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BLUE URAS BLADE fu l EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCh VOLUME XIII NUMBER 50 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAYS FEBRUARY 12 AND 19 E M 305 100 A YEARv A P IIigh I fl wbi fu dJiJ UNIO sm TERM3 OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW subscribers 60 cents each 260 for Ave r- fTermer100 per year In advance foreign subscription 160 FIve Newoubscrlbera sent one yea I for 269 Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orden payable to the Blue Oraz Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad ivise this office giving your old well as the new address iVhsn you send your subscription sa whether you area new or d subscriber Office of publication166 W Short St r Leailn84on Entered at the post office at Lexington Ky as Second Glass Mat Matter Address all communications to BLUEGRASS BLADE P BOX Lexington Kentucky rirette Telephone 819 Cumberland Telephone 107 tfr DOWIE AND ST ANNIES WIST BONE JOINTS r frDowlo has a miracle Joint In Chica go warranted to heal all diseases Deacon Stern who helped work the thing got the pleurisy and died alleo samcc r Bishop Corrigan In Now York ha a joint out of tho wrist of St Anne tho mother of Mary who was the- r mother of God Anne therefore ing the grandmother of God Corrigan worked the Anne Joint in New York and got barrels and nail kegs full of money from people who i wero cured Just by looking at the Joint Whllo Corrigan was showing his Joints he died dead as the uevll Whats the dif between Dowlo and Corrigan as Joint workers Give it upasle mo something easy WORST EVER Lord Barrington Will be Jerked to Jesus Lord Barrlngton of St Louis the Christian who murdered J J Mc Cann of Lexington for his money is to be hung- Darringtons wlfo writing to the authorities about him says You have without exaggeration and impartially speaking captured tho smoothest slickest most hypocrl cal and worst villain there is in Gods universe today Father mother wire child friend ahd benefactor are noth ing to him when his villainy Is put into play and his cloak of religion gains moro for him than any other role ho may assume Ho Is an Ingrate ticket of leave man convict burglar housebreaker murderer bigamist forger swindler and a villain of tho worst ordqr find at present awaiting death for murder There are among women and chil dren and ignorant men those who are Christians and good people too but if you want to find a scoundrel get an intelligent matured Christian man every time STNNwn1 HAS PASSED AWAY I have Just received a letter from Mrs Heston informing wo of Mr Hestons death at 230 p in Jan 27th She states that he passed away peacefully and without a struggle that ho was put away nicely his fun eral taking place on Sunday the 29th Mr Heston had taken the precaution that no preacher should officiate H had prepared his own funeral address ThanatoP1sls He was born at Wapokanata Ohio and was flftynlno years of age Mr Heston had been bedfast for six months and was so greatly ema elated that the undertaker said he had never observed a body so reduced This was probably due to the supremacy of mInd over disease1 which exer cise kept life so long In the poor wornout body Well one more bright star In the galaxy of Free thought has disappeared from view but to sight only The immortal par of him still lives and long long will It be before that bright spark Is extin guished Hestons place In American Free thought history is secure He filled a peculiar and Important phaso of Freethought a niche that had never been filled before and hardly likely to bo filled again There has been no whorhas left such a distinctly individual lIt31tonwho have been and are somewhat like him But none have approached Heston indreligious inconsistency deception and lath ufew craCOrh pen he would express more than many a profound lecture and which would leave an impression which lasted much longer In the mind As most men are but children cf a larger growth there Is no form of Instruction so attractive and convinc ing as the object lessonconsequent ly the practicability and usefulness of the picturethe cartoon Nature seemed to have endowed Heston with this peculiar talent and directed and impelled him to use it just aa he did His talent lay not alone In drawing but chiefly In the creation of his sub ject In fine Ideal of the meaning of Liberty freespeech and freethought Such an artist must have a deepseat ded hatred for tyranny He must be courageous and bold He must have a sense of humor and of tho ridiculous He must have a strong intellectual grasp of a subject or thought in or der to portray It In lines Ho must bo wellinformed and above all honest enthusiastic and sin cere If you make a close study of his comments on his sketches and tho selection of his subjects and his rea son argument wit and Irony display ed you will at once perceive that his drawings were the smallest part of his talents Heston was Indeed a broad man a peculiar genius Ho has left behind him a name that will live and his work will grow In value and appre elation with the years Tho great pity was that he did not have the health and leisure to pursue tho course into which his talents di rected him For long years ho had to battle with poverty and sickness No doubt this often made him Irri table and discouraged and he suf fered from great mental depression But ho loved life and wished to live and to do and kept up his interest and his work as long as ho could Think of being compelled to lay aside such talents to become a driver of a milkwagonwhich was his last occu pation Is it possible that Freethought can not find Intellectual room and em ployment for such as ho The story of Heston Is one that must strike Freethinkers with moro or less remorse I will not drag it out Ho has been mistreated by some and neglected by many Tho situation has been generally wellknown His only capital his only means of a lIvel- Ihood and provision for sickness was tho work that ho did and no matter what weak business contracts i ho made a generous liberal forgiving nature would have at least share tho profits of his talents when Hes ton was sick starving and dying But Heston hungers no more His poor eleImentson I have corresponded with him considerably but never met him In my opinion his was both a strong and rare mind He was gifted with a fine Imagination and was a poet of strength and beauty He wrote me voleumo of his poems but in this too he was disappointed- I am glad that I was the means o being some help to him when th shadows of death began to dark and threatening around him I am glad that ho died leaning upon arms of comrades though lato the came to the rescue I am glad that he died with the thought that there was still a lingering love and appreciation for him among his colaborers an I am sure that all who contributed his relief are likewise glad that made that appeal and all alike are grateful to Warren Wolf for calling andtcon tributed was about 27500 Not many of us will miss him per sonally because few of us knew him personally But none of us will miss him intellectually for his influence still exists Ho Is still our intellectual comrade coworker and friend Peace to his tired spirit whereer It be would like to write a tribute to Hes ton commensurate with his deserts but I cannot now As one by one the old warriors fall on the field of battle I am depressed more and more I feel a sense of loneliness and suffer a loss I can hardly explain It seems that those whom I have always known either personally or by correspon dence or reputation or whose writ ings I have read and enjoyed should still be one with us Although lam just entering the prlmisBf Miferlandinrt6 be4Thintittjjjr tho workonly twelve years too feel that I am growIn my gatherlabors and with the old than with the young I take my place and naturally the old are closer to me The bond of sympathy is closer perhaps because I know what their sac rifices have been and they know what mine have been These the young have not yet learned But may we all like Heston when we come to die calmly wrap the draperies of our couch about us and lie down to peaceful dreams We extend our sympathies to Mrs lovingIour own If any friends wish to write to her her address Is Mrs Lot tie Heston Pollard Block Carthage Missouri J B W WOODCOCK Theological Bird of Long Bill Is on The Religious Menu In Louisville Woodcock tho Episcopal Bishop that succeeds to Dudleys bailiwick In Kentucky Dudley was tho man who paid 700 apiece for his dinner platesIs cutting large ice and shines in Louisville Nothing short of Jo Tailor X at Rome can lay it over Woodcock In LouisvilleA of the nauseating rot that tho C J gets off of its stomach about Woodcock is as follows All tho parlors and the large halls on the second floor of the Galt House were thrown together and were profusely decorated In smilax and with palms Tho central parlor which was the reception room proper was beautifully decorated with American Beauty roses With tho great throng of women In beautiful gowns the scene was brilliant It was not a fern limo reception however for the men of tim church wore there In equal numbers An orchestra furnished mus ic and punch was served- A liquor guzzling gang like that gets together and naturally there fol low the continual accounts of devil try between these big skybusters and the pretty women of their flocks Its all right though In the long run Some of these days that kind of cut ting up in tho midst of tho sufferings from a hard winter and tho distress that fills this country will make enough Infidels to put a quietus on all that stuff On with tho danced l w MINISTER DIES J IN A LODGING HOUSE Mister In Fate of E Bentley Who Once Ran for President Pollee earth for Stylish BlackVeiled Woman Who Was in his Company 11 From Chicago Chronicle 5ThefSouthrthe police He was the candidate of presidencyydate fc United States senator from Nebras a Ho was years old adisIas east el le lodginghouse district ap plied for a room about oclock Sat urday aught Ho was accompanied by a stylish dressed woman who wore