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VJ T si f iiIr t p ifJ I t P j i 1 7 I tf h 11l1kolA a l saw Wcp MI it E GRASS BLADE I i jIJ i i DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOUCONFUCIUS iif fdlTilE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TO DO GOOD MY RELIGION TOM PAINE r AN HONEST GOD IS THE NOBLEST WORK OF MANINGERSOLL EDITED BY- HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 5100 A YEAR iri ADVANCE VOL XI NO 12 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY MAY lIt E M 302 X100 A YEAR 4TERMS OF THE BLADE c issue for one year 100- TERIiiHtW 511 It 250 per year In Bdvanda In clubs ot five cent foreign tint eorlption MAi MAKE ALL ORDER drafts nd Expteill order payable the BLUB GRASS BLADE Loxington Ky DO NOT order your paper discontinue without arrears THAT DATE on printed address tab II the time of expiration of your eat 6orlptlou WHEN you change your address adyta S this outer giving old as well as Dew kj addreu- BWkiN you send your subscription sih tl1 r U1r = nt t OFFICE of publication 1J911lThi rd Street KNTBBEDat the Post omoe at taxing ton Ky as Second Claea Mall Address all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P 6 BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Published WEEKLY at flOQ a year via advance Club Rates and Sample Copies The BLADB will be sent for cents a year each for any order for FIVE or m reBample copies will be sent free AGENTS FOR THE BLADE Anybody can be an Agent tot the Blade by sending two cents each for ten papers or more- ADVERTISING IN THE BLADE Rowells Newspaper Directory aaya 4 44 4i 44 + 44444444 4 4 5368 + 4 Average Weeekly Circulation + 4 for 190V + 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE 4 4 Lexington Ky 4 4 The leading weekly in the + 4 State Published in the heart + 4 of the Dluo Grass Region Cir 4 + dilates In every State In the 4 4 Union and In some foreign + 4 countries + 4 Reaches a liberal class of + 4 buyers Advertising rates and + 4 sample copies on application + 4 4 4444444444 4 4 4 4 My terms are 1000 an ouch a year paid in advance regardless of the number of Inches and for nothing less than a year CHARLES 0 MOORS THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED believe that ALCOHOL alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink It believe from the time It issues from the coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor It demoralizes everybody that touchei- It do hot 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 the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thing And when you think of the Jails the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do n ot wonder that every thoughtful man r It prejudiced against the damned stuff Wlltd L IIYI Im S My JONAH AND THE WHALEs THE MYSTERY ZODIACAL LEGORY Jonah the Constellation of Aquarius And the Whale the Constellation- Of the Great Fish Versailles Ky April 20th 302 Mr Tas Hughes snake the special request that publish the enclosed article on Jt nah and the Whalo written by Ui J B Wilson peveraliycara ago tJo not think It ever appeared In tho Blade but If It hurl It Is worthy of printing niany times as Is everythlnj Dr Wilson writes ash is combination of learning and common tense nave fall to awaken some minds drug ed with superstition The day Is coming when a congrega tlon of ordinary people will reject as an Insult to their Intelligence sermon teaching that the story of Jonah and the whale and similar fables are facts In that day thin name of Dr J B Wilson will be enrolled In letter of light with the liberators ot the man mind Those who have released their fellpjvs from degrading superstl tlons that have made mental paralyt- Ics and moral cowards of the human race JOSEPHINE K HENRY This story which has perplexed the ologlans and scientists for so man centuries Isas old as the Zodiac Eve ry student oirunythology understand It while mankind In general stands gaping with penmouthed mstonlsh meet believing Yet doubting Jhe truth of IU Their priest says thai their Christ approved the story and they fear to express the doubts thej naturally indulge of the most foolish thing It Is possible for their brains to entertain It has been a subject of public de bate more or less ever since Ly man Abbott discussed the subject over a year ago from the Plymouth pulpit He seemed to be ignorant of its meaning have been astonished that such extensive discussion has not revealed the mystery since It is plainly but briefly told by Inman Dupuls Taylor and others shall here explain it in full so thata child Who has a good understanding of astronomy can derstand McGarvey of Lexington wrote a book upon the subject which is as potent of the truth as hb Is ignorant of the Inhabitants of Mars Freer thinkers deny the story and laugh at It as one of the many Insane halluclj nations of religion which Indeed It really Is In the esoteric sense In the first place the yhUIe does not Inhabit the Mediterranean Sea and In the next place the throat of the whale Is inly four to six Inches In diameter Everything It swallows Is first ground to a pull between Its ponderous crush rbonesi Such would Irons been the ate of Jonah hurl hn really been swallowed by the Whale and greater still glows the mystery when tie are told that he was vomited forth from the ivhale sound and well Tire theologian getK around this by saying mat the monster WUSl Great Fish In this hey are nearer1 the truth as wo shall iresently show Let It bo understood that the Jesus of the Bible never existed that ho Is nly a personification of the Sun and in analogue of UiuTilliu Prometheus Vesculaplua 55eua Horns and mimer ma other Sun Deities who said and lid everything hu saM and did who were supposed to exist thousands of years before him The Zodiac Is li- Sollln the history of We trace It back to the ancient Chuldees who raced It still further back Into the light of human history Tho story of tho Sun hug existed In all Its details ever sineu tho Zodiac was stabllshcd Let It be remembered hut tho Zodiac exists today with Pagan significance Just us it exist ed In the rewrote history of our race when It developed from Phallic to Solar worship The Winnipeg Indians tie ancient ilexlcaiis and other tribes of the West IIn Continent as well as the tribes of South Africa have neon in possession J l4 tfi i of the story of Jesus and handed It down by tradition for thousands uf years antedating Christianity lhl8 establishes thin undeniable fact that the Jewish Jesus Is lint a Pagan aur logue of the Sun an exact reprodiu thou of tine Suns personification as held by nil Pagan people slightly mod fled by Jewish history rind Hainan In terpolatlon Every sensible being well know that the real existence of the mirucii lOlls Jesus ah anatomical Impossl blllty and a physiological absurdity A ghost the father of a child Jesus and his twelve apostles are but sym hints of the Jill and the twelve lIgns ot tine Zodiac corresponding to tin twelve months of the year which Je sus the Sun governs or Is said to pass month of the year Is Juno aryUo forerunner of the other months The root of the word Jenu cry Is Jan anti finds Its origin In Janus the first god of the Humans The month of January In anil aboiii Asia Minor Egypt and India Is tin rainy month of the year It was st symbolized In the Zodiac by the figure of Aquarius which resting upon om knee Is represented as pouring water from a pitcher This Is the month Ir which the Nile the phrates tint Gauges and other rivers overflow the floodtime of the year It Is for this reason vfho figure Is called Aquarlus from Aqua water and Is represent ed as pouring Water from a pitcher sympolizlng the flood As Solar worship was the prevailing religion among all the nations of the earth each had a distinct personlflca tlop for the month of January This wile riecessarllyso because the differ tint nations qpoke different Jan guages Among thekmans Aqua rlus was personified as from which we derive the word January for which Aquarius Is the Zodiacal sign Among tie Greeks it Was called lonnes among the Egyptians Cannes among tore Christians John the Bap fiat he who came baptizing with wa tel the forerunner of Christ the Sun whose Influence sends the water to the needy earth among the Ephesians Aquarius was personified as Jonah and on with all the various races of these different personifications Janus John Cannes lonues Jonah etcare the same mythical Individual all standing for the month of Janu ary orJohnuary The difference lu spelling tho word Is due only to the difference of language the same aa llhelm In Germany and William in English They are alt the same word LJohn the baptist the Great Dipper the forerunner of the months which heralds the approach of Jesus the SunJonah then be It understood Is the Epheslan personification ot the month of January whose acll s common to alt uatlons then as is oday Is Aquarius the water bearer In speaking of Aquarius then peak also of Jonah for they are Ideu Ical personalities Now we come to the story of Jonah or Aquarius be lug swallowed