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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r fIJt f l t LL4PliEDITEDg hand ADVANOhAahlanrl last SIoJTIT YEARe f TERMS OF THE BLADE f 1 Issue for one year 100 9In clubs of five NEW subscribers 50 cents each 250 for five ii Terml100 per year In advance Ijtforeign subscription 150 subscribers sent one year for 250 fMake all Money Orders Drafts and Orders payable to the i Blue Grass blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as t well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a now or il- dvti1 subscriber tjjTbe address slip on the paper will IbO jexplratlonot taubsorlptionsid t itr ipt i as soon as the Bubocrlber pays Subscriptions to this publication are not discontinued at expiration unless ordered by the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper Is paid for In full up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of 155 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexing ton Ky as Second Class Mall all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 THE DAMNED STUFF CALLEO ALCOHOL believe that alcohol to J certain degree demoralizes those who make It those who sell It and those who drink it- believe from thi time It Issues from the tolled ana poisonous worm 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 prejudice agalnii this liquid have to do Is to think of the- deathsof the suicides of the Insan ity of the poverty of the Ignorance of the distress of the little children tug 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 tiling And when you think of the jails of the almshouses of the prisons and of the scaffold upon either bank do not wonder that every thoughtful man Is prejudiced against the damned stuff called INGERSOLL Keep Church and State forever separateGRANTin Is this government founded upon the Christian religion WASHINGTON The divorce between Church and State should be absoluteGarfield- WANTEDThe name and address of every farmer In the U S that has a drilled cased well or contem plates having ono put down Mills Rosa Co well specialists Mo inly JTtoeoutii Wyr yI is h POPRPIUS Iii THE PUUTS HE RHFUBFr ro MEET LOUBET PRC8IDPNT OF FRANCE AND THF tRFtflDENT AINT WORRYING LPlUG WONT XAY SECOND FIDULE TO IMMANUEL f iThe Italian xowrpmjjnl Chas just given the most Imposing welcbmo tI tho President or the Trench Republic ever accorded to a representative or ruler of any nnlioII Heretofore the hto alwayn re served the right ltuvothe rulers of what he calls fl dollc governments call on him ilrst viittn visiting nome and then he may tice the clvirpow er or not aft cliooses But the Pope must be first rids time It didnt work and poor oil Popey pouting and fuming and rutting nil klmta of didoes about It Hist threatening to sever relations with France and when he Is given tho chhrye to do It then refusing to sever relations Now he Is going to send a note of protest to all of what he calls the Catholic powers Yes sir to all of them every dam one of them I And what are tit Catholic powers Portugal and Ecumtor and the like Spain France Aiifrtm and Italy na lions which used lp lie so regarded are all now CIIIttIW old man the marble heart atuair Wing haw best they can th d1hl1tIIJIIg off their h n br nna ifl Wilts Is to write a note loathe GathS olio powers pray where are rtlie powers to which he will write This visit of Loubet to Italy Is one of world importance First Royalty bows down to and honors tho son of a peasant and the President of a Re public one of the Impossible things oven fifty years ago When Royalty has to come to this the Papacy may as well make up Its mind that It will soon have no political powers to ap peal Second It Is a notice to tho Pope that he must keep out of the political affairs of France and that he is no longer feared nor Is he to be consid ered and when Catholic countries pro titbit his meddling what sympathy may lie hope for from nonCatholic countries The Catholic church will always be a pollt91 power In cOIn munities where It Is In the majority But It has the well developed faculty of self destruction Wherever It Is In full power It becomes so abusive and offensive that even Catholics cant stand it and so there lows within Its own veins the virus that destroys It The newspaper account of Loubets visit to Italy not to the Pope Is as follows Italy Celebrates the New Rule- Against the Pope Rome April 25 National and Pa pal principles are In conflict In con nection with Italys Imposing welcome to President Loubet The Italian point of view Is set out boldly In the Trl bunaa salute to the head of Jhe French Republic The visit of the French President says this semiofficial paper marks Ian epoch malting date In the civil his tory of humanity For the first time France enters Rome not to give sistance totor add to the strength of the Papacy but to perform an act of friendship and homage to the new Italy against which the Papacy Is ever In welcome President Loubet the Chief of a state which Is free to pursue Its own alms and to realize Its own Ideals unfettered by tho church Dlstateful to Germany Berlin April 25 President Lou bets reception by Italy which dis patches to Berlin newspapers describe the most enthusiastic welcome over extended to a visiting ruler Is exceedingly distasteful to Germany Official atttempta to conceal Ger man dislike of tho Incident by calling- It a fresh proof of tho peaceful character of the triple alliance utterly fail ed to remove the conviction that Ital friendship for France has be linn so pronounced that Germany no longer view It with equlmlty effusive attentions to the Vatican aro given us the main reason that has driven Italy Into the arms of France Approve Popes Stand Cork April 26Pope Plus refusal to receive President Loubet on terms satisfactory to tho Italian government evokes the warm approval of the or sans of Catholic opinion throughout Ireland It Is maintained that the Pope could not have departed from the traditional attitude of the Vatican toward the subject of the visits of rulers of Cath olio states to Rome without disregard ins Its duty- Morcover stress Is laid on the poln that oven should tho Vatican be ready to forego Its principles In thisre aped It could not do In favor of the head of a government the antlcler iclsrn of which has become a species of fanaticism Now what do you think of all this Italy Catholic Italy welcoming a peasant President as It never comed potentato before Just because he IRilhe Chief of a state which is free to pursue Its own alms and to realize Its own Ideals unfettered by the church The world do move Now the next extent to put old God AlmigHty Into sackcloth and ashes will be the Infidel Congress In Sep tember This will be the crowning event of the twentieth century or rather the victory of twenty centuries of humanitys struggles and sacri fices for freedom of speech and thought look for a great demonstration and a monster parade Italy Is warm In Its enthusiasm for any demonstration whatever of igious or political freedom An ar tist friend of mine writes me that he lately saw a parade of 12000 Lib If itt1rot11e itt1tLiberal progress over there because the Associated Press smothers It The fact Is they are pushing ahead faster than we In this country If they were not the demonstration over Loubet would have been Impossible J B W INFIDELITY GROWING AMONG WOMEN IN KENTUCKY It has been ray Impression and I think tho general one that women would be the last to give up the Christian religion but I do not think thatI now Men are not going to oppose It for business considerations but wo men do not feel or do not care about the business Importance of the matter and consequently women are more apt to say what they think about religion than the men are A few lays since In Lexington a society lady of quite mature years that had supposed a devout church wo man who had no sympathy for me was talking to a lady friend of mine In Lexington about me and spoke of me In the highest terms said was an honest man and said what I thought and that had Just as much right to say what I thought as anybody has The lady friend told the conversa tion to my wife and thus It came to moThere IshardVa woman In Lex ington from whom I would not aa soon have expected to hear anything good about me as that woman and- suppose there are many more of the same way of thinking from whom would never expect such a sentiment- So many learned men are deserting tho church and especially the pulpit Canon Benson for Instance who calls the Bible a pack of lies and so very many priests ajid preachers are being caught In all varieties of vil lainy and the church Is resorting to so ninny schemes and plans to draw In the people by pandering to their weaker passions and appetites that In telligent people are beginning to see through the whole thing of religion mid aro discarding It NEW TRAIN TO KNOXVILLE The Queen Crescent Route have inaugurated a new train No 23 to Knoxville leaving Lexington at 1015 in currying through sleep ers and day coaches arriving at 815 the next morning This train also carries through sleet r to Asheville Savannah Col umbia and Jacksonville additional service to Asheville on train No3 leaving at 1030 p m carries through sleeper tot Asheville PI1LTTICSINTHE ONLY WRITE BECAUSE THE TELEPHONE TELLS ME THAT THE BLADE IS OUT OF COPY FOR THIS ISSUE I have been so busy In my farming duties and so many good articles have fieen furnished me that was In hopes I would not bo called upon to wilte for the Blade any more for a long time and that might possibly not hiive to write any more for It have think never before been so Interested In farming as have been this spring have thought a good deal as to whether I ought to say anything about the politics that has gotten to be a promi maturenent In the Blade and If should say anything about It what ought to say At first was decidedly opposed to It but through my great consideration for those who were writing It did not express any objection and while now my opposition It any Is not near ly great as It bas been am not yet fully persuaded of the propriety of this discussion In this paper There is a division of sentiment about It but so far as can determine the majority of sentiment seems to be In favor of allowing the political cllcurtstbn This being a presidential election year makes this more natural and probably after the election the Blade will juatluaturallyand without any Interference 6n my part fall back Into Its jitne ork Blad flitrlCUrwhatever others may write I do not Intend personally take any part In political discussion and I hope that all persons who have ever been friends to the Blade will be generous enough not tp feel unkind toward those who think It best to discuss political matters There are among us different degrees of earnestness in our religious and our political emotions To me the question of religion