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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t BLUE GRASS BLADE r j r IBDITEIA T 1nrlcerIIE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE llgll allllJRlJland Sept04 == W VOLUME XIII NUMBEK 4st Sftlr LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 E M 304 100 A YEAR Ifl ttTERM OF THE BLADE i 1 Issue for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW subscribers rt 60 cents each 260 for fire TermsIOO per year In advance foreign subscription 160 New subscribers Bet one year riFive kiMake all Mnney Orders Drafts and Orders payable to the i Blue Grace Blade Lexington Ky When you change your d4reu ad vlio this office giving your old as well u the new addrea When you tend your subscription say whether you are a new or old eubscrlbs- rOMerofppubltcatln1U W Short St Seer Entered at the tMee at LuJIlC ton Kr M gecoad Olaw Mall Uattwr Address all commuelcatloBs to BLUE GRASS BLADE PO BOX 93 Lexington Kentucky bi fVyette Telephone 819 Cumberland Telephone KNEELING TO PRAY SHE 0 DIES IN CHURCH tot Philadelphia Dec 10 Kneeling in prayer at St Michaels Catholic Church Second and Jefferson streets Mrs Emma Kane thirty years old of 1428 North Fourth street was Q stricken with heart disease and fell to the floor Her nophew nineteen yr year old Walter Lehren who had been praying by his aunts side attempted c to lift her up and to carry her into an adjoining room The womans sudden Illness caused 1a commotion In the church which was crowded with worshipers Aban doning their devotion for the moment a number of the church members left their pews and came to the wo mans assistance In the midst of the commotion Mrs Kane expired I have printed quite a number of cases of people who have died praying in church f The Bible says prayers are answer c ed and not a single one of those pea plo were praying to dieall praying that they might live- I tried praying for a long time and some times I was sick I quit praying and have had fine health ever since Ill bet you will never hear of me dying while I am praying In church WINTER IN COLORADO Your own physclan will tell you that the dry mountain air of Colorado as aa elixir of life stands preeminent Al ways rigorous and stimulating the crist atmosphora of Colorado is at its beat In winter To accomodata win ter tourist to the Rockloa the Union Pacific has put In effect from Chiang a round trip rate of 4720 and from St Louis a round trip rate of 1920 with proportionate reductions from all points within its Immediate territory Tickets on sale overt day until May 1st 1906 with return limit June lit 1905 Be sure your ticket reads over i the Union Pacific the popular route to Colorado For full Information in of W H Connor Q AkIttqulro treat OlMbuuM p CHRISTMAS Christmas this year win oe on SunI day nndJthera will probably be a com bination of crime of the holidaysIThe Infidel who uses tho day to get drunk will do almost as much to petuate this Christmas superstitionI and debauchery as If he went to church on that dayJI am inclined to think the New Testament and from what have seen In Judea especially lem Bethlehem and Bethany thatJ there waSa man In that country some where bbar 1904 years ago who In some respects resembled tho characI ter called Jesus Christ and that theI stories woven around him are about as true as those that will be told of Joe Smith and Dowle should those two men have a religious following in 2000 years from now which Is sible Nothing could be any more unreas onable than the story of Jesus asI taught in Jerusalem and In Lexington Kentucky today and that story likej all other errors and superstitions Is demoralizing in its influence todayC and necessarily continue to be so so long as Us influence existsINothing could be any more prepos terous than the grouping of the trial the march bearing the cross the bur tai and the resurrection of Jesus all Into the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher In Jerusalem the grave of Jesus being within 50 feet of the grave of Adam and all inside of a building 300 feet square and all so arranged that you have to pay to see It by going into It through ono door But that a man named Joshua or Jesus who In many respects resembled tho character of Jesus as given In the New Testament was crucified on the small mountain Calvary outside of tho walls of Jerusalem and that he was crucified for sedltionii claiming to be the rightful ibdfu tlaa hrroae of Judea then s = lI fair trail by the Roman law which Is at this day the foundation of our law In America I think there Is good reason to believe That he was burled In the tomb outside of the walls of Jerusalem in that garden the tomb belonging to Jeseph of Arlmathea and that I went into that tomb and looked down into the grave In which Jesus was laid that has since been used as a man ger In which have been fed the tittle Judean asses that are common there now as I have minutely described It all In Dog Fennell in the Orient I think is a pretty well sustained story fully as well as that that was the tomb of Poll carp we saw In Smlrna or the sarcophagus of Alexander that we saw In Constantinople on the tomb of Samson that we saw In the land of Philistines or tho tomb of Rachel that roadside from Jerusalem we saw on the to Bethlehem or the ruins of the house of the rich Lazarus that we saw- n not so certain however as that certain mummies that we saw- n Egypt were tho remains taken from the great pyramids of rubes of that country who lived thousands of years before the Christian era and not so certain as that human remains that we saw In Pompeii were those of people who were living there when that wonderful city was burled by Vesuvius and never could be a miracle and of course no man could be born without a human father and so of courso there could never have been any such man of God as the Jesus oJ the Now Testament and of the Christian church of today It seems to me to be plainly histor cal from the records of history and from what I have personally seen In Constantinople and In Jerusalem that the Christian church was originated by Constantino about A D 325 asa means of making a religion that would be a compromise between Pag anism in which Constantino was born and educated and Judaism the religion prevailing In that country over which Constantine was to rule Jesus had lived In Jerusalem and had attracted attention there but whether he was simply an Imposter or whether ho was honest and deliver ed or whether ho was Insane insanl ty In thoso days being known as bo Ing possessed of devllsor whether he was some of all of these wo can probably never know and would not have known If we had been with him and saw him an heard him every day in Jerusalem Wo have had In ICenl- tucky in the person of George O Barnes a man more like Jesus than any man known to history Dames still living I havo seen him and heard him and talked with him and studied him a great dealheard him tho pulpit and in private conversa and read his book describing himself and his father and in spite of as it were I hye long had a warm phrase in my heart for Barnes he has always called mo BrotherI Moore and said ho loved seemed to do so and as an orator he was only equaled In magnetism by Billy Brecklnrldgo and yet I am today able to say whether I notI Barnes was a good man or a bad man or sincere or an Impostor or sane or some of all these though I am inclined to the belief that Barnes was a combination of all of these and I suppose that is about what Is true of Jesus No ablebodied man can be a good- man who does not work and neither Jesus not Barnes ever did any work and they seemed to think It was the duty of other people to provide for them and they both lived In all the ease and luxury they were capable doing and had a way of getting themselves Into the homes of the rich richEach said good things that we oughtI to practice but neither Jesus nor Barnes ever made any sacrifice for any body else and you can hardly believe they were truly Insane for everything they did seemed intended and well adopted to promote their own interests Barnes was a married man and hadI children and Jesus never was married though from what wo read about him In the New Testament and from what I saw of what he had done In Judea I am under the impression that Jesus wanted to marry Mary the sister of the rich Lazarus and Martha while Mary Magdalene probably wanted to marry Jesus x thtpRa hs ng p obab tha 15UrrAeg n rcntnrerrblrtsof wittadcause he had been disappointed in a love affair with Mary just as Paul abandoned Judaism and began preach ing Christianity because he had been disappointed In love with a Jewess named Thecla- I can understand probably better than most men how men may go preaching from this reason who toj probably otherwise never have so When wo come down to A D we have the case of Mohammed who took his religion into Judea the birthplace of Christianity and converted by the sword just as Constantine had done for Christianity all the people of Judea and contiguous countries to Mohammedanism There Is certainly much that is attractive In the character of Mohammed and he made two immense Improvements on the reli gion that had been taught by Jesus and Paul- Jesus words to his own mother and Pauls continual depreciation of wo men show that thoso two men most certainly from their dlssappolnt ment in love matters with women had soured on all women and Jesus was so ungallant at to let a woman kiss his feet and wash them with her tears awl wipe them with the hair her head a thing that no true gentleman would have done and so we never In the religion of Jesus and Paul hear of any woman In heaven and I think it is only three or four centuries ago since a council of the Christian church recognized that wo men had souls at all Certainly women are as a rule better than men and Mohammeds roll gion made the chief attraction of heaven the lovely women that would bo there in number apparently far In excess of the men Another great improvement In the religion of Mohammed over the Chris tian religion was the almost complete suppression of drunkenness which is encouraged by the Old Testament and by Jesus and which has made more suffering to the world than any crime not excepting slavery in the perpetuation of what latter crime Christianity and Mohammedanism concurred The history of Mohammed Is I think as clean to us as that of Caesar or Alexander and yet It is impossible for us to say whether Mo hammed was a good man or a fraud Jesus never worked Paul did work j pt tent making I have been In a pcdouln tent that looked old enough o have been made by Paul but It Seemed to me too big and too heavy a thing for a frail little man like Paul to have handled all by himself Mohammed began life as a camel Driver and developed lute a flue bus ness man and married a rich widow tut as In the cases of Jesus and Barnes If we assume that Mohammed fNas honestly Insane and really delud as to his own claims It seems that all that he did was well to further the ends