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Digital page images are linked to the text file. llseFLAIIJE GRA S BLADE311 Muin aJ EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS IPUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOL XI NO 28 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY LUGUST 31 Eo M 302 X100 A YEAR TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for ono year 100 Issues for one year 250 Terms1OO per year In advance In clubs of five 50 cents foreign subscription 150 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to tho Dine Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you chango your address vise this office giving your old a well as the now address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old sub scriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to this publication arc not discontinued at expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts invariably hold a subscriber r responsible to the publisher for tho subscription price of all papers re ceved until the paper is paid for In full up to date and ordered discon tinued of publication 161 East Third near Walnut at the Post Office at Lexlng IOffice Ky as Second blass Man all communications to GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Cumberland Telephone 307 ADVERTISING RATES FURNISHED ON APPLICATION Club Rates and Sample Copies The Blade will be sent for 50 s a year each for any order for FIV or more Sample copies will be sent free ITHE DAMNED STUFF CALLS- ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make it those who sell It and those who drink It believe from the time It Issues from the coiled and pOIsonous Worm of the distillery until it empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor It demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody cani contemplate the subject without coming prejudiced against this Ilqul you have to is to think of th wrecks upon either bank of the stream of deathof the suicides of insanity of the poverty of the Ignorance of tit distress of the little children tuggin- at the faded dresses of weeping an 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 devellsh thing And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man la prejudiced against the damned stuff called INGERSOLL OUR OWN PUBLICATIONS Kidders Virgin Mary Tho Blade has now printed the fifth edition of tho Virgin Mary the most famous Infidel tract of Its length over written This Is tho article for which wo wcro arrested tried and ac quitted by tho United States Court at Louisville Price 10 cents each or 12 for 100 Kidders Sacrament It consists of n bountiful sixteen page pamphlet printed In largo typo with elegant paper cover The price Is 10 cents each or for 100 At Pana Ills tho Catholic church steeple was blown oft with a fourton bell on it Tho steeple skeered tho people IAnd the bell went to hell i 4 r f 1 I titiff tt4 AN OPEN LETTER TO EDITOR WALTON OF THE LEXINGTON DEMOCRAT The Same May Be Said of Thous ands of Fools Who Are Everlast ingly Spouting Bob Ingersol Lexington Decmocrat QtiaUoracre Sunday Aug 302 Editor Walton of tho Lexington Dem ocra- tShfho above quotation from your paper with your spoiling of tho name of Ingorsoll some further par ticulars of which will be found elsewhere In this paper Is tho occasion of my addressing you this letter It mattes no difference to mo wheth er you over read my letter much less reply to It The moral advan tago will ho just tho same to me for every hotly will Unow that you are bound to know of Its existence In my paper soil If you decline to read and answer it It will simply ho a proclamation that you aro n coward and are afraid to do so because you Unow that with your Ignorance of theology anti my knowledge of it you would bo but an intellectual pigmy who would appear ridiculous and con temptlblo In my hands yousyour paper are never o except as you occasionally get tho benefit of the advertisement of my mentioning you If you daro attempt to answer me you snow and every body knows that would simply use you as a mop to wipe up the earth while If you do not answer me my Infidel friends all over America will send marled copies of this to Christian blowhards of your stripe to show that right here In my own town Christians who make the greatest efforts to blast Infidelity are Very careful not to meet me in the open in a discussion of the Christian religion So that of course dont care whether you reply or not I feel no hesitancy whatever in damning in your pious presence cause only a few days since you caught ono of your own Christian brother editors by the throat on the street and said God damn you Now you have a chance to go u against a champion of Infidelity a friend of the Bob Ingersol whose name you cant spolland compared with whom you are a gutter rat be side tho old dead elephant Jumbo But now that you have a chance to de fend your religion against a Bob Ingersol spouting fool as you call my snealclnE g style you your tail between your hind legs and trot off like a sheepkilling dog foDr of any editor In Lexington worth take yours and yet you are such a Incorrigible ass shout religion you repel mo and any other sensible and moral man more than sly other editor in Lexington You are tho only editor In Lexington who takes occasion In season and out of season to cast slurs at Infidels and Infidelity mini yet you aro the only editor in Lexington whoso morals have over been at tacked by anybody associndt g chargeed e on the streets suclepagedam starting In addition a monthly magazine and am know- to anti honored by more good nu sensible women and men than all the other editors and priests and preach ors In Lexington combined There aro exceptional instances of grand people who are Christians but tno great mass of Christians are fools exclptJonalInstanceR Odes or pretend to bo so because In fidelity Is supposed to indicate into lect but the great majority of hit dels aro cultivated and Intellectual and moral people who aro trying to rid tho world of just mieh people as you are oxposIngcan gain a circulation for your paper greater than all others in Lexington combined anti you know It and will give you tho advantage of a big 1lIlnthIyou may sling mud enougu to start u brick yard but yon wont do you are a coward llko your man Peter who when put to tho test sold he would bo everlastingly damned If he had ever heard of that fellow Jesus ChristIf Democratic roOster that you print In your paper had half the sense and honesty of the ono that crowed when he heard Peter lie your rooster Ii i rti Jjtl would certainly crow If you back down from defending your Jesus In this Infidel bulldozing and hullrag ging that you trio now getting lint silos Hameo like Mellcan man you back down and keep your head until you see cause to motto a little contemptible cowardly ng at Infidels Take your medicine hike a little man Walty anti go way bitck and sit down mid keep your fly trap closed A CARD FROM DR WILSON TO READERS OF THE BLADE Off and on have given you a sans plu of my poetry if it ho lawful to call II sue nod contemplating tho publication of n volume request your subscription for tho some am not a poet and know it and claim no merit oilier than writing somo clever verso on tho good old timesI not rhapsodled over shim mering stars moonlit taken elfin winds sylvan spirits babbling brooks feathery foam ellulgent morns dewy daffodils scented vales molting twilights and outer soft sweet things which poets generally wro about But rather of those old applebutter and pumpkin plo times for which no matter how fortune lias favored us wo occasionally still sign aiy verso has not tine mysticism of Goethe the soft booty of Keats the love Inrnness of Moore the vigor of Shelly tho smoothness cf Byron tin dreaminess of Poo but Instep breathes tho air of country life and pictures the homely ways and expo riences of plain people The Commercial Tribune and Times Star the two papers or Cincinnati fecting literary taste have thought enough of the verses I have offered them not only to publish but to Il lustrate them this along with the solicitation of a number of my friends has Inclined me to place them In a volumea venture which I do not matte without many misgivings The best verses save not n printed I can promise m will plraatrrtdttitemi3lFtiiose of you who appreciate sentiment this kind ine volume will probably cost one dollar and will not come out for six or eight months I have to assure my publishers three hundred dollars for printing the first thousand copies I want to meet this by asking those to subscribe now who would purchase uie book anyhow when printed Those who subscribe aro not to pay until the book goes to press volumeps e and address Thanking you In ad vance yours- J B11tSON206 E Fourth St Cincinnati O WITCHS SPELL Killed the Baby After Father Shot a Black Cat LeRoy Thomas Eisenhower the threeyearold child of John Elsenhow er which Is supposed to nave died hurldell Is antIn the vicinity recently are attributed to tho sumo cause In this region there nee many persona who havo a strong belief in tine existence of witches Mrs Elsenhower says tho witch had been working on her child almost since its birth During this time site continued the child suffered tortures and was atllicted with all kinds of aches and pains An old woman stopped in front of tho house about six weeks ago to see the baby and since then its sufferings kayo been in tense The neighbors said that Thom as was bewitched did all In nortOIlIItthis section He said my child was be whiledh st clllllBesides Itbllustsalt All this was to Brent the spell jlIodMy boneaIroutimcIIlI11hahytho witch tools its teat Tho witch story has been widely sectionIIlarwhenovolas If she knew anything of tho black witchthlltdeath had Incarnated herself Inn nas ty