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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r W r BLADEJeer20ODSn rEDITED BY A HEATHEN IN Lau 1 OF Q001 MOJMLSPUIJLIkcIIEIJ WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOLUME XII NUMBER 39 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22E M 303 + 100 YEAR t TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for one year S100 In clubs of five or moro 60 cents each a year rms100 per year In advance foreign subscription J150 Five copies one year 260 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as well as tbe new address When you send your subscription sa whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription an serve as a receipt as the date as soon as the subscriber pays uuM iiora totb3 publication arf- ur not discontinued at expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all capers received until the paper Is paid for In full up to date and ordered disco of publication 161 East Third atixjet near Walnut Entered at the Post Office at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mail all communication to SLUE GRASS BLADE P BO 393 Lexington Kentucky yette Telephone 619 umberland Telephone 307 HE DAMNED STUFF CALLE- ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink It believe from the time It Issues yrom the coiled and poisonous worm 1 of the distillery until It empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor It demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without coming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the deathsof the suicides of the Insan- Ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug gang at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread or the men of genius it has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thing And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL Church and State forever eepanatedGantIp Is this gov ernment founded upon the Christian religlonWashington andJOOLLEGE of MEDICINE SURGERY Chicago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Materl PEEP MODERATE Fall term opens In September Write today for Catalog to SeeyIg 4vt3fe M CHRISTIANS CELEBRATINOBIRTHDAYtti ELIZABETH CADY STANTON TH ATHEIST LEADS THE WO MEN OF AMERICA 1 The Women Clubs all over America bas been celebrating the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stflitttfn the Atheist and female suffragist Nearly all tho women composing those clubs are EqunRightsCovlngton last week was addressed at a special meeting by Rev Anna Shaw Baptists on nilzabetk Cnl Stanton who staved tho Voiiian movement In America It is worth white to couslde- whether or not thl great gran movement could or would have been started by a Christian woman think not It is only tho free brain that will strike hard for freedom Stanton the ChrlsMan would never have led tho the women of America to revolt against tho mental physical spiritual and political enslavement That remained for Stanton the Athe 1st All honor then to Atheism which the women of America honor con sciously or unconsciously when they CltllySUlIltonwhen patriottheir cause The Declaration of Rights formulated by Mrs Stanton In 1848 Is of interest as It Includes ev ery demand hat woman has made from that date to tho present time give It here In part THE DECLARATION OF RIGHTS Stantonya his tory of repeated injuries and usurpa dons on the part of man toward man having in direct object the es ramtae suomltted to a candid JUIe JiasjiejMCiaDfeStttfidlhjefctD flxs erclse her Inalle able right to the elective franchise He has compelled her to submit to laws in the formation of which ad e h no voice nighthichand degraded men both natives and foreigners Having deprived her of this first right of a citizen the elective fran chise thereby leaving her without leglslatlonsides her In the eye of the deadX rightInhas made her morally an ir CommDIt d they be done In tho presence of her husband In the covenant of marriage she is compelled to promise obedience to her husband he becoming to all Intents and purposes her master the law giving him power to deprive her of her liberty and to administer chas tisement lIe has so framed tho laws of di vorce as to what shall be the proper causes and to whom the guardianship of his children shall be given as to be wholly regardless of the happiness of woman the law In all cases going upon a false supposition of the su premacy of mot and giving all power Into his hands After depriving her of all rights as a married woman If single and the owner of property he has taxed her to support a Government which recog nlzes her onl when her property can be made profitable to It Ho has monopolized nearly all the profitable employments and from those she Is permitted to folow she receives but n scanty remuneration Ho has closed to her all the eve u ues to wealth and distinction which he considers most honorable to him self In theology medicine and law she is not known Ho has denied lion tho facilities for obtaining n thorough education all colleges being closed against her He allows her in church as well as state but a subordinate position claiming Apostolic authority for her exclusion from tho ministry and with somo exceptions from any par ticipation In the affairs of tho church Ho has created a false public son tlment by giving to the world a dlff ent codo of morals for men and men by which moral dellnquoncl- which excludo women from soda- rea not only tolerated but deemed of little account In man He has usurped the prerogative of Jehovah himself claiming it as his right to assign for her a sphere of ac faun when that belongs to lion science and to her God avalcon deuce In her own powers to less her selfrespect and to snake her w ing to load n dependent and abject life dlslfranchlsementof this country their social and I ell 1 1 l i f glow degradation In view of the just laws above mentioned and cause women do feel themselves grieved oppressed and fraudulently of their most sacred rights Insist that they have Immediate prlyliegesof tho United States In entering upon this great work anticipate no small amount iseonception f misrepresentation and dicule but wo shall use every In strumentality within our power to ef empoEState and National Legislatures and endeavor to enlist tho pulpit and th press In our behalf We hope convention will be followed by a ser los of conventions embracing every part of tho country Firmly reties upon the final tri umph of the right sort the true we do this day affix our signatures to this declaration J B W CLARENCE S DARROW ON THE ABDICATION OF REASON Mr Clarence S Darrow counsel for the miners In a speech in Chicago casedthe coal that the miner brings up shal hyllwearth The public has not yet been con sidered The public never is consider ed trod hardly deserves consideration They let other men do their thinking they let other men do their voting entrcothoright to say anything about It The great public sits stilt while seven or eight railroad companies deliberately take possession of all the anthracite thofe re comapnles an organized Into one head and pass un der one management they continue dumb while these same companies takes possession of all the soft coal Holds that are In this country they murmur not while railroad company actor railroad cotenant is consolidated into one until a single person in Wall street may not unit fix tho price of all the coal we consume but may deter mine whither we freeze or not It was declared long ago by the word of God My people are destroy ed for lack of knowledge because Uiou hast rejected knowledge I will h lv I11fsAgain me ox luiowoui owner and the ass his tractors crib Israel doth not know my people doth not consider Oh sinful nation a people ladden with iniquity a seed of evil doers children that are corrupters The groat distinction between man and the brute creation is that of son Because of It the gospel of eter ally can be preached to the former History and the present time shows the sure disaster that follows a refus al to exercise our mental faculties B cause man cannot be his own butcher baker and candlestick maker Interested parties lead him to believe that it Is right In all thingsexcept per haps his own tradeto seek and sub mit to mental authority He does this lu spiritual affairs and his folly cannot be measured by Its results in this life nor furnish a warning to his loved children who survive him He does this in wordy matters and In consequence livos a slave for the man who reasons becomes the boss and obtains the crown of him who on ly thinks no thinks There is no crime of greater enormity in heavens slglu than that of mental abdication to menand hes man If he oats oneor organizations The eternal decree isrefuse to know and live in consequence as the brute that does not know Ho who will n freely use his reason is never heard by the God of reason whose invitation Is Let us reason together and tl1eare crimson shall become whiter than snow And who commands Give a reason lor the hope that Is In you A lady says If my church Cann get mo to heaven well I wont go A man says If the mass per under my party they can suffers And so reason lies bleeding Chil dren despise the school The public hates him who prods them Into intel lectual effort Ill strain my arms and breast my bosh In muscular work but do not done study vital things clear outanl1 hold to them Knowledge Is power If In us It fur us but If we Intrust to others generosity or honesty the knowledge that shduld be our own the power of it will accrue to them at an expense to us that Is fatal To know Is half tho battle the other half lies In do leg W SOME MOLTKE PILGRIMS Take Dog Fennel Quite Seriously norsOf the people who traveled with mo suittcomplimented it highly and say it Is an accurate account Others who did not subscribe for to book while wo were on the tour have hoard from It through the Cools and otherwise and have written for the book and always send me kind regards But all tho men and women on manylll of ut whom said sumo or many kind gottIon er written me a line 4 CHRISTIAN CRUELTY BOOTHTUCKER THE SALVATION ARMY SAINT EXCLUDES REL agYENCE OF HIS DEAD tioeWhen we attend church Sunday school or any of the multitudinous auxiliary societies of the sanctuary minIsters alessonapplication and Improvement But phltualdevllopm mightred in tho bud when we read of the vindictivefpresumption and arbitrary decrees of ofChristian DoothTuclOr forhorthroughthedare say that the great mass of tho people either Individually or collec tively whp have developed sympathy humanYpre sence of such an affliction have cast sheed Armythetlarj forces which represent God and ard his son Jesus Christ for Booth Tucker dragged into the death cham ben of his wife the petty family spite against the adherents of the other wings of Gods army and refused to permit the presence of Balllngton Booth at the funeral of his sister Are Christians satisfied with such heartless representatives As yet we have heard no protest from the pulpit or church bodies Great crowds of peope re resenting ever phase of crlmi tuba were said to have lfect 0lsfietan taa t1ng of tart BoothTudker viewed her- remains and paid their last respects to their dead leader but hejUrulherr born of the same parents and reared under the same roof was excluded b p familydifferencesmas The subject Is too pathetic for sarcasm but I must enter my protest against the Inconsistency of people who have hearts that beat In untso theiename I protest against the attempt to adjust Bible teaching to the workings of everyday life and yet call such teaching just Jesus said Whosoever will no leave father and mother and and sister etc cannot be my decl pie In severing the family connec flan in life we presume that the sep oration from father mother broths- and sister was voluntary on the per of Mrs BoothTucker but it remain rd for the husband the owner of he Jolly In life and death to refuse waive these differences at the tuners- and exercise the charity about which we hear so much