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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t i 1 i J j LO q J- l tiBL GRASS BLADE THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TODO GOOD IS MY RELIGIO TOM PAiNE J DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULDJHAVE THEM DO UNTO OUCONFUOIUSI 1 EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOL VIII NO 44 LEXINGTON KY SUNRAY DECEMBER 10 E M 299 100 A YEAR LEXINGTON KY TERMS OF THE BLADE Tissue for one yearllOO 5CI 10II tt j400 20jj700 60II II II 1500 100II II 112600 Address all Communications t BLUE Lexington Ky Published WEEKLTtfat JlOQ per year in advance M teqJlEntered at the Post pflicetttLexing ton Ky as Cldss Club rates are 50 cents each for flvfl or more names Send in now Hew to Get the Blade for 25 Cs tt A Year r yeatod States for 2500 Crab Rates and Sample Copies The BLADE will be sent for 50 CTB A YEAR EAOII for any order for rIVE O copies will be sent free AGENTS FOR THE BLADE Any body any where any time can be an agent for the BLADE by Bending cent each for 10 papers or more or by sending 50 cents each for 5 or more yearly subscribers addressed to BLUE GRASS BLADE Lexington K- YWHAT THAT STAR LIKE THIS MEANS WHEN YOU SEE IT AFTER YOUR NAME r There are many instances in which I believe from various reasons that persons would take the BLADE if they see several consecutive copies of it when they might not do it just from seeing a single issue They are generally such persons as write for sample copies and per sonal friends of myself or of my friendsIn of these cases the BLADE will be sent to them marked with a star like this after their names on tnelr printed address which will show the date at which the paper starts to them In these cases it is of course de sired that the parties shall pay for the paper at the regular rates 11 a year for a single paper or 50 Cents each for 5 or more papers If after the parties have seen the long enough to determine whether they will want It I most respectfully ask that they may either pay me for it in advance the regular way or notify mo to discontinue It and I will do so with thanks for the courtesy- If friends of the BLADE know of persons who do not take it and who they believe would take it If they knewof it I would be obliged if they would Rpnd me such names stating- thit tW am on tt1 star pUnl A BETTER FUTURE I BY AN EXMINISTER EDITOR BLUE GRASS BLADE t If you wish this natloto be made better then please read work ngainst the danger of overpopulating it which has caused oand titrvingwagesWork against marriages of bad characters bad health drunkards unsound minds and the extremely poor Ignorance has no moral t people this world with criminals and consumption The raising of good sound and in children we owe to btnnnn generationsThere the betterment of the present and generationsAny or working for any laff that is for the inter est of the minority and detrimental superstitious Liberals are in the minority and powerless to pass any law The replenIshmarryWhichbeen born or to have been born and at the age of 00 have the man to say that the misery has been greater than the joy of life If you say it is the mans own fault that he could have lived a different life and could have hdd more whocan t you of the United States why do yo get sick why dont you have all the money you want Instead of our being free agents we are merely tools creatures of chance governed by outer and Inner circumstances and abilities JJ Eliq B ble be true as thoy jhereafter 4i present life for from they Bible teaching we may be assured that most of the people will go to an eternal hell You say it is their fault that if they believe the Bible and ao right they will go to heaven theirsWhen Christians ask us to believe their Bible the main evidence that they offer us is that its supposed authors said they were prophets or inspired and that their the word of God If this be true reason ing then why not also believe the Koran of tbo Turks and the Vedas of the Hindoos Those books are also claimed to be inspired and the believers in them call the believers in the Bible heathen The Hindoo inspired books also have a crucified Savior who arose from the the dead 3100 years ago to save the world The Christians nextstrongest ar gument is that the of the Christian nations is due to the BibleIf be true how do yon account for the civilization that China and Japan have- Neither of those nations believe in Jesus or our Bible except a very few who from various reasons have been persuaded by the Christian missionaries How do you explain that their civilization is so far ahead generationshave preached to them The Chinese and Japanese have laws to punish crime they have hos pitals and asylums and tare care of their poor as best they can officersa1saCtelhonesty charity and polieness the Japanese excel this Christians Capt Cardonette of 191 Marcy Ave Brooklyn N Y a Christian says that he has found the Mohammedans more honest and temperate than the Christians There was a tfmo when Egypt was the first nation in the world Could not an Egyptian then have said Egypt is the most Intelligent most civilized and richest of byItsproved that its religion was of more originChristians disbelief of the Bible means the downtall of man We have all known naturally good men who were Christians and turned to be Liberals and remained just as good citizens and wo have known bad Liberals who became Christians and remained just as bad Principle is indepent and is not made by belief in future punishment Christians are as badly mistaken as they are honest in testifying to their holiness changed hearts and sanctification If they could just I get over their nightmare long enough to reason and investigate right they would soon see their mistake are prone to judge all men by their Pauline maxim that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God To this we reply that the wisdom of the religionist is foolishness with investigatorFor perienced holiness and felt saver b the same imagination that deceives thousands to say they are saved morebemxbrethrenI will defend what I here write in whoocan public debate A Brooklyn student asks How could wot have known right from wrong had it not been for the Bt ble When people had so evolutea tbat they could reason that two strewthan causelain experienclong r s our invented the alphabet Christians askIIIf you can be Ilieve in Washington and in the Czar why cant you believe in Christ We believe it highly probable that there was a man named Jesus more mentioned in the Newlestamenthut we are unable to believe that he arose from the dead If the histories of Washington and the Czar told us that they arose fro 6uwe wouldD unable to believe such parts of thei history Christians the Bible mustI bhvybeenin this then why are not the 5 that DJJ2lucome to I can Ytitber that famine wars and of war have taken place in the past prbphecythatthe fulfillment of such prophecies was no evidence that the prophets inspiredAnd bytheChristians say that the coming of Christ was foretold There is noth ing strange about that fiction is easily dated back and dreams are unreliable If the Bible was written by in spired men who could foretell things as the clergy would have us believe why did they not make their proph ecies clearer and more perfect than uninspired people could hardly guess they had prophesied that a cy clone should strike St Louis in May 1896 and that in 1898 the United States would go to war with the Kingdom of Spain and had so ar ranged that one similar prophesy would be fulfilled once in every fifty years it would have had more weight repetitionBabel the Ark the serpents of the Old and New Testaments and about the reerreatlons of Lazarus and of Christians will not investigate they think it is a sin to do so No religion is worth anything investigationAny worst of murderers to enter heaven faith and baptism while their victims are in honest faith In Ingersolls doctrine can have no connection with justice Many Christians believe In a Dev il who they say is all over the world at the same time tempting people to do wrong If you had sheep which you wanted to keep and a wolf daily got among them wouldnt you kill that wolf if you would kill the wolf how can you believe that a just God woud not kill the Devil aud thereby keep the majority of nls children out of an eternal hell Why should this Devil who is in another world tor meat sinners who are his friends in this one merely to please God who is enemyIf infinitely wise can he frame any excuse for creating tho Devil if he is to the suffering of the majority of the people in the world II such results follow as the clergy would have us believe what sad broughtIf reat ship