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I i1 ft1 5 1 17i BLWElk-r ift i EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE e T Parker It VOLUME XIV NUMBER 39 7111 end Aelilaa East ltgLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY DE EMBER 17 1905 ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE Ji TERMS OF THE BLADE One Issue for one year 100 In clubs of nve NEW subscrlhtr 50 cents each 250 folflt T ftis100 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 Five new subscribers sent one year jf for 250 Mako all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue jCGrass Blade Lexington Kentucky When you change your address ad yise this pftce giving your old as iias the new address iyou send your subscription say wKether you are new or old sub ss ijlifr W Short rcentue y Entered at the post office at Lexington Ky as Second Class Mall Matte Address all communication to BLUEGRASS BLADE P BOX 393 Lexington Kentucky f Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 A PLAIN PROPOSITION DiamondIr ietc consumes this 20 per cent There tore to live and accumulate wealth r ho must add 30 to 40 per cent to the first cost of the goods he sells Having disposed of my store now l act simply In the capacity of your Purchasing Agent giving you tho- r benefit of my 40 years experience and positively saving you the 20 per cent it costs a merchant to do business Wten receive your order for iJlu j monds Watches or any other goods t In the Jewelry lino I select from all the biggest stocks in Chicago pay j cash get all special discounts and usually ship goods same day This is why I can undersell all merchants 20 per cent and yet make usual profit Ingersoll Spoons and Freethought Charms and Pins Send for prices inliR OTTO WETTSTE1N LaGrange Cook Co f irChaplain Starr of the Ohio State penitentiary furnishes the Ohio State r Journal some Interesting statistics re r lative to the church affiliations of the prisoners Of tho 16C3 inmates of the r prison 422 are Methodists 391 Catho lies 250 Baptists 15 Jews 12 Dun kards Friends others scattering and 27 who claim no church affilia tions No avowed Atheist or Free- thinkert is reported Ohio Christians have cause to point with prldo to their penitentiary If that state is like the rest of the country church members do not comprise more than about threeeights of Its population at large but in the penitentiary they Include out of 1553 Wo hesitate to draw any conclusions from these figures they might not be Just for it the sta tistics show anything they prove that a church member Is forty or more times as likely to get into Jail as a man without denominational prefer ehce Truth Seeker tt JUDE ADD COMMENTS ON THE McCORMACK WILSON CONTROVERSY rAIama November 30 1905 IDrJDear friendlIwjjthe Blade of Nov 19 handed me by Albert Johnson appears a long article by you in swer to one by McCormack on tho sayings and doings of one Jesus Christ From some Ide fights in your article It is quite pparent that like myself you do no t believe in the personality of such man but for the purpose of answer you seem to as sume his personality and then go Into argument to show he was not what he Is assumed to be L ke myself again you are quite outspoken in all your writings Now is It lot better in all cases to standby tf o evidence and under all circwnstanc es unequivocally deny the existence otsuch a man and drop the matter timer That no such a man over d the evidence is overwhelming I ha e spent a great amount of time in th investigation of this matter having iccess to two of our largest San Fn cisco libraries leaving nothing unto shed as proof in the premises Seve al long articles I have written on tl Is question one some time ago in Grc tns Freethought magazine J As to the fourtee letters ascribed to Paul they too aivL forgeries writ tenln Asia out the beginning of tho third cenEuy In my numerous wnKnga on this matter I have gone jnM all the clr cumstances of a negat character as well as the Romay wtOShOW that the man waJ ipossiblllty I I ers should boldly takt M stand and- xlstencedeny most positively th of the alleged Christ and call for proof to the contrary not one lie of which can be produced If necessary let us offer our proof tftls proven we shall have a short rojl to travel to refute all that is clatmjbd for the man Christ This puts church its Christians and some Freethinkers on the defuslvo and they must inevitably talrPARRISH B LADD DR J WILSON COMMENTS- ON LETTER OF JUDGE LADD L I heartily agree with JUdge Ladd and never refer to Christ without the reservation if such man existed for do not believe such a person ever lived There is nothing more certain than that the Virgin Mary is a myth and myths dont propagate flesh The great trouble with so many Freethinkers Is that they are not up on Phallic and Solar symbolism Another great misfortune is that we have no books on these subjects which are of a price to be reached Those books we have are too highpriced and besides they are pondrous hard for the beginner to understand and poorly illus Freethought most needs right now are books on these two subjects which could be sold for 25 cents each They should be so plainly expressed that a child could understand them In fact theso subjects are the very primers of Science and Theology Most men and women are only grownup children and instruction by primer is the thing needed The trouble with a great many of us Freethinkers h that we want to appear too learned too almighty wise It is all right for our own entertainment but for propagandic effect thought must not bo made too heavy The first dozen lines often chills and the reader pass es on to something else The charm of Ingersoll was that he kept you looking forward to something ahead that would interest Ho had