You have found an item located in the Kentuckiana Digital Library.
Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.): n. Sunday, March 26, 1905. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.). 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Blade Publishing Co., Lexington, KY 1905 blu1905032601 These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.): n. Sunday, March 26, 1905. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.). Blade Publishing Co., Lexington, KY 1905 $IMLS This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognitio n (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has be en done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Librar ies Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. AiiBLUE GRASS BLADEelDlTltD tBY A HEATHEN IN TEE WTMMXBT OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IK DraOib VOLUME XIV NUMBER 33i i1 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MARCH 26 E M 305 tut A YEAR iIf Ifi a TKNM3 OF THE 1LAM 1 MM for one rr flN sa9serlbenrtMOB T rmfl per yea IB 4Taa- fortlcB MfcMrfetloa flM- Ft r x NeW MkMriton smut BM TMT for ie V i KtolM Money Orden Drafts Mtf arrOftera payaW MUll MB OTBM LMdBCtM Ky it2 ttJ eiaapr ye Nress vine tit e1 Iviar year aid ea u the BW addteea NhM mead year BkertU9 Bay v lwJare a ew er eW wlaertMr oMee1 pbleatenliS W PLort Leafa ieu Entered at tlie post oBle at Qurn Ky M BMoad Gloat Mail YatterfAddress all eo BiuBleatloBi to SLUE GRASS BLADE P O lOX MS Lmlniton Kentucky fwyattt Tfllfphoaa ilL Oniahwland Telep one IM WESTERN WASHINGTON with Its vast bodies of timber affords 7 ample opportunity for the establishment of lumber and shingle mills The soil when cleared Is exceedingly productive and fruit grain and vege tables grow In great abundance i r find a ready market in the lumber and the Alas r camps tie larger cities i ka trade Government timber lan d fcan still be secured while lands suitable for dairying and truck gardening can be purchased at rea sonable prices along the Northern Pacific Railway between Seattle and maps and full Information regarding this and other regions along the Northern Paclfis Railway ask for Series H 123 t Wrlteto C W MOTT Gen Emigration Agt Northern Pacific Ry St Paul Minn BLUE GRASS TRACTION CO Cars leave Lexington for Paris every hour from 6 a m to 9 a m cept 11 a m 1 and 8 p m Leaves Paris for Lexington every hour from t 7 a m to 10 p m except 12 noon 2 r iand 9 p m Leaves Lexington for Georgetown every hour from a m to 11 p m except 11 a m and 10 p m Leave Georgetown for Lexington every hour from 6 a m to 10 p m except 10 a I m 12 noon 7 and 9 p m Car 14 carrying freight express and trunks loaves Lexington for Georgetown at 360 Leaves George town at 10 a m Leaves Lexington for Paris at 1U35 a m Leaves Paris at 145 p m Freight rates also special rates for excursions for supper and theater parties and for school business and family tickets can be had on applica tion at the companys once 404 West- l Main street Lexington Ky E T Phone Home Phone 1274 1YALEXANDER President Send us a club of five subscrib S ers for the Blade at 50 cents each We want to increase the circula tion of this paper several tltous- and copies this spring Do your t xpttrt v 0 Iftl1iJto 3FIDEL THE WORD THAT BRO GROH AND THE HUMANITARIAN REIVIEW OBJECT TO Bro Daniel Webster Groh of Hagc erstown Maryland Is a good friend toI the Blade lw he has now taken up the Idea tht his special mission InI life te tsV iiiSp Infidels from calling themselves lifcdels his conception of the meaning Si the word Infidel seem ing to be a jjrpacher who had left his wife aad rioff with some pretty woman I VMBchurch choir 1 get letters galore on that subject freer Bro Grfli But Bro Groh having gotten theI Humanitarian Review Interested in his coateBtioafand It having sustain ed Bro Ore In his expression to the Blade I had cut from the H R Its ed Itorlal on that ubject and sent it my printer when hero came Bro Grohs usual postal cord calling attetlon to H Rs article The Freethinker of London Eng land where you would suppose an editor would know the meaning of a simple word lajtho English language In its Issue of larch 5th 1905 has an editorlalet In w rIch he indicates prop any that an Infidel is simply an unbe liever His Item Is as follows We have a typewritten letter before us from Dry Torrey to Mr J W Sullivan dated from 135 Gloucester road South Kensington February 18 1905 in which he concludes with the statement I was once an unbeliever myselfnot an Infidel but an agnostic Why did lie not say when He might also have said where It would be Interesting to learn If anybody knew him as an unbeliever at anytime or place jit would also be In teresting to learn what he considers to jmp ID cP between an unbeliever and aiT Infidel He appears to run a dictionary of his own APOLOGETIC Im Not Imbibing Any More Than Usual Among the two or three million typographical errors in the last Blade there was one piece headed Me and Andy that I am afraid will make people suspectknowing that I am a Prohibitionist that I had on a fine large jag unless I explain that a whole pago or pages failed to go through the lino the machine never runening some of Herman Wettsteins long hard words through It If he ever writes any more for this paper andrpant them in sections so as to make several words of one In the piece about Me and Andy while I figured conspicuously Andy whose other name Is Carnegie was not even mentioned though he Is a man who has even more money than I haveIThe thing I was trying to get off was as followslA Chicago house that publishes an encyclopedia of distinguished Ameri can men and women making additions every two or three years had written me and sent the necessary blanks to get me into that big book and I was blowing myself on getting famous and had mentioned that on the sam pIe sheet of the book that was sent me was the name of Andrew Carnegie and as there is never anything stuck up about me except when I am making sorghum molasses I Intended to show that Andy and I stood right side by side In the estimation of the American public but as it happened Andy was not in It and I make this explanation to show why this Is thus 0 no I am not drinking any more than usual or any more than Is com mon among prominent Prohibition- Ists ISome time ago we reproduced an American report of the Rev Isaac Selby the Infidelslayer who paid a not very successful visit to England In the early nineties having got into serious trouble Since then Selby has shot at Judge Hebbard while seated on the bench at San Francisco for deciding against him In his dl vorce case He seems a bad egg al together But was there ever a good one in his line of business Selbys wife whom he married In the eighties was a Roman Catholic Into the greedy maw of the Great Lying Church she paid sums of money for the release of a relatives soul from purgatory At last she refused point blank to make any further pay ment on the ground that after so protracted a residence in purgatory her deceased relative must have become Inured to the climate London England Freethinker Selby was in Kentucky and had an engagement to debate at Covington Ky with Watt of England and after that conducted a revival meeting In the Campbelllte church In that city he being a preacher in the Camp belllte church Selby came from Australia and was forty times as famous as a debater as Wilkinson Is and why should Wilkinson necessarily be any better man than Selby Is AND WHAT THOUGHT JOHN ROCKEFELLER Praise John From Whom Bless ings Flow Praise Him Creatures Here Below Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost Praise of Them But John the Most Thus sang the students of the cago university as John D Rockefeller walked through the campus one dayI The Standard OH master had built equipped and endowed one of the greatest educational Institutions in the world that theyouh of the land might be taught They were to become learned In the political economy of the fathers and also along the lines of the commercial buccaneer whose possessions Augustus Caesar might have envied What must have beent the shock to the nerves of the preI rater financial jugler when his ears were assailed by the profane allusion to his greatness The freeborn Amer leanyouthmight accept the proffered assistance of the rich man but there was on servility about it There was rather a contempt for the man ner in which the millions were gathered togetherIPoor old John has a hard time butts natural hes a rocky fellow SOCIETY LITERALLY SOAKED With Alchohol Says Blohop McFall New York March 16Soclety Is t literally soaked with alchohol So says Bishop James A McFall in a pastorlal lecture entitled The Christian Home which has caused considerable comment since printed copies of It reached this city He sent the sermon to all his clergymen with Instructions for them to read a few pages every Sunday to their congre Bishop Is particularly emphatic In his denunciation of the socalled societywomen who he says are habitual drunkards and who In the privacy of their own homes freely dulge their Intemperate tastes ButI he hints that these indulgences are confined to their own homes Ask the wine merchant and the grocery men continued the bishops to whose houses they carry spirituous liquors and they will tellI you to the homes of the rich and clusive social setIThe bishop classes divorce as sapping the country equally with the liquor habit By this evil many more than 1000000 persons have had their homes broken up In the last few years he says and It Is estimated that 4000000 children have been robbed of their right to have a real 2627 says And he took the cup of the damned stuff called alcohol and give It to them saying Drink ye all of it I dont see where any kick Is com ing to any Bishop If the people do all get drunk as blled owls Not being able to raise the stuff on mansions in heaven for good things here on earth the Rev Washington linger of Hadley W Va raised two dollar bills to ten dollar bills and finds he will be lowered to goal The churches have ever been the means used by tyrants to hold the people in subjection This is a very religious age for we always have the poor with us i TWO GREAT SPEECHES The National Drift by Dr J Wll son and The Decay of Supernaturalism