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Digital page images are linked to the text file. dtT lllfPQIr I- Jy f I vti J 1 BLUr t UTtASS BLADEEDITED Bl A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OFJGOOD MORALSPUBLISHED WEEKLY stLOOA TSAR IN ADVAXOM IVOLUM XIII NUMBER 46 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JANUARY 15 E M3DS YEARiInMIh 1100 A Heli f t TERMS OF THE BLADE 1 line for one year 100wIa clubs of lye NEW subscribers 10 cents Mob IUOfor Ave 4 Terms per year la advance foreign subscription 160 Five New a bcdbers sent one year for JW Make alt Monty Order Drafts and B ongs Order payable to the Blue GraM Blade Lexington Ky you ebaage your adc1rad Tlie tal o ce givlac your old yell u tile aew address rjiWhen yeti Bead your tabserlptloa sy wkeUer you are aewor didita wbserfberSSrtSEe r Entered at the poet ova at laSftoe Ky ea Second Olase JlaU Addre all communication f aLUIIGRA LADE P O BOX tilt Lexington Kentucky FWyetU Telephone liD i On berlaad Telephone 807 i JtTO DELINQUENTSh Some time ago wrote Mr Hughes to come to Cincinnati and explain the financial condition of the Blade to He came yesterday and In over the the list found over 2000 arrears Some of these about 400 he has carried for two years and over Now you know that paper and postage tire 6r linotype while many of you have been sleeping All of this expense Is a dead loss If you do not pay him Is this JusthHe cant afford to carry you longer Why should you expect It asked him not to drop any one just yet for dont want to see the prestige of t paper lowered You need the pape tyou would miss it if it did not come toon you The paper needs you It needs f your support The contributors need i you It takes the heart out of us wh we know that our writings to on a fINow wont ypu help the Blade out Wont you help keep the cause llveeNever In our history have we such progress as we are making now 0Shall we let the fire smoulder or kesuour lights shining bright and high am astlsfled most of you are In ar rears Just from pure neglect think time and again Now Ill send that dollar the next time go to the office and then you forget It Now put your thinking caps on Dont dr opIout 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 anhito whom the Blade Is a weekly fort and happiness All this cost Wont you help keep the Blade goln to these He will have to drop all de llnquents or drop the paper want neither done feel that you will not forget the when you go to the office a the next tme Yours sincerely J B WILSON on How Is your subscription Pay up Ittand heir us make the Blade full size i reach yeu en time every wick to and net Ashl- andHot J I FED CLUB Monthly Magazine by An Infidel Doctor of Denver Colo That is IA a Revelation to Me For several yearjthere has been to me as anxchange a am monthly magazino Called A Stuffed Club jJ IMy wife has beeiffreadlng it all the time and has frequently spoken of it asn valuable publication It is about healthand food and as am Pra Ctlc sick so far as can tell allYneIr and have al ways been my diet and do not use any tobacco or whiskey in do nothing wrong ceIJtcuss a lilt le very little ocoasalonally I never thought the bOOkfotlld be of any val- Ue to me ught it only some quack doctor schimoin Egyptian hieroglyphics all doctors are expressed by a duck suopose to allude to his unMill last night January Gread a copy even a page of AStuffed Club My ife attends to the health and rations and their preparation in the family and I attend to oho religion of the family t The purpose or tats little paper fathe to make people balter as a means of making them happier and I have many times said =more formerly the jatelyIn this paper that you might furnish me the bstm1n In Kentucky and lot me as ti scientific experiment drinkum a n that would be hung by mob or law probably the former and I wouldl in my supplies of food and drink tot Just such as are used on the blest iioftho flqestkristian people in Lo x Mngton II have In the matter of food and drink but one tendency to dlssapatlon that it is hard for mo to get over and that Is my love for milk I got In a habit of using mills soon after I was born now going on 68 years ago and like all of those habits contracted in n life I have found hard drtoOur Cows are all nice kind cows ave no religious bigotry about the and If you were to mention the Meet of tuberculosis to them they would not oven know what you were metatking aboutwngThey have all the year beautlfu clear cool running water with grapevines hanging over It In places and lL deep shade that they can get Into in the summer time and then In the winter those cows have big ricks of nice clean straw In which they ca sleep and keep out of the coldluIn the summer time they have btuitgalore and In the winter y ave the good natural hays and fodder that we prepare for them C1rnCI IThey aro good cows though the nave anhethettItheir own hook and I have nave advised them against It The muley cows though never hook bulyt a dest butter you ever saw Ho got a as In his head that he was connect with the butter department and thought ho had to live up to his reputation and I had to sell him and I and ppose that long ago ho has got taihimselfmixed up with some dog and to has gono to hell by the Boulogne sausage routefinUnder these circumstances milk out had some years ago during the war a funny old Rebel neighbor the named Andy Carroll One of the other neighborsnot mo rode up to house one morning and asked m for a drink of whiskey sAndy said ho didnt have any The en yogu bought a barrel about a month ago and Andy said What In the hell does one barrel of whiskey amount to for man and his wife and nine children when we havent got a bit of mil the place Tho neighbor saw Andys fix and mo apologized for calling him a liar ing It shows also that you ought not decide that your neighbor Is doing ed 7 l you dirt until you have heard his side Audi alteram partem you see It In gold letters on the back of my first book The Rational View Drinking milk was my main dissa patlon I also drank buttermilk and nto clabber and curd and it made me feel good to have a whole lot of them in me Thirty five years ago my sister gave us a bronze mantle clock When they sent me to the penitentiary In 1899 that clock for the first time herell and ga again ex cept on a cashbaslBt ond my wife sent It and 200 along with it to Lex Ington and It came back the clock1 not the 200 and continued to do business at the same old stand for begIid seemed to have that tired feeling I didnt send It back to Lexington got coal oil and a turkey feather and piled it all through and it went on same as ever and the 200 staid at Quakeracre Same thing happened year or two after same practice 200 remaining at the acre I noticed when it would begin to weaken that It would lose a tick now and then- MyoId heart about that time be gan to lose a beat now and then and struck me the old heart would stop time soon just like the old clock had done and I couldnt get at old heart with coal oil and a turkey feather and things were blue for the Blade and I didnt think It 1was worth while to fool away 200 on the old worn out heart and didnt care much anyhow whether it stopped or not But not long ago things began to look better for the Blade considers bly better and I never could see why eitherand I got Interested to have old heart still pumping away at same old power house and Ito my wife about how Jt would work Trhile and then ltt pwl1l1jbiKt f know that was the way the clock did before it would quit but I felt as well as a twoyearold race horse and had a good appetite and slept all night and all that My wife had been reading Stuffed Club and things like that and she told mo that It was the milk I inking as and I had begun to let milkhad on lot It severely alone for a wminba turkey feather and It was getting real Interesting seo how it was working all when I happened to get that January Issue of A Stuffed Club and found me In good shape to Now I know you wont believe It and I cant understand It myself for doctoronlyn a And Divinity Is go g to die spite of all I can do for but somehow when I let up on that milk I found I didnt have to near as much to get along and to me there is something In as durst dont know exactly what the thr8 back of a club like the one Hercules ton used to use but then I think there Is some Joke about the name llke Blue Grass Blade may mean a blade of somethinnS pay seems to under 95 ptiansThese are all kinds of clubs of men women these days social polltl and religious and this may allude the gormandizing that these clubs when they fllll themselves up on e grub and fine liquor and tumble over with opoplexy dead as the 1and of their pulpits and out of their do editorial choice God has killed by else apoplexy scheme a dozen or two the rascals that have been my cne tho rarorfldels want to die and get off to hen as soon as possible I believe it hayougood as the January 1905 number Its the only thing I ever saw that copieskof a This Dr Tilden has never written anything putting me up to writ this and I did not even know his name or where he lived until I loo to see In writing this piece Iti 1 iMruJ there is no motive that you cnn imag Ino can have in writing this piece about him except to do longI othersI toll you much of what ho says When I was a boy I would have scorned the idea of having one of the female members of my lam to clerk in a store of any kind a ndcst I would have seen one of them at Ul- edevilthat Is the bowwows I woujd have thought of ono of them learning to be a trained nurse But things changed One of my neices sister of the wife of President Dabluey of Cincinnati Thilversi both of them traveled in Europe stBdied for a trained nurse in a ib He jipspltal In Cincinnati and said tJleI whole hospital was simply run in con nectlon with the Cincinnati saloons to Rltch up the fools who had en wounded or got the jlmjamsJamesI jams more elegant In Cincinnati lfquOrsaloons 8ia is now the wife of a Washing ton City lawyer When I was a boy a Yankee school teacher and a clo axes and piano tuner were all cone dfor ered belonging to the same gang andi a Yankee woman teacher of kind w IINIs a inuslc teacher In Louisville Bilt Stuffed Club