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THE GREENVILLE JOURNAL
'-4d M&,id V tfjt f C2f& A : I. Jktf K M Vv W V-w-n WtS; WHERE THE WILD A NEW THANKS i r.iviKir. L i JAMES W. BKKMAN THIS Is the week of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving dny is an Ameri can custom started by the Pil grims who landed on the new continent and faced hardships which lew can realize who are reared in the wealth and luxury of the land to day. The season had been a hard one. Many had died and the prospect of (starvation during the cold winter with iita ice and snow loomed large. So, when the harvest yielded enough to Jveep them until another season would produce the necessities of life, they met that last Thursday In November in year 1621, and gave thanks to their God, who had remembered them. Thankfulness la usually in Inverse ratio to the value of the thing for which we give thanks. This Is no dis paragement of the things we are grate ful for; but humanity does not think of thanks until It has felt the terrors of distress. The rich who live In luxury and ease do not thank with their hearts. Their thanks are but formal expressions of meaningless words. How can words mean anything when one has not felt the things which make for thankful ness? But the poverty-stricken who have faced starvation pour out thanks from their humble hearts for the things that have saved their lives. Those who live In gorgeous homes with comfortable fireplaces do not think of thanks. But those who live in the little hovel with big cracks in the walls and crevices about the doors and windows and without fuel, give thanks for the comfort of fire. W do not prize health until we have lost it, and we do not appreciate life until we have faced the danger of hav ing to give it up. That which we have we are likely to accept as a matter of course; but be deprived of It and the sudden realiza tion of its value jars our souls like an earthquake. We are thankful In the full sense of the word for things necessary to life and happiness only when we ha7e had to do without them. We are not thankful for that to which we are accustomed and accept thoughtlessly. But when we are de prived of the necessities of Ufa and face the hardships, Including death, that come as a result, we are thankful with all our heart. America has more to be thankful for yearly, than any other nation la the world; but our thanks are tempered by the gravity of the sorrow of our neighbors. The year has not been one of great happiness, peace and prosperity. It Is a year of travail for humanity the travail of a people being born again. But out of It will come a disciplined and sober people; a people who will know the realities of life better. We will learn that life it a serious matter, and no silly, simpering affair. The war has brought us again to an undemanding of tha terrible earneat m of the thing w call Ufa, I TURKEY CALLS-THE REAL The earth is in process, and we still have earthquakes and volcanic erup tions. Humanity, too, is in process, and strife and sorrow and death will con tinue to be its lot. We must face life resolutely and meet destiny undis mayed. This year we will not be thankful so much for the blessings we have re ceived, for the things that have been given to us for being pampered by a prodigal Trovidence and being re lieved of our burdens, as we will be thankful or the strength to bear them. In the shrine of our hearts our deep est prayer is not that we shall be re lieved of our burdens; but that we shall be given the strength to bear them, for we are great in the degree and the manner in which we face our tasks and perform them. The Great Souls are those that have suffered and endured. Our Thanksgiving this year will be no perfunctory, Infantile prattle be cause of satiety. This Is a year of reckoning with fate ; of being thankful If we, our selves, have not fallen in the wreck age. We are thankful not for what has happened ; but for what has not happened. Life is not a trivial pastime. It is deadly earnest. It Is the course that destiny takes, and let us be thankful, not for less of life, but for more of it, and the courage, the fortitude, the strength, and the persistence to meet its dilliculties and continue its course undaunted by disaster and unspoiled by success. We are thankful for Character, not charity, and for Iron wills that have not been broken by the inevitable! From the Sunday Magazine. Thanksgiving Fable. An aged Turkey, once upon a time had occasion to read the Klot act to a Grandson because the latter was a Glutton. "It Behooves you to Fast for a few weeks," said the Wise Old Bird, "for Thanksgiving draweth apace that season when long-legged Bipeds Swoop down upon Us without Warn ing and give it to our Family In the Neck." "Oh, go to!" exclaimed the Young Glutton. "You think because Old Age has made you Gouty and rendered you Unable to Partake of the Good things of Life that you can Stuff me. I'm Dead Next. See?" "Very well," nnswered the Grand sire. "Keep right on getting Obese and you will be Dead Next for keeps ; then You'll see who does the Stuffing." And the late November returns showed that the Old Turk knew Whereof he Spoke. Moral If you would Live Long and Prosper, Don't get Oay. Is an Old Institution. Despite popular opinion to the con trary, Thanksgiving day as an insti tution is not peculiarly