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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r 4 w Ij J JiBLUE GRASS BLADE PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVABOM OF GOOD MORALS i11JITln n HKATBKN IN THE INTEREST c VOLUME XIV NUMBER 2 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MARCH 19 E M 305 100 A YEAgt t TERMS OF THE aLADIEIs fa Seine for one year tl00cfella clubs of lye NEW subscribers 18 cents each 260 for lYe It Tern year In adraace forelcB lublerlpUoatUO vllv New Bubaxsrtben ons year For IJO say Orders Drafts and be eke all Monty Orders to the tefrftee pW Draw Blade Lexington Ky Iiw yeti elL le your address ad Heetlas ogee giving your old M xiM as the sew address ae dyour tabseriptioa say dy r yon are a new or 1was UlwaortltnI Leafsitoe Entered at the poet office at Lu- lqI torn Ky ai Becond Claw Mall flatter to Address all communlcatloolsX SLUE GRASS H MS Lexington Kentucky Vftiyetto Telephone Ill Cumberland Telephone 107 AQf WHO ARE THEY jdfc rFrom the Humanitarian Review Jlv1 In the Blue Grass Blade of February ri 5th there is a letter from D Webster Groh anent the offensive epithet ft fide that Is full or sound common sense truth and unanswerable logic And Charley dodged the Issuo In his comments One of that editors pet pharases for those who prefer to call themselves Freethinkers Rationalists Secularists Liberals or Agnostics rather than Infidel an epithet be stowed by their opponents maliciously for the purpose of giving offense and slander Is that of halfbaked fias dels which shows how an Infidel can go the Christian one better Ina applying offensive epithets to their i opponents rather than logic to their arguments Lets see who some ISthe fi these people are Ingersoll tho tic George Jacob Holyoke the a ttogcriarlan Huxley the fearless l1eand ist and Agnostic Ernest Haeckel r 80yearold Monist Dr Moncure DI Conway the Freethinker Prof e man the Liberal etc etc Are as these afraid j Old Brother GrVls a nice old man and I hope his shadow will never less I am glad ho has found an del publication that agrees with him and especially so good a ono as The Humanitarian Review I hope that Brother Groh will con- tinuoI to send In tho money for clubs to tho Blade and send all articles on tho subject of Infidel and ist and Freethinker and Liberal and Secularists and Agnostic and all the balance of tho names to the manitarian Review Of course tho H R will be delighted- to print them Roy B A Jenkins Campbell to had an engagement to speak at a church lie got lost and could not find himself In time to speak Ho ought to try some other brand of it V Help spread Freethought by sending iIn a club of five suuscrlberp 1 yyf 0 I rkerI11Tt1RPa And Septo ly Ashlandi East SldoH R ST and ACIN WHISKEY RUCKER CARRIE NATION ZACHARY WILKINSON AND THAT WHOLE DURNED PUSH say now as I have said before that if I had to appoint the next presl lent of the United States today Sun day March 12 E M t05 It would be Editor Hearst the multimillionaire has though I have not a dtar today anlltic am not certain that t12II an Infidel in though I think he h enough ofcc religion to hurt The longer livelePlore iaritfor the fellow that does right and the less Ho I am for these fellows men and wo men who think right and never Jo anything that Is good and some times do things that are bad The only fellow In the Bible that wrote anything worth a tinkers dam named Jimmy ore more commonly be by the average Bible render Jeems I like Jimmy bettor because I think sounds more affectionate like Jimmy says Chap 2 verses 15 If a brother or sister bo naked and destitute of dally food And one of you unto them Depart in peace and ye warned and filled notwithstanding you give them not those things that are needful for the body what if doth it profitrEOld Martin Luther an old soaked sot an alfaround fool the dadk of all the Protestants said Jimmy not Inspired and ho didnt want any Jimmy In hlson but if you will- bind 1boo1bY all 0JJmml h Pl 1 tSCItanu cn t1t JurNeWg Testament and give all the balance of the Bible to the missionaries to take the Chinese to mako fire crackers out of you will never hear more kicking agin the New TestaIt ment for I will take all of it in mines and take the little theology in it justh IIko when wo used to have in tho penp itentiary fish on Friday for the lies and didnt have all day to pick outtl bones would cat em bones and allII because eating fish on Friday is thea only would a durn forI11Old Martin must have been right when he said Jimmie was not inspired and I reckon thats the reason het has toot so much more common sense than tho balance of the old boys that chipped In to write the Bible If you want to get the quintessence of Thomas rot and dam foolery al ways get one of these Inspired cats tof write If I live to be onehundred years cad n good many cranks are praying I may do I am going to write me New Testament my own and It be a Jodarter It wont have aIthing In it but Jeems book and my comments on it and the balance of Bible can go to the firecracker and what Jeems and I will do tho balance of the old muttonheads chunkheads that wrote the balI ance of the Bible will be a plenty II am getting just as tired of reading ehafter these Infidels who are eternally Infernally blowing themselves about what they believe as I am with these Infernal preachers that are al IWways spouting and spouting about lfiwhat cartridge that would blow them Into mince meat like that Catholic did his brother Serglus That was an awful scraping between two Christians and when the scraps of Serglus had surged about 300 feet high that was tho nearest to heaven the fellow has ever been since alIt was an awful grim Joke when the coroner ours in Lexington is an man named Pat Molloy called on the Jury to view the remains of Serglus sticking around all over town like a Boulogne dog sausage factory had blown up But what started me to saying all this Is that J T Small of Province town Massachusetts was big enough o send me a copy of the Hearsts Boston American having In It a cartoon occupying half page and an tonal occupying the other half and all headed In letters big enoughfor a saloon sign Still mending the pro IKingprocession of his victims march slow to destruction Turn loose on Kentucky such Christian fanatics and fools and dead beat NO Prohibitionists as Rucker and Zachary Carrie Nation and Damnation and would rather be in hell barefooted the 4th day of July- I was in hopes that Zach and Caroline would get married out In IldlanITerritory and that the Indians would In hang them both or split their thick good skulls with Carries hatchet but Zach tha- Is so ugly that no white woman would men touch him with a fortyfoot pole ascov shown by the Baptist cook that he tists tried to inveigle Into preacherlal deviltry at Bandana In Kentucky been In all that I have read from Zach he has never written but one thing that I me and that was when he said a letter to me that that Baptist woman at the house where he was staying while he was holding a one distracted meefin was a white woman world didnt want to be caught tampering with any female nigger Zacks com the plexlon is pretty dark and Q K Phil ander Doestlcks P B would say two and his lips stick out like sausage Juicy sausage damaged sausage and while speaking chromatically It would fairer to call him a colored man glen than a white one yet his long lank thin greasy Pecksnlfflan Stlgglnsian hairhe is awful Jealous of my curls is show him I am sorry to say a Cau cassian About years ago I learned from tho story of Tray in the blue back spelling book that no man is any better than his associates did Wilkinson gives Zachary a whole page in his Gospel Searchlight and you Injun Territory fellows that the Blade will keep your eyes skinned and keep me posted on Wll fine I am laying for him and In or two or three years from now It kinson In aint dead and In hell you will see that Wilkinson Is only another of the same dog sausage that the I win have no fro to write Wilkinsons abltuary I have Rockers all stuck back in the back part of my head Just waiting to print man as soon as the devil gets to frying of that Baptist grease and Pro whisky out of him Many peo say are asking me to live 100 years of I am going to do It If I dont get blues sometime and suicide Judas that Jesus Christ picked out the only man In his gang that would not steal their money and old Green the best Infidel among us suicided and there Is no discount- on my the reaper1 y of suicide I can easily live a hundrea years Is from where I started not 11ell hereby living according to the rules of my two medical advisers The to Stuffed Club and the New York City Board of Healtu The Club you must eat very little and no milk and the N Y Board of Health says you must eat all you want an never drink less than three pints of milk a day and I first low on and then the other and so I know that between the two I am slm sho to get it right Extracts from Hearsts editorial are as follows Every man In the United States should be an advocate of temperance These newspapers do not advocate prohibition W do not believe that In temperance Is reallY prompted by Compulsion We are not convinced that the majority In this respect even for their own good But this wo do know The man In tho United States who leaves whisky and all ardent spirits alone Is a fortun ato man He Is the man that succeeds he Is the man to be trusted he Is the man that Is wanted The great difficulty with those that B preach moderation and temperance Is the fact That they are often absolutely Ignorant of what they talk about In the view of the fact that whisky lIes practically all of the crimi Ihnals that are not made by the gambling fever would It not bo a good Idea If the state would supply some refuge for the confirmed drunkard anxious to cure himself Wouldnt It be better to give the drunkard a refuge from his whisky to offer him an asylum beyond the reach of temptation now rather than have the expense of his burial his maintenance In the hospital the care 11Iof his children later This might be worth the thought of sonic of the well meaning Individuals continually looking around for new laws to suggest E B FOOTE SR ducing tions LUTHER BURBANK to j GOOD OUTSIDE OF INFIDEL TY pOTATOES WORTH MOriE THAN RELIGIONII 1noble have nt you the Blaile lists of the great and of menJof world to show the glIra that philanthropists and scien have all been Infidels No man 000 distinguished for his religion has ever ver distinguished for any good helIfo done i have blcn a preacher and