goes away a headof anything that has yet been proposed for educated women of nice families namely that theyaho speciallY prepare themselves being cooks You will probably some of the littletodo of you turn up your noses at it but wait until you seo what Stuffed Club says about It about splendid young ladles of fine IEcooJtBandwriting society and church lies wogten reporters for newspapers and bellt telephone girl or woman clerks In iiVftore as fine as Wannamakers aintiait or being a trained nurse tLClgliows you Uban e done Iilid as I am cocksure will be done I saw a man in New York City once who was getting 1500 a year for simply boiling beefsteaks In the pret tlestand whitest arrangement you ever saw that could just as well have been done by a woman who gets cents a pair for making breeches the woman had been an educated cooksantoy in this country who are striking and becattt30 wages ay are golfing when eating is the most thetoso moro than twlco as much money as by would make them healthier and ha pier and better If they only kne what food to eat and how much to eat and how much and how to pro pare it I was at the house of a ge tleman in Chicago whose position was the third hest In that town and whoso wife did the cooking for us making It beautiful an accomplishment as plunking a harp or hand painting china or making funny slippers for fool preachers There are houses I know In Lexln that could better afford to pay anw educated woman such as Stuff Club proposes 25 a week and give hero fine board and lodging than tohi the ordinary cook white or bla fitHis a week they could do It and emg and employee matte money by while now the young woman wit would scorn the idea will plunk typewriter or wield a yardstick at ath ribbon counter for a week and board and lodge herself arYouleiItthat was my graft but I dont any of that now for anybody So you Just get a sample copy offans CluhI suppose It has Club and see for your own dearth f and anybodyacan us good and onhappythat Colorado saw bones as belt anoneSend Dog Fennel In the Orient New Years to friends ofhave paydt REV DR E L POWELLS ANNUAL BANQUET By Josephine K Henry The Campbelllte church is a religious power in Kentucky and E L Powell pastor of the First Chris 11ytlgn church of Louisville Is the great pulpit light and orator of his de nomination- Dr Powell has a custom of giving an annual banquet in the church to men only Of course If the male Imembers of the church aloud wet t would be an Insignificantly affair as few men attend church though they might all construe it a Christian duty to attend a banquet Refreshment for the inner man is sought after much more strenuously than spiritual food but Dr Powell docs not confine his invitations the men of his church but he Invites professionsImen about town from the avenues boulevards and clubs lcThis annual banquet Is advertised weeks toasts nnd toast masters selected announceI tjjPowells congregation will elaborately decorate the lecture room of church to hold the banquet in thforrich and powerful seems strangely variance with Chrlsts regulation of iChristian banquets as palnly Inl down in Luke 1412 in these words When thou markest a dinner or n supper call not thy friends nor thy brethren neither thy kinsmen nor rich neighbors lest they also s thee again and recompense bo mad Ptat theo But when thou makest a feastI call the poor the malned the lam the blind and thou shalt be hisses for thou shalt be recompense at tho resurrection of the Just LukOj1423 GololUnto th tilgkwaye and drAddcdp fi Url use flipho may bo When Jesus froni his throne on high looks down on Dr Powells masculine banquet with its elaborate decora tions wealth of flowers entrancing music extravagant menu with Its 500 guests gotten up In dress suits and buttonlers who are entranced with the eloquence wit and humor of the speakers who have bqen practising their banquet speechs fur weeks I sa yhow when Jesus looks down on such a scene Ho can but sorrowfully con a elude that His children havo rort gotten Him and gone after strange gods The Campbellltes have the New Testament as their guide the profess to shape and guide their live the precepts and commands of Jest pband acted upon by Christians not enl y Campbellites but all other sectsf plnChristians who would rather drink to the toasts and partake of the good things at an earthly banquet than to partake of angels food and drink the water of Life In the New Jerusalem Jesus will not be bidden to Dr Pow ells banquet even though held In app0agr a poor from highways and edbyways at tho door of the banquet hall tho door would be closed upon and If He Insisted upon entering own house the dainty and dupes would refuse to break bread of with such company of Chrlstbtnlto y rich and poor How comes It when a Christian preacher gives n banquet tho rich bidden and the hungry and kcal Ignored flow comes It that the treatment ofU boltsofr amongst Jews than amongst Christ How did the poor fare when Chris was at the zenith of its power How Is it that millions In England tho United States which are th centers of Christian civilization arehi the verge of starvation today tvealtgan h luxury and self indulgence clericWeht atone even in the city of Louis villa the gulf is so wide and deep betI poorg the woh men in Dr Powells church Women i 1 i1t j 7 1 i t have preached to them year in and year out that Christianity alone Sins lwsltlonthey planeDrhe calls In the women to do the men lal kitchen worko and doubtless fur nlsh the pwvender for the holy men but women are not considered worthy to sit at tho table with the men and partake of the feast they have provM ed They must peep through thee door of the church scullery and watch too of the wise men resopnd to the toast She Think of the elevated po sltion of the women In the church kit chen while the Shes are being dls cussed at tho banquet they are not considered worthy to partake of The sad part of this whole thing o that women imagine that Cristianlty has really elevated them oven if it has muzzled them and handed them in the church kitchen Tho dear crea tures accept the felsome pinch beck thedthey go on cooking serving pruylug theye x others of their sex It Is amazing educated women of today will the inequalities injustice and insult the church puts upon them earnestte man made system tIn the face of facts and common sense how can women of oven ordih dcry sense how can women of evenaordinary mentality retain their self respect and support this man mode man riled religious system that de nits women a voice in church affairs yet converts her into a church men and beggar to raise money for men alone to manipulate Under this mas ecallus regime the Lords always in r need of funds and the women are put In harness to raise themy hook Eri bycrook The Lordal Jet alltIti mosey i e wo Wif1fK tT tf rJr men churc mH wptild goput 6f fashion much to the relief of a long- suffering public How can women support a system that recognizes and maintains a double code of morals As an object lesson suppose the morals of the GOOIimen at Dr Powells banquet and the tJI women In the church kitchen could 4 have a radium light thrown upon them would they compare Yet the women who are condemned even for rumor or a suspicion are not worthy banquet with the Revs lions erals Professors Majors and the spected a and honored men who are ybidden to the feast in the Lords couldsthrown on the morals of these 500 prominent citizens how many would e found pure as ice and chaste as snow or how many would feel like to ML Hcpzadam or some y ace else for refuge The double codo of morals is one method in the Christian system of elevating woman Tho New Testament elevates wo man by making her a silenced and subject creature The Inspired book says plainly Woman should learn In silence and all subjection anti If woman would know anything let her learn of her husband at home No provision is made for the wo men who have no homes or no husbands rw and many who have both are not in danger of becoming fountains wisdom in view of the only source knowledge they have to draw from Nor is this all The Books says Wives submit yourselves to your husbands- as unto the Lord and be subject to them in all things This would be elevating In the extreme particularly subeect to some of the husband material Is constantly in the matrimonial t market Yet all this is pure unadulterated Christian teaching and women have but to read their Bibles and listen to t their preachers to find out what vated exalted creatures they are eSuppose a woman should Intrude at Dr Powell banquet she would soon find out how elevated her ishWho over heard of a preacher ban gusting the women of his church Nu yet slued the days of Martha thv house keeper women have been cooks and menials for tho clergy and today e average Christian woman would rather be praised by ter preacher for good cooking than ho noted for Continued on Fourth page WE CANT SEE IT The Rt Rev William Lawrence Bishop Episcopal of Massachusetts In a recent sermon says We are told that In the Boer war the loss In action was 20000 men that in the United States In threo years have been killed In murders and homicides 31000 men and men Although the church is In many jways more alive than ever to her du- otyto the and the upbuilding of acterlt must be confessed with shame and sorrow that her gar ments are not free from the stain of lawlessness Men who have stood hhh in parish offices women who are active in worship have been and still are far from what they ought to be in sustaining the highest stan rQ dards of obedience to the laws ofI God and man It Is the amusement of a scoffing world the inconsistency between our faith and our deeds- I believe that scepticism Is at the bottom of much of our lawlessness scepticism on the part of members of the church as well as other people If a man does not believe in any righteous and living God then I do not see what can hold him long to any bond of morals This is in harmony with the Infidel Is more alive than over and yet crime Is simply rampant and says the increase of crime is in consequence of the creaSe of Infidelity When it suits the purpose of the preachers to say that Infidelity Is in creasing they always say It but the next day