by the whale Immediately preceding the coustella Ion of Aquarius or Jonah Is the itellatlon of the Great Fish The heat Fish Is pictured tall downward mil heal upward with mouth wide Pent ami pointing to Aquarius or Jonah as In the act of swallowing iuGIs tho constellations proceed lu heir westward course tho tall of the treat Fish dips Into tine horizon en and rguduully disappearing with vldeopen mouth seems to swallow Iqmulus or Jonah who folloWs d6 ectly after mid both disappear umjer the horizon or Into the sea It Is thus that the constellation of Aquarius or Jonah swallowed up by the constellation of tho Great ilsh and disappears from sight as ach constellation does In Its turn It Is just three mouths after corn ipondlng to the three Bible days In which Jonah remained lu the whales sHy that these two constellations re up pear In tho eastern horizon or ser As the meat Pish descended Into the sea tall downward It reappears all upward and whan Its entire tig ire Is suspended In the heavens Its vldeopen mouth ot cpurse points downward as in tho act of vomiting and oa Aquarius or old Jonah is next h I l j to appear above the horizon the Ore Fish isimppORed to vomit him out on the land This allegory from the ragas stand Rohm Is not without Its beauty rom the Christian standpoint which cepta its reality It Is tine expression Ignoraujie deceit and a vile consul acy to extract money by promulgatliii mystery and confounding the mind of mere by u philosophy which has no place lit natural law Everything myth- Ical nijrueiilous and supernatural that is tliiiH supported by the prlestliooil inns tlh snore mercenary design AIl these socalled mysteries of tho IJAilo are easily explainable anll arewe1Imown to the student ot Phal Ilelsnu antI ItellgloAstrouomlcul scl critic Unfortunately there anti bllt fey who are initiated Into theso sub jects will say In defense of the clergy that but few of them know thing about the esoteric meaning of the it religion The Jesuits know nll about tire mysteries The other order of the priesthood are as Ignorant as babies Tine Protestant clergyac wise url till In diapers Most of then know that Christianity cant bo true that something Is wrong that It Isnl true they cant see Just exactly where the wrong lies and so go on through life preaching what their con sciences tell them roust bo a lie They are generally honest uecause they an IgnqrqiiL They are Infants who have never been educated to any other tem of feeding or grown accustomed to anYother diet t J B WILSON WHERE JUDGE JIM 4GOT HIS METER Yoiijtanow In poetry there are dlf ereri kinds ot meerlong meter aliort Eter COnlmo IeteC iv mee herb moonlight alone Jildge ilim Mulllansln Kentucky sas gone the rouniband been pare lied In many shapes Only two of the parodies were good doe wao mine and the other was by a fellow who signed himself Daniel Boone Some got off by Kentucky State College boya was damnable The Bliss Magazine for January contains a poem that seems re the model of Judge Jims poem This Issue of the magazine Is devoted Exclusively to Labor Strikes The first verse of the poem is as ololwsf All nature Is sick from her heels to her hair During a strike Ihps all oaten kilter an outer repair During a strike Lint no jluce In the earth an no salt lu the sea Lint nd ginger in life In this land of the free In the universe aint what its cracked up to b- eDurlna strike GROSS IMMORALITY hared Against Governor Davis of Arkansas Little Rock Ark April 2LCharge- st gross Immorality have been mado by till Discipline Committee of the iecond Baptist Church of Little Rock gainst Governor Jeff Davis He said that Ills family would ro main lu the church hint that he de inert to worship elsewhere He said that ho would prefer a letter In order- get out tine affair quietly Ho iterated his professions of loyalty to the church as given In his letter of resignation as vice president of the Baptist State convention Alter some discussion It was decided lint the charges be Investigated Wed esday night and the congregation will be laic to decide what disposition smith bu made of theta and Uio Governor us fellow nieniber It Is expected that sub conrudtteo will be authorized to Islt Hot Springs Camden Texurkana lorthwest Arkansas anti other points In the State at which place It has been purged that the Governor has been ullty of most disgraceful drunken rgles Travels In Faith By Cant Robert Adams Polnic lhe story of bin mental Jouruey from rtuodoxy to rationalism Paper 25 enter cloth 75 touts Data of Ethics By Herbert spencer 125 4 CHRISTIANGRIME Is Rampant In Lexington a Storm Center of Religion Every Influence In Lexington except- Ing tho Blue Grass Blade that stand alone protesting against It Is for the Christian religion- It Is a city of churches religious leges distilleries saloons browerlef houses of prostitution gambling den and race trucks It Is an Incessant seen of crime not the stealing or money by preachers and the murder of men by men but the murder of the Christian wife by the Christian hue band crazy under the influence of the whisky made by Christians the dam ned stuff called alcohol as Ingersol said It was few days since a Christian named McCarty hill of whisky Saturday night getting himself In a religious frami of mind for his devotions next day also his wife In the back as she ran iron him She fell but not being quite dear he raised her and held her up until he shot another big hole clear through hei SwlIhas been sent to a lunatic asylum- In a few days more of not now Christian women will be going with some man like Rucker to pray with McCarty tnd take flowers to him and McCarty will be one of the pets of the Christian society of Lexington Mrs McCarty is reported to have been a good woman and McCartya reason fpr klUtnp her Is that he suspected tier of too great Intimacy with another man This id In a town that has al ong and broad street running through It named Megowan that is set apart by the Chris tian city council for houses of prostitu tion for white women If the handful of Infidels who are In Lexington were to blow in every dollar they have It would not pay for the liquor that those Megowan street women drink and these prostitutes whose patron saint is Mary Magdalene the bosom friend of Jesus Christ see The Mount of Olives sound In olive green 75 cents Book er Magazine West 24th street New York city for further particularsare supported by the Christian moneyed aristocracy married and unmarried of Lexington Parts of Vine and Water streets are similarly set apart for Negro houses of prostitution Not a great while since a young fellow named Shipp walked out of the biggest Campbelllte Church In Lexington so soon after his baptism that his hair was notary went straight Into one of these Negro houses of prostitution and killed a gro man who was his rival In the af fections of a nigger and was only tected by losing his hat lu the dark tie was tried In the Lexlngtou court louse was acquitted and followed down tho streets by a gang of applauding and iithuslustiu admirers He was acquitted be lIRe his daddy paid Billy Breckln ridge a big pile of money to do It The daddy was a Sunday School perintendent in the Campbelllte Church and was naturally a bank cashier The faddy got the money by robbing the tank of which he was cashier and was put In the penitentiary for two years for It Is now out and to the best of my jnowledge and belief has never been ex oinmuulcated from that church The ampbflllto bookkeeper of the bunk who assisted Shlpp lu the robbery skipped the country The priests and preachers of Lexlrig tall are a gang of lazy potgutten rtevtib who are not worth the salt In their read they live by lying about reitgiot and there Is not one ot them who a or decency or morals or who will turn his hand to stop matters like this Mc Carty business that are continually going on herethese things are not the xceptlons but the general rule In the affairs ot Christian Lexington cannot appeal to Christian women hey wont read my paper and they no higher happiness than to swing onto the coat tails of these preachers when every day the papers contain counts of the licentiousness of priests and preachers with the women ot their what are our Infidel women going to do about it True you can say Its Christian husband murdering Christian I tt J wife and none of our funeral but that wont do you must stand up for your sex It has taken nearly all of my Hfe and nearly all of my fortune to oppose this Infernal Christian religion the vilest fanaticism that ever cursed the earth dont want a cent of your money but my publisher needs your assistance financially and morally your money anti your encouraging wordsto help him to get to tho world my exposure of the Christian villains as nobody else has done Is doing or secnm likely to do If our Infidel men are not manly enough to stand by nm and support me lu my work against a religion that duces such fiends as McCarty let the r men go to hell like shot off a shingle and you women stand by me with any money that you can honestly get and easily spare arid I wilt