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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1 0I 5 r i iift BLUE Y GRASS BLADEEDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTERST OF GOOD MORALS iPUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANOE fOLUME XII NUMBER 47P11w A T 23 W s llnlnLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY IANUARY 17 E M 304t 100 A YEAR 3 TERMS OF THE BLADE 1 Issue for one year JlOO In clubs of five or moro centheach a year TermsiOO per year In advance foreign subscription J1GO Flvo copies one year 250 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Bluo Grass Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad ylsQ this office giving your old as well as tho new address sayiwhether you are a new or dcrlber Jtt The address sUp on the paper will tt L how expiration of subscription and Slerve aa a receipt as the date changes am soon or Jubacrlber pays SUb lrlpt a this publication are no TsconatuJ at expiration ulese- rlber The c pVflas s bsct- fo the pu sher for the rTfebBcrJptlon price of an papers re the paper Is paid for In rrull up to date and ordered Hlpnn tinned Office of publication 161 East Third street near r entered at the Post Office at Lexlng J ton Ky as Second Class Man v all communications JLUE GRASS BLADE P O BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLED ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to a certain degree demoralizes those who make- It those who sell It and those who drink It- believe from the time It Issues from the coiled and poisonous worm of the distillery until It empties Into the hell of crime death and dishonor ft demoralizes everybody that touches Jt do not believe that anybody can contemplate the subject without coming prejudiced against this liquid you have to do Is to think of the deathsof the suicides of the mean ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug glng 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 serpentstruggledproduced by this And when you think of the Jails o the almshouses of the prlfons and of the scaffolds upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called alcohol ROBERT G INGERSOLL Keep Church and State forever leparatear t In no sense whatsoever Is this ernment founded upon the Christian religion Washington The divorce between Churchan State should be absolutoGarflel BRER WASHBURN CAUGHT NODDING Editor Washburn In the Investigator of Dec 26th lias a fluo eulogy on Horace Seaver and In speaking of the fact that Seaver some times In his old days did not come up tohla regu lar standard In writing Wnahlnirn says But even Jove nods or course ho meant to say But even Homer nods Jove and Homer both attained sa reputation by their nodding but who Jove nodded It meant that ho was wide awake and attending strictly to business while when Homer nodded It meant that the old man was sioepy and little off Get that right next time brother Honiej may nod but an InHdel editor must not do It 1 L GIVES UP THE TEACHINGS RECEIVED AT THE FEET OF A PIOUS MoTHER Strange Oration Delivered at Funeral of Noah Cojer Who Was Reared In the Dunard Faith But Who Died Wth the Conviction That Death Ends of 1 of The Tribute Was Prepared at HistJ Own Dictation Before Disease Had Laid Its Hands on Him and Was Read44or the consolation of Sorrowing Relatives by a Lawyer May the Efth Lay Lightly on Him May the Flowers Bloom Over His Head anitthe Winds Sigh Soft ly Over His Peaceful Repose to These Were the Concluding Words iFrom Ohio Daily Nows Write of meOB one who loves Illsa fellow man Isthel Inscription which Noah Color who was laid to rest In In Woodland cemetery would prefer to lave written on his headstone at his grave Ho died believing that with MB death oblivious eternity closed over him He had no faith that was based on religious belief of what he considered ancient superstition theo believed In making hln heaven on earth by kind acts and loving thoughts In his own fireside He bo of lived In making his homo his heaven and was In nowise disturbed It la In stated by the stings of a conscience that had been carefully trained in thed faith of the Dunkards the belief of his parents Mr Color was for thlr teen years a staunch believer In theI Dunkard faith but finally became restless and ill at ease and after mucu study anti scientific research ho became unite l with tgq American Secular niOn ail RrelL orwTiJ h nUas a 1Shtean earnest faltliful Ttfaraber- A number of ears ago under his Instruction icn oration was prepared that ho requested to bo read at his funeral In it ho described his death and his passing away was as quiet the paper said It would be Dr Wilson of Cincinnati president a of the Union was to have read this oration at his funeral but could not be present and a local attorney who was a neighbor to the deceased but who had no sympathy with his religious Ideas read the oration It was stated that several ministers refused to read the oration on the ground that the man was an agnostic and an unbeIlover but this Is denied by the mom bers of the family In his obituary which Ifo had printed on the back of his photograph ho de scribes his religion experience lows As to religion his parents were members of tho Dunkard church He was a member of said church about years Ho read the Scriptures at tentlvely to arrive at their reliability and found a portion of them absurd and contradictory and to his mind no of superhuman origin He found no church obeying them neither could they He bought and read various theological hlstorlal and scientific works With these evidences before him he finally in abandoned all religious beliefs believing to practice love Justice and mercy Is worth more to mankind than religions He Is In overt sense a Materialist believing too laws and forces of nature control the universe In 1882 ho became a member of trio Free Thinkers assa ciation of New York and for some years ho has boon a member of tho- American Secular Union and Free Thought Federation and a life mom her when ho died His wife and sons are orthodox Sept 24 1898 on ac count of his unpleasant domestic if he decided to make a division of his property and deed to his children three properties in this city under provision of trust that they shoal- support and provide for their mother out of tho Income of theso properties and give her n respective burial The deceased was comfortably sl uatod In this worlds goods having propsdr wit born In Baltimore county Maryland May 17 1828 Ills Ideas of life are set torch In the following funeral oration which h had had prepared and which was red over his remains We this day consign to the cart body of our departed friend Fa him lifes fltfull dream Is over wit Its tolls and sufferings and disappoint ments Ho derived his being from the bountiful mother of nil ho returns to her capacious bosom to again mine gles with the elements Ho basked n lifes sunshine for a tlmo and has passed Into tho shadow of death whore sorrow and pain are unknown Nobly ho performed lifes duties on the stags of earth the unponolra Tile curtain of futurity has fallen and we see him no more But ho leaves to his sorrowing relatives and friends a legacy in tho remembrance of Ills virtues his services his honor and truth He fougnt the good tight of freo Inquiry and triumphed over prejudice and the results of misdirected education His voyage through life a was not always on tranquil seas but his strong judgment steered him clear of the rocks and quicksands of Ignorance and for years he rested placidly in the haven of selfknowledge Ho hall long been free from the tears and misgivings of superstitious belief Ho worked out for himself trio problem of life and no man was the keeper of his conscience Ills religion was full of trio world trio service of humanity his highest aspiration lie recognized no authority but that of nature adopted ho method but those science and philosophy and re Bpected In practice no rule but that conscience illustrated by the com on sense of mankind He valued lesson of trio past but disowned d trad Itlqn as a ground of boiler whether miracles and supernaturalism calmed or not claimed on Its side No religious teachings or ancient church form trio basis of his faith By his example he vindicated the right to think and act upon con scicntious convictions By a career so noble who shall say that his affections were Impaired or thnt his love for those near and dear him was weakened On the con trary his Independent method of thought tended to develop those sen tlmonts which have their source in human nature which Impel and en all morality which are ground upon Intelligent personal convlc tlon and which manifest themselves worthy and heroic actions especr lally In tho promotion of truth jut flee anti love For worship of anyc unknown he substituted duty For- tprayer work And the record of his life bears testimony to his purity of heart and the bereaved ones know but too well the treasure that Is lost to perfect reliance up n any partlcnlar belief In the hour of were proof of Its truth then In the death of our friend the principle secularism would be triumphantly established Ills belief sustained him health and aso in former serious to sickness when from alt Indications seemed to be before him at no distant period it afforded him consol atlon and encouragement and In tile whenhograve It procured him most feet tranquallty of mind There nQ misgivings no doubts no trem h ahbdlillhave i itand t spent land It may be truly said of him that nothing In life became him more than his manner of leaving ItDeath has no terrors for the enllgh ened It may bring regrets at the thought of leaving those we hold dearest on earth but the consciousness 6P well spent life Is all sufficient In the last sad hour of humanity Death ia but the shadow of shade and there nothing in the name that should blanch tho cheep or inspire the timid with fear In its presence pain and care give place to rest and pence The sorrowladen and forelorn the fortunate and Uie despairing find re In the tomb all the woes and ills of life are swallowed up In death Death like a mirror shows us his true reflex We see his character undisturbed by the passions the prejudices and the Infirmities