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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1T f A J filthsad b lshlatrd l1JE GRAS BLADE1de I EDITED BY A HEATHEN IN THE INTEREST OF GOOD MORALS PUBLISHED WEEKLY ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE T VOLUME XIV NUMBER 41 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY DECEMBER 31 1905 ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE jrL TERMS OF THE BLADE One Issue for one year 100 In clubs of tive NEW subscribers 50 cents each 250 for five It Terms100 per year In advance foreign subscription 150 1 Five new subscribers sent one year for 250 iJ Make all Money Orders Drafts and Express Orders payable to the Blue Grass Blade Lexington Kentucky When you change your address ad f vise this ounce giving your old well as the new address When you send your subscription say ether you are new or old sub ublicatlon153 WShort t bt exe E teredrtthe post office at Lexing ton as Class Mall ter Address all communication to BLUE IKMb b BLADE PO BOX 393 i Lexington Kentucky FayetteYelephone 619 Cumberland Telephone o07 A PLAIN PROPOSITION If a merchant sells a Diamond Watch of Jewelery for 120 which costs him 100 he dont make a cent because rent Interest on capital invested salaries outofdate stock etc etc consumes this 20 per cent There fore to live and accumulate wealth he must add 30 to 40 per cent to the first cost of the goods he sells Having disposed of my store now act simply In the capacity of your Purchasing Agent giving you the benefit of my 40 years experience and positively saving ydu the 20 per cent It costs a merchant to do business Wten receive your order for Dia monds Watches or any other goods In the Jewelry line I select from all the biggest stocks In Chicago pay cash get all special discounts and 1usually 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 and my great little tract Theism In the Crucible 4 WETTSTEIN LaGrange Cook Co III My new pamphlet Marriage and Divorce will come from press Decem bebr12th All orders for same promptly filled after that date Price 25 cts a copy 5 copies for 100 Send all ordrato JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kentucky My new pamphlet JMarrlage and Divorce will come from press tiecem bebr 12tn All orders for time prompt lyfllled after that date Price 25 cts a copy 5 copies for 100 Send all orders to JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kentucky The Blade Is Issued In Its old size this week and If Its friends will treat us half way right and pay what they owe we can come out each week and that on time Paper houses dont take promises and that la what some seem to think we can get along with Z iii Hih IOWA FORGES TO- THEFRONT AND FURNISHES THE MOST HOR RIBLE FAMILY MURDER TIdE YEAR Pathetic Exemplification of Womens ettlon to Men dL wretchedSome time ago victim of our system ofjgirb ownership came to me with an account of the most bru tal treatment atHho hands of her master and said Lam getting afraid of him when I wts young and strong I did not fear but Im loosing my courage and feel sure that it will all end by the children and myself being lNever experienced the feel ing of personal fear of violence myself I could not understand her sit nation entirely nd so assured her that her not so anxious to place hishe4d Into a noose by but now comes the account oflttlis most atrocious crime whichsit3s that I was mistaken and that God sends an In spiration to klIts he is said to have done in this cos pthe whole family pays the penaltyl A week ago yilliam McWllllams of Independencdlowa murdered his wife and five children by knocking them on the heard with tho hammer and stabbing tjjfin with the butcher knife After satisfying Mmself that his work had bee Hvel1 done he calmly washed his hands and went to town as though nodii had happened A calm sanctlfi 7 same to to perform suehcts The press ports say thatVllllams was a devoted Christian aid grace at table and had family rayer dally When the deadffcodles were discovered by nelghborro and the husband and father charge with the crime he at first seemed to doubt Gods ability to help him out so Jhe sought to fas ten the crime ua son who was away from homjiat the time but he has since conC s d and gives the de tails in a matteVyf fact nonchalence that should awaken women to their position of subordination Ho says Why God told ma to do It and It just sb4d to biAiy duty You see I coUld aUsfwny wife We had had no happinespp for the last six months Of course it didnt occur to him that he might have satisfied his wife and made both happy by separ ating Then these right hand men of God are always very solicitous for the welfare of victims He continues I looked at it that it would bo worse if she killed me and her left alone in the world with the children than If I were left No danger of these fiends doing any vIa lenco to themselves thereby permitting others to escape Speaking of the day he decided to do the deed after deliberating on It for months he said I dont Know that I ever passed a pleasanter day We laughed and joked after having family prayer but I felt that they till had to go The decision of this owner of the family was final They belonged to him and he had the right to dispose of them as he saw fit In this he owed the precedent of the Indiana wife murderer who boldly proclaimed in court that his wife belonged to him and It was no ones business If he killed her One more reference only need be made front his grewsome confession He stolidly maintains the position that ho did right and says It did not hurt moito Jo this deed I was perfectly atTease while doing It and from all accounts he has been quite resigned since though he has been sentenced to death for it There is at least one hope for women in the position of this poor creat ure who believed In the Bible and that Is that in heaven thero is no marrying nor giving In marriage If I were a Christian I would thank God every day for that blessed assurance This Iowa tragedy while more hein ous than others is only one of many thousands that occur every year In tnls land where the political bombast exhorter shrieks of the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pur Il T l suit of happiness while In fact we are assured of nom of them Now what are we going to do about it I frankly confess I do not know I have for years wept tears of bitter ness for suffering women whom I was impotent to help The other day I handed a neighbor a paper with an account of the unjust discrimination against women in the industrial field and an expose of her domestic and legal status She glanced over it and handed it back saying I dont care to read it I know those things exist but I dont want to worry about It Perhaps she is wiser than I but If she could divest herself of the orthodox clothing she wears It might be possible to gain sufficient force of numbers to demand consid and out of season I have persistently declared to women that so long as they cling to a doctrine which openly and flagrantly Insults and degrades them we cannot hope for Justice but they cannot or will not see it in that light I have talked with men of brains but the subject Is usually treated as a huge joke and the opinion expressed that women fare pretty well It seems to be necessary to have personal experience before one can understand the situation I dare say that the neighbors of the Christian murderer McWllllams have delved to the bed rock of causes for his crime long eer this and if the circumstance of this terrible tragedy does not start a thought wave away from Christi anity miss my guess We have been old very often that Infidel propaganda is out of date that all the churches have grown liberal but it is false and misleading for as long as murderers justify their crimes by representing God as the In stigator and the church teachers that the blood of Jesus makes tho vilest sinner clean as long as husbands sist on the letter of the law Wives obey your husbands just so long is it necessary for us to continue the at once religious superstition surrenders then will social serfdom economic dependence capitulate Mrs McWllllams has yielded her life a martyr to our system of In justice from which a life of labr and childbearing did not save her but undoubtedly she suffered the agonies of a thousand deaths during her lifetime with her owner from whom she had not strength or cour age or legal or ecclesiastical cause for divorce Our beloved coworker Josephine K Henry suggests the rational course study the causes of crime but our highly civilized Christian system prefers to deal with effects Instead of choosing of parents 300 years before one is born for us Oh no we prefer to punish the criminal instead of educating his grandparents We prefer to maintain penitentiaries rath er than establish schools for stlrpl culture We find it easier to keep In motion the ponderous machinery of the law than to endow even one school in eugenics We cheerfully pay taxes to support asylums for the In sane but not a cent is contributed for the study of sexology The social evil costs Its millions in money and victims but no concerted movement is made to search for its causes deed private investigations along this line have met with persistent opposition and defeat and reports of same suppressed Everything under the sun seems to be of more