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Digital page images are linked to the text file. k r It Ti k 1Ltt i 4 ilt BLUE GRASS BLADEt fr EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 1100 A TEAR IN ADVANOl VOLUME XIII NUMBErsaAn 1iIro LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JANUARY 8 E M 304 fo 100 A YEAR p TERMS OF THE ILADL 1 lnue for one year 11tO i2tIn clubs of lye NEW RbIoriben each UO for Termer 1100 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 Five New Bubccrlben Mat o ne rear f for 1269- r r Mak all Money Orders Drafts and Expree Orders payable to the Oraaa Blade Lexington Ky fBlue J When you change your address d- vise this office giving your old aa fi well u the sew address When you tend your iubacrlpUon any whether you are a new or old ubecribr Office of publication 116 W abort 8t 1 Leadasto lteeky Entered at the pot oce at Laatlig ton Ky u Seoond Olaaa Mall all eommunleatloaa t- o4LU GRAS BLADK P O 1OX II Lxlngten Kentucky 1h1lte Telephone 01- 04Onmberland Telephone 107 TO DELINQUENTS w Some time ago wrote Mr Hughes f 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 overI Now you know that paper and postage coct money that labor costs that Hughes has been clicking away at the linotype while many of you have been sleeping All of this expense Is a dead loss If you do not pay him Is thlaI Just He cant afford to carry you longer Why should you expect It asked hlm not to drop any one Just yet for dont want to see the prestige of the paper lowered You need the paperjyou would miss It If It did not come to you The paper needs you It needs your support The contributors needt you It takes the heart out of us when we know that our writings go to onlyf a fewfNow wont you help the Blade outr Wont you help keep the cause alive 1Never In our history have we madec such progress as we are making now Shall we let the fire smoulder or keep our lights shining bright and hIghI j am astlsfled most of you are In ar rears just from pure neglect You time and again Now Ill send 4thinkdollar the next time go to the and then you forget It Now 1putyour thinking caps on Dont drop out let us all stand together Hughes has a big exchange list He carries a free list of over 200 old peo pie who are unable to pay a cent and to whom the Blade Is a weekly com fort and happiness All this costs Wont you help keep the Blade going to these He will have to drop all do llnquenta or drop the paper want neither done feel that you will not forget the when you go to the office the next tme Yours sincerely J B WILSON How Is your subscription Pay up and help ua make the Blade full size i and reach you on time every week 1V DOABNEY iAND THE UNIVERSITY OF CINNATI I received very elegant cards invit- Ing me to the ceremonies of tho inau guration of my nephew Dr Dabney as president of the University of Cln clnatl I did not go Thompson the United States judge who sent me to the pen itentiary into office I sworoJmwould bo In any gang where Thompson would be recognized as a fit associate i Naturally my prejudices would b for Dabney and I would brag on th relationship if he were the kind of a man I admire But ho is not Beholds his post tion because he Isfa religious bigot and becauses Ayers who preceded him was an Infidel and because men like Thompson and Fleishman the yeast man are in power I have just read Dabneys inaugural address It contains 42 reverential al lusions to religion and there is noth ing it it but old hackneyed platitudes about education except in a few In stances in which Dabney accepts and teaches the contentions that Infidelity has lately established In his conclusion from one of these he Is wrong He says The characteristic which distinguishes man from the lower animal is his power to advance himself Independently of heredity and natural se lection He to be scientific should put environment for natural selection and that is probably what ho meant but he was wrong No man can advance himself independently of heredity Wand environment Every man Is exactly what these make him nothing more noth ing less If any of you whofVead this are Mii uCftOy4gbt jr nK y ltittJi because you have inherited such a thinking capacity or have been surrounded by such circumstances as that what I say is adapted to your understanding You deserve no it for thinking as I do and no rebuke for declining to think as I do Dr Dabney is what he is because he is the son of a Presbyterian preach er who worshiped John Calvin and Stonewall Jackson and was chaplain Jackson killed thousands of his fel to the latter In the Confederate army lowmen because they did not believe that slavery was right but Jackson not only would not write a letter on Sunday but would not mall one so that it would have to travel on Sun dayPresident Dabney Is just what he was unfortunately born and cant get over it and he will make others like ho All the great schools of America are becoming Infidel or are now del and the University of Cincinnati will be nothing moro than a Presbyterian gospel shop An Instance of the recognition of Infidel science by Dr Dabney is as work begun in darkness and chaos in worldmist and vaporous ne- bUlae in seething suns and cooling planets the life born on land and in in grass herb and fruit in fish and creeping things all this olling matter and all this ascending Utehas its culmination in man its completion in his education Certainly this does not sound like the account in Genesis that says God everything in six days about years ago and made man out of dust and woman out of a crooked bone taken out of the man But Dr Dabney cannot help paying tribute to Infidelity and blasting Christianity He saysIWe a striking fore us today In the humiliation of Russia by Japan The power that forages has hold its own people in bonds and persecuted the Jews and all othert aliens the dynasty that stole the tic provinces murdered Poland and seeps now to smother all tho liberty and learning that lives in unhappy Finland has found its judge and cxe cutioner at last in a little people whose virtues exhibited in a devotion and patriotism never surpassed and aIsplendid testimony to the power righteousness to exalt a nation Every believer In humankind every lover J of justice and truth halls Japan today as a glorious example of what ed ucation can do for a people Strange that any educated man can speak such words and remain a Chris tian and in one speech make 42 rev erential allusions to the Christian is the very highest example of true Christianity In all the world Its religion the Greek Catholic is the only Christianity that came directly from the original Greek manuscripts of the New Testament The Roman Catholic church gets its religion secondhanded and all Pro testantism gets Its religion thirdhand ed except in those cases when it gets it fourthhanded heer The Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem looks down on the Pope of Rome as Plus X would look down upon little Jack McGarvey In Lexington if Joe knew Jack But with all that tho Christian Un iversity President Dabney says just as all Infidels do that the Russians are the most depraved people on earth and that the Japs who are all atheists are the greatest people on earthWhat fools these mortals be I am not responsible for the bad grammar printed in the extracts from the speech of Dr Dabney Grammar dont count if the Christian religion Is all properly boosted The grammar Is good enough for a judge like Thompson and for a mayor who made a fortune by learning how to mako yeast in a brewery On with the dance SAME OLD CHARG7 The case of the Rt Rev Talbott is pretty much the same as that which is commonly going on between preach ers and pretty women in their flocks but this case is a little moro pronoun ced than common Irvine was an Episcopal preacher InI charge of a church at Huntington and 3eCrn3 t been a fair kind of a man considering that ho was a preacher Irvine had as a leader in his church and of the fashionable society of that country Mrs Emma D Elliott Elliott is her fourth husband She got divorces from two of her husbands and the third one got a divorce from herShe is years old and is said to still be a ravishing beauty The account of her lu the New YorkWorld says A Striking Woman at SIxtyIStanding in the center of all this luxury Mrs Elliott recleved her vis itor She is n tall woman with snow white hair that frames a strikingly handsome face Her eyes are jet black and keen as a rapier point The face Is small and oval and not a single line or wrinkle shows on the smooth Ivorywhite skin Still more surprising than the absence of wrinkles in the face of this remarkable woman who must be at least sixty years Is the redfullness of her lips and the almost girlish dimple closo to each corner of the small thoroughbred mouth The picture of this Rt Rev Talbott shows him to be an exceedingly hand somo man- Talbott wont to profest sedly to see Irvine and his churcht Talbott saw Emma and tho racket began Emma soured on Irvineprobf ably not so good looking as Talbott and not a Bishop Emma said Irvine had appropriated for his own use some money that she gave him for the missionary fund Irvine denied it a That was something over two years ago About two years ago there was a grand powwow of Episcopal big bugs in California J Priest Morgan had a whole spec train from New York to California and the accounts of the luxury with which Morgan carriel a train load of Episcopal Bishops and their women to California read like a fairy taleyes the fairy tales Cindarella just wasnt In it Irvine wept along and at the pow wow undertook to expose Talbott But Talbott got tho start of Irvine and completely ruined him unfrock ed him they call It that Is took his mosquito bar night shirt that preaches IntIrvine and were so graced that they fell into abject pov nearjlyowhole matter without Irvines know ing anything about it and it begins to appear that Talbott is a consum mate scoundrel and that he and Em ma in Border to hide their own vil lainy made a scheme to ruin Ir Vine that has worked successfully for about two years A najrjSgropKegardlng the charges as follows Thoji resentment Is based on this aye Mr Noble It Is In tho hands ol the Rev Dr W B Bodlne of Philadelphia It charged Bishop Talbott With a criminal libel Immor ality to wit false statements the circulation of a false malicious and defamatory report falsifying breach of ordination and consecration vows and conduct unbecoming a Bishop Mrs Elliott was interviewed by a reporter for the New York World and it gives the fonowlngIme to discuss this wretche1person Irvine cried Mrs Elliott with a quick shrug of the graceful shoulders and just the faint est toss of the shapely head He laa most dangerous person quite unwholesome you know not really 1iVfor polite discussion and Mrs Elliott displayed a white and per fect set of teeth In a smile that grew into a merry laugh Why tho shabby fellow she hurled onwould really make it appear that the Bishop was in love with me or that was flirting with the Bishop- I really forget in just what form tho mate puts his absurdity continued Mrs Elliott with a contemptuous smllo and a crushing accent on the word tan But course it Is all perfectly rldlvulous and the speaker sank languidly Into an easy choir as though unutterably weary of the whole mat- tter Wljyj