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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 25, 1896
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D&S MOINKS: ALU(h\A WttilNKrtttAt. [«S>=* We titanic Thee, O Father, for all that is bright- The gleam ol the day, and tbe stars of the night; f he flower* of onf youth and the fruits of our prime, Afld blessings that march down the pathway of time. We thank Thee, O Father, tor all that is drear— The «ob of the tempest, the flow of the tear; For never in blindness, and never in vain, Thy mercy permitted a sorrow or pain. i thank Thee, O Father, for song and for feast— The harvest that glowed and the wealth that increased; For never a blessing encompassed earth's child But thou in Thy mercy looked downward and smiled. tVe thank Tbee, O Father, of all, for the power Of aiding each other in Hfe's darkest boar; The generous heart and the bountiful hand. And all the soul help that sad souls understand. . We thank Thee, O Father, for days yet to be— For hopes that our future will call us to Thee— That all our Eternity form, through Thy love. One Thanksgiving Day in the mansions above. —Will Carleton. " THANKSGIVING * The old-time honored custom of making .a festival at Thanksgiving, as, indeed, at all other national holidays, is simple, beautiful, right. No greater argument can be advanced in favor of these holidays than that we continue zealously to keep them up in letter if not in spirit. When TTC think of the terrible bard- ships the Puritans were constantly undergoing, and yet of the feast which they Eprcaa* in the wilderness—when we think of their brave cheery ways, of their courage that stopped at nothing, and of that first primeval Thanksgiving dinner with its attendant praise- service and air of hearty cheer, we cannot help regretting that a little of that old-time sentiment has not deacended to the present generation. We who have everything to be thankful for are often thankful for little. We who are surrounded by every comfort are often as ungrateful as if we were surrounded by none. If one does not appreciate one's mercies, one may as well have calamities, for what dees prosperity signify if one Is not glad" Let IB then be truly, heartily glad for the beantlfnl world that surrounds us, for the books, the flowers, the pictures, the music, the love of kith and kin, the lisping words of children, the helpful hands of friends—for all this and much more which we receive with apparent Indifference. Service. Love alwajra gives. Service has a thousand forms, says the Christian Herald. Sometimes it is poverty that stands at our door and relief is want- eel, More often it is not money nor bread, but something more precious, friendship, sympathy. Sorrow or lone- Hnese \s before us. A mother's heart is breaLing. Money would be useless —it would be mockery. But we can hold to the neighbor's lips a cup of the wine of love, filled out of our own heart, which will hearten the sufferer, Of it Is the anguish of a life struggle, a human Gethsemane, beside which wo are cajjed to watch. We can give no actual ftid— the soul must fight its battles alone; but we can be as the angel that ministered to our Lord's Gethsemane imparting strength and helping the weary struggle? to win the victory. The world ie very ful? of sorrow and trial, and we cannot live among our feUpw wen and be true without sharing their loads. If we are happy we must hol4 the lamp of our happiness eo that Jt will fall upon the shadowed heart, jrwe have no burden, it is our duty to put our shoulders under the load of others. Selfishness rauet die or else o«r own heart's life must be frozen wlthte us, We soon 'learn that wo cannot Jive for QBrseJyes iana be Christians; that the blessings that are gent us are to bo shared with others and thjRt we are only God's almoners to carry them i» Christ's pam? to vhose jfpr whom they were i c tcn.qed, Uroe once more, 4ay, aunts §»a metes, cpu^ns, too, T cape from far $,way ' i they er« N£«tt,«NWP?*' 'WWW5WH *W J *W • Tnotwrriafa atria hOifiitSOTT V &A1P'"'" ' p*t m®fft$ffz* !H-> ,, ,1- iiaSiiiii ! iC ;; , m •itek* m £. -&4 m l# &) fmt -4 w? ,tjt ^ fflfe 3i«-.i* -«iVi--4-'V.. , «••V^JE l^ii^sar^i--"".' ^^ J$$. M [© AY, Bill, 'spose we .fellows give Widow Gray a regular surprise part}-Thanksgiving eve. "I heard those ilaitland boys *• bragging to little Tom Gray 1 f what a splendid Thanksgiv- •-"ing they were going to have, and Tom said, 'I guess we used to have as good a time as anybody when father was alive; but mother says tre mustn't expect a turkey or a mince pie this year.' "I lay awake last night ever so long, and planned It all out You and 1 will go up to 'Squire Fiske—father says he'e got a big heart—and I shouldn't wonder, if we tell him how hard Widow Gray works to get along and keep the boys at school, if he'll give the turkey, and then the biggest thing of all will be off my mind. "Then I want at least six pumpkias, and here comes in the fun—these 'surprise pumpkins' will be such pumpkins as you've never seen in all your life. You just come up to our barn to-night, at seven o'clock, and bring your pocketknife, sharpened up, and.I'll show you what I mean bv 'surprise pumpkins.