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I ft q z I BLUE GRASS BLADE t thefDOUNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOUCONFUCIUSctJFr 2pR01THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY TO DO GOOD MY RELIGION TOM PAINE 20 1P1rtnAN HONEST GOD IS THE NOBLEST WORK OF MANINGERSOLL EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOL XI O22 LEXINGTON ICY SUNDAY JULY 20 E M 302 100 A YEAR t TERMS OF THE BLADE 1 issue for one year tlOO 6II u u a 250 TERMS 1100 par yoar In advance in clubs of fivo cent foreign sub scription MAXI ALL dratts and Express orders to tho BLUE Lexington Ky DO NOT order your paper discontinued without paying all arroars THAT on printed address tab Is tho time of expiration of your sub scription wHENYOUehanleyour address advise this office giving as wall aa new address I ytxi haczlplfot sty whothWybn aru a now or nub scriber OFFICE of publication East Third stroot J ENTERED at the Post office at Lozing l ton Ky as Hecond Class Mall Address communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Published WEEKLY at 100 a year in advance Club Rates and Sample Copies The BLADE will bo sent for cents a year each for any order for JTVK or more Sample copies will bo sent free AGENTS FOR THE BLADE Anybody can be an Agent for the Blade by sending two cents each for ten papers or more- ADVERTISING IN THE BLADE Jlowells Newspaper Directory says + 5368 + f Average Wecekly Circulation 4 I 4 for 190P + + BLUE GRASS BLADE + + Lexington Ky 4 The leading weekly In the d I + State Published In the heart + f of tho Blue Grass Region Clr + 4 culates In every State In the + + Union and In oome foreign + i countries + Reaches a liberal class of 4 frii buyers Advertising rates and + + sample copies on application + t + + IMyterms are 1000 an inch a year In advance regardless of the number of Inches and for nothing less than a year CHARLES C MOORE THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink It believe from the time It Issues from the tolled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into 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 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 tugglnr at the faded dresses of weeping aid 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 tthe scaffolds upon either bank m ot wonder that every thoughtful man III prejudiced against the damned stuff tabled alcohol alu ft IMUMMXi WIFE MURDER BY JOSEPHINE HENRY Thy desire shall be to thy husband and lie shall rule ever therGenesls Tlio frequency and horror of wlfeniur del In the United Slates Is growing to finch nu alarming extent that as an everyday occur mce It attracts little at tention Isnt It about time that some one was asking what the cause of this arch crime of the centuries Thous ands of wives have been murdered In the Halted States and I have never yet heard of an editorial being written or sermon preached on this crime The dully press Is crimsoned with these rors and they are taking place all about us Here In Kentucky we have wife murder in all sections and Ken tucky chivalry seems to be trying Us master murderous hand on wives and sustaining the States reputation With in a few weeks In this section throe men have murdered their wives In cold blood and not half as much notice taken of It as would have teen taken of an accident to a fine race horse The brute McCarty recently murdered his glrlwlfo because she could not make money enough to supply the demands of this drunken wretch The testimony In this case revealed such brutality strong meta left the courtroom at Lex ington weeping unable to listen to the atrocities dealt out to this young and defenseless wife McCarty Is sentenced to be hung but before the scaffold Is erected an old man near Harrodsburg beats his wife to death with a bludgeon and yesterday a man named Anderson of Owensboro shot his wife to death because she re fused to live with him And so the bloody chapter continues and will con cditorlalseun except this wholesale butchery ofi women The preachers preach against political corruption ballotbox stuffing pool rooms horse racing dancing theatres Sunday amusements the Jews and the Boxers but riot one word against the wireTmurderer 1f raaacherllt llltatketn t prcach on wifemurder he wouldfint1 the tap rootof the crime In the Holy Bible The teachings of this bodk have caused the murder of thousands of wo men and wronged robbed and wrecked the lives of millions more Why do men kill their wives Because the Bibl reaches that a wife Is the property o the husband and whether a man be a saint or a brute drunk or sober a sag or a fool the Bible says to the woman Thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee This and similar Bible teachings has filled the masculine heart with a splilt oJ domination and tryanny and Implanted the Idea that the husband OWNS the wife and religion and law sanction this lainy and brutal men act upon It Is is not time to take up this cues tlcn the horrors of which are shocking the world It la the duty of the press to find out the cause of this wholesale woman is a great hue and cry against the atrocities committed against women In China Cuba and the Philippines but just as terrible deeds are going on all about us in times of peace Let the press find out the cause of these crimes if it shakes the planet and shatters the idols of the centuries The clergy do not teach this crime perhaps they DARE not for the ohedl ence and subjection of women is the corner stone of Christianity 0 that women would read the Bible and find out the truth for themselves Tlio ble plainly teaches that woman is mans inferior and that the husband shall rule the wife and it also leaches more about murder than any other Ante in the cal endar The Ohl Testament opens with a the New Testament restf on themurder of Christ Men murder their wives on the slightest pretext or no pretext at all In the holy estate of matrimony till spotless bridal robe of the blushing bride often becomes the shroud of the butchered wife Why do men always kill their own wives Because religion law sanc tions tho ownership of wives and they do not dare to tamper with or destroy other mens marital property Tho obey vow lu the marriage emony has become the deadly doom of thousands of trusting women The Womens Clubs of our country are fretting away their time on art poetry the drama and a thousand other such frill halls that do not touch the real needs of their own sex If they would discard this whole petty busi ness and take up the real condition of women they would be of practical use Let them dissect the Catholic and Protestant marriage ceremonies and see what they hold for their own sex Let them unroot tho domestic system anti find out tho cause of the wrongs and miseries ot women Let them search for the cause of the murder of between four and five thousand wives every year In the United States My sisters here is rent practical work It Is not the condition of our economic or political systems but the condition of our domestic system that Is threatening the life of our American civilization Let women fearlessly uncover the religious and legal vlllanles that enslave degrade Insult and murder their sex Let women when they find themselves through a trusting love lu tho hands of a tyrant or a brute and fear for their lives meet their lords and masters with the mag netic and terrible flash of determination that the eye ot every woman can scnJ forth and with the same weapons used by these tyrant cowards self preser vation is the first law of nature Hu mility and submission to outrage of lie human rights has been womans great est crime against herself 1o this reason the world Is swarming with bullies and brutal cowards lint she will rise In the majesty of her woman hood and defend her rights and