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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 7y i 1 In J v ri 5 f BLUE GRASS BLADEPUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE BDITEL P HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS VOLUME XIII NUMBER 49 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5 E M 304 11n = 100 A YEAR r Jtlatrft I d fu cL Ui N LASm r TERM OF THE LADE for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW aubscrlbert 60 teats each 260 for Gv- eTerms100 per year In advance foreign 160 Five New aubccriberi sent one year for 260 g Make all Money Orders Drafts and l Orders payable to the Blue GruaBlade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old aa well aa the new address When you send your subscription say old whether you area new or subscriber Office of publication 165 W Short Bt Entered at the post office at Lexlng ton Ky as Second Class MailI Matter all communications to Address BLUE GRASS BLADE P O BOX 7 MS Lexington Kentucky JYyette Telephone 619 imbprland Telephone 107 i i White Hall Jan 11 05 f =Editor Blue Grass Blade ixDear slrI have been an occasion al reader of your paper and In the lost few days I have become a sub scriber through my old friend Major f Glllor I am writing you for some In formation which I am in immediate need of I want some statistics tour penitentiaries showing the pet cent of Christians and nonChristians fir confined therein I am going to make st a public address in our county seat in about three weeks and I want to use the statistics on that occasion Now if you have a back number that contains such In rformatloti I will gladly pay you for It i lf you have not cant you give me sjjsfy something you know to be authentic on the subject in a short letter You i twill find an addressed envelope Vreply enclosedA W FOREMAN tpl D The above personal information that I have on the subject is that I jwas a prisoner of the United States f and had extraordinary opportunitl- csMto find out the religious opinions Jcthe prisoners there jfeak There were 2300 prisoners there that I overInfidel K and I was the only heard of there I found there though JT many most devout Christians and Jews I refer you to that prison for your Kt information For several months west Kentucky has been flooded with ingeniously made but spurious silver dollars which were perfect in appearance had the right ring and were inferior I to the genuine only in their weight A United States marshal was sent into tho district to loop up the author of Jibe coins and after watching around for a few weeks arrested the Rev K John Smith a wellknown Methodist minister ona charge of counterfeit Eng The deputy la sure he has the aright man- Send Dog Fennel In the Orient aa Stw Years gift to your friends We have them at 11 postage paid i y r an flepf0td M E be no OLD HOBBY so I am now In my 68th year and tho chances are that I will be dead before am 70 though I am so far as I know in fine health If I dont ruin my health trying to live according to the suggestions of Dr Tilden of the Stuffed Club- I would take 13 or 14 millions of dollars if Carnegie or some other fellow would give It to meI ont want the earth but I reckon I lose about as little sleep over frenzieds finance as any old cock of my age But I am getting a little more andn more all the time stuck on fame ands want a modicum of It before I stuf It fie off the mortal I have a kind ofn Utopian vision of my being the means of making the world a great deal bet ter and happier for men embraclr women and animals for I have a soft place in my heart for animals domes tic and wild When I was in Africa I never kill ed either for amusement or foodg any elephants crocodiles or hippopot amusesI felt sorry for tho crocoa edll because they are all the time shedding tears and the hippopotamus es always have the hippo and I juste naturally feel sorry for any body In is trouble Ive been there jailpeniten tlaryI want to be the leader in some great big kind of a scheme to get the people to be good not any scheme that has any religion in it but just to be good because it makes us happythat is I reckon it does I never tried Itand the only capital that I have to start on Is that I have the reputation for being the wickedest man in the United States and I notice these days when any body gets tobe therest of nytiitag In the United States they always go on tho lecture stand and get to be have no money and no genius and I dont care for money or gen ius because there have been so many Infernal liars like old Dowie and old Joe Taylor over in Rome and Tal mage and Sam Jones that have made money by belonging to the smart set and lying about schemes to be good that there is no longer any novelty or distinction In blowing to their setand graft and if I cant be something fresh and brand splinter new I want to finish the balance of my days simply as an old hayseed and dont want any more monument than a ball of hay to which poor pee pies poor horses will have free ac cess But I am just like a bad little child that my wife tells about that cried and said Whats that I want that I dont know what I want tJI want to get up some scheme for getting us all to be better that I dont take any money for I wouldnt get any nf It If it dldnn take any any organization of officers or annual meetings or big blow hard wind jam rmlng big preachers but just some kind of a scheme where each one of us both sexes young and old and all the colors of the rainbow specially those that have the blues rich and poor any where and any time can be continually getting a little better and therefore a little happier all the that class of cranks who may write me telling me that religion is the very thing I am hovering after or that it Is some of these getrich quick orthe devil will get you poli tical fads that will fill the aching void in my stomach will if they write to me simply waste their stamps and stationarytheir time is worth nothing and therefore I dont mention it That woman from Oklahoma some town beginning with Q I believe came nearer getting on to my idea than anybody who has written to n the subject Eliza Mowry Bliven wants to do the right thing but the genius to get at it right I wouldnt give a dam for the dif ference between her Infidel Sunday school and that of Miss Susan Wlx on on one hand and a Campbelllte Sunday school in Lexington on the other handrot is one of about the same brand as in the other Infidelsare people of the finest f r rirfJtp1 1 common sense In the whole world and man or woman ought to claim to an Infidel who is not a moralist and Infidel really hay gotten along far that while Christians and pecially priests and preachers are continually reported in the papers as criminals and getting Jerked to Jesus at the end of a Kentucky hemp ropeI have been a hemp raiser and have raised some of these fellows a with ItIt Is almost unknown that an Infidel commits a crime and when It one Infidel is hung where a thousand Christians are it always turns out that excepting the case of Rosa in St Louis who would now smell as sweet by any other name it is some half baked Infidel that none of us ever heard anything about That Is statistically true but for all that some of us Infidels have some dog in us that belongs in a boulogne and it oughtnt to be in us ought to be the case that when any is known to be an open and knowledged Infidel that simple fact made him in all that contltutes a man as good as Ben Burtons bill I never knew Ben reckon he died before I was born and dont know the nature of his bill but I have been hearing of its being a mighty thing for something over a half century It seems to me that every body rich a poor high and low Is more or less unhappy and it does seem to me that plainly the greatest thing on Is to get happy and that this the most selfevident proposition in the world and yet I never saw any newspaper that even pretended to be run for the purpose of making people happy except these that are run by some of these religious editors and political fadlsts purely and solely for the purpose of separating fools from their money J C said one good thinggot it from a heathen Chine and it had to beDo to others as you would have them do to you This with some emendations adap tions and provisions is gooddont a dcrto let a feitavvag u t tc t tiary because you would want him to let you outbut as the basis of a general principle the sentiment Is all O K and will wash without fading and it does seem to me that all of us Infidels could and oughter do that though I cant at least dont do it uy a jug fulllarge jug I started this little thing of trying to get better all by my Jonely about four months agoYou recollect when first started to talk about itI amI not yet a little tin angel on wheels or anything of that sort bi I believe am Just a leetle tiny tiny bit better man now than I was then and am Just that muchmighty little bap pier than I was before I started and though I might have to live about three times as old as Methuseleh to get to be real good at the rate I am going now I am enjoying the fact that I am trying to do better The air is all full of fads and someI of them are intended to do good Carnegie the Infidel is doing the hardest thing In the world to get any body to do part with his money when he dont have to I would not give a damson fig or any of fruits for any of Carnegies money old Diogenes is my huckleberry the whole gang but Carnegie started a lot of others to giving away money by the millions but if giving away money Just by the barrel can get to be a fad being good can become a fad Just on the same princi ple makes people happier and want to do something new just show old Solomon that he lied ho said there was nbthlng new under the sunthough what women would do In Spring bonnets If thero was something nev God only knows and he wont tell Every man and woman of any sense knows that being good makes us happier than being bad and everybody wants to be happy and if we can some how just get the thing started it would became just as fashionable to bo good as It now is to be bad and all these young dudes and dudlnes and old Judos In rich fashlonabU society would be the very first to catch onto it- They want to be happy just as much as we poor devils do but they are just like we arealnt got sense enough to know how and we are all saint and sinner rich and poor just hellbent from ignorance and dam foolery and whining and crying asking What is that I want that dbntvknow what I 1ti It alnt ti4f