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In the pleasant days when we went to school
We read, in a well worn history book,
How, restless under a despot's rale,
A band of pilgrims their land forsook.
And, craning a wide, mysterious main
To a country strange and little known,
Began, with liurlhip ami toil and pain.
The home and nation we call onr own.
The tale rehearsed how they strove with fate,
They and their meek and patient wives,
And rose np early and labored late .
To keep and comfort their lonely 'lives.
They felled the forests with fire and ax, ,
They dng and planted the ragged soil .-
And faced denials, and pinching lacks.
And constant danger, and ceaseless toil.
For Nature met them with Jealous mood.
She gave scant welcome to human schemes
Which turn the shade from ber solitude,
And rent the forests, and dammed the streams.
Her Indian children had never dared
To spoil her shrines and to thwart ber will
The red man's life was ber own and shared.
Without question, her good and ilL
With few of the helps we know today
To yield relief as the seasons rolled.
Tin y paid the price that she bade tbeui pay
They gasped with heat, and they shook with
The ills she sent them they grimly bore.
Yet mmo the less did that stubborn band
Hold fust to the stern, nnpltying shore
Whereon their vessel had chanced to laud.
One summer fiercely and long the snn
Had parched their gardens and scorched their
And days and weeks had gone on and on
With never a sprinkle of saving rain.
The beat drank greedily all the springs
And dried the wheat ere the ears were filled ;
It withered the corn to yellow strings.
And all the tenderer crops were killed.
And strongest spirits grew faint indeed,
Foreseeing nothing but want and woe,
Wasting hunger, and bitter need.
And actual famine with winter's snow.
The preachers donbled their sermons' length
And droned long chapters and prayed and
Vet, spite of their faith's persistent strength,
nas every man 01 tnem sore airaid.
But when their courage was almost gone,
So deaf seemed heaven to their prayers and
A cloud arose in the sky at dawn.
Dark and heavy with promised rain.
And when poured plenteonsly down at last
The crystal blessing denied so long "
They changed the day from a gloomy fast
Into a service of joy and song.
And ever after their children, too.
And their children's children after them,
With love and gratitude ever new,
Set one day separate, like a gem
Of purer luster than all the rest
In the golden round of the year of days,
When all might offer, as one, their best
Of true Thanksgiving and humble praise
So let no spirit, though far apart
From happy fortune its path may stray.
km use to nonor, wn voice and bean,
The dear tradition we keep today.
For never a soul in all the earth.
In but or palace, in any clime,
But baa some blessing or comfort worth
The giving thanks at this joyful time.
We who are happy, whose lot is crowned
With every favor that life can bring.
How can we fail, aa the day comes round.
To offer thanks, to rejoice and sing?
We who are wretched, whose days are dark.
oid of all that can Mesa or cheer.
Mar still be glad, as its dawn we mark.
That rest and freedom are almost here.
For grain bins brimming with amber wheat.
And all the riches of harvest born ;
For laden hives, with their burden sweet ;
r or neaps or imits and for golden corn ;
For bursting cotton and warming fleece ;
For bleating flocks and for milky herds ; '
For home, for comfort, for thrift, for peace,
For kindly bands and for loving words;
For all the gifts of the. teeming earth;
For every blessing the autumn sends:
For love, for pleasure, for tears, for mirth.
For faithful hearts and for loyal friends;
For household circles still fond and whole.
Let every one in hie own best way.
With grateful thought and with humble seal.
Yield tfca&bsiviac &&d praise toiiy I
Thanksgiving is a day which fills us
all with thanks and roast turkey, and aa
such a day it is dear to the hearts of all
Americans. Thanksgiving doesn't make
as much noise as does the Fourth of Ju
ly, with its firecrackers, or as Christmas,
with its bells. The country is the only
5 lace in which Thanksgiving may be en
oyed to its fullest extent, although there
are people who claim that it is not
without its own peculiar charm in the
smallest kind of aflat At first it may
seem absurd to the student of human
affairs that a 16 pound turkey should be
able to perform with its maximum grace
in a $13 flat. -But this fact is not a mys
tery when we come to look it squarely
in the face and meet it with the mental
dissecting knife. It is because these flat
dwelbsrs enjoy many Thanksgivings in
the turkey of the present.