theoretical these factions of the asArmy expect to adjust their diffe- ences satisfactory before the great white throne Is all the enmity of Itofsweet by and by when they stand in tho presence of Jesus Or the members of one of these famil to sit ou heavens battlements swinging the censer of selfish satis rhosofe Had this brother of Mrs BoothTuck er been an Infidel his exclusion from participation in the sisters funeral rites would have had some shadow of excuse but as both were Christian- to gain the snore heaven it Is only another proof that Christian teaching does not remove the enmity from the hearts of Its adherents That the claim of saintly consecration Is a mistaken one that being born again and receiving a new heart are furclal statements Only another proof that strifes and jealousies and schemlngs flourish In the Christian camp and the unforgiving spirit of vindictiveness atamlti guard at the bier of the dead But why blame Booth Pucker for his heartless decree He only causes grief and regrets for a time but Jesusthe so called saviour of the race has Issued a decree that has ever been paralleled for cruelty and flemllshness He says to those who havo not accepted his teaching Depart from mo ye cursed into everlast- Ing fire prepared tot the devil and his angels whore there shall bo weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth In the contemplation of this mon strong doctrine the selfishness of BoothTucker Is Infinitesimal Can we wonder that the barbarity of the great teacher should produce unforgiving followers No and I would rather bo the victim of the Injustice thou the perpetrator of the Inhuman decree Ingersoll In speaking of this trine of being saved by belief or damned by unbelief says lu these words that ought to shame any believer in the Bible Hear him When the great ship freighted with tho world goes down In the night of death and disaster will not be guilty of pushingfrom andthosewhere there Is sympathy Agnosticery heart Sympathy Is not the stock promIsedstead of giving sympathy and encour ement for honest endeavor the peo pIe are humiliated quarrels are tered family feuds engendered na ns disrupted and anathemas pro inthewhenChristianscontemplation of such conduct as this petty act of Jealousy by BoothTucker at his wifes funeralrealize that such a religion Is too small and mean sod circumscribed to command the resppct or support of the great hearted sym pathetic public which now follows so thoughtlessly HARRIET M CLOS2 Webster City Iowa From Indianapolis Star PROFESS FAITH AT BOYS BIER Father and Six Sons Long Claiming Infidelity Experience Change Frankfort Ind Nov 6Statulin at the bier of their dead brother and son at Mlchigautown this county the father and brothers of R E Baler who had long claimed to be lnlide8 publicly Joined In prayer and professed their faith This revulsion of Ing was tho climax of a dramatic scene during which u man named Purclful a brotherinlaw of the dead man and a devout Christian who over the cas ket publicly denounced them for their Irreligion When young Baker was hurled his six brothers acted as pallbearers The boys and their father while never hav ing scoffed openly at religion always claimed Infidelity When the boy died a minister was called however to hold services over the body Just as he arose to conduct the ser vices Mr Purclful asked to be permit ted to say a few words Then In the presence of all the friends of the dead young man he turned upon the mourning father and brother enounclng them for calling IS11f any lAUJting r 9 atIserve as a lesson to them The services were carried out and at their conclusion the father and the six brothers melt at the side of the car ket and offered up a prayer This they repeated at the grave thatror mt could not understand what the that wrote It was trying to say an dont yet understand- It seems though like Its something whichrsome body who is not a preacher is telling It It may be true and may be false pantietcan that sort of has otSEX EQUALITY IN FINLAND CapitolrWhen you feel like grumbling at the advancement of women In America and their ovldent determination to stand on an equal footing with mon do not Imagine that you have discov ered something new In a corner of Europe the subject was thrashed out years ago and set tied In Finland while the women cannot vote no other door is barred to them Behind the counter at the bank you will often find a woman men attendants only are found on sleeping cars there are many women street car conductors In married life husband and wife share each others property Infidelity Is sin for a man as much as for a woman divorce Is rare and the righteous party Invaria bly holds tho children and the property while society closes Its doors to the doer of evil No sex equality has not toads of Finland a second Eden rime country In the grip of Russia Is anything but that But it is a fact that the rise of women have not harmed men nor has It coarsened women They love and bear children as they did before They seek education and find it but It has not made them the worse mothers Al most universal education has advanc ed the type of Finnish women In leges they stand shoulder to should with the males Their brains are peen or keener their wits as line and their steadiness In the pursuit knowledge something to admire n 212 fellows that compose that organization of flue minds the Royal Geographical society of Fin land are women When your wife joins a club letul the girl yearns for a career dont nag or throw cold water on ad van Ideas Dont prate about n e omnr sphere being the home Nine tins In ten sho has brains enough to cover her own sphere And the thing has already be worked out In Finland to the advai age of all concerned i i1i ii TiEOJMON TOMPAINEPOOR WORLD IS AT LAST BEGIN NING TO DO HIM JUSTICE ed marlcdpaper clippings one from the Courier and one from the Blue Grass Blade The one from the Blade Is marked WltuhlngtonInIs as follows NortllwnrdIDr Foote and Mr Clmmborlaln andlThomasPnlne countryunheededuncared nationsshameless fagConetlndlhtProtestantor writIngsa long time in a trusts which was re torership The bones became broken and Conwaycould Thoughainethrollghnature forallworks before and during our Revolu r wemight fVyand period of American history Ins sub KtflRLQWiI listdn form only broton hispoliT Jt ical record and career Jefferson reo y Inltedprotestsof theCOllrlelJournalthe New York Tribune and appears DunesdTomPaIneof foundRight reltlngIlnceCJ discusses the tombs of Shake WashingtonI the Rue men Paine Shakespeare Napo eon Washington and Jesus Christ whistlingInd reverenceWhere the IlenneryPatersonso rinks anything but waterto tho Inthroughieiie literature Your right bower Bond has gone u heaven by the whlnky route and our Jack o hearts old Tony Corn stalk has had his thigh kicked by Uoetrr and sent headforemost down stairs and Is all broke up but theresyour Jolter Thompson and you two are left and you will have to get a regular Jerusalem camel hump on yourse ves and land tiers Hennery be regulatedpenltentlnrylumbus Ive been therefor If a great big paper like the CJ is to bo ohsceneIItraturl esauteoftheburledHe In nnmcelCohber withhllllare burled sly idea Is that Cobbott burled Paines bones In the son think 1fllolIIIPainesascontemptuously fous are you Teddy tho Strenu cow puncher broncho buster and thoJtrace aboutromAint you going to jump on the New withQd toswl11nHlJroon Sond orders now 1 rYrit I i w r J BLUE GRASS BLADE n to DEFAMER OF THE DEAD And a Holy Liar is Rev Francis Strouh Who in an Address at Cincinnati Publicly Declared That INGERSOLL COMMITTED SUICIDE Think for a moment what It to ai individual to have some awful frightful constant fear dispelled from Ids mind Think of the mental ojonr of millions of loving sensitive Christian souls toi hired with the thonght that they gave but one chance In a thousand of escaping evcrkstlng eternal anguish Think ot them try lngI In vain to throw off this awful t Think of them doubting wavering nylng but nt last going back to tll belief Indoctrinated Into their help less defenseless Infant mlndshuj glng the horrible hateful fear to their doubting loving trusting hearts Think of a pure Innocent nalell maiden hugging and caressing a boa constructor or a monster porllla and you can form some Idea of the hmo cent human heart which pets and resses the clerical dogma of an everlasting eternal hell To Robert G Ingersoll Millions of loving luininn beings nre eternally grateful for dispelling this haunting agonizing fear from their loving minds The whole world of magnanimous humanity is indebted to this great loving man No other man could reach the public us he reached It no other man would dare as he dared no other man could talk as he talker The vicious heartless mone making dogma of eternal hell he drove from the human mind to the extent that the more Intellectual and civilized clergy of today not only are ashamed to preach It but dare not preach It The great mass of them cannot give Ingersoll for thus robbing them of their chief stock In trade Thlr He about him as much as they dare But there is one class of clergy In particular who are given to 11efamlng Ingersoll just to gain some cheap no torlety for themselves They would come Into town and go out of It noticed and unknown if they didnt spring some startling lie on nationalism The woods are full of little blacl and j n preachers whose principal diversion and delight lie in attract x ingfattentlon to themselves by brlst ling up running out before the public scratchln dirt and snnrlln and barldn at Ingersoll What does I It amount to Nothing but combo tlon and bark The ig silent mnstll passes leisurely on while the snlel Ing little bowwow sneaks back to tile doormat Rev Francis A Strough Evangelist Dropped into Cincinnati out of the somewhere and began a series of lectures at the Y M C A He would have come and gone without the pub lie ever having known of the lreS ence of such an Important personage had he not happened to break looso and begin lying on Ingersoll Then at last he got his name in the papers got It In deeper than he thought forboth the Commercial frlbune and Tlmes Star reporting his lecture The TimesStar report Is glen below INGERSOLLS LIFE ENDED WITH POISON IS CLAIM Rev Strough In address Before the- Y Sunday Made the Surprising Declaration Rev F A Strough the evangoli created somewhat of a sensation at a large religious meeting at the Young Mens Christian Association Stindi afternoon by declaring that Robert In gersoll the famous agnostic who dlell a few years ago had committed cide and that his death was not ed by apoplexy as was reported nt the time Rev Strough at first refu ed to give his authority for the starling statement but Monday morning announced to tho TimesStar that he had received Information from Re Dr Agnew a distinguished Presbyte Ian minister of Philadelphia Sal Rev Strough Rev Mr Agnew wife Is related to the family of huge soil and tho preacher is himself a man of unimpeachable Integrity Ho told me that Ingersoll had taken on to end his career rind was posltlv of It Rev Mr Agnew Is a widely known preacher and Is at the head of the Presbyterian Ministerial Burea of the United States made the ai nouncement of Ingersolls suicide some days ago but the newspaper never heard of tho story until Nor day You will notice ho refused at first to give his authority but ut last gave the name of Rev Dr Agnew of Philadelphia Isnt It likely that Reverem Doctor Evangollot Strong thought that ho had just ouch an dience as would gulp down anylhlni he would say and as he was awa out West where no one would question It he would start the He going The outcome of it all will ho seer in the next days issue of the Times Star given below using largo double column headlines DEATH OF INGERSOLL Dr Agnew and Brother in Law Far rell Deny Strongly the Statements of Rev Strough Alleging Suicide t and the Last Named Gentleman Is Surprisedr if Much discussion has been aroused iJfIY tho statement made Sunday by r F A Strough in an address