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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t 43 I BL- IIB GRA S BLADE1 ThJ WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND i SepOCkSdI LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MARCH 4 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE CHARLES MOORE Founder of tho Blue Grass Blade jDied February 7th JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each L Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year 1 Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter office or express money order New Yor4draft- and if personal checks are sent add c charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise tins office giving your old as well as the new When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber a The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receip as the date changes as soon as the subscribepays Subscriptions to the Blade are not diseontuued at expiration unless so ordered txbsciilnon fi sible J invtrrTrb1jlfla to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky 33333r333 +++ F3dF3F3 ++ + ++ Fb3 ++ fiEDITORIAL i + H+ + + ++ + ot ++++++Duck in plenty of time and let the waves pass over you r r a The boat that was built to carry another mans cargo may capsize under yours k Doctors of divinity seldom take the medicine they so freejy prescribe for others r s The power to please is a tremendous asset and it is just as valuable in your private affairs as in your business pursuits This issue brings out the old Blade in new clothing It is not merely a spring feeling but a permanent affair Get in the bandwagon and hit some lusty licks for freedom of thought r Although we have assumed the editorial management of the Blade we do not expect to inject into its eolmuns that peculiar personal charm which it contained under Mr Moore We shall strive to do the best we can to make it the best Freethought weekly in America and truly deserving the hearty and liberal support of all Freethinkers r r r r Do you favor absolute mental liberty Are you willing to contribute to the cause that aims to strike every fetter from the brain of man Then dont fail to renew your subscription to the Blade and get your neighbor to subscribe along with you The Blade is the greatest Freethought missionary in America a It is altogether unnecessary that a man should possess an iota of intellect to become a popular preacher for in all orthodoxy there is no room for reason To become a success in the pulpit it ls only required that a man shall cultivate a sanctified whine calculated to curdle milk grab the crank of some pitiful little gospelmill and begin to grind How much better mankind would be Ifwe could succeed in trading off about three hundred of our modern preachers for a yellow dog and then lose the dog r e e This is the age of DO The age of going to DO has passed To be successful a man must be use ful Never burden the morrow with the debts of today Place the mark of your ambition high and then work to attain it Dont be satisfied with any thing Be somebody Hitch your chariot to a star Stop crawling around like a lizard on a cold day Do that which you are well fitted for and do it well A little done right is better than much done wrong or only half done Get on the live wire of Energy and the trolly pole of success will never slip Above all look after the little things of life these need attention the bigger things will force attention whether you are willing to give it or not If you feel yourself drawn into the cur rent of despair strike out and you will be able to swim to shore a little further down the stream s r One of Lexingtons blatant skypilots who has been publicly accused of a too reckless use of his pen by a grand jury of this county assumes that God Almighty needs his guardianship and takes issue in public print with Mrs Henrys oration at the funeral of our late editor Feeling that way he has the natural right to exercise such a prerogative but in so doing he furnishes another eveidence of the peurile weakness of his creed lIe assumes that an omnipotent God can be injur ed by the logic of one frailwoman As a general rule the preachers avoid argument although the poet assures us that Thrice armed is he who hath his quarrel just Instead of meet ing logic with logic argument with argument the socalled leaders of the socalled armies of the Lord take refuge behind laws begotten in brutish ignorance and have sought to close the mouth of honest criticism through the medium of a police mans club This was how they fought Mr Moore while living but his brave and fearless life has crippled them in their desire to slander him now that he is dead When the Christian religion must needs depend upon such protection it must be woefully weak Truth has nothing to fear from criticism If the creeds are unable to withstand the light that shines from Reasons throne they had better slink away and die PERSONAL TQfHlBJ30 EM We ask the indulgence of the Blade readers this week for the delay in publication and mailing By reason of the death of our late beloved editor Charles C Moore we have been subjected to in numerable inconveniences and as the task of fur nishing copy is an art that few men possess our new burdens are of light character This week the Blade will be mailed Wednesday and dated next Sundaythis makes us miss one publishweek so that subscribers at a distance may receive their paper for Sunday reading With apology and explanation for the delay we promise promptness in delivery in the future r TO HIS MEMORY As each day rolls by we are more firmly impressed with the knowledge that Editor Moore will be sadly and seriously missed from the Blade No in genuity on our part can possibly make up for the loss but we shall strive to make the Blade inter esting attractive and a power in the land as a periodmissionary effort was a greater necessity than now The cause can boast no platform advocates as it was wont to do But few Freethought journals exist and these must be vigorously pushed if they are to accomplish much in the way of liberal re many who were familiar with the character and charming personality of Mr Moore the fol lowing lines will be understood It singeth low in every lieart We hear it each and all A song of those who answer not However we may call They throng the silence of the breast We see them as old yore Time kind the brave the true the sweet Who walk with us no more fis hard to take the burden up Where these have laid it down They brightened all the joy of life They softened every frown And thellVhenAnd thankful too that they have lived Although they are no more More homelike seems the vast unknown Since they have entered there To follow them were not so hard Wherever they may fare For they have gone where others are Be it on sea or shore Whater betides their love abides And is with us evermore y et OPEN FOR ARGUMENT Does death end all Be there priest or layman who can give truthful answer to the question an answer born of intelli gent knowledge Naturally enough there were some of the clergy ready to find fault with the utterances made upon the bier of the late Charles C Moore because in thefuthey discerned the privileges and preroga tives heretofore accorded them slipping from their hands They may find fault and declare them selVes in opposition to the argument advanced but tliey cannot destroy one solitary truth remove one tact from the universe To find an answer to the question it is necessary to atkwhat Life is Death is but a corrollary of Life It is the penalty that befall who have lifei If life is the beginning of individual exis ten e then Why should death be regarded as aught butfthe end of individual existence Let it be observed that life is not an entity Life is not a thiripIt has neither size weight or color Ii not occupy space It is incapable of extension The human eye hath never discerned it and the surgeons knife hath never found it We see not the electric current but we can detect its pres encd its manifestations We know not the iifejitself but only perceive its manifestations not a thing It is simply a result It uiigilt be asked a result of what Simply a result of certain combinations of matter and when the Combination changes the life ceases and an othe ensues which we call death Then whyjshould the life continue after death What in the universe point to a continuation 10f the life after death Is it not a universal law hat the potentialities of living things shall not be fully unfolded For every germ that succeed in struggling into life there are a thousand that Tare lost Even the favored few that do sue ceedin struggling into life and being but a small proportion ever reach maturity- If we take a gas we can by raising it to incan lightheShutoff the gas and where does the light go tog combustion ceases the incandescence disa-ppear and the light is gone Will any one argue that the light has gone running away into some otherlsphere and continues to exist as light The attribute of a piece of window glass is trans transparencyismatter but we have changed an attribute of mat- tel Life being an attribute a result of certain conditions when the conditions change the same result can no longer obtain Death takes the place of life and one is as natural as the other Advocates of theology are prone to assert the existence ofa something which they term soul and then insists upon the unbeliever to deny it logicThethe affirmative What cannot be successfully negationAssuming that the soul does exist then one of three propositions becomes fundamental These are FirstEither God created souls from all eternity or SecondGod creates souls for fresh bodies as they are wanted or Third God him self is the soul of mankind Taking the first prop osition as being true we are then compelled to