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® v ^ + - * • * Vl".<* ' •* f "T35* ^ "v : &|?'Wlr "'V-^.l^! BSK9B& •i* fti. ifitSPKJ ,#**?«* > tB.S;;lI Ft?.:' i7'r;|t-f;i;-f :f^;i^; V. VX- • HfS ' r.'.T-:»*'-*-*H8R • :••' • l»##^ail^#a%^i^i-\ -v" VOL. III. THOMPSONYIL LE, CONN.;' THURSatY, NOVEM BER 30. 1882; NO. 28. !h«f 1 _ IJirectotii jfflcnl $jllsil!CS$ jp Pliysiciaus aiul Surgeons. PHYSICIAN icc and School F. PARSONS, M. D., J, AND SURGEON.—Residence office corner of Pleasant and streets, Thoinpsonviilc, Conu. HOMER DARLING, M. D., HOM(EO-I'ATHIC PHVSICIA\.—Pleasant street. Tliouipsonville,, Conn. Office hours—From 12 to 3 p. in. and from G toS p. in. J. L CHANDLER. MANUFACTURER OF • all kinds of Heavy and Light Team Business W agons, Carts etc. Horse- >hoeing and Jobbing, Mill and Macliiue Forging. Repairing done at short notice. Windsor Locks, Conn. THANKSGIVING. % r • H' ENRY G. VARNO. SI. D.~PHYSICIAN AN1) SURGEON. Office in Burns's block, over the old bank room, Thompsonville, Conn. Dentistry. EO. 'WILBUR, DENTIST.—OFFICE f. on Pleasant street, the second house north ol' the hotel, Thompsonville, Conn. PEASE BROTHERS, MANUFACTURE'S of and dealers in Furniture, Stoves, Tin and Sheet-iron Wares, Crockery, Glassware, Lead and Cement Pipe, and House furnishing Goods generally. Mate and Tin Hooting and General Jobbing. Windsor Locks, Conn. I WILL BE IN MY OFFICE IN ELY'S Building, Thompsonville, from the loth to the 20th uf each month, for professional practice, until further notice. Appointments can be made with Miss Agnes Stewart, at the Post-office. CHESTER JOHNSON. Dry (roods. Etc. "ITTILI-IAM FINLAY, Dealer in Foreign W and Domestic Dry and Fancy Goods. Mrs. Simpson^ Thompsonville, Conn. JOHN B. DOUGLAS, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW. AND NOTARY PUBLIC. Practices in all the State and United States Courts of Connecticut. Patents and Pensions promptly obtained. • olleelions made anywhere in the United States, office opposite the Ferry, Windsor Locks, Conn. J. II. 1IAYDEN & SON, F- I-R- E I-N-S-U -R-A- N-C-E-, Wind>or Locks, Conn. CHARLES I Mann fact X, block. Main St.. Attorneys-at-Law. JOHN HAMLIN, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW, Mrs. Simpson's Building, '1 hompsonville, Conn. "OHN II. HALLIDAY, RNEY-A Office Mansley's Building, Thompsonville, Conn. Lumber and Building Materials. rpHET. PEASE & SONS CO., Wliole- JL sale and Retail Dealers in Lumber and Building Materials. Yards at Thompsonville and Windsor Locks. ( onn. Steam Planing Mill at Thompsonville. Connected by telephone with Springtield, Hartford and New Haven. Wood and Coal. CHARLES E.PRICE, AGENT.—Dealer in Wood and Coal. Wood a specialty— Chips for sale Moving and heavy teaming done on reasonable terms. Thompsonville, Conn. •#&> TTENRY H. ELLIS, DEALER IN ALL ill II kinds of one, two, and four foot Wood. Orders left at. A. T. Lord's will receive prompt attention. Thomps o n v i l l e , C o n n . . • , auufacturer of Business and Heavy Wagons. Horse-shoeing a Specialty.. Jg^-Particular Attention Paid to pairing. . S IF FIELD, CONN. Re- ^ W. CONVERSE, FIRE INSURANCE AGENCY. RISKS procured at the Lowest Rates on the following companies : NATIONAL, of Hartford, OKIKNT, of Hartford, CON TINENTAL, of Hartford. NOUTII BUITISH and MEKCANTILE, of London and Liverpool. CONTINENTAL, of New York, FIKE ASSOCIATION, of Philadelphia. Draft aud passage Tickets sold at satisfactory rates, At the Post Office, at Windsor Locks, Conn. Clioice Toilet anOPerfnmeryArticles, AT THE 1 0<r»>*la.e)Tr Ox*x«.^f Store.*' * WILLIAM BEtrW, Proprietor, Corner of Main and Prospect streets, Thompsonville, Conn. Come one, come all I come home, come home! From desert sands, from ocean foam. ;; V Beneath the honored home roof-tree* Join hands and hearts and you shall see, Sweet thoughts, pure love, and honest living. Flow from the keeping of Thanksgiving. . 