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THE ARGUS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1907.
A DAY OF THANKS
Church Services Are Held as a
".. Part of the Observance of
THE COKGREGATiONS UNITED
Rev. Marion Humphreys Delivers Ser
mon at Union Meeting Wheels
of Business Are Stopped.
Thanksgiving was observed as usual
as a holiday in ttork Island today. The
business houses, banks and public of
fices were doted and holiday hours
prevailed at the post office, the two
chief features of the day were of very
different characters, being the union
Thanksgiving service of the downtown
churches this morning at the First
Baptist church, and the football game
this afternoon between the Rock Island
antf Peoria higli schools at the Island
Many nt luirch.
There was a large attendance at the
church services, not only at the union
service, but at the customary services
in the different churches. The sermon
at the union meeting was delivered by
Rev. Marion Humphreys, pastor of the
Central Preslivterian church, and Rev.
H. W. Rend. Rev. W. G. Oglevee, Rev.
It. II. Williams. Rev. V. S. Marquis,
Rev. J. L. Vance, Rev. W. IT Clenimer.
and Rev. W. C. Schultze participated
in the service.
ThiinliMKlt Iiik Sermon.
Rev. Marion Humphreys, in his ser
mon, took as his text Iniati (:'.: 1 :, "He
led them through the deep as a horso
through the wilderness, that they
should not stumble.' His subject was
"The Providence of God and the Fool
ishness of Man as Factors in Our Nat
ional Life." Mr. Humphreys in. bis dis
course showed that what men at th?
time consider foolishness, often later
proves to be a criiical event in national
history, aud is the manifestations of
(Sod's, will in molding the history of
He spoke, in part, as follows:
"By count of years, our nation s
only an infant; by dint of experience.
however, :tn:l measure of discipline,
quite mature. Our march has been
rapid, because of the purity of the in
spiration from the first, and our stum
bling has not. been so fatal, because of
the transcendent leadership that has
been ours,. Great is our national life,
because greater has been our leading.
We have followed heroic souls in ev
ery crisis, who themselves have forg
ed juhead as seeing a leader invisible.
"At the nation's capitol, in the great
rotunda, and in Statuary hall, fresco
and canvas and statue unite in silent
eloquence to proclaim in tne stillness,
by a graphic panorama about those
walls and niches, the real significance
of our rational life and leadership.
The great events pass before us.
"Here is Vanderlyn's 'Landing of
Columbus,' there is Weir's 'Embarka
tion of the Pilgrims,' yonder De Soto's
i 'Discovery of the Mississippi,' by Pow
ell, and," leyond, Trumbull's canvas,
'The Declaration of Independence.'
"And then the Circle or Fame, that
conclave and consul of braves, Win-
throp and Bradford. Washington and
Adams, Allen and Stark, Lincoln and
Garfield. But. a truer interpretation of
all these is had when we lift our vis
ion upward, and, yonder, feet aloft.
on the canopy of the rotunda, is that
colossal fresco, the Apotheosis of
Washington. The central figure deified,
with the supernal spirits attending,
and there, above all, and over pli, the
superhuman, the supernatural, the di
vine is represented as not only having
an oversight, but also the supreme con
trol of all these scenes and spirits,
and each of these silently, yet in fact,
attest the allegory, truer than the
artist knew. It is this divine Provi
dence, brooding over and controlling
not only the human greatness, but also
the ignorance and the fo.ly of man in
our national life that gives us our
"On no other day in the year, and
of no other year in the decade, so
much as on this Thanksgiving day, of
this the 300th anniversary of our
American life, should our minds go
back over the great events and salient
feature's that have placed us foremost
FoollKh, of t'ourar. ,
"The story reads as follows: A re
ligious and a liberty lov&ig people be
yond the deep, hunted" and hounded by
tyranny until very life cords snapped.
Their faces are turned this way, but
their angle of vision is heavenward.
