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J dl tI T r cI1 j c- tt lit Yi fl i- ILB- Y BLUE UEA88 BLADEEDITED HEATHEN IN mA T parker SeptOHORALBPUBLIBUED WEEKLY 100 d YEAR INT High and Asblan1Easl ADVANOf VOLUME XIII NUMBER 48 l LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JANUARY 29 E M 305 = 5100 A YEARi r i JI4 QoW- r BEL TERMS OF THE BLADE 311sue for one year 100 lye NEW subscribers 60 ceita each 25 it for five Terms4100 per year in advance foreign subscription 150 Fir Nsw subscribers cent one year for U5 Make all Money Orders Drafts and bii Bxpress Orders payable to the IfcBlae Grass1 Blade Lexington Ky if change your address ad office gIvhgyour old U INhen70U the sew address seed yer irabserlptioB styl r 7OUare a Mw- Nkeef i uillsailfn ill W Bb r terM at the postoffice at Lexlng Jton Ky M Second Clue Mail i Address all comrannlcatloas to BLUE GRABS BLADE P 0 80- p M Lexington Kentucky Vyette Telephone UtI mh rlund TIanllce anT gj J Fr6m Jht1hleago Blade A BABY EVANGELIST f In sixyearold Lawrenco Lennls fViho baby evangelist of Burlington Iowa is another boy wonder With the power of a fervid orator this youngster expounds the scriptures JHolsnow conducting revival services In the vicinity of his home and is nightly greeted with crowded churches JAtthough he has had no schooling he can repeat chapter after chapter of the Bible accurately and he als delivers long interesting and earnest discourses on Bible texts Many con versions have resulted from his meet lags In speaking of his career Law rence said I felt innplred to teach t the true gospel of Christ when I was 2 years old and told my mother of ithe divine call explaining that God had prepared me for evangelistic work She said I was too young to v preach but I kept right on embracing tho calling in I preached before large congregations when I was but years old which was the beginning of my evan gellstlc work I never attended school in my life neither have I received any information concerning the m able God teaches me all I kncT By of It r hls power I may have wisdom and might t can read and write No one ever taught mo Rev Lcnnls is a champion liar ands as will make a big success lfhe can- o keep out of the penitentiary long fenough BIBLE PROHIBITION IowaIa ing by E G Chase Rogervllle Iowa lie It uses the New Testament to show that wIno drinking is wrong All kinds of liquor drinking are wrong you but you cant prove it by tho Bible a Jesus made wine and gave it to people to drink at a wedding supper And he took the cup of wine and blessed it and gave it to his plea a dsaid Drink ye all of It Dr a magw o does not drink wine andI true Christian are r r S avi DELAY D HOMEMADECAUSE THE LIGHTNING KICKE OUT OF THE TR CES 22 come into Itbecause our on a rn that got the Oe Boss makes aadJust played the d ity for about the iUIlonth part of second damaging the main motor the office so that Itt took two or thr days to get into jjhapo for grinds out the gospel The homemade article of light alas is as bad osthat imported from heaven sometimes when it gets its ear Brother Hughes plucky howov und the next paper comes sooner A lthe people combinedwho got up the Bible Cfcand H G included dId not know as mush about lightning as the one Infidel Edison Job says Cans thou send light nlngS that they mast go and say unto thee here we are Job writing u der the inspiration nlxy thous that to makethlightnings talk even to say here are was one of tho things no manY could do but th Heathen Japs can nick the Russians at 12 oclock noon of an day and by oclock in the mornln of that same day six hours before th fight comes off w can read all the particulars printed In Lexington and sent to me by telephone eight miles in the country All the miracles J Cj ever performed Jatnmejd Into one by a tobacco screwy would not amount to that one done by an Infidel And alien Marconi whp suppose is another Infidel can as wonderful aa that wI totet any lightningtalk a man thot fmlles away ont the oceaijjwjfihioven know where Some Christian qmart alecK will say that Edison and Marconi could not raise the dead like Jesus raised Lazarus Now listen With my Lexinxton In the center of the Lexingto- base ball grounds and In the presence of 500 or 1000 people I did the main part of the digging that was neces sary to dig up a man who had been burled feet deep as long as Lazarus had been the man being in a coffin wrapped in a shroud In the usual way and the circumstances under which that man lived supposing him to bo allvoand he certainly looked like a dead man were ten times as hard to live under as those under which Lazarus was placed as I learn from read- Ing the New Testament and from having gone down Into and carefully examined the grave of Lazarus at manowhose name I do not now remember taken out of the coffin that I had assisted in raising up out of the grave get out of the coffin and walk through gravojdriven off to Lexington I cannot now give you a single name of a person who witnessed this as with me except one and he was the most important one That man is Cot William R Mllward now living Lexingtonnot a regular Kentucky Colonel but n Colonel manding a regiment of Federal sol discs for four years in our civil or uncivil war Col Mllward was there and Is now the most prominent undertaker In Lexington and had charge the burying of that man and Ith because I was known to be an Infidel had charge more than any other one man of the unburylng of him Milward and his family were then they are today anfong the most er prominent people In Lexington Ho and his whole family are big he oted Christians of the Methodist brand and the family would make up of pony purse ranging from 100 to 1000 to catch mo In a whopping bigin about some religious matter cause I am an Infidel peNowChristian people to catch me In all lie and print It In your papers It occurred about ten years ago no In an address before a largo au be dlenco at the Grand Opera House Charles W Dabney President of Cincinnati University declared there the more pet dogs to bo found u Etart among aristocratic people In this country than babies Very likely but as long as the smart set prefer poodles to babies where Is the remei dy for this unnatural and unfortunate condition of things Georgetown Times PULPIT HJT BY LIGHTNING Guayaquil Ecuador Jan 12 While Catmnear Quito a thunderstorm broke and the altar settingaeight fire ofother persons were mortally wound IightningDEATHS WHILE PRAYING Janusonwas following bowerup an humble prayer John Dufhucs Newport was suddenly stricken with heart disease In Corpus Christi Roman Catholic church at early mass yesterday morn the CourierJournal of Jan 25 occurs the following thu a fortunates whom he was trying to save Enoch Baxter died of appoplexy charsnc conI missloonm 25 occurs the following After a life replete jnrlth vicissitudes Enoch Baxter aged years a man who was converted from infidelity to Christianity and saved from selfdestruction by a w amans smile died last night at Hope Rescue Mission during the pro hatoan active part The Herald also says A few months ago Baxter enteredt = iTU r assumed a regular posltlon roams x the elevator About a week ago he came back to the mission saynDIES IN PRAYER Enoch Baxter Once Prosperous Merchant Had Planned to Commit Suicide But Pretty Face Rescued Him Running an elevator Is a perfectly respectable business but it Is not a position In which we would naturally expect to find men who are author ties on theology The number of instances in which this paper reported people dying while praying seems to be almost phenomenal when I am making no special effort to get such cases At the same time It Is noticeable that we never read any accounts of Infidels dying while praying No man in a sane condition of min and body ever prays to die but all Christians who are in a normal dition pray to live and to have goo health and they do this despite the fact that they believe that as soon they are dead they will be In heaven so that If they are honest they plainly say that they would rather be on earth than In heaven As between heaven and hell though they prefer the former Tosnft Christ says Whntsnever ye shall ask In my name believing q shall reclevo Christians pray to have their lives spared to them and die In e very act of praying one of two things is simply bound to be true Either the is ththroughwithout believing that his or her pray Is going to be answered or Jesus not do what he has plainly said to was going to do and You cannot avoid one or the other those conclusions How can people who are sufficiently get about religion to know that what am saying is exactly true on rsist In pretending to believe that is true without saying that of these people who die while Joe praying in a natural condition of mind are Impostors and praying with expectation that their prayers will answered If facts like these a could be found against Infidels and Infidelity there would be no end to harping of the pulpit and the re glens press about the way God was up i showing his disapprobation of ity our We read almost every day ab some villiany done by some priest preacher or about some of them f Inc dead while they are preaching and about Christians dying In the act of praying noonhnt Christians sul cldfns or getting hung If only a halfdozen cases of t klndthould be reported in rapid s cession about Infidels the and specially the preachers would go wild with Joy over It and would not listen to any explanations fromII us wnalagYou never heard of preache preaching sermons on facts of this kind vnu poe that they seem to be rivalry Ing each other to get new and sen sational things to preach about but you are not going to hear of any preacher calling attention to the fact that so many preachers die in their pulpltpand so many people die pray ing And so many preachers are caught In vlllany and especially with women and that so many learned men are forsaking Christianity and chcomo Christians except some miserable failure In business who had some suchjob as running an elevator Preachers cannot afford to be hone est oven If they desire to be and they e not going to try