'Tis then the dead become most dear; 'Tis then the living bring most cheer; 'Tis then the best within us seems Aspiring toward flnr youthful dreams, And life looks really worth the living, In the old homestead at Thanksgiving. Thanks, grim old Puritans, to you, Who " builded better than ye knew !" True, ye were hard and stern, 'tis said, Intolerant and bigoted, But one sweet gift is of your giving— Thanks, sad old pilgrims, for Thanksgivings 1 Selerid From Darkness into Dawn. A THANKSGIVING STOKY. How the wind blows! It is a November gale, driving everything before it as it s.veeps across the bleak hill-top, on which a little red farm house crouches, us if t rying to shield itself from the fury of the nipping wind. Just, off thi're to the east a strip of gray light shows that the heavy, dull roar, as of millions of disembodied spirits bewail ing their doom, comes from the great, surging Atlantic, which under the influence of the sweeping northwester piles the spray high up on the beach and rocky points. To one well protected from this attack of the elements by soil, warm clothing, the contact with the fierce wind king, as he conies driving across this bare hill-top, would bring more of pleasure than of pain; but to the child who struggles along through stinging snow-squalls, whose every flake driven by the gale becomes a point of torment, nothing cheerful is evolved from this ftiry of the elements. She wraps her threadbare cloak the closer about her chilled form as a fiercer blast than usual curdles the very blood in her veins^and presses on up the lane leading to the farm bouse door.. f i t - Thomas Barton lays still and cold in the little bed-room, his breath, coming in cruel gasps, while beside his bed sit mother and daughter, helpless to assist him, the unbidden tears flowing silently down their pinched and hollow cheeks Yet this is Thanksgiving Day. The thought, comes with a startling distinctness to the mind of the mother as, in glancing around the little room, her eyes fall upon a picture of a handsome young fellow, dressed in sailor costume, which hangs on the wall at the foot of the bed. To-day he was to have returned, but the angry waves have swallowed up both ship and her gallant crew, while grasping usurers and bad seasons have reduced the old farm-house and its occupants to this. "It must not be; your father must not. die so, Amy. Remain here by his side, and I will hasten to the village for relief, All can not be so hard-hearted as Cyrus Norton. Some one will hear my prayers." Hurriedly wrapping herself in the worn shawl and hood, Mrs. Barton is about to start forth, when a sharp rattle of wheels is heard outside, and a minute later a gentle knock comes at the door, followed, by a lifting of the latch, and a young lady, warmly wrapped in furs, and bright and rosy from a brush with the north wind, steps into the room, followed by a man bearing two huge baskets, from the tops of which project certain suspicions necks of bottles, while a soft aroma which enters with the new-comers tells of innumerable delicacies which these hampers are likely to contain. "There John, just set them down there by the table, and go out and assist James," cries Bella Leland. as she crosses over to the astonished Mrs. Barton, who stands dazed by the suddenness of the angelic apparition, unable to say i word. "You must forgive me, Mrs. Barton," cries Bella with outstretched hands. "I heard that Mr. Barton was seriously ill, and I knew you had no one to assist you, so I took the liberty of bringing over a few things. Oh, yes," as the rattle of .wood being unloaded fell upon their ears. "I thought possibly your supply of wood might run short, so I just had one of the farm-hands bring over enough to last until this period of bad weather is over." As she says this, Bella lays aside her cloak and bustles around, touching here and there the different things in the room, while James busies himself with the stove, so that a gratefiil heat noif radiates.; through die room, under coverof which, Bella diplomatically ^^teto for after -y| w^ile:$ i>hil the ve Aflteif .