of his fd comfort When wo cOllie on down to Mar the religion of Joe Smith ire thousand of us still living who re collect Its beginning In perfect fraud Its Bible being written by a Cnmpbel lite preacher named Sidney Rlgdon J Smith like Jesus died for his roll glon and without any show of law as Jesus Smith started his religion In an age t tad country that were much more In lelllgent than the age and country of Jesus The followers of Smith were drivent sway by violence and fled their country just as Mohammed didIThey went out Into a desert and made one of t he most beautiful cities nnd countries of the worldgNeither Jesus nor any of his ells Iples ever did anything In businesstToday Mormonism Is a ourInational politics that has to be recog nized and the religion of Joe Smith- recognized just like the religion of Jesus Christ and Is waking converts In all civilized lands Then Dowie comes on His religio- not yet settled but It Is possible that the religion of Dowie may be theI prevailing religion of this country when Christianity has been repudlat ed as a fraud and an enemy to human ity It looks like no reasonable manI tould fall to see that Is an poster but there are many things InI m thaU are an Jmprovment upon f not let It be sold In his t wn JesUs made liquor and taught hU followers to drink It and at the canting Christmas millions of Chrlstla s will getI drunk to celebrate the bl th of Jesus Jesus did no work andreer taught anybody else to or ed anything and Dowie conducts anI Immense business and does great man ufacturing It is all for Ida own glory and fort and elegant living but Jesus wanted to be a king and Jesus destroyed the property of other people and saulted men as he had no right to doI Jesus and Dowie alike said mostj abusive things to oxen and used IanI guage improper to be used by good Christmas sermons thousands of preachers will say that the fact thatt the Christian religion has lived soI long and been received by so ninny people Is an evidence of Its truth andI yet we know that other religions thltI started centuries before Christianity did including Judaism are still liv ing and have more followers and betI tre people than Christianity has anti we have seen In history and In our experience that religions start in perj fect fraud and flourish and have their converts among Intelligent and good people The Christians will tell how the anI gels announced the birth of Jesus claiming Peace on earth and good will to men though Jesus said he came not to bring peace but a sword and the most brutal was that the earth has known and is knowing now are those waged by Christians as a result of their belief In the un reasonable story of Jesus COLONEL BOB INVITED UP A Norwegian paper at Minneapol is publishes tho following joke TRANSETHEREAL CABLEGRAM Colonel Robert Ingersoll Care of M Beelzebub Hades Missouri gone Republican consequently you are now a Christian according to your register ed promise Pack your trunk come right up here next train Transporta tion telegraphed care of conductor St PETER 1are wrong again Ingersoll pro mised to turn Christian or do some other rash thing if Kentucky not Mis souri went Republican So that Robert can remain rn Wndpq of which ho said no compared with the other places the climate Is bad but tho society la better PRESBYTERIANWOMAN Talks to my Wife Over Telephone About an Article by a Preachers Wife In the December Cos mopolltan Infidelity is growing even In tucky and even among Presbyterians- and especially so among women the women generally being those of nor than ordinary capacity and given reading good literature- A Presbyterian lady her husband being a Campbelllte about 55 years old and living sonic miles from us has been talking to my wife over an article lu the December Cosmopolitan The article Is headed Some Churches and their Problems By a ministers wife The magazine costs only 10 cents and Is a beauty and Is evidently championing the cause of Infidelity It is published at Irvlngtononthe Hudson Now York and that article should he road by all Infidels who can It It Is too long for publication in in my little paper Our neigh lady who called our attention to Is Mrs Haley and she says she is going to assist this paper some She Is an exceedingly attractive man domestic In her life and is a Presbyterian who goes to church She recommends to my wife and to read this article seeming to ad It very much herself She read one passage to my wife which she said reminded her of me The passage is as follows But the man who will voluntarily relinquish the ambition of a career with all its honors and perquisites emoluments and which he has given the best years of young manhood to qualify for is so rate that wseldoax foundh ra oCgtlie clergy or elSewheie nun ill me wrce goes on highly appreciate the compliment hope this Is a foreshadowing of what will be said about me when I am dead It will be seen from extracts from the article that give that the minis ters wife is simply an Infidel She says things very much like Mrs Henry does It Is because so many tine Infidel articles are now found In our best metropolitan newspapers and In our finest magazines that the regular In fidel publications are now poorly patronizedIt what hard on us who begin In the InfIdel cause when no secular paper or magazine would dare o print what they now commonly print but am willing to go down If the great cause of Infidelity can be more effectively defended by these fine magazines- It is Impossible to do justice to the article without printing it In full but can only give little samples In al luding to the correspondence that curs when the officers of a church are trying to get a minister she says And verily the amount of cant and hypocrisy and downright lying con tained In these letters upon both sides s enough to drive even the dreariest cynic to tears Again she says The minister who has probably been moving heaven and earth to get a call to a bettor church than the one ho Is serving and while the correct phraseology and by common consent among the clergy of all denomina tions tho proper definition of a better church Is one which offers a wider field of usefullness one mensurate with growing experience and capability yet his own Idea of better and the real standard by which his decision is eventually reached is a church with a larger membership preferably but one that pays a larger salary always will reiterate unceas- Ingly that he Is not a candidate but that ho feels divinely led to accept tho call And the church will with equal being declined by the first choices it has gone on repeating the formula solemnity declare that It feels guld cd of God in the selection of this particular man to be the pastor and leader notwithstanding that this mayo tho third or fourth man to whom it has recently extended a call and has said the same thing but the call If it wore not so near the tragic such performance would bo quaintly humorous rarelyaImoney enought to say what It watts to say and that Is printing what It thinks the most educated anti honest people want to read If things like that were written by Mrs Henry and printed in the Blade oven Infidels would say they would be unnecessarily severe on the preachers This ministers wife says in short that the preacher is continually on the look out to get an Increase of sal any and that he will resort to lying and hypocrisy to do it have seen this In preachers here- In Lexington until it surprises me that any decent people will countenance such liars and hypocrites as preachers are Even we Infidel editors seems to mit that there are some honest preachers who are good men and do not deny that there may be such especially If we go among the most ignorant class of preachers but will be In my 68th year by the time this Is printed if live and If I ever saw an honest priest or preacher I do not know Again she says for the profession today presents such tremendous temptations to deceit as to be more than the average man can combat And the tendency of this condition to Intensify rather than diminish In the Immediate future Is extremely probable for in this period of rovolu lion and transition by the knowledge of scientific fact and religious thought only hero and there among men will be found a nature strong enough great enough brave enough having thought the question through to a finish to dare to break away from the stifling empty forms of the superstitious Ignorant past and swing out Into the open where there are possibili iesOlber extrnc are nsttolfoxa- lbb iuttt li r tam minister of today has no living message the Old Theology has gone Its death has been bard All sorts of ex pedients have been resorted to to fan the embers of a burntout faith Into life again the struggle has been pathetic Tho New Theology reduced to Its lowest terms is at most true pure agnosticism Its creed demands true pure morality It is a theory of life which says of a possible creator do not know of the soul where 1 know not whither know not but for the present Pure truth lov ag unselfish living But the clergyman of today who ventures to preach such views Is on most precarious footing as regards moral support and so the ministers continuo to preach much socalled doc trine substance of doctrine Is believe the proper phrase which they do not believe and therefore to stultify themselves The church of today even with a progressive majority requires Its min- Ister to subscribe to a creed which in substance is what it was fifty years ago while the belief of the people has changed fundamentally in a single their reluslons as children to Santa Claus and sawdust dolls Some day they will agree that Bud dhism Christianity mythology and all the rest are but the various results at different stages of knowledge andi 1createworship That state of conscious existence which calls life is one and for us the only manifestation of the eternal energy Then why not use Itlivel- out the grandest conception of which wo are capable absorb ute In Its largest sense but stop making fairytales about ute and sending them forth to the world and Into the minds of children as truth stop lying or Insist ing upon being lied to by some one else and thus not only cramping our own souls but forever dwarfing and destroying theirs Women have long borne sons only to see their bones Ho bleaching upon sonic field of carnage the refuse of some cruel strife but we refuse to bear them only that their blighted withered contorted souls may adorn tho pathway of religious evolution I should prefer my song to dig ditches IJ e IMMACULATE OOEPTlO Tho Catholic Church has Just colo 0 brated with a big Jnmboroo In Homo and other big towns the fiftieth nn nlvcrsnry of tho doctrine of the 1m maculnto Conception f Before that tlmo It never had boen it settled who was tho father of Christ Some people thought his Pa was old Joe tho Carpenter and Barno thought thnt probably some Jew 1 priest had got tho start of old Joo Car penter and some thought It was a Roman soldier named Pautharus I somo Just didnt know who It was Then