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Digital page images are linked to the text file. ri 44 BLUE GRASS BLADE 02i DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU CONFUCIUS THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TO DO GOOD MY RELIGION TOM PAINE T s AN HONEST GOD IS THE NOBLEST WORK OF MANINGERSOLL ifl VEDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUDLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE IVOL XI NO 3 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY MARCH E M 302 8100 A YEAR TERMS OF THE BLADE II1s8ue for one year 100 6II u 260 TI2RMHfl00 por year In advance lu clubs of ttvo cent foreign sub scription 160 MARK ALL ounBiia drafts and Express orders payablo to theBLUn JHADB Lexington Ky DO NOT ordor paper discontinued without paying arrears THAT on printed address tab the time ot expiration of your sub scription WHEN you change your address advise thin office 8ylng o dUxi1lfol pe u WHKN you send your subscription say 3 whether you are a new or old sub i scriber i OFFICE of publication Kast Third j Mtreet ENTERED at tho Post office at Lexington Kyas Hoooud Class 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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 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 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 n ot wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff MlUd alcohol uunm INMMQKE F f EVANGELISTBARNES A CONVERT TO DOW IEISM Prom CourierJournal STANFORD KY Feb 20The Rev Georgo Barnes till once famous mountain evangelist has become a con inert to Dowlelsm He has written a mug letter front Washington to the In tenor Journal In which he declares his hill acceptance of Dowlo as Elijah the Restorer tho messenger of tho cove nant whom God has endowed with power from on high and authorized to proclaim the acceptable year of Lord as theCourlerJournalbeardless except a big moustache For nearly years have stood alone opposing tho Influence of this man Iris Influence has been a very bad one He was known as the mountain evangelist the early scene of his labors having been the mountains of Kentucky Ior years the mountains of Ken tucky have been the most famous lace for crimes of the bloodiest variety In the whole world In the Issue of tho Jfrom which take the above ping there are the details of the Lee Turner moonshine saloon fight In which seven men Including a sovern ment ofllcer were killed have mall It a point to hear much of Barnes preaching never heard nn Insinuation of anything hut the most radical ortho doxy come from him I do not re member ever to have heard him utter a purely moral sentiment It way all for Jesus und all the purest religions perstitious vagary lb had cert c trL r Lay IlJ god ti t n etUI meaningless wdrd being eomposouTof the Initial letters In the sentence God Is love and nothing else Thero was and suppose Is much In the appearance of Barnes to Indicate that ho Is daft In his intellect and In his largo autobiography the accounts that he gives of his father would cate that this was true of the senior Barnes who was also a Presbyterian preacher Mercy to George 0 Barnes would Incline one to say that the man has not been Intellectually responsible for what he has said and done were It not for the fact that so much of his life has been a toadying to rich veonle as he Is now doing to this old scoundrel Powle In all of America there has never been a more flagrant case of ligious fraud than Doyle Slatter Tal mago and Sam Jones not excepted and It seems Impossible that Barnes would not know this Had Dowle not succeed ed In making a great deal of money 4000000 and had been a very much hotter and very much more Intelligent man there Is no r asonto suppose Barnes ever would have believed In him Barnes life has been a most striking Instance of how a man can live In luxury without labor without giving any valuable consideration for the money he gets by preaching- In Lexington und In Louisville the houses of tho rich without regard to religious denomlnaUonallsm were not familyhuttheir rivalry for the honor of entertaining him and it he preferred to put up for weeks or months of his preaching two or three times a day at the finest hotels there was rivalry among the rich as to who would pay his lintel bills for himself and his family of both sexes tho lucky payers name and puff to be printed In the papers In this way Barnes and his family wore and ate the finest and travelled In Europe and clear around the world In Kentucky tho crowds that gathered to heat him were larger and from a higher class of sod ety than ever went to hear any outer preacher In Kentucky except my grandfather Barton W Stone- have personally witnessed timings In Barnes preaching that I could hardly believe hall they been told me by any one else have seen the largest opera house In Louisville packed until there was neither a seat nor standing room In It with the very finest dressed people of Louisville I have seen perfectly blind people led up to Barnes on the state and he would pray over them and anoint them with oil and pronounce them heal ed right then and there and have sewn men arid women who tram their dress seemed to be the aristocracy of Louisville rise from all over the opera house and stand until their names were taken down to be printed In the Courier Journal as persons who were brought to believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God from having witnessed the working of miracles by ileorge 0 Barnes In the name of Jesus Christ nail the Courier Journal then and now the only metro politan paper that Kentucky ever had published long columns of accounts of these things with never a hint that there was any fraud about them and with just the santo religious reverance that It today Sunday February 23 1802 reports tho sermons of the most prop inent preachers In Louisville But to show that Barnes and CourierJournal nnd all the Lexington J II ire aristocracy knew this was nil Gaud at the very time they were all engaged In It I did as follows I got a Negro man named Joint wii had stood as a blind beggar for yes at the door of the poslolTke In Lexinc ton and who was known to nearly everybody In Lexington and the whole country or und Barnes was preaching day and night to Immense audiences at tho Chautauqua grounds in Lexington and performing miracles by restoring the deaf and blind and lamed and maimed and diseased by ahnolntiug them with oil In the name of the Lord out ot a small silver flash containing as he said very fine olive oil l suppose the brand In whIch finest sardines are boxed tho lash fastened around his neck by a gold chain and tho outfit presented him by one of his rich admirers I had never any Negro in one of Barnes audiences Poor old blind John who had both eyes blown out with powder while blaslln rock told me ho hail faith In Christ ant Barnes and said he believed Brother Barnes as everybody called him coujl cure him and John eagerly caught my proposition to take him on tho streetcars then run by horses out to have Brother Barnes give him his eye sight againI up on the big platform with blind John and when the people Barnes too saw that I was going expose him nearly all the people took advantage of the fact that a sprinkle of rain was beginning to get away iron the place hoping thus to defeat my ex posure of Barnes and Barnes tried his dead level best to beat me out of the test by saying he had been speaking and was warm and did not want to get wet But about people staid to see how would come out with Barney and blind John Right there before them all pinned Barnes down until he could not get o It without a plain admission that he was aTrald of my exposure look ing like a mat and defeated man he got out his oil flask and flu and John irnoi ldOWRlIIathroughfd inuJust us blind as ne was when lie the whole gang Barnes and nil run and left poor blind John and me In tho rain while the miracleworking Barnes who had just read In same place James where he read that his oil and prayer would cure the sick and blind that the same faith would also stop a rain and got poor John home the best way could and gave him a small tIp but the newspapers all over Kentucky all the same told of the marvelous cures that were being ed by Barnes oil and prayer hut they did not mention the Incident about blind John and me At the same time near Stanford Ky Barnes was conducting the Pink Cot age a place where a number of Ignorant men and women who were disciples of Barnes were miraculously curing all manner of diseases and bringing so much money to Stanford thereby that I found I was in personal danger when went to Stanford to see It If I spoke In derision of the Pink Cot tage which some years slnco wan de stroyed by lire My very religious kinsman Col John II Moore of Winchester Ky paid off a mortgage ou the Pink Cottage for Barnes and gave years of his life anti nearly all of his money to support Barnes and Moore recently died money less having been forsaken by Barnes after Moores money was all gone Moore himself when It was too late having found out that Barnes was just what said ho was Barnes finally went to Washington with tho expectation of galnljis new laurels there but attracted no tention got out of l11oneyI1 had been out of the public eye so long that his old friend the Courier Journal now speaks of him as the once ous and now when he is about years old Barnes having despaired of ever again being a leader Is willing to bo led by an old scoundrel like Doyle Dowlo may give Barnes a job with a little money In It to encourage such people to boost him but is too smart to give Barnes any promlence and there Is a good chance that Dowie will wind up his career In tho peniten tiary and that Barnes may bo thero with him If some of Denies friends If he has any do not keep him away from Bowls have always tried to apologize for DarneR on the