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THE COPPER ERA, CLIFTON, ARIZ., NOV. 30, 1899. Tli O 0p per Era. Issued Thursdays at Clifton, Graham County, Ariz $2.50 a Year; Single Copies 10c. J. D. Lea, Editor. C. E. BUU- BULL & LEA, Publishers and Proprietors. Entered at the Clifton, Arizona, postoffice as second-class matter. The First Thanksgiving Day. The beautiful story of the foun dation of Thanksgiving day has of ten been told, but as the annual recurrence of this fine old New Eng land festival is at hand it may not be amiss to repeat the facts briefly, in order that the young may be more deeply impressed with the great and enduring leesons of the day. It was the last Thursday in November, 1621. The day was cold and snowy, but the little band of pilgrims at Plymouth Rock were housed in tolerable comfort. About two o'clock in the afternoon young, gallant John Alden was seen cross ing the clearing. Under his left arm he carried a large yellow spheroid. It was a pumpkin. His steps were bent toword the house of Priscilla. Just east of the rude village pump he was intercepted by stout Miles Standish. "Let us see, John," said the valiant captain, "whether you or I shall take the pumpkin to the maiden." And with that he raised his substantial foot and kicked the amorous youth in the abdomen. The young man entered heartily into the spirit of the game and for two hours the two lusty champions rolled over and over, now gouging an eye, now breaking a nose, now bounding lightly on and off each other's coun tenance, while the good villagers gathered about and cheered right heartily. At length, as everybody knows, John Alden, getting a little door space, kieked the pumpkin right into Priscilla's door yard. Such was the beginning of Thanksgiving. In time an imita tion pumpkin, made of pig skin, was substituted for the real fruit and more men were engaged on a side. For some years the real char acter of Thanksgiving day was well nigh lost under an extraneous mass of turkey-eating and church-going. But of late years the beautiful fes tival has reverted more and more completely to its original signifi cance and uses. Its real lesson is that if we try hard enough we can be joyous though minus both ears and an eye . The Money Trnst. The National Watchman says that the gold combination have per fected their plans to force their measures through the incoming congress. If they succeed all oth er trusts will be small affairs in comparison with the banking trust that will follow. They are count ing upon the votes of all the Repub lican members and a few Demo crats from New York City to pass their bill. The people must be pre pared to write personal letters to their representatives in congress, notifying them of the fate that awaits them if they aid in the pass age of this iniquitous measure. John D. Spreckler, of San Fran cisco, a member of the Republican national committee and one of the sugar magnates of America, enter tains correct views in regard to the Hanna-McKinley-Syndicate expan sion policy. He laid in Chicago on the 17th, on his way east: "I am an anti-expansionist, and as I came through the great prairies of the West on this trip, I could not help but think of the great good that might have been done in our coun try with the money which we are now spending to maintain the army in the Philippines. If that money had been spent in the irri gation of the western country, I believe the United States would have reaped greater benefits from it than it ever will by the retention of the Philippines." A Manila correspondent of the Evening Post, speaking of the im morality that exiits in that far-off city, says that we are serving God and Mammon both at the same time in Manila. Yes, we are hav ing a h 1 of a time over there. The Breeze, of Benson, Arizona, went up in smoke one night last week. Whether or not we will be given another Breeze we are unable to say at this writirg. Ttada Mark Stampad in Shank. m$ J "Anchor" jSk Shoe. Dainty Footwear w Shoes that please tile eye and fit the feet are what you want. We've Got 'Em in all styles of Toes; Kid and Vesting Tops; Tan and Black. FAMOUS ST. LOUIS SHOES, MADE BY THE BROVN SHOE CO.. PRO GRESSIVE SHOE BUILDERS. jf j S. W. PRICE & CO., Clifton. Ariz.