Importance than human life and the study of i81studieding expended in the study of birds beasts and insects the propagation of their young and the susceptibility ot modification by environment but the study of the human race stops short at the altar of reprodudon The Bi ble commands women to multiply and replenish the earth but she must not seek knowledge on how to improve a human specimen Numbers are ordered and if they develop Into the MoWilllams type of murderer why women have fulfilled their mis sion and have the commendation of God and tho president though what that amounts to after a wife Is mur dered I canno understand- It seems to me here is absolutely no use to talk of educating women along any line until they are freed from church thralldom They are Im perious to any argument except the debt plying ability of Jesus Elbert Hubbard says When women are dls Continued on page two TRIP TO r ROME NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Within the next month Dr Wilsons book A Trip to Rome will be com pletedand ready to send to subscrIb- ers Ince the subscriptions were giv en ovfir a year ago many have chang ed location and were I to send the book to the address first given It would not reach them To be sure that will his book reIquestand give his name and address Let each one take pains to write name and address plainly If any book miscarries from wrong address It will either be lost or I will have to send posfago for Its return No books will be sent out until names and addresses of all the ori ginal subscribers are In and tallied with the list of names on hand As I have no means of knowing who may an who may not have moved I want all names and addresses No matter If you have previously notified me of removal send in change of address now I will have a special clerk to list all the names Also I request that each of you In clude The Postage required to mall the book which will be 15 cents Of course you are not compelled to include this sum but I feel that you will not question my right to ask it when I tell you that the book will be much larger than I contracted for In the first place Dr Wilson Intended to write only about 300 pages but the book will be nearer 400 than 300 pages and this extra ttaight will not only cost extra t n ing Which Is now very hlghT rid extra for printing I am sure that the extra expense which I have hazarded and the extra pages given you by Dr Wilson will be worth far more than the 15 cents and that for these reasons you will agree that I am justified in asking It I am only asking for the extra I am putting in the book of which you get the benefit Dr Wilson wouldnt consent to have his book abbreviated and having begun insist ed on telling his whole story begin ning when he left New York and end Ing on his return to that city Such a book in any bookstore would cost from 150 to 200 and I am sure none of you would take this amount for your book when you have once read There are about 200 of the original subscribers who have not yet paid for the book Now that the book Is almost ready for binding and that you are assured of getting it please remit the 115 at once Bo careful to spell your names and addresses correctly and give the county as well as state and Post Office JAMES E HUGHES THE ROME BOOK Mr Hughes will soon have A Trip to Rome ready to be mailed to sub scribers It is going to be larger than I expected at first to make It and as this will cost extra for paper printing and binding Mr Hughes Is justified in requesting readers to ad vance postage Even with this extra ho will not make much on the book and It all the edition Is not sold he will lose and this he cannot afford All those who like my style of writ- Ing I am sure will be pleased with the book I have not departed in the least from my usual style of expres slon just simply rattled It off tact it is no attempt to write a book but rather it is a long letter to my friends describing my trip It was mostly written in my busiest hours I do not remember a time when wrote longer than ten or fifteen min utes on It without being disturbed I would liked to have rewritten itl but it Is probably better just as It isI If I had tried right hard to exhibit possession of an extra stock of brain matter I doubt If It would have beeu much If any better co Ive just let It go as I wrote it without rewriting a book I believe presents as wide a diversity of subjects as any book of the kind written It is both like and unlike Dog Fennel a book t J which cannot be surpassed In some ways In clearness of description and humor no writer not even Mark Twain has equalled Mr Moore But In a Trip to Rome I go not only as deep into the past but deal equally with the people of today and present day problems I do not believe Old Rome has ever been wrItten up as I have written It What I have said of Rome alone would make a book of itself and worth more than the price of this book One chapter of 30 pages deals alone with the churches of Rome Another Round about Rome takes In a general de- scrIption with that of all the Pagan Ruins Catacombs etc Another and the most important Informs you of How Christianity got its start In Rome giving a history of the rise of Constantine his character his poll tical combination with the Christians the Council of Nice Compilation of the Bible and the subsequent reign of terror which followed and of how Paganism was literally crushed by the sword Besides all this I go deep Into the trickery of the church describing how saints were manufactured and of the use of relics indulgences etc and an immense lot of holy hocus pocus of which all this is only an In way through from first to 1astkl lay before you one continuous panorama of sea country mountain river city church art manufacture old historical places ruins agrIcul- ture history biography anedote inci dents of travel social conditions edu miSCOllanjUSthings Palace I TJaslately Doges Palace gave him the ShlAlreef and he said he couldnt steer hat oonawh 1icalled the UCeoiili loom led and from which thousands upon thousands had languished and aken out to be executed My description of tho whole oj Italy I am sure will peculiarly appSal to all Liberals as here the Christian superstition was hatched and tthlssubject Igivo particuar attention The book will have 23 chapters and between 350 and 400 pages I hope the edition will all be taken up Mr Hughes Is printing 2000 copies and he will loose if they are not sold Send your order to him at once When you get the book If you like It and can afford It but one for some one else who will appreciate It Let the orders come rolling In The season Is now on when you have to hug the fire and stay In at nights and have time for reading Come wIth me and let us take A Trip to Rome Send 115 to James E Hughes Lex- Ington Ky SANTA CLAUS DAY Christmas is no longer more than a name for the day commemorated as such In reality the 25th of December is Santa Claus Day Santa Claus be- Ing a Pagan German Myth Christmas Night I went to the Salvation Army meeting to witness their performances and distributions of gifts to the poor children The BrIga- dier General was giving the two or three hundred children In the front seats a talk Whose day Is this he said Who does it belong to Who is It named for Santa Claus they all yelled In yes said the B G it ongs to Santa Claus In a way but who did it originate with who Is It named for who gives you all your blessings And again they all yelled SantaI Claus Then the B G told was not the answer he wanted and went over the question again hinting plainly the answer he wanted them to givq In fact almost told them what to a little girl caught on and screeched in her piping childish volceJcsusiThis just about how much all classes Christians with the rest think of and remember Jesus Christmas is a day for feasting drinking visiting and giving presents Such days have been set apart to be celebrated by the people of all nations thousands of years before the existence of the supposed Jesus lf Christians conceal from their children the fact that their Christmas Is only a usurpation of the old Roman festiv al of Saturnalia celebrating the return of the Sun from the winter months and the lengthening days which was a promise of the return of Springtime and harvest Christmas was Pagan to begin with then Christianized and later again Paganized by enthrowning the mythical German Saint Santa In the place of of Christ at Christmas except those who are In the Christ business This festival of eating drinking giving and visiting Is an outburst of the love In human nature and has been manifested In one way or other by all people of all ages and if It hadnt been Christianity would hardly have borrowed the custom There is nothing so cheapening to Christianity as this very celebration of Santa Claus Day People wont go to church that day They havent time to think of ChrIst The Christ and the Preacher are the least of their thoughts While the church Is hard up and poverty stricken a bil lion dollars is spent in eating drinking and giving Four million dollars is estimated as the Cincinnati Christ mas trade I havnt heard of any one donating forty cents to JesusI e tho preacher The utter disregard of pee pie generally Including Christians for the church and Christ on this day Is doing an immense lot to cheapen the Christian religion The clergy try