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It 5 4- I t vn t 1I 1- BLUEflltiS BLADEI 1m l fit itl fIfTO JUT DOW ERjI tun ESTABLISH TRUTH IIYOLUME XV NUMBER 2 P 1 t lPSXiNGTON KENTDcK bAY APRIL 15 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE il h I i 7 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Paid f TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION Ii One issue for subscribers in advance In dliNb of Five NEW 50 cents each r g Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub iX scriptiou 150 per year 17FiveSend your subscription by registered rPd l office or express money order New Yorkdraft and if personal checks are sent add collect n charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc pa aitst file To James E Hughes Lexington Ky 1t When you change your address advise this ofn giving your old as well as the new addres m 91areThe address slip on the paper will show expiratj in w 0of subscription and serve as a re U late changes as soon as the subscriber pays i Subscriptions to the Blade are not discontinued t =A cyThejsqt1 priffor in full and up to date and ordered disco tinued Office of Publication located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mai Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Bl P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky +++ + + + +++++ + + + ++ + + + H + + I EDITORIAL +H +++ HHoH + +++IoH ++ Work is worship Love is the grestest prier r r r r r Give to your every thought a bright color r r Foolish jealousy is the offspring of inferiority r r r The efforts made at the unification of Christen doiii have demonstrated that Christendom wont unify r r r r Some preachers would be deserving of human JHtheyr r r r The heart of a true man is never hidden behind openbaakon coward lips r r Ujconstantlyof America deem the public treasure their legitimate spoil to be looted at will This is a rank infec tious growth on our body politic which will if permitted to continue strangle all that is good in o urIfgovernment r r r There is a vast gulf between the man who has millions in eXcess of his needs and he whose elii capital is an active unsatisfied appetite In timevfort to cross this gulf many are hurled to uc tion and front these unfortunates the fit sputterings of that revolution or metamorphosis that no marching to the sea or concessional enactment can keep in check r r r r r A great majority of American voters regard t church with indifference if not with aversion jjnd patiialt j j jk t sill strengtiiTi1bin h perpetual cru3nTus is why the church cot tjnues to domin e the gtianandcampcl eve supporM1iHonsof honest tbuwre donated Annually as a matter expedient a sop thrown to ever itpngry Ce berus byltlle very men who know it tobe a mill tleglantclvlbzabanWe n Individual is capable of enjoying the broadest ref tyous liberty Only those remillymnjoy tHyliS1care o the 1hJ persistent ealtimmn yt and n01ttunloslrIlClsm r r Fqr a gencratpanl on maithe iainished lion of if Ji ler amid ever closer t0 timei11sCiLttent iji ufuiltfortliesame perio countbracer tt y lhbirtplited Ihisdoxrltvoplriso t8 form the dar kiln gloClenBdacry the night seems almost perpetiiHlvhiie tha lbng Bd dawn seems but an idloidream rtimnTcrthat a titter marred hasyfojufd lod- yflatlJa1liIl 1J i ut his labor It alI he has tti to Necessities VJien iris t flint is ohAimmt ind fins esis frireecames a cuuae t what efttlf to sf al 21 fIThe a nfi1Ct bel1vGtle phcrostau Bible and the atti s vaielr iieswe n l1imber the unfyhi ate position in whigh adherents are pa eiIrlCY are bound by a orueI1StQ the jlredthinker bat Christian society that is mpdcrd society itself an atrocious fraud f s R11isanthrithI d iJ1xorl l three pRCt re faunJi td predolninat i itram tfEror Or t UlJ nt sensual sltpetitipnre yi r 1 for natural phenomena not understood The is and must be progressive All books are sta teachingsulof of human development r r HAVE MONKEYS A LANGUAGE For years the clergy have stubbornly fouglit iigninst the Darwinian theory concerning the descent of man and the origin of specie fearful per i grefiat mass of the people it might also be the means of revealing too close a relationship between preacher and Ape for their personal comfort and prove as it were a delving into their ancestral tree Through the medium of that archimedian lover the daily press we are informed that the the Chica go University through its faculty is about to come into possession of its own by the endowment of ar chair for the study and development of the monkey language There may be a Simian vocabulary for aught Blade knows and it may be bqth studied and developed but prima facie it has the appdar mince of tending to prove that these learned profes SOlS who have so earnestly striven to make a vex table monkey out of this institution o learning lire soon to be thoroughly vindicated After nil why should not the monkey tribe be possessed ofa medium of communication i ealanguage Does not the Bible give powers of speech to a snake And the serpent said unto timeiu woman ye shall not surely die Gen 3 4 Fu ther does not the slime authority assert that an ass ppenedthewhat have I done unto thee that tjiou hast smItten ol me these three times And the ass said unto Balaam riddlyjn Dr a want to do so unto thee And he said Nay Numbers 22 27 8 9 Now the question very n arises that if snakes and asses can be and a tcd with powers of speech and hold conveysc with men why may not monkeys have a vocabulary which the human mind can ultimately grasp tond lw develop these reports be true and sometimes they are not thou we might expect to read that within a w days time faculty of the Chicago University will in actual contact with a genuine orangout Uofmanners able totTon erse with him and reduce his chattering into plain mstr no by a con pilation of a monkey vocabulary but it would n t surprise ninny if some intelligent Simian Short succeed in drumming a little common sense into tli IIriivheJL v1 up gument of precedent on its side rsloft 1 int3 The public is informed however that for the resent monkeys are not to be placed on the samgjfooting with the other students for which the gratefult TIIJfthiIfind ledge from the specie caiUjifSiristian Russia is gradually being brought into tio imelight of investigation nnd the thinking pee pie Of the civilized world are abjle to obtain some fan t idea of its savage ignorance and fiendish per sec goretme r through humanity and cast a shadow an the sun Was the Ice lIeU of the old Norseman and lima long been a hideous nightmare to tone but a Christian land could such s kingslon may yet Ue appalledat the efforts of the imfi e intelligent to wrest the Duma fom unwilling hebea i built to order Liberty thouglipriceless must arced through suffering and sorrow ol ATHEISM AND MORALITY U ono time ago we dealt with this subject in to the presumptuous assertions of Rabbi Hojsch of Chicago and since that time addition tfesjimony of an unimpeachable character has ndc uced to prove the truth of the arguments knawledgelall shawingth31 statestileItkId be advisable to ascertain why they wet ieTrttg the comparisons given arias M gtjlnd pretichersr As a rlile ectarsn w nlxeantthknocks while the preachers enjoy life upon tl maralityle1sy fem or code that induces to right living and abstention from crime It may be that these cleri cal convicts advised their flocks to do as they said and not as they do but the fact remains that their themfromcanvictionSuppose the comparisons had been drawn as b tween preachers and atheists instead of actors opine that the discrepancy would have been great er So far as the Blade emi now know there is but one avowed atiest in the United States penitentiar ics and that is Moses Harmon whose conviction was wrought by of sanctified saints who would usurp the throne of the God they worship for notoriety Iii any event the Blade is prepared to challenge the preachers to furnish statistics on the subject andwith all the soldiers of the cross consti luting the cordof blackcoated skypilots in Amer proneih e f ofProfby Otto Wettstein in this weeks Blade should be orOiigh to convince the roost skeptical that Atheists are riot given to crime and are seldom to be found durance vi- levtie have suggested that an inquiry be made into the character of the offenses committed by these clerical convicts It would be a difficult matter to obtain the exact status of affairs without a copy the court records or an examination of those re orcls This much however we do know their of ftnses were deemed felonies under the law Crimesc divided into felonies and misdemeanors On y the former ILJ be punished by conlinemont in the iseinference is plain each of those clerical convicts wearing stripes were guilty of a felony or at enuntrynrnttOf m compatIiatscisionally we may find a preacher of whom both his maker and mankind may feel proud just as there picooresult of the methods bjr which they are made Ti lire allowed no independent inquiry no search f truth beyond the narrow confines of a particular ireed Yet these very men whose minds have been warped by education only along certain fixed lines unable to recognize and greet a truth unless stamp with the die of a certain dogma set themselves as teachers of men presume to be the authorized mterpreters of the plans of the Infinite and tell cn just what the creator requires of them Fare