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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r rev itC r r 1BLUE GRASS BLADE EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOLUME XIV NUMBER 4 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY APRIL 2 E M 305 S1oo A YEAR t ll1lAtEarl TERM3 OF THE LADE i tune for one year 100 ii la club of lire NEW eubtorlberi 6jteats each 160 for Aye TrmUOO per year In adrawse foreign aubicrlptlon 1SO Five New subscriber Mat ou rear for 189 Make all Money Orders Drafts and BipreM Orders payable to the Slue Oraaa Blade Lexington Ky a When you chime your addreM ad Nee thll omce giving year old rill aa the sew addreaa When you und your ubicrtptlon sal t5 wMelker you are a MW or old wbecrjber OMcrefublloetaniR W tkort 8t xwI Entered at the port oftee at LextegJ too Ky M Second 01 Hatter Address all comrauHlcatloaa to BLUE GRAS BLADE P O BOX MS Lexington Kentueky fnyette Telephone 811 Cnmberlaad Telephone 107 WESTERN WASHINGTON with Its vast bodies of timber ample opportunity for the establishment of lumber and shingle mills t The soil when cleared Is exceedingly productive and fruit grain and vege tables grow In great abundance These a find a ready market In the lumber C camps the larger cities and the Alas ka trade Government timber land can still be secured while cutover Y lands suitable for dairying and truck gardening can be purchased at rea Jisonable prices along the Northern between Seattle and Pacific Railway maps and full Information regarding this and other regions along the Northern Paclfla Railway ask for Series H 123 Write to C W MOTT Gen Emigration Agt Northern Pacific Ry St Paul t t BLUE GRASS TRACTION CO hAi Cars leave Lexington for Parts Iaevery hour from 6 0 m to 9 a m cept1 11 a m 1 and 8 p m Leaves Paris for Lexington every hour from 7 a m to 10 p m except 12 noon and 9 p m l Leaves Lexington for Georgetown every hour from 7 a m to 11 p m except 11 a m and 10 p m Leave rteGeorgetown for Lexington every hour from 6 0 m to 10 p m except 10 a m 12 noon 7 and 9 p m Car 14 carrying freight express and trunks loaves Lexington for Georgetown at 350 Leaves Georgetown at 10 0 m Leaves Lexlngtoi for Paris at 1135 a m Leaves Paris wat 145 p m Freight rotes also special rates fo r excursions for supper and theatei parties and for school business am family tickets can be had on applies tlon at the companys office 404 Wes Main street Lexington Ky E 1 Phone 610 Home Phone 1274 Y ALEXANDER President n Send us a club of five subaerib ers for the Blade at 50 cents each We want to increase the cireuls tion of this paper several thousand copies this sprine Do you part SSeVnIAtp4 E S HOLYBOOKDEAN OF HOW THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN Open Criticism of the Holy Book by King Edwards ChaplainHis Understanding of Genesis By the Rev Joseph Armitage RobinsonD dean of Westminster From St Louis Globe Democrat From the sermon of this preacher the most prominent Protestant In the world and who talks Just like the Blade does I take extracts as follows There is a large and constantly growing body of men who have come to recognize that the facts of physical science and of the early history of our race are at variance with the con ceptions which they learned In their younger days as to the creation of the world and the origin of mankind They feel that each recorded miracle challenges an everrenewed Investiga tlon of its historical evidence To such men the historical criticism ofI the Old Testament comes as a kind of relief But the progress which affords them this relief plunges them at the same time Into a new perplexity If the Bible Is inspired by the Divine Spirit how can It record what did not actually take place If an element of human misconception and mistake In the Bible is to be recognized how can we regard it any longer as an inspired book or use it asian infallible guide of life An uncertainty prevails which as a fact closes the Old Tes tament to them and leads them to doubt whother4ttfr position in regard to the Christian religion Itself is not seriously affected with unreality They do not wish to dis believe but the mainstay of their fafth seems to be broken and there nee many voices around them ready to proclaim that they have forsaken the truth and have no part or lot in the Christian church Our whole conception of the method- of Its Inspiration has been altered A great deal which our forefathers took literally wo can not take literally today The first chapter of Genesis no longer means to us that the world was made In six days The second chapter of Genesis no longer means to us that God molded clay into a human figure and breathed upon it or that he took a rib from Adam and made Eve These are allegories or parables to us but they still proclaim their original spiritual lessons All this Is untouched by modern discov cry it is the underlying spiritual truth taught in the form of what was at first literally believed but for us Is a parable And so again we believe that God made man out of dust not by molding clay but through a long process of development which follow 1ed a course which he had marked out and In every step of which he was working his will So we believe that through holy marriage man and woman become intimately one in a union which God has made and which man must not break This is the underlying truth of the oldworld story which makes Adam say Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh These and many other stories like that of the talking serpent and the talking ass we do not now take or at any rate most of usI do not as literal statements of historical facts but as imagery which clothes certain spiritual lessons But older children want to know and we must be prepared to give them an honest answer It Is not merely at the time that we must re talc their confidence their confidence in the spiritual truths we are teach ing them but we must so teach them that when they go away from us they will not be overthrown by the ques tion they hear as for Instance where Cain got his wife from We must teach them in such a way that they will not at any time have to unlearn their lessons We must be prepared to say to them that these are the old world stories certain great lessons f which were easiest learned and easiest rememberd so for us they art- parables earthy stories with a heavenly this meaningorThe sacredness of every fragment the of the ancient literature was so strongly felt that in the same cata off gory of Inspired writings were includ ed not only a great dramatic poem like Job but even a story like Esther in which the name of God is never mentioned and a song of love by an ancient Hebrew poet The justification of the inclusion of books such as theso Is to be found when we regard the people as in some sense an Inspired that people and consequently their national literature as an inspired lit erature There was indeed wide difference- of him opinion among Christians as to the permanent authority of the Old Testa ment Its lower standard of morality distressed many earnest Christians minds Its anthropomorphism that is the way in which It represented God as acting like a man and even appear ing in human shape as being moved by anger and regret and specially as hardening Pharaohs heart in order my to destroy himthese things and many others led some Christians to reject the Old Testament altogether and to declare that the God whom It ting represented was not the good God the Father of our Lord but an inferior had power just rather than good from whose dominion Christ came to deliver usi you a passage from his book be on First Principles a passage which is so modern that It Is hard to and realize that It was written years has been explaining how some times the Scripture has woven Into its narrative that which never actual to ly occurred in order that we might the not rest content with the superficial sense but might be forced to search dellgently and prayerfully for the un denying spiritual lesson He says For example what man of sense will think that there was a first and second and third day evening and morning without oily sun moon- stars And who would be so silly as to imagine that God after the fashion of a human gardener had planted a garden in Eden toward the East and he set it in a tree of life that could beg seen and felt so that one who ate of its fruit with his bodily teeth his should acquire life and again that one should partake of good and evil by eating what he took from a tree of such a character Moreover It God Of Is said to walk in the garden In the ly afternoon and Adam hide under the as tree I can not suppose that anyone would doubt for a moment that these things were a declaration of myster ies by means of what seems to be a history but never in bodily fact oc curred Then again Cain going out from the presence of God Is plainly seen by those who pay any attention to be a statement which forces the reader to investigate the meaning of the presence of God and of going out from It Why need I say moret when any one who is not blind can collect multitudes of such examples written down as though they had occurred and yet never having occur red in the literal sense When we require that the Old Testament must bo submitted to the most searching and scientific investigation do we make the same demand for the New Testament Is this to be scru tlnlzed with the same freedom of spir It and are wo prepared to accept hero also the ascertained results of literary and historical inquiry Certainly yes there can be but one answer In order to a perrect understanding of the significance of all this we must recall the facts in the case of the ori gin of the New Testament None of the manuscripts from which our canonic New Testament was com piled came from Jerusalem or any part of Judea or were written in Hebrew and Jesus and all of his dis ciples were Hebrews all poor and uneducated exceptingaul perhaps who never saw Jesus and no writer In the New Testament assuming their claimed authorship to be correct which thero is no reason to suppose Is truo of the anonymons Four Gospels could have written Greek not even Paul and all the New Testament manuscripts were In Greek and all came from Alexandria In Egypt when Alexandria belonged to Greece So that the original Christian church was the Greek Catholic church now the state church In Russia the vilest people on the globe and from Greek Catholic church the Latin Roman Catholic split off and then lives Church of England and all the other Protestant churches have split and again and again divided by spliting oil from each other So that the Dean of Westminster the famous Abbey of which is vividly Impressed upon my memory over since 1SGIihe being the Chaplain of the King of England is the highest Protestant authority In the world a man whose position Is such in PIO opinion of a real Bible scholar the whole combined Protes tant clergy of the whole state of Kentucky would weigh nothing against Very evidently the Very Rev Joseph Armlfogo Robinson D D dean of Westmi aver says that the Old Testament at stories are not true past He makes exactly the same argument ence against the Old Testament that do was written by Colenso English Church Bishop of Natal and which I swap first read jln and that occasioned leaving the pulpit before I had over heard of Ingersoll and from which Ingersoll afterward wrote his upon Mistake of Moses by simply put into a humorous and ridiculous dry shape the solid facts that Colenso furnished to his fine Italian hand Robinson having repudiated all the and cockandbulf stories of the Old Tes tament sees naturally that he will both asked About stories equally as absurd that are in the New Testament what prudently holds