ground that he Is men tally unbalanced as Is necessarily true of any man of Dames genius who be lieves In religion and I think that for 8ake of Barnes himself and for the credit of the state of Kentucky Barnes friends ought to apply to the law to protect Barnes against association with such a creature as Dowle Much of this for years past I have at dif ferent times printed about Barnes but In the meantime many new people are seeing my paper and hearing uf Barnes for the first time and whenever there Is any striking new development In Dames career as In this case if I am living I will probably mention It In connection with some of the salient points of his life as In spite of the rise of such characters as Boyle it serves to show the general decadence of Christianity and corresponding growth of Infidelity Send In your orders for the Sac rament by Grier Kidder ten cent each or twelve for one dollar rto ETHAN ALLENS DAUGHTERs have received from Llttlo Rock Washington a copy of the Portland Oregonian containing In bad verse the old old story ot Ethan Allens dying daughter and am asked to answer It Some young persons may not have heard It Ethan Allen was an Infidel General In our Revolution ary army his wife was a Christian and his daughter real or alleged ofoChristianity rho riiothor had died and whop tho daughter canto to ills so the slrfry goes she asked her fath oryIn that of her mother and the General told her to die In that of her mother The common answer that Infidels have made to that story htiI think that Rthau Allen never hud a daugh ter do not know I never visited In that fanuiy Rut oven If It were certain that Allen never had a daugh religionoists Irons telling that story fur It Is a good So for argument wo hafi better ad mit that Ethan Alllen had a daughter Uiul that the General when his daugh ter was dying just admitted anything that ho thought would please her und oven if Kthaii Allen had thought the Christian religion true that would not have made It so This same story has boom told shot Tom Paine who has no children TWO PREACHERS CAMPBELLLITE AND BAPTIST CViarrtliijr AJoitt Clio kLttliPsay 1erAlmost a Tlllman and Mc Lauren Scrap special to the Conrier Journal of Feb front Elkhart Indiana gives an account of a pulpit battle going on between Rev W W Denham the Christian minister and Rev II Entett Baptist An extract from the report Is as lows Mr Denliam declared that those who use the Lords prayer Ignore tine medi ator He said the Jews the Mohammedan the Mormon the Brahman all can use the Lords prayer without one reference to the name that Is above ery name mid without one scruple of conscience each expecting the kingdom to come according to his own fancy and desire And this Is the very reason for the spiritual anarchy which curses a brokenhearted world today Tem pies are deserted the Lords Day is desecrated religion In the home Is a dead letter the demons of darkness re joice while angels weep because preachers of gospel dishonor tho name of Christ and disregard His au thority LUTHERS STATEMENT JUSTIFIED To see a minister of the gospel who writes Rev before his name foul i- iDLL and Ph after It stud up with Chesterfleldian grace and posture said he and with solemn and sanctimonious air repeat that sacved formula which welled up front the depths of the Saviours heart in a mere mechanical manner and with neither spirit heart nor life In either accent or expression Is enough to jus thy Luthers statement that tho Loads prayer Is the greatest martyr on earth anti to disgust any rational being One needs but to attend an average church service to see this fact demonstrated to a greater or less degree anti often to a degree that Is mere mockery If not downright sacrilege CALLS HIM JUDAS The Rev Mr Eniett began by com paring Mr Uenham to Judas lie ac cused him of seeking cheap notoriety He said Christ Is being attacked on every hand by atheists infidels ugnoa tics but he thought this could be ex pected of them He declared that a terrible battle of unbelief Is raging and that the saddest thing about the battle Is that It is being carried on in Lords own house He characterized Mr Denhamrt teaiiiln us nurrow shortsighted unworthy of a minister of the Lord Jesus understand that he claims his views were expressed In 132L said Mr Emett Then the public health olll cer should have burled them long ago because like Lazarus who haul been dead four days It stlnkuth ANARCHISTSREAL OR SOCALLED I have Just finished reading every timing In the issues of Free Society of Feb and Discontent of Fob the only two Anarchist papers of which know There Is not a sentiment or a word In either of them to which object and there Is much In each of them that I like There Is not a single Intimation in either of them that they would accomplish their pur pose of doing away with all govern jnent and law by force or violence 14 1 l and on the other hand a very decided learning the Quaker doctrine of non resistance It Is true that etymologically any abolition of government even by absolutely pacific mentis Is anal chy and It seems to bo true that the Century dictionary supports the con tention of these two papers that they are anarchists At trIo same time the world at large and the associted press dispatches from all nations recognize as anarchists only those who resort to assassination to accomplish purposes so that these two papers unl necessarily handicap themselves by calling themeselves anarchists with a just approblum that does nOt properly attach to them and are thus defeating their own purport If they do not In tend to resort to violence rime Issue of Discontent has no allusion to religion while Free Society has a line article against the Christian re ligion which Is very much after the style of Kidder Each of these papers has complaints against Christian ef fort to suppress free speech und free nress If the National Liberal Patty was organized to establish any special form of government at all anarchists of any style could not consistently support It but as the N L P Is only organized to prevent this church from interfering In the affairs of this an already existing government the peaceable anarchists can consistently co operate with the N L P ABOUT LINCOLNS RELIGION T N Casket of Clrclevllle Ohio sends me three issues of the Circle ville Daily Herald In which one Rev Frederick L Dullard suggestive of Bull head argues that Lincoln was a Christian Lincoln was an Infidel of Paine variety did not believe In the divin ity of Jesus but did believe In nod He once wrote a small tract against the Christian religion the manuscript of which his law partner Herndon burnt up iii stove because i he tiioueht ItSvonld Ifurt Lincolns po litical prospectsf Rev Bullards Ideas of Lincolns religion are about as reliable as his Ideas about Lincolns mother Bullard says Careful Investigations have cleared the name of Nancy Hanks from much of contradictory tradition and even of aspeslon for It hind been said that she was densely Ignorant a nameless child and not even married to Thomas Lin coin In truth she was of proud line age an orphan at eight years of age and married to Thomas Lincoln In Nancy Hanka was born about miles from where have lived my years She not only was not of proud lineage but was of obscure lineage and Abraham Lin coin was begotten by a millwright whose name was not Lincoln and who paid Tom Lincoln a Journeyman millwright workman 30000 to marry the girl The man who is most competent to tell about It of all the men In the world Is Editor W Polk of Ington Ky Editor Polk was a dier In the Federal army through the whole civil war and therefore cannot be suspected of prejudice against Lincoln Editor Polk claims the dis tinction of being the only man In Kentucky who Is not a Colonel lIe spent his young manhood within about ten unites of where Nancy Hunks lived when she married Torn Lincoln Editor Polk Is the most prominent historian of the Blue Gras region of Kentucky and will vouch for what say FROM REV J ROBERTS Kansas City Mo Feb CHARLES C MOORE Esq Lexington Ky Iy Dear Mr IooleI receive the Ulate and vole with pleasure valiant and vigorous blows you are livering upon tho citadel of superstition shall ho glad oj course to have you make what over use of the sermons you may see lit do not have the honor of knowing Rev Herbert S Blgelow of Cincinnati the gentleman to whom you refer The prefix reverend always awakens twsnlc ion of a mans honesty for that very reason It Is more satisfactory to find an honest reverend The fact that you know and speaks well of Mr Blselow Is a recommendation With best wishes for your prosperity remain Very truly yours J E ROBERTS TWO POEMS From Phllo Sopher Binghamton New Yoak print In this Issue of the Blade two poems flue Gospel of Nature Is as beautiful us Goldsmith and Unmuz zled Oxen has the genius of Burns These are gems that you may paste In your scrap book for models JUNIORI LINOTYPE In the last Issue of this Blade I made a plea to get Blades friends to give It typesetting machine that cost 315o such as that Is necessary to do book linotypethatprinting newspapers and I can do with that If my friends will help me and I will buy tho machine If my friends will give mo f with which to make the rRthnearly twice as mush matter aa I now J have and think It would make the Blade a complete success and without this muuhlnu It must ever he a struggle for existence supposu the ouUH of tho Blade as It now Is worth j1000 and am willing to glvo a mortgage upon this to any peraon or persons who may furnish me i the f to make the first payment r FILTHY LITTLE ATE S1 see It stated In a certain history that Thomas Paine was a filthy little Ath elst These words seem to hold a hiss f p tort of the author Neither filthy nor little come Involuntarily to a pure scientific mind they Indicate the anger of theology and regarding facts in their Integrity are false trIn prison