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Digital page images are linked to the text file. l t1 Pa- 1 r or f f F IIIL 4T T i11P TJE GRASS BLADE tf EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN TIlE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOLUME XII NUMBER 44 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY DECEMBER 27 E M 303 100 A YEAR rf TERMS OF THE BLADEj 1 Issue for one year S100 In clubs of five or moro cents ieach a year tTerms100 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 Five copies one year 250 tMake all Money Orders Drafts and Orders payabh to tbe Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky iJ When you cbange your address adI vise this office giving your old hF well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old sub tIIcrlber slip on the paper will of subscription and receipt as the date changes as soon as Jubscrlber pays SSabscrfitfr t4lJ tWppustliitJonaix not dlscon Ucdat expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the t subscription price of all capers re ceived until the paper Is paid for In full up to date and ordered discon tined Office of publication 161 East Third street near Entered at the Post Office at Lexlng ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to SLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who IssuestI1from of the distillery the hell of It demoralizes everybody that touches It do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without be a coming prejudiced against thlo liquid t1crime you have to do Is to think of the deathsof the suicides of the tY of the poverty of the Ignorance of z the distress of the little children tug ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for ifbread ot the men of genius It has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents t produced by this devilish thing when you think of the Jails o l the almshouses of the prisons and o- the scaffolds upon either bank d 5 not wonder that every thoughtful man r fIs prejudiced against the damned stuff alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL rKeep Church and State forever iaeparateGrJlnt In no sense Is this ernment founded upon the Christian religion Washington l The divorce between Church an State should be absoluteGaril- elOOLLEGEof DUlINE SURGERY Gh eago Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully equipped Abundance of Clinical Material 7EEP MODERATE Fall term opens in Septembor Write today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M Soc 045247 Ashland Avet Chlnagn t rt REVRH It SAWYER OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH ON THE IMMORTALITY OF THE SOUL AND THE EXISTENCE OF A GOD have been sent I suppose for crlt clam an extract from the Anaconda Montana Standard containing a sermon of RevR H Sawyer of tho Christian Campbelllte church on tho Immortality of the soul and the QodNearly sermon Is a string of schoolboy eloquence tho only at followInlTho atheist bpldly answers No Man lives but a brief season and dies like a beast to live no moreeat drink and be merry for tomorrow ye shall die The Roman Empire listened to the atheistic doctrlno of Epicurus and sank Into a state of Immorality and shame unparalleled In the history of other nations The past century wit nessed a repetition of the results of following atheistic teachings In the bloody scenes of the French Revolu tion DAlembert Diderot Voltaire and others filled Franco with tho teachings of Infidelity and won her peopo away from a faith In God and hope of a future life Tho streets of their cities ran red with blood No mans life was safe no womans vir toe was respected all Industry was paralyzed homes wero neglected the marriage relation was despised and vice trine unnatural lust swayed the souls of men and Instituted a reign of terror whose watchword was atheism Husband father will you accept the answer of atheism and sway your home with tho thought that we live but for a tlmo and die like the beastfTho history of all ages proves rob a man of his hope of a life beyond Is to rob him of virtue honor truth practIJelife of man I eA i lltL lti C1kCo lIet any Mary and Martha and Lazarus wero Its happy inmates But it is all dark now The curtains are drawn and the friends tread softly as they come and go With sad countenances and subdued tones they speak In their hon est efforts to comfort tho grief stricken sisters Lazarus Is deadyonder- In tho tomb wrapped In tho cerements of death his still cold body has lain for four daysnay It Is a century to theso breaking hearts But hear the words of Jesus of Nazareth as He comes speaking peace to theso troub led souls Thy brother shall rise again Oh joy and gladness Oh happiness unspeakable Death shall not triumph over life A broken home and shattered hearts shall bo restored relations with the Christian church have been such that I would naturally want to say all that I could for tho Intelligence of Its communion but there Is not a single broadminded man among Its clergy- If all that Rev Sawyer here says were absolutely true It would bo no argument at all to provo the exist enco of a God Is a question no more determlna bo by the goodness or wickedness of men than Is the mooted question or the habltablllty of tho planet Mars If every atheist that was ever born had been n bad man and every Chris flan that ever lived had been a good- man or woman tho fact would not have the remotest bearing upon the questions of the Immortality of the soul or the existence of a God And yet as opposed to the teaching of this roverend gentleman there Is tho fact that Ingerspll and Mrs Eli zabeth Cady Stanton and Herbert Spencer tho most distinguished Infi dels of tho world have nil died In this young century tho most people that have died In It will hardly a week passes that the paper- t do not report the villainy generally connected with women ot some priestoThe Ignorance of itev Sawyer Is displayed by his citing the case of Epicurus to show the evil effect o people commonly understand because the word Epicure which Is derived from Epicures means In thus days a gourmand or glutton tha Epicurus tho atheist taugnt ex cess In eating and drinking but the philosophy of liplcurus was exactly lhllosoIthe great end and aim of our lives and he taught that wo should eat ant drink in tho way to produce the great est happiness and said therefore that cattas Rev Sawyer and other semiIntelli gent people generahy suppose All Intelligent people know that tho Roman Empire In Its heathenism was tho greatest government that tho world over saw and that during that time It made the laws that the United States adopted and lives under to this day and that when Room accepted the Christian religion it degenerated governyThe story of the French Revolution as history tolls It has been told to Christians thousands of times by Infidels but tho Christians never learn because they do not want to learnt For three hundred years before tho French uevolutlon tho government and the church royalty and the priests had been solidly united and the debauchery and lewdness that characterized that period are without yAsday I state the fact that it was a custom that grow into the law of the qnd that when a maiden married It Was the right of the priest to have her to himself tho first night This condition of affairs went on until tho people arose In a mass and killed 6000 priests and royal people From that tlmo until the present day Franco has regularly advanced and has n government precisely like ours except that her senators are elected as we sleet congressmen and there Is a growing tendency In this country to elect senators by the peo plo just as France docs As a result of this atheistic revolu tion the people of Paris tore down the bastlle the famous prison and sent JIstands where the hostile stood and It a has the statue of the heathen god Mercury on top of It and I have suens the key hanging In Washingtons house at Mount VernonsFranco gave to America the statue of Liberty enlightening the world that stands In New York harbor and a France Is today driving the priests from her borders and those priests are coming to Kentucky to Thirds town and are building a monastery to cost 50000 near Cincinnati On the one hand as representing Christianity wo have fresh In our minds all the villainies anti Intrigues accompanying tho death of one pope and Hie election of another and the exposure of the Christian rascal Dowie with the papers reporting every week the villainy or some other hand representing In fidelity we havo before us the great good that the Infldes Carnegie Edi son Herbert Spencer and Tolstoy are doing or have done for the world almost every week some pro essor or president of some great lege or university is announcing his repudiation of 110 Chrlsltan religion and yet a man like Sawyer sets him self up to be a teacher of the people and jthat no man can nave vir mm fi nen ntlleves in a God and a future life He goes on about his seeing a tle home in far oft Bethany and gives the story of the resurrection of Lazarus as an evidence of a future life Of course ho never was at Bethany and dont know anything about it ex cept what he has heard from some body who was interested to keep up this same Christian religion- I have lately been at Bethany and have just sent to a lady friend a little stone from the grave of Lazarus anti went down Into that grave and I saw the people who lived in Bethany looking at us as If they thought us a gang of superstltous fools who had come thousands of miles to go down Into that hole because we believed that a man had once risen from the dead there Sawyer dont know anything about It and would not tell you the truth about It If he did know STORY OF GARDEN OF EDEN Obliterated by Evolution Says Rev Dr Savage New York Dec HIn a sermon on the life of the late Herbert Spen