Is so much more Importance than any matter of politics that what a man thinks about politics does not at all affect him In my estimation If he is only a good earnest working Infidel Ingorsoll certainly did a great good for the world and yet I believe he would have done more good If he had not been a partisan In politics and especially on the winning side and the side that had money and emolument in it in politics The South was Democratic and In gersoll being a Republican had but little Influence In the South really believed and many times said that the South was more relig ious than the North because the warmer climate made the South more Indolent as thinkers and It required thinking to make Infidels and not thinking to make Christians but the experience of the Blade is that the South appreciates the argument for Infidelity fully aa much as the North does and suppose It is partly owing to tho tact that am no more aRe publican than I am a Democrat- think It has been fortunate for the Blade that so long as we have had political discussion the Democratic part of It has been championed by two Northern men Drs Wilson and Bowles while Mrs Closz from Iowa though not proclaiming plainly her political position has expressed herself as desiring political dIscussion In the Blade and I think we can read between the lines that she Is not averse to the utterances of Drs Wil son and Bowles Mrs Henry has never shown tiny party affiliation and do not know that she has any I had hoped to see Dr Wilson a man of very great national promi nence In Infidel work and for some time was quite uneasy lest his polit ical expressions would make him a Democratic partisan and am yet doubtful as to whether they will help him but If we will only be candid and generous and fair do not think we have to say he has been partisan As to what he said about Hanna believe it Is true that It was only Il what millions of men and women said about him as long as he lived Jut what nearly all of them quit saying when he died and It Is a fact that a mans having gone dead does not make him any better man than he was while living Hanna made a large lot of money and we people who havent done that in spite of our claims to the contrary are Jealous of those who have made It and Dr Wilson and would have made all that Hanna and Rockefeller together have made If we could make It In the same suppose It Is largely true that Hannas money elected McKinley and that some reciprocity was Implied or understood but must for all that have a warm plaice In my heart for the memory of McKinley because when was a prisoner the victim of Christian malice and had no pull of any kind on him he a Methodist came to my assistance though he should have done so even sooner than he didIl to me that we Infidels are wasting hot air and time and money and printers Ink and opportunity In squabbling with each other about the difference between such men as publican Roosevelt and Democratic Cleveland unless we aro out for theI stuff and regard that as of more Im portance than Infidel propagandist and believe that our getting of the stuff depends largely upon which one of the two will be elected All of these side Issues are of no Importance compared with the great question of religion especially the Christian religion the monumental curse of humanity wherever It has gotten a foothold ever since It got power under Constantine over 1500 agoI to do good for humanity ourselves this great superstition and fraud is preeminently the great Upas shade that we must get off the face of the earth and yetI while are trying to do this we en an lchldfdn had Ian lve tbeElq gratlflel to find how many af us there are who believe that the lay to be happy Is to be good jII hope that those who Intend yet to write political articles will be as considerate of the feelings of those who differ with them as they well can be and that those who read what they say and yet differ with them In conclusions will be as generous as possible Dickens Iowa Leader THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD AND BROTHERHOOD OF MAN J B Wilson in the Blue Grass Blade says Through all the past ages they have talked only of the Fatherhood of God which In reality meant the alliance of priest and king Now they talk of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man which in reality means no more than the alliance of king priest and mono do not think that was written by our J B Wilson who lives a couple of miles eouthest of Dickens but the man who wrote that para graph was very much like Mr Wilson who lives here He dares to think for himself and If called upon expresses his thoughts In plain words and from his writings we should judge him to be like our J B Wilson an honest man BILL SUNDAY Rev William Sunday the great evangelist is now in Rockford The in that town are antagonizing him They insist that the regular avenues are sufficient to convert all the people who are worth converting Therefore William goes at them in this way I havent any use for some of the damned hypocrites who are preaching in or thodox pulpits and it is time God had an inning Which is quite like Sam Jones Peoria Ills Star Dos Moines Iowa Find enclos ed and check me up one more year for your paper as it has gotten to be a part of my life I generally rend it on Sunday and feel all the rest of the week as if I had attended churchevery day You have a splen did corps of writers though I miss very much the Freethought Maga zine I shall try to replace it with something else Go on with your paper I will do all I can to help it along JEFFERSON STONER HELL A PLACE OF PHYSICALTORTURE The Rev Dr T T Eaton Construes Bible Literally God Not Father of Sinful nGLouisville Herald j l Hell is not a state ofmindit is a place of torment into which the punishedact proportion to the guilt of those sins Nature and conscience both de llanda hell j nature teaches us with m without that there is a hell 1 andwe have never needed the Bible to tell us so The foregoing paragraphs from the sermon on Hell delivered last night at the Walnut street Baptist church by the Rev Thomas T Eaton J tell his position on a subject which of late has occupied the espec ial attention of a number of the citys prominent clergymen It was in strong opposition to the ideas advancedon the pame theme a few weeks ago by the Rev E L Powell whose contention was that the hell spoken of in the scriptures was created in his own mind by the sin nerDr Eaton said that he would not in any sense answer any of the ser mons which had been preached by others on this subject There has been of late it seems he saidua tendency to talk equivocally of helltO treat it jestinglywand flippantly This is wrong itrniT d YOu t ink ofl man nhQJIr h t unfortunates who were desTroyed and injured in the Iroquois theater fire For the same reason the thought of hell should sadden us People are prone to reject the idea of hell because it is so awful The saying is familiar that news is too good to be true but did you ever hear anyone say that anything was too bad to be true Dr Eaton said that twothirds of the mention of hell as a material place of punishment for the body and the soul in the New Testament lay in the words of Jesus Christ and he read some of the passages referred to in which the place of torment was designated as a glow ing furnace a sea of fire or a burn ing lake He also read extracts from the writings of the apostles along the same lines These writings he said were meant to be taken literally He contended that the way of escape from such punishment was by repentance in this life and said that if there was a relief from the eternal punishment in the after life it had not been made clear in scrip tural writings If hell he said was a state of mind heaven was equally so and if hell was a place of temp 1 aq 1Hellen ment is not remedialit aims at guilt and a man who lets upon hell encourages sin j a man who denies hell denies both nature and the scriptures It is the common con tention of those who say that hell is a state of mind that God is the fath er of men and will not inflict such suffering on His children This is a shallow argument God is no more the father of a wicked man and I say it in all reverencethan- He is the father of a horse He is the author of the being of both of them but is not the father of the Eaton said he would not go into the description of the torments of hell but that all the sufferings of all the worlds and all the spheres multiplied many times over would not equal a single pang of the place of punishment New Hope Ark Enclosed find 1 Please send me your Blue Grass Blade one year I have just read Dog Fennel in the Orient and it is excellent I have a much better opinion of you since reading it as Zacharys book had poisoned my my mind against you to a great ex tent JAS E MIZZLES 1 it JlI INSANE s MOTHER DROWNS HER CHILD t CLARA COOLEY CRAZED BY SHAME HOLDS BABY IN CREEKSHOME AT NEW PROVIDENCE Maniac Says William Wagner a Con tractor Was the Father God Commanded Me Insane from brooding over her slinmo Clara Cooley tent tlire years old ended tho life of her elgh J tNnmonth old baby girl by drowning It yesterday morning at oclock In the branch of Muddy Fork creek near Now Providence formerly known as Bard on nil Tho town Is twenty miles from Jef ferEonvlIle The Infantnntlcldc Is a daughter of r Mr and Mrs Murrell Cooley who live fitatNow Providence After being taken to Jefferson last night she gave the nnmo of the father of the child as William Wagner She said he was a contractor near New Providence- No one knew of the tragedy until the Insane mother carrying the drip ping corpse of her baby In her arms appeared at the home of Leonard Brown a neighbor Coos Infant Brown saw Miss Cooley yesterday morning on her way to the creek b fore the tragedy occurred She car rled her infant In her arms and was cooing tolt as she walked down the road He had no Idea of her intention as she had never manifested any sign f of Insanity Brown went on about his work and It was probably an hour later that he and his household were shocked by tho appearance of the wild eyed mother and her dead child J The Cooleye are respectable people and at one time Miss Cooley was look irell upon as the belle of the little town iotBorden She Is a tall brunette and was possessed of a fair education She had many admirers awl was envied for her popularity When at last tho girls shame b came known she refused to divulge the tinamoot her sedu er and wJUtheld her setteatet lytiriarihtYJShe seemed wra sped up In her Infant and lavished her affection on it She iYwns shunned by her former girl nasa inxiiftGives Fathers Name It The unfortunate girl was brought to Jcffersonvllle at 830 oclock last night by Constable John Dickey and placed In jail No specific charge was placed against her In the jail the child murderess di vulged the name of the father of the chill lIe Is she says