Thomas Paine did not write against Jesus Cnrlst tho man but he claimed that He was the son of God In like manner that every other person Is Even the writer of the history Neither was the noble patriotic Paine an Atheist Unfortunately In his time him PJlnd not developed so ftOI recognize the beauty ana farreaculng quality of the word Atheist which sup ported by the truths of the universe has been gradually brought through time to a position of honorclaiming that we know of a universe of matter and law but know nothing of God know of the harmony of uniform laws but noth ing of a divine arbitrary will Know of the purity strength of character and happiness knowledge gives but nothing of a place of bliss somewhere In space not of that horrid place of private torture called hell Justice to the dead to futurity to manity and to the author demand that the words filthy and little should be recalled Sent for publication because of the many Paine celebrations throughout the country M T Accepts Pate Cheerfullly Professor Pearson gave out the follow ing statement have resigned front my professorship In Northwestern Unirversity and have asked for a letter of dismissal from the Methodist Church I made ah attempt to Inaugurate a new policy but the changes proposed though do not doubt that they will bo accentt a 4ed In the comparatively near future are now unwelcome I deemed It my duty to make my plea In the church and In the university The plea having been rejected It seems equally my duty to withdraw from both lofmy late associates In the uni versity have only the friendliest feel lugs which believe they reciprocate Certainly their treatment of me under trying clrcumstancihas been most con siderate are strong wise honorable men and though of course regret that they do not see the matter as do and though think they are missing an opportunity to make a needed advance yet I now realize as I did not before the strength of the arguments for a conservative attitude on the part of a body of trustees My own judgment Is entirely unchanged and I expect as opportunity offers to continue the work upon which have entered JOKE ON AN OLD PRESBYTERIANt few days since one of my neigh bar ladles sat reading a newspaper and she said to her old Presbyterian elder husband Heres something Irons In gersoll that want to read to you He said dont want to hear It She read ou to herself for a half hour f and the old gentleman said Fannie fSimstleman said Thats good and sheMsaid Thats thin piece front wanted to read to you Ainliursl Nova ScotlaI dont want to bo without the Blade any more I have been getting four papers a week for tho last ten years and give up ell till others because I get more truth from Blade that all theothers corn bined The Blade has done me moro good and taught me more truth than I yOIl1DANJ roo dr t r IIIBUJEGRASS BLADE u DISCUSSION IN THE COLUMNS OF THE COM MERCIALTRIBUNE OVER THE LATE FREETHOUGHT CON GRESS BETWEEN RABBI PHILIPSON AND DR WILSON RABBI PHILIPSON FREE THINKERS Says Their Declarations Are Hollow t Words and Sounding Brass Yesterday morning Rabbi Phlllpson gave special attention to some thoughts which were brought upper most by the recent convention of free thinkers held In the city and his ser mon was In part as There is much followsIIi abroad During the met in our city a convention of so called free thinkers who would read God out of the universe and who de I- TClare religion a wo n out fiction no quarrel with them personally but only with their presumption Some unexceptionalI tv fjj nation us unwarranted These are mere hollow words sound ir and tinkling cymbal when 5t ieonting from such a source for be t It said clearly suit unmistakably that r anarchy owes Its existence to the very promulgation of the doctrines of Irre llglon and unbelief for which the so ljailed free thinkers are responsible Declare as these people do that there Ii Is no God that In this world all Is tine to chance that matter blind dead rA matter Is the fruitful mother of all creation that there Is no ruling pow f er directing the affairs of men and na rpr youts J sow Is preaching the doctrine of kauarch In the affairs of the universe ami It Is only one step further to an LU artily in the affairs of men Make men really lose all respect for the authority JJor God the Ruler of the universe and t follows as the night the day that hi trthey lose all respect for the authority of the constituted rulers of human so clety The two thoughts hang together as causeand effect The bloody doings or anarchy are the logical outcome of the teaching of unbelief and unfaith in the moral governments of the unl verseh say that it was anom- alousrt for a convention of unbelievers and deniers of the existence of God to condemn anarchy for this is their off spring growing and feeding upon their doctrines Mock the high thought of Gods directing the affairs of the t mos from the circling planet In the depths of to the tiniest flower that Mows loose the senses of mans t trust that right and Justice sway the ultimates expedience even though Ii p erplexitlesabonhdaitmsto- r Jtr 1men to consider lightly this jJthepPeitectlons of the holiness of God warrants for our own striving to ward perfection and holinessIn a woril banish from the world the en nobling doctrines of religious teach ing and you open the floodgates for all the Ills anti horrors that urirestra ned brutish man can bring upon society J Unbelief has been only destructive Tine constructive ages of the world have been those in which faith In the God was strong This Is jutfnatural The microcosm is al the of macrocosm WIwars AN ANSWER TO RABBI PHILIPSON t Dr Wilson Speaks In Behalf of the IfFree Thinkers Editor of the Commercial Tribune tnilipsonrthinkers and the late freethought con ventlon He rated It as cheap skep theism and in doing so he inadvert t r ently called attention to hignprlced f superstition to the hundreds of mil lions of dollars annually spent to siirt tatln the merest miraculous rot Ho pays particular attention to the con ventlons resolution on anarchy The z resolution reads as follows The an r arch which resorts to violence ani assassination Is unwarranted and to be condemned In quoting the rabbi stopped at unwarranted In order to make skepticism free thought or In other words honest doubt hateful tecleslastlcs do not hesitate to hold the facts misrepresent p falsify about them Why should mountain of he piled up on free th JugL sKould not every man be a qr thinker The glory of tree t thought is that It can not be held da n by the ecclesiastic calumny- heaped upon It Its ranks are filled with the greatest scientists phil osophers statesmen Inventors poets historians musicians novelists rev formers and humorists in the worlds SpencereCarlyle Jefferson Lincoln Paine La fayette Morse Edison Shakesphere Burns Byron Shelly Pope Goethe Heine Hugo Gibbon Froude Macau lay Lecky Wagner Voltaire Eliot and Mark Twain and these only at handful of them How puny and trifling are the small l bickering of smaller ecclesiastics against the principles and persons of these great leaders of thought and freedom Among the greatest free Asra race they have been scourged and oppressed they have suffered at the hands of the God party as no other class has suffered At a bitter cdst they have learned the value of free thought and free speech have er met an Intelligent Jew who was sayofthis city are free thinkers The opprobinm of Rabbi Phlllpson r tilcIno even represent ment of his own congregation The J faculty of the Hebrew Union College are free thinkerssome of them are out and out agnostics Rabbi Wise wan ari agnostic He would have been Vifttib last Jew to have uttered such j 1 ri 4 tirade against free thought as Rabbi Phlllpson has done Tile facts are that the Jews as a class care nothing whatever about tho Jehovah of the Bible or the God Idea They sustain their church for society reasons and to hold the race together The Jews have been quick to take ad vantage of our educational privileges and are now the best educated of any class and contain the largest percentage of free thinkers of any class and the smallest per centage of con vlcts of any class If free thought tends to anarchy as Rabbi Phlllpson declares the Jews are going pell mell In that direction The learned Rabbi says Disbelief Is destructive He is a poor historian or he would know that the religious party which attained supremacy has always crushed and destroyed the weaker sects Judaism in its supremacy always crushed and aestroyed everything before it Christianity has ever made a football of Judaism What Is the condition of the Jews in Russia Tolstoi an avowed anarchist lifts his voice in scathing denunciation of Christian Russias tryanny over the Jews Krapotkln another prince of Russia for the same defense of the Jews and other oppressed Russian subjects Is deprived of principality and fortune and Is banished and outlawed and Is suffering the stings of poverty for his defense of downtrodden humanity When free thinkers like these en dare such sacrifices that the oppressed masses of Russia the Jews among thembe treated humanely and y it ill becomes an American rabbi secure In his peace and ease and lux ury to cast such hateful aspersions upon free thought Example talks Who lifted their voices for Dreyfus the despised Jew Not the God party for it hated the Jew and was con spiring to overthrow repuolican Ism in France No it wasnt the God party which brought Dreyfus back and restored hIm to honor and his family John Milton said Anarchy Is the sure consequence of tyranny Rabbi Phlllpson says Anarchy is the sure consequence of free thought Great men differ If anarchy Is the sure consequence of free thought then the greatest free thinkers should be the greatest anar chists Spencer Huxley Emerson and Walt Whitman must have been ter rors Insead of building a democ racy In Which each man should have the