The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on November 25, 1891 · Page 6
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NOVEMBER .2ft» ' TH B tIPPJSE MS •** •*"*• *•" ^7 . ., . .. _ . ., . „,., MAN, AND WOMAN, §t»ft H E NOVEMBER 'ran was sinking In tfifi Western 8ki«*. Another day had gone and no news from "t. h e « h i p. With clnrkaess, a 'pitll of gloom settled over the little hand of settlers. There was so ranch need that the food had \ <> b c apportioned. JhirUm Laird had •Mirried Kdwerd f^ove's daughter a month previously. Hhe wiis a beautiful young woman of ','(); he a sedate lieutenant In Her Majesty's army. As the snn'fl lust bearns had faded beyond the Western hori/on, prayerful people wended their way to the quiet little chapel on the hillside. Edward Love was too ill to go. At his bedside were Alice and Iturton Uird. "Go, dear children," snld the old man, "and pruy for relief, for it is well to do so." And so It seemed to both. They bent and kissed him with that tender all'ce- tloti only born of poverty and parental ties, and then left him. Tlu-y Knelt near the quaint nllur and watched the p;ili' lips of 1,lio good man utter holy wiirds—words faintly heard by Mio ImU'.ners. The voi'e grew faint and weaker, as that of starving IIHMI must. Until tried ID sing, but the melody of their murmurs d'mil away nmler the roof. I!urton Laird thoug.ht his wife Cleaned more heavily on ills shoulder. Then III.M- voice was si Ion I,. 11 or face whiti'in ii under the dim light from the pulpit. Her eyes put on a dying look, Khi! sighed and ceased to speak. With a gnsp she fell forward on h's breast. Me lifted her into his arms nil if she was a babe and carried her out into the open air. There was a gust of sharp wind which quickly revived her. fche opened her ayes. Until now Kurloii Laird had been •trong. As ho noted the pallor of her face Ills anguish overwhelmed him. He called aloud to Heaven to spare the wife of his bosom. Shu hoard him. "Wo have loved each other well," •he murmured, "and if wo must part bore it will only bo to meet in that happy, happy land, whore there is neither grief nor suffering. The Iloaven for which we have sacrificed earth will bo ours for all eternity, Weep not, clear, Unit 1 go lirst." plJurton Laircl full as ho never folt before. Ho saw tho sun of the young lifu sinking faster than that which had an hour before burnt low upon tho horizon of tho New World, ami he would, bo left lu darkness forever moiu .. "Pity us," iu> cried in anguish that seemed to tour his soul from within. Speak not of grief 'till you have soon thu tears of war-like men. At that instant, against the dark liorixun of the sUy, sweeping clown from the bosom of tho seething ocean, ctuno tho ship so long expected, Krom tho rucks beyond, the lookout had already soon it. His shout arose in the distil nee. "Tho ship!" "Tho ship!" "Tho ship is hero!" Tho glad tidings swept down tho hill- eidu and along (.lie valley. Then from tho ehuruh rushed all tho worshipers, \VoaU-voic!c.'d titterings of thnnUiigiv ing soon resouiutcil. llurton Luircl lifted his wife that sho luight sec tho glud sight, tlu> ucoan presented.. "Tlinnk heiivuii!" sho cried: "you will live, Aluny will bo stivcxl, but I must dio.' 1 "Die," erioil hoi- husbiinel in awful anguish. "No. it must not bo; aid is nt hand." "Too Into for mo," the voids was weaker; "bin. mourn not at that. 1 will toll you how ills: l-iilher's lifo is far more valuable! than mine, and for four clays I havo given him my share of food instead of his. Hit I lor that he would now bo gone, and thuy look to him for aid and comfort in their ^f: COLUMBIA TO UNCLE SAM:-It Is For These Blessings We Are Thank .f^ 1 in 1891. dreamed of this sacrifice. How gladly— Hut, no, you shall not die." She had fainted. Throwing himself beside her on the ground ho drew the silvery sword from tho sheath which hung at his side, , lie drew tho bin do across his arm and then placed tho wound against tho whito lips that Jiad fallen rigidly apart. Sho recelvea tho hot gush of hislifo'ti blood as a child would tho milk from its mother's breast, and without that loathing which knowledge of tho truth would have, given her. And ho, bin ling up his wound, bore her into the church and laid her clown, wrapped in a blanket some one had dropped on the way to view tho blessed spectacle of tho ship's arrival. She was saved. liurton Laird knew it. On tho outside, Her Majesty's governor was proclaiming tho arrival of the ship with its supplies and requesting that the following day bo made one of Thanksgiving. And tho re was great rejoicing, too. It wns the ilrst Thanksgiving in tho Now World. Her Duv of '1'liuiiknKlvliiir. Very few of us will live to see sixty Thanksgiving days. Kewor still will live to see throe score and ten. Only a handful can see a hundred.. Those who may see more can be conn tod on the, linger tips. Only one person in America celebrates each Thanksgiving day us a