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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t f I7 J fii I i i I I VIVOLUME XIV NUMBER =T Parker Hrh anti Ashlalof Rut SepOG IM Is TERMS OF THE BLADE n Ic One Issue for one year I1OO In cluba of five NEW subscribers 50 cents each 250 for five of L TCFmB1OO per year In advancet t iI iforeign subscription 150anew subscribers sent one year C for 250st Make all Money Orders Drafts andb t Express Orders payable to the Bluet t Grass Blade Lexington Kentucky QWhen you change your address adP 7vIse this office giving your old as well as the new address il When you send your subscription say whether you are new or old sub scriber t Office of publlcation153 WeSt Lexington Kentuckyt Pnteredton Ky as Second Class Mall Matter Address all communications to BLUE GRASS BLADE P Box 393 Lex ington Kentucky Fayette Telephone 619 Cumberland Telephone 307 A PLAIN PROPOSITION If a merchant sells a Diamond Watch of Jewelery for 120 which costs him he dont make a cent because rent interest on capital 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Kentucky My new pamphlet Marriage and Divorce will come from press Decem bebr I2tn All orders for time prompt ly filled after that date Price 25 cts Ilaorders to JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kentucky Considerable damage was done t9vn the Christian Church suffering the worst The south wall was blown out down to the second story damaging one of the mndsomest stained glass indows In the church George town Kg Tlmos l iilfl u LEXINGTON KENTUCKYAYEAR IN ADVANCZ F BENJAMIN FRANKLIN a aSTATESMANliFREETHINKER BORN JANUARY 17 1906 DIED tJAPRILGreat as were Benjamin Franklins services to Journalism literature and science they wenJ yet greater to hish licountryho was the flrst merlcan newspaper man author pjfcflsopher and sclenSl tlst so he we e first Americana diplomat not wily so but he was Americas greatest diplomat This high praise hen it is reflected that among ourpSilnlsters abroad octl cur such name Js Jefferson Monroe Livingston Ddbazian Burllngame Bayard Lowell i nd Hay Yet to say fithatschool was bill odds Its most portant flguro iwoUld receive the cheerful and US11lqjous assent of alls of these Inwact his supremacy Ist ilothistory of thJVvorld there have been F few if any idljkVats that take high er rank that e He had long terms service at the worlds chief citiesa London andfeparls and he brought he young American nation prestige nd popularity throughout EuropelFrankliijflrst service sentatlvera the colonies came long efore thefrRevolutlon when he went o Lcndonon behalf of Pennsylvania o bring about the taxation of the a enn proprietary estates These great holdings jftad been exempted which made the burdens of taxation fall morO heavily on others In this effort he was finally successful He after ward spent years in London repre sentlngtP I1BYlvania a 1ndlrectly ot onles rouIleswlts the Tctfti1ablii and coilvincing tesl mon before a parlIamentary conimjt oo had much to do with the repeal of n the obnoxious stamp act He wrote anonymous pamphlets In behalf of the colonies that were so unique so wit ty and so full of meat that they had great vogue even In England where public opinion was hostile Finally when the feeling grew moro bitter franklin because of some letters he lad received and woud not divulge regarding them as confidential was subjected to an outrageous cross questioning and castigation byllr Wedderburn and was deprived of his office of deputy postmaster general for the colonies To Wedderburns accusations he answered not a word but stood serene and unmoved to the 1end when he took his departure This composure gave him the moral vie tory in the contest oven in the eyes of his foes It was probably with sincere regret that Franklin decided to leave Eng land He had been immensely popu lar there had been made a member of nearly all the learned societies had been given degrees from the lead ling universities and had been on terms of friendly Intimacy with most of the celebrities In London He had also striven to prevent a break between iIthe colonies and the mother country to such an extent that at times he had gained the ill will of both Relations hud grown so strained however that was useless for him to remain longer so with a sore heart he re turned to Philadelphia on the eve of the Revolution Benjamin Franklins last diplomatic mission and most celebrated of all was to Paris Hero he went as the representative of the united colonies shortly after the outbreak of the war for independence His reception was even more Haltering than It had been In London His fame as a scientist author and friend of liberty made him a popular idol He became the fashion His quaint sayings which ho Issued from time to time from a little printing press which he set u at his rcoms were quoted by every one Even the plainness of his dress dill not detract from tho universal esteem In which ho was held It is said that when Franklin sent to tho king a request that ho might be per mitted to wear the sort of clothes n had worn at homo knit stockings and all the king smilingly gave his assent and his court soon forgot the homeliness of the Quaker statesmans attire In the brilliancy of his mind In the language of his friend Paine he was willing to let those wear lIne l pAILl J 1ru4wltii clothes who need them His inner adornment was such he did not re quire the outer- Franklins great popularity In Paris continued to the end and that in e spite of the fact that Lee one of his fellow commissioners tried to create prejudice against him None of the other American representatives even approached his popularity Lee was recalled Silas Deane was dls graced John Adams failed to please and Franklin was left to represent colonies alone The services be rendered at the court of France can never be overestimated He has been credited and no doubt rightfully with been the most considerable in h uence in securing Frances inter vention in our behalf He certainly loans innumerable arms and ammunition for the struggling colon ists Whenever congress needed money which was quite often it drew on Franklin and he never failed meet the drafts 18 His crowning services as a diplomat wer in signing the treaty of peace with Great Britain By his In rience and tact he secured more r favorable terms than could have been got by another It was he who In lsted on holding tho territory west of he Alleghanles At the end of the diplomatic battle It was seen that j rankin and his fellow American en voysjiad scored a substantial triumph t The signing of that document made new nation under the sun and the sage who had done so much to bring s the republic to birth soon hastened ack to its welcoming shore Before leaving however he ended his dlplo matlc career by signing a treaty with in Prussia The record of this versatile man as statesman Is fully as conplcuous as of the part he played in other fields He a was always interested In public questions He was clerk of the Pennsyl vania assembly for years and after ward a member of that body He was ostmaster of PhlladelphlatassIstant postmaster firadipostinaat plle DCl t He was a colonel In the French and Indian war though he participated In toAlbany convention about the time of that war and proposed the first planf of union for the colonies which was the forerunner of the union under which they gained freedom He was a member of toe Continental con gress one of the committee appointed to draft the Declaration of Independ ence and one of its signers He wasj one of the members of the constitu Uonal convention where he was Known as the peacemaker and where his tact and finesse were in dally requisition to bring about an agree ment between the bitterly contending factions He proposed the plan of congressional and senatorial repre sentation which finally made It possl ble for the factions to get together For a time Franklin held the office that corresponded to the governorship of Pennsylvania He founded the Philadelphia Public library He founded the American Philosophical society He founded a school that grew Into the university of Pennsyl vania He endowed scholarships and left a sum of money to bear Interest for a hundred years which was part ly used to build a great manual train- Ing school In Boston He was ever busy In some work to benefit mankind His last public act was to sign a memorial to congress against slavery He was preldent of the antllavcry society that drafted this memorial b y the way and his last paper and one of his brightest was an answer to an nttack upon it He died In 1790 a year after Wash- Ington had been inaugurated presl dent The new nation was safe His work was done A very Inconsplcu ous slnb is all that marks his grave That Is as he woulu have It Let those have monuments who need them Perhaps no sketch of Benjamin- Franldln would be complete without quoting his epitaph written In youth and his hanging remark The epitaph runs like this The body of Benja mln Franklin printer like the cover itofand stripped of Its lettering and gilding lies here food for worms But tho work shall not be los for it will as lIe believed appear once more in a new and more elegant edition revised and corrected by the thor Tho hanging remark was made In the second Continental congress President Hancock had admonished the members that they must all hang e rJl J l CnL together Yes said Franklin or assuiedly we shall all hang separately Aslth constitution was being sign genial philosopher leaked at tIre Sun painted on tho wall behind tile presidents desk and remarked that never could determine whether thl scene represented a sunrise or sunset but now he was sure It repre senteu a sunrise This very human man while usually abstemious upon occasion loved the good things of life In fact he indulged in fine dinners so much that he troubled with that very un romantic disease the gout Nor was e insensible to feminine charms He was close to common life and had in him a touch of the earth yet through thiSnfbarse exterior shone of the largeal and kindliest spirits that ever cam 1 0 bless the human race J A EDGER ON jKILLED IN A COLORED CHURCH PANIC IN PHILADEL Many Women and Children Were h Tran pled to DeathThe Banis tertf of the Stairs Gave WayC Eigh en persons wore killed and robd half a hundred injured In a anic illowlng the cry of fire Sun day Jit in St Pauls Colored Bap ist Church on the west side of Eighi fstreet between Poplar street and Glrard avenue Philadelphia The orvic were being held on the sec ona 3rar of the building A deftives fluoigZjflre to the chimney causing smoke o issue through the crevices theTwor near the pulpit The room was wal filled at the time and theEcry pfjflflre coupled with the