were told that tho ship was to be wrecked and that only a few would be saved and all the baluno 1 would go to the bottom would they joyAccording all will go to an eternal hell that is far drowningChristians all the books bytheventions and false Our book called the Biblo can in the same way be shown to be a human Invention They say to us What will you give us that is better than the Bi bleWe would give them a higher morality without a useless Christi anity It cannot truthfully be said that the man who attacks BuddhismI attacks all morality attack goodness justice meroy or judgmenttomerely attacks Buddhism Christianitydoesor any virtue but he attacks some thing that has been added to these He does not attack the fruit or the flower but the parasite Truth is better than falsehood We would give you the religion of reason and humanity instead of that of the Bible that tells you that most of the people will go to hell punishmenthastoasylumsWe the danger of ligious wars and stop the expense of keeping up 113000 preachers and 40000 priests in the United States alone We give you just and religious payforsoldiers and law makers forcedrpartialris thatno Liberal can hold any pub lic office nor will his oath be taken uprighthebad Christians can fill these offices Cl2r5 no bad all bad peo pIe belong to theinfidel rank Christians claim credit for all the good done by Liberals while they charge all of their crimes to Liber als They generally say that the morality taught by them Is higher than that taught by others and yet when they read our books and attend our Liberal Sunday Schools they learn that there can be no bet ter morals than those taught by Lib eralsLiberals have never advocated partial laws such as have been pass ed by Christians But good Chris tians are no more guilty of passing partial laws than good though these unjust laws as a general thing have been passed through ignorance and this is why Icall your attention to the fact that there are superstitious and bad as well as good Christians The Bible says that There is none good neither indeed can be and we often hear the best of Chris tians pray in public for the for giveness of their sins Are not these confessions evidence that the Christians are a little bad The percentage of morality varies In Christians Some may have 99 per cent others 95 90 70 40 2010 0 All who believe In the Inept ration of the Bible and the resurrec tion of Jesus are Christians Thus H H Holmes Rev G E Morrison and Charles Guiteau were Christians If these scoundrels bad oro fessed Liberalism we would be fair enough to own them as bad professedChrist call them Christians To further prove that morality and religion are not synonymous and that there are bad Christians as well as good I will quote the report of the PenitentiaryMales the year 1879 were 601 Parental church relations were as follows Catholics 133 Methodists 172 Presbyterians o9 Baptists 66 Congregationalists 11 Episcopa lines 33 Lutherans 25 Christians or Campbellltcs 17 United Breth ren 14 other denominations 26 those professing no religious belief 44From these figures one dan easily ascertain whether Liberals or Qhrls thins furnish the greater number of convicts A few years ago J B Wise a OlayCenterthe United States Court for sending through the mail Isaiah 3612 and Chas 0 Moore an exChristain preacher of Lexington Ky who the Bible was no more inspired than any other book and the published a Freethought Pro hibition paper was in 1899 convict ed of similar offense and sentenced byUnitedCincinnati These two men were prosecuted by preachers and these two cases are but a small per coat nf the punishment that has been inflict ed in the last intelligent noble men who honestly worked for the betterment of the human race The work of these men did not please the clergy They feared that such would drive many of them to earning their living b hard work instead of by preachinf a few hours each week to their believers for salries majoritycere and honestly believe that they are engaged in a noble work but it is only because they have not inves tigated right I most cheerfully ad mit that thousands of ministers are endeavoring to do good that they are pure self denying men who are trying to mike the world better but there is a frightful defect in their to the bank cashier You must not steal larceny is wrong and is contrary to all laws human and divine but if you do steal every cent in the bank God will as gladly and quickly forgive you in Canada as he will in the United States On the other hand Liberalism says there is no being controlling the universe who rewards virtue and punishes vice Every act has its necessary consequences If the act is good the consequences are good If it is bad the consequences are bad and must be borne by the actor Liberalism says to every human be ing You must reap what you have sown If all men knew that they must abide the consequences of their own actions the world in my judgment would be better- Freethought has attacked the doc trine of the atonement The innocent should not suffer for the guilty and if the innocent do suffer for the guilty that does not justify guilt dente we can produce that has care fully been selected from histories and from various of the world to prove that all the worlds claimed inspiredthanIf any one wants to know the truth about religion he should read some of the following books that ron be bought of Peter Eckler 35 Fulton Street New York City or the Truth Seeker 28 La Fayette Place New York City at prices ranging from 5 to 25 cents The Rev FieldIngersoll Discus sion the Judge BlackIngersoll pamphletsboth reUJionistrary also Which Way The Age of Reason False Claims of the Church Why dont God Kill the Devil How to Reform Mankind The Worlds Sixteen Crucified Sav iors Ingersoll as heisIngersoll to the Clergy Blue Laws of CharitySuperstltion a moral Governor Crimes of Preachers and Was Lincoln a Christian The last named only consists of authentic testimonials of Lincolns widow and many other re spectable citizens of Springfield Ill who were well acquainted with him showing that the President died a valuable books are Was Jefferson a Christian consisting showingclcarlyWashington a Christian Infidel Deathbed Testimonials Rey Trailgivingdetailsof ecuting a good man for having ex pressed his honest opinion about re TheologyliThe Contradictions The last three can he had by ad PulpitWacoThe five leading Liberal papers are The Torch of Roison IndependentPulpit Ideal Ottawa Kansas Truth Seek er 28 La Fayette Place New York City The Investigator Boston fair minded seekers of information should read these bioks and pa pers for they read equally well on theydiscussgive accurate information than those written in the interest of only one sideChristian millionaires one dollar spent for reform is better than hun dreds spent in other directions Remove tho clouds of ignorance and religion from the minds of the poor and mlddleidlasses oHtbe teeo i f r IU r r Jlpie and partial laws will cease and you will no longer hear the cry of t Aa times for as a rule hard j times and crime are toe productionst iJignorancebelief Th tr Thousands of millions have been fipaid in the last 1500 years by hon est ignorant people to keep up re ligionfar more money than the en 1s1itakenon war debts and to manufacture fttionDo you call this civilization tWould it not be better that your name should be read by future gen 1 erations as a light giver or a teach er of morality higher than the world cworthto the church Christians pray for the sick to re 1 I prayforthey will say that their prayers i have been answered But these 1 s things are ruled by the laws of na ture and would have happened just the ed foriIf prayers are answered in forgiv 3 ing sins or in other ways then why o not pray for rain to fall in the sun shine when no clouds are visible ii1inteddence and they cannot see that iprayers are answered The supreme power we can neUhIer help nor hurt by our prayers or t curses Some years ago thousands prayed u for the recovery of President Gar field He died Then Christians said that God saw fit to take hint away If God sees fit to do as he pleases then why pray for anything Prayer Js principally directing and requesting They request the wisest being to do things they want film to change his mind by prayer When Christians are cornered on this point they fall back on the LazAarus story But Christians you can prove anything by the Bible you must prove that itf is authentic You must provo beyond the posIsibility of a doubt that it could have been changed since first notften and you must remember that was not invented uritil aRYousibility of a doubt that Paul Peter itjJof tlIfIfJtheyknow it themselves and you can on