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chased at reasonable prices If you want to secure a home or make an vestment In good farm lands Investi gate this section If you will tell me what you want o and tho amount you have to invest I will furnish you with lists and of lands and valuable Home seekers excursion pricesI t the Southwest are on sale on Itand third Tuesdays of each ono taro plus 200 for tho trip These tickets pave a final roundI of 21 days and permit a directions south of Windsor OPIportuntly GEORGE MORTON P and T A M K and T Ry St Louis Mo THE FAST TRAIN To California are run over the Union Pacific VIa Omaha 16 hours er quicker to San Francisco than any other line No change of roads no detours The Overland Route all tho way Be sure your ticket reads over tile Union Pacific Inquire LI W H CONNOR G A 63 East Fourth St Cincinnati Ohio all l- I NUTESE44 81 0 OF THE CONGRESS OF THE Np TIONAL LIBERAL PARTY HELD IN ST LOUIS MO OCT 2223 1904 StLouis Mo Oct 22 1904 The annual Congress of the Nation GtImeindeOct 22 1904 Dr J B Wilson president of the Party opened the Congress with an annual message After tho deliver of the message It was discussed by a number of those present and upon me tlon It was received and spread upon the minutes of the Party The chair appointed the following on Credentials Geo W McCormick J H With rey and I M Miller- Committee 6n Resolutions DrI J Bowles Charles C Moors J F Linton Moses Harman W C Wagoribf Sander Soil and J L Pet bles tA recess was taken till afternoon The afternoon session opened with Dr J B Wilson In the chair Tho committee on credentials reported as follows We the committee on credential of tho National Liberal Party hold that all persons whose names are rolled as members be entitled to vet on all measures coming before this Congress Signed GEO MCORMICK I M MILLER The committee on resolutions sub mittod tho following resolutions Resolved that it Is tho sense of the National Liberal Party that Its or ganizatlon should be preserved Intact and that it Is tho duty of Its members to oppose all political parties that be Hove In special privileges or any measures that oppress the masses Carried Resolved that a pure domocra cy or government of the people Is the ideal state to the achievement ol which all Rationalists should contrlb uto their time money and energies A minority report was submit ted by Mr Moses Harman of the com mlteo reading osolvedthnwcooperaUv6 Indlvld uallsm otherwise called the coopera tlvo commonwealth eliminating all government of man by his fellowman is tho Ideal stato to the practlcallza tlon of which all Rationalists should contribute of their time money and report was not adopt ed Resolved that justice knows no sex and that all Rationalists are in duty bound to aid In relieving women of all her disabilities and placing her upon perfect equality with her broth er man Carried Moses Harman offered a resolution to be added to the above Tho resolu lion read Resolved that as Rationalists we recognize womans primal right of con trol In the matter of creating new hu man beings anti In order that their right be practlcallzed wo demand tho abolition of all laws that deny to woman the absolute ownership and trol of her own person Upon motion the amendment was laid on tho table Resolved that all Rationalists are In duty bound to oppose all wars except in self dofense and that the Hague movement for arbitration of all national controversies should be couraged and promoted Carried Resolved that the National eral Party is in hearty sympathy with tho Japanese people and that we be love that tho triumph of Russia In the Japanese Russian war woud t worldwide calamity to the moral welfaro of the human race Carried dejlIartmentreat evil and that all should labor for its abolition j Resolved that we CarriedI condemn tho practice and President Roosevelt In seeking the aid if the ecclesiastic power of Rome for tin reelection by Implied If not pressed promises of special privileges In this Republic Carried Resolved that it is tho duty of all Rationalists to oppose tho horrible iractlco of lynching and that we should use all legitimate means to suppress It and further wo believe hat all discipline for crime should be eformatory Carried Resolved that the alms and purposes of the late Worlds Congress at tome to rid tho world of superstition md ecclesiastical tyranny marks an era In tho history of the race and wo tail with Joy the glorious promise that fawned when this Congress convened Carried 10 Resolved that Sunday as a holy lay Is absurd and that the enforco sent by tho government in deference to the wish of priests and rellg onlsts should be combatted until ery day In tho week Is regarded as iqually sacred Carried 11 Resolved that the exemption of church property from taxation Is vie ous and unconstitutional and a great injustice to a large portion of he citizens of this Republic and we declare it to be our duty to make con Inued war upon this Injustice until all church property Is made to contribute a fair share of taxation for the support of the government Carried 12 Resolved that all religious ser p J vices In our public schools In defer enco to tho demands of church dlgnl taries are a violation of tho Constltu tlon an Injustice to all nonbollovcn In divine revelation and all Rational Ists should nxort themselves the channel of legislation to practice discontinued In all throughI and also In Congress all Carried bodies and In tho army navy 13 Resolved Moreover that w are unalterably opposed to tho con trol now exorcised by churchmen tho selection of textbooks In the pub He schools Carried 14 Resolved that It Is tho duty of all Freethinkers to encourage free dom of thought freedom of speech and freedom of the press and to as slst in the defence of all persons or societies of whatever creed or party when persecuted for