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Digital page images are linked to the text file. hM1f J A fat IIIcH nUE GRASS BLADE T i EDITED BY UEATIIEN IN TIlE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED IWEEKLY 100 A YEAR TYI r VOL XII NO 10 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY APRIL 20 E M 303 X100 A YEA RI TERMS OF THE BLADEI 1 Issue for one year S100 ITerms100 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 all Money Orders Drafts and Orders payable to the IMake Grass Blade Lexington Ky you change your address vise this office giving your old asjwell ns the new address When you send your subscription say you are a new or old sub IwhetherThe address slip on the paper wl11I show expiration of subscription serve as a as the date changes aBjsoonLas the subscriber pays publication are th1apsnot 1t1onrun sl IP Ifl + wso ridbYffi subscriber iIicourts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all tapers re cclved until the paper Is paid for In full up to date and ordered dlsconI tinned IOffice of publication 161 East ThIrdI near Walnut JltonMatter Address all communications to OLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayctto Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307C THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain 1degree demoralizes those who make who sell It and those who drink it believe from the time It Issues from the coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into a the hell of crime death and dishonor it demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can II the subject without coming prejudiced against this liquid crime All you have to do Is to think of the deathsof the suicides of the Insan- Ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread or 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 ofr 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 forever separateGrltCIn no sense whatsoever Is this gov founded the Christian rellglonWashlngtonIThe divorce between Church and State should be absoluteGarfleldC DOLLEGEofMEDIDINE e SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material rEEF MODERATE Fall term opens In September Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M D Sioy 846247 Ashland Ave ChUaB lU ljLr Does the United Need More Population Is President Roosevelt Right It is stated In tho press that seven teen babies were born in ono teneI ment house in Cincinnati In tho month of February Let us rem em ber that February is the shortest month in the year Tho Chicago Rcc ord herald says that six babies wero born in one Chicago tenement in Jive daysPresident Roosevelt should he In formed of these facts In his steen nous life the fact that tho population Is growing rapidly In this neckothe woods would cheer him up a bit Our robust rollicking President who sends his pictures to parents who have triplets should have hIS photo struck off by the thousand and sent to the mothers in the tenements and slums who have children by tho en and whose offspring starve freeze and die from want of lifes accesscties and are thrown In citys dead May be the thin President who thinks AmerIcanI families should be large would help the mothers to bear their children and their sufferings and privations with resignation gaboutother things but It Is exceedingly unbecoming in him as a man to even approve of the American family beIing large We greatly doubt if ture had decreed that tho father jjthorurnerous as It Is It Is very easy tjfamiliesThe President has harped upon fine healthy children and cites his half dozen rosy robust olive branchesE Ojlylife surrounded by every comfort ands 0torat their disposal They can order a and tour thin continent s gnlvenim nt t t oraifrUhint- he interest of their health and hap Illness all at the expense of the ing wronged and robbed tax pnyersI Why shouldnt they be wIfTho great pity is that the Presidents family has not a few sets of tjthereverse the order of things and that thin President himself pjAmerican ntimeno doubt with a restful smile listen dissertations on tho size of Amen families Actual experience Is a wonderful help In the discussion of vital ques tlons The great boast of the government Is that we are Increasing our population so rapidly and that the United States Is reveling In prosperI- ty Tho prosperity boasted Is a falsehood save for tho parasites who revel In shameful luxury at the expense of the life blood of their fellows Not one family In ten In our country own shelter or enough ground to bo burled In Not one family In twenty are In fairly comfortable cIrcum- stances The struggle to make ends meet Is a fierce one and they ready have more children than they can properly care for The childrene of the Idle rich grow up to prollfgate loafers and rot at the top social ladder while the poor at the bottom are st raved stunted and driv en The children that are already here are born to slavery anti suffer hug The mothers of this crime curs ed nation bear tho brunt of physical and mental agony privation and self sacrifice to increase tho population what do they get for it They not even allowed a voice in the affairs of thin country yet they are taxed to the last penny by compul slon without being allowed to say what they want done with the money that Is taken from them on tho high way robber system Not one child In ten Is born of yol untary motherhood The heart agony women who bear tho children against their will and there are mil lions of such women In this country today Is the blackest crime against human race Nlnetynlno per cent such children are the victims of tyrrany and Injustice What else dc women get for all their sacrifice and suffering Millions of American wooJ men who are mothers are forced into the world to earn a living and for their service they get but little more than half that Is paid to men for the same service Largo corporations employ women because they can get them cheap and then testify that they do their work better titan men Yet while women are making this des perato struggle to support themselves and children the cry Is raised that women are crowding men out of the business world anti they ought to ge back to their homos anti families But till truth Is while most of them have families they hnvo no homes Yet tho cry comes from tho white w f 2 hrk house that larger families are needed n tho United States There Is no Inherent right that be longs to ono sex that does not belong tho other and it is womans Inherent right to say when she will be helpless t1whenItcenttoday that are totally unfit to become fathers or capable of sublimer tnncc t1gralledmen anti they are a host have spect for womanhood or motherhoodn yet the palace and tho hovel swarm with their progeny There Is noth- Ing In American civilization so cheap anti so desecrated as female virtue and nothing so outraged as motherhood There is not one woman In twentyB the United States that is fit ome a mother Wo have all about us tho silly giggling thin waisted highheeled abortions frivolous flirts husband hunters and parsons pets besldo the kitchen drudges valid no wives whose health has been wrecked by frequent child bearing factory slaves and illy paid working who are forced to sell their vir ue for bread How can such men and such women under present condl tions bring into the world healthy robust noble children anti talon them properly Wo greatly doubt If President ever Inquired Into real con itions or gave serious thought to them but whether he has or not Is a truth that cannot be realiz too soon it is that the perpetuity the glory and tho grandeur of this American nation depends on Its moth erhood and tho kind not the number tho children they bring into the Better that our population never Increase and we move to race suicide rather than that should Increase through injustice sacrifice and suffering to women and iIclildron tliov lipnr Tho size of the American family tiRooseveltservice by calling in the ablest women of the Republic to discuss it iningto large families What to do to es tablish justice among the population Is now here Is of greater Impor than to encourage the growth of population by any method This should bo suggested to President by all women and men who tho establishment of justice tho reign of peace and plenty In American Republic JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kent- uckySpecial a Invitiation be up To the Satellites of the Freethought World for Articles am delighted with the many cellent articles have received from nil parts of tho country on Why I am an Atheist have carefully read each article and prepared It publication As it now looks we will have enough to occupy the tire issue of the Blade and it will niako good propaganda literature In the call for the contributions excluded Dr Bowles Mr Wyscarver Mr Kaufman Mrs Henry Mrs partlclpatIngnot be complete without a contrlbu tlon from their able pen and if we are going to use tho edition for propaganda purposes we certainly must have articles by each and every one of tho abovcd named versatile writers With the tacit consent of all tal now especially extend an Invitation to Dr Bowles Mr Wyscarver Mr Kaufman Mrs Henry Mrs Closz and Dr Wilson to send mo their con trlbution on Why am an Atheist at their earliest opportunity an would also be pleased to receive of articles on this suoject from Brother Kidder Brother Armstrong Dr Dames Dr Foote Marllla Kicker Judge Ladd Walter Hurt and the many other satellites in the Free thought world This compilation will bo tho first Jf Its kind as tar as know sisting as It will of diversified opln ions from all classes of men and men The articles tins far received have sincerity front beginning to end ind tho men and women tell their story and derive at conclusions In ghopescheme will bo aroused and all that aro able to write will send In their articles at nn early date Address MORRIS SACHS Atlas Bank Bldg Cincinnati 11tr sx 1tjfJ i BIBLEREADINC AND PRAYING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CaliforniahasBible lathe public schools of that ia unconstitutional and is no Obligatory as heretofore The of Nebraska has Just made opposite decision These two de coming close together Illus thin fickelness of the law and truckling subserviency of lawt intheOno State upholds Its constitution and th4 other defies it should greatly rejoice over tile decision of California had it been at the command of Rationalists ut I dont think it was It is a Cath olic decision The Catholic clergy op pose Bible reading in the public schools nnd it was at their command the decision was made so WE have crow a comln So as this question is one of y Catholic down Protestant care tle about it If anything prefer Bl ble reeling to Catholic dictation dolot worry so much over Bible reading In the schools anyhow as doingfBible fir myself would never have been as Freethinker I went to Sun sohool studied the book whole chapters to mem committed all the big stories and read and expounded at the publlcrfichool learned to question and pbt When the Age of