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GENKaC^U^P^doiit^: ; O. M. TtTCKER, Vlc«-Preild«i»t
FAN K. SABGKNT, Cashier OEOttX.CABTKB.AMt. Cashier
Prosperous People
find advantage in borrowing money even more than oth
ers less successful. To such we are ready to extend the "
larger credit they require on the meeting of our usual
moderate requirements.
:- THAT '.- WHTLE WE CARRY ■■ .-.■—.-
When you call you will find a pleasant store,
courteous treatment and right prices
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I You will find everything
i you need for
j Thanksgiving
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I except the Turkey, at
| Roasters,
: Pots, Pans arid Kettles,
! Carving Sets,
| Nut Picks, Spoons, Etc.
I Get them NOW
I Your Business
ilf you are a customer of this bank, you have
5 assurance of our personal interest in your busi- : ;
\ ness success. We make it a part of our business
{ to give such time and attention to our customers
jj as their interests require.
* We make it a point that every business transac
{ tion with our patrons shall be satisfactory. We
t want each one to feel that they are free come
I to us in all matters where our experience and -, ... ;
I advice will be of value and assistance.
\ If you have no business with this bank, we feel
1 confident you will appreciate the service we can ;
J BeUingham, Wellington.
* CV ? .r.V. AND SURPLUS *30M0M°
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Thanksgiving Favors.
Decorations for the Thanksgiving
dinner table arouse much interest in
the 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 bat to
train. In their hands they carry little
bags made out of tiny pumpkins.
Little negro doll boys clap pumpkin
cymbals; others guide automobiles that
have pumpkin wheels. Little pumpkin
coaches as charming as the one that
carried Cinderella to the ball stand In
line with other devices.
f Fruit plates are piled with red cheek
:ed apples, grapes, ' bananas, pears and
lemons, each . one of - which is a; candy
box. C Careful reproductions are seen
; in the mammoth peanuts and the tninia
; ture • lobsters, ' which also make candy
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I Thanksgiving Day ij
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PREPARATIONS for the Thanks
giving .; dinner ■in ' the -lumber
; camps of Maine begin early in
r -'^ : November. ; Traps for ; the rab
bits, which form the principal dish, are
set in - place and ■ carefully baited. c; ]
Men who go to the lumber camps
about the Ist of October give ap the
hope of having chicken or turkey or
goose with cranberry sauce on the last
Thursday of November. In fact, there
is not one man in a dozen who go
into the woods for the winter, unless
| he has a family in some small town,
' who cares a snap for any other dish
for Thanksgiving than good old fash
ioned rabbit potpie or stew. With the
trimmings such as only a cook in. a
Maine lumber camp is able to concoct
the meal is far better than some of
the meals served in the big hotels of
the cities, i
The "cookie" for the first f£w &*ya
in camp does little more than bunt out
the haunts of bunny and after locating
as many as are in reasonable walking
distance of the camp proceeds with his
work of slaughter. Most of the rai^
bits make their winter home under low
scrub bushes of hard \ wood I and hunt
forfood under the dead leaves which
have been blown from the trees during
the fall frosts. These mounds Jof
: leaves are just the place to conceal the
strands: of wire iand : horsehair to be
■ used as snares, and it is indeed a; wise
rabbit who can escape the trap. '
- A liberal supply of ; whole corn ' and
oats is ; used :as bait 2 for " the ; rabbits,
- being scattered under the leaves yin
close proximity to ■? the snares. -j The
wire Is run for some distance along the
surface"of the ground and is then at
tached to the strand of horsehair with
=a '■ loop and r running noose ;in the end.
In this noose more corn or oats are
placed than anywhere else, and the
rabbit invariably spends much time
over a few kernels of the grain It to
(while thus loafing over his food that he
meets his doom.
After breakfast-has been served in
the camp ahd the men have gone to
their work the "cookie" commences his
rounds of the : snares. Never dot* he
have T far to go from the starting place
to find one or more bunnies carefully
•nosing through the leaves and select
ing the choicest pieces of corn. fc>o at
tentive is the animal to his quest fo.
food that he seldom notices the ap
proach of the hunter or any one else
SSess there be a do* to the party,
STwhlto tat- eating the hunter
crouches under acme •^'"^J
of ti» wt» and at the <Wor2* **"
palla the -atrtoT which catches the
The First Thanksgiving j
Proclamation |
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rabbit on all fours. After that it is
but easy work to dispatch the animal.
The trap is then rebaited, and the
"cookie" continues his journey to the
next snare, and so on until he has made
the round. At the camp the rabbits are
hung head down on the outside of the
camp, where they freeze and are kept
in good condition until the day of the
feast. The night before Thanksgiving
the animals are tak»" from the
peg, thawed out a bit before the camp
fireplace and their pens removed. Aft
er being cleaned the meat is thrown
into a big kettle with a Liberal supply
of onions, potatoes, carrots and other
vegetables and allowed to simmer over
a slow fire.
' The dish when served with a ; Bide,
dish of dressing j and; a mug of cider
with just :Vi bit of i edge ft on is ; hard to
be beaten by any culinary artists. : :
Almost as good as the rabbit stew is
the plum pudding, which the - cook :
takes pains ; to have extra good on
Thanksgiving ) and Christmas day.
Unlike the padding of that kind, it Is :
made with fresh bread, molasses and
all the plums the mixture will stand.