the facul ty of creating expectancy- A great many of our best books lack this and the Christian and even tho Freethinker wont read them Now this Is the trouble largely with all the books on Phallic and Solar Worship You have to wade through an mense lot of unnecessary reading to get tho meat of subjects and the unnecessary reading bewilders and confuses And the reader In tho end is nil mixed tIp on the subject A lot may bo gleaned from Rev Robt Tay t lH t 1t 1It 1t lor but there is no method of instruc tion and his information is all a mushed up Jumble of completltles that only the few can understand- do not know whether or not I am capable of presenting these subjects so they would interest and be easily comprehended but it is one of the alms of my life to do so Tho strug gle for existence is so great however that It looks as though I will never be able to accomplish It If I do not wll go to my grave disappointed for4 belleyorTCaii do more good in this direction than In any other The Christ myth is so thoroughly planted in the human mind that mere denial or doubt of his existence will never eradicate it We may say to the Christian You cant prove that Christ ever lived He will reply You cant provo that he didnt live So there you are and you may argue till dooms day But by a proper presentation of Phallic and Sollar Wor ship beginning right down at the bottom treating it as a Nature Study why there is nothing could be made so convincing thrilling and charming People of all classes have a penchant a curiosity for sex information Even in the Bible the nude Eve and the angels in abbreviated gowns are pictures of sex slgnlflcancy Try as our Postofilco department may it is a sub Ject that wont be downed and is for ever vomlng to the surface eyes in Il lustrated Bibles It is the primal law of existence Natures supreme Im pulse and upon this primal law of being all religion Science and myth aro based No one can understand the Christ myth unless he under stand Phallic and Solar worship and the reason so many Liberals accept the story of Christs real existence is because they are not Informed on the origin of the Christian myth They say It is just so reasonable to be hove that Christ existed as anyone else of his time pr previous to his time which Is avery narrow view of the situation If you ask these sane Liberals if they believe that Jove Jupiter Appollo and other gods and salsrs blsteEl t yet the evidence of their existence la Just as valid i Christ left not even a scratch of a pen as proof of his having existed In the British Museum I read on the Creation Tablets the letters of the kings of Persia their proclamations etc made 12000 years ago or years before the beginning of the world acordlng to the Bible These letters are on stone and of as perfect print as the type of this paper There they are to prove the existence of those people 12000 years ago but not a line or letter has been left to prove the existence of this Christ who we are told lived only 1900 years ago See A Trip to Rome saw in the Museum of Naples some of the writings of Epicurus and Pliny who lived before Christ Here- In absolute proof of the existence oI these men What have we of Christ but tradition and what is such tradi ton worth when we have the same tradition of other Saviors Show me a Savior of Man tho world over whose identity can be established upon any other foundation than tradi tion Strange Is it not that all the gods have left no more tangible rec ords of their existence than the mouthlngs of ignorant fanatical people What written or engraved tesi mony have we ot the reliable contemporary testimony of th ecxlstence of Jesus Christ The nearest Is the row lines of Toau phus which all the theologians admit to bo an interpolation and forgery Next is the mite of a mention of Llvy and this theologians admit to be a for I have had people oven ask mo after expressing doubt of the exis tence of Christ if I believed George Washington existed and demand that provo it declaring that since I had not seen him nor any one else who had seen him I could not swear that he existed Such argument does not need to be controverted It only shows the stupidity of the average mind The weakness of the Christian argu ment Is shown in the ridiculous posi tion that this allwise God permitted himself to get in who knowing that future generations would question his existence left absolutely no reliable or authentic record of himself If this allwise God In coming to earth to establish a government over na tions remote and unborn had had a proper business regard for a perman ent reverence by mankind he would have utilized the best means then existing of transmitting an authentic record of himself He would at least have been as wise as the ancient 1 Gb Egypt h and Babylonian king SuchI shortS jhtedness in a God was to his uture power over men eXIIpect todaY announcing that I was the Sav- Ior of ill living and of the unborn to the en of the world and left no rec ord of my existence but tradition what ould be your opinion of me as a God What would be the opinion ot future generatlns Why you and ould say Wilson was the big inconpoof of a God you ever theyI oss Yet the situation is Iden There are Liberals who read ould say the same of ine but ll believe In the existence of J This is because they the belief In childhood SUSlhrlst they have no more evi existence than of Apollo that Jesus lived and didnt Oh Oppollo longs to mythology they say If a Whatldidyoi r to get deep into Phalli and Solar mysticism and you will s 90n see not only throough this but all other Bible myths as through a clear window pane Hughes used to print every year a solar exposition of Christmas written by mq I believe It has done more geed than everything else I have ever writtenI get inquiries