co the Rev Dr Minot J Savage In tho Unitarian church of the Messiah has given tho theory of evolution credit for having forever destroyed Intelligent belief on tho part of any body In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve or the fall of man Evolution he asserted has forever removed those stories and kindred ones to the land of myth where they belong In concluding his remarks Dr Savage saidHumanity has been on this earth two or three hundred thousand years slowlysany fall Evolution has wrought ou not tho fall of man but the ascent man That means tho complete recon structure of the entire theology ChristendomIt It has got to come There are thousands of churches to day in which the Eden story Is quiet ly referred to as though It were poet thousandtone slue DOG FENNELS theln You have seen that tho first edition of Dog Fennel was gotten up In nice style and think was fully up to what we promised But the second edition Is gotten up on finer and more expensive paper Tho first edition was on glazed per which looks nice but the relic c tlon from tho glazing is in an unfavorable light unpleasant to the eye and second edition has dead white paper that Is thicker and heavier and costs more and to bo sold at th same price flOO 1 l From Berlin Conn News INDIFFERENCE TO WORSHIP MEN DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH Many Reasons from Both ClerV id Laynten Environment Has Much to do With itMinisters Are Blam ed for Preaching Only to the Rich Life too Strenuous During the WeekCosts too Much Says Anoth erthe Many Attractions and the Sunday Newspaper Is Another Rea son Tho great and absorbing question falling off In church attendance more noticeably among men Is problem confronting the entire Christian world and one not easy of While there are a thousand and one reasons given from as many the most generally accepted to reason Is that tho agetho times In which we live have so changed that different form of theology Is needed to meet the demands of the more ad vance l thought etc Wo append a few sample reasons as given by some of the leading clergy and other servers Tt the Congregational conference- in New Haven recently Judge Gideon H Werh delivered a strong address- on Why Men Do Not Attend Church Ho showed that tho mental and physical side of maws nature Is getting plenty of cultivation while the spiritual side Is seriously neglected Several things helped this state of affairs among them tho day newspaper the automobile or devil wagon as he coiled It trolly chrs and too eager pursuit of wealth but he could devise no effective means to lessen tho prevailing evils He scored the wealthy philanthropist who In his old age contributed gen erously to the poor to satisfy pangs SdutyPulpit yas Not the Influence It Once JHad RevVor Anderscln pastor of the First Congregational church at Wat erbury last week expressed hlmelf on the subject as follows The number of nonchurch goers Is Increas ing much Even In Catholic churches nonchurch attendance especially among the young men is Increasing It Is difficult to answer the question What Is the reason for the decrease In church attendance and a corres pending Increase In the number of nonchurch goers No ono answer covers tho caso nor can a general an swer be given In a few words The decrease In church attendance Is not confined to churches In any ono country It Is tho same In Europe as In America among Catholics as well as Protestants Among Protestants and Catholics there is a drifting away from ecclesiasticism but not from religion The majority of the people who remain away from church believe In destiny Immortality a personal God but do not believe In at tending church Of course tho claims of tho Catholic church upon its bers Is different than that of the Pro testant church A Catholic Is under more obligation to attend mass Furthermore a thorough going church attendant among the Catholics Is a thorough believer In the infal HblMty of church and of tho infallibility of the pope There Is no such belief among Protestants Neither are they under any obligation to at tend church The claim of the gospel Is not recognized now as It was former years Among the working classes the feeling Is spreading that the church represents capital versusL labor The working classes certain dignity and like to dress as well and make as nice a showing on Sunday as otner people It Is a wide spread alienation from church going among the masses The pulpit has not tho influence that It onco had The Protestants ot New England thfe mon Now the people do not depent upon the sermon for knowledge The pulpit has been replaced in this re gard by the newspapers books rn magazines A largo amount of the preaching is upon subjects whoso spirit is merely secular Spiritocf the Second Congregational church a t Waterbury gives this reason am Inclined to think that there Is a decrease in the church attendance and a corresponding Increase in tho number of nonchurch goers This does not mean that tho people are not s much Influenced by Christianity as In tho past but that there Is a grow- Ing feeling that Christianity doesnt consist of church attendance solely but to practicing of Its teachings in every day life Besides this grow- Ing feeling believe that the increase of nonchurch goers may bo attribut ed to tho Invasion of materialistic spirit Furthermore the ctmrc doesnt hold up threats as In days past Fifty years ago tho people were compelled by theology to attend church but such theology la note taught today Formerly the pulpit was tho only means for dlssemlnaV l partlyliterature books and newspapers I think that some members halo been theologyTheenports assistant said during the transition from tho old to the new theology that somo people became disgruntled at the preaching of the old theology and left the church THE BLADE WIITGONTINOE of WITH MR HUGHES AS PUB LISHER On Saturday night December 19th Mr Hughes telephoned me that he had decided to continuo the pUblica tlon of the Blade aIfo Its publication had about 70 due me for my share of Dog Fennel and Behind the Bars that Intended to use and whatever sloe might come me from those books to continue as the publication of tho paper and mpagesis present sizeuntil i could print it the full size or stop It altogether Of course cannot tell any better than any of you can what would have been pAsIts full size vthosetheir money ono or beta havo stood by the little paper in this crisis and helped It to weather the storm Whether tho friends of tho Blade is will keep up this Interest In trying to sustain it of course do not know but what has occured leads me to pIwhich I am sure Mr Huhges would join me to the Infidel papers that have lately expressed to mo their sympathy with tho Blade in its dls tress They are tho Investigator The- earchlight Secular Thought the of Reason Ocult Thought and jajtjkJfcfcadncaBir 1711T hr iirtt forgettheirwhen It needed friends developedthat an to are as genuinely and unselfishly voted to It as any newspaper In the world has ever hall I am ospeclaly proud o fthe fact that so many of theso have been women old and oung and so many of them have been old men It Is astonishing how many men who are older than I amGG years the day upon which I write this Sun day December 20th 1903are friends ot this tailor suppose though that this Is from the fact that I am prob ably the oldest o the Infidel editors now that old Bro Green has gone i am very proud of the fact that so many of those who have given their money and their sympathy were poor aborlng men I am aso proud of the fact that In the support of this paper there Is absolutely no difference be tween tho Nortn and the South It seems to me now that tho two States between which would havo to decide n a competition for the championship In the support of this paper are Ohio and Texas whose sons stood on oypo site sides in our civil war and though have always lived In the South have Just as true friends and as many among the veterans of tho Union army In our civil war as If had ways lived In the North Ordinary newspapers that have cir dilations cnotenci na lasne as the made make their livings on nilvertis log and they can do this hecaiifo their circulations are only local Infidel newapupns cannot get vertising ll1rom InlMei who hoveI business that might be benefited td u paper like Mis Bliule and so we have to rely for upnot at the owI rates at which the tfatle is IluhllshldI and do sincerely hope friends of tho mole who can will at onco begin to toll it In the way of sending their job printing to us get ting new subsc leers or ordering a copy of Dog Fennel or Behind the Bars price tl each The Blade wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year A BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON QUESTIONS Where was Glbeon A little north of Jerusalem Who went up there Soleman What canto to him A dreams Who spoke to him In the dream- o The Lord What did he wish to know Solomons chief desire What Was Solomons request An understanding heart 7 Why did ho ask that So as to be a good king Did that pease the Lord It did prayerh10 What else did ho give Solomon Riches and honor The second edition of Dog Found la now completed and ready for the pond your order Price 100 i jni U SHORT OF MONEY IS NEW POPE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS AT THE VATICANSAID TO BE IN A arp BAD WAY WHERE IRISH CATHOLIC WOMENS MONEY GOES FiItomeDel Val took over from Cardinal Mo cennl the administration of the Vati can finances ho set to work to disco s tangle tho rather complicated mas the bookkeeping department appallInglate pope at least during the last ten pontificatelived the loss sustained by the Vat lean administration of about 5000 ab 000 under the regime of Mgr Folchi nti still later after several thefts f largo sums from his own private apartments Pope Leo