believe our soul existed before we were born In such a case our soul could not have been affected by the sin of Adam and the entire Christian ar gument falls to the ground If the second propo sition be accepted then indeed does the Christian get in an infinitely worse position for he assumes that God is ever watching for an opportunity to create a soul which he knows will be damned be fore he creates it FallingJback upon the third proposition the Christian gait nothing for he must then argue that when God damns mankind he does but damn himself If there be a future life it is desirable only up on the condition of it being a pleasurable one But if it can only be had at the risk of being un utterably miserable by escaping hell through a mere miracle then we had much better be withou- tit If there is a life beyond the grave the Free thinker will share it with the Christian Then will the knowledge ofa human duty done and a hu man work achieved cover the mists of death with brightier glories than can be found in the Chris tian doctrine of rewards and punishments in the hereafter r s PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE Every mans life is like unto a ship of which he is commissioned the captain Storms fogs jag ged rocks and headwinds menace all pretty much alike Some of these ships sink early on the voy age others stay close to and hug the shore while a few sail out far and safe The difference is to be shiptrimand the weather signs he who rightly sets his sails will not meet with disaster It makes but little difference what his port may be or whether his ship be large or small it is the manner and method of management that counts Wcihave heard men talk of luck talent genius chance fate and even cleverness as playing an im portant role in ones success or failure Each and allmay be more or less a factor but without skill and fidelity they cannot be depended on to carry one very far to sea For every selfmade manofthere are ten self ruined ones and this is an awful indictment against the race In a large measure the fault lies with tho captain of the ship Deference to the judgment and example of others is very well to a certain degree only We all know people who can touch the springs of our higher na ture Every door of our better self flies open to receive them We seem to grow and expand in k their presence But he who does not dare to stand erect and alone and look the world fearlessly in the face think his own thoughts and live his own creed can never feel quite certain of anything or venture far on any voyage There is something sublime in the man who pos sesses the true spirit of independence and boldness and has full confidence in his own ability to dare and do The world takes a man at his own valuation It believes in the man who believes in himfself The positive man carries a positive atmosphere with him wherever he goes He impresses others with his power and force to do His very presence inspires confidence and convictionwYou know that a man confronts you and not atweakling Such a man knows what he thinks and says it he knows what he wants to do and does it t In other words he captains his own ship and that means paddling your own canoeav a t s MRS HENRYS PAMPHLET One of the crowning glories which the present century inherited from its predecessor was the rec aofject entitled to such consideration as that of mar riage and divorce a subject where a woman stakes her all nay but her very life In Mrs Henrys pamphlet on Marriage and Divorce the issues are thoroughly clearly and concisely discussed In 60 pages Mrs Henry very ably goes the subject in all its phases It should be read by every man and woman liberal or or thodox They are for sale by Mrs Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky at 25 cents each or six copies for 100 If you buy six you can then do some liu = J 1 n lt ili n i jt II rJJthey will do the most goodmi r ON fDANGEROUS GROUND When a modern preacher of average intelligence real or assumed undertakes the task of proving or attempting to prove the theory of the resurrection of Christ he is skating on thin ice or in other- words treading upon dangerous ground i Admittedly the entire fabric of Christianity stands or falls upon the resurrection This doc trine is one of the fundamentals of the Christian church Disprove the resurrection and stroy the entire Christian creed Fail in its prooffor in furnishing a sufficient convincing proof and the Christian system of theology is perceptibly weakened Aside from the miracles he is allegedFto have performed and the unnatural influences that are said to have brought Christ into the world his very divinity the scheme of the redempton the efficiency of the atonement and the doctrine of the immortality of the soul are all mutually dependent upon the resurrectou Destroy or weaken the theWory that Christ rose from the dead and the martterial essence of the Christian religion is These facts are becomng more patent to the clergy every day Sermons and treaties on the resurrection are daily growing more numerous and the leaders of the church realize the burden they are laboring under One week ago Rev I J Spencer of the Central Christian Church of Lexington preached a sermonSupon this subject in which as shown by published extracts therefrom truth of the arguments here advanced was candidly though cautiously admitt ed That the position herein taken is correct the following quotation is taken from a Lexington newspaper report of that sermon It follows Time great Church of Christ today is foundediupon the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Let it be shown that lie abides in the tomb and the church would crumble and perish Every word of that statement is true save and except the adjectives employed There is no halting place no halfway ground Either the resur rection is true or it is false If it is true there should be no difficulty in furnishing abundant i t specelation I It is upon the proof that Rev Spencer gets in k a dangerous place He evidently fails to dis tin guish between evidence and proof The terms are not synonymous They have not the sameFimmea-ning or interpretation Even in our criminal and civil jurisprudence what is offered as evi dence frequently fails in establishing the proof and the case is not made out Assertion is not even proofLet sects are r by no means a unit upon the doctrine of the resur rection Some contend for a regular old fashioned i Continued on fourth page- ii S onu I u HERBERT S BIGELOW The One Preacher In all Cincinnati Whose Drift Is In the Right Dire a tlon Foundation of a Church Universal Cincinnati has just one preacher who dares call his soul his own Othj er preachers step Into readymade au diences Mr BIgelow has made his own audience He Is the one wall among all our clergymen who dares to step ahead of the ignorant thoughtless crowd and advance along new lines dlsregardless of what his parish loners think or of the consequences to position and salary He is the ono preacher of Cincinnati who does not presume to interpret the Almighty or usurp his authority and proceed to damn nearly every body whose en vironments and education have been different from his own and who do not happen to believe as ho docs In his church and in his alone Thought is free Every one has the right and privilege to question and dif fer In every other church the pea plo are not permitted to question object They must believe and say nothing If a member should doubt or question ho is regarded with stern cold eyes and looked upon as brazen and impudent The result is an atmosphere of repression silence and gloom In Dr Blgelows church a different feeling exists A general air of free don and happiness pervades the meet ings Arguments are put fort with the view to discover error and establish the truth There many people may t differ and be friends There people learn to think learn to solve pro lems for themselves Mr BIgelow does not assume to know it ail When he is radically op posed ho smiles When he is defeat ed in an argument he takes it good naturedly and remains In the best of r humor This example is contagious and the many men and women of dl vergent views who attend his church fall to doing likewise The result Is that his church is growing to be a Sunday Asylum for the damned Everybody feels at home there Everybody is pleasant courteous and happy Everybody respectS each others ions n There is no ostracism on count of a difference of belief Free thinkers are as much at home there as at a Freethought meeting There eralstt jii all classes and Christians r QJt nrh othpr hpclllISe they o to know each dther Unlike other clergymen Dr Big a low does not dose you out a lot o f pious lollipop and say Here open your barn doors and gulp this down and dont you dare make a face or whimper He just hands out what he has to say and all the damnation attached to it Is that he dont give a damn whether you believe or disbelieve All he asks is that we all rea son together with the view of arriv ing at the truth He has established y an entirely new wrinkle in church methods and his plan is bound t spread to other churches I do not believe that Mr Bigelow himself real izes the effect his example will event ually have upon other churches His chief idea is to establish truth and justice here and promote happiness- In this life He is wise enough to per ceive that human happiness does not rest upon religious belief alone but that It is subject to and depends as well upon political economical and the other social environments consequently he throws his church doors open to the discussion of any and aU belief or disbelief upon which human happiness and progress depend Here is common ground upon whicn all can stand It is a peoples church Christians Jews Freethinkers Spirit ualists Theosophists Woman Suffragists Democrats