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H BLUE GRASS BLADEEDITED nr A liishaajrlc OFQOOD MORALSehlanrjepl6RBST PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 TEAR IN ADVANCEo n t VOLUME XIII NUMBER 44x LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JANUARY E M 305 100 YEAR TERMS OF THE BLADE 1 issue for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW subscribers 60 cents each 250 for five Terms100 per year In advance foreign subscription 160 Five New subscribers sent one year for 260- Make II all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the flBlue Gnua Blade Lexington Ky rc When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as well as the now address Then you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber Office of publication 166 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Mail ton Ky aa Second Olasa Matter Address all communication to LUE GRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky uyette Telephone Cumberland Telephone 307 WINTER IN COLORADO ft Your own physclan will toll you tha tho dry mountain air of Colorado u au f elixir of life stands preeminent waysy rigorous and stimulating the Grist atmosphere of Colorado is at its best in winter To accomodato ter tourist to tho Rockies the Unio Pacific hast put In effect from Chicago J a round trip rate of 4720 and from St Louis a round trip rate of 3920i with proportionate reductions points within its Immediate territory Tickets on sale every day until May lilt 1906 with return limit June let 1905 Be sure your ticket reads over the Union Pacific the popular route to Colorado For full information in quire of W H Connor A East ourtb street Cincinnati O MY BIRTHDAY The Bible says that when Jesus Christ was born a star moved in th heavens to guide tho wise men an that angels were heard singing in tho skies That may have been easily believ- ebytho people who were there and It but we of this day have nothin but their word for It The thing that was Intended to show that Jesus was of a miraculous nature 3ought to havo been something tha would last always and so that all could see It to bo true The very day after l was born thero was an occurrence In nature that re mains until this day and so that all can seo It I was born on December r 20 1837 The very next day the days began to get longer and they have done that way every year since then and will continue to do so oven after am dead And soI say the birth of Jesus should have been marked not by a star moving or some merely trans tory thing like that but by something that would remain for all time as in the case of my birth Change of Time of Trains No9 and 10 Queen Crescent Route On and after January 9th trains No 0 and 10 will run dally except Sunday They now run dally PEACE ON- EARTH AND GOOD WILL TO MEN CHRISTMAS POTPIE FRESH FROM THE OVEN AND STEAMIN HOT Peace upon earth goodwill to men Is an annual proclamation dulged in by a bashful bragging ele ment of mankind who for days in tho year are antagonistic to everything conducive to Peace and Good willThis element is for Peace according to its own dictations and not for all opposition It Is for Peace one day In and for Holiness one day in seven Upon all other days it is at warat war with Itself disputing de nouncing denying and hating all op posing forms of Its own likenessat war with all opposition of thought and progress at war with all who do not approve of its follies ignorance ination and imperious assumption of the right to control morals education and government at war with nature at war even with God Almighty him self A religion which has invented an everlasting eternal hell for the great mass of humanity which thrives from threatening which sways by brutal fear can have no high or Just Idea of the meaning of Peace and Goodwill Such a religion necessarily must con lain all the elements of criminality and concentrated cruelty Cruelty Latent In Christianity These do not always appear on the surface as the Irrestlble outward pres sure of thought freedom and progress compells Its true nature to secrecy and to a subdued inactivity But things always latent ra elW fitttefcrrtnli and thtnsh are latent in that religion which utilizes the dogma of hell for its own advancement and profit The questionabletho unspeak able torture of millions the bloody brutal wars the fendlsh masslves even down to the present daythe ap proval of war and of the conquest of the heathen the spiritual t generals- t who accompany armies tho blessings given warlords and brutal tyrants and the prayers sent up to heaven for the success for their doubly demanded and brutal unrighteousness prove to every thenChristian religion never was nor Is nor can over be from Its very nature the conservator of Peace and Good will among men No Good Will for Thought and Dls covery How can a religion Which will even amiably regard a scientific fact as a probability which is never hospita ble to the innovation of though or criti cism which naturally evades its Just share of the public burdens but tually conspires to establish class privileges and live upon the labor of others how can such a religion have heartdonce every year it has the cheek and pre tidingsdof Peace among men drawinggwar ex termination never for one moment resigning from or terminating its powerstof the Ignorant and innocent Preposterlous Peace It would bo laughable were it not so serious when we observe all these wrangling factions trying to out do each other In style and power Jealous- of each ether hating each other and secretly wishing the other was dead and In hell and out of the wayit would be laughable I say if it were not so serious when we hear all this proposterlous prattle of Peace and gullible gab of Goodwill Freethought Le In Christianity I have been speaking of organized Christianity which is not oven at Peace with Itself There are Individ ual Christians men and women who still helplessly adhere to the old hull of Christianity but whoso brains are faintly lit with the torch of progress whose Judgment are unconclously swayed by the outside pressure of free thought scientific progression and the loud demands of humanity at largo there are Christian individuals of the classmen and women half awakened from the drowsey drunken dream of faith who stand bravely and nobly out for Peace and Goodwill among men Though still identified with It they have stepped far In advance of their organization These are evolu ting Christians or Freethinkers in gree We honor them we Join with them we hall them as brothers but at the same time wo are not blind to the fact that they reflect only the liberalizing leavening of their own brains and not the true spirit of ganized Christianity which came into this world not to bring Peace but to bring a sword which hilt deep It has plunged into heart of the man the Ally of War As long as Christianity recognizes Jehovah as a God of war a God of anger and punishment a God who visits his wrath upon his enemiesas long as they pray to him for success in waras long as popes primates and archbishops side with the powers of wealth and autocracy In their conspiracies and bloody aggregations as long as hey send chaplains upon those mighty engines of death nnd destruction the modern battleship as long as they accompany armies for the purpose of sustaining the courage of Christian brute with a gun in his handa brute only because of his training as long as they thus Iden tlfy themselves with waras long as they thus give It countenance and retrain from denouncing it they may defy their Prince of Peace and preach Peace but there Is and can be no Peace they but reveal their preten ions and hypocrisies Goodwill a Siren Song As long as they seize the mind of children and darken Its life with a bloody superstition limit its intelli gence and thus keep the multitude In the bondage of ignorance and subject- to tho despotism of tyranny and q capitalistic greed and selfishness sad tTa7Pt cannot bt Goodwlliamong men Their Peace and Goodwill is but a sham pretense in reality as deceitful and dangerous as the siren song that lures the unwarned seamen to his certain destruction J B W THE SEEKER An Infidel Book By Harry Leon Wilson My wife gave me as a Christmas present Harry Leon Wilsons new book The Seeker There are four book stores In Lex ington and my copy was the last one In any of themall sold out It sold as a Christmas book It is a straightout Infidel book by this writer who is now coming to the front as ono of the most prominent of American writers It seems strange that au Infidel book could become a popular Christmas book In Kentucky but I suppose no book In Lexington was so popular as a Christmas book James Lane Allen had given it a fine endorsement that called general tention to it The Seeker is more fully and evl dently written in the Interest of delity than Allens Reign of Law was The argument for Infidelity in The Seeker is as radical as any of our avowed Infidel propagandists ever make though the book being fiction the argument is put into the mouth of one of the