expression of igious or political beliefs Carried IThe following resolution was offered Resolved that we as Rationalists are unalterably opposed to all dls criminations against foreigners in the matter of freedom of speech and of press on account of the accident of motion a vote on this resolu dayIDr N T Harris Miss Lulu M Gib son and J H Livingston The meeting thereupon adjourned to moot at 8 in tho evening Evening Meeting The evening meeting reopened with Dr Wilson in tho chair Due notice having been given of the proposed changes in the Constitution and ByLaws of tho National Liberal Party the following amendment was offered for passage To change article IV section so as to read that the Executive Board shall be composed of the president vice president treasurer and secre tary The amendment was adopted Article VI of the Constitution was changed to read as follows That the secretary and trcasuer shall each give surety in a reliable bond pany the premium to bo paid by tho organization in such an amount as may be decided upon by the Execu tive Board Miss Elizabeth Wiley of St Louis offered tho following resolution Resolved that the name of this organiza tion be changed from the National Liberal Party to the American Free tlioii Xssocratlon The resolution was adopted Mr Moses Harman of Chicago thereupon favored the Congress wltb an interesting address An amendment to the Constltulon article XVIJI was adopted The ar tide now reads as follows No change shall be made in this Constitution except by a twothirds majority of the vote cast by the mem bers present and absent at the annual Congress notice of such change must bo filed with the secretary two months prior to the Congress The secretary shall make public the same in one or all representative Journals and If no such notice had been given It can be passed by a unanimous vote of those present at tho Congress The meeting adjourned St Louis Mo Oct 23 1904 The morning meeting was opened with Dr T J Bowles In the chair Minutes of the proceedings of Oct 12 were read and upon motion approv id The following resolution was taken from the table- Resolved that wo as Rationalists iro unalterably opposed to all dls ruminations against foreigners in the matter of freedom of speech and press in account of tho decedent of birth The resolution after considerable discussion was adopted President Wilson entered the room while the above resolution was being discussed and took the chair Letters wore next read from Mrs Harriet M CIoz Webster City Iowa Walter Hurt Cincinnati 0 Aaron Davis Frederick Md and others and vero ordered Incorporated In tho minutes of the procedlngs of the Amcrl cnn Freothought Association Mr Morris Sachs road a paper he Decalogue after which the onr lon of officers were taken up Dr Wilson declined a reelection as president and Mrs Josephine K Hen ry was nominated On motion tho ules of order woro suspended and Ire Henry was elected president of the American Freothoughl Associa Ion by acclamation Dr J B Wilson was elected by ac amatlon first vicepresident Mrs Harriet M Cloz of Webster City Iowa was elected second vce president and dies Lulu M Gibson of St Elmo Cenn was elected third vicepresl lent Morris Sachs was elected secretary and Morgan Wamsloy elected treasurer of the association The neeting then adjourned till the after noon Afternoon Session Tho afternoon session opened with Dr Wilson in tho chair He next troduced Dr T J Bowles of Muncie nd who delivered an exhaustive ad Iress entitled Decay of Superstition Tho auditing committee reported hat they found the books of the secretary and treasurer correct and agree ngThe chair next Introduced Mr Chas 1 Moore who addressed tho Congress The meeting thereupon adjoruned 1118 oclock In the evening Evening Session Dr T J Bowles Introduced the res 1 2 i f olutlon In memory of our departe comrades which Is published In ai lopueDr the Congress with an able and exhaustive ProblomsI of adjourne tho Ex Secretary FLIRTING IN CHURCH RECEIVES COMMENDATION Chicago Oct Flirting can be carried on In church to good advan tagtt according to a statement Issued by fho Rev M B Williams chair mar the committee on ouuuath ob servanco of the Rock River conference of tho Methodist EpIscopal chufch There Is no reason why young per son should not cultivate each others acquaintance from behind hymn boo s declared Mr Williams e are Klad to havo them come to churcl on any pretext Flirting Is as good an 09 any Frivolity during religious service ho to be expected of Amer lean But that some good compllshed even under these condli lions he declared was Indisputable Tire expectation of seeing a young woroan homo has brought many a boy to church for the urst time he said Amid tho lovemaking there is a chance for religious Influence to steal lniI have frequently said In the Blade that the church Is kept up by the sexual opportunities It offers but did not ex peel a preacher to say so PREACHER AND WOMAN IN THE CASE The Register and Leader Des follies Iowa gives an account of Rov A L Crltchloe of New Sharon who was arrested together with Mrs M F Merrlck of Fremont on informs tlon sworn out by Mrs Critchloe that her husband had been guilty of adul tery He Is a Methodist Mrs Merreck Is a famous beauty and was living with her husband on a farm near Fremont mistress In a hap py home CrltcWoo In order to get to the woman disguised himself as a car penter They were captured In a room to gather as they were freeing to Oska loosa They were released under bond of 500 each 1 OUR CONDITIONS Aimeeting of the National Lib erty Party now known as the Amerl can Freethought Association the re port of the Treasurer Mr Morgan Wamsley showed a balance on hand October 1st 1904 of 10359 Since then the Secretary begs leave to acknowledge the following receipts Thos Knott Taege Edw Helgesen Henry A Engler J F Linton J S Cantell J franklin