The hungry waves tell on later a few
of them are on the waters, nestled in
a flimsy caraval, scarcely more sea
worthy than a modern yacht. How
reckless a venture. They moor, dis
embark and push inland into the desert
wilds, with danger and death ahead
How foolish! Another similar com
pany lands at Plymouth Rock. Their
faces, too, are set like flint toward the
woods, but theirs, too, a little above
them; and now we begin the second
volume, and read it in the sighing of
the trees, and the little mounds of
(day, and in the 'only five grains of
corn," which was ah mat eacn could
havti on that first. Thanksgiving day;
and when the delayed boat comes, with
the abundant provision and an earnest
plea for these queer people to return
safely home read it not a one would
go. How,, foolish!
"Now?' we could read on through the
story of colony and conquest, of revo
lution and rebellion, and as the story
unfolds, we would find that from even
the wisest men of tne day, there is
often the interpolation, what a mis
take, how foolish!
"Viewing our national life today.
from the dizzy height of our wonder
ful achievement, we are apt to boast
only of the heroism of our forefathers
the wisdom of our leaders, and tht
genius of our inventors and artists
with a boast that, smacks of 'We are
the people.' What have we wrought?
We have had, and have, men of whom
we may proudly boast, and many deed
of valor to fell, but have you ever
stopped to count how many times i
has been true that the pivotal event
upon which our national life has beer
FAIR IS OPENED
Armory is Prettily Decorated in
National Colors' for the
BR'CKS FOR HOME SOLD
Program of Talks, Comedy Acts, and
Musical Numbers Given and Or-'
chestra Music Rendered.
ONLY 22 BUY
jr Everybody who knows any-
thing about Coffee knows that n
the Arbucklcs are times over the J
Everybody who knows an y-
about Coffee knows that
the Arbucklcs are times over the
biggest thing in the world's coffee trade.
Whenever A Coffee Bean thinks of itself it
thinks of Arbucklcs and whenever it . thinks of
Atbuckles it thinks of the Coffee Bean
family. There is no prouder moment
in the life of the Coffee Bean than
when it receives Arbucklcs' approval,
the four-fold protection of their pack-
sgc and covering, and is certified by
the Arbucklcs to fie " true to name."
I just wish you could
try for yourself in the
bosom of your own family
every one of the Arbucklcs'
Why not? ,
-nt wonli of ArSuckW various Certified CoScm -
The Eagles' fair opened last even
ing at the Armory hall with a good
crowd present . The fair will conliiyie
nightly till ;Dec. 12. and the proceeds
will go toward a building fuud for the
?rection of a home for the Itock Island
icrie, which it Is determined to have
instructed within. a year if possible.
The hall is handsomely decoraieu for
the fair.' Overhead, two rows of fancy
flags run diagonally from corner to
corner of-the room. The speakers'
stand at the south end of the hall is
festooned with small United States
flags, and as a back ground to it two
mmense flags are bung on the wall
with an eagle in the center. The
booths in which fancy articles, candy,
flowers, coffee and sandwiches are
sold, are arranged along the east side.
Opposite are refreshment stands and
various amusement tlevices.
IluililinK Model Home.
One of the plans for raising funds
consists of the selling of bricks at $1
each. A frame eignt by eight feet
square of wood was constructed at
the north end of the hall and the
bricks sold are being used to enclose
the frame. One thousand fancy press
ed brick were furnished by the Black
Hawk Brick company of Sears. The
name of the buyer of each is written
ou the bricks with the number of the
sale. These will later be used in a
prominent part of the home. Twenty
live were sold last evening.
The program last evening consisted
of a solo by Al Wallace, a vaudeville
act by Sam Wood, a black faced com
edian appearing at the Elite theater,
and an. address by G. W. McCaskrin.
who mentioned the purpose of the fair
and the determination of the order to
push the project of building a home
through to completion.
A dance is being held by the Aerie
in the hall this afternoon from 2 to (J
o'clock. A program of vaudeville acts
and musical numbers will be given
this evening. Bieuer's orchestra has
been engaged for the week, and will
give a program nightly.
swung, clean out into a new world.
has "been, again and again, the ignor
ance of man, or what is often termed
by the wisest men of the day, a mis
take, or recklessness, or foolishness;
but the providence of God has. used
that very ignorance or recklessness or
foolishness as 'a great pivotal factor in
our national life.
IlrKiin Centuries Ac".
