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VOL.24. SMITHFIELD. N. C.. FRIDAY. DECEMBER 1. 1905. XO.89
Why We Should Be Thankful
Some of the Reasons Enumerated by
Ministers, Teachers and
Thanksgiving Day is the
National harvest festival of the
United States and the last Thurs
day in each November is set
apart for this purpose each year
by proclamation of the President.
The first Thanksgiving in this
country was observed in 1621
by the Pilgrim Fathers at
Plymouth. President Washing
ton appointed a day for this
purpose in 1789 after the adop
tion of the Constitution. The
festival has been observed in
New York regularly each year
since 1817. While many Thanks
giving Days have b?en observed
in this country since the forma
tion of the Republic, it did not
become a real National Thanks
giving until near the close of the!
Civil War. Since that timej
the President of the United:
States has annually issued a
proclamation setting apart the
last Thursday in November as a
day of thanksgiving and praise
to God for all His goodness and
mercies to men.
Voafjiivlav (Pna thp rlav mpI I
XCOUCIUUIJ "WW ? ? - ,
apart by President Reosevelt j
and Governor Glenn as a day i
when the people should cease
from their wonted labors and
assemble at their accustomed
places of worship and give
thanks unto God. It is a source
of regret that the day is not
more generally observed in the
South than it is. If the whole
people should cease from their
labors one day and recount the
blessings vouch safed to us by
an All-Wise Ruler, who is the
Father of nations as well as the
Father of individuals, it would
do us good.
The editor of The Hekald,
desiring to publish some expres
sions on this subject, last Mon
day sent out letters to about
thirty-five ministers, mayors and
business men and asked them to
write him a short article on
"Why we should be thankful"
for this week's paper. He is sor
ry that several of the number
failed to respond.
Below are published those re
From W. S. Stevens, Esq.
I am thankful that I live in a
Christian land where man is tol
erant of man's opinions, and
where every citizen can worship
God according to the dictates of
his own conscience I am thank
ful that I dwell among a people
whose hearts are daily getting
nearer their Maker and Creator;
a people who love justice and
fair dealing; who are brave to
defend innocence; whose purse
strings open wide to the educa
tion of youth, to the maintain
ance of the orphan and "unfor
tunate one," and who delight to
honor God with their substance.
W. S. Stevens.
Sinit hfield, Nov. 28.
From the President of the Smith
field Cotton Mills.
The privileges vouchsafed to
the American people are numer
ous and precious. Our laws are
so executed as to protect life and
property. Plenty abounds and
our people are prosperous and
We should rejoice:
In the progress being made in i
the education of our children.
New school houses nie seen on
every hand and are being filled
with happy and well-cared for
For the improvements of our
public roads and the construct
ion of new and better railroad
For a rural free delivery service
and the telephone which bring
our sections in closer touch.
For the expansion of our cur
rency and the extension of our
commerce. For the renumere
tive prices of all agricultural pro
ducts; for the wide-spread tem
perance manifestations; for a
better citizenship and the patri
otism of our people.
We should be especially thank
ful for the universal peace and
prosperity which now prevails to
a greater extent than at any
other period of time; for the de
velopment of science and the ex
tension of the gospel; for the
benefits extended to our colonies
by our benign institutions.
We should be thankful for the
personalities and patriotism of
the President of our country and
the Chief Kxecutive of this Com
Therefore, we as a people
should be especially thankful for
the privilege of participating iu
the approaching Thanksgiving
services of our respecti vechurches
and for the opportunity of recon
secrating ourselves to our coun
try and to our All-wise and ever
Merciful Heavenly Father, re
membering that only those who
are good citizens and faithful
servants of His can be useful and
happy during this life aad have
a part in His kingdom in the
world to come.
W. M. Sanders.
Smithfield, Nov. 28.
From Rev. D F Putnam
Why give thanks? Divine au
thority commands it, and Christ,
our Lord, practiced it. There
fore, we ought o render obedi
ence and give t tanks in everv
thing. Again we should give
thanks for riches of grace as
manifested through Athe un
speakable gift" of God's Son as
a Saviour, in whose name we
may come to the Giver of all
good gifts, with the promise, "If
ye ask anything in my name ye
shall receive." From a temporal
point of view, we exist in, and
are sustained by, God's will and
power, (treat progress has been
made in home comforts and edu
cational facilities. Since the first
thanksgiving, political and re
ligious liberty have betn receiv
ed. We are now a great people,
with a great country, and great
prosperity is manifest. All of
which is from Him from whom
all blessings flow Let us give
thanks, lest we forget.
