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Digital page images are linked to the text file. aa Mr J BLADWuIjNEDITED BY A HEATHEN Iff ji 13 WIr OF GOOD MORALSPUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAn 7V nP VOL XII NO 19 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JUNE 28 E M 303 X100 A YEAR r0 i 10 ir Y i V TERMS OF THE BLADE 1 Issue for one year 100 In clubs of five or moro cents each a year Term 10cLper year In advance foreign subscription 8160 Five copies one year 250 Make al Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as well as the hew address When youYsend your subscription say iether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will tow eipiratlon of subscription and Ive asareceipt as the date changes soon as the Julwcriber pays tat cr The invariably hold a subscriber ponsblo td the publisher for the scription price of nil sapors re ivedluntli the paper Is paid for in llJOpVt6 date and ordered dlscon hued nESeibf publication 161 East Third Jitreet near Walnut entered at the Post Office at Lexlng Eton Ky as Second Class Mall Matter Address all commdnlcations to BLADE PI 0 BOX 1393 Lexlngtdn Kentucky Jyetle Telephone 619 timberland Telephone 307 tfKihk fHJEjIpAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain Degree demoraliseskthose who make rKit those who sell Itand those who drink It IIbellevcifromthetlmeltlssuesptfrom Ji of the distillery until 1t empties the hell of crime death and dishonor- it demoralizes everybody that touches ItWfU do not believe that anybody can r the subject without Eenilnpprejudlged against this liquid- aSPrIWiwr JAllyou have ls to think of the deaths thr Jides of the Insan ity of theppt y of the Ignorance of i tuggingatand despairing wlvesLaskl1g for bread or the has i tt wrecked of the millions who have a 4 struggled with Imaginary serpents roduced by this devilish thing And when you think of the jails of Etthe almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do KV not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced againut the damned stuff L called alcohol U ROBERT INGERSOLL Jt fL separateGrrnt Keep Church and State forever In no sense whatsoever Is this government founded upon the Christian rjS religion Washington ndrt J COLLEGE of MEDICINE t ChicagotLaborato rlea fu ly au Ijoped i Abundance ofClinlyelM trai PEEP MODE RAT Ei 1dr I t Fall trmopen September J Writ today for CataloqtoF- LOAEMCE DMESSLER M D So or sRai24T Athlnd ChM i7 Ir j Sy9 h MIf tirt 2ii- t JAPAN IB SKEPTICALWHAT BAT IN THE ORIENT Synopsis of a Discourse Preached In The Chestnut Street Christian Church by Mr E Snodgrass Who Has Been Fifteen Years In Japan uponOrlentastupid than they really are Yet their mind Is exceedingly active and like children they often ask questions which puzzle philosophers The mental conditions which Christianity has to meet In the far East are Interesting In the extreme It Is not so much a disbelief In the existence of God except among educated Budd hists and Confucian infidels And yet really here Is where a decisive stroke must be aimed We find the Orient especially Japan where my lot has been cast greatly given up to com mercial and military expansion to the neglect of the higher forms of human activity education and religion The handsome Indemnity fund which Ja pan received from China after the Ja pan China war was largely expended armyThisdegree In importation of the West just as the commercial spirit is We are leading the East to war with dental methods Such a state of material activity causes a neglect of religion and we hear now a cry for a revival BudoV histic societies are springing up In various countries of the Orient whose mission la to revive that decaying religious cult Missionaries they are sendingabroad even to the West butInsmThe result bt till this agitation has been that in Japan thniesdingspirit sieeathatyet te a mere thflcon Christ city I How is this dune- CommentThBabove Is tho begin vSnOlgrassNoon him should be allowed to nat largeespecially In warm weather and without n muzzle on hlm01dTony Cornstalk ought to have him sent to the penitentiary for being sob scene literature But its the same old story the most Intelligent people evrywhere are becoming Atheists Paine Jefferson Franklin and Lin cola were deistic Infidels Huxley and Ingersoll were a little mixed on the question and said they didnt know Agnostics Now if you are going to keep up with the band wagon you have to be an Atheist If there is any God ho is acting very Impudently and is a very poor shake of a divinity You cant make the people think that any God understands his business and is at attending to it like he was duly Briber while he Is drowning the people with too much water in the West while the forests are taking fire and burning down from drouth in the Eat Snodgrass the Campbellite can come to Lexington for pay and get off the arguments for the existence ota God as he does through the bal ance of his discourse when there Is nobody to answer him but he and Mc wayISly old boysl Big old llarsi DR WILSON COMMENTS ON THE DISCUSSION WHY IAM AN ATHEIST There have been no Issues of the Blade more Interesting to me than those containing the replies to the question oCWhy I am tin Atheist I read them all and some of them a preservedtheThese replies are a combination of reason common sense wit and learn ing rarely in a paper They represent the thought and experience of men and women in all walks of life and of all ages I noticed one signed Anna Fritz 14 years old San Francisco ana a good strong statement she gives ono that Wpuld do credit to an older head In reading tli sO cepiies I could not help omplrJngU1clt1lth those gh on at which I have attended loglcal reflective cbar- acteruof thooneo and the rambling unreasoning Illogical character of tho other I want to say thattlam proud of the estimate to be derived of the average Liberal from these writings Most of the contributors llko myself are Sun day school graduates Rut fewof y it1 r them are college bred They represent the professions mercantile life the housewife the mechanic the borer and the pioneer of the border jUdgmentbement reflecting my own opinions but I think I am safe In saying that no other society in America could pro membershlpIncudlngthose an array of logic sentiment and phil osophic thought as contained in these repliesI I am safe In saying this for I have never observed any such average expression upon the part of oth ers and I have attended campmeet ings Moody meetings and read page after page of experiences In rell gious journals In which men and women gave reasons for the faith with in them So I these replies have given me strength They will prove an In spiration to all those who do the prim clpal part of the writing for this pa per They now netter know the char acter and intellectual standing of their audience and will realize what they have to go up against when sub mitting their opinions to its judginMt and criticism For my part I confess they took a lot of the starch out of me find that I have been having readers whom I have never heard of abler than my self in many ways to give expression to Freethought propngandlsra They have revealed to me and to everyone I think the resources of Freethought With practice what able writers many of them would become After this when Hughes writes me for copy to help out I will refer him to the writers of these replies Mrs Closzs and Mrs Henrys suggestion of select Ing three now names for each issue Is most commendable and should be pushed One attempt at public expres sion is often the starting point of an able contributor I am sure every new name attracts attention and awakens Interest At least it does with me Some of the gems of purest ray se rene some of the brightest minds lie hidden and In the dark just Because theyhave never been touched by en thusiasm and wakened to self eon sciousness have never tried to give expression to their ideas Mr Sachs I write on the subject but I told him that the didntintendwbeel Wetmoreancennd rr JBARKING UP THE WRONG Some sky buster who signs h Rev Thomas Walker Phlladel who has found out that Tarn ti withoutunderstanding a letter from San Diego CaUfbb x Ing the fruit businesshen frultTvliis speciality is eggs Ho says Please do not give my postoffice address He has eggs for sale and knowing that I am of a pious turn of mind and a preacher this is a little scheme that the Rov Tomls working to get for nothing a big advertisement of his doublebarrel business He is raking in the shekels In Phil adelphla by saving souls at so inuclv a soul and then he is turning an honest penny by telling In his letter of a scheme to save eggs In the warm weather when eggs are cheap and selling them for fresh ones in winter when eggs are hlghor dear as the- Yankees call It Its bad enough for any man to al low himself to be called Reverend by others but you may set it down in the back of your head that when a man signs his own name as Rey somebody he is a rascal WORLDS GREATEST CATHEDAL l The largest and grandest templeof worship In the world Is the St Pet ers Cathedral at Rome It stands on the site of Neroa circus In the hbth west part of the city and is built in the form of a Latin cross The total length 1s G3 feet breadth 450 feet height to top of cross on dome 448 feet diameter of cupola 193 feet Its