"It was centuries ago that God be
gan this beneficent business for us
when he used the ignorance of an
Ethiopian to discover the beautiful
garden spot of the American contin
ent. We read that as far back as 150
A. D., a certain colony, the geographer
of Alexandria, conceived the most bril
liant idea of putting tire geography of
the earth on a map. Had he put upon
his map only what was accurately
known to him, his famous map may
have finally gone to the scrap heap,
and what difference would it have
made? Much difference to you and me.
at least.. He not only marked off the
Mediterranean sea, and the narrow
strip of land fringing it,. but lie guess
ed at the rest of the world, and mark
ed his guesses down on the map; but
he could not have guessed big enough,
to say nothing of being correct. He
looked eastward, and then westward
and with a wisdom far ahead of his
day, yet he made the mistake of draw
ing the westward extreme of Europe
so close to the eastern extreme of
Asia, that it left between these what
our ocean liners wouict call only a
pond; but God took Bold of this ig
norance and used It mightily for
D'ncovrrril by Mintake.
"Itwas nearly a thousand years la
ter that an Italian youth, hot-blooded
for excitement, and dreaming of adven
ture, cnancea to nnd this now
famous old map. He dreamed of India
nf wealth, and of fame, and decided
India can be reached by sailing west
This whole story is most familiar to
every school boy, "but I wish to em
phasize that the crossing of that small
sea was counted by kings and cour
tiers, a wild scheme, and a fool's er
"Now that this richest garden of the
world was thus practically at last to be
discovered, there surely must be a
chosen people to plant and dress it
How shall such a people be found for
Its care? A'gain, it is the providence
of God and the mistakes of man that
sifted out the people for our national
parentage. Oliver Wendell Holmes
says'that to make a scholar, you must
begin on him one hundred years be
fore he is born. One hundred years
before the day was ripe for .a settle
ment in our country, God began the
preparation of that people, and it was
by the great mistake of one man that
this preparation began. I quote
'When Martin Luther nailed his 95
theses to the door at Wittenburg, Pope
Leo X. said it was a blunder. So did
Charles V., as did also the Elector of
Saxony. The wisest wisdom of, all
V7hat a Tumble! A lively two days. Friday
and Saturday. Fifty ladies' street and dress
hats, were $2.50, $2.75, $3.C0. $3.50, $4.00 and
$4.50. Friday and Saturday pick from the lot for
just $ 1 .75, SI- 75, no mistake, choose from these fifty
hats at $ 1 .75.
Two Days of Astonishing Values
Among the Men's Furnishings.
X7 E say two days because we don't believe at
these prices the lets advertised can last
longer. Friday and Saturday.
25 dozen Men's heavy fleece lined Shirts' and
Drawers, sold almost everywhere at 50c, not all sizes
left, to close them out quick, we say 29c.
Men's $2.00 all wool sweaters, navy and black,
while they last $1.38.
Men's heavy twill cassimere work shirts, in checks
and strides. 7c and 85c values, all sizes at 50c.
For 50c. 65c and 85c Ladles'"
Hosiery for two days, Friday and
Saturday only 37c pair Not all
sizes in ' all the lines, but every size
in some of the lines. An importer's
stock of fine b'ack lace lisles. silk
embroidered and ingrain lisles.
About 90 doz i:i all. Ready at 9 a. m.
Friday, be on hand early if you want
real bargains in hosiery, such s you
rarely hear of. 50c. 65c and 85c
values at 2 pair for 75c, or per pair
JE want ycu and your friend and the friends of
your friend's friends and ail thir mends to know
that we have the most beautitul line o! Holiday Hnd
kerchiefs ever brought to this neighbsrhoad. Very
many absolutely new designs entirely different from
anything we have ever before shown.
The enormous quantities we have purchasel has
induced us to make special efforts tD move them
early, and you will note the low price tickets as evi
dence of the vigorous efforts we shall make to an
early reduction of the big stock. The special price
concessions are particularly noticeable on ail the
grades from lc to $1.00.
You will see a very great saving in buying your
Holiday Handkerchiefs at this store, and in making
the selections early.
You've Long Wanted
One, and Here Is
This high grade Sanitary
Steel Folding Couch Bed, just
like cut, $3.65.
When closed can be made
into an attractive Turkish
Open' one side you have a
3-4 bed open both sides ycu
have full size, comfortable bed.