here zf that Col Robert Ingersoll the wldclr known Infidel who died a few y ears ai o had committed suicide lhe TInnes Star inquired of Rev Strough as to the authority he hind for malting tho statement and he replied tlmt Rev Dr Agnew a distinguished Pres byterian divine of Philadelphia Pa whose wife Is related to the Ingerson family was his authority The Times Star telegraphed to Rev Dr Agnew asking him about tho matter and he telegraphed the following answer TimesStar never said or heard that Rol rt Ingersoll committed suicideB C P Farrell cf New York brother Inlaw of Ingersoll was also question ed regarding the story and the ful lowing telegram was received from him Tlmes Star Statements made by Rev Strough are cruel and maliciously false Col Ingersoll died suddenly with heart disease was with him at the time P FARRELL Dr J B Wilson of this city pres dent of the Liberal s uvifrty and fllend of the Ingersoll family strongly nied the truth of the assertion that tngorsoll had ended his life with on Said he Many false statements have been written about Paine and Ingersoll frequently repeated in his lectures that misstatements would so be said about him after death It is not among the unexpected things hat the suicide story Is now tolll The facts of Ingersolls death are will known He had a slight para ytlc stroke in Michigan a year before his death and his family had been warned that lie would die sudden and of this also he was aware On the morning of his death he had been slaying billiards in his own home He rew weary and with his wife went up stairs the exertion of which tigued him He sat down In a chair anll his wife said How are you Ing now Robert Oh better he re tiled and died peacefully and that the end of ohe of the greate randest and best of men who ever lIed on this earth The statement bout his suicide comes too Indirect r to have any strength I think that had any Intent 11estrullinho was just the man t ave left a frank stateme bout it I can speak with some nowledge In this matter because I tatted the Ingersoll home in New ork just a few weeks ago and tal1 ed directly with his family going fullr over the whole case from the time of his slight paralytic stroke a ear previous to the minute of his oath and tho statements of his cide are strikingly different from that given me by the family Tuesday morning when Re trough was informed of the state tents of Dr Agnew and Air Faire he was greatly surprised certainly did not Intend to tell a falsehood about Ingersoll said Dr Strough was at a meeting at which Rev new made the statement about huge having ended his life with his own hand and am startled at his nlnl the story I am very sorry If misstatement has been made and Ihall make further Inquiry Which Is the Liar It now lies bcweon the Roveren trough and the Reverend Agnew to whlcn Is tho Reverenn Liar in this caNe It looks very much as If nev erlllIl Strough Is the pious irlculor He reluctantly gave his thority for the statement In the- I1rst place and when trapped with- the telegrams said by way of excuse certainly did not Intend to tell a Ischood about Col Ingersoll Here ho lieu again for it Is ov lent that he certainly did intend Ilraw a lesson of evil consequences belief by defaming Col Ingersol on obscure and indirect testlmon If he had wanted to ave been fall- anll just and even consistently Chris llau ho would have written to Mn sorsoll for the facts In the case It Is not improbable that Strong nly did hear Rev Agnew make the statement and he should be given the henefit nt the doubt Preachers are alike liars by habit They knot when they arc preaching that a 1thnt was impregnated by a ghost or by a Holy Spirit or spook or what they choose to call it that the Ieer lying They know that when profess to know anything another life that they are ij Ing They know this much becaus tnej are not fools A prominent man once zealous in church work stoppers me on the street and said This case of Stroughs well Illustrates the fact that the clergy all live by lying t Is their stock In tradetheir bread- and butter- t would bo Interesting reading coud we see the letters which will pass between Reverend Strough- and Reverend Agnew Tho probabll Itr Is that they will both call each- other about the same or worse than- here Intimated so no good Christian reading this can complain of my Ing severeo CommercialTribune I sent the following communication which was printed DR WILSON DEFENDS INGER SOLL AGAINST STROUGH I1tor CommercialTribune jI fho emphatic declaration in to J Ji days Issue of this paper by ICv I list irancls it Strong nt tho 11 C A Hall that Colonel IngmBoll muted suicide and that lie based hl8 Information upon tho statesmen of Immediate relatives ot Colonel In gcrBoll comes late but was not un expected Tho great wonder is that prominent ministers hMO allowc so much tlmo to elapse before startlnt this and other stories equally fa1so and absurd It Is common to hear street prlnch ors mid backwoods clergy who hae no means of Information whnteer tell that Ingersolll recanted nnd died a miserable death The shcpcnl of Christ have ever employed this method of imprecation and innuendo In re plying to the unanswerable logic oi their opponents This had weight in past bllt the time has come when men arc be gaining to apply tho same thought and reflection upon matters religious as upon matters of business other of concern and the less slander and defamation the clergy now em ploy the better it will bo off Many clergymen are wise enough to see this and no doubt will deplore this pipedream declaration of Rev Strough If Rev Mr Strougn sad gotten his Information direct from the famll of Colonel Ingersollfrom his widow who was the only person who saw him dieand If ho could prove that such was told him then some IInpor lance should be attached to his statement But this Is an old practice of the information from another preache a Ito Mr Agnew of Philadelphia ot his information from his wife who Is an obscure relative of the In ersolls Rev Mr trough has gone a long way around to reach the story le wanted to tell After hearing this from the above source it would onl have been fair if he had written to lrs Ingersoll for tie acts in the ase before springing his sensriioi But this is an old practise of the ilergy which it has over emplored for the purpose of directing its fiocls from information which would add to heir enlightenment It said of Paine that he advised his daughter on her eathbed to choose her mothers road Instead of his when the fact Is he ever had either son or daughter The clergy also said that when Paine submitted the manuscript of The Age of Reason to Franklin the latter said to him Dont u11chaln the tiger when the facts are that ranklln had been dead for three ears before Paine even wrote a word of the Age of Reason Falsehoods Innumerable were sot afloat about Paine and today the orgy is almost claiming him for Its Ingersoll frequently pointed to this- In his lectures and predicted that the clergy would start even worse ports about him when ho had passed away and could no longer defend his reputation and so it Is coming to story of Ingersolls sckness and death are so wen known that nev Mr Stroughs statement of sui tsmlle1Iralytic stroke a year previous to his atwhItotJ cturlng at Detroit He- was well awart that he was liable die at any moment and his farnllr had been so warned by his physicia- the morning of his death he had- been paying billiards in his home and suddenly feeling a wealmess come upon him he said to his WHe that he would go up to his room and- lie down She accompanied him and upon reaching the room he sat down In a chair Mrs Ingersoll said How are you feeling now Robert He replied Oh better and immediately expired just as his physlcic predicted and as all his family pected was a caller at the Ingersoll home In Now oYrk just a few weeks ago- The members of the family told me all about Mr Ingersolls inmetro from tho time of his illness a year previous up to the minute his death entering into every little detail Mr Ingersoll knew his danger and would not take any medicine at mil at any time without the advice of his phrslclan and was most careful ot his health at all times and was de slr of living The only me lclne lIe had taken the day of his Beats one heart tablet such tS lib had- been taking for two years and he did not take this even until had ephoned to his physician who vised him over the telephone to take It This is a statement the lips of members of his fdmllY- given me just four weeks ago Evangelist Stroughs statesmen leads me to believe that made a mistake in knocking hell clear out He should have left at Jeast- that portion which the Good Book self has reserved for those who Weal not the truth and especially for who set false rumors afloat and who lire given to defaming the defense less dead J B WILSONt MjD A Matter of Importance have given this newspape ac count in full because it is a matter Importance The clergy generally will crerlt the story of Rev Strough not withstanding he is evidently andhcan- will bo picked up by hearsay to the backwoods preachers am l they will bo shouting it all ov11tho land It Is Important that als Keep this paper for referent s the y can prove just how where tarn when it was publicly started and nlso show how two preachers call- each other liarstThis has given mo a great deal o amusement I am amused whenpvei tho clergy abuse Paine and Ingersoll for they are so stupid that ban not see that Intelligent publlqal s has and always will Iar ely measure the Importance of great men by the clerical abuse gtven- iliem hey cant see that they hurt them selves by their lying and vilification and make friends for the other side From a propagandic point of view ould rather that they would He hglpsLiberal1tho ut I hate a liar and hate to see- 1 iCrJJiPatn lj If It hlBoven n Christian lie But bread and butter nnd If It Is In him and If ho cant help It what could be more natural than that ho shoulll lie about thoso who toll the truth about him and about his buslnei What could bo expected of men who base their business upon tradition miracles ghosts and the Incredible and Impossible tales of a barbaric am un clvlllzen race but that they would be compelled to Ho to maintain them against modern and cnllghtenei search How could It he otherwise tllIlJ that the defenders of ghosts and miracles nail the Improbable and Impossible should be either educate or natural liars Lying is natural and since Agnostics are Naturalists they would be Inconsistent too severely to condemn men who are titled by nature and terward trained and drilled to defend the superstitious and tho rlLllculous Since under circumstances they cannot help it It is our duty as na tlonallsts to forgive them and even say Father forgive them for they lie from habit and know It not It all comes out right in the end An Illustration B Fay Mills skybuster and great evangelist some years back started this lie about Col Ingersoll He sahl he hall lectured In a town In KancI s where Ingersoll had lectured for three successive nights The first night Ingorsoll had about 700 to hear him The next night he had 300 The next night he had but 35 Ingersoll was interviewed abou It and replied that the statement of Hills was truo with three exceptions FlrstI never delivered three con ecuttvo lectures In one place in my lifeSecondI never delivered two onsecutlve lectures In one place In ny lif- eThlrdI never delivered a lecture In that town at all B Fay Mills Is an Infidel now ancl hns stopped lying J B W A VARIETY From Little Rhody To the Blue Grass Blade- I feel like giving vent to a hip hip hurrah and the cause of the meditated outburst is the fact that I have at last succeeded in securing a fun edged subscriber to the Blade and another In view Think of my environments Brother Hughes in this particular domain and dont wonder when I say that I eel- as proud as a boy with a new pall of red topped boots Heretofore I low of only one subscriber to the Blade In Little Rhody other yselfm and that