Popo Plus IX In 1854 that Is fifty years agodecIded that It was Fngentleman named Holy Ghost nnd i that settled the scrimmage about It so for as the Catholic church Is con corned but what tho Protestiii jiron the sub knoww of pmnch Ing was what was said by the Camp bellltcs and they did not preach abe anything but baptism whether It dono by ducking them or sprlnkll them like we kill potato bugs by Par Isgreen and I dont think they salel anything about who was the Pa or JesusI commence preaching until about 1859 that Is five years aCterthe Pope had decided that H G was the party who was It and I was unmur rled and dldnt think It was the kInd of a thing for unmarried men to bo talking about especially In the pro titsolsa college of girls that v belonged to my congregation and the fact Is that between real Ignorance and loss of memory from old age I have forgotten what I did preach on bodyfirto To tell the truth I thought the trIne of the Immaculate ConceptIon had been on ever since away back yonder almost to Constantine and I was astonished lately to find out that nobody ever did know who J Cs tatb cr was until fifty years ago Its perfectly plain now of cours that It was H G but the question Is who was his father before that time Mary certainly had six other chll dren besides Jesus according to tbe New Testament and may have had a dozen for all wo knowai t g to have It that Mary was born by Immaculate Conception also an I am curious to know what they are f going to say about the paternity at the halfdozen or dozen other chi dren that she had Roosevelt ought to inquire Into this matter in connection with his race suicide Idea jPlease somebody write me who the Campbellltes and other Protes iif tants preached on this subject befon j 1861OPPOSED t TO PROFANITY- Winchester 1 0 Dec 5 04 Dear sirThree weeks ago I sent you a letter enclosing a dollar bill firThe ltalf size Blade shows that Is radically wrong with I- tt This think Is the trouble Your paper and all others that go to the homes of the people having on their pages profanity and other execrations J will never succeed See how the people are held to Bible rottenness by tho chanted hymns prayers and sermons I would leave the sermon of Inger soil just as it Is but would have the remainder appear as pure and holy as chanted prayers appear to bo to ninetynine In every hundred men and women The people whom you are trying n reach will never allow themselves to be caught with a bait that shows the jagged hook on every page I would change the name to Hu manity Leaflet or some mild name with nothing on its pages but human sympathy and the searching for truth Such a paper would go into every home and find a welcome As It Is now it will be chased as a deadly serpent from almost every home I believe that our success or our failure Is truly W B ROWLAND If the halfsize of the Blade shows that something is radically wrong with It the whole size of the Blade In y January will show that something is radically right with it That certain ly is logic You are radically mis taken Some of the best publications ever printed and some of the best men who ever lived have been radi cal a flower was born to f blush unseen anti waste Its IrRLTRnce on n desert nlr- Profanity no sin no crime no Immorality Nothing wrong that does not In any way Injure any Ior von or any nnlmalIThere In purity In my s God of the Jews and Christians callIod Jehovah than there Is In my Ing In that style of tho God of GrMka and Romans called JupItert It Is no more wrong In Icule tho story of Jesus Christ than It Is for mo or tho Christians to rldl mile the story of Mohammed or Joo Smith or Mrs Eddy or Dowlo The Christians can and do rldlculo all other Gods but their own but Its their graft to call It profanity when any body ridicules their Gods and their religion and your contention Is that we should respect their Insolcn Damn and condemn are precisely the same word from the same Latin root One Is no more profane than the other Everything is profane that Is not religious All history that Is not rell glous history Is profane history You are in the dark and are trlsM oned at a Chrlstlu bugaboo There can be no Immorality In ex ocratlous All bad men and bad things ouht to be execrated by all good men and good women Chanted hymns and prayers nnlt sermons are according to your own explanation the causes of rottenness and therefore I do not like those things Purity and rottenness are oppose to each other You would leave Ingersolls serralen Just as it Is but his sermon speaks of the damned stuff called alcohol If alcohol Is damned stuff wby Is not a vile untruth a damned lie and the man who tells It a damned liar I want every thing In this paper pure and that Is my continual con tentlon I am opposed to freeoi and anarchy and drunkenness because they are impure but I dont want any holiness In this paper and I dont tvant it because when you find a ho man you find a damned rascal that Is working some religious graft for tbe money that Is in It I dont hide any Jagged hooks with my kind of bait I dont try to my body I say plainly what I mean md those who do not like that Idnd lont have to take It but It will be a sold day when I bait a hook with hall less to catch that kind of suckers Walt Whitman wrote Blades ot Grass and thlffpaper Is simply one ofBlue Grass the farcou it Leaflet means a little leaf am this paper calls Itself a little blade at grass I dont see why its presen name Is not as mild as the one yoi propose You start a paper called the Hu mnlty Leaflet and put tho Blade on your exchange list- Clinton Ia Dec 9 1904 Dear Brother Moore The Blade today has the right ring thing you folks have been acting ollshly in sending the paper to any ton of a gun that neglects to pay up In the first place a dollar a year is not enough Last time I sent you two- and will continue to do so but for our sakes dont think of throwing the sponge Long life to the Blade Inclosed find clipping from a Scotch eekly with stamp for return In case- you cannot find room for It But It maltcs me think that some of these eachers will get ahead of our Band Wagon if we do not look out Regards to brother Hughes Could not get to St Louis to see you all Fraternally JAMES A GREENHILL The article is from the Peoples Journal Dundee Scotland and is as SERPENT AND TALKING ASS Allegories or Parables DEANS VIEWS OF BIBLE The following is the text of t11- emost remarkable passage in the dress delivered by the Dean of Westminster to Sunday School teachers on turday Our whole conception of the splratlon of the Bible has been al teredoA great deal which our fore rathers took literally we cannot take literally today The first chapter Genesis no longer means to us that- God moulded clay into a human figure- and breathed upon It or that He took a rib from Adam and made Eve- Tbese are allegories or parables to They still proclaim their original splr- Itual lessons They teach that God Is the source of all creation that works In patient slow development that the lower comes before the high er that the highest and lowest man that man Is akin to the beasts- that perish but also akin to God and W ijf that ho la Gods Imago In tho worM Parables All thIs In taught by modern covert It la the underlying IIplrltual truth taught In n form of whnt wn at first literally believed but which lor- IS Is n parable And again wo dustImarked out and In every stop at which Ho was working out HIs wut So wo believe that through honly inn trlmony man and woman become In tlmatcly one In a union which God has made and which man must not brealc This Is tho underlying truth of tho oldworld story which makes AdBm say Done of my bono and flesh at my flesh Those and many other stories like that of tho talking serpent and the talking ass we do not take now or at any rate most of usIn- ot do as literal statements of hlstor cal facts but as Imagery wblch clothes certain spiritual lessons For quite young children there is very lit tie difficulty for stories are the natural vehicles to them of moral lessons and they do not venture to ask Is It true or Did It really happen Cains Wife But older children want to know and we must bo prepared to give them an honest answer It Is not merely at the time we must retalnlUclr confi dcnce their confidence In us as tench ers and confidence in the spiritual truths we are teaching them but wo must so teach them that when they go away from us they will not be overthrown by the first question they hear as for Instance where Cain got his wife from We must teach them 10 that they wit not at any time unlearn their lesson These are the old time stories which God allowed to be told to teach cer tain great lessons which were easiest learned and easiest remembered For us they are parablesearthy stories with a heavenly meaning I give these as Illustrations of difficulties that are to be met with There are Dlore any many greater dlfficultlesIncon section with the Old Testament and the Now Testament than these Wbat I would say to you Is do not expect hut everything Is going to be cleared up and made absolutely plain The ble is a much more wonderful book than we have sometimes though Much of it is plain and stands out but much Is difficult of interpritatlc Welcome all the light from lature rom the slitf of science ar ltrom criticism and uo not despair b cause t he problems wont come out fiss Fae elfthe most unexpe thl gaTn religion Is the bores hat seems to be getting Into the Pre ter laniEven since they gave up th 1r cber shed old belief that all bawes cept Presbyterian ones were Iro ed In hell Presbyterians seem to be going rapidly toward Infidelity That any Presbyterian living In Scotland should ever believe anything but the most orthodox views about the Bible was certainly not to be xpected but Its the unexpected that Mrs Alma K Wilson at CIncinnati ought to be watching tbe spiritual welfare of her church YOU ARE CRANKY ON WHISKEY Kosse Texas Dec 10 1904 Brother MooreiDear slrlIow I enjoy your letter In the Blade and how I laugh at your anklsm I am older than you are and whil am not blessed with the education that you have I have had a few mor years of experience than you have as I am 70 years past You are cranky on whiskey Wh dont you teach temperance then could shake- I was never drunk but have dranl my toddy all my life I never used- tob 3cco dont swear or go to church We all have our cranklsms I was toll by a preacher last week that If was not for my cranklsms on the ble I would be the best man he eve- rsawtbat I was sober charitable honest and kindhearted all of which enjoyedI tho Blade will be enlarged or resume to its former size God has blessed my crops and I have done well as my Christian friends the past- year but thank him not as to the- honor to the labor bestowed upon It I highly respect that good woman- you have for a wife I once had Warren county Kentucky woman for a vlfe and I know the worth of good those delinquents h They- should pay up so that we who do pay- could have a good paper WIshing peace and happiness for and