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BLUE GRASS BLADEEDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE YOLK Parlccc A T 23 W rttrno3X100A YEAR r 11i i S ti4J c TERMS OF THE BLADE issue for ono year 100 issues for one year J250 10 issues for ono year 400 100 issues lor one year 3500 Terms100 per year in advance in clubs of five cents foreign subscription 150 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to tho Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as well as tho new address When send your subscription say whether you are a new or old sub scriber Tho address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and servo as a receipt as tho date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to this publication are not discontinued at expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for th- e4atbszripttan prico of all papers ro ceved until the paper is paid for in full up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of publication 161 East Third street near Walnut Entered at the Post Office at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington KentuckyI Cumberland Telephone 307 Club Rates and Sample Copies The Blade will bo sent for 50 cents Joryear each for any order for FIVE more Sample copies will bo sent j 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 coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until it empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor It demoralizes everybody that touches- It do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without be coming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the of deathof the suicides of the moan ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug gang at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius it has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thing And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called INGERSOLL Keep Church and State forever separateGrantIn is this gov ernment founded upon the Christian religionWashingtonThe Church and State should be absolute Garfield 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 DRESSLER M D Secy 246247 Ashland Ave Chicago III 41 r lt ri r I u DEATHOF STANTON HER MANTEL NATURALLY FALLS UPON THE SHOULDERS OF JOSEPHINE HENRY Though Mrs Stanton was years old the news of her death shocked me because I had heard nothing of her Illness If Indeed there was any preceding Illness she seems simply to have died of old age She was the greatest woman of her day and her natural successor Is Josephine K Henry of Versailles Ky who naturally follows In the line of promotion among women as Wilson of CInclnnnatI follows In the line of promotion among men since Ingersoll Is deadIf Indeed such men and such women can bo said ever to die My experience with Mrs Stanton If she and were both Christians In stead of Infidels would make me now feel that Providence had for a few weeks back been specially preparing mo to write what am now writing Everything else in this issue of the Blade that is about her was of course written and was In type be fore had any intimation of her death but would not change a word of some years back I have felt some what hurt that Mrs Stanton did not seem even to know of me but If I ever did anything specially to induce her to recognize my paper and my work do not now recall it But through the instrumentality of Mrs Henry the Grand Old Woman lately wrote that she intended to be a frequent contributor to my pa per and from that time she had not failed to have something for each Is sue and I suppose that what you find from her pen In this Issue or the next Is probably the last thing that she vet sent to nrJlJlnr She sent It with the request that would comment on It and It Is now an Interesting prophecy that I said as you will see in the comment or in something else that I have said about her that her last writing would be for the Blade Though not In some sense to know Mrs Stanton was to proclaim your self unknown never saw her and never knew her career accurately un til finished reading her hook Eighty Years and More recently she having sent it to me about a month ago and two volumes of her Wo mans Bible with a beautiful dedica tion in each the dedications In the handwriting of her amanuensis but each signed by Mrs Stantons auto graph though Insuch a way to show that her vision was very poor sent In return my two books and In my dedication spoke of her as the great est living woman- have seen no evidence of and decrease of mental vigor In any o- very last articles Mrs Stantons mind was more mas culine than fbmlnlne more Herculean than Minervian While in all that make a paragon of domestic vir tues as wife mother and neighbor she was all that Caesars wife or the mother of the Graccl could have been yet as a thinker she was a great masculine jurist more like old Justice George Robertson of Lexing ton the greastest lawyer that Ken tacky ever produced than any other person ever know Intellectually she was more fitly represented In physics by Sandow than by the wonderful achievements of the Japanese acrobat Like Ursus In Quo Vadls she simply caught the bull of Christian superstition by the horns and broke Its neck by main strength- In all that she has said or written havo seen nothing at all like the wonderful thrilling womanly peer liarities that characterize the writ ings of Josephine K Henry and Har riot M Closz hope that both these women will be at our Lexington Congress on Jan nary 25 1903 and that parts or the whole of their addresses will bo memorial of Mrs Elizabeth Cady Stanton up to this time the greatest woman who has lived In the 20th Century OLD SISTER ELIZABETH CADY STANTON IS RIGHT IN IT used to say before Mrs Stanton began writing for this paper that tho Blue Grass Blade was the greatest newspaper on earth or in heaven for that matterand I spoke the Gods truth It was a very modest and mod erate remark Now since Mrs Stanton has begun to write for this paper with every reason to suppose she will live to bo 100 years old and her last writings bo In this paper this sheet as these oultlandcr jayhawkers call It Is worth lIewspaII10rs have been trying to got for tho Blade r4i becomes contemptible It ought not to gave one less than 1000000 Take Mrs Stanton as a combination of brain and heart and she is worth more than all tho men men mind you that wear breechesIn Kentucky put together including mo and i iuiy Breckinridgo and His Accldency Gov Beckham and tho balance of tho push Get her to Lexington Mrs Henry at the Congress of tho National Lib ral Party January 23 25 1903 Jesus jurist time or 303 Gulordano Bruno time and we will have more people In Lexington than were there to meet mo when I got back from the penitentiary or were at tho horse races hero lately 25000 and one of General Gentry6 jack rabbit races put together- If the weather Is cold I will havo mo woods set on fire all tho way from New York City to Lexington or send to Martinique and Import a volcano or set tho whole coal oil region of Kentucky afirejust any way to get her to get here Ell IDA CRADDOCK SUICIDES I Miss Ida C Craddock the sixteenth person according to tho boast of the Christian scoundrel Comstock that ho has driven to suicide died from cutting the veins In her wrists and Inhaling illuminating gas rather than go to the penitentiary the second timeThough she was not an orthodox re ligionist she was not Identified with the Infidel movement and know but little about her She was nearer be ing a Christian than an Infidel Her mother was treasurer of the W C T U In Philadelphia- In a letter she left for her mother sonic expressions are as follows Unless r either recant my religious beliefs or else hyplcrltlcally pretend to do The world beyond the grave Is far more real and substantial than this and I shall meet In that beau tiful world over there It cannot be long before you will Join me over here and shall wel come you Your daughter waits for you to come soon over to join her in that beautiful blessed world beyond the not think tho next world Is an unsubstantial dream It Is a reality ELECTRIC STREET CARS PROPHECYI1nrcnlpt ument addressed to C C Moore Rotfirst time I ever got the Rev stuck on tho tall end of my name Think Its a fulfillment of the prop hecy last shall be first and first shall be lastIls A M Reaper Evangelist Hes a sort of a grim reaperone- of the old kind before the twine binders came in The pamphlet Is an Interpretation of prophecy Prophecy Is perfectly plain when you have some body who knows all about It to explain It to youFor instance Rev Reaper expounds as followsIwith flaming torches they shall rage In the streetsand jostle one against another in the broad ways they shall seem like torches and shall run like describing the Elec tric street cars of today and the conductor counting his passengers who sometimes Stumble In their walk and Make haste to the wall of the car where tho defense Is pre paredtho straps to catch onand the gates of the river shall bo open edtho drawbridges as they have today to turn and let the boats go all perfectly plain for ordin ary steet cars that have conductors but what about the nickelIn theslot street cars in Louisville that have no conductors Look over the Prophets Brother and see if you cant find something about the linotype seems to me there ought to be THEY WILL JES KEEP ON A DOIN IT Marion Ky Oct 23The greatest excitement has prevailed In this county today A crime probably as heinous as any ever committed In the State occurred In tho Chapel Hill neighborhood last night Miss Ncclo Williamson the pretty daughter of Mr Horace Williamson ono of tho Countys most prominent citizens was murdered by a hidden assassin as she was returning home from church services accompanied by Grover Brown a young man of tho have done all I could to warn people against tho danger of going to church in Kentucky and If they persist in It they will just havo to take tho consequences 92 IS THE NUMBER OF COPIES OF DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT SUBSCRIBED FOR TO THIS DATE NEIGHBORS ALL LOBSTER Tho RI D mall man tells mo that a number of my neighbors who do not take tho Blade want to see tho Uncle Jo piece and I presented cop ies to them all j r JIl1 ZACHARY THE CAMPBELLITE PREACHER PROHIBITION CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS Either Lies Or is Mistaken About What the Bible Teaches About Liquor Drinking Some one whose Identity Is tin known to me has sent me a printed article about half tho size of the lade at tho head of which In large otters Is the following Old Kentucky Whisky an ad dress by James W Zachary Evan ficllst Author and Lecturer of Lex ifigton Ky and Prohibition can SeventhtJonsresslonal speech and vote for him On the margin at the top of the lialfsheet Is written In a poor hand that think Is Zacharys so far as 1can recall his writing tho follow ing C C Moore A subscriber to the Blade sends you this It is the host article on Prohibition that was ever written Read It every word Then put It In Blade Then work and vote for Zachary even If you do sider him a liar and your enemy You will never see a better expose of whisky than this article With malice toward none with charity for all copy this into the Blade and then work anti vote for your old enemy Zachary Surely you could articleIaubscrlberI think It exceedingly Improbable that any subscriber of the Blade other than Zachary himself would ailvlse me to vote for Zachary even if do consider him a liar In an ananymous note to me of sILYS1Ivote for Zachary I think that Is tho way Zachary spells