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TUB OITIZEN, FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 1D1J,
Again God's bounteous hand has spread
The tables of the poor with bread
Again our grateful fervent songs
Ascend to Whom all praise belongs!
Accept. O God, our thankful lay
To Tliea on this Thanksgiving Day.
Ttie husbandman has sown the seed,
And Thou didst bless his work indeed
He trusted in Thy sacrad Word,
And harvest great was his reward;
So on Thy promises we stay
On this our blest Tlianksgtving Day.
Tlte cattle on a thousand hills,
Tito wild bird with Ms thrilling trills,
Fish of tho sea the Hon, bear.
All yield to Tliy protecting care:
May all creation own Tly sway.
Thou God of this Thanksgiving Day,
We thank Tliee for the sun's bright light,
The silvery moon, the stars of night,
For water pure for fragrant air,
And for Thy tender watchful care
For blessings all that with us stay
On this our blest Thanksgiving Day.
We thank Thee for the Gospel truth.
For blest old age for hopeful youth,
E'en troubles great for grief and care.
Knowing they will our souls prepare.
Straighten the path and clear the way
For God's own blest Thanksgiving Day.
Great God, accept our thankful songs.
While hymns of praise swell on our
Guide Thou our feet o'er life's rough
Teach us in mercy, not in wrath;
Grant we may ever with Thee stay
And join in heaven's Thanksgiving Day.
John T. Wye.
A DUTY AND A GRACE
And let the peace of God role In your hearts,
to the which also ye are called In one bodyi
and be ye thankful." Ctl. 3t IS.
IB ye thankful!"
Bald an inspired
to a company of
who oven in
Btormy times of
possible or actual
exhorted to be of good cheer and to
"count up their mercies." Paul's
words are not only hortatory, but
also mandatory. It is the duty or
tho Christian, amid all vicissitudes,
to be thankful. A believer is never
Justified in forgetting God's benefits
o him. He is expected to figure out
every now and then the sum of the
divine favors that havo been shown
to him, or what might be called tho
Btatistics of salvation. It Is true that
divine mercies have been innumer
able, and cannot be tabulated with
anything like completeness; yet tho
Christian believer is exhorted to
dwell upon these mercies In thought
and to render vivid to his mind, by
frequent reflection, so many of tho
visitations of divine favor as ho can
discern providentially unfolded in
his past life.
There is, tnen, a duty of thanks,
giving. Praise is tho expected thlnjj
gratitude is demanded. God is dis
appointed, and even angered, when
men receive his gifts without return
ing thanks. The Lord is gracious,
but that is no reason why tho chil
dren of men should' bo ungraciously
thankless. Thanksgiving is a part
of the code of duty of a Christian, it
Is an integral portion of the deca
logue of moral action. It is not a
kind of extra service, or superfluous
activity added on to the body of duty
otherwise complete, but is of the
warp and woof of tho Christian's ob
ligation. "Be thankful" was not the
idle, chanco remark of a sentimental
apostle, but is the New Testament In
terpretation of the Old Testament
burden of blessing.
But if thankfulness is a duty, it is
none the less on that account a grace.
If it Is not optional, it may certainly
be ornamental. The fact that a
thing or a trait is demanded by tho
moral law does not render tho sat 1
flee of that thing or the exhibition
of that trait any tho less noble or
lovely. Tho graco of gratitude in
particular is a peculiarly lovely vir
tue. There is even, wo may say, an
aesthetic quality to thankfulness.
"Praise is comely for tho upright,"
eald tho Psalmist, who was an au
thority on the beauty of holiness.
Even the world appreciates the aes
thetic value of gratitude as well as
Its earning power, acquisitive of fu
turo favors, as a practical asset ol
life and poets in all ages havo sung
of ths charm of a grateful, spirit, the
nobility of a responsive nature. Even
the birds look up when they drink, as
if in muto recognition of the heav
enly source of tho bits of blessing
which fall to them, and certainly man,
much moro richly endowed and
blessed, should do at least as much,
and express his "Thank you!" both
by tho testimony of tho lips and tho
generous actions of tho life.
