f: 'Then
Peter said. Silver and gold have I
none; but such as I have give I unto
thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth rise up and walk.' He said:
Our text introduces us to a lame
man who lay day by day at the gate
of the temple in Jerusalem. begging
for sufficient money to keep him in
life. This is a very common scene
in the New Testament, where we are
constantly meeting the lame, the halt.
the blind and the lepers, and there Is
no wonder. for we must bear in mind
those were the days when there were
no hospitals. no scientific medical
schools. no homes for incurables, nor
any societies of aid. Since that day
CGhristliBity,-withOut boastfulness, has
had a magnificent share in the crea
tion of those centres of relief. We see
no such spectacle on our streets as did
the Syrian of old upon his. Our Chris
tian sentiment and Ghristian love have
provided the hospital. and our lame
men are sent there. And not only the
hospital. but we have to-day enlight
ened scientific effort, societies of char
ity and helpfulness on all hands; and
because the modern method of dealing
with sickness is not the same as that
of the apostles. never think that it is
not Christian. for the same Christian
spirit plays about the treatment of
physical ills to-day. We have to be
delivered, it seems to me. from the
idea that God is only in the extraor
dinary. That He is only In the large.
It seems to be hard upon our reason
to comprehend. God is as much in
the ordinary as in the miracle. It is
the same God, and God is as much
in the hospital, in His spirit, and in
the modern methods of curing sick
ness. God is there just as truly as He
was in the days of old. So Christian
itv has in a large measure solved the
question of the physically lame man.
I am not going to speak this morn
ing of him. We have practically dis
posed of him. I shall talk of the
morally lame man. and when I speak
of him let us understand each other.
The morally lame mar. may be physi
clly equipped with the physique of
a triumphant athlete. He may pay
every debt. The morally lame man
is the man who is lame in his will.
and he knows it. His will does not
work with health toward his duty.
Ie is lame in his conscience: if is de
fective. He is lame in his affections.
His emotions in the higher reaches are
lame. His imagination does not bound
toward its goal. for the goal of the
imagination is God and the infinite.
The morally lame man falls down be
fore his own self-respect in the develop
ment of his character. He fails in
his own conception of duty and in his
relations as a son, or husband. or
f.riend. and in his relationship to town
and country. He is not a factor in
the moral progress of tliose about him
or the community. He contributes
nothing, but rather takes away. This
lame man in the story lay begging.
There are physical and moral, beg
gars. but the worst pauperism is
moral pauperism. The man who lacks
sufficient force to pilot himself through
life and- never creates optimism and
moral stamina out of his own life
would, if the world were to surrender
its moral power, commit suicide. If
you notice, the chief contributors to
this man's sustenance were the people
on the way to the temple. They gave
to him sufficient to keep him alive and
then passed on to worship. And I
think they are still the chief contrib
utors to the sustenance of the morally
lame man. This poor fellow may have
laughed in bis sleeve at the religious
devotees as they passed on, and the
true, earnest men and women are the.
people- who are supporting .morally
those who sometimes even sneer at
their moral earnestness. It is those
who are maintaining the rest of the
community. Man lives not by bread
alone, but, as he is sustained physi
aily through the industry of those
who produce bread and the necessities
of physical life, and without which
there wvould be physical famine, so we
live .by moral bread and we are much
more dependent on that in the .last
analysis of life than on the physical,
for a nation like this lives upon ideas
and love more than on any material
thin. Take these away and ali our
boated material progress falls like a
house of cards, as did the glorious ma
terial wealth of Rome because there
was not behind it the manhood to sus
tain it. Our wvorld lives through the
industry of the truest men and women
in it in the moral sphere. and if there
is no love being generated by unsel
fish hearts and no faith by pure minds
and no moral inspiration by brave
souls, a nation is doomed. There are
those who not only do not contribute
moral strength. but there are those
who take away the moral bread baked
y the labor of good men in the fiery
furnace of trial, and throw it away
ind sneer at every pure and divine
thing. They are the infamous de
sroyers of that which is the pillar of
Our problem to-day is the lame man.