Republicans Prohibitionists Laborites Socialists and Anarchists all congregate here in hap- pyr and harmonious union and Mr BIgelow has demonstrated that all I divergent classes are capable to com ing together for the purpose of affect a better understanding among men and uniting under the common bond of Humanitarianism Recently Mr BIgelow engaged a number of the Mayors of prominent cities for Sunday night discussions of municipal ownership and other questions affecting the social welfare of the people of great cities Among the speakers are Mayor Dempsey of Cincinnati Dunne of Chicago Tom John son of Cleveland and Brand Whltlqck of Toledo It was a remarkable meet Ing when Dempsey Catholic of Cincinnati introduced Dunne Catholic of Chicago In BIgelows Free Church to an audience of Catholics Protestants Jews Agnostics and others of all shades of political beliefs The house was jammed full This is the right thing to bring people of all classes together that they may know and derstand to respect and appreciate cacti other and so form a common band for self Interest and advancement and this is what BIgelow is doing 1I 1 Meanwhile the other clergy are beating their tomtoms and croaking about the beliefs customs and social conditions of people dead for twenty to sixty centuries wasting their good time on both the dim past and the dimmer tuture seemingly forgetful that the present and the now are burdened with miseries and mysteries that demand solution Mr BIgelow Is much In deman away from Cincinnati and ho is fas attaining national proportions Why Simply because he stands for Free Speech Justice and Truth Below I give an extract from an dress lately made before the Womans National Suffrage Convention at Bal tlmore which extract is a fair sample of the force and logic of Mr Bigelow If the world were never again t get another new Idea progress wool be at an end Straight thinking is sential to free and right living A false idea is next door to an immoral act There is not a leper spot on the body politic which Is not due to some error of the human mind The man race has two enemies the cun nlng of the few and the stupidity of the many And tno many may be a pious in their stupidity as the few are unscrupulous in their cunning Selfishness and ignorance are the prime min- Isters of evil But ignorance Is or greater evil of the two Selfishness Is mostly ignorance First God lets loose a thinker on the continent The idea Is received with smile or jeer or gibbet as the case may be But the Idea makes Its way It finds friends sari martyrs At first It is preached on the street corners Then it gets Into the pulpits Finally it creeps into the laws and before we know It it tans made conquest of us all The birth and growth and struggle and triumph of one great Idea after anoth etthis is the story of human pro centerUthe men and women who championed the Idea of woman suffrage were made the butt of ridicule Change In Sentiment Yet In the light of history how Iculous are the enemies of this idea Fifty years ago no American college but Oberlin was open to women Now there are women students in most of the universities of Europe and a third of the college students of America are women Besides we have 328000 women who are teachers or college pro fessors In a Methodist confer ence In Clnnatl was asked to license a woman preacher The brethren re solved that women have all tile rights and privileges in the Methodist church that are good for them Now we have 3000 women preachers There are 6000 literary and scien tine persons among women 8000 G6Y ernment officials 34000 merchants And as for her political status wo man has full suffrage in four states of the Union school suffrage In ISstates and some measure of political rights in 23 states The march of the idea proceeds Liberals coming to Cincinnati will always find Liberals at the Vine Street Congregational Church Economic Club meets every Thursday night at which an able speaker lect ures for thirty minutes and his sub othoer night club and social entertain ments suppers dancing and good times generally They aim at this church to make people happy in this world If they were all like Blgelows church we Freethinkers would have to quit our jobs J W BREAKINGTHROUGH ICE Culturlst Now for Sale on News StandsDr Wilson Asks WhyI Other Freethought Papers Cannot Do Likewise The March issue of the Culturlst is now out and as it has been made a special number devoted to Economic wish that all readers of the Blade especially those most Interested in Social and Economic subjects might get it and read it It starts off with an article by Eu gene V Debs entitled Toward the Sunrise No one should miss reading it It is full of meaty contributions by many prominent writers But my special reasons for wanting my Blade friends to read It is owing to a con trlbutlon of my own entitled Free thought the Foundation of all Econo mic Reform I regard this as quite the best effort I have put forth for some time In another column you will see advertisement address and price of the Culturlst Just now the Socialists and Econo mlc agitators imagine that the Sun of Reform rises and sets in and around all of their crannies They forget the rounds of the ladder by which they have risen All reforms have had first a mount the steps of Freethought and in my article in the Culturlst forcibly remind them of the same Get it and read it The American News Company has L accepted the Culturlst and will plice it on all the prominent news slant In the country Hurt supplies the Ami pany with 10000 copies of the March issue As the demand grows he will put out more It must be a matter of rejoicing and congratulation to all Liberals that at last they are repre sented on the newsstands nnd trains by a firstclass Liberal Journal againsttTho Truth Seeker ought to have been thus placed before the public years ago It is a great paper and the cause has suffered because it has Tolled to reach the unconverted The same Is true of The Searchlight Tho Llber al Review and The Humanitarian Review They are all great month placedtry and Hurt will have to hustle to get ahead of them in quality and merit No cause will grow unless It makes converts and the prime object of each paper should be to read the uncon verted This requires the hearty sup port of the converted Each paper must have its coterie of the faithfuls who will stand steadfast and give of their brains Hari of their pockets Now that Hurt has broken the ice sari has gotten on the newsstands let others profit by his example and do the same Let the friends of the Editors of other monthlies come nobly to their sup port They cannot accomplish this un dertaklng without their suppor- tt the Philistine and Culturlst can get on the newsstand why not the rest I wish it understood that I am Just as much interested in the spread of other Freethought papers as for those I write for I am not tacked on to any paper None own terTho cause is first in my mind and the cause is about fortyleven times big ger than all the papers together Had time I would like to write for all but feel that I can do more good by con centrating my energies Let us all get a hustle on ourselves A great work is ahead of us and w have everything to encourage us eralism is springing up all around us Religion has ceased to be a positive force It is now negative and on the defensive A great opportunity is our if we step in and take advantage of it J D W JUDGE PARISH LADD ILL The news has just reached me of the illness of Judge Parish B Ladd of Alameda California This sad news will come with crush ing force to ail American Rationalist who are Holy bowed down in bereave meat over the loss ot several the brightest stars In the world of thought the loss of several eminent Rational ists benefactors to the human race Among the great writers and think ers of our time Judge Parish B Ladd is second to none In his field of re search the history of religions he stands without a peer and the knowledge he has given to the world is mighty factor in hunting religious su erstition to its lair and inspiring the human mmd with courage to follow In the footsteps of this patient lifelong student to search for the truth even if the path be strewn with dethroned religious idols The liberal iconoclastic attitude of the American Press Ameri can Magazines and American Univer sities has been shaped by a few great students and thinkers of which Judge Ladd is one One of the most valuable works of modern times is Judge Ladds Commentaries on Hebrew and Chris tian Mythology It is a mine of knowledge bristling with demonstrations of its truth and when American Universities and colleges become frank and fearless in their search tor truth this great work of Judge Ladds will be placed in their curriculum alongside of the Bible Butlers Ana logy Whatelys Moral Philosophy and like works on which our schools of higher learning have fed Use youthful mind and its truth and worth will be reorganized by the students and thinkers of the oncoming civilization If i Judge Ladd had written only this one work It would have placed his name high in the literary Pantheon but he has been an untiring and voluminous writer not only on religious but political social and moral questions and his trenchant pen has dealt with all the problems touching the welfare of the human race Tho world swarms with priests politicians presidents and plutocrats but men of Judge Ladds mental and moral fibre it takes centuries to produce The world in due time reaps the harvest of their labors and one such man Is of more value to the growing good of the world than armies of chromo men and women who never thought Investigated- or questioned what has been dealt out to them as truth Millions come into and pass out of life without creating ono ripple on the sea of thought while such a mental Titan