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ITiW- yJ p tJ Vcf i iif 1 ATTTE ORASS BLADEJ EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN AD7AXBS VOLUME XIV NUMBER 9LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MAY 7 E M 305 = 100 A YEAR TERM3 OF THE BLADE 1 issue for one year 100 In clubs of five NEW subscribers teats each 260 for five ifTerml100 per year 160 In advance r Five New subscriber sent one Tear for 260 Jt t Make all Money Orders Drafts ands Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky Whlnyou change your address ad vise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber IOffice ef puibllcatloa156 W Short at Lexington K c Entarsd at the post office at Lazing tOnK7 as Second glass Mall Matter f Address all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P O BOX Lexington Kentucky FVyette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 301 r WESTERN WASHINGTON with Its vast bodies of timber affords + r nmplo opportunity for the establish ment of lumber and shingle mills The soil when cleared Is exceedingly productive and fruit grain and vego tables grow In great abundance These 1f find a ready market In the lumber camps tEe larger cities and the Alas T ka trade Government timber land can still bo secured while cutover lands suitable for dairying and truck f gardening can be purchased at rea sonable prices along the Northern l Pacific Railway between Seattle and Sumas For maps and full Information re J garding this and other regions along it Cthe Northern Paclfis Railway ask for Series H 123 It Wrlteto C W MOTT Gen Emigration Agt t Northern Pacific Ry St Paul Minn i BLUE GRASS TRACTION CO i Cars leave Lexington for Paris every hour from 6 a m to 9 a m ex cept 11 a m 1 and 8 p m Leaves i Paris for Lexington every hour from 3 a m to 10 p m except 12 noon 2 tand 9 p m Vr Leaves Lexington for Georgetown r every hour from 7 a m to 11 p m Iexcept 11 a m and 10 p m Leave J Georgetown for Lexington every hour from 6 a m to 10 p m except 10 a m 12 noon 7 and 9 p m Car 14 carrying freight express and trunks leaves Lexington for Georgetown at 350 Leaves George town at 10 a m Leaves Lexington for Paris at 1135 a m Leaves Paris at 145 p m Freight rates also special rates for excursions for supper and theater parties and for school buslnesn and family tickets can be had on applica tion at the companys office 404 West Main street Lexington Ky E T Phone 610 Home Phone 1274 Y ALEXANDER President t Send us a club of five subscrib ers for the Blade at 50 cents each We want to increase the circula tion of this paper several thous and copies this spring Do your part T i i lA SLUMP In Students for the Ministry at Large Amcricji Universities an w by A Report of the St Paul Dispatch The St Paul Dispatch of April has Its first page devoted to a large colored picture of and discussion of the matter of studying for the minis try by young men at the largest leges and universities of America Tho article is headed Why I will not become a minister By Three Hun dren Senior College Students I take from the article extracts as fol a few weeks ago It was an nounced that a gift of 1100000 to aid in the education of deserving students had been made lb Union Theological Seminary Now York following a gift of 240000 made last November As this Institution was already wealthy it may bo observed that the path of the pupils In attendance there Is by no means hard financially And yet with all the advantages It offers only 140 young men are now prepare ing there for the ministry Other theological seminaries through out tho land are by no means crowded as a rule Is the mlnatr ceasing to appeal to young men If so why It was for the purpose of finding out whether or not such could bo the fact that this newspaper made a canvass of tho senior classes of six of tho biggest col leges in America As a result of this canvass It would scorn that the broad field denominated as business appears to offer the greatest attractions at present to students in the college In um period of tremendous industrial activity of wonderful opportunities and remark able successes the enthusiasm of youth is eager to try a lance In the lists of finance or commerce- It Is shown by personal canvass hat c 41g uniTln the graduating ciass at Yale this year 90 will go Into business 70 into the law 30 into teaching into Journalism into medicine and 12 into the ministry The remainder expect to take up a variety of special interests or have not yet determined upon an avocation A canvass of fifty members of the senior class at Harvard shows that only three of that number intend to become clergymen and ono of the three Is not yet certain that he will not change his mind Of the fifty eleven expect to study law nine expect to become physicians four are preparing for newspaper work six aro fitting themselves to be teachers seven are planning business careers while the remainder have various alms or none at all In the senior class at Princeton numbering nearly three Lundred only six are announced as candidates for ordination to clerical orders while business will claim eightyeight the law sixtyone medicine eighteen teaching twelve and civil engineering sixteenA more remarkable state of fairs exists at Cornell where in a senior class of 500 only three have indicated their intention of entering the ministry During the last ten years tho average number of Cornell graduates becoming clergymen Is said to bo less than five a year from classes ranging from 300 to 500 Seven of the 559 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania this year will probably enter the ministry Of the others 370 will be graduates of the law medical and dental depart ono of the thirtytwo senior classmen of John Hopkins University leans toward tho religious profession Among the remarks of the 300 stu dents that were interviewed tho fol lowing are samples of what they said Modern research makes It hard for a thinking man to follow out tho hodox lines in preaching- A clergyman Is too much removed from other men In their Interests of dally life Tho dead line in tho ministry If at fifty robs most of them of many years of interesting and useful life Among the members of Princetons graduating class tho opinion seemed to prevail that tho ministry was desirable enough In somo ways but that there were more opportunities of ris ing to distinction and gaining wealth In other avocations A number acknowledged that they i intended entering other professions because through certain circum stances or influence they had already been assured of advanced positions while a minister has to start at tho best men several Princeton mon affected to believe are not going into the ministry now For the most part they said the presentday young clergymen belong to a class of worthy but unpolished persons who are true gentlemen at heart but who would bo hopelessly at a loss in a drawing room or at a largo dinner ta ble The minister Is not half as Influen tial in the community as ho was fifty years ago The newspaper men and the writer have more Influence Those holding the lastexpressed opinion asserted that In their opinion while it was a deplorable fact it was nevertheless true that tho social status of tho average minister is not all that a man of culture and refine ment could desire Very frank were a number of Cor nell seniors who stated that they did not care to preach tho doctrines ad vanced by the different denominations of today Beyond this however was tho materialistic Idea which underlies the alms of the majority In all the univer sities tho claim that tho ministry does not pay sufficiently well Said a department senior I ected the Idea the ministry after much thought as a place for men of sentiment and not for men of action Spirituality is the only thing that should call a man to tho ministry and I did not feel called was the reason given by a student of dentistry My mother wished mo to be a cle gyman hnd I studied with that end in view remarked a senior In the medical school When I got Into college however scientific research gavo me far different ideas than those I had previously entertained and I concludedthat I coulqnot boa clergyman In the ministry said the last young man Interviewed one must conform his views to dogma in science ones views are formed by what he finds I preferred science Parents do not look upon the min- Istry with the same high regard that they did In years past A decline of interest in things re ligious and spiritual duo to tho Im mense prominence which scientific training is given- I am deeply absorbed In science a third explained I do not believe that religion would be better off for my teaching I may be an evolution ist for all I know Tho life of a clergyman Is too lim ited in many ways The salary and comparatively easy life a clvyyman leads do not in my opinion compen sate him for his loss ot the socalled worldly pleasures was tho opinion of a fourth The university mans ideal of what a minister should be Is so high that he feels ho cannot conscientiously measure up to it That there is a deepseated skepticism among tho students of tho average college I think is certain This is responsible for mnay turning ttelr backs on the clerical profession From this investigation made bY tho Dispatch it Is evident that tho ministry Is regarded just as any other business calling Its purpose being to mako money That science is Inducing deepseat ed skepticism is also evident What is palmed off for science In the ordinary colleges and universities may not havo this effect but the high est instruction of real science in our highest literary institutions and among the most intelligent young men is making Infidels- It is evident that tho clergy do not command the respect of intelligent people as they once did and that preachers do not come from our best families and are not very wel come in our finest society and that it is humiliating to be a preacher Certainly Christianity is declining among tho intelligent