* " And seven o'clock tbat November nieht found as jolly and happy a half- dozen boys as you'd wish to see, collected in 2Hr. Emery's barn. Six of the biggest pumpkins—one oval in shape —and six boys and six knives busy at work on the straw-covered floor. and cookies and all sorts of "goodies" for the Thanksgiving tea. On Thanksgiving eve, at eight p. ra.. might have been seen a torchlight procession moving across the mealow from Mr. Emery's barn, and along the lane that led to Widow Gray's cottage at the other end of the village. And this was the programme: Two boys with Chinese lanterns; two little Chinamen bearing on a pole between them a real Chinese tea-chest filled with tea and sugar; wheelbarrow, alternately wheeled by Joe Emery and Will Somerby. On each side of the barrow two pumpkins containing pies, doughnuts, etc. One pumpkin in front with celery and cranberries; large oval pumpkin in the center with turkey, decorated with laurel sprigs; spaces filled up with white potatoes and sweet potatoes; at the head of the barrow, on Pole, a little banner—"A Thanksgiving greeting from the friends of Mrs. Gray." Now, don't you think Joe Emery's was a new and jolly "pumpkin lark ?" B. P. Let Us Be Thankful. THIS WAS THE PROGRAMME.; First the pumpkins were cut in two parts, about two»tbirds from the base; then both parts were scooped -out, leaving the yellow rind about an inch in thlcJoiess; then a green wiyow withe or switch was cut the right length and put into the smallest part of'the divided pumpkin (the cover), for a handle. Then the boyn put a thin coat of varnish over their work, and left to jjry an a shelf in the barn a row of splendid new-fashioned orange-colored dishes and covers!' The next three days were busy, days, I can tell you, for the surprise party; but 'Squire Flske gave the turltey and, the "fixings"—celery and cranberries —and Joe's mother made a real Yankee plum-pudding; and Will's sister made two such pies; as Will eatd— mince and gquaph—and the other boys' mothers and sisters matle doughnut-* •ifj OME from Hamlot 'and city. Home o'er river "»nd sea, \\^ <* Th'e/ boys and girls ^ .' are coming To keep Thanks- giving with me, Hugh is a' judge, they tell me, : . And John is a learned divine. They were always more than common, Those sturdy lads of mine. Laura, my pride, my darling. And my little, Rosalie, And the children all are coming To keep Thanksgiving with me. The great world's din Is softened Ere it reaches this abode, This mountain-farm, that lieth 'Under the smile of God. So open the.-doors and windows, And let in the golden air, ' Sweep out, the dust and cobwebs, And make the old home fair. For swift from Hamlet and city Swift ovei; river aa<! sea. My boys and girls are hasting To keep Thanksgiving with me, —Agnes If incaid. Thankful. "f. don't eee what makes people go to football games on Thanksgiving Day,'' remarked his wife. "It hasn't any- tiiiig to do with the spirit of the'oc- casion," "Oh, yes, it has," was the reply. "I never went to a football game In my life that I didn't.feel tremendously thankful that I wasn't one of-the players."—Ex. The above goeg very welj with the experience of the little girJ,'Who, locked up the dog in a dark closet while the family were at church;Thanksgiving Day, so that he might, 'be thankful when they came home and let him v out. Turlcer Humor, O14 Turkey—Are you trying t» lay anything by this year? < Young Turfcey-r-No, i shall be satisfied if I can only Keep ahead until after Thanksgiving. < < . > *A * f * f ,V .i'...,' '. ''Brussels -Spi • '-• is.,^ .Mdiina j -Jfi? /> * DR. TALWBE'S SEMM. WasMasten. XOT. 23. ISP*.—A it- iotradia? ealt S»es est in this sermon ef Dr. Talmaee, If feezed it woaW be trToiatiosasry for good. His subject is. Teaa* Jiea Clmllensetl to Nobility," *Dd ON> test: 2 Kings S:17: "And the Lord oseced the eyes of the ycrong One moraing in Dothan. a young theological student was scared by finding himself and Elisha the prophet, open w&om he waited, surrounded by a wfcofe army of enemies. But venerable Elt$ha was BGI scared at all. because he saw the mountains full of defence lot him, in chariots made of fire, drawn &y horses of fire—a supernatural appearance that coEld nol be seen with Use natural eye. So the old minister prayet! that the yonng minister might Ewered. and tie Lord opened the eyes of the young man. and he also saw the fiery procession, looking somewhat. I srppos?. iiks- tbe Adirondacks or the Aliegfsaaies in autumnal resplendence. Many yoant men. standing among tbe most tremendous realities, have their eyes half sJiut or entirely closed. May G<K\ grant that niy sermon may or^n wide your eves to your safety, your opportunity. an>5 your destiny! A