as Judge Ladd scales the heights of Reason and lights torch that glows and guides the hu mind for centuries my There is not in the United Stt tea today a nobler braver man orj more learned scholar than Judge Ladd and the vows of his serious illnois will THE WORLD DO MOVE Heresy breaks out among clergy in England Doc trine of bodily resurrection attacked Fur ther proofs that Socrates was right The following is reproduced from the Cincinnati Enquirer which that paper received by spec ial cable It is interesting to nil Liberals as show ing the gradual and unfailing drift of the church an abandonment of ancient doctrinal nonessen tinls and the Puritanical notions so long preva lent The article is given in full that the full au thority for its accuracy may appear It reads It has fallen to two clergymen to provide the latest sensation here One is Forbes Phillips vicar of Gorlcston who has dramatized Guy Thomes book When It Was Dnrkand who in reference thereto has declared emphatically that he doesnt believe Christ ever rose from the dead Time other is Rev S Thackeray of llarlow who has be come a publican and declares it is no breaking of the Sabbath to go fishing on Sunday Vicar Phillips in an interview today said he docs not believe even if Christs body were dis covered it would create the religious sensation throughout the world that Thome predicts He said For my own part I declare plainly as a High Church clergyman who indeed wears the vestments and lights the candles on the altar that I do not consider it an article of Christian faith that contraryIcareful explorations in Palestine today we might actually come across the sacred tomb and discover within it the precious body of our Lord Christ rose in spirit It was His spirit that appeared to the disciples so constantly after the crucifixion It was a spirit that ascended into heaven the glorious spirit that appears and has appeared during long centuries to thousands of wearied Christian souls here on earth uruig sorrow to thousands who have sat at his feet and learned truth and wisdom We could not bear the los of our great men and women if did theam Trot their field of action but it is powerless to destroy their thoughts and works The Liberal world and especially thelsr heartfelt sympathy to Judge and Mrs Ladd in this their hour of affliction and we cherish the hope that health and happiness may yet bless their home and that they may both live many years to minister to a world that needs them My heart is bowed down over the losses of our great ones we have so recently sustained One more affliction it seems woij Ue too much so let all cherish the hope that Judge Parish B Ladd the sago and u ua SltJattltOluit light of the Pacific coast may be restored to nealth and again grasp his powerful pen for the cause of Truth- JOSEPHINE K HENRY Versailles Kentucky LETTERS FROM aBLADE READERS Words of Rregret Penryn California Feb 18 1906 Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear Slr1 am very sorry to note the death of Charles o Moore former Editor of the Blue Grass Blade I had Hoped that he would recover from hits illness but my hopes were in vain Mr Moore had many friends and mirers and was one of them He called himself a heathen but ho was more civilized than onehalf of the rlstlan a motto fs Believe or be damned No matter how good honest and moral a man may bo It ho does not believe without evidence he is doomed for hell On the other hand no matter how bad corrupt and Infamous he may be if ho believed ne is all right He will have a reserved sent in heaven and a golden harp to pluck- am like Charles Moore was have no use for such Christianity If there is an Allwlse and Loving God he will never damn a man for not be lieving in a thing of which ho has no evidence and which seems to him as nonsenseIf created one man with brains to think for himself and another without brrlns to believe what ho Is told by the priests that is no reason why God should send the brainy man to hell and the brainless man to heaven Very sorrowfully and respectfully yoursHENRY KAISER- P SPlease send me a few extra copies of the Blade of the issue of the 18th InstH K Must Have the Blade Shepherdsvllle Feb 20 Mr Hughes Dear Sir Having left Nashville Teun to which point my Blade is now coming write to say you may continue to let it goto that point until subscription which Is now run Wing expires as upon leaving NashI vllle I gave my paper to a friend atI that place If however he dont reoI new subscription when it expires ito You will be charged with heresy by all Roman Catholics by the Anglo Catholies the evangelical section of the Church of England and by a large majority of the free churches I suppose you are prepared for that Most of the members of the vicars flock declare he should resign since he denies the principal doc trine of the church Rev Dr Duckworth canon and subdean of Westminster said i have no hesitation in saying that the doctrine which Vicar Phillips declares himself prepared to preach is in direct contradic tion to the creeds of the church Catholic and Iam at a loss to imagine how any one holding his views could recite the Christian creed as he must do each time he administers the holy sacrament in which the resurrection of Christs body is so emphatical ly ailirmed Other church leaders spoke in the same strain There is joy among Spiritualists R W Wallis Secretary of the London Spiritualist Alliance saidIso far as he could speak for others their belief was fphComment Why is it that theologians are con tinually in a muddle about a god and gospel so evi dent and plain that a wayfaring man though he be a fool can understand them The reason is this they have absolutely no proof of the mere asser tions they impudently make bratTlmey cant prove that such a being as Christ existed The claim is mere assertion Secpud They eunt prove that he rose from tho dead The claim is mere assertion Third They cant prove that his spirit ed or even that he had a spirit The claim nscendIassertion mere tradition of no greater than the coming of the life and ascension of the many other gods Elijnhs et al evcrlastingJtheir stupid miscomprehensions VIou discontinue sending the paper to me at that point think the subs scription expires some time In Apr next But as I still want to get the made I enclose you herewith P Money Order for new subscription which you can mall to mo as per dress and oblige WOOD MEIU- IVE T HER Poem of Sympathy IA Pa Feb 18 1906 IIlJear Sir and Brother Enclosed find P O Money Order for f100 to re BladeI I un til receiving the enclosed bill a couple of days ago I wish to add my sincere grief with the great host who mourn the loss of the great champion of Free Fought andihafamily I desire to convey through the Blade my deepest sympathy to them in their hour of sadness Nothing can replace Mr Moores physical presence at Quakeracre but the memory of his deeds will live and Increase his lum inous mind wit be a beacon light to thousands who are sailing the dark sea of theology The hands that help are better far Than lips that pray Love is the ever gleaming star That leads the way That shines not on vague worlds of bliss But on the paradise in this hope the Blade will continue the same under Its able managers and contributors for one would be sad eo and read the burning Truth that emanate from the pen of Dr Wilson Mrs Henry and Mrs Closz whom I have learned to love in the realm of intellect and reason IL L HANSON Truth Plainly Told Independence Ky Feb 10 1906 Mr James E Hughes I have in the last few days heard of death of Mr Moore which I very much regret You will find but the one Charlie Moore and the Free thought cause has much to mourn We have no duplicate with which to fill his place I hope the Blade can survive the shock and continue in its progress The present hope is J B Wilson I do not heliovo the Blade readers have ever fully apprclated Grier Kidder To me he Is a wonder and one who stands alone in his style of torceful expression I never miss one of his articles Almost every sen tence in some of his articles is a max im and a text in itself Encourage him Ho Is great- I extend herewith my greatest sym pathy to the family of Mr MooreW T LOOMIS Tribute of a Friend Paris Ky Feb 16 1906IMr Jas E Hughes Dear Sir Enclosed please find one dollar for subscription for Blade It is hard to realize that Mr Moore has passed Into eternal silence but Flood of Years will soon sweep over us and bear us all forever away its never ending march The first copy of The Culturlfrt sent me wan njletter mr for a years subscription ad dressed the totter Just as directed in made but have heard nothing from It and received no Culturlst and sup pose my letter was lost With much sympathy for Mrs Moore and family and Kind wishes for all I am MUSi J B HAUl10NJAnother Mourns His Loss Richard Center Wls Feb Mr James E Hughes Lexington Ky- My Dear SlrThe Blade reachedlmo this morning conveying the sad Und unexpected news of Editor Moores death It was a great surprise to me because from some of the lateireports of his condition I had tho opinion that he was on the road to rapid recovery and I had the greatest hope that it was true It grieves mo to think we have to do LwIthoutthe first time death entered my own family and called to her long rest a faithful wife and mother and through this affliction I can the more roadliy realize what a friend and Brother Mr Moore was I too most keenly feel their loss and truly and deeply sympathize with them in their bereavement If I could believe that there Is a God I could hope they would be comforted but how absurd for an atheist br even a pantheist to entertain such hopo yes and even those who do believe in a Supreme Being they hope in vain Hope all friends of Blade will rally to its sup port I enclose P O Order for 116 one dollar to continue