ly have their word for it in writing t or print If it be possible that thouands of f American citizens were humbugged by Jo Smith lo believe that the book of Mormon was inspired while in it you read accounts of miracles having been performed can you not understand that it was far more sible to humbug people with religion 1899 years ago the masses were more ignorant than now superstitionthe race to ba bettered by teaching a falsehood Would it not be better to teach that the wrong doing of hehashis crime The doctrine of the forgiveness of sin has been pernicious in its effects upon society and has been partially demoralized by this doc trine that the vilest sinner mayfat any time obtain complete forgiveness l for all crimes committed The principles of moral science imposslblejhence be forgiven but must work out its own legitimate consequences t Christians ask us If the Infidel doctrine is right why does it not grow more rapidly When you are forcing your Bible into the public schools according to decision s decision in Waverly Pennsylvania and forcing children into Sunday fdencehonest men for pending through the mails what Christians are allowed to send allowing churches to go un taxed voting for dishonest believers rather than for honest Liberals hav Inghundreds of millions of dollars at your command paying over100000 yearly out of publiu treasuries is not this an underestimate Editor to chaplains for which thi Goverd Oientitaxesthb unbelievor lsilt anY t t I I LADEJit1 tt BLUE GRASS wonder that Liberalism does not J kChristians to play fairwhy dont you have your chll Jren to read equal amounts on both sides of the question of religion Why do you stir up strife bee se we point out your wrongs rjial laws and injustice Christians ask us How coald the Christian religion have grown so if it bo false Because when it was started the people were very Ignorant compared with what they are now and the more a people are the mo rapidly a superstition will grow among them If religions which you say are false have grown so Is that not evidence that the Christian could have grown and be false also Christian nations ate estimated to number 485000000 Including Liberals nonChurch members Protestants and Catholics The Buddhist religion is estimated to be 500000 000 strong The population of the whole earth is 1500000000 The death rate per day is 97000 and the birth rate per day Is 100000 Honest ignorance says the Bible is the oldest history in the world and that the world was made about six thousand years ago when that India and China were Inhabited over seven thousand years ago by human beings has been proven by histories older than the Bible The Christian University of Pennslyvanla excavated Nippur- in and said It was a city with an enlightened population ten thousand years ago d emy of Science in France excavated Karnak and said it was an en light ened city thirteen thousandyea rs o1ditorThe are taught by their religion that an all wise and eve living being created all things brut their starting point widely differs from our Adam anti Eve story Christians claim that their paid missionaries are doing much Rood In China but how does the story tally with the fact that scarcly any conversions are made among the thousands of Chinese who live in California and who dally witness our religion and our civilization The Chinese religion Is more su perstitious than ours but that does not prove it less Instead of offering them one superstition for another we should send teachers- of science philosophy and a grander morality than the majority of this or their country possess China and Christian Russia are two of the most tyrannical of tions All intelligent persons are familiar with the intense ignorance and suffering that prevail in those two countries If a exists in either of those countries we never hear from him All Liberals are I jp lr1i if1 11Infidl are no T lectual conviction while Liberalism goes a step further and includes sentiment feeling and disposition Liberalism is not libertinism which is a vicious disregard of morality and In dissoluteness Ucentousness and debauchery It is no uncom mon thing find people unjustly misrepresenting Liberalism The are people who never examine into things themselves but leave all such matters to the clergy Gentlemen of the clerical profession are none too accurate and trustworthy in their knowledge of any system other than the one they are employed to advocate and whore a competing one comes in conflict with theirs they apt to look upon it with a prejudice that leads them to make loos 23e and incorrect statements regarding it Many of these gentlemen wouldI not deliberately misrepresent thin perhaps but they are so very confi dent that all the good and the touching morality is contained with In the norrow confines of their creed that they feel justified in branding as vicious and immoral all that is outside of it Trey know nothing of Liberalis- except that it Is not In with their theology and therefor they ignorantly denounce it as system of libertinism There are others though who we regret to believe coolly and deliber tjlesakothin of their hearers If Liberalism were a synonym for libertinism we would see it in the lives of Liberals If it could be shown that they are dissolute Been tious and immoral as a class there would be some ground for tbis charge but every honest observing person knows that they are an cor rect In their morals as trustworthy in business as intelligent charitable and patrioticas other class not excepting Christians or even Christian ministers It is not our purpose to retaliate upon those who slander Liberalism even by our telling the truth that is the whole truth about Christians but we believe that in any given number of Liberals selected from any community Intelligent enough to have liberals In It there will h s found a greater degree of Intelli gence refinement and morality than can be found la any number of Christians selected from the sumo communitytLiberals are as a sober chaste affable and kind They pay their debts pay their tuxes anl fulfill their o ntrOls with uniform promptness The exceptions to this rulA to be found among them arc fewer thnn those known itaexistamongChurch members every one who jprofesses to love the to do lIs t best to impart a knowledge of it to his fellow creatures Selfsacrifice in the cause of hu man progress is a virtue that ha adbrned characters of all reformers to whom we are indebted for the advancement already achieved The workers In the past have done much for us and Is now our turn to do something for those who will take producedbyone of the longest and cruelest wars of which history gives any account It has blighted humanity pollute- ro the imagination of pMldnnnd a furrowed the cheeks of the best and tenderest with tears For thirty years Catholics n Protestants killed each other in Europe like wild beasts Some Christians say that the Bible was not the cause of that awful war but we are unable to think of any other subject or book that did cause it To say that the majority of Catholics and Protestants were insincere when fighting over their different beliefs in the Bible would be as wrong as to say that the majority of them are wrong today But sincerity is no evidence of correctness in any religion If you had been raised in Persia where they teach the religion of their claimed inspired book Saadh which was believed by their ancestors and would bebe youdoeswould believe in their religion and speak of believers in all other relig ions as being heathen You would then think that belle v ers in all other religions than the Persian had been misled by false doctrines as you now do of theirs In additions to those slain in wa over different beliefs in the of have bee Aranybavebecause the Bible says Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live Ex 22 18 and that men and women wh have familiar spirits shall bo beaten to death with stones dutytoBible by which they put to death many thousands of innocent people on the charge of witchcraft and I do believe that those laws would be In force today had it not been for the heroic liberals who first denounced the Bible as being a human rove tion and as untrue They espe folly attacked the absurdities that caused so much suffering The more reasonable class Christians saw justice in the war of Liberals and finally those witch craft laws were annulled but no until many heroic Liberals had me sadder fates than those of C C Moore and J B Wise The last person nut to death In our Republic ant Massachusetts less than a v tT IlRent Christian believes there ever was such a thing as witch So far man has civilized our Cbristain religion but it still stands in need of further civilizing