life even If she has to use the bullet bled geon or knife In the way they are used on her the cowards will retreat in dIg larder and woman murder will be rare crime Every since Constantine the wife mur derer established the Christian era the Bible has been the text of womans deg redatlon and slavery and any preach fir In the United States can prove that wifemurder has not Its tap root In Bi ble teachings that husbands are to rut wives let them do It now Let him show the cause of thousands of wife murders every year It Is an exceeding ly delicate subject for the clergy and they should handle It carefully lest the bomb bo loaded- Thousands of wives have been mur dered because they refused to live with unkind drunken or brutal husbands- Think of the majestic manhood of a man who would try to force a woman to live with him against her will If he was the tenth part of a man he would scorn such a union Urged on by the diabolical religious Idea that h Is master and owner of the woman ho calls wife he sends her to death to emphasize his ownership But there is one redeeming act of some of these wifemurderers they put themselves out ot tho tray But the tribe will never grow less until woman becomes her own protector and liberator This sho can not do as long as she supports a re ligions system that makes her a nonentity enthrones the domestic moguel at the hearthstone and wrinkles the earth with the graves of the victims of tyranny tyestie tit mitrdtOiiEtr tra beimprisoned tolovevow the church requires a man to take at the marriage altar In the name of GhostI the Blessed Trinity thought of this emn vow when looking down on the mutilated qUd bleeding bodies of murdered wives It may be claimed that husbands deal out vengeance to their wives because they provoke them Wives do not pro yoke sober and manly men For such they have affection and admiration A woman will not provoke a man she loves andshe never falls to love a man who really deserves to be loved But even she did is that any reason why wives should be murdered for their short comings Women of America we are face to taco with the arch crime of the centuries and your sisters are its victims Does not duty call you to find out why these conditions are possible write this message because the wrongs of the fenseless lay like a mountain upon my heart and I speak forth the words of truth and soberness The state will never right these wrongs Expect noth lug from the clergy they dare not tell you the truth Women must be her own protector defender and savior I write this because love my sex and would protect them from the knife and bullet sent Into their hearts by ble teachings- sit alone on the rock of my own In uperstllionpassedfromname forgotten the echo of these words shall awaken to power and release from injustice tyranny and cruelty one wo man my reward will be great Indeed Versailles Ky WHEN TH CONKRENCE IS When tit confrence Maw she goes An gUs us all some bran new cloes An fixes th house up dest as nice Paw he grumbles about th price hut what Paw says dont cut much ice Cause Maw she lows she do wanter be Ashamed of th house er Paw er me When th preachermens come an great Gee Whiz Wee hustlin times when th contrence- When th confrence some strange man stays Aroun th house fer days on days An Maw she talks to him awful sweet An gives th bestest things to eat An me and Paw we take a bath seat He calls Paw Brother Smith you see An Paw looks dest as foolish at me Cause Paw dont want no church In his Cause Paw dont want nochurch in his But he has ter go when the conference When th confrence Maw makes us chase Th roosterchickens all over th place An Paw he runs bisect mos to death An cusses horble under his breath An dest have t keep as straight An every meal I avet wait An take it all roun its a muss I hate Fer mo an Paw have plenty of biz But not much fun when the confrence tJ ld MARY MAO LANE OF BUTTE MONT rHER SI50 At last another Infidel girl as re marl ble as May Collins there Is no gcnhra outside Infidelity has como to tllo footlights and In evidence She yM years old when she wrote latelyaThv next Issue of the Blade July will be almost exclusively devoted to the consideration of this wonderful girl Please send Immediately from ev erywhere your orders for Blades at one cent each as many as you can afford to orde1 to be sent to any addresses that you may give ilsklug my judgment that for her age the world does not contain of either sex anything so startlingly wonderful as a thinker and a writer The young woman may be wrong In some of her philosophy I dont know but even It she is wrong ahe Is an Intellectually prodigy that no Infidel enthusiast or propagandist can voluntarily afford to Ignore If yon cannot spare the 150 without robbing yourself or yours of some of the necessities of life then of course dont buy the book If you have e a kepn literary appreciation even then it may not pay you but If you can easily spark that much money and you can ap predate the wonderful almost mlracu lous Ingenlus you simply cannot af ford to be without The Story of Mary Mac Lane by Herself The Blue Grasp Blade has given to the world the most remarkable two wo menMf the younger ones may be called woman except Elizabeth Cady Stanton that fiver lived In America They are Josephine K Henry and May L Collin- sf and now the Blade proposes to Intro trinityShe e would be willing for my 22yearold unmarried daughter to say or to write in a book but so long as sonic other mans daughter is willing to write them and probably they ought to be writ ten and better by a woman and still better by a young woman am glad very glad to have rend the book and think runny of you will be Sho seems to know nothing of Infldal propagandism but Is simply an infidel because she has too much sense to be a Christian A few days sluice she camp to blear go and reporters met her and asked for an Interview She said to them all in a gang All of you go to the devil Being asked If It was true that she was going to Harvard to study English EnglldhthnnChlcaguAmericanDr Wilson talking to me over the telephone says Her egotism Is such comparisonSend us In your orders mill Bar de news IRATE PASTOR Lancaster Pa June 23Rev 0 Burt a Methodist minister of Quarry vllle was thrashed last night by Frank lin Shenk of the same town with whose sixteen year old daughter it is alleged he was arranging to elope to New York Tire minister was later ar rested on a charge of disorderly conduct Burt has a wife and two children and tho love affair with Its dramatic cli max has furnished the greatest sensa tion lower Lancaster county has had in years Burt wasyc resident of Philadel phia lu 1000 when he received his ap pointment to the Quaryvllle circuit During a protracted revival last win ter he numbered among his converts Mss Annie Sheirk a handsome girl of the village who was a universal favor ite and held in the very highest esteem She promptly sacrificed everything to church work to which she applied her self with unreserved assiduity A strong If l attachment sprung up between the gl and the minister which quickly oped Into Infatuation on the part both Burt was seen to escort her homo late at night The crisis was precipitated yesterday when Miss Shenks mother found a ter in the tatters room addressed to her by Burt in which he outlined In detail the arrangements for an elopement to New York on July The girl refused to explain matters und tho Irate father summoned Burt to his home In presence of Shenk and his wife an daughter the minister frankly confessed his love for the latter and told the pat ents that he would have her at anv cost He attempted to explain aw Ids present marriage relations by d claring that he was wedded Illegally as his wife was his cousin The distracted father then ordered Burt from his home but he