my subscription to the Blade another year 15 cents for few cbpies of next issue of Blade containing addresses delivered at fun eral of our lamented friend Brother Mooro ROBT S CASEY- Encouraging Talk Routt Ky Feb 26 1906 Dear Mr Hughes I received your notice about the Blade and enclose 100 for same I also want Dr Wilsons book A Tripito Rome for which enclose another 100 for book and 15 cents in stamps for postage Was sorry indeed to hear of sad death of Mr Moore but glad to hear his work will be contin ued in the Blade I have often thought It a pitty there were not more Mr Moores But glad there are Dr Wil son Mrs Henry yoursoif and others to continue the good work JAMES T REID ANDICHEAP RATES VIA QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE Front Lexington March Cth and 20th to many points in AlabamaILouisiana Georgia Mississippi and good 21 days with stopover privilege at seventylive per cent of roundtripAskKing C P Tr A 111 E Main Street Lexington Kentucky or W Mor D T A Q C Depot Lexing ton Kentucky Our fee returned if we fail Any one sending willromptlypatentability of same How to Obtain a securedtriateutasoils t without charge in outnalrnnauiledSend for sample copy FREE Address VICTOR J Attorneystrsnsulldlny t t T Ji 1 lMAN TO- BECOMEi THE- CREATOD I Prof Ostwald Makes the Startling An riouncernent That Within a Com parative Short Period of Time Scientists Will Be Creating Life t As Advanced as That of the Horse v eByversity of Lelpslc Germany l Now York February 1906 movIorgan tc b ngsb created by OrganIC IIro thyieceIiti1iar t Columbia n er itlen r t ha1 tad3hg hall ot controvors rolling at very pronounced speed I say to my surprise because it la riow an accepted fact among scientists that the phenomena of creation Is pos Bible of performance by what may bo termed artificial agencies This stu pendous achievement recently credit Ied to Prof Loeb in the United States and more recently to Prof EmU Fis cher in Germany has evidently not tin pressed Itself upon the general public I despite its profound ignorance While I will not go so far as prophecylng just how soon the quasi miracle will come to pass there is now hardly any question but that in the course of a few generations at the outside pos slbly within comparatively few years possibly within a century but later certainlyscience will be creating a form of life as advanced that of our domestic animals r Creation at Will So far as my own researches an l convictions go there is practically n limit to what may be accomplished in i this direction Had it been 50 years ago that messages would b 1sent for hundreds of miles by a wire less process no one would have take the prediction seriously No one woul have believed 10 years ago that with in a decade a vehicle of locomotion Owould bo built by which a human be- Ing could travel at the rate of two miles a minute and live to tell the tale But it is hardly less credible that we or our great or greater grand perforIOne may go further and say that not only will actual creation by chem 1ical or scientific processes be perform but that man will undoubtedly able to determine or change the for of creation at will For example it has already been demonstrated that the presence or absence of light plays an important a vitalpart in the development man as well as the lower animals and especially of plant life No form of energy we may say is possible of prolonged existence a mile away fro the sun Again it has been demonstrated that frogs do not devel tiopdark box while normal development occurs In an open box exposed to the sun Prof Beclared recently discove- ed in determining the solar influent in the development of the eggs and larvae of flies that those placed der plain bell jars were far more developed after four days than those under violet and blue jars and least under green ones There is also the celebrated Investigation of General Pleasanton who put three pigs into a t stall with violet windows and three into a stall with ordinary windows While the latter gained 398 pounds in four months the others gained onlyI pounds From this observation General Pleasanton concludes that vio let light is unfavorable to the growth of these animals Ills book however is bluetyped and gives an explana tlon ot all natural phenomena from love to the activity of a volcano Slow But SureIIt is well known that animal- when light falls on them move t 4ward the source of light like th moth or move away from it like th earthworm It Is also well know that certain plants have a tendency to turn toward or from the sun whe illumined from one side only and the a constant intensity light acts as a contluous source of stimulation SoI by the proper manipulation of llghtI It will unquestionably be possible InC the course of time to govern the shape or organs of animals just as the shape of plants Is governed by their attitude toward the sunf11Naturallyanimal creation will be slow The im portant thing is that it will be sure One form of life will be produced alter another Prof Loeb has alread created sea urchins by chemical age cies and Prof Fischer has created a even higher typo in his remarkable experiments Drawings made theI former convoy some idea of the mant rkt 1hs ner ln w he eggs of sea urchins werq aril Ingrown All of these animals h d out perfectly normal s keletons before dying daysBut Why crcao11t Iflcally when the earth Is teemlng Jth tits of natural crew tion l fe This uhis natural though per Naps rear rag Immature thought In th e first pe we ourselves are the produce volution and selection Alan has but he has raised him soli toJseat state His facllltte s a re y boundless so bound lesaJ lilt opinion that ho wit volve n self usurp the func of th rentertko primary cro alive prlfio He should even be able taarjjf jiito his own kind a pro piety ch ls contained In the scrlpZpililtsage referring to m an beingafn f1xre Possibilities Is th unreasonable No al ough stage of human scientific Intelligence 1sof course very ve awpYet having already treat Vim such as the water urchin semblance tqtorgy instinct with post rm foundation for th thatlon can only result In the cr eation something equal to ou hlghet als 1Vhati1 again asked will be the gala 7fwere possible to treat and our secondary animal with phand mental function more peajW corresponding to those which wQ5urselves possess will not tho result o of immensurable gain Taday iio most valuable servant or emplojugis the one who has beer long ahdjsarofully trained in special fields of Ibpr Why not then create dolnrbeings lo today myBy t 1lzing it may bo possible for Instate to create a typo of and mal capable of doing the heavy work phyadhighsoform than has been fuevery t it indlcatM one of the immeasurable workingdo ere a tion 43jno question but that man are poorly constructed physically for doing tat things which they now do perform HBy creating a form of ani mal with ertain physical attributes combined th the necessary Intel LY1ghf6 advantage would certainly be nouncedGenerations of Experiment ine live and toll underground and so on and so on down the scale It seems to me that the or rather the scientists who contr ute to this result gradually be able to determine the physical form of the respective creations once the de Stemp by step the regeneration will progress until man shall have created an en lifeaeach creation will naturally multi ply in its own form indefinitely just innrn downward Naturally it will rbqulre genera tions of analysis selection and exper iment to artlfically evolve any form of life that shall measure up to such a standard as the one indicated But progress leads to progress success begets success and from the present small beginning who shall say there Is any limit to what science can ac complish Hand In hand with the progress made in discovering and per fecting the creative principle we may expect to master the riddle of death so termed Prof Loeb and others have shown along with their creative experiments that the fertilization of the egg serves to prolong the life of the egg Unless artlfically fertilized the egg dies in a comparatively short time by reason of which the egg comes I in the eg protrasc tion of life As yet however it has thenue Seek the Elixir of Life agoty a living organism dies under the in fluence of conditions which do not af feet a younger organism That deaf natural dissolution is due to ternal and not to external causes has been determined recently In a coo extraordinary manner Eggs of starfish were used Some of them were placed in eight flasks with ster Hzed sea water while others were placed in flasks containing ordinary sea water contaminated with bacteria eggnmannIf not more mature dead eggs were the sterllzed flasks as in the ca taminated Twelve hours later the result was the same proving India o ij 1if1A7t it putably that death was duo to Internal causes the mature eggs having died before the bacteria could attack them in sufficient numbers to threaten their existence At the same time the 1m portant discovery was made that each of the flasks contained a small number of living eggs which without ex ceptlon were young ones My opinion based upon careful re search and study is that something is implanted in every form of life which in the course of time becomes enervated and poisonous cousin death Science is now on the eve 0 discovering what this mysterious principle Is and when this discovery is made the next step will be to as certain a remedy or at least a counter active It would be hazardous to say whether this mysterious principle is material or otherwise but as age comes on it is believed to sap and son the vitality until dissolution in The discovery of a counteractive- In this connection be the dlscov ery of the only elixir possible perhaps indefinitelyryof Science has no doubt that causes of natural