characters of the book The principal two male characters in the book are Bernal and Allan Lin ford the first an Infidel and the other an Episcopal preacher The Infidel is a beautiful character with his heart full of love for humanity while the preacher Is a most revolting hypocrite with the common failure among preachers with the women of their congregationsThe Linford Is not the common coarse variety of clerical pocrite that Dickens gives us In Stlg gins and Pecksniff and Chadbad but he Is the elegant polished smooth article that we see in our fashionable churches and that Is so much admired by tho women Tho popularity of such a book here shows that tho Infidel sentiment is growing rapidly The annual convention of the Amer lean Association for the Advancement of Science was opened at the University of Pennsyivativ t lrt 1 1 t l u ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY According to the Louisville Courier Journal Is the Same That Is Claimed by Infidels Ordinarily I do not like to reprint much from other papers but in some cases I think it best to do so The CourierJournal of Louisville Ky ranks as high as any paper In thoI United States and is the most promin ent paper in the South The religious orthodoxy of that pa per has never been questioned When therefore a paper of tha kind takes a position on a prominent religious matter that Is exactly theI same as that maintained by all prominent Infidel propagandists the editorial becomes so important that it is best to reproduce it In full rather than merely to comment upon It The common belief among the masses of Christian people and the one that Is encouraged by the church is that Christmas had its origin in the Christian religion So far from this being true Christ mas existed before there was any Christian religion and was simply a time of drunkenness and merrymaking and presentgiving especially of dolls and candles that existed among the heathen and was adopted by the Christian church The original idea of what Is now called Christmas was the celebration by the heathen of the beginning of the lengthening of the hays The story of the New Testament about the birth of Jesus would indi cate that it occurred in the warm timeJhpeople alreauy In existence simply adopted that time as the time of the birth of Jesus though it Is in winter The editorial of the Courier Journa confining this idea is as follows On the threshold of the great test val of Christendom to which another day will bring us It may not be amiss to anticipate its coming with a for v historical facts relating to it It may seem paradoxical to say that Christmas is older than Christianity but the observance of a midwinter festi val dates to a very remote period probably to prehistoric times when natureworship was the religion of our rude ancestors To their limited knowledge the great forces of nature sun moon stars planets wind thun der lightning etc were actual deities posessed of superhuman powers an capable of yeilding great benefits or inflicting terrible punishments on poor humanity The midwinter festival had evidently a solar origin and was connected with the winter solstice A the moro intelligent people of those days watched the great SunGod each day sinking lower and lower In th southern sky they must sometimes have wondered and asked themselves What if he should never return to warm and revive the frozen earth And when they found that at a certain stage his downward course was stayed what more natural than that they should have a time of rejoicing to come the SunGods return Tho Saturnalia of Ancient Rome which dates back to mythical times is said to have been originally a celebration of the winter solstice It was observed on the 19th of December and lasted seven days Schools were clos ed distinctions of rank were set at naught and slaves ato at table with their masters or were actually waited on by them and the utmost freedom of spirit was permitted All classes exchanged gifts the most being wax tapers and clay dolls The latter were especially given to ebb dren and the makers of them held a regular fair at this time The prominence given to candles at this festival points to the custom o making a new fire at this time The practice of kindling fires at the summer solstice Eve of St John still prevails in Germany and many parts of Europe and there are traces of which the Yule log is one of tho observance of a similar custom at the winter sol stice The modern custom of decora- tIng houses and churches with ever tti 1 greens and using mistletoe at Christ mas is derived from ancient Druid practices It was their belief that sylvan spirits might flock to the ever greens and remain unnlpped by frost till a milder season The observance of Christmas Christ and massas the anniversary- of the birth of Christ is attributed to Pope Telephorus who died A D 138 At first It was a month feast like Easter and was celebrated by the Eastern churches in the months of April and May The actual date ot Chrlsts birth was unknown In Fourth century St Cyril of Jerusalem obtained an order from Pope Jullius I for an investigation to be made as to the day of Christs nativity No authentic proof of the exact day could be arrived at but the result of Inquiry Easterntagreetupon has been urged by some and it seems not improbable that this date was con venlently agreed upon because It served another purpose Complaints had been frequently made that many of the converts to Christianity could not be weaned from indulgence in the old Pagan festival of the Saturnalia By making the date of the Nativity incide with the Saturnalia the church got rid of this source of trouble thus supplanting the older heathen festival with the newer Christian one BAD CAMPBELLITE PREACHER The New York Truth Seeker of Dec 24 has the following The Rev Isaac Selby who came toI this county from Australia a few years ago as a converted Infldel and an InflI del smasher Is now In jail In San Francisco Ho was recently sued for divorce by his wife and the other day the suit having gone against him he arose in his sent and attempted to as sassinate Superior Judge Hubbard by shooting him with a pistol His first shot missed and before he could fire again the judge had left the bench nd grappliuLwjth him The reverend gruu Abu hRJfor safe ke g The first I ever heard of Selby was about four years ago He said he had comp from Australia and the he ha been an Infidel and that he was then defending the Christian religion as a debater with Infidels His case we investigated and it could not be found that he had ever been an Infidel Mr Charles Watts of London En land was then in this country and it was arranged that debate between Watts and Shelby would be conducted at Covington Kentucky When the time for the debate came Watts did not appear It was said that the was sick Selby then began a protracted re Cnmpbelllteireported thht he made many converts A FINE LARGE CATHOLIC LIE Different persons have seiit me s ferent papers containing account talc en from the London England Daily Express of miracles performed e a Catholic priest called Father Igna thus The miracles are very prudently said to be so far back as 1862 so that it would be difficult to expose the He that the priest is telling Ho says that one night a woman came to him greatly distressed be cause his daughter was dead The priest had a piece of the wood of the true cross He went to the sir lo home and found she had been dead for two hours He held the plea o cf wood over her and commanded her to arlso and she arose from the dead In another Instancetlio mother of a girl refused to allow her child to be baptized The priest told the woman that the curse of God would fall upon her and immediately the girl became idiotic- n and broke out all over with loathsome sores The mother then relented and tbo priest healed the daughter Immediately It seems unreasonable that the girl- f should have been punished for the din of the mother but God crucified his son because other pe had don e wrong and so I suppose the priest was correct in punishing tho daughter because the mother had done wrong In another case a workman was assist ing in raising an immense weight of stone on a building The stone all fell upon the man and J t so crushed him that his body was nothing but a bruised pulp The priest put upon tho dead man some water from Lourdes and the dead man arose and walked home without a scar on him No names nor circumstances aro given no references given to persons who witnessed these things and yet so degraded and lying Is the Christian religion that a big English newspapery rprints rot of that kind and It Is sent by press dispatch to this country and reprinted here as truth Even Jesus Christ is reported to have raised the dead only once Of course If he had done that It would have been more Important than all the balance of his miracles com bined But the first three gospels do not mention It and it is found only In John n gospel the genuineness and au thenticity of which are disputed by many Christians who believe the firstLthreeI been In the