Tor it yet and people say nothing ever opened their eyes like that I believe that a popu far a d easily understood exposition of these subjects will achieve more in breaking up the Christian myth even than all the labor of Ingersoll Inger oll treated Jesus as a verity There he made a great mistake He had the public ear a hard thing for a havingtheChristianity on the defensive pushed Ctiiia n right to the wall and made JI 1r n In Oh what an opportunity he had there but he failed to grasp it Cant you All now see that Judge Ladd is right that we should declare and keep declaring that there was no Jesus until we put the clergy In the position of defending his Identity That God is a goner as soon as his existence has to be defended Ingersoll by his ad miss m of the existence of Christ as a ma In fact assisted In establishing his p isitlon as a God Yo dont ketch Old Man Ladd and Your Truly In a trap like that Un Christians prove beyond a daub that their Savior existed I can not s e that it is Incumbent on us or even wise on our part to admit that he e Isted I agree with Judge Ladd that ve should stand by the evidence as tho best weapons now at our com mand is to put Christians on the de fensive of this point His letter is worth reading carefully the second time J B W P SFor some rich information on Phalllv Worship see chapter on Pom- peII In A Trip to Rome THE CULTURIST Steps Forward and Takes a Com manding Place In the Freethought Household Here Is The Cutiurlst at last hall and good speed Born at the blessed Christmastide it comes to you like the Babe of Bethlehem and all the Wise Men of the East and of the West and North and South too for tnat matter will bring presents that is to say their subscription Let It be seen that you are a wise one The Culturlst is a crackerjack you can tako my word for it and I think know when I see Itand I want you to see it and know a good thing It Is a very handsome periodical lhe paper is excellent the printing is mo and the colored cover is a corker Blade readers will find several old friends in this first number and many more In numbers to follow The most notable name this Initial issue Punishment and Function I helped In my own humble way having an arts cle on Freethought the Essential of All Progress which perhaps Is the best thing of the kind I have ever it Walter Hurt is unique He Is str to read It and then tell me what think about It Also there Is a breezy sketch of myself written by Hurt In his characteristic way which I wish all my friends to see Whatshall I say abuot the rest Walter Hurt is unique Ho is stronr rf 1r 1CHRISTIAN COMMANDMENTSt UP TO DATE tHARRIET M CLOSZ Thou shall have no other God than the one which money and church influence places upon the throne Thou shalt not bow down to any image except it be one wear ing ecclesiastical petticoats and marked with the seal For II the Modern God am a jealous Godlconferring office and influence f only upon those who serve me faithfully and pay assessments l even unto the third and fourth generations Thou shalt not utter the name of thy Mighty God with irrev erence or complaining else the terrible fate of the starving workers here and a sentence to Hell hereafter shall be thy portion Remember the Sabbath day to the end that all the poor and sick and distressed may be prevented the enjoyment of leisure that they may be herded into the churches to be taught humanity and subjection and to hear of the philanthropic exploits of the despoil ers of virtue and substance Be obsequions to thy Earthy Master and Spiritual Ruler for it is not decreed that the common masses shall aspire to Him thatihath not shall be taken away even that he hath Thou shalt not kill without the sanction of ruler or priest but Iwith it thou mayest make wholesale slaughter at thine own fireside foreign fields Thou shalt not commit adultery unless belonging to the chos Ior thou mayest conceal it and shift the responsibility of thy fruit upon unsuspecting victims Thou shalt not steal a paltry sum but thou mayest loot fenseless heathens embezzle workmens savings corner produce markets compel excessive schedules or dispose of unreal values and yet sit high in the sanctuary and administrative councils Thou shalt not bear false witness unless the glory of God aboundeth more through thy lie and unless churchy prestige be enhancedand financial benefits accrue to the powers that be Thou shalt not covet that which is thy neigbors but thou mayest take over unto thyself his hard earned belongings or his ione ewe lambso that covetousness not dwell in heart tadvertantsatellitesWebster City Iowa t 7j and masterful as a writer thinker reasoner Superstition must give way before tho impetuous his inexorable logic As an jiUst he Is equate W Ebert at lltl best yuI b is wlttey satirical argUlriOhtauv ePlgramj tic pathetic poetic Ho is a words who alternately play human emotions and appeals man reason He Is doing work of his life for Tho Culturist and none who reads it will be disap pointed You should read Hurts article on The Philosophy of Optimism It will help to mpke you happy aS Brother Moore wants you to bc Among his other articles is a fine and forceful one on Tho Obsolescence of the Church for which he uses as a text a letter written to the Blade by Judge Pcrrlsh B Ladd Another one s Lib eralism which should be read by every Freethinker who rcaly cares to be broad Thor are several departments by Hurt among which Is Rational Re flection consisting of brilliant Free thought epigrams that will appeal to all Anotnor department that I pre dct vll make a decided hit is Ray marks by Rr forty belus Freothought philosophy and wit done Into Irish dla lect This is only a hint of the many good things The Culturist contains On second thought I dont want you to take my