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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r7 f r 4 i I t BLUE GRASS BLADEYjOj tt EDITED BY A Parker REST OF GOOD J MORAISPUBLISHEDI A120sep Oo WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE i VULtXIL NO3 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY MARCH 8 E M 303 X100 A TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 100 5 Issues for ono year 5250 10 Issues for ono year 400 100 Issues lor ono year 360- 0Terms100 per year In advance foreignk9 andktf When you chango your address ad vino Office giving your old as 1 well as fie now address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old sub 1f scriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to this publication aro not discontinued at expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The tconrtalntiariably hold a subscriber ellicoiveu uiun me paper is pam ior in full up to date and ordered discon tinned Office of publication 161 East Third street near Walnut Entered at thin Post Office at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to SLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Cumberland Telephone 307 w t Club Rates and Sample Copies The Blado wll be sent for cents a year each for any order for FIVE or morn Sample copies will be sent free- THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED Ild ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make l it those who sell It and those who drink it believe from the time It Issues- J from the coiled and poisonous worm trof the distillery until It empties Into r hell of crime death and dishonor It demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without coming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the deaths 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 ot the men of genius It has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents thingt of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL Keep Church and State forev- erseparateGrrt In no sense whatsoever Is this government founded upon the Christian religion Washington The divorce between Church and State should be absolute Garfield COLLEGE of MEDIOINE SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material PEEP MODERATE L Fall term opens in September Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSLER Secy 946247 Ashland Av0M Chirac W fS 1rtt tI KAISERin CHRIST CALLED THE HIGHEST to REVELATION OF GOD for In Emperor William the Great and ofOthers Providence Reveals Himself Also to Lead Mankind vjBerlinHams faith In God and Christ and In tho authority of the Old Testament as declared In his fetter to Admiral the Hollman Councillor of the German Mleadingchurch as sufficient evidence of his cst orthodoxy which for months had beet for the cause of deep concern to theolo gians and pastors The doubts began a year ago when Ho the Emperor first attended a course of lectures delivered by Prof Delft Ills zsch on the Babylonian Origin of the Bible and Increased later when the Emperor personally assisted the Assyrlologlst In showing stereopticon pictures to 60 members of the court cry The pictures were designed to prove lieideasfunds to send Prof Delitzsch again to Assyria and discussed with him whcrieschurchmen and some of the most in lluentlal church administrators par Jhmalwcreed In order to restore the confi dence of the clergy and laity The Emperors letter to Admiral Ir Hollman is the result of Dr Dr anIY ders endeavorsweDelitzch is Arraigned During the evening entertainment and with us Prof Delltzsch had the oppor tunlty to confer and full debate with Her Majesty the Empress and Dr the Dryander while listened and re With malried passive Unfortunately he abandoned the standpoints of the strict historian and Assyrlologist going Into religious and theological conclusions which were quite nebu lotus orabold Whehiti jmme to speak at once that he developed such ill views the piadiametricallynot recognize the divinity of Christ as Chthatrevelation about Him as the 1Iesg ml slab Here the Assyriologist and thenll historical ceases and the ing norjandzsc notlystep by step and at any rate venti gVkbooksleagues Spare us the laymen andIon above all the Oriental Society has hearing of them We carry on excare ofhalfto confirm or attack religious hypo read Aloglanhistorian There Regret Scientists Course The Emperor then goes on to ex have press regret at the fact that Prof with Delltzsch did not adhere to his orlg party Inal purpose of translating and in terpretlng Inscriptions excavated by put the society as Illustrating the rela dons between Babylonian customs morals historical events and tradlt Ions Rc and the Israelites which would have been in the highest de God gree interesting for laymen and adds hasHerevelations in a polemical tone more or less denying It or reducing It toImatters That was a which luggraveon the Innermost holiest possession of many of his hearers which shook shattered the foundations got hoof110theattempt and for which the mere come did not himticsThe Emperor then his sonal views regarding reelntlonsIng saying between two differ Geed hiscutgresslve and as It were historical e the other purely religious as preIs slahwlfor the future Mes the former It must be JetdoubtGod reveals Himself continuously In tho race of men created by Him lIePnl the breath of Ills and whlifeand Interest the development of the human race It The Work of Providence to In order to lead tho race forward and develop It Ho reveals Himself In this or that great sage whether The priest or king whether among the heathen tlip Jews or the Christians and Hammurabi was one so was Moses Abraham Homer Charlemagne Lulh view er Shakespeare Goethe Kant and often Emperor William the Great These to lie sought out and endowed with his grace to accomplish splendid Imper r results for their people provInceslow often my grandfather pointed InstrumentIn revelationthethe manifestation of our Lord It was introduced with Abraham slow hut looking forward and omniscient humanity was lost without It Now begins the most astonishing activity Gods revelation Abrahams race and the peoples developing from it re gard faith In one God as their holiest possession and hold fast to It with Ironlike consistency Split up dur their Egyptian captivity the di elements were again welded to by Moses ever trying to hold fast to their Monotheism It was the direct Intervention of God that caused rejuvenation of this people thus proved through centuries till the essiah heralded by prophets and finally appeared the great revelation of God in the world lie appeared In the Son Himself Upholds Christs Divinity Christ is God God in human form redeemed us and He Inspires andI entices us to follow Him We feel fire burning In us His sympathy strengthens us His discontent stroys us Conscious of victory building solely upon his word we go through labor ridicule sorrow mis and death for we have in Him Gods revealed word and He never s That is my view or these matters- It Is to me selfevident that the Old Testament contains many selections are of a purely human and nature and are not Gods revealed word These are merely torical inscriptions of Incidents of all which happened In the po lit religious moral and intellectual e of this people The legislative- act on Sinai for example can be on regarded as symbolically inspired God when Moses had to reburnlsh knmvn paragraphs of the law derived from the code of flammurabl in order to Incorporate bind them Into the loose weak fabric of his people Here the torian can perhaps construe from sense of wording a connection the laws of Hammurabl the friend of Abraham That Is perhaps logically correct But that will never disguise the tact that God incited Moses thereto and insofar revealed himself to thanacttle of Israel J COMMENT The above maudlin muttering is racteristic of Emperor William It evidently his own getup for a the gian wouldnt have been so foolish to thus invite ridicule upon the ristian religion A smart theolo would have sense enough to that this statement while hav considerable effect upon the ig will excite universal curiosity know the full quota of Prof Dellt discoveries and so It has done only In Germany but all over the Unwittingly Emperor William has Rationalism a great Impetusm is outline of his belief in is the most Important event that occurred to us In years For this print the full report so those an you who do not get the metropol papers may have opportunity to It stated in last Timely Topics situation In Germany is acute are 14 Socialists In the Reich- stag all Rationalists of course They become a power to be dealt There Is also a strong Catholic in the Reichstag When the Catholics and Socialists unite they the screws to the Ministerial arty The great colleges of Germany are controlled by Rationalists sentiment William who tries to pose first as Almighty then warrior statesman financier churchman dramat poet and scientist also it appears been quietly posing as a little of an Inlluel ishas sense enough to know on side sits Intelligence and learn Consequently ho has been quiet supporting Prof Delltzsch In his explorations When the Holy Ones onto this they raised a mighty wl all over Germany and it became great that he was compelled to out in the above explanation This has smoothed the sacred ruf somewhat but the Freethinkers Germany are crowing and laugh about it He implores ProC Delltzsch to pro cautiously and not to ventilate discoveries publish but hide of away In theological books That quite sunning its Everybody will now want to know his discoveries are Then the Emperor declares his be In tho Divinity of Christ andT God not only revealed Is Christ but also in a number of and Infidels such as Goethe even In his own granddaddy ose brains were only a battery of el ks ed This Is a modest Implication that Is not stretching revelation too far Infer that God has revealed himself even In Emperor William What fools Kings sometimes be whole Intellectual world now has another laugh at Christian conceit bigotry This however is only a surface of the situation An Emperor has to do things he dont like do From tho fact that the Em peror has been quietly dabbling In scientific discoveries It Is not logos- n slble that his mediocre brain has be come Impregnated with belief In them He has such unbounded vanity quietlytof scientists He wants none to be greater than himself sail what with the little enllghtment he has received from Rationalistic source and the part of the bigot he is compelled to play It Is evident that his reason Is as rattled as a rooster pushed from his perch In the middle of the night From the very tact that Rationalism has pushed him to the point of hav Ingto proclaim his orthodoxy Is the best evidence of Freethought prog ress Emperor William well knows that the preaent day glory of Germany lies not In her aristocracy not in her mil Itary display In In the glory of her scientific great