grew diffident and suspicious of everybody The frequent gifts of large sums money made personally to him by fordusign visitors as private donations or collections for Peters pence he fused to turn over to tho regular ad of the church because considered them safer In his own custody and ho found hiding places for all these offerings In the nooks and corners or his own apartment From time to time whenever an op offered or a trusted messen like Del Val was available Pope Leo used to send large sums for estment In foreign banks especially London but of late ears even this practice was discontinuedFcThe consequences of this policy are just now beginning to appear and It a problem for Cardinal Del Val to discover how several millions of francs have disappeared One explanation Is that the late often lent money to needy pre and cardinals and to a few for eign princes and dispossessed pretenders besides granting loans to a several noble families of Rome r which owing to the loss of the temporal power and their continued faithfulness to the old order of things found themselves on tIm brink of nftrnrjTcy Two of these families are the an cleat ones of the Borghese and Massi mo the latter of which was enabled peep Its famous state carriage and appearance of style only through the generosity of Plus IX apd the late pope The Borghese family aso had lost all of Its property through mistaken Investments In Roman real estate and was compelled recently to sell to the city its magnificent palace and the famous villa on the waVs of Rome When the late pope soared off to glory It was estimated that ho left 20000000 The donations and pres ents given him were something enor ines Now It transpires that the treasure were stolen from him and that like other od peopo he tried to hide his money in nooks rand corners about his room But the holy gang of thieves around him was too sly for the old fellow and kept tapping him till he had nothing left This Is enough to show that the Vatican Is Infested with a ravenous gang of thievesa regular Mafia ffisfirst place and what more could bo certain classes of thieves there Is some honor but among tho holy brand It dont seem to exist The above Information ought to ge to all the poor old Catholic Irish washawomen In the country so they see where their money goes so they could see that It goes to help keep up old titled broken down Roman families that they may be able to appear on the streets In carriages and throw on the stye Sarto will havo a sort o poor Christmas this year with no money and all that big palace full of hungry monks and soldiers to feed It Is all a matter of money with the papcy Should the Catholic people ever get tired of being humbug god then old petticoats will have to get into overalls and go to worknIf It could be generally known that r that Italian gang ot thieves first rob apoor deluded people and then rob each otherrob even the holy pope poeple would come to their senses Lsometime and dump the whole bustctness JUST LITTLE STORY My son R Leland Moore traves for a clothing house The clerk of the best hotel In Knoxville Tenn Is a good friend to him and always cals his R Leland My son was in tho hotel lately and that cerlc said to j Lint R Lelar1 My son was In the bMyour family The clerk said Well ho Is fy greatest man In the United States My son said Thank you for tho compliment That Is what we think Ho Is my father The clerk caught my son by hand with both of his hands and con rsgratulated him most cordially My son loaned him a copy of Dog FenInet The clerk had td rlso at five oclock In the morning but ho read Dog Found until three oclock r ATj l BLUE GRASS BLADE CHRISTMAS ONLY A SUN FESTIVAL CELEBRA TING THE BIRTH OF THE YEAR And Marking That Point of the Suns Passage When It Enters the Rings of Saturn Every ono who understands tho mystic astronomy of the Bible knows that tho world Jerusalem means the heavens the phrase tho Children of Israel means the stars of the heavens the Twelve Tribes of Israel the twelve signs or constellations through which the sun passes in Its annual course These correspond in the Chrisltan faith to tho twelve Apostles which are per sonifications of the twelve months of the year The word saint means a star every one of the ancient Saint Days of the Christian church then is a star day and marks a certain Important point of the suns passage If tho reader has never thought of this let him consult any almanac and study the rude zodiacal plate on the inside of the flyleaf Millions of peo e ple look upon this page and never dream of the mystery wrapped up in h it They know that It is an astron omical table but never suspect or question what the list of the Saint Days printed below the cut has to do with such an abstract science as astronomy It has always been and always will be a disputed question whether such a person as the Jewish Jesus existed or not This dispute is chiefly confined to the great scholars of the world and it Is not out of proportion to say that there are as many truly great men dispute his ex istence as there are truly great men who affirm that he lived The belief of the Christian masses cut no fig ure In the dispute at all They only know and believe what they have been told and their opinions one way or the other amount to nothing For Cevery Origin who claims his existence there has been a Celsus to deny it an Hypatla for every ca1vinIahey every every Talmage an Ingersoll The balance of judgment is always on the side of the doubter because he is disinterested and unprejudiced He does not depend upon the main tainance of tho existence of Jesus for a living or as the means to acquire so cial position and honor The doubter Investigates both sides the believer does not The student of comparative reli gions knows that there have been teen Saviors who have appeared at various times to various races of r men All alike had the same miraculous birth all had the same name of Myrrha Mi s rJpjyriam etc all were born oirTiecenr her the 25th the birth of each was announced by a star each alike was visited by wise men who brought gold frank Incense and other gifts each babe had its life threatened and its parents were compelled to flee each one at school surprised his masters with his learning each declared his Divine nature and his mission as the Savior of mankind each was tempted of the Devil each was baptized of the Holy Ghost each performed mir acles each taght the same doctrine renunciation of the world giving up of riches and avowing poverty each began his labors among fishermen each selected twelve disciples and commanded them to go Into the world and preach to all nations each clared that his words were true and that heaven and earth would pass away but his words would not pass away each of these Gods remained single and disavowed marriage each made a triumphant entry into the heavenly capitol Jesus on an ass Buddha on the horse Kantako etc each died came to life and was trans other analogues could ho given but these are sufficient They are well known to every one who dares to read and think for him self They know that the later Sa viors must be plagiarisms of the first that the first cannot be analogues of the last That all of these different Saviors should have been born on the 25th of December in the same miraculous manner having the same name of mother the same conditions of birth the stable tho star and the visits of the wise men leads every com moo sense person to inquire wherein Jesus Is unlike any of the Saviors who preceded him wherein he was greater wiser or more divine The Testament gives us no data of the birth or even of the existence of Jesus In those days came Jesus and It came to pass Is the only information given by which we may determine births or historical events The mention of Jesus In Josephus Is clearly an Interpolation Inserted centuries after the Bible was com piled It is denounced as such by Dr Lardner and every other prominent theologian in the world The small fry keep still about It and never mention Josephus They know that school boys know better but are willing to let the cheat live and circulate The best scholarship affirms that Jesus is only an analogue of Buddha and other Saviors Everything he said and did was said and done be fore him by others Confucius spoke tho Golden Rule and the whole Sermon on the Mount Is found In his writings It Is the greatest imaginable that all these God men who appeared In different countries and to different people speaking different languages should ho so much alike and teach the same doctrines in almost the same words To all thpso who have studied Sun worship and Bible astronomy Jesus and his twelve Apostles are regard ed only as impersonations of the Sun and the twelve signs of the Zodiac It is the same old repetition of Hercules the Sungod and his twelve la bore Stboofword Jesus meanS the Suntho Di vine naturo from which all Ufo pro ceeds rite word Christ Is taken from the Hlndoosianc The Hindu Christ nl said and did all that the Jewish Jesus said and did The word Christ means a good man and was used as an inscription upon Greek tombstones thousands of years before the Jewish Jesus was suposed to have lived These Inscriptions in English would read like this John Smith Christ meaning he was a good- man Placo the two words together JesusChrist and we have the union of the human and divine nature Jesus the Sun the Divine nature the creator of all and Christ a good man the highest created product of the Sun the Human nature JES In Latin the root of tho word Jesus and the common Christian symbol IRS in Greek are ex actly the same letters It will be noticed that this IHS Is pictured over a cross with the Sun in the background This symbolizes the Sun upon the equator or crossing the equator The picture of Jesus upon n cross with tho Sun In tho background representing