sightE smolft throw the congregation Intoa panlcA A wil rush was made for the staisfdespite me efforts of Rev E W son thaCpastor to allay the fears of the frbailcd people and men womenb and ciiiir n alike were foiled upon by those pushingr bind The stairway thet liad2n sharpgnin It andI 1lyhat the frMII wooden banister gave way precipitating many to the firstI looriThe crash and the screams andI shrieks of the women and added to the frenzy of those above They did not stop In their onward rush to get out Notwithstanding the wide open doors on the first floor lead ng to the street the crush was so great that 18 persons had the life stamped out of them before the panic was ended A general alarm was sent In for am bulances firemen and policemen In the meantime the greatest confusion reigned Men and women ran about the streets calling for missing loved ones A great crowd gathered and the work of rescue was promptly started Dead and Injured were quickly taken to hospitals and nearby houses The fire was only trifling the flames being extinguished before the firemen arrived Quokeracre near Lexington Ky January 1906 I was getting better but found out that they were keeping some bad news back from me The finally broke to me the news of dear little Marjorie Wilsons death and It lit emIly broke my heart and for two or three days it seemed to me would die from bleeding but I am getting better now and I am going to try to encourage them and myself My wife and I lost our first child a beautiful daughter aged 11 years But wo have had four others all of wnom have grown to maturity and are nor a comfort and Ironer to us But there Is nothing I can say to the mother and father of dear little Marjorle vhom I personally knew to be exceedingly bright and sweet except to make her death an occasion for them and Indeed for all of us to become better better better the only thing that can make them and othrs happier and allay their grief My poor blessing rests upon them NOW IS TH ETIME TO VISIT HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS The Great National Sanitarium Best reached via The Iron Mom taln Rouo3 Hot Springs Special leaves St Louis daily 801 P M ar riving Hot Springs 800 A M Quick time and elegant service Through Pulman Standard Sleeper and Free Reclining Chair Car For Descriptive Pamphlet and further Irrmatlon dress H C TOWNSEND O P T A S Louis Mo A A GALLABHER D P A No 419 Walnut St Cincinnati O J Mil J J LETS BECIN AT HOME f tBY WINNIFRED Chicago BLACKc Our missionaries In China seem to ue having a bad time of it these days its rather a shod to discover that the Chinese are beginning toue almost as bigoted as we areSFor some time theyve been enter taining quite peaceably the people who teli them that the gods of their As fathers are all out of drawing but now all at once they begin to take the American view of religious freeT dom of thought What is the American view liiouChinese priests set up a score of BudT ist temples in New York on the Eat Side say on the West Sfilo hicago and south of Market street inM San Francisco g Send these priests out among the people to laugh at our religion make fun of our altars and try to throw away the old beliefs that havecom As forted our mothers In times of trouble and youll soon find out what the American point of view is China for the Chinese say these people over there in the jadeD for the Chinese indeed Why hina is for the Americans and the nglish and the French and any one lse who can make money by trade or kind of credit by proseiyting there Do these odd yellow men believe or one moment tnat we white by the grace of God and straighteyed by special Providence are going to stand y and let a lot of pigtailed heathens dont know enulgh to wear theF kind of clothes or eat the right of food marry die worshl and burWd u i rattml at7i Uie sacred sign of the Jingling money box f the trading merchant and the open book of tho first missionary Never Were going to convert China If we have to call In the American troops from the Philippines and murder every Chinaman in the empire We must protect our missionaries at all hazards no matter what hapJ pens to our starving freezing dying poor at home Whaf difference does it make If a woman freezes to death on the streets of New York What Is it to the So clety for Foreign Missions if little wideeyed children starve and cry alone in our great cities They are not Chinamen Their souls do notI need saving Send around your mission boxes ladies of the Missionaries Aid SoI ciety Shake them In the faces of our own miserable poor until the money makes a kind of mad music of de rision Forget all about the old woman In the freezing attic just around the corner from your church She doesnt need your help Your friend the Chinaman who hates you for trying to wean him from the religion that was good enough for his grandfather needs you Haste to his rescue Send out great ships to foreign mis sionsEducate your young men anti your young women that the only people worth saving live some thousands o miles away Send them to China and let them find out how much easier It Is to live In a compound with a lot of native servants to wait on them than it Is to stay at home and wait on themselves Take all your feeble old men who cannot hold a congregation here and all your foolish young men who have all the lessons of life let to learn and send them out to China to compete with the Chinese priestsmen chosen front all the people for their great learning and wisdom To be sure there has been money enough spent on Chinese missions in the Inst fifty years to spread a luxuri ous table for every hungry human be- Ing In New York City today What of that There are at least two hundred Chinamen out of millions in that country who tell the missionaries that they are Christians Isnt that worth nil the money and tho faith and the work It has taken to do it Two hundred Chinese Christians In all of China How many heather are there right here In our own country who would be saved too If they J could get board and lodging and flat fury for It China for the Chinese That lit h ibo cry of awakening China The wIder is not that they sound that cuy now but that they did not sound years and years ago How would it be to start a counter cry American Missions for the mericans I A PIPE DREAM oand of ghosts of ancient days Had gathered on the stage To represent tnelr age And show mans prehistoric ways oiiio little painted gods were backv Behind the candlelight Which made it seem like night r starlight makes the sky look black licy killed a God which took awhile And priests and boys galore From ten to twentyfour skirts and capes of twadry sytle I ire priests droll magic motions made And jabbered cant and sung In dead and unknown tongue id walked around in queer parade hey waved their pudgy hands about They crouched toward the floor And sprung up 0 or and oer who the power of charms should doubt When walking by a certain place A cramping fit would seize And double up their knees irt they at once resumed cheir pace They had a tinkling bell to ring When God should yield his breath And lose himself In death Kidnaped by Terrors darkbrowed king When finally the God was dead They ate his uncooked flesh And drank his blood while fresh or somehow he was neatly bled Twos fur ny though to se Hie 1J lWhcii tiayiir made divinet changed to blood by magic teaL MARTHA C COOMER Wichita Kansas From Lexington Leader BURGIN MADSTONE Applied To Limb of Miss Marlon Tay lor of Madison County Young Woman Who Had Been Bitten By Rabid Dog Brought Here For Treatment Which Was Successful The famous madstone owned by E Burgln residing at CIS Central ave nue was successfully applied Friday last to Miss Marlon Taylor daughter- of John Taylor of Unity Madison county Miss Taylor who is 22 years of age was bitten by a supposedly mad dog last Wedneday while on her way from her fathers home In Unity to the postoffice her errand being to get the family mall She was bitten in the left leg by the Infuriated dog and for a time family feared that hydro phobia would set in After the wound had been cauterized It was felt that other remedies might be employed so as to use every possible precaution arid It was finally decided to bring her to Lexington and have the Burgln madstone applied This was done with success as the stone adhered with the flrt application The young woman returned to her home accompanied by her father Saturday morning Both were satisfied with the application of the stone and there is now no fear of rabies This famous madstone has been in 4largeOne offer of one thousand dollars made by an eminent Richmond phy slclan was refused among others Comment The madstone has for years been kept at Burgin Ky to cure maddog bites and Is from that i town sent to distant places for that purpose Various people In Kentucky claim to be able to tell where fine streams of water are under tho ground by the use of a reach tree switch LAST WEEKS BLADE Owing to circumstances beyond our 0 control the Blade last week failed to appear as usual but wo trust this wont happen again It Is our Inten tlon to get out a paper each week I from now on no matter what may happen fitt i 1 f I 1 wFrom The Pasadena Daily News ty BLUE LAWS AGAiN Editor News Will you permit to reply to Publicus in as brief a letter as I can- Publicus say there never were an Blue Laws they never had any ex istenco save In the Imagination of a man who had become soured and Ilis gtuntled My reasons for not replying sooner is that I had to send to New York to get evidence which I knew existed and this is my authority The Blue Laws of Connection taken from the code of and the public records of the colony of Con l k necticut previous to as prlnte in a compilation of the earliest law and orders of the general court of Connecticut and from Dr Lewis boo on Sunday legislation also an extract j from the constitution of civil adopted by the towns of compactI Windsor and Weathers field l f7 showing the Biblical basis of the col ony legislation With an account of the persecution of witches and Qua ers In New England and some ex 10tracts from the Blue Laws of Virginia- N by the Truthseeker Con pany 1S9S Alice Morse Earle in her Interest lug volume The Sabbath In Puritan New England writes of the DluoI Laws Though these laws were ed by Dr Peters and though we are i disgusted to hear them so often quo ed as historical facts still we mus J acknowledge that though In detail not correct they are In spirit true record to the old Puritan laws which were to enforce the strict and de corous observance of the Sabbath Itandwhich were valid not only In Con and Massachusetts but In other New England states Even a careless glance at the historical record of any old town or church will