it may suit them to say that Christianity is increasing and they claim that Infidelity is on its last legs and will soon have to thraw up the sponge The funny part about It to me Is that if the increase of crime is the result of the increase of Infidelity the people who commit the crimes are always Christians except in the r v 8t instances- If an Infidel commits a crime like Rose at St Louis all of the Infidels would publish it as remarkable But every man who is hung for crime with the rarest exceptions goes to the gallows praying with a gang of ift or preachers around him 4You may read a hundred of these accounts f hangings before you will f f probably find where the pa- ttyiifdotactisre v cause he f and oven when they say he was an Infidel we fr6 can rarely get any evidence that he was so except the statement of the preachers Who were interested to lie about it and the party is never a man of any prominence among Infi delsI am all the time trying to get ac curate Information to print on this subject Christians know about this paper and if Infidels are committing crime why do not Christians send me newspaper clippings that say s01 THE BLADE HER PRAYER BOOK Niagara Falls N YEnclosed2 which I think sets me all right until next October Excuse my delay I have had sick ness in my family and d have to em ploy a doctor because the Lord would not help me Please print in the Blade where it says about Sunday being no particu lar Sabbath I let my Blade go to some one and cannot find It again- I am going to stop giving away my Blades r I could give away an armful every week if I had them So if they want the Blade let them e send for it themselves My wife is saving all the Blades that have pictures In them and she says she hopes there will be more I hope everything will be all right for J clpnt think my wife could rest- if I did not take the Blade for it is rher prayer book S A LANDO You are trying to fix it all up so now that when St Peter calls on you to know why you took that damned Infidel paper the Blue Qrass Blade i you can lay it on your wife Thats the way Adam did his wife about that appl- ePAr generally think that Adam was A damn rascal and that he is In hell now but he alnt I saw where he is now buried in Jerusalem I suppose Eve used some Infidel pa per as a prayer book and is in hell t you will read Exodus xx 11 you will find that the Sabbath of the Old t + Testament was Saturday If you read Romans xiv 45 you will find that the New Testament did not have any Sabbath There was no Christian Sabbath until Constantine made one A D 325 and called it Sunday or Sunday because on that day the heathens wor rj snipe the sun and Constantine had been a heathen He called the next day of the week Monday or Moon day because on that day the heathen worshiped the moon When we were In Palestine on the Dog Fennel trip we had Friday for the Mohammedan sabbath Saturday for the Jewish Sabbath and Sunday for the Christian Sabbath and as we did not want to show any partiality we did not keep any of them SALVATION ARMY MAN Turns Infidel and Sends His Dollar But Does Not Want His Name Given Jan 3 05 Editor of Blue Grass Dlad- eSlrI enclose 100 for Blade I told you to stop it after three months but I am glad still to have it Change the address to and send it as usual I am very glad to see the Blad resume its natural size for it looked crippled when cut in two- I dont want this letter published but I wish the Blade all kinds of suc kess and long life I am glad to say that my present Infidelity brings me more of peace and comfort than Christianity over was a most devout Christian and at one time an enthusiastic member of the Salvation Army- I wish I were smart like Mrs Closz and Mrs J Henry and I would write for the Blade but being one of the stupid ones of earth I must be con tent to feast on the good things that others write I find since leaving behind me the old superstitious belief that m mind Is broader and my heart mor kindI now that not only those wh love Christ are my brothers but that all mankind are brothers and that are all equal- I wish the Blade and its editor and publisher a very prosperous New Year and especially do I wish Mr Moore a happy New Year for he getting old and must get what happiness out of life he can in order to get his share- I have the greatest respect for old age and only two weeks ago I burie- my own aged and dearly loved father He died as peacefully as a child fall tag asleep and he was an Infidel- I will in the future try to pay mor promptly Respectfully SKYBUSTER PITIES ABBOTT Birmingham Ala Dear Bro MooreIenclose you something that one of our leading skypilots has to say about Rev Ab both Note how Iorry he feels for him Tours L B SHOENFIELD The sermon is in the Birmingham AgeHerald and the skypilot is one Rev Dr C B RIddick a Methodist chap that nobody ever heard of b Is working the pitying dodge on Abbott- It is an old game When a Chris tian cannot answer an Infidel he al ways pities him The only pretense of a reply to Abbott that Riddlck makes Is a Riddick ulous one He says that any man to be suspected of bad motives who suddenly changes his religious opin ionsAbbott has not suddenly changed his mind He has come to It by a process of study and thinking for many years The first converts to Christianity were on the day of Pentecostwhen according to the New Testament 3000 people who had been Jews and belie ved the Old Testament that the Chris tians now say is inspired all of a sud den Just flopped over to Christianity Catholicwhole New Testament And yet an unknown fellow like Rlddlck thinks Abbott guilty of indecent haste in changing his opinions in a 50year investigation PARALYSIS GETS ANOTHER ONE Paralysis and apoplexy are ever lastingly knocking out the preachers and it seems always to be In some signal manner as if God was discoura gins their graft Bishop John L Spalding one of the very greatest of the Catholic wigs had Just come from speaking and took his grub then down bo went from a stroke of apoplexy He is only years old and they speak of him as suffering from old age Too much religion and grub and liquor all on his stomach MURDEROUS PREACHER At Owensboro Ky Rt Rev W W Armer is being tried for the mur der of his son His friends are try i r r ii Ing to save him on tho old lunacy dodge and the balance of the people are pretty equally divided between hanging and penitentiary for life AN EXPRESBYTERIAN WOMAN Compliments the Blade and Mrs Henry But Does Not Want Her Name or Address Given Mr C C Moore Enclosed find one for another year of tho Blade and one for Mr Watson Heston I am glad to see the Blado enlarged to Its former size and hope it may never again dwindle down to a half sheetI had many solicitations to go in with 60 cant clubs but I have al ways paid a dollar as I think tho Blade is well worth it It has always seemed to me strange that the Blade Is not self sustaining with so many subscribers Brother Moore I am writing a pri wrieter and a poor scholar and feel like It is a presumption to write to you My only plea is that I admire you and respect you so much that I would bo glad to know that you are my friend as I am and long have been are none that I would be so glad to welcome to my house as your estimable wife and yourself For the last three years I have had much trouble from my husbands death and other things I am instructing my two boys every day and hope to see them so advanc ed that they will never be in danger of being led into the paths of bigotry and superstition I was raised a Presbyterian by my anyfourteeneyears old and for many years have Bioble and the divinity of Jesus Christ ataras another life is concerned noDdy knows anything but I have a hope that some how and some where we may all have another chance doaand was a great admirer and friend of yours Please do not publish any part of my letter but write and tell mo if it MrsdMoore to come and see me sometime In the near future Mrs Henry Is my dearest friend Iecan write The piece you wrote ahoiit rTo a oo WU very en cyanic think my love for a good laugh is all that is left me from desphimany you write is good and I hope you will keep on writing as long as you can push a pen My love to your wife and believe me your friend MRS P SI wish you all a happy New Year I do not think it a betrayal of con witheout anything to Indicate from whence it came This is another indication that This is not the same Presbyterian ing our way many Presbyterian women are com woman that talked to us over the telephone JIHARPER GETTING TO BE INfiDEL I was raised on the Bible and Har pers Magazine and in those fdaysj I would Just as soon have expected to find Infidelity in one as In the other But they have to keep up with the band wagon f The people want to read Infidelity and the magazine that does not print It will get left out This will bo even more true when the Japs have finished licking the Russians and they are rushing them now tho biter gets bit and the Rus sians get rushed and the worid will see the great superiority of the heath en Japs to the Christian Russians The CourierJournal in a cemment Mrs Margaret Deland in Harper 1Sometaken from a new viewpoint as for instance Aunts Acquaintance with Grief Concerning Churchgoing oSthe fh1enply right or wrong black or white but we unslmple folks are bewildered by a multitude of gray shades Go- Ing to church has ceased to bo a mat ter of course and has become a matter of effort And yet she says that decadence in churchgoing does not mean deca dence in character as candid people must admit that many of the stayat homes arc among the noblest and best men and women She comes to the conclusion that attendance at church- s not a necessity but an adjunct to character i r SHORT LETTERS IMcCoy OregonI note the course you Intend to pursue with reference to the Blade and I approve of your decision Send the Blade to those who will support it and you will have more paidup subscribers The Blade fills a want and those who know of it will have it and will pay for it if they must Your vigor and originality as a writer and expression of radical views excite interest and people love to read something having some spice and some courage part10ffor the Blade as I do not want it to stop or