to make believe that all this giving and good will Is Christlike that it ureathes his spirit and that It emin ates from the church Every one of ordinary perception knows this is all bosh The spirit of x giving and loving and social intercourse Is an ebulltion of human nature and no one religion or all together in all the ages has ever risen above human nature So far as Christ or the Christ spirit is concerned In the celebration of Christians the dead ones It Is J- n the name of that old Pagan the White Haired Man of theWoods J B JW KEEP YOUR EYES ON THIS x During the present session of Congress Representative W W Kitchen of North Carolina one of the brain lest and outspoken men in our Con gress will propose the following amendment to the Constitution He proposes Article XVI Neither Congress nor any State shall pass any law respecting an es tabllshment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or use the property or credit of the UnJStates for the purpose of found or maintaining by appropriation ur otherwise any church religious socie tyor undertaking which Is wholly or In part under sectarian of eccles iastical control This shows that some of our law makers are beginning to be concerned over the encroachment of the church on the state This proposition will be fought secretly by all the powers l of the church Catholic and Protes tant The Associated Press will see to it that the people generally will be kept ignorant of it Only the slightest newspaper mention or dli cussion of it will take place Free thinkers should watch this question closely and agitate It They should support Congressman Kitchen In revery way possible There Is thIs fault to his proposition It Isnt ex pllclt and strong enough It has the idea but it hasnt the ring I wish It were given to me to write that amend ment or for that matter to moat any wideawake Freethinker It ought to bo specified as to appropriations to findividuals As long as the Matepays salaries to chaplains the ctiufch 0rwill get what It wants In an under hand way from the unprincipled poll ticians While doing it a clean sweep ought to be made It should be ex plicit on the School and Sunday ques one who has more time than I please write for the Blade an amendment according to your Ideas A lot of you do the same Fill up several columns It will be interestsIng Rise up George William McCor mack Dr Bowles and other Liberal statesmen What form of amendment do you propose Set the ball rolling J B W If your subscription Is due pay up and help us to get out a full sheet Blade every week j = DR WILSON discusses Marriage acid Divorce The Pamphlet Just Issued by Josephine K Henry Mrs Henrys pamphlet of sxty pages on ouarriage and Divorce la beiore me and want to be first to review it m the columns of the JJiade it certainly goes to the bottom ol t those subjects or course it is not to expected in a sixty page pauiph let that these almost exliaustlesa sue jects can fully discussed but jurs Henry has brougut beioro us the bass and vital principles so tat as the auect the American people ihe one great point sne wakes for womaniund inasmuch as she be ing the principal party in the Mar A riage and Divorce contract has ab ffsOlutely no voice or choice in making f laws governing these conditions And I say this injustice to woman kind cries out to all the wond for it call this a free country Why 4we are not treethat Is the masses we are tree in nothing Men are only half free and women are wholly en slaved There are only two free classes in thlt country the Money Powers and the Church Powers All the rest are politically economically religious i ly and socially enslaved The Pope of Rome and the Moths childs have more to say In the gov ernment of our country than we the masses men and women both have to imagine that because they have the privilege of voting the they are tree and independent citi zens Why never in all my lite have 1 been certain that I know what was voting lor and I think that the ma jority who read this nave been in tot same Lincoln said A nation cannot remain half slave and hat free The condition which led to that remark prevail today Hall of our population is governed without its consent that is a group of women consisting of Josephine 1C Henry Harriet M Closz Lou Barnes Luiu Gibson Ella Wheeler Wllcox Eliza beth Cady Stanton and others of their like looking down on a group of ne bygroes Dagoes raw Irish Dudes and bums and saying to themselves Just to thinkhThose thicss can vote and h Let us ourse lac paces of the educarAd intell e progressive women of America and wo may then realize their humilia tion and their crushed feelings at the discrimination made against them How would we feel if we were refused privilege of free speech and if were imprisoned for the same made a great fuss over Mr Moore rowe sent to the penitentiarybut your would your humiliation indignation be just as acute if you were denied the right to vote If you were governed without your consent Is it not plain to you then that great high minded women suf fer Just as acutely when deprived of their liberties as though they were languishing behind prison bars If you can understand this then you can understand the suffering soul of Josephine K Henry whose hearti cries go out in this pamphlet righting of the wrongs done to womankind Surely woman is an equal party to the contract of marriage aye she is more lor she must risk life in propogatlng the race Then wny should she not have equal voice In the laws regulating this contract Who is at the bottom of all the position against the freedom of womankind I will tell outhe damn ed and damnable powers of the Holy Christian church Protestant and non some individual Protestant preacherswho are Infidels at heart who come manfully out for woman suffrage But the great church councils refuse to take action on this matter Why Woman free clerical occupation gonel The Catholic Pow ers entire are against woman having any voice in the laws governing her self politically socially or economically Occasionally they condescend to let her vote at a church fair or raffle when some matter is up that leads to stuffing the coffers of the priest The Catholic church in this country is doing everything in its power to Influence the government to regulate marriage and divorce upon the basis of Its teachings By controlling Marriage and Divorce it Is thus better able to control the mind of woman and so control the mind of the child and so maintain Itself In dignity ease style and power and it is try ing to make this great American gov ernment a party to this damnable crime But look you All over Italy Cath olic women and Catholic men Freethinkers Free Masons Socialists An archists yes Anarchists when they do a good thing I want to give them credit for it alIthe reform parties educators and statesmen are crying outgive us Dlvorcel i1ItKi Queer isnt it Just what the Cath ode church is contending against over hero Catholics themselves are con tending for over there The government of Italy grants no divorce If some nobleman or millionaire has got enough money to soothe the itching palm of the Pope he may get a di divorce and the cry has gone up We want Divorcee and it wont go down until it is granted I wish I had time and space here to give the con dition of woman in Italy but I have not See A Trip to Rome It will open your eyes on this question Marriage is primarily and purely u sexquestion The Post Office Depart went prohibits any discussion by mall on this most vital of all subjects Its chief inspector says Any physiological or psychological discussion of thei same Is indecent and obscene duch is this one Ignorant mans opinion a Catholic no doubt put there for a propose by his church Consequently every man and woman in this coulitry Interested in development of a rtht knowledge of this greatest of ill questions is squelched by this big priestcontrolled examiner The Post Juice censlrship of this country especially as it interests itself in so clolo cal matters is getting to be as tyrajjuus as that of Russia kins strenuous tie to enforce mOre g yocce laws upon the people At file satu time the clergy will marry any coupe that comes along no matter note incompatible and Ignorant dis easeOfor degenerate for fifty cents or a dollar Tlfjy are all mightily concerned aboud race suicide The Catholic priests iso far as we perceive are not contributing to the propogation o fthe race and the Protestant clergy and all rich peopie are having from none to one child and these are the classes that propose to make mar rage and Divorce laws for those who do have children and who keep the race going the whole attajr from eend to cello Is misunderstood and misdi rected misgoverning and misapplied What is needed urst is Knowledge of the laws of sex and propogation Our youths should bo trained and proparQd for marriage its duties and responsibilities They should be kept neither ignorant of selection nor of uropo2jaton Such Ignorance fostered by religion and false modesty is a should be wholly taken out of the hands of the hands of the clergy there should be a department of state controlling it It is surely as important as the department of agriculture It should be at much to the interest of the State to raise children as to raise beets- ilia chief causes of Divorce are theseFirstSex Incompatibility People who are not sexually