word for itget a copy of the magazine and seo for yourself Among the wellknown Freethinkers who will write for future Issues of The Culturist are Mrs Josephine K Hen ry Mrs Harriet M Closz George Jacob Holyoake President British Secular League Charles Watts and Joseph McCabe of London England Dr Paul Caruso Prof Edgar L Larkin Director Lowe Observatory Judge Parrish B Ladd Edmund Vance Cooke Otto Wettstein Dr Ralcy Husted Bell Dr James Weir Jr au thor of The First Abstract Religion Religion and Lust etc Hon Moses Kaufman W F Jamloson Singleton W Davis editor The Humanitarian Review M M Hangasarlan editor Liberal Review and J T Patch shall myself write regularly for The Culuturist And now comes an announcement that will cheer the heart of every Blade reader Editor Hurt Is prepar ing a biographical sketch of Charlie Moore entitled Freethoughts Most whichnnever copy of The Culturist containing this sketch will be a supplement in the form of a large and flee halftone vig nette portrait of Bro Moore lay by 133 Inches printed on heavy enamel Igt J tr = 1 portraits a permanent feature of The a Culturist each month presenting thetilife and likeness of some Liberal editor or prominent writer or lecturer The first to appear will be our belove- dlTrdlienry IlcnuW allthemen4tviil be gallant enough to willingly stand aside in her favor I wish to say to all my friends and to all Freethinkers that I regard The Culturist as well worthy our best recognition and most loyal support I want to see the name of every Blade reader on The CulturIsts subscription- list and I want to see it right away You cant afford to miss it The maga zine starts bright and right so let us all lepd a hand to keep it that way All you are asked to do is to subscribe and get other subscribers If you can want to say right here that I am proud of The Culturist and all Free thought should be proud of it I am proud that I was one of the first to help It alongIn fact to help make it possiblethat I was Instrumental in organizing a stock company to bring y It into being I am proud and gladFfor it represents our cause right worthily and well iiI want you all to see this first number v but as tho chances are the do maud for It will be very heavy to be sure of getting it you had better send for It at once before the supply is ex hausted Send 10 cents for one copy or 100 for a years subscription Send Y without delay everybody and start The Culturist oft with a rush J B WILSON k My new pamphlets Marriage and Divorce will come from press Decem bebr 12th All orders for same prompt ly filled after that date Price 25 eta a copy 5 copies for 100 Send all Iorders to JOSEPHINE HENRY Versailles Kentucky A theological archeological assocla 7 tion Is proposed to exhume Cains J wifes grave to find out how she hap i pened to be on earth before she had 1 itany parents Vi What an ignorant lot the worship Arlpers of Allah must bo to keep up so ninny heathen temples and priests Is so much easier to seo the fault of 1cdScience is knocking the stuffln out of tIle old theological ideas But then religion never was anything but a good joke on the credulous My new pamphlet Marriage and Divorce will come from press Decem bebr I2tn All orders for lime prompt ly filled after that date Price 25 cts a copy 5 copies for 100 Send all HENRYt d r l rlfi SHORT LETTER Cincinnati 0 Oct 29 1905 Dear sirEnclosed please find 200 one to renew my subscription theI other to send the Blade to the cn closed addressII would like to say a few words in answer to the ridiculous charges made constantly by Mr Moore about Socialists being envious and jealous Incompentents In the struggle for life organized to steal his farm and calling them freelovers anarchists etc Yes the Socialists do preach dlscon tent with tho present unjust condi tlons and the overthrow of capitalism for the brotherhood of man The problem of life is today Given a country rich in all the resources that make for the happiness of man a peo pie highly Intelligent in the crafts aud efficient in converting the resources Into commodities for use what system of production and distribution would best servb to Insure each worker the full reward of his labor The Socialist says All the mag niflcent machinery of production today was created by labor is operated by labor and should be crowned by the only useful class in society the work Ing crass The capitalist of today has become a rudiment organ in the social organism a parasite whose only function is to get corns on his 1nds clipping coupons Rockefeller and the other trust magnets have taught us wonderful lessons on tho value of cooperation and producing on a large scale their monopolies have assumed such proportions and power that even the most conservative see In them a menace to the well besng and Integrity of the people and state The welfare of 80000000 people against the greed of a handful of ca asI tailsts would make it right to cone collectlvelI ogy what the evolutionary theory is toI biology The Socialists points out theI inevitable trend of combination under competition the merging of the smallI store factory etc into the thereby reducing the working forcel and increasing the army of the ployed lowering wages and raising prices eliminating the middle class and drawing the line sharper and l sharper between the aristocracy of wealth and the poverty of the people showtl Hopelessness or nut worker and creases the army of child and women slaves of the mills and mines IS Now a word to free love The So clallst believes women should be an 1 individual with the same rights and prerogatives as man but she can only t have these by being economically free Grier Kidder says It a woman choses to live with a drunken hens it Is her right but If she does it to please a priest or bishop she Is a damn