Montreal Quo April hA dlsas trous firo broke out at an early hour today and reduced to ashes the vent In tho little village of St Gene- vIeve One nun eight children and four old ladles lost their lives r LAMITYS HARPOON Christian Paper Published In the Interest of tho Liquor Business And Gambling I have received the first copy I have ever seen or heard of of K Lamltys Harpoon which is Vol No 12 Its editor is J S Bonner It is beautifully gotten up but is a vilo sheet and is follloAs regards the Modern Bible Stor fee I will say that never in my life have I knowingly unvjuoted tile lan guage or spirit of that grand old Book of Books nor wrote ono line that would indicate other than a tlrm belief in its teacnjiis Inn pod old self righteous brother who fancies him self the special agent of PravidenceI to pose as a model for morals wrote mo that I made fun of the Bible Go bless his poor old shriveled soul he couldnt see a joke or recognize It if he met It In the road Tho happiest man on earth is the true honest charitable conscientious man because he is a Christian Such men aro natural Chlrstians because they possess every requisite laid down by Jestis the Christ Long faces long public prayers and groans and grunts TheIit Tho worship of God must come from the heart not tho lips or tho face The shortest prayers aro soonest answered so far as the record shows first editorIal headed Three rapes In one day is blue penciled by tho editor and sent me It tries to be funny and to talk like the Blue Grass Blade and tuc ceeds possibly so far as language is concerned but the difference is that the Blade talks for good morals and the Harpoon talks for bad morals- It is a brutal effort to induce hatred of Ut Ncgro s Of course the c BJ B Kong In many Instances but no mWe wrong and not in so many Instances as white preachers do I was born to own Negroes and have lived among them all my life and pect to die among them I have been a white preacher and have been studying them for more than a half century and I say now nearly 70 years old that tho average Negro man Is a better man than the average white preacher- A sample of the language of this Christian damfool about the Negro Is as follows I know I am merely an tumble obscure citizen with no claims to traordinary Intelligence but I believe I know some things as well as any one Ono thing I know positively and that Is the fact that tho nigger is a disturbing element when placed on either political or social equality with tho white races With the white man as master a quasi peace might be maintained but that is alL Another thing I know to be an absolute fact education will never make the nigger the white mans equal nor will It ever completely eradicate the beast which Is his predominating characteristic Ho was born a nigger and a nigger he will remain In spite jf Boston hell o lupL water You cast make a silk dress out of a gunny sack- I do not believe I would intention ally do any living creature an un necessary or wanton injury Suffering by man or beast elicits mv sincerest sympathy In this however I con sider that my own friends and my own race should have precedence If I saw a white man and a nSKger in equal Jeopardy of their lives would try to rescue the white man first Sue ceedlng in this I would next use equal exertions to save the coon if I saw a nigger and mule both struggling In the WOUlll1firstafter the muTe I contend that thisI would lie right and proper the time I knew tho nigger to bo ab solutely worthless while the mulo would cash in for 200 For that reason I feel Justified In saying that I consider the welfare and safety of ono honest virtuous AmerI- can woman of more value than the ex istence of every nigger that ever made a fiatIron track on the Ameri can whole profan1Ity if r tn nor print of other peoples writing in the Blade Banner is not fit to black the boots of Booker Washington and there are many Negroes in Lexington who are my friends who would scorn to asso- cIate with K Lamlty J S Bonner as the ass calls himself just as I would scorn to associate with him Tho next editorial in the paperhe writes the wholo thing is opposing the law against gambling and the next one headed About Pistol Totems is opposing the law against carrying pistols and the next ono is an editor- Ial in favor of the liquor trade It has eleven saloon advertisements sumo of them occupying a whole page There are advertisements of other people who aro engaged in reputable business showing that no matter how low down and deprave and brutal and Ignorant a man may be tho large majority of the the people will patron- Ize him if ho sets up a hypocritical whine about how ho loves Jesus All the other articles in the paper aro in the interest of the liquor drink ing business- I believe that Harpoon is the vilest publication I ever read- I sometimes get discouraged that we Infidels are no better than we aro but there Is not in tho whole world any Infidel paper that would print such debased and degenerated rot as this Jesus howler ails up his whole paper with SAYS SCRIPTURE SWUNG JURY New Trial of Murder Case Asked cause Bible Was Quoted Des Moines Iowa April 3Because the prosecutng attorney quoted Scripture in his address to the city counsel for Marshall Fielding convict ed of manslaughter asks for a new trial The motion will be argued next weekFielding was found guilty of the murder of his vita nt Buxton The onnty lrrnnv u Thou shalt not kill in his final ad dress to the Jury Counsel for the defense advanced tho novel arguDlfoW this simple Bible quotation Influenced the jury and caused a feeling of prejudice against his client WANT SOME LONG ARTICLES FOR THE BLADE Gotten up in a Pecularlar Way I have lately received some long articles for the Blade that I greatly prize and I hope that many others of the same sort and style will be sent meThey are very long and are written upon one side of the paper and the paper Is not creased but comes to me nice and fiat If they are not in nice orderthese long onesI throw them In my kindling barrel and when they are in nice orderthese very long onesI use them by writing for tho Blade on tie blank side of them I am never going to say anything more against long articles Please send them in CRAZED BY hcLIGION Brother and Sister Sent to Insane Asylum Benson Minn April 8Gunerlus- J Strom of Six Mile Grove was brought to this city last Thursday and examined as to his sanity He was committed to Fergus Falls and was taken there tho same day The very next day his sister Anna was adjudg ed Insane and sent to the same institu tion Too much religion is said to be the cause Both refused to eat any thing CONFUCIUS IS ONLY GOD FOR CHINAMAN So help me Confucius I do This is the way San On Lung pro prletor of a Chinese restaurant In Minneapolis swore in the Mill City police court today that he would tell the truth as a witness When the clerk started to adminis ter usual oath containing tho words So help me God tho China man said he did not believe in God and would swear only by Confucius so was allowed to affirm after this manner i T CETSAjthvffRgE J BECAUSE SHE WENT TO CHURCH TOO MUCH At Los Angeles California Judge Trash granted a divorce to Thompson H Zeigler because his wife went to church too much From her own testamony it appears j that Mrs Zelglers weekly entertain ment personal was as follows SundayTo church twice sometimes ofteno- rlIondayWomans Christian Tem peranco union- Tuesday Missionary society Wednesday Prayer meeting T Thursday Mothers club FridaySunday school class enter tainment SaturdayChurch social or shopping In the department stores SHOOTING IN ZION Son of Prominent Deacon Seriously Wounds Son of Another Officer i Chicago April 22AU Zion City Is sworn to secrecy over an occurrence which has stirred the town 13 noth ing has since It was established It ia the first affair of tho kind to occur in jthoof another officer wounded him ia the neck and he now lies in a critical con t I the shooting vyis acciden tal or Intentional has not yet been proved as the one who held the volver protests that he did not intend to hit tho other and the victim fa taUl to be in too serious a condltlc tell the officers the exact facts While the name of the young man who did the shooting it given as Pearce the name of the victim la being studious ly guarded CHRISTIAN SUICIDES Trnidnd Colo April220n t the cross just as the Savior died centuries ago a fanatical mem ber of a suet of Penitents is re ported to have died yesterday at Torres Las Animas county Colo AStP4UemormlGoode and Cote Brilliante aven j fjiugafternoon while Dr E Duck concludinghis sr t DIED UPON THE CROSS s Religious Fanatic In Colorado Is Cru clued by Members of His Sect Made the Cross Himself Other Acts of Self Torture Inflicted by Members of the Band Trinadad Colo April 22 On the cross just as tho Savior died centurAlee ago a fanatical member of the Ponltcntes is reported to have died yesterday at Torres Las Almas county Trinidad people claim to have been among tho eyewitnesses but they agreed among themselves not to talk for publication so tho details are not yet known According to tho report current here however the victim was nailed to a cross of his own formation and died in agony that ho did not seem to feel wrought as ho was to a delir ium of religious fervor The story of the crucifixion Is vouch ed for by Henry D Robinson an au tomobile agent of this city who taw a crowd of Mexicans who had been eyewitnesses and wero discussing ho tragic scene In the old days so It Is said tho carrying out of an actual crucifixion was not uncommon among the pent tentes but it was supposed to have been abandoned long ago although it is known that tho practice of self torture is still carried out among the members of the order during Holy Week 5f2 E 1 2 m r CONGRATULATE Wilkinson on the Immense Improvement In his Paper The Gospel Searchlight Did my Criticism of It Have this Effect The Gospel Searchlight of April II 15th comes to me a perfectly decent paper It Is