birthday anniversary. That person Is Suruh Cool-Heath of Puupiiuk, N. .1. This Thanksgiving she will celebrate as tho l():id anniversary of her birth, she being born on tho Thanksgiving clay appointed by Washington in 178',). Sho continues'to celu- brato the feast as that of her birth in Vtead of the day of tho month. IN ANCIENT TIMES. Mrs. Heath enjoys remarkably cood health for one so'aged. Her souse of sight is iK'iu-lv gone; sho win but clis- curn daylight from darkness; Her memory of events that trunspircui nearly a century ago is excellent, of i oveMits of tho pi'e-scnt age not as good. Sho gets about tho houso by the uicl of two canes. Her aupotito evidently doos not fail her, as she has not missed a meal in over'oiurht years. She liveul continuously with l\eu- husband, in tho house which ho built, sixty yours, until his death, which ouuurred in l-Ml'.i. After that'she lived with her sons and one e>f her grandchildren until July '.|, 1$*81, when she'-mudc tho residence' of Justice of tho 1'oace David N. Todd her home. There sho still lives and large crowds visit Urn place once a year to remind the "id huly thai she has not been furgottun in her declining years. TliniiUniflvInu nl Ike J nil- Thanksgiving Day Visitor— And what uro you in for my goo<' n:-'ii ' Colored Prisoner— Nothin. ; , Visitor — For nothing! Colored Prisoner — Yes, sun 1 tried . to got turkey for last Thanksgiving j Day, but got nothing. See'.' There \va» u Feiiwt of I'roiii Tlnio Immemorial. Thanksgiving Day is ; not ah American idea. Ages and ages ago in em- pires'long since fallen one day of each year was sot apart for thanksgiving to the Creator. In this country it was not observed in the West and South tifl : after the war, but' in New England it may bo said to date from the middle of the seventeenth century. Over 8,000 years ago Moses instructed the Isrealltts to keep a feast after they got established in the Holy Land. They called it the feast of the T.,bernacle, and for eight days, following the close Of tho harvest, they dwelt in booths made/ ehielly of green boughs, and leasted on corn, wine, oil and fruits. In the course of time a splendid ritual for tlie feast was adopted, including much singing in responsive choruses. Somewhat later tho Greeks held a nine days' feast of similar character, in which slaves wore allowed to take part, and all criminals except murderers. Tho llomuns had a similar feast in honor of Ceres, goddess of grain. The ; (?axons had a -'Harvest Home," and after them the English, which festival was observed in a sort of \\ay in some of the American colonies. In the year M:.'l the Pilgrim fathers tried to celebrate, but it was rather a gloomy affair. In ItWS a ship loaded with provisions failed to arrive and Gov. Bradford appointed a clay of humiliation, fasting and prayer, but the expected ship arrived and so they made it a day of thanksgiving. Ninety Indians, under Chief ilassa- soit, took part. In JHitl the Puritans ran out of provisions, and Fob. 1) was named as a day of fasting and prayer. As in the other case, tho ship arrived, and they had a feast instead. June 1(5, KMT, there was a general service iu all churches of New England, to give thanks for tho great victory at Fort Mystic over the Pequots, and on the 12th of October following a general (service and feast, in honor of peace and the si tiling of some religious differences, Forty years later (iov Andros ordered the people to give thanks on the first day of December; but they hated Andros and didn't thank worth a cent, Several persons were arrested for treating the proclamation with contempt, but this struck the homo authorities as rather ludicrous, anil his conduct was disapproved. Thereafter '1 hanksgiviug was pretty generally observed in all KngUuul and the States sotclod.by her, tho governor naming the day, '(ioorgo Washington recommended to Congress the naming of a National day In I. fKU, for the adoption of the constl- Stltution. It was done and the clay was generally observed. In 170!) the proceeding wa's < repeated. James Madison appears' to havo issued the first Presidential proclamation on the subduct, in I'S'l;"), in honor of the) return of peace. Forty-eiirht years passed be- foro ('resident Lincoln issued the second one, in ISdii. Since then every President has followed tho custom and tlie day is Nationally observed at last. THOUGHTS FOR THANKSGIVING BE, LESLIE'S SERMON, A ThuuknglvliiK Day Story- WENTV YEARS more." George L a n g looked hack through tho fifteen years he had passed behind tho grim walls of prison. He thought of , the twenty years he had still to serve before society would be satisfied. on me," he mur- back into his iron "It's rather hard mered as he rolled couch. The church bells were tolling without. Foot beats were - hoard in the streets below. "They're all going to church to give thanks! Yes, this is Thanksgiving. Oh, that I had something to be thankful for. Here all these years suffering for liurt Kergan's crime. 