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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1 BLUE GRAtSS BLADEJL1iII1iii1TIThi lOS JolST OF GOOD MORALSPUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR jy 11 1V iiJiN NO 20 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JULY 5 E M 303 1100 A YEAR IItLii f iI1 I lt2 Y OF THE BLADE for ono year S100 five or moro cents per year In advance one year 250 150 kTERMS Orders Drafts and Orders payable to the Blade Lexington Ky your address ad office giving your old as now address your subscription say are a now or old sub BIll tlio laler will of subscription and v cceiptathe ato changes aLib3cribor pay8 are IIsc9Ithl1t14l eiiiratiuia uigieb rdered Jy5the subscriber The iris ihvanably hold a subscriber sponsiUro to the publisher for the subscription price of all uapers re ceived until the paper Is paid for in full dl to late and ordered discon tinued Office of publication 161 East Third street near Walnut Entered at the Post Office at Lexing ton Ky aa Second Class Mall Matter AlSAldress all comnidn cations to JLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 J THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOLfftbelieve that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make tIt those who sell it and those who f It believe from the time It Issues wormItSthe hell of crime death and dishonor it demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can I contemplate the subject without be coming prejudiced against this liquid crime ISAll you have to do Is to think of the of the suicides of the Insan t ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug glng at the faded dresses of weeping itand despairing wives asking for breadj of the men of genius it has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thIng- And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man r Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol it SSROBERT INGERSOLL 5r Keep Church and State forev- erseparateGrlttr In no sense whatsoever Is this gov c ernment founded upon the Christian irellglonWashlngton Church and State should be absolute Garfleld H COLLEGE of MEDIOINE ft SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material VEEP MODERATE Fall term opens In September Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M Secy r5 45247 Ashland Ava CMiuao W f 10000 CIRCULATION FOR THE B G BLADE PLEASE HELP ALONG WITH IT ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN But Especially on the Plan of 250 For Five Subscription Postals The most Important thing for Intel ligent moralists to do is to help to ex tend the circulation of this paper Of course there are those who will sneer at that statement but it Is what will appear true to those who Intelli gently an candidly and fairly consld er that proposition The Christian religion is by far the greatest nem of the world It Is simply watting time money and ener gy to tahl4 about any other moral form until the power of tho Chrlstaln religion broken All wo have to do is to look at what Christianity is doing in the world The Bible froni start to finish is the champion of slavery and drunkenness and among the last words of Jesus Christ to his followers were to propagate his religion by the sword came not to send peace but a sword Mat x 31 and He that hath no sword let him sell his garment and buy oneLuw xxII 36 and He that belleveth not shall be damned are the most Infernal doctrines ever uttorod and have soaked the earth the blood of the victims of the Chris tian religion The New Testament not only says slavery is right but it says that any man who says it Is wrong is a bad man and a depraved character from whom every good citizen ought to withdraw himself If you do not believe this get a Bible and read I Timothy vi 1G Before our civil war there were peo pie who believed that that Infernal Christian doctrine was right It suit ed thojipeoplejof11the South and the c andv some preachers ana pblitlcIatisci ilJeNoTTu to believe it flub Infidels like Lincoln and Inger soil and Beecher said slavery was wrong and for four years we were en gaged in murdering each other over this Infamous doctrine Before that the Christian religion had caused our Revolutionary war The New Testament Peter 17 said Honor the Klngand our del forefathers said they would not do It and hence the government of the United States today Then there is fresh in our memor Ics our war with Spain to keep a Christian people from murdering their own people Then Same the Chinese war brought on by Christian mission aries who Induced this government to use the sword as Jesus had instructed them to force Christianity upon China resulting in the murder and robbery of the men women and chil dren of that country and now we have the Christians murdering the Jews In Russia because the Jews do not believe the Christian religion Nothing in the way of doing good for the world is worth talking about until the Christian religion is destroy ed And now how are we going to do It If we had a score of such men as Ingersoll now and all In the field they would not answer the purpose The masses of the people have neither the money nor the time nor oppor tunity to go and hear lectures It takes printing press and fine Infidel literature at the cheapest possible rates to scatter among the people so that our arguments can be seen and preserved and passed from one to an other f You ought to give the Blade 100000 readers There Is nothing that could happen In the religious world that would so startle It as to have It known that this the most radical In fidel paper In the world had 100000 readersI ask for that many now but I do think you will not do anything like your duty unless you send In sub scribers for the Blade that will soon enable me to say that It has 10000 regular subscribers on its mailing list You can do this by sending 250 for five subscription cards and then getting the names at your leisure and by taking some pains you can get more than that much money for them If you were Christians you certainly would have to pay to your church as much as 250 a year if you had any standingA Catholic Inch boy about years of ago met mo on the street lately antI said ho was looking ward with great Interest to reading Dog Fennel He said he had read Behind tho Bars three times and that he had loaned It out and was Ing to get and read it again He said he had found that there was a great deal In religion that was not true His name Is Gllfoll and he lives in Lexing ton If each of you make up your mind whether man or woman to do your Individual duty la this matter the Blade will be tho greatest Instrumen m J tality for good in the whole world but if each of you waits for somebody else to do what you know ought to be done lit nothingIffrom the time you read this I be can manage to get for the Blade In a few years whether I live or die 100000 readers for It Christianity Is now kept lip solely by money fashion and politics No body of any cultivation believes the Bible but the church Is a great busi ness and political organization and while Christians know that the Bible Is a stupid lie from beglnlng to end that is kept up for money making they are going to keep it up anti Infl dels cannot meet money by simply talking We have got to put up some money to oppose them We have various good Infidel news papers but by common consent none of them are any better than the Blade and In the matter of cost there is simply no comparison There is no one paper that can claim to he the communication for the Infidels of America but anybody who looks at them can see that the Blade Is much more a vehicle for this expression of Infidel thought than any paper In the world and as Pr Wil son suggests we arc every issue of the paper finding out that there nrs people in America who hitherto have been almost unknown to us that are as strong writers as any tLat we have In the Blade Each of us must do her and his part and try to encourage oth ers to do the same The Christian religion is today Just as vindictive and cruel as it was when It used to burn its victims nt the stake and the only reason In rhe world that It does not do It iiow Is that Infidelity is continually curtailing not a single right to ex press yourself upon the subject of re ligion adversely to it that you do not possess because Infidel propagandist have secured It to you by exposing the fraud and iniquity of Christianity- If some of our leading people will do their full duty in this matter send their money for subscriptions at these cheap rates and write the Blade stirring letters encouraging others to emulate them all that the Blade asks and more can be done for it in a little time Dont forget the case of Dr Pohl of Buffalo New York The Christian pa pers had printed that in a panvass of that city to get the religious opinions of the people only eleven Infidels could be found and then Dr Pohl sent dyvithouany trouble- as liersays sixty subscribers to the is hardly a man or woman who will read this of probably 10000 people who will read It who could not send five subscribers to the Blade for paper for the money that has been expended on It by Its friends had had by far the greatest Influence of any paper ever publish and If its friends will only do for it in proportion to what the friends of other Free thought papers have done for them the Blade will have the largest circulation of any newspaper in the Is a Socialist paper that has a circulation of over 200000 Grant for Socllism every single thing that it claims and take away from It every objection that anybody has made against it and even then as compared with the great Infidel contention it Is very inconsiderable Socialism has certainly gained its Importance only within the last few years and is confined comparatively to a narrow limit It may succeed and It may not But Infidelity has fought Its battle foe nearly 2000 years It has captured as have lately seen In the Orient the whole country where the Chris tian religion originated and on last Easter as you will see from Christian authority in Dog Fennel the Mo hammedan Infidel had two regiments of soldiers and their officers at the most popular of the two tombs of Jesus In Jerusalem to keep the rival Christians from murdering each other at that tomb they having killed over a hundred of each other on one Eas ter Sunday at that trtnb a few years ago The papers are filled with the crimes of Christian assassins and murderers and thieves and rapists and burning at the stake of Christians by Christians and no press and no pulpit Is saying anything about the crimes of American Infidels and the finest of the preachers of the day are every now and then dropping out of the pulpit and the ordinary secular press Is more and more ridiculing the pretension and hypocrisy of the church and of course it is bound to go down some day before ninny more years roll around but want to live to see that time and have not many more years to live and we must work to make the time short Write me letters from everywhere on this subject want you to see that I publish not less than 1000 such letters and let us make this getting tho first 10000 subscribers for the Blade the most inspiring theme tlmt