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Digital page images are linked to the text file. jtTTsi vi4fI IrL 1fVr J S VJ BLUE GRASS BLADEA j1 G ifoJ EDITED Br HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 8100t4 YEAR IN ADVAlTOJi f VOLUME XIII NUMBQTF2 YEARPdI Qi1f t fu CiVi 5HB tUJJION BE TERM3 OF THE BLADE Issue for one year 100 V In clubs of five NEW aubsoribera 60 cents each 260 for five Termi100 per year In advance foreign subscription 160 IxFive New subscriber sent one year for 260 Make all Monty Orders Drafts and l Express Orders payable to the Blue Oraaa Blade Lexington Ky When you change your address ad vise this office giving your old as wen aa the new address s Vrien you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old EL subscriber ioNlce of publication 186 W Short 8t L rlJirtoa Ke Suckr Entered at the post once at Lexlng r r v ton Ky as Second Claw Mall Matter Address all communlcatloaa to r BLUE GRASS BLADE P O BOX J83 Lexington Kentuck- ytt ttte Telephone 8- 11I OMjnbprland Telephone 107 JESUS WOULD BE REJECTED r for Levy Declares Christs Reception vV Would Be Cold If He Came Pittsburg SOME HOTELS WOULD BAR HIM i jesus was born Ho lived and 1 died a Jew of Jews and It Is my Conviction that were He to come to i day to Pittsburg He would be reject ed as a Jew possibly denied entran- ceTto some hotels certainly refused the privilege of purchasing a home In certain districts and assuredly de nled social equality with tho same people who pray to Him as a God and adore Him as the divine exam Wple t il Tho above was the startling state ment made by tho Rev Dr J Leonard Levy In the ninth lecture of the present course of Sunday services before the reform congregation ROdeph Shalom Eighth street below Penn avenue yesterday morning the Primitive ChrIstian- Ity subject being a and Reform Judaism Primitive Christianity can bo con strued as being nothing else than the religion of tho Prophets of Israel p0Vllttcal and social conditions prevail ing In Palestine In tho days of the Nazarlno Tho religion of Jesus Is Jewish Ho himself was not a Christian but tho Jewish son of a Jewish mother and father reared In Jewish circles and spiritually nour ished by the Jewish religion No one In this world would be more surpris ed to hear of the creeds associated with his name than would Jesus him self As a Godbelieving Jew ho hold strictly to tho Jewish law and proclaimed his belief that rather heav en and earth would pass away yet not one Jot or titlo of tho law would pass It was never his Intention to supplant Judaism by any other roll gion The Blue Grass Blade is ono dollar i Ta year In advance but In clubs ot will be sent to five different addresses for ono year for fifty cents each tc d cad ffiLUAM BENJAMIN SMITH PH D THE COLOR LINEA BRIEF FOR THE UNBORN Dr W B Smith the greatest scholar ever born In Kentucky and the highest type of a moralist In all of his personal habits that I eve knew Is now and for many yea has been professor of Mathematics In Toulalne University New Orleans something over sixty year- old He boarded In family In Lexington nntafterward lived with us as our guest on the farm a Quakeracre but through his preference worked with me on th farm probably enough to pay for his was a first honor graduate of the University of Kentucky at Lex- Ington and then went to Germany and took his Ph D at Qotingen His acquirements were the most thorough and most varied of any man I over knew among them being the finest knowledge of religion and the Bible that I ever knew He was a thorough Infidel but in those days about 1812 there was so little atheism that I hardly know how he was upon that point I was not then an atheist There wero titan S60 students at Kentucky University James Lane Allen now a world famous writer of books was the In tlmato friend of Smith and myself Allen had not then shown himself to be the Infidel that The Reign of Law showed him to be Smiths influence in religious open ion over the students was such tat Allen as ho told me once said to McGarvey president of the theological Department of that University rWhydouistnfitto smi about religion and McGarvey answered so Allen told me It would take me two years of reading to be able to talk to Smith Since then Smith has so backed down from his Infidelity apparently to hold his position In a University dominated by Catholic Influence that I suppose he is now more Christian than Infidel Ho has sent mo three books that he has written which though exceedingly learned were so devoid of interest that I could only give them a cursory reading with the accent on the curs- I dont know that he has ever seen any of my books and the only remark I have ever heard of his making about the Blade was that I was cor rupting tho English language with seems to have taken no inter est in my career He now has in press a book the title of which is The Calor Line A brief for the Unborn The Cour ierJournal of February 25 has an outline of the book It seems to have been written as a warning against tho miscegenation of the white and black races Ho says that there aro many mu lattoes born from whito men and black women but only a few born of white women and black men There is but little tending to miscegenation and nearly all of that is of white men and black women The theme of the book is quite un important as compared with the im mense burning questions tho burning of Negroes at the stake for In stancethat are now beforo scholars and moralists The book seems to be written against the Negro and Smith seems to have taken up the white mans burden almost regardless of tho happiness of tho black man The Negro is the victim of the teachings of the Bible that dooms him to bo a slave of slaves unto his brethren Genesis ix 25 Our American civil war was the plain result of the fact that Chris tianity and the Now Testament plainly nod unmistakably teach that slavery Is right while Infidelity headed by the Infidel Ltlcoln and as sisted by the Infidel Ingersoll said slavery was wrong Smiths father and family were In tense Rebels their wholo sympa thy being with the South but Dr Smith was an Intense Republican his whole sympathy being with the Jr North and yet now since the poor unfortunate Negro has been eman clapated Smith seems to begrudge him the poor miserable pittance of tho right to exist that ho has and while the fate of the Negro Is a themethat ought to arouse the sym pathy of every good man and woman In the world here is Smith who while he was an Infidel sympathized with the Negro when he Smith gets to be a Christian A crime the details of which are too dreadful for me to give In this womanrbothrs insby a Negro named James Plersoll and he has been condemned mursassur ance given him by preachers or inta virtuallyea to men to commit other crimes No bruto of the jungles of India or Africa is so brutal as Piersall and yet drunk with Christian whisky as he claims he was and seems to have been and with features but little more refined than those of the gor illa his ancestor of a few genera tions ago Piersall is the moral sup erior all things considered of the white woman Kate Edwards in the North who assisted by a Negro murdered her husband that sho might enjoy the embraces of the Negro and then when she a Christian was to be hung selected the texts for the sermon at her funeral and me hymns that were to be sung at the gallows among the number be ing Nearer My God to Thee Those who have read my book Behind the Bars 31498 have seen that I would have been in the Confeder ate army but for the fact that the South was fighting to sustain slavery my aversion to which though I was born a slave owner was the thing that started me from Christianity In to Infidelity SjThe virus of the Bible the worst book ever written that encourages war slavery drunkenness sexual lib ertinism royalty and pondering to the rich has gotten Into tho once great heart and brain of William Benjamin Smith Ph Dnot Dam Phooland the once brilliant Infidel Is desecrating his learning and gen ius now that he is a Christian to further humiliate the Negro whose fate is enough eternally to dawn the Onrlstian religion if there had been no other crime for which that religion Is responsible WHAT HEAVEN LOOKS LIKE I have often wondered when I was youngerwhat heaven looks like but I suppose I shall never know un til I get there Paul was oncethat is so ho says caught up Into paradise and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for man to utter It always seemed to me that being a newspaper reporter and good on the see and hear and interview that If I Just had three minutes in heaven I could make a better account out of It than Paul did I suppose that the regular language spoken In heaven Is He brew and though I have dabbled In that language some I could under stand It If they were all talking at once but I have met such men as Talmage and Beecher and Alexander Campbell that spoke the American language and Spurgeon that spoke the English language and I know those two languages well and I will bet I could find one or more of those four fellows and get from them what was the main things that was being talked on tho streets in heaven the day I was thereand if I had just had my spectacles along I am satisfied I would have seen enough there In three minutes to write half a Blade full A priest named Doano who is rector of St Patricks Roman Cathedral at Newark N J was lately caught up Into heaven and gave some ac count of what he saw I guess this Is real straight goods for various prominent clergy Catholic and Protestant in that country were interviewed about It and they all said they had no doubt as to the accuracy of Doanes account and SIr while you might suspect a Catholic priest of lying of course we cannot Imagine that a Protestant preacher would lie to boost a Catholic miracle Doanes account runs thusly I seemed so runs the monslg nors account In the version of the senior Healy to be translated to a place of Ineffable light and exquisitely sweet music The aspect of the scene was such as no words can describe Entrancing strains of music filled my ears and the air was ed with a brilliant golden light though I could see no one there seemed to be voices singing such Igrandestthrough that glorious land to the foot of the throno of God I must not attempt to tell you what it was like for it has not entered into the heart of man to imagine tho glories that Uod has prepared for us In heaven It seems to be generally conceded that the place is splendidly lighted and that the music there vocal and instrumental Is very fine All counts of the place agree In saying that But It seems like a great pity that the rector of a great