men He would be one among rem If he dared and he dared as far as he daredst and then had to skeedaifdle bash into the ranks of the ghostly They are having a big mixup In Germany The Socialists In order to carry a point trade their votes with the Cat nolle Party and when both come together they get what they lately In order to break up this compact and to down the cialists the Emperor had to trade with the Catholic Party and so granted a r turn of the Jesuits Shades of Bismark and his Divine Grand Daddy What will be their loishedcomeBilly Willy seems to be getting Into It bad Of one thing we may be sure while he may feign to be friendly to science he will always stand straight- In line with the superstition which crowned and anointed him as a God to chosen King But it does tickle me to see him and thus wriggling between Reason and and Religion Delitzsch can of and our Talks Back al 0 the Professor Says the Kaiser Is Not an Orthodox ChristianIs Glad the and ifr Doctrine of Revelation i of c es of BERLIN Feb 22Excluslve dl- spatchThe letter of the Kaiser pudiating and Prof Dtelltzschs theories as has caused an Immense sensation in Germany It looks as if the orthodox do party aided by the Empress had In fluenced the Emperor to issue the letter The Emperor undoubtedly felt that it would never do for the head of the Pruslan state church to Indorse a scientist who denies the theory of revelation Prof Delltzsch to today said In regard to the Emperors manifesto In From a scientific point of view am glad that my lecture made such and Impression am glad that the Important teachings of the church rev latlng to the Old Testament have been given up among them for In that stance the theory that the covenant- on Mount Sinai was the personal rev elation of God to Moses His Majesty like myself Is not an the orthodox Christian His views are most be the same as mine To his state a ment that should not have discussed The religion before laity my reply Is that has my audience consisted of Intellectual and highlycultured men The educated people of the world are now fully prepared for the new scientific 1lowlan edge when It Is presented to them in proper form Regarding the Kaisers statement vital that It was unwise to mix science and age religion In my lecture ask how could have told of Jehovar as He revealed to us In the Old Babylo nlan cuneiform Inscriptions without discussing the religious phase otse these discoveriesweBEN HUR COMING TO LOUISVILLE KYGI Tis Southern Tour of the Famous Specta cle Limited to Four Cities And Klaw and Erlangers stupendous spectacle Den Hur which Is touring the South for a limited engagement five weeks comes to Macauleys Theatre Louisville Ky direct from present Mardi Gras triumph In fiiimencngWednesday and Saturday he coming of this great spectacle an event of greatest importance as everyone in this community has long wished to witness the stage presentaoI tlon of General Wallces Special accommodation and reduc rates will be offered on all roads between here and Louisville during the engagement of Ben Hur To present the marvellous specta the cle no less than 350 people are re quired In the chariot race eight horses are used while tour more are kept In training for emergencies The advance sale of seats opens Thursday morning March 5th at nine oclock Manager Macauley announces that all outoftown orders If accom panied by cash or money order willw be filled before the regular box olllce sale opens lug TO THE WOMEN READERS OF THE B C BLADE In a recent Issue of the Blade oftheotheandVomanshave sent to the members of the womans club all these pamphlets puhIIsner editionsecond edition of this pamphlet should be issued as It contains facts and much valuable Instruction to help women to reason and thins for them selves As cannot now obtain this pamphlet will still send to all mem ber of the club a pamphlet contain dispellingdelusions man mind All women sending their names to the Blue Grass Blade Ington Ky as members of the mans club will receive one of these pamphlets No cost whatever attaches becoming a member of this club There never were so many thinkers reasoners among women as today through this club such women keep in touch with one another The superstitions wrongs and crimes today effect the lives of all women their children and through the press wrongs woes and sufferings of fellows depicted The day Is past for women to keep silence in the face of ecclesiastical tyranny nation and international wrongs political corruption domestic dissension and appalling increase of crime It Is time for them to speak out In society through the press Dear women do not forget that the world Is just as afraid of the protests women If they are strong enough f the edict the The church cowers before any woman who has discovered its superstitions delusions Injustice to her sex It Is not much afraid of all the sins In theIcalendar as awakened womanhood What could either church or state If ALL women DEMANDED men handed justice at their hauls They could simply do nothing but render Caesar the things that are Cal sars alwaystakenthis fact If one thousand women will unite this womans club of Blade readers which does not cost one cent send their thoughts by correspon dence conversation literature and through the press along the line to other women It will become a power neither church nor political thence can manage and Its power for good will become incalculable The power of ecclesiasticism over mind and heart of womgn mustt destroyed and this will user be good world to live In until It material progress of the world far outstripped Its moral progress morally women must come to the rescue or the race will retrograde With all the education we have women today It Is a misfortune that their reason Is not strong enough to look at all sides of questions The Bible Is the aver womans fetich lint Ignorance of what It contains for women Is almost universal Uut the time is lore for uem to read It In the light of mon sense and Interpret It for them lves The pressing need of the Is thinking reasoning Individ ualized womanhood Let the women readers of thSume Blade aid the mighty work Wake Women Wake not the hour for sleeping Gone Is the night fair the morn doth smile Why are ye now your couch of slumber keeping Humanitys great drama passing on the K HENRYoersailles N- ySomething Freethought Done a The following editorial appeared In two Hearst papers the New York Journal and the San Francisco Exam iner and It contains food for deep re flection and send It to the Blade Hideous Murder Tells of Religious Improvement- In a prison cell two felons ono a hite rums auk one a nero were confined together The guard visit the Cell found only the white man J aloLAt 4cotesbodyTitothekwhite man murdered and behead ed his cellmate This tragedy In the lowest of human degradation strange contains not only a lesson lint encouraging thought depthsJThese two men HAD ABOUT RELIGION As a result of this quarrel over tjhisdeath penalty Only a few ears ago to murder a 4 1rlIglous lBelmurdered its religious opponents with a sense of duty The world has proves miserable It To find one performelItoday because of you must visit in a prison or the In lunatic But a few years ago the ablest of men the most righteous of men acv ff cording to their lights comn these murders on religions The world DOES improve lteeJYes the world does improve who improves It Show this to your religious friends and asksIthem to ponder It But for the tre mendous power of Freethought men would today be flaying each other i alive and burning women as witches because of religious differences Free quarterIngtied boycotting and ostracism Freethought will move on Its ma jestic way until It kills the lion and tiger in the human heart and learns It to be just and humane but freed and dogma will be In grass grown graves then and the Bible will have lost Its power over the human mind J K IIJ CHRISTIAN PASTIME sI Stamford Conn has a cat club and Its members are not exactly of the purring gentle variety The terrible form of an enemy has loomed up jamong them and they are spitting and scratching and meowing indiscrim r9ainately These Christian members of the cat yclub who would faint If a mouse n rpeared In their rooms and turn sick with horror if a drop of blood be spattered them had imported a large number of mice 1000 to be served alive the at annual banquet of these blue blooded felines An erena was prepared In which the cats and niicotwere to have been liberated together hut this highly delectable feast wastfairly snatched from between the teeth of the bloodthirsty participants by the mayor of the city A good way to have shown the tender hearted members of the sat club their mis take would have been to bring for iward a number of good hungry j street curs and be ready to perform the same offices for the cats after tqthey had enjoyed the banquet of mice But then we should not expect too J ktcntthemice In n state where the Ditto Laws originated and branded the ftforehead for blasphemy only recently f discontinued we should remember f that it takes time to evolute anti as lpcoilicthe pear of anguish for scolding wives the mouse baiting contest by the cat club was rather a colorless and Inslgnlflcent affair II LET US HELP YOU FIND A HOME INrTHE SOUTHWESTS Along the Cotton Belt Route where lend stun be bought for an acre up cutover timber land that of ords good range for live stock rich bottom lands for corn wheat oats cotton uplands for fruits and vegeta jlt peaches pears plums straw lorries tomatoes potatoes onions melons finding good markets at fancy prices In the North on account of excellent quality and marketing ahead of other sections A lanll- whplc living is cheap lumber at to a thousand fuel for the cutting range for the stock nearly the year round garden truck for the table March to December The farm r who pays high teat in the North or tills tworu out soil in the East Is missing some of the best things of by not securing a home In the Southwest Write for copies of our Homes In the Southwest Glimpses of South east Missouri Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana Through Texas With Canters Fortunes In Growing Fruits and Vegetables List of Real Estate Agents Along the Cotton Belt Developing the St Francis Country The Diverslfler a fruit and truck growers journal On llrst and third Tuesdays of Marcie and April the Cotton Belt Route will sell oneway tickets from St Louis Thebes Cairo and Memphis to points in Arkansas Louisiana and Texas at half the oneway rate plus 200 or round trip tickets at one fare for the round trip plus 200 For full Information address E W LaBEAUME P T Li St Louis Mo rr + y Y J F t i 1 in BLUE GRASS BLADE Il MRS CLOSZ COLUMN KNOWLEDGE Tho past week Chicago has been the meeting place of a remarkable gathering of College Professors and ministers The purpose was to dis cover what methods were best to pursue In securing religious educa lion As might have