Wright J B Peobles Jas H Livingston Archie Livingston Mern Loratio I M Miller Moses Harman Christian J Zletlnger Truman Jenks R H Walker W C Wagoner W W Boyd W C Daly W A Whinnery J M Austin J T Mason G M Gibson Schyler La Tour ett David Worth Glenn D Peak W H Steen Mrs E Drury L C Bailey A J Armstrong Mrs E E Armstron N H Myers H G Smith Geo Wills Geo Light All of the above paying ono dollar each Saml E Cchmltko 200 and T J Wyscarver 1000 Morris Sacks SecyI OFFICERSIOf the At tho recent meeting of the Anion can Freethought Associationthe now name for the National Liberal Party Dr J B Wilson gracefully stepped aside from the presidential chair to have it graced by that great Amen can only cosmopolitan Mrs Josephine Henry of Versailles Kentucky The officers elected are as followsIMrs Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky President Dr J B Wilson Cin 1o1rS1Harriet Sieves 0 Treasurer Morris Sacks of Cincinnati O Secretary The Louisville Iowa Tribune One J B Wilson writes of Bishop Potters SubWay tavern in New York city and describes It as ono of the low live 4th rate saloons having the only edeeming feature of ejecting men vhen or before they get full a trait already common to many other dives Jays Its no tavern at all but a stink ng filthy hole 14x60 divided by a par ition into rooms one tot ladles and mo for men but nelthor fit for even non He saw one man putout who claimed he know more as to tho amount his appetite demanded than tho proprietor did and so cuss words vero freely indulged In by both parties and fire arms at last brought Into requisition It Is my opinion that this avora business with heavens bless- Ing hanging over It will not solve but help perpetuate the liquor curse The solution if ever made will be through otal abstinence we must not through mpatlenco surrender to or compromise with tho enemy Evolution moves slowly especially with the lower ments of humanity the nearer like sav ages humanity is the slower they vance They must first wade through teas of blood oceans of tears and itentiaries of criminals before they will turn their backs to the assassin ator of their joys J ST LOUIS FREETHOUGHT CONGRESS As Prfsirltnt will mako a brief ru LouisIlnstI will first say that I went there awayIwas to tho Freethought Interest I had served in Europe which contrasted with the general apathy hero Tho hall In which we met was In an of the way place and very difficult to find and no doubt many did not at tend on this account I met several afterwards who stated that they could not find the place As It was we had sixtynine members present which with the St Louis addition made a fair sze audience As we had no advertisement in the St Louis papers a serious mistake tho Liberals of St Louis did not know of our presence and consequently we did not have them to help fill the hall There Is quite a strong German Freethought organization in St Louis These had held an International Free thought Congress the week preced goodIAmerican Secular Union allied Itself with the St Louis organization and consequently had the St Louis people for an audience Otherwise they would have had a Buffalo The St Louis Freethinkers did not unite with the American Secular Un ion as was hoped To throw off all pretense and buncombe both the gresses of the American Secular Un ion and the National Liberal Party were fizzles of the first magnitude Considering that they were held in the great central city of the country and at n time when a great exposition was being held and a general gather Ing of the masses was taking place the assemblies were in fact pitiably Insignificant As before stated if the A S U hadnt tacked on to the St Louis Freethinkers It would have been without an audience And with us we had only sixtynine members Tho local Frcothought ganization of Sl Louis deserving of praise The two Great Nation al Organizations have no occasion to strut and cockadoodledoo The Rome Congress may have spoil ed us a little bit but I must say that I expect every other Liberal to have the same Interest and enthusiasm as myself and unless we make up and take nn Interest In these meetings ganization will never amount to any thing In this country We are away behind the foreign Freethinkers Why they expect to go to Buenos Ayres two years from now in order to slack tho movement in South America A lot of Liberals In this country would not go fifteen miles to attend a Congress They are seemingly blind to the fact of the fight we have on handthat right hero is where superstition is to make Its last final standthat It has monopoly back of Itthat It Is fast working emissaries Into naval and military official positions and In every way strengthening Itself while we are sitting around looking on and gaping at the danders whch menace us Now let us try to do better Come right up like men and women and identify yourselves with us It you dont llko us go and Join the A S U Show your colors somewhere Be Lib oralsbe Freethinkers bo broad minded The name of the organization was changed from The National Liberal Party to that of American Freethouqht Association Miss Wiley of St Louis a bright little Heathen has the honor of nam ing the Association Some twelve or fifteen names were proposed and the 3iio proposed by her was made the holco This think is the best name that ould have been selected As wo are now Identified with Tha International Freethought Associa ion tho word National would be confusing and this we changed to we changed to Free thought which explicitly states our the objectionable word Party was changed to Now If there Is and there Is here AssociationI ill sail under you who havo af your dislike to the old name will fall right back with the ranks You must do it If you would have organi zation to liveIt you would have meeting and good cheer and give you official heart and courage- I will bo greatly discouraged