American. For history shows that all ancient na tions used to celebrate some feast of a thanksgiving nature, while most of the tribes of our American Indians had a big gathering and a harvest feast years before the white man ever set foot on the shores of the new world. By the Greeks and Romans the fes tival days In honor of the goddess of agriculture were times of rustic sport, of processions through the fields and the decorating of the home with fruits and flowers. The people of Egypt en Joyed a time of feasting after gather ing In their harvests and laid the fruits of the year on the altar of the Goddess Isls. The Thankful Spirit Cultivate the thankful spirit It will be to thee a perpetual feast There is, or ought to be, with ns no such thing as small mercies; all are great, because the least are unde served. Indeed, a really thankful heart will extract motive for gratitude flora everything. J. It. Macduff. Christ's standards are good for two worlds. THANKSGIVING BIRD THANKSGIVING DAY That we're at peace with all the world Safe in our cities and our homes. That unto this, our favored land Such gift with ail its blessings, comes. That men go not to war and death, jj That women do not fearful brood A By anxious hearths for dear ones gone, u We thank Thee, Giver of all good. X That no ambitious strife is ours, u That lust of conquest does not thrill J This misiiiy nation's inmost heart, 3j That we abhor to burn and kill $ That weaker nations we protect u Fight but to make their wronging cease, And only comes to make them free, jjj We thank Thee, Cod of love and peace, $ That in the stress around us now, j We feel our hearts with pity throb, $ And haste to heal the wounded man To hush the child and woman's sob. ft That we are eager still to share V The goods that heap our stores again. 2 With those who have but us to help, jj We thank Thee, Father of all men! n Feast of the Tabernacles. The feast of the tabernacles, in the Old Testament times was also a har vest celebration and took place on the seventh day of the month, which cor responds to our November, sometimes lasting for a whole week. They gath ered In the temple In great proces sions, holding palms, and in the streets were booths decorated with the flow ers and fruits of autumn. Among the Indians of America the custom of having a Thanksgiving feast was practically universal at least among those who had any amount of planting. As corn was the main arti cle grown, their dances and feasting were generally In honor of the har vesting of that food. The writers of several hundred years ago who first studied the Indian on his native heath all speak of these festivals and the elaborate ceremonial with which they were attended. While most of the tribes have vanished as such, there are still some left on government reserva tions which observe, though possibly in a modified degree, the ancient cus tom of their race. One of Most Ancient Customs. The Dutch colonists held "thank days" every year from 1690 until 1710, and the English, upon gaining author ity there, followed their example. The English harvest home was familiar to them, and they curried out the Ameri can feast day much as they had in the old days on the island. This event there was and sti41 is purely a rural one, and Is the sole day In the year when the vast estates of the British gentry are thrown open to the whole countryside. There is a barn dance at night, sports on the greensward as the sun sets, just as there was a thousand years ago among the Saxons; and there is, of course, quite a wonderful dinner. It was In 1830 that the gov ernor of New York chose u day of thanksgiving for yearly observance, and several other northern governors soon followed his lead. A Helping Hand. One doesn't need to be rich or fa mous to reach out a helping hand to someone who needs It. A good exam ple is a great work the greatest work a woman can do and It doesn't re quire the spending of u one-cent piece. Example is contagious. We can begin a very sweet work If we will a work that will do more good than we would ever dream about. Then let us put aside petty rpinlngs and complainings, sit down quietly Thanksgiving day and count up our blessings, and let us be truly grateful for thorn. We probably know someone struggling on alone. If we are able to do so, why not brUtf a little prac tical cheer Into her life Thanksgiving day? If we do the holiday will fly away with golden wings and next morn ing we'll know what It la to be thankful nd happy. APRIL JONES GI5T1IIS by Douqlas Malloch PRIL Jones waa the worst grouch in Home town. Perhaps it waa enough to make a man grouchy, to have bad parents with no more originality than to name him "April" because April happened to be the muuui .ii which he was born. Especial ly since he had had to go through life with the nickname "Ape," a natural shortening of his longer name, but one that was not so very complimentary. "A darned good name, 'April' or 'Ape,' " said Barry Dee time and again. "If it's 'Ape,' he's as coclable as a gorilla. And, If it's 'April,' he's as pleasant as the breaking up of a hard winter." Yet April had acquired funds. If he hadn't made friends. And he had oth er riches. Chief among them was June, a daughter, named for her birth month, like her father. She was well named, too for she had roses In her cheeks, and eyes that were