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1 ''-'''''"" ' ' - i .I.,.. I,. , - . .. . - . , . . n-i ,,,.,,,,-,(, - - -.I,,-,- - I. ; P. K. MAYERS, Proprietor. . LOVE FOR OUK FHIENDS ; COUKTESY FOK ALL ; FEAK FOR NONE, Terms-Two Dollars per Year in Adtance. VOLUME 53. SCRANTON, MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1897. NUMBER 38 THE COURTS. TH RtOMH TERM. Circuit Court 2nd Dist. TRAD. A. WOOD, Julio. WAL1KR A. WHITE. DiffMCT Attorxkt. In tho eonntv of Warm mi th accnnil Monday of January nl JhIv aa.t emitlnue lx dura. la the emntv nf Pearl Hlvcr va the tl.lnUIun dv of April Mid October and continue alt data. In the coon'r of Marion, eecnnd .Uati'lct. on tho fiinrth Monday of fanaarv and July and cnntiniMi It dava. In llx lint riiatrlrt on the flint Mnnday f Kebraaiv aud A maul ami continue all daya In tlM cvanty of Clnrkx on tho aeroiul M.imlav f February end A Ufiint and continue twel re dava. In tho enunty of Jaafier on tho Unit Monday of Mml nan Nentemiier aim cent inn twelve .lava. In toe conutv of Orwine on tho nonond Monday f March and He,tembrrand continue ail daya. In tho conntr of Hancock on tho fourth Monday f May and November and continue alx daya. In tnocoanly of llarrlxinnn tho aorond Monday f May and Xnvemhernnd contlmio el dava. In tho conntr of lackmu on tho fourth Monday f April awl October, and continue twelve duva. Chancery Court 2d Dist. jr. 0. HIIX, KnuKwam. In tl.o county of Pearl River on tho drat Monday of January and July nnd continue all dnya. - In the county of Marlon Brat district, on tho aacond Monday of .Unitary nnd July and continue el dnya. In tlio am'ond dlatrlot. on the third Monday of January nnd July and continue alx daya. In the county of Hancock on the fourth Monday of January mid July nnd continue la dnya. In the county of Harrlaon on tho flrsl Monday of February nnd August nnd con tinue alx dnya. In tho county of Jprkaon on the aocond Monday of February d August nnd con tinue alx dnya. In the county r Wny.e on the aocond Monday of Jui" nd Deceit, or. nnd continue Ix dnya. I n the county of Jnnea on .He drat Monday of March nnd Septemlier nnn continue alx Save. In the county of Jonca on tho nrat Mondny of March and Seutuniber and contlnuo alx dnya. In the ewnntv of .laapcr on tho aocond Monday of March and September and con tinue alx dnya. In the county of Perry hold In Austiata. the rirnt niatrh't. on the third Monday of March and September nnd continue alijiaya. In the town of HattieHhtirir. tho S.v.md IHa trlct. on the tlmt Monday of June and Duce.ii ber and continue nix dnya. In the ennnty of Smith on the fourth Mo.t day of March and September, and continue tlx dnya. In the county of Orocne on Tlniraduy after the eenond Monday of April and October and continue three dnya. In the county of Covington on the fourth Monday In April and October and contlniH' Ix dnya. In the county of Xewtnn on the drat Mon day of April and November mid continue six dava. In the county of Lauderdale on the drat Monday of May and November and continue twenty-four diiya. In the county of Darke on the third Mon day of Anril and November nnd continue six daya . Secret Societies. MHIANTON. 1. O. O. P. "ernnton Loilire No. 4S. mceta ev ery Tueaduy evening at. (Mil Fellowa' Hull M T:. o'clook. T. O. Until. N. U.i II. S. ttourkc. ecretary. Ocranton Kncampnient No. 32. mceta every d and 4th Friday evening at Odd Fellowa' HallatMKIo'rloclc. J. 8. I'ortla. C. I'.i U.S. Ilonrke. acrllie. ....... Knlghtsof I'ythliia. MIlwilipl.Iodgo No. ft, meet every Thurxday evening at Odd FelUiwa' Hall atT:oVI'k. Henry J amine. C. C.x n.r llrowne. M. of F & K. of K. ft S. F. ft A. M. Oulf Lodge No. 41. nieeta Jnd Wedneadava In each month at Odd Fellowa' Hall. Chrla Nelaon. W. M.i Wm. 0. Parker. Secretary. .. Woodmen of the World. Scranton Camp No. t. f. 0. Ilecht. t'.O.i John V. Morgan, A. I. B. F. Browne, Clerk. MOSS POINT. The Wlnwlng enlera meet In Stewavt'a new hall : WiHW Pnlnt Lmtge WO. 111. I. w. r.