a thlcltj black veil The landlady showed them to a room and whllo she was turning on the light Bentley dropped to the floor unconscious j Woman Disappears The woman who accompanied him to the house left suddenly Mrs Doug lass then went to seek assistance but returning a few moments later found leftlsayInghas not been seen since Mrs Doug lass finally summoned the police bull Bentley was WOMEtf h deadII THE SKY PILO- TTlie day thenlcest young man- wl h u aUxli t tilu r L precinct College bredI literaturehanded looking woman envelopes addressed to him In the hand writing of a wo young man Is an athletic but the letter seemed to have made him feel sick at tho stomachnanseated It had a printed card in It setting forth that Rev George A Hilton Evangelist and some other fellow as musical director were going to hold forth at tho Second Presbyterian church In Lexington on Sunday On the back of the card was writ ten In womans hand Please come to Lexington Opera House Sunday 22 to hear Major Hilton lecture to men only There were in the envelope the other cards on each side of scatterIedwith GodIIItheled or When I see the Blood will pass over you A sample of the literature In the book is as follows Do you believe Judgment Is coming Nine woes are past but do you be love the last worst woo Is coming Oh yes I believe It and I have done as Moses commanded tho lamb is slain the blood Is shed Is tho blood In tho basin Yes Is it on the lintel and sideposts No not yet Oh then tho blood is In the basin still Yes And why not on the lintel and side posts I do not know how to put It there But are you safe from the destroyer I am not sure I hope so Nobody but some one crazy or drunk on religion or whiskey would ever Imagine there was any sense In that rot and so a big state lunatic asylum in Lexington and one or private lunatic asylums and moreI and distilleries and saloons all rushing busness all the timeespecial ly rushing tho growler and In the churches they have all tho time the rushing mighty wind that you read about in tho second chapter of Acts on the day of Pentecost and that is now called wind Jamming- A part of that tract that has been underscored with Ink and pen by tho sender as being specially beauti ful is as follows They simply obeyed tho word of of1their ed inside In peace suture under Its shelter And If God has told you tha t tOIpntdo Simply to repose on tho truth which God has told you God bids us shelter ourselves beneath that blood that precious blood which has been shed Hob Ix 12 Think about sheltering yourself out of a nice spring shwer for In stance under a lot of blood There Is not a butcher in Fnyetto county that would use such a meta phor as that All of this rot winds up with writing In a womans hand that says For with loving prayers For Illiterate Ignorant fools of either sex that kind of stuff may do but It dIs gusts intelligent and honest people What kind of preaching Is it they are doing in Lexington that Is only fit for men only like some of the tures that are being delivered by some of those traveling fake doctors and is it tho elegant thing for a lady probably of tho young maiden persuasion to be sending to a nice young bache lor notices of something only proper for men only AN ANNUAL FREETHOUGHT MESSAGE Now to mo that sounds good And a Thanksgiving proclamation- and Mrs Henrys will be better than Mr Roosevelts because she will have all of the great and good of the past and present to thank for th many blessings wo enjoy whllo he has only God Jesus and the Virgin Mary and may bo tho ghost of God And then our president can Just naturally beat the U So president tell ling things think tho Doctors idea Is a one and I am sure It will bo adopted So hero is something for each of us to do to help Let every member of tho A F A save their small as it Is it will pay for tho pub lishing of tho tracts and we won have to go Into our treasury Then we will try to have our Annual Message and Thanksgiving proclamation published In all of the Freethought papers and as many of tho secular ones as possible and besides this each one of us can distribute two or three hundred tracts without an trouble And each of can get one new member Now all of this Is only a little thing but If wo will do It 300 will tell a new story and the A F A will take her place as an organiza tion of workers Let us begin at once and about tw weeks before Thanksgiving day get your pennies changed Into the most convenient form and send them In When you count them you will find that you have saved from 100 to 3u and never missed them I am going to get at least one new momber and want every member to do as much Yours for tho success of tho Penny Club MISS L M GIBSON CRUTCHFIELD MARRIES AGAIN IN SHORT ORDER St Louis Mo Feb 10John N Crutchfield the St Louis broker who got a divorce last Friday because his wife played cards while ho went to church was married Wednesday to Miss Klmball tho pretty daughter of a banker at Mt Vernon Ind She is thirty years his junior Crutchfield Is a Campbelllto and was a religious leader when ho lived In Lexington Tire New Testament tells plainly what tho only ono cause Is for which persons may get divorces but It aint for playing cards though the Camp bellltes special graft Is that they dont do anything that you cant find authority for In the New Testament- It does not say that J C never dulged In a quiet little game of seven up with somo of his old boys sitting on a rallcut as they went somo Sunday morning out to Betha ny to get a good Sunday dinner at Lazarus house TOMOOROW I have received a copy of the first Issue of ToMorrow that calls Itself A monthly handbook of changing orderIt edited at 1920 Indiana Avenue htI bo a bright looking and handsome young man It is 100 a year and 10 cents for asingle copy It proposes to discuss a variety of things but I think will probably bo largely devoted to Socialism and re ligion It claims among Its contributors Clarence Darrow W J Bryan and 7 Booker T Washington The Blade wishes it much Joy andYfhopes to be on Its X list ANOTHER CHRISTIAN DEVIL Has Climbed the Golden Stairs at the End of a Rope Crimes among Christians are get ting greater and more frequent all the time until Its getting to be dan gerous to let any man of distinguish ed piety run at large in any communi ty This is exactly what might be rea sonably expected It is not natural t or reasonable for people to be rellg ious and when they are you can Just bet that they have somo rascally scheme on hand 4The last of the most remarkable i criminals Is J Samuel McCue He chad for two terms been Mayor of Charlottsvllle Va the town which has the University of Virginia In it and where you would naturally sup pose education had civilized the people Media went to church with his 14eIn about fifteen minutes after they got home McCue killed his wife by beating jier awfully with a club and then shooting her and putting her in a bath tub and turning scalding water on her He then shot himself slightly In the arm and reported that burglars had yThethat he confessed l 1olHe hal been a or 30 cars A rtot the aunt about his followtUp to tho very last tho Idea of a confession was discredited After the execution one of McCuos spirit ual advisers said Mr McCue left this world with feeling of bitterness toward no human being in It His heart was wonderfully softened Ho legginii mornyIng In our presence a fervent prayer for his family for his brothers and their wives for his sister for his uncles and aunts and lastly and most fervently of all for his children He called them each by ofoalmighty God upon them all Its the same old story I am telling all the tine You may some times find a Christian that is good but If you want a villain always pick a Christian Searcy Ark Feb 7Rev Rr R G Lightle one of the defendants In tho sensational Insurance swindle charges pending here since last July died to day of pneumonia Last May the body of Edward Pitts was taken from a grave and passed as that of Dr Light lo and Insurance collected to the amount of 21000 on tho latters life When charges of fraud were made Dr Llghtlo reappeared He was convict ed of a charge of violating the grave and fined 1000 and sentenced to six months In jail An appeal to the Cir cuit Court was pending This Issue of the Blade Is dated so as to answer for two weeksthe one we missed on account of the burning out of our motorand Is mailed on Thursday so as to reach all subscrib ers In time for Sabbath reading After this the paper will be mailed to ery one Thursday afternoon and If you fall to get your Blade for Sunday reading notify us and we will look In to the matter NEW ORLEANS AND MOBILE March 1st to 10th Tickets on sale via tho Queen and Crescent Route to the above points at tho rate of onefaro plus 25 cents for the round trip Tickets on sale March tho 1st to Cth inclusive Final limit March tho 11th This limit will bo extended to March tho 25th if ticket is deposited with tho Joint Agent at New Orleans or Mobile and on payment of 50 cents on or before March tho 11th 1905 Stopovers at all winter tourists points For inform matlon see nearest ticket agent or hexingoton Ky THE SUN SAYSI Have you Seen the Bluer Grass1 Wade ft Angelic flAngelii j jj Los Angeles Cal Feb1 Editor Blade There are lots them here of both sexes all shades of color and character and various phases of belief some have had a b fall and are recovering and some no er will although the Almighty working overtime Just now In our midst we are having a divine circus alias a Grand Union Revival not a three ring but yea a seven ring under Weto direction of the Christian God aided and abetted stirred up and turned over advertised and heralded in song and stories by the three high priced clowns Bob Burdette the Infidel smasher Frank DeWitt Talmage the theological Magaphone and the el I quent Robert Mclntyro who recent fractured in Intestine by trying to hart monize religion and evolution Re J S Chapman is ringmaster of th trio of prize birds and the crowing of the cocks the cackling of the hens the weeping of the widows the If n fessions of the criminals the walls the lost souls and