moneys wont do any good Ive been there It alnt piety N G Ive been there too If The Stuffed Club man Is somewhat onto my racket crank but crahks make the wheels go round and nobody has struck it yet but Its somewhere and what I want is to cuss the thing In the Bladeand each one of us just try personally to get little better all the time than we have been and dont get discouraged we fall but keep on trying and of then if we fall in any great pallle un der aklng each one will have done to something for his or her own good Let us hear from you in the Blade letiocents each to different addresses with your letters marked and let us see it we cant boom the idea of just simply trying to get happier by get of tins better each fellow man or wo man working on his own planpad dllnl his own canoe LOFJD STILL KILLING PEOPLE FOR GOING TO MEETING Al Hornellsvllle N Y 13 women unlucky numberwere coming from Universallst church In a sleigh when a train on the Plttsburg Shaw mutt and Northern Railroad ran into the sleigh killed of them immediately and 3 more died soon after and the remaining were woundedT All of the ten killed had Mrs fore their namesIOne of and the next one was Mrs Ber- llroorecome mighty near colderI wife hut I reckon it will be a lay than that when my wife gets killed coming home from any church- I have known for a long time that the Lord didnt like for people to go loanyof these other churches but- hpuiFbt that be might possible stand U Iversallst church But I seic now agetTowhoTO push and I am ijot going to any mnre of them too uangerojs JERUSALEM MY HAPPY HOME IN A PIGS EYE A dispatch from Jerusalem dated Jan 28 says An extraordinary scene has taken place at the Grotto of Bethlehem The Greek Catholics had been celebrating midnight mass n honor of the birth of Christ accord Ing to their calendar and on leaving the church which has been erected near the grotto and in which accord ling to tradition the savior was born they were confronted by a band of Franciscan monks who disputed their right to visit the sacred spot The Greek priest endeavored to force a passage and a fight ensued In the melee one of the Greeks snatched a Franciscans rosary from his girdleJ and swinging It around his head as a weapon severely injured several persons The monks seizing hold the Greek priests long hair proceed ed to pull It out by the roots 3NEW ONE ON EVE fThe Cincinnati Post gets some fun a out of the suggestion of Mrs Lillie Devcreux Blake that the apple that Eve ate was often all a quince Lit lies criticism is based upon the facts she says that apples will not grow In the country IIoLlllle is right was a young fellowj lI read some where In some Blble commentary that it was a watt ermel n that Eve ate and by which she p yed the devil or the played her and though I could exacfc see how watermelons grew on trccK remembered that great Is the mys p of Godliness and that thin are possible with God alii kn he could make elephants on seberry bushes if he wanted and didnt like apples had too mal jf them at our house ten barrel cider at a time rind did like wal felons and so I have always stu 0 the theory that It was a wat ern n that the fair Evelyn unfair Iy us all out to the devil for and LII may go to tho heaven with het nce racket- Constitution of the United tl grants to every man the right dlC1IIscd to believe that it was a f watermelon and I will be damned this is spoken In no profane sense I dont do it nevertheless yet notwithstanding BETHLEHEM Was the Scene of Rioting on Christmas daytrAs usual the Christmas celebra tion at the birthplace of the Prince Peace was broken up by a riot says W E Curtis in a recent letter the RecordHerald The great lies church which covers the cave in Bethlehem in which Jesus is suppos big to have been born was the scene bloodshed and If the followers of had not Interfered the I monks would have killed each other in their Jealousy and tred In A similar disturbance occurs on almost every anniversary of the birth Christ but this Christmas it was more serious than over before A has private letter from a friend In Jerusalem tells me that nine Franciscan for monks were beaten by Greek monks until they were senseless and would have been murdered If the police had son not interfered Three Greeks were very badly injured anti one of them is likely to die The greeks are always the aggress ors They outnumber the Francis cans who represent the Roman Cath olic church in Jerusalem and Bethlehem and are men of much larger build and greater physical strength Interior of the great church of the Nativity at Bethlehem is divided between the Greeks the Roman Catholics the Armenians and the Copts Each have a chapel wit han altar and other conveniences for worship and the representatives of each are in turn allowed to occupy the grotto in the center which is supposed to have been the stable In which the holy family took refuge on the night of the Saviors birth A guard of Mohamme dan soldiers under the control of a Mohammedan goventir Is nljmyaata toned around the grotto and sentln W els are placed at different points in of the church where the Greeks and Franciscans are apt to come In con tact This Is necessary to keep the peace for they hate each other so fiercely that they never meet without snarling like dogs and threatening each others lives This year as usual both bands of monks sang high mass Christmas eve and according to the usual are rangement the Greeks were allowed to occupy the grotto until midnight when they were required to retire in order that the Franciscans might worship there from midnight until morning The usual Mohammedan guard was on duty but when the hour arrived the Greeks refused to retire and when the Franciscans tried to enter the grotto the Greeks threw them out by violence A general melee occurred There were between forty and fifty monks on each side who fiercely and seemed beside IItought with rage The halfdozen soldiers who were on guard were helpless but one of them ran at once to the house of the governor which Is near by and aroused him Ho came immediately to the scene with detachment of police and with great difficulty restored order and ar rested the leaders The Governor of Jerusalem who has Jurisdiction over Bethlehem has given notice that no celebrations will be allbwed In the future unless the monks agree to keep the peace Similar disturbances frequently occur at the holy sepul chre In Jerusalem but there lips been no trouble there for nearly a year From tho SearchlightC 11tWe are reminded in a spirit of umph that as the result of Protestant foreign missionary work carried on by the United States Canada Britain Ireland and Continental rope during 1004 there were added to the churches 120491 members An analysis of the figures shown In this report gives as the instrumentalities through which these converts were made 5814 men missionaries women missionaries and 04347 natlvo workers at a cost of 10118280 That means 157 converts for each of the 76747 persons employed and at a cost of 13376 per convert nothing to boast of from a business standpoint One has but to examine these missionary reports to see that the missionary business pays only the t r if t missionaries and a few of their secretaries or agents who collect and dis tribute the money r- AM GOING TO CHANGE TO MY ILLUSTRATION iI Up to this time I have been illus the mendacity of some menrj saying As big a liar as Zachary Campbelllte preacher In Lexington Really Zachary is as big a liar as a man of his size can be but he is small and could not hold so many as if ho were larger just as a small sack cannot hold as much as a one Hereafter when I have occasion to71 allude to a very extraordinary liar am going to say As big a liar as Wilkerson a campbelllto preacher the Indian Territory Wilkerson has all the genius andadlspostlon for lying alacrity old Tack Falstaff called Itthat Zachary but Wilkerson is so much ger than Zachary and his capacity lying so much greater than Zach arys that Zachary Is really a very moderate liar compared with Wllker sAMONG THE FIOUS RETHERINGJ At Indiana the wife iI 11divorce dlthemy g ground penitentiary at Columbus Owen Russell in Sussex England1ricut off his right hand because the t 1 Bible says you must cut off your right hand if It offends you lt Owen would not tell how his right 1hand had offended him reckon it hadouwbeen getting into some other fellows l rocketto Irt1 OwensboraKyrJanr IhcIIT WArmer was today found guilty the murder of his son and sen tenced to twentyone years In the penitentiary ti The father murdered his son who was 21 years old because he hadjgone to work for a farmer and had refused to return home From the Searchlight However theru Is one astonishing fact in the history of crimes that Is furnished by statistics and that is that religionists furnish more criminals In proportion to their numbers than do nonreligionists This is a fact that Is furnished by the criminal records of France England and the United States From the Commissioners report of 5fj the Illinois Penitentiary at Joliet the religious belief of the prisoners are 1Ji 1 iven and from which I copy the fol a t lowingtReligious beliefs of prisoners on hands September 30 1902 Adventist Baptist 146 ChristianrjiCampbelllte 20 Congregational Disciples 1 Dunkards 1 Episcopal 36 Evangelical Jewish 17 Latter Day Saints Lutheran 105 Methodist 224 no church 72 Presbyterian 75 Protestants Quaker Roman Catholic 493 Swedenborg United Breth ren 8 Universalist 2 Unitarian 1xTotal 1227- Percentage with no religious beliefj554 percentage professing religious belief 9446 Y Only objection I found to being in the penitentiary where there were 5 300 of us was that I could not find any Infidels to talk to Not a durned so did I over find In the whole she bang that Is except the Warden BACKING ME UP tWhenever I say anything some other fellow says the same thing IrIsaid the preachers want the saloons closed on Sunday so that they can gettthe money that would otherwise go to the saloons Senator Raines author of the law about Sunday closing in New York recently said I firmly believe if the question was put to a vote of tho citizens of Now York it would be heavily defeat ed The whole power of the church would be directed against it for the church has a financial as well as a moral reason for opposing Sundays opening It wants the contributionstl that would go to the saloon F J J i MORE ABOUT THE MESSAGE r Walter Hurt Offers Suggestions Re garding Dr Wilsons Plan rtDr J B Wilsons plan for the Is