I will call your attention to a few of the absurdities and contradictions s in the Bjble If your clergyman they are not contradictions ask hi what a contradiction is The tjllqwing quotations aNe as much u part of the Bible and as much inspired as any of it send them strong lusion that they might believe He 2 These 1111 Now therefore the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophetsI Kings jcxll And he turned back and looked on them and cursed them in the camgwoo aeManasseh used enchantments used witchcraft dad dealt with a fa miliar spirit and with wizards 2 Chron 33 6 2mGivue we my son So we boiled my son and did eat him2 Kings 6 2829 Ye shall not eat of anything thai dieth of itself thou shalt give it un gatesheItDent 14 21 If any mhn come unto me an hate not his father and mother and wife and children and his own life also he cannot be my disciple Luke 14 26 And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home for It is a shame for a woman to speak in church t Cor1485 The Bible teaches and Functions human slavery See Lev 4C The Bible teaches future re wards and contradicts the same See Ecc 9 5 and 3 1823DFor God is nottbe author of con fusion but of peace Car 14 33 Toe Lord is a man of war Ex 15 3cI came not to send peace but wordMutt 10 34 For I have seen God face to taco and nly life Is preserved Gen 32 30 No man bath seen God at any timerDoha 18 All scripture is given by inspiration of GoJ2 Tim 3 Il5 That which I speak I speak not after tho Lard 2 Oar 11 47 Adultery is forbidden and permitted See 2 Sara 1J813 and 16 22 and Leylt 2010 11 and Num 31 destroyed3Petr310 destroyed Eccl 4 1 There is to bo no resurrection of the deadIsaiah 26 14 There is to oe a resurrection of the deadl- s Cor 15 52 God Is unohanageble For I a the Lord change not MalrS 6 God is changeable 1 SamAJ 3031 Judas hanged himself Matt27 6 Judas did not hang himself Acts 118 God is just Deut 31 4 God unjust Ex 20 5 To this the Christians raise three provednot believe Inspired that the OI bydintended to be understood by Can you believe that a wise kin and just God has caused a Bible to be issued while wishing a part of itI not to be understood over which th brightest of American Latin an Greek scholars widely differ as to meaning In 90 per cent of the sermons have heard the old Bible has been quoted By it you prove the story of the creation and the coming of th Savior then why say that the of Bible is done away with Justly and morally we have the same right to prove our claimed in spired Bible against itself by the Bible that we have to prove the claimed inspired Koran against it self by the Koran of Turkey the same right that we have to prove the claimed Inspired Vedas against it self by the Vedas of India There is no better metho 0 proving mlsrepresentlngs of a book than the book itself InspirpartiatlawaylBibles A rational construction occupaorender them more essential to moral ideas It would dignify them as teachers s and helpers ratner than as censors and masters It would make them less priestly but more brotherly less superstitious but more rational It might diminish their authority but it would increase their usefulness We might then have fewer in superbcr seek other employment but they would be happier If they are refutekto their religion why do they ug preventtbeing heard or read I insist there Is absolutely no mo tive thinkable why any one should voluntarily assume an attitude of hos Jlli fQwards th lUenJJJn1Ue ons unless prompt highest prinolpleof duty and honor If we were In the least inclined to b dishonest we would not be hero hut there because here we have much to lose and finan galaHere Chermpopular conventionality Your friend LOUIS liEuLLER- I DEWEY S HOUSE The man who lies down with pot Jets blacked the man who sleeps with dogs gets fleas on him 1man or nation that mixes with his or its affairs is bound e suffer the consequences popfcarryingIEpiscopal church Of course every body of any sense could see that it was an advertisement of himself and of that church Then he married for her money a rich Catholic woman who likeev cry other real Catholic or real Protestant or real Christian of kind would be proud to send theI whole country to the devil if in so doing be or she can advance the cause of his or her particular relig ious sect Dewey had sense enough to shoot missiondenough to Beware of the Greeks bearing gifts and when they offered him tle house he took it He was to marry a certain Catholic dy and the Catholics wanted a eel taro fine house In Washington toI stick onto one of their churches andf they got the people to give that particular house to Dewey because prospectiveMrs scheme was for him to give it to herI for her t give it to the Oath olics for the benefit of a lot of liquor soaked vagabond priests and if she really has not done so it Is be public sentiment made it too hot for her and now Dewey is la a little domestic hell of his own and will be until he becomes a fullI ledged Catholic unles the Cath olics see that they can work their racket better to keep him a Prot tstan teIf I had to join any church my first choice would be the MonammU ans my second the Mormons my third the Oath Tics my fourth the Carapbellitos and for my fifth I would pitch up headaanrl tills be otetantsrctsBut this Catholic scheme has ruined the happiness of Dewey WARDEN COFFIN lOf the Ohio Penitentiary Should Be Retained in His Office That I should personally greatly admire Warden E G Coffin of the Ohio Penitentiary wo old appear nat- s experienceI have the broadest opportunities toknowpf him from all sources of formation aud I regard him as the headyany man in America anddand attentive and conscientious personal experience make Warden prosnumIcharge all of whom possibly some incorrigible cases would want him ofdbe retained in his position His term expires next May and Governor Nashaddress Columbus Ohiohas the appointment of the Warden for the next term I hope that my friends from every where will write letters to Governor Nash asking the retention in office of Warden Coffin and that marked byfThis is not written in any way at the suggestiop of Warden Coffin but myintocountryMy and every where will always love him and now apfHow I Got to be a Catholic I told you recently 1n the BLADE that I bad been modes Catholic and saidI would explain to you how it happened By mistake my name has been printed Charles E Moore as was once done by a number of Northern newspapers it having originated in a mistake The post office authorities in Lex ington think I am the man intended in the following letter Chicago Ill Nov 20 1899 Mr Charles E Moore Lexington Ky apiChristian Catholic Church has been received I am glad to receive your applca Won and to receive you Into the church You may consider yourself 1lCffilLhAtenrorc will bo with all other members in 1my daily prayers and if you are faithful to God Ho will abundantly thingsFaithfully d Fellow servant In Jesus JOHN AEx DOWIE General Overseer of the Christian Catholic Church printedformure as follows Are you reading and circulating Leaves of Healing giving each week MovesinstitutionsDo to have a dwelling readyoZibnLandIf not how soon will you able to be come one How much do you expect to be able to Invest in a home In Zion City What business calling or occupa tion would you be fitted for when located in Zion City and what has beeu your business experience In the same large envelope Is a small one to contain the money that am to sendbut have not sent yetI and Is addressed to Rer John Alex Dowie General Overseer Zion 1207 Michigan Ave Chicago A card enclosed has a list of texts from the scriptures showing that we must pay our money to support the church- John Alex thinks himself a smart Aleck and I think he is a cheap John I suppose some body In joke has sent the fellow my name or that some silly Christian has done it in earnest I suppose my name wilt beI counted among the converts to the Christian religion Club Rates Will Cease On the 15th of Jqnurary Wo will no longer offer the Club Rates after Janurary 16 We can nut afford it Paper has advanced from two to three cents a pound und will probably go higher Living and other uxpontus are likewise vancing At the Club Rates there is no profit but considerable loss only object In giving them U tho expectancy that tbe subscriber will continue with us Those who arA contemplating forming a club would better hasten to complete it Remember to a club of five subscribed we will send the Blade for one year at 60 cents asub scribr This otter will not be ex JanuraryClose B IFromIheartThatsweetAs J freeAndAnd ev rytbing we ate was good from squirrel potpie down To the ear of corn we roasted to an appetizing brown fireplaceGood i