1 know that it was he who fired Cooke's store so that I would be put out of the way. Well. 1 suppose I must suffer. The truth will never come out now. 1 will never even toll that I suspect it. " The convict's brows became knitted. He would have sunk into a deeper sleep but for a voice at the cell door. It was one of those gentle voices, so seldom heard in the corridor of a place of penal servitude. Maude Leslie, the parson's lovely daughter, was making the round as was her custom on the morning of great feasts. She generally brought some good things and was looked upon as a ministering angel by hardened convicts. "I had been dreaming and thought 1 had nothing to bo thankful for, but you are here. I'm so glad you have come. Your presence is a light into a darkened life that has no future hones." The other hung her head. Thu con- yict's words had touched her tencterest Thu I»»J Should \Vi.ril 1)0 JllHl Wlllll lllO trials. He will fe* powerful iu future of this New World—1 am but a Woman, you know." "And I, ywur luitbund. never Ilitl'orc •' | Kcv. .louu.siiig Hold on thai-, uig- ., , gah what's you doing in my turkey * ' roost ills hour of night? No.ijhbor SimpUiua—I wis jis gwine tcr fatten dut old gobbler up for your dinuau, This Thanksgiving feast has more of a National character than any pro- chi.meel in many years. It finds nearly all tho people'c ntouloel and happy. Tho farmer, tho mechanic, tho meivan- tilo nitiu anel tho banker, feel the pressure of abundance. The yield of cereals has been greater by a good per cent than for any p-Uoryeur in tho Nation's history. '.1 he big foreign d'e- maiul holds the prices and foreign gold is pouring to our sh -res. Many other farm products tlnei thoir way to foreign markets that} worn heretofore excluded by high tarilVs. Commercial industries tiro springing up ul' over tlie land. Whore in years gone by the. approach of winter was a signal' for dread among tho poorer classes, it now luvs a different meaning for them. It formerly meant idleness itiid want, 'his yi'iir there is peaoo and plenty. There is much, indeed, to be Unmkful f--r. If tho failnro of crops in Europe will lead to seriou» distreja there during the present year. America will not be the last to respond. . I feelings. For a moment she wished i she had not come!. Then she lifted her head. Tears wore coursing clown Liang's checks. "And you have up hopes for the future?" she asked. There was a tremor in her voico that told of exceptional interest. "llopo! No, there is none for me. I havo been adjudged guilty of setting fire to my employe's store. Why should there bo hope lor inn?" "Hut are you guilty'.'" The convict lowrod his, eyes. He would sooner not havo heard hen- ask. "Are you guilty.'' again she asked; this time with emotion. There was a smUlon pause. "Twelve men have adjudged me guilty, and so believes the world." , "Perhaps ," sho was interrupted. "Oh, no," interposed the other; "Nobody believes momuoceut. Yes, there is one, 1 ' and ho thought of the author of all his trouble. "There are two." Miss Leslie was calm and collected. "Impossible! They would-come an4 tell m>» so if it were true." (Jeorge Lang's face showed anguish. "It is for . that that I am here," -the other replied, •'I believe you ore innoueat and' —" 'What she would have said he did not hear then. The turn events had taken was too much for him and he sank imo a swoon, from which he was revived an hour or two later. In tho meantime Maud Leslie had returned to her home and told the story of an innocent man's sufferings. Rev. Dr. Leslie was a just and; good man. He became deeply interested in his daughter's story. He, too, belie\ ed George Lang innocent. Bxit what could he do? Jt would probably take years to prove Lang guiltless in the eyes of the law. Before he ascended the pulpit that day he had decided what to do. Never before was such a thrillimg sermon preached in St. James. After referring to tho day, the good man told of two young men in their early morning of life, who loved the same girl; of how one set fire to a store that the other might be sent to prison. He told of the temporary triumph of the conspirator, hut »aid that thei clay for retribution was coining. The sermon created a terrible seiisa- tiou. It was published in the leading papers the next clay and everybody wanted to know who the principals were. * # *:- * Hurt Kergan had long since married Voilet West. She had long ago dismissed l^ang from her memory. The day following Thanksgiving she picked tip the morning paper. The llai'ing headlines over Dr. Leslie's sermon first attracted her attention. She read down the column.' It became quite plain to her. Her husband was guilty of an awful crime. She sank back, and her cries for help soon brought him to her side. She was revived, but it was only of short duration. "What does it mean?" her husband asked, as she opened her eyes. "What has happened." "ISeud!" and she handed him