capacity is 54000 The great bell alone without the- luillmerorcllipper weighs 18600 or oVer and a quarter tons The foundation was laldn 1450 A D Forty three popes lived and died during the time the work wastn pro greBs It was dedicated in 1826 but not entirely finished until oa1 1880 The cost In round numbers Is set down at 70000000 if CommentS me Jod sent me that cutout of some newspaper That is ono of the meetln houses I saw and tell you about in Dog Fennel Kingston N Y June a 1903 IfYour truth telling publication has reached me for June 7th containins what believe to be a righteous exposition of the Agatha Retchlln murder Jus tice has disclosed the whole damnable act most heroically told In my opin ion the whole truth beginning to end He has done the cause of pub lie safety a great good Thanks to his courage L DeWITT QtJISWOLD t PRAYINC FOR RAIN REV DR WITHROW OF BOSTON TELLS HIS PARISHIONERS IT IS THEIR DUTY PRAY FOR RAIN J The wellmeaning pastors and their earnest flocks who prayed yesterday for rain must this morning have a profund faith in the efllcacy of pray er The rail came speedily If scantily but It must be remembered that there was no exact specification as to quan tity Up to the time of writing the water that has fallen is simply a drop in the great field of ardity and serves scarcely to lay the surface dust but the mere fact that any rain has come is a relief for it suggests that the backbone of the drouth has been brok en We may now expect that such a change has taken place in climatic conditions as to warrant the belief that we may get In Intermittent quan titles perhaps the moisture that Is our due Much was said yesterday Tn pulplts and among of the em cacy of prayer in calling for rain Rev Dr Withrow of P rtreet church told his parishionerslast evening that l it thChrlEXtlanso far as tosay that neglect to do so would he wrong Admitting that thisf be rtrae it Is equally essential that the trayerSshould be carefully guarded and the limits closely unjustltoprathat alld to the floods in the West But all do not agree with Dr In1 Rev Pet MacQueen for believes thatwe dadabetter Le our tim alt praying to tiegoo II Ji ca efi P8 be fnt saL remember tliu services were h Noah and South for the UnlonsanSt Itcouldarf anything that the Infr cpachlngasE this pett gives hope thing else Travelers Pi t tepidity den it God and that liel gush languageai- ns seems toJiaVel tftiiu ago Wlentstrange ti ate sh regular servl5eS in from the Eplacop aI vourable 4vhicl s although am all d wind asfoalopg and co lo hoY a shlpcdptal fii wind to help could do iWlth tl ship that was rape to America this case that two tbs same compan la directly oppos each otherlit Atlantic ocean tat the same time tbins of those two iuder the Instruct d yners were pray Rand F ahead against the other Each man meant when he prayed that the Lord must send the wind so as to strike his ship from behind I saw and heard this myself and noted the strange fact when I first crossed the Atlantic ocean in 1865 Then both Mark and I had only about 3000 miles to sail the balance of the trip being done on land This time we had a German ship captain and we sailed 13665 miles and he never had any praying or any thing to do with It The Moltke is altogether a steam ship twinscrew the Germans call It Doppelscraubeudamfer for short and because they dont care damfer any wind to blow behind them but actually want some wind to blow dead ahead against them because the breeze against them makes the draft In the furnaces stronger and makes more steam and they can run faster going against the wind than they can going with It So that when In 1865 an English ship captain read every Sunday according to orders from his superiors from the Episco pal prayer book asking for favorable wind he meant a wind that would strike his ship behind and blow the same way that he was going Now that same sea captain when he reads tavoraIbleon just the opposite way from the one he is going suppose we Cookies saw 3000 sea going boats of different kinds and 2000 of them had no steam but only sails saw the Nile full of boats with no steam and sailing against the cur rent and getting there Ell all the the same time an American com pany has just completed a sail ship with seven masts and no steam that has the largest tonnage of any ship ever built could take Noah and his whole ark aboard with the menagerie in It and still he able to sail in good trim and ship shape That shipthe lYnhlfpAihnntlsnntliNhnha ark built o parTYcoal and they hav coalto A SYM POSIUM ANENT THE CIRCULATION OF THE BLUE GRASS BLADE FiftyCentsCirculation of the BladerWe have been having in the Blade tr a long discussion of Atheism which has been Interesting and profitable I am myself an Atheist and I thinkSfthat Is not only the natural and scionttific position but It is the coign of van tage from which we can most successefully fight tho Christian religion We probably as a general thestics ought to abandon all minor between us and the Christians and si simply deny the existence of a Godfand throw the burden of proof upon the Christians where it logically be longs But now I would jke to see in the Blade Just as thorough a discussionrof the matter of immensely Increasingzthe circulation of the Blade as we have had of Atheism and I hope friends of the Blade will make that the leading theme of this paper for fully as long as Atheism has been such a theme I believe there are thousands ofqapeople who realize that now the only t trouble with tho Blado is that its circulation Is not at least ten times as large as it is and as everybody ieves It could easily be it any certed v effort were made to have It soS Rowells Newspaper Directory says the Blade has the largest circulation ij of any Infidel publication In America vi donotr i rst r1 r J JBLUE GRASS BLADEJLiLLi Ch uccC frrSr WMN1IVbl V2 tYMrs Closzs Column rjANOTHER SUGGESTION I encloso for reprint In the Blade two articles from the Shenandoah Iowa Sentinel Tho beginning of things history of an atom of Iron and Where Cain found his wife blical proof that Adam was not the first man curious ancient races of latter is interesting to Infidels because it shows that tho world is coming our way and seeking explana tions that are rational Instead of ir rational Where Cain got his wife fi has been a question unanswered by Christians for centuries It is a poser that could not be disposed of by the creation legend of Genesis A min hero not long since told that qtthe was asked the same question and he answered It In this wise I dont caro where Cain got his wife or wheth er he ever had one I know where interestedtThis is a sample of ministerial logic They dont care where this wicked brother got his wife but they InsIst that Infidels shall believe tho Bible story whether satisfactorily explained or not Such articles of the higher criticism are filling the scientific pcr iodicals and tho local newspapers and tho people are losing their faith and becoming enlightened The article headed The beginning a L of things is also an effective one m disproving the creation theory It is i one of a series appearing In tho Shen andoah paper and for those of us Orrwhose school privileges have been it Is excellent This Is the 4j kind of work taken up by liberal and ethical Sunday schools The chI dren are taught nature while their powers of comparison are permitted exercise as tho Bible stories are also expoundedthat is are explain f ed In the Sunday schools I have known about And this brings me to the point of a suggestion which I made some time ago If That we have a column of the Blade devoted to Sunday school work Or if 4 the name is not acceptable call it scientific work or anything tho con uuctor may deem suitable Of course Brother Moore will be the logical choice for conductor as ho is versed in theology and he might be assisted byi Brothers Burns Wettstein and others arjrangedIng methods and drawing a plain parallel between belief and knowl rP between sacred and profane his h tor andY4t science between faith i column could bo made very inter st 1R uriderthhl headNshould bere i slay me It Is universally lowed that none existed then but hi father and mother Who then cool slay him The Lord does not t his anxiety by tho assurance tha there is no one to slay him No Bu instead ho gives him a sign that one shall slay him People then mus have existed on earth The country to which Cain migrat ed was inhabited The narrative states that Cain dwelt In the land of Nod on tho east of Eden Nod means madic The eminent Assyrlologlst Prof Sayce of Oxford University states In his work The Higher Crit lea and the Monuments To the East of It Eden lay the land of No nlads termed Nod in Genesis and Manila In tho Inscriptions Thus the Babylonian mounments confirm scrip ture in its statement that Nod was after Cains exile we read he had a wife Sho could not be his sister as is generally supposed for Adam had no daughters till after tile oirth of Seth more than yearS Nor could she be the daughter of Seth for according to the Biblical chronology In the margin Enoch Cains nrst born was one year olde- than Seth Cain therefore must hav got his wife from one of the countries surrounding Eden Again we read that Cain bullded a city and called tho name of the city after the name of his son Enoch The word used for city is the ordinary one Ir