hypocrite reIII1ersZachary but when It Is remembered relllresentatlvecomes a some naturally supposed there could be lio interest In his speech except for Ugrteinerltsjind started to force my t 111 Iu nll had to quit from an attack of that littlemoreHo makes following statement- I boldly affirm that whoever says the Holy Bible In any way approves of intoxicating liquors for boverave purposes is a liar and a blasphemer a liar because willfully saying what he knows Is false and a blasphemer for desecrating sacred tunings It certainly must be that Chris tian gentlemen like my esteemed friend Hon John D White who are associated with Zachary In the Pro hibition cause must know beyond any peradventuro that the Bible does sanction tho drinking of liquor as a beverage and cannot see why a gentleman of tho standing of lIon Mr White who has represented his Kentucky District In Congress and who Is now a Prohibitionist can con sent to allow a man like Zachary to represent tho Prohibition party by statements that Hon White knows beyond a peradvcnture to ho false Mr White centalnly knows without a shadow of a doubt or a moments hesitancy that the whole story of the alleged first miracle of Jesus John teaches that Jesus made wine at Cana of Galilee Of course Zachary or almost anybody else can repeat the stereotyp ed quibbles about It but tho lIon Mr White knows that they are qulb bles and would not In a communica tion to this paper say that tho story of Cana of Galilee does not teach that Jesus made wine to drink as a her erage at a wedding feast- am not complaining of Zachary and would not under any ordinary circumstances bandy words with manif It be lawful to call him manlike Zachary but I have a tight very seriously to complain of the Hon John White for letting- a man like Zachary who is represent ing him make Ignorantor worse statements like that without a pro test from a man of the high stand ing of Mr White I defer to no man now living In my opposition to tho liquor radio but am not willing to let my opposition bo defended either by ignorant or lying methods and ask Mr White with all tho deference that ono Intel ligent and honorable gentleman should show another to repudiate In a communication to this paper this statement of Zachary- It Is not only true that the Bible sanctions tho drinking of liquor but It represents that God positively commands the drinking of liquor for the purpose of getting what Is called beastly drunk though omenemn bracing women are the only beasts that willl get drunk and on tho other hand there Is not a pas sago in the whole Bible that says plainly that nobody ought not to get drunkA In which the Bible says that God positively commanded cer lain persons to get drunk exceedingly dunk sepultus in vino Is Jere miah xxv 272S and Is as follows Therefore shalt thou say unto them Thus salth the Lord of hosts the God of Israel Drink ye and be drunken 1 t f lNotesYV Why should not the Woman frage bo forced to the front With woman home Interests are paramount With men business Inter eats are paramount the vices of hu inanity are not always the foes of business but they are always the en emles of the home The vices are ten the allies of business but never the allies of the home Hence we can trust tho homo In politics much more than we can trust business The homo and tho school In politics will never betray the best moral and nancial interests of humanity Giv ing tho ballot to woman would be but simple justice and evil never follows In the train of justice A WOMAN SHAKESPEARE A Blade reader has written to me objecting to Woman Suffrage because there never was a Woman Shakespeare This Is certainly an objection and I am sorry there never has been a Woman Shakespeare for several reas tins wero not aware that men Shakespcares crowded around the polls on election day So far In life never met a man Shakespeare or one that might be second cousin to tho Bard of Avon If It takes a Shakespeare to merit the ballot the voting booth will be tho lonsomest place on earth As yet there has been hut ono Man Shakespeare and It Is not dead sure but all the brains of the 17th Century contributed to make up this world renowned yet hazy character of Shakespeare If my friend can marshal a few voters with the ability of Him or Them on election day trot them out and the woman who wants the ballot will treat ami despair of ever meriting citizenship This is the strongest reason have ever heard given why woman should not have the ballot UNCLE JORDANS EXPERIENCE Will Allen Dromgoole thus records Uncle Jordans experience In Old Jordan fervent mntlcally arose and said ehurchI Brudderin en Sisters good tidins good tldlns oh joyI which shall be ter all people hook sez de ole man shall Se visions aleeltlac1iJiiwits cyard In a tranch ter heben When sot my foot In do New Jeru salem my ole shoes tun tel goln slip pers en my ole close ter a white robe my ole har wuz a crown oh gol En de anjuls hey meet me et do gate En de all lit up do haps dey uz hold In one limn en de pam branch they uz holdln wad tudder En dey waved do pams en strike de haps bof bans en dey shout How you Jorldannaw and spue and fall and rise no more because of the sword which will send among you And it shall be if they refuse to take of the cup at thine hand to drink then shalt thou say unto them Thus salth the Lord of hoots Ye shall cer tainly drink There could bo no stronger language to convey the idea that God di rected those men to get drunk that they would puke and fall down so that they could not get up Another passage in Deuteronomy xiv 20 And tliuo shalt bestow till money for whatsoever thy soul lust eth after for oxen or for sheep or for wine or for strong drink Again Ecclesiastes Ix Go thy way eat thy bread with Joy and drink thy wine with a merry heart Again Proverbs xxxi G7 Give strong drink unto him that Is ready to perish and wine unto those that bo of heavy hearts Let him drink and forget his poverty anti remember his misery no more There can bo no stronger language used to convey the Idea that when a man feels despondent and depressed with poverty tho thing for him to do Is to get drunk and that was Luthers understanding of the Bible A young man once went to Luther and toll him a long sad story of his unlmppiness expecting Luther to give him religious advice and Luther said to him Get drunk From tho Lexington Leader EDITOR MOORE Will Take a Trip to the Holy Land in February Editor Charles C Moore of the Blue Grass Blade Is going abroad Ho says that ao will sail for Egypt null Palestine February 1902 on the Moltke of tho HamburgAmerican Line and will cruise on the Mediterranean anti take In a large portion o the Orient Ho threatens to write a book of his travels and will sell It by subscription If possible ho wants to take some of his friends along with him to enjoy tho trip and will arrange for special Inducements Speaking of his Inten tion of writing a hook descriptive oi his travels ho says- am by heredity education and practice a theologian and know the history geography geology botany and topography of Palestine about as well as do those of Kentucky Those who havo read Behind the VVVVVVV up dar En do say Welcome homo yerharpBut I sez ter de anjuls Stan out do way dar chili In lemmo git ter do King en elbowed mysef up ter jesloolnme en he rlz up an heft out His han en sez He How you do Brudder Jordan same ez do anjuls En when He done soy dat Mo moved ter ono side ter make room fur me en sez Ho Hab a seat on de throne Brud then Jordan en res yosof whilst yo rooms a flxln fur yer I was sorter sprlsed some et dat sho en sex Is Jest a nigger sah down yander whar come fum Helsh sez He dey aint no such word oz that up here den sez I Mars ter ef It am true lack yer say dat de niggers am all tun white up hero den whats de meanln oh all dem colored gentlemen stann roun here Sez He Deys do white folks what ulster wuz Den wuz sholy ustonished en sex Brudder aint nebber heeard bout dat lowed we wnz all des plain white erlaek Sez He Unk hmk don yer bllevo It honey dey swops dey des swops places See that leanlooking nigger ober yonder by place putts on a stick ob wood Well tints yo ole marster Hes gwlno to put on Is apn an wait on nlls soons de bell rings fur ner Den sez Lowd let dy serbent depart In peace fur my eyes hab seen de glory 0 OUR DEPARTED BROTHER WILLIAM CARROLL OF HARTFORD CITY INDIANA It was with deep sorrow that I CarImet Mr Carroll at tho Convention of I IniResolutions found on him a man of lofty ideas stern convictions and broad humanitarianism with a sin cere desire to aid humanity to noble living and higher thinking Though he has passed on tho deeds ho has done and tho words he has spoken will flow down the ta l ntl Niut gramme iniiuuriumy could wo desire t that that our Influence should shape the lives of those who will come after us To his family I extend my deepest sympathy in this the hour of their bereavement After lifes fitful fever he sleeps well of vanitys glamour lOut from dull cares behest of lifes conflict and clamor IJOSEPHINE K HENRY Bars 31498 can have from my ex periences In Europe In my younger days sonic Idea of what might write about tho Orient In my G5th year with my extraordinary physical 110WIers and they being Judge of my lectual powers While you can hardly conceive of mo as taking a very somber view even of my own funeral I should at tempt to make my book valuable for Its historic accuracy and realistic de scriptionsHe to make just enough out of his book to defray the expenses of his trip FATHER CUSIC REQUESTS THAT BIBLE READING rf BEFORE PUBLIC SCHOOLSftBE OMITTED Maysville Ky Oct 23Rev Fath er Cusic In charge of tho Catholic Church at Brockvllle Bracken Coun ty has requested tho trustees of the public schools of Bracken county to omit the reading of the Bible before school begins this morning No action was taken yesterday At Covingtonhasbo granted against tho reading of the Bible In tho schools Judge Harbeson has taken tho case under advisement easilyhowsoon bo banished from our public schools While the Catholic and tho Protes tant will to some degree combine against tho Infidel because their priests and preachers are afraid tho Infidel will stop their robbing the Protestantfhates tho Infidel because they know each other to bo rascals and know Infidel to be honest Both the Catholic and Protestant Bibles can not be read in the public schools and each ono would rather have no Bl blo read than to have tho others Bl file read and when thieves fall out honest men get their dues j School trustees and Judges will for political reasons do what the Catholics want and tho Holy Bible thin most Infernal book ever printed will be fired from the public school cl1rlcul um4ldt3 tf 1 N hf rq Jt M Chose Death Rather Than a Prison Cell f4Miss Craddock Author Of Books Condemned By the Court Suicides in New York City 00THOUGHT LIKE SOCRATES SHE CHOSE HER DEATH I consider myself Justified In choosing for myself as did Socrates the manner of my death I prefer to die fortably and peacefully on my own little bed in my own room instead of on a prison cot 00Idabeen sentenced In the United States Court at 10 oclock yesterday morning for dessemlnatlng obscene literature took her own life a few hours before the time appointed She had been on parole since her conviction last Monday pending the sentence Sho was fortyfive years old un married and lived In a small room on the top floor at No 134 West Twentythird street According to the card under her door bell she was an Instructor in Divine Science She also called herself Priestess of tho Church of Yoga The objection able book has been