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J 1J 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE4Barter k1 OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU CONFUCIUS fclV lliainTHE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TO DO GOOD MY RELIGIONTOM PAINE AN HONEST GOD IS THE NOBLEST WORK OF MAN INGERSOLL r tDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 1100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE r2X NO 16 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JUNE 2 E M 301 X100 A YEAR OF THE BLADE ITERMS ono year 251- TE1tMN1A0 100 par year In advance- in clubs of Ova cent foreign sub- scription1 150 MAKE AM drafts and Express orders to the HIUE GRASS BLADH Lexington Ky DO NOT order paper discontinued without paying arrears THAT DATE on printed address tab Is the time of expiration of your subscription WREN you change your address advise this olnce giving aa well as now address sayjwhetber at the Post office at Lexln ton Ky aa Second Class Mull Address all communications to 1 BLUR GRASS BLADB P Box 393 LexlMgtoa KaatHQky Published WEEKLY at 100 a year In advance Clafc Rata tied Srmpl Coploi The BLADH will be sent for centa a year each for any order for FIVE or moro Sample copies will be sent tree FOR THE BLADE 1Anybody can be an agent for the sending a cents each for ton Heklttd tYe Bars 31498 100 Behind the Bars written while was the guest n J81uB Samuel In the penitentiary ho put me to boar ngfon of tho Christian broth now on tap likewise on top It Is bound in maroon and gold and Is bound to get there Kll The pages are 0x9 lOllfoatpaidcollector for a tlful halftone picture of Yours fraternally THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink It believe from the time It Issues from the coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor it demoralizes everybody that touches It J do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without be coming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the wrecks upon either bank of this stream of deathof the suicides of Insanity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tugging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius It wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thing And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do n ot wonder that every thoughtful man is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL i SPREAD THE NEWS stampto128 Locust St Ottaw Kans and copleRualltlat Liberal and New Though papers sail magazines P ty t t r PUCK Cartoons the Christian Effort to Close the PanAmerican Exposition on Sunday In Puck of Mny Is n cartoon that pluccH evory Ainorlcun who pro tests again tho tinlon uf State gnil church In thin Republic under obli gation to that plucky pictorial that never hesitates to slam down the dependent encroachments of tho church upon tho rights of American free men It is the main fullpage illuminated picture on the ontsldo of the front cover A beautiful Goddess having on her coronet tho word Enlightenment stands In the mlcldld between two Im mensely heavy doors across which Is written Ian Amorlcan Exposition An Immense padlock has been thrown ort from Its fastenings and the Goddess with outstretched arms Is shoving tho coors wide dpen As the doors fly back the ono opened by the Goddess right hand Is knocking over an tigly longnosed spectacled woman with tho conventional Puritan ic halfhanded net mittens on and an old poke bonnet upon the red ribbon strings of which are the words Sab batarian Fanatic Front In front of tho other door tho typical Christian hypocrite with blue cotton umbrella with his spectacles knocked off and ono end of his collar loosened and his fist and teeth clenched Is being knocked seven ways from Sunday while from the lapel of his coat thoro streams n badge bearing tho legend Sabbatarian Bi got Below the picture are the words We Grow Wiser as We Grow Older nltm of Ili Buffalo Fxpis This is another of tho repeated vic forChristianityfidel banner of Constitutional liberty must soon wave oer the land of the free and the home of tho brave INFIDELITY IN THE COLLEGES As illustrative of how Infidelity Is pressing its suit In colleges give tho following from the Chicago Amer lean According to tho Advance news paper and the other Congregational assailants of Professor Gilbert Tho Revelation of Jesus is the most auda dons and most wholesale piece of heresy ever published by a professor In an orthodox theological seminary liriggafrancy of tho Scriptures Professor Ar thur Cushman McGlffert was forced out of the Presbyterian Church for attacking tho perpetuity of the Lords Supper and Professor Henry Pre weaktnothing could preserve them from the heresy hunters But Professor Charles Holley Gilbert licks overboard the whole Calvinlstlc system of theology and still lives Not only so but Professor Gilbert has been n contributor to the Biblical World published at the University of Chicago and edited by President W R Harper and In ono of his arti cles In that periodical ho has ex pressed himself more definitely on this point It will bo noticed that nil these stances of heresy among college pro fessors are In Institutions that have largo endowments and that aro able to employ tho highest talent In tho world std in largo cltlos whore residents are continually In touch with the great trend of tho worlds Intel lectual sentiment Religious orthodoxy Is now almost confined to small colleges In coun try towns and a college must have some reputation for Infidelity to at tract students BRO W J BRYAN Has Just Found Out That am In It I have just received tho first sample copy of Bryans Commoner There Is nothing striking nbout It except the fact that It is commoner than tho contemn run of newspapers It will be remembered perhaps that Bryan is the name of tho man who also ran against Bro Willio McKlnloy I think Bryan may have made n very good President but his paper demonstrates that a man who has sense enough to make a President ot the United States 1 IMIJ J does not by nny moans necessarily have nonsc enough to run n newspa per If any single Issue of the Blade did not have moro sense in it than a whole year of tho Commoner If tho ono sent inn was a fair specimen brick would quit editing and get a job an a preacher again There was only one thing In the wholo paper worth the Ink that It took to print It It was as follows Senator H W Smith of Oregon Suggests that tho Christian nations appropriate to tho mipoprt of the starving heathon Chinese tho indemnity demanded of that nation He thinks that such a national charity would give the nations a real character among the Chinese and would he ac ceptable In the sight of tho Christians God Tho suggestion Is a good one but It Is not likely that nations which would demand the amount tlmtI the Christian nations are demanding would give It away TWAINS REPLY TO DR SPAULDING Says That He Is Satisfied With Hav ing Been LowBorn Like the Rest Now York April 281Inrk Twain was the guest of the Brooklyn Clerical Union at the Montauk Club last night It was ladles night and tho Presi dent tho Rev Dr J F Cnrson wel corned tho ladles with a enloIy of wives All our best and noblest Insplra tlons and Impulses como from tltpm said When Mark Twains turn came It9 said At just this time am remarkably comforted by an invitation to meet a body fit clergymen like this Its only In Brooklyn that am ap preciated But whats the uso of lugging that In about our wives Dont think thats a little extravagant Mrs Clemens was too tired to come and Im glad she was I dont want her to hear things like that Why dont so far as calling will lJawW MllBIituJ wI9J1 ba surg you HoiniiUiiies Tho Rev Droh I wont m his name has just called me lo born and illbred I dont mind that so much Shakespeare was lowborn and there was AdnmI believe he was born out in tho woods But Im glad tho Doctor didnt say It about Adam Whoa such a thing is said about the bead ot family it hurts Anyhow I think would prefer to be lowborn in a Republic llko the rest If had been born on the other stile why then would havo liked to bo born a Duke as suppose tho He- vDrI wont mentloniiis name would have been If he hind been born there It was tho Rev Dr Wnylnnd Spaiilcl Ing President of the Congregational Clerical Union who on Monday last called Mark Twain lowborn and ill bred CommentSo long as Mark Twain refrained from saying about religion what every intelligent man thinks ho was the most popular author America If not tho world over produced but when he dared to say what all intelligent people know ho had all the time thought tho preachers discover ed that he was lowborn and Illbred hope preachers will continuo to insult him as long as ho associates with them AN APOLOGY For Typographical Errors In the Poem of Louis Munch Several unfortunate circumstances combined to inaku a largo number of mistakes somo of them very bad onesin tho long selection rom tho poem of Louis Munch In the Blade of last week for which offer my npol ogy Nevertheless appreciative persons can recognize from the samples given In which of course tho sense is bro ken that It is a most extraordinary production and especially when It is remembered that It Is written by a man nt eighty years of ago know nothing of Mr Munchs nancial status but If ho Is able to publish his poem In nice book form ho ought to do It and If be is not able ho ought to have assistance to publish It know of nothing In infidel lit erature of its kind that equals It CHRISTIAN DOMESTIC FELICITY Eavesdropping is contemptible but when people talk enough in their houses to ho heard on tho public streets their talk becomes public property A mother anti her laughter were in a furies quarrel The mother said she was going to take her membership from n certain church and movo it to another that sho named that was much finer The daughter said You shant do it will tell Brother that you sworo to a lie in court fZi r THE PURITANS Their Work Defeated By Opening the PanAer Sundayr Some one hiss sent mo from the Chi ago RecortMlernlfl tho following nut they can not do this because hey nro the lineal descendants of wino fleeing front tho old world lo onjo34a religious freedom in the n a sort of town mooting In the little boat In which thoy sailed the day before thoy landed and passed n resolution that thoy would be govern Ill by the laws of God until they could find time to enact better ones and when they had landed pro Deeded at once to enjoy religious freedom by burning witches and scourging Quakers and Baptists and papists at a carts tall and from that tiny to this they haVe biislcd themselves In at ending to other peoples business WILLIAM E CURTIS These tire the people who made the first religious impress upon America led by Juiah religious fanatics as ton Ma her and Johnntlmn Edwards Their first great business enterprise was to make rum and send It to Africa am bring back ship loads of shaves rhclr only Idea of propagating their r llglon was by force By degrees nfltlell y has overcome the Influence of then people until now their last stand fy to force their Sabbath upon this country This to of course a vital qu tho people can not bo orced o attend church by cutting off cromrillem all sources of amusement p on Sunday tho churches will be deserted and the preachers will not get money This effort to enforce the Sabbath upoamhe people is the last relic of the Ju Itnn spirit They made a great effort t a National recognition of thtl plrpose by closing the doors of Put American Exposition on Sun ilJI wero ilfefeatedrkt the Infiu 1 b R ft IS DENOUNCED OR HIS LIBERAL VIEWS Simply the Lltearture of Religious People CallsIlbre Chicago American Ky starch 9Tito Bi the literature of a pe people Is tho startling statement made by tho Rev R Hlllshury Methodist