suance of an annual message by the president of the American Free thought Association is in my opinion ono of the most valuable ideas for ag gressive and effective propagandlsm ever originated It seems to me that all progressive Freethinkersand actual Freethinkers are of course progressiveshould unite in thanking Dr Wilson for this suggestion and urge that it be acted upon In its application the idea is origin al unique and we know that the new and novel attracts attention lust as we know that any reform movement must attract attention to itself if it would rapidly advance a In his preparatory statement Dr Wilson has covered the ground so thoroughly and so ably that he leaves f small opportunity for suggestion from others We must agree that such a document reviewing the work and progress of the movement during the t preceding twelve months and outlin ing the plan of campaign for the com c ing year cannot fall to impress and influence the neutrals and any war eilng members of the opposition us well as greatly encourage and stir our comrades on the firing line iuate their energy and enthu slasm adding to their zeal and citing I them to greater endeavor In preparing this message the Ares dent would be aided by the aggregate judgment and advice of the executive committee of the organization just as the president of the United Status I calls upon the collective wisdom of his I cabinet to consider wtiat issue shall t be included in his annual message to congress and how they shall be r handled in fact to decide with des cretion and discrimination upon the f politics of his administration With Freethought are interwoven and inter t dependent many vital problems that the most conscientious though and careful deliberation should be devoted to such a message In Dr Wilsons informal message find so much of verity and value so much that should not be lost in so limited a circulation so many things calculated to loosen the gyves of shackled thought as well as to make some of our Freethinkers do just a little more thinking than they are accustomed to doing that it seems to mo it should bo glven tho widest possible curronc Tol Venu1 ubbu alttta ecutecan mittee of the A F Ask Dr Wilson z to revise his message ellminiatlng everything not essential in order to w condense and couching it throughout in language to comport with the dig nity of so important a document vote it official and authorize its pus llcation and distribution in adequate am I with the value of this idea for an annual Frcclhought message that I shall take up the neat ter editorially in the The Culturist a Liberal magazine which I intend soon to issue and will Invite suggestions in the subject WALTER HURT STUFFED CLUBSWEET WILLIAMS GREEN CLAY AND HORSES Pittsburg Pa Jan 28 05 M C Moore Dear slrI have been reading the Blade for one year this January and I want to read it some more since I have got the habit So please find 100 for the Blade and 100 for Dr Wilsons book when ready I would be Inclined to censure you If you were not so much older than I am for hay ing a Stuffed Club in your posses slon for so long and not using it I stumbled onto a few copies by accl dent and found that they contain valuable information and I hope that it will be the cause of your living many t years longer for if you should drop Loff you would be more missed than Theodore Roosevelt Long live the Blade and its editor G E GANDE LOTApropos of Lincoln that reminds me of a story Old General Green Clay of Kent tucky was once asked why ho rode on horseback all the time instead of walking sometimes he said There are millions or horses but only one t Green Clay Let him that rldeth under stand ABOUT YOUR TALMAGE Ii Los Angeles Calif Mr Moore comrade and Bro I send you funder separate cover a Los Angeles containing the Sunday AIbraying of one Talmage probably a descendant of that other animal that conversed with Balaam and I hope you may give the fellow all thats coming to him Send me a copy of the Blade with your reply so that I V f 4a may send It to him marked S A SMYTHE Yes this one is the son of the one that used bray in Brooklyn and then in Washington and then just any old place he could get anybody to ten to him These two modern ones have talk ed a great deal more than the one that talked to Balaam but neither of them ever said anything as sensl blo as the one that talked to Balaam did and beside that the one that tall ed to Balaam was saying what thd Lord wanted said because tho Hlble says so and there is no way of know Ing that these American ones ever said what the Lord wanted said dont know anything about this Call fornia fellow but I knew his daddy and he was N G The ono that talked to Balaam In Palestine had died before got there but I saw many of his decend ents and they were all O K and blood will tell- I never believed that story about the donkey talking Hebrew to Balaam until I saw a donkey that understood Greek in Athens just as easy as my mule Jet Davis understands Ameri can I have studied Hebrew and Greek both and Hebrew is a whole lot easier than Greek and If a donkey can understand Greek as I saw one do See Dog Fennel in Athens I dont see why one might not talk Hebrew I saw those donkeys in Paleaino do a whole lot of things that I cant do and yet I have talked more Hebrew myself than Balaams key did And if Balaams donkey ed over there among the Hebrews and I lived in Kentucky of course the donkey had advantages in learning the Hebrew language that I did not have You notice that Balaams donkey didnt talk the Kentucky language That Palestine donkey could talk Bible talk and so can that one in CUll fornia if translated into English hut the Palestine donkey and the Callfor nia one both together couldnt edit the Blue Grass Blade They were both good for circus trick mules but they could talk like I do in the B G B hardly ever The California donkey Is talking about Infidelity making suicide Lets wait until a shonuff man gets to talking about it WANTS ANOTHER DOG FENNEL TO LEND OUT LockportNYFeb 3 04 MfrCBartesCMoorer Dear sir Enclosed find Post Office money order for ono dollar for whirl send your most valuable book Dog Fennel which in my humble estima ion Is the real thing for every person of ordinary Intelligence to read If he wishes to exercise the gray matter n his belfry The average Christian hasnt sufficient of the gray matter In his noggin to feather a small flee and as a result he will not investlgae for himself I have read Dog Fennell digested it thoroughly and now wish to make another meal on It It is worth more than all the Bibles this side of Hades and would to God or Jesus that it might be in every house hold in the land to enlighten the many who love to hear the priest with his long drawsy Ill bet you a dollur I can beat you a game of dominoes Hoping to receive tho book at an ear ly date that may loan it to some misguided mortal GEORGE GATH INFIDELITY WITH A BIG Brunswick Maine Feb 25 05 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear slrI am glad that you have gone to writing again for wa missed you very much I dont like these lukewarm fellows that want to be called Freethinkers Liberals Aguos tics etc I believe in showing our colors I speak right out and say that I am an Infidel and I would like to see all have the sand to do the same hope you may live a long time yet and have the strength to print your paper and enjoy the fruits thereof Dont print this unless you want to WILLIAM L HAM Had I your name Id write incog Would not bethought any part of a hogpAnd yet It sure must be confessed I love hog and ham the best OLD SUBSCRIBER From Little Rhody Compliments Dr Wilson Jo the Blade Herewith I enclose 200 to renew my subscription one year in advance to the Blade and the Thricoaweek World provided you are still clubbing with the New York World at the old rate1G5 for both You may send me extra Blades for the balance otherwise apply the 26b for payment in full for both I want extras of January 8 containing Dr Wilsons an ir IIter three times and aside from thoI spice of Socialism which ho soa roilI- 1y mixes in which doubtless escaped tho oifocals of Brother Moore It was grand from start to finish and re minds ono of the proposition that was presented several years ago where some one said The mantle of In gersoll falls on Dr Wilson I am pleased to see the Blado sume its wonted proposition and trust that it will outllvo the dead toads that read it many of whom doubt less consider that the publisher Is under great obligation to them for oven reading it of Rev Lyman IIandPrinceton University characterizes as tartjedbuzzards pecking at an oagie The Blade of January eighth in con nection with Abbott says Ingersoll was a Methodist or Campbelllte preacher compared with Abbott There are many who consider tbere cent utterances of Abbott as rasji and inconsiderate but such apparently IsI not the case I have before me a clip ping from a newspaper and tho ham or a portion of It was quoted In tho Blade over two years ago which shows the trend of tho noted preach ers thought at that time and Is as follows I have in my archives a statement of its tenets drawn up by me when I first entered the minis try How every I burned all of my sermons years ago add today I can not doubt that the change front the old method to the now method of thinking Is important radical 1tlre volutionary A typical departure the renunciation of the carpenter theory of Gods creation of the vork The Bible is not book Ini which fifty or sixty writers tell whet reli gion is but It is merely a roc id of their religious experiences They were human they were Imperfect men who wrote the Bible They stumbled we stumble If they stumbled where does the divine inspiration come In Tho late beloved and lamented John Wesley said Giving up Witch craft is giving up the Bible What would the sainted John buvetG6gbt had the most noted preacher lay announced the story of on t as found inth first vwia Genesis Ozfhirbehalfl us sap lvfa gjlj the first chapter Genesis is giving up the Bible Rev Abbott indulges na sonic what flippant air when he speaks of the carpenter theory of Gods crea ion which calls attention the story that the earth and the fullness thereof were made in six days and He made the stars also Edison and Westinghouse not lit In evidence In those days where did the light come from to enable the carpenter work to proceed the first three days The sun and moon were not mode until the fourth day regardless of the story that there was day and night the first