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BLtJS G1MS BLADE n t PfEDITED BY A rn l 11 t3 IF GOOD MORALS 31 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE t r21Lf araI J f VOL XI NO 35 LEXINGTON iX feSUNiDAlC OCTOBER 19 E M 302 SlOO A YEA R fTERMS OF THE BLADE for one year 100 issues for one year 250 10 Issues for ono year 400 100 Issues for one year 3500 Terms100 per year In advance In clubs of five 50 cents foreign subscription 150 J Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky iWhen you change your address ad this office giving your old as t well as the now address When you send your subscription say whether you are anew or old sub scriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and servo as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions tp this publication are unless14rresponsiuie uie publisher lor iuu subscription price of all papers re ceved until the paper Is paid for in full up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of publication East Third street near Walnut Entered at tho Post Office at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Cumberland Telephone 307 IADVERTISING RATES FURNISHED Club Rates and Sample Copies The Blade will bo sent for 50 cents a year each for any order for FIVE or more Sample copies will be sent free 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 becoming prejudiced against this liquid- J you have to do Is to think of the of deathof the suicides of the Insan ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius It has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serrents produced by this devilish And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol RO8ERT INGERSOLL Kidders Sacrament It consists of a beautiful sixteen page pamphlet printed in large type with elegant paper cover The price In 10 cents each or 12 for 100 COLLEGE of MEDICINE SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material FEES MODERATE Fall term opens In September Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M DI Say 246247 Ashland Ave Chicago III UNCLE JO PREACHED AT MOUNT HOREB AND TOOK IT IN Mount Iloreb named for ono of those places over in Palestine that I want you to help mo to go to see by subscribing for my book Dog Fen nel in the OrlentIstho name of tho Frfesbylbrlah Church about 3 miles from mo as I walked It around tho road the otlier niht It is famous as being tho church that fired by cousin Willie Breckjn ridge who had moro sense than all tho balance of tho church put to gether ami was just abouut an good as any of them Tho Presbyterians named It Mount Iloreb because it was on a perfectly level piece of ground n kind of Cal vanistlc lucuo a non lucendo it being a peculiarity Presbyterians In mat lets of religious never to tell tho truth about anything If there Is any possible way to get around It The balance of Uncle Jos name is Hopper but ho aint a blue grasshop per he comes from the Pennyrllo de strlctof Kentucky thinkthat ik he originally did so now ho just comes from anywhere and goes any where traveling around as an evan gelist His Job Is to go around among the churches and whoop em up and make em Jlnti that is the tobacco people and children no body else ever fines In Kentucky Sometimes they jinn by letter and swap around from ono church to another but if any grown man of or dinary Intelligence lucre were to jlne any church they would send him to a lunatic asylum for crazy Uncle Jo as every body except himself calls himhe speaks of him self as Uncle all the time hes preaching la 74 years old and heH all the time bragging about it like I do about being 65 years old Thompson tho pastor of the church is ah educated and nice man He and I were the only two men in the whole educationi f vt JWii y i tjV were In iTodk a seat just three pews from the back of the church and had on exactly the same clothes I had been digging sweet pota toes in all day except that I had put on my coat- Thompson spied me and got cle Jo and came marching him up tho aisle and Introduced him to mo Uncle Jo soon found ho couldnt talk In the plural tenses like Thomp son and mo and had sense and good manners enough to leave soon which Is better than preachers generally do Uncle Jo Is a regular typical sky buster I reckon that man has eaten a million chicken legs Thompson stood and talked so long that I was afraid he wouldI neglect the balance of the show and I had to sorter shut him lIe said It was just five otToII was at that church told me all tho circumstances just as remembered them and I reckon he was right as to the time for a very little a with meIThere was one educated woman in that churcheducated by old Ruckor same old devil that sent me to the blowed the organ had two pedals on it like a grind stone and she jumped onto em with both feet and worked the keys like a linotype and it made a nice racket would have enjoyed music ex cept for ono old bald headed rooster that sung bass lie makes his grub watching a bonded whisky warehouse and smelling whisky so much him awful red No wonder makesI call him old lobster Old lobster would wait a little every time the balance of tho singers started out on a fresh verse some thing about Jerusalem the place want to go to you know and then ho would bust out with his bass and ketch up with the balance of them and ho raised more ackct than a biter factory and a turnpike steam rock crusher together I have been going to that church about once In every five years now for over fifty years and overy time InI all that time while kingdoms and wars and nations and volcanoes and other things of that kind have gone up and gone down old lobster has been scttln right in that same spot galloping up behind the balance of tho singers with his bass all on their way to Jerusalem It had to go to that church oftenor than onto every five years would darllnightAll of us around here that Is tho men steal and Ho occasionally but we do It In moderation just like all honest men do everywhere else but In the whole South end of Dog Fen nel precinctthat I name my book after there Is only ono man that ev erybody knows as a smooth article and slick thick and there was that fellow right up next to the two sky busters running the shebang Well finally Uncle Jo arose and announced that we would all engage In a short prayer Of course that included me and Uncle Jo as my rep resentative argued the Question with ij Jwt the Lord In that prayer for three quarters of an hbtir I Suppose if he was wound up for a IbngVprayor he would take a week UncleJoargucdwlththoLord that there was a lot of those people that ought to be saved and reckon ho was right about It for I know thero were some of them that were not worth hell room arid if I am to go to tho devil I hope they will go to the other place for I am tired of seeing them hero Then Uncle Jo read a chapter in the Bible and he Is very first Presbyterian preacher I ever saw In my life who knew how to do that Old Dr Bob Brecklnrldgo used to stuff about a quart of snuff up his nose every day and It affected liffl voice and it always reminded me of the Song of tho catarrh that says the mood is beamlg All these other Kentucky Presby terian skybusters try to imitate old Bob and the only part of him that they have got sense enough to mutate is the snuff part of him and when a Kentucky Presbyterian sky buster gets up and gets to talking about Gawd always feel like say In Go out of doors and plo your old Uncle Jo preached and a hell of a preach It was l put in my time looking at pret ty woman across the aisle from me The only thing I remembered to have heard in Uncle Jos sermon was about a young fellow who was pass ing by a Presbyterian Church and Mrs H asked him to come in and hear the sermon and he said No thank you Mrs H lvlll come some other time and tlfjy young felllow walked on and before he got as far as from here up to tho cross roads somebody killed him and Mrs H went up there and there was the young fellow dead as the devil and of course his soul had gone to hell like shot off a shovel rJ In five more yearswhen the Blaue will have subscribers going to that church again but Iani going to wait outside until thefirst song Is through and If old lobster Is not still singing bass I tyfll go in and report to you again how they are gettln long a ANOTHER REV MOOJffE IN FLORIDA KICtSSOVER TRACES A k e rtnnh owrr party a package of copies of the Times and the Sun both of Gaines ville Florida in which has been con ducted quite a bitter religious dis cession between the two editors The animus of the thing seems to be that the Sun that Is the exponent of the oldfashioned backwoods ligion and gushes continually about how the dear Savior with a large S sited his precious blood for our sal vation wants to break down its ri val the Times by charging it with Infidelity agnosticism and Ingersoll idea of the status quo can be gotten from the beginning of an ed itorial In the Sun of August 21 which is as AGNOSTICISM Tho how of this life as well as its finality Is ono of those Inexplatnable mysteries that invade the thought of above paragraph is an cerpt from the Rev L W Mooress ply to tho editorial in Tuesdays Sun wherein this paper undertook to crit icise certain editorial comment of Gainsvllle News wherein that paper justified the religion of tho agnostic as defended by the notorious Inger soll It will be recalled that the Rev L W Moore Is the editor of Florida Christian Advocate the church organ of the Methodist Cen ferenco in State of Florida It is therefore with the profoundest regret and which will be concurred In by thousands of the reverend gentle mans friends and denominational fol lowers that wo observe that he has apparently forsaken tho faith of the Bible and gone off after strange gods All Christian believers in Florida will be startled by his bold announce ment Then tho Sun goes on to belittle and brow beast Moore in the usual style of Christians Moore answers but not in very good or strong style beginning each paragraph of his answer with tho words It was a wonderful spurt Then a writer who seems to be a straight Infidel and who signs him self Homo takes up the subject and In a good sensible dignified ar ticle shows from the Bible that omon did not believe In immortality the head and front of offending having been that Rev Moore had spoken doubtfully about there being any post mortem existence the Sun assuming the question to be so simple as that ought to be easily answered in tho affirmative by anybody who had sense enough to come In out of tho rain While it Is not much of a break for my Reverend namesake to make It shows there is somthlng ina name and that oven away down in Florida where tho conditions are favorable for the production of alligators mos religiontheythat the snake and fish and rib stories of the Bible may not bo entirely accurate CARNECIELIBRARIES jJOSEPHINE HENRY Modern the world has never seqn so colossal a fortune In the hands of one person being used for thin public good as that now being distributed by Andrew Carnegie for the establishment of public libraries Tho amount of money in the possess ion of this ono nan baffles hu mdn mind ourso Mr Carnegie never hlm s ttlfmied this gigantic fortune but through our grinding system of com mercialism it came into his possess sign How much human vitality am blood mingled tears are cpm pounded In every dollar of this for tune another story Carnegietlaldhe should do with his money While hfj Is thinking of what to do with his Hundreds of millions