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I In tho journal of Charles Follen,
I ono of tho earliest of Gorman scholars
I and Idealists to seek this country for
M an environment where liberty of
ft thought and speech might be had, he
W ' Is found recording, among his other
H impressions of the New England
-where ho lived, this: 'Nov. 20th,
My "1827: On Thanksgiving day tho
Hj, members of every family In Now
HI ' England meet, If possible, at tho
Hj house of the head of the family. In
ft the morning there Is a service In all
HJ the churches. The day Is appointed
HJ by the governor. All congregations
Hj are invited to celebrate it; and men
HJ are requested to abstain from all
HJ business which Is inconsistent with
tho celebration of tho day. Tho poor
HJ est families are provided for by the
rich, on that day, that thoy may Join
HJ In tho universal rejoicing. Instead
HJ of the Easter lamb, a turkey."
HJ i Far and wide, wherever Now-Eng
HJ , landers have gone, tho feast-day the
Pilgrims set up has gone, with an
H authority disputed today by tho cele
H - b ration of Chritmas and Easter, but.
J , nevertheless, universal throughout
H tho land, and losing none of its social
H and ethical aspects; albeit on its
H ecclesiastical sldo it has somowhat
H lost it's grip, if tho size of congrega
Hi tlons on tho morn of tho festal day
H is a fair test.
I Tho abiding value of the day lies in
H its rcsponso to permanent needs of
H men the need of showing gratitude
H for blessings received if our Hfo is
J ' to bo saved from sordldncss and sol
H flshness; tho need of strengthening
tles'of kinship if life is to bo saved
H from anarchistic individualism, un
' dermlnlng tho family as well as the
Hj' Btate; and tho need of human recog
HP nltlon of Providence in personal and
Hj'- national affairs, and regular comparl
M son of personal and national conduct
Htdr with abiding spiritual and ethical
HJt' Ideals. All these needs Thanksgiving
HJ day meets if observed in a right spirit.
B Never sinco tho pioneers landed on
HJ; our shores have wo, as a people, had
HJ,. so much in tho way of material pro3
Hj' parity to bo thankful for, or to plan
H .to spend in wicked or righteous ways.
H i Never was the heart of tho people
H so set Upon growth in Intelligence,
H , 'sobriety, and humane conditions ot
H i llfo for all men.
H Never since we becamo a nation
H , have wo counted as positively and
H - powerfully in tho affairs of con-
Hj L tinents beyond seas as now we do.
HJ Never havo wo had more unity of
HJ spirit between Bcctlons within tho
HJ nation, between citizens of all par-
HJ ' ties, and adherents of many sects.
H Never havo wo had political leaders
M fmoro conspicuously trusted on the
HJ , ground of their devotion to tho Inter-
HJ csts of tho many as over against tho
HJ Interests of tho few.
HJ Never was the science of govern-
H ment taught as much to our youth;
HJ nover was our democracy as ready as
HJ it is now to accopt tho advice of ex-
HJ Never has art In its manifold forms
HJ been so highly rated or adequately re-
H , warded.
HJ Never has literature good and bad
HJ been as Inexpensive or as widely
HJ Never havo men of so many races,
HH from so many lands, blended In loy-
H alty to one common weal; and
HJ Never havo applied scienco and the
Hi spirit of tho Good Samaritan so joined
HJ to protect, succor, and save weak,
HJ bruised, or despairing humanity.
HJ Nevertheless, as President Ilooso-
H volt points out In his call for observ-
HJ anco of Thanksgiving day on tho 30tn,
HJ tho nation has her foes, foes within
HJ more dangerous than any foes with-
HJ out. Theoretical materialism as a
H philosophy wanes in prestige, but
HJ practical materialism will wax under
H present and future increment of
H wealth unless wo hold fast to Ideal-
H ism in the making and spending
H wealth.. Tho passion for educa
If it overemphasizes a utilitarian
conception of it, may become a curse.
