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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r I T yii t 1 a rAv i rII Ww 7 jj f I A I ittt LtJE GRASS BLADEW II t E TED BY A HEAT ttirfar A 1 D8Cp oilOF GOOD MORALSPUBLISHEDt 28 WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVAX01S VOLUME XII NUMBER 46 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JANUARY 10 E M 304S1OnA YEAR TERMS OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 8100 In clubs of flvo or moro 60 cents each a year TermsL00 per year In advance foreign subscription J1BO Flvecoples one year 260 Make all Money Orders Drafts an Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise tide office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old sub scriber a The address slip on the paper will JI show expiration of subscription and l spave ns a receipt as the date change ea Boon or Jubacribor pays this are fl aleslTlredcourts invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the r subscription price of all papers re jlr ceived unth the paper Is paid for full up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of publication 161 East Thli street near WalnuL Entered at the Post Offlco at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class all communications to JLUE GRASS BLADE P O BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayetto Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink it believe from the time It from the tolled and poisonous wor 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 becoming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the deaths of the suicides of the Insan- Ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug ging at the faded dresses of weeping and despairing wives asking for bread of the men of genius It has wrecked of the millions who have struggled with Imaginary serpents produced by this devilish thing And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT INGERSOLL IKeep Church and State brev- eseparateGrant In no sense whatsoever Is this go ernment founded upon the Chrlstl- areligionWashington The divorce between Church State should be absoluteOarfiel COLLEGE of IREDIOIN SURGERY Chico Four years Graded Course Laboratories fully ejutpped of Clinical Material 7Abundance in September today for Catalog to FLORENCE DRESSIER M Sa 946247 Ashland Awt Ch4Wr M 20TH CENTURY REVIVAL WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE GREAT TWENTIETH CEN TURY REVIVAL ofthoraising20OOOOOOone thTwentiethreportedfrom nndtinnilyamount had boon raised stating win Uandform the Sc ith I think being something less than 2000 000 and of course that from tho North hctntsomething over 18000000 That is of course not aa money as Rockefeller has but it more than twice as much as I have and It seems to ino that 20000000 Is enough to worth enquiring about especially When you simply know It must bo some where In safeshands because preachers wore managing too business and wo know that preachers would not Ho about having gotten It and would not steal It when they had gotten It 0 no wo cant Imagine anything like that I do not remember that tho ac stardt twentieth century but somo hqw got that Impression But in religious matters of course I ueing an out shIer am liable to mistakes and it may be that the program contemplat ed starting this Twentieth Century Revival at the latter end of the cen tury say about 97 years trom now In which coed I cannot reasonably hope to be hero to report the details of tho greatest revival of all time fo the Blade that Is In person though I hope my apostolic successor will on hand with full particulars In tbo 1111100PftI had real tn ought itO aThU show to witness personally this great revival I had heard and read wonderfulnstories of my grandfather Stones re vival at Cano Ridge Bourbon coun beend a of that county since thenwhen would bo at one of canldldly honor bright I had anticipated with some pleasure the seeing In per son somo very respectable fractions part of this great Twentieth Cen tury Revival and had Imagined that Infidelity would so be run over and tramped In tho mud rough shod that a man who called himself an Infidel would be a Joko that everybody laugh at like they do the clown in circus My idea was that with 20000000 at their command there would bo a house to house canvass of tho whol United States and supposedhonor brIghtthat Methodists I hoped they would bo good looking sisters would come to me at Quakoracrc lon permunderstood around the nolghhorhooc- not to bo entirely orthodox to come a Methodist or if not that particular brand then somo other brand snatched from the burning of Christianity But it Is a fact that whereas we are now just starting to 1904 there has not been to th best of my knowledge find belief this twentieth century a single In stance in which any person has asked me orally or by letter to become a Methodist or any other variety of Christian and I believe that my neigh bors generally understand of me that there Is not a man in the whole of Dog Fennel who would more cordial ly welcome anybody especially wo men and more especially good look Ing women who might como to him to talk to him about the salvation of his soul- RcnJly If they did not make a Chris tian out of me and I am awfully sus ceptible to womans Influence would be grateful to them If thoy hnrly groomed one popltotn 1isshould at onto print the facts an gindfor the Blade kinExot9tOand sot them to write me a report It for the fide for it Is aortainl an appropriate Item for a religion- paper DR DABNEY AND THE- CINCINNATI UNVERSIT- The Cincinnati Post of Dccomlier 2Cth has a headline strutahlng clear columnrb s v j i fi 1 Hey as thoy see him at Roma thiflnde oltinv and Dr Dabnoy gone to take charge autuhetegrity and of course I am going to use all my Influence with his in favor nlknowImportance The account that the Post gives of him is perfectly accurate thohlghellttypo of a man as I over know He Is a profound scholar the highest advantages that America and Europe can afford and as a financier and ganizer ho Is really Napoleonic and in a year ho will make tho University neverhasDespite the fact that Cincinnati had thd flunt dro n University educations I never sent one of them to Cincinnati be dieicase hereafter Dabney will bring It to the front Out of all tho forms of religion that PrfolbytorlauIsm woolsbring up abreast of the most 0advanced thought about roMglon to day than a typical Presbyterian On tho subject of religion they are o Ignorant that their ignorance their pride PresbyterlamlmOn the subject of Dabneys religion I clip from the Post the followingp The spirit of his talk shows him to bo a religious man lIe also in churchIand Is never soon at tho theater dispositionbeingt a minister find never delivers a sermon In fact ho is a poor orator He can not mako a speech Prior to this Dr Dabney had been discussed as the now President of the conrsea twastheworld over produced Dr Dabn gy n so mnd a1n that Ito 11r14a tIt It to this last extract that I look to get good for Infidelity from Dr Dabney Tho groat American Infidel trinity are Paine Franklin and Jefferson Lincoln coming along like Paul as ono horn out of duo timo Dabney of courso knows that Jef tenon watt an Infidel and the coast tution of the University of Virginia written by Jefferson makes no provis ion for any chaplain and the school has no official chaplain Wo have at Kansas City an Infidel University but whether it can ever bo a success or not I do not lootWo are talking about trying to re cover from Christian domination Toaan matter will bo prosecuted and that it will be ono of tho themes for our de liberations at the Infidel Congress of Srt But we have n fighting chance wangt Tho most prominent people of Gin clnnnatl are antiChristian Jews and whean a developments In Europe ought to be looking to their rights antI interests under tho American Constitution The Infidels of Cincinnati must organize for a fight over the question Univenr I want them to go to Dabney and say to him In plain American that they demano representation In that University find that some reasonable concession is to be made to Infidel ty and that If ho will do that they will stand by hlr and help hm to make the school n national Institution and that It he will not do that they will mako it unpleasantly warm for him and tho Bnde it for Infidelity against tho world thin flesh anti the devil The Llnoville iown Tribune a igious paper whoso special graft Is opposition to liquor conies to me having In It a commendation of Bro Snow of urncoweii Iowa for Ills opposition to liquor Bro Snow kin to the beautiful an ardent supporter of the Blade Decoere more drunkards nan all the rest of the world together tleto lie e ho la at Iiqutor an or huisas more iuo co of tho world together I know its pretty cold up in Iowa tlYaway out in tho woods and sit on n stump find got himself together andi nuke up his mind which sjdo of nt Question ho on 4e oxpoats to ogre tlaue editing his paper J1fc GOOD WORD FOR THOMAS PAINE 1t Reverend J Duncan Life and Work of the d Liberal WriterLectUlby Butto Mont Times church yesterday Rev rota J Duncan lectured on Tholea A5o ntison t tattP1rchurch ifIever found It rTlfilcult bo Jusd to er rebels and critics For JlreachersIgnorhkday tits church has practically Celled jjnariy of the thIngs for wile hoMinghimrondo devoted his life to the overllffqttjjof religion and who be loathsomedebar uponthl9 mendIngersonnnd sueeCe1InjllSt1coandtits who was ono of the roes unrentl fig and fearless heroes of overIIvvfjKm follthe chastisement of our hnveJeenQuakereIuc oval advantages except those nutthroqr Ferguson ho became a ma romovetmJ12 occlesteatUffigugb tn h Dad ens tuta trmJyhen rouIuion hut whon tits n n reasona nB ibe ailed ihail u u 11lmthePoirics opportunity came whdn tho second continental congress falld to revoJutlonary onUtbugle call to rally the people against compromise Startling In ltd bold gavethewords made the arguments of the tortes seem weak and unmanly anti cry tallzell the publc sentiment which six months later was voiced in the Declaration of Independence pamphletAreckoning the factors which entered into tho securing of our civil liber ties into a strong and cohesive con stitutional democracy tho writings of Thpmas Paine rebel and statesman pamthrthe continental armies made for tho union freedom and peace wo now en joy At tho close of the revolution in America ho returned to England agitatedbFrench revolution In reply to Ed mund Burkes conservative mood anent tho revolutlontho spirit of which tho grant Whig leader die pubJillhedThprosecuted declared an outlaw and forced to sock asylum In Franco Yet thor points for which he contended In that work have become the rocognlz ed policy of tho English liberals and tho crowning glory of such lenders as hailstone Morley Burt and Burns When Paine became a French clt lIen he did not cease to be a Quaker his Influence was thrown on the bide of moderation His advice to tho Jdngbutdisregarded and Louis XVI was bo headed Again when tho convention decided to dethrone God by whoso powertotho barbarous and mythical god Christian theology but do not make quo mistake of dethroning tho All IsMIyvital fact of tho universe And this advice from tho man who for a tury since has been vilified as a ram pant atheist To correct the atheistic tenden ores of the French revolution Paine wrote The Ago of Reason This book was suppressed by thin Robosplcrrian government not because it was so radical but because It did not go far enough Paine himself toll under piaion and was warned Ho hastened to complete the honk ho was then writing Tho Ago of Reason and had not finished it more than six hours wlion ho was seized and cast into prison Tho authors motive in this onoo QnoakF 1ct fr quote from that sentence The clr pinnpriesthoodto compulsive systems of religion compulsive articles of faith has andj exceedingy