black cat A black cat was after shotthoa row hours after Tho neighbors are stout In their belief that tho cut dragged Baby Eisenhower with It to eter Wily for they say It was the witch that was shot Reading Penn Cor Philadelphia Times jji DEATH fl OF ANNIE RUSSELL DES COGNETS AFTER A LONG lAND She Cousin and Was the First Rationalist Ever Saw BURIED WITH RELIGIOUS CEREMONY All tho newspapers of Lexington anti probably all metropolitan papers LexlngIlOllof Mrs Annie Kusaol lies Cognets of Lexington with tang and compli mentary accounts of her Sho wis my cousin and In my hood wits our near neighbor in tint country She was the first person over who entertained the views of rellgl n that ore today entertained almost inlversally a nong Intelligent people she never was a propagan dist of her views that subject further ban to give them plainly and forcibly anti fully to any one who In tho rlgh spirit asked for them Sho vas in accordance with he wishes buried without any religious service Major Thomas ono of evejr Sho married young and only once to Dr des a very handsome and cultivated Frenchman who died In a few years after tnelr marriage leav ing only ono child LouiS des Cognet- how is one of the handsomest men in Lexington and one of its most prominent citizens in business and political1 matters Mrs des Cognets was a woman of exceptionally strong Intellect She was so far as can recall the firs person the Blue Grass district to Introduce here and subsequently to teach the finest classic music vocal and instrumental She was the of a the very distinguished hls1orYOf ulna of me members of n tte married John the son of Henry Clay and Is yet living a marvel iilf huslnessaenerev ties Jognets has always bee societyInIn all m y memories of her from m chlldhoo do not remember to hay heard a lybody say anything of he iat wo ild be unklnu m me to r peat hei e now that her long cares has been run Her p Irents famhy were all of the Christian Campbelllte church and onlybrotherarmy as were four others who went with hin from near my home a fifth one dying from exposure in the federate army one of the mo prominent In the Lexington Circu her as the most intellectual woman Jn Lexington BRER WALTONS PIETY From Lexington Democrat The late Price McGrath was a rich bachelor a smart man and a great wag but he made ono remark that caused many widows and orphans to suffer for the necessary wants of life dont bet on anything have to duo to win This was In order for Mr McGrath but many poor fools tools his saying as good for poor as havingthoseThe same may be said of thousands of 1poutlngBob LexingtonDemocrat and Is an editorial The spelling of In AnyAmericanname correctly is unlit to edit a news paper lyO course you cannot explain to a mint like Walton the absurdity of the words necessary wants How much of Walton Is fool and todetcrmlnepose that ho is noar y all fool Walton started a common little country paper at Stanford Ky Soon after Rev George 0 Barnes started IhoPinkwhere people were healed of all kinds of diseases and bodily aliments by saidWhethersimply a common religious fakir never could tell und havo studio tho man pretty closely but ho man familyIIIplcthem all with him to Europe and eve clear around the world whenever It suited them Barnes was worshiped by thousands of people In Kentucky as a sort of a IIndIImnoRacter and In appearance If the photo trustedBoth living therdidand eating tho good grub of other people bubblebusted elTortstooffurthor r long since Joined Dowlo An long as Barnes was malting a success Waltons paper was his gan tool boomed Barnes Pink Cot tago myraclcs in lino shape but as soon as Barnes lost his grip Walton deserted him and now has nothing to do with him But In tho meantime Walton made enough money out of kin Pink Cot tage organ sort of a hand organ for which Walton was tho monkey to buy various newspapers of which tho Lexington Democrat Is his best beloved You would suppose a man who had made a fortune bumming Christian myracles that occurred In the end of the Nineteenth Century would be soul of these gentle Christians that you read about that you can walls up to nod slop on one cheep and he would Just meekly turn the other cheep rind Halt you to slap that one hilt Lexington newspapers record that only two or three weeks since the pious editor Walton grabbed his Christian brother editor uesna Brock inrldgo by tho throat on the street and said God donut you and sup pose will have to shy around for a long time to keep from getting whipped by him for saying wnat am now saying Only a or two before this slam at Bob IngersolI suppose Walton thinks ho knocked lout of Ingersoll 11nnllaother r n Democrat were suing Walton and charging him with crookedness In tho management of paperThe e Walton Is manifest in this editorial mayhave wass same objection to life insurance that I have to gospel salvation have to die to get my mon gettheother fellow nto a greatdeal normoney no special connection with life Insurance The calling of friends of Ingersoll gratuity canretd of bedemeert s t br o ureckinridges wind in a more literal thathespleen by such contemptible flings a Infidels FABLE SAYS PROF BRAI1HWAITE ItOf the Story About Jonah and the WhaleOther Bible Stories Allegorical St Louis Mo July 28The Bibli cal narrative of Jonah and the Whal was declared to be a fable by Prof E E Bralthwalte of Oberlin College preachedSuntlaytional Church Prof Braithwaite who has filled the pulpit of Pilgrim Church In the ab Hence of tho pastor Dr el Burn ham declared that the boiVf Jona was not meant by its writer to be in terpreted as a statement of facts and that the defense of the literal Interpre tation against the assaults of skeet clam is an unprofitable task Whenever an attack on the Bible has been undertaken said Prof Bralthwaite unbelief Las pointed the finger of ridicule at Jonahs whale and Balaams ass bcllevlngthoIncident of the fish which most tics have attacked It Is the that the entire city of Ninevah was converted by the preaching of Jonah Nowhere else have we any record theInhabitantsscriptions and tablets remain to toll cityhutthe prophet and the marvelous effect of his preaching Prof Bmlth waite expressed the be lief that the Biblical story of Ruth ant Moabltess was also an allegory but dill not discuss tills point at length Cincinnati Enquirer orWILSONS LECTURES Tho two lectures by Dr Wilson which are now published in pamphlets r NouEcclesiastic and Economic Tyranny tho Curiae of Anal city are mooting with ready sales Their popularity Is attested by the fact that all extra additions of Blades In which they warn both published were snapped up in orders of tens and twentys and hundreds We can propagandlcthe other socialistic Tho vital ques tion discussed In these lectures should everyoneYouthese around Tho price of tho p nphlet on Im 100Onor 12 for 100 I 1J MY COUSIN THE REV JAMES JOHNSON- CAMPBELLITE Did a Lot of Stealing and Shuffled Off the Mortal With a PistolIIn answering the sermon of Parson Lloyd of Louisville In last Blado I showed that suicides In Kentucky wero confined to Christians and that the Campbelllte brand of saints had tho greatest number of suicides did not mention ono case because LexlngtouBut tho case of my kinsman Rev James Johnson of Georgetown 12 miles from Lexington Is of such inter est In this connection that I will give Rev Johnson wan kin to the John son who was made Vice President of the United States for killing Tecum soy Rev Johnsons family was as fine as any In Kentucky and he was rear ed In the finest stylo and seemed to be a model man He married a lady of great beauty Johnson was a preacher and there Toro got in the habit of getting some thing for nothing and started a most ingenious system of theft by which ho robbed a large firm for years so as beingPin him that they novel suspected justforccdgreatboldnessfull investigation of the matter sup ft posing that they would back out from tUlefButgan the investigation with him Itrequired that they should go to a town several hundred miles away Johnson and one of the firm went to tho town platformt blewhisLITTLE MACK STIRRIN moonAnd spoon 02EditorYour esteemed fellowtownsman flowdefor a fortnights roost in this land of sunshine He seems to have brought with him an unlimited supply of the oftji11onlca1lcGarcvey and God and get a good salt wat er bath and a California fish dinner on the side One old Bible pounder hiskneesbathing the Hrst day and the way iold ocean tossed those good old souls equaltoSomehow that man with the profuse edItorthis man combs his hair and combs bewhlslereddhlnltof his life or would if there wasnt hso many people around He certainly doubtles3et was given him by tho bath house companyIf and his disciples mis behave while here among the Philis tines and God and find It out will promptly report It to the Blade enclose a few clippings to show tile fromOleyou at home Brother Moore COLLINSItofLexingtonof the baud A newspaper comment on his ser iiiuslyTho delivered by Prof testoPWhylirein part It is a strange fact thatall nations contemporary with tho an theJewsdaysThey beherlThe Christians from tho very be Constantinosquelch the Jews by robbing them Intldensand now when the Christians have theJowsforthoarticlePOETRY THAT GOT LEFT OUT had in typo a two column piece byDrseoIt00 rendBehind nM BLUE GRASS BLADE I HE DEFENDSTHE Editor of Blue Grass Blade Ever and anon some ono posing a Freethinker assumes tho attitude of tho Calamity Howler and forthwith proceeds to lay Incorrect and unjust Charges at the door of the Church That the church has Its errors and Its wrongs no Intelligent fair mind ed person In Its body or out of It will pretend to deny Nevertheless I hold it to be a great Injustice not only to the church but to the truth for Freethinkers to bring incorrect charges against it They above al