Davenport Leader (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 24, 1904 Page: 1 of 7
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JZ-— at Davenport, Oklahoma ^ - —
Entered as second-class matter, M«y J90^ ** ° M'. THURSDAY, NOV f.MUICK.. 24, "J° 4
~ Mr_7~ NU^BF^r^CVV DAVENPORT, LINCOLN CUUN1V, QkLA ___ ^ —
VOLUME I, NUiiBLk aa--v• «— 5^Tou*er $reat nartiflliB,-BO -t^At
i Why We
| Give Thanks
* WILLIAM ROSSER COBBE ^
THE United States of America le
the one and only civilized na-
tion upon earth which make£
no acknowledgment of God in Its; con-
stitution or its laws. French InflflsUtJ
brought to the sttsggiftlg colonies by
the soldiers ot Louis XVI , supple-
mented with reading of Voltaire and
Rousseau, together with the powerful
influence of Thomas Paine, who sub-
ssquontly wrote bis "Age of Reason,
had made shipwreck of the faith 01
the fathers of the young republic.
While Washington and Hamilton,
although in no sense religious, would
have assented readily to recognition
in some wise of the Hetty, Jefferson
and other free thinkers opposed the
proposition vigorously, and it m=
Again and again in subsequent
years efforts were made to set apar
a day by the nation for thanksgiving,
yrayer and praise to God for His
.blessings. No less than three presi-
dents refused outright to recommend
buch a day, declaring there was no au-
thority for it la the constitution
^I^was not until the civil war, when
there was weeping in every househo d
ior the loved that had been slain in
battle—not until after the signal suc-
cess of Vlcksburg and Gettysburg (in
Se to the Uud <* battles "I
U,v, jtar-V.d or, warm.d-up "'rfj f°
Although our I-"" "'"m
—y ''i/'-haJ ""'d"
A /«,. I. jtjl about t." tlm.J .noujh
And JO jht'j baKfd and br.to.d and
minced and beat . .
My I all rht SLrtn J jhe haJ mU'
and choppedI ' .
If Guifner J one J had changed ana
chose nejet tveek
I bUeoe the would o-cooK.'d until J
The pie j. 0/ count, air the big Job to
Thereof cranb'ey. pum'KJnJ. appleJ.
Svua.h.J and mtncrJ. ch.rry
jome more i
There ain't n© end to pU-jluffs. so
Th. chlcK.n ot. I. M th.
The Unit gaajeb-ryioM^arthld at.
—..« TS> i&CtoAPX. "
Head plain: '■fl/n.rfen
For no*, at la.t. th. tlm. « .at ha.
•Blir°'/amHy,J h.r., and SUt.r Jan.:
TJyn*'~J?«~r .~y "<"•
,• .0 to-mc"t* br
r/lad"th. Lord Uln t thanK.d but
once « y*ar.
iiorn 01 ncr great nations, so that, no
great standing army is needed for the
maintenance of Its peace. Seedtime
and harvest never fail within'Its bor-
der, and its people are spared the pes-
tilence that stalfceth at nuonday and
the famine that maketh desolate the
remote places of earth.
The closing year has been one ot
peace and prosperity throughout -the
land. The products of mine and tielc
have been bounteous. T1 here havo
been no storms to make afraid and
no calamities to excite grief or terror.
In recognition of the truth that all
good things come from God and that
tie Ives beer, peculiarly generous t(
there will . te generalvob
I nrnrrw««w% t •• .
servance of tula 1 UanUsgiving laS IK
th. which the i> op.e will a 1 '■ tiovvlt«!«•.-
Ills benefits and praise 11 la.mercy anr
ftot that tm btamln' Mory. t
Sh. mu.t do IIKr th.
To X'So.hton.. V... '*■
r::"d *,'■ <* ■°"j
(Copyright 1904. international Press liureau.)
raisK goeth_befoee a tale. S'j ^SSTt.
Something to Be Thankful TTdi.
Around the richly -ltvdcii board
Thnnksglvlnp day we meet
And render Uiaivkn with ki.'UjCuI luarU.
For what we have to eat;
liut always at this time of }•«.
When skies are eol'* an<i munfcy,
l in mostly thankful for th Iaet
1 wo^ not born ft tuik'*y.
Minna Irving, in LlppUieotfrfMagawnn,
The Day After Thanksigving.
Said little WUHe to liule Millie;
"What did you do on Thanksgiving.
-Oh! 1 had the loveliest time. 1 wa*
helped four times to turkey
"So was I."
"And 1 had half a mince pie, and three
dishes iee cream, and a lot of cran
"So did J."
••Then l had nute and raisins and or-
"So did I."
"And a box of candy."
"So did I." - .. H
"And the next day I had the doct.#r
Said little Willie to little Millie - Chi-
Young Turkey—By tho way the farm-
er is feeding me, he must think I m a
nretty fine bird!
Old Gobbler—Yes. But don t get
stuffed up too much or the first thing you
know you'll lose your head entirely.
to be God-fearing, and he had faith
in the people, whom he Bought .
serve as well aa to govern justly and
Let It not be forgotten that while
Thanksgiving day, thus inaugurate*
by Mr. Lincoln, and duly observed
every >ear since that time, has no au-
thority in law. No president has a
right to order an observance
Thanksgiving day. He only can re
quest the people to observe such1 ®
day. So little Is his authority in the
matter recognized that his proctarna-
tion is supplemented v\ ith a proclaina
Hon by the governors of the 45 states
composing the union. There is no na-
tional holiday, neither tourth ot Jul>
nor Christmas, rfor Labor day, not
Thanksgiving day. nor Decoration
dav. The conatltution delegates no
power to the congress to legislate up-
on such a subject for the states,
majority of the latter, however, hate
by legislative enactment, made
Thanksgiving day a legal holiday.
Yet while the voice of the constitu-
tion and the laws of the nation art
silent concerning God and His watch-
ful care over His people, the inhabi-
tants of the land are God-serving and
God-fearing. No other land can show
tions, ui ou v*~ *-—
the clergy of these churches. No other
nation can point to so many and gen-
erous fiuits of godly faith and prac-
tice a-1* seen in hospitals an i asylums
for the widow and fatherless and
they that have none to 1 ep them. No
other country can compare with this
in the bigness of contributions^ the
rich for the relief of the poor.
This is a people whose t'od is the
Lord. When the president makes
proclamation, setting apart the last
Thursday of November aa a day of
Thanksgiving, he <:oe3 it ,11 the conv
dence that all ft the people, without
regard to creed or sect, will observe it.
He knows that all the great wheels ot
factories will be stopped, that the
great hammers of the shops will be
1 silent, that the places of business will
be closed, that the farmers will rest
from their toil, and that all the mines
will cease their operations in obedi-
ence to his request.
Meet, right aud proper is it that this
spirit should prevail in American
breasts, for God has blessed this na-
tion as no other nation of the earth
has been blessed. It is first In wealth,
manufactures, in mining, in farming.
Ii leads all other nations in foreign
trade. It Is separated by wld
CAUSE FOR GRIEF.
"Why dost thou weep, poor child ?"
"Papa's gone and turned veeetariar
Just before Thanksgiving day."—N.
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