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Digital page images are linked to the text file. il 4- it1 If iil BLtE GRASS BLADE I HAJF DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD THEM DO UNTO YOUCONFUCIUS THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TO DO GOOD MY RELIGIONTOM PAINE htir rwn v1N AN HONEST GOD IS THE NOBLEST WORK OF MANINGERSOLL J d J-j Ig 0V r 2 EDITED DY A H w 20liJIT OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE i VOL X NU9J LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JANUARY 26 E 11 302 X100 A YEAR TERMS OF THE BLADE Isaiia for one year 100 5II 260 TLRMNE10o per year In jutrsnco lu clubs of five cent foreign iciiptlons 9100 MAKE ALL dranand Express orders payablo 0 the Brmo BLADE Lexington Ky DO NUT order paper discontinued without paying arrears THAT on printed address tab subyWUBNYOU change address advise as Hew address IAwell I hotboxyouw Ire a new or old Wb scriber r OxRioHiif pnbllaatloni 19 Kaat Third Street KNTBBHDat the Post ottloo at Lexington Ky si Hoooud las Man Address all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P 0 BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky yurInClub Ratesand Sample Copies The llrAPH will be sent for cents a year each for any order for VIVlCor more Sample ooplea will be tent free AGENTS FOR THE BLADE Anybody can be an Agent for the IIBlade by sending two cents each for or more f ADVERTISING IN THE BLADE Rowells Newspaper Directory says 11+ + + 5368 + + Average WeeeklyClrculatlon + + for 190W + 1 BLUE GRASS LADE + t Lexington Ky + + The leading weekly in the + + State Published in tho heart + + of the Blue Grass Region Clr + + dilates iu every State in the + + Union and In some foreign + + countries + + Reaches a Ifberal class of + + buyers Advertising rates and + + sample copies on application + 1 + + 11 + 1 + 111My terms are 1000 an Inch a year paid in advance regardless of the number of Inches and for nothing less than a year CHARLES C MOORE 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 tolled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into dlahonortItIt do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without be coming prejudiced against this liquid crime All 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 has 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 not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol OIEB3 s INMMOLU THE PAMPHLET WOMANS RELATION TO THE CHURCH AND THE CANON LAW A autlfullyjrlnted pamphlet pub fished by James E Hughes of the Blue Grass Ulade Lrjxlngton Ky has Just pamphlet Is just from the pen of Harriet Closz one of the strong est thinkers among American women The title of this bronchure Is Woman and her relation to the church or Canon Law for women As the Century has ushered In a new regime thlai pamph let is most timely The age of fable and chivalry has capitulated to the age that demands facts and justice man who through the past has known little of either is laying hold of the first and demanding the second and this little work will bring the truth in regard to womans position In the Christian Church la doubting and In vestigating mind without tho labor of wading through Voluminous histories In search of fact Harriet Closz Who Is a studeut a deep thinker and an able and trenttiant writer has mar shaled her factshsuch a manner as tot arrest the allmjtlon of the careless and unfhlnkingj while It will Impel the studei t to dissect the fallacies and falsifies of ecclesiasticism promulgated Inrfcicard to woman and her relation to te Christian Church Mirrors may beraTther a distorting or a Tattering medium but women are re alizing that tltey have been unfairly dealt with awl they do not care longer to view rellgtbnTvQm the priests stand Po Jdi1l 8a fr Piit llftor theJft position In the chtiVqh and the clergy wish they knew lees The mass of thftn have never even dreamed of a position above the out of silence and subjection Imposed upon them but a higher type of woman is appearing whose Ideas of justice and epidemIcIf the clergy will give a careful read Ing of this pamphlet Closz they will gain muchvaluable In formation that they will not exert themselves to acquire through other chan nelslhey will recognize that women are pbjectlng to the religion formulated for them lit church councils and dealt out from the pulpit and are striping out on Independent lines When faith and women part company the present system will fall as did the Aristotelian theory before the discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo and this will happen whet woman comes face to face with the truth It Is all right for man to accept the teachings of the Bible if he Is mentally put up that way for the Bible calls him the son of God and the church honors him with positions of power and profit but no woman aroused from her hyp liotlo spell of faith can twist honor and dignity for her sex from Bible com mands and the position assigned her by ecclesiastics Harriet ICloszshows by a ccepted authority that Icy touch of canon law leas qlwuys In sulted degraded and robbed women of their human rights and Is doing it to day as far as It dares do so The Bible Is In every womans hand but as a general thing they are as Ig norant of what It teaches In regard to their sox as the umlaut with a Greek lexicon in Its hands But the world Is blessed today with a type of big brain ed courageous women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton Helen Gardener Murllla Ridker and lIalTletll Closz and a host of lesser lights who are not blinded by faith nor fear and who tell the truth as they had It The key note of womans position was struck by the old Scotch wonmu who while reading her Bible was ac costed by her bishop with these words My good woman do you enjoy that book She replied Nay nay Rever end Sir as read ell the misery woman whichlHrewas born a woman am sorry that the good Lord ever wrote the book and told the men nil he has concerning us It gives them an excuse for the con tempt and cruelty with which they treat us If the Womens Clubs of our country that discuss everything from the Greek drama to street cleaning and are trv various plans to secure justice will call a halt on their present methods and freely discuss this pamphlet by Harriet Closz on Womans Relation to the Church and the Canon Law and act on knowledge they cull from It they can with no other weapon save knowl edge club the very life out of unjust laws and customs and womans law makers would soon stand with hat In hand ready to deliver all she demands Harriet Closz has rendered splendid servlcn to humanity In this pamphlet and It should have a wide circulation We hope the friends of free thought will send copies ot it to bishops priests and t deacons and scatter It broadcast among women who live so far from the high road of knowledge that they never know within Let all who attend the congress secure some copies of It for missionary K HENRY from Cincinnati Post CORRUPT POLI TICIANS THE REAL- ANARCHISTS Dr J Wilson Declares the Great est Menace Comes From Those In High Places Dr J B Wilson lectured Sunday af ternoon before the Economic Club at Vine Street Congregational Church on Imperialistic Ecclesiastic and Econ omic Tyranny the Causes of Anarchy He said Progress and justice depend chlefly upon humanizing tho churchUpo- Its clergy becoming intellectually hos pitable like Mr Bigelow and every pulpit like the rostum of free speech and free inquiry When church does and church society open as wide for the honest laborer as for the dishonest plutocrat society may hope for a bet ter system of equity and justice- am not here to denounce capital ism nor to apologip for its crimes am not here to uphold anarchy nor to apologize for its crimes I am here simply to speak of conditions as they exist and as they effect humanity CAUSE OF ANARCHY Despotism joined with ecclesiastic- ism Is most monstrous crime against the human race and the cause of all the anarchy existing In the world When Europe Is rid of monarchy and ecclesiastic domination