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Digital page images are linked to the text file. iH- t2 1 BLUE GRAS BLADEn EDITED BY A HEATH Jr y w9T QF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100It YEAR IN ADVANCE IYOL XIT NO 23 28 W ll thLEXINGTON KY SUNDAY JULY 26 E M 303 X100 A YEAR Iijf TERMS OF THE BLADE if 1 Issue for ono year SlOO In clubs of five or moro 60 cents each a year i if TermsL00 per year In advance is foreign subscription s j t s Five copies one year 260 t jS Make all Money Orders Drafts and 7 Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky jfv When you change your address ad f2X vise this ofllce giving your old as well as the new address 4 r When you send your subscription as t whether you are a new or old sub scriber SjrThe address slip on the paper will show expIration nt subscription ntlrt servo as a receipt as the date aiaaithe subscriber pays U tliisjublicatlonar Ci nange n Thsoe 1courts Invariably hold a subscriber r responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all uapero re celved until the paper is paid for In full up to date and ordered dlscon tinned Office of publication 161 East Third street near Walnut Entered at the Post Office at Losing ton Ky as Second Class it Matter Address all comnianicatlona to ULUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayetto Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink fl believe from the time It Issues from the tolled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor k It demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without be coming against this liquid crime thdeathsof ytyrof the poverty of the ignorance o tuggingand despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius it has wrecked of the millions who have serpentsiii vAnd when you of I line almshouses of the prisons and ttie f scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL Keep Church and State forever separateGrrritIn Is this ernment founded upon the Christian irellglon Washington SThe divorce between Church and State should be absolute Garfleld COLLEGE of MEDICINE j SURGERY Chicago rFour years Graded Course Laboratories fujly equipped Abundance p Clinical Material IrEE UDERATE Fall term opens In Septembor Write today for Catalog to Secy3Ki k FVit 1wb fK L LEO XIII COMPARED WITH LEO TOLSTOI AND INGERSOLL AThe Cowardly Old Pontiff On His Supposed Deathbed Is Terrified at the Prospect of HisaShuffling Off Is Impatient and PetulentSuspects- Those Around HimSees- a Ghost The Cardinals Are Trying to Kill Him And Are Squabbling And Schem ing as to Who Shall Get Into Old Peccis Pon tifical Slippers Disgraceful Death Will End a Worse Than Worseless Life Julyluhave there seems some danger that the Pope will get well All roads lead to Infidelity more truly than all roads lead to Rome Nothing that has occurred in and modern time has more perfectly sus tamed the Infidel contention than the current Illness of the Pope Fair samples of great Infidels are the dead In gersoll and the living Leo Tolstol Tolstoi is named Leoa lionbecause PopeIsnamed himself greatChristianChristians supposing him to be alive as I write Leo Is the head of the religionbyligion The head of Protestantism almost EdYam a friend to animals a nastly libertine who has iately been hobnobbing with Leo oneaannals of history without a struggle- thputamurraucntaDlutntx out a at peace with the whole world having done more to elevate humanity than any man of the century that is redlettered in the an Hale of history because It gave him birth In the arms of a loving wife and with his loving children around him a smile on his face and his last word Better The greatest living Infidel is Leo Tolstol He was born with everything belonging to him that 1men crave that they can inherit and added to all this all that a man can gain in all the honorable departments of life In the midst of the full en Joyment of all of these he renounced them all and became poor and de voted every energy of a herculean life mental moral and physical to doing good for humanity and today as old as the Pope he is still inces santly bending every energy to the scientific and philosophic amelioration o humanity and he has done and said thousands and thousands of things that endear him to the hearts of all tne great and good the world over Leo XIII who named himself to pose as a lion and whose very name Pecci Is almost the Latin word for sin was born to inherit nothing but intrigue in Christianity the most mis erable of all the frauds of all the ages has never said or done anything that would pay the world for the salt In his bread has gone from obscurity and comparative indigence to the most disgraceful wealth arrogance and vanity known to any modern day and has his last picture taken while he blessingfand as sitting on a gorgeous throne with a threestory crown on his head meaning that he is monarch of heaven earth and hell and with a beautiful woman kneeling before him kissing his foot as no man worthy the name of a man would do Jesus Christ whose Vicar this din gusting old fraud is sat still and let a woman shed her tears on his feet and wipe them with the hair of her head and then a lying gang of priests and preachers make luxurious livings by prating to fools and hypocrites about how the Christian religion has elevated woman Ingersoll and Tolstoi had their wives and children and Leo XIII sup posably has no children and certainly has no lawful wife but the last issue ot the Blade gives you the report of an ofllcer of the United States show ing that the skeletons of 300 or 400 women had been found In an old mon astery the indications being that they had been used to gratify the lusts of priests and it Is reasonable to suppose that Leo XIII and all other Popes have been just as great sexual libertines as as the now reigning Pope Edward VII of Protestantism In England Look at the grand serious honest face of Leo Tolstoi the Infidel and then look at the smirk on the taco of Leo XIII Intended to represent a heavenly smile and you see what the Infidel Shapespeare meant when he said A man may smile and smile again and be a villian still Leo XIII has lately thought he was going to die and the whole scene has 4 been Just what any honest man would naturally expect would characterize1 the last hours of such a man Of course I know nothing except the reports of the Associated Press One of the very first of these reports stated that as soon as there seemed to bo any prospect that the Pope was liable to die there was reason to believe that the Cardinals were trying to hasten his death by keeping him excited and on a strain in his last Illness and the unscrupulous and heartless devils swarmed around him ike harpies and buzzards ready to fly t each others throats to get his place showing an Indecent haste that even a gang of Kentucky politicians would scorn to be guilty of The old Pope has suspected everybody around him and has whined at pain and when he claimed that he was going to heaven as soon as he was dead has shown more fear of going to heaven than an Infidel feels of going to hell Christian liars have for centuries told about the horrors of Infidels but here is the Pope the head Christian of all the world who when he thinks his last moment has come and the tors have done all that can bo done with untold cost to keep the breath In his body a few hours longer like another Hamlet sees a ghost and trembling before it calls not his tors or his Cardinals or his confessor of all of whom he seems to be afraid but calls his valet Plo to shield him from the horrible apparition that haunts him Lying priests and preachers all over the world have told unauthenticated lies of the horrors of the death of Tom Paine one of the men to who the world is Indebted for this the est government on earth If it ca be saved from Christian treachery but how many of these liars are not going to publish from the pulpit an from the Christian press that the sup posed dying moments of Leo XIII were haunted by a ghost that his su perstltlon and Christian fear created showing that he seemed to feel the words Oh coward conscience how dost thou upbraid me When the Cardinals thought and hoped that this miserable old creature would soon be dead ore of them be gan to prepare rooms In the Vatican for himself as his successor and an other one Rampolli told him it would be a shame to do so before the Pope Cardinal plied a large room In the Vatican full of chairs to keep the others out of the room that had val uables in It as his reaspn lhAt goTiwnjr nGWfTaiI longllngers- meaning that they would steal the imngs The press dispatches state that it is the custom of the people to loot the Vatican upon the death of each Pope This means that as soon as he Is dead rich rascals that have access to the Vatican will steal everything that they can carry away and that the poor dupes of Catholicism including American Irish Catholic railroad hands and washwomen and servant will have to save from their hard earnings enough to outfit the Vatican again to be robbed again when the next Pope dies The Cardinals are conducting their correspondence in cipher to peep each other from finding out their schemes All of this is what Infidelity wants Ute Prostestant clergy are no better than the Catholics but there is more Intelligence among Protestants and this will finally so disgust all Intelli gent Protestants against Christianity that Infidelity will get the cream of all Protestant Intelligence and the igious slogan will then be Rome or reason and that is what we want 250 SUBSCRIBERS Brother Moore seems to be discouraged because he does not receive more letters meant the circulation of the Blade Ho writes as though the boys and girls have gone back on him Na nay Charles Chilton Dont youThewrite Of course we all hope to seethe Blades circulation reach the 10 000 mark and some of us are working the postal card racket I remember seeing or at least think so where one man offered to pay annually provided you receive 99 others who will do likewise appreciate that mans generosity in being willing to part with 250 nually for material welfare bu why place a limitation to the gen oslty Now am willing to purchase fiv postals for 250 annually as long a am able to do so and as long as the publishers are willing to do so I dont care who else will follow the example And furthermore wan to pay one dollar for my own Blade Irrespective of the five postals getI annuallyI