stolidly fused to move unless the object of his affection should accompany him Shen then resorted to force and Burt resist ing was given a terrible beating Im mediately afterward Shenk had a war rant sworn out for the arrest of the preacher on a charge of disorderly eon duct Although It was almost midnight the whole populace was by this tlm apprised of the occurance and gathered on the scene Burt was taken Into custody by stable Frank James and march through the Jeering crowd to the ofilc e of Justice of the Peace Thomas With dilapidated clothing eyes swoolen shut and a bleeding face he presented a ry spectacle He succeeded In securing ball and proceeded to his home from which he several days ago sent his wife and two children to Atlantic City At the recent meeting of the Phil adelphla Conference at Columbia Burt was the subject of several executive sessions It was then made public the the Question of his ministerial e ficlency was under discussion and that he was to be returned to Quaryvllle for another year on trial and that if his conduct was pot proper In the he should boidlsmlssed frpm thokPilrilsV try Today was con ried tbvbed from ifJLgCtJ1e h t ait3Plri1F MONTHLY MAGAZINE Will be Neatly Gotten up and Will Contain Three Times as Much Matter as the Blade To Begin Publication by Sep tember For the Sum of One Dollar a Year SEND SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW Wo have ordered the large sized snout complete linotype instead of Junior linotype originally contemplated and the manufacturers say they will ship to us by the middle of August When that Is gotten tho Blue Grass Blade plant will bo the best equipped for good and rapid and cheap work of any Infidel periodical publishing hous In the worlds soon as tho linotype Is in position In the Blade ottlcc wo will not only greatly Increase tho amount of mutter that thoBlade now prints but will in addition get out so as to appear first day of each month a magnzluo to bo called Tin MAOAINK The price will bo f 100 a year It was recently proposed to start Blue Grass libido Library at 300 year and with scarcely any effort arid not much encouragement to our friends wo got in a little while a subscription list that will be used as a nucleus for the now magazine list and to each of those subscribers we will send the mag azine at 100 a year When wo get our own linotype want to show both in tho Blade and in the Magazine instead of the typograph lea errors that we unavoldedly have In tho Blade with our type setting done on outside machines that I am a proof reader from way back Tho magazine will contain the very best articles that have appeared in the Blade along with some original mat ter but will contain nothing except the very creme do la crotno of tho paper There is a possibility that tho Sep tember number of the Magazine may appear a little late in tho month but think you can rely upon it by tho first of October Please send in your subscriptions NOW or as soon as you can so you will receive the first issue Tho Magazine will be sent to all who subscribed for the made Monthly Li brary and they are requested to send in their Bubrcription at the earliest date possible LINOoBRIGHTESTu Tho monufaclurers of the fullsize linotypo have promlsod to have our machine for tw in clays and we want you to help us out for that other so readyI some to got our typo sot on other machines hero and it is a bare possl IssuesJ i ter lilt than it oidlnarly brio Many printers do not llko tho brand of piety In title paper and they are afraid the devil will get them for tray ing anything lo do with it lint other than that tho outlook for tho Blndo is far finer titan It has ever breii before and believe am going to astonish u whole bIg lot of you by got ting those 300000 readers for the Blade in three from tho tlmo the tcllekutychck ns Dr Wilson called it turns its first wheel In good running order In the ofllco of the Blun Grass gettingoadvantage of our l4euroI have ever seen in any ofllco for gettlngfout such a paper as tho Blade neatly and cheaply and the parties who will manitgo it understand their business thoroughlytmall delivery pui mu sad ofllce Ire maining at Quakeraore in as closet wefwe you a model of mechanical excellence in tbo getup of the paperf 4eThe Blade is dully In t lathy and notv wrrltate celto rlcnee80mQpfW1geh goinsmntke our lo othelII r s c nee tn while some ft on who a sVng to his Infidelity writes mo a letter1 ripping mo up the hack because I do not run tho Ulndo in the interest of t1a 1ftnantthat como to mo is highly laudatory of the Bled One temporary trouhlo is that of tho many persons who evidently intend to become active and unthiisiastlc workers for the uncle nearly all plainly waiting fur tho copies of it for evange lizing and missionary purposes that they will got when wo have completed our arrangements for improvement Of course this nnlural but as the pa per Is even now good we hope friends will still bo fvudiDg in subscriptions and tell now subscribers of the improve ments that are imminent- I want the Hindus frloud to bind up on their phylacteries You can for one cent each got Blades in any amount from ono on up sont to any addresses In America all sent to one or to different ones as you nay elect Then you can got ten Blades and two books fora year for and Blades seemstmo to bo 1000 In stances where friends of means would IIbright buys on Its r cud or instances lu Ameri 3iehooks and have it all paid buck to him or her such the boy or event man or woman would make nlco monoy in nearly all Instances the persons who are getting up clubs seem to wantYiliBehind tho tiara for the premium I iwhotheyaJabaoases the unto of subscription to each dues nut sluri until ho paper starts to ho partysuthatwyou can semi your money ami send tlio uainus when you got Tlio Blado will bo furnished to new 1conteasily bo 1001 or moro such found in the United States For J50 flvo papers will bo dlnlersIyear to any newsstand In all tho worlds history of propagaudlsm nothing so cheap as this has over boon offered our workers nor can it now bo equalled by anybody en gaged iu tho cause unless ho thoroughly revolutionizes his plan and plant- i tope that every friend of tho Blade will consider herself and himself a com mltteo of one to perfect these possiblli NONCHRISTIAN DOES GOOD Cityhaschurch Ho had lived In plain and retired style all his life He gave his whole fortune 4000 to build a public hospital Where Is that man who said Chris tians were the whole push LI I h f I H BLUE GRASS BLADE WoLIMOSEBY SI have received from Wells Tannery Pa a remarkable letter signed W i Moseby He asks that correct the spelling but the uniqueness and Interest of the exceedingly sensible and kind letter are enhanced by printing It just as it is written in a fine and business hand and therefore beg ht pardon for not correcting its spelling- The postmark on the envelope Wells Tannery Pa June The letter is as tollows Now Friend Moor I send you a clip fug that will tell you the kind of a crank am after you read the cllplng kindly urn it to me I will now sujest to you that men or belief- theursoncauled should antasanlse crlstlan In a way ask them to mete us before e masses and iJ my theory is seported it will be taught in ower schools when that Point Is reached down goes tho whole fabric- am abel to mete all the Geollgs in the world on the composition of coal and the stratafication process can clean all thalr theories up Enclosed I send you one dollar my name got on your list some way un known to me some admlrelng Friend Has Paid my subcrlptlon the apply It to the Linatip or to the unfortunate reader at Auburn- Hope you will kindly excuse my ungramatlcle and Poorly Speld writing I am an old Man but just as full of vim as Ever Sclncerely your friend W L MOSEBY N BIf you should