people should be first In giving th devil his dues In your Issue of August one your contributors writing under th caption Priests and Orthodox Relig ion throws out the hint and that too In pretty plain terms that the liberties of our country aro endangered by tin church cannot believe there is a word of truth in this I believe there Is as much patriotism in the church Catholic or Protestant as there is out of it What people have shown themselves more loyal to the flag o this country when Its liberties hay been threatened than the people the church What motive could th people of the church whether laymen or clergymen have for wanting to destroy the liberties of their coun try To my mind there Is no sound reason either In theory or in fact for any such belief and therefore no just cause for alarm from this source That there Is a strong antagonism between the views of the church and the views of the Freethinkers is fact plainly to be seen by all Bu does this imply that the church pea plo would any sooner seek to destroy the liberties of their country than the people of Freethought would And have hot church people the same right to bring tne same against the Freethinkers that til Froethlnkes bring against them It Is a prevalent belief among till laity of the church and this belief is encouraged by Its clergy that tho trInes of Freethought are wholly mical to free government To m mind this is a very foolish and grounded belief uut not a bit more so than the belief that the cmirch through Its clerical bodies Is seeking the destruction of American liberties It is much to be deplored that some Freethinkers like most Christians aro entirely too prolific In their Im aginations to insure the best possible good for the cause they are laboring to support and defend It can cer- tainlyr be of no real Interest to cause of Freethought for its apostle- toI oven exaggerate tho truth of 4Tifl h errors and wrongs Whe the aU tins government was laid It was done by men who though differing widely In religious sentiment acted with one accord In the Interest of human liberty This was tho ono central Idea and purpose of them all Their beliefs and unbeliefs In matters of religion had no more to do with the foundation of this government than they did with the laws of gravity The skeptic and tho Christian were mutually interested In the cause of human liberty and believe generally speaking Is true of them now the opinions a soine of our Freethought clergy to the contrary notwithstanding The persistent claims of Freethinkers that Washington Franklin and Jefferson were Infidels adds but little if any thing to the real Interests of the Free thought movement If tnese men were Infidels their Infidelity was of the kind that left no visible marks behind it else the Christians would not have claimed them No Christian ever claimed that Paine was not an Infidel Why then should they claim that the other three of the Revolution were not Tee answer Is easy W o JONES CommentYour letter would bo ex actly right If It were not exactly wrong You were unfortunate In your selection of a man to write to stating that Christians do not want to destroy the liberties of this country- A Methodist preacher In Lexington named Southgate had me put In jail for blasphemy against the Holy hostnet even the pretense of other y charge against me as when m religious opinions Christians Im prisoned me and persecuted mo at other times The church In all of Its history has always persecuted those who did not believe in It to the full extent of its power and is doing that today the only difference being that It Is now so limited In its power under Infidel influence that It cannot burn the In fidel benefactors of the world at the stake as It did In the lays of Galileo Bruno and Savonarola and even burnt Christians who did not believe with the majority as In the cases of Joan of Arc Servetus Huss Latimer Rogersand divers other Christians who were burnt at the stake by Chris tians at Smithfield England and Christian old women who were hung as witches at Salem Massachu setts Nobody ever heard of an Infidel ex cept Mohammedans who believe in the Jewish Bible persecuting anybody for religious opinion and two tllirils of the religious people of the world are Infidels and only onethird of the people of the United States are church members- In the United States today the only power still left to the church Is that of forcing the Bible into tho public schools forcing tile observance of tho Sabbath and exempting church property from taxation- In all countries where tho Christian religion has the power now It forces its dogmas upon the people Christians are In favor of a civil government but only of such as sup ports tho Christian religion The liberties of this country are not only endangered by tho church but It is certain that this government L deIAYou certainly are not posted about this government sending Judge Taft to tho Popo at Rome to advise with him about managing the civil affairs of this country when Italy tho Popes own country has decided that the Pope Is too dangerous a man to be allowed to meddle with the affairs of that country and France has for bidden the Catholics to havo their schools In that country That motive that Christians have for Destroying the liberties of this country Is their hate of those who do not believe as they do and the desire of the clergy to make money out of tho people by teaching Christianity Of course there Is a thousand times as much reason to believe that Chris- flans would destroy tho liberties of wouldeand you ought to be ashamed to ask such a question Chriseished Infidels for working on Sunday a pure case of stupid religious perse cution and you know that theta Is not an Infidel of good standing among In fidels In tho whole world who would punish any Christian for not working on Sunday and common sense teaches any man who has common senso- that It is worse not to work on Sun socno prevalent belief thateernment and good society They may say so but they He In saying There Is only one class of people In this country all of whom are In fidels They aro tho Jews and the IntolllgentIcitizens and moral people but they tillttens wo people about whom this is said You certainly know hut little the foundations of this government If you do not know that it was start ed by Christians who came here pereer Christians In England and that as soon as tho Christians got estab sled here tho strong sects among them persecuted and killed for re ligious opinion tho weaker sects You certainly know that the Chris tines persecuted the Mormons in this country and that they still do it burn ing their churches and whipping their preachers here In Kentucky where you and live think It adds Immensely to the Interest of the Freethought movement that Franklin and Jefferson were Infi dels and that Washington was never a member of any church because these were the men who more than possbeginningnbehind them In the fact that this overnment was framed by them so that no man was under any ad tage or disadvantage on account of his religious opinions a fact that was at that time true of no other govern ment In tho world and to which the only other exception now Is France governIWhy Christians do not claim that Paine was not an Infidel and do claim that Jefferson Franklin and Washing ton were not Infidels is easily plalned Christian policy like that of the Ohio politician Is to claim everything Tom Paine was a more enthusiastic Infidel than the others and by writing a book against the Christian religion so put himself on record as an Infidel that the Chris trans simply could not claim himjust what every honest and sensible man should do now Paine Franklin and Jefferson were all Infidels of the Deistic school all believed In the existence of a God but did not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ or In the Inspiration of the Bible The writings of Jefferson and Franklin show this to be true but neither of them were Infidel prop agandists except In a private way and as they were both very great men and were not so outspoken as Paine the Christians claim that they were not Infidels Washington was Intellectually and morally the most Inferior man of the four and was to some extent a time server He was an aristocrat and would have been king of the United States but for the Influence of Jeffer son Paine and Franklin who were the founders of this Democratic ernment and who because they were tho right kind of Infidels constructed this government so that no citizen of It was to be at any advantage or dis advantage because of any opinion about religion that he might enter lain The Christians are doing anything and everything that they can do to destroy this government and to make of it a Christian government as they claim it Is and to put at a disad vantage all men who do not sup port the Christian religion Truly tile answer Is easy THE SUICIDE OF MILWARD There were so many people who wanted to see the Brides new lino that they crowded arounu tho operator last week and talked to him while oper atlng it and consequently there were many mistakes in last Blade In one of these the name of Mllward LexingtonLloyds sermon In which he said In fidelity made suicides and that no Christian would suicide Mllward was a Methodist and was a good man and belonged to a family all of whom have been for years Ills MethodItsLoxIngtonvHEN RENEWING DONT FOR GET TO ENCLOSE AN EXTRA DOLj LAR FOR THE MAGAZINE t lJm I M Ii A CHRISTIAN WOMAN Says Am Looking to the Freethink ers to Help Not Hinder True Christianity to Show Up the Whited Sepulcher of Orthodoxy Note The following communica lion was written for tho Freethought Magazine was by It declined and was then sent to the Blue Grass Blade Moore Paonla Colo June 27 02 How comes It that Freethought beats a retreat as soon as Anarch and