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Digital page images are linked to the text file. ffrr t7 ft i 1r iM 1 il3 t lI t rIf IJBLnW GRAS BLADE J MIJan rkerWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROAND ESTABLISH TRUTH tiV4 VOLUME XV NUMBER 3ItBIdLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUJDAY APRIL 22 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE Ji JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION- One issue for one yenr10Yin advance In plus tiof Five NEW each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year 4JJRI- Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250A Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection l charges as local banks charge for collecting same fr Make all4mouey orders drafts checks etc payable to James E Hughes Lexington Ky f j When you change your address advise this office I I giving your old as well as the new address 4 When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber jlThe address slip on the paper will show expiration t m of subscription and serve as a receipt as th- date changes as soon as the subscriber paysft ia tSubscriptions to the II are not disconinued4 ynlp qQ cJ b 5Uitn Tli courts invariably d a subscriber respo V sible to the publisher for the subscription price 4ofall papers received until the paper is paid in full and up to date and ordered discon tinnedr1 Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St 1j Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter IAddress all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky 011111 +4 +++++ + 3f + + + ++ 3h+ i EDITORIAL i 4111111 ++ ++ + 4F ++ ++1111111 + + + + Politeness always pays a a a a a Stop chasing those rainbows a a aa One minute wasted is forever lost a a a a a Superstition cannot thrive upon intelligence a a a a a Considering the awful amount of suffering hu inanity must endure to perpetuate itself it is time Jehovah resigned to other and better hands the scepter of the universe and permit the religion of Christ to take its place beside those of Babylon Greece and Hindu a a Political parties with adjustable platfqrms anal guttapercha principles with theft armies of per orators and partizan editors have demon 1strat d their ability to further confound the confusion of Babel The wisest of all in that great owlerie cannot comprehend the fundamental prin ciples of Natures first and greatest law Their political sciences are founded on fooleries their philosophies are born of suppositions they stuff their fat heads by rote and call it education Thus a political party such as we have in control of the government today foolishly imagines itself a vhig ed lion one of the few immortal things that were not born to die Just so long as the American people permit themselves to be regarded as political incapables then so long will he remain the easy prey of designing demagoguesa The race is beginning to understand that it is not necessary to pass the portals of the tomb to make a long voyage on unknown seas to find real pleasure or real pain Could we all be transported Eli jahlike to the orthodox heaven many of us would find it far less tolerable than this old earth and would long to return to fight lifes battles over again If the celestial immigration agents have really issued a true prospectus it is small wonder t i t 1r J that people cling so tenaciously to the old homestead On the other hand to meet the Devil some people could find in him a pleasant companion Is it not sheer folly for the clergy to assume that they can determine who shall be given a harp in the great hereafter and who shall be made to dance to music of a different setting f a a a a The condition of the industrial Lazarus is becom ing more sharply defined than ever Labor is com pelled to seek employment not as a right but as a privilege No man can be a free man while he is dependent upon the good will of another for his Irenu mid KiKlpjr Under suh conditions lie may b a ercu J1 et9utiuf is a3uiveueiucio WHWmmoniiJgenuity ever be able to lift the curse laid oh Adam by his angry Lord f a a a a The world has been made a charnel house and the earth one vast field of carnage wherever the blighting hand of sectarianism has been felt Scarcely any country has peen free from it Listen to the general voice ofa istory Witness the Wal denses and Albigenses on the continent of Europe the Covenanters in Scotland the Protestant perse Ilugenoints Puritan persecutions in America It ris forgedtrJg chains that bound the martyr to th 3take und held the onward march of civilization in iron bonds It has subdued intellect and exalted ignorance r a a REPLYING TO A ORITIO In this weeks letter box there appears a com munication from a subscriber who subjects the present editorial management of the Blade to a sharp and stinging criticism for having perpetrated as it is termed an injustice to the memory of the late Charles C Moore by the admission to its charactert in that article to merit such a criticism the Blades present editor has failed to comprehend it is largely what we make it At a dis Wnce character can only be judged by what is Hyown concerningthelndividual Under such con dons irian will appear in many characters ea tdistinctyot as multifgId1as the persohs SU- dtnghiin g Cha Judging from what lyt Jylitt Cgl1Toore was no P tQlhiS u o e ton brought forth the criticism saw him through different glasses hence a divergence of opinion We have no excuse to offer for publishing the article Apology is altogether unnecessary It had long been a policy of the Blades late editor to publish every article written that concerned him per sonally whether approving or disapproving Long years of association with him gave us an insight into his character that thousands of his readers could not obtain That personal experience con vinced us that in publishing all that has been writ ten about him since his death we have done that which he would have done had he been living Did other and different motives induce the publications the very communication sent in by our critic