suppressed by An thony Comstock who secured the Idenco upon which the suicide was found guilty Mother Found Her Dead Miss Craddocks old mother Mrs Lizzie Decker who lives In Philadel phia called at the house where she lived yesterday morning to accom pany her to court The door of Miss Craddocks room was locked and there was a strong odor of gas When the iloor was broken down by a police man Miss Craddock was found lying dead upon the bed The room was full of gas which had escaped from a tube intended for a gas stove connec tlon The womans right wrist had been slashed with a razor and had bled slightly but not sufficiently to cause death which was due to gas Cradocks last acts was to address a brief statement to The World announcing her approach ing death and requesting that are- d ChamtTZKtTo the Public which she had trusted to his care Mr Chamber lain who defended Miss Cradodck in tho criminal prosecution in the Unit ed States Court received the letter in the mail about noon yesterday and was greatly shocked thereby In it she She Took Her I am taking my life because a cer taro Judge at the instigation of An thony Comstock has deemed me guilty of a crime which I did not commit the circulation of obscene literature and has announced his intention of consigning me to prison for a long term My book has been favorably reveiwed by medical mag azines of standing and has been ape proved by physicians of reputation The Rev Dr Rainsford of this city In two letters to me partially approv ed the book so far as to say that if all young people were to read it a good deal of misery suffering and dis appointment could be avoided and that to have me arrested on account of it was ridiculous The book and Its companion pamphlet have been circulated with approval among So cial Purity women and members of the W C T U clergymen and physic ians Upon all sides they have evok ed commendation for purity spiritual uplifting and sound common sense In contrast with the mass of timony to their purity and useful ness Anthony Comstock a paid in former who is making his living out of entering complaints against im moral books and pictures has lodged complaint This man Anthony Com stock who is unctious with hypocrisy pretends that I am placing these books In the hands of minors even little girls and boys with a view of debauchment of their morals He has not however produced any young person who has been Injured through their perusal In addition he has de liberately lied He stated to Judge inomas secretly not while in court that I had even handed ono of these books tb the little daughter of the janitress of the building In which I have my office It so happens that there is no janitress nor is there any little girl connected with the Letter to Her Mother Miss Craddocks letter to her moth er is in part as follows Dear dear MotherI know you will grieve over me for having taken my lifemy dear dear mother Oh how sorry am to hurt you as know this act will do But oh mother will not consent to go to the asylum as you are evidently planning to have me go I know that this means a perpetual im prlsonment all my life long unless I either recant my religious beliefs or else hypocritically pretend to do so My work Is ended so far as the world is concerned My books have been given a start approved by phy sicians and other reputable citizens But the world Is not yet ready for all the beautiful teachings which have to give It Only remember that you must try to keep the five rules for clear thinking and correct living Do your dally earthly duty un I l deterred by calls to mcdlumshl from any source 2 Be selfcontrolled and strive to bo more amiable and loving everyday Walt and watch for the highest Avoid selfish seeking of self ease Abide in purity not merely mor al purity but physical cleanliness and still more Intellectual clearness that is freedom from prejudice think clearlyComstock Side of the Case Anthony Comstock was In Judge Thomas Court yesterday morning to hear Miss Craddock sentenced and heard her lawyer tell the Judge that she had committed suicide He said later that he had been much surprised He said he had warned Miss Craddock before her arrest that her boolts were In violation of the law About this time he added a prominent business man complained to me that his daughter a girl of and another girl of the same age had been accosted by the Craddocl woman at the entrance of his place of business She gave these girls copies of her books saw the moth er of one of the girls and she was in a hysterical condition over the mat ter I then enforced the law which resulted in the conviction Lawyer Chamberlain was very in dignant when he heard what Com stock had said- defy Comstock he said to pro duce this prominent business man he speaks of He sent a decoy let ter to Miss Craddock purporting to come from a seventeenyearold girl and her chum and enclosing money for a copy of the book Miss Grad lock wrote a kind and motherly let ter to the supposed senders of the note refusing the book and warning them against answering advertise ments for a certain class tif literature Of course the money was returned- E C Walker president of the Man batten Liberal Club paid a high tribute to the memory of Ida Craddoclf at a meeting of the club last nlglil- afearSaiISTMiijuJti Tf ttfefct C1 referred to her as a woman of pure mind and high purpose who had been hounded to her death by the agents of suppression who have exceptional capacity for finding impurity where It does not exist IDA CRADDOCK The death by suicide of Ida C Craddock the details of which appear above fills me with sorrow and bur dens me with despondency Before me arises a mighty power strong to grind drive persecute and crush while behind me stands Liber allsm at a vague distance dlsorgan Ized weak and impotent unable to command any Influence or public re spect The power of the church through Anthony Comstock is fast ac quiring a censorship over all opinion opposing it can see Its power tending every day over political in fiuenceIt Ida C Craddock to prison upon ono charge kept her there for weary months until sho was released on parole then Indicted her on an other charge and was about to re turn her to prison for a long term of years when sho tool Judgment her own hands and with tho seren ity of Socrates ended her life This Is very sad to mesad not on ly from sympathy with tho misfor tunes of this woman but sad that not a ray of hope or prospect of defense shone in on her dark despair from organized Liberalism Had such a hope presented itself she would never have taken her life She was a woman who had made many sacrifices for that what seemed to her a principle She was brave She dar ed to face the mob She would have lived and suffered if back of her there had stood a firm phalanx of Lib eralism to defend the principle of free speech as Indicated in her case But she looked ahead and saw no hope in Comstocks vengeful glare she looked behind and saw no rush of friends and heard no cry of cheer So she went to her death And her death be as much upon our heads as upon Comstocks Liberalism should be organized and equipped for de fense Comstock should be satisfied lone pale face of Ida C Craddock will stand before him in judgment no more He has hounded her to death he the paid detective of an organ ization selfproclaimed Puritanism which sends a book through the mall which reeks with licentousness which openly portrays scences of incest onanism concublnism sodomy and harlotrywhose pages are illustrated with pictures exposing the human formeven that of Mother Eve wholly in the nude Suggestive stories like those of David and Bath PotlpharsIcietys endorsement- No matter how vile erotic and sug gestive the story no matter how mor bid the form of sex perversion so it Is ancient enough it may be safely placed In the hands not only women about to enter the marriage state but even in the hands of little girls The Bible is tho most corrupt tho vilest the nastiest the worst vice 1A RLUL R breeding collection of lIteratur that was ever placed In tho hands of child clergymen themselve are ashamed of It and numcroti in stances have been recorded o late in which clergymen have adv cated its general overhauling and pi rgliu of its impurities In face of all this the senpe of nicety is so great in Anthony Com stock that ho must needs send to prison and eventually to her death a woman whose only offense has been the publication of a little book which is highly educative to any youth or marriageIwe directions to which reform leads In amazing tho human mind it Is something Nature It seems has constructed and adapted special Intellects for cry manner of needed reform Look about us and noto the variety Hero Is the Legislator tho Thcolo glan tho Moralist and the Educator each more or less Imaginary that all reform proceeds from his wpy of thinking These are each subdivided Into a hundred branches In the church there is the tlergy of high and low degree evang lIsts exhorters missionaries teacher nu merous branch societies and whatnot all directing their energies against some evil or some hobby or selfish purpose There are some people who think that every problem of government and society would be solved only alcohol were banished from the world Intemperance is an evil and nature has specially fitted some minds to fight this evil Likewise In the sphere of Socialism Womans Rights Eco nomlcs jurisdiction healing sex pefs sonal and political liberty find countless numbers of men and women arraying themselves under some particular banner of Reform to which work nature may or may not have adapted them- Reforms of management In a thous and different particulars are being pushed by enthusiasts- In all these reforms there Issome diversifiedinterestswholly acceptable The best in them will live the bad will perish It Incumbent upon all reformers then to be tolerant of each other Look at the many reforms now be ing promulgated by woman alone Look at the servant problems cook Ing reforms dress reforms and many other large and small matters which engage their minds demon strating tho fact that nature has di versified and so adapted the human mind to fit and specialize it for ery need and emergency Lately In Cincinnati a reform has been started among some very intel ligent ladies headed by Dr Clara Bruce a dress reform based upon econmlcs of the following character The society has adopted a certain plain style of dress the cost of the goods Is not to exceed 300 Hats gloves and other apparel are to cost in proportion I have seen tume and it Is really neat becoming 0l n far prettier often than some omen dressed in a 100 costume The prime object of this reform arises from the fact that the present coat of womans apparel is far beyond tho income of any man of ordinary salary that men are compelled to remain single and both sexes are thus deprived of sex privileges and the comforts of a home They argue that woman should dress in proportion to the average Income that a balance may be left for furni ture books and other comforts Besides they say the vanity of dress has become a mania and much mari tal uphapplness arises from its indulgence and men are kept out of lock on account of it Now any one can see that this at tempt at dress reform in reality Is one of sex reform leading to a more universally legatimato sex gratifica tion and indeed It has most worthy featuresI this and other examples just to show how bent is tho human mind that of woman Is well as men toward reform even in technical directions or In some form or other Miss Craddock well illustrates my point Her crime however really