the lies of the chi dren and imbeciles told for the glory I of God are enough to bring tears the statue of Stephen M White t But God is getting there with bat feet The profits of the House Israel report a conversion running as high as one thousand a day which probably as true as gospel but not I more so If God continues his won ders to perform In seventeen days more the whole of Los Angeles cou ty will bo floundering on their prayer bones at the feet of those charity fed chicken gourmandl ers shouting Glory Glory GlorYJ Since this holy show has started it seems that the Devil hits also been quietly at work no brass band no holy alliances no donation funds no ladles aids but alone Ho is getting there Eli and as usual He is in the front of the procession and is Ibading the Lord thy God by a length Our two hundred saloons with their innumerable adjuncts or drugstores restaurants hotels and herds of othe sightless porkers are doing a thrlv + ingi business We have the sportiest race track in America with its re 1k pmpSJ1ldtln horns Massag parlors are thick as bath houses In ancient Rome Our police force has been increase 25 per cent Hardly a night passes without a holdup or a murder and day and night burglaries are too nu merous to notice Prof Hatfield isi up In the moun talns producing rain for the valley on scientific principles and according to schedule Capt Baldwin sails his air ship every pleasant Sabbath over the various hallelujah camps cuts ure eight pigeon wings and other artistic didoes for the edification of the curious and the exasperation of tho re ligious Heresy flourishes as the green bay trees ora field of alfalfa lu damp land Freethinkers Spiritual fists and Socialists are so numerous that It is difficult to secure halls for any other purpose Tom Paine s birthday was celebrated by two organ izations and both halls were inade quate to hold the crowds Roosevelt God and the Christian clergy came in for a full share of merited disrespect for their Ignoble work in traducing the character of their benefactor The Dresden edition of Ingcrsolls works have been placed in the circulating department of the public library Summing up the situation it is dif ficult to see Just where we are at The superstitious and weak minded are being highly entertained at their own expense Gods chosen Jumping Jacks arc occupying tho center of the lit stage living on the fat of the land and putting away money for a rainy day Those that pay the bills seem to be satisfied with the Investment Some of the respectable gamblers abscond or suicide when their prayers are not answered but the tinhorns are always on hand and never do anything rash A public expose of Spirit uallsm occurS about once a month and the next week the half wont hold the faithful who come to hear the exIplanation Freethought meetings aroSI better attended than ever before and subscribers to Freethought papers arc I harder to get Whether we go toIpraise God or blame the Devil Illv have to fess up In the meantime the sun rises every day over the San Bernardino mountains with a smile on his face and says Good morning have you read the Blue Grass Blade WALTER COLLINS his to From Lexington Leader his v AUNT CARRIE fItAnd Rev Mr Zachary Separate and qxch go it Alone Word was received Thursday by his nJJir LJi publishers in this city that Evangelist James W Zachary manager and financial agent of Mrs Carrie Nation has dissolved partnership with the lustrlous female saloon smasher and from now oneach will go M oleo The letter received 1111rZachary was dated at Chickasaw Indian Terri tory and this was the last place they appeared together ofhire Zachary left Lexington several weeks ago to Join Mrs Nation in aI lecture tour of the West They ap1 dlngCItIvised to bo making a tremendous hit Judging from newspapers Wh caused the split between them is not known here and friends of the evangelist were somewhat surprised hear that tho unique combination had busted up Evangelist Zachary will continue his campaign in the West and it is presumed that Mrs Nation will seek other worlds to conquer FITlyFla To C C Moore to11oicarne and punctuate and do soP M OLIVER Did God awake in darkness Six thousand years ago And look around on nothing toTo see what ho could do hHe never had beginning IfNor birth like you and me But always has existed IsFrom all eternity Now what had he been doing Throughout those countless years 1No priest has eyeriold us It in no book appears Perhaps ho had been sleeping With nothing for a bed And nothing for a pillow And nothing in his heads Nothing for companion Through all that dreary night And only boundless nothing On which to feast his sight And when he rose for action Like one aroused from sleep- r And with only six days labor Thee tale is rather steep Took Just a pinch of nothing And made this glorious earth And another pine otnotdidg And the planets head these birth Another lump bit nothing Produced the mighty sun And so he workedat nothing Till stars and all were done lAnd when all else was finished Of dust he made a man And mixing it with nothing On some mysterious plan He took a rib from Adam With nothing for a knife And mixed It with nothing Made him a full grown wits He damns his every nation Unless we ail believe The story of creation The snake the fruit and Eve He knew the kind of people He was working on to make But they all die so nr later Because of his mistake I Answer- sOh nothing1ione avow When he tools that cooked piece of bone And that a frow Raw materlaJconsldcred With nothing or mistake was the very best of Jobs That any God could make THINKS IT OUGHT TO CONVERT ME Emanuel Ky Feb jJ 05 Charles C Moore Dear sir Ericlased find clipping fromWashlngtoriPost If I should think after that you could not doubt tho divinity of that bPok think your Blade is better each Is Dog Fennel as good a work as ever read Can you tell me where can got Haeckels Riddle of the tJnl EMMET JOYNER The clipping is as follows The Book Saved His Life Moveo by excitement began eral Joe Wheeler in relating one of stories a young man determined enlist He accepted a Bible from mother and as he placed it In his inside pocket promised to read the book every day During ono of the important bait ties this lnans entire compnnywas annihilated but he escaped riflfr Same old story Interjected a yet eranbullet hit the Bible No continued the dOUEhtyHtUo general the book not In the common and ncceptjKJtyay The soldier was found ohfa slree keeping his promise to mother Washington Post The Bible saved my life I suppose during the war as many otjnyjnelgh borsall Johnies were staid at homo arid read kllJedII Eckler Son Publishers City will send you JIaeckelv a f ittKICKING OUT OF THE TRACES Cincinnati Feb 705 Mr Charles C Moore Enclosed find clipping of great n liIar1persI am and for years have been a subscriber to theBladeS C Relic y The Is as fOll ws 1TRUE Is Not Contained In the BibleD clares President Schurmann Ithaca N YFeb dd the students of Cornell today pre sl dent Schurmann said In part Tho Christ of the twentieth ceo tury differs from the Christ of ti nineteenth and proceeding ccnturcs No longer will educated men go to U Bible as a text book of physic Iasago Now an educated man who would quote the Bible as an authority any physical subject would bo an ject of ridicule in the eyes of all cated men I do not believe there is any true history in the Bible simply because the Hebrews never wrote history I do not attempt to explain the miracles of Jesus Christ but even today we have our Christian Science and Faith cures Schure man the reason t about the miracles of Jess is that you know they were fakes an you would lose your Job if you did WAS GOING TOO NAME THEBABY CHARLEY eutItvfaea Girdand Threygw edi t Lucy Alma Henry vfpr Wilsons Wife and Mrs He GET YOUR SPOONS LAoltsi Spring JIm Texas Jan la 05 Dear Mr Moore Please find within a small a noun that will at least even us up Would have reml tedsamo sooner but was waiting to name my baby All signs indicated to me that the baby would be a boy and I intended to name him Charley Moore I But dang my cats moon stars anel all signs failed me and the baby Is a girl fine one too I do not konw much about naming girls and the duty devolved upon m wife So this evening she brought out the old family record and pointing to the last name thereon saiduThis is our babys name and this is what she had written Lucy Alma Henry I believe my wife has been reading the Blade havent caught her at It but she Is very much improved so much so that he thinks kindly of nfy books and papers and Liberal friends Any way the next baby Is Charley girl or no girlJ EHERRINt My wife and I have had a good many namesakes audI regard It as the highest of all tho compliments that tan be paid usas much or a havelfcameans an engraved spoon from tny wife or myself and Miss Lucy has got to comp up with the spoon this time and Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hen ry have got to give a spoon or more they dont I will publish them Inb the Blade When the Christians put d1UnderA hundred years from now people will be repeating It from her Jt knock ed the stuffing put of the littlq Chris tian scheme and pled their whole galley As long as peopjo read behind the Bars 31498 that saying qttU1flw- UewllJ be remembered Dont look like Wilkinson bad turn ed every body against me down In in that countryaBritish witnesses wero heard bey fore the international commission on the North Sea case which resumed its sessions at Paris The teaimonY wa slrnllar to that given atuthoYIni- qulrlea In England INIRosfe Bradley Partially Paralyzed Is mmersedln the Delaware and jfslids chair a woman past eight yeanTahd paralyzed in ono side was wheeled out on the ice and baptized In the Delaware River today opposite East Camden Those who saw her taken from thoI hole chopped in tko led thoughts lie had succumbed from tho cold r a few moments she gave no signs of life but soon revived The woman is Rosin Bradley of No 1340 Decatur street Philadelphia She was baptized by Elder Skins of the Church of God Attended by five elders who walked on the ico in bare