would have been denied admission to these colunms a a a a a THE EASTER FESTIVAL One week ago the nation was plunged into an ecstacy of socalled divine worship in adulation of an alleged Risen Lord who according to scrip ture and the theological interpretation thereofnot only conquered death by also triumphed over the grave Borrowed from the paganism and orientalism of the ancients the Christian world indulges in fe licitous excesses at this season of each recurring year Thousands of dollars making numerous for tunes in the aggregate are spent in the floral dec orations of the churches its members privily taxed to support them orchestral music is engaged spec ial vocalists hired special programs provided and a special sermon preached all to celebrate an idea a myth a physical impossibility- It is purely natural and in the regular order of prideinits mating birds the rich verdure clad meadows and babbling brooks This comes as a relief from the rigors of the stern winter season The blood flows more rapidly The pulse beats quicker All is health and buoyancy Men and women move with lighter step and lighter hearts Nature seems to have brought every kingdom into a perfect har- mon and the world has become veritable garden of the gods This is spring the most beauteous season of the year a a a a Let us be more just in our actions towards each other We should be ready to excuse rather than to condemn Mercy well becomes those in authority A kind word will accomplish more than an angry frown Love can and will be made the sole capableinto the bright sunlight of the future unobscured by bigotry and withal free from any priestly dom ination Many a young life has been ruined by the coldscorn of unfeeling hearts when one word of love ono word of sympathy and cheer might havQ saved them Church people can never realize the broughthome islpi 1tl r F ages mankind has nelulged in a spring festi dynastiesforgottenfancperjAated the notion of a glorious welcome to the retiming balmy season without a thought of re ligid worship Christianity a flagrant plagiarist at tI best but an ascetic eclecticism appropriated the lagan festival and distorted into a period of religious worship the better to foster the growth of theicreeds T sing an scriptural sanction the clergy liajjappropriated the celebration of spring entire i he church Texts arc quoted approvingly and- init port of their theories Behind their advocacy lies he Messianic promise to the Jews its fulfill men andapplication S lolastic thought has long been convinced that assu lug the legend of Jesus to be true his coming was not even a probable fulfilment of the prophecy Wli t the Jews were looking for was a temporal del erer He who could and would wrest control in Jud a from the hands of the Roman tyrant and be theJea King the title was placed above his head on pracficfurthercIigtPjior to this period the Jews had met with num erojlp reverses Years of captivity first in Egypt in Babylon had blunted their intellect anSfyet in some respects it had been sharpened by conwct with the surrounding cults the captives os5rbing and assimilating much of the habits and cusroms of their captors In precisely the same manner have the Ethiopians now in America as American civilization and education by convict and association although at first they were igij ant and barbarous naked and uncouth sav age Unitarian in their notions of deity the Jews hid made innumerable sacrifices in the shape of an placedonin vain and is felt necessary to make fin offering of n god JLXOd an extraordinary god only would suffice ao uaa u cter6Y 6t e otnrrst two separate and distinct natures Thus Christ is given a human nature and a divine nature Now the ques tion arises which part of Christs nature was it that died on the cross f Was it the human or the divine If it was the human part then might it not be asked if some other or any other human be ing would not have answered the same purpose If it was the divine then we are to assume that God the mighty maker died for man his creatures sins The Creator suffering an iguominous death as a malefactor for the creature he had created The Jews are commonly accused of being respon sible for the crucifixion of Christ True they could have saved him when Pilate asked whom he should release unto them in accordance with Jewish cus tom at the Passover feast But they asked only for the release of Barrabas Withal Christ was charged with sedition against the Roman govern ment tried ina Roman tribunal before a Roman governor put to death by the Roman soldiery and by crucifixion the Roman method of capital pun puthimas periodWhenthat it is impossible for any imaginary God or son of God to offer to them a crucified bill of indemnity as a complete redemption from sin then will the world grow purer and better as teaching to throwaway the divine crutch upon which they have too long been leaning and rely upon individual effort for individualreward a a a a a PAINE AND GIRARD It is a significant fact that there is not a single state in the union that has yet dared to suggest the names of Thomas Paine and Stephen Girard for a place in the national Hall of Fame Could these distinguished humanitarians have their own way about it and considering some of the names men tioned for this purpose it is doubtful if they would accept such honor Yet it would be a fitting trib ute to their memories had some state been found willing to father them Pennsylvania has lost a golden opportunity to immortalize herself with them as both found a home and worked for human salvation in the Quaker City The names of Thomas Paine and Stephen Girard are graven in letters of gold on the great heart of humanity This is their eternal Hall of Fame It is imperishable only with the race Yet there will be men to find a place in this national gallery who were little better if any than the cube root of a vacuum the net products of nothing If we may be allowed to judge of a tree by its fruit then there is small danger that either of these great men will ever be forgotten If high honor be to those who to escape the