Freelove are mentioned Are they not the concomitants of liberty half way Do you mean full liberty or liberty only In part Or do you can call full liberty license What Is license anyway License Is excess liberty Is permission- As one who occupies neutral ground and sees both sides of this question ask these questions- am a Christian individualist and despise orthodoxy and heretofore have found my most congenial com panions among the atheists and Infi dels which my Presbyterian fathe- tnbooed with as much vigor as Eliz Mowry Bllvln does the Freolovers nod Anarchists and no doubt woul have consigned them to the fate of McKInleys murderer and of course cast him headlong into the healm of It be that Freethinkers are go Ing to be willing agents by condemn ing Instead of saving- turned to tho comradeship of Freethinkers because of their mercy- and charity but sometimes I fea that Frethought when comes Into power will have developed enough of Inperlallsm to Insure Its own defeat The Church has fraught Its own de struction by Its arrogance and prej w01rfe stricken out when power came in Are might and right always to In warfare If so then wrong will ways overbalance right Have we not yet learned that tin faultiest people find most fault others And that It Is evil to him tvh evil thinks and that unto the pur all things are pure will read and study any and all beliefs and long ago gave back my prejudices to Satan tho giver that might calmly and dispassionate ly view all subjects from tho hill top of pure charity and my conclusions are this there Is no sin but wllt- originates in conscience Remove tho consciousness of sin and the acts are sinless This leaves one without even tho desire for so called There Is a wonderful relation tween the thought and tho loedas has been said The thought is par ent to tho need Inhuman habit of Imputing sin to others just so soon will evil b gin to wane Judge not lest ye be judged con tains moro meaning than many think Who judges himself will bo fully copied and will soon learn tc Imo- toe full meaning of these wor Is Love ye one another even as have loved you Christ nailed all dinances to the cross Their urdens were too heavy to bear Yet for years like Paul persecute those who knew more than and wh m the zeal of mine house had near eat en me up I surrendered through force of circumstances and the light then poured upon my own Chrlstless soul teaching me that charily and mercy are the only a soul hungry heart How then can of condemnation without of my being thrilling In salatlOJjfor consider every child of tho earth to brother and hope of doing unto others as be done by and to return good for evil Is a blessing which but few enjoy- I would beg erring humanity to leave alone the hitter fruit of sin but have no respect for tho power o Caesar which ambles under sheepskin and tries to force results How many more Anarchists do think wo have now because o Czolgozs murder know of at least ten one a staunch Methodist woman who like many others looked Into the principles through curiosity Christ forgave hut condemned none Our laws and religions are a travesty on pure Christianity Christ would have forgiven Czol Magdalenethe first stone Oh but would we not all be happy if such should be the example The true Christian Is too busy with controlling and harmonizing the pow ers within him to see tho mote in his brothers eye I am looking to the Freethinkers to help not hinder true Christianity by showing up tho whited sepulcher of Is tile swaddling clothes of Christianity and as the Infidels havo torn them Into fragments we may soon expect a garment without scam one which Is even- I consider Robert Ingersoll as a Godordained evangel of highest lib erty and do not forget his liberty and do not forget his lovo of nat ural laws above all other laws woknowtho very evident lack of justice and right wo should rather condemn them than their fruits the Anar dusts condomnleyes to tho abomination of married prostitution that Is right under our noses and as we all know there peoplefroelovors frownsLovo themtoteach tho whys and whorefores of asubject If we would convince them of error for all truo retorts Is selfre form and just na soon as we ns a tion get In earnest about controlling ourselves straightway vo will tense to control others God Is not respecter of persons why should we he The nttltndo of aggravation only In tensifies tho lovo or evil and our game of government only reminds me of a dogfight In which each op posing party urges his dog lo fight the harder I have studied Freelovo nod while cannot endorse It fully yet find mulch In It that Is good tho same as do In every other belief They do not advocate deceit hut coming Into the open and living a life wileythat they make better provision for their offspring than Ito many hus bands and they never coerce cohab itation How Is this among our married Let them answer If they will How can Mrs Bllvlns advocate a marriage for lIfo Suppose you make n mis take would you advise Its perpetua flan for life Surely not If you un derstand cause and effect Could the offspring be well born I think not Tho only way out of our present troubles Is by chanty love mill mer Infidelsfhaveswednot find Then let us look for light and use charity LAURA J LANGSTON CommentCertainly that Is a wo man of strong mind who writes well and I bellow she Is a good woman and I am especially glad to have wo Christianrwomen my paper am not willing to let this letter ap pear In my paper without an earnest disapprobation of some of her senti American Secular Union an Influential body of our Infidel people omeeamong are archists and freolovers Especially is this true of K Walker But In the Infidel organization to which be adva11cetla isea man or woman any who is either an anarchist or a free orIganizntionhas plainly put itself on record as op posed to anarchy and freelove Anarchists und freelovers play or thoutMrs Langston partially does but an archist and freelovo papers tho two generally going together ore never ranked by Infidel editors as Infidel papers and there Is no reason why they should be because they take no part in the Infidel work against tho Christian religion fidel papers are codllulal- lyroca4se PNets nod preachers with women and citing tho fact that the leading characters of tho Bible Including God himself and specializing Abraham null David and Solomon were all Free lovers citingmonarchy tho lorm of govermont of which the Infidel founders of this government wore ridding themselves and that tho whole Bible is there fore tho enemy of this government Tho Now Testament says plainly Honor the King Pet 217 but tho true American Infidel fol lowing the Iniidol founders of this government mill especially Thomas unyItngIngersoll whom Mrs Langston does herself the honor to revere as a great leader of thought certainly had 011freedarkness of tho Christian religion and just now discovering that Infidels aro the true moralists It Is not at all surprising that this good and sensible lady who I know from another to bo the mother of a matured legiti syrlpatlyfbeen induced by the Christian Influ ence under which sho has lived gayfwars for the purpose of robbery and of converting Its victims to the Christian religion has engendered very naturally much of tho spirit of libertylowingremedy for this grievance Is revolu ton not anarchy If enllghtment has established any governmentIsIn the matter of freelove It is nat ural that cases like those of Rev Dr Varden and Methodist McCarty In my country here and tho murder of wives Insplrby usillsa sentiment against our present marl tal laws Tie government is making a great and fatal mistake in dls couraging tho free discussion of the nothingthatremedy Everything indicates that children legallyrecognized InNowdlrlstlanIn Lexington is a source of continued crime NEW YORK WORLD Three Times a Week For 65 Cents a Year to Any Blade Readers- It do not think that sly consider lllbllcatlolldlOuldand yet such news Is desirable pleasant and valuable have made arrangements there Worldwherebythree times a week for 75 cents a yearto f 4 rld tf rwwo the Old Washpan oJ I BY J WILSON Father and tho farmhands and myself anti brotaor Beech Have just come In for dinner summoned by tho screech From the conch whoso welcome music grown sweeter evermore And wo gather round the cistern pump out scat the kitchen door To bathe our sunburned faces and ncckn block with the tan And each ono tape n social dip iron tho old washllRnC Upon a board nailed to a slake set deep tho ground There it sits Inviting us big and bright and round Rusteaten at tho bottom with here and there a a leak vnlch mother stops with muslin strings a dozen times a week- lift it from Its pedestal and hold It neath the Spoilt And soon tilt so rainwater comes dashing splashing out Then brimming full return It to ItS old accustomed placetWhile each Insists tho other go first to wash his face- Uncultured tho wo may appear and roughened with our toll Yet flowers of gentlest courtesy may spring from country soil And neer was social Justice or tho democratic plan More fittingly exemplified than round tow old wash If in our politeness wo can not just agree The two tho nearest dip right In and very olten threo And then wo seize a towel our heads together bend And wipe our dripping faces each from tow outer end But Im speakng of tho present and now must let you know That these quaint farmer customswcre experienced long ago For back to tho old homestead an aged man Ive strayed And stand beside tilt cistern pump beneath tho apple shade Musing all alone bereft counting mcmrles oer Dear mother wltn the towels standing In tho door And the jolly set of harvesters with faces red and tan All a maklnmerry round theold wash pall ve bathed In lavatories of latest modern style With walls of solid mirror and hours of