Thanksgiving day is a proper and
convenient occasion for considering
both the duty and the graco of grati
tude to the great Giver of all good.
But Thanksgiving day Is not simply
for tho abstract discussion of general
ideas present in thought or stirring
tho emotions. This day does or
should havo a direct governing re
lation to tho ministries of tho hand
and tho unfolding of the wallet. . . .
When it is celebrated in tho spirit ci
the scriptural exhortation to thank
fulness, it becomes a time of rejoic
ing in tho truest, fullest senso, bo
causo it joins praiso to God with prac
tical ministry to the poor and unfor
tunate. Thanksgiving should issuo
in thanksgiving. Praiso should be
come a practice. Gratitude must be
come a temper and tendency of tho
life. So will God bo glorified and
gratified, and men, by their cordial
and constant recognition of his good
ness, bo lifted in the scale of being
and be tho better fitted to renplvn
from heaven moro favors still. Rev.
C. A. S. Dwight.
O turk, you who strutted the summer away.
Abundant attention you're getting today,
We praise you beyond all the bird or fowl kind;
Our feelings to you are with favor inclined.
We thanks, too, give for you, O creature of pride,
And all the fruits of the season beside.
Though slighted you were, in the days that are past.
Attention long due you are getting at last.
Arthur J. Burdlck,- in Sunset Magazine.
For These Things We Give Thanks.
Thanksgiving day we should all bo
ablo to glvo thanks to our parents for
For a clean name, unsullied by ques
tionable transactions, honorable in
For an untainted birth, with siioh
health as purity transmits, and for tho
brooding tenderness that guarded and
cherished us before birth
careful preparation for our coming.
ior wnoiesome rood, sufilclent cloth
lncr. and comfortablo slipltpr until nnr
coming of age, or during tho lifetime
or our parents.
For education, aer.ordlnir in tho host-
standards of which they knew suited
to our individual needs and possibili
ties, and preparing us to earn our
For such knowledcro of nnr hnrllps
and minds, and such reverence for
them as makes intemperance impossible.
Forget Not His Benefits.
Why not reiolce more? Count, tin
your golden mercies; count up your
opportunities to do good; count up
your "exceeding great and precious
promises;" count up your Joys of
heirship to an incorruptible inherit
ance, and then march on tho road
heavenward. "Foreet not all hln honn.
fits." "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
all that ,1s within me, bless his holy
name," is the declaration of an ap
preciative heart Theodore I Cay-
Tho first Thanksgiving day procla
mation ever issued by a president was
signed by George Washington in 1789.
The original Is said to be in the pos
session of Rev. J. W. Wellman, who
Inherited It from his grandfather, Wil
liam Ripley of Cornish, N. H. This
proclamation was Issued by request of
both, houses of congress through their
F YOU are grateful,
say so. Thanks
giving Is only half
thanksgiving till it
blossoms into ex
pression. Learn a
lesson from the
an, in whnno vll.
lago the missionary, passing through,
had left a few pages of the gospel in
the Indian tongue. Our Indian read
and rejoiced. Measuring the mission
ary's footprint, ho fitted it with mag
nificent moccasins, and traveled 200
miles to glvo them to the missionary
as an expression of his graftltudo.
Thus the missionary was enriched by
the present, but tho Indian was en
riched by tho thanksgiving.
Tho best thanksgiving is a happy
heart. Blossoms moan nothing on a
dead stick. Once when the czar vis
ited Paris tho ingenious French, it
being winter, fastened to tho bare
boughs of tho trees innumerable paper
flowers, very pretty as a spectacle, but
very unworthy as a symbol, since they
were false. Our praiso will bo quite
valueless unless it is rooted in tho
Train yourself to bo grateful for tho
common blessings. Thero had been a
great cotton famine in Lancashire,
England. For lack of material to
work upon, the mills had been idlo
for months, and thero was great dis
tress among tho operatives. At last
camo tho first wagon-load of cotton,
HANKSGIVING day stands
out by itself on tho calen
dar. There is no other day
with bo many delightful as
sociations and tender mem
ories, no day upon which
the heart bo spontaneously pours out
its grateful tribute to tho Father
above for all his goodness through tho
year. And this applies equally to our
selves as a nation, as communities
and as individuals. For peace within
our borders, for generous harvests,
for the health and welfare of our com
munities, wo owe to God a debt of
love and gratitude which finds expres
sion in prayer, praise and tho festivi
ties appropriate to the annual festival
of Thanksgiving. We aro usually bo
much engrossed with ths active busi
ness of llfo as a nation that we
leavo too little time for reflection on
the divine goodness; yet every day
we aro surrounded by blessings.
