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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r c J Kl r II GEAS8 BLADES ifJ t= SV rv 27 VS EDIVED BY A HEATHEN IN TILL INTEREST OF GOOD MOM LS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 yl YEAR IN ADVANCE II VOL XI NO ID LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JANUARY 25 E M 303 X100 A YEAR H4 d 0r jb TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 100 Issues for one year J2fiO 10 Issues for ono year 100 100 Issues lor ono year 3500 TermslO per yar11l advance In clubs of five 50 cents foreign subscription 150 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your nddrersallI Vise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber paysI oreIso ordered by the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers re ceved until the paper Is paid for In ftiUjiiitodato and ordered discontinued Office bf publication 101 East Third street near Entered at the Post Office at Lexing ton Kyas Second Class Mail all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Cumberland Telephone 307 Club Rates and Sample Copies The Blade wll be sent for cents a year each for any order for FIVE or more Sample copies will be sent free THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink believe from the time It Issues from the tolled and poisonous worm of the distillery until it empties into the hell of crime death and dishonor i It demoralizes everybody that touches do not believe that anybody can ltI the subject without be prejudiced against this liquid J All you have to do is to think of the of death of the suicides of the Insan ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius It has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary 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 alcoholROBERT INGERSOLLj Keep Church and State forev- eseparateGrr t In no sense whatsoever Is this gpv ernment founded upon the Christian religion Washington The divorce between Church an State should be absoluteGarfield COLLEGEofMEDICINE SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material EEP MODERATE Fall term opens In Septembers Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSLER M DScy 846247 Ashland Ave Chicago III jj k d 111 Big Prize For an Able Defense of the Christian Faith Rams Horn In Its Issue of January 1903 makes the following announce prize of 0000 Is offered by tho trustees of Lake Forest College Ill inois for the best book written in defense of the Christian faith Tho offer Is open to scientific men Christian philosophers and historians of all nations Tine president of the college Dr Richard D Harlan says that any phase of Christian truth or human history or of modern life that may throw light upon the Christian faith as It Is received by the great body of Christian believers would be a fitting theme for any book offered In the competition Tho manuscript three typewritten copies in each case must be sent In before June 1905 The Christian faith has been per sistently preached for years by Popes priests parsons presbyters and college professors as the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth If It Is the truth why should It In this the 20th Century need a defense Scientists have demonstrat ed the rotundity of the earth the heliocentric theory the distances and motions of planets and stars the attraction of gravitation the power and uses of steam and electricity the circulation of the blood the ef fects of climate and soil upon the man race All these and a thousand other truths that have Immeasurably benefited the human race have been discovered and demonstrated by the human mind without the aid of In spiration and supernatural power and they need no defense Suppose that scientists should a 0000 prize for the best book ofCerI ten In defense of the fact that the earth revolves CHURCH GOING IN CITIES The Des Moines Dally News of December 7th editorializes as follows on NonChurch goers In ourI population of Manhattan Is about 2000000 there are church es the membership of NonChurch which is 700000 and the attendance on are goers In cent Sunday was 135 000 in the Protestant OUr Cities churches and 320000 In the Catholic churches Thus about threequarters of the peo ple of the great city are non attendants upon religious services Prob ably In our cities a like proportion would be dlscouvered It Is a poor showing and would seem to call for renewed missionary work It Is ap parent that It Is not necessary to go to the farthest ends of the earth to tied the pagans This Is exactly what Freethinkers have always claimed that the churches have a big contract on their hands to attend to the heathen nt our doors Instead of wading through seas of vice crime Ignorance and human misery to take a ship to embark for foreign lands to carry the Gospel to the Pagans- It Is only our entire Ignorance of Oriental civilizations and an organ effort to give places to Christian missionaries that have caused the In trusion of Christians In Pagan lands When our great dally papers ploy means to find out Just how many people go to church here in out own country and find that three fourfhs of the population do not attend church it fines look likp It Is about time to recall the foreign missionaries and put them to work In thin Route Melds Of the onefourth of our people who motivers could be truthfully portrayed It would make Interesting reading At a recent meeting of Methodist Metlidtige In the larger cities and the de crease In church membership grsa that a letters was Issued by the oils to pastors and members the world over appointing n week of penitence and prayer for the revival of Interest In tho Church The causes given in this otter which portend the decay of American Methodism are thus en umerated by the Bishops Labor troubles and the church standing aloof from them Neglect of tho submerged tenth Methodism above Its business and permitting the Salvation Army to Its work Speculation and vagaries of Citric tian Science tNn more camp meetings Light literature r t iU axis or tho truth of mathematics would not this offer be an open confession that the scientists and mathe maticians were not dead sure of the truth of their demonstrations and more evidence and light were needed to prove what they have proclaimed Whole libraries of books have boon theChristianhavo been preached thousands of theological schools supported mil anlllllllionsof time consumed In Its defense If It has not heed absolutely prov- en true In all this time and with all this expenditure of effort and treas tire there must bo great doubt exist ing among tho orthodox Christians as to the truth of their professed ligion to offer a 0000 prize for the best hook written in defense of the Christian faith The Christian faith rests wholly on a hook called the Holy Bible claimed to lIe tho Word of God If God has not proved the truth of iris own word In 2000 years surely a human being who would write the best hoollof the ages can hardly be expected to do it If tho Christian religion is true it needs no defense anti If It Is not true all the defense In the world will be of no avail When Dr Rfchanl D Harlan President of Lake Forest College Illinois awards tills prize ofi 0000 for the heat hook written defense of tho Christian faith It should be attentively read by scien provethatanthropology are true arid scientists may Imo to make an ungraceful treat llENrLYVersailles Character of amusements and too many of them- Sidetracking of moral and spirit ual forces necessary to build a church and lack of selfdenial No more revivals given be themCritICismS iHigherThe unorthodox have long bend as itsprestigeple and the Church has denied lit but the facts which are patent everywhere are forcing confession from nearly all the denominations Tho causes given by the Methodist Bishops are from an orthodox standpoint but those who take wider vlow discover that the cl lrFhI theChristiancount in out business social and doI mestic systems whllo tho human mind Is growing moro self reliant and Inquiring Large classes of people who have been churchgoers are saying We are weary of hearing what you believe tell us what you know The church of today has solved Itself Into n social club alllI this feature is the great Incentive to church atllHlanceIJOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Ky FROM TIE SCHOOL COMPANION OF INGERSOLL Buffalo N Jan 03 My Dear Moore As you know have Insomnia and the enclosed Is the result 6t my wrestling with the muses Yon may lnd room for it In your basket if not try your barrel Hoping you and yours at Quaker acre are having a happy New Year today anti that Mrs Moore will open something good If nothing hotter than a keg of nails Mrs W joining mo we remain as over Yours S W WETMORE BEAUTIFUL INDIAN TERRITORY Tho mecca for tho homeseoker and Investor wonderful results greater possibilities The M K k T Ry Is the pioneer Indian Territory line and six of the largest town are located directly on Its lines Write for pamphlets Address JAMES BAHKRH Gen Pass Agent K T Ry Vl Walnwrlght Bldg St Louis SEEKING HOME amtAsIUAHKgtlWnluwrlght Bldg St Louts 560i IS THE NUMBER OF COPIES OF DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT SUBSCRIBED FOR TO THIS DATE r GEORGE OTIS DRAPER SONINLAW OF MAYOR DUNCAN a PUBLISHES WORK AGAINST In THE CHRISTIAN I RELIGION in hostel Mass Jan rGeorgo Otis Draper millionaire Inventor and globe lVtter the son of the exAm to bassador to Italy W F Draper Is out author laving mndo public his anUlorshl1of a philosophical work published anonymously over tiyeartianity and takes the ground that Christian ideals are impossible In this book ho declares himself to he nsa truthThe Truth contains chapters In the first chapter the author comes to thoco1T elusion that Christianity Is tive of the awe of Ignorance Under tire older doctrine he states Christianity has been built up around a literary creation the great mass havln taken the simple account as unquestionable truth In the Impracticability of Christi anlt he says admitting that the- ohJectbf Christianity is the abandon ment of earthly affairs for devotionmto tho spiritual welfare of low men will any careful student af firm that there is ono Christian conn try suite county city town where the rilling instinct Is not Individual vorldly gain This Christian idea Is not impossible but la absolute ly abnormal unnatural strained harsh cold lifeless unattractive and undesirable Christianity has come to signify commonplace morality Wealth power conquest all the fac tars which Christ abhored were the chief akin in establishing his present standard of success Tho Christian rellsljin Is impracticable impossible IImanandbanglit fBaRgressjve free from restraint or dogma compulsory forms with utilitarian ends with expedient con pollution slth willingness to learn + + d + WellKnown Here George Otis Draper who is referred to pi tics above dispatch as having taken a radical departure from the doctrine of revealed religion Is well known here Ho married Miss Lillie Duncan daughter of Mayor II Dun Jan aiid she and her daughter anti two handsome keys are now herewith her father It has long been Iniown that Mr Draper entertained advanced views on the Important questions he discussed In his publica tlon bt that he has emphasized them v the publication of these views In a philosophical work will add Inter to Mr Drapers position for those who know him 1902 MIDNIGHT 1903 The Old and New Adieu to you Old Naught and Two Your life was but a spat No doubt your soul has crowded through And Joined that Christian clan Your birth your lift ah yes your death Have made us happy true yet we sigh at every breath To change old friends for now You brought us sorrow grief and JoyfYou mingled mirth with pain orsooth wed like much less alloy Our loss was not your gain Your mother died In giving birth Ypnvo lost your life the same We sigh anti cry with