over the brain the child there will be no anarchy The millionaire who purchases a 10f In the Senate of the United States- h4re1C xi1 vSeQlt r 1MJ4ists There are politicians In Cincin natl who would steal the custom house and run away with It If they could They corrupt the ballot defy the law break down all reverence for franchise demoralize the Ignorant vat er and thus weaken the national con science and crush the love of country out of the American heart DANGER IN IIIGII PLACES Every rightminded person knows that liberty Is not license to watei stocks and corner food products are starve the poor and exempt property from taxation and corrupt tine ballot and plunder the State and force are ligion upon It It Is the very people who commit these crimes who prate most about liberty What Is liberty to them Is crime to the other matt The greatests danger existing In this Nation may be found In high places TIlE ANARCHY BUGABOOI Most of this alarm about the An archy Is mere bugaboo He has no money and no Influence Give him free speech and he will say his say and go to bed and harm no one But If hounded and prrisecuted and suppressed they meet In the rear of saloons and lu sellers and nurse and magnify their grievances and grow sul len and morbid and eventually become a menace There Is always security In free speech turmoil wllh out It PENAL COLONY WEAKNESS About bills Lave been presented to Congress requesting the establish ment of a penal colony- A penal colony smacks of despotism It is line with such Governments as Spain and Russia It would be a confession of our own weakness of govern ment It would be a stigma upon publican rule It Is the first symptom of legislating anarchy out of the Government is nonsense Con gress may us well attempt to legislate smallpox measles Insanity or the Prohibition Party out of existance Legislation can not apply to ideas or to securracy and it will spread like a contagion Congress could not advise a hotter method for the spread of archy than a penal colony If we must have it it should be made the dumping place of the stock manipulator the of lice buyer and legislative scoundrel as well as for the poverty degraded fana tic UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL Pewamo Ionia County Mich December MR OTTO WETTSTEINNo avenue Denver Colorado Dear Sir and Brother Watch and chain received today and to say I am greatly pleased Is but expressing it very mildly I am delighted I could not have suited myself as well had I been there In person to make the selection because you have a long experience and no rfnl knowledge only know what looks nicely The case think is a real beauty anti chain Is beautiful too I will do what can to try to get others to order front you I surely have a watch worthy to be proud of Yours truly MRS H JANE HOLLY IitiJ iwJIt ti BRANNSICONOCLAST A RELIGIOUS JOURNAL THAT WILL DO NO GOOD IN THE WORLD I have received from some unknown soilrce It has no exchange list and would not pay for ItBranns Icono clast for January It Is now as It has always been a religious paper and lilt all religious papers calculated to do harm priest once told me that besought tickets to Branns lecture at Cincinnati to take other priests and himself to hear Brann It Is hardly possible that any priest would do that for a lecture front a man who dis cussed religion unless the priest thojight the man was a friend to Ca tholicism So far as am personally concerned Ititt man is to advocate any brand of Christianity next to the Quakers who are really a good people I have most sympathy for Catholicism not that It Is any truer than Protestantism but that it has at least the dignity that attaches to old age and the Catholics have never personally persecuted me as Protestants have done and Ca tholicism Is managed on a more digni fied plan that Protestantism is The saintly bones and old rags and hair and toenails that KIdder categorizes as objects of Catholic veneration are no more absurd than the Protestantes clall Campbellito washing- a or bap fiat tifp getting to ratite to heaven I was a horse pond convert or the eating and drinking of a cracker and wine as a religious ordinance whether regarded as the real presence of or merely typical of the body and blood of Jesus Of course to us who have been rear ed Protestants absurdities of Protestantism are not so patent as those of Catholicism and vice versa only astonishing thing about this sac rament In the Catholic church to me Is that a Catholic Irishman is content to let a Dutch or Dago priest swig all the liquor while the Irish layman Is put off like a parrot on a piece of dry cracker In all the religions of the world there Is nothing that so im presses me with the sincerity of any votary as the fact that the Irishman Is willing to subunit to this The last article In the January Iron oclast Is a eulogy of the dead William Cooper Brann a man who as the natural outcome of his own teachings came to his death as one of the prin cipals lu a pistol street light in which he and two other of his Christian brethren were killed and two Innocent passersby were wounded There was hardly one of the popular Immoralities that Brann did not open ly advocate In his paperhorse rac ing prize fighting liquor drinking to bacco using and Negro burning In cluding a proposition to exterminate the whole Negro race In America The Iconoclast of today while not so rabid as Brann made it Is In the same line of thought George Osburn Turkname significant under the circumstances Branns eulogist says When a McKinley man for there are Republicans in Texas taunted Mr Brann with a dare to put up his money at three to one Brann Immediately wrote his check to cover the amount which although I told him he could but lose was placed in my hands as stakeholderThe of Brann then Is a man who boasts of his Intimacy with Brann by exploiting fact that Brann honored him by making him his stakeholder in un election bet And yet this unturbaned Turk closes his eulogy of Brann with these words Oh religion Gods greatest gift to man what things are cloaked under thy name There Is only one allusion to the liquor traffic in this issue of the Iron oclast and in that can be read between the lines the sympathy of the Iconoclast with the liquor saloons in Chicago in which city the Iconoclast is publishedIn about the Chinese there Is no reproach of the Christians for their recent wader and robbery lf l itlJ Ii of the Chinese to convert them to the Christian religion The right of Christians to Invade China is tacitly recognized but the editor favors the exclu sion of Chinese from tnls country Under the head the Sacredness of Monopolies the editor has a boost of Rev Philip E Holp of the Congrega tionalist church a model exponent of the Christian religion according to the Iconoclast By an Interesting coinci dence after the Iconoclast was Issued In January and before It came to me the Blade had published lu Its issue of January that came from the press on January a part of the Associated Press dispatch from Anagala In diana giving an account of the arrest of this same Rev Philip E Holp of till Congregational church for a menu of crimes one of which was his being engaged with a pretty brunette nam ed Frances Jackson In traducing young girls for prostitution Another editorial In the Iconoclast Is against old Dowie tho famous Chi cago Christian fake From that edi torial extract as follows Of all the colossal and monumental frauds of the new century none can equal that practiced under the guise of religion by John Alexander Dowie Elijah II he now styles himself with headquarters In Chicago and branches in all parts of this country and Eu rope aaaIt remained for Dowie to establish a new precedent in the business or traf licking In religion It may be Interesting to compare Elijah of old with this modern postor There we nee a great historical character sturdy courageous He strengthtyvr amangrhls peopleahone nndunattel1tW edw about the inodern Elijan Wherever he goes he lu surrounded by a srtong guard WhyP Perhaps he Is afraid some of the poor dupes he has