-jvvrr, Mnndav night. M M. Watkinn, K. O. i A. II. Smith.' V. O.i J B. Chamhrrlin, Secretary. . Moaa Paint Kncampment . -Flint nnd third Friilav nichta, H. M. naiaina.j. r.n, . .. hae. H. P.i J. W. Stewart, aeriue. Pawagnnla !ndg No VH, A. F A. M -Rverv third Satimfay nlijlit. O. W.O Neil, W. M.i C. H. Woml. Se retaiy.. Paacagnnla -Senate No. 4M. Ancient F.wnlr Order F.rerv aecend and fourth Tnea.to.va In each month.!'. W. Adama, aemor ataua- J. J. aifin toah. aecretarv. Wedmen of the World. Xo. SS.-Second and fmitth Frldava In ea'h Bimith. Thoa. Spencer. rVrretarri ll. C. Herring. Conaul Ommnndcr: M. M. WaikiM, Ailvlaer uieutenanii i. n. nu an.a. clerx. Chapter No. meeta every aecono Satur day In each mouth. II. L. Howe, H. P.i 0. Wood. Secretary. t.ui Vnlirlila of Honor. meeta aecoud and ' fourth Saturday night In each month. W. Fred llerrin, iiieiauir. meeta every drat and third Tueeday at. Se;',t'," v.lA..Af l)i-.kiM Un.. I'nlnt lHiee no. nr. nallatrmoVlnok. T. n. Juni.ann, i. v.i Veaeh. K. II. 8. and M. F. St. Charlea lodge. A. F. A. M.. to. f Kegtilar communication drat Wedneaday night of each month. For lecture third Wedneada. St. John' days. Annual rami' iiimioiiniu uih nf .lime and 27th of Dwell. ber of each year. C. S. COLLAUU. W M. F.J. II Secretary. KSCATAWPA. iMlge K. of H. No. 311.1 h .Ida regular meetliig en aecend and fonrth 8at.ir.laya in each month. L. L. Kngeia, IHctaton Philip Oovia, Kepmter, IICKAN SPHINU8. Oen Spriegu l,.lge No. Ml K. of P. V S. Vanctoav. C. O.t A. P. Kotunin, V.C.t 0 Konnf, IV B. !,. Tardv, M.of M.t R. U. Wiif; tmtnn, M. at A.j W, wrenMn, i. w.. " MadiaiMi. 0. 0. ' VAMRLEAVR. Erell Lodge No. m. meeta Saturday before the 2nd Sunday In each month at Vancleaye, Mlaa. II. 0. liaveua. W. M.; Bradford, e retary, TIMSY. t)tovMtNol,.A.r. A.M., meet Kamrnav before tlilnl niinnav in ro.. A. Walker. W. M.t H. 0. Flurry, Meeretarv Morris Jacobs, Merchant Tailor, 8CRANT0N, MIHH.. Genti' Furairliir.y Goods HATS, CAPS "D SHOES' Dyeing and Cleaning I'KtH'KKI.X uvna. ' W. WAHKKS. D. 1. WAMHKN VARRQfJBROG., . DSAtHIUl IK PAIULY OIiOCniIE3, FKKD. OOIWI RY KODUCB. 1'IN'WARK, QARDKN 8KKD, Bl Tiiliacer-."J,ASCY HoNRT," iie!Uy PsacMDonln Blnwt.. OnntatTitK. All, AprlllleTTi ' T STUMER VILtDA la now prepared to receive freight and pUBwrgem for all puiutaon the PASCAGOULA RIVER between Scranton nnd lllxnn'i mill. If water permlta. Hteanmr will leave Scranton (Mitchell' wharf. TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS. For ratev or further particulars, addreaa MERCHANTS' TRANSPORTATION CO., SCRANTON. MIBS. March 20. IHB7. 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VcHMtls Duilt ami l.'epuiroil. JOHN FOKTBIl A SON, Gulf Oyateis, Finlt unit Slu imp. r ko r Kaa iai.. W. M. I.KXXT, W. a. WOOD. fJENNY A WOODS, ATTOHXEYS fc t.'OUSSBUMts l U", Serantn. MIh. Prnctlcca in all the conrta nf the Second Judicial Dlnlrict. Unii in Scranton Mate flank miuning. R. D. WlGGINTON, ATTOUNEY AT LAW. Ocmait 8prinp-f Mi MM .-!. ! 1Kb oonntlna rtt Jairkvitl 1111(1 umrnrr i i"" "n,"r - "' " tM t VIII Vtiillfllnir mmienA flftnP. liarriPon. iuv m uunn-p,. w-.. Dr. T. B. Ford Tenders his services to the people of Scranton and Vicinity. nam ... a..ri.,itim Pharmacv Hnura From 0 a. m. until n m. ana iroin i mm. u. . H. S. Hyatt, ATTOUXKV AND COUNSKLOK AT Ooean tSprtn-, Mi Special attention given w i..u -atracw of name, removal of clouds and con- nicia. 