naturally study watched them and In all the history to of preachers Including these shavepate priests I never knew but could that liver did any good for the ual Ho was1a Presbyterian Langstrothlcd man Who Invented the were Presbyterianism never produced but good things tho beehive and Bob light Ingersoll All rell Ions have found It necessary TWO to have a hell in which each reli roar ed all grown and matured Dr people who did not believe In that par ticular religion but Presbyterianism the only religion that ever got low enough d5wn to roast poor little babies to make their mothers believe In PresbyterianismA or a cannibal never anything so depraved Thero leas a great big fat baptist preacher In Lexington about 25 year- sagoI f rget his name who tried to invents a refrigerator He preacher but the intellectual himI of inventing a refrigerator put cial a lunatic asylum before he ever made one But I b ve just now found out that and greatest ihortlculturIstj jt the and or Yslso an nnrifiMv TrfifinBEn Is Luther Hiirnank7 ihe man who per fected thp Burbank potato Dean Swift has Justly honored the whi made two blades of grass grow wh re one grew before been By the way what then shall we of the man who made thousands Blue Grass Blades grow where none The grew before My father was a smarter man than am Purely by his brain power he made starting on 1000 a fortune of 100000 while I starting on a nice tune have scarcely been able to hold own and none of anybody elses And yet on soil more worn than Its when my father owned It I have rals potatoes two or three times as largo as the Neshannocks that ho used Ifrom raise and have had to fight the potatobugs In fathers day to do ItthI can do this from the fact that scientists like Luther Burbank thesl Infidel have lived In the simple proIt Juctlon of the Burbank potato rthat IIgoodpotato Is only n Iesay has accomplished He has mado most astonishing Improvements n flowers as well as In vegetables He has taken the thorny cactus that Its natural state we hardly touch and cultivated It so that l1efor c grows them without thorns and changed the body of It that he s made of It a delightful fruit and vegetable of Lately I saw In The Larchmon tain Larchmont N Y an account of the celebrating the 7Gth birthday- of our good old Infidel brother Dr E Foote senior Among the presents were flowers from Luther Burbank California I thought at the time Burbank was probably an Infidel IUttheso was not certain of it until I by dent saw an account of him in hebut Chicago Dally Review of March 1905 Tho account has a picture of him showing him to have an exceedingly intelligent and handsome face The account closes as followsI Ono day a minister In Santa Rosa Cal where Mr Burbank lives him to attend church that ho might listen to a sermon upon the work he was carrying on lie accepted the Inanll vltntlon and was forced to listen to address violently denouncing him as a foe to God and man one who was terrupting tho well ordered course plant life destroying forces and func long established and sacred re THE the vegetable life of hJJ world a condition at once unnatural and abnormal has Going a little further back In his history to the period in which he first tempted to carry out the work of his onceIIdeals above all temporal Ills Today Mr Burbank has become the that foremost man In the world In the pro ductlon of new and Interesting forms fruits trees flowers vegetables from and nuts Ho has carried his Investigations far beyond the point he had reached when the minister assailed him Last year more than been men embracing among them the pick and flower of the scientific of two hemispheres made the pit the grlmage to his Santa Rosa home to cross the lines of his Investigations see with their own eyes many- things which their scientific minds that not accept as truth without vis demonstration and to learn some of the supreme results achlev During the year 30000 letters its received coming from every but quarter of the globe asking for more men upon his work THEORIES OF CREATION Is Lee S McCollesters Treatment of the Subject Genesis From Side of Fact Gives Lit tie Comfort a Evolution Doctrine Bets Adapted toDI Facts of Existence as From Detroit Free Press it Rev Dr Lee S McColllster last evening at the Church of Our Father preached the first of a series of spe sermons on the Story of Human the subject was The Scientific Theological Theories of Creation DIll in the course of his address he call edattention to many of the better fwtl he earth have accepted Said he In parthi The theory of creation which the world until recently has accepted has derive from the firts chapters- of the book of Genesis In these chapters forwe have two different stories 3 firts chapter and up to the fourth verse in the second chapter is one his story and from the fifth verse of the second chapter Is the second story These do not agree with each other Our story of Genesis evidently Is derived from conceptions of creation which existed long before the writer- of Genesis We have no clear fact of source It Is too full of contradictions to be accepted as a writing God the more likely probability it came from the Chaldeans while the Jews were captive and that writers adapted the ancient sto Is of Jewish thought If we look at this narrative of creation from the of fact it gives us little comfort Is evident that the author meant the earth was created In days days not periods as commenta who were trying to adapt ancient to modern conception often They spoke of days as having 1emorning and evening nnd the chronology of creation which by theological rekonlng was placed at 4004 before Christ is entirely impossible now we know that Egypt nad a six thousand years before asChrist Geology tells us that different of the earth were created mil lions of years ago and from the relics life vegetable and animal wo know that life has been on this earth mil lions of years The sermon goes on and endorses Darwins theory that man is a devel opment from the ape heThero Is hardly a day that some of preachers do not throw up sponge and come over and jlne us so long as Wilkinson and Zachary by the Old Book she is safe It Is to smile A perfect flood of applicants ap plied from the advertisement for a crank preacher that was mado by Hio Cnmpbelllte church in Peon hlinolsBob Ingcrsolls town tellEugene Block was hung at Allentown Pa for the murder of Mrs Fatzlnger His pastor was present delivered tho usual consolations- an N J has deserted his wife and dren and run off with Julia Brown a ofchild choir singer the third time MARVELOUS STORY OF MAN Somebody probably the publishers sent me a pretty illustrated book called The Marvelous Story of Man- Dy Dallas Lind M D Professor ot Natural Science Central Normal lege Danville Indiana- It is written by a Christian religion that Is that brand of Christianity the Infidels all believe In It endorses Darwinism and has tures of ape skeletons in all the stages the Gibbon clear on to man A sample of its ideas is as follows But the cross Is not a symbol peculiar to Christian nations It had used in Eastern countries centuries before the Christian era The Phoenicians the Assyrians and ancient Egyptians all used the as a symbol as Is shown by the remains of these people The value of the book Is in the fact being written by a Christian It sustains Infidel contentions- I have not finished it I do not think there Is anything new in it and author does not claim that there Is of the writings and Ideas of other It Is written In a plain and ple style that Is easily understood and 4 valuable as a hand book SAGEBRUSH PHILOSOPHY BY BILL BARLOW Thats the style of Vol No3 of monthly published by Billlam at Wyoming Its 100 a year or 10 cents a copy never praise any other publication long as can honestly keep from because It means just that much money sent off the other fellow that might otherwise como to me that is to say to Jim But honest Injun Bills book Is next to the Blade best publication I have struck though It Is plain to be seen that has taken the cue from the Blade Bill Is young and fresh and lays- awake3ofnighfs thinlilag itaycr and sItover tlio old ii own game You may put Brann in his halcyon day and Elbert Hubbard together and the Stuffed Club man thrown In good weight and the trio aint compared with Bill which his real name seems to be M C Barlow and wife Mammie F and apt as not Its a case where the gray mane Is tho better horse Bill Is out for the stuph withfsome kind of a print shop like Fra Elbertus but there Is no Immoralysmell on the garments of Bill or MrsntBill and thats where he walks v away with Brann and Hubbard You cant afford not to see a copy ofofItsorry to say It but Its co so Bill says he alnt bookburnt but he n sho an ink slinger from way back and he says good moral things that ought to be said He really is not a prime speller He has damnphool for damphool Bill is not a full featehred Infidel ihurtTho worst thingreally only poor thing In Bills Mag stands t f i on the Inside of the front page of the y r cover It is one of a number of things un for the believes It Is thusaIn a supreme Being who Is too busy to always take noticewho ex poets you and I to do the right thing c but who like you and I can forgive and forget The theology is bad enough but tho grammar is execrable I want him oatmy X list but I wont X with him until he corrects that grammar I dont care for a reasonable amount of bad grammar If It just comes along In the usual way but for a man to write bad grammar when he is evidently taking pains to write good grammar gives me that tired feeling So Bill Just put me in both of those places where you have and put me on your X and shove her onto me t There Is much that Is sage In Sage abrush IlteRev O Dawson of Morehead Ky left Campbellltes to join the Me thodist and now he has left the Me thodists to preach Independently In Lexington Ky tho sheriff is suing for taxes on the Episcopal church parsonage h THE GOSPEL SEARCHLIGHT A CAMPBELLITE PAPERA PLE re OF THE SPIRIT OF Cry CHRISTIANITY I have received The Gospel Search light Comanche Indian Territory of February 15 It Is published twice a month It Is printed In the Interest orof tho church that calls Itself Chris tian that name having been given It and I think In tho right spirit by my grandfather Stone the founder of the sect They are derisively Campbellltea In places where they are not rich and Influential and are called Christians by every body in Lexington who they are rich and InfiuentlalIIn order to keep from confusing particular sect of Christians with