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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1- r v l l I f Nlrha T n4 JHJE GRASS BLADEr yIa WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH f VOLUME XIV NUMBER 50 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MARCH 18 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE 7CHARI S MOORE Founder the Blue Grass Blade Died February 7th t t 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 Terms100 per year in advance foreign subs scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter post ounce or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection + charges as local banks charge for collecting same jj t payst1 Whenyou change your address advise this office I giving your old as well as the new address i oj When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber IVA The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as tie date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to are not discontinued at v i ryaThe courts invariably hold a subscriber responsible 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 discon tinued eOffice of Publication is located at 153 W Short St I 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 +10 FF3 b 11 +1+F33d3 + +kl 11 Ft 11 hF EDITORIAL JH333II1I33 F 3 FF3i downright fool doesnt know it a a a 11he man can be really happy unless he really he is a a a a Itis an impossibility to put the same shoe on evcry foot a a a a While come human hearts wither before they bloom it is better not to waste any fresh tears over old griefs a a a a must learn to govern their appetites and their appetites to govern them and then IMellmasters will become their servants and not a a a a the modern Christian begins to love his as himself we may expect to hear that even Mephistopheles has begun to warble Near er my God to Thee a a a moment a man born of woman hits the tglobe he starts on a jog trot for the grave Under hopeforand nights of pain is an epitaph he cannot read and a tombstone he does not want a a a a One by one the foolish barriers that have cir cumscribed the usefulness of woman have fallen and she is now pressing eagerly forward into wid ening fields If she has so far failed to prove her self mans intellectual peer she has ceased to be a pensioner upon his bounty The world grows more liberal as it begets wisdom With a broader independence is coming grander ideals loftier aims and a nobler womanhood 1For more than half a million years man has been onwards and upwards impelled by that mysterious law which causes the pine to Spring towards the sun Sometimes the advance is by t r cna- J1ifit lwdr 1 leaps and bounds as when some giant intellect brushes aside the obstructions at which lesser men toil in vain Sometimes the Car of Progress stands still for a century or more or else rolls slow ly backward into brutishness there being none of sufficient strength to advance the standards fur ther up the rugged mountain sides of life Thus always in ebb and flow gaining and losing only to regain nations and peoples rise and fall but to HOrve as stepping stones whereon mount a nobler race and a greatly grander people If there be any divine purpose in this in telligence has failed to comprehend it- S a a a RELIGIOUS LIBERTY MUST PRECEDE ECO NOMIC FREEDOM Our readers will recall that in announcing our emphatically pertainingmankind This policy we propose rto rigidly and strictly maintain with partiality towards none Every movement that is a missionary movement contains some good All aim at reformation Mere change is not reformation in the strictest sense for true reform not only implies change but improvement with the change It must be taken for granted that change does not always carry with it improvement for change might be made backwards instead of forwards During the course of our advocacy of the cause of Freethought we have frequently been asked the question if it would not be more advantageous and could we not accomplish more good by striving to effect an economic reform i e improvement in the economic conditions of society instead of continually working along the lines of Freedom of Thought as it is applicable to religious environ suchsentertainSilnilarthan can be seen upon the surfaceIiLxo show how strongly this idea has imbedded elf in the minds of some advanced thinkers we blish the following communication in this colI ijaatt rather than relegate it to the Letter Box the reason that we deem it worthy of some I ecommunication read lil The Blade contains many good articles I wish the Blades managers could grasp the fact that economic conditions mould the ethics of the religion of all nations the Cb Bch and the army being the bulwark of the r1 fg class If the rul ing class in our country would establish the custom of feasting on broiled child at the Lords Supper the church would not dare oppose it but prove by the Bible that it was a righteous thing of divine origin and more humane than to kill the children off slowly by machinery in the factories See Gen xxii 2 We Socialists understand that the church is simply an armyannex dispensing thought instead of bullets for the rulers and because we know that to be the case as all history shows the church op poses us The real remedy is political rather than religious for existing evils yet it is our duty to civilize the church members Fraternally yours A D MARBLE It is a well known fact that an object of vision will assume as many different aspects as there are standpoints from which it can be viewed Take one hundred different persons and allow them to view the same object each from a different standIpoint and each will naturally deliver a different opinion concerning it depending alto gether upon the viewpoint of the invidual So it is in the realm of thought Science philosophy music art poetry oven history and above all such subjects as economic and political reform become applicable to the same rule Realizing the force of this principle all rationalists and Freethinkers agreeing upon the necessity of such reforms differs as to the method by which those reforms are to accomplished In the dim and distant centuries it might have been true and undoubtedly was that economic conditions mold the ethics of the religion of all arightitthe economic conditions for the purpose of retaining an unholy and damning authority over the people The doctrine of humble submission to authority taught by an assumed divine sanction has done more to curse mankind than many oth ers that are habitually taught by the creeds The payment of tribute in the shape of money offerings to those in political authority encouraged by those in religious authority has led to an infamous sys tem of taxation against which the people are well nigh powerless and against which they will remain powerless until the shackles of religious as well as political tyranny are broken It was from the priest that the king obtained the notion of his assumed divine right to rule over his fellow men and with the aid of the priest the king will insist that the doctrine is true and sustained by sup peoplein j tyrants if you please are able to keep them hi politicalsubjection The history of the world shows that in all revolutionary movements religious freedom preceded political freedom and that the overthrow of the priest came before the over throw of the king Before the revolutionary fathers of this repub lic could bring their minds to that condition when they would grasp the sword and wield it in behalf of political freedom the power of the priest had been partially broken and its breaking came through the forceful advocacy of the cause of religious freedom made by Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Franklin and others of that period associated with them In France similar conditions existed Mirabeau Voltaire Danton and even Paine again first broke the chains of tyranny and Le Grand Monarque soon thereafter was led to the scaffold Political free dom will be but a dream so long as the priest can retain his power over the minds of men and wo men It is for this reason that the Blade prefers to strike at priestcraft for with its power destroyed kingcraft will immediately perish No better illustration of this simple truth is to be found than in that portion of the letter quoted above wherein it says If the ruling class in our country would establish the custom of feasting on broiled child at the Lords Supper the church would not dare oppose it but prove by the Bible that it was a righteous thing Here is the essence of the discussion jn a nutshell They would prove by the Bible that it was a righteous thing This places the Bible in almost absolute authority in mattery political as well as religious Just so long as the priest is able to prove by the Bible that any political or religious system however tyran nical is a righteous thing then have we an important work to do to destroy the influence of that Bible over the minds of the people True indeed no man can bea patriot on an empty stomach With an aching void in the region of his waistband he is merely a savage animal dangerous beast Put a square meal inside of him and a clean shirt on the outside and he is a fit subject for political saving grace The concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and the impoverishment of the common people until it has meant ther the bread of charity or the blood of thou Jtion has been heraldic mo d are we driven Can man win anu jrauupmuu u freedom while religious superstition runs riot in the blood We think not Hence we believe that the remedy is religious first and that political change will follow Clear ringing and to the point are the lines of Pope when he said Gods partial changeful passionate unjust Whose attributes were rage revenge and lust Such as the souls of cowards might conceive And formed like tyrants tyrants would believe Zeal then not charity became