of dollars mil itins of human beings are agonized In jnlnd to know how to obtain dollars enough to supply their commonest necessities The Carnegie millions are now be ing converted into public libraries in Ahiei ica and Europe But there is one feature about the Carnegie UiSlrlcs that makes them at once a blessing and a burden to com s in which they are established lilt Carnegies money places tho library with books In the localities that have secured his munificent ben efactions and on each building Is placid a carved stone bearing the Inscription Carnegie library Where ever these Institutions are planted tho town or city Councils take on themselves to tax the people for the support of these libraries The people who pay tho taxes are not consulted in this matter and the Car negler uibrary tax Is added to the nu merous t and increasing assessments Mere y majority vote in a city coun cil s addled taxes upon communi tiesrhang Carnegie libraries rang Ink fro ono thousand to seventy oneovnthdaywidow8pRrt agen homeanlthm- ansrrtggllngto ay for the shelter pay tribute to supports an institution that ninetenths of themwill ever enter because they to receive Its benefits Tne masses of the American people are not patrons of libraries and ed ucation through this channel Is but sparsely diffused The patrons of the librares are students ambitious young men and women professional mien and women and a large class of welltodo people who read for enter tainment and pastime This class Is composed largely of women who read fiction often of a type which destroys theft usefulness in life The leisure class devour works of fiction and these constitute a large majority of tho books of all these li braries The question presents Itself Is It right to tax the struggling poor to perpetuate these literary monu ments to Mr Carnegie If Mr Car negie had elected to nave devoted his wealth to the establishment of manual training schools or schools of technology a public tax to support such schools would not be so un just as such scools would fit techildren of the poor as well as rich to enter life with either a trade or scientific profession thus advanc ing the industral of the nation Many of those men who through toll helped to pour gold into Mr Car negies coffers are now taxed to perpetuate his memory as a benefactor The prodigal generosity and philan thropy of Americas steel king has ex cited the wonder and admiration of the world but tho taxing of poor people without their consent to main tain his princely benefactions is wrong and detracts from most gigantic educational scheme the world has ever seen One manual training school like that founded by Booker Washington is doing moro practical good to a anyonehunliredCarneglo laud Another wrong done to the public at largo Is tho refusal of these libraries to place upon their shelves the works of many of the worlds greatest thinkers and many of the CarnegieLibraryupon Its shelf the works of Robert Ingersoll who contributed more to elevate American literature and touch the finest chords in human heart and arouse slumbering reason than any writer of tho past four cen turiesIf Liberal Classics and lit erature of Rationalism are to bo ex eluded from these libraries public will bo doubly wronged by being tax ed to disseminate tho literature of tho dead dogmas of dead generations and denied tho living truths of the living present In a recent Issue of tho Louisville Post the Hon John D White ono of ablest men that Kentucky over sent to Congress nukes a practical suggestion in says It occuro ti mo that Kentucky coal fields have been overlooked Or if you please convince Mr Andrew Carnegie that Instead of forwarding the job of a socalled public library r CALL FOR SECOND ANNUAL CONGRESS OF NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY UUUlTo the Freethinkers of the United States You are hereby earnestly requested to attend the annual congress of the National Liberal Party In Lexington Kentucky Friday Saturday and Sun day January 23 24 25 1903 303 The emancipation of the human mind from the bondage of theological superstition has made wonderful prog ress since the days of the Immortal Bruno but In spite of the culture of modern times there Is still dan ger that the black flag of Theocracy may float In triumph over the cap Itol at Wasington and enshroud the Republic of Paine and Jefferson In the darkness of the Middle Ages At the close of the 18th Century it dawned upon the minds of these great thinkers that all men are creat ed equal and this priceless concep tion made the 19th Century the more marvelous and the happiest period In the history of the world Previous to this century of Amer ican Freedom the entire earth was filledwith cruelty and barbarism and all mankind were under the galling yoke of kingly tyranny and priestly despotism The very few of the worlds Inhabitants who could read and write had no Illumination but the light of a candle and the work of the world was done by the muscles of man and beast The human brain In this universal atmosphere of kingly and priestly slavery could know noth ing of the laws of Nature and the chemical and physical properties of processesjofmisery pestilence ignorance and fam ins WeretheCo h of the dimIeieby eon thlithet cessful revolt e kings priests tyrants of h gave to the world a hunm to le located In the oldest Beargrass swamp south of Broadway funeral LOUISIvllleof the effete East most effectively by building and equipping a doubletrack broad gague railroad and donating for all time as a free transportation railway subject to Congressional legislation from Chicago or Detroit via Frankfurt and Beattyvllle Ky through mountain and Big Black mountain on the most fertile route to the sea at Wilmington or Beau fort N C and then Improving the harbor for the entrance of seagoing vessels of deep draft The two tunnels will cost 1000 000 or more each Let them be mono uments to Mr and Mrs Carnegie- It is far wiser for the City Council of Detroit to confer with the Louis vllle Board of Trade to consider the advisability of appointing a commit tee of six to wait upon Mr Carnegie and others of his public spirit to consider ways and means to force a resumption of the coal production by practical business methods or glI gantic charity than Inflame the public mind by a military demonstration orIby pressure by any government In tervention Eastern Kentucky can supply the world Very truly JOHN D WHITE Crescent Hill Ky Sept 30 To carry out this Idea of the Hon John D White to Induce Mr Carnegie to open up the rich coal fields of Eastern Kentucky would be of more practical benefit to the people of the whole country than the plant Ing of tho libraries In cities and towns As Mr Carnegie made his gigantic fortune out of steel rails a line of them laid to the richest coal fields in our land would be a most appropriate and practical benefaction that would bring its blessings to mil lions whose needs the libraries will never touch CAMPBELLITE ROT Some ono has sent me a leaf from tho Christian Standard of Cincin nati that has marked on it the following advertisements THE RECANTATION THOMAS PAINE We recommend this book to the consideration of all who may have their doubts as to the authenticity of tho Recantation Handsomely bound In cloth 50cTime Standard Publish ing Co Cincinnati BAPTISMAL OIBest make per pair For pUbIHshlug Paine has been exposed thousands of times But for sake of argument wo will grant that Paine recanted called on God and J C and Holy and Virgin Molly and the whole heav J AI oooiof hope progress and unprecedented happinessTo the priceless fruits of their labors and transmit them to those who are to come when we are gone Is the purpose of our organiza tion It can only be done by the com y bined and cooperated work of the lovers of liberty In America and we confidently appeal to each and TO ALL OF YOU In this great move the 19th Century the 20th has dawned upon us with the spirit kingcraft and priestcraft reIncar nated and unless the soldiers of free dom rally like our fathers did to re sist the power of kings and priests the freedom of me latn Century will be forever ost the Republic over thrown and the opes of humanity blasted In view of this appalling contemplation we continently appeal to you to come by hundreds to is annual conterence anti make it a memoraole event in the history of our distracted country It Is a trite but truthful saying that Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty Never before in the history of the world was there a more Imperative demand for vig ilance than now because it Is an open secret that a tripartite agreement now exists among the political potentates of the earth the priests of Mammon and the priests or Jehovah to extin guish the torch of liberty and remand all the peoples of the earth back o a state of serfdom and vassalage We therefore urge you to come Besides the election of officers for the ensuing year other business of j far reaching significance and Impor tance will come before they Conven ton J MOWtESvfrr1 4 t00 Ai ET t iQ MSRGAN W JAMIESON only gang to forgive him and died praying and all thafthe Christians lave ever said that he dId What are you going to ao about it His book The Age of Reason is here all the same making the same old argu ment Right over opposite the ne b cantation and Baptismal breeches advertisement Is a boost of McGar Veys books Mack lives right here in my town am ready to take the Age of Henson and defend it in speech or writ Ing any day that Mack may select in Lexington or In Cincinnati but you will see that Alack is too smart to kGalileoand then recanted but Its round s all sameaithe happiest they ever get to be to believe or pretend to believe that Tom Paine is in hell BIBLE LOSING ITS GRIP The officers of the Lexington anti Vicinity Bible Society in making a report of what is being done by the averageforunexampled prosperity of the country has been less by over 322 00000 than for the six years almost immediately following the war be tween the states They say this now when they are begging more money but let one of them get into a discussion with an r Infidel and he will swear that there are more Bibles being sold now than ever before In the world thingthatWILL BROTHER BARNES BAG ANY BOODLE BEFORE THE BUBBLE BUSTS Chicago Oct 4Zlon City where John Alexander DowIe reigns su preme is reported to be suffering for lack of funds The passing of three pay days with out envelopes forthcoming has shat tered the faith of a large number of tlworkmen and they left the city Few of tho skilled workmen brought to build ZIon City now re main there and it is said that some of the faithful who havo been work Ing on tho public buildings are grow rpayshowthatagaInstZion i 1000 i RILIGIOUS BaptistHarrodsburg and children and eloped with Mrs fewmonths la 1 BLUE 4RASS BLADE THENL1PAnnouncement nig In January Will Be Held In Lexington IS EXCEEDINGLY GRATIFYING Mr Hughes and I received kin Invitations to bo present at tho recen meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Liberal Party In cnnatl though neither of us hold an office In that organlzaton or can do so under Its highly proper law that holding In that editor officeby Is an Infidel or Infidel publisher and I should have been present but for financial strln as It has eventuated am glad was not there because think the compliment of their coming to the South and especially to my own state and city Is greater when they decided this without my being present and urging