William Wag neroa crosstio contractor near New Providence The woman said The Lord told me must return Wagner the 100 he gave me and did to Then lie said must kill my child astral him how must kill her and he said by water- Following the divine command took my baby to the creek and held her under the water She struggled a great deal but held her firmly Obeying the Lord After she was perfectly quiet I took hor out and carried her away did nothing secretly was obeying Gods Coroner F M Coots of Jef foreonvllle who Investigated the case returned a verdict that the woman Is insane Tho infanticide manifests no signs of violence and apparently falls to grasp the enormity of the deed to which she has confessed Her parents are almost distracted Tho body of the infant is lying In the little parlor at the home of the grlefstrlckened grandparents From Pink Iconlclast READ THIS It May Jar You Loose From Your Faith Under pretense of getting subcsrlb ors for a little magazine published byI that company It Is claimed that the Cliff Bible louse of Chicago Is run ning a skin game In which many people have lost considerable sums of money As almost all of the business is transacted by mail the postal author tics have taken up the matter Sever al complaints have been received in Denver and the postolflce Inspectors expect that several arrests will follow soon Complaints have been coming in Bovdral weeks about the methods of this company but the postal author ties lave been waiting for substantial evidence before making arrests That came when Mrs James Smith of Ar vada complained to the officers of the Itr- way In which site had been swindled The company offered a handsome gold watch or a diamond ring for subscribers to its paper These sub crlberB Mrs Smith obtained anti sent n to the Cliff Bible house the first of nat December The ring which she took an he choice was not forthcoming for sometime and then the company wrote if she would send 135 to cover the cost of boxing and mailing tho ring It would be sent at once She sent the 135 and heard no more from It until an Inspector from Denver arrived In cago to Investigate things Then tit ring a cheap brass affair was sent C 0 D to Mrs Smith and several other delinquents gifts were sent others at the same time The authorities aro surprised ove the fact that a Bible house should stoop to such a getrlchqulck scheme You bet it was a skin game and the whole Bible cheese Is a skin game They are skinners that preach It and skinners that teach It skinners thn- thellee It anti skinners that print It Skin Is the long suit of religionists and were It not for the skinning part of It the thing would have fallen from Its own rot long ago Cheap jewelry Is good enough for any one that Is fool enough to Invest bard earned cash In Bibles or with a Bible house Ar rests will do no good for a religious jury after taking a religious oath to a mythical god will acquit the skinners now you mark JESUS A MYTH The Boston Investigator There will always linger around the name of Jesus an atmosphere or inter est and be he god or man divine or hee talked about We have long ago decided in our wn minds that Jesus was neither god nor man but just a myth just a name The more we read the gospels the nore are we confirmed in this opinion There Is nothing human In his make up fie Is superhuman In his birth life and heath Wo Just believe and we can not help It that every person in the shape of man or woman who has lived on this earth had only human parents human powers and performed only human deeds Jesus does not fit into the history of mankind When a mans genealo gy is interrupted by the appearance mysteryesurroun log him that better not be Inquired Into Jesus never saw his frfrf r ift ji 4IJI dg Sfe4p Jprlve him of his mother and regn him as one of the children of the agination We have often wondered why we were expected to believe that contra dictory narratives In the gospel meant the same thing Were we to read two different accounts by a certain event by two authors In works not regarded as sacred we should believe only one of them and should say that the other was a little ort Contradictions in Gods word are charged to divine license Butt we do not allow any npol ogy for God He must tell as straight a story as a man tells or stand dis credited In Matthews gospel we read that when Jesus was born wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and In qulred Where is he that is born King of the Jews for we have seen hia star In the east and have come to worship him When they were told that they would find him in Bethlehem the star which they saw in the easti went before them until It came and stood over where the young child was The wise men saw a young child in the lap of a young woman and fell down and worshiped him and presented him with gifts Very nice in the wise men to come all the way from the east to Jerusalem to see a baby that was nothing to them We should say that only foolish men would per form such foolish a journey Very nice tin the star also to leave Its place in the heavens and conduct tho men to the babys cradle It Is stated that the men returned to their own country but It does not say whether the star ever found Its way back to Its place In the sky or not Only a fool of a star would do such a trick as that If there were no other story hung around the cradle of Jesus we would not believe such a yarn as that Luke as well as Mathew writes a marvelous chapter about Jesus before he was born But Luke has a totally different story to relate about the events Immediately succeeding tho birth of Jesus Luke never heard of the wise men from the east nor of a traveling star nor of presents of gallI frankincense and myrrh to the born babe But he tells as Improbable a story as does Matthew He says that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to ho taxed In obedience to a decree from Caesar Augustus and that while there Jesus was born and that Mary was obliged to put her child in a manger as there was no room for them In the Inn There was just one inn in Bethlehem In this same country were shep herds watching over their flocks at night While they were looking after their sheep an angel of Uio lord came upon thom and the glory of the Ixml shone about thom and the angel told them that n savior had past been horn unto thom Wondering at such they decided to go to Ilotlilolicm ands e this strange thing which had come antira woman and a babe lying In a manger and went around circulating the gos sip of the nasal concerning the chit That Lukes version of the affair According to Matthew star an nounced to the wIse men the birth of Jesus According to Luke an angel sGephcrdo s Tho wlso men came from the distant east the shepherds were nearby Now botweetiothe two accounts as to warrant draw fabrrlcatlons It Is exceedingly unfortunate that Mary or Joseph did not leave a gospel thaLsomeone did not write about these matters who knew something about them Luke tells us that Mary kept nil these things and pondered them iu her heart Sho ought to have written a book and loft the plain facts to the world This age cannot accept acles cannot believe In angels or holy ghosts cannot hear celestial choirs cannot credit the statement that the Lord talked to a lot of Ignorant boors tending sheep person with such beginning as Josus had anti attended by such strange circumstances was never born of woman or begotten by man Reason and common sense put the stamp o impossibility upon the birth life and death of Jesus and Nature saps Amen Anti that settles it The sooner remains of Jesus are removed from nil Iterature the purer and cleaner Ie mans thoughts of things human not divine SHORTLETTERS Atlantic IowaI enclose three slips cut from the Des Moines Register and Leader In the last two or three days One of these circumstances happened In Des MoInes one in Marshalltown and the other in Slgourney and all In Iowa The gentlemen of the cloth seem to be right in it and as wicked as we heathenL L DE1iiDICk h our- book Dog Fennel in the Orient and It is certainly an eyeopener to Chris tians I was amused interested and instructed rein start to finish I was especially interested in Rev C A Marshall and his noble son Charles Marshall This son C 0 Mar shall preached In the Congregational church hero at Dickens three or four years ago and one day ho came ever to the Leader office which Is In my house my wife was running it then and wanted to dictate to her what should go Into the Leader and what should not he printed in it lie said these rasping little digs at thin preachers is very annoying to me and want you to keep them all out of your paper answered him through the Leader and if can find one of tho copies containing the answer I will send it to you started the Leader just to protect myself and friends from the vicious attacks of the Senate another little gimlet like tho Leader rum by the Methodist church at this place and called a newspaper They tread lightly when stepping on my toes but all there Is in the Leader Is a little satisfaction and have como to thin eon elusion that we are a little too previous in advocating what we know will do this world good and save tho people millions of dollars The pea ple are not yet toady to accept the truth unless it coincides witli their superstition and early taught dogmas It has been hammered Into them from early Infancy to old age for tho last fifteen hundred years and it will take a long titan after they see folly of their ways to bring them to an understanding and realization of their lost condition They ore densely ig norant on religious subjects and fully believe that where Ignorance is bliss tis folly to be wise and all church members had rather die In their Ignor ance and fear than acknowledge that they have made a mistake and come out Into the daylight of common sense and reason and while we know that we are trying to do good by enlightening them and showing them Into error of their ways they absolutely hate us for daring to show up their folly and in derision call us mean names and sometimes I think I have done my part of casting my pearls before swine and having them turn and try to rend me by lying abuse calumny and tatted and then again know I have opened the eyes of quite- a few and feel encouraged to go on The world is progressing and progess ing out of superstition and fear but it has not reached that point where J n ti It Is ready to look upon ono who shows up the folly of religion with very much allowance or make the paper that takes n stand for troll- against fiction scene against religion anti common sense against bigotry anti superstition n paying Instltlon and it looks to mo ns though wo wero kick lag against the pricks and the less herd we kick the less wo should hurt ourselvesI mixing quite a lilt of locals with my superstition or exposure of that folly and am trying by sugar coating the truth to make some