fool Too often a woman must be the slave of a man she despises not through religious superstition con ventlonally but that more Imperious force economic necessity Under So clalism when all useful members of society male and female shall have n common ownership of the means of production and distribution only then can woman be free to chose the fathe of her children and as Kidder again truthfully says The home that cant stand equality between man and wit has no right to stand IThe word freelove stands for what ever Interpretation may be given it- t To low debased minds it stands for free lust undefiled license and animal i Ism to lofty minds it means what it rsignifies love in freedom which man and denies to woman with I our double standard of morals r In conclusion I want to express th sincere wish that old Brother Moore may long live to edit tho fearless Blade and I also hope that he will bi Just In his criticisms of Socialism and not use the methods of the smal theologians in condemning rationalist without reason or knowledge of what i its aims and Ideals areGEO JUNG j HANY t Hlco Texas Nov 23 1905 Dear frlendI have been thinking every day I would write you but sick ness has prevented me I do hope you will pull through 0 K and be able to wield that faithful pen again soon Yet we know no prayers from Gods or men can eiadlcato disease Per haps medical skill and the science of medicine can Natural laws govern the universe and the Intelligent look to science for all our help and hope The Liberal world though called sin ners will mourn your death and say good things of you But the Christian world though they are what they call saints will say every unjust thing and do all they can to blind humanity to the good you have done because they are jealous and prejudiced Un ijustand tyrannical In their views on and religious subjects and it is proof positive that Christianity Is like all other religious beliefs human You are surely honest just and kind and no man has sacrificed so nobly as you for humanity and liberty Bro1 R Ingersoll fought superstition and Ignorance to a finish and won out vlc torlous and the world today respects ils beautiful sentences in every land and slim His name will live as long history lives Your noble wife I am proud to see Is standing by you grandly All honor to her My wife and Tamely all join In best wishes to you and wife and family G W HAIL Cleveland 0 Nov 1905 Dear sirAbout ten years ago lr L B Silver whom you remember made a visit to you about that time made me a present of a years subscription to the B G Blade Since that time have been a reader and subscriber and I can say of It as he did Of all the papers that come to my house I always read the Blade firstI will not say I always agree with you and am such an ardent prohlbl tlonlst that I sometimes feel dlsap pointed that you do not take stronger grounds along our lines but I recog nlze the fact that you have had a great work to do in trying to free tho mind of men from the foolish super station and dogma of what ought to be fast dark ages but which nlasl- are not all past By Mr Silvers donation I have been Introduced to you and to such men and women as Dr Wilson and Mrs Henry and such a literary asso elation has been worth so much more than the subscription to the l aper that I cannot make an estimate of Its book Dog Fennel I read with great pleasure and profit and have reread much of It It was an eye opener on some of the rellglc frauds being practical on the pubJic Your course In the paper of late Is a fit ending to your great work We not only have to break down the wans of error but we must teach those who would be free that they must stand for something better I have about come to the conclusion that if there anything sacred In this world it Is the human body and as we do for our own bolus in the wary of pure living and for other bodies in helping to pure living we are doing the highest and best work for humanity If you ire taken from us shall feel that I have lost a friend who has been oc mpylng a large place In my heart and your weekly visit to my home wllJ jertalnly be missed even though the paper may continue No one can fill lust the plat that has been fulfills f iiui ta iriivnjiv ylUI 1tW be a long tithe before the final fare wen I remain yours for freedom Ightly understoodGEO L CASE Chicago November 13 1905 GentlemenI see my subscription to your most worthy paper has now expired encloses please find renewal for another year I am truly sorry to hear of Mr Moores illness and hope he may njbe spared to us If had one atom of faith in tho efficacy of prayer would pray long for bin That was a very able article of Mrs Icnrys on angels but she omitted to lentloc what substantial appetite hey all have I notice that old reprobate Abraham killed a calf to Ceed hem and in another place they de ourcd a kid and then felt so good hey had a wrestling bout Mrs Hen rr Is a very clever woman and has a vpry logical mind I admire her very lush Long may she live Hoping Mr Moore may speedily recover and wishing you every successROSS F ERGH Falrfat S Carolina Oct 1905 Dear Brother Charley Why not stay In this world We want you here Why should you desire to rest or sleep when you aro yet capable of living years of happy and useful exls tence The thought of nonresistance of negativeness you are permitting hi Diirself and those around you is the wholo trouble Now I believe you have a good heart and that it is cap able of doing its work in good regula holesome beats Let me tell yoi something which bears directly on our case Twenty years ago my husband Dr Young was taken ill Gult- eras that celebrated heart specialist of Charleston S C told Dr Young that he had but a short time to live a few weeks at furtherest I denied his dictum and set