grave from which Lazarus is said to havo been raised It is surrounded by high walls so that no body but the owners of the place can see It According to the New Testament there was none present except his two sisters and one of them was the sweetheart of Jesus and would not have told on him Nothing is said as to what ever came of Lazarus after his resurrection The people who live there at Beth any now seem neither to know nor to care about the story of Lazarus resur rection though that such a man lived there seems quite probable They are all I think Mohamme dans and seemed to regard us as gang of fools who had come to see about a great lie that was told in nection with their little old rocky town But Just any old Ho will do for tho priests to tell to separate from their i money tho fools who aro willing to listen to them- BELIEVES IN RELIGION FOUNDED ON SCIENCE nacc ree rorep an No Longer Be Accepted As Ultl mate Cambridge Mass Dec 19Dr Ly 1man Abbott In a sermon to Harvard students has announced his belief in a religion founded not on the Bible buts on science and the outstretchlngs of the human heart- wonder he said If you will derstand me when I say that no long er believe In a great first cause My 1God is a great and everpresent force which Is manifest In all the activities of men and all the workings of nature I believe In a God who Is In and through and of everything not an ab t sent God whom we have to roach through a Bible or some other outside aid buthGod who Is closer to us than hands or feet Science literature and history tell us that there Is ore eter nal energy that the Bible can no longer be accepted as ultimate that many of Its laws were copied from other re llglons that tho Ten Commandmnnts did not spring spontaneously from Moses but were like all laws a grad ual growth nod that man is a creature not a creation No thinking man will say there are many energies The days of polythe ism are past There Is only one ener gy That energy has always been working It Is an Intelligent energy No scientist can deny it It was wnrJc ing before Christs time oven as It is now iLyman Abbott the successor to Henry Ward Becher Is the greatest preacher America and this sermon Is to one of the greatest schools in America Of course It is easy to read between the lines that Abbott Is an atheist but J he has not the manhood to say it In plain language and come out and work with the Infidels RECITING BIBLE VERSE LITTLE GIRL DROPS DEAD Now York Dec 13 Excitement and nervousness because she Is to rep clto a verse from the bible at a Christ inns entertainment of a church In Btcoklyn have caused the death of May Young 10 years old While she and 99 other little girls were at the church rehearsing for the entertain ment she stepped from the line to cite her verse and fell forward on her lace dead Terror reigned fir several minutes among the crowd of children who ran screaming from the scene but the minister and his assistants finally calmed tho excitemen- tS f i j DR WILSON REPLIESIIj TO EDITOR MOORE AND MR GUNTHERI would not write what am going to say If t did not think ItnowI the Feat Interests of The Blade both Mr Moore and Mr Guntuer had not misrepresented me In the last is sue will briefly reply lo Mr Gun ther as do not care particularly for what he said He says Mr Wilson says tha the Swiss people are mostly AnA chests and Socialists I said no sue thing I said that The domliiatlns actions In Switzerland are Socialistic and Anarchistic which Is true The French people are 80 per cent Catholic but the domlnatinK fneuohi1 there are Socialistic and every S o 4ciallst Is a Freethinker The same In fluence prevails In Switzerland It is the refuge the dumpery place of nearly every Russian patrolt and there is protected Why Because the ers that be are friendly to him In no country in the world are the economic questions more carefully studied than in Switzerland Socialistic organiza lions are numerous the book stores find ready sale for Socialistic literature It was the first country In the world to give us the referendum j which is evidence enough of the Socialistic influence there Socialists all over the world point to Switzerland as an example of Socialistic govern ment Mr Gunther further says Polit ically Mr Wilson is blind He can see no good except In Socialism k that because I dont look at nil times through his glasses 4 have seen a god deal of Mr Gun thers writings and I admire his abili ties He puts up a good argument against Socialism and that is all he writes about and seemingly all that occupies his mind There is no person more hopelessly blind that ont whose horizon is limited to one Idea All The Blade readers know that I have repeatedly stated that believed that the full objects expected to attained by Socialism are impractlc able and will never be wholly realized have said that good and evil are about equally divided that Imperfect man will never be able to formulate a perfect government that favored that party which Is most progressive and which in my mind will give the most happiness to the most people No matter what party you attach yourself to you will encounter weak nesses and blunders Freethinkers rfnever hut It Is a step ahead of bigotry and aristocracy and militarism and nopoly and that tyranny which is inter derously opposed to all phases of free dom Who is the blind man He who still allies himself with the selfishness nnd cruelties and tyranny and gloom wrapped up in the old order or thin s or he who Is able to perceive a new light breaking In upon the centuries of oppression and darkness The Freethinker has no party of own All parties have their Imper fections He Is placed in the position of being compelled to choose between parties not of his own making Which shall he take The parties which stand for King craft priestcraft militarism and mo nopoly or that young vital party which with all Its dreams and ideals opposes these cruelties Talk about being blind Why a man horn blind ought to be able to see ther than either Mr Moore or Mr Gunther Upon this subject both of these very good men are like a turtle with Its head oft keeps walking around without knowing it is dead Mr Gunther further says The Genoa woman sized Mr Wilson up and stuffed him to his full capacity I do not believe that there is a word of truth in what she told him about lung Humbert Mr Gunther then proceeds to tell of several occasions when he saw Humbert in Rome and pf the homage paid him by the people by uncovering their heads and bowing and how such great respect induced him each time to take ort his hat Well of course people are different Dd If I would have taken my hat off to him just be cause a lot of ignorant minds enslaved by centuries of oppression groyell ed In front of that monkey faced maj esty No By heaven I would have kept my hat on my American head and pitied the grovellers The sight I of a King in any shape would awaken in me thoughts of all the Ignorance cruelty and oppression required to maintain the principle of might over right would have seen in my Imag or ination ten million white bloody ghastly upturned faces slain in bat tie to maintain the throne of Italy L and by the gods I could not have lift my hat- People whose Individuality Is crushed by authority are given to lifting knowlthatbow to authority that the lifting of hats over there is like something au tomatic Why they will lift their hats to the King and curse him with the next breath I had more hats lifted me in Italy than in all my life before- t It Is not unlikely that Mr Gunther agoht outThe Italy of ten years ago Is not the Italy of today Fifty people speak out today where one spoke then The Rome Congress Is indicative of the mighty change which has taken place As to the woman who sized me up and stuffed me to my toil capacity will say that I do not believe that such was her motive and that do not think I nm so easily stuffed I gave her story as she told it to me for what it was worth To me it was very significant that a woman educated wealthy a linguist a traveler society woman should so boldly press herself In a public place and all the more so when her statement led me to question others who cor roborated whet she said if a poor and oppressed Individual had made that statement would not have given it so much weight but coming from the better classrrom those whose natural sympathies are with wealthy and nuthority it had lathe ring of truth and I believe what she said is the truth I believe It from other testimony I cannot cord here heard right in the gress of Rome others high in public esteem denounce the vices of royalty and priestcraft This statement about King Humbert Is mild compared to some of the stories of the licentiousness of courts It would be blasphemy in some minds were the old time gaitles of the Prince of Wales be rehearsed today now that behe Is a Klnga holy and sacred person They would swear that It was all rot True or false it reveals Just what Intended to reveal that among the educated and enlighten the King is no longer a sacred Indl vidual In Italy and that