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Mm nk Thpp. O Father , for all that is
gleam f tin- < lay , and the stars of the
Hlowers of Mir youth and the fruits of
our prime , ,
Wo.ssiiiffs Hint march down the path
way of time.
\\V thank TinO Father , for all that Is
Tuo sob of the iempp.sl , the How of the tear :
Kor never in blindness , and never in vain ,
Tliy mercy permitted a sorrow or pain.
W" 1 linn I : 'I'lioe. O Father , for song and for
Tti" harvest that glowed and the wealth
licit , increased :
Tor never a blessing encompassed earth's
3' U Thou in Thy mercy looked downward
W- thank Thee. O Father of All , for Thy
Of aiding each other in life's darkest hour :
The generous heart and the bountiful hand ,
And all ( he soul help that sad souls under ,
tV - thank Thee. O Father , for days yet
tn l > e-
ilnr hopes that our future will call us to
" 1'halill our KternUy form , through Thy
The Thanksgiving day in the mansion"
- Will f-'arleton.
THE VACANT CHAIR.
T seemed to Aunt
that the pumpkin
hud nevorlooked so
- pale and waxy , the
apples so weaxoned ,
even the turkey itself -
" self so lifelessly
dismal , as on that
"It's going to be
a failure ! " she said
twenty years the cheeriest , the brightest ,
the happiest celebration under this roof
-over was and now ! "
Aunt Huldah plunged her arms < o the
lbows into the Hour barrel , and choked
with the dust she raised , and was glad of
an excuse to smother a kind of a sob.
.lust then the grocerynuui from town
drove np , brought in his basket of "extrys
find fixin's , " and for a moment stopped to
Kioam his snow-crusted shoes at the blaz-
i n s fireplace.
"Well , muni ! well , mum ! " he said briskly -
ly , "on hand , as I see ? Why. it's getting
to bo a milestone in my life , mum ! "
"What is ? " demanded Aunt Huldah
-tartly. Poor soul , she did not feel over-
'Hjoming bore at this hour , on this day.
"Think of it , Mis ? Simmons ! For twenty
year , every Thanksgiving day. I've deliv
ered the ordered basket of raisins , and
nil-rants , and mace , and citron , and nuts ,
and every Thank-.giving morning for
twenty year your blessed face has smiled
TV ne in ! ' I say , mum , if some Thanks
giving morning 1 should miss just this ,
I'd go home , shut up shop , and begin to
think 'Things hain't right the best dinner
4\U , MY BOY ! MY BOY ! '
"in the world ain't going to be- cooked to
day ! "
"You'll miss , next time ! " almost gruni-
Med , Aunt Huldah.
"Don" ! toll. Miss Simmons oh , shorcly
not. ! " and the grocer looked anxious.
"Yos. 'twill ! " affirmed Huldah , half
i-ryhig , half mad.
"And what's the matter , mum ? "
"The charm is gone , the circle is brok-
! . anddon't pester me , man ! I'm that
oownca.st ! I fool more like a day of fast-
r than feasting ! "
The storekeeper gave a solemn nod of
; meu. and * tilkfd out to his wagon mis-
"It's I hat boy ! " ho sighed , and wagged
l > \ head gravoly.
Dolorously ho wagged it all the way
! > ack to town. "That boy" was a lively
: hcn Unit afforded him plenty to think
l-'or Iwenly years Amu Huldah Riin-
ns hud conn * over from I'arkvilly to
superintend Thanksgiving dinner for
' -rorhor Enoch Dalton and his i\ifo.
For twenty years there had sat at the
iVsUil table the two happiest children in
io : Slafo Xantiy and Walter.