was ever before readers of this Blade Our answers to the question Why am an Atheist have all be Interest- Ing and Instructive but half as many articles on that subject to twice as many readers would have done more us all for not less than two months make one grand effort to get the Blade 10000 subscribers Please do all that you can for this great purpose and send tho money and letters to bo printed 1 1 iOtHiIjNEW i INSCRIBED TO THE OLD FOLKS OF THE BLUE GRASS BLADE iBy J Wilson Orifhls dying bed an old man lay yearliedprayOrprofesslon littleIporhed differ oft and say his say Td dress and style he had no mind To learning made no great pretense But all conceded he was kind To others sorrows never blind Independent broad refined Gifted large with common sense Ant neer left unpaid bills behind H youAsI wrong Your hours of life are growing few What change awaits your last adieu Wljat fears what news what future view 4t last he broke a silence long newiI watched him all the silent night Thro the shifted curtains of the J dawr His spirit too its endless light Merged it with the mornings light The sun peeped In the windows bright The robin hopped across the lawn The leafy choirs sang hid from sight To facts not faith had he been true And to himself in thought and deed gotEach day excelled in love and grew Arid to such as he the Future View No matter what your doubt or creed Will be nothln new nothln new I knew an Oat Scotchman a shoe maker eightysix years of age He was mddest and quiet In demeanor of observationWBlUe reader and supposed he was an old time Scotch Presbyterian I had attended him for little ailments t n years and had often swapped talk with him about Bobby Burns and oth er Scotch writers Finally he grew tired of nature and as he said was getting ready to wrap the draperies of his couch about him- called to see him frequently and often through the night He was calm unconcerned and clear of mind told him that he could live but a few days and this brought up the discussion of death and the life hereafter told him that if he desired to see a min- Ister I would bring one for him He replied Nae I want none hae nae use for any hae thought for myself and Ill pilot my aln bark Having discovered that he was a Freethinker talked freely with him and found him keenly observant and well informed along Liberal lines Robert Owen being his Ideal A few evening after observed that his time for talking hold of the oars and pushing off Into the dark waters had come- told him that he might not live till morning and wanted to ask him a question want to know said since you are fast approaching your end anti looking back on your past life with all its faults and failures and looking forward to the future how do you stand What change do you ex pect What are your hopes your fears your future views in fact whats new with you Can you tell me anything that you have not known What want Is your pre monitions your feelings on taking your departure from lifeany new light on the subject If you have it lay silent for a long time at least for five minutes his eyes half closed and fixed Intently on the cell Ing began to think that he was laps- Ing Into sleep and had forgotten my very Important question Finally he turned his full keen eyes upon me and said Waa theres naethln new son naethln1 new It was this Incident which led the above poetical composition These words were his last utterance upon the great subjects of life and death and I challenge the Christian world which proudly and boastfully Is given to pointing to the grandeur of sentiment expressed by dying Christians to show me one expression of fuller meaning greater importance and scope one more resigned and compos ed one more calm and truthful one more clearly reflecting the philoso pher and the honest man He simply told all he knew and nothing more Had his mind been weal and wandering he might have said that ho heard soft voices strange ecstatic music and the flut tering of wings But clear calm fearless resigned und honest to the last he added nothing to that which ho did not know He had saved a little money a few hundred dollarsbut this was not enough to keep his auld wife and he worried about that she had been a glide wife to him and he asked that I look after her a bit and come and see her when she got sick and not charge her too much- I attend his auld wife now and anythingShethe fourth floor of a tenement the rooms In which her glide man pass ed away There are his old shoe bench cobblingtoolshe left them when he died They were a loving old pair used to tell them that it was a case of John Anderson my Jo John over writing this incident I was led to think of the many aged Liberal friends who read the Blade and who like the old Scotchman are getting ready to wrap the draperies of their couch about tnem and lie down to pleasant dreams And thinking that my little poem applied to them as well have dedicated It to all the grand old men and women who have been my readers and whom know personally or by correspondence and reputationI mind first four of my old home friends Omar T Glenn reader thinker investigator enthusiastic worker the most modest and unas suming of menone who Is free to helpinghandceeded by his modesty In having It known draughtsmanbuilder to trade journals and magazinesa philosopher on many subjects and a warm genial loving man Prof Junkcrman who for fity years was superlntondent of music In the public schools of Cincinnati whoup on his recent retirement was given a public ovation in music hallsuch a testimonial as never before has been tendered to a citizen of Clnclnatl And Dr Hendricks able physician and en jusiastlc Liberal who Is now stepInmen beloved and honored by all who know them- Looking abroad the names come thick and fast I wish knew each well enough to speak a little something of them But I would not have space for all There is Dr Foote a patriarch of freedom an author an immense per sonality whose long life of labor In the cause has endeared him to Lib erals not only of our own land but to Liberals all over the work i uraYou OIl winker Investigator ever 0 spirit and enthusiasm large hearted and generous who has given so much to strengthen and revive the cause in its most discouraging hours Dr Wetmore earnest and profound warm and genial massive and state ty much like Ingersoll who was his schoolboy companion and lifelong C B Waite historian jurest scientist distinguished man of letters friend and associate of Spencera- man who has given strength and nity to our glorious cause Judge Parish IL Ladd a counterpart of Judge Waite a man whose writings are referred to as authority a mind keenly analytical and a character the purest and the noblest Channing Severancepure of dic tion forcible lovable a man whoso writings may be read again and again and be enjoyed Albert Johnsona man who does things who stimulates and encour agesa vigilant sentinel on the watch towers of progress Capt Geo W Loyd lovable patriot- Ic burning with that sentiment which patriotism and justice ever Inspire Mrs Eliza W Haines of St Magda lene Ind a woman of the strongest character generous one whose heart Is In the cause one whose Influence Is felt an Honorary Vice President of the National Liberal Party Mrs Jean B Harmon Paris Ky a sweet old Scotch lass a woman of warm impulses enthusiastic endeav or of broad understanding wide In vestigation and an Honorary Vice President of the National Liberal M V Williamson of Newport Ky You do not know her Well she Is the mother of our Josephine a very young old lady short fat a veritable chunk of good humor and genial personality Aside from these she Is a woman of strong character and good common sense as would be naturally expected of quick wit and ripe understanding not inferior to her distinguished daughter Otto Wettstein a titan of thought a man who has climbed the ladder of mystery to this very top and stands first to step off into the unknown Dr T J Bowles earnest sincere practical logical brainy warm gen ial every ones friend and friend to every one A man commanding the highest respect In a Christian com munity though he has stood alone for long long years In his antagonism to superstition courageous faithful loved the honored exPresident of the National Liberal Party Editors Green Harmon Moore Shaw and Peterson have entered the lists of the old Who can calculate tnelr Influence weigh their Impor tance who can perceive the far reach- Ing results of their unselfish sacrlhc lal endeavors What glorious work they have done It would require vol lines to give them a fitting eulogy- might so continue speaking of many others had space and time of other aged men and women equally important and deserving mention t Or HOW MUCH Is A Min ister Worth aboutDrhavinghadparsonageIt is a highwater mark salary and causes discussion because there are minIntermoney to determine his location or 400aThedemandsare Immense He must be an orator havehealthious something that fills tho pews charges the very air with electricityIand makes the people treasure his words and support his projectsI thatkindever a church can afford to pay him and If the sum Is 20000 AhisThe above has been sent mo by some one from the Cincinnati Post a paper that whilom wrote things against me when It was thought I could be suppressed- In a column next to this piece Is a picture ridiculing the Bible It Is a grave yard by moonlight in which is a tomb stone on which Is an inscription Here lies Methuselah and a grave yard rabolt scrampening Pest times Its religious sails to the popular breeze The Blade has three time the circu lation now that it has in the days when the Post used to try to squelch moneyInLiberals grand and great who have sustained Freethought in their com mitnities who have spread Its doc trines and unostentatiously contribut ed to organization and press Without such aid n k Aave given we could 4 which we ai QpgHRiy There are many of these a t Blade readers whom do not know I may be famil- Iar with their names but do not know their ages and so am unable to clas sify them Let those whose ages I do not know consider themselves in eluded In these remarks I have in mind J A Thomas Noah Coler A Bennett D D Evans Joseph Halgh Dr Jas H Grain John H Has lem Dr T B Englehart Geo W Me Cormlck W W Wallace Frank Burns Moletas Smith Smith Emer son Jas Elliot J B Wise W J Dean Dr Joseph R Smith Sr Geo VanNessWm Clark W T Ficklen hester Martin Capt R S Carr John S Hclman S Rutledge John W Walsh J Pierce Capt Ira Williams J L Acorn John Mlkesell Louis Muench Viola Higgins Dr Geo W Boyd Chester Bedell Capt C H Bush W H Morrow S Foglesong Rowe Major Giller Elisha Craw fcrd J A Greenhlll Mrs E G Clark Ur E E Eads R L Baker and many othersI taught when young to honor and respect the old folks of the com munity that nothing so much reflect od gentlemanly qualities In a boy as it an appreciative regard for old folks It cunes very natural for me to do ithis now It Is fitting that we who are young and In our prime should show JJ Jill appreciation of the old workers not wait until they have passed from the scenes of life but say It now It should be a part of their reward to Know that they are appreciated by those younger workers who have step ped