After the head of the family has gone
to the table alone to do the carving, be
cause he would not have sufficient elbow
room if the family were congregated
about him, they sit down and dream of
the turkey, of the past when they were
out on the farm looking across dreamy
vistas of nestling landscape, punctuated
by the scarecrow shivering in his straw
hat and linen duster, to let the world
know that summer was a thing of the
past And still they fancy they see this
old scarecrow standing among the corn
stacks, with the wind blowing through
his whiskers. They see bim right over
there on the fire escape of the neighbor
ing flat, for all the flatsoape to them is
a large area of farm land nestling with
red leafed trees and mortgages that can
not be raised by band and are not self
raising like the flour raised upon it .
It bas brooaht with it pleasant mem
ories which cover a period of 30 vears.
It only goes back to last March in the
flesh, but it carries the man back to the
time when be slept like a top on a corn
husk mattress and arose in the early
morn together the steaming pancake on
the fly, long before be dreamed that he
would ever have to gather the matutinal
horse car on the fly. It takes bim back
to the old game of sbittney, and brings
back to him faces that bad long since
faded from his memory. Out in the crisp
chilly air be shouts, "Shinney on your
own side!" as of aid, and hears the
yelping of the hound, shining like pat
ent leather with enthusiasm, and is
stirred once more by the ripping whix of
the flashed partridge, and the reverber
ating bang of the sportsman's gun, that
sounds so sweet in the aisles of the si
lent forest. He will not wake from this
pleasant dream of past happiness until
the morrow, for then the turkey will be
cold, and the logs of fancy's fireside
will have been reduced to white ashes
to stir fitfully in the vagrant gust of
wind. Even when the turkey's shining
carcass has been chopped up to be util
ised as the base of aa economic soup, the
reminiscent charm Will have vanished
gracefully, like a $10 bill at a seaside
resort, for the turkey, like love, is never
itsenw.gain when once it'sccld. Its feet
are on the ash heap and will stmt
about no more. Its bead, with its great
Dundreary whiskers of naming red, will
no more warble in the rosy kiss of
dawn and fill the beholder with rosy
anticipation of the jocund feast Its
work is done, and its days are past, and
now the family, so well begrimed with
gravy to the very eyes, sit and regard
one another in silent joy. The smaller
members will have to take a bath to get
the turkey off them. But the victory is
theirs, as they sit in the city flat filled
with visions of ecstasy and break the
magic wiehbone and wish that everyone
irom the highest to the lowest bas had
just so merry and glad a Thanksgiving as
has fallen to their happy lot
- B. K. McKKrrnucK.
Th Tim TiMliglriH SatoM.
Justice Fineham If your bands could
talk, Sam, don't yon suppose they could
tell who took that turkey ?
Sam Don b'lieve they could, sab.
'cause I b'lieves dat de true spirit ob
Thanksgivin time is nebber to let de
right hand fajow what de kf baud am
BT LIEUTESAXT TRIGG.
Copyright, 1893, by American Press Associa
tion. We started to dig our way out of the
prison pen at Salisbury, N. C, on the
2d day of August, 1 80S. There were five
of us, all of whom had been captured at
the same time, and we reached the pris
on in May.
In all prison pens the inmates paired
off at least, and in many instances four,
five or six men formed a sort of close
corporation. AH clothing, blankets,
money and other articles went into a
common fund, and the men shared alike
in the comforts and discomforts. It so
happened that none of us was despoiled
when captured, and on entering the
pates of Salisbury we had f 00 in cash,
each a good blanket and a full nuiform,
and we were thus enabled to live in for
greater comfort than the great majority.
We bad a choice of ground on which to
pitch onr tent, and having an eye to a
tunnel we got as near the dead line and
the fence as possible. The distance to
the dead line was 6 feet and to the
fence about 23. '
Up to this time a score of prisoners
had escaped by means of tunnels, and
dozens of tunnels had been discovered
while being dug. The Confederates en
tered the pen almost daily through the
mouths of June, July, August and Sep
tember and made a close search for dig
gers. Such vigilance acted to discourage
the prisoners, and I believe onr tnnnel
was the only one begun in the month of
October. Our tent was a roomy ono.
and we begun operations, sinking a
shaft five feet deep and large enough to
allow a man to work in. This bole was
in the middle of onr tent, and when not
in use was covered with four sticks and
a blanket All the dirt was carried
away in our pockets and flung into
abandoned wells or scattered over the
ground. A spoon, the two halves of -a
canteen and the handles r.f a skillet
were our tools for digging. As we had
noticed that every visit of the searchers
was made in the afternoon or evening
we began and prosecuted our work in
the forenoon. After a couple of weeks
some digging was made after 10 o'clock
at night, but we never felt safe while
thus engaged. When the tnnnel proper
was begun, two men were working at
the same time below ground. A third
stood watch at the door, and tho fourth
and fifth carried away the dirt.
