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•November 24 1916
THE people of the United States
celebrate Thanksgiving day
with more and more accord
every year. Indeed, one might
My they have more and more reason.
The fathers of New England, hem
med In betweeu a wilderness and the
sea, watched their doubtful crops In
anxious memories of other years of
famine. When they found that once
more there was flsh enough and pork
enough and corn and beans and pump
kins and squashes and turnips enough
to carry them through the winter they
met to thank God, knowing full weil
how many hazards they had passed
through, for those days as compared
with today were days of pinching pov
erty. The New England historian. Dr.
Palfrey, says, with a certain dryness.
which shows probably some personal
preferences, "Baked bean 3 point to the
time when It was desirable to make
the most of the commonest vegetable
by flavoring It with the flesh of the
commonest animal."
All this is happily changed. For the
world. Indeed, the old peril of famine
to well nigh forgotten. And why? The
American of today gives thanks that
famine Is well nigh Impossible.
First of all. he remembers that he is
no longer dependent on the crops of a
few hundred square miles or the fish-
Ing voyage of a single summer.
Thanks to the providence of God as
It has worked In history and to the
work of brave men who believed they
were children of God, the petty colo
nies which were thus described are
now one r.ation. Of that nation the
meanest citizen, the most foolish, the
weakest auJ the poorest, has every
right and privilege before the law
which belongs to the strongest, the
richest and lue wisest, though he were
born in the purple of luxury. To the
widow's sou of the poorest citizen of
that nation then, there will come his
daily bread in answer to his daily
prayer, though it come from the mill-
Ing of California wheat or be the
salmon caught at the falls of the Spo
kane, without let or hindrance from
any power of earth. If there is food
in plenty in one region, as by the fall
of an avalanche down a mountain, it
will certainly seek consumption in an
other region. And this the American
boy and glfl owe to the good Prori
dence and to the brave men who made
this country one and have kept it one.
It Is too much the blindness of our
time to speuk as If such a simple busi
ness as daily food came to us as a mat
ter of course. There is. Indeed, a care
less habit in which Americans often
speak, as if. because they are Amer
icans, they hiive everything without so
much as asking for it. Fourth of July
orators and street corner braggarts
alike talk uf the natural products of
this country almost in the tone of the
emigrants rt'bo expect to pick up h
donbloon upon the sidewalk. One is
tempted to ask such braggarts why
the country did not produce such
wealth 100 years ago or 200 years ago.
Why was Dakota then a desert? Why
were the hilis of Alabama only a hid
ing place for a few thousand Creek
Indians? Why did they not forge the
iron under their feetV Tfhj did not
the Iro<fuois Iri~ western New York pick
from their trees the peaches and the
pears such as have been growing there
this autumn.'
The answer Is this: All the wealth
of America comes to her from the
work of ber men und women. The
victory wiiich .yields it Is their victory.
It is the victory of spirit conquering
matter. It comes in the daily miracle
of dally life, where children of God,
led by God, taught by God. alive in
his life and fellow workmen with him.
carry out his designs and subdue the
earth. It b neither sensible n>r grate
ful to spe.ii; of teeming grui.aries, of
increasing trade, of new mines, of oil,
of Iron or of gas as if these things were
wealth In themselves They are only
wealth whfu man strikes the rock and
its waters flow. And this man must
be not the savage man who cares mily
for his own personal appetite It must
be man. the child of Ood. seeking a fu
ture better than today, determined to
bring in a nobler age than that which
he lives ln.
It is just and proper th»t all
people should consider the
source from whence our happi
ness has come and set apart a
day on which to return thanks
unto God for the goodness with
which our country has been
After th« Dinner.
The after dinner amusements can be
of the sportive kind, suitable to the
day. There might be potato races,
each potato bring canted on a spoon;
guessing tlie number and weight of
potatoes concealed In ■ heavy canvas
bag or seeing who-could grab up the
greatest number of potatoes from a
barrel in a gKen time on the end of «
hatpin and carry them to a basket at
the other end of the room.