by Dr Bowles We will print In next Issue Dr Wll spins address before the Congress of tlje American Freethought Assocla tlon at St cal a the Dr best LouisI propcand reformers He shows the good fin4ydivided and more or less conflicting will eventually unite on the baSis common to them all Humanl tyrolthe outcomo of which will bo revolution and a new order of things We anticipate a big demand for this address and would like those who want extras especially large numbers to send orders at once We promise you a great speech and would like to arrive at some idea as to how many extras to print Heretofore a few dered by the fifties and hundreds and so have monopolized all the ex tEas and we would have none left to supply the samll demands Equally as vigorous and interesting will be the address of Dr Bowles upon IeInhandled with logic and eloquence peculiarly the gift of Dr Bowles We jowof ho better propogandlc mater than those two great speeches rwllswanf both7rrpreseHfSnira8 they do the mature and prophetic thought of two of the leading expon ents of Liberalism Order now that we may form some Idea of how many of each Issue you may wanttHERCULANEUM TOJJHELP INFIDELITY It Is sipilficant that for the excava ion of Herculaneum which is now about to begin an Infidel President Harper of the university of Chicago has been selected to represent Amer icaThats the kind of a job that Chris tians dont like They dont want to dig up anything that will turn the light on their religion Its safer to keep all truth on that subject burled under the 80 feet of stuff that Vesu vius threw out when it buried that town and the belief Is that good libraries will be found In good legible preservation in Herculaneum which havln been burled A D 79 will al 111ChristianIt as Tacitus does or Ignoring it as being a thing of no Importance within- a hundred miles of the capital of the country In which Christianity originated which last would probably be true and which would be the hardest slam down that history could give to an intelligent man in the world who believes that In Herculaneum there are manuscripts and records that will show the Christian religion to be true If the Christians believed there were such they and especially the Pope and his gang would have been digging Into it long ago The Christians got their fill of digging up old records In the excavation of Nippur In Assyria The University of Pennsylvania put up 100000 and sent men to dig up IThe13000 years old and that among curious things they found in It theIMuseum of Antiquities that had built there 13000 years ago Their Bible says in plain figures that the world was 4004 years old at the time Jesus come hero on a visit not merely 4000 In even numbers but they had got it down fine enough to count that four yearsand when those fellows told about finding a Museum built 13000 years ago to tain things that were very old and made by men when that Museum was built tho Christians saw that digging 4 J up facts and bringing them to light was exactly what they did not want and you will never hear any Intelli gent and honest preacher If there could be such a thingblowing about how Nippur proved the Bible was trueInstead of that after the whole Christian religion has made Its con tentlon on the statement that the world is 4004 plus 1905 equal 6909 years old all the Christians have crawfished and now say that the Bible does not say the world is 6909 years and Herculaneum will make them crawfish somemore DYING MAN KILLS PRIEST Atheist Resents Attempt to Ad minister Last Sacrament Madrid Feb 25A priest was killed by a dying man named Oces at Pampalna this week Oces who was a well known Atheist had declined to receive the last sacrament but the priest insisted upon entering his room and proceeded to administer ex treme unction The dying man thereupon seizI ed the aged and infirm priest by the throat and strangeld him be fore he could be released Oces then fell back dead upon his pil low Robert A Condee editor and Sunday school teacher of Los Angeles Calif has been arrested charged with getting money under false pretenses and put under bond of 3000 to appear in At Los Angeles they have lately had great religious revivals Ac paper of that city that has just come to me has a heading FifI jteciLjuicidefr in 6Q dyarJlisf ofthe persons who auto So anxious to get to heaven that they just cant wait for natural death Joseph Beidleman who claimed have had a special inspiration passenIfor insanity last week IlIalvert Keppel of Los Angeles taking poison under circumstances that looked some what like suicide- A part of the account of him sasliThe dead pioneer was a devout man and during the revival meetings which have just clos ed he attended every meeting which his feeble health would permit He was so weak however that he never attempted to go farther than the Immanuel church on Tenth and Figueroa In France the Infidels have the government completely in their and are being very gener to the Christianssimply demanding that they shall not terfere with state affairs Rev William H Robinson of Los Angeles claims that Rev William Green has defrauded him of 15000 Salt Lake Utah Mar SAn explosion of acetyelene gas at a Mormon meeting house at Grang er seven miles south of here last night wrecked the building killing Nellie McKay and injuring Ida Smith Vivi Wallace Hael Murphy Eunice McRae and 19 others The walls were blown out the floor torn up and the people pinned under the benches and wreckage Miss McKay was kill ed by the organ falling on her as she was singing a role INew Orleans LaMrs Mary was found dead this at the altar in St Pat ricks church by Rev Father Fitzgerald pastor of the church The body of the woman was found in a posture of prayer with her arms tightly clasped about the altar rail Father Fitzgerald had finished saying his early morning mass be fore he noticed the body of the woman lying near the holy wate- fountain at the altar He shoo her and it was then that he discovered she was deal the body being stiff and cold PROFANINC t i J THE SABBATH AT WASHINGTON CITY r J rJTheawfully scandalized by high ilietprofanation of the Sabbath there J The new Secretary of the Navy seems to be the head and front of the offending The Mortons began Sunday entertainments as soon as they got there from Chi 1i Itrheyand cards and dancing on Sunfe r day and the strains of secular music from their home embar rassed that at the Church of the t IReginaldIt is said that the Mortons are well known for their philan thropy and liberal contributions to all charitable purposes Miss Morton went out one Sunday to Chevy Chase in a tallyhofparty and danced all LEXINGTON TONY PREACHERS KIDSI4 The toniest preacher in Lexington lives with his family at the toniest hotel in the city He has two little tots boy and girl nearly the same size as preachers children generally are that are said to be very pretty and very bright and like theirrdaddy they are out for the stuff Lately while the parents were the two little ones concluded they would turn an honest penny te of DlwJrecill m 01 0 magazines and started out to sell theta the girl a 11hea maga zinc and asked him to buy it The old darkey saidccLor young Marster I dont want any book I cant read The boy then went up to rather an aged gentleman who was a guest at the hotel andoffered him a magazine The gentleman said Why my dear little son I dont need one I couldnt read it Tire boy looked him in the face and saidcc Thats just what that damned old nigger said CORRECTS ABOUT SANKEY Mound City Minn Feb 15 06 Editor C C Moore SIrIra D Sankey did not suffer either wounds or death at Ashtabula The great Gospel Slnglst who died there was C C Bliss just as good a singer and a much better song writer and very much better man than Sank ey who died about three years agO of apoplexia and consequently must have weighed over 90 pounds DR SCHUCK A LEXINGTON MOST DEVOUT CHRISTIAN Writes Me a Note of Thank Lexington Ky March 17 05 My dear Col Moore- I am indebted to you for a good laugh Your summing up or my characteristics was really refreshing Besides this I sincerely appreciate your alwayskind allusions to meR- H FITZHUGH complimented him because he was one of three out of twelve of a jury who wanted to send the Campbelllto preacher J H Baker Zacharys part ner to the penitentiary Baker and Zachary both ought to be hung Mrs 0 B Steen California so ciety leader suicided by shooting Tier last words were God for give me A Kansas man has gone daft Moseskied wrote about it after it was done t r 4 BOB INCERSOLL I LR IN HEAVE j 4Stops Plunking His Harp Enough to Plead With Rev Bill Sunday on Earth to Let Up On Preaching HellIChrist Rode Upon an Ass but AssesI t Now Ride Upon Christ Pontiac March 6eti Charles Moore iDear SIre had Billy Sunday with us last fall and ho just raised after It had lain smouldering a long time The enclosed will explain It self Please publish It if you think it worthy of space RespectfullyJ 3such Heaven March 14 1905 To the Good People of Pontiac Ill I understand that you have had In your midst a little ranting talking 10machine in tho person of the Rev t wBilly Sunday who told some 2000 of t u that I was in hell and that If I Uwas not the Bible is not worth the paper It is printed on f While I was on earth I admitted If that there were many good and beau flint passages in the Old and New Testament and that from the lips of of1nesswas indothe true and tender I treasured In my heart I loved to read the following ktj passages from the Old Book and theyare worth far more to mankind than the paper they are printed on f Read these passages Mr Sun Sj and ponder Judge not and ye not be judged Condemn not and yenow shall not be condemned For giveNhen and ye shall be forgiven I used to read Luke with a realsays bdealf Christ upon the cross forgave avecrimesmurderers I could never bell when Christ forgave the men thatlag drove the nails into his hands hisiod feet that plunged a spear Into his side the soldier that in the hour of death offered him in mockery bit an terness to drink that he forgave them i all freely I could never believe whUet9 on earth that when Christ forgave has g of its eyeniaCrnnl fire for condemning such parIif the rte 9 Bible as tho loVth Psalm Rndor ryJFt lug to take from the New Tejtamefll