mated disgust teach other and married life is intol erable They should be given a di vorce at once If childless Such peo plo should not breed for if children are not love children they are apt to develop vice crime and dengeneracy Second Religion Difference of igion is one of the greatest causes of domestic unhappiness and infelicity leading eventually to divorce The young man enters marriage norant of the influence of the priest over his wife and thinks little about it Eventually he wakes up to tho fact that tho priest has the confidence of his wife in matters of domestic life where he has not The priest Is the spiritual lover he is jtho carnal lover the provider There is no IIutepeople should not breed children majOrIiIlyry rich take what they can get but the prime consideration is to marry lieu and gain position and case Women sell hearts and souls for wealth and title and men are schem f ftiWYR y ing to marry rich and live easy For tunately such people do not hay many children Race suicide where It most abounds among priests preachers and the scheming and arIs- tocratic rich Is a blessing to the country Every child should be a love Is more amusing than the fact that the people who howl the most about race suicide are those who have the least children I started out to review Mrs Henrys pamphlet in detaall but have only glanced it and given ideas which her arguments have suggested to me In fact it is a subject of the most far reaching results of any now being publicly discussed I choose that my readers rather get the pamphlet and read it for themselves In this pamphlet Mrs Henry has built her monument just as surely as Paine bulirhs In Tho Crisis She has giv en it her best time and thought Wo man she declares must have a voice in the enactment of the laws controlling these principles It is a pamphlet that should be in the hands of every man and woman in this com try j ou may make all the divorce laws cu please but still thev will be cor rupt and Inefficient as long as wo f r conce ed h8f no hand in dire t the clergy dont wariyoree but woman herself israireadSjJa vorced creature from the ve f mo merit that uod iThe Priest hi join ea her to a man for she ispletely divorced from all partlclpa on in the regulations of either man ge or invoice She is a legal non unity the is blindly led into surre ering trher rights of coif goverumc it If wen would be tree tiey must see to it that they have tree mothers I pre diet that the time will come wl en the government will establish a apartment of stirpiculture and the secre nary of this department will ra k nrst in the social scale and the so retary of war last Governments sb midnt talk about raising children w leaL the same time they are trainin them to get killed Let not a singe reader miesona ing ion Mrs Henrys pamphlet Only a limited number has upon uj lIsned and if you would be sure of ob mining one order at once Treasure this pamphlet 4r you will always have use for it Loan it to all the women of your neighborhood who will read It See tt it it Is returned to you as often as y u loan it and thus keep it going This pamphlet ought to run throng several editions It is an educator It is a lightning flash from the hear of all ralsJcdChrlsttian clergy 1 B W IOWA FORGES TO THE FrONT Continued from first page satisfied with their husbands hey go to church It is true and seemingly the more intense the disssa faction the closer they cling to Jesus or their pastor Our hope lies in teaching them Eeifrellance in showing them that too long they have lean d upon a broken reed With solfelfance comes freedom of thought and action and women refuse to be subjected to priest or husband refuse to bear children under circumstances that must naturally produce criminal im beciles or tyrants Refuse In tact to monstrosityition When mens title to ownership of women expires the long listlot bru- talIties will be materially curtailed sut this is not going to happen in a day nor in a decade The burden is heavy but must yet be bourn for long Some one has said n education adoption are the step In orm I wish that Blade would r discuss this subject freely in its col umns and expound theories for action or suggest remedies- I have written at too great length already not because of any practical suggestions but in the hope of gain- Ing from Rationalists the expression of a protest against the perpetuation of our sysem of Injustice toward wo men and against tho prohibition of any knowledge pertaining to human lifeLet us hear from HARRIET M CLOSZ A NEW START FOR THE BLADE With this issue the Blade starts forward again with renewed hopes and amomons We come out full size and intend If possible to keep it so his will depena upon two tnings the merest taKen by our con tributors and the Interest taKen by our subscribers Those nearest in our consel advise us to go on with the publication of me blade They say that it Is a ne cessity and that they bellevo the old time Interest can be revived and that p t i i are sure our readers will not want to see the voices of Mrs Henry Mrs Closz Judge Ladd Grier Kidder John F Clarke ur Bowies Dr Wilson and others silenced from week to week because of no weekly medium of com munication Now let us all take on renewed hope cheer and courage with the new born year We hope that all delinquents will payup as we need the money and that all others will sustain us In mak ing the future of the Blade a success Mr Moores condition Is such that he cannot write for the paper at pres ent but we think that he may be back In harness In the next month or so At present his heart Is In such condition that he Is not allowed to assume any burdens his physician advising the same It now devolves upon all friends of the Blade both contributors and subscribers to fall In line and join to make It a success and overcome the crtect of the removal of Mr Moores strong personality from tne Blade The columns of the Blade will be open to the discussion of all ques tlons affecting the general social con ditions of humanity Its one great aim will be that wished by Mr Moore liTo do god The only object In argument or dls clsslon is to teach and Impart infor mationto help those in darkness to the light and to make ourselves and others better The basic principle of this paper Is Freethoughtthe freedom of the hu man mind from superstition This will be the leading Idea upon which we will work and to which all other objects and Ideas will ht secondary However the Blade Is a free lance and Its columns are open to the discussion of all other progressive Ideas presented in a masterly and Intelligent manner We want to make it as versatile as we possibly can and to do this we need the cooperation of all Liberals Our price Is only one dollars a year or for five new subscribers 50 cents a year each The only other Liberal weekly In the country costs 300 a year Now If you feel that you need a weekly Is It not to your Interest to support the Blade and encourage us In our new start forward We trust that you will We will do our part In trying to make It Just such a paper as will meet with your approval The compliments of the season to all and wishing you a Merry and prosperous New Year Yours truly JAMES E HUGHES b rQITTEN THE SLEEP OUT 0 YOUR EYES BY Je B WILSON r U used to an old sam o i aua Airly to bed boys an airly to rise AII dent ue the nUll o uiu luurumg gttten the sleep out o yer eyes AU Lau diuu t hoaer bounce right outl an mean sumpin else stead ier he certainly had a handy way of asslstin us out o bed Lxucuy ut lour he d Lair us auu i u shuttle into my clothes AU pun as i puiied on my sLog all winch were gurraily stun or froze fined i u iifent the urn tiu lantern aiv clear out ter the barn and shed AIT wane up me umvenu nurses an curry em whim they led Then mi now the pegs the harness an aUJust em to nocKS and uacus Then SKip up into the hayloft and fill all o the empty racks iou may talk o the thing the coldest youve heerd of since yer birth hut swear at a pitchfork handles bout the coldest thing on earth AU next u cetui out me suture Uuu the horses munched at their corn An me cows were beieru bieak last an rooster tootln his horn AU me uuuno uu btteae an fcuuuibis uu quacKin an struttln about AU the pigs In me pen jes suirvm an squealln ler all git outsjiiucii nose potutr over tuu rainn an an camonng loua for more wueii turn round the pen lay scattered at Id thrown em the nlghtIbefore Jest Ube a lot o fool people who atoll till their appetites clogIw nova eVrything an mortin they want but continue to squeal rake a hog- An me calves and sheep were prociaimin they also needed my care An kep up a imm yard concert uuui eucn had gotten his share Its with auimaiB as with people uads suyiir right often applies When tor others to teen em they git the sleep out o their eyes luen Id grease the big owdebakergive each o the wheels a spin AU jar ou me mud mom me leioes au insert tho old lyncnpln An return the JacK to the toolhouse ituciun the calves from my way then uiow out the old un lantern ler by this time twas light as aay An the belt wuz niigm lor breaiuasi when Id go back to house And break the icein the rambari an give my lace a dowse it yore tiled o haijioriu a snooper guuu ler uothin but sleep an eat Jes give him a rnornin jou line this an e the dont wake up Ill treat it may not mureiji reiioiu him but itll test his metal