feet tho old woman sang in a feeble tremulous vole e as she was rolled in her chair to the place of baptism She was lifted off the chair and lowered through tho ice into the river Quickly she was replaced in the chair and hurried to the shore where WhenIWATSON HESTON IgIThe Infidel Cartoonist Died Peacefully IeCarthage line Feb 205- s C Moore IeDear sir and friendI have befo illmetho very painful task of writi to Mr Hestons friends and tell them of his death Mr Heston died last Friday Ja 27 at 230 p m His last hours n peacefulwent Just like he was going to sleep never struggled a particle We were afraid he would strangle 011timesstrength enough to cough up the muc us and the phlegm It was hard for me to have to giy him up for J iostalovely companion I Mow he is better art for he soul not have gotten well and he waste- to Moore I wish you would d dhe me your paper for six months and soonas J can I will send you the mon ey Another thing I wish to mention 0 and I hope you will make a n iof In your paper Mr Warren Wolf of IndfanFern tory has Yii ten me several letters 1w1 Heatgn was an I woul- nn J Last some of my le ters wore returned uncalled for an 1 dont know where hels He has bee a so nice to us during my husbands iii ness and I wish to thank him for hi kindness and also to thank pr WH friendsrmSctP SI am almost down with l grippe and mental strain and It Is very cold hero now Mr Hesto was laid away nicely but with noIpreacher to preamble over his bodIcarried out his last wishes as he resquested Brother Watson H stop was one o the most radical of all American Infitdels and his cartoons of the Bile an all religion have done as much for fidelity as any man who has lived in this century In this country He was an artist and a theologian gad a wit and satirist Gods creation of a woman out of a bone shored out of Adam with a butchers saw the dog stealing bone while God was sewing up thea holed d sticking the bone In theIJ ground and drawing the magic circle around It and the pretty Eve growing out of the bone Vas always to me a conception compared with which the Pygmalion and Galatea that r saw in Athens was not a cir cumstance and Heston ought to have monument with that whole thing on tand toward it I Would contribute my mite though it might better to give Jttohls widow When I was a little boy and it took forever toJetthe new tromallye where and there were noInfidel newspapers one of the main rackets of thofl preachers no priest hero thenwas toa those religious liars describing thcydleddI fjep from the presence of their dying of ones Now however when we can hear from any where immediately and In less than np time if life Howe comes the East to us style in which Hestpn has died ln the presence of his devoted and faithful wife who their poverty had worked her life to save him ISa fair sample of the way Infidels die But these same lying preachers and priests that we have now would be tomn their dupes about the horrible Jenough a iiji Sji t fr 1f wrltlenItho horrible death bed scene of all prominent Infidels but we never hear anything of that sort in these days Old Talmage was the last of ya o pious liars that tried that old gamy e He gave an account of the death of an Infidel that he said he personally knew about t Ho said that the man screamed so loud that ho could be heard a square away but ho did not tell tho mans name or the town or state in which orho lived or where it was Heston wrote me a letter once giv ing me the very devil and he made three cartoons of me in the Truth Seeker but I am for him and his wife Jrnow all tho same NO INFIDEL HE SAID Every Human Being Really Believes jn God Declares One Evangelist The Rev Dr George R Stuart wh is conducting the revival services a tho Independence Avenue Methodist church said at the Hotel Kupppr last night that thorn was no such being as an Infidel There are a good many fellows who pose as Infidels but they are nothing but dodgers said the evangelist Every socalled Infidel Is like a lawyer who pleads his own case He knows he must either do better or go to hell He does not want to do either so he simply pours water propositionr thenghad a fair chance and sufficient time beeren truth of the Christian religion itnao branod the Bible half as wellas Dalaamsass did In Cor VI 15 we read Wha andownde hath denied the faith aril is worse JJscrelsnoicItas an war to explain the discrepancy 1s by saying that George is an ijgnbrant inthEt es dSuatt Is the old spelling for eta ward the fellow who waited on the HlngllsbsHlrigland and go back to the graft his daddy or granddaddy teztouopnnot as meaning a fellow who leaves his own wife and runs off with other fellows wife or unmarried daughter which last old Brother Dan andta week for the last five years IBiJt for Gods sake dont lot the old fellow know I h vesald thlsho wouldwrite every day CHRISTIANS MURDEREACH OTHER IVienna Jan 7rho eyes of Europe again anxiously watching develop at Macedonia where alarming conditions are rapidly developing It is no longer the Turks who are massacrelng the Christians it Is the various sections of the Christians who are murdering each other Of course the Turks are more than delighted to see the Christians saving them the trouble of arranging new massacres and occasionally they lend their assistance to one or the other rival parties when the fighting does not seem to progress lively to suit them Strong voices aro heard here however clamoring the powers of Europe to interfere establish order as the Interna tional gendarmerie has Proven a sud failure AND BOB Somebody sent me a marked copy the Boston Globe containing an ac thntJwroteHur although Ben was a malct and It says Lew chgngedphis story about Bon when Bob Ingcrsoll talked to seems that LoW had not been sp cocksure there was any Godthat Is any one that you spell with a big until ho Low not Cploh no lathed to Bob and after that Lqw was dead sho thorp was a God with a ottsbrtlnlJus between E eS fe i r k them when they met it would have made a better book than all that rot he told us about t Low cant give BenJany pointers on Glv Ben Kenny the Lexington man that rovo Nancy Hanks old Nancy In her prime and one of old Bro Toomies sulkies and Ben Kenny would get clear around before Ben Hue sot started 1L REV FUNKANb +HEdHosfll I have received a marked copy of the New York Herald containing pictures of Rev Mrs May S Pepper and qamesHviews of the magnificent church in Brooklyn where the Pepper woman preaches her religion She is a common looking fatcrea taro and looks like the before part of an anti advertisement and looks like she would have about as much raisedtjI know Funk pretty well snit ho is a nice manwas a boss Prohibition 1st until he found there was no money In it but Funk is a Methodist preach er and with three preachers around that woman you are pIng to hear something If you just hold yowl t breathe and HstW readVany of them but Funk same old Job lot of lies SWEARS M4R JLE8 fH sANSWERED PRAYER v Salvation Army Woman Charged With Fraud Explains How She Recov ered Her Sehses whichasworn to Jn court by iflssInga Han SalvationArmy withapertRaiiwayjcompany titled that the alleged miracle restored her 1remarkabletqp chargp that her ailments hadrbeen conceived Ja order to furth r a 50000n conspiracy had beensd iroltly simulated through live years eTheeiaccordingtoprayer with an itinerant Methodist misslonarywho Visited hers lMissi3 Hanson loather suit against the s ircet railway company tFAMOUli JI CountryHome the strawberry plumy pear tomatff and other fruits and vegetables BYg0 money in growing for the northern markets On February 7th and 21st March 7th and 21st round trip hbirieseek ers tickets from St Louis Thebes Cairo or Memphis tP Toads points at rate of one fare plusa2not exceeding 16iOne way colonist tickets at halt fare plus 2 on February 21st arid March 21st iWrlte for booklets on Texas fruit lands map and timetableLO SCHAEFER Ti P Ai CottQii Belt Route Cincinnati O A Good Route to TrYi ft traverses a territory rich In undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock raise Jug mining and manufacturing And last but not least it is The Scenic Route- iorYourlsts The Frisco System pow offers the traveling public excellent service and fast timeIBetween St Louis and Kansas City and points in Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and the Southwest Between Kansas pity and points in Tennfisse Alabama Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham andMem ls and in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and he West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon application to any representative of the Company or to Passeatfer Traffic Departmeat Commercial BulldlHgi Saint zulJ 1 a 4 h r 2 4 rX4 4l f 2 ff Itfof 0 ATHEIST r n the IpdlariaPceacher 1FelJDeadWh 1hat tie Not be saved rM iiL the W nnamac Ind January 16 The and inMen death tart night of Ulclinril Betsy during church services In the WUdere Station Chiiyjt has caused S- lfa commotion among saints and Bin t jrBossy had long been known as an atheist and was alleged Mrhave said cn various occasions lh it hhbra use for churches Howojerj last night he entered the church e shellor from the midwinter storm Sontnftpr he entered Roy James McCary made an earnest plea for Gos pel recruits and during the course of his talk said There is one unbe- lIever in this congregation a sinner mho EItl tJc drom death night ly unless he becomes a Christian The prophesy of the preacher was soon fulfilled whoa Bossy jylJbuau anguished cry of Oh fell back in of his seat a corpse a That alot of fool Christian liars would want to get off a lie like find is not surprising and is no worse than ho wight aaturaltybe expected of them but why a newspaper of any claim to decency would print a pioee of rot of that kind can only oet accounted for on the ground that the Enquirer is run by a Catholic and Inl religion the Catholic Is if possible even a bigger liar thaa tho Protestant V Jny man of any common sense of knows that t6bo a lieBndvyetthQus ands ofChrlsUmsCathou s and Pro- tesfnntsvho know that to be a HoI wills patronize