and we are bound to give It Its full significance here as elsewhere Who helped him to build if there were no other men on earth It be answered that the city was built long after his exile when both Adam ites and Calnltcs had multiplied But not so for the literal and correct translation is And she bore Enoch and when he was building the city That is Cain was in the act of build ing when Enoch was born Nod then was inhabited Who were these people They were of several races In Genesis vi 14 we have five races mentioned The iephllim were one of these The Nephlllra were In the earth la those day R V The Nephlllm were a race of men remarkable for their great stature giants They existed before and after the flood which proves mat the deluge was of limited theylivedxlil proves they existed after it A branch of this race was the Re phalm To them belonged Og klngo Bashan Deuteronomy and Go Hath tile renewed warrior whoH David slew A peculiarity of the Re phalm was that they had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each toot LjChrbnlcIesi xx ittttsT Ji f 1 jff God spociaUy wrought a mlraclo by alt Immedlbto transformation of Ills dlgestlveogans The primary meaning of apher Is metal lead This is manifest from Numbers xxxl 22 where the translated lead is aphereth In ages men haVe been designated fro natural objects by the color of the skin We ourselves speak of the cop percolored race In the same way a variety or species of man was Ignated tho leadcolored trace thdwas an ourtthetare as thltcs tho Nakeshlm the Golym The Bible gives a history only of a par ticular line of the Adamites Hence allusion to all oUers Is merely inci dental and undesigned nut undesign ed coincidences are most convincing REV F P DUFFY M D Secretary American Church Bible In stitute +1THE BEGINNING OF THINGS History of an Atom of IronThe Irre descent Scum of the Pond Is Iron Making It is tho province of science to make the mind see where the eye can stoutrtion it as to Its essence or origin We do not know that It ever had an ori mathefirst step we find nature taking with that atom is to burn It The atom combines with one and a half atoms of oxygen and Is then a molecule This molecule is Insoluble In water If It were In the sro It would find its way to the bottom and there rest in the mud If this oxidation occurred when the world was young and there was yet no sea the molecules would lie as cinders tin the earth They would bo diffused through the rocks forming at the time of their oxidiza tion They are diffused through almost all the rocks of the earths crust And as grayeP and clay and sand andsoil are reelely abraded rocks they are dlfftcied through almost all the top dressing tne ocky crust As tney ara insoluble in the rain which sinks through the sot has no rower to pick theup and carry them away But If the raln falls on a soil overgrown with vegetation there suit maybe different Mbsses ferns otegetayionwhile pnemvater sinks Into the soil and every molecule of Iron It finds on t iewhy Frtheits oxygen to the carbon in thjEjVkvater and forms with It carbonic acid What remains now Is a Prbxdeone atoni of Iroiuto one of ox genand this is soluble water eon 1lrdng qdd Ili onnBlj s sin g les so A little bed o bottom of a 36 much vegota fd dIe and rot and ercblatlng waters lecules of Iron am the soil an the soil an he face of a ore as at so muc proportion- hre had to the faco of Ids its car- molecule percolate particles of red rom tire edi In a bog s ifwo see so often ilitmay give wing how us a vision vwell as other Is a law of the ids are so made tie result of a pro a ore our eyes and results brought to the Interplanetary issert a like process On the 12th of Feb clock at night 160 i there appeared long and 400 feet In nelllko a sun Ilium of Iowa and por sllnols Wisconsin- en and animals dread It shot speed of miles led at a height of jtonatlons which- r and near That weight seven per Meteoric stones alned to say are world In which ming the same sting molecules of here j the biography of w a beautiful ex how essential to enadonah Iowa pert A Sampleof Wanmt Bartlottsvllle I T Juno 1903 Brothers Moore and Hughes I got money order for 260 several thiset fore 10 oclock p in and now can not mako up my mind who I will want to send the paper to If had tire cards so you can give me credit for renewal of my subscription send me cards for the balance andI guess you all can find use for It will send more later on want e book D F In the Orient An Irreverent person might misapply the ters D F I am In no hurry for book as am now situated for It is all I can do to scan tho papers I get have received sample copies of other Inter esting Freethought papers and maga tines Among them Higher Science and would be glad to help them all If I could with Justice to myself The sperrlt has often prompted me to write something for the paper for have vehement thoughts sometimes on various subjects social economic and religious but when I read tho su herb productions of Mrs Henry and Mrs Closz and others I am restrain ed and the Blue Grass Blade readers will riot miss what they have not yet had set before them I would not have my zeal in behalf of the cause Judged by my previous apparent apathy or Indifference must retire Fraternally WILSON IVES CommentThat is a model of the kind of letters want written Nobody can fairly say there Is any selfishness In my saying that I do not even see the 250 Mr Hughes opens the let ters takes out the money and sends me the empty letter out to my little country home eight miles away Just as you would break a couple of nice eggs into your glass and hand your neighbor at table tile shells- I have an overweening ambition to make this paper the most phenomenal newspaper In the world and It Is mighty near that now and It can be made a holy terror to Christianity If its friends will take it up and do like this good brother has done asked for 100000 readers for the Blade and it Is fairly entitled to them but somehow It looked like that was too big a boo for acoltIll tell that story for anybody that wants to hear It who will say so and send 260 for five more Blades but now I am going to strike for only 10000 readers for the Blade I mean subscribers It has more than 10000 renders now But If you will only give me 10000 subscribers I will get the 100000 myself Once there was a little boy that wenl to Sunday school and his wo man teacher said to IIm Who made your and the little ellow said God highmarnn om 1n rti r Thoto iis a Bette on worta dollar tr ButIf you Jill will give o subscribers W can easily be II will grow allVhe rest myself drit know that there was any man on Gods green earth or his blue sky as Wilson Ives nt know him from Adams o aside of sole leather If he Ives flam were to came to Quaker this blessed Lords day morn ut that man has not only got lilts a mule but hes got a hea nvand ifa man away out Indian Territory among savages an Indian Doctor named Deer Foot sent the Blade a dollar the other ray His initials fere D F and hes not a Dam Fool either- If a man away out there where the sun goes down can cough up 26 certainly there ought to be sou thousands of people who can do in other parts of the world Ive bee among the heathen lately and when you come to read Dog Fennel you wit see fiat they are so much better peo plo than tho Christians that the Christians are not to be mentioned on the same day There are thousands and thousands recognivd e the two writers In America publtcatiohnot You saw what old Bro Green of the Freethought Magazine said about them the other day He tramp ed all over mo but his head was level womene a man but his sex Is against him He was born that way and ho cant get over It He may be the Intellectual equal of either of those women and a steam calliope In a circus procession makes more racket than Bro Barborkas harp but all tho same wo would rather hear the harp especially after we had heard the calliope once There Is no man in tho world not even myselfwho can have the mars force back of what he says that tiros two women have Those two women Mrs Henry and Mrs Closz stand in the order that I name them right at the very top of the grandest of all tho contentions that now occupy tho thoughts of the most advanced thinkers and yet lied I not determined one night as I was walk Ing home from Lexington in 1884 to start a paper called the Blue Grass Blade that my highest aspiration was to have known over the Blue Grass region of Kentucky the world nave would have heard of Josephine K Henry of Versailles Ky or of May L Collln of Midway Ky the most phe nomenal thinker that America ever producedI to see the picture of Mrs Closz In old Bro Greens magazine and thought It one of the finest com binations of a pretty and an Intellect ual face that I had ever seen an when In addition to that I read she said I made up my mind that If her husband and my wife died before we did I was going to Iowa to see her on important business But If she eiIr tl t hail written In old Bro Greens sober sided monthly until she was as old as that old curly headed mummy lady that came out of tho pyramid of Cheops see Dog Fennel that we Cookies saw In Egypt sheMrs C not the mummy never would have been known to the world as she now Is and the Blue Grass Blade having given those two women to the world if It never did anything else that was good entitles It to 