mingled mirth Though simply changed the name The New Ah hail Good morning New naught tied three So you have come to stay A year with us and then youll leo and give 011 life away Well lets be friends both good and true And watch these Christians well youtheyllFor crowns In Heaven but wo know That placo Is hero rigid hero Celestial Joys are here below No Gods or fear Festlua lento while you stay SUllerstitlunI priests at bay Joy shall crown fruition We hope and pray that pre glad year May como and go as yore Well sadly bid adieu with fear To welcome Naught and Four Ot S WETMORE MUSIC AT THE CONGRESS BIO Josef V Uarborka a Bohemia harpist and Cello soloist will have charge of the music at tho Lexington Congress IWf may tint plunk harps hereafter but we cau here Bible Brand Upon Women of Christendom The Dos Moines Iowa Dally News with a circulation of over 40000 printed only a short limo ago a car toon oCa typical old Negro evidently devout Christian who was engaged lire work of branding with the common mark tho tools of a railway company In tho accompanying sketch fancy type tho Negro employee philosophizes on how some people are apt to mistake the tools of the com pang for their own hence tine neces eity of branding them and in order point a mural and adorn a tale for gaping listeners ho applies tho Idea of branding women Shorn of the Negro dialect ho says In port Now you take a woman shes just like a shovel Any ohri is liable to pink hue and run off with her If slid Isnt ll they see a good deep razor mark across her cheek they are going to stop and consider isnt somebody elses property and they are going to stop and consider twice or oftener before they steal tt woman from the man that owns There Is the secret of the whole matter and It is not much of a secret either to anyone who cares to stndj This poor ignorant negro has put into words just what thousands of Christian men are crystalizlng Into deeds Men own women and it Is their right to brand tho women they own vith the nark of subjection Look Upon the great mass of wo en met In a days travel and they do not need the razor mark across the cheek to brand them as the prop erty of some representative of the mule sex1ho lookuf fear or care desperationthe Christian teaching that man to the head of the house and that Suffer not a woman to usurp authority over the man but to In silence more plainly than tho branding iron or the razor could do Tho latter In struments of torture only leave a slur face scar hut the terrible brutalities perpetrated against women by their masculine owners have seared the- ntellect and burned into the heart their marks are indelibly im printed In the facer witllHed in the attitude described inv ate actions lifi Mho sneenn nndl flntAllpil poster yarc V U In my little pamphlet Canon law for women I haVe traced thff Bible irecepts1 through church laws to tho present time to show that the de lorable condition of the portion of the female sex who adhere to the church 1s only what should be expect ed and until the Bible and thin Can on law are repudiated little Improve ment can come The story by this Negro brander should arouse tho indignation of wo men and cause them to search for the origin of such a thought f such a movement could be mado In concert tho priesthood of Christen dam would be looking for a useful occupation and many of the husbands of today would bo sung for an equitable compromise The darkeys well expressed de claration thatany one is apt to pick her up anti run off with her she Isnt branded1 dues not even grant to women the expression of sent or dissent in the carrying off irocetfs Anti ha Js right How many vomen upon discovering their this ako In marriage and In seeking to fled from former homo and friends lave been pursued by the men who owned thom and abused beaten and dragged inch to the domestic prison A husband usually considers his wife to have exorcised phenomenally good Judgment In accepting him for lust master hot she Is then and there to the right to exorciso any- unction of the Intellect or expression of nay personal preferences How long arc women going tamely to submit to the inhumanities which have received the sanction of church authorities sluice the establishment of that Institution know poor Catholic woman who has suffered the tortures of the damned from the Inhuman mO8ter who owns lieu yet her spiritual adviser councils patience and long suffering as agencies to admit hgl to the pearly gates of Paradise and by the promise of Scripture that women ate saved In child bearing though Her vitality Is rapidly ebbing from such And there are thousands of cases just like this Women have poured out thelan guished souls in supplication to Jed ior relief from these monstrous wrongs and In relieving their pent up qmolfnns they have thought their prayers wore answered though they have continued to bear the crushing burden until they are physically mis shapen and mentally incompetent t guide their won barque It means n long and weary work for the pioneers of reform for women before the sex Is emancipated A case In point thatta man owns his wlfertho Idea which for centuries has been Inculcated Into tlio minds of Christiana and Is cut minating In the murder of several thousand women Query year by has hauls or lovers One Otto Coppen haven was brought before an Indlan npoHs Court charged with killing his wife Report says he did not deny J tho crime but said If wont to kill my wife it Is nobodys business is It It evidently was considered to bo none of the poor woman3Ibusiness and as her life went out she must have exclaimed with Grant Wallace there Is no marriage In par allies thank heaven If there were there would bo no paradise Sly sister women wake up shake off the deadly lethargy of Inaction RtllplfIlIgwhich creates woman as an afterthought holds her as a piece of property subject to a master and destines her to perdition in the future Rise up and repudiate the Canon laws which Lord Brougham says are n this grace to Christianity nail the civiliza thou of the 19th Century Join the movement for humanity for liberty and justice Remember one of the Canons of the English church Kingslewne honest enough to say that This will never bo a good world for women until the last rom nant of the Canon Law is civilized from the face of the earth Step out into the arena of investigation where reason Is the victorious contestant and claim the reward When women refuse to wear the brand of a Christian master who is reinforced by the priesthood quoting tho Canon Law and the Bible for their subjection then will their emancipation be accomplished HARRIET M CL- OSZDRUSAVACE DOES NOT THINK JESUS WAS GOD EXPRESSES OPINION flitFATHERThe Rev Dr Minot J Savage preached Sunday morning at the Church of the Messiah on the Birth Jesus He said In part mayIthis mgningon a matter4 vhlgliia jr ti fir ti Mi How did Jesus come Into tilts world This Is more than a matter of spec ulation it touches Our conception of God anti order of Ills world of the naturo of man and of human des tiny touches them all fundamentally so that we really live In one kind of universe or another according ns we think ono way or another concerning this one problem This question of how Jesus was born Is purely and simply a question of historic fact It Is to be treated In the light of the evidence so far as we call discover It Paul was beheaded In the persecu lion under Nero at Rome about the year The first honk of the New Testament was the letters of Paul As Jesus was born four years before the beginning of the year 30 Paul died about years after tho death of his Master Did you ever note that Paul hind never heard any story of the Virgin birth The first one of the Gospels to come Into Its present shape was that of Mark and Murk was written about the year 70 you ever notice that Mark has DlelIto say about tho Virgin birth very striking also to note In passing that the Gospel according to John does not refer to It null yet this pel Is the one that Is popularly supposed to teach the most exalted Ideas as to the life anti olfice of Jesus Now we come to the two Gospels that do mention It Matthew and Luke They were written not far from the end of the second century The stories of Matthew and Luke are utterly hopelessly Irreconcilable Ac cording to Matthew the homo of Jo 4seph and Mary was Bethlehem WhemJwas the babe hot according to Matt hew In Joseph and Mays own home He says nothing whatever about any stables or manger Josephs home according to Luke his original home was In Nazareth not Bethlehem as Matthew tells It Then Mary just before the birth of tho babe snakes a difficult Journpy over hill and through dale on the basic of a mule miles to Bethle hem When they reach there there is no room in the caravansary for them old the babo Is born In tho manger There Is no good reason In tho New Testament or in the early church history for the belief that testis was God believe and assure you that all the best unbiased scholarship of the world Is back of this statement thatohis father was Joseph and his mother Mary about tile year B C The mouth the date of the mouth nobody knows December 25 was not gener ally accepted throughout tho Church until some time In tho fourth cen turyICORRECTION 0 IL Stone of Baring Wash sent 1000 to the Blade and the lino thinking that was the limit to the Blade put it down that way t m m BLUE GRASS BLADE J ANCESTORS OF ijuNOTABLE MEN Dr Hillis Statement That They Are Mostly Clergymen is Denied by a Student of Biographies z To the editor r Rov Newell Dwight hulls In the course of his convocation sermon at the University of Chicago last Sun r day said The great men of our country stand ns the product of a line of clergymen A minister was they father or the grandfather of all our greatest men our poetslscientists and lawyers If tho above statement was true there would bo nothing very wonder ful about It when one considers the j great number of men who during tho 200 years have been clergymen of the numerous religious denomina tions In this country But the fact is the clergymans statement is not correct as any person who has ac I cess to a set of the biographies of our greatest men our poets scIent- Istsf and lawyers can easily deter a few of the Presidents of the United States have been the Imme diate descendants of ministers and these few do not include the greatest ara wisest or best of the number Washingtons father and grandfath t t ers were planters soldiers and mag s istrates Jeffersons father was a far mer as was his father before him and his maternal grandfather was a planter Jacksons father was a farmer his grandfather was a linen draper and his mothers family were SSlinen weavers Fillmores family can be traced through six generations of sailors and farmers So far as known r there were no preachers In Lincolns family on either side The Harrisons wore farmers and soldiers Grants unbrokenJfarmers and soldiers and if there was a preacher in the family on either side the general was not sufficiently proud of the fact as to mention It In his Personal Memoirs As for McKinley his biographer- Hulstead gives his ancestry for man generations but says nothing of any of teem being ministers but states that on both sides they were soldiers tillers of the soil and moulders of the ore Benjamin Franklin certainly ac quired some distinction and for sev eral generations the heads of his fam- Ily were blacksmiths His grandfather was a scrivener his father a tal low chandler and hs mother the daughter of a writer of political for poets Henry Wadsworth Longfellows father was a lawyer his grandfather a judge his great grandmother a teacher his great great grandfatlier a blacksmith and his greatgreatgreatgrandfather u t i merchant and his mother was daughter of General Peleg Wads worth an ofllcer of the revolution William Cullen Bryants father amitd a trate There were no iireachhiaJn his JKSttly r 1ttJ Daniel Webster