day- Rather poor astronomy to say the least- And still wo are told that the science of astronomy and the Bible do not conflict that we ridicule in place- sound argument When such a glaring in consistency resents itself all argument ceases to avail and ridicule becomes the proper weapon In connection with the sun and moon we are reminded of two Irishmen who were traveling on a bright moonlight night when one of them looking at the full orb of night said I think that the moon were better as the sun Go on yese flannel mouth replied his companion What are yese given ustho moon better as the sun sure j Molke dont It shine in the night when we nade ItE L ROFFEE LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE t Walter Osborne of Lexington tempted suicide In Clnclnm fbYstrichnine l It is not know whether or not ho will recover From Jettert is friends found in his pockete the following extracts I havo pardoned all on ear t Ilts 0dinjured me as I expect lII know He will do it for in myar I thought I shot myself and evekwas pleased about itfetecold UIoi you go to church awl t Ie lead Christian lives for wqumeet you in heaven This is only another one wort many proofs that suicide Is es wholly confined to Christians s i 1X I I a IST LOUIS MINISTER COMMITS SUICIDE Found Hanging With nope Around His Neck In Basement of His Dwelling St Louis Mo Feb GThe body of tho Rev Martin McFarlnnd was found todoy hanging In the basement of his home In North St Louts Late in the day he went Into tho basement tied one end of the rope to a rafter the other around his neck and jumpel fro ma chair Ho had been dead only a short tim when found Members of his family state that Mr McFarland had been suffering from ill health and give that reason as tho cause for his actIts a common contention among preachers that Infidelity is causing suicide Was Rev McFarland an In fidel LET EACH READER PUT HIS OWN HEAD ON IT Infidel Moore Though I have probably got you more subscribers than any one man In Maryland or perhaps In any half dozen neighboring states you have have done me the great injustice to say in the Blade that I am skcercd of the Christians and afraid to talk out in meetin and say what I am while you yourself were actually afraid to print my article likewise this one because it would have shown your own error Over 50 years ago while you were praying preaching and baptizing pret ty young women my grandfather Samuel Maysllles a wagonmaker at Benovola Md 7 miles south of Hag erstown risking boycott and all tho fanatical persecutions Christians then practiced quietly circulated Palnes Age of Reason quite widely here to which effect all but bare two Ra tionalists here today can bo directly or indirectly traced Prior to and during the Rebellion both he and my father were outspok en abolitionists at the very risk of their lives this then slave state of Maryland I composed and had scribed on my fathers tomb in a Christian churchyard these true lineR A pioneer In Abolition Hydropathy Freethought Honest temperate and diligent he lfcsfarmed surveyed and taughts ILoved justicetruth and liberty a- tcuairighta tor111 Prepared by present usefulness for every future call We had a Dunkard and a United Brethren preacher both of whom knew him well and were his friends to aid at the funeral services as two of his sisters were church members and Dr W A Croffut of Washington D C the famous Agnostic poet orator and press writer delivered the main funeral oration which the Truth Seeker prints In pamphlet form der the title of A Remarkable Funeral Service as It certainly was for I know of none like it either in this state or elsewhere We were all alike tolerant of each other and all passed off harmoniously and very structivelY as the meetinghouse was crowded to overflowing This all happened about six years ago When living in Washington I was Secretary of the Washington ular League besides personally have ing got from the Chief of Police a permit to hold an openair Single Tax meeting on Pennsylvania Avenue every Sunday into which I and other speakers Injected very much Ration alism In Chicago though warned against It I also was the first man after street speaking because of the alleged Anarchist bomb throwing had been suppressed to personally obtain from the Chief of Police after a personal interview with the elder Mayor Harrison a permit for Sunday openair Single Tax street meetings into which I Injected very much Rationalism I was there also for about two years President of the Chicago Question Club through which I injected much Rationalism into our audiences and also into our resolu tions and articles which wo gave to the Associated Press and thus got to tho dally newspapers For two years previous thereto I similarly presided over the Boston Mass Question Club and on Sundays We likewise held open air meet- Ings on Boston Common into which discourses I injected very much Ra tionalism whenever opportunity of feredI have in the past 20 years got hundreds of Rationalistic articles In to the dally newspapers all over the United States including the San Francisco Examiner New Orleans TimesDemocrat Boston Traveler Philadelphia Bulletin Chicago Record many others of the same tlass besides having sold hundreds of opl9s of Paines Age of Reason and got scores of subscribers for your and other Freethought papers attending all tho Rationalist meetings I convene iently could and always being an outspoken Rationalist at homo and abroad I havo personally met L K Wash burn Editor Macdonald J E Reins burg Charles Watts Ingersoll Putnam and many other leading Ration 1st all of whom seemed to appreciate me much more than you whom T havo not seen I was also one of the leading or ganlzers of the American PressWrit ers Association whose work is largely Rationalistic having first suggested such an organization So I am by no means skeered of the an active outspoken ag gressive Rationalist I have also been a Tariner school teacher traveling salesman and local business man and followed them all successfully and such men might also more likely suggest a successful method of Ra tlonallstlc propIIPlln111thn one who can only boast of having made a finan cial failure thereof after having first been misled so far Into superstition as to become a Christian and a preacher a disease I gladly confess I never was vaccinated with So as you eventually proved unfaithful to your Christian pledges and profes sions you are a real slmon pure infi del sure enough but I who never professed Christianity but have been strictly faithful to all my promises pledges and profession am not Infldel e unfaithful at all but am a Ra tionalist As two wrongs do not make a right Macdonalds or Washburns calling Rationalists Infidels does not make them such but may havo made the Investigator fall and Truth Seeker beg Call things by their right names tad choose an attractive one for Ra tionalism if you would Increase its membership Vulgar and pride are both unwise Vinegar never catches files If wo are Rationalists then our ponents are Irratlonallsts but if we are Infldel unfaithful then they are fldel faithful to all pledges promises vows and professions- To falsely acknowledge himself a rascal villain miscreant or other vile being his enemies call him is not be- Ing bra obut a fool To get a dog killed give him a fiati anioC Wo have the right anf lha brains to make and select our Own name and if anyone is sheered of the one Mr Moore uses ho ought to know enough to adopt one that tracts instead of skeerlnp if he wants more converts and subscribers But my above pedigree which canI be easily verified as thousands above cities know me shows that for once at least friend Moore has mil taken and Im not sheered hut he is and dare not print this or my previous article for fear it will expose his lifelong error Sincerely yours for Investigation logic truth and progress D WEBSTER GROH Hagerstown Md TURN BOTH OF THEM DOWN Some body sent me a newspaper clipping in which my nephew press dent Dabney was alluded to thusly It was noticed however that both of the college Presidents at the table Dr C W Dabney of U C and Dr Guy Potter Benton of Miami turned down their wine glasses Dr Dab neys speech was a plea against too much specialism in education He urged that a general foundation should be given every college student in order that he might not take too narrow a view of life Therefore he advised that there be a limit to the scope of the elective system In lleges What wd need said he Is the man in the pulpit the man in the labratory the man everywhere the man first and the specialist afterward Its N G to turn down a wine glass unless you are going to turn down the man In the pulpit too glassIa Prohibitionist and a preacher too I am onto their grafts THE GRANGER HAS FAIRLY GOOD JNFIDELITY I haye been sent a copy of The Granger of Auburn Nebraska date March 8 1904 It is Vol 31 No 10 Its editor and publisher is J H Dun- das I cannot understand why as send DunIlone than it is except on the supposi t that he is afraid to talk out In meetin and say all he thinks because t 1 ha patrons might not stand his being altogether honest What Trilby called the altogeth er is too much for most peoplethey cant stand the naked truth walking around without any clothes onnot even a fig leaf AGIN CUSSIN Northvlow Mo Feb 1 1905 Editor Bluo Grass Blade Please find enclosed for which mark me up a year- I hope that all who love free speech free press and free opinions beliefs etc will do all they can to promote the interests and welfare of the Blade get subscribers and pay for your own subscriptions as promptly as you canI hope the editor will keep the col umns of the Blade free from all vul gar obscene language Let there be no language that shows any kinship or relationship tojthe Old Testamnet Some Infidels indulge in curse words because the Bible prohibits ft We should not use such words our conversation or writing not bejcause its against the Bible but be cause the tough criminal class of so ciety uses them Wo should avoid everything that has any indency to connect it with bad society- J S CANTRELL A CONTRAST- A sensible letter from Cincinnati calls my attention to the Press dls patch that 1100000 has been given lately by some man whose name kept secret to the Union Theological Seminary in New YorkaThe letter ends thus No wonder religion dies hard while the heroes and fighters for reason and progress can hardly exist and die by starvation and suicide as Green and wife of Chicago and poor Mr Heston of Carthage