to Th lr Jobs require them to lie and to hlclo the truth and they are setaS to do thatIxOLD JOE TAYLOR GONEISHORT ON tspatch to the New York World start The thuslyIissuers in recent special despatches to TJie World from Rome that th HolB3eo owing to diminution of revJ enue f from Franco and ether coun IIaret ttpe tqjld some dllfie tit aKlng the annualr the o of the Vatican the an appeal would soon be is d to the Catholics of the United 3his for financial assistance has received official confirmation from a letter Just sent by Mgr Falconlo the Apostolic Delegate In the United States to the Catholic hierarchy of the country Its a dam shame that those fellows In Italy will not pay their ow preacher and not be sending over here to get us to help them out when we have our own Popes to pay If the Holy See cant see any better than it does I would recommend b focals See The special dispatch proceeds thusly Consequently His Eminence the Cardinal Secretary of State requests ue to make known to all the ordl narles of the United States the said financial difficulties In the hope that by their zeal those sources of rev beedn forthcoming from France and Italy and of which at present In a very dedprlved may bo adequately compensated My advice to Joe Is to cut Francelo and Italy off of tits der and tell them to go to hell if they dont pony up the The editorial comment In the World got the idea from the Blade saysd The letter details as such sectoties in every diocese the placing of Peters pence collection boxes In eve ery church and Catholic Institution and other pious devices which the piety of the faithful may suggest The nickel in theslot machine Is IngtonIdivert Its dividends Into the hat missionary boxdidnt want an1lls cigars and liquor In theirn they they meant by that scheme they em by the box and barrel but they wont dare to open their heads the subject while we have Irish into perllco and th machine Is to be a means of grace for helping the Rev out of the hole flea Send Dog Fennel In the Orient as the New Years gift to your friends We have them at postage paid Ian inStartyour subscription to the Blade t i 1rf 1 REV SAVAGE Discounts Abbott and as an Infidel Makes Old Bob Ingersoll Look Like 30 Cents lisWhen Ingersoll died all the prase Infideltuwould die with himdie as dead as a mackerelyor door nail or the devil or any of those peculiarly dead things IBul Ingersoll was a good pion compareIrsTom Paine said I believe In one God and Roosevelt made an ass cut of himself when ho said Tom was an didnt believe In the par ocular God of the Jews and Chris tlans but he never said he lid not believe in any God of any brand and Ingersoll never was certain that there was not any hereafter Abbott says he dont believe In any kind of a shqnuff Qod but he has had to fix up some kind of a ecu traption of that kind so as to hold down his jobsomething about as much lilts a shonuff God as one of these spiritrapping ghosts Is like shonuff graveyard ghost Savage thinks God is something like whisky and man something liken whisky jug and that every man has just as much God in him as he will hold so that godly men range all the way from halfgallon men up to five gallon menwomen not in ItI and it not In them that is God isnt whisky sometimes- Savage says God puts himself in to every living creature and each contains as much of God as it lone for each to hold snakes mosquitoes efleas rats polecats and preachers all same God in them because they living creatures course pne of these big fat Car110 fopTphftrg woiJjj nave tlmote God in lilm thaw a fled would the preacher Is bigger and capacityfor whisky therefore greater Savage goes for Christmas and the Virgin Mary savagely and shows that according to the practice of the different Christian snits Jesus was born Just any where from December 10thnSavages sermon will appear In the Blade If we have room for it HERCULANEUM CHRISTIANITY vlt is now proposed to excavate the whole city of Herculaneum It was burled 80 feet deep by Ve suvlusat the same time th t PompeII was burled 18 feet over the fops of itss In AiD 79 Nearly all of Pompeii has been ex humeall the finest part and In 1903 M saw the whole city very per ithookedIn speaking of the proposed excava tion of Herculaneum the Now York World says In the ruins of Herculaneum are that may contain the nglost writings of Sappho Menan Aeschylus and documents per haps that will throw a light upon first days of Christianity- It pill be noticed that the world riot express an opinion that confirmsee religion h Herctjganeum and Pompeii then and now belonged to Rome of which Pal estlnf where the Christian religion originated was a province Herculaneum and Pompeii are about 150 miles from the city of Rome the head today of the Chris 111ThoseVesuvius 79 years after Jesus Christ said to have been bornccThere is now Just outside theal walls of Pompeii a museum contain- Ing thousands of things that were found in that city and you can go the houses of the city and see of things there like they had been left about twenty years ago Not a thing of any kind or dlscrip did I see there and I was on lookoutthat indicate that those people had ever heard of the religion ChristIal On the other hand the worshlPellllfthe Pies to these gods and altars uponJwhich animals were sacrificed to the gods and the city had many statues of these gods Herculaneum Is 12 miles from Porn pell and both places were the rest dences of the rich and learned- If everything in Pompeii shows thatIthe people who lived there A D 79 findtYtruth of Christianity Nitalso Nlxy rj- d t CHRISTIAN WOMAN BBEATS THE RECORDra A press telegram from Mason Nebgi- ves an account of a woman named Mrs Caroline Joselyn of whom the Lexington Leader speaks as Modern account of Carrie twice al ludes to God In reverenting terms Her husband was a fine citizen and a wealthy farmer but was a good many years older than his wifetsShe fell in love with a young man who was employed to work on the place and the two made a plan to kill Mr Joselyn by putting arsenic i his coffee and It took her six days to kill him by slow process The young fellow ran off She admits she poisoned him and her account of her watching the process of his dying simply beats the deckMoralIf you are nM man and have a young Christian wife and there is any good looking young man around your dlgglns dont drinkIany coffee Under tnon clrcumstan ces coffee is liable to be bad for health SPOKANE MAN DEAD WHILE TALKING Boise Idaho Jan 17Prof W D Carlysle of Spokane dropped dead on the platform at the Y M C A audi Corium this evening He had Just rlst1growerseten ad ef ont L of the plaf faim Here wo find ourselves at the dawn of the twentieth century he said employed in the noblest laborIin which man can engage that of working in the vineyard planted by the Lord God Almighty at that stance rry he was stricken and was dead In a few minutes He was a native of Virginia and Iwas connected with a prominent fam- Ily there So long as men drop dead In the ct of praising God the pulpit and religious press will not mention it bullet me drop dead just In the midst of some of my blasphemous utterance and thousands of pulpits and re llgious papers will bar do newsIHINSHAW TO PREACH AGAIN When the Rev William E Hinshaw left the Prison North a free man It was first to go to his home at Winchester and then to engage in reform work among fallen men Mr Hin shaw concentrated his life tothls work during his term of imprtsoaFIment and confident that he would beIgiven his liberty he formulated plans which he will now put info will confide his worki largely to the big cities and be be lioves that his prison life will be valu able to him in reforming men Dir Hinshaw will not only preach but e will engage in personal visitations The Blue GrasSBlade which has of 1sheetideadheads from his subscription Why any Liberal should tirefuse to pay for his Liberal pers is an unsolvable riddle ourse there are a few who are un to do so Humanitarian Review THOUGHT HE WAS GOD The Cinch Valley Va News tells a man named Absher who was asylumI to the Holiness dr Evening Light church and that his mind became unbalanced bout a week ago The unfortunate seemed to have become possessIwith the idea that he was God and that he had been sent to from the rich and give to the etc f fro MISER TO WELCOME DEATH Clark Ridley Gives Away Rest of His Property to Tenant Wishes to Retain Only Enough for Expense of His Monument Never Had Any Pleasure In Life He Declares at the Age of 85 to New Bedford Mass Jan 21 Clark Ridley the miser philanthropist who ess gained considerable fame last year by giving away his property Is still active although confined to his bed a sufferer from dropsy Recently he gave away another of his r tages to one of his tenants Mrs Wllhelralna to Scammons Tho cottage Is located at 131 Robeson Street Mrs Scammons paid 1 for the all property which Is valued by assessors at 800 the land being worth 300sl and the building for 500 Mr Scam mons and his family havo occupied he the building for several years and as the family Is a poor one Mr Ridley I i yrarely took the trouble to collect the 1 rent a Mr Ridley hns made preparations for his burial In Oak Grove cemetery r In this city and he has made a cil to his will giving his body to Mrs Laura M Tripp at whose home on Shawmut avenue Mr Ridley has I- Ivled since he discontinued his hermit at his Mount Vernon street shopv Particulars About Burial Mr Ridley feared that his niece t who lives in Lowell would claim hisfl body when he died and that he be burled in Maine the state In wouldI he was born He desired to be in the district that has been his for nearly sixty years and he changed his will so as to be sure that his wish 75 r would be carried out Ho has directed his executors to erect a monument with some suitable Inscription at his grave When It was first proposed to him he was IndignantNo for me he said stone slab is all I want Ho was persuaded that a monument would be proper and although he usually haltn his own way about things he conh sented Mr Ridley Is an eccentric old bachE l elor and has a creed that Is unique I dont