• manpi wherii brougl port, thejnjf two, lot, I am deeply in her debt lie has done for you all this IfchUip, heartily; "but here- Lhall not want for anything llSpiaVe enough for all." fy, briefly told, is that, wh n ^.supposed to be sinking, all ferj-tbut himself and <>ne other abatement of the storm, they jig a jury-mast and sail. foot far from Vessel and cargo land, they intact into was ;en» less a^iif portal folks Philip self; |rb| soon, the aaet founder! compaui tion of tl But er," be" aud hi ashore,-'! Strauj before, enough its inn morning fore pa ul arms.^ A pri lows,ill recogu gentlej burst on Tl know,. The ac spring! of tl learn* 1 to Ail watering engagt counti " I S3 my somej invai whbl Castle that overlooks the city. It has one of the finest natural situations in the world, on a solid basaltic rock, several hundred feet above the city. It is truly Edinboro's stronghold, and a«sociated as ir is with so many crimes, imprisonments, sieges, and romantic adventures, it is really difficult to pick out what is of chief-est intere-st. Its name and fame extend wherever Scottish history is known. It h is been the birthplace and refUge of kings, and is still the safeguard of the gloi ious regalia of Scotland. Burns describes the castle in the following lines: - '-'Th r , w itrlii.is: hig'i t! v 1 ast itliirmn, Tliy ro !irh, rude fo tre*.-< gleam* afar: Li.ie some bold vet'ran, grat^u armx, An ! mark'd v\lth m»ny a t-eamy scar: ' T e i»0'.d"rous »al'and massy bar, v (iriui-Hsinjt o'r the m g d r». k, v .•VvvilavtMifi with" ood t a-s.Kli •<; wxr. An 1 ft r pi-1 d t..' in .adt'i-'ii alto.k." We approach by a broad esplanade used for drilling purposes, and enter the castle by the old drawbridge over the moat, at the end of which is the portcullis gate. The view from the castle is the ilr.-t thing that attracts the attention, more wonderful, as some one said, than an Eastern dream. The gabled roofs and iaks of thifold town, the beautifully laid omutiares and terraces of the new, hills, rocks, and woods, sweeping away toward the blue ocean, flecked with shadows, and stri trhing on out, furtherand further into space, paint a picture on the memory never to be forgotten. We saw " Mons Meg," the old gun forged at Mons in 1497. Some enormous stone balls lying beside the great monster were once fired from it, and found three miles away. It is guarded by an old retainer, who, for a shilling each, will dis-p^ jr salvage had been awarded pUheiug divided betwei-n tin a small fortune, which, Sf|he liberal praise bestowed. Itp have turned the bead of a £|0iiiig man. Not being at a i could mail a letter to the %•' announcing his safety. until he should come hiin- Ihe expected would be very delayed, h ivvever, and iu the report of the ship's utd the loss of himself aud j^bten set afloat by the por-rew who took the boats. jjgre all right once more, moth-as be fini>hes the narratio lifter I will try to reman •enoiigh.^evehiiwt'ekspn.ssed [S'LfcUutd can muster np courage Urisit rhe red farm house and but one bright, pleasant iepjiunty phaeton draws up bellying house, where its occu- [Jcbmed at the door with open [itation to "my son Philip" fol-ije young lady finds it hard to Iti the quiet, tastefully dressed |^e rough-looking fellow who course upon its former glorious history in icereinoniously into tlh- house k#iviug Dav. Clothes, you Lfetimes effect great changes, liance ripens with the opening the thousand and one friends itiful heiress are startled to :fn the season, in fact, iu time for a delicious dish of lasCe gossip. that Miss Bella' is gjt young manufacturer "up litively nothing about bim, fas formerly a sailor, or pat sort, I believe," is the per to the question as to and this is than the or 'Snct aeivter in Foreign .16 tic Cigars. Plug and Fine Cut, and Smoking Tobacco. Pipes, &c., street. Thompsonville. Conn. fR; mes- Chewing Main Hotels, Balls, and Livery. rp'HOMPSONVILLE HOTEL, BENJ. F X Lord, Proprietor. Also, proprietor of Franklin Mall Good Livery and Feeding stable connected with hotel. Main street. Thompsonville, Conn. PARSONS' HOTEL. BROAD BROOK. Good Accommodation l'or Boarders and Transients. .ivery and Feed