coRVizthem Campbellltes though I am pr against that name because Alexander Campbell changed the veQI th3tat Stone founded to the present sect atto is in no way superior to any of many other sects of the country- I hope in writing this piece to r some good and a part of the good want to do is if possible to Jet those who manage the paper see some of their own imperfections and try to avoid them hereafter This of course does not mean that I have no Imperfections that others can see In me and my paper just as I see these in The Gospel Searchlight It Is not fair to say that we have Iright to expect Christians to exhib any more goodness in their papers ri than we do In our Inflde papers Infidels claim to be better people thanI i Christians are But it is fair to e pect Christians to be more meek an lowly and humble than Infidels ar for Christians claim to be followers of one who they say was meek an lowly while Infidels do not claim that humility Is any great virtue if a virI tue at all but say that all peopl should be properly modest and ti nobody should be arrogant Comparisons are oatous but we Bomtlmes have to make them in order to proceed intelligently You will scarcely find a copy of the Blade from the time It started until now that somebody is not saying In It some taljfere s a s ng elnstan which anybody advocates any kind of morals on any subjects nor an In stance in which anybody encourages anybody else to try to be good or asks anybody to help him or her to be goo And yet I think there Is more bl terness in this issue of the G S tha often appears in any Issue of the B B though the G S hardly has half as much matter in It as the B G B has I want to examine the whole G S fairlyIt four pages and four columns to the page The first article occupies near three columns and as written by one of the assistant editors There are six regular editors and seven tants making the thirteen that man think an unlucky number I many or all of these thirteen editorsI are preachers in the Campbelllte first article is headed Will Man Rob God and the whole tren of the piece is to show that not payin preachers is robbing God and for thisIpurpose I believe without specially thought on the matter that every text in the Old and New Testaments is quoted to show that preachc era ought to be paid except mous one against muzzling the mouth of the ox that treadeth out tho corn and If Paul says he preached without charging anything for It this editorial shows that Paul apologized for having done soIpaper except one on the last page delvoted to me and the prominence o that first piece and Its length make tItappear to be the most important thing in the minds of all those preach grsthe Idea of getting the money for what they do We hear a great deal In religious papers and in the pulpits about preachers getting souls for their hire but this article does not suggest that preachers can be paid in soulsI and seem to want for their filthy lucre that will satisfy the de mands of the butcher and baker and candlestick makerdr I its patrons to pay up but I would that were robb ItthingIf nobody ever paid the Blade and ItI has some patrons who seem to take the same view of the case that GodQ d4doeslJTher Skaggs Of course there really Is sin In being named Skaggs but unscrlP1turalthan that Brother Skaggs in a short letter told of having gone to some place where there were only four members of the church of Christ There is nothing wrong in his letter but he says he warned sinners of the wrath to come which Is a kind of a back number In preaching in Lex- Ington Its not regarded as tho elegant thing to say hell and devil and things like that in the pulpits in Lex ington sounds too much like pro fanlty and if it is lone at all It Is only done by these traveling evange revivalro s t ment and these traveling preachers lare gotten to do this so they can go away to some other place as soon as llthe revival has cooled down and e a pie do not have fire and brimstone and the walls and groans of the damned suggested to them by the dally presence of these people who belong the Fire Department of the church IeThen Ulysses Grant Wilkinson speaks his little piece about as long as your finger and ho gets In two good 1digs at those Christian people who mourners benches and other dig at the fellow who calls his people Campbellites I think the mourners bench some shape Is in pretty much all th other churches but U G W ha no consideration for the feelings o any of these others while he Is in tlmating that other Christians ought to hiitbellltes askinI6 for reports of meetings and debates dThe distinguishing feature of the- is that they claim to have nothing in their religion tOt cannadt there Is not in that book any nuthorlt for debates the nearest to It anc1tgave a tlans 2 Then there is a piece about Th word of God that so far as I can understand has in it nothing either of merit or demerit simply words that are not calculated to affect anybody morally or Intellectually Betware s what the tter said to the l o11erjritt my Initials Mr Merritt says he has been In Oklahoma and found there many false prophets that he seems to ex Campd thenour tastes differ I like the word damned but I despise that word damnable It always suggests to me a man who wants to damn somebody but is afraid to do It Merrills bitterness is against preachers of his own sect there being usingYhaving started here in Lexington These two sects of Campbellites hate abouYt own organ as a f them hate me or any other Infidel Merritts piece closes as follows And some of our preaching brethren willaoudt Bringgorgan the Church of Christ and will speak evil of those who are opposed to it They are causing divisions all over country Paul says of such turn away from for they serve not the Lord Jesus Christ but their own bel ly Rom 16 1718 The language Is coarse and I opolo fThebegins by complimenting Dean Wilkinson on his splendid gospel paper That compliment always makes the ordinary editor print the piece With the Blade unless the piece Is really good the writer has to send along 100 with the You can soon see complimentI able music is the thing on Ballards mind and as follows There is a degressive church In Lockhart Texas I think I would be safeln saying that they haVo eight or ten rooms attached to It A gentle parlor also a ladles parlor ining room whey they serve large suppers etc also others that I know not the names of They employ tho theyIWhat a digressive church Is re some explanation Oh the organ question the Camp arc divided into two bitter Those in favor of the organ are called Progressives opposed to It are called Nonprogres1 awes to which tho G S oelongs calli the others Digressive regarding It as an excellent bit of humor The next is a short letter in which there is no interest anyway The next piece Is by T B Wilkinson who speaks of his brief life as preacher His picture represents hl as a boy of about 20 years old wit nothing In it to indicate extraordinary prematurity and yet he describes broad experience that has demonstrated that Christianity can take the m wicked of men and make model characters of them while Infidelity is in tensely degrading and demoralizing TheIthe Digrcsslves He Is describing a class of hypocrites who do not claim to be DIgresslves but at heart really are so A sample of Carters piece Is as follows I have seen them too become gry to hear nn organ In the church but they are slow In Helping to purchase song books They dislike the society very much but never buy a dollars worth of tracts to distribute They dislike to hear a salaried pastor but are shamefully backward about the preacher who labors for them without a cent salary The NonProgressives do not recognize the Dlsgresslves as a church at all but call them a So- clety sometimes with a big S and- sometimes with n little one 9fior a gan headedEImorePexcept one t says Christians ought to love one an other the poor little lino seeming starngely at variance with the general tone of the paper In It Skaggs blasts the Society people the DIsgresslves r specimen from Skaggs Is as fol 9lows goerg ihud e goes by the authority or In the name thee society as to the time of labor the field of labor and the salary Here the NonProgressives are doing business by the authority of the Lord while the organ Campbel lea arc only acting under the author ity ofa Society that has no divine backing J uVLJtpmnL u a little over an inch the only adver paperThenthe young and small man oftold and large experience says that ono ersays the G S Is too small and T D W tells them the G S will be made larger when they send in money enough to justify It Then comes the last page every line of it written by James W Zach ary and devoted to me It has four cartoons of me It calls this paper the Green Grass Blade and calls me Charles Cucumber Moore He also calls me a pubescent biped a deep dyed rascal and a liar A pubescent person Is a young man whose beard is just beginning to grow and would hardly seem to de scribe a man in his 68th year with a beard like mine but great is the mystery of godliness Then he calls me a liar and tells of my having swindled a Mr E S Muir out of hogs and a wagon The whole piece is very abusive of meThen Zachary has a photograph of himself It Is exceedingly ugly and common looking I have seen ugly men and ugly women who had faces that were pleasant to look at because they were good and intelligent people but Zacharys face is utterly lacking pleasantflam and too wo that Zachary says about me Is true and now the question is What good can it all do How is It all going to make anybody better or happier Is such a newspaper likely to make people love each other A sample of Zachary in that piece is as follows On the baseless assumption that man and the woman the acorn and the tree the hen and the egg originated from an infinitesimal protoplasmic cell A damsel and a dam cell billions of years ago Is It more reasonable to believe in the evolu tionary possibilities of such a damn cell than to believe in the God of the is possible that the preachers of any church in the world think that kind of language educational and re fined And yet we see Christians in that paper praising it for Its excel It be that any good and intell gent people can fall to see that a paper of that kind is calculated to being about an the hate and crime that exist in society and as that pa t I per Is a sample of the first of Chris tlanlty can any good and intelligent people fall to see that It is their duty to do all they can in opposing the Christian religion and stopping the in