of life andI how poor seem all the pretty ambi ions which are wont to sway mankind and how small the advantages of rep venge Death Is so genuine a fact that it Includes falsehood or betrays emptiness It is a touchstone that thetupon that eternal rest that happy ease which the heritage of The sorrow and grief of those who r main alone mar the thought that th tranquil sleep of death has succeeded that fever of the brain called life Death comes as the soothing anodyne of all our woes and struggles and wo InherIt the earth as a reward for the ISIiiibdled but regrets are vain Every form that lives must die for the pen alty of life is death No power ca break the stern decree that all o earth must part though the chain b woven by affection or kindred the h loved ones who keep for us will only for a while remain There Is note a lower that scents the mountains or the plains there Is not a rosebud that opens Its perfumed lips to the comesItree At first the tender plant be puts forth the bud of promise tIt tho countless leaves of the fovea may wither and be blown about b hisIof wise endeavor will frutlfy earth from which will rise a bloom nankind toIIboilhtemptations were great though or education was defective though or tolls and privation were sore never wilfully did a bad act never deliberately Injured our Tho reward or a useful and virtue Is the conviction that our memo ory will be cherished by those who conic after us as we revere the memories of the great and good wt have before This Is the an Immbrtallly of the great ones of tl world wlio have benefited their br Haul thoughts their burning words Their example Is ever with us and their IiiIuence hovers around the of men and stimulates to the blgheskSnd happiest daring Man has heaven but not that dreamed of by some Mar away beyond trio clouds but hertj on earth created by the side an buIIt up of trio love and respect r kindred friends and within the rett lf of trio humblest who work for ood of others and trio Improvement of humanity It Is clearly the A duty of very rational being to do as much gtbd and as little evil as possible and if we only Impose upon our- Selves conditions we thrust upon others our standard will bo high enough Knowing as we do how grudgl nnly nature bestows her gifts upon und how lavishly upon othersKjwby should we sensure ach other t loudly Between us and the IriheriUTo of every one a veil Is drawn we can comprehend but little of the Irnal emotions or secret mo is some good In all Let tlvesiJiere to cultivate a sym a helpfullness so great- a charjjy so broad that It may em braco mimanJty and crowd out all evil our own hearts When todl11We look upon the lifeless form a friend let us reflect upon these r Lot us remember that we knowit ot how often those closed eyes havejjlonked through clouds of trouble for ra s of hope those silent lips have ittered warm appeals which were ntiedded Those folded hands have Scattered blessings which vet live Whllo we regret his loss and mlssjlijm from our dally lives we will not ha row up our hearts with vain JRwr fruitless tears A true and nobiqtuanrhe made of life the best he thought of future punishment fr of reward controlled his ac ion His mind was free from super stltlon and his sense of right and Justice was the law he obeyed Let all that noble and worthy in the lives and characters of those we hold most dear be fondly cherished In our hqhlIntus Inspiration to those of usywho renal behind for a while soon fol iw His twork well done So ict him rest peace and leave fof us his good xaraplo and his honored memory Mid while we give to timer t 1nt which Is her own wo bury faA arid say regretfully our as we drop tha tear ofe- at the grave now bout to vefMi hIm May thu lowers eve s head soil ay he rep illeacehis me i 1HEATE a HORROR Nearly people were burned to death in the Iroquois theater in cago lately nid many more wounded aryl missing try were nearly all women and children There were burned to death thirty public school teachers and three preachers The Blade has a good many Infidel patrons In Chicago and I hove not been notified that any of them were hurt Th festivities celebrating tho birth of esus Christ were going on Last thankedeGod for everything that had happened during tho past year Next Thanksgiving day they wtl again thank God for every tiling the rise happened during the past year though recently connected with th Christmas holidays there have railroad wrecks attended by loss of life beside tho dreadful Chi raga disaster tllaot aneyet that they get for sermons these days I have neither loco nor heard of any about that Chicago theater fire or any religions editorial In any paperI that undertook to explain started this fire and managed It as was done The Bible explains tully that God Chicngao a very wicked city though It Is a perfect LexinYg IIhappen to it though trio Blue Grass Is edited there It being sup titde or o thousand Chicago politicians In some big house and roasted thorn like sortrof ed wickrat mown were y all preachers and school teachers and horribU9lo r lean history and all the balance wo mo and childrenwomen who had C04lntbere to make their children frolym I 11jus hata give It up as being utter L tlnued on third page 1 ft w TO TOM PANES MORAL INFIDEL TOM AND AN IMMORAL CHRISTIAN TOM HAVE GOTTEN MIXED Hence All This Racket and Hence Teddy the Strenuous Calls Our Tom Who Believed In a God a Filthy Little Atheist of Editor Blue Grass Blade I am glad that the Blade is to live and that Bro Hughes is to continue- as its publisher Enclosed please find 2ono to renew my subscription and trio other for fifty copies containing my address on Thomas Paine as a Christian before the Christian Evl donee Society dill not speak of Tom Paine The Blade has fallen Into the same error of all the preachers and tho Rev Clausen professor of theology likewise of mixing the two Paines a The Rams Horn and the Blade do It the same tiling enclosed clipping will show a short stretch of the drunken Tom Paine who wanted a Christian name This disciple of Ballams ass in the Worth received the degree of A M from Harvard whore Palnes defamer Roosevelt got his degree and likely got the two Paines mixed up Thomas Paine author ot the Ago of Reason received the degree of A M from the University of Pennsylvania and the same expelled the Rev Mr Smith Its president for his sympathy with King George III President WIN son of the N L P visited the University of Pennsylvania and the Philosophical Society wita me when he was In Philadelphia I doubt very much If Roosevelt south get a degree from It for his knowledge In theology Is very limit and ho could not pass the eiamlna glad that the legislature fromUiQ o his Rl ngulB lu n qr a him the Christian name ho de erved This Tom Palnp was a drunkardl and a llberatine and a Christian but not at all Hki the Thomas Paine author of the t go of C M Clausens paper Is full ot Information of Tom Pnlnes Ignor once of Gods word about his drunkenness and his recantation Im morality and his closing remarks deal with Balaams ass as applied tolTom Paine defenders I never did believe the story of Ba laams ass talking until I heard Rev Dr Clausen and have been convert ed and shall give up any further de fence of Thomas Paine and Join the of the readers of the Blade that desire to send a subscription for the tearing down nt Thomas Panes house in New York City and buildingb a Paine Hall or church B Elliott Secretary Paine Memorial Association Philadelphia Pa I forgot to tell you that I havo con verted two preachers to Paines re ligion of humanity Another Is stll on the anxious bench He Is very small and Is not worth the effort But he has promised to reply to the lecture In the Blade and show that Paine recanted and became an Athe 1st Palnest fallenjphia would suppress it as they do the poor widows who sell a five cent cigar t keep food In their hungry childrens mouths My next debate Is with Rev Dr Barnes What parts of the Bible Paine did not believe and Christians do believe Barnes Is a Presbyterian The newspaper extract Is as fol lowsj It was about the time when the out cry was raised against his return o the United States that trio other Thomas Paine the poet In Boston protested against the odium of bear- Ing the same name This Paine was a son of Robert Treat Paine an eminent Massachusetts lawyer who had served in this city as a member of the Continental Congress who was one of tho signers of the Declaration of Independence and who no doubt while hero often had opportunities observing author of Con mon Sense and The Crisis He e named his son Thomas In yea before the pamphleteer came to tbl country and long boforo ho was k town hero outside of the small clrc o friends who like Franklin ant D Rush early recognized In him a manor considerable ability The sbn of Robert Treat Paine grew up with erary tastes earned some repu ratio for his versos while ho was In ar and College and afterwards co due ed a newspaper which was not d for Its reckless pasquinades But much of his time seems to have spent In the company of men about town i t andheing up trio cause of the players In sr exhlbltlonsthe ban was lifted he wrote a pro firsttheatreUsMastorcompany from Philadelphia which took part In the dedication of the theatre was a pretty young actress telldesperatelpleasure of his family bo married her whereupon his father turned him out of doors and social excommunl cation was passed upon the pair Trio young man soon gained public recog etCuslonsInvention of Letters delivered htCambridge when ho took his degree Master of Arts made such an Im raptllrousyieldedtoprofit of fifteen hundred dollars The publication of a Phi Beta Kappa poem f was nearly as profitable but themoney which he thus earned was sOOn conducthisfinally forced to abandon andLibertyobtained from It about eleven dollars line It Is said that whop he showed to a friend Major Den Russell at w whose house ho was a guest bo was told that It bad not been made as effective as It could be Inasmuch as there was no mention of Washington In It Ho declared that the young poet must Improve It and that hoishould have no wine until he had done so Paine put upon hIs mettle arix lous to quench his thirst sari with the sideboard in