in abeyance the said answer to that question but says we should of course critically Investigate Un Now Testament Of course it would not do for him cay that the star moving through skies to snow the wise men where Jesus was borne was simply a lie and that Jesus ascending up bodily Into heavenXwks true while the ascension- of Elijah was a lie because the dean would lol his job if ho did that and that Is a thing not to be thought of and BQqtced like a Russian at the ponHrbT LfiorJnp bayonetof Infidel fromrlhestories gle w holds onto those of the New because has to do this to hold his job and his grub and liquor without work pugposition is only explicable on the theory that he is lying just like these smaller theological cattle graze upon the Blue Grass pastures of Kentucky course the New Testament can on stand so long as the Old one doescr the New constantly refers to the Old as Its authority and forerunner and claims that each is the raison detre of the otherof wlOfOld Testament the story of Jonah and the whale was the very first to be ridiculed by intelligent and honest the people and yet that story is the one more than any other one thing In the whole Old Testament that Jesus the quotes as being an actual and vone r occurrence to prefigure his own old resurrection from the dead and nobody of any claim to Christian ortho doxy ever thought of these stories as being anything else than actual and to veritable facts until Infidels bayoneted Christians out of their fortifications and now when they can no of longer hold their Christian positions a they are making a virtue of necessity and posing as candid and honest peo pie because they are doing what theyd simply had to do just as Christian Russians have had to retreat before a Infidel Japs and then brag that they retreated in good order when they scooted like the devil and didnt stand on the order of their going The vxry best that Christians are now doing is to come along like bri gands and camp followers and camp on the old grounds that Infidels have deserted in their onward marchSTwentyfive years ago the Inlldelsp were ridiculing the stories of St Testament and the Christians were defending them and even logersoll did not dare to ridicule the New Testament to Now all Christians of any Just claim to Biblical scholarship are ridiculing the stories of the Old Testament as only Infidels did twentyfive years ago while any Infidel of any standing now says the stories of the New Testament are just as absurd as those of the Old and lu twentyfive years from now Christians will be ridiculing stories of the New Testament just as they are now doing those of the Old Testament and what Infidels will be contending for I do not know but believe it will be for higher and better personally as the means of making the world happier BISHOP GOODSELLGOOD NAME Jehovah and Mark Twain as Humor- Ists Talking Through His Miter Couple of Falls from GTemper ature of HellThe Perpetual Mag gotThe Worm TurnsThe Jerk ers Celestial RoofGardens Grasshoppers St Cartwrlght Ex perience Meetlns Salvation Army RatsBrer Jackslng Borrows XThe Coon The Shadow of The WhiteIn The WoodpileThe Angel BandThe Crooked Stick There has been something doing Wilmington Delaware during the week The Wilmington Confer met In its annual session to a few holy stunts The grand prize lottery drawing of berths good bad and Indifferent camo off as usual Bishop Goodsell presided Goodsell is a most appro prelate name for the Lord to bestow a Methodist Bishop Jehovah Is equal to Mark Twain in humor The Goodsell Bishop gave a special sermon on the newlyelected deacons elders and he told them that religion was the thing to hold onto with hands He told them what It would do for them He also told them It would not do for them He it would keep them from doing wrong He also told them a lot of Mosaics and Paulalcs and other bug- house scripture to relieve his own shoulders of the responsibility of personally vouching for the game He had his Thus salth the Lord of Hosts and King of Kings all pat fact that this conference has suspended Rev Dr Cochran for one year for stock gambling and has deposed and unfrocked Rev Dr Baker proctfclnifmud eyelash of the good Bishop try to ink He is so accustomed to talking through his holy miter that a couple of falls from grace did not prevent him making promises of per etual steadfastness to the new deacons and elders The Conference reports a slight decrease In adult membershipninety persons a larger probation membership 4000 all told ame old come In In Winter and dropout In Summer Same old story Thomas Moore says something about friends who In a Summers day fell Get good in cold weather but Summer comes dont think that hotter weather exists elsewhere This Conference is silent upon the temperature of hellnot a word about gnashing of teeth or where the worm dleth not The perpetual maggot used to be main stay of the converting pow The worm has turned at last The Wllberforces and Wesleys and Edwardses and Moodys and Sankoys who used to shout Lord send the brimstone right now were the work the converting power Old Peter Cartwright and his jerk- Ing converts could make the welkin the Lord ring like a silver coin on marble soda water counter Cartwrlghts converts got religion- In their muscles and leaders and tenons Their nerves got to dancing jigs and their congregations were like lot of fleas playing modem football- on the church floor The Jerks were the true signs of heavenly con nectlonsIAll the angels of the celestial roof gardens had tho strings and pUlled- on the mundane marionettes and the excitement did the rest Kansas grasshoppers couldnt equal them creeping and crawling side step and hopping An epidemic o Vitus dance would break out at signal and the Jerks would come spontaneous like The jerks were Introduced too late do business and St CartwrIght dance went out of religious fashion quickly as It came in There was no account of any or perlence meeting at the Wilmington ConferenceAs for teaching the art emulating lying the experience ng was hard to beat LeAll restrictions on exaggeratior- were thrown aside and each succeed thiII k When the meeting was over every body knew that Jesus had got busyanswering prayer- Testimonials that would make the patent medicine kind feel weak and need crutches for support were reel od off at a 12knot breeze The lame were made to walk the blind see and the dumb speak Lie succeeded lie so fast that a fair representation of the Russian retreat from Mukden was held up to the minds eye for a glimpse of a moving picture exhibit The last experience meeting I attended was at a Salvation Army tent at Hampden a Baltimore suburban village when a woman told of an ex Jperience in getting aid in house clean ing by praying to tho Lord to movo some bed furniture up stairs and Jesus sent an obliging street hawker who came In and said that he came In answer to her prayer to help her and the arab sold out his stock In a few minutes because ho answered Gods command and did not try to e evade the Issue as Jonah did onetime and got bit by a fish The Phllllstlans on the outside of = the tent yelled Rats Remember Ananias and Sapphlra Let her go Gallagher etc I have an idea that the experlenco business should be writ in the pastYtensethus experience Every dog has its day and the ex t perience meeting had its day when It was a purp- Collections are still In vogue Herwho gives to the poor church lends to the Lord at 000 per cent Bro Jackslng of tho A M E church borrowed a X from Bro Johnsing of the same persuasion Bro Jncksing gave Bro Johnsing a slow note and when protest day como around Bro Johnsing had to pay face lib and protest as he had endorsed his J JfBrospirit than he was in the pocket and r tsingob dal money to de Lawd so I Is J Dots de berry bes ting yer kin do Bro Johnsing said the unruffled Jackslng de berry bes ting but how somever If yers got any more to loan on dem terms Ill take all I kin git Black Methodism Is but a shadow of the White article The Coon Is a little more candid but the financial result is the same This Conference was unique In that none of the members were tried for concupiscence The boycott on Wall street Is perhaps a Socialistic tendency Calls it stockgambling Perhaps tho ground floor brethren failed to give the tips to their Chris tian pals so that all hands could break the bank There Is a kinkyheaded motive con cealed in the woodpile The disciplin ed brother may smoke out the nig ger before long There will bo two more Independent Methodist churches in the field These unpastored minis ters must find grazing Both of the fallen saints are D Ds experts in the Holy Graft Top- notchers and high roosters When they sing Oh come angel band Come and around me stand enough sisters will leave father and mother and husbands too if necessary and a big split will take place in the fat test congregations With a dearth of new ministers and dropping two In Delaware and jailing one in Jersey for three times too much Miss Bowne the flocks are likely to be short of shepherds The crookstick emblem Is Just the size of a holy howler JOHN F CLARKE PRAYERS WERE IRRESTIBLE Women for Whom He Pleaded Could Not Resist Marrying Evangelist Thayerf aSioux City Iowa March 9Robert 1L Thayer the reformed bartender and evangelist who prayed elo quently for Mrs Carrie Summers to be moved to marry him that she just LShad to yield is wanted for bigamy He prayed Mrs Jennie Bernard Thayer of 720 Seventh avenue Mln neapolls Into marrying him two years ago and promptly deserted her She suetcess descrlpmwere er Thayer claims to be a descend ant of the legitimate royal family of Scotland t or 1r THE NATIONAL DRIFT i ti f A Birdseye View of Present Day Po t7il s litical Religious and Econ J tfff omic Tyranny c AND THE REFORM MOVEMENTS tti jj Which Are Springing Up and GrowingI y Powerful As the Result Between the High srConspiracyMoney Church Powers to Iicf4Keep the Human Race In subJec is and to Lead America Back ftoImperialism and to Eccleslai Dominationf Jr Address of Dr J Wilson Befor the Congress of the Americas j Freethought Association at St Louis October 22nd 1904 Ifi fr An analysis of party spirit and party drift Is a difficult undertaking one as difficult of comprehension as r f human nature Itself No one Is con- pleto master of the subject Maucauley declared that ho knew of but one proposition in human nature which is absolutely and universal t true and identical and that is tha all men act from self interesL A principle so universal in mankind ttf is bound to be infused in party be as abnormal In government ns 1inthe individual and is generally the source of all contention There is that nobility justice am affection in humanity which inclines t to peace and human development and r again there is a haughtiness fiercej numerable broils place men in what ness and selfishness which ever situation you please All theseJ phases of human nature crop out inI parties and in government Imperfect man never has and never will formu w late a perfect government I will not attempt to depict human nature as seen in party and governI ment but rather the conditions exist ing in the same Party platforms are always inspirations of virtue and patriotism so mag nanlmous so just so watchful and considerate of the interests of the masses especially of the laboring man In fact the laboring man is the principal object of their loving care How nicely and smoothly they are worded It would hardly seem sible that a man could make a mis take in voting either of the tickets they are so plausible and of such good intent We hear much of platforms beford electionsabsolutely nothing after Abraham Lincoln said Politics as a trade finds most and leaves nearly all men