education and arrant hypocrisy combined i Jf have ever stood in the pathway of the car of pro iAjalanistry a byword and a reproach among menwIn face of such a startling array of can any i t man Honestly assert that the morality of the Chris tin is superior to that of the Atheist or the FreeV i1 Read further in the Blades columns this week and it will be seen that progressive preachers be they will persist in learning something are villified hounded and persecuted and on Iitrial for heresy llonor be to all such men ThEo j have refused to sit on the dead limb of the decaying tfti orthodox tree and hoot the hoots that once diaj ijawake the Spanish Inquisition i t FORTUNE SEEDS iJ rtWe sometimes hear of fortunes made 4 i t deceivedn fr+Ordinarily fortunes are not made in this way For Jone such there are thousands that grow like I plant which needs culture day by day from little seeds The penny is the fortune seed It may seem ai rather insignificant thing but it is the small seed 6 from which fortunes grow If you want to rjaiMa flower your get the seed plant it in the best soul available water it and do all you can to encourage it to grow You may be fortunate enough tose cure a half otivmtplant but sometime somewhere somebody planted the seed The penny is the seed iof that souderfuhgratvth which the best of us can help admiring und for which all of us more or nless ardently long the fortune plant If you have one of these little plants of your own ifv ingeway and in conformity with fixed law Treat that little disk of capperono cent with all the respect that w i deservesle t of all teachers But tthere are of us who fail to insistnently places before us When a man finds himself rse J of sonar Jefly that experience is putting before him 2 r retime tnogt convincing manner a lesson he needs to rlfi 4r ofea still small voice ng nickels and dimes scatteredaon Money spent in legiti regrettedforthat are capable of comforting during the most cruel hardships Take care of the fortunecp reveUne of the Blades subscribers in last weeks Box expresses the hope that we might study and hypothesisthatThe Blade does not advocate freedom on the install freedamfreedamthe best interests of society and happiness can be subserved On the other hand we are compelled to religiausfreed ifarce There can be no religious freedom while the minds of the followers of Christ are filled with malice and hatred toward those who dare to do huntInfidelsdawnChrist on earth There yet remains a dark cloud tlIUlulsgious freedom can become a fact Demonstrate one J physical fact to n worshipper Christ which cseemss to conflict with his inherited religion he will deny the fact and refuse to investigate his religious precedeeconomiceconomic freedom is impossible r Every genius furnishes the world with inspire tion rand every new truth brought before the world revelationfrompractical affairs of this life than the supposed spiration and revelation of theology lIen wrangle Gadstingelgolden splendor the beauty of the rose the sweet songs of birds the stars which shed forth their sidereal glory at nights highnoon all waiting our happiness LeaintoFor nigh two thousand years the priesthood hns ancientdamesnies that they might live in luxury and ease Is it not enough to tempt the righteous indignation of reasoningjmcn = i rF LiN I r J L twy v1 hI I iOVAiiHURCH PLUNGED INTO A HERESY BATTLE NEW YORK CLERGYMAN DENIES THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST AND ii IS TO BE TRIED APRIL 17 HIS CHURCH TORN ASUNDER BY OPPOSING FACTIONS ANOTHER INPORTANT ADVANCE IN FREETHOUGHT I Denying the divinity of Christ Rev Dr Algernon S Crapsey pastor of thi Protestant Episcopal Church at Data via N Y Is to bo made defendant ii ono of tho greatest heresy trails In th f history of that denomination Th e story as well as tho utterances made is best told by reproducing the follow- Ingi from the columns of the North r American ono of the leading dally newspapers of Philadelphia It reads Thero will be held In the little tcwi p of Patavla N Y beginning April 17 what churchman declare tho most Ira portant hearing of heresy charges li i tne history ol the Protestant Eplscopa Ihurch In this country Tho ector who will face tie eccUs r iastlcal court Is tho Rev DrtgcnhI S Crapsey of this city one of the t most brilliant pulpit orators In this Slate The chief charge against him is that he denies the divinity of Christ Back of Dr Crapsey Is the lIber- al element of the Church maw prom Lent gynisu aiid laIn have come out in his support and Edward She jprrd a lawyer of sat ml far will vuutarily act as his ccmibol a t trialjBible Not Miraculous Book Here are extracts from the famous sermon which brought about the CrapseyfIn research the founder of Christianity Jesus the son of Joseph no longer stands apart from the common destiny of man in life and death but He Is In all things like as we are born as we are born dying as we die and both In life and death is in the keeping of that same Divine Power that Heavenly Fatherhood which delivers us from the womb and carries us down to the graveWhen we come to know Jesus In His historical relations we seo that a miracle is not a helpIt Is a hindrance to an intelligent comprehension of His person His character and His mission We are relieved I say because we are no longer compelled to look upon the scientific movement as Irreligious but we ato able to soc it In a new and rr greater religion based not upon the sporadic miracle but upon the eternal lawOf course a belief in tho Iner rancy of the Bible Is no longer possi ble to an educated man or to anyone In fact who reads his Bible with reas onable intelligence and attention lv does not need profound scholarship It only requires ordinary common sense to see that the Bible Is not a miraculous book which orthodox theo logy claims It to be Dr Crapsey does not seek notoriety and there Is little of the sensational about him He is a deep student and his thousands of admirers pronounce him a remarkable man who holds views far In advance of his time One of these Is George Foster Pea body of New York who has offered to buy a church In Rochester for Dr Crapsey In case he is dismissed from the Episcopal denomination For a Socialist Church The churches and denominations r are living today upon their past achievements Dr Crapsey announced in a recent address Said he We are upon the threshold of a movement that shall carry mankind to a higher stage of being No one Is satisfied with the present conditions Tho rich are ashamed and the poor are angered The time Is at hand for preaching the gospel to the poor We will bullQ no more cathedrals or churches If we can help It until we have delivered the poor from the slum and the sweatshop Wo will send no missionaries to the heathen to preach a Christ whose teachings we despise We will not ask tho people to come to our churches until our churches are purified from a corrupt denominations as well as the national churches are falling to satisfy the demands of the new age and persons are leaving them by the million and are seeking new forms ort the expression of their spiritual and moral lifeiDr Crepsey feels that his persona ity has been dwarfed by tho great principle Involved and he considers himself only the medium for bringing to a final issue a struggle between an old order ad a now which has for many years ten approaching the climax recent sermon he saidtFear bow oh ye sum of the whole matter There are three great spirits at work creatingt the world that Is and to spirit of scientific investigation atI will know nothing but the truth spirit of democratic revolution p4lchi fj will trust no one but the people the spirit of social evolution which will 40 man common or unclean If the churches wish for Influence in tho world that is and is tobe they must master these spirits and make them their own The churches must become scientific democratic and socialistic And If they do so then the churches will merge Into the church rate from the State or tlu State or the State from the Church but these two will be ono flesh SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE Reconstruction of old Theories Forced By Scientific Research According to a Virginia Preacher he orthodox laky ol the little town ot iMirtolK Va has been thrown tutu iremsj ut ruugiuus excitement anent me utueroUox utterances ot nev or ues a Baptist preacher until as the aiado Ins uecn informed through uiu rapspears in the Box of tms is sue threats have oeeu made to tar und leatner the speaaer because or the irruparauie injury he is believed to hue wrought upon th orthodox faith According to the Public Ledger a natty newspaper published in that city or viues has been compelled to ot xer an explanation of his truly re maniauio utterances in order to bo able to more nrmly establish his ortho doxy and thereby retain his pulpit me explanation doesnt explain uowever and it would appear that it rankles In the orthodox breast more ace Pi than the original offense in that he but reiterates his former state ments The Ledger states that the sermon had aroused the orthodox community Hereabouts to a vigorous resentment but no ono had thought that such resentment would go so far as to even suggest tar and feathers as a curativo application for art ilrtHbTrox preacher who was losing his orthodox The same authority asserts that it had caused an