Oh everything was royal thou and for them all I sighIFrom marble cake and quince preserves up to driedapple pie And I sigh for basket picnics held on Independence Day displayTwas I Nor a boy could reach and help himself and never feel afraid And every one was welcome and pressed to have some more snoreTalkGive me the spread upon the grass round which we stood to eat 1 see again the garden patch and fields I used to hoe agoAndtrees And buryin winter apples when the ground begins to freeze nstlypoorBut yoreiAnd it makes no difference with them II they have a crop or not- Theyre never short of good things a bilin In thapotm Ive wandered long and far away and sampled bills of fare anywhereTheydsaltrising13tnplcaria ykfd + a pinedNor t When she spent the day avisltin and left us to ourselves gampAcheatForIve dined at the St Nicholas and feasted at the Grand While music flowed in sweetest strains from an Italian band The service all was a la mode and the styje was just immense pretenseButjubileeMuttoncan beat And lots of other good things that I used to have to eat When the preacher came on Sunday that day of blissful rest Twas then our mother hardest worked to make the eatln best And we boys chlpp d iu to help her unusually sedate But when the time for eatin came were told wed have to wait We stood itcause we had toand dare not make a fUss But wheres the boy that ever lived in secret didnt cuss When told to take the back yard when the preacher took his seat And had to eat theleavins of good things theyd to eat We worKed to get that dinner against Divine command understandjSO wayButThan Knightly banquet at the Grand spread out in style Pares Twas because dear mother cooked em oh bless her loving heart Ever willing und astriving to be doing twice her part Tdrough blinding tears I see her still with busy hands and feet Going about the kitchen gettin gOO things for to eat no matter how the years fly no matter where we rove Our tend rest mem ries gather round the old home kitchen stove Where we built the fires o mornings when the frost was on the pane And Its radiant glow soon brought a cheer au mortal can explain Oh If ony I could feel again as once I used to feel Hangin round the kitchen helping mother get a meal With the aroma from tbe oven given promise of a treat And icdulgln In the good things I used to have to eat Commercial Tribune i BLUE GRASS ILADEi YI- AP MISSIONARIES IN JAPAN ALARMED Japanese Students at Yale Bring Back Broader Theology Japanese Keen and Relent less Thinkers New Haven Nov 20There are eighteen Japaese students at Yale Most of the Japanese students at Yale are taking postgraduate courses and it is noticeable that are to be found in many fields study The love of the Oriental mind for the perplexities of meta- physicst gives the greatest number of men to the pursuit of philosophy Without exception they are wide readers and kee and relentl- essithlnkers are the aptest of st dellgltEt They are allaround scholars even the Japanese who spend most their time in the psychological la oratory investigating the properties of accostlo space and the rhythm of bodily movement find both time an the inclination to attend the lecture- on Testament literature deli v ered by Prof Porter in the Divinity school There is much that Is Interesting about the religious beliefs these students It seems Impossible to hold the Japanese student to a proscribed view of theology he n horror of dogmatic religious teac ing Firm in his belief in the fun damental truths of Christianity he looks for natural law in the spiritual world he Is thorough going evolu tionist and maintains that thereM progress in religion as In every oth er sphere of thought Recent literature of missionary authorship la ments the fact that there has been a reaction among Japanese Chris tians that the good old faith whtc missionaries introduced has been tainted with new ideas The mis sionaries charge the students who return to Japan with preaching heterodox doctrines and g unfaithful to the teachers wh ofrIItroublous for the missionaries in They are meeting with position both from within and from without The intellectual elemea- in their churches challenges thef coLservatlvc views In theology as- the native preachers are not proving V as docile as once they were It was bad enough to be assailed by clever debaters of the universities for hun 4dreds of Japanese students return every year from Europe sat orated with materialistic German philosophy and strongly influenced by Bsmrckian nationalism bu students returning from Christian America take back somehing which disturbs them even more The missionaries of evangelical churches i Japan have been powerless to shu out the broader theology which aneso students imbibe at Yale etc other New England seminaries stead of accenting the new in religious thought so charaoterls tic of the present day and surrenlderiag ooh essentials many missionaries have held to narrow in terpretations In Biblical narrative It follows that Japanese students a Yale are out of sympathy with such missionariesa tothoueOhristlan church of Japan en tirely Independent of foreign con i trol or in other words to send the missionaries of narrow creeds back to their own lands The Christian Japanese student at Yale is slnllurI free and outspoken on 4qrestlon The missionaries of day to give his side of the case are not like their predecessors of the past who were all of them selfpsacrificing men As a rule the sionaries of today are intolerant and cling to antiquated forms of thought these Japanese students say In philosophicaltianity they persist in holding too SbecomeJapanese people who become indif terent or drift into materialism Cincinnati TimesStar of The actual facts In the above case are not all told Only last week cable from Japan informs us that that has prohibited rep ligiousoxeretses and the teaching ot Cbistlanlty in any form in its public schools The Japanese government is on to the Christian racket that of t fastening itself to the State and thriving at the States expense So It lipped In the bud its first sly en Its croaunment that of the attempt to insinuate Itself into the public sol ools and thus slyly grow into the b lay politic si reportstcries who are honest and truthful eno to admit failure and by in in tolligentJapanese the Minister from that country to lally itls verytmuoh to bedoubted ff Christianity in all these years of work and has made one sin gle sincereconvert to its teachings surely no intelligent educated one a Whatever udvapco have made is from too wry scum of the popula lion and it is well known that the bincerety of such in every case is LI be doubted Some of the Japs for the shelter and food to be received at the missions pretend to be inter betterpretension of interest in order to acquire an English education andi as soon as the knowledge sought is acquired turn their backyon Chris contemptthancontact with it The Japs are not to be caught with smiles and soup and prayersThey and Protestants hate each other and wonder at It If just one of these superstitions had the sole right of way Christianity might make some with the He is a be ing tnteoselyiaterosted In the mesh anical arts and as Christianity boastofadvancement are the result of its teachings the Jap seeing our mod ern inventions naturally would in slice to regard Christianity as a superior religion and gradually ac cept it But there seems to be religiotn 8 by nature and that very incohesion is proving its destruction It must have throats to cut and when it has withbcountry never without an insurrec tion or one Japanstics corruptors of morals followers of strange gods anarchists who will destroy the government and people asOhrlBtfani a that Catholicism is a low form of arehonly the ignorant and depraved at home are connoted with it that civ ilization has outgrown it and It is agos in both schools and study both branches of Christianity and find if he can which is the liar Almost without an exception he finds out eachbJapanese students who arrive from England Germany France and America The result is that Christianity is makng no advancement in Japan antd taughtbutOhristlanltyjust jusdt has taught for years In Japan told me that while attending the Protestant schools the Japs were seem ugly tile most pious meek and hUmble oVeatures she ever saw and often when they were congratulating themselves on gaining a bright con thetover to the Catholic school and there be just ai humble and as seem ingly wrapped up in the Catholic Protetthedonlymwas to take him when he was young nd keep him if possible in onei school and educate him tn one faith for if ho learned of both he was to turn out an Infidel1sure red the reports of Msslonar oue would believe