dishonest Judging from their platforms the thoughtless person will Imagine that party tendency is always for the good But if you are a close observer you will perceive that the tendency of party spirit has ever been j to disguise and propagate and support error For this reason the great ma- Jority among the educated as well as among the uneducated do not know what they are voting for They sim ply vote as partisans and from habit rearing and prejudice and nothing but a revolution can stampede them in another direction The average in dividual thinks more of party thau of justice cares more for party trio umpns for party recltude t Henry Clay said Political parties serve to keep each other in check one keenly watching the other Daniel Webster The existence of two dominant parties in politics is in directly an advantage to the general Interests of the country I believe that it is generally con ceded that two parties at least are a necessity and that they servo to keep each other In check as Webster and Clay have said r But the vital question is Not what xchecks they are to each other but to extent are they useful checks upon the administration of government As tho case now stands two rascal parties take time about putting the checks to each other with the re vsult that we are sure always to have iif one of ineso rascal parties in control- S The question vital to you and to is Not the extent to which these lstwoold parties check each other but to what extent do they serve to keep B alive the spirit of liberty To what extent do they serve to help and advance the people Instead of helping and advancing themselves Why should you and I care how I much these old parties check each other by crying liar and stop thief i1and agonizing over each others ig peculations and vices If they tell the truth about each other whom do we have in control of affairs but liars thieves and noramuses t no matter which party is elected If they tell the truth about t each other then neither party is led T by humanitarians patriots and stat 1esmen but by demagogues bosses 7and corruptlonists And if they are and do notsimply calling names k s Y tell the truth about each other then iIItthey should be shunned and despised their smallness and dishonesty jjiTheAll Important Question extent has either of the two old dominant parties been useful checks to the administration of ernment this is the question all portant Under either of them has government been more free more just more for the good of all Have we as a nation grown or declined in the spirit of liberty Is the press as representative and free as it was fifty years ago Was a subsidized press or a subsidized senate spoken of then Are the toilers the educators LTti the producers more free to speak their sentiments without endangering their positions Has tho national conscience been made to glow more fervently with po triotism with pure Americanism or its trend toward Indifference and franchise been generall held more sacred or has it been sstematically corrupted Was there a general vote buying fifty years ago Has either party or both combines with all the checking each of the other advanced the spirit of demo cracy which is tho spirit of justice all alike with the application of as little law as possible Have laws been reduced or have they been dangerously increased Have our burdens grown lighter or have they grown heavier Do class privileges and class dh tlnctions more or do iney less abound What is the drift These are questions every honest citizen should ask himself The conditions which confront the lieople of this nation today are the re suits of the combined action of the two old partiesIBoth have had their virtues and both have had their vices Both have been given trial and both alike must share the responsl mlllty of whatever good or evil hos resulted from their management Both mistrust and condemn each other and call each other all kind of bad names but strange to say they unite and become as ono In denounc- Ing any other party which may arise and which threatens to supersede them No matter how patriotic and hu inanitarian a new party may be both tha old parties alike denounce it as anarchistic and dangerous The further fact Is that it has come 10 passin this country that n citizen need not oppose the government to bo regarded as dangerous All he has to do is to standup for and defem he Constitution and he will be sure to be regarded as an anarchist Party Intimidation We may guage the moral effect of resent day party spirit by its el ect upon the individual upon his pa rlotlsra personal honor and his en huslasm for sustaining the prlncl lea of freedom of thought and speed find maintaining an uncorrupted bal ot Do men generally place any value Do men jfreeor does not a general prevail among not only the laboring but the professional and business classes Isnt it of common and dally occurrence that professional men are told that they would better keep still if they do not want to suffer in bust ness and this when questions of hu inanity and justice are involved Isnt it a common thing to hear men say to others You would better keep a close mouth or the gang will set some thug upon you and beat you up some night Isnt it true that a general Intlml dation prevails instead of that full open liberty which should obtain in a Republic and as the result has not the moral conscience of the voter become reckless indifferent and even corrupt Isnt this the drift Vou know It Money Rules The government today is In the hands of its enemies the briber who is worse than the plotter of treason and tho voteseller who is worse than the prison convict because he is a dangerous criminal and at large Mil lions many millions are spent in the election of a president Will a presl dent turn against the criminals who elected him No he cannot he dare not Ho is a party to the crime He may talk against them but he acts with them He exhorts the people to be decent and good He grows eloquent in morality and virtue The people get a lot of goodygood talk from him The spoilsmen get the spoils Elections are a Farce Even the rural voter the honest tiller of the soil whom poets and statesmen have ever praised as being the nations hope and mainstay In times of peril even he is corrupt and corrupting From onefourth to one half the votes are purchasable in many rural districts and instead of election day being observed as one in which a great moral individual ind public respsonsibillty rests it is given up to vote buying intoxication and rowdyism The better classes have not the courage and patriotism to prosecute the briber but regard the crime indifferently and as a matter to be put up with This is the drift the condition of affairs all over the country and republican government as a consequence is the merest farce and must go down it not hanged Corruption Demoralizes Both Public and Official With a conscienceless and generally corrupted populace what may be expected of the official who holds his place of power by corruption A cor rupt politician fears not a corrupt populace Why should he They derstand each other When the mor sense of a community has reached the point that it will look upon cor uptlon and smile and say Oh weUl If it is not one it is the other what do I care which does the stealing What occasion has the office solder to fear such a public All he has to do Is to organize a tl r n gang of thieves and all join to hideI Is their criminality I do not will be denied by any ono presen that this is the present political status of both the old parties whethe manifested by Quaylsm in Pennsy vania Hannalsm and Coxtstn in Ohio Goebellsm In Kentucky or Tammany Ism In New York- Machines Not PartIesIThere Is no such thing as the Republican or the Democratic parI ties are only machinesaThese machines control the poll and they frequently work Into each others hands In certain precinct they count in and count out as they these old party machines have become so skilled and powerful in places that they boldly and unblushingly commit highway robbery and the stupid public say nothing itWill you deny that this is both the condition and drift Grover Cleveland syndicated 300 000000 four per cent bond issue in the face of a hungry public eager to take It at three per cent Mark Hantfa bought his way into the senate of the United States Hanna was a corruptlonlst of the worst type yet no man in Ohio or in the nation today stood higher in po lltical and social esteem What security is there in the per petuity of republican government when party tricksters and publii plunderers are idolized and pushed into and kept into the highest places Party said Pope is the madness of the many for tho gain of the few And Macauley declared No soph ism is too gross to delude minds dis tempered by party spirit No where is this better exempli fled than here in St Louis But the conditions here reflect the general condition all over the country Are the American people proving their Incapacity for selfgovernmentl It looks so Gibbon declared that Monarchies fall from poverty and republics go down from luxury and corruption consequently there Is no republican road to safety but in con stant distrust When the Judiciary of a govern ment becomes as our is today the tool of corrupt party machinery It is Iedoorsculpable the corrupt official or the stupid conscienceless public which uphold and supports him Plutocracy rules backed by a mer cenary clergy Class privileges abound on all sides The sentiments of Imperialism and militarism are growing Intimidation like a pall has settled upon the masses Free speech has been given a rude setback The press Is subsidized Re publican editors who are sticklers privately for honesty truth and triotism dare not speak even In whis pers In their papers of the corruption of their leaders Like whipped dogs they cringe and cower at his feet The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are popoohed right on the floor of Congress as dead Is a growing censorship in the postoffice department a tary censorship lnall our possessions The people do not know half that is going Every attempt at reform is classed with anarchy The laboring classes uo not permitted to be adressed by a foreignerNo Door of Hope All legislation is made in favor of capitalism and absolutely none in fa or of labor We have again become the buyers and sellers of men Among the wage classes independence of character has declined to the base feeling of contentment with ho bare means of existence Half ho people are thankful that they are sot starving The president would not shut theI door of hope on the blade man and is to be commended for that sayI ng even if It was a political 3ut when a few white men own antII ontrol nearly every thing there canI be no door of hope for millions he white masses What do these iondltions signifyprogress or degen racy Will they Just naturally right believe that monopoly Is more humane than selfish Do youI believe that the ten po cent which wns the ninety per cent are going to turn Humanitarians and disgorge las intrenched wealth ever been known to do this Has autocracy ever been known to change to demo racy just out of the goodness of 1U heart Do you believe that order and jus Ice will be restored through eithef of the two corrupt party machines both of which are thoroughly capitalized If not What Is the Remedy Education and the ballot is the general belief and reply of all parties ulld classes This Is a dream The moro highly educated people become the less in lined are they to cast their ballots Vith some it is too much trouble with others the society met at the polls dont suit Only heroworship or some selfish Interest will Induce others Educated people are no more live to this