one is Mrs Alice Verry of West Qreenrlch and I gan to feel like a lone pup In a strange garret At some future date I will give the Blade readers my experience in missionary wprk way of scattering extra Blades among m y friends regardless of Mat vII Our new accession In the ranks made readers is an intelligent man- and one who Is not afraid to tread oscrlbed paths in hys peculiar ligIous views Herewith find 2BO for which send to my address Dog Fennel at 120 Including postage from our- new subscriber which if convenient please allow his year to begin with Dr Wilsons first New York letter September 20 I believe arid for tho balance 30 cents you may send tra Blades to different persons as rected am not much of an admirer the doubtful odor of dog fennel and- yet I am curious to learn how it will flourish when transplanted in the puritan shades of the Narraganse However I propose to take preca tlonarr measures by way of fumigation and disinfectants before reading It myself or submitting it to my neighbors This Illustrates the force of habit as was once Secretary the Board of Health The letters of Dr Wilson I read- with deep Interest and always read- them over several times and usually on finishing one of them I exclaim Thats worth a whole years subscription Then I read over again the- jewels that fall from the pen of1lrs Josephine K Henry Mrs Harriet Closz and others and then I mentally warn Brother Willson to look out for his laurels Finally I read over- Dro Moores rich comments and- other articles from hits pen that- marks the master hand and brain- and then lay back and laugh and shalte my old rheumatic frame So you will see that I am In a quandary as to which Is the better and entitle to the palm as all are very good and isequently alike in this respec which leaves me in the condition of certain German whose wife gave- birth to twins which were duly- named Hans and Fritz After reaching childhood the boys resemble each other so closely that even their mother could see no distinguishing trait or marl One day tine father wal showing tho twins to a visitor- and In expatiating on their wonderful similarity ho said Mine vrow she- dont can dell dem apart und ven himself und get mixed up mlt Hans he do some bart drlcks like Katzenjammer kids unit run away mlt sho come on de right von Hereupon the visitor asked Can you Shrugging hissee any difference shoulders In doubt and opening his hands with palms upward so charac terlstlc of German emphasis he re plied Veil I look me on Hans und den on Fritz und dink dey vas both shust alike und den again I look closo once a gouple of dimes on Fritz und I Bomedlmes dink he vas a leedl moro alike as Hans read with much Interest you Short Letters particularly those from Titusville Pa and vicinity In which I see many familiar names I was a citizen of Titusville and the neighboring village of Hydetown for 33 years and removed to this place hi 1898 In a recent letter to the- Bade Dr Peebles mentions the name of E C Bell In connection with free thought work Mr Bell is an old friend of mine to whom I have occas Ion ally sent an extra copy of the- made and of all my friends I know of not ono whom J could hall wltl iitildlhr f fI greater pleasure In our ranks than Edwin C Dell and I am proud to atate that we wero comrades In tho Tllus vlllo Citizens Corps for twenty year8 and further that during tho quarter ot a century of our acqualntnnce there existed a friendship between which grow stronger with ndanclng years Both of us hailing from New England was perhaps tho magnel which drew us together in a 8trnnle State As a husband I look bac to see him at the bcdsldo of his skI wlfo for nearly a year and neglecting his business while ministering tender ly to her every want until her Ileath alone ended his duties anti devotion As a writer and former editor I see friend Bell socially and politically os traclzed for the simple reason that ho would neither lend his pen nor hl honor In behalf of any rlna jobbery In State or municipal affairs and woe to the political satraps and religious hypocrites who came within the sound of his voice or tho range of his pen Brother Bell through the slc lence of five departed years and over tho space of 800 miles hall and shake and let mo assure you that in the society of tho Blue Grass Blade you will find noble men and women after tour own heartbrave and noblo ones who have fixed the highest notch on the standard of truth reason jus tide and morality and dont proposo to swerve an Iota Tine gentleman from Denton Tex who signs Raymond Vernl mont to a half column of rambling Invectives In your Issue of September 27 will not order any extras of that late to circulate among his friends in order to show them how he lenced the heathen editor That old Quaker gun so deficient in caliber and loaded with mud and ous platitudes which Mr V lines up in battering didnt fool Brother Moore a little bit and simply reminds one of a line from Shakespea That was a perilous shot from an elder gunl When a minister of the gospel or layman seeks to sub tantlate an argument by quoting Scripture one Is further reminded of a blind owl hooting on a dead or of a recent scene in an insane asylum where a poor mother with reason dethroned and soul gone wild over religion sat rocking an eml1ty radle while crooning a sweet lullaby baby In his choice excerpts and general air of a bulldoser the neve gentleman from Texas still further reminds me of a cowboy who was aveling with the Wild West shows and wholrfter loading himself with bowie knives revolvers lassos and other paraphernalia necessary to the show swaggered into a nearby saloon kept by a German and demande Trot out the best dd whisky in our sheebang After gulping down a full glass and turning to leave the- bar room he looked back and brandishing a revolver shouted Im hen roaring rip snorter from Texas and dont pay a cent As the retir- Ing arsenal left the room the man glanced towards the door and apologized thus Veil I know vas a hell roarer and dat he vas a snorter undo a dead beat but l nt know he vas frpni Texas IL I ROFFEE Hamilton R I Comparative Crime of Christians and Infidels While none of us Infidels are near Iy up to the standard ot our philosophy in our practical every day Uves do not think there can be any doubt- that Infidels as a class are better people than Christians as a class and It Is a common Infidel contention- that the statistics or crime show- this I have repeatedly told you that was the only Infidel among the more- than 2300 convicts when I was in tho penitentiary in Columbus 0 a prisoner of the Government suppose that there are few even- among my friends who believe this- was actually true but the last report of that penitentiary shows that since eft there there Is not a single fidel in it Somo one has sent a narked copy of the Sandusky neg- Ister of November having In It the- report of that penitentiary It has- now only 1439 prisoners its patronage having greatly deteriorated sine eft there Under the religious status of the establishment there tho following summing up Prisoners Religion 1lethodl9ts 409 Catholics Dnptlsts 302 Lutherans 140 Congregationalists Disciples United Brethren 49 Episcopalians 36 This makes 1439 and whoever sent me the paper has written under the list Infidels 00 Only a couple goose eggs for the poor benlghte Infidolsone time they aint in The Disciples are my old Camp- belllto brethren From Pink Iconoclast If you want to know just how low and degraded our Christian peopl are you should order Behind the- Dars 31498 of Charles Moore Lex- Ington Ky He tells so much truth In hat book that it makes the divine Inspired ordained hypocrites squirm Its a hot bundle of facts that every- believer in the constitution of this- country should read- California the Beautiful Nows your chancecheap rates California 30000 from St Louis 15000 from Kansas City Tickets on sale dally until November 30th- Personally conducted excursions Tho Katy Flyer from St Louis or Tuesdays of each week Tourist car through to San Francisco Ash for tour book and information GEORGE MORTON P T A M K T Ry Suite R The Wainwright St Louis When In need of job printing of any kind please remember that the Blade can do It for you just as good and cheap as any one i y ff i h DR WILSON WANTS ANOTHER SUPPLY OF DOG FENNELS Cincinnati Nov 12th 1903 Tames Hughes Lexington Ky Dear Jim Wlien you come to the city Inning mo n dozen Dog Fennels have hall to let those purchased go and am clear out I have had several calls for them and think I can sell quite a number for you I read several pages that I have marked and then the listener Is sure to want a copy That account of Old Vesuvius giving a puff and Mr Moore think- Ing that 10000 Catholic Irish were raising hell down In that hole alwars estimation of the book 4s creasing all the time Mr Moore Is mo of the worlds greatest wits A compilation of all his witty sayings hat have been printed In the Blade from Its beginning would make a great hit and would live It would not be generally appreciated right row as the greater part of his witty sayings deride Christianity But In rears to como when people generall tonic to their senses on religious matters Mr Moores witticisms would be read and reread and enjoyed and he would take rank among the great morous authors Besides this Dog Fennel Is the y book descriptive of tho Holy Land In which any reliability can be place One of the very oldest subject which seemingly should be exhauste Is here opened up as one entirely new You can see what you reads It so palnly and charmingly told But above all It enlightensIt pels the fog which has mantled for centuries that holy hotbed of Ignorance vice and dirt It removes the sacred gilt and discloses the crud parse reality beneath I wish every Christian in the land could read Dolt ennel I know of no book so apt to lear the cobwebs from over his eyes It Is a book that every Liberal should have for reference and for propogan dlc use and I am glad to know that It will require another edition to meet the present demands believe that It will continue to have a steady sale and occupy a favorite shelf in Liberal libraries If you have any left let me have a dozen or as many as you can spare Hope you restored to you usual health Yours truly- J B WILSON ROME CON- CRESS FUND It Is the desire that Dr J B son represent American Freethough at the Worlds Congress of Freethlnli ers to be held In Rome Italy nex S iptember Dr Wilson Is presiden- theof National Llbbral PartyqatSg eminently qualified to participate the deliberations at the Congress his return from Rome the Doctor wil write a book embracing his exper- Ience and proceedings of the Con gress and it is needless to speak at- the Doctors versatility and ability write such a book The price of tine book will be one dollar and as the expense will be voij heavy it is hoped that all who are- able will subscribe for as many books as possibleAll received is deposited Tae Central Trust and Safe Deposit mipany of Cincinnati and will be knowledged through the Blade Contributions and subscriptions with and without money will be celved by the Cecretary of the Na tlonal Liberal Party Address MORRIS SACi Vtas Bank Bldg Cincinnati 0 Condition of Fund Previously acknowledged 291 books Amount In bank 6000 Smith Dixie W Va 5 pd L StelnCels Cincinnati JC Brown Shenandoah Ia pd Mrs Smith Emerson Oak Center Wis 3 pd SEND FOR A PAINE HICKORYNUT Versalles Ky Nov 14th Editor Blue Grass Blade The following letter from Capt- George W Loyd of New Rochelle N will explain Itself I wish through- this medium to extend my thanks to the committee for a hlckorynut gathered from the tree at Thomas Palnes- grave The nut reached me safely- and shall take pride and pleasure pantlng it on the lawn opposite the window of my study I hope to see It glOw to a flourishing tree and as grows in strength and beauty may the principles Inculcated in the works of the immortal Thomas Paine grow- until the Age of Reason shall reign In glory and Liberty and Justice be tlle heritage