out to fill my husbands mind with thoughts of love lCe We went to Saratoga and there I gave all my thoughts to cheer and amuse him who was the very quin tessence of my life And I saved Uves today tho most beneficent life spensing healing to all this country sought after honored by head and oulders the greatest man in South Carolina Now Brother Charlie me help you back to your editorial hair Your wife wants you In It does Joslo Henry so do I and the- world needs you Get well get up go to work I am your trlendVIRG- lNIA DURANT YOUNG San Diego Cal Oct 28 Dear old friend For several 1905I I have not been receiving very regularly as I havo been travel Ing In search of healthier climate than my Texas home Today the 28th I received the B B Blade containing the sad news ot your sickness Both myself and wite extend our deepest sympathy to you and those so dear to you and hope you may be spared to work on as wheel horse or as a leader just as you feel disposed to hitch up Now Brother Moore If the change caned death should come soon we do not know but do hope you will reallze your work on earth has but tho be ginning of a great mind to work on for untold ages And now we bid you goodbye brother but we do hope it is not forever Mr and MRS M V WRIGHT Arlington Ga Nov 1905 Iiar Hughes Enclosed find 100 for renewal of my subscription to the Blade We love this paper more than any other Wo regret Mr Moores Illness nnd sincerely hope that he will be spared to us many years yet MRS M WESLEY BROWN Rockdale Texas Oct 31 1905 My Dear Mr MooreI know you will be worried at so many letters but cant help writing you do so hopo when this reaches you that you will be up and about your loved farm work It seems like we just cant Jet you die You have become a part or our selves I have read your paper twelve years I think and have read all your books many times and I seem to know all your family even the JIt tie pigs that you have taken in the house out of the cold I believe I could go right in your home and know every member of your family I have shed tears for the little girl who died before she had tasted misery My little girl died when thirteen and that snakes me feel so for you she is my little girl yet though she has been dead ten years You who have done so much for your fellowman can ill be lost I who havo never made even a shadow of a name would free ly go for you to stay We have all been so anxious this week hoping yet fear- Ing for Sunday and the Blade wont think it will bring bad news Hoplt for the best for you and yoursM E DAVIS St Louis Mo Nov 23 1905 GentlemenI see that my sbbscri is due therefore enclosed find one doollar M O am very styrry to hear of Brother Moores Illness and I ope against seeming hope that he nay live I thank Brother Wilson f- cuabu Iii ICIj as wry n ne Blade of lateW C WAGNER Denton Texas Oct 29 fCa5efind hear of your illness but your needy recovery Most people I think become somewhat alarmed at heart roubles but I think It is best not to take It too much if one can avoid It How I wish was a skilled phys clan that I could prescribe a surja cure for you If It were possible to do so Iy observation Is that most fatal cages of heart trouble ate gjsnera y speedy and I have known parson to live for years that had hear rouble I have come to the conclu slon that heart disease is often caused by impure blood and obstructed circulation and circulation and respiration being rather interdependent It may be that proper attention to these matters would be beneficial now from experience that inhaling eeply or to the full capacity of the lungs not rapidly but gradually hat a tendency to reduce an excited pulse believe that people who become al soreet In deep thought sometimes forget to breathe sufliciently to induct free circulation I know from exper lence that as we grow older that our fiesh and skin loses their vigor and elasticity and consequently circulation Is retarded hope you will soon regain perfect health and resume your usuat and useful avocation of trying to make the people of the world better and more happy I am older per haps than you are for I am nearing my 73rd birthday but regret to say that I havent ttyj attainments to do the thousandth part of the good have done and can do I will- not trouble you with any more of my scribbling and would not have written at all only to show you that felt an interest in your welfare and labors for which accept my wishes C W INMAN Lineville Iowa Nov 21 1905 My Dear Kind Old Friend Chas 1I00reMany hours have I been en named by you hours made that might have passed on in sadness or possbly even melancholy trust t09 you havo helped to make me better man If peradventure words ever bring comfort where food and raiment Tail I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and tho brave Mrs- Moore Be It only a tiny flower may have its place with the roses Ei When first I read the acount of your Illness in the Blade and at tho same time read what you wrote In the s 1me number I could hardly bring mseU to believe that one who wrote so weJl were so near deaths dark door as was thought The sequal so ti seems to Indicate that I was right You have been one of earths greatest soldiers enlisted in the battle for truth but if ever one is rewarded for hope and faith even at tho disdain of truth It Is when the object of that hope embraces a continuation of this life Here alone can faith almost man facture truth out of falsehood Assur- Ing you dear Moore that you will long be remembered I bid you goodbye But I will not say and I hope not a final oneA A SNOW Landis N C Dec 1019t Dear Editor I was very sorry when read of your sudden severe illness Never had a thought entered my mind of your ceasing to edit the dear old Blade though I was overjoyed when read In the last issue of