Reason preparedtowhat ijalno was talking about saw rlzht through the Imposition Had not thus been prepared a fleasearsJ the people who dont know lie e a u nu uaunaffected by Rationalistic revela on prayingImposIngilling individuals and thus violating the most sacred principle of repub Hcan government theyhavereality forcejoIned to political ser villty and it is an audacious brazen its effect upon Freethought must be measured by the results of the crime To what extent then Is Christianity advanced and Free thought retarded by this imposition In the first place Christianity taIns political recognition and gains certain amount of respect Influence and pull while Freethought has to do aButconsidered which largely makes for our Ignominious retreat The very act itself the open viola tlon of the constitution brings con tempt upon Christianity In thousands- of minds Nearly every one knows that it is unlawful and that those men who would force their religion t upon unwilling minds by union of church and State are in fact crImI- nals The clergy thus weaken their in fluence Opposition both silent and pronounced is the result Toe clergy thus peep their own wallow agitated They give us something to talk about We point to them as a dangerous element in the State show that they are violators of the constitution and therefore enemies of good govern meat and nan respectors of the law and of individual rights While they often succeed in forc- Ing the Bible upon the public by browbeating weak legislators and judges at the same time they do not get off without being branded themselves as lawbreakers and men who selfishly seek to propagate their orlen beliefs at the expense of other citizens who do not hold the same all does the contempt they receive pay them Do they get value received for their lawbreaking Does open Bible really add to the pow et the church Among Catholics most certainly not They progress only because they guide the youthful mind from the Bible Their children are taught at their communion and completion of their catechism that they have acquired all the knowledge- of thin Bible needed They seldom look into a Bible after that and it is only the individual of superior brain who over leaves the church Nothing can be plainer then that there Is a greater defection from the church among Prostestants for the simple reason that they are given reater opportunities for knowing the contents of the Bible Its wisdom and folly Its love coal lies its tues and vices its filth and filth Its justice and brutality Its truth and tricks Its ghosts nod Its sootliaaycrs and suckers its priests f ti1 fnil 1l II and pretensions Its dollars and dam nation am opposed to having the Bible read In the public schools ns generally rend that is the selection only of certain chapters which have the semblance of purity lint would champion Its reading If It was made obligatory that It should bo read straight through the had as well as thin good the corrupt as well ns tho clean Here again tho clergy exhibit forcltlgtheir for er youth of the land at the public ex pease which divine revelation so devilish rotton that care has to bo ex erclsed In reading It Peopie generally oven the boys and girls are finding this out Does It pay the clergy to expose the Bible to the clash scrutiny oven of boys anti girls If they take the American boy of today for a sucker they are badly fooled Its a question with me which gain most converts the clergy or Free The agitation which follows fore Bible reading upcn children wiwhen thusnowrreadIs called to the agitation They become Interested seeing that they faro themselves are concerned Their cur thcortalnbe read They find out First thing hoIery time as the agitation is always sure to bring to the knowledge of thousands of boys and girls that man there are parts of the Bible too vul insgar and Indecent to be read In school and thus they learn the true charac ter of the beck and take their first step In Liberalism So In fact am always glad when the clergy make such fools of them this selves They help us without know Ing It Col Even when they are successful in been carrying their point they help us for the more the Bible Is read the less it Is believed But they are had such dummies they cannot seo this Fonr know by my own experience when boy in school Bible reading and praying were generally wearisome me Nearly every pupil regarded It that as ono of the disagreeable exercises was rn1 nirgfttdwni rrwi I believed the Bible and believed In prayer and was a regular Sundry school attendant and never missed a eyes night of the revival services lei Still when the teacher read tin Bible grew awfully awfully tiredhe IhAndthe boys and girls would wink andII smile at each other and toss and paper wads would hit the ceiling ilLthumbedwith points upwards fixed In the seats and a whole lot of little tricks be played We had a teacher once who caught on and ho then prayed tle with his eyes open never could coIndtenand they held the teacher in more or loss contempt and the reading led WfatalhljIngto clTheand the Protestant routs us and teeSorout them both Now the Bible Is intanow It Is out the children catch or o lots of funny things and the poelf1 hllfootamong preachers of different clenoml uc Isbdisrespect It Is no longer generally It allthIsIt Is pretty hard to have to stanthaving the Bible forced upon us iotobetween Christians themselves till more or less disgust anti disrespect for both Bible and clergy follow The more God the Protestant putt into the schools thin more the Catholic denounces them as Godless Arc the more they pull hair and scratch the more they enlighten the public 1fulnessmore the Bible is brought into disrc pute The worst thing that can Trapper the reputation of a woman is to maL her the subject of dispute Its the Mr same with religion The fights arc broils of a religion which is always shouting Peace and Love revea Its true character old So In my opinion it Is always healthy sign to see these Blble In the school contenslons the If the Bible Is kicked out it ood for it is an example for other Legislators to followa precedence the church Is made to umlerstam hat the State Is Its superior that he law comes first and tho public generally takes cognizance of the same If the Bible is accepted then the Catholic raises sheol and says the schools are demoralized and Godless tad wants the Bible out and then tit Rationalists dip In and tho old book Is stamped upon by saint and des alike Meanwhile Inquisitive childhood asks what a tho trouble all nif1 i 1 L about Anti loams that Christians BIhIethat there Is a lot of naughty stuff fastsand hunts up all thin stories of incest sodomyconoublnngo and mnsacres and stealing and tells the other about It So tho agitation Is to be vIrgintIt dont make much difference way to Rationalists When lions succeed in getting the then other Christians wont let It IfOffAnd Ifidols cotch the coon both a comln and a gwlne Ingersoll wland Jesus Jf1 somewhatdelyis reported by tho press of city to have said in a public ad ess on Easter Sunday which is tho yearthatRobertwhile the tears streamed down his that Jesus was the most won rolls personage that ever touched earth believe Mr Murphy Inndor a pot when talk about Jesus or any other charac fiihlslolgushing and no man familiar with idKeemotional story of Murphy the fir Y sentimental and sensational wind hag iIngersolls views of Jesus have preserved In cold print and while he expressed admiration for some of his characteristics he also criticisms for this wondrous per e orhlt as far as known thero wore not traces of tear drops on his manuscript that recorded his thoughts The highest compliment Ingersoll ever paid to any cornrto William Shakespeare but for farP a pattlet- hnethore ttk was nothing to weep about and unlike Jeremiah his did not runeth down with wa Ingersoll was a man with a tender and great sympathy but to say he wept over Jesus when talking Francis Murphy Is enough to make a horse laugh can Imagine Mark Twain weeping over the grave of Adam for he said he did but what hales sheol or gehena Ingersoll find to weep abut when thinking of Jesus is beyond my compre- hensIon Had he been an emotional Methodist with much feeling anti hitmsouse like all those people he might have wept anti wiped tho ac moisture from his nose Ingersoll the philosopher the lee i headerl lawyer and the man of ex I 1eelcheap talk have kept It locked up long in his breast or wherever he his stories without getting rid fit lk has use for all his stories a lane supply Is needed tokoep i anoint and as he just sprung rue on a somewhat wearried pub the most reasonable explanation that he just evolved It from his in consciousness but when he put forth expecting any one but a credotlls Christian to believe it he e gruel mistake for nothing about has the appearance of truth and Is so utterly unreasonable It Is safe presume as previously remarked Mr Murphy CHANNINO SEVERANCE Los Angeles C- alifEDITOR BLUE GRASS BLADE RETURNS I FROM ABROAD AND STILL LIKES KENTUCKY editor of the Blue Grass Blade Charles Moore arrived In tho Ity yesterday morning after an ub once of several mouths almond Mr Moore visited the Holy Land other countries bordering EgyptlMediterranean lIe returned ington over the 0 train from East having arrived In Now York last Monday On his way homo Editor Moore stooped off at Washington Mr Moore visited his sister Mrs M Brent and her daughter 1I1sIICharles Dabnoy In New York city While In Washington he was tho guest of hIs nIece Mrs Joseph At Idnsfsoon which ho will call Dog iennol In the Orient Ho expressed himself as be wolf enough pleased to remain lu Kentucky Lexington Herald rv il 1 TT 7 r rJ F dii BLUE GRASS BLADE TIMELYt TOPICSWHY Cardinal Gibbons head He church in America has wrltt n an article that Is regarded with great interest on tho subject of WI Young Men Do Not Siiccod Amoi other things ho says All young men of today who are ambitious to a succors and anxious to fulfill the full duties as citizens should realize th it society Is confronted by five grc it ovlls 1st Divorce which strikes at tho root of the family and soclet 2nd An Imperfect and vicious f stem of education which undermines tl of our youth 3ml The d- etecration of tho Christian Sabbat which tend to obliterate in our ndu It population the salutary fear of and the homage that wo owo Him 1th The gross and systematic election t frauds and nth the nnrcasonab delay In carrying Into effect the se tenco of our criminal courts and the numerous subterfuges by which trim inals evade execution of the t Our Insatiable greeds for gain the k existence of colossal wealth with ah t ject poverty the extravagance of the rich the discontent of the poor eager r and impetuous rushing through life and every other moral and sod d delinquency may bo traced to one If i the live radical vices enumerator above Every philosopher and stet man who has discussed the subject of human government has ack- avCedged that there can be no stab without justice no justice without morality no morality without religion