I) F. Putnam.
Benson, Nov. 28.
From Me v. C. W. Blanc hard
Some things for which we
ought to feel and express deepest
gratitude to our Heavenly
For almost unprecedented tem
For the reign of righteousness
in the seat of government.
For the triumph of human in
dividuality in all the world.
For His gracious provision
for our soul redemption.
C. W Blanchakd.
Clayton, Nov. 28.
County Superintendent of Public
ln?t r? tlon.
We should be thankful for the
triple wave of prosperity that is
sweeping our State from moun
tains to seashore. The wave of
enthusiasm for popular education
and the wave of temperance re
- . '..and religious
awakening struck the State al
most simultaneously and the
wave of industrial progress soon
Our County is sharing this
prosperity. During the year we
have voted special taxes for
schools in Ave school districts
and before tho year is gone we
shall have built eleven handsome
school houses. Our temperance
reform has been but little less
i than miraculous. Uood crops and
fair prices make the farmers more
independent than for years and
with the farmer's prosperity has
come prosperity to the mechanic,
the merchant, and the manu
Ira T. Turlington.
Smithfield, Nov. 28.
From Mayor W. M- Weeks.
There is so much for which we
should be thankful that 1 hardly
know how to adequately express
in so brief an article the many
blessings and benefits for which
, our hearts should swell with
gratitude to the Giver of all
good things. The people of our
great State should be thankful
for the blessings derived from a
good government. The efforts
that have been made for a better
and safer government have been
successful to a great degree. The
success along some lines has been
greater than was hoped for by
the most sanguine. In it all we
can see the Divine hand. We are
assured that every effort made
in .lesus' name, and in accor
dance with His commandments,
will be blessed; and we can hope
for still greater blessings and
greater achievements in His
name. All power to do good
comes from Him.
W. \1. Weeks.
Benson, Nov. 28.
From Our Register of Deeds.
Among that for which we
should be thankful is the genius
of the inventor in developing, the
j heretofore, latent agencies and
possibilities into vehicles for our
use and comfort in obtaining a
; livelihood and the alleviation of
pain and mitigation of suffering.
The unparalleled enthusiasm
I of our people for the develop
ment of the mind, with its result
; ing deep, strong, vigorous moral
and religious spirit, and ageneral
broadening of the conception of
! God and His goodness is cause
for much thanksgiving. "Every
good and perfect gift comes from
W. A Edgerton.
Smithfield, Nov. 29.
From the Superintendent of Benson
As we stand in the morning of
the twentieth century, taking a
retrospective view at the jour
ney our National and State
"Ship of State" has taken, we
should be thankful for the lives
of the men who have been at its j
helm, and that our lots were
cast at this time and place. I
Seeing that God in His all-wise
providence has seen tit to give1
us a harvest that will keep us
from want and penury, we should
be thankful for the seasons, sun
j shine and showers. But above
all we should be thankful that
God in His all-wise providence,
has torn down the stillhouse and
saloon, and in their stead has
erected churches and school
B. W. Au.en.
Benson, Nov. 28.
From Rev. J. W. Suttle.
We do not have to stop and
think in order to remember rea
sons "Why we should be thank
ful to God." On every baud we
may find cause for praising and
thanking our Lord. Praise i.<
always acceptable unto God. Of
old the people entered the tem
ple with their instruments of
music and their songs of praise,
and ?he glw'.y of God filled the
The grateful heart should be
ready for service. "What shall
I render unto the Lord for all
if we want the ordinary aud
simple gifts of God tn ">'
j a morning lustre, let us be thank
i ful. Thankfulness will not load
our tables, but it will put a de
licious sweetness in our simple
fare. Thankfulness will kindle
! such a brilliant light in our own
little homes, that we will no lon
ger gaze at and covet the splen
] dor of our neighbors.
We should be thankful because
it brings contentment and con
tentment joined to practical god
liness produces perfect happiness.
Thankfulness can find bless
ings in heaps of rubbish where
other e.ves only see curses.