the Cincinnati Enquirer because it will tell a lie that is to boost Christianity and without such lying as that the Christian religion could no stand one week Even if it had been true It would prove nothing except a coincidence Ito ortnoro probable that some man has been killed by the excitement caused byfthe Insult offered him by a fool preacher who deserved to be kicked Ipel ouSof the house Lies of that kind laid oontinuallybe 1Ing printed bY Christian newspapers and I am continually exposing them byScballenging hetanyanybody to Bend mo any sticK prdpfrand nearlyalways ge evidence that it Isa lie and I make my usual challenge now and call on anyt body who may rgadthls- to fgot me information on that subject antiI will print it in the Blade C6mmdnlsenBO would teach4bafcnb Atheist wouldbo llrlghlenedwat any thingEof Jatkl d that preacher say it had been true It would fie a matter of sufficient interest to deserve a fuller account than that or perhaps IICertalstanding and fortune and something about what was done with the dea rlUP body the man I have been a newspaper reporter and T certainly wb ldhavemaileil more readable story than that Out of as good a theme as that If that isa fair sample of the En quirers reporters that paper could afford to pay me 10000 a year td come to Cincinnati and run Its roper torial department It is bad and Im moral for anybody id lta lie about- anything but a man is a common fool Whb tells a He that only a halfdoz en foowill believe while everybody- of any sense is disgusted by it SCUFFED CLUB HAS A BIGGER LIAR THAN MUNICHAUSEN uOR REV WILKINSON In the Stuffed Club1 on page 225 0304 in a letter from J R Mead Wichita Kansas to the Club pears the following form mead Iln one day kilted skinned and took tho tallow out of 22 buffaloes myself using a muzzle loading rifle and butcher knife as my only tools and walked five miles coming and gq Ing from carapX Dr Tilden editor of the Club accepts this story in its entirety and without any discount and then Dr Tilden himself volunteers to toll another one for Mead Tilden describes an Intense cold and snow on the plains and party of thir teen hunters who were camped out and were about to starve to death because after having exhausted themselves in trying to find game the game then havlngbecomq scarce they could not find anygamo In the whole countryIonlthls camp using this language N tho country was shut up snow and the weather too cold for hunters to bo out unless compelled to be Quo dauntless hunter struck o the next morning on a trackless snowbound cquntry and was twq hours when he rode by the camp of these thirteen hungry hunters on his to his own camp and tosse- dthinhirtonliuffalo tongues He saint ho thirteen not because h r tar wanted ltoi but to provo there waa game In Kansas for a man who know how to hunt Some of these men went rNIlndbuffalo lie had kltedrthatm rOing p of course were given lUtey4c sired When Mead did thpse things ho and ho was 06 years old and had a splendid baby 19 months pld IgnvJ Ti den iv boqatl in life Blado thathosaid was worth six advertise Tnenta ho had I had not read- thesetwo stories then and I want it distinctly understood that Ido not endorsee any such lies aa they arojT- llden a is an Infidel and if any per preacher had gotoff any such rot as that all of us Infidels would have any jumped on him with both feet A funny part about those two lies Is dp that while Tllden is almost fanatical apposed to cpffeo drinking old Mead wrote this letter to Tllden teHdll Ing him that his habit through life pay had been to eat three strong meals greasy food every day and drink can quart of strong coffee with each meal and that sometimes when hunting ho had gotten out of coffee and would eat a quart of coffee grounds each meal 5o that according to den if Mead had lived Jike Tllden vised cut Mead would neyer have killed nd taaow out of less than150buffaloeg a day and would have lived Id years longer than Methuseleh I bate W see a mil start to t6Ufille and make ir muminffy it Anybody knows that with 13 at the table lnK that camp one was bound to drop dead asthe vllJeforo they got doffeeatlrfg and yet ho men tipn is made of the one that died g Baron Munchausen would not have left that story In such an awkward shape Tllden did Instead of killing 13 buffaloes the Kl Baron would have made it 14 so as Ip have even numbers to tie by their R tails to his saddle behind him and bring them home to he people who Ineeded themaiid ndt compel the pea to go out In the blizzard to get 9i them and not bay e them ouLthere for wolves and coyotes f 4t waY nolhlng of cruelty to ahfmaft and un necessary waste of provision Jn a F scarpevtinie If old ifead had beena Chri t1l n I would not cuss sp much about IV but Mead is evidently an Infidel and such a man damages the cause of Infidelity We tend in Z Bible bbPut Samsons exploits as aII fox hunter without a oack of hounds U and all of us Infidels say without any ft KcsffetlTii LfZth i risrile andyet Ied iw1UiP1y wtt eys In JPalestine where vne foxes hayo holes and that its a splendid place for them when thggoosecrop Is good and I saw Samsons tombwltn QapteLnfoI li In perfect repair to this day to book the story About Samson as a fox hunter and Tllden cant show even one rock piled on another to back up his stories about old Mend and as between Samson as a fox hunter and Mead and Tilden as buffalo hunters r will take samson In mine every dar and Sunday too When McQarvey a Campbeiiite preacher In his book Jonah nod the whale tolls anything like that wo call it a Ueandvhcn Zachary and Olark Braden and Wilkinson three more Campbelllto preachers say anything any body that knows anything about them says Its a lie even before he knows what It is because It is the experience of all people whQ know anything about those three men that that they could not tell the truth if they wanted to and they would rather tell a lie for nothing and board them selves than to tell the truth for But when theological cats of their stripe tell lies It helps infidelity and when Infidels like1 Tildetf and Mead tell lies it hurts Infidelity and there fore I love to see preachers lying and hate to see Infidels lying and 1 am not going to Have it The best thing that Tilden and Mead can do is to write letters to the Blade and say they told great big lies and made asses of themselves and then start fresh again as honest truth loving Infidels If they try to lid out of it they will do just like preachers do and files do on this stick Clistfiy paiierithe morn they kick the deeper into It they will get Now walk upto the trough Doctor an dtake some of your medicine DOG FENNELft inHeSaya he Would not take 400 for The first 100 pages oflt North DlrmlnghamAlaeJal1 11 05 tMr Moore Dear frlendI have Just received utDog Fennel and read over one hun dred pa es uptx the present and would not take five dollars for it if I could not get anpthqr one I enclosq clipping that you may see that this part of the country Infested with lIroof ilftersJOHN M CARITON VARIOUS THINGS his ABOUT THE BLADE Alma K Wilson Is Worth Say Ing and Will be a Star In Your the crown Editor Moore I am glad that you a Mr Hughes have decided that the Blade is top precious to bo cast fore those who do npt appreciate it to enough to reach into their Jeans and- y last nk out the dollar on You cannot afford to give away the to paper and pay postage on it The only business manner in which vapor can be run is to stop the pa at the expiration of the time s paid for Make no execeptlon if in one is interested in the paper he last she will miss Its appearance and the thing that will make it come again All subscribers should lid uni are form at 100 When yoU make a rd you do Injustice to those whOle the full amount If You can keep 3000 subscribers at l0d each you cc keep afloat Tho higher the value you put on the Bjado the higher receiver will his appraise it I notice that a number for o11people are wrl ii1gio the free thought papers and advising them to of out all matter that does hot treat religionists and their superstition with his respect Next thing they win want us to take our hats and flap oh our knees every time a Christian pens his head Some of them object to slang Sonic luck against swear wbrds I suspect that they want us to run bur papers upon the silly plan of Ihp religious be Most of the Infidels that I imo are klhaty brave feHowswhq do not give a tinkers dam for religion and dp npt Hesitate to say so wrote an nrtlclea short while flgoI an Infidel paper and Itpaid my be st respects to the Pope The article was returned tome ttan admonition to speak respectfully of the Catholic religion and not ridicule St Peters successor as that only made the Catholics angry pqt them down upon us i was told that wp must use nice ar supdseMrs catholic I admire your religion jirQry much 1I Jsa very good thing to have but for Chrlsta sake cut it t stress that would fetch fem from sus mighty quick il attend the Free Discussion So crety BaUlmor almost e vyiil y yaiterIoonand 1n8ea1t rSn ce talk right put and say w a they The rellgioni8t8 rip up hIfuels and the Infidels give them ion on half shell We destroy more re sous foundation there than any pace in the United States Many a ono who aemeato scoff at the Atheists remains to prey with the band This spclety s50 years old and suspect that It has made a thousand Infidels of militant Christians In its time I was talking to an exCatholic there a few weeks ago and i never heard a man who could rail at them so fiercely and yet Catholics seem to be morp wprrjed than disgusted at him We have some slippery Christians to deal with Once Ina while an ex hotter will drop In and get up andI ake an Impassioned appeal to us tol como to Christ and give our hearts dod and will then pick up his hat and rjish put before any one can get a crack at him One Sunday a fellow Was telling us about how God answer CL his prayers and snatched back his wife and children from the brink of the grave after the doctor had given them up When be sat down up popped a man sad declared that his wife yqad died after the Christians had prayed