Aunt Hnldah had watched thorn gra-
duc from high chair lo common folks'
' luirhad st'ou Nanny grow into a charm-
"m : miss , a tul Walter into a stalwart.
hjindsom" fellow , "a trillo too lively for
; - t'.iiirs ! " '
TV. o years baok ho had como to tin-
Tunijk.xgiving table lale for the tirst time
feluco he knew what Thanksgiving dinners
Oiu ; year baok ho fame later , and talk-
* -j ] loud and long , and his eye was suspi-
< -Iou < ly bright , and. II ul dab noted , those
of bis parents secretly dimmed and ser
hi December gossip told Aunt Huldah
-bat her nephew had "gone to the dogs. "
Jji. February gossip had it that there had
'hoc u "a terrible row" between father and
son.Whon May blossoms wore painting ( he
vines rose and snow color , the story came
> f : i dissipated son ordered nut of the
-houso till ho could behave like a man
- f : t high-spirit answering the stern affront
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING DINNER IN NEW ENGLAND.
with a prompt departure , and not : i won
had been heard of- the wauderin ? sun
brother and nephew since.
So , no wonder that Aunt Huldah brown
ed tiie turkey with u lack-spirit zest , tlui
doleful morning and no wonder tha
pretty Nanny beat the pudding sauce be
tween spells of tears , for there was a va
cant chair at the Daltou table only out
person could fill , and lie was a wanderer
lost , missing , that sad Thanksgiving day
'Come in ! " spoke Mr. Dultnn.
' ' ' " IIul
'It's a tramp , murmured Aunt
"Sit down , won't you. and have som <
dinner ? " insinuated Mrs. Daltou's gen.
tie , motherly tones.
The dinner had been a blank failure
Pretty Nanny was almost thankful foi
the incident that distracted thoughts am
attention from the vacant chair beside
her.The cloaked , snow-shot figure entering
moved towards that chair at the invita
tion."Not there ! " sharply said Mr. Daltou.
"No. f = et another chair and plate , sister , ' '
suggested bis wife.
"I'll take this one ! " amazingly spokr
the intruder. "You thought enough of
scapegrace Walter to keep him in mem
ory , eh , folks' : Well , maybe I deserved
it ! "
Back went the enveloping ulster , and
a bronzed , bearded fellow smiled , all
"Wait ! " he said , as Aunt Huldali
shrieked hysterically , as Nanny glided 1111
tremblingly , as his mother nearly fainted ,
and his father turned white , hoi > eful , anx
ious. "I've come back a new Walter. I've
been in the Cuban war. "
"Oh , my boy ! my boy ! " murmured his
"Father , if I hadn't been 'all right' I'd
nevfr have had the courage to face what
lost me that" and the hero showed one
arm missing at the elbow. "If I bad not
learned to obey orders better than when I
left home , they would never have honored
" Walter indicated the
me with those , and
barred shoulder straps he wore.
"I've come back for forgiveness a bet
ter boy , a new Walter , " went on the sol
dier-penitent. "And I've brought a
pledge that I mean to live life in earnest.
Father , mother , this is my wife ! "
Walter had stepped back to open the
There , shy , beautiful , with anxious
pleading in her lovely Cuban face , was
the girl-wife of the boy-soldier.
"Come in ! " spoke Nanny , her soul in
lier eyes , her welcoming hands out
"Yes , " brokenly but fervently cried Mr.
Dalton. "As Uncle Sam says to all his
ivards , 'Enter ! Here is home ! ' My boy ,
rour story tolls itself. Welcome , Walter
ind wife , to the happiest Thanksgiving
eunion in Christendom ! "
"And I slighted the turkey ! " mourned
Vunt Huldah Simmons , under her breath ,
'and I made the biscuits just as my heart
'elt like load ! I'm punished for shirking
ny duty. Well , in this world you never
an know what's going to happen next ! "
WELDON J. COBB.
[ ndiari Chiefs \Ver Hospitably Kn-
tertr > ; - " ' ' ' * y Pilgrims.
VEH since the year
following tbe land
ing of the Pilgrims
we have been ob
ing day. The first
i thanksgiving was
appointed by ( Joy.