no religion without Go r The Cardinal stopped too soon He should have added No God vlthoi priests Let us tako each of these Causes why men do not succeed and see what a disinterested perse can make out of them The first one Divorce What Is more frequent cause of the same than religion If every religious perse would try to get a divorce who wair it on acount of differences of re1l glon the courts could time fll nothing else On account of religious restrali millions live miserable lives and b get miserable children No man en succeed whose marital existence is one of misery In all such cases tl e opposite of Gibbons statement Is never yet read a word from rthat man on social matters that had a word of sense in It The second cause Is an attack upcn the public school system How anrr man can have cheek to male sue a statement In face of the fact which Is plain to every one that the it uatea of CnthoijopRtid al schoo1 f are generally rJt1i1r twothirds of the criminals of the country although they number In one sixth of the population The Cardinal is wrong here again The third cause the desecratlc of the Christian Sabbath When did Catholic saloon keepers sports thus s and gamblers ever change their S- nqm day habits Every one knows if these Catholic toughs but come to mass on Sunday morning and niumbl jumble some Latin like Poll Parrot call for a cracker they are privilege for the rest of the day to go wher they please and do what they pleas and on Monday morning It is parochlcal graduates principally who fill the police courts They are cost- Ing the country millions of dollars an nanny for conducting murder trial as the result of their Sunday sanctity The fourth cause Gross and syste matte election frauds Thats a joke Catholics and niggers about equal each other in selling their votes If tfx any difference in favor of tho nigger There is not an election In any large i i city but goes as the Catholic sells They have made American municipal government a menace to the stability of the nation The air of Innocence and virtue which the Cardinal puts on In these matters Is truly celestial Fifth and last The unreasonable delay in carrying into effect the sentences of our criminal courts This was well Illustrated when Catholic priest murdered in cold blood on the streets of Cincinnati a poor working girl whom he had se rduced when a child anti who ran l away from Ireland to get rid of him Ho followed her to this country and when she refused to live in guilt with him he riddled her with bullets kicked her deal holy on the street r He was arrested played the insane act was Sent to the asylum remained a year or so and walked away anti no ono attempted to find him This is one of those unreasonable delays and subterfuges by which criminals ovado the execution of the law and the courts aro literally filled with such cases which Catholic clergy are continually assisting to outwit the law Let me tell this fool Cardinal for a fool he must be to put out such stuff for tho world and the devil to laugh at five causes why Catholics do not succeed FirstTheir helpless Infancy Is imposed upon by turning their minds backward anti imbuing them with an dent myth and lies and a vicious prejudice which they are never fully able to overcome Second Their education Is stunted by neglecting modern study and wast ing the precious hours of youth in singing praying and inculcation of ancient superstition thus malting them poor competitors with the edu cated masse- sThlrdfhey are taught to hold al legiance to the Pope and church above this country thereby casting a suspicion upon them and rendering their patriotism doubtful and causing them to be regarded as a secret dan gerFourthBy tho forgiveness of sins c J L of crimes Iho results of this llcen being plainly apparent in oink statistics lfthTho general degradation of the Catholic masses resulting from the political corruption within tho church Itself To carry out its de signs it must necessarily engage Cath ollc laymen to divert attention from the genernlsthe priests The cor ruptlon instilled into the minds of the laymen chiefs Is carried to all the- I rest A perverted conscience is the general result This is shown In Catholic countries which find it nec essary In order to progress and loep titip with other nations that the Cat olio power in politics bo kicked out Summary Every philosopher nnd statesman In Catholic country who have discussed the subject of government have acknowledged that there can be no stable society with out justice no justice without I speech no free speech without Fro thinkers no Freethinkers without Democracy no Democracy without complete subjugation of prlestcrr and nil other divine pretension of government assumed by rellglo 3 power within the State IS THERE REALLY ANY PROOF THAT IeCHRIST EVER LIVED This was tho text of a sermi which Dr Tschlrn a prominent mlu icier of Breslau Germany was to delivered on Easter Sunday lIe was cut short in his sermon arrested and indicted for blasphemy The news has gono wound the world Eve great paper in this country has given IlIIhllcn the effect Thousands and tens of thousands will hold In contempt this exhibltie of Christian Intolerance and fear discussion of the subject It will load many to doubt and Investigate What do Christians gain by such Inquisitorial proceedings Nothing stead they play right Into the hands of Freethought They lose by refusal to permit their dogmas to stand then test of criticism The more they com bat natural law the more they oppoi science more they damn Infidel ty the more they cheat and wheedle Ignorance the more they dlsclo their weaknesses nil trickery The world is fast coming to lI1ow that Truth is based upon demontitr ble facts not upon miracles and old hwives tales I have studied well tho evident upon which the existence of Chrli Is IjasatL ami find Absolutely nOle eat liilT j tel If any preacher will prove to litme that he existed and rose from the dead will turn Christian and sling Ink as vigorously in defense of that belief as now do against It dont want to appear conceited but believe that my conversion would be worth more to the Christian 11cause than that of ten thousand heathen and savages even more per haps I can see Truth as plainly and am less prejudiced and more open to can vlctlon than the heathen and look at difference in the cost It seems to me that it would he wiser upon the part of Christianity to hold on to what It gets In civilize countries at little cost than to read out for savages at such an enormou expenditure +EASTER SUNDAY Upon this day of holy observation of piety spring hints new dresses and trimmings I delivered a fun oral address over the remains of a prominent Liberal of this vicinity The friends gathered to do honor to his memory were many including a large procession of Knights of Py thlas of which order he was a proml nent member Ills family were vided in their religious beliefs som being Christians and some believing as the deceased It was his dying quest that be called to speak at hit funeral and of course did so It was Easter took occasion to note the event and wish to give this ex tract from my address which fully explains all there Is or ever was tc the Easter myth spoke on the subject as would speak to children and doubt It was a strange and pecu Iliar funeral address to ninny of them Extract This Is Easter Sunday For thousands of years before the Christian ernas far back as the de velopment of astronomical study and Zodiacal calculation the ancient na tions of the earth celebrated a day In March or April as the beginning of spring and as the advent of a new life to tho world This day has changed with the change of calendars Those ancient peoples were Sun worshippers They worshipped the Sun because they perceived that it gave life to every living timing that without Its light and heat all life would perish from the earths They perceived that tho Sun was the greatest manifestation in nature jf tho Supreme but unknown Power and therefore adored that Supreme Power through this greatest manlfes atlon of his wisdom kindness and ncrcy They called tho Sun their Lord The word Lord means Sun They sailed him also the Prince of Light Good One and since night iver follows day they said the Prince of Darkness evil one over follows the Prince of Light They mapped out the heavens and marked the path of this Prince of light their Lord their Sun as he ursued his annual course around the world They partitioned tho time of his passage into months and seasons u and established signs to designate ho passed through each of theso signs ho was said to take on the ture of these signs When he pa ss ed front summer to winter he wns said to die when he passed again to spring ho was said to return to The word Crucify literally means Crosslfy to be on a cross or to Crossover or to Passover The Sun their Lord therefore annually crucified in Septcnbrr wh ho crosses equate id leaving sinstlfalls upon all the northern world anll the people mourn tho absence of their Lord their Sun For three months he Is burled the grave of winter Ho Is now shorn of his power and all vegetable life has passed away But at last he rolls the stono Crom the grave of winter and rises out It Again he Passesover the equate and warms and thrills and revlvlfi tho earth resurrecting also bud nnd blossom and fruit and seed har vest and that plentlfnlness of nature which glveth comfort mid joy to tho heart of man The ancient Jews celebrated this event calling It Feast of the Passover tho tlmo when tho Snn passes or crosses over the equate the tlmo of general rejoicing over his return to life and over the blesslni he brings back to man It was rev regarded by the Jews ns anythli else but a Sun Festival and was bOl rowed by them from the ancient Ba bylonlans who were the greatest tronomcrs and the founders of the Zodiac As tho Jews borrowed It from the Babylonians likewise the Christians borrowed it from the Jews and Ro mans who also celebrated Easter a solar festival Instead of Jchovi and Janus Christ was lmpcrsonat In their stead He too was typlfle and symbolized as tho Sun the Light and the Life Light that llghtoth every man Into world lie too was put on a cross and tile light of the Sun made to shine around his head This is the allegory of Easter day- Millions of good people are calcite ting it at this instant wholly and t tally ignorant of its Pagan origin nnd that Jesus Is as much of a myth as Janus and Jehovah and Ormuzcd The deceased knew all these things He had searched and found them out and it was because of this superior knowledge that be became a Liberal an Independent thinker With tho same investigating spirit with same acquisition of knowledg every ono present would likewise at tain to the same Independence and superiority W fI i Blades Clubtu u Mrs Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky Lucy Waters Phelps West Sutton Esther Van Riper Circle ville Ohio Mrs Thompson 436 Oak St Chattanooga Tenn Miss Lula Gibson 276 E Ter ace St Chattanooga Tenn Mrs Ei Davis Rockdale Texas Mrs Vina Hodges