privilege of free thought and free speech and be free thinkers like them selves Franklin Jefferson and Paine should have been with the God party placing a bounty on scalps and offering a reward for the heads of Washington Putnam Marion and Greene Milton was right anarchy is sure consequence of tyranny whethe- tyranny be Imperialistic ecclesiastic or economic Where eccleslastlclsnf Is most tyrannous there Is to be found the most nihilism and anarchy Look at Russia look at Italy look at Spain A Christian assassinated Lincoln an other assassinate Caretr Harrison An athlest assassinated McKinley They were all Insane but the propor Lion istnreeJj4cVpia6 lifaviirorr thts atheist The prlsonstathillcs of the country show a proportion of ninety nine to one in faVor of the tree thinker Such gross misrepresentation as that of Rabbi Phllipson can not hurt the freathought cause It is harder upon the Jews9 than Upon else tbinkersTheare that our resolutions conH5mhel war recommended arbitration de manded full separation of church and stateupheld womans rights favored the Initiative and referendum and con demned violence and assasstnattonand- all teachIngs advocating the same r The most radical speech in the con veutlon was against anarchy The criticism of Rabbi Philipson is misleading and is Itself nothing but sounding brass and Unking cymbal the swan song of orthodoxy the dying rattle of ecclesiastic denomin ation J B WILSON D Cincinnati Feb RABBI POSITION Dr Wilson Failed to Comprehend the Real Distinction Editor of Commercial Tribune- It my usual custom not to play any attention to public attacks break this rule today to reply briefly to Dr Wllsona article In this mornings Is sue of the Commercial Tribune be cause In it am misrepresented so strangely and my words misinter preted so singularly I need not I am sure waste a word in defending myself against the charge of condemn ing freedom of thought Mypast life and Mttranees demonstrate 1 hope beyond the shadow of a doubt that any and every liberal movement has hind always my sympathy and encou ragement Theteachlngs of Reform Judaism that aim to Inculcate make for freedom In the best sense My contention in the sermon in question was against the socalled free thinkers who would read God dut of the universe and who declare religion to be a wornout fiction Let me repeat the words used and my sition will be clear Declare that there is no ruling power directing the affairs of men and nations and you sow the dragons teeth of anarchy for this Is preaching the doctrine of anarchy In the ernment of the universe and it Is only one step further to anarchy In the government of earth Make men really lose all respect for the authority of God the ruler of the universe anti It Is the most natural thing for them to lose all respect for the authority of the constituted rulers of human so these statements I am prepared to stand for they express my firm con Wilson Is fighting windmills when he rises in arms against what he is pleased to term my defense of or thodoxy It passes my comprehen sion how he could read this Into my words Nothing was further from my Js a great distinction between reverent free thought and atheistical free thought between the free thought for example of liberal movements such ns Reform Judaism UnitarIanIsm and the Free Religious Association and the tree tboughfrof Irrellgioa that l lIl dethrones God and declares matter to he the beginning and ending M all things and chance to be tho guide of all On tho basis of tho former I have ever stood against the latter I raised my voice In the remarks reported and shall continue to do whatever fecblo flower stay have whenever feel that tho occasion demands Respectfully Yours DAVID PHILIPSON Cincinnati Feb 1002 DR WILSON DEFENDS MODERN FREE THOUGHT Says the Government Is Based on It itfEditor of the Commercial Tribune In defining his position Rabbi Phll lpson says that strangely misinter preted his meaning I think I under stand plain English There was no misinterpretation at all when the Rabbi applies cheap skepticism to socalled free thinkers whose doc trines sow the dragons teeth of an arachy It dont take a Noah Webster to understand him He simply meant to fling odium upon Materialistic Freethinkers The Rabbi confesses that he Is a free thinker a reverent Freethinker He draws a wide line be tween reverent free thought and atheistical free thought So there is The one has reverent regard for myth and legend and antiquated books and dead nations and crowns arid Wings and winds and still small voices and a palace In some other life and the other hasnt time for any such Idle speculation and wants justice human rights and a fair share of comfort in this life Thats the difference and all the difference The Impllcatlpn that reverent free thought is more respectable hightoned and moral than materialistic free thought is simply a reverent conceited assumption The time has gone by when the world judges men and creeds by their con celt in their own goodness and sup riority thoughtendsgovernment can not be sustained by any experience of history The re verse is eminently the truth The principles upon which this government Is founded were not conceived in the brain of a bishop They were con ceived In the brains of those great free thinkers Franklin Paine Jefferson Washington Madison and others all of whom declared that this government Is in no sense a religious but a secular institution A Freethinker wrote the Declaration of Independence the grandest mation of human rights ever uttered by any God or saint or by any savior of man Today it is having a far greater Inliuence in estab goodrworld than all the Bibles ever written or all the divine revelations which require multitudinous other revelations to reveal to us what It Is that they reveal It is the high pride of every Free thinker that this government was founded by Freethinkers who retired j ther wordis thrlcrirv flts for the rat e lime worldshts tory eq on dW1nJ kl freethought muddlerminded absurdity The facts are that Materialistic deistic and agnostic tree thought is intensely alive to the importance of maintaining this governmekt just as our tathct aded It andtof resIsting- aU ecclesiastic encroachnumt upon It And for this reason and nfi other the slur of anarchy is thrust Vpon us tenaciouslyjealousright to rule as the free thinker no harm could ever befall this republic That is the ore right he Will defend when It no longer has a defender When the constitution of the United Staes was adopted the authority of God e the authority of those who assume to know all about him went baclrand sat down This marked the longestStep in the march of prog ress ever taken and it was the result and work of free bought radical out spoken highheaded free thought It was the light of the glory of the soul of Voltaire beaming upon an awakened will not recede from this position Every college faculty In the land is straining to burst the fetters of superstition with which they have so long been bound Every religious col lege faculty have their Wises and Brlggses and Smiths and Pearsons Thousands of the clergy are ashamed of the limitations of thought to which tluy meekly surrender ami but for the verty it would entail would step out into the broad path of independent manhood and inellectual libertythefl- owered highway of free thought feelingsprinciples not men honor him and recognize his worth and citizenship But in my opinion he made a mistake In my opinion the day has forever passed when ecclesiastics can profit by or add respect to their creeds by casting unmerited odium upon free thought or upon other honest beliefs The tree thought the heresy of one age becomes the gospel of the next Christianity today Is swearing by the principles which were the objects of Its perseucutlons but yesterday Ills stabllllIntellectualflc research which has shattered its stories of creation and crumbled its mountain of myths Not until religions of all kinds observe the world outgrowing them and going them lit tie heed do they rush up to claim the honor and reward of the Iconoclast and scientist Then they trample all over each other In their eagerness to embrace the devils they have damned burnthereticsized them onwarJ1ilookingnever trying to evade them nor heefc lug the wolfish howl of superstition In its distant rear over forward it proceeds thinbeastLetting the ape and tiger die J WILSON M D t ll FROM DR BOWLES Dear Brother Moore Through the columns of your valuable paper wish to request every member of the National Liberal Party to actively engage during the whole of the current year In earnestly soliciting their friends mill acquaint ances to unite with us In tho great movement inaugurated at Cincinnati and which has for Its object the emanci pation of our fellowmen front the thralldom of political null religious perstition Every member ought to feel that this great work largely depends upon his or lieu efforts and if each Individual mem ber cherishes this feeling and works to this mid the National Liberal Patty is destined in the near future to become dominating factor in the life of our de caying Republic- A vigorous propaganolsm of the sub limo principles embodied In our constitution and incorporated our platform cannot fall to enlist the sympathy anti active cooperation of good men and good women it will be a high hon or anda great pleasure to each of us In future years to be able to say that we were pioneers and bore a conspicuous part in a great movement which Is tined sooner or later to bring Joy and gladness to the suffering and sorrowing millions of our priestridden country It should be our pleasure and our du ty to work without faltering and I feel that shall not appeal In vain when ask eachor you to subscribe for ns ninny Free Thought papers as your means will allow and scatter them broadcast among your unfortunate fel lowmen who are still enslaved by the