twin patches of blue sky. Nearly every body prefersed her to her sister May. Dan Meeker certainly did or to any one. April, May and June were the whole Jones family. As for Hometown, and the kind of town Hometown was, this Is the way Harry Dee described it when he went down to the city, and they asked : "Hometown. Is the best little town the Lord ever made, but there ain't anybody else ever worked at It much. When he quit everybody else laid off. f UR Father ; from thee come all good and perfect gifts. Each day we pray for "daily bread" and thou dost supply all our needs according to thy riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We thank thee for the numberless mercies of life. Friends ; health, food, shelter all are received from thee. Accept our song of thanksgiving which rises from deeply thankful hearts. May the renewed memories of the Thanksgiving season lead us to give our lives to thee with a richer sense of consecration than we have hitherto known. Not alone content to speak our thanks on this one day, may prayer and song and life proclaim our gratitude every day of the swiftly passing year. Amen. eirfrfeftee6ftfteaeaefte6eftea He give us a navigable river, but It nin't never been navigated by anything much but bullheads and canoes. He give us a high hill to shut off the west wind, but there's some of us that ain't been to the top of It yet. He give us good soil, but we're keepln' it more or less of a secret. He give us n lot of natural advantages, and quite a bunch of natural loafers, one of whom I guess I am which. Fact Is, he give us a darned sight more than we ever give ourselves. Six days he labored and made Hometown; and it ain't never had any next week since." Of course, it wasn't as bad as that Pan Meeker, who had been a tent-boy April Jonea Said He'd See. with a Chnutauqua last summer, came home to retdlze that Hometqwn had about the beut people In the world In it Industrious In their work, honest iU their dealing and kind to their neigh bors. But it hadn't any navigable river. Harry to th contrary notwithstand ing. The old mill dam below, long out of use since the sawmill waa gone, but still in existence, backed the river up for a mile and bred canoes and bull heads. The hill west of town wasn't a help, but a hindrance. It made too hard a haul, and It shut Hometown In so that It almost forgot about the world outsld. Even Hometown's ad vantages were In some ways a disad vantage. 'Three squares a day have come so easy to most of us here," said Dan to himself, "that we've kind o forgot that there Is anything else." There never was a town so good that It couldn't be made better. Dan, thought It would be I fine idea to get op some kind of a community club or something and take op the work where Hurry Dee claimed creation had left off. Harry Doe agreed with him. bat that la all he did. It doesn't take much effort to agree. Dan did well as a clerk In the grocery, but as a stim ulator of the town he didn't make much progress. Likewise he didn't make much progress up at the Jones place. June smiled, but April stormed. Aa Thanksgiving approached, the three local pastors began to think about their Thanksgiving services. The choirs were rehearsed, and certain Thanksgiving sermons were dusted off, looked over and re-written. One day the minister of the Methodist church said to his wife: I "There's April Jones. Be haa more to be thankful for than any of us, as far aa this world's goods go. Wouldn't It be a fine thing to get Ape out to our Thanksgiving meeting?" His wife immediately said It would and she couldn't help wondering If It might not ultimately have some effect on her husband's back salary although It was a worldly thought So that very afternoon ber husband called at the bank and Invited April Jones. April Jones said he'd see and he was so decent about It that the min ister told his wife that April Jones waa a misjudged man. The Baptist pastor saw them through the bank window and, as May taught In the Bap tist Sunday school and June sang in the choir, he decided that it would be no more than right to drop In and have a talk with their father and mention the Thanksgiving services. "The absence of our leading citizen," said the pastor, "would throw cold wa ter on the whole service." "Well, a little cold water ain't going to hurt a Baptist Is It?" asked April, with something that approached a chuckle. And, not quite so pleasantly, he said he would see. April Jones was a suspicious per son; and that night when Dan asked him If he wouldn't come to the Con gregational service, he roared: "What are you fellows up to? 1 ain't no heathen, that you have to start mlsslonurylng me!" It took a little time to convince htm that there was no conspiracy of cordi ality against him. Suddenly the old fellow got up, raised one finger at arm's length above his head, and said : "I tell you what I'm going to do: I ain't going to any of 'em, and I'm go ing to 'em all !" And with this para doxical pronouncement he stomped off to bed. Next morning April Jones sent the cashier to ask the three clergymen to meet him at the bank. "I'm much obliged to you all for your invitations," he said, while the Congre gationalist looked at him mystified, and the Methodist and Baptist looked at each other, "but I can't be In no three places at once. That shows you the ruinous effect of