systomsgy we lost tight of morality humanty trueIntribute to Jesus which Is probably un equaled in any orthodox writing in eighteenthPaine was a Deist not an Infidel aWllnstlIIO htthJjatheIsntevil and depraved mind hut a fase monstrous and unjust system of theo loga system which In this century Itshs responsible for thoAgo of Reason In 1802 ho returned to this coun try but his reputation for Infidelity preceded him The nation which ow ed him so much in tho way of grati tude and regard for his political sor sltonlderrany oplnIbnsho lived a lifo ofcpmparallvp Isola lion with a ean tent tQt its UlttOrnosa the ngratitndo Qt uU11n q ltad In itd lnran nplnlrttrtsakto person confendedHo shrank from social intercourse so pregnant with i rebuffs arid pain Ho who had braved so much for the cause of humanity was unable to en formewr so e sought refuge as his friend Barlow testifies In low company nnd looked solitaryn asn an d felt himself neglected and affronted by his former friends that he took soulmtho samo Having sold that tho worst is sold It is not true but a Ho cutI ut of whole ctoth that he died iiu n agony of remorse recanting anI he Jioil over written 4h ati Jl1fglanbrough His lIfo was a martyrdom to the cause of humanity As Mr Conway has said History does not repeat its apostles They sum up a past but the spirit they individually derive from It Is an evolutionary force ant develops a larger life In which tholr Shouldtapo within that leader will be the transmitted blued and passion which wrote the most religious book written in pCRealonFORTUNE AND MISFORTUNE FOR THE BLADES FRIENDS AND ENEMIES Last summon I mot a man that I had never seen before He told me that throe or tour years ago ho an his wife had gone to the city in they were living without enough money to buy themselves necessary food A man handed him a copy of the Blue Grass Blade and he read it and In reading It caught a suggestion about business into which he put ov ery dolar that ho and his wife cloth- ssave from hard work He asked mo not to toll about Itfand I will not further than to that the thins he saw In the Bind e was something In a railroad advertisement He Introduced me to his wife They were traveling and stopped at a fine hotel In a city They were both dreeeed in good style and were two happy people so tar as appearance could tell Ho told me he had a nice fortune and a good Income from his business He is naturally a good friend to tho Blade and uses his ton tte and his money to help it They gave mo a proM ne Invitation to visit them and I want to do so some time lioforo many moons wax and wane Now am going to toll you a story on the other silo Some tlmo about ton years ago sent out sample copies of tho Bladc to many people that I personally knew Among those was a family of Illit crate religious people who tho par onto of which I regarded as good peoplo and still do so and I had al ways been a friend to thembFinally when tho to them for a considerable time with out being pall for one of tho sons wrote mo an impolite note tolling mo not to send the Blade there any more Ono of tho sons has since thou become a hard drinker of liquor and other ono has recently boot for stealing money and will almost certainly go to the penitentiary If ever got to tin a Christian ago It will be because I have noticed how God blessed the friends of this paper and iHinnlshod Its onqinlos FennelImath Send your order Price 100 iJ 1 THEBA1TIHss i GOVERNMENT STOPS ITS PROSECUTION OF IN FIDEL EDITOR GOTT Oovprnment j P tr4of Editor gout of the Infidel Truth exceedtr 9r IntlllQltYln Whbr fit Rrlt cn than ll Ja In America 1 fi printedftheFretthlnJOry agoTho n out to rung i Jsh Gott just as it had done Fdoftt sentiment Josllyl1rawIng w Oovernmenton rGliwithout REPQRTEDv8LRI0UdLY ILLi jstockteportiila Summit N J Two months ago DrldgepoCond a physician who was charged with cir totaling obscene literature Several badlyrInjurIesAnthonyComstock thoughaof three doctors are atheists The statement of the Associated Press at tho time was that ComstBck under an assumed name had BoMin the physician to send him a f5 r unmnllabljbecause thoWokyrhnStQllk was ptt tr1SiJaarrestingthrew him down the steps 1haveiuchseems to be or to have beet thrusthimself powerUlUS pubIlshingpose it was through its organization using Rucker as his agent that I was once sent to the penitentiary and ponItentlarytones being suspended- It was under Comstocks manage ment that J Wise of Clay Center Kansas was sent to prison for writ a postal card anti sending It tdthrough the mall to a preacher nam ed Vennum the 12th verso of tho 86th chapter of Isaiah The verse was written as part of an argument that the Infidel and the preacher wero conducting by mall It was not wlso In Wlso to tend such n passage through the mall but It was venomous in Vonniim to pros aute him for ItThe absurdity of punishing a manpor writing that verso In the find sending it through the mall when exactly the samo words are Jmoromoro obscene than that and then Jay ing it lawful to send the whole Bible through tho mall Is evident tyranny and violation of the constitution and 1ernmontupon penalty fine i i and Imprisonment of those who re toes to acknowledge the truths of that religion and the justice of such n law i1lmpetent 1I1Jeacowealth and many Christians are kickers from way back find the don gutIdcJwd tasRUINED BY RELIGIOUS CREED I have gono with ono whom I lava wo are happy together and God has r willed It so It you attempt to sepa enddbefore our maker who will judge us pateinValliancourt of Maywood by his wife who it is sold deeerted him and two uaroldMncJwayChase S Sanborn and notorious In the West Side Chicago suburb as n religious eccentric Pink Iconoclast i J Jwns t1bfJ TI rrr jj piI W rt fy r7 4Y iI stt iI 1kt7J1e JI ELUF GRASS BLADE SHORT LETTERS Apache OklaPleaso find fifty cents for which send me tho Blade for six months Would subscribe for a year but a dollar is to me as big as Dowlea expense bill I am as poor as J finan cially but not morallyII COOMEK Milo Maine I am sorry the Blade has to struggle so It seems that the man In any sense the word afford to bo In sending likely ampeopleaseswit notand Poor very people be philanthropic and ofriichgpeoplo wont be for sensible reason as hatjudge of human nature knows of people well able ISth will pofso others are to thorn Thoro Is a wonderful crafty knowledge in the heeds of many of the foreign burn poor people This a an every day- long ex mo Blade otherd oae ever the or any pa is run on those lines even a good clear start It will not pay When 1 road the statement In last weeks Blade that seven or eight hundred not pay made my mind that things we not as they should be and that at my time in life working as hard at my dully toll as do would hold onto what I and not propagate or help to such unbuslness like The of good subpaper with tho number scribers it has ought to increase but methods of extension must be followed Most llnd are rather more dull of comprehension than oth erwise have any yet who lairly n 0aV1em cents a year plan It a mans love for the ciple of freethought will not draw a year say drop that man from the send the Blade one ityearKathleen FlaF1nd enclosed for 1l 8toYalls will cheerfully hold up the Blade I dont want to see It stop It is a source of much pleasure to me If I wore able to do more I wot do it cheerfully it may live long to continue the good work It Is now doing Vlsh you a merry Christmas W D HARP r Vlcksburg Miss Please find enclosed for the year and card for the coming year The Blade is splitting the dark clouds of superstitionJ B Fla Wo niust not allow Blade to suspend It must live It has- dOne a good work but there is more for It to do It has torn down and knocked oil some of the ugly humps It must build a cause for humanityup I enclose tne1p it on Wish I could send moreT J MINOR Cirolevllle OhioBro Hughes I ap predate the sacrifice that and C C Moore X D D have made for causo of Freethought and free speech I should very much dislike to see the Blade go down and hero Is 2one to continue my subecrlptlon another year and for the llntopye JntEo R KIMBERLY Manatee Fla Was sorry to hear that Blade was about to Can only help by renewing my subscription soon if the Blade continues If the Blado was put at a for everyone I believe It would be easier to get subscribers in localities where there are only two or three that would like to tako the Blade for as long as the nouncement of cents for new scribers stands eve person to whom we show the Blade naturally feels like he OUght to get th paper at lust tor cents t sa of gettln a large circulation on carrying a a mongr ut Wtm h I gel lhn been g lnough to provo It to be a tflI1 clad failure Beside the knowledge that Jt Is done disheartens those of us who f and causes us to become tired oj paying the expense for a lot of dead beads I have taken the Blade ever since when Mr Moore had a rate at 2 a year for the rich and for the poor and I recollect that I felt dlssatls lied when he would publish that lots rich men would nopay up Tho rate In many cases meant a tree paper to and I for the poor erttIII to those who do pay suggest that you announce In the Blade that all who are six months In their t names and addresses ipublished In the Blade of January 24th and names dropped from your books And drop them In the ture charge every one but give the club raiser some good cent or cent book for clubs of five and some good book for clubs of t I was living in Bourbon county Ky inhad Mr inwhim they Paris Ky always sympathised lawIi theMr Moore his troubles except he wouldor those delinquents whomcase not drop I think I may be able to get two or three subscribers later on but first atesP an for nlthfJI no deed carried drnum one year to another ANDREW COOK Boulder Mont ed find draft for Please extend subscription one year and send the Blade one year to JConnMoore MeridenT and use the oth orsBryah rleyou I have Bennett The champion of the church Viscount BeliefAmberlya of Religious of the Soul by Cooper Ca JeanMoleleirsioworIdeas Thackerays Bennett Letters his trip to Eastern the In a similar vein to Dog Gazette aboutu50yen aago If Pan you Mall or Henry would care to look over any Mrs or all of these books I will send them was in London at by ssorrlld Worlds- Fair Exposition orthe time in and I Spurgeon- preach also have hoard Henry the I wish you success nibe shiningTomorrow may t mgdlt Is cloudy to day CHARLES W you Please send me t the HolyThackerays Crystal Palace In Land I was In the after the Worlds Fair was London over saw much of tho display heard Spurgeon preach dTerEnclosed for emergency You subscription as I will renew In time think forDontif tho Blade that I consider this as a do minutea but simplyact of charitynation as an t Iproclty I would like to do more for Iireo causo but I do not know anyone I here from whom to solicit subscriptions and I am a solicitor any way ofFerd Mayoto myoid friend Ihonor Kansas for his generous of for to donate the Blade 20 I enough others will come to the rescue to r enable the Blade to keeron chopping The countryIndefinitely mostto my utteredWILSONlime sentiment ever IVES iHouston Heights Texasi have been In writing and thanking you for Ifslow sent me but which Ipebblesyou to to be with there my mother you sentastheapolbiest wns forwarded to me but The letter was1 to thewrotewas not So Ipackage to keepHeightsat Houstonpost back When I came them until I came them to thE back he said ho had sent had forgotten dead letter omce and he not ho got my w fhfe yearsld land had ember rtwas fifteenthefoist from and since then Itwo ago a year or ftl1 any hOpe never heard her express f of a b ond the grave She loved iil the Blue Grass Blade and would read the first one and sometimes she would it away and not let the rest have Rut saying they would misplace It and of good IPerDog told Fennel had come am and hope I will bo able