into their places Without their labors and sacrifices he read would be rough and toilsome for us Their burdens have made jurs light We owe more to them lwethey remain how vigorous of Intel lect still writing contributions which rcommand absorbing attention They remain In fact the power the dignity ind the vigor of the cause It appears me that Freethought keeps the JiIfeWe are proud we rejoice In our association with such men and wo nen but our rejoicing Is tinged with xindness In the thought that soon they will be no more When they are one am sure the ranks will never igain be tho same to me but shall mulate their example and remain Jie old folks row still doing my Intlis they grandly are doing theirs layMay their journeys be smooth irom ithis on May the finest days of their jives be those on which they quit it i A sweetness be In their lifes Like the close perfume scenting thebrightIered rose And If there be another life for them may It begin with the virtues the liberty they practice and advocate now and so prove Nothln1 New n BLUE GRASS BLADE li YYyyrYY T ytA AV I Mrs CloszsColumn I IV1N 1INNA CARD Any one who has ordered bool from me and does not receive them kindly Inform mo as I cannot write a personal letter of notification to all that have been shipped In orderln please write address plainly I St have several hundred copies of Facts Worth Knowing but only a few Age Reason ++LETTER FROM CALIFORNIA r Following Is the letter referred to last week from the California Ladle Magazine At the top of the letter head are the names of the five lad managers and the Information that they represent the only ladles jOllr nal In the West Mr Charles C Moore Miss Harriet M Closz d Co Lexington Ky Dear Sir Madam and Company You may sincerely believe that are very sorry for you and hopo th you will find some good specialist In Kentucky who will succeed In curing you of your mlsclevous habits Yours truly MISS KATE PISKULED Assistant Editor Tho mischievous habits doubt means the sending of copies tiless Blade to the Ladles Magazim and the sympathy expressed must fer that we are considered either as wild imbeciles or rabidly Insane However as Infidels have been considers k In the same light since the birth of Christianity the Blade readers are thankful that heretical specialists have succeeded In making it impost ble for Christian surgeons to perform their deadly operation upon disbelievers and the lady of this California magazine should rememberI that but for the work of could not occupy their present posll tion but Instead would be abject slaves of husband and priest FESTIVALS CORPUS CHRIST A new Item from Paris Franc tells of riots which occurred becaus the authorities had forbidden the procession of the Corpus Christi The clericals mobbed the police stoned and broke windows and smashed sentry boxes Dragoons were called out the quell the rioters Whenever a stripe occurs in this country and violence takes place clergy shriek a protest against the labor organizations and declared the law and order must be observed tney are not In a position to enforc- submission they council for arbltr- tlon and finding a place on the boar of adjustment charge a fee of 100 a piece for services as was the case a few days since in the engineers strik in Chicago l But whom do we find to be th first violators of order wher 7CJ i stronghold of threaten F The clergy Gnu their fanatical ref gious followers For the benefit of those not ven ed In these holy festivals of the church such as Christmas circumcis- Ion Epephany Easter ascension Pen tecost Transfiguration the holy cross the blessed Virgin the angels epos ties martyrs confessors virgins etc I give a short account of the fcstiva of Corpus Christi which occasioned the riots In French cities last week The account is much shortened from one given by Anthony Gavin a priest of Saragossa Spain and as the church of Rome boasts Its unchanga bleness we know these festivals are the same as when first Instituted ex cept that the paraphernalia may have become more elaborate as the wealth of the parish Increased The festival t of Corpus Christi commemorates the body and blood of Christ and takes place on Thursday after Trinity Sun day Trinity Sunday occurs a week after Whitsunday which corres ponds to the Jewish Pentecost which Is the day after Easter and commemorates the descent of the holy ghost upon tho apostles Whitsun day is of Pagan origin as are nearly all the church fasts and feats and tivals and we are told by Gavin that Corpus Christi Thursday is movable which places it in the Pagan list al ito have been wont to think that Catholics were wilfully or naturally indisposed to use their intellects but if they are masters of these festivals r of the church and know their import and purpose shall in future pay them due homage for the list Is Interminable and too complicated for my poor brain The following describes the Corpus Christi procession as it took place in Saragossa Spain sonic years since 4 In attendance are all the congrega dons of the parish the friars the cler gy the governor magistrates Judges and all fraternities brotherhoods and corporations Orders are issued toI property holders to clean the streets through which the sacrament is to pass and the ground to be strewed with greens and flowers and decora tions hung on buildings Failing to finetAt three in the afternoon the go ernor magistrates and officers go to meet the archbishop in his i accompany him to whereI friars and clergy are asscmbledt Note that civil authorities bow to church authorities After much cereImony the archbishop removes host consecrated wafer from the tabernacle and places it upon the great custodia on the altar table The blessing is said and the custodia is placed on a guilt pedestal adorned with flowers and Jewels and the same is carried In the procession on the shoulders of 12 priests This custo dia the form of the sun was a pres ent by the archbishop of Seville and its circumference equals the size of a coach wheel At the end of beam is a star The center of tho sunII where the great host is placed bet t 1VWVMMMyOMMMM MM tween two crystals is set with large diamonds The beams are of saUd gold set with precious stones and In the middle of each star is set a rich emerald The whole on Its pedestt weighs 500 pounds and goldsmitl have estimated its value at 400000 Think of that Catholics who are contributing of your hard earned pennies to support an institution that Is rolling in wealth untold Think the misery four millions of dol1nrs would relieve and that only represents one article in this procession Corpus Christi in Spain and yet the Insatiate monster calls for more more and the deluded people are told that Misuse of the blessed eucharist Is the deepest and most awful sacrilege which can bo committed on earth But to return to the procession First goes tho bagpipe and the great imagtthe clothing Tho large ones aro 16 feet high Then comes a big silver cross with two candle sticks and light 3d candles carried by a priest and two helpers After this follows a man with a high hook to cut down signs of taverns and shops that tho custod may not be spoiled Following In the order are thirty corporations In tv lines each member carrying a wax candle Then come the boys and gin of the blue hospital with their ma ters and chaplains followed by all the orders of friars about 2000 and nuns about 1500 and clergy of other parishes Each priest and friar bear Ing a lighted candle The population of Saragossa at the time of this pro cession was 15000 families and the number of ecclesiastical persons 4700 which made an average of one eccle lastic to every three families or an estimate of one to fifteen or twenty procession continues with the higher clericals arrayed in their sacerdotal ornaments Musicians precede he 12 priests who carry tho canopy over the sacrament and this canopy shields the dean and two prebend the archbishop and viceroy and 12 other priests Incense tho sacrement alternately throughout the length of tli march At the end of the procession come the great chancellor presidents and councils and the men and women Ieof title The whole occupies four hours from departure to return to church during which time the njthe of all the parishes ring contlni and flowers are cast in the path Tho festival closes with a d vine comedy lasting an hour enacts in the church Now I wonder how many Catholic In America would care to return to Spain to participate in this mummer Very few I dare say How man want to witness the geous trai mfii1j radsvyliuuung clothes of poverty at home How many want to note the sleek well fed form priests and nuns while the pangs of hunger gnaw their stomachs How many want to contribut to the perpetuation of this insatiabl monster by robbing their families necessities How many Beside the value of the custodii 4000000 mentioned above this prc cession carried 33 silver crosses 10 feet high too size of the pole of a coach Thirtythree small crosses were carried by priests and which were richer than the larger ones Each having In the center a precious stone setting of a relic of the cross Thirtythreo sacerdotal cloaks were worn all edged with pearls emeralds rubles and other rich stones Sixty six candle sticks four feet high wen carried and a large gold possenet and a gold handle for the hyssop Then there were six incensaries and in cense boxes four of silver and two oi gold Three hundred and elgthy ver bodies of saints on rich pedestals 200 of which were whole bodies the rest only half many wearing mitres embroidered with precious stones The image of St Michael with the devil under his feet was a gorgeous spectacle as the saints wings were made of solid silver gilded Tho details of various ornamentation as written by Gavin is too long to re print though it ought to be interesting as showing the gullibility of the ple In contributing to this already fab ulous wealth The Rt Hon Lord Stanhope said of a Saragossa church If all the kings of Europe should gather together all their treasures and precious stones they could not buy half of the riches of this treasury What do you think of such wealth while Christendom cries for relief from unjust oppression Perhaps s said that today such a thing is im possible but William E Curtis respondent of the Chicago Record Herald wrote practically the same thing three years ago of other cities jf Spain yet she was too Impoverished to carry on a war with the United the people of the United States hint there is any danger of an ap roach to such a condition in this ountry I hope tho time may never ome when there shall be one eccles- Iastic to every three families though things point to the realization of the declaration by Bishop Quigley that the Catholic church will rule the world fifty years by cor trolling the Unit cd I am thankful that the martyrs to Freethought have made possible our present measure of reedom Let us see to It that we preserve the heritage and not permit ourselves to bo rebound with the fetters that destroy life liberty and happy ass Send in you order for Dog Fennel the Orient and help swell the listI two thousand copies by August hitj L At TheGrave from Quaker City 0 Independen Rhoda Wendell Wyscarver wife