often wondered why the Blade carries that column Blade Club In each and every issue of th paper It conveys no Information an affords no enjoyment whatever at least to me Now why not publish name of sub scrlbers who sen 250 for five postal cards annually and no one should ject to the use of his or her name for such a purpose It Is not at all a braggadocio One name has the ten dency of getting others and therefore suggest the above heading Lot Mr Hughes place the names of those postalscolumn standing in the Blade and watch that column grow M S u DOG FENNELI- N THE ORIENT IS NOW NEARLY READY TO BE MAiLED TO ITS SUB SCRIBERS Please Send Your 100 Each and Save Us Time and Expense of Notifying You by Letter By the fume you see this in print Dog will be about ready go to the bindery to be bound p r will In two or three days of It and will go to you In a couple of weeks longer The book taken all around in its contents and in its mechanical getup Is fully as much as had hoped for It gistnIt believe with Interest thdworld and I have told about it plain lyn some instances possibly too plainly but you will see that am telling the truth and if you are what you ought to be the truth is what you want It is a big thing and somewhat e subscribersforthis will be done if you do not send- the dollar without notification it will possibletilled1 and of course the book will paidflrstElaaSjery e Ithethsra-ssoon aslou conveniently can after seeing this and get us some more subscribers Jif you can A SPIRITUALIST REVIEWS DR WILSON ON HUMAN AFFECTION Tells About Seeing and Hearing a Spirit and Makes the Argument- for Spiritualism For six weeks I have been severely affected with acute articular rheumatism all the while in danger of an attack on the heart and a resulting so called speedy death Formerly a prayerful fearing Chris t ian now an atheist have felt no fear offered up no prayer I have known there Is no death and have mylifehonesty and principle than accomplishments of any kind While am an atheist I am at the splrItuallstwork in the query as to a continuation- of life in my mind for the past seventeen years I have known there action expansion progression for those classed dead An article so full of beautiful an humane longings penned by J B son M D read but now In Blue Grass Blade has so stirred my own humane impulses that t am penning this con painfulhandfeting to a grandly free paper edited by one of the greatest Freethinkers It may not meet a welcome The editor will then please use enclosed ThetIndwelling being that will does con tinue as a form wherein the mind womanpittedsfree from the deformed mortal en vlronment will be one who shall unfoldtand voluptuous grace glorified by ennobling thoughtAn eternity for progressionIt in a Liberal editor to bar a spiritualistic article and class it madr trueLiberalism r evidencelstrongerhopeThen may hero say Hundred of times along the years of my own mediumistic development have had strong evidence that a mind wholly outside of my personal mentality focused on my brain the thought to b convoyed and which as a medium have spoken penned or held as a mss sage to mysllf In my house when alone frequently have heard a voice- sa a small combustion as tho upon whenInstantlypresent often we there hold mental converse insplrattonallyknowing brain the thoughtwords have been given me wholly unfamiliar to me and wasInhavePoundto the sentence I would again become passive or under the Influence of the spiritbeing who dictated and would contribute to receive and write or speak the thoughts given In this way I have heard from near and dear friends who had passed to higher life and have also had the words of many praiseWhllo I have re delved tests In this way and there ha surprisingtesUisurprlslng But let tell of what have seen felt heard aside from my own medium ship At a seance In a good light I saw iwhat just seemed a light spot coming on the carpet fully five feet from the door of the small room wherein sat the man who was the medium More than a dozen of us who sat in that parlor In a circle watched and talked of light as it enlarged seemed a white uprising smoke speedily took formthe form of a most beautiful woman clothed with white drapery who conversed with me and then faded away sinking apparently thro the floor at a spot several feet from where the light had appeared a spot to which she Esther had walked withehad dematerialized But the form had not entered tho cabinet where sat the medium This Is but one of many convincing evidences i have had thro the muchderided rind muchabused phase of medium ship classed materi alization Once as I held the natural feeling hund of a form who so strong ly resembled a loved one whose assthe lips speaking tender words wit nessed this form sinking felt tho hand diminishing saw the lips move as the head seemed but a head on the floor at my feet and as the goodby was spoken and the eyes looked up ward Into my own the form had die appeared Lunny had lost the power tbhulii UiiUtUmltiWiueulS ad a cover Ing for the form he continues to pos sess wherein his grand soul dwells ns an Immortal being whose love for me is lasting know this truth one has a right to class me as a liar or a fool Who does so is less truth fu and wise than it has been my fortune to have been They have the pity of ALLIE LINDSAY LYNCH 6810 Wabash Ave Chicago Ill THE OLD GRINDSTONE The incidents of childhoods years With pleasure we relate tales of hardships now long past Perhaps we oft inflate But thoughts of one experience Still chill us to the bone Twas when our elders called us out To turn the old grindstone The dreaded summons often came No matter what the hour And other sport and work was stopped To furnish motive power For sharpnlng corn knife ax or scythe In relays or alone We ached and cried the while we tolled Upon the old grindstone Whets working bees were being planned The help for many a mile ansd And sharp In up meanwhile eardn Their bacon and corn pone And then we know our fate was sealed To turn the old grindstone And how those grownups would bear on And say to usTurn fast Till panting breath and flaming face Warned thorn to stop at last To try the aige and light the pipe While we with inward moan Would walt the final smoothing work Upon the old grindstone At times we saw our father with The cradle in his arms Start from the clearing to the house And we in wild alarm Would hide to shirk the grinding but Our error was soon shown For mother then performed our work Upon old grindstone No well adjusted bolts had we Like those in use today No treadle geared to do the work With ease akin to play But Jilckry pole on sawbuck frame Supported discs of stone At every turn the handlo made Unearthly creak and groan We smile as we remember now The scenes of early life The ninny hardships hopes and fears With which the times were rife this experience remains alongIBeside the old grindstone HARRIET M CLOSZ it 0 i EIGHT HUNDRED PERSONS STRUCK JJYA STORM Struck by a Windstorm Huge Tent In Which Christian Endeavor HeldsCollapsed Cincinnati TimesStar ascore1Ionda t In which the Christian Endeavor con vention is being held A sudden wind storm was responsible for the Ctentalkon as an oncoming squall sentforward its advance agent of Women screamed and men the outside As suddenly as windIccine wind died out and the canvas sank like a blanket vast assembly smothering the screams of the women and knocking people welter shelter The ascent of the can vas had pulled the poles from the ropesFortunl1telentrances and outer confines of the collapsedthe more thoughtful on the Inside rushed to the poles and held them up as best they could and at the same time others raised the canvas in what ever way they could thus saving theAsfvast throng from suffocation The panicbecamemuted with calmness Immediately upon discovery that but were in jurr a tho multitude gathered in theopen and held an Impressive praise service The more seriously Injured were Mrs Thornburg Denver wound en in nit iurtuiuuu seriously aueia Murdoclc Denver arm fractured J Alanmaa Col scalp wound Miss Mary Ellis Denver bruised Miss Powers Trenton Neb knee Injured Mrs I N Johnson Denver bruised and fainted K G Patterson Alamosa Col head cut Miss Etta Ward Chi cago hit by a large pole across the hacleCommentSix men and two women were hurt These Christian endeavor men endeavored to save their own cowardly tires by running over the women Sweet scented gang AGED PREACHER ELOPES Leaves Cklahoma Home With Pretty Girl of Eighteen Guthrle Ok July 2After mortgaging his property thus leaving his family practically homeless the Rev 0 K Possey of Cook Ok has eloped with Miss Josle Sheldon aged years Their present whereabouts are unknown The preacher was also a medical practitioner He was 50 years old and leaves an estimable wife He was the father of eighteen chil dren All but two are living The eloping couple drove overland to Holcleiivllle the girl being passed as the preachers daughter It is be lieved that they have gon to Canada Vu desire to call the attention of or readers to the postal card tem of subscription which we have adopted as a method of Increasing the circulation of The Blade and causing It to spread the gospel of Free Thought among a large class of pro pIe The system Is novel and expedient and one that is easy to under stand For the simple outlay of 250 you can get five of these cards and Insert any name you wish and which win be received as a certificate of a paid subscription for one year in half of the person whoso name is given on the card Another Idea which is suggested and which seems to be a good one is to send in a name for two months say and at the expira tion of that time let the paper be sent to another person who will al so receive it for two months and so getIan seo read it and many of them may in time become permanent subscribers Several hundred of these cards havo been printed and they are now reaiy for distribution Try It for a season and help us to build up the circulation of The Blade so that it will rank sccona to none In America This Is where The Blade ought to bo if our friends will all pull together to help it along Send in your orders for the cards and see how it works THE WORLDS FAIR 1904 Is of especial Interest to everyone To give nn idea of the buildings as they will appear when completed wo have published a Birds Eye View 31x12 which will be mailed on re ceipt of ton cents silver or stamps to prepay postage Address