Eastern cathedral rno common wlidandwoolly west scrub like Wilkinson who had been accustomed to thinking and readIng and talking about heaven for years could not find just a few words to give us some Idea of the placeas for instance whether or not In his judgment the bricks in the streets wero the real stuff good enough to coin into our money or whether they AmericanI brand of gold bricks some of our nice old Christian gentlemen In the country advance just for an accommodation some thous ands of dollars taking the bricks as collateral until the gentlemen who just happened to be traveling throigh their country got In a few days large sums of money on the way to them from New York It i strange tom too that parson t town I had always imagined that men I knew there were no women there and angels could be seen walking and flying and sitting around town on goods boxes soap boxes nail kegs stumps logs park benches any old thing and I am quite sur prised that the parson didnt meet or what was It that led him if he didnt see anybody He went to the foot of the throne of God but he ties not mention seeing God or J C or H Gnot Horace Greely oh no I get the idea that the parson went on foot to the foot of the throne of God but I had only supposed bathe could get there in a boat as the Bible says there is a fine large river I had always imagined about the size of tho Mississippi flowing from under the throno of God I am real disappointed about It I had heard all about the light and the music there from the Bible and the hymn books and was in hopes we would get some fresh pointers TOO LONG Bishop Vincent Says People are Tired Out by Lengthy Devotions- At ChurchI Baltimore Md Feb 17At a roll gious gathering known as the Seven Day Study of Church Life at Straw bridge ME church Bishop John H Vincent made the unexpected declara tion that in many Instances prayers were entirely too long and that peo plo attending services were tired out by that form of devotion when carried to extremes- In relation to the question of pray er the Bishop said I think that some ministers believe the secret of prayer to be a long discourse which Ures the people One sentence may accomplish all tho good necessary and words became burdensome when strung out- Prayer can be much abbreviated have tried It and I know I used to wear a very long coat and long face and made long prayers I cut off some of my coat tall took up my face a button hole or two and made my prayers shorter I kept on shorten ing all three and found that my kept just as good and now I healthI a roundabout and not pray Send us five subscribers and help spread Freethought t 4 KENYON V1 MILLER Lawyer of Indianapolis Ind Claims To Have Found In Egypt the Place Where Noah Built the Ark copICincinnati of Sunday January 19 pyraIclaims he was converted from Infi delity to Christianity by finding in Egypt the place where Noah built the ark and finding that Noah built the pyramids of Glzeh The picture of Mlllard would suggest that the man is weak minded His article Is so silly that it seems strange that any great metropolitan paper would print such stuff A part of tho long account of Mlllard is as followsI thoroughly indoctrinated In all the teachings of the openly avowed Infidels as well as the teachings of the higher critics These higher critics had caused my relatives and friends to lose their faith in Christian ity Some seventeen years since I wished to assure myself as to wheth or not the Bible was a book given to men by the Almighty God or was the most dreadful fraud ever perpetrated upon credulous humanity Since then I have given profuond thought to solving the puzzling problems of the BibleI have been compelled to study in the lands where the Bible was written I have spent months at Memphis Egypt where Moses was born and have walked up and down the paths where Miriam watched the baby Moses in his ark among the rushes r e vu studied the hieroglyphics on the ruined palaces which Noah built 4800 years ago I am thoroughly convinced that the Holy Bible is corrert and absolutely reliable as to Us historicity and that scientifically It is the only book that knows and speaks the ex act truth about the stars and our planet and the people who are now Im prisoned upon it Nobody of any importance now claims to know where Moses was born and the Bible does not indicate It I was shown the place on the Nile where he was said to have been found in his little soap box and I brought from the place two pretty pebbles and gave them to the Hon Moses Kauffman of Lexington- I saw on the Nile hundreds of miles of bulrushes but at the place where the soap box containing Moses was said to have been found there is now and for centuries has been a city and there aro no bulrushes there or in miles of there and could not have been there for some hun dreds of years Tho Nile overflows the whole coun try there every year and effaces any and all marks on the ground by cov ering them with soil and the idea of walking up and down the paths where Miriam watched the baby Moses is just too utterly too too stupid for any man of good sense to claim to have done BILLY SUNDAY I have received the Dixon Ills Daily StnrStnrs are in the night however giving a fulllength pic ture of Billy Sunday with the legend Tho Evangelist in one of his Characteristic poses Ho is shaking both fists up at heaven and extend ing his left leg so as to show the vice fresh crease In his breeches Ifg Billy Is represented just in the act of swearing eternal unswearvablo and Irrevocable enmity of the devil Those are fine large words and cal culated greatly to impress the class of people who go to church But why Billy Is looking up to heaven while he is cussing out the devil I cant get onto Seems to mo he ought to be looking down the other way Life is too short especially at m ago to read all the paper said about 7 1Lf1 r- j Billy but I took In the fact that wiiftto they aro raising money to pay Billy for his gas bill he objected to the little bags that they commonly use In churches to scoop In the shek els of the sanctuary for people put paper ships and buttons and Just any old thing Into those bags because 5 they cannot be seen and Billy made them get tin pie plates so that every body could see what a fellow was shipping In and see that he was no shipping poker chips As long as a sucker is born every minute fellows like Billy will have their innings j HEAVENLY FIRE Said to Have Restored Youth To Des Moines Lady Had Been Taking all Kinds of Patent Medicines Prayed Day and Night for Relief and Finally Received It From Above i1Bathed In an unconsumlng flame of fire which she claims swept down from heaven and enveloped her body Mrs H J Reeves of Des Moines has been rstored to youth and healthful ness from a woman of 62 years whoihas been crippled In body and limb for yearsSThe marvelous transformation came through the aid of a person claiming to have divine healing power but In the midst of a religious meeting at a mission house in the poorer districtIof a member of the Iowa supreme bench was speaking having gone to the mission at the request of church workers to aid in the services Mrs Ladd is Methodist by profession end belongs to no society which t + chesldivine healing but in an she admits the story and believes it was a remarkable demonstration of Gods power to these poor people Great excitement has been caused and In South Des Moines by the Incident many there are who claim the miracle was sent as a rebuke thg7a laristocratic religious people of tho city That It was to provo God vis its the poor and deserted people who worship in a humble but acceptable way In a little room without pipe gan t without rich furnishings and tall steeples The mission congregation Is com W posed pricipally of Christians Me ithodlstsThe above Is the principle part of ftho account from the Keokuk Iowa ConstitutionDemocrat The Christians mentioned are the Campbellltes There has been a split among them on the organ question The factors ore called the Progressives and the Non Progres river My man Wilkinson is a NonPro gressive Ho is very humorous He calls the Progressives Digresslves I Among the NonProgressives you can play on any thing in church from a melodeon down to a Juiceharp but on nothing from the melodeon tpthey draw the line at the pipe organ This interesting miracle that was pulled off on Sister H J Reeves is a ten strike for the NonProgressives I should think that after this any body would be afraid to go into any church that has a pipe organ In It I make it a rule never too into any church for fear it might have a pipe organ In it Des Moines is the city where Govjernor Cummings lives who sent Hammer to the penitentiary for be ing an Infidel HOLY SMOKEiI have received a newspaper clipping about the burning of The First Baptist church destroyed by fire last Sunday Clip morningtt of the church shows that It was a jodarterA of the account says To these figures should be added the cost of the furnishings which in clude a 150000 pipe organ a fine piano Sunday school organ bell new carpets throughout chairs fully equip t ped kitchen hymn books bibles and numberless other articles t Kitchen and grub are a big part t of a church these What was that daysItho loaves and At Jefferson Ga Rev J D Woodsit Yypenitentiary for four years the limit of the law i IS t fit a SALVATION ARMY LASSIE f Turns Infidel and Says Being a Christian Makes Me Tired t She Says to Me Shinny on Your Own Side Jw She Jumps on Poor Andy Carnegie With Both Her Little Footsy Tootsies But She Is Mashed on Sister Katie Edwards and Says Katie Oughter Killed Her Old Drunken Hubby Cleveland 0 Feb 19 05 Mr C C Moore SirFor some months past I have been a reader of the B G Blade andj as far as its just criticism of the Christian religion Is concerned it is all right and I agree with It in the main very well I being an Infidel f But when I read somo of tho ai ti des printed in tho Blade I just can not hold my peace any longer because I believe it is the betterment of the human family that should be the jects of all Infidels Now I know that since I became an Infidel I am a better woman than when I was a Christian and I am much more charitable and more sym pathetic than when my mind wus so narrow as no Christians are anything but narrow minded and bigoted I was a Salvation Army Lassie and a very enthusiastic Christian and now I am b just as enthusiastic an Infidel and the if thought of ever again being a Chris tian makes me tired But I think you have said several rttimes in the Blade that you wished to do good and I have the impression that you want to be just and fair to r all humanity either Christians or un believers but I