the crucifixion Is only a personification of the Suns passage across the equator Crucify and crossify are the same words The feast of the Passover was given in celebration of the advent of spring when the Sun crosses over tho line at the Vernal Equinox The symbol IHS which is en to the educated to mean Jesus Homlnum SalvatorJesus the Savior of men and to the Ignorant as stand- Ing for I Have Suffered happens al so to be the monogram of the Sungod Bacchus who was also called lesus and who lived or was supposed to have lived thousands of years before the Jewish Jesus Tho IHS is still found engraven upon the temples erected to Bacchus just as It is found on Christian temples today We give this at length to show the meatier how these analogies may be traced The very name Jesus means the Sun and to further complete the symbol lIe is painted with the Sun encircling his head Now we know wny Jesus In the New Testament Is so frequently call ed The Sun of Righteousness again he says of himself I am tho Light and the Life I am the Light that llghteth every man into the world which Is all lIerally true for without tho light on the Sun there can be no life and no man can come into he world All this Is only an intimation of the information that could be Imparted proving that Jesus Is only a mythical personification of the Sun and that ms tewlve Apostles personify the twelve signs of the Zodiac As Jesus the Sun passes through hese twelve signs he takes upon himself the character of tho sign through which he Is passing tnrow Ing It off and taking on a new character when he enters the next sign The summer months are the heaven of the year the winter months the hell of the year The Prince of Dark Ylncfl tittover following at fP ieeis as night follows day and winter lows summer Beginning at the 21st of March Jesus the Sun is crucified or cross ified that is he Is on the equator or cross He has returned from the un der world or the hell of winter and ushers In the spring He is now In the sign of Aries the Lamb and he tales upon himself the character of a shepherd He is the Lamb of God tnat taketh away the sins of the wona or the distresses of the winter months Ho Is now pictured as a shepherd with a lamb about his neck and a Sun about his nead Ev err one Is familiar with the picture We will now go with him through each of the other eleven signs plaining briefly a few of the myster- Ious Bible sayings and illustrations as connected with the life of Jesus it would require a volume to tell It all From the Sign of the Lamb he next enters the constellation of Taurus the Bull the Zodiacal sign for the month of April In April the earth is clothed anew In Its verdure flowers spring buds open and all nature is revivified It Is the month of love and of copulation among birds and beasts The bull is selected to sym ollze this month of vigor because of his urgent and amorous nature The Egyptians placed garlands of lowers about the Uorns and neck of the Bull Apis and fed him In proces sions when they celebrated their spring festival Thus the ancients symbolized the amative effect of the Sun upon all creatures In this month Now we derstand when we read from the ble such strange expressions as these Fat Bulls of Basham compass me about His legs are straight legs and his feet are as calves feet which isdras says In describing God which is literally true when Jesus the Sun enters the sign of Taurus the Bull for It is not to be forgotten that he assumes the character of each sign as he pases through it Next Jesus the Sun enters the month of May which is presided over by Gemini the Twins These are the little children of whom he said Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is tho Kingdom of heaven which is literally true for the Sun is now high up in the summer months the heaven time of the year These are also the little boys who taunted the old baldhead prophet winter and said uo up Baldhead Go up Baldhead that is go back to your cave in the North for it is now Maytlme and tho Sun has shorn you of your strength robbed you of your hair And two bears Ursa Major and Ursa Minor appear and chase the children Look at your Zodiac and you will see that the constellation of tue two bears Ursa Major and Minor seem to be chasing the Gemini the little boys- esus the Sun now passes into the constellation of the Crab which Is the presiding genius for the month of June In this constellation is also pictured the constellation of the Ass As Jesus enters this month ho is supposed to mount the Ass and ride Into Jerusalem the heavenly city This Is when he comes In glory for he reaches his throne or his highest altitude on tho 21st of June touching 1 =the Tropic of Cancer This Is the high mountain upon which he was led and there tempted by the dovll It from this high point that tho Sun lis upon all the nations of the Tho command Get theo be hind me Satan describes darkness following upon light Here Is where he sits In Judgment upon tho world dividing the good from the bad as a shepherd divides tho sheep from the goats And the sheep Aries shan be set upon tho right and the goat Capricornus shall sit on his left which is the relative positions of these con stollations at this very time Hero ho gets off the ass and passes on Into the next constellation Leo the Lion tho presiding genius for July Now Jesus Is a roaring Lion seeking whom ho may devour In July the Suns rays are strongest and Is symbolized by the fierce faco and long mane of the Lion It Is in this month tho Lion leaves his jungles and descends upon hto valleys ing and devouring Again Jesus is tho Lion of the tribe of Judiah The word tribe here means constellation the word Judah means July therefore when the dear Sunday school children sing tnat old song Hos the Lion of dah the poor little Ignoramusos er dream they are singing about Leo the Constellation of July neither do the grownup Innocents Leo Is also a common name assumed by the Vicegerents of Jesus the Sun They are all tho same mythical Leo Jesus now pases Into tho sign of Virgo the Virgin which is the ius for tho month of August the month of harvest when the earth brings forth her abundance when sIte delivers the fruit of her womb In this constellation of Virgo the Vir gin is also the constellation of the figure known In astronomy as the Husbandman This Is the mysterious Joseph who always travels with the Virgin in the capacity or a Husband without maintaining the relations of one As the constellations are fixed tho Virgin and tho Husbandman like the Crab and the Ass In the constellation of June must travel together This Is all the theological Virgin there is or ever was In the world She Is the mother of all the Sungods symbolizing the mother period of the earths productiveness Jesus the Sun now passes into Libra the Scales which is the Zodiacal sign for the month of September The Sun is on the equator again In this month He Is again crucified or crosslfied Remember tho Bible speaks distinctly of two crucifixions and the church illustrates the same by two pictures In one of which Mary stands next to the cross which represents the Autumnal crucifixion because August the Virgin stands next to the month of September In the other Mary is not pictured In the scene because the month of August the Virgin does not stand next the month of March at which time the Vernal Crucifixion occurs aep tember Is the month In wjilch the grape ripens and Is pressed Into wine To drink of the wine Is to drink of r Stin blood Jesus Is nrijv taken from the cross and buriea tui Mieuexv three months eorrespondlngrto the three days of Bible mention me has passed from life summer unto death winter He enters October which Is presid ed over by Scorpio the Worm the Worm that never dieth A few months ago he was a lamb or a shepherd among lambs then a bull then sitting among the little children then going up to Jerusalem on an ass then a roaring lion now a worm that never dieth which Interpreted means that though he has been crucified and buried under the equator In the grave of winter his light though feeble still shines and he docs not die He next passes into the gloomy month of November whose presiding genius is Sagittarius the half man and half horse This is the month In which the hunting season begins Sagittarius Is drawing his bow In the act of shooting game Phillip and Nlm rod the mighty hunters before the Lord were this same Sagittarius This Is the month of Paul and the Suns victory In passing through this month and overcoming death Is lustrated by knocking Paul from his horse Pharoh the man on horseback Is also this same Sagittarius and the Suns victory over this gloomy month Is sung by Miriam Sing ye unto the- Lord for he hath triumphed gloriously the horse an rider he hath thrown Into the sea that Is Into the horizon into which Sagittarius descended and disappears How will the reader explain this strange say- I the Lord himself speaking the words delight not In the legs of a man neither do I take pleasure In the strength of a horse Interpreted this means that he liketh not the stormy month of November whose presiding genius Is a man to the waist only and a horse from there down being Imperfect man and Imperfect horse Again In Revelations we find saw and beheld a white horse and he that sat on him had a bow and a crown was given unto him and he went forth conquering and to quer What figure is this but Sagit tarius the horse the man and the bowJesus tho Sun has now one more month of burial to pass through and then comes his resurrection or birth the Christmas time which we have written so much In preface to explain Ho is now In December the Zodiacal sign of which Is The Goat Capri corn us On the 21st of this month he has reached his lowest declivity or deepest death and touched the Tropic of Capricorn He Immediately rises out of the grave of winter