the Blade I am yours B W ALLIN You take a position that Is very common among Christian people and that I havo heard taken by that a man IlrunltlRnd mOllornItlonm by Dr Wlnthrop Hopson tho great set orator among tho CamlllJolllte preachers that was over In Iontuclty Ho ato so much fine grub and drnult in moderation much good lIqnur and was durned lazy that ho Jusl died because he was too lazy to draw his breath lie could draw his salary and draw a crowd and draw n corlt and he was called Doctor because ho begun life as a dentist and would draw teeth but he got so lazy that he would not draw his breath and just and that Campbclllto preacher agree on temperance as to drlnttlng liquor but you are according to your own explanation very Intemperate In tho use of tobacco and In swearing and In not going to church at all and in order to bo temperate In thosQ things you ought to use tobacco In moderation swear in moderation and go to church In moderation- I am very much afraid you are cranky on tho subject of tobacco and swearing and going to church- I am Intemperate on tobacco nnll whiskey because dont use either ot them but I am temperate on swearing and going to church I swear about five times In a year and I go to church about onto In five you seem to Indicate that you are strictly honest and never steal anything That is being Intemperate and cranky on the subject of honesty You ought to steal something oeca slonally not overdo the thing and be stealing something all tho time hut lust steal In moderation like nevi every body does and dont be cranky about picking up nice little things oc caslonally that dont belong to you Dr Hopson was real Intemperate In swearing He would In his convert Lion and in his sermons say damn and by God and go to hcl and hellfire and damnation and damn your soul and things 1I1e that thousands of times every year- I never swear at anything but a hog or a mule or a preacher or something of that kind and I always feel better ifter having dono It seems to tate a kind of pressure oft of my stomas Ike taking soda And another thing is that I dont lave to pay out my money for swear ng and you have to pay out your noney for drinking your whiskey tad lyAdk longaPcaaliiat penal- iwearing iri and it makes me feel good and does not cost me anything and It toes not hurt anybody else I dont seo why I cant swear temperately and In moderation but if I had to paYout my money for the privilege of swear- Ing I would not be fool enough to do It QuIt whiskey and be moderate In wearing and moderate in going to hurch not more than once In fie yearsand you will make money by hange and be just as good and as happy a man as you are now Jesus Christ made liquor andusect It himself and taught his followe to use It but there Is nothing said In the Bible about Jesus using tobRcco- or smoking cigarettes or a cob pipe so that while I would advise you not to use tobacco it is far more consistent for an Infidel not to use any but use tobacco- I have mighty little faith In ties people that write to me and tell me that they drink liquor but never get drunk In the first place I bellev they are all liars and then what tbe devil does anybody want to drlnl liquor for unless It does make you drunkIt just want to drink and not- get drunk why not drink water Urn you can nearly always get a drink for nothing even In as dry a year we have had for the past year Liquor that wont make you drunl they call no account in Kentucky am It you buy that Kind of liquor you an paylng your money out for nothing and if you buy real good liquor that- will make you drunk and dont drlnl enough of It to get any more drunl than if you had taken a drink of water you are wasting your money anyhow Keep your eye skinned whenever a preacher gets to complimenting you You have raised good crops and have got some money and that preacher Is laying for ItITell him PASTOR ON RACKILincoln Neb Dec Methodist 11DlakeIoreIn progress before a Jury and lay members In Tecumseh llackemoro was formerly stationed In Tecumseh but recently has been occupyIng a pulpit in Weeping Waters Tbe charges are signed by a dozen- leadIng Tecumseh citizens specifying the use of obscene and profane lad guao and immorality ft WANT MRS ALMA WILBON TO WRITE FOR THIS PAPER wnnt Mm Wilson to write for this paper not unncctmitn long articles but want liar to plainly just whnt site thinks do not suppose hero Is nay ro llglous paper In tho world that woulel invite nny Infidel to write for now invite Mrs Wilson n Christ woman to wrlto for this paper u believe that Infidels can afford to he moro generous than Christians cats I do not ask Mrs Wilson to wrlto for this paper for tho purpose of ell trapping her or of criticising her though might probably wouli criticise things that I thought were materially wrong In what she might sayInfidels are In ninny Instances IJer haps most as conceited as Chris tlans are and ninny of us have ten the Idea that If we believe right about religion that makes us sllperlor to the Christians though wo do no better than tho Christians do and I want Infidels to see that Christie in many Instances are just as good as our best Infidels and far better than the average Infidel Of course I have suffered at tho hands of Christians but can never forget that when I was perfectly de fenceless n Methodist old Warden Coffin of the penitentiary was us truo a friend to me as any Infidel friend have ever had and that among Infi dels havo and have todi very bitter enemies though I do not believe that the man Is living that has as many true and tried Infidel trlends as have and there Is not a man In Kentucky who is really and unselfli ly loved by as many people as I am The people who love preachers and sdltors generally love them becau It is to their Interest to do so The people who love me do so when they may reasonably expect that it Is to heir disadvantage to do so Mrs Wilson can therefore see that she has an opportunity to exerclso her Christian influence among Infidels hat is rarely accorded a ChrIstian and never accorded an Infidel by a Christian Every body knows that Dr Wilson wife Is better than ho Is just as they mow that my wife Is better than am though my wife and Mrs Wilson do not agree In their views of rellglo But I have a daughter who is a Chris Ian and site Is as good as any woman hat ever lived and better than any nan that ever lived and I am not go- Ing to be prejudiced against good men and good women because they do not elleye as I do when they are just as good Ias any vhobeHeve tis I do arid Car better than many who believe I do asi It seems strange to me now any intelligent people can believe the ilble but I either believed It once or reached it when I did not believe ttii latter would be worse than the first and the people of tho world seem to believe just any religion that Is taught to them In their chlldhoo and If Infidelity does not make ple any better than Christianity s I am compelled to admit Is the case I will just have to try to learn be patient with Christians and try get them to Join with mo In doing goad Duncan I T Dec 1901 Ir Chas C Moore My dear slrDurlng the past five or six years I havo often thought at sending you the dollar necessary one years subscription to the Blue- Grass Blade but have thus neglecter to do so although with this letter send post once money order for one dollar for which please send the per to me here I frequently receive sample coplei of papers edited by liberal minder people which of course Is an Invlta tlon to subscribe but I believe that today there are entirely too many men trying to publish Free Thought jo irnals or papers Dont understand me to say that thlnl no good Is accomplished by tbe- best of these papers for twould bo difficult matter to estimate the good- that has been done towards this high er education of the people by the- Blade and some others of the pioneer Free Thought papers but Im sure yo- uble not failed to notice during recent years amongst a certain class ot Liberals a disposition to get their- name on some sheet as editor and pUblisherI for one moment question the motive of that class of Liberals for Im sure they want to do the rIght- thing but it has often occurred to mind that by supporting papers that- have stood the test for many years as the Blue Grass Blade has dons can accomplish a great deal more- than wo could by aiding every Liberal who might feel inclined to publish Ideas In a paper of his own malting I think If a fellow wants to publish a paper like that he should have sur- ficlent funds of his own to meet tbe- expenses until ho has proven himself I Ir rl W j rnpnbln of cdllltiK n paper Hint la worthy of tho support of his follow liberals nnd that ho should not ex poet too much of the people during the first two or three years when ho tines not know hit jclf whether or not ho will bo able to keep tho paper go think tin n great privilege to tell tho puoplu some of our Ideas about how we think tho old world como Into existence and what will become ofus after our brief stay on It but every fellow need not havo his own paper to do that and the fewer of these papers there are tho better Liberalism will thrive because the few will got practically tho same support that they all get now and of course could do moro towards malting their paper InIteresting With best wishes for your continued success I am Yours trulyIALSEY ALFORD d That letter Is kind and good and complimentary to the Blade and comes from the Indian Territory where tho people lately saw and heard me In the debate with Wilkinson t But that letter ought to be fairly criticised According to this brotherItie has been getting copies Blade for five or six years as samples and now for the first time he sends his dollar when his letterhead indl sates that ho Is a man in good post ion to make a living Supposo It was generally understood among newspaper men that their paIers would hare to be sent out as sample copies for five or six years icforo anybody would subscribe for hem how many newspapers would hero be In the United States Nary one I have had to do pretty much as irother suggests but it has ruined meIInanclally though I started this paper with a nice fortune How many more men are you going to get to go Into that kind of an rangement Nary one So far front having only two weekly nfldel newspapers In the United itates as is now the case we ought to have not less than a hundred and very one of them ought to be support ed ten times as well as Is now being done for the BladeWCertainly If Infidels appreciate tile alue of their cause they must know that Infidel papers are more valuable than political newspapers or religious newspapers and they should be just as ready and willing to pay their mon yt ii Infidelpyp ras vmn u a au olltlclana are to pay for theIr papers So far from waiting until each del editor is financially ruined and Iscouraged before Infidels patronize him they should assist him with their toney right in the beginning and tale the risk of losing a dollar to hep the man in a good causelLexington