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The First Thanksgiving
IT is a mistake to suppose that the
annual Thanksgiving proclama
tion of the president of the Cult
ed States Is always written or
dictated by the president As a mut
ter of fact about all the president has
to do with it is to sign his name to it
The actual composition of the Thanks
giving proclamation is the work of a
specialist in the state department at
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year, to express practically the same
sentiments in an entirely new way or
at least without repeating verbatim
anything that had been said in previ
ous Thanksgiving proclamations. And.
as may be readily understood, this task
la becoming more difficult with each
successive annual call for a day of re
Joicing and thanksgiving.
The first Thanksgiving proclamation
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ed States was signed more than 118
years ago by George Washington, and
the original document is preserved in
the library of the state department
{The first draft of the proclamation
started off: "In the calamities which
afflict so many of the nations." But
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Thanksgiving Favors.
Decorations for the Thanksgiving
fllnner table arouse much interest In
£he candy and pastry shops. There
never was such a variety before.
Three inch turkeys constitute candy
boxes. There are dolls dressed in
pumpkin colored paper from hat to
train. In their hands they carry little
bags made out of tiny pumpkins.
Little negro doll boys clap pumpkin
fcymbala; others guide automobiles that
have pumpkin wheels. Little pumpkin
Coa< es as charming as the one that
Canv.d Cinderella to the ball stand In
line with other devices.
Fruit plates ars plied with red cheek
led apples, gr pes, bananas, pears nnd
iamens, each one of which is a candy
Ë*. Careful reproductions are seen
the mammoth peanuts and the mima
■e lobsters, which also mnlrc enndy
ginning for a Thanksgiving message,
so be changed it to "When we review
the calamities which afflict so many
other nations, the present condition ot
the United States offers much matter
of consolation and satisfaction."
Even this sentence was changed, re
written, corrected, revised, modified
and altered several times by various
members of the cabinet, to whom it
was submitted, but it was Anally al
lowed to stand, as shown In the ac
companying reproduction of portions
of the original proclamation.
The proclamation was issued on Jan
1, 1795, and set apart the following
Feb. 10 as a day for thanksgiving and
Any one who desires to see all the
Thanksgiving proclamations issued by
presidents of the United States will
find them preserved In red leather vol
umes in the state department While
George Washington originated the cus
tom, many of his immediate succès
tors did not follow his example, and It
was not until Abraham Lincoln be
came president that the annual
Thanksgiving as a November holiday
became a regular Institution in the
United States.
The Real National Bird.
Do you know that the bird of Thanks
giving day is more of a national bird
than the lordly eagle? The eagle Is to
be found a native of Europe and Asia
as well as America, but the turkey is
all our own. He was not known until
a full century after Columbus. He
was first seen in the Carolinas, and
when specimens were carried over to
Europe they were hailed as "the most
bi "utiful present made by the ne v
world to the old." T t is a curious fat .
however, that coiï.lôera'jle error ;ire
vailed as to the t .e source of the fo>v\
Dr. Samuel Joh!i. "ri „nave .!
the turkey as a " er domestic (oui,
supposed to be I- at from Turkey ''
Europeans had i ?aiocks, venison s*vat£8
and even canary birds' tongues, but
what were any of these as compared
I with the American turkey?
O. J. WACKEÄL.IN, Agent, - Fort Benton, Mont.
(Office over Lockwood's drug store)
What Has Happened in Montana Dur
ing; the Past Few Days.
Roundup, Nov. 21.— W Wards
worth is here dead from the effects of
a shot fired by himself following a
drunken row with an inmate of a house
of ill fame. Little is known of the
suicide here except that be had been
employed as fireman on the Oregon
Short Line at Dillon.
Libby , Nov, 21.—State Senator
James Learv of Lincoln county and
N. W. Leary of Spokane were con
siderably cut and bruised when getting
out of bed to kill a troublesome
mountain rat in their hunting cabin
on Cherry creek. Â bullet struck an
eight-pound package of powder which
exploded and blew the cabin into bits.