to road before I go Site never called on a in her last hours but said I am glad suffered so long I trulylohpe the people wont let the Blade go down It does look like we could pay for It as one copy has it often been worth to me I will send or may be t2 xrthego It Pooron my subscription Fund or anything you see fit I read Dog time when my heart was sore ebrtco r I was charmed I rood it again when I get a little over my mothers death Many thanks for sending me the pebbles and many good wishes for you a am truly your friendM E DAVIS St Elmo TennI have been so busy of late that I hall not read the Blade for three weeks Got three all together last night and hurriedly looked them lover Was surprised grieved to learn oi your troubles Hope lore this you have received enough to make the business and willreconsider and stay with thatIou ladY who Is a new convert to our faith was out to see mo this morning I told her of the scheme to tide over the embarrassment She gave me two dollars to pay for two esrR and I send one to put my time- ahead another year I will try to do something more as soon as I have time to see some of our people Hoping that- your darkest hour was before day and It Is now clear daylight I re nthJu sincere friend L GIB SON Rest Ohlo1 enclose you draft for Pone dollar of which Is for the renewal of subscription to the Blue Grass Blade which expires next month and the remaining for your book Dog Fennel I also enclose ten cents In stamps for a copy of Kidders Virgin Mary which forward Dog Fennel and obllgoMARVIN KENT Brlcovllle TennEnclosed find post office order for topush my tanother for Dog Fen neland the balance to keep the old ship alloHt I would hate to see It go under and I cannot see ow it can live any how so many getting the best pe the country for cents a year would not sell it at that sink or swim but of course I want to see It swim as long as I live and would like to see lies cartoons week Long tons wlt live the Blade L NELSON Brule S Dak Enclosed flnd money order which please extend my uJ rltflloOo the Blue Grass Blade for another year I think It is well worth hope continuation of will respondto Insure the the hest journal in existence It Is certainly reasonable to expect that at lent of the Blades subscribers are able and willing to make this small sacrifice for this noble cause and thus the Blade on a solid foundation Blade Is being read by every member of my family from beginning to end which cannot be said of any other paper i take and we would sorely miss It If discontinued I shall try to subscribe rcontributions from your here If they have not already and I am further willing to double my share If neededL H WILLRODT Earlton Kansas1 wish you one and all a merry Christmas and a happy New year heartily endorse the prop osition vance 2 tothe thnancialeconditl- f the paper and I hope every subserl er will do the same for we greatly need our editor with his sledge hammer of facts to batter down the walls of superstition Enclosed 20 E ALEXANDER Chebansp Ilia Enclosed I send you one dollar which Is a free gift to help mu to the debt against the Blue Gras Blade If each one helps a little the debt can be paid It wont do to pend Your last paper Dec Is a good ne I enclose you some stamps for which send me a few copies of roper containing my letter po m up It nnd 1 tk sft hs IfumiO Ada Ohlol this day forward you a draft for 5 to remind that you fro still m my friend You rsowill please year to the Dade and to help to continue the old which so fearlessly cla ti truth each week and tells the preachers of their sins and hypocrisy The most of reform Is slow but we look bark to the of our oyuth we can realize that Freethought has made a Wonderful progress from the old blul awe as then Wishing you and yours a merry time during the hollow gr6Rh remain your friend W H Upland Ind With the sage of Quak eracre let us unite In declaiming Mrs Henry the greatest little woman In America and Dr Wilson unparalleled on Send me copies of the Issue of December 27th containing their articles for distributor Have just sent Mm Henrys article to one of our home publications that claims circulation daring them to publish It I believe those eight or ten hundred delinquents on the Blade am dyedInthewool There Is not a on Atheist that would not readilycan pay for rh n1IJIb Elite Grass Blade am glad that enough have responded to stain the publication of the Blade nit up a round on the linotype In the start but I will chip In a few more dollars for subscriptions for friends In JOII M MILLER Florence Ky Ploase send me five cards until I see if I cant get five subI ttfrlbers for the Blade There are a plen y of heathens around here but It is hard to get them to subscribe to any per They think they are heathens and hat that Is all that Is necessary One iutrhman said he saw the whole bull ness when ho came across the seaAI BERT GALWAY Fasfmdnna CalifT loaned Dog Fennel to a Dutchman an orthodox Methodist UP Lays Dot feller dont know more about true Christianity than a dog talks foolish about somp things He nays ho did not see the milk honey lowing down the mountains If a man writes a hook he should write what he snows I said That is just what he did write He did not see the milk and honey flowing down the and he said so He said you described ev thing splendidly that you saw I am Rationed he book much better than he tells of It will be a long time before he forgets Dog Fennel Enclosed I11E for another copy Start It at once want It for a New Year gift elollt believe In Christmas glttsF LEWIS Alba OreT have peen a render of your for some time receiving It from my father who Is years old and a strong believer In and distributer of such literature I have been getting up a club here for the paper hut see that- It is likely to suspend first of the r I wish I was to assist you financially in your brave work I do not beleve a man can leave a greater monument to show to future generations than mioh work If I coul1 write what I think I would spend of my time n such writing but I am willing to leave It to you I have Interested one man here In your work Hoovor He Is able to do something and I hope he will Please find enclosed I for Blade If pub lished another If not send me Dog Fennel bswhunIikDOg Fennel all i Sycamore KansasEnclosed for my subscription to December I am distressed to hear of the flananclal dition of the Blade but I have no fear of Its suspending too much brains and humanity at the foundation You can draw on me for more anti place subscription a ahead I am a SociallstD W HENDERSON t downI will con tIjf as publisher of the ell It Is the darkest before dawn You have too many fifty cent subscribers and no doubt lots that do 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gtnl llrst thing I rend when I Dog Fennel Is nil right If you have any relics from Gods country left please send me some My choice would be a button from the coat that Potlfers wife pulled oil the Holy Ghost Please ex cuse my bad writing am only a hay seed without much education Ono of these dollars Is a post ofllco order and one n a William JOSEPH FOLWELL Catnip In America Somebody sent mo yonllbh Grass BlnilP I dtnt know that you knew me for whoever sent It called me Blgo My name Ablge Scorns but tho boys Well I like your paper and sang the straights you are In started out to see if I could get some new subscribers The first family I called on had never hoard of the Blade and so I read one of Mrs Henrys pieces and horror of Horrors the woman said that Mrs Henry was not a woman but some man that signed a womans name I told her that she was a real shuro nun man Well the woman said she would not dare to take that paper for she was afraid something might to them If she did She was afraid that she would have a milk leg or her cows would give bloody milk or something aw ful would others thought It would be blasphemy to have it In house and so did not get a j+ bscrlb er that time but will try again soon I see you did not believe the Bali more story about the horses running away and a woman calling on some fellow that was dead and had stfciethlng rubed on his name saint or something and or course you wont believe this is true a real miracle I know It Is true for saw the man that told It Last sum met In an awful thunderstorm a woman and her children were terribly fflghten ed and when one of the peels come she got and Isoholy water that she kept handy occasions and that instant the thunder and lightning ceased I dontjf know wether the moon come out or but the whole push past over and and all like a top until morning she had more faith titan ever but later on she found that she had made a take and taken a bottle of blueing So I keep a bottle of blueing on hand for just such nccasions and It Is handy to have In the house I have felt so good since seeing your Be Good Society that I hug myself every time I think of one of your women writers Well all the time hoping you and your paper will In Sobriety LJberty and Moralityyours SEASTJS Chattanooga TennIt has been time since I have written you I still reeflire your valuable paper thtr Blue Oral I am awfullf sorry you are log to suspend J to itt rand through It s su the trut I am sorry you hn had such a asusieDrgy toon lope l wlil Yet Come to Its tsCil lhIepq Mr hea t egar llntopye I Iran sue osed It was 0 for long ago I think tho per to rdrtli a year and ath willing pa that much for it Dell bus pa bIAIwortnV2 a year I believe wa that thtr magazines are Bulling and be willing to give the for it Then could afford to hava the paper better than you do now anti you and Mr Hughes could stand firm on kenYOyet remember that have about having tho Magazine to lay away for reference pamphlet Is no ogia flhaOsnlft one article In It The all There are some people here who think about as I do Perhaps I Ian get them to subscribe for the paper but there are some folks who would rather borrow than buy Now Brother Charley In regard to your book Dog Fennel in the Orient received It in duo time It was very In erecting too I have read It through and some of It over and over again It made me laugh and laugh at your was very amusing hope you had a time and Land great deal bout the socalled woulc like to see It very much You give fine descriptions of the places you visited On you say the church of the Holy Sepulcher of all the holy bugs thp one that takes the cake In tact walks off with the entire baktry- makes me laugh to think that one of tho biggest humbugs that ever was on the face of the eath Is for toteto be Intelligent tfldthlIps would have had you arrested before this time for falsehood and have had It published In the newspapers and I have to find In any paper so far They dare not do It was much Interested in the 10th chapter about your visit to Rome and your deiinrlp lon of St Peters the head of the athollo church In your closing rhqp er what eloquent language iltlst aught me a good lesson that keep in memory as long as live You may me nsJcIntrg Dr VllHons books when he the Rome Congress Enclosed find oe order for for Blade if suspend the paper Se another book Dog Fen Orient Would rather have you than other person on earth make mo a good vIsltARTHUR STONE Brooklyn ConnA brother Preijs Writer has sent me the Nov Blue Grass Blade Tho way my name us id In the Be Good Society send off amuses mo and I am very glad that my writings In the Freethought papers and words at Buffalo made such a good and lasting Impression that the outcome Is those two columns The Freethnkrrg are In danger of all turning snarlrats and also of turning all who drop Christi anlty Into the same unenviable kind of people Paine Ingersoll Green and oth ers had to show the errors the Bible 11n Christianity and other religions to free the those Runerstl Pogtlons and more that kind must be done till all belief In Gods devils and a future life are given up But fully as Important part of the Freethinkers