I am an old woman she continued with a deep sigh while her alert blAck eyes flew to the inter viowwViinco to note the effect Me dirt with the Bishop Why my eldest son is thirtyfour years old and I am a grandmother besides I am oldreally old and genuine pathos rang for an Instant in the fineI modulated voice It was gone in ant InstanttDid you over see Bishop Talbotts wife No Well you may take my word for it that she Is a charming woman With such a wife the Bishop could waste no tender sentiment upon an old wo man and a grandmother- I dont think that any intelligent person will doubt that this is only other one of the very many cases of rascality between preachers and tho pretty women in their churches this woman only being older than they generally says A later arcIIt Is tonight that several womens namesI will be brought into the case THE JAPRUSSIAN WARl Infideljproposed j tlents In onehalf of a hospital and nota or those In the other half to see if would be any difference in tholi recoveries of the two parts tho Chris tlans would not go into the expert ment and denounced the proposition as being sacrilege and blasphemy and Tjrndallijiroposltlon was ridiculed as prayer gauge In the JapRussian war however there has been a test of the efficacy of prayer on a scale a thousand times as great as that proposed by Tyndall The Russians are the largest gov theithe worldare the original Christians who got the religion In the Greek lan guage In which the New Testament was written They have from the beginning orSl the war trusted In God and prayer to glvo them the victory Stoessel in reporting the fall of Port Arthur to the Czar says We are happy to greet our Sover ign and offer our respectful homage your Imperial Majesty on the occa slon of your name day from Port Ar thur which we now have hold for cloven months with the help of God and your prayers The surrender occurred on Sunday the day sacred in the Christian relig ion as If God was trying as far possible to show his displeasure a Christianity The Japs on the other hand one of the smartest nations of tho earth have done all their great work with out any prayer or any reliance on any God and have been noble and gener ous to their fallen foe so as to stand In marked contrast with the brutality that the Russians have shown in their dealings with the Jews simply because the Jews are Infidels though Jesus was a Jew If the Russians had defeated tho Japs the Christians would havo said it was a signal triumph of Christiani ty over Infidelity because the Chris tian Russians trusted in God and prayed to him row however that the Japs seem certain to defeat the Russians the Christians are planning to claim that a victory of tho Infidel Japs over the Christian Russians is a victory for Christianity after all Under the head Faith of the Japanese the Lexington Herald Presbyterian has an article that begins as follows The old military class in Japan furnishes splendid material for the making of Christians and it is count ed fortunate for the churches as well as remarkable that so many of this class have accepted the God of the Christians in lieu of the petty Daim los who commanded them in life or death prior to the now era An Incident of the present war with Russia shows how firmly has been Implant ed tho Christian faith among the offi cers of the army The story was told by a Japanese exmember of Parlia ment who spoke at a service in the Presbyterian mission church at Niiga a This Is simply the old game Heads- I win tails you loselIt did not from the beginning in the mind of tho Christian make any difference now a wV ween InnUeis and Christians termnPRu it was by them predetermined to be claimed a victory for Christianity peopleIpeople some times but you cant fool all of the people all the time Rev R A Bolen Baptist was ar rested and fined 1450 for disorder in church Rev Dr William J McKittricf Presbyterian St Louis says Abbott got his athslsm from Spencer a111t says that Abbott has undermined Christian faith of 100000 young pea Pie JESUS CHRIST AND INGERSOLL I havo never been a worshiper o- CIngersollhe had too much mosey and lived too easy for meand I havet tried to be as easy on Jesus Christ ast possible because ho is dead and has no relatives in my neighborhood though he has kin folks In the cloth ug store business in Lexingtonl But Ingersoll is dead too and IIknow old Bob personally and he was fairly clever to me and I never met C though I have bummed around his old stamping ground right smart think it quite possible that those fellows who wrote about him in the Testament havo done him injus ticeAltogether I think I am in good shape to do justice to tho two dead menI I havo just been reading on this New Year Sabbath morn some utterances from J and some from old Bob and it seems to me that old Rob art clean got away with J C Some expressions from J are as follows Woo unto you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for yo devour wid owes houses and for a pretense make long prayer therefore ye shall re calve the greater damnation I Woe unto you scribes and Phari ees hyprocrltes for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte and when ho is made yo make him twofold more the child of hell than your selvesHypocrites for ye make clean the outside of the cup and platter but within they are like unto whited pulchers which indeed appear beauti ful outward but are within full of 1 r 1dead men bones and of all unclean ness Even so we also outwardly ap pear righteous unto men but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity viptof hell On the other hand when old Bob got to talking about hypocrites this is the way ho talkedjSacred are Issued only truth Over all wealth above all stations above the noble the robed and crowned rises the sin cere man Happy is the man who neither paints nor patches veils nor veneers Blessed is he who wears no 1Otthough tho preacher will of course J lie nimtf t0nn that Robert cleardgot away with J C on nice talk iwasj that all priests and preachers aro liars and hypocrites and he did not havo sense enough to keep his mouth shut but just ripped out whatever camo first Into his mind and cussed out the whole gang and so they hung him and sent me to the penitentiaryvBut It was a big advertisement for both of SUNDAY LAW IN LEXINGTONw 1vinof trumpets inaugurated a SundayIlawThey stopped milk wagons ice wa gons barber shops bootblacks and sa loons and proposed to stop news papers but the newspapers did not tho third Sunday after the en forcement of the law a most horrible murder occurred in a saloon On Sunday January 1st 1905 work men were building right in the heart of the city on one of the biggest buildings ever put up in the city If the preachers persist in trying to r will soon have no Sabbath at all and therefore have no day for the college teams to play football on and our col leges would all have to closo for the want of patronage EXTRA PAPERSrWe have printed extra copies of this Issue belleveing that there will bo a capp for them owing to Dr Wil sons Annual Message which many of you will went the clergy and oth era of your communities to read The whole battle ground of superstition is exposed in this general view and it ought to be of interest to the clergy to know how they appear from the Freethought heights Send in your orders and clrculatoIthis issue 12 for 25 cents 1 From the Searchlight The Blue Grass Blade complains that of its four thousand subscribers twentyfive hundred do not pay while The Truth Seeker which is raid as having three thousand says some two thousand are in arrears Tho Search has to do some hard dunning and then but its proportion of delinquents is not that large Cameron MoI dont often writeV toIevery week for four years have for a long time believed like you write You make it so plain that though I have not gone to school much I can see the points you make havo read Dog Fennel and it pleas ed me I read the Truth Seeker and Ingersoll I am more than pleased with tho way you are going to do the fellows who read your paper and dont pay for it They are too small to get any good out of It I detest a fellow that will read and say That Is the best paper that Is printed and then never pay for it When I saw that you were going to make us pay or stop our papers I said Bully for Moore did not think it meant me until I saw the next Blade and saw I was one of them I enclose I want the Blade to live If Its only half size A J UHL Send Dog Fennel In the Orient a New Years gift to your friends We have them at postage paid Start the new year right by paying up your subscription to the Blade IYM lT ANNUAL NIESSAC OF THE American Freethought Association Courage Freethinkers Couragel The New Year Is Ushered In Bright With Promise of Great Progress In the Cause of Freethought I wish to Introduco the Idea of suing an Annual Freethought Pro clamation after the manner of the Presidents Annual Message I see great usefulness In this If It be wide ly disseminated among all classe It Is now too late to prepare such message and have it printed and clr culated this year so will contend myself with addressing the public as usual through the Blade and will not depart from my usual style of eXIJres sion As I am me retiring president of the A F A It Is appropriate that I review the progress that has been made during the year along with present prospects and the conditions which confront us Next year tills duty will devote on President Henry in the meantime the executive com mlttee will act upon this proposition and the document put out will an of official character approved and signed by the president secretary and executive committee This should be printed on a four page slip and scattered among l lators clergy business men ed tors etc It will bo a new idea Near ly every one will read it especially those who pick up our papers and seeing what they are throw them down We do not reach the class desire to reach on account of tl refusal to accept and read our journals I believe we can reach them this way and the expenses will not be so great Most of our readrs will agree to distribute from 25 to 100 some I know will distribute sew hundred We want to put them In the hands of every member of the State legislatures and of Congress Tho Association ought to bo able to put out from 25 to 50 thousand With this In view let every member send In his dues for 1905 and we hope new members will Join us You will all be proud to see this official Annual Message of Amorlcan Freethinkers signed first too by a woman capable of giving Instruction to any official or legislature of our whole governmentthus capable cause she Is more fearless moro can scientlous moro broadminded and Is keener in the sense of justice and hu manitarlanlsm the qualifications of a great statesman and which qualifIca- tions few of our representatives to day possess This Is all a sudden Idea to m- e4have I no lime to prepare a aigm message I am greatly so I will Just glance at some of the conditions of progress andrc view the changes that are taking place in a plain old fashioned way First I congratulate the Freethinkers of the world and Humanity at large upon the success of The Great International Freethought Congress which met In Rome In September- the of last year This was the crowning official event of 1904 Its Infiuence was