death will be ascer ta med together with a means of so noet only the physical being but the spir itual may be revivified successfully buronly a chemist with occasion to delve Into biology In my chemical re hosw navesin human history has science peen so daring and confluent as today It is still on the lower slopes but is fat enough up to realize a boundless hori zon of possibilities I cannot say whether its Initial crea tions will be crustacean amphibian mammalian or whether biped quad ruped fish fowl or reptile I can only say that after a very careful study and analysis of what has been accom pitched I am overwhelmed by the in evitable probabilities As a chemist it is absolute belief that by inorganic processes argent- life of a higher order can be produce- and that future generations will be rnished with a living object lesson the doctrine of evolution Science is still juvenile but th torch It bears is already bright to reveal an astonishing story of things accomplished and promised Some of the most important branches of chemistry only date back a brief generation and yet what wonders have been unfolded Bessemer Edi son Roentgen the Curies Loeb Fis cher Pasteur Darwin Huxley and whoeral public are the great sorcerers o our timethe stepping stones fo those who are to come What they done others will perfect and clipse We cannot as yet fully ex plain the mystery of life but after all a human being is nothing but a form ot chemistryand as Hamlet iiUwere of in the Horatlan philosophy A VISION I was talking with God and he said to you see my son Jesus there You must glorify him or you never can be Happy and good nor ever can see- The City of Zion so fair Then I said to God said I to him What ever possessed you to shirk The care of your songand In temper so grim To desert your wife for a foolish whim Or from disinclination to work The God said to me very calmly he I was begotten my son Before I was born I was really dead Hence my wife was a widow and free to wed With the pliable Jew whom she won I said unt6 God If your son Is you And both of you one and the same tail to perceive how it can be true That two distinct beings appear m view Each having a different name God answered my query In accents kind Saint Paul has explained to a dot In first Corinthians where you may find How I and my son andmy ghost are arennot stAIRS MARTHA COOMER heWichita Kansas Cor 128 SUNDAY REFLECTIONS innonsandyperformnin Sunday Telegraph July 1905 i t Jst f WHAT A DIFFERENCE ownJ1plaint He never made false returns to the assessP government was different then In the old days a youth arriving at his majority cast his first tl vote with feelings of pride and was glad that he had grown to be a full Hedged citizen of the republic Now he frequently refuses to vote at all because he is disgusted with the political systems that now prevailand ashamed of the gross mismanage hightHeaders of Poor Richards Almanac will remember the famous words of Benjamin Franklin on the subject of taxation They bespeak the confidence that then existed in government but could Frank lin be living in these days of political degeneration he would have written an entirely different story theiswere published in 1758 I stopt my Horse lately Where a great Number of people were collected at a Vendue of Merchant theye rrone of the Company calld to a plain clean old man with white Locks Pray Father Abraham what think you of the Times Wont these In avy Taxes quite ruin the Country How shall we be ustup youd have my Advice Ill give it to you in short for u Word to the Wise is enough and many sayslheygathering round him he proceeded as follows ureindeedtramcar were the only ones we had to pdwemight more easily discharge them but we have so many others and much more grievous to some of us We are taxed twice as much by our Idleness three times as much by our Pride and four times as much by our Folly and from these Tuxes the allowinggood advice and something may be done for us God helps them that helps themselves thatd4t to be employed in its Service But Idleness taxes many of us much more if we reckon all that is withhments that amount to nothing Sloth by bringing likesthe used key is always bright as Poor Itichard i sqUUJlI Remember you have a place in the world and that ryourdutytq hnditr r i ttfTieoriginal Humanity despises an imitator SelfaIndustry is the key to success Let thoroughness characterize everything you do for you can win in no other way One experience is worth more than a dozen theor actfThe man who is kept busy building has no time to knockIt to cut through a soft skin than a hard shell Lubricate your friends mind with the oil of sociability Sure Colonel through this broad land We see the cross surmountlngs steeples high Pointing the way to that shadowland Where souls immortal are supposed to Thanks i for your tribute to Voltaire the great Who saw through the priesthoods easy graft Saw them work easy imbeciles early and late And rake tbfelr pockets fore and afti Remember boy said my early teacher In every minute there Is born a fool Dont bank your money on any preacher His graft is easy dont be his tool With solemn faces looking grave and wise They pull the wool over Imbeciles eyes When the sermon is over and on the side Their faces with laughter broadens wide THE CHAPLAIN We are In receipt of a booklet en titled Marriage and Divorce by Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky price 25 cents Mrs Henry Is a writer of considerable force and original Ideas and so far as we have been able to judge from a casual glance handles this burning question with the skill of n master It will pay anyone in terested and everybody ought to be nterestedto get this booklet and read the opinions of an advanced thinker Blue Devil Louisville Ky U j Heres to the immortality and peaceful repose to the soul of Charley Moore the selfstyled heathen editor who though h did not believe in the Christian religion practiced it to the letter gentle as a child modest as a woman and as loving as the man of Gallllee May his virtues live forever in the hearts of those who knew him and knowing loved htmBlue Devil Louisville Ky 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 vested 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 tho goods he sells Having disposed of my store now act simply in the rapacity of your Purchasing Agent giving you the benefit of my 40 years experience and positively saving you the 20 per cent it costs a merchant to do business Wten receive yur 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 usually ship goods same day This is why I can undersell all merchants 20 per cent rod yet make usual profit Ingersoll Spoons and Freethought Charms and Pins Send for prices and my great little tract Theism In the Crucible freeji Ij JOB PRINTING We have a complete Job Department and are prepared to do firstclass work at reasonable prices Send us your next or der Satisfaction guaranteed BLUE CRASS BLADE 153 W Short St Lexington Ky OBJECTS The Complete Separation ofrChurch and State L Property obIervallCC3 irlorand other State vtui I the oath the allcother faandfft with or authority that the or le into the itltntlon tint other ArtIto the il t frInMETHODS ir f The Organization into a Political il BodyitTIlE CHAR TldS iInt resisting all eo the State uniting with umJustlyor monopolyandthe Initiative rights to all in all andIrgalJut other essen governrent 5O YEARS EXPERIENCE MARKS DESIGNS c a tionmat- certain our free entlon Isprobnblrrmtentable atrictlrranadentlnl Patent tecurliiirjxvtenu1atent re without chase the Scientific Jlm rican hnndsomdy Itlnetntnd Largest nnf Terms YorkBranch ir g 06 I toGood TrytRoute It traverses a territory rich In a undeveloped resources a territoryIcontaining unlimited possibilities for n agriculture hort culture stock rills lag mining and manufacturing And last but not least it is The Scenic Route for Tourists The Frisco System now otters tne lf1stBetween St Louts and Kansas i City and points in MIssouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and me Southwest fBetween Kansas City and points in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem l phis and points in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas iand the West and Southwest Full information as to route and I rates cheerfully furnished upon appli at- cation to any r of the Company or torPassenger Traffic Department CimmcrcIul Building Smut into THE BEST LINErzTQ errtr1T att fC4UTrinn solisfLouiailleJoitwny ONLY LINE TOTHE IFAMOUsnEITn1 OeTJ l r It Ifd J 1 l Editorial Continued from first page resurrection in the body while others avow belief in some mystified socalled spiritual resurrection No amount of persuasion can bring these sectarian votaries to a common ground of belief Nor is this all for we are informed that even many of the dis ciples doubted the resurrection although the miracle was performed in their presence and one of nn them the Doubting Thomas demanded more ocular and physical proof If the very disciples of e the Risen Lord could not believe in the resur rection is it any wonder that disbelief is so preva lent in this day and age when two thousand years have elapsed since it was said to occurred Why the gospels themselves are not agreed upon the subject Aside fromthe fatal discrepancies in tli narrative they give not one of the synoptics i Matthew Mark und Luke so much as intimate tha Christ rose in the flesh Not until the fourth gospel appeared that of John did the bodily resurrec tion obtain credence and this appearance postdates the birth of Christ by some 300 years There is no doubt in the mind of any intelligent person that the gospel of John was written to mee an emergency Prior to its appearance the follow ers of the Christian cult were unable to the thinking people upon the resurrection