Stable. MSP" Hearse and < arriages. Hair Dressing and Shaving. NEAL SU Pease'x Block, J?ain St., Thomps'ui-ville. Conn. Hair cut in the be>t manner. Everv rustomor lias a clean towel. < all in. v i . House Furuisliing Goods, Etc. NILKS PEASIV Dealer in House-Fur nishing Goods of every description. Paints, ()iis. Varni-hes, etc. Agent for Smith American 0"gans. Main stri-et, Thompsonville. Coun. w ILLIAM MULLIGAN, Dealer in House-Furnishing Goods. ' »rnainent.al Vases always oil hand. North Main st.. Thompsonville. Conn. Meat and Fish Markets. BENJAMIN BRIGHT, DEALER I> Beef. Pork. Mutton, Lamb, Poultry Tripe Ham. Lard, &c. German Sausage from the" best New York - makers, kepi constantly on hand. All kinds of Meat in their season at lowest cash prieo Main street. Thompsonville, Conn. Music, Etc. M ISS LORENA PEASE, M-U-S-I-C T-E-A-C-H-E-R-, Thompsonville. Conn. Printers and Publishers. THE PARSONS PRINTING COM pany. Book and Job Printers, and Publishers of. THE THOMPSONVILLE PKKSS. Main stre* t. Thompsonville, Conn. Offic< connected by telephone. Groceries and Provisions. SPENCER & BABCOCK—THE NORTH STORE—Dealers iu Choice Grocer ies and Provisions, Clothing, Hats. Caps Boots and Shoes. Select stock of Dry aiv Fancy Goods, Farmers' Produce bough and sold. Corner of Pleasant and- W&iJ, worth streets, Thompsonvyie, Conn. JAMES WATSON. GRAIN, IjfKAL r rtnd Feed for sate aft reasonable prices 4 Cfistom grinding done at flb& usAitfl&raites Ctfrfi5*helled, o« a' Watson's Norttf1 drf %e*0p«t«gflel(i ro'ad. A full supply alvffty# on ^ana at Thompsonville !nnUs. v, | | J. SHELDON, DEALER IN GRO-ceries. Flour, Stationery, Yanke<- Notiojis, Choice Tobacco, Cigars and Snnfl|s? Orders received for Coal an« Grain." Main street, Enfield, Conn. TJOTTER & PARSONS, MAW0FAC-JL turers of Wagons, Sleighs, Trucks, •8ied9, Plows, Ha rows* Road Scraper«. et0. Horse-Shoeing, General Jobbing, (Carriage Painting and Trimming done at . short notice. AJso, a general assortment of OROCERIES. Enfield, Colin. T S. COOK & CO. - „ AND MARBLE MONUM^N- 4 * TAft WOHK&' , i 8tre«ta, aw F. » ALSO Mf?crr.ine Twice for Tidies. Just Eeceived Tie largest Stock of Horse. Blankets and Rofcr? Ever Opened in Thompsonville. Ms' EnWev I oats aua Horse Coters. FINE LIGHT AND HRAVY HARNESSES OF EVERY DESCRIPTION on hand and made to order. Also a fine assortment of TRUNKS & TRAVELING BAGS, !EMH<TK, Whips, J^^Ifyon want a Good Harness don't fail to examine my stock before purchasing. Builders' Hardware, Axes, Saws, and Farming :Td.ols THE CEI.EBRA'l ED .v'" VA< UUM AND- PRUSSIAN ARMY HARNESS OILS, AX1;E OILS. SOAPS, etc . constanttv on 1iaiidi: ;;||F f ' *r» f. *"> "PL X3 :— MAIN S T R E E T , , , THOMPSONVILLE. - 7 'or 3CONN. THE THOl Published every ThursSay Evening, by THE PARSONH] - ^ i ' • R.IM»SKY S W.OCK. MAIN STKKET. 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The low ''living room" is as clean and neat as hands can make it, and the thin, patched dress, which so illy protects the form of the elderly woman sitting quietly . by the table, is neat, and with some pretensions to former comfort. She arises as the child enters tbe door, and taking the chilled form in her own arms, seeks to instil a little warmth into the numbed fingers and frozen body. "My poor child, to think that you should have to suffer so, and I not able to help you' oh, Amy, my baby, what is to become of uitf Did you see Mr. Norton, deal?" y,,. "Ye», iiainma," and the child's mouth quivers, while the rich blood mantles face and l'orahead. "And what was his answer?" ~ '•tie said that if we wanted to go to the poor-house he would send a team for us, .iiiit an for giving us anything now, he would uot do it." "Oh, merciful Heaven, dost thou hear?" murmurs the mother. "But you are silent, child; did he say anything more?" es." ..: . . .. jrx.vy ••U hat, Amy?" - 1- "iie said, mamma, lhat. Tom Barlou and hi> family had caried matters with a high hand for mauy years, and now it w ould not hurt them to suffer a while, and I just slammed the door iu his face and started on a run for home, and did not mind the cold a bit, I was so mad. Oh, mother, 1 wish I could kill him. "My child, my dear one, you must not give way so to passion," said Mrs. Barton, as the child throws herself down by her side in a whirlwind of sobs and cries. "And this -can uot last much longer. 