work has been terribly neglected the building up of something better to take the plane of tho religions that will all better rill zens that will develop all the good quid tics of mankind and dimmish all the evil tendencies comes vices miseries greed dseasos and ugliness and make this life worth living Some years lslI1tDpropose Kfcilnr Sunday tight Horletlra wth this aim first In Torch of Reason fThoughtthat address at e Secular II n1Iselrrellancepublic speaker but I spoke there be cause desire was so Intense to awak en the Freethinkers If possible Into ncelng that we must teach and practice in noble living must teach men to choose ldOlng good is my religion teach them how learning to do and help ing others to is the basis of morality wisdom health and the most kind of happiness Dirt there the right kind spirit among S08t that Congress to up such Ideas and help it on and gar dropped all about I joined the American Press Writers Association to do what good I can by writing for the common newspapers But I am very glad thatetsp1roYFJe starting a Bo Good Thought paper May It prosper Churches are made up mainly women You cannot win the good women Into freethought till frcethlnk ors prove they practice and ndvo cato morality selfcontrol humnnltar hygiene etc larSyou a paper with tho moan of this or that person women are dls gusted with the muchthat etagaJvo see and hear too day and I wont rood such too Hunt up the good things that people are Christian Turk or Intldel what ever is done to help people bo better and happier gives us courage and com nuleshlp to do and bo good our solves Fill a column every week with the good lllI rr people thorn every paper besies the facts sent In and you holy evolve good II progress and hI1 mnkefreethought popular too ELIZA MOWRY BLIVUN Sheperdnvlllo Kyjour issue of 27th Inst is just received You nro always In advance of your environments or you could not bo what you nro an Infldol and tune not afforded me nn aptIlor tunity to more than scan too captions among which I notice The Blade Will Bo Continued And this I assure you Is most grateful news to mo But you may ask Why good news to you What have you dons to keep Blado on Its legs In all honesty I can say have been a subscriber to It for twelve subserlltlonniwttys now has Ask have never money when vtl Blado was pressing of help I ono only nnswor If an Infi del Is true blue he must be honest Ho Is not a sincere Infidel ho Is not an honest man If he wont pay his honest debts The man who says I would pay If hall the meaner either a fool or n thief If he was not a fool ho would not contract debts ho believed there was any sort of about his ability to pay coil If he contracted them on any other basis then he was rascal and n robber Such material might make a splendid Christian but there Is Ing In such an animal out of whlrh to make an Infidel Aocordlng to my way of gauging humankind soil that Is In two Classen honest people and rnncnln As n mutter of course this claaeinca only lent reference to humanity at from a moral standpoint nut to to havent 1Jtt30t iath Blade I owed some money to other people have never owed the Blade one sin ll cent and the laws of honesty tell me Is nearer to the dictates of true Infi I1tel y to pay what you do owe rather than give where you dont owe One may be honest withoutin the language of common being an Infidel but ono must bo honest to be an Infidel that Is to be a genuine an Infidel per se But what I have just said Is not ex actly to tho point as to my Intention in beginning I wanted to ask you be so good as to send mo a catalogue of nfldel books and If It Is worth any to order them through you I should prefer to give you the of such order But In any event I will thank you for sending the catalogue hut I am glad to see the Blade Is going to continue but I am going to be hon est enough to say that I cant promise to help the Blade other than from a standpoint of quid pro quo I wish I could help you btlt If I were able to do I guess I would be a heap moaner than I nm but I am going to pay what- I owe before I either begin to promlw or practice any sort of generosity A should It so happen that I should be call ell to Abrahams bosom before I suc ceed In paying oft my small amount of debts In persona I still think I shall leave enough belongings behind to square all of my aroars in this world and pay for an asbestos suit for some billow h1hnt a Presbyterlimn to nut k is ho en u ogur loan ijU send It itay p sfuge send a camp Blndo to some tChristianWOOD ilERIWETI- Olympia Wash There Is something In tho Bo Goo Society different from tiny other society The making of people happy hest object one can have fdltUulltli founded upon truth and justice I shall lo nil In my power to spread good tiding I am now two years behind for the Blue Grasx Bladf Please tlnd enclosed for Behind the Clara lo not know what tho Blue Grass Blade to all its read ers but words cannot express the com tort It Is to me Would that could my brother clasp your hand and reveal all that the heart feels always give the Blade to others lint have failed to ViieatFennel have looked at the saint and the socalled sinner and for my part have como to the conclusion that know not which Is which am sending ou a copy of The Cheery letter This little paper has added much real fort to my life The bunk exchange does much for those who are unable to buy books If joining The Be Good ciety makes us kinder let us all join And help the cause IWhat a pitiful thing this life after spot all InhWr G7 eA eylhrrd bright to eve God through love and truth and Iml hnnrts toward their playmates trough the sunshine and flowers the Animals etc cant help hellovlng that there is something back of nature sum force power If you take any more to travel why not visit Pu ret Sound The summer evenings on uget Sound are long It really never grows dark on a clear The lust glow of the sunset lingers until clock after that twilight comes for two or three hours and dawn steals soft Iy In The winters are dismal The rhll Iy rains continue and one thinks each rain the wettest No storms no wind stormx not enough thunder and light ning In a season to make ono good old nshlomd thunder storm In the Southern Itntes There Is something In the beau tiful dim silence of the Western fart that Is like hollnpsd so different rom the Southern forest here you have nothing to fear no kinds of pois onous Insects no makes nothng to make you afraid When wo get the Be Society organized this land will with milk and honey am certain Iy gloil that you ever tioelety the Be Good Society Such a will e a mutual help Your kind words touched me In the tenderent part My life a heal one and a busy ono till I steal time to rend every Colrofthe Bluo Ornsx IHnde It a llfe =MRS M B OADRH Versailles KyThe enclosed letter to you from mv friend Virginia D Younir of Fairfax has been sent to me with the request that forward It to you nod I do so at once Virginia D Young la an author of great ability eas ily the lending woman South Caro ns she Is a thnker and uses her with telling force to make others lIen For this reason she Is n majes tic figure among Southern women whose name and work will live otter she has passed onJOSICPIHNK 1IBNRY The enclosed letter Is ns follows Fairfax 8 CDoor Mr Mooro I liavo asked Empress Josnphlno as my beloved to send this with a note of Introduction so as to In rtuce you to letter Ur Young and myself If you could know tho former rlc1uawrh love lJIIriho Is as reeif and one of tho noblest spirits the world I cannot express to you mylogabsolutely never us accepted the Christian religion yet is the noblest embodiment of epKanco I have oven talr inIi- cel Ills are all Lutorans but they have never him In the least Hn Is the rat Doctor of their part of South iIfl 7LJ r Carolinasought ternlfu white and col oral who como from the of Savannah city of Augusta Co lumbla Ho makes no dlatnctlon on ac peopleffor tho poorest blackest miserable ns for the rich whoa Yet wo live In as nar row mlniled a community as there Is In fllI erl llBaptsts Methodists Prcs hnvo of these de nominations who will cheat stoat seed cotton commit adultery ond Ramble to any extent and then be most devout myfhave hail n largo Influence In changing public opinion In South Carolina to fa vet the larger sphere of woman educn tlonally anti Industrially Wont you ox change with moT I enjoy rending- Bluo Grass Blade so does Dr Young am cordially MRS VIRGINIA I RANT YOUNG COMMKNTIn a strictly confidential nolo which you will please not mention Her Imperial Highness says sho hns laid for n Blade to you but In addition we will put you axehnnge- You list can road tgnorUt le or let the Doctor havo ono I have no doubt that 1our sawbones n nlco fellow but wo men are good enough for mo I would rather love one woman than two men have received your two books Be holding as In n glass nnd One of tho Blue Hens Chickens and I propose to profnno tillmy birthday by rending on them Jordan MinnI nm more than pleased to see tho good work continue among so many of our friends to our Blue Grass Blndo the most truthful and best paper on earth from going up Salt river which certainly would be a disaster to Its many renders I therefore send you addition to my advanced subscription to help lire Blado to stick Please send Dog Fennel ns quick ns possible us my wlfo and family arC just ns anxious to go through It nn I amA HAGIE 1Arlington On Enclosed cents for ns ninny Blades of trio Christmas num her as It will pay for am going to send them out ns I want a few more people down this way to learn something- Tom of Paine and the origin of Christmas have n good opportunity to distribute the made My husband oil thirtythree points for the Standard Company nail has carried out lately all the papers we havo received lniuSgHe loves the lllnde as much ami Is doing all he can for It Wo ore very glad ore going to stick to the rtJol all the subscribers stick to you as they should you wont have to talk of glvng up any more hope the Magazine who storied will contain the two lending articles In this weeks paperMRS M WESLEY BROWN Comment I will tell you n little Incl proIopenly act as nn Infidel propagandist little over years agowns In lanta On on business and wont Into a largo whoelmle grocery where only the two proprietors were present We were sitting and socially and I expressed some Infidel vews about like I would now in the Blade One of the men said to me You can talk that way In here to us but If you go out on the street and talk that way somebody will hurt you In those days Sam Jones of Cartorvllle Georgia was ting a wide swath and one of his Jokes was to talk of little Inflddles Where Is Sam now Last I heanl of him some man had mashed Sams mouth with his flat THE B R R ACCIDENT An ftccldent technically called through all these result from absolute law occurred on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad on Dec 23rd in which sixtythree persons were killed and many wounded among whom many will doubtless die From tho Infidel standpoint there Is nothing any more marvelous about Uils accident said to be tho greatest In Atnarlca oxcep the at Ash unio tf tIiiiit Gatrodth i on a worm and crushed it To the Infidel the crushing of 100 people of thorn fatally and the crushing of the worm are equally the the results of the laws of nature which the combined powers of the en tire universe could not have averted and there you are and any other phil osophising about it Is simply so much Ineffectual hot air of no more Im portance than that of a child that blows the bloom from a dandelion But on the supposition that the Bi be and Christianity are true there Is a world of speculation and enquiry that two books as big as the Bible and an unabridged dictionary could not to the Blblo nothing hap pens because natural law forces It to happen all Is dono by tho fiat of a God that counts every hair of our heads and watches