worldwide and the world toolt note of It Tho Influence of the vntl can is not what It was before that Congress took place It has shown to the world that the Pope cannot mand the allegiance of those whom ho has roared under the shadow of his wingthat a mighty element of opposition exists right In his midst which Is all the more fatal to his sway because Its headquarters Is to bo found In a great temple of learn- Ing that he has lost cast among tho learned and influential of his own people which fact has weakened his power all over the world It is that a few Freethinkers have greatly helped all humanity and have ad vanced the cause of Democrat throughout the world One great Freethinker can be more powerful than a whole nation as evidenced by Voltaire and others Our power and influence is not to be measured br numbers Little by little we are gain- Ing in press notice Ours is a lifeblood that is coursing through every vein of thought We can best Judg of our Influence by the desperation of the clergy and their present haste to conform to progressive Ideas Freethought in Disguise Dont forget Freethought can bo found in disguise everywhere You will find it in lodges fraternal insui anco societies clubs and in all order which find life outside the churchei most attractive Millions of Individuals aro Freethinkers in disguise Colleges are only Freethought Institutions more or less well masked They throw off their disguises slow ly It Is true but perhaps it Is wel that it Is so As long as ignorance is organized and men must have a discreet regari for position and trade wo cannot pect them to come out like ourselves The power of church and politics in organization and wo cannot ex pect to change organization rapidly But wo should bo content to know that all organization is tinctured with Freethought even churches themselves and with such internal forces at work we the external Infiu to be enences have every reason couragedI to point out some of these evidences of encouragement First superstition flourishes only as it commands money Tho power of the priest is to be reckoned by the money he has to spend Churches and Donations Let us glance at the charity statis tics of the past year It used to that the churches got nearly all money Rich men left their money illr the hands of the clergy dispense with it as they pleasedIe Now rich men give where they think best and distribute their money to suit themselves This year Peter Pater bravely picked a paltry peel of pilfered pennies Sixtytwo MIllionstWere donated for various public and charitable purposes during 1904J The most of this vast sum was g by men who had robbed the peopleI and the only consoling thing aboutI It is that they gave most of it those to whom it belonged Observe tho statistics Hospitals and mlscellanouslSG4S Educational 18188783I Libraries Gallarics Art etc 8890000 Out of the U S 9910783 Churches etc 4800000 Total 619fiOfiG5 Observe how much went to churches and how much went to manltarian purposes in general This is evidence of tire waning power of the clergy and of tho ad vanclng power of education art etc It shows that the fear of hell di go any moro with rich rascals that they see more good in education than In the churches The one to give most of this vast sum was the Agnostic Carnegie and 1clubshero fund he gave 14997500 5000000 for excavations In Rome 207500 for libraries In Perth Canada and In London 3750000 for ana tional convalescent home London and 50000 for Cottenburg Unlversl ty Thus you will see that out of the 9940783 given out of the Unltell States Carnegie alone contributed 19007fiOO It is a regrettable thing es are not open to the good he might do by helping the Free thought press and organization but wo congratulate ourselves that money as well as most of all the 11Is going for secular purposes and superstitionThis the clergy Is a sign of the times which should give- courage us so cheer up all of you dls couraged and dlsconsolateand whr 11will yo languish When the balance the money Influence is given education we aro helped Indirectly and things aro fast coming our way The Catholic University at Washington I give this Institution special men tlon It has been having a tough time Even Catholics are not attracted to it as most prefer Harvard Yale and other secular institutions It ucates hardly any one but priests It Is a school for owls It was expected that the priests would be able to throw on a lot of stylo here but money has not been pouring into it It has had to beg and Catholics all over the nation have been contributing to it their pride ways being appealed to But t last year one Thomas Waggam n ave It 870000 and altogether It was jlven 920000 But other great seeu al rU51 Rooters for Rome will have to Late up a little more lively if they expect to get the United States A Back Set to Catholoclsm Gwendolyn Caldwell was a Ken ticky girl whose father died when she was He had been converted by Bishop Spalding of Illinois Afl his death Spaulding got around the sentimental thoughtless Gwendol mil squeezed 300000 out found this great Catholic at Washington unhersltyII was to down In Roman Gwenldoyln has since turned Infidel Now Gwen olyn has flopped and lately she has come out publicly stating that since she has lived in Europe and seen latholoclsm as it really is she hi no use for It and Is sorry that she gao the money to found the unlve sit that her youth was imposed up- au and she was wheedled out of And this was printed all over the J S What a blow that has been to the Holr Papa and his Clergy Washtm ton University is headquarters of Je tram In the U S But they will have to get hold of moro Gwendolyns they expect to succeed General Condition of the Church We have much to encourage us tho exhibition of the many desperat efforts the church is putting forth t maintain a bare existence In tire first place young men are- not rushing Into the ministry It Is among the least attractive pursuits the modern young man who feels his freedom But a few years ago the- great majority of young men In Ing about to make choice of their ture professional careers seriousl considered entering the ministry was a profession to which nearly ery Christian bred young man asplr ed Today God is not howling hoarse giving them calls Great nlnarles like Lane of Cincinnati hae only 30 theological students and- many of these never take up tile min- Istry and many drop out after the- yhae made the start All along tho line there is general complaint they cannot induce young men thatI In the ministry especially the bred young man But worst of all there is general complaint of the intellectual Inferlorl It of those who do take It up The cr Is The church is suffering from laclt of brains It is bound to suffer Intellectual contempt when tho pit Is incapable of instructing generally are weary bawl and drawl and are no longer Interested in hell and heehaw Begging a Sign of Weakness Ve have much to encourage us in the hard struggle of superstition for ltdhmneously to an inspiration a whirlpool to ev doubter in the current of Its In fluence sucking them right in It should not have to beg coax and resort to every catchpenny trick advertisement to wheedle people Into its folds It should not have to get on the level of the lottery and slotmachine When It Is actually compelled to on the preserves of tho dovll It may be justly regarded as being in devil of a bad fix That the church hard up and compelled to enter the field of cheap advertisement is evl dent or it wouldnt do it It is evident by the statistics quot that the rich aro not shelling out donations which heretofore hao been its mainstay- Without money and without style without influence and without power The Country Church In religion as in government a bold peasantry the countrys prl has ever been the backbone of theI church Today the railroad and telegraph and dally paper have penetrated Iven remote parts Even tine whooplas land roof raisers thin mono of their Sunday paper than the sermon Pious old hayseeds who used to sol emnly kneel and bless tho Lord and Oooooo and Amen it In the amen corner every Sunday morn big now get up do their chores brush the timothy out of their hall seize the paper go out on the porch seat themselves stick their feet up on the railing and through the morn Ingglory vines and read of Fo y Grandpa Happy Hooligan Gloomy Gus Dooley and other goings on of this thorougly Interesting old world The reason the church has always been able to hold the country people In tho hollow of Its hands Is plain They had no other Intellectual recrea tlon They were Isolated lonely To day through tho railroad telegraph and press the whole world Is their neighbor They have something else to occupy their minds They read of Liberal advanced thought They are- learning to do their own thlnklnj Tho result Is that Indifference lIlw a blight has fallen upon the country church Their number has fallen off one third within the last twentyfive years Many standing are dllapldat ed and their congregations small a pared to old revival days Country people aro getting their eyes open Most of them visit the city City people are moving to the country They too are learning that acquaintance with nature is as greatly conducive to the development of brains as brick walls and stone country people are learning that they are behind In some things and the city people are learning tl they dont know It all In the cou of time this country will be a garden like England and the land owners will be the aristocrats Every tarn should teach his children tct hold to the old farm or the Socialist Golr 1elln will gilt it ef they dont watch Isout But I am talking of the CIrches They are going down doyfri down because country people Jijvye somo ahZaehovtn or andSh Few eme to hear besides the r and something else to read beside the rte They are not as skeery as they used to be and even the denizen of oop pole township is no Jonger frightened at the panicy parsons plct ires of hell 1Indifference Within the Church Most clergymen are zealous just n hey are paid for being so There Isi a vast army of the clergy would lUteI to have a different Job They weary of delivering the same old serl ions they have been preaching 30 or 40 years and telling God all bout himself and praying the same old unanswered prayer It is not in the nature of things that n man can keep up mumble jumt for twenty years without realizing that in all this time he has only been liking to himself Since they aro looking for the best salary and place the great majority who do not attain either must grow indifferent and lose zeal We see this everywhere But very few leave their studies and go out among tho poor Very naturally the poor in the churches also grow Indifferent You see them j going off on Sunday excursions takuig streets car rides filling the theaters and eking the various resorts f amuse ment More and more the church pears to them as a social club th rich leading and they feel that th church is no place for then They do not become Freethinker because they have not set their tinkers to 0worlt They are simply Indlfferen Ists With age a few of t hem float into the fold and a goring regard for the manlretainat last die and are In life they display In this Increasing perceIve the greatest weakness of the Christian superstition j It cant get up