think that in some In stances you are very unfair and so I am just going to give you n little tongue lashing and as you are a mar fled man you know what that means You keep on harping about y wonderful good the Infidel Andrew Carnegie is doing to the world Well surely it is a good thing to s give books for those who are too poor to buy them but how has that same Andrew Carnegie amassed his fortune rJ I lived for many years in a district of his laborers and his was to say the very least not an honored name among the laborers He was a hard task master always cutting mens wages until those who worked for r him existed not lived and he reap- Ing the Benefit of their labor is now able to give books away 4 Go to the field where he made his money yery iew mere respect mm a greedy unjust old slave driver who is a disgrace to Infidelity Perhaps if ho had given his better wages they could have bought ktbooks and he would have less money j to make his name noted I wish be was a devout Christian for he is just mean enough to be that and he Is too bad to be classed among I guess this is enough for old Carnegie and more than he is worth but if you wish to unllft Infidelity dont use Andrew Carnegie as an ex ampleI about Kate Edwards you are also unjust She is a Christian and a murderess surely but why Poor woman a drunkards daughter and a drunkards wife beaten and kicked by the drunken old wretch she killed to prevent him killing her He deserved to die and she was justified in the act She now carries marks on her body according to the newspa pers of his brutality She should have killed him years ago that is assuming that she is of sound mind of which there is reason to doubt she being an epileptic Then as to her Christianity she is poor and ignorant and knows no bet ter So dont condemn a poor ignor ant creature who is doing the best she knows and In the name of jus tire dont blame her for his crime and hold her up as an example of what Christians will do We know they are dishonorable and if Kate E- wards were the only proof then I souI believe every woman should kill a man who beats and kicks her and Ittorces her to cohabit with other men white or colored and she did right I believe you are an honest man and I respect you but bo just In jour criticisms and also in your praise The trick of blaming unjust g ly and of giving uunmerited praise belongs to the Christians and not to Infidels so please shinny on your fi own side Well I hope you have liv ed through this terrible lashing and now I want to tell you that I your gray hairs and old age and believe you wish to do good and also believe you are doing good and lUke the BG B and wish it success and It long life and I am surely a better wo man from reading it My father an Infidel of years standing and he died about two months ago and any Christian ever died more peace fully I never saw nor heard of It II 111grondan Infidelno screams and for his unbelief I assure you regretsI only wish tho lying tell of tho terrible death bed scenes of Infidels could have seen him pass away Well Mr Moore be fair in your paper and I have no wish to wound you so if I have hurt your feelings forgive me Yours for freedom from superstition and every time for truth and reason and justice ollE W I believe you are a good and sensi ble woman and that you Have had finer opportunities to know what you are talking about than I have had to a word ou11hadTOM LYONS Baptist Woman Turns Infidel Wlnterset Iowa Fob 12 05 Charles C Moore Editor Blue Grass BladeI have read copies of your paper when I thought things you said were bins morning I cannot help but feel you preach tho true gospel Not long since I was taking treatment of one of our doctors for rheu matism He said somo things which to me sounded irreligious- I asked him if he prayed for me to get well He said No its no use to pray I will work and try to do my part but there is no God that would pay any attention if I did pray- I left tho once debating in my own mind about going back Although that I feeling that I was doing wrong I continued treat ment and I got well For tho past three weeks at our Baptist church here there has been held a revival which is spoken of as the most successful meeting held hero for some time Last night about half past one the church was discov ered to be burning The fire was under such headwa that it could not be checked and this morning only the damaged walls re mainI cannot understand this I did not go to church today and am writ ing to you instead I cannot understand how the min isters at other churches will pray to God to bless and help those who have been so unfortunate as to lose hunsuol FSh1rrI cannot help feeling that If there is a God who pays any attention to lour affairs he would have moved some one to discover the fire in time to save the building West of the church just across the street is a lumber yard which we have been wanting removed because it is too near the church and the cen ter of business The church was one of the best in the city and had re cently been repainted and generally 25 feet east of the church is an old frame building which for some time has been an eyesore The by standers said it would have to go be cause one of the chimneys of the church would fall upon it but the chimney fell Inside of the church and the old frame building is uninjured it being protected by a deep layer of snow on the roof The lumber men can continue to do business at the old stand because they got in before the present city ordin ance was passed If the lumber men had burned out last night and tho church had been saved every minister in town would have said the Lord ordered it and that to show his special favor he chose the most favorable time when the good meetings were going on in tae church and while the church was protected by a mantle of snow But the church is in ruins while the objectionable places about it are un injuredI only conclude that the doctor who cured my rheumatism was right when he said that we are under certain existing laws and that when conditions are right under the oper ations of those laws a church will burn as quick as a saloon there can be no such thing as a dential I wish you had signed your name There is not a mistake of any kind in your letter Now let me tell you one that beats yours II am nearly 70 years and feel like can recollect Lexington for about 100 years I never heard of but three houses in the town that were struck by lightning- I The first one was the Limestone street Catholic churchburnt all the- steeple off and same near burning up a big Catholic convent The next was a house that belonged to W B Emmal one of the Camp plders that turned me out ofII church after I had turned lout next ono was the Walnut street church tho finest church in Lexington The church is all of heavy stone The next house to that church was Tom Lyons drinking salj eon a neat little frame house and all those rich Campbellites just raised hell in trying to raise Tom out of that saloon but they could not do it worth a cent because Tom was there before the church was there The lightning never touched a sin glo splinter on Toms saloon Tom was the only saloon keeper in Lexington that ever took the Blue Grass Blade He was an Irish Catholic Ho of never would pay any body but me personally and always paid me a sil ver dollar calling me In as I passed by and he always gave me as much cider as I could drink Tom died three weeks ago aged 75 years and his estate was appraised at 300000 THE NAGER AND THE DOUGH Vallejo Calif I was highly amused In your last issue about that step father Hannigan giving that negro murderer a holy dough ticket to beau tiful heaven They want black murderers also That nigger didnt give his victim time to look for a stepfather Hanni gan to give her a heavenly dough tick et but sent her so that she couldnt go even by the brakebeam route The easiest way to get to the Catholic heaven is to kill some fellow crea ture The murderer gets all the ser vices of tho priests that he wants and a free ride with a whole partment to himself as soon as he is jerked to Jesus from the gallows J C cant make any mistake the fellow has the mark of the rope around his neck Fo de wah when the nig was a slave the Dago church didnt want him at any price as at that time he had no soul- Lincoln I emancipated Mr Nig and gave him a soul according to the Dago and Irish rules The other roll gious denominations had preachers among the slaves but for the Dago priests they were mere animals At that time poor Nig made no money for himself and could Sot pay for the holy dough and he had to step aside throughLincolns firstclass holy dough ticket wMlo Lincoln who gave him the soul 1a rto be content th being la hell Ingersoll rflelQ Grant Rousseau- Zola and Voltaire and all the good heretics who would not apply for a holy dough ticketALBERT LAW wah the negroes had their own churches and there was a place for them in all the Protestant B Irishman seemed to hate every Negro and always called them Nagers After the war it was reported in our neighborhood that a Negro man named Ell that had onged to our neighbor Major John H Wallace had joined the Catholic churchIt the first time I had ever supposed that the Catholics would take them in But any body who has the dough can go into any of them Ell got there MARK TWAIN Never Wrote a Book as Entertaining- As Your Dog Fennel In the Orient Cincinnati 0 Feb 17 05 Mr Moore- I enclose a part of Cincinnati Com mercialTribune containing an arti clo by Mr Silas P Rockwell part of It referring his belief In religion I think beautiful and hope you will print it I am now and for a tong time have been a reader of the Blade and pecially your writings Mark Twain never wrote a boob as entertaining as your Dog Fennel in the OrientS C REILEY The part of the article about rellI gion is as tollowsII am not a churchman I am a latitudlnarlan and tlC I know not whence I came nor whither I go I only know that I shall soon lie down with my fathers and sleep the sleep that knows no waking I do not think that a mans belief has anything to do with his future life as a greater part of the wbrld his never heard of the Christian tell gion and another good part of the world is so constituted that It can not believe contrary to Its honest victions So that I think that if there Is an infinite being wise merciful and loving he will not bring into Istence an intelligent being to hold him accountable for his conduct in this state of existence when we knewI the end from the beginning synonymous to foreordination I c l J B1IOLD KENTUCKY the Prescribes The BG BFor Morality And Happiness is of all Lawreceeburg Ky Feb 22 05 theBros Moore and Hughes- SirsFind