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THIS is the week of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving day is,, an Ameri
can custom started by the Pil
grims who landed on the new
continent and faced hardships which
!few can realize who are reared in
.the wealth and luxury of the land to-day.
! The season had been a hard one.
Many had died and the prospect of
starvation during the cold winter with
its ice and snow loomed large. So,
jWhen the harvest yielded enough to
keep them until another season "would
produce the necessities of life, they
met that last Thursday in November
in year 1621, and gave thanks to their
God, who had remembered them.
Thankfulness is usually in inverse
ratio to the value of the thing for
which we give thanks. This is no dis
paragement of the things we are grate
ful for; but humanity does not think
of thanks until it has felt the terrors
of distress.
The rich who live in luxury and ease
do not thank with their hearts. Their
thanks are but formal expressions of
meaningless words. How can words
mean anything when one has not felt
the things which make for thankful
ness? But the poverty-stricken who have
faced starvation pour out thanks from
their humble hearts for the things
that have saved their lives.
Those who live in gorgeous homes
with comfortable fireplaces do not
think of thanks. But those who live ' hadn't made friends. And ho had oth
in the little hovel with big cracks in ! er riches. Chief among them was
the walls and cjeyices about the doors ; JunCj, a daughter, named for her birth
and windows and v.ithout Jtiel, give month, like her father. " She was well
tbanks for the corof or rf gr j med, togfor she had roses in her
tVe d? not Prize health until we have cheeks, and "eyes that were twin-.--
:--Ti.c-zzj- v-i.-.- .v.i-T---- patches of blue sky. Nearly every
lost it, and we do not appreciate life body preferred her to her sister May.
we-Iffeed tne danger of hav- Dan Meeker certainly did or to any
ing to giveit------ I one. April, May and June were the
ThaTlvTiicli we have we are likely to. whole Jones family.
5ST J ."f f !!2iU2L'. "li .Vh and the
vh.jjj. , ta u juu iuc ouu" realiza-
Vs- irH wuut' iHrs nnr snn' ii'Ica nn
B li t
earthquake. cSi2 '
r Weare thankful in the full sense of
the word for things necessary to life
and happiness only when we have had
to do without them.
We are not thankful for that to
which we are accustomed and accept
thoughtlessly. But when we are de
prived of the necessities of life and
face the hardships. Including death.,
that come as a result, we are thankful
with all our heart.
America has more te be thankful for
yearly, than any other nation in the
world; but our thanks are tempered
by the gravity of the sorrow of our
The year has not been one of great
happiness, peace and prosperity. It is
a year of travail for humanity the
travail of a people being born again.
But out of it will come a disciplined
and sober people; a people who will
know the realities of life'better.
We will learn that life is a serious
matter, and no silly, simpering affair.
The war has brought us again to an
understanding of the terrible earnest
ness of the thing we call life.
The earth is in process, and we still
have earthquakes and volcanic erup
Jtions. v
S Humanity, too, is in process, and
strife and sorrow and death will con
tinue to be its lot. We must face life
resolutely and meet destiny undis
mayed. This year we. will, not be "thankful
so much for -the blessings we Have re
ceived, for tho things that have been j
given" to us- for being pandered by :a
prodigal Providence and being"-'-; re
lieved of our burdens1,', as we will be
thankful-for tho strength to bear them.
In the .shrine of our hearts our deep
est prayer is not that -we shall be re
lieved of our burdens ; but that we
shall be given the strength to bear
them, for we are great in-, the degree
"" and the manner in which we face cur
tasks and perform them. The Great
: Souls are those that have suffered
and endured.
Our Thanksgiving this year will be
no perfunctory, infantile prattle be
cause of satiety.
This is a year of reckoning with
fate ; of being thankful if we, our
selves, have not fallen in the wreck
age. We are thankful not for what
has happened ; but for what has not
Life is not a trivial pastime. It is
deadly earnest. It is the course that
destiny takes, and let us be thankful,
not for less of life, but for more of it,
and the courage, the fortitude; the
strength, and the persistence to neet
its difficulties and continue its course
"undaunted by disaster and unspoiled
oy success.
urw uiamtruj, ior unaraeter. n
karityandfor Jrpnwillg J2&t iav-
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From the Sunday Magazine.