the Blade that you were getting better and that you would soon be able to take your dace again do hope that you may regain your health soon that you maybe able to stand up like the fearless and peerless warrior you are in the ranks of Infidelity would like to suggest a plan to all the patrons of the Blade which If faithfully carried out would go along ways toward cheering up our dear editor and help bring him safely through his present illness Let every one that is In arrears to the Blade pay up at once or just as soon as they can and try and get aU the now subscribers they can that Mr Hughes may be able to announ- over the telephone to the dear old edl tor from day to day that the Free thinkers all over the United States are waking up to do their duty Let it be the determination of all Freethinkers of every shade that the Blade shall come out full size Fellow In Idols just think for one moment the made has been the one ambition is editor Not as a money making scheme or adventure as you all too well know but that he might brlw humanity out of the slough of Ignc mce and religious superstition to place the whole of humanity where ou and I fellow Freethinker stand fellow Freethinkers havent you ofteu thought how glad you would be If you just knew how to do somethlr for the cause we do much almlre The thing to do above all things Is to lend in the sweet Williams for king so you will in my opinion do at east a threefold good You Illcheer up the good editor you will do yourselves good and Incidentally you will do humanity a lasting good You all doubtless remember that the editor s last great slogan was How to do Good and Be Happy I repeat I know no better way of doing good than seeping the good old Blad going and cutting a full wide swathe In the ranks of the Christian and all othe mind dwarfing superstitions- P SFind Inclosed Express Mone Order for one dollar to move the date one year ahead on my tab and obllg a faithful frlendJ A CORRIHER DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT An Intelligent Farmer 75 Years Old Says it Will be Reprinted Get tunes After Am Dead And Tell How the Story of the Fat Womar At Joppa Made His Christian Neighbor Lady Laugh Rockvllle Idaho Nov 1905 Chas C Moore Editor B G Blade Dear slrI have been away from home for a time On my return flnd my Bade account out of order Herewith find Inclosed two one do ar bills Please place one to my Dlado account the other to satisfy my order for the coming Dr J B Wilson book hope I am in time to get one- of tho first issues Have read many of his pieces In Blade any of them worth the dollar so I cannot lose b my purchase to his book Ho Is car talnly a necessary adjunct to the wel faro of tho human rate fearlesfe rich In thought yet consistent one cf the worlds most noble educators Now my dear old brother Moore pleaso accept my most sincere sympathy for you In your affliction as well- as my undying gratitude to you our long and ardous life work which In my estimation ranks equal If not- the highest of any past or living man Your life as to deverslfication has heen like that of Paul or rather the hstory of Paul While his was par tlally fictitious yours has been rea- Will you think hard or me when I ten- you that I have not nor will not up a single prayer for you in your affliction for in your own language think you occupy the same position did the rats under the floor of the burning theater Nor would I oven If believed in a spiritual God for- prayer is certainly the very essence dictation and I an almost undlsccm able speck In the immensity of there is or has boon dictate to the- Creator of alli Excuse me from suchi egotistical impudence While human kindness you have my very- best wishes every impulse every- fiber of my makeup works on that r 1k t r t1 A FEAST FOR FREETHINKERS K Here is a publication that will bring sure satisfaction e in the propognndn o1 fismare numerous names familial Blnde rends inclu ling Josephine K Henry Charles Watts Clarence S Darrolw Joseph McCabe Dr J B Wilson 1 Singleton W Davis Harriet II Closz George Jacob Holyonke Prof W F Jamie Son Dr Paul Cams Judge Jarrish B Lndd Stephen D Parrish Otto Wettstein J T Patch r M M Mangnsarirtn Walter Hurt All Rationalists will want to rend in the current number Dar rows on Punishment nnd Its Function Free thought the Essejitial of All Progress by Wilson All is Matter All Matter by Dr William Colby Cooper and Liberal Liberalism Obsolescence of the Church Philosophy of Op timism Human Equality and other articles by Hurt as well as many other firsticlnss features THE CTJLTURIST THE WORLDS FOREMOST FREETHOUGHT MAGAZINE An artistic bcriodicnl well printed on excellent paper and with n beautiful coyer in colors 100 a year 10 cents n copy No free copiesit costs voo much to produce n THE OULTURIST PUBLISHING CO- yBox 970 Station M Cincinnati Ohio line I feel that rwe cannot spare you yet See I can sympathize with In reality for this day Nov ICth is my seventyfifth birlh day and the older I get the more I am astonished at the vacillating follbtorers of superstitious dogma I short time they have made wonderful changes Thoy have about away with hell and at that rate J fifty years more I think they will drop the wine make A word abothe paper you havo worked so had to maintain You have only to look around among the people to realize the good you have done the pleasure you have given your readers all by straight forward dependent course never faltering not even beforo tht bleak walls of a pen Itentlary prim IPle held Inviolate at ways Your fri mds are proud of you your enemies quite convalescent nothing ahead ut to be good and happy We think the B G Blade the most profound advocate of rational thought of any Aaper In existence To say It Is edltecl by Charles C Moore Is enough Tne