inclosed order for fciuO and send the worth of it in Blades the best paper of its size and weight see your subscribers write short letters to you and most of them are Of superbI know whether I can concentrate my thoughts enough to tell you my sins and omissions and your few faults The first thing I do af ter unwrapping the Blade Is to look over in the Southeast corneryou can it the northwest at that ex the pression of selfwill and indomitable courage and say to myself What a blessing for old Lexington that you are a Prohibitionist for many times she would have been painted red if you you had been the user of that stuff that Sam Jones said would make a rabbit spit in a bull dogs face Please excuse me for caning Sams name Our beliefs are nearly on tho same lines Our first digression is on a of supreme ruler Our next is on the church and preacher While believe that the church and tile preacher are fakes so far as the next world is concerned hold that tney do more good than harm for by having the church and the preachers to pot forth their many laughable ab surdities some go to be entertained some for society some to show their rubber tires spring bonnets etc etc and thus you see the preachers fur nlsh them innocent amusement and we have to go somewhere That far anyway we are out of the dram shop and up from the card ta i ble Dont think I am holding out for the D Ds that particular is all tnat endorse in them You call them liars I think they are merely hypo crltes Then profession is like all othersalways heading for the dol tars Let one of them bo offered a few dollars more at some place and he will go if every soul in the communi ty was lost If I were a doctor I would prescribe Tutts pills for torpid liver but for morality and happiness and good citizenship I would prescribe the J3iue Grass Blade not in broken i7ls but adull dose once a week Sand IhcrAftcn13 cal of that ood- woman to of yours I say Amen Well J some one will say how do you know how often have I heard you talk of those pretty iris you baptized And then cant I look on top of that nog gin of yours and see all of that wool If you had my woman you would be on as bald as a peeled onion ALLEN WASH FISHING FOR FISHER It shlngton D C Feb 20 05 Mr Hughes Dear sirEnclosed find 100 subscription for coming year I enjoy everything our editor writes and though I may differ with him in some respects he is in the main O K There Is not an issue of the paper but I have to laugh at something he gets off and you can put me down a life subscriber sure Mr Fishers piece in this weeks paper saying ho w sCion the fence OJIt on the God question having been placed there by the design argu ment Interested mo also because it so correctly described my own thoughts on that matter 25 years ago Long after the fact that what is called revealed religion is mere superstition and imposture was plain me I clung to the God idea and strad died the fence just like he does I slid off on the Agnostic side at that time by reading Ingersolls reply to Judge Black in tho North Amerl can Review Black had used the design argument substantially the same as Fish er and Ingersoll showed conclusively to my mind that it was fallacious because it proved too much and If carried to its logical conclusion would prove an infinity of creators It was something like this The creator of anything must certainly be as marvelously made as the thing created Man has created somethings watches etc wonderful in their way but nothing to equal himself So If God has created man he certainly must be equal or superior to man the thing created If man being wonderful and show- Ing apparent design must have had a maker then by the same logic God being more wonderful than his creation man must have had a creator also and so on ad Infinitum This satisfied my mind as being a perfect answer It there is a flaw in it It has caped my attention in 25 years read Ing and I wnnM thank Mr Fisher or any one else to point it out Judge r did not attempt It but kicked I of the traces of debate and launched a tirade of personal abusoon Colonel and his publisher The God superstition will have to share the same fate as others It in fact the central superstition them all and the one about which tfco others turn though usually hardest and last to be abandoned WILLIAM II WHITE INFIDEL EDITOR r Secular Thought Says Give the Devil His Due And am Going To Do It Toronto Canada Feb 20 05 Editor Blue Grass Blade it SIrA week or two ago you were good enough to quote a passage from pages of Secular Thought ing to it a heading Wish I could derstand it If there should bo honor among thieves still more should there be honor among editors and know Mr Moore as well as I do that it is violating every rule of cd Ittonal honor knowingly to credit opin ions to the wrong personsIYou must also know that the edl of a journal does not make himj self responsible for all the opinions his correspondents even if ho does not specially announce the fact It Is a common and reasonable understanding and indeed the Cor respondence column is the commonly accepted medium of admitting verse opinions Now the passage you expressed a wish to understand occurred in a ter by the wellknown Hermann Wett IndlcotedIond excused me had I expressed the same wish myself You will understand that this by no means implies that consider that all of Mr Wettsteins writings should be put in the same category but it means this that like yourself I have enough follies of my own to answer for without hav- Ing those of all of my correspondents fathered upon me Suum cuiquc Is a good maxim to keep In mind and I will thank you to give this correction note a place in an early issue of the B G B to which- I cordially wish long life and Increas- Ing usefulness- I always scan its pages with terest and much amusement though- sometimes it seems as if the linotype had run away with the compositor left the editor and the devil do the work with the hayfork SPENCER ELLIS Editor Secular Thought It wasnt the sentiment ot the piece that I was kicking about Lord no couldnt have been for I had no idea Gods earth what the sentiment was because the words were all ao big I couldnt understand It and I just said I wish I could understand so I could tell Whether I liked the sentiment or not and therefore as Billy Breckinrldge used to say I didnt know whether it made any dif ference whether the editor or a correspondent wrote it Hermann Wettstelu urd to write for the Blade before we got the lino- type and I didnt know a durn thing about printing except some type set ting that I learned In the peniten tiary and had to disobey the rules of the shebang to do it and was always afraid they would duck me for doing and some times with the old style type we had a printed galley of my type would look like it had gone up agin a streak of lightning Gown in the electrocution department where they jerked em to Jesus on a blue streak of lightningawful place I used go in there to see some poor devil that they were fattening up to make Jerked beef out of him When WettsteinGerman for Whet stone first wrote something for the Blade I naturally thought that a whetsone was just what a blade needed but when we came to run his long words through the linotype they choked the thing down like sixfoot rye will choke down a thrashing ma chine and they gave Jim Hughes the jlmjams and Sir I hope I may go heaven when I die If that brand new linotype that cost 325000 ha ever until this day got through run fling some of old Whetstones long words through it and its that that makes you mention the hayfork It was just like running an armful of pitchforks through a thrashing ma chine AN EDITOR SAYS Think The Blue Grass Blade Im proves With Every Issue Dickens Iowa Feb 18 Charles C Moore Dear sir and BrotherYou and I are Bible scholare and while you nr far in advance of me let me be preI sumptlouB and quote a little scripture to you Do not weary in well doing r f i f think you are doing an immense amount of good in the world in dis pelling the fear of God and hell from the human mind and while you may never get returns in cash for a small part of tho good you do there is a genuine pleasure in knowing that we have cleared the mind of supersti tion and fear and laid a permanent basis of happiness to the human race Every child from whoso mind you eradicate the religious dogma of God heaven and hell may live to become the parent of children whose mind will not be tinctured with supersti tion and fear and these children may In time becometho parents of other children and so dn ad Infinitum I have run tho Leader five years and put but about 250 per week into beside a vast amount of work and really got nothing but a little cuss In from somo of our old sanctified Me thodist brethren who think I am unworthy to unloose the latchet of their shoes But I have tho consciousness of knowing that I have dispelled from the minds of some of their children fear of hell and that Is a satisfaction that I would have given worlds I had had them to give once to have felt as I now reel entirely free from the thought that if I died tonight I might possibly wake up in hell tomorrow morning- I think the Blue Grass Blade 1mIproves with every issue My experience as a journalist has Impressed upon my mind that short sharp articles are far better than long winded though logical reasoning in a paper and that ridicule of thoIiBible and religion does more good to drive religious superstition out of the i world than the most forcible logical 4ILeoderthe wit of my friend Moore I would certainly make it interesting forJChristians If I might presume suggest with your ability I would 1 take short clippings like these enclosed jand mole short sharp criticisms j of them Inclosed find 100 for the Blade and please send it to me as long as you and I live and if I get careless and do not remit as often as you think I ought to just draw at sight on mejf-or your dues JAMES E MILLS er ASBESTOS EDITION OFTHEBGB- Hayden Colorado Feb 8 05 C C Moore- Kind frlendT P Weirs letter on temperance was good M H COIftmans remedy for the whisky evil is just about correct A Stuffed Club was Just the stuff tHealthunhappiness Live in harmony with natures law and the result is health Live in discord with them and the result Is broken health Hints on how to live in harmony with natures laws from Dr J B Wilson would be in order A man with whom I am acquainted t and who reads the Blade and who is an Infidel thinks that when C C Moore crosses the great divide ho i IiIthat Mr Moore will live to be 100 r years old and that he will be the fIBlades editor for 30 years to comeIBut If he does take a notion to quit us I trust he will find some