Leader JAMES LANE ALLENI Is Very Enthusiastic Over the Novel Recently ItLeonMr James Lane Allen who Is now abroad and from whom there has been no published utterance for some has written to the publishers of The Seeler Harry Leon Wilsonsnew novel I should liko to congratulate you upon publishing such a novel and congratulate the author upon writing such a novel Although I am only- balt through the reading of the booltiand cannot therefore speak of it as a whole I can say that so far as it is Inimy opinion tho most significant piece at fiction In many ways which has peared In the United States since ourtImaginative literature entered upon the work of destructive criticism will help to change the thought and change It profitably of any man that Ireads It I have not seen Wilsons book Iisupposo It is Infidel Allen is an Infitdd but has never had tho courage openly to advocate what he knew to bo Allen earnestly exposed tbo- causo of Infidelity hbmlght have been a rent benefactor of the world and- would probably have been a happier- man than ho is now But ho wanted money and he gotIIt and sold to the world some that were far beneath his capacity will try to read Wilsons book and tell you about it altry Okla Enclosed find one- dollar for which credit me for subscription for 105A A NELSON- TANTEDSalesmen local and sea eral reaching the pump and well cup ply trade on recently patented well apeclaIUee of treat merit XUlte a I Oo KMiu JBfc Ufllifl 11Mtiii 4 SHORT LETTERS OhloOro Miller City Hughes I so 11lho subscription of our paper out tnd wish to renew with a few other who have handed nio their dollar a folio follow tho names of three sub scrlbcrs at 100 each and 250 for five subacrlbtlon cards mnktng In all 660 Wo all want to see tho Blade live and want Dr Wilson to print his book In book form oven If ho has to charge 200 for Wo are glad that tho Blade Is soon to have Its usual size Cut off all who do not pay for It Please to acknowl edge receipt of this In the Blade We lovo to seo Bro Moores ments In his sarcastic stylo We will look for him to furnish you copy as It is a monument to him LEWIS E DEUBLE d New Baltimore PaI have sent a couple of postals for new subscribers that got while attending court In this county- have often been told by some soft headed Christians that my oath 1would be of no account because am an I noticed In the courtthat the most Intoxicated man who made oath wa the only one who did It with his han on tho Bible and the next were thos Ithat made oath with their hands ilifted The most Intelligent lookin people Including bankers farmers an business gentlemen all affirmed w- heP the name of God Is not used I ca see how this country Is turning A preacher was indicted for drunkenness and mistreating his wife Sh was trying to get a divorce There were some grand remarks made about IIthe decent fulness of preachers notice that Mr Hughes Is going t Istop the Blade to all who are not paid up That will be a good deed It is good news to see that the Blade will toe full size again If those partie- who do not have to pay for the Blade were Christians they would have t pay the preacher and braid him espec ially If he had a good looking woman and also pay missionary funds to get new subscribers for the Blade If Mr Hughes will keep up tho new plan the Blade will grow in circulation CHAS H FELTNER Dysart lowaI have not seen any thing in a long time that pleased me so much as that you were going to delinquent subscrlbers Every dyought to do business on a strictly cash basls newspapers particular ly A man who does not pay for his paper is no good to the publisher Enclosed find 100 for which please renew my subscription J 0 H N CAMPBELL New YorkI read the Blade with Interest and especially Dr Wilsons letters of travel If you sell tho book called Big Bible Stories Illustrated cloth bound I wish you would let mo know what of them cost I believe the price for one Is 100 I think it is the funniest book in print and It I will do for missionary work and for tpresents that they are for sale at the ItTruth Seekers office but have lost address If you do not sell the book please give me the address of the Truth Seeker I have laughted over that book until my sides are sore and I do not laugh at everything c BESTIt either Yours for truthMISS GI Watson Hestons book of IllusI itrated Bible Stories It Is a rare book You will find It at the Truth Seeker office 28 Lafeyetto Place New Yo- rk1City You ought to be some nice fel best girl Vevay Indiana I have Just finish ed reading the Blue Grass Blade and I laughed half the time I was reading It especially when you spoke of your being elected to the penitentiary and Billy was elected to Congress I have manykt it every week I dont blame your lIeve In womans rights and I swear t hove in womans rights and I suraL now and then just like tho men do when they get to rearing around and V I am going to swear whenever I get ready I once had an experience with a hog like that one you and your wife blacsnakoIour own hog I didnt just throw- t rocks at her like you and your wltot did I ran her down the road for a mile and I just wanted to kill the old fool IIam a genuine Infidel I believe in womans rights and believe that every woman ought to have tho right to vote I agree with Josephine K Hen ry in almost everything that she says She and Dr Wilson are great writers j I dont believe that peachers have much sense and I dont think they Ss believe what they preach I hope youI will soon bo able to have four pages J Ij for the Dlnilo but If you cant have but two make thorn that much strong er to male up for the other two pages n M DaIJIiicoo ArkI havo just finished rending tho Dlado of November 20 5and think It tho copy I over saw My faith was firm staggered by n dobato conducted by T G Stlckoll nn Infidel and J M Coons a Campbel llto preacher In Dlsarc In Octobor 1891 In which Mr Coons camo out second best Mr Stlckoll Is an able speaker and am going to send him a marked copy so that ho can seethe DlndeJ B CLEMENTS Cahill Ky Sample of the Blado received Please accept thanks I think we can ralso a nice little club of subscribers I have been raised in tho mountains of Kentucky Me thodist parents but thank God I have worked out my own salvation with fear and trembling against large odds I know not what others may think of this life but for my sin file self give mo liberty or give m- ehI Long live the Blade B E STE WART Bethany Ills Enclosed 100 for the Blade for another year am very sorry the Blade has been reduced In size It has been tho best Infidel pa aper for three and a half years That Therad atetho four churches here that I am not InfigardTheyncausenI do not know suppose they think it a waste of time and they are now conesideration The last minister here who is a Campbelllte Invited me to a meeting here He said his subject Iowent and he tried to take a fallout of me by questioning me from the pulpit In regard to the sixteen crucified sav Isanswered to tho best of my ability and toothe Infidel that one savior arose from the dead He went on with his dis course and when he had finished I was asked by him what thought of It I arose and replied that there was another side to consider and that the same evidence that made Christ arise from the dead also told about Judas dying two different ways and other things that I could not mention because he would not give me a chance to mention them- I told him tbatT did not try to force my opinions upon him and that it was his fault that I was forced to tell him my convictions I remain as ever Your friend C W GUTHRIE That is the common way that preachers do They will misrepresent Infidelity in their pulpits and in their papers but will not give Infidels a chance to reply to them Franklin PnI am on the dellnI quent list and getting too far from shore and I dont want to loose sight of the beacon light and torch of reason that you and Bro Hughes are still holding up to help poor mortals toI evade tho shoals and sands of super stition I am a sick cripple and have been close run for 6 months past hop Ing to bo able to renew and go overboard with the unpayables I have al ways paid my way and do not owe a dollar In the world nor one cent to the courts of heaven and never tend Enclosed find P 0 order for 100 and date me ahead that much Hop Ing we may all live until we die I am ever yours out of Christ J W BOWMAN I There doubtless are good people who go Into debt but It is an unhappy condition and one that ought to be guarded gainst as being something dreadful A man who Is a sick crlp pIe and owes nothing is in a far bet ter fix than a strong man in debt Oscar I TI have Just seen the last Blade and I am glad you have talc en the bit in your teeth and are going to put the Blade back to its regular size I am glad you are going to stop all delinquents That Is what you ought to do Any man who will not pay 100 for the Blade Is a poor sort I of a man and no Liberal N B GRAY SON Evangelist to Pay Woman 250ISpringfield Ill October 23The ac ion of Mrs Maggio E Cummins ox Miss Olctta Graham against Rev W J Thompson which has been of a highly sensational character has been settled by the payment of 260 by the defendant Sensational charges made In the arguments of tho attorneys most precipitated a fight In the cir cult courtroom Thompson is an aged traveling evan gellst and has a wife and children Is charged with having been un lawfully Intimate with Miss Graham h whllo toiring southern Illinois St El mo Bfflnghtun county being ono of tho towns mentioned In tho charge When they returned In this city Mrs Cummins stepmother of Miss Ira ham brought the suit POPES TOE OUT OF WHACK Tho Popo has the gout and It may Interfere with kissing his too The other day they took old Joe Taylor thats his homo name stage name Gulseppo Sartoto bo present at tho beatification of Gaspare del Bufalo kin to our Buffalo Bill but those lows are foreigners and cant spell left out ono fand the old fellows rheumatlz and gout hurt him to bad that he had to be carried out In tho serla gestatoria got a lot of those things at my house and it always makes him sick to travel In a sedla gestatoria thing like a jlnrlnklsha made one out of an old sulky Seems strange to mo that with all tho contraptions for curing people Annies wrist bone and old rags from saints and miraculous springs and things of that kind and Christian Science and Mrs Eddy and Dowle andI all of that gang and all that In the Blblo about healing sick people by prayer tho whole push cant cure thisI old Pope who signs his name with an X of an old fashion case of rheumatlz and gout It may be that ho would not put up his money for any of these Protestant miracles but Ill bet If he would giveI Sister Eddy or Etta Semple a showI at him they would knock his old gout higher than Gllroys kite EVENING UP ON SOCIALISM After I announced that would no linger allow any discussion n Social ism In this paper Dr Wilsons letter from Milam paid a great compliment to tho Swiss who are a great and good people and said In thatconnec