they do not rear publicly to criticise and condemn as to Mr Moores stand against Socialism there is no dung e of his keeping the subject out of Th Blade for If no one else writes abouf it he will himself Two weeks ago f einpnnd iraarnl JQGu U r tMas ve m a chance to give Socialism a knock he flopped over his own resolution and thatt was an up on I dont see where the evening tip comes in I had no discussion with Mr Gunther or anyone else on the subject of Socialism Mr Gunther on ly disputed two of my statements one of which he did not quote correctly Mr Moore also states that I said the Swiss people are Socialists and Anar chests I didnt say any such thing He would better throw away his bl foals and consult an optician had Intended writing something in the terest of The Blade or rather points out the caused which have contributed to its present condition and show how they might be remedied but find that I havent the time J B W STILL FURTHER ABOUT ALFRED ROSE THE ST LOUIS INFI DEL CRIMINAL I have been sent the St Louis Post Dispatch of October 22 It contains a largo picture and long account of the killing of Alfred Rose and the other exconvict pals that he had with him while they killed two brave officers and wounded probably mortal a third one Rose was the only criminal that II over knew of who took this paper excepting some who are now in peniten teary and take it who may be or may not be criminals- I believe there may be some cases In which convicts are better men than the judges and jurors who convict there seems to bo no reasonable doubt that the man Rose was a thor ough villain I hope what I here say will be printed by prison papers- I am not stuck up about anything except the fact that I have been In the penitentiaryI In a variety of jails and had a nice time in them but am prouder of having been in the penlten tlary than anything of my life and if had to give up my experience in the Columbus penitentiary and my book Behind the Bars 31498 and my memories of dear old warden Coffin good man but awful gloomy name give up my tour to the Orient and Dog Fennel that I wrote about itlbl n beItween J i lk LLiiiu l 1MyI life never could have been cdm plete without both of these I know that to ninny it may sound silly in me to be proud of leaving been in the peri Itentlnry but when I think of how many great and good men have been prisoners and of how many rascals there are who never were In prison I can not help being proud of having been in the penitentiary and I hope that my friends will forgive me for it Now am getting to be an old man and soon the last lockup time will come to me and will go Into the sleep that knows no waking and I want to say this to all prisoners where ever they may be to whom this may come Be just as good as you can be nil the time and to every bOdynnl1 though you may not be happy you will be as near it as you can be and it will make mighty little difference on which side of penitentiary walls you arc Among politicians the outs are ways trying to get In nnd among convicts the ins are always trying to get out and it shows that men of equal intelligence and equal Integrity- a are not always satisfied whether they are in or out But any way be as good as you can be arid then you will be as happy as you can be DOCTOR AND HIS WIFE In a Dying Condition From not Ing Read Dog Fennel Smlthland Iowa Enclosed for one years past subscription tool ono years future for your devilish In fidel good for notleing paper Please continue Its publication up to Its full of nothingness Its will nc doubt In time be looked upon as eon taming the whole truth even by Ig nornnt Christians I want to see your paper the lead Ing paper of all the world The next 125 will Uosent you for Dog Fennell as my wife and arei nearly dead for want of reading DR L S STOLL J This is an unusually sad case but I believe that all people who do not read Dog Fennel will die edJoliet Ill Dec 16 1904 Blue Grass Blade Mr EditorEnclosed find P O or der for one dollar to advance my subscription for another year 1905 I wish to call your attention to the nth verso of the seventh chapter of Ifcjgslnstes which reads Bd not has spirit to be angry for anger fcj bosom of foolsA venth v e of t eth the righteous and God with the wicked every day J llsizesuppose the passage about getting angry Is intended as a rebuke to me and suppose I deserve It thank you for calling my attention to it and hope I may improve1 lan that respect I try to overcome but its hard for me to do so Little HIckman KyPushSup my tab to September 1905 for the 100 I handed you am glad you have adoptedftlie plan of cutting oft all dead heads All the dead heads I ever had any thing to do with were Christians A Liberal who takes a refuses to pay for it is asmuch a wolf in sheeps clothing as a tian who does not even try to pay his A debtsProsperity merry Christmas and happy New Year to you i Fraternally J W OVERSTREET pafleasetndpersons We all like your paper and hope tit sustained t vare doing a rood work Teach- Ing independence of thought and theKprinciples upon which this govern ment Is founded I am sorry to see the drifting away from the principles by the church and the press of todaythe great major ity at least and feel that sustaining you is sustaining liberty Success to you Fraternally j E D BENEDICT t Idana KansasDeuteronomy jil4 says God Is not the author of evil Isaiah 147 says I God make peace and create evil Isaiah 4213 soys The Lord is a mighty man and stir reth up strife In Jeremiah 98i10 God says Cursed be every one that keepeth back his sword from blood Yet we are commanded to lovedod with nil our heart i thlrstYfdJew jdlersof their infants and keep their soldieryI in delinquents Thats right If they 1L cant pay for The Blade you cannot afford to spend your time and money to furnish It to them Drop them and give us a fullsize paper If it costs morel am wllllnj odiiniypart THOMAS DUELL irABOUTTHERSEMATTER The following letters are selfex planatory St Louis 12C 1S04 Johansen Bros Shoo Company City GentlemenCan you give me the present address of A G Rose former ly in your employ Find stamped velope enclosed Thanking you in adf vance for reply I am yours etc L WILEY On the back of this letter was en dorsed the following This man was killed by detectives at 1326 Pine street about two months ago Wo can hardly acquaint you with his present address Miss Wileys letter tome Is as fol lows St Louis Dec 19 1904 Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky Gentlemen I have investigated that G Rose matter and find that he was indeed one of the train robbers killed here two months ago I enclose you my letter to his employers and answer thereto and I am also mall Ing you a paper containing story of the battle The man referred to as Al Rose is the same as A Rose Had I noticed this at time of the trag edy I would have called at the morgue o assure myself However I know Rose and know he worked some times this shoe factory Ho was a Mcc ay operator Ho assured me heI would attend the Freethought convention on October 22 HP was killed on the 21st Rose was some times out of town Some times spoke of working elsewhere going on hunting trips etc Now Brother Moore please dont say again there are no criminals among Infidels Let us bo honest A religious or nonreligious belief w1l1I not make an honest heart We want our ranks filled with good people but we have others with us so let us admit it Yours very truly- ELIZABETH WILEY This shows plainly that an Infidel may be a criminal but it also sbowst that Infidels are not inclined the tact when an Infidel is found among usJ1PASTOR ON RACK Lincoln Neb Dec 30 Methodist church circles here are intensely intl terested in the trial of the Rev F P Blakemoro prominent pastor which isI progress before a jury of preachers to and lay members In Tecumseh stationedjin f Evangelist to Pay Woman 250 Springfield Ill October 23The action of Mrs Maggie Eo Cummins ex rol Miss Oletta Graham against Revj W J Thompson which has been of a highly sensational character has been settled by the payment of 250 by the defendant Sensational charges made in the arguments of the attorneys most precipitated a fight In the cir cult courtroom Thompson Is an aged traveling evangelist and has a wife and children He Is charged with having been un lawfully intimate with Miss Graham TO DELINQUENTS Some time ago wrote Mr Hughes- to come to CIncInnati and explain the financial condition of the Blade to me He came yesterday and In looking over the the list found over 2000 In arrears Some of these about 400 he has carried for two years and over Now you know that paper and postage cost money that labor costs that Hughes has been clicking away at the linotype while many of you have been sleeping All of this expense lo a dead loss If you do not pay him Is this justHe cant afford to carry you longer Why should you expect It asked him not to drop any one Just yet for dont waif to see the prestige of the paper lowered You need the paper you would miss it If It did not come to you The paper needs you It needs your