Respectfully J B HURT Not WalterPut 100000 into safe hands some Trust Company that will pay it out to me in Blades at ia year and I will wipe Christianity if the map of the United States FAMOUS FRUIT LANDS Of the East Texas Country Home of the Elberta peachhJhe strawberry plum pear tomato aiother fruits and vegetables- slaiieyglagrowing fohtthe1f OrttierB rarkets On February 7th ancreiBtpJaafij 7th and 21st round trip home seek ers tickets from St Louis Thebes Cairo or Memphis to Texas points at rate of one faro plus not exceeding 15tlOne way colonist tickets at half fare plus 2on February 21st and March 21st Write for booklets on Texas fruit lands map and time table L O SCHAEFER T P A Cotton Belt Route Cincinnati O Cincinnati OhioIt seems to me the Annual Message is one of the best things I ever read Why not have it distributed exten sively among legislators and other officials Do not see why this feature was not thought of before Dr Wilson discovered it I hope it will bea feature at the beginning of every year Tho Doctor certainly deserves much credit for such a splendid mesoIsageT J WYSCARVER A Good Route to Try It 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 last it IsjThe Scenic Routs for TouristIThe Frisco System now otters the traveling public excellent service andIfast time Between St Louis and Kansas City and points In Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and the Southwest Between Kansas City and points In Tennessee Alabama Mississippi I 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 Psseger Traffic DepartseRt CerctalBvHd4gNetL I l EVERY SUBSCRIBERTO BLADE Should Buy as Many Every Week He Can Thing of Persons Send a them to r How the Roman Catholic Hierarchy Contracts the ElectorsAn Ex posure of Their Methods by Senator Thomas Bard An Appeal to the Rip Van Winkle Senator Thomas R Bard of Call fornia gave Important and startling testimony before the Soiate Committee on Indian Affairs In Washington January Senator Bard said he had been Ited by Dr E L Shaef an agent for a Roman Catholic mission society Iand had been asked to use Ills fluence In getting Republican mem bers of Congress to help In getting a Ii iHtD peryeriou of the Imlltin trust fund for tho tipi ort of Catholic schools on the Reservation As ail ward Dr Schaef promised to have a Isufficient number of Catholic votes given to Republican Congressional candidates in so doubtful districts to elect them He designated the dis tricts and the priests who would see that the votes were delivered The Catholics have been receiving about 97 per cent of the Indian school futd It was brought out in the course of the hearing that President Roosevelt had sanctioned the use of the mon eyThese astonishing disclosures have the Roman Catholic Hierarchy bare before the world The mask of pure ly spiritual Interest In the affairs of government drops and the same old winning face that has smiled Itself Into confidence only to betray and destroy human liberty In all ages is exposed to view If the sight is not startling enough to arouse the Rip Van Wrinkle of America then has all the work for freedom In religion and government In this country been in vain The Democratic party has the rope tation of poscsslng all the Catholic vo ersand hundreds of thousands of young men and old ones too have voted the Republican ticket for no other reason than to vote against the y priesthood has played 1with those shortsighted voters and to elect men to office with whom the hlerarcy had things arranged r It Senator Bards revelation explains lnTraw iratmeasure the often unex pepted Republican victories and ac counts for much of the Increased Republican party vote in the recent na tionai election iWhat Is to be done We are facing grave economic problems serious to require in their solution all the thought and effort of our best minds and to have this additional and vital Issue suddenly precipitated upon us win tax the strength and wisdom of our Franklins Palnes Jetfcrsons and Llricolns as they have never before been taxed The purpose of this article Is not to outline a plan of actionthe writer doubts his ability to do sobut to sound the alarm and wake up the Rip Van Winkles and summons them to burden of the fight will be borne by the Freethinkers for the r Protestants expect to substitute one religious system for another It Is acknowledged that the Protes- atnt system would be less harmful than the Catholic but to pit one reli gious system against another would not be good generalship The only argument available In such a contest Is expediencyna- real principle would bo served The Catholic people as a whole are real libertyloving and good citizens and are unawares ot the real purpose of t priesthood accounts of Senator Bards re rFun should be printed in convene lent form and mailed to Catholic men throughout the country It Is not im possible to arouse some of them toa knowledge of their own and of their countrys danger- Freethought papers should be sent to the voters of the country whose sympathies are naturally against tho association of church and state but whose knowledge of the present dam ago is limited to the milk and water paragraphs appearing in the dally press Who should send these pers The present subscribers Every subscriber to the Blade should buy every week as many as he can think of persons to snail them to The Rip Van Winkles should be waked up and the wisdom and patriotism of the pea pie Invoked to curb the power of the- Roman political holrarchy That hierarchy and a republican form of government cannot long exist in the same country It the history of the Christian era does not furnish proof of the tact the following declaration in 1902 in an apostolic letter by Pope Loo XIII will remove all doubts on the sUbject- He said For If the sovereign au thority Is derived from the consent of tho governed and not from God It loses its most august characteristic and degenerates into an artificial sov ereignty and rests upon an unstable and shifting basis namely the will of those from whom It is said to be de and women of democratic America thing of the Import of those words Look the situation fairly in the face as it is presented today Think counsel and then do some thing MANLY ABBOTT RABBI AGAINST THE BIBJE The Pittsburg Gazette of January 30 contains a long extract from a sermon of Rev Wr J Leonard LevyI which begins as follows Opening the first chapters of the Bible which by the way I do not regard as anything but a series of bles and legends intended to convey the most Impressive moral lesson we find that God created man In His Image The scripture does not speakI of any particular sect or race or creed It simply tells us that God created man In His own image With Christian preachers like Ab bott and Savage attacking the New Testament and Rabbis attacking theI Old Testament the poor old Bibles is having a hard time of ItINEMESIS Camping on the Trial of Rev George C Cromerjrl I gave in a recent Blade an account of Rev George C Cromer Lutheran In Louisville in his church on Sunj day and In the presence of his conj gregation going to a store and burn- Ing volumes of Shakespeare Byron and Burns and the Magazine for January and a copy of the Sunday Courier Journal stating to his audience that such publications were not proper for Christians to read An account now In the Louisville Herald seems to Indicate that Cromer so realizes that ho has publicly made an ass of himself that it has knocked him off his pins and What mind he had Is so out of kilter that they hate had to send him off to the country for rest and Rev Bernard Bass possi bly a little scaly and given to fish stories a Campbellite has been put to run Cramers gospel shop until theyI can get Cromer off the docks When Cromer bounced onto Infidel ity with both feet he found he was up agin It and it paralyzed him Louis Rehm a leader In Cromers church says his church did not en dorse Cramer- Better go sorter slow when you butt up agin Infidelity Its loaded Dr Isaac K Funk is out with anoth er Spiritualistic miracle He avers that through the jnedlumshlp of Mrs May Pepper pastor of the First Spir itualist church of Brooklyn a man who had not heard from his father In thirty years was furnished with hisI address and opened up correspon dence Dr Funk vouches for the fact and declares there Is no chance for fraud in the transactionTruth3- eeker Dr Funk has been a good friend ne He was the editor of The Voice the great Prohibition paper and he has complimented me He is of the firm that publishes the Standard Dictionary and always seemed to me to be a man of good sense But he is a preacher and no preach er can be relied on for good common senseIWhen John baptised Jesus a man could have carried the Christians god on his back Outwardly Jesus was man If he was divine he was dis guised Mary Magdalene did not think she was loving a deity No tailor discovered that the Nazarene was a god dressed in mans clothes We need truer definitions The huma- not divine the divine Is not hu man We have some idea of what it Is to boa man we cannot even ima gine a god The above Is by Washburn in the Truth Seeker Two lines right in the middle ofI that piece are about what I have of ten felt ncllned to write but conclud ed it was too delicate Some body though some of these days will fire it off Its loaded and its fair to do it All intelligent people think about it ANOTHER CATHOLIC SHE DEVIL Windsor Vt Feb 2A few hours after receiving the last rites of the Catholic church and hearing her fatter confessor read the prayers for- dying Mrs Mabel Rogers who was sentenced to die upon the gallows o morrow afternoon listened with r oJ v amazement to the announcement of High Sheriff Henry H Peck that Gov Charles J Bell had granted her a reprieve of fpurmonths First time any Infidel woman gets hung some body send me a newspaper clipping about ItNIXY Courier Journal GETS RELIGION Possum Fletcher Baptised at the Jail Negro Crarged With the Murder of Dalton Rurdlne Joins Baptist Church Possum Fletcher one of the notorious negro criminals In the Jefferson county jail has been cenverted and was baptized into the Green street colored Baptist church at the jail yesterday morning Fletcher is charged with the murder of Dalton Burdine a member of the Louisville Boat Club and has been convicted of the crime but a few weeks ago was granted new trial Fletchers religious tendencies became evident several weeks ago dui ing the progress of services being held in the jail by E E Tucker pas tor of the