sense of duty than the uneducated Corrupt bosses could not get control of the cities if they were The ballot can always be ma Ipulated to suit the selfish Do any of you imagine that the ballot have settled the slavery question Show me one single Instance where the ballot has ever settled one moral issue or industrial reform Does not the ballot as often unsettle right as ettlo itHas not the ballot already decided in this country that it shall make subsets of men Education has tried and found wanting What you call education What do you call Ignorance Education a Factor not a In this relation to SolutionI which is most Ignorant rofessor and the wealthy j J above voting or the day laborer who is alive to the respsonslbllity of behold tho leading educated Mr men and tho leading educators ot a this city support the most corrup In gang that ever Infested a municipal ty I cannot butlook upon education- as an inefficient factor in solving tho problems before us If education Is the solution of it all then we should at once establish the franchise upon an educational basis permit only college graduates to In Russia for Instance do you per ceive the educated masses clamoring a for Just government Not tho uneducated led by a few men distinguished more for their Humanl tarianlsm than for their education- In Italy Spain Austria and Ger many also you find the conception of It popular liberty and the demand for spring rather from the uneducated mind Why Because there is less all selfishness and more sympathy and kindness among those who suffer and sacrifice A man does not have to be educated to possess common sense or high ideas of Justice The people who left England and braved the seas and the wilderness to found this republic were not of of the educated classes The millions who have emigrated tllightucated of Europe The educational drift in this country today is towardtImperialism We find the masses either Indifferently regarding the corruption 1styOur colleges are as much subsidiz ed as the press It is rarely we find a or protester a reformer among the col lege professors They think too much of their jobs to antagonize either the preacher or the politician They are thoroughly intimidated Upon matters of sclenco they speak to In whispers Upon matters of statecraft they either keep still or take the side of the party In power There are a few Isolated exceptions like George D Herron but ho had to get out I wouldnt give the Americanism and the guaranty of good government and the promise of progress wrapped up In the skin of a poor un educated shoe mechanic who takes OPlnlonS1for An educated determined party man can no sooner be convinced by a fact of reasoning than an uneducated ermined party man Understand me I make a distinc Lion between education and conscience which do not always go toillgether Education of the right kinda Is the great essential and basis of all progress bu the education which fits pen for the propogation of ancient nysticisms and superstitions by the lid of and belief in which they pect It to get their own little narrow selfish souls into heaven that is not the education that uplifts and pro reases De languages and dead igions will not make you half as wise or happy as the live ones The prresent vast system of edu mtlon Is largely identified with and adapted to the prevailing system of graft The education which leads he financial genius to steal a hundred lollars from the ignorant masses and- o return them a penny in charity is sot tho education to give happiness peace content and morality to a nation thateducatlonscience and humanity if we would have stable government and racial progress Thus directed education is upremoEducation and Free Speech Every intelligent person Knows hat without free thought and free speech there can be no intellectual ir material progress no science no development no humanity The combined wisdom and genius if all mlnklnd cannot possibly con elve of an argument against tho erty of thought 1Yet for thinking and speaking tree y men In the past have turned and tortured their fellow men And we find educated men today es icclally the monopolist and the blsh op and their parasites men who do iot obtain their money honestly opposing free speech The holy man of God educated in Latin Greek theology spookology and ancient sleight of hand dont want free speech for hat Interferes with his business They want hell left alone for it Is by the fears they excite that they are nabled to scare millions in big andIlittle donations out of old rith bad consciences The Ust dont want free speech monopoolt lets light in on his ods They want free themselves only Free speech peech for themselves and license for you The difference between pcch and license Is this Free speech is what every man rants for himself License Is what he wants for the other fellow Education and Credulity We see all about us educated men generate narrow false and illib Iwho prejudices In both party and We see men who are so soak ed with Latin Greek and Hebrew that It fairly oozes out of them who Ieve that a ghost Impregnated a wo man who begat a child which wasI was one part man one part ghost one part God Wo see men of 1the highest education wading to the ears in credulity men who credit the miraculous nonsense of Ignorant and darlc ages as divine revelation Partisanship with many of the educated Is as genuinely a superstition as their Presbyterianism or their Catho clsm We see men of education and of 11honor In their persons become the most notorious liars and thieves in their party The Congress of the United States composed altogether of educated men but we look In vain to find a ranklln a Jefferson a Paine a Clay a Jackson a Garrison a Wendel Phillips a Lincoln a Sumner W look in vain to see one man excepting the Baker of Brooklyn who stands boldly out as a champion of mankind defender of the masses We look vain to see one statesman who has say the reputation of being a Humanitarian and a man can never become a statesman until he first has become a HumanitarianTho of the South were educated men Tho anti slavc element of the North were educated men Did education and the ballot solve the problem of slavery It Education Is a word that admits of wide latitude of meaning The best education is a general education de rived from school business and press and which is directed by commonsense and human experience College education Is mostly paint does not alter the nature of the the wood under it it only improves the appearance a little Education makes people alike until you have exam ined into them and it is often a long time before you get to see under the varnish College education does not necessarily make a man more unsel fish more a lover of liberty The un lettered Burns possessed more of the instincts of liberty and Justice and did more to free the bodies and brains men than all of The colleges that ever existed In Scotland A man may be so highly educated he can construct a bridge or a statue or conduct a great enterprise or manipulate or squeeze a market or buy his way into the Senate or chant Latin to or tell you how many million you are going to sizzle in hell still be a man of no great ideas of no higher Ideals of morality justice and government Education Is an element of progress only to a certain point When it of brings Idleness and ease it has then tendency to develop conceit Inclines the snobbish toadies to wealth and separates itself from the common bond of humanity No I do not expect education to of bring the political millennium In the unlettered man of common sense and feeling there are larger hopes- If not education what next shall sit we look to Arbitration- Arbitration is the latest principle- to be tried There Is no question about arbitration not being logical to and humane but is It practical Will human nature ever so transform itself that the selfish and superstitious and covetous and ambitious and powerful will resort to peaceful settlement of foreign and domestic disputes In Has arbitration been a success in families where the bond of love vors its accomplishment If it has a failure in families Is It more to be practical among classes parties and nations No doubt that among nations In alliance and which fear each other It will meet some contingencies as has been lately demonstrated But will universally apply Will It apply In cases of the strong against the weak Did it apply to the Flllipino Will it apply to the subjugation and seizure of weaker Tiatlons under the pretense of spreading citizenship and religion If not then arbitration is a farce This was sufficiently illustrated by the Czar of Russia who six months after calling the Peace ference at the Hague sent his brutal soldiery to massacre and impale Chi nese women and children upon the points of their bayonets If not arbitration what next Religion Yes religionChristianity is the ot treat need cry all classes of the cler jyChristianity which Is ever disintegrating dividing Into sects which arelOUt jealous of or hate each other Re ligion will bring peace concord Jus Ice and the brotherhood of man Yes religion will solve all the problems of government It is doing it low by evading taxation by contending for class privileges and demand- Ing state recognition It will have perfect freedom and brotherhood If It can have them just its way and if it should ever come to pass that creeds can agree among themselves Most any well read person knows hat Christianity instead of solving social problems is Itself the very greatest problem all governments to solve In their march for yard In civilization They know that Christianity has always sought to be a burden upon government a burden of greed extortion and class privil ege and that constitutional government has arisen only as governments save divorced themselves from or elegated to the rear ecclesiastical dictation and tyranny Crlstlanlty in a Nutshell The highest exponent of Chrlstlanl y In the world today is the Pope of tome who claims to be viceGod to vhom In his mind all nations are subject YIt Is a cardinal doctrine In the R nan church according to both Sequi etand Llgnori that all rulers are subjects of the church whether they recognize the papacy or not This absolute one man power which has never been able to solve the social problems of its own land not even of its own city would presume to solve the political and social pro- ems of this republic In reference to the conflict between1 different classes of society this Pope says In his first Encyclical which to nllllons Is the same as the word of God The nobles and rich will be Just and charitable to the poor and the poor should bear with trangulllty and patience the distress of the present life There you have Pius X ylcogerent of God In a nutshell The rich and nobles should treat the poor as beggars and the poor should feed th rich and the nobles and go hungry homselves and bear It with patience and uncomplainingly Thus you see hat Christianity at Its very source Is a rich mans religion just as this and every government in the world Is a rich mans government Justice Not Charity Men and women are no longer con tent or satisfied with the charity of noble or the plutocrat They dont want charity They have come to know that charity is degrading Who wants to be an object of charity but no license that is free They want employment they want justice and the time has about come vhen the charity sop of church and state wont stay down The poor must have something more relishing than charity or there hopehascommands the producer to be pa charitydolednoble idiots and plutocratic plunderers When It upholds as divine the dogmas Servants be obedient to your masters All rulers derive their right from God that is from church