a case of Deformed Transformed for lately It has been as scurrilous a newspaper as I ever saw excepting Zacharys Christian Quarterly that was denounced by the Christian Standard a Oampbelllto pa per of Cincinnati and then suppress ed by the government as unfit and un lawful to pass through the malls Zachary had then sought to make the Gospel Searchlight the organ of his pubescent vituperations and was using the G S Just like it was a sewer pipe His picture or me and his disserta dons on my stealing Muirs hogs were too disgusting granting them all to be abundantly true to appear in any paper of ordinary decent pretension but the last issue of the G S has neither the name of Zachary nor any allusion to him in it Zachary was not the limit he was below the limit and a man who has been tabooed by his own sect and suppressed by the government and who has since then all the matter of the Bandana cook woman affair stuck on to his already malodorous frame is not a character to be allowed a full swing of his pubescence in any de cent publicationa So that it is presumable that the S has given Zachary the shake Now let the good work in that line go on and let the S eliminate from its columns Clarke Braden the Camp bclllte preacher whose son stole 10 000 from the American Express Co not that a man is or ought to be responsible for the deeds fo his son but the boy seems to be a chip ort the old block and Braden and Baker here in Lexington the Campbellite preacher now under trial for the peniten nary with fine prospects for getting there Eli are three pals who are roll glous cooperants none of the trio be- Ing any too good for a well regulated penitentiary that would give them Jobs at least my old Warden Coffin wouldwhen they could not vitiate the morals of the balance of the victs I have been a convict in the largest prison in America 2300 in matesthat was managed by the most distinguished penologist in America Hon 1J OYComn an Infidel and 6ne- t dOlU andn ostgstpwirre friends i ever had and he would not have put any one of those three men where they could associate with the higher class of prisoners or even have given them a Jerico ticket Former issues of the S have been filled with abuse by one sect of Camp bellltcs of another sect of Campbel lltes over the organ question the dis pute being as to whether a little wheezing asthmatic machine about as big as a Dagomonkey hand organ should be blowed to heaven or to hell Wilkinson advocating the latteras- a machination to assist in the customary windJamming in ecclesiasticism All of that rot has been given the glad goby And then Wilkinson doesnt have anything to say about how he fiaxed me in debate a mat ter which however true he should not have claimed so long as his criterion says Let another praise thee and not thine own lips There still stands however a charge against Wilkinsons character that he may fix up any way to suit himselfJust any old way will suit me and be grist to my mill Wilkinson printed in his S that tae postmaster at Ryan the town where we had the debate told him Wilkinson that since our debate there ai the Blades subscribers there had quit the paper ands have printed in the Blade the postmasters state ment that he never said so and you have seen In the Blade letters from men and women there supporting me with their words bad their money more than they have ever done and the testimony of a man who says he has known Wilkinson from his boy hood and as always thought favorably of him until now ho doubts him and have challenged Wllglnson through the Blade to find anybody in Ryan Indian Territory Christian or Infidel who would say anything about me or sustain his assertion that I only acted a gentleman while I was there because he was there to make me do it and promised and still promise to print any such letter in the Blade and have never received any such lettter and Wilkinson has never printed any such letter In his S and does not seem likely to do so and the plain English about the matter seems to be that Wilkinson has lied and he may get out from under the Imputation or stay under It Just as suits him The great mistake that Gen Lee made at the first battle of Manassas was In not letting Stonewall Jackson run the Yanks clear through Washing i ii fCt11ji1 ft ton City and out the other side into the Potomac river or any where they would go and if the Japs have made any mistake It was in allowing the Russians stop to rest when the Japs had them on the dead run but I am not going to let up on Wilkinson until fixes up that postoffice lie some wayThat is a great country for religious debating the Campbellltes taking the lead and hitherto there being no del paper in that country and the Campbellltes having two or three they have lied so as to have things all their own way but I am onto their twirls now and the Blade will go through that country and show up those lows Jvst as I am now doing THINGS ARE COMING- OUR WAY GRADUALLY Zoar 0 April 2l 1905 Mr C C Moore Dear slrI herewith enclose editor ial clipping from the Kansas City StarThings are coming our way grad my best wishes PETER BIMELER The above is beautifully written on fine letterhead paper that shows Bro Bimeler to be a miller- I have successfully run more ferent kinds of business than any man in America I have been and still am a farmer editor and author Beside these I have been a miller banker Insurance agent newspaper reporter captain of fire department drummer tourist preacher lecturer and probably several others equally- as respectable that I have forgotten about being old now and losing my memory and the big part of the ance of my mental apparatus- I never tried to doyes I have been chaplain and surgeon and doctor in the Confederate hospitalsbut two things that I couldnt do eat dried apples and be auctioneer at a sale These two things and preaching are all three alike simply a question of and an auctioneer have to be like a catfish all mouth and no brains and my mouth didnt have the right set for dried apples the only thing that any body else In the world can eat that I have not eaten with pleasureI a dried apple manufacturer friend of the Blade In Canada tloimlllStandvtonly mill that I now own is a coffee mill I run it every day and like the mills of the gods I grind exceed Ingly finethe way to make coffee learned it In Constantinople and Cairo The clipping from the Kansas City Star Indicates that things are com ing our way but I think gradually is drawing it too mild It Is as follows Changes In ylon John D Rockefellers good and reg ular standing as a member of the Baptist church has already attracted attention to the difference between the religion of his former days and that of the present When ne was a young man he was accounted to have escaped from the wrath to come by virtue of Immersion and church endance though some mress was laid incidentally on a formal correctness of behavior as husband and parent Today people are beginning to re quire in addition the observance of the promptings of the social con Is only one of the many respects in which religious teaching has shifted in the last forty years The truth is that the gulf between the con ceptions In the more advanced semi caries today and me beliefs of a half century ago is deeper than that which the previous 400 years had produced The Protestant theologian of the 50s had more in common with Calvin or Luther than the leading scholars of today have with their predecessors of the middle of the last century The old quibbling over the meaning of words and phrases has already dis appeared Calvinists and Armlnlans occasionally hold disputations In the smaller towns where the sectarian spirit has lingered but such deflates as Mrs Trollops for instance heard In Cincinnati lasting for days are no longer popular Much less importance power though that was their prac than formerly is attached to forms and ceremonies Augustines belief In the world of darkness set off sharply against the world of light after a dominion In the church for a thousand years has been undermined by the development of the evolution theory It has been shown that the conceptions of morality grew only gradually in the minds of savages and that actions now regarded IB slnfull in a primitive stage of civ Izatlon may have been virtuous At the same time the fear of hell fire has undeniably weakened and doubts have town as to the souls immortality J j iJ u iJJl The change in the attitude toward the Bible has been most marked of all Even those who hold to the absolute Inerrancy of the Scriptures can notavold observing the Increased number of persons who no longer here to that view It is no longer possible to quote a text to many church members People of unim peachable faith are believing that the Bible is not an accurate account of the dealings of God but a record of mens attempts to find out the Al mighty The confidence In an Infallible book which had existed unimpaired for centuries after Luther has perceptibly weakened in the last two are a few of the differences which Impartial observers cannot fall to notice between the state of religion- a generation or two ago and its condi tlon today- P SI have also been a school teacher and know more about short hand than any man In the United States A TRIBUTE TO INGERSOLL Some one has sent me a piece of some English paper on which Is an article headed The Immoral athlest Robert Ingersoll by the wicked ag nostic Robert Blackford Extracts from the sayings of Inger soil given in the article are as fol lowsTruth Is the intellect wealth of the noblest of occupations Is the search for truth The man who finds a truth lights a real searcher after truth will not receive the old because it is old not reject the new because it Is sew On the brow of the finder of a fact the laurel Is placed Let us be honest Let us preserve the veracity of our souls Let educa tion commence in the cradleIn the lap of the loving mother The grandest ambition that any man can possibly have is to so live and so