Th gospels then extant utterly failed to prove any thing more than a flashlight phantasiuagorial res urrection and this fact was pointed at by the Gnos tics in argument upon the subject So glaring was this defect in the Chain of Christian evidences that the fourth gospel that of John was invented to supply the missing link Christ was now made to eat fish and drink wine after the resurrection Thomas was made to thrust his hand in the side of the Risen Lord and he was convinced Strange to say this convinced the Gnostics also Unmind ful of the forgery they accepted the newly discov ered evidence and this was the last of the Gnos ties At this point they disappear from history and it is presumed they crossed the bridge and passed over into the Christian church Christs entrance into the world being a it was necessary to invent another miracle to tak him out of it Miracles being in violation of natur al law and natural law being inflexible and un changeable the whole Christ story partakes of the mythical literature and is incredible totally unworthy of belief THEN AND NOW Who having been through the lines of Lord By rons famous epic Cain a Mystery has failed of impression or even inspiration with the haughty grandeur contained in the challenge thrown down by the socalled first born of earth toward that fer ocious deity which deigned to refuse acceptance of his sacrificial offering because it contained not some animal capable of suffering under the knife r luidUthe aame fSot In that challenge Cam declines give homage or pay tribute to one who could be well pleased with the smell of burning flesh and who could find cause for selfconceit and flattery in the pain of a bleating mother yearning for her offspring Admiration for the one must necessarily produce a profound contempt for the other and if the teach ings of theology be true namely that God is with out change then the characteristics of the deity in that day and age must be the characteristics of the deity in this day and age No wonder the priest hood cultivates a mien of solemnity sufficient to make one think of a visit to a coffin factory The iron hand of an inhuman and pessimistic orthodoxy has crushed all the joy and sweetness out of life converted the erstwhile sunshine of the human heart into a clammy fog by specters born in the chaotic brain of pious fools and transformed the fragrant flowers along the pathway of life into cruel thorns Such a deity is not deserving of human worship If this theology be true then indeed does its God revel in the sweet incense of human sighs and is pleased with peans of groans He must perforce look with displeasure upon every bright oasis that lifes worn voyager finds between the cradle and the grave Once let a man become imbued with a firm or fancied belief in such a doctrine and he ceases to be a rational human being He looks and acts as if his religion was hurting him and actually seems to feel sorry that he thinks he is going to be saved From that moment he turns his face to the past and would fain retrace every step taken in the path of human progress Across the bright sunlight of noon he would cast the shadows of the night But most men are better than the God which they pro fess to worship In their human feelings they look with sorrow upon pain and have organized t Humane Societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals refusing to recognize a divine principle in such sacrifices The long night of intellectual slavery has not altogether passed but on the higher hills already flame the harbingers of Reasons glorious morn Impossible of universal belief the various religious sects are but rival commercial establishments each peddling its own peculiar brand of saving grace warranting it the only genuine and deals out dam nation upon all dissenters The twentieth century marks the culmination of an era human triumphs a brilliant corruscation of victories over the cohorts of ignorance and prejudice and we are fronting the dawn of a grander day when the hand shall be un gyved the brain unfettered with broader oppor tunities for human usefulness AS TO RESOLVE Are you a man or a woman of good resolve Then draw a mental sight draft Remember that such an instrument is drawn upon your working ability It is made payable at the Bank of Time It reaches maturity some day If execution does ii lI j not follow your resolution you will know that you have drawn against insufficient funds Time has simply refused an overdraft It has declined to honor a large check of good intentions against a small balance of real accomplishment The re solve to do it is not enough The will to earr it into action the energy to force it to cUlmination- must IK deposited to support it Indorse the draft with the stamp of will and determination certify it with the mark of action and accomplishment Then the Bank of Time will cash it without protest a FABLED WISDOM One day a father was taking his son for a walk through the woods Observing a tree that ha grown crooked and bent he pointed to it and aske the boy if he could tell why it was the tree had grown in that particular shape repliedtit was young So it is the mind of children Be careful not to tread on them and warp them while they are young Earliest impressions made upon the mind are clearest strongest most influential and remain betcomes received in childhood remain intact Schopenhaue r uses a an The first serious impression made stands out bold and clear The second and the third may be dis tinctly traced in outline After a time numerous impressions are made and the whole becomes a blurred and confused mass with none distinguish able from the others The beauty of thought is to trace out and retain impressions clearly but the first essential is to secure the best impressions Parents are often troubled in securing methods whereby the best results can be obtained They know that the mind of a child islike a plain sheet of paper that you may write thereupon whatsoever you please and it will remain for life provid ed you take sufficient care that your writings are not erased before they are dry Proper safeguards should be placed about the child Good and useful beyeOthers acquire bad habits from bad books Books like companions should be selected with great care and thought Everything that will have a ten dency to produce an impression on the mind of a child should be of the very best As a rule boys will select some ideal character from among their playmates and strive to imitate him Even to man ners speech habits and the like this imitation be comes strongly marked Sometimes the ideal is good Sometimes it is bad The heart and nature of a boy is inclined towards the good and with care parents may develop what is best within them and make them a credit and an ornament to society- It may not be within the power of every boy to become a great man as the world understands greatness today But all boys can become good men and goodness is greatness par excellence riie boy lays the foundations for the character of the man in fact the boy is the beginning of the man The greatness of a country or a nation is not to be measured according to its wealth or scholastic attainments It is determined from the character of its men We cannot successfully measure the value of an epoch by its machinery but by its men To produce good men we must begin with the boy Neglect the boy and the man is handicapped in the struggle for existence- MISFORTUNES COMES NOT SINGLY Thrice blessed is he who when the thickest and the storm threatens most extends a helping hand by offering light warmth enc ur agement to the laborer in humanitys cause J When we undertook the editorial management of the Blade it was with the expectation and knowledge that we could never fill the place made vacant by the death of Mr Moore and knowing that some of the subscribers took the Blade because of him alone it was not without misgivings that some of these would stop their subscriptions as soon death was announced We were not wrong iniour judgment but to receive communications the one printed below is not calculated tolove much encouragement much hope for Of course if a subscriber does not wish the paper it is but right that he should so inform us thatwe may not keep paying mail charges and printing pa pers that are not wanted Yet to stop the paper because a subscription has expired and the hand of death has removed a worker from its staff manifests but little interest in humanitys cause In giv ing our renders the following communicationRit is but submitted as an illustration of some of tfie dis couraging notices now being received Names dates and places are omitted in order to conceal identity After reading this letter wont you write us one containing more cheerful news 71he letter reads as follows Mr James E Hughes Lexington Ky Dear SirMy subscription to the Blade expires on March 4th 1906 I have never cared for the Blade except on account of what my old friend Charley Moore wrote for it and now that he is gone I shall ask you to please discontinue sending the paper to me on the expiration of the time paid for Yours faithfully n it GOOD WISHES EXTENDED The Peoples Press published at Chicago in its issue of February 24 gives editorial notice of the death of Editor C C Moore and closes thewith following kindly expression of good lie was an honest man a good neighbor kind husband and father and a credit to the cause life so well and ably represented He has gone his work remains a monument to his memory Let us i Jrlt hope the Blue Grass Blade and the cause he loved so well will live and prosper 11here is more solid human happiness in that in much we have received since Mr Moores death was announced Mr Moore did love so well the cause of Frcethought that he gave the best years of his life to its service and those who loved him and