crush this Chris tlan fraud yet Nobody but an Ignoramus or bigot now professes to believe that the Bible Is true and the only plea that Is madeifor tine Christian religion Is that It Is moralizing In Its effects That Is Just as untrue as the Bible Is A Christian general in command of the United States army at Manila has admitted that he Issued a general order to destroy all men and women and all boys down to ten years of age Of course they saved the young women for their lusts mist as the Jews did In Canaan by the special order of God and an Amen can soldier writes that he was one of eight soldiers who caught a handsomeryoung woman and the details of the count printed in our American papers are enough to fire the heart of any true womah against the whole Christian re iligion for the atrocity it is perpetu ally perpetrating against the defenceless tr No civilization no morals no libertyino happinessnothing but crime and misery can exist until the llglon Is destroyed and the ChrltlaniI r lthe Nanaf Liberal i In it Cincinnati on last January are put t its place t These Christian villains would today burn me at the stake If they hail the power as they have always done honest men when they had the power ands these Lexington priests and preachers would today send me to the penitentiary is they congratulated themselves hadtbeen done three years ago if they had tho power now but I have exposed their villainy until they can no longer do this tad I propose to get them down and keep them down until they will be exe v uted by all honest people- RELIGIOUS ReV W F Burch of New York lty chairman of the committee that prosecuted Prof Charles Briggs was cried In the Lexington Ky cemetery He had previously used At Pittsburg Pa Michael Conley a Christian of the Irish persuasion got Irunk on Sunday April and kicked his motherinlaw down steps and klll ed her Sister Conley ants her sister vet also drunk This Is carrying the nbtherliilaw joke too far and aughta rot to have been done on the Sabbath In Hazelton Pa oh Sunday April 27Iat a Catholic Church Thomas Smith tilled Michael Chory New York April 2GMrs Rennsselaer iVorden a leading worker in the Methodist Church In the village of Hyde ark dropped dead at a prayer meet ng says a Poughkeepsie dispatch to tho World A reception hail been planned to wel ome the new minister Dr Klkelham drs Worden was foremost In arranging he reception and she wad the first to meety of her experience In church work md just as she ceased clasprd her lands to her heart gasped for breath ind sank hack Into the pew dead Comment Still there are people whJ low Into gun barrels and thaw out rozen dynamite and go to prayer meet age t The New York World gives an account rote which extract as follows i The girl was a mass of burns from lead to foot Her clothing had caught fire andshe had run outlnto the street She was IMss Louise Scollard 18 years olt of No 825 Wllloughby avenue Jroklyn the adopted daughter of Dr ienry J TafL Miss Schollard was reading her prayer book In the kitchen when her skirt aught tire at the open door of the range Before she could realize her danger she was nIl ablaze Miss Schollard has many friends who panic of her as an excedtngly bright handsome girl She was educated at tlie Convent of St Joseph In Sumncr venue Broklyn where she became rued with a dfep religious fervor Dr Taft adopted her some years agoI 1r lJj t pfff j r r Vti rr i 1j f j t 1 tt BLUE GRASS BLADE A From Islington Leader EDITOR MOORS t TAKES UP THE CAUSE OF AN IOWA FRIEND IN TROUBLE He Will Appeal to the Governor of That State to Pardon a Man Cop vlcted of an Assault Under Provoking Circumstances Charles C Moore editor of the nlue Grass Blade asks the LEADER to puhllsh the following open lette i7hlch is selt explanatory tILL APPEAL FOR PARDON Lexington Ky April jlrslJ R Hammer Newton Iowa Dear MadamI write you this letter for you flI read to your family and then send to your husband now In the tentiary In your State and retain a copy of It to print In my own pape The Sine Grass Blade Lexington Ky In addition to your husbands letti r In my paper and a copy of this lette to you I will print an appeal for onr husband that believe will arouse 10000 good men and women from all over America and some from Europe to ex press their protest aglnst this Infamous Injustice to your husband anti who wll ask his immediate release and beg hls prison wardenwho hope will read this alsoto give your husband the kindest treatment In his power I have been a convict In the Ohio penitentiary and as a part of my dally dress have on while write this the coat that was given me when was a prisoner there I was pardoned by our martyred President McKlnley who In doing so complimented my sons myself in a most marked manner ami though my Interests and affiliations are naturally principally with the Squt the name of William McKinley Is dear to me ae It can he to but fewJ1eo pie Ion E Coffin the Warden of the Ohio penitentiary was a soldier In the Federal army the side that opposed my prejudices and Interests In all the I ever saw of him there was nothing objectionable except his funeral nam as heard for the first time when first was brought Into his presence with the handcuffs on me nearly at night when the thermometer was degrees below zero on the Sth of Fell rlllay can only sum up Warden Coffins treatment of me by saying that had been of his own loved brother that he thought Innocent I do not believe he would have ddred to treat me as klndl as he did for fear he would be accuse of partiality for so doing It Is a matter if record In all Lexington and Clncli ftatl papers that on my release from 1 t prison I was banqueted In Columbus met by many friends in Cincinnati and 4 j that at Lexington I was met at the t depot by a tine brass band anfl sever carriages of distinguished ltlze s was heeidiby people of all nuikfi excsi t rltrglwho filled the sidess for and a half and solidly locket the streets around the Phoenix Hotel where I was banqueted and receive d beautiful addresses made men arid women anti 5000 people cheerer rirueas addressed them from the bal cony of the hotel all of which was ported In the Lexington papers As for my standing I refer to Hon WardenCoftln to exGovernor Bush nell then Governor of Ohio to Hon William Lindsay of the United State Senate to Hon Sam J Roberts of th Lexington Leader political and person al trlend of the lamented McKinley to whom I would refer were he now living with the assurance that hr would recommend to the Governor Iowa to accept as true any statement that I might make Though I had traveled extensively In America and some in Europe I had never been In Iowa until I went thereto h6 the guest of yourself and your- husband and children saw you Inti mately In yoifr humble home and a better family of people I never saw In my years of life with the entree li the finest society of America winch I hold today more firmly than ever did and with some strange compliments from society In England and In France that are tpld In my prisonwritten book Behind the Bars a handsomely hound copy of which will send with my compliments to any official of Iowa Who has any connection with your hus bands Imprisonment anil who may want to Investigate further regarding myself as a deponent In this matter You are In no way related to me and you are poor and there Is no sinister r motive that could have In making this plea for your husband You and he are both grayheaded people and of your twosons one Is a farmer and the other Is a teacher In a public school of your beautiful town have noInterest In the world In any of you further thanttie fact that you are all exceptionally good people arid that you were attracted to me cause had Jeft the pulpit to defend modern Rationalism and to advocate Prohibition and general good mor- a your husband being a Prohibition ist and pointing with pride to the fact that there was not a saloon In your town I have been put In Jail and tined lu Kentucky by a combination t preachers and distillers they putting In Jail with me at the same time W T Fluklln a Prohibitionist who for fifty years had been a most exemplary mem her of the church that Imprisoned us bothIwas sent to the Ohio penitentiary t because was as I still am an InfUlel Prohibitionist twos sent at thg insti gation of the edUor of a ChristianPro hlbttlonist paper Your husband Is not only a good man but ho Is one of the very best men I ever knew judge him principally by his kind hearing to his wife and chil dren In his own family by the fact that be being a physician took me as the first kindness he showed me outside of tils domestic attentions to see a poor lifelong afflicted Christian young Woman who lived fie miles In coUntry and who from reading my pal v per expressed to him a desire to me and I also concluded this from the mosl pleasing relations between your tit J husband as a physician and the crowd of people who came even day to his office to see him professionally semiprofessionally and socially to see him anti me as his guest Your huslmi raised the money to pay my expense