over her two weeks and he stormed at the Christians and declar ed they pad lied to him and told him that If he let the medical men alone and depended upon prayers his Ylfe would be restored to health He yas almost like a wild man Wo had the hottest discussion upon the efu cacy of prayer and the puerility of liglousstatemegts that you ever heard ofIt was give and take for three ours The attendants at the F D s are about 710 Infidels I am at the number of freethinkers I come across who have 1fever heard of Infidel papers I take the Blade and Truth Seeker ylth mo to every meeting IIf wo could pnly place these papers In the hands of all tho independent tjilnkers pf the country wo could have hundreds of thousands of subscribers I find that three fourths of the Social tats are Liberals I have been an Atheist for 25 years but never saw a copy of a freethought paper until IlagerstownMaryland eraand Blades about four years ago wan delighted I had paid my spects to tho Christians In an article IpT4eSu of Baltimore and Mr Jroh saw my name attached thereto and sent mo the Myfather was au Atheisfrt although t4 ii i nM1i 6 iifljibrl father was a Methodist preacher My father died wlthlut even having seen a copy of an Infidel publication except Voltaires works We must get papers among the people I have never met with anyone who has heard Colonel Ingersoll lecture that is not liberal to some degree Ingersoll has plowed the field thor Noughly and It only needs harrowing put It in fertile condition His Jecturo in Baltimore was in 189C tho Foundations of Faith I went the Llccum and sat down and turned to look around the house and my neighbor to my left hand exclaimed Hello John I am glad to see you here I was surprised It was a cous of minea Charles Frazler the person I over expected meet at Bob Ingersolls lecture I was sb taken back that I said What the hell you doing here N JHe told me he had read Ingersolls on Skulls and that ho had N sluffed his Methodism before he finish N It1H0told mo that he had traveled miles to hear Ingersoll In several of lectures I had not seen Charley about seven years and I had known him as a bigoted Methodist tli6 shouting brand He had never abeen to school in his life and was In twenty first year before he learned how to read But he has educated himself fairly well and was studying medicine the last I heard of him Her had worked at ship caulking from the time he was eleven years old He is now fifty Try to pull Mrs Alma N Wilson out of the mine of suporstl UticmShels worth saving and will U a feature In your calI mean a star in your crownJOHN Tj M rOF AN INFIDEL N il lI Atlanta Ga Feb 05 rMri C C Moore Dear sir and Brother I am sending you today a recent clipping from the Atlanta Constitution You can read between tbq lines and discover before conclusion that the demise is all right You will note in that article that the public makes effort to state that ho was not pno among us when the article impeaches the reporter In as much as our departed brother before his dyath expressed publicly sentl mentsY which go to prove that they tried after hls death to make things different from what ho really believed but had no access to reach the people best acquainted with his case C7 H A STRCTJPE Tha account Is as follows F r ODD CHARACTER GOES TO BEYOND a i MJoM Pioneer Citizen Yields To Death Aged 79 The Deceased Led the Life of a Hermit and Many Strange Things Are Toidpf NlmNo Services Permitted at His Funeral M J Mabre who died Monday at the ago of 79 years at his residence 76 Park avenue In addition to being one of the pioneer citizens of Atlanta was lone of the queerest characters who ever resided in this city It was his dying request that the ministrations of the church be de nied him during his last hours and- o that his body bo interred without vocations without the presence of a ministerand without funeral service of any kind The old gentleman lived nearlt- bermits a life When he moved Into the neighborhood in which he died he let his neighbors understand that ho did not desire them to call upon him Most of the time he kept his front gate locked to prevent them from en teeing and he never called upon them During the latter years of his life he mellowed somewhat and would give a nod ofgreetlng to some of those wh oed passed by In all sorts of weather hot or cold the old gentleman tea either leaning over the fence of his front yard or pacing the pavement in front of his home Wouldnt Let the Birds Drink Some time ago Mr Mabre discover ed the birds were drinking water from the well Jn his back yard This war rued him He fixed the bucket on well so as to prevent the birds fro quenching their thirst Although reports say that Mr Ma brp wasan Infidel this was dented by the few who knew him Certain it is that he would never permit a minister to enter his door Once a minister of his neighborhood called The old gentleman slammed the dppr fa the face of the man of the cloth Mr Mabromade much of juts money in the saloon business Before prohi bition days in Atlanta he operated saloon and it was a model place pf business and he would not permit them to stand 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1150 and 2 Best Filled 00ld250 andr r Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 25 Gents Chainstl same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less tinnsCash refunded at option rtil- tr DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC I am an expert in this line and will save you 20 per cent if you IN In will order of me r N II Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges RingsSnvei i Nand Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism bio free IoWa110 N KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL NRIIIIrrrl rrIIII11MIRI t 11 times Ho operated for six months Iff the city Tvheu It was JryuudtHd a of land office business One of the wholesale liquor men of the city gave him large sum for a half interest in the place Mr Mabre had his Intimates and openly told those who attempted to make his acquaintance that he did not care to become friendly with them He was a queer old man and no lcasonIever been able to learn the for his apparent distrust of human tty The utter failure of the reporter to make out a case against the old Infidel when the reporter evident ly had raked and scraped everything that religious prejudice could say against him is a higher compliment to him than the ordinary newspaper eulogy Is In many of the cities police kill the thenloose on them and I cant see Ifobjectweil bucket a near by and sparrows like preachers are always sticking their bills Into things that are not clean Lockport N Y Enclosed 100 to shove me up another year I en close clipping Of course It has its thousands of believers Poor benight fools GEORGE OATHf sThe IJUVENILE The suppression of moral and roll gious instruction In the schools of France since 1870 Is offered by Mrs John Van Vorst In Harpers for Jan uary as the only explanation for the startling increase In the numbers of youthful delinquents criminals and VantaVorst out e 1whereasThe facts about I w Christians of either sex will lie about religion The leading minds of France are driving religion out of that country They would not probably do It if they thought they were thereby making the people more miserable Suicide als Increasing In this country but not among Infidels SISTER KATE EDWARDS IlSOff to Heaven by the Cable Line At Rending Pal7 MrsKate Edwards d ft k jlci j ri j z flu Will be jerked to Jesus for the murder her husband her scheme being qa 2 kill hint and marry a nigger The Associated Press telegram saysnunIt Is said Mrs EdWards consclencMrhas been troubling her since she has rpktWe do some pretty tough things intr leadinglus J Send us r50 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 aa an elixir of life stands preeminent AI ways rigorous and stimulating the jt crist atmosphere of Colorado la at Its best In winter To accomodate winter tourist to the Rockies the Union i In effect from Chicago J F1Stwithproportionate reductions from all x J within its Immediate territory fTickets on sate every day until 1st 1905 with return limit June litfy 1905 Bo sure your ticket reads over ithe Union Pacific the popular route to Colorado For full Information inrquire of W H Connor 0 A East north street Cincinnati 0 t Jt ++ + IHoH + iIi+d + +++++ SAINT LOUIS TO THE ENTIRE SOUTH AND WEST SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT NKEEPINGJNIrH MODERN d IDEAS AND EXECUTION POINTS J4 MISSOURI KANSAS ARKANSAS TEXASpINDIAN TERRITORY OKLAHOMA 1Fordecriptivo waUorthrough Ichedules and other needed par dentate 41ro HI McGUIRE AGLNTO38 CINCINNATI QNIrl IiJJ 7 y 44SIrr uJ 1 1 r- r MAN FROM CONNECTICUT Where They Make Wooden Nutmegs And Adulterate Oats With Shoepegs Has Got on the Fence and Wants Me to Tell Him on Which Side he Must Get off cNew Haven Conn Jan 15 05 Editor Bluo Grass Blade Dear slrI enclose herewith monoyorder for 100 payment on my subscription for the past year I also enclose an article which I wish to 1 have published therein and would be pleased to have my objections k Atheism answered In your paper A C FISHER The article with his own heading Is ifas follows i THE MAN ON THE FENCE Mr Editor A short time ago the readers of the Blade were Invited by you to air their views on the themo Why and an Atheist- I regret to say that I was ono of those who failed to respond However I shall not keep silent any longer but wish to have a few points explained which keep me on the fence In the first place let us be cleat understood As I understand It Atheism means that there Is no such thing as a personal or Impersonal God as the terms Imply In tho Univers That all the planetary movements down to the movement of a worm arc not controlled by any outside Intel gen e that there Is not any Intelligence outside of animal and human believe the position taken by Atheists My first question is Can there exist an intelligent action in the Universe without an Intel gence to direct It There are thou ands of manifestations of infelllgenc throughout all nature Take for stance