that churches re g ing up everywhere and tbo Japanese are tumbling over each other to let into them It is true that a good many churches are and a great Japs at tend buttheirnrofessionof religion ignorantisdecree prohibiting Christian ity being tuoght in too public schools Is a set bask which has lifted the missionary from his leet and the hard ground with his ious posterior How can Christianity expect to convert country whose students educated in Christian countries re turn and report that Christianity is on the decline on Its own ground It is hopelessly divided in Its wn ranks that the great United government will not moor it into the state that states everywhere are inclining lo its dls stablishmont that the very bead the Catholic church is repudiated regurtifilareverywherefailthat in the United States less than one third of the people are Chris tians that its great colleges teach doctrines in opposition to the Christian system that science utterly ignores its origin its dogmas agthority Can anything be more childish or amusing than the honest misguided efforts of Christian mis onaries themselves who know that vice lawlessness and ignorance abound in Paris London New York and Chicago to an extent not known Japan Gun there be anything more rldlc ulous than Christianitys attempt to convert Japan when twothirds of the population of the United States Jnfldelityincreasing nese are not fools They are nat as ralistsIandfsostttoartallJoDan destined linatlon countryOtvllization their own superstitions and conflicting midst will teach them to beware of an other The Japanese minister at Washington In several able interviews has made this plain I shall send him a number of copies of this issue of theI Blade and request that ho forward this article to Japanese papers for publication and for the es peoial benefit of American missionaries whom I advise to come back and try to civilize instead of killing the Indian here and civilize Chris tian white people who burn negroes at the stake and purify our cities corrupt in politics and foul with vices that even the beasts of the field instinctively shun W SIMPLE QUERIES GROW FAMOUS Popular Discussions Which Have Sprung Prom Insignificant Questions Asked At Random It Is surprising how soon a simple question may in a short time become a public question and one which may eventually concern the whole nation Why dont men go to church Is one of the national questions which originated in this way It was asked in the correspondent umn of a daily paper and hundreds of answers poured in with such promptitude that it was found possible to print a quarter of them and the interesting discussion had to close The following was one of the fav ored ones which was printed in the Chicago TimesHerald BEOAUSE THERE IS HELL Rochelle Editor of too He- raldI do not go to church because there Is no hell If I thopght beh gtheretokeep out of hell If there is a het the church is paramountly th greatest necessity to keep us out of hell not out of church If thought any church could prove tba there it a hell and nil the ghastly ter rors it implies I could never smil changefromto deepest tragedy I would curse myself for having given life to a solitary human beltfg Joblike I would humiliate myself in sackcloth if indeed I could keep out of the madhouse sacrifice all Woridl pleasures attend such church a often as it opens its doors and ab jectly crouch at the feet of priest preacher a limp slave to obey hi commands Because if this hellis doctrine h true its portentous pos appallingcalamity would tower as far above- all other motives of life as the HIm- alayas are above an anthill Bu thatch Dame Nature who is more merciful than the mythical God of an orthodox church I have tearless- ly searched to obtain evidence in the broad domain of nature and science and have found it not There is no rejoiceOf the church have renounced the 1mon strous doctrine as Beecher called it and the testimony of the Intellectually superiors of course outweighs and annuls the vague notions of the Ignorant There is no hell must stand And if there is no hell there is no use for the church no uc for Christianity which is founded upon hell In Adams fall manity in general was condemned toI death and hell But after 4000 years God repented of peopling the world with countless beings then without lighter fault of theirs consigning them to eternal torment So ho sent his only begotten sou II and decreed that those who believe and otherwise conform to ills decrees should be saved but those who believe not shall be damned This unceremoniou ly consigns every man being having lived before the advent of Christ and all those who have not conformed to these imperative requirements to hell This is original Christianity pure and simpleS and to discard to Christ whose sole mission was to save sinners from hell Christians so classed by sta tlstlcu comprise now at most about ono fifth of the human race or about 300000000 persons From this number must be deducted at least onehalf who are not true or select Christians this leaves at most 150 000000 out of 1500000000 who are saved or 1330000000 of the persons now living not mentioning the countless millions who have died without Christ since the dawn of human life who if Christianity is true are unmercifully consigned to conditions of eternal and most ex I oruoiatlng torment after death rellgloDinsistedjustice the heathen not having the light of Christianity must be saved But if is true this is impossible The heathen must bo damned or Christianity is a farce If the heathen is saved without Christ it were infinitely better wo had all been born heathens Hot tentots South Sea Islanders anything except Christians because in that case dont you see by virtue of such barbarian heredity we would all havubeen saved whereas now nominal Christians 99 per cent of all of us wretched creatures are peremptorily consigned to a Calvin istio hell Furthermore If the hea then is saved and Christianity is l true as per Beecborsintcrpretatio the startlingfactappearethatOhr- y s t instead of being the of world would then have been and is now direct cause of every non conformist Christian like Unitarl ans Universalists new theologists a la Swing Thomas Savage Kerr Man asarin and othersbeing con demned to eternal torment for r pudlatlng Christ and the Hot Ghost as a unit with their God Because if God had not sent and with him the obligation to wo ship him as God we would now p course all be pagans and consequently saved- Ohrlstlanity then without hell t a false religion or with hell monstrously cruel and unjust Intelligent men and women will drop it Fortunately the hell proposition can now be taken from the domain o speculation and decided by reason and science This consigns this bar barous and most of all myths to oblivionthis beautiful world harboring no such terrible abode of fiends and woe nor is such a condition or locality possibleor reachable wore It possible in other points of space absolutely prevent all forms of organic life therein Hence any mortal or spirit ventur- Ing beyond our atmosphere instead of being Incinerated would be mer clfully congealed into an eternal icicle 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will be sent to the publishers provided that num ber of subscribers Is not obtained before May 1899 the time at or 1manuscript typedeIt is It dthethe Northwest corner of the BLADE then the picture of me that was printed by the Chicago thought Magazine and then a plctIure of me taken here in prison in my prison garb that is like a federate uniformtaken just my nnnual halt and beard ConIat sheep shearing time and the picture of our home acre iThe book is a simple recital of the story and stories of my life withouttany attempt at or crnetori and is intended for general reading and is of such a character that any young lady may read it to a company of her lady and gentle religionpersons by name it will not have an anybodyItdays and tells about m girl classmates and sweethearts when had a New York lady teacher in hospitablehomestories of my father in 1812 his running the gauntlet and being TecumseyThen my college days and love affairs there then how I ofImy as a pedestrian on the other side of the ocean then of my farming and then all the particulars of my love mat onlyImy eX1 banking drumjthoBLUJfrom what I expected to be a merely it local to what it now is and the dangers and imprisonments k which it brought me up to the date of writing as a prisoner of the United States in a penlt fraternaUTtiI f I- U itf 1 t t 4 BLUE GRASS ILADE Written for tho BLAoe1 THEARCH CRIME OF- CHRISTENDOM BY MRs JOSEPHINE K HENRY v Tbytdesire shall bo to thy hus band and he rule over thee Holy Bible Letho