this than If I had been there to advocate It I made my argument to that effect at their last Congress In Cincinnati but though It seemed me my position could not be rcbutteu had no Idea that it had uad any Influence and I acknowledge my great but gratifying surprise when for tho first time I heard from the meeting of the Executive Committee by read ing it printed in the Blade Since the Committee has so deter mined am more convinced that it was right than was In my moro an vcipation There has never been any meeting of any National organizaton In the South and it seems to mo that for me now to state tho reasons why ere should be would be a reflection upon the intelligence of American Infidel ityI hope the A S U will follow suit and suppose they will at the St Louts Exposition in 04 but I am afraid that with this exception we may not look for any outer Instance of tho kind from the A S U un less the South brings a pressure to bear upon them that they cannot af ford to ignore and I hope that our Southern brethren who still affiliate with that division of our people will press home this point upon the lead ers of the A S U Wo Southern people now have a grand opportunity to put to tho test tho generosity of our Northern broth ren who affiliate with the American Secular Union Whether right or wrong a divlson has taken place among us and It is fair to assume that each sldo thought Ax it was right From year to year over slnco the first national organization of Infidel Acity we of the South have without gp North to attend and some times aold t the A SU have separation lift wept like MarI- eTwalns man Grimes when ho saw Jerusalem Now wo would like to see r allot those men Macdonald Roms rgh Relchwald Croffutt Foote Washbuni et id omne genus in Lex i 6iand Is goter to it in a state that is now tho I greatest coal stato in tho Union with a great big U and If you cant be satisfied with warming with coal Lexington is the place of all tho places In the world in spite of all my t Prohibition that everlastingly has youNow tho stuff that they say will warm is your chance for a first class hatchettburying but uptodate have only used to tomahawk each other with So far as am personally concern edand I am talking for Kentucky like the North Carolina Legislator talked for Buncombe I have al ready gratified more of my personal L ambition in the matter of National Liberal Party than expected to do when I espoused its interests and I believe reflect the sentiment of not only of Kentucky but of they k whole South when I say that while r we are proud of the whole National r Liberal Party movement we will give thattican Secular Union for tho purpose of fair and amicable settlement and compromise of the Issues between It and tho N L P The newspapers arc reporting sol many brands of miracles that lieve it might be that Wilson and Macdonald would kiss or kiss somo t goodlooking woman who like the heathen in their blindness has stuck to tho A S U or that Reich wald and I might be orators on the same side of a questionhard on tho audience some gainsayer will say but worth any mans or womans trav al of 3000 miles to sco and hear to have for that occasion the prettiest and most com thinkI hall that any Infidel Congress been held in If what have has been a sample and all that and hotels can do for us done and there will not be a newspaper in Lexington that will not CongressIThey have done this oven at our May Collins Memorials and an ad dress at her grave or at tho exquisite cemetery chapel of that wonderful and beautiful cemetery will bo only a part of tho not less than three days that wo must have And if tho weath er is not bad wo may put in an oven ing for as many of us at Quaker aero will hold- I believe that we will have among our speakers Mrs Closz Miss Lucy Waters Phelps Mrs Josephine K Henry and I are going to work t 1J b tho rabbit foot for all that is in It to got dear old Sister Elizabeth Cady Stanton thoro If wo havo to go to New York with a writ of habeas corpus and a requisition from Bro John Cripps Wlckllffo Bcckham by tho graco of God and tho Democrats Governor of Kentucky and pack tho old lady in furs and bring her tho greatest woman now living If It was known that sho would bo in Lexington simply to stand upon tho stage of tho beautiful Lexington Opera House and talk for five min thatsay would bo packed like sardines in a aybo tho most wonderful demonstration for our causo that tho world over papers said thero were 5000 people who stood in the streets to hear mo speak when got back from that penitentiary episode with your Uncle Samuel and what would they do In a fine Opera Huoso for Mrs Stanton It would bo a plenty Of course do not know anything of the program but suppose it will embrace addresses from President Bowles and Vice President Wilson and others beside tho four ladles that have mentioned- It will be the first time that organ ized Infidelity has ever invaded the South carried tho war Into Africa as it were and it will be an epoch in our history that all of us should want to witness DOCTOR MURRAYAARONAS I received two letters and somo resolutions of some society that I supposed wore some friends of Doc tor MurrayAaron that asked to bo published in the Blade that abused Wilson in the bitterest language for what he had said about Doctor MurrayAaron I returned one that was ordered to bo sent to tho address of A Logan Lanlor Heights D In caso did not print it and I throw the others Into my waste barrel On going to my office in Lexington Mr Hughes and Mr Griffith both of whom are familiar with Murray Aarons handwriting called my attention to tho fact that one of tho let ters and the alleged resolutions are In the handwriting of Murray Aaron and that the other letter that typewritten had a namo of some other party signed to it but in tho handwriting of MurrayAaron- MurrayAarons schemo fooled mo because I did not pay any attention to Itdidnt oven read it over when saw what tho trend of tho document was but tho young fellows caught on to tho Doctors scheme very old boy you cant fool all all tho people all the time 51 FRI1MCINCINNATI cinnatl QOcJ 02 j please find pe Strictly honorable and well men whoso desire la to touch ho spot In tho heart of His Honor the Governor of Iowa to par don brother Dr Hammer Very respectfullyA Comment Tho petition had 61 names on PETITION FOR DR HAMMER think that about 1500 names petitioning the pardon of Dr Hammer havo been sent to me and by mo havo been forwarded to Gov Cum- mins and I think that over 1000 have been reported to me as having been sent directly to tho Governor from tho petitioners- hopo that all people everywhere who hear of this will send nio their petitions or send them to tho Gov ernor and report to me THE WILSONMAC DONALD MATTER I had read In tho Truth Seeker that Macdonald called tho man a liar who printed that he had been given 7500 but I supposed Macdonald al luded to tho reporter who first print ed it in tho Cincinnati papers After that In writing tho piece in this issuo of tho Blade about tho next January Congress of tho National Liberal Party being at Lexington asked Macdonald to be there and bury that muchly unburied hatchet Since writing that have seen Wil sons piece about Macdonald that ap understandforsaying that Wilson had lied Tho case being altered alters tho caso Macdonald will not bo ox pected at Lexington BEHIND THE BARS 81498 My Book That Wrote In the Pen ItentlaryBehind Is the title of an autobiographical book I wroto whllo I was a government prisoner in the immense penitentiary at Columbus Ohio the figures 81 498 being my prison number Nothing elso can so give one an Idea of my eventful lifo as does this is neatly bound and seems to be regarded as quite readable For sale at this officePrice 100 or given as a premium for every on club at the BOcent rate CHARMS 0 MOORE Elkton MdA good many Liberal people hero think I will be able to fill your subscription blank very soonJ S DYERS Essex MlcliPut me down for one Dog Fennel in the Orient F L CHURCH Maysvlllo Kans Tho Blade is getting better all tho tlmo You will got some more readers from this part soon Tho five names I sent you aro pleased with tho paper Havent received the book as my premium yet JAMES BIOHAM A NEWS rPAPER YARN The following Is from tho Investi gator J B W In a recent Issue of th Blue Grass made said When read In the Cincinnati pa willtleft E M Macdonald 7500 I rejoice- for d this means tho life of the Trut for that Indiana Liberal and congratulations to the Editor of th Truth Seeker All we can say Is E M Macdonald deserves his grea good fortune and wo hopo ho will ge the money In time to get in his win ters coal- Thanlcs L K That is a very pleas ant fiction we are deeply sorry t LafaygtteIndleftdivided with the Spiritualists E M Macdonald and another But the heirs fought tho will in a months long lawsuit the lawyers had large predatory instincts and wo havo novo ar seen a penny of Mr Cases legacy- It was all exploited in tho papers at the time and tho writer of i inal paragraph knew there Ifas no such good fortune for The Truth Seeker but he couldnt tell the truth if he tried and ho is not likely to tryTruth Seeker Oct There are three points in the above matter which the reader will observe instantly FIRSTThat Macdonald never men tioned this bequest but kept it aw fully awfully quiet SECONDHis statement that he has never seen a penny of Mr Cases legacy which is not a denial that he never wil- lTHIRDHis statement that know there was no such good fortune for The Truth Seeker and that I couldnt tell tho truth If I tried and that I am not likely to try Macdonald amuses mo moro than any other man know chiefly because ho Is so very transparent taA gen erally answers himself If Mr Moore had been made a leg atee in Mr Cases will hed have blowed it all over creation H would have proclaimed aloud the generosity of his benefactor and Liberals gen orally would havo either rejoiced or at least been greatly Interested But sly sly Geno said nary a word about it and if I hadnt ha rened to mention it as a news item Liberals nover would have known anything at all about It About tho worst thing fracdonald could havo said about me uld havo been that I couldnt tell U Ho if I tried and then everyone iv llld swear that I AM a J Wknnnderrrracltjyoi onyor will re air an d Hpusother of his proclivitiesAll is what I read in tho Cincinnati papers in the month of July thins They all stated that tho Court had sustain ed the will of Mr Caso who had left 15000 to bo equally divided between the National Spiritual Association and E M Macdonald Editor of Tho Truth Seeker The plea of the plaintiffs was that Mr Case had been unduly Influenced and was of unsound mind When read in all the local papers that the will had been sustained very naturally I supposed that Mr Macdonald would In time get the legacy but wondered that no mention was ever made of it by him or by other Liberal papers- wrote to Lafayette the other day to get the straight of it and received from the Clerk of Court a state ment that Tho will had been sus tamed by tho Court but that tho caso for some reasons unknown to him is still pending and no settlement has yet been mado Ho further said that Mr Macdon aid was a residuary legatee and that the expenses of the trial would come out of the residue As the case is still pending ho could make no defi nite statement of the settlement all of which corroborates Macdonalds statement that he has not received a penny of ithut leaves it Indefinite whether