unprecedented reli gious excitement which Is always the case when the religious pretensions of the ignorant majority are assailed To the Freethinker all this Is per fectly natural He understands the nature and character of the wounded rabble To the Christian It may pear strange but onco an old idol Is shattered no matter by whose hand Its worshippers becomo more virulent than did the children of Israel when Moses knocked their golden calf off the Christmas Tree Consistency is a jewel not found In the casket of the lattenday Jonahs Withal It is amazing how heterodoxy is growing In another column of this issue reference Is made to an Episcopal preacher who is to stand trial this month before the councils of his denomination on a charge of heresy for having denied the divinity of Christ Now comes Dr Vines who while advocating a worship and revel ence of the God of his faith very Frankly admits that modern science has forced a reconstruction of the theories of Biblical inspiration That he who runs may read the following t excerpts from his sermon aro repro duced from the clipping sent to us that the Blade readers may realize how Inroads are being made Into the very citadels of the Christian faith science has reconstructed theories of the Bible as to in spiration but our theory of the in spiration of the Holy Scripture has nothing to do with tho Bible Itself Modern science has given us a better theory of inspiration The Dynamic theory is better than tho old verbal theory but I need not pause to dwell on that for it is Immaterial Modern Science has confirmed the Bible as a progressive revelation It does say hat this book Is Infallible not infallible because of Its chapters nor dates headings and titles of books necessar iy The Book of Hebrews was not written by Paul Recently at the Baptist conference it was stated that Paul did not know who wrote It makes no difference it is an inspired book just duo same Modern science emphasizes tho fact hat tho scopo of scripture Is not to teach science but to teach Spiritual to tho children of men for all Imc Modern science has revitalizedU he BIble in that the Bible a ook not a closed book It Is a real book it is not only a Divine book s a human book W In the study translation a tlgatlon of Holy Scripture ted theories of inspiration and in a tlon have been attached to th ie These mlsakes like ba clinging to a ship must bo d d from human minds before we to ly understand and appreciate thJ is of tho Bible as Jehovah Intr Is children to understand His i n These human theories aI uiua Impeding the grand uiu au p or Zion on her triumphal voyage down the centuries must be removed These false and misleading Interpretations and inferences obscure the truth A moro scientific view of the Bible will give us a better proportion and perspective and a more profound and larger and more Inspiring view of and reveranco for the Word of God As an evidence of the bitter feeling Dr Vines has created and the wrath of the faithful toward him the fol lowing item enclosed in the same let ter Is reproduced from the Philadelphia Record Norfolk Va March ISTho rell gious excitement here over the jloach ing by Rev Dr W M Vines Baptist who declares that tho Bible contains mistakes and has been reconstructed by modern science has reached high tension Arnold Eberhard protaiaenl architect and leading Baptist caurch man has publicly denounced Dr Vines saying Dr Vines Is an outrage upon a Christian community He Is doing more harm In Norfolk than all the barrooms and low dl es put together He Is an absolute Infidel and the worst blasphemer I over saw He ought not to bo tolerated In a community to say nothing of the pulpit He ought to bo tarred and feathered I would Ic the one to put tho tar on him and the feathers too Vines quotes Ingersoll to his congre gation Why Ingersoll Is an angel be side him Freethinkers can afford to take new hold and work for tho success of our cause with renewed hope energy and courage SOCIALISTS ADOPT- RESOLUTIONS r Condemning Governors of Colorado And Idaho for Their Unwarri ted Conspiracy Against Right of American Citizens M lDy J H SAYER- o a recta uuday at1d iff duih 1 ly 1000 men and women gather at a socialist meeting held in Grandllnc tlon City Colorado and In stiffing resolutions denounced tho latest governmental usurpation of the rights of citizenship by the imprisonment without cause or warrant of members of the Western Federation of Miners These resolutions were adopted with much feeling and speeches wero made by the writer Joseph Waunhope representing Welshlres Magazine a socialist publication and S B Hutchl son Socialism Is Increasing in tho West and the resolutions given belowlare commended to our out the republic Whereas Governor McDonald of Colorado andII Governor Goodlngi of Idaho conspired against and lawfully robbed Moyer Haywood etl ilbone and St John of their llbbrty jy kidnapping them and taping them from their homes and state with the Intention of not only takingflom these men their liberty but their loves is well If they can take and Imprison these men without due process of iaw as they have in this case they canI folio us In the saute way at some other time it Is a plot of the capitalist claas to crush all revolutionary organizations of the working class It Is the same old cry that we have y11withado In the lead yet he was aver nominated for Governor was never oted for as Governor and was not elected Governor of Colorado he stole the place he now holds from the man that was elected by sonsplrlng with the capitalist class for that purpose and in order to pay his capitalist class master for the office ho now holds he conspired with the Govenor of Idaho to steal from the leaders of the West ern Federation of Miners not only their liberty but their lives and great will be tho rejoicing in the Capitalist lamp if the hands of McDonald and Gooding can drip with the blood ofI their victims Therefore be it resolved That we the working men and women of Mesa County Colorado In Mass Moditrjf assembled In the City of Grand June ties this 18th day of March do ounce tho unlawful and murderous conspiracy of Governor McDonald of Colorado and Governor Gooding of Idaho against leaders of tho west Federation of Miners and call u workingman and woman in fnlted States to line up with the rnl class prepared if they should dare execute their devilish plot our brothers ijl HARMONNOWAT JOLIET Local Papers Tells of the Aged Prison ers Reception and Appears not to Approve the Sentence In light of Certain Facts rhe following article will be found of Interest to many readers of the Blade whose heartfelt sympathies nrc extended to Moses Harmon In his present unfortunate predicament He Is now serving a sentence of one year In prison at Joliet Ill on being con victed for sending obscene matter through the malls The article Is produced from the Juliet News and descriptive of tho aged victim recep tlon at the prison It reads Dent with the burdens of 70 years of life his head bowed with tho gloom of the fate before him and yet with ho fire of defiance still shining from his bright eyes Moses Harmon entered the portico of tho Joliet pent tentiary yesterday to begin the sen tenco maetcd out to him by the United States courts Harmon has been editor for years of a paper called Lucifer He Is a pro nounced atheist and extremist Eight months ago he was tried In tho United States courts for sending objection ablo literature through United States malls The government authorities are becoming exceedingly strict In these matters and Harman was found guilty and sentenced to a year In the peniten tiary There probably was not a tenth of the malice nor of the objectionable features In Harmans paper that can be found in a Joliet publication tonight from all accounts After his convlctlop he was out der thousand dollar bonds awaiting the appeal of the case Yesterday he was brought hero to begin tho sentence He was accompanied by a large number of his close earnest and sympa thizing friends who know how honest and earnest this strenuous and erratic old man has been in his editorial utterances Mr Harman was convicted of a situ ilar offense several years ago while publishing his paper at Valley Falls Kan He was sent to the penitentiary but edited his paper while in prison He has been publishing his papers In Chicago for the past ten years The authorities In the Cook county Jail and tho prison authorities here were exceedingly kind to the aged man and much sympathy was felt for q i om As the aged man with his long gray hair reaching down to his shoulders stepped behind tho clanking steel doors the scene was must pathetic Even the sternfaced deputy who had brought him from Chicago could re strain his feelings no longer and tears streamed from his eyes All felt that the penitentiary was not the place for sucha man Perhaps an asylum where lie could be restrained If ho has done wrong In his zeal should have received him but no one who has known him looks upon him as a felon or a crimi nal He has passed the allotted span of life by six years and the sight was strange indeed to see a man of his age beginning a prison sentence- sHero near the sunset of life It would seem that the law could find a more humane way of dealing with this strange case A FEW DASHES OF THE EDITORS QUILL The only medicine prescribed for suffering humanity by the doctors of divinity Is