revivals any more because It cant make su leers any longer of the Indifferent common peo- pie Tie Catholic church hits export 30000000 adherents to this coun Ifell and today by Us own statUtics It has only 12000000 men women bo vs girls and babies If the Catholic church cannot stem the tide of Indlf ference what hopes may Protestant Ism have of further progress a population of 81000000 we have but 20000000 enrolled members ol the church We read dally of church assom 1blles discussing the best means to tie people They tr this and- that little trick to catch young and old and falling try progr cur chre and dancing or somo other work o the devil they used us tor There Is nothing more encourag- Ing to Freethought than thlf despara- tlon of the clergy who erg compelled to make some show learning their salary and grow not being able to keep thbse already In from getting out- Heathen Opposition The same influence which steam telegraph and the press has had upon rural population has likewise at lour ed the missionary work ot the ch and almost put an end to it + rrr- Steam and electricity have made thoIworld neighbors Heathen nations have sent com tees to investigate Christian clzl tlon and Invariably reported it Inef ficlcnt Immoral and bad and with tho result that they themselves are Ing missionaries here to civilize thoJ Christian to make him quit ha each other quit stealing from each other and quit fighting and killing each other It is really laughable The further results aro that Dudd hism and Confucianism have taken root in this country that tho studyI of comparative religions huts gn to a wonderful extent and the dlsI covery is being made that Christian ty is but a plagiarism of the older re ligions and in the main mythical and have nothing much more enI couraglng than tho opening up of the heathen nations to trade and comI mcrce Their religions are bourn suffer comparison and be submitted to the approbation of the Intelligent world and tho Christian suporstltlonI will surely suffer by the compnrlson and by tho revelation of Its origin The Eastern War At present the war between Jalan movejmmore powerful God than God and this will set vast numbers to thinking on the God subject as they never thought before The Russian who has never before questioned the supremacy of his Joss will begin to wonder whats the matter with His Omnipotencesky And If tho Russian loses ills Omnl potencesky Is bound to lose out with millions He has already lost out with millions on account of the cruelty he has permitted to be practiced in his name The Russian people are rising in their might Thoy Hoot at tho Holy Synod They are lemandlng free speech free press le Igious tolerance and a Constitution ind they are going to get them all I said tire Russian people are mak ng these demands will amend tho statement I should have said the freethinker tine Socialist and the NI illlst These are the leaders In the evolt demanding freedom justice and peace The Holy Church is for war bloody mital war and the world is noting Its heartless attitude This holy war is bound to give treat Impetus to Freethought The vorld will observe that Freethoui t as against the church stands for peace pity love Justice and humanl ty and tine stigma and obloquy wh he church for so many centuries hast been able to heap upon it will be reatly removed 1The Encouragement of Socialist Socialism we find most encour goment of all other revolutionary 1action of today more than In the Jap war for the reason that Social Ism Is an organized worldwide movement and that it Is making Free hlnkors faster than any other move tent Most of them of course are ouly Freethinkers In degree but thllt theway we all start The Socialist Freethiakor t11ult- la should command the applause- re world He is doing something award making men free and adding to human IJberty and happiness and shall I shall I a Liberal refuse to take the hand of such a man and call him Brother Shall I a Freethinker opposed to rganlzed superstition refuse to write about and record the great deeds of the Socialist Freethinker opposed both to organized aristocracy and or inlzed superstition No Forbid that any man calling himself Freethinker should be so reasonable and narrow The Freethinking Socialist of Rus sla under the ban of Holy Synod Is taldng his life In his hands for liberty He Is the bravest of the brave Ho yet down the Holy Synod The French Italian Belgian Gc man and Spanish Socialist Freethln er will yet crush the political pow of the papacy Socialism is not only making and increasing Freethougti but it is giving it a life and vitality that nothing else is doing We as Freethnkers are passiv Socialism is Freethought in action It Is swelling our ranks rapidly cetliought literature is as radical as our own Never mind about his eco nomic ideas They will be adjusts all right in time It Is through that very economic investigation that41 e Christian is led into freethougi paths This ought to be plain to any one There is no danger of hlrrfdoin an ythlng unfair unjust or rash afte ho gets to be a Freethinker The h justice of monopoly will be prevent ed and all tine rest of the fright is mere bugaboo We should not In aglne that religion Is tire only ny to be freed of There are trranj France Setting the Pace The activity of all forms of Free thought In France the Freethinker Freemason and Socialist all working In harmony Is most encouraging and gratifying The Freethinker eat Fteemason would be absolutely powe less without tho aid of tire Freethink Ing Socialist One of in greates etatesmen diplomats and humanitar- of the age Premier Combes shown his keen sense in combining- theall reform elements and holding them together in one solid phalanx- Inst the common enemy He rec ogJdzes that each element has that within Itself antagonistic to the oth or but upon the one essential free dom all agree and upon such basis all other differences are bound to ad just themselves rightly This Is wis dom Tins is statesmanship Because ho is a Freethinker as against religion he dont wrap himself up in the solitude of his own originality and say ho will have nothing to do with other reform parties who are working along tho- same lines though entertaining terent ideas upon other questions lie observes monopoly and arlstro- cracy allied with tho church that ono Is as much an enemy to Democracy and Freethought as the other that tho church cannot be downed without- downing the other that the house will I i not fall until tho prop which sustains tho house is knocked from Were two burglars to attemptto gain entrance into your house would you resist one and pay no heed to his pal Of course you wouldnt If you had senses Premier Combes is statesman enough to see and know that since church and monopoly combine that all elements at war with either are essential to down tho combine He sees that Socialism Is as mine a phase of Freethought as Agnosticism and that as long us monopoly anll church combine Socialism and AgnoR tic Ism necessarily must stand together that they are Inseparable and cannot be disassociated without wealton Ing all organized legislation CombeR has given the reformers of the world a lesson that nil should heed A child ought to bo able comprehend it at a glance lIe is doing that which must be done In this country at some near day We must have a leader broal1 enough to recognize that no ono orm party chin affect any legislation He must be broad enough and leen enough to recognize harmonize and so utilize all the scattered forces of Freethought no matter what other issues they may entertain Since So clallsm Is tho greatest organlzel1 phrase of Freethought it is organicallY tine most vital today anti the great est encouragement and cause of re jolcing we have Look at Its labors for Freethought in France and other Laid world countries and rejoice ye not be dogmatists An or thodox Freethinker a Freethoui dogmatist is sure to fall In a rnt which runs parallel with that of the orthodox Christian Freedom has no boundaries no limitations no con fines no favorites no classes All dike seek It moro or less blindly but the mind which is Indeed freo will recognize and welcome It wher won It may thrive no matter In what Environment or under what condl tlon Progressive Woman Another great cause for Free thought rejoicing Is the progression both politically and woman Is malting religiously Her emancipation from superstition Is assuming large propor tlons We find her now prominent In the professions In mercantile life In pulpit In the lecture field In the 1the press and magazine She Is herring to feel anti assert her Intellectual liberties Tho consequence that superstition Is suffering a dreal1 falling oft Waman eventually IIful take her rightful place in church councils and as soon as ihe lees tIle pulpit will grow less less attractive to men The priest want to I1lvlde and parson will not lonors with women The economic as well as the rell lous issue Is also attracting women of the brainy Ve observe the majority iconoclasts in this country women Perkins StetCarolinesuch women as ion devoting almost their entire at entlon to these Issues Last week the Countess of War hcuRrichnotudfreauty of the greatest cas tie In England a public address at Stratford proclaimed herself a Social Democrat She sair in part The country is passing through strange times Chaos reigns in Es sex and Wells and In remalnd of England It Is terrible that large umbers of men and women should starve because they cannot find worlt I am not afraid because those who point out present social evils are called rebels It is time that something be done to remedy the evils iTorklngmen must understand the ecesslty of organization and of acklng their leaders I agree wll resolution that un the Chairmans del that lack of employ ment Is a permanent condition wit largo masses of tho working classe This can only bo remedied by col lectlve ownership of all means of pro notion distribution and exchange aUll the Institution of a cooperative commonwealth Coming from such a personage this Is wonderful Now and then riches and arlstocrlcy and blueblood cannot spoil or corrupt a soul endowed by naturo with benovelenco pity ands love of humanity Tire knowledge of a million people unemployed In Em land today not only touches this wo mans heart but brings her to the re Ization that economic issue Is which demands the attention of humane and thoughtful porsor ery This woman has stepped far in vance of Balfour Chamberlain and of all other of Englands great states men This is not a day pf statesmen how overIt is day of machinery and be a source of great re monopolyfIt us to observe the emancla woman all along the line- Js organizing into many societies which attract way from and out side tho influence of the priest ant parson and thus superstition is being IigraduallY weakened The Leaven Inside of the Chuch Within tho last year a great many prominent clergymen havo either church or changed position on itters of belief Attention has been- edrlthe to these by tho press and the ct has been generally depressing the church and wonderfully engthenlng to the opposition The clergy now fear to prosecute heresy because the trials educate the masses on dogma Hell has been gen orally eliminated and within Presbyterian church radical changes taken place Infants aro longer