view Immediately dash rpoemA patriotic oration which he subse quently delivered and which was widely published called forth from 1A Washington a high compliment and there was a general disposition to l mighttakeIf he were to address himself earnest y to his duties and break from com f panlons who were plying him with tho temptations of the bottle He made Intemperteibar tflIt was In Is Pu od or Lis career he took Aeasure to free himself flegally from the name of Thomas Paine lIe made an application to the Massachusetts Legislature on the ground that he wanted a Christian x name and the privilege was granted tnklngtheseems to have affected a temporary reconcllation and henceforth he was tnown as Robert Treat Paine Jr But ike his former namesake he was un r drinkinghabitopenedd before him as a lawyer soon disappeared when ho was Induced again to Join his comrades of trio theatre When ho died In his thirty elgth year he left his wife and chit dren entirely destitute and they were taken Into the home of his father Ills were collected and published y an enthusiastic admirer but It Is doubtful whether anything ho wrote has survived to this day unless It be the Adams and Liberty and that not for Its literary value but hlolly as an historic illustration of the spirit of the times It Is likely that the Infi del Thomas Palno also may have written verses or rather rhymes and Mr Conway by whom most ot what Is known of his life was gathered bo leves that when Paine lived In Philadelphia these lines which were call ed The American Patriots Prayer and which were appended to an ell Ion of Common Sense came from his pen- Parent ot all omnipotent In Heaven and earth below Through all creations bounds unspent Whose streams of goodness flow Teach me to know from whence I rose IleslgnedNo Since linked with human kind- volooMay chQl00Tis clIeLetapplausoNor Let mo not factions partial hate Pursue to this lands woertNor grasp thunder of the state To wound a private foe wrongMySingle to servo trio erroneous throng aSpite of themselves be mine trwhollyfrotnComment hilttThomas Paine somewhat alike InItalent and alike In the foot that Choy Continued o second gage y r 1h NOTES AND COMMENTS By Josephine K Henry MAYBE THEY DID NOT KNOW IT At tho conclusion of Chaplain Ed fit ward Everett Bales opening prayer J i In tho United States Senate bo asked that all Ute Senators Join him In re poating tho Lords Prayer Not a Senator responded and the old chaplain had the prayer alt tc blmsolf Wonder why this august body did not join tho chaplain in supplicating tho throne of grace There Is Just ono of three reasons why they did not FIrst They dont believe In tho ef ficacy of prayer Second They thought the chaplain was paid to do the praying for the noble Senators and they got no pay for suck service Third They did not know the Lords last is tho most probable rea son The Lords of our American Parlla ment aro great on oratory but not much on scripture They deliver speeches any whore from five hours to six months In length but we venture the assertion that there Is not a man in Ute United States Senate that can repeat tho Lords prayer cor rectly if It would secure him a free pass to heaven Every Senator and Congressman In Washington would rather have a fat office than a place In tho sanctified throng In front of the Groat White Throne The average American staesman knows and cares as much about Bible religion as a wooden Indian and ho dont go to Washington City to pray A Kentucky statesman was once asked if he knew the Lords prayer Ho replied Of course I do I learn ed that at my mothers knee When baked to repeat it with reverent tone ho sold Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep If I should dlo before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take ECHOES FROM THE- CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS Time 1903rd birthday of tho Christian Savior has Just been observed throughout Christendom and in many it places there was a hot old time that itlay and night One method some vy Christians have of keeping the birth of The Prince of Peace Is to 14day up with spirit of wine In stead of the Holy Spirit and arm themselves with deadly weapons In t 1 adof ni nn the sword master the guidonu have a high aiiU the seed well that of the circumstance pagans is not a htmnotb 41ress are full tho tragedies of Christmas with such headlines as these Santan working overtime during the Christmas season Four shot to death at a Christ mas festival General fight knockdown and drag out at a Christmas tree Casualties of Christmas- A drunken man gives his wife a knife in her heart for a Christmas giftChristmas row at a church celebra tion AT CHURCH Ho Saw His Old Enemy and Promptly Shot Him Glasgow KyFred Harrison shot and fatally wounded Asbury Wood cock at Concord church In this coun ty last night The men had a quarrel about a year ago and when Harrison saw Woodcock at a Christmas tree in the church last night he pulled a pistol and shot him Woodcock will din Harrison left the church at once and has not been seen since The papers since Christmas have been filled with such Items as the the celebration of birthday of tho Christians Savior strengthens the causa of Christianity certain it Is tho services of the police man and the undertaker are in great demand at the festive season Looking down from his celestial abode I wonder If the second person of the Trinity does not repent that ho died to save the people from their sins who were not worth saving FOR SALEA PREACHER WHO WANTS TO BUY Tho Kansas City World has the lowIng Minister Will Wed Girl Who Raises Most Money on Church Debt Binghamton N YTho girl with the persuasive smile and the memorandum book will he given a chance to win a ministerial husband The Rev E L Dowd of Jefferson Pa has publicly announced that he will wed tho most successful solicitor of church funds In his congregation Rev Mr Dowd is determined to ralso a debt that has been hang tag over his parish for years and with this In view he has determined upon a novel step He is very popular with the women of his church and as ho is single many matrimonial traps have been laid for him but without suc cess la discussing his plans before a committee the pastor said that he ieved every young minister should have a wife but the only hindrance with him had been his Inability to rive at a selection from among so niany eligible young women anyone oC whom would make an Ideal wife Ho then proposed to offer the young women members of his congregation who secured the largest number of church subscriptions his heart and hand If agreeable to her He wanted It understood that winning the prize did not necessitate Ita ac t hili 1t t il f t jIa f ceptance on tho young womans part Now here is a preacher that litera- llY lays himself on two altars at the same time the altar of the Lord an d the altar of matrimony The average preacher usually le His Heavenly Fathers busines- wait until he takes unto himself a the average woman tho average preacher Is a little tin god on wheels We predict that the young women of Rev Dowds church will turn themselves Into the greatest nuisances of modern times church beggars for the highest ambition of tho average Amei lean girl Is to marry a preacher or man who wears military trappings The American girl before marriage Is an independent commanding create uro that requires masculinity to wall on a chalk line and do her bidding and masculinity humbly obeys b the A A girls reign Is brief Matrimony quells her independent and commanding spirit and she oftei awakens to the fact that she has bartered these away for a master and If she happens to be yoked to tt preacher or a soldier the Bible est mate of woman is applied to her with a vengeance Thy desire shall be to thy husband and ho shall rule over thee For I would have you kno that the husband is the head of thi wife even as Christ Is the head of thi church Likewise yo wives be In subjection to our own husbands Let the woman learn in silence wit h all subjection Tho Bible says women must obe their husbands even as Sara obeys Abraham If Sara didnt make raham see slafs before she got through with him the Bible does not tell the truth Poor old Abraham I know ho re rented many a time that ho had ever asked Sara to become Mrs Abraham and language cant express Saras re greta when she came face to fat with the Hagar episode When the Bl ble tenets are applied to tho wife Ute Independent commanding spirit Is quickly changed to one of subservience and submission the enthusiastic debonair manner to quiet Indifference the ringing laugh to a forced smile and what a host of such women there are on the highways and byways of life We have In the faco of such con dltions a preacher offering himself a matrimonial prize to the young w man who by her tact and wiles wheedle the most money out of the thejLorded with a master who will require her to resign her name and individuality become Mrs Dowd and Mr the rest of her life have Bible commands ap plied to her The tenth commanment Is particu larly complimentary to wives Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house thou slmlt not covet thy neighbors wife nor his ox nor Ills ass nor any thIng that Is thy neIghborsbIf that does not mean till Bible that a mans w r with his live stocktra a deIegrading to it that others do the same The press has not yet announced the name of tho young woman who drew this clerical matrimonial prize because she was nn expert church beggar but whoever she is she has my warmest commiseration Of course this match was made in heaven This Is a novel method of obtaining a wife but one cant blame the Rev erend gentleman Ae long as the church has to live by begging and women are willing to do the begging preacher that has an expert beggar for a wife has secured a real help meat Who ever saw a man out beg glng pennies and dimes for his church Men send the women and tle girls to do the begging but they take charge of the funds that ar brought In If women had the proper respect for themselves they would give any preacher who would make such an insulting propositon as Reverend Dowd made his walking papers and do the preaching themselves IT DEPENDS Gainesville Fla Jan 1904 