Is an Old Institution.
" Despite popular opinion to the con
trary, Thanksgiving day as an insti
tution is not peculiarly American.
For history shows that all ancient na
tions used to celebrate some feast of a
thanksgiving nature, while most of the
tribes of our American Indians had a
big gathering and a harvest feast
years before the white man ever set
foot on the shores of the new world.
By the Greeks and Romans the fes
tival days In honor of the goddess of
agriculture were times of rustic sport,
of processions through the fields and
the decorating) the home with fruits
and flowers. The people of Egypt en
joyed a time of feasting after gather
ing in their harvests and laid the
fruits of the year on the altar of the
Goddess Isis.
The Thankful Spirit.
Cultivate the thankful spirit It
( will be to thee a perpetual feast.
There is, or ought to be, with us no
such thing as small mercies ; all are
creat. because the least are unde
served. Indeed, a really thankful
heart will extract motive for gratitude
from everything. J. It. Macduff.
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iouqias i lanocn
PISH. Jones was the
worst grouch in Home
town. Perhaps it was
enough to make a man
grouchy, to have had
parents with no more
originality than to name
him "April" because
April happened to be the
month in which he was born. Especial
ly since he had had to go through life
with the nickname MApe," a natural
shortening of his longer name, but one
that was not so very complimentary.
Yet April had acquired funds, if he
kind pi
town Hometown was, this is the way
Harry Dee described it when he went
down to the city, and they asked:
"ir-reic.vn Iz the best little town
the Lord ever made, but there ain't
anybody else ever worked at it much.
When he quit, everybody else laid off.
April Jcnea' Ssld He'd Sec.
lie give us "a" navigable river, but it
ain't never been navigated by anything
much but bullheads "uni eTaioes. He
give us a high hill to shut off the
west wind, but there's some of us that
ain't J:eeu to the top of it yet. He
give us good soil, but we're keepin'
it more ,er less of a -secret. He give
us a lot or natural advantages, and
quite a bunch of natural loafers, one
cf whom I guess I a:n which. Faei
is, he give us a darned sight more thati
we ever give ourselves. , Six days he
labored and "made Hometown ; ah 1 it
ain't never had any next week Since."
Cf course, it wasn't as bad as that.'
Dan Meeker, who had been a tent-boy
with a Chautauqua last summer, came
heme to realize that ; Hometown haTT
about the best people in the world in it
industrious in their work, honest in
No one in Hometown will forget that
Thanksgiving service in the school au
ditorium. What singing there was by
that chorus, of "nearly thirty voices,,
mingling in the best old Methodist
and Baptist and' Congregational
hymns ! How the preachers vied with
each other in eloquence I ' And when
the Methodist minister took up a col
lectronjalthouglr nobody knew exactly
what ftfrt everybody laughed right out.
weI Si
; But mat . was April Janes
just regular for me to spea nos?, alter
these cood brothers," said April, ?or so
speak at all, but I tell you what we
are going to do witn tnis money. u
folks here ia Hometown have got a
lot to be thankful for, but we don't
know It We ought to give thanks for
these three brothers here, who are pull
ing the weeds in our little vineyard.
We ought to give thanks lor our good
school. We ought to glre thanks for
Us Folks Have Got a Lot
to Be
Thankful For."
our good soil, and the good power in
our river that we ain't never developed
yet. But I fell you what I tnink about
Thanksgiving: I think we ought to
give something more besides giving
thanks !
"There's a young fellah setting down
here that has been secretary of our
committee of arrangements, who h.s
been gitting off a lot of Ideas up at our
place about us folks gitting together,
and I want to tell you they're sound.
I move you that we go Into commit
tee of the whole, or something, and
that, after we git organized, that Dah
Meeker be made secretary of the
blamed' business, whatever it is."
It didn't take more than a minute
to make Dan secretary. They wanted
to make April president, but he
wouldn't have it. But he would act as
treasurer, so the Methodist minister
turned over the collection". "' '-
"Wait a minute," said April Jones,
"you ain't through with f this here col
lection yet. Here's this hill west of
town, that sends half the farmers to
Spragueville with their produce be
cause it's too hard to haul. How many
men'll give a day's work with teams
Fifty hands went up in the air like
bayonets. "Good!" said April Jones.