one who can and will take his place on the BladeJ B GAMBILL A Good Route H to Try It traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resources a territory iI containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock rais ing mining and manufacturing And last but not least it is The Scenic Route forTourists The Frisco System now offers theA tact timeiBetween St Louis and Kansas City and points in Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terrijtory Texas and tne Southwest Between Kansas City and pointsI in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and pointsIn Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas sad the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon appli cation to any representative of the 0Company or to Passenger Traffic Department Commercial BulldlM Saint Iiulo tq g J i j a rl ro 1f WILKINSON The Campbellite Preacher With Whom Debated Replies to an Infidel In The Firm Foundation a Camp bellite Paper I have received The Firm Founda Lion of Austin Texas Feb 1905 It Is Vol 21 No7 Its editor Is G W Savage a name not entirely Inapposite as you will notice after reading the paper a little Mechanically tho paper Is good enough It seems to havo nothing In It but squabbling and wrangling and dlsput ing and bulldozing other Christian sects excepting In ono Instance where that same kind of tactics is used toward an Infidel named D L Pardue by tho preacher U Wilkin ison tho man with whom I debated at Ryan Indian Territory I scanned over the paper and did not find In It a single instance In which any vir tue Is Inculcated or any vice reproved I thought onco I had found some mor- a advice and started to read It It was against over eatinga great and common fault The piece turned out to bo some kind of a patent medicine advertisement- I have been writing for newspapers ever since and I do not remem ber ever to have seen a more thoroughly worthless newspaper than The Firm Foundation or one better calculated to stir up hate and malice among people The piece that some one has marked and sent me Is head ed Reply to an Infidel The head Ing is inaccurate as It is an Infidel himself who In talking but Wllum son is so selfcentered that ho Ignores any courtesy to his opponent and makes the heading to allude exclu sively to himself or the Savage cal tor does this for Wilkinson I gather from tho discussion that the Infidel D L Pardue was at the t WllkmsonMoore debate Wilkinson uas ncri three times as much space in tho paper as Pardue has Pardue is not on a modest man but is really more so than Is necessary and Wilkinson is a domi neering blustering bully Pardue saysYou and I agreed to carry on this correspondence in a gentlemanly manner and call each other no hard names and I am going to comply with the same I know I am uneducated but I am not to blame for that and am not to blame for being a fool That Is nq argument and does not prove anything You said that I very carelessly or willfully misrepresented the Bible I gave you the scripture just as they are and asked you which was true- Pardue underrates himself just as much as Wilkinson overrates himself Pardue goes on to show some of the various discrepancies that exist In the Bible and that are recognized as discrepancies by tho most compe tent of Biblical In my debate with Wilkinson to the best of my recouectlon and belief the following occurred Wilkinson said there were no dis crepancies In tho Bible and he ar gued the Infallibility of the Bible from the fact that there were no contradic tions of itself In It I argued that there were discrepancies in the Bi ble and said that some Christian au thorities had strenuously contended that there were descrepancles In the Bible and that these persons had used the discrepancies In the gospel between the four gospel writers to show that the gospel writers did not write In collusion and that their tes timony was therefore more credible than if they fad all harmonizedthat It was claimed that the discrepancies were about minor matters while they harmonized in all essential partlcu lars Wilkinson at once aqcppted that view of tho matter and argued that there were no discrepancies In the Bible to show that they all wrote by inspiration and at the same time agreed that there were discrepancies In the Bible showing that the writers of tho Bible did not write In collusion Pardue takes for Instance the plain Bible statement that nobody had ever seen God and the equally plain state ment that Moses had seen him and talked to him and like a plain sensi ble man argued that the statements conflicts as any ono of average Intelligence can see Tho following are specimens of tho style In which Wil kinson talks to Parduo Reply Mr Parduo You appear to Insinuate that I am not carrying on this correspondence In a gentle manly manner I suppose however that tho readers will be tho Judges of that But I must Insist that the mans head Is wrong who can find even tho semblance of a contradiction in the passages cited S Gen 125 and 219 with their connections You say they contradict but any one can read them for themselves and see I that they do not and this Is a suf ficient refutation of your argument So you were either Inexcusably careless or ignorant In your misrepresentation ofthem or else you did It will fully It would be superflous to spend further time on them Do you consider what you think about It any argument Such puerile reasoning sounds silly I dislike to be severe but I havo little patience with him who would attack the book of God which is the very essence of tho wisdom of the ages and has no better reason for his puny attacks It is like attacking Gibraltar with feathers It Is revolting to commonsense lie spelled it Glbralter If Wilkinson simply claimed to be meeting Parduo as man and man it would not be so flagrant But Wilkinson claims that he Is a follower of tho meek and lowly Onewith a big Oand that his religion makes of him a man who suffereth long and Is kind envieth not vaunteth not himself is not puffed up doth not behave himself unseemly seeketh not his own Is not easily provoked re Jolceth that iniquity but rejolceth in the truth beareth all things be- lieveth all things hopeth all things I endureth all things 1 Cor XIII 47 while the poor miserable Infidel like Parduo and me Is just the opposite of all these nice things Then here are some other specimens of Wilkin sons meek and lowly Christian talkYou spoke of asking me about Luke 1420 as wo were going up the steps I havo a faint recollection of having some conversation with you about it just before going into a ses sion of the debate It would not be expected of me to stop at such a time and place to answer Impertinent ques tions as I was engaged in debate with another man and as I remember it was less than twenty minutes until time for me to begin speaking Most men at such a time require their mind exclusively to attend to the subject in hand and if you had understood the rules of common courtesy you would have addressed your questions to some of my brethren who were fully ablo to answer them and I derstand that they already answered them for you in such a manner as should have satisfied any conscien tious truthseeker No one is worthy of any principle who will not forsake all earthy ties for It oven father mother or wifeJ And so well has our Lard succeeded In making His language sufficiently emphatic on this occasion that here at the end of nearly two thousand years an Infidel Is grinding beneath its strength I know some Infidels who hato their father and mother etc and I think Mr Pardue Is one while C C Moore Is another ForJ are they not doing everything that ondIspeak louder than words you are hating your father mother etc for Christs sake but on the other side If you cannot understand this passage now you are too stupid to be reason ed with further and may bo able to pass through on your Ignorance- It will be seen tram these samples that there is not even an attempt on the part of Wilkinson to answer the objections that are made to his religion by Parduo who in a modest and fair style tells him of those jections but Wilkinson talks like thej big braggart and bulldozer and fraud and Ignoramus and liar that ho is There are doubtless Christians who aro good people despite the baneful Influence of their religion but it is Impossible for any Christian of ordinary Intelligence who mayI read this to fall to see the kind and gentle spirit of the Infidel Pardue and tho brutal tyrannical spirit of thoI Christian preacher Wilkinson Give to Christian men like Wilkin son and Rucker the power that ChrIs- tians once had and they will burn at the stake today February 22 1905 Infidels like Parduo and me exactly like men of their kind burned Serve tus and Bruno and Joan of Arc because they were Infidels Wllnkinson has printed that I was a gentleman as long as I was with him but that It was because he made me so You can see that Wilkinson maKes no attempt at argument In writing to Parduo and it was tho same way In his debating If we may so call It with me I have told you that Wil kinson would take positions that rectly contradicted each other and use both of them to sustain his side In his writing hero to Pardue you see an Instance of this kind Pardue had quoted from Luke XIV the following If any man como unto mo and hato not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters yea and his own life also he cannot be my disciple- In answer to that Wilkinson says of Jesus when ho was saying that about hating as follows Ho is using a common rhetorical figure called by linguists hyperbole Why do men of truth in speaking uso hyperbole which means eragger r atlon For the purpose of emphasis and force There are more lies told by exaggeration and for tho purpose of emphasis and force than from any other one cause perhaps It Is almost Impossible to find any body who will not Ho from exaggeration Wilkinson has of course the right to accuse his Jesus of the very common fault of exaggeration andf that Is only a matter between himf and his Jesus but Wilkinsons inconsistency affects all of usovenlthose of us who do not believe In Jesus Jesus by his exaggeration only meant that Christians should love him so much more than they love oven the members of their ownB families that In comparison theyi hate their families so that the est and most genuine Christians In tho world are those who hate their families and yet in the same breath as It were Wilkinson picks Parduo and me both Infidels as specimenst of men who hate their very thing that Jesus says Christians ought to do Wo cannot reasonably suppose that Wilkinson means that hate my family or my mother and father in the ordinary