starve out Wishing you health prosperity and a happy New Year Fraternally JAMES KEARNS Hurley VaI am nearing my 84th year and living so far away in the mountains of Virginia with nothing but superstition around me that it stands to reason that I need some good literature to smooth my path alongI always been from my youth up an Infidel If I know what that is I believe in a God but not a whole family of Gods I believe in doing good for my fellow man through love not fear of fire and brimstone and I want you to send me the Blue Grass Blade for one year Wishing you a happy New Year I am FraternallyR It contained 100 You are my dear old brother a model Infidel of the Tom Paine order You write a splendid hand for a man of your age Logan UtahI am glad Gods birth day has gone and we wont have so many drunks and murders for eleven months more That blessed day is the worst day of the year 4th of July not ex cepted In the small town of Ogden 30 persons before Judge Howell all for Xmas drunks and all Christians of the Catholic brand except possibly some Latter Day Saints They depend on salvation by grace Howell saved some of them 60 days on the rocky pile The church says Jesus came to torHe set a bad example when he us ed water to make wine Joe Smith said he had never per formed any polygamous marriage on earth since the manifesto It was proven that he performed one on the sea Joe lied- Woodruff and Cannon two Morman leaders went to California for their health and died there They had told the Mormons that they could heal their sick by praying over them- I would not trust my life in the hands of God or of any butcher doctor Elijah Dowie or Mrs Eddy or Etta Semple could fix up those old wornout saints so they would be as good as new with a few wooden legs and store teeth and glass eye and other small repairs and extras GEORGE J WHEELER I haveseen in the Mammoth Cave a place where a girl had married a man that she promised her parents she never would marry on the face of the earth- Smitbland Iowa Allow me to compliment you on the last issue of the Blade shake Hes tons cartoons are fine in my Judgment a great provement to the Blade Wish Mr Hestons health was better and he 15 years younger- I want 50 cents worth of Blades of February 1904 Vol 12 No 52 Whats the matter with Mesdames C and H have they both retired My wife and I have nearly finished Dog Fennel and we highly appre ciate it DR O L STALL Mesdames C and H are tired or re tired or both and I am sorry Fraid they wont get to be angels Kent Ohio Enclosed find 100 for Blade for 1905 It did me a whole lot of good to read something about Socialism dllor L G REED But what went ye out to see a reed shaken by the wind Matt 117 Berkley Wash Editor and Com radeYou have been trusting in the Lord for most a year and now I want to trust in the Lord for a year too so please move the knob up a few rods- I always send and give away the Blades but I am sorry Here are some nice things said about Socialism Editor 200 On August 24 I wroto you but got mad and did not send If you will cut oftall dead itI ri f l1 like me from your mailing list you will make money by it Hestons pictures are the best there are and would help the Blade If you could afford them I hope you can It Improves greatly M GRAN Buckley Wash C C Moore Dear old man Enclosed 1 for the Blade Hero occur some very kind and gentlemanly and goodhumored marks about SoclaUsmEdltor- Freethought papers like the Bos ton Investigator have been hammer ing away on the Bible forgetting that the Bible is a dead issue too old to talk about You are an old man now but you have a mission to do M GRAN Louisville KyEnclosed 100 for the Blade for 1905 I am glad you dropped all of those damned dead heads They are of no accountI given my Blade away to someone all the time thinking I might get them to subscribe But they are damned sneaks and refuse to subscribe after reading my Blade so long- I told them In plain English to go to hell if there is one and never again to ask me for a Blade Happy New Year to W WALSH Brunswick MeEnclosed please find clippings upon which I would like to see your comments- I would like to hear from Mrs Hen ry oftener- I am glad that you have not given up writing for you are the whole push in the Blade I wish we had a few like you here in in this religious state the ministers have to get up cat and dog shows in their churches so as to get the children to attend so they can pollute their minds before they get old enough to think for themselves- I wish you a happy New Year and a number of them WILLIAM L HAM The clipping Is about Abbott a part of which says- Another prominent Congregational clergyman who did not wish his name used said If he has been correctly reported the sentiments he gave utterance to at Harvard yesterday will alllenate him from the great body of the de creed will fall flat in New Eaglandas far wlfatOAsal- lstsare concerned for our people cannot follow him that far His stand will please only the athlesta who will now claim that he has gone over to their side but of course Dr Abbott will not admit anything of that sort Beecher left no system of theology but is remembered rather as a man of a big heart a humanitarian In the same way Dr Abbott whoa he dies will leave behind him no system A religious leader who follows out such a course as his can have no perman ent Influence Ezel KyI enclose to renew my subscription tothe Blade- I think there are others here who perhaps will renew arid some who will subscribe but you are certainly doing the correct thing in dropping all who dont pay in advance for the paper Considering tho financial weakness of the paper I am surprised that you did not do this Jong ago have been a regular subscriber to the Blade for quite a wbilefwd will continue to be if ft b large enough for a thum paper provided uncle Charlie is editor Respectfully L T F CARR FROMvA BOY LAbout 10 Years OJd That Met At St Iteuls Hazel Ark Dte27 E M 304 Mr C C Moors When Moses led the children of Israel from the land of Egypt and was lost In the wilderness 40 years the Lord fed them manna from heaven according to the Bible So the children of Is1 goLtired of It and we remembjtithe melons and garlic and leaka mrel had In Egypt and here we bww nothing but the manna Although 119awas doing all the good he could jir them by this we get a lot of human nature from that 40 years in the wilderness as they can get along they wily follow their leader but when anything happens they will blame their leader for it So the Lord sent them quails from out of the sea which covered the ground two cubits de pand it was a days Journey each w yIOne cubit was a little over 19Jn which made it 38 inches deep and a days Journew was 30 miles which made the quails cover tho ground 30 by 30 miles which made 900 square miles or 576000 acres There were 000000 men besides t i f l ii rIt women and children which made 3000000 people to figure to eachIfamily So each one had to cat a little over onesixth of an acre 38 in deep In 36 hours for the Bible said they stood up all that day all that night and all the next day That in bushels was 0790201432 which made bushels for each one or 63 bushels an hour a little over a bushel a until quails stuck out at their nostrils Those Jows must have been hungry If that story had been told in any other book nobody would have ieved it Yours truly- J FRANKLIN WRIGHT P SI figured this up myself and please publish it if t18 worth pub lisping My father is a subscriber to the Blade and I belong to the Amer ican Freethought Association I met you at the St LouisC9nven ion last October 22 and 23 J FRANKLIN WRIGHT My impression is that the letters of children thatLbaveread hi ridws papers are nearly always lies and are written by older people and Iwould not print such onelf I knew it to be a fraud But I saw that boy at St Louis and thought him the most precocious boy I ever saw and Ido not believe his father would lie or encourage the boy in a He The boy did not seem to be more than ten years old The letter was written in a bad hand and bad spelling and with no punctuation and I corrected those but the letter otherwise is as it was writtenI there must be some truth In that quail story becausiTthey are so scarce In Egypt now that it looks like the Jews may have eaten all that were in Egypt then When I was in Egypt five men ofjour party went out on the desert hunting those quails They killed 19 and their expenses were They look like our Kentucky flick ers or yellow hammersw We see In the papers bets that a man cannot eat a quall each day for a month l Some of these times they will run upon one of those Egyptian J6wsihat- can eat two or three dozen a day for a year 0 TEXAS FRUIT tfANDS tiC P ucemEarl o a Which aBrl IeyrccIn Texas they begin shipping ber ries in April tomatoes Jn May pe bIes in June bringing fancy prices up NorthyThe growing season is much longer than in the North a chance to make two or three crops reducing the pense of getting through the win ter Fruit and truck land along the Cot to Belt Route are very cheap as yet 10 to 15 an acre unimproved When put to orchard or truck they can be made to yield 100 tof200 per acre and more Besides It is an Ideal climate no long cold winters Write for booklet JECotton Belt Route St Louis Mo WWWaA GoodRout Ito Try It traverses a territory rick ins r undeveloped resources a terrtrjr containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture hortcultureatoclcratsd- ngminingaadmanufacturing And list but not least It is The Scenic R ut kor Tourists The Frisco System now otters the traveling public excellent service sad d fast times Between St Louts and Kansas City and points in Missouri Kintas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and tnt Southwest Between 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 rout and rates cheerfully furnished upon application to any representative of the Company onto Passeager Commercial Traffic DeParttaetl Saint Ivrilsr j 11Wsral reaching to pump aad vail supply trad oa re0tU7 paUaU well eIJUMt ell trot merit Hills ft Eat 0 HMtu Wtor iJ J t JL SAYS THAT LIFE WILL BE PRODUCED IN LABORATORY A University Professor Declares It Is a Result of Purely Physical and Chemical Forces Chicago