the guide And hell was built on spite and heaven on pride a a THE STRENGTH OF ORGANIZATION- The success of the present church element in en grafting upon our body politic sundry laws design ed to crush out infidelity by brute force is an evidence of the strength that lies in concentration The church is a well organized minority a closely knit body wherein each member makes the concern of the organization his own On the other hand the Freethinkers of America are a widely scattered people with no cohesive force and their propaganda is left almost altogether to individual effort It is indeed a truth that the church party become a political party which would if it could limit a mans reading to the blatherskite vaudeville sermons of Sam Jones and Foxs book of martyrs In this compact body the political tenets is of the church militant is holier even than the ten commandments presumably traced by the finger of Almighty God This unholy propaganda is be coming a crime against the republic It isa pois dirk driven deep into the vitals of our con stitutional freedom It is a foul blasphemy against Liberty Equality and Fraternity the terrestial trinity of our fathers a a i ANSWERING A CRITIC Elsewhere in this issue we publish an article from T S Givan who dissents from our views that death is the end of individual existence It is the priceless heritage of every man womant or child to differ with any views uttered Blade or any of its writers and to give expression- of such dissension wherever posible The Blade will open its columns to any honest and sincere critcism as well as to the advocacy of any cause having for its purpose the ennobling and upliftt ing of mankind Our chief desire is to Blade a peoples forum where a lance be broken in an intellectual tourneyeMr Givan dissents from our expressed opinion that death is the end of individual existence but in nuking the quotation from the Blade he has simply selected such portions that would suit his purpose for argument without quoting the full context This is not a fair method of discussion but we will take Mr Givens view of it for the sake of the argument Like a fresh washed Camp r I i t t bellite we are always willing to spute for the cause we advocate and love Questioning our po sition Mr Givan says Rather should we observe that results and struggles are the effects of existing life that souls are entities from all eternity and are the things entitatively as countless units or individ uaities of being without which there is no cog nizance of other things and as you cannot re move one fact from the universe the factor of in dividual life continues t True indeed results and struggles are the ef fects of existing life but this admitted the further fact that life itself is simply the result of a particular combination of material forces remains absolutely untouched It is also true that without life there is no cognizance of other things and as I had no cognizance of other things before my individual life began I have no hope or expects tion that I shall experience any such cognizance lofother things when I am dead The personal pronoun is used here for the reason that I am unable to spjik for others Although life is 1t a result that result may be made an element A a combination if forces that produce other esulta which in the aggregate make up what e termIexistence It is further argued that our injUncy is not a mere bundle ofatoms in human fwith a blank t scroll for a mind upon which others may write jisson of intelligence knows that when a child is t first thrust into tLe world its only sensations are t hunger and repletijn cdftj and warmth Months and sometimes yeajs yE patient labor is required 4 to bring the mindfof the child to that stage where i in it can rem amber likenesses and unlikenesses fiand further ytfars of patient labor are required to teach the chi d to think and later to find expres sion for itt thoughts through figures of speech iThe childs first thoughts are such as associa tion and en aronment have produced conjointly fit- o improve 0nly as his sensations increase in num ber He ma y now begin to build his intellectual edifice as hi gh as circumstances will permit but 1 he widen the foundation and this is the linutationjp aced against him by the law of his labyi Wirc tl0ctrine of reincarnation a truth and iJJ g I lN-KCeject only to change in forms of existence then that consciousness must be eternal Take our consciousness now for some glimmering ugh you experienced before you came on earth and inding it not what right have you toJassert that this consciousness will continue after J death 4t OHRISTIA THEiMOORE j Its t e same old street car The Ad s 1eThere has pot been a Freethinker of any prominence f for thdpast century or more who passing f into the coldjand silent gravy but the priestly carrion crows e sharks o the truly Christian faith have started rumors and eports that some sort of recantation took place o the dying bed and that in tie last few moments of1lickering life the dying man or woman called on- stlje name of God The readers of the BLADE have doubtless learned by this time that in the death of our late beloved editor Charles Chilton Moore no exception was made to this Christian rule It is probably true that some Freethinkers recantrand it is probably true that many Freethinkers will recant in the future The attitude of the mind largely dependent upon conditions but if every Freethinker in America should recant at the hour anyGodets As a matter of fact Christians are recanting every day Every Freethinker is a recanted Chris tian some to greater others to lesser degree according to social and domestic conditions and the intensity of their previously formed beliefs Every such change isa recantation and while the accep tance of the principles of Freethought by some previously prominent Christian believer would not i be accepted as convincing proof of the everlast ing truths those principles contain no more can the supposed recantation of Freethinkers be in terpreted as proofs of Christianity or of the doc trines it is promulgating Suppose all Freethinkers recanted on their deathbed What would it prove Simply this It would prove that while the Freethinker was in full possession and control of all his reasoning facul conceptionnor exert no influence upon his mind But the ravages of lingering sickness the wear and tear of disease lengthened suffering and pain all combined had weakened the brain and impair byChristinaognition of christ however slight some weak response is mate in earnest perhaps and perhaps in fourJ 1 t It Ii Tr rfr r a THE TWIN CURSES OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC W1 r4 MASTERLY EXPOSITION OF OUR POLITICAL DISEASE BY DR T J BOWLES MONEY POWER GIVEN A MERCILESS SCARING AND ITS INTRIGUES UPON THE GOVERNMENT EXPOSED Ijt lfi iii The money power during the last thirty years of its Infamous exist ence has cost this republic In tears and sorrows and money a far greater = sum than the slave power durng the 1whole seventyfive years of Its leprous seventyfive years this great IfFor was dominated and control a heartless oligarchy called theI slave power and for the last Iyears it has been domnlnated and co- trolled by a heartless oligarchy call ed the money power f For seventyfive years the slave power Inspired all the statutes and I for the last thirty years the mone power has made all the laws For 1 iseventyflve years the slave power hF filled both houses of Congress with its tbols and agents and for the last It thirty ears the money power has- coerced nd purchased enoughot forIwardFor seventy toe years the slave power sent its am assadors to rep resent us at all tb kcourts of the tcivilized world and fvthe ast thir- ty1 years the money pow r has done the same thing and has Assisted all the kings and tyrants of thhearth to perpetuate the slavery of their sub qjectsFor seventyfive years the soave power practically owned the public t press and for the last thirty years the money power has subsidized it to push forward their schemes of In f famy For seventyfive years the slave power compelled the occupants of nearly every pulpit to uphold the divinity of slavery and for the last thirty years the money power has made these ambassadors of God upI hold thq divinity of gold and sus tame their vile and devilish schemes JI to enslave the common people in thlt fL republic For seventyflve years the slave tt power filled the presidential chair c 7 nh lMl 1i Ay 1 crime of human slavery and fir the last thirty years the money power has filled this highest executive of fice with sycophants and apologists for their awful crimes aganst AmQrt can citizensIFor seventyfive years the save power made sleuth hounds of every American citizen to aid in its hellish work and the money power In made spies and detectives of all its pliant tools to hunt down and per secute every honest man in this great seventyfive years the slave power suppressed the freedom of speech the most sacred of all WmtifL Lrights and for the last thlrtvf years ii the money power has closed every ravenue to prevent the people from the unfathomable depths of devilish scheme and Infinite mrtheirFor seventyflve years the slave power Incitedlobs applied the torch and wUJa fiendish vengeance persecuted into death the gcod and the great who raised their voice in sympathy for the suffering and sar- growing black man who had beds robbed and whipped for 200 years j an6 for the last thirty years the nfoney power with ghoulish glee has watched 80000000 toiling men and women hopelessly helpless in the tolls ifofIts hellish greed For seventyfive years the slave 4j power created all the courts and forced them to decide that It was t right to traffic in human flesh and H for he last thirty years the money ermine a set s glorIledmands of their heartless master a- ndisome of their decisions have been as monstrous as the court that condemned Socrates to