and tic have not attended a more Immediate rush of membership Our little band was very enthusias tic have not ottended a more earnest and enjoyable meeting You miss ed It by not Brethcring comingIyou and come and cause Theres always room at tho mourners bench so come right up Now is tho accepted time and day of Salvation It was proposed to reduce the annual fee of one dollar to fifty cents but owing to the number that 4 lr f have dropped out we could not afford memj 4 can members wo will reduce It to 25 cents Your President anInspiration followIngwhere forthewehaveadministration the membership was reduced Dont let the same bo said when hers Is ended I am sure the new name of the organization and the new name of its President will act as a charm to bring back the back slider and pull In tho newly convict ed so come to Josephine right now f I was given the second place on the havebeen Y two who have Ijtogether ftIt1laborswork as a private as earnestly as ipresident I bellevo In passing the offices around I believe In avoiding even the appearance of cliques and gangs want to see the young earn est worker honored with office There are no clique or wirepullings In The American Freethought Associa tion We want bright able young men and women to come with us and push to the front If you want to be president all you have to do Is to work for the place- I would call attention to the econ omy with which the organization has been conducted Tho only salary Is that of the SecretarYfive dollars monthand he surely earns ittherpdstage of the secretary was only for the past year The other officials put in no bill for the amount they ex panded I did not keep account of my postage but am satisfied It was two or three times the amount of the may be some of you who cimaginedbeing founded for Power and Profit Dont be so obtuse or get frightened tso easily The offices are open to any worthy person who may aspire to them The only salaried person earns the salary three or four times over The secretary and treasurer are under bond In the Baltimore Surety Co and your money Is safe The work postage and expenditures of all other officials have been gratis The bus ness conduct of the organization r should be an inducement for all to Join There should be no splitting of k hairs among Liberals Now let us all get a hustle on our selves Let us have an organization commensurate with the size and dig IdentityIlet us send our Second Vice Pres If sho cannot go Whats the matter with s Dr Bowles Let us get in line and keep In touch with the worlds greatest movement the political and roll Slous emancipation of mankind have withheld my foreign letter this week In order to make room for the report of the Congress- I have to report a balance of 175 from amount subscribed for my trip Secretary Sachs collected 25 at St Louis So there is 200 with which to publish tho book I will havo to get more subscribers In order to publish It but Mr Sachs things this will come In Some think the best thing to do would be to publish all I have to say in the Blade and help the Dlade out with the money on hands Dont forget to send your name and lollar at once for membership In the American Freethought Association JBW IN MEMORIAM a TO THE DEPARTED MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN FREETHOUGHT ASSOCIATION In the recent Congress of tho AmerIiican Freethought Association name 1 changed from the National Liberal Party Dr T J Bowles of Muncie Ind introduced the following tribute taTo the families of our dead comrades Coming and going appearing and disappearing living and dying is an eternal decree of Nature and since our 3k last meeting some of our comrades rt hrestAssociation feel authorized to say to their sorrowing friends that their lov ed ones are sleeping peacefully and will never again be touched with pain or sorrow d BAD PREACHER At Morrlstown Pa Miss Blanche Gertrude Keck having brought suit against Rev Edgar J Hellman for breach of promise was awarded 3000 by the court In default of tho payment of which he would have to go to jail for three months 4 1 READ DOG FENNEL At The Ape of 77 Endorsee It all nnd Says his own Dook About The Land Did Not Tell The Truth tt Mr CharUw C Moore My dear slr1 kern just fttdtld resdrag your book Iron Fnel In the Octant And M find your oonolunln In ragnrd to the IMblB so thoroughly In with my own after my trn tvlmrntOR Orient I write you thin lot P tor to net your addrCARnll I wnnt to of my book I took sond you a copy tho trip in the Orient In and n- tt that limo my mind was not so thoro oughly oonvlnced as to the truth ot my opinion on the subject of rollglo or religious beliefs as It Is now Hnd written my candid opinions In m book such opinions na I now enter tarn not n copy of It could I have sohl So you will find that quoto script turo in reference to places and Incl donts with but slight or no porsonnl comment t I havo enjoyed reading your bool and endorse tho views you express t therein from beginning to end- sincerelyYours J M FORD f Paris Texns LETTER TO THE CONGRESS IF Friends and Freethinkers Upon the occasion of the first congress of tho National Liberal Party I sent ou Iwhich gcetlngs and a message in that told of trlpredictionventured a umph for Rationalism and subsequent results have abundantly vindicated my The cause Is com f prophetic powers ot Ing into Its own Your president whom we all are proud has Just rotur ed from tho most momentous meeting 1 ofthousands of the country where men and women spat upon Supers and flung dc tlon in Its stronghold fiance Into the face of decrepit Rome In thesovereign And the supremo of superstition once the most po realm oulcould erful of earths potentates utter his Impotent inprccatlor that carrieddemonstrationagainst a dismay to the hearts of a paraslt clergy both popish and protestant the world over This Worlds Congress of Freethinkers