competition. Now, I'm going to suggest this: Let's open up the school auditorium and have one big, bang-up Thanksgiving service and Invite the whole town!" That Is how the famous town Thanksgiving In Hometown came about Before they got through April Jones was made chairman of the com mittee of arrangements, and Dan Meek er was called over from the grocery and made secretary. It was agreed that the Methodist minister was to open the meeting, that the Baptist pastor should offer prayer, and thut the Con gregational brother should preach the sermon, with the Methodist to pro nounce the benediction. "And we'll have three choirs get to gether up at June's bouse tomorrow night," suggested Dan, "and practice each other's hymns!" So one idea suggested another, and before Thursday arrived the whole town had been Invited, and had agreed to come. No one In Hometown will forget that Thanksgiving service in the school au ditorium: What singing there was by that chorus of nearly thirty voices, mingling In the best old Methodist and Baptist - and Congregational hymns ! How the preachers vied with each other in eloquence I And when the Methodist minister took up a col lection, although nobody knew exactly what for. everybody laughed right out. But that was April Jones' turn to speak. "I don't know whether lfs last regular for me to speak now, after these good brothers," said April, "or to speak at all, but I tell you what we are going to do with this money. Ua folks here In Hometown have got a lot to be thankful for, but we don't know It We ought to give thanks for these three brothers here, who are pull ing the weeds In our little vineyard. We ought to give thanks for our good school. We ought to give thanks for our good soil, and the good power in our river that we ain't never developed yet But I tell you what I think about Thanksgiving: I think we ought to give something no re besides giving thanks 1 "There's a young fellah setting down here that has been secretary of our committee of arrangements, who baa beeu glttlng off a lot of Ideas up at our place about us folka glttlng together, and I want to tell you they're sound. I move you that we go Into commit tee of the wholo, or something, and that, after we git organised, that Dan Meaer be made secretary of the blamed business, whatever it is." It didnt take more than a minnte to make Dan secretary. They wanted to make April president but he wouldn't have It But he would act as treasurer, so the Methodist minister turned over the collection. "Walt a minute," said April Jones, "you ain't through with this here col lection yet Here's this hill west of town, that sends half the farmers to "Us Folks Have Got a Lot to Be Thankful For." Spraguevllle with their produce be cause it's too hard to haul. How many nien'll give a day's work with teams to grade her down?" Fifty hands went up In the air like bayonets. "Good!" said April Jones. That's the first thing we tackle. But we're going to git a power plant at the old dam, and we're going to pay off the mortgage on the Methodist church, and do a, few more things. And, as for the mortgage, put me down, Mr. Secre tary, for two hundred for a starter." There Isn't any mortgage on the Cen tral M. E. church at Hometown, and there Is a power plant at the dam, and Dan Meeker is working In the bank. No. April hasn't taken him into part nership. But June has. (Copyright. 116. Western Newapapcr Union.) THANKSGIVING FABLE. It was a hungry pussy cat, upon Thanksgiving- morn. And she watched a thankful little mouse, that ate an ear of corn. "If I ate that thankful little mouse, how thankful he should be, When he has made a meal himself, to make a meal for me! Then with his thanks (or having fed, and his thanks for feeding; me. With all his thankfulness inside, how thankful I shall be!" Thus mused the hungry pussy cat, upon Thanksgiving day; But the little mouse had overheard and declined (with thanks) to stay. Oliver Herford. First Thanksgiving Proclamation. It was In 1789, on the 3d day of Oc tober, In New York, that George Wash ington as the first president of the United States issued the first national proclamation for Thanksgiving day. In the South It was not until 1S55 that the day was recognized. Governor Johns of Virginia in that year sent a message to the legislature asking leg islative acknowledgment of the day, so that le might the more properly pub lish a proclamation. The advice given him was negative, "because the pro posed holiday had origin in Puritanic bigotry." Nevertheless, there was a difference of opinion, and two years later, the next governor of Virginia issued a Thanksgiving proclamation, without asking advice. Eight southern states began to keep the day. the ensuing year, and did so in a manner of great hospitality, up to the time the Civil war broke -out Thankfulness. "What are you thankful fur today?" asked Plodding Pete. "Well, if I had riches," replied Meandering Mike, "I a'pose I'd be wor rying about me taxes. Maybe I ought to be thankful I ain't got nothin' much to be thankful fur." Real Essentials. After all it matters not how simple the Thanksgiving dinner Is If only the food Is palatable and well cooked and the welcome Is hearty. Did not dear old Doctor Holmes once say, "The true essentials to a feast are only fun and feed?" Character. 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