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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association / The Cranberry. A compendium of its cultivation, commerce, cookery, etc.

J. C. F.
The cranberry in story: a Thanksgiving legend,   pp. 10-11 PDF (398.3 KB)

Page 11

Ing grounds. When the Indianu were all
obedient, and the Great Spirit was Inter
uted i the welfare of his children,
mighty boast roamed the forests, and
the plain., the Pal Qua Whee, or Masto-
don, war sent to protect and help the
Indians; the bent rebelled; It was fierce
and powerful, and fought a great battle
with the other beasts. The Great Spirit
watched the battle. The Mastodons were
victorious, the valley. ran with blood,
the battlefield became agreat mire. The
Great spirit grew ar gry, and hurled bolts
of lightning at the Mastodon, until he
killed them all eseept one great bull,
who debd him, but who at last was
wounded. He bounded over the rivers,
wam the great akes and went to the
far North, where he still flves and roams
the denae forest. Wherever the blood
dropped fromhls wounds the little vine
sprang up bearing fruit red like drops of
blood. Traoesof the battle may yet be
seen, the marshes are still there, and In
them the bones of the Mastodon and
other animalm, are still found. There
was a great los of food for the Indians,
as so many animals were sain; they
grieved and sn1red, for a great famine
was upon them. So the Great Spirit
cansed the cranberry to come and gnro
ln the marhe, to be used as food, it.
cost always remaining red In memory of
the war of the Mastodons. The Indians
gave thanks to the Great 13pirit for their
food, and thus with the modest little
cranberry came the day upon which it is
greateet, the day when the country with
grateful hearts, gives thanks for all the
good that has come to It The cranberry
says with us, although long ago this
legend was forgotten. When famine
threatened our fore father on the bleak,
desolate *oast of Massachusetts the
Indians brought them the wild fruits,
among them the cranberry They re-
ceived It with grateful thanks, and soon
eame to know Its toothsomeness and Its
go, from the cloud and mlss of a ong
forgotten post, down to the clear electric
lighted twentieth century the Thanks-
giving and the cranberry have come hand
In hand. In 1624 Father Marquette and
his heroic band of missionaries explored
the vast wildernewses of New France,
when DuLhutt and his sturdy band uf
conturs de bola traveled the dense fur-
_o that girded the greet lakes, they
well knew the value of the cranberry,
both as food and medicine. In all the
trading posts and forts of the north
country the cranberry was a welcome
food, although I fancy seldom served &s
"dripping sweet," as Riley's Thanks-
giving suc was made.

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