Bradford at Ply
mouth , * 'Jas ? . , in
1021 , in 1,13er that
the colonists in a
more special way
could rejoice together at having all things
in good and plenty , writes Clifford How
ard in the Ladies' Home Journal. In pre
paration for the feast "gunners were sent
into the woods for wild turkeys , which
abounded there in great numbers ; kitch
ens were made ready for preparing the
feast especially the large one in Dame
Brewster's house , which was under the
immediate direction and charge of Pris-
cilla Molines , sh * > who afterward became
the wife of John Alden while a messen
ger was dispatched to invite Massasoit ,
the chief of the friendly tribe , to attend
"Early on the morning of the appointed
Thursday about the first of November
Massasoit aud ninety of his warriors ar
rived on the outskirts of the village , and
with wild yells announced their readiness
1o enjoy the hospitality of their white
brethren. The little settlement , which
now consisted of seven dwellings and four
public buildings , was soon astir with men ,
women and children , who gave the Indians
a hearly welcome as they filed into tlie
large square in front of the Governor's
house. Soon the roll of a drum announc
ed the hour of prayer , for no day was be
gun without this religious service. Then
followed a holiday of feasting ami recrea
tion , which continued not only during that
day but during the two succeeding days.
The usual routine of duties was suspend
ed ; the children romped about in merry
play ; the young men indulged in athletic
sports and games in friendly rivalry with
the Indians ; the little American army of
twenty men , under the leadership of Miles
Standish. went through its drill and man
ual of arms , to the great delight and as
tonishment of the natives , while the wom
en busied themselves in. the careful pre
paration of the excellent meals , which
were eaten in the open air.
GROUNDS FOR THANKFULNESS.
Mi-s. Blimmer Didn't Quite See It as
V II A N K SGI VIXU
a day again ! Well , 1
haven't anything , to
be thankful for. " an
nounced Mrs. Blim
mer , at the break
fast table , as she
looked across at her
"Why. my dear , "
replied he , "yoi
have mo. "
"I have you , have I ? " replied Mrs. BHm
mer. "And that is something for me to b <
thankful for. is it ? Well , not that I kuov
of , it isn't. Frederick Blimmer. Thank
ful that I have you , indeed ? It was th <
greatest mistake of my life in marrying
you , and I have never ceased to regret it
It was all right to marry me , so far as
you were concerned. It was quite a feath
er in your cap to marry one of the Joneses
girls , but I think I must have been clear
out of ir/ mind when I said yes , and 1
think all my folks must have been pluml
crazy over to think of letting me marrj
you. I had an idea that I loved you , bul
I see now that I didn't know what an idea
was , and if I had it to do over again I'd
marry any man in the whole wide world
before I'd come to you , Frederick Blim
mer. And you needn't try to interrupt me ,
as you always do when I have a word to
say , for I'll not listen to you. It isn't as
- though I had no chance to marry any oth
er man. either , that I took you. I could
have married Joe Simpson , as line a man
as ever walked on two legs , and he treats
his present wife like as if she was an
angel from heaven , and she not Rs first
choice , either. Then , Jack Dukes i\as
fairly pining away for me , but I didn't
have sense enough to marry him , although
I knew he was only waiting for a little
encouragement , but I was that indepen
dent I never would encourage a man the
least bit. Besides those two t'liere was
Frank Palmer , who fairly worshiped the
ground I walked on , but I wouldn't have
anything to do with him because his hair
was red , but it's a mighty One-looking
man bo's got to be , and they do say his
wife doesn't want for a. thing , and she's as
proud of him as if he was a king , and
Frederick Blimmer. w-hat are you putting
on your overcoat for ? Didn't you say
that you had a holiday to-day , and that
we would spend a happy Thanksgiving
day together , like we did when we were
lirst married ? Oh , well , go out if you
want to , but if you are not homo by 1
o'clock sharp not a bit of Thanksgiving
dinner do you get. "
A Thanhs riviu c Note.
Talk about Thanksgiving , with Its pleasures
and Its joys
Wo'ro all si-looking forward to a meeting
with the boys ,
And Sue will come from college , aud Jimmy
won't forget ,
And we'll nil feel mighty happy that we're
this side Jordan yet !
I've seen the turkey spreading of bis feathers -
ors fair nn l line.
And his "gobble , gobble , gobble" seems to
dare the folks to dine.
The verdict's been against him , nnd bis exe
And he makes the folks feel .hnppy tbat
they're all a-living yet !
An Ax to Grind.
All the fall they feed the turkey.
Till he's almost had enough ,
But he learns their motive only
When they cry. "You're just the stuff1 !