Editor Blue Grass Blade Lexington Kyf Dear Sir and BrotherYou will cee from the enclosed that ve are t have a winter Bible conference hero We the undersigned clerical committee of this city will greatly appr ciate In his name your printing this for us and will be dolfghtea to enter lain you If you can possibly attend Yours In His Service J B HOLLY T P HAY- J P HILBURN P Committee Per CLARENCE D STROUSE F SWe will appreciate a copy of Ipiue contalriKK this Itrc AnswerYou say In His namo jut you give mo no Jntimtlon as who the party is you are talking about Please explain as that makes all the difference In the world to me You say the expenses are not more than 10000 A hundred dollars Is of course no money to me but I suppose your Invl itlon Indicates that you will send hat amount of tho root for my me Now York exchange for the hundred plunks and tell me who the fellow Is that you aro going to boost and If I like the lay will come down Regards to old boys mud tell them to come up to Lexlng on on Tom Palnes birthday and we will have a love feast You didnt send a one centpostage stamp but Jim will send you a copy all same P BIf New Yorlc exchange for the hundred dollars Is not conven ent a post office order will do So long J d th 1 1 r 1 r JAPAN AND WAF Until recently Japan and China had gotten along from time imniomorla without war Then Japan became very Intimate with the Christian na anigcsInto war with Chinese and robbed them Now pan Is about to go to war with Russia a Christian country and ChrIstian England will take the side qf Japan against Russia and Christian America will probably finally back Japan and an awful war of Christian aglm Christian Is Imminent waaHERBERT SPENCERS FUNERA i The following special from London utto the Chicago Evening Pot descrll ing the funeral of the Immortal Hel bert Spencer will serve to show the mighty Evolution of religious though In past twentyfive years But two handfuls of white dust tee main of the corporeal man Spence the most profound thinker ofjjhe last century but his thoughts po laId ractostltlons that have evolved a race or cowards slaves and hypocrites and even the clergy aro capitulating to philosophyI ertt Spence brought Faith anti Fact into mortal combat with Faith In full retreat The special from London describe Spencers funeral as followsJ K On Monday at Golders Green Cret atorlum body of Herbert Spence was reduced to two handfuls o white dust Many personal friends many disciples many admirers fron all parts of the kingdom gathered the little mortuary chapel nndln once of tho coin draped with its pui plo pall heard Mr Leonard Courtnc deliver the funeral oration Then was no religious ceremony no demon beautlnlingered a white over the dead man record of work and suffering rat quickly over the leading principles o his philosophy gave a few persona recollections of his friend mpnderet nilnute over his confessions h filessness n taco of the a ul rid Idle the universe of abject we a ttomof space with its lad to ex taste laws ndur- bfvolution and crel norde as they are well and all wa ver Verr t all was very utl it as Spencer w to Spence ink could bust modern toletkttn the w teaeverywhere it trlbUlen cefc Had he i en in the time dyea laugh 4tpe name of Hu m Ie mention sureativetnM eer al no dt 7 pt the church lit l1oBaS they wire rev cronethf3bman In their hecfCStyaluet his Iles phy would have bad tour a publicly to lift voice In Tils praise uxleror Martineau would have spok JieUThelr minds the Westminster Re view would have eulogized its old friend in dim halls and gather Ing of the elect would have been passionate ravings but from platform or pulpit never a word For SPencer then was a materialist an atheist a philosopher who deposed God and set In His place some great and ujiknowr power What Spencer Is called now ys I know not can only testify tt on last Sunday thousands of pulpits pro claimed his merits Whether it was te man or his philosophy thirew- e tribute does not greatly matters lielth cr is It of Importance to w1 the speakers were competent to judge it Is sufficient to note here only as evidence of a wideoiuuiaiout national spirit that Spencers name was proclaimed from thousands of pul pits and that hundreds of thbusande heard it without protest From the dean of Westminster in tho ajtbey as from the chief rabbi In His synagogue not less from the bishop of WSrcc to to a congregation of Oxford sfudents as from Dr Clifford to the tncmSbn entowords of praise and homage DId Gladstone get more Did Lo SU- bury get half as much f A NEW METHOD OF GETTING CHILDREN TO CHURCH Rusalaville UGR vJ A eiehiatColfaxthat he would hold a protrac ra Tiieot leg in the town and to asslsttecurrIng a good attendance clent candy to treat child in town and made a housetphouse canvass of every family giving treat to all the children When heibegan his meeting he was greeted a full house e And so the children are being oiled Into the kingdom through the Indy route This is trying to Jivo soul through the stomach ijyta luck of candy the shepherd shall lead the WJ1y1Itthe human being has a stomach and It is the greatest of all despots but tho existence of a soul never has been demonstratedRevivals except among sanctlflcatloil Ists anti negroes for a long limobut the candy plan tried by Rev J3itQS who exhibits a keen In Site o the ture of children may uarK In the great revival that pr tits od would sweep over ChrlstendI begin r tie centuryIt up r candy method canbrlag r W j i revival and the old sheep and ram can be brought to the mourner bench then shall be brought to pas the scripture saying a A little child shall lead them- Versailles Ky From Boston Investigator HELP THE FREETHOUGHT PAPERS Editor Investigator- I noticed your letter in the Blade and It added to the threatened sus pension of the Blade aroused a feel Ingln regards to wealthy Infidels which has been haunting mo son for years Now I dont say that then people have not a perfect right to Just as they please about contrIbuting to cause of Freethought The money Is theirs They have earned It and I would not presume to dictate what use they shall make of it But I do object to having people who an worth anywhere from 25000 to 250 000 offer assistance to tho Liberal press to tho tune of a couple of fiftj cent subscription and then ask that each subscriber some of whom m doubt earn their luxuries at the rate of 125 per day shall do tho same have had Freethinkers who were possessed of Incomes that raised then above the necessity for labor address mo with My dear why dont you write for tho or the Wo ways liked what you wrote Or ask mo to get up a pamphlet In reply to certain attacks on Infidelity or males a dozen other proposals all forgetful of the fact that am already wreck log my health with over work whlcl pittanceInkeeps me out of the ranks of phy slcally needy It is a notorious tact that unless ono could be an Ingersoll movementdocsI doubt not could do bettor to desert your posts and take tho lecture plat form Some day popuar sentiment wil stand where we do now and the church will get the credit Wo can not raise the funds to mako any show In the world and while we arc forcing the clergy from uelr mental cltades they are stealing our ammunition and firing it from their pulpits or from their Y M C A buildings What the outcome will be when all hopes oi n future reward for the cheerful giver is blotted out I am unable to discern It is probable however tint the Church by her polite methods safelyIntocal associations and the workers who organlzatlonsWhat Is the remedy I do not know though I do know where a part of the prlmarllIndividualists them can agree on more than a few points For instance that millionaire mineowner will not contribute to the support of Liberal papers farther than his own individual subscription possibly not so rar because anyone of these papers Is liable to print anideaapprdve while If he were made of till tmw n ho would be willing TcfsheTrout his thousands and let the preacher do the approving He would calculate to get his principle and Interest Jn the oJiiichoPI1nndCOnseqUentIY asllOstaysEgoism Is the foundation principle of evolution and until menrIch Infi dels become so refined that they en Joy the consciousness of having sisted In the struggle for human Im provement more than they do the con temptation of their personal popular ity or their bank accounts of pro pagation of their pet hobbles Free thought will never be abo to make a very interesting showing In tho line of periodicals and organizations Dont sneer Pessimism In this optimIsticIgoing comes to pass superstition will be driven from civilized countries but Church will have the credit of carrying out the idea that wire born in heretical brains To make a creditable showing we moneybutthe same hands Is a query too vast fbr my brains Please dont think that I urge anyone to abandon his efforts human freedom for I have no such Intention But I would not ask him to make any sacrifice for which a happy conscience will not reward him for rest assured satisfactory remuneration will never be his Nor would I have you understand that I have any grunge against Ute wealthy One man is rich for tho tame reason that another Is poor simply because ho Is built that way Whether n man Is rich or poor was determined long before ho Is born and If he Is an ohnest man it concerns nobody what he does with his wealth ar his poverty And this Is lob- Jectnot because the rich do not give is much money and work foithe propagation of Froethought as Ithlnk- I would do were I In their places shat Cause they ask the poor to contri into equally or greater than they tiappen to bo Inclined to do As a matter of course there aro some glor ious exceptions Were there not tile cause would languish more than it loos LOU LAWRENCE TO JOM PAINES t Conjlrjued from first page both had the drinking habit t seems clear that the Immoral Tom nine was Christian and that nothIng Is said against our Tom who wrote the Age of Reason except that lied tho drinking habit- I suppose It Is a fact that Rooso rot at Harvard got the story of the Christian Tom Paine mixed up ur Infidel Tom Paine and called nfldel Tom Paine a filthy little Ath its when really ho was giving the character