Salado Oregon Mrs Ella Wood Fonddulac Wit Jean Harmon Paris Ky Ada L Smith Harrison Okla Mary E Crigler Bartow Fla Mrs Krone Cincinnati Helen Collins 639 E 21st St Lot Angeles Calif Emily Jones East Lynne Mo Everett Phelps Epperson Ky Mrs Rachel Grover Covlngton y Mrs Lyndall 196 S Grant Ave Columbus Ohio Mrs Lee Blue Earth Minn Elizabeth Henry Sparks Carlise KyMiss Ora L Baughman 540 W Hal ler St Lima Ohio Mrs Nellie Evans 540 W Haller St Lima Ohio Mrs W Royster 426 W Durall St Jacksonville Fla Alice Roby Caplinger Mills Mo Laura Roby Caplinger Mills Mo Lucinda Roby Caplinger Mills Mo Ella Roby Caplinger Mills Mo John F Clark Arlington Md Mrs E Markell Belleville Kan Mary A Emerson Oak Center Wis Mrs Kelsey Bellvue Fla W Harp Kathleen Fla Andrew Cook Manatee Fla F L Church Essex Mich Mrs Pape Vine St Lexing ton Ky Miss Elizabeth Wiley 4069 Page Ave St Louis Mo Marllla Ricker Dover J W Riggins Diamond Ala Mrs Aline Wright Denton Texas Robt Wright Denton Texas Mrs Eliza Martin Mableton GaJ W Byler Comma Mich Minnie Lowry Woolsey Ind Tel Mrs Jessie Hazelrlgg Ryan Iowa Jas Davis 526 Prospect St Lima Musgrove Arnettsvllle W Va Mary E Collins Cincinnati Ohio RochelleNewMrs E Oades Olympia Wash 420 Third St Thomas F Flood Barrs Mills O Clark Corrigan Texas Wm Emmltt Johnson McLeanes boro Hans F Hanson Eslef Minn Mrs Mary Vraetz Rochelle Ills Frances Vraetz Rochelle Ills Mrs Isadora Davis 528 Prospect Ave Lima Ohio 838jDOG SUBSCRIBED IS THE l I Short Letters semiu of P Blade of March 22nd Hope Moore will conclude to sell his time to that New York paper after ho turns front the Orient The Blade Is so much boiler when he Is away L D MOSHEH ++Los Angeles Calif Your compll mentary article and unnecessary nllol ogy In the Blade last week is velY highly appreciated and the npolo- shouhl bo reversed and hereby reverse It Mr Win PioUs it seem IJaid for a copy of Higher Science to Dr Wilson or Intended a copy to go to him amongst a large number which he paid for but through some mill taker It did not go I sent severnl numbers to the Blado hoping to change but finally subscribed as cant be without It All right shali I will help you bring pence without a sword have 2000 Instead of 200 subscribers which think was a mlR take of your publisher F II IIIMID Ryan Iowa You may enroll m name on the list of members of the Blade club I enjoy looking Into things and only wish had the chance of bettering my knowledi regarding many subjects of the da and am glad to see by last Blade that so many women are looking at the right side of world and its peopl MHS JESSIE IIALERIGG ++New Baltimore PnI have often wanted to write you for the Dog nel boot so you can put mo down fcr one got the acquaintance of a Llh oral brother through the Blade J E Suhrlo of New Baltimore was surprised for I live In the thickest of a pettycoat community never drear cd of finding a Catholic Brother near and he Is a warm one too We have a good jolly time always wl1m we meet Ho once was a Catholic and now ho can tell a person some goed ones on that religion The Blade done the eyeopening lie says Ho is going to write you soon will send tli chink for tho made for another yes when I send for the book I am glad Bro Moore Is having a Jolly time In tho Holy Land Ho will surely have some good ones in his boolC H FELTON +Titusville PaWe wish to ex press our thanks through the Bladt for a large box of hooks from a New York publisher Peter Eckler through a friend of tho Freethought cause he says for free distribution Wo wl do all we can to help enlighten the young and enquiring minds of the twentieth century A mind of know edge could bo unearthed by rending such books as Palnes Age of Reuse and such other Frppthnuirht JJblliJ tlons1IR and MRS JOHN M PEE BLES ++Peoria I T Enclosed find J2fi for five subscriptions There nre some new liberty loving people In this place and will try and find timer all if possible I am a Freethlnke and am deeply interested in the cause of removing the shackles off of orthodox brains so they may be ahle to grasp the Idea of justice and b doing will soften that petrified hear which the doctrine of belief on the unknown and eternal punishment he Ing a part of the plan of salvation has surely done Lets one and all set ourselves to the task of laborini for the cause of preserving the document of Paine and Jefferson Tin question is now Creed or Constitu tlon The war is on between faith and fact anti between rights of mai and rights of God With this take u for granted that religion on ono hand and brotherhood of Freethlnk ers on the other Which will you take ELIJAH MIZEN +Elkton Ky Enclosed find checl for subscription feel greatly inter ested in the good of the Blade and hope to be able in tho future to more for It than I have In past It is growing hotter all the time in itt reading matter It is doing a great work for Freethought and am de lighted to see the growing interest that the Freethinkers are taking In It all over the country Hope to see a letter In every week from Brother Moore I want a copy of Dog Fennel A T McKINNEY M D 1Du- ffalo N YEnclosed a further installment of ten new subscribers malting a total of thirty sent you from Buffalo tho city with thirteen Infidels according to the last church census Tho usual remittance is enclosed here with Now will you he good and send me a copy of Behind Bars In recognition of my services as you promised to do Send mo also please duplicates of all numbers of tho made Issued this year with bill for same mad will remit by return want them for missionary work It seems too bad that you intend discontinu ing clubs at cents by April 10th Dont do It have just put on my working clothes and you must admit was doing good work for the short time I was at It Now cant I per mimic you on strength of my re cord to allow this offer of club rates of 50 cents each to stand until Juno 1st for clubs of ten new subscribers Plils would give me a chance to send rou a few snore batches of now sub critters and would greatly help the aiiso for which wo are both working lease let me know by return mall If imposition Is agreeable to you My time Is most valuable yet I cheer ully give It Good returns for their ohio cause Is the only compensation crave GUSTAV A POHL D namoj fh i 71 L classed as a heathen as I cannot nse God spooks or the devil Success to all interested JAS S DAVIS yeaTKansas now a resident of Oklnhoii City Okla has devoted nil his time and energy In driving from place to place soiling Freethought literature last two years ho has added So ciallst literature When a young man he had misfortune to loso hIs right arm Probably sonic readers of the Blade will remember of reacllng a few years ago of Mr Wise being ar rested and fined for sending n verso of scripture to the Rev Venom on t postal card Mr Wise has now reached ago where we all begin to see the end tho last lallsr of the race of life the journey flom past the prime of life to the gray Ho drives a blind pony nil the horse ho has In lull travels write this all an appeal to nil Freethinkers and So clallsts Any financial aid or dona limn of salable Littoral or Socialist lit nature would not only bo aiding a worthy ono armed man but will also advance tho causo as lie often sells literature to people who would not subscribe to any of our papers or go to hear our lectures Sonrt an communication to J B Wise Okli honor City OI1aD C STODDARI 44 Blue Earth Mluni have just rr ccived q case of books from the pfd llshlug house of Peter Eckler New York containing Palnos Age of Ke son and Facts Worth Knowing books are presented by the Brookly n Philosophical Association and ale for the good of the public for mo to distribute where they will do the most good shall use my best deavors in circulating them have already got a few persons interests In them I am in hopes that each little hook will become a missionary Today also received l Knowing sent by Mrs Josephine Henry for which I wish to extent my thanks to her shall prize It the moro highly ns it contains her autograph MRS M A LEE 4Atlanta GaI enclose post office money order for for which send Blade to following addresses on separate slip held off a long tine thinking would send you a large club but it seems cant get over body ready at same time As hat some names under promise of the cent plan I could not wait any longer as the 10th is the last day on the club plan I commend your course In making the Blade strictly as the paper is worth many times that price Sonic of tho contributions being worth more to a Freethinker like my self than a years subsrlptlon Mrs Henry Mrs Gloss and Dr Wilson arc my Ideals of true Intelligence nm common sense hope they nay live a long life ns people who are endow ed with such rare Intelligence as the tire will bo sadly missed by tho Free thought world and their places wit bo difficult to fillT D BELL Corrigan Texas received sample copies of Blade and to say juju 4heHilees tot TIeXlreS5nQ is the whole thing and every Lib aral minded person should read It also received not long slncoc a copy if Gods Revivalist edited by God Mrs M W Knapp and Bessie Stanlj pUblishers was not before aware jf fact that the old man hail taken the editorial chair hilt I suppose lie like most of his disciples will nice a turn at almost anything to oh ruin the almighty coin Yet laying all jokes aside I must admit that Is quite a newsy little sheet Item like this Pong Goo receives ho Holy CShost Now this alone was not so much news to me for had keen expecting something of Itlnd to happen for some time lint It goes on and says that Pong Goo prn ell In the Chinese language and his prayer went through the skies pierced heaven anti the power of God lame down upon him This makes plain to me many timings that hereof ore could not understand No doubt tad been able to pray In the ese language my prayers also would ave pierced heaven and would have received the Holy Goose But not being capable of doing this they went no higher than the tree tops and of course did not get any loose holy or otherwise Rather though than tackle the Intricacies f the Chinese language that may earn to pray right I will take my lances along with Moore and tho rest of them In fact I would ather spend eternity in an orthodox hell with all Its horrors assocln with good honest Infidels than mend It in paradise with Pong Goo and the bigoted narrow minded selfconceit cd pulpit pounders that ImowR II CLARK Corran Ind Enclosed find ord1- for for renewal of subscripMon monthtwhich expires some tlmo this I observe that Mr Moire has a number of commissions to execute mid interesting articles to bring home with him some of which would car tautly be Interesting beyond the pow er of language to express for in stance those little talking snakes All of us will want to see them and If they are kept In a side show think people will pay ns largo a fee ns for entering largo tent am In terested In some matters I wish Mr Moore would examine Adams skein ton and carefully note which rib was appropriated for construction of n live wish he would get two or Ir three of