when the clergy of all denominations with a few noble ceptions either treat all economic orm with indifference or openly denounce it as dangerous Most Dangerous of All problemIslems It is the most thoroughly or fnthenowtrendingpowerfully intrenched that we may as well give u- pIts power is In its ability to sway emotion and prejudice It is the greatest trust of all and will be the last give up the special privileges it en Joys Its natural ally is the plutocrat respeCtabilityKite Tails to Christianity economIcthe Socialistic and undustrlal re toChristianityAnd I want to say to theseto the Socialist particularlyas long as you cringe and cower before thIs all organized trusts as greatestIchoose to tag on to it you well employ your time studying perpetual motion or go out alone and in the sun like the Hindu and eon centrate your whole thought in con templation of your navels Since Christianity cannot solve the problem since It is not even inclined since It is a problem Itself to be solved what next CoOperation rectifyilllemployer and employee must unite one common Interest and profit sharing Investment Why even the church with the liv ing active Christ in command wont cooperate Families will not cooperate Cooperation is a dream Not until all men think alike and are am bitious alike would it be practicable Here and there we find individual in praticeind humane and who are satisfied with having enough But nature has made but few like them if not co jperation what next Evolution When men can think of no other emedy they fall back on evolution Everything will right itself in time if ve only give it time enough But mans not constructed patiently to drift with lifes tide Humanity Is not a smooth unruffled stream It has its orrents and rapids as well Men want good things as they go along rot after being dead a 1000 years What Is evolution It is the effect the action of every contending and varring element in nature There is no such thing as existence without eslstanco Evolution comes not with revolution and revolution Is the Inevitable result of tyranny and leg slatlvo abuse and the final step taken by man in righting every deepseat id national wrong- Revolution and revolution only solved the problem of chattel slavery In this country and It will solve the problem of the wageslave If it is ever solved at all In no country In the world has constitutional liberty been acquired except by revolution Republics have arisen from aristocracies only by revolution This government ook root In revolution Revolutions ire not made they come and they A Good Route to Try It traverses a territory rich Iniundeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for 1agriculture hort culture stock ralsIing mining and manufacturing last but not least it is The Scenic RouteIIfor T The Frisco System now often the totraveling public excellent service and fast timeICity Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and tne Southwest Between Kansas City and points in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points in Kansas ArkansasIOklahoma Indian Territory Texas- e 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 Passeagcr Traffic DepartaeBt Commercial Building Satot L nlat never go backward said Wend Phillips rRevolutions are to be contemplated with horror and the words that I am now uttering will be regarded with horror by some who lack the percep awwayhaveSince uio positive will not blend with the negative since the elements In nature are continually at war J likewise will bo mankind Revolu tions should mislead no one Tho are but processes of evolution They are as necessary to the human race as waves to a stream that It may not be a stagnant marsh Ever renewed In Its forms the gen- Ius of humanity blossoms General rebellions and revolts of a whole people do not comp from the ignorance of the uneducated as many come because they are pro yoked As Jefferson has pointed out Experience has shown said he that men are more disposed to suf fer while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed Thus we note that the great mas of humanity who today are wage slaves who have It in their power to overturn the present political and economic system who have the mo nopolist and tho oppressor at thou physical mercy we see them patient ly enduring injustice patiently listen- Ing to those whom they feed refer to them as the lower classes humbly submitting to legislation which crushes them rather than resort to strife of any kind There is nothing which gives mo such faith In the wageslave class as this exhibition of gentleness kindness and long enduring patience and nothing better illustrates that all this cry of alarm and the calumny and hatred engendered against So cialism and wageorganizations Is the merest bugaboo None of these desire revolution They are the last to incline to it They will endure tyranny patiently and as Jefferson said suffer evils as they can be endured befor- they become even disposed to right them Only when evils become absolutely unendurable can they bo provoked to revolt- Revolutions Based on Morality great revolutions said Mozzlnl are the work rather of principles than of bayonets and are achieved first in the moral world and after wards In the material sphere In my opinion the monopolistic tyranny now existing if ever put down will be put down only by revolution Education and the ballot can no more handle it than they could the slavery question and In fact It is virtually a slave question that we are now dealing with As to religion nothing can be hoped from it as an organization for it Is aparty to the crime The combi capitalism and churchone J controlling legislation and the other the omoflona and prejudices of men make them an overwhelming men ace It is foolish to imagine that they will yield from choice or from humane Impulses When was either ever konwn to become humanitarian from goodness of heart Organized capital and superstition control Con gress and the army and navy and the army and navy in this and In everyi laud are Intended as much protection of the privileged classes as for the defense from a foreign foe These privileged classes are already- at work erecting their fortifications They have made a United States sol c dier out of every man between the ages of 18 and 45 and only a small proportion of the people know thisJ or guess at the object of It armories are being erected In every great city No Plutocracy monopoly and erstition will never yield without a struggle They never have When It Will Come Man id his groping upward fromI the mouad to his present high tlonwos compelled to ovoluto through the hog retaining In his na ture the distinguishing characteristic of tho plutocratic ancestor In their rush to tho trough did you ever observe a big hok turn to a little one and say You first Alphonse Selfishness Is Inherent In man and has to bo reckoned with It can only be modified not eradicated There can he no common level Some en thusiastic reformers look forward to thin realization of the dreams of Socialism within thQ next ten to twenty years It will reoulro a much longer time than that to ret enough of tho ticfir hyena and hoc out of human nature to brine about such conditions Such enthusiasm isa worthy ontim but it Is only a dream Races IIsm governments change slowly and as human nature chancesonly- as selfishness and cruelty and super 11IAn uprlslncr of tho masses will nov a or come until general misery prevails ware famlno and hard times being contributing causes It will be of short duration and confined prlncl pally to cities as they are tho great sufferingt will preclpl tatb the uprisinga general domand for justice and tho malntance of republican principles and government to the very letter It Is Just such a wave as that which Is sweeping over Spain today and which revolution only will settle Not until the masses become thoroughly aroused will plu tocracy and superstition subside and then a general reconstruction of government take place This revolution will be brought about not by one party but through all those organizations having Hu manity and Justice for a basis The Socialist Party Will be a leading factor I do not be lieve that Socialism will over grow In this country to such proportions as t to assume command alono But it Is making rapid strides It Is a world wide movement and is looked upon by aristocracy and plutocracy with gravest concern Mark Hanna in a speech during the lato Ohio cam pal go roado this important declare xtk al tion No matter who Is elected unitetoAh what meant this cry of alarm against Socialism coming from th mouthpiece of monopoly Wha- means the cry all along the lino In a free country like this why should tho press be subsidized Wh should it exclude the exponents o wrongthe SYa pressThecry one has a comprehensive idea of the meaning of justice Why does the press close Its col umns to free speech Ah I will tell you It well knows that Socialism has Humanity for Its basis that it do mania justice for all alike It isnt the socalled fads and theories of So clalism they fear but rather the hu manity in Itthe justice it demands Socialism may be impracticable in some particulars Imperfect man will Hover formulate a perfect government But the party which stands for Humanity is always nearest tights and upon such a basis with exper fence It will rectify all impracticable measures within Itself Socialist Labor and Single Tax ganization rIn both of these parties the same fundamental principle prevails Both stand for Humanity and Justice Their exponents are men of warmest Allhonorand Eugene V Debs If all the clergy possessed the honesty and courage of Herbert S Blgolow a brighter day would dawn for humanity The church of Christ would for justlco and swinish greed Labor Organizations The labor organizations as yet are consequenceThoythe one who least understands them Is tho laboring man himself They politicianseall tho essentials of the machine countryhavoPope Leos Encyclicals were their general guide They have been known to consult tho Pope before deciding some Issues Leos ban upon Social Ism had its weight in the last labor convention when Socialism was turn ed down If the honest sentiments expressedItfor Socialism Capitalism was Immensely under obligation to Leo for the ban he put upon Socialism consequently the flood of silly gush given him at his death by the capitalistic subsidized press When the Pope put the ban of tho church upon Socialism It meant something To millions It is the same as the word of God When the present Pope charges that the nobility and rich shall be charitable to the poor and the poor shall bear with tranquillity and patience the tress o fthe present life it means op position to every and all economic reform and with every good Catho lie it goes Still the Knights of Labor and Trades Unions are a development for good Capitalism and religion can play them only so far In organization they acquire experience and more or less independence and in time come to feel their Influence and power Their natural affinities are with all the other reform bodies and though blindly led at times by skypilots and grafters and though inclined to bo a class unto themselves still their general aim Is for the uplifting of hu manity for the oppressed as against the oppressor and they must bo looked to as a powerful element in the reconstruction of government The Prohibition Party Has become a power In many sec tions of the country Prohibition Is Impracticable as It is Impossible to legislate away appetite This only way to stop a man from drinking is to stop the appetite and tho only way to stop the appetite is to cut his head off or hang him You can no more apply legislation to drinking than you can to the