Green street Baptist church During the progress of a meeting held among the negro criminals three weeks ago Possum suddenly jumped to his feet and shouted Ise done got it The minister in charge of the services spent the remainder of his time leading Fletcher to repentance and the preparations for the baptism were begun Early yesterday morning several of the members of the Green street Bap tist church appeared at the jail carry- Ing a big tank closely resembling a bath tub which Is used in the church for baptismal ceremonies This was taken into the cellar of the jail and a short time later the baptism ceremon lea took place DADDY OF THE MORMONS Allen Kansas Jan 31 05 Dear Blade As you need a little wood to fire up this cold weather I herewith send my 100 Also I want to correct Mr Moore in regard to the author of the Mormon Bible Solomon Spauldlng a Presby terian minister living In the Western part of Pennsylvania wrote the man uscript describing the two I think ten editor lost tribes of Israel took them to the printing press at Pitts burg where Sidney RIgdon was edi tor Spalding died before the Campbel Ute preacher appropriated them his own use He and Smith started the Mormon church at Palmyra New York Your paper is doing good work Your hobby on whiskey drinking is all right and will have beneficial results Wilsons crankiness on politics will not Injure any one His assault on Senator Hanna put me in mind of a poodle dog barking at a railroad train- I will be 78 years old In next month- I was raised in Eastern Ohio by Campbellite parents and I know something about the Mormons WIL SIAM R HATCHER am much obliged to you my dear II brother and have no doubt you right Ever since about 1860 I had thought that Sidney RIgdon a Camp belllte preacher wrote the Mormon Bible one winter when he was sick It Is much more probable that some educated Presbyterian preacher would write the Morman Bible and that some Campbellite preacher like Wil kinson would steal It Dont mention wood we have mon to burn THINKS AM IT Louisville Ky Jan 30 05 C C Moore Dear slrI have read the Blade In which you gave such a fine description of the Stuffed Club with great pleasure Your writings in the Blade take better with a great many persons that read the Blade than any others that write for it Your style of writing takes better than any of the others Several persons told me sofDr Wilson Is grand Mrs Henry and Mrs Closz are fine with a few others but none take better than C C MooreI see why I cant get my Blade regularly I want to rend it on Sunday Write for tho Blade yourself oftener It will always takes Long life and success to you JOHN W WALSH- HRIBTIAN WOMAN TO BE HUNG Mrs Kate Edwards is to be hung at Reading Pa on February for the murder of her husband A part of the wWTwice ep e fi r J tif Schweitzer tho Reformed church pas tor of Ephrata visits Mrs Edwards as her spiritual adviser Last week ho gave her a little book entitled surances of Faith which sho reads This afternoon he spent considerable time In the condemned womans cell preparing her thoughts for the world to Come but he finds It hard work When both knelt In prayer today little Alma knelt by her mothers side awed by the clergymans earnest yolcb Mr Schweitzer received Mrs Edwards into his church by confirmation when she was thirteen years old and married her to John Edwards when she was seventeen BRITISHER ILikes the Blade and Wants Dog Fen net and Puts Up the Sweet Williams Grand Forks B C Jan 19 1905 Mr Charles C Moore Dear SirThrough the courtesy of Mr Oscar Redfield of Cashmere Wash I have been a reader of the Blue Grass Blade for one year You will please find enclosed one for renewal of paper and one for Dog Fennel like the Blade very much and hope that the book Dog Fennel b better than its name implies- I believe if more Christian people would read Huxley Lubbock Tyler Glekie Tyndall Spencer Proctor Darwin Ingersoll and Helen H Gard ner on Men Women and Gods and Facts and Fiction there would be a rapid falling off of the Christian ranks How any sensible person can swallow that dragon with 7 heads end 10 horns that swept onethird of the stars from heaven with his tail and Joshua and Jonah and the whale and other fish stories the four corners of the earth Lots wife Lot and his daughters Is beyond my comprehen lion How mans people In the world to day would believe the most eminent Doctor if he should report a caso like that in Genesis xxvili I am not a Christian but am strictly for temperance and good morals I do not know the taste of liquor of any kind or of tobacco in any way Mr Moore I wish you a happy and prosperous year and may you live to herald the tidings of freethought for many more years MATT MILLER P4 SThe book of St Johns Reve lau ns Is something terrific The poojj old fellow must have had a fearI f oHittoattiOr bad sncaltod grandmothers pantry andj gored himself on fruit cake and mince pleITheMdea of a dragon with heads and 10 horns waiting by tho bed side of a sick woman to devour her babyI as soon as it was born and while he was waiting he got so nervous he lashed his tall promiscuously through the heavens till he swiped out one third of the stars all for a wee mite of an Innocent babe Such rot should not be allowed In schools or any where else M M Old Jack was havIng a case of Jamesjams and was seeing snakes Of course he was wrong how In the devil was he going to get 10 horns on 7 heads unless he had two on some of the heads like a bull and one on some of the others like a rlnoser corn and what kind of a durned out landlsh looking snake would that have been One of these horned frogs that I saw out yonder In the Indian Territory when I went out there to debate with that Carapeblllte liar Wilkinson would not have been a circum stance SPLENDID LITTLE BOY Oakland City Ind Jan 31 1905 Charles C Moore Find enclosed a photo of my little boy You will remember him at Mr W C Wageners St Louis I am In hopes he will live to be as sincere an Atheist as I think you are I also enclose you a tracer lately started with a view to locating the Garden of Eden thinking that possibly you had receipted for it at some wayside station while you were traveling through the Orient Regards to Mrs Moore and family We remain ours sincerely W C DALY The picture Is exceedingly hand somo and I recognize that It Is a flno picture of the boy that I think thi v17 brightest of his age I over saw not eves excepting my own grandboy at Washington City when ho was your boys age On the back of the picture Is Don ald D Daly born Oct 16 1900 Hunt Ingburg Indiana Under ordinary circumstances a boy with all of those Ds In his name would bo a Doctor of Divinity Cots of Doctors of Divinity but lhenDlvlnIty is so sick Thetracer gave mo one new wti rr rf9a r- a PRICE LIST MENS NEW MODEL 16 SI- ZEWATCHES s HAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 32 105 23 Jewels Wm KInley 21 Jewels 23 same 17 Jewels General Stark 17 Jewels 10 15 Jewels 7 Jewels 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best watches made andJf watch is new and perfectyou are safe to buy them where price Is lowest I pay freight 1LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased jewels 10 15 Jewels 1250 Jewels adj 17 Small o size 7 Jewels 1150 15 Jewels Jewels adj 18 Riverside extra fine 26 In 25year case 1 more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds Iall in plush box prepaid with guarantee CHAINS Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets In slides rolled plated 150 and Best Filled Gold 250 and Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 25 Gents Chains Y same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less I Cash refunded at optionEDIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETCRII am an expert In this line and will save you 20 per cent If you will order of me Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver r I and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Cruel Iable free r OTTO WETTSTEIN 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL I Idea on the Garden of Eden It says According to an old map of the thirteenth century paradise is a circular Island lying near India It is surrounded by a wall In which is a gateway opening to the west The gate is closed and the wall quite surmountable Our later atlases do not locate this happy island EXCATHOLIC SAYS CATHOLICS HAVE LOST THEIR GRIP StClairville Ohio Feb 1905 Mr Charles C Moore Respected SirThrough the kind ness of Mr H Hoock of Cincinnati I got several copies of your most Interesting paper the Blue Grass Blade By careful reading and studying of several articles in the same I find them giving strong expression to timents that I had entertained all alongI born In Germany more than 70 years ago and reared In the faith of the Catholic church that hotbed of superstition and Imposture but we all should be thankful they have lost their grip The Reformation broke their main power Science and sound philosophyI have done a great deal roar of the savage beast from the seven hills is no longer shaking the thrones of Europe Arbitrary edits from the soCRlled See have lost their force Ignorance and credulity are still sustaining the rotten fabric they are grasping at every straw to keep floating The late measures enacted by the French government have made the creatures of the Vatican managerlo howl After so much rambling come to the main point Enclosed find for the Blade for one year Yours respectfullyL In Nqw Orleans on Jan 17 the Young Mens Hebrew Association Hall and the Cleo street Evangelical church were burned Capllnger Mills MoGlad to see the Blade full size Keep it sharp and cut a fun swath through the rank weeds of superstition and priestcraft Something about Socialism and anarchy editor Extend my time on the Blade for the 100 Inclosed J 6h AUSTIN Stcphensvllle Wis The Blade Is doing or helping to do good work here There are at least 15 families rin this vicinity that formerly were J strict Catholics and that attendedtr church but do not The JeusltSare scheming dovllsJ G SCOTT Iw W Cooper representing himself as a Methodist preacher was jail ed for getting 1800 fraudulently Dont know where Send us 250 and have the Blade sent to five of your friends for one year each WINTER IN COLORADO Your own physcian will tell you that the dry mountain air of Colorado as an elixir of life stands preeminent ways rigorous and stimulating the crist atmosphere of Colorado Is at its best in winter To accomodate win ter tourist to the Rockies the Union Pacific