The tnnnel was three feet below the
surface and but a trifle larger than a
man 's body. The dicgcr had to null
himself in by using bis elbows, and he
dzew after him a tin' basin and a string.
The dirt was placed in the basin and
drawn out by the man in the shaft
Crawling into a hollow log is fun com
pared to wriggling in'and out of such a
tunnel. The body shuts out all the air.
the place is stifling hot, and after half
an hour s work the strongest man is nsed
When our tunnel had reached the
fence, we had to go down four feet to
work under the ends of the logs, and the
air became so foul that we made but
slow headway and some days, did not
warkatalL We bad planned to run the
tunnel close to the dispensary, and after
passing the fence the digging became
easier, but delay from one cause or an
other prevented the completion of onr
enterprise until the 20th of November.
At noon of that date we bad dug onr
full distance and had only to break
through a foot of crust to be in the open
air outside the fence. We mnst wait for
night, of course. The weather was fine,
with a promise of a starlight night, bat
dnrimr the afternoon we made all onr
arrangements to go. Twice during the
afternoon alarms were given that search
ing parties were coming in, but they
proved to be 'false. Nighf finally came
with onr plan undetected, and about 8
o'clock the first of the five entered the
tunnel, crept to the far end and broke
through the crust We bad dug within
13 inches of the wall of the dispensary.
The building was nsed as sleeping quar
ters for two or three men connected with
the hospital department, and as we pass
ed ont of the tnnnel in turn each of aa
beard them talking and moving about
Each man crept away to the left, climb
ed over a fence and followed it for 20
rods, and then made for a certain tree
which could be seen from the stockade
and which bad been agreed upon as the
rendezvous. We encountered no guards
and raised so alarm, and within half an
hour from the time the firs man enter
ed the tnnnel the five of us were gath
ered under the tree.
We traveled all night, with oniy
Uitf stcj for rest, aod trial dajliLt
came we judged that we had made a
good 25 miles. We had followed the
highway on and off, but without en
countering any one, and as the day
broke we sought the cover of a thicket
and lay down to rest and sleep. It was
afternoon before any one awoke, and
then the first move was to look for
water. We soon found that, and then
the question of food came up. Keeping
all together, we moved to the west,
knowing .that we should come to a plan
tation sooner or later. The beet we
could do in the way of weapons was for
each man to arm himself with a club.
The highway was on our left as we
went forward, and we had proceeded
for about a mile when we broke ont of
the cover of a thicket and found our
selves upon the road, which took a
turn there to avoid a hilL It was only
a narrow road, and a couple of jumps
would have given us cover on the other
side, but as we left the bushes we came
face to face with a soldier in Confeder
ate uniform. He was sitting down on a
stone to rest and was without weapons
of any sort Had the soldier remained
quiet a tragedy would have been avoid
ed. At first sight of us he sprang to his
feet, and instead of running away when
he recognized na as escaped prisoners,
which I am sure he did, he called on ns
to surrender and seised a man with each
hand. He was only a boy, being less
thau 20 years old, and not having even
a pistol with him it was a foolhardy
thing for him to dct Having a brave
heart in him, he acted on impulse. The
idea with all of us was that we bad
blundered upon a party of soldiers sent
out in search, and no one hesitated to
use his club.
It was only after the young soldier
had gone down under our blows that
we found he was alone and unarmed.
Two men lifted np his body and bare it
into a thicket across the road, and when
at a safe distance we examined his in
juries and did all that was possible wi
der the circumstances to revive him.
Some of the blows had fractured his
skull, and at the end of two hours be
was dead. When I tell yon that we were
sorely grieved over the matter, I do not
half express our feelings. In one sense
we had the moral and legal right to at
tack him and defend ourselves, but when
we saw bim lying dead we could not
help but feel that there was innocent
blood on onr bands. On an envelope in
hie pocket was his name, George Wil
liamson, and he also had with him a ten
days furlough, granted by the com
mander of the post at Salisbury nine
days before. He was one of the guards
at the prison pen, then, and bad been
home on a furlough and was making
bis way back.
