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THANKSGIVING UN INSPIRATION PE6ULIfIR TO THE NfITION *tr|EEPLY penetrated with this i-' . sentiment, I, George Washing ton, president of the United States, fio commend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all Will. E. Matheis Co. Sixth and Cedar. Cash or Credit. St. Paul's New Up-to-Date Housefurnishers. We Want You to Get a Few of These Furniture Bargains Every floor of our enlarged store is filled with genuine bargains, and this week will be a record breaker in fur niture selling. We have priced the goods so low-that other stores cannot meet them. Our motto: The Best for the Least Money. Credit if you ask for it. Open an account with us. afWocc Oft* Beautiful golden oak, very VI CWCI hi g hly finished, nicely shaped: front, 42-inch top, two large and two small drawers, genuine French plate glass — a gen vine bargain at our price. BPhiffnniPr rLai? e» ■ r° °m y» five VrlllliyiU^l drawers, all oak and best case work, regular $9.00. 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PAUL GLOBE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1903. gether and render sincere and hearty thanks to the great ruler of nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation; partic ularly for the possession of constitu tions of government which unite and, by their union, establish liberty with order; for the preservation of our peace, foreign and domestic; for the reasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder in the sup pression of the late insurrection, and generally for the prosperous condition of our affairs, public and private."— From the First National Thanksgiving Proclamation. Of all the days marked red in this nation's calendar, Thanksgiving day means the most because it is the most fraught with memories. There was a Thanksgiving day one hundred years, at least before there was a Fourth of July. Independence day, indeed, marks a period, a glorious period in the na tion's life, but Thanksgiving day marks the beginning of that life. It is rooted deep in the soil and it is indigenous to the soil. Other nations today celebrate their Fourths of July, most counthies observe Christmas and Easter pos sesses a significance in every country where there are Christian people, but Thanksgiving day "is meaningless to all nations except this. Feast Days No Longer Original. "Entire originality in the matter of feast days, fast days and holidays is a thing of the past," says a modern writer. "Practically every day in the year was pre-empted for anniversary pur poses long ago, and should a new na tion spring into existence tomorrow and seek to mark the event by the es tablishment of a general public fes tival, some uneasy bookworm would rise up and prove by the production of a Chaldean or Assyrian or Aztec cal endar, that a similar festival was an nually observed by primeval man some 10,000 odd years more or less before the Christian era." What this writer says is true enough but, after all, the strongest argument that can be brought forward to dis pute the claim that this nation is the original Thanksgiving nation is that at various times other nations or other communities, feeling in a thankful mood, have set aside a day for the chanting of a paean of praise. But no other nation has so closely interwoven with its history, no other nation today is called upon by its ruler or its chief executive to set apart one day for thanksgiving, no other nation feasts annually on roast turkey and pumpkin pie. It is almost three hundred years ago that the first thanksgiving proclama tion was issued in this country. It was issued by a governor, but it was not dictated to his secretary nor was it published in a newspaper. In fact, no formality at all marked its issuance. The governor merely bade four of the men whom he governed to take their fowling pieces and go out and shoot some wild turkey in order that the people might feast and rejoice after they had gathered the fruit of their labor, but that action of the Plymouth governor was prompted by something more than a mere impulse. It was an inspiration and in spite of the infor mality of the proclamation, it wrote with red ink one day in a nation's cal endar. The First Thanksgiving Day. Alexander Young, the father of Judge Young of this city, in his "Chronicles of the Pilgrims," quotes a colonial writer's account of the first thanksgiving day ever observed in this country. The date of that Thanksgiv ing festival was Dec. 11, 1621, and it was held in Plymouth town. "Our harvest being gotten in," wrote the colonist, "our governor sent four men out fowling, that we might, after a special manner, rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four, in one day, killed as much fowl as, with a little help be sides, served the company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming, amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king, Massasoyt, with some ninety men whom, for three days, we enter tained and feasted; and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor and upon the captain and others." The govern