the paper. She watched the. hot flush in his face as he read between the lines. He was gi'ilty; she knew it now. "You are guilty; don'tdeny it now." She fell back to rise no more in life. Violet Kergan, a victim of her husband's plot, was dead. ••Ves,l uni guilty,' 1 the husband said, bending over the prostrate form. Just then two oUlcers, who had been Admitted, stopped iiito tho room. Hurt Kergun raised his eyes. His cowardly heart weakened, lie fell i pierced to the heart with the exposure j of his crime. "1 am guilty," were his last words. v ?:- it •» Tb.e same day George Lang was released Irom prison. It was made :in occasion of public rejoicing, in which no one more heartily joined than Maude Leslie. •:t * « * A year afterwards and when the churehbells were tolling the glad tidings of Thanksgiving, Mrs. Lung took advantage of the oe-c.isiou. to ask forgiveness for a l.borty she had once taken. Then she told how she had stond at his cell door a year before and listened ti) his own confession of in ocence, '.'And that is how you knew I was m- noceut. Maud you are. forgiven. Listen to the bells Lot us ge>. We have much to be thank ail for.' And so it was all their lives. Thanksgit-ihEr day fa large Always anixiotisly looked for by poor and neeciy. , , „...» , On this day of, all others do the ftcfc let loose their ppcl et-strings.;, That i» theif way of returning thanks. , In New Vork'the members Of wealthy and charitably disposed familiei j[o about the highways and byways, lea^ ing a little with this poor family and » little with that one. In this way all the poor are given a inaterial reason, to also .oin in the Thanksgiving. The offerings generally consist of money. The distribution of clothing and food generally takes place on Thanksgiving eve. Of.course the money finds its wajr into the coffers of the saloon oftener than that of the grocer. ' But what matter it to .the giver? Ht or she has done a kindly a"t. The amount distributed among th» poor by the rich of Js'cw York'Thanks* giving Day is cnorrnotls. The Vander- bilts never give less than Sno.OOO. The Goulds give a like amount. The As- tors often give as much as '810,000. Perhaps the total amount would run into the millions. Chicago luilliotiiiiivs always see that the poor within the city's gates are well cured fnr on the National Thanksgiving Day. htatosm'en and politic-inns seldom forge-1 the ue/dy on this day. Probably the most liberal figure in political life is Gen. Aljrer of Michigan. He manages to spend between .fflo,HOti and $100.000 a year .-nnpng the poor of Detroit, and otlnsr cilies. The great poi 1 ^ tion of this is distributed ori Thank*: giving Day. A TliimUM^ivlim Menu. Oysters on half shell, Puree of pheasant, consomme royale. Small game patties. Broiled Black .Uass. Steward sauce. Turkey anil e-ranborry sauce. Prime ribs of beef. Sugar corn. Mashed potatoes. Sweetbreads. Lai-dot. Kscalloi'pod Oysters. (iroeu peak. Pineapple. Sherbet. Saddle of venison on' jelly. Redhead duck. Chicken salad. Mince and pumpkin pie. Plum pudding. Catawba jelly, Koquefort and Edam cheese. CotVee. llooni in \Vei>tiiilii*ter Abbey. There is "comfortable room" in West minster Abbey for forty or fifty mo.e permanent occupants This item, u-om Jhe report of u commission appointed by the government, suggests that great Bien would do well to die early aot) avoid the imh. Tliaiik.«Klv)iii! i»»y In the Clitirclte** Thanksgiving I.!ay is not observed with church t-ervioos by all 'the Christain .sects. Tha Episcopalians were the first to recogni e the i residential pro- clnmatioti. Tlie Lutherans and Methodist Kpiscopali:»is were the. next. The Presbyterians and Haptists observe the 'day without display or church service. The Catholic church, has its own days of thanksgiving 1 , varying in the different dioces, from one to three a year. Of lr,j»! years, though, the tendency of the clvnrch ha» been to observe the day prcx Juinied by the President. The resent Lay congress strongly advocated a strict observance of the day. 'Jiisbop John 8. Folcy. of Detroit. Michigan, was the first to order services throng-bout his dioces. That was in JH8H. Since then proclamations from the bishop to the Catholic churches generally follow the one from the President to the people. The day is also observed in many of the non-Christian communities. In most of the Jewish synagogues service* of Thanksgiving are made & solem obligation. THANKSGIVING DAY AMONG THE HEATHENS. A Story \Vlllioul Word "Mumma, here's a quoetlou for you— It bus always uuzzloiJ me." Said our little Alice with it (i Look of aeep perplexity, "How is it that vrhou I urn dressed I Wear my hut, <*nd froolc. and shtiwli And when the turkey's d -Bused for as She's got notliln'on sit ttl?" There is a valuable fioatinir loose on the Atlantic. It has a of mahogany lumber and was abaa donea WareL 81. Since then it drifted 10,600 milee and wa» Aug. 3.

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