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About Mt. Scott herald. (Lents, Multnomah Co., Or.) 1914-1923 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 23, 1916)
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GE fondest memory I cherish
is of my boyhood Thanksgiv
ing,” said Chauncey M. De
pew, “and, although Thanks
givings may tie now just the same as
they were then, they do not seem the
same to aue -twl by a iong shot.
"When I was a lad I lived at Peeks
kill upon a farm, our country estate
and the same which now tielongs to
tne. We awoke on Thanksgiving day
at early dawn and were up dancing
and singing with glee. There were to
lie no gifts, of course, but the house
was full of company, who were with
us to spend the day, and that fact, to-
gether with the presence of about a
dozen little cousins, made the Depew
boys and girl: very early risers and
merry from the ni ninute the sun awoke.
it her were very
“My father and
strict They did not thluk Thanksgiv-
T 1» well 1« hark back uow and th< ii
to the old days and the old way ■
Thanksgiving day In the begin
»Ing was a New England holiday.
Il is only of late years tnut It lies I cm
domesticated III tile rest of the euillilij
mid made u federal observance.
Ex His-retnry of the Navy John D.
1-ong Iu u reminiscent article told how
the Pilgrims celebrated it. lie wrote.
A uiuii must have been born In a
N<Av England village more titan a gen
trillion ago to kuotv tin- full old tin.
tlavor of Thanksgiving day. Then wu
the day of the "old home." Then fmu.
urge. Flocks of Lcqs ami
------ iu evidence aud filled tl.,
air dozen or m>
■ ■uses w hich Hlu<
> depopiUat'sl tin
t of tin nì
-rovv-ls of »<hoi.ii
ml forth Lu u «Ingle »mi Ibua t<> »
>ro pretentious > tri. tuie ut tin'
;e ccutv-r. Then Imiidajs were i
.vi-w Year» duy and U n itilo ; ion
birthday au<l eveu < 'UrlMtn.m. still un
i er the blight of the old Puritan pro
t-'L «ere for the tuost part unoboerv.
cd. Fast day had no significance in
the way of ItM recognition, except po*
: il>:y a sermon or. If the snow was ol
t ie ground, a game of bulk
<>urth of July was au I outdoor éch
ration, often us quiet us a bliuti«..
er thp old swlv'i'l had I bts u fired o.'i
iie crvwtiiug fc->tiv al of the yeur
m 'J tamik ■ -
cm ilipiMHlvui ft the
!'■ y’k-.'i; rlie applet
hail »you. --‘f ,.ed.
; ii ti« *.ir
rfl.d 'Un ’
£ I. . 1 -tr i.,
tu el.tew here
met’jfrnfi 1. I ¡other
4 A a iff'Re U,
u i.' :>d tuirxt 111 .(I
I|j1 '4 kilo if -Tlyl. get f
edy tie it » dil "uiaaiBM'*- Xi K
><4?, If tii t ain't you. Sum!” Th- ff
( critter" had b * 'ti killed ifii'I
quarteiK sture<| for the wtnter'i
r supply of fti sti meat. The h >t
tin t had grunted all summer in his |s*u
;rotvii tat had gone under the
it ' s ktdfc; souse mid sausage had
t r their : ppetizliig odor through the
I o •<*. nmi the pork baiTvl was full
' Mother” ami "the girls” there were
servants -for days previous had
a ¡miking marvelous constructions
nlnce mid apple and pumpkin pies,
* turkey tkiiiked one end of the tn
and a huge t hicken pie tile other
small boy, already gorged. when
aunt slyly asked him which kind
>1e he wonld have, as If ho <*<>ult’
» but one. timidly but eagerly ttn
-rod back. "All throe.”
WE A1*L BÜJiDLED INTO A GitTAT SUEIGH.
A Thanksgiving Puzzle
IN THE TENEMENTS,
Thanksgiving Brings Good Chser, and
Kiddies Understand Day.
The spirit of Thanksgiving pene-
t mi to» not only the attics aud tene
ments oi the p<Hir of the big < it les, but
many dwellings of the sick ami un
fortunate. . In the great hospitals the
kiddies iu the couvalesceiit wards have
a real Thmiksglviug dinner, uud as a
member of a hospital stuff said:
"Most of them me thankful they’re iu
tin- hospital on t'lianksolving il.-iy. It’s
the best place for them. If they wore
at home they'd be miserable mid lone
some probably. Iu the hospital there
arc other children about with whom
they <iin celebrate."
In practically all of the Settlement
houses the harvest feast is enjoyed,
whatever the ualiouallt.v of the
“neighbors.” No little Italian or Polo
but learns the joy of "turkey day."
Due wonders sometimes just what the
vision may l>e iu the innermost re- esses
of Tony's little soul, but then* in no
hesitation in hl» nmniier ns ho nu
"Please, teacher. Thanksgiving la the
day what my mother gets a turkey by
the church. it is t<> be thankful to the
Lord for the things were thankful
It took a public schoolteacher to ex
plain the glibness of these little for
“Why, of course." she snWL "they
learn the story of Thanksgiving almost
before they can speak English. They
have pictures of the pilgrims mid the
Indians, Irffrvcst llelils am’ pumpkiA
and corn and turkeys. Well. 1 don't
suppose they ever naw ptimpk 1 iis grow
ing or have any concept'••>! of what
harvest means to the farmers, but
they're clever little thli gs They have
some kind of vision of mmethitig giasl.