minister of this city Tho statement has created a sensa tion In tho religions world hero It Is the culmination of a series of liberal sermons Mi Hlllsbury Is a loading minister of the Methodist Church and ad vanced views bavo brought upon him the denunciation of his brother preach ersThe above has just came to me ny mall Of course the reverend gentle man Is our Dr Plllsbury bud never before heard that ho hail been de nounced by his brother preachers guofls that privately this was true but so far as know thoy have care fully refrained from any public ox presslfm on tho subject the policy among tho clergy seeming to be to hltU ns far as possible the Inroads that are being made upon their creeds The utterances of Rev Plllsbury n a series of sermons that he preached in Lexington were pretty much the same as those of infidel propagan dists Ho Is a scholarly man anti fine orator and what he was saying was highly pleasing to advanced thinkers here but for some reason he seems to have dropped out of public notice and sunk to tho level of the ordinary Methodist preacher Ho was doing a good work and 1 several times heard Col Milwqrd who is tho most prominent member of his congregation express perfect satisfaction with what Dr Plllalwry was saying If tho Doctor aspires to bo ranked among advanced thinkers he must have moro courage nail perseverance and not throw up tho sponge becnuae the mediocre preachers about Lexing ton denounce him Any old thing can be a Christian but It takes a man of courage to be an Infldol PRIEST KILLED IN A DIVE Tho Cincinnati Enquirer of May 17 under the head Priest Killed In a Gotham Dive gives an account of tho killing ot Rev Edward S Phillips rector of Sl Gnlenlels Roman Catholic Church at Hazelton Pa while drinking whisky in a dive with some il tale women A part of tho testimony Is ns fol belief of tho detectives that the priest was lured to tho apartments II either tho woman or tho man Is itrongthoned by tho testimony of neighbors Thoy say they have quently seen the woman bring men to her apartments where they remained for various periods They further say ihc was often promenading the streot mil was also In the habit ot sitting it her window attired In gaudy gowns usually of red She is described as stout with an abundance of auburn hair She is liaudsomo and dressed well on the street No one over hoard her called by her Christian name all knowing her simply as Mrs Stanley The priest was In good humor and were the girls They spoke to mo as approached them and I stopped After a little conversation asked them to como with me to my rooms whero we would have some whisky They all accepted tho Invitation and in a few minutes wo wore seated in my sitting room drinking whisky The girls remained with us about two or three hours and thou left saying that they had to go home After they left both the priest and I were taken Ill dont know whether the girls had put anything In our drinks or not hut we wore nauseated ANOTHER CAMPBELLITE SUICIDE IN LEXINGTON Cainpbolllto preachers are now tar king the lead in the distinguishing weakness of preachers with women and Campbelllte church members In eluding officers are taking the lead in is Mr Horace Means of Lexington have personally known Mr Means for years He was regarded as a good citizen and was always civil enough to rre but seonul always to regard it as mis Christian duty not to do anything to encourage me or my paper In tho Democrats long account of his flUI9Idt QMvl 1 at 128 East High street at 2 oclock this nfternooa and Interment will fol low In the Iiexington Cemetery The officiating minister will be Mr Mark Collis pastor of the Broadway Chris than Church of which Mr Means had been a member for many years Tho only cause attributed for his suicide is despondency following an Illness lie always received a good salary and has had no financial trou bles Thoro have peen two instances of suicldo of officers of the Campbclllto Church In Lexington one very recently and tho other not long since and yet while they can not find an in stance of an Infldol suicide In the whole world and Cowpor wrote the most famous hymn In tho hymn book just after attempting suicide the preachers as in the matter of Judge Sparks Infidel Sunday School at Cin cinnati will continue to claim that Infidelity makes Infidels suicide BRACE OF THEM FROM- LEXINGTON LEADER Uov Sam Tones says Savannahs Is only a half mile from hell He once said the same thing about Lex ington and about forty other cities The danger now Is that the reverend gentleman will not have enough of tho tepid locality to go around Sam Tones Is doing a ten days stunt in Savannah Ga teaching the citizens tho latest things in slang Ten years ago when I used to say things like that about old Sam Jones there was not another newspaper in Lexington would dare to do it but I have quit on Sam and gone on to more Important things Ten years from now the newspapers In Lexington will bo saying what I am saying now and the Blade will bo say Ing things that have not thought of yet and which the Christians would put mo in the penitentiary for saying If should think of it and so on it goes Infidels dragging along the Christians REV JACOB S SHIPMAN STRICKEN WITH PARALYSIS Rev Shpman of New York City formerly roctor of tho Episcopal Church in Lexington has been stricken with paralysis and Cou rierJournal gives a full length picture of him in his clerical robes The preacher who recently in the Cincinnati Enquirer so railed at Judge Sparks ot Cincinnati for conducting an Infidel Sundayschool enumerated paralysis among the afflictions he thought God was liable at any mo ment to bring upon the Infidel Judge If God shows his objection to fidelity by striking Infidels with paralysis what does It mean when he strikes n preacher with paralysis Bad rule that wont work both ways liL Pfcw JUSTAFEW WORDS About All of Those 10000 Old Blades That Are Lying Around the Office Help Us Out By Buying Them at One h Half Cent EachI Go down into your brooches pock tsthnt is if you are men stockings tt if you are women and got out any thing from ten cents to or even more than that If you have a goner ous fit on you and have got the sli moleons and then I will tell you what I want you to do with It In the course of the last two years there have accumulated about 10000 Blades on the shelves of the Blade of flee Its a dead waste to let them lIe Dlndeteverwe are giving you now many of you at 50 cents on tho club plan theres aw ful small margin on tho Blade and It seems to ino that a whole lot ot you might help us out by buying these pa pers In assorted packages at onehalt cent each and scatter them around 1trytown and you many thus get some subscribers for tho Blade and furnish us the little sum of 50 if you buy all ot them and at an insignificant cost to each of you Its right discouraging to realize how little my friends who are able to t assist In a little matter of this kind regard n request of this kind when make It and it hurts mi evonSlriaftn tl Vq to kn w hnu favor that I ask of you on tho same footing with tho 1001 efforts to get your money that you see alt the time It seems to me that I deserve better than this If you could know all theis sorrows and cares and loss andtanxi sty this little paper has given mEdthe dear ones in my family the most sleepless nights and Illness fronT solicitude and fear for my safety that my dear wife has gone through on ac count of this paper and yet remember that she said Under circumstan ces I am proud to be a convicts wife It seems to me that financially embarrassed as am in consequence of all these things and old ago coming upon me you would not begrudge me tho pride and happiness you could give me by aslsstlng me in a case of this tKind in a manner somewhat commen surate with your ability It may sound like vanity In me to say so but I have spent my life and a large part of my means to gain the approbation and lovo of the peo pie who read my paper and it seems to me that you ought to be glad to make some little sacrifice for my hap piness when you know that not one cent that you send me will come my hands hut all go to Mr to pay tho expenses of the Blade IntotOf course I feel greatly for kind words so many of you write me and it was for such com mendation that I have led tho life I have but please In addition to all you hove done for me help mo out in this matter until not one of the 10 000 old Blades will bo left In the of would hardly be possible that the distribution of that ninny Blades would not add n good number to its subscription list I am geingto totpertinent in this matter and report you wheat Is done about it THE COLLEGES Have tIntelligentAre Not Infidels The Anglican Church nt Montreal Canada has dismissed Prof Steen cause in the pulpit ho said What authority Is there for the orthodox view of holy scripture at this day It was not revealed by mira cle or by sign from heaven that it Is the correct view Consequently tho authority Is only human We say tho Bible is the inspired work of God because men think so and have for centuries thought so The books of the Bible were evidently written by human hands that God had a share let alone tho principal share was 9merely tho opinion of tho writers or ol their contemporaries These may have been right or wrong Such ideas as theso are In the mind of every intelligent man Tho fear of Christian boycott in business makes them conceal their convictions but some of theso fine days tho pent up indignation iu tho minds of honest and intelligent people will break its rlevees and flow over null destroy Chris tlanlty l t t tt i y r T f je BLUE GRASS BLADE I GONE BACK From Infidelity to Christ anity Editor of the Blade I have withdrawn from tho Secular Union finding thorn at enmity with tho Ethical Culturlsts and finding them utterly unwise as for cxamti the L U O There Is a vast number of Infillels or Freethinkers who aro afraid or nothing but dishonor and vulgarity They withdraw from tho Secular Un qy Ion and refuse to support tho papei The style of literature that has been poured In on me since Joining the Secular Union teaches mo that thero is too vast a mass of wild unorganized humanity For the first time In long life I am persuaded that the world would be a thousand Imes worse oft without the Jewish and the Christian Churches I realize moro than ever how shrewd were tho old Jews who put together tho books at tho Bible They saw so deeply into human na ture I once thought the Bible tho source of persecution but tho lllaln truth Is Freethinkers are perfect willing to make laws whereby Spirit ualists may be Imprisoned and I havo heard wishes expressed for puttir them to death and I know Freethinkers persecuted for no other crime than refinement of speech- I hope the church as it now Is will continue That Is the word with the itiMARIE E GARRISON P SA year ago I wrote a letter of warning to the University L U 0 but they wero too swellheaded They did pay attention however to my protest against a vulgarly headed poem and promised not to repeat the T offense COMMENTIn all of my years as an Infidel most of which has been spent in propagandism this is the r fist case I have seen in which anyone claims to have been Identified with ganized Infidelity and then to have gone back to Christianity Marshall O Waggoner of Clevelan Ohio made a great display of burnin his Infidel library and going back to Chrislanlty but bo seems to have 1been a weak minded man who treate wife so badly that she got a recently the papers exploits tho case of one M A Miller of Ding hampton N Y of whom they said he had been an Infidel and that seeing ho was going to die ho went back to Christianity and asked that Ingersoll books should be burned upon his Millers grave A report from the BInghampton Republican shows