every sparrow that falls though liewith a large tdoor not prevent the falling of the halt or sparrow According to the Christian theory tho following are tho facts in that ac cident A freight train loaded with lumber was ahead of a fine passenger train that was going at 60 miles an hour God caused some heavy tine rers to fall off that lumber train in such a manner that they lay right across the track Ordinarily when timbers fall off a lumber train they fall on one Hide of the track and do no damage But It would be blasphemy and sac rilege to say that God docs things just for fun or without having some doflnJto object in view So God in this case took pains to arrange it all so that the lumber would fall across the track and Ulan arrange It so that nobody on the lumber train would see that It had fallen so or care If he did seo and God also arranged It that nobody employe or accidental lamer would como along and throw that ploco of lumber off that track In order to Insure that nobody would throw that piece of timber off that track God picked a dark and tit tlo frequented paco In the road and throw that timber ort just around a curve where the engineer of the cum ing passenger train could not ceo It and when trio passenger train came at mlles an hour the enormous en glno was thrown across tide track the tender with no peoplo In It Jumping clear over tho engine and Uio pas senger cars piling right on top of the locomotive Tho people woro not Instantly kill ed but they woro fastened while yet alive so that they could not got out and then God made that boiler burst and those people wore by degrees boiled to death by Ute hot steam To our human understandings there funnyIinho says Proverbs 26 will laugh wasItlcal Joke ho had engineered on those people Of course It was all right in God to do this You cant see how It was to make the world any happier or better or make people love God any morej comrand you would not have dono It your self unless you aro a professional train wrecker and did It for thopur poso of robbing tho dead aff various people nil Christians doubtless WentIto doing as soon as they saw wore alive anti many others dead God had a right to kill theso peoplo because ho is our heavenly father but if should presume upon my be Ing the father of one of my children and fasten him or her and kill ono deathimo Kentucky I have been passing over that O railroad over slnco 1850 and nevertwas hurt in tho least or In nny way mado unhappy by it IWhen God spared my life on that road ho of course know what ho was doing Ho was saving my llfo to make mo the atheistic editor an Infidel paper of tho largest clrcu latlon In the world Of course God saw that It was right to save mo for an atheistic editor also ho would not havo done It God cannot and will not do anything that Is wrong I remember ono time on that B 0 road that I had to lay over at a small way station for five hours and I spent the time wandering around in the wild woods as it was then aboutI IndIlaid a plcco of timber acros that track and killed people Just for tho fun of laughing when the calam Ity camo or for any other reason and they had caught mo they would have burned mo alive then and there And yet God certainly knows what Is right as well as do now and I did rIghttWhen God killed those 63 people ho cither had a motlvo for so doing or ho had no motive If he had no motive or reason for doing what ho ho is a silly God and Is liable any time to do silly may have had a motive and I will give you samples God is said in tho BIble to havo raised up Pharaoh and Judas Iscarlot and lying phoph ets al for his own special purpose and tho Jewish religion could not have boon without Pharaoh and tho Christian religion could not havo been without Judas Iscarlot In the same way God may have raised me up to do Just what I have dono and when tho United States Court la the State of Ohio sent me to the penitentiary they were trying to defeat Gods purposes and God killed thoso people In his wrath But you ask What did killing them havo to do with sending mo to tho penItentiaryIthat me In Portsmouth Ohio and I was tried In Cincinnati Ohio and that was the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and those people were riding in cars that had Ohio on them in great big gold letters See Ask me something hard But then you ask again Why would God kill these people now because an other lot of people In Ohio sent you to the of1lnswcMngUjgreat Is the mystery of godliness or I might show that that Is ono of Gods ways of doing David once counted tho people of Israelthey simply count the families there now not the Individuate see Dog Fennel and why God got mad at David for taking tho census as we do In Amerl ca every ten years I helped themIvice the Bible does not say but He got very mad at Davy for doing It but Instead of killing Davy as you would suppose he killed 700000 peo pie simply because Davy had counted them when Ihey did not oven know that he Walt counting thorn And then God killed his only sononly child In fact He never hind a daugh ter because somo other people had done wrong Its only ono of Gods peculiar ways rand so there la no inconsistency In his killing all those people on the Baltimore rtml Ohio railroad because Judge Thompson that tried mo lived In Portsmouth Ohio Then there Is another reason that God may havo had for killing those people thfngshedo that there would bo no souse in our praying to hInt to get him to do things that we want dono When God changes his mind In the Blblo the Blblo says and it repented the Lord that ho had done thus and so So that God may havo gotten sorry that ho raised mo up to edit the Bluo Grass Blade and ho came very near breaking It down by making the quit sending any money for It nnd just about the time tho little per was going to throw up tho sponged turn its little toes up to the dais- Ies a Kentucky woman named Henry and an Ohio man named Wilson and a lot of others met In CIncInnatiIn this same Ohio you Roeand started a scheme that put tho Blue Grass Blade on Its foot again for n while at least and tnen came the awful calamity on tho Baltimore Ohio that word Ohio plainly before your mind and you will got onto the graft You may think It looks a little strange that God would pick to make an example of a lot of people whore hurrying to different places so as to get there to worship and otherwise honor Gods only son on Christmas day but thats simply ono of his thingsThoteneth and scourgoth every son whom ho rccelvoth and If tho Lord happen to take a special liking to a follow Its perfectly natural that Ho should pin down the follow with tho wreck of a car and boll him to death with hot water Thoro wore probably some Infidels that train and you may want to Ion tv why God treated the Infidels tho Christians Just alike dont know you cant expect n tel low to answer every fool question that you can rile him nwmrJ i J 1 i 1ri BLUE GRAS BLADE FIFTH WHEEL will By W P STAUDLYclll From Branns Iconoclast for January It Is a robust but none ttto deplor but nblo fact that so far as general utility As la concerned man Is becoming an ema elated has been This In tho opinion and and practice of tho female contingent In a tow more decades he never will bo mused Time was when he won It In every particular Ho was producer ox traordinary and boss plenlpotontlary lie hustled tho pork chops and up tho corn cake split tho wood madebr the fire and put the cat out at bedtime lIe was Lord Maharaja of a singlo bar reled harem and It ho wasnt supreme Joss ho never found Is out Ills bust of ness was his own exclusively and tho kids rag tho bono and tho hank of hair at homo considered herself pretty lucky ItwI was required to do nothing but pare his meals and bear JUs childrenth all She was what has been described as clinging and dependent tho vineV about tho oalc and likewise and somecll more Is she doing any clinging now Nltsky Shoa too broad both In mint and and beam Shes so wldo that when she comes homo from tho club or thotit league she nearly suffocates her last accidental baby and Its nurse her hus One band with her hefty presence and the will kid and tho father do the clinging theybD cling to each other for safety from tho by positive hurricane that breaks In and tho thing that sets tho husband thinking Is tho proposlton that ho Is a father Ho doesnt know how It camo about Ho knows that ho Is not needed In the or dinary affairs of life and ho wonders how ho got to bo a sire and so do I Dropping persiflage how about It an indisputable fact that woman can doI fairly well without man at the tlmo of writing She doesnt need himJu Ho Is tho fivewheel of her buzz bus Of course ho can go ahead and work and delve and sweat for tho ducats that bring joy and comfort and power but out he can enjoy them alone Ho will not have to divide with his sho partner for she Is hustling somo herself thank youI and for herself and dont caro for a co partnership necessarily Whether this thorough Independence of man as shown a by the lady Becton Is going to develop into a suro enough contempt for the gent layout or not I cannot tell and whether tho latter responsible for the present condition by reason of his Intense worthlessness or not I wot for sure but this I savey some that married orb single ho Is the holo In her doughnut the hiatus In her perspective the hub ble In her wash tub and the vacuum In her existence Even as a baby he is shown that he Is the small end of a do mestic nothing for he Is fastened to t the north end of a nursing bottlo andn told to graze thereon while his nurse does amatory stunts with tho basement door butcher or the ubiquitous cop and if he gets through with measles croups diarrhea or bots hell know that mam- mas care and attention were not sponsible for his recovery and that hed could not be killed with an ax Mamma Is In tho meantime Is attending to thes business whch she in her own lonesome originality has created She may been- r1oC0LttJBll qvaRt c1ecJora hustling votesror brick or scraping chins In a tonsorial bazaar or pounding a typewrter for some old superannuated buck or doings any old thing that will keep her away from home and make her thoroughly In dependent of tho bewhiskered yokel she names husband and incidentally of the proposition known as bOobYjIndependence In woman in contradistinction to the abject slavery she one time endured and enjoyed might be a good thing for the lady who Is fastened for life to tho autocratic sausage peel who wants to know where IIhoG spends every minute of her time ande oery sou of her money and who asks her when sho wants a dollar what she with tho six bits ho gave her last Thanksgiving Im In with any declara tion of Independence ahe might Promul gate under such a condition but she can wager all tho kopecks she ever ab sorbed from the old man that Ill vote my precinct against her when she cedes from a government that Is mild kindly and generous one that furnishes rations quarters fuel clothing oodles of love and a few babies and Ithave noticed that such a government is not unreasonably exacting It simply pects of tho Individual economy clean liness order some smiles personal caroc of a kiddy or two fidelity good cookt Ing warm feet tasteful dress and large gob of unalloyed triplethick af fection It doesnt expect her to be all brains such a condition Is undesirable domesticItsystem produces hI As a companion piece to the Independent latter day marc nod woman comes the now unmarried woman tho attractive piece of brlca bmo who shapes herself Into the Society whlo abstains from men who smoke and tho guild of guileless gumps who onto tho tasters of the horrible highball and the amalgamated association of anserine HInnles who hate hilarious Harrys and that other beautiful though evanescent decoration known as the bachelor girl Who doesnt want noth- Ing to do with man nohowyet Tho bachelor girl Is a girlie who can everlastingly get along