Is the most wonderful the most significant tho most bcncl clal event recorded in all recent his tory Thus has my prophecy known the flower of fulfillment and wo ma ashopo that soon there shall come to It f7 a fruition And in your own congress today though smaller Its scope is embodied a significance not proportionately less This great exposition In cit where you are forgathered Is a mater 1 ial and definite expression of your loft Lf tlcst labors and most aspiring alms It Is the legitimate fruit of Free thoughtthe tangible token of devel opment of achlevment made possl 1Jblonot only by the martyrs who hat for men but also by those who 1stili live and labor in the sacred cause intellectual independence f To slay the spectre of fear that t haunts the human brainto scatter f tho shadows that hover about the heart to point tho rainbow through the midst of tearsto sow the silver r seed of dawn In the dark field of sup erstltlon tleso my comrades are a part of your splendid missions Iet the blind world build monuments to y Its murderers today for to yoults saviors who strive and Often suffer for right and reason will pillars of ro Fffmembrance bo reared in human hearts days of the deathless 3 years With cordial assurances of a com radeship that reaches all the way from t Cincinnati to St Louis I am r Yours verily WALTER HURT LETTER TO THE CONGRESS Webster City Iqwa Oct 20 304 To the National Liberal Party In gress Assembled St Louis Mo Greeting I regret very much my In y ability to meet with you at this time and in the place whose fame was mnle possible by the early work of the dels Paine and Jefferson When reviewing the grandeur and magnificence spread abroad In the Loulsana Purchase Exposition it If apparent that Its present state of per r fectlon has been reached through the indomitable perseverance tho untiring skill of thousands of toilers All the faith and devotion of the ages all tho prayers that were ever uttered could not have accomplished this result and yet we behold all about us our brothers and sisters kneeling In tho dust with upturned faces pleading for place In tho city of light whore tho gates arc of pearl and tho streets of gold Wo Lea- i their agonized cry for forgiveness that they may occupy tho many mansions the house not made with hands eter nal in the heavens Knowing then that there are hun dreds of thousands of these deluded victims of superstitious teaching it Is Incumbent upon members of the Na onal Liberal Party to Inculcate a sense of the duty of human beings to each other instead of to an unknowa ble being In the skies We must buckle on the armor of Rationalism and not lay it aside until tho power of priestcraft Is broken Tho report of the Freethought Con gress at Romo by tho president of the National Liberal Party makes It plain that the contest between superstition and reason has been transferred from Southern Europe to tho United States and our work is therefore clearly de fined and I believe that Dr J B Wil son of Cincinnati is tho man to lead our forces Success to this convention and to Rationalism everywhere Yours for H H R HARRIET M CLOSZ SHORT LETTERS McConnellsvllle O Enclosed 100 for tho Blade for one year I saw a copy lately and like it very much Notice tho enclosed clipping which shows the tendency of the times STANBERY ALDERMAN st Louis MoI enclose you a clip lIj i 4l ping regard to your old church thnt tiny Interest you Now the qlllalloll that conies to my mind Is What Ielnll of n newspaper notice art you JoreeI thinkers going In get Why are you not known ovcrywhe ns the Father of Infidelity the same Dowle Is known ns tho head of church lust because Infidelity la popular and any kind of a relllouRIfool Is popular Tho tho country aro tho greatest educators and until they tako up Infidelity tho same ns they publish accounts of nU things religious Infidelity wilt not got to the front and become popular WM LANDING Lima OhloIn tho article In tho Blade of Oct 9th headed UOOSOolt a historian and general faultfind shatters Americas Ideals como to his rescue by saying that we all Imow that It is mostly through prejudice that those faults are found against Roosevelt Wo all have our likes and dislikes of people even Dr Wilson and Robert Ingorsoll Wo know that If Roosevelt had or become a statesman wo nover would have heard of those things thoy say Roosevelt said about other Areat menWhat his enemies say against him counts for nothing for as I said wo all have our likes and dislikes of peo pie like Napoleon- Dr Wilson In his article speaks of Napoleon as a great and heroic man good In every act and deed noble and the difference between Dr WIl sons and Ingersolls ilea of Napoleoi Dr Wilson of him as the mightiest comblnntioll of mental and physical energy that ever trod the earth and that out of the convulse element of this strange being democracy received a new birth and 11berty a new baptism Vhe lo Napoleon Ingersoll speaks of the crimes pOleon has committed of the blood he has made and of the crime of crimes he committed by forcing only woman he ever loved from his heart by the cold hand of ambltiot And Ingersoll says he would rathe go down to tonguless silence of dreamless night than to have been that In penal impersonation of force and murder known as Napoleon tha Great Now see the difference of opinion So with us all Some admire while otl ors dislike the same man or womar So we all have a right to our Ions Some like the Blade and some dont Somo like Mr Moore and some dont But I like them both regard less of what others think As for Napoleon and Roosevelt will leave them to othersno I will take part of this back- I will leavo Napoleon to others to think as they plenso of him I havi read his history and I dont like him take sides with Ingorsoll In that but think no less of Dr Wilson for prals Ing him for of course ho surely was a great man It