1 he biting cold will prove more merctftil ihan unfeeling humanity," murmurs the mother, as the chila's passion dies away •into an occasional sob. ! A call from an inner rwm causes her to hasten in that i:irectfon, when a loud double knock at the outer doof makes her stop and hastily lift the latch, when a trimly-dressed groom, tvbom t»he readily recognizes as :he especial servant of Isabella Leland, daughter of the wealthy Squire, whose, elegant mansion can be .iJescrigd from the steps iuto the room "Can ydu tell me wiitjre wfifch i^^^eceiving the deal ^he man's eyes quietly the'eheerfess room and its occupants?ftadt noting the half-frozen look upon the; faces of the woman and child, Jamwi being an iinoaoally sewible japlf^^e® of his kifttljSia not alow in foi^ing bb»;cc!n-clusions. - Thanking tbe mathiti for her information, he witbdraws, aod if either of the farm house occupants welre cftWoua enough to follow bis movemente they might see a -bay b^tse going at » m«d gait dowti tbe road wbeW it com«p„ ont from under the shadows of the hilt -and; farm-house win< 1 "ter, >f tbe abd Under tfie coveroi Hiss Inland, with the child, unpacks;the geneirotis ha it is not long before the little i*ed form house glistens with life and joy, bidding brave defiance to the old wind god,, who blows and whistles outside. # ,. "Heaven bless you, my dear!" cries Mrs. Barton, reverently' kissing the little soft hands, as they are rested for an instant on her shoulders. "I was too proud to say anything before, but we were slowly starving to death." <. > 3 ->j "Never mind now, my dear madain," says Bella, gently. "It is Thanksgiving Day, you know, and let us now forget^the past and think only of the present." ^ Such a jolly time as the little room sees the rest of that November day! Even the sick father grows stronger, and the gasping breaths die away under the generous diet prescribed by the heiress, and which she herself administers. . ' ., How the old elasticity returns to "the mother's step and joy to her heart, as she sees the healthful glow once more creep into Amy's cheeks and the merry heart-song comes bubbling up to her lips! From the depths of despair they have, by the kind though!fulness of another, risen to the heights of keenest pleasure. "If Philip were only here!" is the sin-y gle thought that comes to the mother's heart as she sits at the head of the modest table, while the all-pervading warmth makes each homely chair.aud each article iu the room, from the little chiutz-eov-ered lounge in the corner, take on a cheerful home look. To Amy, child-like, the beautiful Miss Leland, with her bright, loving ways and delicate generosity, seems the incarnation of all that is good. Never in all htr conquests did Bella Leland receive such adoring homage «as comes this afternoon from the grateful heart of this child. Gradually the deepening shades of the evening twilight show that the short day is drawing tb^a close, and across the lowland, just from the edge of the village, the comfortable pony phaeton, Miss Leland's especial property, is discovered coming for its pretty mistress..: As that young lady is wrapping her graceful form In the warm jacket, preparatory to a start, the door suddenly openi and a stalwart, bearded figure dashes into the room, pausing suddenly «s he observes Miss Lelanid standings-there; only ,Jfoii «a instant, however, for with a glad cry Mrs. Barton springs into the outstretched arms, exclaiming: "My boy, my b»yl'' while Amy etings closely to-the skirts of tbe,rougyackeJ;, crying: «'Brothef Philip, you ain't dead; you didn't Seeing the'l^Stf^ t8k<siif iliiv l<eljutd, gentle ta!t##Hp* q« ly^ ootV and, jumping into the piweto^ Is soon lodged (u the hwdkoine l^tle bo«; doir at the manor, haunted, however, wjth JB; the