This is the day Instead of the 25th on which Jesus the Sun Is born The days grow longer and tIle nights shorter He starts forward again to repeat his nual career of birth and life and death A new life and a new rear is now as sured The Sun has tunred toward the Spring Nature has become more hopeful and urgent All tils is symbolized by Tho Goat tat animal of blood stirring Impulses He turns his face toward the new year In the direction of the buns ravel and rises upon his haunches as in the act of sexual approach This wlll l be better understood by those who L 1 understand Phallic worship So the 21st day of December Is the birthday of Jesus Instead of the 25th and should bo the Christians Christmas But It so happens that the Pagan nations from which wo get our religion were Sunworshipers and celebrated tim birth of tho Sun on the 25th for this reason It was not until four days after tho Sun had touchedI the Tropic of Capricorn that they were able to perceive that the days were growing longer and they were assured of tho return of the Sun at which time the Sun enters the Rings of Saturn Even ton there were doubters that the Lord hind risen and It was not until three days later which brings us to the 28th that It was dent to all that tho days wero grow- Ing longer and all doubting ceased The church even today celebrates tho 28th as St Thomas Day the Doubt ers Day The ancient Arabians had the same day worship Tadmuz tho Doubters day From Tadmuz we get Thomas Tho Pagan Romans celebrated the return of the Sun by what was known as the feast of Saturnalia In honor of the Suns entrance Into tho Rings of Saturn When tho Chris tians came into power they tried to break up this national feast of Satur nalia and institute the 21st as the an nual feast day In honor of the birth of Jesus the Christians Sun This they found as difficult of accomplishment as any foreign power would have in restraining the American people from celebrating the Fourth of July Falling to change the Roman mind tho Christians finally yielded to the Pagan will and adopted the 25th the feast day of Saturnalia as the birth day of their Christ As the Pagans became Christianize the feast of Sat urnalla In time became only a memo any and finally disappeared as such The Christian religion had spread- and the observance of the day had become so universal no further at tempt was ever made to change It to its true astrnomical date To have done so at any time In the late cent turies would have precipitated inquiry and would have exposed to mankind the whole Pagan origin of Christian ity They are too wise for that The Sun next enters tho month of January the month of John the first month the forerunner the John who came baptizing It is the rainy month the flood time of the year Its presiding genius Is Aquarius from aqua water Aquarius is represented as kneeling and pouring water from a pitcher symbol of the flood time the over low of tho Nile the Ganges and the Euphrates It is also the lonnes of the Greeks the Oannes of the Egyp lane the Jonah of tho Epheslans the Janus of the Romans from the latter of which we get the name January or Johnuary They were al the same John the forerunner who came bap the Sun next enters tho con stellation of Pices tho Fish tho genius of February Here Is where he falls In with the Fishermen Here Is where Lent begins and the faithful begin eating fish upon which diet they continue untfl the Sun e ttef s the 1lIltXl Blgll lii ZlTlJ o AII they fall to eating mutton The Sun- is now back into the month of March from which we started Jesus Is again a shepherd among the lambs of March He is again the Lamb of God which taketh away tho sins of the world the evils of winter There will be many a person read this who will not believe a word of it because they do not understand a word of it but they wil believe all the theologians tell them about the Bible who understand It so well that they continually divide up Into sects and dispute about It J B WILSON M D HOW TO HELP THE BLADE WITHOUT ANY COST TO YOURSELVES Certainly the present financial troubles of the Blade have showli that there are some people men and men old and young that are devot edly attached to this paper and are willing to make sacrifices for It Strange as it may appear while the Brade Is nearly or quite breaking down for want of support I believe there are more people who really and unselfishly lovo this little paper than any newspaper In the world If then I can tell you a pan by which you can 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of you will think that we will never notice about you and that wo can get along without your particular one but if the 2000 people who write to us on printed let ter heads and with advertisements on their envelopes would give this work to Mr Hughes it of Itself would almost make a for him Why cant you all try it and If you llko the jobs as I believe you will do speak a good word for It at your homos or on a postal card to the made and give him a fine lot of job work If you have any doubt abbut It just try him on a small Job for an II experiment and do not continue it It you do not find it pays you Mr Hughes Is splendidly equipped- to do job work well and cheap Please dont forget about this or merely Ignore It hut take some pains at least to give him a trial SOME THOUGHTS ON CHRISTMAS By Josephine Henry Next Friday tho Christian world will celebrat the birth way of their Savior Jesus Chris All persons who know the history of tho Christian re llglon know that Jesus was NOT born on December 25th and that there Is no evidence In the literature of the world outside of tho New Testament that Ho was ever born at all Christmas Is really a survival of the heathen festival among the Celts called Yule and by the Romans Sat urnalia celebrating the turning point of tho year and the henceforth In creasing power of the sun Next Friday the children of tho Christian world will be told that that day Is the birthday of their Savior Jesus Christ and old Santa Claus with his snow covered clothes and whiskers and bags of toys on his back will cut up his antics In the Christian churches to make the chil dren believe that Kris Krlngle is real ly the old man that comes down tho chimney and fills their stockings As far as the truth of their existence Is concerned Jesus and Santa Claus are both oft the same PIece of goods Neither one ever existed but by ec clesiastical and civil laws these myths have been foisted upon the minds of children as truths for To teach children agesIJesus or Santa Claus rich ecclesiastical and commercial sinecures In the Christian world financial considerations are of vastly moro Import than Truth When the whole Christian system rests upon falsehood deception and avarice and children are reared In such an atmosphere is it any wonder the world swarms with hypocrites liars defaulters and robbers Every cause produces its effect and all the gods and saviors in the religious endar cannot alter or destroy this natural law One falsehood neeas a logion of others to cover it up and preachers and parents have told ralfjlpns bf falsehoods to children to cover up their stories about Jesus and Santa children grow up they find out that they were imposed upon in in fancy and that Santa Claus was a myth but they are taught that it Is a sin to question tho story of Jesus though they have never had and never can have the slightest evidence that had multiplied material evidence that there is a Santa Claus If the churches held Truth alone sacred they would never allow a Santa Olaus to amble about in the vJlvu uvd gw tain Jesus has never presented himself to prove his existence- It is said that Jesus told the people who lived In His day that He would come again during their lives but1 He did not come and 2000 years have rolled away and He has never come yet Jesus said he came to save sinners There Is no proof that one sinner out of billions has ever been saved Indeed there never were as many sinners on the earth as there are today The sins of the centuries and not a few of them are the sins and crimes of Christians are piled mountain high on poor Jesus and if the Christian religion exists for 2000 years longer Jesus will never be able to remove tho sins that have been placed on Him up to this time while they are still being piled on Him at an alarming rate Jesus paid it all rings through Christendom and the carnival of crime remains at high tide The manner In which many Christians celebrate their Saviors birthday gives evidence that they believe that Jeslis will wipe their sins away and they proceed to need His ser vices Watch the press next week and see what will be done both In and out of the cnurches The chapter of debauches brawls fights and murders the heavy busi ness at the police courts will show byIat the shrines of King Jesus and King Alcohol Thts rich will stimu late trade by giving feasts and ex changing costly presents for which they expect returns while the poor will ape tho rich by buying a lot of worthless trash they cannot afford to buy that will land In the garret or garbage tub before the holidays are over The paupers will stand In line and receive a good square meal in the name of the Savior though this Savior does not seem to know they are living and are hungry the other days In the year To the average parents Christmas is a nightmare as it is a hard strug gle to obtain necessities and they have no means to provide Christmas feasts and presents for their loved ones arid the bitterness of their lot Is a canker in their hearts and neith er Jesus and his followers nor Santa Claus care a rap for their sufferings- At Christmas the Sunday school Is booming The pupils swarm around the Christmas tree and sing with gusto Hark the herald angels sing Glory to the new born King But the angels anti new born King are not a circumstance in