damned Predestination is not talked about Recently Dr Sam uol T Carter one of the clergymen whostartel1 tho movement leading to the revision of the creed publicly declare that scholastic theology Is wrong from Its base upward Ho do nounced The Fall of man and sai- dfurtherthe Presbyterian God is a wrong God There is no such God The hard cold severe God of the Vestmlnster confession is not my God And they talked of but did not dare to try him fora heresy Last week also Dr Lyman Abbott litfi t u IT addressing the students at Harvard college denied tho God of the Bible denied even a personal God He said There is a First and that Is all wo know TomorrowI the newspapers will all be declaring me heretic and Infidel but what of that And such hewn sent all over thoIcountry Is another source of our re Juicing as Its Influence upon the slug gish masses Is having an Incalcul ruble Influence One of the most notable changes of position la that of archbishop Me Glennon of St Louis At the great Catholic Congress at St Louis lIe snitht speaking of the condition of the church In FrnnceWe have at last conic to realize that we have fallS ad in politics Tire Holy See can never again expect to regain temporal power We have been playing poll tics for centuries but must now tho parting of the ways Wo musttlook to Ethics morals etc to main lain our hold and Influence What nn awful confession of weak ness and hypocrisy was that We know that ho would never have made such admission unless such a word tad been passed down tine line- I could give hundreds of such stances of learning but have not the time and space Suffice It to say that hose ever increasing expressions of scepticism and weakness glvcth us exceeding great Joy The Labor Question The labor movement is favorable jenerally to Freethought simply be nurse men through organization learn to think and act for themselves anti thus they are gradually led to Intel echini Independence But it Is unfortunate that the preme officials are swayed by tno Catholic church The result is that t many protestants will not join and J here Is no unanimity among labor unions which will not stand er Invariably their leaders arefought off Many of their most ac Ire members are capitals agents InIdisguise However as long as organization Is iIthatTho laborer learns and acts slowly He knows that he is getting the worst of it all tine time that by working rom seven In the morning till six- t night getting barely enough to maintain existence and nothing for age while iris employer Is living in a Ipalace and dont know how to spend his money Is giving him decidedly tile worst of It He knows that has been trying tine church but that It never helped him any but has been an expense Ho knows that the church Itself needs reforming but that such a task would be as hard as to reform a house of prostitution He knows that he has tried politics nd always got tile worst of it He knows that tho rich matte the laws for the benefit of the rich He knows all these things but some how cant get himself together Ho evolutes most slowly of all and still hugs the chains that hind him But I believe bo Is as much subject to the law of olutiuu itetrt time Is corning when labor will command This may and may not bea good way off and may not come without revolution Edwin Markham In his Idress here said The rule of Labor Is bound to come He didnt care nether it came in one year or fifty still It was bound to come When Markham was counting ties years ago out in California and hadhnothing to do and no money no loubt he wanted it to come a little more quickly Now that he is on easy street ho Is satisfied just to tow that It is coming IThe man out of a Job with nothingr to take home for his family to eat would like for it to come 1and It will come just as he learns thatJhe who would be free himself must strlko the blow I Introduce this sub ject of labor reform in this review 4 Good Route to TryY or1t traverses a territory rich in r undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities forIagriculture horticulture stock ing mining and manufacturing Andilast but not least It is The Scenic Route t i The for TouristsItraveling tfast time Between St Loua and Kansas tCity and points in Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri Itory Texas and tne Southwest IBetween Kansas City and points In Tennesses Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem rphis and points In Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest J IFuU Information as to route andtrates cheerfullyfurnished upon appll cation to any representative of the Company otto Passenger Traffic Department Commercial Building Saint Mute- WANTEDBaleemen local and CM oral reaching the pump and will supply trade oixreeently patented welljapeotaltier of ttnftt alrltHIUI vom 0 KiMaa IBa 1 t i u M 1 bl1rI J Ibecause its attitude toward tho church the churchs hold upon labor unions directly concerns Free thought and further because all re form must of necessity be in line with Freethought The evolution of labor will be toward Socialism Just as Socialism evolutes to Freethought- A broad comprehensive view ot Freethought must therefore Include all reform Press Magazines That press and magazines is greatly throttled by the church goe without saying Such a splendf- organization as tho Catholic Church is bound to wield power over public utterance Because of its compactness the press is less Included to assail It than the less powerful Protestant ganizations consequently we hear but little of the drunken scrapes primrose dalliance of the Holy Fat ers while the gay escapades of the conatinually exploited The press and magazine are mone- making Institutions Their chief pro It Is from the advertisements They cannot afford to offend their religious patrons and consequently must cater more or less to their prejudices for business sake Still wo perceive a gradually grow- Ing Liberalism in their columns Grad ually they too aro becoming eman cipated Wo observe articles as radi cal almost as any in our freethought Journals Dogmas are attacked intol erance denounced and bigotry spur ned More and more we see tho names of Voltaire Rosseau and other great reformers creeping into the columns of tho press and upon the whole this evidence of news emancipations is a source of great rejoicing to us The Progress of Science Philosophylof existence with its magic wand of thought It conforms to no organization no system no creed We rejoice ImperIrying to reconcile Itself to science and hypocritically endeavoring to make the world believe that they fit into each other Even superstition is trying to reduce Itself to a science Spenti ticism exalted to his supreme Intel lectual level and we rejoice to see sluggish humanity slowly lifting its eyes In his direction- A General View- I think now I have given good reasons for congratulations and rejoic ing What with the success of the emanclpacof church contributions the great crease to secular institutions the ex position of the weakness of Catholic education and the apostacy of Miss Caldwell the continual continual beg ging of religion and desperate efforts to attract people to church the general decline of church ianlty in the rural districts the in creasing indifference and lack of zeal within the church the study of corn and the competl KfeffUpqtJif heatbintheQlogy the religious smr n1rEme r soparT of church and State In France Ithe evolution of the labor and Social istic reforms toward Freethought the t emancipation and progress of woman the leaving of Freethought among theological leaders all these are sure ly stimulating and encouraging- I congratulate you all and hope you will begin tho year with renewed energy and aspirations Support your papers They need and deserve your support Come Join our organization and so Identify yourselves and be ono with us To the Veterans I send greetings to all the old mem bers especially They will not be with us long and some may not live to read the next annual message May their few lingering days o years be brightened with the glowing results which they now perceive ema nating from Freethought efforts May their comforter and sustainer be the knowledge that they were veterans In the great conflict for The Liberty of Man Woman and Child whenIhlingering memorys twilight realms robed in the dreamy light of distant Do You Think of the Message I would like some expression of opinion on this Idea of Issuing an an f nual Freethought message And I also y propose issuing a Freethinkers Thanksgiving Proclamation i It can be issued as a supplement to the Blade and supplied at 60 cents a hundred I am sure some of our readers would scatter hundreds of themI of tho opinion that a folder that can be carried in the pocket having a glowing attractive heading would incline nearly every one to reM it when they will not read our papers It will attract beside being a novelty Also It will be evidence of an activity which will deeply cern the clergy and give them more or less alarm Further it will be destructive y hundreds who are liberals at heart but who have faint and narrow con yceptfons of the progress of Free Our weakness Is that we doI not reach and awaken enough people Again I wish you all a happy andI prosperous New Year J B W SHE WATS TO HEAR FROM MRS WILSON t Maywood Ill Mr Charles C Moore Lexington Ky Dear SIrAs one of the readers of the Blue Grass Blade I was glad to In your last issue your Invitation IseeMrs Alma K Wilson to write for Blade If she docs I shall be more than pleased to read her contributions My husband Dr Robert Green and I are spiritualists and have been for Iover 40 years ourllj1li good Infidel brother Moore to let me suggest a subject for our good Chris tian sister Mrs Wilson to begin writ lug upon and for that purpose I will enclose herein a copy of the Angels Message and for her information I beg you to publish the same In the Blade and oblige yours very respect fully MRS MARY GREEN subdmust excuse me It I do not print tho long particulars about the special one that appeared to your husband Got him to grab the next one and hold Itor her or himuntil we can quillhBlade with ORIENTfCauses Considerable Discussion In Scotland as to Whether It ShallI Be Admitted Into the Public Library at Arbroath The Following Corres pondence Will Explain A patron the BladC James Mitchell of Wilbur Nebraska U S has sent to stir John Addison of Fer gus street Arbroath Scotland a copy of Dog Fennel in the Orient to bo presented to the Public Library that city Mr Mitchell formerly lived In Scot of the Book Committee of th Library seem to have read Dog Fen nel critically and as a result there Is discussion as to whether It should be allowed to come Into the Library One Reverend calls It Immoral an warns against it The correspondence regarding it 18I as follows Arbroath Nov 1 1904 Mr John Addison Dear Mr Addlson I saw our Gov ennr lent night and he asks me to say that we shall probably not have a meeting of the book committee for a week or two yet not until after tho reelection of the committee and that your preferred gift will be duly con sidered at the committees first meet Ing With apologies for delay and in convenience I Your faithfully JOHN HOSIE The above letter to Mr Addison was sent to Mr Mitchell an lonth bot tom of it is written probably by Mr Addison