marble tilt But tho water from this cistern Is a luxury more dear For my old farm companions seem to gather round mo hero Father nod my brother Beech and Bo band Dick and Dau think see tnelr faces In tho OLD WASHPAN SHE DOES NOT MAC LANE Now Cambria Kansas July 27 02 Editor C C Moore havo Just read for the fourth time your extracts from Mary Mac Lanes book am surprised that so young should consider herself a mental genius Her higher nature Is wholly undeveloped as her own words attest when sue states that she cares not for right or wrong and wishes to bo saved from becoming a virtuous woman and Is anxious to make the devils most Intimate acquaintance It suggests to mo that her name should ho Mary Magdalene Silo Is a conglomeration of Inconsistencies Sho seeks happiness and discard- every principle upon which happiness Is founded Our lives are so Insepa rable from other lives that wo must study our relations to them and must care for right and wrong livery wavo of joy every tllotlgil- of a sorrowing heart has an Imperish able encct and such a book written at such an age Is hut tho mental va poring of an untamed and untrained Inexperienced nature whero the ani mal that Is tho sensual Is abnormull developed at tie expense of tho and more elevating lines of tnought Let us hope that Mary may yet bo ablo to find that happiness of mind and body that shall embrace ever y right and cast out every wrong and by the time she writes another book that her mind may be as well develop ed ns her hotly Is now Yours truly MRS F A BBOT Comment Genius has nothing to do with agoIt Is horn In those who possess It Mary Mac Lano has ge nius by the consensus of tho greatest American newspapers That sho may be a moral degen elate Is possible std am glad to print from an Infidel woman tho strong plea for morals that takes tho correct position that tho only true ba sis of morals is that which does good to others and my aspiration Is to con tribute the most for my ability to slake Infidelity but another name a grand labor for the happiness o all sentient things animals as well as man The man Is brutalized to n greater or less degree who can with out pain to himself impalo a living bait on a fish hook and the man who cuts off the tall of a horso or tho eats of n dog has taken a lesson In bloodshed that tends to fit him for a Kentucky assassin But have told the readers of my paper repeatedly that by the mid the of this century all people of any Intelligence will believe what Infidels now do and that Infidels advancing Just as rapidly as others will then bellow what no Infidel would now daro to express and the fact that this Montana girl of great command of languago and utter fearlessness of saying what sho thinks whether In our Judgment right or wrong is a matter of great moment to any phil osophic mind am not happy and yet suppose It would commonly ho thought havo as much to make me so as anybody Many times life seems all sand and barrenness to mo as It does to that girl feel myself surrounded by Christian liars and fools and hypo crites and say Just as Mary Mac Lane does that am no better than they are and too If havo not ex actly looked down in a well contem plating suicide as Mary as done havo contemplated It in various oth er ways mid am going to read Tile Open Question ou that subject f The great mud the rational end of life is happiness while wo live here Nobody but a fool believes in any conscious existence after this life and If wo can not ourselves be happy or confidently tell others what to do to be happy we should at least be will Ing to hear from any undoubted genius any scheme for happiness that she may propose LETTER ROM ELIZABETH CADY STANTON Wardenclyffe L I July 26 02 Harriet Closz Dear frlendIf you have any coplties to spars of your article entitled Woman and her relation to the church wish you would send me as many as you can spare under fifty Ilatsto send you to give them A knowledge of this frag ment of tho Canon Law you have given us Is surely enough to rouso a selftmy m er withtare on track to begin tho campaign Write your best thoughts and scatter them four corners of tow earth t YThe worst feature In this battlo Is the slavery of women to tho priest hood Poor thingsthey think more of their condition In the futuro lifo than they do of tits whole sex In this With kind regards ELIZABETH CADY STANTON North McGregor Iowa Enclosed find ono dollar on subscription DA VID WORTH Brocton Enclosed 250 will send you tiled names now and two later F J CARR Magatfor ono yearJOHNSON- Paonla Colo Mrs Laura J Langston to Johnson San Francisco loaned tho copy of tho Freethought Magazine that you sent me to our school inarm and alto thinks It more harsh and bitter than orthodoxy and silo Is a very liberal minded young woman Christian also slrflgltfGreens Magazine San Francisco CalOh wovo got em Charles They ale dead and dout know It did think at ono time that wo would not live to see tho finish of tho church but now believe wo will A young man of your friend Martin Mahoneys church said to me yester day You old heretic you ought not to bo allowed to live had been having aseanco with his mother on tho Jesuits Its the same old gone Charles hut damn them well dawn em yon When socalled Americans get to know them as those Frenchmen do they will not nurture tho viper that stings to death JOHNSON JES SO San Francisco Aug 22 302 Bro Mooro1larlt Twain and er Infidels have said many things about tho enormous quantity of woodrtho Catholics sell out of J CH cross- have a piece of It blessed by tho Iwglnnlngtolug made It clear as mud In tho Book of Popery pago 82 St Pantl mis says This cross containing a vital virtue In an Inanimate laid In contlnuedious wood to tho desires of an In finite number of persons without suf fering any dlranution or appearance of laving been touched JOHNSON 4 IBLUEGRASS BLADE 1 I Timely Topicsnon EMPEROR WILLIAM TO DE SPIRITUAL AND MUNUANE LORD OF CHRISTIAN CHINESE A Berlin correspondent says that the secret reason prompting the Em peror to maintain a largo fleet In Chinese waters la for the purpose of malting himself lOiuperor of all the Christian Chinese Tho proposition Is to ho made to the Empress that all Chinese converted to Christianity with their families are to bo transfer red to tno OernianChineso territory In this way argues William her Chinese majesty will get rid of a lot of disobedient subjects who nt tho fiaino tlmo will ho glad to acknowl edge mo as their spiritual and mun lane Lord i ao Colonial Office looks favorably up on tho scheme and has faith In Its success The Emperor no doubt guesses cor rectly when ho argues that tho Em press will bo glad to get rid of a lot of disobedient subjects for no self respecting or intelligent Chinaman becomes a Christian Only the Igno rant and criminal classes take up with Cnristlanlty When Emperor William nccopmlishes this scheme ho can rightfully append to his already Innu merable titles and oy tho Grace of God Emperor of tho Chinese Chris tiara scum and thugs BISHOP SPALDING RECKLESS MARRIAGES Bishop Spalding Catholic In the Chicago American writes of the evils of reckless anil senseless marriages Ho repeats just what Mrs Stanton Henry and fifty other women writers have been preacnlng for years Ho npeaks at length upon heredity crime and disease resulting from ignorance of selection just what Wo Infidels have been pointing out for a long long time Old Moses Harmon has been giving tho preachers lessons along this line for forty years les sons of wisdom too Preachers as usual are always last to find out anything of uso or necessity and when they no fall into lino they talk about It as if It were a new discovery The Bishop saysU women were large minaeu more Intelligent moro unselfish more serious more loving threefourths of tho depravity and sin which makes life a curse would dis appearIf be ouch a thing as everlasting damnation nothing ever ut tered by a religious bigot and hypo crite Is more damnable than theso words of Spalding In the first place If women were more largeminded and Intelligent there wouldnt be many priests In the world to enslave them W can women be intelligent and broad mindea that Is have the pacity to do their own thinking when they are seized In the cradle by dev ellsh priests and their minds warped and stunted and so shaped that they are forever Incapitated from exercis tiog Independent thought hear a lecherous old lobster like Spalding who never did an hon est days work In his IIfovho has feasted upon his per ilatlonv from the toll of scrub woniiM lay tli no fourths of all tile sin ana depravity soIIexpress my PrlestJ vtio Ilctiii that liny nn too holy o mitreytitt Tiage would make them woMy and loinct vltosobtheir mental and moral as well as their physical corruption priests whoso every surrounding creates the suspicion of their lives of lust priests wno aro in no wise different from the Philippine frIars but who have a better art here of concealing It should be the last people on earth to talk about the evils of marriage and the sin and depravity of woman OUR EDITORS Our Freethought editors have much to discourage them but heroically they hold on and press on know of no men patient under dllllcultlos I nave had a tittle friction with some of theta but am too much of u Lib eral not to wish them all well and Sounding succes When rend in tho Cincinnati pa pers that the couu sustained will or tie Indiana Liberal who recently left E il Maconald JiGOO re joiced for title means tho life of the Truta Seeker Tho grit and determination and sac rifice of our editors nil of them commands my admiration Tho cause and Us advancement Is far more to mo than my personal friction with any man wish that each editor might bo tho recipient of such a handsome gift Tnoy all deserve it gentleman who willed Macdonald tho was a Spiritualist This