remembrance of a sturdy form in a rough jacket, which beats a strong resem-blance to Philip Barton. . In the meantime Philip had been made j' acquainted with the hintory mer, winding up with\he incidents of the bands anpe, pro ii|i.tb9 i'rnfM-misep,| near asj wide-St toward the edge of the g^ EUR -merry Pfirty is gathered, no chill sliost of grim ipifered ta- approach eveu so p>outermost boundary of the iing lawn that reaches away Bre the tall chimneys just on l^the village tell of the presence lit factories of Leland-Barton. ^1-SKETCHES. FIVE. KDIXBUUGII. Edinii! Scotia's darling seat!" Edhibofois the Athens of modern civili-zationi- ecliibrated in hi-tory in romance, and in soiigv.by all the chief literali of the present," and backward through some centuries!,|s i,iot its history as lively, its page injjp&auce as thrilling, its power to cliarniln literature and sontr. as great as that 06 ancient Athens ? How we;iiavc anticipated this visit, that Walter Scott has made us long for since we were;|mldren! We are to verity not only the -quarks of a wonderful history, but the his roin John K Scots w was ne^ ies-so graphically described in and poems. Here it was that reached and Mary Queen of >il her unfortunate sceptre. It usk when we arrived in the ci;y,~^t^^ga.fncd some idea of its posi-ti" ii wi;®^fereuce to the surrounding couiitryl^^he first bbjrct .that attracts the . atpf^n: ou every great cu town, a; cratic con ] other en<" been par|l lovely gi >ide is the L. rir-ing at oue end of the old |»oking down upon its ari to-p «rj llolyrood Palace, at the A deep ravine, which has iy filled, and converted into shs, separates- the old town frnwirtfc^gj&^oth of which are situated dni produce of gas|i| theoltfi us lonj might^ : We the iiil the hool antic! which: at his ng hillsides The effect ttbe evening by the myriads upon the terraced hi-ights of •as very beautiful, and made next uay to come that we lice our explorations, p6^aj#i)iight and early with and, engaging a carriage by eomuienced our tour with of the keenest enjoyment, 1% realized. We were es- Jn our driver. Uulike [dividual "usually delegated n«, he was really a person >rmation. He was a coiu- ^itb ^oluu^s of history aid Walter Scott's novels, old readkigrbook, at We could wish ^very e tcr- seen it across in Gbw ass. ^^lnj»torieM high, i^ire uovv filled the ar* joid tini with inatoy of them of tbe historic ' ftUp«>ntb«f ^lld such a superior way, that you wonder that on;; small brain could rattle all he knew. " Mons Meg" is situated just in frout of the door of St. Margaret's chapel, the oldest and smallest chapel in Scotland, which was used by the sainted and beautiful Margaret, Queen of Malcolm III. Her name was formerly associated with the castle, as having a great and good influence upon the manners and religion of the people, often residing .there, and at last dyinsr withiu it* walls. One of the inter esting rooms in the castle is known as Queen Mary's room, where James VI. was born, and was lowered to the street by a rope and basket, and carried off secretly to be baptized in the Roman Catholic faith. The Crown Room contains the re-aRd the celebrated crown of Robert a^ieJtftiriil pttcfe-of woSBSPIII^ The*# is a'pecfiifiir i^ere^t attaching to the r6- galia from the fact of its disappearance for ouf hundred and eleven years, when it was discovered by the exertions of Scott, who has written a history of the jewels. Charles II. was the last monarch who wore the crown. Descending from the castle we drove around an eminence known as Arthur's seat, and some huge cliffs, called Salisbury craigs, both of which tower conspicuously over the city, adding much to it* romantic aspect. The road which winds about them is called the Queen's drive and it would be no exaggeration to say that no other capital in Europe has a carriage road commanding so extensive varied, and magnificent a series of landscape views. The drive is associated w ith the " Heart of Mid-Lothian," am' Jennie Dean's cottage and the ruins of St. A> thony's chapel are pointed out to