their esti mation to the presents Santa Claus hung on the tree for them Many Christians celebrate the birth of their Savior by drlnkjng more alco holic drinks painting more towns and noses red and eyes black and blue in the Christmas holidays than any other three months in the whole year The charity dispensed at Christmas is all very well as tho Bible says The poor yo have always with you but if Christianity inculcated justice kindness and love one to another why should Christendom swarm with pau pers when the church is the richest corporation on the face of tho earth and at the same timo tIm greatest beggar and robber With Its hundreds of milions of untaxed property wrung from the labor of the poor and the Ignorant It can certainly afford at Christmas to dole out popcorn and sorghum candy to tho embryo soiulers of tho cross This Is one method of recruiting the army of the Lord December 25th has from time im memorial been celebrated as tho birthday of Gods It Is not only ob served by tIre Christians as the birthday of Jesus Christ It Is tho birth tIny of many heathen Gods and this festival was observed by the Pagans centuries before Jesus Is rain to liavo appeared It is the birthday of Hor us Mithras Hercules Adonis or line chus Apollo Odin arid many others In tho New Testament Muthew and Luke alone glvo accounts of the birth of Jesus anti neither of them can ho relied on as evidence This Is ad mitted by oven some Christian au tnorltles Tho Puritans denounced Cnristmas as a heathen and popish feast and dill not observe it During Cromwells reign In England they for bade the celebration of Christmas Many people were mobbed for attend ing church on that day The edict was Issued In England In 1647 abolishing Chrlsmas Easter Whitsuntide and all other holy days It was declared that people who ato mlnco pies and decorated their houses could not sit in Parliament But the restoration of King Charles was alma tho restoration of King Christmas and the Presbyterians of this day have repudiated the edicts of their fathers arid all Christians join In celebrating the birthday of a God that never was born t is well cnoug for the word to have Its feasts and merrymaking and 0 remember those whom poverty forces to fast but why should these things bo dono In the name of a myth that has floated down tire turies and children taught things as truths that have never been and er will be prove If Christianity did for humanity what It professes to do wo would have no poor holding out their withered hands to receive alms from tire stall fed Christians It Is not a tenth of the amount spent In indulgence shameful extravagance anti dissipa ion If 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Out r word ApPlicottonnposttivecurtheoatrreme- dy of the kind f cess Address Dr n p PRMOWS Say this Vluclanil NJ sD4 has cured to many advanced and dlltcult cases of a private nature winch were looted upon as Incurable that he is now considered near as the most reliable sad trust rworthy physician his upeclalty Journal Jfealth iDr Yellows Tas for a number of years held an enviable reputation In the medical line and has made a specialty of a number of diseases thereby becoming familiar with thcn and enabling him tJtreat them sue cessfully He Is wellknown as a pro nounced advocate In all lines of free thought and stands well In his pro fesslon wherever hs known TttE BEST LINE TO gj Jj r i f adt J1IiCU l BLUEGRASS BLADE TOM PAINE IS SHOWN FROM HIS OWN WRIT ING TO BE NEARER ORTHO BOX THAN THE AVER AGE CULTIVATED PREACHER OF TODAY Ti mas Paine been labelled a Ilthy little Atheist In a blograph 1 Oouvonour Morris by a graduate of Harvard College Theodoro Roosovel formerly Governor of New York now Prewldont o ftho United States This socalled filthy little Atheist ww flvo foot ton Inches In height and Wll the honored guest of three Pres- Idents Washington at Rocky Hill and Yalley Forgo Thomas Jefferson at Hxecutlvo Mansion for hire- i Months and James Monroe while h i was the United States Minister Court of France toI Had tho Harvard graduate the precaution to have read tho Age 4v t Reason he would have found writ tin I believe In one God and hopi yhrhappiness beyond this life he read his will made six fl woolRflat composure and resignation to the will of my creatorGod- No Philadelphia grammar school bey would call such a man an Athe tat The State of New oYrk has fur ished Mr Paine with three biographers Cheetham Vail and the Rev Mencure D Conway and this after woo the clergyman who Is to address us will no doubt toll us what a great infidel Mr Paine was and how oded out In his agony for the savins grace of Jesus Christ and that his i old house where he died had been replaced with a Bible publishing house etc I hope however that he will give his authorI for any state- 1lents ne may make as that wasu1e understanding with the chairman be lore beginning the argument I will relate an anecdote about Mr Paine He was sitting In the parlor f his humble cottage in New York when an old neighbor called to see him returning a copy of his famous kook the Ago of Reason which he stated he had read remarking that whatever doubts he had about the in plration of the Bible had been moved Well replied Mr Paine I am very glad I can now die contented with having made at least one Christian Twentieth Century Christian The twentieth century Christian bees not believe all that is contained in the Bible but if he is a Protestant i klieves that which appeals to his particular faith There are Baptists second Adventists Feet Washers hints of Christ Dowleites Mill writes Faith Curlsts Tolstoyltes Anarchists and two kinds of Salvation rlii1 Mb1 frbTrctTUvb Unb laouitfl These curious phases of ChrIstians and Christianity believe in some part el the Bible which appeals to their private judgment The Age of Reason contains all that is moral all that Is human mer elful and just that is in the Bible Ik Is a book that can be read from rover to cover by the fireside without l y pausing a blush upon the cheek fitodest It is a book that can be the mall Can the same fiii e said of the Bible It is the book according to Daniel Webster that in spired Stephen Girard to found that Magnificent college where there are i low educated sixteen hundred orphans being Paine A Christian Me believed in the ethical moral humane merciful teachings of the I Bible He believed In the moral and ethical teachings of Jesus Christ He kvlleved in an Allwise just and merci ful God and the teachings of the Bible he believed in He put these into 1practice In his dally life and they Ter his comfort and solace in his ae He died serenely at over three IPleoi years and ten The teachings of Thomas Paine led to the founding of the first Theistic church in New York L aid Paris and wa sthe progenator of the Unitarian and Universalist churches of the United States Bid Not Believe In Pollgamy or Free Love Thomas Paine did not believe in i JI1t amy or free love He says Seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines are worse than ft gene and however it may carry with f t it the appearance of heightened en yment it defeats all the felicity of ffectI6n by leaving It no point to Ix upon Divided love Is never happy This was the case with Solomon and r he could not with all his preten eons to wisdom discover It beforehand i he merited unpitied the morti fication he afterward endured In this point of view his preaching Is ri unnecessary because to know the consequences it is only necessary to r know the cause Seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines would have stood In place of the whole book It was needless after this to say that all was vanity andI vexation of spirit for it is impossible te derive happiness from the company St those whom we deprive of bappl use To be happy In old age it is neces nary that we accustom ourselves to objects that can accompany the mind all the way through life and that we take the rest as good in their day The mere man of pleasure Is misera ble in old age and the mere drudge in business is but little better whereas lateral philosophy mathematical and mechanical science are a continual source of tranquil pleasure and in aplte of the gloomy dogmas of priests and of superstition the study of these things is the true theology it teaches nan to know and to admire tho Crea tor for the principles of science are IE the creation and are unchangeable a and of divine origin Those who knew Benjamin Frank lin will recollect that his mind was enr young his tempor ever serene e r science that never grows gray was always his mistress He was neVor without an object for when wo ceas to have an object we become an valid In a hospital waiting for death e Love Your Enemies Those who preach this doctrine of loving their enemies are in genes the greatest persecutors and they act consistently by so doing for the doe trine is hypocritical and It is natural that hypocrisy should act the rovers of what it preaches For my own part I disown the doctrine and con slder it as a feigned or fabulous mor allty yet the man does not exist that can say I have persecuted him or Bny set of men either In the America Revolution or in the French Revolv tlon or that I have in any case re turned evil for evil But It is not In cum bent on man to reward a bad nc tlon with a good one or to return good for evil and whenever it is done it is a voluntary act and not a duty It Is also absurd to suppose that such doctrine can make any part of a revealed religion We Imitate the moral the Creator by forbearing frith each other tor he forbears with all but this doctrine would imply that he loved man not in proportion as he was good but as he was bad If we consider the nature of our condition here we must see thero Is no occasion for such a thing as re vealed religion What is It we want to know Does not the creation