improve himself In lie ham brain as to be worthy of the love of some splendid woman and the grand est ambition of any girl is to make herself worthy of the love and adoration of some magnificent man That Is my idea There is no success In life without love and marriage You had better be the emperor of one lov ing and tender heart and she the press of yours than bo king pf the t r1l ivoma tbe equal ran She bastIIterights I have and one more iffedthat is the right to be protected ji I abhor a man who is a boss who is going to govern in his family and when he speaks orders all tl arrest to be still as some mighty des is about to be launched from his mouth Do you know I dislike this man un speakably I believe in the fireside I believe belleveinbelieve in liberty equality andVlove When one of your children tells a lie be honest with him toll bt4 that you have told hundreds of themyour self Tell him It is not the best way that you have tried It Tell him as tho man Id Maine did when his boy left home John honesty the best BelhonestwithI do not believe in the government of the lash If any one of you ever expects to whip your chUdren again I want you to have a photograph tak en of yourself when you aref in the act with your face red with Vulgar anger and the face of the Ijttle child with eyes swimming in tears and the little chin dimpled with fep rlike a piece of water struck by a SMd itcold wind Have the picture tallILt- hat little child should die I cannot think of a sweeter way to spend an autumn afternoon than totgoj out the cemetery when the nijflee are clad in tender gold and llttle scarlet runners are coming like poems of re gret form the sad heart of hie earth and sit down upon the grace and Iqok at that photograph aniftthlnk of the flesh now dust that you beat I tell you it Is wrong it Is ntlt ho way to raise children Make home happy Be honest with thoiIDivide everythlnFThere of great men until there has bgeffa generation of free womenor e moth ers lr i The tenderest word Iriouf language Is maternity In this wbrdtlsTtho vine mingling of ecstasy ad l agony of love and selfsacrifice ThCsjword Is holy I say that love is not o1fatcoun try nobility does not belong exclu sively to any race and thrjjliSSlLall the ages there have been a fe ijia tender souls blossoming 1ndove sad Pity i There is only ono way b happy and that is to make somebody else and you cannot be appynV going wI cross lots you have got to go the regular turnpike road When the great ship containing UK hopes and aspirations of the world when the great ship freighted with mankind goes down in the night of death chaos and disaster I am will Ing to go down with the ship I will not be guilty of the Ineffable meanness of paddling away In some orthodo canoe I will go down with the ship with those who love me and wltl those whom I havo loved These are the words of a nun who has been more reviled than any mat who ever lived In America except Tom Paine and yet Paine was a bet ter man than Ingersoll was You may take all the utterances of all the preachers In the world and he whole J31ble andyroucanaoLcom pile roin Thfoh all such a list of timents as is here Imputed to Inger soil SCORN THE RUM SHOP The Juice of the decaying grain Distilled Intoxicates the brain And sowSfihe soul with evil seeds Which grow a crop of hellish deeds The crimson wine within the cup When drank will wake the Devil up That he may take his usual stroll And capture some poor drunkard soul l Give ear companions hear my cry Ere I a cursed drunkard die Extend to me a helping hand Im drunkso weak I cannot stand Behold my clothes my naked breast Where once a fond wifes head did rest But since sites gone from my brace I tread the downward path Dls grace- The dread of hell now oer me steals Ten thousand Devils at my heels My brain aflame like burning oil And fiery serpents round mo coil T1iowltWftdH with siren song Decoyed mo as Ipnssed along IAnd lured me to her curtained inn To drink the scalding wines of sin Ive heard the roaring storms of hell Where Satan and his angels dwell Where fiery fagots kindle pain And paralyze the spirit brain Ive felt the bite of crystal frost From earth to heaven and hell been tossed No more Ill touch the glaring glass But scorn the rum shop as I pass J WHEELER HEYLMUN Towanda Pa Forest City Iowa April 1905 Mr C C Moore SIrJ send you herein 100 for the Blade to March 1906 Uncle Sam gave me that dollar fin letting the Johnles shoot at iri1ifor ihlree years rid fifteen days W gIain glad to say they never touched me I shot back I hope with equal success Please spell my name Conner not Canner I am not a Canner I weigh 222 pounds We call old cows that t 1Y e t2 fi not find that place in the Bible where will not fatten canners I could the quails came up two cubits deep in the camp of the children of IsraelI That Oklahoma boy ought to go to writing Bibles He Is as big a liar as a Potlphars wife do with Joes coat Was Aarons calf a heifer If Pharaohs daughter found Moses in the bulrushes hadnt single women better out of the bulrushes Was feulonMy wife is named Mary au1 she says she la not afraid of any darned shadowISAAC CONNER IRRIGATED LAND INTHES- POSANE VALLEYaT- 1iSpokane Valleyextends from the city of Spokane for about 30 miles with an average width of five miles reaching Coe ur dAlene City on Coeur southeastinortheast The soil is similar to that of the famous Rhine Valley in Germany with this difference that while the Rhine Valley has been cultivated for thousands of years the Spokane Valley is practically virgin soil Spokane is the distributing point for eastern Washington and northern Idaho has a population of 67000 and from it electric lines are being constructed to all parts of the valley which will soon be one vast suburb of the city itself Irrigated land in the western part of the valley is now worth 300 per here while in the eastern part where water is now ready for use it can be had for 150 per acre Alfalfa and semitropical fruits of all varieties grow to per fection in this district The prox imity of Spokane makes this un exceedingly desirable proposition- For maps and other publica tions dealing with this and other districts along the Northern Pa cific Ry ask for Series D 123 aVrUeito CWlWTrGcIiLEmigration- Agcnt Northern Pacific Ry St Paul Minn THE SOUTHWEST Grand Country for Home ekera and Investors Excursion Rate Twice a Month Arkansas Louisiana and Texas of er tho greatest laducemonta for per sons desiring te4awn their homes Cheap land producing almost any thing that can ha grown anywhere mild climate good schools good wa ter healthfuI8 siirroudlnss and a theaajlvantages aero cap be made to yleid 100 farm j per acre in orchard jmd truck ekmonthfrom Memphis nd at tN plus lop for the roundtrI i 5tt Aprn4thai1d18ttH fare1600 and leBBlfri and Carlo to points rates in proportion frof Memphis and Car Literature deecrip ofi e Jt ji t f 1tj 1t erand information about rates will bo mailed upon request- L SCHAEFER T Pr ACotton Belt Route Cincinnati 0 50c h j HIGH- BRIDGE II AND jiMAY Tickets on sale for trains No5 or special and returning on No6or special train leaving High Bridge 500 P M Ask agents for Particulars It A Good Route II to Try tlIt traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resonrceqitwrltery coataldRIunUmlt d for agriculture horticulture stock Mis ing mining and manufacturing And last but not least It Is The Scenic Routs Kor TourlIjThe Frisco System now often the traveling public excellent service and fast timetBetween St Louis and City and points in Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and the Southwest Between Kansas City and points in Tennesse Alabama Mississippi G iijijjjiitteivKnlmtmtAgbtm hl aridpplnisjn Kansas Arkaf its QMaiUiBB Indian Territory ifccas So i t DeMrte t THE CORSET IN RELIGION Behold the Power of The Lord In the Back Part of the House DOG FENNEL IS GREAT Falrland Ind April 1905 Mr C C Moore Dear sirEnclosed 100 for one year The Blade Is the first Inflde literature I have over had the pleasure of reading- I was rats d In a Christian neighborhood where I suppose no Inflde paper ever entered When was young had horrible Ideas of God brought to me from look- Ing through a Bible Dictionary and seeing these old cubs in long robe and priestly caps uurnlng lamps upon Goti got go day School the teacher let the cat out of the jg by saying that in compllI ing the Bible there was a dispute as to wheher the book of Esther should be admitted as of divine origin uioufe at once if there could be any doubt as to the divinity of om my faith was shaken In them all I have been an Infidel ever since I have seen in this same nejghborhooi revival meetings where the members would go at 9 oclock in the morning and stay until oclock at night shouting and singing and I have seer as many as a dozen lying around the pulpit on the floor presumably in a trance and in ai positions some of which seemed most akin to Indecency Two well known and respectable ladies went from these meetings tc the Insane One asylumItook a seat In the rear and sat down with a scream Several members with the pastor rushed to her shout- Ing The pastor paraded the aisle ol the church crying see the power ol God In the back part of the house But later it was found that the young lady wore a corset In which the steel had worn tnrough the webbing and had penetrated deep Into the flesh as she sat down Yet the pastor thought it was the power of God In be back part of tthe house What do you think of this Uncle Charlie This Is a fact I hope you may live as long as Methuselah and edit the B B all your lifeI am reading Dog Fennel It Is all rightJOHN N WILLARD THE ALTOGETHER IN RELIGION r os Angeles April 19 E M 305 C C Moore The Blade received today As usual it has something good Enclosed find clipping from Los Angeles Record concerning Miss Ada Nell of Uklah California crazed on have had in this state many revivals of religion In the last six of religions anywhere antI anytime always send recruits