International prestige and power
rightly used may bless humanity;
selfishly or wantonly used thoy may
curso it. Toleration between sections,
political parties, and religious sects
is. right up to a certain point, but
when it becomes mere sentimentality,
aiid obscures fundamental distinc
tions that aro constant, It becomes
ovil. Popularity with tho people for
political leadership which rest's on
service of tho people for their sake Is
splendid; when rendered for self's
sake it is demagogic and dangerous.
It is not a year when men who havo
stolen public lands throughout the
west, or managed eastern trust funds
for private enrichment, or "bossed"
cities for ambition's or self's sako will
bo thankful; yet they well might be,
for their punishment now may save
them from a later and worse tato.
If modern modes of locomotion anu
communication facilitate the disper
sion of families to tho ends of the
earth, they servo equally well to bring
them together when occasion calls;
and tliero nover comes a call which
tho genuine American hears with
more zest or responds to with less
senso of sacrillco or perfunctorluess
than tho summons back to tho old
homestead for the most domestic and
most religious of all our national
Tact In Reproof.
Advice or reproof does more harm
than good when it is so rudely or
roughly given that it brings humilia
tion or indignation. If from your real
affectionate regard for a relative ou
wish to point out to her or to him an
error or correct a fault, do so as gent
ly and as cautionsly as you know how,
and do not try to correct mistakes or
point out shortcomings too often, says
tho Washington Star. Give your ad
vice in private and always give less
advice than sweet, complimentary
speeches. A compliment Is not less
but more relished when It comes from
a member of ono's family than when
it Is a trlbuto won from a stranger,
and these signs of appreciation that
you give of somo dear ono's wit, wis
dom or beauty are llttlo homo truths
that are over affectionately remem
bered and como over like gentle dews
to refresh tho soeds of affection and
loving kindness that are planted In
Snake Colled In Bed.
When Mr. and Mrs. Mord Lincoln
awakened Friday morning at their
home in Mllltown, on the Southern,
twonty-flvo miles west of New Albany,
they were startled to And a huge
blacksnakc colled at the foot of the
Lincoln kicked tho reptile to the
floor, and after a lively fight managed
to kill It by hitting It on the head with
a chair. Mrs. Lincoln was so badly
frightened that she has since been suf
fering from nervous prostration.
Tho door of the house had been left
open on account of tho heat, and It
is supposed tho snake glided In from
the yard, and, finding that tho foot of
the bed afforded comfortable quarters,
coiled Itself there. Louisville Courier-Journal.
Jackdaw In Flywheel.
A pet Jackdaw was missing In a
largo machinery shop noar Kilmar
nock, Scotland, tho other day, but was
found inside a large flywheel, after
It had circulated for over two and a
half hours at 170 revolutions a min
ute. The bird was unhurt.
Dr. Savage's Eugene Field Story.
The Rev. MInot J. Savage, on being
Introduced to speak before a large
Boston assembly a short time since,
told a story about Eugene Field and
vouched for its truth, because ho
heard Seth Low tell It.
Field sat down at a table in a
New York restaurant and presently
was approached by a volublo waiter,
who began to rapidly enumerate the
articles upon the menu "Coffee-tea-:hocolate
:hop-flshballs-hash'n-beansK" etc. Field
looked at him with fixed eye and solr
emn visage, and said with marked de
liberation: "I want nono of these
things. All I desire is ono orange and
a few kind words."
"Now," observed Dr. Savage, "I
don't know as I can bring to you tho
flavor of an orange, but I feel suro I
can serve you with a few kind words."
"Strictly Fresh Eggs."
"These are strictly fresh eggs?"
asked Hiram Hazleby.
"Strictly! Positively! No possible
doubt of U!" declared the grocery
man. But what Interested Hiram was that
upon one of the eggs was neatly writ
ten the name and address of "Mamie
Duesenberry," and an invitation to
whomever received tho egg to write
to her. Hiram wrote to the postmas
ter of tho small Pennsylvania town
Instead. What information could tho
postmaster give him?
