Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 34 Part 3.djvu/347

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3184 PROCLAMATIONS, 1905. N°'°¤b°’ 2- 1905- BY THE Pnnsmnisr or Tun Unrmn STATES or AMERIGA. A PROCLAMATION. P“*“"“"°· When nearly three centuries ago the first settlers came to the coun- ` try which has now become this great republic, they fronted not only i hardship and privation, but terrible risk to their lives. In those grim years the custom grew of setting apart one day in each year for a special service of thanksgiving to the Almighty or preserving the people through the changing seasons. The custom has_ now become _ national and hallowed by immemorial usage. We live in easier and more plentiful times than our forefathers, the men who with rugged strength faced the rugged days; and yet the dangers to national life are quite as great now as at any previous time in our history. It is eminently fitting that once a year our people should set apart a day for praise and thanksgiving to the Giver of Good, and, at the same time that they express their thankfulness for the abundant mercies received, should manfully acknowledge their shortcomings and pledge · themselves solemnly and in good faith to strive to overcome them. During the past year we have been blessed with bountiful crops. Our business prosperity has been great. No other people has ever stood _ on as high a level of material well-being as ours now stands; We are not threatened by foes from without. The foes from whom we should W pray to be delivered are our own passions, appetites and follies; and against these there is always need that we should war. v9$*,:g¤d;g· {30*; Therefore, I now set apart Thursday, the thirtieth day of this Noset apart é a dai vember, as a day of thanksgiving for the past and of prayer for the §,{‘§g"““l """’k’ future, and on that day I ask that throughout the land the people I gather in their homes and places of worship, and in rendering thanks unto the Most High for the manifold blessings of the past year, consecrate themselves to a life of cleanliness, honor and wisdom; so that this nation may do its allotted work on the earth in a manner worthy of those who founded it and of those who preserved it. IN WITNESS IVHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of lVashington this 2nd day of November in the ` year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five [san,.] and of the independence of the United States the one hu11— dred and thirtieth. Tinzononn Roosnvmxr By the President: Enum Roor Secretary of State. pitggaer 11,190:; BY rmx Pnssinnxr or Tm: UVNITED Srarns or Aiurzmcix. A PROCLAMATION. s€§g%£j>r¤¤¢ Re XVHEREAS, it is provided by section twenty-four of the Act of Qearggieb 1103 Congress, approved March thlr , eighteen hundred and ninety-one, ,,,,8,, Dj 3é32_ ‘ entitled, °`An act to 1‘€·p€Hl tlmher-Culture laWS, and for other purposes ”, “That the Pres1dent_0f the United States may, from time to time, set apart and reserve, in any State or Territorv having public land bearing forests, in any part of the public lands wholly or in part covered with timber or undergrowth, w ether of commercial value or