to the Insane asylums The drink habit the religious habit and the tobacco habit a trio of the worst habits are almost always practiced by criminals The religious habit Is now a dead lion the tobacco habit and drink habit are not so vigorous as they have been In many localities It is desirable that the whelps should be burled with old lion then everybody can theI rational thought and be at peace self and with all mankind YoursII for rational thought and the Humanity E E Eads M D The Clipping Is as follows NUDE GIRL ANGEL Crazed by Religion Young Woman Disrobes and Stands In Cold Water Uklah Cal April 19Rendered In sane by religious work and revival meetings Miss Ada Nell aged 20 years disappeared from home and when her clothes were found on a hill foul play was feared A party headed by Chas Luced ally located the young woman a mile from a town She was seated on the bank of Robinson creek nude with her fet In Icecold water She Insist ed tthat she was an angel The rescue party attracted to her by hearing someone singing hymns Her body was badly lacerated from climb- Ing through brusn and she Is now threatened with an attack of pneumonia as a result of tho exposure She said that while she was walk Ing a spirit had called to her and told her to remove her clothes and go Into water She thought that the res cuers were demons and called on an gels to save her The preachers who crazed that young woman are lying scoundrels who ought to be put In the peniten tiary Huntsville Ky April 1905 Brother Mooroi never held stock In any theological combine and have given little study to religion except since a subscriber to only church paper I have ever taken Blade f Since mention In last Blade of the cullud gemmans proposes debate on creation I consulted Jenks digest of Bible commcntanls on 1st and 2nd chapters Gen and am amazed by the assumptions speculations and eva slons coupled with puerile reasoning of of demagogus who certainly felt that they were exploiting for an asin inelarty Gen 22 says God ended his Job on the 7th day In a foot note Is a plea for a six days job but omniscience certainly approved proof as revised by his Inspired automaton and It stands seventh day There certainly was nn ox In a pit mint to be gathered to flavor a bracer a hen to be set or a few weeds to be pulled before turning the garden over to Adam on that 7th morning before resting sanctifying and sitting apart for pulpit pounding and leg pull ing not enough of course to disicrati the holy day Can It bo fairly claimed by the Bi ble a six day work What about that command to mar to multiply and replenish a spiel and span new world How long dli Adam male and female He created them live a hermit before Eve was built of that rib Dont you think a good long rest and critical Inspec tlon of what He first thought a very good job In Adam was required tc evolve such a big Improvment as Eve was and more than likely it was a Sunday afternoon job Never of the pulplturs asked about that 7th day completion have I met one who remembered it if he had ever read It Wish you would ventilate first and second chapters of Gen In n series in Blade It would be a picnic for your readersJ F BOHON Of course the world was finished on the seventh day Milton or some other poet says In the following verse De worP was made In six days An finished on de sobenth But cordln to de contrac It should er bin de lebenth De masons day got drunk An dey wouldnt do de work An It tuk anoder day Per to fill It up wid dirt But that alnt the worst of it God is a Jew and he worked all day Sunday CRAZED BY RELIGION Mrs Nannie McDonald was brought to this city and placed in the Eastern Kentucky Asylum for the insane leav lag at home a husband and a hand some little son three years old Her Insanity JstheeutgfewthofreHgGUf mania contracted during a recent meeting near her home The only difference between the above account and the many such that appear every week in the papers is that this one Is in the Lexington Leader and therefore nearer my homo That religion is inducing more In sanity now since the special efforts for religious revival this year Is In lacing moro Insanity now since the special efforts for religious revival this year Is Incontestable- All Intelligent people understand that this year has been one of more effort for rellgous revivals than was ever before known In America In the whole history of this country conIone year before In this country If therefore there is In Christianity any thing calculated to make people better and happier we certainly ought to be able to see It this year And yet nobody has read In any newspaper religious or secular that people are any better this year than they commonly are No preacher or public speaker of any kind or moralist or scientist or statistician or scholar In any department has remarked or stated any Improvement In the moral condition of the peo Christianity makes people any bettor the preacher and editor of the religious paper and the man who says I told you so ought now e putting Infidelity to shame by con tinually boasting of the peace and happiness and virtue of the people that have been induced by the great religious revivals of 1905 On the other hand physicians are announcing both In England and America that the number of commitments to the Insane asylums Is precedented and they say plainly and unequivocally that it Is the result of the unusual religious excitement of this year The mania for suicide Is now prevailing like an epidemic The papers abound in suicide reports when there is a general effort to hide the factor suicide as far as possible by attrl buting It to accident In all cases where there Is a general effort to hide the fact of suicide as far as possible by attributing It to accident In all cases where this is possible I have just read of the death of a man of whom I knew a great deal who was t f brought up under the most Presbyterian rearing who orthodoxI Into a woods and laid down tree and took a narcotic him tho account saying he took It for rheumatism when the fact that his brother suicided and many other things that I know about him assure me that the latter was suicide beries of hanks by officials of high position and social standing are usually common and the status at Chicago as I write shows a state of unrest and turbulence and popular misery In this country that Is but lit tie better than that In Russia How then can those men be hones who In their Easter sermons have said that Christianity means peace on earth and good will to all meal A few years ago a man at Danville Ky suicided A newspaper said he had been reading the B I en quired and found that the man an officer in a Presbyterian church and these aro all the facts I know about It The comment as I understand It was to indicate that reading this per was the cause of his suicide and It showed a disposition on the part of the people to attribute to Infidelity unhappiness in any case where It car be done Suppose It were a noticeable fact- that wherever this paper went and had any Influence Insanity and cide and crime would prevail to a remarkable extent and physicians and moralists and scientists and experts of various kinds should concur In the opinion that this state of affairs was brought on by the influence of this paper would it not certainly be the duty of tho civil authorities to stop this paper It certainly would and- I could not plead the fact of my sin cerity and the further fact that the editing of this paper was my only livelihood nor could I argue that the freedom of the press was one of the most salient of American rights The plain fact that my paper was Inducing insanity and suicide and crime would be ipso facto evidence that I should be barred its publication and the shouldIIf this principle be true as It cer talnly Is what kind of logic is it that says I should be estopped from ting at my table and writing what In duces public calamity while a preacher may stand in o pulpit and say orally that which induces the same calamity that would bar me from the publication of this paper The iCe 1r1IcJmlnntlOn hgtrn citizens of the same government is cented by tho fact that our law lays great stress upon freedom of the press while freedom of the pulpit is an ex pression entirely unknown to the law That no man should be put at any dis advantage or account of religious opin- Ion Is a fundamental tenet of our ernment shows its zeal and jealousy to have every man allowed to flaunt his religious views to the public and when men like these professional evangelist have Insanity and suicide and crime to follow along Immediately In the make of their revivals they should be taken in hand by the law and dealt with just as other evil doors are dealt withpunished for the public unhappiness that they have caused IPratt W VDear stir and Friend Easter greeting and 50 cents for Blade for six months Our people at Pratt are like many others They condemn those who have no religion It does not seem to satis fy them that they aro going to be saved but theywant to oppress those who differ with them in matters of vicarious atonement- It Is strange to me how church members can be so unhappy and med dies orne when their own personal safety is so dead sure A preacher came from church to dinner with me Ho fround Paines Ago of Reason on my desk He said to me in their usual style My Brother this Is a dangerous toldIsaid If you have the faith as you claim you are safe as a coon no amount of adverse discussion can shako your splendid foundation so put me down for study If the worst has tto come let It come in my day that my child may have peace When you come down to the time when no man can work may you bo at peace with all the worldW HAMMAKER Milan April231n the midst ofa great throng atending the good Friday services in the fa mous cathedral of this city the Marchioness Maria Pallavicini Viscountess of Trent Austria committed suicide by shooting herself through the head while kneeling at tho altar The circumstances were so