woman learn in tilenc with all ubjection =Holy Bible Woman what have I to do wits theoJesup Touch me notJesus to Mary Magdalene All the wisdom of Vedas and all that hasbeen written in books Is t be found concealed in the heart of woman Vedas When women are honored the divinities arc content Parsee Bl ble- f I havc a few ideas to express on the greatest crime of the ages name ly WIFE MURDER These ideas may not accord with thnso of others but they are honest and why should we fear to express honest thoughts The world today is a battle field be cause humanity fears to expresses honest thoughts and because woo men and men are bond slaves to bideadities enforced by the living in order to retain power over the minds and bodies of their fellows Christianity is crying out to the whole world come into our fold and we will civ ilize humanize and save you yet the crimes of Christendom put to shame in numbers and brutality those of other ages and religions One of the most frequent crimes in the long calender of crime in Chris tendom is wife murder England and the United States boast of leading the world in Chris tian civilization yet the press of these nations wreaks with brutal murders of the wives mis tresses and sweethearts of men many of these women bearing unborn children In their bodies In the past four days tho press of this section of the United States records the appalling fact that 11 women have been red by men who claimed them as wives or sweet hearts The murder of women by men has grown so common that the 1press givoi less space to such an than to a pigeon shooting match a fox hunt or a prize fight Four thousand two hundred and thirteen wives have beAn murdered thelr husbands in Christian United States in 17 months and the epidemic of woman killing is so wide spread the youug man before hQgets a wife is trying hismaster hand at the murder business on the attentionssweetheart murder is food for deep reflection to all who are observing our Christian civilization with its alarming conditions To mind the cause of all crImes- comniitted against women is the oft repeated command of the Holy women be kept in silence subjection and obedience to their husbands- I have searched the Scriptures diligently and I find one of the first acts of the God of the Bible was to curse woman and the curse contin ues from the first woman Eve in the scarlet woman of Revelations upon whose forehead wasfwritten Mystery Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots and abominations pf the earth and this curse has not been lifted even unto this day when thousands of women in Christendom for the orime of disobedience to their husbands are paying the penalty with their U veStITHe command for the subjection and obedience of women to their husbands rings clear and true through the whole Bible Thy desire shall be to thy bus band and ho shall rulo over thee Wives submit yourselves to your Own husbands as unto tho the woman learn in silence with all subjection- I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence For Adam was first formed then Eve And Adam was not deceived butthe woman being deceived was iq the transgression- If a woman would know anything let her learn of her husband at home LOt women adorn themselves in modest upparel with shamefaced nests The husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of thechurchLet women keep silence in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak but they are commanded to be under obedience These commands are given in plain language so plain that it seems to me that women with de fective mentality could understand them There is nothing in all thfI ange of literature of religions that so humiliates insults and degrades women as the commands of the Holy Bible for her subjection and obedience If the is holy word when it says that wives must their husbands and learn 1inrsilence with all subjection I take ri for granted that God means what r T he The highest duty Christian a is to obey Gods law Ai God repeatedly commands the wives shall obey their husbands it is clearly the duty of husbands to see that Gods command is executed oven if a dose of hot lead or cold steel has to be administered to the disobedient wife withIa servo him in subjection as long as life lasts he is not living up to Christian privileges If these methods have to be resorted to to keep women in subjection so much the worse for the women and the Bible If a wife will not remain in silent and subjection as long as life lasts a sure method of forcing her iat subjestion is to murder A dew woman is a subdued rebel This is the same principle now being acted upon by Christian United States in Christian England murderingBoers in order to advance Christian civilization preachiness of Moses the patience of Job the wisdom of Solomon always dead silence on the morals of Sol omon the learning of Paul sermons on tho duty of women sermon against dancing theatre going horse racing card playing ballot box stuffing and such other diver sions but there never was and there never will be al sermon preached in Christendom against wife murder The Clergy dare not touch this crime for the obedience and sub jection of women is the cornerstone of ChristianityThe in that marriage ceremony commanded by the church has infused a deadly virus into our sociology A license issued by the state and a marriage ceremony performed by a preacher gives the husband com plete control over the body and actions of the wife whether the wife recognizes this fact or not and all men who deal justly and generously with their wives are living above the law and not in accordance with Bi ble command The idea that woman Is a subject in our present system is thoroughly recognized by the boy before he reaches the age of 10 years The question asked at the marriage altar Who glveth this woman to be married to this man is the diaol ism of the ages and the deepest in sult that could be offered to the woo man who always puts up the biggest stake in the matrimonial venture and yet the average mature woman as well as the unsuspecting trusting maiden accepts such degrading conditions of bargain or sale without a protest The church catechism that the chief end of man is to glorify Got and the church says that the chief end of woman is to glorify man and servej honor and obey him in holy matrimony Tho condition that the woman must serve and obey her lord and master as long as life lasts is of no consequence in comparison with the great conquest she has gained in capturing a lord and master Suppose every marriageable wo man could be made to realize the possibilities contained in the serve and obey marriage vow Suppose they could look into the faces of mil lions of women who are physical wrecks financial slaves and domestic bond servants even look upon the laceratebody of the wifo whose husband has taken her life because she did not serve and obey him according to the mans idea do you not think they would halt before ensnaring them selves in the silken bonds which might be changed to bonds of iron and demand that the church revise her marriage ceremony- If women realized their power the church would be forced to revision in short order If Gods word can be constantly revised on all other subjects we dont see why the code for women cannot be revised The reason this has not been done long ago is that the Bible rnvisers have always been men and they recognized the wisdom of the obey silence and subj ction policy Why should a woman be sworn to obey her husband any more than the husband should be sworn to obey his wife The woman is often the superior mentally to the man and nearly always morally Under pres ent conditions when threefourths ofJ all crime is committed by men it would be wiser and safertfor women to issue commands until a large por tion of masculinity is reconstructed To have a religion that a woman shall obey a man degrades the man even more than the woman and transmits this degradation to chil for from woman the race re- eives its mental Impressions as well as physical quickening Such indignity offered to woman is to say that all men are wiser better and purer than women and that woman needs a master and therefore the Bible and Christianity decree that she shall have one There is something more than strong drink and anger that causes this mania for wife murder The real cause of it is that men have the idea that they own their wives and so they dolt Christianity is true hrlstianity classes the wife with goods and chattels even with his ox and the assIWhen a man gives way to strong drink or temper the wife he has sworn to love and cherish is always the one he abuses and heaps his wrath upon He would not dare to extend his abuse to others