J. W, BUTTLE.
Smithfield, Nov. 2b.
From President Home.
"Why we should be thankful."
?Because as a people we are
enjoying the special blessings of
health, prosperity, civil and re
ligious liberty, and are at peace
with the world.
Because our fields have yielded
to us an abundant harvest, the
seasons have been unusually
propitious, and the prices for
all agriculturn' products are
such as to best ir gratitude in the
hearts of evorv farmer
We rejoice t hat, the world is at
peace, and tha.r. right is gaining
Clayton, Nov. 29.
From Rev R. W Horrell.
At no time since the war be
tween the States has existed
such friendship and harmony be
tween the North and the South
I as at the present. For this and
the prosperity of our land, we
i should give thaoks to God.
We should be very thankful
for the growth of God's kingdom
in our midst; for through it
I come all the blessings, for this
life and the life to come. Person
ally I should take the cup of
salvation and call on the name
of the Lord.
In every thing we should give
thanks, for this is the will of
R. W. Horrell.
Selina, Nov. 28.
Mom nr. D. E. ncKinne.
We should be devoutly thank
ful for the strong temperance
sentiment that pervades our
Southland, and especially for the
great change that has come over
our own county of Johnston and
state of North Carolina. It
means better boys, better men
and better country. We should
be thankful for good government
?that so many Godfearing men
are at the head of public affairs,
thankful for good wives and hap
py homes, thankful for such a
good and wise Heavenly Father,
who is ever shielding us from
harm and whose loving kindness
is so constantly manifested
towards His children.
I). E. McKinne.
Princeton, Nov. 28.
From Rev- B. G- Early.
"O come, let us sing unto the
Lord: let us make a joyful noise
to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence
with thanksgiving." Psalms
95:12. When we look on every
hand and see the rich gifts of
God so lavishly bestowed upon
us, we are duty bound to take
up the crv of the Psalmist.
We should be thankful for the
material prosperity of our coun
try; for the rapid strides towards
righteousness in our body poli
tic; for the absence of bloody
war in our country. Above all,
we should be thankful for God's
great love to man.
B. G. Early.
Smithfleld, Nov. 28,
From Mayor E. J. Holt.
The people of this town, county
and State should be thankful
for general good health, fair
crops, good prices, and especially
for the great advancement made
in the education of our people to
a biirber plane of sobriety, mo
rality. and a general elevation of
all classes to a condition of life
calculated to make thrm betttrl
o ??<* h;' f
Due of the grandest causes for
thankfulness is the evidence that
the people of this government
are tired of "Bossism," corrup
tion and graft inpolitics, and
have so declared in the recent |
E. J. Hoi.t.
Smithfield, Nov. 27.
From Mr. B. B. Adams.
I am thankful for a multitude
of thiugs, and especially that 1
live in this age, the borderland
of the twentieth century, fraught
with its manifold advantages of
developed industries, higher edu
cation and spiritual training.
That I am an American citizen
and hail from the Old Tar Heel j
State, and am thankful in no
small degree that I am a "John
stonian" by inheritance.
B. B. Adams.
Four Oaks, Nov. 29.
From President Bank ot Selma.
We should feel thankful for the
great wave of prosperity all over
the whole country, the peace of
all nations, the growth of Chris
tianity and temperance, and the
good will and kindly feelings of
all nations towards our beloved
country. We should especially
feel thankful for the great victory
achieved against the liquor
traffic in Johnston county.
M. C. Winston.
Selma, Nov. 29.
Superintendent Smitbfield Graded
Among the many things for
which we should he profoundly
grateful to God on this Annual
Thanksgiving Day is the progress
that education is making in our
That God has put it into the
minds and hearts of our good
people to make better provisions
for the traiuingof those to whom
He has committed to their care,
should be recognized by all of u?
as one of His good and perfect |
gifts for which His name should
R A. Mekritt.
Jmithtield, Nov. 30.
A Daniel to Judgment.
Mr. Yerkes, International
Revenue Commissioner at Wash
ington, has ruled that after the
first of December, no one
can sell patent medicines con
taining more than five per cent
of alcohol without taking out a
whiskey dealer's license, and of
course in local option territory
such patent medicines cannot be
sold at all. Mr. Yerkes further
rules that no physician can pre
scribe whiskey without taking
out a dealer's license; and that
every express office which de
livers C. O. I), packages of
whiskey is a seller of whiskey,
and must take out a license.