the human organism Here we find manifestations of an Intelligent far superior to that of man Take the structure of tho lungs alone and we find that they are constructed in a wise manner They are not as man suppose two empty sacks but they are filled with thousands of small tube which branch off from the bronchial r tubes like the branches of a tree This arrangement prevents the spread of disease when any of tho minute cells become attacked Is this not a wise provision of nature But this is all There is another arrangement i at the mouth of these cells a very fino Vnetwork which allows tho oxygen to h pass into the blood but prevents the blood from passing through into the lungcellsI detake up many pages scribing the human structure in detal which is much more wonderful than one uninformed would think It Is simply marvelous- Tou this argument some would say it is simply a matter of inheritance that like produces like This is ver true but let me also ask Where Is the Intelligence that forms the chit during the process of conception Surely the mothers Intelligence doe not do this for she is often Ignorant of vital organs the hear lungs bloodvessels are protected by the ribs and the delicate brat r is fortified almost entirely There is a reason for this which is too well know for erpetltion here The nerves of taste smell sight hearing and sensation are all In their proper places put there by what Intelligence or chance If this old earth is not erned in its motions by any intelligen force then we can thank our luck stars that it gets dark when the world gets sleepy and needs rest Should the days bo longer or shorter than they are now I think not Tho In clination of tho earths axis to its or bit gives us the change of seasons This Is well for it breaks tho mono tony of the landscape and makes home dearer to us If this grand old world with its great men and women is here merely as a result of chance we can also feel thankful that we are here enjoying it Many of earths children have lit tle to be thankful for but mother earth is not accountable for that Mans selfishness and ignorance are the cause for all the misery In the worjdI that man was gradually evolved from the lower forms of life but what is it that causes the exit of the stomach the pyloric gate to close when food enters the stomach And open when tho food is ready to leave the stomach- It must be the work of one or the other intelligence or chance Nature is a great chemist She knows just what the infant needs to sustain its little life and prepares it at the mothers breast No other food will do Deny it this food and you imperil its life Is this wise pro vision of nature a result of chance If so then ye Atheists can again thank this world for your existence I will here state that I do not wish r 0 to set up a God to bo worshipped for IIasunanswered to my satisfaction I st remain on the fence admiring that which appears to me as an infinite In tclligence Some Atheists arguo that if there were a God wise and good why Iloes he destroy thousands of his childrei lives by earthquakes volcanoes hur rlcancs etc I think this Is a question that has little bearing upon the Issue In fact to me it seems quite ludl crous when they themselves mustI know that these phenomena are the result of natural causes and people should not live near volcanoes They make a mistake when they speak of incidents Generalities are what should be considered Others make the objection that if there were a God why does he permit the Innocent girl to be eaten tip by a cancer Another ludicrous question It Is evident to me that something foreign to her health has entered her system and this is natures method of expelling the poison It is not to be wondered at Mr Atheist when we consider the artificial and unnatural life humanity Is living Many are shut away from the sunlight the source of all life and it has been said by some that meat eating is largely respont bio for cancers Put the rcsponsib Ity where It belongsA C FISHER They were Invited by Mr Iorrls Sacks about the time I was in the Orient but Its allee samee like Iell can man A worms movement is not of the planetary brand When I was a boy the scientists eal or quasisaid that there was no Intelligence except in human beings hey said animals had Instincts and did not include supernatural beings ear or supposed This view seemed to be brought about by religion because If animals had intelligence they would ask would they not have souls and what would become of their souls and what would become of their souls ter death General Abram Buford of the federate army from Kentucky a vout turfman said and wrote that his race horse had souls and that he pected to meet them in heaven Gen Buford was not Insane but he was a typical Kentucky Christian and In beverages believed in patronizing the main staple of his own state In a later day scientists began to ecognlze that Intelligence and In tinct are synonyms Aristottle sal Kin every uilng in nature mcn11ttif nals trees stones etc had Intelligence I said that intelligence can only be affirmed of menespecially women and animals because intelligence plies the idea of such operation as canIonly be performed by a brain or lion or nerve center or some kind of thinking apparatus but I think that there Is in all material something that corresponds with Intelligence i man and animals- I am satisfied that the bee that mathematically constructs the honeycomb the flower called Venus Fl trap the corals and the stone pentagonal pillars in Giants causeway In Ireland and the pentagonal crystal at the Hot Springs in Arkansas or the spar and gypsum in tho Mammoth Cave in Kentucky all just as truly think as did Michael Angelo when hi built St Peters or Jefferson when he wrote the Constitution of the United States Shells and rocks and soil also think but we connot see it so plainly if all as we do In the others Arlstottlo died Rome years before I was born and he could not hay been Influenced by my opinion on the subject There Is therefore no good sense in speaking of intelligent tion as all action is intelligent Then Is no use to multiply the instances itelllgence as you do None of then Is any more wonderful than another and none any more wonderful than the flash of a lightning bug Donattls comet is no more wonder fu than a skyrocket Teddy the strenuous is no more wonderful than a lea and not half so strenuous and dovoted to business Your suggestion that the seasons are so arranged as to make our homes dearer is all folderal The seasons at tho poles are quite different from ours In the temperate zones and they are what they are terly regardless of our If war and famine homesIFhould combine so as to man being on earth the seasons would- just go ahead and do business at the- old stands like nothing had happened This grand old world Is Just much a grand old blunder and humbug and misfit as It is the opposite of Selfishness and ignorance are- not the cause of the lightning strik- Ing him or of a snake biting him or of an immoral inherted predilection The word chance and word ghost are equally names for- things that do not exist i 1 IYour exclamation Atheists a mean anything or prove any- thingsimply wind jamming like the preachers I do not seo what your leged interrogations are and might or might not be able to answer them if I Whos kicking about your being on the fence If it suits you and other fellow wants to raise a row about It tell him to go to hell Some good men have had rides on a rail fence rail- When you get to talking about canoes killing children you must shinny on your own side and tlOtE say such things result from naturalD causes for that is just what the Atheist claims If you think there Is a God you must think that it is possibly God that does these things That question has all bearing upon tho issue If God should drive polson out of a girls system by using a canc cer to do It he would be a fool and a fiend If nature put the cancer therot then nothing and nobody are to be blaDed for ItII dont see any thing in what you say to indicate that there is any God and I dont see why we should lIeve there is any God until we see some reason to do so We have these spirit rappers tellingI us wonderful stories about spirits that they just dead sure know to exist It dont put me on any fence If I evert have evidence to believe what they say I will believe it but I am not going to lose any sleep trying to believe it simply because they say so Same way about a God when I see argument to believe there is a God I will believe It whether I want to or not but I dont propose to believe It simply because some fellow or some book tells me to believe it Sometimes when I see how strangely this little paper is sustained it alum seems to me that there is a God with big G backing it and helping me In mywcjrk but I dont go and get on a fence about it I just say I want l to be a good man and if I do the bes a I can and there is any God thats got any sense and fairness Ill have some wings and golden slippers with the best of them and if there isnt anyE led of that kind I stand just as a good i show for my white ally as any of them HE BLADE ANb WHISKY MAKE HIM RELIGIOUS r Mr Hughes DcrdFJint = gonell and done it just as I expected would do and you did the right tl Ing that is knocked mo out You ought to be ashamed to krocli out an old man the first round b it II forgive you for it I know you dllnt like to do it You ought to shut off everyone that docs not put up the stuff It is hard on the fellow that is shu lOUt but it will bo malting of the Blade In my young days I thought It was right to give a young man a hance in this life It has been with me and I now believe in giving an old man a chance dont you But I will be gol durned if they will do it If I live until the 15th day of March I will bo years old and I hopo I vlll from the fact that I have notIc cd all my life that If I lived over the 10th of March I have lived the rest of the year So it is an Important day with me and I feel kinder allovcrlsh bout that time A man In this life Is like a fine race horseas long as hn can keep up his record ho