been expected n diversity of opinions wer express cd and the three days session journed without any definitely outlined plan of proceedure Some of the speakers made nro remarkable statements a few of which follow As reported by the Chicago Chronicle the speakers were unanimous in agreeing that the churcn dogmas become impossible This convention could have saved time and money by asking Infidels that question and tho answer would have been just exactly what these perts have declared President J B Agnell of University of Michigan says The only hope of perpetuation for the church lies in the instruction for the young Now with due courtesy for this educator we disagree with him Education for the young means disintegration of the church not per petuation of It There is no other conclusion to be reached The stronghold of the church is BELIEF when belief Is displaced by scientific demonstration the perpetuation of church dogmas became impossible now the President of a College can make statements in the same breath that are diametrically opposed to each other cannot be understood We not expect ministers to be logicians or even to be reasonable but we do expect our educators to be consistent Education of the young Is the best method possible to overthrow the church and we who are working ward that end thank President Angell for such public recommandation though we have no regard for his Francis E Clark gave some information that could also have been obtained at the Congress of the N L P He said There are many ligious dyspeptics In the churches They are billions and disappointed and hopeless and useless Many a church is dying because of the apath- of Its members The N L P coui not however have made a better recommendation than Rev Clark made though the natural results if followed would not lead in the direc tion Brother Clark intended He de clares that the church is too exclu sively centered in its religious In struction and recommends that training schools for Instructing min l isters In psyschology be established Such advice coming from the pres Meet of the Society of Christian En deavor to be put into execution for the benefit of ministers smacks strongly of the ludicrous Psychology a scientific study of the mind to form a course of instruction for the representatives of God who are sup posed to be called of master and supplied with mental food from heav en is another paradox which excites our visibles We imagine that these extremely humorous contradictory expressions relieve the pressure upon tho hearts of Infidels who are help- Ing to hear the burdens of humanity by opening the floodgates of laughter There are many funny things happen- Ing every day if we could raise our tired eyes long enough to see them Walter L Hcrvey one of the board of education of New York is excus able because of his secular training for saying that Ministers should be taught One constantly associated with the study of natures truths as is the ease In Our public schools siders such methods applicable to all sorts and conditions of men But he should remember that ministers are thought to be only a little lower than angels the consecrated elect the vinely Inspired of society and that therefore ordinary everyday search for knowledge is too strenuous for their spirituelle phy sique the diet too strong for their ethereal digestive apparatus the men tal food too mundane for their sara phlc cranial cavity and their consti tution would suffer collapse if such a course were persisted In Mr Hervoy further demonstrates his secular training by declaring that religious study is chaotic and we need a clearing house of ideas A clearcut statement and one that needs no comment Rev W C Bitting Baptist N Y tells how the public school has crept ahead of the Sunday school In our humble opinion the public school has always been ahead of the Sunday School and it will remain as far ahead as facts are ahead of fancies as truth Is in advance of error The brethren are characterized for their effoteness and a germicide recom mended for theological bacilli These are not very complimentary remarks but we are taught that if the eyo offend thee pluck it out for it is bet ter to enter heaven maimed than to be cast into hell with all thy mem bers etc It is an invariable rule that when church dignitaries get Into a tight place they seek to evado responsible ity by shifting same to the shoulders of others and woman the worlds bur den bearer and the churchs scapegoat did not escape In this conference The President of Ohio Wesleyan University declares the family in this case the motherto he responsible for igious failures in education Now the priesthood has for centuries as sumed the position of dictator not only for the young but for the mid dleaged and for those full of years When failure perches upon their ban ner they should capitulate uncondit lineally or defending their po not try to shield themselves with the scanty garments of Mother EveWorking plans were not definitely outlined but a free exchange of ideas is beneficial Telling each other fac leads to improvement Discussion theories Induces gradualssdevekopme- and it this convention will be no excel tion to the rule Let us hope educa tion agitation adoption will follow DIVORCE Webster City la Feb Editor Chicago Chronicle wish to thank you for your reco editorial on Divorce Difficulties which you rebuke the ministers of tile country who recommend that di vorce shall not be granted for either desertion or cruelty Such recommendations from minis ters who are supposed to stand near to the domestic heart of Christen dom should brand them as inhumm monsters Women have suffered justly ever since Mother Eve was con demned for disobedience They have upontonly to be told by ministers th there is no espape from husbands disgrace tho brute creation Wiry are not women who are more nearly affected by domestic cruelties than men can be given an opportunity to debate and decide this question for themselves Are such methods gov ernment by the people Ministers have heard tales of domestic brutal Ity which ought to melt hearts of stone and yet they turn a deaf ear the sufferings of women and seek formulate a law which declares there Is no escape except through the of death suicide murder or insan Ity Ministers are supposed to stand enligtenment and progress but Idwe improve while mothers are so jected to drunken brutesfathers their children Surely ministers as a body are not idiotic enough to main tain that the decree What God has joined together let no man put ash der should be enforced indiscrir- Inately The interference of ministers in vorce legislation Is opening the eyes of women to church thraldom and they are going to escape from it r well as from the clutches of brute called husbands who own them even though laws be piled mountain high May justice speed their emancipation The above article which appeared In one of the great dallies of Chicago was promptly criticized in a half col unm letter and was unhesitatingly called a blasphemer The writer signing S Z says in part Th question of divorce Is not left to ministers or the people to decide It paradisedsoluble and more so by Jesus in the Christian dispensation when he raised the matrimonial contract to the dig nlty of a sacrament The poor wretched misguided men who seek relief from bondage more cruel than death should take note of these church decrees and de clde whether tiny will meekly abide by them or not H M C CHURCH TAXATION AGITATION The question of taxation of church property Is being agitated In Illinois and should be of interest to every liberal whether in the ranks of the N L P or not Any case of usurpation should be attacked with vigor avid pursued to defeat This subject before the Illinois leglsla ture is one that effects every man woman and child of today and the generations yet unborn We should assist in the work of equal rights for all special privileges for none M LIFE SENTENCE FOR VAGABOND The above are headlines in a news item in a Des Moines Iowa per That is the way our system works out here in Iowa A wealthy state in which we hear the hackneyed words through every hour prosperity of the country has never been greater Prosperity It is a word to juggle with One of the timings we hear about but do not perience Prosperity An empty sound to toilers In lifes field The storehouses are bursting out with abundance but the people starve and the vagrant goes to prison Justice Duncan pronounced sentence upon an unknown vagrant of onu year in jail but death supposed to be the enemy of mankind was merciful and the victim served but a week of sentence when mother nature claim er a son that should havo been signed a place in her great economy but which the Industrial lords refused because God in his infinite wisdom has entrusted earthly affairs to special favorites and providence has decreed that the people must tribute to prosperity even though im prisonment or death be the result Yes the people must suffer still more before they will understand that they should have rights as well as Gods chosen and no play upon the credulity or Ignorancedivine rights or fear of future torturewill then suffice and justice will only be done when these twin evils are overcome We establish homes for stray dogs and cats but our brothers and sis tees live in hovels We furnish money for expensive funerals for Mor gans English bull dog but bury un fortunates in the potters field We spend billions for military equipment and soldiers while we orphan and pauperize their families Millions of money is devoted to foreign missions while our native young are neglected Princely fortunes lie in our churches rut no sanctuary door swings open for the starving freezing vagrant We furnish revenue for legislators to decree justice but the privileged classes plunder us We pay for masses for the repose of the dead soul while we live in constant mental dis tress and physical torture in this world and expect a continuance of it hereafter How long oh Lord how long must t i j we suffer this inhuman doctrine and system before endurance ceases to a virtue Echo answers How long FOR SOUL SEEKERS- s Here is a theory for tho scientificm- ly or sentimentally Inclined and we aro anxious to give every now idea an Opportunity for demonstra tlon I record this that the brethren and sisters may begin to experiment Prof W L Tomllns holds that sic is the life of all creative effort The Professor says that music produced by breathings and thr therefore the breath becomes the real lIlustllllInbreath and individualizing It that it Is endowed with something besides carbonic gas No one doubts that statement demonstrations without number have been made as the asso elates of tipplers and victims of bad stomachs and teeth can attest nWe are told by Prof Tomlins that 11there is a brain of the breath the brain of the upper life the breath- Ing of which always comes through the nostrils Tho nostrils being the gateway of the soul