take the fatal draught of hemlock some of their deci- sionsfhave been as infamous as the court which condemned Jesus Christ to walk barefoot over the stony streets of Jerusalem while bending beneath the bur den of the cross for no other offense but denouncing the wickedness of hy j pocrites and Pharisees some of their decisions have been as heartless as the court which condemned fair Vir ginia as a slave one of the darkest pages in Roman history some of their decisions have been as shocking to the moral sense of mankind as the court which compelled Galileo to solemnly deny the great truth which he had discovered that the earth revolves around the sun some of their decisions have been as sav age as the court which lighted the fires of persecution which glowed at Oxford and Smithfield over the itA cinders of Latimer Ridley and John Rogers some of their decisions are as devlllsn as the courts which hung witches in Massachusetts more than a hundred years ago The cruelly and the ecrlmes of the slave power for stfventyfivo yeans finds a perfect parallel in the heart lessness and malice of the mone power during the last thirty years The slave power finally concluded to wreck and rend our great republic and after four years of awful fratrici dal war the slimy monster was terminated with fire and sword at the fearful cost of billions of treasure and the precious blood of one million menThe money power during the last thirty years of Its Infamous exist ence has cost this republic built by Paine Jefferson Franklin and Wash ington In tears a id Arrows and money a far greater sum than the slave power during the whole seven tyfive years of Its leprous existence and when we think of the suffering and death the poverty and crime the cruelty and malice the suicide and the cries of orphans directly caused by tits infamous monster It is dim cut o understand how any human being can throw the weight of his Influence to perpetuate the rule of the Republican and Democratic par tlC4I v1t the altar of the money power nttiy be found on their knees all the kings and tyrants of Europe at the afltar of this god may be found on heir oioes the Belmonts and the organs the Dave Hills Tom Platts and Depews the Clevelands the Hydes the McCalls the Alexanders and McCurdys and every member of eVery trust and every syndicate In the United States I his foul monster called the money power made up as It Is by the leaders of the two old parties Is the Jctajt product of all the wicked ness In the world it had Its origin In bat llt chieftains and In the male volent brain of misanthropic kings and tr nts and It grows luxuriantly in deteijt hearts where serpents hiss and crseP and crawl and It lives and flour by robbery hypocrisy and all Its Joys spring from the and lined homos of St1 iSme which cost the lives 70000 patriots the slave power had to be destroyed by fire rod awjord and if our children are to be save j from savery far worse than was eMar endured by the black man the rndney power must be destroyed root branch and buried out of sight tjrjrever Ben es problem all other problell sink Into Insignificance army lls and tariff bills Inter ocear hcanals and finance Internal Imprrents and the race problem publ a1 vnershlp of public utilities n other questions can never prom f occupy the public mind until Je money power Is burled in the vkst cemetery of the past and the r ogle rescued from the rob bery nd spoliation and plunder of this sbulless Frankenstein which now has lie Iron hee upon the goddess of liberty and is In complete possession of th j government Ths devilish money power that is now controlling every department of the government with despotic sway was created by the people and can be destroyed by the people provided every loyal man will forget that he is a Republcan Democrat Prohibi tionist Socialist or Single Taxer and remember cnly that he is a patriot menIthe patriots and heroes who have died for liberty The men who now direct and trol the machinery of both the old political partes are pliant tools of the money power and it would be idiotic and absurd for any citizen to expect to destroy this hydra headed monster by supporting with his ballot any map who was acceptable to these Judas Iscariots There Is an Infinite distance tween Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican party as now constituted can never be transformed because the germs cf patriotism In the hearts of its leaders have long since been crushed rut not only by plundering millions of people at home but by exploiting and enslaving innocent and unoffend ing people miles from home There caif lie no hope for the reformation of the Republican party because for thirty years Its leaders have descended to Immeasureabe depths of in amy and It would be Infinite folly for any Intelligent American citizen to cast his ballot for any one of the Bentdiet Arnolds who control this political party There is also an Infinite distance liJ from Jefferson and Jackson to ver Cleveland and David B Hill both of whom are Don Quixotes for the money power ever ready to ilo all Its Infamous and dirty work and to perform all Its devilish and humiliat- Ing offices Doth of these hypocritical scour drels are so devoted to their master that they always take an active part In nominating both the Republican and Democratic candidates for president in order to Insure the money power against any possible harm An Amreican citizen who votes for any man for president that is acceptable to these twin mansttjrs should be sent to an asylum for the feeble minded The only hope now left to de stroy the money power and reanchor the republic to the Declaration of In dependence is to drive the Benedict Arnolds and Judas Iscariots out of the Democratic party Into the Repub lican party where they properly ong and arouse and awaken the honest men of all parties and align them if possible under the leadership of some Illustrious patriot who wor ships at the shrine of Jefferson and LincolnIf cannot be done the same tragic fate awaits the money power that overtook the slave power in and The writer is of the opinion that a Lincoln or a Jefferson will in the near future lead an Irresistible army of patriots to the ballot box and with whips and thongs of righteous indignation drive from the temple of liberty the vampires that have for th rty years lived upon the blood of the toiling millions If the money power which now controls the pulpit the press the universities the courts the presi dent and the congress of the United States can be overhrown liberty during the twentieth century will make the circuit of this world and the whole human family will reach the highest plane of happiness ever before achieved since man first set his foot upon this beautiful earth T J BOWLES M D Muncie Ind WHEN ROME RULES AMERICA DR WILSON POURS IN A BROAD SIDE UPON THE BOASTS OF CATHOLICISM NOT ACT LEFT TO STAND UPON K II rou Tjot ir om a cs The Catholic World of New york says The Catholic church numbers onethird of the population and if its membership shall increase for the next thirty years as It has In the thirty years past Rome will have a majority and possess this country and keep it There is ere long to be a State religion in this country and that religion is to be Roman Catholic The Roman Catholic is to wield his vote for the purpose of securing Cath olic ascendency In this country In reply to McGEe qditor Free mans Journal the bishops and priests said We are determined like you to take possession of the United States and run them Le us then mullply our vote let us call our poor but faithful Irish Catholics from every corner of the world and gather them into the very hearts cf those proud citadels which the Yankees are so rapidly building uPChrlsthln Ad vocateiclip the above from that lively tle AntiCatholic paper The Peoples Press Chcago 50 cents a yer and worth a good deal more than t lat Of all the bombastic bumptl usness let loose in print there is non to ceed that of the editors of the itholic press Here Is he Catholic World claiming one third of the population and prcphesles that in thirty years the Cahollc church will have tie ma jority and It wll take the country and keep It will tell you why It is me very nature of this overbearing brute to make itself offensive even to Its own people because they cannot stand is abuses and tyrannies low then in this age when it is less capable of concealing Its designshow can It even hope to take this country and keep It The facts are that the Catholic church has only 12000000 by Its own publlsaed statistics and this list is greatly padded It not only includes infants but many dead people and hosts who have grown indifferent and long ceased to attend church But for immigration the drop In tho Cath olic population would bo startling- used to have some fears jof the catholic church getting this country but no longer entertain the same It will prove a power In all municipalities where It has a majority It is true but outside of a few great cities It will never get to show Its hand- dont know but what it would be a good thing for Catholicism to get tne uppcrhand in some of our cities for It will soon show ItselfIn fact It cant help but show itself and a lot of sleepy people will have to feel 1 j Its foot upon their necks before they will wake up The sooner It makes the attempt to take the country and run It the better for American libel ty and the worse for It for It will then be everlastingly and eternally put out of business Therq Is going to be a religious crash eventually and Freethinkers wel come It as such epoch will make the- beginning of the reign of FreethoughL All religious strife has ended with disgust for religion and advancement of liberty of thought and speech so Freethinkers need have no fears If toe bigots must fight let em fight fhe editor cf the Freemans Journal says Let us call our poor but- faithful Irish Catholics from every corner of the