10000 readers right now Please all of you do like this Indian Territory brother has done OLD ARKANSAW Who Was With Me In the Orient Is Anxiously Waiting for Dog Fennel Little Rock Ark May 1903 Charles C Moore Dear Sir and DrotterI am In re ceipt of your book Behind the Bars dropped you that Fishers Hotel Jhadknow that I was there and was sorry that could not stop off and visit you at home but found letters awaiting mo at New York to come on home to look after my business that was threatened with opposition I had a very pleasant visit at Paris France though the weather was very unpleas ant raining and snowing most everyday There was about fifty of the Cookies on board the Deutschland the steamer that I boarded at Clierburg April 24th and had a very rough voyage I shall anxiously await the ap pearance of your book Dog Fennel as It brings to remembrance ninny of our rambles In a strange land gether I hope you had a pleasant return on our good old ocean home the Moltke I found all my loved ones well and anxiously awaiting me I want to ask you one question I was told on board the Deutschland thatI old father Patterson of Toronto died at Naples but Mr Young told me at New York that he had seen the old tleman when tho Moltke returned II Iioldam very truly G A VIQUESNEY 21st and Ringo St AnswerOld Bro Patterson was alive and kicking when I left him in New York Die is the last thing he is ever going to do After I got home I found my vest pocket full of desert sand that It scooped up when you and I crawled Under that old Pharaoh tomb in Egypt on tho Plain of Glzeh Dog Fennel will be ready about the first of Aug ust bigger book than I told you it would AM AN ATHEIST Why I am an Atheist Agnostic In fidel Freethinker heathen etc not flee nary to a any reason for n 1tn re oos a d not c presenthappinesse I had noc n for the f lure I had to examine both sides with one eye being a widow woman s son SecondI found by Investigation sutoprise that J was was a a doubter long before I met I was born and raised In a neighborhood a where everybody were full believer rtVone say so I first heard of Tom Paine from the pulpit They pictured him as the worst man that over lived I then wanted to find out about him did Third fourth and fifth etaM ture and due conservation I ironeformer m basenon mythology no 0 facts My five weak senses have ways rejected the Bible story and not understand why people of good sound sense even proclaim to Uellev-0 I care nothing for belief onl facts interest a Lastly I feel as intelligent as any human living or ever did live about life after death I dont bar Jacob Isaac King David Solomon or Sam Jones I do not know S B MITCHELL Tecumseh Okln Cincinnati 0 Juno 1903 Charles Moore Dear Friend I have read the Blade and the sayings of your patrons as to the delinquents endorse Mr Jesse Russell of Hardyville Ky I say with MUNyoNs- lliWITCHSOAp Is a Ladys Soap ffJ lsoapIs who wants the best toilet soap ever made complexionIt chappedlipspimplesIt It cures babies and folks of all akin It It It It eruptionsIshavingIt youth to sallow and dull complexions It is more soothing than cold cream more beautifying than any lotion or It is pure enough to eat Sold Everywhere 15crIf your blood or liver is out of order youshould BIOOd4Cureyou digest everything you eat thus making good blood These remedies in nection with Munyons Witch Hasel Soap will improve any comolexion ynotgives them more brains than they could obtain In any other part of this tentimesbytheSuch people could notJoln any chureliFthe church understood the dirty itprinciples of such They are too rot ten to be on top of earth Kick then out get rid of them Make it a rule to keep such people Inside of some anythingPut me down fpr Dog Fennel In the OrientH W HENDRJCKS D P FROM AN OLD SUBSCRIBER t 1903JamesKind Friend Allow mo to address you a few lines and you will find closed rifor the Blade for another year The Blade 11 nilhi mn 1n v therMoore Treasonr1frominIeand supersuuo and coma near log a die of It and would have Sfacucame to America I havehadtow out fourteen years most of the tic with religious green Dutch If Moore thinks there Is no hell JIn peoplerwhile and I t ho changein mind I had a step father and hewas the best Christian Ieversaw fandL she novel read the Bible only whjntt there was a big thunder storm and thought he might get struck by Hghtff nlng The American men thai I ffJheadI heard one of them when I read a of Ingersolls writings and I he BrothaMoores call pare a preacher with a bed bug oit flea Willie I have nothing particular against a flea I dont Ilka the wily he makes a living I am an Infidel be v cause I read the Bible a good deal yt and did my own thinking That one reason and I have lots of more y l good reasons Yours as ever YJF HAAS i Ityour rlltheBlade and its grand old editor publisher and contributors My Blade has done a good deal of missionary work In this community I have been Instrumental In converting several common senseI E DONAHO toI TCHOCTAW OKLAHOMA GULF RI R r eCombines the Advantages 0Iio Eastern ServiceWith the Opportunities of a WESTERN COUNTRY DIRECT LINE t Memphis to Little Rock Hot Springs Indian and Oklahoma Territories Texas Col Z orado New Mexico Arizona Old Mexico and the Pacific Coast ri TRAINIJWIDE VE8TIBULED 9 PULLMAN DRAWING ROOM SLEEPINSOARS f PULLMAM TOURIST SLEEPING OARS l CANSt x ILIUM ML PIN lt Kl h L f 1tIilallIIY6 UM Ink WHIM 4t Ce731h i i t BLUEGRASS BT43ctJ W A f MORAL i MEN LWIHOiJT A RELICIO I AND RELIGIOUS MEN WITrjOU MORALS SAYS DR CUTH BERT BATTELL j Prom Now Haven Conn Union A wild animal roams the fore t j wHhmany ways to pass besides ovc r the pitfall where the trap Is set but gets caught and many a man b comes lor life In the net moralwrong by a single misstep at by spine one tendency The spell at nio selfconcentration Is the fat t ent In the temptation of men spoke the Rev Charles Cuth president of Union Theolo Iiiary New York City in Wldressetl Jo the students of Vrday Vt lives you will meet the If What help Is religion to a hig life vIl1flnd wHo ra absolutetyt 3vIt- hibzLan1monbf l1gloUIl1m6 ieHngalways aji rcentagi of men eiifaItl ugh normal mari elliand iI percentage of men jlfblliid altlJougb nornm nina e have neyer gone Into hi jnplo without a Reeling akin to icer because tl secret of Idol claimBrlghttou8T eeks to see God and to seel flmTsov brings one Into relationship r that moral qualities an trlligthiined j j fVCJoh e above was sent me pubilcabtlonit lS alnJost precisely the common llIn del cont Hon and yet It comes ofrv 1Te are contlually saying that are moral fidels and Immoral ChrIstIans and yl versa and we ac IMntthefact that ngbl greatest tcriminals are una palest and weachers pious villains whia seduce Ijr rape women and then murder tHe rheeelspapersv while It11J equally true tlipaiors never pubUshisuch Kbeing committed Infidels d of air h nglngsanCl of show ChristIans tp he lawyer show Infidels to lpth pulpit and the inslnuafef ifnJ t scqpiinitfev in any citizens we have In the face of the Christianity Is against Jews 4gut facts that are equal and Infidels tnJt come toopposlte conS cliis4ons Christian preacher saysJTtHat oth Immoral Christians and Infidela are lacking in es entiaIsliTh Infidel says that moral lfiistheonll4essentl and Chris JubllctliplS moral is the onl renffoh the public should upholdMhrlstlantly The Christians may say among themselves that people will go to 1 eVnor to hell accordingly as they ftiellevp or disbelieve certain religious dogmas and teuetns but there Is not iarchjirch In AmerIca that has the temerity to to the civil au Thort5 for Exemption from taxes for tahces 1ecaiise Christianity saves sr for men t ily claim upon the civil pat mt Christianity makes Is that mtlal to public morals and preeminent authority in fty says It is true that there I Infidels and immoral Chris thV preacher to hold his Job rake it appear that there Is demand for his existence and iysr of the Infidel that he lacks essential If religion Is not e- ntIaito good morals as the Rev irtyhas plainly stated of his jTilfree will and accord what Is the iiltliat the Infidel lacks that TSfcan supply to him ra strange omission In the ijvhcn he failed to tell the to whom he was talking essential was That was they needed to know It religion according to Rev tin that You Amoral men who are abso oy what is it that Rev Hall in ns that ift essential i IWHY AM AN ATHEIST- I have read most of the articles In Blade the last few weeks on fat subject and I can Indorse their sentiments If there was a God he would be the greatest and most con Bplclous object In the world and ev ery one would know It When I was t faoy goIng to Sunday school I be tIQVod there was a God because my ts and teachers told mo so and r 0 frl ought they know all about It My fat ier was a very pious man and to lnGoo was a very positive and cer tali person I once asked him what Go looked like and he said God was a lag whose center was everywhere ant hIs clrcumferance nowhere That wai good an answer as can glV today If he had said God was a iiare circle It would have convey dJs as much Information- T iDUtfiifjl ys that God created thw rtrandnU it contains In six idaj out of nothing But he got tlrdti ythe end of the week that tP V stoppedwork and took a tlay rest and It seems that he nev worked any more It Is fortunate to us that God