Methuselahs teeth I should c like to observe tho effect of some nine hundred anti fifty yeas use of jwthem hail fancy they must ho ron Ialsiderably worn If Mr Moore should happen to bo passing by tho GnldonI tI of Eden I wish he would step P of course watching for tho fellow at tl gato with llamlng sword and see if those fruit trees are still heal Ieing think there wero two vntletlesIwhich were specially the tree of life and tho tree of knowl edge of good and evil and I believe Adam and live were barely allowed Ihto look nt those fruits tIt were tint allowed to cat of them do not un a derstand that prohibition to extend to the rest of us dontcthink either of those fruits are cultl vlated In Indiana and do think sev eral of us need especially the sort SHALLCI4Ryan Iowa Will yon kindly print following In J E Roberts ar dole In March 29th issue of the DladeIho asks and explains Have you ever n thought how simple a matter it is to n convert a man on the gallows haveiold might suggest some other things h besides that have made Christians nt the hour of death Would they be It good and continue to do right if they were granted lIfo at such times t What n horrlblo grip superstition has lad on the human race but we that a believe In free speech and free press may console ourselves at present looking on at the slow and think tI sure death Kill superstition and a little peace enters In making our way clear of all trash and rubbish freeing E the mind giving It a chance to en tI large on all subjects thus having a h tendency to make us better because n ought we not to be able to judge bet ter by having a good knowledge ofm a many things than only knowing n tl the about a few Which is more ab Isorb lug to a childs mind that ofsteaching it that God will strike you b down and punish you forever In a fire for doing bad and give you a place 0 where gold and Bowers are so plenty J that you may pluck them and yet there are still plenty left for doing tl good and go on and teach that which tl Is so much of a mystery to them GOIIIIso good and God so bad or to leave c out God devil and Bible and teach them to be honest and truthful God tl lets the devil live because he Is I younger and hasnt had gout or rheu a matism yet nail of courso is like all younger people can run faster andIJputt of his way Does the Bible teirusTiow Ti Is God elldnt know what a black sheep he hornedtInto his lack Poor God let us pity him for that ono little imperfection Rut Freethinkers and Liberals will correct that mistake by forcing both God and devil to take a seat r Will have to deal longer with the tl devil because ho hasnt reached the ago of childishness yet Butt hold satan your days are numbered will a control you when wo get God under our wings Mr Louis Mueller in his Facts Worth Knowing says about tho heathen kneeling and praying before their Idols They believe In a Suoniremo Being whom they believe has r static himself known to them throughsSaviours and prophets and they nlsoabelieve that in their Idols exists a sancred value In remembrance of Godnjust like the Catholic Christian be loves there exists a sacred value In c mends crosses and their holy water ilo might have added just like the Protestant Christians communion at which they partake of a little piecetof broad and just a sup of wine Nottore as they wouldnt bo able to furJilsh enough to go by glassful asrIt takes so much moro money for timettrenchers living mad those poor foolscof women couldnt expand theirnnlnds any more than to get tip so lals fairs banquets and other harm less ways of obtaining the almighty dollar of today You wouldnt catch I hem turning tho wheel nf f01tmine oncIy In tho dark each ono of themmtnelves unseen unheard only by the all seeing God then It would liewempty and useless to try to get thecdollar they long so much to obtnlnIMiey should use heel How many t hae considered this communion anIIdol worship as gentile as t Tosses and holy water MRS JES sm LmGGrCHOCTAW OKLAHOMA GULF HI R Combines the Advantages of Eastern ServiceW- ith the Opportunities of a WESTERN COUNTRY DIRECT LINEIMemphis to Little Rock Hot Springs Indian and Oklahoma Territories Texas ColJorado New Mexico Arizona Old Mexico and the Pacific CoastIWIDE VESTIBULED TRAINSI9 PULLMAN DRAWING ROOM SLEEPING CARS IPULLMAM TOURIST SLEEPING CARS IRocx CHAIR OARS l lmlh I I tut alf I I f k ClKlllltl Dili llttli ArkHiii I u i J i r It BLIJE GRASS BlAVDE Vuu AA Mrs Closzs ColumnI CHRISTIAN RELICS During Lent and especially durln Holy Week wo hear much about initiation fasting prayer alms gl Ing acts of mercy selfdenial mortll cation of tho flesh and preaching of explnlnedIthe fasting of priests and bishops nnd Popes Then wo are regaled aboti the necessity of venerating the IIol relics of the church These relics aro exceedingly numerous and sonic of them so Inflnltesmally small that n magnifying glass Is needed to find 1them hut the smaller they are tho moro authentic they are declared to be Tho Now York Sun has sklrmishe around In the Kentucky hills and 10 cated a chip off tho old block In abbey of GothsemaiKvATho nccu lIt says Tho abbey treasures as Its most valued possessions a relic of tho cross Two splinters are laid In cm clform on an Ivory disk This Is cov cred with n crystal and placed In a crozler This staff was the life worl of a Trapplst monk at the abbey Now my good Christian friends who persist In declaring that Christi unity means service to mankind taki notice of the life work of this monk How very servlcablo he has been to his suffering brethern In the world What exquisite enjoyment this soil tnry monk must have experienced In producing a staff that Is said to con tain two shreds of tho gallows which Jesus died No wonder mobs are so desirous of securing ghastl 10souvenirs of lynchlngs when wo arc told that well authetlcated relics of the true cross are treasured In man American churches The next person who springs tho service Ho upon Blade readers want them to tell of the life work of this monk and his lIfo work Is a sample of all other monastic orders The Sim gives a detailed account of a Now York cathedral where one of the largest pieces of the true cross Is to be found stating It Is a mere splinter not much larger than n cam brlc needle If this Is one of the largest I wonder what the smnllei ones are like Now I would thlnl Jesus might have performed a slmllai miracle on the cross that happened to tho widows oil and meal the more that was taken the more It was plenished and thereby each church could have had a really and truly sized cross and It might be made to hud and blossom at Easter tide That would be worth going to see and no harder to do than to male blood flow from a picture as was reported some time ago I think In Can real soi i whero about the niree crosses that were used on that eventful day In the year ono and how they were cast Into the sea hilt would not sink so were taken out and bur led but they would not stay down like DenquoS ghost ready for the resurrection you see knew Inherently they would bo called upon for relics hut which was the true cross Which the ono whereon Jesus died and which tho two whereon the thieves were crucified A Woman somes to the rescue and when the question Is asked of the three pieces of wood the true cross nt once sprouted Into green buds etc Now If havent reproduced this story as It was written it Is the fault of my memory and doubt not there are others afflicted with a defective memory particularly where the sub ject under discussion Is holy relics Speaking of this New York relic the account continues This cherished re lic was brought to this country by Cardinal McClosky It Is encased in a costly jewelstudded reliquary standing 14 Inches high It shows ancient Roman repousse work in gold and sliver It Is brilliant with din monds and sapphires In the center of this Is a small medalloa covered with heeled crystal and showing beneath an Ivory cross of exquisite workmanship In the center of this Is the relic of the cross of Nazareth According to the comparative amount of work on this and the first named relic It must have represented the life work of several dozens of monks which further Indicates the service of Christians Those relics are placed upon tho altar on state occasions and the throng of credulous worshippers permitted to look In Its direction it they could go close enough there would bo no danger of them looking at tho hair like shred of tho cross hilt Instead they would look at tho flashing gems which form Its setting These heathen eyes of mine gazed upon tho ashes of Columbus during tho Worlds Fair In For half a day wondered about tho La Rablda convent vaguely expecting to como upon a hermetically sealed casket as tho papers had given accounts of tho ashes of Columbus hut had not ex posed the fake When one person Is fooled they enjoy the discomfiture of another following in their footsteps Finally unable to locate tho sacred dust Inquired of a guard and was piloted to a show case wherein re posed a small glass marble with a faint dark speck In the center and this was the ashes of Columbus Speaking of the authenticity of those relics Cardinal Gibbons who you will remember Is an authority on woman and her sphere says As far as we can judge wo have every rea son to believe In tho genuineness of the relics which are preserved In Romo particles of which have been distributed In almost every part of the Christian world Archbishop Ryan says No relic which la unau thenlcated can be exposed to public veneration How fortunate It would be If tho church rabble wore deceived about a relic but tho deception prac ticed upon tho people regarding the whole Christian desperation exhort tlon and revelation Is quite Justin bio We are told that There Is a can grcgatlon of canons appointed to In vestlgato sacred relics and authenl cato them It Is ono of the most dlf flcult things In tho world to obtal such authentication The seal of the church Is never given to doubtful reI Ics Our Informant may as well have said It was not only one of tho most difficult things ln the world to authenticate relics but Imposslbli Nothing short of a revelation from God could establish tho authenticity of the cross after tho conclusions which followed tho establishment of Christianity Such proof Is similar to that required when canonizing a saint A court is called Advocates of God and the devil arc lined up for and against the candidate long dead Mor 8alntshlpv Tho evidence pro ana con and if It can ho proved that the dead man performed three miracles through tho power of God not the power of the devil his name Is admitted to tho list of saints If It Is the most difficult thing In tho world to prove relics It must be the most most difficult to prove the miracles of a dead saint But we are told there Is nothing Impossible with God though tho Bible disputes Itself on that point and while newspaper like the New York Sun glvo a column of space to accounts of sacred relic that would be ridiculed out of cour If presented by tho Chinese of the city we nro expected to swallow