It's t wonderful how qi.-lckly they ac
quire a veneer of American Ideas. It'a
only a veneer, mid It s pretty thin in
places, but It gets them thru gb "
By GOODIOt H. THOMAS
Copyright. ISIS, by American Pres» As
OU’D think we could all quite agree
That the turkey is merely a bird.
But peruse this and quickly y<i'll see
That the species is merely inferred.
Uncle Jim. for example, will show
That our strutting, fat gobb'er out there
Isn't properly classified so.
But is rather a “perfect old bear."
Si»tcr Kate's view is o_id. to »ay leash
tK IK 4 4 4 IK 4 Mf 4 4 4 4 4 4 IK 4 4 ttf
4 THANKSGIVING PHILOSOPHY,
4 ■yOU can pray much better to
God if you say to yourself
IK as follows: "Consider that this
M great universe, of which thou art
IK only a trivial atom, is governed
IK by fixed laws and l>e therefore
IK content in all things to abide
IK thereby and esjtecialiy to die at
4 any time and submit to God’s
IK will of thee. whether of Individ-
4 ual future hl '<■ or dissolution into
4 universal ml. .id nn-.l matter."
That is flit
4 should up"t
i- i t >»
For she claim», as 1 iumksgiv*'.g draws
She can see that for gracing a least
Our old gobbler il be smip.y a "dear."
But my dad has that turkey enrolled
In a family that’» noted lor buttin'.
Though that lurk wasn't raised in a fold.
Dad remarks. “You're mv
But the turkey has sized up his kind
In a way that's most worthy of note.
For lie gobbles each time he has dined!
are fattening me—1 am the
again not to go lothiry to them
rf-trinc the com •V' g ytMT.
Lio not any th such religion or
philosophy <1 privew us of our
tree w LU. __
,, it does ___
free «ill «Inch God leaves with
us is freedom to couiorni to
these fixed laws or to deviate
from or go against them. That
is the free will which we have,
and we should resolve to exercise
it properly. There are the tilings
which Thanksgiving day brings
to our minds.—William J. Gay.
IK IK IK « IK IK <K iK IS IS Vt IS « IK IK IK ’K IK
To Stuff the "Bird.”
Thay’ra Grateful to America.
The chestnuts tor stmling the turkey
An English writer on foods has said:
mar be the sweet little native ones or
the 'arger ones from the Meditcrrauenu "The modern table owes more to Co
countries. Cut u gash tn the shell. lumbus than to any other than can be
Itni'-.i them over with melted fat mid named. The discovery of America has
spread on a shallow pan In the ov^n enriched our tables with the turkey,
for a short time. Tlieu the skius will the canvnstmck duck, the potato, the
peel off with the shells or the nuts may tomato, cocoa, vanilla and a host of
good tilings ’
lie boiled to loosen the shells
in? a day for play or merriment of any
sort until one had been to church and
given thanks. So my mother always
got up early to keep us 'hushed up.’
and my father also arose to be sure
that we did not do any laughing,
always had a good breakfast.
“Then came church time! And
great sleigh we all bundled,
seems to me now that we had snow
earlier in those days. for I can remem
ber l>eing stowed away under the robes
like a little auimated mummy not ex
pected to see light until unveiled at the
end of the journey There always was
a very lon_ church service, and poor
mother employed all her time comfort
ing or frowning upon us as the occa
sion seemed to demand. After a time
church was out. Then came the din
ner and the fun. For in the old time
Thanksgiving celebrations the whole
character of the day changed after
church, aud what liad before been the
strictest Sunday conduct became as
riotous as the revelers could make it.
• "Oh. what a dinner we had! I think
now we must have been very rich folk
to afford so much. In those days no
one bad course dinners. And the table
was 'set' when the family tiled into
the room, and the center of the feast
was turkey—nothing but turkey.
“After dinner came the dessert. This
always consisted of thirteen different
kinds of pie. I used to eat all thirteen,
and my father was proud of tne for it.
If anything happened so that I could
not get lieyond tlie twelfth kind of pie
father rallied me upon growing weak
and mother looked, anxious for my
health. 1 can see those triangles of
pie now. There was mince, of course.
Then came 'punkln.’ apple, costard, co-
connut, lemon, prune, bbe kt>erry (can- ’
ned». dried peach and several othero.
wiuding up with cranberry. It «a« a
great treat for us boys, who never at
any other tire In the year really had
all the ide we could eat. After dinner
we sat down quietly iu the parlor and
my grandmother to'd its stories. We
were, ourselves, quite too full for ut
terance. Surely too lull for play.
"Rut the sequel to Thanksgiving day
was most interesting of all
lowed on Thanksgiving night, just like
a Nemesis And its program was this:
When it came time for all to go to bed
my mother would call us children In
the pantry, ami then tame the little
dose which was to counteract all bad
effects of the overstnffing process. My
dose was always castor oil And well
I remember how it was prepared.
First into the cup went a great deal
of molasses. Then came a spoonful of
the oil. Then more molasses This 1
had to drink. Since then I have spent
many Thanksgiviug days, but I never
enjoyed any as well as those—except
the castor oil afterward ”