Sleeping and waking, on tho farm, in
the store, the office, tho workshop,
we aro Btlll the' objects of his won
drous bounty and care. Whatever ro
th e earnest of returning opportunity
to labor. With what new eyes did
the people look upon that common
place material! They met tho wagon
In an exultant procession. They
hugged tho bales. At last, moved by
a common impulse, they broke out in
tho noblo hymn, "Praise God, from
whom all blessings flow." There are
in every life a thousand blessings,
now little noticed at all, of which If
we were deprived, their return would
bo welcomed with equal transports.
But the going does not excuse us
from the sending any more than send
ing excuses us from going. If giving
still went by tho rule of tho tenth, as
in the scripturr.1 days, then ten av
erage Christians could anywhere con
stitute themselves into a church and
support a pastor; and twenty could
support both a pastor and a mission
ary. No work is done at its best until it
is done in an atmosphere of thanks
giving. Beethoven understood this.
He had his piano placed in tho mid
dlo of a field, and there, under tho
smiling sky, with birds singing around
him, flowers shining and grain glisten
ing in tho Bun, tho musician com
posed some of his great oratories.
Few of us can take our work into the
fields, though all of us would carry
lighter hearts if wo would live more
out of doors; but wo can all of us sur
round our work with cheery atmos
phere which our Father has breathed
into all his works.
verses wo encounter, ho enables us
to overcomo them. So, while the pass
ing year has had its sorrows, wo feel
that the joys havo outweighed them,
and that wo are still God's debtors in
thanks for multitudinous blessings.
Let us show our gratitude for all of
these mercies by reaching out a help
ing hand to others who havo been
less fortunate than ourselves. Re
member the poor at Thanksgiving
tho sick, tho destitute, tho hungry, tho
unemployed. In every community
thero aro those to whom a kindly
word or a generous hospitality would
bring a real touch of tho spirit of tho
festival. Pass on your blessings. By
bo doing, you wl,l make your own
heart the lighter, your own home tho
brighter and your own Thanksgiving
table moro enjoyable to all who sit
Thank Him for All.
"Giving thanks for all things unto
God." Eph. v. 20.
Thanksgiving la tho mark of a truly
religious man. If wo aro always beg
ging God for his mercies without ox
pressing to him our sincere gratitude,
wo become selfish In our demands. God
delights to impart his mercies to us,
but he also takes pleasure in our
gratitude to him for his benefits. Only
an appreciative heart is ablo to fully
enjoy God's unfailing goodness. It
Is certain that tho moro wo try to
praise, tho moro we will see how our
path and our dally way aro beset with
mercies, and that the God of lov is
over watching to do us good.
The commercial travelers of the
United States nre planning nn organ
ized warfare on tho tip system in ho
tels. Only a little organization on the
part of Its millions of victims Is need
ed to overthrow this un-American and
undemocratic abuse. Now York Trib
une. Tho announced intention of the com
mercial travelers of tho country to be
pin a campaign ngalnst hotel tlppliiK
la tho best assurance tho tip mulcted
public could have of possible relief
from this form of tribute The drum
mers are numerous and powerful
enough to deal tipping n deathblow If
they will. Now York World.
Why aro they fussing so nbout gam
bling in Chicago? Llfo at its best in
that city is nothing but n gamble.
Cincinnati Commercial Tribune.
In New York thero aro fiO.OOO living
rooms without a window. Hut, then,
that's all right. The tenants needn't
see how badly off they arc Detroit
"The unaided eye" Is the choice eu
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Globe In remarking that the Brooks
comet can be seen without n telescope.
Nothing can excoed tho native mod
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Raspberries, strawberries and cher
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