priests of orthodox religIongreat good with a small expenditure can be effected In this wayit has been my custom for many years to supply my priestridden Mends with the best Infidel literature and It affords me unalloyed pleasure to know that many of them have been hu mantled and rescued from the galling bondage of orthodox religion The signs of the times are auspicious the Cincinnati Congress was the her alt of the dawn of a better a brighter and a happier day for us all and If we will work faithfully and persistently the bright and beautiful sun of science and secularism will in the near future dispel the stifling fogs of superstition mid or thodox religion If we Imitate nature and work without ceasing we will in a few years rescue our glorious Republic bequeathed to us by our infidel fathers from the fiendish rtame J1Hs5 rm klu hfnlt11l istsof Mammon II5t must work and work constantly we would preserve our liberty For thousands of years men and women have been struggling to free themselves from the blighting curse of tyranny and In their pursuit of liberty they have fled fut Europe and Asia anti they have curitinuecl their flight from their heartless masters until all the continents of the world and all the isles of the sea are Inhabited and now we can con tlnue olir flight no longer all the land of the earth Is now discovered and man can no longer flee from his oppressors our ancestors lied from their masters but we voiiifot flee for there is no place on earth where we can go and find free domWe are compelled to remain in the land which our father gave us and only two paths stretch out before us we must surrender our liberties to the priests of Jehovah and the priests of Mammon or we must destroy these vile monstfc s there is no alternative The common peoplethe struggling masses of men and women on whose broad shoulders rest all the burdens of the world must make up their minds to go back into abject slavery or go forward into freedom The priests of Jehovah have determined and the priests of mon have declared that the people shall go bai k into slaVery they have deter mlnei that democracy shall perish from the ru hthe conflict Is now on and It Is Vrepresslble and the first twenty years of thIs century will forever deter ming whether this Republic shall be a nation of freemen or a nation of slaves On the one side of this great conflict Is arrayed the worshipers of Jehovah the worshipers of Mammon and on the other side is arrayed the scientists the philosophers the philanthropists patriots and the honest men and woo men of the Republic and the Issue of this conflict will decide forever the fate of liberty on this earth and when ask each of you to work without ceasing you can clearly see that am oily requesting that you make a choice between liberty and slavery In conclusion can confl dently say to each of you to be of good cheer for as certain as the night suc ceeds the day whole vile army of priests and hrlgandsanl1 robbers who are seeking to send us all hack into slav ry will be crushed Into fragments and ground into dust amid shouts of universal Joy and gladness around the whole cIcircumference of tho earth T J BOWLES Pres N L P I FARMS FOR SALE In AOiiabuht County Ohio from ten ntJS In and near oil and gas Melds WflrcHu H C Wise Jefferson Ohio Tho JUftUein clubs of five fifty cents Written for thin lllutlo TIlE QOSIEL OF NATURE By IlnioSormin RlnghamtonN Y Natures harmonic works and laws Proclaim to man her First Great Cause And clear In every form or sign We son her Author is divine While countless secrets lie concealed Throughhor alone Gad revealed Whom would wo find no need lo look Wllh painful quest In scroll or honk More doubtful still the written page If hoVy with frosts of ago For changes In uncertain speech Place revolution out of reach Nor call for mortal pen lo show Him where great natures features glow Resplendent with Ills pure design Unmarred by any crafty line Both shining arch anti fruitful sod Show the hand wrBimig of a God And everywhere upon our sphere Wo Ills majestic footsteps hear The sun by day the moon by night The twinkling stars fair worlds of high With earth and oceans voices call ro hull him one Lord of all Would it wore hotter understood In Him titans common brotherhood For all his offspring lucre below Whose Fatherhood Joy lo know They toll of a redeeming son Not horn like every other one lint such a mother now would tic Spurned front their own tololy No virgin of this ago would dare New lifes conception to declare Save only by stern natures rule Unless she were a knave or fool How easy man by guile are caught With pries torafts fetters on freothought Yet in this laud of liberty Wo vaunt all equal and all free I hold that reasons lordly gift Should nearer OrcatorJIft But lust of power and greed of gain Would make Its Givers purpose vain lima race grows prostrate In its chains While churchly lords increase their gains But still not longO Lord not long Shall they for this make fetters strong To Him their trust the people cry Their voice is no artful lie And when Ills mighty truth they know These refuges of lies must go For two millenniums have they shown Sphinxlike In theologlu tone Their logic which hiss grown too thlu For use to get what there la in Some of the time you can fool all And sonic to fplly ready fall Butnever all and always ruled For see erelong the fools are fooled All that we ask is a good rest From 06tioaf uTfulat zca So Pharisaic in its kind We know not of lords heart and mind They ran a bettor gospel preach Would the earths sin and sorrow reach Found only in complete accord With nature and her sovereign Lord Written for the Blue Grass Blade UNMUZZLED OXEN Bv PHIIO Sonirli Tile men of old we hear it said Used cloven foot their grain to tread And that the creatures might holed No muzzles worn For so their code revealed decreed A righteous law It seemed Indeed To let these bovine trend era feed From that same corn The tolling oxen stooped to bite As labor sharpened appetite And none will say this was not right Their wellearned duo But how about the priests who stare Themselves to burdened boasts compare That they may take an unearned share Of revenue They only show the paradox Of holding more than any ox Cash lands and largo substantial blocks By title sure Yet were all of the preaching trade With oxen but just wages paid The wellheeled craft am afraid Would be as poor Methinks time has fully come To rivet muzzles lust ousnine At least or gag till they are dumb And sweat to earn Their dally bread In lifes broad Hold yieldPromo concealed Nor labor spurn Iho springs of wealth are not Increased By do from first to least if known an preaeher or as priest Beneath the sun For enterprise and busy WkrtiNo mothers son a hand Rut when the shekels are adrift How swill they run TliU world was made tor active work Still tn it countless Idlers shirk Though near at hand they over lurk dividend paveesOnKntreatlng heaven it It please Their living send Tla of course fhu grain to tread Or modern thresher use instead But not that people should be bled In sacred tolls Consideration in the plane Of value only makes the face Of business paper smile with grace On him who lulls dniForUnless tho Dodo has ono too Ami finite as clear If valid for the mansions fair Then better far present them there Than waste their substance on lht air For bubbles here It looks as If their cloven feet Roth Satan and the oxen beat For completeIVirAnti how plainly their intents Distrustful of Gods providence recompenseTo dft d i t f St IITIME Lv Lox m15ant 73Iauu tAOpm Lv Vor r 37um S0tum 18pm 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Ave Denver Cillotnow pornianontly located prices of Walthum Watches Diamonds ChalliS Jewelry Sllverwaio Optical Goods My Beautiful Ingergoll Krcethoiight and other umhlmiis save money undersell hlg HpuonI logues My Famous Tract Ih the Crucible Free r SILK PIECES FOR FANCY A large package fur the small SIlO1Jof lOc for 25c We guarantee to please you as these guilds are all of good size and excellent value uud not mere scraps and ruvellugs as are often sold Money back If not O K San Iiat once Detrolt Silk Co 1032 Garfleld Avenue Detroit Mien s I i 1 jJI f i jaBLUE GRASS BLADE 1 LETTERS READ 1Before the National Liberal l Party Buffalo N Y Jan 20 1902 My Dear Dr Wilson hud anticipated much pleasure In r being with you In the consummation the now organization but at the last moment am compelled to Bund my HEGRETSr REGRET Is on overy lilt In everybodys mouth and has been from time Immemorial It reported that Lord made man and then repented of It Jesus tulsa regretted not having accepted vast domain offered by the devil Tay lou Ho also regretted having prayed garden of Gethsemane for It not answered Judas betrayed his Lord and Master then regret iil It IHble Is full of regrets Its publication was probably an Important furtor In coining the word which Is In commouparlanee Its significance was recognized by 4gllut Greek philosopher Socrates at You will remember on ono oc casion a young man approached him I and said Your honor haVe come to your ndvluo on an Important sub I ject um a young man In perfect health anti have a fair education and 1hllvo accumulated some money am with a charming lady who Is rrlilY peer Intellectually Would you ad vise me to marry her The sage reo plledYoung remember this world Is full of regrets If you marry her you I will probably regret It and If you do not you certainly will do not want to give you advice but remember whatever you do you will regret It before thu days of Socrates all along down through tho ages of Mon I IIIehB kings bishops priests and preachers resImients army amlnavy IntotSo It Is not so hue u person as a private In ranks of National Liberal Party should use It on tho occasion of not being attic to bo with you today And yet what would my presence signify more than