0, H. Wood, ATTOKXKV AND CO(JKSKFXK T LAW, rracticen in o.i - Harrison. Hancock. Perry and Greene. r- - a man. pord St Ford, ATTOUNKY AND COU?ISKIIIta i i-fl " Knrav.ito.i. iviioo. U'lll 'nriu'tlce In tho coilutiea of .lachaon and Harrison. iiuu ... c..... ".".V . R B.H.nnN.ll.II Hllfll building. . V Seal, ATTORNEY AND CODNSKMHl AT tAW ....i in all the court of the Second Judicial unirici. rrw 1 1" " Hhas. S. Meriwether, V . I T, 1 k It ATTORNEY ANb UOlni!.i."n a ' . a M ia. OMce-ln the Frederic building, near court house. . B Bloomfleld, ATTOUNET AND COCSSKELOIl AT LAW, SmnMn. mim. ... . l.m tt t.ha See omlTiiro'&T' Hank hulldtng. Itook stitl 4l Print'nit ol evwy Ue- acriituiti neatly miwiimu ut mis omo f)iJ yeitr of.iera lu atouca. Editorial nnd Otherwise. I,nve your ncijtlibnr yourself. They cull it now the "pervading fever." Sunn men only see meanness in ntben. Good humor ean hear the birds sing in t thunder storm. There is blood nn the moon in the midst of rnir other troubles. ' Kindness is the gulden chain by which socie ty is bound together. Tht Illuminated supplement stocking is the latest shriek in hosiery. The mors a woman thinks aha knows about politics the less fruit she csns. The suicide rate in tb German army Is M per snnum in escl. 100,000 men. Some men are so miserly that they won't even pay another a compliment. Even the women haven't got the nerve In claim that Cupid ever got married. It' the coal desler'g weigh nf dealing with his customers Diet mskes him rich. A msn thst can be flattered is not necessari ly a fuel, but you csn make one of him. It will be unfortunate if the Federal govern ment tskes chsrge nf qnsrsnline slfsirs. Diplomacy consists Isrgely in bicKing down with dignily when yon hsve gone too fsr. "Whst wonderful guides and counselors books are." "Yerj especially bank bonks." Lose nn opportunity to lend a helping hsnd In some one who is laboriously toiling npwnrd. As a fashionable street slipper, the bansns peel will not be regarded with favor after the fall. Tramps will be glad lo hear that a scientist declares that alcohol csn be msde from corn talks. The wife buys fashionable trimmings nf the milliner, but the husband gets his from the barber. When the forenoon! of life are wasted, Ihere not much hope of a peaceful and fruitful evening. The ynnng man who ia afraidlo lose his hours, his dimes and his honor is a Ash worth catching. When a woman cries till her eyes snd nose get sll red she is said to hare been weeping her heart nut. A girl spends lot nf time wondering whst she would sy if she got kissed and then does n't say snything. There were f',230 suicides in this country during ISVO. In ninny cases the right person did nut do the set. Fntiiro generations will be force.) In lenrn thst centralised wrslth in a rrpublio ia the nest egg of a rernlution. They hare invented a machine In dnm stockings, lint it will never supplsnt the dear old grandmother, will it? I.eare the mists and fogs nf the valley nf doubt and walk in the golden sunlight thst Hoods the mountain top of faith. The herring industry nn the esst coast of Scotland, which has just closed, hsa resulted in lees than half the nsusl esteh. Pesce from this life springs from scqnie- seence even in the dissgreeable things, nut in an exemption front hearing them. The poor msn braving cheerfully the wares nf adversity displays more heroism than Don apart did on the field of Ansterlits, When a woman takes to wearing a man's collsr and necktie it ia time fnr her husband In sew lace frills nn his night shirt. A woman never wishes she could wear trousers so much she does when she tries to go up stair two steps at time. An editor in a country town handles hit subscribers with the sumo delicscy thst the preacher does his congregation. Kings and queens sre not slwsys ss good as they might be; and they are simply no good st sll when they are up against aces. Don't wsste your energies in fruitless groans sftrr freedom from conflict, but expend them in a life-long effort to win every Bght. A so-called prophet ha predicted that in November, 189R, the esrlh and the plsnet Mart will be in enmmunicstinn with esch other The man who frets snd groans sdda In the burden nf others without msking his nwn lighter. A smile in trouble is a rsy nf sun shine in a fog. The boy st len wants to rule the house; at twentv he wsnta In rule the