GEORGE MORTON M K T Ry Box 911 St oLuls Mo ii tir iYi C r bs BLUE GRASS BLADE THIS i WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO THE SCRATCH Pope Leo has lead visions of tlH glory awaiting him Ho has caught glimpses of the divine bewilderment and heard soft strains of the celestl rhapsodies He says he knows the honor reward and ecstacies In store for him Yet he lingers and suffers He lont want to let go of even a few hours of senile worldliness He Is hanging on to this sinful old earth like a bull dog to a sows ear Ho submits to operations and takes advantages of the highest medical skill to keep him away from the plai for which he so long hath sought and mourned because he found It not He Is surrounded by a gang of red ul tures who are cussing under their breaths and wondering why tho old Imp dont die and he knows of their Intrigues and feigned sorrow and cro codlle eyewash and though he could pass In a day by dispensing with the doctors from that scene of stiff erlr and Intrigue to one of health and youth and celestial transport still he hangs on to his doctors and sebum to the probe In order to get another day of the only life he really know anything about It Is the most striking Instance of Christian tenacity and preference for this lIfo to that of another which has ever come to the observation of humanityHe his job and his senile In flrmltles and the surgeons knlf and one more ray of sunshine In his window to all tho ease and rapture of Paradise one more day among his wrangling lying treacherous band of conspirators against human ty than exchange of companionship with God Almighty and all his shin- Ing seraphlns Tho old Popes desperate attend to keep from God and out of heaver is hound to have a wholesome effect upon the minds of millions of the sup erstitiously enslaved It will set them thinking They will begin to ask themselves why does he seek to stay when the exchange which must be soon anyhow will release him from suffering and bring him eternal happiness They will begin to say that Christian desire for heave is not so strong as Christians pretend The example of the Pope whom ago has robbed of every Incentive to live but who still shrinks from tal ing the leap in the dark would and cato that the heaven of bliss await IHg hi li Ern In lire htntIj than in his belief io This Is what people will say lint Ing such a prominent object lesso before them They will see more clearly that the case of the Pope is but a repetition of the whole mass of Christianity They are all alike they want a doc tor post haste if there is any dange of dying and they employ ever means at hand to keep out of heaver as long as possible This Is the courage of the dying Christian Wo will now be regaled with the beautiful death of Leo Wi will be told of his resignation and his fortitude and his sweet Christie faith and his miraculous endurance but never once will It be told that until his last gasp he employed hh doctors to keep him away from God and out of heaven Even benighted Catholics are be ginning to see through some things and nothing can be plainer to many of thom than that tho tenacious hold ing on of the Pope to things worldly Is evidence sufficient of his doubt ol living again and they will say that this remarkable illustration of the Popes doubt is but a reflection of Christian donut generally Protestants are far more doubtful than Catholics They too think a lot of a doctor if there is any danger of them going to the arms of Jesus and they want him to stay right by them and keep them out of heaven even when the preacher come and prepared their souls for Paradise They would a good deal rathor the doctor keep thom alive with the chance later of going to hell and burn ing forever and forever But should they die the preacher will point to their beautiful Christian deaths their sweet abiding faiths and their lamb Ilke resignation- Oh yes The Christian has forti tude and is courageous and sweetly resigned to hear the priest and preacher tell It but to hear the doctor tell It hell bo purged and probed at the last gasp if It will keep him out of heaven A good many years ago when I was Ward Physicianthat is Doctor for the Poor or Poor DoctorI was call ed to see an old Irish woman who lived by gathering waste paper rags etc had seen her often on my rounds and observed her sorting waste scraps out of garbage barrels Upon these scraps she lived Upon examination I found her un conscious totally blind gasping for breath her abdomen greatly swollen inn tight as a drum The priest had been there and pre pared her for glory I had been call ed In Just for medical evidence and for the purpose or signing the death certificate soils to evade a coroners Investigation The room was full of womouI told that could do nothing that Father Peters had just been there and he said that she was dying Nevertheless examined her nounced her case gastritis and Insist ed on doing something for her Then tho Irish vocabulary was turnI ed loose was repeatedly told that Father Potors said she was dying and could do nothing Half a dozen I it woolen woro holding lighted candles oloflo around her held and about two dozen were gibbering something ill this Hall Mary Queen of tho Sun Queen of the Stars Queen of the Earth Queen of Heaven Queen of men Queen of flowers Quoon of mer cy Queen of love Queen of grace and Queen of fortyeleven other commonwealths all expressed in the beautiful Irish tongue a regular Queen pandi monluni I told them that I was willed to d something for the woman If I could nnd that It was my duty to do so and Insisted that bo given tho chance otherwise would not sign the death certificate and a crow ers Investigation would have to be changed their minds nnd I was told to go ahead but reminded again l could do nothing as Fathe Peters said she would rile I said to them Father Peters is not a doctor and dont know what hes talking about It Is just his opinion that shell die but Ill bo dd if she shall dlo Now just take those candle away and stop all this howling for the woman cant either see or hear ind it dont do any good anyhow and give me a chance At this there was considerable murmuring and In another room an angry cjjnfab was held and It was Jetermlned to pitch me out the win low and I afterwards learned thin ieveral toughs were sent for to do me ip noticed some men gathering an outer roost but had no Idei a hat they were gathering for In the meantime I took a troca and punctured the abdominal wall just as used to stick a knife in thi tide of cow who had filled up on two much dry fodder and the wind whls led Erin go bragh and her abdo non immediately collapsed- then gave her an enema and eva rumtert the garbage and soon she paned her eyes and said And who the devil are ye all after staudln around me this way for To make a long story short sire got veil and after that I was weighted town with palaver and I was confi Jentially told that the very women who had sent for the toughs to klli me for speaking disrespectfully oi rather Peters and their holy religion were tho very ones who were loudest in their praise And for a long time after I was sent for to keep the slcli from dying after extreme unction had been given- Invariably the women would be there who wanted to have me killed in this case and they Would look me right in the face and tPJI me how others there did not want anything done but It was they who insisted I should do what I could and but them Inslstln and me workln she wouldnt a been Hvin today and I was jlst tellln Mrs ODonnel here that I was prlsent and how you came and how we tould you that Father Paters said she would die and how you said Father Paters didnt know what he was talkln about and youd bedahmed If she should die and be f ltrlilly and hpornrra yere a smarter man than Father is the kind of palaver I got from women who were going to have me pitched out of the window but 1who thought maybe I could save oth ers after extreme unction as I did that woman and they kept me trot ting and the dlvil of a dahmed clnt did ever get out of any of them The story well Illustrates my point that from low to high and high to lowfrom Mrs Maglnness to Pope Leo they want a doctor to keep them tic of heaven even after their souls ire prepared to go there And I am led to believe from my observations that there Is not one single intelligent being but doubts an after existence He may say he believes even say that heknows and stick to It but from the fact that ie dont want to leave this fleeting life of sorrow for another world of everlasting bliss that ho opposes the hange with all his might Is evidence pnough that he entertains secret loubts Not for the world would he let any one know It but ho doubts ind cannot help It simply because he knows that he does not know No matter how he may be trained from childhood up In the belief of a Christian heaven still he doubts and cannot help but doubt- do not count it a beautiful Christian death where a doctor Is em plo ed to the last minute to keep a professed Christian from going to the arms of his dear Savior The man who goes out under theI quiet stars and gazing upon hem for the last time and upon tho sleep ing earth all about him upon the lulled strife and passions of humanity and bidding them all farewell bravely faces the unknown puts a pistol to his head says Here goes ind firessuch a death is far more beautiful ana resigned to me for here is no cowardly hypocritical pre tense about it The Pope has made his last conI fells lon received extreme unctiont at the hands of another man all of which powwow is exorcised to ster up a wicked conscience In a Ing hour There is nothing brave or courageous about it It is cowardly In trio extreme With all this prepar tion he still wants to live and Is mploylng the best medical skill to Ieep him from experiencing the glory of heaven The Popes desire to live reminds me of an epitaph on the tombstone of teubon Miller In Fern Cliff cemetery ipringftold Ohio It was written brhimself for ulmself and reads as lows Epitaph on Reuben MillerE lore lies a mnna curious one can toll the good hes done yet how much of evil now his soul Is who can tell INor above or low in hell God or with tho devil h Tulle living here ho oft would say That ho must shortly turn to And quickly rot clayI This thought would sometimes cross a his brain Iv l t That ho perhaps might live ngaln Anti maybe not As sure as ho In thirst doth Ho died because he lied to die lint much against