the infinite savagery the shore leas malevolence of eternal pain the ab surdity and ignorant belief in the doc trine of devils I accepted the rest as glorious With these things left out how every other book would shrink and shrivel w nThere 41compared with the Blblelenhell and the devil left out creeds would crumble and the men Rev Billy Sunday would have to goto back to ball playing for a livIngth i I have said a thousand times Inthe my lectures that only flowers should tibe laid upon the tomb that in Ufesthl pillow there should be no thornsth4 The doctrine of hell should never be and preached What right have you Mr Sund ayWhile to stand at the portals of the tomb in the vestibule of eternity and fill I the future with horror and with fearthl I never believed that doctrine 1Ier d you If you did you would not was t sleep one moment Any man wh- b lieves In it and has within his breast a decent throbbing heart would go insane A man who believes that has doctrine and does not go Insane sterror the heart of a snake the conscience child of a hyena The Rev Billy Sunday preaches upon this doctrine I ask him Can the be such lievlug husband in heaven be happyI with his unbelieving wife in hell CanSunday the father in heaven be happy with gersoll his unbelieving children in hell Canof r the loving wife in heaven be hap ring with her unbelieving husband In hell He replies I tell you Yes such will be their sense of justice that it drink will increase rather than diminish their blissthaI thisfNo t tarnished by the expression of such aas I do trlnethatWhile on earth I regretted veryI much that there were so many minis yond ters who seemed to think it was thsiror duty to malign me because I deniedwhe their creeds But I made the worldJUl y better I got the pulpit to thinking cast I taught that love is the only bow onIlifes dark cloud that it is the mornerty ing and the evening star that shines France boldt isyblessed Without that sacred passion that divine boon we are less than beasts others but with it earth is heaven and wea lot are gods That is as good as theWI PsalmlightThe schoolhouse is my cathedral that If I rob Mr Smith and get forgiveness from by my repentance how does that helpbut Mr Smith If ruin a trusting girlTo and she ends her life In a low dive may join the church and go to heaven she to hell mothersNTreat your wife with infinite k ness and she will strew your path yourfI have always condemned divorce and polygamy The home where vIr- tue dwells with love is like a lily heart of fire the fairest in all world Keep your word with your child the same as with your banker blow that you strike your c leaves a scar upon the soul T justice defend the right to b hullstrength to the weak a shield for th defenceless to raise the fallen keep pace between neighbors and tlons this is worship I should not want to assume knowledge concerning any the Rev Billy Sunday assn concerning mine I should feel a little hesitancy in seating myself on Gods throne such a fashion I know that Mr day means well but the men who n ed our Lord to the cross also m people broke away from norance through fear of hell then came the child of intelligence that filled the world with light Dont go back keep your face to East The children of today are more intelligent noble of heart and more shapely and fair showing more of the married harmony of form and function than any in the ages when people were the prey of priests and SUPIaya reeking mass of rottenness a man begins to rail people old bucks and hypocrites and they are fast going to hell I to doubt that man have more charity and fewer in the world today consider Its number than at any other per of its history and there is less hell taught also Well Christ didnt condemn me for honest thought but am too busy with my harp to pay much attention the Rev Billy Sunday because he taken himself outside of all llm of a gentleman He traduces American men and 0Amen in the language of the beastliest have ever listened to and ho will do that is an unaa ciatlvo barbarian Where did this plagiarist get the doctrine of eternal punishment It was born in the eyes of snakes snakes that hung in fearful watching for their prey is no God in the serene heav that will damn his children for the expression of an honest doubt More have died in their sins according the creeds of the orthodox than are leaves in all the forests of world Tell me that these men are In hell these men are in torment that children are in eternal pain and that they are to be punished forever and foreverl on earth I denounced this doctrine as the most infamous of lies was right but the Rev Bill Sunday I am in hell despised that doctrine while I 0 on earth because It covered thee cheeks of the world with tears It In polluted the hearts of children and poisoned the imagination of men It been a constant pain a perpetual to every good man woman and It has filled the good with horror and with fear but it has no effect the base who in delight say and such a man is in hell id not the statement by the Rev on Sabbath evening that In was in hell wring the hearts all the tender In the large gather In TIblemore than you ought to but drinking is becoming more unpopular at any other age minister with brains preaches Ithe infamous doctrine of hell I died lived Proudly I entered the dawn you call death Unshrinkingly passed the twilight purple hills be Yet the reach of an exhorters harm help to the vast realms of joy I dwell with Christ who said not you who are without sin the first stone Dig am with Paine the apostle of lib with Voltaire who humanized So with Hume and with Hum who lifted Germany into the light with Darwin Volney Bradlaugh Emerson and thousands who were sentenced to hell by Then of two by four ministers ministers stand up before en ened audiences and tell them Eve I am in hell I think of the lines Hume Christ rode on an ass So now asses ride on Christ bad too bad but God will for them and so will L I shall be Lo first Mr Sunday to take your hand and if I should not be at gate to meet you you will know that am singing in the choir or pleading with Christ perhaps to let all minis ters and priests come InROBTGI- nd JNGERSOLL ADAM AND EVE OR THE COURTSHIP IN ED ENIn sentwthe nei In Holy WrIt a tale is told lidAs hot as love as rich as gold JuanoplanatellsetA romance which more pro swellsna breast and womans too true1nystrongIOUrichmssyoung laThe tale Is of a fairly land unWhere olives grow and cedars stand grandailcantMount Olivet is also there Where Jesus climbed and knelt In IgprayerAnd Satan tried our Lord to snare 0 oft the Bible pictured well The larger sized that agents Ive taken from the holy shelf And in the study by myself Read and looked on Edens pair With all their holy charms laid bareI And thought it neither gross nor rude To love the beautiful and nude But here the tale the student fin We are writing it between the linesI I Great Jove the mighty God of love Who rules below and lives above Had made this blooming earth com When pleteIHe peopled it with Godlike manJThat Is a Garden Jove And In it Eve and Adam mated A plan to work that Eden place And father there the human race Not infants they but fully grown A miracle we all must own A youth and maiden all complete From noble brow to dainty feet couple stalwart buxom awe And thus it was this mathchless p bowViarholy balmy morn When first the human taco was bo Say did you ever think how nice lIsMust been that olden Paradise Fruits golden hung from towrlng trees Fair flowers grew above the knees Sweet songsters flitted through the air Birds fo Paradise were there Squirrels jumped from bough to bough They probly chirruped then as now Mosses carpeted the ground Music swelled In evry sound Not a thistle nor a tare Thorn or smartweed flourished there But perfection evry where the joy of such rare beauties Without work or other duties a garden with a maiden All her charms so richly laden Well when Jove had made his crea tures And they saw each others features And Adam whooped with Joy outright While Eve blushed In keen delight Noble lady quoth bold Adam Shall I call you Miss or Madam Truth lllsI must confess it You are fairer than the flowers yon shady sylvan bowers said Eve Sir call me Birdie God Call me darling If you care But you cover Eve with blushes Witn your loving longing stare the truth is let us own It Never courting thus begun Where one lover or the other Should not whirl about and run this couple were but children Babies in old Edens woods hoopskirtsI Thus enough to blush with shame sir 0 Yet It was their natal day again bold lusty Adam Dared unto this maiden say Birdie is it Yes and angel Bless great Jove who carved my ofribsbo kissed his darling hotly Crying Glory to his Nibs ping herself now got excited For her cheeks and lips grew red she said Just like a baby Paris Put me In my little bed tre soft twilight draws the curtains Sol the lamp of day turns down theAnd the babes that Jovo had weddj od Made the leaner their nuptial gown Part SecondThe Infalr Balmy dawn again had broken- When Jehovah from on high his chariot swift and golden To sweet Eden draweth nigh Adam was out picking apples Eve at bath in limpid brook When the Father of creation At his children took a look Ah cried Jove That serpent got em In the starry dreamy night Fruit from off the tree of knowledge fightdlyEve you Jezebel come hence 0 you naughty things and fallen youll hop the garden fence1aswith my mighty wrath I curse you Curse the snake that walked right Snake that talked and dared beguile you In the wicked mystic night Curse the very earth you tread on Curse the human race unborn Curse the apples and the cherries Sour grapes and golden corn Bread If eaten you shall work for In the vulgar sweat of brow Children shall be born in sorrow inellThus the garden maker scolded Fiery flashing with his eyes Then as oped the golden portals Took his chariot for the skies Adam first had played the coward deClaiming Eve was all to blame But he now her arms around him Asked forgiveness blushed with shame 0 my Birdie cries the hero What is Paradise to thee Bardatparts not thee and me their lips would cling logeth dtearThen their hearts beat warm a fast And they ate a dozen apples For that second morns repast Coats of skin great Jove had ma them