consists in this She was an Innova torshe stood alone sho was exceptional and consequently sho was a of a reform Is never considered in dealing with an innovator The individual who steps ahead of the mob will either be club bed or lassoed and jerked hack There can be no greater crime than to ad vance beyond ignorant custom Miss Craddock saw in the ignor ance of the young women led to the marriage altar the cause often of a lifetime of misery and conjugal un happiness ending either In years of sacrifice or In unfaithfulness divorce and suicide Sho learned as every physician well knows that the general Ignorance and unprcparcdness of both young women and men to enter upon such Impor tant duties their total lack of Judg ment in making selection their abso lute ignorance of sexlaw lacking oven the knowledge and refinement of the beast results often In great misery and much crime To her this general ignorance pre sented the necessity for a much need ed and valuable reform The necessity was just as apparent to her as the temperance and wo mans rights and dress reforms are to other women The facts are that sho took for her life work the very basis of all reform- I have read her books which Com stock has declared to bo lewd and lascivious and their publication to be criminal One Is called Tho Wedding Night and the other Right Marital Living They treat of the passions the approach of sexes tho re finements of the sex the modesty icnstlveness pain and shock of tho bride They narrate the evils which arise from ignorance and which lead to a life long misery and many other instructive lessons Every physician- can count these sufferers by the scores A long wall of woo is continually being poured into their ears Miss Craddock believed It a crime ASS BLADE for young people to enter the marital state uneducated nnlnstructcd and guided only by bestial Instinct She was right Her books arc not Just as would have written them but upon the whole they arc educa tlvo and refined and are filled with just sucH Instruction and preparation that every young woman and tuna should know When people seek to marry they are stiposcd to ho old enough to desire Information about sex as well as other responsibilities They are children no longer The real criminal In all these cases Is the father or mother who lows their sons and daughters to ter ignorantly upon such Important obligationsI that tlmo will come when the laws of sex and procre atlon will be introduced into tho com mon school curriculum I believe that in time men and wo men will conic to realize that the beginning of all reform should begin at the beginning at the conception of offspring It has always been so The her esy of one age becomes the gospel of the next in spite of inqulstlons and Comstock agencies Ida C Craddock feebly attempted just what a more Intelligent age will scientifically complete The time will come when the sex appetite will be stripped of the vul garlty with which piety and false modesty have clothed it and men and women will come to look upon it as Natures reward for all labor pain and sacrifice as tho basis of all love the cement of the union of the hearts tine hovered pathway of all life the delicate Instinct of re fined minds the sanctification of motherhood and home the gift di vine the Joy of perpetuation of spe cies the mystery of all mysteries ending In the sublime anti awful re sponsibility of ushering a new being Into existence endowed by transmis sion with unlimited capacities for either evil or good That time will come and when it does the namo of Ida C Craddock will be resurrected and become known as one of the pioneers of prog ress and pure maidens yet unborn will do her honor and sigh at her untimely fate I will not abuse Anthony Comstock He may honestly believe that he Is doing right Misguided men through out all time have tortured and burned in the name of religion and have been honest in their motives Nature has decreed that there shall bo per secutors and victims for persecution Nature has made a thousand persecutors for every reformer but she shalltriumphTherefore I shall leave Comstock with his own conscience will only say that were I him could not go stand by the bier of Ida C Craddock and gaze upon her white dead face and see the ruin hind wrought see tho pale cxprcsslvclcss countenance that once beamed with lovo and pity for suffering womanhood I say I could not look upon those mute lips and vacant eyes and not feel myself rlawanwnnln L3thrlontnpcl Miss Craddock believed in a God and a future existence If there be a brighter Fetter land where persecu tors dwell not here prisons do not open and swallow up those who would fain help the ignorant and the suffer ing and oppressed where all Is joy and peace and love hope she has gone thither and that tho change of scene the glory tho ecstacy to which sho Is transplanted the soft airs perfumed valleys the music of waters the many variegated landscapes gold and glitter of palaces the peace and love of radiant counte nances will make her forget and to tally annihilate from her memory all recollections of Anthony Comstoelt the police court and tho prison tombs of New York To her these were such a dread that she tool her own life Sho had only to look forward to long years of confinement In which she would he practically dead to world She preferred to end It till right now As she was single and had no family obligations she no doubt was right in her judgment Slid knew her own mind best and It Is not for oth ers to judge The mockingbird will grow used to his cage and sing oven the more sweetly In it The eagle frets Itself to death May it not bo a mercy then when there is naught in the palm of hope but ashes to relax the fingers and let the merciful winds that sweep in to the desert of despair gather up tho dusty freight and bear It to tho Great Potter who knows how frail and brlt tie It was and who alone as many be lieve has the power to remold It with a breath and glaze It with tho Imperishable J B W NIAGARA FALLS A FRIEND TO THE BLADE Niagara Falls N Y Oct 02 Mr James R Hughes Dear SlrI encloso herewith a list of names of now subscribers to your great paper the B also enclose P O Money order for 600 Of this 500 is sub icriptlon fees of tho now subscrib ers for one year and other 100 Is to pay for renewal of my own suit icrlpton to the Blade Success and long life to yourself Jro Moore and tho B B Very sincerelyJ Comment Letter head has M D after his name No man who lives at Niagara Falls and has any knowledge oi geology can believe tho world is only 6000 years old Kidders Virgin Mary Tho Blade has now printed tho fifth edition of tho Virgin Mary tho most famous Infidel tract of Its length over written This Is the article for which wo were arrested tried and quitted by the United States Court at Louisville Price cents each or 12 for 1100 Birmingham AlaI enclose my heck for another yearE M GIB SON 1K ale BRO FOOTE OF THE LONDON FREETHINKER DISCARDS HIS VADE MEC UM CHARLES WATTS learn from the Freethinker that Mr W Foote President of the National Secular Society has beets compelled to sever all connection with Mr Charles Watts It has for anyfrien11sldpfor Mr Watts voluntarily revealed his own character to mo in the years of 187678 most especially In the last of those years Nothing could over respecthintAnd I believe he has been a millstone about Mr Footes neck ever since he returned to London from Canada Our movement needs beyond all other movements candid genuine honorable loyal men and women not self seek ers cowards doubledealers and traitors And If such enter our ranks it is our duty to drive them out as soot as possible If they do not voluntarily retire Had I remained In England should have told Mr Foote what know and thought about his friend but I hate to be meddlesome and be Ing so far away could do nothing matter without having the appear ance of meddling am glad the nection Is at an end and beg to congratulate Mr Foote thereupon The above is from the Liberator of September It takes it six weeks to get here Its editor is Josph Symcs Melbourne Australia When our relations with the Mar tlans is a little bettor established I hope lire Symes will move his newspaper plant to this planet so he wont be so far away There are men who ought to get off earth but Bro Symes is not one of them by a long jumu Symesthroughhis myselfIncludeddo not believe he Is a man who anybodywas forced to do so from conscien tious conviction His opposition to Charles Watts therefore In conjunction with the fact that Bro Foote an Englishman with W before his namo to people In this land of George Wash Ingtons has severed connection with Watts makes the above a matter of grave Importance especially in con nection with tho fact that Watts now the guest of our country and that he Is hero on a lecturing tour and is likely to be here until after our Infidel congress in Lexington Ky January 23 24 25Frlday Saturday and Sunday 1903 Christan Era or 303 Infidel Era representatlvo speakersforTaking them In the order of their addresses gave the names of Mrs Josephine K Henry and Hon Moses Kaufmanwe are not yet suf ficiently civilized to put Hon be fore a womans nameto deliver ElizaBethhave her stand or sit on the platform and occupy just any length of time long or short that she would give us at her 86 years of most wonderful preservation and to do this at any amount of pains and care that are possible In theso days of safe and comfortable travel and the hospitality and comfort of living while In Lex ington that our city would do itself proud and vie with each othor to hand her on a silver waiter know that this may sound Utophlan but If Mrs Henry and put our heads together to bring Mrs Stanton South to Lexington to the January Congress thlugthatThen wanted for other speakers CityIowaof West Sutton Mass Then we want the trinity of saw bones Drs Bowles of Muncie Ind Wilson of Cincinnati and E FooTe Jr of New York City Then we want tho Doctors of The ologytho sickest thing now in the world Roberts of Kansas City Mo and BIgelow of Cincinnati and Hon Clarence Darrow of Chicago to deliver his addren on Tom Paine whoso birthday is about that time of tho Con gross One of these addresses I want to be memorial of May L Collins and to be delivered at tho Hall of the Con LexingtonCemetery as the weather may determine The State of Kentucky will furnish an exceedingly beautiful and com fortable hall and rest of tho world must furnish the rest And now for the man Charles watts America and especially Kentucky does not want to bo inhospitable to anybody and can never forgot the kindness that England showed to me when was an unheralded stranger upon her soil See Behind tho liars i498 as usual but tho plain facts about Charles Watts as they appear to me It is my duty to those rep resent to state- was asked In the aforementioned communication if did not think It well to get Charles Watts for a speech at the Lexington Congress- As well as can recall replied as follows No would not have him if he could be gotten for cents He Is a man of large Intellectual ability but he Is a blustering bumming liquor drinking bloody Hlngllshman who has no sympathy with the National Liberal Party and he would only servo to throw cold waterthe only way he uses that fluidover the balance of us He Is eminently n g and we dont want him If he would come for nothing and give us a chromo side Iliad written that and mailed It l II II before saw this repudiation of Watts Englishbrethrennever saw ootethe English ono jtand Watts but once It was at tho Congress of tho S U in Chicago Footo of London Is strikingly like