mighty defence for a young man is a goo«i home. Some cf my hearers look back with tender satisfaction to their early fcosne. it may have been rude and rustic, hidden among the hills, and architect or upholsterer never planned or adorned it. But ail the- fresco on princely walls never looked so enticing to you as those rough-hewn rafters. You can think of no park or arbor of trees planted on fashionable country-seat so attractive as the plain brook that ran in front of the old farm-house and sang under the weeping willows. No barred gateway, adorned with statue of bronze, and swung open by obsequious porter in full dres.?, has half the glory of the old swing gate. Many of you have a second dwelling-place, your adopted' home, (bat also is sacred forever. There you built the first family altar. There your children were born. All those trees you planted. That room is Solemn, because once iu it. over the hot pillow, flapped the wing of death. Under that roof you expect to lie down and die. You try with many woirfs to tell tbe excellency of the place, but you fail. There is only one word- in the language that can describe your meaning. It is home. Another defence for a young man is industrious habits. Many young men, in starting upon life in this age, expect to make their way through the world by the use of their wits rather than the toil of their bands. A boy now goes to the city and fails twice before he is as old as his father y.-as when he first saw the. : spires of ithe great town. Sitting in some office, rented at a thousand dollars a year, he is waiting for the bank to declare its dividend or goes into tbe market expecting before night" to bc made rich by tbe rushing up of the stocks. But luck seemed so dull he resolved on some other tack. Perhaps he, borrowed from his employer's money drawer, and forgets to put it back, or .for merely the purpose of improving his penmanship, makes a copyplate of a merchant's signature. Never mind; all is right in trade. In go'me dark night there may come in his dreams a' vision of the penitentiary;'.but it soon vanishes. In a short time he will be ready to retire from the bus> world, and amid his flocks and herd? cultivate the domestic virtues. Then those young men who once were his schoolmates, and knew no better than to, engage in honest work, 1 will come'with their ox-teams to draw him logs/and with hard hands to heave up his castle. This is po fancy picture. It is everyday life. I should not 'wonder if there were some rotten in that beautiful palace, I should not -'wonder if dire sickness should smite -through the young man, or If God should pour into his cup of life a. draught ..that would, thrill him with Unbearable 'agony, if his children should become to him a living curse, making his home a pest and a disgrace. I should not wonder if be goes to a miserable grave, and beyond it into the gnashing of teeth. The way of the ungodly shall perish. My young friends, there is no way to genuine success, except through toil, either of head or hand. At the battle of Grecy, in 1346, the prince of Wales, finding himself heavily pressed by the enemy, sent word to his father for help. The father, watching the battle from a windmill, and seeing his son was not wounded and could gain the day if he would, sent word, "No, I will not come. Let the boy win his ejjuj-s, for, if God will, I desire that this day be his with all its honors." Young man, fight your own battle, all through, and you gljall have the victory. Oh, it is a battle worth fighting! Two monarch^ of old fought a duel, Charles V, and Francis, and the stakes were kingdoms, Milan and Burgundy. You fight with sin, and the stake is heaven or helJ. Do not get the fatal idea that you are § genius, and that, therefore, there is pa need of close application. It is here where multitudes fail. The curse of this age is tbe geniuses; men with enormous gejf-concelt and egotism, and I ha.4 rather be an ox. an eagje; plain ant) plodding and useful, rathe}- than. hjgh*flyios ana foo,d jw iio.tWng hut to piefe au$ the eyes Qf p&vcasses, 5xtrasir(J»»»ry ca- k- wUUQVt-work. is )e no hppe let- to is tlm il the Divine injunction and at work, they would fe&t have •ft sauntering tinder the trees and hankering after that irnSt which de- utsyfd their and their posterity: a f root positive for al! ages to come that those who do not attend to their business are sure to get into mischief. I do not know tbat the prodigal in St-riptore would ever have been reclaimed had he not given up bis idle habits and gone to feeding swine for a living. The dtvii does not so often attack the man who is busy with the pen. and the book, and the trowel, and the saw, and the hammer. He is afraid of those weapons. But woe to the man whotn this roaring lion meets •with his hands in his pockets! This is the statenient of a man who has broken this Divine enactment: "1 was engaged in manufacturing on the Lehigh river. On the Sabbath 1 used to rest, but