fluence of papers like the G S and of men like those who write for it 11I READ DOG FENNEL TWICE JAnd Think It Is the Best Exposition of the Unholy Mysteries That Ever Came Across ostPigeon Falls Wis March 1905 Dear sir Tho Blade has found i way over Into the Wisconsin bar woods and I remit the necessary grease for you to have It slide up here for another year Cant do well without it now Last year I read Dolt Fennel for recreation twice and I think it is the best exposition of the unholy mysteries that I ever came across- I think I read In Dog Fennel that when you were In tho Lords service you used to preach In the mountain districts of your beloved Kentucky and I want you to write an article for the Blade telling about your e perlenco among the Kentucky moun talus in those days I suppose that you put in some strenuously hard knocks among them t trying to have them embark on the skyward voyage and I think you will be able to interest us Blade readers Immensely by an article covering the subjectI read somewhere that the Kentucky mountaineers are kin folks of Ham Sham or Methuseleh or whatever It was that they are a peculiar class of people in many re spects and that even In these times of Christian degeneracy they aroable to preserve the old time Christian meekness and lowliness and loveyour enemyness so if these things be true It would be interesting to know whether your preaching among them- Is not to a largo degree to be consld ered the prime cause of the preser vation of the above named attributes among those good people at the pres eat day Hope you will long continue a luminary in the humanitarian heavens and help to lift deluded humanity out of their mental darkness NORWE GIAN My second book Is called Behind the Bars 31498 It was written when I was in the penitentiary In Colum bus Ohio It is the story of my life and tells ot jay adventures when I rWast1 ffinVman It tells all about my preaching in the mountains of Kentucky and my traveling on foot from place to place and the people following me and tells about my start- Ing to walk to Palestine My account of me pretty woman I met in Paris France and played the flute for her Is sold by a good many to be a remarkable story Some people who have read that Parisian story say its the only lie J ever told but honest Injun it is told just as it happened The book is for sale at this office price 100 and as It would take sever al Issues of the Blade to tell even about my preaching In the Kentucky mountains It would be better for those who want to know about It to buy the book Behind the Bars 31 498 I started to Palestine on foot in 18C5 but never got there untlJuJ I like to have been as long as the Jews in getting from Egypt to Pales tine but I had about 25 times as far to go as they bad The mountaineers in Kentucky would rather kill some fellow than to eat but they never killed me by a Jug full- HURRAH FOR KATE THY8ON MARRI Goltry Oklahoma Feb 25 1905 MrC C Moore Dear sir Enclosed find clipping from St Louis Star Kate Thyson Marr has stirred a hornets nest She wrote that she was sorry that she was raised up in a Sunday School and that she was glad that Bob Ingersoll had knocked the bottom out of hell etc etc Hurrah for Kate Thyson MarrlA- A NELSON Kate Thyson Marr Is a Ma that is I reckon she Is shes married She is pretty as a picture in tho spelling book She Is an Infidel writer for the St Louis Post One fool Christian is agin and a whole lot are for her A sample is as follows Kate Thyson Marr on Preachers Folsomdale Ky Feb 10 My friends and relatives are sub scribers of The Star and I read it with a great deal of pleasure I notice in some late Issues of The Star Mrs Marl has stirred quite a little hornets nest and some goodygood people take issue with her for saying that Inger soil knocked the bottom out of hell I am In harmony with Mrs Marr in all she says I read all her letters with interest and delight i will say I that if Ingersoll did not knock the bot torn out of hell ho did knock a whole lot of foolishness Ignorance super station and fanaticism out of some people It Is astonishing that the radical element of Christianity should answer all criticisms of Free Think ers with epithets and dcnounclation If Christianity and the Bible cant stand criticism they ought to go down 1Again I have often wondered why it was that preachers would marry runaway couples of children Mrs Marr comes to the rescue in her last let ter and puts a whole wagonbed full toof truth In a nutshell when she says eyekon the Lord and the other on the gate receipts MRS M J IIfAIT AND TWO THOUSAND Delinquent Subscribers for the Blade There are 2000 subscribers to the Blade who are in arrears for the pa per We print papers Persons who do not know about such matters say cut off the 2000 If Mr Hughes should do that then listxsome at 100 each and some in clubs at 50 cents each and that much of n list would not pay the cost of the paper and of course of the remaining 1800 there would be a proportion who would not pay If we were to cut oft 2000 now be cause they are not paid up there would be among that 2000 probably 500 who would have paid If we had lot the paper go on and teat would be a good many who are good friends to the paper who aro behind In paying because they have not the money to pay and intend to pay I get many letters begging mo not to stop the per to them and many who have not paid at the right time send their mon ey and thank mo that the paper hon not been discontinued to them I suppose that halt tho people who pay for tho paper pay after the money was due So that both sentI- ment and business seem to oppose cutting off tho 2000 You all under stand that Mr Hugnes Is exclusively interested in the financial part of the paperI not a dollar lu the world and he cepcnds upon his printing for his living I do not believe It worth while to argue with those who owe for the paper or to beg them There are I suppose among them say 500 people of that 2000 who would bo glad to see the paper fall BLADE TOQ SMALL FOR MUCH REPRINT Madison Ga March 7 Mr Hughes Dear SirI enclose also an article The Relation of Belief and Crime Very respectfullYI The article has been printed inTho Evening Post San Francisco and our paper Is too small to publish reprint when we have more original matter sent to us than we can publish However I reprint Dr Bells letter to the editor of The Post It is as EdltorI would like you to make some remarks introducing the above to your readers Unbelievers especially Atheists are known all over the world as persons of the ut most veracity and Integrity Sheelley the poet was noted for his virtue Gibbon the great historian was the Idle of society Hume tho historian and philosopher Adam Smith author of the Wealth of Nations declared that Hume was nearly as perfect as the frailty of human nature would per mit John Stuart Mill called the Soc rates of England was an upright man and one who eschewed God Gerard the philanthropist was noted for his benevolence And hundreds of Infi dels who might be mentionedWash ington Jefferson and Lincoln were not Educated Criminals Some of the most noted writers and philoso phers of the present day although ed ucated Atheists are not criminals and to make such an assertion Is a slander which Shakespeare labels the foulest whelp of sin How can a man standing in tho pulpit claiming to be the exponent of Gods will utter such an unwarranted thesis Is past my comprehen sionUnless wo assume with Herbert Spencer that Man Is not a rational being but a bundle of passions and his actions depend on tho passion that Is uppermost at the time Otherwise tho Rev Doctor has uttered a libel on his brother man and branded himself with the dishonesty he attributes to others A A BELL This paper says that they have jest deescovered tho reemalns of a twenty foot saurian on th banko of th Penobscot river Whats a saurian I dunno Guess mebby Its one o them misprints for a sardine There aint no twenty foot sardines 1 1 Well there might be the reemalns of IfIsardines I guess Youre too Bern notJIs th reemalns of 3poseof men big cnuff to buy em by the box Youre a Athecist thets what you areCleveland Plain Dealer PRISON STATISTICS McCoY Oregon Feb 25 Mr C C Moore 05tAt our State penitentiary the IBaptiststhinkers Infidel Jew 1 Luth eran 7 Protestant 119 Spiritualist No Creed 115 Total 332 Just do not believe in tnamelyar believers in Christianity but have not become members of any church The Chaplains report says atten dance at chapel Is optional but that the audiences are always encourag ingly large- I write this In answer to the request of Mr AW Foreman In last Blade JAMES K SEARS 1770 SAVANNAH AND RETURN VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Tickets on sale from Lexington May 13th and 14th good until May 2Cth with privilege of extension until Juno 15th Ask Ticket Agent for pate ticulars or address E N AIKEN P A 111 E Main st Lexington Ky 3020 FT WORTH AND RETURN VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Tickets on sale May 15th 16th and 17th from Lexington with return limit of May 31st 1905 Ask Ticket Agent for particulars or address E N AIKEN T P A 111 E Main st LexIington Ky- ATTENTION FREETHINKERSI I have a few hundred copies left of Painos Age of Reason pages and Facts Worth Knowing 86 pages both books postpaid for 15 cents In stamps For missionary work there is nothing better Let us cooperate and circulate this literature for the benefit of humanity Address AB Bennett NorwalkConn I KENNEWICK IRRIGATING CANAL rwatering twenty thousand acres of land on the west bank of the Columbia river iti ono of the newest and best irrigating propositions In the United States Kcnnewlck is the gateway of the Yakima Valley The season is from two to three weeks earlier than the upper valley and alfalfa peaches pears and all small fruits such as strawberries cantaloupes etcthe latter ripening very early command the highest market price For descriptive pamphlets on the Yakima Valley where land can still be and at a reasonable price in a mild and healthful climate and for formation regarding land and business openings in other territory served by the Northern Pacific ask for Series G to W MOTT Genl Emigration Agent IC Northern Pacific Ry St Paul Minn A Good Route to Try It traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resources a containing unlimited possibilities forIagriculture horticulture stock rallfing mining and manufacturing And last but not least it IsIThe Scenic for RouteIThe Frisco System traveling public excellent service and fast time d Between