thfpllpwlne hlsterAJas hiitwi ysover- months delay Mr AddIson encloses this note to Mr Mitchell and writes to him as followsIconsiderable stir in the Library Com mittee over Dog Fennel In th OrientDr Lilly has had It some months reviewing It and has pronounced it an Immoral book He has certain passages marked off with marginal commentsa fine way of prejudicing those who may see it but have not time to read It Committeorsays it has gone the round of the Com mittee and he has been told by some of them that they will vote against it They said they had not read it but would vote against it from what they had heard- I am waiting for its doom and then I shall have something to say about it through Tho Guide- I am busy informing all and sundry about the affair and all are eager to read Dog FennelJ A Hope you were cheerful over Debbs 6000000 Papers here capital Istls have systematically ignored Debbs great lift to Socialism In 1Then Mr Mitchell AmericaI Blade Editor as follows Wilber Nebraska Dec 27 1904 Dear Comrade I enclose this as It came from Scotland this morning I sent your book Dog Fennel over to my native town as a gift for their public library You can see how the proffered gift is to be welcomed My friend Addl son will have something to say through the press concerning their treatment of your work I shall be careful to forward you the Tale of Bigotry as It is being enacted in tho year 1905 and I am satis fied your own knife will do some rip pingI P O for 100 for renewal for the Blade which goes to Scotland every week So his Reverence pronounces It an Immoral book now what lo you think of that and you Your truly JAMES MITCHELL The worst of all the religions that the devil over Invented in PresbyterI- anism and the worst form of it Is found in Scotland Those are the peo sonlofcoattails the man not the woman h and warned himself as Ingersoll said at tho fire that burned Michael Servetus a brother preacher who did not get onto some of the mysteries of godliness In exactly tho same way that old Jack Presbyterians are the biggest fools In all of religion They are improving some in America under such leadership as tho atheistic Presbyterian preacher Abbott but even with all the scoring that the Infidel Burns gave Scotch Presbyterlanlsm it will bo a long time before they learn any better The Scotch Christians aro mean and tools Just as they are in America and so become more effective advertising agents for me than If I were paying them for their work It they had accepted the book as any gentlemen would have done and put it in their library there would have been about a halfdozen people who would have read it in a year As it is now the book Is advoscd by their meanness and a hundred people will read It where one would have read it before That skypllot and all of that Com closely ofAspecially vir tuous because they dont want others to read It Roverenceamake honest peo ple want to read it Those fellows would burn me at the stake today If sainteand then every devil of them would read the book and chuckle over It in their sleeves damneddgang s New Year and am going to turn over a new leaf HAS READ DOG FENNEL Three Times and Feels Like he Had Just Returned From a Tour Abroad December 28 1904 Mr C C Moore My dear slrI presume you will not object to Xmas greetings in the form of subscriptions Papa Is not sure Just when our subscription expires and ho wishes me to ask you to accept enclosed dollar with his apology for not haying sent it sooner to renew our subscription and to be assured that his sincere wishes for your success go out to your rgyrHepersual of your japer that he feels indebted to you Since the close ofa year as recorded by the calendars marks a pause when we remember others In one selfish journey we would express thanks when thanks youehave done for him In an intellectual uplifting He has finished your book for the third time and says he feels as if he has just returned from abroad As you may remember I am from homo most of the time teaching Havo returned for the holidays Please extend to Mr Hughes and family my best wishes And know that follow your work with interest Very REID The only Instance in talking about me in which dear old Brother Green did not come up to the regular high standard of his generosity was when he said In his magazine in advance of the Issuance of Dog Fennel that he had a book for sale for 10 cents about Palestine by Daniel K Tenny that he Bro Green thought would be as good as Dog Fennel- I said in a comment that I believed FennelImany people have written me that they have read it two and three times I believe that Mr Tenny is among those who have complimented It Bro Tenny is a brilliant man but his Palestine book is only a pamph let ABOUT REV GEORGE O BARNES- I have received a letter marked Personal and therefore will not give name or address of writer but it Is of such interest that I print it with out these Ky Dec 27 1904 Bro Moore Your reference to G O Barnes prompts this From 73 to 79 I lived at Stanford and saw and heard much of tho man and his family His heresy coupled with his won derful pulpit magnetism and denominational jealousy rivalry and general cussedness make him the Holy Ghost of the Presbyterian trinity Bencher Breckinrldgjo and Barnes He launched his International evangelical l hippodrome at Stanford In think this substance principally t e his wlfes probablyhad been squan dered and friends starved off foreclosure of mortgage jjA few philanthropists ono or two paritionerswerea Iard can meal bin wardrob and minor necessities procured with liberal col admirersiHeard onitAfter one of his doctrinal discourses all old Campbelllte censor directed tention to a passage in an Epistle In flagrant conflict and when I asked his explanation he evasively and finally- declared that is the most difficult passage in the Bible Another time I asked If stronger evi dence against an essential mode of baptism could bo wished than obscur ity which admits diverse conclusions of presumably equally sincere and in tpligent ommentators TfXhen I had not examined any other exegesis and examined their dema gogism He waived mo with assurance Id hear him when lie reached that subject in his series Never heard it j When he started without scrip or rse he relied upon the ravens for lucre When I heard him after his return from the Eastern Continent he direct andok1lttedflIls final somersault was to proclaim Dowie the boasted Elijah put him on In triune baptism at Zion and begin preaching Dowieism In a tour of Kentucky devoting a week to each country town in turn itjTwo or three of his home disciples here kept step with his doctrinal acro batics and one sister applied for the use of the Campbelllte bathtub for the three plunges but failed to find the tribunal which could authorize the loan pne wily sister a fresh widow a time who has kept in touch with him from the start frequently furnish local papers with Itemsoc cassionally lettersalways a gener ous giverInveigled him Into a pro posal of marriage suggestinng she meet him at Columbia where he was preaching and be sealed She confi dently showed the propositions Jo scores whose advice was needed sad after turning him down forward d his letter to his daughter In Wash ington City In response to a friend whdiwrote him he fessed up and de i J Presume I have slightly paraphased his quotation In conjestlng the promptings of In telligent preachers continuing promul gation of theological rot which they certainly know absurd and are often driven into ridiculous flounderings in pulpit the only conclusion is that sincere at outset a durned good stak er or farm hand has been spoilt before eyes were opened to facts and a taste of adulation and ease reconciles to a course of Infernal hypocrisy That Barnes would promulgate a dogma irreconcilable with plain scripture evasively treat contradiction whilst preaching harmony and Infalli bility there can bo little hope thatho is better than the average of the he is a lovable man Ho once observed to me that the worst they could say of him is that he doesnt promptly pay his debts- I gathered from some who corres ponded with him that ho has hedged on Dowie He seems to have lost his grip and is rapidly drifting Into ob scurity By the way in 68 I heard Lard preach an anthropomorphic sermon during a revival he conducted at obscure prig who was drumming up recruits In some church declared We never thing of God as an Individual but as an essence Havent found a member of Lards day who remembers Heard a preach er in a funeral sermon Sunday labor nearly an hour to conclude with the declaration that leaving out God there is no evidence of immortality and abouring God unchallenged by anyone present administered his fining 7 and consolatory concluding platitudes Good singing and a neigh bors funeral take me to a synagogue occasslonally and never an occasslon that the skypilot doesnt disgust with some demagogy or absurdity which passes muster with the credulous 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at same price or less M Cash refunded at option DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC M I am an expert in this line and will save you 20 per cent if you will order of meMSend for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver rand Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism in the Cruel ble free 4Jj OTTO WETTSTEIN 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILLM I atheistic sermon about which Abbott w terviewedthe next day eam1 The clipping begins as follows Boston Dec 19Harvard theologi cal students crowded the rooms of the Rev Dr Lyraan Abbott In Wads worth House Cambridge today to discuss with the noted New York di vine the new doctrines that he enunciated yesterday In Appleton Chapel at Harvard when he denied that there was a first great cause and that he no longer believes In an sentee God It is true expressed such a lief said Dr Abbott to a reporter- may be branded as a heretic for the expression of my new convictions but I know that I am right It Is cocoon for preachers to be Infi dels but only a few of them are athe ists and admit it ABBOTT MORE INFIDEL THAN IN GERSOLL Infidelity Is growing at a rate that the most ardent Infidel propagandist of twenty years ago would never have was a Methodist or a Campbelllte preacher compared with never said ho did not believe in a God lie nude fun of the particular God that the Jews and Christians worship but he never said he did not believe In of a agnosticwhichiGod Ho was an meant that he did not know gersoll was not so certain whetherII death was a gate or a wall beI tween us and the sweet by numberI Ingersoll is even now a back Abbott the most prominent preacher in America by large odds says plainly that there Is no God If the Infidels dont move up some how tho preachers will overtake them There Is one way In which the Infi dels can get the start of the Infidel the preachers are trying 0I do any good and wont get that along for a long time and that is what Infidels must get to doing and do It p d q SAY RAID WAS MADE ON PROHIBITION TREASURY Ambition inflamed i y Its complete gratification gradually worked the complete degradation of Oliver W Stewart chairman of the National and Executive Committees of the Pro hibition party according to an editor ial in this weeks issue of the New