of his Christian Brother Tom Paine to tho Infidel Tom Paine rho wrote Age of Reason Its a now Comedy of Errors Will eddy over correct his mistake Lor nodont want to mistake suits him the facts In the case would ot r J 40 iN WOMAN AS SUBJECt WRITER CONTRASTS CONDITION OF SEX UNDER CHRISTIANITY AND HEATHENISM Mrs Henry Claims Womenklnd Are Simply Debt Lifters for Houses of Worship To The Editor In the Battle Ground recently Schrlvor contrasted womanhood der Christianity and paganism His article is intended as an answer one written by Harriet M Closz Mi Schrlvcr seems oblivious of the fact that Christianity in its beliefs form and ceremonies Is plagarlzed pagan- Ism and that our knowledge of pugoi womanhood Is mostly obtained through Christian missionaries whose interest it is to report the gan religions bad and only bad and whose methods are to appeal to the emotions and pocketbooks of Chris tlans that the hentens In his blind ness may be saved from his sins Through the medium of Inventions all nations are brought Into Orentact and the religions In and the condition of people who are caled heathen are better understood than ever before At the congress of religions at the Chicago worlds fat the contrast between the representa tlves of oriental religions and those of tho Christian sects was very detrimental to Christianity No women were present at tho congress or re Iglons tough the Christians hat every advantage to show the equal ity and exalted position of Christian women but they did not do It The elevation and boasted equality of wo men under the Christian religion con lists In woman being a silenced ject before her ecclesiastical and civl lawgivers She Is expected to fill the pows of churches which would other wise be empty and allowed to Indulge In silent prayer to pay beg and crifice to support the system Says Shes a Subject She Is required to resign her name at marriage and be given away at the marriage altar like a sheep or a dog Who glvest this woman to this man She has no legal claim on the children she bears in anguish short womans exalted position under Christianity Is that of a subject 0 church attendant a church cleanem a cleftLifter and an engineer of all sorts of begging and cats h nenny devices to bring In money for the mans pulatlon of church councils that are composed entirely of men- The fact Is all religions have put the seal of inferiority on woman and slue has never reached an exalted position under any of them It Is nn impossibility to exalt the sex under bible teachings Let the woman main In silence and subjection Mr Schrlver seems to have read a great deal of Sunday school and foreign mIssIQI14IiYlItei Ilti l wialdjttoat condttton or paganism where he womiunder them end cook Mwork hem like cattle ghut them up in holtndhem3111teUult4tatdQgmswKaliof Is heart rendering If true But Is ill The lectures and writings of the most earned orientals deny the reports of Christian missionaries and travelers bear witness that In many things the woman of tho Orient are treated with the greatest consideration In no country in the world are tho human rights of women respected as In Jurmah But whatever the condition or the women of the orient the condl Ion of women under Christianity Is nothing of which to boast Drudges In Europe The women of the United States ecelve more consideration than the women of Europe where Christianity molds iron sway for the reason that mr climate and soil combined with ho of our people havg- troughtmaterial prosperity and wo non are exalted most where men have liberty of thought and action have buldca homes and prospered materIally In Christian Russia Jpaln Germany and Italy women are pathetically subdued performing Irudcry fit only for the beasts of the held yet the Christian church has over at any time and in any country lemarided the removal of a single wrong or cruelty that has been visit 00 on the mothers of the race The cant measure of liberty and Justice iccordod to woman today Is because men are more just and nobler than heir religion Mr Schriver condemns all tho orlenitla religions and quotes ho estimate they place upon women If he will read what the Christian athers and Luther said regarding woman It may surprise him and if be Investigate further ho will find In the pagan Pantheon some of the grandest women and men In the hlsj ory of the raceb K Tbct iilcmar towers like a Norway p o over the scrub cedar of the Mosaic Ideal There Is no apralle picture In the Bible for ho elevation of woman and her off springs to compare with Hector and Vndromache of the Iliad twiglace besides it Abraham over pocketed certain Illicit gain nncl son off his own child and Jother Into the desert to die Shall we allude to Lot and his daughters to Judah Tamar to the Lovltes and his concubine to David and Bathshe ba to Ruth to Rahab to Solomon and numbers of other Bible character who help up as Ideals by Christians Place these beside many noble characters of pagan antiquity and decide If woman and homes owe their exal atlon and sanctity to Christianity a one JOSEPHINE I HENRY Rev limas Wathen Baptist minister or Owensfjoro Kentucky convicted by the federal court for raising a one ollar bill to ten and passing It on a woman was sentenced to two years In tho penitentiary Another proof of bauitles of re gion If all of their deviltry width leans dishonesty could be found out religion would fall fiat and the world at once become better Pink sunocUuiL 14 J f rjO f r j S v SEVEN REASONS WHY You should order of Wettstein My experience as a Jeweler and Dla mond Merchant 2My established skill as a Watchmaker and DesignerI3 My artistic qualifications Ing latest and finest goods My proximity to Chicago markets where I select what you order from largest stocks fresh and new 6 Because I do not carry stock to get 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Freothougbt are not confined to quibbling over the mean- Ing of certain passages of scrIptures that In no way affect the Interest of mankind No its mission is nobler Its scopo is far beyond that It advo ctea and defends tho personal llbertj of the individual and of the people at largo unfettered by the bigotry superstition and fanatism of religionists and encourages the practice of true has been the history of the world so far aa revealed to us In regards to tho usurpation of all popular religions when In authority John Bright when a member of tho House pUblishedparliament always voted against tho rights of common people tho great stay of a country In confirmation ol this true to tho letter all religionists when in power not only encroach up on liberty of the people but in every way possible endeavor to subject them to their way of thinking The patriots of our country In fram ing our Constitution were careful in disarming churchmen of all pretexts for persecuting those who differed from them on tho subject of religion- I apprehend that the of the people aro not aware of tho dreadful persecutions and the awful punIsh- ments inflicted on mankind and even on inferior animals by the religious fanatlce of the world Tho Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge states that one way and another fifty millions of people suffered thous ands had their limbs torn from their bodies their tongues cut out and many thousands were burnt at the stake merely for differences of reli gious opinions All this comes from a belief in a God and the inspiration of a lark While all this cruelty was going on if I correctly recollect not a single clergyman was found endeavoring to put a stopJo fpul blot t We often hear it bruTOlTqut In UK face of Infidels Wiry oppose ChrIst- nlty does it not teach to God and love to man Yes wo hoar il But tho position laid down by Inger soil that thoso who love God the most hate man the most has never been disproved This is verified in the history of every popular religion and especially in the Istory of the Puritans They fled from one despotism to set up another All religions In their weakness set out with good principles but as they gather strength they become persecutors This certainly Is exemplified In t- hejhistory of the Society of tho Jesuits organized in 1534 under the se ductive name of tho Society of Jes us It claimed to enlarge and further tho designs of tho Roman Catholic Chuioh It became a dangerous rev al of tho mother church and even tually rendered itself so despotic and so odlus to tho governments whose protection It sought that through the I influence of tho very church it was fostering It was ed from every Cathollo nation except some smell principalities This society was en deavorlng to control the minds of the people It seemed destined to sup plant the church Itself Just what this society was aiming at other roll gious societies with equal power would do It is clear to my mind that any sect i of religionists whose representatives can stand up in their pulpits with blind belief in a God and in the Bible as his holy words nno consign men and women mothers and daughters to eternal torments in a Lake of fire for thp misdeeds of this tran sient life unbelief being the most deadly sin of all would not hesitate to Invoke tho strong arm of the law to suppress and oven burn at the stake those who denied their doc trines however contrary to reason and common senso they might be It was a maxim of the Inquisition to burn the body that tho soul might be saved Just what religious bigots and and fanatics havo dons they would do again with tho samo power desegated to them as that which tho Inquisitors onco had- Those who never havo lot them read the history of the Inquisition and tho religious wars and the persecution of the world They will be so utterly astonished that they will hardly know how to credit the pages of history Some years ago when the pope of Rome had almqst unlimited authority tho emperor of Germany In some way Incurred his displeasure Tho pope la order to humil late him caused the emperor to pros trato himself and allow him to put his oft upon his neck as an evidence of his authority over him See Bucks Theological Dictionary a plate shows the popo with his foor upon the emperors neck It was left Napolean to humblo the popo by im prisoning him for his Interference in secular