atBut they threw them now aside gobyaiart my bride Without shame I dare caress thee Love and cherishyea defend And well battle life PlrAm I not Joves first begotten to Am I not his son and heir And you Eve his only daughter Queenly blushing sweet and fair All the world now lies before us We will people It with braves P Who would scorn these buckskin garments Eden Idleness and slaves Jove did overtempt his children With that ripe and luscious fruit Nor could charms like yours be den With his motherHubbard suit Come my love the gates are open ter Let us dance into that world Jove created pronounced perfect Then against it vengeance hurled Is Thus spake Adam Then Eve answer Noble husband brave and stalwart Where thou goest I will go We will climb that tree of knowl edge Even if its fruit be woe Womans nature longs for manhood those apples 0 how sweet It is but another Eden When our In meet MrDidstWhether Jove be not a Jew Fabled genius ghost or goblin Wholly to our folly due While I slept I had a visioncllOf a God through natures realmfal of love unseen eternal dlYetGodhe kissed her naughty felBI low pay beelus As he saw her bosom hoovemlAdam did you never doubt ItS fCanFar beyond this garden wallIand then the groom and bride together Out of Edens bowers fledtalat least have wllWeNOTRE DAME DEB VICTOIRES he edMadison heMrslIdDear sir and friend Enclosed clip as Is from Minneapolis Tribune- I cause havo read your two books Behind the Bars and Dog Fennel and therefore know that you have been In Please halBladeDame des Vlctoires fellHhave The clipping tells of a young lady JJ c who had been for three yenta and had gone to Loudres and other places for miraculous healing and they all proved to ben g and finally she went Into Notre Dame and was suddenly and completely restored- I cant account for it but there must be something in it because I was In that church a good deal in and used to climb clear up on top of it and lie down on the lead roof and look at the city and I have joyed line health ever since then THREE SCORE AND TEN And The Blade Cornea as a Panacea To the Old Bluecoat rlEast Liberty 0 March 05 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear sirMy subscription expired the fifth Instant but please coati ue it I may not be able to remit until lpnext pension day- I am in my seventieth year I have studied the problem of the past present and future existence for fifty years and have as yet found no cri te non of truth excepts In nature My antecedents were in nature exist now in nature and I expect II go out and continue In nature In nature I thallmum bonum for thought reason an yovestigationNature Is the father of the Sun and their environment the Holy Ghost making the environments good you will be good making your environment bad you will be bad The en vironmcnts created me through Im mutable laws environments sustain me now as I am and environments will maintain me in all the hereafter The totum of the Trinity Is Nature Sun and Environments Everything exists in a duality Their union forms the third potency or Trinity and the last potency Is the eavienr onment of the present age Religion is of two sorts the natural unnatural wherein Nature has no or need to fear other religions of any form whatever The Blade comes as a panacea to thought SPENCER GARWOOD hadeTo Send Dog Fennel to a Poor Man Pennsylvania Feb 05 C Moore Esq Dear sirI note In the Blade of March 12 E M 305 a letter from iny B Southwlck of Clinton Mass you which is characteristic of a thinking man quite out of the ordln ary in a man of 84 years of age Seeing he has been disappointed in not reading Dog Fennel I enclose O order for 100 which will able you to send it to him and he canIithus get your Impression of the This is confidential and not for pub in cation only to gratify an old man He who I am in hopes will live here yet twenty years and enjoy life of I think it right to publish that let to if I do not give any clue as to its writerI under the impression that be I a preacher taU If all preachers were even halt that good I would not quarrel with them even if they do believe that Jonah swallowed the whaleI REV GRANT WILKIN SONS LIES the we Still Being Exposed by His Own Wit nesses That He ReLied on Woolsey I T March 14 05 C C Moore Dear sirI have been thinking ever since Wilkinson said I quit the Blade because you could not make your good that I would write the In the caseI Now the truth of the matter is I quit the Blade at all The quit me because I had failed to up Did just right too but I have n reading It just the same of our Infidel neighbors has away from here and the paper comes here and the Postmaster them to me because he knows think there is no paper like it but this man will get located soon have his paper sent to him and I will have to renew if I have to every egg on this place We have it so long we cant get along It Now here is what I said I met Grant a few days after the debate and told me that you had misrepresent him in a number of things and than made you take It all back and I you ought not to have done that It weakened the argument and the in general in the eyes of the also said you promised to ex hoesent you his paper and you had Theehere in town wont let me theirs and I told him I would give him mine and gave him several copies and I am going to send him some more In a few days Ho is a good friend of mIne and I dont think he is a liar but is very much mistaken I have always hoped ho would get over his religious troubles and I think so yet I did not get oft to the debate and I will always regret it As for those fellows saying you wero not to be compared with there are but a very few who WelchIa debater but as a nice and man we all think you are the any man dead or living and I heardIIa lady who saw you say you prettiest hair and beard of any she ever saw I could write a great deal manIalong this line but I guess Blade ers have heard as much on this ject as they care to and would h eat from Dr Wilson or some other l fForthe matter but do as you please any way suits me ITold dont know whether you can read as I have a very sorry pencil F and tablet but please do not say thing about It I would not care butJmy wife does not like to have any ing said about me writed1Grant IseeIfsake1t 1fedjbeautiful hand with a pale pencil This is one of the men by whom Wilkinson was going to prove that my friends in the Indian Territory had all 4forsaken me because he licked me in debate Wilkinsons reference to that postmaster seemed Intended to Indicate that the postmaster was gusted with me He cannot get that postmaster or anybody else that lives In Ryan the place of the debate to say a single unkind word against mewWelsh from all accounts that ve heard there and elsewhere is a splendid debater I brag that I am the worst Infidel orator ever born In the r United States except E M Macdon old and his man Rolchwald Those are the only two Infidel orators ln the world that I claim I can lick l can lay It over them for 50 cents a side any time or any where between here and Egypt they to pay in vance all my expenses- If that debate between Grant and Welsh is pulled off anytime within a yearor two I am going to try to get re Ell if the Lord spares me that still to labor in his vineyard There is one thing for Grant that justice to him I am bound to say Is the only preacher that has ever fooled me since I was a preacher I took him to be an honesthearted man good common sense who wanted be fair It will bo a cold day when another preacher fools em fori will never believe another one as far as can throw a comet or a frog by the I told you that those women out In that country were nice people and had good taste We ana our subscriber who owe for Blade once more to please pay up need the money to pay our debts A Good RoutiJto Try It traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock rata ing mining and manufacturing And last but not least It Is The Scenic Routs tfor Tourists The Frisco System now otter the traveling public excellent service and fiat time e Between St Louis and Kansas City and points in Missouri Kansas r Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and the Southwest Between Kansas City and points in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points In Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to routeand rates cheerfully furnished upon appll r cation to any representative of the Company or to Per Traffic Deparbacat- Cnauurclal BuUdla falat IiuU r IM- t ABOUT THETESTI- MONY OF TACITUS i Locust Corner 0 March 12 05 Editor B Q BwJDear slrYour replyto s E WInI ger In the Blado of March Is a surprise to mo That Christian apologists should gard the celebrated passage of Tact tus as genuine Is to bo expected either through Ignorance or a desire to support and defend the Christian superstition by the use of known and admitted falsehood and forgery to tablish for Christianity a historical basis which In reality does not exist- i say that this Is to be expected in Christian bigots and apologIstsj but a man of your ought to know that this passage InI Tacitus is just as much an Interpolation and a forgery as Is tho well known passage of Josephus Ityour argument in debate wIthJ Wilkinson was along the same line as that used with Winger then I sayI that you failed to use your opportunity You should have stated that no conI temporaneous historian has made the slightest allusion to Christ and that centuriesf these frauds have been admitted byI Christian historians This passage of Tacitus being lesllI ofjjabungle than that of Josephus and shlS continued to withstand criticism and maintain Its apparent genuineness for a longer time but It fall In Its turn and become an instance to be added to the hrlstlan forgeries sprlnk of history- h serve to stamp the of Tacitus as e numerous and b i cannot and will not try to give them all but here area few of them- ltadthls passage really existed It coSdVnot have escaped the notice of jjifSe Christian fathers not one of WhOm quotes or even mentions It not even Tertulllan who quotes much 1tro Tacitus who could not have missed It and who would not have Uedlgracltus a Prating Liar had contained such a pas d it ayo 4p4Lei116t lid tireless search of Euse could he have found It Svo been saved all the trouble