ON Thanksgiving day the visitor
to New York city, especially if
he extends his observations to
the poorer districts of tIR city,
is much amused and interested by the
ragamuffins who form a quaint and
distinctive part of the city's celebration
of the day. These ragamuffins are
youngsters of both sexes who dress
In all sorts of queer and elaborate
costumes and parade the streets.
There is no concerted general parade,
but merely local uaemblafM, seldom
over ten or twenty in number. Most
of the groups are smaller. To "dress
me up" the rasamuffins often add beg
iring for small coins, fruit, candy, etc.,
and It Is this feature of the annual
masquerading tliat has led in recent
years to a demand for its suppression
Often New York parents will give per
mission to their children to masquer
ade, but they add strict inJurKti >ns
against begging. They are willing to
let Johnny or Jennie enjoy the day In
the ancient, time honored manner, but
they set their faces against mendican
cy. "You may dress up and go out,
but you mustn't do any begging," Is
the order.
Many of the young ragamuffins find
their greatest Joy in arraying them
selves in the clothing of the opposite
sex. Half grown boys trail long skirts
behind them or imitate the fashion
when It calls for short skirts. And the
hats they wear are wonderful and fear
ful creations. The little girls like to
don trousers and discarded men's hats
Often the boys and girls Mack their
faces, but not many masks are seen
Well known characters are frequently
Imitated, and In the recent past a cer
tain "movie" comedian with a funny
walk ami a laughable little mustache
has been much in evidence on Thanks
giving day in the New York streets.
This Thanksgiving mummery In New
York, which is not found in any other
city, is a local custom, dating back sev
eral decades to the old target compa
nies which used to shoot for prizes.
They were ward bodies in the days
before the districts known as wards
were abolished. On Thanksgiving day
these target companies assembled and
paraded from house to house, visiting
the prominent men of each ward.
These men, city officials, judges, poli
ticians, etc., gave prizes which were
shot for later in the day, and the day's
festivities wound up with a ball. The
target companies 'were succeeded by
companies of men called "ragamuffins"
or "fantasticals," who dressed In fan
tastic garb on Thanksgiving day.
These adult ragamuffins have now been
succeeded by the youngsters who
'dress up."
In a recent letter an old New Yorker
writes thus of the ragamuffins:
'•I was Interested In reading your
article on the subject of the Thanks
giving day mummers, and 1 am rather
surprised that some ancient person In
the Greenwich village could not give
you some information as to the origin
of the custom, which, as far as 1 know,
is local to New York.
"In my boyhood in the early seven
ties there used to parade through the
streets on Thanksgiving day bands of
grown men, some on foot, some on
horseback and others in the two wheel
ed butcher carts of the day. clad in
eccentric and fantastic clothes. These
bands or companies called themselves
the 'fantastical^' and were called by
the people of the street the 'raga
muffins.' They paraded In ■ spirit of
more or less glee and were received
with good nature ami amusement.
"I used to be told by my elders that
the fantasticals paraded in derision
and mockery of the militia parades of
the time, but their humor was proba
bly leveled against the militia of at:
earlier date and possibly In memory
of the general muster and training of
l still earlier day."
She Xcavemvortb echo.
IT was In November and only the
day before Thanksgiving. On the
morrow aunts, uncles, cousins,
grandparents and all relations
would come and spend the day with
Mr. and Mrs. Church well and little
Florence. Mrs. Churchwell was the
oldest daughter of Grandma Grey, and
for that reason all the relatives spent
the eventful day lit her house.
Florence was a sweet little girl,
much loved by all, and now that she
had only one day to wait before tie
reunion of the family she was In great
excitement. Of course It was Florence
who, on the following day, had to help
Nora eet the table, and It was Flor
ence who had to taste the candy to see
If It was sweet enough.
At 10 o'clock the next morning the
family started to arrive and kept on
coming until noon. Florence all this
time was much fondled and petted,
and Cousin Ned declared that there
would be no Florence left if the hug
ging did not stop.