give plenty details to prove this One of the laws best known as a Connecticut Blue Law is a prohibition of mothers from kissing their chil dren on Sun- day4Captain Kemble of Boston In was for two hours in the public td toc2ror his lewd and unteemly1ro 1 publlquely their spelling kissing his wife On Sunday His jwife met him upon the doorstep when rneiJ r n Q1tqPf s rsvny they scandalized uho neigh with the warmth of their greet extract of the law against Is as follows There is a pernicious commonly called Quakers who Ilished upon them to change and the received laudable customs churches by denying all estab forms of worship For preven thereof this Court doth order that every person or per being convicted to be of the sect Quakers shall be sentenced to upon pain of death As lato as 1774 the first church of 1i Roxbury Mass fined its members for nonattendance In Thomas Scott was fined ten shillings unless he have learned Mr Nortons chata chlse by the next court In the legislature of Massa cnusett passed the law that any per son able in body who shall absent themselves from public worship of God on the Lords Day shall pay ten shillings fine By the Connecticut Code the fine was the same and the t 1 Irv was not suspended till 1770 By the New Haven Coda five shillings was tho fine for nonattendance at r church and the offender was often punished otherwise as well Some times however the court increased the fine as Captain Denison one of New Havens most popular and spected citizens paid fifteen shillings for absence from church William Blagden who lived In New Haven In 1647 was brought up for absence from meeting He pleaded that he had fal in the water late on Saturday flen light no fire on Sunday to dry his clothes and so had lain in bed to keep warm while his only suit was drying Ho was convicted of sloth fulness for this and sentenced to be publlcquely whipped Quakers were beaten with similar to those the Cossacks IfThe use on the common people If theIa second offense the other car was cut tioffand the tongue bored with a hot t Many were srtipped to the waist both sexes and flayed with tnese three corded knouts receiving- from ten to fifteen strokes from the ohand of a good stout servant of the God Anything blue about this Tho people were not only com pelled to attend public worship but Stheywero compelled to pay to the church whatever amount was assess PL I f 111 rr ed against them for a system of worship thy abhorred Thomas Prince governor of Ply mouth was hoard to say that in his conscience the Quakers wore such a people as deserved to be destroyec they their wives and children their houses and lands without pity or mercy Humphrey Norton at New Have for being a Quaker was sevorel whipped and burned In the hand with the letter H to signify heretic The sentence of death was execute upon William Robinson anti Mural duke Stephenson upon the twent seventh of October Following Is the warrant under which Waldc the Constables Dover Ham ton Salisbury Nowbury Rowley Eps wick Wenham Linn Boston Rox bury Dedham and until these vagabond Quakers are carried out of this jurisdiction You and every one of you are required In the kings mnjei tys name to take the vagabon Quakers Anne Coleman Mary Tom loins and Alice Ambrose and mal them fast to the carts tall and drive the cart your several towns to whip them on their backs not to exceed ton stripes apiece on each of them In each town and so to convoy them trom constable to constable till they come out of this jurisdiction and you Willi answer it at your peril and this shall be your warrant Per me Rlchar Walden at Dover dated Decembe I see no reason for Publicus being ignorant of these fact unless he has purposely refused to inform himself when plenty of opportunities weir present for in these days of abundant cheap literature when every persq almost can read and have abundar opportunity He had just as well said that the persecutions that were comnilttci during the long period from the fourt to the seventeenth centuries only Isted In the imagination of some die gruntled person E LEWIS BEAUTIFUL OBITUARY OF ALVAH W CAMPBEL Alvah W Campbell was born at water Portage county Ohio December 25th 1822 and departed this life December ICth 1905 lacking but nino days of completing his S3rd year He was marl led in 1850 to Ellz Davis To this union were born two children Inez B and Marius R In 1883 his wife left him for the realms of lhevgpLraCunknown he soon after cbmlnc to Florida and lo eating at Thonotdsassa which has been his home ever In riftf ilnfjeMr tin whom hi was greatly attached tied leaving an only son who resides In Washington D C For many years Mr Campbel was In the employ of the New York Pennsylvania and Ohio railroad and dur ing his supcrlntendency of bridge structuro and repair no lives were lost by bridge wrecks on his division He came of Quaker parentage receiving and retaining through his long life the principles of industry honesty and sobriety for which those plain peculiar people are noted He often remarked he had never seen two men fight unconsciously reflect ing the fact he had avoided bad com was an affectionate husband Indulgent parent sincere friend a kind obliging neighbor a quiet and lawabidlng citizen Being of an Investigating turn of mind he early in life became a reader and thinker History biography phrenology geology and astronomy ill ha4 charms for him The great political questions of his times received his careful attention ind study He was a strong and en thusiastic supporter of the Garrison inn AnteSlavery Doctrine in the days that tried mens souls and nl opponents who crossed swords with him found a foeman worthy of their steel Ho took deep Interest In tho moral reform questions of the age and sought to Identify himself on tae right side of each For 55 years he had been a con Irmcd and uncompromising Agnostic relieving the Bible was a manmade and not a Godmade book He believed the whole socalled Christian system to be a rehash of the superstitions of the heathen and agan worlds by crafty and design- Ing priests who were too lazy to work for an honest living and that It has been fraught with more evil results to man than benefits For several years he was conscious his time to leave this world was lose at hand and often remarked to tho writer and others that he was eady to go Only a few weeks be oro h death he said to us ho was latlently awaiting the time when he would ho numbered with tho great oat gone before He retained the full possession of his faculties to the last and bore his sufferings with that iceknss composure and fortitude hat over characterizes the true philosopher In his death tho country lost one of its most fearless and Independent thinkers the liberal causo a most exemplary characters Io1 uI and oppressed humanity oniof bravest and staunchest defenders ItsI Ills example remains a lamp to feet of tho living who are seeking to extricate themselves from the quagmire of darkest superstition nnll scale to Alpine heights the mountain of eternal freedom with broken ters left behind and from Its lofty summit look over tho grpat landscape of peace joy and liberty rejoicing In the sunshine of emancipation from mental and spiritual slavery O years gone down Into the past What pleasant memories come to me Of your troubled days of peace And hours of almost ecstasy Yet would I have no moon stand still Where lifes most pleasant alles lie Nor wheel the planet of the day Back on his pathway through th3 sk For though when youthful pleasure died My youth itself wont with them too Today aye een this very hour Is the host hour ever knew F M HIBBETS Plant City Fla SCIENCE AND THE SOUL By Prof Garrett P Serviss We hear every week almost of some discovery which has put the biologists a little closer to the origin and the secret of life Wo have seen them actually producing living creatures having but one parent the mothera kind of scientific Immaculate conce ton Several times lately we have been told that they are on the ergo of creating living things without an parents at allorganisms sprung from the simple collocation of the chemical elements that constitute the physical basis of life This carries us back to the story of Eden But amid these exciting reports of wonders hoped for has any light been thrown upon the most absorbing of all problems that of the survival of man personality or the soul after the death of the body In other words has science made a single step towar the demonstration of a future life or on the other hand toward a demon stratlon that there Is no such life Let us see If we examine the famous exper ments of Professor Loeb we find that they In no manner touch upon the question of the soul Suppose for the sake of the argument that Pro pgtOuringenesis not merely sea berg urchin but a human Not a ray of light would thereby b throw uponthe spiritual nature t Ing We could only infer that It poa jessed a spiritual nature from Its ac Ions just as we do in ftI e casoof normal men and women And even if science could scrape together certaIn chemical elements certain proper tons and by setting up reaction among them produce a man withou other or mother there would be lothlng In the process to tell us whether that man was endowed with in immortal soul or not In short he processes of biology do not trench on the ground of theology Dialog seeks the secret of life which it ceives of as a purely physical phenomenon and the only immortality of which science takes cognizance is a physical immortality If science coulc sake a cell It would not follow that It could discover a soul That physical immortality exists h the declaration of such investigators as Haeckel and Metchlnkoff Animals which consist of a single living eel do not die At a certain stage of their Ives they automatically divide and become two animals and later ot sach of these two divides again and so on indefinitely There Is no natural each for these creatures only ace lent can put an end to them Dui his Is manifestly a very different thing from tho personal Immortality that Is ascribed to the soul of a than magiiie an Infusorian possessing man Idea and feelings When the moment for Its division Into twc eparato creatures arrived would each of the two carry away the memories the passions the affections the personal attachments the aspira ion that belonged to the original animal To a certain extent that might be true just as we find that human children possess hereditary traits rived from their parents In a sense the life of a child Is a continuation oi the lives of its progenitors Haeckel regards the reproductive cells of the uman body as possessing a cellular soul which is immortal because it uses on from parent to child indefi itchy But none of these ideas is capable