Friday, All Day, $31(55
Right After Thanksgiving
There will be lively work in the Cloak Department. With Christmas so near at hand
it is important with us to move out all small lots and for two days, Friday and Satur
day, the price concessions on stylish garments aresuch that you should not overlook
the savings, i he items nere nptea are only a
hint you ougfit to see these garments; both
garments and prices speak for themselves.
Caracul Coats, lined throughout with satin. 9.75.
Only seven left in this lot. Price is about half value, $9.75.
Long Coats of fancy mixtures. Three or
four lines bunched Jn two lots for quick selling Friday nnd
One lot about 15 assorted coats, In best styles, $3.00.
The other lot of some 27 coats, handsome garments, we
marlt them all $ 1 2.75.
Prices on these two lots have been 12.00 to 25.00.
Dress Skirts. About 35 or 40 assorted late styles
In Panamas, fancy mixtures, etc. We price these at 4.50.
The average saving is $2 per skirt. Pick them at $4.50.
One lot Children's Winter Coats, fancies or plain cloths, with
trimming, some bearskins, all sizes among the various coats, and the price Is $5.
The saving is from 75c to $3.50, at $5.00.
Plenty of other Items in this department, where price concessions are equally as conspicuous. Early
choosing will be most profitable.
Europe plead with "this "stubborn man .
to forget his perverted idea; but the'
hatred of religious tyranny, and the (
love of the truth of God, so burned in
his heart, that God used this very
blunder of Luther's to awaken in hearts
everywhere the burning desire for re
ligious freedom, and a place thus to
worship God, with dhe result that Pil
grims, Quakers, and. Huguenots, the
very cream of the world, persecuted
and oppressed, wero prepared and gath
ered here with English oversight and
A Kinjt'n Error.
"But this scattered people must be
welded together in a common purpose
for common protection, and to do this,
there must be an independent common
wealth; but no one thought of a revo
lution; but the English were not. in
the providence of God. destined to
tyrannize a people too keen for relig
ious freedom. A mistake made by a
selfish, greedy, foolish king was the
great factor. George Til., the stamp
act, the Boston tea party, Independ
ence bell, and Valley Forge, tell the
story, and the work was done. The
English king had no thought of breed
ing the spirit of alienation in the
nearts of his subjects, only to work a
little modern graft scheme; and. his
subjects, too, never intended a revolu
tion, only to ass for civil rights; but
tne di6 is cast by the foolishness of a
king, and God has m'ade it and the
wrath of man to praise Him. 'There Is
a divinity that shapes our ends, rough
mew them how we will '
Turn again to the expansion of our
country. Our forefathers were over
whelmed with the vastness of only the
Atlantic coast, and for all of two cen
turies they wero fully satisfied with
the dream of a republic, bounded and
protected on the west by the impen
etrable wall of the Appalachian
mountain system, and a little more
than a centnry ago, the'maa on horse,
with book in hand, and the family in
wagon, daiMng to cross into realms
beyond, were termed "foolhardy." but
God is leading on, and all Is- well with
these foolts'h dreams, for the provl-
den.c of God is preparing for 90,000,
000 of souls, and more, and still more.
Napoleon' Need of Money.
"One century and a decade ago, the
colonists had) largely followed the
Westward Ho, and the territory of the
original 13 states, was reaching over
the mountains, till the eye could easily
look over Into the most fertile strip
of all the garden, the Mississippi val
ley. This all from north to south,
will soon be needed for the increas
ing race, but the sign Is there, written
by France, 'Hands off. Ordinarily
men. wait in such times, till a deadly
clash is precipitated, and it la decided,
by sheer preponderance of military
force, not so here.' God in his provi
dence simply used the blunder of one
man ' to lay at our feet such a rich
heritage as the vast Louisiana Pur
chase. ; Napoleons, was worried over a
financial flurry; his exchequer was
low, and he wa anxious to ward off
hard times, at least for himself. He
could not bo effectively as some other
people, by . issuing - clearing J house
checks or ?150W0,000-:of bontf3, but
he wanted again to hear the more fre
quent clinking of coin in his coffers,
so he made a. big blunder for France,
but assisted Divine Providence in
lengthening the cords and setting the
state of the now United States over at
the foothills of the Rookies.