Stste; st thirty he tries to ml his offspring; si forty h hs serious thoughts of trying tnrule himself. Rev. John Psion, whn Is slstinned smong the Csnnibsls nf the New Hebrides, reports that owing In his efforts Isst year 1,110 nstives promised to chsnge their diet permsnenlly. The Kentucky Slate hnrse-swspners' eon vention met in Ci.vinglon recently, to the num ber nf 1,000 nr "more. One msn brought U horses snd announced his intention lo swap everv horse thres times before the convention's three dsys' session wss over. A wise msn not long since ssid thst while there are few people whn ean be properly spoken nf ss "Ihe salt nf the esrth," then srs grost msnr whn could be sppropristely called its pepper. He might her sdded thst many of these belong to Ihe church. "A hslf hour's work in Ihe garden before break fsst on bright, dewy, sunny morning is the best Ionic In Ihe world," say a physician who knnws lust whst ha Is tslking sbout. "It I fsr belter then the nostrum msny psle and languid men and women art taking." The latent buckle for belts art heavily jeweled. Some nf the new bell r of finish ed silver gill, with Isrre jewel, sbout tb site nf marbles, set two inches apsrt. These jew els are set in filigree silver gilt and connected by two braided ropes nf diver gilt. Tbe North Mississippi tlersld well ssys "However mnch boy enconrsge girls to ht fast Kiev really hsv no respect fnr them whstever may b Iheir pretense of devotion Down I their heart they still lore modesty and wnmsnlr gentleness. Don't let Ibcm fool yu,girlt" INow Orleans Sunday Delta. HltOXZK JUllS AXl) UlS 8JFFIIOS STEED. BT MART W. CSIAN. Came riding forth on acharger bold From theland of tl.e cllron'.bloom. A stalwart knlglitjwlth a lance of gold, And a dancing yellow plumo, His shield, was bronte. and his helmet high lit flame was his breath, nnd of lire hla eye. And swift was the flight of the charger by Of this knight of the lyellow plume. Away, and away o'er fleld and o'er wold . Over city and mountain high. And sharp was tbe lance of this knight so bold. And the glance of his fiery eyel Here was a body and there was a bier, For be slew one here, and be fulled one there. Away! to the feaatof Death elsewhere!" Sang the knight aa be clattered by. Kap, rap, rap. on the castle gate. Kap, rap, and "What! no! Indeed! And who la there?" quoth the warden grim. Hronte John, and his saffron steed!" Quoth the warden grim, "And who may you be? And come yon from the North count rle, Or from the accursed Suutli?" Quote ho, Bronte John, and his saffron steed !" Kiip, rap, rap, on the castle gate, And "Open, thou fool, to me," Quoth the) bold Don John, with tils Innce In wait; 1 come from the South cnuntrlc, The champion knight ol the brazen shield; And 1 summon this fortress to quickly yield." First, I'd see thee dead!" quoth the warden elileld And, grinning, clattered tho key. Then hack drew the knight on hla charger bold, And lifted his Javelin keen One blow on the gate with his barb of gold. And where was tbe warden then? Ilere.was a body, and there was a bier Tbe captain waa there and tho sentinel here A king Is Itronxe John, nnd his sceptro's bis spear," Quoth tho knlgbt as he mounted again. "Sing bey! for the land of the South," quoth he, The land of the citron bloom I And the champion knight nf the brazen shield And the floating yullow plume! A klnglsltronze John, and hla steed Is Death Of lire Is his eye, and of flame his breath. And his lance la tbe doom of the foe," be aaltb. 