and John C Gal Noun were considered pretty fair law 4F i S yers In their day The father of the former was u soldier farmer ant judge both of his grandfathers wer Calhouns father was a sur tveyor and his grandfathers wer rs Among the scientists whose ances tors were not clergymen may be mentioned such men as Alexander Dallas Bache James Blythe Rogers Georg- Catlin Thomas Say Edward hitch- cock William Barton Rogers John J Audubon Harry Rowe Schoolcruft and many others Rev Dr Hillis like so many other ministers has become accustomed to standing In his pulpit and having his statements received to his hearers without a question as to their cor rectness that no doubt he makes assertions without considering personAas the boy did about his statements Whatever mother says Is no whether Its true or not R T SPENCER The above article is a good one and a sample of the many that are being printed In refutation of misstate ments of Christian ministers Dr Hil lis did not state where we should s catalogue the great Infidels like RQb 1ebt Ingersoll who had the blood of a in his veins According to estimate of some people only church men are great It Is said that when t Win McKinley was Inaugurated sail turned to his mother for congratula tons that she wept with dIsappoInt- ment as she said hud always hop ed you would become a Bishop of the Church She evidently did not understand that as President he 4could do far more for the church than if he haul become a bishop Infidels should preserve references f like the above or keep them in mem orys storehouse to place alongside similar assumptions which are con sta sly appearing As Mr Spencer says ministers are so accustomed to standing In the pulpit and having their statements received without question by their hearers that they make assertions without considering their number of the purity league who spoke In the Methodist church If the tales told by this representa tive of Purity were reproduced Editor Moore would be prosecuted But one Is helpless In the presence of the pulpit ono can neither deny the yassertion nor demand proof This same man who was looking after the morals of others told of his own dis honest Intriguing methods of entrap ping a youth into circulating what he deemed to be obscene literature nnd of the timid discharge of the boy from his position And yet he wasI listened to by mi open mouthed au dience who did not question as or denounce his methods of bedhisgustedand be slanders against the youth of them country and at the laws which per suit a conspiracy to entice and en trap an unsuspecting victim In talk Ing with a number of the audience afterward found that they had not considered the unreasonable side of the stories but had accepted them as gospel truth Nor had they thought of tho injustice of placing a premium on the human ferret who thrusts his nose Into the private concerns of othersIf were to make It a rule to challenge the assertions of min isters and call upon them to prove their statements believe they would bo more careful and the people In general would gain a wholesome re spect for unbelievers We have repeatedly given proof that our great men have been Infi dels and that one of the greatest among themThomas Painewas the real founder of our republic and we are being recognized as is proved by are article In the New York Press of a recent date and our author hero will ever long be given the place in history which has been denied through the efforts to promulgate historical facts which Christian resentatives persist In falsifying whether the misrepresentations are made by a backwoods exhorter or by Dr Hillis of Plymouth Church If Blade readers have any other facts about our Inlldel ancestors please send them in for publication HARRIET CLOS71 ENCOURAGING FROM WETMORES TOWN Buffalo N Y E M 303 Mr C C Moore Dear Sir and Brother About n year ago a large pickle firm at Its own expense and by way of advertise ment of Its Christian pickles had a church census taken to ascertain the number of Infidels In this good city By some calculation the nature of which Is known only to Christian mathematicians they managed to fig out that in this city of about 375000 Inhabitants there actually lived yes thirteen Infidels My self and my wife Dr S W Wetmore and his better half placed themselves In writing on record as Infidels of the most outspoken kind So there re foryToday take much pleasure duclnlr to you on the enclosed list of new subscribers of the Blue Grass Blade of them the remaining one l will endeavor to discover even if have to use microscope and Xrays- am sure to catch him this weep and send you his name to make up ten new subscribers as per enclosed list wish to recommend to your special brotherly care my dear good friend in Sandusky F Briscott one of the brightest Intellects In the Infidel world He Is Superintendent of the Diamond Wine Co there hut as he does not baptize his wines and manufactures only straight goods as produced by nature he Is totally unfit for a Christian heaven and will have entersaupon his eternal sleep Please send the Blade to all of these good people beginning with the first January number Enclosed P O order for 500 to cover amount of subscriptions hope to be able to8pn lpYOLanrJer UStrlIW it Iillurtl1ii this by way tu cheer you up before you leave for the Holy Land Get your script and sandals ready Gads wont you noise 1a patriarchial looking pilgrim Who seasoneyou a seaeevery one your are ing for relics as mementos Now as am somewhat interested in geology and If they are not too heavy and you getepaying the duty 35 per cent per square foot would request a pair of petrified foot prints of Jesus Christ Rocks must have been aw evden some ties that are wearing out the church pews In this Holy City I felt like having a little chat with you so Intendedeyour you a goodssome ones you could send me as samples will mail you soon another list of subscribers Most cordially Yours fraternally GUSTAVE POHL D P SPut me down for one Dog Fennel In the Orient will try to send you some subscriptions for that ca nine work when can show sample copies DECREES FOR DRUNKENNESS Bibulously inclined Individuals should provide themselves with texts from scripture which recommend strong drink and thereby gain freedom when arraigned for drunkenness as u man named John Doe did in Philadelphia a short time ago When asked by Magistrate Kochersperger why he got drunk this Bible scholar drew himself up and told the court that he had simply lived up to the laws of the Holy Book and referred to Prov and which reads Give strong drink to him that Is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts Let him drink and forget his poverty and re member his misery no more No wonder the temperance move ment organized outside the church When the tenets of the Inspired word recommend liquor drinking one can quote the Bible against morality anytime HARRIET M CLOSE THE GOLDEN SQUARE Something of Interest about the wealth in oil gas and mineral lands In Southwest Missouri Southeast Kansas and Indian Territory tra ersed by the M K T Ry free on request Address JAMES BARKER General Passenger Agent M K T Ry BldgSt 1 J BOOKER WASHINGTON ON RELIGIO The San Francisco Bulletin pub dishes an Interview with Booker T Washington who on religion speaks as grand ideas are growing and spreading among all races They give man a developed selfrespect We are in similar way teaching the negro to rely on himself for his own Indus trial and social If not religious salvation In religion am a Baptist but a liberal one advocate re Hglon of laboror doing rather than proclaimingI no patience with the fool preachers who Inflame tho imagina tlons of my people by telling aboul tho great white heavenly mansions and the golden slippers over there while our people are existing in miser able shanties and going barefoot here tell them that the transition from a oneroom log cabin to a great white mansion would be tv sudden They wouldnt feel at home Better prac tice down here on a three or four room house and start a bank account In Loozany heard the poor darkeys shouting and singing Oluime Jesus Gimme Jesus An you take all de res And found the white man tool them at their word lie all the rest But the negro Is finding out the difference between working for him self and being worked In this Booker T Washington pro claims himself a Christian but It is somewhat apologetically There Is not much gusto and vim about It Ht Is satisfied that there ought to be an Industrial and social salvation for his people but anent a religious salvation he does not plainly declare himself In religion he Is a Baptist but a liberal one A large propor tlon of the InfIdels of this country call themselves liberals and our or aniza tlon Is the National Liberal Party Washington probably mean he Is not the kind of a Baptist that was common 50 years ago and that the Baptists of his race generally are now His idea of religion Is like that of Tom Paine Washington says his Idea of relig Ion Is doing rather than proclaIm- Ing Paine said My religion is to do speaks of fool preachers hut toes not allude to any of them as being very wise or good He uses golden slippers as a part of the wardrobe of heaven just like do In the Blade and do it for ridicule and he does the same He has a hIgh sense of humor suppose he is just as much of an Infidel as am but he thinks It would ruin him to say so but religIon and whiskey are the great drawbacks on the Negroes and if Washlugtoi would announce himself an Infidel wqulsLUethe p t tlrfr for fit race that he could do The Negro preacher and the whIte Christian are equally robbin the dInary Negro THANKS DR WILSON THANKS In the Issue of the Blue Grass veryInterestingIdently the result of a complaint by some one not In full accord with Ed itor Moore on the everlasting drink questionIn first place I may say that do not agree with all the Doctor said by a long way in his lecture on Anarchy reported some time ago In the B B do not believe In what Editor Moore said as to the gambling of King Edward in regard to card play- Ing as he Mr Moore does not seem inclined to give Albert Edward so much liberty in his own house or the house of his private friends as Is en Joyed by the average traveling man In America who dally uses a public traveling railroad car for that pur poseI write this to show that can go against as well as coincide with a statement In the B B What am coming at and what must be potent to any man of good judgment Is the fact that Prohibition as we have It here In Maine is a fail ure and Is just what Dr Wilson says it Is a hypocritical fraud It produces the develish stuff sold by some dealers such as lower class of general village store and some druggists NowYorkIn speaking on this subject before the Christ Club on Sunday opening of saloons The Bishop says Where er prohibition hiss triumphed it has educated a race of frauds and hypocrites In Maine New Hamp shire and Vermont today by actual statistics the consumption of certain preparations Is larger than anywhere else in the country One of alcohol and another Is a compound with 27 per cent of alcohol another is a bitters with Cl per cent of alcohol A good claret has 10 per cent of alcohol and great multi tudes of people who are sworn pro hIbitionIsts are the consumers of these things feel sure If Mr Moore was in this state for long his views would change as right here In Maine some titles sell it openly as In a nonpro liibltlonary state while In most cit Thoughinare agencies regulated by tho States authorIties for the state of good pure IntoxIcants as you will see by the dally papers send with this Close to the state house at Augus ta is a large hotel where Intoxi cants could be had when the house Is sitting at all hours not only leglo lators but anyone have this prlv liege I am assured its a fact that t J this county of Plscatnqua makes more money by fines than open li cense could produce as