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1Age, on whose hoary head the almond-blossom formed a crown of glory; middle age, in smiles and the full fruition

3of happiness; infancy, exuberant with joy, — ranged side by side. The sober-suited grandmother, rich in ex- perience, had seen sunshine and shadow fall upon ninety-

6six years. Four generations sat at that dinner-table. The rich viands made busy many appetites; but, what of the poor! Willingly — though I take no stock in

9spirit-rappings — would I have had the table give a spiritual groan for the unfeasted ones.

Under the skilful carving of the generous host, the

12mammoth turkey grew beautifully less. His was the glory to vie with guests in the dexterous use of knife and fork, until delicious pie, pudding, and fruit caused un-

15conditional surrender.

And the baby! Why, he made a big hole, with two incisors, in a big pippin, and bit the finger presump-

18tuously poked into the little mouth to arrest the peel! Then he was caught walking! one, two, three steps, — and papa knew that he could walk, but grandpa was

21taken napping. Now! baby has tumbled, soft as thistle- down, on the floor; and instead of a real set-to at crying, a look of cheer and a toy from mamma bring the soft

24little palms patting together, and pucker the rosebud mouth into saying, "Oh, pretty!" That was a scientific baby; and his first sitting-at-table on Thanksgiving Day

27— yes, and his little rainbowy life — brought sunshine to every heart. How many homes echo such tones of heartfelt joy on Thanksgiving Day! But, alas! for the

30desolate home; for the tear-filled eyes looking longingly at the portal through which the loved one comes not, or gazing silently on the vacant seat at fireside and board —

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1God comfort them all! we inwardly prayed — but the memory was too much; and, turning from it, in a bumper

3of pudding-sauce we drank to peace, and plenty, and happy households.


6This age is reaching out towards the perfect Principle of things; is pushing towards perfection in art, inven- tion, and manufacture. Why, then, should religion be

9stereotyped, and we not obtain a more perfect and prac- tical Christianity? It will never do to be behind the times in things most essential, which proceed from the

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