without a mate or she thinks sho can Sho Is so full of celibacy that It souks through her e vety rind and glazes his makeup with a frosty coat that would glvo a polar bear chilblains If ho nosed too closely But son she Is not altogether Indepen dent of the biped with whiskers Sho may allow himat first tho pluperfect pleasure of n Platonlo friendship which Is tho real thing In friendship between man and woman and there will bo a blessed communion of souls and a mar rings of Intellects and a union of senti monte Shell let him talk about af follies but sho wont let him blto her nook at first Shell permit him to cuss psychologic attraction but ho cant taste her under the noseyetbut there will come a time son when the pair will need tho ofllccs of tho license clerk and the services of a preacher and for the of good form theyll need em badly Should these officials fall them there will bn hades to pay and no pitch In shape There will bo n hurryup call for the doctor nt oclock B M and a race to tho corner drug store There will be a small portion of pandemonium- at home and when tho doctor says t gently but confidently Its n boy sho turn her face to tho wall and murmur And I said I didnt like boys Thats what you said sis and you wero trying to bunko dame nature and the Almighty when you said It You have however that your friend Pinto was somewhat long on phlllosophy blamed short on reason and virility I assumed In my promise In tho dinary affairs of life man Is becoming unnecessary to woman but In extraor Binary affairs however thats another story and speaking of babies I am re minded of Theodore Roosevelts dictum anent the production of children Tho position solfsufllclcnt and domatlo indlvldualwill probably breed fag In every falrmlnded man and wholesome wqman Ho wants to turn every available female Into n continu ously performing Incubator Tho glory a country Is In tho quantity of Its not the qaullty So far as that proposition Is concerned I dont see In tell ho differs from Brlgham Young or Hcber C KImball save In ho wants ono Woman to bear them nod In that ho shows his brutality has just as much claim on so as man more perhaps since she more delicately framed physically mentally and there Is no ordinance precept custom or practice that Is jus In brutalizing her In an economy which should give new life to the world child well bred born and reared bo more potent for good than a dozen of the spawn suggested Roosevelt This fact aside from tho consideration of tho hapless mother the thirteen for I verily bellevo that that mother tho victim of lust not the objectof love I like to hear brave men talking about tho duties of childbearing wives and what a woman was put on earth for and such kindred rot and wish that nature would turn a somer sault and give them a chance to Incubate once Once would bo enough no matter how small or feeble the Issue think and the increase in natty population so much desired would pan a luminous fake Tho hemother would go Into liquidation aa soon as ho could sit up Ho would alUso everlasting- swear off Except for purposes of paternity It Is becoming apparent that the natural protector setting to be very bum onco was for tho reason that thero Is nothing on Qawds toot rest ho can do but his whilom understudy Miss Lady can do as well or bet tel than he As a selling clerk she can dispose of more stuff to a male put chaser In a minute than a cymbllni ed salesman could In a year As a stenographer shes nil of It bociiuee any properly constructed busy man pro fers looking Into a brace of limpid eyes while hes dictating to gazing into tho grizzled dial of a stag operator no mater how competent tho latter may be how Illiterate and Ignorant tho for mer may show Ergo sho gets the Job and still holds It as longas long as her optics can hold the true googoo expron Being a natural prevaricator sho has tho male division skinned when It comes to reel estate and card sell a pond for the Garden of Eden Sho tho no plus ultra of collectors for no enough man Is going to stand her ort with the old refrain Call again As a barber she Is us soft and gentle as two wp k llIng andu Jls furl ny mane inai ace m uvu metallic jaw patted and stroked or his excelsior noodle by her satin digits She as a physician because of her gentleness and patience yea verily because of her sex And a sick man will gorge himself with everything she per scribes if ho knew ho would do a death Ig five minutes after The beau Ideal of of a lawyer evasive shuffling seeming tricky smooth persuasive the mammy of all shysters for the love of tho bless ed tell me what show has tho average llgneousvlsaged Inadenbralned Intelli ant Juror wth her As a bronco bURtt r and steer roper she holds tho record videlicet flossy Mulhalls recent perfor fiance In Oklahoma Shes a steamship captain a butcher a barkeeper a cab driver a hotel clerk a jeweler shes ev ery demned thing tnt and what she Is sho Is right Sho does everything that man does and In most Instances does It better and for less wage An a sub ordinate shes reliable for site doesnt booze on duty nor off nor knock down nor short change patrons Situ 1goes homo when her work is over bed a seasonable hour and Is In shape to begin the new day As to sus tenance and care site Is soundly Indepon dent of Colonel Man tho whilom boss f tho universe and what will become of he latter should sho refuse to support 11comtort and care for him I cannot toll He will possibly go Into a decline from Inanition and disappear from tho taco of the earth like sho other burros leav ing nothng but tradition behind him and the shadow of a pair of long oars For conditions aa thoy now exist I am Inclin ed to hold responsible tho he paternity As he became In a degree worthless as a producer his slater perforce became worthy He put in tho time booze graft Ing smoking cigarettes doing the stat ute act around tho pool room doors chasing guineas and loafing with the result that there was no moot In tho box so sister cinches up her corset puts on a clean shirt waist and 1out to look for work which shall vent a collision between her backbone and her ribs for sho knows that If site depends much longer on bubbys efforts her osseous formation will surely fall In Sho gets tho work and needing It does It well with thd result that buddy Is not missed a little bit train the busy marts of exchange and barter The same condition applies to hubby and wife Hubby lazy or sporty an tho case may bo and doesnt produce enough solid food In a year to choke a canary bird The wife therefore secures employment In order to prevent tho baby front ont Ing tho nipple ort the nursing bottle Site has no nourishment to offer tho child from her own body Sho doesnt got enough food to secrete It Knowing that the kldlcts life and health depend upon her ability and industry sho secures a tall hold on that job by 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restless blacksnake whip that wrapped lovingly around whatever It touched I think I could get up a show of energy end effort In that team NO MORE SOUVENIRS FROM THE ORIENT I I have sent out the last of tho souven lrprnolpally stones nnd pebbles that I brought from the Orient- I naked repeatedly that nobody would send any monoy for them but nearly everybody sent somo ranging from two cents to five or sometimes ten I think sent about and they were dlstrb uted about equally over the States and territories of tho United States They wero as far as I can recall them from tho following places Tho Stadium tho Acropolis and the Temple of Jupiter at Athens Tho Quarry of Solomon In Je rusalem Then outside of Jerusalem but Palestine from the tnmb of Jesus and Mount Calvary and Mount of Olives and the Garden A Oethsemanc At Bethany from the tomb of Lazarus Dut I do not remember that I had anything from Jor don Jericho or Bethlehem Then there was some from the place where Muses was found on tho Nile and some from tho pyramids of Cheops and- some stones and fragments of very an dent potteryover years oldthat- I got from tho Bplnx and some from tho miraculous well near Hellopolls In Egypt that sprang out of the ground In answer to tho prayer to God of the Virgin Mary for water In which to wash Jesus Christ and somo pebbles from a park In Cairo and some beautiful pebbles from the Coliseum In Rome over which tho blood of tho boasts and Chrlstans and gladiators was once spill ed to please a Roman holiday I have loft a remarkable fossil shell about as large as an almond that got out of a stone that had been thrown down oft of tho pyramid of Cheeps pos sibly somo thousands of year Cheops was built years ago and this fossil was probably yours old when It was put In Cheops I may keep this pebble for my family or sell It for tho benefit of tho Blade Choctaw Blurt Ala Enclosed pleasa nn H for ohd MM tlllbllerlUo- ntOile year Sed Blade to corgo Calton al ono year and the othor to help the Blade to weather the storm I would look upon It as a very great misfortune to tho Freothought for tho Hindu to suspend publlcfU I take three other Infidel sbut the Blade loads them all will athroo of Dr Wilsons books and am notified that mfipforUnltod StateN In that Kregi thinkers boat wishes for you tmu l your good wife and Mr Huglies and his wife am yours for the cause M tad lANDBE Cincinnati O Enclosed my check for for renewal of my subscription which his expires January Am pleased to learn that tho Blade will continue Long live the Blade and Bro Moore II VAN LEEF Denton Texas Enclosed X cents for five more Infidel buttons I shall send you as soon as I can ratio the money will get you to do somo job printing for mo as satin as I am ready for more RODEnT a WmOUfeJQreenvlllo MissI received the five curds some time ago but I think I am wetonly the nJra3loI city am thatgoing arsb end It tn some of my trends here at my own expense and perhaps they WillitI IK enough to continue want the made to stop and If the littlef mlto I send you with what other friends hope will send In dont tide you over lot me know and will send In more I wantto pay for the five cards und one n and J120 to help this Blade- making I want you mo down for ono of Dr Wilsons books and for his expenses wlll send It In any time n Is wanted by him With kind regards to Mr Moore am yours truly XlbI W1NHMAN LIE ADMIRES DOG PENNEL Carsonvllle Mich Jan To Charles C Moore Dear Sir and Friend Find enclosed to pay for Dog Fenel In the Orient to bo sont to my friend F W Taylor Cathcart Ontario Canada I consider Dog Fennel In the Orient tho most remarkable cntertanlngnmus ng anti Instructive history of the Orient that was over placed upon tho market In that work you have built yourself a monument that will never die Yours for liberty and Justice ALEXANDER LITTLE ALFRED AUSTIN ENGLANDS POET LAUREATE DONT KN9V ENGLISH Alfrii Austin has shot oft a piece of poor Iroatry hut tho taffy ho gives to God compensates for Its other shortage Life Is too short to road It hut In a glance at It I noticed n piece of bad grammar as follows All things always tho same unchanged unchangeable all save woIWho como llko clouds like clouds disap poor from all fall llko waves of tho sea Poetic license allows some things n little nut of the usual order but save wo dont go down educated peoplo In this country so long as Rule In my grammar says Artlve transitive rerlx8 govern the objective case Alfred ought to toke a shilling out of salary and buy him a grammar THANKS FOR- HOLIDAY GREETINGS Nearly every letter that the Blade gets for Mr Hughes and myself antI our fnmllea the usual holiday greetings of thp season but In printing the letters we have to leave them oft for Ws appreciate them all the me and most sincerely reclpocate good wishes of the reason for our ROME CON GRESS FUND It Is the desire that Dr J B Wil son represent American Freethought at the Worlds Congress of Freethink ers to be held In Rome Italy next September Dr Wilson Is presidentt of the