faith mixed with prayer Some preachers have been able to Iscovar tho fact that IoU cannot transform a fool Into a philosopher by the alchemy of Bible education To find 1 truo exhibition of thb ef recta of Christian morality ono has only to study the portrait gallery tho goldcure graduates and the records of criminal courts and penlten arlss It is a bad omen for Christianity when Sunday school children ask for a natural history diagram to bo shown how a large whale could swallow a mull prophet According to the Biblical description- of the orthodox heaven it is only a hil rlous stag party All its angels arc f to masculine gender with never n woman in sight It is an evil wo are studiously trying to avoid It would ue as unsatisfactory as boxing with ones dwn shadow Few men who achieved distinction in the world credit their greatness to fhe influence of their father Charac t 3r Is molded at the mothers knee nd in the light of her loving eyes is frn that ambition which buoys man Lin a sea of troubles and drives him lough dangers straight to tho ever lug goal fJ i ISHORT BUT ITS SVEET Capllnger lulls SIo Dear Brother Hughes Why have you kept yor light hid den under a bushel so log I think last few copies of tho Blati just about right sad havo been goig to write to you over since I g6dto first copy you put out to toll OIfiO but Just kept putting It off When you get the Moore Memorial out you nay send me half a dozen copies fft cents worth Heros to succea Blade J AUSTIN REDUCED RATES To the United Confederate Veterans Reun sIon at New Orleans April 2527thI Tickets will bo sold at greatly duced rates via Queen Crescent Route April 22 23 and 24th limit to April 30th Upon deposit of ticket and payment of 50 cents limit may be extended until May 21st 190U Ask ticket agent for particulars NOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden 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for clipping We use the article in this issue Frank BurnsWe regret your decls Ion but will naturally respect it John N Wlllard We are sticking like glue Thanks for the fine compH mentsT MunsonWe appreciate your kind letter and it will please us to adopt as far as possible the sugges dons you make- J J Perkins Your environments make it impossible for much mission ary work but your efforts are none the less worthy of commendation David B C MunnMany American writers were acquainted with the tory of Bradlaughs fight In England but abstained from telling the truth no matter where it falls To many friends who have sent us clippings we extend our warmest thanks Such action denotes a wide interest in our cause and we hope It will continue ADVICE AND GOOD CHEER IGOOD Denison Texas Mr Jas E Hughes Dear SlrWhllc I never subscribed for nor solicited the Blue Grass Blade to be sent me yet it has been coming to me most of the last year I have noticed with much satisfaction its great improvement until now It stands good comparison with the best periodi tcall of advanced thought Conse quently I hand you 100 to cover the year it has come to me and shall tinue to encourage it so long as it i maintains a pure manly polished course that should make it a welcome guest in any home such homes where people really love truth and correct thinking Let each number be In part devoted to the unfolding and Inculcat- Ing correct ethical principle Not prS3chlng uiiuti stiuinj Dnf correct statement and teaching of fundamental W moral truths Such course will meet the clericals objection that we are purely negative In our advocacy T V MUNSON GOOD DEEDS LIVE Lexington Ky For the Blade To my own mind its sad not to com prehend things pertaining to nature in due time to avoid much unhappiness Experience only has been my teacher to say What cannot be cured must bo ensured there are hungry minds all over this land called home of the free and brave but those who by stress misfortune financially and lack of edu rfeational advantages are dcbnred from on some subjects If I could give vent to my thoughts Id like to ask the brainy Dr J B Wilson some questions as I have taken an interest in all his letters to The Blade His ments are not of the ordinary but ex traordinary as ho Is for justice Id Unitedtwards as well as your own kind epis tle has awakened tho chord of slum ber Concerning the Blade the sky of your future looked over cast yet you were brave and Im glad that true ones havo rallied I have heard eulo t gies from a good many passed upon your sending The Blade to one who l was not able to take It Good deeds live With prosperity to all I am MRS A FULFILLING ITS MISSION Malncsvllle Ohio James E Hughes Dear SlrI enclose you a Money Order for one dollar to pay my su- bIscrlption for the past year ending this month March and as soon as I can spare it will forward tho amount for the present year I am sure all good Freethinkers like myself regretted to learn of the death of that grand old man Chas C Mooro and also the affliction that came upon that distin guished contributor to the Blade anl one of tho best equlped Freethinkers In this or any other country Dr J B Wilson of Cincinnati in the loss of his dear llttlo girl My sympathy is extended to the family of tho lamented Chas C Moore and to tho Dr and his wife Death while a friend to tho sufferer is always untimely to the living I was much pleased to read your opinion regarding some of those reli- t gious falsehoods that emanated from Lexington and appeared In tho Cincin nati Enquirer In which the writer sought to deceive the readers of that I paper b stating that Brother Moore 1 short time before his death hat hqjhankcd Gor for this beautiful day Ifjthere be a God Now Is my opinion that anybody who w illl attribute such a remark to C C Mre is either a fool or an Insane tson hopJ tho Mooro memorial pamplat will ben actuality and if it should become I hope to be able to gel ono as we al OUght to cherish his memory and imitate his example I was much pained to learn of tho death of the able Chas Watts as he has been one of my Frcethought ideals since mj boyhood days and he was also admired and loved t y my lamented father who was a native of old England- I was surprised to read in your tice of his failure to stand by Brat laugh when religious bigots were trying to crush him by tho arm of the am pleased to know you have suc ceeded in making the Blade so accept able to its readers and hope you will receive all tho needed encouragement to make It a lasting success If roli glous Imposition Is to be revealed and made plain to the people it must be done by such publications as the Bluu Grass Blade DAVID M C MUNN READ AND DIGEST THIS Falrland Indiana Mr James E Hughes Dear SlrFInll enclosed P O Mon ey Order for 215 for which you will move my subscription date up one year and mall me Dr Wilsons book Am greatly surprised at the quality of the Blade since Mr Moores death Stay with it Brother James you are all right I am a Thomas Paine man Al though the Blade mado it plain to me that the Inspiration of tho scriptures was a fake which fact I always believ ed But had never layed eyes on a piece of Freethought literature until a friend of mine sent mo the Blade saw the Age of Reason advertised In Sent for It read It and would not take 100 for It if I could not get an other Think It the grandest book ever published Have been giving some money to the preacher every year but will hereafter take the amounts and buy the Ago of Reason and give it to those who are laboring under false delusions JOHN N WIL LARD HOW DOES THIS SOUND Washington D C HuthesDear studying over the I have requested that yoiTtaho InJVnUmJTouT5our books and stop sending me the Blade at once I am getting old and need a quiet life if I can get it I havo been an Infidel for 65 years and havo had more trouble and worry for the last 12 years than ever had before In the same length of time Everybody wants money from poor Old Burns and ho has none for himself Just as soon as men get out from under the miserable superstition that was Instilled Into them in their childhood they stem most of them to want to establish papers and magazines and books and tracts and everything else In a propaganda to save people from going to hell Well I dont care a If they all go I am a radical in only one thing In religion I have never believed In any kind of religion In 55 years except the religion of DO My papers and magazines etc are about all wants to advocate Socialism Anarchy Populism or somo other D Ism and am going to stop tho whole D canoo The Infernal Labor Unions and other villains gives me all that I want to worry over FRANK BURNS TIS TRUE TIS PITY AND PITY TIS TIS TRUE Written upon reading of tho death by starvation of a mother and babe Weve plowed and sowed and planted and hold And gathered into tho bin Wane nature her bounty has ever bestowed In order that man might win With sunshine and rain the fields have been And man has rejoiced in the sight With courage renewed has ever pitch ed in And hurried up things with his might Weve piled up in mountains as high as clouds The fruits of our toll there in store But tyrants combined have cornered them all And left not a bite for the poor Ye vultur s thrt bark In churches secure And pray to your God and give thanks Have stolen from man his heritage pure And stored In the vaults of your banks Is there a God who ruleth In love And watchoth each sparrow that falls iJ f And