interpolating his famous forgery on tlio text of Josephus and many more If of his pious cheats which would have been rendered unnecessary and use leas by this passage had It really existed Moreover the spirit of this passage isso entirely unlike so utterly for elgn to the mild and just character- of Tacitus as shown throughout all his writings so Inconsistent with his gentle nature that It is impossible that he could have written It and fin i ally this passage was not discovered until the year 1470 These are only a small part of the evidence against genuineness of this passage but man who is not convinced by Ithe se cannot be convinced by reason O HAYS That the passage In Josephus la by scholars regarded as spurious I have nown for fifty years If I ever heard before that the passage from Tacitus f Is an interpolation I do not now remember It and I have known of that passage for 40 or 60 years it If I had ever heard that about the wouldjIt It as It seems to mo r way to answer the Christian who cites It by allowing Its genuineness and then showing horn the plain Ian guage of the passage that Ills no tes timony whatever to the truth of Christianity Tacitus lived A D 75 120 and he says the Christians who In Rome took their name fro lone Christ Chrestus In Latin and J that they were an abominable people There Is nothing In the passage In I Tacitus to Indicate that he had any respect for Christ or for the Chris tlans that he says were commonly t abominated That Is an easy way to answer the Christian argument o that point and when I made that an swer in the debate with Wilkinson It seemed to me that all were perfectly satisfied that I was right and Wilkin son did not make a rejoinder to my argument The facts you allege wore unknown to me and to be candid with you do not seem to me to be overwhelmingly Irrefutable Beside all this I have been In Jeru salem and on the ground Investigat ed the story of Jesus Christ and I a satisfied that a man In Jerusalem started a religion just as Mohammed did and that all the miracles and silly stories about Jesus or whatever r v t the mans name was arofjVlniply Ilea lull auout him as similar lieu were aflu auout AioharnuieU 11 A wan named Appolouius of Ty turn was almost an exucAlupileulo ut Jesus in that country una auout tho uue oi Jesus Tucltua is not a contemporaneous niaionau tie was born A VIU it uoca not seem to inu ut oil mprobabie that Tacltua zany have written tbe passage There la not drew an tuft iiiauoii thai ruckus regarded Jesus a uuu unu certainly none that uo regarded jesus as supernatural I l have been lor tuuuy years lout war won the tact that Kuseblua thus u ptnycuuiur or what are Known iu cruses aa pious irauua wouiu lute oi course to have the proper uuuer standing oi the matter burl ttiiiiK the Interests oi luhuenty are bust auu aerveu uy encouraging cnriutluua iu I uuote the passage The passage in joaephua la couipll uibtiiury uhrisiiuulty white the ont now Tacitus lanut l uo nut insist that It could have escaped me liuucti oi uufj Jl1rlllJtluu lathers uo out believe inui they wouiu have ciieu It If they had kuOvvif It Eoplbolf that tiny wouiu nave luuue loltiyf the name rlfp LI1I1Lltjji1f wuKlusuu i Know me character or Tertuiliau unu thinK natural that he would nave caned Tucuua u pruttug liar lor what he sold in tits passage uu uer discussion 1 do not see auytnlug Ju the passage ut all incoualsieni will the sup pu stain Tuuiiua being u luau att Beuue nature i allow ut uu reason whatever why Tacltua should have had ouy person al upiiu against the Christians He merely spoke of them aa being a bowl nable because aa a hlstarlau that was his belief auout them REVIVALS IN IOWA The Good Work Still Goes On rhe article ia the Blade about re vivals reminds me Our first was byi brother lieunett of the Christian Church Newllght brand Saved one good boy all the mean one sgot awayt The next revival here was at what we call here the Church of Christ or IIchurchBrother Swift of that church called In an evangelist u d hof ed them up for three w tJe ovangeUBtannounced that Sun day afternoon he would preach to men only and that he would there and then have an original picture of the Devil The men seemed to be afraid of the Devil and but few of them went In the course of his remarks the evangelist held up a small mirror and said Any one wishing to see the only ori ginal picture of the Devil can come to the front after servIcesa view will cost you nothing The meeting went on 20 or 30 days and tho boys and girls were very irregular in having their souls saved They didnt catch any grown up people so far as I know It was the first Campbelllte revival l I ever attended Tho evangelist said that on the lastI evening he would lecture on The ad vantage of being an old maid It was as good as a circus but I can hardly get any of the members to talk about the revival and many of them say they are ashamed of It We had a solo by the evangelist that was good then a song by the chorus and then the evangelist die appeared for a time When he reappeared we scarcely knew him He was dressed up like a colored woman and he had a black falseface and a great big sunflower r pinned to hIs dress He had a broom and began sweeping and dancing about over the stage or pulpit while bo sang The good old religion Is good enough for me He said he was Old Aunt Sally who was a colored old maid Aunt Sally would occasslonally stop and tell us reamsons were all good ones While looking at It I could not keep from wondering what brother Moor- would have thought of the Campbelllte religion If It had been In his day what It Is now The evangelist then appeared In dress suit clawhammer coat and low goond things about old maids There wer no old maids to hear him only a few bachelors some married people and a lot of children The whole performance was fine I got tho worth of my money 10 cents But somehow the members of the church could not appreciate It the trouble Is that they are not up to mod ern orthodoxy Baptism t church with a revivalist from Minnea polls only went one night The re vivalist said salvation was just like a Christmas gift and when ho calls for thoso to rise who were willing to r IIw accept It all but me and three others fellows arose I Tho preacher then said that he wanted those who did not stand to to come up to the front after the ser vices Ho was awfully nice He said You wouldnt be afraid to talk with mo on thd street then dont be afraid of mo here I wont hurt you When the regular services were over the other fellows skipped out and left mo but the preacher being a smaller man than lam and having given me assurance that he would not hurt me went up and gavo him my hand He to seemed much pleased and said I no a tlced you sitting back there and am is pleased to see you come up to the frontglI believe he told tho truth and was glad but I spoiled all by saying I just came forward to show you that am not afraid of you and to tell you that I dont want say of your Christmas gift salvation He said I hope you will get through I said dont waste any time on me Tho next morning a good sister of the church told me she was glad I th said what I did because she saidu I never before heard Salvation com pared to a Christmas gift In a few days the regular minister called on me He quoted some scrip taro to me and said You cant go back on that I said I dont know that Christ said that He said Oh my dear man to you blaspheme I said No more than you do In the pulpit He said Let us talk I said Yes we must talkayou cant quote me where the Bible claims to be the word of God He saide It Is full of ft I said Quote me one of passage He didnt quote any- I told him some things about dls crepanclea In the Bible and advised him to read certain chapters He said Ill not condemn you So far as I know you lead as clean a life as I do but you must remem her that you are one in a million anda that there are many who could not understand these things as you do is for them that I shall work- I said to him You will do them more good if you will tell them the th The revival went on They took In some children and one full grown t The man is not a bad man He not the liquor habit and I hope hey will do him good Then they and God somehow got p things mixed up t There was an old lumberyard just lip across the street from the church I think some of them prayed for the removal of the lumber yard It was stormy weather and the wires got terribly mixed up broken and every way I guess God misunderstood them and thought they wanted the church removed from the lumber yard and so ho burnt up the church They are going to rebuild the church and I amt going to help Our next revival was at the Metho- dIst church and we still have It with us The revivalist claims to come from Cincinnati- A week ago they announced eve 100 converts I think some of them were new joiners and some of the old ones They take In their Joiners on th incubation plan or something lik thatOne of our grade school teachers took up her whole class and the whole job lot joined Some people didnt like that an said some of the other churches wereI entitled to some of them dont likeE the incubation plan any way It keeps them in suspense too long One of th other churches would have announced the salvation of those children at once Thats the best way A minister of one of the othe churches said to me They are only taking In very small children That minister meant well but h was mistaken I was there last Sun day the children are not all ver small They will all be a year old by the time their six months Is up The charge of that minister Is a outrage Last Sunday the evangelist asked all the new joiners and dideIt and their mothers did not have to carry any of them They walked up unaided and stood up alone They are not very small children The good work will go onT P WEIR HOODeCHARGED WITH ROBBERY At Albany Oregon Rev A B Hood Baptist Is being tried in Circuit Court charged with having robbed Miss Mary B Hardman of 120000 and much valuable property Miss Hardman is weakminded and Hood and his wife Induced her to come and live with them and Induced her to make them presents that took all of her nlco little fortune Montpelier VermontI find the tag tlon my paper Is overdue since la May Will you please let It come 4 wr along without