believe in heaven or hell he says Death ends everything will me as Never Had Any Pleasure to Life Is a failure for In elghtyfive years I have never had one pleasure or enjoyment My momentsI Hilor ong AJj t miserable existence Time has gotI away from me and I want to die Death will be welcomed with me by open arms- I came into tho world without money and I am going to leave with out money What good is an old man who can not take care of himself and has to be waited on He has no right to i expect anything Oh yes I know he thas a right to expect a lot of favors hell never get but hes better off dead today than tomorrow Almost In a day Clark Rid most fa ley became New Bedfords mous citizen for when it was an nounced last April that he was giv ing away houses he began to reclevo letters from thousands of poor people all over the United States asking for assistanceHe his property with his earnings as a day laborer most of his employment being on stone work In April ho deeded four houses worth together about 6000 to his tenants and he had about 12000 worth re j1malning at that time He did not give Indiscriminately for he endeavor ed to award those to whom he felt under obligations The above are the headlines that were printed on the clipping sent to me from Ablngdon That man Is not In any invidious sense a miser He is a nobleman in the highest sense and Is an Infidel t does not believe in heaven or hell and death ends all with him He is simply honest enough to say that life Is a failure and that he Is unhappy after having tried life for 85 years under the most favorable conditions to mako it happy unless It A is that he has never had a wife- I have not sampled any great deal of life without a wife and If I had- life to live over I would want a wife but of course I can not speak intel ligently as to what life is without a wifeSometimes at fairly long Intervals I catch the devil and sorter wonder If matrimony is all its cracked upe to be and any married man will sayi that if he is not a liar but all ther same I would marry again and mar ry the same if my life had to againcbe done over Jesus Christ and Paul were both bachelors and made a heap of trouble In the worldpThe devil was married once that I know of arfd he is a good fellow suppose he is married yet as I haven t I 1 never seen any announcement of theI death of Mrs Devil in the newspapers I know the Devil Is married because the Bible says Did you ever over over In your life life life See the Devil Devil Devil And his wife wife wife I believe that any man who claims be very happy Is a liar or a man who cares very little for the happln of others The Christians who claim to be happy are liars and fools too They are always claiming to be happy in anticipation of heaven but on you will notice that they always try keep on earth and out of heaven Just as long as they can When old Leo XIII got sick he got the fine doctors he could to keep old soul in his old carcass and mighty plain that he was not honing for any heaven in bison and only handed in his checks when he could not hold on to them any longer EXCAMPBELLITE PREACHER Wants to Devote His Time to Selling the Blade and Dog Fennel In The Orient us Hooversvllle Pa Jan 11 1905 as Mr C C Moore Dear FriendI wish I was able to of for the Blade but I am in debt 300 u If the Liberals could and would me 300 to set me free I would go right to work travelling for the Blade and selling Dog Fennel in the Orient for one year I would make expenses and more out of the book and get up clubs atI cents each for the Blade I have no one but my wife and shefI can go to Kentucky and visit theg whole year I cant see why thisaW plan would fall to be a financial bless ing to the Blade- I could sell Dog Fennel at 125F and thus fair butI am tied as it IsfcThere are those who could furnish e with 300 and thus free me at me and start me out for the Blade and I am a fool not to sell a pile ofu lades I want no percentage onP Blades only the booksnSay Just what you think of thisbitI will send my dollar Just as soon I can but I would like to arrange work one year for the Blade if Itk could be arranged R L NOEL I am oblljred to you for your inter est In he made and n my bOOk but I cant see how you could well sell the Blade In clubs for75 cents when we sell it at tho office for 50 cents in clubs of five and more and you would have trouble selling Dog Fennel for 125 when we sell it at the office for 100 postage prepaid but we will glvo you the usual commissions for selling the papers and the book As to giving you the 300 while someone may do It I do not believe that anyone BLOOD WILL TELL T Porter Smith of Paris Ky has lit out by the light of the moon with 2700 belonging to other peopleI CommonIWealthS I think they aro Campbellites Blood will tell A press dispatch saysIMr Smith was a hustler and hisE agency wrote probably one half theE business done in Paris He Is highly I connected and his relatives are of tillJ best families in this section He hasJ had financial trouble before but his brother John S Smith formerly monwealths Attorney for the district and his mother and sister helped him out He was a high roller always driving one or more good road horses and was fond of outdoor sport He carried off honors at the Cincinnati Gun Club and also the Kentucky GunII Club at Louisville BABY BORN WITH A TAIL Step Backward Darwin Ian Theory Says PhysIcianfa Evansvllle Ind Jan ISA sonr born today to the wife of a farmer living near this city has a caudal appendage two Inches long Just at the end of the spinal column and parently so composed of cartilage Inn 7 other respect the child Is per to y normal The parents have ed to permit examination of the baby in the interest of science andp local physicians will try to find a e for the deformity by The physicians say they think It Is worthy of the study of the medical assion the country over Dr A Hayden thinks the deformity Inbl dlcates a step backward toward toy and regards It as partial proof of the Darwinian theory JiJI J un y EXPURGATES BIBLEJe Judge Rules Against Use of All of Iti In SI 11ofschools the Sermon on the Mount the Book of Proverbs the Book of Psalms and the historic characters in Old Testament should be elimina tedSuit had been brought to prevent the use of the Bible in public schools the ground that such action was sectarian Judge Cobb dismissed the case but ordered that the books re ferred to be omitted during the ing readII The above was sent me from a cit izenJudge Cobb must have been fooling with the Justice of Kentucky Corn The Sermon on the Mount is worth more than all the balance of the Bible though I have preached many a better sermon Mrs Jos K Henry who Is well known as a writer of ability sends such high words of encouragement we are sure many publications would be glad to get We are proud our esteemed subscribers compli ments and hope she will further help s by occasionally writing for the Liberal Review Liberal Review WANTS BLADES AND DOG FENNEL Elkton Ky Jan 22 1905 rr C Moore My dear Sir Enclosed you will nd check for 550 Three of which oes to change the date for one year n the Blade list to J H Armstrong H Ebeling and myself The 250 is for two copies of Dog ennel to be sent to me I have been a reader of the Bladpj re about twelve years and If I didnt get my Blade every week I would feel like I was In the middle of a bad fix My practice and other time divided In reading Journals and other paI ors sometimes allows me only a few mutes at a time to read the Blade at I always read everything in It If takes me a week- I never throw my Blades away but cep them so that I can refer to them at any time If I wish 1 Since I have been tho Blade more than once aitate fo clubs of Inte d in its S have kept It up and some ha dropped out s v I have also worked up clubs of five and they paid for their subscriptions and some of them are still rfa Ing and paying for it There are quite a number jot intel gent and welltodo freethinkers in and around Elkton They are some of the best and most Influential citizens that we have and if they would they could do much good for the cause for which your per and others of like nature are working But they are too busy to take time to bother about it and some of thee too stingy to spend a dollar for anything that will not make j thee another one And so they help the churches a little Instead by giving In a little money when they ask for it to pull the church members in their business I often think I must try harder to sub t more subscriberspaying plyribersbutsician I neglect to do so as much as should toward helping to free the nds of my fellow men of the hor ideas taught in the Old and Now Testaments the most horrible lies of them all being the doctrine of eter nail hell and damnation after death Wishing you Brother Hughe and the Blade success I am for the good of truth A T McKINNEY MDj If half the Infidels would do half well as you have done the chris- tian religion would be wiped ofl the earth in one year That one doctrine of a hell of fire and brimstone has caused among the ignorant and superstitious more suf ng than war pestilence f whisky combined and every who at this day preaches any mineI ought to be arrested and Jail A man has a right to his religious IIa opinions and a right to express them long and only so long as they do Interfere with the rights of be happy and as soon as a man teaches that In religion politics sociology or anything else that is op d to the public happiness and public policy he ought to be stopped law Freelovo and anarchy should not bo allowed to be taught by the pulpit the rim or the press to the people they are small matters as icomI pared with the doctrines of hell Any God that would burn a min or 4r 5r I i IJI11 Id l a rattlesnake eternally In hell Ia oven for one hour for anything 11fiend 11Inot be allowed PEONAGE SISTERS Who Lizzie Green Alleges Conspired With the Police to Get Labor From Her Louisville Ky January ISIn a petition praying for 25000 damages filed today In the United States Circuit Court tho charge of peonage is made against the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of