or not ho may Tho sneaking thing about the mat anythingthat ho never would even it ho had gotten Because this is justly due Macdonald and because want the precedent of justice to Infidels estab lished by tho Courts I Hope that Macdonald will get a goodly share of the residue I hope that rich erals will likewise remember other editors They all deserve better sup port by legacies than they get believeinWnon a man makes a liberal bequest as Mr Case did Liberals should know about It Its publication will stimulate other Liberals to emulate editors thus show a disposition to conceal what they are getting by way of bequests you may set it down that they are getting a good deal more than any onq knows anything about have one open enemy In Cincin nati that I know of Tho wonder is that havent a good many more When a man attains to office either of major or minor importance he flyThis of of flee and should always be accepted naturedlyYourliable to become your worst onemy when you get In But luckily my best friends have remained my best friends every cause has Its squirtgun soldiery and often the ycause more trouble than lI JJi It b tho enemy They havo to bo endured with patience One of this kind hero whom I have always liked whom have novo er wronged who has no just cause to bb offended at mo and who is not supported by any Liberal of standing In Cincinnati has taken it upon him self to misrepresent and bullyrag mo In this same Issue of tho Truth Seek ore For the life of mo I cant tell what he Is mad about unless it bo an occurrence which happened last winter heywas arhrange for Clark Secretary of the Ohio Liberal arrangeotho programme Mr work and arranged the whole of It intminutes for Wyscarvers tribute to Paine and fifteen minutes for Dar amaot3and an amateur play of some kind only myself but the members of the Ohio Liberal Society every one of them protested against sacrificing tho time of these eminent speakers for a few kid performers to show off and set right down upon that arrange ment They protested also against any action which would thus detract from the dignity of such an impor tant occasion Mr Clark got mad like a little boy who goes around the corner of the house and pouts to himself and drew out of the Society altogether and even remained away from the celebra tion which was tho biggest Free thought event over known in Cincin Clark has been soured ever since on the Society which has ored him and myself who nover fended him He closes his tirade with the following Dr Wilsons record among Liberal organizations is that of a bull ina china shop Any ono who will trace his movements from tho American Secular Union to my case and that of the Secretary of the National Lib oral Party can plainly see that he has an unnatural desire to make trouble for Secretaries Sometimes Bro Clark Secretaries make trouble for themselves and then they blame some one elso and go oft and stand alone all by their little selves and cry about It But all this matters not to mo I would not deign to notice it if the Truth Seekor had not used your communication to misrepresent mo to its readers I admit that my record is that of a bull In a china shop You told tho truth that time China ware is a class of crockery that goes to pieces easily just like some little narrow souled wouldbo Liberals Just Imagine the racket a bull can make among such pretty perishable stuff and when China once sots cracked it remains cracked and Is PtJtcmy verse tyn Iidmi all u say everythingfor disputation After this I want every one to set these small bickerings down as un denlablo and God blessed facts I expect the clubs to fly from the hands of small boys and havent time to bo dodgin them gamoWhenwants to bo firing at Jay WANTS DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT MAGAZINE ETC Nebraska Ind Oct 02 Mr Hughes Dear SlrIt is a great pleasure to get in a good lick for the B G B whenever and wherever I can but I atmosphereCatholic tilt on another and defunked Meth goingtoIf any paper in all this world de serves support it is the Blade I herewith enclose 100 for Blade Magazine 10 cents for Kidders Sac rament greetIngworth of Dog Fennel In tho Orient- I notice he says toe book would bo ready about July 1903guess he means 1904 Yours c J E ARNOLD AnswerNo I mean that I will readybywrote Behind the Bars 31498 In 30 days writing raPidly about DogFonneltho size of Behind the Bars 31498 It sail Feb 1903 and am gone 70 days will be back April 16 with my notes all ready and can write the printItglvlngready to mall by July 1903 which is all the time I need with a linotype at my command- It dont take forever to print a book when you have a lino ILL BE SAILING If Many Friends Follow Suit Cincinnati Oct 02 Mr C C Moore coptesOrient Respectfully CommentThis is a tried and truo prefersthlltFrederick lIdI will try to get some subscribers to the Blade I havo laid my 100 by for Dog Fen readyAARONDAEsllf MinnHave road your ar tick about your trip to Egypt and Palestine Write mo down as a sub scriber for Dog Fennel In tho Ardent i i 1t1 A SOCIALIST APPEALS TO FREETHINKERS IN BEHALF OF SOCIALISM Denver Colo Sept 02 Mr C Moore Please find enclosed 260 for which send me Mangasarlan Cathechlsm and the Blado to tho enclosed names It would bo far easier for you to get 100000 readers if you would wid en your field of labor Mrs Henrys article In tho last Blade an Millionaires prompts me to write what I havo long contem plated writing to the Blade The religious question is not the most pressing one that confronts tho people today Of greater Importance by far Is the Social question class struggle notwithstanding Mr Kidder to the are not fools nor crazy In justice to him Ill assume it is his Ignorance of scientific Socialism that ho thus assumes his stand Socialism does not mean anarchy disorder or dividing up of profits and other absurdities and for tho benefit of those who do not know what it means will quote tho following from tho Century Dictionary Any theory or system of local or ganization which would abolish en tirely or In greater part the individual effort and competition on which modern society rests and sub stitute a cooperation would Introduce a more perfect and equal dis tribution of the products of labor and would make land and capital as the instruments of production the joint possession of the community However Socialism must be study ied and if such writers as Mrs Hen ry Dr Wilson and others would oc casionally turn their mighty pens to ward the propagation of Socialism the world would soon get rid of the yoke of tho church The church feeds on ignorance and under the present economic system it pays the church to keep the mass es as ignorant as possible Any system that will abolish the ability of one class to live in easo and luxury off tho labors of another and will give man the full return for his labor will of necessity give a death blow to superstition for it will then pay any man to propagate it Tho best way to appeal to a man is by appealing to his stomach Open your columns to Socallstlc is broader than free fciiVThLT V Socialists are free t In tern WHW ew freethinkers era Socialists to the advantage of the combined with Social Ism would wield great power for good and tend toward the establishment of a heaven upon earth Freethought strives to explode the heaven and other aircastles of the Bible without any improvement in tho present condition of man while Socialism in connection also seeks to better the present condition of manI was a Freethinker before I be came a Socialist but since studying Socialism I have come to see our present condition andI earnestly urgo all Freethinkers and yourself as editor to study the question have articles on Socialism in your paper frequently and thereby make your paper a power for greater good Hoping for your advance In the economic field in the future as you have in the religious In the past I remain Yours truly AARON S GREEN AnswerYour letter is good and kind and gentlemanly and intelligent and it may be true that I would stand a better show to get mo 100000 readers for my paper if I would turn Socialist But the success of my pa per so far and tne reputation that I enjoy are mine because goo l and sen sable men and women believe I am what am purely from conviction that I am right Even if were willing therefore to be influenced by questions of policy and cpedlency Instead of principle it not only would be unfair to my old long tried friends but the most es teemed of them would at once discover it and desert mo on exactly tho same moral principle that made them stand by me So that whllo I than you for the financialyea and moralsupport of my paper and have a consuming longing for the 100000 readers for it any man at once excites my op position who says to me that if I will do thus and so it will be to tho material benefit of tho paper Having to this ago been ruled by principle I would feel that I had made shipwreck of my faith if in the sear and yellow leaf of gowned and slippered senility I should at last succumb to the allurements of policy- read in some print some where lately that Dr Wilson was an avow ed Socialist and it seems to me that Ao so inclines and possibly Mrs Hen ry ditto and so far as I am concern ed they are abundantly welcome to their views on that subject but I can not consent to putting a kibosh on Kidders ridicule of Socialism so how can anybody say my paper is not as much open to tho discussion of So cialism as any paper that is not en gaged in that speciality But so far as I individually am concerned I have been specially educated in theology annd that is what I know and Socialism I do not know and there is enough in theology to occupy tho time of any ono man and naturally and properly theology is my The Century Dictionarys dofinlUon4 tt I tJ of Socialism makes it a perfectly plausible and laudable thing until it comes to the words makes land and capital as the Instruments of produc tion the joint possession of the munity then tho idea gets not only Impracticable but unfair What I have Is In land what my friend J A Thomas the banker of Ryan Iowa has is in money and what Haggln Kocne and Harkncss have living in sight of me is in land and money the theo amounting to taking what we five people have and making It the joint possesslonof the community is sim ply talking about taking our property and dividing it up among people who have none absolutely regardless of whether these people deserve to have property- havo a neighbor young man a few yearsago had a handsome farm near me Ho did not have much sense at best and had no sense when he was drunk and his devoutly Chris tian guardian swindled him out of it allSocialism says Haggin must divide up his 00000000 with that drunken young fool I cant see it and am not going to worry myself and strain my bifocals trying to see it Haggln mado his money fairly as a copper miner I would not know him from a side of solo leather if I were to see him and he would not give a tinkers damn for me or I for him and I understand that he is an uncouth old cuss but if I had the power of the Czar of all the Russlas i would not make Haggin give that young drunken bummer a single nickel any more than I would to tho old fellow who within the limits of tho law robbed the young fellow There Is no good sense in saying tho church would have to go down if Socialism prevailed There would bo Just as much money in the world as there over was for the priests to get their claws on and why would the church go down If you