for an Instant of satisfying that long- Ing for future existence beyond the rave by which every human being Is probably affected at some time Gel lular immortality docs not fill the bill To live in the lives of our dill dren which science tells us Is posse Is not the kind of future life theology deals with and not the kind that any of us would prefer If could have our wish The sense of personality of Individuality becomes I i jf Ui so strong 9o firmly welded In theI course of a mortal lifetime that we cannot bear to think df the destru tlon of that Individuality We woulll glvo worlds for Irrefragable proof It Is not destroyed by bodily death We demand such proof of science DutI that branch of science which dealsII most directly with the life and deathbiologyvirtual tells us that it knows and can Imow nothing about the subject Is there any other way In which tho probe can be scientifically settled In ture articles we may examine that question DR WILSON Writes a Beautiful and Approprla Private Letter to Editor Moore About Dear Little Marjorie But He Begs For the Sake of His Own Poor Old Bleeding Heart and Because All Friends of the Blade Would Want to See It That the Doctor Will Allow Him to Print It Just As It Was WrittenPRIVATE Sunday January Cln O Dear Bro Moore- I remember when we held our first May Collins Memorial so wo wero passing along through tho cemeter returning from her grave you point eu over to a spot and said Right over there Is where expect to lie anti right there is where my little curl headed girl Is burled Let us go over there said L No no you replied I cant stand It her burial Is Just as fresn in my minll as when put her there- I now know something of your fee Ings tho loss of a little curlyhea ed girl whose life like that of our own will remain always fresh and brighter in my mind and heart Marjorie had developed greatly and wonderfully since you saw her The study of Shakespeare had taken hold of her and she hal so masered most of the comedies that she could give a special recital of them from men ory She was so with every thing she touched Ah she was so loving so gentle beside and her death has staggerc me a from a mighty blow We had a mixed ceremony Pro Burke representing us and Rev Wati son representing my wife and all were pleased an Prof Burke while dispensing with religion and creeds held forth In glowing words the idea of Immortality and to this know I have always allttleblt clung It ls Ihoflhe kind of address I would have made but any other would have hurt my wife awfully so I am satin fed Well whether again we will meet our little curly headed girls we know not You have always maintain cd that death ends all I have said I do not know It will be as It will be Never mind A little time Will make us wise as thou art And great- I am awfully glad to see that you ire able to write again Do not overtax yourself In anything Above all things avoid worry Dont give the Blade whether It lives or not Write when you feel that It Is a luxury anll relaxation Avoid writing tnat cites you to reply Give your heart a chance It Is an organ that must work unceasingly and tho only rest hat can be given Is Indirect restby sting the body and especially calm- Ing the mind My kindest regards te ill your family whom I love so much and bright hopes for yourself YoursJ B W The funeral services on the above occasion was not only in splendid try te but was just to the heart en mother A man may suffer nom the loss of his child but no man can suffer asdear good loving nother does and It was eminently fitting that a clergyman should first represent the mother and then if she vas willlng It was right for the Doc orto tie represented by a friend ils views Sad as It may reem I believe good vlll come out of this It ought to a lesson that will make them and all usbands and wives love each other more and more and care less for ihilqsophlcal obstrusitles that we can lot understand and more about mak ng each other nappy that we can un lerstand A letter from my wife to them was a little detained by high water llwaukeepDaily News Jan lCyOG GIRARDAND ROCKEFELLER When Stephen Glrard died sixty cars ago heiwas the richest man in the United States leaving a fortune of 18000000 Vwlthtwhlch Girard col ee was established and endowed rife funds of the college though It is Pennsylvania Institution have not been misappropriated Tie Philadol phil Press says that thorn are 1000 Indents enrolled A group of bul ings unsurpassed for utility and In one Instance for architectural beauty by any college In tho land has been erected A constantly changing rmy of orphan boys has entered tol W il 1 H EVERYDAY From SEPTEMBER 15 to OCTOBER 31 LOW RATES Montana Idaho TO Washington Oregon and British Columbia VIA THE GREAT NORTHERN RY The Comfortable Wey Excellent opportunities to make a home of your own or to engage In any line of buslnesINOTE THE FOLLOWING LOW RATES TO 1OHinsdale Mont 1800 2800 Havre Great Falls Butte Anaconda Helena Kalispell Whitefish and intermediate points 2000 3000 Jennings Mont Wenatchee Wash Fernie B C Kootenai points Spokane and inter mediate points 2250 3050 Seattle Everett and Puget Sound points 2500 3300 LIBERAL STOPOVER PRIVILEGES CUT THIS OUT AND MAIL TO US 11 FREE IbulletinI 1IMAX BASS Gen Immigration Agent 220 Clark St Chicago OBJECTS hsThe Complete Separation of Churchand State L Taxation of Property alt thc ot a holyday 3Tbo appropriatingEubUe sectarian army other State The oath courts in other legal fwtlrals otthanVsglviii pnd j c That no diplomatic relations be establish with the or official authority o1an ttmrch or that the or any the stltutlon other I the to the I The of all grant ing emerge a welltrained carefully edu cated properly clothed body of youths fit for every duty of citizen ship It Is altogether commendable tt Philadelphias management of the Girard fortune that while the great college for poor boys has been bulll and supported In a munificent fash- Ion tho fortune has grown many tithes its original size The report the board of city trusts shows that the annual laconic last year far ex ceeded that of the previous year Is also highly gratifying that ne breath of real suspicion has over at tached to the handling of this manse endowment The founder of the college provid ed that no clergyman or priest should have voice In Its affairs He was an atheist or agnostic and took pre caution that the Institution therte founded should not come under the control of any religious organization Compared with Rocefellers fortuhe and donations to Chicago University Girards fortune was a pittance The Rockefeller institution must be head ed by a 3aptlst Yet despite the Tact that Glrards fortune Is nothing In comparison with Rocekfellers millions and that the one barred all clergymen and the other Insists on Baptists It Is quite as likely when tno record Is finally made up It will uo found that Glrard worked greater benefit to humanity than the colossus of mineral oil From New York Truth Seeker Mrs Jcsephlne K Henry of Von sallies Ky has published a GOpage pamphlet with tho title MarrIage and Divorce It Is written from the womans side of the question Mrs Henry says It Is an extremely vigor ous presentation oftho defects in our marriage system and her remedy ts tho enactment of Jnutual consent di vorco laws Sho Hs M the opinion that economic moraCand mental In dependence is being so rapidly secur ed by women that lhotlmog are ripe for such a law Thcst who take her View wllj find her Iphampliot a erful argument In its behalf Price cents Send In your subscription to tho Blade We need tie money to pay OUr bills with f J btLH St M JGenl St COSTELLOI Our fee returned if we fall Any cue sending sketch cud 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libertyjusttials a and tree neat rest tr r y Wo rtSM l r r 1 Correspondence r San Francisco Jan 24 Janiea E HughesEnclosed find 100 to renew my subscription to tho Blue Grass Blade for another year I am very sorry to hear of Mr C C Moores lines but do sincerely hope to hear of his speedy recovery for a few more years to come I also feel very very sorry and sympathize very deeply for Dr and Mrs Wilson for their great bereavement In the loss of their dear and only child the af diction Is very sail Indeed MRS W C DENKER Utica Minn Jan James E Hughes Please find In closed P O Money Order for 125 for the Wilsons Trip to Rome I had sent 100 to you and ono to the treasurer In Cincinnati In stamps at the time of the effort to send Dr Wilson to Rome I never saw credit for either remittance and whether they were received or lost I never Know I hope they helped expense at any rate I may send for more later Regards to Brother Moore hope ho Is 1on the gain have passed the 70th mark on the dial of life With best wishes for your health and success as as overN M CROSS Ocoee Fla Jan 26 1906 Mr C C Moore Dear SIrI am glad to hear that you are better and abl to use your pen again Hope you will continue to Improve and have mafiy happier days yet A few days ago sme one said to me that when Ephrlam Al lens daughter died she asked her father whoso religion she should take his or her mothers and ho told her to take her mothers What do you know about this preachers lie I supposeT J MINOR Weyauwega WIs Jan 26 1906 The Blue Grass Blade Dear Friends Inclosed find 200 andIone trade weeklies Also the Blade and two monthly newspapers but I would rather not be without the Blade It was a little hard for me to become interested at first because of the igious freethought Tom Paine and Abe Lincoln had mo years ago Then became a very easy mark for Robt IngersoH whom I heard lecture five times and now Mr Mooro and oth era of the Blades staff are but add ing the finishing touches But it was because of a few articles a little harsh as against Political freedom of butrgIttBuchas Socialism In which I think there Is also a rude awaken ing I am training with no political party All party bars are too high with platform planks I would propose work and vote for any candidate or any se of candidates who would pledge and whom I believe would prow pbso work and vote for the best known system of electing public of ficers with the iniatlve and referen dum and the Immediate recall of an officer at tho first violation of hl pledge to his people Then I think we would see the greatest educational revolution the world ever knew Tho people would be too busy making laws All good planks in all parties would take the place of isms and superstitions Religious and political bosses would TneTtJyiyyay like There never was a time as you kno in the history of the world that th political and religious bosses did no oppose what the people wanted ROBT E ANGER Los Angeles Jan 25 1906 Mr Moore Dear SIrI suppose you