'Uronxe John, and his saffron plume!" New Orleans, Februry. MS!, REFLECTIONS OF A SPINSTER. My lire is warm to-nlglit and crack les merrily in the open grate. My cat is curled up on Iter soft cushion and is blissfully purring herself to sleep. Two books lie on the cozy little table near me, the "Reveries of a Bachelor" and the "Love Affairs of an Old Maid." My knitting, with Its balls of pale blue and deep wine red, rests idly in my lap. lean back comfortably in my bin chair, and with half closed eyes I let my wayward thoughts wander where free fancy leads thctu. Who knows what tender feelings steal Into many a lonely heart when the shades are drawn and a brooding silence settles down On a quiet little house? I cannot help wondering whether, after all, my neighbor over the way is more or less hnppy than I, and my mind goes back to tbe time when we were schoolmates. Lillian at sixteen was the prettiest girl In school. Her wide-open blue eyes, tier soft, round cheeks nnd her waving hair made her a picture of girlish beauty. She never cared for study, but a romp, a picnic or a dance was her delight. Well, at eighteen she married one of the "boys" nnd ex-. pected to have a gay time forever af ter. Her Jack was a good dancer and drove a stylish horse, nil the it Iris en vied her, and what more could one ask- for? Hut the first year brought severe disappointments. Lillian grew care less of ber personal appearance and wildly Jealous of Jack, lie hated scenes and preferred to spend his time where he would not bt annoyed by them. After seme' bitter lessons Jack's wife learned to keep within certain wcll-deflncd limits. With her fresh beauty faded, and witli the knowledge that she had lost her hus band' udorallon, she drugs along weary life, In which there Is neither pleasure in the present nor hope for the future. Said 1 to myself: "I am far happier in certain loneliness than In such companionship," and I looked around my cozy room with a sense of relief to think that no scowling face and no harsh words marred by "Old Maid's Paradise." Then 1 took up my half-It nished work and knitted Industriously for a while. I was making some socks for little Ted, my young nephew. Who could tell the proud Joy, the Infinite tenderness and love which wero In tbe heart of Ted's little mother? There was an answering thrill when thought of her, and contrasted her life with mine. How closely she clasped tho little fellow In her arms as if tho would shield him from all the world! With thai eagerness she watched for the first tottering step. And there was even an absurd fond ness In those tender mother eyes as she gaxed cn the antics of her young son and Imagined them vastly supe rior to those exhibited by any other Infant In the wide world. Ted was not a commonplace, everyday baby, not he. His wordless babblings were full of wisdom, only we poor ordinary mortals could not understand the mysterious language In which they were uttered. I laid down my knitting and in the red coals of the open fire grate I read the coming years, bringing tho inevit able changes for Ted and his mother. The boy Is not satisfied to live within the clasp of those sheltering arms. He must see life, be free, to go out in to tho world and Judge for himself. The mother's eyes are dim with gath ering tears and she trembles witli fore boding. Her boy, her little Ted, Is out there, away from her love and watchful care. He may be cold, or weary, or ill. The great world is piti less, and there are many snares. She reads the papers and trembles ut every sensational Items. O, it she could only have kept blin as be was, a little innocent child, when she knew his thoughts and directed Ills actions. Her solitude Is far more lonely than mine, nnd for the moment I am glad that the tiny sock in my lap Is for Helen's child, and not for mine. I!ut as the years spin on I see Ted, a man; no longer a heedless child; the comfort and support of bis mother. He has gone through the fires and come back to her, with bis boyish fan cies, his egotism and ignorance re placed by tbe quiet decision and self reliance of the. mature man. How his mother appeals to blm, defers to him, and anticipates bis wishes! In her eyes ho is the wisest and the hand somest young man in the town. She is proud of his lover-like attention to her, and with a flush on her cheeks und an