H ! on Thanksgiving day ,
when from East and
from We. t ,
From North and from
South , eomp the pil
grim and guest ;
When the gray-haired Xow-Eujjlauder sees
round his board
The old broken links of affection restored ,
When the care-wearied man seeks his moth
er once more
And the worn matron smiles where the girl
What moistens the lip and what brightens
What calls back the past like the rich
pumpkin pie ?
O-frnit loved of boyhood the old days re
When wood-grapes were purpling and
brown nuts were falling !
When wild , ugly faces we carved In its skin ,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle
When we laughed round the corn heap with
hearts all in tune ,
Our chair a broad pumpkin our lantern the
Telling tales of the fairy who traveled like
In a pumpkin shell coach , with two rats for
her team !
Then thanks for the present one sweeter
E'er smoked from an oven or circled a
Fairer hands never wrought at a pastrv
more line ,
Brighter eyes never watched o'er Its baking ,
than thine ;
And tlie prayer , which my mouth is too full
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened
And fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine
And thy life be as sweet , and its last sunset
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own pumpkin
A Thanksgiving Kecips.
A little turk.
A little clerk ,
A little jerk.
A little dirk.
Will make a little dinner.
A THANKSGIVING TURKEY.
Here Is a Stuffing from a Famous
Cliof 9 Notebook.
Thorp is a chef in one of the large hotels
of Now York who is famous for his roast
turkey. Turkey under his hands conies
out not only a beautiful brown , but of a
delicious llavor quite different from any
other turkey that over was seen. The
turkey meat is positively rich , and even
the white meat that is generally dry has
a moist , spicy taste.
This is his recipe for roast turkey , which
he- kindly consented to give the household
Clean the furkey with as little handling
as possible and rinse with water in which
a little baking soda has been dissolved.
Now break up about half a pint of bread
crumbs and into the crumbs chop two links
of pork sausage. Stuff the turkey with
this mixture and just before putting into
the oven bind salt pork on the breast of
the turkey. Remove the pork just before
the turkey is taken from the oven.
When the meat is carved its flavor will
be found very superior. This is particu
larly to be recommended for the Thanks
giving turkey , which , with so many other
dainties rivaling it , must be very appotiz *
ing to be enjoyed.
A Vienna hotel has 1,500 rooms.
THE FARM AND HOlt
MATTERS OF INTERESTTO
ER AND HOUSEWIFE.
Crops Should EC Piopcrly Rotated
NOT/ Honey Beca from the Phili
pities How to Care for n Horse '
Prevent Cowa Jumping : .
What the rotation of crops should '
must depend largely on the quality ni
condition of the soil as well as on i
location , but experience has shown th
in order to economically cultivate tl
soil crops must be grown that will n
too seriously encroach on any one pn
ticular element in the soil to the excl
sion of the others. That this is n
more generally understood is the cau ;
of many failures. A farmer will fn
that plowing under clover or peas i
some other nitrogenous plant has giv (
him a soil on which he raises a fine en
of corn , and instead of being satisfi <
with this result he must needs put tl
land in corn again to still further d
plete its fertility without returnir
anything to it. The result is that whi
"he usually obtains a good second crc
of corn , the soil is in precisely the san
condition as it was before the legumi
were put into it , and in order to keep i :
its fertility considerable more must I
spent on fertilizers of some sort. Th
could have been avoided had the lai :
been put into wheat and clover aft <
the first crop of corn ; not only avoidei
but he would have had a second crop (
clover to turn under , which would lun
added more fertility to the soil thn
was taken from it by the corn an
wheat crops. Atlanta Journal.
Giant East India Bees.
One of our acquisitions with th
Philippine Islands is likely to be a nei
species of the honey bee. It is ou <
half larger than the American hone
bee , with a much greater capacity fo
making both wax and honey. In it
wild state it builds combs on large foi
? st trees or in clefts of the rocks in th
mountains of the island. As it goes u
the mountains for a distance of 5,00
feet , it is believed that it can be accli
aiated so as to live in the United States
Mr. Frank Bentoii of the Departmen
) f Agriculture went to the Philippine
: o investigate these new kind of bees
tie reports them not to be easily irri
: ated. Unfortunately a swarm whicl
Mr. Benton captured in the jungle diet
m its passage across the Pacific. Thes <
) ees have a wasp-like figure , Avith or
ingc-colored bands encircling its body
flie combs it makes are much large. ]
han those made by ordinary bees. I ;
t can be domesticated in hives tin
lives must be very large ones. In fact
L room would scarcely be too large , am
t might accommodate several swarms
Care of n Horse.