of Jacob Wyscarver deceased died Wed nesday morning June 3rd after being confined to her bed less than a week She was past 83 years rid and a wo man loved by all who knew her She was the mother of 12 children all ing except one The youngest is past 42 All of them were present at the funeral except two who were unable to attend There was a large atten dance and had the rain not proven ed it would have been the largest tho history of the community in which she lived The post mortem resulted in finding a cancerous tumor Had not been for that evidently she would have lived many years yet She was Interred In the family burying groun Her sons were pallbearera Uy ro quest of the family her son T J who resides In Cincinnati made a few remarks of which the foUowlng is a condensed report riendsI have been requested speak a few words concerning this sweet mother whose sun of llfo was so recently extinguishedat least as far as we can see or know While I fully realize that our lives are the re suit of heredity education environ ment and prejudice and that we are blinded to the faults of our mother tender conIJFor more than 83 years this good smother lived within a few miles of where she was born and during all that time through sunshine and shad ow through prosperity and adverslt her life was an open book to all who knew her Her life partner precede her nearly fourteen years She was a dutiful wife and a loving mother of children nine boys and three girl Twelve times did she go down and reo cline within the very shadows of the Valley of Death Eleven children sur vivo her the youngest being a little more than 42 The spirit of loving kindness tho devotion to truth the willingness to overlook the faults and shortcomings of others were the predominant char- acterIstics of her long and excee ingly active and useful life Her Implicit faith and unwaverIng trust in the goodness of all here friends and acquaintances ever were the guiding stars that piloted her safe ly through the storms and tempests of lifeHer mind was exceedingly active until within a few minutes of the end She had no fear of death worshipe at no shrine except duty While she faintly believed that the silence call death does not end all and that It may be a prelude to a brighter day she firmly believed that all su erIng from infractions of the Imn utable gnjveThis a ILe filled to overflowing withj goo deeds To such a noble mother abac hntbn4hS1 rfsJ death has no horrors Death Js as painless as sleep as natural as ujrt and the worst that can be said It is Peaceful Sleep To the life of loving kindness to the good and true death has no tei frO We know but little of the present and nothing of tho future The tling babe knows as much of what Is to come after death as all the sage of all the worlds We are not consult- when we come we are not con suited when we go 1All roads lead to the grave and each day we are a little nearer but by a wise provision in Mother nature tin future Is a bewildering mystery Countless billions of persons have come and gone doubtless counties billions more will come and go and yet the boundless universe of print and matter of hate and fear of lots and hope ever will remain a mystery Evidently it is best that we do not know Had we known what was to come most of us would have been In the grave or in the lunatic asylum The Eternal Star of hope ever lends enchantment to life Death to all ever is in the die tance never any nearer to wrinkled old age than to Joyous youth Tears may dim our eyes but without them rose tinted joy is robbed of at least half its enrapturing pleasure The heart of the living Is touched by death because the silken magic chord of love and friendship is ever broken Mother is at rest we are not We shall continue to hope and suffer as long as the human heart continues to pulsate Her condition is preferable to that of ours Words are hollow mockery in the presence of death the time for tears Is us wreathe her memory with he good deeds the loving kindness the unswerving devotion to truth hat always characterized her sweet Ife WHICH ONE IS THE JOKE ON Hidalgo Ky June 22 03 Editor of the Blue Grass Blade- I subscribed for your paper a fewI das ago dldnt know you was an fide when I did so but I believe there Is a true God and that our Savior will come to take care of his poeple I have paid you for your paper so you bave the money Please dont send any more of your papers to me You will have to bear the burden at the judgement of Ing people to turn away from God so dont send any more of your papers me Respectively yours S F YOUNG Comment I hope Mr Hughes back this gentlemans money would do it myself but I have but one dollar I print this as it is written not in ly unkindness to the man but to show the contrast between the Intel lect of an average Christian and the J people who write for this paper I feel sorry for the man The joke Is on me as much as on himI have been editing the Blade In Kentucky now for twenty years soon and that there is a man in tho slate who can read and write and yet thlnls that I am editing a religious paper Is fully as hard a joke on mo as it is on him The evident slnceroty of It makes it the hardest criticism that could have It is true that Hidalgo is some ver obscure place I do not remember to have heard of it before but it Is In my state In the old slave time when was n little boy the negroes used to tell about the general settling up that would take place at Judgment day and old Alexander Campbell used to get off the same idea by calling It the great day of the worlds assize but this is the first time have heard of judgment day for a long time But this Hidalgo brother Is all right theologically thin Bible tells about Judgment day and says that all of the bad things we say and do are written down in a big book and all be read out on that day It take an awful big book The fact that there is a man in Ken tucky who still believes in judgme day shows that we ought to be doing all we can to circulate the Blade WHY AM AN ATHEIST An eminent writer has said The suffering and incongruities that exist in Nature seem more to negative the Idea of the existence of an omnlp govetoor Haeckel an eminent Biologist and author of the World Riddle says Philosophers who deny the existence of a God seem to have ovclooked one of the most pregnant reasons that count against the prevalent Idea that a God of love governs the actions of mankindIs the fact that ecclesiastics In his name have for centuries ducted the most direful persecutions punished the most cruelly and burnt at the stake thousands of Innocent men and women while the omnIpo- tent power never once interfered to relieve one of his followers from the devouring flames sufficient proof that no such power exists Again volcanoes have devastate some of the fairest portions of the earth causing untold misery to man and beasts Tornadoes and heavens lightning have destroyed nut bers of places dedicated to the worship of God maiming and killir thousands of his most consecrate worshipers on bended knees Implor- Ing his protection still no aid cam Such glaring and indisputable evl ilcnces of either indifference or Impotence presented to my senses have lead me to be an Atheist Not that I deny that there is a vital principle inherent in matter capable af generating an active force animat- Ing the whole universe into a livin activity but in no sense does this Force act as a thing of love and bene hence toward animated nature eIFfzHntrrd e1 w tr t iz 4 ec drowns meas my specific gravity Is greater than that of water Tho vital rinclple not a Godhas not mad any provision for my safety Thus It Is demonstrated that man is his own savior if he is saved from the des ructive elements into which the forces of nature often plunge him If any Christian philosopher or the 1st can explain the incongruities of nature including the conduct of man nnl1 of the brute creation in agreement with the idea so freely posts ated tnat there is a God of love who tiles the world I am open to conviction A A BELL M D Madison Ga CommentThe M D after an Atheistic argument Is significant A Latin proverb says Where you find three doctors you find two Nothing is more AtheistsII Ists to prove the existence than tile existence of man If the gument Is a valid one those who proI sssionally know more than any oth proIportionof this is proverbially tr- uePremiums For New Members A great many Liberals incline to unite with us but from the habit lay do not send in their names In order to reach these as well to stir up an interesting competition and to awaken endeavor and thusiasm especially among our unger members we offer the lowing awardsthe contest to close September 1st E M 303 The Conditions Ar- eIThe person Joining must be a new member and the fee of one dollar accompanying his nam- e2Tho names should bo sent In as soon as gotte- n3The contest is open to all old members except the President First Second and Third Vice Presidents Secretary and Treasurer lThe contest is open to all new members Premiums To the persons securing the largest number of members we will award forFirst Prize Ingersolls Complete WorlsDrestlcn Edition value 30 Second Prize Palnes Complete Worltsvalue 1000 Third PrizesWalking stick from- the Paino tree Fourth Prize Walking stick from- the Paine tree Fifth Prize History of the Chris tlan Religion to the year 200 Judgo C B Walte Sixth Prize tttstory of the Chris J 20000 BabiesIi Had their skin made soft as velvet and sweet as roses this morning bY MunyonV I WitchHazel Soap j And 20000 mothers were made happy thereby Remember Munyo is Wttch Hazel Soap quickly eases baby of hives chafing and all forms of baby rash It cures skin disorders In old as well as young it Is so excellent for the complexion that many women prefer It even to the French toilet soap that costs as high as Jr Sold evtrywhtrei tjtfer rate byJudgeSeventh Prize History of the 200byPinNinthTenth Prize Wettstein Gold Pin Elevelth prlzeDog Fennel in the Orient by Charlas C Moore Twelfth prize Dog Fennel in Orient by Charles C Moore Thirteenth Prize Dog Fennel In the Orient by Charles C Moore rlntfromFifteenth prize Napkin ring fron tho Paine tree- Sixteenth prize Napkin ring Iron the Paine tree- Seventeenth prize Penstock Iron Paine treo- Eighteenth prize Penstock Iron the Paine tree- Nineteenth prize Penstock fron the Paine tree- Twentieth prize Full figure por trait of Capt Geo W Loyd standing by the side of Paines chair Send all communlcationc direct to the Secretary By order of the Exec utlve Committee MORRIS SACHS Sec Atlas Bank Building Cincinnati Ohio Atklnsonville Ind June 1903 To The Blue Grass Blade I send in my dollar for The Blade like what Brother Adelbert Kent said My mother was a good ChriS tian woman She taught me to say my prayers and to believe in Christ and also taught me that my kind and noble father was in hell At the age of ten years I attended my fathers burial he would not have a funeral On returning homo a neighbor lady came in and found my mother in tears and toldhernot to grieve that- tIiaus tffilTwill 0 said my mother I could give up my husband but 0 my God he Is in hell- After the may left I asked my mother If my father was not a good man and she said he was