robbed may try to get back what be longs to them Elijah of old was fed by the ravens Elijah II lives In luxury froth his ill gotten wealth wrung from the poor the weak the afflicted the lame and the blind When Elijah of old received assistance from the poor widow he repaid her kindness In a wonderful way by a barrel of meal that wasted not and a vessel of oil that failed not Elijah II gets aid from the widow and orphan but when he once gets his claws on their savings they can never hope for returns The first Elijah walked among his people worn weary and footsore second Elijah never goes out but In his carriage drawn by the finest horses and gayest equipage The first Elijah came Into the world a poor man lived on the bounty of Providence and his friends and died pour He Dowie holds the record as a barterer In religion He Is In religion for the money there Is In It the same as many politicians Do any of bur readers suppose for a moment that John Alexander Dowie would use the wonderful healing power he claims he possesses for the benefit of any human being unless he were paid for it He claims to represent Jesus Christ the Man of Sorrows and Infinite love Then we shall see whether he passes from this life as did that grand old prophet Elijah in a chariot of glory in the midst of a whirlwind We think not It Is mole probable teat he will take a tumble into a lower region and be received on a hot spittle and have a little of his avarice and cunning fried out of him Exit one of the hoarheaded frauds of the century it the Iconoclast does not know that the whole Christian religionthe Iconoclast IncludedIs a business of trafficking in religion and that It Is all conducted for the money there Is In It he Is too stolidly stupid and Ig norant to be connected with any lit erary publication If he does know this and Is so dishonest as to pretend that he does not know it he is too dishon est to be connected with any literary publication and In either event we Infidels do not want to touch the Iconoclast with a tenfoot pole Jesus Christ the man of Infinite love who wantonly destroyed 2000 of his neighbors hogs and wantonly de stroyed another neighbors fruit tree and wantonly kicked over the mission ary boxes in the temple and damned to everlasting fire and brimstone in hell all people who did nqt believe as he did whether they had ever heard disciplesLukeUNTO YOURSELVES FRIENDS OF lam MAMMON OF UNRIGHTEOUS NESS and accordingly the Catholic Pope is worth 60000000 The Protest ant Pope Edward VII the libertine and greatest of all living debauchers of women Is worth untold millions and has one preacher who la paid 75000 a year and two others who are each paid 50000 a year and If Dowie gets his little 1000000 according to the Iconoclast or 4OuU000 according to Dowie himself he has only done what the loving man of sorrows plainly told him to do and what the pious Iconoclast man would jump at the chance to stand In with Dowie to do If Dowle would let him Elijah the marvel man of the Irono clast Is the man of whom the Bible says Kings 215 The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Ellshn and the two men are so nearly identical In name and In every other particular that as a Bible reader for years have to this day to turn to the sacred text to tell which Is Llgy and which Is Lishy Of the latter the scriptures depose thuslv Kings 22324 And he Llshy went up from thence the Bibles own bad grammar unto Bethel and as he was going up by the way there came forth little children out of the city and mock ed him nud said unto him Co up thou bald head go up thou bald head And he Llshy turned back and looked on them cursed them in the name of the Lord And there came forth two she bears out of the wood and tare forty and two children of them In theology I always want to bear the market and since the Prohibition ists put me in the penitentiary I am not so awfully opposed to gettingon atare as usher was I dont care a snap for the little Jews I think there were too many Jews of the brand they had those days any how but am In hearty lpathr with the Soc for the Pre of uet r 11Iili1IDd r always hurt me to thlnkof those two poor bears each of them waddling around with tough and Indigestible children on her stomach probably with their boots on and catechisms and all far from my earliest recollection I have had a strong Impression that those children were coming from a Presbyterian Sunday School have no prejudice against anybody especially children and more especially when half of them are probably girl children for calling any body bald headed because am not that way myself and am not sensitive on that sub ject and especially when It Is not in evidence that the old fellow waa not baldheaded but my heart goes out in sympathy for those two she bears who In addition to the domestic troubles they had on their minds had each to have Jew children on their stomachs and I think that under all the circumstances the Iconoclast ought to go way back and sit down and stay down until It can fipd more sympathy for what Bro calls Our Dumb Animals RELIGION VS LAW In an account In the CourierJour nal of a Louisville court trial there occurs the following- No verdict was rendered owing to the fact that W H Landrum one of the jurors Is a Seventh Day ventist and refused to consider the case Saturday Landrum notified Judge Evans this morning of the decision but the Judge forced him to occupy a place In the jury box Landrum would not listen to the Judges Instructions Ho was later locked up in the jury room with the other jurors and refused to take part in the discussion Knight was found guilty of embez zlement at8 oclock tonight Juror Landrum decided to consider the case after sundown You see in a United States Court a jury man has not only to be religious but his religion must be of the orthodox brand The Bible says perfectly plainly that Saturday was the Sabbath but if Uncle Sam says Sunday is the Sabbath God has got to go way back and sit down- Catholic Toast Orator In a Camp bellite Church The Louisville Times announces that at a banquet of the Christian CampbelllteJ church lit that city Judge Mulligan a Catholic of Lexing ton will spealfto the toast The Ken tucklan Looks like my old pards are keep ing up with the band wagon Judge Mulligan is a good fellow allee samee like Mellcan man Send In your orders for the Sacrament by Grier KIdder ten cents each or twelve for ont dollar L r BLUE GRASS BLADE THE BROADAX y SHOPS AT THIS BLADE Louisville Ky Jan 302 Editor C Moore Dear SirI enclose the artlck clipped from the BroadAxe which tries to answer the comments of the Blade on You and Doc Wllson pub Hshed under the date of August IS 1901 have rend snore carefully ami would like to hear what you have tc say If the quotations of this Broad are correct It puts the Blade n light of falsifying the records inaccurate In quotations We 1Axo believe the Blade would publish false or malicious but only It believes are the facts Per haps you can answer the article toI the satisfaction of your friends here would like to hear the Blades ar gumcnt In reply to this As there la qulto a number of U M Cs In the dumps over this thing It would cll to give it careful consideration j anti your answer as wide publicity as possible Yours In U M LEEHART have rend the article It 9ccuplcsj over thc columns In fine ended by saying Concluded next is sue in the Broad Axo which Is a religious tomahawk edited in Louis title I do not know what the U Cs are but the dumps must come easy to them have read the piece There is nn Indication of my having falsified tho records or of my having peen in accurate on the quotation The BroadAxe has been so long in f answering It that it puts me to sons disadvantage especially as have no r copy of my paper containing the arts cle nearer than my office eight miles article begins thus THE BIBLE ON DRUNKENNESS A man who would Interpret law or tJJ practice medicine as some people in terpret and apply the Bible would 4be permanently disbarred from the for malpractice or com mitted to nn asylum for feeblemind