ac cept It hut It Is uphill work and as do not have to depend upon my literary work or the Loader for my bread and butter am often tempted to throw up Ute sponge and let the people go to hell their own way am this week printing an article from a man that I think Is a Catholic priest In answer to an article by Fro Lot terman printed In tho Loader and there Is a series of articles on SpIr- Itualism that quite a few are getting Interested In and my subscription Is Increasing quite fast hut I have only about 400 subscribers all told I think duo lost copy of the Blade one of the best you ever printed anti as general tide the Blade Is improving Wishing you all the pleasure anti happiness you deserve In this world and assuring you of my hearty love and that I will send for your book Behind the Bars in the near future am your true friend MRS E MILLS rIos Angeles Cal Apochryphal N T received It Is all right and just as readable as the regular N T anti filled with the same kind of nonsen- seiE E EADES Cameron MoI have anfyour comments on same and enjoyed a good laugh over it It seems strange to me that minds like Stones don see the absurdity of their arguments As you have turned a new leaf on your subscribers by stopping paper when subscription runs out have dug up ny dollar and enclose It I think it a good plan The dancers ought to pay for the music Hoping you may live ong and enjoy good healUtIJ LIVENGOOD Columbus OhloI send and will srnJ for book soon Why dent some of you answer F S Montgomery on Human Happiness wish I had tho leisure and right to do soMRS M M LYNDALL Qoinplanteri Palo 4ho Blade of April 24th I see a notice that It sub- scrIptions are past due and not paid Instanter thin Blade will be stopped That sounds like business so I en close 1 I like business but dont like begging If you make this a rule I be here that in the end you will be a gainer and your paper selfsupporting A Literal who cant pay for as good a paper as yours Is not much of a Lib eral He may think he Is but he aint he is laboring under an hallucination and the only way to clear his mind is to stop his weekly supply of the pottage set forth In your columns and then see himself as in a glass extract- Ing a dollar from his pocket and pitch Ing It toward Lexington and behold he is reincarnated and once more made a good Liberal In every sense of the term and his conscience clear for another year at least Yours paid up B MORRISON Henrietta Texas Inclosed please find check for to Jar my subscrlp Ion to 0 B forward for two years Go after the monster religious super stition You have hit them some hard welts every since you began writing but now you have an unexpected ally that comes to the front without their own knowledge or Intent and lend aid to the great cause of separating church and State In their Ignorance the W C T U have stirred up the great hornets nest that may later sting their Idol to death lira Smoot has put them out on first base and If they are looking for moral men and pureness they will have to go to Salt Lake and elect or select thin entire Senate or leave Stnoot In bad pany The dear sisters got a little too gay and wnrmed up the wrong ser pent Now bold a few months and see who gets stung Wishing you and your family many happy years and cen turies of success to the B G DW- H CHILSON Eureka CalAllow me to congrat ulate you on thin general makeup and contents of Ute Blade of April 10th It Is the boat paper you ever printed It presents a greater variety of articles titan ever before and thin articles are good Not only has the untie improved its correspondents have Irnprovodi also Harriet M Closz writes a very sensible article Like others of your readers had concluded that her fid die had but one string Now I find that there are more strings to It and hope she will use them as they course good music Your correspondent John T Hanks is a trump In dependent of the subject of the article Its wit is admirable Tho subjects l spoken of by F 8 Montgomery and Lucy Waters Phelps Invite discussion and might bo tirade n source of pleas lire and Information If handled by per sons of good judgment and experience The article by George Junghany Is good and well digested I thing nests some comments to make It plain Mr Junghanys strictures on Mr Icbardsons article are not altogethei jimt According to Mr Rlchnrdsonu standpoint ho had a perfect right to complain about Dr Bowies article as It was n direct Insult to him livery Freethinker would ho offended If writer In public print should mention Thomas Paine Robert G Ingersoll and Anthony Comstock as belonging to the same category And Mr Bryan holds the same fefdtlon to Lincoln Jefferson and Washington as Anthony Comstock holds te Ingersoll and Thomas Paine Mr Bryan llko Mr Comstock Is n man of parts and a gen us In his way Twice in succession he has defeated the Democratic party In the presidential election and likely he will defeat It tills year again It Bryan had dropped overboard when lie came across the Atlantic last summer and got drowned Roosevelt would not have a ghost of a stow to he elected president next fall jnjt with Bryans help he will no doubt get In No ordi nary man could achieve such success but no genius could do it either If the average voter had common sense If Mr Richardson always voted the Dem ocratic ticket It Is no disgrace to him since this country has flourished bet ter under Democratic rule than under Republican rule Notwithstanding that this Is the richest qountry In the world vo are getting hopelessly in debt os tensible to conquer the world but real Thatdgrown der Republican rule In no argument in thetor an government When tills country was sparsely populated Its mineral wealth could not be developed while with our present population it brings us untold wealth Moro wealth was produced In California In the fifties according to the population than In any part of the world and the people paid little or no respect to any government That gov ernment Is the best that makes the most people contented and content ment does not depend upon riches a competence Is all that is needed to make a person content It is averred by Mr Junghany that religious and political freedom have been won Hej ought to have Informed us by whom So Jongas we are oblig ed to pay taxes on churches and help support the priests and preachers In the army and navy so long as there are disabilities attending on Freethink ers In many of the States so long as our post offices refuse to accept any printed matter unless it is religious or common place so long are we not tree either politically or religiously and It Is to that point that every Free thought paper ought to be mainly dl rected If an editor wants to run his paper on a certain political line that Is his business and privilege but if he expects subscribers from his oppon ents he will get left and any editor of a Freethought paper who adopts a certain political line as a side Issue will get left likewise It is not neces sary that a Freethought paper confine Itself to rellgloiisnnatters exclusively it Is not even desirable as such a pa per would prove monotonous All questions can be discussed In a Free thought paper but they must be cussed in a spirit of fairness with the sole Intention to elicit truth and never to make or gain a point Articles written In a dlctorial domineering spirit for the sake of gaining a point are enough to ruin any Freethought paper ROBERT GUNTHER Tlmbo ArkI send stamps for B Blades of the 17th of April to the fol lowing Judge Ladds letter is a rip per The Blade improves all the tlmo Bro J M Richardson and I each have a comfortable little home which we main by honest hard labor He Is an honest man and has a right to his opinionsIf had not been for politics mixing with the Christian religion to assist It In burning hertlcs drowning witches and fighting intelligence the Christian religion would have died In Its infancy Liberalism without politics is only a luxury like whisky and tobacco and If not patented and put under a pro tective tariff will Boon peter out and the Christian religion will get a new foothold and kill us poor devils who contend for the right to think Yours for liberalism and politics mixed JOHN D FARRIS P SrI send you the following clip pingTHOUGHT HE WAS CHRIST Lisbon April 9An almost incredible case of gross superstition and norance Is reported from Montouro a small vintage in Northern Portugal An old peasant died recently and after having been prepared for burial a nephew of his who is a barber was called in to shave him Tho supposed L corpse however was merely In a tnncc and im soon as the harbor put tho cold water on his face ho sat up and began to talk Tho harbor was so terrified that ho bpoamo raving mad anti rushed screaming from the house telling every ono that n miracle had been performed The astonished peasants crowded In to the house mid foil down on their knees before thin resurrected body i Tho barber then solemnly declared that he was Christ and told the peasant that their souls would be lost It they not obey him lie then tool thorn to tho village church where he removed a statute of a saint from Its pedesttal and took Its place himself After commanding thto people tojpray for mercy he ordered them strip ort all their clothes and marcbIaround the church- Notwlthstandind tho cold they all throw off their clothes and chanting a mass thoy wont In procession through tho village As they returned to the church the barber toll them that their sins were forgiven and that they might put on tliolr clothes again Though the authorities are trying to convince the peasants of their error they aro perfectly satisfied that the barber who Is now In an Insane asy lam Is Christ CHURCH GETS A GOLD MINE A board of arbitration has Just tie cited that when a missionary Is sent out by a church to save souls and In cidentally he finds n gold mine which he partly developer with church funds tho mine belongs to tho church The missionary Is P IL Anderson While In Alaska two Esquimaux showed him the mine He stopped preaching and began digging gold The arbitrators further command Mr Anderson to turn over to the mis sion 23200 said to liars been alized from the working of the mine since 1898 and also rendered judg ment for 20000 against C W John son of tho White Star Mining Co The Evangelical Lutheran church Is the organization to which Mr An derson must turn over his mmo SAINT LOUISATO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST I SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT IN KEEPING WITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION- POINTS MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY OKLAHOMA For descriptive matter through schedules nml other needed particulars address HI McGUIRE 38 TCINCINNATI OHIO TIS THE COMFORT LlNE1I it Tncc Reclining Chain CattsION THE POP- ULARHenderson RouteBETWEEN LOUISVILLE EVANSVILLE ST