tion that they were Anarchists and SocialistsI never heard of a Swiss archist and was not prepared to say what the Swiss are regarding Social ism I say here though by the way that there Is In the December Cosmopoll tan a pooJ article that attributes largely to Socialism the banishing of religion from France In answer to that statement of Dr Wilson t have received a letter trame Robert Gunther Eureka California Bro Gunther is thoroughly familiar with Switzerland and France and speaks various European languages and has had much Intercourse with the poepie of Switzerland and Francs and In justice to him as an opponent of Dr Wilson on this point and to even up the discussion of Socialism that has gotten into the Blade without my desire that it should do so though I will not print the whole long letter of Mr Gunther I will print a few tracts from his letter They are as followsdFrom what I see of Mr Wilsons descriptions he can only speak one language that is English Persons who speak but one language are capable of giving a correct description- of other people whose language they do not understand Mr Wilson says that Swiss people are mostly Anarch- Ists or Socialists Nothing is farther from the truth There is not a more loyal people in Europe than the Swiss Politically Mr Wilson is blind he can see no good except in Socialism The Genoa women Mr Wilson met It there seems to have been a trump She sized Mr Wilson up and stuffed him to his full capacity I do not be lieve that there is a word of truth in what she told him about King Hum bert I was in Italy during Humberts lifetime and during my stay In Rome have met him on three different casions riding in a carriage with other man a general whose name I have forgotten and a driver and a I footman He had the finest team over saw two black horses and one just like the other There was no guards nor anything to Indicate that he was anything but a private cltlznbBut the homage that was man I have never seen paid to other man As far as he could be seen people stood with uncoveredh heads and bowed as he great respect paid him Induced me each time to take off my hat Twice met him going to Mount Plncio a place almost exclusively frequented- by tho middle and lower classes He bowed to the people with smiling faceiseemingly felt as safe them as a child in its mothers arms If there was any truth in Mr Wilsons accusation I should have found It out Every day for the last three weeks I stayed in Rome met a number of Catholic students in a restaurant Ac cldcntly Igor among them the first day we met likely from the fact that- I understood all their languages while A they could not understand one another when they spoke their mother tongue They were a pony crowd I was aston- Ished at their sudden Intimacy and thought that they took me for a gcod m i Jf mtr 111 Catholic So horns Ilia convoy tlon nod told thorn n Freethink or They nil laughed and jd mo Ihoy did not coca whether believed any thing or nothing wo could ho friends for nil that And wo kept friend ns long ns stayed thoro Iallt days wo sat for an hour or two after dinner and talked about different things King Humbert Included nnd If they had known anything wrong about him I would have found It out am cq fident tho story Is suede up of worst kind of rot From Lexington Herald CHURCH RUPTURE COURT Depositions Taken Here Will Be Used In Nashville Organ- Responsible A suit In which all the Christian churches over tho country are vltaly Interested was given a local setting yesterday A suit was Instituted In Nashville Tenn by members of the Christian church who opposed coop oration with missionary societies and the use of Instrumental music In the church The majority favored coop oration with the missionary societies and the Installation of an organ In the churchUuse of Church Involved The suit was brought by the minority and orthodox members and they want to prevent the liberals or the members who favor auxiliaries and the use of musical Instruments from using the church property They Injnovations should be deprived of the use of the property The stilt will settle this question The Depositions Representatives of both factions came here to take depositions Preachers high in the Christian church were summoned and their sworn deposi tions taken Pres J W McGarvey of the Bible College of Kentucky Uni versity and Prof H L Calhoun of the Bible Colege gave depositions terday for use In the suit President Jenkins and Prof B C Deweesse will also give depositions Prof Calhoun has preached In the section around Nashville and is familiar with the customs in that part of the country One purpose of the depositions is toI detefmlne the general practice In the Christian church over the country The test of principles will be witched wits interest as the decision v be feltliy Christian churches all aver the couttry Somewhat Similar Case Here The Installation of the organ in Broadway Christian churqh here caused President McGarvey and soy eral others to remove their membership to Central church several years ago The work of taking the two deposl consumed the whole of yester ay and the other deposition will be taken today In the office of Morton Webb and Wilson Two attorneys and representatives of either side of the controversy are here and will re main till the depositions on both sides are taken The men are Mr S Myhr editor of n religious paper M H Weeks David Llpscombe J W Shepherd and Thomas E Matthews If The Christian church mentioned above is what have to call the Campbelllte church to distinguish from other Christian churches This Is the church that my grand father Stone started and that old Aleck Campbell made an Infernal mess of and that propose to restore to what It originally was and they sent me to the penitentiary for It and I Just concluded to let the whole push go to the devil You have to go away from home to learn the news at your home and so never heard of this Lexington Camp belllte wool pulling until they told me about It In the Indian Territory 1200 miles from here Out there the Campbellltes are all up over It They are divided into the Progres sive and the NonProgressive- The Progressive are those who be ove in praising God by jamming wind with a machine and the Non progressive ore those who believe the preachers should do the windJamming with their mouthsthe old fashioned way that they are pall for I shall watch the rumpus with great interest and will report to you hope they will have a regular monkey and parrot time Once there was abut I believe I have told you that monkey and parrot story From St Louis Star Lincoln Neb Nov 18Dr Philip Hubert a negro preacher and cator sent a wooden crucifix from Minneapolis as a gift to a Lincoln girl This crucifix proved to be ono of the main factors which led to his con vlctlon for a statutory offense The complaint Is Miss Lillian Hard v f A III II II AIIMIII II A u I N PRICE LIST a MENS NEW MODEL 16 SI- ZEWATCHES e 5 S HAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 105 23 Jewels Wm Klnley 21 Jewels 23 same 17 Jewels 12 General Stark 17 Jewels 10 15 Jewels 7 Jewels 650 WALTHAM Riverside Maxlmus 23 Jewels 50 Vanguard 23 Jewels 30 Riverside 17 jewels P S Bartlett 17 Jewols N 1260 15 Jewels 7 Jewels ELGIN No or 21 Jewels 49 270 21 Jewels 25 243 or 17 Jewels 22 242 17 Jewels 241 17 Jewels 15 Jewels 860 Jewels CASES All the above in the new Model thin Sllverlne Screw Cases In Fahys Crown or Deuber filled god screw case guar anteed by manufacturers for 20 years artistic hand chased or plain 300 more hunting 500 more In 25 year case 200 moro than In 20 year case In cases guaranteed 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Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 26 Gents Chains Isame variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less R Cash refunded at option a DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC R am an expert in this line and will save you 20 per cent If you will order of me Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver r 1 and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Cruci s ble free OTTO WETTSTEIN s U 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE luL HIIIII1IIIID1 aIIaial iaiR H Ing adopted daughter of illian Hard Ing a mall carrier CV e baVit M the crucifix was penclleaT Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them who trespass against usIHubert claimed quotation there priate on such a gift County Attorney Caldwell dwelt long on the quotation as being equivalent to a direct confession of guilt and a plea for mer cy Hubert has contested the accusation stubbornly and the case will be appealed He has always borne an excellent reputation and Is well known among the colored people He is an applicant for the position of United States Minister to Haytl You hardly would believe that any civil officer would be fool enough to make that kind of an argument but you had heard some of the fellows that prosecuted me you would know they were fools enough to do anything except some honest thing THE BLADE Is Worth Ten of Any Other Free thought Paper That Know Anything About Says Astronomer Greenhill Clinton Iowa Dec 10 1904 Dear Brother Moore On yesterday sent you a clipping from the Peoples Journal of Dundee Scotland thinking you might care to publish It In the Blade as hope you will But whether you do or not would like to have the clipping return ed And if you do publish It would like some extra Blades with It In for distribution Inclosed find stamps to pay for same But If you do not pub lish It keep the stamps any way for your own use like your views about cutting off dead beats The Blade is worth ten of any other Freethought paper that know anything about Please to return the clipping Sincerely yours JAMES A GREENHILL PRESBYTERY REINSTATES PROMINENT CLERGYMAN New York Dec 12The Rev Dr Samuel T Carter one of tho three Presbyterian clergymen who started tho movement which led to the revis ion of the Presbyterian creed in Amer ica and whom many Presbyterians lIe sired to see put on trial for heresy was reinstated by the Nassau County Presbytery today at a meeting In Jamaica L I Rev Dr Carter made a JI JilT i u somewhat dramatic nppeaLJ l1hICb i11 TJIcterly condemned the Westmin ster confession and declared thatztscholastic theology is wrong from itsnbase upward From Louisville CourierJournal PROFANITY Chief Feature of J P DuVallc Ser mans I Claiming to be Preacher He Spends Time Insulting Pedes trains Proclaiming that he was a disciple of Jesus Christ and that he and God were together on some subject he did not take the trouble to explain a man giving his name as J Duvall was arrested by Patrolman Gallagher and Sergt Doran at Fourth avenue 1Despitefanity and slang Duvall seemed to be afflicted withjtho idea that every on on the streets had the desire to hear him deliver a lecture and his style was according to the set forms correcttplatforms Stationing himself on a corner be spent his time yesterday morning and afternoon discoursing on the values of his religion Ho