like to hear from new subscribers and then go on as you deem best Under that surmise I am emboldened to say that those pictures are detestable Ono look is sufficient to prevent any religious person ever again touching your paper with a pair of tongs and the Freethinker hates thorn because they are ugly unscriptural and prevent him from showing or giving the paper to anyone on account of wounding their feelings Perhaps it Is too soon for me to judge but there seems to be no effort to make converts by dis cussing the bible and taking up in a I clear simple and convincing manner the refutation of general religious beliefs Of course you know better than I but even so the paper Is of no use to me for propagandist purposes JOHN ROBERTSON CommentMr Hughes put In the pictures because he needed copy to fill up so mhny of us being sick and afflicted and Mr Hughes apologized for doing so I am also sorry for It Editor Moore Wllllamsport Pa Jan 16 1906 Mr James E Hughes Dear Sir Enclosed Is P O Money Order for 316 Please mark my Blade paid up to Juno 1906 and send me one of Dr Wilsons books as ape n as they are printed Not remitting for the Blade sooner has been Just negligence on my t Remember me kindly to brother l Moore He is one of the worlds best men History will record the noble effort he made during life to break the chains of superstition My wishes are that he may live to a ripe old ago and pass to the other life feeling that he has completed his part of the work on this sldeJ J KING Paris Illinois Jan Charles C Moore Dear SlrI write to know if I could get another copy of Dog Fennel I also write to know if I owe your Blue Grass Blade anything for back subscription and further whether or not your paper Is still being published and If so desire to new my subscription to the same If you have another copy of Dog Fennel kindly forward It to me or send me the prIc of same together with any back account you may have against me and 1 will send tho money to you FRANK T OHAIR Paris Ky Jan 1906 Mr Jam s E Hughes Dear SlrI read In the Blade terday with a sad heart and tearful eyes of the death of Dr and Mrs Wilsons only daughter Iwell know how to sympathize with them in their terrible bereavement for my lovely and gifted daughter passed away a few weeps after her fourteenth year from dyptherla contracted at a board ing school Her health had always been perfect until that Illness and she was only sick four days until death wrapped her In his icy chains My sympathies are more with the mother for to her what could be mcrQ heart rendering than to give up an only child a daughter whom she had nursed In her bosom with the tenderest care and solicitude and whom she had fondly hoped would be her comfort and stay In after years when the weight of years and the burden of life were pressing her down the hill of time I cannot express my sorrow for the father and mother more than by saying I too have passed under the rod and my tears are flowing for them Time and struggles and cares of life will In a measure take the keen edge from their anguish but In the evening dust they greet us And to come to them entreat us 115 for Dr Wilsons Romo Book MRS JEANIE B HARMON Canal Dover Ohio Jan 16 Mr J E Hughes SIrYour statementto hand and roply wlll say that the reason Idi not temp when due was not negll genre nor was it my intention to let you stop tho Blade on mo far from it but it was all financial affairs the plain truth Is It will be at least 30 days more before I am able to remit ill send you the money as soon as poslbleJ H HACKSTETTER 1906sanswer a In regard to the Rome Book I write you to say I am still at the same old stand doing what I can for the eman- cIpation of tho human mind from the fetters of superstition Having bee partially freed by that great man In gersoll and entirely so by the teach Cwsee teatt am s en nel Behind the Bars B G Blade Ingersollian Taylors Dlegesls Palnos Age of Reason Higher Science The Culturlst etc JOHN KEMP Lexington Ky Jan 13 1906 Mr Hughes Dear SIrAs a reader of your pa per I looked upon Dr J B Wilson as one of its noblest writers His words were at all times seasoned with emotions of sympathy for all humanity who were afflicted and as his home at the dawn of the Now Year Is made so sad I send him my deepest sympathy trusting a boon in the near future may in a measure assuage his now sad sad home Ire main with best of feelings for all MRS A SPEARS Brunswick Maine Jan 28 1906 Dear Friend Hughes I feel that when I write to you that ought to enclose a little something to pay for the good things that come to us weekly Many of us are sponges we take up lots of matter but do not try to produce anything Mr Moore Dr Wilson Mrs Henry how eagerly we look for something front them Dr Wilson what a loss he has suffered My sympathy goes out to him and his wife In their bereavement I wish could say something to lighten their burden It is a severe wound how well many of us know This first agony will pass in time but the scar will remain as long as life lasts And It is well it should bo so We could not endure these first hours of grief Reason would give way I would write to the be iV r J lf f reaved parents if I could say anything- to ease their burden but so many who know them personally and the sweet ono who has passed away that I forbear Remember me to them I also enclose stamps for Dr Wilsons Rome Book am looking for a great treat and shall not be disappointed Will you also send mo a volume of poems when they are published with price Glad are we readers of the Blade that our good editor Is mending We hope he has many years yet in which to amuse and Instruct There is none other like him and when he is gone who shall fill his place Hoping you will realize a good thing in lishing tho Rome I remalnI S CURTIS Independence Kans Jan 16 1906 CC Moore My Dear SIrIt gives me inexpress able pleasure to learn that you are getting better And I do hope that you are on the road to complete re cot ery I have felt for you the deepest solicitude during the weary days and nights of your Illness And if desire is prayer I pray dally for the complete restoration of your health But have not called upon Jupiter Jove or Jehovah to help you But my earnest desire and wish is that you may soon be your former self again You have lived a useful life you have been a bravo soldier in the Grand Army that is delivering the world from superstitious darkness We need your counsel the fruit of your experience your sparkling wit and penetrating humor in the great conflict ahead We want to see you smite with Javllns of death the camps of Free Love and Anarchy Wo need your courage and encouraging words wo need you to further urge your pel of goodness I am a Kentuckian It was in Kentucky I liter heard the morning stars sing together The stars shine brighter there than they do here the birds slag sweeter the ilghtnlng bug flashes a more brlllant light foxflre has a keener glow and even the man In the moon has a smile on his face there that ho dont have here Thousands of people whose names you have never heard sympa thlze with you in your Illness people love a man who has the moral courage to say his say Your name will ever be remembered as one who stood in the front ranks of the worlds reform ors your name will ever be a syn onym of courage Integrity and esty We know your greatest ambition is to Increase human happiness to lift fro mthe shoulder of the world some of its burden of care to remove the briar and thorns that lacerate the wedknow and understand your motives and desires and upon the names of the worlds most grand and noble and heroic souls in all the avenues of life shall have been classified yours will stand beside that of ben Adhem who loved his fellow men Hoping and wishing that this the sixty ninth year of your life will be the happiest and most enjoyable to you or all the years that have gone songespring thoso sweet warb ling of the forest will gently waken you each morn from pleasant dreams throughout their singing period for fraternallynJ W ANDERSON Editor of the Blue Grass Blade Herewith find 215 to renew my subscription pay for one copy of Dr Wilsons Rome Congress book and extras containing his signs of the Zodiac vs Christianity In the words of President Roosevelt I am delighted to learn that Broth er Moore is slowly recovering and was able to write a few lines by way of a New Years greeting to his many friends fear however that the temptation to write will prove too strong for our valiant knight of tionalism and lead him to attempt too much in his feeble condition In further expressing my sentiments I speak tho feelings of numerous others In saying that I hope that our sick comrade may not only live to fulfill his allotted years 1 but live by reason of his strength Independent of the aforesaid allotted to round out a full forescore About a year ago there was lished In the Blade a letter from some good old lady In which she said that she had been praying for the spiritual salvation of Editor Mooro for twenty years or more On reading the same I surf ed and mentally claimed My but isnt she a plucky old girl The good woman had doubtless been reading James r The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avalleth much Now I could not vouch for the effectual part of It any more than the woman In question could by way of Mr Moores conversion I would simply make a botch of Job of It the same as that which marks her earnest ef forts Nevertheless It is my fervent wish that she continuo the burden of her prayer on behalf of Brother Moore pray without ceasing for his spir- Itual welfare or otherwise so that the same may at least be so effectual Wf xYyr i as to preserve his life and health an encourage her to continue to pray for the next twenty years When I learned that the Sage of Quakeracre was sick and nigh unto death my feelings were tho same as that of the teeny which have lately expressed themselves through the umns of the Blade and while contem plating his death and wondering who we would have left to take his place in such a sad event I breathed a fervent little prayer as good as could be expected from a grayhaired old soldier all out of practice something after the style and simplicity of that of the little daughter of a certain Episcopal clergyman It was dur- Ing the early part of President Me Kinleys administration when the cident took place One evening the minister reminded the daughter that It was ime to retire and to remember her prayers A little later on curiosity bent the preacher tiptoed- to the bedroom door of the little one and listended Her prayer had now reached that vain repetition where the supplicants of The Church pray for the President of the United States and all others In authority when