matters There is nothing truer titan that Eternal vigilance ia tho price of liberty therefore it Is to be hoped that every Liberal take pleasure hand in sustainIn lending a helping ing those who take upon themselves tho task and a laborious task it la Clt Ift o ifftll1 w r 4 w J of keeping tho mind enlightened upon a subject so vital to their prosperity and happiness- I wish every Liberal wouldi read the Ufo of Voltaire who was an apostle of liberty it would Inspire him vlth zeal for tho spread of the prInciples of LiberalismINow how Is this to be attained ant Is the most desirable method of furthering so important an object The press Is a great power in the land It takes labor and financial to accomplish anything To succeed every friend of Liberal principle must Interest himself In the cause Tho people must have good and wholesome reading put before themI Tho public mind must bo Interested in tho subject Tho circulation of Liberal literature must be Increaser To further this object I for one will subscribe for five copies of theI Searchlight and donate five dollar to tho Emergency Fund The editor of tho Searchlight should bo able to distribute monthly several hundreds extra copies of his paper If there are any Liberals who ire not able to pay for tho paper as have a funds to supply them A man of words and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds So I herewith encloso ten dollars to carry out my part in supporting Mr Shaw in the laudable enterprise 10 has undertaken Friends of the Searchlight arouse from your lethargy and let us make his journal a power in the land DC sot stop hero thero are other Liber al publications that need help I take rieasuro in weekly distributing extra topics of the various Freethbught opera published in this country and Canada Friends let us Join together In tills natter and see what we can do In union there is strengthtMadison Ga SHORT LETTERS Oklahoma OklnI have Just reach ed Oklahoma City and read In the tlade of Dec 13th tho committees plnn for helping the Blade Enclosed find my check for for which please xtond my time on the Blade one year nnd send the Blade for one year to Prof T E Smith Ho Is principal of the city schools here Hope you are well and are hiving some of the beau tlful weather which wo aro enjoying here Love to Aunt Lucy Lucile and ther members of the family H L Springs Kootcnay B C I have Just received the Blade that nnounces the probability of Mr Hughes retirement from the Blade of fice I am very sorry to hear that it Jbitntxnrt Mm PTO MootO am older than you arcTi a few suggestions I beg you wlllmji be offended Suppose you put rice of the Blade at 150 per year I believe it would have about as large n circulation as it has at the present time and is cheap at that price If Mr Hughes can see hIs way clear to remain In the office of the Blade will give 10 tot this year commenc- Ing January 1st 1904 I do not want lIr Hughes to work for nothing All Freethinkers ought to help in this case I would not work unless I could make a living out of my labor Put the Blade up so it will support him I read Dog Fennel with great Interest Enclosed please find to pay other years subscription SAMUEL BREWER Antone OreI wrote Mr Moore L1lat I would give to keep the lade on deck and you at tho helm lost any ono can send If he will and is not too stingy Tho best way to serve all of us is to stop the paper as soon as our time is out and then we will make some effort to get our ollar In on time and I say damn tho man that will not send tho dollar on time Now you will find enclosed for another year of the Blade 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made any such Jewelry as UK Egyptlaps did They made gold jackets for their dead that fitted perfects even to tho finger tips I belong to the craft that did Paul much evil Seo Acts 19 24T F CARR Answer Tho shell came out of a stone that had at some unknown age been thrown down from tho top ot the pyramid of Cheops that pyramid having been built 3250 years before Christ The shell has of course pet rifled and Is as hard as flint Whitehall WIs Enclosed subscription to Blade from tho timeI my subscription expires I have Dog fennel I gave 10 to help you buy your linotype B P WING Los Angeles Calif After wishing you a happy new year and many more of them congratulate you on the ecent action of the friends of the Blade by which Mr Hughes will be enabled to continue Its publication SINGLETON W DAVIS CommentBro Davis is the editor or tho Humanitarian Review of Los ingeles Calif published monthly at Il per year- Delphi Falls New York Enclosed send to continue my subscription o the Blade In 1854 I canvassed the flue Grass region of Kentucky and ormed many acquaintances In the vicinity of Lexington Two years terward I visited Rev Alexander Campbell at Bethany Virginia where I saw C C Moore at the Bishops res dente a student for the ministry He J ppeared to bo a favorite In the Bish ops family W K Pendleton appear d to be a principal at the college I Istened to his sermon on Dress and IIalso examined the college library I a Freethinker then and am still o In 1872 I formed personal acqualn anco with the late D M Bennett founder of the Truth Seeker I wrote for and patronized his paper as longs ho lived In 187C Bennett H L green Scaver Mendum Brown and there organized tho first New York state Freethinkers Association at Posads Grove near Walcott Wayne unty N Y at which your humble vant attended Nearly all since K Jiavfi passed away Mkuiy able minus t r and 1rfiTgi maichlng on In 1883 I formed onal acquaintance with Watson Hes ton of Carthage Mo whose plctural arguments set many 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It alive It causes mo to think or say damn the luck I shall lava In hope If I die In despair am not able to be a man among men but Ill be durned If lont run as close upon their heels as I can Poverty keeps me out of many things DAVID MABERRY Newark Valley N YI cannot send the to pay for my Blade and cannot promise you when tan I promised Brother Moore I would send for tne Blade and for Dog Fennel in the Orient last November but was unable to do so Now as much as regret losing tho Blade I can not ask you to send it longer but when I can see my way out I will surely have it again May the good old Blade over prosper OLIVu L LUCK Falsom W VnPlense find en closed fifty cents which think Is the price of your paper one year I am ever looking for both sides of everything JOHN L RICHEY Answer A single copy of this pa per Is a year or 50 cents In clubs of five and more Carbon Hill Ohio Enclosed money order for 2 for which shove our sub scriptions to the Blado ahead one year I think fifty cents a year Is too small a tfrlce for Blade There are many Freethinkers who will not take Freethought papers for fear their business will bo hurt by their orthodox neighbors But am hurt by only one or twb of that kind in this place and for their patronage I do not care I would not get rich if I did get their patronage and I wont break it I dont get it There are several here who on tho sly claim to be Freethinkers but they wont subscribe for a Free thought paper My old friend Nlch olas Feiichs and I aro the only two that say what we think There may n God but it there is he was taking a New Years Jolly when the Iroquois fire at Chicago burnt up nearly women and children I suppose the ministers will tell In their pulpits that It was a calamity sent by God for attending the theater Why burn up little children who were taken there without their consentEPH SHAW Waketon Texas Enclosed find for which please send me one copy I t Dog Fennel second edition Send It at once I am anxious to read ILJII ADDINGTON Fond ilu Lac WlsI am glad to know that the Blade will continue J If we all do what we can It will not be obHged to suspend May It con time for many years with you and Mr Hughes an editor and publisher MRS ELLA WOOD Olcln OklnI have been very anx tons about the suspension of the pa per but in the last Issue the good news came that thp old war horse would still have Its rider In the sad dIe going forth conquering and to conquer and that the old guard were ready faithful and true Now In the fray for some time back In 1003 I gotJ mixed up with tho enemy I was short on scrip anti could not be In at the Tay a Ie tar e enemyr carried me captive by a comblneill charge on our little town of Oloa Campbellites In force aided by Meth 4 odists and Baptists took possession of our school house for threw weeks 1 broke up the school in spite of pro tests rallied their forces and began building a church and have It now about finished To save the school for the balance of the session I UltIturned In nod helped them build the placeforthem any money When that came to hand I rallied so here I am with re emits Enclosed find post office or rder for 350 one dollar to pay for f my renewal anu 250 for postal cards tJESSE HIATT- Wlntcrset IowaI am glad to know that the Blade now has a brighter outlook My next letter heads will be printed at the Blade office I sincerely hope your appeal for subscribers to the Blade Magazine will not much longer go unheeded subscrIptionYour Idea of editing tho Magazine so as to cheaply put all tine choice articles Into pamphlet form Is certainly a good one We need such a publi cation to put Into the hands of con tale Individuals The Blade In Its miscellaneous make up Is all right In Its place But some times thero are articles in It which ably show up the ridiculous side of socalled relig ions teaching For those wino havo already seen the ridiculous side these articles are all right but to otliors who have unthinkingly and Innocently accepted these teachings as true such articles are ridiculous and to such people tho paper becomes ridi culously Irreligious We should have patience with these people Most of us wore Just llku them once Probably even Bro Moore wero no exception when you used to preach csi eclally when you began preaching Somo times the tirade has articles that sound like swearing Such articles are so shock- Ing to the Innocent believers Of course we have all heard worse lan guage from tine pulpit but that dont matter Some how a licensed preach er is supposed to be privileged In the