Lewistown , Nov. 21.—It is an
nounced that when tne Milwaukee
completes its track from Lewistown to
the Judith river, seventeen miles west
of the line to Great Falls, it will cease
track laying until Bpring. It is in
tended to reach the river by January
first, and the company will then be,
prepared to haul all bridge material
over its own rails.
Malta , Nov. 21.—Ohmar Holmes of
this city shot and perhaps fatally in
jured his 10-year-old son Robert, Mon
day night while he was cleaning an
automatic revolver, Holme9 was ex
tremely careless with firearms, but
like all newcomers who come west his
first thought was to own a gun. The
boy was standing directly in front of
the weapon when it went off, the bul
let striking bis hip and penetrating
the bladder. Thd little fellow was
taken to Glasgow, but not much hopes
are entertained for his recovery.
Butte , Nov. 22.—W. A. Clark,
former United States senator and
many times millionaire, was drawn
for a criminal venire, Monday, but
when the jury was selected, pleaded
the age limit and was excused. All
citizens beyond 70 are exempt in Mon
tana. Mr. Clark did not state his age,
beyond that he is more than 70.
Butte , Nov. 22,—Culminating a
political argument involving the ten
ents of socialism and democracy,
James Ferry, aged 36, was stabbed
through the heart last night at Main
and Broadway. The police are
searching for Dan Merrigan, whom
Ferry named as the man who stabbed
him, just before he died. Both men
are miners and the quarrel resulted
from Ferry's declaration that Merri
gan had spoken in obloquy of the
priests and sisters of the Catholic
church before election.
Missoula , Nov. 22. —Albert Wil
liams well known here and in the Bit
ter Root valley, who recently has been
stable boss at a lumber camp of the
Interstate Lumber company in the Big
Blackfoot valley, committed suicide
in a tragic manner here yesterday,
giving as his reason his failure to
win the love of a waitress at Garri
son. Williams took poison in his
room, walked out on the street with a
friend and dropped dead on the side
Helena, Nov. 22. —The highest
wind in the history of the records of
the Helena weather bureau early this
morning did damage estimated at not
less than t5,000 to Helena buildings,
fences, telegraph poles and windows.
The records of the weather bureau
show the wind attained a velocity of
66 miles an hour, five miles more than
was ever attained here before. Twice
the wind reached a velocity of 60
miles an hour, the first time February
6, 1890, and the second time Christ
mas eve of the same year.
Helena, Nov. 22.— An appropria
tion of 980,000 will be asked of the
legislature this winter for the com
pletion of the state's hydro-electrio
power plant at Race Track. The mat
ter of the building of this plant was
taken up by the state board of prison
commissioners several years ago
Preliminary surveys were made, rights
of way and water rights obtained,
and then a crew of prisoners was put
to work cutting a five mile canal out
of the solid rock to deliver water into
a reservoir just above the site selected
f »• the generators. Another crew was
j't to work at the state's sawmill,
getting out lumber for the flume
through which the water will be de
livered to the plant.
Butte, Nov. 23 — James J. Smith
pleaded guilty today to the murder of
Clarence A. Aokeret, at Melrose,
Mont., April 15 last, and was sen
tenced to life imprisonment.
Butte, N ov . 23.—Daniel Ryan, a
miner, committed suicide in the city
jail by hanging, after his arrest for
disturbance. Ryan found a bit of
wire in his cell and committed the act
so quietly that a cellmate who sat by
reading a magazine knew nothing of
the suicide until he looked up from
hi9 story and saw the body swinging
at his side.
Helena, N ov . 23.—Rocky Boy's
band of Cree Indians, whose plight
was recently called to the attention of
the Indian department at Washington,
will spend the winter, not in the bleak
fastness of the Blackfeet Indian res
ervation, but as guestj of the war de
partment on the old Head ranch.
Here they will be furnished rations
from Fort Harrison, the department
of the interior reimbursing the war
Lewistown, N ov . 22.—Harvesting
is about at an end in the Judith basin,
the long continued clear weather af
fording the farmers an opportunity to
finish up their thrashing, which wa9
seriously delayed by storms at the
usual harvesting period. Much of the
grain is being stored in the belief that
the present low prices will improve
after the first of the year. All the
grains are of excellent quality this
season and it is said the flax is espec
ially good.