Then I said Why did you say he was in hell and she answered Because he was a Tom Paine infidel That was the first time I hind ever heard of Tom Paine but often after ward heard my people speak of old Tom Paine- tried to believe what mother said for I wanted to be a good boy but somehow those words he was a Tom Paine Infidel burned in my train I met many men who knew toy father and they all said he was a good kindhearted intelligent man and could not force myself to be tern there was a God so mean as to send that weeping wife to heaven to play songs on a harp while she looked over the pearly walls and saw her husband burning in hell where the smoke of the damned ascends in the presence of a just Father This thought caused me to investi gate I heard Ingersoll lecture and I read the Ago of Reason and that lid the work- I then read the Bible in a different nanner I had read it without stop pint to ponder on its absurd lies Now I read it to see if It was true and ound it false cruel and brutal and vulgar I have turned all my energies against God and his book and I shall fight them until die I want to join he Blade club and I want to meet iverybody that dont love God and His took at tho St Louis fair in 1904 FraternallyG WYATT rln If 99i IS THE NUMBER OF COPIES OP DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT SUBSCRIBED FOR TO THIS DATE THUNDERS OF NIAGARA Clinton la June 22 1903 Dear Mr HughesInclosed find P order for onedollar Please send mo six or eight Blades of the 21st if you have any over I have read very carefully what each of my brothers have had to say in giving their reasons for repudiating orthodox Christianity But I think J W Hodge M D of Niagara Falls N Y takes the cake He writes more grand common sense than any of the others That is al lowing me to be the judge When I get a few extras from you many of them go a good way Some to Moore has got safe home again Hope to see the whole Infidei outfit in St Louis next year Fraternally JAMES A GREENHILL CommentI greatly enjoyed the ar tide of Dr Hodge It has been much complimented Dundee 0 June 23 1903 Blue Grass Blade Find enclosed 100 for one years subscription and change my ad ress from Trail 0 to this place I have paid sooner but I am ho like the editor of The Blade iouldjyears more children that ar into missionary societies will ly pay their dollars for li rallsm I wish I could take oak ajF woman who says children put into missionarysocietiesw they are as It was with myuncfe w taught to pray until h JJbegan tc what It meant and thenVbe cone he was a liar and quit Yours forever MONROE WEISS A COOKIEOLDBRO PATFRSON Cornplanter Pa June 20 1903 C Moore Esq My Dear SlrI want to know about he old gentleman who was with you on your tour to the Orient who you said was 88 years old How did ho stand the trip If you do not mention him in Dog ennel write me by return mall I m interested to know how a man of his age could stand the strain of so much travel and change of climate and victuals I suspect you have al tided to him in your book Enclosed P O order for 350 of which 250 Is for club postal cards for subscription to The Blade and the other 100 for your Dog truly B MORRISON Answer I got two other lettersIbout this old Brother Thomas Paterjson of Canada asking if he had died at the end of the tour He was alive and well the last I saw of him whenrwe separated at New ort He stood the tour splendidly for a man of his age but he was too old for such a tour tl CHOCTAW OKLAHOMA GULF RR j Combines the Advantages of Eastern Serviceti+ With the Opportunities of i WESTERN COUNTRY DIRECT LINE Memphis to Little Rock Hot Springs Indian and Oklahoma Territories Texas Col orado New Mexico Arizona Old Mexico and the Pacific Coat riDE VESTIIiULED TRAINS PULLMAN DRAWING ROOM SLEEPINSOARS PULLMAM TOURIST SLEEPING CARS FREE RECLINING CHAIR CARlII I Ileal list Pus i1 lEI I UU Uttil lei Uluzss lJWI I BLUE GRASS BLADE ii HUMAN AFfECTION THE MANDMAID OF REASON lAND LOVE THE INSPIRATIOI LEADS TO HOPES OF ANOTHER LIFE By J Wilson IMen and women existed before creeds before governments before scientific and philosophic research Love existed before these Love Is the only religion the purple light of lire humanityimany harmonizing softening the sav rp agjjjiaiure and making men become umane and charitable Love the Burden of all of Natures Odes Ills heard In the song of awakening birds when the sunlight smites the woods with fire and they strain their warbling throats to record their hymns and chant tnelr carols blest It Is heard In the wild feet of the elfin wind dancing and prancing mid the forest boughs In the fret and fall of the mlllstream as oer bar and bank It brawls In boisterous Ir the gale which curls the lakes bright lips and lifts a deeper purer water to the light In the purl and splash of the rivulet speeding sparkling through dark woodlands as If a naiads silvery feet glanced through the star beams on a calm summer night In the marriage of the flowers which spot the meadows and fringe the brookslae with strands of diamonds and of pearls In the sighing winds when summer has exchanged her robes of green and arrayed herself gorgeous tints of gold and purple when all the trees have torches lit and the golden rod and russet corn nod and bend In the autumn blaze in the moaning blast when winter whistles through numb fingers and the drowsy snow blows In great drifts across the flowers in the crackle ol the fire and the roar of the chimney in the merriment of the heartii around which fireside affections as purely blend as a cloudless blue sky with the blue line of a foamless sea in the lisp of babe in the lullaby song in laughter rnd tears in social glee in song of ploughboy In tho sym phony of the composer in the hum of Industry In the tramp of progress in the cadence of night winds in the anthem of the cataract in the deep water in the high air and in the bow els of the earth Love is the condition and employment of all things Love first love Is last love Is lko education and sClenceJPlr s progress love gov erns the wcXld Sir Tho man wbo loves Is touched with NatureB choicest charms and all her aystlo emotions her slibllmest moods her softest fhts her sweetes sounds her rellest forms In him un r He to found habitation and a home and so to five at peace with all the world tBy Iov6 I do not mean the response of sex alone but that union of all the higher emotions which brings not on ly individuals but all the human fami ly together In ties of fellowship and concord which inspires friendship confidence and a union of interests which leads the strong to help the weak which tames the wild nature in man by the all powering might of beauty harmony and necessity Every thing beautiful in nature form color sound light all contribute to these civilizing and gracious ends This is love The father loves to give his off spring edupatlon and opportunities never known to himself Nations love to bequeath strength anu power to the generations which follow From love of justice men go to battle and die It is love In some form or other which actuates leads and compels men to hlgner things It is love which immortalizes gen ius which leads man to hope to live again and as long as man loves that hope will live Because I love I hope to live again I want to live again This is a normal desire and just as natural as the desire to live tomorrow All around me see change ever lasting eternal change and am led from this observation to believe that death ends all All around me too I see progression endless eternal pro gression and from this observation am led to wish that the progression began in me will be endless eternal progression The Idea of extinction is not pleas t ing to me The desire for extinction is unnatural abnormal In anybody of healthy digestion and loving nature in anyone to whom the raptured air t Is ringing with earths music Aye but to die and go we know not where- To tI He In cold obstruction and to rot This sellsTfile warm motion to become t A kneaded clod and the delighted spirit To bathe in fiery floods or to reside In thrilling region of ilckrlbbed Ice To winds be Imprisoned In tho viewless And blown with restless violence Round about the pendant world Tho Immortal bard expressed any feelings It is not pleasant to me to contemplate extinction to rot and to Ifbe imprisoned In the viewless winds Is no consummation In such a change There Is no inspiring object in It Nature which Is over unfolding mystery upon mystery which is with out limitations can manifest her sup roniacy only In the accomplishment of that greatest of all mysteries a progressive Intellectual Immortality If there bo an Intellectual purpose In nature It Is this accomplishment Na ture is not supreme if she stops short of this purpose I hear It frequently said The worst that can bo said of death that It Is a sweet real This was a frequent expression of tngersoll do not see any sweetness In an Indefinite rest do not see anythirn desirable In rest at allno mystery no philosophy no sublime purpose no supreme accomplishment Much rest is wearisome Give me action give mo contention givo me the storm and the tempest always In preference to the sweet rest of ex tinptlon If Nature had a purpose my organization her purpose Is thwarted If she does not extend tin development she took the trouble to no other purpose want to live again led by the curiosity to se how things turn out Theres some thing in this but to die and dip im mediately Into cerberean darkness theres nothing In that to the credit either Nature or a God The health mind may believe It but no healthy mind no mind that loves can wish it It may bo true and I think often it is true but to mo it is not an at tractive truth So want to live again I want to see how things turn out feel that I am Just beginning to grow shall just be ready to accomplish something when I die want to continue to ex pand and rrogreas Twant the same for all others espec ially for the Ignorant the suffering the deformed tho vicious the deprav ed and alt the helples of earth want to see every floweret of hu manity nipped like Highland Mary by deaths untimely frost bud and blossom into full and fragrant being want to see those youthful gen iuses Hypatla Burns Byron Shelley Heine Keats Poe and May Collins re enkindle and scintillate in the crys talline spheres want to see those who have dreamed glorious dreams of the good they would do If they only had the choice and opportunity have that choice and opporunlty I want to see the broken heart mended I want to see justice crown the martyr I want to see the freedom caged soul which sighed the sad hours heavily away through long years of dungeon gloom pass con scious through the bars of death to delirious liberty I want to see the persecuted face the persecutor where all things are evened up I want to see development and progress all along the line would be a God If I could and Impara dlse the whole world within mv arms I want to see all of earths unfor tunates especially those made so by tyranny and heredity have another chance I want them to he epaid for the degradation and affliction Imposed upon them for the benefit of others I want to see the crippled the crooked and deformed stand stralghr and be