of all who live upon the- earth Fraternally- JOSEPIIINE K HENRY Rochelle N Y Nov 9th 1Irs Josephine K Henry Versailles MadamYours in the Blade of October 25th meets my approbation and especially about the Glrard Col le e and moro power to you and to Bro Elliot The enclosed hlckorynut and bark- came from the Paine tree in New nochelle Please to plant the nut on tne 22 of next February and that will set the pace for all the other twenty nine States to do the same 1 have ga1ered 29 nuts Mr Elliot Wlitson of Carthage Mo and myself IIHeston the committee for the des trlbutlon of these nuts Please refer to his through the Blue Grass Blade Yours to count on CAPT GEO W LOYD OUR JOB PRINTING We can do good job work Please give us a trial on a small job for an rimont and then if you dont like IU ont try us any more yI r llf7 IBLTJiGRASS BLADE u uuuu1 SHORTLETTERS Ashland Ky Friend Hughes Yours of recent date with enclosed postals received will renew our list of all the old subscribers can get In a few days and also try to sell the cards you sent You can add three moro books to my list and three more to Capt R S Carrs making five each of Dr WII sons books to tho Rome Congres fund Also I wish you would kindly have Mr Moore mall Captain It S Carr and myself each a souvenir peb ble Would like to have a pebble that I could have mounted either in a ring or a pin of some kind to present to my wife- Enclosed you will find to pay Mr Moore for the same I am read ing Dog Fennel for the second time I have read all of Mr Moore s books but I think Dog Fennel is the best of all If he should send both souven irs to me please have him mark the one am to have R S Carr Is now in Pennsylvania and wont be back un til Nov 15thBANNING GRAY Eldorado Springs MoEnclosedf- ind clipping from St Louis Globe Democrat of Nov 3rd What do you think when the most learned of tho Jews declare the old Bible is only a lot of poetry and that the stories it tells are only mythology to Illustrate certain principles or doctrines If the Jews themselves deny that the things recorded in the Bible are actual facts where will the founda tion of Christianity come inDAVIE SHMIDAnswerThe clipping Is from Dr Emil G Hirsch and has already been printed in the Blade or sent to it to be printed Dr Hirsch is a professor in Chicago University and yet there is no danger that ho will lose his place for such utterances Ryan Ind TerEnclosed find 50 cents for which please send me ten copies of Blade containing Dr Wil sons Memorial address think it was the Issue of August 20th And will you kindly oblige me with a little memento of your famous Or iental tour for I think tlmo will come when it will be quite a historical relic WARREN WOLF Blue Earth MinnI send ten cents for which please send me an N L P pin and a souvenir from the old world Dog Fennel in the Orient is fine I have loaned mine to a neighbor MRS M A LEE Duncan Ind TerFInd enclosed a clipping from St Louis Star by Ella Wheeler WJlcox Gush like that is Ignl ppreclalW tbmtTm While I have a hell of a time to get one subscriber for the Blade this rot in the Star will cause a dozen to subscribe for that paper Tell Bro Moore to rake her down I send fifty cent money orderJOHN W JAMES Houston TexasAfter being from home for some months I find on my retfarn a pile of mall on hand and in preference of all others the Blade is read first In my travels I saw much to discourage and disgust one of my way of thinking As to God and the devil the people seem to think very little about them They just call on these two when they get mad but the majority seem to be under the influ ence of an imaginary Jesus- I want C Moore to write a little book on this imaginary God and give us all his foolish sayings in a practi cal common sense way He will need to give chapter and verse or the Christians will say C Moore lies M V WRIGHT Missoula MontWill you kindly tell us in the Blade what E M 303 means B C is Before Christ and A D Is After the D but I cant think what E means MISS E M stands for the Era of Man dating from the burn Ing of Giordano Bruno in A D 1600 Sheridan Wyo Please send me a pebble fro mthe Orient for enclosed stampsWemy husband and Ihavo been readers of your paper for a long time believe he recently sent you a club As soon as we possibly can we want to send for Dog Fennel Surely the book is not as bad as the name judging from the compliments I see paid It in the Blue Grass Blade MRS H B BLACKBURN Birmingham AlaWill soon be able to continue my missionary work for the Blade Send Virgin Mary to J D Todd Police headquarters Send button for enclosed 25 cents Re ceved the pebble all rightL B SHOENFIELD Wapakoneta OhioPlease send a pebble from Mt Calvary Jerusalem or any place in the Holy Land have read Dog Fennel I am more than pleased with it I felt like I was read Ing tho truth just like I saw the ob jects described In the book I also want a badge I send ten cents Your editorial headed The wrong Lazar us Is one of tho best bits of wit ever readWeII II WILLIAMS Grove City Ohio Please discon tinue your paper when the me pires to William Neiswender who has gone the way of all the earth He was almost 85 years of age He lived nobly and died peacefully strong in tho Freethought doctrine His six grandsons were pallbearers and one grandson delivered the funeral dress which was very befitting tho mempry of a kind grandfatherE NpISWENDER Aillngton GaEnclosed find P 0 money order for flOG tho dollar to move up my to tho Waite ono year Tho six cents Is for another Freethought button to go with two others have bought Am going to wear tho sot with some shirt waists that they will correspond with They may not look stylish as tho white pearl but they menu something MRS W BROWN St Elmo Tcnn Please send mo a pebble from the Holy Land and an In fidel button If enclosed stamps cover down for ono of Dr Wil sons books enjoyed his letters from the East very much and reel sure that his book will be moro enjoyable subscribed a long time ago for tho Blade Magazine hope Mr Moore will get the required number I have known for a long time about the Christian steal of Girard lege and have many times asked if there was no way to recover It see by the umae that Mrs Henry thinks there Is a chance It Is our duty to join hands and make the fight for It want through the Blade to thank the Liberals of Cincinnati who did so much to make my stay of a week there a pleasant one To those who are Interested will give Information- to make comfortable any stylish dress without corsets hope can find a few dozen ladles who will try it and testify as to Its merits MISS L GIBSON Norwalk Conn Please find money order for two books have been so busy have not had time to fill my orders for Freethought books that got through my advertisement in the Boston Investigator but now shall fill every orderA B BENNETT Earlton Kansas have received and read your book Behind the Bars and enjoyed It very much consider it one of tho best descriptive remin iscences have ever read Put me down for one copy of Dr Wilsons books Enclosed ten cents for badge and pebble My regards to the woman who said Under the circumstances am proud to be a convicts wife E ALEXANDER Otley TowaI have received the two copies of Dog Fennel one of which was subscribed for by the post master at Otley who as well as my self Is highly pleased with the book Mr Walker the postmaster who got the other copy and who is quite lib eral in his views really believes you have been converted to the Mohammedan faith and requests me to ask you if you had adopted their kind of wear ing apparel and If so he wants a photograph of you taken at the time you were wiping your nose with the seat of your pants and you may send me one too One of the skyrangers of our burg wants to read the book but dont want to pay for it But I think I can dis pose of several ccules so you can send me four more copies of Dog Fennel Enclosed find remittance for sameC E RRICE itsOttawa Kansas Enclosed 50c on subscription I would liko tb get one of your books but I am not in a financial fix yet and probably never will be I am 85 years old and have lost everything by being too liberal and putting confidence in people that thought were honestJOHN JEF FRIES Bannack City MontI have at last read Dog Fennel In the Orient and think It Is a splendid bookA BES KyEnclosed two cents for a pebble from the Orient Ire ceived Dog Fennel in the Orient It is all right Lots of people want to read it but its too nice a book to get soled by lending outF E SOUTH ER Mt Bullion Calif Enclosed for subscription for Mr J M Lee I would be pleased to exchange with tho Blade Mr Lee has kindly favor ed me with a few copies of the p- aperP H HIGGINS Publisher of iCS Era Chicago mFor the enclosed please send me a souvenir from the Orient I am delighted with Dog Fen ne My wifes sister read it while in bed with a broken ankle as a pass time but have not heard her opin ion of the contents You may put me down for one of Dr Wilsons books of his trip to Rome By the way what has become of his book of poems Mr and Mrs Green of the Freethought Magazine were asphlxlat edon the IOthE F CREEVY New Richmond IndDear Sir Enclosed find 150 for which please send mo one copy of Dog Fennel in the Orient one copy of Kidders Vir gin Mary and ono Infidel button Also please send me two Oriental souv enirs suitable if possible to be mounted as watch charms One for myself and one for my brother C E Norton who is a Blade subscriber If any amount is left send a few ies ot the Blade of next issue In this connection allow me to press my admiration for the Blade- like It because of its plain pointed and unanswerable exposition of that ono great superstition that alone Is doing more than all other causes combined to retard the civilization of the worldthe Christian religion its un goved handling of the greed vice and corruption of the clergy regardless of creed and for Its strictly high moral tone The thought to be gathered by tho careful perusal of such articles as have appeared In tho Blade over the names of Henry Closz Moore and Wilson and others In the past mouth If the articles were as widely distri buted would In my opinion do more toward the real Intellectual development of tho readers than the writ- Ings of such men us Beecher Tal mage Moody and Jones for the past halt century F NORTON Deer Lodge MontIn a recent Is sue of the Blade I have seen a letter against Mr J Barr Harris an inmate 7 Iitl fJ tc 1 I of this institution I would say that have found Mr Harris to bo a gen tleman a thorough ho lover In what ho preaches and a man open to con viction Ho dos not censure tho In fidel lint admire him for believing In his not Harris own convictions While do not as a rule have any use for tho guides to tho Sweet Bye and Bye feel justified In telling you my opinions of Mr Harris As you may have learned from your own Incarceration a penitentiary is an cellent placo In which to study man nature So also have learned that and have studied It and to some effect Harris being a member of the band see dally and have long con versations with him have observed him carefully and truly believe him to be all have told you he Is vro you aware that Mr John H Haslam of Harbour Ark is dead have not seen any notice of his death In your obituary column you had any geologist on your staff of writers he could tell you things concerning the making of the eariu that would make Adam and his wife and the story In Genesis about tho creation very flndeslecle As soon as get the money shall renew my subscription Hoping you your family and Mr Hughes are en joylng health remain because cant go away YoursPAT QUINN From Pink Iconoclast PINK COMMENT Right you are Comrade Moore and had you listened to the talks of his strenuoslty In his hippodrome trip across the continent you would have discovered the purport of them to have been war soldier fight guns blood kill slay more kids more fights dead heroes and fool dinner pails Sure he would endorse the Bible for In it he finds precedent for all kinds of blood spilling and