St Louis and Kansas I City and points in Missouri Kansas I Arkansas Oklahoma Indian TerriItory Texas and tne Southwest Between Kansas City and pointsIIn Tennessee Alabama Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points In Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon appli cation to any representative of the Company or to Passenger Traffic Department Commercial Bulldlaf Saint 1iuU i J lt J IfREV B MORRISON uMarks a Half BakedDefence of Chris tianity He Is Coming Our Way IiIIrIIThe following Is from Roy B G Morrison Cornplanter Pennsylvania THE CHARACTER OF JESUS 4 Editor B0 BladeIn your Issue of February E M 305 you very kindly answered some statements I had made In my letter to you of January 10 1905 It did not claim that Jesus was a man My opinion of him I liof in these words The Jesus the four gospels Is an Irreconcilable absurdity I also said He was a good man for his lay As you are so well aware he is now itamixture of myth and man We cant just what ho did or what he said Everything concerning him must be taken with grains of allowance yet f in spite of all this millions yet be lieve him to be a Godnot only a God but the God of Heaven and Earth You place him on the plan of Buddah Zoroaster Mohammed Plato and others To be sure this Is his proper place but the Christian world is not yet ready to consider him as fallen from his high estate and therefore there is a great gulf between lib erals and Christians as to their esti mate of his character Some of the charges you prefe- against him do not strike me as being of a very flagrant nature You say Ho Invited himself to dine with a rich banker I cannot regard that as proving him a bad man You also say he made Intoxicating liquor drank It himself and told others to drink it That was merely a custom of that day and wine was as common as water at that day in Judea My objection to the flippancy with which you use the letters J C has caused you to make a statement that Is singular to say the least You say truly that the English J and the Latin I are the same letter You also say that the three letters J H S stand for Jesus H Christ- I dc not so understand it Those letters stand for Jesus Homlnum Sal cator = Jesus the savior of men But scholars classical or otherwise never write Jesus H Christ al though I have heard vulgar men use this combination for a swear word Jesus both said and did some good things He said Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte and when yeh venade him ye make film two foldmore the child of hell than your selves How does this hit and fit our mis sionaries Christ said emphatically I came not to bring Gentiles but Jews to repentance His intention was mod est and his domain Judea The spread ing of his news over the world was merely an afterthought of the priests and has resulted in the modern mis slary system lhat has resulted in more evil than words can express and precisely In the way Christ foretold He also said Woe unto you also ye lawyers for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers This Is an upUSdate discription of these barnacles of society and we ought to have a thousand Chrlsts right now traveling over this country and with withering Invective de nouncing these cringing Insatiable parasites He also said Do unto others as you would have them do unto you No matter if Confucius said It be fore him and no doubt It was said ten thousand years before Confuslus It Is a good axiom and cannot be too often reiterated as It is the sum and substance of all that can be done by man to deal out even handed justice to his fellow man also cured the sick and the 1Christ the hungry and overturned the money chargers- I would like to see him let lose to 1day In Wall Street among those cun tying Sharks We therefore find that he was not altogether a bad man but his character Is given In the four gospels as a bundle of Inconsistency B MORRISON I believe that in your former let preacheriEverything in your letter indicates that you are a nice man but there is no sense In a man of your Intelligence remaining a Christian You not only do not believe J C to be any brand of a Godbig G or lit tIe onbut you think him a poor shake of a man who did fairly well for his day and for the opportuni ties ho had That may have been so He probably could neither read nor write thought alt the kingdoms of the world could be seen from the pinnacle of the temple did not know that the world was round did not know the multiplication table was the Illegitimate child of Ignorant and Im 4 J moral parents and lived among the known to andI heredjItygood man but nothing extra even is certainly a mixture of myth and man and that fact Is much more appreciable In Jerusalem than It Is here I hardly think ho was on so high a pIano as Buddha Zoroaster Moham- med or Platonot their equal intel lectually moray or educationally What the Christian world about him no more proves him any thing superior than what the Moham medans think about Mohammed makes Mohammed superior His Inviting himself to tho house of a rich banker was not a crime but it was cheeky and he taught his dis ciples to make friends of wicked rich men for mercenary purposes Make unto yourselves friends of the Mam mon of unrighteousness that ere ye tall they may receive you Into their houses Luke That is one of the most degrading of all the utter hate rich men because they are rich is a bad man but a man who would make friends of rascally rich men In order to get some of their money Is a low creature and that Is what J C advised his followers to do No firstclass moralist In these days AllrIntelligent people know that It Is one of the greatest of all curses All moralists except J C taught that liquor was bad and J plainly taught his followers that they aught to drink It and wrought his first miracle to make It The one Item of liquor drinking taught by Jesus I hate to say by JesusIt sounds like a swear word has made more sorrow In the world than all the good that Christianity has liquor drinking In Judea was common In those days Is no more reason for not rebuking It that the fact that liquor drinking In Lexington reasonThe commonness of an Immorality makes It all the more incumbent upon a moralist to rebuke it One of the places where liquor drinking has started more young men and women to ruin than any other is the mar riage feast I will have to write under some of my jeu desprlts This Is a Joke like the young artist wrote under his picture This Is a cow You must not always take me too seriously A lit tle folly now and then is wholesome for the best of men IH C not only stands for Iesus Homlnum Solvator in Latin but also stands in Greek for Jesus Humon SoterJesus our Savior if we are to translate our classics Jesus pronouncing a woe on scribes and Pharisees was no very good thing Anybody can denounce statement that he only intend ed to have Judea as his domain does not comport with his instruction to his disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every crea ture and his further instructions to propagate that gospel by the sword as Christians have done and are do- Ing clear up to this day and yet you say the missionary system has been GAL THIRTEEN 13 BLADE the cause of more evil than words can expressjust what all of us Infidels say about It You say Christ foretold it He plainly cominanded It If Christ were to come to Lexington today and start his withering invec Lives denouncing lawyers and go into one of Lexingtons banks and kick around the tables of the most devout Christians In Lexington they would send him to Jail for being drunk and disorderly or send him to the luna tic asylum for a crazy man Oh for Christs sake dont turn loose a thousand Chrlsts on us all at saying Do unto others as you would have them do to you was right with some provisions of course even if a number of moralists had said the same thing before him but saying something good Is a long way from do ing something good- I would be satisfied If I could do onetenth as well as I am always ad vising others to do Your saying that he cured the sick and lame and fed the hungry is all in consistent with your tacit admission that he was not a God and therefore had no miraculous power The same authority that says he cured the sick etc says he raised the dead and tho whole tenor of your letter Indicates that you do not believe ho raised the have failed to give a single good thing that Jesus over did that is consistent with your evident belief of what he was only able to do The four gospels are a bundle of inconsistencies as you saythey rarely ever all agree upon any one factThere Is no reason why a man of your Intelligence should remain a Christian You ought to get out of Christianity oppose It as the greatest evil of this day be an Infidel and be a antiIothers happy Let us be honest FIRE CRACKERS Attachment for Delinquents Franklin Pa March 05 Brothers Moore and Hughes Dear old SinnersI am a delinquent- I am always anxious to get the Blade and as soon as I get it I tear the wrapper off and throw It down so I had forgotten the date- I am glad to see that you are cut ting oft the ones who are mean enough to read the noble Blade with out paying for it I am not going to tell you how to run a newspaper but I think you should not send the Blade to any one for less than 100 as a great many of the cent subscribers either drop it at the end of the year or expect you to send it on at cents I be lieve that any one who has brains enough to read and appreciate the Blade has brains enough to know that you cannot get out such a paper as the Blade for less than 100 closed find P O order for 100 Cut out all who dont payJOHN going to get up one of these candykiss snapping contrivances that goes off like a small pistol to put in the wrapper of all those who are not paid up and those who are not paid up and when we are satisfied that a fellow never Is going to pay we are going to put dynamite In it and then his postoffice card will come back marked dead AN INFIDEL WOMAN Says The Blade Keeps Off Hants and Witches Bybee Tenn March 05 Mr C C Moore- I am sorry that I put off paying you so Bible died last May 2d He was 74 years old He had read The Blade ten or twelve years and thought more of It than any paper he ever read If he had lived you would have had your money before now but he passed away and left me with six children to care for It causes me a pretty hard time but I send you the 100I no scholar and cant read much but I want Tho Blade It keeps oft harts and witches and a good deal of trouble- I have had a hard time I am the only