He vows whether drunk or sober that other people have rights he is bound to respect and he knows too that the church decrees that his wife must obey and servo him sob justifies himself in forcing obedient method he may elect He believes too that if he murders his wife in cold blood and eociet commits the critnoof swinging him from the scafiold for the deed he can accept Jesus as his Savior and be baptized and his bloodstained soul soul is thereby washed as white as snow and he is given a through ticket to his heavonly home The murdered wife might have been like the woman who was asked by the parson What she knew of the blessed Lord and Svior Jesu Christ With an enquiring loot she replied Mister I never heard of the gentleman We live so far from the big road and John never tells me nuthin of nobody that comes to these parts If the murdered wife belongs to that class that lives so far from the big road her position is the murder route to eternal pnnishment Great is the mystery of godliness Any religious law or custom that fosters a spirit of tyranny in the hu man heart strikes oack at humanity with terrible vengence and the obedience of wives is an emphasized Bible decree I do not wish to con vey the idea that men are more tyr annical or brutal under exasperating circumstances than women Not at all I think men and women are both off the same piece of goods and that men exercise these propensities more than women because the relig ious law has inculcated the idea that nan should rule and woman should be a subject Neither the best men nor the best women are fit to be trusted with power over their fellows for us to this present time noman and no woman over had absolute power over a fellow human being who did not abuse it If the Bible taught that husbands inubjectiontowves der would doubtless be as common as wife murder is today But tho Bible does not deal with wo man as a human being or an indi vidual with human rights Woman from a Bible point of view is an afterthought of the Creator to be held in subjection to man and chiefly valued as being a race preserver An act of disobedience or a chastityisfor murdering lerjyet if all the wives whose saint and sinner husbands are untrue to them should pursue them unto death the state of Texas would not be largo enough to buy the victims There would not be enough members left in the United States Congress to bury the dead or to Rob erts taking his seat Our marriage ystem decreeing the obedience ar subiection of wo men has been mt edby tbO church since the time bf hose rosebuds of domestic purity S lomon and David to the saints of today who murder wives or flood our vorce courts The condition of the domestic life of Christendom pro claims the result of this Wrong to the mothers of the race If women and men who realize the alarming conditions ot society today will copy and study every verse in the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelations that in any alludes to woman they will not only have a chpice colle tion of literary excerpts of which even Anthony Comstock would be proud but cause of the carnival of wife murder will be ex plained The reason that thousands more women are not victims is be cause men are so much better grander and nobler than their religion livery wife that has been murder ed by her lord and master since Constantine tbewile murderer established the Christian religion is u victim of tho doctrine of the sub juction of women Thousands of cases of wife murder by the knife or bullet are yearly recorded in Christian na tionp but thereare thousands of wives murdered by other methods of which no notice is taken and the Christian minister commits these victims to their graves with the Scripture liThe Lord gave and tak etb away blessed be the name of the Lprd It is high time that women who ire the chief support of Christianity should turn a search light on a ligious system that makes tyrants and murderers of men and slavish cowards and victims of women Poor humanity Its life voyage isI tempestuous enough without these diabolisms destroying Natures vine harmony between the sexes OomradeshiD between the husband and wife will evolve all that is best in human Nature and this can never systemhatman the subject I have observed that the most religious people are the greatest tyrants If men they tyrannize over women and If men they tyrannize over children and servants The spirit of tyranny auctioned by the Bible arms nations to destroy other nations places tho ecclesiastical and political boss In roughhodous fellows enthrones the domestic nogul at the hearthstone strews the matrimonial sea with wrecks and wrinkles the earth with the tyrannyWithbout us after 1900 years of Bible Christianity and with red banded wife and sweetheart murderers flooding society the church the courts society and the secular and ellgious press are all silent and It remains for the Infidel press alone to unroof society and seek for the cause of the terrible conditions un der a Christian civilization Lot the secular press ask the burning question what is the cause of thou sands of wife murders every year in Christian lands Let Christian woo men enter into their closets and when they have shut the door opei Holy Bible and find out what it bolds for them and perhaps they will discover that even as Evo deceive Adam the priest has been deceiving the daughters of Eve ever stun Adam opened the world to th publioVersatlles Kentucky The TheologicoTherapeu tic Status It now seems highly probable that ere long 6hristlan Scientists will force an issue between the Christian religion and real scientists These Christian therapeutes real or socalledplainly have the Bible on their side There is not in the New Testament any allusion to any means of curing the sick except by miraculous means It is said that Jesus cured the sick by miracles and he says to his dfsl pIes that they shall do greater mir acles than he over did The only instruction given in the Bible as to how sick Christians are to be cured is in James v1115 and is as lollowsIIs any sick among you let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him annointing him with oil in the name of the the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up Christians deal with that passage of scripture as they do with all others they accept or rejectjit just as suits their purposes Dwight L Moody ranks with Sam Jones and Talmage as one of the great theological trinity of the UnitPd States He lately said in a public address that if ho were taken sick he would send for the finest physician in the city Q He is a bloated gourmandC He was soon after taken sick and had his physi cians But while Mr Moody and an over whelming majority of the priests and preachers of the United States do not balieve the plain scripture statement that faithand prayer and annointing with oil In the name of the Lord will cure sick people and are not willing to risk this inspired perscription there are many Christians who do believe it and as Is true of all these raliglous fads and fakes the number of people believ ling it is rapidly increashig and they are generally people above the aver age Christian intellectuality- The constitution of this country certainly grants to its people the right to practice their religious convictions Of course however this must mean when these convictions do not conflict with the safety and happiness of others This would be necessary to restrain suchjpartles as Freeman of Pocassett and sow erel others who in imitation of Abra ham have offered their children as sacrifices to the Lord by killing them In the case of Roberts the Mormon Congressman it must be de cided whether he should be allowed to have three wives because his rs Hgion based on the Bible In his judgment warrants a plurality of wives Solomon being a case in band and the Old Testament ublque rec ognizing poligamy while the New Testament says nothing about it These Christian Scientists have a female apostle that they claim is spired of God to teach this Christian healing She is a shrewd Yankee adventuress named Mary Baker Ed dy and her scheme is to make mon eyI know some Christian women who are above the average of Christian intelligence who I think honestly believes in the alleged cures ofJithis woman their information being based upon the testimony of profess ional advocates of this woman Mrs Eddy or upon the reports ot persons who only pretended to be sick or of persons who needed rest and were actnally benefited by the rest that is an essential part of the Christian Science code of therapeutics Further than this there is no rac credited body of physicians or of real scientists any where who recog n ze 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