Impris onment of the weak by the strong and the enforced listening to wind jamming pulpit pounding brayers as they expound the glories of a God that made everything and does everything beth good bad and indifferent and doeth all things well Sure Moore Teddy will get ousted out but while you are ousting him why not work for the brotherhood of man party to place freedom and erty on the throne instead of trying to induce people to vote for democra cy with Grafter Hearst at the head Both of these old church parties have been tried and found wanting I should think your past experience of having been Imprisoned for being an Infidel would have taught you that both the old parties resemble pots and skillets and that both are black Cooperation of the entire public with free speech and press will make this a glorious country and world Get all the way over with us Low Rate Excursions each month te Texas Indian and Oklahoma Territories via M K T On the first and third Tuesdays of Ry Take advantage of this oppON tunity offered and see the Great ggittfrfrgif ulMta gluij Texas Business Chances Indian Terri tory and other booklets brimful of Information will be sent on receipt of twocent stamp to prepay postage Address GEORGE MORTON G P T A M K T Ry Suite R The Wainwright St Louis Special Land Buyers Excursions Will run to the now lands of Greer County Okla and other sections of the great Southwest In November and December via the Frisco System Are IOU looking for rich and fertile farming lands in the Southwest which you can buy for from onefourth to onetenth the cost of lands of the East and North They produce as much acre for acre Here is a chance to better your condition and add a eral amount to your pocket book For full particulars and special rail road rates apply at once to R S mon Secretary Frisco System Immi gration Bureau St Louis Mo THE GREAT SOUTHWEST Many Seeking Homes Where Lands Are Cheap and Climate is Mild Low Rates for Homeseekers and Col onists Twice a Month Many farmers In the Northern and lastern States are selling their high priced lands and locating In the South westIn Missouri Arkansas Louisiana and Texas Many who have been unable to own their homes in the older country are buying land at the low prices prevailing in the new country per acre and up These lands are mostly cutover timber lands some of them possessing a deep rich soil producing corn wheat oats cover cotton fruits and vegetables Well Improved farms are scattered throughout this country Many places with small clearings and some Im provements can be bought very cheap Our descriptive literature gives a fairly good Idea of this country It teils about the soil crops climate people schools and churches water health It contains maps showing cation of counties towns railways and streams and gives names and ad dresses of real estate dealers in the rates for homeseekers and colonists In effect first and third Tuesdays of each month by way of St Louis Cairo or Memphis and the Cot ton Belt Route Let us send you our literature and quote you rates Ad dress L O SCHAEFER Traveling Passenger Agent Cotton Belt Route Cincinnati 0 or E W LaBAUME fGeneral Passenger and Ticket Agent Cotton Belt Route St Louis Mo Mr R L Noel of Hooversvllle Pa an exclergyman says he is selling Buchners Force and Matter and desires to sell Dog Fennell He says ho is willing to pay 75 cents a copy in packages of a dozen and he freIghtI them to agents at that rate +JJMAL dii c l f ta 1JA CALIFORNIA CRITICISMS OF THINGS THEOLOGICAL Editor Blue Grass Blade Tho monocracy of local ProtestantI- sm tho First Presbyterian church that has the distinction of having in troduced tho surplice In this city Cently with or without tho advice and consent of Jehovah extended a call with a string to It to the Rev Frank DoWitt Talmngc the son of his rather the great American clown df Christianity and hero of several mysterious church fires Tho rever end Frank came saw and submitted a sample of his oratory and the vote of approval ended in a hell of a row Outside of his fathers reputation young Talmage has some merit of his own In appearance he looks like a dead game sport but has none of his fathers hybridized baboonjackass looks His peculiarly distinctive feat ure Is that he has a voice like a me gaphone and can reach Gods ear dl rect thus getting ahead of all but the Methodists but there Is fear of his paralizing the hearing and nerves of his congregation He Is a holy terror when he raises up his voice and cries effusive tters of recommenda Lion from his former charge look as If theywere so anxious to secure him a soft snap 2000 miles away that they rail to personally appreciate his remarkable abilities The trouble of the aristocratic FIrst are many Their former pas tor who recently received a lefthand ed call to some other pasture wore a black nightshirt when he preached and brayed called It a surplice and said if was dignified and reverent presume it was His people were overjoyed at such unmistakable evi dence tot the real thing and fet that they had a laborer worthy of his hire but after two years of his royal high ness Dr Webb they found their debt had doubled and were not so much stuck in surpluses as they thought they were Dr pranK Sheets a Methodist is Gods second choice for the great First she is also frank and If they cant have a surplice they can sheets Anything to please God haveI dally Times refers to their follows and In a way that shows how much respect our local press has for religion First Presbyterian church is still pastorless and Dr Frank DeWitt Talmage cannot have a California pulpit here This was decided upon by a vote of the First church session last night after a long and at times stormy meeting After duly reading the call for the meeting and the cknowledgement by vote of the regularity of the proceed ings the ball was opened and there was a lively scrimmage for position Thrusts at Talmage In the melee the reverend seeker of a California pulpit was given some keen thrusts One of the official members said he objected to sitting under lIe pastorate of a man that had to shout to the Almighty like Ho was located way off on Mt San Jaclnto s to mane Him hear when the pastor prayed Ile bt rtti ivhattu termed the eccentric manner of Dr Talmage In the pulpit and said that the gospel that he preached was of no depth and not a satisfacory nor a substantial feed I want to ask you whether you have ever made a mistake in the ection of your pastor History tells us we have made a series of serious mistakes and this would be the cuI mination of a lot of hasty actions Here the discussion was taken up anew and the deacons and elders got their second wind P IL Mathews formally placed In nomination the name of Dr Frank DeWitt Talmage and read a lot of letters and telegrams from people back East who said nice things about him Those letters are like a bushel of letters we received two years ago spoke up one of the brethren and It looks to me like some one has beenI mighty busy at the other end of the line We know how matters turned out with the last man that came to us with a big bunch of letters and with me they count as just so much wastepaper It appears that Dr Talmage is overkeen to get this pastorate By the way I dont hear any special expressions of regret uttered in those let ters because of his leaving that coun try One of the deacons made a detailed report on the candidates work In the Jefferson Park church at Chicago and claimed that the records showed that the work had dwindled each year ter the eccentric stylo of Dr Talmage had lost Its novelty- It was stated at last nights meet- Ing that First church today is almost twice as deeply In debt as It was a year ago The candidacy of Dr Frank Sheets the Methodist minister who has been preaching for the First church peo pie was not presented last night One of the lady members rose to her feet and wanted to know what was the matter with the good old Presbyter- Ian church that it had to go to outside denominations to get a pastor- It is reported that the conference to which Dr Sheets belongs has just appointed him to a 100000 church In Illinois and that he will likely remain there instead of coming to Cal ifornia Which goes to show that internal troubles are constantly at work and a great help to Infidelity the defeated faction in every church row gets ned and wont play and feeling a lack of confidence In Gods judgment be- gIn to do a little thinking for them selves and then goodbye God Adam W Carpenter recently said in the Blade that Lexington Ky had stood highest In tthe list of crimes but had lost her grip and Los Angeles Cal now held that enviable record Well crime and Christianity are the twin sisters of ignorance and are never round alone so we take it as a gentle insinuation that we are the most religious community in this country Perhaps it is owing to the spasms of virtue that have recently occured in our body politic that may account for It and yet Im Inclined to believe that It Is because we Just cant help It Weve been so used to lrliJdi 1 Ln everythingship belt crime came our way wo caught It foil aro holding It In trust wantsJtfollowsthe angels we are naturally closely allied to God anti where God Is crime Is no stranger Wo have 100 UolyJumpersdoctors 1000 lawyers two largo race tracks a public prize fight every week police that walk In their sleep and a city council that never heard of the ten commandments scores of tinhorn gamblers a host of fallen an gels and 125 preachers and with God Almighty behind the whole push how can we ba good Here Is a dispatch from the town that gives free lunches with their ser mons It Is very evident that their mothers religion is no longer good enough for them Rah rah In place of the custo mary chorus of amens as an Im provement of dull Methodist prayer meetings were advocated by Prof James Alton James of Northwestern University In an address before the aunday school of the Emmanuel Methodist church of Evanston think a college yell or a football chorus would liven things up in pray er meetings said the professor and his Methodist hearers pricked up their ears A college yell would not be so much out of place In a prayer meeting as you would think continued Prof James believe It could be given without being offensive or Inharmon- Ious with tho surroundings It tainly would have a beneficial effect Things would be stirred up The cheer of the rooters always nas a moral effect Why should not this effect obtain in a prayer meetting Chicago Journal Keep on boys Rah for reforms and In time the National Liberal Party will give you what your souls crave More trouble this time at home lists off or hell to pay A woman has taken up the cudgel fOr the long suffering men at the First Congregational church and requests that her fellow women shall remove their befeathered headgear during the Sunday services If they take away womans chief pleasure in attending church show Ing off her gorgeous skypiece arch- Itecture she may as well stay at home and get dinner for the men I wonder what Indianapolis has blendolng lately that He who doeth all things well should look In upon them and 15 dead and 50 maimed as evidence of his merciful visit Rev Wl J Cady of Stamford Conn gets after Roosy In this man ner It is Indeed hard to imagine that a man said the speaker who was a civil service commissioner then a commissioner of police then an assistant secretary of the navy then a col L aethen Vice President could sayI would Ingly welcome the time when a work- Ingman could get his glass of beer and a sandwich on certain hours on Sunday Just think of elevating such a man tp the highest office in the he might have added his willful and maliciously lying about an honest man Thomas Paine to appeal to the prcjudicea of Christian voters And yet this same gospel gander will on Nov 26th call his flock of geese and follow Tedda Instructions about giving thanks to a mythical thing for mythical blessings they havent re ceived Rev Cady also scores Mayor Leeds an Infidel who Is not afraid to