wrath of an angry God and wear an immortalcrown take up the burden of the cross believing how much more should bo meted out to those who seeing at the end of lifes fitful fever on ly an everdreamless sleep performs works of greater worth and merit To all intents and purposes J 1 iuplayed the man Both were as firm in their human love as the orthodox devil is in hate and both wove from the gold in their own hearts a robe of immor 1Doto was not his pen and brain wrest American independence Iron the reluctant hands of tyrants f When Phil delphia was plaguestricken Girard stood and work ed and labored while the sanctified horde of rtY- ers fled the city Although these preachers read their titles clear to mansions in the couldIIa mothers son of them were anxious to Stephen Girard the atheist became a nurse and through the long hot days and fever laden nights he toiled from house to house beating back the pestilence seeking to succor and to save Picture this grim old man possessed of enormous wealth pacing the floor of a poor tenement house in the dead hours of night and crooning a lullaby to a nameless babe breathing out its life upon his bosom Love thy neighbor as thyself so reads the law but Stephen Girard went beyond the statute In faith and hope the world will disagree But all mankinds concern is Charity Paine assailed religious shams and Girard excluded the sectarian clergy from the college he founded because of their quarrelsome disputes anent points of religious doctrine For this both have been made the victims of Christian calumny Their calumina tions were but encomiums their abuse of these great men were laurel wreaths Now we come to think of it we are of the opinion that both Paine and Girard were far too good too noble and too pure to be put in the Hall of Fame They are deserving of better company than to be with some who are to get in a a a a FREETHOUGHT AMONG THE ANCIENTS tA tt ueuovun wnoever that may have been was mis itakenRobert 7 lG Ingersoll il Zeus whoso Zeus isEuripides iMany halfinformed halfeducated advocates of IChristianity are wont to assume and frequently do assert that Freethought is a production of modern times scarcely old enough to demand rec Iognition as a system or basis of belief but there will be found a striking resemblance between the iJ sentences quoted above which will prove that even ras Ingersoll disbelieved what the Christian Church taught and still teaches concerning deity so the ispirit of scepticism existed in ancient Greece and h very frequently found expression in their writ ingsThe tbold utterance of Ingersoll was made twenty years ago and at the time it gave special offense to Joseph Cook the Boston clownpreacher and it is only fair to assume that Euripides sent a shock through the Greek theologians of his day by such bold and daring expression- It was not the mere charge of infallibility against the deity made by Ingersoll that hurt the feelings of Joseph Cook but the imputation contained in the remark that the God which Mr Cook worship ped was but a myth True it was an attitude of defiance that Ingersoll took toward Jehovah and Cook accused him of irreverence It was almost enough to make the galled jade wince for Inger soll had practically dismissed Cooks God from the Universe with a wave of his hand This iconoclasm so characteristic of Ingersoll so distinctly modern in its note was the masterspirit of the famous Greek poet Euripides Eschylus rep resented the nbsolutefaith of the earliest Greeks in worshippedEuripides personaebutmade human and all characters were subjected toIthe same method of treatment The Greek philos opher saw and xmderstood that the gods were ipowerless when confronted with humanity He saw the despotism that lay behind religious wor ship He was an individualist as well as an icon mercyToroan and to measure men in this day by such a standard how many really nobleman would be found Thus it was that the Greek dramatist and the American philosopher are brought into agesthroughern Freethought then is not new It antedates the Edcnic age If there be a God it must bo from him and of him for even a God must both loveIand advocate liberty otherwise he becomes a slave wS unto himself Freethought foils to make itself ifelt in the same proportion as the church power for tihe reason thatthe latter is more militant and man Continued on page four first column lx t r rr Till 1 t r FELIX OSWALD WRITES ON OF OUR LATE EDITOR 1LIFE FROM ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT LIB t ERAL WRITERS IN AMERICASOME PARTICULARS OF EDI TOR MOORES CHARACTER NOT PREVIOUSLY TOUCHED UPON r kr By FEI4X L IWhen Baron Humboldt returned from his geological survey of the Rus sian Empire a Berlin editor asked him to outline the results of his expedition or at least mention his maximum achievements Did he accomplish his I chief treasure troves In the Ural Yes In the South and Central Ural said the renowned traveler with one exception In a log cabin near Irkutsk I found a man who preferred since l ity and Siberia to compromise and men of that kind an ill reward ed politician and an unrewarded creed founder died near Cincinnati within t the last six weeks and their tempest tossed career with the grave now as its only haven Is really a triumph of manhood and mankind Loyalty to conviction is so rare and so much more Important than conformity to t any special tenet that an American y reformer proposed to transfer the stigma of infidelity to men whos words belle their real beliefs l No Compromise Charles Chilton Moore devoted his life to the propagation of doctrines- that have been violently controverted by freethinkers as well as by conser vatives but his sincerity admits no f doubt whatever Rather than ac cept the least compromise with what he thought mischievous fallacies he preferred poverty to wealth and bitter strife to peace Threats of personal violence could not scare him prisons had no terror for him His reform per the Blue Grass Blade could not be stopped by the dread of snakes i the grass The man with the scythe mowed away in a tempest of