Infidel woman about here so far as I know Think of one Infidel woman among a hundred superstitious Christian women My neighbors think I am wrong because I dont lIeve the Bible to be the word of God and I think they are wrong because they do believe it to be the word of God It hurts me because I am not schol ar enough to speak to them and to think they believe all the Bible rot to be true- I am 44 years old and I never be longed to any church and never went up for a mourner but once and felt like a fool and never went any more If were a good scholar and a good scribe It would do mo good to write for The Blade but I have to suffer in silence- I never went to school five months In my life but I am glad to read a Frcethought paper- I like the Blade I dont have time to read much but what little I do read is a heap to me Mr Bible left a plenty for me and his children to live on so that I dont have to be beholden to these Chris tians who dont like the way I talk I say I dont believe Jesus to be the Son of God They say Oh I would be afraid to talk that way the old boy will get you I am not afraid of the old Devil not of the old God nor of the ned one either But I may fear these Chris tiaras when I dont believe as they doMr Bible lived and died an Atheist Everybody said he was the most commodating man In the settlement but they couldnt stand Atheism Of course they think ho Is in tor ment If he Is I want to go there too I would rather be with him than to be in heaven with all these murderers that claim they are going to heaven If to do good aint religion I dont want any So let us all try to do a little teeny tiny bit better I am only wasting time scribbling here right over your picture MRS SARAH BIBLE Widow of ivcmnel Bible I have read a good many different brands of Bibles but these two are the only two that I ever read that thought worth reading That one wo man has more sense than a whole regiment of these female fools who fill the churches Yy tr I COST 666 TO SAVE IEACH SOUL Say ing Workingmen and Girls Are Hard to Convert OMAHA Neb March 2What is known as the north side district that portion of Omaha lying Just north of Cumlng and Twentyfourth streets proved the banner locality during the recent revivals held In this city The district reports between 40 and conversions out of an estimated to tal of 300 from all twelve of tho dis trictsIt also roughly estimated that the expenses of these four weeks are at least 2000 which makes the cost for the conversion of each person ex actly Ctiii apiece Pastors generally unite in declar ing that it is harder to reach the workingman than any other class of society The workingman is apt to be radical in his opposition to conditions and he Is not In existingI with religious matters The ministers also report thirds of their congregations consisted of women and that there were few young women among them In fact the young girl is almost as hard for the revivalist to reach as the workingman She Is apt to be absorbed in worldly affairs and in amusements and takes but little Interest In religious matters FURIOUS CROWD MET THE TRAIN And Threatened to Lynch Rev Cor dova and the Woman For Whom He Deserted His Family New York March 2Spat upon and reviled amid shouts of Lynch him Rev J F Cordova former pas tor of the Methodist church at South River NJ was taken at oclock tonight at New Brunswick from the train which brought him from Wash ington D C wltn Julia Bowne with whom he had for the second time eloped leaving behind a wife and chill he was led out alone by a detec tive the mobs cries were drowned In the general question Where Is the could she be found though her custodian from Washington said she had not left the train Finally train had been held up for 10 a woman in one car pointed artrtho at the end and said she had enter It The door was utlIur1Je1rry ensued until the conductor could force It There Julia Bowne was found As she descended from the train she at once became the center of tho mob but did not flinch Women spat In her face mocked her and seemed as If they would like to do her Injury but she moved on looking neither tc one side or the other Ball in Cordonas case was set at 1000 in default of which he was tak en to jail For the girl 500 bail was offered by her father and it was ceptable to the authorities but she would not go with him and conse quently remained In jail but In a separate cellIIt was all Mrs Cordovas fault Cordova said to the detective She drove me to this after I tried for years to prevent It from the first week aft er our wedding I have been unhappy She began to nag and to be cross spite all I did to make her happy IIwould go to my room and pray for hours to the Lord to grant her grace to love me and make my home happy I was miserable but I put on a smiling taco and tried to brave it out But It was no use we could not be happy and I resolved that we should sever our relations I determined to do what I could toward her support and I have done so ME AND ANDYI Is Going to be Put Into a Big Book I have received from A N Marquis d Company 324320 Dearbon st cago a selfaddressed and postage paid envelope on which is printed Whos who In Amrelca and a lot of nice stationery on which are blanks to be filled by me giving all the details of my life such as age my wifes maiden name my profession books that I have written etc etc etc with a nice printed circular specially allI dressed to me respectfully requesting that I will flll the blanks and return to them and you can bet your sweet life I am going to do It All such rats and cats as McGarvey and Loos and Rucker and Thompson and Zachary and Wilkinson and a lot dontlstandIn hell It may be that Haggln and Jim Keene anti Harkness my neighbors with their 100000000 In the aggregate can get In on their money but from the looks of the sample page sent me In order to get 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r stamped engraved casesthey are a fraud Those listed above are known to be the best watches made andIt watch la new and r- N perfect you are safe to buy them where price is lowest I pay freight N LADIES GOLD WATCHES r- N Large size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled r latest style artistic handchased 7 jewels 10 15 jewels 1250 16 rjewels adj 17 Small 0 size 7 jewels 1150 15 Jewels 15 16rN jewels adj 18 Riverside extra fine 26 In 25year 1rN more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamondsr all In plush box prepaid with guarantee N CHAINS N Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets In slides rolled plated 160 and Best Filled Gold 250 and r- N Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 25 Gents Chains fsame variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less Cash refunded at option N DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETCrN I am an expert In this line and will save you 20 per cent If youN will order of me NSend for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings SilverI Nand Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the i N ble free a OTTO WETTSTEIN r 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL r r r MIIRINNNNIRINNI NNNNNNNINNNINIIN book you must have brains and sand fir yonrcraw and just Htelfrtnt on Ing some good for the world and on that rep I got there Ell Jenkins Is all right except that he Is a preacher He is a scholar and good looking man tboyish kind of a fellow like our Gov ernorbut if he gets there it will be because he Is a member of a church that my grandfather founded and to which I have brought more distinc tlon than any man now living Strange that such fellows as Thompson and Rucker and all this gang of preachers and priests In Lex- Ington that laughed In the columns- of the Lexington Herald when I was sent to the penitentiary couldnt have sense enough to see that I was manip ulating them Just like a lot of puppets In a Punch and Judy show to advertise myself Old man Coffin the penitentiary warden had more heart and brains than all of that gang put together and the highest authority In the United States on penology ought to be In that book and Josephine K Henry of Kentucky ought to be In It Old Pat n Lexington ought to be In It simply because he has and has used the same kind of a Scotch brain that Carnegie has My three books will bo described In Whos why In America and Dog Fennel will get there with both feet though the narrowminded Scotch dummies that have charge of the pub lie library in Arbroath Scotchland de cided It was too Immoral for a public library though every ono of them read it themselves and chuckled over It and learned things from it that none of them had ever heard of fore v3 no catchpenny kind of a book Whos who In AmerclalIke these that are gotten up Into which any fel low can get himself and his mug by paying so much to get Into It No mention is made of any money anti they certainly would be barking up the wrong tree If that was their game In wanting to get me in it It simply shows that the day has come when a man can attain national and laudable reputation by devoting his life and fortune and energies and morals and education to blasting this infernal rot called Christianity The title of tIle books Is Whos who In America a biographical dictionary of notable living mon and women of the United States Founded 1899 by Al bert Nelson Marquis Edited by John W Nelson Help spread Freethought by sending In a club of subscribers JOHN F CLARK THE BLADES tThe Baltimore Evening Herald of February 27 has a picture of the Blades Baltimore friend John F Clark presiding at a Free Discusxslon meeting He has an exceedingly Intellectual and benovelent face and has got a t moustache on him twice as big as Joe r Blackburns an that makes mine look like thirty cents or the fuzz on a peach St Louis Star7 SAYA HE IS LIKE NOAH OF OLD LIMA Feb 23 William Whit trldge who was put in Jail here forFrefusing to send his 9yearold laugh ter to school because the world was coming to an end in March Is now Is suing dally bulletins beseeching theapeople to watch and pray claiming that he like Noah of old has been del egated as the Lords apostle and prophot HELL BOX Sir Jared Fifield Kent who lives In London had his child stolen Jared has got up a scheme headed by the archbishop of Canterbury by f which all the preachers In England and all in America one to write in a prayer that the boy may be found jit a r particular day hour and minute- A R Ford of Memphis Tennessee t is to organize the 150000 preachers in AmericaI a warn him to be sure not to fall to engage Zachary and Wilkin son He may