ad.lcd brilliancy In her dark eyes, she looks but a few years his senl'jr. These arc happy days, but In the height of their enjoyment the shadows come stealing. It is, at first, only a thought, an imagloed prefer ence, but it Is soon deepened into a realty. Ted's mother believes In marriage. She would say so If you or I should ak her. She believes in It ns tbe tru est and happiest condition for man and woman kind. She has deliberate ly and firmly studied the question, and decided that there is not a single girl in the town who would make a good wife for her boy. There are good girls, pretty girls, accomplished girls, but not one whom combines the nec essary gifts and graces. Lately there has been a difference In Ted. He has not talked so freely at dinner, and has been strangely absent-minded. He surely cannot be attracted by frivol ous little Miss Flossie, the only and petted darling of Dr. Everett? Ted's mother always admired her son's taste until now, but in this most vital choice she cannot understand him. In vain she appeals to bis reason. He says little and acts much. Though he re spects his mother's opinions, she is forced to see that she is alienating him at each expression of them. So she decides like a sensible woman to make the best of things. Miss Flossie is invited to spend a quiet afternoon with her prospective mother-in-law. She is found to pos sess a shrewd little head, a warm heart, and a charming manner. After all that has been said nnd done they decide to make the most of each other, nnd in the Intertwining of my balls of fleecy yarn I see the parable of their united lives. The last stitch on the last needle is bound off, and the playful kitten Is rolling the bright remnants on the hearth rug. The State Board of Health filled its professional places on t he const with young doctors from the Interior of the State. Without disparagement to the young men, may we not ask If the Board bus not found the expcrl tuent a costly one? and had they not better try next time to "-ct practical physicians, able to recognize and cope with diseases that tho Board of Health is supposed to handle. Gulf- port Southward. The Mississippi Baptist contains the following Indian sermon against Are-water: "In conversation a few days ago with Wiley Johnson, a well to-do and respectable Choctaw, lie re ferred to his past life, the days of his dissipation In whisky drinking. He said: "Me drink whisky and work hard, have nothing, no noise, no cow no nothing. Jcsso Baker tell me to qultdrlnking whisky. 1 drink, have nothing. Jesse Baker go to school In Illinois, but be write: 'Don't drink By and by mo think me quit drink Ing: me drink no more. No me drink no more. Now me got plenty horses, cows, hoys, corn, everything, ue have him. No drink him whisky any more." v HISTORY OF THASkS GIVING DAY. 1IOV7 IT OKEW FROM THE EAftLlEST COLONIAL TIMES. The earliest record which we hate of an American Thanksgiving day Is found in the New England annals of 1021. In the autumn of that year Governor Bradford, so saith the chronicler, sent out men to procure some game, In order that the New England colonists might properly en Joy a day of thanksgiving In remem brance of the fruits of their labors during tbe year that had passed. An other day of rejoicing was set apart and "solemnized" as "a day of thanks giving unto the Lord," after an abun dant harvest In 1622. It is stated that, on tins occasion Massasoit and bis council of braves were invited to par ticipate in the festivities, and that they did so, spending three days In feasting. Evidently the Indian friends of the colonists found thanks giving day a day to be made the most of. These Thanksgiving days were not, however, of oftltlal character. The first official public Thanksgiving day was not until the year 1631; and even this day was not at first intended to be a day of rejoicing and thanksgiv ing. It had been set apart as a day of fastlnp- and