this all to be untrue It is as follows Rev Samuel Dunham who had promised Mr Miller he would set fire to tho books delivered theprayer At the last moment one of the intlmat friends of the family suddenly seize tho books and carried them to a cai to was driven rapidly off e reset t Uotho Republican called nt the home or y the family of Mr Miller and one ot 1themembers of the family said The report in the evening paper to the effect that the works of Ingei soli would bo burned at the burial ser- VIces Is incorrect Tho article con veyed the Idea that Mr Miller was an Infidel and an Atheist which is not true For many years he had bees a member of the West Presbytorlw church and he was a thorough studen of the writings upon tho subject ot ChristianityThe spelling and other indications in the letter to me an those of an educated woman but with no means of knowing It seems to a case where a partys mind Is proba bly impaired by old age Of course the Secular Union has no enmity to Ethical Culture any more than it would have to vaccination or tariff or single tax It is not a mattes that Is considered by that organization and that I do not remember ever to have heard discussed In any Infide far as I know anything about the Ethical Culturists I am mos heartily in sympathy with them I havo said many times that if Infidel- Ity doos not make us more moral the Christianity does we are fools for try Ing to make Infidels It seems especially unjust to select the Liberal University of Oregon as a specimen of unwisdom and Immor allty and Impurity- I have read The Torch of Reason jits organ ever since It started and if Diana herself had edited It I do riot see how It could have been any freer from vulgarly Who are the vast number of Infi dels or Freethinkers who are with drawing from the Secular Union on account of dishonor and vulgar v lty1 This is the first Instance I have heard of I do not see how ones Joining the Secular Union makes one liable to have any kind of literature poured in upon him or her There is no publication made of It so far as I know and I can not Imagine how this could be unless the Secretary gives such names to his special pro tege the The Now York Truth Seeker- I do not remember ever to have heard of this lady before There Is nothing necessarily criminal or demoralizing in a vaot mass of unorganized hu inanity and the very duty of an In fidel Is to organize masses of people Into bodies for the purpose of doing good That Is what we are hero for and to have deserted the work of or ganizing these masses into moralists and defenders of liberty and eleva tors of our race Looks like our old sister never had any more than a mere theoretical interest in Infidelity As Infidels we claim to be better than Christians and we are continually demonstrating this by showing that none but Christians are In our penitentiaries or aro executed as criminals or suicide It is a strange position for anyone to want Jewish and other churches when all of the other churches say f h truly that all Jews are Infidels and I are bound to believe that aU Jews t will go to hell If the other churches 4 f lire right the Jews are certainly wrong and it tho Jews aro right thoI rI 11 I other churches are certainly wron No intelligent Infidel has e7er doubted that the old Jews woi shrewd when they put together the books of the Bible or that they saw deeply into human nature The men not only the old Jewi but the old Christians who put gether tho books of their rospectli Bibles the Old and Now Tcstamon wero as shrewd a set of scoundrels as ever lived and knew enough of human nature to be able to IIvo In great ease and elegance and ury without working by Imposing on the ignorance and superstition ot tho great masses of human nature This old sister has probably nevi r understood the infidel argument at all Infidelity is not a thing that cnn bo taken up or cast off like a gar men at ones will It is a matter of con vlctlon the results of which are Invr utnry and irresistible and am but one of thousands of Infidels who havo been such for many years knowlr that they wero losers by It In all spects except those of honor and tellectual liberty and good conscience Certainly history Is full clean up to date of wars that have boot wage by people who waged them under tho Influence of the Bible as we have 10 cenlly seen in tho Christian effort to convert China by murder and robber and no page of history gives any count of Freethinkers being cruel to each other or to any body else have received more unkindncs from Infidels than any Infidel who ever lived and yet only with two ex captions the unkindness that line been done to me Is only such as Is tho general rule rather than tho exception among Christians in their dealing with each other Tho only two excel tlons In my case aro whero an Infldi woman of Cincinnati wroto mo when was in tho penitentiary that she was glad of it giving as her reason for so saying that lad spoken disparaging ly of Ingersoll ho being allvo at the time she wrote me and the other was when Eugeno Macdonald ctlitc of the New York Truth Seeker an fidel paper told Mr C Uuchlgnanl or Lexington three years ago that he would sue mo if I had any money On what grounds I do not know While there are only those two stances known to me of any actur spirit of persecution of ono Infidel against another there aro millions at Christians now in tho United State who would rob and murder Infidel In this country just as they are Ilolng 3r have recently done the Chinese and while these two Infidels one man and one woman have shown me the true spirit of Christian persecution there have been thousands of Infide women and men who have shown most as much sympathy for me as It had been their brother- I think this old sister must sadly wrong I do not believe site can give me the name of a single avowei Infidel in tho world who will say to this paper or to any other Infidel pa ller that he would have laws to im orison Spiritualists or put them to lentil Spiritualists while in my Judgment hey are not rationalists and believe some very absurd things are nearly all Infidels and have beea among the speakers In every Infuicl Congress that I have ever att nded and I irlntccV the of Splrltualls t hftiie WTiTiT last Ckmgrififi1 Lha Blade No man whd might ildvoI- cate any kind of punishment of Spiritualism or the putting them under any kind of embargo or disadvantage cause of their opinions oven to the tent of boycotting them In business ould gain any recognition among In Idols have said moro against Spiritualists than any Infidel writes In America and I would tako up my gun to secure to them If necessary the nine rights that ask myself I novel jet a Spiritualist who was not n rlend to mo am some of their most irominent workers have distinguished berasolves as my friends Anybody who will hope the church as it now Is may continuo certainly ught not to be among Infidels and tur one am glad to surrender such an ono to the church HE DONT LIKE REV GARRAT- A LITTLE BIT Bcohe Ark May 13 1901 Editor Blue Grass Blade My Infidel Brother dont agree with Bro Johnson of California about that old sky pilot J F Garratt being a fair man Is it fair for a man to agree to go into a debate and then go on with his old harangue and leave life opponent entirely out and pay no ro pert to the argument produced by his has got to the point whore It has to be held up by trickery and deceit and the ear marks of the ilsleadcrs are plainly seen in each ot Garratts othordox epistles They aro nothing but old Christian sermon assertions made as If they wore talk- Ing to dupes who had been trained to clleve everything the preacher says He never seems to consider that he Is talking to men and women who use tholr brains in the search for truth He simply wants to air his side of the question and get his old chawed straw hawed over again by our Infidel apor anti get some notoriety and freo advertisement of his stock tralle He neither produces argument nOl makes any ntempt to answer rgument and I am thankful that Bro Moore has knocked hell out of him at every turn- Garratt ought to print his sermons In the Arkansas Methodist where they be moro appreciated want to shake hands though the DIode with tho brethren gonerally and especially such in Arkansas as Simon JacobsEllIott and E D Estis When I see a Liberal who writes from this preachercursed stato feel like shouting for Joy Come out brethren stand up and be counted I find by experience that fidelity is becoming more respect ablo even in Kansas Yours fraternally Q B WYATT Thompson Iowa May 2 1901 C C Moort Dear SlrI havo been waiting to see the balance of tho club here but some of their wives kick and some are gone away or going and I am the only one left But I would havo the Blade If had to do without one meal a day until I saved money Inclosed find 1 Fraternally yours W M ALVEY From Puck THE DAY OF REST Sunday Is fast coming to sorvo Its purpose More nUll snore It Is becoming a day of real rest and rocle atlon And happily enough It is nl ready our chief out o4cloors dny tor llJQlsedIicredit It should bo lauded for Its great share In this splrtlual refer In teaching man to mako a sane nml bentutful use of rest Golf too has done wonders in persuading th healthy mind to rational forms of worship Even tho Massachusetts leglsla turo seriously considered the other day a bill to make Sunday golfplay no crime Certain Harvard Professors and ministers of tho gospel had urged the bills passage because Sunday golfplaying wns become so common as to lo respectable But the Legis Intuit decided that It would be Ilay cd anyway so there was no use going to the trouble of a law about It The time Is surely not far however whon common souse on this subject will he too common to be sensational The few who would still make tho day ono of unrelieved gloom and foreboding and sodden Indigestion are mpilUy dwindling J Wo linear of thorn scarcely at all tIl n matter like opening the Buffalo Exposition of a Sunday Is up That brings them their voices The Amorl can Sabbath Union tried to persuado tho Exposition managers not to this heinous thing begged them to prevent the thousands who have no other day from looking at beau utilI or instructive objects on that day amI thus Imperiling thetr1 mortal souls According to tho Rev Dr Hathaway Secretary of the Union a can slderable proportion of Holls prose occupants must have brought up thore through sinfully visiting parks amI artgalleries and museums on Sundn It Is good to record that the question was settled more gracefully and more quickly than in 1893 The Buffalo Fair will be opened on Sunday And to tho persons who are renUy distressed at thoughts of this IIconso we can only say that It probably will not seem at all sinful to their groc grandchildren For they may obser that moral ideas grow and expand as other kinds do About all of us being saved for example The Puritans so abhorred Idea that inn one Joseph Gatchell was sentenced to the pillory and to have his tongue drawn forth and pierced with n hot iron for having discoursed that men should be saved Nowaday Joseph could scarcely consider It vex questionable tasto for the Lord save certain people or certain sol rlnrno M eternal grilling And we ahall fit entertainctfy reading of the folerr lrsesa kne ClrwU EDITORIAL COMM There Is nothing that mOf plainly indicates the Infidel tr Amer can thought than the fact that llhn home thrust at the Christian r lIglon as tho above can bo found now In nl most any of the great American join ants that are no more Interested In rc IIglon than In any other great publl matter and that put religion on actly tho same footing In their Grit isms that they do any other Matte that engages public attention Surely to the intelligent mind thero joulij bo nothing more ridiculous