"Dear Mr. Hazleby Miss Ducsen
beiry was a charming young woman
who was very successful in the poul
try and egg line. She married and
went out of the egg business three or
four years ago."
"Oh, positively! Every egg guaran
teed!" said the grocery man. Judge.
A Practical Wish.
At Atlantic City last week I heard
a good ono from a five-year-old girl.
Her mother, seeing tho new moon,
took a quarter from her purse and
wished on It. She then gave It to tho
child and told her to make a wish and
It would come true. After the wish
was made the mother asked what it
was, and the child said: "I wished I
could keep this quarter." New York
When the Baby Talks.
Baby talks, and to him who listens
It reveals. Baby thinks, and it is well
to put It in your notes. For instance,
tho younger son of Edward Lee, a law
yer of Hyde Park, a tot of three years,
was Sfijitig his prayers tho other oven
lng and after "amen" remained kneel
ing, apparently in deep thought. HIp
mother asked what he was doing.
"What aro you thinking about?"
"What aro you praying for, dar
ling?" 'Tanking God for making me a ylttel
As ho remained silent, his mother
"And what else?"
"'Sh, mamma. I's listn'in'."
"Did God speak?"
"Zess! God said, 'All yight Teddy;
go to sleep.'" Chicago Tribune.
Only To-day Is Ours.
Today is a small space only a
lightning flash in the dark. But of
all tho unchartered ocean of eternity
It is all that is really ours. Exchange.
Taking Command at Once.
Ho had married a widow, and they
no sooner got home after tho cere
monies than she put her arms akimbo,
"Now, John, off with them bridal
duds o' yourn and fetch mo up, a cou
ple o' scuttles o' coal from the collar,
"But, my angel!" ho exclaimed, 4fc
"No nonsense, John. Then go up to
tho attic and bring me down that
large Saratoga, and afterward you can
step around to tho grocer's and get
that box of soap, you know. Then you
can heir roo get supper rea "
John l"ndered his resignation on. tho
spot. Reboboth Sunday Herald. -
Dennis Was the First One Up.
About thirty years ago Dennis Mc
Carthy was a well known character In
and around Provincetown, Mass. Al
though addicted to the juice of tho
grape, he was a favorite with every
one. Somo of his friends camo to
gether one day and decided to try and
euro him of his bad habits. Thoy got
him when he was full seas, and a little
more, over, and took him to a ceme
tery vault, where they locked him In,
thinking ho would bo scared out of his
drinking habit when ho woke up.
Tho next morning Dennis woko up,
looked around him and saw all the
dead, crossed himself and said:
"Bo jabcrs, 'tis the resurrection, and
I'm the first one up."
Flea Is Agile.
Although tr flea holds the record
for agility of movement among the in
sects and Is capable of a speed of near
ly ten miles an hour, could It con
tinue jumping without cessation and
without tiring, it has little the better
of the jumping mouse found in the
African deserts, which clears ten feet
at a Jump at the rate of eight hundred
feet a second.
Bankers to Produce Opera.
Whitney Tew, formerly a banker in
Jamestown, N. Y., has rented one of
the high-priced theaters in London
and will produce there an opera writ
ten by another banker, Vincent Thom
as. Mr. Tew himself will sing the
principal role. Ho Is quite a noted
singer, having been heard all over the
world In oratorio and concert work. ,
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Easy to Please Londoners.
The manager of a theatrical com
pany stated In a London court the
other day, in tho case of a singer who
had sued him, that tho singer's volco !
had disappointed him at Ilfracombe,
but he had given him another trial in i
London, becauso "London audiences
aro tho easiest pleased in the world." '
English Epitaph. ' '
In the churchyard of Woolwich,
Kent, England, is tho epitaph: "Sa- '
cred to tho memory of Major James
Brush, Royal Artillery, who was killed
by tho accidental discharge of a pis
tol by his orderly, 14th April, 1831.
Well done, good and falthflll servant."
"Clara told mo she was too poor to
go abroad this summer, but I notice fi
she can afford tho operation for apnen
"But tho operation does not requiro