and of course soullestIf breathing through the nostrils is a test The diaphragm is said to be the dividing line between tho animal and spiritual natures latter re celving sustenance through tho nos trils as stated above and the for mer being supplied through the mouth The diaphragm and nostrils therefore being the symbols of the Inquiretoa crimson facial ornamentation or 1the expensive girth of the visceral region is an indication that the itual nature is predominating A 1sorts of wildeyed theories have been andbehas been located in a certain gland of the body but we await with pa hence the full demonstration of such 11claims and we shall render any as slstance In our power to Prof Tom bringing his theories to the IInotice of the people and in reducing same to a practical working basis that should be calculated to help th ISrace to ascend the heights of dom SOCIALISM SCORED BY THE CHURCH Socialism has been getting som valuable free advertising past week in Chicago The church which has always ar Ierared itself against any reform that a measure of relief to the common people has instituted a cru sade headed by several Catholic priests who have been holding series of meetings to denounce ciallstlc teachings The church is tute enough to know that even para tlal industrial reliief for the masse means time for enlightenment hence the desire to perpetuate their bondage Poe Leo has issued an en cyclical against Soetalis n whicji means that no stone Is to be left un turned to stop its advance A few priests more humane than the rest have joined the Socialist ranks and been excommunicated for their temerity And how these leaders of the Chicago crusade have been challenged by Socialist speakers to joint debate but so far they havo not accepted hOne of them says I cannot offon to stop and fight every dog barks at my heels But I fear Hthe present attack upon Socialism by the Catholic Church is an acknowledgement that it fears the dog which barks at its heels But the yelps of a young pup which is harmless is growing into the deeptoned bay of the mastiff and In a short time the church cannot evade the pursuer and must boldly defend Itself against the victims It has wronged who seek rev Hrf The characterization of Socialists as dogs Is now however going to deter the adherents of that party from seeking a change of conditions and- o Catholic church shows Its wis dram In recognizing the fact and preparing Its defense however vulnerable its position Bishop Spaulding of Peoria says he is appalled at the growth of Socialism and written a book to show its antireligious ten dencles and to sustain the noly Path ers declaration that the private property of capitalists must be tected It is Impossible to review these meetings which have taken consider aide space in the Chicago papers but- I wish to mention one remarkable statement made by Father Anton Holler He says It is true that the laboring man of today lives In a more comfortable home eats better food and dresses better than he did several years ago But Socialism has effected none of these reformations They have all been brought about by labor organizations There The truth will slip out We have had It dinned into our ears so long that the church has been the special mes senger of God to protect and betler the condition of the people that it gives us a hard jolt to be told by a priest in plain unmistakable Ian guage that the labor organizations have bettered the conditions of work ing men Do you hear that my good Catholic brothers who have fondly hugged to your breast the delusion that the church has been the orlg inator and preserver of all the good in the world Isnt it about time for you to begin to help the labor organizations which the Rev Father says have helped you instead of expect ing the church to look after you It has failed utterly in the past to mill gate the condition of labor and hope deferred maketh the heart sick The ignorance of the ages is being pelled and with the assistance of a number of priests in whom the peoI pie have confidence and who plainly say their labor organizations have bettered the condition of working mennot the church as we have been taughtthe true state of affairs is bound to be presented and the de jlinquents dealt with accordingly iJ i J CS RIVAL CCCcago reformed physician whatever that may meanhave made a record that is a closo second to the event in Gadarea where tho devils were cast- out of tho victim and took possessions of the swine which being maddened ran Into tho sea and were drowned though no account is given of t owner being reimbursed for the loss These modern healers are a lit tie milder In their claims The dev its are only called demonsa kinds of onehorse devil or hlphenated- witch And the best record of the men according to the N Y Evening Post was in one day 1000 demons cast out and as they are up to da e in the matter of fees they probab only worked on the 8hour schedule at that Tho account doesnt state where tho demons went to and as wo know that a herd of swine was not on hand for that purpose we are curious to hear if these pestering spirits took possession of the throng- Ing populance and if they were in turn cast out at so much a cast Dowie of Chicago is the Weather of the demon exercisers use the term Bell Weather advised for his flock follows him as got sheep should and he will not permit a hog In his city Ah animal hog mean not the human hog Per haps the N Y Post has made a take in this man and it may not Elijah IL who is creating a sensa tion in the East as he has recently established himself there in New York CHARITABLE HIGHWAYMAN If people were more critical and could readily draw a parallel man IIof tranactions of business and happenings of life would b viewed not only as passing ludicrous but as personal Insults The dally press of the country hasI been ringing with the praises of King Edward VII for an alleged charitable act in donating his castoff clothing for poor fund purposes The display was made in a shop window a large placard reading Lately Worn by King Edward VII The crowd seeking to purchose thee old clothes of John Bulls figure head was Immense and was with difficulty restrained Without doubt there were Americans among that crowd who were so anxious to don the begrimed garments that had enwrapped the body which exudes nicotine and cerous exhalations at every breathe People forget their usual courtesy in the mad rush to pay a fancy price for Edwards old clothes though they would have been grossly insulted if a clean honest upright citizen had offered his garments to them free of charitably disposed King in this matter is the talk of the town flHe gives tho old clothes that are useless to him to be sold for charity while ho filches a private income from the people that would buy them soundedfed Londons poor on a tencent meal while his coronation attendants ownatamaalrfcau 0Dt01500oo a plate The soldiers of South Africa ate chocolate bon bons at Christmas but the tax payer furnished the ey and the Boers starved A pre tense of charity was made during the recent Dunbar ceremonies in India The starving peasants are said to have had two meals a day during the regular one meal of coarse food but the 6000000 which this magnificent Kingtbe paid not out of Edwards private fortuneoh no but by the poverty stricken people to whom the whole world sends alms periodically and whose substance is absorbed in pay- Ing for the privilege of being erned by a charitable monarch whose English aides receive 300000 a year as against 15000 for native a great display has been made that Edward might squander money In opening the British Parlia ment Yes charity covers a multitude of sins but let us hope that such pious veneer Is growing thinner and that the people will soon be able to ells cern the rotten framework of the rev giomonarclilal struc- tureSINCLE TAX Discussed by Dr J Barnes Congress of the L P Lex ington Ky Mr President Sisters and brothers feel honored by an Invlatlon from so intelligent a body of thinkers to give an offhand tulle but fear my experience as a speaker and the mat ter of what may say may fall to elicit the rapport of mind necessary to reflect a satisfying speech for as have heard say a speaker reflects the mentality of his audience We who speculate so little about the unknown and unknowable should lead the world In the knowable We who think so little of a hypothetical God and hypothetical future life should think and know more of this world and this life and our right rela lions to our fellow beings and I think must necessarily be sociolo gists since we are not religionists So happiness is the only good how to promote tho greatest happiness for tho greatest number for the greatest length of time must be our paramount Inquiry To know the truth and do the right as essential to happiness may regard as axiomatic with you We differ from the world and the church in doing right with faith that whatever is right is expedient while they reason from a seeming expediency standpoint believing that whatever Is expedient is right The speeches made here so far ave been excellent and the ones to como I have no doubt will be equally t v so or moro excellent suggestlonIt n during whether material or social earthTheable structure over built In tho all beforeSocIrut al downbvdatlon on the earth seepre Independence amygreat deal said and emphasis put on the right to liberty and the pur rigtodamental right to life has been t much Ignored No government tects life for a man may starve to death and go tofor ought any go ernment cares It does protect pro doIhasda where to live Being a land and owning no land he lives If lives at all by sufferance and not by rightesocial settletd Columbus discovered a for a few men to own but Heni- George discovered the earth for men to own La Veries the French Astronomer saw by the perturbation of the pia ets In their orbits that there must a perturbing cause outside the orbit of Uranus and by calculations he de piaus covered Neptune Henry George se Ing the purterbatiomi by poverty in the social world directed his phllo sophlcal and telescope eye into the so sial world and discovered the cause of the purterbatlon to the all life and all wealth the lane He discovered how and only how poverty the cradle of crime the mother of misery and the father of filth can be averted and how aloa an equal right to life liberty an the pursuit of happiness can be sustained He saw the land could not be di vlded equally according to area and if so it would require a new division every year for the new born dren but he saw that land values could be divided every year by tak Ing the economic rent of all land ex elusive of all wealth on land in lieu of taxes on wealth For want ofa better term to con clsely express the modusoperandi collecting the economic rent or nual value of land it is called a gle Tax on land values It takes from no one any wealth he has produced but it tapes the value that all peo pie