these stories at one gulp and be lie nounced as heretics If they naus ate us and refuse to go down IA Iowa paper stated last week that manufacturer of Buddhist Idols In Philadelphia ought to be ostracized but It said nothing of the many manu factories of Christian emblems which are periodically sold In all Catholic churches nor of the apartment at the Vatican where pllgrams part with their money for Images of the Virgin and Jesus Certainly no Idol of the Buddha can be more hideous than the shrunken form of Jesus nailed to the cross blood oozing frcm his vounds and the death agony on his are This symbol nil Catholics Ight to wear hut the maker of a rpp escalation of a Chinese Joss or UK Lord Buddha Is a subject for ostri clsm In America Tho relics of Budd ha arc doubtless as numerous and an thentlc as those of Christ hut ex change ono for the other and where would their authenticity bo The proofs now accepted would be abso lutely worthless to either +FLAG HALF MASTED FOR CRUCIFIXION Me and Gatt continue to furnlsl materlal for comment throughout Christendom Emperor William seems determined to reinstate himself the good graces of the church after having mndo concessions and admis sions to scientific men The little Kaiser halfmasted tho royal stand ard over the Imperial palace on good Friday In recognition and memory of the crucifixion of Jesus It Is to be presumed that on Easter Sunday he sent up a balloon with n flag attach ment In memory of tho resurrection and ascension The latter would be a good symbol as Its collapse would Inevitably follow the gns letting The thing Is top heavy any way and ca reening badly Another current of wind such as Prof Delltszh created will make of It a mass of useless de bris I wish Christians would hecon slstent and stop lamenting about the crucifixion for according to ortho dox doctrine It was predestined from the beginning of tho world and hilt for the death of Jesus on the cross everybody would have gone to hell and not even the few who are now entering the straight and narrow gate would have escaped Tho half mast Ing of the flag In honor of mythical Jew Is on a par with the half mast Ing which occurred In New York the other day In honor of F Swift the pork packer who was too much In evi dence to suit the soldiers of the Span ish American war +ROOSEVELT AGAIN PRESSES HIMSELF How easy It Is for us to colnclde with our preconceived notions or ac cept unchallenged tho statements of the majority A while ago In New York President Roosevelt lent him self to the Methodist missionary scheme for collecting 20000000 Ills remarks wore In the nature of n eu logy of John Wesley the founder of Methodism and from the praise giv en one might Imagine Wesley to have been a half brother to Jesus Christ and from the way the Methodist min isters In general were lauded wo con clude that tho Mayflower brought over none but Methodist pioneers who proceeded to subdue the Ameri can wilderness and cause It to bios sam as the rose which It is doing even unto this day still under Meth odist auplccs Ho says of them These pioneers of Methodism had tho strong militant virtues which joto the accomplishment of great deeds Now and then thor betrayed the short comings natural to men hilt their short comings nro small Indeed compared with the work they achiev ed Wo do not however hear such magnanimous sentiments from tho President In regard to Thomas Paine tho man who did moro than any other to give America her Independence No Instead ho Is called a filthy little Atheist Tho President further says uf theso Methodist pioneers Great our debt to these men and scant tho patience wo need show their crit ics Hero Is shown the orthodox stock af Intolerance A critic Is shown scant patience Indeed ho Is not tol orated at all and though ho may sue If ceed In benefUUrig tho wholo human family as lId Tlfomas Paine history Ignores him and biographers of his contemporaries malign him becaui ho did not accept the dogma of rege oration by belief Palno spent his time and money to release America from tho oppression of King George Wesley denounced the colonists ns bels and gave his Influence If he bad any to tho crown The Encyclopedia Brlttannica SllS of Thomas Paine Had he never written the Rights of Man and Ago of Reason ho would have had a very dlf ferent kind of a refutation You see that when men stand for justice as against privilege and advocate reason Instead of belief they are hissed and spat upon while living and their memory blackened after death Thomas Palno declared for the freedom of man woman and chili hut listen to a report In tho Impend Ing Crisis by Rev H Mattlson the year bcforo the civil war If there fore wo havo only 15000 slave holt ers In the Methodist Episcopal church North which believe is a lower a tirnate and they hold an averag number of slaves with other slave holders there must bo 135000 slave now held by the professed followers of John Wesley The same minister stated later that Our bishops as a whole are oPP sed to any law that will put sIO lout of tho church And reuTi the reports of cnleltlei perpetrated upon slaves by Methodist ministers and laymen ought to male the followers of Wesley blush with shame and reconsider the justice of Thomas Palnes stand for the Right of Man But Infidels do not expect justice from church adherents or politicians Their motives are too selfish It Is to the great mass of humanity thej must look for Intellectual advance ment and moral reform to the great unchurched throng whoso heart been made tender through hasI for the victims of superstition they do not look in vain The tide of humanity Is rising Is at the floou and when It has ebbed only tin remnants of organized Injustice will be left as relics upon the shore of time 0101 DISTURBANCE AT You remember the report of that tragedy on Calvary One described as hanging tho other as crucifixion and how the victim cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost and how at that Instant the yale cf the tem ple vpt rut in tviln from tho tcp to the bottom the earth quaked and tho rocks rent tho graves gave up their dead the saints came forth and appeared unto many etc Well we seem to be reenacting that scene ol destruction except the part of the saints coming forth from their graves In our time It Is the moro natural phenomenon of putting people Into their graves Reports of earthly dis turbances and atmospheric agitation on the anniversary of tho crucifixion are numerous and show that wo are still under that curse pronounced up on tho slayers of Jesus anil those who still refuse to accept his atonement Tornadoes carrying ruin and death In their wake have swept the country deluges of rain have Inun dated great tracts of land blizzards have destroyed cattle and crops light ning has played deadly havoc in city and hamlet Altogether Holy Week has been a most destructive one for poor earthly trash though doubtless by these manifestations of Gods good ness we may be induced to get a firmer grip upon heavenly posses sions We ought to be thankful that such anniversaries come but once a year and that the Saviour of men does not have to remind us any of tener of his death by doing a whole sale killing cf the children of men +BRAIN RACKING PROB LEMS FOR PREACHERS Momentuous questions are agitat ing the profound students of theology Some of them arehow to raise the necessary funds to keep ministers from working why are the numbers of Divinity students growing less why do people persist In lounging about and enjoying their home in stead of sitting in a stuffy church lis tening to a sermon that carries no message to humanity But among the vital subjeciS which came up for discussion at tho ministerial associa tion in Des Moines Iowa last week was How shall a party of preachers say their prayers Shall they sit or stand or kneel In a body or each do as he pleases Now here Is a good chance for God to get In a revelation How do we know that If we practice any ono of theso and it bo tho one which God has not authorized that we may not be liable to scurry trick of being struck dead In view of the fact that God gave such explicit or ders about the building unit decora tion of the ark of the covenant told just what gender of animals should be offered as sacrifices cautioned us that we should not seeth a kid In Its mothers mill told us not to eat anything that dleth of Itself hilt could sell It or give It to a stranger In view of the fact that God directed all the campaigns of conquest and fought with Israel It must have been an oversight on his part not to give directions as to the attitude of pray er If this ministerial body would take tho subject to the throne of graco with a contrite heart humbly isklng divine guidance surely the- Ilud God of Hosts would not harden his heart as he did the heart of Pha raoh They should however not ask that they punctuate said prayers with ejaculations of enthusiasm for the civil law down East has Its back up at a Godly deacon there and has Issued an Injunction against Arnens during the sermons Wo note with trepidation that tho question above mentioned caused lev ity among tho ministers Ono stat ing that found the best method of prayer to bo when standing on my head In tho bottom of a well As only about one man In ten millions has been In this position wo conclude that prayer Is becoming a lost art Tho question was left unsettled though do not seo why ministers do not settlo questions of that kind i WIt 1 t lJI rlt ff for oachBbther They have assllmCl1 the position of dictators for warnell on similar points They tell us shall noti wear short hair that we must nor enter the sanctuary with our heads tincoveredthat we shall nol wear open work waists or stockin priesthoodare indecent that a bicycle dress Is endangering to the morals of our good city Chicago and down In 1I1s sourl the other day a manprohahly a minister was so shocked when a woman her dress out of the mud that he had her arrested Of conrse women are forbidden to officiate In the church and cannot say her lira ers at tho altar at all hut that Is no reason that the rnomcntuous question of attitudes should not bo settled for men The Greek church declares that her position or nude baptism of women has never changed and no er wlllfo thero is no hope for men hut God might bo prevailed IIpon to favor men since they represent the powers that be He seems to have madq a dispensation about shai Ing razors shall come upon his face I know how this to he reconciled jwlth shaven priests except that God is a male and therefore to bo considered as meaning just the o he says A while ngo a picture the missionary Marquett was found hut it was repudiated cause Itjcas represented as having a heard God must have chang ed his mlid about priests marrylni and Insisted that they put away their wives and thereby made their chll dren illegitimate But the question touching the home life and morals of the race are of little concern to God and his representatives hut such brain harrowing questions as the attl tude of prayer should receive exhaus live consideration