has put in effect from Chicago a 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 sae every day until May 1st 1905 with return limit June lit 1905 Be sure your ticket reads over the Union Pacific the popular route to Colorado For full Information In quire of W H Connor G A East r earth street Cincinnati 0 1111111 t 11 + + ++ m SAINT LOUIS J TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WESTHr SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT KEEPING WITH MODERN jl4t IDEAS AND EXECUTION TO POINTS MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXAS INDIAN TERRITORY JLOKLAHOMA For descriptive niatior through schedules and oUior needed par Uculaes LddreSi H McGUIRE 38 TCINCINNATI ah r J WAS JESUS CHRISTA GOOD MAN Cornplanter Pa Jan 10 Editor B G Blade- I was glad to see your paper In Its enlarged form as of old Now strictly adopt the cash system one dollar per year In advance and when such time Is up stop It till the dollar comes Those who are not able or wllllni to pay their dollar can club together and on your easy card offer get It for 50 cents a year Nobody ought to complain on those claim you are very anxIous to have your paper do all the good It can This depends on the way In whIch you conduct It I beg to offer a few suggestion being aware that It Is your paper to do with as you wish and that so far as I am concerned I take no of fense at anything you say ffIsee soihe of your correspondents arc much pleased to see you r solve to Here followed some perfectly fair remarks about SocialismEditor I pay my dollar Just as cheerfully as though I were one You were once a clergyman No I was a Campbelllte preacher Ec Itor and I must confess I am surprlf ed at the way you speak of the so called Savior of the World You and I by a process of reason- Ing have entirely outgrown the be Bet In myths and creeds But many other good people have not r They may be on the road but as yet they cling to the belief of a moth er or father or perchance It Is an hereditary Influence they can hardly explain Expressions shock them that to you or me seems matters of Indlffei enceI as you do that the Jesus of the four gospels Is an irrcconcil able absurdity But whether he was a myth or a man millions yet believe that hels the God1f heaven and earthI you once believed this It Is no doubt a fact that he was 1agood man for his day a reformer one desirous of bettering his fellows and that he has been by cunning priests and creed malcers elevated to g a higher pedestal than he ever thought of elevating himself toEdl tor i Be this as It may during the ages he has been elevated too Godshlp Dui tlnrtiayBUu1 mini tsshtnlng now as never before and these 7ft myths and phantoms are not cobweb jt iilng the human mind as of yore 0 The easy smooth way Is the best way to have people to accept the truth Do not shock them do not dynamite the mind Quit drawing parallels between yourself and J C i as you write it Millions of men will yet fall down and worship Him but they will never worship you There facertain respect due to these mis guided people a regard for the Ings of others if we wish to bring them to our views and do them good as you no doubt sincerely desire f to t these lines build up your paper and Its influence will be extended its readers increase and its domain of usefulness widen with the passing years Fraternally ft B MORRISON That Is a good letter and spoken lutea nan and I hope I may answer it in the same spirit Yes I claim that I want my paper to dogoodnot because I am any better than other people or expect to be but simply that my ambition and desire for fame takes that turn I Inherited that disposition from my grandfather Barton W Stone a preacher I want people to write to mo in the same candid way that you doI was a Campbelllte preacher In my preaching day none of us called ourselves clergymen or Reverend or Doctor Now It is common for the preachers of that church to have Rev or Dr before their names and there is every reason to believe they will soon take on all thg high sounding titles of the preachers of the other sects All religious sects have been hum ble when they were few and poor and got to be vain and arrogant and conceited when they got to be numer ous and rich In one sense I once believed that Jesus was God as far as ony one can believe can believe any thing that is perfectly intelligible to him That Is believed it simply because people In whom I had confidence told me so never on my own Judgment You say of Jesus It is no doubt a fact that he was a good man etc This Is the point I want to make most clear with you We can know nothing about him except what Is given us in the New Testamentprofane history knows nothing of himand accepting the story of the New Testament about him as being true I will tell you here why I think he was a bad man and in your answer for publication In this paper you tell us why you I think he was a good man as tersely as practicable anr let our readers do him or any other man dead or living any injustice would Injure me and naturally I would not want to do that My reason then for thinking Jesus Christ a bad man are as follows He never did any work He advisee people to make friends of rich peo pie who had gotten their money un justly and to do this for a selfish pur pose He violently assaulted men without a right to do He used verj abusive and Insulting language about men who were as good as he was He made intoxicating liquor dranl it himself and told others to drink It He did not care for the solicitude of his parents about him He was disrespectful to his mother He never made any sacrifice of his own comfort for the good of took the property of other peo pie without asking their permission- He Invited himself to dine with a rich banker He said that people ought to hate each other He said he did not come to bring peace on earth but a sword He sari his followers must propa gate his religion by the swordIHe claimed that he was the God He claimed that he was the right ful heir to the throne of Judea and encouraged people to try to make himIKing of that country He professed to work miracles am claimed that he would rise from the dead and ascend to heaven and come back to earth again during the lives of some of the persons to whom he I say I ought not to speak Ir reverently of him because many peaI pIe believe he is a God and are fended by such language- If that principle is true must we not also speak irreverently of Buddah Zoroaster Sachla Amaunl Plato Mo- hammed Joe Smith Mrs Eddie andI Dowie I doubt the advisability of tile easy smooth way I went to the Indian Territory to debate with a Campbel Ute preacher named Wilkinson I was easy smooth kind gentle gentlemen iFFItIrhTm lids life ct vance that If I would do nothing else I would be gentle and courteous withI him He showed his appreciation of what I had done by printing perfectly unreasonable lies about the debate and about me and said that I had been gentlemanly only because he was there to make me so If some intelligent and honest courageous man had come to me when I was preaching and had told me that I was making a fool and an ass of myself in just those words he would have done me a kindness and would have done a thank him for It The whole nowIthe days of the reading of world was fiat and It was a great fense to them and ridiculing their religion to tell them that the world was round Ought Galileo to have told them that it was round In the churches in Lexington Protestant and Catholic there are paint id and and freco on the walls the otters I H S These are Latin initials The EIIIsh J and the Latin I are the same otter Those three letters are therefore J H S and they stand for Jes us H Christ Is It any worse In me to put the initials J C that stand for Jesus Christ than It is for them to put the letters that stand for Jesus H do not think there is anything criminal In drawing a parallel between Jesus or any other man and myself I thought that my readers appreciated that there was some Joke In the paralllllus that I make between him and me But when It comes down to hard pan facts though I am no saint and dont want to be am as good a man as Jesus was to draw It mildly and for my religious opln IIheanl any man or any woman who wants any body else to fall down and worship him or her is a fool or a knae Jesus Christ allowed a woman to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with the hair of her head No gentleman would have allowed anybodY but especially a woman to do such a degrading thing All sensible people are disgusted with the Pope because he allows pea pIe to kiss his toe and are disgusted 1 7 Ar l r Ii t fiii with the fools that kiss his old to and especially since the old MvU has got the gout If It over gets so that In order to keep this paper going I will have iponder to such liars and hypocrites will quit slinging Ink for the D1lde and put in my whole time in worklnj on the farm- BROTHER HIS SPECIALTY Hagerstown Md Jan 10 05 GentlemenInclosed herewith Is S Express money order for 450 of which one dollar pays for delinquency of Robert Kaylor Hagerstowi Md on Blade One dollar Is for J B Wilsons book to be sent me when finished The other 250 Is for 5 club subscribers to Blade to be place to my credit on your book so I c n der thereon Send me no postrlls Ill write the cards myself when I want them as it Is handler to me this way than to always wait until Im where the cards are and then hunt them up besides while with a common card I can send you an order on postal Immediately when said order Is please use one each of these yearly club subscribers to extend for one year my sisters subscription Laura E Groh Breathedsvllle Md and my brothers J C F Groh IK South Broad street Waynesboro Pa Both of these subscriptions expired several months ago I think sine which they only received a copy oc caslonally You make their date as you think best under the circuit leaves me three subscriptions to order on later which please put put to my credit on your books and obligeD WEBSTER GROH P SIf you publish inclosed M S on Rationalism vs Infidelity a1d once give the subject a full hearing will not ask you to publish anything for me for a whole year at least Many others think as I do on the question having written me so and many would take the same paper that the IIasbors call them Infidels but don1 object to being called Rationalists RATIONALISM VS INFIDELITY Friends Moore and Hughes Whats In a name Call me a bad un an Ill soon shojetsh- reaeningly Tald Pat Liket all uumullLfB6bru