motrOitbabeAnd hoels not their piteous call i Nay tyrant art more cruel than hell Tho given of wormwood and gall Who turns a deaf ear to mans direct wants And heeds not his piteous call i E Lbwis BACKS HIS IJolietJames E Hughes Dear Sir Enclosed ono dollar to help tho Blade along and I hope you will be able to keeps It going I dont know of any ono who would be likely to become a subscrlb er But t make a practice of distribu ting each paper after I have read it I lllro your broad and liberal policy and you certainly are exhibiting great ability How could you keep still so long Most of your contributors are excellent But Dr Wilson Is certainly great on everything ho touches LOUIS CAIAS WILL TAKE IT Mr James E Hughes Dear SlrI want to pay for the Blade that has been coming to S Duston Some ono sent his namo in a club of five and hot his namo wrong His names Is S D Houston He mov ed away and the paper has been corn- Ing to my box I havo been getting tho benefit of tho paper and I want you to change It to A P Houston I will send you 360 Two dollars for the Blade one dollar and fifteen cents for Dr Wilsons book on his trip to Rome and fifteen cents for memorial pamphlet of C C Moore and 25 cents for Mrs Josephine K Henrys Book foripostageA THE RIGHT KIND OF WORK My Dear FrlondI shall always be willing to assist as far as I am able to such an excellent Freethought weekly as you are giving us in the Blue Grass Blade Without intending to flatter you I will say that I have overcome all fear for the Blades fu ture As much as wo miss our only Chas C Moores writings in its col roans I am confident though that under the excellent editorial management you have shown us in the short time you have had It enough euthus iastic freethinkers will assist you to put our standard on a solid basis Enclosed find money order for 3l of wblljlaPDb100 rm mvunwrieuh scrlptlon which I think will expire sometime In May and for the balancj 250 you may send me 5 club subj scrlptlon cards which I shall try place where they will do some good Wishing you the best of success I anS L H WILLRODT tt WE ARE GETTING IT READY I Syracuse Ky fl James E Hughes I After rereading over the life of C C Moore tho beautiful tributes by Mrs Henry Dr Wilson and Hon Moses Kaufman paid to the distln gulshed dead the numerous comments of the newspapers it would be a wise thing to publish all of them in a pam phlet with Mr Moores to adorn tho front page and tho pictured of Mrs Henry and Dr Wilson and Hon Moses Kaufman over their trio utes It PamPhlejHOBERT Mr James E HughesII enclose you 100 to keep the Blade going I think the Blade t much better than ever Nothing ini Freithinkersmust havo something more mlldl There are quite a number of now magazines starting up In our line IU will bo a little hard on us old fellow to take them all and keep up thcJo standbys that have cut out the underbrush You can bank on mo asa regular subscriber to the Blade Please send mea few Blades with funeral addresses In to Brother Moore1 If you have any of them left I wont to send them to TEBBE frIendsLIP LETTER SENT TO IndlanalMrse death of your husband and was 5 deed sorry to learn of yours as well as the publics great loss I hayISp copy of his paper Tho BlueGrass Blade published at Wee jtimuchgtwritewritten by him now at your cori lonco and for sale by you Especialfi- wonlfi I love to have his whole 1lt hlstoryj I qncloso stamped eaJope hoping to hear from you at convenience JAS J CUNNING VERY SENSIBLE IDEA Meigs Georgia Jas E Hughes enclosed find money order for one liar and fifty cents for which move my subscription to B G B six the and send to A S Brasweed- ear I do not think any ono the B B until they tether Its going to be worth K r notR BORDERS THIS Indiana James E Hughes Enclosed find one dollar to renew my subscription to the Blade I have only been reading the Blade one year but think a great deal of it We all miss C C Moore as editor but so far i think you have made the Blado a splendid paper and hope it may con tinue and Improve AUGUS iUS NOE FROM AN OLD TIMER Clinton Iowa James E Hughes A cannot express to you how deeply Iifeel for you in your present dertaking But were I a millionaire I would give you such a boost thatI would make your head swim and it never would be necessary for you to worry over the success of the Blade But as I am not I will do what little I can atpresent to help you to tide over the hard spot Inclosed find 500 to apply as follows 150 to new subscription of Aug 6th Blade toI James McNlcoll 16 Lawrence street Dundee Scotland 100 to renew my own subscrIption 100 for memorial pamphlets and the balance for yourself I find that gets to the bottom of my pile for this time I am now well up In years 77 and have not lots of the filthy to keep me from the poor house though I hope enough The Blade is a very welcome visitor eachI week and I hope your delinquents will take a tumble and govern themselves accordingly The paper is grand and if It were one fold more making eight leaves I would keep every one and bind them I will send along one of our dailies with one of my mathema tical puzzles JAMES A GREEN HILL WE ARE NOT SO SLOW James E Hughes- I herewith enclose draft for 200 fur the good of the order I was not foreordained or predestined for a soli Jr and If I was I rarely meet any I in my associations who talk as believe I believe In defending ones h uf1H t ftmnotdlsjw cal- i Invite controversy and antagonism lL initiating discussion I would be I to help extend the circulation olftho Blade but without an invlta tlih from some one that they are lean ing our way I do not like to tackle tham for the above reason I expect to leave here soon and I wish you Would retain the paper until I know where I want It sent The Blade Is deserving of great praise but we cant help but miss our dear Brother Moore fromI columns when I get located I want I Dr Wilsons book I think he Is one of the greatest writers of the present day but the Blade has several other contributors that are hard to beat Inci dentally I might mention that the present editor isnt so slow WIL SON IAES PREFERS THE BLADE Boone Iowa Mr James E Hughes Dear SlrI think the Blade is bet ter than ever and I will take it as long as live and pay for It My time Is limited perhaps zany live a few years but age is going up on me I was born February 18 1828 My wife Is sick anti has been for two months and is under the doctors care as well as myself for which I think will be a big bill for mo to pay There is only three in our family ono son I have a Ijpmo of my own free from all debts havo been taking tho Blade since and tho Truth Seeker had your fatting out I had taken the Truth Sibker when D M Bonnet was tho Ctor did not like tho way McDon all was doing hence tho Blue GrassI Bade I do hope that you will sue cced In getting many more subscribers and also tho cash for the Blade If jossibly can I will try and get you a few subscribers HENRY KEMBEL WHOLL TAKE THIS TASK Eldorado Springs Mo James E Hughes Dear SlrI hereby congratulate you on tho Blade since you assumed the edltorlalshlp I do not like to maoC invidious comparisons but while the lute C C Mooro was a man of marked character and stood up for the prlncl pTs he advocated his manner of writ lug made no converts It seems me that most of the freethought pers lose sight of the fact that thei to1lneStigate composing the Blblo tell substantially same thing It seems to me It bo much better for our cause My issue of Freethought irticlo written by on tho papersl I he iow Testament where he forcibly ind Inconsistently set forth that where tho witnesses testifying in the case absolutely contradict each other or the witness makes statements In opposite directions proving their testl jiony valuable I will anIcite too instances Math ch 10 where Jesus sends forth the twelfth preacher and j preach to Jows only forbldiog them to go In tho way of the Gentiles nor among the Samaritans should they go see v and and In verso Jesus tolls them they shall not have time to go over the cities of Israel until the Son of Man become Yet the same writer tells us that after the resurrec icn Jesus met them in a mountain in Jalllea and told them to go into all he world to preach his Gospel And ioo Peters somersault where In the i ue acts ho sees the great sheet of living creatures is told to slay and eat as rlged a Jew as he was who believed that Jesus was the promised Messiah and got the approval of Jesus where he builds his church on Peter as a foundation Well perhaps I weary you but this is all can do for the cause to sug best a few Items from among the mu- ltitudeDAVID SHMID THE MEMORIAL PAMPHLET Beevllle Texas Mr James E Hughes I enclose you check for 500 for last and this years subscription for the Blade I owe you for one Dog Fennel Send me another Dog Fennel and i want 10 copies of the pamphlet that is to he gotten out with Dr Wilson Mrs Henry and Hon Moses Kauf mans eulogies over the late ft Moore Please extend my sympathy to the family In his loss Freethought- has lost a friend that will be hard toIreplace I wish you and the Blade much success Send me one or two copies of Blade containing eulogies of Mr Moor and tho answer to Dr Wil sons friends letters of condolenceW- J STATEN WEPT EVEN AS HE WROTE Hoovervllle Pa James E Hughes- I have not written to the Blade for a long time Well there are better writers who can and do All