acknowledge it Mr Cady read quotations of part of the pamphlet which Mayor Leeds issued on the Presbyterian confession of faith That man is a rank open infidel declared Mr Cady and then he went on in an attemtp to prove it more conclusively by reading a letter from one of his church people The letter said that before Mr Leeds was elected mayor an appeal was made to him for a contribution to a mission fund and that Mr Leeds replied that he was not Interested in missions but It it was a concert or a dance that was being gotten up he would be glad to contribute All honor to the mayors courage and may higher honors be given him Notwithstanding all reports to the contrary I regard Elijah Dowies Go thaw crusade as a success It was a great financial success for the rail advertlsIIngwhat is true of him Is true of all the Godly grafters It was a success in opening the eyes of hundreds of his deluded followers who hadnt before seen him under a good bright light It was a great success to Dowie It gave him a grand opportunity to dramatically deny his parentage as his first real step towards Divinity That is merely a forerunnner to his next move in his game of bluff when probably from the American ZIon it Utah he will announce his claim o being celestially begotten Stick pin In that guess and wait Then one of two things must happen He will take Christs job away from Him or enlarge the godhead from a Trinity to a Quartet Judging by the avidity with which most of his followers en dorse him In all of his movements it is not unreasonable to suppose his Messlahshlp will be accepted with out question That reminds mo of a story once heard on an Omaha man who was an oracle in his own estima tion and this story was told In his presence It Is an old one but as It Is not Inappropriate It will bear peating friend dreamed that he was at the pearly gate when the spir it of Jones of Omaha came up for amination and 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suefcessfully He Is wellknown as a pro lounced advocate In all lines of free thought and stands well In his projfesslon wherever h q known 1 HMBSTLINJ7Q E t i rttiir BLUE GRASS BLADE THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATON OF GOV YATE OF ILLINOIS This state paper Just Issued by the Governor of Illinois is a unique piece nt literature and deserves to be fram od anti hung on the walls of the splen did capitol at Springfield for the edl flcatlon of coming generations It embodies almost everything from the deluge to the gathering of the harvest In this year of grace 1903 If Illinois Is not blessed with DI vine favor the coming year It wl1l not be for lack of a prolix tautologll cal theological and chronological Thanksgiving proclamation Illinois is particularly blest In having a Gov ornor who Is n close confidant of the Deity Coy Yates would be a firstrate man to write the articles on the Lord God Almighty and the dlvln ly ordained American Republic for a twentieth century encyclopedia His ability to write on these lines Is exhibited In the following procla matlon f From the days of the pilgrim fath ers the people of America have from time to time found occasion to gle thanks to the Lord God Almighty for the blessings he has vouchsafed to t them This people has been gratefi for the Almightys favor It has bo lleved that it was a divinely ordains nation It has believed that the cur lain of waters of the Atlantic ocean was let down on the eastern side of this continent for a mighty purpose It has believed that Providence ed that curtain of waters to remain impenetrated until 1492 with that mighty purpose It believes that Provo idence itself kept it there for flftee centuries after the coming of Christ and until the prow of Columbus part ed the waters of this western continent for that mighty purpose It has believed that that purpose was to es tabllsh and maintain there on Amei can soil a mighty and a model repu He with corner stones of religlo science labor and freedom utterly re gardless of what it cost in tears or treasure in efforts or in blood So believing it has been serene and confident in a glowing and a growing hope it has cherished implicit faith in the ultimate triumph of the good and the true safe and sure within our boundaries It has kept alive on the nations altar the flame of pa trlotlsm It has inculcated and encouraged national and civic honesty and honor It has promoted all search af tor knowledge It has fostered all dignity of labor and toll It has tole ated all civilized theology It has sought for life liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all men with none to molest or to make afraid It has succeeded well It has home tho red flag or anarchism It has maintained law and order It has sup f ported n matchless system of free schools It has kept alive aloft the n t1iat nagaione underline aome ontunion sky The due reward has not rbeen withheld Peace prosperity and have been its rewar during the past twelve months D- Estruction by epidemic and pestilence by tornado and flood and fire has been mercifully kept alive Today It is ready to tear itself away from the toll and turmoil of barter and gain and all the absoptious of home nnd of life Today it longs for an oppoi trinity to once again bow the knee of tho nation before the only power In the universe before which the Amerl can knee Is ever bowed The hon of that opportunity should come soon The bountiful harvests and reaping of the year are In the storehouses of r the people The comfort of the popu lace through the coming winter days Is fully assured Therefore I Richard Yates gover nor of the State of Illinois do hercb designate Thursday Nov 26 1903 ar day to be set apart In every town and community in all this State of 000000 prosperous progressive pure and patriotic people Let some hour of that day in every community be served with deep solemnity Let there be prayer and praise with true and heartfelt gratitude welling uj from loving and deeply touched hearts Let the manly men the no ble women the precious children ol all beautiful and glorious Illinois be not ashamed to recognize God Let them glorliy him the author gra clots and benignant beyond expres nlon of our untold and priceless bless Ings Let all the people fall not to give thanks and to pray for help to walls bravely and honestly and wise ly and righteously the path through and across the twelve months to witness whereof have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of state at Springfield the capital this 3d day of November A D YATES Governor By the Governor JAMES R ROSE Secretary of State If Illinois does not give thanks af ter this proclamation there is no re ligious health in her Whether the people the nation or something else is the divinely ordain ed IT the Governor leaves the read er to determine- In the preface to the proclamation the Illinois Governor uses the mystl cal pronoun it 25 times IT has believed and done a lot of things After other exploits IT has kept aloft the beautiful flag of union and liberty and that lag alone under the dome of the union sky Union sky is good This Yatelsm should live In the vocabulary of Amer lean oratory The beautiful flag of union and lib the burning viierty waving over lages of dead Flllpplnos under the dome of the union sky was an in sparing spectacle- As the Governor expresses it IT was utterly regardless of what it cost iu tears or treasure In efforts or In If The exterminated Indlantho vanquished Mexican the desolat d South tho butchered Flllpplno al1 hear testimony that IT has no reo gard for tears treasure efforts Of the Lord God Almighty divine ordained this nation could Ho not have done so without employing treasure and effort and rivers of tears and not Almighty seems a mlsno er and perhaps It would have been better If Providence had kept IT behind the curtain of waters where He had kept IT for fifteen centuries after the coming of Christ Oov Yates Is authority on the state of at fairs behind the curtain of waters for fifteen centuries The Bible says The ways of Ood are past finding out but it has reo malned for a Governor of Illinois to set aside this decree Governor Yates says Peace pros perlty and contentment have been ITS reward during the past twelve happened to IT before that time he does not say Official duties may have kept the Governor of nols from reading of the poverty In bor strikes tornados floods fires failure of crops murderers and offi coal robbers that have been and are now abroad In this divinely ordained Republic under the dome of the union sky If as this Governor says the 500 000 people of beautiful glorious IllI nols are all prosperous progresslv patriotic and pure they are Just tOll happy and too good for this worl and they should seek to be annexed to the New Jerusalem Think of the inspiring spectacle of St Peter swing- Ing wide the pearly gates and coming pure and patriotic Chicago to the celestial abode It was once written that If Christ should come to Chicago he would never get out alive but that was sometime ago The Governor says IT longs for an opportunity to once again bow the knee of the nation before the on power In the universe before whlc the American knee Is ever bowed There is no law against the nation honing Its knee and It does so ever days and nights of the year The knee of the nation Is callov and always bowed not before AI mighty God that hazy theological reo treating myth but before the AI mighty Dollar the only God the Ame lean nation pure Illinois Included ever bows to Governor Yates says the comfoi of the populace through the coming winter days is fully assured Happ Illinois But it may be above the Thanksgiving the walls of want wl1l rise from the slums and tenement from the miners hovel from the poor homes of the factory and foundr slaves from wretched women too weak to work and privation to suckl their babies from the men out at work begging for a Job or from the miserable courtesan who Is forced to sell her body for bread Will Ood heed the cry of these miserable hi man beings which swarm through our Christian civilization Has He eve relieved their miseries Peace plenty and prosperity may Plt PraireT Illl State but how much of these is due to the busy brains and hand of her people their energy industry struggles and hard work and how much to God God Is certainly a sll ent partner In all earthly enterprises and neither necessities comforts nor luxuries were ever obtained without the herculean efforts of human being at the working end of the line Eliminate the heroic efforts of the people of this divinely ordained na tlon and Thanksgiving proclama tlons will go out of fashion What right have those In authorlt In this Republic to call the people to religious services for any purpose Are not such proclamations a union of church and State Is not religloui liberty guaranteed in our basic prin lple And what do those in authority know about the God they talk so glibly of Nothing Absolutely nothing All this talk of clerical and political fakirs about what God has done and ivlll do is but the empty vaporing of licensed Imaginations or methods employed to rule and rob the credulous The Governor of Illinois may not excel in all the requirements of a Gov rnor but when it comes to writing a Thanksgiving proclamation Governor sates Is IT Are not the people of this country growing tired of such balderdash and can they not decide for themselves or what and when they shall give hanks JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kentucky TEDDY IS A FILTHY CHRISTIAN Roosevelt said that Tom Paine was a filthy little Atheist He said this then there was no evidence that Paine was filthy or that he was little and when It was generally known among Intelligent people that Paine was distinctively not an Atheist but a firm believer In a God But Roose elt has put into print the filthiest xpreslon that have ever seen printed anywhere outside of the Bible and not even excepting the utterances of Sam Jones and Dowie I would not print Roosevelts Ian cage In this paper except that it is