she got confused and finished thus 0 Lord take good care of President McKInley Ifor if anything should happen to him Just now why we would not have anybody left but you I will add by way of digression that the little darling had doubtless never hoard of Teddy the Terrible E L ROFFEE Hamilton R I Hartford Ark January 1906m Dear DrothersI have read your paper for several months past and unhesitatingly pronounce it the best Free Thought paper published in America While I may not accept all the views of its various contributors that is my privilege I value it highly for its outspoken thought in regard- to all questions religious political and economic I wish to thank you and Dr J B Wilson and the readers of the Blade at largo for the article Socialists and Free Speech Tho seven years I waded through Bunyans Slough of Despond as a preacher of Wesleyan philosophy but one day awoke to the fact that was preaching a philosophy of life which had no place in the closing light of the nineteenth century and vas wnollv unfit for twentieth tury ideas I had dared to step aside from the dogmas of Calvin Luther Kn z and Wesley and as a young clergyman take a free glad look into 7 the great universe thlngi Wnou behold I found self in the quagmire of a social win bound and limited in Its conception truth to what a mere handful of church fathers had thought befo science penetrated the fogs and mla of early superstitious I began wi Darwin Haeckel and Herbert Spencer Darwins Origin of Species and Haeckels Evolution of Man led me to an utter disbelief in regard to Biblical special creation if that which dur- Ing the last two years ot my ministry had long been a doubt through the studies in college of astronomy geo logy and chemistry dared to voice my thoughts my knowledge not lief when to my surprise the old cry rang out away with him Years have passed since then and following the trend of modern thought ever since I guarantee that if no money consideration were Involved nine tenths of the clergy would knowledge that no divine call to preach held them in bondage Among the best educated onefourth of them do not believe what they are teach ing and if they do they are bigger tools than I give them credit of Using reallyI All these years I have been early searching for a from cause to effect causereasonlDgI feet to cause the terns Among all the causes fects are leaving the curse of aysI veloped manhood and can find no greater than the r sion of freedom of speech and freedom of the press Let America try it to her cost Retrogression decay and death can be the only result I am a Socialist The study of science cold hard demonstrable science led me in this age of reason to be such It is no dream of fanatic brain but the application of scientific laws revealed by no bible except the open book of nature to mans economic needs We have trusted to the gods with their everlasting whine of the poor ye have with you always until the earth is strewn with the wreckage of human hopes and aspirations until we have come to look upon almost everything which is good as a dream everything which Is ideal as impractical If a thing is good Is it practical Only the truth is practical the impractical is error Tho two cannot be harmonized So clallsni while advocated by imper feet men Individually speaking is no less than an effort to attempt to form to revealed science an Inevitable law of natureour economic tem of production and distribution of wealth It Is no attempted reform It t 4ttiI1 aJ ul- d Is a cold revolutionary climax In the evolutionary growth of nations aspir- Ing ever to a larger Ufa and liberty But I am not writing an essay upon this or any subject today I had only In mind a letter of thanks to Dr J B Wilson and Editor Moore for whose speedy recovery all the Freethought purple in Hartford are earnestly wishing for your warm fense of freedom of speech Yours for the better day CLINTON SIMONTON Galveston Indiana Jan 19 1906 James E Hughes Dear SlrPlease find enclosed for tho Blue Grass Blade and 15 cents to pay postage on Dr Wilsons Rome book I understand the book will soon be ready to mall to the subscrIb- ers I hope to soon have the book for I want to read what ho has to say about the oldest Christians in rife worldELISHA VAN BUSKIRK Kenton Ohio January 18 1906 Mr Charles C Moore Enclosed find post office order of for the Blue Grass Blade for the year 1906 My time is up in February I hope friend Moore you will be well and able to write again for the Blade I am 79 years of age and my hands are getting weak and no good to write JOHN SPEELER Liberty Indiana Jan 18 1906 James E Hughes Dear SlrEnclosed I send post of flee order for 230 Two dollars to pay subscription for Blue Grass Blade from July next for C P Conglln and yself for one year and thirty cents for postage on one Rome Book by Dr Wilson for which you have ready received two dollars Our town now has four regular scribers and readers of tho Blade and each one considers the 1 paid for the paper the best investment ho ever made for rending matter We hope to Increase the circulation- of the Blade here but accept no subscriber who refuses to pay per year in advance We have no God to which we can pray or swear by but simply desire and hope that among the thousands of friends and admirers of Charles C perIhygenle and materIa medlca is such that this veteran phllantroplst this promulgator and promoter of truth and righteousness may long continue his usefulness among us Wishing success to Blade and your s elf I am as ever C BEELER dA TRIP TO toROME NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS Within the next month Dr Wilsons book A Trip to Rome will be pleted and ready to send to ers Since the subscriptions were en over a year ago manythave changed location and were I to send the book to the address first given It would not reach them To be sure that each person will get his book and to avoid all complications I request that each subscriber write me and 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 oat or I will have to send postage for its return No books will be sent out until names and addresses of all the ori glnal subscribers are in and tallied with the list ot names on hand As i have no means of knowing who may and 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 vrlll have a special clerk to list all the names Also I request that each tit you clude THE POSTAGE Required to mall the 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 oak it when I tell you fiat the book will forIinabout 300 pages but the book will be nearer 400 than 300 pages and this extra weight will not only cost extra postage but extra for paper and bind ing which is now very high and extra for printing I am sure that the extra expense which I hard hazarded and the extra pages given you by Dr Wilson will be worth far more than the 15 cents w111Iagree am 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 InsistIed i tiir i slag when he left New York and end ing on his return to that city Such a book in any bookstore would cost for your book when you have once u r rlheresubscribers who have not yet paid for the book Now that the booA is almost ready for binding and that you are assured of getting it please remit the 115 at once Be careful- to spell your names and addresses correctly and give the county as well as state and post office JAMES B HUGHES EMPEROR i4 Employs a Water Witch to Locate Water in Feminine Stricken Southwestern Africa r Berlin January 26 Curious interea-tattaches to the announcement that Emperor William has commissioned Herr Van Usler Chief Government of ficial of Apenred province of Schles wig Holstein to proceed to German Southwest Africa and find the subterranean springs by means of a divining rod Von Uslar has a wide reputation as water finder in Schleswll Holstein but scientists refuse to admit his claims that he discovers water by means of a divining rod The EmperJor heard of Von Uslar and the ministry of public works to quire into the matter Tho ministry 1thepose of alleviating the chronic famine q tthehandicapped by lack of water EVANGELIST POSES AS ST JOHNitiAsks itScarePONCE Porto Rico Jan 12An evangelist calling imserf St John Is creating great excitement About three thousand people have left their homes and labor to follow him At times ho preaches some Bible truths and at other times the contrary He commands the people to fouow him and to wear threo crosses hanging from their necks so that Satan may not carry them away He announced a service recently and about ten thousarl people met to hear him t REDUCED RATES JTsT9 1tMART ijiNEW ORLEANS MOBILE 1T Round Trip Tickets will be sold via QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE at the rate of One Faro plus 25c for the round trip Tickets on sale February 21st to 2Cth Inclusive and 1 for trains scheduled to arrive in Mobile or New Orleans on or before I Loon of 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or to Passenger Traffic Department Commercial BuIIdlntf Saint ull kj 1 rt- i iiewTt f THAT SUPREME COURT DECISION New Hampshires First Woman yer Shows That Women are Qualified to Be Notaries e Public Mr EdltorI clipped the follm Ing paragraph from a Concord llaper of January below I give some ments for the conslderatlorf of the Court and everybody else The Supreme Court today answered In the negative a querry from the governor and council asking If a woman Is qualified to fill tho office of notary public In this state Half a dozen women now hold such office and the effect of the decision will be to cancel their commissions- Is New Hampshire retrograding Man according to the dictionaries always embraces woman annd there Is ample authority that he vet often sustains the same relation to her May not this seeming male guise be worn by a woman without a YOviolation of law Look at the crim- Inal code of the United States and some of the many curious uses of the words he him and his The first section limits the punishment of treason exclusively to males unless fhecan be construed to mean she See tion 552 Rev Stat p 1041 Nor can r a woman be found guilty of criminal f correspondence with foreign power unless by the same rule A woma who commits perjury cannot be Ished unless he means she The only statue In existence for that purpose declares that he shall be punished Not a word about her but I heard a woman sentenced to five years In a penitentiary for perjury not long age he certainly meant her that time It melancholly to know that there Is n- law protecting mall matter from fe male Invasion Section 5471 Nor can a woman with all her Invention ro the mall in contemplation of law Section 5472 but if she attempts It she will be sent to the penltentlar under the next section because