his will Had ho got all that ho desired This man Vould never havo expired lie lied boon living still Reuben Miller was a pioneer cltln i of Springfield and had been Count Auditor for eighteen years Ho was noted for writing humorous verse amI the above would Indicate thnt he sessed poetical genius Ho was n lifelong active member of tine Methodist church and a deacon at tho time of his death and given a Moth odist funeral and rocketed off to a Methodist heaven But his epitaph shows that ho died entertaining grave doubts of an aftor life and like the oiu Pope preferrc this life when it came to tho scratch It Is tho same with every one no matter what their professions of do sire to embark for another life The are never so certain but they pans at the uncertainty Of course I male an exception of fanatics and diseased or dwarfed brains I refer wholly to rational Sickness Has brought on an endless mess of gush Nothing but good is seen In his life and actions Not a paper America has come bravely out and said that his love for America so constantly expressed Is simply a con piracy to capture the country Not a paper has once stated that he cretly conspired with other power of Europe to defeat us in tho Spanish war and that ho gavo his blessing to every Spanish soldier who was sen against us Now we see every mercial paper in the country payin bmage to one of the most skulkln and vicious enemies this country eve Is enough to turn the stomach of a turkey buzzardsuch fawning grovelling and spewing of sop In my opinion the Pope has 1I0t been onetenth as sick as pretended have said so ever since the first nouncement of his illness It has happened for the last ten years whenever the Pope sneezed It would be made an occasion for send- Ing a telegram around the world Of course he has been senile for years and feeble mentally and physl tally and has been drying up just like an old lady 104 years old who died in Cincinnati last wool Titer is nothing remarkable about his lon sevity greater examples of which are seen all about us He has not been a drunkard and made a hog of himself on wine lIe other Popes and the majority of Car- jjals and priests and his temporal habits surrounded as he is by sln- guzzlerats the only really remarks ble thing abfcutWm Medical Bulletins I have been watching tllo medical reports One day ho Is In coma and the next he Is walking About his room The next day he Is aid the next he is hearing mass and a ftaHis average pulse has bjen 85 to 95 which is the normal serlle pulse I believe that the Sacred College has started an unnecessary alarm about his Illness for political effect and for the purpose of counteracting the revolt against the church ir Spain France and Italy by awaken ing sympathy From the very fact that he has been dying every fifteen minutes for two weeks and Isnt dead yet but apparently on the road to recovery shows that there is a tive In their fool madness But unlucky for them the Pope holding out too long and a reactionary effect has come The people have grown weary of reading about him and the reports are beginning to pallIn fact has Gotten to be a Chestnut If he had had the good sense to have died right off in two or three days it would have been a great card for them but now their powder has all burned At this writing he Is reported to have a cancer Think of God Almighty having a cancer If this Is true he cannot last long and possibly will be in heaven by the time this Is printed Anyhow the papers are not gushing so much as at first When at last he dies theyll splatter the talc for a day or two and then the world will move on just the same while ho goes to take up his abode In the silent halls of oblivion along with all the other pretended God Almighties who have preceded him The Pope Personally Is not such a bad man He is just about as good as it Is possible for a Pope to ue He is the head of a HIanious organization and Is often ompelled to do things to which ho doubt objects I believe that he is hr nature a kindly disposed man let like the Czar he is compelled to obey the government and is more or ess a figure head The General of ho Jesuits is a far greater force in the Catholic church than the Pope Intellectually The pope is ordinary He Is no fool o be sure He Is a scholar He has studied the thought of other people lIe has had wide experience in war and no doubt expanded with it Jut neither his experience nor posi lon can make a great man of him un less he has a great brnlna brain which has produced something What has he produced Ho effects to be a oet and has published a book of oems Who knows anything about them Wiy ho wouldnt fill a ruffle In tho cuts of Ella Wheeler Wilcoxde Is od why hasnt ho written a poem equal or superior to Tennysons emorlam or even Leigh Hunts Abou lion Adhem or even Gene Fields Little Boy Blue Ho has written some Labor Encyclicals which died a bornlnchlldlsh Impractlca le inert and ancient Labor organizations gave them some little attent on at the time out of consideration winning Catholics to tho ranks id then dropped the silly stuff They ero simply breath wasted Show 1 mo n speech a paper a poem even n proverb uttered by Pope Leo vhleh has commanded universal Intcllectu rospect or watch lies passel Into rent literature So far as have boon able to ob servo he has distinguished himself onlyin one thing and that Is his position to Socialism which prOeR that his friendship for labor has been nil a pretense In Iris opposition to Socialism nnll to secret orders ho has exercise some Individuality and Influence but It Is now having n reacting effect Socialism is advancing at rapid strides in Catholic countries oven In Holy Home and secret societies aro running tIre politics of Catholic Fraree He line lived to see Socialism Free Masonry and Infidelity the threo so cictlos most obnoxious to him takin tho sceptr of government Into tholr hands Cardinal Gibbons Says The next Popo must be a man Imbued with modern Ideas What does ho mean by modcr Ideas Why he means tho Ideas which havo outgrown tho church Who Imo advanced these Ideas Why scientists Liberals Infidels Therefore the next Pope must little a more modern that is a little more Infidela little more Spencer lan a little more Darwinian a little moro Ingorsolllan a little more Whit manosque a little more uptodate a little moro in step with Infidel progress a little moro Socialistic and on the side of the Toiler Instead of tho Aristocrat- In my opinion he would better bo a little moro of something consistent truthful and useful if he dont want to be but little store than a pious ass who has to awaken himself by his own kicking nod braying Yes tno Popes hanging on to this world Is comical indeed He has had millions praying for him and had charms and cures galore sent to him and all the saints have been on the hustle Interceding for him and miracles have been performed and relics consulted and madonnas importuned and ghosts have wanted one of which nearly skeered the life out of him and Cardinals havo shed oh such bit ter tears over him but all to no pur poselie still sticks to his Infide physicians and relies on their skll In fighting off old rattlebones with his long reaching scythe To Sum Him Up he has spent a long life of intrigue meddling with States favored King craft conspired against government by the people plundered his own votees by training them to believe in his power to bless and forgive op poseo free speech and scientific ad vancement forbade the reading of books which sought to enlighten his mental serfs opposed and degraded tho labor upon which he lived and blazed consumed much produced nothing lived the life of a hypocrite and died tine death of a coward P SSlnce writing the above the Pope is reported as sure enough dead Now there will be a lot of rascally t licry = ptingpn ll tw enthecred College and Monarchical governments as to who shall succeed him W EVERY LITTLE HELPS a A friend of the Blade and residing in Cincinnati and its easy to guess who It is requests us to print the fol lowing and keep it standing in the columns of the Blade until Dog nel is ready for distribution I notice that the postage on Dog Fennel will bo about 20 cents While 20 cents is not a large sum to anyone man yet a thousand times 20 makes 200 quite a little fortune just now to the publisher of the book- I therefore offer my services to distribute the book to your subscribers in Cincinnati if you send them all to mo by freight In cities where you havo but few subscribers you can send It by express as printed matter at a low rate to one person who will volunteer to distribute the book to tho subscribers as I do Those who desire tho book sent directly and In some towns there may be only one subscriber rshould add 20 cents for postage stamps will do when remitting their one dollar for the book Those who have already paid their dollar are still at liberty to send 20 cents in stamps for postage This suggestion or rather appeal Is made by tore writer without the cnowledge consent or approval of the publisher of Dog Fennel MAY COLLINS BARLOW Born to Mr John and Juliet Barlow nee Collins Cinclnantl 0 July a bouncing nine pound baby girl who has been named May Collins Barlow All who have seen this infant clare her an exact 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the Constitution and Laws of the National Liberal Party Tho Secretary will gladly send such copies together with other useful in formation free of charge See ad dress above The office of tho Secretary of the National Liberal Party was honored with a visit from lire Poarl W Geer manager of the Torch of Reason few weeks ago The visit was high ly appreciated especially since Bro Geer left a dollar as dues for 1904 Scottsvlllo Ky Mar 26 303 Mr Morris Sachs Dear SlrIf practicable please send mo a few copies of th Constitution of rho National Liberal Party and any other advertising matter you may have for the promotion of the party will try and secure us a few members If there Is any charge for the above mentioned matter let me know tho amount Yours for H II u J SHIPLEY JR Versailles Ky May 25 303 Mr Morris Sachs Dear FriendYours of the 23rd to hand Now you have me In a tight place asking for another article on Why am an Atheist The reason did not enter tho symposium was I did not feel competent to handle the great subject For weeks have been giving down physically and am so mentally fagged that can do no satisfactory work and tc add to It all have been going