many tender their flues before they are actually fined well knowing the inevitable- As to the results take a case that happened close here A well known man named Bishop came into my showroom and in return for my show lug him around pulled out a flask from his pocket and offered me a drink Observing that the bottle was labeled Alcohol and had the correct smell of same expressed my astonishment sad asked him If he was In the habit of drinking such stuff and spoke strongly of evils of saute but he said If he couldnt get one kind he would do ns many others did get what he could About two years after the above In cident was standing at my window one day and heard a revolver shot and seeing someone run in tho direc tion of the house where Bishop hoard ed and lived ran to see what was wrong and was just In time to see him breathe his last with a bullet from a revolver through the heart by his own hand thought then about the aptness of a term heard many years ago used In speaking of the proper name for alcohol by Sir B J Ward Richard sou M D who named It the Devil In solution Yours c COOPER Miles Maine A FEW FACTS About the Worlds Fair at St Louis ExposItIonorate the centennial of the purchase of the great Louisiana Territory by the United States from France and will be by far the greatest International event of this character with- In the worlds history It will cover 1200 acres of land have 300 acres of exhibit space and will cost approx innately 4000000000- All Nations States Territories Provinces and Colonies will partici pate and present In highlyclassified arrangement the achievements of modern civilization In the arts sciences and Industries Dedication of the grounds and buildings will be held with fitting ceremony April 30 1903 the centen vial anniversary of the purchase position will be open one year later The price paid for the Louisiana Territory was 15000000 and the land acquired was about one million square miles more than doubling the area of the United States at that funds for the Worlds Fair to date including State and Goy ernment appropriations 20000000 United States Governments appro priations 5000000 for general fund 450000 for building 800000 for ex hibits 40000 for Indian exhibit 000 for lifesaving station 250000 for Philippine exhibit City of St Louis appropriated 000000 State of Missouri appropriat ed 1000000 Balance of money appropriated other various States and Territories Main group of Worlds Fair Build- Ings arranged In the form of a fan the art palaces forming the apex at buildsentrance to be upon the Grand Avenue at the northeast corner of the of the affairs of the exposition is in the hands of nin etythree directors Important features will be The airship tournament in which prizes to the amount of 150000 will be awarded the series of international congresses In which distinguished savants from all parts of the world will participate the great horso show upon fashionable lines the dairy test the atheletlc events etc The Louisiana Purchase Exposition anyformerlife and activity of the nations of world St Louis city of tho exposition fourth city In population in the United States was unanimously chosen as the place for holding the Worlds Fair by a convention of delegates ap pointed by the Governors of States and Territories within the original Henderson St Louis Railway Is the Worlds Fair line from Louisville Owensboro and Kentucky points LOW RATES TO SOUTHWEST On the first and thlr Tuesdays of each month the Cotton Belt Route will sell one way and round trip tickets at one halt the regular rate plus 200 to points In Missouri Arkansas Louisiana and Texas allowing stop over going and return limit of unusually low rates Is made Immlgrationbelieved by those who have made stray of conditions that no territory on the American Continent otters equal opportunities for farming stock raising fruit and truck growing or any of the multiplied Industries that are building prosperous towns nail cit iesTo the person of limited means de siring a home this section of country offers greater inducements than per haps any place on earth fertility of soil exceedingly low prices of land mild open winters long growing seasons enabling two and three crops to be made off the same ground combines a greater number of advantages than may be found else of the following literature de scriptive of the country and Its re sources along the line of the Cotton Belt Route will be sent free to any person upon application houses In the Southwest For tunes in Growing Fruits and Vegeta bles Glimpses of Southeast Mis souri Arkansas and N W Louisiana Through Texas with a Camera The Dlversier a fruit and truck growers Journal E W Lo GEAUME d P T A Cotton Belt Route St Louis Mo ILL i 1 IMY BIRTHDAY Its Annual Celebration In Maryland Frederick Md Jan 03 Dear C Moore Wo have celebrated your OGtl birthday nt Park Ridge the homo of Aaron Davis December 20 1902 at which time the flag of the United States was thrown to the breeze and the farm bell was rung the same that we have done to celebrate Thom as Palnes birthday for the last 30 live in hope that for what you have done for tho good of humanity future generations will hold your name In living green never to be for gotten in history send you herewith the account of the C C Moore celebration that the editors of Frederick newspapers would not publish for me If you think It would be some good to Immunity you can publish it or you can throw it in the waste basket If you publish it send me or pa pers 1 o orsAAcRON DAVIS The following is the article The C5th anniversary of the Ex Rev Charles Moores birthday was celebrated December 20th E 302 1902 at 10 oclock a m Park Ridge the home of Aaron Davis at which time the flag of the United States was thrown to breeze and farm bell was rung to call our neighbors to hear what C C Moore has done for humanity since he has come down out of the pulpit and taken the name of Infidel or Rationalist C Moore was put In jail In Paris Ky by a church in that town Ht was then put in jail In Lexington Ky for blasphemy against me Holy Ghost and was taken out by lodge Parkers decision He was again putt In jail and released by Judge Evans decision Then Christians sent him to the penitentiary charged with publishing obscene literature and was pardoned by President Me KinleyC Moore is now one of the great champions of Freethought and has dOlie more good for humanity than all the divines In the world and his Blue Grass Blade Is sent around the globe When he goes to the land of the Gods Palestine we want him to write his new book Dog Fennel in the Orient and we want him to stay in the East until he Is met by Dr J B Wilson of Cincinnati who will be sent as a delegate from the National Liberal Party with a wreath of flow ers to he laid at Brunos statue in 1904 E M 304 Moore to place the Constitution of the United States and that of the National Liberal Party on the head of Brunos statue When Moore and Wilson stand at that statue to do what the National Liberal Party sent them to do they will have a larger party to greet than Plus IX Pope of Rome had In when he had called all the Cardinals and Bishops of the world to Rome and decided that Jesus Christ had no father except the Holy Ghost and byypower can onized her on December 25 1854 The Goddess mothers picture was then placed in the churches with Christs picture do not bellv a that ExRev Charles Moore will lIeve all have jmld about this Catholic mother uo myself believe it because nobody can understand what Holy Ghost AARON DAVIS PETERS SUCCESSOR IS SAD The longlooked for Encyclical of the Little Old man of the Vatican Is out at last Of nil the Bulls that ever emanated from Rome this is the wildest cov of the whole cattle penThe Holy Pontiff Is sad clean SovereigntyTheAncient Gent heartache or stomach ache lie really needs looking after Ills moral systems his mental system and his physical system are so Inex tricably mixed up and twisted through each other and tied Into bow knots with ribbon on that he dont know where one system begins and anther his life behind him and his death before him and ready to sack the Ancient Marrlner of the Holy See and the Higher criticism jarring him on the right and Protestant and un believers knocking him on the left DeepSeaHe has appointed a commissioner and told them to Investigate certain matters and then report to him that he Is still the only onller popest Pope The vlcarest Vicar of all Vicars He has told them In ad vance just what they must find out and find it just as he wants them to hind It lIe also tells his beloved sheep that they must not bleat In unison with the Protestant flock Even priests who read Protestant books are to sprinkle holy water over every page and say a thousand or two hall Mays and mumble a few yards of church Latin and hold the hooks over burning Incense with a pair of tongs and read at longrange The commis sion are to undertake the dead easy task of dovetailing the church trines Into the Hflleniiuc revelations so that scientific revelation and Bi ble revelations will accord and lie down together as the lion and the lamb are going to do in sweet by and by when the robbins nest some more All Little Old Man of the See has to do is to order a thing done and presto it Is done to a turn Ho Is tho greatest Calif In Callfirlle with the left out lie Is the Major Do mo of Heaven is the boss of Purga tory and chief cook In hell He Is Vicegerent of God and Vicar of Christ and boot black to Satan lie Is the high muckamiick of tho uni verse But ho has to go way lunch and sit down hard when the higher criticism clung The higher criticism bothers him day and night waking or sleeping eating or drinking smoking or chewing It stares at tits from walls and ceilings The mon ogram I H S gets mixed up Into II ril DRINK HABIT CURED Homo treatment for euro cuaran LIQUORCURE uttheaddress In the United States upon receipt of immunityDest REMEDYCO The cross twists Itself Into H C Even the high jinks that the Cath ollcs have among themselves are at tributed to H C Every chord in the Vatican harps Is tuned to HIght CIEvery swell of the ocean Is high Even the Papal See Is High See WhatIthe old man wants is to Jump his grave and pull the sod over him self p d q He Is too good for this world and should jump off at Buffalo or some other lakeport He has given his commlsh a big job There is another old sick man In Europe In the last stages of rottenness He should begin to unravel his mortal coil and demonstrate for the forty leventh time the Pope of Rome is Infallible even to death It is high tithe that the Infallible successor was picking up his mallet to swipe old Leo XIII on pate so as to knock the Infal lible soul out of his carcass and then stand with open mouth to swallow it tins perpetuate the soul that goes marching on through the bodies of the Popes seriatim Peters soul has thus crawled In and out of one Pope after another until the Wander Ing Jew must bo In need of rest Eugene Sue was following a false trial the Wandering Jew Is right in the Vatican The reason the Pope changes bodies Is that the Popes toes are kissed off once In every lion and his hands worn off to thoIwrists blessing the faithful and his nose becomes aided by poking it Into the mundane affairs of the King doors of the earth Anyhow Holy Highness of the Eternal City Papa is real sad this time The light of reason has fallen athwart the ark corner of ye ancient pretension and it hurts When Commlsh makes Its report something will drop and It wont be the sun nor the moon nor the stars hut something greater the con celt of old Leo JNO F CLARKE Arlington EDITOR FOOTE Of the Freethinker London Eng May Visit Me at Quakeracre London Eng Dec 22 02 Dear Mr Moore hear you had something on Watts and me In your Blade Will you kind ly send me a cops or two of that Issue Your paper reaches me very Irregularly know not why If the fault Is at your end will you have It