Louisville Police Judge John McCann and Attorney J J Fitgerald of this city The plaintiff Is Lfzzio Green a white woman aged who has resid ed in various places in tho city for several years IIclippingOn the bottom of the clipping written The Lexington Humanitar ian Agents send many Protestant girls to the House of the Good Shepherd and to the Sacred Heart etc The account ends thus It Is charged that all the defend ants conspired together for the pose of procuring labor for the in jdustrles in the convent and that they were guilty of holding the plain tiff in a condition of peonage in viola ion of her civil rights REV ROBERT SERENELY Los Angeles Calif Jan 21 1905 Mr Charles C Moore Dear SlrI send you a clipping from the Los Angeles Examiner ol recent date Rev Robert J Burdelte as you no doubt know Is the celebrated hu morist who has lately blossomed out a Baptist preacher although ho has always been a Sunday SchoolI what ho says about the Old Bible stories I thought the church lad come to consider these old store es as mere fables but if such prom- Inent men as Robert J Burdett begin to tally like this I can see where tho church will soon return to her own voml likeYours truly JC FLEMING nJfoJfa JC Two extracts from Bobs sermon- t are as follows Do I think these old stories of Abraham are true True Man havent they lasted 4000 years Did you ever know a lie that lasted a hundred Professional politicians who aro experts in political invention will tell you It Iso hard thing to invent la lie that will last through a cam palgn of six weeks Another one says Every man who guides a seed drill scatters the wheat broadcast over 1or all the world the field proclaims to 1that can see and hear him This is my creedI believe in God I am sowing this seed because I trust in the promise God made to Noah over the earth reWhile4000 years ago malneth seed time and harvest and cold and heat and summer and ter and day nad night shall not cease Every skeptic who writes a letter to a friend declares in his dateline In spite of himself I believe that J1905 years ago something happened that can be explained on no other ground than the history of the Gos pel of our Lord I believe that something happened that forever changed the current human thought and emo lion and faith and turned it steadfastly toward Jesus Christ I believe this has been going on for nineteen hundred years aid in my soul I lieve it will go on forever Have faith In God Man you havo knowI Bob Burdett from way back Ho first blossomed out right on the end of his nose Kentucky is the paradise of drunkards and Bob led the gang hero Ho began his career in Kentucky but was suchas a newspaper reporter drunkard that he was driven out of the calling though a good deal of lat itude in liquor Is allowed reporters- Bob ten started a paper of his own but was such a drunkard that It was a failure He then began lecturing but would come on the platform so drunk that ho could not speak and ho soon failed at that I am not certain but I am under a vague Impression that be tried to bo como an actor At any rate lie was a complete drunken failure in everything that attempted until ho got preacher and then he was a successI showing that when a man J wk lrrf t fool to succeed at anything else he is always Just tho right kind of t m to make a preacher out of I have heard of Bob as a humorist cant swear to his ever having anything funny except The printing office towel That was such a good piece of hu that I oncg pasted It on the wall of a printing office Tho dirt that got on that towel was tho point of its humor and Bob seemed to succeed In that becauso the subject was con genial to his taste Bobs reasoning capacity is about the same as that of preachers gen orally There are other religions such as Buddhism and Confuclsm that are older than the Bible and of course they must be true according to Bobs logic and yet Christians are always sending their missionaries to the people who believe those religionsI and telling them that their religions are false and only three or fourt years ago the Christians were murdering the Chinese because they would not abandon Taoism and Shinr tolsm and embrace Christianity Mohammed came to tho very counE ry and town where Christianity be an and told the people there that Jesus Christ was a fraud and a dead beat and a tramp and that he Mo- hammed was Gods only prophet and all the people who own that coun try now believe in Mohammed and yet Bob says you cant make a He that will last six weeks The Jews who live in Jerusalem and who wrote the Bible and of whoso race Jesus Christ was say to this day that Jesus was an impostor and yet Rev Dr Bob says you cant make a lie last six weeks The whole world said the worldt was flat from the statements Bible until the Infidel Galileo toM them It was roundA D IG42anrle yet this Reverend drunken bum says a lie cant last six weekstI am a farmer and have sowed a wheat broadcast until drills came about then used drills and I have made as good wheat crops as any body and I never sowed a grain of wheat In my life because I trusted to the promise of God or any other fel low and Bob never did an honest days work In his life and knows Just as much about farming as a pig doesI about Sunday It is not true by a large Jug full that seed time and harvest come eV1 cry year On the other hand its an uncertain thing every year That thing about a man proclaim j Ing his belief in the divinity of Jesus Christ every time he writes 1905 Is a lie so agrant t a no oo fool would try to shove It oft onto anybody It no more testifies that something happened some time ago than my writing A U Ab urbe condlta in writing about ancient Rome would t II dicate that I believed Rome was founded by Romulus and Renus who were raised by a wolf and that rr and Follux came down from heaven on horseback to show the boys where to build the town and watered their horses at a spring I have seen In see Dog Fennel price 100 at this office If Bobs logic is good he must lieve in the Roman gods every time tie calls the names of our planets named for those godsMercury nus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Ceres Pallas Juno Vesta Hebe Iris Flora and others Bob must also believe In the Roman gods when he calls the names of tho months January March and June and In the divinity of Roman generals when he calls the names July and August By the same reasoning Bob must believe in tho Scandinavian religion and gods when he calls the names of the days of our weolc Sunday cause devoted to the worship of tho Sun Monday or Moonday because devoted to the worship of the Moon Tuesday for the god Tyr Wednesday for the god Woden Thursday for tho god Thor Friday from the goddess Frlga and Saturday from the god if my writing the year 1905 shows that I believe that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary 3obs writing or speaking the names of tile planets and the names of the months and the names of the days much more abundantly shows that Bob believes in the Roman gods ant goddesses and Scandinavian gods and goddesses and that the sun and moon ought to be worshiped Bob says Man you have to and I say I dont have to Bobs racket all sounds very well to the gang of gaping fools that listen to him Just as Wilkinsons till sounds all quite learned and eloquent to those who do not know any better but the two men are equally back woods asses when they bray or pray in tho presence of people who know about these thingsIThe Rev A A Arthur well known In the West as a preacher and evan i ij f j gelist has recently been taken InJcustody at Hiawatha Kan on the charge of forging a 10000 check at Paris Texas The Rev Arthur haS preached acceptably in many places t and his lectures on what he saw In i the Holy Land were greatly admired until his career was traced and It was discovered that he had never been there Ho is of the Christian or Campbellite persuasion but a lato conferences of the churches of that denomination pronounced him an fit person for the ministry He al mils working off the spurious check at ParlsN Y Truth Seeker A MILDER CLIMATEI In Arkansas Louisiana Texas Stock ranges ten to twelve months the year two and three crops in a season Now is the time look up a location while the land is cheap On February 7th and 21st and 7th and 21st Cotton Belt Route will sell round trip homeseek tickets from St Louis Thebes Cairo and Memphis to points In above named states at rate of 15 or one r fare plus where It makes less than 15 One way colonist tickets February 21st and March 21st at half fare plus 62rWrite for may time table and ask about rates to any L 0 Cotton Belt Route pointIWINTER IN Your own physclan will tell you that hs dry mountain air of Colorado as aa elixir of life stands preeminent Al ways rigorous and stimulating the net atmosphere of Colorado it at its boat In winter To accomodate win er tourist to the Rockies the Union Pacific has put in effect from Chicago round trip rate of 4720 and from St Louis a round trip rate of 3920 with proportionate reductions from all points within its immediate territory Tickets on sale every day until May 1st 1905 with return limit June lat1905 Be sure your ticket reads over rortetoWHERE WAS JESUS BORNVi The above question is being mooted Itohem or Nazareth jf- I do not know of any thing In thing in Syria to indicate thattbeSjk was any ground for about It The first chapter of MatthewS iJj ho was born in Bethlehem and second chapter says he came dnjjf dwelt in Nazareth and from th fact ho wasXalled a Nazarene JABNER KNEELANDSV =BLASPHEMY I Mrs C H Mathews of New Phila delphia Ohio wants me to print in the Blade an account of the ment of Abner Kneeland phcmy about 70 years ago Imprisonj Somebody please write account of itw A Good Route11 to Try H traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock rals ing mining and manufacturing And last but not least it is The Scenic Route for Tourists The Frisco System now otters the traveling public excellent service ands fast time Between St Louts and Kansas 1Arkansastory Texas and the Southwest Between Kansas City and points In