mean to take our land and capital without giving us a full equivalent for It we being free and willing parties to the contract you mean robbery If you mean to take our land and capital by giving us a full cquivalant for them wo being free and willing parties to the con tract you are perfectly welcome to do that now and thero is therefore no use for Socialism- If you mean for tho government fairly to buy all the property of its citizens and then equally distribute it what you need is a writ do lunatico Inquirendoimay to a mans stomach tho most est ono is to his conscience and on honIHow can it be that most are Freethinkers while few Free dilII dont like the way they do things In heaventImprovement in the present condltiwith religion would bo an Improve itthatthought proposes But for all this I am Inclined to think somo of tho purposes of So cialism are good and practicable There is almost as much misery from the excess of wealth as there is from the deficiency and I am in favor of any and all fair and equitable legislation that makes a general ten dency to equalize the wealth of the world If there can bo any such leg islation and deplore any in our law or government prlnclploIto make the rich richer and pooreri ifofLAUGHLIN FOUNTAIN PEN The Best at Price Sent on approval to responsible people Pocket Companion of never ending usefulness a source constant pleasure and comfort To teat the merits of Blue Grass Blade as an advertising medium choice of uprlor300trades of oothhmakes for 1 rGh OQ OuraatHl Stl Try a youiconsulsr wilinglle yalueeyou Paralbberantleslredflexibilityla knownto cote nuking Slat rscefptoliII 6xre- Thi treat ut80 dar of ithRememberThere is No as rood lint mist IU no or Gentlemen of MFG 400 Griswold St DETROIT MICHmay BLUE GRASS BLADE II I DEATH OF CHINN AND PROBABLY OF HIS SON Tho murder of Mr A B Chlnn and probably of his son Asa is another ono of those horrors that occur hero with religious perldoclty and will con tinue to occur until tho peoplo learn to substitute morals for religion Mr Chinn and his wholo family wero members of tho Christian Campbelllto church Ho was ono of the most exemplary men I over know and largely as ex prcssivo of ouf appreciation of him my wife and I havo patronized him in his businessdry goodsnearly all of our married lives Ho was murdered in his bed in tho night by professional burglars gangs of whom with base men and baso wo men aro invited to Lexington every year by tho horso races Mr Asa Chinn ono of tho most pop plar men in our young society was shot three times as lio ran bravely to tho defense of his parents and shot ono of the burglars so as to result in tho capture of both of them I This awful calamity ought to have its good effect upon our people but it will not They will go on just the same substituting religion for good sense and good morals From time immemorial tho Lexing ton races havo been a source of great demoralization but strangely though fortunately the interest in them had begun to flag when a young Epis copal preacher Dean Baker P Lee came to Lexington with all the af fection of English snobbery and Epis copacy and by his words and his money both trumpeted by the pers gave to horse racing hero such a new impetus as to make it a kind of annex of tho Episcopal church The only family of influence and wealth and culture in my neighbor hood who aro religious aro Episcopalians and both sexes of it attend tho races with no more thought of its moral impropriety than they feel going to Dean Lees cathedral- It is a perfectly hopeless undertak ing to reason with people who are thoroughly saturated with the Chris tian religion Just as hopeless as to reason with a Mohammedan about his religion- It can only bo by long and tedious and patient labor and education that wo can influence these peoplo and 1IB what wo are successfully do Still fraternally among religious I peoplo there are many who in their practical lives aro good people just as wo havo among Infidels men who are bad people It would seem that plain common sense and tho same judgment that influence these peoplo in other affairs in life would teach them tho silliness of their religion but they go on from y tn1gran eratlotttngc n oration like the heathen in their blindness bow down to wood and stoneInnocent trusting children are taught to pray Now lay ino as they go to bed at night as a means of averting danger through the night and when they get a little older they take up Tho Lords prayer a part of which is deliver us from all evil and Mr Chinn and his wholo family had almost certainly made that prayer or its equlvelant for years never pray and on that night Mr Chinn who trusted In God and prayed to him was horribly murdered in the enemyIand soundly all night If a case like this were only an occasional thing there might be some excuse for Christians keeping up the superstition that they learned from tho dark ages but it is tho perience of every man and woman who has common Judgment that God in His Providence makes absolutely no difference between an Infidel a Christian and a dog DR WILSONDOCTOR RAY AARON HYPHENATED EPISODEJ jInever knew of the Mont Pelee that was rumbling and roaring under the foundations of the Blue Grass Blade until found it all printed in the paper in tho shapo of Doctor Eugene MurrayAarons letter to Sec retary Jamieson and Dr Wilsons answer to it That name Eugene good Greek for high born seemsto act on Wilsons nerve like a red rag on a bull am in honor bound to confess that Wilsons reply tickled mo no little until I saw its awful conse quences and then I became alarmed and must try in some way to crust acean out of it The simple facts in tho case are these Doctor Eugene MurrayAaron of tho great City of Washington SecretaryJamiesonParty to bo enrolled on the roster of that party accompanying the instruc tion with a letter In which ho highly eulogized tho women and men and partyEverything whichIancient American delusion that In the land of the free and the home of tho bravo all men aro born free and equalIgnorant that in these Imperialistic days there was a broad demarcation between coal baronial ism and 400Ism an tho ono hand and just us common people on the other MurrayAarondoubtless his hair in tho middle a notice that his 100 was duo not knowing as Dr Wilson subsequently accentuated that in society there is a class of menyea and of women whose graft is to bo purely ornamen tal and to whom to speak as owing any such measely sum as 100 is as much an insult as to charge an ordin ary man with stealing a hog It should have been understood that the endorsement of the National Lib eray Party by Doctor EugeneMur rayAaron was worth more than the sordid dollars of a thousand ordinary people and that that simple hyphen in his name was worth all the money of a legion of scrub Doctors like Bowles and Wilson have put Doctor Eugene Mur rayAarons professional designation in quotations because his admirers who write to me protesting against Dr Wilsons remarks about him lude to him as DrI suppose they do not mean Debtor and what kind of a Dr whether of Dlvnlty or of mere human or animal ailments I do not know think however that ho would not be liable to bo anything less than a Ph D Jamieson and Wilson and a trio of backwoods people all made the mistake of supposing that Eugene MurrayAaron Ph D D D M D was simply a citizen of our own caste from the fact that ho was an agent for Crams Atlas whereas it appears that Dr Eugene Murray Aaron probably is connected with that Atlas simply as a pastime as my millionaire neighbors Harkness Keene and Haggln put three or four hundred thousand dollars each into houses and farms out hero in Dog Fennel precinct to come out to and amuse themselves for a day or two every year or two Two men have written me express ing their dbep and abiding indigna tion at Dr Wilsons brutal vulgar ignorant allusions to Dr Eugene MurrayAaron and one of these indig nant parties sends me a lot of nicely engrossed Resolutions express ing their indignation at the references made to Dr Eugene MurrayAaron by this ordinary sawbones at the x road xriver town of Cincinnati One of the admirers of the great man with the geography predilection who signs himself by the simple name A Logan Manataqua Lanier Heights D Cassures me that Dr Eugene MurrayAaron his a clientele of 3000000 peoplo who hang with rapture upon every word he writes He also said that he saw in the hands of Dr Eugene MurrayAaron a check for 400 for copies of Dog Fennel in the Orient which he seem ed to think I would never get now since Wilsons piece and I think Wil son ought to make that 400 good to me WITHOUT PRAYERS FUNERAL OF AGNOSTIC GIRL WAS DRAMATIC ATTEMPT TO SING HYMN RESULT ED IN BREAKDOWN Without a prayer or the services of a minister Etta Seaman 16 daughter of Edward Seaman an nostic of 507 Harriet street was laid In a grave at Westchester 22 miles from Cincinnati late Monday Just before the last shovelful of earth fell a Christian woman tried to sing Nearer my God to Thee but her voice faltered and ended In a sob be fore she could finish Her suffering was Intense although physicians did their best but she did not murmur for she had been reared In the belief of her father She died without the benefit of re ligious consolation but surrounded by tho intense grief of her parents Several friends gathered beside the bier and when the appointed time arrived the six little girl pallbearers raised the coffin and bore It to the Tames Rodabaugh a friend of the family asked Seaman If she could pray or sing but Seaman re fused At the grave was again the same silent gathering and the child was laid away without a word RATHER READ THE BLADE THAN EAT Lima 0 Oct 02 Mr C Moore My husband and I are readers of the Blue Grass Blade and of all the papers I have read I think tho Blade is the most interesting My husband brings it homo when ho comes from work and all the oth er papers are thrown aside and half tho time supper stands untouched until every article In the Blade has been read Mr Moore as you havo been a preacher yourself am going to ask you a question and see if you will answer it as other preachers do I was raised a Methodist and was a member of that church for about 20 years but as the churches call it fell from grace But the fall was light it never hurt me any but lieved mo of a burden I had carried all those 20 years I never did nor could feel what they call the power of the Spirit or realize the change of heart- I always felt the same It made no difference how much faith I had or how much I prayed would get so discouraged I would not know what to do and when I would ask the pas tor or older members about It they would Just say Pray on Sister pray onNow Mr Moore was it because I was not earnest enough or because there was nothing in it Well I have quit praying and I am happier than I ever was when I was trusting in Jesus and I am a better woman too today than I was then for I am not so selfish now as I was then and thanks to Robert G In gorsolls lectures for iours truly MRS C E Answer but discount on r t that letteryou didnt sign your full samee like Mellcan man will tell you about falling from know that great is the mys tery of Godliness and some times when wo preachers dont understand something we are asked about wo just give an Illustration like Talmago used to do or tell a joke like old Abe Lincoln used to do When was a boy about 10 years old which would bo about 55 years ago there was a boy who lived near Harrodsburg Ky who had been an