these hurried notes of regret You have a talent ability and the power of expression In your ranks ad vocating the necessity of educating thoughtless to think and the le thargic to act- EDUCATION is greatest desid eratum then DUTY must be enforced Your Liberal organization should bear In mind that the greatest enemy with which It bus to contend is the church Influence In our legislatures and con gress Rationalists who do not believe In churches or church property existing Without taxation should work vehe mently to have those obnoxious laws repealeil Just think of Itl The poor are taxed 1 tif support the rich who persist in q tllllngaUOTe1thUldiJl There is today in the United State alone more than 900000000 worth of church property which is exempted from taxation Of this amount the Methodists have about 150000000 the Catholics about the Presbyterians Baptists and Episcopa lines each not less than 100000000 Buffalo alone has 3000000 worth of church property belonging to the Cath nile cult who claim that a single steeple on ono of their cathedrals cost 100000 Buffalo boasts of one pulpit In a Baptist church that cost 50000 but think of folly of building the New Episcopal church In New York at a cost of 10000000 The consummation of all religious folly however Is exemplified In the vestments In St Patricks Ca thedral N Y According to the Sun Archlblshop Corrlgun has presented to that church tim only complete set of holy Thursday vestments xlu world Its value Is 20000 It consists of thirteen chasubles ten dalmatics nine tunics two copes and lace nibs alii Ices and other vestments to corre spond to tho holy Thursday service alone They were outdo by tho Dominican 4 at Hunts Point It took fifteen nuns an entire year working eight hours a day to embroider them A set of vestments for nuptial mass was prepared especially for tho Archl j bishops use It Is made of white satin and around the outer edge Is worked a yule of forgetmenots In colors that blend fi Such n reminder was unnecessary for a priest nevivr forgets a nun par ticularly If she Is good looking This self aggrandizement is oharuc Jerlstlc of these bigoted tryannical peo pie If they could be Induced to do something their own poor many of whom are paupers in every city and especially In Buffalo have to be looked after by our country charities j and poorhouses we would not be die to ho captious Ah yes we assessed to pay for these party tIlosell and especially these meaning spires that should be converted kindling wood tot their poor and learningfi endowing them with power of thought reason and analysis whereby they will bo enabled to grapple with x the problems of life and death OilItaught by any Christian denomination fOf all the religious cults tilt Cath lIe tho most hostile and most to bo feared for they ate Increasing very rapidly and in a few years Amer lea will be in the condition that Italy Prance Germany and Mexico were In tint sixties which lead the sequestra lion through blood as President Grant I predicted Catholicism the first of all and the worst of nil yes Is most damnable itIIgIQn tho worM ever gave birth to Murder even Is not considered a orhic anti particularly when the sub ject Is considered a heretic or an apos tate Father Chlnuquay an excom municated priest wrote an Itilllshed In pamphlet form I lhy Truth Seeker Co Ho I1rllcloI President Lincoln wits Etotb a Catholic lal that I i uar concocted by the CnUicllcs long inhere It was oxeciiln1 hty claimed he was an apostate Of course we all kiiow that be was an Infidel See Itemsburgs pamphlet on Lincoln Gulteu who shot Piesldent Garflcld was born a Catholic anti thou a religious fanatic Czolgosx wfcc murdered our lamented President McKinley was born and brought up t Catholic and was a member ol tee church when he was executed Ever was accosted a few days since by Catholic but with that Implement mightier than tho sword hecausel said In an ar ticle published In the Buffalo Express that 10 Catholic neol rppiyor words to that effect Tin Itcv Father Cronin editor of the Catholic Union Times created a little CUhollo war anti tried to carry It Into Aft tea Haunting a red Hag In toe rice of a Spanish bull could have no citated a greater furor Pythagoras oM probably have accounted for It through a trans ilira on of Catholic souls His rampant editorial said It was unAitcrlcan auttCutbollc and un constitutional Ono well directed libllcal shot how ever silenced tile Hcv gentleman I referred him to Esublus anti St Paul who lied for the glory of God and that It was not slinnge that a Chris lIlInlhollltllluurrel over a little expres pion like that for he was following In the footsteps of Jesus who said conic not to send peace but the nvinl Matt 15 He replied that must have been onco a good little Sunday school lucy hilt asked if I was not mistaken about St Paul ill thought It was Voltaire He having decided not to publish anything more In his columns on the subject did not respond He claimed that onethird of the cit izens of Buffalo were Catholics and no one disputes the assertion but how many of the 133000 are native born How many of them can be proud of as Intelligent wellinformed citizens capa ble of filling public offices How jnawy of themafci progressive thinkers anti advocate mental fieedoni liberty of thought and free speech In educational purswKs and Intellectual conquests The Catholic church is losing ground In countries where it once held sway America fs only country In the whole world whore Catholicism Is growing anti why because Immigra tion Is so great a factor The riffraft of all nationalities are Hocking here many of whom have served time In foreign prisons It Is that element that s filling our jails lockups reformato ries and state prisons today Yet take great pleasure In stating that some of the most Intelligent and lov able men and women have ever met are Catholics While I have no pen chant for their religion can triiat them as friends in society and busi ness always look upon them with amazement and as poor thoughtless deluded religious fools do not blame them for many of them were horn so It is a nature Inherited from their mothers whose Influence was transmit ted during uterogestatlon just as many children are born thieves music artists nstnnroliiers physicians lawyers or lighters as was Napoleon Catholicism is an enemy to tho human to the welfare of manklnl to hu man liberty because It holds Itself under greater obligation to a pope than to humanity It teaches that the pope or his agents can absolve tho thief the cutthroat the murderer front sin by his confession hence statistics of all prisons In the United States show that moro than onethird of the crim inals are Catholics This brief dtssertlon on religious bigotry may serve to enthuse your lagging energies in buffeting billows of adversity In your grand effort to ride out storm In the approach Ing religious conflicts Trim with such a hostile force confronting us clouds of gloom and despair at times overwhelm us and we are almost pelled to acknowledge defeat we must remember that The gloomiest day hath gleams of light The darkest wave hath light foam near It And twinkling through cloudiest night Some solitary star to cheer It The gloomiest soul is not all gloom The saddest heart Is not nit sadness And sweetly OCt the darkest doom There shines some lingering ray of gladness Despair Is never quite despair Nor life nor death tbejiture closes And round the shadowy brow of care Will hope and fancy twine their roses There are roses garlands and bo quets galore In walling for the peace dispelIIt Isan opprobrium for any associa tion uavlng for Its object ethical teach- Ing to ever foster Implgning notions with the brotherhood of man Nothing pleases our Christian friends mote than to see discord In our ranks And when you have consummated your or ganization whether you call it thin N L L or National Ethical As sociation which always been my Ideal or any other hope and trust that every member will strive to In fluence tim editorial staIr to set pace In harmony by Ignoring all Ills They are too frequently created from fancied Inuendos or slights They are undignified unprofessional unkind unjust and uncalled and unethlcal hope to live long enough to see tilt two societies blended In harmony and work together In unison Could lIe with you tonight with Bro Moores permission would crack a bottle of champagne In mem Oly of that great chleftian Thomas Paine whose birth day you are cele brating and another for the lamented INGERSOLL who was the peer of any man that ever lived on this earth S W WETMORK Capllnger Mills Mo Jan 14 02 I sympathize with the strong efforts put forth by active workers In freothought movement to form this League feel und hope It is a coming together of free spirits an alliance of those who love liberty and who are searchers after truth regardless of l 1 creed party or dogma Collectively and Individually I hope the Liberal Party will always truthfully represent tho living principles Implied by nnmo It bears Tim vitality If this now movement as well as Its power good will ho entirely determined by the amount of effort put forth by Individuals be longing to the association Five hundred active members each forming a committee of ono distrib tilIng literature never allowing an op portunity to pass that enables them to speak against the Lord and tho Plan of Salvation Not only advocating but exorcising tho right of free speech anti at nil times speaking his or lieu honest thought on every problem that comes before human mind for solu tion for just In proportion as we exer cise free speech does tho need of Its advocacy grow less It Is tilt law of progress that human rights must Ilrst be discovered the next step Is to take possession Five hundred liberal men anti women working with steadfast persistence on these lines would revolutionize the world of thought In ten years We cannot