It is a patriotic, economic and relig
ious one, than which there is none
miore practical. The problem before
the church is to set the lame man on
his feet so that he can make his owvn
way in things of the heart and become
ontributor to the moral health of
the world. Let us observe how Peter
and .Tohn faced the problem. First.
hy faced it squarely. They did not
dodge it. They v-.ere not too anxious
bout getting to the temple. .While
w orhi> has its suipremte place mi the
rliios life of every man, there is
smething else. They did not criticise
the poor fellow: they helped him. And
or question is how they helped him?
hey did not give him money. They
hd wtne. and they did not feel the
pessure of the limitation either: they
felt they could solve the problemu
w~thot it. The silver and gold in the
.* sinr a:' re not good andi con
- '~roundlin:g. conZgenial wor-k
and c ::ce a.l ic' and ideals. The Chris
1a (Church does not standl merely for
,d~i~om~h3 h'el and the gospel of
moorally equipped to face this problem:
hey d'id not then posses:: God nor did
Go (poess them. Thoy were~ Cr-om
pios of Chri.1 but they dlid not
psssI~i snirit. But now they were
wh i pos-ie by the Sirit of God,
:i ;:ws h i :tse ward the
an n nee help the lae man11
until we not ol 1ossess Cod but are
.oter element in the solution of
the problem was that the tw.> were in
perfect accord. Six oniths before
Pter had forsakeni Christ. while .John
alone ran the gantlet in the terrific
blast of passion in the city of hate,
but Peter never again shirked his
duty. John had been ambitious for
the supreme plade among the ipos
ties, but now, he had grown in grace
and lost the passion for prominence.
Friends, the same conditions are neces
sary to-day In solving the problem of
the morally lame on the part of the
Church of God as were manifested on
The love of prominence must go,
whether it be of individual or church,
or denomination. Passion must cease.
One of the reasons why the church
of God is not omnipotent is because
there is still this lust for prominence
on the part of Individuals. churches
and denominations, and instead of self
abandon we are absolutely too self
conscious, every one of us. Again
they solved it in giving the power of
Christ to the man: "In the name of
Jesus Christ rise up and walk.". The
communication of ideals will never
save men from moral lameness. Ideals
must live in personality. That is the
difference between Christianity and
everything else. It is the communica
tion of power. the touch of God-the
touch of divine power in the heart.
Let us feel it this morning. "In the
name of Jesus of Nazareth. rise up
and walk." Let it touch upon your
weakness. It is here. Let it do for
you and me what it did for that lame
It breaks the power of cancelled sin,
And sets the prisoner free.
That is what Peter and John did.
Think of it! There was the lame man;
there was the critical public; there
was- the . mem6ry of. their own past
failures, and there was the power of
Christ. It conquered them all, and
the man arose, and stood up. Not
only did he stand, but the solution of
this problem included every other. He
can earn his own living now, and
needs not assistance. Every problem
of life is bound up In the problem
of the lame man being straightened
and strengthened. It is smooth sail
ing after that. Lastly, the man be
came a benefactor and praised God.
He inspired the faith of men. Before,
his very presence created pessimism;
now it was faith and praise. The at
mosphere of the man became a factor
and an asset in the progress of the
world. We are either contributors to
or exhausters of the moral life of the
world. Which is it? My subject
gathers round these two points: First,
the lame man, and-, second, the men
who through the instrumenfality of
Jesus Christ cured him. We as
Christians stand in the apostle's
place. Let us, under Christ, cure the
lame, and if we stand in the lame
man's place Christ - will make us
whole. May we, like Peter and John.
help the lame man to praise his God
and inspire our fellow men for Christ's
The Ucward Looh.
"It is of no use to tell me to look
forward;" said one in great trouble.
the other day, to a friend. "The worst
of my trouble. I know lies ahead. To
look back upon the past. before this
shadow came, simply adds to my ag
ony. I can only sit in the darkness,
and shut my eyes to everything, and
bear as best I may."