hisses and when an ultratrenchant editorial landed him in the Columbus Peniten nary he set his proxies to work and within six weeks contrived to publish an aggravation of his former offense a very ne plus ultra of reckless de that while his friends were moving heaven and earth to mitigate a sentence that would probably have = vnuwi trim rThev did help him out but V IIf he refused to sign any personal petl tion or any promise that would pledge him to a change of program The Blade In fact became so much more violent than ever that he lost half his subscribers but he bade them go to Halicarnassus and hire a hypo criteCouldnt he modify at least one or two of his most unpopular doctrines asked his friends it would have save so much trouble and mend the sub scription lis- tYes Bald Moore catch me re pudlating my life work for a few lars I Nailed to The Mast One of those doctrines was his plan to rout out alcohol with fire and sword He seemed to class its cham pion with poison mongers- A few years ago some of his sub scribers ventured a protest against his Indiscriminate denunciations of the liquor trade Drench drunkenness with boiling ink but dont brand all brewery team sters and hop merchants as crimi reply Moore raked out a still more outspoken phllllpplc and an nounced his intention to nail it to the mast of his ship It was a quotation from Ingersollnot a teetotaler him self or in any sense a prohibitionist but who in some paroxysm of pity over the wailing youngsters of a drunkards home had vented his emotion in a blazing diatribe against every biped tasting touching or handling the d stuff called alcohol That deft was kept flaring on the front page of the Blade and was still fluttering in the gale when the old privateer consigned his sprit to the peace of Nirvana Earthy peace might have been found in the strongholds of prohibition but Moore declined to tent in the camp of the Templars No cross for his flag To the American principle of divorcing church and state he added a demand for the divorce of religion and tradition worship No standard of conduct but the truth of science Aye but what is that truth Doc tors of biology differ and Editor Moores prohibition wars and antlcru sades were supplemented with a guer rills warfare In the bushlond of Dari winism Only his fierce hatred of compro mise barred his way to literary sucI cess He was a humorist as well asI an accomplish controversialist had no latterday rival in the art of summing up a absurdum in a few caustic linesIA Caustic Comment Somewhere in his neighborhood t1 iA OSWALD in Lexington I believe a gang of young revelers went on u slumming trip Their leader under the Influence of what tho Blade called hades extract forced his way into the private home of a negro politician grossly affronted his wife and chased her from room to room till the arrival of her natural protector brought matters to a crisis Words led to blows and blows to a shot that scored the first knockdown for the intruder His friends engaged an able lawyer and the jury finally did acquit him In consideration of the circumstance that he had acted under extreme provocation Thats a fact said Moore theres nothing will provoke a highgrade gen tleman worse than to call on a colored mans wife and find the old man at home When he did not happen to have an antlruui fight on hand he poked into Socialists and Spiritualists and did hiseearly pilgrimage In a shower of brick Blade finally failed to pay penses Storm tossed like no other itdstrained its timbers but whenever it threatened to sing Its owner kept it alloat with overwork on his little farm of Quakeracre some eight miles east of Lexington- In other words he paid a personal assessment price for the privilege of being hooted and harrowed- A mania for martyrdom Not that exactly He tried to steer statenprison sentence brought tears to his eyes but in a choice between retraction and the stake he would have flaunted the taunt of Giordano Bruno Burn me and my books Go ahead You will find that a great deal easier than to refute them Mobbed And Jailed He was twice mobbed four times jailed and it did look as if persecution had at last baited him into morbid bitternessA ago his friends raised a 1J6iaTform of a tour to the coast lands of the Mediterranean and subscribed for sev eral hundred copies of a chronicle that could have been made as entertaining as Sternes Sentimental Journey Anything on that plan would have had a record sale and Bluegrassdom was on tiptoe but the announcement of the title already was disappointing Dog Fennel In the Orient A work In botany then How many of a thous and outsiders could be expected to guess that the township of Quakeracre was locally known as the Dog Fennel ousted by Swift Occas ional selfbanter of personal exper lences offset by sarcastic hits at way side phenomena especially on the hill trails of the Holy Land Reformer Moore would never have forgiven him self the neglect of a chance for a whack at traditional fallacies The hits were undeniable but not always popular A misdirected arrow but withal a feather in the cap of the hun ter who would rather forego the hope of venison than miss such targets as the jackals of Samson A year ago when the storms of versity threatened to swamp the Blade sympathizers urged a relief crew but the old pilot preferred to stick to his post Freightless lifeboat less hopeless almost he still kept the ship to her course and like Dr Holmes would sooner have given her to the god of storms the lightning and the gale than lower the flag of teetotalism and radicalism Not a successful man from Brad streets point of view but made of such stuff as dragon slaying heroes and reformers were made of and In the darkest hours of trouble cheering his followers with a self denying gallantry not easy to forget On Johann Most Johannes Most was a stormtossed mariner with a perilous contempt of cliffs and swamped more than once to the serious detriment of his cargo but like Moore a man who preferred coralreefs to compromise and infernos to inconsistency It has been doubted if an Anarchist can