use of socalled profane or even scene language while the the editor writers of a Freethought paper are sqmewhat restricted Now what we want Is tho Biado as It Is constantly getting better anti then we need the Magazine inivle up of the choice anti weighty articles in which writers deal with stubborn facts without resorting to ridicule or the use of reckless language Such a magazine we can put into the hands of those who would bo shocked by many of tho Blade articles and It will be read and good results will follow If could only accept the scriptural passage All things whatso ever ye shall ask In my name bellev ing ye shall receive my prayer would be that the require sub scriptions tier sent In at onco Wish you would Bend me a tells from the t OrJentT P WEIR 1 i J It 7 fTf I t y to N L m i MISS OELSLAGER WRITES OF THE DEATH OF BRO ed of NOAH COLER Dayton Ohio Dec 29 1903 Dear Brother Moore Editor of the Blue Grass Blade It lifts been four weeks since I ex perlenced the deepest affliction tbat has fallen on me for years and I have not been able to send you an account of the death of our dear Brother Noah Coler who died No vember 26th at 11 a m in His sickness was of short duration at but very severe On Sunday Nov 22nd wo visited his niece who with her husband advocates the same be lief that Mr Coler did and with the exception of a rather bad cold was In fine health and enjoyed his 1st visit to his hearts content We returned at about 5 p m and company called and stayed till near- ocock and a little after ho was i taken with a severe spell of conges tion of the lungs and stomach and a he by 11 a m on the 25th disease fin fished its work His death was a shock to us all as hilt sickness was not considered fatal Until his heart suddenly began to fall tills deathbed scene was a victor for Infidels He fully realized tltot death was near and talked to me t about It but he had no fear no un Is easiness He was as calm and tran as If he were only going Into an 4quil was sleep not a gasp for breath twitching of the muscles no trem bung of his body not even the death rattle in his throat not a sound only a weaker pulse and shorter breath About five minutes before he died ho once more gave the look of recog nltlon to his friends and with a few goneIlast Then his niece said In the presence of all This is the way an Infidel can die and It Is the way I want to die There were fourteen persons In her our hearts are longing for him we reconcile ourselves by know r Ing he Is forever at rest His work is done and he never shirked any duty and was always ready to assist suffering humanity and was ever bat Lung for mental freedom and liberty for mankind In the presence of our dead brother were only four who stood with hearts united as one determined to have Mr Colors funeral as he had often expressed his desire It should be and in the face of all orthodoxy we carried out his request and as M- iL Coler had personally at tho Lexing l ton convention made arrangement with Dr J B Wilson to read Colers funeral oration wo felt safe In depend- Ing upon Wilson But the Doctor could not come had to use crutches to get around on account of a sprained ankle and had some serious patients Then we called hlr Wyscarver by telephone and ho said ho would come if ho could catch the train but it being train time then ho failed to catch the train and there was no member of the society to deliver the r address that Mr Coler had prepared VJjiotne years ago In our embarrassed condition we Iwere obliged to explain fur disappoint ment to an orthodox lawyer who Is a close friend and near neighbor to Mr Coler and he out of sympathy for us delivered the oration on the condition that we would not have his name published which we granted Mr Coler was a prominent outspoken Liberal since and always contributed to the call of the society The very week that Mr Coler died was tho time he had chosen to settle his affairs and make his will and would have set aside some amount for the Blue Grass Blade which he ways read with pleasure and he often expressed a desire to contribute more direct to the Blade but his Income not sufficient for him to do so but 1waasudden death has left myself and paper In the same boat and ev anything Is now In orthodox hands- I wish to correct the statement that was published by some liar in the Cincinnati Tlmes Star saying Mr or lived In one room and was a miser Brother Kaplun and family can testify that Mr Coler lived In a house of eight rooms and his house was comfortable and not miserly neither were- wo extravagant- I will send you a copy of tho Dayton Dally News in which you will find Mr Colors funeral oration and part of his biography ho wrote years ago in which is the truth of his financial condition and I and his friends hero ask as a special favor that you will publish it in the Blade just as it Is in tho Dayton paper The editor of the Dally News Is a friend to Mr Color and sold over 200 extra copies and then could not supply the demand Yours for H H R TILLIE OELSLAGER 1THE DEATH OF BRONOAH COLER print in this issue of the Wade accounts of the death of Bro 0 Noah Coler as given by his friend Miss Oelslager and by the Dayton Dalley News not for the purpose of empty eulogy as is common among Christiansthough I personally loved and honored him but for the purpose of giving valuable Instruction to those who aro wise enough to read and as similate It H is one of the thousandandonc refutations of the common vile Chris than lie that Infidels die miserable and recanting what they have done against Christianity and In this connection this paper Is not going to let the world forget that the late lamented 1 Leo XIII the greatest Christian In the world died pointed to the Devil that he saw waiting for him and call- Ing on his body servant the only hu man being on earth that he would trust to savo him from the Devil while the Cardlnas around him were stealing the 20000000 and jewelry that he owned and that were secreted In his own palatial premises The clergy are still lying about the death of Tom Painethat Is all of them except those who are preaching that he was a model Christian and Rev Strougb at Cincinnati lately tri r at Nu tried to start tho lie that had suicided but despite all IngersollI unprejudiced paper that knew our dead brother and him as an Infidel tays the tribute respect to tile dead Infidel that all respectable journals are paying to the leaders In our cause The Clncinatl TimesStar I understand has some lIe about Bro Colei being a miser that lived In one room when really he had a house of eight rooms and Jesus Christ dldni have even one room but did no work and lived wherever he could get some rich man to keep him and which charge against Bro Color la strangely conflict with what we saw of him the Lexington Infidel Congress In 1903 Yet the Cincinnati Times Stt woutd not have ventured to say ol Noah Color as Roosevelt does of Tom Paine that Color was a filthy little Atheist though Color was an Athe and Paine was distinctly not nr Atheist but so nearly a Christian that Rev L J Duncan of Butte Mon tana is claiming that he was a Chris tlan of the highest order and Elliott prominent Infidel In Philadelphia being an admirer of Paine Is ar guing with a preacher about Pain and Elliott Is saying that Paine was a Christian and the preacher saying he was not The fact is that Paine as com pared with the typical Infidel of to day Is quite as near a Christian as he an Infidel Paine not only earnestly believed In a God but praised and honored Jesus Christ more than the average Catholic priest docs the priest bestowing his praise on the Virgin Mary- Roosevelt as a historian has sin ply made a monumental ass of hint self In his allusion to Paine and for his pains stands a good show to be snowed under by Hanna = What the matter with Hnnnahln his presidential aspirations Nobody sees In a newspaper In these days any account of the philo sophlcal and calm death of a Chris flan All of that Is reserved for Infi lets There are only two prominent Chris Liana In America now that Is If one of them lens not skinned out to join his wife and son with that stolen J7000000 and the two are Dowlc and Sam Jones When either of those creatures dies there will not be a paper In the Ited States of any standing that will print In their favor onetenth as much as the Dayton Dally News has said for the Infidel Noah Color Even you Infidels dont believe what I say because you think I exaggerate the progress of Infidelity- I am not going to say to you what will be In a few years but I tell you what Is the case right now In the Ited States on Sunday January 3 304 that I write this The Intelligent man who Is or professes to be a Christian can get along and be respected by Intelligent l so long as he keeps his mouth shut and says nothing about his re llglon but the Intelligent man who takes any active part in religion is at once suspected by Infidels and Christians S being as rascal who make money out has some scheme to Of his religion Colerhrtha- yton ucco otNdalf News has a picture of him representing him as a strong man tellectually physically so far as a picture can do that The statement that bo was a mom ber of The American Secular Union and Freethought Federation Is a small mistake about a secondary matter that an ordinary newspaper would not necessarily know about He was a member of tho National Liberal Party and at the Congress of that Infidel party In Cincinnati January 1903 on Paines birthday Mr Color received one of the three canoe that had boon sent by old Bro Cap tain Goo W Loyd from tho hickory tree at the grave of Tom Paine at New Rochele N Y to be given to the oldest three men who would be at that convention fThe local attorney who read the oration with the understanding that his name should not be given Is 1 coward who belongs to tho only pro- Cession except priestcraft that was ever rebuked by Jesus The anguage is Luke xl 62 C Jesus said Woe unto you also ye lawyers for ye lade man with bur lIens grievous to be borne and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers Woe unto you lawyers for ye have taken away the key of knowledge ye enter not In yourselves ant them that were entering in yp hinder edJesus never did