Jan 4That life Is the- result of purely chemical and physical fo oq irrespective of any divino or vital force has been declared by Prof Albert P Mathews of tho University of Chicago to his class In physiologi cal chemistry While refusing to dis pute the theory of tho divine origin of life Prof Mathews took the stand that the present creation of life has been proved the result of purely phy alto chemical reactions Certain chemical substances ho said coming together under certain conditions do and are bound to pro duce life no matter what theologians 1may say Thero Is no getting away from facts and the result of labora tory experiments In regard to the production of certain phenomena of life are convincing Prof Mathews predicted It Is only a matter of time before life Itself will be produced In the laboratory Tam doubtful about It but I think that Mathews Is right cline to think that Mathews is right Preachers will fight this situation because the Bible teaches that God breathed into man and made life picture represents that god blew breath Into man with a bellows I think the truth lies between Mathews and Heston and that the preach ers lie between themselves FINAL APPEAL i It Is with mingled anger disgust and disappointment that I view the total of the Heston Fund i Shame for every Liberal who received a notice of Hestons pitiable condition and failed to donate his or her pro rata There Is too much wlndjamming and not enough practical Liberalism I travel for a livelihood and found time between trains to address and mall nearly 3000 circulars and any one who knows anything about send ing circulars can sympathize with me when they figure up how many times my tongue traveled over the envelope flaps 11 can find time to do that and pay the freight you can find time to address a letter to Mrs Watson Hes t ton Carttiat e 146 eutLtapdencose ffrom 0fto1000 Wilt you do It If you are a Liberal you wllljother wise not and if you are not a pays lug Liberal for goodness sake Join the church and get with your own crowdI very thankful to the few who assisted and wish to say that I know several of them personally and know that according to their means they contributed liberally Indeed and they responded promptly I bellevo m saying what I think and I think that about half of our so called Liberals ought to be kick with stumps and rocks With no apologies I remain J Fraternally J WARREN WOLF I hope that all good Infidels will make this a question of conscience and ability We presumably do not pay anything for religion and we claim that our Infidelity is better than religion If we mean this we ought to bo wil ling to make reasonable sacrafice for 1it THE VIRGIN MARY Earllngton Ky Jan 1905 My Dear Mr Moorel am very much surprised to see you are so much mistaken about The Immacu late Conception business The doc trine of the Immaculate Conception as taught and defined in the Catholic 4church does not refer to the concep tion out of which Jesus Christ himself grew but refers expressly to that of his mother The question was up with Catholic Theologians whether he or He was born of woman like ether ter n who had Incurred the guilt of original sin They quarreled about It till It was finally settled 3inthe Council of the Vatican in 1854 That she the Virgin Mary was con calved without the stain of original tsln It Is the conception out of which she grew that is the Immaculate ception and not that out of which he grew I think all of tho Protestant faction have always opposed this doctrine of the Immaculate conception or they seem to have thought it a little top delicate a matter to discuss In public The Catholic church and all the lead Ing Protestant factions have always 2taught that Jesus Christ was fathered Holy Ghost There was never any such question up In tho council you speak of or any other council since the adoption of J i tho Niceno Creed Ask your bosom friend Barry and he will tell you that I am right about It My friend Mr Mooro I have not written this for publication but to put you on the right rack I am old like yourself and I cant write as correctly now as I used to do I take the Blade and have copies of all your books and like them very much Yours truly etc w CAL MORGAN There was probably a little clement of joke about my knowledge of the doctrine of the Immaculate concep lion of Jesus Christ But as to what it was the Catholics were celebrating the 50th anniversary of I was really 1IImmaculate conception of the Virgin Mary but I did not know It was so II long ago as 60 years It seems to me that they ought also to get up an immaculate con ceptlon for Annie the mother of Mary whose wrist bone has perform ed such miracles of curing HE HEARD ZACHARY Camanche Indian Territory Mr C C Moore Dear FrlendI enclose 100 for the Blade The old man setit a hall last spring and destroyed our cotton and we are In bad shape I live In Wilkinsons town Zachary was down a few weeks ago aril blowed his horn in Caman chee for a week but I think he made more Infidels than Christians I went to hear him three times The first night I was introduced to him as one of Mr Moores followers He smiled and said he was sorry for me and wanted me to come and hear him preach The first night his text was the Importance of studying the Bible He told them how many Bibles there wereand how many Gods there were surprisedtheyhad and one Bible and I thought we had the biggest God of the bunch He Talked about interpolations and said he was sorry for the Infidels He made a big talk about a little interpolation and that surprised them for they had not known that anything over had been added to the Bible Yours respectfully W R BAILEY Duncan Ind Ter Dec 26 1904 Mr Chas c Moore Dear slrI have Just received the Blade of Dec 25 and have read your criticism of my letter written under date of Dec 9th Inst and I feel like thatfor you to better understand my position a letter of explanation from me will not be out of order In the first place not one sample I copy of the Blade have I ever received and Im sure you did not previous to my letter t6 you In regard to Mr U G Wilkinson know there lived l such a fellow as Alsey Alford and when I have seen a copy of the Blade It was furnished me by some fellow liberal for during the past four and onehalf years I have been travelling all the time and have never lived in one place long enough to subscribe for any paper but when I came here in September of this year I came ex pecting to make Duncan my home reasonablyI I was born and raised In the little town of Hico Hexas and I used to get a copy occasionally from Jack Woods of that place but I have never been in any town that had as many as onethousand inhabitants where I could not get a copy of the Blade from some fellow Liberal and I wps always willing to pay him forJ it But of nil the places I have the Liberals here have a higher regard for you and the Blade than any town I ever was in I suppose tls because they know you pretty well as many of them heard you In the debate at Ryan L T I appreciate your criticism of my letter but Mr Mooro have not youa noticed that many of these infidel papers contain very little to be truly appreciated by the InfidelsJAnd you say Suppose It was general among newspaper men thatI their papers would have to be sent out as sample copies for five or si- xyearseta Do you think that a fair comparison You evidently know that there are hundreds of people who will subscribe for their county paper when they would not even read the one published by the Infidel The county paper praises their God and when they are dead will write an obituary that makes even a good man get Jeal ous while you tear down his idea of a God and unless ho was a good man you dont say so Just because he is dead His county paper tries to give him the personal news and keep him posted on the scandals that are going c i Iii I rf IIi ft J the rounds while there is little per sonal news In the infidel papers and you try to confine yourself to tho truth about the scandals and I be lieve you are invariably found on the side of tho weak and oppressed Aud- I still think the Liberal who wants a paper of his own making should prove himself a capable man before he expects much support from the people and it wont take him five or six years to provo that either IThere are very few professions which require five or six years for the prospective applicant to tell whether or not he will be a failure But enough for this time Again wishing you the success that I think you and our cause merit I am Alr SEY ALFORD I have never heard a great deal WUklnsonIhave ever heard has been very en discouraging word or Intimation about It has come to me from any one Christians or Infidels including Mr Wilkinson himself- It is certainly encouraging to know that they like me most at the places where they have personally seen ne I think that some day Wilkinson and his wife will both be InfidelsI READING DOG FENNEL He Says The Blade Gets Better All The Time Clinton Iowa Dec 30th 1904 Dear Bro Moore Inclosed find P O order for f500 and I will tell you how I would like it appliedIsummer sent you 250 as subscription to have the Blade sent to my nephew James Mac Nicoll 16 Lawrence st Dundee Scotland I sent him mine from week week till I got him hungry for such food and then I concluded to let him have one to himself Now I will tell you how I want the five dollars applied Send me the Blade for another year 200 send him the Blade for another year 200 and with the other dollar apply It at the same rate to make both subscrip tlon expire at time and then I will thoesame tab what time his expires as well as my own In my estimation the Blade Is like some wine I read aboift when I was a boy It gets better all the timer And speaking of being a boy calls to Diy mind that you are only a kid along eldo pLmeJspent the day yesterday that closed my 76th Journey round the Sun I was born In the village of Glamls Forfarshlre Scotland at high twelve on the 29th of Dec 1828 so you see I was wearing pants fore you were born but youre a good little brother and I love you I also love the Masonic order greatly because It is denounced by Romanism was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason inlSGG In Chicago When