blacklisting me When can get enough to pay you I wil- lIam years jpld this spring and hato =give up reading the Blade MAR TIN HALLISTER GREEK AND ROMAN CATHOLICS N illPoplarplulrMr Charles q MooreiiiDear sirI jherewlth enclose a clip ping from the St Louis Globe of 1904 which I wool like for you to publish with your comment on same this goes show that prayers are not worth darn against gun powder The Lord on the sldr of tho ones who can handle the best men and the best with plenty of powder who knows how tonise It and I judge that the Lord heel forgotten the Russian savages and lias taken up with the Japs SIMON JACOBS The clipping Is as follows POPE REPO TED TO FAVOR ASKING PAYERS FOR RUSSIA Rome Marc 5It Is said here that Pope Plus X Is likely to give In to strong inl sore brought to bear him In vor of Russia and may Issue an enc dtcal letter urging all Catholics to re Russia every possi ble help and ipray for the success otI Christian Ru a In her fight with the heathen Jap e It Is quite Concession for the Pope express asympathy for Russia U which has thldreek Catholic church Tho Greek athollcs are the origin l Christians d from them the Roman Catholl split oft and they hate other e cordially than either them hat he Infidels At the blrBplace of Jesus and at the fake sloe where both of them say Jesus was bi ed tho Mohammedans have consta y to keep guards of soldiers to p them from killing each other aoven then the Greek and Roman tholics frequently fight kill sac other at these two placesthe b hplace and the burial place ofthe lace of peace But when i comes to a conflict tween the G ok Catholics and theU heathen Jap4 ese the Roman Cath olic thinks til it Is to his own Inter eat to have th Greek Catholic the vic or I The worst iggings that the Greek Catholics have ever gotten have been stare the Raa an Catholics began to ray for thIPray1s kty poorstuf to put agin gunpowder ting TOLSrOIto The Infidel and Greatest Living Man Declares for Anarchy the Cincinnati 0 March 12 1905 Charles C Moore Dear SIrThIs piece was cut out of CommercialTribune of Cincinnati March 11 1905 be Tolstoi Is a philosopher of peace and his ideas on government are worth studyIng- I send this to you because you are an oldrman of Russia Indeed a heroic hon to manmIf all people would be as good and per certainegovernmente and RespectfullyJ HURT I had read the article In anothertr whatd and thought about it I am glad you it and your note with it to I regard Tolstolas the greatest Uvvi aegreater one He Is a straight out Infl del and a few months since wrote what he thought his last article In gulfrpreaching and get other employment In this letter which he wrote to the prominentenewspaper In the world he plainly andyhis shows himself an Anarchist He mentions the governments of thenno United StatesFrance Germany Ja ni aresno better than Russia and says they are in the most abject state of slavery his Plainly the man for whom I have gltlongiant has decided against me but II do not agree with him and will givea my reasons In answering youmYou say If all people would be ast1 good and noble as Tolstol Is etc There Is not one In a million who is as good and noble as he is and it Is not reasonable to suppose thattl there will ever be a time when oneb person in en will be as good and no ble as he Isstlhispeople are as good and noble as he In practice then the thing for to do Is to try to make the largest atthat practicable number good and noble and when we have succeeded In get ttd itIiIfdiL 1 46rrrrrrrrrrrrPRICE LISTMENS NEW MODEL 16 SIZE WATCHESiHAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 32 105 23 jewels 26 Was Kinley 21 jewels 23 same 17 jewels S12 General Stark drJewels 10 16 Jewels 7 Jewels 660 k WALTHAM Riverside Maxlmus 23 Jewels 60 Vanguard r23 Jewels 30 Riverside 17 jewels Ul P S Bartlett 17 Jewels 1250 16 Jewels 7 jewels S6 ELGIN No 166 or 162 21 Jewels f9 270 21 jewels 243 or 246 17 Jewels 22 242 17 jewels 18 241 17 jewels 12 16 jewels 850 7 Jewels 4 CASES All the above In the new Model thin Sllverlne Screw Cases In Fahys Crown or Deuber filled god screw case guar anteed by manufacturers for 20 years artistic hand chased or plea 300 more hunting 600 more In 26 year case 200 more than ill In 20 year case In cases guaranteed for all tImo screw 800 or rhunting 1000 more than In Sllverlne case Prices of solid gold car at on application Every watch guaranteed fresh and new from factory no ship keepers an accurate timekeeper and If well used good for fin years or longer Will be kept in order for one year Beware of Special movements and cases made nobody knows where and which you cannot price Intelligently and buy everywhere Also of diework stamped engraved casesthey are a fraud Those listed above are known to be the best watches made andIf watch la new and perfectyou are safe to buy them where price la lowest I pay freight LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased 7 jewels 10 15 jewels 1260 16 jewels adj 17 Small o size 7 jewels 1160 16 Jewels 16 16 ts jewels adj 18 Riverside extra fine 26 In 26 year case i more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds F all In plush box prepaid with guarantee f1 CHAINS J Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets la s slides rolled plated 160 and Heat Filled Gold 260 3 and f Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 26 Gents Chains same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or lees I Cash refunded at optionIDIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC I am an expert In this line and will save you 20 per cent If yoe t will order ef me t Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Cane t ble free E OTTO WETTSTEIN 11r 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILLr rrr rrrrrrr r rr rrrrrr rr a majority of the peoplegood and noble it would then be the proper time consider the feasibility of living without government- We may imagine a state in which ninetynine out of a hundred people of United States were absolutely perfect and then that 99 per cent of the people would have to make laws to govern the one per cent of the people of the United States who would Imperfect and to control pople of other countries who might come among us Or if 99 per cent of the people of the whole world could In Instant today become absolutely perfect that 99 per cent would have make laws to control the one percent that ore imperfect else that one cent of bad people could and would absolutely destroy the security happiness of the 99 per cent ota good people If all people were morally perfect they would have to make laws to con ol those who are insane or Idiotic If all people were morally and intellectually perfect they would have make regulations and rules to pro de for the poor and the old and the young and the sick and afflicted If a ship load of perfect people were cast upon a beautiful uninhabited and abundant Island In which they would have to stay only a few years or even months or weeks they would right In the beginning Institute some regula lions by which they would live An experience that Tolstoi had In own family ought to Impress him with the futility of any effort to live without laws and which when there Is penalty would be laws simply In LITolstoi wanted literally to give away everything that he had to theD poor This would of course have leftI wife and children poor and th wife was not willing that he should ve away all his property so she a to the law even the law of Russia and enjoined him from all his property when she arried him under a law that Tolstoi recognized that required him tot provide for her Certainly she had the right to do and as a good mother she was to do It to protect her children conjbeen no law to Intervene how cool they ever have settled the themaIf Tolstoi was perfectly convinced he was right in wanting to give all his property away and his wife opposed platt It would have been Tol stois duty to use hIs superior physical i rto fIforceernment to protect the weak against the strong even when the strong are t r acting conscentlously r ILIKES THE BLADE BUT CAN tiNOT HELP IT FURTHER Cincinnati March 12 1906 Dear Brother MooreFiJ Tho Blade Is before me and I realize i 1 I it to be a trenchant doubleedged itweapon that is hewing its way Into Yf the supersltious that today and for centuries have cursed humanity more than any and all things within area of human life 7 Like yourself I am getting old and tai my fight for a principle has stood as barrier to the accumulation ortkl riches To contribute liberally to the great work you are doing would give me lj great pleasure more than It Is possibl-e for me to express but I am una so 1IThough I differ with you In that you do not believe In a continued ex 4 istence while If I know anything I know this Is not all there Is of life and yet I would gladly second the noble battle you are waging against priestcraft and all the other crafts abiding In our midst as twin villain lee That there is in nature a law a re ward and punishment not as meted out to us by superstitious vindictive narrowminded humanity or a spec constructed god but by an inex orable law which we can neither suppress nor even understand a fact which observation will In verityeButwell I had better rest my case 1pany we my wife and myself will be pleased to re indbest wishes for your health and means maintain the valllant battle you are waging against hypocrisy and graft It is very difficult to grow really broad and truly liberal I enclose a clipping for your considerationtVery sincerely DR J W DENNIS circalatingget it In clubs of five for 60 cents Order five copies sent to your friends Look at the label on your paper and send In your subscription at once av lyyf rGL j lIEl WILKINSONS Is Still a Sarchln But Dont Seem Find It Wilkinsons Gospel Searchlight of Comanche Injun Territory Marc h 15 Vol No got here Ell but it s sorter hacked and hasnt any of Zach arys fine Italian hand and pictures of me In it Reads sorter like Grant getting skeered of the devil lately really more than his regular preach- Ing business demandsand that he it rasselln wid de Lord In prar so as to sorter even up again The first piece is something about what Paul said unto Titus but it didnt look fresh and I didnt read it Like Marl Twain I would