support The contributors need you It takes the heart out of us when we know that our writings go to only a wont you help the Blade out Wont you help keep the Cause alive Never In our history have we made such progress as we are making now Shall we let the fire smoulder or keep our lights shining bright and high- am astlsfled most of you are in rears Just from pure neglect You time and again Now Ill send dollar the next time go to the office and then you forget It Now your thinking caps on Dont dropout let us all stand together Hughes has a bg exchange list He carries a free list of over 200 old peo pie who are unable to pay a cent and whom the Blade Is a weekly fort and happiness All this costs you help keep the Blade going these He will have to drop all de linquents or drop the paper I want yy 1lo New York Dec 30The Rev D Samuel T Carter one of the Urn Presbyterian clergymen who start the movement which led to the rej ion of the Presbyterian creed in Anil ica and whom many Presbyterians 6 sired to see put on trial for hares was reinstated by the Nassau County Presbytery today at a meeting In Jamaica L I Rev Dr Carter made aIsomewhat dramatic appeal in which he bitterly condemned the Westminster confession and declared that scholastic theology is wrong from Its base upward Send In your dollar and keep the Blade coming to your address- es orsu I A Good Route to Try It traverses a territory rich tn undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock rais big mining and manufacturing And last but not least it is The Scenic Route for TouristsIThe Frisco System now offers tho traveling public excellent service andIfast time Between St Louis and and olnts in Missouri KanJasj 1toryBetween Kansas City and points in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon appllIcation to any representative of therCompany or to Passenger Traffic Cnmmerclal DepartmentI Saint Iiuls WANTEDSalesmen local and CM oral reaching the pump and well sup ply trade on recently patented will ipeolaltlM of great marit Hills tlrw ae lAllha tih rH Mix oV THOU RUT AMttVUtf of fCOtO- c M1 ti WAY uCCI Maelta b GOD AND FIRECRACKER This is the night of December 26th and I have just finished reading the accounts of the drunkenness and murders and accidents that have resulted from the debauchery with which the Christians celebrate the birth of their god I use the little g like Bernal Lin ford In The Seeker Among all the horrors of this hor rible superstitious Christian orgle that I have read there is one that happened to a girl 17 years old in Lexington of whose existence I had never heard until this time Her name Is Allle Byrnes She is e the only daughter of a Job printer J T J Byrnes She Is from all accounts an admirable valuable and popular 1rl employed In business in the city BSome one threw a giant firecracker into a crowd of people The explosion destroyed the right eye of Miss Barnes and so badly was she wounded i by it that there is danger that she may lose both eyes or die from It Her father is a Catholic Irishman He Is In no way under any obligation to me I never did him a kindness a favor in my life His is the only printing office In Lexington that I have never in any way patronized I never saw anything that indicated that he wanted me to patronize him or in anyway to help him I have been an Infidel propagandist for forty years and of all the 3000 people in Lexington J J Byrnes the printer is the only one who has ever spoken to me a single word to Induct me to como back to the Christian re ligion and ho has done it so long hit I office being on my way to the part ol the city to which I go that I now regularly count on his stopping me and having a talk about religion He never cares to talk to me about anything else He is poor but is always in a good humor and has a smile on his face I have never been sparing of him in my denunciation of Christian 1Iy or of his priest in Lexington who an effort from his pulpit to excite the people against me because I am an Infidel But Byrnes Is ways just as glad to see me the next time and makes the argument for his religion just as well as any of hired and perfunctory priests preachers can do He lives In 1these of houses built for money and all of nature that he can see when he is talking to me is the strip of sky that he can see by look I ing up between the tops of the houses and he looks up and says to me How could this great world get here un less God had made iU When I had been an Infidel propagandist for about five years the pressure against me was so bard I could hardly stand It and I felt like I just must talk some preacher I picked out what seemed to me the best man of all the preachers in j town When I was a preacher I smok qed cigars When I became an Infidel propagandist I quit all use of tobacco No priest or preacher had over vol unteered to talk to me on the sub of religion and so I had to go to 1iectone of them The preacher I went to see was a Campbellite named John shove He had been bora poor IIi Would you love your teacher if he threatened to do this to Malachi chapter verse 8 it he insisted and you refused to praise him Lookup to your parents not tbJ mythical father aplace where the Michael and the dragon fought Rev 12 Do not beg your daily bread any mythlearn to earn it If contract any debts do not whine for them to be forgiven but pay them like honest men Do want to be a so Jfull ot hate as this implies Luke 14 26 Some persons pretend that this Christ on ear and goodwill toward men was this a way of showing itf Luke 19 27 It is also claimed tha he wonld IPihe poor is this a good way of Luke 19 tSI This is claimed to an inspired Genesis chaper 88 verses and 18 For what was reading how a bible and getting a fine salary at the tonlest of the Campbellite churches in Lexington they being the richest gang of religionists In Lexington I knew that I knew as much as Shouse did and he had had his mind so affected that he had been sent to a sanl tarium or state hospital and it was humiliating to me to have to advise with him about my religious troubles but I went I found him In a fine clergymans study place where they study devilment Ho was cordial to me and called a negro man to fix fine chairs and make things comfortable for us They didnt make me comtortabie When he had gotten things arranged luxuriously so as to Dhow me how much softer snap ho had than I had and I just to tell him that I came to talk to him religion he picked up a handful of very fine cigars and asked me to have one as ho stuck one In his own mouth did not take ont did not thank and merely said Good morn to him as I got up and walked out and that is the nearest that I have ever came to having any talk with any preacher In all the years that I have been an Infidel worker and I damn every priest and preacher In Lexing ton But In his deep my heart goes out to the Catholic printer Byrnes and I contrast his Christian feeling with mjj own Infidel feeling as only daughter cornea home from her teaching in Loutaville to speedy f DEUT XIV 26 This command to Spend money for orwha soever Aigwgsgiven m e a s ain on1reconJwhich is lii exvmi miatrisiiaymeLaweie To moral bargain was was III igious novTcomplacently affliction my the Christmas holiday According to the religion of Byrnes and of an representative Christians God directed that firecracker so thatI It destroyed the eye of his daughter His religion will not allow that things are controlled by laws of na ture that have no respect for religion If there was any reasonable comfort In religion in this hour of his sorrow I would not want to take it from him But he and all Christians ought to see from an event like this that If there is any God He will bring misery upon the man who believes In Him and worship Him while He is good to me the most relied blatant blasphemousI Infidel that ever lived in FROM MRS WATSON HESTON Carthage Mo Dec 23 1904 Mr and Mrs C Moore Dear Kind FriendsYour favor of the 19th at hand Many thanks Our kind friends remember us In our trou bles and distress and we certainly appreciate what they have done for us It helps us some In our financial af fairs We are terribly behind In our debts Mr Heston having been sick for long His legs are paralyzed from hit knees down and he sit up Any exertion makes him faint He is the thinnest person I have ever seen to be He said I must tell you that if he ever got well he would pay you back in work for the Leo i d = tf Have you any desire to live in a place promised tOll thief Luke 23 48 your father and mother cannot be this book says But they which shall be accounted to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry or are given in marriage 20 34 So you see the thief is wel come but honest married people are not accounted worthy to be in the same place as a thief Matthew 2012 Do you think the teaching contained in this verse would encourage men to be industrious and them willing to start working early the next rC hew 84r oudia this would you eyer get an education iii ie ren s be bargain it given girls to ready about C cannot llvfcg