to your townI would accept no more to dellveran address there at a picnic In MofiUts woods three miles from town a most beautiful place at which such addresses are annually livered the one last year haVIng been delivered by Mrs Harriet Closz of Webster City Iowa There was at the time I was there music and short addresses by ladlesI the stand being decorated by the Ronal flag and wreaths of leaves allliI flowers There was one of the most legant and elaborate dinners In superfl oils abundance prepared and to whit everybody was asked to come whoI audlhencepeople there including some from states and the majority of them sup pose were Christians I have since derstood that among these It was pre posed to tnrow me Into beautiful little lake close by the grounds spoke entirely ex tempore feeling no bitterness because thought wail among my friends and saying aboi such things as I am saying here- In allusion to Dr Hammer your has band will remember that polutet my finger at him as he sat In the until ence and said Theres a man thu- henitenwane day will he sent to the dicey simply because he Is an honest mat and I said knew that from pot Konal experience Whether your call me a good proplu or a bad one I do not know but my lite has been largely a verification of prophecies that I have made Christian bigots around Newton have gone tematically to work to verify in prophecy by sending your husband Dr Marion R Hammer to the penltentlar There has hardly been a day slncethe beginning of this matter that your hin bands troubles have not been upon the hearts of my wife and myself The sent was In keeping with my embai rasaed finance but Christians believe In atonement by substituting the Innocer for the guilty and If the Governor of Iowa will allow me to serve one year of Dr Hammers term In the penitentiary on the condition that he Is par cloned rir that his term is reduced only that one year will gladly and proudl report myself at my own expense at the Iowa penitentiary to begin that term whenever he says so I am prqu that for the good of my race I went to the penitentiary once and I will be as proud to dolt again on these terms I am thoroughly Informed by Dr Hammers letters to me and from the stenographic report of the trial and argument of the whole case and hav seen more of the uhderhand manage atom of religious bigots In such caret than any living man Quaker preacher In Newton at the line was there seemed to want to raise a disturbance against mb because I said to him when somebody introduced us How are you Brother Broad briar The condensed facts In the ease are these Dr Hammer Is rather a small Rau years old anriVls murFtiof anathlet a physician of hut age commpnlyls A treni ndous man a very and strong farmer named Wheatcraft came to Dr Hammer without any justification while Hammer was talking pleasantly to Vheatcraf ts father and called Hammer dog Hammer called Wheatcratf ion of a and this Is the whole cf anything that Hammer said or did that was wrong Wheatcraft Instantly itruck Hammer a tremendous blow that knocked him off the sidewalk Into the street and fqllowed Hamnigr kicking him In the stomach three or four times all the time calling for some iody to give him a gunslang for pistolto shoot Hammer After Wheatcraft had done all this Hammer drew a dirk with a blade four mites long a leather case overt He jabbed Wheatcraft with it twice with the leather case on Whether 01 not Hammer knew the case was on It toes not appear and could not appear In the evidence Whfjitcratt continuing to beat Hammer the later jerled oft the case and labjed or slashed Wheatcraft five times Noe of the wounds were angerous Wheatcratf then quit and went and had his wounds dressed was IIcall ely If at all confined and In days was all well again Had Hammer lived In Lexington he could have had a big pistol and would have killed Wheatcraft dead as the dvlIhae been honored by the whole immunity for doing and would not have been held over to the Circuit COllrt and It would have been a feather his cap If nee had subsequently be one a candidate for office I Intend madam to have this printed In the Lexington Ieader and to copy It icnce Into my own paper and for the meral Information give your bus hands letter to me It Is as follows Hotel Anthes Ft Madison Iowa April 1902 120 at Night Moore Dear Sir and FriendYou will by the alJove see that am at Fort Madison rltlng you my last leter as a free man This morning I will be taken to the for three and a alsfoyearacmho ngl It was staved off at least for a few weeks but with nlyan hours notice I was taken from m y family and when the doors open will he thrust In this morning Write Mrs Hammer at once If can and help her with your sympathy Your Brother R HAMMER P SSend the Blade to my address calc of Hon N N Jones Warden of the inltentlary Fort Madison Iowa atari will pay as soon as I get out thls trouble Write me and will awer as soon as I can R H Of course Madam I will not take bny- Ilay from him especially as he once- gave me A short note to you to forward him when you have read It will recede this letter printed In the Lead er and afterward to be printed In paper the Blue Grass Blade wllj procure at my own cost coJllesoC the Leader to be sent some all to your address or to any ad dr or addresses that you may give- aIHIof my own paper to any number up to 1000 or more that you may sire to any address or adresses that- may desire Il It Is thought beat I will V With r Wi r l out any expense to you to see ernor Cummings of your State and will carry with me letters of Introduction from Governor Deck ham of tny State from United tates Senator Lindsay of my State from my Representative In Congress and from other prominent men of our countr And herby notify all persons who heI Ueve In the right of untrammeled xI presslon on the subject of religion ami especially members of the National Liberal party anti of the America Secular Union anti the American Press Writers Assoqlntlon to start at once to do their fullduty for Dr Hammer nllIl his family the victims of religious lIer sedition as have had abundant reaRon to believe for tine more than a year that I have known of this case and hav remained silent by the advice of his IIt tom eye You have seen only very recently In my paper that a man named Hans from Georgia and claiming to be Infidel hart peen convicted of burn anI hits own house for the Insurance have seen that I made adequate Invei gallon and could get nobody to say he was Innocent anti even If he Is an fidel as I doubt i will do nothing to help htm if he is guilty Dirt lam thoroughly familiar with he case of Dr Hammer of Newts Iowa and pledge you the honor of a gentleman that In here writing alJout it I have set down naught ln malice and naught extenuated I am my dear madam fraterna yours CHARLES MOORE PROFESSOR GREHAN By John Pritchard Editor of Blue Grass Blade In the last Issue of the Blade you lished a nonsensical rigmarole from the pen of this Illustrious Christian This psedno disciple of a mythical savior Is like all the balance of his breed he possesses an exaggerated opinion of his own ability and a feeling of on tempt for all who oppose him He writes It Isa wonder vto hie that he gives spaceito a commonhordeof little Infidels Implying as much as Is an Intellectual giant and all the writers to the Blade the editor cxcepted are a lot of Lilliputians Professor can you plain how It Is that the giants of the church are so fond of avoiding n flict with little Infidels It is milch easier to persuade a man to go to the gallows than It to induce a sky pilot to enter Into a discussion with In fidel Until n few weeks ago the sas City Star dally used to publl Dr Roberts excellent Sunday course In Its Monday edition and now gird again a few little Infidels wool get the chance to get a whack at sk pilots The Star Is no longer open to us why Because Christian tylgots urge by gospel sharks threatened to boycott the paper refer to the Star to show how easy It is for a little Infidel to make the gigantic pulpit rats hunt their holes The last little tilt In the Star brought forth letter from three Chrl Nan Infidels ahd laymen at that Were qreall the Greek Hebrew and 11t1n giants that our colleges turn out1 Since Ingesoll vanquished Glfidstoi akhlingt Investigation c Itotover fenfler thfait amongst them MVbyi Is thlsr The ruth Is obvious The scholar In he ministry know tnat Orthodox Christianity can nolon ebe defended that orthodoxy embracesAoo many Ilecoil radictlpns obscenity and abs ldlties Public discussions ould ex lo Chris lanlty to public disgrace and contempt hence the silence of the paid ministry Tnder such circumstances Blshop Moot can afford to sit upon his throne in his sanctum with a Jopous twinkle In his eye and a satisfied smile upon his ountenance while he watches one of his little Infidel kids put the arrogant tAres of Zion to flight pursuing them from Dan Beersheba The only style or rllseussionChristlans enjoy Is to make IIse courts and jails In order to suppressopposltlonand destro iberty Now Professor sinceyou have lanlftsted so much