through the throes of spring cleaning painting papering etcOf course you dont know what that means but Mrs Sachs does as that is ono of the avenues of endeavor that women have a trust on I want to comply with your request and will if can write anything worth while but I fear will not be equal to re nect any credit among so ninny able contributors If the spent would only move I would try It You know how that is There are such good articles among them and they are thoughtprovoking and educative and I think It a good idea to print the pamphlet am ing will 10 able to keep at my work during the summer but doubt It The condition of the Blade de presses me greatly and I only wish I couldsuggest some plan to put it on solid footing I have stood by the paper for nearly 20 years and fought all kinds of battles for it and it would break my heart to see it go down Tarn trying to rally some new con tributors for It for feel that I haveI preempted too much space and In my broken down condition cannot do Justice to tho Blade readers or my got today a copy of Saladins Lon ion Agnostic Journal containing in serial my lecture on Woman and Christianity and a business man of Baltimore has had it printed InI for free distribution and is 11clubLAtheist will send it to you and If do not you may know I am not able Let us stay by the Blade I am hop ng some plan will bo devised to putt in fine shape Thanks for quarter Iy report we are grateful to you tor our splendid service With kind re lards to Mrs Sachs and yourself also dr Wamsley and Dr Wilson I am raternallyJOSEPHINE K HENRY Larchmont N April 29 1903 Ir Morris delis My Dear Sir You are very kind toI emember mo in the invitation ex ended to Liberals in the Blade of April 2Gth If were in usual health would respond for publication but as It is I will simply send you a prl vato letter My brain is in hardly nor mal condition after an Illness which followed me up all winter would not like at this time to attempt to rite anything Intended to bo put in cold typo The subject is one which call hardly be handled safely by any thing less than a robust mind Nev I REDUCED RATES I Want Da- tMUNYONS WITCH HAZEL Soap Jes gimme dat Munyons Witches Hazel Soap so I kin be white as you Iz blessfagpraise front mothers It cures all the skin torments of babyhood Is just tho soap for delicate tender skins Cures rash teething spots chafing hives and eruptions Gives case and peace to the little ones soothes and calms pro makesbabyforilanima and Papa as for Baby POR SALB EVERYWHERE ertholoss for your personal Informa lion will say cannot truthfully call myself an Atheist When a boy of only twelve years joined the Presbyterian church Without any access to eral publications such nit Palnes Ago of Reason or similar works or Liber al literature of any description I evo luted out of Presbyterianism before reaching tire age of twenty Perhaps was then as near Atheism as shall ever be Editing a paper about that age spirit rapplngs came Into prominence from some strange manifesta tions in the familyof tine Rev Dr Phelps of Stratford Conn and the Fox sisters of Rochester N Y I think my paper was the only one though had ninny publications on Investlgatlonsition of the press at that time was to pooh pooh them I personally knew Andrew Jackson Davis Prof Rhodes Buchanan Prof Mansfield the writing medium and other celebrities of the cult Somo of their alleged manifestations seemed phenomlnal Science failed to account for them I Joined tho Society for tsychlcal Research soon after Its or gnriization but I have never received any satiofactory evlct f into the ranks of the spIruuansT J and while my namesake who pub llsliea the Freethinker in London Icules tho idea that there can be any difference between Agnosticism and Atheism to my mind there Is and up to the present moment I prefer to be rated an Agnostic for there are too many mysteries connected with our mundane existence to bo positive of anything that science does not ab solutely demonstrate to be truth am quite well satisfied In regard- to any question I do not feel positive about to say that I am an Agnostic and let It go at that for If there really bo any Infinite Being how is It pos sible for the Finite to comprehend the Infinite The question practically swers Itself I am greatly interested in all the discussions pro and con relating to the greatest mystery of lue and death but not finding it possible thus far to reach any definite conclusion am content to be classed on this important subject with the greatly revered Dr Huxloy Yours truly E B FOOTE Pasadena Cal Fb 20 1903 JlIr Dear Friend The certificate came in due season many thanks I live In New Hamp shire but am a tramp shall go home In June came out here two rears ago went to the Hawaiian lands last year shall remain hero un April then shall be at San Jose uitil I leave for home Am glad to hear from the Froethought people at my and at all times Mrs Henry is i a great woman I think sho Is tho iroadest and finest woman In tho world Mrs Closz is a close second trust you are well Yours very truly MARILLA M RICKER Iiii IIDLllu6iis2OiCENruRfl3AD III 1 A1CMsCATALOGUE ON APPLICATION PAULMJUSTICE ecy EVERYBODY COMINCT Jr r jBLUEGRASS BLADE DOES MORTALMAN Shape and Control His own Destlty Or is He the Creature of Fate For twenty years I have been a fa talist believing with Thomas Carlylo that It Is not In man that walketh to direct his footsteps also that whatero wo purposo wo do but row were steered by fato In the first placo we are forced into this world without wish or desire and are given certain characteristics that compel us to live In conformity with them and we are born with latent talents depen dent on favorable conditions for de velopment with disposition and torn perment that reveal our natural ten dencies and the probable direction in which fate will steer us We are ply human machines from the very start for the universal forces of Na ture pump our breath and blood di gest our food and compel us to think All these movements being involun tary or mechanical what are wo thus far but puppets In the hands of Na ture Wo possess consciousness and what is known as will butour desires are the only things that havo power to rouse ino will or to Impel Its ac tion and a man has no more to do with his desires than with the pump ing of his breath and blood for they come or rise up within him in an involuntary manner and the strongest of thorn force him into action for their gratification If mortal man had no desires he would have no Incentive to act so his desires which he does not createthe same being spontaneous or produced by his environ ments are the regulators of his con ductI never had tho least dslro to be a Methodist minister but thousands of men have had and that desire drove them Into the pulpit and right here I wish to say that freedom of choice Is a fallacy because what Is called choice Is simply the strongest of one of many desires and when a man is moved to act by such a desire I ask where and how does it assume the ap pearance of a free act There is no such thing as free will in any human being never was and never will be for as I have shown man the Involun tary thinker the human machine run by universal forces is controlled by his desires and does not nor cannot act Independent of them He is a puppet In every sense of the word for he is the eternal slave of conditions the ever responsive factor of desire What desire demands he does if possible at any rate he tries That de sires are strengthened or weakened by judgment and companion I do not deny but the strongest when viewed in the light of selfinterest dJceojiCryjerted reason is vriutt In y sures will is called into play by that desire which exerts the greatest influence over It but the will not free In Its choice or selection of desires because many things act up on It anti affect its decisions The will actually has no more freedom than a weather vano for the law of Nature compels it to follow the lines of least resistance in all Its determi nations and pleasurable results it must choose instead of those likely to insure misery I wish to make this point plain because the only argu ment the opponents of fatalism can present worth notice or consideration is that the will has power of dellbera tlon and choice upon comparison of on first view It has but the will is not free in an absolute sense to choose anything for it is influenced in a thousand ways by con ditions and environments and acts as it must act from firce of circumstances When life is pleasant and satisfactory the will seeks to prolong It but when Joy and gladness have departed and hope has disappeared the will seeks the destruction of the body as iinaturally as it sought to preserve it under the other conditions Said Lord Byron My whole life was a contest since the day that gave me birth and at times have found the struggle hard and thought of shaking off my bonds of clay It Is the conditions under which one finds himself In life that compels the will to choose death In preference to further existence so henceforth when this fact is considered let no super ficial thinker prate about free will detstruetlon In the strongest terms yet his free will was so influenced by conditions that acted upon It ended his life with his own hand Let us reflect again on the words of Carlylo It is not In man that walk eth to direct his footsteps What man knows with absolute certainty what he will do a week hence or a year hence Who can write autobio graphy In advance giving day and date of death the cause and the final resting place for his body No andjcurs If man shaped and controlled his own destiny he would know in advanco all these things and be able to live In accordance with his desires also as long as desire lasted where as men live from day to day as their environments decide and die when fato decrees without being notified In advance Suit O W Holmes Our lives are but a string of guesses at tho future and unless some one can disprove this statement let no man affirm that lie shapes ls own destiny Said John W Drnp1 Men do not control eventsc tut events control men and pippeta In the hands of universal Nature we all dance In responce to impelling causes What we regard as a good man deserves no more credit for being good than a bad man de serves censure both playing the part in life which fate decided without 4 power to do otherwise for as Ingersol lit The Impossible never occurs nut It utterly