LOUIS WEST AND SOUTHWEST ++As we are the Orlglnatorb of Free Reclining Chair Car Service Between Louisville and St Louis Dont you think It would pay you In traveling to Get the Henderson Rou- teHabitIt will us ASK ABOUT IT ++J IRWIN GEO GARRETT Genl Pass Agt Trav Pats Agt LOUISVILLE KY 0 Ii Now York World WILLIE CLUNG FOND OF MELICAN 1SPLEEBECAME DAD PATRONSI TO FLEE Angry people of tho Bonx have been storming the Alexander Avenue Police Station In search of their laundry WIN lie Clung who ran a laundry at One Hundred and Fortythird street and Willis avenue and was the custodian of their linen has left town Willie who at one time was prosperous and happy became converted to Christian ity and wee a regular attendant at one of the Chinese Sundayschools In Man hattan Ills neighbors say he went to the bad as soon an he started to go to Sundayschool Ho contracted habits that are unknown In China and ceased to be Industrious and provident Several days ago when his custom ers went to the laundry they found It closed Next day when Willie returned he said he had been on a big Mellcan splee and seemed proud of It His customers dirt not accept his explana lion with good grace and several times policemen were summoned by the Chinaman who feared that patrons who had been dlssapolnted would beat him Finally Willie packed up his own effect and fled The police then took charge of the laundry and other affects In the shop and moved thorn to the station house whither the Brox residents desirous of reclaiming his clothing has been going Capt Geoghehan lies engaged an In terpreter to translate the tickets pre sented to him Its a very poor business observed the Captain yesterday ALCOHOL The hands of Freethinkers have never been stained with blood the knout the wheel the Iron boot the virgin collar the rack and the stake are all Inventions of the priesthood and Freethinkers can all rejoice In the fact that they are not responsible for the use of alcohol as a beverage Long beforo there were any tionalists or Freethinkers upon the earth many years before the Goddess of Reason began to exert her beneficent Influence upon the benighted worshipers of the Godsrmore than 4000 years before the fabulous birth of Jesus1n the wonderland of Egypt In the cradle of civilization Inthe 1land of Pliaraoh4 the pyramids the sphinx and the Nile In the land of magnificent cities like Thebes and Memphis In the land of Cheops the mightiest builder In the history of the world here In this monumental land of all the ages where Osiris and were worshiped here 1n this far civilization whose monuments still defy the ravages of time and the en croaching sands of the desert here alcohol In the form of wino was Introduced by the Gods and their priests and on the walls of their sacred tern pies are still to be seen baskets of grapes casks of wine and scenes of festivity libations and drunkenness as an acceptable sacrifice to the great we read the history of man and learn that he Is a religious being and prone to worship when we study his wanderings and his migrations from his primitive home In the valley of the Euphrates and learn that In every clime and In every zone he has peopled the sky with Gods whose favor he has ever sought to win and whose example he has ever tried to Imitate Is It any wonder that the stupendous civilization of Egypt through the long procession of all the centuries even down to this very hour has been engaged In fermenting grapes In brewing barleyand distill ing spirits for the use of man In obedience to the command of their Gods and priests In passing from the fathomless abyss of the remote and the distant past In which the civilization of Egypt lies burled to the beautiful and the classic land of Greece the sam qlgnl flcant fact confronts us Here Zeus was worshipped and Venue was adored here the Gods as sembled on snow clad Olympus to rule the world and to participate in the affairs of men and hero one of the celestial sons of Zeus through his priests Introduced the vine to his favored nation of all the earth Instruct ed the people In the fermentation of the grape and the manufacture of wine and like Egypt before her the sons and daughters Greece became addicted to the use of alcohol as a beverage and It wan used as an acceptable sacrifice to appease the ger of their Gods In Imperial Rome the mistress of the world for more than a thousand years and In far off India from whose fertile plains have sprung nearly all the civilized nations of the earth we learn on our Journey through the cor ridors of history that alcohol In the form of wine came down to them from the skies and was a gift to thorn from tho Gods through the hands of tho priests From theso high sources and front those remote antiquities and Loot theso divine sanctions we need n- otgor wondo thai a ool has followed tho ever stream of civilization nirl finally become a familiar sub stance to nearly all the people of the tho surfaco of the globe there live today sixteen hundred nilllloni of people and out of this vast and Inconceivable number of Imninn be of ings more than a thousand millions are using alcohol as a beverage and as a sacrifice to Gods In obed ience to tho teaching of tho piosU of indent superstition- In passing from the mythologies a the religious awl civilizations of the ancient world and coming down to our own time we nn again con mooted with tile profound and signi leant fact that alcohol in the form of wine Is a conspicuous subject on the pages of our own unholy ruble mingledon the cross and at a wedding feast Cana himself converted ter Into wine as a beverage for tho guests and we are told by Saint John tho revelator that barley and oil and wine are articles of commerce In In heavonIThe vineyards of Palestine which were the best In tho world were the pride of the early Christians and at Is religious feasts at marriages In pub lic gatherings and around hearth atone of every Christian home alcohol as a beverage In tho form of wine was universal among Christians In imitation of the practice and teachings of their divine master Wihen we remember tiutt this foolish Christian religion has crossed every moun tain and every sea and when we member that the cross Is now a fnI millar symbol to tho Islanders of ev ery ocean wo need no longer wonder that alcohol has followed the ever widening stream of civilization and has now become a familiar substance to nearly all the people of the earth and when we remember that It was the priesthood who Invented the wheel and the rack the knout and the Iron boots and the virgin collar we need no longer wonder that the pods and the priests taught mankind the pernicious use of alcohol as a bev erageIn history of the world as far as I can now recall the founder of bul one religion has ever prohibited his followers from tUp upof alcohol atCIl this was Mahomet but It is a sign ficant fact that everY one of tho two hundred millions who still worship at his shrine expect to be freely Indulg ed In Its use when they arrive In the paradise of the faithful and the bless red A more beautiful picture has sel been drawn by the pen of man than Mahomets description of heav en and among Its sublime and transcendent beauties are rivers of wine rivers of milk and clarified honey nail rivers of limpid and pooling streams flowing over pebbles of gold and dia monds and amethysts It will thus be seen that In our Journey backward through the history of the world we find an easy solution and an easy ex planation of the pernicious and disas trous use of alcohol as a beverage The Gods and the priests In the early history oftiie race made Its use as a beverage universal and through the law of heredity the perverted taste of man has now become a sec end nature and nearly nil the na tions of the earth are unspeakably cursed by this monstrous Inheritance from the devilish priesthood who with a rod of Iron controlled our primitive fathers- It Is tho sacred duty and task of Freethinkers to crush1 Into fragments and grind 4nto dust the unmitigated nuisances of tha human family known as Gods and priests TJ BOWLES 11 D SPEAKS HER PIECE TO HER SEX Junction City Okla April 24 1904 Editor of Blue Grass Blade enclose a letter wrote to the las News answerinG tho good ladles who tried to answer my letter you published In the Blade The editor failed to publish It I guess It dldnt suit him Will you please print It and send me and extra supply of your papers to the amount of money enclosed- want to mall tbiem to the ladles that answered me Yours truly MRS N F RUSHING Junction Okla Feb 04 As so many gpod ladles have tried to answer toy Why dont go to church through tho News and by private letters It Is Impossible for to answer thorn nil appreclato the amount of religious literature sent The good sisters must think never read any religious literature- I belonged to the church for fifteen years and I have enough of religious literature to stock a theological library j nY JiAV used to bo like somo of tho sisters are now rayed for everything and every body but since have found out by common and experience that noIlt there Is onehoes not answer prayers when adversity comes nolthur curse nor pray take It as my lot and hour my part Mrs Wllllo Stevenson salt It made her heart ncho to read my letter of tile 12th In the News She says had rather be a bootblack In heaven than to be president tho United States It Is all In tho way a person has boon raised ns to what they would rather do for n living For my part rather be a pres dent of the United States than to be bootblack In any country- I dldnt know they woro boots In heaven thought they all wore slip pers guess a woman who never was allowed to hold a higher office than debt lifter and church cleaner in this world would like the Job of bootblack Ing In heaven Mrs M L Plnldngton says She has heard of men being Infidels buts never heard of a woman taking that position especially a mother and goes on to ask Can you tell us of 0tbetter code of morals than Is set forth the HlbloIwill give you some samples of Bible moralsIGive strong drink unto him who ready to perish anti wine unto him who Is of n heavy heart Let him drinkand forget his troubles and remember his miseries no more That is morals Isnt It That Is enough to make drunkards of all our boys Moses told the Jews that what died of Itself they might sell to strangers Isnt that morals think not That what one of the packing compan did during one war with Spain They sold the soldiers spoilt beef and there was a big kicking up about II ioie says dont seem to know that woman Is possessed of an Inborn mod esty which forbids her being conspic uous In public assemblies to such a degree as to become the teacher or ruler of man Let us see about womans modesty as taught In the Bible Think of Eve sasshaytng around over the garden of Eden with Adam without any clothes- on looking for the best fruit and after she found Adam did not