same the author of that lUustrlcms book Dog Fennel Its concision of world wide though gives It an eminent place ItwiUhe printed ant reprInted centuries after Charles Ca is no moreExcuse e vt y my jjpg fennel is notatlinow It In the hands of its 4th rlader all Christians On of them at Episcopalian said to me the other y that she was really fat cln ted wlthMt said at times in reading it she lost her whereabouts felt that she west actually looking on at the very things being described but oh he is an Infidel I caught a flash of that sarcastic snare that was on the faces of thousands around Bruno funeral pro Yes said I Mr Moore is an Inf del but see some fidels can tell the truth She said Yes Then Ii a moment she cackled right out said she could see tha bg fat woman being lifted on decl In fine humor now Seeing you had won left her With you as thousand of others are today Truth Al Blade readers Join not only in esteem but love for Mr Hughes your competent unassuming and faithful publish er Please pardon my dotage and ac cept the Immutable friendship of ar aid TarmerF P BALL Sr From the Searchlight EDITOR BLUE GRASS BLADE DAN GEROUSLY ILL The Searchlight regrets to note the langerous illness of Mr C C Moore editor of The Bue Grass Blade Late Issues of hs paper represent Mr Moore as having an affection of ne heart In consequence of which h has experienced no rest for many weeks save when under the influence at opiates During all this time he it compelled to sit 1na chair not being able to tate his bed Expressions from him that have from time to time appeared in The Blade give every evidence of his en Ire composure and a willingness tc submit without murmur or complaint to the fate which awaits all mankind wh ch as he firmly believes In his case near at hand Mr Moore is a grandson of Barton Stone who with Alexander Campbell founded the Campbclllto church He was for several years of his life a minister of that church which he left nearly or quite forty years ago Ince when he has been what he him self calls an Infidel Interpreting that as one who does not believe In tho Ivlne Inspiration of the Bible or the Ivlnlty of Jesus Christ Ills career has been an eventful one laving strong convictions ho has usually expressed those convictions in strong language In consequence of which enmity and hatred were arous el against him and persecutions fol lowed so that more than once he has suffered arrest and imprisonment Probably no man ever llveda wholly r Itik r r t blameess life hence It need not boy sad of Mr Moore that he has always been In the right though It Is highly probable that he has always believed himself to oe so and acting upon that belief ho has always had the courage to come out Into the open and say what he thought regardess of the consequences that might follow The Searchlight sincerely hopes that some favorable condition may yet arise by which Mr Moore will regain his health and again bo permitted to engage in editing The Bue GraSs 31ade which was founded by himwHo lives on his farm some eight miles Jrom Lexington Kentucky Though now nearing his threescore years and ten he lives In the section In which he was born and Is loved and esteemed by people who have known him much of his own life and in many 2 instances all of theirs Jl Havng in the years past had to come in contact with aim editprlallyj inot having a ways been able to agrffliT at every point I beg to assure of S my high regard for his sterling honesty my admiration for his ability as a writer and my smcerejjj sympathy for hIm and his fln n this trying ordeal JESUS A MTtt OR Dr Wilson sounded the vcorrec6v Icgan when he denounced the Si k sentimentality that lead profess Rationalists to feel and express p ound respect or apy other YIregard for that purely Imaginary cter The comparatively 8lowhead way that Freethought Is making argely due to the fact that so monyii f the spokesmen of the party of pro tress deal too gingerly with the main problem and fail to use the full adsyoutages inherent in the logic of losltlon All the alleged prophecies quoted in the New Testament as having foreV old the career and character of Jesus 1are demonstrable fraudsas Is shown when compared with the context In hose writings from which they were jofDay and read an excerpt from the GIst chapter of Isaiah after which he declared This day is this scripture ulfllled in your ears This ono specl aen of Jesus alleged claims to be the ubject of the ancient Jewish ro lancers is enough to stamp him as a faker and fraud he really made the assumption For you have only to go back to the aforesaid Gist chapter of Isaiah 4th to Gth verses where It is distinctly asserted that at the line in question strangers shall stand and feed your flocks and the sons of the aliens shall be your plow mon and your vine dressers but ye shalJbe named tho Priests of the Lord men shall call you the ministers of our God yeahalleat the riches of the Gentiles and in their lory shall ye boast yourselves Nothing of all this was true of the Jiws at the supposed time of Jesus Instead of the Jews eating the riches of the Gentiles they were the vas sals cf the Romans Instead of the strangers and aJens being the acre servants slaves of the Israe Jltes they were themselves under the galling tyranny of Imperial Rome The time portrayed by tae writer of raiah does not only not agree with that described in the New Testament during Jesus supposed sojourn but It Is completely discordant with It the Jews were not eating tho riches of the Gentiles nor were they being irvllely attended by strangers and a tens so Jesus was completely out of the game Therefore It Is demon rated that Jesus was other a frauij or a myth and If a myth then the whole New Testament is wholly Ima glnary or fraudulent R F EAGLE fi 0 74i di ii