than the claims of the Sabbath Stupid and Ignorant and grossly superstitious In its Inception and conception It would nevertheless be infamous for any lass of men to forco it upon this Amer- Ican government if all Its claims wore is demonstrably true as a proposition in Euclid Tho two most formidable buttresse at Christianity that longest stood the Imtterlngrnm of infidel assault were Hell and the Sabbath Fifty years ago ill Christians except a tow scattering Jnlversallsts who were regarded with none auhoranco than Infidels are now Relieved in tho hell of brimstone nnd Ire described In the New Testament- recollect tho very first synmtoms ot protest against tho doctrine of hoi Nobody had yet dared to say tat It vas not right that grown pcopl ihould roast eternally In hell for not believing the Bible but I remember hat my mother a Campbollltc cam home from a Presbyterian hureh of ended because tho preacher hail said here were Infants In hell a span ong It seemed to shock her and ordeel a good opportunity to get In an irgumont against a sect thai snubbci The doctrine was damaging thi Presbyterians because all other sect combined to oppose Infant damnu Ion and tho Presbyterians wlthou iponly admitting it by degrees qul caching that babies were damned It was an entering wedge there had icon a bark down and people had gotten a chance to see that preacher vore not Infallible nail then some icoplo began to say that while then night to bo n hell for the punishmcn ot wlckod people who had not gotten heir deserts in this life they did not lellove that the Bible meant literal brimstone and firo when it used hose words but that tho toms wore merely allegorical and really mean only the lashings of conscience that all who had not accepted Christianity could experience throughout eternity Thero wore not many missionary so letles In those days and we heart vory little about the heathen and tone of us had over seen a heathen and supposed they were all scarcely a egret above animals Finally somebody told us about icathen and said they had their- lawn religion that they devoutly be eyed hi and that they had novel card about Christianity and finally tlio people began to say that It woulel npt be right for God to send people to hell for not believing something thoy never heard of and so it was greed after a considerable struggle over it that tho heathen who were do JI i ling the best they knew would not go hell Ito And so on It wont the belief In hell growing weaker all the time un tit a summer or two since an ohl Presbyterian preacher came to my neighborhood as an evangelist a1l1 preached a series of sermons in which ho taught oven n modified doctrine or hell and young people of tho neighborhood actually crowded to hear him as they would go to a 110 fcsscd place of amusement for th fun of hearing tho old follow doscllbo may say now that tho belief In hell Is almost as much of a thing ot tho past as the belief In wltchcra except In sporadic cases of exception Ignorance like old Bro Thompson When we remember that In 1084 us Puck tells us Joseph Gotsclmll had 1 hole burned through his tongue for teaching that all mot would be lIalll and that there was no hell we canI plainly see how Infidelity Is down Christianity Tho only other dogma that the Christians are now combined to Ile fend Is tint of the Sabbath It has undergone ninny modifications and the Christians have backed down the old views of it until they can no longer recede without letting It go horse foot and dragoon and now tho war Is on as to whether that shall go and at the Pan Anmerican EXllOsl tlon whero tho opposing sentiments represented by tho preachers and the Infidels limo met In battle array on the test question of opening the position gates on Sunday tho ClIIls tlans have been defeated Having lost Hell and Sunday as their main stnys tho balance of Christianity must soon surrender A PREACHER WHO WAS MY FRIEN From Georgetown Times Rev A J Ramsey pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dayton has severed his connection with his con grcgatlou For more than a year Ramsey has been preaching sermons on conduct and conscience and hns made attacks upon members of churches who are alleged to have used their church membership as a covel for licentiousness It Is reported that MI Ramsey discovered that such SOl mans fitted members of his congreg tlon nail when he discovered strong presumptive proof of guilt again members of his church and presented his proof to tho Board of Deacons ho Is reported to have declared that be would sever his connection with tho congregation because it encou aged and refused to discipline memo bore guilty of misconduct When I wns put In Jail In Paris by the preachers and the distill Fries Bro Ramsey was only preacher in the town who did not tes tlfy against me and he was my good friend HALF EATEN Discovered In New Guinea By Search Party lAndr l party which has returnedfrui- prw Guinea discovered the half of the Rev James Chalnier and the Rev Oliver Tomklns of tbo London Missionary Society and their ollowers who were massacred In April by natives of Fly River Now lumen after a tribal fight Of course the eaten bodies of these lirlstlan preachers became parts ot the bodies of these cannibals Th HirlstlniiR will have to go to heaven ml tho cannibals will have to go to hell In the resurrection of the deaf tow will It be arranged for that par Qt tho bodies that first belonged to tho preachers and afterward to the nnnlbals ADVERTISING IN THE GLADE Rowella Newspaper Directory says + + t + + + iI + + bl + 5368 0- Average Weeekly Circulation + for 1900 + BLUE GRASS BLADE + Lexington Ky to + Tho leading weekly in + + State Published In tho heart + + of the Blue Grass Region Clr + + culates in every State In the + + Union and in sonic foreign countries + + Reaches a liberal class of + + buyers Advertising rates and + + sample copies on application + My terms are 1000 an Inch a year paid In advance regardless of tit umber of Inches and for nothing than a year CHARLES C MOORE BEHIND THE BARS 31498 PRICE My second book Behind tho Bars 1498 written while I was guest at your Uncle Samuel in penl jntlary at Columbus where he put me to board at tho suggestion of the Christian brethren is now on tap lIke- wise on top It Is commonly regarded and espe tally among tho 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affair and drew n large and interesting audience A double program was rendered tho first part being an Ingersoll l11omollnl service Stereopticon views of tho great Agnostic loader were shown nail tho accompanying address ruled Christians and their faith In no light terms The Bible was referred as an obscene nnel filthy book of myths and ministers as those enlSH who draw the money Following address Miss Chrlll topher gavo an entertaining uxhlhltlon of club swinging and this was followed by ragtime songs and music The latter portion of tho progrnm consisted of a series of stercoptlci views of Bible characters Jacob Is represented as moating Rachel on the plains ho embraces her then hUlsts Into tears Tho comments this following pictures wore distinctly gar and were received with scant fn vor After tho picture of Jacob a Rachel following appears on th canvas Wo will now drop tho curtain Let Juke and his wives nod hnnd maldons amuse themselves while tho monkey blushes nail the dog slinks In the shadow- Views of Jacob nail the angel Jncoll and Lnban arid a cnkewalk conclude entertainment Throughout the meeting each span r ridiculed the Christian belief stated that nnv one who followed tho teachings of the Bible would be the worst criminal unhung The Sunday school will march In parade on Decoration Day and decorate tho graves of Agnostics In the near future the exact time not announced a fish fry will bo held to which tho public Is Invited Other caricature entortalnmon will also be hold at the hall From Chicago American AMPBELLITES COMING TO THE FRONT Early training and how it is con luctcd Is the primary cause of men refusing to go to church in the Ion of Thomas H Stark who tired an address before tho Discus ilon Club In the Christian Church ot Atlanta last night Why Dont Men Go to Church was the subject for discussion Trail Ions and not facts are taught In tho modern Sundayschool declared tho ipeaker UA boy Is apt to think under model system that the Sundayschool Is a ilape for women and little girls M r its k said hoeqInlt y h ioleso if tine good llltlobdy who dies In the iiindayschobl book when I was a Sundnyscliool boy tho Sundayschool books usod to have Ictures of little boys who went boat- Ing on Sunday nail the boat was nl ways turned over you couliln see anything of the boy except his ands sticking up as lie was drown- Ing but tho people got to laughing nt hose pictures nail now I havo uot seen ono of thorn for a long time am owadays the hume story of the bears eating up fortytwo children liccausi licy called an old follow old bald heM makes the children laughs What is to become of such children Low Rates Queen Crescent Route Low rates aro announced for the ollowing named occasions via the Queen Crescent Route National Association Credit Men Cleveland Juno 1213th American Association Nurserymen Niagara Falls June 1213th National Eclectic Medical AssocL tlon Chattanooga June 1820th Kappa Alpha Convention Richmond Va June 2528th Ask ticket 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Courteous reatment For further informa tlon address B L BRYANT or L J IRWIN TPA 223 4th Ave G P A Louisville Ky Iiouisvillo Ky 11lPen Americn Exposition BUFFALO May 1st to Nov 1st 1901 Fxrllrslon rates and special train strife will announced inter The ran American greatest American FxposIWon since the Worlds Fair Imposing srchltecturc wonderful displays special features dazzling Mid- wayNIAGARA minutesFALLSGrounds Free Reclining ChaIrs nQmn1tMrh ienW I i4nI- n4a b nw cHAlt ucitlw PLWiuusnastime i tWlur 1t 1 Jlt COL BRBGKINRIDGE The slaver Tongued Orator t Eulogizes Thomas tPainenKyILETTERS WHICH BREATHE EXPANSION In a search for other material wo stumbled on a correspondence between ThomuB Jefferson James Monroe Thomas Palno and John Brecklnrldgo tho older concerning the Louisiana purchase On August 1803 nearly a century ngo Thomas Palno tho au thor of Common Sense then living at Borden ton on the Delaware writes a letter to John Brceklnriilge whom he addresses My Dear Friend and not knowing bin then address whether In Washington ot at hln homo on North ElUborn sends It under cover to Mr Jefferson with the request that he read It and forward It Mr Jefferson docs read It and forward It with a long letter of his own and encloses In his letter tho celebrated draft of a proposed amendment to the constitu was Louisiana as coded by ttlonwhlchtha U 3 made part of tho two letters are remarha t rWlI ett r8tl nn rivtremelyjabla r nm very slKiIflcten WSTntWtrlfitlC of tho respective authors Thomas Paine was an nblo and learned man a jurist learned In the Civil and Ro man Law and had been of immeasura ble service to tho Colonies during the struggle for independence After the Revolution his peculiar views concern ing tho Inspiration of tho scriptures and tho divinity of Christ estranged from him the vast mass of tho people ho had served But Mr Jefferson and John Brecklnrldgo never withdrew their friendship nor abated their grat itude This correapondenco can not well be understood without ono Is somewhat familiar with tho relation these tour t persons bore to each other and to the subject matter of the correspondence But wo do not refer to these letters to day except for a reference In tho letter 10 of Thomas Paine In speaking of the government to be formed for this neW ly acquired territory ho goes into a full discussion of the treaty and Its peculiar nature and of