produced for all the people Land values is the only thing InI any country that all the people do equally produce and it in justice should bllonlftCU1J eople It is a Ytor a of secure posses slon or monopoly of land 1Land1s the only thing that Is cheapened by taxation All other things are made dearer and scarcer by taxation for tax is added the selling price and the consumer pays It The tax on land values can not be shifted on to the tenant Land Is made cheaper and more ac cessable All men then would have equal access to land the natural source of all wealth It would ish poverty and the fear of It would equal opportunities would abolish crime the result of poverty It would do anything good claimed by any other social reform and more too I hope you will read Henry Georges books and all about this great moral with a fiscal name the Single Tax ShortLetters From Friends tMissoula MontI have just read an article In our mourning paper describing the suicide intention of a Rev C Nickelson of Colfax Wash- have also just read Mr Moores ply to Isonomy wherein he said he did not gloat over the misdeeds and Imperfections of others but those pretending to lead in examples of moral conduct and virtue committed misdeeds ho believed in their Ishment and exposition Heartily env dorslng his expression I send you this clipping believing you may cull out a short but interesting article H Olriof see by my tab that my subscription has expired Find enclosed money order for for which give me credit and also send Blade one year to Put us both dqwn for Dog Fennel in Orient I am anxious to get to read that book as I know that would interest the soul more than the New Testament It is going to be life from start to finish it wont condemn any soul but tell nothing but facts Bring back with you the club that Cain killed Abel with am a blacksmith and want the club to Intimidate visclous horses when I shoe them and Nlch ols Fuchs says ho wants those sors that Del lab clipped Samsons hair with as he is a barber and they would hiring him customersEPH SHAW TItusvllle PaI see by the Blade that Mr Moore has left for the Holy Land Now I want you to send a dispatch to him at once over the wireless system and tell him I want t j a souvenir sure I will take Just any old thing the butchers knife that Ab rahain drew and slapped Isaac or tho jawbone of ass Samson slew the hiheathen or razor that God borrowed to shave his feet or just any old thing down to St Peters too nail No artificial souvenir will bo accept cd nothing but genuine articles What strange people we have in the world A few weeks ago some one asked tho question Does the Bible teach the world had four cor ners Of course it does and It is Ii Ifright about It translation got little mixed you see world really had eight corners when God pertit has been banging around with oth farmerpwotndownemlag sceptic over Bible truth will meet In Titusville Pa we will take a train South on tho W N Y railroad youwone corner so you can t peolmlona It is of original corners of the 1earth Dont come until spring Wo ecall find the corner better when Is ImreJ L PEEBLES Kent Ohio Inclosed find list of subscribers for the Blade This is the list wrote you some time in December that would send money itfor read in tho Blade tonight re of the Liberal Congees I be Lll1Ieve you had a grand time and like to have been with ouIbut too poor I trust that the now be placed on a solid paperI etion and be able to keep the L G RED Philadelphia PennI am about e start on a pilgrimage and visit tho places made historic by Thomas Palnes connection with them and as it has been 125 years since Paine was there and there are many rend Interesllldliglous freedom by Thomas Paine and they would be interested in know ing something of how the places look givedshall visit Fort Lee where he coin merfced to write his Crisis Borden town where his house refered to in todays Blade and last but not least New Rochelle where his IInow stands that was monumentJcontents by Win Cobbett his monument is now guarded by Capt Loyd shall have photographs taken while am there if there are none to be had for some may desire them as As long as the ofcelebrations given to pious heroes- n continue and Paine is neglected somo one of us should see to It that Paine Is not I forgottenIBlade the poem read by Noah Color before the National Liberal patty and that Bro Moore will visit the home of Thomas Paine In Thetford also Routerham where Paines bridge was Jiuiltand get JfposKlM a view of d the from GeorgeJsscoh Holyoke the veteran Freethinker of old Eng landJAS B ELLIOTT oAmarillo Texas This morning In the postoffice of our little city I saw inbsketched over it a little and beingfa lover of Freethought literature de tided that would write and ask you nExtiidistribute them out to my friends There are lots of Freethinkers In this subscribe for 1ctChattanooga Tcnn Enclosed find price of Blade for one year Please send torin last weeks Blade saw Mrs Henrys appeal to women and appreciate her idea so much that IIhave already begun trying to get women whom come In contact with Interested in their own welfare have ususally been an indifferent worker but am afraid Congress has awakened enough cnlhulasni to change the even tenor of my lifer Well my first attempt was rather en couraging Tho lady Is an Episcopal ian but very liberal I hopo that slue will soon receive Mrs Closes lit tie pamphlet that Mrs Henry has so kindly agreed to send to all lady scribers I also want to propose her name for the Womans Club think that we should havo some leaders and am afraid that we will be com milting the same mistake that fath lters did In past They organized mens clubs Now we aro trying to ganize a womans club Wouldnt it bo better to invite our brothers to assist us I believe they would and also believe they would be a great help Think about it Lots bo sure wo start right then there can lie no doubt of our ultimate success LULA GIIJSO- NNWIWWVVIIVIIVWMNV Womans ClubiMWI IiMrs Josephine Henry sallies Ky VerJLucy Waters Phelps Wect Esther Van Riper Circle- vllle Ohio Mrs Thompson 436 Oak St Chattanooga Tenn Miss Lula Gibson 276 E Ter race St Chattanooga Tenn Mrs E Davis Rockdale Texas Mrs Vlna Hodges Salado Oregon Mrs Ella Wood Fonddulac Wis consln plcsy I br BLUE GRASS BLADE TIMELY TOPICS0 0 MANHATTAN AT WORK of Tho Now York Stalo Suporlnten dent of public instruction reports that there has hecn a great Increase dur lag tlio last year In the number of protests received by his office against reading the 13lllo In the public schoolsI to CHURCH ATTENDANCEIN LONDON Whllo sath tics of church attend anco are under discussion and Inves 0itstatement made by Bishop Ingram in an address to Oxford undergraduates tjthoperson In eighty among tl working classes of East London went to r church or chTipd Churchman up Still they send mlslonnries to the heathen PAPAL BULL The Pope has lately issued a Hull to the Phlllipino people We give a portion of It below just to show how ho steers unintelligible Italian at that unfortunate people He mixes a blood all up with brotherhood and likeness of tho holy and a lot in of other stun until he gets a solution of gumbo whoso ingredients tho wis est chemist in the world could never separateFFIHIpplnos suppose will derstand it Here Is the bellow of tho Bull IItnow remains for Us to address some observations inspired by pater nal charity to all tho natives of the Philippine Islands and to exhort them with all our soul to preserve unity In the bonds of peace The profession of Christianity demands this for the brotherhood of Christ is greater than that of blood for the hotherhood of blood bears only the llkenes of thq the hotly hut the brotherhood of shows tho unanimity of heart 1Chllst And the same things are by the Interests of religion 011jIpplnes In former times Finally this- concord is demanded by true patriot In Ism for the country can only suffer hurt and injury from public disturb ances Let them who hold the reins itofgovernment be reverenced accord to tho precept of the apostle for all 0Whenble qualities which have always flour ished In the Philippines in former times he no doubt refered to the 9noble conduct of the ErWs The Popo tHtbtetirrwto U ullrJIW vlydirty Friars and all the rest of his Spanish brutes at two dollars a head The facts are that his Bull is paw- Ing up moro ground In Rome than in Manila A new Catholic church has been started there by the leading native Filllpplnos and they have cut loose- from this Bulllncss and about all that Is left of Mamma church Is a tough throatSpanishwhincept that of tho Spanish church PREACHER PRAYING CRAZE Ono befuddled parson in Cincinnati has got It Into his head that prayers would be a good thing If held dally In the room of the police court He wants to pray for criminals and po iicemen and was actually given tho permission Hot after one or two howls in which he told the Lord just wtint ought to he done and how He ought to see to It that tho police also acquired tho prayer habit so they too could tell the Lord how Ho might Improve upon Ills business methods etc they gently advised him to with draw and hinted that tine Lord could hear his prayers from the church as well as from the police court room dlsgnstIIt is to have some parson pokln prayer Into public push There are always a lot of fools among them who never learn enough to go to their closets and pray secretly as the Lord has told them would bo most acceptable to him and according to Ills style ANOTHER SAMPLE The Protestnat preachers of this city met and announced public noo day prayer meetings at tho A for tho good of the city These hall been heralded from ev pulpit In Cincinnati 1meetings iron the press first meeting held today just thirteen present un lucky seven preachers and six Inconsequential business men They powwowed awhile told Lord how had tho people are and how cor rupt the politicians are for whom they havo been voting for years There wasn t a prloit in this ChrisI tian crowd They are birds of a differ eat feather They dont get out be fore the public and hallelujah hut they lay low on politics and play tho party in power Whllo the Pro testant parsons are screeching to God tho priest is shoving his dupes Into office filling up the fat places and sending nuns around on pay days to get his sharo of tho steal and grab The Protestant parson votes for tho political boas then gets a fit of holy hysteria and dates him and then turns around and votes for him on election day- amusing part of tho whole farce Is that tho city Is half Catholic and this Christian element wont havo anything to do with the whoop la Christian element and so all their fuss and feathers dont amount any moro than tho cackle of a flock of guineas half a mile in tho uro depths of a wheat flelrlalPoliticians know that preachers are tho most weak ltneed flexible and reliable element in politics All the politicians havo to say is Well well put your property on tho tax the duplicate