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THE FIRST THANKSGIVING DAY. Under the instruction of the Indians the colonists planted, in the spring of 1621, some twenty acres of Indian corn and six acres of barley and peas. As Winslow says, "Our corn did prove well and, God be praised ! we had a good increase of Indian corn." The crop of barley was fair, and the peas did poorly. The corn, however, was their main crop, and that harvest was excellent. So they re solved to give public thanksgiving to God for His bountiful harvest. In spite of sickness, suffering, death, and hardship, they were quick to count their blessings and never forgot what they owed to God for all His benefits. Preparing the Feast. That this harvest festival and thanksgiving might be properly celebrated, Governor Brad ford sent out four men to kill wild fowl enough to furnish a feast for the fifty-one Pilgrims who were still living. They returned at night with a large bag of birds, such as wild turkeys and duck, enough to feed their company five or six days. Massasoit appeared with ninety Indians as guests at the feast. But they brought some provisions with them in the shape of five deer, which they had killed and dressed. Governor Bradford's Welcome. When they were all seated at the feast. Massasoit at the place or honor at. the table, Governor Bradford arose and spoke to the company. Just what he said, no one knows of course, but the spirit which was in his heart and in the hearts of all the company is ex pressed in the words which Esther Willard Bates put into his mouth in the Pageant of the Pilgrims : "We are gathered here, brothers and sisters, old and new races, to give thanks. God has been with us. He hath granted us crops to our harvest, peace with our red neighbors. "Some have gone to dwell in the city that lieth foursquare, the gates whereof are of pearl. Others have lain at the door of death and heard the rustle of his wings and yet re turned to us. Children have been born and marriages celebrated. "It has been a year of silence from the outer world, of solitude. We have no news of those that lie across the great waters. We have no charter to give us possesion of the land we have learned to love. If the king but say it, our homes can be taken from us and we be scattered broadcast over the world again. "But we will not despair! We will hope! Hope each and every day!" The Feast. Then after a prayer of thanksgiving, the feast began. That Thanksgiving dinner was surely a great affair. Think of. that handful of women feeding a hundred and forty, ninety of them savages ! The Indians stayed three ? days and Pilgrims made Ihe feast even longer. The chief items on the bill of fare were venison, roast turkey, duck, cornbread, Indian pudding, lobsters, and "Cape Cod turkey" ? the plentiful codfish. The Pil'grim mothers and maidens may have made jam of the beach plums and grapes which were so plentiful in the fall of the year. Good food and plenty of it, and how good it tasted to these folks who had been on short rations much of the time! It reminds one, in the Pilgrims' own account of it, more of an old-fashioned bar becue in the South than of a New England Thanksgiving. There was quite a program, worthy of the day. Besides the speeches by Pilgrims and Massasoit, red men and pale faces alike con tributed to the celebration. The Pilgrims sang psalms of thanksgiving and made wonderful prayers. Captain Standish drilled his men and put them through manual of arms, for the captain never missed a chance to make a suit able impression, even on peaceable Indians. On their part, the Indians gave their dances and warwhoops and showed their skill with bow and arrow. No doubt the Englishmen gave exhibitions of skill and strength, as the Anglo-Saxon always loves to do. A Pilgrim Father. Iron Rations. Be sure there were few festivals and feast days in the early years like that. For the next two- years the colonists were on "iron rations" with a vengeance. In 1623, according to Bradford's own account when the third contingent of the colonists arrived all the grain or cereal food they had to offer was a very few peas. "The best dish they could present their friends with was a lobster or piece of fish without bread or anything else but a cup of fair spring water." But as William Brewster once said, "It is not with us as with men whom small things can discourage, or small discon tentments cause to wish themselves home again." On this Thanksgiving Day we shall do well to thank God and take courage. We have our troubles, /problems and difficulties both in America and throughout the world. Let us thank God for the indomitable spirit of th.^ Pilgrims. ? Selected. MISSIONARY PACKAGES. My Dear Miss Argyle : About the 13th of September, the Sunday-school of the First Presbyterian Church mailed to Miss Annie R. V. Wilson's address four packages of pictures and post cards, two weighing four pounds each and two, weighing two and one-half pounds each. The Sunday-school entered into the work very enthusiastically. I would have written to you sooner but I was called away very unexpectedly the day the packages were mailed. I am writing at the earliest possible moment after my return. Thank you for your letter. I wrote Miss Wilson and suggested that she send us a list of the things that she could use and we would be glad to help. Our young people want something to interest them. We cannot undertake big things as our mem bership is very small. Forty-seven on our roll, that includes all the Sunday-school. Thanking you again, Mrs. Edward Walker. Dear Mrs. Walker: We are delighted to hear from you and to know of the work of your Sunday-school. It was ^ splendid idea to write to Miss Wilson for the list, which I am sure she will be glad to send. She will appreciate your help and interest. H. A. CARDS FOR WORKERS IN "HEATHEN SUNDAY SCHOOLS." I want to thank all of you for the many pack ages of postcards and Sunday-school cards and the picture rolls, doll and scrap books that have come to us during the past few months, and to tell you what a real help they are to us. We have our graded Sunday School here at Soonchun ? just like you do at home and of course they furnish their own literature. But what you send helps to make our extension Sunday schools, or "Heathen Sunday schools" possible. We have about fifteen of these schools in and around Soonchun and quite a number more over our big Soonchun territory. These schools are made up almost entirely of non-Christian children. They come first to get a peep at a white faced American woman ; then to hear the songs and to own a bright American picture card ; then they come back and soon they are learning the catechism and Bible stories, and also learning that it is a good thing to wash their faces and put on nice clean clothes on Sunday mornings. Then we find these shy little faces slipping in at church, and then they come back, perhaps bringing their mothers or an older sister or brother, and perhaps the father comes just to see what all of this "Jesus talk" is about. So many whole families are brought to Christ. "For a little child shall lead them" is very true in Korea to-day. So, save us more cards and rolls. We often give them out to as many as fifteen Sunday schools in one afternoon and the schools out in the country love so to have some too. Just send them marked "Cards-No- Value" and they come through without any duty. Thank you again for your help and interest in our work. Mrs. J. C. Crane. >? i| SEND CARDS TO KOREA. The above letter shows us how much your packages are appreciated by the missionaries, how many, many cards they need, and how much they help the Sunday-school work. If you have any cards or pictures send them to Mrs. J. C. Crane, care Southern Presbyter ian Mission, Soonchun, Koilrea. Wrap in tough paper, and tie with strong string, they have a long journey before them. Put cards in packages of four pounds or less and they will go for eight cents a pound. Heavier pack ages go at parcel post rates, which are higher, so if you have many cards it is better to put them up in several packages weighing four pounds or less. Let's save all the cards and colored pictures we can find and help Mrs. Crane in her splen did Sunday-school work. Helen Argyle.