have sense enough to gather the apples eat them Eve had to gather the fruit ami feed It to him like a Texas woman feeds nubbins to a milk cow And after Adam had legged it and eat all tho best fruit on the tree of knowledge he then began to about how smart a man he was and how Ignorant women were and man has been trying to run womans business eer since and when he cant do It he kicks up a row about It Mrs M F Males In answering me quoted the following scripture Who atsoever a man soweth that shall he wont work In ever case my hubby sowed oats and reaped Johnson McClain says You are raising your children for this world when this Is no more what then believe In one world at a time If my children live moral lives In world and make good citizens they will be well qualified to live In the next world If there Is any other world My children anti are not going to drink skimmed mill In this world for the promise of butter In the next Tho good need no religion while the bad use It as a cloak for their wrong us the truth with honor purity benevolence and freedom and we will need no religion will tell you sisters what we do Instead of going to church We take our children and go to the woods and sit down on an old log and let the children gather flowers and hear leaves whispering poems like mem ethos of long ago and when the sun is set kissing the summits of the far hills we go hone with our hearts filled with Joy There Is more pleasure and recreation In that than in going to church and hearing n man tell you that the chances are 99 out of 100 that you will be damned MRS N F RUSHING Commercial Tribune Butte Mont PREACHER TURNS GAMBLER AND WINS BETS Minister Turns From Pulpit to Gambling For a Living BHitte Mont April 27 Unable o earn enough money to support his wife and wo children In his profes slon the Rev Dr C E Henderson a Methodist minister turned gambler and was more fortunate with the fickle goddess Dr Henderson with his family have started for California to start life over again as ho says Tho preacher lost his church in l Salt Lake City more than a year ego becauso of his ago and moved to this place Here was unable to got n pulpit and ho was forced to take any kind of work ho could obtain Ho did en Jobs In tho kitchens of all Unite hotels washed dishes anti peddled but tho money ho received was not sufficient to support tho three depend be ent upon him lie went to the ployment office yesterday whore for over a year he had been a stonily ler He was so changed that It was with difficulty that ho was recognized out His appearance was exactly opposite of what It was ten days ago I am going away from here said Dr Henderson turned gambler for a short time and have won era enough money to take us all to Call fornla was desperate a few days ago and took tho last dollar Into a gambling establishment where there was a roulette game put It on tho red and It won Then tried the others and did not fall to win with any combination tor It seemed that could not lose and when quit playing hail 1600 to his life over again It might have been wrong hut dont think It was God must have put It Into my head try roulette as the last resort after m efforts in every other direction by failed to From Webster City Iowa Graphic Herald REV HARTER IN DISGRACE Soandaloua FreeLove Proceedings Discovered and Pastor Resigns AFFAIR MAKES A SENSATION Rumors That the Rev Gentleman Had Many Mistresses l Itt s not the province of the Graph icHerald to pose as the mouthpiece- of scandal mongers nor as the med- Ium of spreading sensational rumors but as a public Journal It has a duty to perform and owes it to the public to fearlessly perform that duty regardless of consequences The suo presslon of facts regarding the criminal acts of people should never be tolerated even though the criminal walks Inthe highest paths of life and should the Innocent be1oconnected with the criminal as to Injure the reputation of person even though circumstances may strongly point to their disgrace- Rev F A Harter of the Baptist church this city has fallen from grace After serving the congregation as pastor for the past seven years being a man In whom the people had the utmost confidence beloved as a friend and spiritual advisor ever eady to render assistance and conso atlon In times of affliction and need low to have all their faith friend ship and respect obliterated and to discover that the trusted companion and advisor was an arch fiend In ills guise a libertine a lustful debauchee of the Innocent and unsuspected young Is enough to raise the wrath and Ire of all good citizens and mores than some people of Implicit faith canI believe to be true and Its truth Is enough to shatter the faith of mankind in all religion Matters have come to light Impli eating the Rev Harter with having been criminally Intimate with a member of Ills congregation rumor says with many women of tho city both married and single the extent of which Is yet unknown Sufficient evi dence was adduced however for the church to demand his resignation as pastor and It was promptly accepted It Is needless to go Into details and to mention names would result In jury where no good would follow Fore some time his zealous attention to various females has been the subject of much comment and his indiscretions In this connection would have long since been the cause of Investl gation had he not occupied the post tion he did It Is said that a partial confession was made to some of the members of the church and there Is little doubt of Its truth only the ex tent of the debauchery being In Harter recently had an attack of sickness and his wife found him In a Mpless condition in the barn where he was stricken He afterwards went to the sanitarium for a time and later returned here It has been stat ed that ho was addicted to the of chloral or cocoane which was one of the causes of his Illness tho of which we do not know Since his dismissal from the church he has left the city and Is now In Wisconsin Rev Harter has a most estimable wife and a nice family of children on whom this affliction falls most heavily and who feel thin disgrace keenly They have a nice homo here but are left In very stringent circumstances which the members of the 1 church will endeavor to relieve nilIImuch as osslllc For a city no Hlrongly oinbuod with llglon as thin tho ministry line prnvJ to he n bad rot In numerous dances There was tho Rev Nutting of thojl Universalist church who was said to a wife beater and who retired In Congregational church had trouble with one of Its prominent pas tors Rev Blanchard who was kicked charged with having too much off familiarity with the lady members- of the congregation The Methodists have been blessed with their share of foxy preach from tho time of Parson hole Lozler the Pooping Tom down to that of Rev Sanderson who nearly always sanwlchod In to his Sunday sermons a tirade against tobacco and smoked a box of cigars dur- Ing the week The English Lutherans first past Dr Jacoby who wore his whisk ers cut billy goat after a trial by flock was allowed to depart for pastures anew and Missouri caught him where he was again fired and socked out of the church The U B church was also caught tho Rev Roberts who ought to have been married earlier In life and a different womnn Tho most tint has happened to the Christian church was the arrest of one of Its ministers for horse racing and fast driving but the Christian church Is a fast church and that miti gates matters materially- A dellgatlon of old settlers were this week discussing the Rev liar ter matter and counting up the number of ministers of this city who had gone wrong within their memory and It was figured that Harter makes the tenth Comment Mrs Harriet M CIosz lives In Webster City Iowa At the gait the clergy of that town are going It will probably bo somo time If not longer before they vert her to Christianity ROME CON CRESS FUND It Is the desire that Dr J B Wil son represent American Freethought at the Worlds Congress of Freethinkers to be held In Rome Italy next September Dr Wilson Is president of theNational Liberal Party and Is eminently qualified to participate In the deliberations at thn C ngress On his return from Rome the octor will write a book embracing his exper ience 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 be one dollar and as the expense will be very heavy It is hoped that all who are able will subscribe for as many booksI as possibleAll received Is deposited In Tae Central Trust and Safe Deposit Company of Cincinnati and will be acknowledged through the Blade Contributions and subscriptions with and without money will be received by the Secretary of the Na leash Liberal Party Address MORRIS SACHS Atlas Bank Bldg Cincinnati O ICondition of Fund Total subscribed uJC Amount In Bank 207 90 Amount sent to Blade ofllco 42 00 Geo W Hall Noblesvllle Ind J M HIgbo Manson Iowa pd M E Davis pd John D Farris TImbo Ark pd J G Blake Pinkerton Texas pd T C Webb Wost Tex pd lien Mandevllle Arlington Tex WONT BUY Book Published by the Continental Bible house of St Louis Mo Madison Ga April 25 1904 Mr C Moore Dear Sir Sometime ago I received a circular extolling n book an anti Catholic work styled Tho Devil In Robes or the sins of the Priests have some copies on hand which wish to dispose of for less than cost The publishers prlco Is 175 per vol Tho work published by the Continental Bible house of St Louis Mo am willing to sell them for 100 pos tage paid send you a copy for your Inspec tionI sent for twenty volumes on trial but have not been able to sell a sin gle copy- offered them to the clergy for 100 They refuse to have any thing to e with It If cannot sell them am to return them IINo one here will even take them read You can advertise thorn If ye oI think proper there Is no money in I think it a good book against Christ lanky Yours very truly A A BELL From Pink Iconlclast You should read It Dog Fennel Is a very Interesting book by Charles C Moore and gives a history of the say mb and doing of the people In tho Ort Mr Mooro traveled over the IIIIlheyou should road hits book Every he 1itItchy land should road It and In fact every person that can road should poruao pages of Dog Fennel price of book Is one dollar and If you are not well pleased with your Invoatmunt I will tako the buOlJyour hands jGet It read It and then lend it to 1 your neighbor Addrem Charles Moore elnglamonesTHROUGH SLEEPERS From Lexington to St Louis Via Ches apeake Ohio Railway Beginning April 28 the Chesapeake Ohio Railway will Inaugurate a through sleeping car line to St Louis via Louisville and the Southern Rat way to leave Lexington dally at 620 m and reach St Louis at 730 a mTReturning this sleeper will leave St Louis at 1030 p m and will reach ftheW BARNEY D P CHRONIC INVALIDS Many discouraged Invalids can be cured by proper treatment State your case by letterto DR ENCLEHARTSPECIALIST 33L Over fifty