sure An leI huggln thij nro lore breatuast cum purty nigh bean a cure its oil trial sayin o Dads cuws up ler Ive noted with much surprise That most o boys grow up to be men with the sleep still in their eyesI fitttJrmeres some sit musn an dreams theyre destined to make a big stir An some why think that they too are great because their granddad lIes wera Air some who dream they were made fer ease because o their breedln an tonerAU some whom a little ottice swells to the size of a King on his throne AU there s someJbho vote the same ticket an boast they they change ISomedfEi1 finite io the iWyor is defattso o e law he d z An some test erry newt 1h cure an even chase after tho fake uh the world full o sch dreamers of all ages an evry size Who Know eveythinjjworth Kuowin j cept that theyve sleep in theirjeyes Sonic dream pf a day of freedom of liberty of speech and thought When all aU11 be tree to think but with Freethinkers fear to be caught An otter the free who loudy proclaim that each shall say his say Are tolrant onyvhenall the word Is joggin along their wayISome dream lt wealth bo evened up by the choice of uneven men that periectlottU sometime taAo the pace o Natures Imperfect plan hat peace out Ue world will hover with the elements all at war iho bltaid with the negative without a jostle or jar mat sin fromfffll be banished and the worldll be ruled by love AU instid o gow to the graveyard well go soarln to heaven Jove Oh the world full o sich dreamers wholl remove all shju2jaa disguise i Should it ever chance that they waken an git the sleep out o their eyes An theres some with Godl lhIWho assume td le An millions who men ib Are proud o ljelloylnat flftyflve the dreams believed at ten Whore sure that th e specal objects o tho Heavenly Fathers care An that every oooeisels goinwell Ill not mention where That the world t ffi never be righted till to them It bows the knee An submits aiFfuture government to their sole Oh the world Is full p reformers whore authorityIWholl perduce so millenniums any old Then Cause anpffeectll be endedas the angels When it topass that the DREAMERS git the sleep out o 1their eyes i fIr MY BOOK OF POEMS I wish to announce to the readers of the Blade and to the friends Who have subscrlbed for my book Old Fashioned Poems and Other Verse that I expect to have the same published about September 1900 Owing to getting out the Rome Book I was compelled to drop the book of poems and of this I amglad as the book would nothave contained my best Verse which I have written within the last year The few poems I have given to the Blade are pleasing because remin iscont but the whole collection is not to be judged by them Most poetry is little morelhan verbal gymnastics As deficient as mine may be I do not bellovetney merit that criticism I prefer to be homely and understood thanto attempt to cut a lot of curves and to be profound Most poetaare dreamers They never Get the Sleep out o their eyes Consequently their poetry is more yawn than commonIsense The book Will contain 250 pages The publisher will tho price which wilhhe regulated by the Illustrations but it will nottcost over As soon as I get the Rome Book oft my hands I want to submit my manuscript to publishers and the larger the list of my subscribers the better my chance to get it in good hands I want to got it out In good time for the holiday trade nexet year Many of you who worry as to what to give your friends may like this book If so I would be pleased and complimented to have your names now I have 400 subscribers buf would like several hundred more which Is neces sary to fortify mouth the publisher J B WILSON 200 East Fourth Cincinnati L OJ 2jJ iJ T 0 MORALS AND RELIGION BY JOSEPHINE HENRY- A representative of the San Fran Cisco Examiner recently obtained a long Interview with Cardinal Gibbons on the moral condition of the people of the United States The Interview found the head of the Catholic church in America at the Rectory of the- Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jes us and Mary at the Southampton L IHe was in the bright sunny mat room of the rector He is describe- as slendor In appearance his man ner courteous grace itself his voice has a low quality of melodiousness that gives it a strange charm th slightly prognathous jaws mars in n fashion the dignity that rests upon it and the thin nostrils and finely molded churchly lips whatever kind o lips they are are those of a man Intense refinement of character the gray eyes of the cardinal expres- deep charity and comprehension an qualiIwith the cross that hung on his chest his countenance brightened with an Intensity of emotion as he expressed himself on the great evils of our day Here is a pen portraiture of a rell gious magnate and a sample of the taffy that the metropolitan papers In dulga in to curry favor with a great religious hierarchy The cardinals costume is not described but if other man should appear in the petti coats capes laces and ecclesiastical millinery worn by the clergy Lo would be arrested for parading in wo mens clothes And if Cardinal bons were not a church dignitary an appeared in ordinary male attire hi bright countenance church militant voice the dignity that rests on his I slightly prognathous jaws and his rfv churchly lips would be no more n prominent or recognizable than they ore now in the faces of Tom Ryan o- rI Patrick ORafferty The Interview remarks that Oar din Vjal Gibbons and Senators Platt and Dot t pewar aU the same age 72 and thel1 Now York Son b i ra are urea an dinar Oibbons a grand success and quses t t = that always distinguishes his utter antes and with a force and earnest power that always has great in fluence The Cardinal talked of tainted money commercial and political cor ruption the mania of money mad mll lionaires the graft and greed in fin ance and public life but in the Cardinals QpJnJfjR brole est evil of all Is + the Increase In the number of diwreo In this country- In this the Cardinal Is playing the role of Grandpa Adam he lays the blame for bad moral conditions on woman The fact that we have colos I sal fortunes coined from the life blood of the poor and augmented to t proportions that stagger the arithme tic by women and children labor arid the men who filch these millions from the toiling masses easing their con science by endowing universities lib rarles churches armories and hospi tals yet In tho Cardinals opinion these art minor evils to the legal divorcing- of men and women who have grown to hate each other and whose children are born in homes that are domestic battlefields Think of lying stealing of public and private funds betrayal of sacred trust and the slow murder of the toilers being minor evils to vorce yet such talk as this from the man with the churchy lips is ac cepted as full of truth and wisdom by tho millions who have never had men tal independence enough to think for The truth Is the moral Ithemselves of today through the licensed liquor traffic with its hun dreds of thousands of drinking dens that steal mens money honor health and decency tho looting of public I corporation and private treasuries the lying and stealing in public and prl vato llfo the robbing of widows and orphans by gigantic corporations and tax eaters the dobaunchlng of the suffrage these and attendant crimes have driven men to drink desperation and prison and these have driven hun dreds of thousands of women Into the divorce courts The prisons of our country are mantainod to imprison those who committ all these crimes but our divorce courts are for the pur pose of releasing those whose marital miseries are unbearable Let It be remembered that the thieves In public and private positions the looters grafters bank robbers and embezzlers from the church and other institu tions the trust magnets and tho voters who tolerate all theso crimes are all MEN yet according to Cardinal MILLIONS FOR CHARITY A HAPPY NEWYEARaTO ALL To Educational Institutions 38303000- To Libraries 1903000 To Galleries Museums etc 7024000 To Hosplatls Asylums etc 5391000 To Miscellaneous Charities 4700000 Gifts other than cash 2435000 Gifts sent out of the Country 2015000 To Churches C A and Missions 4243000 Grand Total 66014000 The above is a compilation of the great donations and charities dispensed within the last year recorded by the Cincinnati Enquirer It is a record throughout the country of all the gifts of f5000 and upwards makingdnames give here the grand summary It is to be noted that more than one half went to Educational Institutions and less than onefifteenth of the whole went to churches Y11I C A and missions Money is power gotogreat falling ort Is indicative of the growing belief of the active men profOf the 00000000 Andrew Carnegie Agnostic gave 14099000 or between onefourth and onehfth of the whole and yet some people numberdas greatsFreethoughthteratureILiberal propaganda wll receive the attention of such men as Carnegie and others who are semiLiberal Such has been their isolation that they have not come to know of our deserts our labors and our sacri fices But evolution points to our leadership and support is bound to come to at last Freethoughtthanft If we got siruo of it but even though we have not we must be happy In this knowledge that the great bulk of donations went to education libraries and art which are adjuncts of our cause and so we