sense of the word hate for there Is no evidence of the kind known even to my nearest neighbors and it Is unreasonable to suppose that a stranger living 1200 miles from me could know more about my domestic affairs than my neighbors do But this taking a lemma by both horns and using posing arguments to prove the same thing occurred In other instances of Wilkinsons debating with me Between tho teaching of Jesus that Christians should hate their fathers and mothers and the fact that fidels naturally hate their Christian fathers and mothers the poor Chris tlan parents hove a hard time of It It Is not however the fact that Wilkinson is illogical and unfamiliar with the usages of parliamentary dlse cussion between gentleman that I complain of These are accidents of birth forf which a man is not responsible and for which Wilkinson cannot therefore be blamed but If moral responsl blllty can attach to any man and a man Is not simply the creature of heredity and environment it seems to me that good people ought to hold Wilkinson and the Christians who sustain him responsible for the annical bullying butal spirit that characterizes his whole reply to the very gentle and modest Infidel Par due I believe It Is generous to say that Wilkinson from never having known anything better than Chrlstlirrr Ity Is simply debased and degraded and brutalized until he Is a moral degenerate TACITUS AND J C WORRYING A NEW YORKER Trewsburg Y Feb 15 05 Brother Moore Why d you so often say that We know nothing about Jesus except what Is given us In the Now Testa ment profane history knows nothing- of him etc etc Have you never read Tacltue nals Book xv and Chapter 44 Tacitus says In order to drown the rumor Nero shifted the guilt on persons hated for their abominations and known as Christians and punished them with exquisite torture Christ from whom they derived their name had been punished under Tiberius by the procurator Pontius Pilate etc etcThis is of Interest because It Is the first reference to Christ and his fol lowers by any Roman author It aII shows the cruelty of Nero and the hatred which the Romans bore to tho new sect Jesus was not a myth I sent Mr Hughes 100 some time since but I have not had the date on my wrapper changed from Dec 04 to Dec 05 yetS E WINGER A man named Winger ought to have wings and with the angels stand a crown upon his forehead and harp within his hand- I have been familiar with the pas sage that you quote from Tacitus ever since I was a college boy In 1850 and possibly longer than that There are three or four more passages In the Latin classics some what to the same effect as the ono you quote from Tacitus but the one from Tacitus Is much stronger than any of the others and is more relied on than any of the others by Chris tians In their debates with Infidels In Wilkinsons debate with me he produced from profane history only two passages to prove tho truth of the Christian religion One was the famous one from Josepus and the other was tho one that you quote from Tacitus I took them in the order in which ho gave them and made the argument that is commonly made by all competent critics of the Josephus passage to show that the passage In osephus Is an Interpolated forgery When I got through my gument Wilkinson said ho knew in the beginning that tho passage was a forgery and that Alexander Camp bellfounder of the sect to which Wilkinson belongshad said it was a forgery It was quite evident by the way that W would have passed it as an argument for the truth of tho Christian religion if I had not been able to expose him Wilkinson is also a lawyer and he seems to think that he has a right toI anything true or false for his religion and that It is the other fel lows job to detect him When W got through theI passage from Tacitus that you quoteI picked up with his permission the copy of Tacitus that he read from and I made the argument that t did not tend to prove tho Christian religion true so plain that all the house who were competent to appreciate such an argument seemed to view it just as I did and W did not to present any of the other quotations from the Latin classics that are common in such discussions I will therefore make in substance the same reply to you that I did to Wilkinson Tacitus the historian lived A D 7ti120 Nero so Tacitus says was charged with having burned Rome and Tad tus says that Nero in order to shift tho responsibility of It off of himself charged It upon tho Christians These Christians got their name from ChristI who had been punished under Pilate That is the whole storynowI what of It If you read Dog Fennel In the Orient you will read my plain statement that I went upon Mt vary where Jesus who Is also called Christ and commonly called Jesus Christ Jesus being the Latin form of his name andhls real Hebrew nameI probably being Joshuaand stood where I then believed and do still ieve within 10 feet of the spot where Jesus was crucified and the tears came into my eyes because I was alone and homesick and am emotional and because I was touched with sorrow for tho crucified man- I then went down to the foot of the small mountain and went Into the tomb cut in the rock in that garden and I stood inside of the hewed out vault and looked down Into a grave which I then believed and still strongly believe was the grave in which Jesus Christ from whom the Christians get their name today was laid It isalmost as easy being there on the gr6und and knowing history sacred and profane to believe and derstand that Jesus was crucified up BnTBljt mWnlaIn7 Rtenow alvary and to believe that heI was burled In that grave that be longed to Joseph of Arimathea whoj lived lit Ramleh and whose town I have seen as to understand and ieve that Jesus was not burled atI the place shown by the Catholics for money In the church of thte Holy Sepulcher and that Jesus was not crucified Inside of that church as the leading Christians of the world sayI he was The fraud Is just as patent as the fraud in rags and bones that Catho lies exhibit today I respect all that I have here said about the crucifixion and burial of Jesus and do it with emphasisIf being examined for jury service in Lexington today I be hove I would hardly say that I have- a reasonablo doubt of tho accuracy- of tho truth of the death and burial or possibly only apparent deathof Jesus Christ as I have here given It But certainly you would not call me a Christian for I do not believe that a miracle ever did happen or ever will happen and therefore do not believe any of the miraculous stories told about Jesus and so far from bellevelng that he was a son of a god any more than I am I do not believe that there Is any god and do not believe that either of the Jewish parents of Jesus wero nearly as intel ligent as my two Saxon parents Jesus Christ was crucified by a fair trial under the Roman law that we get our American laws from today ho being charged with sedition just as George Washington and Jefferson Davis were Now I will explain to you about Jesus being a myth and you will see that he was or was not a myth just according as you see cause to conlruo the word myth All intelligent people believe that thgro was such a man as Mohammed All Mohammedans believe or pretend to believe all the miracles 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points of their followers and historical characters from the view points of Intelligent Christ almost certainly lived He was almost certainlY a fraud or deludedpossibly crazy From the Christians angle of vision with all the miracles attached to him he is merely a myth but to an intelligent historian he was an actual character without any more miracle about him than there is about you or me who was crucified during the procura torshlp of Pontius Pilate under the charge of sedition a very natural and just charge as you will see from reading the New Testament And that Is just what Tacitusa great his torian from whom we get our history todaythought about him Tacitus expresses no respect whatever for Jesus and speaks of his followers as being hated for their abomina testimony then of Tacitus as to the truth of the Christian religion Is certainly against that religion rath er than for It SAYS AM PHILLIPS Ada Ohio Feb 15 05 Mr C C Moore Dear old frlendI send check for 100 for renewal for B G B I have been taking your paper ever since the Christiansput you in jail In Paris I saw a notice In tho Boston Inves tigator that you were being persecut ed for your religious opinions and I sent 25 cents for a copy of the Blade and then I sent 100 for a bundlo of Blades and distributed them among my friends and some of them aro still taking your paper and paying for It Oh yes Brother Moore If there ever was a martyr you are one just as much as Wendell Phillips In Dos ton was a martyr to the Abolition party Tho Christian preachers have made thousands of investigators by their persecution of you and as soon as you can get an Intelligent person to Investigate he or she Is sure to Imagesthe church and the worship of and idols and old bones or even tho old coats of J C of Holy Nit Yes Brother Moore you and I havo lived In a period of wonderful revolu tion of thought We have seen and j r- i 9 shaken hands with men whoso gen- Ius r and mental power have caused r men to think and the old Pope to tremble on his imaginary throne while ho lost nearly all of his tempor al power W H MORROW AND THEY TOOK UP THE FRAG MENTS THAT REMAINED TWELVE BASKETS FULL MAT 1420 I am not preaching now like I was but if they had sent for me to give Sergius a sendoff I would have tak en the above for my text Sergius ought to have known that It was loaded but ho went right up agin It I would not havo blowed him up myself except metaphoricallyand- would not have advised anybody else irk to do so but honest Injun I never wept a single weep when I heard the other fellow had done It I dont think Mr Teddyvelt ought a to have condoled with Sergius kin folks for himself and all the balance of us too until ho sent a nigger around on a horse and asked us all If we wanted any of It Teddy is too fly Some of these days some boy will stick a cannon fire cracker under his coat tail and scare him to death His Jin jltsu wont amount to a hill of pins I never was killed but I have u been scared to death several times Its awful Teddy my boy go slow theres a hen on SHE TUMBLED TO THE- BLADES RACKET Forest City Iowa Feb 16 05 C C Moore SIrI have been a reader of youripaper for 8 or 10 years and on tho a whole I have found it the most inter esting and instructive reading that I have ever found any where and I will be 71 years old on the first day of March 1905 and I have read a good deal Some years ago