rather see a fresh corpse than a mummy especially after I have seen a large and variegated assortment of mummies Tho second piece is the Cleo meet fag that was run by Brother C H Kennedy Brer K reports While we had no additions the brethren considered a good meeting taking It all In all But the failure In converts is co pensated for in interest by the follow- Ing extract from the account The first night Just as the crowd was breaking up and leaving some known parties fired a gun and the bullet hit a young man by the name of Fred Bradt who was going home with some young girls before he was twenty yards from the church house from the effects of which he died living only a few days It looks like a pity that Fred got killed Just when he was with his be girl but Lord a young man must be sacrificellikekeep up the Interest in church going especially when the converts alnt roll ing In No mention is made of any effo to find out who did the shooting suppose the fellow Just stuck his gun in Ills boot and went on home with the girl Those fellows didnt seem to want to to shoot me but if you get them to church and getting filled with the spirit they everlastingly will shoot- I am not afraid to go down there and teach them Infidelity but I woul be Just much afraid to churc- in that countryCampbellite church 4especiallyas I would be to Join Ku r go up agin Oyama t A paragraph says Cleo of five or ai m hundred peopleit has four churc houses Methodist Quaker Progres slve and Church of Christ- The Progressive is the Campbel lIte church that is In favor of the gan and the Church of Christ Is the Campbelllte church that Is opposed to the organ and either gang hates the other one more than it does the devil or an Infidel Then a young lady has made up her mind to pray without ceasing I do not suppose that she means never to let up on it but along about time to ge breakfast In the morning this young lady will be putting some of her best licks In praying while her mother gets breakfast and her daddy churns Then T B Wilkinson Grants young brother that Zachary might with great accuracy call pubescent that he calls everybody when he wants to say damn and canthas piece about a Salvation Army girl named Inga Hanson in which he calls her the biggest liar in the bunch- A Salvation Army Lassie writ for the Blade I hope that Miss Inga will get some big fellow who wears a red waistcoat and a big S on his collar to shoot a hole through the pubescent T B that a large Maltese Tom cat can jump through Then you turn over Into the inside of the paper and all of its insides Is turned upside down so that you can take your choice between reading the paper upside down or standing on your head to read it The first half of the first Inside up side down page is by J D Tant who Is No3 of the 13 editors of the paper Brother Tant devotes his space to giving the brethren hell because they dont pay the preachers and says that he has recently conducted a dis tracted meeting In which he was out 31 and In 27short a four dollar Brother Carter gives the brethren some more hell because they dont pay the preachers Brother Car ter Is editor No 11 the whole 13un lucky numberbeing skybusters- By the way It is to smile The Truu Seeker New York Infidel pa perwould rather be In hell barefoot ed than to quote anything from this paper but it has got onto skybus ter from the Blade The first man who ever called a preacher a skybuster was a Camp belllte preacher named for my grandfather the first letter In his name be ing Barton Warren Stone Gardener of San Jose California and he used the name in a letter to the Blade about 10 years ago Brother Gardener Lime Kiln Club got Just a little too fly with some of the female persuasion and he was under a cloud showing that those things should be worked on the dead quietexcept of course In case where the woman belongs to some other church like that of Rev Zachary Campbelllte and the Baptist cook woman at Bandana Ky and in that case the joke Is on the Bap fists or any church to which the woman belongs Then there are a lot of places about debates and one of them Is with a fellow who is a Soul Sleeper Thats a new one on mesomething like a Pullman sleeper I reckon or aem kind of a gang where they all go to sleep while the skybuster Is busting If I ever jlno again and dont jtne the Mohammedans I am going to fine the Soul Sleepers I reckon the brethren and sisters sleep together that Is at the same time That Gospel Searchlight gang are hell on debating If you want to d bate and are not very particular abou- it the class of people you debate with you Just let the G S know what you witmaccommodate you You may not think they are loaded but dont blow In the muzzle Then theres a notice that reads thusly Several brethren have orders Brother J W Zacharys book The copies have not reached me yet I have written him about them and will mall them out the same day I receive them The price of Brother Zacharys hook st1s 10 cents Its name is Moore and Ingersoll Unmasked IGreat J C Just think of a team like those two being unmasked and all for the sum of 10 cents each and the whole world not Just falling over self to get them stealingIought to be worth cents anyhow Then on the last page comes sweet ness like which Samson found in the dead lion They say A living dog Is better than a dead lion and an Igo ote may think so but they didnt mean the kind of a dead one that Sam son run up on Ghown U Is Editor No2 and T B Both Wilkinsons the latter the pubescent Is No of the unlucky 13 Yanhnom for him testifies under the head Notes on Infidelity but somehow G In this Issue seems to pale his Ineffentual fire as contrasted with the late Teddyveltlan strenuoslty that lately characterized that page from Zacharys pen U sangs out Kentucky mountains thusly Infidels as a rule are very sympa thetlc They are very fair and ac curate in their statements 4 t their sympathy Is as mush drawn out In favor of bull dogs and rattle snakes as for the innocent and helpless A mad dog would be spared by them through sympathy or a rabid criminal as readily as one who never would or never could harm any one or any thing I suppose this is In harmony with the teachings of their doctrine of athe survival of the fittest Thats a pretty bold start but then he falls Into the maudlin like he had on a poor brand of whisky BAfter a while U G 1y chasses around and says of Infidels Yet such men as Abraham Isaac and Jacob Moses and Aaron Elijah David and Solomon would have been cut off by them without mercy as they are unable to see one good In those men- I suppose that of all the rascals that ever went from earth to hellI that gang Just walks off with the tire bakery If we except old Ike who with his wife Becky made a right respectable couple But old Abe hadt a white wife and a nigger one at the same time and he kicked out the nig ger and her saddlecolored boy to starve in the desert of Sahara Ann And Abe hired out his wife Sallie to a lot of drunken bums that he had never seen before who had a one night show at a little country tav ernhired Sallie to them for the night and swore by all that was high and holy that Sallle was his sister a blushing maiden Then old Jake cheated his brother out of his birthright by lying to his S old blind father and swindled old Laban his daddy inlaw out of all of his cattle by the damdest trick that ever was played- I cant tell about It in the Blade because old Tony Cornstalk and old Rucker would get me for obscene literature if I did but you can read about it in the Bible Genesis xxx 31 43 I always have thought that zebras were nothing but little Jackasses or Jakeasses that old Jake started the stripes on that day among old Labans of ji j h donkeys and If you just step over to Africa some day and see the Jack asses like I did side by side in the country where they both were first born you will see It just like I a The way to understand the Bible is to go over there among those fel lows who wrote It or If it alnt con vcnient for you to go read Dog Fen not which is still better because I tell you in that book a great man things that you would not understand If you were there especially if you are a preacher The oldest man in the world cant understand the Blbl unless he goes to the country where it was written or reads Dog Fennel- e It will cost you the butt end of 100000 to go there and Dog Fen nel costs 100 You pays your money and you takes your choice but you have got to do one or the other If you ever understand about the Bible The preachers dont know about it and wouldnt tpll you if they did know anytThen theres Mose who killed an Egyptian because the Egyptian was a Democrat by shooting him In the back with a Winchester rifle and hi him In the sand In the desert of Sahara Ann or Sallie Ann and then scooted out to Palestine where they BovedThen there was old Aaron that made a golden calf and worshiped it and said it was a better God than Moses God and everybody of any sense says so clear to this day And then there is Lljy the man that made two common bears eat up 42 SundaySchool children 21 a pieceuntil there was not a rag or a catechism left of the whole posse comltatus because the poor little Innocent devils said Go it old billiardball head and I know that story Is straight goods all wool and a yard wide and warranted to thyvery place where the Bears them up boots and all and right on that sacred ground tried to see If I could not find an old lhr children a dear little boy with a large Roman nose on him or some sweet little curlyheaded Rebecca may have had bis or her dinner in and which the bears did not eat because they were indigestible butltt any such tomato cans had ever been left there the donkeys and Billy goats that Just swarm over that country had eaten them Theres only one thing on earth that can chaw up any thing that n Jerusa lem camel or donkey or billy goatI cant masticate and thats one a these Kentucky turnpike rock crushers and one of those Jerusalem ani mals could eat rocks too if he only had a steam engine to work his jaws And then theres them two old Jeru salem cats old Davy and old Sol but Oh sweet J C lets let up on that gang they make me tired Then U Gs Injun moonshine whis ky gits in Its work on U G again and he quotes from the made as whole American civilization