our Footo of New York City though they aro no kin and our Now York Footo Is as fine a man as wo have among us except his old daddy of tho sane name of Larchmont N Y havo seen hut few men who Im pressed me more favorably than did G W Foote of London and no man among our people that impressed me much more unfavorably than did Watts and like Bro Symcs it was strango to mo why a man like Footo wanted Watts to bo tagging along be hind him llko a tail after a dog and especially when tho tall showed such a disposition to wag the dog Since began writing this piece Freethinker and tho Truth Seeker have bout tonne to hand rite nnino Watts docs not appear In tho Irethinker and It Is the first time had noticed It It is a happy hiatus It used to be Watts this and Watts that and In tho Freethinker you couldnt tell Wattes wat until Watts said wnts wat In the Truth Seeker Watts felicitat es himself and balance of Amer ica that he Is going to bo at the Con gress of the A S U on November and placeandfeeling and had to let up on It Tho A S U Is abundantly welcome to Watts Watts has tho shape and nil the other qualifications of a demijohn except the willow and a revs 1lieall on to me because am a Prohibit ionist sad then came Macdonalds caricatures of me In his paper repre senting mo with a whiskey bottle In my pocket and then Rucker the Christian prohibitionist and Macdon aid tho Infidel who has also got a head for liquor put their wits togetht or to get me In the penitentiary and got there Eli and them Mack tried to bulldoze Wilson because Doc was my friend and hence while we used to have ono Infidel National or ganization we now have the N L P hats going to bo a be and tho A S U that wont have a few While Watts was over here last time a Campbell lie preacher named Selby at Covlngton Ky challenged Watts for a religious debate and Watts accepted with a Hourlsh of trumpets and all of us wero saving our little dollars to go to Covlngton see Watts chaw up Selby and spit him out but Watts who had been raised on the liquor slops they drink in England had been going up agin this Kentucky whisky until when the time for the debate came Watts was drunk as a Filed owl rSam Small and was non est Inventus nndlWatts went home and run paper for three months raising mon ey to pay Watts for the awful ill ness reckon it was the right name for Itthat he had had In America and the Campbellites turned the de bate Into a distractOtt meetlh and more ptople Jlned than did on Pente cost Go way back Watts and sit down CALIFORNIA FOR THE NATIONAL LIBERAL PARTY Los Angeles Cal Oct 7 02 Editor B G Blade Dear SlrOur Liberal Club has resumed weekly meetings in a fine hall and with a larger membership send you notice with the hope that you may tied room for it and if not In conflict with your policy to keep it standing so that visiting freethink ers may find a welcome Wo nro organized on tho tines of the National Liberal Party and to be represented on tho NationalIticket next year WALTER COLLINS LAUGHLIN FOUNTAIN PEN The Best Price Pocket Companion usefulness merits Blue Grass Blade ndrerllslne medium choice thesayppularstyleseuper 1tor to11o 300grades other makes only jQ troubleInrelurningtlm qualilyhardPaarubber nand Iolnt lumoratub charge RememberThere goodas Laugh LAUGHLIN MFG 1400 Grlcwold DETROITI MICH lI at To test the for Try tack ire bold fist free ol No Its St ol an we a to or ol tst II BLUE GBASSBLADE J r SEARCH LIGHT OF CARSONVILLE MICH TAKES THE USUAL CHRISTIAN VIEW OF ME Editorial from Sonchllght It a matter for regret that wo are not located near tho Ketucky In Metal In that closer relation wo would pit dirt against dirt abuse against abuse in fact pay the fellow in his own coin Tho job would bo a dirty Jwouldsucn event the follow would execute tho will of his disposition and kill However tho question partly under dscussion is not ono that will Interest our readers generally This fact will tend to lesson our Interest in tho unpleasant affair Hut whenever wo are promltted to jack ap defamers and Insulters of our people depend on it tho duty will not bo shirked Blasphemers are gettting hold In this age o fthe world not because people are more enlightened but because tho church of God is becoming ungodly This Is Infidels chance Every time a preacher falls from grace tho In lldel holds up tho wretch vboforo the public as a sample of Christianity It 4 rIs the Infidels most effective argu anent t From Scnchllght UNCOUTH INFIDEL DODGED The uncouth Infidel Is as ob vlously destitute of all reverence as is he exceeding boorish and in many in stances ina pronounced disbeliever In truth goodness and oven tho purity of tho mother ho may have gave him birth Tho uncouth fellow fouls his own nest and In sight of his fellows an intense and morbidly peccant ego tilt who Is In oondago to a sense of tho ludicrous which makes him ap pear grotesque The uncouth Infidel may bo classified as a weak disbeliever one who has more conceit than brains which is mostly responsible for his doubts Ho is a tiptop ranter butt so phistical in argument His shout is boisterous and ho ill point to himself as tho am of logtc and sound sense Ho is a rlproarer at calling his bettors bad names and howling you are a liar and I know It Ho is as foulmouthed as the slum itmnnd as hlrdnestltel Put a flanilnx torch in his hand 1and you have a redllppcd anarchist ontgrammar Disbelievers are not all arQ11wLAIUtrclhlolIlLmen ranters shouters fools ilmoclters egotistical idiots and asses Many of tho disbe lievers aro highminded and brainy gentlemen generous benevolent pure and selfdenying Some of our best friends may bo classed with the believers nail we have yet to hear fool ish things come out of their mouths They believe in freo thought for them selves and likewise for tho Christian Tho uncharitable bigot lacks the nat ural refinement necessary to lift him to tho plane occupied by tho generous skeptic There is the bigot in tho church and tho bigot heralding him self Infidel Both are intolerable to common justice and the principle of free thought It is our opinion that church bigots and Infidel bigots make communities warm hells on earth The Uncouth Infidel would not have been exhumed but for the tal card received at this office Hagerstown Maryland last Friday card was dated October 1902 and reads as in tho following Editor of tho Searchlight I have read your article about The Uncouth Infidel and also the Crin his Bide Grass Blade and hope you will reprint each others articles and your replies thereto in your own paper as he does aa people can get tho benefit of uiscusslon in which both sides of what you both think tho most important questions will get a full and equal hearing justlceis opponent in open debate and in fact only those who know their own side to bo weak will evade uiscussion So now is tho chanco of your life to show up the errors of tho selfconfessed infidel Fidelity you know means faith fullness and infidelity unfaith fulness to any promise pledge or profession And wo know that marital Infidelity is common ground for divorce It is re markable that under these cir cumstances a man will can himself an Infidei nail persist ere In even though his friends try to persuade him to o otherwise and many who think much like ho does repudiate or reject uo title of Infidel entirely Now let us see one of tho llv greatIwill greatly increase too number o readers who will want to see IL Yours for Investigation truth aiiw progress WEBSTER OUCH a It is our expressed dcslro that our Uncouth Infidel reprint tho whole of this article so that tho readers of his paper may know that our first article was not an arraignment of tho skeptic but rather tho uncouth In Ihloltho boorish ranter against Christianity and Its preachers If his renders will reread tho article care fully they will see nothing more than a public denunciation of tho vulgar r language used by tho selfassumed uncouth Infidel Wo classified the fellow and ho seems to ho delighted with his class Gentlemen do not offend tho sense of justice Less rant ag and more sound argument cloth of clean thought exm casiona will the means of bringing skepticism to tho best mid greatest of tho citizens of this nation The war wo waged was not so much against Infi ilcllty as against tho manner of drag glng Infidelity before public attention The cause that necessitates vilification in order to gain recognition must bo conceived in villainy and born in de pravity If Infidelity makes men tistical conceited vulgar vicious and brutish it will appeal to only that part of humanity that Is by na taro akin to tho beast which has no higher purpose in life than to sleep and cat eat and sleep and wallow in the trough of propagation Re tho cause of tho intelligence of and he at onco becomes the the animal of instlnst rather than of intelligence If tho Uncouth Infidel wishes to play in tho role of tho brainless animal is no concern of our But from him we would elict arguments conveyed in whole some expressions The reason for our refusal to print tho article mentioned must bo obvious toovcry Intelligent mind In tho first Inca it did not attempt to answer thy Uncouth Infidel In tho second place it was merely a mono maniacs tirade against all persons who claim to have knowledge of a God or tho Christ It raved against ministers of tho gospel damned preachers and charging them with the lowest of vile crimes and offenses against the laws of social and moral probity Against us it made no direct attack which shows tho author to n person who Is devoting his life to tho cause of condemning Christians rather then to convincing tho world that Infidelity Is an honest opinion and the result of Investigation Tho great majority of our readers aro Christian mon and women therefore we cannot afford to smear our umns with the abuse attendant 6n the life of the ungodly the bias phonier and unscrupulous Answer When replied to Bro Sawyers article in which ho alluded to the Searchlight the paper that ho mentioned had not come to hand and did not remember over to have heard of any paper of that name ex cept tho Searchlight of our good Bro Shaw at Waco Texas When tho Michigan Searchlight came however remember sometime to have written of some paper called the Searchlight that it did not oven know how to print its own name alluding to the fact that It had a hyphen In its name And that at this writing is all that I can recall transpiredhetweenporary and myself- It would seem therefore that I must not have lost much sleep over the matter It seems though from the abovo sakiaStrange that as mild a mannered man as I am should ever have sak- anything severe about anybody but I am in such a shape that I can neither naughtythingsdont know what they were and do not know when it wasand have none of my papers nearer than eight miles of me Still taking old Harpers style of running his race horses as my model begin my response If understand his editorial he Is sorry that he is not near to mo so that what he would say about me would make me kill him It has anybodyknow there Is never any telling when a man may feel it his duty to kit somebody This Michigan editors name seems amgetting along in years I hope ho will allow me for short just to call him Fred If Fred is honing to shuffle off the mortal coil he ought to take advant age of the prevailing fad for suicide instead of sitting In his office away off there in Michigan and moping be cause ho can i beat the railroads out of a ticket so he can come away down lelllhimFred son dont do that way Get a shot gnu and pull the shoo off of ono toodontItdownyourheadDig toe and blow your yourI