who now love his mem Dry could pay no greater tribute to his worth tha by sustaining the paper which he founded wit his own hands and kept up by the efforts of his own brain Sad indeed Mr Moore is dead but the cause in which he labored did not die with him Human freedom and human happiness have yet to be Freethinkersdwe may be successful even as he was 1APULPIT TURNS TO GRAFT The daily press recently published a dispatch from Chicago which asserts that an eminent teach er ina Windy City Divinity School charges th overage preacher with indulging in all kinds o graft to the neglect of his spiritual duty The item reads as follows Chicago February 15Graft has taken posses sion of the Christian ministry according to Dr Charles E Hewitt of the University of Chicago Divinity School who declares ministers neglect re ligious duties and use their positions for financial gain by questionable methods Dr Hewitt ascribed graft among religious lead ers as a cause for deficiency in the ministry Charges of illegitimate connection with insur ance companies and other business enterprises were made against the preachers by the speaker Money schemes in which members of the church congregations are often times used as vic tims are indulged in by many ministers as a side line to their pulpit work he told the students Startling as the charge may be it contains no new truth The commercial spirit that hasI seized upon the churches and pulpiteers has come too potent to remain unoticed The average preacher may profess to worship at the shine of a Risen Lord but he is ever to be found upon his knees before the shrine of Mammon The Al mighty Dollar exercises a far greater influence upon his mind than Almighty God and he is ever ready to receive a call to preach in some other vineyard at a larger salary If the call fails to arrive he then resorts to other agencies whereby his stipend may be augented A call to preach must be accompanied by a cash offering other wise it gets no consideration The charges made by Dr Hewitt are worthy the thoughtful consideration of all men and wo men because of his right to speak upon such mat ters through long experience with the gentlemen of the cloth We cheerfully admit that all preach ers are not tainted with this besetting vice There are noble exceptions and is it not said exceptions prove the rule r a awTHEY WHO SOW THE WIND MUST REAP THE WHIRLWIND The student of social and political economy is closely observing the trend of events in autocratic myopicbroodered about Le Grande Monarque at the Courts of France They dreamed all was well with them un til crust over the Tartarian firesteadily eaten from beneath and constantly hammered from abovegave way with a crash like the crack of doom and Sunny France as if by some infernal magic was transformed into a high flaming vortex of Chaos Forms and formulas were ignored and the mene mene tekel upharsin of royalty was written upon every wall Like another prodigy of Death gendered by burstingforthappal the world This deluge like others before it will await no mans convenience But from out the fiery furnace of this revolt against political and religious tyranny liberty sweet liberty shall rise in the majesty of a new triumph and the people will take the scepter of authority in their own handsIn an editorial comment upon the situation in Russia the Cincinnati Post recently gave vent to a remarkable utterance It asked the very pointed brewing in the caldron of Russia mutiny massacre and insurrection What does it allmean What will be the result to Russia and to the world In the first place it is probable that events in Russia will do more to change the course of his tory than anything that has happened since the French Revolution of 1789 He who has the slight est knowledge of the period which began at the feelinwonder The French Revolution was a social earthquake a political tornado which tore mens ideas and institutions loose from all ancient moor ings and in reshaping them produced the modern this in your mind and then ask another question about Russia Ask this question Are not the present events in Russia but a pre lude to other events as terrific and significant which will in the next quarter of a century again change the aspect of human affairs The question is not wild or foolish It is a wise and penetrating question deserving careful and serious answer Remember in the first place that the American Devolution was a phase of the French Revolution and that the ideas in our Declaration of Independence are ideas which Jefferson got in the works of Rousseau Mirabeau and other French philoso I iVi s rt f t T phers of the eighteenth century who paved the way lor their revolution and our own Rousseau was the father of modern Democracy This Nation was its first child America was born sooner and with less travail than the French Re public because France for centuries had been the bulwark of European despotism I EnglandhToday look at a map of the world America cally free though under monarchical forms while Germany Austria and Russia have up to this time made less progress toward Democracy The revolutionary movement in Russia has been going on for nearly a year and as conservative an authority as the London Spectator predicts that it may last five years longer and it further suggests that some young Russian Lieutenant of Artillery may today be studying the career of Napoleon Bonaparte and be qualified to act at the end of that time Whatever course it may pursue however often yeasor go will grow and its importance to Russia and to the world cannot be exaggerated A point to be remembered by every student of current events and we are all in our way studjents of current events is that the ideals period of the French Revolution were purely dem ocratic ideals an ideal today largely attained by the Western nations In one hundred and twentyfive years however miman ideals have changed The Russian peasants and workingmen whose frozen corpses are stacked against the snowdrifted barricades in Moscow were fighting for an ideal When masses of men fight without organization and without or ders as they do in revolutions they are always fighting for an ideal What is this ideal What power has it to sweep the world Time French revolutionists talked of constitu tions and the rights of man The Russian revolu tionists are talking of these things too but they go further they are talking of division of land of equalizing the distributon of wealth of other crude and halfformed ideas of economic change in u word Socialism lolsi says that Russia is in better position than any country in the world to attempt common ownership of land Other philosophers advance other theories as startling And the peasants and workingmen take them up make them into battle cries and for them die upon the barricades It is a portent that these shouts are heard and that for them these men die upon the barricades Should Russia in course of time and after a glut of horrors become a Socialist or semiSocialist State the revolutionary wave would spread for good or ill to other nations Already we read of Austrians and Hungarians insisting upon universal suffrage and a legation of no less than 200000 workiugmen filling the Iiicttpi Ri t1jJiSWDJuuues ssJgarliament with tL their earnestness in making the demand In Germany the Socialists inspired by events lDofRussia have begun an agitation for the the election laws which will give them the repreoJ sentation in the Reichstag possibly a majority of that body to which they are entitled They have distributed 300000 copies of a revolutionary man ifesto and they plan to hold 250 public demonstra tions The Kaisers advisers are urging him to employ troops to suppress this menacing agitation- So the revolution is spreading It may reach England where onefifth of the population live in desperate poverty It may reach America and help us to peacefully sweep away the whole igno ble army of grafters and restore to the people their just share in government and wellbeing which the fathers of the Nation designed for them PerHaps now that you have patiently read this long editorial you will appreciate better the tre mendous importance of the news from Russia its importance not only to Russia but to all nations to all peoples and to yourself Speaking of pamphlets for effective missionary work we desire to direct the attention of our read to Sacrament and The Virgin Mary writteDlby M Grier Kidder The last named wasIthe article which for publication in the Blade caused Mr Moore and myself to be indicted by the federal grand jury at Louisville Ky the pros ecutioij of which terminated in utter discomfiture for the enemies of Freethought These may be had at 10 cents a copy or 12 copies for 100 1 The cause of woman can never hope to derive mjich pport from the pulpit Only a few weeks ago u Louisville preacher gave the Edenic ser pent story in Genesis as being literally true and j reasserted that silly fable as an authority that wotman was responsible for the sIns of the world Seriotisdoubts should exist concerning the mentalspabulpm of the preacher aforesaid for an enlight ened intelligence has dropped that plank from the orthodox platform long ago Whatever may have been the fortune or misfortune of Eve it is morally certain that Adam was no great loser by being thrown out of the garden of n A man who possesses the love of a good woman carries paradise wIth him wherever he goes Time thinking world now knows that a wo mans love can transform a hovel into a heaven and fill it with supernal sunshine that her scorn canamake perdition of a palace and put in all the touches to make it complete Never forget in your loose talks that your friends has a friend and that your friends friend has a friend TJiCrjiristocracy of brains is vastly superior to the aril cY of birth or boodle- S i 4