in Scotland sixteen years ago I visited the Lodge in my native vil age In which grandfather father and my oldest brother were members and the brethren were very courteous- to the American Mason There were only two of my younger day associates left In the evening they had a parade headed by the Bagpipers and two drummers in honor of my visit That was Dec 27th I am still 1888IFennel Yesterday I subscribing for the description of your call at Funchall is Just excellent A good New Year to yourself and your household not forgetting Bro Hughes I remain JAMES A GREEN HILL BRO AND HESTON Verona Texas Jan 1905 C C Moore Dear SlrWIU you kindly publish enclosed appeal and lend your voice to my weak one Being a young man and absolutely unknown I am without influence I realize what little practical good we are doing and wish to turn the tide by giving Mrs Heston the assur nce that we will practice our vaunt ed humanityA Is what we ought to also for the old people Shame on you old materialists to the Deists give the major portion which to my personal knowledge they did Get your mettle up and go against the collar I ace your major portion 1lIssI Lucy is made of the right stuff Now see what kind of a money talk you can give to help the thing along Wisning you ana years a successful New Year I am yours fraternally WARREN WOLF Canal Dover 0 Jan 5 1905 The Blue Grass Blade GentlemenI enclose you draft for 500 for which you will extsnd your 1 I Ji fifjrff paper for the coming year also send ono copy to my friend Mr R P Hick ox Canal Dover O Ho is a poor man and cannot well afford to pay for the paper and I will pay it for him The other 300 you will appropriate to the benefit of the Blade and tell brother Moore I am greatly pleased to see him back home with the pen again and bring the Blade out in full uniform I hope that Mr Moore will continue his good health and swing the pen for at least thirty years lon ger I think that Mr Moore only ever had one equal in the United States as a writer of his class and that was D M Benntee In some other respects they are equal They have both been in the penitentiary it is of course a question with me which one has been in Jail the oftenest Tell brother Moore that sometimes when he Is writing an article that is suitable to tell us Just how often he had been in Jail it would bo a satisfaction to some of we old men Just to know that part of his full history He tells us so often what happened when it happened that he was out of Jail and we would like to know how often he was in In that respect he beats D M Bennett With respect to you and Mr Moore I umS TOOMEY It Is a little hard for me to say Just how often I have been in Jail because the expression In Jail is a kind of a legal term and does not necessarily mean In a prison andIdonot know whether or not to call some of the prisons in which I have been Jails I was put in a county Jail in Paris Kentucky and fined I was put the county Jail in Lexington Ky and was put in the city Jail in Lexington Ky and I was put In a steel cage in Cincinnati Ohio I was arrested and taken to Louis villa to be put in Jail but the officer and Irish Catholic assumed the sponsibility of putting me In a hotel Catholic editor of a liquor paper who Catholic editor or a liquor paper who took splendid care of me and would not let mo pay anything for It Hls name was Thomas Flangelly I was again arrested and taken to Louisville and while I was not put into any kind of a building except the United States Court room I was under duress and in that sense in JI1 Then I was sent to the Ohio State penitentiaryI again for tho pen itentiary In Louisville but they never hayoTsent mo yet and though Iam retlyto gO wheneverrtheysayti r I not kicking about their being dilatory about It So that counting all of these as be- Ing In jail i have been In It six times with a fighting chance for one more time- I think I beat the record also the band Bennett was put In prison once and It killed him Foote In England editor of Freethought was put In prison once and Tom Paine was put In prison once and Jesus Christ once I had more fun out of It than any of those other fellows did and they Just let up on me because they thought it suited me too well Bennett Foote and I were all tors Tom and J C were not Tom wrote books J C never wrote any thing except once he wrote on the sand with a tobacco stick I dont thinK he could write thing except to sign his name toa check on a sand bank with a cross anX He was the only Xceptibn balance of us could all write and were oil right THE BIBLE AND THE DEMON CALLED ALCOHOL Ulin Ark Jan 2 1905J Editor of Blade Is Enclosed find one years subscrlp Hon to Blue Grass Blade I subscribe for the paper because It contains in of its columns the truth and frankness that should be Inculcated in the minds of all American citizens The Bible called by the orthodox inspired Is filled with infamous dog ma and corrupt teachings and we can never be serene until enough men t like you shall rise as a scorching fire to burn all such damnable dogmast The Bible and the demon called alcohol are the greatest enemies totlove and happiness n No true man can contemplate them without prejudice against them Alcohol enters the home tp snatch the roses from womans cheek It levies tribute upon the government It snatches the crust from the lips of starving children It defies the ernment in the halls of CongressC No cottage is humble es cape It no 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rolled plated 150 and Best Filled Gold 250 and rExtra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 25 Gents Chains fsame variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less Cash refunded at option U DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC rI am an expert in this line and will save you 20 per cent If you will orderof me U Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver rFaand Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Cruel N ble free a OTTO WETTSTEINiI 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL IIMIIIR I 111 au IMRIRa Miaii byvthe 8uporstructure will tber its columns emblazoned with love truth sympathy and good will to man Meekeyed women will weep for Joy as it grows in beauty and children will strew the pathways of Its workmen with Rowers Battlefields will raise grain never again to be crushed in the distillery Vineyards of trellised vines will hang with grapes in purple glory never again to be pressed into that which debases and degrades mankind Orchards will produce golden fruits never again to be turned into that which degrades Weeping wives will wipe away their tears and lift their boys to stand where God intended that man should stand The drunkard will be nerved to burst his fetters and the clanking of his broken chains shall make a glor- Ious accompaniment to his sons of freedom In behalf of man I claim my right to speak We must fight battle and help to enlighten an Ignorant world We must live that others may live We have no reason to fight for an omnipotent God Any man who will ask an editor to silence himself on the liquor question a traitor to truth and virtue and cannot be a lover of honor and mor ality No such man can have the love fallen humanity In him- I despise and hate all damnable liquors They make a hell on earth for man and terror for women and when the American people realize the enormity of this sin they will drive It from them with the besom of destruc ion May this station increase until his reign of devils Is summarily cut short and until the darkest cloud ever lowered over the face of this fair earth is dispelled GEORGE II INSCOR M D GLOOMY AND SULLEN St Petersburg JanThe fall of Port Arthur has taken all the heart out of tho approaching festivities hristmas It has even proposed to dispense with Illuminations and dec orations which are always features of the holidays The churches are filled with mourning friends and relatives of fallen heroes or the fortress Unmistakable grief of the people is also accompanied by undeniable mut terlngs against the government This shows that tho Christian Christmas according to the Greek v t1FrT W y otjcChristian1st officiary r Tl iagan Lupercalla the drunk en feast from which Christmas came was the whole of the last week of the year The New Testament explains that Jesus was born in the warm season not in midwinter PRAYING FOR RAIN In the Blade of December 5th reminds me of an Incident which curred last summer in this town M Gladbach Germany We had almost as bad a drouth as the Christians had in Kentucky and many a prayer was sent up to God in the different Cath olic churches but to no avail Hosts of the pious demanded that the priests should order a combined prayer meeting allgemelne Blttgang buttthe sly skypilots knew better what to do One morning I said to my mother that the barometer had fallen so low ffhours1eralordered that same morning at the f early mass in all Catholic churches and it did rain too A B +11111111111111111111111 i I j SAINT LOUIS TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT iN KEEPING WITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION POINTS IN MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY OKLAHOMA For descriptive matter through schedules And other needed part- loalars address H MCGUIRE Ie CINCINNATI OHIO ff nr MI J r hi i OUTLOOK FOR THE GB fl rYou all can see just as well as I can what is the prospect for tho Blade It seems to me to bo good But my experience has been that there were two causes that made poo pie cease their efforts to Increase tho circulation of this paper One of the causes was that they thought it was going to fall anyhow and the other cause was that they thought It was going to succeed any it was going to fall of course t was just a waste of money to help It and If It was going to succeed v then of course it was just a waste of money to help it nut a good many people men and women are sending kind words and their money and there has been a larger falling oft of that class of peo pie who write me mean and Insulting 1tletters probably because they knov i that will not print them any more t Most of these I suppose have not been genuine Infidels but disgruntle mugwump soreheaded Christians