lih Ci tensely dramatic and extraordinary as to he unprecedented Thi suicide of the Marchioness occur the moment of most intense IredIt concentration in tin cathedral where were gath 15000 Catholic worshippers WILL nELP TnE CHINESE President Roosevelt Proposes Tha United States Relinquish Claim to Heavy IndemnityChina Needs the MoneyAnd Will Pledge Hersel To Use It In the Education of Her People Chicago April 22A Washington special to the Tribune says President Roosevelt has promised the Chinese government to recommend to congress in his next annual message that the United States formally relinquish Its right to the 000000 balance due on the claim for Indemnity allowed as a result of the Boxer outrages In 1900 On its part the Chinese government has agreed to set aside the sum which It had agreed to pay annually until the debt Is satisfied for the education of the youth of tno empire This Is ono of the biggest education al schemes of modern character yet projected by the celestial govern ment and It has possibilities in the way of making even closer the rela tions of the two countries which the authorities here do not lose sight of With China busily working to form- an army having more than 3000 officers under the Instruction of Japan ese professors of Chinese who were educated in Japanese military academ- Ies It is important that a solid basis of friendship be established so that however strong the far Eastern em plre may become it will feel the heavy obligations It is under to the American nation The way for this result has been suggested In the Chinese proposal that if the United States will raise the right to the balance of tho indemnity which Is demanded In compensation for Injuries done American citizens and the dispatching troops to Pekln the emperor of China will promise to devoto every penny of this amount to educational purposes- It has been pointed out to the pres- Ident that tho United States had no Intention to exact a huge indemnity tram China during the negotiations following the Boxer outbreak that It placed Its claim at 35000000 be r f lo niirnnciofn am nnafn nrn ratasjeductlon of the claims of all the powers but that the othe powers using to consider anything of the kind k was compelled reluctantly to accep from China Its ponds for the fun amount to educational purposes This representation is so true that the president and his qablnet feel that to take the balance stall owing would be to place this country upon a par with Russia France Germany and other nations which deliberately put their claims at an exorbitant figure for the purpose of keeping the Chinese government weak and preventing it from achieving that development which would make the yellow peril a fact and no longer a bogie WILKINSON Is Sent Me For Criticism It is one of the tenets of Infidelity to deride faith and to point the ger of scorn at what they are pleased to call childish credulity of those who lelleve in the Bible and Christianity and measuring faith by their stan lard rejecting everything as unproved as they do unless It bo supported by that high degree of proof calle demonstration the stock of knowledge which tho world possessed would be limited Indeed If tho world should adopt their standard Verily indeed would the world be agnostic which literally means I am Ignorant or I dont know And while we are will- Ing to grant that they are Ignorant that they dont know yet they are not so good to us and will not grant our claims that we do know as we grant theirs that they dont know The above Is the beginning of an article by U G Wilkinson In the Firm Foundation and Is a fair sam pie of the whole thing which has been sent me for criticism On the margin of the paper the sender has written Not a bit of a doubt but what Wilkinson knows Nobody who sends me anything about him seems to think kindly of him If he says things that his friends think are creditable to him how does It happen that they never send me any of these It could not be a tenet of Infidelity or of anything else or of anybody to deride or to point a finger A tenet Is an opinion entertained- It might be a practice or habit of Infidelity to deride faith etc but r t t v Ui yt a r 0IIPRICE LIST r- r MENS NEW flODEL 16 5I- ZEWATCHES r r HAMPDEN No 104 23 Jewels 32 106 23 Jewels US Wm l Kinley 21 Jewels 23 same 17 Jewels 12 General Stark W jewels 10 16 jewels 7 Jewels 660 WALTHAM Riverside Maxlmus 23 Jewels 50 Vanguard 123 Jewels Riverside 17 Jev ls 21 P S Bartlett 17 Jewels 1250 16 Jewels I 7 JewelsU r ELGIN No 166 or 162 21 Jewels 270 21 Jewell 26 j 243 or 246 17 Jewels 22 242 17 Jewels 18 241 17 Jewell a 16 Jewels 860 7 jewels j CASES All the above In the new Model thin SHverlae Screw 1Cases In Fahys Crown or Deuber tilled god screw case guar N anteed by manufacturers for 20 years artistic hand chased or plain t300 more hunting 600 more In 25 year case 200 more than In 20 year case In cases guaranteed for all time icrew 800 or r hunting 1000 more than In Sllverlne case Prices of solid gold easei Nnn application Every watch guaranteed fresh and now from factory no ihep keepers an accurate timekeeper and if well used good for fifty years or longer Will be kept In order for one year Beware of Special movements and cases made nobody knows where and which you cannot price Intelligently and buy everywhere Also of diework stamped engraved are a fraud Those listed above casesthey are known to be the made andIf watch la new sad N perfectyou are safe to buy them where price Is lowest I pay freight LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large 6 size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled Ilatest style artistic handchased 7 jewels 10 16 Jewell 1260 ID Jewels adj Small o size 7 jewels 1160 16 Jewels 16 M jewels adj 18 Riverside extra fine 26 In 25year cue 1 more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds a all In plush box prepaid with guarantee a Long Guards latest style CHAINSisoldered links opals or other seta In slides rolled plated 150 and Best Filled Gold 260 3 and 1 4 Extra heavy Solid Gold 10 10 and 26 Gents Chains If same variety Orders tilled from any catalogue at same price or less Cash refunded at option DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC I am an expert in this line and will save you 20 per cent if you will order ef me JJ Send for price list of Jewelry Freethought Badges Rings Silver and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism in the Cruci ble free A OTTO WETTSTEIN 110 KENSINGTON AVENUE LA GRANGE ILL 17 rrrrrrrrrrrr rrrrrrrrrrr could not be a tenet any more than it flllltl JiaVfi hlcvJQ1ene of CUrlBtlaia to burn Infidels when they had the tine I have sometimes been one of a committee on Infidel resolutions and I have never yet seen an Infidel resolution that said we ought to deride faith or point the finger of scorn Inflde s are given to argument and demonstration and they do not think that derision and scorn are either of one must exercise childish credulity to believe the Bible and Christianity Is an express declaration of ye become as little children ye cannot enter the kingdom of heaven Mat 183 The Infidels reject Christianity as improved Just as Wil kinson rejects Mohammedanism and Mormanlsm and Dowieism as unprov ed and just as all people of common Intelligence reject as unproved that which seems to oppose all the laws of nature until the proposition is provedIf Christian religion has been proven ttrue It Is certainly very ab surd to have in the United States alone 150000 people who are still making their livings by arguing that the Christian religion Is true There was a time when from the reading of me Bible the Christians so believed that the world was flat that they burned at the stake the fidel scientist who told them that the world was round It has now been proven that the world Is round and nobody of any In telligence contends that It Is flat If the preachers could prove that the Christian religion Is true they would immediately ruin their own calling as there would no longer be any demand for their arguments that it is true just as there is now no demand for any argument that the world Is round It is evident that Mr Wilkinson Is argu ing against any high degree of proof being demanded by anybody as a pro requisite to the acceptance of Christianity The inference is that he wants us to accept his religion on a low degree of proof but if a Mormon or Dowlelto should contend that either of those igions should be accepted on a low degree of proof Wilkinson would be among the first to deride and point the finger of scorn Verily Indeed is bad English Mr Wilkinsons Christian generosity prompts him to grant that men like Tolstoi and Haeckel and the Dean of Westminster in Europe and Abbott and Brlggs and Harper and Oilman and Butler and fv Jordon the greatest theologians and bna1fl hn na9fttmeft rim America and all Infidels are ignor ant and that they dont know and yet such men as these and a long list of similar ones that is growing lon ger all the time are called upon by Wilkinson to grant his claim that he does know when Wilkinson never spent a day In a college In his life or even in o first class high school can not read any language In the world ox cept his own could not today or at jj any time in his life stand an examina tion for a teacher of the lowest grade of public school was born and reared among savages and still lives in a town named Comanche from the In dlans that built itrA man with such heridlty and en vironment naturally believes like theiIndi-an that he is the embodiment of wisdom and that a man who does not t believe as he Wilkinson believes Isii Ignorant and don t know f If Wilkinson really knows no better Ji ho Is to be pitied just like the poorilIndian his neighbor but If he does know better he Is greatly to be con demned But as between the Chris 4i tian idea of Wilkinson that God had a child by a woman and will damn all fwho do not believe this and the In dians Idea that the volcano Is Gods great