irednessdevout man In full possession of his mental facilities would Interpret f Scripture In so reckless a fashion die torting the meaning and falsifying the record Only a heathen could declare that the Bible commands and encourages drunkenness No wonder the Psalmist asked Why do the 31 heathen rage and the people Imagine a vain thing The liberal sentiments of fidel t ity have sometimes landed their advo i cates in States Prison Whoever hearth of a genuine disciple of the and meek and lowly Nazarlne being j thrust Into prison because tho teach ings of Jesus Christ were obscene against morals the States statutes Yet this fate has overtaken one dls t clple and riot long ago a froethlnk ted fraud upon the ballot ioc A man Sully imbued with the teachings of the Blithe and loyal to Jesus Christ was never Inspired to do wrong Let us examine the passages of Scripture which this blatherskite and vain d- istsembler says commands and courages drunkenness Under the heading in the BA aman uacrlpt marginal note says Answer to the Blue Grass Blade and from the two words pne disciple a manu script marginal note says Was this C C Moore Tho reference to a heathen seems to apply to me as also the one to States Prison though he neglected to mention that had also been in Jails and was tried two other times for the penitentiary am punctilious In my journalistic Ideas and hate to butchered by thesee a newspaper job omissions of salient facts Yes there nave Been a good many of us preachers who have gotten into Jails Paul and Silas were both put In Jail and Paul was given thirty nine lashes beside and Jesus not only got into prison if the prophet Is to he relied on Isaiah C38 but he was hung besides Acts 30 and 10 39 But I think It must have been some other fellow who com mitted the fraud on the ballot box have not voted for anything but Prohibtlon for twenty years and it has been a good many years since have ever gone to the polls and a Prohibitionist In Kentucky would not stand much of a show to commit a fraud on the ballot box It seems any man of common In 1telllgellce would try to designate any man In Kentucky by saying he com milted a fraud on the ballot box have been reading newspapers for over a half a century and have been writing for them since 1857 but thats the first time ever read any freethinker committing a fraud on a ballot box The paragraph beginning Whoever heard even If it had been properly printed Is meaningless Tho BA quoted me accurately as saying that the Bible commands and encourages drunkenness The Bible plainly and unmistakably says that men ought to drink until they get so drunk that they cant stand up and then fall down anti puke alt over themselves so drunk that he cant lie on the ground wIth- out holding You will find this Instruction In Jeremiah 25 2728 which says Drink ye and ho drunken anti spue and fall and rise no more Any man who has not the common sense to understand that this Isa Bible command to drink liquor until tho parties puked and tell down too drunk to get up has not senso enough to edit a religious newspaper And yet because say this that any body can see to ho true this religious editor that professes to be a follower of the meek and lowly calls me a blatherskite and a fool and a liar In various places In his article Of course the man Is nothIS to me dont even know his name but when I tell you that these leaders of tho Chris lien religion are hypocrites and liars for money use this Louisville fellow to show what mean In this article this fellow says Honor the Lords work with upon t- Ir L r l d tIJl J7 hearts and pocket hooks The pocket book Is the seat t ofthe wholo business and they follows doat caro a damn for any thing In the business but the money and this follow Ill call him Smith hates mo and tries to scare mo with his gab about hell and evldentlj hopes will go to hell because met like am are spoiling the little scheme of such men as he Is to live without working for It and you wll find that Smith will mighty qulc stunt up when ho finds that he has gone up against a man who Is unit all the tricks of this trade In answer to my point that the il leged first miracle of Jesus was to make wine out of water Smith closes up a string of buncombe as follows Moil and women redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ have something Netter and nobler than winedrinking out riotous living However If men and women make and drink only the kind of wine that Jesus made we have no objection whatever By all means drink wine made wholly out of pure waterthe good wine The danger comes from bad wine man nude wine Wo heartily commend the watcrmado wine Theres no sense In that meres poppy cock Of course Its all a He about making wino out of water one of the various miracles that had be longed In many other religions long be tore Jesus Is said to have Leen torn an there never was any such man horn hut certainly all Christians Catholics and Protestants all over world- laro swigging the sonic kind of wine people get drunk on when they tend like that wine Is blot the cracker Is meat when they take the sacrament Plainly In the story of the wedding at Cana of Gal ilee the fellows that wanted more wino thought they got what they called for when they got the moon shine article that J C made Then Smith expiates on Tim K23 that have quoted where Paul said to Timothy a young preacher and supposably a model for the balance of boys Drink no longer water but use a little wine Heres a plain command to let up on water It might do to wash with and fish in but it was n g as a drink and the thing to drink was good rod liquor Timothy himself to decide how much was a little have heard a thousand men admit that they drank a little liquor but dont remember In my whole life ever to have heard a man say that ho drank a big lot of liquor Smith sldns around this Instruction to Timothy by saying It was only tended for him personally Ofcourse on the same principle all the other epistles In the New Testament were only Intended for he parties to whom they are addressed all of whom lived years ago anti the skybusters are simply making asses out of them selves in applying those teachings to people of this day A sample of Smiths Scripture ex egesis as follows Timothy was very strict as to the uso of wine avoiding it entirely In this her was not unlike the Nazarlne rhw 1t n 1Qf14 told himself wine and strong drink This is an allusion to the Nazarito in Numbers 14 A Nazarene was a man who lived at Nazareth and a Nazarito was a man of particular religious sect that had no connection with Nazareth and Nazarito simply means separated These facts you will find in Scotts Commentaries on that passage Smith says Td say that Paul was favoring drunkenness and debauchery would be preposterous He was strongly op posed to dram drinking as his words elsewhere prove Smith cannot finlany such words elsewhereIn on Jeremiah 25 27 where God tells people to get so trunk that they cant stand Up Smith aysrNowhere in this text or elsewhere does God through Jeremiah com mand or encourage drunkenness with wine but drunkenness of the sword- thaw lived In Kentucky all my life and have seen a good many brands of drink but never saw a man get drunk on a sword and have seen these show fellows swallow swords clear down Into their turn ales Kipling and saw a fellow swallow a whole lot of nails and crews and tacks and glass and walk off as sober as a judgesoberer than some of these Kentucky Judges No Smith old boy getting drunk on swords wont go down us In the Blue Grass And beside all this I never said that God commanded people to get drunk on wine Just said ho told them to get drunk on general principles- suppose whiskey or beer would do Just as well Just so a fellow gets on a regular old he drnnlc and if a man got drunk on buttermik or swords or Just any other old thing it would have to count if he was good drunk hut it must be a shonuf drunksor- ank you puke and fall down and cant get up until the cops get you Again Smith says A heathen quotes Ezra 33 as encouraging drunkenness buts there are only ten