the peculiari ties of tho population and after point ing out that our purpose Is not to govern tho territory as provinces but incorporate it as States ho says As to political condition tho Idea jiroper to bo hold out Is that we have neither conquered them nor bought them and they become In consequence of that Union a part of the National Sovereignty The present inhabitants and their descendants will bo a ma jority for some time but new emigra tions from the old States and from Europe and Intermarriages will soon change the first face of things and It Is necessary to have this in mind In the first measures that shall bo ta ken In consultation with Mr Jefferson and Albert Gallatln John Brcckln ridge then a Senator from Kentucky drew the original governmental bills concerning ttoulslnno Thomas Edlne k roq i ll illU bll1s be u ud arid that John Breeklnrldgo as Senator would have to defend If not draft them and this accounts In part for his letter and that he sent it open to Mr Jefferson But wo call tho attention of our the remarkable prophecy IcOlltalned In the single sentence quoted fulfillment and Its pre cise description of tho present rojidl t lion of affairs In the Philippines and tho certainty of a similar experience analysisIThomas Paine By that acquisition we had neither conquered nor bought those people but hud formed a union with them and they became In conse quence of that union part of tho na tional sovereignty not merely they who were then In possession of that wide and splendid territory but they who wero hereafter to populate its no ble and fertile stretches and these of the future will be like unto us they will bo tho descendants of Americans and Europeans just as we are And Is It not so today- Comment Tho above Is about the first half of the editorial tho latter halt of It basing the argument upon the position of Thomas Jefferson and ranking these two distinguished In fidels In tho very van of American statesmen exactly as wo Infidel apol ogists are wont to do Tho trouble with tho political paral leslsm that Col Brecklnrldgo attempts to establish Is that It Is not parallel The purchase of Louisiana was In per fect accord with tho whole genius and spirit of tho American Republic and was In absolute harmony with tho Monroe doctrine Tho country was contiguous cost 3000000 less than the Philippines dill wo bought It tram the people who owned It and wanted to sell It Its possession by our govern mont was necessary for our defense In case of war by a foreign enemy the people who lived on tho territory wanted to bo annexed to our govern ment and there was not a single possible reason why the purchase should not bo made With the Philippines however nil of these conditions are reversed Wo bought it from a people who dill not own It It was not merely tho purchase of a white elephant but of an un justifiable war was opposed to tho spir it of tho Monroe doctrine and In subjugating the people of that coun try wo disavowed tho principles for which Washington and Paine hud fought and which Jefferson endorsed While nil Infidels every where will appreciate this tribute alike to Palno nUll Jefferson tram tho silvertongued orator of Kentucky wo will all de cry any attempt on tho part of any body to put our Infidel patriot exam plars on the same level with tho merc enary politicians of this day Our war against tho Philippines as against China has simply been an out rage fomented by tho priests Catho lie and Protestant such as Palno and Jefferson would have held In nfofound est contempt and disgust t ii But t fib to Paine from a man like Col Brecklnrldgo a Pres byterian preacher and tho son of a Presbyterian preacher and tho most effective defender of the Christian religion that Kentucky has ever had la ono of tho most marked among the many marked evidences of the cyclonic sweep and seIsmatic upheaval of Infidelity In Kentucky and that Is theIleader in tho American movement toward Intellectual emancipation A thousand times as much as it has been tho purposo of American Chris tlanity to teach to file youth ot this land tho jewels of morals that Chris tlanity borrowed from Buddhism as tho exodistic Jewish women bor rowed tho golden rings and bracelets of tho Egyptian women lifts It been the purposo of American Christians to teach our youth to hnte the very name of Tom Pnlnp the most sclfsacrl flclng of all American patriots In tho days that tried monssouls and yet at last In tho dawn of the twentieth century In Lexington where religion and murder and race horses and to bacco and whlsl 6y have all been hut links of the same hnlnat dog sausage tho old dark n Jd bloody ground picks out her most dlntlngulshrd cltl zon present company always except edto pay the vory tribute to Palno that every Intelligent Infidel has al ways claimed was ilue himIfjil I vas s fitt rrO n Y1 i Ington Daily Press then th6riiO t prominent paper In Lexington simply because wrote a little editorial ridi culing Talmage and one of my neigh bors a wealthy and Influential man catno to mo and warned mo that such writing would ruin mo Now Col Brecklnrldge a headlight In Episcopa cy a born politician who supposably sets his sails for tho popular breeze as tho editor of a Lexington paper the orthodoxy of which nobody doubts says of Paine tho target for a century of Christian hate all that or any other radical Infidel would say Sell movet Lexington Democrat PAGAN BOBS Followers Are To Found New Set of Agnostics This Year Cincinnati O May 21A new sot of agnostics bused on Robert G In gersolls teachings is to be founded with its central headquarters In Cin cinnati If the plans of Attorney Charles Sparks materialize Ho haa prepared the ritual for agnostic mar riage ceremonies and Is at work on rituals for the dedication of Infants to agnosticism and the confirmation of children In the belief In the nonex Istenco of God This summer Sparks intends to tour the United States in nn effort to found societies of agnostics in the various cities Ho expects to spend a week In agnostic propaganda work among the crowds at tho PanAmerican Ex position at Buffalo In tho marriage ceremony prepared by Mr Sparks tho husband agrees to insure his Ito and to acqulesco In di vorce proceedings at any time HIP Mfo dpslres Mlsmated couples wjll ifoL cbritintic the nTnfitalristnlQ nn rUlng to Crel Whats the matter with Sparks Hos all right PREACHER FIRED ON Richmond Va May 10 Robert Al len a welltodo colored farmer walt ed at a train at Tunstall yesterday to take vengeance on Rev Robert Drown a Richmond Baptist preacher who returned his hospitality during a series of revival meetings last summer by leading Allens young daughter astray Allen fired both barrels at the preacher as ho alighted tram tho train hut shot too high Then followed a run for life between Brown and Allen The preacher jumped Into a small boat and with no oar except a walking cane reached the opposite shore of tho Chlcahomlny River and is in hiding This Is ono of Ruckers preachers and Rucker will never tell anything about it Do you suppose ho would have made any remarks If a colored brother had run me out of his house under those circumstances WANTED PROPERTY TAXED Preacher Said That the Assessors For got Him Maysvllle Ky May 20Rov W F Taylor pastor of the M E Church South of this city appeared before tho Equalization Board Saturday and said that the City Assessor had tailed to as sess his property Taylor stated that ho hall 18000 In cash somo prop erty and bunk stock Tho hoard fixed tho amount of his assessment Thats a cheap way of exploiting honesty Ho knew tho back tax col lector would get him with a per cent addition tho penalty he didnt payIts mighty nice to havo all that money while a man Is alive and here on earth but when hes dead and Judg ment day has come whats ho going to say to St Peter about that story of a needle going through a camels dye HE IS A FUGITIVE Editor School Teacher and Church Worker Who has Gone Wrong Frankfort Ind May 21P Dunn of Forest editor school principal and church worker Is a fugitive from Jus tice with tho charge of forgery hang Ing over him Ho was ono of the coun tys most prominent young men and was known all over tho State A few days ago forged notes began to como to light tho amount reaching Into the thousands Dunn confessed last night to two of his victims and then turn Ing ho sprang through an open win dow and mounted a saddle horse tied close by Ho evaded his pursuers Tho cause of his downfall a mys tory Thats tho first time ever heard of an editor doing anything wrong In my life hut If an editor gets to be a church worker suppose he will do llko other church workers bel t BLUE Gr BRO GREEN Of the Freethonght Magazine Has Got to Cussln Ban Francisco Cal May Brother Moore I havo boon laughing tills early hour of the morning Been rending Bro Greens magazine and am astonished at his reckless use of language Constant reading of your great moral paper is liable to change tho tono of anything Thoro is hope for Bro Bhawyet Bro Greon commenting on tho ex communication of Tolstoi says Allot whldh shows that the damned tools aro not rill dead yet Tho Idea of Bro Green saying dam In paid typo struck mo as being comical Tho world is progressing and tho Free thought press may yot como up lo your standard Hope springs eternal Wo will forglvo Bro Groon this time for ho fell as you feel and a r feel and as every lover of truth feels when ho thinks of tho whole Christian schema of salvation A ghoul i and ovorshad owedtis the wojiArgument7 Thoro In ea HDsuroVBralnsr Abl5lvtffgivttQnBn t ucli a union has none and I thougiir o much pf Hletor Mlllorsstylo of writing How havo mighty fnJIeuJ And yet they toll us that if wo dont bcliovo In the result of such a union wo will not bo saved never was lost came very near It onco in running against an old bull sperm whnlo In lighting mood Thats the time Johnson was baptized wash ed not in tho blood of the lamb but ota hull perm whalo and rait water and tho language used on that occa sion was not In any of the qrocds I think it was the f6rc oftho language used that killed tho whale Thats why llko strong language Id dealing with the Christian lie Sincerely Yourp JOHNSON Its awful about an old man llko Uro1 Green swearing If wero to say any thing llko that my people just wouldnt stand iIookR like every body Is getting to saying dam Roy W S Ralnsford of St leorgos rectory New York Is reported by Now York papers recently as follows For those good men and women I would like to say a good word ann par ticularly for thoso missionaries over in China about whom excuse my being a clergyman all tho damned rot is being uttered tho rot that they wore respon sible for bringing on tho present condi tion of affairs In China If you want to bo good you think you havo no need of ansdclatlon no need of the church What everlastingrot Life Is HCntUIlllJKBut itov Ralnsford is the parson who said each church ought to havo its own drinking saloon and ho was probably drunk when ho said that as ho subse quently wrote notes of apology to all the Now York newspapers except the Truth Seeker If Bro Johnson had been a good Christian when bo got Into that scrap with that whale ho would have sworn tho whale swallowed him and held him down for three days and then throw up his contract because ho found it was hard to keep a good man down FROM A TRUE AND TRIED FRIEND Little Hlckman Ky May Mr James E Hughes Hollo yours received noted Whllo I am not averse to contributing my mite to what believe to be a good cause I think every business of whatever kind ought to bo selfsustaining You well know ama prompt payer for my pa per and at times havo given for tho cause of Mr Moore I think a suspension of the paper for a time would open the eyes of tho who have tho cause at heart If you could got employment