Indiscretion and we have got you In the controversial arens Ills little Infidel possesses sutflclen pluck to pit his Lilliputian brain agaInst roar gigantic Intellect Your dlgnlt pomposity or superciliousness will avail you nothing assertion or assumption will be equally as futile Tho battle raging between Christians and Infidels Is between fact and fable faith and evidence truth and falsehood If you can furnish Indubitable evidence to establish the truth of the statements that 1shall cull from your bible you will render yourself Indispensable to your hutch and millions of little Infidels will become worshippers of the lamb You are on the affirmative side It your side that Is now forcing the bible mankind as 4in Inspired and an icntlc production With a Divine being profound learning wealthy pa inage and unbounded arrogance porting Qhrlstlanlty it ought to bi easy for Christian advocates to silence ifidellty Now Professor with these remarks IlJeg leave to commence Can you prove that Eve was matte of a rib that there ever existed such a person as Eve that a serpent meld irtfabulatlon with Eve that all the water In Egypt was once turned Into los turned that all Into licelfelchizedeck II still living on the earth that a Divine being gave Moses the tables stone containing the commandments that a donkey saw an angel when spoke to Balaam that a Divine being slew the same Egyptian cattle more than once that Elijah was taken to siven In a chariot of fire that a fire descended from heaven and a sacrifice in answer to Elijahs prater thllt Elijah was fed by ravens that Elijah the widow and her son lived out of a self filling barrel of meal that bears killed a lot of children for making flinof a smooth slick portion of tJamp prophets skull that a merciful Ood ordered soldiers to kill Infants and priests to debauch virgins that Hllklan the priest found the book of the thalaDlvlne being showed his pos terlor to Moses that a just and mercl ful God killed seventy thousand cent men for Davids disobedience that- God killed Uzza for putting his hand on a box the ark his intentions being good that Sriinsqn slew a thousand men with the Jawbone of a lIon that a fountain of water gushed out of thllt jawbone that God proione4tti LIlL day light to enable Tosliua to butc r his enemies that a Just merciful and benevolent Divine being Instituted very pollgamy mid wars of slaI that Jonah boarded three days nights In the belly of a big fish UyI constantly moving Jonah was avoid the Influence of the gastric jut toI of the fishs stomach Talmas that the vegetable kingdom flourish before the sun was created that there Is n heaven anti hell that there exlllt supernatural beings called angels dml devils that man has a soul a slllrltllal substance capable of conscious existence when separated from the boil that man will live Otter death that a just God damned billions of Innoeenll beings for Adams disobedience thatI Jesus was a Divine being that an mortal being died is an atonement fOIl mans trangresslon that If he died man could redeem that a ghost become the father of an Intent that an Infant flint could be born or a woman that this Infant Gud grew developed Into manhood like an 011 nary human being that the devil set Jesus on a pinnacle of the temple that an Indestructible Infant God flew Into Egypt to save himself from destrnrtlc that Jesus after he rose from the leaI nnd while living in a resurrected hot eat bread fish honeycomb that If all the deeds of Jesus hall been recoi cd the world would not be largo enough to hold the books that God revealed hl purpose to Saul through the agency a witch that Paul pulled bandkerchli out ol his body something like a jurer pulling a barbers pole out of his mouth that angels didnt have e enough to their wings and hut preferred walking up and down Jacol ladder that fire would not burn thrm pious Jews that lions would not or scratch iilous prophet that t fountain of water followed the Israeli In their wanderings In the wilderness that the same Mothes were worn by thl Israelites during their forty yeas derings how about clothes for each birth that Jesus was n descendant of the house of David Mary his niotlu nor the ghost his father were not of that lineage that Jesus worked a lot of miracles that Mary was still n vii gin after Jesus was born that Jesus WtS seventy two hours In the grave one went to see him arise front the grave John 20 that two went Matt 2s that three went Mark that more than three went Luke that It was awfui to kill Jesus John 197 that It was not lawful to kill him John 1815 that Elijah went to heaven In a wind Kings 211 that none but TeslIsI ever went to heaven John that Miazlah was two years older than Ills lather Chron 2120 and 2212 Now Professor this list by no mean exhausts bible but have give enough to make you keep silent for the future I have not aUrmjited to range them In chronological order bl1t occurrenaveto my thinker lam lIesl- rIngthe Holy Ghost to fall upon yqv irlth his assistance you may be able to peak In an unknown tongue but In his critical age you must speak in two languagcs ltMrUnltAd Slate irJSnglish take choice Like yoi will finish with aVeiVe of rtiyme Ye sons of rest quit preaching flea No longer labour rtilrk Quit guiding rascals through tho skies And do some Honest work Seloh Before you claim the right to qufif from the bible prove ltd authority Viswerlng the objections raised ngnlnt It by Thomas Paine In his Age of Rea f on nnd his examinations lIf the prpplu tieseAN INDIAN WhoWas In the Penitentiary With Me Cookson Indian Territory 41902 Iy Dedr Mr Moore Please send me a sample copy of your lIaper and subscription rates You may perhaps remember meeting with me that silent resort the 6hlo penitentiary where did time upon a charge of which was certainly Innocent holding uj and robing the town of Westvllle am engaged In farming anti raising cattle Hoping you are happy and contented and may not don dem golden slippers nor climb the golden stair fur years and years yet I am truly your friend GEORGE FREEMAN P SI am an Indian- COMMENTI congratulate you Bro reeman and hope you will be n man all the balance of a long life Any town that would let one man hold It and rob It ought to be robbed You are all right The kind of people who ought to be sent to the penitentiary are these Lexington sky usters who are robbing people with invest ment companies I havent much faith In these rank outsiders but will trust any innn who has ever been In the penitentiary cause Were are scElsnsesiidctehhonest est man nnd the men to the penitentiary Put him on the list Jim and him some hack numbers he will dead sure to pay you Teeumsey sa my father from the British at the battle pf the River Raisin See Behind Bars 31498 and I have lilted Indians ever since that Is beginning with tlmo I was born I like red men blacken and yellow men Indians Negroes and Chinamen and I like white women hut I aint much stuck on white men would not want to go bumming around In Lexlngtofl at night in ChiI cago Bottom or Vine or Water or Megowun street but I wouldnt afraid to go to the Indian Territory all night In the middle of one Bro Freemans tlonsniidticre fields with the Kate open- Send In your orders for the 8eI 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each are taken into coi neiepaIper u 0 t surpasses Grass Blade inih perfectly Andepehdent now fJ ja llngthe Ane matter that is to golu tbls paper each week I maYD t make the scratch of a pen and yet there will be supplied each week from Ule nest Infidel newspaper writers abundance of matter to out twice smuob Into this paper as It ordinarllyhaB ant that iswlmt fltt end to do Beside this there are continually coming to th Undo articles from new correspondent if both sexes and all ages from fifteen o ninety in prose and poetry thing hatare good and ought to be printed Of course there is much that ml waste barrel catches when return topipa are not Aflnt Ida not Intend to slack any of my tersonal energy as a writer for this per but If I can only gut that 1 In end to put into an increase of the cii ulattou of this paper ate energy tar In of anything that I have over ye exerted The Appeal to Roaaon a Socialist iuper lia attained circulation of litl00 It true that Socialism like re glonv std politic has dollars am tents in Itsupposably fttIeasttor Its rionda and U s quite a different thing ur an Intldel paper that Is simply latter of principle and to gaii itch a circulation as that butIf Icai got the thulinotYfuI1utoUq to ryfor 1IHXX ii three years from the day that It secured I Intend to print In large irosun the margin of each uf the Hade the nnuiber of that Issuo that it routed that all can set whether l tun coinllslnug my plan WILSONS LECTURES The two lectures Dr Wilson which are now publlihedIn pamplet Is the Christian Immprtallty a norma desire of the human mind and Ini orlullstlc Ecclesiastic and EconomIc yraiiny cause of Anarchy all meeting with ready sales Their pop larity Is attested by the fact that al xtra Editions of Blades In which diet- both published werel snapped up