chapters In the Book of Ezra it Is evident that ho has missed It again Better guest again neighbor A heathen must have teen drunk himself when quot- Ing Scripture or else woefully Ignorant of the Bible Possibly both Whether Smith is lying or mistaken or possibly both about my ever hav- Ing written taat or whether made a mistake In writing It or the printer made a mistake In printing it shall probably never know but Smith Is right In saying that Ezra has only tell chapters and as Its the only time he told the truth In the whole five umns hes got to have credit for it for hate to think theres a man In Kentucky who Just cant tell the truth about anything Then Smith goes back to lying again He says The Song of Solemn has no Terence to drunkenness or intoxica ting drink Wine here meant a cup of wrath to Jesus who died to satisfy the demands of the law hence to a cup of mercy We are bidder to lilng abundantly to satisfy ourselves illy of Christs Joy It seems hall given that reference is one that advised wino drinking but t any hotly didnt know Smith and LIM h didnt know me nnd didnt know the- Blbleho would naturally supposi that Smith was rteht wizen he sali the passage had no reference to drunkenness or Intoxicating drink and Smith Is careful not to give tlu passage Sol was going out so tin story goes on a lark with his hest summer girl and thin whole chaptei Is the toughest reading In tho Bible You know that bcsldo his 300 regular wives Sol hall 700 concubines and they were probably pretty gay girls In that verso I cited Sol says hnvt shrunk my wine with my mills eat friends drink yea drink abundantly beloved Of course It might havt been soda water or ginger pop 01 Coco Cola that Sol wanted his best girl to drink but It certainly 110s say that Sol look wine In hlscn and as Sol didnt belong to the Y M C A and It doesnt appear that the gltl belonged to the W C T U there an awful strong presumption tl11t Sol was trying to iget sonic of tin rosyMown his best girl When Smith talks about a cup of tho wrath or Jesus thats theology and you know best beloved that we rank outsider are not expected to understand that kind of talk dont remember cvei to have sampled any of It hut sup pose its a Prohibition drink like Hires Toot Beer Then Smith to tho fat that Jesus neighbors called him a wineblbber and a glutton says Calling Jesus a drunkard docs not make him one Had ho been all thin his enemies charged him ho cool not have been perfect That he was perfect faultless of character Infl dels from Porphery down to B F Un derwood have admitted Ecclesiastical history anti people who hint Smith spell that old hcil busters namo Porphyry I guess Smith Is wrong In saying that all Infidels have acknowledged that J was such a peach Voltaire camo between Porphyry and Underwood and Voltaire In speak Ing of Jesus said Eccresez Ilnfame which means Damn tho wretch Near the end of his moro than five columns Smith says A blundering heathen concludes his diatribe with theso remarkable words Not only are there all these that favor and encourage liquor drinking but there Is not a single passag Jh1 tho whole Bible from the first of Gen esls to the last of Revelations thai says plainly that nobody should get drunk and special friends of God such as Noah and Lot got on Tags We have seen that tho passages he sights do not sustain his contortion In a single instance and that his statements aro a strange mixture of Ignorance anti Absurdity Now let us look Into the ease of Noah and Tot Hero Is tho first Instance where a heathen tells the truth He says Noah and Lot got drunk This Is an absolute fact That Is a pretty good stand off Limit that Smith atha truth once when he said have but 10 cuapters In It and he allmlts that told the truth Jklien sam Wilt brim nr uoli chums got on Jags but when sale that there was not a single pajssage tho whole Bible from to Revelations that says plainly that no body should get drunk Smith was not ready to tackle the proposition mill called a halt and said Concluded next Issue If fall to see it somebody please nark those passages that sa plainly In the Bible that nobody should get trunk and send them to me Tho BroadAxe Is coming to me hilt may over look it P SSlnco the above was written have looked up the matter about ny alleged error in quoting Ezra 23 1334 Tho passage that intended to give md possibly did give Smith himself taking thoerror or my printer doing differencorThe passage says Thou shall be lied with drunkenness thou bait even drink it and suck It out Vnd yet based upon this small error which is probably not mine and ho explanation of which Smith could easily have found from a con iordence If he had been ordinarily ntelllgent and honest Jie denounces me as a liar and a perveter of the Scriptures and rejoices in the hope that burning in everlasting fire mill brimstone Is my doom for having done his God says plainly Kings 22 ind 2 Chron 21that ho would put a lying spirit In the mouth all his prophets and Paul argues Romans that It right to lie for tho Christian religion and these fellows like Smith who make their llv ngs out of religion wlll not only lit for their trade but will denounce as liars any body who tolls tho truth HESTONS PICTURES Would Make the the Best Paper in the World Everett 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WEBSTER CITY lOWAJnn Another man of God Is now languish Ing In Jail because ho could not per auntie his creditors that the Bible cept make unto yourself friends ot the pOIIIIliarIn neighboring towns objected to this Son of God taking these virgins to This theological student anti expect ant preacher J Knntor of this place Is certainly a man after logs own heart and n most coiisistaut Christina While serving his apprenticeship ns a soul carpenter he systematically swindled his creditors With Bible in hand bo walked rever ently to church and always assisted the services of the sanctuary placing es pecial emphasis on the teaching that Testis paid It all and made his teach- Ing practical by casting all his debts upon the Lord He Is said to have over thrown the tables ot the money changers by winning all the cash at the games while ho thanked God that he was not like other Irreligious oleo who missed the consolation ot being spiritual Instructor fora largo class of young ladies In the Sunday School When he left his wife and bahCor greener fields and newer pastures he virtually declared that such was his faith In God that It was unnecessary to take thought for the morrow whnt the should eat or what they should drink for he expected the Lord to provide for them oven as he fed his children with manna mill with quails or as he sent the ravens to feed Elijah It Is too hall that there are no harder tests for Christian consistent religionist hall not yet received his degree but held a trial charge and did substitute work He tins spoken several times in tlie largest church Iin this city Congrega tional though his preference was the Church of Christ Campbelllte A year ego tho writer participated In a newspaper discussion with tli ls man of Gall which covered a number of weeks and aggregated several columns He was arrested Christmas morning on a charge of swindling various Insur ance companies and It Is said he request ed tho officer to release him long enough to permit him to raise his voice once more In praise of Lord as ho was scheduled to take part In the Christmas song servlct of one of the fashionable churches hardhearted servant ot the law refused however and iir Curls Ban was marched to Jail where he Is doubtless studying his Bible and prepar ing to justify his conduct with Its pre opts when he Is brought to trial HARRIET GOT USED TI IT Smithsonian Institute Washington Jan 9 E 302 Dear Mr Hughcp Enclosed find to conthu- laleiIF Ser fitif6treytrIeifirhl hang ly do without It now since I havo got used toil One communication from Mrs Henry Is worth a years subscription and as for M Grier Kidder who loves to rhyme with a California wld Lerwell he Is just too utterly too too had on North Calllner My daddy was born thieve nUll what