Print aney of my writing Wndly correct W L II The cliplng to which he refers Is Ironcolumnthe New York Sun of December 1901 I will cut extracts from the Sun ar title and send him the balance and h ran paste in the missing parts from th are as follows Altoona Pa Dec 21If they had seen what I have seen Moses would have written that God made it possible for this earth to make Itself and In gersoll would have died shouting God is greater than any man Strange words coming from the lips of a Pcrnslyvanla farmer who never saw inside of a schoolbook stranger still coming from Old Bill Moseby o Fulton county J2jnnslyvanla what eventful life has led him Into paths far aP4rt from philosophy and theology vPrlvh rca JVlteAftfu lH1 011thEmthrilling episodes His back is bent h reason of a bullet gained in one of these raids and his home in the hills of Penn sylvania is gladdened by the presence a wife won in tho very thick of play Altogether Bill Moseby Is wet worth looking over When he entered the Rebel army der Stonewall Jackson young Moseby1 had a great deal to learn from books but he had acquired other things H was a superb horseman a rugged ath lete and a daredevil of the first water Jackson picked him out of the swarm Bill he said one day I want yo to work your way up into Pennsylvania and find out a lot of things Don make any maps They might cost i your neck Simply keep your eye ape and remember what you see Young Moseby was then made of scouts serving In tho 2nd Virginia Cavalry Later he was appointed Lieu tenant of the Fortythird battallion Virginia and he was eventually trans ferred to the medical department Thb was about the time Grant crossed the Rapldan Of his experience as raider Moseby has little to say From other sources it is learned that he cooperated with his uncle the famous Col John S Mote by The business of the young man was to work ahead of the main gin and to locate likely things One ol these expeditions led him into Fulton county Pa where strange talcs art still told of his exploits Moseby rendered invaluable aid to thi Confederacy as a scout and spy Shortly after Earlys raid in which he par1 ticipated he was sent on a secret sion to Washington He was without instructions save that he was to go to a certain house and ring the doorbell He did so A young lady opened the dcor seized his hand anddrew him In Oeut Moseby we are glad to sec you she said Father has been ex pecting Moseby was suspicious He scented a trap Not supposing that he was known or expected he was still further surprised to find s photograph of him self on the mantel Noticing his air of uneasiness the young girl inquired whether he would like to tall to Belle Boyd until her fathers return This put Moseby at ease He know Belle Boyd as a famous Southern spy and he felt sure that where she was his safety was as sured In a moment the dusky daring woman who had been such a sharp thorn in the sides of Lincoln and Grant came bounding into the room where she welcomed Moseby as though they had been companions in times gone by We talked for an hour said Mcscby I found her one of the most t entertaining and think the smart estof women Peace having been declared Moseby took up his abode In the country where the fortunes of war had found him a mate He now owns acres of lan there In the quiet years that have in tervened he has not been idle Although possessed of only rudimentary educa tion he has permitted his natural fondI J ness for honks to have full play until today he Is a muster of the classic poets oril a ready pointer of history while the mo t abtruo scientific theories roll from his lips As a geologist he Is regarded as the peer of those who have made that branch of study a specie calling One might taut to Bill Moseby an unlettered Eon of the South for hours without hearing an ungrammatlcal sen truce If at the end of these hours ll could leave the broken old man void o a feeling of exhilaration and sense of awe he must be set down as either a very learned or a very dense man Accompanying this letter an articles on astronomy It is sensibly and well written but is In the erratic spelling I do not print it because it is pretty long and not exactly in the line of Blade questions and Is pretty much in accord with the accepted views of that of Byrons letters he starts to spell the Word Island He gets a far as lie then makes a dash am saysDamn that word I never could aispell It- FROM A CONVICT WANTS THE RATIONAL VIEW Stillwater Minn June Mr Moore Dear SirI want a catalogue of your books especially want your Ration al ViewtI am with your cause heart and soul When rny time expires in will Ir to do something for you in a finan 11al but that Is too far off to bas bopesipon The prejudiced scoundrels who sen me here are just the class you are fight ing I have sworn that I would do erythlng In my power to wreck the ric they are upholding- do not hate them Why Because believe they are InsaneInsane with bigoted fanaticism But I hate the doc alnes they profess to believe and will do my little beat to puncture the ale ecclesiastic will send you my address when leave here and whenever you need any contributions will send something oven if its only a dollar- consider you sir the equal of talre or Hume Sometimes think Liberals as a class are closefisted II this is so it will be a long time befor the bloodthirsty wolf of orthodoxy vanquished Any Infidel who presumes to dlf for from tile tyranny of the majority twill soon find it convenient to keep still I greet you as a brother In tho Intel iectual world although you are at pros nt my superior in tile social world Respectfully yours LEO CJILMORE Box L ANSSVLR Tlir tint pta fens kIfa the Chris ian religion he either believes it or Is lyiiiK If he believes It he is a man of uiFordered Intellect and therefore a dangerous citizen If he does not Hero it he is liar and Is therefore a langerous citizen- Fortunately there are few people wh say they believe the Christian religion DIDNT THING FIFTY OUGH Dixon Ills July Mr Moore thiit to or men merTO o men hought 100 for such a paper as th mef21ilino ten cents being for Kldtiers Maryl HARVEY HERRICK COMMENT So many people send ents for tho Virgin Mary that I bardly ever report them Nobody seems ncllncd to push the Virgin Mary but it sells straight along nitre amore Somebody ought to rend one to Miss Mary Mac Lane Butte Montana Old Joes Molly alnt In It compared with Mary Mac Lane BANKS ON MY STYLE San Francisco June E M 10010i have been trying to plain these letters I IL You got It wrong they stand for Ignorance Hypocrisy Superstition David Schmid In last Blade dont Tancy your style you are too bolster ous Your style Charley is what bans in and you cant get it in too heavy specially when you are trying to get there scholars of priesthood to debate with you Wonder If that Los Angeles teacher will get that Collins boy to write another Bible story Dave was a warm member to start in with but ho turned out a regular Klondike Your comment on Ison 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COMING OUR WAY FAST Ottawa Kansas July Friend Moore I enclose 100 for the Blade would have stnt It before but am broke up by good people with whom have had dealings and were it not more reason able to me at least to believe In a God and the teachings of Jesus Christ should have been an Infidel long ago I have seen much hypocrisy in preach ers and church members that one can hardly believe it possible that they can believe what they say and then act its good Lord have mercy upon us all for if Ho Is not more merciful to us than we are to each other we will faro badly In the next world- I have been taking the B a B for about years and dont like the Idea of giving It up Money is scarce with me but it takes something more than good wishes and a God bless you to run