of somo kind so you could live comfortably I would do U do not want you to give up princi ple for lucre but Infldols with money who pander to tho Christians for gain and lot their principles go for the sake money ought to bo taught a lesson I hate a hypocritical Infidel as much as do a hypocritical Christian I will contribute my and hope others will como to tho rescue If IlIad the 5000 that damned lying Christians have beaten me out of I would bo glad to give you and Mr Mooro flono of It Hoping friends will come to the rcscuo am ovor Your friend J W OVKItSTllBKT This is from a poor man who U deaf and dumb and therefore at a disadvantage hut ho has learned tram reading tho Blade how to damn the right kind of men lam 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l1nllr itrnly for Universal Mental GEOIIOE Loxavonn ntYou will remember that I pposo tho school because 1 was ld ito tho school or to any body Ud with It il am in favor of the h but long experience In In iopagandlsm makes mo bcliovo th els are too eloseIt tedthatI- s ry wordrto glvo tho money pr ly to equip such a school and I w thor havo 6no of our splendidly cu 1Ulver lttil thatare practically l Inpwapd getting moro so ov9ry equipped school that was all right in its Inl1del views and deficient In tho re quirements for firstclass education A N BOOK FOR THK FAMILY For Iho past two years Dr BFooto of NeW York has been engaged upon the rovtacra of his groat work entitled Plain Homo Talk and Medical Common Sense and tho now volume Just out is called Dr FootesHomoCyclopcdla of Medical Social and Sexual Science Over five hundred pages of now matter havo been added to tho previous work and tho now features of the book may bo called a Homo Cyclopedia for wlthlts extcn tlvo index thoro Is 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that I vas a prisoner I would send these to any body who would distribute them tree of cost but if I would distribute them free of cost there would be Christians who would send for them just to destroy thorn so that 1 will send them to anybody who will send for them at ono halt cent each agreeing to distribute thom T will return any money that may come after tho supply is out I will send assorted copies to each party Please send in your orders THE BEST FREETHOUGHT PAPER PRINTED Indianapolis Ind May 2 1901 Brother C C Mooro Find enclosed Postal Order for a few things to Interest this freethinker and ha4IsWMII p1cnd1dwoJ ours If you have a spare copy of Vol or Vol II of tho Blue Grass Blade II would bo glad to havo them to keep others It is the best Free thought paper printed Fraternally thine EDWARD S POPE A copy of Vol I or Vol II of tho Blade would bo a curiosity now They made a hot tlmo In tho old town I know of none except those bound In my file HAS SEEN ALL RELIGIONS DOESNT LIKE CHRISTIANITY Erlangor Ky May 1901 Rev C Moore Editor B G B Find enclosed for renewal Would like to write for you but am almost blind On my tour around the world visited ovory kind of religion known and am confident that the Now Tes tament was stolon tram tho Buddhists visited Hawaii Japan Corca China Australia In tact the whole ot AsKW parts of Africa and visited every point In Palestine that your friend McGar vey did und the whole of Europo except Russia ami the civilized world ought to blush for the way it has treated tho socalled heathen W WALTON The 50 Cents Club Plan for the Blade I am trying to arrange to material ly increase tho nmunt of type set In tho Blade I fall to print numerous matters of great Interest because I cannot set typo enough Pleaso help me on the 50 cent club plan Send me cents each for tho Blade for ono year for five or more papersIf send tho money any time and havo not tho names to send them to the money will bo put to your ere lilt and I will send tho papers just as you get tho names dating the be ginning of tho subscription at tho time the paper is first sent Going Southyou Inc tho Queen and Southern Ry lu fast every part of to Jacksonville anl Orleans 9 hours to t3 Port Ttopa parlor and cars re dining ch1lrs Throuetj yuUoanjtonll la cities un tlruttfti trr onr CNCAfION a JPf THE G RaRa Will Not Recognize Agnostics GRAND MARSHAL MONFORT RE SISTS SPARKS MEMORIAL DAY PLAN Prom Cincinnati Post There is a big clash on otwoon the local agnostics under the londe ship of Attorney Charles S SparK and tho Grand Army of the Rope lieTho agnostics havo orders to turnout in tho Memorial Day parado mill decorate tho graves of agnostic veterans The teachers of tho agnostic Sunda rr school had been notified that the 125 pupils would form a division in tho big parade Sparks was going to can sldcrable trouble to locate and marlc the graves of agnostics But ho has reckoning without his host Postmaster Monfort oxCor mander of the State of Ohio nOd now Grand Marshal of the Decoration Dny parade has put his foot down on tho plan Ho said Friday when told of the plan The agnostics cant do it The are not a society In any sense of the word and therefore could not be In vltod to participate In the corenumle It is strictly a Grand Army affair Eve the Legion of Honor will partlclpal as veterans only But wo would not Invite tho agnostics oven If they wore an established society The Grand Army does not believe in agnosticism The name of God has a prominent place In all of our ceremonies and I do not believe thero are any agnostl veterans Some Correspondence About the Above West Liberty 0 May IS Brother Berry I notice In tonight Cincinnati Post that Postmaster Mot fort of Cincinnati says he does not believe that there are any agnostl you can convince tho aIel reprobate that thero are several Write him a red hot letter and sonll a copy of your letter to the editor of the Cincinnati Post for publication Trusting that you will call him down in great style I am very truly J M BYLER d Editor C C Moore In the Cincinnati Post of May 6th Grand Marshal Monfort who Is postmaster at Cincinnati says ho does not believe there are any agnostic veterans A more silly and unintelligent expression I never heard in all my life It Is uiie that strikes mo so hard that I am not going to let It pass unnoticed Mr J M Bylor of West Liberty 0 calls my attention to it and asks mo to make It hot for him It is a very Insulting remark for any intelligent man to make and Mr Monfort wants to be convinced of tho enormous lie that ho has told nil ho will have to do will bo to visit thp I iiiMintmifYH rni i and I think he will learn something that will greatly benefit him both as postmaster and as Grand Marshal of the G A R Yours very truly JOEL M BERRY Monfort like other Christians seems especially liable to mistake whoa he comes to talk about Infidels There have certainly been many per sons who In writing me letters for mj paper and sending mo subscriptions have told me that they had been ii the Federal Army during our Civil t War and that they were Grand Marshal Monfort will probably hear from them through tho columns of tho Blade in very much the sane style that Brother Berry addresspt him I think Just like Brother ferry that in these days when the finest Intellects k In the world uro Infidels it was a fearful slamdown of the whole G A R a gross Insult to say that the G A R was made up of people of suet medlocro capacities that thero are uc Infidels in that organlaztlon The Commander Chiof of tho ar my of the United States Abraham Lin coin was an Infidel There were many regiments made up of Germans the most intelligent people in the world and therefore having the largest pro portion of Infidels of any people In tho world and Germans just like all other people aro Infidels just in the ratio that they are educated and In telligent and for Monfort thus to say that the G A R Is made up of the ragtag and bobtail of all American cit izens avoiding tho most Intelligent ol all nationalities is an insult to the whole GRAll over the country we see the very finest colleges and universities are having professors that are repudiating Christianity almost all of the larg est and finest of our American journa- lIsts are printing pieces that ridicule religion hardly any new book is a success these days that does not have some hit at religion and the churches are being compelled to overhaul their creeds to get the people to hear them qt all and for Marshal Monfort to say what he docs is to say that the G A R Is exclusively made up of tho low and uneducated classes of our people and nothing would bo more agree able to the unreconstructed old boy who wore gray for Dixie even though he profesesd to be a Christian himself than to hear this argument of Monfort that tho Federal Army was made up of the lower class of society This position of Monfort is perfectly In keeping with that of Christians everywhere Nobody doubts that the Grand would havo granted of thoto any number of members A R tho right to make any special dls play of their religious faith that they might have wishedto indicate In some special way that they were Jews or Catholics or Protestants or Bap tists or Mormons but when Infidels propose to do honor to their dead friends who died In the army of the government Monfort objects- If for thefittedMonfort were a man position of Marshal of the O A R postmaster orofor for position position under the govern for any went he would Have the Qualities of 9 1t heart and brain to know that the humblest body of people in the land ought to be allowed to take part In 110lng honor to the dead of their partlcul friends who were United States sold hers on that they and nobody doub t5 that Monfort would havo welcomed to the procession on Decoration Day negroes or Salvation Army people or scavengers hail such applied each In Its own organization nail each to do special honor to its own dead was a prisoner of the United Stahs In tho penitentiary put there by just Buch bigots as Monfort Is and tllClo the government on Decoration Dny gave a holiday to the members of tho Ar R and with all my prejudices my own South country against tho North or against anybody that w R against the South had to go oft to myself and cry when I saw those old men criminals of every varlet marching In solemn heartbroken pro cession not a smile on any face all of them old and gray snit many thorn crippled to do honor to the mei orI ory of their dead comrades ar though I talked there just as do her tho old Methodist warden who self was a member of the gave me the job of writing an accoui of It for the prison paper full as wrote of them I hall to stop agnln and again to wlpo the tears train thoso same spectacles you see lu my plotur or the pair like them that the nionki and ate Tho monkey hopelllthntfocals Poor Imprisoned Simian who lwows that It was not a deliberate adieu to suicide Some body ought to tell Monfo about n man tinned Robert loge soil who was Colonel of the 13th Jill tiols Regiment in tho United Slates Army mil of whom there wore mnny people who thought he was not yell orthodox Tho matter with old Monfort is thnt lie is ignorant He says Agnostics ai not a society In any sense of tl1l worth when only last November the annual meeting of tho Congress of hint society was conducted in Clncii inti and every paper in tho city gave long and perfectly respectful account of It and Dr Wilson the President of that society resides lu Cincinnati and articles from him frequently near in tho Cincinnati papers Every Infidel member of the G A R In the whole United States ought to demand Monforts resignation Un her his management tho Grand Arm of the Republic will degenerate Into an annex of the Salvation Army and discarding their decorations and ettlng red flannel shirts with a big rass S on each lapel they will soon forget Hall Columbia and The Star Spangled Banner and under the eadershlp of Monfort and Campbel tea Sundayschool