ho was a mean one And so with Roosevelt they cannot deny that ho Is a great man oven It ho has like others made mistakes and some may think ho is a mean man But to take him personally no Ono can dispute his good qualities He Is great by birth and breed Inj and yot a man of tho people In the best sense With tho learning of a scholar and easy accessibility of a ranchman he a man of tho library and of the world a soldier statesman reader md writer With the sensibility of the poet and the steel nerve of the rough rider ht one who never did and never could turn his back upon a friend or an ene my He Is a man so great that he could perIonnUlysight ire like Dr Wilson describes Na poleons so many and great that lose sight of his faults when wo weI 3f his merits So a few lont hurt him I am much with the Blade Mrs Henrys letter was good and I enjoy Dr Wilsons letters I have been trying to get some new subscribers but this Is a poor neighborhood to get subscribers for in Infidel paper There are too man Catholics In It I will have to try some other part of the town But I will keep on trying I may succeed tome day Wishing the Blade success remain yours truly MRS NELLIE EVANS Moline Kans Enclosed please find for renewal for the Blue Grass 3Iade I cannot get along without It sooner do without my breakfast tot the next year It Is a grand educator Excuse lead pencil my hand Is lams and It Is hard for me to use a pen Jive my love to Mrs Moore Toll her am 72 years old and am perfectly content ns to the future Love to all the Blade family ELLA P HUNT San Antonio TexasI have always liked you and still like you In spite of your criticism of myself In my pinion you are one of tho most re larkablo men this country or any other has produced and when one considers your orthodox antecedents your greatness is all the more apparent I am writing a book on Evolution and expect to havo a good deal say about you It will contain nothing to reflect upon you The death of the Boston Investigator shows that the average frocthlnk er Is bereft of party spirit and patriot- Ism Ingorsoll was wiser than you In his knowing that no one cared for agnos tlclsm per It was tho loving hus bnnd father brother friend who dlod where manhoods morning aK mosl touched noon that enabled him- to touch the groat American masses to the extent of 100000 per annum You thought that because religion and whisky are the two great evils the age a simple statement of fact wOllld engage the interest and atten- tlon of the people The church and whisky aro the two colossal evils of the twentieth century Somo months ago was as devoted to whisky as the pious are to Christ and when the devotional spirit came on me I was a heavy weight shorter ItwtU a In tho nmon corner Whiskey has tho same effect on that religion on tho pious It makes mo think thnt nobody hut thyself hat nay Rllcclnll business on earth and like tho preacher when ho gets In a wrnvt way when Intoxicated was lutely As InRaneIor no Miller City OhloEnclosed 1lG for tho copy of Dog Fennel I subscrt cd for a long time ago but was too poor to pay until now Trust IrMoro will publish his debate with Wilkinson as In my opinion It was very rich affair I will pay 150 for a report of lt not to be smaller than Dog FnnelB T QUINTANCE Penryn Calif Enclosed please finll IIOO to pay for another year for tho good old Blade I read tho account of tho debato between Mr Mooro and- Re Wilkinson and in my judgment the man of God is in tho back ground had a debate with a preacher a tew weeks ago It Is like giving medlcln to the dead HENRY KAISER Cass City MichIn Blue Grass Blade of October 9th 1904 you sny Truly the present Pope would If he could roast Haeckel and Dr Wilson today but the day of roasting Is overPlease put in nn exception for Kct tucky Georgia Texas New Jorso Ohio Mississippi and South Carolina In the United Slates and obllge DANIEL P DEMING From Washington Times Oct 12 DAVID HARUM OF BERKSHIRES MASS IS DEAD Worth 100000 Wore Rags Dies an Infidel Shrewd In a Horse Trade Could Neither Read Nor Write Yet Amassed Fortune and Was Political Power Pittsfield Mass Oct 12Grove Hulbcrt one of tho most characters In tho remnrkableI his home in this city Hurlbert was eightyfour years Ho could neither read no write but massed a fortune estimated at 100 through shrewd Yankee trading Hurlbert was well known to thou undfl of summer visitors in PlttsfioldI Ele walked about the business streets old and ragged clothing and in ap pearance might have been taken for a farmer from a rural Borskhlre town Killed Twelve Men Hurlbert wa a sailor In early life md ho admitted killing twelve per sons In ono fight with a knife snld he preferred a sharp knife to a revolver In an altercation Ho made Jiousands of dollars selling ties sixty rears ago from the Berkshire hills to tho Western Railroad now the ton and Albany No David Unrum was more shrewd a horse trade or n real estate dtfal than Hurlbut His real estate hold- Ings in Berkshire comprised about 100 acres in abount being second on Iy to the October Mountain estate tho late William C Whitney Ho own cd practically all the shore of Pon oosuc LakeCourt of Appeals Ho was a friend of tho lato Senator Henry L Dawes and said ho handled Hr Dawes campaign fund in Lanes boro For the last fifty years there has hardly been a court sitting In which Hurlbut did not have a case on ho trial list and he was frequently jailed tho Court of Appeals Hulbert was an infidel Ho be loved neither In God nor Immortality lo would say Tho Bible was writ ten only for shallow minded and weak minded women It was written to icll and they were no fools who did It Hulbert was six feet three Inches tall and weighed 206 pounds Ho was never known to wear a collar or necktie He detested boiled shirts and store clothes and the last time ho wore them was at the funeral of Senn tor Dawes two years ago Ran Away