Tennesse Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon appli cation to any representative of the Company or to Passenger Traffic Department Commercial Building Saint tuts WANTED8leamea local and gea reaching the pump and weUup ply trade on recently patented well specialties of meat merit Ililto a BOM GoJ MMlma WU i6ii rir j t f L u SAVAGE OF ABBOTT Noted Minister Declares Every er a Madonna Every Birth Divine INCARNATION FROM PAGANISM Contends That God Has Put Himself Into Every Living Creature New York Dec 25Roy Minot J Savage In his Christmas sermon in the Church of the Messiah astonish ed tho congregation that crowded the church by announcing views that un held Inihany particulars the present mont made by Rev Dr Lyman Ab butt In his address to the students of Harvard university He particularly emphasized Dr Abbotts contention that God Is everywhere In and through and of everything as the Brooklyn divine said But Mr Savage went a step further than Dr Ab holt he declared that the Idea of the Virgin blrththo incarnaUon was taken from paganism He said tool that every man possessed divine ele ments In brief he contended hat God put himself Into every living creature and that each one contained at much cf God as was posnVe fur II each to hold He added For a good many hundred years thin 25th day of December has been set apart to celebrate the supposed ai1 tVu further nrpposefi fast that Uirongh that birth God himself came into humanity came into the world 1 Tills was not the original idea of this celebration This Is much older than Christianity and is born out of inter ested emotions that are human It Was many years after the birth of Jesus before anybody thought of his being other than an ordinary man born in the ordinary way The whole idea of the Virgin birth and tho Incar nation is pagan in its origin and is was centuries before the church unit ed any special day even for- celebration of the coming of Jesus in world tfEvery Birth Divine propose this morning to turn 1I from the ordinary conception of y Christmas and spent of something which I believe to be deeper higher F wider and more divine Every birth r isiat divine birth every mother Is a Madonna If you think of It a mo if r meat you will notice that the deepest ff highest most universal fact In the universe Is that of sex and as life evolves and grows to its higher forms T expressions this fact is empha r andrmore enthere Is anything in lifej ewe kayo a right to suppose ox d hethiought the life tho feel muft bo this It seems tve said it beI used in cer but I wish to k Jr serlouslytodayI that a vo3w- lilch lrth Is holler than that 4 God has universally ordained seems to me to be a reflection on evI ery mother not only but a reflection on God himself for certainly that which he has made central and universal in all of us from the to the highest can not be Impure canI not be unholy can not be less sacred unnatural meth than some supposed od by which his own ordained laws are contravened and set aside BESS A CAMPBELLITE HUNG IN LEXINGTON Bess a Campbelllte builder and contractorcarpenter like Jesus Christ was hung in Lexington on Friday January 13th year of ourt Lord 1905 year of Gulordano Bruno 305The Christians hang their people on Friday to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ who was hung on that day and on Sunday they commemor ate the death of Jesus by drinking liquor in tho churches and more than usual In the saloons TIC churches arC trying to confine the Sunday drinking to the churchese but the saloons say they cant see itt Besss three sswlfe Is a Camp belllte and Bess really was a Meth odist but the Methodists dont drinks any liquor that Is in church but two or three times a year and thenis Campbellltcs have it every Sunday to Bess said In his farewell remarks that it was liquor that did the b slIt tress for him Prlests try to keep Catholics from becoming drunkards by drinking alle thJu1 etln house liquor themselves all TheyioglvP tho people the crackers that have transmogrified into the bodyotrJesus Christ Cant drunk on crackers Before Bss was hung he had his picture taken with a Bible In his hand and a cob pipe in his mouth He did this before because ho could not well have done it afterward Bess said that he had fixed things up all right with Jesus and that ho would bo in heaven with God In ate few minutes after ho was hung Ho said to the people that had i mot to see him shuffle off the mortal coil by shuffling onone that he hoped to meet them again and ws kind enough to mention tho place of meeting as In heaven Bess hadnt done nuchonly killed a woman and throw her In pond be tho woman was not his own wife so that people didnt seem to think he had any right to kill her Ho had a wife and a number of childrenno race suicide idea about him He took that woman Mrs Martin sore of bird her own selfout buggy riding late on evening Sho had 1200 lriher stocking one stocking was pulled down when they found her Women ought to quit carrying as much as 1200 In their stockings Pu it in a bank if you van find one thn has not a Sunday school superinten dent for a cashier and Mrs Chadwlck is in jail Otherwise keep It In your stockingbetter bo dead than living without any moneys If Billy Brecklnrlftgo had been ing and Bess had given Billy that 200 Bess would be living yet MoralYou must not kill a woman unless you put upjlho greens when the woman Is notjjypur own wife You have no righr 4o destroy other peoples property TELEPHONING 0 HEAVEN A doctor of this named Llllo krone developed religious mania and rigged up in his Boarding house a telephone with whl he imagined he could communlcato wlth heaven He landed in Bellevue hospital psycho pathlc ward New York Truth Seeker +We have now wireless telegraphy that communicates through space at Indefinite distance Its operation may depend upon the presence of air The air rarities as wo go from the earth but nobody knows at what point If at all it en tlrely disappears Nobodynot even the knowitall preacherspretends to know how far it is from hero to heaven When Jesus ascended to heaven went up until a cloud received him out of their sight so that hQwas when last seen not more than five miles from the earth When the people were building the tower of Babel where the people first learned to bblcthey were getlng so close W heaven that pod hallo come dp to see about it n tolreelrpeoplef- rom getting to heaven without pay ing tho preachers for it So that we cannot reasonably suppose that heaven Is more than 25 miles from the earth Our atmosphere Is understood by scientists to be 45 miles deep so that heaven must be 20 miles down IntO atmosphere and a Marconi telegraph will work wherever there Is airfPeople are trying to communicate with other people In Mars that Is thousands of miles from hero and nobody can certainly know that there s anybody living In Mars We certainly know there are peo plo living in heaven that is men only no women being allowed in heaven The CourierJournal has the ing followI Mr Poklenkowski of evolved a new idea of temperance re form which he discloses In the nouncement that ho will not permit women to enter his saloon This is he same idea that is growing In vor in certain quarters as applicable to bank reform Tho CJ a follower of J C Is Idently Alluding to the Mrs Chadwick case Pretty soon therefore there will be three places to which women canto heaven saloons and banks Onco a Dutchman got mad at his wife and said I vlsh you vas in heav n und I vas In a beer saloon and he said Just like you you alvays vants to be in der best place Under these circumstances I must Doctor of Divinay as an accredited ity that It is strange to me that a ma who wants to telephone to Mars a scientist while a man who wants telephone to heaven In sent to a matte asylum Damned if it dont look to me llkn the lunatic asylums ought to bo turn wrong side out so that all the fel lows inside would be turned out nail tho fellows outside put in WAS MISTOOKEN I got a letter that starts thus Hazen Ark Jan 19 E M 305 Mr Charles C Moore g The letter I rote the 27th of December last about tho Jews eating quails that came out of tho sea you ment on it and said that t was about n years old You are mistaken There was a boy that was about n years old that was In St Louis to the convention but I am 23 years for A t J ttryy P I am now lying flat on my back In s have dovoted a good deal of time when I could to reading the Bible old and am still with my father on the farm- t It is signed J Franklin Wright Wright was the name of tho extra ordinarily bright tenyearold be that I remember and I thought it was ho who wrote the quail letters THE CHICAGO Y W A BIG HUMBJJU I have been sent largo parts of three Issues of the Chicago Evening American that expose the management of tho Chicago Young Womens Christian Association 1mta young woman reporter for the Ameri can named Evelyn Campbell went der the assumed name of Miss N D Sankatuck Michigan and spent three days there paying 150 a day for board and then wrote for the American accounts of her exper fence there She says there was cut in stone on the walls at the entrance the words I was a stranger and ye took in Three times she alludes to the appropriateness of the quotation an once she says especially the last part of it I do not see anything criminal in the management of the Institution further than the fact that it is just a big boarding house for women by n a set of rich people to make man icy and using religion as a bait for suckers lilT SUITS ME Norway Kan Jan 1905 Dear Friends Moore and Hughes- I have always felt an interest in the Blade since I first made its ac quaintance I have no instruction to give as to how it should be run It suits me I have been an Agnostic ever since I was able to form an opinion and that was at an early age I think some of your modest contributors and correspondents ought to endorse their communications especially that ExPresbyterian lady- I think her private letter to Mr Moore was one of the best I ever saw in print Just give her my regards please- I enclose clipping That man was a sufferer from heart disease or else 9eYoucanIivestigate lenclose to