remediedI my paper reaches you all day or other hope to visit America again and if can get down as far as Lexington trust shan be able to meet you there Mean time I wish you success Please wrap your paper very carefully Yours sincerely G W FOOTE Editor Freethinker AnswerYour papercomes all right and mine goes to you all right but you have rascals around your post office I wrote a letter of 70 pages of foolscap once from London to my mother and they made me payi500 postage on it They open Blade and send It up to Eddie when say anything about him or his dead Ma Ed Is a tough citizen The latch string at Quakeracre hangs on the outside for you Replies to A Nut For Socialiststo Clrclevllle 0 Dec 302 Mr C Moore Dear Brother The holiday season Is a bad time to pass nuts for mere courtesy They are liable to be cepted and eaten for at this season the Socialist spirit Is most prevalent and every person feels himself en titled to some of the good things which during the remainder of the year seem the especiallydesigned morsels for those who toll not neith er do they spin To crack the nut or rather nuts which you offer so as to obtain all the kernel would take too much val uable space In a paper already de voted to a cause which lies next to my heart and would cause heavy kicks from those whose ears have not been lured down to size where they know what Socialism Is or care to hammer while not a Christmas gift Is comparatively new and but little tried but If It will not crack without damage to itself nuts of the English walnut variety proposed In the last Issue of the Blade It should at once be treated to a new process of annealing That rich are getting richer Is evi dent even to a casual observer and requires no argument to prove That the poor are getting poorer Is also a fact though perhaps not quite so easily discerned by casual observation The poor mat of fifty years ago perhaps had no more nor ey In his pocket than the poor man of today has Natures resources were not then locked against him by his fellow man as they are today Timber for fuel can up longer he hUll for the taking except In a few local ities Coal gas and other heat pro ducers have been divinely appropriat ed by human animals of the Bear ily thud clothing shelter wages and other necessities are controlled In like manner In short the wage earner In the majority of cases can barely support hIs family in the ab seine of adversity and when this comes as come it must to all he finds himself the enforced recipient of assistance misnamed charity 1If LIIJ 1BLUEGRASS BLADE Dont tell mo that this Is the labor ers fault for to do so Is to argu ngalnst the universal law of Cans antl Effect Combinations of capital productionIOR of rrcomblnntlons for selfish purposes Is robbing the laborer of the fruits of ItI his toll robbing him of his liberty himYa A man may me poor in EDYman ways other than by the loss of money = Equitable distribution of the pro C ducts of labor Is what Socialists want t1 Then there would be no poor the nt bio to the contrary notwithstanding Unseat the aristocratic pauper from the buck of the laborer and you will ea have done that which Is nobler and tat more elevating to the human race ate than the freeing of the Negro from im bondage his Let us now rob the land owners tin Each Individual should be the owner iv of an Individual Interest in the Is wealth of his country Whrm a child In Is born Into the world It should be dd an equal partner with each individ nal of Its government and not bo a Ith pauper ns It Is nnder our present sys tlo tem At present It must begin life mt as somebodys slave and continue rig such till with matiirer years ho can III by hook and crook wrest a part of al some other fellows possession from enhimIt If the government worn to take tat charge of the land and otTbr public utilities and give to each full lul measure of fils production each per no ion would be on an equal footing er each person could enjoy not only the st more pressing necessities of life but Iso the luxuries as well In It Is not necessary for tie govern lrtSesraulIltlebelter Instead of worse so why thedsit does not work but lives off the toll tlclIyIsnnl1 converting Into a producer of what ho consumes n It No person who Is worth 100000 ev niorproduced the half of It It has It been accumulated by taking from ho productionIn an economical existence amOUttheare fewest of any class who can give their children a reined ed ucation Can you tell me why this Is so Con you tell me why the cap Itallst thinks 300 a sufllclent income for his servant mill 50000 scarcely enough for himself The case of Mrs Fister is but one ts in many thousands and deserves special mention further than to note at that a system which permits a drun ry IlOnhusband to live off the hard earn lie of his wife and then at her ill It toIPersons tastes will differ and the alt Ignorant or prejudiced person might In be mean enough to say that your if choice of highway robbery was but n a short and natural step from your Ip Atheistic principles but to minds longerdwell1 youdrawIt the remodeling of government from a utcorrupt to a just and equitable fou- s you are mistaken again when to you assert that Socialists are prin cipally lazy and addicted more to Iedissipating habits than those of other political persuasions When you find r a Socialist you will find n man who n like the Infidel has reasoned his way to that elevated mental plane You cant buy him with your best brand of Kentucky corn juice nor whole wads of Kentucky race horse money He in an unselfish unassuming indi vidual who wants to see everybody happy challenge you to produce sam ples of the type you describe You made a mistake and mentally transferred the cattle of the Two Old Parties Into a field destitute of their kind of forage- Fraternally yours 14C KIMBERLY n A Philosophic n RationalisticWork Draperd anIiverely denounced Christianity its Ideals as Impossible also Its methods readVe author accorilingebook was written by George Otis Dra vper millionaire student Inventor and son of oxambassador to Italy W F Draper Tho author declares himself to be a searcher after truth The Loop con tains fourteen chapters In tho first chapter Mr Draper ChrisiUndo the chapter heading Tho Older doctrine ho states Curia- tianity Is primarily founded on absur dity It assumes the creation of an Imperfect world by a faultless artisan who makes his toys suffer for his mistakes Thin result of Mr Drapers conclu sloes on thin divinity of Christ are embodied In thin sentence Christianity been built up around a literary creation tho great masses having taken the simple ac count as unquestionable truth On The Impracticability of Christian lay he says- Admitting tho object of Christian ity Is abandonment of earthly affairs for devotion to the spiritual welfare of our fellow men will any careful student conscientiously afllrm that there Is one Christian country state r lac 1k county city or town where the ruling worldley notoonly Impossible hut It Is absolutely al harsh cold lifeless unattractive and undo sirable Christianity has come to signify commonplace morality Wealth power conquest all the fan tors which Christ abhorred were the chief aids In establishing his present standard of success The Christian religion Is Impractical Impossible Imperfect It wars against human In stinct human reason human expo deuce Why not have done with It root and branch As a substitute for Christianity ho suggests a new faith that should be progressive free from restraint or dogma without compulsory forms with utilitarian ends with expedient constitution with willingness to Is the literature of Rational- Ism being enriched day by day by the philosophic thought of the fearless honest and earnest searchers after truth and George Otis Draper has fallen In line with the thinkers and philosophers who are leading human ity from the fogs of superstition In to the sunlight of Reason- JOSEPHINES K HENRY Versailles Ky tr WINNS FIREBRAN AN ANARCHISTIC ORGAN GETS RID OF SOME HOT AIR AT EDITOR MOORES EXPENSE Charles Moore Is the publisher of an Infidel paper at Lexington Ky called the Blue Grass Blade Both perfectlyharmlessmight take their existence as proof positive that the foolkiller has neg ted his Job Moore has a habit sayingfoollshlyand Jehovah old others but he really doesnt mean anything by it Moore Is never so excruciatingly funny as when he is solemn and serious It Is his attempts at humor that Impel one to uncork the tear jugs of grief and to shed the scalding brine of pathetic sorrow The mission of thin Blade Is to demolish the Christian religion and Moore goes about it conscien tiously and with considerable vim All of which Is very commendable cheerfully grant But Editor Moores journalistic assaults upon the battle ments of heaven are often as hero ically comical as Don Quixotes tilts with the windmills and about as barren of practical results The chief trouble with Moore is that ho doesnt know anything and lacks sufficient astuteness to conceal the fact Even in his chosen field of Bible criticism byChristianions when he undertakes to discuss serious matters he flounders around in Illogical circles like a rudderless ship or a bashful suitor trying to ral a coy maiden By which do not mean that Charleyboy Is bashful oh lord no Bashefulness and nod esty are two weaknesses that do not appertain to the character and mental makeup of the Blade editor But however little Moore knows In general his knowledge of political and economic questions amounts to stilt less This is illustrated In his furious and foolish diatribes against Anarchism and Anarchists His Ig norance of wellknown historical facts Is absolutely appalling His reference to seven men executed in Chi cago for anarchy Is on a par with Ills assertion that there are no Infi dels In Italy Possibly he never even heard of Giordano Bruno who In was burned In the plaza at Rome for his Infidel opinions Yet Moore dates his paper E 303 which means the Era of Man dating from tho mar tyrdom of this Italian Freethinker He further asserts that all Anarchists are orthodox Christians Moore however Is a gay old rooster who cares no more for facts than an or anythingkeep It carefully concealed Moore Is a ripe rosy peach ANSWER Thin above Is from Wlnns Fire brand for January 1903 and is In tended as a sort of compliments of thin season or Happy New YearI to me Evidently he Is trying to male me feel happy So many peo ple are trying to do that That name Wlnns Firebrand and the picture on the cover of his mag aglue are something of a literary and artistic study One feels Inclined to remark how apposite it would have been had the editors name been Wind Tho picture represents a sort of winged Pegasus of tile bronco brand sailing through space with a comet like recklessness mounted by an al legorical Teddy tho Strenuous sans spectacles and with a strenoslty of lip pressure that slants his distinguish ed dental possession from thin public rough rider carries uplifted a highly flamboyant flambeau that streams back sore 10 or 15 feet through the hair of the bold rider and yet with an Immunity und Impunity to the mounted Individual somewhat suggestive of a salamander or tho story of Shedrack Meshek and Abo dugo In the Hebrew furnace A wicked noun on looking at that picture might say Theres hell to pay and no pitch hot and yet when you look Inside the magazine and read a few lines It Is as mildman need as any Sunday School tract you ever read It aint Bhonuf fire at all that ho Is talking about Its only this tend likn fire they use In hell these tines when the general theolog ical cooling oft Is supplemented by a coal famine sorter theater lire t lJft j snvagehiltAfter reaiung everything In the pa per or magazine whichever he calls It that was written by the editor himself would not bo afraid to walk right Into tho olllce of the Firebrand protectionlire Winn Is windy and tile tout ensemble