world and gather them into the very heart of those proud citadels which the Yankees are so rapidly building up This is as amusing as a story heard the other day A stranger In Cincnnati asked an Irishman the population of the city Weil theres Just 65000 said the poor but faithful Irishman- Is that all said the gentleman Why from the appearance of your city I would think there ought to be four or five hundred thousand Well said Pat ef ye count all the damned Dutch I suppose ther is that many- Not all the Irish but the raw Cath olic Irish are disposed to think that theres no body else but Irish Well when the poor and faithful Irish from all parts of the world are are called here to take this country they will find not only a lot of damn ed Dutch but a damned surprisingly lot of other people besides The other day I called professional ly on a Catholic family to whom I had given a half tone picture of my sef As I entered the wife was plac- Ing my picture In a frame that had held a picture of Pope Leo of Blessed this Whats this said taking the Popes picture out of that frame and putting mine In are you I dont believe you are a very good Catholic Well she replied I wanted your picture In a frame and just concluded that Iris had been there long enough When the women gets to acting up like this it will be some time before the Holy Fathers will be running this country W WOULDNT BE CROSS By Mrs M E Sangster 1g5rh n worth while Disarm the vexation by wearing a smile Let hap a disaster a trouble a loss Just meet the thing boldly and never be cross- I Wouldnt be cross dear with people at home They love you so fondlywhatever may come You may count on the kinsfolk around you to stand loyally true In a brotherly band So since the fine gold far exceedeth the dross wouldnt be cross dear I wouldnt be cross wouldnt be cross with a stranger Ah not To the pllgrms we meet on the life path we owe This kindness to give them good cheer as they pass To clear cut the flint stone and plant the soft grass No dear with a stranger in trial or loss- perchanceI might be silent wouldnt- be cross No bitterness sweetens no sharpness may heal The wound which the soul Is too proud to reveal No envy hath peace by a fret and a jar The beautiful work of our hands we may mar Let happen what may dear of trouble and loss- wouldnt bd cress love wouldnt be cross TAKES DIFFERENT VIEW Jas E Hughes in the Blue Grass Blade of Sunday March Its tutor asks Does death end all Why shoula oath be regarded as aught but the end of individual existence Let It be observed that life Is not an entity Life Is not a thing It Is simply a sult For every germ that succeeds n sniggling Into life there are a hqusand that are lost Rather should we observe that re alts and struggles are the effects of slating life that souls are entities rom all eternity and are the things intitatlvely as countless units or dividualities of being without which there Is no cognizance of other things ind as you can not remove one fact rom the universe the factor of indl idual life continues The trend and evidence of the core ated sciences In their broadest and j best anaysis of Nature prove that there never was a beginning of things visible or Invisible that not one Jot or little can be added to or taken from the invisible forces or visible sub stances ot universal nature that as andIas we so certainly have we always existed and will forever exist Our Infancy here is not a mere bun dIe cf atoms In human form with a blank scroll for a mind upon which others may write what our first thoughts shall be Our baby souls are already Inscribed with ancestral here ditary and personal histories some of which will be revealed here Many ol the qualities we possess have been stored away In the inherent peculiars ties of our natures and secret vaults of memory from our use of ancient op portunltles We have many innate ideas and intuitional conceptions not oorn of experience here or Imparted from associates which clearly indi cate a previous life to this Parents are but parents of the body and lov ing watchful guardians of the soul of the child which they Intuitively feel is an Independent spiritual en tity having Its own inherent fatuities of feeling and Intellect inalienable rights and accountabilities There could never have been a time when there was no intelligence to plan and instruct and also to comprehend and construct Inactivity could not have become active without In herent force or energy applied Noth- Ingness would have forever remained Is no sweeter hope than that we shall live again and always again as children of the precious past as lovers of the long ago as parents of the darling tots that have made our hearts radiant with holy joy to be re peated agan and again in the endless ageS of the ForevermoreT S DIVANNATURE KNOWS NOT ETERNAL FORMS By Otto Wettsteln Tyndall said Matter s not that eupty capacity wnicn philosophers and theologians have pictured it but Ute universal mother who brings forth all things as the fruit of her own womb Nature Is seen to do all things spontaneously without the meddling of the gods In tiDal analysis nothing exists but mutter in its numerable manifesta tlon r AWA force Is matter Nature consist simply biguitously and and synchronically operative througnout infinite expanse Science seers and finds in the inher ent physical and chemical qualities or potences ot matter the source of all cosmic activity and organic life Ab solutely no extraneous agencies fash ioning worlds constellations mice or men have ever been discovered by telescope or microscopenone need ed The sole factors producing phe nomena are active and omnipresent In the matter constituting the phe noma The latter being infinite in aggregation this Is the only rational explanation The job is too big for one agent being mind or of God less we posit a huge miracle worker which hypothesis however leads deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of mysteryand then argument ceases Nature Is like a great Kaleidoscope n perpetual mouou its forms ever changing the scope ever the same There are no eternal forms of mat her Man Is a form of matter hence not eternal Thougn the crowning work of nature he must humbling sub nit to the Inexorable edit of his vironments viz that which begins trust tad Noth fib persists all forms of matter are transcient except matter in is elementary form When men flowers trees and cos mic bodies are created this Is true only In a restricted sense These are not creative but simply formative pro cesses preexisting matter assuming other forms When the White City was created in 1898 not an atom was created when Chicago was laid low In ashes not an atom was annihilated Forms of matter changed but their constituents survived As wood stone or metal is needed to build a house 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b cause he drowned while yachting oft toe coast of Italy William Bishop Your article was too long We did not have space enough to publish It Condense LallyThanks for clippings ouch items are always useful Edward Baker Address Mrsl Jos phine K Henry Versailles Ky and enclose 25 cents for pamphlet John BenbryWe deal with the matter you send on Editor Moores death in an editorial in this issue Editor Moore said nothing of the Kastenhuber Mrs Moore is a Freethinker and has been for years She did not say The family hopes Blade goes to New Zealand Wellington New Zealand Dear Brother Moore You will doubtless remember me as being formerly of Petaluma Cal and one of your subscribers I have at various times sent clubs of sub scribers to you from that place I am now traveling quite extensively A throughout New Zealand and with a watchful eye ever on the good work you are engaged in and finding many good people out here anxious to delib erate themselves and others from the mental bondage that has long held them in subjection that I have made up a club for you which will be for warded by Mr Alen of Christchurch New Zealand JOHN MASON With The Right Ring- Kuntlngburg Ind James E Hughes Dear frlendYour card to the pub lie in last weeks issue of the Blue- Grass Blade just suited me Noth ing but a pure and honest brain could pen such thoughts We suggest that t you put your picture right by the side of Friend Moor sin the BlueGrass pagetr WL ance It would be encouraging to tiesyoasrseadew c4aiw Sada t see so young a man doing such a grand work But dear Jim you and all other Freethinkers ought to get encourage men from the thought of your having been selected as a grandjuror It certainly made Mr Moore feel like shouting and all should try to live as near a perfect life as Friend Moore has So live that when nature Is done with us our neighbors and friends will nave more respect for our yet llv Ing friends feelings than to say I hope he or she as the case might be experienced a change simply be f cause they may remark a few days before dying Well If I thought there jwas a God I would want to thank him for this beautiful day It always grates on my mind to hear a mother or father say in the presence of their family What over is Gods will is mine It is too dishonorable cold and selhsh for any one that has a respect for family ties to say It is true my mother and father may have uttered thoso words but they never meant them Why dear reader you or wouldnt stand for the burning of an Lid Collar boiled saddle scarred mule over four minutes Let us all take courage and try for progress that we can now see and know Friend Moore made and rally to the support of the Blue Grass BladeDONALD D W DALY Proves His Utterance Earllngton Ky Mr Jas E Hughes Dear SirThe sad news of our Dear Editors tleaiu was no surprise to me as I have expected the worst since his first attack yet hoping he wout live to share some of the honors he has gained by his many hard fought battles We will all feel his loss yet lIcherish his cause I extend my sympathy to his family and my best wishes for