ex plained that there was no such thing as a church and that he preached the only religion and that God named him to scatter the news abroad When found by the officers DuVall was discoursing at Fourth avenue and Market street and the officers say he had Insulted a number of women whojpassed him although they believe did so unintentionally Ho was chargIed with disorderly conduct The offi cent believe that ho Is suffering from an attack of delirium tremens Intentionally He was charged with disorderly conduct officers be lieve that ho Is suffering tram an atItack of delirium tremens FASTING AS MEANSOF FLESH Rogers Ark Dec 16Dr Brown Is authority for the statement that a young woman residing three milestsouthwest of this city has just i tho record made by Dr Tanner andIall other fasters This remarkable feat is said to have been accomplished by Miss Sawrey who has just com pleted a selfimposed fast of forty eight days with no ill effectsNtIvra r r LBACK TO THE OLD HOME IManable to keep It at that nnd UIIt Its friends will assist us In doing paying b up promptly themselves amI by getting now subscribers Many nro gratified that we are go lug to cut off all who do not pay There will bo some In arroara who really Intend to pay and I hope those will do so at once and SIlO the trouble of taking off their names and putting them back again I frequently become discouraGed b tho thought that my own writing for the Blado aro unprofitable and unln terestlng but I got a good man ters encouraging me and not so many lately abusive of me as I sometime get I think It probable that man the letters that are Insulting to aro written by people who are genuine Infidels but have had the Blade sent to them by friends I feel that I am getting old wearing out mentally though I han exceptionally fine health physlcaUy My wife and children aro just good as they can bo but I have sometimes had such times of despondenc possibly Mr no good reason that have gotten into a habit of becoming absorbed In duties on the farm as n means of drowning trouble that m thoughts have been so much illert ed from writing that I cant writ well as I once did But I all the time have a drenm that some day while I live this little paper will be more than It ever was before a means of doing good to the worldI some kind of an idea that tho very fact that so many people think me a bad man many of them thinking that I am the worst mat In the world will call attention to the strange fact that nevertheless want to do good for the world and that some how that I cannot yet see this paper either before or after my death will be great power for doing good Just as so many strange things have already happened In my eventful lifeI cannot have no other idea of doing good than that of making others hap py In some way My aspiration Is not to do good b3 some great plan or the accompli wtliLOJFcmti jt JbJttSJjdo good by tho use of all the milt means that are around us all th vitlmc and that any body can use at any time I want every one man and women and child who loves me and loves this paper to assist mo In this little great work It will necessarily cost some money but I want It to cost the smaU est amount of money except when when you give to those around y ou who need your assistance and th I want you to give what you think Is right and what you think you can ford and I want you to manage so that all can see that I do not In any wa r in the world get one cent of profit from It because in order to the success of my idea all must be able to see that there Is no momentary or mercenary motive that I can posslt haveI personally have no money but I am so situated that I do not need any and I want my family and myself to be as liberal with our means as Wl can and I want others to do that but Itmanage it so that all can see that am not one of the many people w hoI are trying to make money under t pretense of making sacrifice for the good of others- I do not want you to believe that think the Increasing of the circulation of this paper is any great good unlc you think It a means of circulating tins idea and a means of encouraging each other and oven then I want It so arranged that Mr Hughes who entitled to all the money that comes to this paper will only be paid good wages for the work he does as pub Usher of this paper with the posslbl Ity that some day the papers circuit tlon will be so Increased that It can b e sent to partons at far less than i now done You know I said a great deal once about getting 100000 subscribers for this paper and if something like thn could be done the paper might be sent for 50 cents a year In single subscriptions and 25 cents a year in clubs ol five and more- think the world owes Mr Hughes and his family a living for what Its has done with this little paper i I do not know the specification and details of my own plan further titan that I want us all to refrain from all evil fur as wo can and to do all the good than we can and want us all to work together like a band of good people whose object is to make themselves happy by making others happy In two more years if I live will Ibo 70 years old older than most peoI- llvo to bo and my chances to llvo that much longer are prohablY somo bettor than the average man of my ago But cant wo all work to gethor to manage It so as to have In that two yours whither I live or not a very large vapor at a very a1lal1 cull to each patron and have the lit tie paper all the time flllod with plans and suggestions from every where by Its friends encouraging each other to abstain from all kinds of vice anll to cultivate all kinds of virtues- It seems to me that the day has come when people generally appre elate that the methods and croeds of the churches are not calculate to make people happy and that the peo plo do not believe what they teach and that tho country Is full of crime and suicide and that there must be some rational way to remedy this con dltlon of affairs If we attempt any of these big plans that are commonly suggested by the leaders of tho people we at once bet gin to wrangle among ourselve as to the particular means and we bet come dogmatic and overbearing and do no good So that my Idea Is somo bow to 11work together with no formal organ Ization or rules or laws or officers or salaries each one doing any good s time that an opany way and at any portunlty offers I do not merely admit but openl declare that I would like for yo to make this little paper the medium of your communication about this worlt I would rather have such a monument would then s as this paper than to have such to my memory built to my memory as they have built to Washington In Washington City What I am here saying Is not ill new to those who have read atItime made for any considerable he more think of it the more tt Highly convinced I am that my Idea inn be accomplished The very fact that the idea Is un irecodented and that there has never yet been such a newspaper Is what would greatly tend to the perfecting or the idea- There are now three men in the world who stand almost like mlrac s and none of them believe In religion as the solution of the problem of be ig happy These men are Tolstoi Carnegie and Hneckle all of them striving aud all threetake the world happier much to thator them certainly doing But those three men are great gen IusoAld have immense resources at ra andtI thinlgnow1 t what we need Is some common manI from among the people who genius and no money to be In some which any body who ay a means by desires to do good can do so accor- dling to their moans and be Instructed and encouraged to do so by some fort of this kind There can be no motive In any of this and ought not to be except the- lone motive of Increasing our person happiness here In this life and I which that canbycannot see anyway be done except by helping to malte othors happy- I suppose have Just as much make me happy as almost any one has but I am not happy and it seems is happy and I to me that nobody want us to combine in this arrange mont to see if we cannot do something to make us happier There seems to be advance In near ly all departments but tho simple thing of being happy the greatest thing In all the world Is something that nobody discusses while nearb all are making attempts to be hapj by means that are evidently failure and which we would reasonably pect to be failures If we would ratios alb think about them Wealth anti fame and health may al1 be good things to have and If prop erb used can be made assistants g happiness but it Is evident to all that those who possess some or all of these are not necessarily happy pea pIe Zany very rich and very famou people are very much more unhapp than many people who have neither of these and It Is not the testimony of any great man that his wealth s fame has made him happy and ye we all despite and reasoning to the contrary live as If the attainment of wealth and fame was all that was worth working to get Wealth and fume are nothing ex cept as a means of getting happiness and if ono can get happiness and tentment without wealth or fame why should ho want either of them I think It is true that religious sup- erstltlon is an enemy to human hap plness and the man or woman who does much to destroy that superstition Is a friend to humanity but I think it probable that Ingersoll was no hap pier than many who will read what I am now writing and If the fame of likeman Ingersoll would not make him loppy how can any of us reason ably hope to gain happiness simply b posing the errors of religion r MIVMMM f I know that my own career has been a strange ono and that It has aUract cd attention and I want to know It it cannot In somo way be utilized to do good It seems to mo that the fact that I have been a preacher and an In flilel editor and a prisoner and a tray Bier In land of the Bible and a writes about what I saw and heard that has attracted tho Interest or many people could bo used to do good when It Is known that as I am coming onto my three score years and ten and that my conclusion Is that the main part of life Is to be hallpy In an unobstenslvo way by tryIng to make others happy DR WILSONS REPORT ON HES TON FUNDS I give below the names and amounts contributed to Mr Heston through tho Blade appeal whlch names have been furnished me by Mrs Heston At this writing Mr Heston Is no betterconfined tt his bed and unable either to read or write He can speak only In n whls per He wishes me to express his gartltudo for the many kind words that have been written and tho gen erous support given himthat such kindness touches a warm spot away down down deep The names are as follows Tohn Hurt Cincinnati 01000 J B Wilson Cincinnati 0 100 Dr V P Murray Cincinnati 0 300 Orner T Glenn Cincinnati 0 500- S Curtis Brunswick Me 500 d Cheney Forest Grove ke 100 Dr J B Feenstra Arcadia owa 300 J H Livingston Hopkin ton Iowa 500 D M Watters Bridgeport Cal 200 Albert C FiSh- er New Haven Conn 100 A J tealmen Lookeba O K 100 Aaron Koch East Sandy Pa 200 Ole H tone Baring Wash 500 Otis White Salldn Col 500 