Lewistown , Nov. 25. — Fratk
Stephens, one of the leading stockmen
of this part of the state, and Murray
H. Deaton, have just returned from
Mexico, where they bought a lot of
Mexican steers to range here. The
Mexicans brought to this country
early in the year have done splendidly.
Red Lodge, N ov . 25.—Seventy-four
placer location notices have been filed
in the office of the clerk and recorder
at Red Lodge by Billings and Carbon
county men during this week for land
supposed to contain petroleum oil and
natural gas. It is estimated that the
filings will cover about 15,000 acres
of land tn the Cottoocwod oil fields
of Carbon county where considerable
preliminary work has been done dur
ing ths past year.
Plains , Nov. 24. —The body of a
living man so badly burned tha^ life
is despaired of, was discovered acci
dentally in the forest along the Thomp
son river near here today by two for
est rangers. The victim was Archi
bald McPhaii, 60 years old, who left
here last night with supplies for a
hunting party. In the night his tent
and bedding caught fire from his
camp fire when he was asleep. He
was taken to a hospital in Missoula.
Helena , Nov. 25.— Montana's share
of the receipts of forest reserves with
in its boundaries will be $59,816 37
this year, according to a letter receiv
ed by Governor Leighton from F. H.
Davis, auditor in the national house
hold at Washington for the state and
other departments. This sum is
twenty-five per cent of the receipts of
the forests of the fiscal year that end
ed June 30, 1912. Montana's share of
forest income has been dwindling the
past few years.
Ths Houses of Parliament.
The fire which destroyed the old
houses of parliament broke out on Oct
16, 1834. The present building, termed
tbe palace of Westminster, was opened
on Nov. 4, 1852. It stands on a bed of
concrete twelve feet thick and covers
an area of nine statute acres. It con
tains 1,100 apartments, 100 staircases
and two miles of corridors and pas
sages. Tbe great Victoria tower at the
southwest extremity is 846 feet In
height—London Standard.
A Doubtful Compliment.
Tbe banquet ball was adorned with
many beautiful paintings, and the
president of the little college wag call
ed upon to respond to a toast Wish
tag to pay a compliment to tbe ladles
present he designated the paintings
with an eloquent gesture and said:
"What need Is there of these painted
beauties when we have so many with
as at the table?"—Ladles' Home Jour
The One to Be Pleased.
"No," said Packham, "we never have
boiled ham at our bouse any more."
"Why," said Ascum, "I thought you
were very fond of It"
"So I am, but my wife's pet dog
won't eat It at all."—Detroit Free
His Punishment
"What punishment did that default
ing banker get?"
"1 understand bis lawyer charged
him $40,000.Washington Herald.
A Fiver.
"In what shape did be appeal to you
tor help?"
"His appeal was -V shaped."—Balti
more American.
The youth of a nation are the trus
tees of posterity. Disraeli.
Don't Mow
Out in the Wind
They are built for rugged use.
Built strong and durable.
Built so that they won't blow
ou t; so that they won't leak and won't smoke.
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lantern —the best that experts can produce.
At Dealer» Everywhere
Dam. Pueblo, Albuquerque,
Cheyenne, Butte, Boise, Salt Lake City.
S «if*#
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The Light for the Home L W Ä
use—the best lamp you can buy is the Rayo.
There is no gl.îre; no flicker. The light is soft and clear. The Rayo
is a low priced lamp, but you cannot get better light at any price.
Rayo lamps are lighting more than three million homes.
Save the Children's Eyes—and Your Own.
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*** Made in various styles and for all purposes.
At Dealers Everywhere
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Cheyenne, éutte, Bak^jSSBTSEe City.
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ATTItN i. Äi-' rO
D. G. L0CKW00D,
A Complets Line of Wat'he*.,
Jewelry and Silverware oa B std
Repair Work on Jewelry a Vatches
solicited. Every job personally guar
D. Q. LOCKWOOD, - Front Street, Fort Benton

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