prayer for relief. The colonists were in great distress; fam ine was Imminent; n vessel laden with provisions, and long at sea, had not arrived. But just before tbe day of fasting came the ship made port; and tbe day was then officially changed by the authorities from a day of sorrow toadayof thanksgiving. This was the first real Thanksgiving day of tbe American people. Thanksgiving days were occasion ally observed also in the New Neth crland after this date, but It was not until February, 1644, that another official Thanksgiving day was pro claimed. That year Governor Kieft proclaimed "a day of general thanks giving," the occasion being the victo ry of the colonists over the Indians. At the conclusion of the peace In 1645, another Thanksgiving day was proclaimed. We are not told that the Indians were invited to this cere mony. Uicasionai days of fasting, prayer and thanksgiving were kept by the various colonists at different times, but no general thanksgiving day was set apart until 1775, when tbe conti nental congress adopted tbe practice of designating such days. The first was Thursday, July 20, 1775. The fol lowing Thanksgiving days were also suggested by the continental congress; Friday, May 17, 1776; December 11, 1776; Wednesday, April 22, 1778; Thursday, May 6, 1779; Wednesday, Aprils, 1780; Thursday, May 3, 1781; Thursday, April 25, 1782. These days were suggested in the form of recom mendations to the States, whose gov ernors were asked to issue proclama tions to their peoples for days of thanksgiving. Business, with one exception, was suspended on these occasions. Washington also issued a special proclamation to the colonial army for a general thanksgiving day on Thursday, December 18, 1777, and again on May 7, 1778. Tbe first national Thanksgiving day was, by proclamation of President Washington, set for Thursday, No vember 26, 1789. The second was set for Thursday, February 19, 1795. The honor of the first suggestion seems to belong to Representative Ellas Bou- dinot. who moved, in the house, that the President be requested to recom mend "a day of thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by the people of the United States." There was some opposition to the motion, the objections advanced being that such a thing miuht tend to Imitation of the frivolities and pomps of kingdoms and other harmful doing; but the im tion prevailed, and Thursday, Noveni ber 38, 1789, became the first national Thanksgiving day of tbe American people. uiucr presiocni8, aitcr nr sailing- ton, issued Tbanksglviug day procla mations, from time to time; until now it is become the annual practice of the president of the United States to name the last Thursday In November as the day to be observed by thanks giving and prayer. Governors of States issue their proclamations to correspond, thus making tho obser vance uniform throughout the land. In the New England States Thanks giving day has been observed anno ally for over a century. The custom has extended to other States, one at a time, until to-day, It prevails al most every where In the country, and Is observed by Americans in foreign lands with a sentiment that is not only religious but patriotic. It is legal holiday also. According to the official reports on tho 'subject In 1893 there were, at that date, hut eight sections of the country, where Thanks- Hiving day was not recognized'. Ar knnsns. Colorado, Delaware. Georgia Louisiana, Mississippi. Oklahoma and Utah. The rest of the union had adopted tit general cusOim. THE Won with an egg. A MESSAGE SENT ON AN EGO SllELf BKINOS A bttlDB. Ross. Williams, of Enid, O. T., wrote' a lovelorn message on an egg ready for shipment several weeks ago, and) as a result he won himself a bride, so the New York Herald, tells Its read ersi What tliC young man said on the eggwastbis: "Oh a farm In the Cherokee strip I sit a sad and lonely bachelor think ing sadly over my fate