Oh Lord on what a slender threat hangs all eternal things- HARRIET M CLOS55 Webster City Iowa Race Suicide Nonsense By ugh Pentacost Now York April 13Preshlent RocEoveltsj Nonsense About Race announced as the title ol an address h Hugh O Pentecost Ir Lyric ball yesterday Speaking ol the Presidents recents utterance or RaCo Suicide Mr Pentecost said The rabbit seems to be his Ideal citizen Mr Pentecost said Th4class of Roosevelts Ideal person Is ready to work fight have children He regards IS1110 as shirkers and crimi nals married and have child ren if Intelligent and are sure you bringing your children Into a nle world Is well hut Is a crime tho race As pea pIe become more Intelligent they have fewer child on and venture to say that after many people have had children gt n ltthey had the ex perience over again they would have none So long as conditions remain as they are now It Is foolish for work Ing people to marry and still more foolish for them to have children if they do marry for every child horn to them is a new little slave of mine or mill THANKS To Peter Eckler Publisher New York Dear Sir Through you desire to thank the unknown friend to the eral cause for the box of books sent me for free distribution It Is my belief that the methods adopted by this philanthropic Free thinker will be the means of accom lillshlng mere In the way of liberat Ing the minds of tho unthinking masses of Christians from the thrall dam of superstition In the space of rear than could be accomplished by sampling the people with Liberal journals In ten years Very few will read Freethought papers but be liovo the majority wil read Facts Worth Knowing or at least enough jf It to set them thinking which Is ill that could be desired Yours very truly R E L GIBSON Central Lake Mich WORDS OF A GREAT SCIENTIST Prof Edgar L Larkln who has charge of Lowe Observatory at Mt Echo California says The whole world Is to undergo tre mendous changes In the next ten years Discoveries In science are close at hand which will startle the most advanced thinkers In fifty years from now men will be ashamed to eat meat and In one hundred years It will be a matter of great astonish ment to read that civilized beings ever ate corpses of animals or birds Orthodox creeds will be relegated to the dark ages and a magnificent broad religious belief based on scien tific facts win take their place As Rationalism advances the human race becomes mcro humane The world Is moving slowly from religious orthodoxy to rationalism hut it moving As well attempt to heat back the WIles of tho ocean as the Independent thought that is taking possession cf the human mind J K H One hundred und twenty years ago Thomas Paine wrote the Rights Man The actual circulation of this wonderful hook was 1500000 copies yet It had to stem the tides of tradl tlon custom and the power of Kings and priests Thousands of books have been writ en since then hut not one has ever had so wide a circulation and the teachings of the Rights Man and Palnos Ago of Reason are today propelling the Rationalistic and Republican spirit that Is abroad In the earth The Ago of Reason is being more widely rend today than for flftj years and Is having moro Influence on tho American mind than all the religious books published in the past century J K H Biglow Denies Resurrection SlIndarReHerhertStreet Congregatlonnl Church Clncii natl discredited tho Bihlc story of the resurrection of Christ Said ho To these who believe this miracle have nothing to say Many secur comfort out cf such n belief and would be the last to roll them of theh faith Hut to those whcso reason ro fuses to permit them to accept this theory and yet who feel they hav lost KonuthinK by discarding It dp sire to speak a word of encouragement For myself I do not bellev this miracle The evidence of Christ resurrection is so mcngT and inadc quate that the story would not hf accepted in any court of justice In the laud Very likely the people win hodrflomstone rolled away and the body gone she reported that she saw an appai 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Degrading to Woman I Aly MnMhMIV6MV- By SULLIVAN Today on these shores where no man can be Whores fetters must burst and the slaves be set free Are prisons of clnrluics nil over the land Their keepers unseen and their Ings unscnnned Whore happily the Innocent pine despair And cannot some to the light and tho air But worn by the vigil the scourge and tho fast not Into tho grave this souls refuged at last What do the Americans propose do with these prisons for they are nothing less that arc numerous all over this free land of ours Yes pris ons wherein salves are confined Surely when tho negroes were emancipat ed there was a great blessing bestowed upon the enslaved and today we boast of our free country but we novel stop to think of the man slaves still In our midst Slaves far worse than the negroes over were for when the African was brought to these shores and sold Into bondage he had no education ho liiul no mental powers except those stowed upon him by nature but day those who were once free many with fine educations and accomplish month some of the fairest daughters of our land are In slavery worse than death What is worse than mental slavery the bringing of all our Intel lectual powers under will and control of another It is true some will say if It were not the wish of these women the would not he compelled to stay In these convents How little you Know dear friend when you make this mark that there are those who woul only too willingly leave forever that miserable life of serfdom and meta degradation if they could be prods ed protection from persecution The door of every citizens dwellliif Is open to the law the door of everj factory and workshop Is open the the law may enter and see to it that no oppression and cruelty is practlc ed upon the inmates of such instltu tlons but when the law comes to tin door of the convent It finds it shut bolted barricaded and barred and let the oppressive cruelty and crime which is enacted behind these doors be what they may law closedI enter either to prevent or perpetrators of the crimes committed Protestant institution Is cper to public Inspection and the officers of the law can outer at any time and assure themselves that all within Is weiriind fls It vjiould booTho dooi of tho Popish convent alone is closes and barred against all intrusion Are Americans aware of this Oi aro they willing that an anomaly unfair so alien to the whole spirit ol the American Constitution and which is creating a new sal very on Amerl can soli should be continued Out forefathers yes and many brave men still living have spilt their blood on the battlefield fighting for the great cause of Freedom We boast of our love of liberty and the instant a slave sots his foot on our soil he is a fret man and yet without lifting a llngei or uttering a protest wo have allowed and still allow these Institution of the worst kind of slavery mental slavery to remain closed against pub lie Become Brides of Christ Peep Into the Convent The philosophy of eon veiitunl lift is very little understood Tho general Idea is that a woman to become nun must be either violently crossed In love or crazed with care or a sow old maid disgusted with the unreal sty and hollowness of life Let us be candid and admit that although each and all these causes conduce to the conventual life thieve Is yet another allI and skep ticism there are nevorthejless nail lions who esteem devotion to God and complete obedience to his be hosts when In fact they are serving tho Pope and among these there are some whose anxieties In this dlrec tion are special Such persons can not deem It possible to follow tutu Saviours example of working and praying In the world yet not of it Their world is contained In some pensity perhaps Intrinsically harm less or sonic panslon with sinful pro clivities To live in that world would In their estimation with a full consciousness of their weakness be to risk salva tlon By a renunciation of that for r which they felt a strong inclination they may hope to escape the pang of a remorseful repentance conse quent on Its gratification These are some of the motives which have been admitted to me and more than this como renounce tho world from dent love fur their God The total crushing out of all nut ural Instincts Is the first principle of conventual life If they aro virtuous and Innocent say love music flowers and children their imnolation Is an act of self deulal If they are capable of perversion sluice noblest things find vilest using It is a duty All humanity Is selfw4lled because proud and conceited It Is the hardest pos sible thing to obey Yes even when love dictates tho command else why do wo over disobey our parents To will is therefore of conventual life love Is a sweet strata underlying tho harsh lrenollnco life the one green spot In n which the hot breath of has not withered lint is true to her conventual renounce it If there are fair and beauteous things that gest homo and endearing memories a book a strain of music certain t tr 1 4 t Slt tf IV1hNVV1MN1 lowers a picture a poem may do this she must eradicate them from her mind Eyes framed to make a summer of Joy by tho light of their own loveliness must learn to vel1 their radiance and look ever down ward Hands trained to loves gent ministry must learn the coarse details of household drudgery Natures Instinctively delicate and shrinking must grow familiar with the horrible and loathsome Life that In the glow of youthful hopes looked fair as a summer landscape must bo loathei and hated The Mother Superior is one will of tho convent Her commands must be implicitly obeyed The power of death has never been taken from a superior by enactment but soclet has rendered It dangerous to Indulge It A superior can flog a nun oven to drawing blood she can confine heron bread and water she can torture lien mildly by compelling her to swallow nauseous substances putting reptiles and vermin in her room fore lug her to wear hair garments of rough and prickly texture brandini her with hot Irons and compclllni her to make sign of the cross on a filthy floor with her tongue till it Is traced In blood These and many many more such powers are vested In the superiors of convents In Rome where there is no appeal A Rich Haul This Is the way the followers of thc Man of Sorrows who had not where to lay his head follow lesu tho Lowly Nassarlno Vienna April 7Some thief enter ed St Stephens Cathedral and rot bell the famous plcturo of the Madon na of precious stones worth 10000 The robber had also knocked off the meads of several stone angels This Is quite is contrast with the condition of tho Virgin Mary when slue gave birta o the Son of God In the Bethlehem stable Is It no strange that God will allow thieve to treat his mother and illS angels s01 The Bible says that God keep watch over his own but It seems tin thieves were too expert for Him In this case The Holy Family mus have been prosperous for Madon na to wear 10000 worth of jewels When