The animals should be first watered
'hen fed , and while they are eatinj
heir corn the bed is turned up , t.h <
italls mucked out , the feet picked oui
vith the picker , and the soles , frogs
ind walls well washed with the watei
> rush , the shoes being examined to set
hat they are firm and serviceable ,
Chorough grooming with brush , curry-
: omb , sponge and linen rubber.
Sick and idle horses require grooming
.s much as working animals do to keep
hem in health. If horses got more efli-
: ient grooming there would be fewer
Complaints as to "surfeit , " pimples ,
Notches , hidebound , roughness and
> ther things that affect the health and
poll the appearance of the animal , and
here would also be less demand for
Iterative and "condition" powders ,
rhich are generally rendered neces-
ary through the skin becoming tm-
icaclthy owing to its neglected condi-
The cleaning out of the foot is an 5m-
ortant point that is entirely neglected
rith most of our farm horses. Of
ourse , when out at pasture it is not
ecessary , but where horses are in the
table continuously the feet should be
Doked after better than the } ' usually
re. Mark Lane Express
To Keep a Cow from Jumping.
Make a good strong halter and sur-
ingle ; make both of good leather or of
oed three-fourths inch rope ; put the
urcingle around jusr behind the fore-
sgs , having a good large ring fastened
) it under the brisket. Put the halter
u as on a horse , having a stout ring
uder the chin. Fasten a short cliaiu
orn the ring in the surcingle to the
ng in the halter , having it short
nough that she can not raise her head
lore than two feet from the ground , or
tss if she is very bad. The surcingle
here it crosses the back and the halt-
: on the nose should be wrapped with
) ft cloth to keep them from nibbing.
, rith this a cow can neither throw nor
imp fence , and still she can throw her
2ad around to her sides to fight off the
ics. Practical Farmer.
Uainjr TCatv Bones on the Farm.
The quickest and simplest method of
tilizing old bones is to burn them in
ie kitchen stove and carefully save
te ashes. In this way you get in the
> h all the phosphoric acid and lime
icre is in the bone , but you lose the
Ltrogen , which goes off as gas in the
noke. Where the quantity of bones is
nail , however , and especially if the
icilities required for other methods of
sing them arc not at hand , and if the
jnes cannot be sold at a fair price ,
lis burning of them is far better than
i permit them to go to waste. Bone
lakes an intense heat , and as far as it
> es is a valuable fuel. Every thrifty
irmer saves all the wood ash from
10 house , for it is so rich in phosphoric
? id and potash that not a pound of it
lould be wasted , but every bit of wood
; h ( whether containing bonsi ash or
3t ) should be religiously preserve * ] ,
very intelligent and thrifty farmer
HOWS the value of a dressing of rich
oed ash and line bone maU Except
burning , thfe
for the loss of nitrogen by
home-made combination of wood * sh-
and bone ash will accomplish nearly as
the famous unleached
good results as
wood ash aud bone meal mixture.
Use and Coat of Land Plaster.
Land plaster is sold very cheaply in
rock suitable for
places where the
grinding it from is abundant. It is
there , too , that it appears to do most
good , probably in part because the
gypsum rock has always enough holes
through it to make good drainage. Its
best effect is always found on light and
dry soils , for one of the properties of
poster is to attract moisture , which
such soil usually needs. Plaster has
been sold at the mills as low as $2 per
ton in winter when most of the rock
grinding Is done. Ten or fifteen miles
away and in summer , when farmers
wanted to use it on crops , the price
would jump up to $4.50 and even $3 per
ton. So those who used much plaster
generally went with sleighs during a
rim of good sleighing , when they would
sometimes draw two tons or more on
a. load. A half bushel of plaster weighs
pretty near 100 pounds , so that a good
deal can be put in an ordinary sleigii
Ripe Tomatoes for Christmas.