Impossible for nil inon to ho or to think alike Who makes the variations tho soon them selves Not much auk every man who walks this earth Is Just what ho is from neccosBlty Tho mind of childhood Is filled with errors and falsehoods by religious teachers and bigotry and prejudice ever after have their Influence on the will compell lug It to kill Jows In Russia or Chris tians In Turkey and making persecution prevalent among the various sects every where Some men are born Into this world with their happiness ready made as Holniea expresses It for Nature gave them genial temperaments sunny dis positions and a tendency to bo light hearted and joyous but others like Byron are horn with misery ready made and with him are compelled to think and say 0 life Thou art a galling load Along a rough a weary road To wretches such as Tho basis of mans misery Is his thoughts but being an involuntary thinker there Is no escape for him How nlco It would ho If a man could stop thinking when his thoughts are unpleasant and distressing but no he must think on and endure his hell as best he can for only In natur al or artificial sleep can thinking bo you keep my brain from thinking was a question recently asked his physicians by the Pope Thinking can be stopped only In two ways by sleep or by death The brain Is the organ of thought and it Is well to consider for a moment this part of our physical machinery Says O W Holmes The more we examine the mechanism of thought the more we shall see that automatic unconscious action of the mind en ters largely Into all Its processes An Idea In the brain is an impression made on living tissue which Is the seat of active nutritive processes The brain must be fed or It cannot work Four great vessels flood every part of It with hot scarlet blood which carries at once fire and fuel to each of Its atoms Stop this ply and we drop senseless This Is one of the best descriptions of our thinker ever made and those who feel inclined to connect a human spirit with mans thought can labor a long time before proving it Hot scarlet blood automatically forced to the brain makes us think and think ing makes us act and as long as this automatic process continues we are assured consciousness and the necessary power to play our fatalistic parts in the tragedy of life So I repeat human beings are noth ing but machines run by natural forces and they have no more to do with their destiny than they had with their origin Nature produced the machines set them m motion and runs them until accidentally destroyed or worn out and that is all there Is to human life Our individual careers are shaped for us and fate decides our Ufo with as much certainty and accuracy as is seen in the movements of the heaven ly or unconscious entities all are the same In Natures estimation for ceaseless change without plan or purpose Is all that reason can discover in its investigations For life is a riddle that none can guess And whether It curse or whether it bless- Depends on no endeavor For the spider of fate with a thous and eyes Sits weaving Its web for human flies And the flies buzz on forever CHANNING SEVERANCE CHEAP LANDS For Homeseekers and ColoniesI The country along the Cotton Belt Route In Southeast Missouri Arkan sas Northwest Louisiana and Texas offers the 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missionary work for the Blade after a while- live in a community where they are all Infidels until you talk Infidelity to them or until Sunday comes and they are all just the other way They are ignorant of what Is In the Bible If we could Induce them to rend the Bible there would be more Infidels My wife and would like to enroll in the Blade Club Yours truly- F SANDERSON Merldlen Conn July 1903 Dear Liberal Worker Hughes Having bwm supplied with a sam pie copy of the Blue Grass Blade sev eral years ago tried to express my pleasure with a draft and a wish that our next age would be the Womans Twentieth Centuury and was admon ished with Bro Moores wit and fun putting a sharper edge on the Blade than my illegible scribbling of bad grammarI enclose a few more names for sample copies who may like the style of that old shaggy watch Dog Fennel of the Orient who has a deathlike grip on the tangled roots of orthodox Christianity If all of your subscribers will be honest and pay for your paper 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returned without any misfortune Yours Sincerely HARRIET 11 CLOSZ Accompanying this letter Is a newspaper extract in which appears the following The Secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Church Erection has pub lished figures showing that the churches of the United States are building and dedicating fifteen church buildings every tiny Of course do not know about that but suppose It is a lie It is almost Impossible for any Christian to tell the truth about religion- am 05 years old and have always lived In Fayette County Kentucky of which Lexington is the county all of that time do not know of any church having been built In the country in this county except two that were built In place of old ones and two very small Negro churchesIn within the last fifty years so far as can recall the only churches that havo been built for white peoplo that were not In the place of old ones aro a small Camp bolllte church a nice Methodist church an Episcopal church and a Lutheran church The Episcopal church was torn down and tho Luth oran church had all the religious stuf ting taken outJ and was sold for debt and boug oB Hagerman There was once some talk of Ing It for an office for the Blue Gra account says there are four Methodist churches built every day There never was but one Methodist church In the country In Fayette county It was the only house In this county that was ever damaged by a cyclone The whole roof was blown off while the people were In it conducting a service one Sunday over years ago and the people got into a vault to put dead people In It was a white brick church and not even the place can now be found when it stoodIt named Zoar and stood near what Is now the Russell Cave pike think two Baptist churches in this county have been discontinued Thry were named Davids Fork and Pry ants Station The new Methodist church in Ington was built because a congrcsa tlon quarreled shout politics during the civil war and the two faction hated each other more than they hated snakes CAMPING GROUND For any organization or club wish- Ing an excellent camping ground nt better place could be selected than the Big Miami River between Dayton and Hamilton The river Is shaded on both sides and affords excellent fishing and boating The H D will be glad to assist any party In se curing a suitable camping site ant will make rates ddressD EDWARDS P T H ft D Ry Cincinnati 0 WERE FROM MISSOURISHOW US7 Thats Just what we want to do show you Our pamphlet on the ap pie Industry of Missouri Is clear anr convincing and tends to convey l you how great a region the sec tlon along the line of the Katy in it applebearing proclivities Write fur one as well as other pamphlets attractive and Instructive Address KATY Wainwright Bid St Louis Mo OLD POINT COMFORT VA CHEAP EXCURSION RATES VIA ROUTE JULY 29th 1903 On July 29th round tickets will he sold from LexlngtonKy and all stations from Lexington to Ashland at 1300 Tickets good days from date of sale For full information quire of your agent or write John Potts A u P Cincinnati 0 or G W Barney D P A Lexington J3yJ IJIntheTIMEThst re territoryfromwiulchsend them to yon that you may know thosectionK ft T Ry Address TYG Mo Frisco System WILT HAVE ON SALE AT St Louis lID Memphis CHEAP ONEWAY and ROUND TRIP Homeseekers Rates FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH To ARKANSAS MISSOURI XAN SAS OKLAHOMA TERRITORY IN DIAN TERRITORY and TEXAS For rates and Information address H I McGUIRE W R POWE Tr Pass AgontCINCINNA11 KOREA GINSENG NURSERY Doolin Prop SEED FOR PLANTING A SPECIALTY Office and Nursery at ETNA Pulaski County KY DRINK HABIT CURED OICKEYL1QUORCURE mtuihood restorer one umke ii oftiltofflunest bank reference glen dur business REMEDYoorP0BOX44S11ELBi LEXINGTON EASTERN RAILWAY COMPANY Time Table No2 Dally No p m a m Lv Lexington 225 745 Lv Winchester 310 825 Lv Btville Junction 511 1029 Ar Jackson 616 1J30 Ar Gunnel City 1245- Westbound No Dally No3Ex Sunday Daily a m p m Lv Cannel City 105 Lv Jackson 625 225 Lv Utville Junction 726 32 Lv Wi tester t23 55 Ar Lexington 1020 6ui Nus anti make close connection at K junction for Cannel City and points on Ohio Kentucky RailJway Nos and connect at L E Junction with Chesapeake Ohio for Mt Sterling and local points Nos anti connect dally ex ept Sunday at Beattyville Junction with 1 Ralway for Beattyville J R BARR Gen Mgr ilLS SCOTT P A R MORGAN S P JBt 1fiTHE WELLKNOWN PHYSICIAN Cures Where Others Fail FOR PROOF READ HIS nOOK Those swan I of err iii Ilrbll Itr arc iruiiof icing a sent to their for peeneuvetopeigtvitt the nmllralukicovcry an Out utlottapostttvocuretheonlyrummy V3 tntidress JIlt It P FKTTOV5 ewer Viuuliiud Drpellows has cured so many advanced and difficult tsars f private nature were tooled dfarspecialtyLdilorAteeDr Fellows has for d number of years held an enviable reputation In the medical line and has made a specialty of a number of diseases thereby becoming familiar with them and enabling him to treat them cessfully He Is wellknown as a pro nounced advocate In all lines of free thought and stands well In his pro nsslon wherever he It known TrE BEST LINE r jDfO r r q r 6 F 11 trj M1 t r BLUE GRASS BLADJIlor0uu THE ASP R TIONI Of My Life Is to Get Those 10000 Sub scrlbers for the Blade The Blue Grass Blade as a news paper has now come up to tho stanll and that I aspired to make It who I began It and Is much moro thai I really eVor oxpected to attain It Is devoted to the greatest cause on onrth and It has the finest writers on earth to defend that cause It has now attained such a perma nency that my death would not malte It lose a single Issue No Infidel l11h Hcatlon of the world has ever nchloved such endless variety In the prosen tn tlon of Its causes and the popular of tho vapor Is continually Incrcasii There Is only one thing about It that hurts me and that hurts pretty had and that Is that its friends do not se cure the 10000 subscribers that asl for when they ought to do It nnd could do it and not half try A discussion like that between Dr Poll and Mr Mullen ought to bo road by