got tired for that la the origin of our Sunday and we now have to rest on the seventh day even If we have been idle nil the week It s said that God is Infinite and also a personal dod But that is Impossible If he Is a person he must have hand and feet and If he opens his hand and spreads his fingers there wou be no God In the space between his fingers So he cannot be personalati told that God created every living thing on Jhe face of the earth If that is so he made a great mistake for there are thousands of things that are a cursed nuisance and we hav to work hard to destroy them or the would destroy our crops and famine would be the result I am a farmer and known what I am talklnjabout We cannot raise a corn without killing a score of weeds and Insects Wild animals polsonou snakes destructive vermin1flies bugs and millions of Insects abound It is a battle for lIfo to save ourselves from destructIOn If God created these things they have a right to live as Lwellas we But there Is ho God The a great slaughter house Imals kill and eat each other from the lowest to the highest on land In water and people are cannibals luch stheotheranlmnls 1te dIn4thi BJble about the unpardonable elrij that cfinnot be for glvw neither iriHKiswdHd nor then Xt I And what that lntIYJI t IYdu If God4 the holy ghost created every l v fi1thlng on the earthhe created then to live anti when We kill and any of then we commit the sin against the holy ghost What could biplainer 111m an Atheist Because have lived Itt this world nearly eighty years watching and Investigating and have never seen or knownanythlng about Godand pave never met with any per son who has JOS HAIGH Chebanse Ills THIS PAY 8 THE 8CRIPTUREFULFJLLED Lawrence Kan Jufte 303 Mr James Hughes Lexlrigtoiij Ky My Dear Friend In reply fti your letter of today would say Jnroply that I have the original money orde whlcl on account of inuch busn9ssworZfl- oo1 and trouble I have tif send iSlrice Dr Barnes pieces Vhaye com m need o appear In the Blade and thit too from a Kentucky brother who I Judge must have some uthiorl ty the matter and whdI presume from reading rlghtin MUIlefas well as between ias quit hemp jand ifurnlshing branding Irons with which tQ exterminate ttoAnari 1 saYslnc the pccurrfnce of these ihlrigs1 am persuaded that the Editor of the Blade inbrdarto perpetuate itsthe Blades life tfik ihund PItad the Christians J tlcItOftar utlntfrT onStQIl bClip uou iq i erisiiHic viHon fevelslndlngbYI It with my subscription at least so long as It ad vocates the true principles of free dom You sent me the Blade a year after I ordered It stopped but now that It has right about faced sometime when I can spare the money hope to pay you for that too Just at present It would be Impossible for me to do so as I have lost In the recent flood by land damage over 5000 which has ruined me and mine for ever as I have little left and no op portunlty to accumulate the same again care most for my only child and daughter whose education and accomplishments was the one fervent aId fond hope of my heart Nevertheless you may put me down for all the books Dr Wilson shall ever write If I shall be able to pay for them Also Dog Fennnel in the Orient Enclos ed please find 50 cents with which to pay the balance due on Mrs L M Saules subscription to the Blade with request to stop the same as she has come tu stay with me and one Blade will have to do for both Hoping again ann bellevelng that with such writers as Drs Barnes Wil son and others the Blade may and will long live to battle for the en slaved I am most sincerely yours for Freedom KATE A UNTHANK Comment Thank you Sister Un thank Verily I say unto you that there Is more Joy In heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety and nine that went not astray WHY AM A BELIEVER Chemistry teaches that we have six tyfive simple elements which com bine In such a way as to bring about the great variety we see about us This is Illustrated in tho twentysix letters of the alphabet which by their combination all the books are made Also the ten digits make arithmetic and express any number Then this be true the ultimate analysis of things In nature would bring out the same elements the same as all books would reduced to their ultimate analysis would bring and the alpha bet so with figures etc Now there Is no difficulty In seeing this point But again these ments are made of matter and matter has no power to move itself for the great lawgoternlng matter Is how did these material elements come together so nicely and form a tree a horse a dewdrop etc Two elements must come together male and female before a pow creature san exist at which time the frame work or coutour of the ture man horse or tree becomes a fixture So as long as these two ments are kept separate no new creature can exist Now this a law that stock men have observed not only In stock but the same law holds good In human beings By observing this law of physiol ogy parents can control the number if rtr t fw t1 WIfjl t p sand too greatex1enttl sex of the li r children But so fir we have hall to do only with sixty odd chemical element s and we have found them Incapable of moving unless acted upoii by thing extraneous to themselves Hence we deduce this law Elemci tary substance being unchangeable sand without action or ant power ti act can only be changed In their states relations and combinations by a power not Inherent In tlieta but by some ottsldo power Imparted or ap plied as some extraneous force t produce this great variety of forms we see In nature Now what Is this extraneous force or outside power that moves upon these elements to give shape- and form to men trees etc As this Is my first article to Tho Blade will not ba tedious but quit right here and it the editor wants his whiskers pulled by a few more art cles on this line Why I am abe-llever ho can get them P MORRIS Defunlak Springs Fla- ANSWER I am glad to have communications from believers In Christianity Most of us who read this paper are famlUai with the arguments for Infidelity and if there are arguments for ChrIsti anlty we want to know them it la very desirable that we should Imow the Christian arguments If we would htf Intelligent and successful infidel Christianhndertakes virtuallyanbeliever we understand in this kind of religious discussion one who ac cepts as true the Christian religion The letter head of this writer shows him to be a physician one of the learned professions For the sake of argument I will admit that every word In the above communication absoluteJrtrue and then how would prove Jesus Christ was the miraculously begotten Son of God and that Jesus was crucified and burledandNs again and ascended to eaven All of which a man must accept as true If he Is a believer the sense that Dr Morris used the word here Certainly there Is nothing In the conclusions of Dr Morris to provo that Jesus Is the Son of God any more than that Mohammed or XloUSmlth or Dowle Is the son of God WHY IAM AN ATHEIST From my earliest retiollectlori I had doubts as to this exlsteri efablbllcal God My father did lot have niuch of this wbrlds goods and b daiery numerous family so we had a prob lern of more Importance ous than moplhgjjaround looking for spirits and building ghosts ran away from home at theagBvfol 151Iy first ant bltion was to procure money enough to educate myself ceNuseeagain I had im time iri rnillil IniriHn Gdif c lPote Mfcigjo prtfts rsTracbulIt I Ylfgqt jug rocK tence at raiti 0Illflermonth Then I bought blue back speller and started to school paying two dollars per month tuition and ten dollars for board 1 had neither time nor disposition to look after the build Ing of mythical things and felt like allowing those who had more time and less to do than I to take care of Josh as best they could As God Is at best but an Imaginary being and has no existence nor anywhere to exist except In the mind fthe im aglner I have the same right to im agine him out of existence as the so called Christian has to conjure up a mythical being and pretend to clothe him with all power and a high sound Ing name and then tell the nations of the earth and all the people therein v that they must not do anything to displease this wonderful being because he Is all power all love and all hatred and if aroused to anger would be more whimsical and cruel than a crazy negro Comanche Indian or any other savage ana would be more destructive than the combined forces of all the fires floods and tornadoes with diseases and epidemics thrown In To my mind the Bible is the merest tion and Is serving the purposes for which it was Intended by the originators of that piece of fiction that has been palmed off on the people as a sacred something and coming from a source that no one can Intelligently tell Instead of Atheists having to explain think there is an explana tion due from the other slOe I have from my earliest recollection always connected God with Nature The two terms appear as Inseparable as Iron and metal and have be come to regard the terms as one meaning If God Is not Nature then God Is nothing- assert this as a preposition that Is that nil names are either names at material things or abs ract namesI Material things have both The abstract have neither weight nor measurement and are al ways invisible am compelled to place tne name God In the latter as have