idiot from birth One day he wan dered away from his parents and fell over a high cliff on the Kentucky river He fell through a cedar tree that broke somo of tho force of the fall but oven then it broke his skull The boy recovered In a comparatively short time and from that time al ways had good common sense as long as heard of him afterward I do not know what took place in that boys head but just in that same way I have noticed now for about 40 years that so long as people are In grace they are idiots and when they they fall out of It they always have good common sense Now you send me cents for 50 Blades to bo sent to you or to any addresses of your quondrum Methodist sisters and somo of them will tum ble to the racket just like you did Same trouble with you that there was with me when I was a preach eridiotBIBLE READING BARRED FROM THE NEBRASKA SCHOOLS BY THE SUPREME COURT DECISION Lincoln Neb Oct 10The State Supreme Court has handed down a decision forbidding the reading in the public schools of the Bible or the slfiglng of such songs as Nearer My God to Thee The decision is Exercises by a teacher in a public school in a school building in school hours and in the presence of the pupils consisting of the reading of passages from the Bi ble and in the singing of songs and hymns and offering prayer to the Deity in accordance with the trines beliefs customs or usages of sectarian churches or religious or ganizations are forbidden by the constitution of the State The action was one brought by Daniel Freeman an Atheist who holds the honor of being the first homesteader in the United States Freeman maintained that the St James Bible is not a correct transla tion of the Scripture but was a vtsr slon specially made for the Church of England that it contains much that is unfit to read aloud and being a part of the Christian religion is therefore sectarian J H TJflrtftlo nrm 1 tr s a friend of the Court filed a brief in the case holding with Freeman as to the Blblo being the sacred book of the Protestants and as such repug nant to devotees of the Catholic faith In their written opinion the Judges say that it does not express their personal inclination but that the law prohibits anything that forms a part of the belief of sectarian denomina tions from being read in the public schools MISS PHELPS PICKS A CROW WITH DR WILSON West Sutton Mass Oct 302 Dear Mr Moore I am glad that Mrs Henry gave us her dissention from a sentence Dr Wilsons article on Mary Mac 17I Impressed by the statement and thought I would say so but was considering hpw best to tell It when Mrs Henry came out and relieved me of making an at tempt and has given voice to my po sition far better than could have doneHowever there was another statement to which subjoined my Amen on sending my paper to a friend to whom I was Just explain ing my views on that subject It was this The sickly sentimental ism that just because a woman Is a woman she should be regarded as something sacred and apart dont find lodgement In my understanding Sincerely LUCY WATERS PHELPS CommentAnd I want to subjoin my Amen Dr Wilson said a man could fall lower than a man These two ladles object Same here and there are others One or more men wrote me making the same objection to Dr Wilsons utterance The woman who makes merchan dlse of her person for money Is of course no worse than the man who pays her the money and Dr Wilsons almost universal masculine senti ment is the result of the fact that men simply by dint of brute force have had charge of the press the pulpit the bench and the ballot HE LIKES THE HEATHENS Amarillo Tex Oct youforBlue Grass Blade I read them all carefully and must say that I am pleased with them even if they are edited by a Heathen- I wish wo had some more heathens like those doing the writing for that paper- I am going to try to get up a club for tho Blade as I think I can do distributed those you sent me among friends here and every one of them that I have seen since they read them say they like it and some of them I think will subscribe for it I am going to try to do what I can thelDladoThine truly CAPT Jw JOHNSON lj PREACHER QUITS THE CHURCH Rev Stockdale Former Baptist Now a FreethinkerRejects DoctrinesI of Infallibility of Bible Eter nal Punishment and De ity of Jesus WAS PROMINENT IN CHURCH Independence Mo Oct 5Parltcr Stockdale pastor of the First Hap tlst Church of Independence and oneI of the most widely known of the younger Baptist ministers of tho State has resigned his pastorate and left the church because he no longer accepts the creed of orthodoxy Following are the specific reasons constituting a sweeping denunciation of orthodoxy for his action I do not believe that the Bible was inspired any more than other great book 2I reject the doctrine of the trin Ity as being contrary to the dictates of common sens- e3I do not believe In mans ere att on the biblical plan and his fall Evolution Is Gods way lI reject tho doctrines of pre destinationG Is the only salva tion to be achiev- ed6I reject the doctrine of eternal punishment as unworthy Go- d7I Is reject the doctrine of the ity a of Jesus 8I do not believe a miracle was ever performed The announcement of Mr Stock dales retirement from the church astounded his congregation He made it to them in person of a speech that Is moved many of them to tears and all to regrets When ho said that his conscience was driving him to the renunciation- of the creed In which he had been re ed all know he spoke the truth There was no other possible mo U efyoung ation had brighter prospects He had already received evidence of being favored by the church and greater favors waited on his age and ex perience He was happy in his lations with his pastorate The sal 1art was comfortable and his congregation was ready to increase It He Vas popular in the community as well among the members of his con eregation ulo had been at Independence two iltoerty Mo where he spent five yeata preparing himself for a minisIterilpl careerMear ago so hjmentheojfiesvho fou fif there impressed f deer ly thtiti ho Jruauiud made hiift dissatisfied with the ort dtix cregjj Finally they con vinm He did not hesitate on Ma course Baptist preacher who cant preach the Baptist faith should get out ho said Then came the startling announce- out to his congregation the offer of resignation and Us acceptance In the resolution Resolved That we accept Brother Stockdales resignation here and now tend that in so doing we express to him our sincere regret on account of course he has taken That we as him of our esteem as an Intel lectual genial gentleman and thatI we assure him and Ills good wife that as they go out from us they car ry with them our best wishes and our sincere prayers that God may guide them aright and especially that God may cause Brother Stockdale to see the error of his present course and to return to the faith which he now renounces And be it furtherIResolved That we take occasslon t express to Brother Stockdalo and t1 lour sister churches and to the rid our unwavering allegiance t- otlcause of Christianity and to the d trines and practices of the Baptist nomination Ir Stockdale will leave Indepen Once this week for Meadvllle Pa here he will teach English and elo utlon In a Universalist College He as dictated for the PostDispatch he following statement of the views hat caused his resignation The statement closes as follows The religion of the future will bo a ellgion that Is strictly rational The lupreme element will be love Fear vlll vanquish from the hearts of men he supernatural Is passing and will oon pass away altogether Miracles yyi be thought of as a relic of lg IOrance Reason will bo as sacred is faith We will find true happl less in reasons blessed way with 1th ever leading us on into the un town and unseen Orthodoxy will at stand the test of rational free thought until the Investigation is ended if there was not the erroneous dea that somehow orthodoxy is the guardian of morality and the support- of civilization A doctrine must stand by its own worth I admit that free thinking is largely rejected because It is considered destructive but we are entering on a now era The old rubbish has to be cleared away For a thousand years when orthodoxy was supremo the world was In Ignorance have been Investigating the claims and Ideas freethought for about a year and have been Influenced by reading the works of Voltaire Hume Gibbon Tyndall Huxley Spencer Darwin In gersoll Emerson the German ration allsts the French philosophers and representative men in the Unitarian denomination and largely influenced by the writings and teachings of Dr Roberts of the Church of this World I have noticed that the preachers abuse Dr Roberts but do not ans wer his arguments I also leave been Influenced by a study of higher crit icism and might add also Theodore i PETITION FOR DR HAMMER ftFULLYfNEWTONISON IOWA Parker has influenced me a great deal LATEST FROM DR HAMMER Newton Iowa Oct 02 Mr Charles Moore Dear SlrMr Cyrus Nolan has given to Mrs Hammer 500 which with your 1000 makes 2100 In all Mr Noun loaned Mrs Hammer 25000 secured by mortgage on the doctors farm A remark was made by one man that Dr Hammer was a bad man but that he had friends who stuck by him through thick and thin It shows that the people and finding out that Dr Hammer has friends who are willing to make sacrifices for him His sons Marlon the teacher and Jesse the farmer are doing their ties faithfully We have gotten over 1400 namen In Jasper county of which Newton the county seat Editor Moore on petition for Dr Hammer and wo Intend to get at least 2000 Mrs Hutter Is dangerously s enthusiastic over the list of names Respectfully CommentThe name of the writer signed but he or she is afraid to let the Christians know that he or she writes this FOR DR HAMMERS FAMILY Proctor Mo Oct 02 Bro Moore Just read your ap In tho Blade of Oct 5th Instant or help to Dr Hammer and have agreeably thereto just mailed Mrs Hammer 500 and as you request report- H T TALBOTT Atheist Comment believe in pointing moral and adorning a talc even It only a pigs tall whenever you get a chance Some of you heard at the Congress- of the A S U that as a Southerner- I was waving the bloody shirt Now I from the Southern state of Kentucky gave Dr Hammer and fam partythatanything is this atheist Brother from the Southern State of issouri If this Is waving the bloody shirt ong may she wave HE SAYS HE IS A TOUGH ONE slc niAlonLs t3 01 Mr 0 C Moore 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Send for prices of watcties dlainonrlfi lewelry silver plated or optlcal rood Free Thought and other badges Iner soil and my famous trust Theism ttOTTO1132 ClarUaon ttritet Denver Cnl I DRINK HABIT CURED Home treatment tot mm miium teed or miimy refrnrttd by bland r nhnodxanhnodell It we illarnnlr It inonro tiny run if rlule Imhlt iirtli wild it to wry fl jIbunk nfrrijiiv nr tnitly ronfint1iJ filrv or 44 IthUjTHE BEST GA T Q 1 m BLUEGRASS BLADE r I THE MCORMICK COLUMNS These Two Columns are edited by Mr George W McCormick who paid for that privilege When they nre not filled by him the point to which they are tilled by him will be Indicated by a broad black rule and from that point they may with his consent M 1irCHARLES filled by the regular matter of theB0RE- JUST SOME THOUGHTS Every day the press records the bravery of men and women when they are facing death This type ofI bravery Is admirable but what fills mo with tho greatest admiration Is the sublime courage and bravery