beautified Some time ago as I was passing along a street I met a little old bunch of a woman hobbling upon two sticks Her head was almost on a level with her hips I never before witnessed a human being walk with head so low Her legs were crooked so far under her they seemed to prop up her breast As she walked or rather sided and hobblod along her face to the pave ment she presented a strange and curious sight I turned and followed her some dis tance having a curiosity to speak to her and to see her face Wh n spoke It was with great difficulty that she turned her face half way to one side she could not look up and for ward to see who was speaking to her I shall never forget the expression on that face tho pinched weazened look the agony the vacant gaze the years of pain wr ten there I asked her if she had suffered an accident or what might have been the cause of her affliction She said she didnt know that she had been that way since a child con versed a little with her asked her if she suffered pain and If she could read She said she suffered all the time and reading was the only joy she had on earth I was thankful for she hobbled on I looked at her and said I hope that woman that scarce human thing will be given an other life to repay her for the mis eries of this which are no fault of her own hope she will live again to stand straight like others For the pain and humiliation of this life for her endless disappointments for her sad secret hopeless longings hope she will live again to be en dow d with superior gifts of body and brain that she will have a face like a Phryne lit with eyes that are foun tains of thought and song have glor ious tresses to sweep her cheeks like goidnued cloudflaKes on the rosy morn great billowing breasts to tin gle with sweet passion and chaste yearnings of motherhood limbs dim pled andi rosy full curved and straight to bear her along with voluptuous grace I hope that poor emaciated crook ed form will be straightened and rounded out thrilled with potent pas sion and palpitating desire inspired ennob1ling seen her since but I trust the few kind words of sympathy gave her will linger In her memory and lead her to feel that she is not altogether repulsive not altogether an object to be gazed at nut altogether out of harmony with the universe but that pity still links her to human tender ness while hope over weaves a rain bow fringe of transformation over her shriveled form and misty brain There may be some who read this who likewise In degree are thus uf lllcted If so I want them to know and feel my sympathy and that hope if for no other reason that there will bo another life just for their sakes that the bent backs may bo straightened that their heads be lift ed high toward the upward looking and the light An Immortality n now lIfo of happi ness as long at least as tho present average life cannot be too good for lr such or for all who sorrow suffer and sacrifice When think of the suffering hi the world of the ravages of war and fam Ine of tho persecution of tho weak the cruelty to women and children the disease and degeneration Infllcto Upon the Innocent through Ignoronci1 the curse of superstition its inqulsl tlons and slaughters the acqulsltio of territory through death and con quest the general selfishness and cuelty of man the corruption of vlr tue the tyranny of governments tin grinding power of plutocracy tho mil lions who through various adverse causes are naught but driftwood on tho stream of timo i cannot but wish to see a rectification of all this cata clysm of crime and suffering and woe under circumstances which this life does not afford In these remarks my affections have spoKcn not my reason Were i to speak now from the standpoint of reason and will discuss this subject from this standpoint In some near is sue would speak In almost direct opposition to these statemdnts The world of thought is directed by these two extremes Reason and Love The primary government of man is founded upon tho attentions and wisely so The affections are the children of Ignorance and Instinct As the horizon of our experience expands and models multiply wo enter into a chill atmosphere and love and admira tion perceptibly vanish Reason disintegrates Love unl flea Reason exalts Love tempers af flrtiu Thouo1 iMfion is the lush est power yet it is not all powerful nor all essential Reason may cure Illusions but not suffering It has many eyes to see evils but how often it Is helpless to prevent them Men are destined to reason voiRy as well as rigiilr Ilk the 1rgYto reason backward Instead of forward to tale Ideals from the past instead of the present They were trained that way and cannot always help It They have a tender sensitive regard for an cient ghosts which never appear to them and they spout aoout reasoning together more than anybody They cannot always help It Some are destined not to reason at all and some are destined to persecute those who do reason Such a complex state of affairs ex isting seemingly necessarily more and more perceive that Reason should never leave Affection behind but hand in hand should go dispens ing light and joy along theIr shining march We cannot getaway from suffering The world is full of bruised and crush ed hearts and desolate spirits moans of sorrow creep veinlike through the sunshine and underlie the laughter however gay and loud pillows of pain and chambers where the soft step of sleep will not tread are all over the world Among the flowers thero is no perpetual bloom the world is furrow ed with grave mounds and the dark ness and silence are ever hard by where no sweet care or gentle word can do any good One after another of our dear ones go from us and pass out into the darkness and with our feet stumbling among their graves the golden summer sunshine seems only to bleach white our hair and not to be Natures loving baptism lor the just and unjust And pain knits Itself to pain and com plaint jons Itself to complaint till a thankless If not reproachful under stone runs through all the world and to millions life becomes a heavy bur den an echo among ruins More anti more I perceive the necessity of cher ishing the affections There Is more need of Loves support Ing arm Along Lifes slippery pathway and Its frost There Is more need for Love to wrap us warm From winter winds when summer flowers are lest There Is more need of Liberals cul tivating the social Instinct of being affectionate among themselves for they too In addition to suffering all the pains and afflictions of others must suffer ostracism and mere or loss contempt and martyrdom for their principles The Liberal is essentially affection ate In his relations to mankind but am sorry to say has not that warmth of affection for his own class that he should have This may bo due partly from lack of contact through the Liberal is the most affectionate of men He exhib its this affection in tho selfsacrifices he males In helping others to become Intellectually free The Liberal is peaceable He opposes war He does not coerce He gains converts by compelling none He does not resort to the strategems of opposing brutal force He does not seek to shed hu man blood Ho wants every one to have health and happiness In this world He does not sigh for the bow ers of paradise and trample the flow ers of this life under his feet would that the affection Liberals bestow upon mankind they would equally bestow upon each other Reason will never be popular and neither will Atheism Its child Pas sions emotions especially the reli gious may be popular because they belong to the Ignorant many but Reason ever remains the property of the select few Said Beasonsfleld No affections and a great brain these are the men to command the world would be proud to command men but lot my brain be not so great and my affections large Like George Eliot I believe that affection is the broadest basis of a good life It Is affection which leads me to devote a large part of my time in assisting my fellow man out of the slough of ignorance Into which superstition has plunged him away from the wrath of a brutal God and the fears of a hell born of the evil natures of mean and plane designing To lift theologiansI b tJ lLJ ed by Affection They should work gether The proper work of man the grand drift of human is to follow Rot son to walk over more to higher lampIward Reason never toward religion From the death of the old tho new proceeds And tho life of truth from the rot of creeds In the faco of the growing intelll gence of the world the clergy con tlnue to chatter their gibberish about a wrathful God presiding over a sel fish heaven and an endless hell of torment an immaculate conception a blood atonement and foolish miracles all of which are employed to frighten childhood and stupify tin reasoning powers The result Is tho mental enslavement of the masses There can bo no remedy for this crime but the exercise of Roasot tempered with Affection Men car affectionatelyPerfect and leads us to bo wise with discre tion Reason says Confucius should teach us to think wisely tc speak prudently and to behave worth ily Lot us employ Reason then the highest attribute of our beings with Affection tho tenderest With Affection let us ever stand amid the errors the vices the wrongs the sorrows of humanity with Reason let us walk among the stars A Few Re marks From Los Angeles Los Angeles Calif is a city of 120dOO people and within her borders there 133 churches and 200 saloons In all Christian communities we find that men and religion are closely associat ed and the facts above demonstrate that we are up to date with oppor tunities to worship God and obtain our tire water No man need go thus ty here while his money lasts except on Sunday when the preachers have tho saloons closed by law ao as to give them a monopoly on business that day But it is said that a back door can be found open without much trouble and I Infer that tho rumor fWdrunks c y a Monday morning Fifty dollars a piece from these loons glvns the city a revenue month ly of 10000 and no preacher bar ring a few Prohibitionists has any objections to this way of oiling the municipal machinery They view without protest or perturbation the sale hf liquor six days in the week but midnight Saturdalt Iuu comes a heinous crime for 24 hours Suci is consistency and the followers of the Nazarlne wino maker care little about the liquor traffic when it dont infringe on tho sacred Sabbath I was much shocked when the Presbyterian assembly was here to rescue infants from hell to learn through the press that seme of those old blue bellies wero accused of loving the flowing cup alias their booze and as the charge was made by one of their own members it had the appearance of truthfulness But tales should not be told out of school when public confi dence Is so rapidly waning In sly pil ots of all kinds and this indiscreet brother should have reflected before giving utterance But what a glorious work this assembly did with or with out booze when they decided after wrestling with the subject for 15 years tjiat infants need not longer go to hell U was a magnanimous thing on their part and being dono In Los Angeles this city is assured of imperishable re nown AS one good thing is