"There is always one way, left." said
the friend. gently. "When we cannot
look forward or backward we can look
upward. I have been in every whit as
hard a place as you. and I sat a long
while in the darkness before finding
the way out. Try the upward look
it is meant for just such sorrows as
this, which seem to shut in the soul
inexorably. If we look up, we neve
look in vain."
"Time alone can hielp such sorrows
as yours." said a woman who called
herself a Christian, to a bereaved
friend lately. There was no upward
look suggested there. A heathen. could
have said as much. Time only can dufl
the edge of pain; the uliward look robs
suffering of its sting surely and last
ingly. It is always possible to lift
our eyes to the sky; and though at
first perhaps, we see only the clouds,
we shall find it true before long that
"Over all our tears God's rainbow
God's Way of Escape.
The steamer plied its way among
the Thousand Islands. Often its
ourse was toward a rocky height or
a wooded shore. Surely unless the en
gines were speedily reversed the ves
sel would he wrecked. One turn of
the pilot's wheel, and before us spread
te glory of thle inland sea, and unim
peded was the channel to -it. With
ot before or atiter-the temptation or
trial He provides a way of escape.
Power or Ezample.
No man is so insigniticant as to be
sure his example can do no hurt. Ev
ery one of us is wvatched unconsciouslY
by some pair of eyes, and no action
goes absolutely unnoticed, though we
may tink so. To set some kind of an
eample is the doom-and the privilege
-of every human being.
Live New Life Now.
To be always intending to live a new
life, but never find time to set about it
-this is as if a man should put off
eating and drinking and sleeping from
one y to another, until he is starved
No Lack of Revelation.
For the man to whom our natural in
teigence is equal to tihe soul's neces
sity for tinding God there is no lack
ofrevelation. The universe is full of
vilo5 and of voices.-John White
Cadwick. __ _ _ _ _
A Kind Act.
If we embrace every opportunlity to
d a kind act and be always ready,
wling and anxzious to, irnd a hand to
those in tr'ouble' or sorrow, we will
suely receive much kindness in re
An Organ 7C0 Years Old.
WViliamx C. Carl brcught back with
hi from Japan a pipe crgan of ant
.se a ch he halieves will
provc a rev'elation tc modern instru
ment buile's. The organ is seven
hndred years old, but, notwithstand
ing this fact. emho:ies5 practically all
1w iproveents which present day
buildrs regardl as new. The pipes
- m- lxtmbco. and the instrument
is n a gaod state Of preserVatLon.
I ?i.Car also brought home a large
colee iol of Japanese music ar
ragged in modern notation. Previous
.' y' 'cas ago, he says, all -the
naie ui was handed dowa from
onteeati Uon 1o another' in charac
.1bu.''nce( the esta) iisihmen~t or
dn acadey at Tomo a great impetus
has been give to all claIssrs cf music,
1ndmor than six hlundred1 students
y~r neem'ance at that inititutiont
,v hwu Mr. Carli visited it.-Seattle
T':e cut-:mt of lif ing the nlat dates
EPWORHA L[UI OESNS
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.
God's Wonderful Works.-Psa. 40.
1-11. Thanksgiving Service.
It is eminently -proper- that''once a
year the entire nation publicly ac
-knowledge its obligation-to thank God
and praise him for personi.l and pub
lic blessings. "Think" and "thank"
are closely related In bth'bnguage
and morals. Counting our blessings
will logically lead to thankfulness.
Consider at this service: .
Thanksgiving is as old as the race.
A' special time- set apart to publicly
give thanks is nearry - as old. The
Jewish nation had its feast which was
a close type and forerunner of our
annual Thanksgiving. The Pilgrim
Fathers instituted the custom here.
During the days cf the civil it
became a national custom. It * the
universal "'home day" of scattered
families. It has Its origin in th'e nat
ural gratitude which one feels who
thinks of the wonderful works of God.