have to pay them about t thirty cents apiece Mlcajah Brock Baptist aged 80 near Lexington suicided in a Baptistrparsonage At Campton Ky on March third Mr James Knox and Miss Dora Gray am were baptized In midstream and then stood there in tho water until they were married MIGHTY NEAR A JONAH San Francisco Feb 05 Brother Moore tiI have been in bed sick but am get 4t r ting better I think your writing In i L the Blade docs me more good than P anything elsoBIf somebody can get that ghost business through my thick skull I will 71 be ready to be washed In the blood 4 of the Lamb have been Inside a sperm Whales i head balling out oil so I can stand warm bloodA JOHNSON Af A GOOD MAN HOWI At the Age of Seventysix Shows God Neglects Those Who Serve Him Away back yonder nearly 20 years ago when I began to publish the Blade a man In Ottawa Kansas named J Jcfferics began to take the Blade and has taken It clear up to this time He was as he still Is a Christian but he took the Blade because I was a Prohibitionist and always expressed his regret that I was an InfllielIHe made his living penter by making pews and Chancel rails and pulpits and other furnish- Ings for churches I have always loved him and for several months past have been many times reminded of him by finding In my drawer a stamped and selfad dressed letter to him sent me possibly years ago and which not knowing whether he was dead or alive I have many times recently Intended to use Inclosing to him an affectionate note I believe that any Christian who will encourage with his words and his money any Infidel to fight liquor is a good man- I have Just now gotten a letter from him which says he can no longer pay for the Blade simply because he has not the dollar with which to do it and I hereby direct Mr Hughes to charge me 100 one dollar out of what Is coming to mo for books and send the Blade to old Brother Jefferlcs for another year His letter to Mr Hughes ends thusly I have been pretty well oft In my day and have for the last forty years done an Immense amount of and now In my old age seventysix years old the twelfth of next Mayi to be left with nothing is pretty hard If I was not left in debt I would not mind It so much Tell my old friend C C Moore unknown to mo except through the B G B that I wish him well and pray the good Lord that he will be merciful to him in his good s time for I believe that when he Is convicted of the error he will be the most penitent man lIvlngJ JEF FERIES I have seen my sorrows and they many times weigh heavily upon me If all the Christians In the world or even halt of them were like old Brother Jefferies instead of like these Wilkin sons and Zacharys and Ruckers I i f would turn Christian tomorrow an KHwbuldnot care a damn whether Chrls r Hlanlty was true or notor whether f there over was anyJesusorwhEtmir Jod or the Devil wrote the Bible But out of 100 Christians there is one J Jefferles and 99 frauds like the three I have mentioned and I do not be hove It possible that Infidels as a body can ever get to be so depraved as Christians are It seems strange to me tnat a good- man like old Brother Jefferles can lIeve that there Is any God that cares for him and will reward him for his faithful service in view of the waj he has already been treated while I an Infidel have a nice comfortable home But If I could make an Infidel out ofI old Brother Jefferles by just snapping my finger I would not snap It and yet you see in this paper how many dear good friends women and men I have LEXINGTON Rldln in the Band Wagon- In anything Involving a mixture religion and whisky Lexington beats the world the flask and the devil Sometime about the time the old town was pretty much all drunk celebrating In the middle of the winter the birthday of Jesus ChristI who was born In the summertime three Christian niggers I reck on they were Christians because all fools and niggers are Christians went Into a saloon and killed a Chris tian man named Moore The niggers didnt seem to mean anything by by It they just shot into a crowd of white men Just for fun because they were just so dam glad J C had been born and was agin the Prohibitionists and and they killed Moore and wounded a few others Being niggers and poor they hung all three of them and they all took a beeline for heaven almost before they quit kicking on earth But the last one James Garfield 11thatfrom a peculiar incident Like Mr Samlvel Weller his scheme was to prove an alibi The jury in murder cases are sup posed not to hear any outside thing about the case They are kept or dlnarlly in hotels through the night the sheriff being with them I have been foreman of such a jury they generally drink whisky and play cards all as night But one night they were taken by sheriff to the opera house to a comic III rJ 1kiJl I 1iir i opera They heard there a song about an alibi and the audience Including the jury laughed at it and on this ground Smiths lawyer applied for a new trial I have been sent a copy of the American Journal Examiner contains a halfpage picture of th Lexington opera with the opera box and another picture of the Jury and IlhotographI the lawyer who demanded and a picture of the Sheriff J TevisI Wilkersonnot Wilkinson no no The following Is the alibi song upon the hearing of which by the Jury Muir asked for a new trial once was charged with bigamy too many loving pets The court was crowded on that day with blondes and gay brunettes There were some fellows in the placeI who worked the salfsame plan The judge said Ladles all stand up and please pick out your manI They all looked at me they all look ed at me The way they looked It made me sig- I tried to prove an alibi They each brought kids from ten years down to three The Judge asked Whos your father dearstheyall looked at me A CHRISTIAN WOMAN Wants to Debate With Me Mr Charles C Moore Dear slrSlnce you have seriously told to your readers your reasons for bellevelng that Jesus Christ was a bad man and since you have at other times said that you have never seen Ian honest Christian and that you do willsIng to debate with you I herein chal lenge you to a debate with me will not however meet you as a Christian only but as a woman as I do not wish to discuss the Bible from an orthodox point of view but to prove to you and your readers that there are Liberal Christians which you seem to doubt As I cannot leave home to meet you I desire that the debate shall be conducted through the columns of the Blade Here is the position The Bible when understood gives us the best moral teaching of any book that wo have ever had and its lessons will be as valuable for all eter ally as when they were written I to affirm you to deny I am aware that you have wdrne- d us alLthat we need not waste and poflage In recommending set gion Ho you which I do not intend to do but in answer to your Invitation to let you hear from us In the Blade on the subject of making persons hap pier and at the same time show to Solortion that there is something Inew under the Sun I a Christian wo man am sending a challenge to a Infidel editor which if he will accept may be a help to us all in becoming more liberal I will add that I do not expect to be come the owner of a new Spring bonnet Shall not need it Have a good one now I will enclose a postal money order or stamp for fifty cents to pay for the Blade for six months for Mrs Lottie Heston I desire that you shall publish this letter in the Blade except the sentence which relates to Mrs Lottie Heston She needs not know from whom the donation came but only that It has been sent and the Blade paid for for herIYours for that absent happiness SUSAN J PECKIMinneapolis MinnI I believe there was such a man ast Jesus Christ and believe that I have stood on Mt Calvary at the place where he was crucified and that I have stood In the tomb In which he was burled In a solid stone wall cutf out of the rock on the side of a garden a outside of the walls at Jerusa lemnot the false and humbug that Is now exhibited there by the ChrisI Vans all different brands of Catho lies In the church of the Holy Sepul cher to separate fools from moneyI Jesus Christ was probably an fl1eI gltimato son of a Roman soldier named Pandarus or Pantharus onging to the 13th Roman Legion He was according to the New Testament one of at least seven children ofv his mother of each sex none of whom according to the N T believed in He was fairly tried and executed y the Roman law for sedition against the government the speclflca lion being that he was trying to be king of Judea I Some of his ideas were good some bad and some merely silly He was possibly if not probably somewhat demented The New Testament teaches that people who knew him regarded him crazy still some valuable men have been thought crazy a There were some good people some bad people and some fools who be iLLU1L Ji M A lleved or pretended to believe In falm Just as there are today all of tjaose kinds of people who believe or pre tend to believe In Jo Smith or Dowle I said and stll say that I nfever an honest and Intelligent Itlsaw are more honest and more in telligcnt thon the average but you do not believe In Jesus Christ even as much as I do I have been where he haIm fo what I do You have no reason at all to believe about him what you do You believe about him what you do simply because somebody told you about him when you were a child a you have grown tip in that belief because nobody has told you any belt On the same principle children hove or pretend to believe In San Claus until they are taught better It Is hard to find Christians of any Intelligence to debate with me but do not see any difference betwc you and me to be worth debating about If you do not propose to defend the Bible torn an orthodox point of view there is no kick coming to you and you have no crow to pick wi tha meIt you want to argue that there is a God I will undertake to show that your arguments are not sound It you want to show that the Bible Is a perfect book I will answer your arguments and show that it is an ex ceedingly Imperfect bookIThere are Liberal Christian is one that is mo or less an Infidel The question that you propose for debate is too indefinite not sufficiently radical to be of interest and is not ceptlble of determination I would not debate such a proposition with anybody It you affirm that there is a God I will deny I will aflllrm that the Bible is imperfect if you will deny We will begin whenever you are ready by your affirming that there is a God Those two questions lie right at the root of the whole issue between Infidelity