ecessary in the interest of good mor als Roosevelt used the language when In alluding to Ingersoll as a shining light among Infidels he said that Infidels deem a bladder of dirty water the most appropriate weapon with which to attack Christianity- If Ingersoll had used that language hristians all over the world would have quoted it against him and dels would have been disgusted Has Money UpN A good friend of the Blade writes to me to decide a dispute between him and a Christian that appears to be a Catholic about the Christian ssession of GIrard College saying have money up I will not take an y part in any bet but the facts areas follows Really and literally the Catholic is right constructively and practically tho Infidel Is right N L P II+ Good Brother Moletns Smith of Dixie W Va VicePresident of the National Liberal Party for his State favored the Secretarys olllce with a visit and Incidentally left a tlollar William as dues and a V spot for the RomeWilson Fund Brother Smith Is old with age but young and energetic enough to take a deep interest in ev erything pertaining to Freethought Shenandoah IaFlnd enclosed one to be applied to Rome Congress Fund the other on membership N L P JERRY C BROWN Oak Centre Wds Please find closed money order lor 3 two lars contribute for the Rome Can gress fund the other dollar for Dr Wilsons book Wishing him the best success and pleasant trlpMRS SMITH EMERSON Blue Earth lIlnnI enclose post ounce money order for to pay my dues to the National Liberal Party for the year 1904 MRS M A As I have not received sufllcle contribution to start a Children Column I will beg the Indulgence the readers and use this column for the following letter and symposium Washington D CMr SachsI send you a little matter for your Chll hens Column in tho Blade If It Is printed let it be set up Just as I writ spelling and all as I want to get the our twist outer some old Christian face They have mistaken dyspeps for religion so long that they need medicine FRANK BURNS Composition On Samson By little boy Burns Not Capt Sampson what capture the horizon down at Santiago but Col Samson who lived over in Dog Fennel several years ago Now Cc Samson was a great Fox hunter He sed tho Foxes have holes and the birdo of the air lay eggs but I hae nowhere to lay my head excepting In Delilahs lap Now they simply called him plain Mister Samson till after he got Ma rled and had a haircut after that they sed Old Damphool at least his wifes folks sed so and this made the Colonel mad and he went and one frosty morning and catched three hundred thousand Foxes and tied theIr tails together I would rather It had been him than rte that had that lob If thov 11ltelurrird Gownin South Carolina and poured turpentine on their tails and set tub afire and then turned them loose il Johnson and they bunt all the cornfields between Mt Gilboa and the Deau Sea Jt has always seemed strange to me that a man cant get along with his wifes folks Ive heard daddy set and cuss grranny fur a hour Thats my mammys mother and when axed him Whats the matter with granny he sed she was the most unreason bllst old hag in the universe becaus she wanted him to be a angol and he sed wouldnt be a rum angel with store clothes on playing a jewshur on the moist edge of a cloud without any wings- Now in those days Samson was a Government Clerk and ke took a week off and went fishing down to the sea of Galileo and day when he was wanderin around a huntln bait he heard a thraihin around In he bushes and he went up to Invest ate the phenomenon and lo and be toad it wuz a whale that had cum uten the sea I spect it must hays been a freshwater whale and It wuz a gatherln a bucket of Huck3lbojr lea for Its kids and when the Whale seed Samson it roared at him This made the Colonel very mac end he took it by the two Jaws add ore its bed and got enough ol fqrDelilahhats all I know about Samson on me time he pulled down a church and tilled a lot of Infidels also hlsself and eft Delilah agrass widow St Elmo TennI understand that the orders for Dr Wilsons books ate coming In too slowly ascribe the cause to negligence think others aro doing Just what did wait for a envenlent time to subscribe think Ing they have a long time to do so This Is not what it should be am ure Dr Wilson would like to know sometime ahead that he can make the ecessary preparations I notice in last weeks Blade that only 229 books have been subscribed fell sure that there are at least one thousand Liberals who wanl Dr Wilsons book who want him o to Rome and read his account when he returns We are all famil- Iar with the Doctors ability with his iteresting and entertaining way ol expressing thoughts and I look foiy ward to reading that book with con Iderable pleasure Let each one of the 771 remaining Liberals who want Dr Wilsons bool- trite at once and say how many copIes they can take and what colts ibiition they can afford to make heartily approve of the method adopted by our Secretary In opening an account in a Trust Company and posit the money as soon as receleved and get interest on the money until used In conclusion again call upon tho balance of the thousand who are walt lng because they have plenty of time to not put it off any longer but write this week I fell confident that all 4 t it Jjfi t IIt of us aro anticipating the puhllemt of that bunk with much delight am yours for II H It MI9S L 11 GIBBON EXPRIEST SEQUIN Is Beaten and Robbed by Catholl and Appeals Through the Blade For Assistance Editor IVno Grass Blade supoRo you have been made famll lar with my work as au oxpriest of tho Romish church having boon a prlost of that menagerie for 14 yours anl1 an exprloat for 21 years a comert of the celebrated old Charles Chlnl quey of Canada When came out of that dellIsh system of corruption hail to count the cost of my exit Armed with the blade of truth nnd Justice and a good deal of will 110wer undertook the task of unmasking al- lle corruptions and abominations met during 38 years of my life Indeed it has been a hard task as you may surmise It by tho liuudre s of encounters I had to face in and seditious of every description from those fiery headquarters of pap suppose heard of my being stabbed through the mouth by a fiend of tho Koinish brand called E H Stout at Ellendnle Mini last Marcia The case was tried In a trIct court at Albert Lee Minn It was tried not against the murders who like many of his ilk was pent iess but against the 1I1IIOI1compan- on whose premises attack had been made by the Rom Ish nnarchh We were beaten by the money er of the railroad bribing court and course with our seven Ihlng witnesses we could appeal to a higher court but where Is the money to do It Now my brother editor I Just come home from the battlefield at Dike where last 12th of tills month got baptized again with a fiery baptism of blood from the hands of over one bin dred of these enraged papists On that eventful horrible darlt night I thought the end of ray existence had come Forty of the popls demons came in a boisterous way to the hall where I was going to give to men only my lecture on the Can fesslonnl Box As saw they had some with mls chief In their hearts forcing their way Into the hall without oven pnylii small fee of 15 cents declared the lecture off Then malting my way to the stair case they Jumped on me aId beasts Outsldo of the hall the grabbed my satchel filled with my very valuable documents credential letters and aso tokens of Rom Ish people bottles etc that they bad thrown atHlfeTrt previous They my head repoatadl with that loaded satchel After many efforts made my wa to the hotel but the hotel keepe would not keep me for fear of losln Ids trade and breaking up of his plat th l1 el raI hatrto out of the lintel in that dark nlghl and face the whole gang of hoodlum- I ran as quick as I could toward house where I saw a light In a dow As I was reaching said hovs the leader of the gang brought Iowa with a club breaking my arm Tuen after gagging me with his hand for a while he robbed me of 11 the money I had in my inside vest pocket about 210 took my gold spec aches and was making for my watch when removing his hand from m mouth I cried Murder Then the owner of the house opened WhathatThen the ruflln ran away and crept on my fours into the house for tection Then this gentleman got ne a body guard and I took a train b midnight for Bell Plain Iowa forty sight miles of Dike Iowa a smal own on the Northwestern Railway- I then saw an able lawyer caller Thomas H Milner a great fighter and pow the whole thing is in his lands those of the A P A and Free we have eighteen of those hoodlums In the meshes of the law am hey are requested to spew out 50 000 for damages Of course It will tale some time before it is settled Now dear Brother Editor am at my home with my wife and three children without bread or anything e1so needed for the winter and write you this account asking you and youi dear compassionate friends to come to my rescue without any further word of appeal I am so tired now that I have to close this report- P A SEQUIN Expriest Amboy Minn Oct 2Bth 1903 AnswerIf I understand tint case do not see how you can consistently write to me to get me and my ptople to help you One of your friends wrote to me a lay or two since rind said he anted me to hop you If only to the dent of ton cents had 20 cents and I sont you half of It and have tho remaining ten cents and its the only money In the world that I havoIIf had any money that owe I might send you something just- as a private matter but your frlond saId you were a Protestant and ns between a Protestant Christian and a Catholic Christian we Infidels have no beItwoenIf any difference the Protestants look moro alike than tae Catholics do We Infidels think Catholicism is mom formidable enemy to all that just and good than Protestantism IsI simply because the Catholics aro ronger and better organized than- the Protestants are but so far as am personally concerned while hundreds of Protestant rascals have been- my enemies no Catholic In the world ovor did me any harm except old prlOlt Barry here in Lexington hope the devil will roast old Bar ry but I havo Caollc neighbors that- are good friends to mo and love MarI tin Mahonuy an Irish Catholic priest In innesotu have a friend Dr Hammer in t2 I i t nnnSLLSNQiS CENTRAL RAILROAD 36601LOUISVILLECALIFORNIA Daily to November 30 1903 PROPORTIONATELY RATES TO OTHER POINTS l THROUGH PERSONALLY CON DUCTED EXCURSION SLEEP ERS TO CALIFORNIA TEXAS NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA TWICE WEEK REDUCED ONEWAY COLONIST AND HOME SEEKERS EX FIRSTtNDTHIRDSIGNED FOR CIRCULAR DESCRIPTIVE OF LANDS IN THE SOUTH ASK LOCAL TICKET AGENTS FOR THROUGH TICK ETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION OR AD- DRESSFWHARJLOW Division Passenger Agent Louisville Kentucky WfilCfS1 Rlt ao 5J m FACTORY LOAPED SHOTGUN SHELLS Its not sentimentthat makes the most successful shots shoot l 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that Is in the penitentiary nnd was put there by Protestants because he Is an Infidel If could raise any money for anybody It would be for his wife and children I know he Is a good man and hope you are but do not know about you PILGRIM ON THE MOLTKE Sends Three Dollars for Three Dog Fennels Cleveland Ohio Nov 1903 Mr Charlog C Moore My Dear Mr MooreAs one of the passengers on the Moltkc I greet you was In New York thIs week and call ed on Mr Young and he told mo that you had written a book called Dog Fennel in the Orient mad praised It very highly woud be glad to havo you send threo copies one to each ad dress enclose to pay for samo and If there is any extra charge for postage will remit for same Trusting that this finds you very wol I remain boo of tho Pilgrims on Moltke W P JOHNSON SEVEN REASONS WHY You should order of Wcttstoln My experience ns a Jeweler and Dia mond Merchant My established skill as a Watchmaker and Designer My artistic qualifications in select- Ing latest and 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