We found a spot where a tree had
been overturned and buried the body as
well as we could, and during the re
mainder of the day no one seemed to
think of food. As night came we started
on again, but we had not made a dig-
HE EPBASG TO HIS FEET.
tance of ten miles when a comrade
named Clark caught his foot and twist
ed his ankle in a way to render bim per
fectly helpless. There was no thought of
going on without him. After scouting
around and finding that we were in the
woods half a mile from the highway
and at least mile from any cleared
field, we erected a rude shelter and pre
pared to wait until Clark could proceed
with na The next day we got some corn
from a field two miles away and parch
ed it over a small fire, and later on we
captured several opoasuins, killed a pig,
which was running wild, and knocked
over and devoured three or four crows
and pronounced them excellent eating.
Thanksgiving day found ns still there,
though Clark was getting the better of
his injury, and we hoped to make a start
next morning. Oar dinner was ready at
S o'clock f n the afternoon and consisted
of a roasted crow, three sweet potatoes
a&d a cala aude of aeal &aj wat.
The meal had been stolen from a negro
shanty three miles away during the pre
vious afternoon. Perhaps "taken "wonld
be the better term, as one of the men
went to the shanty to beg for something
and found no one at home.
The five of us sat in a circle eating
this Thanksgiving dinner when a stran
ger suddenly appeared among us. That
he was a native could be told at a glance,
and that he was the owner of the nearest
farm on the west we soon ascertained.
He was out hunting, and had been led
to ns by his dog. He knew in moment
that we were Union soldiers who had
"cut stick," and he must have been cog
nizant of the fact that there was a stand
ing reward of $50 for the capture of any
prisoner seeking to make bis escape.
For a long time no one spoke. The man
"WILL TOtJ GIVE TJS TOCR IMHEf
leaned on his rifle and looked down On
us, and as we gazed at him each one of
ns felt that we were helpless. By and
by be queried :
"Any one of yo bin sick?" -We
told him that Clark had Sprained
his ankle, and that we had been camped
there for several davs.
"Heaps o' soldiers bin lookin ont ftn
yo'," he said, "and it's a wonder TO
dodged 'em. 'Do yo' know what day
"And is that yo'r dinner !"
"Well, I reckon I kin flo better than
that fur yo'. Jist stop . right yarn and
don't be anxious, and I'll 'bring yo'
some grub from the house.
He was gone before we could question
him. We believed that he bad gone for
neip instead or food, but if we Started
off we could not hope to evade pursuit
with Clark as a burden on na. We talk
ed it over and concluded that it Bight
as well be surrender without an effort,
and we were feeling gloomy enough
when the man returned. To onr surprise
he was alone and bad a basket on his
arm and a jug in his hand. The basket
contained meat, bread, pickles, pie and
other good things, and the jug held
cider. He placed them before ns and
"Boys, I don't know who yo are. I
shall never own np that I ever saw yo'.
The s'arch fur yo' is now about over,
and I reckon yo'd better move slowly on
"But why do yon do this for an ene
my?" was asked.
"I her no enemies on Thanksgiving
day!" he replied as be uncovered his
head. "Besides I'vegot a son who is a
soldier. War' be in the hands of his
enemies on this day I should hope for
them to treat him as I treat yo'."
"Will you give ns your name?"
"James Williamson, and ay boy ar'
named George! He waa home on fur
lough a few days ago, but has gone back
to the prison pen. I shan't see yo' agin.
Jest leave the basket and jug alongside
the tree, and I'll get em tomorrer. Good
luck to yo'."
We sat there staring into each other's
faces and never thanked bim nor said
goodby. We could not speak for several
minutes after the sound of his footsteps
had died ont of our ears. It was his son
bis soldier boy we had encounf ed
on the highway and killed his son ly
ing dead m a shallow grave in the for
est a few miles away I We had slain hie
only child perhaps, and be repaid ns
with food and succor and kind words t
No man touched food or drink. Mo man
felt hanger or thirst We sat then for
an hoax, silent and ..conscience stricken
and even tearful, and then we got np
and moved away on onr journey and
made no halt for miles and milea. Long
weeks after that two ragged, starving
and wounded Union prisoners entered
the Federal lines in Tennessee, but only
two. The other three of onr party were
dead on the mountains or in the valley
dead witboat burial. ; Fat had de
suaded tirea live ix can.
of breath, together wtta sack a
that, at tins I
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