pipe of peace the Indians Idea Is incomparably above the Christians Idea CANT DO WITHOUT IT e4 Owl Creek Mo April 28 1905 Editor B G Blade Dear sirEnclosed 100 for anoth er year of the Blade I missed some copies by changing my place but I find that after you get In the habit of reading the Blade you might as well try to quit eating as to quit reading It and I am going to have it if I have to steal the mon ey to pay for It Give the wlndyakybusters the devil They would send us Infidels to tho stake If they could NELS TELLrii If you owe for the Blade it would help us greatly to have you pay up so we can pay our paper billsiONE FARE PLUS 25 CENTS Hot Springs Va and Return viaSQUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Account r SOUTHERN HARDWARE JOBBERS ASSOCIATION AMERICAN HARDWARE MANU FACTURERS SSOCIATION JUNE 69 1906 o f A CANADIAN Says Infidelity Is Growing In His r Country Dresden Canada April 18 1905 Editor of Blue Grass Blade Dear SIrI have at last set myself to the pleasant task of sending y 100 for tho Blade which my brother H C Greco of Detroit ordered for me I have Just gotten through reading your last Issue You call beior in many years and as he makes so much use of wltchraft he must have beet a sort of nominal Christian at least- I tooktie Truth Seeker for tb teen years and pasted many of Its cartoons up In my apple evaporatlni factory many years ago and a f still remain there I have never hat the pleasure of looking at the tomb of Jesus really or otherwise but I have had the pleasure of taking a pinch of sniff from the box that Thomas PaIne carried during the days that tried mens souls It js owned by C J Grece of Red Hill Surrey England It was exchanged In a friendly parting with one Daniel Constable In the year 188C on h departure from his home In Brlghtoto England and was handed my kisman C J Grece he being a son of D C Grecos only sister- I wj somatlme send you a copy of a letter which Paine wrote to D C Greco after his return to England describing an attempt to take h life by shooting ai him while sitting In his house I have read the on nal and possess a copy I was looked upon tvcntysoven years ago when I first came here as an Imp 1darkness as I was the only one who possessed any Infidel works but now they can be numbered by the score probably not so outspoken as myse but I do not depend upon Christian neighbors to purchase the output of my factory I should Judge from te Blade that you have a lot of Campbellltes In your country We have not eaou of them around here to poison a frog If they were all rattlesnakes I suppose the reason of it is here that pure water Is scarce in hot weather and the water of our river Sydenham Is no cleaner than the JordonJ M r GRECE lThe only witches that ngure pro k inently in Shakespeare are those that mado soup of frogs and snakes and bats and owls in Midsummer Nights uor wnot Indicate his belief In them anymore than does his allusion to Pucks girtln the earth Indicate his belief In that character That Is merely poetic and beside witch are a Jewish and not a Christian stitution and are not heard of In t New Testament though Blackstone and the Christians of Salem Mass believed in them and we have witches In a few miles of me In Kentucky now proba b1v half of the people believing myjudgmeyhey are Of ccourse Ig nopJiiPfeople not understanding that the masculine of witch Is wizard Their Job Is to find where water Is under the ground by using a forked peach tree switch and they and their followers are as big liars as the nowhere avows Infidel- Ity but the only allusion that he makes to Christianity is where Shylock ridicules mo story of Jesus 125 Olilcillilall AND RETURN QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE SUNDAYMAY Special train leaves Lexington 730 a m Tickets good only trainReturning 830 p m same date Ask agents for particulars H C KINGCPTAIII E MAIN S- TLi r t i f sending the devils Into the hogs There Is no evidence that he was ever a nominal Christian I am one among the very few of those who i to Jerusalem who ever saw the real tomb of Jesus visitors there generally only knowing of the fake that is exhibited for money in ou o Church of the holy Sepulchre but there was a man upon whose life the Christian religion was built who s crucified or hung there and burlsd in a tomb outside of the walls of usalem and he was born in a dugout in Bethlehem and not in the fool thing In the Church of the Nativity that Is exhibited for money I have been in the place where he was rr and where ho was burled and I an the first man In ah the world to make Intelligent and honest people really JesuoChrist ever actually lived but whether he was crazy or an impostor or a combination of the two or whether he was an honest man and an Infidel to the religion In which he was hon and has been lied about by the writers of the New Testament I cannot tell but I think he was like men erally are a combination of good and bad qualities but in any event some isof his teachings and especially his patronage and advocacy of drinking have made his religion the greatest curse known to civilization Dog Fennel In the Orient that wrote In 1903 Is the only book that ever was written that tells the truth about Jesus Christ IsSend me the letter from Tom Paint I will print it In the Blade gtand then you send another dollar and I will send you one hundred Blades having the letter that of should send to all of your friends I have seen n fine collection of snuff boxes that belonged to Henry Clay and another fine collection of them iflist belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte This shows that there were fools in old times as well as now If In Old Virginia a stranger sneezed when he tool snuff they did not put clean sheets on his bed It showed ho was ghnot up to snuff and did not belong the aristocracy Jesus Christ drank liquor but It is to his credit that he never snuffed smoked or chewed tobacco lly wife is as brave a woman ns any In Kentucky and fifteen years ago she would hang a shawl ovver our window at night to guard against shootmIng me through my window She never did this until a major in the Federal army pad Ills wife drove s early part of the night and told me that they knew that a member of a most prominent Presbyterian family hue vitvci to kill me aNo have many Campbellltes here anhed e the leaders of religion in this famous Blue Grass Region My grandfather Stone started the sect in 1803 He was a good man scholar a teacher an orator an edl tor and an author and hoed his corn in his field by moonlight He was more loved than any man in Ken tucky He emancipated his slaves Alexander Campbell came to this country In 1809 and changed the Christian church into the Camp bellite church that it now is the rottenest gang in Kentucky Campbell sited a rich man after having been put In jail when he went hack to Scot laud because lie was an advocate of slaveryIt once water that mado Camp bellll sIts whisky now BEHIND THE BARS 31498 Mulky Rams Horn Wilkinson the Blade Cooper Texas April E M 305 Charles C Moore Dear sir and BroI write you to let you know how much I enjoyed hind the Bars It excels In many respects all books I have ever read Several others have read my copy and not less than a dozen men have spoken for ItII went out Sunday to hear Texas great evangelist Abe Mulky It was a hell of a sermon I remarked at the hotel after services that Mulky had told some lies which offended some of the guests and quite a lively discussion followed Mulky stated that all anarchists were Infidels and that was the heav iest load that Infldelltv fins 0 carry Another one was that The Rams Horn was edited by three converted InfidelsnI know almost that this was a lie but I am not able to prove it I want you to give me what InCorJ1 mation you can on these two prevar ications If you do not know about the edi tors of Rams Horn please give me their address and I will write them for a brief sketch of their lives We have a local paper independent L 1 rlJ In politics in our own and not Ion ago it contained an article on t gI religious trend of the Presidents The editors of the article class Grant and Jefferson as Methodists Did you over hear of this before- r I saw a person from Macona Texas who was present at your and Wilkln sons debate He said that you were logical and entirely too learned for Wilkinson while Wilkinson was all fuss and nothing more You will find stamp for reply I am a your ig man and have resolved to do all I can for Infidelity I have quit all lIcations but the Blade for It pbov all others stands for the eternal right 1If I get the desired information I am going to expose the gentleman That Is one of the many reasons why I admire the Blade it exposes liars aI had better ring oft Wishing you and your 113rlbbed companion hap illness and a sweet sunset I subscrib- A RENFRO 1Thanle you for the sweet wish for my wife and myself As to Anarchists being Infidels and the reverse I want to answer you ful lYeI am the editor of the Infidel pa per which Rowells Now York City Newspaper Directory reported as hav ring the largest circulation of any fidel publication In America and suppose therefore the largest of 11n the world and It Is therefore rea sonable to suppose that my paper more perfectly and fully expresses the Infidel ssntlment of America than an y other publication In America I will iw express the sentiment on the sub exIIII believe that Anarchists are a gang of cowardly villians that ought to be captured dealt with as being more dangerous than burglars thieves or ordinary murderers and J believe that a man like John Most or that other anarchist that they ImprIsoned in Now York who came from England here and announced I am an anar chief and a man like Moses Harman who publishes a freelove and anar chist paper and all the editors of all these other anarchist papers and that woman Emma Goldman who actuat ed Czolgosz to assassinate McKinley should all be dealt with as tho vilest and most dangerous of public