Jj1 I do not know what will become of us If Mr Heston does not Improve enough to allow me to work so as to earn something for n takes so much more to lIve on In the winter than in the summer and everything Is so mo again thank you and other good friends Yours MR ANi MRS WATSON HESTON- I have a fine picture of Heston that hangs In sight as I write He Is sitting making a cartoon at the side of his chair lies a paper upon the northwest corner of which is my picture and across the top ofSo which is Blue Grass Blade After I began publishing The Blade the first Infidel paper I ever saw was the New York Truth Seeker A man said to me Go with me to my store- I want to show you some pictures They were the cartoons made by lies ton Afterward he cartooned me in three issues of that paper It hurt pretty bad at the time but thats all forgotten now He Is a genius and has done much to help our cause We shall probably never see another like him His ture of the creation of a woman out of a rib Is In my Judgment his masterpiece Los Angeles Cat Dec 1904 C C Hoore Editor Blade Dear Sir and Friend I write t thank you for the kind complimentary notice yea gave the November Review I rIIaNuitlIIN tiPRICE LIST S r MENS NEW MODEL 16 SIZE f WATCHESr HAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 32 105 23 Jewels 26 Wm Klnley Jewels 23 same 17 Jewels 12 General Stark 17 r Jewels 15 Jewels 7 Jewels 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stamped engraved casesthey are a fraud Those listed above r are known to be the best watches made andIf watch Is new and r- U perfect you are safe to buy them where price is lowest pay freight LADIES GOLD WATCHESfXs r Large size Elgin Walthara or Hampden 20year gold filled U j latest style artistic handchased Jewels 10 15 Jewels 1250 16U jewels adj 17 Small o size 7 Jewels 1150 15 jewels 10 U jewels adj Riverside extra fine 26 In 25 year case 1UU more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds all In plufh box prepaid with guarantee UCHAINS j Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets In slides rolled plated 150 and Best Filled Gold 250 anIJ4 Extra heavy 5 Solid Gold 8 10 10 and 25 Gents Chains same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less Cash refunded at option DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETCAI am an expert In this line and will save you 20 per cent if you U will order of me U Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver r and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism in the Cruel g ble freef1OTTO WETTSTEIN 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL RRIrRUIMRlr RIMIMURMIR1 11iinn recent number of The Blade Such an act shows the true spirit of Liberalism andI assure you It did mo more good to learnthat you could magnanimous and truly Liberal than the mere fact that you endorsed what I had to say In the little editorial- I am sorry to see The Blade com pelled by luck of support to issue as a half sheet and I hope its friends will soon wake up and raly to its rescue Thanking you again and extending to you assurance of appreciation and kindly feeling I am yours fraternally SINGLETON W DAVIS Muncie Ind Dec 10 E M 304 Dear Brother Moore Enclosed you will find 100 to pay for The Blade for another year I will send you my address on The Decay of Supernaturalism delivered at the St Louis Congress of Freethink ers as soon as you leave room in The Blade for it Let me know when you would likeI to have it Yours alwaysT A WOMAN LAWYER Says Dog Fennel Is Good Enough to Read Several Times Dover N H Dec 304 My FrlnedI enclose 100 for The Blade I have paid for Tho Blade for Miss Abbio Nudd for two years and I think as Josh Billings used to say that If you couldnt strike it in a rea sonable time It was best to quit and while Miss Nudd is a friend of mine Idand an excellent woman if she doesnt care enough about the paper to subscribe for it she shouldnt have it please discontinue the paper to her She lives here in Dover and send mo The Blade here as usual I was much pleased that Mrs Henry was made President of the Free Thought Association I consider her the ablest woman In this country and wo shall boom during her adminis tration Crime Credulity I think the crime of credulity ought to have a big sale at present Madame Chadwick seems to have deceived the Parsons financiers and ordinary peo pIe If Carnegie will honor her checks ho need have no fear of dying rich and can escape that disgrace Women seem as active In Frenzied Finance as the men which arouses me Inas much as woman Is not supposed to have sense enough to vote I like o see her hold her own and the s too In a financial deal I am Dog FenneL I have kissed it to i many times I do not have wantsfread it through before some one laUbthe1LWp oUkIcommence at the beginning but It Is worth reading several times The weather here Is perfect Ivecbeen considering the advisability of Jirooming New Hampshire as a winter resort but concluded to wait until February Yours very truly J MARILLA M RICKER PROFANITY J Chief Feature of J P DuVallr Ser mono Claiming to be Preacher He Spends Time Insulting Pedes trains a Proclaiming that he was a disciple of Jesus Christ and that he and God were together on some subject beIdid not take the trouble to explain man giving his name as J DuVall was arrested by Patrolman Gallagher and Sergt Doran at Fourth avenue and Market sts yesterday afternoon Despite the fact that he was supposed to be preaching DuValls sentences were a strange conglomeration of profanity and slang Duvall seemed to be afflicted with the idea that every on on the streets had the desire to hear him deliver a lecture and his style was correct according to the set forms of the platforms Stationing himself on a corner he spent his time yesterday morning and afternoon discoursing on the values of his religion He ex plalned 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 ho had Insulted a number of women who passed him although they believe he did so unintentionally He was charg ed with disorderly conduct The officers believe that he Is suffering from an attack of delirium tremens Intentionally He was charged with disorderly conduct The officers Ieve that he Is suffering from an tack of delirium tremens t The Blade In clubs of five new sub scribers Is only 50 cents per year Order a copy of Dog Fennel In theROrient Price 100 postage paid upgus and reach you on time every week ifb 1r p IJ tiN il9J ft THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REASEARCHl Tries to Skin Out of a Lie Tha Charged Against Catholics I have been sent a magazine call ed Tho American Catholic Hlstol Ical Researches for January 1905 On the bottom of It Is written See to have been senthuge 29 It seems and publisher who Is by the editor Martin I J Griffin 2009 North 12 It ihi Mlelphla The whote ot page 29 Is rs followsIStrange But TLiDIThe Chicago Examiner of April 2lth 1904 had a letter from Edward lof fett editor of the Bricklayer and llas en relating to a strange occurrence at a theatre fire On the day after Christmas 1886 the Temple Theatre In Phllallelphla ono of the finest In the country at ttat time burned to the ground When the rear wall fallen In an the fire had been extinguished a mrst miraculous sight was presented that part of the building In which there had been a sort of wax works exhibition there was seen Intact and uninjured In the slightest degree the wax figure etc representing the Cru clflxlon The Redeemer the sorrowing mother and St Joseph were there and though of wax the awful flames had not even disfigured them and this notwithstanding that above the figures and below them the fantastic shapes assumed by the Iron pipes etc showed how great had been tho heat remember that the sight drew mense crowds and that many proclaimed It a miracle some saying that a shrine should bo raised upon the spot However and strange as It may seem this most Inspiring sight wa removed with unseenly haste by the building on the site- EDWARDA MOFFETT Editor of the Bricklayer and Mason The Blue Grass Blade edited by Charles C Moore who calls himself a heathen made this CommentThat Is from the Chicago Examiner of April 20 1904 The man who wrote It and the man who printed It knew It was a lie Somebody trace It out and then let us expose It Mr Moffets account Is true I anti thousands of Philadelphians saw this uninjured and untarnished exhibition while It remained high up In the ruins of the theatre It was taken down and exhibited In Concert Hall where now r the Free Library Is Photographs 7 rrthe wax figures while In the ruins are k ttobe seen In this city 1 This story Is not told until 18 years have passed so that the facts about It cannot easily be gotten In the New York Truth Seeker of Dceember 17 1904 occurs the follow- Ing Fire destroyed the altars sacristies and confessional of the Holy Trlnl Catholic Church In this city on the night of December There was no miraculous preservation of the Images which Is unusual Images are often reported saved where human life Is lost on the theory that God