who masqueraded as Infidels in order to get in their work on me They never sent any money I s j printed many of their letters because wanted to be fair and show both f sides but the side that always vilified me were I suppose really Christians pretending to be Infltjels dont want any of you to help this paper financially unless you think It is the best to do good with that amount of money I do not at all know that it is the best way You must be the judges and assume the responsibility It seems to me that the Christie religion is a bad thing that all good people should combine to put down but there are many other ways that you can do good with your money Iand you must determine thing the Christian religion is Ing beaten down every day The turning against It of men lit Abbott the most prominent preacher in America the unceasing giving away of millions of money by the In fidel Andrew Carnegie for the purpose of education while none of It goes to preachers or to churches tin late Infidel Congress at Rome Haeck els great book the Riddle of the Unl r verso and above all the defeat of r the Christian Russians by the Japan ese all combine to bring a pressure against the Christian religion that lIiS ever now destroyed all Intelligent f Mfaithin itand must soon makeir f snails yell1tokg of the mass 7 tl1atnowll opt in the rutr jjOU t al districts and among politicians an- preachers and editors and silly wom en will Christianity get any support In towns like Lexington even now Christianity is ortiy a social and busi ness scheme and political trick like the various secret notlpt and there is not a man in Lexington who would dare to meet me In religious debate as Wilkinson did away out in the Indian Territory 1200 miles from any where except Texas that Sheridan said was a worse place to live in than hell and almost to the jumping oft so evident that Christianity is jioribund that the popular magazines Y1are writing against It and men like Lane Allen and Leon Wilson are plainly bidding it defiance and Wil sons Seekers went like hot tamales In LexingtonThis paper has been second to no publication In the whole of Amer ica In bringing about this state of affairs here and it is up to you all to say whether or not you ought to sup i 4 port the little paper for doing this y When Uucker and Thompson sent if mo to the penitentiary they paved r the way for the making of millions of eu6e Infidels It disgusted a man like McKinley listen years from now trio fact that f a preacher named Hellgate had me put In Jail1 in Lexington for bins phemy against the Holy Ghost will be viewed exactly as we now view the a f hanging of witches by the Christians in Massachusetts because thb Bible I r said Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live Ingersoll made the people V laugh at the absurd stories of the Bible by more than any man who r has ever lived in the United States except Tom Paine have shown by practical demonstration that the Christians If they were sufficiently in as power would burn Infidels today just as they did Bruno 304 years ago dont believe that ever again in true United States any man will go to Jail for ridiculing the Holy Ghost rr and no man will ever again go to the penitentiary for not believing the Christian religion Those two things I have chopped down with my little hatchet and its 4up to you to say whether you will stand by me like true men and i men to demolish what remains of the tyrannical old superstition BUSINESS CHANCES v in the Southwest are worth look Ink tutu A comparativelY now country with a fertile soil and a WondOrfull- produce of plants and crops coal ctca territory capable of gasI talnlng a population many times of tho present means opportunity If it means anything We give you somo of the facts and figures in our pampl let Business Chances Isnt It worth your while to Investigate Write for a copy of tho pamphlet Read It and think it over We will gladly send you a pamphlet and any additional information you may wanton request Address K AND T RY Box 0911 ST LOUIS MC THE TEXAS TRAIN Of the Cotton Belt Route Is a Fast One Leaves St Louis 600 p m every day arrives Pine Bluff Texarkon Shreveport next forenoon- In the afternoon or early evening it reaches Greenville Dallas Fort Worth Tyler Corslcana Waco Houston Beaumont Lake Charles Only one night on the road to South Texas and the Gulf Coast Country Handsome equipment Comfortabl new chair cars Pullman sleepers and cafe cars where you can get a good us about your trip and wo will tell you how to make It ensynnd pleasant Cheap rates twice a month E W La BEAUME 0 P and T Cotton Belt Route St Louis Mo DR FRANK SAYS PRAY ERS ARE ABSUR New York Dec 27The doctrine In dental of a first groat cause enunciated by the Rev Dr Lyraani Abbott to a body of Harvard students continues to engross the attention and thought of the clergy of all denominr Lions The Rev Henry Prank leader of the Independent Liberal church at Berkeley Lyceum indorses Dr Ab botts views Ho said A scientific God cannot be a pei sonal God and whosoever perceive such a Deity must know that He only manifests Himself in stern and im perturbable laws To pray to such a Deity for favors and intercession Is as absurd as to pray to a wave at sea to spare tho human victims It has seized within its crests PUT A BIBLE On the Christmas Tree for An t Who kllled the Donor 1 AmiEscaped Guthrie OkT December 27Rot ert H Brown of Catoosa I T was murderously assaulted today by a neighbor Jas Hogan because Drown placed a Bible on a Christmas tree In a countryschoolhouse for Hogan Tho latter is an infidel Ho took the tatter as an insult and today attacked Brown with a big knife inflicting fatal wounds Hogan then escaped in horseback The schoolhouse was crowded when Hogan was presented with tho Bible He was greatly humiliated and used to be pacified r It seems strange to me that any nan professing to be an Infidel would be guilty of such a crime as that The Cincinnati Enguirer is exceed- Ingly sensational and this all may liea or the facts in the case may not bo accurately reported It is not our style to hide facts I have many lends in that part of tho world- I want some of them to get the facts ind write them to me for print in the lade If Hogan is an Infidel and is guilty of crime as reported in the Enquirer I want Infidels to do all that they reasonably can to bring him to justice Such a man would do us harm I think that this is a Christian lie I remember the names of many Infidels in that part of the country to whom I was troduced when I was there to debate with WllkinsoiC r do not rnmember any named Ho ganI CHRISTIAN r January at Winchester near Lex- Ington a negro name Hathaway was hung by law for the murder of a ne- gro woman Hathaway was baptized day or two before the hanging He had five negro preachers with him on tho scaffold Two of them had D D atter their names Hathaway begged the people to meet him in heaven and prayed look- Ing up to heaven On January 13 a white man named less is to be hanged for the murder of a white woman Bess is a Methodist but has been in a habit of attending the Campbellite church with his wife He says he is all ready to meet his Campbellite preachers have been active in trying to get a commu tatlon for Bess Ono of the preachers is named Col a Ills Ho camo bore from Autra1IL Seley Campbellite also came horo from Australia- A few days since Setters wife was suing for a divorce The presiding judge granted her tho divorce Seloy jumped up pulled a pistol and tired at the judge but missed him Selq was was going to fire the second Ume when the judge grappled him Seley was sent to jail THE LYING OF NEWSPAPERS The newspaper ought to be the greatest moral agency In the world but as It is it is the greatest of all demoralizers One of its greatest eT1la is its praise of unworthy men after they are dead This has been lately exemplified In the reports of the death of a Kentuck editor The natural effect Is to Indue young men to be similar men mowing that they will be praised when tll81 dieWe will call him Smith bocaus that was not his name I never knew of Smith getting drunk or fighting or committing any violation of the Jaw but he was distinguished being the greatest of all the deadbeats that ever lived In Kentucky Thouaai of people knew that that was his 411 at hotels and restaurant without paying for it until I can remember that for the last thirty yean It has been considered straDp1that proprietors would allow him todo He never registered and did not even pretend to pay for which be ateI once saw him come out of a note dining room and walk off his usual way without paying for what he had eaten and I asked the proprietor how it was that he could da so The proprietor or clerk said he did not know himself that It was simply a way old Smith had of doing and that they hat so long submitted to it that It seemed to be so understood among hotelmen He said that occasslonally Smith would write a puff of his hotel a copy of the notice and that that was all the pay they ever expected On all kinds of public conveyances old Smith beat his way In the same style so that his whole long life was spent travelling about and living at the expense of others Ho had never married and had no kin that any body ever heard of tIl h r died I suppose that lftbJs whole estate there was not a simple tear shed when he died I have known him forforty pears and Ida not remember cw to have seen a purse or a piece of nioney in his hand His paper was a financial success I never heard of his giving anything of any kind to any body in the whole world except in a few Instances In which he gave me copies of his old paper that I did not want his purpose seeming to be to get me to make some mention of him in my paper When I was popular he wouid reprint in his paper whole10SC umns from the Blade soon as the people turned against tie he did too I never in all my life r member to have known of his taking the side of the weak against the strong He toadied to all kinds of mean old norant devils who had money He was a Christian and wrote in religiouszings He would manage to get to every place where there was good eatings including weddings and private houses my house being among the places After having