be wholly sincere but the editor of the Freiheit warned his readers against misconceptions- and certainly evinced a perfect faith In the possibility of his Utopia His arguments however daring were strangely plausible The Lead ing strings doctrine said he Is a lacy that has snapped string after string and still we are jogging along fairly well if not a good deal better than before The Romans thought they could not stir without Government augurs a standing army of soothsayers and deputy soothsayers could for IL see the future by watching bl da Well believe it if you like per tellersonal weakness for fortune but do not want to support them byJ om pulsory taxation of skeptics Its the same with oracle priests Druids and dervishes Make them dance at our own expense but dont saddle us lth a Government cultus oven the Kaiser thinks it impossible to Let along without an established cfiyrch Express companies with their tricl attention to damage claims get a hint now easily we might disp nse with the red tape of a Govern lent post officeiFought Government Control Governmentprotected arlstocji its Goverment pampered trusts Ct t it all out An open arena and lets the champions wrestle Ornamental fig ureheads Well put them on our own canoe If you wish but do not ask your neighbors to defray the pense of Princes and Presidents low firmly they once believed we c iuld not move without an anointed ull dozer Now watch us run Pr fee tion and all Government Interfer pee with commerce Is so preposte isly wrong that the nation with the ne rest approach to free trade now collar six dimes of all dollars agoing but line was when custom houses lined 6 cry International border and It Is on rec ord that city Magistrates once tho gh it their duty to regulae he o potcheese and pretzels prlr Experience he added red you of numberless fallacies of that sort and you club me and kick mo r trying to cure you of a few ntore Nearly all that Governments are now doing could be done as well or bitter by private enterprise The nearly indicated some mental teselrvapion and the old radical had fntervaig of faith in some form of law and order but the clubs and kicks did not Inter miL The New York police never gave him a moments rest and tho Krel belt was denounced till its subscribers were afraid to remove the wrapper in public park How often thE editorials had to be dated from the inside of a jail is hard to remember Lock up Most was the first Idea whenever political stormfloods approached the Labor and Small Reward I got so used to stripes said he that I would buy an overcoat of zebra fur to feel quite comfortable Com forts of other sorts would have icon within his reach if be could have teen persuaded to relax his grip on the staff of his firered flag His lectures Un u t IJlrVtmjU a hall speculators repeatedly offered to hire him on shares and his friends did mediate such contracts once or twice but on the whole he preferred open gates and his favorite themes In extra cold winters the old dissenter occasionally took refuge in miscellan eous journalism under some nom de plume generally though he was apt to bo betrayed by the temperature of his ink and by his gift for word ing Das multiplicirt ungeheure Knuteai Reich he called the plrethe multiplied monstrous old Kronberg He could have made his fortune as a manufacturer of cam paign literature but Ignored the poli tics of the day as a mere medley of rival delusionsIa stepI mothers part to such children diversified nursery Ridden with tenIets that spur them to death born much labor and small rewards Yet who knows Exile Kossuth declined commiseration My soul he said has prompted me to Identify my In terests with those of a cause and is satisfied to accept Its compensation in the form of that causes triumphs Most and Moore too perhaps had such hours The editor of the Blade was possibly perfectly sincere when he declared that with a full foreknowl edge of results he would agree to live his life of tolls over againtoils after all repaid and more than repaid In some coin or other The above article from Oswald clip pod from the Cincinnati Sunday En qulrer will be highly gratifying I am sure to all Blade readers As It Is syndicated It will appear in six or eight great Sunday papers over the country and will be read by many most heartily thank Oswald and approve of all he has said withone ception which Is the result no doubt of his not being acquainted with thet credits Mr Moore with over work on his farm to keep the Blade afloat when it threatened to sink He Is mistaken here Since I have been connected with the Blade Mr Moore contributed very little to the support- of the Blade except time and the cost jf paper and postage Mrs Henry myself and others not only did likewise but contributed money while Dir Hughes not only stood the financial losses but contributed his time and labor and went hungry while doV Ing It The credit in floating the Blade over the shoal of peril in each ase primarily was due to my efforts as I took the lead each time sending out an appeal and requesting Mrsc J j Henry to follow with another an through our united influence the mon ey would come in At one serious time Mr Loomlller sent me sufficient mon ey which tided the paper over the rocks On two occasions N F Grls wold the grand old man of Meriden Conn did the same and the paper has thus been kept alive for years without Mr Moore worrying much about it or knowing how it was done Liberals all over the country responded nobl at each critical period of the Blade existence and to them principally th credit is due for tIle survival of th paper through all its stormy career Without their support it would have perished long ago J B W There is also another slight error which needs correction Felix Oswald refers to the township of Quaker acre It is not a township simply the name of Mr Moores farm In this district farms are given names on acount of the many different estab llshments owned by wealthy non residents for the breeding of thorough breds All about him farms had names and falling Into line Mr Moore named his Quakeracre