was going to say blow your brains out possibleblowbelieve your countrymen will honor you for it linedotbtfessJudas Iscarlot who achieved much more fame In that way than you seem SearchlightYes a boom in Kentucky like coal oil lands Southgateththehind a little contention about bias phemy in Judge Parkers court and Yblasphemycould blaspheme as much as pleas edNo you got that up wrong Its n ungolyChurch Is mighty tough hilt it is hoIfsome Wo hold up some of tho shythntmlmngotoold boys Now for the Uncouth Infidel son let mo suggest to you havo boon writing for newspapers YOllrInleight or ton times in tho beginning LI J and then just write It U L people will understand it and you dont up your paper with so much of one thing It may seem presumptions in an old cock like me in tho illiterate South to discuss a point of grammar with a young scion of tho cultivated North presumably right fresh from Ann Arbor University but it does sound strange to us who aro raised down hero with tho darkeys and have had hut little schooling to hear a man say even the mother who may nave gave him birth Whats tho matter with tho bird nests in Michigan They are nice clean things in Kentucky and those of last year aro just as clean as this yearProbably it is uio nest of a hen that iu suffered with cholera you are linking about My whispers have given a great deal of trouble to the pious hilt judging from tho pictures God and Moses and Jesus Christ and St Patrick and all the heavenly gang except tho Holy Ghost and tho Virgin Mary wore wniskers This thing about anarchists all ing rcdllpped is a new ono on mo how do you account for it Take tho nypnen out the name of your paper and put it in redlip ped makes it look better some how Ve havo had lots of fires in Lexing ton and In my part of jog Fennel including my mothers house and my ownhow do you know that have not already been getting In my work as a fire bug My own had no Insurance on it and on that account perhaps nobody seems to have luought about It until you suggested it You got in some pretty tioJod ones on me lint what the devil you penltentlarytrue and hog thief that Rev Zach ary says I am an old newspaper man son youngfellowroast a fellow and leave out the main part of tho thing Dont start to write any thing until you have all the facts before you Just think how much more forceful it would have sound Jailbirdthief Stilt am glad to see you have some countryHecleontho preaching brethren is that to belong to the gang myself mid got onto them a little more than other people could do Please change that G you put in mayhaveyouknowWasnt old Bob a hell of a fellow If you could get off all that about an old hayseed like I am hayseed potatoeswhiskers what would you say if should turn the Searchlight on of Bob Send me a marked copy If yo over do tllltjtatBro jutslby Its quite common and natural that it should be your express desire for sayIwhat IsayIta almost universal cases of this kind You seem to think its not so awful bad after all to bo an Infidel just beforeofhrlstlansrealtake Just tho sumo view of that thatyou do men who are Just as much JudgmentsIncluding recognize that the Christians hav charge of the loaves and fishes an the bread and butter department and dragtheirtendon Men never women am happy to sayare occasionally sending me meInImownYoung e thing theres a big lot of my people who will kick about my devoting so wanttoRight opposite your editorial about me there is a piece headed A Persons Noble Act and then you go on ofAshawayyournewspaper alreadyprinted alittlethe Democrats that sounds strange to remembelcame down horn to fight us ocrats during tho wdr and you are youredltOllal tr e patent medicine men say RevCasAnanlasice You are a paid party to an y patentmelllcino perpetrateIf is to run sterotYJIellpalle bn thousand other editors and you journallstlcr nobody had heard of until you man DluoGrassin America and a few outside of rightplanhigher than that you aro malting a fatal mistake Your little attempt at a philippic suchIEuglliih ly said that tho Blblo is not Infallible moralInstrllctorshoot straws against a Kansas cy L l 0111 thoIwith btillrtishes You cant spell the name of Tom Paine think of going Into a discuss ion of religion with any man who spells tho author hero of the Amer lean Revolution Payne Shame on n young man who cannot spell tho name In one syllable of the bosom friend of Washington Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin It Is not possible that I ever dill you any personal harm for never know of the existence of such a young man until now and yet tho wish Is evident ly father to tho thought that after I fall Into a deep sleep will wako up in hell In the land of the heathen Chi nee all young people are taught to respect old people simply because they are old and If they hid no other claim on tire young but In all tho Now Testament from which you get your religion there is not ono word or example from Jesus Christ or any of his followers that teaches the young to respect tho aged and you a young man without any pos siblo chanco to know anything shoat my morals abuse me a grayheaded man with insulting language as no good man would do an old dog and Christianlike you make moroInfidels truth Infidels matte BRO SAWYER UPIS LIKELY TO AGIN BUZZ SAW Grand Janet Colo Aug 30 1902 Charles C Moore Dear Old Friendi send you a copy of the Colorado Chronicle with some paragraphs marked You will see that Socialists are pounding tho ministry in good style AS mankind becomes more Intelli gent superstition mid dogmas aro thrown aside hlesslngInlapincss here and now Tho great mass of Socialists are nonchurch goers because tho priestshood coal t byheSocialists think and therefore arc not susceptible to the blandishments nFIccelhimknow that you lion t Know and oont seem to try to know the great SocialIas brothers in the great work that GTheymasses to aid in establishing a coop mllYlive herae ocun All JSocialists do not think just alike But the platform and nmrctthstitntloh I herewith enclose tell you about 6what they do believe is at worst all the time and of course in and among Social istsGreat numbers of tho best writers and scholars of earth are classcon scions Soclalits and almost every 1110fessorscience and philosophy of Socialism You should not allow yourself to be uenced by Kldder who could not to save his life write a truthful article of one hundred words opposing the doctrines taught by Socialistic philosophy showing it not to be the best sooSjo tempt to refute the teachings but does slur the individuals that he has probably met who may havo been half made Socialists or as we used to say about those men who claimed to bo Prohibitionists the fellow who clamed to be just as good a Prohlbi tlonlsts as you butwas a liar and you know lots of them Now Kldder might judge the science by just such Socialists Kidder writes some good thlngsbut to say he is a thinker along economic ines of thought Is not true for ho only thinks he thinks If he would CapItalGranlands CoOperative Common wealth he would stop slinging satire at the hest friends humanity ever had The fact that Socialist speakers a most invariably eulogize Paine and Socialist propagandists print and publish his works command your attention and respect Socialists are thinkers nail fee thinkers in many instances free to express an opinion know that you will read this for old acquaintance salts and hope you will investigate the question more ly than you have in tho past enclose you a list of names of men who are Socialists and who aro Freethinkers Some are too poor to subscribe but others of them will do so am sure My regards to you mid your Paull nail Mr Hughes Fraternally yours- J W SAWYER P SMy health is improving in th climate but nude a great mistral in not coming Kerr when my first broke down Answer My Dear Old Brother dill not love you would bo a men er dog than your Baptist ilroth Ruckor Hut you know that my wen ness is that well tell tho truth and If a fellow dont llko that ho must stand Pram under My voracity llko necessity It knows no law o dont discriminate between friend and foe know that when have boon to Louisville I have declined the hos pitality of such men as Hon John White Judge Slntrall and Gen Jel B Castleman to go and toast my shins by your old stove in your old Prohibition grocery know your In tellectunl caliber just as well as do my own You are a good Sawyer and illl year Southern Journal as a champion- of Prohiblton was a buzz saw Ito But if you were to run your saw in Kidder with sufficient force to tract his attention like that bear in tho story that stole the sawyers din nor and set up on the saw log to eat It while tho saw was going through tho log you would have tho same ex perlence that n buzz saw man had at Mount Iloreb my Cousin Willie Breck ir pWhenabout kneehigh to a Muscovy drape the Presbyterians had one of these just across the road from Mount Ho r ob In fixing up the pulpit some ow drove a Iron splice Into a tree stracted meetings out In the woods Fortunately for that fellow he was dead and gone to the devil years before the event that am going to tell aoout Fifty years after that man drove that big splice into that tree the tree hall grown all over the splice and out side that tree was just as smooth an article and harmless exteriorly as Rucker when a fellow moved into that woods with a buzz saw and rolled a sawlog onto his mill from that Presbyterian pulpit tree gaylythere was a display of fire works that would have excited tho Jealousy of Painonot Torn tho pyrotechnist Before you could bat your eye the teeth In that saw that cost 250 were beyond tho remedy of all the buzz saw tooth dentists In the United States and that man who was a Moth odist cussed campmeetings until ho finally think fell from grace You are right Brother Kidder never made an argument against Social ism or oven half tried to do so in nil that ho has written for the Blade Ho wasnt after Socialism he was af ter bigger game and he has always reminded mo of a boy who started to do something and as ho went on he passed by a torn opt and just trod on Its tail to hear tho thing squall and though It was a mean boy trick it amused him and made me and about eight or ten thousand other people laugh and just ns long as you Social ists squall every time Kidder treads on your tails of course he going to keep trending on em PEDDLING HOLY WATER HELL McGregor tar Oct 02 riend Hughes Honest injuni have been trying for the last three years to Induce my neighbors to taLe the Blade but with tho exception of one subscriber the word in this youths bright lexicon is would as soon think of peddling holy water In hell as of selling Blue rass Blade murals among a lot of devils depending on Jesus for the remission of their sins If should spend me a barrel of whisky a bundle of prayers hymn hooks and a gross of cards I could dispose of them for good money but what use has a man for morals and education when he is well fixed for Jhjswprld Jtu1n fligljt ctj tel for the next They do not know that we are try- Ing to do good and are quite as sin cere as Jesus was In his time But If our efforts are to pan out no better than this they aro n g However I will not give up the ship have procured a boy to pod die Blades and will start in with Ova a west and raise it if can Please address to Harry Shrake McGregor Iowa copies a week for consecutive weeks If we can make it win will ad vance more stamps Yours in Christ- WILLIAM QUIGLY xx P SOne of my neighbors has just come in and says make it 10 a wool so you may send 10 copies AnswerTen copies a week for a year would be 