It is the proper and appropriate. ser
vice of a rational creature In view of
the mercies of his Creator and Pro
vider. It has a special significance
to the Christian in view of his per
Reasons for Thanksgiving. These
are-numerous and-tomost people ob
vious. We are dependent -on God for
our daily bread. Thei prosperity of
the year and the bountiful crops of
the fields lead to thankfulness.. The
joys of life, health, friends, and fam
ily lead to gratitude. The spiritual
blessings of the year have - been
numerous. To some who read these
lines the salvation of children and
loved ones during the year are causes
of thanks. The revival that has visit
ed your church and League, the 'uplift
that has come to you and yours, is a
special cause of gratitude. To each,
and to all Thanksgiving comes with;
some special reason for joy and glad
ness. Write out a list of. personal
blessings this year, and you wil b'e
surprised at the number of theta.
Expression of Thanksgiving. This
should be both with voice and 'life.
David opened his mouth and gave
praise to God. So ought we to do. In.
the League'service and in the church
prayer meeting let us . this week
praise God in song, in testimony, -and
n prayers of praise. Then let us live
a thankful life as well is talk thanks
giving. Show mercy and help to..some
needy family. Give a special offer-ing
to some worthy cause. Express in
every possible way the gratitude of
your heart for "God's wonderful
orks." It is well to feel thankful' it
is better. to express our thanks2 re
juently and cogqstntly.
CHTISIJAN [1091H E
God's Wonderful Works.-MP4,0-11.
Our' trust in God Is not complete
until we cayse others to ti-ust; nor
our praise until we cause others to
he does not trust In what is .not
trustworthy, and does trust in Him
who is worthy of confidene
Our blessings from God .cannot be
numbered, but God likes to have us
try to number them, and the enum
eration does us good.
God evideni.:. delisets to serve His
children; shall not His children de
light to serve their God?
Nothing that God . does for us : but
Is wonderful and the more we under
stand it, the more wonderful it
It it a man's duty to learn all he
can about God's creation, because thus,
he learns more about God.
The worshipping spirit sees God
everywhere, and adores the Almighty
in the gift of a slice of bread as if
it were a golden crown.
No thoughts of praise are long
without words of praise. -
Our societies have a mission li the
m'atter of reading. In what better
way can we influence'- lives than' by
setting our members to reading good
Where a public library is accessible,
appoint a library committee whose
members will each week speak in. the
society about some noble book to be
found in the library.
Set up a bulletin board, on which
the good-literature committee will
post notices of the brightest ' books
and magazine articles accessible to
Where there is no library, organize
a book club or society library. . You
could make no better beginning than
with noble biographies of Christian
Get the members of the society to
agree to read an average of half an
hour a day, and offer a. prize for .the
best list of books so read in the
course of a year.
Call at some social for lists'- of
books read during the year. each En
doavorer to make out the list from
memory. Appoint a committee to
judge whi'h M"~est.
They Met a .Bear.
Ernest Orsborn and Bud Arnold, of
Comptche, report one of the closest
calls of the season in a bear-fight.
For some timea large bear has been.
bothering their stock, and they had
made several ineffectual attempts to
find Bruin, but could not locate him.
This week they started out and got
the track on Big River, near the
While they were waiting for the
hounds and sitting comfortably on a
log, something appeared behind them
and knocked Orsborn's 'gun outi of
his hand. Befcre he had recovergd
from his surprise he was engaged inl
a hand-to-hand encounter with the.
ear, which had doubled on the dogs
and come back on the hunters.
One blow of the bears paw broke
the gun in two and bent the barrel.
The fight was so fierce that Arnold
had to wait several minutes before-he
dared to risk a shot, for fear of k-ill
n his companion. Orshorn finally
begged him to shoot anyway, as he
said he would rather be shot than
killed by a bear. Fortunlately Arnold
was able to hit the bear, the bullet
just glazing Orsborn's arm, and the
combatants rolled over on the ground.
T he bear was one of the biggest ever
killed in -that section-San Francisco
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