the future of the B G B by inclosing 100 to move my date to March 1907F B SISK From a Sincere Heart Ballston OregonM Dear Brother Hughes- I see our dear Brother Moore at s rest and to nls sorely grieved loved ones I send hearts weeiLion good has done He built greater than nature His body will pass away But his good name and noble deeds and great and heroic efforts In behalf of a priest ridden peo lastNe r old Brothers picture In the paper as 00Tr 0 i l4 ri rf f 1tiM t it Is I we ggcst your picture put the ps Ut under our lea t The words just as he uttarji i You shackle Amer lean llberl meand also un der the ei sates I am proud to ergra speech from womans lips I do i I will send another SEARStWFalrmon as he Wrote fog Kootenay B esacart throbs In sympa thy for Br oores family Good Bye Good Bro Moore Rest Rest I am older n he was but I atil live I hotel head as write whli the tears doown my cheeks Good Bye Broth BREWERe Deatbee End Afi Now I lay m awn to sleep While woTrafceat my heart and brain jB tuMyWhile the gra graverAnd I am a pertect rest While I floes xyfaoul u take I am done with all distress s Eternity m dome My deeds jffihlbrt time may last Heaven nor h fIl I roam am dead the dye is cast Flowers may grotrommy dust I may feed thdmoots of the trees My body will go But Ill have ho thoughts to In death my force is not spent My substance will all be here Only thoughts wyibe absent will not thln tithopeor fear WtLIAM inConcordLlklng It Came Mr James E Hu isDear Sir andJ3ffitherLlke a sting has come the newtt Dear Old Brother Moores death How I longed to meet him persoBajJy sometime but now It Is too lat w we will miss his writings ln tlaede his wit of humorbulYi lm sincerity that the Blade move on cut ting its way th sand super stition You c nd on Dear Mrs Henry an son the latter who has t tsyutpath y for the losadf beg to remain Yours In the sam e cause CwAS H FELTEN Emphatic and Forceful Mound Minnesota My Dear Mr HughesI commenced taking the Blade about five years ago and wish to say that the number dat cd March the 4th 1906 is the best number that ever came to me like editorial writing myself pecially if it Is put as you put It Ycu say that some are stopping the Blade because Mr Moore is no longer edltorl wonder if they think that a decent way to honor a dead friend I intended to stop it on account of that little quarrel I had with MrI Moore about Rockefeller six months ago but Ill be d if I stop it now Of course may not take it long as am four moths older than Mr Moore was but will take it as long as I can and dont you forget ItDR SCHUCK Likes The Improvement My Dear Mr Hughes Allow me to congratulate you on reat 0 g Improvement of the Blade of March 4th There Is only one error In It You should have cut out the rid culcus club rates at 50 cents There is no one able to take a paper at all who is not able to pay 100 a year for same But it is never too late to mend so cut it out and then stop all subscrlplon at the end of the r Wishing you success amJ F KyjWants a Better YorkI Udprevailed upon to substltyte that beautiful and accurate picture Mr Moore which is printed at tit head of the last column of the page of the Blade of February 18 The picture that has stood so long is worse than a caricature of the man It no more indicates his Intellectual quailI ties than would a picture of some other man who never saw Mr Moore has always been a surprise to me r Moore was contented to have himIself represented by such a cut asflong stood at the head of the cc umn of the Blade You will at least yepu this subject such as Mrs Josephine K Henry Dr Wilson Dr Baseless and some othersE FOOTEIFrom Watson Hestons Widow Carthage 110IMr Hughes Dear Sir and Friend This Is the r Y first opportunity I have had to writer 4o you I certainly regret very much to learn of the death of Brother C C Moore Give my sympathy to the be reaved family can sympathize withI them to the bottom of my heart for it Is but a short time since I lost my dear companion I see also that Dr Wilson has lost his little girl the only child Oh how sad this death is for the living I have lost a husband a sister a broth er a nephew and a cousin in less than a year It seems that trouble never comes singly certainly have had my share MRS LOTTIE HESTON The Kind That Helps Ashland Ky Friend JlmAfter so long a time you will find enclosed my check for 800 for which you will send the Blade to the following names I am well pleased with the last issue of the Blade We all miss our old friend and leader C Moore but you knowIt wont do to give up We must all work the harder to keep up that which he so nobly fought for Wish g you all the success in the world am your frlendBANNING GRAY ought to Have Lived Forever Athens Ohio Mr Jas E HughesFor the In closed dime please mail one copy of the Blade of February 18 to Mrs J T Horner Flncastle 0 and then mall me two or three copies of the same issue I believe it Is taken for granted that all of the Blades subscribers very much regret the demise of our great champion baod live on and on even for centuries that he might rejoice with future gen erations in the ultimate triumph ot the great principles and beliefs as be saw them with the eye of reason In stead of faith But Natures laws are exorable and many yet perhaps are the Gallleos and Brunos who never will live to see the world enjoy the fruits of their labors Let us labor on in the enjoyment of what liberties we have ever hoping that some sweet day the world wit have outgrown all Its Santa Claus tan cles May the influence of C C Moore the Infidel extend In a geometric ra tlomnually until all mankind become rational in matters of religion CHAS fClklMBERLY 2Goes Right to the Spot v Beebe Arkansas f J see my time Is up for tne Blide because good old Brother Moore is gone I knew Brother Moore I one spent a day with him In Indianapolis and I thought him a grand old man Let us now turn our attention to the living and go on with the good work of Freethought I am glad and proud to know that the Blade has not gone down In size and quality to my mind the Blade of March 4th was the best for Freethought that It has been to years Brother Hughes has gone a the clergy with a sharp pen and I a glad of It He places argument that makes the Christian wonder why he cant answer it That Cain A Mystery makes the Christian have less faith in his god and Is worth more than Jims weight in gold I read that to a Christian and he said I never thought of that be foreThat kind of argument is for Free thought It makes the Christian and ponder and lose falh in his cru creed Brother Hughes strikes straight and causes thoughts to arts While I admire all of our Blade ers cant see that any of them write any better for the cause than Hughes only wonder that he has not turned his pen loose long ago Here Is my dollar with good fellowship for the Blade and all its trlendso B Wyatt Blades Future Bright IndianaBFriend HughesThe last Issue of Blade is superb in every way You are the right man in the right place and the future of the Blade was nev er so bright as It is today T J BOWLES fEncouraging Talk KymE Hughes Have just read the issue of the Blade of March 4th and want to give my word of encouragement If you remember sent In my one dollar for renewal Just after the death of my timeatnever be the same without Brother Moore or confess that he was my favorite but sent my subscription to help the cause that I knew he loved so well Now wish to say that otter read Ing the two last Issues can earnestly say they are as good as the best in yeasIs ago Blade and especially the Editorial note Open for Argument 1s done to Queens taste Wishing you success In your new effort I remain yoursr Fraternally WADE H MORGAN 1 ll Jk J1 1THINKING fIrom Cincinnati Enquirer TheTlughest prerogative of a man is to think and it is In the sphere ot thought that his highest capacity is exercised Not onlY so but it is what he thjnks rather than what he does t makes him what he Is and It Is uniformly true that as he thinks he will act As a wan thinkoth m his heart so is he A great majority of people either from not realizing the importance of controlling their thoughts or from in capacity of will allow them to drill aimlelsiy from one subject to anoth er sad to dwell without restraint upon tl Ings which should be systema ucohr excluded from the mind The fret tep m character building is for a mai to take control of himself not mere y to the extent of making his ouwd acts conform to legal and con ventional standards but such control as W enable him to direct the cur rentjjof his inner life This can be most successfully done by beginning with what may be called a generic chaiSe We find ourselves in a world whre there is and always has been unceasing conflict between good and evil between forces and tendencies whie make for the promotion of who Is higher and lower in our na fur The high privilege is given to o ery man of saying with the who force of his will I choose and resol for the term of my brief stay here to be on the side of all that Is good and uplifting or he may delib eratcly make the opposite choice as some have and do saying evil be thou my good or ne may with the majority without consciously taking sides leave himself to drift to think and act mainly from the impulse or influence of the momen If he males the fundamental choice the control becoriiQS much easier each minor act of will and exercise of thought falling Into natural relations with the determining one and conforming their or add character to it Eden wnen such a choice has been made It requires constant vigilance and exercise of the will to conform to it Every mind is open to sugges floras and the same causes excite similar thoughts in all minds but thethought consequent upon the sugges tloii may enter and be welcomed or toUrated and dwelt upon until it vet certain to result in action Whe maYIbeth moment it has enered which raMes It less likely each