From Home Born In the west part of Plttsburg lulbert ray away from tho farm when a boy and walked to Boston He was Aone six years on tho sea Always a Republican In politics he at ono time turned the election of Berkshire county by having fifty wood choppers mployed by him register and vote his ticket For tho last six years ho had lived In a 10000 colonial house In a ishlonablo residential section of Ittsburg near tho Country Club Ho called every woman Hannah and addressed well known persons by their first names though hard Iy know them Ho is survived by a widow and three children Washington Times Oct 13 DEATH BED REPENTANCE OF LIFELONG AGNOSTIC lower of Ingersoll Dies a Christian Had Spent His Years In Ridi culing The Bible and the Cloth Plttsfleld Mass Oct 13Grovo- Hulbert a lifelong Agnostic a sharer of Robert Ingorsolls belief a man who for years bad ridiculed tho Bible teased Christianity before his death on Mondfi evening Hulbert was an Illiterate man but keen of wit and possessed a remarkable memory Ho could cite Scripture for his purpose and had often said the Bible Its tho best book that was over written and tho follow who wrote It was no leatherhead It was writIten to sell and It Is only believed by allowbeaded men and weakminded women I dont believe a word of it Ho called dominies hypocites and- was fond of telling of their shortcom Ings He respected clergymen but litItie and greeted a learned clergyman ot a Pittsfield church frequently withI now de do Bill 7IFie had often said ho wanted no m1n1ster mouthing over him when afi j i ho was load Ho asserted that tho and hell there was nn earth Men and women mndo tinallI own happiness or misery After deal ho declared there was nothing Ho had said that ho was oISItlno years old hut tho records of tho clt of Plttnflcld linn his birth r curllull In 1820 Hulbcrt used to say that his people hail tho ditto fixed no that ho wouldnt bo taxed Thats tho first Infidel ever hcnrd of who Raid the Blblo was n tooll ho admitted killing twelve Iler sons ho probably killed a dozen or two more Strange that such amnII in Massachusetts was not punished Ho would have been thought n hnd man oven In Kentucky- It Is not said what church he Join ed HAS ANY WOMAN GONE TO HEAVEN Walton Ind Oct nth E M 304 James E Hughes Dear and respected frlelldI wrlto you a few lines to let you know that still live but am very feeble and nervous I wish to say that tho bate which took place between Charles C Moore and Rev Wilkinson is the grandest victory I have eer read in the cause of Freethought The Blade this last week Is a splendid cess to the glorious cause of the ad vancement of the scientific age If my health Improves you will soon hear from mo again wish to know of Charles Moore If ho feels safe and certain In the expression ho made In his book Dog Fennel In the Orient when he says Tho Bible from Genesis to Revelations make no mention of any woman ever ng gone to heaven I had a talk with a Methodist mln Istcr here Ho asked mo If I did not believe the Bible to bo of divine In splration I said I did I asked him If ho believed God was an Infinite being in his power dom and goodness Ho said Yes Then said I there can bo no devil imd we had better close out at once Yours in haste D ENGLER II think it is n fact that tho Bible says or Intimates that any woman over went to heaven or evei vlll go to heaven or that woman hat all Immortal soul I think It is true- that centuries after the beginning ot tho Christian religion an cccleslastl cal council decided that women hove souls very much In the samo waj hat the Presbyterians a year or sc ago decided that babies were not burned In hell The graves of Adam and Jesus Christ are shown In Jerusa om but nobody knows of any grave of Eve or of the Virgin Mary or who nor became of thorn Lots wife was turned to a pillow of salt but nothing is said ns to who became of her soul LETTER FROM MRS ALMA WILSON If Mr Moore had published my second loter to him I could not well re personnlllelter ore toward both the editors and my self and because ho seems to think Mrs Wilson hasty perhaps ought In Justice both to him anti myself nake a few remarks I am sorry I have not Mr Clarkes article In my possession that I might look over It again as ho desires me and as I wish to In the light this last otter may throw upon It I feel sure that only those who were ilessod with a personal acquaintance with Mr Clarke would have judged from his former letter that ho hall very high Ideal of our marriage tem even If ho does admit that bas worked happily In his own case- y language may havo been a little trong but must affirm that I do think that such language as ho and omo others have used In the Blade Is treason against the home I say Il In all kindness and am surely wil ling to apologize to Mr Clarko if lave misjudged him as a man because he unhappily as I think expresses himself And if he says society Is not tenable to any polite rules or ages It Is his duty and mine in tend of excusing its follies and sins to lend our Influences not only by ample but by precept to uplift so fetys ideals of what each Individual should require of himself True sym athy based upon high ideals will over stoop to weakness hence worthy people however they may stir fer will not lead dual lives My dear Mr Clarke do not be lIevo that you believe that easy dl orco laws will in any way help to maintain morality If you had spoken In censure of Ministers and Justices who permit men and women to marry who havo no knowledge of what true manage moans who have neither moral nor physical qualification to become good husbands and wives and sens ble parents then I should havo given- you not only great respect but sin tW approbation would not willingly caus any ono mortification unless know it would work good result to him Ills expor lence and mine are at variance In this- Ho says As a