of his publication Is sav Igarous lout ho really doesnt wean anything by Itoh lord no Ho jumps onto your RuhinI tho fellow that everybody olso calls an KingLeopoldbe an Anarchist of the anarchist and vllllfles me because not an an mightluavo mighthavocaught hilt which would not think of saying now that they have got him- may say of some mon that they ought bo In thin penitentiary before thing get there but when they wayIveA penitentiary is a mighty good place to keep on thin outside of A penitentiary Is like religion tho outside of it Is the better side of It Right where you see those stars or whatever the lino will make stopped and carefully read over all of the above holiday sugar plums that Bro Wlnn gives me as am starting out into my 00th birthday and it seems to me that ninny of them are substantially true and some of them hopo aro true and If they nro not true hope to make them nearer true before this year is gone For instance It was a kind tribute to me In my growing age that my paper and are perfectly harmless Cer tainly that is not true of all newspa the fool killer has neglected his job that Is not my fault and reck on If thin hard pan facts were known that Is a job which for many of us Is morn honored In the breach than the observance If the foolkiller did runt neglect the duties he is paid to discharge as is so common salaried officials tho decimation among editors would bo moro terrific that Pcleo on a regular tear have shed many a tear long since was a baby but I am sorry for any tear that have ever brought to any other eye I would not purposely luring a tear even to the nye of a needle or of a crocodile or of a potato see nothing that calls for any com ment until Bro Wlnn says that as sort that rill anarchists are orthodox Christians In saying this ns still do do not mean any reflection upon Bro Winn for whine he is not so radical an Infidel as am his utter ances in this issue of the Firebrand are not those of orthodox Christian itya brand of that religion that Is now almost out of the market except In thin remotely rural districts but are more like those of tho more cul tured city preachers of this day But In talking about anarchists I am simply using the terminology of con ventlonal journalism Instead of the plied and special terminology of pub lications like The Firebrand and I simply mean to say that thin assalns of rulers Avhtrare by the common pop ulance of the country called anar chlsts have all been Christians It seems to me that this is the record hit would not say that Editor Ross Wlnn of the brand of anarchy found In the Firebrand would kill a flea ex cept in selfdefense oh lord no Itor Wlnn says that If know arjy thing I manage to keep It carefully point there is a broad difference of opinion about me My friends complain that tell all know my enemies complain that tell more than know and now Ed itor Wlnn complains that carefully conceal anything know Nine Is a hard row for stu- npsArmstrong in Isonomy forJanuary In Isonomy for January 1903 printed by mistake 1902 occurs the following two pieces Just because a man believes In fairy tales he is not necessarily a criminal There have been lots of good people who believed that the earth was four conered cold there is hardly a man In the penitentiary who does not believe it is round Freethinkers therefore should pot ho so abusive of Christians Nor can they bo permitted to say Christians are abusive of us Are we to Imltato their vices If so then why not adopt their superstitions Consequently when see somo Infidel gloat Ing over the crimes of priest or preacher am certain there Is some thing the matter with his heart even If his head is not affected Men are not criminals because they aro either atheist or Christian but because they are men And am sure tHat every man who gloats over the crimes of hoartlforcriminal that should awaken any feel lug hut that of tho profoundest pity inose remarks aro not addressed to Brother Moore of tuo uiuo Grass Blade although we think ho could read them with profit Not a Jesuit in Disguise From my fifteenth to my nineteenth timeIthat burn that acquired a wide ac qualntaneo with infidel literature which road While attending religious services and there never was hut one attempt made to Interfere with my manner of worship was simply requested not to become n propagand 1st of freethought Ideas and com plied with tho request During those five years been acquainted with many priests and nuns and If of them were not sincerely good people just as good as the men and women 1 J whom have known that aro not priests and nuns did not discover rellgionslythenstudied the Catholic religion for sec eral years and had accepted Its teachings should In all llklihood Lave put on the baretta and cassock It mature mo very tired therefore to he called a Jesuit In disguise and the man who does so is simply nicking a cheap appeal to a lot of lib eral bigots who hind their strongest weapon Is abuse rather than reason greatestCatholicsest criminals just as know that some of the greatest women have been the greatest courtesans But that tho masses of Catholics in any age havo hewn criminals is not more true than that thin masses of women In any age have been courtesans For every historical Catholic you can name that was a criminal can name a historical woman that was a courte san If all Catholics then aro had why aro all women not bad A Free thinker above all men should have more sense and justice than to believe any such absurdity And since we are bound to believe that ho knows hint what are we to tidal of him chargesfvZvfv thatfairydisastrous to believe them Freethinkers If by such Isonomy means Infidels have never been abu sin of Christians even If tho Infi dels have not the power to abuse Christians oven if the Infidels wore so Inclined Christians have abused Infidels by murdering them In all tho most torturous forms and by impris oning them robbing them and lying about them What Isonomy moans by us do not know It does not claim to be papersdowhyChrlKtianser sects of Christians hair never yet known of any In fidel gloating over the crimes of priests or preachers and Isonomy can not give an instance of It Priests and preachers claim that their religion makes people good and that Infidelity makes them wicked printedinof crimes committed by priests and preachers they frequently more than any of them print these ac counts in their papers to show that the common statement of religious people about Infidels Is not true No fair man will say of thin ordi nary newspapers that first publish these things that they are gloating over the crimes of these preachers and certainly the Infidel editors who gloatingNobodywas glad that any priest or preacher WI11IIcommitted crimes am glad they are exposed and am glad so long as crime is committed that it is done by InfidelsIpris ons In the world show that there is amongthrfstfahsatheist in tho penitentiary for any crime or on the gallows is almost unknown Isonomy cannot show a single case The newspapers show a greater amount of crimes among priests and preachers in proportion to number than among any other class of peo pie Anybody can see this who reads the newspapers The most common crime among the clergy grows out of their lewdness with women This Is fre quently accompanied by murder No atheist or any kind of Infidel Is apt to be a criminal because tho very fact of a mane being an Infidel Invites criticism of his character and makes people watch him old those are things a had man does not want Christian Is not necessarily a bad man but a had man is nearly ways a Christian because being a Christian inclines other Christians to hide the crime of a Christian Christians naturally want to pro tect the reputation of Christians mad injure that of Infidels etclIfsaid five not long since Armstrong was with Catholic priests anti they never tried to exert any religious in fluence upon him except simply re questing him not to become a propa gandist of freethought ideas they must have been a very peculiar brand of Catholic priests Five years between fifteen and nine tees Is peculiar mathematics No priest or nun that ever lived or ever will live Is as good as people have seen No priest Is as gopd or half as good as the average country farmer and the combined goodness of a whole nunnery full of nuns Is not halt as much as the goodness of my Is not true that women have been courtesans just In the sane ra Ito that Catholics have been crimi nals but even If every woman that had ever boon born was a prostitute that would not make Catholics nay was a time which for a solid 1000 years is known ns the dark ages simply because tho Catholic Church held sway over the countries where Christianity lead gotten a foot hold and there never was any period lu any country or In any religion known as the dark ages except at tho time and place that the Catholics had this power There never was nay one year in any country or in any religion known as thQ davit ages because of tho baseness of women Ceasars wife and tho mother of the Grace aro tho women who are most famous In all of history for chastity old neither of them over heard of Jesus Christ Diana was worshiped by tho heath en for her chastity Tho woman of all thin women of tho Old Testament that is most honored In the New 1hoIclIIQlaud II rof t njolnIfonomy Oxactlythethe saloons and places of amuse mont open on Sundays Tho Infidels want Sunday to bo ex actly like any other day of the week and all tho Christians except the Catholics want the places of amuse ment closed on Sunday In all Cath dllYfmfightingIt Infidels against Christians and especially against Catholics that they teach that it is right to lie to encourage religion Isonomy teaches that In thin following laguage Atheism at best is Ltd the death shed at tho feast and tire of its perpetual Remember man that thou art dust Religion at host Is a bright and gorgeous pageant that fills us with an ecstasy that Is truly sublime It is like the solemn swell of music that makes thin sufferer for a moment forget his misery It Is tho light false though it uethatbreaks In upon the brain of anguish and breaks the gloom of those who live to mourn We must therefore not only prove that a thing Is true but also that it is pleasant agreeable and even delightful A fact Is not enough for fang of a snake Is a fact and the flame that consumes perfectlyAtheists should remember this and not make peoples lives unhappy by telling them too much truth The statement of Isonomy that Atheists should remember this and not make peoples lives unhappy by telling them too much truth Is ex actly what Infidels charge against nil Christians null what Infidels and Protestants charge against nil Cath ollcs The Catholic argument is that atheism Is a deathshead at the feast and that religion is a bright and gorgeous pageant that It is tho light false though it be and that there fore you must make the lives of the people happy by lying to them about is the doctrine taught In Ro mans 37 and Peter the only ono of tho apostles known to be a liar IsI therefore the one upon which the Catholic Church claims to bo built Isonomy announces In large let tern that stretch clear across two pages that Walter Hurt formerly of the Catling Gun is going to write for Isonomy and yet in this Issue of Isonomy there Is a long piece against Hurt thin headlines of which is AI Self ConfesseIi Degenerate and side what have published against from Hurts have Armjlstrongal attaclIReturn Of RussianExiles The reaction which seems Inevi table in Russia Is another instance of dissenters and heretics opposing the unjust conditions of despotic govern ment which is only another name for ecclesiastical rule The humanlta riots and learned mOil of tin great empire have been banished to the mines of Siberia because the churcl1 feared their influence toward justice meant the final fall of the hierarchy The late minister of the Interior