Ed PAYS TRIBUTE DEADfReflections Upon the Death of Susan Anthony by a CaLaborer and Worker for the Emancipation of Woman By MIRALLA M RICKER The great citizen Susan B Anthony passed from our view the 13th of this month She was born a Quaker and was always a Freethinker Her body lay in state at the Central Presbyter Ian church at Rochester N Y But she was never cumbered with creeds The world is my country and to do good is my religion was certainly applicable to the great New York citizen who has passed to the unknown- I became acquainted with her at the first Woman Suffrage Convention held andr20th of January She told me at that time of some of her experiences as a teacher She found that a woman teacher didnt have the rights and privileges of a man teacher though her responsibilities and hours of lab dr were the same In the old days a woman received from 125 to 260 a week and board for teaching A man rccplved four times as much I laugh when I think of the account she gave f me of her attendance on the Teach ers Convention in Rochester II think It was in 1853 She said she wasI a member but she caused a sensation by rising to speak to the question why tho profession of teacher was not as much respected as that of minister lawyer or doctor which had been dis cussed for hours After much discus slon she was allowed to speak She dald Gentlemen do you not see that long as society says a woman Is Incompetent to be a lawyer parson orIdoctor but has ample ability to be a teacher every man of you who chooses this profession tacitly acv knowledges that he hasno more brains than a woman1 Mss Anthonys sense of Justice waslnever outraged for herself alone She in mind always the weaker woIand the children Susan B An thony Elizabeth Cady Stanton andt Matilda Joslyn Gage did much toward securing better laws for the women of Now York They were a trinity that have never been equalled on the suffrage platform or elsewtinre They could see no Providence fighting fortequal suffrage no father in Heaven battling for womans equality They saw Injustice triumph and wrong sust talned by the votes of men and they did not hear the voice of God setting aside the verdict They tried to dot what Providence neglected to doItried to bring more justice more loveI more kindness into the world They were not assisted by priest or parI ions The churches fought themc tooth and claw as they always havet al reforms and reformers But in spite of It all she kept at work she never gave hostages to fortune she had no side Issues She roused andI educated the women Ive heard say many times Freedom cannot be bestowed it must be achieved Educ cation cannot be given It must be She caused the women hink for themselves and In that way they were educated She camp to Dover New Hampshire at my Invltat lion to lecture thirty years ago HerI text was Woman wants bread not the ballot but she showed so plainly that woman needed the ballot to getI bread tha we all thought It the most logical suffrage argument we everI heard She certainly roused the Dovert women to the sense of their political wrongs Looking over Miss Anthonys life e gain a knowledge of the progress- of woman In our country In the old days woman could teach sew keep boarders work in the factories go outv to household service and work in thec provided she worked for tholJ church without money and without- d price Now see what she can do CauseSusan B Anthony A hundred years hence when truth gets a hearing the Muse of His tory dipping her pen In the sunlight will write in tile clear blue above them all the name of Anthony Dover Now Hampshire THE SOUTH AND CINCINNATI thesthatedictum tho wheels of the earth progress would stop I am moved to say that with each visit I male to the White Country I am more deeply Impressed with tho stupidous of that section its power and your eyo on tho South Ja Gould said a quarter of a century ago It is a now country an El Dorado 0 riches Ho was not more prophetic than time has proved rt Is computed that more than 300000000 of has been added to th wealth of th South in the last two years If any part o fthe United States has cause for pride in the censusvreturns of the past 12 months it la that section Providence has been kind throughout Its entire domain Glancing backward during the per iod between the years 1890 and 1900 the capital invested in the cotton belt was Increased from 181417000 to 379407915 or per cent The Southern Cotton Growers Association is an organization with more power than Wall street It literally holds the money power in the hollow of Its hand The result of its conference on Jan uary had a significance of national Import And yet a few words might tell the tale of the result Hold for 15 cents encourage the cultivation of less abreage and larger crops Cotton need fear no rival knowing that it produces In value more than Iron and steel combined Letthe cotton crop but half fall and the heart of Indus try beats more slowly fully fall and the word panic has found a new meaning It would require a brain omniscient to comprehend the vast ness of the product of the past year The idea that India Egypt or any other foreign country will become a formidable competitor of the South in cotton growing need not be seriously considered If ever for the next half century The largest drawback to such a probability is the indifference of the people of Oriental lands to agri cultural pursuits To one thing the outh points with ln Hs couraglng industrial unions Capital is master and will likely remain so The race question is one that the South alone can settle It goes with out saying that the Southerner better knows the negro than does the North erner and for the sake of the entire country should tie allowed to solve the problem as best he may The negro is satisfied In the South and that many of them have developed a tendency to ward economy to hoard their earn- Ings Is looped upon by the South as evidence of Improvement and Is largely encouraged by So today 40 years after the surrenI der of the gallant remnant of federate army at Appomattox we seeIold Dixie rise