often fol lowed by another learn that there is hope for those unfortunate infants now in hell for a movement is on foot with good prcspcct of success to get them all out through a writ of habeas corpus Let no one remark henceforth that the world does not move for the evidence to the contrary is conclusive As Los Angeles Is seldom long without the latest freak or novelty I am able to Impart the information that the Holy Jumpers are now with us and jumping to beat hell both in doors and on the streets Wo are In debted to other localities fcr many things that wo have Kentucky send ing us her whisky and Texas the Holy Jumpers for which appropriate thanks should be given if they have not been alreadIIt Is said that 75 of these Jumpers are now with us and more are coming which doubtless means an others new church but we can have no more sa loons at present for the number Is limited by city ordinance to 200 The Jumping Jack of our boyhood days whose movements were regulated with a string gives a good idea of the holy Jumper for he must keep In mo tion and does while singing and preaching With thte late product of religion we seem to bo lacking In nothing in the shape of freak and fools but let no one suppose the lim it has been reached for while religion sways the mind 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BARR Gen Mgr OHiS SCOTT P A T R MORGAN S P A THE WELLKNOWN PHYSICIAN Cures Where Others Fail FOR PROOP READ HIS BOOK j to J lUnoIun l l Thole llclocl 1lencW I clmruoH Vnrlru- ceteTIIentnIanl Phrslrnl Debility e lJd ten rent JSSclvlnRcausesnnliymptonisofthecom sEsimportantmedlcal an Out ward a rem of the t1Ujj of cess Drl n p FFrTOWJ this adver Vluelaud J Dr cured so many advanced and difficult of a private nature which were looked upon as incurable that is now considered far and near as the most reliable and trust worthy physician iu his specialty Editor American of Health Dr Fellows has for a number of Jiyears held an enviable reputation In J the medical line and has made a specialty of a number of diseases thereby becoming familiar with them and enabling him to treat them suc cessfully He Is wellknown as a pro nounced advocate In all lines of free professlon MONON ROUTE ONLY LINE TOTHE BLUE GRASS BLADE f Facts and Question Frenchburg Kentucky News First The great high low or an around Power or Cause of all that Is not man or like man In either Image form or likeness SecondThe cause of all that Is called by all the English speadng world Go- dThirdGod Is now always has been and always will be ruled by the eternal law of cause and effect FourthNeither Man God Ghost nor Devil could change alter or set aside the eternal law of the universe FifthThe eternal law of the unl verse Is a power without limit SixthIt is a fact now always has been and always will be that man could do and be much better more healthy and happy by adjust- Ing himself to the law of nature reason and right than by dlsobeylt and praying Seventh Every act of every sane person on this earth without regard to what we call good or bad acts Is an effort to better his or her condition and conscience has not one thing to do or undo In the case as it may be active neutral or asleep when the body act- sElghthThe Human status on this earth can be very much and vcr easily improved NinthMore has been done by en orgy art Industry discovery and vention within the last century to better our condition than had been done in that time in all the hlstoi of our world before Tenth The human family have very greatly improved their condition In matters intellectual commercial nanclal social political and ever thing else but and excepting on their religio- nEleventhThe prevailing religlo- of every part of the inhabited world are now and always have been noth- Ing more nothing less than a priest craft kingcraft and knlghtcraft with a devilish design for a corrupt few to own and control the very many TwelfthThere never has been ar real Christianity on this earth cept what was uttered by Christ Himself in the words Do unto others as you would they should do unto you under like circumstances He that draws the sword shall perish by the sword Peace on earth and good will to men The power is not in me but in him that sent me Peter wh do men say that the son of man am Before the cock crows twice thou shalt deny me thrice Father if It be thy will let this bitter cup of death on a Roman fc Ions cross pass Father forglv them thy know not what they do and such like phraseology together with the hunger death fatigue as tracism and persecution he endured ti for years for preaching against and 1 condemning tscurrilous and des potlc religion H MUics of papal + Roman kingc the prevallln monarchal governments of his day Thirteenth If God had ears to hear as man has and could bo moved b prayers as man can and wanted 01 in any way stood in need of a man Christ on this earth to assist in any kind of plan of human salvation could God have closed his ears to titgood mans appealLet this bitter cup of death pass FourteenthIf there Is anything real In the second coming theory Christ is it or is it not a fact that when he died on the Roman deatl cross a martyr of fidelity to his poll tics and religion of right and reason and was three days dead and in pro cess of natural decay and decomposi tlon and then came back to life and fj earth again and was seen by thou sands that this was and is a sec ond coming and If He was now to come again to this earth to try to help God save it would It be or could it be anything more or than his third comin- gFJrthteenthHow do you stand on the question of the third termers any waySixteenthSome sort of organized IIgovernment is an indispensable neces sity in human progress prosperity bettering and happiness SeventhAny system of government that does not mean universal equity fellow fairness greatest good to greatest number and general hu man rights is a fraud that should he abolished Eighteenth All governments that exist now or ever did or ever willI exist are governments of state Nlnteenth The only fixed perma nent and nonsectional limit of state hood is the state of life into which a person is horn TwentiethA principle that is right in any State is right In every stateTwentyfirstTie chief aim and de sire of every human intelligence on this earth is always has been and always will be happines- sTwentysecondNo person ever was or ever will be really happy at any time or place whilst he or she of self is the cause or a party of the cause of unnecessary trouble or un happiness of another or others Twentythird The character Christ during his entire life lectures never made a speech that meant more ward liberty of right than the words You shall know the truth and this shall make you free Twentfourthlt is a bigger task to unlearn Inherited cultivated and mental errors than to learn the truthI Twentyfifth The curse and pun ishment that follow the violation of the eternal law of duty applies witht the same force and scale of punish ment to the poorest and the richest the smallest and the greatest the meanest and the best the busiest ande to those of most elegant lelsuroITwentysixth The only true rule of human life political socIals and religious and general on which all can agree and stand In unison of state Is Do right- Twentyseventh p To know the and then do it will be as much aw pleasurable pastime of the coming i centuries as base ball and other games have been the scourage of the pastTwentyeighthNo matter how the desire to be right as long as people travel they are liable to take tho wrong road and get Into consequent troubleTwentyninthBatter to have aim cd right and missed than to have had no aim at TlnirtietlcIt Is be duty of everr one that lives to save but a double duty to learn the boundary line that separates true and Intellectual love from unlawful lust Thirtyfirst That system of re llglon that encourages millions of leaders teachers preachers pastors and priests In living entirely through life without tho joys and pleasures of wives homes and the prattle of legitimately born children Is a fraud and a menace to social battles being of state and should not be tolerati Thirtysecond Government that governs surely but governs the least is the government that governs hest Thirtythird Government where people rule and control the govern went and make it their contrivance and servant for material protection and common equity is nothing more nor less than a blessing and it is Republic ThlrtfourthA government that rules and controls and makes and servants of its people Is a mono archy or kingdom and so liable to become a despotism that all such should be abolishe- dTlilrtyfifthThe human status of the entire world is no better than the worst features that are extant or per mittcd to exist and no worse than the best features that one lived out or acted by the whole or all the peo- iThirtysixthA good deed or act b any person on this earth will hetter the status of every person on the earth and be there much or little of this kind of leaven it will leave tho whole lump in the same ratio s no power in hell heaven or earth can llreven tit- ThlrtrseventhA bad deed or act from any source will Injure the status of the entire world and this Kind of leaven will leaven the whole lump for bad or hell on earth and neither God spook ghost spirit DOl devil could undo it moral then dont Jo itThirtyeighthNo person ever has or over will live who has from God a divine right to rob rape rule ruin other people neither can any ood man accept such unfair right Thirtyninth Each rational man mind is a living substance and mows that its only time for enjoy vent is while it lives It knows that t cannot be living in any kind of near or distant future and at the ame time dead Fortieth No living person ever has been or ever will be really happ without cultivating the mind to the necessity of causing others to be happyIOur life estate Is what we make out of it and is everything to us both h ra mW11anyJUlLol place or space hereafter and could by no sort of possibility be lived ever again anywhere oiaer than as live now and here- FortysecondThe more the mind Is fed cultivated and developed the more the possibility for real enjoy ment or happines- sFortythirdWithout sonic sort of a religion or social organized society the cultivation advancement or bet terment of the human status would be good plain mon sense righteous religion would and could be our best friend Fortyfifth The religions of the last have destroyed more human life committed more waste rape and rob herr and have been the cause of more desecreatlon of common human fights than all other causes combined Yet with all this much goodant pore goodtoward the cultivation and betterment of our status has heen wrought out through religious endeavor than through any other ourceFortysixthAll the real advancement for common human betterment dates with of or since the protes ance of the character Christ for which the Pagan Roman religions ed him Fortyseventh Only by live active truest and studied protests have the tabs thumbscrews burning pits and stakes guillotines witch thongs ilazing edged swords Hamans scaffolds Roman death crosses kings crowns civil wars and various other human