never seen such a being nor heard from any reliable source of anybody having weighed or measured him Therefore he cannot stand the simple test of being anything and only exists as an abstract proposition The power that caused the laws to be established under which all things live die survive or perish Is the on ly power that I can conceive that Is higher than the human power I would write more but I fear that I have alreailY gone beyond the limit Yours for the truth N C BO VCOM Sweet Water Texas New Rochelle N YTheso are the times that try the souPs of men Thomas Paine To whom It may cern All who believe In Freethought free speech free press are Invited to meet tho undersigned at tho Paine monument Nw oRchelle N yonlhe4- th of July next 1903 at 12 oclock sharp All who read this call are In vIted and if they cannot come will lease write CAPT GEORGE W LOYDI u ltbi f i cii Mrs JoseniNeV K Henry Ver 4T4LucyeIpa West Sutto Mass f Dr Esther 5Van Riper Circle UI on 436 Oak St Chattanooga nfl IM E 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QUISENBERRY Miller City OPleasefind 250 for following lIve names I could not do without the Blade if It cost twice as much Please do not give It up eVen if you have to call on your friends for more money LEWIS E EteU BLE M D r lI i COUNTING SPARROWS Fall Instead of Saving Them to Soal and Sing My reasons for disbelieving In at all wise loving anti omnipresent God are many I was raised by Methodls1 parents and consequently Joined that taughttohad to be propitiated to keep the devil from catching me Of course I had no more conception of what God was than the child or the most learned todayhavemade Is necessary for me to go through the form In order to be saved Just what I was being saved from was never very clear to my mind A number of years ago I burled In the same grave two children One a little girl near three years old and the other an infant of only a few weeks The mother of these children was burled two weeks before As I was leaving the grave of those dren suffering everything In the way of trouble I could endure at los Ing a loving wife and two children my entire family that I loved with all the fervency of my nature the preacher who had officiated at the funeral with no sense of propriety as Is ually the case with that class began to pour out the same old slush that composes their stock In trace on such occasions and among other timings said Tne good Lord had taken my family In order to bring me closer to him I was horrified at the audacity- of the creature and asked him If he really thought God murdered that good wife and mother and those innocent utile children tor sucn a purpose He went onm a similar strain until- torn him to leave me and never to speaK to me again That preacher was far above the average soul savers in intelligence and ability and bringing to mind that conversation afterward caused me to Took a lUe closer Into their religion when found the preachers were pretending to worship just suc a God and tha he was tne God of the Bible and Le churches A few years later I purchased the Age of Reason and as no sermon was complete In those days that at did not dig Into Paine and tell of his aw ful death bed experience curiosity as tbwhat he had written prompted me to read It That book settled the spiration of the Bible with me as I believe will do with every honest seeker aer tn1 They slandered and abus ti him but could not refute his argunent- t do not believe In the Inspiration of the Bible ddln the Christian God because If lidftad wanted to place rules the has of his people for their use and gu ce he could have given everythingnecessary on a sheet of foolscap r that could have been understood all Instead of giving volums of Stuff of no earthly use to any excepjfthe rulers and preachers whO use mislead and rob the Ignorant aid unsuspecting I bellev if the Bible God was real he would Vend us messages of later attauoi pnu tc lu ocllfcf JtunJJJ n for veracltj and respectability than those old saints to whom he dictated the Bible If there Is W omnipresent God I ieve he woiid show his hand in de tense of thweak and innocent against the joppreslon of the strong and arrogant I believe he would spare a little time from bunting the hairs on the heads of thi people and from watch- Ing the spa jrows fall and devote It to relieving Sffering humanity Watch- Ing sparroSs fall might be a pleasure to the crhna4ycruel but to a good- man or man watching them soar ing through the air and hearing them singing Tom the branches of the trees would be a much pleasanter pastime And the counting of the hairs of the rvatf I can conceleve of no more useless occupation by God or man Who cares how many hairs they have on their heads so they have a sufficiency If a man was told how many hairs were on his nead and was told so by one of the Inspired Bible makers he would not believe It but would have them counted over and then he would think his counter had made a mistake I venture the assertion that all the Inspired saints popes and preachers from Moses to Sam Jones could not come within one hundred of the number of hairs on a full head unless they happened to guess It could tell who would be All right for making Bibles benefitedI as good as the rest but good and loving God could find better employment I am an old man I have been for years a great sufferer from asthma and other complications have done little In life that I am proud of nnd have done nothing that can recall that merits either reward or punishment nor do I expect either most cruel and heartless man would delight la alleviating the pains and sufferings of his children Words cannot portray what have suffered with in the past few years I was told when a child as all are told that Ocd made me If he amounts to anything as God he knew what would catch in old age If he is omnipresent he knows my condition now If he knows my condition and he only is responsi ble for me and for my Infirmities and will not relieve me I would take a hundred times over the devil as an associate To get relief I have to go to Infi del doctors who are In no way respon sible for my suffering while that BIble God who is the cause of It all can not or will not come to his own Here there everywhere nowhere nothing If any God had to do with my be- Ing on this plane he was an American God and had as assistant a Goddess of the same nationality They claim ed no Inspiration for their acts and If they did make a failure I hold it not against them as they did not ore tend to be the designers but follow ed well defined and well worn natural lines and were they here they would do whatever they could for my relief I cannot believe in the God of the Bible rind the churches If he and his Inspired ones did work tho rabbiton poor old simple Joseph ARLINEWauC Making A Country Home Tdoesntenormousgrowththe moneymaking possibilities In thegas oil lead and zinc regions of Missouri and Kansas and tho delight ful climate of Texas and Old Mexico Ask for them Address KATY 514 Walnwrlght 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1020 60t Nos3 and make close connection at O K Junction fcr Cannel City and points on Ohio Kentucky Rail way 1 1 Junction with Chesapeake Ohio for lilt Sterling and local points Nos and 4 connect daily ext cept Sunday at Beattyvlllo Junction with I A Ralway for Beattyvllle J R BARR Gen Mgr HivS SCOTT G P A T R MORGAN S P A THE WELLKNOWN PHYSICIAN Cures Where Others Fail FOR PROOF READ illS BOOK r t PTEcouWLLoR c Tllol or f f eereolUenlnl PhYlltlol DebilIty ooieietwliitosettombeIraddressthren ivingcausesaniymptomsorthecom Crlpllonlf the Important nieuicaullscoveiy Outward Application a curemio of with of sao Address Du R p FELLOWS law this sOrer Vlnoland NJ Dr Fellows has cured so many advanced and difficult cases of a private nature which were looked upon ai Incurable that he now considered far and near as the most reliable and trust C erica r rolt t specialty iViDi Dr Fellows has for a number of years held an enviable reputation In the medical line and has made a 7therebyand enabling him to treat them suc cessfully He Is wellknown as a pro nounced advocate In all lines of free thought and stands well In his pro fession wherever he Is known r M ETLI I L IMONON ROU ONLY LINE TOTHf laIlyI FAMOUSEAL11IQIJ11Z5J Cq taQ5J fflPf VI Ti i RIiS Si ttlt t ylf l TGRJS BLADE t DOC FENNELdrr cIN THE RIENT GOES TO PRESS AND IS EQUALLY THE PROPERTY OF CHARLE C MOORE AND JAMES E HUGHES WILL BE ISSUED ABOUT THE 1ST OF AUGUST Dog Fennel as its name is lelng abbreviated has gone to tho printer Mr James E Hughes and will probably be ready to issue all in good style about the first of August- I have arranged with Mr Hughes Just as I would with any other pub Usher The book Is to be copyrighted in the names of Charles C Moore and James E Hughes and Mr Hughes Is to bear all the expense of its pUblica tlon and circulation allowing me royalty on each copy sold It Is hoped that friends of the Blad thus seeing that Its editor and lt publisher are to be benefited wlllde more to increase the circulation of the tobooe than if only one of us was Inter ested in It It will be considerably larger than originally anticipated and 1 is reaU not as much as the book will be worth but I have started it at that and we will probably stick to that but we do hope that we will all the more