and compel you yourselves be dont shut and they IIhutIITho clergy well know that they have to play tho State In order to avoid taxation and unlawfully ac quite salaried positions and gain oth recognition Now and then a preacher like Rev Mcllsh of Cincinnati rises up to reform politics will and ho makes a big noise and thinks too the clergy are all with him but to ho comes to bringing them to gether he finds that their talk Is nil talk and only seven or eight show Rev Mcllsh Is a young man Ho has not yet learned that honest government largely depends upon honest taxation and tho people who should bo first to set an example in this line are those who place themselves first as moral teachers and emplars ne has yet to learn that he makes but fool of mmself fighting political bossism on account of Its corruption granting special privileges to porations he nat is the church but the greatest corporations them all and exist- Ing oy special class privilege believe that Rev Mcllsh means well but he doesnt see far The church can never be a power In poll tics while it leaves tho saloon toal bear a big portion of Its rightful burdens of taxation Tho masses know that tho church Is getting Its full share of nibbling at the public crib They know that It Itself reaches out for and obtains class privileges that having enough it should go away back sit down and shut Its mouth try This Is In fact an unwritten pollt ical law x POPE FEEDS A THOUSAND A Clnclnatl paper prints on first page a large cut of Pope Leoth surrounded by the Papal Guards In full uniform The picture was taken the door of the Belvldere court of the Vatican from which the Pope is witnessing a thousand poor eating a dinner to which Inof vlted them in honor of his jubileeat A dispatch says Nuns walt the happy guests and the tableslie decorated with small and beautiful flowers The PopesIn name Was vociferously applauded by the poor and repeated cries of Long TMaBPty flllotfoi el rV GtfUtd any picture bo drawn whfch more forcibly represent ut and slcal than thisIsA thousand poor like hungry feeding from the hands of the masIn ter who has cuffed them all their lives While eating they shout hisIn name When their stomachs are again empty they say Go to the Pope which in polite Italian partance of means Go to 1t1- The Pope well knows that a meal modifies hate and contempt and like the Kings aristocrats and monopo lists all over the world smother juts lice by dispensing a little charity They steal a loaf and return the grumbling loser a crumb anti so keep him quiet But a time Is coming when crumb charity wont go longer The time s coming whentc men will demand Justice The time will come when men and women will not gather in front of a palace and devour one meal like bones thrown to dogs and go away snouting for Ire masterWThe time Is coming when the toll ers of the earth will demand three goon meals dally and will spurn charH Ity with the contempt such charity deserves Inc charity of a single meal is an insult to any mind not lost to shame What men want and of will have Is justice and a fair chare of that which they produceU LESLIES WEEKLY DONT COUNT PAGANS Will any of the subscribers of Les lies Weekly among the ten thousand readers of tho Biade take that maga nine after reading th following editor lal from its issue Feb 19th to The Bible In the Schools It Is an entirely just and reasonable view of Bible reading In the public schools which the Hon Charles R Skinner Superintendent of Public In of struction In iow York State takes In his annual report to tho Leglsla ture This view is in brief that where the Bible is thus read without tote or comment at the morning ex ercises In the public schools as It has been read for ninny years in Now York City thero is no reason rot Interfering with practice by legislative enactment or otherwise No protest It Is stated leas been undo to the department at Albany against thecustom as It has prevailed In this city and In the absence of any specific statute applicable else where In the Stato tho superinten dent wisely declines to matte any rulln timegschools except In cases where made to Include sectarian teaching thus violating provisions of the con stitution We fall to see how any right minded person of any church sect or creed can object to this And as for tho pagans among us or the people who are opposed to all churches and religions they are practically too few to count and their opinions may well be Ignored any obviate any risk of sectarian teaching It might bo well to introduce a compilation of the scriptures similar to that which has been used for years past In the public schools of Chicago a compilation made under the direction of a committee compos ed of representatives of the Hebrew faith tho Roman Catholic and tho Protestant and therefore satisfactory to all So far as the general question- of religious teaching In the public schools is concerned the danger IsY01 that we shall carry the spirit of seen York larlsm here altogether too far There Is nothing that tho Amerl extra can people stands so much In need from today as they do of a larger mcas of genuine spirituality a deep and and religious faith In the shaping- of character and the control of duct tlon No greater calamity could silly happen to the American nation azlne than the casting out of the life and thought of tho AmerIcanS people Wo can more safely dlsrehis gard both the Declaration of Indepen and the Federal Constitution than we can the teachings of this great book which Is more valuable than to either of them as a charter of human liberty order p O I want to say to this editor who get this paper that ho Is entirely good for this country He go where they don t have a Declarre written a m ftIought to go live In some parts of Italy or Spain where they have was holy days In the year and or there exists a largo measure of geDtel uino spirituality If a little Bible is good to be Introduced ourcal schools ho ought to send his childrendrl where they dont have anything else to Bible which he declares still greatest charter of human libertyCo When he gets that what moro does want Only a short time ago Hevexe Parkhurst publicly declared thatret there are a million of pagans Intht New York City He called all pagans for who did not go or contribute to any church The clergy of New York City are continually deploring the growth of Rallonallsmhe In the face of this this editor dereI Glares that the so few one they may well bo IgnoredchIf one single crazy fool mis ysionarymeddle with that peoples religion I anti gets hurt every one of the mil one lions of Jews and pagans In this counIn are expected to take up the matter with their money and their lives and They are expected to count then But here at home their constitutional rights are to be Ignoredvo want to say to this editor that country was founded by men way whom he Is pleased to slur as pagans able principally by Thomas Paine Benjamin frontI Franklin Thomas Jefferson George Washington all Deists and In Stephen Girard Atheist If any class staff men here have rights superior to ed It Is the pagan who reflects spirit of the founders of the Repub lous But It Is the glory of paganism I all men under this Republic equal rights and that no class and Ignored ble Your rightful place sir JbiMnpt Jh iig American who rf8jJ OWRTCTr4IIWIPSPilWleclaration i pendence but among rural scotch ure esbyterlanlsm or Spanish Catholic where exist such a large measure d of genlune spirituality You live the wrong time You should have peen a cotemporary of Cotton Mather days before wo had a Declara lion or a Constitution You could have burnt a witch without a twitch troubled conscience- have bought my last Leslies Weekiy There are other weeklies edited by Americans which should meet wltn Liberal patronage W WANTED A PHRASE At the recent Congress of the tional Liberal Party at Lexington a reslullon was offered by the writer reode questing tho party to adopt a phrase be used by the eulcers and mem to hers of that institution in all com and munlcations before the signatures Thus for Instance Instead of one signing Yours fraternally or yours truly and the many other latown and timehonored phrases was suggested In the resolution to adopt the phrase Yours for Hr H which stands for Yours for the Happiness of tho Human Race Tho resolution was adopted but after saute deliberation the author resolution moved to recon shIer the motion which was done motion the resolution was re to the Executive Bpard with the additional injunction that the Board Invlto suggestions for a suit able 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mall and you will enjoy the Blade all the more L Jr L Interesting the by Letterlit Hamilton R Herewltn I enclose money for the Blade and the New World one year each and some Blades was pleased to hear Dr Wetmore through tho umns of the Blade Bro Wetmore myself enjoy the honor and dls u of being ue only two that replied through the Freethought Mag theseveral years ago to Rev S Drew of Dayton W Va criticising notorious confession of faith and wherein the Reverend gentleman said propose to uelieve the story of the deluge even though know It be a lie It may be that God tends for us to stultify our senses In to show our humility Let me say to Bro Wetmoro of Buffalo N Y that I can discount the replies of the three clergymen concerning The Gods seeming Indifference the recent frightful loss of life through fire and flood I asked a very devout Chris and law abiding citizen nearly same question and his answer this The mere Item of one life ten thousand lives for that mat 4a nothing in the eyes of our all perfect and merciful God who do no wrong We are his chill and our lives are In his keeping dispose of as he may see fit And we send missionaries to India asked Is God more and merciful than man He Most assuredly Again Would you select two or of your children and slay them some cause real or imaginary simply because you thought yourself perfect and could do the deed with Impunity What slay my children because considered myself perfect shouted Certainly not Then You must set yourself up as more merciful than God In him with crimes that youG that you would not commit ourself handed the Blade of Feb 15th to of my neighbors who on return It spoke warmly of the addresses delivered by Mrs Josephine K Henry Mrs Harriet M Closz and as he The arose to tne occasion he remarked Talk about earthquakes cyclones and Kansas blizzards why are not In It they must go back and sit down when such women writers come to the 1 to have Bro Moore while the Holy Land to hunt me up the that Balaam smote the longear critter with and which had the sa Icary affect to produce the marve and alleged correct articulation was curious to try the staff on a superannuated mule In this vicinity witness the result at a respecta distance But after considering n merous relics that others have them B ro MoonMHONnga me a veritable iSanta Olaus laden with sacred Oriental