An Afterthought

Sitting by the yet glowing embers of our Thanksgiving fire, we are led to muse upon the real significance of the day, and to wonder what lasting appeal it may have left with us.

It is a very simple thing to say, Thank you, and involuntary conformity to the expectations of good breeding may be easily acquired, but to be truly grateful to those who have brought us blessings means much,—it is to be dominated by an impelling sense, an attitude of mind, the presence of which is not always indicated by the expressions of conventional courtesy. Beneath all surface phenomena there must exist that recognition of indebtedness, that alert desire to please and honor which companions with the spirit of loyalty, and prompts us ever to be and to do for those who have become our benefactors.

Counterfeit Letters
December 5, 1903

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