"That's the first thing we tackle. But
we're going to git a power plant at the
old dam, and we're going to pay off the
mortgage on the Methodist church, and
do a few more things. And, as for the
mortgage, put me down, Mr. Secre
tary, for two hundred for a starter."
There isn't any mortgpse on the Cen
tral M. E. church at Hometown, and
there is a power plant at the dam, and
Dan Meeker is working in the bank.
No, April hasn't taken him into part
nership. But June has.
(Copyright. UU, WeaUra Kwpe.HC UiJob.1
their dealings and kind to their neigh
bors. But it hadn't any navigable river,
Harry to the contrary notwithstand
ing. The old mill dam below, long
out of use since the sawmill was gone,
but still in existence, backed the river
up for a mile and bred canoes and bull
heads. "Three squares a day have come so
easy to most of us here," said Dan to
himself, "that we've kind of forgot that
there is anything else."
As Thanksgiving approached, the
three local pastors began to think
about their Thanksgiving services. The
I choirs were rehearsed, and certain
j Thanksgiving sermons were dusted off,
j looked over and re-written. One day
' the minister of the Methodist church
! said to bis wife:
"There's April Jones. . He has- more
to be thankful for than, any of us, as
far as this world's goods go. Wouldn't
it be a fine thing to get ivpe but to
our Thanksgiving meeting?"
His wife immediately said it would
and she couldn't help wondering if
it might not ultimately have some
effect on her husband's back salary
although it was a worldly thought. So
that very afternoon her husband called
at -the bank and invited April Jonas.
April Jones said he'd, see and he
was so decent about it that the min
ister told his wife that April -Jones
was a misjudged man. The Baptist
pastor saw them through the bank
window and, as May taught in the Bap
tist Sunday school and June sang in
the choir, he decided that it would be
no more than right to drop in and have
a talk with their father and mention
the Thanksgiving services.
"The absence of our leading citizen,"
said the pastor, "would throw cold wa
ter on the whole service."
"Well, a little cold water ain't going
to hurt a Baptist, is it?" asked April,
with something that approached, a
chuckle. "And, not quite so pleasantly,
he said, he would see.
April Jones "was a suspicious per
son; and" that night when Dan asked
him if he wouldn't come to the Con
jgregatioaal service, he roared:
"What: are yon. fellows up to 1:5 1
ain't o Jiest ten, that you have to etart
! oseeesme
g lhaj, Wre at peace vrith afl Ae wortd
$ Safe in our cities and our home,
Q That unto thi our favored land '
f Such gift, with all its blessings, comes,
$ That men go not to war and death, ..
J That women do not tearful brood
jfj Dy anxious nrro iui ww j
j We thank Thee, Giver of all good
$ That no ambitious strife is ours, ' - $
& That lust of conquest does not thrill
This mighty nation's inmost heart $1
p That we abhor to burn and kill g
. That weaker nations we protect $
$ Fight but to make their wronging cease, V
W AnA mlv comes to make them free, 5
We feel our hearts with pity throb,
And haste to heal the wounded man
To hush the child and woman's sob,
That we are eager still to share
S The goods that heap our stores again.
?5 With those who have but us to help,
8 We thank Thee, Father of all menl
missionary Ing meT
It took a little time to convince him
that there was no conspiracy of cordi
ality against him. Suddenly the old
fellow got up, raised one finger at
arm's length above his head, and said :
"I tell you what I'mgolng to do: I
ain't going to any of 'em, and I'm go
ing to 'em all!" And with this para
doxical pronouncement he stomped off
to bed.
Next morning April Jones sent the
cashier to ask the three clergymen to
meet him at the bank.
"I'm much obliged to you all for your
invitations," he said, while the Congre
gationallst looked at him mystified, and
the Methodist and Baptist looked at
each other, "but I can't be in no three
places at once. That shows yon the
ruinous effect of competition. Now,
I'm going to suggest this: Let's open
up the school auditorium and have one
big, bang-up Thanksgiving service and
invite the whole town!"
MAnd well have three choirs get to
gether up at June's house tomorrow
night," suggested Dan, "and practice
each other's hymns!"