trophies A E ROFFE Premiums For New Members A great many Liberals incline to unite with us but from the habit cf do not send in their names In order to reach these as well as stir up an interesting competition to awaken endeavor and en thuslasm especially among our younger members we offer the lowing awardsthe contest to close September 1st E M 303 The Conditions Are IThe person joining must be a new member and the fee of one dollar accompanying his name 2The names should be sent in as soon as gotten 3The contest is open to all old members except the President First Second and Third Vice Presidents Secretary and Treasurer 4The 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Green and Jesus Friends Mary and Martha Poor Hetty Green God bless her dear old heart began the pastor In referring to the mortgage The last time saw her she was limping down Broadway through the dirt to saO car fare and she had a little blac latchel In her hand in which the say she carries the sandwich which constitutes her meal She says th church which does not meet Its obll gatlons Is no good This may be so but it Is not right for her to say it In view of what the church has done for womankind What this richest woman of the world should have done now that she Is tottering on the brink of the grave would have been to telegraph her attorneys in Chicago to cancel tne mortgage on tne church and let toe congregation sing Praise God From Whom All Blessing I Green should remember that Christianity has done more for we men than any other agency In the world What was woman before the era of Christ A slave She washed the feet and hands of her master father brother waited on him fed him and if there was anything left she and the dogs got it Christian ty changed the entire relations of man and woman Who well the friends of Jesus Mary and Martha I He put the stamp of approval upon womanhood until the fairest flown of the world today Is Christian wo manhood The very last person In the world today to say a thing ttagainst the church should be a L man twothirds of the church is composed of women In spite of all forces combined against the Christian church It remains the most succesSful Institution in the world today The text of Rev Hopkins Is the Church a Failure or the Different Between Hetty Green and Jesus Friends Mary and Martha can be answered just one way Yes the church is a failure and but for tho deluded Marys and Marthas it would have to go out of business and It seems that the Fifth Presbyterlaj church has had to do that very thins because It had not enough Mary and Marthas to come to the rescue and because It ran up against a Hettj Green Nine churches In ten would have their mortgages foreclosed If their Marys and Marthas were not kept on the move getting money bj pool and crook to keep the ship of Zion alloat Poor women they t sooner get one leak stopped In this i old craft than a bigger one Is sprung in another place It Is generally the case that the mortgage Is the biggest thing about the church as In this Chicago case- Women have done everything un der the sun to raise money for the church from giving swell dinners to scrubbing the floor of the meetln house and from singing an Oratorio to giving minstrel shows playing pro euchre or dancing the Kan 4rgressive they have been held In line by the Mary and Martha sermon It Is the most valuable stock in rad of the clergy in preaching to the fe male congregations Rev Hopkins describes Hett Green as he last saw her walking or Broadway to save car fare carrying her sandwich It seems hardly creel Ible that a preacher would prevarl cate but I venture the assertion that this man never saw Hetty Green in his life and would not know her from the gatepost If he should meet her If Hetty Green was walking to saw car fare and carrying her sandwich she Is more honorable than the gy who ride on dead head tickets and eat fine steals prepared by men who have roasted themselvc over hot stoves to entertain they preachers If there had been more Marys In the church and fewer Mar thas there would have been fewer feasts and more fasts for the prach ersRev Hopkins says that Hettj Green should have canceled tha church mortgage and let the cojigre gatlon sing Praise God From Whom all Blessings Flow If Hetty Greer had paid the church debt we cant see why the thanks and praise should he rendered to God Hetty Is nc doubt a rich woman hut let us member that the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof It seems strange that the Lord with His resources should allow one ol his houses to come under the slier las hammer But the Lord knows if Jr the financial and spiritual condition of His Kingdom on earth and If He should begin paying church mortgages He knows It would bankrup the universe so He just lets the preachers and the women attend to the finances and a time of it the have Men have sworn off from ing church beggars so every thing of the feminine gender Is mustered In to raise money for the church Hero is a case recorded in the same paper as Rev Hopkins sermon Hens to Help Pay Church Debt The hens of Little Utica a com intuit about five miles from Bald wlnsvllle N Y are going to worle Sunday this year to pay off a church debt Little Utica has one church and it Is desperately in need of mane It is in a farming community and all the church members are farmers At Its last meeting one of the congregation suggested that each member should contribute all the eggs laid by the hens on Sundays during the next year and give the receipts to the church Everybod agreed and the hens will begin next dont even give the hens a chance to keep the Sabbath day holy Hetty Green says that the church that does not meet Its obligation Is no good It looks like Betty Is right and It never has been prove that the churches that DO meet their obligations are any good from the great cry that Is going up from the preachers Just now for the civil law the women and the law of the nese to help them stay the tide of crime that threatens to submerge our Christian land Rev Hopkins says Hetty Green should remember what Chrlstianitj has done for woman that before Christ she was a slave that washed the feet and hands of master fatfier brother and waited on him fed him and if there was anything left slit and the dogs got it There Is a good deal of that kind of business going on today and Rev Hopkins would not have to go stones throw from his pulpit to find it and the land Is surcharged with Christianity Many women In all sta tlons of life are not only washing the feet hands and clothes of their mas ters but they are often slaves of men whose brutal characters are so black that not even baptismal washing could cleanse them There are mil lions of women In Christendom who earn the money to feed their masters and who watt on them like spaniels and not a few men return all this service with cruelty and brutality Rev Hopkins says before Christi anity after all womans service If there was anything left she and the dogs got It He can find a large class of this kind of women today only the dogs are attended to first Rev Hopkins says that Christianity has alone done more for women than any agency In the world wish he had elucidated some of the things It has done It Is true women fill the pews and play the roles of church cleaners debt lifters fair banquet and jubilee engineers and guardians of the preachers creature comforts but there is nothing particularly en nobling in any of these things To be a silenced subject of the church permitted to do its begging and men ial work which Is the position of wo man today Is not a very elevated one It Is true as this preacher says that twothirds of the church members are women and he might have said the other third are old women of the masculine gender who put the bit the womens mouths and tell them It Is their duty to pull the gospel car The world is sick and tired of hearIng what the church has done for woman It Is time now to talk bout what woman has done for the church The preacher denounces Hetty Green for foreclosing her mortgage on the Fifth Presbyterian Church Would the church have foreclosed a mortgage on Hettys proper ty Though Paul says dare any of you go to law the churches in many courts of our land are trying to wrest by law bequests of deluded people who robbed their own families to will ing their porperty to the Lord ands long as there is a penny in sight the church pursues It and the Heav my legatee never puts In appear Hetty Green forclosed the mortgage on that church If she should apply for membership In Rev Hop kins church or any other church In Christendom she would be more wel come than the Virgin Mary and heron for between the dollar and Deity this Christian country the dollar will win every time Rev Hopkins says the Christian church Is the most successful institution in the world the most successful beggar If churches do not consider It a reli gious duty to pay their honest debts and denounce their creditors for col lecting them it is hard to see how they are a moral force Rev Hopkins said in his sermon Poor Hetty Green God bless her dear old heart To be truthful he should have said Rich Hetty Green He did not mean a word about God blessing her for he denounces her- r merely demanding fair play In a perfectly honorable business transaction This case is a strong object lesson for women The church has so long traded on their sentiment and cre ilultly that when a woman merely demands simple justice she is ana thematized Hetty Green can stand but the question Is can the church stand It JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Ky L J SEVERANCE ON THE SOCIAL EVIL IN THE LOS ANGELES EXPRESS Los Angeles Feb 17 To the Edit orThat prayers and song services are inadlquate for the removel of the social evil should be apparent to any thoughtful mind and yet these moth 22 ods now are being tried for the suppression of an evil as old as human history Just at present we are hav- Ing a moral outburst attended with sentimental but no practical talk in large quantities Committees have addressed tho city council and made requests that were characterized by nothing but emotion and Indefiniteness for while they wanted action taken In relation to the red light dis trict they did not know exactly what or how to do It Right here Is where the trouble al way has come in on the removal of the social evil No one knows what will or can accomplish that and all the acquired wisdom of the ages is Insufficient to formulate an effective remedy There is not a nation on tho globe that does not have uiis evil and none but what always has had It and yet many of these emotional wouldbe regulators of public morals think a city ordinance would sup press It So while waiting for the council to act In a manner not yet formulated or defined praying and services are being tried as a remedy o those given to reflection the fact that cause and effect are inseperable is well known There always Is a cause for everything