dis played by humanity In facing lifeIWhen we approach death we are too sick or feeble to manifest true bravery and on the threshold of the Inevitable nothing Is left us but res ignation Beyond Infancy the stern realities of life haunt every human stepDeath Is not even a blow or a pul sation It Is a pause but life Is con filet and struggle Birth marriage and death are ttie three great epochs of human life Of all the teeming millions that have trod the pathway of life from birth to death perhaps not one could bo found who If sulted before birth would elect to be born Into this life of mystery with Its sufferings and sorrows Yet when we find ourselves in the valley of mys tery there is Innate In humanity a sublime courage which begets heroic effort On every human face is stamp ed an appealing inquiring express ton that bespeaks the Inward heart and brain struggle tho silent agony and dally slaughtered which tho head lines of our great dailies however strongly they may turn the Xrays on all phases of life do not record The unhistorlc heroes and heroines of the human family have fought Its most terrible battles and achieved greatest victories Every aim ambition and effort ol humanity is surrounded by a troop of difficulties and opponents yet the least object comfort or pleasure Is purchased with life blood brain strug gle or heart agony Humanity pays a high price for everything it has in life and this too In the face of the fact that all things are as per- Ishable as the blush of the rose and that every heart beat moves us on an 0 open grave which is tho portal to the shadow land of still deeper mys tery Think of the splendid courag of the earths children of poverty wh labor through the heat and burden o the day and seek comfortless homes at night only to gather strength for the labor of the morrow The hope less grind and drive to secure food and raiment for helpless children who in their turn take the places of those who have fallen In the strife roev tr Think of the responsibilities cares anxieties and fears that are rolled up oirtrWuldng world yet pursued t disappointments and discouragements I and discouragements with what splendid courage each days task duty is performed A wall of anguis- and bereavement rings round th earth as death claims loved ones yet graves are closed and humanit r staggering under its griefs takes u its load again and heroically fights on The stream of human misery is always at flood tide and marriage unrolls the lives of countless genera tions and launches them upon its raging billows Pope spoke the an Sa guish of his own heart when he said Man never is but always to be with sublime courage tha mistrof hopeless tears to catch one gleam from the star of hope that shines t above the unborn years Yet above the storm clouds that overhang earthly existence the theologian has unrolled the frightful doctrine of eter nal punishment the greatest crime that has ever been committed against the human race This doctrine con demns a large majority of the human r family to eternal torment in a lake of everlasting fire The good tid ings of the great Joy are offered to humanity In these words from Mathew i 2541 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his an gels He that belleveth and is baptized shall be SAVED and he that belleveth not shall be damned Believe what A man made con glomeration of dogmas that are an Insult to common intelligence and that trample on all the noblest in w stincts of the human heart All this is added to humanitys burden yet it has courage to labor and struggl- erS and dream of better condltons A multitude of faults and fallings are eclipsed by the splendid courage of the human heart which bespeaks still grander nobler attributes held at bay by the priest the politician and the plutocrat These enemies of t their kind are in the thickest of the conflict and although their gains are others losses their cares and fears are greater than those of their vie tims J Truly humanity displays a heart for any fate Yes tis courage when on billows Tossing mid the angry storm Helps us reach a height by tempest Never never reached by calm Then let us grasp the spar more firmly Letting Reason guide the sail rt Press the deck with footsteps braver And with patience bide the gale JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Ky From Des Moines la News ALFONSO OF SPAIN Editor NowsJn a recent Issue of your paper a special Item from Len- don records tho disrespect shown to sacred relics by King Alfonso of Spain Among the relics were St iT Peters toenail and St Pauls hair and the King is said to have pronounced the belief In such things all nonsense For this expression Al fonsos mind is said to be unbalanced and that his throne may be totter- Ing The throne of Spain has been tottering for many years because the masses of the people are growing tired of being oppressed and beggared by priestly and monarchial des pots and parasites They have found by sad experience that belief in fu ture rewards does not fill the mouth of the starving In this world They look about them and perceive that knowledge of the present is the agent which advances other nations In stead of reverence for holy relics They are beginning to understand that with 75 per cent of Illiteracy among the people Spain cannot maintain her place among the na flans and they are malting a mighty effort to become free from the despotism of ignorance In turning the searchlight of the public press upon the many absurdities of socalled sa cred ceremonies they are madp to appear In their true light and as time passes Christendom will be Illumin ated with the wisdom which endures If tho throne of the future Spain is to be founded on St Peters toenail and St Pauls hair it will not only totter but collapse entirely King Alphonso seems to be a sen sible lad who might If given a chance retrieve the fallen fortune and tottering throne of Spain but he Is not to be given the opportunity since at the first sign of mental awak ening tho first expression of Ideas antagonistic to priestcraft the church resorts to inquisitorial methods anti pronouncees him insane If such a course does not have effect of quiet ling the precocious youngster he will be silenced by confinement anti forc ed to abdicate If Christendom could only realize that we do not want more meekness and subjection and belief but more selfreliance selfrespect and service for humanity a mighty im petus ould be given to progress HARRIET M CLOSZ Webster City la Sept THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN Who turns with sanctimonious ooh Her upon the sacred book oThe the Holy Spook Christian woman Who thinks she understands it all Regarding Eves and Adams fall Which shrouds the earth as with a pall The Christian woman Who therefore thinks her life mustbp A living sapriftcehhtlaw wrath ofGod may flee The Christian woman Who puts her selfrespect aside prideeabide slavespTo mark the earth with soldiers graves The Christian woman Who meekly does her husbands will Though he perchance her blood may spill If she refuse the bitter pill womantWho with shamefacedness adorned Must take the course Saint Paul has warned And by her husband be informed The Christian woman Who still her voice in churches drear Enshrouds her head and drops a tear And waits her doom in abject fear The Christian woman Who must not on the altar lean Nor In the holy court be seen Because she is pronounced unclean The Christian woman Who hugs the church law to her breast Which makes a double code the test Of morals she defends with zest The Christian woman Who loses earthly goods and fame And right to children yield all claim When she assumes a husbands name Pno Christian woman painsAccountsAnd yetrejects relief from chains The Christian woman Who will not cast aside her crutch And seek relief from priestly clutch And stand for human rights as such The Christian woman Who is degraded in the homeThe church the court the council room And sent to hell her final doom The Christian woman HARRIET M CLOSZ Webster City la Oct 302 COMMENT Who knocked the black out every shot Made overy word Just touch the spot And paralyzed the Christian rot That Heathen woman 60 IS THE NUMBER OF COPIES OF DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT SUBSCRIBED FOR TO THIS DATE l LET THE DAMNED STUFF REMAIN CENTRAL LAKE MiCH Sept 02 Editor C MooreEnclosed find for the B B I dont want you to dun me again for six months Your darned old paper aint worth 50 cents I want that picture of yours In the W corner of the Blade put way back Put R In gersoll in its place for a while and Mrs Josey K Henry in the N E cor nor Let the Damned Stuff remain It is all right And I want you to let up on our President Give the sky busters hell when they need it Our ministers hero are all rightcan preach tho gospel or umpire a ball game Now Brother Moore I believe you are one of those rebellious cusses that helped to put me Into Libby prison in 1864 If ever I catch you In this patch of woods in Northern Michigan it will go hard with the editor There are a lot of wouns here and youuns had better look a little out D W SAvE AnswerI aint sheered uv you I can come up there and give you the worst baptizln In that lake that any man ever got Wonder if you and I didnt meet once If you rendas you ouglRT to If you have notmy book Behind the Bars 31498 you will see that I was preaching a sermonI preached every day and Sunday tooIn hear ing of the battle of Richmond Ky while the battle was going on and men and womenespecially tho good looking young womenall sat there and heard me preach white tile bat tie was going on We were directly North of battle mid we know that the Johnios were coming from the East and the Yanks from the West and we couiu tell from the fact that the boom of the cannon and the rattle of the musketry was going oack West and kept getting faster and aster tnat the Yanks were eVerlast- Ingly ketchin particular hellA And they sho did The tanks In that battle were largely Mlchlganders and I reckon as how youuns was one of em The Yanks had already stole all the niggers and I knew the Johnles would steal everything the Yanks had left except the land and the Kentucky river and the whole gang Johnles and Yanks were going like the devil beating tan bark right to ward my home and I knew my dfear old mother would be uneasy about me so I struck out afootmY only way of traveling when I was a preacherand followed them to my house Lexington was Just alive li with Johnles they didnt have durn thing but their flghtln tt sand their horsesor anybody elses horses that tic 8 tJ1Iappene lktuu right Inhte th ough stone streets that xlnSton ad In those days and go so Wfrsleop that you couldnt tell the live ones from the dead ones- I hurried on home and the tfoods and corn fields and Just any old jjlace were as full of Yanks as the ten tucky mountains are of ticks knd every rascal of tfcem had throyn everything he had to aroujdmeI had on clerical clothes ands Xs8 knapsack that had belonged of Rebel General John Lexington Chasseurs that wore and carried to Europe with m3 to carry my baggage in but th3 Michlganders had never seen any Southern people except those covef ed with gray goods and gray baCkS and they took me for a division Genr eral of the Johnles and when I tol them was only a preacher the thought I was guying them JJ I took a gang of them home wl h me and gave them a big spread of good grub and you never saw s lot or devils eat like they did They had run a hundred nil es