from the ashes of desoIlation a conqueror of conquerors showing such mighty recuperation as history does not record of any other section of the earth under like condi It would be impossible to con ceive of anything of which the South could be deprived and suffer to any large extent All the products of all generous lands are hers whether cer eals fruits vegetables or minerals not mention her world power cotton In Georgia cotton Is the major com modity but her timber and milling terests are enormous In Alabama iron is still the important factor but coal lime limestone and dolomite are bo reckoned with The same may said of the entire cotton belt There a delusion that seems hard to throt tle in the Northern mind It Is that largest impetus to Southern development obtains through Northern capI In reality the South Is largely owned by Southerners This was not true 20 years ago but is a fact today The South regards as the most signal point in its development the establishment of the land and Industrial agency organized by Mr Samuel Spencer of the Southern Railway Queen Crescent System some years ago This together with the organization of the Richmond Valley system by J P Morgan was taken as birth of the era that has wrought Immense power for the cotton country Following this came the trance of tire Pennsylvania Interest the board of tire C 0 and N W this completing the circle of friendly Interests The Illinois Cen ral originally built to run between Chicago and New Orleans realized the fact that Cincinnati was the logical distributing station for the South and so was made Is Northern terminus Tho manufacturers Record of Baltimore will accept no advertising it be remembered from any other north of the Mason Dixon line no other is likely to advance so much the development of the South- I have been greatly pleased in my recent tours through the Cotton States to recognize the kindly feeling that is growing there for this city It Is an cleat history why an estrangement grew up between us That tlie South felt justifiable In their with drawal of trade from us Is a sentiment shared by many of our own people But old things have passed and the breach has enIas generous spirit of the thattandscan everything needful here with as little expense as else herewith railroad facilities giving us the balance of power The South tributarysas directedy Thisfupon our part to enlarge opportunities of advertising our com mercial strength and to obtain Ideas evolveeI am glad to see the purpose upon the part of the Festival directorate to extend its alms to the enlargement of our rela oftthe Festival by the Industrial Bureau Advertisers and Commercial Clubs and all other organizations that have for their purpose the honor and glory of Cincinnati Is in Itself an object son to the South and proves the evi dence of our own faith In the project The future of this city as a great me tropolls depends upon our own works and that spirit of fairness without which no greatness may be assured During the yellow fever of 1905 the Southern people appealed to the man agement of tho Queen and Crescent Route for extra accommodations for transportations of refugees to the North This was not only readily conceded but Cincinnati most hos pitably opened Its arms to receive them a fact that caused large grati tude through qWClnclnnal 0 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for which you will shove my tab ahead to March 1907 I am more than pleased with the Blade as it comes out now It was never so good as It has been since you have taken full charge of it Success to youJOSEPH MASON Wants the Rome Book Salado Ore Please find enclosed for the renewal of my Blade and for a new subscriber What is tho matter with tho Rome book A OVERLANDER An Editor All Right Birmingham Dear JlmHero is the money for the last five cards I am trying to do all I can I want to compliment you on the appearance of tho Blade She looks better than she ever did I have got the women Inter ested In it and being tho Devils agent some more will be doing ere long All these old subscribers think tho Blade has Improved vastly I didnt know you was an editor but you are one all right L B SHOENFIELD Johnson City TennI enclose you 25 cents in postage stamps Please send me the Blue Grass Blade as long as the stamps last I am sorry that Mr Moore had to pass away He left his mark on tho sand of time May his good work go on He will ever live In the minds of those who know him His work will go down In his tory and posterity I just arrived here A magnificent home The loca tions good cannot help being healthy Four thousand feet above sea level Between the two extremo weathers a1f cold and warm The grounds and surroundings are beautiful We are on a flat peak of the mountain and sur rounded by a range of mountains the air Is pure and the water can not be beat Here I will have an opportunity to rest which I am forced to by age and health without means I feel thankful to be so well blessed though Everything to prolong life and ease as in our declining life tact our surroundings are al that could askedA mind and happiness is all that one should desire and I am going to try and cultivate oppomistlc Ideas and try and surround myself with reading matter and get all the Intellectual feast I can for my limited means I feel that your paper will help me to kill the monotony and give me some thoughts which will drive away the blues and help me to forget the past RICHARD S HIGGINS r An Original Pome Dysart lowaMr Hughes Will you please print these verses for my Pa he takes the Blue Grass Blade and roads It all through the first thing JOHNY Oh Christ Is dead i And his ghost is fled ay up Into the ski es forlornIt torn And I wipe my weeping eyes 1yIfeel bad you bet To hear some fret The way that Jesus dlles But Pa he said Its false Instead And nothing else but IMes- Ho says on his sole There is no tolo v And many the word deal ies Ho says by gosh It is all bosh And he such power dofl1es Theres some that goes To church ho knows And some there are that trlles To be good and true But there Is