and this Is suf ficient to establish necessity which has been denied by irrational speakers Necessity is responsible for erything In existence or nothing would exist In mind or matter and to ignore or deny it Is to act In a man ner devoid to selfte or reason Says the irrepressible Kansas woman to the city council hope you will find to a way to suppress this gross Immor er ality but she had no way to sug gest beyond enforcing laws now In existence and which as most people know would simply scatter the evil in and drive the unfortunates into lodg- Ing houses and localities where their presence and influence would intensi to fy their power to produce trouble No other result coulu possibly follow for these women must live and find if shelter somewnere and no door of hope yet exists or ever will where to ill the unfortunates can be taken in and provided for It would be a tremendous undertak- Ing for charitably disposed people to provide a home for the hundreds of women driven by be lives of shame In necessltytifollow hese people with short sight thtrt on right away would do a little more calm and rational thinking they would not be so anxious to disturb I existing conditions until results were to rare certain and apparent from their standpoint The first thing in r be considered is self persevation and everybody wants to know how he can make a living That person who will show these unfortunates how they can exist If they give up imme lately the deplorable business into which they have been driven will do more to solve the question under dls Mission than any other one thing When the opportunity Is open for all women to make a good living in an honorable and agreeable business the social evil will come mighty near re riving its death blow and not tllIa then Socialism which would give to ev rybody the opportunity to make a living by work and the full product d labor is the only thing ever advo cated that will destroy the socials evil and yet socialism is denounced and ridiculed as absurd and impracti cal by most people working for so clal purity No plan even has been iiiggested or considered that equals socialism and until something of that ind is given a trial and the necessi ties of life are thereby assured to every woman the social evell can be ought by law praying and singing and every other conceivable way without sucess Bread and butter will do more to Insure virtue and morality than anything else for it Is the basis of physical life and human happiness ay or think what you will When women can feed and clothe themselves without having to become so clal pariahs they will avoid a life of shame If society really wishes to dispose the social evil so It will never return let it work or socialism or HystemIf a better one can be de visedthat will Insure the protection and nourishment of physical bodies Visionaries and emotional reformers may work on other lines until the lay of doom and they never will neck or destroy this evil Time and experience have so demonstrated and unless they are willing to act on this suggestion feel perfectly safe in naklng the prediction that the scarlet woman will be a member of ciety as long as the human race walls this earth CHANNANG SEVERANCE HURRICANE SWEEPS CITY OF BUDAPEST The following from the New York Sun speaks for Itself Budapest Feb 13A terrific hurricane visited this town today and lid enormous damage The roof was ilown off St Elizabeths church fiveI statues of saints around the church were thrown to the ground and other vorks of art were shattered Why an allloving and all pow srful God should wreck his own house and treat his saints in such a sruel manner Is beyond comprehen don for the Bible says God takes cue of His own J K fi i l 111jf TIt Marillaof RickerHeard From In the Sunday School Times March 1903 appeared an article written by Samuel Scovcll Jr grandson of Henry Yard Beecher stating that Abraham Lincoln In the year 1862 visited Mr Beecher one night at his study in Brooklyn and that they talked and prayed together several hours the topic on their minds being tho terrible calamities of war The ar tide Is very Interesting and has been extensively copied Rev Dr L Buckley in an editorial in the Christian Advocate February takes Is sue with Mr Scovell as to the cor rectness of the theory which was told to him by his mother after his grand father had died Dr Buckley handles the subject with both glovyi off and proves beyond reasonable doubt that the story Is not founded on fact That President Lincoln never left Washington for New York in 1862 Is shown by the testimony of those who were close to Mr Lincoln In Wash ington as it was not possible for him to male any moves or travel anywhere without their knowing It and they assert that he never went to New York during that year or at any time during his Presidential term Dr Buckley has spoiled a beautiful story but he has performed the task In tit cause of truth Mr Editor These Sunday School stories are all fine so long as no one Is interested enough to move them false that is how Lincoln was made to be pious Beechers grandson is evidently a liar but Beecher had some horse sense one of his friends a member of his church asked him at one time to pray for rain He looked all about and said the wind was In the wrong direction for rain Buckley Is a Meth odist parson and he deserves great credit for settling this matter but the pious frauds will still continue tell the story of Lincoln and Beech wrestling In prayer The most of the pious people evidently think that- a lie well stuck to Is better than the truth told waveringly Ive seen your paper that a Western Fam ily have Inquired for me and also Harriet M Chess am much pleased be missed hut a paper that Jose phine Henry and Harriet Closz writes for doesnt need me much no matter the Editor Is a tramp I have been particularly busy writing letters the voters of New Hampshire The Constitutional Convention held In my state In December passed a bill sub mitting to the people of the State male peoplethe right to say whether or not the right of suffrage should extended to women We are all aware that a man Is a complex mind anyway and will read n lef wnen lIewI1luse for kindling and shaving purposes the printed literature that Is sent to reform him So have written exactly 645 letters up date and am still at it I ask the voters to give the girls a compll mentary vote sometimes a compll mentary vote will fill the bill let us hope it will in this case New Hampshire is a great State Ive ten said If our hills were rolled out we should be as big as TexaS She had the first free public library In the world and keeps It open Sundays She was the first state In New England to give school suffrage to women From the dawn of her history she has loved freedom the stirring part of which her brave sons took In the Revolution proves that and m doing my level best to have her stand forward In the great march of liumanlty and grant to her daughters equal civil and political rights with those now enjoyed by her sons The election will be the 10th of March o Ive but a few days for to work thought Id stop a moment this morning to tell you where am and what am doing hope to be able to write you the llth of March that New Hampshire will go down In his tory as the 5th star In the galaxy of States Wyoming Colorado Idaho Utah and New Hampshire but am afraid the wind Is NOT In the right direction MARILLA M RICKER Pasadena California TWO ILLUSTRIOUS LEADERS ro Editor of Blade In the course of one years read- Ing of the Blade have read with rowing astonishment and delight the Iconoclastic articles from the facile pens of Mrs Josephine K Henry and Mrs Harriet M Closz Differing In style they are united In a burring desire to emancipate woman from the lespicable thralldom of matrimonial servitude that reeks with mouldy harshness of antiquity and is decorated with mosses and llch jns of legal blindness A mar iage contract to be just should bear illke upon both parties to the partnership The obligations of one should he the duty of each The most dismal sentence eyer admin istered to a culprit Is often the eccle siastical mandate whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder How many times Is this a sentence for life to servitude grind ing debasing labor without renuraer atlon either of affection or money How often does the woman resign girlish freedom for slavish brutality There should bean exact equality fore the law If one partner falls to live up to his or her agreement then the wronged partner should be lowed to quit his or her bargain and not be made bear the results of an others Iniquity or cruelty Be ye not unequally yoked together 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PASSING FOR RATES DETAILS AND GENERAL INFORMATION WRITE TO CHARLES S FEEGENERAL PASSENGER AND TICKET AGENT Saint Paul MinnCorrespondence and Inquiries are given our prompt attention Some of the worst matrimonial mis fits known to the world are the igious couples To attempt to re move the asperities of two steel files by rubbing one upon the other would be like curing religiously mar ital Inequalities have never seen either Mrs Henry nor Mrs Closz but Imagine that Mrs Henry Is tall with black hall and eyes with clearcut features reserved In man ner and set In opinion I think that Mrs Closz is inclined to he rotund In appearance short In appearance and very open and friendly In manner Mrs Henry strikes with sledge ham mer blows and drives right to the heart of her subject cuts deep and leaves bare She Is an iconoclastic cyclone Mrs Henry Is highly servant and selects her subjects care fully and handles with firmness and grace They form a brace of Ainlxo nlan thinkers that should make their power felt Pioneers who will he followed by an Immense throng with the realm of justness The Blade is to be congratulated upon having such a unclews around which will collect a largo and strong corps ol female writers and workers f r llJ7lf n There Is no subject of more im portance to thp populace than the one of matrimonial degradation It leaves its impress upon the conning generation as well as the present It eats the burly politic and tho body social as a gnawing cancer The rare thing that blocks the trend of prog ress In this direction as well as nil other reforms Is ecclesiasticism It has stood for ages as u menace to liberty a black spectre of murky Ig norance and superstition A storm centre of threat mud denunciation and a gang of licensed howling do vlshes of the hootchlocootchlo type A maelstrom of vituperation and damnation The essence of machlval Ian machination and bulb priestcraft Those of us who have deflect them have passed unscathed Those who have Teen weak enough to believe in their pretended powers havo beet mulcted In spirit health and wealth and have forgone many pleasures to placat6 a swarm of locusts who eat the substance of the dllllgent while they revel In sumptuosity JNO F CLARKE i Arlington lid firrF