It to pot In the oven early in the morn
ing: and allowed to remain until ready
to be served as • course with the
mince ar apple pie, piping hot and fan
of the elixir of We.
Of aam the baked bean* mna* be
Barred on ThanksgiTinf day, bat they
ffiose doledout during the week. The}
are served for breakfast The beans
are picked over and the poor ones re
moved the evening previous to Thanks
giving and after being allowed to re
main In salt cold water for a short
time are put In a big kettle with plen
ty of pork and buried in the ground on
a bed of glowing hardwood coals.
When one rolls out of his bunk In the
morning, shivering just a bit from the
cold, a big dish of the smoking baked
beans is found on the table. Besides
the beans, there will be brown bread
such as cannot be constructed in any
other part of the world, some cold
cream of tartar biscuits, molasses and
dried apple sauce. Besides, there are
plenty of tea and coffee without milk,
but which Is good enough to keep out
the cold until early in the afternoon,
when the Thanksgiving dinner is
It was not very many years ago that
woodsmen thought it necessary to have
a haunch of venison or moose meat for
the holiday's principal meal, but that
time is past, and now It is rabbit pie.
baked beans and old fashioned plum
pudding.—New York World.
Filling a Want
Blghead—My folks say that If I come
home for Thanksgiving they'll kffl the
fatted calf.
Hiss Sharpe-Yes; I 8 If JO*
dent so home they wont bare «*7
tatted calf there.
MO. 45
The Real National Bird. :' !
Do you know, that the bird of Thank*.:.j C
giving" day Is more of a national bird' '
than the lordly eagle? The enisle i* to'
be found a native of Europe and Asia
as well as America? but the turkey Is ■■
all our own. lie was not known until ||
a full century after r Columbus. He>
; was first seen, in the Carol and
when specimens were carried over to>
Europe they were hailed as "the most
beautiful present made by the new v "
world to the old." It is a curious fact,
however, that considerable error pre- j .
railed as to the true source of the fowl. ■
;■■ Dr. Samuel Johnson gravely defined
I the turkey as a "larger domestic fowl,,
supposed to be brought > from Turkey." | _
Europeans had peacocks, venison steaks• .*■/
and even canary,; birds' tongues, but:
what ■ were any of these as compared
with :the American turkey? \. p' r ; :
jl The Pilgrims' I;
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o*+J First f l|t , t ,»»»
I; Thanksgiving Day I
TO the grand ; old pilgrim father >
William Bradford, governor of r
the original New England colo- L
nies, belongs the honor of being fj|
the first to proclaim in America a gen
eral thanksgiving day which should be
a festival as well as a day of ; thanks
giving. The month of November, K523,
had been a weary one to the bitterly '
tried pilgrims. Their months of i toil
and patient waiting for the ingathering
of the harvest seemed about to end la
the deepest disappointment. The earth, .
was parched, the whole land cried out
for rain, and the crops were being
ruined for lack of w moisture. 1: It ; was
under these depressing conditions that
Pilgrim Father Bradford called together
the little band of settlers and set apart
a £ day to *be devoted to fasting and
prayer that the glassy skies might be
come cloud covered * and the windows ;
of heaven be opened to give life to the,.:'.:"
thirst dying fields. ; . '
It did not look promising for a day*
of thanksgiving, and yet circumstances!
changed the day appointed for fasting "
and prayer to one of rejoicing, feasting:
and thankfulness. The = pilgrims were>
in the very act ; of .; praying for rain
when rain came. It : came in such;
floods and It came so opportunely that
the pilgrim fathers j ; were V convinced £?
that Providence had smiled on the little /,'
band of forlorn men, women and chil- - ,
dren who, driven from their own homes, 71
had been forced to pitch their tents on'^
the wild and inhospitable shores ■of a 5"
foreign land.
William Bradford -In his proclama- :
tion had called the day a feast of >".,
thanksgiving, and the best hunters ; In, fj
the colony had been scouring . the t ad- ;^
jacent woods for wild turkeys ' and
other game to supply the wants of the* ■'.- ~
colonists and their' r guests. The '"■'/.
Kitchens of the pilgrims were crude* :
and rough, ; but : the good dames did
their best, arid the result was a repast *;
satisfying and sumptuous enough for - :
the most exacting. The menu con
sisted of roast turkey dressed J with ~
beechnuts, venison pasties > such as:'
the pilgrim mothers knew so well how) 17
--to make, savory meat stews with! -"
dumplings of barley floor, clam chow- j.^
der served jin enormous bowls > with,
sea biscuits floating; on the | surface,
roasts of all kinds; broiled - fish, salads.
cakes and plum porridga Lastly,
there was I a bountiful supply of
oysters, 1 the contribution of Massasoit
and his ninety warriors to the first
Thanksgiving i bill of fare. The great
est dinner of the festival was given on
Saturday, the last day of the celebra
tion. :':': History chronicles that It was
one ■' of '-■■ the 1 loveliest days of |tbe| In^.Vf.
dian summer, and so mild was the
weather that the good pilgrim dames m
were able to set their tablesr in th» ■£$
open air, and in the primitive forests g
in the wildest country, in a new and Hj
■ unexplored world, was celebrated thm
brightest and most joyous Thankagtr
ing on record. ;:;^SP
The turkey is a bird among birds,
a dish among dishes and. a dream m .•'■
ftpnong dreams.

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