suppression of eating or of tho sex appetite Besides personal liberty is at stake and if once ap plied no telling where Prohibition would stop It would not be long before they would apply it to cigars and tobacco and Sunday liberty and soon they would be going out to tho Art Museum to put pants on the statues Still It has tho betterment of humanity for its aim- Temperance is a mora issue and ev cry fad or ism that has humanity for its basis and the good of humanity at heart Is the natural ally of the orm movementAnarchy Anarchy like Prohibition has Its fanatical element which is somewhat menace not n serious one It has but little respect for government for the simple reason that it was hatched In governments that never deserved any respect Still It has Humanity for Its basis- Philosophical Anarchy in tact Is the highest Ideal of morality and Jus tico but it is impracticable owing to human imperfections and limitations and like Prohibition must take Its place among the dreams But each has Its moral and humane side which will count In the day of reconstructed governmentThe Right Party Will also take a leading part Mankind will never be mentally or physi cally free until the mothers to whom they owe their existence are mentally and physically free free both of prlestcraft and of a manmade statecraft The emancipation of woman though far off Is still Is In sight and womankind may bo relied upon for standing on the side of right and jus ice The Freethought Party Peace Parties A new organization Tho Interna liana Peace Party Is moving forward with rapid strides and is bound to effect good It alms highat unl versal peace but In aiming at the FI I Impossible it will greatly help to mod peaceWeforever in motion and at strife and bte s creaturelives thattSomethingsonly hold in check or modify an UtopimustAll of these reform parties aro only happymean mnnNone eachIntheIncreasedwelcome tho Peace Party to Humani tys fold partyofsent as president The freest bold NotconsequentialIn InsignificantIt as an organization for you cannot organize organizethe religionondand quick growth and also why So Rightsandslow development In the former you youdovitalworks with all others It Is moreIconsequential than all others as it serviceinIs the pioneer partythe Influence and example which has blazed the haslefthuman liberty ChristianItyFor a thousand years the church rul ed the state absolutely Then Social SingleTaxersPolitical Economists and Female Suf fragists were wholly unknown There existed In those times only three classesKings Priests and Heretics It was the heretic who made every IstheRabelalsGrotetaire Mirabeau Volney Danton Con GibbonDoletlion unknown unrecorded and unsung DarwinHerbert KrapotkinStanton possibilities I belong to thatgreat element pf reform which is the pioneer in the worlds redemption which has ever stood in the Vanguard of freedom the party which truckles nCtckthatbelieveswill come only with mental emanci freedommen of every race and clime Superstitious Patriotism There is such a thing as the sup mottoOursuperstitious as anything can be The true patriot the humanitarian will stand for our country when she Is right and denounce her when she Is wrong for we never deal unjustly to intheEvery American should feel that onlyforman who has liberty for himself and is Indifferent to the liberty of the op pressed of other nations Is a super orindifferentliberty Is not secure when liberty anywhere among men Is endangered or crushedIBenjamin Franklin said to Thomas Paine Where liberty Is there Is my country Paine replied Where lib countrytheever fell from tho lips of any man Savior of God And this is tho motto and watchword of the Freethinker I choose to take my stand in tho Freethought ranks because I must bo in the front of the fight If In the fight at all The Freethinker has always blazed the personaleconomic liberty movementsIand in each I am interested and for each I speak and write They cannot all be correct but they are nearer correct because they have ono com mon objectthe uplifting of the weak of mankind They are the many deltas of one great river and the name of that river is Humanity Social Development It Is plain to every observer that LabortteSuffragist the Anarchist the Nihilist and tho Single Taxer are all maintain Anditly step by step than that they shouldI bound to power suddenly and undert excitement Slowly and surely theyI are growing Tho humanity move ment has become worldwide It is rocking both throne and altar Spain totteringTheirdare to speak for humanity It Is an despotIsmsitarian statesmen and a republic like this have not one single representa tive In the whole Congress of the United States there is but one man Mr Baker who dares defy tho money power But there was not ono man who dared to denounce the president 6 L f for sending Taft to tljo Vatican an act for which he should have been impeached nn act which was worse than the treason of Benedict Arnold There Is not one who has mado him self conspicuous in opposing the wa Inl0PPoslng gooddof being a representative of the masses Our Congress does not lack genius and brain it lacks conscience and comon honesty It Is composed of politicians not patriots men who like McKInley Born for the masses narrowed his mind And gave up to party what was meant for mankind Capital Not Congress Controls Congress does not control tho coun try Congress Is the plaything the tool of twenty or thirty men who con trol the wealth and therefore the trade of the United States These men are the real cabinet If they undeveloPIcdto Invest In a canal they ride shod over a sister republic the blood and treasure of tho roughI people to carry out their plans must have places to Invest the money which they drain from the veins of labor No matter which Is nominated he must knuckle to these twenty or thirty men If ho wishes to bo elected corporaI000000 an amount equal to the com blued public debt of Great Britain France and the United States They constitute what is called The Extra Constitutional Cabinet that of the president being only a figurehead It is they who largely direct the policies of government who control the coun trys money who cause and stop pan ics and who settle strikes And we call this thoroughly corrupt and diseased old govcnment a democracy Why this is not a free gov ernment and wo are not a free people What Is Freedom Freedom Is an expression of char acter a condition of morality You cannot make people free by making new laws any more than you can make laws to make people laugh Democracy does not give you freedom It only offers you the oppor tunity of freedom Freedom cannot be forced upon you If you want freedom you must take it We do not have freedom in this country simply because the people themselves aro not honest bravo and patriotic enough to take it and use It We never will have freedom until the masses wake up to the fact that they have indolently permitted their opportunities for freedom to slip by until they ire crushed by panics and made to suffer until their noses aro put to the grindstone and held there good and hard It is not so much a matter of education as it is a commonsense intelligent perception a real zation that your own liberty is not safe when the freedom of just one other man is jeopardized When tho time comes that the masses wake up and realize that they have been lazily submitting to tyranny and usurpation not found even in absolute monarchies then it will be fortunate for them and for all cerned and for the country that the reform parties I have mentioned stand organized to receive direct and advise them They may not be able to stay revolution but tney will prove- a temper to the maddened mind The advance and progress of these reform parties therefore are of a most healthy tendency Why are they growing I will tell you Each and all of these organiza tions has Humanity for Its basis With the two old dominant parties the question first in importance is How to beat each other Second How to maintain a system of Both have ceased to be human liberty Both have spoilsI dead letter of the fundamental ciples of republican their platforms are mostly catchphrases Intended to deceive With all the new reform parties the question Is not of spoils not of of lice but What Is best for my fellowman And this Is why they are grow- Ing all over the world Money is powerful Superstition is powerful and both are bloody Both are skilled In Intrigue diplomacy and knowledge of human weakness never have and they never will TheyI without a struggle- It is an unequal fight we hand but All merit comes from braving the unequal AH glory comes from daring to be gin Fate loves the man that reckless of the sequel Fights long and well whether ho lose or win Revolt Always Provoked As I have before shown neither ed ucatlon the ballot nor Christianity have over settled a 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In the language of old Tom Dun stan Its coming boys coming And when it comes all the great orm forces now organizing will throw aside their differences and up on the one great principle common to them all Humanity they will unite like many streams Into one resistless flood and the name of that flood shall be Revolution There Is no other way to wipe out evils which cannot be educated out voted out or prayed out of existence- I do not anticipate a sanguinary revolution Extortion usurpation and tyranny will slink out of danger and sight as soon as they perceive deter mination written upon the faces of the Security of a Nation The American people have come to believe that no matter what convul slops defeats and distresses have come or may come to other nations they are secure and at ease andiprice of liberty within as well as without a nation Dangers creep into a nation as sil ently as the footsteps of tho gods whose feet were shod with wool The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising We ore never secure and I believe that our greatest dan gers arise from the corruption within the to bray to me said Car lyle of America and Its model In stitutions and constitutions America too will have to strain Its energies crack its sinews and all but break its heart as the rest of us have had to do in thousand fold wrestle with the Pythons and muddemons before It can become a habitation for tho gods Revolution Justifiable- It Is conceded by the statesmen of all nations that revolution is justifia ble when Inspired by persecution freedom and humanity It is justifiable however only when every known rational plan has re peatedly failed There is much of madness and cruelty In revolutions pod they never wholly right cond itions but freedom would be un known without them Justice will not be held back and and resorts even to extreme measures In the future as in the past the pathway of progress will bear the traces of revolution and martyrdom WeIwar or without the nation But what do we see social econom ic and raco discontent within Mighty armies tramping up and down tho sweepingtheupon every breeze so also are the songs of Humanity What pains and tears the slightest steps of mans progress have cost Every hairbreadth forward has been In the agony of some soul and hu manity has reached blessing after blessing of all Its vast achievement andbleeding ttii i1 l THE SOUTHWESTr A Grand Country for Homeseekers rand Investors YfJ Excursion Rates Twice a Arkansas Louisiana and Texas or the greatest inducements for oflsons desiring to own their homes Cheap land producing almost thing that can be grown mild climate good schools good ter healthful surroudlngs anyIgrowing country are some of the for raising fruits vegetables for early markets Land that can be bought for to 10 per r 20011er f t plus 200 for the round trip April 