of us I think feel the loss of our pure good noble hearted dear old brother Moore His intentions were grand his motives were pure but like all of us ho erred in some things Yet to say the least he was honest He possess ed that one virtue that so many peo plo do not I am writing this through tears as I mentally behold big poor wife children and friendafstand weep- Ing as his remains were being con signed to the earth I dona know that I am more sympathetic than many others but I how often I have In my immaglnatlon stood at his bed side and at his funeral and wept like a child but why weep We cannot call him back We would not He suffered enough He Is forever at rest embraced In the arms of that dreamless sleep that knows no end hope the Blade will even grow better all the time I want three copies of Moore Memorial pamphlet R LINOEL WILLING BUT UNABLE Phillips I T Dear SlrFIntl enclosed one dollar In post office money order for which extend my subscription for another year Dear Hughes it would afford me a great pleasure were I able to help you more but I am not We coal miners are now thrown into a big strike and nobody knows not even God what the outcome will be Your paper Is better than ever Your edl torlals are masterpieces I hops the time will come when the Liberals will wake up and appreciate your worth NEB TELL BIG FRANKLIN ANNIVERSARY Philadelphia Pa Mr James E Hughes- I fully appreciate your efforts to maintain the Blade and I do know something about the expense of publishing a paper and the loch of financial appreciation of the great number of socalled liberals who think a dollar ii an immense sacrifice and many of thclm thought nothing of giving from 1200 Jo 2500 a year to a church for a pew and yet they think that Liberalism can be run on less money without advertising patronage My experience IsWhat those who are ac tire want something that shows results That I find Is desired and it is well to nave something that shows resultsI say Instead of those long polemic articles that you have a column or letter from a specialist in 9Philadelphiavival of the old time religion by tho Torrey and Alexandria combination They are spending about 35000 per day for meetings How ia that for igious worok I will send you a sormon preached- In Norfolk Va which has excited tho wrath of an orthodox layman to such as to rush into pinsshould tar and feather the preacher and that he would bo tho first to placo the tar and feathers on Now to get these papers with the original sermons in costs time and money and I have found that many of our liberal papers and writers never give the credit to tho sender and it seems to mo a lack of editorial courtesy any preacher who makes a departure from the regular orthodox plan should at least bo encouraged byta liberal paper We are to have a two hundredth an niversary of Franklins birthday in r his city when the son of Darwin is to be the Chief orator Of the philoso t phic Society Paine was one of the rb early members Now if you will an nourCe lIt the Blado that there is to be tho greatest inter natlon celebra tlon ever held in America in honor of b an Infidel and that the Blade will give Its readers the reportI think that will be tho means of showing these up Lot me know what you think aboutit If a dally news paper will give tspace to a liberal paersons sermon why not aradicalJAS B ELLIOTT FROM AN OLD SUBSCRIBER Excelsior Ohio James E Hughes Although I am getting old I donttrant to leave this world yet in fact would rather remain here for all time than go to the Christian heaven know that some of my friends or oven my enemies wero rrolng to the Chris tian hell It Is a great comfort and satisfaction to me to know that death ends life and all and that we cannot Ive when we dead nly JnJLhe memory of those weleave behind and memory be that we have livedyfor the best and done the best we could for this world the only one we know anything about It would be a great satisfaction to me if I could know that Brother Wilson and Mrs Itnry could deliver the address at iy funeral knowing that they would the truth which tho clergy will not do sit and listened to a funeral sermon yesterday his text being If a f man die shall he live again he could net or did not glvo any satisfactory evidence in the affirmative if he would have let me take his bible Mrsaneswered it Job vII as the cloud l vanlsheth and passed away so he that J goeth down the grave cometh up no more again Ecclesiastes 19 that which befaleth the sons of men be falleth beast as the ono dieth so dleth the other they have the one breath so that a man hah no preeminence above a beast of course we have no witness to put on the stand as to any future but all we need Is to have the j privilege of cross questioning theiry1 rlJImocl 1butyou are doing a good and grand workJWish that Brother Moore had lived tofJJAIINNEYThe Blue Grass Blade is here to stay and we want all our friends to work toward getting the largest clr culation of any Freethought paper in the country GREATEST DISCOVERIES OF SCIENCE EVER MADEG- OD SATAN AND IOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS CON SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH e The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through Its ilkTheSpe1l1ngandporary International Instructor for the church j t formallyorganizeand organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY worshipIng r yt p06terftyfrom rr appllC3tlon r yt a for a years subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do It now i iIj J iL7 l lr t4tt R rr f- J Ii if ff r F I ili WHO ARE THE INFIDEL- Well Known and Widely Admired Writer Expresses his Views An Important Subject for Benefit of Blade Readers By OTTO WETl STEIN What have Infidels over done for the uplifting of mankindwhat leges asylums etc have they bull scornfully Inquires the preacher In comparison with what Christians have accomplished may be very little numlberIn comparison with the relative wealth and opportunities of believers and un believers vastly more than Christians But please Mr Preacher first be fair above all else give us the time and op portunlty to demonstrate what we de sire to do for general reform when able to do so Paupers cant build unl versifies and feed and clothe other starving ones Give us an eqaul chance flVoffices of Influence and power to occu py profitable positions socially politically equal with yours to enable us to acquire the means necessary for this great work This as yet you have never do This duty towards your fellowm you have never fulfilled Our natural I rights you have continually vlolat It Is scarcely a century since you bu r ed the heretic for the glory of God or to prevent the Impending destruction of your church at the stake scarcely fifty years since you enforced their silence in dungeons and even nowIn this age of the sciences and higher culturewhen Der Zeitgeist spirit of the times should awaken nobler thoughts and feelings of generosity towards all mankind you tinue In a petty way your work of persecution and do everything In your power and would cheerfully do more If you could to malign use to mlsrep resent our motives and to Injure us socially politically and financially You know this Is true By such means you cause Indirectly a great many good but weak peo pie to suppress their real unbellef to become hypocrites and scycophants to refuse assistance to Freetbou ght propaganda in any form and indeed profess allegiance and pay their mono jfft ey to that faith which not only prom es them treasures in heaven but ac r lually beatowa them for hypocrisy on and nothing else is the sole source of your wealth and strength day if the masses could obtain more social political and financial advan tages without the church than In ItIhow long do you suppose sensible men and women would continue to ten to your antediluvian tales of myths and miracles Second call the Infidel by a respectable name Naturalist will do because Infidel and Unbellevdr senseIwho fearlessly attacks your supersti Lion Instead of being unfaithful to truth principle and honor he will sac riflce wealth comforts and position rather than to violate the first one of these principles Instead of being an unbeliever he Is the opposite and believes in all that is reality fact aelf evident and demonstrable by science and ionic The basis of his faith Is Nature the infinite cosmic all In this he believes and that it contains within its own constituents the source and sole cause of Its con thisIigreat temple of reformgrander than any ever built of stoneand dedicate biful grand moral ethical and aesthe deal Our unbelief confines itself strictly to false hypothesis childish fables miracles and doctrines which we know cannot be true Prove your myths and we will fall at your feet and worship with you But you cannot do Ittherefore are ou the Infidels and unbelievers faithless to truths and principles cause as you ignore selfevident facts science and reason Unbelievers be causo you ignore Nature reality fact and refuse to believe the evidences the senses and science Consequently we in deed are the true bellvers you tho real miserable foolish unbelievers as ouhavpso often called us til Thirdly attack our moUv and character as Individuals and members out of society so In the great struggle and for existence will have a fair and equal share with you and so our work and deeds will receive