and would love to come off the nest and join my life with that of some comely young lady of not loo many summer's growth Should the message on this egg meet with the eye of a fair one who is mat' rimonlully Inclined on short acquaint ance, and who thinks she could enjoy a prairie life with a student of na ture's beauty, address Ross Williams, Enid, O." In due course of time this reply came: "Dear Mr. Williams From tho quiet prceincts of my boudoir I write tbce. I am lonely, too, and have often longed to quit city life and go West, where the tall, wild grass sways In the wind as It listening to the sweet songs of the chinch bugs. After chopping wood to kindle tbo kitchen Are, and after the fire was ready for business, and the fat was sizzling In the sparkling pan, I was about to break an egg Into the pan, when, be hold! your message meets my gaze. It seemed like a dream of a lost, un knowo love. I am comely, but not fair. Age 23, no money, but plenty of grit. Let us exchange photographs. It may all end in another American union, long to be preserved! Methinks I know you now." "Bessie Carroll, Chicago. III." Further correspondence resulted, and a few days later tbe young people were married. THE DEMAGOGUE, Greenwood Commonwealth. Originally the demagogue was d popular leader of men. Cicero and Demosthenes were demagituies In their day. But the meaning-of the word tins changed. The demagogue of to-day is tbe designing, unscrupu lous, dishonest person who will re sort to anything to carry a point with the people. He will defend error, per vert truth, foster and encourage pas sion and prejudice pander to lgno ranee and malign virtue if in his Judgment it Is the popular thing to do. He Is without convictions a stranger to honest principles a liar a dirty dog generally. Such a charac ter Is the most wicked enemy toman kind. There is no good in him. He is a sort of political leper, whose scab and noxious sores he conceals from public inspection, and with a healthy and honest countenance he goes around scattering his dangerous in fection, which ultimately takes hold upon tbe innocent, ane ere you know it the poison hath done Its deadly work. We have less respect for tho modern demagogue than we have for the unfortunate woman who traffics upon her virtue and suffers not com punction of conscience because besti ality hath benumbed her moral sensi bilities. A New York court must now decide whether nn angel should have wings. An artist was hired to paint a memo rial window for a church. On this window appeared an angel without wings. Thereupon, payment was re fused, on the ground that wings should appear. The artist sues for the sum stipulated, setting up the plea that an angel Is no bird. When the case Is decided all will know more about angels than now. But certain It is that none of tbe angels wnom we see every day have wings, and we hope that the views of the ar tist will be sustained by the verdict of the law. Alaska Is uddoubtcdly rich In natu ral products, mineral, vegetable and animal, says the New York Tribune. But its climate makes It altogether unsuited to be the home of a large, permanent and civilized population. It Is scarcely possible for it to ever be worthy of statehood In tho Union. An organized territory It may be. But there are grave doubts of the propriety of dividing It into two ter ritories. The number of postofficcs and other government posts may be increased as required, but to set up two separate territorial governments In a country scarcely populous enough for one would be productive of many evils and few benefits. A Michigan minister recently re buked a young couple who were whis pering In the meeting by stopping In tho middle t.f his discourse an.1 re marking: "Young man, if you want me to marry you to that young lady you must stop whispering In church. If you intend to have some other preacher tic the knot, go some place else to do your sparking."