have been he pen indirectly onICopricom vBfam the Goat noted for his hind feet and faces the New Year ft vim vigor and vUory The sun will now rise higher forthdturntlaggardsLetsome sacrifices yet us assist and encourage our editors all of them inlexasThe Culturlst fie tried his best to make me out a liar and told five or six lies himself in order to make me appear so and when I wrote him a reply Jnf which I Ironed the wrinkles out of him he was so un fair that hew tuldnt publish It Still I forgive him for he has just a little jealous juid couldnt help It Give him your assistance Lot noneIJ In nR or tn nnvother wolf meaning liberal inQuo d T01170 grow indifferent to our glorious cause Let us all rise above petty things Help the Blade Help the Culturist our latest born Ve cannot have too many papers too many mediums of eonoriunTcaffo with the public Each will have its individuality and each will ha 4 merits peculiar to Itself that will reach people the others each Let us be broad and humane in all directions and above aljTiibpefui and good natured Let us ufharp young and In the prime of life forget not those whose heads0 bending low with age those who labored long and hard In the iace of persecutions and difficulties that we know not today All to the old warriors At this particular season I I am sure the refers ot this paper will be touched with sadness and re gret meal as they will the persuasive arguments the clarion speech thE render sentiments and rollicking humor of our good and jraaoldd r3ajer Brother Moore thathangswill bring Im a new lease of life and that health hope love and joy will still commingle his life like meeting waters in one sunny stream of enjoymentA Year to all J W dllvorceplorable moral conditions than the political bosses who sandbag the people or the McCurdies and McCalls who buy elections and steal millions from widows and orphans Let It be remembered too that the Tammany hadIGibbons In the face of facts laid before the American people every day If more Instruction had been giv en along the lines of common honesty and more demonstration of the bene flcience of divorce our moral condi tojdayCardinal Gibbons was asked by the interviewer Do you think the giving away of portions of their millions In any way palliates the offenses against society of the great money makers of the country The Cardinal with a quizzical smile said You refer to tainted money so commonly discussed I have never had occasion to reject any tainted money and I am not qualified to speak on that matter Was the Cath olic or any other church ever known to reject money tainted or untainted from any source from the pennies of the servant girl or day laborer to the Cardwell Sisters who gave them hun dreds of thousands and who have now renounced the Roman Catholic faith No notice has been given that Cardinal Gibbons church has returned a dol lar of the vast sum of money given by those sisters who have renounced thet allegiance to Rome They both r lost their faith and their money too John A McCall deposed president of the New York Life Insurance pany who managed to eke out an cxi tence on a salary of 100000 a year presented a Roman Catholic church of Albany N Y of which he is a memo ber with a 50000 pulpit As to whether this Is accepting tainted mono fey it is for the powers to decide Thiinterviewer e how the evils of the day could be remedied and he said It is largely to the press we must look not only for the discovery and exposure of these conditions but for their corrections The revelations of these days are being made by the newspapers and in thus bringing to light questionable deeds and questionable motives s to be found a remedy for the evils exposed The press is probing deeply into the con ditions we all deplore and the deeper the probe sinks the more apparent becomes the seriousness of the this deep sac merciless probing will come the healing Pub lookIshown as in the recent life insurance scandals The country has boon shocked by these exposures of the evil deeds of those In high places and it has not been a pleasant thing to see tho men who have stood so well in the public esteem stripped of those attrib utes with which they have been popu larly invested It has been a severe ir xkr blow to public confidence and has done more than anything else to de velop a spirit of cynical pessimism- To Cure The Evil It is well to remember however that the very agent by which these things were made known is the agent that can be depended upon to cure the evil it has made known From the developments of the last few years It is Impossible to draw any other deduction than that the moral sentiment of a great mass of the pe pIe has been weakened or entirely broken down Certain phases are shown in what is called commercial corruption The same thing in a d ferent form Is shown in political ruption The desire to secure the un earned dollar has wrecked the finer in stincts that should have been depend ed upon to hold in check tho Impulse toward actual dishonesty Clear anu palpable dishonesty Itself is shielded behind barriers cleverly constructed by the brightest legal minds in the country The dishonesty of the individual Is merged into the dishonesty of the many and its exis fence is denied even by the guilty According to these expressions of Cardinal Gibbons hipresspereconstructment of the American people What is nothatting deplorable moral conditions If the church has claimed any one thing It is that it had a trust on morals It claims to be the moral guide instruc tor and censor in a sinful world and without Its moral Influence the whole world would be hopelessly lost The Catholic church is crying out loudly against our public school system because the children of the nation do not receive religious and moral train Ing in them yet according to Cardinal Gibbons the press should lie the teacher guide and custodian of the morals of our people We exempt a800000000 of church property from taxation upon the plea that the church Instills and upholds the moral force of tho nation To secure this moral influence the American people havo contributed countless millions of dollars to build palatial churches and livpetinfluence people to lead moral lives in this world and fit them for a celes tial abode Cardinal Gibbons says from the d velopments ol the last few years it impossible to draw any other deduction than that the moral sentiment of a great mass of the people has bee weakened or entirely broken down vvnatjhas the church been doing to ale Tmythtfpeopito lapssiatoaucbi a deplorable condition The Catholic church has an iron grip upon a great mass of the people It takes the In infancy and gives them religious instructions yet some of the most prominent ringleaders among the poll a tlcol grafters commercial boodlers and Ute Insurance privates are prom inent Roman Catholics and the num ber of Catholic criminals does not speak very well for the moral Inuuence of the church Present conditions I prove the claim of Rationalists that religion has nothing whatever to do with morals and we now have the strong object lesson before us that to many religious men are the most 1ms mpral and many men who do not pro fess religion at all are the most moral If as Cardinal Gibbons says the press Is to be the moral educator of our nation of what use is the church and what work is left for it to do Tho church was once the strongest fluence In the world but the press has long since wrested that power from it and for the head of the Catholic thse press to improve our deplorable mor al condition is Indeed a damaging admission and it should cause the thoughtful to scrutinize and compare the moral status of the professors and nonprofessors of religion The facts all about us prove that the moral fluence of the church has been a sublime failure and to put the task of making people moral on the press is an open confession of this failure LETTERS FROM FRIENDS iscar Ind Ter Enclosed Is U stamps to pay subscription to Blue Grass Blade for one year to be sent to Casby Owens Ryan I T He made a believer in dur dlIngLioerals consider that debate a great victory for Freethought In this coun try although Welch never had a fat dlowchance for the Court officials needs the Courthouse to hold Court In Welch liked four sessions of gettin in his argument Myself and family are very sorry to know of Moores sickness and we aincerel- hope that he will be able to fight th battles of Freethought and free It speech and tree press many years come and visit again the Indian To rltorYN B GRAYSON Beebe Ark Early last spring I expected to die any day and wrote on Bro Moore for the Blade what I then hisupposed 5Vi The Worlds Best Typewriter aHII w stock of TypewriterE carry a complete Desks Ribbons and m l all makes of mac hItt if cantyyf te Ianymake of without hau 1 eitherto party for our Sooklt or a salamin to just why the Smith Premier the most of machine the Smith Premier Typewriter Co 134 W 4th Street CINCINNATI O acknowledged its reception spoke ghly of it and said it would ap ar in full in the Blade Some how It seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle as I saw no more of it Am w hi my 75th year quite feeble and go soon How soon I cannot ray to be a big thing with me now For this reason alone I may fall to re new next time for the Blade Wile and I deeply sympathize with Brother Moore on