a newspaper- I believe there is some where In space a God with perfect organization as far superior to man as man Is su perior to the most Insignificant thing This wonderful being called God has a distinct organization as much so as man has according to my belief and low can we think differently if he has any faith In the Bible cannot under stand for it says plainly as language can make Ii that he has a face eyes ears hands and etc and it declares that God made man in his own image and likeness If this be true then I cannot conceive how the universe can be God or that he is every where without body or parts as some seem to teach You may ask where he is Of course I cannot answer this question only as may think and It seems to me that the most probable place would be In the center of all his works wherever that may be I believe there are worlds a thousand times grander than this world on which we live And suppose that evolution be true and that man was evolved out of some of the inferior things of this world as Eome people think it would not require a very great stretch of the Imagination to think that somewhere In spacer there la a world a million or even a hundred million times greater than this world of ours with material superior proportion to the greatness out ol which God might have been evolved We are taught to believe that God spirit and would it be unwise for us to Imagine that somewhere In the bounds of space there might have been an materIal substance we might call It out of which a living God was evolved greater in every respect than our finite l tEPWm This may not be correct but according to my finite mind It the amagiIt as Mr Owen and Bro Grehan think the existence of a God or the be lief of It came by the Imagination then the above theory may be correct Since I began writing this received the last weeks Blade In which find your response to Bro Grehans article of two weeks ago and when say was much pleased with the kind and gentlemanly manner In which you wrote it does not begin to express my appre ciation of it was hoping that Bro Grehan would give some good strong arguments tc prove the existence of a God but as yet In his four articles have not been able to discover any and from your last It seems you have not been able tc discover any such argument either Now I believe there Is some where In existence an Intelligent wise living and omnipotent being that we can call sUed and I was hoping that Bro Grehan would present in this discussion such unanswerable arguments that my faith ior belief would be so confirmed and Ifrlend Moore would be so convinced that neither of us could doubt any moreButah well you know the balance There is one thing more that want to say before I close If I understand Bro Grehan In his first article he intimated that Mr Owen challenged the world to debate and went to England and other places and that no one would accept I have not the article by me and have not quoted the exact language but the meaning as I recollect it Bro Grehans statement is net cor rect for I well remember attending a debate that took place In Bristol Eng land some or yeaTs ago between Mr Robert Owen and a dapper little Englishman by the name of Brinoy and ibe Brincy was as sharp as a tack we sometimes express it I r remember well the great howling rand hissing in the great corcourso of people when Mr Owen would make some declaration of his belief that the people did not like and because I want ed them to give him fair play I came near being mobbed because I expressed my wish in loud terms Of course almost every one in the congregation was on the side of Mr Brine and It was pretty dangerous for any one to show any signs either word or action of giving Mr Owen a fair show I was at a meeting of soma of Mr Owens followers and a mob drove them from the hall Although I was not more than or years old then I always said give everybody fair play and have never gone back on it Friend Moore I have always been a free thinker and have always wanted to think right and although do not como to the same conclusion in my thinking as you and some others do do not persecute nor would I misrepresent them but if could do them any good I would willingly do it In conclusion I want to say that in the past have been grieved to see you maIm fun of things which I think are serious and say hard things of God Je Talmng91andJ might as well not do but since read 11hopoWell Charles try to do all you can and as little bad as posslhl1 and It may be you will come out all right In the end when you know more than you do now Your friend and wellwisher JOHN JEFFRIES P STell Bro Orphan that Miss Et ta Semple has promised 10000 to any one who Will demonstrate that there Is a God J J ANSWER My dear old Brother remember that years ago you were my closo friend because I was as I still am a Prohibitionist Then thought that about two years ago you had quit rn becauso I was as I still am so wicked and I probably would have guessed you had gone where all good men gothey all go dead Now you have written me an exceed- bigly Interesting letter and you on simply dead sure to wind up a straight goods Infidel you remain honest as you now are nod read the Blue Grass Blade You say you believe there is a Go with a perfect organization No you lont believe anythingof the kind any moro than I do and no rational man can believe any such thing Tho universe is not God and there is no God devil angel witch or ghost net even a Holy Ghost There is no such thing or place as center of Gods works The universe Hmltess and therefore cannot have a center There one world so large that If it were hollow our sun could placed in the center of it and out earth revolving around the sun at the same Hatance from it that It now does would be 300000 miles from the inner surface that world and there are billions of vorlds compared with which this world s not as big as the dirt ball the scorn beus makes to rcll his ggs in and the jackass who wrote that particular part of the Bible that treats of the cre Uion of the earths says God worked hard for five days and a half to create the wcrld we live in and that he made the stars also in a part of one about a God being evolv ia out of the materials of the uni verse Brother you are simply talking with your mouths through your hat md your words do not mean any thing If nature has ever evolved one God it may cf course evolve a thousand more Gods If nature evolved what svolved stature- The words immaterial substance Ire simply selfnugatory Immaterial Tieans without substance and an im naterlal substance Is therefore a sub stance without Mibstance A spiritual substanco Is simply talkeetalkee dont nissan anything any more than you had said a spiritual Juckscrew bootjack or monkeywrench Urehnn came just as near making an irgument for till existence of a God ua the smartest In till world could do Just as good ns I could make of a hob jcrljlln or for tho existence of a monster jailed Wllllpuswalllpus as did once in Lexington Journalism to that the word lot into politics antI had to he con tracted into Will wall am sorry you stave not got be tond the point where It makes you son ry for mo to make fun of God and Je 3us Christ and Peter and Paul and Da vid and Talmage If that gang cant out for themselves they are a poor chaise and ought to bo ridiculed uev r met but one of them and that was Talmage He certainly was good mate rial to snake fun of and was a hlggor liar than Zachary or Rucker Whenever you ran make fun of thing you ought to do It because fun Is a good thing Its healthy You cant make fun of tho multiplica table ita true Hut dear old Brother when you must be good you talked like Tom Paine and said what was worth all the balance that both of us have said The best that ever was not worth a cent except for priests to osaka