a million people The trouble with our people Is that they aro not willing to make sacrifice for our cause Ench one stands back and watts for others to do what they all ought to be doing when each one should tape pride In making sacrifice for the cause The Christians started out at the beginning of this century to raise 20000000 to make the greatest rell glous revival the world ever saw They claimed long ago to have gotton nearly that amount They were either lying about It or the preachers fobllOdI the money for we have not had any great religious have seen no special effort to have oneThe Blade has over 4000 sub scrlbers and asks for 0000 more At 50 cents each that Is only 3000 and H will be simply disgraceful If the 10000 readers of the Blade cannot raise for this great cause as small a sum as that only 33 13 cents elich As soon as you have got me 10000 subscribers I am satisfied that with that many can get 25000 subscribe and then would put the Blade at cents a single copy and 25 cents In clubs of five and more and woultl then get 100000 subscribers It Is certainly very discouraging to me that i that with all have written on this subject it remains a fact that no manor woman who is prominent In Infidel propagandlsm has even written a gle line or sent a single cent to assist In that work It Is the severest cut have ever had In all my work In this cause I do not ask for a cent of 0Ut money I dont even want to see It and dont see it I have sacrIficed every financial Interest for this cause and In my old age my home is mortgaged and is for sale want the honor of dying a poor man and don my wife or children to be rich being rich does not make peo IIwant or happy unless they use It del Carnegie does this Is not justice to me fpraise of me is very kind and all rlght I 1as as it goes but that is a small matter You cannot reasonably ex pect anybody to get rich off of this paper Mr Hughes has to live and has to have money to publish this paper and it is your dulyI do not say your privilegeIt Is your dm as men and women if you really predate the importance of this mat ter to find subscribers for this paper and send the money at 50 cents apiece in clubs of five to pay for them and send this money now and get it bacl tae hest way you can If you want t do so but send the money anyhow even if you have to make a sacrifice to do so Please get busy and arouse yourselves to the importune of this matter With all the villlany being exposed in the illness or malingering of the Pope almost any Irish Catholic house girl is paying more to keep up her church than the blggeat people among us Infidels Yes such Inconsistent has so discouraged me that It give me that tired feeling when I see these pieces come under the had Why Am an Atheist We have got to quit blowing our selves and go to work an do some thing do not intend to print an 1other one of them after this appear Blade have just receive one of these atheistic letters from Judge Parrish B Ladd of Alameda California He Is a great man with a great brain and his avowal of Athe ism Is very significant It goes ti Hhow that that is the trend of the most competent Infidel thought al this day and Atheism Is the thing with which to meet Christianity and it has been all right and this sympo slum has put the Blue Grass Blade at the very head of the most advanced thought in the world But Judge Ladd waited until he saw how the cat had jumped and then he writes his little piece announcing his Atheism but after all have said about increasing tho circulation of the Blade he does not even allude to that subject If the Blades friends will not help me In this matter of course I will have to print Just what they are willing to write but the time has come when would rather print an Inch saying that tho writer sends 250 for five scribers for the Blade than to print three columns of the most magnifi cent wind jamming that was over writtenIf Is any wind jamming to be done can do that myself The Blade wants 10000 subscribers and then I will subside and you all can go ahead again In your former style of writing Hetrman Wettstein of Fitzgerald Ga has written me a long letter for publication He has a brilliant scheme for getting 5000 subscribers for the Blade Magazine as soon as one or two issues of it can bo gotten out It is to fill that magazine chuck full of some things that he has to write about that he says will occupy about know what the things are yearjdo not know the meanings words in the names of them I would rather ht In hell harotoototl than to edit such n magazine if I could make 40000000 a year It Hut WettBtoIn Is too modest to mention the matter of nay such carnal nnd sublunary thing as money In connection with nIl this Oh no tho angels or nnbody else can furnish tho money tho big thing Is to have n great and massive brain like Wett steins back of a thing like thisaI most anybody will Just tumble oyer each other to get to put up the mane for a great magazine like that Some people make mo so tired that some times am just tempted to go way back and sit down and shut my head for tho balance of my days Hughes and his wife and his child are all little people anyhow and Its not healthy to eat too much and If Hughes wants a little something to eat now and then and to give a little grub once In a while to those of us who go to see him whats to lteep these Kentucky crows from bringing It to him as the ravens did to Elisha over yonder In Palestine that wo saw and that story must be true for though Ellslm Is dead there are lions of ravens there yet and I saw them I want it understood that ticles on the subject of Increasing the circulation of the Blade from this on until tho Blade has 10000 subscribe will take precedence over all others oven before our good Bro Sachs scheme to boom the N IJP The N L P Is all right and want to see at St Louts In 1904 at the Fair the greatest gathering of Infidels that the world ever saw but the way to do teat Is to get 10000 subscribers for the Blade You do that and I will see that we will have the heathens galore at St Louis Sachs Is all right and Is just the man we want for the place that he fills as Secretary of the N L P but ho has had his say on the Atheism business and now want to haye my say about getting 10000 sub scribers for the Blade and If nobo also will write about It lam going to fill this paper full of my own writing do not defer to any man on Sods earth as a wind jammer cept old Bro George Washington 11c o mlek He walks off with the calC init he has put up the money for his wind jamming In the Blade250o- 1t a Plfase let me know what you are going to do about this If you are against it say so and I will print It just as soon as will print antlling Ise but dont go Into a consplra silence to beat me by not salng inything until you think you have Unaliy worn me out and then you can to writing again about something hat dont cost you any money If roe dont do better than you are do ing by getting subscribers for this japer at 50 cents each this thing will je kept up until somebody elses eelhigs are hurt by it as you all lie now hurting my feelings and then here are some Infidels who aro la ng for mo who will work the rabbit oot about my insulting the Free linkers as they call them of Arae ca The way RTUo aniT your all knot and have not the backbone to d- otIs for each of you to send the Made right now the money for sub icribers at the 50cent rate or tell ne for print in this paper that you ant do it and say anything that you can say to encourage others to 10 It dont want any articles for the Wade on any other subject until lave either gotten those 10000 sub crlbers or have announced to yoi hrough the Blade that I am dls ouraged and have given It all up PROCLAMATION FOR AN INGERSOLL MEMORIAL DAY 10 the Liberals of the United States Lreeting The National Liberal Party hereb recommends that the 11th day of Ai the birthday of the greatest and oldest man ever born on America mil Robert Ingersoll be flttingl Served by all Liberals by holdini meetings in halls or by giving pic alc8 In groves on which day or the Sunday nearest to that day Tit Iate Is a happy one coming In summer right after the harvest am a time when men can leave theli lahors and when cheap rates of trave mar be Besides at this midseason of the- veal when enthusiasm is sluggish It Is essential that Liberalism have mie Incentive to amuse It from Its neral apathy What greater Incentive could it have than celebrating the rthday of tho man who broke the- uaclt of bigotry and forced upon fanatical public a decent respect free speech and for free thought We owe this respect to Col Ingersoll and we owe It to ourselves that sustain the advantages and libel- tl06 gained by his audacious persistent and relentless aggressiveness Let not Liberalism permit his name- lnd fame to bo culled as was that of Paine Activity upon our part will go far towards checking the clerical calumnr which is already being healled upon his memory We can- emplor no better means for counter acting their lying malicious attacks than by holding an annual memorial his memory If we suffer his mem 0 to die our silence will be couragement to the enemy to continue theh vituperations We cannot ford to lose even a small advantage gained If we permit the Influences of Ingersoll to wane or to be weal- eneu we recede and grow weaker ourselves Therefore let Liberals of cities adjoining counties meet on AUbtlst- 11th or the Sunday nearest and lItting honor to tho memory of Ingersoll and at the same time make It a Harvest Feast of Liberals We desire that a report of every celebration no matter how few maybe gathered will be sent our Secre- tarr the same to be published This will onocurage the observation of the uar and each year will find the num bor of memorial meetings Increasing Cau wo have reports of meetings We ought t receive at least 100 but J Lr n rVU iiJ If we Ret 26 or for n start we will feel satisfied In a few years theso memorial meetings will como to be regarded as a fixed Liberal custom and they will bo looked forward to with pleasant anticipation All that Is needed Is the start and It Is fitting that this National Liberal Party as sumo the lead Every Liberal should go prepnred to deliver an oration or to makt n few remarks or to read some extract from the speches of Col Ingersoll For present convenience we offer the following Program Addresses by the presiding of fleer Music If it can bo arranged for Biographical sketch of Col