us. The history of the chapel is not known, though it was in state of excellent preservation a centur" ago. St. Anthony's well, near by, is a famous resort on Sundays and holidays. We are now approaching llolyrood, and in the great park, on one side of the palace, a cavalry drill is being conducted under the special direction of Lord Haddington. The magnificent horses, the scarlet uniforms of the soldiers, and the ,swords-glittering in the sunlight, made an attractive picture, and we watched the review .with interest for sometime. There were truly rumors of wars about us. for, on another side of the park, the Fortyrfirst regiment were practising firing at a target, preparatory to sailing f. r Egypt the next week. They were all young*, and on their first expedition, and all through the war that followed, we watched the career of the Forty-first Ili^hlands with great interest. . H. [P. s.—-We shall conclude our visit at Edinburgh next week.] The Origin of Thank giving Day. An amiable divine who, very likely, has learned his mistake from some of the ancients whom, ere t his, he may be supposed to have met, says, in a volume devoted to the subject of I banksgiving Day, that, " conuected with It are no superstitious rights, handed down from time iinmemd; rial; no revellings In baronial halls; no decorations of hjuses or churches with garlands or evergreens; no wassailings; no shoutings, no carols, no riotous "dissi-pation.! f^Tbis declaration, with Its ne** allusion to Christmas, calls to mind what has been said about one of oof American revJtanrer*, who, we are told,-cannot p?o-duiSfc criticism upon " ifeftlnson Crusoe" it m*itj#g *» »K*ck won the " ™ "s Progress." Evidently the tfi 'ThediJTAr Inoa cracks and crevices wwj. tato «'had Miss giving^ai»cl his own, virtuous dining-room, existing in his mind's eye. Tfie wickedness and innate depravity of Christinas greens and garlands we do'tiot. however, pfwniiM' to derend any more than thecorrupting carols aud riotous dissipation. It miy, «e*«N tbeless, be said iu extenuation for bur Tn i*orteous, uiHxi jcprnfirt. that, viewed, iu its -broader .aS- ,%e •«» stattding; <i.tl ] pects Tba»Jfa#vtog Day is, after all, In r to a siiHiluf]aboiit the satnepredicament as I such features, and was made compulsory like the Sunday observances. Where, then, shall we look for tbe origin of Thanksgiving. A writer in the New EH-glander says: " There is a certain tradition which wanders about New England in a lawless kind of way, and which undertakes to account for the origin of Thanksgiving Day. The story runs somewbet as follows: In the early days of the New England sett'e-ments, the people somewhere we.e gathered together to consider the propriety of appointing a day for fasting and prayer, in view of the many sorrows and calamities by which they were then encompassed. ()ne brother, more cheerful-hearted than the rest, ventured $o suggest the propriety of counting up the many blessings that iiiid fallen to their lot, and impressed his thought sd deeply upon the minds of those present that they concluded to appoint a day of thanksgiving instead of a day of fasting. From this ancient circumstance we have our modern festival. Twice, witbia a year or two, we have encountered this tradition coming from the pulpit on Thanksgiving Day. From this and other incidents of a similar kind we have been led to believe that the people at large have rather obscure Ideas on the general subject. It is not at all unlikely that somewhere snd at sometime, in a local New England church, matters took shape in the way described in the above tradition. But it is quite certain that our November festival did not have its origin in that mauner." The writer then goes on to say that the origin of the day is hard to-find, suggesting that Increase Mather, if alive, could tell all about it. Yet the origin of the story which he recites is preserved in the, ancient records of Charlestown, where, under date of Feb. 5, 1631, we learn that the fast day previously appointed " was changed, and ordered to be kept