Is a complex fabric of organization from our rich and powerful government that at the expense of human liberty is verging on to rank imperialism and the church the robber baron of the Republic holds a trust on the minds hopes purses and fears of our people to the most Insignificant village club Josephene K Henry in the Blue Grass Blade Thats the way he spells Josephine Then U comments thusly The above is a sampld of the stuff that the ablest exponents of Infidelity are continually belching forth which without the smallest regard whatever for truth makes these extravagant statements But a system that will continually deframe the dead traduce the living absolutely and basely mis represent the teachings and charac ters of the Bible and maliciously lie the Son of Man drive a dagger Into the hearts of dearest hopes and aspirations of the human race the brightest jEwel of earth could not be expected to pay any regard to truth when discussing any subject Still U G does not say pubescent and his language necessarily falls in that peculiarly pungent effect that we have in Zacharys and if U G cant do any better than that he ought to step down and out or drop into Innocuous desuetude and make Zach No 14 on the editorial staff of the G Gospel Slinger Then along towards the tall end of the G Slinger occurs the following Brother Joe Warllcko paper The Gospel Guide Vol 1 No is before me It is well gotten up in every particular and is a neat and substan tial addition to our literature We read lots of all kinds of books magazines and papers at our house and I have a way of picking out pic lures of men and putting something over the reading that tells about them and I ask my wife to guess what kind men they are I atntcytng to find out If we can tell any thing about whats Inside of a mans head by look Ing at the outside of it Generally my wife wont say because she says she cant tell Lately the G Slinger had in It a picture of Bro Joe Warllck I covered up the name and said Wlfey what kind of n man does that look like She looked at It a half second and- y said It looks like an Idiot ON THE SLAVERY QUESTION eSeattle Wash March 12 05 My Dear Brother Moore In your article on William Benjamin Smith Ph D you say among other things The Negro Is the victim of the teachings of the Bible that dooms him to be a slave of slaves unto his It it true that the Bible com promises on the question of slavery it Is far from true that It Is the cause of slavery It existed In the early history of the Jews and it Is plain that the writ er of the Mosaic laws had to compro mise with an older institution Thus we see In Genesis 1418 that bondage existed in Egypt at the timed of be that as It may as the Bible is no longer considered an authority on the subject If we view history from the materialistic or economic standpoint admitted to be the correct one It becomes as plain as day that slavery In Its various forms could have been practiced only with one object In viewprofit to the mas ter In the early days of the race some savages have done the same thing lately when tribe fought against tribe the captives were generally kill ed and eaten This was no doubt considered strictly moral from the viewpoint of those happy mortals who were so lucky as to get this choice addition to supplyd when some of the tribes begun to raise cattle and culti vate the soil In a crude way it was soon discovered that by putting the captives to work they were more val uable than if killed for food It Is also reasonable to suppose that from this time on cannibalism was looped upon as a crime The Bible is not the cause of slavery It has merely been used by the master class to bolster up their position much in the same way that the ruling class of today Is using the so called obscenity law to throttle the radical press For be it remembered that the success of one class in gov Iernlnganother depends upon keeping In Ignorance Next you say that our American civil war was the plain result of th fact that Christianity and the New Testament plainly and unmistakably teaches that slavery Is right Now that is not true though It tend ed to aggravate the matter The un derlying cause was an economic one It is well known that slavery In the North ceased to be profitable because the employers found it was cheaper to hire wage labor and they sold their slaves to the South where slavery could still be made to pay on account of the large profit in cotton and tobacco But the point I wish to emphasize Is this showing as it does the power of economics in shaping the moral standards of a peoplethat as soon as the people of the North saw that ery was no longer profitable they also soon found out that slavery was high ly was no doubt opposed to slavery such a good man could not very well be anything else though ho says himself that the emanciapa tlon of the Negro was a fit and neces sary measure for the suppression of said rebellion Lincoln was evidently in doubt as to his constitutional right to abolish slaveryI not said this with a desire to criticize believing as I do that you would not have said what you did if you had not believed you were right That Salvation Army Lassie is a brave woman She certainly showed up Carnegie In his true colorso H in us is too small to warrant any rejoinder from me and would have been still smaller If I had gone Into details more fully than the circumstances warranted IF ABANDON THE B WILL HANG MYSELF Cotesfield Nebraska Feb 14 05 Brother Moore Now you old devil you will find enclosed postal order for 100 and cents in stampsthe dollar to pay my subscription up to October 05 and the cents to pay for the stamps oh the dam notices you sent me You neednt notify me when the money for your Infamous heathen sheet is due I will pay it any how when I get bold of that lie In God we trust You dont have to lose any sleep or f Low RATE I ONEWAY COLONIST TICKETS V- IANORTHERN i PACIFIC On Sale at all RR Ticket Offices Maroh 1 to May 15T- O montana Idabo Oregon lUasbington 4 J FERRY Dlst Passenger Agent 40 E 4th St Cincinnati O Regarding Rates and Train Service write to CLELLAND P A ST PAUL MINN For Information and Maps write to C W MOTT E P ST PAUL MINN OWN- a Home of Your Own Your opportunity to see the productive sections of MONTANA IDAHO and WASHINGTON Great Northern Ry LOW ONE WAY COLONIST RAT ON SALE EVERY DAY FROM Jf MARCH 1st to MAY 15th inclusive Take a Side Trip to the Lewis and Clark Exposition i Oregon Opens June I Closes October 16 ISiof Send for FREE PAMPHLET describing Washington and Monfahaji to F I WHITNEY General Passenger and Ticket agent St Paul Minn r a MAX BASS General Immigration Agent 220 Clark St Chicago Ill r do any cusaln on my account- If I were to abandon the B G B I would go and hang myself in some church or hog house ere many moons went Infidelity to me Is the only thing worth living for outside of my tam 011y and some friends I feel sometimes like I can never take time to die as my time Is so tak en up damning religious foolery I find In this locality that a ma Is shunned unless he can get u In church and get off a great lot o lies A man or woman here Is suppose to say reasonable things outside of a church but when In the Lords house they are supposed to utter whatever comes Into their mouths ex cept the truth The church is built to see who can get off the most and the biggest lies The church is a lie house a den of fools and hypocrites a place for empty heads to congregate a place to act like lunatics J W HER MAN ABOUT THAT SOAP BOX MOSES WAS IN Vallego Calif March 11 05 Brother Moore Dear sirI hope you will not object to roe calling you Brother as I am as good an Infidel as you are His tory is all right but sometimes there are discrepancies that need explanation Just such a thing happened in your account of that soap box In the bulrushes on the Nile We all know that at that time cleanliness was not next to godliness among the Jewish population or any other population of that time That soap box sticks in my mind and wont imported soap Into that place at that time A soap drummer who would go there today would have to take six months raLonsalong with himhe could neither sell it nor give it away There must have been a large sized Joke In that soap box episode- I have seen filthy monks in Peru walking across the square in Lima and you could smell them a block away They put on what they call a sotamo a great long cloak to represent the breed of bogs they belong- to and I have seen the faithful go aft er them and pick up the tall of the sotamo and kiss it and then cross themselves as If they thought they had done a holy act They put on that sotamo and wear It day and night until it la worn out See If you cant t f i correct that soap box mat BERT LAWRENCE FROM WELCH THE DE Sweetwater Okla March 12105 Blue Grass Blade 4 GentlemenInclosed find JV DfSr1 200 to pay my onthe hzvebeeaattended toiriarketp avefway longeryoudown pay you more till another cropjls made so If you dont want to send It under those conditions stop It Ifyou want to send It along I will pay you when I can and as wo are up agaInst circumstances here unknown toyou Eastern people we cant do as we would like but we do the best we can Every foot of lumber costs h cents every fence post 9 cents barbed wire a pound coal 800 a ton mariteT 30 miles distant over bad roads so you people who live in a country well developed ought not to be top prone to pass judgment on us who cant pay always as promptly as we would ourselyesthings that we can take a Liberal paper at all As we get buildings up and land broke out times will get easier with us and we can pay as promptly asithei1 Jtuckypass and chain to do which wHlf bring me In 300 200 of which longs to Brother Shaw good patient old Brother of Waco Texas I apprei1 elate the work of our Infidel papers and only regret I cannot take more of them but under the circumstances I can only by going without lumber thlSJIot know that she received something more substantial than sympahtetlc words from the InfidelsLS JWELCHWThis is another man from that countf try where Wilkinson said all ofomy friends hadforsaken me becausiie had licked me tis Sawill do it if there Is In the whole world any other liar equal to Zacfc j Help spread Freethought by sending out Freethought literature Jl Ji ts nli