SpiritualistFree thinker has set an example for tho Agnostic Freethinker All Liberalism is not confined to Agnosticism and Atheism Our rich Liberals should not forget those who are sacrificing much for tho cause They have to beg a good deal It is true but this hurts them more than it hurts you What would wo do without our pa fO1gotThought stands in the trout ranks Ho Is ovum there by himself and editor Ellis Is having a hard fight on his hand All of our papers show great and decided Improvement They wore never as well edited ns now Tho last Issue of tho Searchlight in my opinion was not only Its host issue but the finest Froethought pa per havo over read Tho Torch exceeding Itself and so with iem all Let us regard tnem with pride tad sustain Uiem to tho very best 01 our PAPERS DECLINING Owing to the nonsupport two prom j religious weeklies of Now York tho Evangelist and the Christian Work have concluded to consolidate Nearly all religious journals are pleading fur patrons aunt hardly an Issue Is put out that does not havo n wail of woe the Telegraph Catholic of Cincin nati assigned a year ago hut Is still running supported by donations Tho Standard Christian lately announc ed tnni t would have to suspend if it did not Increase Its circulation There coat bo no question that tho rellgous public will not any longer support papers whicn have only relig ion for its Issue and which devotes tho bulk of tho space to tho Interests of ono particular church Such paper o necessity is narrow and dull anti toes not meet tho present requirements which demands news and informauon Ten and cwcnty year ago religious people would support papers of this kind from a souse of duty to ate denomination to which they belonged But today only a small minority ac knowledge such obligations iie commercial press is setting pace for tho reading public Today tho tanner can get his peony paper dally after rending which tho relig lotus weekly seems dull stale and nro likewise affected and our editors should take a warning Our Liberal journals havo not enough of the news of the world themI mean the rows affecting Lib eralism They have too ninny writers who attempt to bo philosophers What do Liberals generally care about tlto Great Dynnmis or the Great DamnyHis or whatever you call it What Liberals want Is tho news thoy want to know what the church Is doing nod what her priests are saying They want to avow what Lib erals are doing If they want philosophy If they want long dissertations on tho mys teries of spirit nature and holiness they will look to writers Spencer Swendenborg c c not to scrub philosophers and writers llko our Liberal paper which is newsy which reports all matter affecting Liberalism Is bound to push to tho front Wo dont want so much Bi ble and philosophy Wo want that most which concerns and affects tho present CATHOLIC AND METHODIST HOW THEY LOVE hnCH u tiER Tno Method sts are crowding the crossbacks In the holy city Pope Leo Is up In arms against them Strange that these Christian sects which set themselves up no exem plars of Love Peace and Goodwill should despise and hate each other as they do and consider each other an encroachment on each others Methodists have built a fine Ladies SchooCrandon all almost under the shadow the kings palace which is attended by ie daughters of some of tho leading families of the city and tno Kingdom They have charitable societies which aro giving bread and other foods and blankets to tho poor This Is something the Impoverished people havo never been used to It has always been give give give with tnem and nothing n return except absolution tho cheapest com modity In tho world So the Metho diets by higher education and mate rial charity are raking in tho converts King is a Freethinker Ho Is accused of being an agnostic He has a parliament with him on this matter Too long has Italy been held back by Its superstition Now every creed Is tolerated and his poor old Holy Gtuiets cant help hlmneu Pope Leo Is giving this matter his own personal attention and n Roman correspondent writes that ho is much wrought up over It He accuses the Methodists of purchasing converts with foreign gold and declares it tine lowest form of proselytism to take advantage of the extreme pov orty which prevails and thus use un blushing bribery to Induce destitute families to change their faith Tho Pope tines not account lot the extreme poverty of ins home people If he would stop a moment to con trast his own splendor with their pen It Is possible that he would un derstand why Catholic people aro touched and Influenced by practical kindness and prospects of an educa tion for their children at the hands of people of another faith The way things stand now dont see what the old follow Is IcIclntlnlaborabout It except resort to tutu prayer But ho has a good chance hero to show to tho world Just how much of tho power of God rests upon him by chasing thin blarsted Methodists out of Holy City Tbero Is no spectacle so pitiable no pretense so ludicrous as that of the poor old Pope who is holding on and doing his host at playing absolute monarch std tho king of kings std God on earth whllo ho hasnt enough Influence with own people and statesmen to drivo a few howling Methodists out of that city founded on a rock against which all hell couldnt prevail This seems to ho u casn in which tho McthoitistH beat hell EVOLUTION PRINCIPLESUSTAINED If haul entertained any doubts of the evolution theory tiny would havo all been dissjpated when saw my wifes name in big blacu letters head ing a column In the Illuo Grass Blade Mrs Wilson Is a Presbyterian Wo used to discuss predestination but quit it a good wine ago could never beat her In an argument cause she Is a bettor scholar than and knows history and nearly every things else better than her first Freethought letter Is evidence enough that alto Is a bettor writer than If thero Is ono thing abovo another she prides herself on it is her grammar and the typographical errors In her letter simply crushed her told her not to take that too much at heart as tho readers would get it straighten ed out About thin last thing tn tho world would have looked for would have been either an offensive or defensive letter from her In tho B 1u But Mr Mooro lute been to see us n number of times and site thinks he has the cheering of voices and that his good looks too equal to his bragging about them and a few Sundays ago Sunday mind you wo myself wlfo ami chick went over to Lexington and spout the day with Mr Hughes and lila wife and a pleasant visit we had and the next surprise In store for mo was her outspoken letter and selflntroducMon to the readers of the B B My friend from Versailles I am sure will not bo offended for ho Is a Liberal and allows every one to have his or her free opinion am proud of Mrs Ws entree into the Freethought columns and If she over makes the complete flop this is only nn intimation of what you may expect Thoro Is always hopes for stCIiTHE WORKING MAN CURIOSITY The working man Is like thin Free thinker in this respect ho is a hard nuts to organize Ho thinks least of selrIleIive and non cohesivo The lobo Unions however have accomplished much They have male themselves a power to bo considered and dealt with thin curiosity of It is that any laboring man should remain out of them while capital Is forever con centrating Its lorces A thing to bo wondered at still moro Is that two thirds of those who do join do so just for the job they hold rand aro ready at any time to scamper right out if a better ono is offered It Is the old old storya few bravo sacrificing souls fight on and fight on for their wearer brothers not oven receiving their gratitude They are holding the unions together In spite of the combined power of church state and capital It Is a grand sight What noble generals these few are They do not always see clearly hilt they aro doing the best that can be done with their motely timid untrained regiments Boldly they array themselves against trusts corrupt politicians Imperial ism and aristocracy But their weak spot Is In hugging the church their worst enemy Two years ago the United Lutheran Conference assembles at Milwaukee it voted that member who Joined a trades union should be liable to communication a That law still stands in tho Lutheran church and the work ingman seemingly dares not to rise up and denounce that church It is in fact an unwritten law with them all There aro many clergjvien grand noble men who are socialists at heart and a few have the manhood to rise up and denounce the corruption of tho State and grinding power of the robber barons These however are generally ministers whose congregations are made up of working men Tho big fellows In tho fashion able pulpitsthe fellows who rule at the synods and conferences say noth ing but Instead send word down along the lire to the preacher whoso church stands on a back street down by the rolling mill to hush up If he would hold his job and he hushes upThe working classes nro gradually awakening however to the fact that the church Is tho most gigantic trust tem allIts principal Invebtment being first mortgages upon the hu man brain And not until this knowledge becomes general and put to practical use will the labor unions ever be sole to effect a great triumph THE TRUSTS There Is no kind of play moro ludi crous and amusing than pure farce So grotesque Is administrations opposition to the trusts that it is amusing in tho extreme In tno first place President Roosevelt Is a muUImllllonarle and a stock gambler himself With McKinley ho was elected by money put up by the trusts He became President by acci dentNever in his lio has ho been Identi fled with the Interests of tho working man He has nothing In common with diNendrno0luUnobs aisr1vlthcanton e waterers of stocks Tho trusts Ids masters compelled him