M Siplagin banished owed reform ers and men of learning His suc cessor Plehwo being possessed of judgment saw at once that such a drain upon the thinking contingent seriously endangered the nation from a scientific and industrial standpoint and he Is seeking to induce many of these political exiles who wore com mitted without trial to return to their this Russian minister has studied the conditions brought about by the victims to penal colonies of other countries and made a note of the far more equitable and human provisions established by socalled outcasts and revolutionists hence the change of front and the start of the pendulum of despotism on its backward swing toward liberty will In tine reach an equilibrium and in do ing so the church Is doomed to lose the absolute powcd It has held for 1100 years dissenters the heretics tho rev olutionists are anathematized today hint the history of tomorrow will call them the helpers the saviours of titrace This exiles banished by a former minister aro only a batalion of the great army of European liber ators who changing mediaeval conditions to something like justice HARRIET M CLOSZ INFIDEL TO SEE HOLY LAND Charles Moores Friends Raise Fund to Help Him Make the Journey Special to Chicago Chronicle Lexington Ky Jan 5Charles Moore known as tho loading Infidel is going to the holy land Ills friends have raised 500 toward his expenses Inure has heel In jail half a dozen times and in the federal prison In Ohio from which he was pardoned by President 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and if you can capture one and bring it home with you and place it on exhibition it will floon make you a handsome fortune Fraternally yoursT BOWLES Wnlton Ind My health has im proved he Is 85 years oMEditor considerably in the last three months I expect to fight prlestcraft and e fusion until hell freezes over and then if there is another life wlll fight them on the ice I wish you all happiness there is in life am ing to work for the B G B If C C Moore and Dr Wilson go to Pal estine wish them a happy journey Put me down for Dog FennelD EN C Moore Dear SlrHavc just read a little article by Ella Wheeler Wilcox She says a woman Inlldel must laclt warmth love and modesty will close it for you to read She Is a big mistake about the woman Infidel m woman is an Infidel but the most ing and sensible woman I ever got acquainted with and so is my mother Inlaw a woman Infidel She dont lack warmth love and understand lng she is a woman hard to beat Dear Charles read the article and give us your views about It and about Ella W Wilcox With best wishes to you and Infidel Jyour dear woman read the piece by Ella Wheeler Wilcox I hate to say anything against any woman but the piece is the veriest tommyrot She is a poet and the shoemak ought to stick to his last You dont have to tell facts in poetry Ella as compared with our Infldi Mrs Stanton is like little Jemile wren that chirps around a brush pile compared with the eagle who soars JLSLhathe her plumage in the sun an y my wife Ts worth a regiment of v o men like Ella Stick to your rhymes Ella chll dren should not handle edged tools Dayton I failed to get thy Blade of December 21 From Dr WIl sons answer to your exceptions to Party Problems suppose you pu b llshed my letter as he says I sid ed with you I feel sorry that some jln our brotherhood for humanity dulge in such severe criticisms of each others views am satlsfU with Dr Wilsons explanation do not take sides with Brother Moore am not and never was a Prohlbitlo 1st My motto is Be temperate In all things The reason expressed myself as I did is that I am aware that there are some in our ranks that are too illiberal and feared that some of them as well as outsiders might talte exceptions and injure our cause My housekeeper Tillie Oelslange says Prohibition smacks too much of old time religion and the result should be closer Investigated To her it seems foreign to Liberalism Please print this in your next Issue Put me down for Dog Fennel I hope your journey will be a pleasant one and I wish you good health and a safe returnNOAH COLER Kofa Ariz Enclosed find 200 one for my renewal and one for new subscriber Please put me dow for one Dog Fennel In the Orient- S ANDERSON Carlisle KyMy father Daniel Henry of Judy Ky Is dead and wish you would please send the Blue- Grass Blade for which he was a subscriber to me for the rest of the ur expired subscription by so doing will kindly oblige ELIZABETI HENRY SPARKS Belleville Kan Enclosed please find fifteen 15 cents in stamps for which please send me Paines Com moo Sense I also subscribe for one copy of Dog Fennel in the Orient W W MARKELL j Lynn MassAs Socialism Is the only live question before the work today in spite of nil that a gagged and prostitute press can do to mlsrep J resent and keep it bscured When the press are forced to notice it since the large gain in the vote something like per cent To show the fool ish things said about it will draw up a Nut us Freethinkers ahe thought- to be from some people of the church One of these Freethinkers trades With 1a grocery man At the end of the week ho goes to the store gets his bill for groceries It says 487 The s Freethinker pulls out a fivecent piece lays it on the counter and says to the store man There is a five dol j lar gold piece give me back my change Why the store man says that Is only a fivecent piece The Freethinker says he has a right to think It Is a fivedollar gold piece j is Freethinkers for thinkyou any old ttree thing much reason InJ There is about as ItI IJlIJ that about the Freethinker and tbe store JUan as the editor of the Blue- Grass Blade on the question of So clalism Write on something ou know something about or give Social lets a chance to defend themselves Instead of throwing their letters ill the waste basket Your for truth wherever found BERNARD W 010 NET Anderson IndAs tho time for the Annual Congress is drawing nigh take the liberty of suggesting the name of Dr Wilson of Cincinnati as the next president of the N L PDLUKERS Corinth Ky Enclosed find 200 one dollar to renew my subscription and another 100 for a donation to help defray your expenses In the East If all of your subscribers would as much you could go and stay six months or a year and tell us all about that country I was the first to send you a club for the 100000 sub scribers for the Blade and now lIeve I nm the first to send you a o nation to make your trip more IJleas ant dont think subscribers for Dog Fennel are giving you any thlng they are only paying a little for what we are to get want a sprout from old Sister Eves Christmas tree And then If you could get me a little talk- Ing snake it would be cute If you can find one put it in a tin can like they do young alligators But tbe thing might get out and put metu ness into the heads of the women and so since came to think about it may be you had better not do It dont like snakes much anyhow R T SHAW Sandusky Enclosed 100 for reo newal Put me down for Dog Fennel In the Orient =GEORGE H BOYD Kathleen FloridaEnclosed money order for 150 credit me a year the Blade and put on your list for months S L Bryant Morce Fla loaned him two copies of the Blade tad after reading them he said he lilted It and gave me his name to send it once The Blade will talk for Itself it has a chance I see you talk It Is quite probable that you will malc the trip to the Holy Land do hope here will be no mishap about our going am willing to duplicate my orders for the book Dog Fennel If others will do likewise rather than have you miss going and getting It out see that quite a large uumber ire asking you to bring relics for hem do not want any Catholic Protestant fraud such as St Pauls toe nail or hair or the Virgin Marys espousal ring- I trust you have had a pleasant mas and hope you will have a large ncrease of subscribers in the coming yearW D HARP Sangus Mass1 am one who bap ened to find a copy of your paper to lay on the car as rode home fro vork Now I work in the shoe tory at Lynn over a sewing machine all day of 10 hours for from to dollars a week and am not able to ave up any money The reason rltesbu this notice in your pap on the front page A Nut for Social its I dont know what the Social- Ists want to do but as a hard worlc lng girl I ought to have a better Jlv Ing from how hard I work I dont see row the poor can grow any poorer inless we starve ourselves today In rying to live on less food and coal Is now in Lynn 16 a ton wood 12 a cord It is terrible on the poor tle children There must be something left out In the statements you made about that Mrs Fister know the coal dealers are making more money and everything Is going up in price but our wages have not have not the money to send for your paper have to go without lots of things tJmt need for myself think yd are telling lies just to make fun the Socialists when you said that men made 70000 and raised chi dren It would not do for me to sign my name for you must have lots of money and do not feel paying the high prices for these things The church people are doing al1 they can to help out the poor people think that Is mdre than you or the Socialists are doing am too tired to write more sometimes think life worth living with no hopes of anything better Just a hopeless one The world will not miss one lIlt- emeCARY T S Lardo IdahoMy wife Alice Haines died December 1902 afte an Illness of nearly two years She had been a member of the Baptist church for 25 years and an Inflde for the last seven years She joined the N L P over a year ago She had been faithful until dloolth nni never recanted as Christians would- have liked to have her do Please find enclosed 250 for the following subscribers to the Blade and please put me down for Dog Fennel In tin Orient I hope to send the 100 fore Brother Moore gets back WIL LIA1I F HAINES Mlssoula MontWe the following readers of your valuable paper pledge ourselves to each send you 100 soon as we are notified that Dog Fennel in the Orient is ready to beshjp- ped to subscribers By all means not give up the contemplated trip Here we are Malcolm Macauloy Geo H White Hans F Jansen Geo Sweeney W A Bosworth Dr F W Morris H Hazelton Capllnger Mills 1101 see by the- Blade that you are going to visit tho- Holy Land While there I wish would try to fill for me the follow- Ing order A couple of footprints left and right of the voice of the Lord- that walked in the garden in the cool of the day A stitch from Gods first tailoring A blessing from Melcbl zedelt A nail from Noahs ark chunk of brlmestone from the plain Sodom A slab of salt from Mrs Lots monument A fagot from Isaacs eral pyre A branch from the burning bush A brace of quail that come up out of sea A feather out of the- wings of the cherubim A bottle of the- water with which Moses gOlden calf A flower from the gravel J of Moses A bray of Balaams nss1 An echo from tie blast on the rams horn that tumbled tho walls of Jell cho A struggling moonbeams misty light from the valley of Ajal1on Ashes from the altar upon which Jep than cremated his daughter Sam sons secret for catching foxes A tooth out of the jawbone of the ass with which he slew the Philistines The stone with which Daldkllled Goliah A nibble from the fish that swallowed Jonah A bone from the Jaw of the whale that vomited blm up Some of the seed of Jonahs gourd A olast from tile fiery fulllace that the three Hebrew children walked in One of my friends wants you to climb Jacobs ladder and talte a look at heaven and write it up for the Blade Another friend wants you to bring him some of the spawn from Peters flan that got the money be wants to propagate that variety Still another one wants me off fore hoofs of the two asses that Jesus rode Into Jerusalem at the same time Call on the witch of Endor an have her call up Solomon and Interview him for the Blade on how manage a whole housetul of wives hope you will have a pleasant