and Christianity and I am ready to debate them any time with any nice and intelligent person hot of which you seem to be If you were a real Christian woman you would want a new Easter bonnet Easter bonnets make ten Christian women where argument makes one The Blade to Mrs Heston has a yearr 1hbTiCli9IbRgeri My wife has relatives man and wife named Peck If they had two cnllj dren the family would be a bushel I hope your husband is not henpeck edSend in yoifr argument Boll It whno knew what boil meant He was ways boiling hot when his comforters were around LIKETER JINED THE JOHNIES Saved By His Bible Comrade Edwin C Rice of Heads son Tex sends to the Veteran other incident where a Bible saved the life of its owner in battle W G Nor wood was a member of Company D Fifth Texas Infantry Hoods Brigade At the battle of Malvern Hill a large rifle ball struck him In the breast over the heart went through his clothing struck the little leathercovered Bible had in his pocket penetrated through the book to the fifth Psalm lodged immediately over the eleventh and twelfth verses which read But let them who put their trust In thee rejoice let them everI shout for joy because thou defendest them let them also that love ti thoulLordfovor wilt thou compass him as shleldjThe ball did not tear or even IIwerelodged Mr Norwood who Is still living has never allowed the ball toe removed from his little Bible ex IIalmost JIThecrate Veteran published at Nashville Tenn with a lot of something they wanted me to print- I would have been in the Confederate army except that I was opposed to salary and was afraid some Yank would shoot me especially the latter never did enjoy getting hurt I am peculiar in that respect The other day I was helping to raise one side of a house with an awful long big prize and a prop fell down sari barked one of my shins I didnt even enjoy a small thing like that no not worth a cent and think what small thing that is compared with having a mlnnlo ball bore a hole right through the middle at you like some I t poor Johnlcs I saw and they still are living When I got the Confederate Voter an I said to Miss Lucy Wlfey I believe I will Join the Confederates Veteran Association and she wanted to know how I could and I said Be cause I was a homemade surgeon and chaplain In the Confederate has lilt als and she said Thats so and I said Yes thats so And I had made up my mind to try it for I know a woman who is a high muclc a muck among the Daughters of the Confederacy because her daddy wouldnt go Into the Yankee army when he was drafted but sent a nig ger substitute dYou know there was an Irishman who said he just came in an ace of niggerUetoI was Just reading on and wonder- Ing if my wife would lend me the money to pay my initiation fee into the Confederate Veteran Association when enstruck that piece about that Bible and that bullet I am like Mark Twain was about mummies He told the guide over In Egypt that he didnt care anything about seeing a mummy but if they had fresh corpse he would takeu look at it Mark had been a newspaper report er Pretty soon after got out of the penitentiary two nigger preachers with their shirt collars on hind part beforeplaying tend like being priestsmet me on the street In Lox Ington One was so drunk he couldnt- re talk and did not try loa fact for which I commend him and that I would suggest to other preachers In his The other talked galore and galor lously and congratulated me on get ting out of the penitentiary But breath was so strong that it hisI knocked my broad brlmnted hat wasnt wearing my penitentiary cap that dayand he had had that whisky In him long enough to smell nice a buzzard roost I bad been up agin some tough things and was In badI odor with a good many people way and I stood that niggers breath like a little man but with a boystood ontheburnlngdeck night or BlucherI feeling all up and down me ly when we separated and I had thanked him for his interest in me and we were shaking hands In bye I said to him Pard I havent1 the least objection to talking to a1 clergyman of your complexion color of a piece of Jclllco coalbut for Gods the next time yap stop me try to have some fresh whisky on you I never yet saw a soldier who would IIthefrom my little experienceand I would not mind a nice fresh lie but an old rotten stinking wornout threadbare lie like that one printed here forty years after the war wasE over that was not even a good He when it was brand splinter new so disgusted me that the Confederate Veteran Association couldnt get meI Into it if it would pay me 150000 aI month Just for the use of name to IIIWDSIsaved sense they are born with While the Johnies were fooling away their time reading Bibles and old Rockfence Jackson was down on his knees beside a log praying to God to help him Yank and Yanks old InflIdel Abe Lincoln was laying of nights scheming how to shoot hell out of the Johnlcs and so you see how panned outnMr Russians trump card has bee guniarhcamp n g war an RAISING HELL IN WHEELING R The Wheeling W Va Dally News Ior March has an article showing that in that town that used to visit my college days the clergy are all stirred up over the burning ques as to whether there Is any shoo hell the general sentiment among them being that the old fireworks have been so squelched that the church is in a state of collapse because there is nothing to scare the people Into It A part of the account says The Rev Dr Westhafer says he is going to do more discussing from his own pulpit and In referring to his plans said to a News reporter The revolt against tho mediaeval conception of hell and heaven was followed by a reaction that has done the cause of Christ incalculable harm Multitudes who have ruled out tHe great doctrines of futuro punishment and rewards qre now trying to the problems of society by means of this emphasis upon duty They find themselves In the ridiculous position j L i f I OTCENTRAL4P1 RAILROAD EXCURSION TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT REDUCED RATES TO NEW ORLEANS LA HAVANA CUBA i HOT SPRINGS ARK CITY OF MEXICO CALIFORNIA AND MANY OTHER POINTS WITH LIBERAL STOP OVERS AND RE TURN LIMITS Only line running through personally conducted sleepers Louisville to Texas Arizona and California Reduced oneway Colonist and home seekers excursion rates U points iSouth and West first and third Tuesdays In each month FARMING IN THE SOUTH The Passenger Department of the Illinois Central Railroad Company to Issuing monthly circulars concerning fruit growing vegetable gardening TtIIuielleeMlueslppl Clrcularaon or address nearest railroad Agent or address F W HARLOWtDIVISION PASSENGER AGENT LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY LOW ONE WAY RATES ITO COLONISTS XVIA THE GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY To Montana Washington Idaho and British Columbia DATES OF SALE MARCH TO MAY 1905 IroHinsdale Mont Havre Great Falls Helena Kallspell White fish and intermediate Points WashFerniediate points Seattle Everett and Puget Sound points J Send for free illustrated pamphlets describing Washington and Montana to F I WHITNEY Genl Pass MAX Genl Immigration ITicket Agent St Paul Minn Agt 220 S Clark St Chicago Ill if of attempting to stem the tide of evil without taking into account either of other worlds The result is a loss the sense of sin religious indiffer ence and a dead church The crying need of our time Is new emphasis alien the great doctrines pertaining to the future life that future punishment future reward may be given the place Jesus Intended they should have in the salvation of the world We need more of the reality of hell and in this life The conviction of these solemn truths has led me to preach a series of seromns on Burn og Qeustions for the lire that now and for that which is to come EXCAMPBELLITE Preacher Cant Ante the Sweet William Hooversvllle Pa Feb 05 Mr James Hughes Dear slrI cannot send you my dol at this time as I have it not but will as soon as possible I have always paid but If you cut oft I shall not be offended Do yournself Ill pay for the Blade up till the time- am cutoff and when pet the money will take it again Here is a silly piece of poetry with idea If you like it respectfully L NOEL all the hooks thats written On this old uptodate Theres none so greatly smitten As the Bible is of late And the wise men in a body Who said they came tb see ITheir dearest on his mothers knee This was of course a sight If we accept their lies That God should come to earth From way up In the skies But the Bible says he came It is plain for all to see That a little baby he became Dandled on his mothers knee Its all a fable story Which every ono should know Gotten up for money glory By the priests of long ago Ho thats rather odd Which wo all can plainly see For there never was a God Dandled on a womans knee bL NOEL I EIIGfj 1 FltOMI5 soapsbUlulh 1800 2000 2260I I i 3000 2800 3300 3050 1 and BASS I have received the Birmingham Alabama News of the hanging of f two negroes Aleck Robertson and Jno Braham they were hung for mur idering most brutally two negro wotmen The two men were as is usual wlthj criminals exceedingly religious and t had their clergymen to send them off iwith the usual religious frills and trimmings Braham was a highly educated man having attended the University ofrSelma with the negro women he kill ed Minnie Crenshaw who was a teacherrRobertson was a low grade of a ne- gro It makes no difference about the education of people If they are Chris Hans they are liable to murder some are you going to stop crime by hanging people who believe they will be In heaven in three minutes after they stop kicking It tho niggers knew they have the Jim Crow system in heaven they j wouldnt be so dunned anxious to get there Rev Edward L Cosier of Marlon County Indiana who whipped his wife with a skillet has been let out of jail because his wife wouldnt appearfagainst him- Reckon shes waiting for him to whip her with a whole cookingstove BLUE GRASS TRACTION CO Cars leave Lexington for Paris every hour from a m to 9 a m ex cept 11 a m and 8 p m Leaves Paris Jor Lexington every hour from 41 a m to 10 p m except 12 noon 2 t n- and p m 1everym 12 noon L7 and 9 p m Car carrying freight express jand trunks leaves Lexington for 1 Georgetown at 350 Leaves George town at 10 a m Loaves Lexington for Paris at 1135 a m Leaves Paris iat 1Freightparties and for school business and r family tickets can be had on applica tlon at the companys office 404 West Main street Lexington Ky E T Phone 610 Home Phone 1274 Y ALEXANDER President a-