time It Is east with to return It may b lllfdt J ussPpliboratr hadenot oeen gone over and over in secret thought where It might have been smothered Nemo full repente to pisslmus As of crimes so of goo deeds Pope says And what he greatly thought he nobly dared Not only is it thus made apparent that the will lies back of all moral betatg t makesm a man responsible for what he Is but on it also chiefly depends a mans tellectual standing If he so exercises his will power as to be able to centrate his mental faculties on what ever work he has In hand and thus steadily trains and strengthens them so that they yield ready obedience to nls demands his mind will become more useful and effective Inetrume direelpoet says My mind to me kingdotm r we are free though bodily chained In a dungeon to soar beyond the stars Our bodies may be confined against our wills but If our thoughts are slaved it is with our own consent In the control of our thoughts no better rule has ever been laid down than by Marcus Aurelius He says We ought then to check In the serf of our thoughts everything that without a purpose and useless and a man should use himself o think only of those things about which if one should suddenly ask what hast thou now In thy thoughts with perf ec openness thou mlghtest immediate answer this or that TWO KIND OF ANARCHISTS From Cincinnati Post At Toledo a giassworker with mo mouth than sense has been cursing the American flag and hurling anathemas against what he terms a debauched Government Because this Anarchist with loo springs to his jaw chances to President of a labor union a lot fly unthinking people might suppose tin he voices the sentiment of union la bor Ho voices only the shallows of his own brain Anarchism has no more to do with the principles of labor u ionism than atheism has or voodoo ismMen of this sort are abnorm growths diseased excresencessuc as crop out only at the two extrem of the industrial system tA tho one extreme is this Tole don with the Mosts and Goldmans and at the other the Rockefellers and i morbuns uli despising government uu ucijuit tows diiieriug in methods out mine m spirit and aliKe divided iiorn tut interests anti sympathies ot normal muuKlnd The multimillionaire who buys leg islation or bribes courts or evades s prucess servers does not need to mouth his contempt tor government ne expresses it too dearly in his Let us not allow attention to be monopolized by the anarchy which is mostly noise The unspoken and un apeaKable anarchy at the other ex ireiiie is the worse of tne two ills few who through inordinate greed and cunning use the Govern uient as a tool by watch to extort weir millions from the tolling many are not letting tnelr anarchistic steam blow oil at the safety valve ul spectra bu are carefully directing it lute the silent cylinder and mak- Ing It a steady incaicuablo force for evil in every phase of the national lite TO the one class of Anarchists gov ernmcnt is a tool to tho other it is a club The great mass of the people to whom it is neither but a protection to good order and thrift can recognize the two classes only as common enemies The labor union official who belches anarchy no more represents the sent went of labor unionism than the mul timlllionaire who practices anarchy by defying law and evading processes represents the methods of this coun trys vast honest body of businessmen These diseased growths have cropped out upon labor oral 4 and upon business practises are hid eous and hateful to both suf lers from it like a man with a cancer It is well to remember that the an archy at neither exreme could exist but for fault In the government If government were all that it ought to be no man or set of men could use it as a tool And none could regard it as a club When the powerful cunning practical Anarchists at one extreme have been whipped out of their advantage the noisy little fellows at tho other nd may be easily hushed SELECTED FROM AN ElHANGE rnPress of Chicago will b f found o Interest to those who flees th Edenic story of the tempt flora and the faq We had not seen the news 1stRev F C Bruner til last Sun days sermon at OaUwwd Union church in speaking of vulplt De thdkegan men ot God said E It must be admitted tha the temptation of the pulpit Is grea The dev- Il never fals to go to chu ells eve get into the pulpit sit amonlii the e ders and deacons He will have the audacity to come to the preachers study especially when It is Ji the church It always has been so ieBible tells us When the sons of came together Satan came also The pulpit has had Its Waterloo because the physical man nrjer has known proper discipline NUo times out of ten the pulpit has turn fed with a crash into the black mud of lice sillyJwomecway of agencyaan anxious to assist the pastor in th kingdom of God but she made the mistake of her life when she visited him In his study We have known In the past twentyfive years some brilliant and seemingly pious pulpit men tumble headlong pltward and the chief cause was a woman The above ought to show woman what use the church has for them foisr wo men for every dirty trick done from eating appe in Gods garden to the debauching of school boys by the r cent divine see dally press We caullye e one pastor is ruined by women a tnousand women are ruined and betrayed by pastors Yet women uphold and support and defend their reclerical seducers and traducers DEATH OF A NOBLE MAN Another friend of the Blade one andbegone on journey the steps of which ure never retraced One by one nature causes them to give them way and put down lifes burdens Nathan Heed a subscriber to the gonentownship Indiana We give the fol lowing account of his career taken publishedchesDir Reed was born lived the greater part of his life and died on the farm on which his fattier one of the earliest pioneers of northern In lI liana entered from the government for several years his health had been gradually taking and the disease flu nose ueveloped into a very acute form ot stomach troublj terminating in dtath at the end of only ten days ill ness miring his sickness he was very patient bearing his troubles without a murmur and very sollcltious for the welfare of those caring for him Ho said I never cared to be an old man but I would like to live three or tour years longer hate to leave these little grandchildren white they are so small I may have spoken a little harshly to them sometimes yet- I loved them just the same He remained steadfast in his convictions to the end never walvering for one moment from the belief to which he was sincerely devoted all his life He retained consciousness until the very last moment gradually drifting away Into the last quiet sleep During his life time the deceased held many positions of trust and nev er did he disappoint those who put their trust in him For several years ne filled the position of township trus tee of his native township most ac fceptably to the people and during the later years of his life he was called upon frequently by his neighbors to act as guardian or as administrator of decedents estates His uprightness and honesty always insured the most faithful services In these positions and he was so conscientious that he would barely tale more than his ex penses for the services performed Hon John W Hanan a close friend of Mr Reeds for twent lIve years and Dr Ferguson whp had lived a neighbor to him for long time were asked to give adrt esses at the funer Mr Hanan dwelt at length upon the mans character and the strong qualities tint did so much to help his community Among other things he said But we who knew him best have stopped for a moment beside our spent comrade At such a time itd not meet to engage In petty criticism Silently with closed eyes list us spread the mantle of charity over spot and blemish and scar and defect but let us reverently lift ruggedhonestylove By their works ye shall Judge So by his works let us take the raeas re of this man fThere Is nothing so eloquent aSa rattlesnakes tall No Indian ever sold his daughter fo an m a NOTE REDUCTIONS RWay23 Jls John Hancock 21 jls 20 Deuber Watch Co 21 Jls 17 same 17 Jls 29Father RayiAppletonjls 16The 5Godlett or Elgin Wheeler 17 jls ad Justed nickel same gilt same adjustedden nickel 15 jls same gilt Elgin or Waltham nickel noncatch Hampdennor n tury jls AI the above in 3 or 4ounce sil verine case prepaldIn silver or gold filled screw case accompanied by forehunting case 850 more than in sil verlne case In solid gold case 10 to 50 more 1 LADIES GOLD WATCHED Large size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased jls 15 Jls 16 jls adj 16 Small o size jls 1150 Jls 15 16 Jls adj 18 Riverside extra fine In year case more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds all in plush box prepaid with guaranteetSend for PlatedeOptical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEIN La Grange Cook Co IfBLUE GRASS BLADE We have a complete Job DeIpartment and are prepared to flret class work at reasonable prices Send us your next or r der Satisfaction guaranteedA153 W Short St EXPERIENCE 60 YEARS 1 TrADE t MARKIAnvoneending aketeh and description acertaln our tree whether as Intention probably ptentable lions strictly on Patent DntentaPuentewithout charm the Scientific flmericam hand omelr Hlnitrated Largest rotation of any tclontmo journal Terms a newsdealersBUHHCo F St Washlogtou ft 1 Y f fI r S Editorial Continued from page one a jesting way and it is pounced upon as a delicious morsel to be handed from pulpit to pulpit through out the length and breadth of the country Such a theme has long been a popular one with the clergy and they have invariably used it to frieghten the poor timid birds in their flock from feeding upon the grains of truth c History records but few recantations made by any Freethinkers of prominence There are cases however where insincerity in an adherence of pro fessed adherence to Freethought has been followed