superintendent vill soon go marching out to our Ni tonal cemeteries on Decoration Day with their hands crossed over their beasts and eyes turned heavcnwan ringing Am I a soldier of the cross a follower of the lamb REACHER WHO TALKS LIKE AN INFIDEL The Rev Dr Adam Goodman of Pi ulla Wls In a recent sermon anion other things said Knowledge upon many subjects In which we have taken great Interest Is only conspicuous by its absence and aith is as uncertain as life Itself rayer at the best is only an earnest desire or longing for those thing hlch we do not already possess or which others do not possess From cent investigation I am satisfied thn on an average tho Agnostic Inflde or follower of any other religion has as many prayers answered as tho Christian and perhaps more as his desire Is directed to things reasonable and in the absence of Christian faith he males a more determined offer him or herself to bring about what Is wanted especially Is this true of tbe student of natural lawsafter all Is said and done the only true merit lies In Intelligent effort whether prayers are formed with words or not We do not know that there is a God outsldi of forces in Nature and our faith Is wholly inadequate to solve the prate 10m We do not know that Jesus Chris Is tho son of God and our faith just as weak at this point as the other We do not know that there Is merit the shedding of blood for the remission of sins Wo do not know whether not a miracle was ever performed am atural laws as we know them fact Nature will more than offset the faith of tho most credulous and the man or woman who docs not recognize tho truth of this assertion Is unneces idly stupid and stubborn We know that there Is comfort in friendship peace in sympathy harmony In love elight In music art und literature that to progress Is both natural and mslble and to get out of the old timeworn and dingy ruts of ignorance cud superstition is most laudable Parable No 1I am now satisfied that there Is nc power any whore able to prevent our taping as we sow- Reported by J C BELL BELIEVE The Blade Can Have the Greatest Clr culatlon of Any Free Thought per In the United States Ryan Iowa May Friend C Moore Inclosed find J which I gladly give to help the cause along Paper grows better all the time Keel her moving believe the Blade call have the greatest circulation any free thought vapor In the United Statos Keep a stiff upper Up things will look brighter some of these days Yours truly J A THOMAS St John Kan April 27 1901 Brother Moorp The Blade has heen- sent me for sometime am much pleased with it Inclosed find for- one year from first copy sent lt strikes the keynote and Rounds- like a Gatling gun The lade is O K- Let her go GallagerI wish we had- about more such Moorcs to edit such gallant papers What has become of Watson Heston Ills plctnrel corne your paper very Frjiter nally yours OLIVER FRACK BL HON JOHN WHITE Discusses Politics Religion a Schools In KentuckyI For the Blue Grass Blade IIIt Is recorded that In April Mount Hccla discharged em mous columns of ashes accompanied with thunder lightning coil earthqi nks mil destroyed farm houses urled large areas of birch woods ruins pastures hurled scoriae two feet u clr conference two miles covered tl e face of the distant Thyorsa Rive with thick masses of slag and scoria dammed up tho Knnga River using the lowlands to be inundat sending prodigious quantities loose volcanic matter down the rl IS to the sea hindering the progrest f the fishing boats and covering th for 20 miles In some places tot lllllh of two feet At noon April 7 daylight wa ed Into pitchy darkness whllr cuing reports reverberated ovi ICl April 21st the column of shos from tho main craters rose thl height of 17000 feet Great mllll ties of snow fell accompanl d b storms that lasted a week an lpl denies raged among human elngs and cattle Sheep and rattle suffered s voro for of grass I rot springs it thl mountain Increased lu numbe and activity Ireland has been siibjt ted to volcanic outbursts since A 874 and the lava stream poured fo th hy Mt Hccla in 18450 remains miles long miles broad In some lace mill from 50 to 100 feet In hell 1 I take this as an Illustration caro not whether you call it God r na ture there are forces ever wOIk around and within our mother oarth which command our attention The operation of mysterlpwkj orcc among men shaping 1 soclo tics and political governments fS Ilrn illglous Neither the turning of mldiay Into blackest night tho violent r imbllr noises tho discharges from t Hee la which damned the Kang River and drowned out tho lowland in 1766 nor the exhalations brllllanll j Ilium noted by the glowing ember Mn the crater nor the river of glow ng lava pouring from the volcanic ctuntal of Iceland 40 mites from th coast 1845 are more startling t tan the conditions In human naturel Which called together the sectarian J Dj L L Ds and S C Ds In Blade phla within hearing of Libel y Bell last week Through the dally press 1111n that Rev H C McCook D D L of Philadelphia in an address m tho Progress of the Presbyterian Jhurc In the Nineteenth Century reci ted Idence showing that President IcKii icy had fallen from grace an that tho bookmakers of the Fresh Lena Church wore aiming to keep it in thl old ruts of absolutism foreord natlo mid predestination He calls the doctrine of pred istlm ion a goodly doctrine and basted hat President McKlnley on me ting a member of tho Revision Con mltte remarked to the latter So y nr are iQlutrtorBaso vour confess oiv of faith to which t ro Oomrilllleenifl eplled We are going to cons er the natter Well responded the President I hope you wont revise out of It tho doctrine of predestination This is a very comforting doctrine for a criminal whether In time of peace or war to be able to shift re iponslblllty from the Individual am cast It on God or nature Wuit It be gloriou for Kentucky womanhooi and manhood when Central University under sectarian control gets under ful headway at Danville Ky with Its icademlcs at Richmond Ky and ither small towns and using Its fluence through the legislative execu ive and judicial parts of our State hall undermine tho usefulness of the nonsectarian Kentucky State College ly Instilling into youthful minds the langerous and criminal producing loctrlno That which I do know not for not whet would that do I prac ice but what I hate that I do And whom he ordained them also ailed fours 7 15 I It Is refreshing to noto that UK Rev Dr George T Purves of Now York in his address before the Pres lytorlan General Assembly In Phlla lelphia on the Divine Purpose Bevel oped In the Progress of Time gave a timely note as follows The problem lies In the relation ol religion to the Intellectuality r111an- Wo want religion that will demand the rational assent of the human mind Here is a free thinker it ho donl crawfish Now Rev C C Moore please quit ussing in print Come dawn to books and do your level best tt taster a Kentucky State University Nonsectarian nnd let Rev Dr Blauton Rev Dr Roberts and Rt Rev W C Irecklnrldge the editor Dick Knott anll confreres known that there Is God in Israel that As many as have heed under the law shall be judged by the law for not the hearers of the law are Justified before God but the oers of tho law shall be justified For when the Gentiles which have not the law do by nature the things contain ell in tho law these having not the law are a law unto themselves Ro mans Lot us strive to protect the Ken icky State College from the valley and shadow of death predestination ireordlnatlon superstitious nbsolu tlsm Whether Kentucky was treated for tho Meadow Land or called The dark bloody ground because Its past murderous strife and wars matters little But whether wo shall hold free from superstitious tears all entucky land for free men and free omen now and forever is now a living question Very sincerely JOHN D WHITE EDITORIAL COMMENT It Is probably from my own lull ness but it is a fact that I do not get all of your Ideas clearly into my healt Certainly you are right and havo my sympathy In your desire to have our State College which Is aiipposa ly nonsectarian unembarrassed tho near presence of a purely sectarian aftalr such as proposed to be bad t 7 Wi ASS BLADE In the Presbyterian University Tho Presbyterian doctrine ot prQ destination and foreordlnatlon is not only stolidly and basely stupid and rational but us you suggest it Is lIe moralizing and debasing and brutal lug In Its effects up on the human race to teach people to worship a bolng who would just arbitrarily set apart a portion ot the human race for hnll Illness and a part for misery and Not for any glide or ill theyd done afore probably no blacker heart over pulsated than that of John Calvin who was tho patron saint of that doctrlu nevertheless there Is no dogma of tho Bible that Is taught any more Jllnlnly than that sumo doctrine as uudorsto by Calvin nail his followers to this day So that the thing for us to do Is not to side with or against this or lhnt sects Interpretation of Bible but to repudiate the Bible In toto as any proper guide to us lu this enlighten age of tho world It Is very strange that McKlnl should have over mode tiny such mark as that to that Revision Com mlttccman and as It Is a preacher who Is reported to have said It the maller must at least he In doubt for all preachers scrupulously exercise tholl right to lie for their religion as taught them In the Bible Romans 37 mill Its quito possible that McKlnley nevcI said It And yet ho may have done so as part of his successful polltlclai plan to gain the favor of every bon or simply because It Is a matter about which he being a politician hind done hut little thinking suppose he Is really quite Ignorant of tho elemoii that enter Into higher criticism to day and that his views of theology are about as crude as the average prone ers Ideas bf the duties of McKlnlesj Is but little If any dlfferen between a sectarian nail a nonse tnrlnn college They both teach relig- Ion tho principal difference being that ono professes to do so and tho othor does not profess to do so or profess not to do so I have many reasons to regard Prest dent Patterson very highly apart from the fact that he Is my relative hut a born Scotchman he is if posslbl e a deeperdyed Presbyterian than Dr Blanton and in all the effort that Is being made even among tie more ad vanced class of Presbyterians to dn their religion from the very low dellths of intellectual degradation that it oc espies no Otto has heard a word from President Patterson when he Is ound to know that In the firstclass collcgi s all over tho land it Is getting to be Impossible to retain a profesor of any distinction who has not at least a bli for Infidelity Evidently you appreciate this trenll when you say It is refreshing to note that Rev Dr Burns wants a religion hail will demand tho rational assent ol tho human mind You know that to rationalize religion to destroy all the dogma of it and leave only that modicum of mornls that Is common to all religions and which In the case of Christianity has been borrowed from Buddhism as the Jewish women borrowed the els of the Egyptian women You put In your list tho Rt Rev W PJJookJnt1Innabe1l1gtW1UW t lOroughl the lru of Prcsbyterianlsm and yet only a tow lays since he In his paper the Herald paid to Tom Paine the only trll ute befitting his character morally and ntellectually that has ever come from the pen of any Kentucky editor cept myself Of course these men that you nam know that the Bible is not true nnd hat tho talking snake of Eden and the immaculate conception of Beth jhem are simply specimens of old iupertltlons scarcely If at all 10 amped for use by the Christians and hat had their prototypes lu over ago and clime centuries before the Christian religion came