Voice Mr Woolleys Prohibition pub CI r llcatlon which also contains an or tlcleby W E s ncharglngihew r leader of a gang of four looters if1he r national campaign treasury which it is declared has suffered to the extent of about 16000 The lie is given direct to Mr Stew art and he Is accused of treason to Ithe party of stealth of rubber heel work of Imposition upon the confi dence of the national treasurer and of strategy All these charges are made by Mr Woolley Mr Johnson In his n i Ielarescomplices in the looting of the cam fund 4 JVoiceIts editor is declared to have been theIobject of the gang of which Mr Stewart Is cited as the leadervIn plain language Mr Johnson fmeetingwhile his companions looted the treas uryI know something of Woolley and have very little regard for him He is a preacher I know Johnson well He Is an Infi del and a nice man t SAINT TO THE LOUISISOUTH SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT IN KEEPING WITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION 1 POINTS IN MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS il INDIAN TERRITORY J OKLAHOMA nor dweriptlYo matter through Mhdul i and other ne ded par ttoolan addrna H MeaUINEC- Hrrnirr at GuT stiitrrC- INCINNATI OHIO a l1 lit 4 LIBERALS SHOULD BUY THE SUNDAY EDITION OF THE ENQUIRE Some time ago I called attention of the Wade readers to tho bright ed Uorlals appearing in this great pape many of which are of particular interest to the cause of Freethought I do not know the writer but ho Is evidently a man who has pursued a thoroug course of Liberal literature Ho say s all that he dare say and we all know that editorial privileges are narrowed down to a small area when it comes to discussing matters in opposition to the Christian superstition 1Iost editors are with us but nearly all get tho garotto when it comes to express- Ing their own opinions The Enquirer editor is somewhat an exception and exercises a few prix loges not observant in others as denced in tho following clipping from last Sundays issue on The Emanc patlon of Woman While he only writes what is repeatedly expressed in our Liberal papers still his Infli once is incalcuable as compared with ours since it goes to several hundi thousand whom we never reach His reference to Judge Hertell a nam seldom heard of today outside of Vreethought literature bespeaks his close study of Preethought his tor But whether our religion Science political history nature or human ture this winter is at all times inter eating His light though under a bushel is brilliant enough at times to shine clear through it It is a pity that many bright editorial minds must soI gagged by cold commercialism theless such editorials as he dare to write are encouraging and an evidence of the emancipation of the press as well as the emancipation- of woman Both havo suffered mud alike and still suffer the same at the hands of the Christian superstition Naturally they should oympathizi with each other Tim editorial referred to is as fol lows J B W The Emancipation of Woman It Is a very general belief tha woman has reached the position of high consideration in which she is held today and the freedom which she enjoys through the beneficent in fluence of our civil and religious In stitutions that is to say that by means of them she has been given ad vantages never accorded to he sex der any other system Nothing be further from the trutltSlr couldI Mateesaya thq1 tko poalUoftot i o wtli Roman law had come to be one of great independence ever when married and that her male ations had no arbitrary power over her As wife and daughter she was recognized as the equal of man Ta chess says the same thing was rola lively true in the pagan Germanic races When the eccleasiastlcisir gained control and the cannon law was in force wo find radical change and traceable probably to teachings to tho effect that the woman should learn in silence and all in subjection because Adam was formed first and because she was decleved and he wasI not and that wives should themselves to their husbands as untc the Lord and be subjected to them in everything With such guidance it was natural that the position ol women should grow worse Her per sonallty was merged lu that of hex husband and she had no property or legal rights For an injury done her the only redress was suit by her hus band for loss of service The early tathers in council argued tho question whether woman ought to be regarded as human beings the question was raised whether they had souls and it was finally concluded that they might be permitted to rise in the judgement day as men They were kept in dense ignorance Lecky says that fierce invectives against women formed a conspicuous part of the writings of the fathers Woman was depleted as the door of hell and the mother of all human ills She should be ashamed of being a woman Maine says again that there are evi dences of a struggle between secular principles against them and that the cannon law nearly everywhere pre vailed It enforced their complete le gal subjection It was only after the coming of the cannon law to Great Brltlan that a woman there could be sold and the common law which grew up was so largely under ecclesiastical influence that her condition was but slightly ameliorated Her husband had practically the right of life and death over her and could maltreat her as he chose Little by little her hard lot was slightly mitigated until it was finally held that when a man thought best for any reason to cas tigate his wife instead of knocking her down with a bludgeon he should be limited to a stick no larger than the Lord Chancellors thumb The first movement in favor of recognizing the property rights of women In the country was begun In 41 vl the Now York Legislature in 1837 by Thomas Hertell Judge of the Marine Court an avowed atheist who by tho way was the earliest public advocate here of total abstinence It required long struggle to secure to woman een her property rights and it is only In recent years that she has come to have the recognition as a human be- Ing equal to all others before the law which sho possessed in ancient Rom and Germany of which tho eccleasla deal power has deprived her throughout all these years Thoro remain still in tho administration of our lawsI relics rind reminders of what po sltlon of women has until lately beenIA recent Chicago paper highest American progress is manl fested and its loftiest Ideas exemplified states that tho Justices of tho Police Court there have agreed on a scale of prices which married mei must pay for slapping their wives A lefthanded slap sitting is assessed at righthanded slap sitting at a lefthanded slap standing at and a righthanded slap standing at While these sums show careful stud land discrimination as to the varying possibilities of tho matrimonial slap and a laudable desire to establish certainty In the law the trifling amoun considered adequate for so hclnoui an offense evidently harks back to tho good old days when there was no restriction save the Lord Chan cellors thumb For our part we are heartily with tho large section of the press which has for some time advocated the vival of tho whipping post for wife beaters By whatever means hinderer or accomplished the emancipation or woman except as sho may be kepi mentally in bondage has come ant come permanently It well may bt that the comparatively sudden remov al of the pressure which for centuries has weighed her down retarded her development and incidentally that ol the race has resulted in extremes reaction in sonic directions We re gard the suffrage movement as such and it is more than likely that she It entering avenues of employment which will turn out to be impractica blo and unwise But no one can fail to rejolco that in all thes essential rights of humanity she stands at last on the same level as her brother man A DRUNKEN PRIEST Kills a Barkeeper With a Liquor Bot tie and then Kills the Barkeep ers Wife by Throwing Her Out of a Third Story Window Harrisburg Miss Dec if 1904 Mr Charles Moore Dear SirEnclosed please find for tine Blade with which I am much pleased I also send you a clipping for your comment Yours N M DUDLEY The clipping is as follows Friar Commits Double Murder Madrid Dec 4A friar who was recently expelled from France com mitted a double murder at Valencia this week Being refused more drink at a tavern which he entered he struck the landlord on the head with a bottle smashed his skull Then he went upstairs and meeting tho landlords wife threw her from a thirdstory window Into the street Instantly killing her He was afterwards apurehundcd kneeling before the figure of the Vir gin loudly Invoking curses on the head of the French permter On tho margin 01 me clipping is written St Paul Despatch published without comment There is not much comm n that can make except the general one that am continually making about all priests and preacher namely that hey are as a class tbg very worst topic in the world here also remark ci usually de that it is perfectly consist in nlfst or In any CbrMilan to yet trunk because the Bible teaches that It is right- Give strong drink unto him that Is ready to perish and wine unto hose that be of heavy hearts Let him drink and forget his erty and remember his misery no xoreProverbs xxI C7 But a man who does not believe In the Bible can find no good reason for getting drunk Not only are the crimes of priests and preachers increasing in number but they are increasing in variety A few years ago we saw but little In the papers about tho crimes of priests and preachers except their lewdness with women but now they commit all kinds of crimes that were rrkuown before and they seem to be leaders In crimes that are unpredent edIt would not be at all surprising if a Christian man should kill a barkeeper because the barkeeper would not let him have any more liquor but IiI jirl fL it takes a priest or preacher to kIn the barkeeper and then go up Into the thirdstory and throw the barkeepers wife out of tho window That is a specimen of the men the Infidel French are driving out of NEWS ON ABBOT The Birmingham News excoriates Abbott for his Infidelity and tells what a Chicago paper said against him and then concludes that Abbott has a right to think as he pleases about religion Thats some advance Christians once did not think that way Its amusing to see these yap editors criticising a theological opinions of a man like Abbott when tho edlt ors dont know any more about It than a pig does FROM A BAPTIST FREETHINKE Marshall N C Dec 25 1904 Editor Blue Grass Blade x SIrI am a reader of your pape and like to read It for tho benefit of Frcethought am a Christian of the Baptist faith but am a freethinker in a broa senseI In freedom in every sense that a man shall be free to worship the great God of all creation so tbat we may be able to stand with the Creator in the last day If you are right in your freethougt then we are not hurt because of our thoughts but if you are wrong then wo have an advocate with tho fathe of all creation A friend of mine sent my name a subscriber by consent You may publish this letter If you argument but simply to inform you think it worthy I do not write for that I appreciate your paper very much Yours respectfully- E P GOFORTH In making the argument that we should only call ourselves