they dont know about religion is noth- Ing to nobody however only a very few of them know what two gases combine to form water FRANK BURNS There are people In the mountains of Kentucky who make their livings by malting salt 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Klnsey Smith He probably parts his name In the middle to keep from being John of report Is as follows Dr Smith called attention to the fact that this government was partly founded on tho Christian Idea and dill not drift away from It until tho Constitution was formed He said there was no phraze In political lint lance which reproEented a more dead ly heresy that a government of the people for the people and by the per pie lo contended such Is Impos sible If this Is a Christian nation Government n a Christian republic Is of God by God and In Its highest ends Is for glory of loll declared Dr Smith All civic righteousness must begin with a denial of those Jments we the people nnd In the namo of Almighty God should be the list words of the Constitution The speaker said Christian men must be put Into olllce for as long as politics Is strlfe of parties a blind drab for the Spoils the nation can riot prosper as It should Christians aro doing far more to make Inflicts than Infilels are doing If It were not for tho assistance Chris lanky gives us lit our Infidel ifrop igandlsm wo would make little prog ass have heard Protestants say niL my life that the purpose of tho Catli ollc Jesuits was to get control of the civil government and the Protestants tail that on that account tho Cath olics arc dangerous to this country And ibcn tho Protestants sold all Catholics were Jesuits But sen timents of thkl fallow Smith shows hat that Protestants aro just as much Jesuits as the Catholics are There Is not a Protestant sect In Qjiniclliteto Barnestltc or PIcljleddIte thl would not take charge of this govern neat and have Its own sect as tho sstnbllshcd religion of the country If could But fortunately tho hatred which ench sect has for tho others trJ1evera real probability that tho Catholics ivlll get Into civil flower and then wo want that Revolution and go to chopping off heads Smith and Czolgosz iro birds of a feather FROM AN EXMORMAN AM Falls IIaho Jan C C Moore Sorry to hear of 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our plannt Without that Incentive our earth would never have swarmed with life Nor Is this confined to the an imal kingdom Many If not all of the spcrIcs of the vegetal world rest on that relation Tho human race In primordial times like the lower animals of our time moved In obedience to tho die antes of nature Males and females mixed and mingled In free intercourse Marriage was a tiling of slow growth It followed the natural desire to protect the offspring Tins necessitated a union for a limited period during the infancy of the prog emy The ties during this period gradually hut slowly became real af fections Once this state of things finding a lodgment real love came Into being and as a consequence a desire to perpetuate the relation Here we have true marriage founded on natural law for true marriage can rest only on natural affection Without such the relation of the parties Is concublnatus Unfortunately during the rise of the marriage relation there grew up a priesthood mediators between mythical gods and men The people were yet savages the priest possessing more cunning than the ordinary savage and seeing opportunity to gain ascendency over his less fortunate neighbor Insisted that the gods re quired his presence In fixing the final act of the union of the male and female Such was the origin of the priestly power over marriage If wo go back to remote antiquity pick up the scanty record evidence and view the barbarian but one step above the savage we shall find him In the tribal state prescribing through the priest rules for the union of the male and female At this early time the head of the thaIdictate tho terms the marriage relation Tlollower thus arrogated was both civil and ecclesiastical An tlrae art of the manage of the tribe became burdensome 1ment man a division took place were two heads the one took charge of the civil affairs the other those pertaining to the gods In the division of spoils a conflict Inevitably sprung up as to who should have jurisdiction over marriage and sep that early day down to our time the claim of right to control 1own In most countries has been forth by both civil and the eccle ImrtlesIover tho matter the weaker of the two had to give way With few exceptions tho world stands today on the civil law mar riage a relation resting on civil con tract but this is far from being the universal rule It Is In the ascendant and In time will be the only practice We may declare the rule today to be about as follows Under the laws of all civilized coun tries where oliurch and state are sep arate and even In some where they are not separate marriage Is treated as a civil contract mud may be entered Into by all persons capable of making any other contract As before said the relation Is a nat ural one dating back to tho earliest tribal society From tho time of Constantine early In tho fourth century the church assumed exclusive jurisdiction over the question of marriage and divorce This power she held for over a thousand years known as the dark ages during which time flue world was held In the grasp of tho church The people were ruled from the banks of tho Tiber except during tho short periods when Christendom Lad two and even three popes Tho Council of Trent In tho Ifilh century In order as It was claimed to do away with clandestine marriage but more truly to enhance church revenues made the celebration of marriage by a priest essential to Us validity Hnglaud having adopted tho recognizedI overthrow of Catholic power In that county In Franco while under the domin ion of Rome tho church refused and elsewhere where that church Is su premo site still refuses to recognize civil marriage Site stigmatizes all 1such marriages as Incestuous and void and declares that parties without illvorco are at liberty to ou ter Into marriage relations with any other persons To this claim tho civil powers give no hood thus leaving the church and state nt Will with each other The Roman church denies tho right of di vorce for any cause hut to avoid eon diet with the state and at the same time to satisfy sonic of her people she has substituted annulment of the marriage contract In placo of divorce By an met of parlalment hr1753 England declares that a marriage to be valid mist bo celebrated by a clergyman but this act was repealed In tints restoring the civil mar riage contract After the Revolution of 1792 Franco passed laws recognizing only civil contract marriages leaving the parties at liberty thereafter to go through the Idle ceremony of a marriage by a priest l In tho earlier days of thin Unman republic no marriage could bo con anl11lehlans some of tho German states the legis latures forbade marriage of parties who failed to prove ability to support families This rule existed In Bata via Mecklenburg Wurtcnburg and Borne also In Norway But It Is said that among the evils arising from prohibition Illegitimate births became numerous But naturo steps In hero heeding neither civil nor religious ceremonies even though tho result be fatherless children In Italy since 8lil note qfhor than civil marriages are recognized by tho law In Netherlands In 1787 a civil law marriage was adopted by tho Protestants Tho French Revolution rondo tho civil marriage apply to the entire nation Since the twine of Na poleon the civil marriage rule hits rapidly spread over most of the Ilized countries of tho World At the present time In Franco Belgium Ger many and Switzerland no priest can perform the ceremony of marriage un til a civil marriage has taken place Introduction of civil marriages In Catholic countries has everywhere met the most determined opposition and still they are on tho Increase Drive nature out sho may remain a fugutlvo as long as tho pressure Is on but when that slackens sho will