used his to get ne into jail he repeatedly came to the jail to the annoyance of thejaller and his family and myself to eat the nice things that were given me by the jailers family and by my friends I never heard him even thank any body for those After this sponging on me he printed in his paper that I had a skeleton in my closet I reprinted in the Blade that I was editI- ng in jail what he had said nndchal enged him to1Iay what the skeleton was but he never said I suppose if any man in Kentucky las even thrown open all his closet doors I am the man- Or the notices of the death of Smith- generouaity and charity jwere speciallY expatiated upon CHRISTIAN SUICIDE fOn Dec 29 In New York two young men suicided together A part the account says In Browns pocket was a letter dressed to the Coroner and labia companions pocket was a copy oL the Gospel of St Luke on the fly leaf in which was written If you abide In Me and My work abide in you yetehall ask what ye will and It will bepoae unto you lrAt MadisonIndlana on Jan 3JRer Joshua D Griffiths died from aIdtaken when ho was preachingjThe Blade In club rlbers Is only 50 a REV POWELLS BANQUET fromContinued First page her selfrespect love of justice and her common sense Female religion which is tho strouj hold of the church is not ofso vin lent a type as In the past and it Is neither wise nor safe for preachers to Igaore women There Is a mighty reserve power In that element and they are just beginning to use It The preacher of today is not a man among men but a man among women and although woman holds the leed to the real estate womans religion does not burden her Gems women go to church because they have nothing else to do and some go to church to meet Mrs or Mr So and So A lot of women go to church for this and for that And sometimes one goes to show her stylish hat Some women go to church to tlispla their fine clothes And a lot of them go to walk home with their beauxs Burns who drops a few grains of truth Into his poetry says borne go to church to sleep and nod But few go there to worship Rod If the women of t he church woutd as severely absent themselves from the pews as they have been exclude from Dr Powells banquet the male trustees could sell Gods House who had not where to lay his head fci the paltry sum of 160000 and vest It In some commercial Intcrprisc fcr thero would bo no need of a church for men only- JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Ky BLAMES RACE SUICIDE FOR SMALL ATTENDANCE Milwaukee Telegram to the New York World Race suicide Is largely responslbl for the falling off of membership in Sunday schols and young people societies said the Rev J T Chyne weth organizer and superintendent of the Wisconsin Sunday school Assc elation apropos of a statement by Dr Washington Gladden that the young peoples and childrens societies of Congregational churches are losin ground x IGis a4asLtkatahraechildreaJAJ- dgb average In our Congregations families Dr Gladden said there had been a falling off of 19357 young people In the attendance since 1897 This la partly due to the growing laxity of parents in religious observance of Sunday Only one out of every six children of school age in Wisconsin attends Sunday school Statistics show that 20 per cent of the children Join the church while they are in Sundayschool and 20 per cent after they have passed that age the remaining 60 per cent are not heard r certainly does seem that Infidelity Is getting in its work every where A preacher in Lexington lately said that 90 per cent of the converts to Christianity were from the Sunday school He was a Sundayschool man and that was his graft Along distracted Campbellite meet ng In Lexington lately that ran two big churches and lots of foreign talent for preaching and singing and organ grinding converts 64 Sundayschool children It will take a lot of blowing at that rate to get back 19367 chll Iren that have gone back on Sunday schools THE ORGAN AMONG THE CAMPBELITES The Campbellite church in Kentucky and Tennessee especially Is spit up and In the courts about the owner shipor their joss houses over a dls iuto about the organ In their churches and about missionary societies I am not at all surprised about their quarrel over the organ but I am surprised that they are scrapping about mljuionary Icleties Their contraction as a sect Is that they have no right to observe any e glous ceremony or custom that is not taught in the New Testament but or them have violated this claim by serving a Sabbath just like all the other sects though there is no author ity for a Sabbath in tho New Testa meat Having established the precedent f having a Sabbath without any hrlstlan authority and simply because It suited them to have one it- was easy to introduce the organ Into their worship simply because they wanted e when they know there was no New Testament authority for It A When Its comes to missionaries owever there iinothing plainer in lid i Ili1 4LJ f Jo IJf IG f I ILLINOIS RAILROAD CENTRAL I EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO 1 NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINCS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIA AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE s TURN LI MITSIOnly line running through personally conducted sleepers LoulavllU to Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and hems seekers excursion rates to alntISouth and West first and third Tuesdaya In each month FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Compaay Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening took dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee t Mississippi and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homoseeker who will for ward his name aad address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circu a tan Nos 1 toll Uclotd e and others as they are published from month to Bsoath Call oa or address nearest railroad pat or addrcM F W HARLOWDIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKYa GO SOUTHWEST 1t oj Like Time aad Tide the Great South if west awaits no man but Its a heap 1startinglJ Let us give you the details of this new countrys rapid growth and your rchance to grow up with it Illustrated literature free 1 RATES SOUTHWEST CUT ALMOST IN TWOfOle 620 1904 Jan 3 17 1905 l GAO H Lit Q PA Little Rock Ark H McQUIRC P A Clnclnatl Ohio 4 JOHN SEBASTIAN Pass Traf Mgr Chicago IIlt f rthe New Testament than that the y should boi f Goy Into a1lrlhe world and preach the gospel unto every creature ers the whole case But I suppose they had been so ten swindled by missionaries and found that they made so few convert for their money that they got tired of it and dont want any more of It MINISTER OF REFORMED CHURCH IS ARRESTED r The Rev Dr Carlos Martyne of New York City Is Charged With Grand Larceny r Now York Jan 3The Rev Dr Carlos Martyne atone time pastor oi the Bloomlngdalo Reformed church and later pastor of the First Reformed church of Newark N J was arrested today on a charge of grand larceny in connection with e tangled iffairs oi the defunct Abtey Press of which he was at one tim president Dr Mar tynos successor iaa president of the Jury last week en a charge similar to that for which Dr Martyne was arrest ed toddayj The Abbey iPrcss first came Into public notice jori February 7 1903 when a fire occurred in their storerooms and oflIces44 114 Fifth avenue It Is charged that Ufe company was In sured In exeC of the value of its property and ehdeJwored to collect In surance on supplies which were not burned While the investigation was on the firm failed Dr Martyr t a graduate of Union Theological intiry jn 1869 went to St Louis as pastor cjfthe Pilgrim Con gregational church where he preached for seven yea s before coming to New York He It the author of several bookstJf ABBOTTS SOMERSAULT fJ fNothing all of American news has ever been set to me in newspaper so much as Lyman relentAbbotts theological gymnas tics Of course It like every thins else shows lhateveiything Is coming toward Infidelity but Abbott is a ard and without the courage of his not believe In a God anymore thanft do and I dont believe In a dodbl or little any more than a AbbOUJI 1 i Just like old Rucker is never Ui- r gongfto iJ tell any body what he really believes because ho would lose his job if hoi did and therefore Abbott is making an attitudlnous assI dont knowS what that means Walter Hurt said IE fiiofall with no sense In It rjj Ho talked with his mo lh a little more than ho really intended to do and ovened It so wile that he got ids foot In itanilnowijo is in the flx i of a boy whohas tried to play circus man and got his foot on the back of4 his neck and cant get It back and lleo is in funny shapo for a snapshot PORTE = Again Puts Ban on sale of Bibles J Constantinople Jan 3Tho Porto has at length replied to tho notes of the American Legation and British 1 Embassy regarding the sale ofDlb estci Tho Porte refuses to authorize street sales It is declared that there is ho doubt that agents of Bible societies indulge in propaganda in explaining the use the scriptures and asprc paganiiX are forbidden by the laws of the empire the action of colporteurs brings them under prohibition consequently the Government can no longer censent to the system of peddling Bi bles but must insist that sales be con tinued exclusively to thcj shops or do pots of tho societies WINTER IN COLORADO Your own physelan will tell you that las dry mountain air of Colorado as an llxir of Safe stands preeminent Al rays rigorous and stimulating the riot atmosphere of Colorado Is at Its best in winter To aocomodata wla tflr tourist to the Rookies the Unlom aelflo has put In effect from Ohleag a round trip rate of 4720 and from 8t Louis a round trip rate of 1920 with proportionate reductions from all lotnts within its Immediate territorys Ickets on sale every day until May lIt 190S with return limit June tat t905 Be sure your ticket reads over the Union Pacific the popular route- Colorado For fun Information la quire of W H Connor a A Bast I ourth street Cincinnati 0 Change of Time of Trains No 9 and 10 Queen A Crescent Route On and after January 9th trams No and 10 will run dally except Sunday lIM7 now run 4Hy 7v r 1