Manufacturers of patent medi
cines containing more than five
cent, of alcohol will be classed as
distillers and forced to pay tax
as do whiskey manufacturers.
Surely a Daniel has come to
judgment. We are glad that
Mr. Yerkes is a Kentuckian. We
are glad to know that in his rul
ings he has the support of Presi
dent Roosevelt. We are glad to
know that behind all of these
great movements the people of
our land, irrespective of party or
creed, are gathering in solid
These rulings of Mr. Yerkes
and the recent great anti-saloon
victory in Ohio, reported in an
other column by Dr. G. W.
Young, enable us to see the be
ginning of the end of whiskey
domination in politics; and, too
the end of the whiskey tralttc.
When that is accomplished then
will our land take a great leap
upward in commerce, education
and religion. The outcome of it
all is too great and glorious to
fully realize until it breaks upon
us ?Baptist Argus, Louisville.
--Mr.N. A.Carter, the Johnston
County representative of the
Greensboro Life Insurance Com
pany, returned last week from
Ashpole where he had been called
on account of sickness in bis
Mr. Everett Kennedy, of Ral
eigh, was the guest of Sir. Wilkes
Mr. Louis Crabtree spent Sat
urday and Sunday here, the
guest of Mr. J. Daniel Eason.
There will be Thanksgiving ser
vices at the Baptist church
Thursday night by the pastor.
Mr. Calvin B. Jones' new dwell
ing is about completed and since
be had it painted is a handsome
Mr. M. G. Gulley, as guardian
for Coy Turnage, has sold the lot
belonging to Turnage to Mr. A.
Mrs. L. D. Debnam and chil
dren, of Selma, spent a few days
here with her mother, Mrs. J. A.
Griffin, this week.
A Christmas tree for the little
folks of the Baptist Sunday
school is now under discussion
and should certainly be decided
Rev. J. W. Smith has been em
ployed to teach at the High
School during Miss Shore's ill
ness, which we hope will be of
Mr. Burt Barbour, of Cleve
land township, owns a coffee mill
that has been in regular service
for 70 years. Quite a long life
for a coffee mill, eh?
The prospects for a paper for
Clayton seem very bright just
(now. Naturally it will be a small
sheet at first, but with push it
may get to be a big thing.
Mr. Lonnie Holland, who is
with the Southern as flagman,
spent a few days herewith friends
this week. He is now at Four
Oaks visiting his mother and
Dr. J. B. Robertson has pur
chased the old store houses be
longing to Mr. Joe R. Hinnant
and had them moved from the
lot, thus leaving his premises in
The Bazaar will be in opera
tion while you are reading this
paper, and you ought to lay it
down and come along and buy
some of the pretty and useful
tilings offered for sale by the
Wc learn that Mr. R H. Gower
has bought Mr. . W. B. Penny's
tract of land lying just out of
Clayton. This is a very valuable
tract of land and we congratu
late Mr. Cower on his good for
tune in securing it.
Clayton High School continues
to grow in number of students
and in popular favor. We sha'l
withhold for a short while any
praise, but you can ask any
student attending this school,
and decide after hearing bis
Rev. G. W. Fisher, who for the
Rast four years has been a faith
il pastor to the Methodist
church here, will be located else
where after the conference. We
regret to lose him, but wish hiui
the same success as bad here ia
any Held to which he may go.
Coining In Daily.
I am securing letters and pos
tal cards from farmers in differ
ent parts of the county every
day saying they will hold some
cotton ninety days for fifteen
cents. I have alreadv forwarded
pledges for several bundled bale?
to headquarters of the Southern
Cotton Association. There are
many others who could hold odb
or more bales. Write me at once
if you want to help in this mat
ter. J. M. Bkaty.
Secretary, Smithfield, N. C.
A Feartul Fate.
It is a fearful fate to have to
endure the terrible'orture of
Piles. "1 can trutl a? I ly sav."
writes Harry Coison. ? f Mason
ville, la., "that for Blind, Bleed
ing, Itching and Protruding
Piles. Bucklen's Arnica Salve,
Arnica Salve, is the best cure
made." Also best forcuts, burns
hp^ in juries. 2iic at Hood Bros.