return to pay lieu debt with Interest In Spain In 187071 laws were en acted making only civil marriage legal leaving the priest to perform his ceremony If ho saw fit either before or after the civil marriage In 1875 these laws were amended so as to legitimize ecclesiastical mar rlages of Catholics which had been celebrated by tho priests In wilful disobedience of the law In 1889 tIlt law was again amended requiring a civil magistrate to bo present anti make a record of all marriages by priests otherwise the priest could not perform the marriage ceremony In Portugal Cathollces must be mar ried by a priest alt others may have the civil marriage In Austria both kinds of marriages are recognized leaving the parents to agree as to the religion of the chil dren In the absence of such an agreement boys are to be brought lip In the religious tenets of the fathers and the girls In those of the mothers At the age of fourteen the children may choose their religion- In Hungary after a desperate strug gle with the ecclesiastical power marriage was In 1894 ant on the civil basis leaving the prirtles at liberty to Invoke the blessing of tljeprlest Civil marriage laws prevail In Ico and Brazil while In Peru and Bo livia the church holds the reins In Russia and In other countries where the Greek church dominates the civil marriage Is hardly recog nlzed In Russia since 1874 only for dissenters From the foregoing we have learned the origin of the marriage relation and In tracing Its history we see how today that the relation Is regarded by the civilized nations of the us now look at tho next branch of this subject Divorce We must keep In mind that the ascendency of the civil over the eccle siastical power on tho question of matrimony Is the result of a long bit ter continuous struggle the priesthood contesting every Inch of tho ground nor has tho church though prostrate at the feet of the civ il power given up the struggle Her life depends so much on her control of the marriage relation that to surrender this old claim would he such a loss of prestige as In the near future to compel her to unfurl her sails anti cast anchor to keep off the rocky shore where deaths yawning Jaws are open for her crow As tho marriage relation the living and cohabitation of man and woman Is the result of private contract be tween the parties thereto Is there any good or valid reason why the parties who make a contract to live In union should not have the ower to dissolve that contract by mutual agreement The power to make tho ono carries with It power to male tho other Parties capable of making a contract are In all other affairs held capable of amending modifying or annulling such contracts Is there any valid reason why a contract of marriage should bo an exception to such rule other than on public policy that Is so far as tho public Is Interested Of this more anon The first contract rests solely on the mental capacities of tho contracting parties The state stops In only for the purpose of pro serving evidence of tine marriage Tho reason for this rests on two grounds public policy and private rights both for tho benefit of the state anti of tho parties to the tract Without some evidence tho re Intlon of tho parties umlaut at sometime become doubtful mint thereby seriously affect property rights But tho strongest reason for preserving this evidence lies In tho fact that there are likely to be children whoso In terests might become jeopardized In the absence of record of proof of that grounds It must bo obvious to any ono that record evidence of marital relation should bo preserved Now for the divorce A permanent separation of the parties united under certain circumstances such as Incom patibility of temperament etc Is as natural as the marrlago relation From quite early times laws of most civilized countries recognized the two kinds of divorces divorced a vinculo matrlmonll mini divorce a mensa et thoro tine first Is ab solute tho second Is front bed and some of tine American stales the married parties are allowed to divorce themselves on this second ground without tho Intervention of court by a simple contract In writing In which they may regulate property questions also questions as to children subject to any subsequent Intervention of the court In matters affecting the welfare of the children of the marriage Mr Leckly who probably has no economy rule that parties who art capable of entering lulu tho civil contract of mar riago should have tho right to annul such contracts whoa relation es tablished thereby ceases to bo condu vivo to tho welfare and happiness of tho parties this rule to prevail whet there are no children to provide for Tlio Church of Romo hits at all limes denied right of divorce on any ground but owing to tho civil laws In favor of divorce which every where prevail tho church has been forced from her position on this ques tion at least In fact If not In theory While she still refuses a divorce sho cotihontB to what sho calls an annul ment of tho marrlago contract on tho alleged ground that marriage was never valid nome over true to her ecclesiastical Interests never falls to find ground foe annulling tho marrlago contract enleral into by votaries when tho demand Is urgent and more es pecially when tho consent of tho church Is sought by tho parties who aro willing to contribute freely to her coffers This annulment was got ten up for a double purpose first satisfy the devout conscience 6r claim of certain civil rules who wanted to rid themselves of obnoxious wives second to Increase tho church rev dubs by the way of license or per It granted by church which Is to ho paid for in proportion to the ability of the applicant In tho exercise of this plenary er tho church furnishes somo twelve or more separate grounds for annul ling tho marriage contract some of which are mere shadows but they moneyThephlne although by a priest at the re quest of tho poeople annulled by a council of seventy bishops on the alleged ground that the ieremouy did not strictly conform to tho rules of tho church By a law of 1792 the French legislature allowed divorces to granted at the request of the two parties also at the request of one of them on the ground of incompatibil ity of temperament as well as on many other grounds Under these laws divorces became so numerous that In 1702 nearly wero granted in Paris alone Tills led to a mollification of the law but did not change the provision for di voice by consent In 1810 divorce law of France was repealed but was reenacted with some changes in 1881 From July 1884 to January 1892 over 40000 French divorces wore granted In England divorces are rare granted until recently by act of par liament only and then confined to acts of adultery on the part of the wife In 1857 an act was passed conferring on tho ecclesiastical courts power to grant divorces on the ground of tery of the wife In most of the Brit ish colonies divorce laws are about the same as in most of the American Lecky In speaklngof the effect upon tho morals of the people of dif ferent countries whero divorces are absolutely denied or granted only on a few specific grounds says morals In such countries do not seem to be any better than In countries where the laws are more liberal He does not see that the morals have suffered by liberal divorce laws This writer quotes with approval the laws of several countries whero divorces are granted by consent where the mar riage has been a failure resulting in unhappiness front none in South Carolina to an excess In some other states In thin census returns for 1890 In the United States over 40000 then and nearly 72000 women lire mentioned as divorced exclusive of such as have re reviewing the laws of divorce for many of the most advanced and most enlightened countries of the world and learning that divorces da riot have a tendency to Impair moralstfor affect tho general good of tho community we see no reason why married people should be com polled to live together to spend their lives In misery simply because tiny onco agreed to marry When boh parties to the