due recog nltlon and deserved compensation You have ruled the world now for nearly two thousand years have urped prerogatives and power whe er Just or unjust But at last thanks to the noble efforts of sceptical sclen stswe stand upon a footing of equal rights With you In the arena of debate and challenge you for final cpm bat in the great struggle of sclenc vs myths facts vs miracles knowldso of Li mJiLJ4 LaP Ii vs froth and reason vs superstition Therefore if you are honest and real willScon suffering caused In largo proporti by the many billions you have squan dered annually in extravagant edifices onpompous shows sensuality and fat salaries give us a chance tot us ale be honest Impartial and extend to equal rights Divide the vast subsidies you now receive annually from the state a private sources in the form of taxi dues donations and legacies from poor miserable slnnersto save their wretched souls from the In lng gaping seething sulphurous fu ing caverns of the rlble ho which you Invented and now keep a smouldering for that very purpose with us and we will soon show you what e will accomplish say In many hundred years what you ha sadly failed to accomplish in so thousandsa world without super tion without a church without br force without n prison and gallowsJ ATHEISM AS And MORAL FACTOR Question Discussed by a Chicago Cn0 n ententlons of the Blade edBy OTTO WETTSTEIN Brother HughesAs supplementary to your able editorial in reply to Rabbi Hlrshs slanderous attack on Atheists I submit the following gem from a sermon by the late Prof David Swing yeofbeen the most Intellectual and quent preacher who ever graced a Chicago pulpitAnd the church ed him out Professor Swing The man is to be pitied who asks the temple of religion to teach him not to cheat or slander or destroy fellow man All those virtues he could learn at the feet of an Atheist No one can object to any such acceptance of aid from the church Protestant Catholic or Pagan but one may well pity the mind which cannot see that Integrity does not repose upon Chris tlanlty or religion for its base It reposes upon that reason that Intelll gence that outspread human life upon which religion Itself rests Mr Brad laugh was not a believer in a God or a religion soft yet should that mammal t told a falsehood the public would have loch shocked as though the falsehoods had been told by a clergyman or an archbishop No high ton ed Atheist will soil his lips with a lie This horror of falsehood come whence the falsehood may teaches us that cleft itself is founded upon righteous ness and that religion Instead of Ing the sole cause of honor Is onlj a sentiment of love flaming up to wards the Creator of man and his world Even to the Atheists the young man can repair to learn the true great ness of the profession of the law and the infamy of falsehood Some of theI modern reforms throw away half of their momentus by teaching our young men that the church Christ and God command them away from the ruinous cup and to break away from any harmful vice Powerful as this command Is It omits that vast stream of elo quence which pours forth from the eth ics of the world Does Jesus of Nazar eth urge the life of temperance So does Atheism Join in the entreaty and forbids any youth to soil his life or his mind In any form of pollution The church Indeed speaks but Its voice is weak when compared with the sol cmn tones of all nations and times the voice of the entire race of rational eings John Stuart Mill was honest and noble but the church could have added nothing to the honor of Mill or of Harriet Mnrtlneau that was spotless all the temple could have done was to make the world under their feet tho home of a God and death the gateway to a richer existence High Bridge Park formerly knot the Palisades at High Bridge Ky has been purchased by the managet meat of tho Queen 7ho have Improved It by building a large dance hall with a fine hardwocd tfcor They will have an excellent band of musicians there every othi Sunday commencing April 22nd con to and Qsthe grove built a now dining hall have let the privilege of supplying meals to Mr Breen who will male chicken dinners a specialty servin troth meals a la carte and dex table hole Special rates will be mad toA lodges societies and Sunday School plWpossible will be done to make It CO1A venlent and the most popular resort In Kentucky for picnics etc Any InCorW matlon as to dates and rates will be gladly furnished by Mr W C sonG P A Cincinnati Ohio or an the Ticket AgentsI t AI l CLERGY ARE NB lnCriminal Statlctlcs as Bet nPreachers and Actors Deck Against the SkyPilots neCleveland 0 March 23 usA poll has been made of prisons of the United States mine whether they contain reversndetaasome uncertainty cancer the right of some of the Incarcerated npersons to be regarded either as of ii fampatently not be compelled to pa t 1000 he has promised to glue to char ity If It were proved that there wore more actors than clergymen In prison asNevertheless the polls Indicate that g10sti tkttain was moved to make this novel offer by Indignation on account of the action of the Plttsburg C A in declining to receive an actor Into Its membership merely upon the ground that he was an actor The comedian in offering to give his money away defended his profession can ing attention to the manner in which the stage lightens the cares of life educates the public and Is always i charity to the high character and pute of so many of the stage folk and to the fact that the actor Is no synonym for singer He compared the laughter making mission of the actor with what he termed the gloomy aspect of the man of the pulpit declaring that as Ibeneficentmlsslonary to mankind the stage was at least as valuable as the church IelIr Dlxey declared that the action of the PItts burg Y M A was one of bigotry He ascribed the bigotry ex Isting among clergymen to their lg norance of Ufeof men and things which leaves them unqualified to judges clearly and without prejudice The actor on the contrary lived In the world and was constantly holding the mirror up to nature teaching great truths and correcting evils Aside from considering men as to whose antecedents there is doubt the poll of the prisons stands as follow Arkansas Four clergymen no act ors ArizonaTwo clergymen no a rs ConnecticutOne clergyman ncjjac tors coiujanu irouiurtiyiiieu uf uctr DelawareNo one of either Flrlda Many colored preache 0 actors orglaSeven negro preachers no actors Idaho No clergymen or actors IndianaNeither clergymen or ac tors IowaThree actors no clergy e KansasOne negro preacher noI actors Kentucky Three ministers one actor Louisiana None of either MaineNeither clergyman nor ac tor Maryland No clergymen one actor a minstrel MassachusettsNeither profession represented Michigan Ono actorone cle SI man fMinnesota Three actors one cler gym an Missouri One actress no s mon l tNebrasll1Nono actors New Jersey Four ministers nojjac tors f OUlQtbothNew MexicoNone of either North CarolinaNone of either North Dakota None of either Oklahoma None of either a Oregon None of either PennsylvaniaNone of either South Dakota None of either Rhode IslandOne clergyman no actors j South CarolinaNo actors no vnhite mlnlstersftoTexasNine clergymen no actors UtahNever nad one of either pro fesslonIf nrman t to VIrginIaOne preacher dark4no WIsconsinNItIWyoming No preachers one had a n nctorI of Cds long as priest require cash f Zeal for their faith to kindle Their cause will be an ugly splash A vulgar fraud a mass of trash broad stupendous swindle Jir ere there a God that ruled li- eJchurchtltemptationrbesmirchY I The pockets of the nation ji Vrf there a God who heeded men To reach a free salvation Some spirit priests would como and then They could fly back to heaven when In danger of starvation Jesus the Christ himself would co And preach Instead of staying iTo dt the Poplsts gnaw his thumb also to hear an angel strum Or list to seraphs praying fiameslgAway with deifying names makingeprovinh0Wichita Kansas THE WOMAN IN CASntSate Secrets Leak Because of a big Row Between Roosevelt and Pre In the Catholic Church In 1America About two weeks ago Roosevelt re called Bellamy Storer U S Minister to Austria The reports given out at the time were that the cause was ow Ing to Storers neglect of official ties that he was not prompt In a tenlllng to business and that impor tant letters remained unanswered for week soIt leaked out later that the real cause was owing to Mrs Storers am bltlon to inakoAJohn Ireland a Cardln al of the Holy Roman Catholic Church in America First as to the Storers who are cinnati people Mrs Storer became a convert to the Catholic faith she Is older than her husband and has several millions while he has naught so she wears the pantaloons Sho dressed little boy Bellamy up one bright Sunday morning put on him a nice ruffled waist and lavender tie and combed his hair right slick and sent him off to join the Catholic church Mrs Storers Confessor showed the little boy Bellamy the wonderful future that would open up to him If he would only Join the Catholic church It would soon be In power In America and If he would be a good little boy ho might some day be president So Bellamy became a Catholic a good Catholic Protestants who get nutty and like a crab locomote back TVarus aW always the greatest bigots in the worldMrs Commander Storer and little boy Bellamy