the universe we behold preach to us the existence of an Almighty Power tha governs and regulates the whole And Jsnot the evidence that this cret tion holds out to our senses Infinitely stronger than anything we can read In a book that any impostor might mak tho word of God As for morality the knowledge of it ex Ists hi every mans conscience Hehwe are The existence of ai Almighty Power is sufficiently dem onstrated to us though we canno conceive as it is impossible we should the nature and manner of Its existence We cannot conceive how we came here ourselves and yet we know for a fact that we are here W must know also that the power that called us Into being can if he please and when he pleases call us to count for the manner in which w have lived here and therefore with lout seeking any other motive for the belief It Is rational to believe that he will for we know beforehand that ho can The probability of the thing Is all that we ought to know for if we knew It as a fact we should be the mere slaves of terror our belief would have no merit and our best ac tions no virtue Deism then teaches us without the possibility of being deceived all that is necessary or proper to be known The creation is the Bible of the Diest He there reads in the handwriting of the Creator himself the certainty of his existence and the immutability of his power and all other Bibles and Testaments are to him forgeries The probability that Lt TCgT fr cJ ltg Account hero ter will to a reflecting have the Influence of belief for it is not our belief or disbelief that can make or unmake the fact As this is the state we are in and which it is prop er we should be In as free agents It Is the fool only and not the phlloso pher or even the prudent man that would live as if there were no e The Word of God It is only In the Creation that all our ideas and conceptions of a word of God can unite The Creation speaketh an universal language inde pendently of human speech or human language multiplied and various as they may be It Is an ever existing original which every man can read It cannot be forged it cannot be counterfeited it cannot be lost it cannot be altered it cannot be suppressed It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other It preaches to all nations and to all worlds and this word of God reveals to man all that Is necessary for man to know of God rom the time I was capable of conceiving an idea and acting upon it by reflection I either doubted the truth of the Christian system or thought it to be a strange affair I scarcely knew which it was but I well remember when about seven or eight years of age hearing a sermon read by a relation of mine who was a great devotee of the church upon the subject of what is called redemption by the death of the Son of God After the sermn was ended I went into the garden and as I was going down the garden steps I revolted at the recol lection of what I had heard and thought to myself that it was making God Almighty act like a passionate Man e e Paines Estimate of Jesus Christ That such a person as Jesus Christ existed and that he was crucified which was the mode of execution at that day are historical relations strictly within the limits of probabil- Ity He preached most excellent morality and the equality of man but he preached also against the corruptions and avarice of the Jewish priests and this brought upon him the hatred and vengeance of the whole order of priesthood The accusation which those priests brought against him was that of sedition and conspiracy against the Roman government to which the Jews were then subject and tributary and it is not Improba ble that the Roman government might have some secret apprehensions of the effects of his doctrine as well as the Jewish priests neither is It probable that Jesus Christ had in contemplation the delivery of the Jew- Ish nation from the bondage of the Romans Between the two however this virtuous reformer and revolution- Ist lost his life It is upon this plain narrative of facts together with another case I m going to mention that the ChrIs- tian Mythologists calling themselves the Christian Church have erected their fable which for absurdity and travagano is not exceeded by any thing that Is to be found In the my thology of the ancients e Paine further says Nothing that Is here said can ply oven with the most distant disrespect to the real character of Jest Christ Ho was a virtuous and an Iable man The morality that he preached and practised was of tho most benevolent kind and thoug similar systems of morality had been preached by Confucius and by some of the Greek philosophers many year before by the Quakers since and by many good men in all ages it has not boon exceeded by any e c Thomas Paino has never crltlclsei anything tho Bible that was moral or humane He frequently quotes pas sages that are cruel but none that are obscene There are said to be over two hundred passages that are unfit to read In a public house Jn tho first part of his Ago of Reason written from memory he quote from tho Bible Therefore kill ery male among the little ones and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him but all the womenchildren that have not known a man by lying with him keep ally for yourselves IAmong the detestable vllllans the In any period of the world have graced the name of man It Is Impos sible to find a greater than Moses If this account be true Here is an der to butcher the boys to massacre the mothers and debauch the daughters Let any mother put herself in the situation of those mothers one chili murdered another destined to violation and herself in the hands of at executioner let any daughter put her self in the situation of those daugh tens destined as a prey to the mur derers of a mother and a brother and- what will be their feelings It is vain that we attempt to impose upon nature for nature will have her course and the religion that tortures all her social ties is a false religion Cruelty Whenever we read the obscene stories the voluptuous debaucheries the cruel and torturous executions the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half tho Bible is filled it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a mon than the word of God It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind and for my part I sincerely detest it as I detest everything that is cruel The only sect that has not persecuted are the Quakers and the only reason that can be given for it Is that they are rather Deists than Christians They do not believe much about Jesus Christ and they call the scriptures a dead letter Had they called them by worse name they had been nearer truth Did the book called the Bible ex cel In purity if ideas and expression all the books that are now extant in the world I would not take it for my rule of filth 1L belntr the word of God because tho possibility ould nevertheless exist of my being posed upon But when I see throughout the greater part of this book scarcely anything but a history of grossest vices and a collection of the most paltry and contemptible tales I cannot dishonor my Creator by call Ing it by his name If we permit ourselves to conceive right Ideas of things we must necessarily affix the idea not only of un changeableness but of the utter im possibility of any change taking place by any means or accident whatever in that which we would honor with the name of the word of God and therefore the word of God cannot exl 1st in any written or human language They will now find that I have fur nished myself with a Bible and Testament and I can say also that I have found them to be much worse books than I had conceived If I have erred in anything in the former part of the Age of Reason it has been by speaking better of some parts of those books than they have deserved The question is and I hope my learned friend will prove that the statement made by Paine is untrue The Age of Reason has given Thomas Paine literary immorality It is now a religious classic having survived the criticism of a century The arguments are now used by the high er critics of today Dr Conway Paines best biographer states that there are thirtysix cotemporary plies now in the British Museum Peter Eckler of New York Informed me last year that he sold 60000 cop ies of the Age of Reason in Australia In conclusion I say with Thomas Paine that any system of religion that has anything In It that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system JAMES B ELLIOTT A DYING DOCTOR Says Use Less Beer and Tobacco and Give the Money to Support the Blade Cincinnati 0 Dec 13 1903 Mr Charles C Moore Dear FrIendThe Blade come yesterday I read the letter written by you on the suspension of the Bladed time on subscription was out on December 3rd I would have sent It before now but I was sick and I am sot expected to live more than one or two days longer but Charley I am eady for the change I am just your age except a few days I got a fall and fractured two ribs and some other serious bruises and it is doing its work Please give my love to all It Is not often that one writes his pected death I do hope that the linquents on the Blade will drink less beer and smoke ono less cigar and byt so doing they can pay out Find tamps for what I am back I am weary and must rest Goodbye- H W HENDRICKS M D CommentAnd still the Christians tell about the horrible deathbed cenes of Infidels Send for five postal cards and help crease the circulation of the Blue- Grass Blade j it tJJ HOMESEEKERS EXCURSION- s Via QUEEN ANO CRESCENT ROUTETo Colorado Arizona Arkansas Indian Territory Kansas Louisiana Mexico Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nebraska New Mexico North Dakota Oklahoma South Dakota Texas Utah Wyoming Tickets on sale the first and third Tuesdays o teach month to April 19 1904 Inclusive good returning 21 days from date