readers for tho low priceIPlease see if you cannot get us at least 2000 subscribers before the book Is ready WHY AM AN ATHEIST The main reason Is because common sense jvlll not allow me to be anything else Other reasons came from reading the Bible and oollng back over foolish things that have seen In the way of religion I Was born a Presbyterian and Ir I had been so unfortunate as to die In my infancy suppose would crawling the floors of hell oven to this day Well as fast as we kids learned tc talk wo were put through that mls erable old catchlsm and compeeli to say a little silly prayer before we could get anything to eat But final a Methodist preacher came into the orhood and took possessions schoolhouse and started a regu s Jar hellflrebelleveorbedamed whoor up and made the people elleve that all denominations except the Methoi devil could get his looks on themand a majority of the people Joined the schoolhouse my parents being In the gang and then we had to have faml worship night and morning but while tho night performeance was going would go asleep and at the morning performance I was always thlnkli more about my stomach than about my soul I suppose you all kno the feelings of a hungry kid But the scare would gradually wear off and they would get down to simply as ing a blessing at meal time and SOm- etimes father would omit that If ne had some hay down and saw a storm coming up and was afraid God wt concocting a scheme to spoil his ha In this way the spell would final wear off by the time the crops were gathered and the spring clckens were nice and fat when Mr Sky Pilot would come around again and stir them up and they would all have to be born again Now if any person with common sense will take the trouble to look out a clear night and select the farthest star that he can see and imagine himself on that star and while there look ahead In hll mind to the most remote star knot ing that he might keep ageing for countless ages and be no nearer done than when he began he will certainly conclude that these were not mad out of nothing in a day by an old Jew who must have made himself out of nothing also a God or call him what you please he is Just as odious who put in a good part of his time count ing hairs and watching some dirt little sparrows or monkeying with a Jew girl and then causing the llleglt mate progeny to be put to death so that Christians may shirk their dnty to their fellow man I think that any persons who swallow such stuff must nave their heads so packed with superstition that there is no room for anything else I think this sufficient reason for any RHOADS Franklin Pa KIDDER TELLS WHY HE IS AN ATHEIST San Francisco Cal Juno 10 903 My Brother Formerly the church burnt Now she boycotts Her cruelty regulat ed by her strength She reforms wher she cant do worse Man In power must abuse It Nothing Is easier that justifying his vices Sophistry the solace of self Of what use if Golf He neither protects his friends nob vunishes their enemies The fact isMie was created by rascals to be supported by fools When he ceases to pay and scare hell evaporate The older he grows the better he Is because theres less of him Preachers touch up his photograph to fit the j times Yet he lingers Just as scrofula IfHugers Eventually hoUbe bred A out Hos getting mighty thin Tp day nobody believes in a personal lunaticsJIgnorIrittjyj r i t f ii lIJlj AtI i d lI Jiirfl IIs J It ith more Ignorance the more fear tJe more fear the more faith The r t Is dead easy The Christian rem In s mOofn dog I once owned Hew s trepidation personified I have ne er before nor since encountered so much apprehension In dog skin H d run from anything In sight Dan er acted on him like a tonic And when solitude seemed to guarantee his per Bonal safety hed hunt up something to stimulate his energies I attrIbuto his nervous prostration to his association with old school Presbyterians Ive observed too many minds change to expect mental InCalllb1llty The personal triangular God has panded Into a principle useful in cussing Hell Is running short of fuel Christ has altered Us pedigree from no daddy to no known dadd Preachers are saying less of miracles Soon God will die In faith to live In memory In short our Ideals will be within reach and It wont be blasphe my to reach Thats why Im an Athe 1st M GRIER KIDDER MORE FREE BOOKS R R D 6 Paris Ky June 303 Editor Blue Grass Blade- I wish to state through the columns of tho Blade that I have a number of Thomas Palnes Ago of Reason and so Facts Worth Knowing which have been sent me for free distribution nnd wll gladly send them to any one siring copies who will send stamps to defray postage Facts Worth Knowing ought to be read by everyone The Age of Reason needs no eulogy Its truths wll bear any Investigation A paper was sent to me a few weeks ago containing a fiction called The Legend of the Hour and I have felt really humiliated ever since reading It How any one with a spark of moral sense could think up and write such a piece and put It before the public to be read Is more than I can Imagine It sems to mo that a Ier son who could have the effrontery tt 3o so must be sunk to the Jowest depths of moral degradation What distinguishes us from the beasts Surely our capabilities for Improvement and moral Improvement art the highest and purest aim to which we may all aspire To debase that park of purity to vile sensuality Is to lestroy the noblest attribute of the human mind The Blight of Supers r Ion by M M MangassarIn iso of the finest pieces I ever iof and ought to be printed In letter gold In every language and read y al peo pIe Its pure lofty moral ffentlmen rould surely Inspire every one to nobler purposes I so o see club members Increasing so fast thanks to Mrs Henry Closz and lies Gilfson The world do mov The good time is coming I MRS JEAN H HKRMON FROM FAR AWAY A ASKA Ft Wrangle Alaska 124 1Irs Josephine K HenluVersallle ICy Kind Friend Please a w me t becomo a member of thA plade Clu uie any reethought literature sent me stand out boldly at ail times for truth science progress volution and justice I believe in thp people con oiling all necessary commodities life also the means of telegraph lines etc It no wonder sensible poor people hesitate to raise children to be ballot lould be based on Intelligence r irdless of sex Let us Uas Fre linkers stand together for liberty of iind and body Let us kpep church and State strictly apart America wlIl never be free so long as orthodoxy has any recognition among legl itlve assemblies in our national andI State capitals I see no userreligion but the religion Any law not founded on justicemN fall sooner or later The bride 0 orthodox and myth is now oscllla Ing In United States from thevlbra tory effect of those of us whp dare to jeak and write the truth I would rather go to my grave peiinyless for holding truth and Justice than to die a plutocrat and the presi ent system of Christianity and meth1 ods of politics both are a disgrace this century If we get the press ei Ilg htened we shall soon have a free people I must close Fraternally R W SIMPSON WHY AM AN ATHEIST I am an Atheist because I dont 1I0ve that an all powerful living being could spring Into being out of an solute void a being having the powe to create out of absolutely nothing this vast universe and with his will rIlctate and control the movement of the countless millions of swlftl hlrllng bodies we know to be Ing on their endless journey In space am an Atheist because it Is moro reasonable to believe that the verse gradually came to its present state or condition by the action of tural causes through tho billions of ears that have rolled away that the unlverso Is governed by natural laws Immutable and Inexorable All logics conclusions regarding a creation say there Is no God a man Infidel because I dont Ileve the Inspiration of the scriptures tho divinity of Jesus Christ the ira maculate conception the virginity tlte mother after the birth of tho son or tIle resurrection myth I dont believe that such a person- as Jesus Christ ever lived The New Testament story regarding such a personage Is naught but a fairy tale- Theso are some of the reasons why am an Atheist and an Infidel F R OVERLANDER Sorvallls Oregan CONVENT CRUELTIES Is the title of a phamphlet by a forI mer monk Besides the Introduction the pamphlet discusses How Girls necome the Brides of Christ Ieep Into the Convent The vent Horror Taking the Veil etc Its tales are thrilling For a sample- copy send 10 cents In sliver to HENRY A SULLIVAN 209 W Madison St Chicago Ills BLAB EXTft NEW YORK BROAWAK i TO THE SIT T West Somers N une 14 1903 Dear Brother Moore I take my pen to Ii off a line to you on this blessed bbath dc Have just read the aofBro Dr Pohl and Bro JesseI ell and they made mo feel like kl myselfr I begin to see the Ysa of the stuI we d areI InIOnly wait until w ot Gods biz crowded into the p tltutlon and then we poor Infidel ses will awaleI en with a start3 a good big jump and will realtz here we are InIa crow bar This is as stinking hole as Catholics ever made ychave at least lye that I can coimmn to read the Blade at least if th get It I sa read It because mans lines they will profess an interest inj to please you jr to get rid of youi find I am not a rich h then by any neans but to get a fe copies In culatIon here as a then In the side