IlIoldelsol tens twentys and hun reds We can offer our readers no otter propogandlc literature the OM teolpglc and the other socialistic The vital question dl theseicturea should be put into 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must be really new onesat 50 cents each will give either one ot the above bopks that may be selected by tlieparty getting new subscribers ofIUhti shat have one of these books tot each tha he may get The copies of Behlnil the Bars 498 that Will be given are all neatly bound with gilt title and alias pletur- oI Editor Moore This book belongs equally to Mr Hughes and myself We sold it at 130 a cop until all expenses of Its publics tion were paid and about 10000 over and then we reduced the price to The price of Dr dreers Physician in the House Is 275 Dr Greer is a friend of the Blade and his office seems to Indicate that ho Is a rich man Mr Hughes has lately visited Dr Greera office and says he Is away up In Dr Greer has promised to supply us as many of this book aa we want at a mere nominal price As ita name gests it Is Intended to take the place ofa physician to a great extent by structing persons about the symptoms of diseases and their treatments j The book has 1000 pages and is so heavy that in all Base where we can we will send it prepaid in all Instances 1Forer one of ibes beooks will Jlesen that be eh enbftleP 1subscriber Iff ANSWERS DR R t fa ARRIS Editor Cass County Democrat- In a recent Issue of your paper Is an article in which R L Harris gives at some length his impressions of the wondrous beauty and phenomenal achievements of Christian teaching He states that all the Infidel organzatlons since creation never founded a hospital a home for the homeless etc It Brother Harris would consult our public schools references he would find that homes for the aged existed long fore the Christian era An article July 182 In Nlneteeenth Century says The first hospitals for diseased people were established by the Buddhists of India and It Is a well known fact that the Buddhists also maintained hospitals for animals According to the Westminster Review a Buddhist monarch Azoka 400 C ordered hospitals built in every town Gibbon tells us that In the Roman empire a fund was maintained to pur chase food for the poor A great many hospitals for the sick and Insane wereI maintained by the Saracens but stantine the brutal founder of Christi anity suppressed tnem together with the medical school which supported them and the people depended upon prayer miraculous Intervention exor tclams torture or death to cure the In sanetlta latter a most effectual cute An account of this Is given In Drapers Intellectual Development of Europe It Is a significant fact that not until the sixteenth century were Insane hospitals again established In Europe and patients treated as diseased Bancroft In Native Races of the cific Coast says Hospitals were es tablished by the government In all the higher cities of Mexico with ample enues where patients from the surrounding country were cared for The same Is recorded by Prescott In his Conquest of Mexico Dr Senn during a recent tour of Ja pan the nation which sent represent atlves to Europe to study Christianity with a view to adopting It If It met the Ideal ot our Island brothers but who re turned to their native land with the report that the moral degeneracy ot the people did not warrant them In recommending Chrlslanlty saId am Im pressed with the Japanese red cross ciety the greatest and richest In the world with its 800000 members Ev erybody taken an Interest in It IThe United States might well take some lessons from the Japanese people found them liberal educated and pro produceliIII J tlittvhumaii race And yet the Japa nesuftto tat believe lu Christianity Brother Harris should also remember that until recently under the laws of Christian England that the bequests of Infidels to Institutions were Unlawful and etJch bequests were contlscated as were the estate of heretics during th Inquisition However there are vari ous benevolent Institutions to the credit of unbelievers and their gifts for edu icatlonal purposes are legion and the nuuimental contributions of literature by Irifiilels like Darwin Huraboldt Huxle rSpencer and hundreds of others wliranctire when Christianity line given place to a justice loving humanity Did Brother Harris ever hear of tho Infidel Stephen Glrard who gave to tin Imihsylvaultt hospital 30000 to the deaf iilid dumb asylum 20000 to an 0tmen 10000 to a local school 10000 to relief of poor masons 20000 to the Im provement or his state 800000 Or to the government during Its stress of tli war ot 1812 of 5000000 or to tit founding of Chard College In this collegeendowment he stipulate that no minister should officiate but this has been disregarded and the lustl rmtj0n liivaUed by christians leteer e 8000000 Jot free beds lu Boston hos pitals Or ot John Redmond who for the saute purpose gavo 400000 Did wluys soldiers of tiff evolution with clothing besides contributing the revenues from his books Or 6f Thomas Plaice who iODlyreceutly left a city Dltd over 500000 to found an old ladles home and other firiUlile Institutions and 5000000 for the Lick observatory o importailethan charitable Institutions ever hear of the Smithsonian and Cooper In stitutes both founded by Infidels br the universities or Oregon or Virginia Or of the 4OQOdoVglven by George body to Southern normal school work Or of the stupendous endowment of naUcmaluitlverslty and the milliont n education e masses by Andrew Carnegie Has he ever heard of the 1000000 gift by BOJl1I be by a non eec tarlan organization of Chicago or of the 1000 that Is being used to ipX9M doctrine of Rationalism Your paper could not contain the numerable smaller bequests for charita ble and educational purposes but I lieve It Is plain to any careful student that before the establishment of Christi anity pagans had much to credit and that during the reign of th the churhthe dark ageswhen he power was absolute she suppressed every heretic throttled envestlgatlon burned libraries confiscated property and thereby fostered ignorance victims d crime apd turn more for alnjshouses and asylimins and jails were refuge The lnfideI have Only been able to findiainthepast 300yeatsb1t it g years to cultivate the spirit of Investigation and Justice they will make this old world a place worthliving In Yours for truth and justice HARRIET M CLOSZ Webster City iQwa April 1 BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD Clanton Ala April 20 1902 MOORE HUGHES Dear Friends1 When I wrote you last I assured you that as long as I could read I expected to take the Blue- Grass Blade but my sight has failed me cannot see to read or write and had to get a friend to write this for me Therefore please send my paper In future tri Mrs Martha Lilly Salem Alabama Be assured that thus parting company with you and other friends of the Blade fills me with sadness yond expression This old bark isl nearly 75 years old and will soon go out of busi ness but so long as life lasts I shall cherish your memory With best wishes for tue success of the Blade and tot your happIness and prosperity I remain Very truly yours L A THRONTON Comment Worlds like those pay me for many a heartache These old Infidels dont seem to be much alarmed In view of their old age LEXINGTON TOMMYROT Lexington Ky April IP02 Mr Moore Esp Dear SIrIn your paper of the 20th notice you state There Is no God The word God means Creator There had to be a creator for we are witnesses of the creation Of course It Is a platter of conjecture lu regard to describing the creator but It Is an evident fact that there Is a creator or sod Hoping to see your comment on this article In your next edition I am your silent mirer H T ANSWER- If It a fact that you happened to be present when God created the ation and witnessed the creation thatI just settles lu and there Is no sense In fooling along with that question anyI more I had some how gotten It Into my head that Adam was the first man and thought he was created after the balance of the Job was finished yocIyou a success on thE lecture platform- DECORATION DAY POI the above occasion the H railway will sell tickets at greatly reduced rates to all points within a radius of 150 miles Tickets on sale May 29th and 30th good returnl gun nil May 31st 1902L J iij4 J CONDENSED 1ndopandoncolCyForllnotypefund Und unclosed 2onu each from Jape Stophuns and W T Loomis Junction City Kansas Enclosed ten Cents for ton Blades of following latex I wont thorn to sued to Homo admirers of Roosevelt to glvo thom same infor mationtheynead1111IAnurtLLWapakoneta for Kidders Virgin Mary You have my sincere thanks for the two books you sont mo in conduction with your paper MuBlior tho boat thing over road It hoats Ingurtioll Your paper juttt nulls me11 H WILLIAMS llornitos Calif Wo havo found out for tho first time that you can toll a lie with as good a graco as a Methodist prouuhor You said that attar April Oth mothQr unless ho was paid up told tilt nays that Moore did not lie but maybe