Margarot oppock Richmond Ind 100 B F lualntance Bucyrus 0 100 L H tuber Covlngton Ky 300 J T anser Martlnsvllle Ills 100 James Kemp Pickering 0 150 II Kerr Great Bend Kan 800 J I Wilton Alexander Minn 500 C Boland Alexander Mine 100 H Matthews New PhllO 100 iavld Willes New Phil 0100- IrW Kruschke Centerberry Wis Milo Maine100 Wm Cooper P Weir Weir Wintei et Ia C Hoxie Boone la Total 1450 Reported by Warren Wolf 10775 jtat received datewivy192 addition to the above Am IIn Freethought Association gave an order to inako a letter ead of their organizations new name- and advanced 1000 for the same We would greatly appreciate a design that Heston would make and- bope he will soon be able to make It I im greatly pleased at the response that has been made and hope tbo- the guineas will continue to Jingle Dont be afraid to send In your ty or twentyfive cent piecesIf that Is aN there Is Just much ou are able to give big heartedness Inthe ach If you could afford to give 1000 heading this listou soe the name John Hurt Cincinnati O He wouldi Hurt anybody I believe he sponds 500 every month In scattering pa propagandlc work Ho pers and other Is a quiet kind of cussa free thinker and reasonerbut cant wlndJa Instead He Is athingsany so does lettercnrrler getting 7500 per montb wblch in a city like this dont go far IIy little dollar under his ten Is all now even If It can afford right tlocs look small Let no ono hold back on account of not being able to gIve small amount Bostonmore than a pictures In last Blade are worth 50 cents to anyone I hope Jinn will con tlnue to shove them in To show you how far reaching Is Hestons work I stepped Into the or fice of a prominent attorney the othe day and ho and three other lawyers- were looking through Hestons book and laughing and having a good time- They quickly shut It and shoved aside evidently not wishing that should see what they doing But rubbered and seeing what they had said Oh Oh what have you here that you dont want me to see Watson Hcstons Bible This Is a nice bool tor good Christians to be having a ood time to themselves with Oh you dont know all about It then do you said one Cert said I I was told that one or the attorneys had seen It somewhere and had sent off and purchased this one for himself It looked brand new So you see how far reaching the Influence of these Bible illustrations They converted that lawyer It seems to me that under the circumstances If I were in possession Hestons book I would put up about 100 of them and offer them for sale and end the proceeds all to Hcstou I wIll take one If they go that way I want to thank Warren Wolf and say that two much credit cannot bo t 11r t given him for starting this subscrip tlon Ho is evidently n doertho most valuable kind of a Liberal And I want to say again I am pIeRs ed at the noble response of all who have contributed and of those whom I know will continue to give The readers of tho Blade have ways proven loyal and generous Their patience has often been taxedBut In every defense and adversity they havo nobly responded The amount already contributed will bo a great help but as Heston has been In bed five months without any Income cept that earned by his faithful wlte behind with rent groceries druggist doctor etc And this will not last very long Altogether only 55 hae contributed Thore are several hun drod I know want to make themselves feel good as well as Heston by send- Ing him a hearty Now Years Saluta tlon His address Is Watson HestonICarthage Missouri J IS GLAD HE CONVERTED FROM METHODISM TO INFIDELITY Marshall Ill Dec 11 E M 304 Editor B B G I saw In the last Issue of the Blade hat its former size will be resumed In a few weeks I hope you will bo able to do that I enjoyed reading he letters from subscribers which wore published In the Blade And when the size was reduced to two pages the letters necessarily had to be almost wholly omitted I once onged to church the shouting Meth dist kind and those little letter In the Blade have about the same elrect pon me now as the speakln meetln had in days of yore It Imparts en luslasm to us brethren I hMe taught In the public schools for many years and have also been in turn undayschool teacher classlender and superintendent Time after time I taught lessons In the Sundarschools that smote my conscience severely cause I knew them to be contradictory to my school teachings and directly opposed to reason and nature My bread and butter depended upon my vocation as teacher and I dared not- then stand out boldly for the right and declare the Bible a bundle of fabrIcations My family had to be provIded for and so I kept on grind- Ing the samo old gristteaching one thing on Sunday and tho opposite through the week I have now gone to farming that dependent life where man has free eech and none can threaten his laryattWherpthQearth yellds Jier bread and year ago I subscribed for the Blade and through Its columns have been born again and my spirit beareth with- ness with brother Moores spirit that- the B G B saves people to the ute termost from the sins of orthodoxy PraIsed be the Blade I have Quit teaching school have mentally freed myself and am now an avowed Athe- Ist I love humanity more and the church less I shall do all In power to help crush her pernicious Reason and Humanity J H SCHWARTZ P SAllow me to thank you lroore and the other regular contrl butors to the Blade for the good Individually get from your writings They are superb Find enclosel 100 for renewalJ H S It seems to me that any educated- and honest man as this letter Indl- cates Its author to be must feel better from having gotten out of the grading superstition that religion Is Into the Intellect real freedom heart and brain that wo have In delity and men of that kind are com lng though stoutly over to our side all the time and none of us are Iolng- back to religion It would be nice of course if I were- easier financially but I would rather be what I am than to have the hundred millions of dollars of these men who live In sight of me and have wltb It tho religion I used to have LEA FOR WATSON HESTO Carthage Mo Dec 13 1904 Mr C C Moore Editor B G Dear sirWe are strangers I ai a trlend of Watson Heston It Is heart- sickening to see his pltlflul condition His noble wife stands up under tho- strain but I cant see how Canno their many friends help them by send- Ing them Christmas gltts- Irs Heston does not want mo appeal for her Sho says Warren WoJ and Dr Wilson have done that She Is very thankful for the many let ters red amount that was sent them- Some of the letters seemed to doubt their condition but if you could see them you would not doubt He has been to sick to do anything tor 15 months She would send him to a hospital for treatment but has not the means to do so I hope the erals will stand by him until somo l tA Ilk I ILLINOIS RAILROAD CENTRAL EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINCS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIAA- ND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE TURN LIMITS Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Louisville to Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates to point South and West first and third Tuesdays In each month t FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company Y Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc In the States of Kentucky West Tennessee MlssflslppI and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homeseeker who will forward his name ned address to the undersigned will be mailed free Clrcu Tara Nos 1 to Inclusive and others as they are published from month to on or address nearest railroad Agent or address F W HARLOWDIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY GO SOUTHWEST Like Time and Tide tho Great South west awaits no man but Its a heap easier to get aboard at the Instant of starting than to contend with the ele ment of momentum later Let us give you the details of this new countrys rapid growth and your chance to grow up with It Illustrated literature free GEO LEE P a JOHN SEBASTIAN 1 change takes placefor the better or the worse She cannot hire a nurse at 20 a week She has used the money to pay some of the doctors bills and tor groceries fuel and rent and they arc away behind yet I took them a load of wood today but they must have help I Imow there are enough Liberals who could help them If they would only go down into their pockets to do so I wonder if they nil expect to talto their money with them when they dieHow many of you will think f Heston and his wife when you are buying costly Christmas present They have not enough to keep tbem warm and to keep away hunger Hestons folks are much respect here and Mrs Heston is one of our best dress makers She has no trouble to get plenty of Work when she can be at work but Mr H can not be left alone because he is per fectly helplessnothing but a llvlnl skeleton The Christians say this Is a judg cent sent on him for cartooning the holy scriptures- I would not be surprised some day to find them both dead for death Is no terror to either of them Mrs II watches over him like he was a child- I hope to see this In print and that you will send Mrs Heston a copy as they do not take the Blado He hns given up nil papers I hope the erals will assist them at Christmas I am a trulyJ CLEMMENS II have not a cent and do not expect to spend a nickel at Chlstmas but ny wife Is willing to send them 500 It Is more than she can afford to sent him but sho says she will send tha nuch and do without something her setrI enclosed my wifes check for 500 to Mrs Heston Carthage Missouri THE NAME INFIDEL have received a pacicago of copies of The Sword a Campbolllte rell ious paper I found only ono thing ot any Interest In them and that was an article on Infidelity In which the editor said Just as I do Insisting on Webs telS definition that an Infidel ono who does not believe In the In li J CUT RATES SOUTHWESTI Dec 620 1Hspirntlonofthe B1b1e ndmid of Jesus ChristtrThe a much opposed to my useof jtriblwor namothatThis friend thinks the word Infidel t alludes to ones moral nature because j the word Infidel Is sometimes used 6Jexpress Immorality In the marriage i relation But the advantage of using the i word Infidel to express what we are Is that all understand the word to be opposed to Christianity which It not true of any of these other words We want to be plainly understood by all and If you call yourself an Infidel everybody will understand what you mean and they wont are accusing yourself of Imm Annapolis Maryland Chalk oralI1f year from September last glad to hear that the Blade resume Its former size Let one of Dr Wilsons books as soon they are complete I will send for one J H BRINK SAINT LOUIS TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT KEEPINGWITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION JO POINTS IN MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY OKLAHOMA For lecrlltlve matter through alifxlule and other needed particular lithe t HI McGUIRE 30 niT TCINCINNATI OHO x r