4th and 18th special low wayfaro15OOand Carlo to points In Texas Low rates in proportion from points East of Memphis and Carlo Literature descriptive of above Olt and information about rates will requestLCotton Belt Route Cincinnati 0 TWO WOMEN- I lately wrote In the Blade a notice of a very wealthy Episcopal woman who in her young days was a famous beauty and society leader and who had lately subsccrlbed for the Blade She has sent me a message express lye of her high appreciation of my notice of her Another lady one of my neighbors college bred young married woman was reading Behind the Bars 31498 and she said Mama If we did not live here right by Mr Moore and know personally that this book la all true we would think It simply a beautiful novel A very large majority of the crimi nals in the prisons In this country aro believers in some creed In per predominatestwo God worked six days and on the preachersloafon the seventh They have a softer snap than God If it is good to have churches un propertyHelp spread Frecthought by circu lating the Blue Grass Blade You can get It In clubs of five for 50 cents Order five copies sent to your friends Wo lUll our subscriber who owe for the Blade once more to please pay up wo need the money to pay our debts l CONVERTED SKEPTIC BURNS HIS BOOKS Seta Fire to His Infidel Works After He has been Converted At Revival SINGS AS THE FIRE BURNS Vincennes Minister Meets With Won derful Success In Illinois Reli gious Meeting Vincennes Ind March 17The Rev P C Caublo returned from Ol ney today where he has been preaching for two weeks and relates a remarkable result of his labors A man named Dr T J Edwards who had been skeptic for twenty years and had written many books and magazine articles against the Christian religion attended the meet Ings On hearing the second sermon he was converted and renounced In fidelity Not only this he collected all his literature on the subject about 300 worth In an Immense heap In the roadway and set fire to It and as the bonfire consumed the books he sang and rejoiced It was a most remarkable scene The above was sent me with the fol lowing letter- Oakland City Indiana March 22 05 C C Mooro Dear sir and friend Some time ago I sent you my little boys picture You said In your remarks In the Blade that so many Ds In his name made him look like a Doctor of Divinity his name Is Donald Darwin Daly the accountllofrenouncing Infidelity which Is certain ly very sad If true- I hope It there la a Blade subscriber at Olney Illinois he or she will take this matter up and see what there Is In It also for the subscriber to watch the board that tries him for Insanity and the religious views of each of them I have been waiting ever since our Infidel Congress at SL Louis for Dr T J Bowles speech to appear In the Blade Just put me down for a dol lars worth of the B O Bs when you publish it I notice In the Blade that you have got your eagle eye on Wilkinson or rather that you were laying for him Out here In Indiana when r J spot a man we say setting on him T All the same your experience along jthe line seems to tally with mine- I have always found that when person wilfully ignores the truth or ignores justice between man and man or between neighbors sooner or later he gets the hot end of it You will finally see tha wronged person standing head and shoulders above the bulldozer I contend that any man or woman who has a remarkable amount of Intelligence feels better when they say I don know there Is a Godl dont know there is a heaven and says I do know that there Is no hell Wont it soon be time for the Committee to arrange for a place for our next Congress to for Oakland City Indiana W C DALY Cases of this kind are continually being reported in the papers and like that of Waggoner in Ohio are always found to be lies and I join with Bro Daly in asking that this one too be investigated and reported- to the Blade The story bears on its face the usual marks of a religious lie I never heard of any Dr T J Ed before and as an Infidel editor Atwards here in a state adjoining Indiana- It is simply morally impossible that and man who had written many books and magazine articles agalst the Christian religion and living that tear to me should be unknown to me Why are not some of the names of his books given and the names of some of the magazines for which he wroteI for years exchanged with all the Infidel magazines in America and- I do not remember ever to have heard of any Dr T J Edwards any where- In the whole world Dr T J Bowles is an Infidel and lives in Muncie in that same state Indiana They are two Dr T Js and Dr Bowles never wrote any book in his life on any subject and yet there are 100000 Infidels in America who know who Dr T J Bowles is If the Christians want to try their hand on converting somebody them try it on Dr T J Bowles and when they make a Christian out of him this thing will get to be interest Ing and yet nobody ever saw a more gentle and placable man than Dr Bowles or one who would listen more fairly and dispassionately to any argu ment that the Christians had to make to himI iA lit j 111I the Mayor of Philadelphia and set a time when they were all to meet at a certain place and pray for himIOf course the liars all knew that it was simply a political trick intend ed as a moans of saying to the Mayor that they would turn the church against him If he did not do as the preachers wanted him to do have Sunday observance and things like thatThey sent a delegation to ask him to come to their meeting His answer was that he was too busy They then asked him to listen to the prayers for him over the telephone and I suppose some fellow was going to pray into the other end of the telephone The Associated Press that reported it did not say what reply he made to tho telephone propose tion but I have never heard of the conversion of that Mayor Now I want them to try this scheme on Dr T J Bowles that thousands and thousands of us Infidels will say Is in full fellowship in Infidel ity and I will help the preachers to work the racket by printing theI scheme in the Blade that goes to every state and territory and country in America and we will all see what there is in this thing of praying and if preachers believe in the efficiency of prayer except in cases where thereI is some political pull In it now time to try it on If there is any such a man as Dr T J Edwards who has taken a proml nent part against Christianity and he is now convinced that in so doing he was wrong and that Christianity is true it would be his duty if he is an honest man so to Inform all Infidels publications and try to make all posse ble reparation for tho damage he has done by teaching a great error on the most Important thing in the world But you will never hear of any Dr T J Edwards who was an Infidel author or Infidel of any kind and the only explanation of this matter Is that either the Rev P C Cauble or the Evansville Courier has lied Of course they will both if there is any such fellow as Cauble hear about or see this for Infidels will send them marked copies of this but you will never hear of any confirmation of this story If it were true they could perfectly ItsIdo it Is but fair to assume that this is but one ofIare preach ers and printed by their newspaper pimps and grafters who know they toLmoney to tian fools and bigots If Edwards had sense enough to write many books of any sense against Christianity he certainly ought to have sense and honor enough to wrlto one for Christianity but nobody will ever see one and you wont hear anything more about this until some Infidels investigate and report to the Blade in the usual way In all such cases that it is all a lie There are of the professional religious liars in the pulpits of the United States and the whole gang will know this is a lie but all the same they take all such cases as this without investigation because they dont want to find out the truth and spout them out on Sundays to catch the idiotic suckers who bite at their preacher lies do not have to be plausible or reasonablejust any old thing will do It does not say whether this road way was in the country or in town and no mention is made of what the police were doing while a fellow was setting fire to an Immense heap of books in the streets and singing and cutting up shines around the bonfire like a Fe ice Islander so glad that he had just captured a fat missionary that he was going to roast whole for dinner LEXINGTON MAN WRITES ABOUT THE CROSS Lexington Ky March 20 05 Mr C C Moore Dear sirPublished in 1755 Samuel Johnson in his English Dictionary gives this as one of the definitions under the word Invention The Em press Helena in the time of Constantine the Great being in Jerusalem was informed that the cross of our Savior was burled in his sepulcher Upon this she order them to dig when they found the cross and nails together with the crosses of the two thieves but the wood upon which the partedlgulch our Saviors from the rest until Macarous Bishop of Jerusalem put them upon the following expedient He ordered a dying woman to be brought and placed upon the crosses two of which gave her no manner of relief but being set upon the third she recovered the first moment she touched it The Empress built a stately church in the place whore the lrT iNM t I cross was found where she left some part of the wood richly ornamented carrying the rest with the nails to Constantinople Johnson comment log says This story is sufficiently loaded with lying absurdities as to need no confatation This is not written for publication but I send it to you as a pointer I never saw this statement of the found Ing of tho church only in Johnson You have been there and ought to knowA T PARKER For tho full details about the Church of the Holy Sepulcher I can only refer you to Dog Fennel in the Orient the only authentic history of Jerusalem and Palestine generally of which I know All others known to me nearly all being written by preachers are filled with just such lies as that about the resuscitated woman if we except possibly aud barely pos sibly Mark Twains Innocents Twain tells many lies about that country which to Intelligent people who have been there are evident ly intended to be understood as jokes but those who have not been there cannot tell all the time whether or not he is joking For Instance though his account of the grave of Adam is one of the salient stories of Innocents Abroad I had never thought of it as anything but a pure fiction until I actually saw It In the Church of the Holy Sepul cher about 50 feet from the pretended grave of Jesus Mark Twain though now an Infidel and probably so then would not dare to tell the whole about what ho saw lest it might Injure the sal of the bookWithout knowing exactly how I got my information if at all I am under the impression that the publishers of Innocents Abroad overhauled the book so as to make it some less shock Ing to Christian Ignorance and preju account of the finding of the cross by SL Helena the Mother of Constantine the Great Scoundrel Is the same tnat the guides told me except that I can only recall that aImiracle of some kind distinguished the cross of Christ from those of the two thieves withou being able to say just what the miracle was but with a strong impression that it was what Johnson says- I was so far as I know the only one of our party of 468 who went down jnto what looks like a natural cave in the rock into which the crosses were said to have been thrown and into which through a longitudinal hole Helena is said to have thrown money all the time the people were digging for the crosses to keep them at work a story which Is preposter ous to one who has been down in the hole that in size would be equal