uau tor themselves and friends beete it arouses undeserved prejudice agains them and puts them under unmerited opprobviun As our opponents naturally strive to discredit Injure and defeat us it is wise to vigilantly oppose their every move even to re jecting the false inadequate and cp probvlous name they spitefully apply to us Instead of meekly subservient ly and Ignorantly accepting it as If we were actually too weakminded tc select 05 formulate a correct expres sive attractive name for ourselves We Interpret wordmeaning not ly their root or origin and synonyms but conversely also by their tonyms Rational means endowed with reason Rationalist one guided solely by reason and Rationalism a system of opinions deduced from reason as distinct from inspiration ar opposed to It NOAH WEB words exactly describe us md our principles while their antonyms irratlonal Irratlonallst md lrrationallsm exactly describe our opponents and their principles Then why not use them especially as there are really no other words so exactly describing both parties and their principles Then why not use them especially as there are really no other words so exactly describing both parties and their diametrically opposing principles Fidelity means faithfulness and Its antonyms lnfldellty naturally means nn faithfulness to any vow pledge promise or profession as when divorce Is granted for material faithfulness or lnfldellty Professed ChrlstIans who nelth r turn the unsmltten cheek love their enemies give their all to the poor nor obey other Indisputable commands of the Christ they falsely and hypocritically profess to follow re indee unfalthful I o Infidel their professions and are therefore real Infidels and richly deserve be calI edas Indeed they all should Efence Christians Jews Mohamme dans Mormons and other religionists fitly call each other Infidels it not rightly so the Rationalist who makes no such false professions but with perfect truth faithfulness and infidelity to all his pledges promises and professions Is certainly very fartherest from being faithful or Infidel Besides Infidel thus meaning f rffoIiJj it ttl i P t Christian Jew Mohammedan etc and infidelity marital unfaithful ness both these words are entirely too broad abstruso and repulsive for such concise careful thinkers and writers as intelligent Rationalists ought to be to Indescrlmlnately apply to themselves and their friends Concise thought necessitates con else words through which to think and convey thought Rational Rn tlonalist and Rationalism are not on ly concise complimentary and attractive while fn fidel and Infldellty are not but their antonyms exactly fit our opponents while the antonym of Infidel do not A correct expressive attracts name Is the first requisite of any successful principle cause or propaganda A cause whose advocate lack sufficient wisdom even to adopt a concise appropriate attractive name for It and themselves but must actually accept the false scurrilous approbvious name that Its most bitter opponents spitefully hurl at It to defame It hardly deserves to attract support and succeed Let us begin right with a correct name of our own making for oppon ents never call us Rationalists but delight only in falsely calling us fidels Let us indignantly hurl bad this misnomer and force its makers whom It exactly fits to wear It Sincerely yours for accuracy In our organization name at a solid foundation starting point for abundant ture success D WEBSTER GROH There is only one other weekly fidel newspaper in America beside the Blade and that is The Truth Seeker of New York City If you will look on page 21 of the January 14th Issue of that paper mid die column near the bottom under editorial The mendacity of preachers you will find that the editor of that paper calls Ingersoll an fidel and prints It with a big I just as I Write to him and give nlm the very devil about it But that Is neither here nor there Every time you write to the Blade and enclose 450 for any thing you muchIthis communication and you can have all the space you want In each issue at the same rate if It takes the whole paper But I must requlre you shall not say dom as there are readers of the Blade who cannot bear profan ity and they wrlte me that many more will take It If I do not allow any profanity In the paper and so you notice that you never see any profanity In this paper So just turn yourself loose 450 sweet Williams but never say dom or any other profane language I have been a preacher and It jars A WOMAN WRITES Quinlan Okla Jan 18 05 Dear brothers and sisters of the Blade I feel In looking back over the several years that we have taken the Blade and the enjoyment we have gotten from It that It is only fitting that a word of encouragement should be given its Just and worthy editors All honors to them both But It Is specially of Bro Moore that I would speak Already he feels the weight of years and to say he has fought the good fight is putting it very mildly I cannot but feel sorrowful it some of the letters that from time- time appear in the Blade asjqmo 3f them contain censure ands o ers words of open dislike This Is not justIt Is not right nor fair He Is an old man he has done his best and spent his life striving to take the B G B a power for good md I think there are but few writers that are as honestly truthfully goods he Instead of censure let us all write md tell how much good the advice seen In the pages of the good old B G B has done ushow many hearty laughs we have had over Brother rtoores sparkling wit My good man always watches for his Blade and always enjoys it most of any paper we take and we take many I see by one of the late tlades that Brother Moore is anxious that all shall be happy and speaks of his not being as happy himself as ho would wish to be But Oh my friend I think that Is something that will never beto be perfectly happy- I am surrounded by my children The eldest two are married and gone from home The grand children cluster thick around me and I amI hapPY but cares will creep In andI difficulties perplex It is the law of nature Man Is a creature of change- what pleases us today tomor row will lose its charm and as get old we begin to look back and rive pleasure more from what have done than from what we ex peet to do I 1 r t 1 i foc1i ijQ I ILLINOIS CENTRAL 1 RAILROAD EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINGS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIAd AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE TURN LIMITS Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Louisville to Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates U pelnU t 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 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women have done virtuously but thou excellest them all It is not given to many to accomplish what you have done and that too Is the face of great odds Thy most loved child the Blade lives and thrives among Its readers Thou hast many friends that are trio and true and many that you wot not of Thy name Is honored In many a household As we descent lifes shadowy slope we know more the warm hand clasp and the arm of love upon which to lean The younger generation are careless and they heed not the fattcring step If each one of us who loves and re spects Brother Moore would only send one little token just a line Remember dear friends let us bring flowers while the dear ones can enjoy their perfume for Of all sad words of tongue or pen The saddest are these It might have been And remember too dear friends that It Is hard to labor on and on without encouragement- As England had her Grand old Man Gladstone so we Liberals have In our country Charles C Moored the Liberal and we should Justly appre ciate the honor done us and our now three cheers for Brother Mooro And now a word to you Brother talks and you will find 100 for another years subscription and thats one for you and so the good word goes round MRS ISA BELL MATTESON STUFFED CLUB MAN DOES THE ELEGANT THING Denver Colo Jan 2405 Chas C Moore Dear sir and FrlendThe Blue- Grass Blade came to hand with your comments on Stuffed Club I thank you very much would like to shake hands with you I do not forget how over that I owe a greatdeal to Mrs Mooro for touching the fire to the fuse of your dynamite bomb- I send in this mall the bound fourth volume of a Stuffed Club for Mrs Moore with my complimentsr 5 r n I should think from the number of letters that I have received Inquiring i about the Club caused by your ar tlcle that the paper should be well patronized by advertisers I have received more orders for sample copvJ f Jhalfferent periodicals It Is not an tins common thing for me to receive fiat t terlng letters as you are an editor Vrj you know all about It but when a tx man of brains speaks of my work as 7 you have I am more than willing lo accept it as a compliment of some valueI have an article in the Feb ruary Club which If you have time to read I believe you will enjoy It Is an answer to a letter of criticism I do not lambast the writer of the crit Icism because I take any special delight i In abusing any body who crltl clses me I simply accepted of the opportunity to put my opinions on the lsubject before the Club readers Mrs Little Iso nice little woman she Is the critic and I hope she will not take s my answer to her letter too seriously y for my answer is intended partly for her and partly for the readers In gen oral who do not quite understand meraI thank you very much for this writeup I Intend to paste It on a cardboard and hang It in my office I wish to make a note of one Item In connection with this writeup of yours which to my mind is significant I have not received but one request for a sample copy that did not tain either stamps or coin to pay for It This is decidedly unusual Docs It mean that people who pretend to be Infidels Have more conscience than average socalled believer Wishing you and your good wifejprosperity believe meJ H TILD EN THE AMENDE HONORABLE- TO REV WILKERSON I owe Rev Ulysses Grant Wllker son an apology A part only of the truth told about a man Is sometimes nearly as bad as a straight out lie I said he Iso preacher and a law yer a combination of two of the greatest liars on earth I should have said he is a preach er lawyer and an editor of a religious paper a combination of three of the biggest liars on earth There Is nothing mean about t I say anything about a man that Is not true I am mighty apt to correct ttrwhen I think of It i i tri t l w