Infidels I have said that the words Freethinker Liberal and Rationalist do not ea press what we mean You see here is a Baptist Christian who calls himself a freethinker Of course any Christian will call himself a Freethinker Rationalist or Liberal but he will never call himself an Infl delWebster defines the word Infidel as dlivlnlty SOME BLUEIGRASS Xenia Ohio Dec 29 1904 C Moore According to your invitation I wll write you my opinion as to how to help the Blue Grass Blade In the first place you will say Win In the hell is this that wants to tell me how to run my paper and a lot more remarks of that kind on other smart Alecks- am an old fossil and have a kind regard for the welfare of your paper and I most earnestly wish to see it In a prosperous condition I wish to commend you in shutting off Socialism and other political isms You had entirely too much in it anti lost subscribers by publishing rub bish of that kind You came near losing me because wish to be informed on politics I read a political paper and as soon as you shut down on politics you got a dollar fro rnme And there is another thing for which I wish to commend youcut lag off all those who are behind in heir subscriptions Neither you nor Mr Hughes are nilllonalres and you cannot afford to publish the Blade for nothing and pay postage beside- Publishing a paper takes money like my other business How long would Christianity last If the goody goods lid not give money to the Lord Tine Lord would mighty soon shut up shop- would like to see the delinquents lay up but they should put up or sfeut Give them reasonable tlmo and hen if they do not pay do like they do In churchesturn them out The subscriber who pays up promptly is tho one to cater to How long Mr Moore would they keep my name on tine church books If do not pay my way Last week you had a good cartoon illustrating the idea It said Pay up or wo will turn the devil loose All well regulated printing establishments have a devil Turn him looso if they dont pay Your last issue was a good one erything about It was good Occa lonally I want a book and I send off to the publisher I would rather patronize you if you had it All periodicals havo standing advertisements for booles that they have for sale Make an arrangement with pub 7 j 7 1 lIltl it lishers to sell on commission I ieve it would pay you and be an ae commodatlon to us There is no reason why the Blue- Grass Blade should not bo as upto date a publication as any of them I am not finding fault I want to tell people how they can make 400 ev ory year A prominent preacher told me lately that the average church member paid 500 a year I asked him what the money was for and he said general expenses- I suppose that is correct The turn they get for that 500 is wind and ghost storiesno substance noth- Ing to show itnot even improved In telligence If you do not pay in yon 500 a year to join the Blue Grass Blade society and you will receive 62 newspapers that will be a vislbl substance and that will entertain you and your family and your friends a whole year round making a better man of youmore truthful and moro lovl g towards your fellow man more honest in your intercourse with your fellow men a better neighbor better citizen and better contented with yourself and you will realize that you have a just equivalent for the money expended with a clear sa big of 400 and 62 valuable newspapers laid by for future reference Belong to the church and you lear hypocrisy lying and dishonesty in aU their forms at the rate of 500 a year Belong to the Blue Grass Blade society and you learn to tell the truth and to sacrifice dogma for reality to In vestigato all questions upon their merits and so determine Your mind will bo clear of ghost and hobgoblins and you will bcconv happy and contented Yours R C MILLER That is certainly a kind and encouraging letter but of all the things salt In that letter the most encouraging to no Is when It says of the Blade tha it will make a better mss of you nore truthful more loving toward Us fellow men a better neighbor a letter citizen and better contented with yourself- Of course when he said fellow non he meant to embrace the omen But let me see plainly in nq old days that my little paper is doing his and I would not swap my job for Roosevelts Some how It looks like every thins hat I want comes to pass sometime md that I should see this little paper he greatest power for good in all of America would not be so wonderful as things I have a seen readY SHE SAYS MUSTNT GET BLUE Fairfax S C Dec 27 194 Dear Mr Moore Dr Young my husband and I have conceived a warm friendship for you therefore I am very sorry to observe your pessimism- I wish you could come into a more joyous frame of mind and especiallj lo I wish you would stop calling your self an old man Why at I am in my G8th year Editor you ought to be in your prime sad if you would just think of yourself as being vigorous it would help ou to bo so I am sending you four pages clipped from Conables Pathfinder now published at Los Angeles California If you like tho clipping send him a copy of your paper and am confident he will exchange with youiI am putting in a clipping paper The Fairfax Enterprise which stands for equal rights for wc mon in South Carolina I would like to send you a personal copy if you hink you would like to read It This goes in a letter to the Blade with money order for its renewal from Dr Young my husband Why dont Josle Henry write for he Blade any more With friendly greeting to you and your dear wife I am cordially VIRGINIA D YOUNG When I went to the Orient there was in the party a Scotch Presbyterian named Pattison who was 80 years old and as long as I live I expect to remember how that old man looked when he sat in the gorgeous saloon bleep after wo came in from looking at the pyramids and I determined would never again think of myself as Ding old until I got to be 80 So far as physical health and rength aro concerned I am a young man It surprises me to see what can do physically and I do not have so far as I can recall a single minutes ache or pain of any kind in a whole year but some times oven with the dear wife to whom you send greeting and with my dear chll- dren and with my neighbors all good- to me my heart gets bowed down and I envy the peace and rest of cld friends who started lifo about the time that I did and are now dying It probably ought not to bo that way but I would rather be abundantly willing to die whenever the time comes than to be afraid of dying as used to be when I was a Christian = d II ILLINOIS RAILROAD CENTRAL III EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINGS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIA r- AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND REiTURN LIMITS Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Loulavllle te Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates U elnts South end West tIt and third Tuesdays In each month r FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company to Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee Mlsatosippl and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homeseeker who will for ward his name and address to the undersigned will be mailed tree Circu lars Nos 1 to 11 inclusive and others as they are published from month to ltCallF W HARLOW p DIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY GO SOUTHWEST tLike Time sad Tide the Great South twest awaits no man but its a heap easier to get aboard at the instant of starting than to contend with the ele ltment of momentum later 7 lnewchance to grow up with It Illustrated literature free f0 RATES SOUTHWEST i CUT ALMOST IN TWO Si Die 620 1904Jan3l7 1905 dTl QEO H LEE Q P IHJOHN SEBASTIAN I I dont believe in equal rights Jor women I bellevo they ought to have more rights than the other fellows and especially as the Bible gives a woman no show for heaven hereafter Of course I would like to have your paper Why wouldnt I What do you take me for I have read the pages from the Pathfinder A little cranky but I would be glad to X USED TO BE A PRESBYTERIAN Sycamore KanEnclosed I1nd5- I do hope that all Blade patrons will pay up by January 1st so that we can present a solid front to the cohorts of of Liberals who are careless and unconcerned about the advancement of our cause else they would keep their subscribptlons paid upEvery thoughtful man and woman must know that to rescue this gov ernment from prlestcraft and main tain it as a republic will require money to support freethought papers If every reader of the Blue Grass Blade had felt the effects of the Christian religion as I have done in my young days ho would manage some how to pay for one or more freethought papers- I have been an Infifidel for 35 years and tho longer I live tho moro persuaded I am that I am right- I have read the Bible a great deal and I have failed to find a single passage in the Old or New Testament that has tho imprint of an all wise allpowerful omnipresent great big good God But I find many verses and chapters In the Bible that must have been coined in the brain of a savage andI that savage must have lived In a cave the den of snakes and hyenas Nothing but a savage would have pretended that he had gotten a de cree from God that billions of the human race should roast and boll and puffer untold tortures in a lake of fire and brimstone forever- I was raised a Presbyterian and have heard ministers portray the beauties of heaven and the horrors ofI of the beauties of the redeemed would bo that those that had heir robes and made them the blood of the Lamb washedIthe privilege of walking out lattlementa of heaven and t I f lions and trillions of men wblSen a dchildren writhing and roasting in a molten lake of fire and brimstone and when they had got their fill of such a joyful sight they would singcpraise to tho Lamb that the good work tiwas going on f1 I have listened to those old hell fired sermons till the blood would chill in my veins and yot tho old deacons and Igood old sisters would say Amen and Amen With kind wishes for the New Year I am Yours truly J F MAYO IFREE LOVE IDEA FLAT FAILURE Lisbon 0 Dec 19Jacob Bellhart head of the Spirit Fruit Society the alleged free love community located near here has been sued by his wife Louise for alimonyzShe charges abandonment of herself and two children alleging that for more than five years he has contribut ied nothing to their support His ar property is valued at 7000 and the aa Court is asked to enjoin him from dis posing of it 1 The two were married in Kansas inr1893 and the wife is now in Lacygne ttin that State thoXtJfOrient The Blade In clubs of five new sub scribers Is only 50 cents per year JI I WINTER IN COLORADO ru Your own physolaa will tell yau the dry mountain sir of Colorado ea am elixir of Ufa stands praamlnaat ways rigorous and stimulating tha rlst atmosphere of Colorado Is at rte beet In winter To aooomodata wta ter tourist to the Rookies the Unloa aelfle has put In effect from Ohloaea I round trip rate of 4720 and from SL Louis a round trip rate of 11920 with proportionate reductions from all points within Its Immediate territory TIckets on aala every day until May 1t 1905 with return limit June lit 905 Be sure your ticket reads over the Union 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