never regarded God in it. One beautiful Sabbath when tbe noise was all hushed, and the day was all that loveliness could make it, 1 sat down on my piazza, and went to work inventing a new shuttle. , 1 neither stopped to eat nor drink till tbe sun wi-nt down. By that time I bad the invention completed. The next morning I exhibited it. and boasted of my day's work, and was applauded. The shuttle was tried, and worked well, but that Sabbath day's work cost me fbirty thousand dollars. We branched out and enlarged, and the curse of heaven was upon me from that day on, ward." ' While the Divine frown must rest upon him wiio tramples upon this : statute. God's special favoi-- will be I upon that young man who scrupulously observes it. This day, properly observed, will throw a hallowed Influence over all the week. The song and sermon and sanctuary will hold back from presumptuous sins. That young man who begins the duties of life with cither secret Or open disrespect to the holy day, I .venture-to prophesy, will meet with'"no permanent successes. ••God's curse' will fall upon his ship, his store, his office, his studio, his body, and his soul. Tbe way of the wicked lie Uirneth upside down. In one of the old fables it was said that a wonderful child was born in Bagdad, and a magician could hear his footsteps six thousand miles away. But I can hear in the footstep of that young man on his way to the house of worship to-day the -step not only of a lifetime of usefulness, but the oncoming'' step of eternal ages of happiness yet millions of years away. A noble ideal ami confident expectation of approximating to it are an infallible defense. The artist completes in his mind the-great-thought that he wishes to transfer to the canvas or the marble befor-? he takes up the crayon or the chisel. .Tbe architect plans out j the entire structure before he orders the workmen to begin, and though there may for a long while seem to be nothing but blundering and rudeness, he has in his mind every Corinthian wreath and Gothic arch and Byzantine capital. The poet arranges the entire plot before he begins to chime the first canto of tingling rhythms'. And yet, strange to say. there are men who attempt to build their character without knowing whether in the end it shall be a rude Tartar's tent or a St. Mark's of Venice—men who begin to write the intricate poem of their lives without knowing whether it shall be a Homer's "Odyssey" or a rhymester's botch. Nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of a thousand are living without any great life-plot. Booted and spurred and plumed, and urging their swift courser in the hottest haste, I ask: "Hello, man, whither away?" His response is, "Nowhere." Rush into the busy shop or store of many a one, and taking the plane out of the man's hand or laying down the yardstick, say, "What, man, is all this about, so much stir and sweat?" The reply will stumble and break down between teeth and lips. 'Every one's duty ought only to be tho fillir.s np of the main plan of existence. Let men be consistent. If they prefer misdeeds to correct courses of action, then let .them draw out the design of knavery and cruelty and plunder. Let every day's falsehood and wrongdoing be added as coloring to the picture. Let bloody deeds red- stripe tbe picture, and tbe clouds of a wrathful God hang down heavily over the canvas, ready to break out in clamorous tempest. Let the waters be chafed and froth-tangled, and. green with immeasurable depths, Then take a torch of burning pitch and scorch into the frame the right name of'it—tbe soul's suicide. If one entering upon sinful directions would only in his mind or \>n paper, draw out in awful reality this dreadful picture, he would recoil from it and say:'-"Am I a Dante, that by my own life I should write another 'Inferno'?" But if you are resolved to live a lite such as God and 1 good men will approve, do not Jet it i be a vague dream, an indefinite determination, but, iu your mind, or uppn paper, sketch it in a,ll its minutiae. You cannot know the changes to which you may be subject, but you may know what always will be right and always will be wrong. Let gentleness ana charity and veracity and faith stand in the heart of the sketch, On some still brook's bank make a lamb and Hou lio down, together. Draw tws or three of the trees of life, not frost* stricken, nor ice-glazed, nor wind- stripped, but with thfck verdure waving like the palms'of heaven. On the aarkept cloud place the rainbow, pjllow of the dying 6$qrw, You not print the titje on the {rame, , dullest wjll catch tbe design it Sleuce; ajjcl say, "That, is the roacj tq Ufe, WJjat insuperable ships, b,WUy ""'"" ~IW} we)l rigged, yei Kwbwwd PQJ'U Swept every •«. - m ! y *° »ey go down Matty years ago word that two Importers, as _ TOJ tiirers. had been speaking i fl Uffl various places, and giving theft rience. and they told theif that they had long been Inttfi, aw me, and had become