not only came good but decidedly devoted Catholics When McKinley became President the Catholic church pushed Bellamy for Assistant Secretary of Statea osition nnof the State McKinley had flirted longI and vigorously with Old Petticoats Rome and had to put him In but t fiery Foraker of Ohio wouldnt have It and raised such a kick that McKln ley said he would have to send himcAmbassador to a foreign country The farther away the better said Foraker Send him to Russia He Is rich and can afford to buy furs But ho was sent to Spain because Spain is a Catholic countr So 2JltrtAmbassadors from the U S He w given the assurance of promotion and his next step was to the Catholic Cou of Ambassador Storer who seemed to have been the head push of the Embassy busied herself with the State Department at Washington to such an extent In the Interests of the Catholic Party In the U S that Roosevelt put the Storors in official cold storage Marie Bellamy et al The story of the Scorers would be mighty Interesting reading no doubt and it Is pity the country will never know all that Is back of this bounce Anyhow this much has come to light Mrs Storer was rootln for Ireland for American Cardinals and working all the political Influence at her command to accomplish her end At the same time other dear Catholic slsterlngs were pulling the political strings for their favorite buttes of pious pompositY One story goes that this Pope dont like to be buzzed by so many women and complained to Roosevelt In ame of the Virgin and all the saints brush the flies away pad Roosevelt to protect his wholeyness cal ed the chattering lobbyists off I Another story is that Mrs Storerc made herself offensive as the wife the American minister in her teal activity In the Interests of atholic church so Roosevelt calls her down It Thisis hardly as offensive as his own political activity In the Interests of Catholic church life sending o Rpme establishing a precede never before dared by a President a high crime against the Constltu in and he ought to have been peached for It His manipulating the payments 600000 to the Pope for the friar fnds In the Philippines which wo II had already bought was felt a bill for the Catholic vote wbjh he got and which elected him an which counts for his big majO would become Roosevelt r1t1It W Scorers for pernicious In the interests of the le should first ow cathOIlC1lurCb this all nasty business and the people tnould know the inside of such affair It is prol- able that the Pope dont ant Ireton- or a Cardinal as retort Is a little more of an American thin the other candidates All this dealing with tome shows that this country Is Holding secret diplomatic relations with the Papacy as much so In fact as If the Papal egate was an accredited ambassador Rome is gradually working up to tli achievement and the sending of Taft to the Vatican was the opening wedge for sending nn ambassador to Rome E- got Roosevelt should beware McKlnley mixed up with Ireland and t Pope and lost his life after all of h truckling to Home for political favors History might repeat Itself Of course It was never the Intention of either McKinley or Roosevelt to do more than males promises to Rome for exchange of the Catholic vote McKlnley couldnt make good hi promises Roosevelt Is standing o dangerous ground The next time o of these fellows shoots a President wtbelieved But each to the Storers Mrs r says that she has proofs of rig on her side and threatens to reveal a whole lot If anything more is said She Insinuates that she had received encouragement from men higfi up ta affairs of state and there is no doubt but what she has Rest assured that Roosevelt would never have taken this step unless there Is a bomb secreted somewhere which he feared would explode The people have u right to know the side of all the affairs of state but wo know absolutely nothing of the ram callty going on in the state department It is not good for the people you know to know of these high and mighty things For their own good they should be kept Ignorant of what their clerks are doing This scheme of making Ireland a cardinal dates from away back to the time when Roosevelt was governor of New York sad McKlnley was President and a big he lilac was In every morning papersa ng IRELAND VISITS McKINLEY Mrs Storer has published her first letter from Roosevelt which will Interesting to my readers Rooseve- was then Governor of Now York Here is the letter I have Just received your letter eed not say what a pleasure It would e for me to do anything for Archbishop Ireland You know how high a re Hhe m which in my opinion must prevail In the United States If the Catholic is to atttaln Its full measure of power and usefulness wih our people and our form of government For a Liberal Policy I absolutely agree with what Judge Tuft says to you In his letter of March thsis s problem as a whole affects rrte actionary or m any way antiAmerican spirit In ecclesiastical affairs would In America in the long run result In aster just as certainly as a similar course In political affairs I may add that tho bigoted opponents of Catho llcism are those most anxious to see triumph within the ranks of Catholl csm this reactionary spirit and th throwing out of men who have Shown broad liberalism and Americanism their policy Of course I do not fe justified In interfering In any way directly or indirectly In tho matter at the Vatican but It is only fair Jn re sponso to your letter that I should write you fully and frankly of my great appreciation of Archbishop Ireland and of my firm conviction that the real future of the Catholic church r In America rests with those who In the main work along his lines heyou may bo interested to know of the large percentage of Catholics without exception men standing as 1high in capacity as In Integrity whom have placed on various important in this state Sought Their Promotion 1So much for that part of my letter n matdr will be of any assistance to you or not but hOpe so I need not tell you ditIt powert f a Very hard tlm Madrid and I earnestly hope tha thme country which you anti Bellamy have will result In Its proper reward and In your being transferred In the m b apaRESa7r not distant future to Rome or better still Paris In this letter Roosevelt Is cautious extremely cautious and while not came mlttlng himself to Catholic favor points out the rewards which as gov ernor ho had bestowed upon then churchIf letter and recent proceed ings reveal anything at all they veal that the Catholic church is neck lotdIngton that the people should know I firmly believe that secret diplomatic business is being exchanged with the Vatican It will all come out some day when this country will get a gen eral turning over which it needs bad Rome is desperate for her verytlife now depends upon the hold she scnn get on this country and on Eng land Will she get It No Why Be cause she loses out where she Is best known and longest thrived and It Is 4oo Into In this day of progress to es advanceisIns her powers over children an9un fortunately for her she cannot Impress mature men and women as she In fluences the child When her schemes become generally known and she has Imado herself offensive to the Amerl scan people which she Is certain to n She will get such a set back that shethich countries will soon be done with her W htFROM FIGURES OF THEIR OWN MAKING By the official Catholic directory published byW Wilzlus Co MIlJWaukee and just out it is found that the Catholic population of this coun try is now 12651944 an Increase of 189161 over the previous year The number of children attending paro chial schools is 1000207 an Increase of almost 35000 The above statistics are Interesting inasmuch as Rome always pads her statistics about 26 per cent The In crease of population Is put at 189161 over 1304 What are we to understand by this considering a full half million were born into the church and as many more added to her lut by emigration With a population of nearly 13000000 her natural Increase r with emigration ought to be over a million still according to her own of ficial statistics she has only Increased nrokalso at the Increase of heir school attendance which she puts at 35000 which no doubt Is oleo padded More than a half million born Into tho 3G000ItIf Rome keeps cantering along at this gait she will surely get the country after whilestvah Well good luck ItalmCATHOLICS ARE AFTER MASONSa The Catholics of the country are t aroused and will stand to a man against the laying of tho foundatIonIi 1atThe Catholic societies are all in arms and protests are loud against I the conducting of the exercises by the ItheJ In this country It they had the power and if any minor body didnt like it they would be told to go to the still In this Instance they are devilJMasonic body should not b ieyed over pay other and none of them should be given positions of honor at the Installation of any state tunctIot1i classe1jtasmuchIf the Masons are permitted topper form such ceremonies It Is a press dent fpr others to likewise insist on recognition so in Justice to all secret organizations and to people belonging to no order scat on them all W METHODS i The Organization into a Political Body WAR dOVEnintENT prosisDr llkewlw reslitfajr all of wclcslastlclsa upon State andsocieties IIlreillonpreventinthe corrupt reign byta11Ivlngandfgsle8SCl1tlalaneat oust rest f j l