ad wo are setae lf miles from pods coun try ho gives us three days of grace Well old heathen Hud ouclufled fi60 Wo will get the names attar a while 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been relaxed use the word religion because everything In the nature of religion as well as Christianity has suffered from this movement of the human mind This declension is evidenced by the decreased membership of the churches by the theological writings of the day by the looseness of much of the preach lug by the weakness of religious socle ties by the desuetude of powerful vivals by the paucity of conversions and by the reduced number of cam dates for the ministry- It Is somewhat alarming to read some of the statements for which of course I cannot vouch regarding tho fewness of tho conversions If am correctly Informed there are In the Presbyterian Congregational and Baptist denomina tions thousands of churches every year which do not report a single conversion anti as many more perhaps which re port only one or two conversions This led Mr Moody on one occasion to query whether the Congregationalists really believed In conversion at nil or not In like manner the complaint comes from nearly all the theological seminaries that fewer young men are entering the ministry and that those who enter are of a lower grade of scholarship than formerly This Is on the face of Itsan alarming symptom but it is to this discount that the lay preacher Is rapidly displacing the pro fessional minister and for my part If rk the people find that the professional minister no longer meets their spiritual needs and that the comparatively uneducated lay preacher feeds their soul have no complaint to make of the ALL RELIGIONS t Indifference to the tliclaimsProtestant denominations Church If I mistake not feels the pressure of the movement fully as much I read not manyas we do think months ago a statement that Arch bishop Ireland Ina sermon he preached In New York made the statement that there was then going on in the world Including the Catholic Church a rapidly Increasing declension In religion In deed If may rely on what has been told me in Chicago the decline is not even confined to the Christian religion The Rev Dr Hirsch I am Informed said a year or two ago that his society was the only Jewish society In this country that was holding Its own Here then we have a movement which Is rected not against the Protestant re ligion nor yet against Christianity in general but against all religion in the broadest sense Within the Protestant denominations the battle rages around the person of Christ and the heretical doctrine mostly In evidence Is what Is called Rltseh llanlsm This baleful perversion of Christian doctrine Is traceable to the learned German theologian Albrecht Rltschl who has thoroughly Inoculated Christian theology In Great Britain and America Rltschl claims In the first place that there is no Christian revelation except In the words of Jesus Christ himself His next claim Is that the words of Christ even are not reliable except as given In the gospels and that though Christ has spoken in the epistles of Paul and In the Book of Revelations those writings are to be disregarded But as soon qs he has limited revelation to the words of Jesus In the gos pels he proceeds to claim that these words teach none of the cardinal trines of the Christian religion as now held by orthodox theologians He finds In the words of Christ no hint at his preexistence In heaven at his miracu ions birth at his deity or at his atone ment for sin This of course Is a per feet negation of Christianity and the only wonder Is that such a circuitous method should be taken to repudiate the whole Bible and the entire Christian system TAINT Or RITSCHLIANISM I should do the Christian Church in America the greatest Injustice If should represent It as having embraced Rltschllaniam to any great extent I have outlined the heresy simply to In dicate the direction which the doctrinal defection In this country as In Great Britain has taken Many preachers however show the taint of Rltschliau Ism In their preaching who have Im bibed It they know not how and have never even heard of Rltschl The very unlversatllity of this movement shows that It Is the product of universal conditions and that It Is no specifically a rational rejection of Chris Uanlty It Is very largely mere Indlffer entlsm anti the wandering of the heart from God and that convinces me that although Christianity has always through the progressed by cycles and has seen a dozen darker periods of unbelief than this the present indiffer ence is largely the result of the unex ampled activity of the human mind In directions such as Invention ellheany form has been out of Its mind It Is a far agreeable thing for me Jl 1 l 1 y t JJ to state what I regard as the certain outcome of the depression of the last few years The tide has unquestionably turned In fact It turned several years ago In my country But In America also there Is certainly visible now the beginnings of the Inevitable reaction As for me have nothing to complain of for wherever have been the deep Interest manifest In the word of God and In the doctrines of the gospel has been most admirable anti encouraging Let me give you a proof from another office of newsIImpelbeen kept for several months of the number of conversions that have been ChurchIeRmonths Is more than double the numI ben reported for the same months of last year So that I am persuaded that the night- Is far spent and the day close at hand should not be surprised If a world wide religious awakening not a whit inferior to the Moody revival should burst upon somewhat suddenly with in a year or two In the fire of such a blessing the prevailing heretical system will be consumed like a house of cardboard Under the Influence or the Holy Spirit error will be In a moment de tested and Christ will he all and in all again Comment The most astonishing thing In the above discussion Is Rev Morgans frank confession of Christian dlctrlne his ability to observe every cause hut the right one and the one most evident of allthat is peopleI dont cant and wont believe In Christian mystery or that preachers know one little bit more about God or the Future than the most ignorant savage on earth No thinking person can be liove It and that Is all there Is to and all the rest of his talk Is lame apol ogy and excuse lIe counsels his floclJiby asylng that lie thinks the tide Is turning again to ward Christianity and tells of the many new conversions to the Congregational Church He says nothing however about the lapses He Is looking for it to come to pass in a year or two that a great religious awakening will hurst upon the world and consume the heret- Ical system like cardboard Preachers are always looking for an outpouring of the spirit in a year or two hut why should the spirit delay the outpour so long Last week the great Lane Seminary Presbyterian of Cincinnati graduated only six young preachers When they can t get young men to take up the ministry and only poor timber such as do the laity cannot expect to nour- Ish an Interest and the whole miserable degrading misdirecting and de moralizing system must continue to claim J B W A MORMON PREACHER Writes the Best Religious Letter Ever Saw Editor Blue Grass BladeDear sir In your Issue of March 30th under the caption Mormons Reviewed Mrs A Snow endeavors to tell what she does not know about the Mormons The paper was handed to me by Walter Col IInsof this city crave space In your columns to answer these misstatements In my time I have endeavored to do Jus to nil men regardless of their belief would rather tell the truth about a bad man than to lie about a good one I de livered the principal address at the Paine Memorial meeting held here on January 29th I do not believe from what have read from your pen that you will purposely misrepresent Some of the errors of the party In question areas follows First Her attack throughout pitted against the reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with head quartets at Lamonl Iowa and where the college to which she refers Is cated We never acknowledge the name Mormon That appellation Is given to and is used without protest by the followers of Brigham Young with head Giiartrs at Salt Lake Utah These two organizations are separate and distinct When Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob of outlaws at Cartliage Iii In some of whom were preachers and most of them pretended Christians Brigham Young usurped the rights of presidency and led a portion of the church to Utah During on Interval of eight years the main body of the church remained neutral regardless of the claim pf various aspirants for the Pres idency of the church In a number of the men who mad been prominent in church circles proceeded to organize the forces according to the church polity In vogue during Smiths life Polgamy which never had been a tenet of the church in Smiths day was eschewed with many other of Brighams heresies such as Blood Atonement AdamGod Worship and sealing