spread free thought by proxy that Is to say through forming on association Ing our dues and then falling to sleep confident that official heads or mid tile men will do the work Nature bestowed a head upon each Individual antI If free thinkers wish a clear title to tho term they must cultivate In themselves as well as others the de sire and power to think along rational lines Only as men become mentally emancipated from superstitious Ideas are they capable of selfreliant thought The selfreliant thinker Is he who disregarding wormeaten creeds and priestly dogma and refusing to be gov erned by authority propped standards of right and wrong boldly studies na turns laws and by the aid of his own experience and observation reasons from a basIs of truth and not from a false assumption As the free thinkers of the past added and bequeathed to tho next gen eration more Independence of thought than their preceedlng generation stowed on them It should be our pride to do the same for our own posterity Incredible as that may sound to those who alt their lives have had access to liberal literature there are thousands and thousands of Intelligent men and women who have never read a line ot frcethought Jiteraturo nor heard a rational argument Christianity For the most part they are culd toward the churches hut down deep In their hearts Is that superstitious reverence for Gods word and saving belief in Christ Now In this dormant state they are rather harmless but let some crisis occur and the pow rs that bev inspired by organized Christianity to attempt the wiping out of sonic of our liberties then see how easy It id for eloquent sky pilots to whip these dormant ones Into line through the Influence of that superstitious rev erence for the Bible and religion Thus we see Iimi that large class who are 30 npiticth to the church are never theless a merace to free though urcWlireiltT eiHce 11ui church can al ways count on their passive support In any nefarious move against us It then behooves us to make every effort to reach this class All they need to light the tires of thought Is a little liberal literature and their attention called to certain absurdities brutal ities anti selfcontradictions that mar pages at sacred book For example know a dozen men of this class who have become loud skeptics through reading tho Blue Grass Blade first antiChristian publication that ever came under their observa destroylitolrof these redeemed ones enthusiasti tally passes his paper along and the tires are spreading and the possibility of progressive thought Is developing within this ever widening circle No stranger ever stops within our gates but departs If so he be Willing with his pockets crammed with Truth Seek ers The Ideal Blue Grllss Blade and our onllest own anarchist papers Free Society und Discontent I believe In free thought and free speech not only religious matters but on all questions and he who does not cannot consistently call himself a free thinker There are laws In existence that stantly menace free speech and press anti money a noble man and woman voic ing unpopular ideas has been harrass ed lined or Imprisoned for sepaking or printing honest thought This Is a disgraceful state of affairs and the only remedy lies In destroying super stitious reverence for authority and educating people away from narrow tyrannical ideas that Impel them to persecute their fellows In this world and damn them In the next So long as superstitious Ignorance prevails these laWs will bo enforced Therefore let us agitate anti educate the final destruction of Christianity and barbarisms that have grown out of Its shadows Thai the Littoral Party will prove a powerful move to this end Is ar dent wish of KATE AUSTIN New York Jan 25 1902 My Dear Dr Wilson am heartily glad that you have gathered earnest and sincere workers around you with the purpose of form ing National Liberal arty Though cannot be with you at the birth of this body want to be counted as a member anti hope to show my Interest by my works The name you have selected strong ly appeals to my preference At the centenlal of the American Liberty In utladelpiiiu an organization was per fected under that name which after years of devoted effort to conserve thin constitutional rights of citizens and to establish more securely the foundations of American Liberty was through many changes anti by strange Influences diverted front Its original purposes hope to see with the re appearance of the name a return to that purpose and a promise of stead fast devotion thereto There Is urgent need of sue a body to resist encroachments which were foreseen by the original National Lib eral league In these days of confusion ag gressive bigotry stalks through the land and Tmperallstlc ami bureaucratic usurpation subserve religious foundation In violation of tho constitutional pledge which guarantees i fo American citizens rights of fret speech and free press When hut of usurped power popularly stig matized as government by Injunction has become a familiar terror When ono process of law Is flagrantly sot aside as In tho cases of Wllshlro and Wuylaml and with Tunic open defiance of right and Justico In case of colonists at Home Washington there Is plenty of work you to do Tho Judicial crimes In till memor able canes of Bennett Ezra H Hey wood Moses Harman and scores thantidgonivance at the Imprisonment of Charles C Moore that we must be active and alert to roll back the waves of Intol erance bigotry and Ignorance which threaten to submerge our cherished liberties Therefore wish you and the officers of the new National Liberal Party the most abundant success In you noble SincerelyEDW ROOSEVELT Down With the BroncoBustin Chris tlan Bigot and Libeler of Toni Paine AND UP WITH THE P Thla little sheet stands for the pol Itlcs of National Liberal Party that demands the constitutional sep aration of Church and Stateagainst the field When Roosevelt invited Booker T Washington nego to dine with him applauded Roosevelt for It and when Roosevelt saw ho had done an unpopular thing North and South and rttild he Invited Booker by acci ent1 said Roosevelt was a coward and a trimmer and I now say that Booker T owes an apology to the American people for having eaten with Roosevelt and that there are four classes of people who ought not vote for Roosevelt the next cum paign These four classes are hack people antI white people and people who are frinnda of thin negro pea pit who are enemies of the negro Hill how any trueblue SImon pure Infldol is ever going to vote for man who spoke of Tom Paine as a filthy little atheist Is one of thing which tike the mystery of godliness JIu seth all understand ing Twpnty four men occupied the ex eculltb chair oefore Mr Roosevelt was tavated to presidency Six tiimiitelimtd six ot the gr ate twC1t George Washington John Adams Thomas Jefferson James Madison Jantes Monroe and Andrew Jack son all of them contemporaileji and all hut one personal acqulantances of Paine These earliest Presidents like our latest President placed on record their opinions of Thomas Paine and his works have lying before me the senti ments of these six Presidents regard lug Paine They are to long for my little paper and will Just print a sample from each- GEORGE WASHINGTON If you Paine will conic to this place partake with me shall be exceedingly glad to see you at It Your presence may remind Congress of your past service to country and If It Is In my power to Impiew them command my heat exertions with freedom as they will be render ed cheerfully by who entertains a lively sense of Importance of your works JOHN ADAMS Ills sentiments of the abilities of America and of the difficulty of a reconciliation with Great Britain are generally approved Hlstoiy Is to ascribe the Revolution to Thomas Paine- THOMAS JEFFERSON You ask my opinion of Lord Bollug broke anti Thomas Paine They were alike In making bitter enemies of the priests and pharlsees of their day Both were honest men both advo cates for human liberty These two persons differed remarkably In the style of their writings each be ing a model of what Is most perfect In both extremes of the simple und the sublime No writer exceeded Paine In ease and familiarity of style in peculiarity of expression happi ness of elucidation and In simple and unassuming language JAMES MADISON wish you Jefferson success with all my heart in your efforts for Paine Besides the advantage to him which ho deserves an appointment tot him In Washingtons Cabinet tit title moment would do public good In va ways Whether a greater disposition to reward patriotic distinguished exertions of genius will be found on any succeeding occasion Is not for me to predetermine Should It finally ap peal that the merits of the whoso writings have so much con tributed to diffuse and foster the spirit of ludependauce In peo pie of America are unable to Inspire them with a just beneficence the world It Is to be feared will give us as little credit for our policy as f for our gratltudo In this particular TAMES MONROE Flue citizens of ho United States cannot look hack upon times of their own Revolution without reeol lecti among tho name of their most distinguished patriots that oti Thoimm Palnn Tho nervlces he ren dered to hhi country In Its struggle for freedom havo Implanted in the hearts of countrymen a sense of gratitude never to be effaced so long as they deseive the title of a just and generous people ANDREW JACKSON Thomas Paine needs no monument made by hands he has erected him self a monument In the hearts of all lovers of liberty Tho Rights of Man will be more enduring than all plies of marble and granite man can erect If Roosevelt was so Ignorant an of speak of Paine as he did he Is too Ignorant to be again President of tho United States If Roosevelt knew better than he wrote of Paine anti still was writing to pander to Christian blgotiy by defaming this great man