by an alleged change of heart Reference might be made to Jos Barker in America and Geo Bishop in England Both were Freethought advocates men of an apparent brilliant mind yet both abandoned the cause of Freethought and undertook a Chris tian propaganda with equal intensity to which they had previously advocated Freethought principles Reasoning from cause to effect the change in both cases can be well understood Bishop got a fat job in the Church of England and Barker was made the recipient of numerous Christian gifts while on the verge of starvation in Nebraska For years the clergy gave their attention to Paine and Voltaire but the assertion tha either of these recanted is too threadbare to need refutation The old arguments have been worn tola frazzle and it is impossible to patch them up again Chris tians in late years have professed to see in the ora tion of the late Col Robert G Ingersoll over his brothers grave an alleged change of heart unmindful of the fact that following its delivery he undertook to lecture all over the country on Freethought topics with the same ardor and sin cerity that had characterized his previo s efforts Nor is he alone in these Christian slande for the followers of Christ leave ghouled their wal into the graves of numerous other Freethinkers Ind fessed to have heard them call upon tlielname of Jesus y It was not to be expected that the lw editor of the BLADE would escape this crusade 5f Christian calumny Since his lamentable death we have re ceived numerous clippings from newspapers sent t to us by friends and subscribers which purport to quote his last utterances and make him call up on the name of God This has nlduced glaring headlines printed in large black type with a pic t ture of Editor Moore in which it is said MOST NOTED INFIDEL SPOKE GODS NAME BEFORE HE DIED tp And the paragraph in the alleged news ij m goes on to say 4 Whether he accepted the existence ofavjpd be fore he died is not known His wife says 10 fam ily hopes so as he had said not long bef ot h expired What a beautiful day I want to thank God if there be a God for beautiful day and all- that He has done for me 1 t C evewasthere ii greioutragee f by man upon his fellowman It would be t t e to designate the author of that fake as aeing merely guilty of telling an untruth he isruthand in fact a common every day liar MeB nary Efmotives may have inspired it but the mm who first gave that lie to the press for publicalB fi has less conscience or honor in his an and as deficient in moral backboneflnd de 1 4cency as a banana M- In a dispatch sent to a Cincinnati paper fly a Lex ington correspondent concerning Mr Moores death it was stated in substnnceyfjlthat the friends of the deceased were womfdeati whether he had died with a prayer upon his lips oV a curse Another fake of the first water and anot er slander upon the name Readers of the BLADEmay rest assr ed that t Editor Moore died just iis he had lived trie to his y honest convictions true to his home to pis fam ily and his friends He did not call npon the name of God or niention the name of Gkl in any manner It is doubtful if he ever thou it at all upon the subject in his last moments Neither is it true that his wife said the family hopes tk The family did not hope so and Mrs Moore sharing with her distinguished husband a belief in Freethought she could not have said so and the family never expressed such a wish Mrs Moore gave denial to all such rumors shortly after her husband was buriedFurther it was not necessary that Mr Moore i should have died with either a prayer or curse f upon his lips Disbelieving in a personal God who J could and would punish or reward humanity for deeds done in the flesh and entertaining no regard ryfor the Christian form of faith he could not have On the other hand it does not follow that because a man refuses to pray that he must neces sarily curse It is safe to say that Editor Moore nev er uttered a curse in his life Less reason was there for him to curse as his life was drawing to an endSuch reports are as flimsy as the alleged miracles of Christ and are of as much value to mankind The end of Mr Moores life came as calmly and as peacefully as a summer night in June He did not dread death but felt the pain of an eternal separa tion from those he loved and who loved him The consciousness of a human duty done and a human workacheived gave an orient coloring to the mists of death more sweet and grand for him than all the expected glories of the New Jerusalem taught by the fanatical followers of Christ When reduced to its last analysis the only claim the clergy have to public support is based on the presumption tliat they promote the natural welfare by keeping God in a good humor Should the deity contract a case of sulks an extra liberal cash collection will usually bring him around all right Sometimes it takes the imprisonment of a Free LrJy d thinker or two to do the business and when they could get a man like the late C C Moore in limbo then the Lord gets actually gay Dire predictions are made if these small sacrifices are not forth coming and if the predictions fail to materialize then we are told the immutable has changed hi mind the Lord hath repented himself and give heed to the protestations of the clerical htirdj gurdy that he was not doing the proper thing What a miserable conception of the creator Christian advocates condemn science because i is not yet made perfect and point to its changin theories as proof of its fallibility The same kind of argument would also condemn music because of lnhighconcerning matters religious the poor garment with which finite man would clothe infinity ll history sacred or profane contains fatfles amid the truths they record that even the satin of Cervantes was sorely tempted No indeed is not yet perfect and what is more it never will be but it has done enough to scatter the foolish fables upon which the entire Christian religion has been built CHOOSING A PROFESSION Lexington is a city of schools and colleges Its exceptional educational opportunities have caus ed it to be denominated the Athens of the West Here hundreds of young men and women are graduated every year and most of them are sent into the world to struggle as best they can for existence One very naturally wonders what be comes of them after they leave the college and could we still follow them their lives might form an interesting study They cannot all be successful Numerous failures must be counted among them Doubtless many of them find out when too late that a college education alone is not enough to insure a livelihood Then comes the disappointment If a college educated youth is to succeed in the world his first and greatest requirement is power It does not matter how much he knows or how much talent he may have if he has not the ability to transmute his acquirements into practical power he will become a failure This age is one of hard practical common sense Theories do not avail The great business world does not ask What do you know but What can you dot Can you make use of what you know In ether words the world wants men who can do thins not dream of them or indulge in theories concern ing them If the student has learned to think in practical terms if he has used his college ience as a grindstone to give edge to his faculties and sharpen his mental powers if his education has been a calling out or an expansion of the forces within him and not a mere stuffing or cram ming process the world will not keep him waiting In a 1ce The men of aetn lejWinsteadThe first years after graduation mark the dangerous period in a young mans life In the ma jority of cases the graduate is generous and susceptible He has faith in men and institutions he is optimistic and does not realize how quickly contact with hard facts and actual conditions will tend to harden him to lower his standard dwarf his ideals He has not learned to fully preciate the demoralizing brutalizing influence a mere moneymaking career which strangles all the finer instincts dries up the sympathies dwarfs the growth of the higher self marbleizes the af fections and crushes out of life all that goes to make it strong At such a period in his career he is unable to realize that the highest character cnn not be developed under a low and sordid aim One of the greatest questions a human being is ever called upon to decide is the choice of a da reer In the selection depends ones entire character and destiny No man can afford to choose an occupation merely because there is money in it He must learn that the highest success is not livingmaking moneymaking or famemaking but manmaking womanmaking and character making Manhood and womanhood overtop position wealth vocation and titles and are r than any career isShakespeareHe who filches from me my good name etc that is nonsense Reputation is but the ephemeral dew on characters everlasting gold Dont measure everything by the standard of wealth or fame Dont start out with the idea that poor and ob scure men and women are necessarilly failures The brother or sister or perhaps mother who re mained at home to earn money for a living and to pay your college expenses may be a far greater success than you can possibly be considered- It is not spectacular achievement that tells the work of the world is done by toilsome plodding A genius in the ordinarily accepted sense of the term is so seldom that it would be safe to elimi nate him as a factor in human progress The men that do things are those who have a genius for work Do you like the new appearance of the Blade Do you enjoy reading it If you do might you not have a friend who would enjoy reading it also Hand him a copy In time lap might Income u sub scriber and you help the Blade antI the cause of Freethought at the sumo lime Is it not wiser to long lo live for icnctlinip in stead of living to long for something The world needs men of action men of strength men with