account of his illness He is a grand man and I fondly hope will be spared many years yet to com bat error and superstition You must excuse pencil I can no longer write with Ink A general breakdown caused by age has completely upset my nervous system I have prepared synopsis of my views relative to a feature state to be read at my grave by my brotherinlaw I want no priest or preacher at my grave to sing psalms or to console those present with the Lord gave the Lord hath taken away blessed be the name of the Lord I expect to die as I have ed Death seems to be as necessary as birth then why need we complain at Natures great law My only regret is leaving my dear wife and won butthatni hope tnat your strong frame will bring you out all right Keep up the jpurage great battle for freedom for humanity yomu are want you to out 25 years longer on my account lor it is pleasure to have your papefr come to my house I rend you 1 to pay for it another year JAMES GKDDES Richfield Utan Enclosed herein please find post office order for 1251 wish to renew my subscription for the Blue Grass Blade tnight is my paper night with the Blade Since your Illness I am always very anxious receive same and learn if you are among the living or In heaven 1playing a harp My belief is that if we play any harps it must be done here on this earth and inm very skeptical about any kind of a future any more than we see in an old de coyed log mouldering away in the forests Speaking of harps though I will say that if there Is a future place for such amusement that you will be therewith both feet for I know that you are honest In your convictions and if good old plain honesty wont take a person to heaven It thero is such then what will I am reading Dog Fennel at present It Is Immense and I do enjoy It Well I do sincerely hope that this letter will find you greatly Improved and In such a state to appreciate the well wishes of a frIendP C NIEL SON New Prague MinnInclosed please atnsquare up my subscription to the BladeLEONARD KRAUSS a Freethinker who recently ends as follows Mr Knott was a thor ughy upright and conscientious man stlctly in his dealings with his fel man He was a member of no church and was an Agnostic In his holdSTuesday was different from the ordi clergymanYdertaker Strait having entire charge was unique In the further fact that funeralrangements with Chas B Morerll to read it at the grave It was a reiteration of the views ho had entertained the subject of a future life and contented and pleasing farewell to aI s friends iiiY 0 4 We Sell and Rent The Smith Premier Paneabons uCompetentmachinefurnished Au1qUit Mrwas Hayden ColoI was Indeed sur prised to hear of your serious ill lness I have always thought of you Lthatgood health Please dont be in a hurry to leave uswe need you you survive the winter come out andyvisit our Rockey mountain country next summer It will do you good f tYhoodtime I enclose U to pay for the Blade for another year I also en close 50 cents and card for Mr Wm J Mathews He is a new subscriber and wants the Blue jrass Blade one year He is era of my converts and is over 60 years old He has onged to the Campoelllte church for 40 years He is thoroughly converted When you get well am going to ask you to write me a short letter I would value such a letter very highly J B GAMBILL California I am so sorry to hear that you are getting unable to head he army of Freethinkers in the B G Blade and you have my sympathy as well as the sympathy of all Ra 4rbollto have around and I for one hope that all the Blade subscribers that are in errears will show their sympathy and send along to the Blade the 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Christian faith to the twelve of the twelve months of the year The word saint means a star everyone o ftho ancient Saint Days of the Christian church then Is a star day and marks a certain impor tant point of the suns passage- If the reader has never thought of this let him consult any almonac and study the rude zodiacal plate on the inside of the flyleaf Millions of people look upon this page and never dream of the mystery wrapped up In It They know that It Is an astron omical table but never suspect or question what the list of the Saint- Days printed below the cut has to do with such an abstract science as astronomyIt always been and always will be a disputed question whether- such a person as the Jewish Jesus existed or not This dispute is chiefly confined to the great scholars of the- world and It is not out of proportion to say that there are as many truly great men dispute his existence as there are truly great men who affirm that he lived The belief of the Christian masses cuts no figure in the dis pute at all They only know and believe what they have been told and their opinions one way or the other amount to nothing For every gin who claims his existence there has been a Celsus to deny it for every Cyrila an Hypatia for every Luther a Haeckel for every Calvin a Voltaire for every Manning a Huxley for every Wesley a Paine for every Talmage an Ingersoll The balance of Judgment is always on the side of the doubter because he Is disinterested and unprejudiced S Qidoes not depend upon the malnte- ofs the existence of Jesus for a Jhe means to acquire so honor The doubter the believer comparative relig w that there have been six who have appeared at AtJus times to various races of l alike had the same mina Iious birth all had the same name of tindtherMaya iiary Myrrha I dam etc all were born on December the 25th the birth of each was announced by a star each alike was visited by wise men who brought gold 4frank Incense and other gifts each had its life threatened and its parents were compelled to lice each one at school surprised his masters with his learning each declared his Divine nature and his mission as the Saviour of mankind each was tempt ed of the Devil each was baptized of the Holy Ghost each performed miracles each taught the same doctrine renunciation of the world giving up of riches IUd avowing poverty each began his labors among fishermen each selected twelve disciples and commanded them to go into the world and preach to all nations each declared that his words were true is that heaven and earth would pas away but his words would not pass + away each of these Gods remained uingio and disavowed marriage each f made a triumphant entry into the heavenly capitol Jesus on an as Buddha on the horse Kantako etc each died came to life and was transfigured i A thousand other analogues could given but these are sufficient They are well known to everyone who dares to read and think for him serf They know that the later Sa flours must be plagiarisms of firstthat the first cannot be goes of the last l That all of these different Saviours f should have been born on the 25th of December in the same miraculous manner having the same name of mother the same conditions of birth the stable the star and the visits of the wise men leads every com mon sense person to inquire wherein Jesus is unlike any of the Saviours who preceded him wherein he was greater wiser or more divine The Testament gives us no data of the birth or oven of the existence of Jesus In those days came Jesus l and It came to pass is the only information given by which we may i determine births qr historical events The mention of Jesus in Josephus Is clearly an interpolation Inserted centuries after the Bible was com piled It is denounced as such by Dr Lardner and every other promi neat theologian in the world The 4 t small fry keep still about it and never mention Josephus They know that boys know better but willing to let the cheat live and circu The only other mention of JesusI by the Roman historian Tacitus whoso reference is so brief and vague that it is not even credit with truth by theologians It is clearly a monk- Ish interpolation The best scholarship affirms that Jesus Is only an analogue of Buddha and other Saviours Everything he said and did was said and done before him by others Confucius spoke the Golden Rule and the whole Sermon on the Mount is found in his writings It Is the greatest Imaginable impossibility that all these Godmen who appeared in differ ent countries and to different people spekalng different languages should be so much alike and teach the same doctrines in almost the same words To all those who have studied Sun worship and Bible astronomy Jesus and his twelve Apostles are regarded only as impersonations of the Sun and the twelve signs of the Zodiac It Is the same old repetition of ales the Sungoi and his twelve labors JES the root of the word Jesus means the Sunthe vine nature from which all life ceeds The word Christ is taken from the Hindostanee The Hindu Christnl said and did all that the Jewish Jesus said and did The word Christ means a good man and was used as an inscription upon Greek tombstones thousands of years before the Jewish Jesus was supposed to have lived These inscriptions in English would read like this John SmithChrist meaning he was a good man Place the two words to gether JesusChrist and we have the union of the human and divine no turesrJesus the Sun the Divine nature the creator of all and Christ a good man the highest created product of the Sun the Human natu- reJES in Latin the root of the word Jesus and the common Chris tan symbol IHS In Greek are actly the same letters