520 Send us 520 and we will send you copies for a year and ono copy of The Truth Seeker or Investigator would cost you 300 a year should think holy water with ice in it would sell wet in hell but reckon they would rath er have beer WOMEN UP AGIN IT Boone Iowa Oct 10 02 James E Hughes Dear Sir and llroI find lots of men who say The Blade Is all right- tiles it and would subscribe for only my wife would raise hell nbou- it sin would not allow It to como In the house How is that for a MAN bo ashamed to admit it If 1hail a wife who had no more sense divertd whitaI as soon as can Yours trulyT HOXIE Comment t have hind many cases 1of that kind Old Sister Stanton and Sister tie gudamms fseg Kdlnis shill stare ry et al run n Womans Rights As sociation am going to start a Mans Rights Association Brethren nnemberYBEHIND THE BARS 31498 PenIstintitdenI31lrcan so one nn idea of my eventful lifo as does this book tdIt is neatly bound and seems to bo as quite readable For sale at this ofllcc Price 100 or glen as a premium for every 5 on club at tho 0cent rate titCIIARLES C MOORS Toledo Olleaso put me down for Dog Fennel in the Orient and may you have a good time WILLIAM CLARKE 4T IFROM jCookson Ind Ter Oct 10 02 Publisher Blue Grass Blade Dear SlrA stray Kentuckian flitting through this part of tho Ter rltory seeking refuge from tho liar glsCockrell feud 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the Immortal Bruno but In spite of the culture of modern times there Is still danger that the black flag of Theocracy may float In triumph over the cap Itol at Waslngton and enshroud the Republic of Paine and Jefferson In the darkness of the Middle Ages At the close of the 18th Century it r dawned upon the minds of these great thinkers that all men are creat ed equal and this priceless conception 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 filled with 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 matter nor of any of the processes of the world around them and war misery pestilence ignorance and famine were the common heritage of the human family This awful gloom that hung over the world like a funeral pall was dis pelled by the Palnes the Jeffersons the Frankllns and their comrades Their successful revolt against the kings priests tyrants of the earth gave to the world a hundred years KIND AND ENCOURAGING Harrison Okla Oct 1902 Editor Charles C Moore- I enclose my petition for Dr Ham mer on the blank cut from the Blade probably do not understand it as those who are nearer do but I do know enough of his case to know that in the treatment of him there has been something rotten In the stat of Denmark underhandedness has been and is being done by the opp sition or they would show their ors and not write letters in Moines to appear as if they had beer written In Newton After all you have done and ar offering to do they would consider nc effort too great to down you and that right quick if they could Many times in recent years since I have known of so many good and great and most noble souls being thrown into prisons and penitentiar ies I have wondered If It might yet get to be a thing to be desired that one might have proof of having done honorable service for mankind The Christians sing of the tomb Since Jesus has lain there dread not its gloom And so we may say of the peniten tiary Since C C Moore has lain there I dread not Its gloom Pshaw yet for all attempts at jok ing we do know that many worthy ones are in suffering and all through their being such My mother writes me that she is going to renew my subscription to the Blaue for me Having noted a line or two in it from me pleases her and she praises me So it is her we must thank She Is a subscriber to the Blade and the Blade Magazine She has your Rational View and Behind the Bars 31498 both of which I read before coming South You are named in that household as an old family acquaintance and friend ADA L SMITH His Wife Aint Struck on Heaven Harvey Iowa Oct 16 1902 Dear Brother Moore- I call you Brother because you are doing a good work I like the Blade very much and shall continue to read it as long as I can dig up the price I like Mrs Henry and Dr Wilson My wife says If they quarrel in heaven over the church and their re ligon like they do on earth she dont want to go there Find 25 cents for which send me KIdders Virgin Mary and balance in Blades to the names below Ever yours F M NOSSAMAN Prom the Lexington Leader PRIEST DOES NOT BELIEVE OBRIEN FIRED THE SHOT Louisville KyOct IS Claude OBrien and Carl Whitney the boy murderers at the county jail remain in good nerve and apparently unconcerned as to the extreme uncertainty of their future OBrien is a Roman Catholic and has become very devout in the last two days Yesterday ho spent sometime with Father Cunningham and when the priests came out he said he believed OBrien had not fired the fa shotImorning OBrien spent two bourn in the services which are con ducted on Saturday mornings by the Sisters of Mercy in the Jail chapel He f was extremely attentive and seemed much Interested In tho sprv1Cnl John OBrien the brother pf ftp fgr JJ III rtt 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 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 of kingcraft and priestcraft reIncar nated and unless the soldiers of free dom rally like our fathers did to sist the power of kings and priests the freedom of the 19th Century will be forever lost the Republic overthrown and the topes of humanity of this appalling contem platlon we confidently appeal to you to come by hundreds to tiis annual conference and make it a memorable 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 of Jehovah to extlnl gulsh the torch of liberty gnd remand all the peoples of the earth back a state of serfdom and vassalage We therefore urge you to come Besides the election of officers for the ensuing year other business of far reaching significance and Impor tance will come before the Conven tion T J BOWLES President- J WILSON Vice President JOSEPHINE K HENRY 1st V P HARRIET CLOSZ 2d V P MORGAN WAMSLEY Treas W F JAMIESON Secretary cused boy has returned to his home In Memphis It is said that the boys mother will mortgage her small prop erty in order to defray the expenses of the defense I OONDENSED enaclosed 100 to the ofsthis week is interesting I having lately read the sacred writings of Per HOUSEeWashington PaEnclosed money order to continue the Blade How did the Book of Daniel get into ex- istenceT J PIATT AnswerSome fellow who was eith er drunk or a fool or a fraud wrote it like all books of the Bible Winfield KansasI send 150 the 100 Is on my subscription 10 cents for KIdders Virgin Mary and just any old thing will do for the 40 cents Its all goodR A LETT CommentIts nip and tuck be tween Virgin Mary and Mary Mac Lane these times Two rapid Marys Macey TexasI send 100 for the linotype I am going out Sunday to help you get the 100000 readers for the BladeG A LINTOW Louisiana MoThe Louisiana club expires October will try to get them to renew as soon as I can find time to attend to it You have some very warm friends around hereJ RICE Connellsvllle Pa Enclose d 250 for club of five All of them are So cialists as well as Freethinkers Three of them are members of our local organization I wish the B G B could see its way clear to advo cate the collective ownership of ail the means of production and distri bution which is Socialism This en titles me to Behind the Bars Sen- dItH AUSTIN Birmingham AlaThis is my 13th subscription to the Blade I am go Ing to start out to do something for the Blade and am going to get my work In soonL B SHOENFIELD Versailles KyTluat article of Mr Johnson the Catholic papers reply and your comments thereon are the best thing that the Blade has publish ed in a long time The Catholic pa per makes a sorry spectacle of Itself Put me down for one of your Holy books think the Blade fineJOSE PHINE K HENRY Kathleen Fla Enclosed cents for Blades to the names will try to get some subscribers The preach ers keep religion red hot here and am only one in a hill and they dont forget to sit down on me But I just keep poking the Blade at them and it cuts both ways They advise burn ing it It can raise a row in the Chris tian camp quicker than anything I ever saw Put me down for Dog Fennel In the OrlentW D HARP COURT FROWNS ON DOWIE filnanclahas appointed a commissioner to de mand 50000 from Dowie the sum representing the estate of Frederick Sutton a follower for which his heirs are suing- A statement was made in court 1hatI a second sum of 50000 was unac counted for The court will investigate this also l i V 7 JT1 FIRST MAN rWHO HAS PROPOSED TO SEND 3500 FOR 100 BLADES AND PREMIUMS Circlevillo 0 Oct 302 Mr James E Hughes Dear Brother out of UFor en closed stamps please man me five copies each of Sept 21 and Oct 12 If this letter contained an order for 100 yearly subscribers for the Blade and 20 copies of Behind the Bars 31498 and Dr Greers Physician In the House would It be the first on the club plan- am considering quite seriously the advisability of sensing you 3500 for the books the subscribers names to be sent in as I get them Yours very truly CHARLES R KIMBERLY AnswerYes Bro Namesake you would be the first one and the last one I will do exactly as promised to do in your case but from this Is sue recall that offer because I made It under a mistake that makes it too hard on Mr Hughes- thought Dr Greer gave Mr Hughes the books but Dr charges him for them and to give one copy of Be hind the Bars 31498 or one copy of Dr Greers book for each 5 books on tne club of 100 would mean a loss teat Mr Hughes could not stand so that after this Oct 302 that club will stand as it Is except only one book will be given for the club of 100 papers for 35 and that book will be Behind the Bars 31490 or Physic Ian in the souse at the option of the getterup of the club WASN IN IT Lexington Ky Oct 23The Hag gin german of last night is all the talk in Bluegrass society today Many of the guests did not get away until long after sunrise this morning and dancing was continued until a few minutes before oclock The guests departed on various outgoing trains this morning Estimates on the cost of the entertainment place tho ure at 1500- 0CommentNelghbor Haggin has a 380000 shack just across the road from Quakeracre but as dancing is one of the things which like Daniel Webster never had the ca pacity to learn I just couldnt go though I know the shindig must have been a drag without me Neighbor Haggin has a mansion In New York City the ground for the stable of which cost 250000 and then he has this one by me and then he has a Oflgold Hattlcsville Ark Oct 02 Mr C C Moore I like the Blade very I trnptbutdBlade of October 19 E 302 cerning Methuselah his age is given as 969 If mistake not tho Bible gives his age as I havent time to look the matter up please exam ine and report to me Mr Joe Wilson here Is a Baptist but he likes the Blade very much Enclosed find petition for Dr Hammer like your piece about Uncle Jo Yours Ever J BERRY AVEY Answer My edition of the Bible says Genesis And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty and nine and he died But the edition of the Bible am using was printed In 1871 and as it makes Methuselah born 781 years be fore the Hood without explaining how he got over the high water It may be that now the Bible printing brethren are hedging a little as to how old Methuselah was- WORKING FOR THE Dennison Ohio Oct 15 02 C Moore Dear Sir Enclosed please find my check for 250 for which send the Blade to each of the following five Send the last my daughter