In gersoll Reading or Recitation Declaration of the Free Music Reading Extracts from Lib erty of Man Woman and Child 7 Miscellaneous Extracts Music Eulogy by the Orator of the the above programme may bq added any other feature desired those attending If no speaker can be procured let any one present read any one of Mr IngersoHs lectures or one or more of the many masterly eulogies which were printed In our Liberal journals after his death- J B WILSON President Send reports to Morris Sachs Sec rotary Atlas Bank Building Cinci nati Ohio PASSING OF THE POPE By Robert Montfort Lucky Peace be still The Pope Is passing To the Spirits silent bourn The Nations faithful come to moue Above the stillness of his bier His reign is done And Mid the paupers hoarded portions Amid a heaven born of hell Ho lies In state the potentate Of myth and misery A vesper IFell Portentious sounds the ages mess ge But Nature on exalted throne Controlleth still all those who come To smile and sign in mortals rerlm And pass beyond its solemn borde Peace be still The Christ is passing As the steam of vapor goes The fire Is out naught but ashes Proves existence of the flames Which the fiendish greed consume The brains and brawn of human kill Peace be still fhe King is passing Apostate King of human creed J mlfMenSouls have sped the path to doom Bones alone are meaning answer To the wanderers holy quest eace be still rhe man is passing Nature halts upon the heights To fold within maternal bosom The remnant of the faithful pride Wile Clio on the Centurys scroll nscrlbes the blackness of his reign Willlamstown Ky DEFENDS SOCIALISM Many people are Christians just be arise they were born and trained be such Many people are Democrat r Republicans just because they wen born and trained that way never hav Ing thought or Investigated for them jives When the Christian begins to think for himself lays aside his preJudice uses his Judgment reason and common sense informs himself he repudiates Christianity and seeks something higher nobler better He becomes what is known as a Free linker Liberal Infidel When the- old line Inbred politicians begins think and investigate for himself ercomes his partisan hatred and prejudice Informs himself as to whether the tactics and policies of his nehonorcd party are for the best terests of his country and are met- Ing out the most Justice to the greatest number of his fellow citizens he comes a Socialist Hence all Socialist are Freethinkers and all Freethinkers are Socialists opposed to capitalistic methods and policies clesiastical injustice persecution and tyranny produced the Freethinker the Infidel Political Injustice pression and Inequality produced the SocIalist Both are the natural spring of similar conditions Both are- being kicked and cuffed about from- pillar to post by the same principle of I dont care who sinks just so I Socialist and Freethinker have the same noble aspirationfreedom of mind and body the betterment the condition of mankind In union there is strength Why- should two strong oxen he pulling separatoly or In different directions trlng to remove the same burden What is the matter that the National Liberal Party and the Socialist lJart- cannot unite their forces and all pull to ether Both parties favor mans rights and woman sUffrage- Both are for Initiative and referendum Both fighting monopoly Both in favor of complete separation of church and State Both opposed to class privileges Both stand for freedom of speech and press Both strl Ing to upbuild the human race and bettor tho condition of mankind In tho great impending struggl between capital and labor that fronts the American people todaj that is destined to plunge this natto Into the most dreadful revolution of modorn times the church has take her stand on the side of capital fitI downfall of capitalism will bo tho downfall of ecclesiastical porsccutloi and power anti that Is all we Free thinkers care to accomplish so far as the church Is concerned- I am just beginning to study Social Ism anti may be wrong In suggesting a union of forces Will some of the older and better Informed brethren 01 sisters express themselves along this line I notice that Socialists have been very liberal takers of the books which I have had for distribution the Age of Reason and Facts Worth Knowing which Indicates that then some congeniality between Social Ists and LiberalsJESSE RUSSELL Hardyvillo Ky Rough on the Jusc Burk Idaho July 15 1903 Jruther More Sir I see that you are as Bahd ns the chrlstons are on the Juse question you now that the ant ane god then lavent now use for ane botey But a JIIW Rushey is given them ther Just dues by ktlcn them a Jue nows no illegible nows no kindness nows no nth mg they hav fetch On all of the hard times Wlch Strikes the Cun trr Every fue yarn By tho Barks Clos en wlc robs the por pepel et was the Jues that fetch on the Bore wore which Illegible those pepel of the land and murderd thos women and Ihildron In that land ther Isa rush en Jew here Illegible tells me that It Is the Jues students in the schools which cose all the trubel thea Go out and ravesh the rushen woman and girls ever ons and agile I dont hear the press sale one thing bout thos Juse flaring Girls in new- ark and pitting them in Huses fam som of them hav high as wires all in houses of III fam and thea go round and Clocks from ther shame those Juse wodent hay A ovement of ther one the Codent handel the mony With Stefen all rushey will do just nit to kill every noyiti rushes4 tho grccftrtrKWir on with the turks thinking all the Christen would illegible in and all of the turks that would Be al- lrlt I thot your paper had som sens bllt see that you havent got ane moro sens than the Christons hav I am a Cathllc SHORT LETTERS Belleville Kan July 14 1903 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear SIrPlease find enclosed press order for one dollar to renew m subscription to the Blue Grass Markell requested me to rOil if you would please Inform him- what tho book Is called which was written by Roosevelt In which calls Thomas Paineua filthy little Atheist and where he can get the- book as he has talked to many pea pIe who say that Roosevelt has never written a book and he wishes to prove Good Route 14 Try It traverses a territory rich In undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock 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size solid gold silver and other watches not listed above Diamonds Opals Sliver Plated and Optl cal goods Music Boxes Jewelry Chains Clocks Freethought and other badges Ingersoll Spoons and my tract Theism In the Cru clble fr- eeOTTO I WETTSTEIN i La Grange Ill jj 44- I+ + + +44 + + + 34i4++ + +H F44 + 44444 + iM 444 + 4344 k4 + + + that he Thanking you In advance for the favor Yours fraternally MRS ETTA MARKELL AnswerThe book Is the Life ofI Gouveneur Morris It can bo gotten from any large book store Moons Ohio July 1903 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear Sir Please enclosed find one dollar for Dog Fennel In the Oriei suppose that I am the only subscrl er for tho Blade In this Concord township Fayette County Ohio I do not agree with you Jn all I think that there is a Great Supreme Being What it Is I know not as for the Bible think it is a fabulous story Very respectfully JOHN CURRAN West Sutton Mass July 13 303 mal Mopre Of course we should help the Blad If Its worth helping and who shall say that it is not If Freethought free speech and free press are worth while if equality man and woman deserves considers fan if constant endeavor to relieve people of the various superstition that have shackled many minds so long and their effects to a greate Dr less degree are unavoidably upon us all In short If the betterment of ill humanity is to be sought after then Indeed is the Blade worthy It sets forth much that many need to mow that is considering their best good and the general good of all Tha ought to be a settled fact The nex thing Is to go about It have sen out copies for a long time and shall continue to do so It is one of the Impossibilities to get our neighborsI to subsscrlbe We ome one of them a paper or pamphlet to read hoping they may get ai Idea along our linewith that ave to be satisfied for the present at eastI am hoping to be situated In a ray before long that will give me a broader range to work Sincerelr LUCY WATERS PHELPS Ottawa Ills July 1903 Charles C Moore Dear Sir Meeting Mr George W ownsend last Sunday he wished to send his name and that of Mr Robert Kawn of Ottawa as subscrlb ers for Dog Fennel They are both subscribers for the Blade I received a letter from Mrs lying that she Is sick mid HenryI wrlto any for the made at am very sorry She Is the ablest writer of the age Yours truly CHESTER MARTIN Grafton W Va Jury 1903 DellI Brother Moore nclosed find draft for i to pay for subs scrIption to Dog Fennel in tho Orient I am past years of ago and have been sick for a year and half and have not done a days work In that time but I hope to live long enough to read Dog Fennel Yours truly W F POE SIgournoy Iowa July 15 1903 Dear SirBeing a render and admirer of the Blade I am of course somewhat of a hardshell and desire a copy or Dog Fennel as soon as it is published Will send the dollar when the- book Is received Am 67 years old and have never di j been anything but an Atheist as I never known any reason for being anything else Respectfully- J M RICHARDSON Answer Thanks you will be notl fied as soon as the book is ready and it will be sent to you as soon as the dollar Is received The book will be ready at the timeuor so near the time this letter appears that you may send your dollar at once Sagauche Colo July 1903 Mr Charles C Moore a Find here one dollar for Dog Fennel to James Comper Sagauche Colo I think I may get you ssome more subsscrlbers for It I will try- Respectfully JOHN LAWRENCE EXCURSION TOadATLANTIC CITY AND RETURN Queen Crescent Route Will sell tickets for tho aUovoa iri- urslon August Cth via Pennsylvania v Lines August 13th via 0 August 18th via CC C St L Ry4j rickets are good 12 days from dateA4t of sale Ask ticket agents for pars ikaI- culars I Making A Country Home rwt IdoesntMissouri and Kansas and the delightful climate of Texas and Old Mexico tsic for them Address KATY WainwrIght Bldg St Louis Mo CONVENT CRUELTIES- Is the title of a phamphlet by a for nor monk Besides the Introduction the pairjphlet 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