So one idea suggested another, and
before Thursday arrived the whole
town had been invited, and had agreed
to come. x
For summer's bloom and autumn's blight,
For bending wheat and blasted maize,
For health and sickness. Lord of light, -And
Lord of darkness, hear our praise!
"We-trace to thee our joys and woes
To thee of causes still the cause
We thank thee that thy hand bestows;
We bless thee that thy love withdraws.
TVe bring no sorrows to thy throne;
We come to thee with no complaint.
In providence thy will be done,
And that is sacred to the saint.
Here, on this blest Thanksgiving night.
We raise to thee our grateful voice;
For what thou doest, Lord, is right;
And, thU3 believinj, we rejoice.
Befor Adam., "Who is the
man mentioned in the Bible?"
"Chap 1." Boston Transcript.
The Last Thing. "Perkins is down
and out, isn't he "
"Oh, yes he told me the other day
he was paying cash for everything."
CourJLawyor "Do V Vl
Witness (quite huffy) "That's my
Lawyer "Have you any other busi
ness?" Widow.
5 t
Not on Her jList,-He-rDo you
remember Horatius at . the bridge "
She "I don't think I ever met him.
You know, we invite so few men to
our card parties." Stray Stories. x
K Vt
An Optimist. He "Good heaveiis,
the clock just struck one. and I pro
mised your mother I'd leave at 12."
She (comfortably) "Good! We've
eleven hours yet." Yale Record.
Just Deserts. Wife "This paper
tells of a man out in Ohio who lives j
on onions alone." I
Hub 'Well, any one v.-no' lives on
onions ought 'to live alone." Boston
Behind the Times. "I - hear that all
of the clever writers are deserting the
magazines to vvrite for the movies."
-,'Yeu w'erc misinformed; the clever
writers haven't been in the magazines
for some time now." Puck. ""
Fooled Her Meeker "Di'dh't '1 -al
ways give you my salary' cheek the
first of every month?"'- - ;.
Mrs. Meeker "Yes, but you. never,
told me that you got paid on the 1st
-f arid -loth, you embezzler.? ev "York
Globe. ' -
Look Mother! If tongue is coated,
cleanse little bowels with "Cali-
fornia Syrup of Figs."
Mothers can rest easy" after giving
"California Syrup of Figs," because in
a few hours all the clogged-up waste,
sour bile and fermenting food geatly
moves out of the bowels, and you have
a well, playful child again.
Sick children needn't bo coaxed to
take this harmless "fruit laxative."
Millions of mothers keep it handy be
cause they know its action on the
stomach, liver and bowels is prompt
and sure.
Ask your druggist for a 50-cent bot
tle of "California Syrup of Figs." which
contains directions for babies, childrea
of .all B?"S and for irrown-n-na.
i feB start a
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1 jgfe Join our
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gnd nave
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Squirrels HAVE because they SAVE. You can have if YOU save.
Come in and let us. show you HOW to save. We will give you
FREE, a litle bank book so you can join our "Christmas Banking
You put in 5 cents the first week, 10 cents the second week and so
on increasing your deposit ONLY A NICKL'E a week and in 50 weeks
you have $63.74.
We also have clubs where you begin with 1 or 2 cents or 10 cents or
$1.00, $2.00 or $5.00 and in 50 w eeks have coming to you from $12.75
to $25 1).
Have EVERY member of your family join the club. Tt means sav.
ing MONEY and makinc a SUCCESS.
You can start TODAY START!
More Shopping Days 'till
And our readers from now on will find
in the advertising columns of the Hustler
a splendid line of suggestions for Holiday
Gifts made by Hustling Hendersonville
merchants. Read the advertisements
carefully and your Christmas shopping
will be made easy.
Our Advertisers are Trustworthy
and they Merit your Trade
The very best way to find o ut is to become an agent for the Hust.
ler. Get subscriptions in He nderson county. Start with your neigh
bors. Tell them regardless of politics they should take the leal
in. county newspaper. $1.0 0 the year. Liberal Commissions to
the right parties. Easy money for those not afraid of work.
We Sell rurniture.
We Store Furniture.
' We Crate arid Ship Furniture,
We Order by niail Furnitur
We Repair Furniture,
Old Furniture
We Buy and Sell Second-hand Furniture
We Do Dray Work;
Phone 2
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" The Furniture Man "
: Opposite Court House

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