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)
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 value. 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. 4 4
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