years practice J KOREA GINSENG NURSERY- Doolln Prop SEED FOR PLANTING SPECIAL TY Once and Nursery at ETNA Pulaski County KYfgb Corpus Chrlstl Is the best and safest Health and Pleasure Resort on the Gulf Coast Cool summers and Mild Winters Makes Life a Pleas ure Here t THE ORIENTAI HOTEL MERRIMANk JFIRSTCLASS SERVICE Center of City One block from Beach jJRates from to per day ALLEN JOHNSON Proprietor t CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS ARKANSAS TEXAS LOUISIANAf An Ideal country for cheap nomes LVud at 500 1000 1500 per acrergrows corn cotton wheat oats grass es fruits and vegetables stocK ranges 10 months In the yearsSouthwest Missouri Louisiana and Texas are full of oppor tunities The climate Is mild the soil Is rich the lands are cheap Low HomeSeekers ratesabout half fare via the Cotton Belt twice i mouth first and third Tuesdays Fort descriptive literature maps and excursion rates write to SCHAEFNER T P Cotton Brit Cincinnati Ohio LEXINGTON 4 EASTERN RAILWAY Eastbound Main Line No No4 Lye Lexington 225 pm 745 am Lve Winchester 310 pm 825 am t LYe Btyvllle Jnc5ll pm 1029 pm Arr O K June 611 pm 1126 am Arr Jackson 615 pm 1130 am O K Branch No 33 No 21 Lve Jackson 330 pm 1120 am Lve O K Jnc3i35 pm 1126 amfArr Helechawa 518 pm 1228 Arr Cannel City 545 pm 1245 am Westbound O K Branch No 34 No 22 LYe Cannel City 715 am 106 pm Lve Heiechawa 741 am 122 pm Arr O fr Jnc925 am 230 pm Arr Jackson 930 am 235 pm Main Line No1 No3 Lve Jackson 625 am 225 pm Arr 0 K Jnc925 am 230 pm Arr Btyvllle Jnc726 am 326 put Arr Winchester 1122 am C20 pir TIE BEST L1N fr rairQLi1I TI1w oInJinna all tLouhdillalZehey TIi ONLY LINE TO THE MOU5DEATUl c d r J THE TRUE CHURCH An Association For the Discovery Truth and Right Living Nature furnished the writer with an interrogative mind He was that he should not rend Catholic book hecnupo they contained erroneous doctrines hut ho rend n Cath olic catechism and could not see thnt the doctrine differed much Iron the old orthodox Presbyterian faith Fixed fate free will foreknow ledge absolute puzzled his young mind o was told that his souls salvation would lie endangered if hi rend Atheistic hooks nmlhe wondered a religion revealed null established by the Deity coup he shaken by the attack of unbelie vers und the faith of the elect wn not impregnable He was t lIght on that events crone as the dispensations of Providence and on secular days in school that all occurrences were the result of natural laws- Revelation did not enlighten and he failed to see the good in its mysteries and his questions were not satisfactorily answered He was told that natural religion was insullicieut because nature exhibited the wisdom power and glory of God but not leis love and that the holy book revealed his mercy and lov bug kindness lie tIn thought and still thinks that n church should allow of free thought and investigation thnt i should he n school teaching all that is known of nature history and ciology all that is known of our origin and destiny our duty to ott fellow creatures and rightliving and present for our consideration all sides of debatable questions An Atheistic church would not meet with great success Complete mental Jiberty is for the intellect uals for those who have attained plain of frccthought higher that the masses have ever reached under present conditions A church that c stakes away the hope of n future t IfC1 ofa reunion with friends that have gone before can never suc free church a true church will represent both truth and hope The writer has devoted much time for many years aided by n naturally perceptive analitic and sympathet ic mind to the studyof mind and science in order to find out whether there is a reasonable hope of the continuation of the men tal individuality after the death the body and the results of his stud ies will be made known in an article very soon- Liberal freethinking broad minded people everywhere in every city and town should be socially or ganized for mutual enjoyment en couragement help and advancer ment and as Sunday would he proh ably the most convenient day for then to congregate it would he nd visnble to give their association some such name as the True Churchor the Liberal Church All investigators or thinkers all who say that are willing to study without prejudice to find the truth whatever it may be and wherever it may be found andnil expertas vited to oin the society or church It should be organized for com panionship and mutual aid to know edge and not for comfort with isting religions It should be organ ized to investigate all questions bating to Sociology or the science of right living and to promote enjoy ment and fraternal feeling Eco nomic clubs have peen formed in many places for the purpose of studying such questions There is much good freethought and new thought literature that each person cannot afford to buy but that could be iKuivht by a society for each member to read- I would suggest as a motto for the church the one word truth For its mental edifice I suggest for the four corner stones the words na tare humanity justice coopera tion for the door liberality for the chairs brotherhood for the pulpit iiivestipntion for the windows science for the floor walls and robfJ labor and for tIle spire hope Such a church would substitute investigation for faith or belief anda the truths revealed h nature rea ion and oxnorience for the Bihlft4 The ethics and economics the right and the wrong of every prin ciple and act of government andso ciety should be analyzed by the True Church and it should teach that enjoyment is the object of ex I I Utencn and that to he happy our selves we must make others happy also that all minds ore formed of the same kind of psychic atoms and that sympathy is one of the greater and sweetest of the lows of Nature and that no human being Inn attain to perfect felicity whilst others nIl miserable that ehnos will continue until this truth shall be recognized and acted upon in a proper system of outlines n liberal basis o1gonilfully established on n single idea nor on a negative proposition we cannot logically say that there is no God then call our statement an af firmative proposition nor reasons 1hly claim to be the defender ofn nonentityNo int being knows whether there is or is not a Owl sonic where in the boundless universe and wo should not waste too much time in discussing the sulnoct Whether the God of the Whip a heavenly frillier exists whether he inspir ed the writers of the hook and the many questions relating to the ron tents of the hook are subjetcs for dicl1f ion should be settled ns as nossihlc in the minds all intelligent persons so that time may be hind for other subjects Life too short for everything too brief for unimportant tuning We have little or no time for nn lure beauty and literature for love for learning and doing for onythingoutsido of business In a world of beauty and plenty we stand horrified at wars the exploitations and degradations of our fellows grieved because of crimes ignor once null poverty and perplexed by contests between capitalists and la borers Where is true wisdom to hI- t found Where are the thinkers and philosonhers Let them get to jrether here anti everywhere Who will immortalize his nome by stnrt ring the True Church the church that searches for the truth the churchof truth and of of na hue andscience of brotherhood and humanity of justice and coop oration JMigibn is with its votaries a 11dccp conviction a cherished fad or a business policy and the church is n social home to which many are greatly attached through many years t Association Christians said fit Ingersoll We do notwant to hear him because he would toke away our religion and church affec tions and rive its no substitute Hid Ingersoll been an orgnnizer of men and gone forth with a com plete system of rightliving and the de rmiIntion and preparation to form a liberal soeieb in every place he lectured he would have accom plished much more than he did In union there is strength By the fluence purl force of combination great and good results can he ob tamed Let there be n church with doors broad enough for all to enter A wise man said that many make failures because they live upon lialfthetruth principle Atheists have even denounced the exploitation of the human race by priests hut with If exceptions hove overlooked the exploitationof the lelnless by governments politicians and capitalists the enslavement and degradation of the poor by the owners of the earth The many have been exploited worked for pro fit by the favored few and monopolized interests and this is legitimately part of our anarchistic competitive war system of living Let us not find fault with the people mil institutions that surround us hut attack the competitive system thot makes them what they are 1 C STEINER Lexington KY P SAt who wish help from a society wholly or in part on the lines above defined ore requested to send their names to the office of the Undo POLITICS SHALL WE DISCUSS IT IN THE BLADE Editor flue Grass Blade Mr Geo Junghanys letter In the Blade April 10th has called forth timorous comments and reopened tho question as to whether tho Blade should discuss politics as well as igion It formerly discussed politics from the Prohibition standpoint prin cipally and the gradual elimination the feature seemed an Improve ment Whether a return to this feat Is desirable is extremely question de the tendency In every trade occupation science and profession is wad specialization Instead of di versification and this specialization seems to promote accurate knowledge and progress as the jack of allI trades Is generally master of none and for accurate Information or service on any point vro generally go cr to saute ppeclnllBt In lint line Like wise with magazines nnd newspapers so that thoroughly covering the one broad Held of llntlonnllsm by de voting all space and energy thereto seems better than diverting and dis sipating thnt space nail energy In vnr lOlls other channels or directions Ono world nt n time Is a Free thought motto and one thing at n time nnd that done well Is prefer ble to many done Indifferently through diverted energy It is not n question of toleration of other poll ical and economic ideas but of space energy and specialization Those studying astronomy medicine pout cal economy spiritualism Socialism etc naturally get magazines devoted entirely to those subjects and nation alists do likewise In fact I have heard some of Uie subscribers got you soy that If so much of your space wns to be devoted to Socialism to which they were conscientiously opposed they would stop subscribing It is not a matter of toleration but of paying for what you donut believe In just like n Freethinker taking a church paper We well know that politics Is thor oughly corrupt and that politicians generally are tricky selfish preju diced and tyrannical and consequent ly thnt our