Games were played, songs were
sung, and all was fun and merriment
"Oh, look," said Cousin Alice, "It it
snowing." And, sure enough, the snow
was coming down in big flakes. The
children all gathered around the win
dow to watch the storm, when Cousin
May saw a poor little girl trying to
walk 'against the wind. She was shiv
ering with cold, and her only wrap was
a thin cotton shawl.
"Call her in and give her something
warm to eat," said grandma, who had
gone to the window when she heard
the children's exclamations of pity.
"Yes," said Mrs. Church well. "Annie,
call her in."
The maid addressed went to the door
and pulled in v half frightened and
half frozen little girl. Meanwhile,
Florence had gained permission not
only to wait on the little girl herself,
but also gave her the dollar she hau
saved for Christmas presents. Flor
ence went out in the ball to meet her
and led her into the breakfast room,
where before her Rhe put all kinds of
goodies. Mrs. Churchwell said that she
had warm clothes for her, and grand
ma said she would inquire into her
story and see what she could do.
Aunts, uncles and cousins all deter
mined to help in some way. After eat
ing a warm dinner Florence took Edith,
for that was her name, into the parlor,
where she was plied with questions.
She told Mrs. Churchwell that her
name was Edith Oreyton and that she
lived in an alley right in the middle of
the next square; she also said she had
two brothers aui one sister, all of
whom were younger than herself. Her
father was sick, and her mother had
to wash to earn a living. After hear
ing the narrative ami taking down her
address. Mrs. Churchwell and Grand
ma Grey took hei upstair*, where they
dressed her in train) clothing and
promised to call ami sec her mother.
In the playroom that afternoon Flor
ence sat surrounded by her cousins, to
whom she was telling an idea. It
would be less than a mouth till Christ
mas, and why couldn't they all try to
earn some incncy and take Edith a
Christmas basket. This was voted ou
unanimously, and eight little children
went to their homes thinking of what
they could do. That night, after the
snow had stopped falling and the moon
and stars had come out to play, the
moon gazed down on the two happy
children, one happy thinking of the
good she had done and the other happy
thinking of the good that had beeii
done for her, and the moon smiled to
himself and said, "For those two tots
this has been a happy Thanksgiving.'
—Buffalo Express.
o o
o Thanksgiving is an occasion of 9
° national interest, yet it possess** o
O a significance that is entirely in- o
O dividual. With many of us g
5 things have gone well this year. o
O The table is laden with plenty. O
° There is meat in the larder and ?
c there is grain in the storehouse. /
o c
Local Thanksgiving Days.
The practice of having local Thanks
giving days has prevailed to some ex
tent in America. On Oct. 10, ISI4, the
mayor of Baltimore, upon the sugges
tion of the city pastors, appointed the
following Thursday "to be observed as
a day of thanksgiving to the Adorably
Disposer of all human events on ac
count of our recent deliverance from
the British fleet and army." That was
for Uie escape of Baltimore after the
attack on Washington in 1814. A few
months later the newspapers stated
that "both bouses of the Ohio legisla
ture on Wednesday, the Bth day of
February, pursuant to a resolution pre
viousiy adopted, moved iv procession
to the Presbyterian roiMlUnl house iii
Chilliootbe and rendered public thanks
to Almighty God for granting such bril
Hant success to our arms at New Or
leans in the recent victories obtained
by General Jackson and hU> compatri
ots." C'hillicotbe at that time wu tb*
capital of Ohio
1 reckon the folks'il enjoy the
Thankagivin 1 —
So many of 'em are glad that they're
Here, in a world that's bo happy.
no skies
Beam any brighter than Love's
sparklin' eyes.
Day time or night time,
They're flndin' the bright time,
An' any time Love comes is always
the right time.
With the fields Bayin" "Plenty," an"
tellin' you still
To come to the table, by valley and
An' the winds singin' Joy as they re
sweep: n' along,
I reckon we're here fer a Thanltb
givin' song.
So, day time or night time.
We're reapin' the bright time,
An' any time Love comes is always
the right time.
—Atlanta Constitution.
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