National Liberal Party eminently qualified to participate the deliberations at tho Congress OnI his return from Roma the Doctor willI write a book embracing his exper lance and proceedings of the Con gress and It is needless to speak of the Doctors versatility and ability to write such a book The price of the book will bo one dollar and as the expense will be very heavy It is hoped that all who are abe will subscribe for as mauy books as possibleAll received is deposited In Tile Central Trust and Safe Dtposlt Company of Cincinnati and will be acknowledged through the Blade Ccntributlons and subscriptions with and without money will be received by the Secretary of the Na tional Liberal Party Address MORRIS SACHS Atlas Bank Bldg Cincinnati JCondition of Fund Previously acknowledged Amount In Bank 8700 Wm Clark Toledo 0 pd D W Armstrong Omega Okla I Judge Rock Point Ore1 W Cal Morgan Earllngton Ky pd Mern Lore tio Lawrence Ions A 0 Wine man 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MCGUIRE W R POWE l Tr Pass Agent General Agent CINCINNATI OHIO i KOREA GINSENG NURSERY n V Doolln Prop gtic SEED FOR PLANTING ApPRGl Office and Nursery ETNA Pulaski County KYi a THE WELLKNOWN PHYSICIAN Cures Where Others Fail FOR DROOP READ HIS BOOK AlUlrredt Rhtiog hones Loss Vnrlro These hood alnn IerIe Mental r jynlrnl andty are Uelsent to ten centseeeted a DlbllltIand mptomeof r4tntsaadadescrl ward Ap llcatlonarettlvecuretboontyrane- dy of the kind edsltn f Address Dt t R p fcirOWS Bybero this lIneaadRJ ee seee Dr Heiiow has cured many advanced and difficult cues of a nature which were looked upon ai incurable that he li sow considered far near as the cost reliable and trust worthy pbys dan In his apcctaUyl Ieyearsfession wherever he Is known THE BEST LINE OdGO JCf tjir1jjjjii Tc I C t a y 4 iJ 5P7otunuu I 41ti Its d p g J i BfLLAD j TURNING NEW LEAF J Turning a new leaf on now year day was an old Idea when I was young and I have latoly gone Into my 67th year I suppose so many old men have started to do hotter on the first day of January and failed that It Is actu ly distasteful to thorn to see any men Lion of the suggestion For a numbor of years 25 perhaps I have In anticipation of the ap preaching now year day studiously avoided maldng any resolution to try to begin to bo better on tho first d of tho coming January and that Is the way I fool about It now as I write this piece on tho night of tho 30th of D comber The only time to try to begin be hotter Is noW whatever time that maybe My own experience Is that I am not making much If any progress In get ting bettor or doing bettor but It I- statieast a pleasure to me to try and It is a pleasure to try to get others to be good If I be myself- If I could take my choice of all the distinctions that man and women ca have It would bo that of a good man but I must regard as the best man tho man who does the most good There are people of mild sweet tern r paramonts and manners who attrac- the admiration of people very mud more than those who are much less placid but actually accomplish more that makes for the happiness of mans and animals The longer I live tho more I am inclined to include an imals among those that we should try to make happy and I do not mean merely house pots but all doemstlc animals and I feel sorry that the conditions are such that for our own comfort and security we have to destroy noxious animals- I think that one of the earliest trainings for children should be to teach them not to hurt a bird but terfly or lightning bug and that even the destroying of fleas is a painful necessityI going to say that fishing and hunting are cruel and immoral f purebsufferings of the fish and game cults vote in those that do these disposi unhappyrgive pleasure Isaak Walton the patron saint of at fisherman was a singularly bigoted and fanatical Christian actually con tending that he could more perfectly worship God while fishing than at other time Of course this involves the wholeJ a question of meat eating and to adeptTheff md to recur often a nIl wo t meIe jUcfTsutclde going on around us ever before The answer It depends upon theIliver J havo always regarded as an especially happy double eutendre though really perfect health does no securo happiness as I almost know r from experience and have known t many Invalids who seemed to be hap py and who certainly did make others nf happyIWhen the question is answered from the moral vlett point I would say It depends upon the liver notIin the sense that an absolutely good man or woman If we can imagine such woud be absolutely happy forInothing is absolute but mathematics but the nearest approach to complete byQIt is really good to manage our only t physical lives so as to make our bod highM1siis good consists in our purpose and to make others happy It is nearly always hard practical truefrequentlyexeeedbly impossible of realization yet I thinkr the principle is true but just how far we should deny ourselves comforts to make bthers happy I believe can only Nbedetermined If determinate at all by using our beet Judgment as each individual case presents Itself I am quite satisfied that wealth L not of Itself make people happy W and that It can only do this when used as a moans of making others happy and I am satisfied that poverty does not necessarily make people unhappy but on the o r ban I do not thin that poverty makes anybody happy or that riches necessarily macros them unhappy I believe that a great deal of the unhappiness of poor people results from their envy of rich people who aro not ail happy as tho people- I bollovo that a great deal of hap piness and usefulness are now being dostrood those organized efforts to increase happiness when happi ness must bo an individual matter And yet in spite of this my own ptlonalthat It is an organized effort to ele veto tho human race pjUdgmontsession of millions of dollars probably gives its owner more trouble than happiness and that Rockefeller and Kettle Green are not so happy as many poor people I suppose if somebody would offer me millions of dol lars toplght I would take it knowing that from the excitement I would not sloop at all while ordinarily I t sleep soundly all night without own ing a dollar wet4when tho test comes to The best We can do then is to wefias nearly as wo possibly can I think there is nothing any more morally axiomatic than that tho and oIlt only true purpose of life is to bo happy and I think it is beyond doubt that this present life is the only ono and that a future life is not only not a fact but is not a thing to desired I think the longing after immortal ity imputed to Plato Is really not the true sentiment but that the Idea of eternal and absolute rest is tho real desire of tho people and of course that moans eternal unconsciousness So that wo should do must all be done with reference to this lIfo The most common mistake that we make in our purposes to do good 0in supposing that we can only do good doing somo great thing that affects society and the world generally That Is of course all right in th few instances whore people can do tills either by their money or genius or labor and all such persons should exercise their talents for the public- y good But the groat secret of doing good is to do right now to tho first humane or animal that you moot some good thing though it may be small and- o thus by making SOme one oleo happ make yourself happy and the person- that can most thus benefit will of course bo tuose In your own family Incluuing your servants when you kayo such Anolittle expressions not cost anything t ian rich hollow day presents that are given thorn and there are thousands of husbands 11who would rather see In pair wives a disposition to magnify the virtues and minify tae fauns of the husbandsI than to see uolr wives the societyt Uo most pitifu- li classes of society is rich women wh have nothing to do have no occupa tion and no business and are trying to get happiness out of what they call society Got busy is what all such should do Great business success does not s cure happiness I know men who have started o nothing and attained fame and who are hardly if at happier tha those who have started with fortune and squandered them The greatest thing In life is to b happy and you can only be that by trying to make others happy WHY THE BLADE IS HARDLY CELFSUSTAINING Some times intends of the Blade have reproved me for not paying moro attention to the business part of this paper and especially one Lexington friend to the Blade has repeatedly asked me Why dont you get advertising for the Blade yearsIhave taken comparatively no pains t manage the business part of It ox cept a year or two In the beginning This paper was started with the ex pectatlon that it would not extend Us Influence farther than the boundaries of the blue Grass Region of Kentucky jIness heat ttB tW hlgh principally the literary part I knew that ordinary newspapers depended for their support on their advertising and I started out to get firsttadvertisements of nearly all the fine business houses In Lexington thought never would advertise liquors or horse racing two of the most profita things In Lexington In those days the high water mart of my circulation list was about lCOO but tile elr culatlon was nearly all around Lex- Ington and the Blue Gross Region and- I would walk Into an average busts house In Lexington and get an advertisement in five minutes and It was a very rare tiling that one was not paid for just according to my ac count when I called for IL The Btado then had about onefourth of the printing in It that It has nowfand was a half larger than it is There was enough of Infidelity in the Blade though not so blatant as now to mako them suspicious of the propriety of advertising In It and still they did it because they saw the paper was being read as no other newspaper In Lexington ever had been Before I began the Blade the two of the town were continually discharging me first one apd then the other because they wore afraid to print what I said and yet so ninny people would buy the one that I would be writing for that tho other would want me and so I went from one to the other until I became disgusted with both of them and started my own paper I could not feel satisfied to write at all pandering to religious Jgnor anco and bigotry and as I began to talk more plainly the local patronage largely fell away from me and people off at a distance began to send their monoy for the Blue Grass Blade and by rapid strides It grew Into a paper of national or even International cir ulation and though It afterward got to over 5000 circulation a Lexington advertiser with only his local bust ess would say to me that while my circulation was large enough and the was rend by moro people in proportion to its subscribers than any paper In the world they would give their advertlsments to Lexington pa that had from 500 to 1000 sub- cribers because the Blade In Lex- Ington alone would not have more than one hundred subscribers and beside all that there would occasionally be a Christian bigot that would take his or her generally hertradefrom a house If It advertised In the Blade and even my Infidel friends would not advertise with me not even the one that frequently said to me Why dont you get those foreign advertisements I could not get the foreign adver tisements because they wore afraid patronize an Infidel newspaper as to tho Blade soon got to bo known in In addition to all this the writing of the Blade soon got to be three or four times as much as It had been and II was all too tlmo a farmer and I had l not tlmo to attend to the advertising part of tho paper So I mado the la per smaller and Increased the reading matter in it all ho limo up to date and will probably sun it I mako this explanation tb else Blade readers that It is not bad man agemont upon tho part of the Blade that it occasionally gets into fins n cinl