contract after duo trial reach tho conclusion that they would bo bettor off time their happiness would be increased by a permanent divorce why not allow them to have their wishes gratified What right has tho state to Interfere with private affairs of Its people when they are not content therewith and why should tho courts Interfere except to tho extent of seeing that tho children If any are protected and possibly to seo that tlio terms of sop aration be just and fair that no undue advantage he hind as to the matter of to these rules let par ties dlvorco themselves their con tract of divorce like marriage should become a matter of record If how ever tho parties fall to agree to a dl voice or the divorce Is sought by only ono of the parties then In that case tho court should Intervene as now Should It be made afterward to pear that undue infiiience or fraud has prevented tho Injured party from obtaining fair bargain In tho dlvorco or separation or tho Interests of the children should bo involved thou aid of tho court Invoked Whoneever It Is Imperatively de mantled for tho general good the state quay unquestionably Interfere On this ground It would seem to ho duty of the state to seo that Idiots liuiiUles and persons who hat o dis oases which may bo Inherited aro not allowed to propagate It may bo doubtful whether stato Interference should go beyond those limits Tho question has often been raised as to lion far state should go In prohibiting persons from bringing In to tho world largo families of chill supportWostates of Europe have Interfered In such cases Tho question hero conies up Is It right for a few to fill tho world with children for others to main ttaln It would seem that ques thou should be answered In tho meg atlvo on the ground that no man should use his own so as to Injure may be sail as to th matter the state should discourage In stead of encouraging too many birthse In conclusion per spentIn do not hesitate lo say that worlds cursed with too much legislation too much Interference with Individual liberty and this curso will contlitua to Increase so lung as our legislative hollies aro filled with brainless asses bent on mischief and on exhibiting to the world through their enact meats profundity of their Igno rance Abolish tho popular legislative branch of government mid substitute therefor a commission of a few able men with life tenures as in the municipality if the city of Washington and this evil would come to an cud Such men would enact needful laws anti repeal all others which would wipe frpm our statute hooks 1011Jof their present enactments Tho politician and tho priest have ever boon In the path of progress feeding on the life blood of people ono robbing of their money and their liberty tho other taking from many not only their money but the free use of their brains A REED SHAKEN BY THE WIND have received the first Issue or Reeds Isouomy published at Sail Antonia Texas James Armstrong Jr who it will bo remembered by sonic renders used to write for this paper being Assistant ICuitor always regarded Armstrong as pos sibly stronger In the arm than In the head though in some souses he was a pretty bright writer lint he seems lo be now as when ho wJotobCllr the Hlade a kind of religious mugwump rlitsavH things about tlicBIblo and God anti Jesus Christ mixed up with moie eiich words as devil danuied anti hell than ever use even when have some of worst spells on me and yet you cant understand whether Iwmlll lie seems to write tho whole magazine is a Christian or an Infidel and to be plain take It all together dont see what they expect to do with such a azIne unless it to make money which is generally what such things are printed for In a very bombastic nalutatory It sets forth the fart that It dont care a damn car anybody and alnt skcered of any body anti goes loaded for bar and Just going to knock people and things light and left like and that Its grand and glorious purpose Is to largely Increase the commodity of Jus tice In the landget up sort of an Old Hutch corner on It as it wereand going to see that the lowly and the poor and the oppressed are all going to have a regular picnic In having things com ing their way and yet In a near edi torial he takes the Teddy and Booker T Washington episode as a text and he abuses the poor nigger for everything he can think about for nothing on Geds earth but the fact that he Is a nigger and James In a little onehorse Texas town nobody ever having heard of him or hjs town either stretches himself no and looks down on Booker like a giraffe would look at a frog f 4aveno reputation for being short on olicek but Jeems lays It over me To be plain with Jeems for want to help titan he Is not fit Intellectually or morally to black the boots of Booker pT where they raise jack rabbits and cow boys and bronco bust ers that kind of rot may pass for sense but out In the great civilized world today It makes Jeems look like an ass and disgusts all proper thinking people Theres a whole lot in the paper that ought to be quarantined and fumigated before Its turned loose on the country It has a greatdeal to say about sexual affairs decrying the state of morals In that department as It right to do In any proper style but there Is an overdone straining at salacity that teems to be Intended to captivate the young and amorous and make them blow In their slmnlebns for Reeds Iscnomy that regular nauseating even to as tough an old cuss as am There are things In it too Indelicate to allude to except tot purpose of guarding nice people against There one piece In which he gives relit to his pyrotechnic kind of an Imag ination In telling what ought to he done to a negro who would rape a white woman Dantes Inferno or St loins little old onehorso hell described In Revelations would bo only a nice Summer resort compared with what Jeems prepares for the nigger who saults the white woman and yet the piece Itself 16oks as It were Intended to Incite by Indelicate description lowest grade of negroes to do very thing of which Jeems complains Jeems gets off that same old gag that always gives me that tired feelllig It that Roosevelt Invited Booker T into lilt house he ought to be willing for Booker to uaarr his daughter It wouldnt make any difference If Teddys daughter were too young to marry or was already married or whether Hooker was too old to marry or already had at least ono wife Teddy must not Invite Pooktr Into his house unless he Is Ing for Hooker to marry his daughter utterly regardless of whet hmlhlHlllllgh tor wants hooker or Hooker wants the laughter and from the way Jeenia tea sons nhout It It evident that he thinks nobody ought to Invite anybody else to his or her house unless the Inviting party is willing for Jim Invited patty to marry his or daughter especially the Invited party be a tVale dont know whet her JeeniB Is married or not but ho evidently thinks that when he Is Invited to anybodys house Its cult the elegant way for tho parties to say tint they want hint to marry their daughter and of course he would decline any Invitation to any house whero thero was not a marriageable daughter hundred times In life have been arguing that we ought to try to help poor negroes and some Idiot or female would say to me How would you like for your daughter to marry a nigger At such times am always sorry tha am a preacher and cant cuss There would be Just as much sense In saying How would you like to eat a piece of stewed nigger I reckon we oughtnt to get mad at fools In cases when they are Just born that anti cant gel over It But this mightylIlallgeam now of till opinion that no tint should lie allowed to edit a paper until ho lias been examined by a competent board and pronounced morally and In tPlltclmillly fitted fur It Travelers to California Naturally desire to see the grandest anti most Impressive scenery en route This you will do by selecting the Denver Rio Grande tutu Rio Grande Western The Scenic Lit to of the World and Thn Great Salt Lake Route in one or both directions as 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