anything exactly straight He made a muss of every thing he talked about While lawyers as a common thing are all afraid of the Christians there are In Lexington some nice men who are lawyers some of whom I am glad to calm as my friends but there are among lawyers In Lexington some ol the most depraved characters In Ken ucky and In every instance they are men who have stood on the ners of the streets like the ancient hypocrite and on the corners of the newspapers like tho modern hypocrites and trumpeted their religion to the world Ten thousand people In Lexington will know who these lawyers are just as readily as If I had printed their names and pictures In the Blade The line that begins article In the Dally News Write me as one who loves his fellow meu Is from the Mohammedan Infidel moralist Aim Ben Adam and old Bro Goddard the Infidel Prohibitionist at Hnrrodsburg Ky had the whole beautiful story printed and hung In a frame In his parlor CHICAGO THEATER HORROR Continued from first page- inconsistent with any supposition that God uses common sense or com mon humanity in his dealings with people There wore In Chicago at the same hour that Mr Bluebeard was going on at the Iroquols theater many plays which no decent man ought to wit ness plays Intended to pander to the depravity of heart and head In men rhI 1IIWI +n fin IIIIIIIIIJIII II1I1 f4f4 f310 IIII f I I1II1 Hi M I II JoIz II PROPOSED METHOD FOR SUSTAINING THE BLADE t BY COMMITTEE ORGANIZED IN CINCINNATI DECEMBER 5 1903 The entire cost of putting in the Linotpye wasr For Linotype 3150 Metal etc 450 Total 3600IThe extra fixtures eta have all been paid and 1610 has been paid on the linotype leaving 20 note fyciTof 74 and one of 00 with interest to be paid These notes with interests make about 79 to be paid monthly for the next 21 monthsOwing to so many members paying but 60 cents for the paper and about eight bunder to one thousand who do not pay at all the paper itself is barely sustaining In order for it to live the notes on the linotype must be met and once being paid oil the Blade will be on n sure and firm foundation and will never again be com peled to ask assistance NOW the question is HOW IS THIS OBLIGATION TO BE MET FOLLOWING PROPOSITION IS SUBMITTED 1THEupon a business principle Let each subscriber who live Advance one dollar to be properly credited on the books willeictend his time one year longer than the regular expiration you perce e is only advancing your subscription and there is no gift or charity in the act BUT THIS IS NOT ENOUGH Unless every one would advance a dollar which cannot be hoped for For this reason those who are anxious for the Blade to live must assist the undersigned in getting just One additional subscriber for the Blade at If he cannot get a subscriber now he can send a name at any latter period or he can empower the i undersignedcommittee to furnish a name who will send the paper to public libraries etc But he must send this dollar with his own subscription ONCE to the office of the Blade Now you understand the proposition DOLLAR TO BE APVANCED FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND NJIDOLLAR FOR A NEW SUBSCRIBER This is your part of it THE COMMITTEE PROPOSES INOWits ability both morally and financially and by sustain the publication anIactive in inducing those who are able to render is titus withproposed By working altogether active committee in charge the debt can be lifted fTIiere is no time to be lost i if you intend to assist he committee do it now lvy sending TWO DOLLARS or more if you can as dt ignatedabove to the offje of the Blade JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky MORRIS SACHS Cincinnati Ohio T J WYSCARVER Cincinnati I LEWIS KOLB Cincinnati Ohio ADOLPH KAP UM Cincinnati OhIJ CHAS E BRAUN Cincinnati Ohio M A KRONEI Cincinnati Ohio f M WAMSLEY Cincinnati Ohio J B WILSON Cincinnati O M J CUNNING Cincinnati Ohio JULIU MARKS Cincinnati Ohio M KAUFMAN Lexington Ky JOSEPHINE milENRY Versailles Ky C BUCHAGNANI Lexington Ky J 4 L l WP1 r df11Id + +44 + 55sssy yrnr ffUfffl+144l M4ff1Uffd +and women but Mr Buebeardtwae- a perfectly harmless play interidcdji- amuse nice little children nlco and cultivated and loving mothers with their hearts all full of the wonderful Babe of Bethlehem God skipped over all those vljf theaters with their coarse aijd brute actors actresses and audiences affi picked out the most harmless play Ir tho city with probably the purest aii dlonco that ever was In a Chlcagt theater and destroyed their llvesj It a way more miserable and cruel thar any decent man would be wiIIng t destroy a lot of rats that he nigh have In a trap And yet the priests and preachers of Chicago will go on for tree sake of getting money telling the people that they ought to love and worship the God that burned those poor moUiers and children and then these very preachers will be the men that wjil express surprise that there Is so much wickedness in the country It would under such circumstances be a wonder If this country was anything else than filled with the crime especially the murder of women and childrenthat now stalks abroad ev erywhere priests and preachers teach the people to worship a brutal fiend that brings suffering upon the Innocent for the crimes of tho wicked Including according to the Bible the crucifix on of his own sonand that murder of mothers and children should be reported dally in our papers Is just what wo would naturally expect And tills will go on just as long as these men can make money without abor by teaching tho people the lies and Immorality that the Bible are wasting your time to talk about any reform or any scheme for the betterment of humanity until the people are brought to understand thoroughly that the Bible Is a Ho and that all priests and preachers are liars From the Butte Mont Miner MISS HELEN Of course everybody knows more of less of the worthy charities of Mis Helen Gould the philanthropic daugh tor of tho late Jay Gould Among other things Miss Gould has been ducting a free sowing school for poor children at Lyndhurst her country dence on tho Hudson river near New York All the children of the neigh borhood have boon welcome at this school whether Protestant Romanist Jew or Infidel Everything ran along beautifully and the little ones were making excel lent progress in their stitches inu Miss Gould In a burst of enthuslastji appreciation of the sucess of her lit tie charity determine to give the children a special treat After some consideration It was decided to give a reception at the schod and of course something nice forvtho chil dren to eat Quite by accident It happened to be convenient to fix upon Friday for the celebration and with many happy anticipations the little ones arrived The formal ceremonies soon being over the children eagerly started In on the lunch With the keen appetites of youth they went through the menu without fear of discrimina ties It happened that amdhg tho things the little ones found on the table were some ham sandwiches It had apparently not occured to Miss Gould that the children of Catholic parentage are forbidden to eat meat on Friday and that the Jewish chil dren must never eat ham at any time But next day all this was made very plain to her The Rev Father Ter ence J Early rector of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Ir vlngton learned of the violation of the rules of his church for most of the children of Roman Catholic faith were from his parish Father Earley promptly paced the sewing school under the ban and not one of the children of his parish has been to the school since At the same time the Jewish Rabbi of the neighborhood for bade members of his flock to continue attendance at an instlutlon where a forbidden meat was offered The chll dren were not blamed but Miss Gould was severely criticised for tempting toe little ones tp violate the rules of the respective faiths Instead of bowing with humility and expressing regret for her thoughtless Miss Gould has concluded to hereafter make her school a Protes tant sectarian charity Heretofore she has not allowed the scriptures to be read In the school because it was her Impression that the Catholics jected to the reading of the Bible In the course of the ham sandwich con troversy with the Rev Father Earley Miss Gould was corrected In this pression and Informed that the Roman Catholics objection was not to the reading of the Bible but to the Pro testant version of the scriptures This distinction has somewhat puz zled Miss Gould and in looking into the matter she has concluded that there la no very clear conception In the public mind as to exactly what the difference Is between the Protes tent Bible and the Roman Catholic Bible Miss Gould has offered several prizes for the best essays setting forth clearly Just what the difference Is One thousand dollars will be given as a first prize for an essay which must state In 8000 words and within the grasp of the average mind the history of the development of the Pro l testant and Catholic versions of the English Bible It thus comes about that incidental to the controversy over Miss Helen Goulds ham sandwiches the other Friday nlternoon the Ib leal scholars of tho world wl bo Invited to explain what Is certainly a most Interesting subject As a forecast of the essays which will not be passed upon until Juno 1 the Rev Clifton Harby Levy the distinguished Biblical scholar hat written for these columns a brhf statement of the history of and till difference between the Protestant version and the Roman Catholic von sion of the scriptures ROME CONGRESS FUND It Is the desire that Dr J B son represent American Freethought at the Worlds Congress of Freethinkers to be held In Rome Italy nex September Dr Wilson Is president of the National Liberal Party and la eminently qualified to participate In the deliberations at the Congress 0 hIs return from Romo the Doctor III write a book embracing his exper fence and proceedings of the gress and It Is needless to speak ol the Doctors versatility and ability tc write Huch a book The price of the book will be one dollar and as the expense will be very heavy It Is hoped that all who are able will 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