It will bo noticed that this IHS is pictured over d cross with the Sun in the background This symbolizes the Sun upon the equator or crossing the equator The picture of Jesus upon cross with the Sun in the back ground representing the crucifixion Is only 4 personification of the Suns passage across tho equator Crucify and crbssify are the same words The Feast pf the Passover was given in celebration of the advent of spring whc ha Suarcrcasta ocrtholinoi at the Vernal Equinox The ymbol IHS which is givenI tothe vise as meaning Jesus um Sa vatorJesus the Saviour of men and to the ignorant as standing for I Have Suffered happens also to 1be tha monogram o ftho SunGod BacI vho was also called Jesus an who rfved or was supposed to have lived thousands of years before the Jewish Jesus The IHS Is still found engraven upon the temples erected to Bacchus just as it is found on Christian temples today We give this at length to Ehow the reader ho wthcse analogues may bo traced The very name Jesus means the Sun and to further complete too Symbol he is painted with the Sun encircling his head Now we know why Jesus in the New Testament Is so frequently call ed The Sun of Righteousness again he says of himself I am the Light an dthe life I am the Light that llghteth every man into the world which Is all literally true for with out the light of the Sun there can ISbe n life and no man can come into ho world All this is only an intimation of the information that might be imparted proving that Jesus Is only a myths cal personification of the Sun and that his twelve Apostles personify the twelve signs of the Zodiac As Jesus the Sun passes through these twelve signs he takes upon himself the character jf the sign through which he is passing throw ing it off and taking on a new character when ho enters the next sign The summer months are tho heaven 0of the year the winter months the of the year ThePrince of Darkness is always opposed to the Prince of Light ever following at his heels as night follows day and winter follows summer Beginning at the 21st of March Jesus the Sun Is crucified or cross Wed that is ho Is on the equator or cross He has returned from the der world or the nell of winter and ushers in the spring He is now in the sign of Aries the Lamb and he takes upon himself the character of a shepherd He is the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the QId or the distresses of the win tor months He is now pictured as a shepherd with a lamb about his neck and a Sun about his head Ev cry one is familiar with the picture We will now go with him through each of the other eleven signs plaining briefly a few of tho mys terlous Bible sayings and Illustrations as connected with the life ot Jesus iil t o r It would all From next enters rus the the month spring revivified and beasts bonze clothed this of his Tho the flowers Bull sions spring creatures amative derstand ble Thus such Fat Bulls about and his Esdras is literally enters tho for it is he assumes passes month Next of by the little me Suffer for en Sun is months These are taunted Winter Go up your cave Maytimc of your hair And children Ursa you will of the Minor the of the Jesus June pictured As Jesus posed to Jerusalem Is when reaches tltude on high and the there is from lartlC hind looks me following he sits In goats sHepherd dividing i11toset upon the corn us lations at Here he on Into July the seeking Lion July symbolized the mane of cends vouring the Again Ilion tribe here Judah of the dear that old dab the er the the dream a gerents common all Jesus the Virgo tho for the of harvest forth her ers the also the the known who the man In and the and tho June the must was In mother of Libra all the diacal sign ber The speaks in or this cause atandsnext resents two and mo the mont of September In theI Mary is not pictured in because the month of August Virgin docs not stand next to the of March at which time the Crucifixion occurs Septem is the month in which the grape and is pressed into wine To of tho wine is to drink of the blood Jesus is now taken from cross and buried lor the next months corresponding to the days of Bible mention He has from life summer unto death winter he enters October which is pre over by Scorpio the Worm Worm that never dleth A few ago he was a lamb or a shep among lambs then a bull then among the little children then up to Jerusalem on an ass then roaring lion now a worm that never which interpreted means that he has been crucified and bur under the equator in the grave ot his light though feeble still and he does not die He next passes into the gloomy of November whose presiding Is Saglttarus the half man and norse ihs is the month in the hunting season begins Sa is drawing his bow in the act shooting game Pnilllp and Nlmrod the mighty hunters before the Lord this same Sagittarius This Is month of Paul and the Suns vic in passing nrough this month overcoming death is illustrated knocking Paul from his horse Pha the man on horseback is also same Sagittarius and the Suns over this gloomy month is by Miriam cilng ye unto the for he hath triumphed glorious the horse and rider he heath into the sea that is into the deIIjcendsexplain strange LordLLtmself speaking the theI I delight not in mo legs of a do I take Pleasure in the of a horse Interpreted this that he liketh not the stormy of November whose presiding is a man to he waist only and horse from there down being Imper man apd imperfect horse Again in Revelations we find I and beheld a white horse and that sat on him had a bow and a was given unto him and he forth conquering and to con What iiguro is this but Sa gittarius the horse the man and the jesus the Sun has now one more mnnthof hiirinKlcvptmu Uijiu I 7hen comes his resurrection or birth he Christmas time which we have written so much in preface to explain le is now in December the Zodiacal of which is The Goat Capncor sus On the 21st of this month he tae reached iris lowest declivity or deepest death and touched the Tropic Capricorn He immediately rises cut of the grave of winter This is he day instead of the 25th on whlcn the Sun is born The days grow anger and the nights shorter Ho tarts forward again to repeat his an career of birth and life and death new life and a new year is now as ured The Sun has turned toward the Nature has become more hopeful and urgent All this is sym bolized by the Goat that animal of coos stirring impulses He turns his ace toward the new year in the dire ion of the Suns travel and rises upon is haunches as In the act of sexual approach This will be netter under toad by those who understand Flail worship So the st day of Decem eh is the birthday of Jesus instead f the 25th and should be the Chris ans Christmas Bu it so happens at all the Pagan nations from which e get our religion were Sunworship rs and celebrated tho birth of the un on the 25th for this reason as not until four days after the Sun ad touched the tropic of Capricorn sat they were able to perceive that se days wero growing longer and fey were assured of the return of tile at whch time the Sun enters the lUngs of Saturn Even then there ere doubters that the Lord had risen ad it was not until three days later which brings us to the 28th that it as evident to all that tho days were 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time In the lato centuries would have perclpltated Inquiry and would nave exposed to mankind the whole Pagan origin of Christianity They too wIse for that The Sun next enters tho month of January the month of John the first month the forerunner the John who came baptizing It is the rainy month the flood time of the year Its presiding genius is Aquarius from aqua Is represented as kneeling and pouring water from a pitcher in symbol of the floodtime the overflow of the Nile the Ganges and the Eu phrates It Is also the of the Greeks the Oannes of the Egyptians the Jonah of the Ephesians the Janus of the Romans from the latter of which we get the name January or They were all the same John the forerunner who came bap thing Jesus the Sun next enters the con stellation of Pices the Fish the genius of February Here Is whore he falls in with the Fisherman Hero is Lent begins and the faithful begin eating fish upon which diet they continue until tho Sun enters the next sign of Aries tho Lamb when they fall to eating mutton The Sun Is now back into the month of March from which we started Jesus is again Charles Joseph W Davis George Jacob Dr Paul Cairns J T Patch Hurt number barrows Hurt with colors cents THE business Tonnes Johnuary where at6II US or As are COSTELLOGenl St Paul Minn a shepherd among the lambs of March He is again the Lamo of God which taketh away the sins of the world the evils of winter There will be those who read this who will not believe a word of It because they do not understand a word of it but they will believe a4 the theologians tell them about the Bi ble who understand it so well that they continually divide up into sects and dispute about it J B WILSON M D Mosler Oregon Dear Bro Moore You and your family have my deepest sympathy In your illness but I hope you will have yet many happy days with your family and friends I admire you as a man of strict integ rity who has at all times followed your convictions of truth and justice even to a loss of 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