"And what of the west and north
west? And what shall we say of
Alaska and the Pacific isles, is it not
the same story? Whatever of expan
sion there may be in the future, may
God be leading, as in the past.
"Planting is easy, but weeding out
is more tedious and difficult. Along
with the vintage and fruitage and har
vest of our purer life there have come
and still are great moral evils which
take deep root, and rob the soil. The
fair land so wonderfully prepared and
populated by divine leading! Will
God lead? on when man has so marred
all by the unrighteousness of human
slavery, and will not man see his
wrong and make it right in haste? No.
it must be done by the providence of
God, and the act of a man called
crazy. Many wise politicians and
distinguished patriots were eloquent
and emphatic in their declarations
that the sacred institution of slavery
was not to be meddled with, and so
the darkness grew," until another man
stood all but alone in his so-called
political mistake, by many, in issuing
the emancipation proclamation as a
"The war at last is over, little is
said, but the cloud Is lifted from north
and south, because the wisdom of
God has used the. mistakes of these
men to save the land. It was the
Lord's doing, and marvelous in our
l iquor Traffic Slnvea.
"But when God and righteousuess
have removed one dark moral blot
from our national life, is it logical to
suppose that providence will be silent
and permit an even barker blot to re
main, without a bitter denunciation,
and a severe rebuke? Darker than
the cloud of negro slavery, is the sla
very of our own brothers to intemper
ance' and drunkenness. The liquor
traffic is also a traffic of souls. The
negro slave was captured in maturity
and bound only physically, but we
have been breeding slaves, both soul
and body, among our brethren, from
infancy - through all these years, and
never did all the slavemasters of the
country kill a million slaves annually,
and bury them without protest, and
yet this is exactly what is before us
in, this darker 'slavery of today, and U
would have continued on indefinitely,
had it not been for the foolishness
and fanaticism, called so by many
wise men and statesmen, a temper
ance crank, and a total abstinence fa
natic. But God is leading, and the
providence of God is to do more for
our dear land with this foolishness of
man, than in any of the marvelous
work related today. A distinguished
lecturer of Brooklyn, said a "few
months ago. 'that as for our schools
and music and books and intellectual celery, cigars, and all the other incl
life, we are civilized, riding in palace I dentals. This afternoon there was a
cars, but as to the liquor question,
we are still savages, jolting along in
an old ox cart' But by the providence
of God and the fanaticism of men, the
cloud is lifting. Business men and
men of every rank, are now studying
the problem scientifically, the march is
steady, and continuously onward, state
by state, and there is to be no retreat.
Will Repent HUtorj-.
"While our hearts are joyous in
thanksgiving to God this day, for the
marvelous mercy and love he has
shown in the discovery of our land,
and in the broadening of its territory,
and in cleansing and enriching it for
us, we would ere greatly should we
think for a moment that this blessed
land and our enjoyment of it, is an end
in itself. Our land will repeat history,
and our government will fail, if we do
not do far more than this, and if our
national life does not mean more. Our
nation must be the beacon light for
the world, or grow dark forever."
At the Hoapttal.
The day was a merry one at the
Watertown hospital. Dr. Taylor as
usual providing a genuine Thanksgiv
ing feast for the patients. Dinner was
served at 2 o'clock, and the provisions
included 150 turkeys, four barrels of
cranberries, a barrel of apples, and
band concert in the amusement tall,
for the patients, and this evening
there is to be a masquerade ball for
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Widely recommended for its curing
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rheumatism and bad blood as Hol
lister's Rocky Mountain Tea. 35 'cents,
tea or tablets. " Harper House pharmacy.
DeWitt's Carbollzed Witch Hazel
Salve Is healing and soothing. Good
for piles. Sold by. all druggists.
The large army of wearers
of Qotbcraft Qothes the con
stant increase in the size of this
army the satisfaction that pre
vails in this army ought to
make you want to enlist.
If you have not ,yet joined
if you have not yet worn a
QothcraH suit or overcoat, let
your Fall clcthes be Gothcraft,
You'll rc-enlist year ' after
Suits - $J0 to $25
; Overcoats $J0 to $25