money out of doing geod Is all of life that is worth living PRAYED FOR RAIN AND GOT IT Camden Ala July 5The negroes on the plantation of William McWil items several miles west of Camden asked permission on Monday to discontinue work and repair to their church nearby and offer prayers for a much needed shower Mr McWllllams refused but seeing the darkies were in earnest he consented finally and the same af ternoon about oclock that plantation and no other in the country around was blessed with a downpour that lasted for more than an hour COMMENT And still there are peo pie who think Christians are not fools and liars The Roman Catholics are alarmed at the way the church Is losing ground In the United States and a meeting is to be held in Washington to consider the matter In twelve years the mem bersliip is said to have dropped 2675 Ecclesiastics are talking over the situation but beyond expressing aston- Ishment at the situation none would attempt to discuss the situation Lex Irgton Democrat COMMENTWhen old Skinnys peo plo begin to squeal Its a bad show for the balance of them DONT LIKE IT A LITTLE BIT Overtoil Texas July Moore editor dVar sir you can discontinue your pa per to my address dont want no such stuff I never subscribed for the thing at first and I dont consider that I am duo you anything dont believe on no mans work and you do so dont send thing here any more your enemy P T BATEMAN KIDDERS SACRAMENT READY Wo desire to announce to our road ers that M Oriel Kidders pamphlet The Sacrament Is now ready for livery It consists of a beautiful six teen pago pamphlet printed in large type with elegant paper cover It has boen mailed to those who have subscribed but should we overook any of these please notify us Those who have not subscribed should da so now The price is ten cents each or twelve for U Bend your order df rect to tbli offlci From CommercialTribune 800000 WOMEN ARE ENFRANCHISED BY JOSEPHINE HENRY Editor of Commercial Tribune The most significant political event of the century Is the enfranchisement of 800000 women of Federated Australia This is the first time In the history of the world that a whole nation has en ranch hed its women and the object lesson will help the cause of human erty throughout the earth The adult suffrage bill enacted Into law by houses otthe Australian Pants ment places tho Parliament ballot In the hands of this women of New South Wales South Australia Victoria East Australia West Australia and Tasma everIllshmant of womans complete equality In tha near future throughout the en tire Southern Hemisphere This Is as though American women In every state of the Union should b3 empowered to vote for President and ellglblaIThe land of the Kangaroo today stands out in bold contrast to till land of the free and the home of the theIcan tht3Iputs the American eagle to shame Tho statue of liberty a woman and statue of Justice Is a woman and silentlmanhood of the American Republic in InfantIwisdom and justice hurls blttr re proaches at United States Our constitutions National and State proclaim liberty and equality and our flags and banners herald forth this falsehood The fact is American jib erty is found no where outside of print Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence the political status of the women of the UnltcdStates is the most vital question that has ever confronted our Government As an American wo man I make this prediction There Is nothing sure of es tablishmrnt the United States as man suffrage We have the Issues of land labor tariff taxes temperance currency and others but the greatest question Is till establishment and tection of the human rights of onehalf our population This Is paramount to any question that can engage the tention of our socalled Republic If the protection of human rJghts is not the fundamental principle upon which this American government Is founded what Is Jls fundamental nclpla1 England and the United States claim to lead the civilization of the woVld an Infant nation in the South Pacific seas whose people have sprung from the loins of convicts transported from the leading Christian nation of the earth has risen In its majesty ansi crowned its 800000 women with political liberty while England Is placing n crown on the head of a mental dwarf and moral degen orate emphasizing the divine right of Kings to rule and while here In tho Unite States political corruption is preying upon the vitals of the Nation eating out the heal t of liberty line Australian civilization Is the first In the history of the race to erect a station without rebellion revolution war or compulsion and the first station in the history of the race to give Hb erty to women These people are attacking aud Ing the complex governmental and so cia problems that have baffled the great nations of the earth building an Ideal commonwealth and causing tho rich and powerful stations to pause their kingmaking and wars of subjection and conquest as the triumph of hu man liberty echoes irons Australian shores Australia virtually rays to the United States Our women are now free What are you going to do with 35000000 of American women who are leading the wcrld In education who hold vast prop erty and business Interests and whose mental moral and Industrial status are the foundation stones of the American Republics safety What will cur answer be Here is the warp and woof of Amer- Ican principles Free government consists In the con sent of the governed Women are erned Taxation without representation is tyranny Women are taxed Political power Inheres in the peo plc Women are people This has been denied Of course It women are not people they have no case at all but if women people their rights to the ballot here In the United States is Indisputable On the question of woman suffrage our people are divided Into two classes those who could not retard they would and those who would not retard If they could Tho woman suffrage leaven is in the political fabric and no power can dim Inate The women of Wyoming ho Utah anti Colorado are fully en frauchlsed questiosshissexcept woman suffrage Not one From the crest of tIne American continent the women of these four states salute the women of Australia It is to the shame of our socalled Re public that we can not wave a general salute to this new nation We here assert that under every form of government women have more ognition and political power than in the United States This may be nied Let us see Turkey Is the lowest form of govern men There we find despotism but the Individual thrives Women In Turkey are a power In the Sultans realm there but their secret Influence In the wo find the Ideal state of tho nntimtf fraglst Women have no legal Etatus Turkish harem today moMs Turkish polotlcu and Turkey gives tho result to the world where women Illegiti mate influence By such a policy must abdicate their own sovereignty tint place woman In tho role of n usurper In despotic RussIa a woman has beer and may be the ruler of all the Russl is Russian women of noble blith have distinct political status and power exceeding the grandest woman In the United States In the constitutional monarchies In Europe women may except In France where tlwy are bar red out by the Salic law In European nations we find the King and the Queen the Duke and the Duchess the Lord and the Lady All these have distinct political power and privileges It is on ly among the masses that women are sobbed of their human rights When we reach a republic the divis ion Is purely on sex lines The United States today barring the four suffrage States is a pure srxocracy a government of men by men and for men yet we claim we rre opposed to class leg islatlctj Republics give the nosy example in hlatorytof a government of sex In the United States we are today separating the sexes