scourges and consequent wall Ings disappeared from legal protec lien and the curse of our race Fortyeighth If the person who reads this has really one bit of pa rlotlsm philanthropy philosophy tatesmanshlp or Christian Method Ism within his or her physical make- please let some private letter or chile print bear out such evidence not for my sake but for your own sale and as a proof of personal desire for the betterment of the human status W McCORMICK Frenchburg Ky June 11 1903 FLOWER BOOK OF REAL FLOWERS The Yellowstone Park Flower Book bushed by the Northern Pacific a beautiful creation It contains ele yen specimens of real flowers In natJ al colors from Yellowstone Park with names and places where found Also six full page fine half tone illus tratlons of bears the Grand Canon gersers hotels etc found In the ParI the most wonderful spot on rth 54 by miles in size and- re President Roosevelt recently mt his vacation The Flower Book makes a beautiful souvenir Send CHAS S FEE Gen1i jsngr Agt Northern Pacific Rail r St Paul Mina fifty cents for copy I REV E1 O- CUERRANT Gets to Guerrantlng Around and Called Down by a Kentucky Infidel Editor Charles C Moore Enclose you will find a sweet WU slam to check me up for another y ear for the Blade Am glad you made the trip to the Holy Land all safely and back again and that Dog Fennel Is In the hands of the printer I am just starving to read it Your pieces In tne last two Blades lied a soothing effect upon me while reading them Now Bro Charles dont get stuelt up because I say nice things ahout you but I tell you Charles that woman or man living can handle tbe subject matter that you underta like you do old Bro Green to the con trary notwithstanding But we all let our mouths go off half cocked sometimes as Bro Green did about Dog Fennel Bro Green Is not the only pebble on the beach But I too hope to see the writings of Sisters Henry and Closz In book form before long with an introduction br that best of writers Charles Chilton I enclose you a clipping fr the Courier Journal June 11 1903 which think needs some comment by you or Sister Henry Rev E Guerrant if I am not mistaken is the same old sky pilot who wrote just such a piece about the Rowan count feuds when I was taking Monror Iron Clad Age twenty or twentyfl years ago- I wrote to him saying that mauls and wedges crowbars crosscut saws picks and shovels and C plows rand lets wild hog meat and moonshine whisky would be better for those feudists He says he has been poking his sovereign remedies down those mountain people for forty years and he has not sense enough to see that they are getting worse all the time and on the Improved plan Hope some of you will tuck him u a little and I will see that be gets a marked copy of the Blade ccntainlu It I am like Bro Hodges every time Dear a man pieatu or ulk that way I think lie is trying to make me believe something he dont bellev himselfI now that I will take two or three more copies of Dog Fennel believe you will have a big sale of It I am forever yours but not in Christ L F MANSFIELD CommentThe whole point of Dr Guerrants piece is at the end whet it ought to be like it is on a tee or a pin It winds up thusly Your offering can be sent to Edward O Guerrant president American Inland Mission Walmore Ky If the offering part of the preach- Ing business Is left out you will soot find that neither Dr Guerrant nor my other preacher will stay in the Business Dr Guerrants talk does not fool mybody except somebody who wants to be a fool for Christs sake Dr Guerrant is a rich and strong nan and lives In good style and eats good grub and wears stoboughten iloes If he thinks the gospel is the thing to stop the feuds up in Breath Itt the thing for him to do is to to Jackson and start a protracted meeting and send out special invita ions for the feudists from both sides to come and hear him Instead of that he lives all safe down in Bluegrass dam and wants people to send him heir offerings to stop the feuds in treathltt Its mighty thin Do- ctorArgument The scientists are materialists They teach us that all space is filled wIth matter and that if spirits exist ther must be composed of a kind of matter They tell us that light from tbe sun must reach us through a medium and that medium they call ether Mr F H Head of Los Angelles SDS the ether Is the gas of expanded matter raddlated from the sun has an Interesting theory as useful to Atheism as it is to science and I suggest that the Blade ask him for an article In explanation of his theory It is well known that matter can be mpressed and thus made to occupy less space than it now does in its gal- ous form and its liquid form and its socalled solid form It can be ix panded by heat and none of it is so saUd that heat and electricity can not penetrate it do not consider the argument good which anted by many under the heading of Why am an Atheist that there no room for a god a spirit oran other spirit in the universe for the reason that matter fills all space It is a debatable question among scientific theorists as to whether mind I i n exists In nature only where brains ist but it is not the intention of this article to enter into the discussion Hermann Wettstoln of Fltzgerall1 Ga has an interesting theory of nle origin of mind evolved from psychic atoms which would like to see ex planted by him in tho Blade hero call attention to the theories of Heald and Mr Woitsteln for the sllo reason that think they aro extreme valuable to Atheists naturalists ands other thinkers and students of nature Mr Wottsteln has an article in No IS of the Blade in which he S1S that money Is the curse of tllO world All economic phllosophc agree with him But back of tho oUs caused by tho abuse of the use of money and the private owenerehlp of land would place the desire of cne man to live by the labor of nnotlu But It Is useless to call upon men to abolish the evils that exist in this world unless we give them a plan for uniting and working The Socialists are the only lleoillo who have a plan which may be brie stated as follows 1 The ownership of tits means ofI production and distribution by the peopleIManagement of each Industry hr the workers therein Credits for hours of labor and debits for supplies drawn Under the operations of the above plan tho competitive system of living with all Its multifarious evils wOllld cease to exist If any reader of the Blade still thinks that Socialism ISI not as yet a movement for Importance for him to study sufficientI read the returns from the tions In Germany and the wonders Increase in the Socialistic vote ever our reasoning all out arguments let us earnestly try to find the 1real or primary cause of wrongs and so that we may not give the fect as the cause and finally in this connection I wish to state n quests for the serious consideration of Athi Ists viz is religion or superstition the cause the main or first cause of evils In our world or is It not the fact that government being the superior power and the director and controller of religions and all other forces which should be held primarily sponsible When men fall in buainest when they commit frauds and dins and crimes are the individuals in all cases to be blamed or Is It the con etltlve system and the condition under which they live that occasion the wrong doing I have studied this last inesttoi for an ordinary lifetime and I thlillt it important enough to ask others to devote much time to its consider tion The history of the world will show that the greatest murderers all the greatest thieves of all were those who administered the govern ments and they were the government 1and you may read how they took the priests into partnership Government and buslnes should one and should be conducted upon the cooperative plan J C STEINER Lexington K- yPOSTAL CARDS We desire to call the attention of ouf readers to the postal card sys tern of subscription which we have adopted as a method of Increasing the circulation of The Blade and causing It to spread the gospel of 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INCLUSIVE THROUGH PERSONALLY CONDUCTED EXCURSION SLEEPERS TO CALIFORNIA TEXAS NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA jTWICE A WEEK REDUCED ONEWAY COLONIST AND HOME SEEKERSEXJCURSION RATES TO POINTS SOUTH AND WEST FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS IN EACH MONTH WRITE THE UNDER SIGNED FOR CIRCULAR DESCRIPTIVE OF LANDS IN THE SOUTH ASK LOCAL TICKET AGENTS FOR THROUGH TICK ETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION OR ADDRESS F W HARLOWDivision Passenger Agent Louisville Kentucky guess one year twelve guesses Renewals count the same as new subscribers Write to the Cour fuleparticulars and blanks HOW HE GOT THERE Laplata Mo April 18 1903 Messrs Moore and Hughes will try to tell what makes me a man like me an Infidel think and then I think again and then I set to thinking If would listen and look and not think would be a Christian I judge others by myself When came Intelligent enough and good enough despised the wicked Bible and I suppose that others who be came intelligent enough and wicked enough loved tho wicked Bible Good people want something good and bad people want something When Dog Fennel Is ready will send my burnt offeringIBENJ WRIGHT Fruit Growing and Truck Farming Along the Cotton Belt Is the name of a new and finely il lustrated booklet just published by the Cotton Belt Route It tells in their own words the story of those who have gone West and achieved great success growing peaches strawberries pears grapes tomatoes Ions melons potatoes and other fruit and truck on lands that formerly sold for to 10 an acre and now 100 to 300 per acre net in a season Write for a copy also how to secure a home In the Southwest for the rent you would pay n the East or North- E W LaBEAUME P T A Cotton Belt Route St Louis Mo WHAT GOOD HAS ANY IN FIDEL EVER DONE Rev Jenkins in an address at tho laying of the cornerstone of the Carnegie library in Lexington said of Carnegie He pays small head to Providence and like Napoleon asks no odds of God but is bis owa Provi dance This has the usual muddiness of clerical utterance but I suppose he means to say that Carnegie is an Atheist which I suppose la true This Is the largest donation ever made in Lexington Norton an Infidel of Louisville Ky who lately died leaving in his will instructions that ho wanted no religious exercises at his grave was the largest donor to Louisville that that city over had he having built it a charitablo institution and an educa tional institution It has been a habit of the pulpit to ask What Infidel has ever done any good I think they are quitting that bad habit now in Kentucky 1CONVENT CRUELTIES phamphlet by a for mer monk Besides the Introduction the pamphlet discusses How Girls Become tho Brides of Christ A Peep Into the Convent The vent Horror Taking the Veil etc Its tales are thrilling For a sample copy send 10 cents in silver to HENRY A SULLIVAN 209 W Madison St Chicago Ills 1000DEROIT RETURN Via QUEEN CRESCENT Account- INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION EPWORTH LEAGUE Tickets on sale July 14 and 15 good returning July 20th 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