takes better care of dumb Idols made by man In the likeness of saints than cf sen tlent beings whom God has created In the Jlkeness of himself If In 1886 God would not even melt the wax figures In a fire In a Cathol Ic church what have the Catholics been doing that now In these Christmas times when the church so specially needs their church apparatus God burns out the whole push of a Catholic 25 years from now they will probably have a lot of lies about the preservation of the Images In Holy Trinity but Its too soon after the fact to start It now Any body of any sense except rascals who make money out of these lies knows that beyond any shadow of a doubt that It Is a lie It Is not merely a lie because there can be no miracles but In addition to this It shows on its face that it Is all a lie If It was so unnatural as Moffett scribes how does it happen that only many proclaimed It a miracle What was to keep every body iron seeing that it was a miracle and ing unanimously that it was a mir the other hand there is not a paper in Philadelphia that is not Catholic that said then or will say now that It was a miracle and of the thousands who saw It there Is not a single official today in Philadelphia who Is not a Catholic who will say that it was a miracle and the photographer if he is not a Catholic and is a man in good standing will not say it was a miracle and the editor of that Catholic magazine is simply knowingly backing Moffett in a lie and none of the gang will dare to try to prove that what they are saying is truo and I dare them to try it If they could seo the three lines I lit u r w wrote about It before they can eelI talnly see all of this but you will see that they will never dare to try to prove what they say It was just upon lies of that Idnd told by priests to make money that the Christian religion was started aUil it is by just such lies that It Is Itcpt to this day Common sense would tell any body that If such a thing as that ht occurred the most Inspiring sight wOllld not have been removed by unseI11I1 haste as Moffett says was done If such a thing had occurred the Intelll gent and scientific people of Phlladel phla would have demanded that Is should stay there until this tiny that the whole world might witness what occured to be a miracle and this set ties the conteptlon on that subjec The church belonged to the Catholics and they had the right to let It sta there until this day If they had wanted then why should Catholics have moved with unseemlngly haste a mil acle that could have stood there until now to show Gods protection of tho- Catholic religion- If that Is true there certainly can be gotten testimonials from many of the thousands who are said to have witnessed this such as would deeply impress the people of this country Of course nobody would be fool enough to believe what any Catholic would say about It and the edltors statement that and thousands of Philadelphians saw etc etc dont amount to a row of pins because that editor makes his money by printing Catholic lies But there are people In that clt who would know about that matter If It were true whose testimony wouldI make a profound sensation would print all of them in the with pictures that I will have BladeI of the photographs if said are sent me under proper fidavlt and seal that they are what Is claimed for them That common old lie is good encugb to print and send out to the fools and knaves who believe or profess to lIeve such stuff but you will find that gang too smart to accept my challenge to try to prove It now THE SANFRANCISCO CALL On The Bible In the Schools I have been sent an editorial from the San Francisco Call under the head The Bible in the Schools It takes the sensible and fair view ts far as it has the courage to go but IfrUl1pntJy stops this side of the dau ger line It says as follows If the Bible be used as literature In the schools it must be subject to the tame explanation and interpretntl is other literature and the state v find itself Involved in supplying an of Iclal exegesis of the various proof texts of the scriptures the varied In tcrpretation of which has caused the llvislon of Christendom into man sects It may well be insisted that uch exegesis is not a proper functi n of government yet It would bo U3 oldable if these zealous people bo heir way The school are intended to be secII Jar to Impart secular knowledge and ethics only in order to fit people filr he secular duties required of them b the state On the other hand deep reo Iglous purpose and spiritual enej nay and do exist entirely Independent of education and intelligence lad they also exist under the most Intelllpe It and enlightened conditions Rell lon then may be without intelligence but without intelligence a free scent state cannot be If this view be ca r ect the state must confine itself to the imparting of secular cducatlo If it go beyond that what shall it do This is Intended to be a tribute to Christianity but it is an awful slat down when It says that deep reliru- id spiritual energy do exist In per sons who have no education or in tell ence It is also true that as people becou lucated and Intelligent they cerise t be religious except as a money ma Ing scheme Then again the Call says Then we must have the rival of authority of the King James an Douay translations of the Bible Christendom fought out in the publl- hools and against them bothwi be the whole field of sacred writing used by the many other forms of rell glon which have perfect equality of right under our Government Wt havo as citizens of the United State believers in the Koran in the philoso phy of Confuscius in the Buddhistic scripture in the Old Testament Un del tho constitution they ure all tqual Here the Call man says that Protes tant and Catholics Mohammedans Budllhlsts and Jews must all be re spected in their rights about religion But while men like Tolstoi Haeckel Carnegie and Edison now living Infidels and are the greatest men in the world and while this government I Jnd was founded by Franklin Paine in Infidel and Lyman Abbott t e au Infidel and Lyman Abbatt the and greatest preacher In America has ju st said in a sermon that he docs not be here in the existence of a God tbo San Francisco Call Is awful sweet on all these pious liars lint has no words of sympathy for Infidels the great mud best people on earth It Is all right in the opinion of the Call to pander to the religious opinions of the Mr brutal Christian Russian If ho comls here but the Call has nothing to say about the rights of the Atheistic Jo pow the center of admiration of alt good and intelligent people in the whole world Call mo pet unities dearest Cell me a bird St Louis Star SAYS MEN ANGELS ARE IT Chicago Nov 23Men are the real angels and those artists who have In long used a female figure to illustra their conceptions of an angelic beauh have been In the wrong according to Dr C P Frost pastor of the Frst Methodist Episcopal Church Evanston In a meeting attended by real an gels exclusively Dr Frost said Women angels as such are at best idealistic and fanciful Every artists have to a marked degree paint their angels as women but they wereII wrong According to Holy Scripture all the angels who have appeared all earth have been mensuch as GabIelt That think disproves the common accepted theory as to their sex There is nothing about religion that I ever sathat Is not afterwards tained by some preacher have said several times In ast and up to the date that there II had been a female angel men In the Bible I said that Gabriel and Michael were names of angels and I that they were not only men but were Irish and of course Catholics There never was n Protestant angel I have further said dint there is IO account in the Bible Indicating that any woman ever went to heaven or ever will do so Women Is not regarded by tho ble as the equal of man It was not Gods original Intention to make any woman but when Adai had tried keeping bach a little while he got tired of it and God made woman a helpmeet for him Genesis 218 pnd Adam had never gone to school and could not spell and he thougli It God ment a helpmeat fog hlm that is dook the meat and put tt on the fbftsndsso Ajbim puUter ljooklnlE and she has held that Job ev rsinc e God gave Adam Eve was nit in t Dominion over the beasts and man little Evagot tho name from cle Toms Cablnto wait upon hit 11and Evelyn has been holdht doWW hat job ever since and that and wo nans Job of carrying out Roosevelt lews on race suicide Is all the use that the Bible has for woman She and the beasts of the fief were put here simply for mans use have seen where Adam anl Jose- hrist were buried with decent 0tlan burials but nobody ever will knov what was done with the carcasse of Eva and the Virgin Mary I sup use the remains of Eva were just brown over the fence to tho hogs t Smyrna I trampled around over n umber of graves in some of which here was a story that the Virgin Mary was burled but I didnt see her nam- n any of the headstones Thats where Polycarp Is burled He anie nearer being a female angel Lrthan