into existenc just by tho audacity and cffrontcr allll mendacity and cupidity of priests jUBt as Mormonism has successfully one right here under our noses In tho noonday light of the nineteenth entury You and all other Intelligent met must learn that in religion they an fraud and Ignorance and stupidity athcr than truth and reason that aln currency Trying to hold down Presbyterian Ism or any other ono sect of Curls hens dogma is simply cutting off the tall of tho stroke Instead of brulslni Its head as by Bcrlpturu suggestion Neither you nor these preachers be 1110 these Bible stories any more that do You are evidently struggling to e free from such Intellectual am moral slavery and the preachers hold- on to them because they make tholi loney out of this like Alexander the oppcrsmlth in the days of Ephcsiis and because their brains are cramped Ilnd narrowed until their bigotry and petty disputation and logomachy arc their principal sources of Intollectua entertainment if it be not a mlsnomoi to call it such Look at Ingersoll and Talmagc re pectlvoly representative men ol median Infidelity and Chris amity and you son what mean tho first by far lie most conspicuous and influential charactei In the nineteenth century and the tor a mere theological mountebank anll intellectually scarcely more than a driveling Idiot Tho first a great able soul who dies with scarcely a competency because his generous heart made him glvo his money to others and the latter a lifelong de atee to money getting by every available scheme from recommendations of soal down to theology There Is In Kentucky a grand harvest lu which the laborers are few have hoer all along whore you there aro not enough gems In Gol conda or South Africa or enough In California to pay me to go back whut you and once believed In man about tho Christian religion You can do nothing In any kind of dorm education or anything else tIl can gain access to tho reason of tho people and all religion and cs jclally Christianity is essentially un lasonuble Throw oh the sham he honest and brave and come over into Macedonia and help us Kingston N Y The Virgin Mary is Immense be a few weeks before tho olub- can bo raised C E PRESCOTT THE BLADE Is the Peoples Champion of Common- Sense Gentrys Mill Ky May IS IJliio Grass Blade Sirs Find In closed 2fiO for which send tho Blnllo to tho five parties whose names Inclose on order blank think there should bo a concert effort made not some tine In tho rllI tore hint right nowto greatly In crease tho circulation of the Hindu Lot us get a move on us Bend fio subscribers now and shall send 110 more In a few days The Blade Is the peoples ohnmpi of common sense Mrs Henry Judgo Iadd Dr Wlillon and Klddcr are probably the nblOllt contributors anti as writers they 1lIt second to would like to seo tho mibscrlptlo roll In so last Unit Brother wouldnt know whlohono of the hoys he grainiest trlhiito that we spay to Editor Mooro for what ho hns accomplished In frcydoms salIoll cause and for what he inns HiilTur and endured at the hands of fosttlllz hypocrites would lu to work wllh might main to extend clrcul lion of Ills splendid paper- Henuinhor that ho Is a Titan 1IlIlnllt whom the thiiiideslyilUi tlf thw Olllls have heel hiirlodhrvnln Ho a jollier on tho temple of freedom but Is a destroyer of th mouldy fabric of superstition lie haK lifted the sacred veil that covered thl triumphant boast exposed Itfl horrid deformities to the astonfnlu gaze of thousands Ho Is one of tho grand architects of fate Of course he will not be flllly appreciated until his earthly taut uncle has been dissolved in tho great galaxy of the worlds Immortal his name will shine With an iHcroanIi splendor as long as man loves VlIOr atcs and honors the memory of his benefactors JNO W ANDERSO1 This Is nil certainly very cncoura J Ing nail well pays mo for much thnt I have endurod for the cause or lIh erty There are probably lu the wOllcI some thousands of pooplo who thin of me just as the Brother elms ir wo divest his language of much that Is dictated by eloquence and enthusiast and yet or all those people tier will probably not be 100 who will do much to help lib cause I doruud us this brother tram a little couiiti town am glad unit proud that It In Kentucky nod that am u proplu not without honor In his own land WREATHS FOR MAY COLLINS GRAVE OF THE GIRL FOUN DEAD IN BOSTON DECORATED- BY FREE THINKERS Boston Traveler IFrom Ky1 May 11An imlq ibr iliunyMiar tthcrqa hitt4iml Lexington cemetery yestorda aft rnoon over the grave or thu note rllrts MayL Collins tho pretty Mil way Ky girl who wltU Samuel b Putnam of Chicago President of tho Freo Thought Congress of Amerlci was found dead in a room in au apar neat house on St Botolph street In Boston on the night of Decombe 189C The ceremonies were conducted b tbe local society of Infidels mad the thief speaker was Dr J B Wilson iJf liiclnnntl President of tho Americai Jocular Union ami ono of thin fore post free thinkers of America Then were no prayers lint the grave wall covered with beautiful floral wreaths 3omo 25 free thinkers gathered to tartlclpato and hundreds of Christian ooked on The young girl wins n prodigy Bo ore sine was 12 years old she pro Kiiindcd to Billie students quostloin vhlch they could not answer She be ono a writer nnd lied Just taker tho lecture platform She was In hoi Oth year In Boston sine rant Putnam am lor friends claim that because sun kas unaccompanied by Westuri deaths Putnam accompanied hoi to her lodging place after lion lecture nnll that whole In earnest converse before parting the gas having icon turned on in one burner thoj fore overcome and both died ol sphyxlatlon Comment The above lad a picture of Miss Collins THE BLADE IS WORTH THEM ALL But Must Discontinue While He Spends a Lot of Money at PanAmerican St Knthorltio Mo May IS Mr C C Monro Diinr sir All my thlW to tho B G lens oxplrod nod am going to leave this tiny for the miAmerican to ho gono five or six lonths think It Is host to stop your iper until get back or locate some horoolso very sorroy to have to stop for It Is llko rays of sun line In a cloudy July tn mo It my Blblo or Bibles am 05 yoars nd tl1lw six other papers but the Blade Is worth thom all You will hour from again Thanking you for past far still remain yours respectfully C D CRANDAL Thats a sample of the only kind of lettmlI over get that iniiko me doubt holier havo done right In dovot Ing my fortune nnd my life to Infidel Ity When a Christian writes mo an aim slvo letter and tolls mo that my damn old papor aint worth hell rm m thnt is all right and what expected allll shows that am gutting In my w01k and feel complimented by hav- Ing a Christian to hate mo because thl1t Is what they have done for nearly every otter mull who urns over dono anything to elevate and advances race But when an Infidel who lout plonty of money to spend six months on an outing cuts oft tho pitiful tanco that ho semis mo to atop a that is sunshine and Bible and 1I r all thoso nlco things to him Instead of Bonding mo for ten subscribers and Behind tho Bars to encourage my poor old discouraged heart while ho goes oft to have a irolic on plenty of mono begin to think that havo beer a rool to give my life to the set vice of that kind of men EIGHTYTWO YEARS OLD Likes the Blade More and More All the Time- 1epilanuu May 20 youtrueel Tho converted atheist who ordered IngoiioUg books burned at his ru nornl all a token or recantation of their doctrines merely gives the neglected writings a momoitl or conaplciiousncsu bylintlamb expired with him Seldom In so short a space are there more lies to lie foiimi than In the above which must he the production of some clerical lend beat who has been made to snort by this flame In gorsoll Thomas Palno furnished till opportunity for tho clergy to bccoinc adepts In tho art of lying so thnt It hns he collie second iinturo for them to do so With the dnlly reportu lu the pa pars ot the harlotry prticticed by the- clerical frill rnlty It domes with a had grace from then to accuse a man of tngerftolls woll known habits of mordtrleloiiRiioss The Influence of litgorsoll Is shown by a demand among all religious de nominations for n ruvlslon of their erects TIll Bishop of Detroit lately sold Hrethron wo no longer wnnt the religion of John Wesley thnt was good enough for the time he lived In we want one that good enough for the time wo live In lu a recent ministerial convention In PIttsbiirg lately a prominent Iresbyte rlnu clergyman Tine Pros by to rian Church Is honeycombed with Infidelity A Methodist Bishop from London arose sail said Tire same thing may substantially he said of the Methodist Church am 82 years old like your paper rbettor and hotter wish could tbmmore for It Respectfully yours JAMES P DICKINSON i THE DECADENCE OF SAM JONES Georgia people aro once moro race to race with tin stupendous propo sition of how to avoid tho deleterious effects of Rov Sam Jones offhand profanity disguised sermons Lex Ington Loader harm said rill yoars that did not believe Smut Jones could continuo his Ignorant and disgusting career un death would relieve the country of him and yet when have said this it his been hard to realize that what was saying was true when saw tho great gaping crowds that were Following this theological mountebank And yet ovum moro than I anticipated tins been realized IO tram n aecudgr paper atitl fora r it tnacaoiuiL ilJoil tffITJUi tailed down by tine modoIll or oV tlothodlst conference for Indecent fan sago are tho only mentions of Satin lows that hove seen in tho papers or a long time through a parlJIyou could hardly pick up a pro t ln1l1llltTalmngo on down grade to b11 ivlon and hlx mime has almost appeared from tire papers except ns ocommcnding patent moillrined nUll nap and win those two men are lead that will tin last we hoar of iiRwraoll wiltfon the other band tStutlto honor him with monu montsI 4 Plorsou lawn May ipoi C Moore Esq Lexington Ky My Dear Sir and Friend I still mull on today a hutch of pnponi giving Halls or the double dose of clerical UHsednosB we are just now enduring In this country This is all within the umplolllto Brotherhood and right un tho top of a series of successful vivid meetings In which many souls cero saved you know The little article I have marked hermit not to open lips is worthy place In lime Bludo explaining It doom tho anlmu of tho Grlnnell Burch trial or their former professor of applied Christianity and why ho Cll1 veil join In the formation to do wllh church council which stall t him What hart such a froo thinker to do with lui rcli councils Tints oven casts a glint of light over divorce suit nnd illegal scandal that has followed Icrronn resignation und retirement tile coi ego church The church tiJnlofTtov M Wick hnlll at Sloltx Olty jour county seat especially ulproim and unlqiio In irlpturhl methods of attack upou his ilr convert As those are not the only cases of ronkodnoafl among prennhors lu this vicinity ovoii tho Christians say they ally bullovo tint proacliors are worso than ordinary men Gue tin church hns a stomach Hill of salvation inure bouts YMrta for the Ninety and Nine that wont not nanny S K BENSON SIMOLEONS FOR HESTON Arcadia Town May 111901- C Mooro Editor Hear Sir Enclosed find 62for two copies of the Blade and to aid Brother Watson Hostou I wish- tho Devil or the Shadowor of tine ifol other would Inspire Lliieruls to do a little charity where it Is so much nOClll1l It Is nil well enough to preach Iburnllsm and roast tine sky pilots hut to aid a suffering brother Is still beUlI I wish you a long and happy Yours DR J B II FEENSTA You are mighty right brother limey talks Theres a woman on our dollars you know The Virgin Mary pamphlet Is now rendy far delivery ten cents each or twolve tor U i4 if rlt 61f1i