or, of course* was Bradford; the fowl, it is needless to state was wild turkey. The following year no Thanksgiving festival was observed in Plymouth town, but in July of 1623, a ship arriv ing from England with provisions that were sorely needed by the colonists, the governor again set a day of Thanksgiving. Forgotten for Forty-Five Years. The day was not revived until forty five years later. Then it was forgotten again until June, 1689, when a thanks giving service was held in honor of the accession of William and Mary to the English throne. In 1690 Thanks giving was observed in the autumn and the next year, Plymouth colony becom ing a part of Massachusetts colony, the Thanksgiving festival ceased, of course, to be connected with the name of Plymouth colony. But various events inspired the other colonies to observe the festival and previous to the revolution it had be come an annual holiday. An historical writer in giving an account of a Thanksgiving celebration held in 1676. to celebrate the victory over King Phil lip states that there were those in Church's expedition who had "much doubt then, and afterwards seriously considered, whether burning their ene mies alive could be consistent with humanity and the benevolent princi ples of the gospel." Which goes to prove that even if those early Puritans lacked a sense of humor some of them did have a sense of the eternal fitness of things. After the revolution Thanksgiving day became an annual festival in New York, the governor issuing the procla mation. Finally, at the suggestion of congress, President Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation which made the festival an annual hol iday. ... George Wrote Long Sentence. One of the noticeable things about this proclamation was that it contained one sentence of 269 words. But it was devout in tone and coming as it did, directly after the suppression of the whisky insurrection in Pennsylvania, had an excellent reason for being. Sub sequent proclamations have been briefer but all have breathed the re ligious spirit that inspired Gov. Brad ford when he beged the early colo nists to rejoice and be thankful after they had gathered the fruit of their labor. But "Thanksgiving day possesses for each individual a personal as well as a national significance. It is the day of family reunions. Families who are separated during the rest of the year make an effort to be together on this day and because of these reunions, the festival has a peculiar sacredness though it is marked by feasting and fun. In her children's poem, "The Thanksgiving Tree," Harriet Prescott Spofford expresses something of the good cheer that marks this day. Here are three of the stanzas: Thanksgiving Cheer. "Of all the lovely trees that grow The Christmas tree is the best, you know; But next to that you must agree Comes, really, thhe Thanksgiving tree. You never heard of it? Why, dear, It spreads its branches every year And it must have a mighty root To bear such quantities of fruit. "What sort of fruit? Why, crisp and brown It sends a fine roast turkey -down— Wishbone for me. drumstick for you— And raisins in the stufning, too. And ducks with jelly cuddled close In pastry; and along with these, A ham all stuck with cloyes, and, High with flaky crust, a chicken pie. It's strange that you should never know "How such a wonder came to grow. Planted in your younger soil, indeed. It sprung from the old roof tree seed; And though it flourishes the best In this great region of the West, Yet one much like it over sea They call the old Mohogany Tree." Every child is familiar with the old Thanksgiving poem that begins "Over the river and through the woods," and ends, "Hurrah for the fun, is the pud ding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!" The New England poet who wrote that appreciated the Thanks giving spirit, and many children have journeyed with him on imagination's wings "to grandfather's house." Tragic for the Turkey. Of course, the turkey is the one tragic figure in the midst of all this rejoicing. He cannot be said to be the skeleton at the feast, but he is frequently a skeleton after the feast. He is but here to make the nation's Thanksgiving day. Had those first early hunters who went out with their fowling pieces brought in any other game, the turkey, today, would not have cause to regret Thanksgiving day. It is to those colonial nimrods that it owes its fate. Somebody has recently attempted to present the tur key's protest against Thanksgiving in rhyme and this is what has resulted: "I'm an unpretentious turkey And do not seek to rise Above my station to a place Among the great and wise. Rich dressing isn't to my taste; I hate all grand display. And I don't like the way, at all, I'm served Thanksgiving day. "I'm an unoffending turkey, And never quite could see Just why a horde of thanking souls Should drive me up a tree. If I were full of thanks, perhaps, That might explain their way; But I'm not and never was. Gol darn Thanksgiving day." The protest is not elegant, but it appears to be heartfelt. 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