when Ire proved our boys for reading novels my wife said Its no worse to read novels than to read that old Infidel Blade that you read Now my wife says when she gets pay for the crochet work she will help to pay for the Blade another year I mention this to show what effect the reading of the Blade has on honest and reasonable and Intelll gent people II shall renew my sucscrlptlon when I get my pension money in April next Print this if you think it worthy ISAAC CONNER IIIIII r r a WALTER COLLINS Tells of the Revival In California Los Angeles Cal Feb 7th 05 Editor Blade lOnthe battlefield of the saints and sinners the ground is covered with the blood of Jesus and hell do be a poppln sure the spirit of the HolyI Ghost is ripping up the back this garden of Eden the flaming sword has slipped its governor belt and is cut ting and slashing like the wrath of an angry God All tho children and col ored people have been converted all the women have confessed Christ and other sins all the men are penitent and prayerful according to th papers whose information comes direct from the revivalists themselves so there can be no doubt of its accuracy Having overthlng from the unborn infant to the dying sinner it would seem that its time to quit bu the conquest still goes onlIke the divine deaths of the Egyptian cattle To make sure of a good thing like salvation or deathrepeat it These frenzied fakers are actually trying to convert one another One of the best known evangelists In America who Is now In this city but who gave his or thodoxy a public burial years ago and has since devoted his energies toward the betterment of his fellowman here and now was recently made the objective for a concentrated onslaught of the score or more of Christ cranks The monster like David of old met them single handed in their own stronghold and behind closed doors the contest lasted two hours and the result was that twenty of the best fed preachers in the west with the help of Almighty God In a battle that took place in the cistillest joss house in California surrounded by all of the extravagance that money could buy had failed to move the little heretic from his religion of humanity to a be lief in a personal God or the need of a savior The mans name Is known to every thinker in the United States with the possible exception of editor Moore The exRev B Fay Mills I enclose tho press reports of his de fense of his views which may Interest the readers of the Blade The revivalists have set apart Tues flay February 14th for a day of pray er and other impudence By that time if the flow of the grace of God is not interrupted tho entire city will have been converted tho second time Ringmaster Chapman announces tiiat It will be a dry day remembered till eternity thats a long time Our r t city council has yeildcd to their per suasive eloquence and given them j e day to work upon the redemption of our notoriously rotten city officials the honorable 1 council not ex cepted If they accomplish anything towards lessening the corruption heretofore existing the day will surely be remembered till eternity- I havent noticed that the saloons or race track will be closed that day but If God really wishes it it will be done Drug stores barber shops milk wagons theatres and other damnable outrages on the community are to be closed on Sunday so that there will be no interference with Gods work As our friend Severance puts It Everything shall be closed on Sun jay but the preachers mouths and 7thecontribution box Well the revival has been a great success The town has been con verted but to a stranger looking over the fense he wouldnt hardly notice it at all It reads like a page of sacred history In the good old days of tne first dispensation when Jehovah in his overflowing love ordered Gen Joshua to sweep down upon a defence less city of mud huts with a popula tion of perhaps a couple of hundred and the Lord delivered it into the hands of the Israelistes and smote it with the edge of the sword and slew them with great slaughter and de stroyed every living thing therein and let none remain And there fell thatI day before Israel forty and two thous and three score men besides the wo man children sheep and asses Did it ever occur to you Bible reader that there were more people slain in the little sparsely settled rock strewn holy land than existed at that time on the face of the globe But of such is the Kingdom of Heaven The action of our dally papers Is decidedly amusing but not now Our great religious dally the notorious Los Angeles Times the uncompromis ing enemy of labor and laboring men and the ally and defender of every ring and clique that has flourished in our city with long coated solicitors giving a bible with each subscription The examiner the rival of the Times is our local exponent of sensational ism and is making Its peace with God by Issuing a special revival edition each day The first two pages are devoted to dramatic Illustrations of the advertisements of the bookmakers t clockers and pool sellers of the racetrack fraternity This boosting Christ on one page and sports on another Is really funny but Its heads I win and tails you lose i r ili w t In the tidal wave of emotion and hypocrisy that is now sweeping over us there occasionally comes to lIght- a little detail of true Christian character The Rev Chas E Bentley of Lincoln Nebraska after supper fol lowing the day of his arrival in this city told his wife he would visit the Salvation Army and see what was doing At 8 p m within a half block of the Army headquarters he with a veiled female companion engaged a room in a questionable lodging house and while the landlady was getting a light fell over dead His companion fled His grief strlckened wife thinks he was enticed there for robbery or that goodesamarium who seeing he was ill took digstress But some doubt it however plausible it may seem to the faithful Why do people talk and ascribe un oftGod It is plain enough to the pure in heart that ho took her to tho room to pray with her is secret as the Bible says he should WALTER COLLINS A NEW MARY MAC LANE Egel Ky Jan 05 Mr C C Moore Dear sirX enclose two clippings from the Cincinnati Post One of recent date concerning Miss Lola Gor don or Mary Mac Lane No2 You were much interested in Mary Mac Lane and you may get struck by the picture and sayings of this one for its nothing new for preachers to get mixed up with these strange Marys Miss Lola will not tell her real name and I imagine Its Mary for her picture looks like the pictures of some of those we read about Such characters may be all right in religion but Freethought needs men and women of firmness discernment decision and courage to express and defend their honest convictions The other clipping alluded to our party name you have fixed that all right in leaving off a political party in eliminating all DolHra rom the it is not a bad extreme The Blade should certainly profit by past experience and bo onservative in pol itics Let politicians quarrel over politics and let preachers quarrel over theo logy but the Blpde stick tgAts business of making Freethinkers lIke many other freethought papers and he ne lfidxefgmB Jnchurcli and state are just as sure to follow as humanity contnues to inhabit the is no doubt about the great work that Pieethought papers and books are doing I personally know of considerable work that has been done by the Blade and Paine s Age of Reason Men wio were once zealous Chris tians are now avowed Infidels Dont bo afraid to quote scripture in the Blade to show the errors In the BIble Some old rich selfish Infidel may not like It but remember you are con tinually adding new subscribers Many of them being Christians This also means other new readers who will not subscribe and as all new con verts must strike something to start them to thinking nothing will do it quicker than to plainly point out an error In the book which they honest ly believe is the direct work of the Holy Ghost so dont neglect to feed the lambs when feedings the sheep I notice that you are getting a littleI easy about dropping those that dont pay up I fear this will soon dull the Blade so that it will need a cash whetting again Dr Wilson hits my ideas exactly to occasionally have some of the choice articles in the Blade put Into tract form or little folders any way so that we can get themISuch literature could certainly bo used to great advantage especially among a certain class who will not read certain well known freethought you allow a great number of delinquents to so damage tho Blade that it will not cut this harvest of usefulness will be lostT F CARR The picture of Lola Gordon is ex ceedingly beautiful She seems to be more of an imita tor of Mary MacLane than Mary was or is of Marie Bashkertseff A sample of Lolas talk is as fol lowsSOME LOLA GORDONISMS- I am odd I can afford to beI care not for the opinion of any man- I am French but I hate France a woman but I despise women- I have a namo but no one In Amor Ica knows what it is Of false names I have four Were I to divulge the secret of my Identity I would have ectives on my track- I am rich if I claim my patrimony Id rather be poor and starve it I must I know the agony of hunger- I despise men American males 1 111 rCL ltl most They are steeped in ill manners I would die if I could not flirt- I am fascinating I attract men They seo my charm I like their company because I am lonely They Ik InterestinglyI my first position on the stage But then I am myselL I hate liarsI a genius I feel my genius in heremy soul It is transcendent I shall be famous No ono nothing can keep mo from it I am wicked I am a chorus girl I know curse words I know damnI I love the stage there are some good people on it Compelled to give up and I would not live I once cried because we did not have an extra matineeI to go to Japan I am going Ido not know what for My second self tho Invisible egomy astral be Ingsomething calls me I will go I do not know what I will do once there But I am myself Sufficient- I shall never marry I am engaged to threo men Why not Something may happen Something is always happening I like chance games LOLA GORDON IINDIAN TERRITORY MAN Tells About the WilkinsonMoore- Debate You Appealed to the Reason and In telligence of the People While Wilkinson Appealed to Their Emotions Holden I T Feb 13 05 Mr C C Moore Dear sirIn your comment on Rev Bob Burdetts sermon you say that the seven days of the week were named for the Scandinavian Gods Judge P B Ladd says in his Commentaries on Hebrew and Christian Mythology that the Arcadians named them for the seven planets then known Nep tune and Uramis not having been dis covered by the people