any of them but It was simply ecause his first name was Polly You know that Mary and Polly arc the same name and It may be that acter old Joe Carpenter died Mary tarried a man named Carp and that 11famous tomb there where Mary die- drand was probably burled and that were all told was the tomb of Poly carp was really the tomb of Carp and the printers got the name wrongp Since the above was have had a good nights sleep Into It and I have got this thing nil right At Smyrna called Sidon In the 1to IShIe famous for Its figs and rugs ilmain attraction next to the fits and Ifrugs Is the grave of Polycarp icpeople there think ho was a man 11she was a woman Mary died there and was almost talnly burled there and that stone Ifheslde the gate at Gethsemen from which they say Mary ls- cended to heaven Is all a put up by the Catholics In tho hy putting a baseball fence around and charging admission The facts are as follows Mary who was also called Mollle and Polly married an old fellow nam ed Joe Carpenter and the nclghb ira all called him Carp for short Mary died at Smyrna and the fa mous grave there that every body goej to see If they can climb that churned old mountain as I did and that Is sup posed to be tho tomb of a man named I t Polycarp is really the tomb of Polly Carpenter the mother of relict of old Joe Carpenter called Mrs Polly Carp for shortMrgI Anybody who cant see that understand that that is right understand scripture exegesis PLEASED WITH HIS JOBWOR Newton Iowa Dec 15 1904 James E Hughes Dear sir and friend Tho letter heads and envelopes came three or four days ogo I am greatly pleased with them IInd saved 100 In cash as they asled mo 550 for the Job you did for 450 Please change my Blade from FortI Madison to Newton Enclosed 100 for which send me Blade at club rates one year to Iar tin Scarborough and Jesse M Hammer I think you and Mr Moore are right cutting off all who are not paid up I will order more stationery after while Respectfully yours M R HAMMER SYMPATHY FOR LIQUOR Walnut Creek Ohio Dec 3i Mr Moore- I feel like going to work to sell Rome Congress books Dog Fenne your Blue Grass Blade and all of usher Infidel literature If I will get a per cent big enough so It will pay me will give my at tention to that and sell what I can want a Rome Congress boots a- tA1 Joberg of this town wnnts one Mr Moore kind friend do not want to criticise you or boss you simply want to tell you about your gl Ing the liquor users hell Hundreds of them havo their sub scriptlons cancelled becauai you glvo them such hell about it I do not use tobacco and never Illd do sometimes drink a glass of stir ulant not that I have a desire for It but to satisfy others- I do honestly think If you would not say anything about liquor you won have twice as ninny subscribers No offense I hope Yours respectfullyJ I cannot pay any percentage to any body for assisting the Blade I do not edit this paper simply be cause the Bible and the Christian re liglon are not true but because they teach doctrines that are destructlv of happinessITho Bible teaches war slavery love and liquor drinking All of these things nrev enemies to human happiness and my purpose to make myself more happy If poss ble by trying to make others happy The country Is full of crime resul Ing from liquor drinking Prominent among these crimes Is the murder of wives and children by drunken bus bands and any man of ordinary syn pathy with human sufferers must lIe More drunkenness and use his lu fiucnco against it 1Of course I would like to Increases the number of subscribers for the Blade but If to get a largo number o readers for a paper that I edit were tho main purpose of my life I cer talnly would not edit an Infidel paper md especially one that opposed liquor Lexington a town tho greatest duct of which is its religion and Its whisky IIA man who objects to a paper because it is opposed to liquor drinking s n poor rind of an Infidel and will ever do any good for the cause Infidelity Some men and women love liquor iecause they Inherit It from their par ruts and It Is exceedingly hard hem to overcome the appetite and they are to bo pitied but the man who has no desire for It but Just drinks It re satisfy others as you say you do Is ertalnally not a wise or philosophic IYman Shakespeare seems to havo been an Infidel In tho whole of his writ nIngs he docs not in a single Instance the best of my knowledge and belief say a single word of compliment the Christian religion IeHe Is thought by thousands of wised good men to have said more wise Iethings than any man who ever wrote ItHe spoke of liquor as something that men put Into their mouths steal their brains away Ingersoll was the most brilliant of all American Infidels He uttered the severest article upon liquor drink Ing that was over spoken his arraign tment ending with the damned stuff cal1ed alcohol A man who claims to bo an Infidel must have great temerity to oppose upon tho subject of liquor such men as Shakespeare and Ingersoll Tho Christians claim that Infidels aro Infidels because they are Immoral These Christians very naturally get that Idea from men who claim to be Infidels and yet will not patronize a paper because It opposes liquor Jesus Christ made liquor drank f4 lweI u I 1 ILLINOIS CENTRAL I RAILROAD 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 Loulavlll to Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates to prints South and West first and third Tuesdays In each month FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company M Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee MlsBsslppl and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homeseeker who will for ward his namp and address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circu lars Nos to 11 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 I Like Time and Tide the Great Southwest r awaits no man but Its a heap easier to get aboard at tine Instant of t starting than to contend with the ment of momentum later Let us give you the details of this new countrys rapid growth and your chance to with It Illustrated literature freerRATES SOUTHWEST CUT ALMOST IN TWO Dec 620 1904Jan3l7 1905 GEO LEE P Little Rock Ark McGUIRE P Clnclnatl Ohio JOHN SEBASTIAN Pass Traf Mgr Chicago III hhinseltlin Bade iisitiainY We Iand told them to drink it and peoplo who believe It Is right to drink IIluor ought to bo Christians Carroll Ohio Enclose find money order for amount due you am years oil Dill I want you to put me down as a Blade stul crib for the balance of my days I want It to mix In with tho rellgli have been educated In Charley there Is nothing that wOlll1 afford mo more pleasure than to tale you by the hand I remain Yours truly PIlED OBERLE CARROLL Utica Minn Please find 200or on Blade and one on Wilsons book Its a burning shame that tho Blad is not better supported Let us live and hope for the better To Bro Moore I will say here is one that goes him one better as I am my three score and tenth year and Ilka him have been nearly all my life- a mud sill and a hay seed- was In tho army of the Rebellion Yours truly M CROSS rNsuppose you rero a Confederat soldier Say Confederate army In stead of Rebellion 7Rawhide Californiai send a for stamps to pay for Mr Moores debate with Rev Wilkinson and Dr Wllsoni letters On September 11th I got to Eureka triedto buy B B In Sacramento They suld Just Out O L FREEMAN Logan Utah Dont keep harping about what you uro going to do about those people who wont pay for the something or keep still When my tlmo expires stop the Blade cant toll what old time may go to hell and If my wife wants It lot her have it if site pays for it hut dont let her have it on tick I will not pay Her bulls there I have another wHo there am a Poly nomial Byby Bro Mooro God bless you but I know ho wont GEO H WHELER Columbus OluioI have for Vinio imo been a sad old subscriber overt tho conditions of the B G B and rt J when tne one shee came out and I learned why I felt that I Just mus get out and see about money I owifl you and In advance as I have alwa tried to do so But there was my poor sick und blind brother older than I am and I anr Into thousands if experience counts and has been so for years But I will send you the 100 soon then send another if possible If I dont you must stop the paper do not believe in robbing the labor er Of late I have lost my home and all I have gathered in years I have almost gone back on the race and wished that I had never been born I am so tired of preachers hypocrisy and cunning devils The only Master and Monarch of all who is kind is deathI glad you reminded Liberals of their duty to dear Heston I wish you a happy Now Year H M M LYNDALL Ono man was killed and another wounded In a Christmas fight at Monjroc La SAINT LOUIS TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST rSERVICE AND EQUIPMENT 5N KEEPING WITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION JO POINTS MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY MJLOKLAHOMA thlouabItlculnr tUldreii HI McGUIRE PAICtNacn 38 CINCINNATI OHIO