he means she when punishment Is con cerned No woman coud be hange for murder unless he means she but SoMary Rogers was nanged In Vermont f December 8th 1905 The statute 1seem framed for a race of male She shrinks front them and one has to look to find her and then only fft in the earlier laws The courts have construed these primitive laws to In kx elude women and no woman was eve known to escape a criminal statute because its language ignored her sex f Indeed under the old dark days the shadow of which is on her yet we men often suffered death because they were women under the cruel flctloi k that 4 could not be a clerk wji ff ff uaie pcojpe l sulel r Lccause he was not a wotllnn Sbal tiieie be more thau one rule for their construction of all our statutes this Important point Shall the won he Include woman in one set of laws exclude her in another 6r shal 1Ifand all be expounded by one rule rJJ So where there is nothing but tlio pro noun be his or him to indicate sex It Wi shall be taken to refer to males and females alike for fate or favor I con tend for the one rule for all know that instances judicial can be t found without going for or search ing long which if continued to their logical consequences would resultin this Whatever a penalty or i disability Is Imposed masculine pronouns mean women also When a benefit is offered or a privilege be stowed man alone is meant by them She Is included for penalties and dls abilities excluded from favors and privi- legespAll students of English law known ttthat statutes imposing penalties are to bo strictly construed so as to ex elude everybody and thing not with In their letter statutes creatingI privileges conferring benefits be liberally construed so as to i- n3elude every person within tho read of their spirit I think we have reach ed a period when women are to have have the benefit of both these rules to correlate each other The Reviser Statutes of tho United States Chap ter 1st Section says Bo It enacted by the Senate and House of i Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled In determining the meaning of the c4revised statutes or of any act or reso lutlon of Congress passed subsequent to Feburary 25 1871 word Importing the singular number may extend and be applied to several persons j things words Importing the plural a number may include the singular words Importing the masculine gender 4 may be applied to females the wordsI Insane person and lunatic elude every idiot non compos luna tic and Insane person the word per son may extend and be applied to partnerships and corporations and the reference to any officer shall include 4 any person authorized by law to per form the duties of such office unless the context shows that such words r were Intended to be used In a more limited sense and a requirement of an oath shall be deemed complied with by making affirmation In Judicial r form Itise matter of history that wo men have and still do fill the various clasps of post offices In the Republ but how can she unless he means she The 14th amendment to the constitution of the United States says That all persons born or naturalized to Ule jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and of tho State where- In they reside No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or Immunities of citizens of the United States nor shall any state deprive any person of life liberty or property without due process of law nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws am a person one of the soverelj people a citizen of the United Slates and of the state of New Hampshire Does the state of Now Hampshire force any law which abridges my prh lieges or immunities as a citizen Most assuredly It does A few ears ago I was assisting In settling an estate in a small town here In New Hampshire There was no notal public within IS miles and I asked to be appotnlted notary public but was refused simply because was 80man Is It nothing to be denied to be appointed a notary public What privileges and Immunities have I fering from those of the subjects of the most absolute monarch Tin are subject to such laws as he sees fit to impose Am subject to an laws other than are Imposed upon me can have what they will gIe Could any slave have less Therefor government permits the state of rew Hampshire in the face of the 14th amendment to enforce and Immunities as well as those of every other woman who resides therein who Is responsible taxed and who coot butes to the maintenance of an organ- Ized government Chapter 18th of the Public Statutes of New Hampshire pertaining to notaries public says Notaries pUblic shall be appointed by the governo r with advice of the council and shall be commissioned for five year Whenever a notary public shall remove from the state resign or from my cause cease to act In that capa v he shall within six months thereafter deposit all his notarial records all papers filed in his office in the office of the secretary of state The magical words he his and bin appear and not she and her either do they appear In Chapter 27 the Public Statutes of New Ham shirt which say If any person sins commit any larceny from the person jf another he shall be Imprlsonc not exceeding seven years If any person shall steal take and carry sway any horse vunule cattle sheep swine the propelty of another shall be Imprisoned not exceeding seen years Chapter 222 says If my person shall wilfully and malic- Iously burn a dwelling house or nn mtbulldln adjoining thereto or any building whereby a dwelling house call be burned he shall be In iris ned not exceeding thirty years mt not a word about her saw a paper a few days ago that a woman vas held without ball to wait the ac Ion of the grand jury for arson I think It was near Hampton In this tate and no one has yet appeared to plead that ho doesnt mean she If the woman be foun guilt of arSon she will be sentenced to the state prison at cord athcugh Chapter 227 of 1e Revised Statutes of New nampshir llstlnctly says he hall be prisoned but not a word about her MARIL1 A M RIOKER Dover N H CORRESPONDENCE Florence Jan Dear Brother Hughes I owe you 100 for the Blade that I will send you in a few days- I got on a drunk last winter and tayed drunk four months and then was sick four months this summer r was not worth a dam and Southern the Infidel tailor of Florence said he was going to turn me out of the fidel camp and rather than get turned out went and Joined the Prohll- tlonlst and now I dont drink a damned bit It Mr Moore gets well enough to come down and stay with me a month I would give him some good grub have a lot of nice frying chicken that Is what a Campbellito preache wants only live six miles from Innatl We could go down and take In the town- Souther has a year of Mr Moore aper in book form In the winter Is the time to read Infidel literature- I went to church January 4th When I went In the preacher said Salva tion is free When I went out said The Lord loveth a cheerfu gler Franklin Pa Jan 190C Mr IIughesI was very glad see the good old Blade come out ful- lJze and sharp as ever and that malccsmo hope that tho delinquents h ive been paying up I thinn Dr WI- lsons article on the origin of Christmas in last weeks made alone worth more than the price of the t J ld Bade for a year cant toll y how sorry am to still hear that dear old Brother Moore Is not Imprc ing faster But tell him to cheer up as think If he makes use of Ills old time courage he will pull through til spring when will take on new lease of life and live to fight sup erstitlcn several years yet cant make myself believe that he Is going to leave us yet for his death wou certainly be a sad blow to Free thought wish could do something for him for he has done wonders In the way of opening the peoples ees and any amount of good In other ways Give him and his estimable wife my kindest regards hoping he will soon be restored to health agal Now Brother Hughes I wish yc would look at your books and see If I am credited with the price of one of Dr Wilsons books I think I sont 100 to tome person before the Dr went on his tour to Rome but um not certain Please drop me a carl1JNO RHOADSShawnee Okla Tan 1900 J E HughesPlease find enclosed a check for Dr Wilsons book a Trip to Rome and subscription to Blade for another year Wishing you all especially Mr Moore many hnpj returns of the New Year I am J BYLER Ackley Va January 1900 To the Editor and Readers of the Blade- am glad to see the Blade full sheet in its Improved state and that Mr Hughes has promised to open Its columns for all liberal classes pertain- Ing to the welfare of humanity and especially for free thought I trust to have a hearing We hear and read so much of sui clde robbery bribery and all kind 0 dishonest that hardly a day passes by but what something of that sort happens in our own State or even our own county or town But I ask Can It be expected otherwise That which we sow we must a young man starts out In the world after he has graduated and Is called upon by Uncle Sam to serve as a solidler he is chucked full of patriotic Inspirations nothing wlll suit him better than to hear of war rig guns and battles Ho amuse himself in reading the daily press to suit his fancy Robbery suicides and detective stories Is his hobby and when in service he is drilled how to till people In his immaglnatlon he Is already a king his delr Is wa rle likes to be a swing his sword as a brave softer In his dements of madness he guib to war human butchery where he finishes his course of education with a broken limb Then he comes home as a brave soldier and receives a premium rom the government what is called n young girls likewise ate educated Those who had the vitality to itand tho task and become graduate nave swapped their common sense for an education If you ask them uestlons pertaining to the betterment of the world they refer you to some text book or to Websters tionary Their education consists ook memory but no mind of their own If you talk to them on Woman tights or on reform of any kin- ney turn up their nose and ask you where you get your Information 1helr heads are cramed full of booty and bibles and have driven all reaso out of them All they want now is to get that rainbow hat to catch that allow with the pension If she Is ucessful in her persult tho honeymoon will be of short duration cause she has married her rank and style not the person If the unto will last long enough that propagation will follow Then what will be the consequences It is well said That love of money Is the root of all evil My next question Is What step lust be taken in order to remove the muse If some one would entertain us on their lines of thought it surely would do good which is the text of the Glade But all I ask