often ere I believe that I have just as much right to assassinate my enemies as these cowardly people have to encourage other villians to assassinate We have among people who claim to be Infidels a few cranks andjry- la on 1t JJW the tto that men and vJn g to be anarchists and freelovrs the two generally going together and quor drinking with It do the get off from Infidelity and get Into mmeof- the snide and fake isms of the tountry We occasionally have In InflJellty a man or woman who does not fitly represent our philosophy and ethics Just as there is pccassionally a good man anaarchist or freelovcr can be a typical Infidel and for the good of the Inlid cause and for the public morals an happiness I want to kick all people who even sympathize with freelove and anarchy out of our Infidel ranks The sooner we get rid of them the want Infidels as a people to be such that all intelligent people can see that the just laws and morals of the land would be safer in their hands than in the hands of anybody else All of the famous anarchists an assassins have been Christians Ken tucky has more assassins to the acre than any land on earth and they are all Christians and they are supported and prayed for and financially sIsted by Christians Nobody ever heard a word of delity from a Kentucky assassin Among all the writings of the seven anarchists that were hung In Chicago nobody can quote me a sentence of Infidelity that any one of them ever wrote or spoke and they were all writers and speakers One of them was a preacher They held their meet Ings in saloons Jesus Christ was a liquor maker and a liquor drinker and said that his disciples must honor him by drinking liquor Bob Ingersoll eulogized a Jug of whisky the most disreputable thing ever done by any leading Infidel but Jesus Christ Is the only man who ever set himself up as a moralist and gain blesSIcdwere all Christians Booth who ed Lincoln could not have been an anarchist because anarchy was not known In his day Booth was a Catholic The assassins of the other two presidents were both anarchists and the man who killed Harrison did It io said by the express command of sod No Infidel of any prominence anywhere In America or In the whole world so far as I know line ever committed any crime that over caused At I 4L J Jii his arrest and only In the rarest In stances have any crimes been com mitted by any kind of Infidels Tho penitentiary and gallows are crowded with Christians and it would not pay any government In Christendom to have a prison or a gallows or a court or officers to pulsh tho few crimes that are committed by Infidels Russia and Japan are n dcmonstra tlon to the whole world of the 1m manse superiority of atheism to Chris tlanity Japan the perfect representative of atheism is tho best and happiest country on earth and Russia the most orthodox of all Christendom is the most depraved and most miser able of all countries on earth and Is the paradise of anarchists do not know the address of the Rams Horn Somebody who reads this will probably ten you Its only one more of the millions of Christian lies especially as told by these mountebank evangelists like Mulky that its editors were once Infidels I never heard of anything of the kind before and I stand a bet ter chance to know such things than any man in the world You would only waste time and pos tags to write to them about It because they would not tell you the truth- I about it and would lie about it as a fling at Infidelity have read some copies of their pa per They are fools and liars Rams Horn Is a most appropriate nouns for their paper because It is very crook ed and is a thing to blow and comes off of a head that has but little brains In it and represents the morality of the ram think Grant was a Methodist but ho warned the people to keep church and state separate Jefferson was an Infidel who did not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ or in the inspiration of the Bible What he believed about the existence of a God I do not know but ho wrote to a young man and said to him Question the very existence of a God Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln both Infidels wero the highest types of presldens we ever had Grant Cleveland and Roosevelt the latter two fanatical Christians were the lowest types of presidents we have ever had- McIlnley a Methodist was a good- man and was murdered by a Catholic anarchist in order to put Roosevelt a pimp of the Catholic church in the position where he now Is and where he is using his influence for the Cath olio religion In order to get the Catho TTf Irish vote aw ay irn IbfeBrno etorals as he has done Your friends opinion of the Wilkln sonMoore debate is accurate I am no orator and dont want to be and would not be If I could This stuff they call oratory disgusts n I cant sustain my ideas by plain common sense talk like I talk In a chair I dont think they are worth sustaining With my distinguished lack of ora itort I have exerted a remarkable asdwas simply fuss and rant and tramp Ing around and shaking his fists and looking up at the ceiling of the courtroom In which we debated Demosthenes made thousands of such fools when he said action tion action A young man who works on a farm and who does all he call for Infidelity coondsave danger In Christianity that threatens It HE OBJECTS TO HE ATHEISM OF THE BLADE Chowsvllle Maryland April 25 05 Mr C C Moore Dear sIrYou will find JlOO to con flaws the B G Blade I enjoy rending the Blade very much except the atheistic part of it which I believe Is a hindrance to its circulation and will not meet the approval of a major ity of readers Scores of people disbelieve the ruble but find evidence Enough in na ture to demonstrate the existence of a power superior to man I make mention of this as you have said heretofore In the Blade that if there were any objections your sub- scrIbers should write you Mr Moorti would it not be profitable to open a question column in the Blade for the benefit of inquiring persons For instance It might be asked What is conscience and docs it not exist throughout the whole world so far as people worship- I would like to write more but I am taking up too much of your valuable time and I am of a very small caliber With best wishes for you and the Blade I am very respectfully GEO DAHLAHAMERI whether my atheis tic views increase or diminish the cir culation of the Blade but I do know that a man In the pursuit of tmth I iLit ALASKA EXCURSIONS Via the beautiful Inltd Passage to wrangel neau Skagwny Glacier flay and SlUm PacificICoast Steamship Cos S S Spokane coma and Seattle June 22 July 20 August 17 connecting with through service cf the NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILWAY The Lewis and Clark Exposition June 1 to Oct 15 1005 and Yellowstone Park June 1 Sep 20 en i route Very Low Rates WestBooklets Four cents for Lewis and Clarke Booklet A six cents for Vonderland to A M Clelnml G A St Pau Information Address J J Ferry Diet Pass Agt 40 E Fourth St Cincinnati O PICK OUT r ANYONEOF STATES FIN- DUNEQUALLED w OPPORTUNITIES IttFOR MAKING A HOME OF YOUR OWN THExMGREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY l NOTE THE FOLLOWING LOW RATES a r TI latA anti 2051 MaE CSPKAAND 7 mi LIBERAL STOPOVER PRIVILEGES L rl I FREE IMinnesotaties and resources of these states For further information address IMAX st Chicago must not be influenced by what Is pop ular and profitable to him If my pur pose in editing a paper were to get the largest circulation I would not edit an Infidel paper at an I would edit n Christian Democratic paper In Lexington and be exceedingly dogmatic and assertive in what I said not relying upon argument and justice but appealing to the ignorance and prejudice and hate of the masses of the people because there are a hun dred people who are actuated by fluenced by justice and reason I In the existence of a God and such a belief seems to me unscientific and unphilosopliic and opposed to the facts of nature that we see around us and while appreciate your generosity In still sustaining me while radically differ on a very Important matter it Is nevertheless true that you offer no argument for the existence of a God and I do not see why I should now change my opinion on that subject when I have arrived at the conclusion of atheism only after long years of reflection upon the subject It Is true however that our great est American Infidels Jefferson Paine Franklin and Lincoln all be lieved In a God and that Ingersoll was simply agnostic on the subject I can conceive of no kind of a God except something like thovono describ ed In the Bible and to believe In that kind of a God Is not merely puerility but savagery Any other conception of God than this is merely a cation of the laws of nature and I am not Inclined to get on my knees to the attraction of gravity an Xray or cyclone or say my prayers to tho multiplication table or to a proposition in Euclid As to the question column In the Blade every column in It is a question column aril am always glad to answer any reas aftiK iJLri11i J 1 i r I jAND YOU I WILL Ii jlPASSENOEn IUIEIEHTAnVlIfI wo on able question that I can answer I commend the terseness and spirit of your letter If we do not hang gether we will hang separately Con ifIsIt exists among all peoples and event r among animals and has no connec tion with reilghn Atheists are qulto as consclenUoustY as Christians and the dogs at my home w not take meals that have been provided for the cats One squirrel not steal the nuts of another A crw will steal eggs from a hen jSo will a Christian St Paul Dispatch 4 It may be as Dr Doyle laid g night that Buddhism Is only the odTbusiness under a new sign but tills at least is to Its credit that It has not had to fight nail be overthrown by modern sqlenco to derldo and de pounce evolution and finally surrned dor to It to fight with fire and stake the Copernican theory and yield to It to have it 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