the will to dare and do When the crowd sees a man boldly pushing to the front it steps aside to illow him to pass Its the moan who gets in front that wins earth THE ABODE OF GODS WHOSE SHRINES NO LONGER BURN The light that shines from Reasons forum the battering force of logic the indisputable truths of modern science which successfully demonstrate the immutability of natural law precluding the miraculous have made serious inroads upon the Christian faith and to such an extent that there are abundant evidences on every hand of a gen eral spiritual unrest permeating every Chris tian sect These signs multiply daily says the Saturday Globe of Utica N Y and it declares that the enlightenment of the age is disatisfied with dog mas which were accepted without reservation even a generation ago and this enlightenment de mands that the creeds be so amended as to con form to the liberality of the times Continuing it saysThe Episcopal church sees in higher criticism a way to meet this demand In brief this criti cism is to harmonize the contradictions in the Bi ble to expunge miracles which have dubious claim to the supernatural and to retain those which are supported by reason and the strongest of proof Presbyterianism is gradually dismissing doctrines long held sacred the most repugnant of which is predestination which is abhorrent to the rising generation of the communion and is other wise setting itself abreast of modern thought Methodism is relaxing its devotion to beliefs long dear to its heart The latest evidence of this is that its Qldest and most conservative university Pepauw at Greencastle Ind has ordered the study of the Bible to be optional where heretofore it has been obligatory No denomination has exceeded the Methodist in devotion to the good book or been more insistent upon its reading whenever possible This departure has awakened widespread atten tion and proves that in the most orthodox of de nominations unrest is at work upsetting long cher ished doctrines The Baptists find their adherence to close cum munion prevents the church from allying with itself a large following who are not members and who believe the sacraments should be open to them by virtue of attendance upon and belief in the church and further in aiding in its maintenance The Lutherans like the Catholics are so satis fied with ceremonials that the agitation for a mod ern interpretation of scriptural pronouncements has made only slight headway Singularly a few perceive in this dissatisfac tion with oldtime dogmas the seed out of which will spring Christian unity On its face little evi dence of such an eventuality looms up but spiritual reforms take unlooked for courses at times The religious conscience is changing today as it never leas before under tranquil influents and the temper of even intellectual churchmen is to doubt that which does not accord with reason Holding to this they want to bring the church nearer to he Rationalism of those outside the f Id i order to titan them over and at tlie same time to put at rest the fears which beset them on occasion They look upon evangelical adherence to revela tion as being the great and primary cause of back sliding and of swelling the millions outside of pul pit influence They believe its most repellent doc trine that of endless punishment after death is the largest contributory cause in driving people toward infidelity and in fortifying the position of those who have long defied the invitation to come into the church Evolution in belief is looked upon with intense disfavor by a large class of Christians This ele ment not only believes the principles is mischiev ous but that its acceptance will not bring back any considerable number to the fold The conten tion is made that if revision is conceded it simply begets doubts in the minds of the orthodox and no matter how far the excision is carried it will not satisfy those demanding the overhauling of the Bible So neither side can profit by the departure Nevertheless the revisionists hold fast to the idea that the Bible must comport wih reason and only by doing so can it be a consistent guide to salva tionone which will appeal to the intelligent con science by striking out supernatural narratives which discredit Christianity and which furnish its foes with a club to beat down the cause of religion Higher criticism has a large clerical following strange as it may see Time men who have stud ied the subject more than any other class who are actuated by the highest motives believe the time is at hand when something must be done to cheek the growth of unbelief to present doctrines which can be conscientiously accepted by the enlightened and which in turn will prevent thousands from lapsing into indiffercntism or worse the complete rejection of the message from on high GOSPEL OF COMMON SENSE Although the most persecuted and in some countries the most despised among the people of earth the Jews are the most liberal the most pro gressive and tolerant of the rights of others True indeed they had their age of savagery and their epoch of barbarism before reaching the golden era of civilivation Years upon years of captivity and slavish subservience had converted them into a band of marauding guerrillas Compared with Joshuas murderous Jews the Huns who followed Attila were avatars of mercy and the Sioux who trailed with Sitting Bull were Good Samaritans With but a casual perusal of the Bible and a comparison of the crimes committed by the Kurds in Armenia with those perpetrated byU Gods chosen people in Palestine will prove that the followers of Allah are but amateurs in the art of outrage Doubtless any other people brutalized by centuries of bondage then turned loose with out country or government with only ignorant prophets for guides and avaricious priests for law givers would have become equally cruel and would heave adopted a deity equally devoid of mercy and a stranger to justice The god of a people is and must of a necessity ever be a reflection of them selves an idealization of their own vices and virtues I a magic mirror in which Narcissuslike Man worships his own image To assume that the Bible which relates the excesses of a nation of semisav ages is inspired is a damning libel of the deity they worship All this however was in the barbarous past t Things have changed With that keen perception and conception which characterizes the Jews they liave become one of the grandest people that ever welt upon the earth A more intellectual and rogressive race is unknown to human history Some time ago an instance of this was given in the public prints Rev Dr J Leonard Levy pas or of the Congregation of Rodeph Shalom in ittsburg delivered an address upon the subject of he Gospel of Common Sense Save for his theological sandwich the address is a beauty and to supply our readers with a view of this man the address is given below Were there more preach ers like him the world would be better for it He saidCommon sense is the rarest sense used by man Evers nonsensical and absurd explanation is sought for facts of the universe and the phenom ena of existence before a common sense view is considered or accepted A reference to history will show that mystery and might have held long er sway over man than common sense This view is not surprising when we remember that it has been the policy of the dominant party in church and state to keep the people ignorant to deny them access to the fountains of knowledge Quacks charlatans and clowns were only too often regard ed with revential piety the people licked the hands which carried the whips wherewith they were scourged But a new day has dawned the reign of ignorance is over the era of knowledge is com ing and in spite of evidence that reason is not yet supreme and logic is still denied due authority we may see the advance of progressive ideals and a considerable respect paid to a common sense inter pretation of conditions as they are and of things as they ought to be With advance of knowledge there has likewise been an application of common sense principle to the interpretation of religion The place once giv en to dogma and creed and confessions and ar ticles of faith is being invaded by the common sense party It is being gradually understood that religion is not something mysterious and mythical and mystical but a yearning of the human soul to get into right relations with the infinite soul and men when they are honest sincere and consistent are beginning to overhaul the nursery containing the broken dolls of ancient superstition to the endIthat sound sane and safe views replace the anIcient childish conceptions It is being shown that religion is a matter for this world rather than for the next that it is to modify and influence life i here on this earth rather than to form a life in W aujfaag JPlicxf the next that it is alnnd unf life rather than a belief a source of deeds rather than a number of creeds- I t desire to take this opportunity to give it as my conviction that unless we apply the principle of experiencesand charlatans and the fair name of religion will be defamed and its purpose defaced Every form of superstition resists common sense just as every form of true religion invites common sense We must show that we have no sympathy with those who crucify honesty between the two thieves hypocrisy and intolerance and we must make it manifest that we are not opposed to what people really and truly believe but only to that whicht they pretend to believe even when it is contrary to common sense WOULD YOU LIKE ONE Suggestions have been made by several of the publisheding to the additional heavy burdens we have had to assume through his death in order to keep the Blade going we have had but little time to even consider them Now however we are prepared to take the matter up with our friends Of course our readers will understand that we 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