government unjustly sors the malls permits a union of church and State religious persecu lion Industrial and monoplles im prisoned Editor Mboro and fosters much other Injustice Yet In spite all these facts Socialists want to give the government that is the corrupt politlclanlsm manipulating tstlmore money and powerIn fact all thnt we Individuals have so that we shall loose our property and Individ uality entirely and become the mere tools of these corrupt politicians called the State with no capital or power whatever to oppose them- myself am an all around ormer and have sacrificed to reform work much of my money and tunicli fact many of the best years of my life that devoted entirely to business would have made me many thousands of dollars richer as reform workers with me in New York Boston Chi go Now Orleans Washington other cities can abundantly attest but I cant endorse any socalled re form that abolishes Individual lie sponslblllty or turn all the hard earn ings and meager savings of genera tions of industrious economical pros ident individuals into the hands of recklesS thieving politi Clans no matter what sweet sound ing false name it assumes First form the politicians who constitute the government and in the sweet by and by when they are all angels antI In next world besides then we may talk about Socialism provid ed they dont have some living agent to represent them here who like the preachers who claim to represent God Almighty as owner of all we sess claim tho right through this divine agency to ourselves our souls and all our produccts and savings Socialism is only another form of Christianity sometimes called Chris tian Socialism in line with the com munism Christ taught denying Indl vidual rights responsibility arid own ership by Imputing nil ownership to God or the State on the ground that vox popll vox Deltine voice of the people is the voice of God and consequently God or the people collec tively own everything and tho Indi vidual nothingnot even himself and hence has no rights whatever that majorities are hound to respect Its doctrine is might majority makes rightSocialism courts the church under the name of Christian Socialism and Freethinkers under pretense of church opposition and whoever is fooled thereby Is not wise Capital Is a good thing and wo all want more of it especinlly the Blade Why denounce It The more of the Individuals pro ducts and savings the government owns the less there Is left for Indl vldauls under It to own Hence the richer the government the poorer Its subjects and vice versa and tho less Incentive they have to produce pro serve and economize Let the Blade stick mainly to Ra tionalism Incidentally discussing pol tics Socialism etc only as related to the main question and It will merit and attain Increased success Sincerely yours for nationalism first foremost and always- D WEUSTgR GROH Hngerstown Md North Montpelier Vt J hoe had the pleasure for several yeas post of rending the Blue Grass IJlado through your subscriber here Martin Ifol lister I wus a subscrib er for years to the Truth Seeker and of course enjoyed the state rents advanced by it Hew to the line and let the chip fall where they lay 1 am a skeptic all wool and yard wide Into been from boyhood up dont grow any better as I grow older cannot find any consolation in L t J rending the good hook makes mo hot admire your grit nnd fool lessness in advoeating the cause we advocate mud endorse any may be not always policy to openly advocate lilt nevertheless which nm poUr or no policy free to advocate herewith enclose nnomev order on my ollice for for which send to my address the llluc Gross IMade for venr11 G NY- EHANCINC Of Atheist Neldermelcr as Viewed By the Baltimore American Chowsvillc Md April 28 1904 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear SIrYou will find enclosed i for renewal of paper I also enclose you clipping from Baltimore Ameri can Would like to have you comment on it If you think It worthy GEO DAHLHAMER The account of the hanging except- Ing the headlines and the beginning Is pretty much the same as thnt given In the other papers The headlines and beginning of the account In tho Baltimore American a Catholic paper is as follows THEIST LOST HIS BRAVADO Marx and Van Dine Who Had Pro fessed Catholicism Went Calmly to Their Doom Willie Neldormeler Who Had Boasted of His Nerve Was Carried Half Dead to the Scat fold Sensational Incidents of the Triple Execution Chicago April 22 Atheist to the last but seemingly unnerved plete Peter Neldermelen the lender of the car barn bandits was hanged today from a chair contrasting with his companions In crime Gustav Marx and Harvey Van Dine who standing erect kissed an Image of Christ and died without a tremor three executions were separate 20 minutes apart the same scaffold being used for all Only once before In the large number of executions that have taken place at the jail In this city has it been necessary to carry a condemned man to gallows as Neldermeler was today The crime for which the three band Its paid the penalty was ono of eight murders which the three men are known to have committed that of Francis W Stewart a clerk in the car barns of tho Chicago City Railway r Neldermcier had boasted caution ally of his courage but as the last moments approached he collapsed and was unable to take three consecutive steps of a march to the gallows The account of the hanging as giv en In the last Blade by Dr Wilson seems to assume that Neldermeler was an Atheist last so far as know he was not even an Infidel All the evidence that have heard about his religious convictions was that ho declined tho professional services of Catholic priests People who are hung are nearly always Catholics and to decline the offices of the priest at ones hanging seems to be regarded as an evidence of Infidelity I do not think that Neldermelcr Is known to any Infidel organization or to any Infidel propagandist or Infidel editor as an Infidel If he had been an Infidel of any standing the chances are that some Chicago Infidel would have written something about him to the Blade probably something proposing to vestigate his case and do something for him if ho deserved It but haV3 never heard a word for him In any Infidel paper nail I exchange with them all If Neldermoler was an Infidel even though not nn Atheist it Is the first case I have ever known In all my long experience In Infidel journalism of any Infidel having been hung So think think it far more probable that Neldermeler was some luau of a Christian and that tho priests have lied about his case because he did not die going through the usual Catholic hocus pociis that people nearly al ways do when they are going to be hangedI that Chicago Infidels will find out fully about Neldermelers case and report It to Blade and that If any Infidel editor or Infidel propa gandist of any kind knows anythIng about his record ho or she will report It to me It Is of course possible that an In fidel might bo a murderer but It Is highly Improbable lint wo want to know and to publish thin truth about It whatever that may be way tho Baltimore American gloats over tho fact that Neldermler was an Atheist alleged Indicates that It Is an exceptional case and the way It tolls of placid deaths of the other two men Indicates that they nearly always Catholics that get hung Fund out and write me the facts about it f ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD I GREAT REDUCTION IN ONE WAY RATES TO California THE NorthWest DAILY TO APRIL 30 1904 5550 FRISCO CALIFORNIA APRIL 23 TO MAY auEXCURSION TICKETS TO HOYMPRINCS ARKAND POINTS IN TEXAS DAILY UNTIL APRIL 30 1904 ROUGH PERSONALLY CONDUCTED EXCURSION SLEEP ERS TO CALIFORNIA TEXAS NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA TWICE A WEEK REDUCED ONEWAY COLONIST AND HOME SEEKERS EX CURSION 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 growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee Mississippi and Louisiana Every Farmer or Ilomoseeker who will for ward his name and address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circu lars Nos to 11 inclusive and others as they arO published from month to month Call on or address nearest railroad Agent or address F W HARLOW DIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY I I LAND IS WEALTHMo- rethan thatland Is the source of all wealth Tho ratio of to acreage Is the sliding scale upon which oportunlty Is guaged determined Cut the num ber of landholders In any State In tho Union In two and what Is the result Its simple arithmetic oportunltics doubled In that State What Is threefourths the popula tion be eliminated Opportunities quadrupled and so on Thats the condition In the great Southwest Arkan sas Indian Territory and Oklahoma territory is supporting less onefourth the population of Its capacity Fertile a land where two yearly vegetable crops are demonstrated possibilitiesthe greatest fruit section In the country but thats only halt the story The low ratio of poulation to acreage makes land cheap thats the main point Theres room for success In the great Southwest Illustrated literature sent on request GEO H LEE P A Little Rock Ark H McGUIRE P HOWARD T P A CINCINNATI OHIO Special Excursions to St Louis The C H D Ry will run spec excursions to the Worlds Fair each Tuesday and Thursday from May 17th to June 30Ui 1904 The excursionists will find this line most convenient In view of the fact that C H D enters St Louis over the Wabashttracks gaining the advantage of the Wabash station right at the mafuentrance fo the grounds In addlUu to the regular Un ion station terminal The Wabash Is the only Ine having a station at tho grounds To all who desire to avn 1them selves of the ample accommodations of the many large hotels concenlent to the main entrance the arrangement by which the C H D can check baggage direct to the station will ery convenient avoiding possible delay antI inconvenience of a long trans fer through the city advantages of fered by no other lino from this ter ritory 125 Cincinnatiand VIA QUEEN CRESCENT SUNDAYMAY 11 Special Trains Leave Lexington 730 A Ask ticket Agents for Particulars i kl t LOUISVILE TO LOS ANGELES AND AND RETURN 1904 fruit population This vast than 1904 thus SAN ONE FARE PLUS 2 For the Round Trip DOLLARSI IFirst and Third of Each Month JOLLY A FEW OFtMY PRICES MENS BEST WATCHES 18Size all In 20Year GoldFilled Screw Cases Prepaid Hnmpden Special Rwy 23 jewels 35 50 Same 21 jewels 27 00 New Rwy 23 jewels 29 John Hancock Jewels 25 00 Dueber Watch Co jewels 21 Same 17 Jewels C- Grand 17 Jewels Same Jewels 10 Same 7 jewels 25 Klgln Verltas or Wfllthara Vanguaid 23 Jewels 32 Father Time or Crescent Street 21 Jewels 25 00 B W Raymond orhA Tracy Premier 17 Jewels 2200 Wheeler 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subscriber to the Blade but am going to sub scribe when his tme ia outED WIN T QINOB if