through woods and fields withoit a crumb to eat and with Rebsf to shoot at them every time they j In sight of a road and I saw sealn teen wagons in a row loaded w h the dead and dying that the John had plugged I When they got through eating ai l were feeling comfortable because I told them that nobody would hu t them as long as they were with n I took them out in the yard a 3 pointing toward Cincinnati will h was the nearest point in the Nor h and in the opposite direction frt m where the Rebs were I said C n cinnatl is eighty miles from be e right in that direction and every o ie of you take a bee line for it a d dont you ever again as long as y u ribDixons I The poor devils struck out aft I for Cincinnati as if they Intended o get there before night Ell ho creek was about 400 yards aheadIthem three feet deep In water lot r feet deep in mud and 70 feet and durn me if them Yanks didnt across that creek just like the f thought It was the Red Sea and the were the Children of Israel and the would not have veerer three degre out of a bee line to Cincinnati If tile could have crossed that creek on tilt Brooklyn bridge If you think that aint stralgh goods you come here to see me an prolsoon home from that battle field could have raised two or thre marclhethempromlslnthemshot I have sort of an Idea thn ththeLibby You Judge now your own scl whether I ever helped to get you ont 1U iI Libby I had some close calls but prisonsIpointers on jails and penitentiaries since then CONCERNING MATHUSELAH AN ANSWER TO INQUIRING RESPONDENTS JOSEPHINE HENRY In the Blade of September 21st E M 302 I published an article en titled Bible Inconsistencies In that article I mado the statement that the age of Methuselah was 969 years and that ho died a few years after the flood Of course the ques tion naturally presented Itself Where was Methuselah during the flood I am In receipt of several letters asking me to tell where in the Bible it is said that Methuselah died after the flood In answering this question I have consulted one of the ablest theologians in this country and this is my replyThere Is no one passage in the Bible that says that Methuselah was born before the flood and that he lived until after tho flood and yet the Bible according to the chronology of Bishop Usher the only chronology accepted by the Catholics and Protes tants this chronology being the one that is printed in all Bibles that print dates at the heads of pages states that Methuselah was born 781 before the flood and lived until 188 years after the flood to mako his 969 years The learned theologian whom I have consulted Is of the opinion that Bishop Usher obtained his chronology by counting the ages of the people from Adam to Methuselah at the time their first sons daughters not count ed were born and then adding them togetherIn 525 the birth of Methu selah is recorded and the date of his birth is indicated at the top of the page upon which his birth is record ed is 3130 B C In Genesis 71 the announcemnt is made of Noahs going into the ark and the date at the top of this page is 2349 B C that is Methuselah was 781 years old when tho flood came and had to live 188 years after the flood to complete his 969 years This is Indeed a momentous subject and I desire to be as correct as cir cumstances will permit in treating it As I was not present at the birth of Mr Methuselah I cannot be absolute ly certain as to his birthday I would not cast a single reflection on his memory by making him out older than he was Dear old fellow If he staid in this weary old world years more or less he must have passed through enough to now leave his world wide reputation for being the oldest man undisturbed If as wanv ed character was on tho earth Jor some where else outside of the ark during the flood he had his own troubles and ho richly earned the honorable place he occupies in Bi ble history Methusela must have been more truthful than people are nowadays to have told his age Per haps he realized that he had never done anything except grow old to send his name down through the cen Curios and if WE should live long enough any of us could do that am not at all certain that Mr Methuselah was born 3130 B C and do not know what month or the day of the month he was born I am not certain that Methuselah was 781 years old when Noah enter ed the ark and I am not certain that he lived 188 years after the flood To be candid with my enquiring cor respondents I do not believe there ever wart a flood like that described In the BIble I do not believe there ever was a Noah or an ark and I do not believe Mr Methuselah was ever born at all If he WAS and enjoyed good health and bad health for 969 years surely up must have been appalled at the Bible command Ye must be born again DOCTOR Who Is Afraid to Let His Name Be Known as a Friend to the Blade Ala Oct 02 glue Grass Blade DearSlrI send you 20 cents In stamps for which you will please send me 10 Blades of last week and 10 of this week I have been gone for a month and have been home only a short time There Is a protracted distracted meeting going on here among the Methodists and I want to circulate oflidumbwill check any of them and cause them to stop and reason I only wish I was ablo to buy and distribute 100 Blades each week I think Mrs Henry is the grandest woman I ever heard of and if over get in gunshot of her intend to make her acquaintance and shako her hand Her articles are so forcible and convincing that a blind man can seeDr Wilson is Just simply superb and if possible shall see him and know him some day and as for your self it is understood that C C Moore is the wheel horse of the entire con cern Please do not print this letter as everyone who knows me knows that I do not believe that a word In the book called the Bible is in spired whatever that means but there are those who are using every thing they can against me and of course it hurts my profession with the dfs-I was so glad to hear that Dr Ham mer had been cleared from the other charge brought against him and hope ere this letter reaches you he will be pardoned by the Governor Yours CommentIt may seem discourag ing that our people are so much afraid of the Christians but I believe that before many years a reaction will take place and that Christian persecution of Infidels is now every day helping Infidelity EIGHTYYEAROLD DOCTOR Still Backing the With His Words and Money Los Angeles Cal Oct 02 Charles C Moore Editor My Dear Friend Enclosed find for the renewal of my subscription for your most excellent free thought free speech and free from church tyranny paper- am now nearing my 80th year and think that each time I send you 100 for your extraordinary freethought pa per It will be the last remittance that I will make But I still live and am able to work In my profession- I think mental freedom as taught by your Inestimable paper and thoroughly believed In which will bo the case If Intelligently understood will be the means of prolonging hu man life- I never have been acquainted with a person that really believed in the doctrine of eternal punishment whot did not worry his life away thinking about his very poor chance for fuIture reward Very truly- B A WRIGHTI CommentLetter head says Phy sican and Surgeon I am not much of a doctor except as a D D when dlvlnty gets sick but I do know that if a man sends the Blue Grass Bladej 100 every year ho will never BRITISHERI Who If Afraid to Let His Name Be Known Oct 1902 Dear Mr Hughes This is a one horse town run by the Salvation Army and the Churches We are notII allowed to drink soda water hero on the Holy Sabbath and a man was fined 5000 the other day for taking a few hardworking men on an ex cursion up the Saint John River on Sunday Those men worked all week and had no other time for recreation yet the man who afforded them pleas ure was fined under our Sunday laws Wo have a park here with a large lake but aro not allowed to use the boats on Sunday and no refresh ments even to the extent of a glass of soda are allowed to be vended onI the Sabbath The Salvation Army however utilize the occasion and do a large business on that day You can see by these remarks that thisI is hard scratchng ground for getting subscribers for the Blade I could not canvass in the way of getting up a club especially as I hold a Govern trQGB Atlf aliL1IIt JIrcnnrCJL1Ji resign as yet but will do the next best thing I can which I have been doing and which is to pass my around to intimate friends and whenJ ever I meet a man on my Circuits who discusses religion in a liberal way I send him one of my Blades send you 200 In this letter toward the Linotype and 100 for Mr Moores Behind the Bars and would you be kind enough to send me a list of your publications I want to get a good Library Edition of Paine and Inger soll for my library well printed and well bound You may be sure I will do anything I can for the Blade This letter of course Is not for publication because you see my environ ment and you will please not publish it I think Mr Moore the brightest man in America and Mrs Henry is a wonderful woman Your Sincere friend CommentThat man is a British officer In a learned profession and lives in British territory but in his country church and state are so al lied that he is afraid even to let it be known that he is patronizing an Infidel paper in Yankee land Same here We claim that church and state are not joined together in this country but allee samee like Mellcan man I have just gotten two letters from officers of the United States who send their money to the Blade and who say they are frald to let It be known that they patronize the Blade SNYDER THE ST LOUIS CRIMINAL IS A DEVOUT CAMPBELLITE The St Louis Star of October has an article headed Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are back numbers when you think of Robert M Snyder The article begins as follows- R M Snyder now on trial in the St Louis Criminal Court for bribery would furnish a study In criminology sociology and psychology the like of which the world has seldom seen Ac cused of buying a Municipal Assem bly and even higher officials by wholesale he has friends who know the other side of his character and found him a devout church member and a valuable contributor to good purposes Tim account then goes on to say that Snyder gave 5000 to build a Bible school and that Snyder had the handling of the funds of the First Christian Church Campbcllltc in Kansas City Mo200OOOof which church Snyder was a member IwONOMY IS GOING TO BE GOOD While Isonomy for October Is not a thoroughly orthodox Infidel paper there is nothing in u that object to and much that I commend It has tauten out Its saloon advertisements advocates nothing that is Immoral and much that is moral Its aspira tion has been be tike successor o Branns Iconoclast Isonomy for Oc tober is better than any Issue of Iconoclast 61tttiIi1 fI tatwl LEXINGTON EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY Time Tabl- eNo2 Dally No4 Ex Sunday Dally p in a m Lv Lexington 225 746 Lv Winchester 310 825 Lv Btvillo Junction 511 1029 Ar Jackson 015 1130 Ar Cannel City 1245- Westbound No1 Dally No3 Ex Sunday Dally a m p in Lv Cannel City 105 Lv Jackson 625 225 Lv Btvlllo Junction 726 326 Lv Wlmnestcr 923 6iO Ar Lexington 1020 605 Nos and make close connection at O K junction for Cannel City and points on Ohio Kentucky Rail and connect at L E Junction with Chesapeake Ohio for Mt Sterling and local points Nos and connect dally 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