antagonizing them on a mora gigantic scale than has ever been trle before and though we boast of our de mocrafy we are beset with dangers on every hand It was not the disunion cf cities that caused the downfall of the Grecian and Roman republics but the disunion of sexes which is defiance to one of the most plainly demonstrated laws of nature There never was a just pure honest and moral government on earth And why For reason that men have assum ed that masculinity possesses all the tributes of brain and heart necessary to govern humanity in equity and Jus tice The dismal failures that crowd themselves into history are Indisputable proof that they have overestimated their ability anti prove tr any thinker that unless Home new element brought into government nothing hut fallura vill ever be recoidcd Countless objections have been raised against wo man Paving a voice In our government but n tone reason hiss ever been given that would not at once dlsfranchUo men I do not presume to defend the abil ity of the women of ancient or modern times who hae led armies ansi ruled nations leave that to history but do prjsume to defend the ability of women to exercise as much wisdom honesty and common siiae in the conduct of human affairs as Amer lean nell and to assert that American women can be trusted equally with the women of Australia to help hew out rln destiny of the human race It is absurd to say American women do not want to vote The fact is womuri have lever bees asked what they want Political revolutions have their place In the eternal order The nations of the earth move With hailing step toward lllfcrlv but move Australia the in the family of nations leads theirnr and Irfairol n4thteworla Destiny has decreed that ever woman on American soil shall be a sov reign citizen Queen and Goddess of Lib on the dome of tho Capitol at Washington waves the snowy salute to tho enfranchised women of Aus tralia The United States should liars bern the first nation to have enfranchised Its women but we failed to live up to principles and out of the mouths cf babes and sucklings we can learn wisdom Will we do it or will we permit destiny to lash us to tle wheels of the car of progress HIS WIFE EVersailles Ky July Moore Esn Dear SlrI enclose you one dollar for renewal of rny subscription to tins Blade One is not compelled to refer to the 16th Century to find religious intol lerance and persecution nay for even In this 20th Ceutuiy persecution is rifeThough we do not have inquisitions and autodafes yet sill other pressure possible seems to be brought to fetter and strife free thought I believe were it not tar an enlightened public opinion which has repress ed bigotry to great extent even now there are fanatics who would rival the infamous Torqucmada in his palmiest dcrs I am not free from the effects of In tolerance A mans own house is said to he his castle yet even In my own home I cannot breathe the pure air of liberty Here I cannot even read tilt Blade nay dare suet cross my thresh hold with It I do ndt want to speak disparagingly of my wife never was a man blessed with a nobler helpmeet Cultured educated refined generous to a fault brilliant and quite at repartee endowed with all the qualities and graces that can sender woman attrac tire yet she Is so fanatically orthodox so weded to superstition that the slightest deviation from Christianity is nepal sire to her- Nevertheless I can hardly blame her for it I attribute it to her associa tions and environments She Is pas sionately devoted to her uother the most orthodox of the orthodox So you see I have to read your paper away from home Being very busy it is only by the most strenuous exer tions that get a chance to portico It But I cannot do without it Its logic and Its profound and brilliant thoughts are an Inspiration to me Its death dealing blows to the avarice corruption and hypocrisy of Christianity thrill my soul with enthusiasm do not want to trespass on your precious time but want to say that frecthought has made such progress In this town that the old dry bones of Christianity have been shaken so much that a certain minister here has several times taken occasion in his son to denounce Infidels and Infidel ityMinisters are very extravagant in their assertions arrogant and defiant when they can furnish their own prem ices and draw their own conclusions with no ono allowed to challenge them lust as to debating with youwell they are not going up against a buzzsaw Old Bro Rrehan ought to go way baok and lIownIMy dear Mr Moose hopo you will publish this letter or ns much or it you tall In tho next Issue of tho Blade havo no ral that my wife will tee It Liberals can expect few favors- from Christian journals and therefore Literals should be very kind to Llber als Hoping for you the greatest success in your glorious mission am Yours truly W SOWARDSI ANSWERVersailles is town and her womans rights Ideas there must be a double backaction blooming booming boomerang and women there are persecuting the men had another subscriber at Versailles Editor Fred Ballards uncle whose wife would not let him bring the Blade Into their house and he had to go out Into the woods and sit on a stump and read It and the poor fellow died after a few years just from exposure in bad weath er in reading the Blade But any man gets to heaven the man who disc reading the B B will git there Ell When I used to preach In Versailles sometimes old Governor Tom Paine Porter he was Lieutenant Governor would come with his 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broad black rule and from that point they may with his consent be filled by the regular matter the Blade CHARLES- C MOORE A STAR CHAMBER ECCLESIASTICAL I By JOSEPHINE K HENRY There Is now In progress at Harris burg Pa on of the most ecclesiastical trials In the history our country The prelate on trial Is His Grace It Rev Ethelbert Talbot Bishop of tl Episcopal Church of Central Pennslyva would seem that this poor man ha trouble enough In this life lugging clerical titles around without Iwln tried for his sins by his tracked cleric brothers The press says that th charges against this distinguished churchman are of such a startling character that they will startle tho whole religious world The press further says that the trial Is PRIVATE an effort made by both sides to bee the testimony from the public has leaked out that Bishop Talbot charges against this distinguishe- scandelons In a minister of God that there Is a woman in the ease course there Is The Christian religion rests on the sin of a woman and nil Eves male descendants have Inherited Pa Adams propensities There is generally a woman In the case where a preacher Is in trouble This seems quite natural as the preacher today Is not a man among men but a man among women These sanctimonious old Bishops their mother hubbards prevade pious and flap their white wings In the chancel appearing as though they wer pure as Ice and chaste as snow ye some one will go a step further tha the xrays and turn the zrays on characters of some of Gods embass- dors there might be something revealed to startle the religious world This was done in the tallow candle stage of the world in the Bishop On derdons case The Bible says let every thing that Is hidden be revealed A dark lantern trial for a Bishop may be expedient but It seems to be running counter to Holy Wilt Bishop Dudley of Kentucky Is pre siding at this most sensational trial In ecclesiastical history Rev Dr Ingram Irvine rector of St Johns Church Harrisburg Pa charges tithat he has been uncanonically unfrock 11 Bishop Talbot and that His 3a Grace the Rt Rev Bishop Talbot con with a woman Emma DtEhlio to fastens crime on Dr Irvine Un frocked is good It always seemed strange to me that the only men who can parade In petticoats without