to put Attorney Knox of Pitts burg In cabinet ns AttorneyGen oral AttorneyGeneral Knox was tho em ployed attorney of tho gigantic steel trusts In and around Plttsburg He was the best trained and drilled for their so the trusts demanded hisI appointment and into the cabinet hoI wont Way last March Uoosevelt and Knox began to thunder again t thoI JellowlllgdUllngThe Congress was Republican It was greatiluporlancemmothhg It adjourned without taking any ac lion whatever Since Its adjournment uphelmvillains In the play Tho fall elections are coming on you know and tho ministration sonethingtomtho capitalist and the capitalist is to tho nolsu The point is to fool enough of the working men by the make believe to insure the return of a representatlvesWith this effected tho next Con gress wont give a continental cuss word for any clamor that Is made against tho trusts So they play It on tho working man wno hasnt sense enough to see that Roosevelt and Knox aro allied with tho biggest gang of private robbers and public plunder ers the world ever saw RELIGION AND ILLIfcRACY Whore nay religion reigns absolutely and parttcularlly where the Christian religion has reigned longest and di reefed tho morals and education of tho people theta will bo found today tho greatest per centage of Illiteracy and vice This ono tact and argument alono is sufficient to refute every ar gument advanced by tho clergy for tho acceptance and mixlntnlnnnco of tho Christian fultn According to a late statistical re port RussiaRomnnla and Hervla tilt most religious country In tho world are the least civilized the rate of Illit eracy being eighty to every hundred of tho population Other rates are as follows Roman Catholics Spain to every 100 Italy 48 to every 100 Hungary to every 100 Austria 30 to every 100 Mixed Catholics and Protestants Ireland 21 to every 100 France to every 100 Belgium to every 100 Holland fo every 10- 1Protestant England 8 to every 100 United Stales to every Scotland 7 to every 100 German Empire to every Scandanivlnn none These are Interesting figures Ton years ago tho rate of Illiteracy Spain was 77now It is The reason for the difference is evident The power Is shilling Into the hands of prlustllII InIIron Virgin Ten years ago the rate in Italy was Now It Is The reason hero nowlinVatican An enforced toleration exists and the pressure or the outside world Is too great for superstition to strangle knowledge Tho ratio of Illiteracy is materially lessened in Catholic Ireland and France prlnclpaly duo to Infidel and Protestant Invasion The Infidel rules Franco today theretore the govern ment is Republic and the Jesuit schools which steep children Ignorant and train them against the republic are beliig closed The rate of illiteracy In Germany where Rationalism most prevails Is re mark low In the United States Is still to 100 which Is due to llgratlon and lack of schools the negroes In the South ThoI normal rate Is only three to the hun dred Scandinavia which Is mixed Protestant and Infidel has the lowest rate The country slid people like Scotland are poor and they realize more acutely the advantages and necessities education Climate must be taken Into consideration however accounting for religion and illiteracy being homogeneous- to each other All the dominant superstitions of tho world have sprung from tae trop- Ics where tho emotions and passions govern Just as they have spreau to tae Temperate Zone where the ulty of reason dominates these superstitions weaken disintegrate and are finally merged Into Rationalism in all its many and various degrees Any one having but an ordinary knowledge of the worlds history is ably to perceive that Just as men havoI developed tho temperate Zone and advanced Intellectually they have cast aside tne tropical superstitions which their fore fathers brought with them It has been the struggle of a thousand years and it is not yet pleted But the intercommunication of nations Is hood In time to de throne Christianity The evolution of the wheel from the segment of n log to the mighty iron castings which bear our ponderous locomotives has done more to educate and civilize the world and bring Its people together and soften down the hate and asperi ties of nations and religions than all the gods and saviors and popes that ever existed Religions hnvo always kept nations grasping at each others throats while steam and electricity have brought Interchange and travel andI are grnUualy broadening and merging the hitman family into ono community of Interests can no for the longer work tricity every act of church and state must Immoately taco the public opinion of the wholo world and against tins they cannot stand THOUSAND PRIESTS Madrid Aug 17A thousand Span ish priests met under the presidency blsnops and adopted the follow- Ing resolution All good Catholics must work first for the reestablish meat of the states of the church sec ondly for tho Increase of the Peters pence thirdly for placing religious orders above toe common law fourth ly for placing all schools under the control of tho church permitting only priests and nuns to act us teachers Could theo bo any greater show on earth than tint of u thousand assem bled priestswith their Imbruted bodies and villainous faces There used to be a little Inquisition in Spain and priests didnt have to assemble in convention and declare rights and demand privileges They Just took what they wanted and asked nothing of the government of the people The above resolution would indicate that they are now on tho defensive THE HOPE OF SPAIN Now lies greatly In Its young king Tho country Is fast drifting toward PETITION FOR DR HAMMER THE UNDERSIGNED PARTY OR PARTIES MOST RESPECT FULLY REQUEST YOUR EXCELLENCY GOVERNOR CUMMINS OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO PARDON DR MARION HAMMER OF NEWTON IOWA NOW IN THE PENITENTIARY AT FORT MAD ISON IOWA a Republic It will remain a kingdom for the present If its young ruler in clines to liberalism and education and commercial development He Is but a youth of seventeen The Amer ican papers aro giving frequent ac counts of his queer actions and grave apprehensions are felt for his sanity Tho headlines In our papers generally read thus Alfonso Mentally Unbal anced have kept track of his strange do lags from which his nnlty Is ques boned and here are some of them Ho called at tho royal garrison at oclock In tho morning He Inform ed mother that he was now king and she must respect his authority or she would have to retire from the palace He smokes an occasional clgt arette He left the palace disgusted one night and went to a resort In the suburbs where be danced all night with the common lassies and came home with a Jag while his royal moth er and the whole court were scared to death for fear the anarchists had gotD ten hllllIThis last week ho has been making a tour of the country to see tho peo pin and let the people see him Ho got weary of thin honors and tho Ing and scraping as ho told General Pacheo tho master of ceremonies on tho trip while speeches were being made In his honor at one of the stop ping places that ho was tired and to dismiss tho crowd The general said that he could not do that as It was the proper thing forI tho people to retire first Thereupon Alfonso replied will change the custom and grabbing a bugle he sounded taps to tho consternation of everyone then stretched his armsjand yawned The people on and lefttAt an arch that was erected In his honor and stopped the procession ten min utes while he walked around the arch with his camera taking snap shots all of which terrified the stiff old grandees At Toledo after the public recep tlon he was told that the next thing on the program was to proceed to the Cathedral where Mass would be offered and the relics exposed for his benefit To this he objectedbutwa3 persuaded to go by being shown the offense his act would be to the church throughthesee the relics he went up with his generals and gazed upon all the old garments bones c When the bishop particularly show ed a too nail of Peter and a hair of youdontyou certainlydidter and weve had enough general so lets get out of here All these things the papers point to sadly as evidencing the young mans bad mental Integrity Looking them all over and considering that he Is Just a boy more or less intoxicated with almost power and that greater absoluteIgiven his every action he mo to have more sense than all the old grandees and bishops put gether There are hardly any of us but have done more foolish things when we were seventeen His Interrogation to pllthishe is made of and if he keeps on that way then priests will have to meet nnthlngHisto marry any royal girl of Europe IfI it is to bo a marriage of convenience he prefers the daughter of some rich South Americanfirst because he needs tho money and second It will please the Republicans till of which in my opinion shows the selfwilled and self thinkitig diplomat J B W WE INTEND TO MAKE THE NEW MAGAZINE THE BEST IN THE LAND DIAMONDS Order of me and save money deal with the best cutters and largest Im porters direct have forty years ex perience am an accurate Judge and analyst of these beautiful gems and diagnose them in all their most dEl- icate and Intrinsic characteristics now do not carry stock but buy the goods for cash as I receive the orders thus obtaining best discounts This saves Interest on capital Invested rents salaries and the large per cent of loss incidental to uitd unavoidable by all dealers who carry stock The small commission will 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much You and Bro Moore deserve great credit A year ago listened to Bro Ramsey and others lecture in Hyde Park LondonALFRED PA GETT TO DR HAMMER FROjFRIE frlendYour letter received 11some time ago and in reply will say that we do honestly think that