of the infernal Jesuits would gladly my their subscript s If knew hey would read It or audy Into It at all if I would pay for tem Some of hem you know have ales on their yes so thick that th y never will get them open until th final line teachIngsIariks out and but as to play ln19 Bands by setting example of what amou1 tn ab in Indifference to theIr knavery Send me five or six your lllstal irds and I will send th m back wth the money for them or die a trying have to be sly for if he CatilOlIcs- here get onto my curve t would be drIven out of this country Let uS all try to sendJlri even one extra subscriber and Is double the lades circulation and lpower and w all can do this wlthoM striving ha hard forMr Moors as he has one or J jjw wishes foi our1 y and I amVours ever F V WARDALL CommentThat lett shows the fence of men like Di Pohf and Br ussell Dr Pohl started had polty where been published th ta canvass the city showed there were only ee en Infidels and he ent the Blade 3lxty subscribers from that city at cent club rate and te Doctor says enIJoyedNow herds Bro Wardall from a smaller tevn somers In New Yor andJfe can get five subscribe om whole town he will start an fluence there that It will be hard to overcome The Blue Grass Blade is the best andcheapest Freettiought publlcatio In the United States for the propagation of our cause It has the best and Creshest and most up to date writer Its principal writers aro women has a larger circulation than any otl er It Is in a better shape for read- lng handing around and remallln than any other It comes from the South where there is more deman tor Infidel propagandlsm than in the North where all of the other Free thought papers are except the The Searchlight Waco Tex More peopl write to it than to others It has pressed Its opinions with less bias- than any other Its editor has sacrl- ficedmoro In money and personal Ilebty than any other editor Us Itor has been longer In the cause Infidelity than any other It has ac raplished more than any other and Its publisher who is the sole bent flclnry of the paper depends upon- this paper for his living and has made more sacrifice for this paper than any- other publisher ever made for any cethought publication I cannot see any fallacy in what have said and It seems to me that It Is the plain duty of all intelligent and- good men and women wherever they- may be to start just at once heart- and hand to give the Blade the larg est circulation of any Freethoughl paper in America- o print the many columns In swor to the question Why I am Athelsll has been all right and was entertaIning and instructive and hil- sbecnver gratifying to me but now ant Just as full and as long contln- ue1 a discussion as that in answer to thoquestlon Shall we help the Blue- Grass Blade I am going to shut t6fd town on the discussion of the ques Ion of Atheism not because it rot been Interesting and hllBj jut because wo have had enough and because there can je too much even of a good thing Tho main thing In this paper now or a considerable time Is going to be mbllcatlon of letters In answer to the juestlon Shall we help the Blade- I will print these letters even If hey are opposed to tho Blade I slm ply want a full and fair expression of persons who are Interested In the nattbr whether Christian or Infidel I vlll print letters from Christians or nfidels who are opposed to mo just is soon as I will from anybody else md If other people do not write hough to fill the paper almost exelu lively upon that subject I am going to ill up the balance with my own writ- Ing on that subject I am through m book now and can do it But I dont vant to write more than a column or wo each week HOLY GHOST IN LOW SPIRIT San Francisco Calif 36 Geary St flue Grass Blade An old Inhabitant of heaven WIS acting as guide to a new arrival when tho follwlng took place N AWho is that O I Napoleon N AWho Is that 01 Longfellow N AWho Is that slouching along here he dont appear to beat lion Ive been watching him for sometlmi he appears to have something on his wind he does not appear to be hap pyO IOh that is the Holy Ghost He has acted very strangely for somo ime We all noticed a sudden change ome over him just after that little flair with the Virgin Mary- KINGHORNJONES Comment California Is likely to persecute the Holy Ghost until it nn eact in favor of H G Kidder from that same State hns ramped all over the Holy G and said many things that are calculated to ruin his reputation and I have sented to It because I am In favor of ree discussion and the columns of his paper were just as freely open to Holy G as they were to Kidder POSTAL CARDS We desire to call the ttentlonof ou readers to the postal card tem of subscription which we have dopted as a method of increasing the circulation of The Blade and causIng It to spread the gospel of Free bought among a large class of people The system is novel and expedient and one is easy to under and For the simple outlay of 250 mi can cm five of these cards and inert any ame- wll you WlBUSUUWl as a certificate of paid subscription forgone year in be halt of the person whose name Is teen on the card Anothgr Idea wblcb Is suggested and which seems to a good one s to send in a name for two months say and at the explr Uonof that time let the paper be sent to another person who will so receive it for two months and on By these means more people get an opportunity to see Tho Blade an read It and many of them may In Ime become permanent subscriber Several hundred of these cards have been printed and they are now ready for distribution Try it for and help us to build up tli irculatlon of The Blade so that wlll rank second to none in Amerlc Thl Is where The Blade ought to be If our friends will all pull together to help it along Send In your orders tor the cards and see how it works WHY AM AN ATHEIST The reason I am an Atheist II I was orn one From my earliest recollei tlon I had grave doubts of the truth of religion I began to study the quo tlon by the time I was ten years old and have spent a great deal of time tiding for years and have Invei sated oath sides of the question UntlI I am thoroughly convinced that tho Christian religion is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated the human family There are proof tough and to spare to knock the god Idea to smithereens If people think instead of believing Faith is a fraud unless supported by facts have been an invalid since the Cth at January last with no hopes of recovery I desire to live long enough read Dog Fennel but am ready to go when what little vitality I have left gives way to natures demand- JONATHAN PIERCE Louisiana Mo On Sunday the 13th day of this month Bishop Woelles of the Catholl church confirmed a class of fifteen convicts In tho penitentiary at Cc mbus Ohio Could that many Infl des be found in any penitentiary It would be noted in every religious per throughout the c untrySearchl- ight I was a convict In the penitentiary at Columbus Ohio when there were 230Q prisoners there said to be the greatest number of prisoners In any penitentiary In the world and I was- the only professed Infidel in the whop Institution Everybody knew it because I said so In any and every way- and it was printed in the papers that city And yet though tho warden E G Coffin was a Methodist was honored by everybody In and- about the prison officers and prisoners as no other man ever was ored there- In fact I was hardly a prisoner at- all I never was in any other place In my life where I saw and heard much religion and so many bigoted religionists The religion there wa- sthoonl1 objection J found to the- paco 1111111101 ++1Iift ++++111111111 v MY PRICES I For COMPARISOo o In 12301 4 Ounce Silverlne Screw Cases Propaldfi1 o 32aDeuberHampden 18 size Special RWay 23 Jls jls 24 New RWay 23 jls 26 John Hancock 21J 21 Deuber W Co 21 jls 19 same 17 jls 16 Elgin Verltas 23 jls 29 same or No 149 150 Itm all 21 its 25 Father Tlme21 Jls or new B W Raymond 19 jls 20 Raymond 17 Jls 1850 Waltham Vanguard 23 Jis 29 same Jls 25 Str jls 20 Appleton Tracey Co Premier new 17 1850 same not Premier jls nickel JIIIThe above guaranteed to pass R Way Inspectors Waltham P S Bartlett or Elgin Wheeler 17 Jls nickel Justed same gilt same Hampden nickel 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hard up Many of your subscribers not keeping up their arrears Wo want your paper to keep right on and hope that it may some day soon have one hupdred thousand subscribers and to show you how strong we are In our hopes for your suet ys we the club of five send yore each 25cents as a gift to help you on and believe that If all your subscribers wduld send you each a like amount that you woof weather the storm and sonMtday sod be a paper and a power f trv right selfthought self elev death to superstition and m we all would be proud of cess to the Blue Grass Bladj LAWRENCE Milo MalneI am going to I am feeling very pleased ov returns from your suggestio Why I am an Atheist It wi crushing surprise to many wh have the pleasure of reading the her giving these letters froriujt very intelligent readers and subscn ers It will be a still more crush surprise to those who think we iiSr7 few dead embers I fully that whoever originated this most certainly deserving praise By all means let work go on 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