as a premium Dr Greers Physician in the House- I promised to C B Polen a subscriber that if he would get me five subscribers I would get him a Phy sician in the House and I expect to get the names in a few days I tell the people that if they read the B B and follow its teachings they wont go to hell If they get suddenly passed over the river Styx- I think we will have a fre thought society here My plan is first to get the people to read then organize The Blade Is Improving I want to see 100000 then we will have the soursavers on the run GEORGE O ROBERTS PREACHER IN TROUBLE Rev L O Cook a Methodist minis ter of LaRue Marlon county Ohio was arrested at Kenton Tuesday to gether with a woman of the same name but who Is not related to him They went to Kenton and registered at a leading hotel as Mr Hamilton and lady It Is said that his rein tions with the lady have been suspected for some time and her rein tives were watching them He has preached in this section for many years and once before got into simi lar trouble His wife is divorced from him The woman In the case is Mrs Eva Cook a grass widow The adulteryThe well known In this city Sandnsky Ohio Register Amarillo TexasI have several promises from men to subscribe I send 150 for enclosed names They rill promise me to work to get more subscribers will sure do my best popularheretbingCAPT J W JOHNSON I II a MINISTER I At MISREPRESENTATIONBY President James of Northwestern University Evanston Illinois ad dressing the Rock River M E Con ference said It is stated in our charter that no religious test shall bo required of plicants We are receiving state help and are exempt from taxes but we are a Methodist University and take every occasion to make our stud ents feel the magnitude and impor of Wo pay as cu1turetal culture Here we have a frank expression made hefore several hundred minis ters of the subterfuges practiced by university officials and teachers No Catholic conclave over expressed it self plainer than this Do we want our children educated by men of selfconfessed insincerity Are we to submit to taxation for the support of Methodism No wonder Catholics mand relief from school taxation knowing that such underhand meth ods prevail Are our legislators never to be In structed by the people to oppose such unjust measures not only unjust to unbelievers but to all other sects But such methods bear the ear marks aliilIaNewel Dwight ills successor of Henry ward Beecher has just dis covered that world do move Ho says Happily we are getting away from the physical hell Hillls has 111111lstrlousshako his fist In the face of the Al mighty before he would continue to consign Infants to hell The Presbyterian creed has now been revised and the objectionable feature of In fant damnation eliminated We seem to have relieved the children from hell but as yet no orthodox church has revised its creed to allow adults to escape the fiery ordeal The only hope for the race seems to be to die in Infancy This one point elimin ated from Presbyterianism seems to Impress Dr Hillls as the only revis ion necessary and with characteristic ministerial inconsistency he assures us that If Ingersoll were living today he would be a member of the Chris tian church but when we reflect that Ingersoll stood for the right to Investigate the right to life and erty and happiness for good works and good morals for justice hero and hereafter for friendship and fellow tilt towardtl men for ceedom of thought and speech for mental Integ rity and thQ majority of the human intellect the claim of Hillis that In gersoll would now belong to a Chris tian church is preporterous 0It Is very easy for anyone who ex ercises his reasoning faculties to un derstand how the many contradictions and Inconsistencies were Incorporated In the Bible Centuries ago a church council of several hundreds of bers each with Ideas to advance met to decide on the contents of the Holy Book The result was several bishops with broken heads and a mass of lit cratuo rejected after heated debates and much Incorporated as the in spired word which was bitterly op have a recurrence of this riotous council in the Church of England In the year of our Lord 1902 wherein the presiding Bishop had to Interfere to prevent personal violence among the delegates so radically did their differI there has been an the Episcopal and mother church and in this conference Rev Athelstan RIley made an Impas sioned plea for the worship of Images What an opportunity the occasion would have furnished for a humorist and a good cartoonist The cheers and continued applause which follow ed this appeal almost Insured the suc cess of the movement which would have made fortunes for the manufac turers of tin Saviors mothers of God and saints of various proportions and degrees of holiness effect was spoiled however by an heretical member Dr Alexander bishop of Der ry who so far forgot his early teach- Ing as to declare that all revelation Is progressive This precipitated controversy and the infallibility of the Bible was assailed in no uncertain terms and Rev Dr King threw an other bom by declaring the Bible could no longer bo regarded as the standard of morals Much time was devoted to the Ills emission of ritualistic ceremonials and following so closely upon the death of the antiritualist John Kcnsit much anger was manifested The re port states that the Congress was not a peace meeting but with this representation of heretics and fanat ics arrayed against each other we Infldcs can afford to stand aloof and watch the demolition of Bible by the men who are paid to preserve beenn shrdlu shrdlu nhrdlij shrdlu it intact Success to these brethren o In a recent issue of the Rams Horn an ultrareligious publication appear cartoons of ministers In varying attitudes of doubt expound- Ing the gospel to their congregations Under first meehc eyed representative of Christianity are the words guess under tho second Possibly the third Perhaps th- efourthI will not venture to say and adorning bottom of the page In larger typo these words This is kind of preaching that empties pews The pious editor of tho Rams Horn in seeking to correct what seems to him to bo a disastrous predicament of the pulpit has truthfully l1li L set forth In these cartoons what longII well written articles have oftimebut a few words of uncertainty es cape them Is emptying the pews and they are not being refilled be thinkfornecessaryforthat he was called of God To de clare his knowledge of a sentence to doubtfultermsperhapswere not in his vocabulary Instead expressedInI redeemerpugIIIsticthe hearers into silence and fearful acceptance of his assertions A third questioner was silenced with the cheering assurance that whosoever belloveth not shall be damned and questionSuch services embellished with Ho leadoth me My Jesus I love thee SafeInendless prayers of the pulpiteer who KNEW about the hereafter have main tained well filled pews for years behold how the mighty has fallen The massive church structures so long wrapped In superstitious gloom passingtific lectures to musical entertain ments to stereoptlcal displays to discussions of subjects touching the welfare of man In this life and noth quicklymortality and future punishment Tho ministers attitude of doubt mention ed In the foregoing cartoons was In duced by the Infidels work for the Improvement of present conditions In teaching selfreliance Instead of deluging Jesus with affection in teaching personal and contlnous effort Instead of praying for unattainable When all ministers adopt the humane unselfish methods of Infidels their pews will ho filled to overflow ingSome strange things transpired In the Rock River Illinois Methodist Conference recently adjourned De linquent ministers were dealt with in secret sessions especially charges of immorality charges of misappropriat ion of funds seemed to be beneath the dignity of this august assemblage When common theft occurs why Is there no one to prefer charges In a civil suit and gain restitution in the courts Is the machlner of inquisition in operation to secure immunity for Gods emmlssarles It seems so The usual heated debates were par ticipated In by the D Ds who in a gentlemanly and approved style called each other liars but no action was taken In the direction of heresy hunters though it would have been quite consistent to exclude Independent thinkers while the dissolute and immoral representatives retained their places One pugnacious bellweather of a bloodwashed flock whose thusiasm evidently exceeded his vo racity referring to the above dis cussion said Men are coming into our conference every year who are Universalists Not being asked the proper questions by examiners they slip through I am heartily In favor of excluding liberal thinkers Here Is another good Methodist who seems to have no regard for tho truth dare say that not a single Universalist has returned to tho Methodist conference to say nothing of members returning every year It would be a valuable education for the Methodists were they associated with Universalists occasionally A few ideas might thus be born In the orthodox brain Instead of liberal thinkers return ing to the church reverse Is true proved by their own representatives and organs The Baptist Standard says decrease in theological students is wide spread and the ones who enter are not as high grade intellectually or morally as 40 years ago Dr Jesse B Thomas Newton Theo logical Seminary says During the last year of the century theology lost 252 students while law gained and medicine 1435 Prof Ira M Price says The decrease in number of students for the ministry is a fact The professor quotes extenuate ing circumstances but a fact is a fact and a very stubborn thing and no amount of juggling with words can change the records though only every day observation Is necessary to prove that the thinkers are baying the church Instead of returning to It A Dr Chase was requested to resign his position because of immor amity and lying If lying Is an of fense to deserve exclusion from the conference where shall we list pre varication misrepresentation decep tion and general chicanery No church conference nowadays would be complete without whole ses shoes being given to the discussion of higher criticism and evolution theory and this one was no exception These two obstacles to oldtime belief were assailed with Invective Irony and ridicule by Dr Burns He declared that the theory of evolution has never been proved Well neith er has the theory of creation in Genesis been proved Neither has tho Biblical declaration of tho fall of man the plan of salvation or eternal damnation been proved If Methodists are only accepting things that havo been proved they should join Jap anese cult who declare only for a re ligion of scientific demonstration Ho also declares that the Interpretation of tho Bible as It Is written has been saving men for ages How many has It saved What has It saved them from Has It saved women and child ten nod heathen and pagan nations Did It abolish human slavery Did It enact just laws Did It arbitrate disputes Did It create happiness and Inspire justice No It has done none of these things but it has en slaved the race set one half of the people at the throat of the other half Defiled and degraded and damn ed women and postponed happiness and justice until a future existence Verily a church conference report Is an educator In word gymnastics w LEXINGTON EASTERNI RAILWAY COMPANY Time Table No2 Dally No4 Ex Sunday Dally- p m a m Lv Lexington 225 745 Lv Winchester 310 825 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