advance my subscription Yours with best wishes for success of Blade W SCOTT M D The clipping Is about Richard Dos sy the Atheist who died instantly in church when Rev James McCarey said There is one unbeliever in this congregation tonight who cannot be saved from eternal damnation unless he becomes a Christian- I had received tho clipping from various other parties and had before- I got this one printed in tho Blade that the man either had heart disease- or that the account was a He and had asked for information o BAPTISTS GOING TO FIRE SUNDAY SCHOOL ITHE Ky Jan 23 1905 Charles C Moore Neither a Colonel nor a Reverend what are you any way And so the Baptists are about to abandon the Sunday school If all of the churches would do that the wholo superstition would fall to the ground The strongest argument that they advance against the Sunday schools the methods are not adapted to mature thought- I did not know before that it was to persons of mature thought that any part of the Christian superstition was adapted- I thought it was to the young before they began to think at all that a the appeal was made For three months I have been fined to my bed with rheumatism and and I have told you I am a Spiritual ist Does not that handwriting on tho the wall Daniel vi at Belshazzars feast prove tho return of spirits and that they can communicate with the living I think that writing on the wall is tho first Instance of slato writing we have any account GEORGE M JACKSON The clipping Is a dispatch to the GlobeDemocrat from Mexico Mo saying that the Baptists there are ping to stop their Sunday schools because there is no Bible authority for them READS DOG FENNEL TWICE Sulphur Well KyEnclosed 150 pay arrears and send us the Blade 1905 Wo like tho Blade all i right I have often thought I would write to you and tell you how kindly wo feel toward you and your wife of whom you so often speak but I rarely ever write except to a few friends and relatives But I want you to know how much We like your paper and your Dog Fennel which we have read and i am going to read again Mtf little twelve year old girl reads rnnat thing you write and your comments in the Blade Continue tho Blade to Yours truly LUCINDA BOSTON FAMOUS FRUIT LANDS Of the East Texas Country Home of the Elberta peach the strawberry plum pear tomato and other fruIts and vegetables Big money in growing for the northern markets On February 7th and 21st March 7th end 21t round trip homeseek ers tickets from St Louis Thebes Cairo or Memphis to Texas points at rate of one fare plus not exceeding 15 One way colonist tickets at half fare plus on February 21st and- e March 21st Write for booklets on Texas fruit lands map and time table- K O SCHAEFER T P A Cotton Belt Route Cincinnati O 5000000 READERS FOR THE ifBLUE GRASS BLADE Denton Texas January 19 1905 Charles C Moore Success to tho Blade If it had 50 900 paid subscribers it would then have j6000000 readers within two years Yours for liberty i ROBERT G WRIGHT You are certainly Wright but I am- a little afraid you are wrong But If friends of the Blade would get me 50000 subscribers during the year 1905 I believe I would have 250000 in two more yearsthat is if I live when I am in heaven I dont expect to be fooling away my time editing newspapers The Rev James McCarey IChard Bossy FallDead Episode I hive gotten various accounts the Christian He about some Atheist name Richard Bossy falling dead In church when the skybuster alluded to the accounts but sa Bossy went Ki9lhVchuTcTi Bfedt out of a bUzzard but one of the ac coup says Bossy never went to church and how he came to step In last night is a mystery Already the lie is beginning to leak MURDERER BAPTI SED DECLARES READI NESS TO MEET MAKER Richmond Va January GJames Goode the negro who murdered Po lice Inspector Shlnberger paid the penalty of his crime on the gallows negro was baptised by Rev Father Hennigan of St Josephs Catholic church early this morning and declares his readiness to meet him Maker Besides killing Inspector Shlnber or Goode was also guilty of the mur der of a negro named Fox BURNS GOT BURNT SkyBuster Burns Books In Church In Louisville The CourierJournal gives an count of the cuttingsup of a preacher- In of that city named G C Cromer pastor of the Third English Luteran church On Sunday January 29th a during the services in that church Cromer walked to the stovo in his In church having in his arms copies of Shakespeare Byron and Burns and copy of tho Cosmopolitan Magazine of January and a copy of the Courier Journal of Sunday and put them is the fire and then turned and ex plained to his congregation that they were improper publications to bo in any Christian home- I had previously printed in the Blade from the Cosmopolitan Maga zine on article from a preachers wife in which she blasted preachers is and said they had to bo liars andC hypocrites to satisfy their congrega Lions of I think it possible that some one had sent him a marked copy of tho Blade containing that womans piece Of course after this it will not be good form to send Shakespeare By ron and Burns and tho Cosmopolitan I and the CJ will have to look out for other jobs And Burns got burnt ABOUT WILKINSONo A friend N B Graso1lf Oscar r rtl =N I I i a i i i i i 3 a I 1 II I I I I I I I I 1 1 PRICE LISTR MENS NEW MODEL 16 SI- ZEWATCHES r R HAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 32 105 23 Jewels 26 Wm Klnloy 21 Jewels same 17 Jewels 12 General Stark 17 s Jewels 10 15 Jewels Jewels 550 WALTHAM Riverside Moximus 23 Jewels 50 Vanguard 23 Jewels 30 Riverside 17 jewels 21 P S Bartlett 17 Jewels 1250 15 Jewels Jewels ELGIN No 156 or 162 21 Jewels 49 270 21 jewels 25 243 or 246 17 Jewels 242 17 Jewels 241 17 Jewels 15 Jewels 850 7 Jewels CASES All the above in the new Model thin Silverlne Screw Cases In Fahys Crown or Deuber filled god screw case guar anteed by manufacturers for 20 years artistic hand chased or plain 300 more hunting 500 more In 25 year case 200 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maidens alive etc There Is no doubt this preacher editor is training in crowd suited to his taste as he and hears things for Christs and lies for the glory of god The above Is from Grayson and his family are exceedingly interesting people whose prairie home I had the pleas ure of being- Wilkinsons publication in a local paper that he had Induced my to leave me does not seem to be pan fling out much I received a copy of that Issue tho Gospel Searchlight- I did not see in it a single good morals taught- It had in it not only pieces other religious sects but one part of his own sect Campbellltcs Tho Campbellites there as well Lexington are divided on the or gan question and Wilkinson those who want organs Buffalo Bills Cody wife Is him for a divorce The woman in the case is Miss Bessie Isbell Rev Cody at Georgetown Ky Ruckers pastor is tin to Bill Blood will toll A CONVICTS BOOK A fellow named Tom OBrien who religious and is probably an Irish has written n book caed Infamy Immortal giving tho story his life as a convict He sent mo ono of his books ap parently supposing that ho and I would be birds of a feather The book Is not Interesting and ac cording to his own showing as far as read tho book he ought to have been in tho penitentiary WANTS DOG FENNEL P Denison Texas Enclosed find ne for renewal of Blade and ono for Dog Fennel by return mall i W H AUSTIN I AN ERROR In the last Blade in an article I wrote about Abbott there was the name of Rucker when It should have been Beecher I may have made tho mistake One is liable to get the names of great men mixed TEXAS FRUIT LANDS Produce Early Crops Which Bring Fancy Prices In Texas they begin shipping ber ries in April tomatoes in May peaches in June bringing fancy prices uprT growing season is much than in the Northa chance to longerFtwo or three crops reducing the ex pense of getting through the win ter Fruit and truck land along the Cot h to Belt Route are very cheap as yet 10 to 15 an acre unimproved When put to orchard or truck they p can be made to yield 100 to 200 per acre and moreSBesides it is an ideal climateno long cold winters Write for bookletton fruit and truck growing E W La BEAUME P and T Cotton Belt Route St Louis Mo cqI + HHaIp H+ SAINT LOUIS TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT iN KEEPING WITH MODERN IDEAS AND EXECUTION POINTS MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY OKLAHOMA For dricrlptlro matter through lahednlei and other needed par ticulars fcdilress H McGUIRE osTatcT ae TCINCINNATI OHIO 1 ya 1 5 r HON E G COFFIN Warden of the Ohio Penitentiary When was a Convict There Writes Enthusiastically of Dog Fen rel and Compliments the Blade Says He Is Not a Member of Any ChurchA Letter That More Than Pays Me for all suffered as a Con victSpringfield r Ohio Jan 17 190E Mr Charles C Moore Dear SirI havo been going to write you ever since I returned home from the pleasant visit I made you last fall and thank you and your es tlmablo wife for tho pleasant manner in which I was entertained by both of you during my visit I shall never forget the buggy rldo I took with you going from Lexington to your home and return And the interesting manner in which you en l tertained me In describing the blue 4grass country wo passed through tiItwas my first visit to the blue grass country that I had heard so much about all my life and I must admit that in almost every respect it greatly exceeded my expectations in its greatness- I presume that there is no other place on earth whero thero are such vast sums of money Invested in horse flesh as there are in the bluegrass region of Kentucky and I presume that there Is no space of the same size on earth where there is more whisky drank and more people com mlt suicide and go insane than in the bluegrass region If this be true It would seem as if whisky hlghbred horses and bluegrass wero a bad mixtureI read your book entitled Dog Fennel carefully through and I am confident that I got more Information In reading it about the Holy Land Rome and the different other coun tries that you visited than from att the other books I ever read I