Is petted ind fed and rubbed and kept in fine onWon but when his cord is low sred ho goes to the dray and is worn Ut and then ho Is dumped Such Is this beautiful life we lead However I am fond of this life und ling to it like a drowning man In straw I have think a good and happy religion Its not orthodox though and thats why I am knocked out- I dont have to pay the preacher My religion is tho Irishmans religion that is Trust to luck stare fate in the face and your heart will be easy If in the right place Enclosed find 16G one dollar to pay me up to July 1005 and 50 cents I owe you for J S Kelly in the club I got up some time ago and cents is to pay you for postage you wasted on me Two cents is not much but say iu have 2000 delinquents and you notify each one that would cost you 40 One or two dont cost much but notify 2000 subscribers is quite an amount I have not received my Blade for Jan 22 so trun it loose and let it come I dont want to skip a cog I am for the Blade first last and always I am lonesome without It r am very much given to tho blue devlIs as Bobble Burns calls them melancholyand there are but two things that knock them outtheyire- reading the Blade and whiskey and I am very fond of the latter It has a happy effect upon me It gives ine religious turn of mind It me too far on that line Why love my neighbor better than lifeI and you know that wont work carriesI reckon Mr Moore has out In conclusion let me say two of Dr Wilsons Rome books He is a gun of largo caliber Now Mr Hughes this is a friendly letter to you and not for publication It Is nothing but foolishness aml1Jadly written and awfully spelled- If I spell a word right it is purely accidental not on purpose I just off hand If hit the marls Its right and If I miss the whole board its all the same- I like Mr Moore I think him a vcrj great man and his name will go down in history but he has a fault that I dont admirethat of criticising a mans spelling and writing He has a fine education and brains to take It but I am one of the few that arc against big educations There are lots people ruined by too much educt tion I dont believe in giving a boy 15 educatIonIts the ruination of the boyIhavent the caliber to take an edii cation I reckon I was born a stickIn themud I am now too old to pull and have concluded to stick Shakespeare says that the world Is a Stan and we all play our parts Some play tragedy and some pin comedy and I have played hell With best wishes for the succes of the Blade and of all its writers and subscribers I am P SMany a good writer has got an item from a fool In fact I dont seo what would become of the smar fellow if it wasnt for the foolhe wouldnt have anything to draw from Must be a contrast in everything iu life It looks like evil is necessary to know what good Is Well dam It lets quit thinking about It I guess it will be all right in the sweet by and by Now Mr Hughes I ont want you to publish this Its personal letter to you written for the purpose of explaining what the is for You know it is said that the wisest of men relish a little non now and then and from Mr bores writing he is one of them From the way he writes 1e is onto moro of tho funny sayings than any nan I ever read after I didnt scratch off the Ky so that nobody surprised at your love of whisky 4I 4e dJuQg burnt out the motor paper late you Idnt get yours in time thought JimS had fired you and you sent your mon y wouldnt have sent It under any other circumstances Cost 45 to repair but made some money by mak ng a gang of dead beats pay up Lets get that thing straight 2500 delinquents averago of four cents for postage on notices 100005000 not Ices at 1 cent each 5000 clerk hire for 5000 notices 2500 damage from wear and tear and swear on Hughes physical constitution and doctors billst for repairs to same 5000 damage to moral constitution and paying preachers for repairs 5000 This does not include slumps and shrinkage on treasures laid up InI heaven that could not be expressed in with a string of goose eggs a mile long but In actual hard dollars that Jim has earned by disseminating religion through tho Blade The pitl ful little drib that you call 4000 is dually 275dO You got that thing about living until the 10th of March from the Blade and I got it from an old nigger Dont spell whisky withI ey Its ky same as ky for KenI ncky Yanks spell it key because they think its the key to heaven butI Its the key to the other placesubce- lliar Yes I used to love my neighbor better than myself too but it was when I was a bachelor and my neighbor about 14 miles off was a girl that I afterwards got It worked all right know a preacher Methodist mat Is a sonofagun His name Is TomC Gunn and thats his fathers name too but they dont know how to spellI gunCYour spelling does pretty well You spell a majority of the words right but you are a drinking man and have bad spells Your writing Is very fine and your sense excellent but between your whlsley and profanity the devil Is going to get youIYour letter is goodany letter good that has as much as one dollar f It your letter had had 312 in it would have been just twice as good as it It- When you send money in letters you dont have to write so much causo the money talks SlIver dollars talk because it has a woman on it My name is bound to go down in history because they have got myi name and picture too in tho rogues Il11 1ft ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA HOT SPRINGS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIAA- ND 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 to points South and West first and third Tuesdays In each month FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company s Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening stock raising dairying etc in the States of Kentucky West Tennessee Misssslppi and Louisiana Every Farmer or Hnraeaeeker who will forward his namp and address to the undersigned will be mailed free Circu lars Nos to 11 inclusive and others as they Are published from month to on or address nearest railroad Agent or address F W HARLOWDIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY GO SOUTHWEST Like Time and Tide the Great South west awaits no man but Its a heap easier to get aboard at the Instant of starting than to contend with the ele ment of momentum later Let us give you the details of thissnew countrys rapid growth and your chance to grow up with It Illustrated I literature free ICUTDec 6 H LEE P A Little Rock Ark IGEO H McGUIRE D P A Clnclnatl Ohio jSEBASTIAN Pass Traf Mgr Chicago at Columbus Ohio but you cant mako It go down these skybus ters in Lexington DISTRACTED AT DISTRACTED MEETING The following is condensed froir C Down at Louisville eve y thing Is going pious Rev Dr W W Pinson was up Ir gospel box and said that any man who lived in sin was crazy As soon as he said it a man named James McKeown jumped out of the window of the church and appeared be insane Friends caught him and took care of him Ho is said to be a decent and working man and was never before known to do anything of that kind It created great excitement In the church and nobody seems able to ex plain it- There is no intimation as yet that was an advertising scheme gotten by Pinson Get onto it some of you Louisville heathens and write me about it DR PINKHAM AGAIN JUMPS ON REVIVALISTS There was too much singing of The Sweet By and By and Shall We Gather at the River too much appealing to the selfish desire to es cape a future hell and enter a future heaven too much exhortation to save souls for eternity This present life deserving friends and neighbors are very good to live with on the whole This is one of the many things that the Rev Henry W Pinkham pastor of Bethany Baptist church says of Dr Chapman and the revivalists who recently stirred Denver In church paper Bethany a weekly religious foulder which was Issued yesterday 25 BELOW THE GOOSEEGG Center Point Nebraska Feb 05 Mr Hughes Enclosed find slips from Denver Post Pretty cold here25 belbwGood many dying who never died before Am glad you are pegging along give you a lift this summer If timings break ovenall well best wishes H C GORDON Not surprised that It is cold up LLLU i rj where you are but from what I had heard of tho climate below I supposed It was about 2500 in the shade down there BOLT HIT THE ALTAR Cincinnati Ohio Dear Mr Moore If such a thing as this had happened to the building in Rome when the In fidel Congress there was in session thousands of skypilots would have referred to It In their sermonsA CLARK Enclosed clipping is as follows Guayaquil Ecuador January 12 While a procession was entering tho Catholic church at Cayamhe near Quito a thunder storm broke and the altar was struck by lightning setting fire to the church A priest and eight other persons were mortally wounded Two persons were killed by lightning during the same storm If the lightning had killed every man woman child dog and rat in that Infidel Congress at Rome tho Pope woud havo issued a bull bigger than that one ho issued against the comet and bigger than a premium shorthorn bull at a Kentucky fair thanking God for knocking out that whole capoodle- So it aunt any of our funeral when tho Old Boss knocks them out Rip em up back old pard we aint kicking about it Where Is that Catholic editor in Philadelphia that got off that lie about the wax figures of old Joe and Mollie and J C not melting when that Catholic church there burned down I dont care a durn if God dont melt tho wax when Catholic churches burn down beeswas Is worth 15 cents a pound just so ho kills tho priests that alnt worth 15 cents a dozen TO HEAVEN BY THE APPLE JACK ROUTE Rev Darlow Sarjeant of Little hampton while at prayers on Tues lay morning Jan 10 read tho first fourteen verses of tho fourtcnth chap er of John On reaching the words I go to prepare a place for you ho commented thus upon them When the place Is ready Christ comes We presume tho reverend gen Ionians place vas read for Christ tame for him in tho evening After tea he went for a walk on the paradeithere ho had an appoplectlc seizure and died shortly afterwards J ftw i