of you Is to hang your feed low we are not all cultur- Ists and can reach the top shelves Be plain in a condensed form of speech and we will appreciate it Do not form your opinion that op ose education but think it is fool Ish to spend a thousand dollars worth of education on a ten cent brain Yours truly A LUTTERMAN Blue Licks Ky Jan 15 C C Moore Dear SlrFlnd enclosed check for 100 Please set my peg up a notch woud have paid sooner but in case on had pased out I Intended to dropout but see there Is danger of your ettlng well Allah be praised So will stay as long as you do take the paper for what you write exclusively not for the Infidelity I dont give a durn whether there is any hell or not If there is none there should be we all deserve It with two ceptions you and I and snncHms am in doubt about you There Is lit one God and Mohammed Is his Prophet J T ROGERSI Courtlnnd Kan Jan 190C Editor Blue Grass Blade Lex Ky Dear SirI enclose you money ord for 2J5 100 for the good old Blade and 115 for Dr Wilsons Home book Am sorry to hear of lr 11willJanuary 190C which shows the fools are not all dead yet In the name of reason how much longer are the people going to stand and be made fools of by a cass that has no other ouslness than get off a lot of and foollh trash like the enclosed clippings What an elevating callii they are engaged Inl Making people crazy trying to sacrifice an old Durham bull also James 10yearold bo by burning would suggest that the Christians change the name of their churches to macnlne for the manufacture of fools Respectfully A E HALL Lima 0 January 190C Mr Moore Dell Friend You will please find enclOsed a money order for 100 11y husband and I were awfully uneasy about you Mr Moore and were afraid you would die for we are always talk Ing of going to see you some day and when we read of you being so sick we almost gave up hopes of having the pleasure of seeing you but our last paper gave up now hopes when we read of your being able to write a little again I dont know what we would do without the Blade and I dont kno what tine Blade woud do without you I never get to talk with any fidel women I dont know any of my icJgnbors and friends are more ess religious But nevertheless I tell them my opinion and it seems the lont think any less of me but they ire afraid to admit that I am right for fear they may have to burn for It So you see If I did not take the Blade and read Mrs Henrys and other infidel womens articles I woul eel as though I was all alone in my reliefs and I would bo like Mr J B 2anrell if it should be stopped I would be lonesome without it for It like hearing from old friends to read the Blade So hoping you long life yet Mr Moore and success remain a true friend of the Blue- Grass Blade MRS NELLIE EVANS Denton Texas Jan 15 o tho Editor of Blue Grass Blade There has boon a lot of talk all over his country that infidels would nol meet Christian debaters in open dls iusslon upon the subject of the dl nnlty of Jesus Christ or the Inapln Ion of the Bible I hereby challeng any Chritlan to affirm the abov propositions and meet me In debate In the city of Denton Texas he to affirm I to deny Admittance to be free to everybody Said Christian to name his date within thirty days from the 1st of Fejruary 190C The Searchlight of Waco The Ingersoll Memo al and Beacon of Chicago The TruthSeeker of New York Cltj The Examiner of Paris Texas The lumanitarian Review of Los Angeles Cal The Culturlst of Cincinnati 0 and all Liberal papers pleas opy this Ill do the rest ROBERT G WRIGHT Denton Tex Dover N H January 190 My Friend ThJ great Josephine Is doing excellent work Women and the Bible and Marriage and vorcE are being distributed by me among tae Christians here in New Hampshire I made a few remark bout tho decision of the system cour judges here which I enclose trust ou are all right Yours very truly MANILLA Denton Texas Jan The Blue Grass Blade Co Gentlemen Inclosed herewith lease find my check for 300 tor which please push my sUbscription inward one year from the time It pired and send me the Rome bcol by Bro Wilson and the balance for our running expenses I wish I could do more for the Blade but an Dot abe certainly wis you success in the work of trying to relieve the people and give them actual freedom and I sincerelY hope that our stod Bro Moore Is fully recovered Very truly yours JAMES E STRINGER Ashland Ky Jan 13 Dear JlmI hope you will not think I have forgotten you I am trlng to marshal my forces for newal but you know that takes little time but I enclose one dollar- for tho renewal of Mr R Foresters ibscrlption I will get the rest together in a few days and send it you I note with great pleasure that Mr Moore is some improved and- do hope his recovery will be speady ad that ho may be his old time self jaln also note with regret the death of our old friend Dr Wilsons l A FEAST FOR FREETHINKERS Here is a publication that will bring sure satisfaction to every Freethinker and give him new pride in the propoganda of Liberal ism In the list of contributors are numerous names familiar to Blade reads including Josephine K Henry Charles Watts Clarence S Darrow Joseph McCabe DavisIOtto Wettstein Jrr Patch M M Mangasarian Walter Hurt All Rationalists will want to read in the current number Dar rows great article on Punishment and Its Function Free thought the Essential of All Progress by Wilson All is Matter All Matter is Mind by Dr William Colby Cooper and Liberal Liberalism Obsolescence of the Church Philosophy of Opstimism Human Equality and other articles by Hurt as well as many other firstclass features THE CULTURIST THE WORLDS FOREMOST FREETHOUGHT MAGAZINE An artistic periodical well printed on excellent paper and with a beautiful cover in colors 100 a year 10 cents a copy No free copiesit costs too much to produce X THE OULTUEIST PUBLISHING CO Box 970 Station M Cincinnati Ohio Sell The Best 11 all for all makes of j can any make of to either party for our Sooklt or to just the Smith Premier it the most and of all Co 134 W 4th Street little daughter What a sad blow that Is to him as I know tha he almost Idolized the child I called oli him last fall while in Cincinnati and it was his lsh that I should see little girl but she happened to be away at the time so I did not got to see her He certainly has my deepest sympathy In his great though feel the Doctor will take a view of the matter as ho Is a very broad minded way did not expect to write so much s with best wishes for you and yours remain yours GRAY Lone Rock Ore Jan 13 Mr Charles C Friend and DrotherI send 100 to pay up to August 190C I am real sorry are sick will be 70 year old on next May and have been on crutches ever since Goodbye friend D C ANDREWS From Baltimore Md News Another Registers a Protest Capital Punishment For Women To the Editor of The News Here come again and it is a hang Ing matter this tlmeJ W Stevens registers a kick hanging women have been writing against tha ancient and honorable custom for 20 years past but tho authorities that hi hang more women than men in pro portion to the by both sexes Our modern civilization is based upon woman and when we hang a woman we deride that Wo laugl it to scorn But we do not care that It is our civilization and we cat blast It all we choose to The Chinese would not hang a woman Gut whc would care to act like a decent China man The Japanese also refrain from doing violence to woman but they arc only heathens and have no better sense The Irishman objected to the hanging of women in song and story but it was for the one cause of hang Ingtho wearing of the green They did not care how many were hanged for wearing of the purple If woman Is the basis of our civilization we want to be more respectful to her Dickens In Barnaby Rudge tries to show that ho who lives by tho knot shall perish by the knot Dennis got it in the neck for being too anxious to hang others Have wo shattered respect for our civilization Are not graft envy anti loot In the very air Is not this con dition due to the mocking destruction of our monument to civilization wom an We cannot help but degrade the sex when we hang It by the neck The hangman is a harpy that tnrlves on blood Punishment seems to breed crime instead of checking it Some t f t We and Rent The Smithfj Worlds Typewriterr IIWE Premier 11Deskssupplies machines Competent machinefurnished without charger a Ze SmithPremier Typewriter CINCINNATI personally bereavement philosophical 1I00reI myoid Against against murders civilization 444f JlegalForces of example exerted In error contagious Some upperclass fool once stood a freshman on his head and ever since upporclass men have seriously followed and now tho tri partite Government function Conigress the executive and the Judicial branches is exerting all Its power to stop the nonsensical custom Hazing is bad Hanging women is worse Tie man who would take part In deliberately killing a woman is notaworthy to bear the title The man that wilt witness such a spectacle is bereft of humanity Woman is the mother of man and should not be hanged by her child When a woman is hanged the whole sex is crucified The Instinct of the dog will not per mit it to harm the female of his species Is the reason of man on a 7 lower social plane than tho Instinct of the dog There is but one way to stop this disgrace and outrage and that is to come out publicly and frown- t people would hang their own grandmothers If they thought the people would stand for It This sin against sex is due to the silence of the people Silence gives consent Si lence Is the pretext for the New York surance scandas Acquiescence has neon responsible for tho terrible state of affairs in Russia today They not k only hang women In Russia but a man is allowed to tie his wife to the tall of a cart and lasn her bare back with n knot while tho horse drags her ong tho public hlgnways as hanging less brutal Think Israel was allowed to stone her that she die and Israel was brutal enough to comply We are permitted to hang her that she rite and we are cowardly enough to avail ourselves of tho chance How far In advance of Judea are we Our advantages have been pearls cast to swine and wo outswlne the swine Take the matter up brother Take It up sister and let us make a stride toward a real Simon pur civilization Into which there will be a chance to get civilized Thank you Brother Stevens for coming out of tho dark ness Into the light You have the sciousness of knowing that your thoughts on this subject are as enab ling to you as the advocate of hanging women knows that his Idea Is degrad ing to himself and to mankind JOHN F CLARKE Arlington Md Dec 28 Thero Is over 2000 duo us from r subscription and we ask you to pay ip If your subscription is behind x