to a room 20 feet square and 10 feet high That Jesus was burled in that Church of the Holy Sepulcher does not at all comport with the New Tes tament account of it and all the other pretensions about the place are most flagrantly absurd while that Jesus was crucified or hanged according to Pauls statement on Calvary a small mountain outside of the walls of Jer usalem the church of the Holy Sep ulcher being near the center of the cityand buried in a tomb In the partly natural and partly artificial wall of a garden into which the tomb or vault opens thoroughly comports with the New Testament account of it and is in accord with what is perfect ly reasonable to suppose may have occurred there it being understood of course that all the miraculous parts of the story of the death of Jesus have been Invented by the same class of liars who have made such stories in connection with the lives and deaths of the founders of other roll gions A WORD ABOUT GOD Editor Blue Grass Blade In your issue of February 12th Mr A C Fisher presents some thoughts on the God question and tries hard by asking Questions to show that God is a necessity to plain natural mysteries But the great est mystery of which the human mind can conceive is one lie leaves untouched and that is this If there is a God what made him If there is one did he come by chance or create himself and bow could his existence be explained either way By what power or process would chance work or how could a nonexistent being another name for nothing become something with intel ligence and power to act We can wrestle forever with a mystery termed God to account for all other mysteries or we can try to solve anyone of Natures mysteries without the slightest success It explains nothing when the declaration is made that God did it for what is God that he can do things Is the biggest part of the mystery and if God is omnipotent why is he like us the slave of condi jc tons Omnipotence is another word for infinite power and such power should be able to do anything at anytime but God is not for he cannot produce vegetation only with mole ture and heat he cannot and never has produced any form of life without a certain temperature and when thermal conditions are absent on the face of this old earth there is nothing do IngAll of Natures products are depen dent on conditions and time is one of them as well as heat and moisture An omnipotent God if there is one should not be handicapped by time but evidently he is for months are required to produce the physical form of man and beasts Ho seems subject to universal laws just the same as we finite creatures aro for invaria ble laws demand compliance if he does anything and only by confront ing to them can he produce vegetation or forms of sentient life Noth ing takes place in tho domain of universal Nature that is not in strict accord with laws that have never shown the slightest mutation so these laws or modes o motion are really the arbiter of results Upon them depends the exercise of force and a personal Godthere can be no other conceived ofhas no moro to do with infinite force acting in obedience to fixed and stable laws than I have in producing tho rotary movement of this earth or its orbital transit Force and law are always ready to produce results but conditions play most im portant parts Heat the only source of force that exists in the universe will hatch eggs and produce chickens whether imparted by a setting hen a manure pile such as the ancient Egyptian used Or a modern Incuba torHeat is the parent of every form of life the cause of all motion and the only form of force power energy name it what you will that ever stirred an atom or moved a molecule Analyze heat and you get to the primal secret of Nature the cause and the producer of all motion in created and indestructible matter If you are looking for the God that runs the universe there is where you will find him and nowhere else but you will never know any more about this first and foremost secret of Nature than you know today for it is envel oped in mystery that nothing can penetrate Heat is a property of mat ter that is all we know or ever can know so its manifestations are the only things that we can observe or study Ah philosophy that goes back of heat as a universal force will result wasted time and futile efforts for Iln is the stopping place for human investigations There we encounter the unknowable and butt up against the impossible for we have struck the Great First Cause if there ever was any in a beglnnlngless eternity Take heat out of the universe and you kill not only Fishers Godi pry other kind from the anthropomorphic Jehovah to the pantheistic product of Ly man Abbott Having found the force that animates the universe and sures the procession of the planets we can proceed to investigate it as far as our senses will permit but that is not far for while we watch the changes it produces in molecular for mations we know absolutely nothing as to heat itself Whether it has intelligence and designs all its forma tions or forever keeps busy in accordance with the Inherent principles of matter may be Interesting queries to cogitate upon but cogitation settles nothing and all that mortal man can ever know Is that the marvelous works of Nature are produced through the mysterious action of heat If any one wishes to monkey with the Imagination and to theorize with baseless fancies behind this ultimate fact cessible to human knowledge the privilege is open to do so without restrictions but as facts alone have value few will care to thus waste their time Nothing has rested so heavily on the Intellect of mankind and had so great an Influence in arding the progress of the race as the God idea False conceptions of life and its duties have sprung from that idea and driven men Into states of foolishness where no absurdity was too great to believe and Influence their lives The God idea is the basis of theology the foundation of religion and the parent of countless sup erstitions It has prevented reason made fools and slaves of men and prevented rational Investigation in the realms of Nature It Is the most senseless idea on which mortal man ever wasted his time and this assertion as proven by the fact was not even able to define his Idea of God so as to make it intelligible to any one else since the Jewish conception was discarded of a prodigious being in human form Andwhen that Idea was held reason was stuplfled by it There was never an idea of God worth holding for an instant for each and all have been the product of the imag jjQW r1i fI i LoW RATEONEWAY COLONIST TICKETS V- IANORTHERN PACIFIC On Sale at all R Ticket Offices March 1 to May 15 TO Fontana Idaho Oregon lilasbington J J FERRY Dlit Passenger Agent 40 E 4th St Cincinnati Regarding Rates and Train Service write to A CLELLAND P A ST PAUL MINN For Information and Maps write to C W MOTT E P ST PAUL MINN OVVN a Home of Your Own a Your opportunity to see the productive sections of MONTANA IDAHO and WASHINGTON Great Northern Ry i LOW ONEWAY COLONIST RATESi ON SALE EVERY DAY FROM MARCH 1st to MAY 15th InclusiverTake a Side Trip to the Lewis and Clark Exposition Portland Oregon Opens June Closes October 15 1905 Send for FREE PAMPHLET describing Washington and Montana to F I WHITNEY General Passenger and Ticket agent St Pauli MinnrMAX BASS General Immigration Agent 220 Clark SL Chicago 1 Ill Inatlon hence totally valueless and perfectly absurd Tho visible works of Nature are tho proper study for mankind and in them wo see neither design nor purpose but merely adaptation as cause and effect alternate in their perpetual play with molecules moving in response to the power of heat The words of Zeno cannot be repeated too often so here they go again There is no God but Nature no destiny but fate Fate is another name for conditions Conditions insured our entrance into life they control us at all times and will eventually cause our exit While they permit let us make the most of life and if we take advantage of con ditions from day to day we are do- Ing all an man can do to attain success Gods that do not exist are pow erless to help or hurt us and he who pins faith to any or believes that design and purpose are forces in or behind Nature cherishes a delusion and fools himself with an erroneous idea CHANNING SEVERANCE STATISTICS Of Prisons and Lunatic Asylums Show the Bad Effects of Christianity Pasadena Calif March 11 05 Brothers Moore and Hughes- I read in a recent issue of the Blade a short letter from Dr A W Foreman of White Hall Illinois ask- Ing for prison statistics he was going to deliver in a short lecture- I wrote to Dr Foreman telling him how and where to get prison and asy lum statistics and received a very interectlng letter thanking me for the valuable information My object in writing this letter is to Inform the Blade readers how and where to get these There is no weapon so valuable to Infidels as these statistics They are so overwhelming against the churches that any average man or woman can use theme effect ually They show thoroughly that the churches cannot show the moral fruits of their teachings If as large a per centage of convicts were fur nlshed by the Infidel ranks as is furnished by the churches every pulpit would hand them to its hearers at every opportunity and carry them In their pockets to harass Infidels to death with I have nearly 8000 pages of such statistics in my house that I have collected In the last thirty years They are my weapons with which to fight Christianity Each person is entitled by law to all reports of all public institutions of his state In sending to other states lfrja li m SrJ I would suggest to send ten cent stamp That will Insure the coming of the report Send to the Warden cf the peniten tiary he is always a preacher and ways f makes the part of the report you want If he lies in making the report that is not our fault Send to the Superintendent of the asylum or hospital The reports of the Insane asylums are almost as interesting as those of the prisons for they show almost all many insane from religion as from liquor and a much smaller percent of recoveries A religious craze is the most dangerous craze they have to deal with If the readers of the Blade gener ally will collect these statistics and use them I believe it will help largely to increase its circulation E LEWIS P SThe club of five I sent you nearly a year ago want to know when their time is up they want to renew I have hopes of some more subscrlb ers soon If I can get time to attend to the matterrVVV Warden Come of the Ohio peniten was not a preacher by considerable odds CARD PLAYING AND DANCING Le Sueur Is Not to Be Converted4 From Its Sinful Ways t Le Sueur Minn March 3Last night was the culminating moment of the evangelist meetings which have been held here for over two weeks for It was the time when Evangelist John son hud promised to deliver the final blow to cards and dancing and to drive every pack of cards out of town An audience of about five hundred people filled the opera house to its utmost extent crowding the lobby to the sidewalk and taking up the space behind the scenes on the stage For two full hours the speaker portrayed the horrors of the allied methods of sinning and tried to show his hearers how cardplaying and dancing lead down to destruction but when the lecture was ended and he called for converts to come forward and give him their pledge to abstinence in the future not one came About fifty people who had never played cards or danced came forward and added another vow to the settled principles but not a convert moved forward from the hundreds that con fronted the speaker Help spread Freethought by sending out Freethought litera tune w Vii 1y