rule Freothought people are not glvon to divorce Well I havo nover known a Christian sOolt divorce I have known sonic few reothlnkora who did and perhaps lwo or threo who profess nothing No real Christian could seek It cept far two causes viz adultery or nonsupport And think the latter wns a largo family of small children was a largo family of smal children have seen ninny words In the Blade on this subject that tend to en tonmont with a peculiar downward adency Not by tho editor I thlnlt- from what I know of him that he ex ipllflea In his own homo llfe tho doctrine ho would preach to others I udgo from this last letter that Mr uwql VERY CHEAP RAT ILLINOIS CENTRAL LOUISVILLE T New Orleans and Return 1520 Jackson Hammond La and Return 1520 Vlcktbu Correspondingly low rates to Intermediate 15th good days with stop over- sEXCURSION RA1 HOT SPRINC DAILY Only line running through personally co Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home see South and West first and third Tuesdays In FARMING IN THE i The Passenger Department of tho Illlnol issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit stock raising dairying etc in the States r Mississippi and Louisiana Every ward his name and address to the undersignulara Nos to inclusive and others as the tolon or address nearest railroad Ar F W HAl t f DIVISION PASSENGER AGENT 1 5 M nl L ll l rIjMYUn r And for him whoso acreage Is limited cultivates a high priced farm There aro vast tracts IN THE GREAT SOU Within stons throw of farms In the high of cultivation which aro practically manless and can bo secu one fifth to onetenth the market price per acre of an Old State iarm Write for Illus trated literature descriptive of Arkansas Indian Territory Oklahoma or Texas VERY LOW ROUND TRIP RATES To any Southwestern point every Tuesday In September and the lsj and 3rd Tuesdays In October and November GEO LEE P A Little Rock Ark 07 H McGUIRE P A Clnclnatl Ohio Clarke does also and I wish that he would preach tho same disclaim another thing that Mr Clarko said It Is a usual thing for tho Christian to claim all virtue anl1 bestow all vice upon the Atheist That Is not according to the Teach er from whom the word Christian was derived If you remember Ih said a few things about a certain man who went upon the housetop to pray who claimed to be bettor than other men He did not call him a Christian because of his egotism either Now I have attended different church services somewhat rcgularlj for over 40 years I have heard some sermons not many In that time preached on the sin of infidelity bul never heard in all of them as vlndlc ttvo things said of non bellet and never of an individual as I have read In ono Issue of the Blade agalnsl Blade has never ceased to ridicule and try to persecute out worthy president because he caller Thomas Paine a dirty little Atheist instead of calling him A lIttlo Deist Whole pages havo been soaked ir vindictive ink without even using the blotting pad but I never saw any of these writers tell Mr Moore Dr Wil son or any other of tho Blades tributors that they were using too strong language In saying or Implying that all preachers were liars 01 thievesIt easy for most people to ridicule others but it Is another thing when a broadside Is turned upon ourselves As I tell my little girl when she complains Mamma please make papa quit teasing me Yes I will tell him to do so If you will not try to poke fun at papa 0 no that Is different you see was tho reply given by the little girl Do tho readers of tho Blade see tho point t wish them to see ALMA K WILSON Tho second letter had been printed before the above was written The man who went up on tho house top to praybecause that was a retie ed place was Peter The man who claimed that he was better than other men was tho Pharisee who believed many of the ordinal principles of Christianity He claimed that ho was better than the Sadducee who did not believe in the principles of Christianity Jesus Raid that tho Sadducco was the better man Seo Acts x 9 and Luke xvlll 10 RAYER SUGGESTED FOR AN ARMY CHAPLAIN nt Rev Charles C Moore Dear SirEnclosed Is a clipping rom tho New York Sun of Sept 11th A SUBSCRIBER Tho article In the Sun Is by S K iVators of Cleveland Ohio beginnings follows Another Battle Prayer To the Editor of tho SunSir Mr banes Battell Loomis with his mill tat namo and peaceful protestations f 1L y M ItI offers a form of battle prayer which seems fiat stale and unprofitable Why does he not go to the proper tsource for his inspiration the Bible self Potmlt mo to suggest the fpK Uwitht Tho prayer written by Mr waters Is peculiarly fitting for any ar- mychaplains sj The prayer Is n pretty long oneVs J made entirely of quotations frbrnj5 the Bible chapter and verse J 01fItregiment of soldiers would hiss aniU hoot down and probably drum out of itcamp any chaplain who would mn such a prayer for them and yet efi1all given in tho Bible for people believe the Bible to pray agalnstlhelr enemies BLACK WAS WHITEvEXTERNALLY IA newspaper clipping with nothing to Indicate the paper gives an account of a preacher named Black who wlfli his wife was arrested for the murder of their newborn babeViTho body of tho Infant was found i under the floor of tho kitchen He was a preacher of tho Church of Christ o Cauipbelllto Black strangled It to death with a7 strap THE BEST LINEk r QJJB7 f ONLY LINE TO THE IFAMOUS 41IPFJOITc I a Subscriptions to this publication are not discontinued at expiration unless Jso ordered oy the subscriber The courts Invariably hold a subscriber responsible to the publisher for the I subscription price of all papers reff celved until the paper Is paid forin full up to date and ordered dlscoa V tlnued r t1WANTED Salesmen local and gen oral reaching the pump and wellBuplS ply trade on recently patented v rolHS 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