sider it one of the most valuable presents that I ever received No matter how bigoted persons may be they could not help but be greatly Interested In the reading of this book Its composition and description of the many places you visited make it ery instructive and entertaining from start to finish and It should be read by every man woman and child and I will guarantee that after they are through reading it unless they are v 1 possessed of a prejudiced and bigot cdmlnd they w ll say that it is one Jof the most entertaining and instrw five books they ever read Everybody buy it and read it for after doing you will feel that you have been amply paid for the money and time ex pcnded I read the Blue Grass Blade with- y a great deal of Interest and pleasure and I fully agree with you in almost all you say in it There was one statement in an issue a short time ago that you made In reference to me that I challenge you to prove and that was this You said that you had friends among the many very warm Christian churches and one of then t was I who was an old rock ribbe- t Methodist or much to that effect Now sir if you can find a single man woman or child on earth that will say that I belong to that or any other church I will consent to be sent back to the penitentiary again to main there the balance of my life Now what have you an old exminis ter of the gospel got to say to that for that beats you and goes one better I suppose that as long as you edit the Blue Grass Blade you will be ma ligned and abused by cowardly bigots for what Just because you take a different view of the book caller the Holy Bible and the various ligious organizations claiming it for their guide We must concede the right unmo lested of every one to exercise the right to criticise In his own way ligious political and all other matters in a reasonable and consistent mannerI guarantee that there is not a newspaper printed in the whole State of Kentucky that more strongly vocates morality and doing good than the Blue Grass Blade and on the temperance question I consider it a little cranky I know that when Bro Moore and I were in the Ohio penl tentlary together that no man In that Institution exercised more moral in fluence over Its inmates than he and his example was such as to lead them In the right direction always en deavoring to keep us out of trouble instead of leading us into it I visit ed that institution a short time ago and several of the inmates that were there when we were here wanted to know if I had hard anything from Uncle Charley Moore I told them I that I had recently paid him a visit and how elegantly I was entertained by him and his estimable wife I am reading a work entitled The Prehistoric World or Vanished 1l1 lf Lt L 1if Races by E A Allen and he proves beyond a doubt In my mind that man existed a great deal longer than six thousand years ago the time fixed by the Bible and others for the first ex istenco of man It is a very enter tabling book to read but no comparl son to Dog Fennel Wishing to be remembered to your wife and family I Respectfully Yours E G COFFIN Lest any ono may suppose that my very dear friend ExWarden Coffin Is not most radically opposed to liquor drinking by his allusion to me as being a crank on that subject I here explain that he Is greatly opposed to liquor drinking does not touch It himself and that in all of his speeches to us when he and I were In the penitentiary togetherho hadng a great deal harder time than I dld he more than any one other thing that ho spoke of warned all against liquor drinking and in speaking of mo as a crank on that subject he simply means to say that I am even more radically opposed to liquor than warnings to the prisoners against liquor drinking were Intended for thoso who reasonably hoped to get out some timenot to those who were hopelessly life prisoners and who would probably go out feet fore most and In a wooden overcoat regardless of the weather He always recognized In the prls oners one good thing that was not al ways true of those who sent them therethey did not run around of nights in saloons and other dlsrepu table houses but always went to bed and had their electric lights out at the sound of tho curfew bell at 9 oclockI certainly surprised and gratl led to learn now for tho first time that old Colonel Colfln ho was soldier in the Federal army is not now and never was and does not seem likely to be a member of any churchIt a whole lot I am quite satisfied that some one there told me was a Methodist I suppose It was the Chaplain or some other liar In the Instltulon but it explains what had always to this time been a co mndrum to me how in the devil It ould be that as good a man as the old warden was could be a Christian of any brand But It has shown all the time that I could honor a good- man even when I thought he was a Christian The biggest rascal in the who le enltentiary of 2300 convicts excer one deyout old Catholic cock from New Orleans named Gardls was the Methodist chaplain forget his name I dont suppose that chaplain would go so far as to pay out money for the privilege of lying as they make their money by lying and never pay for anything they can get around but If ylng and telling the truth cost just the same that chaplain would lie every time That chaplain was In the Federal army too and ho did all of his fight- Ing by jamming himself full of wind and firing It off through him mouth- but to hear the damned old liar tell about It you would think thatv Johnle Rebs would have licked the Yanks clean out of their hides llk snakes If It hadnt been for him The only fellow in the whole penl iritlary that was as big a rascal orgot to say In tho right place that that chaplain tried to keep he Blade from coming into the penthe only pen thats mightier than the sword but the old warden held him down as that chaplain was one of the mil llons of Confederate Colonels that Sonny South raised to fight the- Yankswith their tongues That old Colonel Gardls was a heap- ranker Catholic than the Catholic priest who was chaplain there also There were so many Catholics the penitentiary there that they had- to have an extra chaplain for them- and a special church for them and a place where they could fix up the- Virgin Mary and old Joe and the balance of that family and their and all the balance of candlesI works and that old cock In that church and slept in the same room with the Virgin Mary Old Gardls had been the president of seven national banks In New leans and stole all the money out of every durned one of them and Ing national banks they got him Into a national penitentiary Old Gardls lived in the midst of that beeswax and always reminded me of an old king bumble bee Old Gardis was a great admirer Joe Woolfolk a Confederate Colonel In Lexington yet and is a boss Cajap bemtc When I was a preacher Joo- was one of my parishioners and most devoted admirers 1had money and fine clerical clothescoat with a tall to It as long- sas Irishmans at Donnybrook fair and Joe had a lot of the prettiest young women kin folks you ever saw dueeawF I baptized one of them by the soak ling processand Joo thought I was I TItBut I kicked out of the traces and old Hellgato Methodist pracher prosecuted me for blasphemy against the Holy Ghost Joo was tno foreman tof the grand Jury that In dieted me but In spite of Joe and old Hellgato the ghost got the worst of the scrlmage got me in Jail for a little while but the women sent me lots of good grub on a sliver walter by a nigger waiter and from that day to this that ghost cant get credit In Lexington for a scooner of beer een at a Catholic saloon That old Catholic chaplain at the prison was the fattest old devil you ever sawsix foot ono way foot tother and weighed four hundred pounds coat so big that ho couldnt pay the tailor and didnt meet half way round and being a farmer of a practical turn of mind I never could look at him without thinking what a lot of axle grease I could make out of him if I had the management ot him but ho and I were as thick as any other two thieves and he 1l1ted mo because he hated Protestants and knew that Protestants had sent me to the penitentiary because I was an hesame if there is any hell all preachers and priests are dead sho to go to hell and Lord wont there bo fat to fry when that priest gets there Old Bro Coffinwooden overcoat used to let me go outside Just when ever I wanted to and the first time I saw that priest ho was riding up street on a bicycle and I thought he was an advertisement for that brand of bicycle and that his priestly clothes were a part of the joke Once there was a rabbit but he lived along time before Uncle Re nus and his Brer Rabbit were born This rabbit I am talking about was a real old rabbit when I was born going on 68 years ago That rablt that I am talking about kept on muddying up an old mans spring just for pure devilment Old mans little boy fixed a tar baby for that rabbit ask your gran daddy what a tar baley is Im In a hurry and I have got to go feed theI hens23G of them not counting and turkeysand the little boy leas that rabbit and he said to that rabbit Dam your old long eared bob tall soul I am going to skin you and cook you And the rabbit ho said Oh hell I lont kear a dam about being akinnei anotod Just so you how- me in the briar bushes dOJ And the little boy was ad he slung that rabbit in the briar bushes md the rabbit said Goodbye little- boy I was born and raised In the- briar bushes and I never think about old Rucker and old Thompson sending me to a penltentlarythat old Brother Coffin had charge of that I ont say to myself Goodbye little boys XWarden Coffin Is himself an au thoroand has a fine library and Is a reading man and Is a good orator and- his tribute to Dog Fennel is more for It than columns of the lying and rot about books that newspapers are- when nobody about thepaid to print the book butoffice ever even read the criticism of the book Is written by the fellow man or woman who wrote It and paid for by the man who ubllshes It When Rucker and Thompson have been In hell a hundred yearsthe other member of their trinity Is there now by the