being arrested are preachers A corpulent burley bearded man dressed In a linen cambric mother hubbard with angel sleeves Just long enough to reveal hla trousers and boots Is a picture fit for Puck or Judge What will the star chamber eccle siastical court do with His Grace Rt Rev Bishop Talbot It Is a fact that white washing clerical characters Is as steady a business as while washing fences and these holy men will doubtless emerge from the trial with a thick coat of white wash applied by brotherly hands Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts In Christian love What will they do with the woman be she guilty or Innocent- A suspicion against a wcmnn is ited with greater vengeance than a full confession front a man- I often wonder why the Savior whom we are told is womans best friend cannot excuse Himself from the confer ence with His Father and the Holy Ghost long enough to appear at some of these clerical trials just long enough to say to His embarsadors Let him that Is without sin cast the first ston Woman would then know she had a friend In Jesus Since woman Is now the last and only pillar of Christianity on the globe It seems It would be well for her to have a revelation of this fact It seems that Its promulgation cannot longer be trusted to men Most women know little and most mn especially preachers wish they knew less A little wave of evolution teaching women that the longer they live the more they find out They have had a lot of gospel truthI preached to them that has proven to be 1aspurious article We prophesy that the Bishop and the Reverend will come out ot this most sensational trial In ecclesiastical tory t with their robes whiter than snow and so aalntly they will be In line for canonization while the woman will be dyed scarlet unfit to hear ser mona from the saints In the sanctuary though It sometimes happens that clmI foal saints have a scarlet letter under their white robes P SSlnce writing the above the dally papers publish the following It speaks for Itself TImIAGAINR1iBISHOP TALBOT Harrisburg Pa July 3Tho board of Inquiry of the Episcopal Church ap to Investigate the charges of Ipalnte against Bishop Talbott of Pcnnslyvania brought by Dr Ingram W Irvine of Philadelphia by a vote of 5 to today decided to ignore the charges This clears tho Bishop of further prosecution Dr Irvine charged that his unfrocking was the result of a conspiracy between the Bishop and Mrs Emma D Elliot of Huntington Dr Irvine says he will make application for the appointment of a new J board of Inquiry to tulle into consider atlon new testimony which he Is pre to pared to offer r l 1 L was learned that all nine mem IIt of the Board agreed that Bishop conduct was unbecoming a bishop but five decided It was not suc conduct as to come under the exact expression of the common law Pour however thought It was such as to call for a trial and so voted THE CORONATION POEM IIBy JOSEPHINE K HENRY Although Edward VII was not Caltrerime Crowning of Kingship by Alfred 1Alwtln Poet Laureate ot Great Brlt has been given to the world carefullyis t 1now the only sick celebrity In England mouths of superhuman effort to cormmatimdPoesy with the result given to the world enough to wreck poet Austn s health and send him to an early death poetpu uvelr laureatej t by the time I got to was going into a decline It is said Mr Austin received pounds for this poem If he did he the best paid author in the modern lit erary world dont know how the muses feel about this production but have an idea they feel scandalized To my prosy mind this literary gem is about as Inspiring as a bunch of sta Reportsy s could scarce recite Homer without fall AustintIIers crosseyed and rattleBrained entiretyaWhat do we crown and celebrate today Kingship and empire thronged on peaceful power Since to be weal is to endure the sway Of every threatening hour Kingship symbolic ot n peoples will Themselves born kingly sovrans of the sea And like the sea let whatso tempests shrill One worldwide feared and free For tis nor crown nor scepter men revere But the majestic mind and soul That amid clashing clamors serve to tAsteer realm uutplts gbili Kings than wlse counselors yet more wise Because of the calm high wherefrom they scan tIhe orbit of their empire can surmise Gods destiny for man Who honor worth and genius and share Their klngllucss with nothing base or mean And at their side One tender seucc as fair A woman and a Queen Whom themselves simple splendid for the state And steadfast as the stars tho sons veer Priesthood can bless and poets celebrate With conscience clean and clear Whom neither pomp nor pean can befool To slur the scutcheon of their an cient line Shall seem and be divine So many a throneknit people long while crown- ICingehips and kings who as the ages run Heirs to Victorias virtues hand them down From sire to son and son Kent England June Ifhe question in the first line cannot The future will answer it The second line Kingship and em pine thronged on peaceful power The peaceful power has not been to parent In South Africa of late and pire thronged may be Austinian poetry but the the poet cannot befool the reader into finding sense In It The second and fourth verses both read better backward than forward but read either way hay are elaborately Austin is bound to be obseQul ously loyal even at the expense of truth as he molds its laureateship by kingly decree course his conscience be clean and clear but that is a sonal matter It is hard to understand throneknit people If poet Austin had given four montlI instead of two to this composition his poetic genius might have scintillated from every line read forward backward or crosswise As the poem stands there Is 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a girl to be richly attired In pc sonation of Mary and placed on an covered with cloth of gold She was to with priests and laity to St Stephens Church addressed as Mother of God1 and seated in great pomp while High Mass was celebrated The ass was taught to kneel at Intervals and greeted with the latin hymn begln nlng Orentls partlbus adyeutuv- u nsinus The French have a ludtcrou- version of this In old pathos dialec- The chorus runs thus Hez Eire asnrs car chantcz Belle boucho rechlnez Vons aurez du fain assez Et do lavolne plantcz former monk not willing to allow thIs blasphemous farce to be lost sight of composed the following stanzas be sung according to Gregorian chant Romes Litany of the Salnts1e rog sans audi mos These lines hold up to abhorrence that scandalous proclivity of popery which prompts Its agents to In vent lying legends and put them socalled religious form to keep multi tudes In Ignorant servility the better extort from them the money which maintains in affluence and power tl hierarchy of Romanlsm sHnIN TO THE ASS The ass from oriental climes- I Stands renowned In priestly rhymes With form unrivaled mien sublime He bears his honors through all time Chorus Heigh Holy Assle 0 Type of Popery here below Thou didst not refuse the goad Nor kick nor bray along that road Along the road to Egypt he Bore sweet Mary gracefully Angels viewed with wondering eyes Those ears which pointed to the skies Chorus Uncomplaining moist he For all who would true papists be The church commends his beastly lifeEnsample through this world of strie Papists bred to toll and bow Beneath a priesthood toll me how Could ever you forget that ass More saintly than a priest at Mass Remember too that every Pope Can hind you with a Holy Rope Resembling that which Joseph un alongIf Priestrid toile of every class MassButOrweffoM ply our priestly lashlj r forYouAndWell make you sweat and pay for Mass Till each of you be proved an ass 1MORAL Rise papist Rise if youre a ihanl Fling off that 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