Jesus was born they could no get a bed In the Inn for tho IIolj Mother because they had not mane to pay for it The Virgin wearing 10000 worth of jewels must be tin envy of the poor servant girls wash women mid household drudges as they cast In their pennies to support tho Lords church on earth It seems to me that when the church is In financial straits and it Is always that way tho Virgin could pawn her jew els to help maintain it par ticularil when the poor are suffering for mon necessities and widow has not oven a mite to keep the wolf from the door Think of knocking on the heads of Gods angels in Gods ouse wonder who could have Beer so Irreverent It could not have beer an Infidel for Infidels rarely go church and Austria Is one of the most Intensely Christian countries or earth The only way see that they can protect the jeweled Madonna and Gods angels Is to surround them with a cordon of Christian police like out Mrs Astor when she lugs around a half a million dollars worth of jewels The press announces that thieves entered a church in Madrid Spain tad stole the diamond eyes from the Virgin Marys sliver statue if iney are not religious in Spain What are they And here Is a case nearer home RICH HAUL Robbers Secured 10000 from the Newark J Episcopal Church Newark NJ Feb 10 Burglars made a rich haul at Grace Episcopal Church today The gained an trance into the vestry and ransacked the church securing vestments ued at 10000 The burglars tried to lireak into the safe In which a costly chalice Is kept but were unable to open It 3Ci P B Jesus said tho poor ye have al rays with yo and Is It any wonder Chen stored In the splendid churches hat cost millions that are extorted rom the poor through their Ltor nice and fear millions moro aro pent for pictures statutes Jewels ind what are called vestments which ire all ridiculous petticoats owns and ccceslastlcal Jim cracks hat priests and preachers parade hemselves In Think of sensible people putting up heir hard earned money to buy a 10000 wardrobe for a preacher to ot himself up In on Sunday Ten liousand dollars would buy all the lollies of the people of ten average congregations yet one preacher will have 10000 worth of gorgeous vestments to serve Lord In and yet have tho audacity to take up a dime and penny collection from deluded omen and clnlldreu- Ecclesiastical millinery and mill iry trappings catch women every time and the poor deluded creatures unmet made to see that tho priest alill the soldier are their most mercl IlSS heartless enemies If Christian ivlllzatiun line to have thieves and the seem a part of If the hest place icy can steal from Is from the lurches The sliver and Jeweled atues with diamond eyes 10000 jstments and costly challcs had better be converted Into food clothes fllel and shelter for the poor of earth The Newark N J Episcopal eacher who is minus his regal vest nllnts Is no doubt In sore distress and the Lord will have to wait for hIs il J lJ I service until the women are put to work to raise too money to buy him a new clerical wardrobe- If one wants to see a rosy rotund dainty dapper exquisite grotesque coxcomb tho average Bishop priest or Episcopal preacher will till the bill They set tho female heart In a flut ter when like a talking machine thoy sayHero endeth the first lesson JOSEPHINE K ITENRY Versailles Kentucky MISTAKESOF His Noble Sentiments Have No Con nectlon With the Bible A Beautiful Lecture Which Could be Made More Beautiful by Certain Omissions Mr William J Bryan Sir I hind the pleasure of listen ing to your eloquent address deliver ed at Cincinnati on April 171 ultl mo As a man of intellect as a logl clan as a moralist every Just mat must consider you by far superloi to any of the authors of the Bible and yet you persist in quoting the ble for your authority in sustaining your splendid views You spoke of thou shalt commi murder as Gods command agains war and incidentally against our acquisition of Phlllpine Islands Your diction was splendid your logic forcible You argue that It is pro hlbited In Ten Commandments to murder and you see no difference In this single murder from the whole sale butchery of armies Spoken llk a humanitarian pray Mr Bryan does not tin Bible justify war and wholesalo our der It Is needless to quote para graph The book is repleted wltl such passages and you know it You that when God commanded the children of Isreal through Jos huato enter the promise land was different that the children of Isreal were to occupy the acquires through sword fire and devastation land themselves and not send or let others occupy it as is the case In the In the Phiillpine Islands What dif ference in a correct analysis Have I any more right to kill m neighbor because want to occupy his house myself than you have to kill your neighbor because you want some one else to occupy lOuse Then why not be just and frank say Yes the Bible contains some very good saylngssomo excellent les sons some moral teaching which man should heed and follovt and again It contains some very bad pro copts some degrading verses some Immoral sentiments which mar should shun and avoid Had you said that In your lecture Instead of what you did say namely that the Bible contained nothing but truths morality and goodness front the very first verso of Genesis to the last verse In the New Testament most people could agree with you You spoke of thou shalt not covet as against our taking possession of the Phiillpine Islands And yet you know that the veryerst and second commandments of the Decalogue speak of God For am a jealous even Moses tho presumable author of the Logos the Ten Com mandments not wanting his brother Aaron to he jealous to covet made him High Priest with a luxurious an acuity for life Azron and his descend ants after him You spoke of peace and good will and yet tho supposed author of that verse Christ himself said come not to bring peace but the sword and let every man hate his father brother and follow me How beautifully consistent Why not be honest Mr i ryan and say that the Bible is full of Inconsistencies Why attempt to strengthen an gument that is almost axiomatic by quotations from a book from which as many or snore examples can be duced to the contrary Does It not vitiate the strength of the main argu ment when In quoting authority or ex amples a half truth Is given Does not render It possible for the oppo sition to say if he sees but the half truth in the authority how can I be sure that he sees more than that half of the question arraigned Dues your reasoning not suffer thereby Tell mo of any author of tho Bible 3r any Ideal portrayed therein that lived a life as good as noble as humanitarian as you would want man lo live today The prophets who were constantly deploring existing condl tons who were habitually bewailing he times who were In general chronic kickers said nothing which aught mans duty to man which was con uclvo to an active ennobling life on earth They spoke of fear of God of keeping the Sabbath day loly of sacrifices and Incense offer- Ings of love thy God with all thy cart and such All pertaining to luty of man to God nothing to duty of man to man Which Is snore essential Which Is more beneficial to the human race You quoted Jesus as saying when his disciples asked him which of them shall enter kingdom of heaven that the one who will be a servant unto them shall enter the kingdom of heaven Elaborating that text you preached a beautiful sermon and tempted to bolster up your claim that by actual service rendered his fellow man a man shall be judged as to his greatness What a noble thought Not Christs but yours Mr Bran Christ never dreamed that a gentleman from Nebraska would so beautl rully interpret his words When the disciples asked hIm which ol them 2 lr Frisco System WILL HAVE ON SALE AT St Louis SL Memphis CHEAP ONEWAY and ROUND- TRIP Homeseekers Rates FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH To ARKANSAS MISSOURI RAT SAS OKLAHOMA TERRITORY DIAN TERRITORY and TEXAS For rates and Information address H L McGUIRE W R POWE Tr Pass Agent General Agent CINCINNATI OHIO shall enter tho kingdom of heaven he answered the one that shall be a SLAVE unto you not servant Am we all know what was meant in those days by slave Tho Greek language line no word for servant neither has tho He brew The Greek word dolos and Hebrew word eved mean noth- Ing else but slave either taken as captives in war or bought for so much money havo no reference books of an kind before mo It my meteor serve me right believe that the root of the Greek word Bolos IS also tin root of another similar word mean- Ing pain disgrace and shame Th English word doleful has a close nf finity to dolos doleful sad gloomy woeful And the Hebrew word owed means to serve not in the sense of being servant but a slave A servant does not serve seven years and them have his ears pierced with an awl His children do not belong to the master and he receives some compen sation for services rendered outside of food and rainiant That is distinct ly the portion of a slave Does Levi ticus or any other part of the Bible mention any salary wages or com pensation of any kind to tho eved the slave If it does pray refer me to passage Hence say that your quoting ol Jesns as your authority for by actual services rendered a man shall be judged as to his greatness Is to say the least far fetching and perverted Again Mr Bryan be honest with yourself and teach your sublime doc trines as emanating from the noble and fertile mud of one William J Bryan without stretching imagine tion and without distorting words and phrases in order to give credit tc tho quasi accepted authors of the Bi tile You do yourself an injustice Mr Bryan Very respectfully MORRIS SACHS Cincinnati Ohio April 19th 1903 A CORRECTION In last weeks Issue we neglected to attach Dr Wilsons name to the Ed win Markham article The Blade readers however pretty well know his footprints when they see them A GATHERING OF 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Louis at this time as much to get a glimpse of some favorite servant of the nation as to see the ceremonies of the dedication The program arranged by Com nlttee is described as grand glor and magnificent and will never jo forgotten by those who attend The music the military parades the- JIrotcchnlc display will each he iromlnent features and each will in tself bo well worth a trip across the jontinent to see Fully 300000 people are expected to be in attendance Many from this section have al ready expressed their Intention of tending and a large number of others will no doubt take advantage of the reduced rates and take in tho tractions of this celebration The ienderson Route THE Worlds Fllr- LineIs the Kentucky line for the ledication and will sell tickets from Centucky points to St Louis and re urn at one fare for the round trip Trains from hero make connection at oulBville with the Henderson Route persons buying through tickets hould see that they read over that lIne The tickets wll 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