Before frost comes pick all sound
green fruit from the vines , and careful
ly wrap each one in a Gx9-inch sheet of
white wax paper , taking care not to
twist as in packing oranges. Spread
out in a single layer on trays or in
shallow boxes , and place in a partial
light in a cellar. To hasten ripening
they may occasionally be exposed to
the sun half an hour at a time. Once
a week examine and pick out the rod
ones and those that may decay. This
may be done easily , as the transpar
ency of the paper does not necessitate
unwrapping. Thus one may have a
constant supplj * of plump , palatable
and beautiful tomatoes till Christinas ,
with tritling expense or trouble. Amer
There is a difference of opinion as to
the proper time to prune an orchard. ,
but n good time is when the knife is-
sharp. Visit the orchard often and cut
off all water sprouts and superfluous
limbs that interfere with their neigh-
bors. Ilead the trees low. It will be ?
more convenient to gather the fruit and
storms vire not so hard on a low tree as
N. high one.
When a farmer's slock seems to be
ill of one mold , and that a good one ,
: here are dealers ready to take them as
i lot , and at the owner's price. A first-
L'lass animnl is sure to bring a good
agtiro , but he who has all first-class
inimals usually obtains the top of the
Market. J \
While there are a good many kind *
) f toads , all of them bring sudden
loath to every bug or fly which comes
vithin their roach. It is doubtful if
he most industrious bird devours as
nauy insects in a year as the toad.
L'hey are not attractive in appearance ,
mt we should never destroy one ot
The entire manurial product of the
lairy herd kept at Cornell University
tation was kept in a covered barnyard
uring one winter. Samples were taken
rom time to time and analyzed. The
esults based upon the market price of
he then principal fertilizing ingredi-
nts showed the manure of the herd
t > be worth per cow per day 8.C2 cents.
A cow that produces 2,325 quarts
ields within a fraction of 5,000
ounds. A good cow should produce
,000 pounds of 3.75 to 4 per cent. milk.
.t 3 cents a quart the cash value of
,000 pounds of milk is $69.75. With
oed farm management such cows
bould be kept for $40 , which leaves u
refit above the cost of the feed of
29.75. Tlie labor cost should not ex-
eecl one good man to fifteen cows.
Very many people are fond of a good
arden , but think they can not keep
liickens and have a garden , too. The
lalne farmer tells of a poultryman who
; noted for success in producing vege-
ibles. He grows twice as much
i-re as formerly. Ho keeps 100 fowls ,
iid has two lots of ground , one being-"Y
iven up to fowls , while the other is *
sed for garden , the lots being about
ae and a quarter acres each. The next
3ar he turns the fowls on the garden
at and uses for a garden the plat then
icated by the fowls. By thus giving
I ) the garden plat to poultry every
ternate year he keeps the soil verv
Cream left to itself will spontaneous-
become sour ; this is the result of the-
owth of lactic acid bacteria , which
ed upon the milk sugar , and as a final
ocess convert it into a lactic acid.
ther forms of bacteria are always
esent in cream ; some have little or m
feet in the ripening process , while
hers , if allowed to develop , product *
idesirable and often obnoxious fla-
> rs. To cultivate and develop ibe
vild" germs is called "spontaneous"
peniug , and is often attended with un-
rtaiuty. Good butter-making de-
ands the use of a "starter , " either
nne-made or a pure culture. The for-
er should be made of selected skim
Carbolic salve should always be kept
ady for use at the cow luirn. Bruits
id sores often ocenr in the best re < u-
ted establishment , and there is noth-
g really better than a carbolic oint-
ent for such cases. This may be
lased already prepared at any druJ
9re , or the dairyman can easily prc ,
ire it for himself by simply takin-
me vaseline or even lard and addiu
it a very small quantity of the ach ?
a-o or three drops of carbolic achi
ould be sufficient for one tablespoon *
1 of the vaseline or lard , only > nix %
em thoroughly together. Such oint < / \
ent is a rapid healer and keeps flies
vay from sores. It Is excellent for
an or beast. Practical Dairyman
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