drunkaM* dining at my table, where * liquors of alt sorts. Infli^^., Idst degree I went etowfl to Campbell, chief of Brooklyn saying that 1 was going to start" .flight for Ohio to have those i arrested, and 1 Wanted htin to how to make the arrest tie «m| H , and said: "Do ttot waste your life71 chasing these men, (So home and Si your work, and they can do ftb *! harm." 1 took his counsel, and alt tb I well. Long ago 1 made up fay fljjy : that if one will put his trust in Q^ and be faithful to duty, he need JM fear any evil. Have (Sod on your «fe . young man, and all the combhW I forces of earth and hell can do you no damage. And this leads me to say that the jnightiest defense for a young man is the possession of religious principle. Nothing can take the place of it He may have manners that would put to shame the gracefulness and courtesy of a Lord Chesterfield. Foreign languages may drop from his tongue. He may be able to discuss literature, and laws, and foreign customs. He may wield a pen of unequaled polish and power. His quickness and 'tact may qualify him for the highest salary of the counting house. He may be as sharp as Herod and as strong as Samson, with as fine locks as those which hung Absalom, still he. is not safe from contamination. The more elegant his manner, and the more fascinating his dress, the more peril. Satan does not care for the allegiance of a cowardly and illiterate being. He cannot bring him into efficient service. But he loves to storm that castle of character which has in it the most spoils and treasures. It was not somo crazy craft creeping along the .coast with a valueless cargo that the pirate attacked, but the ship, full-winged and flagged, plying between great ports, carrying its millions of specie. The more your natural and acquired aceom- plishments, the more need of the religion of Jesus. Tbat does not cut In upoa or hack up the smoothness of disposition or behavior. It gives symmetry. It arrests that in the soul which ought to be arrested, and propels that which ought to be propelled. It fills up the gulleys. It elevates and transforms. To beauty it gives more beauty, to tact more tact, to enthusiasm of nature more enthusiasm, When the Holy Spirit impresses the image of God on the heart he does not spoil the canvass. If in all the multitudes of young men upon whom reli^ gion has acted you could find one nature that had been the least damaged, I would yifild this proposition. «' » » Many years ago I stood on the annl- versary platform with a minister of Christ who made this remarkable statement: "Thirty years ago two young men started out in the evening to attend the Park theater, New York, where a play was to be acted in which the cause of religion was to be placed in a ridiculous and hypocritical light. They came to the steps. The consciences of both smote them. One started to go home, but returned again to the door, and yet had not courage to enter, and finally departed. But the other young man entered the pit of the theater. It was the turning point in the history of these two young men, Tbe man who entered was caught in the whirl of temptation. He sank deeper and deeper in infamy; he was lost. That other young man was saved, and he now stands before you to bless God that for twenty years ha has been permitted to preach the Gospel." "Rejoice, O young man, in tay youth, and let thy heart cheer thea In tho days of thy youth; but know thou tbat for'all these things God will bring thee into judgment. SIR THOMAS BROWN. th« Value of ami Studied Gruvoo. He was a physician, and, while giving only his leisure to science and literature, he became a leading authority in the zoology and botany, of 'Great Britain, says Popular Science Monthly. H 9 introduced tho word "commensallty," now iu common use, to express a state of many living together, as it were, »t the same table. The word was mentioned by Johnson as an example ot a useful term, which if rejected, must be supplied by circumlocution. Browne was a pidneer in the scientific study ot graves and their contents. He appreciated tbe value of fossils. He was also a comparative anatomist, and 'cpnsjtftnt- ly engaged in suc-h topics as the anat, omy of the horse, the pigeon, the beaver, tho badger, the wh»l e - J D a no * e on an anatomy of a spermaceti whale the following passage occurs:, "It contained no less than sixty feet in length, the h»ftd somewhat peculiar, with a large prominence over the mouth; teeth only in the lower jaw, received into fleshy sockets in the upper- weight of the largest about pounds; no gristly substance in mouth, commonly ealle4 only two short fins * * * QO back; the eyes h«t small," TWs i? » very gpod note, we think, an<l written in a scientific spirit, _ mechanism, especially t&| gftita of quadrupeds antl the' ftcte fit ana floating; the Broulepy? of right »p4 left haa&M}»«se<aM t»"e.^Wt -figure pi m.0.n.' He tflJS ,W Tpo two the the

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