the doctor Is being maliciously perse cuted The cutting of Wreatcraft was without doubt In self defense the doctor beacklng away 25 or 30 feet before using the knife The last Indictment is simply outrageous With kindest regards to all Iremain Respectfully H A UTTER Son of Mr and Mrs M Hutter CommentI visited the home of Bro and Sister Hutter when I was In Newton The house Is not large or costly but it is new and clean and everything In It and with the people in it it made one of the lovllest houses ever saw Bro Hutton is a carpenter and a great deal better one than Jesus Christ and his daddy old Joe were He is a fine big manly man and his wife the mother of grown children dressed in the sweetest kind of taste though not expensive looks young and cute enough to lead the dance at a picnic- believe that their house con taining the table and the beautiful china and glass on it and the delight fill abundance of delicious things in them and the beautiful bed room they gave me and the nospltallty and interesting and kind conversation that went along with It was the most perfect model of a little home ever saw Sister Hutter dont live in a hut hthenIs a combination of Dolly harden and Mrs Kate Scudder and a finer woman does not live in Iowa and yet It was reported to me from another source that when she heard of Dr Hammer being sent to the penitentiary she said Now wIsh their was a hell1 That Is the kind of a family of peo pIe who are friends to Dr Hammer md yet bis enemies are trumpeting all over tho country that ho hate noI friends in his own town If there are good people in Newton who think Dr Hammer ought to go to the penitentiary why dont they writ mo and say so I would print It Jus as soon as would the above bit there is not such a person In Newton WITH BOTH FEET IS HOW HE JUMPS ONTO MARY MAC Lonoke Ark Aug 502- Dear Bro Moore The Blade of August 3 received Is as usual a scorcher Mrs Henry and Dr Dowles this week are su roast that wife beating preach to a seal brown His neighbors ought to use a rawhide on all such scamps It is a that women have not the bal to shield them from such cruelty Am sorry you hitched onto Mary Mac Lane The photograph sue drawl herself surely must be revolting good Intelligent and refined She seems to have all the vices mid or none of the virtues the world In women How a grand paper fearless and free spoken lilac the Blade is can dare attempt to bring to the front such an Ingrate such a confessed lint and thief a curse of humanity a dev worshiper Immodest if not worse cannot understand claiming as It does to bo edited in toe interest ol good morals Had you not better drop her quick apologize for your mistake wo all make themand give all such a wide berth hereafter RespectfullyA AN INDIANA WOMAN On Mrs Stanton Mrs Henry and Mary Mac Lane Kingstown Ind Aug 02 Editor Moore Have read with pleasure the ar title from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Comment on It by Mrs Henry and I hope the liberal minded wo men of the United States will arouse themselves and prepare for the pro posed Congress of Woman at St orough discussion of the holy book will loosen the bandages from the eyes of the many woo are now blind to the light A good hook to study In making this preparation is Our Bible fVhc wrote It when where how by Moses Hull PIferablelong ages of superstition cannot be erased hilt can only be changedlLjttJ thorough understanding of the mean Ing of Its contents Let us Join hands whether wp are orthodox or Iberal spiritualist atheist and get our moro unfortunate frhenthereorations Let us not lose ol the fact that the great majority women have never read a line on Inn delity and some do not know that such papers as we enjoy are being too many do not read a sin gle publication except a sensational novel or newspaper article and these conditions exist among those who have passed what is called grad hardest task ever undertook and I sen out papers to all that can get the names ofIs to get them to see the Importance of knowing anything above the everyday affairs ol young lady graduate asked me Innocently What were the Amerl cans kiiing the people In Samar for answered To Christianize them We must first get them to think and the best way Is by ridicule That Is how became a freethinker wish to become a subscriber to your Magazine but we are quarantined from smallpox And the preach ers where are they Fled at the first approach of danger but as a Methodist sister maliciously said they draw their salaries just the sameI give to Miss Mary Mac Lane Information to find a real live Devil for was married to one once and although I do not bear his name will divulge It privately She had better copy after the self sacrifices of Miss Marston and try to elevate herself than discuss her own physical beauty Such beauty parades at pink teas among monkeys and parasites Ever for advancement ELLA SHEDLOSKI CommentThat is a strong letter full of good sense and women have a great deal more sense as well as moro morals than men have and wo men write better It Is a rare thing that a woman writes me a letter that Is not fit to print just as she writes it and a tare thing that a man does write me that kind of a letter and would not give one woman for a halfdozen men hut all the same this good sisters MarMacsee If It was the beauty of her body ind not its health and strength that she bragged on But will say now that if sUe Is real good looking she has a right to crag on itI do that myself MRS MARY E COLLINS Wishes Dr Hammer Pardoned as all Good People Ought to Do Midway Ky Aug 1902 Ir Charles C Moore Dear SlrI will do today what hould have done some time ago send my petition for the release of Dr Hammer Porhaps there is no one outside ol I RIPANS I HAD NERVOUS 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TRIP John D Potts A G P A Geo W Barney D P A his acquaintances to whom his mis fortunes appeal moro than to myself knowing as do tno lltte intreaguef the well laid schemes cannot say of men hut of the parasites that art now placed at the head of the muni cipal affairs in small towns Men are really what are needed but real men will not do tho dirty worli demanded Here is where the fault Is nod what Is ruining the small places The best men will help to elect for oflllce men who will do anything thai they themselves will not do There Is indeed an unseen hand but It has been my experience that helpless women and young girls an the victims As Burns says 0 Pope iad I thy satires darts Id rip their rotten hollow hearts An tell aloud Their juggling hocuspocus arts To cheat the crowd They take religion In their mouth They talk o mercy grace and truth For what to give thenr malice skrutl One some pulr wight And hunt him down oer right an ruth In ruin straight Wishing you success In your deavor remain Sincerely MRS MARY E COLLINS A WOMAN ASKS Why Is the Christian Religion Taught What Good Does It Do These questions sound simple tlllt some way they lead off to many byroads where they are considered im partially as they should be say as they as they should be because do not believe that any man or woman has a right to say that their conclusion on the subject of religion Is correct and the only Infallible do clslon and from the day that they reach that conclusion look at everything else front that one narrow Jeer at Christians for that very thing and in a little less de gree do it themselves I am not a Christian and have no desire to uphold the Bible I agreo that it contains some of the most ri diculous sonic of the nastiest most heartless and altogether not uplifting stories that It is possible to Imagine but at the same time the peoplo of whose belief it Is the foundation should not be condemned It Is thought by many who have made a careful and impartial study of history that the Christian religion had a softening and civilizing influ ence on the people among whom It first spread True it caused much war and bloodshed but it probably served n real pur pose in early civilization However much men and ministers may say to tho contrary It Is evident that the ideals of our Christian men land women arc not gained from the J TO Bible nowadays They still believe the story of Christ and are positive that they get help from above but oven the story of Christs life Is so Indefinite that It does not matter whether the writers of the various books agree or not As for the Old Testament that Is laid out for burial Why there are professors have one In my mind anti naturally suppose ho was not the only one of the species who are de vent Christians and yet explain that our earth as well as the other planets was simply a piece of matter thrown off from the sun Then they go on te toll how the stars are suns millions of miles away and how it took untold millions of years for the earth tc reach Its present stage But friends do not criticize them too severely they have only forgotten for a time that God made tho earth on the early morning of the first tiny and did not make tho sun until the fourth day all was done In six days Our science teachers and they are Christians too tell us that the sun and moon and stars give our light but dear little Christian school boys and girls could show them their mistake if they wero not too shy because the third of the first chapter of Genesis says there was light and the fifteenth to the nineteenth verses say those lights were made on the fourth tiny But of course wc should not be skeptical about that God hall artificial lights the hook does not say so and sup pose the writer thought we would have sense enough to know that much Probably like myself the writer was too poor to afford a typo writer and therefore wanted to avoid all the explanations possible would not call these teachers hypocrites I would simply take It as an 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