whisky route good pee pIe will be honoring E G Collin because ho was my friend DOG FENNEL Is Refused by the Public Library of Abrbroath Scotland But It Makes a Good Advertisement For My Book Arbroath Dec 24th Mr John Addison 35 Fergus Street AddlsonI am request by the Library Committee to form you that the book Dog Fennel In the Orient offered through you Mr James Mitchell for presentation to the Library has been duly consld- ered by the committee The committee however do not andjwhilewith their best Your obedient senant JOHN HOSIE In tho Arbroath Guide under the head Arbroath Public Library occurs the following The Book Committee reported that on the motion of Battle Thom son seconded by Mr Jack they had unanimously resolved to recommend that a book entitled Dog Fennel In the Orient which had been offered to the Library through Mr John dlson be not accepted Dr Lllley j fir F l rib Ii brought forward a list of boolts which the Committee had agreed to to purchase at a cost not exceeding 10000 Dr Lilley moved the approval of the minute Ho said the boolts had been discussed with great candor and ho was glad to lie surrounded by such a body of Intelligent laymen as they had on this Committee The list was not the work of one man but ot the wholo Committee Baillo Thomson seconded Mr J M Mann moved as an amendment that the part of the minute excluding Dog Fennel In the Orient be not approved of Mr McLeod seconded the amendment for the sake of discussion Dr Ll11ey said the laymen of the Commtttee had dealt with the book In question Neither he nor Mr Scott had used any undue Influence in the matter Baillo Thompson Mr Jack Mr Smith and Mr Calder who had read tho book spoke very strongly In Its condemnation Mr McLeod said that after what ho had heard he withdrew his secondtt of tho motion The Chairman said he would vote against nnv book of the kind referred to Dr Lilloys motion was then agreed to unanimously and the minute was adopted A note from Mr Addison is as lows I am credibly Informed that of these intelligent laymen read the boot I shall kick around a little If the Guide allows You would thlnlt from the report that the book was obscene I have lots of applicatioi or it already That Committee has done the very test thing that they could have done to advertise the book They are a set of religious cranks and if they had recommended the book nobody but a few like themselves would have eared to read it Now there will be many people whowl1l be curious to see a boole that religious cranks did not want them to see- ROTESTANT INFIDEL A Lie Nailed on a Catholic Religious Editor Phlladelphl Pa Jan 12 1905 C C Moore Editor Blue Grass Bind Lexington Ky Brother MooreI enclose you two llpplngs taken from the Evenln Bulletin One is headed Sees God in war You have often said in your paper that the preachers love war and here Is preacher Who substantiates what you say- He says that at this time there Is much that must be done by force There are certainly a good number of preachers following his exam woman was telling me the othe day about her grandaughter who went to the priest to make her first communion and she came back cry- Ing and saying Father had sulted her- When she got through telling me- about it she said little too tough for- me to printEditor and I said herself is a Protestant and- Rhe likes your way of Mowing them and will soon be conducted into our ranks a fullfledged Infidel I have tried to get the Catholics to taUt about the church that was burned and about which you showed them up in your paper so nicely recently and called them liars and dared them to try to prove that they were not I showed them what you wrote and all I could get out of them was a grunt and a shrug of the shoulders Yours truly The signature comes right down the corner of the sheet and I cant read it Looks liker r The woman damned that priest and said something else about him- that was fair and true but it would- jar even some of our halfbaked Infl matter about the fire in the chnrlh was as follows Some Catholic liar wrote to a cago paper names forgottenabout a Catholic church in Philadelphia that had burned down in 1883 as I r catJ He said that although the was hot enough to melt and twist- Iron pipes that were near some wax figures of the holy famllyold Joe- and Mollle and J Ctho wax figures were not in the least melted nor any way disfigured and that thousands of people witnessed the fact the- wax figures having been permitted to remain for some time In tho ruins the church iomo body sent me the clipping from the Chicago paper and I printed it and said in a comment that was one of the 1001 Catholic lies that same brand A Catholic religious paper names forgotten In Philadelphia reprinted what I had printed speaking of me as ono Charles C Moore who calls- himself a heathen The Catholic ed Itf ro I ILLINOIS CENTRALI EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINCS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIA r r AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE TURN LIMITS Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Louisville tfTexas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates te punts South and West first and third Tuesdays In each month FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company to Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardenfsgkstock raising dalllng etc In the States ot Kentucky West MissBslppl and Louisiana Every Farmer or Homeaeeker who will for ward his namp and address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circulars If Nos 1 to 11 Inclusive and others aa they are published frOm month toton or address nearest railroad Agent or address tt r F W HARLOWDIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY i GO SOUTHWEST Like Time and Tide the Great Southwest iw awaits no man but Its a heap easier to get aboard at the Instant of starting than to contend with the element of momentum later Let us give you the details of this new countrys rapid growth and your chance to grow up with it Illustrated literature free iRocK Island System i SOUTHWEST CUT ALMOST IN TWO DecJjiJOJ904Jan 3 17 1905 f GEO H LEE GP A Little Rock ArkrH McGUIRE D P A JOHN SEBASTIAN Pass Traf Mgr Chicago III itor in an editorial In which he spoil of himself as I like I do In lhe Blade said that the account as written to the Chicago paper was true and that he himself had witnessed thp fact about the wax figures- I printed it all and said that editor was a liar and defied him to to prove what ho had said and I askedI some patrons of the Blade In Phlli delphla to investigate It and write me about it and this is the first swer I have gotten and there may be othersI done things like this over and over again but it never hurts any Christian to be exposed for lying if he is lying for the glory of God See Romans 3 7 A Catholic priest is the biggest liar on earth eicepta Protests preacher Campbellltes leading the procession and driving the band wa gon uNO BUGS On the BladeDoes Him Good to be Damned Lake Klllarney N S Jan 10 1905 Dear Father Moore Please find enclosed 100 to pay subscription I am behind and slow but I am sure to come at some time It does my old soul good to get a real good damning once In a while it wakes me up I am giving the Blade away to some friends that would read it and It has been the means of their send- Ing for it It is Just right There are no bugs on the Blade I want to ask you some questions bout tho Holy Land Did you see anything of that angel that went down at a certain season Into the pool and troubled the waters so that whoever first thereafter stepped in was made whole of whatsoever llsease ho had It is at Jerusalem by a sheep mar ot If you saw anything of him tell us through tho Blade about him I would like to know something about him If you didnt see him yourself did you see anybody that had seen him If the angel has stopped ming what has been the cause of It Has the angel died or has there b ecn a change of government so that he got his discharge Maybe he has been clubbed out of heaven to make another devil fort t1II tt some other world to help God 7 plan of creation and the plasiy vatlon to kill him when hojgoejl as the only beg n the world No that ange ness at the pool of BtTMtaj and gone back to heaven an I suppose has taken the pool with him l6r1tS cannot be found there now tThat is one of the New Testamen stories that no guide Mohammedan1 p or Christian at Jerusalem knows or even pretends to know anything about There are a plenty of sheep and goat markets there but nobody thero knows anything about the pool of Bethasda though all the other Bl blo pools are there and I suppose they play pool k That story of the pool of Bethesda John 529 Is now recognized evenF by orthodox Christians as being anv Interpolation McGarvey a Campbelllte authority 4 in Lexington gave me tho first infor jmatlon to that effect 40 years ago But annotations in my big Bible say that the pool was seen in 1611 covered with the ruins of buildings That is probably just a Christian lie to account for the fact that no such place can bo found there now I knew before I was In Jerusalem that the guides do not pretend to t know where It Is now but I either forgot to ask them about it tftdlii not do so because if you catch themC in too many Bible lies they are apt to shut down on you and not talk to you j It may have been that that angel J anticipated tho coming of Mrs Eddy and Christian science and saw that i there was no further use for his job tad so moved his spring backtott heaven but I think the change in government that you suggest Is tho explanation of the disappearance of that angel and his pool The Mohammedans took all that country away from the Christians rabout A D o The Mohammedans believe tho Oldrr Testament is true but they dont twant any New Testatment In thelrni and while they let the old Jew angels and pools and things ntlll do business it the same old stands they made f that angel that was running poolroom at Bethesda move out and take his pool along with him because ho was a Christian angel and would not pay pool room license to Mohammed i t