of sale Ask Ticket Agent for particulars or address G E Clarke T P A Lexington Ky From Sioux City Journal DIVINE IN DISGRACE Serious charges Made Against a Bur llngton Pastor Burlington Io Dec9 ZlonnEvan gelled congregation of Burlington Is without a pastor and thereby hangs a tale of sensation which has stirred German church circles In Bur lington to an extraordinary degree Rev Mr Pessell came to Burling ton from Fort Madison a few month ago and took up the ministry In Zion church here He brought with bin hs wife and four lovely little child ren He was successful in his work and grew very popular with his con gregation One night last weex the pastor at tended a meeting of the church con gregatlon Shortly after his return home word was received by the members of tho congregation that been stricken with a sudden 1IInessI and had fallen down stairs seriously Injured himself been taken to the hospital Anxious Inquiries were made at all the hospitals In the cl but Rev Mr Pessel was at n nem Jlie church members went to his home but found It dark and the family gone Doubts were aroused by these circum stances and an investigation was in augurated No trace of tho pastor could be found for several days Meanwhile ugly rumors began tc circulate and It developed that Rev Mr Pessolls presence was wanted In Fort Madison on a very grave charge preferred against him by a fourteen year eld girl It has been learned that Rev Mr Pessell is with friends in Quincy He claims that he is Innocent of the charges but has placed his resignation In the hands of the church here A BOILER MAKER Hammers In Some Rivets That Will Stick Lima Ohio Dec 12 1903 Charles C Moore Dear SirEnclosed you will find upon receipt of which you will please mall me two or three copies of Kid ders Vlngln Mary and Sacrament and keep the change to help the Blade But all I have got to depend upon is my days work and I am try ing to pay for a house by monthly payments and can hardly make both ends meet But I hope you will be able to con tinue the paper and would help if I could for I realize that If the Blade should die it would be a serious blow to the cause of humanity It believe Its usefulness could be enhanced If it would stick to the text In my opinion the Bible is the foun dation upon which the Christian ligion is built and Infidels should at all times point out its inconsistencies and absurdities In order to prove that It was written by ignorance and bru tal men and not worthy of the confi aence and reverence of men and wo men of today and by argument and ridicule knock out the foundation and the superstructure will fall But of late it seems af if the Blade was Interested in everything except the propagation of Infidelity We have what a bad man Teddy Roosevelt Is and how the two old political parties are rotten and we see the beauties of Socialism pictured in glowing words but what of the Bible Your paper seems to be letting that book alone with the exception of two recent articles by Mr Clark on the Virgin and Rubber Neck Dave which show the absurdities of the old book which should at all times lie the bone of contention- I would like to see the Blade live and become a greater power than and I would like to see it placed jn a plane which would enable its editor to live In affluence In his declin- Ing years and I would lino to see It tick to the text I have written this after a hard lays work as a boiler makers helper and will ask you to look over poor writing but you can publish this letter if you want to and in answer you can make fun of bad spelling and bad grammar If you want to but re lember that It is wrtten n the knd lest spirit and with best wishes for I l o tJ Winter Tourists Tickets Now on Sale via ot tJ tJ ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD TOJNEW ORLEANS OTHER SOUTHERN POINTS ALSO 10 HOT SPRINGS ARK THROUGH PERSONALLY CON BUCTED EXCURSION SLEEP 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making his living by hones hard labor- I wish readers of the Blade would all learn that I do not expose the bad grammar and bad spelling of any mar except those of some fellow who thinks he knows it all and evidently does not and undertakes to have 0 little fun all to himself by ripping me up the back When I was a boy I wanted to be a blacksmith but my parents spoiled what might have been a good black smith by making a preacher out meone ott10 most worthless of all lugs A part of thoicrttlclsm of this brother is for some issues of the Blade and especially some time ago only too true and another part of his crit- Icism I think is too hard on the Blase and hardly fair and I wIU just leave the Blades readers to judge which Is which and which isnt If his paper and the cause It de becausejthe MY NAMESAKE Charles Moore Ragndale of De Valle Bluff Ark Looks Just Like a Little Bob Ingertoll De Valls Bluff Ark Deo13 1903 Mr Charles C Moore Dear Friend and BrotherThe en closed is a photograph of a young man who arrived at our home on July 31st 303 and he has been christened Charles Moore Ragsdale I shall use all my endeavors to teach him that There 1s no darkness but ignorance no devil but fear Hoping that he may live to emulate tho example of the Grand Old Heathen and that he will fully represent his name and that ho will wear it to the credit of all I am always your friend and sister In tho interest of Truth and Reason MRS LULA A RAGSDALE CommentThat is the highest compliment that any human being can pay any other In all the incentives to right and honorable living that have ever been brought to bear upon me there Is none so great as the fact that people thus in different parts of tho United States whom I never saw are willing to name their children for my wife and me This will cost my wife a silver spoon with C M Rion it and me a copy of Dog Fennel in tho Orient with my dedication to my dear little namesake Charles Moore Ragsdale In It and both for Christmas presents And now I am going to toll you a story about that babys picture Of course I am prejudiced In his favor but I am going to tell you the truth all the same Millions of people have seen the picture of Ingersoll holding his baby grand child on his knee and I suppose almost everybody has noticed the remarkable resemblance of the baby to his grandfather Well A remarkable feature about little Charles Moore Ragsdalo is that he looks more like old Bob Ingersoll bald head and all than Ingersolls own grand child does- I have fastened the picture up on the wall of our parlor at Quaker acre and have pasted the beautifully written letter just above the picture The laugh on the face of little Charloy Is enough to make a dog laugh ROM BROTHER J SHAW OF THE SEARCHLIGHT Waco Texas Dec 11th 1903 Dear Mr Moore- I soe by last Blade you threaten to quit unless the friends pay up I hope they will come up liberally and hat the mountain now la your way rill prove to be only a molehill I wish I could render you some nor vice In stemming the tide but I am making nothing I am not only male ing nothing but am losing some though I am expecting the winter months to make that up Should you really have to dlscon tinue the Blade I may bo able to help you In tho way of filling out your unexpired terms But really I am ex pecting you to go on with your work and by and by the great and richly laden Liberal ship will come into port Then we editors will add banking to our other business This is our day of trial and tribulation and as I have had no other I am to have a better daytAssuring you and Mr Hughes of my sincere sympathy and wishing you a more hopeful prospect I remain Yours rJDSHAvr POOR BUT CANT BEAR TO SEE THE BLADE GO DOWN Gainesville Fla Dec 18th 1903 To Mr Charles C Moore Dear SlrIhave read your pro posal for each subscriber to the Blade to forward at once j2 to pay oft the indebtedness of the Blade so hers goes my U t I want one dollar to pay for ona years subscription to the Blade for F X Miller of Gainesville Fla and the other dollar to pay for one year after my subscription to the Blade has run out which I believe will be about August next It was a gift of Mr Bashaw in a club of five citizens of Gainesville Fla If the Blade goes under I shall not hold you responsible for the money I am a poor man and feel that I am not able to make this contribution but I cannot bear to see the Blade go down With best wishes I am your friend WM H BRACEY FORBIDS TEACHING BY RELIGIOUS ORDERSI Premier Combes Bill the Closing jSchoolsParis Dec idingChamber of Deputies Friday next The purpose of the measure is to abrogate the existing legislation permitting teaching by the authorized religious orders The bill provides for the die solution accompanied by the seques tration of property of such congregations as exist solely for the purposes of teaching and for the partial sequestration of the property of those con gregations which In addition to teach ing also conduct hospitals for the In digent Five years are allowed for the com plete carrying out of the proposed of which will entailI f219Gby the Christian brothers The bill also provides for the enlargement of the public schools conducted by the State It is estimated that the com plete operation of the Permers plan will cost the state 5000000 Comment Franco has tried theSCatholics for centuries and knows them and is not willing to let them teach the children of that country even when they have In connection with their schools hospitals for the Indigent The people are now leaving there and are flocking to the United States and especially to Kentucky where they are going into tho monasteries around Bardatown Ky and they are going to build a monastery near Cia cinnati for monks and nuns from prance They will cruse us out if we dont rush them out You pays your money and you takes your choice The second edition of Dog Fennel Is now being mailed out Send your order i