trip and a safe return and wnen you gather your crop of Dog Fennel put- down me for six bunches We will all renew for the Blade soonT1I AUS TIN Atklnsonvillc IndI have just reo turned from the sunny South where met many friends in whose brains hand planted the first seeds of eral thought and found that the thanked me for it Mrs Henrys new years greeting In the Blade ma e me shed tears of joy The Blade of January 4th should be sent all over the world Dr Wilson on the Ing Lexington Congress ought to re vlve all Freethinkers Each one should send his or her dollar to the- N L P My dollar is on the way to the Secretary If health and wealth permit will be at the convention In Lexington would rather go thme than to heaven would rather shake suds with Mrs Henry and 1Irs 31osz than with the mother of Christ ind Mary Magdalene I wonld rather hake hands with Dr Wilson and Dr Roberts than with Jehovah and his ion have the honor to live in the same town with our good and grand resident Dr Bowles and shall tr tu come on the same train with him B WYATT Brushy Prarie IndEnclosed 3 for club of seven I think more of the Blade than ever and would cer ainly feel lost without It If possible will meet you at the Lexington ress Put me down for Dog Fennel H E DEAL Pulaskl City VaEnclosed two 11- 01larsone to renew and one to tell me bout divorce lawsF STRAUSS AnswerI referred him to 1Irs lenry Newton Iowa Enclosed 25 cents for which send Blades of Jan 4th hlnk they will help the mlsslnarles here Put me down for Dog Fennel HENRY A HUTTER- Wilmington Iiel1I9re than a year ago sent you a club of ten three of the number have never paid me their subscriptions and two others did not ay until the year had expired So you see kind of success I have In getting subscribers have three nines for Dog Fennel and will have we cash ready when the book is out so put them down to me JOSEP H CLOUD Webster City IowaThis is my last this year and extend to you and the Blade and all Its readers a happy new year Have just sent in J llgbes name to the N L P He says If Bro Moore is not over loaded with relics from the Holy Land he would lite to have a phial of Egyptian darkness He wants to make a chemical analysis of it and see If It has not the same properties as the common thodox Christian darkness of Ignorance and superstition which still prevails With best wlshesH M LOSZ Cincinnati OhloI will send you club after I get settled In Denver know some persons who will give- me the price and there are others for whom I will pay myself WALTE H URT McCoy OrePlease find enclose a5O with which to pay my sub to August 1903 and that of J Sears and the balance on my account to dispose of later Put J Sears and- me down for a copy seach of Dog Fen- ne1JAMES K SEARS Clayton IllsPut me down for two- Dog Fennels let me know when you want the money Compliments of the- seasonA GRUBER Lexington KyPut me down for- Dog Fennel in the OrlentF C YOUNG Lonoke ArltI congratulate and the Blade and sincerely wish both a happy and prosperous new yeah Owing to high water we do not get- the Blade on time but when It doe come we devour It with a rellshTlIls country does not produce a brighter grade of Intellects than several those who contribute regularly to ill columns Your reply to Dr Wilson on Socialism reminds one of thicket with the chicken left out Bettei send for Grier Kidder He can least ridicule If he cant answer it im not a Socialists Dont understand Its basic jrlnclples or possible resultsbut will Investigate fairly When see die great wealth of this- country lowing like a mighty rIver- Into the coffers of a comparatively few when these few buy and sell- laws like sheep In the shambles when In time by simple addition and accre- tlon they will own all chain the- courts elect the officers and own and- control the entire political machinery Ieduclng the masses to a condition vassalage which seems almost cer- taln to result from present conditions say when I see all of this that the L i time has come to look some where for sonic remedy that will head off such fearful consequences as now seem mtnent and prevent this great country from repeating the history of ancient Rome e going down to rise no more If Socialism is the remedy let It succeed If something better can be evolved that will meet and destroy this Goliath of organized robbery and save the republic by all means let us have it Patriotism 11rst party later The article by Dr T J Bowles In the Issue of Dec 21st titled Parallel between the two parties for truth terseness nnll sound argument certainly can harilly be excelled A B BARRETT Frenchburg KyFind enclosed m article on Prohibition my two lerson al checks payable to Dr Wilson and C C Moore only on condition that they put out such a book or books as mention In the article will take occasion to mention that I hall 10000 Age of the White Cross or Uses and Abuses of the Devil IJrlnt ed bound and made and delivered at six cents each pages of closoly printed matter so tell these Drother patriots to quit expecting profit mane for a book on truth right and mar amity people always have had to have those kinds of books thrust upon them but if youll print lies trag edies wars theft lust deception fiction as the King James DIble Arabian Knights Romance Love and Courtship where there was trial jeal- treachery and such stuff as all that people will patronize and llaY for it liberally and that shows that a person may be liberal and be perfecUy Indifferent about the right the rights of others and do personal beings better generally ours truly hoping for better days W McCORMICK Editor Blue Grass Blade have just received from the yen erable W Lloyd of New Rochelle a penstaff made from the hlcltory tree that grew over the grave of Thqs Paine for which inspiring kcepsal the donor has my sincere thank s Were one in Spiritualistic parlance a sensitive the very presence of tbe little piece of wood should inspire the powers to write burning words on all subjects pertaining to the freeing bf the human mind from the fetters Jf religious and political slavery In common with all true Liberal hold highest honor to the memory of Thomas Paine have In my p session one of the original copies bf his Rights of Man published in 1793 which unearthed from a lot of nib blsli in an old junk shop In Victor may be sure value it high On one occasion a gospel slinger who was short on brains but long on jai while bitterly aspersing the name of rhos Paine made the statement thtlt Washington was too pure and nob1e a man to be on familiar terms with a blasphemous Infidel like Thos Palqe ind that the letters purporting to be from him to Paine which appear In some of the editions of Rights f Man were placed there by Painesa hirers and were not In the orlglriilf Then I drew the copy on him just o ice him squirm Then think of tt dastardly fling made by Presided t loosevelt at that grand patriot It not enough to make every true eral resolve to get a business on himself While Freethinkers are seldom Ie oworshlpers in the general sense pf the term I regard it as our pled ure and a privilege to venerate the memory of Thomas Paine and to lip ireclate his splendid services in e half of our country Liberals the world over shoul make ceaseless efforts to redeem th name of the authorhero from the odium which hateful orthodoxy ha put upon it W J DEAN Talent Oregon Muncie Ind Dec 2 02 Dear Brother Moore Please say to Capt Lloyd throng the columns of the Blade that I hhrreceived the unique pen holder whlcl he sent me and that prize It very highly The napkin ring the gavel and the pen staff all made from the sacred tree that grows on the grave of the Immortal hero constitute a trinity gifts from my dear old friend that will ever keep alive my memory of him and the Infinite debt of gratl tude that we all owe to the Immortal Paine Yours fraternally and always T J BOWLES The great army of men and women that we are now organizing to flgn the enemies of liberty ought to lie under the command of a great gen jiraJ thoroughly skilled in all the- arts of holy warfare and whose alty and devotion to the stainless flat of Infidelity Is above suspicion With such an army as the National eral Party under the command of such a leader as Dr Wilson we will in the near future become a controlling pow er In the life of the Republic Trust- Ing that my suggestion will be ap proved by all am yours Fraternally and Always- T J BOWLES Muncie md Dec 29 302 DOnI Brother Moore The time Is near at land for the meeting of our Congress and our pea- pIe should go to Lexington prepared to act wisely In the selection of a President for the ensuing year In a very large measure the prosperity and successful working of any organl zatlon depends upon its President and now nominate Dr J B Wilson of Cincinnati for our next President and I sincerely hope that this nom Inatlon will be seconded by every member of the National Liberal Party- and hope that he will be chosen by acclamation T J BOWLES Los Angeles Gal Dec 2903- Friend Moore Dear Sir Herewith send you prospectus of my proposed new Free though Magazine I shall aim malw It more especially a monthly view of current rellgloscientlflc erature than Is any other of our cellent liberal publications thus glv Ing a somewhat unique place among HI L L +++++ + II till++ ++ +++ ++ J MY PRICES vI For COMPARISON I o In 12 or 4 Ounce Silver o a Ine Screw Cases Prepaid o DeubeiHampden 18 size Special RWay 23 Jls 32 same Jls 24j New RWay 23 jls 26 John Hancock 21 jls i Deuber W Co Jls same 17 Jls Elgin Verltas 23 Jls 29 same or No 149 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thought papers Yours fraternally T J BOWLES Pres N L PI Ocala Fla Dec 28 02 Mr C Q Moore Enclosed find Maga Ire Put me down for Dog Fennel Inth Orient I found the ChrIs laps more tolerant In Oklahoman than my place hayo eyes been They cork on Sunday and allow other peq ie to do the same The preachers not so rambunctious an they are In the East Tho Indians these are leacoable but why shouldnt they he The government feeda them and lives liO acres of land and they ares puppy an a NIgger Inidwn root ilerja In Florida the Christians have jut little their creed Incq the Ljrdrhastel1ellthem with a big freeze in 1895 Gent was off somewhere counting the hairs and sparrows and he sent a North Pole God down here to man age things and forgot to glve him Instructions Two lhlyds of the peo pie here are Negroes and they are the happiest people on earth All thodox church members and do most of their secret praying In hen Houses Bring me from the Holy Land a chunk out of the furnace where Shell rack and Meshek and Abednego walked around In the Ore and a piece of Lots wife and along on the seashore there see If you can find me a bone from one of those hogs that thin Dev il got Into Bring md a quart of the booze that J C made out of water JOSEPH FALWELI WANTS WIFEILowell Mass Jan 03 Bro Infidel Moore For the best of reasons I advertise for a wife I am mldleaged wid owen with small children am worth any where from 3000 to 5000 and am something of a traveler I want a wife who would make a good part neroIn this state Massachusetts a man cant sell his own real estate without his wifes signature I would like to correspond with a young tall largo blonde woman ed heated und a financier with or with out money a good cook and house keeper and with good moral charac tel A godless woman preferred but If everything else is satisfactory re ligion and nationality no obstacle Advertise this to the extent of the enclosed check I will send itiOO on subscription to any Freethought pa per that will copy this and be the means of my finding a suitable wife Address JOHN WOQHLMAN 90 Lincoln St Lowell Mass for B Z OPPORTUNITIES BUSINESS CHANCES Better and more attractive than iver In the great Southwest If you ire Interested write for pamphlets Vddress JAMES BARKER lenl Pass Agent M K T Ry 101 Wainwright Bldg St Louis rI r lJ J Jit