straits because It can not support itself when thousands of little local newspapers with about 300 subscrlb ors that set about onetenths as much type as the Blade does are solfsus taming when really they are so cause their expenses are about one tenth as groat as the Blades bye the very host of management anal thoy get tho advertising of thol e boosting political and roli bua dent a goguos All of this Is suggested to rap reading In Wllshlros S o clallstlc page 74 FebruaryvJ903 Ute following This magazine depends fop its sue cess upon advertising patronage The price obtained for on does not pay for the white paper masg I would not want to fill halt of the Blade with Its present size with ad writingheroadvertising as it Is to explain why the generallyovery of Wlishlres paper Is a full page on graving of a hard faced man In cleri cal toggery below which is printed Rt Rev F Huntington Bishop of Central New York A little further on is a picture of a dude in spectacles and straight breast ed coat and is printed Rev A tallyoBut what started out to say is thisI would love to fill about two umns of the Blade with business advertisements at 10 an Inch a year It would not pay a man whose bin loess is purely local but there are Ojadenon on ofnpay to advertise In the Blade 5eto a year it Boems to me that a 10 ad In he Made would pay for itself and help tho Blade Some of you try It and let usehow it wllfwork Otto Wdltsteln the jeweler has for years been advertising in this paper and has paid for It handsomely as have seon and I suppose his oxper lenco Is that It pays him Try It some of tho others of you and report to us from time to time whether It pays and stop It if it dont payable quarterly In advance SINoGULR CHRISTMAS EDITORIAL Col C P Breckturldge this editor BMhp Morning Herald Ington ffj Ills son J is the no l r Some wrrrnipjjwijjtfl vaP ufjjfc icr 23 marked in It an eip tonal Beaded How Santa Claus waft Reinstated The sander has written on thenirtigin of life editorial some lan about Is not complimentary the senior seeming to doslro me td criticise the editorial Col Brnckinridge is an Intensely religious man brrlight up after the strictest sect of John Calvin and from the view point of that kind of a man the editorial may appear to bb reasonable though it teaches that r4 llgion is not reasonable If I can un derstand the editorial but to me it Is an intellectual enigma that an educated man In tho twentieth century can write such stuff it is hard to catch the drift of tha argument but if I can understand it Its substance Is substantially as follows t A good many years agoa bright little girl began to soy she did not believe thorn was any Santa lIausr ColyBrecklnririgodren ought to believe things that weroi told loam b weir treasoningSo Brocklnrldge ana an accomplice sot to work to make this little girl believe there was a Santa Claus suet sent her through the maths letters that were most strangely gotten up mechanically and In dictation He apd his accomplice also managed it with the little girls parents so that on viirlstmas when all the other S children of tho family had their stock Ings filled with delightful hon bong that litre girls stocking had in It only ashes and switches Tho editorial states that the girl was persuaded that there was a Santa Claus and from this act of faith she grow up to bo a most valuable woman who now is famous for the ft pains she takes to make children hap y by Santa Claus presents at Christmas 1 From the editorial which is too cumlngfrom 23 literary curiosity I clip the following study In practical psychology this reminiscence may not be wholly 10 grown inquisitive and her mind had grown inqultlvc and her mind had on become dissatisfied with the traditions told her she was rf a practical turn 01 mlnu she belonged to the of class of those who elevate reason above faith though she was of course unconscious of this mental peculiarity She felt It an insult to persuade her to believe what she could not understand and site doubted tile oxirtonce of anything she could not touch handle see or hear she was of the temperament of Thomas and wanted to put her little hands In tile very board of Santa and look in his eyes before she would believe him firthoroughgolngtional religion only She rejected as old taQs the fables about w if HOMESEEKERS EXCURSIONw Via QUEEN ANa DRESDEN j ROUTE o To points In Colorado Arkansas Kansas Mexico Minnesota Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota rUtah Arizona Indian Territory xlco Wyoming thined 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 Santa Claus and reindeer and sleighs And so like all agnostics like all who walk by reason and not by faith like all who reject unseen realities and invisible beings she derided San ta Claus and defied Is power and rid iculed nls threats The letters at first startled lion shook liar confl donee in her reason they were cer tainly curious letters no ono In the house ever received such looking let ters written on such papor and such envelopes and the postmarks were strangebut oho should se them and feel them And the content- of the letters were indeed myster ious tho writer evidently knew her secret thoughts and all about her and her wishes anu habits even about her temper and her play The par onts and grandmother and aunt read them as If they were wholly Ignorant of thou source and this made her thoughtful In her heart on that Christmas morning came the divine lesson o loving faith In the unsoon love a higher and divine powers and the need of this hlghor power In tho days of our childhood and even in tike days of our strength We doubt It any man ever did much in life who did not have some profound faith In some cherished be lwho did not teal that In some joal evon though mysterious manner ftftsiW t i M1Ther aro mono things In actual existence than even the most Intense believer In the un een powers ever Imagined But we desire this morning only submit to other parents the mem orof this pleasant Christmas episode and to be pardoned for the exhi bition of pride and affection Involved ln the publication o the note of him who was conspirator with us In this little scheme to convince that agnostic that she was surrounded by ences sho could not understand and by forces sho could neither touch handlo nor see ovon If those forces wero called Santa Claus A remarkable feature about this ed itorial is that tho conspirator with Brecklnrldgo at tho time who writes a letter commending this jolts whatever1ttorial Is that a man who subscribed Dog Fennel and wrote for the Lexington Loader a notlco of the book that was as eulogistic as words could it I cannot understand how any man who would enjoy Dog Fennel could enjoy Brecklnrldges editorial What a queer lot of people It takes o matte a world AN EXPRIEST EXPRESSES HIS THANKS TO INFIDELS jlftlltor Blue Tense Blade I cannot express to you my heart utolt thanks and gratitude for your ildndnoss and that of your readers few of them at any ratewho came 0 my assistance In time of need yIiad It not been for their sympathy- In a substantial way would be whore papist fatted to put meIn the graveyard Talk about good Samaritans In tho Christian churches With the pagan noet Ovid wo might rightly say Karl nantes In gurgito vasto They arc very rare birds indeed JIO might be priests and Lovltos pjrofossors of Christianity thoy are flits I know by a sad experience of long years among them as long as you dont touch their rusty pocket Upoks Like priests and Levltes of the parable of the good SamaritanLuke 25 and following versesthey wilfully deliberately como and look the poor bleeding man and adding impudence to their arrogance and pride they peas by on the oiner side the street leaving all that is to be done to tho good Samaritan the out alder whom they Insult dally because idea not sit In the sumo pew to hear the rigmaroles of dumb dogs who live on the fat of the land Ing to slumber greedy dogs which cnn never havo enough looking to tljolr own way ovary ono for his gain from his quarter Indeed if It had not been for men the stamp of your readers I would starred In the past two months Thp Samaritans wero not on tbo pf the Protestant Christian this time Many of them aro Inclined to side the murderous church in our t o J It Winter Tourists Tickets Now on Sale via 000 e ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD I TONEW ORlEANS LAy ANDIOTHER SOUTHERN POINTS rALSO 10 HOT SPRINGS ARK THROUGH PERSONALLY CONDUCTED EXCURSION SLEEP ERS TO CALIFORNIA TEXAS NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA TWICE A WEEK REDUCED ONEWAY COLONIST AND HOME SEEKERS EXICURSION RATES TO POINTS SOUTH AND WEST FIRST AND THIRD TUESDAYS IN EACH MONTH FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company is Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee Mississippi and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homeseeker who will for ward his name and address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circu lars Nos 1 to 11 inclusive and others as they are published from month to month ASK LOCAL TICKET AGENTS FOR THROUGH TICKETS AND FURTHER INFORMATION OR ADDRESS F W HARLOW Division Passenger Agent Louisville Kentucky J case which call for vengeance bavee causesar gagged to the uttermost If the could pass b poor bleeding expriest P A Sequin without doing their duty as practical believers and teachers of morality they can do the same tiling when the day of the trial comes off on tho 9th of next February kill I am not discouraged by so much apathy from Protestant priests and eveir n stay an I know that you Mr Edit or and your good readers will see that the balm and wine will be pour oil Intd my bleeding sores until I am once more on my feet to give good blow on the head of popery In this country Our case was to come off on th 14th of this month It was t Wia t1ut18rpgrm ri bly1awpOr fighting man vie have In Iowa Is very confi dent of our success at court This whole continent have their eyes on this case If I judge by the publicity given to It by the dally press If Protestants dont help me more financially It Is not because they ig nore this case and my need of means- I send you an article published by Charles McAnnur of Brooklyn In the American Citizen of Boston P A SEQUIN NEW YEARS DAY 1904 We wish all the world a happy New New Years Day that I writs this tho Blades condition and prospects are better than they have been for some time More people are supporting the Blade today by their son timont and money combined than over before In its history and if tho Blades friends continue this as they have done in tho past month I think tho influence of they paper will greatly surpass even what its most enthus- Iastic friinds have anticipated decline There Is a rapid of religion In America to which Uo Blade uos largely contributed Lljo Drawls claimed to have made two converts as the result of his os tentatious and costly trip to New York but it turns out that Elijah at tempted to work a bunco gamo on one of these who lots published a letter repudiating the charge of his conversion to Dowleiam thereupon Elijah has issued an edict in the name of tho Most High delivering unto Sa tan his alleged converts and the editor of the paper in which the loged convert dented his conversion Dowlss other New York convert Herman Warazawalk so far aa known still sticks Courier Journal Mr Brent Moore of the Columbia University New York son of Mr C C Moore has been spending a part of the holidays In Washington with Mr Charles C Moore and his cousin Mrs Atkins formerly Miss Margaret Brent Washington Correspondent of Lexington Leader SEVEN REASONS WHY You should order of Wettstein My experience as a Jeweler and Dia mond Merchant 2 My established skill as a Watchmaker and Designer My artistic qualifications In selecting latest and finest goods 4 My proximity to Chicago 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