Roosevelt is morally unlit for any honor at the hands of tho American people and no friend of Tom Paine can consistently be a friend of Roosevelt IN KENTUCKY BY CHARLES MOORE With apologies to Judge Jim Mulligan The moonshine is the whitest In Kentucky The mans brains arQ the lightest- In Kentucky But the mens breath Is the strongest And the mens yarns are longest And their Jokes are the dogondest In Kentucky The plug hats are the brightest lnKentucky Tho heads in them the lightest In Kentucky Honest uolitlclans fewest Blue honest men the bluest Newspapers the untruest In Kentucky Poor people live Uzhteat- In Kentucky Sky pilots chances brightest In Kentucky Tho gamblers are the keenest Town councilmen the meanest City treasuries the cleanest In Kentucky Politicians are the blandest In Kentucky Also ehakehandtsit In Kentucky The roughs 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years old I want six 1 copies of Mrs Closzs pamphlet and one dozen each of Wilson speeches If Moore would quit his swearing and abusive attitude his paper might do some missionary work but while I can etand Itlt is repulsive to a wouldbe I InvestlgatQr CYRUS NOLIN Glasford Ills Enclosed find 70 cents t for one renewal and two of Harriet Closzs Woman and Her Relation to ithp Church Prof Pearsons experl once sTiows that all learned professors will step down and out of theological colleges A minister of this place said that the pay of min a few days ago tsters is only lULl of what It was scv rgt intern years ago say amen lot her drop they nro getting more now than they earn Will soon send you mot o subscribers W F Fnhncstock Atlanta GnI tend you money ord eri and list ot subscribers and may sect d others later I enjoy reading the Blade more than any paper that get ways read Mrs Henry first consldc Dr Wilson a second Ingersoll I rea d with a great deal of Interest his noble itand manly stand taken In exposing the- E slack management of the American Sec ular Union Judge Ladd and Ktdde are llso my special favorites antI lastly but not leastly that noble und fearles old war horse C C Moore There Is but one Moore I trust you had a royal time at Cincinnati Great cess to the BladeT BELL Ada Ohio rnnn enclosed for the Blade the hottest paper that ever came down the pike I will send you new re emits from time to time hud read s much about you old hops and girls Moore J B Wilson Mr Hughes Ja mleson Dr Bowles Sirs Homy Mrs Closz and a host ot others that It did mi a thousand timed more good than ticipated to meet you at Clncy I glad to shake hands with the old wai horse with heavy whiskers and bush p hair that never sees shears until sheer shearing time am not ashamed to s been on the Committee on Resolution At W CLUTTER Talent Oregon Have been taken the Blade for about a year It is all K take the Blade the Truth Seeker Greens Magazine the Torch of Reason The Blade Is the most Inter esting of all of them My step daughte r sent for a copy of Behind the Bars for me as a Christmas present was touch Interested In It Your pen must have been run by an electric motor tc have written it in the time you did send you a copy of my pamphlet on The Bible Prophecies I had a six nights debate last spring with Campbelllte preacher Hurrah for the National Liberal Patty I hope and be lieve It will nourish Wonder if the Truth Seeker will mention your Cin cinnati meeting at all The old organ isation Is on Its last legs can hardly make an audible crowW J DEAN Chickasha TFlnd enclosed mon ey order for one In God We Trust will send anouicr soon Many thanks for not stopping the Blade I am glad to see you getting on top To hell wit Macdonald and Reichwnld they hav md their time Much would like knock the edge off the Blade but he only sharpens it Bro Mack writes about the Lexington sheet like he thought he had the only Infidel paper hut Mr Qene In a few years you t heal of Moore and the Blade over In Kentucky sharp as hell and cutting n swath that will take in the United States and some out of It while the Truth Seeker will cut In a small circle Some of our friends seem to be afraid that Wilson w now up too much on Rick and Mack I say let It come get the truth if It takes five years If Wil ftf Wilson is right let him rim them to theli1 holes I am glad to see the new organization take up tho political ques lion As long as the church holds the reins of Government It will be rotten As long as men have to be hypocritical to get olllce we are sure to get tho wrong men I will send my name and to the National Liberal Party soon You have the right man at the Tho N L P officers suit meT- t GIBSON SAUGERTIES N Y Enclosed find il for the Blade am pleased with the olllccrs and constitution of the N L P and shall become a member at once menufershlp to e break his present political aflllla tlon as am now a member of the So cia list Party and if the act of joining a Freethought society Implies that one must leave the political party of choice could not become a member of said society HARRY T SMITH CommentThe National Liberal Par ty Is a political organization the only purpose of which the absolute separa tion of church and state In all political matters In joining it no man or woman pledges himself or herself to do anvj thing but every member of it Is sup posed to use his or her best Judgment to separate church and state In legisla Hon local state and national My Idea to have us all who favor the separa thou of church and state to organize int a political party with the expectation helm first a balance of power between the principal two parties and then selves become a party In the field with our own candidates I am not willing to be a Democrat represented by ver Cleveland the bloated daddy of Ma ria Hatpins Kid who Grover spent his time In fishing and presiding over a body of hellfire baby roasting Presby tortuous and I am not willing to vote with a political party the leader of which is so damned mean and Ignorant as to call Tom Paine a dirty little Athe- Ist and am not willing to vote with the Prohibition party that put me In the penitentiary because wus not stuck on Jesus Christ who made moonshine liquor at Cana of Galilee and who would he sent to the penitentiary today in Kentucky as a moonshiner but do want to work for and vote for the National Liberal Party and thought poor old Bro McKIney was good to me I am dead agln this gang that Is shooting withiHoly Ghost into them with bayonts and then taxing us to pay for it Marco KySend me ten Blades of February want them for missionary work am glad I attended the Cin cinnati Congress and that am a char tel member It Is the grandest organ t ization on earth hope some day to vote for Mrs Henry for President of the Unltel States want St Louis for oC11tolJeoacause s the resting place of May L Collins ind the home of the Blue Grass Blade and of Charles Chilton Moore Allmy friends ask me what thought of Mr sore of the B My answer In hat hie beard and hair are whiter than Justlas ftdo f i lnl l Why i Because considered hli home folks and we had n number brainy men from different States an did not want to take up his time nn didnt have anything to tell him that he did not know better than did I have been taking Bro Greens main zinc several years and about tile time they were trying to rocker you to the pen again old Bro Green said sonic thing that touched you to the qulcl t and that I thought out of place I wrote him n scorching letter tellln him it was bad enough for a man to he criticised and Imprisoned by his mies and that I hoped the time would never come when men of his ability would do or say anything to pu down or help the Christians in nn way to persecute as great a man as e Moore I am still taking his magazine and like it and have never since that seen anything in it to complal of I also told Bro Green that I though- o the B had done more for tree thought than any paper In the world and thnt C Moore had done more lot freethought than any man now Ing and I have never yet soon any thing to make me change my opinions and I hope from the bottom of m y heart that when you lay down your pen to rest some man will pick it ul and wield it With all its old dowers Chr4iitlanItyIts most vital part but we must eve r peep the Blade bright and gleamy com aQn eve n any God devil or hell dont know how I got here have no fear of the hereafter dont Know anything about it and uses saw anybody who did A Campbelllt sky pilot is soon to commence a series of sermons here on Infidelity I want some Blades for him I think I hav e dope some good here by knocking sonic of the hell fire and brimstone and Blbl r snake and fish stories out of the pulpit- I reckon my grammar and spelling an all right dont know never 8tmllei eltherT RUTLEDGE AMONG THE PIOUS In CourierJournal of Feb are the following religious Items The Presbyterian Church repudiates the charge that It teaches either fatal ism or infant damnation At Geneva N Y a Y building worth 100000 was destroyed by fire gettinoagainst ism Among the mlsnianaKemtiilfc of the Kentucky penitentiary for which Senator Kirk asks legislative Investigation is fiddling and banjo picking on Sunday J A Johnson a printer In Louisville joined the Baptist Church and suicided because his wife laughed IcuIev that was a t church e R B Morris a negro as saulted his father years old with and ax handle When the young negro was searched at Central Station a Bible waf fount In his possession He said that it was his mainstay and support and begged that It not be taken from him At Kokomo Ind James Downey an exconvict joined the Methodist Church of which Rev F S Stamm is pastor Bull eloped with Mrs Stamm JamesCwas arrested for stealing hay and a stove and hiding them under the church WILSONS LECTURES The two lectures by Dr Wilson which are now published In pamplcts Is the Christian Immortality a normal desire of the human 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