Please let me know if this is a tilt ference of opinion among historians or does it all amount to tho same thingINot being educated and not hav ing access to books there are times when I must ask questions and proclaim my ignorance by so doing By the way your old adversary U G Wilkinson is going to quiet TaWelch of Comanche I Tin debate at9yltlJQmrMe In the near future People who know sajrtnat W p as great a talker as Wilkinson My Ieband their opinion is that you 4peal ed to the reason and intelligence of the people while Wilkinson appealed to their emotions I am going to hear the debate between Welch and over ambitious to break Into print I enclose a stamp and you may answer at your leisure and in the most convenient way either In the B B or by private letter Yours in search of truthB F tho naming of the days so far as the discussion between Bur dette and me is concerned Itan amounts to the same thing getterhistorian and especially on the point at issue but I ant quite confident that some of the days of the week were named from tho Gods of some of tho North men or Norsemen but I am not cer tain whether they were Teutons Scandinavians or what not i am gratified by the opinion that your father and brother have of the debate DOG FENNEL j Still Exercising the Brethren in Ar broath Scotland Tho Arbroath Scotland Guide of January 28 contains the following DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT To The Editor of The Guide SlrI enclose a cutting from the Blue Grass Blade the editor of which is the author of the book recently used by the Library Committee Your readers may be interested sufficiently in the feelings of the author Charles C Moore at the rejection of his work so as to read his comments upon it JOHN ADDISON The cutting referred to by Mrj Addison contains a correspondence on the presentation of the book mentioned to the Arbroath Library and its ection Mr Addison writes to Mr Mitchell Wilber Nebraskaan Ar broath manwho sent Dog Fennel in the Orient to the Arbroath Library There has been considerable stir in the Library Committee over Dog Fennel in the Orient Dr Lilly has had it some months reviewing It and has pronounced it an Immoral book He has certain passages marked off with marginal commentsa fine way of prejudicing those who may jsee it but have not time to read it A friend of mine in the Committee says it has gone the round of the Committee and J- a rf he has been told by some of them that they will vote against it They said they had not read It but would vote against It from what they had heard I am waiting for Its doom and then I shall have something to say about It through the Guide Then Mr Mit chell writes to the Blade EdltorI enclose this as It came from Scotland this morning I sent your book Dog Fennel over to my native town as n gift for their Public Library You can see how the proffered gifts is to be welcomed The Editor in the course of a strongly seasoned comment says If they had accepted the book as any gentleman would have done and put it in their library there would have been about a halfdozen people who would have read it in a year As it is now the book is advertised by their meanness and a hundred people will read it where one would have read it before Those fellows would burn me at the stake today if they could just as their patron saint John Calvin burned Servetus I am greatly obliged to our brethren Mitchell and Addison for what they have done for my book and tho denouement of the thing will be far more to the books advantage than If the Committee had accepted it and let the people of their town be jUdges of Its merits or demerits The authors of some of the most valuable books ever written have been burned at tho stake by Chris tians for writing them HOG BACON HAM Whats In a Name a Hog by Other Name Would Smell As Sweet With Apologies to Old Billy of Avon Brunswick Maine Feb 18 05 Mr C C Moore Whats in a name You made fun of my name but I wont be hard on youyou get enough abuse- I am a tenderhearted old Infidel and you broke mo up when you said if you had my name you would write parents were poor and they gave me that name it was the best they could do and I have carried It al most as long as you have yours All the Hams are proud of their name and my two daughters died rath er than change It as they would have had to do unless they waited until 14iJHii ieas become law I s trace ytsame back to the first familyatterthe flood My great granddaddy had some trouble with his father I never could tell how the boys father knew tho boy saw his nakedness when the old man was fuller than a goose That was the only scrape I ever know of any of the Hams getting to I never heard much about the Moores I think something has been taken off your name A man 1n Mass achusetts Is trying to get his name named Bumgardner and he wants to leave off the Bum In the same book that tells about my folks theres a dog named MoreS overTalking about Lazarus it says Moreover the dog licked his sores Captain Kldd killed a man named William Moore Ill bet Moore had been making fun of Kidds name and Kldd served him right But anyhow keep right on slinging ink in the em up the back right and left and as long as I can find a 100 Ill hear what you have to say good bad and indifferent I think people take you too serious ly They like your wit if you dont hit them If you can get any fun out of me go ahead When you and your wife sit down to a dish of good Kentucky hog think of WILLIAM L HAM You have some fine kin folks Theres Jamie Hogg the Etrick Shepherd that we read about in Noctes Ambrosianae and Lord Bacon and the Earl of Sussex was a hog of the Sowsex Sus be Latin for Sow And then thereling Pygmalion the sculptor but he couldnt spell Pig and then of course Corn Paul the Boer was kin to you I had an old friend who al ways said that his family was men tioned In the Bible and he said they were highstrung people His name was John Quincy Adams Hayman Not only was Hayman highstrung but you know that Adams family was among the very first of that country Old man Adam the founder of the family is burled in Jerusalem right In 20 feet of where J C aint burled- I saw the graves of both of them Horace alludes to my family when he says 0 Tempora 0 Mores Hams gets into scraps every hog killing time at our house I usctcr help to scrape cm I reckon old Billy Moore was kidding Kidd b t I OTcETALrRAILROAD EXCURSION TI KETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA r HOT SPRINCS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIA s AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE TURN LIMITS kp Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Louisville to Texas Arizona and California s 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 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Illinois has presented to the U S Government to go in the Hall of Fame a statue of Miss Frances E Wlllard Fannies graft was her Prohibition and her opposition to liquor is what got her in that hall and my antili- quor record aint going to get mo there though I have stuck to my text more faithfully and longer than Fannie Fanni id dead now though she aint In heaven as St Peter has painted up above the gate For men only and nobody eer heard of any woman In any heaven except a Mohammedan heaven where there is a big lot of women for each man- I am going to tell you something about Fannie I was a delegate to the Prohibition Convention at Cincinnati that nomi nated Levering tho Baltimore Roast ed Coffee than See Behind the Bars 31498 for sale at this office JlOO for president of the United States Fannie was there and she was all the time trying her damdest to kick clean out of the Prohibition traces and she was a kicker from way back and I was one though avery obscuro oneof a party who went in a body to the Grand Hotel to keep Fannie from kicking clean out She wanted to go off into some kind of a body that was then holding convention in St LouisI not rememuer the nature of the convention there but I do not think it had any thing to do with tem perance and think it was something like the Socialism that wo now have The Leader of the party with whom I went to seo Fannie on that subject was Rev Isaac K Funk a Methodist preacher millionaire who got up the Standard Dictionary at a cost of a million dollars and who was then editing The Voice the greatest Pro hibition paper that ever was in the wbrld except the Blue Grass Blade Funk and Wagnalls are now great publishers In New York City Col George W Bain now living in Lexing ton was I think ono of the party who went with us He was the most prominent at that convention and I am satisfied will substantiate all J say Still Fannie goes into tho Hall of Fame for her Prohibition and I went to the penitentiary and various jails for mine Sic Transit gloria mundl to say nothing of Sundl Fetch in another f horse Ackloy Iowa Feb 20 Ot C C Moore Enclosed 100 to continue they Blade to mo The death of Watson Heston is sad for tho Freethoughjt tworld 7 If I had made tho world bad people would die naturally from their owna deedsgood peoplo wouud live to a iripe old ago Heston was denied the fcomforts of life and his wile labors Jj to disadvantage to sustain life How ever remedies for such a condition are not allowed to appear in the f Blade Our Hero Watson Heston jshould bo honored by all Freethinkers and I will sacrifice 100 to erect arsuitable monument on his burial Jground with the Inscription Here Lies Watson Heston the Infidel Car toonlst dIed Peacefully January 27 1905 at tho Age of 59 Years InYS Full Faith That God Isn Myth This would protect him and all Freethinkers from Christian slander S and advertise the mural conduct ofr Infidelity that tho Christians 30 dlsq pile When funds are needed I will remit y tho 100 I remain yours trulyAF LUTTERMAN Heston built his own monument The Remedy for the Condition IitpX send your 100 to hiswidow J BLUE GRASS TRACTION CO Cars leave Lexington for Paris every hour from d a m to 9 n m exr cept 11 a m 1 and p m Leaves Paris for Lexington every hour from V a in to 10 p m except 12 noon 2y and 9 p in1Leaves Lexington for Georgetown every hour from 7 n m to 11 p m V except 11 a m and 10 p m Leave Georgetown for Lexington every hour from a in to 10 p m except 10 a in 12 noon 7 and p m Car 14 carrying freight express and trunks leaves Lexington for Georgetown at 350 Leaves George town at 10 a m Leaves Lexington for Paris at 1135 a m Leaves Paris at 145 p m Freight rates also special rates for j excursions for supper and theaters parties and for school business andr family tickets can be had on applica vi WestMainPhono 610 Home Phone 1274 Y ALEXANDER President Ai r J 3 wr-