for eternity etc We have defied the world to prove that Smith was a polygamist A financial offer of large consideration has been repeatelllfmade with no claimant as yet was the father of polygamy In the United States SecondThe statement that our ple In Missouri leave their Virgin who has given birth to a child by the Holy Ghost and the child Is to be a great prophet Is absurd The Holy Ghost has not been guilty of this Imposition This mutter either originated in the tile brain of your correspondent or she has been made tho victim of some practical Joker The names and addresses of a few of our people who entertain this beMef would be more convincing that her unconfirmed statement ThirdOur presuht leader Is not Jo Smith II a big fat fellow sTlm Presi dent of the church Is Joseph Smith The term was first used by Mrs A A Snow He is a large man but not fat Fourth When your corespondent says we do not care to tackle Agnos tics she files wide of the mark for we would prefer to discuss with these men In preference to narrow and prejudiced Sectarians Your correspondent should wipe the dust from her Bible and she will find that Luke never made the statement she quotes It Is found In Mark 1618 Filth Mrs A A Snpw ja poi one t1 Ilf 1Il tenth part free thinker I am tint says she become a saint and SheI cept our entire belief with all of Its puted absurdities If we would only show her a sign would not accept a thing did not understand if its advocates would raise the dead or cause fire to come down from heaven It is the truth we want Truth liberates error and Ig norance enslave Sixth The case of healing which Mrs Snow refers to I know nothing about If she will give me tho address of the dlllIHowever noting her error In other par ticulars can not take her statement in this without verification The religious sects have lied about so much that It comes with an added shock to see Liberals using mud for argument The reason why socalled Christians have vilified the name and memory of Paine was because their brains were Imper vious to his reason hence slander for rer butal Let not Liberals imitate the sects or we must attribute the same tive to the- mSeenthAs a church we believe that Christs first word was to get people ready to live In this world to make this world habitable to bring about right relations between man and men You can never have right relations between man and God until first you have right relations between man and men Christ sought to effect peace on earth not In heaven We stand for primitive Christianity- and repudiate all of the Catholic and Sectarian Innovations win ih have accu mulated during nineteen centuries Among these arc the rights of prove ty economic Inequality Interest profit etcWe do not believe In Papal Infallibility Indulgences total depravity the Christ paid it all theory In conclusion we say God can not af ford and will never damn nn honest man Hypocrites in and out of the church are only worthy of execration Truth liberates error binds knowledge brings life ignorance produces death Yours for right T W WILLIAMS East 21st strct Los Angeles Cali forma Pastor of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Tatter Day SaintsP Please send me a copy of the paper containing this article AnswerI never met but one Mor monoShe was an exceedingly sweet lady and talked like this preacher does have some cultivated kin people who have Mormon neighbors and friends and they speak In high terms of the Mor mons This religion Is evidently a bel ter one than the regular brand of Chris tianityIf ever Join any Religion again I would make Mahommedanlsm my first choice and Mormonism my second I believe In I alnt durned mntrlmonyJ certain ot like to have a dozen or vxes If I hadfthe plunks to afford It p am dead suve J would rather have than none DEFENDS ROBERT OWEN Washington D C Apill 25 1902 Editor Moore Dear Slr1 enclose subscrip lion for the current year I notice In the last Issue of the Blade your reference to the discussion between ander Campbell and Robert Owen some 75 years ago as being weak on both sides I was Interested In this because having read the debate over 25 years ago while yet in the orthodox fold I was Impressed quite differently Iron yourself as to itS merits ABai tlst admirer of Campbell who regarded him as the greatest debater In defense of Christianity of any age loaned me the debate to show with what ease Campbell had annihilated Owen and his Infidelity read It but did not see It that way though was at the time as orthodox as himself One point In particular I well remember Owen declared that belief in no case depended upon the will but was determined by Influences over which we had no control that this being true logically we should be neither praised nor punished it beings independent of our will as our statue or the color of our eyes or hair If true this of course was fatal to Christianity which has always rewarded belief with the promise of heaven and threatened unbelief with the flames of hell Campbell would not admit Its truth whereupon Owen offered to rest his entire case upon that one proposition and would admit defeat If Campbell could produce one Instance where belief depended upon will and offered to retire from the platform If by an et tort of the will he Campbell could for five minutes believe Jesus an im postor and Mahomet a true prophet This may have been weak but tho flounderings of Campbell In his deavor to squirm out of the difficulty was pitiable in the extreme He t utterly in meeting the Issue and did not cite a single case In support of his contention but reported to eva sion and subterfuge Tbo reading of that debate started me on a line of Investigation and in quiry that has culminated in robust and outspoken infidelity and In y reading from that time to the present met with any writewhotheological had the honesty and courage totoe the scratch and grapple fairly with proposition as laid down 75 years agoLby Robert Owen In view of this K think It might be ja order to revise ymir opin i 1J t ion which has no doubt become some what rusty from the lapse of years Very respectfully WILLIAM II WHITE CommentThat argument that faith is Involuntary regard as nn exceed- Ingly valuable one have been using It so long that cannot remember when began It and supposed had originated It have made It in al most exactly the same words as those used here by the brother from Wash ington City and It now appears to ine quite probable that I got it from read- Ing the Campbell and Owen debate have thougut several times that would again read that debate hut my copybf the debate was lost by the burning of my library and have never seen another one I read that debate when was a preacher and naturally did not have much sense and it has been a long while since and guess there is truth in what this brother says SORTER MIXED Criticism of The Mount of Olives Zanesvllle Ohio April BRO C MOORS Dear Simin the Blade of 427 find a poem endorsed by you ns most wonderful poem of the 20th century This endorsement has caused me to wonder what you mean by that ex wonder the poem The Mount of Olives excites in me is that any person with the ability to produce a line poem should select that old chestnut of the Greek poets the sexual merce of gods and women as a founda Lion for a poem In this the 20th century The leading Idea In the poem Is evident ly taken from Shakespeares Venus and Adonis writ en about 300 years ngo He drew his material from the old Greek poets that wrote nearly years before the Christian ern Stories of the amours of godsend women are as old as history Shakes pertre has left no room for Improvement upon that subjecl- Respectfully yours for the right LOUIS MUNCH Comment I must beg to join Issue with this brother who Is himself a poet Thats all true about the Greek poets and Shakespeares Venus and Adonis Is almost as realistic as Byrons Don Juan But Francis Saltus Saltus In The Mount of Olives Is the first man that I know of who has suggested that Jesus Christ was the father of a child and the story is told with spelt won irons beauty and pathos without bathos that it is the first tine in many pears that I had felt like there had sibly been such a man as Je us Christ mil almost hoped there had I have myself suggested that Jesus fell In love with Mary the sister of Lazarus who was pretty and welltodo funnel shy and that he gotten the mitten and think the Idea Is pretty well sus tained In the New Testament ItJ had been a married man as Iohammed was and somebody had ed with a big stick that little bow legged and baldheaded Paul the mar- plot of Christianity the religion of J would probably have been miicll better than It Really from my understanding of the story of Jesus and Mary the sister of Lazarus there are few people in better shape to sympathize with him than I am or have been See Behind the Bars Brother The Mount of Olives Is a brandnew departure In Inlldel thought Both of us were mistaken In alluding to it as aI poem of the 20th century It was writen years ago and only 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