as a day of Thanksgiving," on account of the arrival of a ship with provisions. The idea of Thanksgiving Day is as old as the human race. It is a part of natural religion. In connection with the fruits of the earth, the thanksgiving festival has been celebrated from the remotest antiquity. We find it in the Seventh Idyll of Theocritus, where Simichidas says: " Now, this is our way to the Thalysia; for our friends, in sooth, are making a feast to Demeter (Ceres) of the beautifbl robe, offering the first fruits of their abundance. Since, for them, in bounteous measure, the goddess has piled the threshing floor with barley." Plutarch tells of the emperor who, after his return to Rome from a disastrous campaign, concealed the fact and proclaimed a Thanksgiving, which was duly observed. Unde- ^ the Hebrew dispensation thanksgiving was ^observed asthe Feast of the Taber-nacl^ or ;of th$ Ingatberiog., The MK fcuelW^skl^ down QiVer.fhe ages an exclusive bdrae in America. In ope* way and another it was always observed. Indeed, it was a popular institution in England before itTairly had a foothold in ,vlassachusetts. Under Elizabeth it was expressy ordered that on Thanksgiving ilays no servile labor .should be performed, and severe penalties were attached to the vii tiation of the order. The New England worthies adopted the principle. Just before the Plymouth colonists came over special thanksgivings had been incorpora-ited into the-Prayer-book, and the early settlers brought with them a traditional respect for those days. Nevertheless, false not urns on this subject abound, and Thanksgiving day is popularly supposed to have been established first at Plymouth, and continued without interruption from the Landing until now. It must be stated, however, that the earliest service of this Kind was held by Church of England men, Lhe Popham colonists, who, Aug. 9, 1007, landed upon Monhegan, near the Kennebec, and, under the shadow of a high cross, listened to a sermon by Chaplain Seymour, also " gyving god thanks for happy metinge and safi'e ary vail into the contry." Next we pass to Plymouth, where, in 1(521, the autumn after the arrival, a nota^ ble thanksgiving was held. As we learn from \Viuslow,the harvest being gathered, the governor " sent four men on fowling, ihat so we might, after a special manner, •joice together," and the traditional turkey was added to the abundant venison, l'he people gave themselves up to recreation, and the great chief, Massasoit, was feasted for three days with his ninety swarthy retainers. Possibly, on the first Plymouth thanksgiving there was more carousing th in we suppose, while there is not the slightest indication of any religious observance. Massasoit, no doubt, enjoyed it all greativ, as the thanksgiving idea was entertained by the Indians, before their contact with the whites. How much " comfortable warm water " was consumed by the grave and reverend elders during those three days Bradford does not say. In 1622 there is »o mention of thanksgiving, but in 1623 a day Was kept. After this nothing more was heard of thanksgiving for half a century. In the Massachusetts Colony, the first thanks-glving was held at Boston, July 8, 1680, it being a special occasion, having In New Hats J- £*• t-r-? ^ • * Mrs.W M St : ;.-Vi iswis:: fSl v. ^ ?. High Art and Low Feed Stove Represents our best efforts to produce a Parlor Stove which shall be faultless in its Artistic fea- ,r , tnres and reliable as a " heater. '* *r •# . - ' To meet these indispensable requisites, tbe Hub Royal has been constructed, and is now offered for sale. . It has Tile Panels; Nickel Rails on ^ ^ front, sides and top. Has Patent Reflex ; ^ ^ " Grate. Is made gas tight, and its work* ^ - ing qualities are a positive success. igp*Sold only by '*P . ,s . V4.* THOMPSONVILLE, CONN. urn Scollop®* ABA .VQOp OV ALL 'Sm . OpeMd imd in Also, CANKSi) I HbeMT |W A. W. ALLEN, Jr. Will open a MEAL, OAT and ' V? FEED STORE on the Brainard Warehouse Property SEPTEMBER 20, 1882. 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