but tow That are nothing else but gllcs Pa says do good As you orter should And dont get on yourself no fllIes For some that goes To church ho knows And he does such ones dcspiies The Way to Push Things Campbell IowaI hereby send closed a club of five subscribers to jf It t your very much better paper than It has ever been before I can see no reason why tho Liberals cannot give ample support to a paper advocating such a patriotic cause The under signed gave better than three years of his best manhood to defend the natural and constitutional rights of every liberty loving citizen of the vast republic during tho unpleasantness from to and am now three score and ten and two years of age I also send you enclosed a revised copy of a patriotic semireligious effu sion that gavel ease to my cranium and stomach about thirty years since It will bo some consolation to some of the now subscribers to seo in print the poetry enclosed If you think it will bo proper rL T WOMACK THE POETRY Six Thousand Years Air A Thousand Years Join heart and hand beloved freemen Unite and toll Ipa cause so dear Proclaim to the world religious free Though its been crushed six thous and years f Chorus Six thousand years dark superstition Hath drenched the earth with human gore A brighter morn we see now dawning Chasing the monster from our shore Frail ones of earth awake and listen Look to your Inward faults and fears Faults too prone to find in others Though its been so six thousand years ChorusSix thousand years etc Why should we fear while Omnipres once In everything around appears In life or death In isle or ocean The All in All for countless years ChorusSix thousand years etc The galling chains of temporal bond age Hath fallen from man year after year But chains of superstitious slavery Hath bound mens souls six thous and year- sChorusSix thousand years eta But now those chains of crafty bigots Slowly but surely disappear As science advances in her mission Deals death to creeds six thousand years ChorusSix thousand years etc Alsa3Ya selfapf 44i despots The dIe is cast your doom draws near Look back and view remorseless Ings The hordes enslaved six thousand years ChorusSix thousand years etc The love of truth Impels us onward In search of loro ye saints give earl For science truth and human reason Will stem the tide all future years ChorusSix thousand years etc L T WOMACKS Best Paper for the Price Mont Vale Texas Dear Mr Hughes Please find enclosure for another years subscription to tho Blade I consider It the best paper for the money that is published Why not put it at Let those who like dol lar papers read monthlies The only other weekly Freethought published In the United States is three dollars per annum and we all know it is worth every cent of that price still It is not so very much superior to tho Blade especially the last few copies I greatly admire such able and fear less writers as Dr Wilson L K Washburn Franklin Heald and others of that kind I believe we should all say just what we know to be the truth even though we tread on some ones corns occasionally for there is no excuse for anybody in this ago of rea son to believe in ghost stories not even in the holy ghost kind We should strive to teach the credulous that there is nothing so sacred so holy as reason and truth Just why any sane human being can believe as true tho silly senseless tommyrot we hear and read about in regard to those divinely Inspired writings is more than I can understand I regard the clergy as being the greatest nuisance and the most damnable curse that ex ist in the world today It is not neces sary to state here the harm those self conceited vultures aro causing for all Liberals who are well Informed al ready know what they have done In the past and what they are doing now and also what they would do If they could Wo know were those crafty degenerates accorded free and undis puted sway the present civilization of all Christian countries of tho present would speedily revert back to that which existed during the middle or dark nges It was they who were in absolute control during that terrible epoch of tho worlds history Now brother Liberals It Is the Freethought press that is holding those blood hounds In check There can be no questioning the fact that all the civil it l w Wij Ization tho world enjoys today is due to tile freedom of speech and of the press It behooves every true Libral to make himself a shining light in the neighborhood where he resides He should be sure that he IS a true gentlemen in every particular Such a modus operandi on our part will do more to handicap those gospel howlers than anything else This writer has been accused by a sky pilot of being a sincere Christian but was just too contrary to acknowledge it Yes dear brothers we must all be clean gentleman as we want no other kind in our rankswe cannot afford it Wo should keep ourselves well posted on all issues upon which the happiness of mankind depends and surely there is nothing so Important in that respect as tho Free thought propaganda so let us sup port liberally the publications that are so heroically combating that vile loathsome cancer superstition E J BUCK Letter to Mrs Henry Buffalo N YMrs Josephine K HenryYour interesting letter to me was read aloud at the International Progressive New Thought League of Buffalo last evening and although it was very kindly received I could see that the women bristled visibly at the first word against the Bible or the influence of tho priest The room was filled with bright women too women who really think they think But their talk was of incarnation spiritism dogmatism and ah the other isms that go tar out of their way in search of truth pre ferring to follow the dim paths of mysterywhere the flesh creeps with superstitious fear rather than the broad clear road of Reason where Nature leads- I presented your two pamphlets Marriage and Divorce and Woman and the Bible It was suggested that tho latter be read aloud in sections at each meeting This I am going to try to have done although am forced to admit that the mind of our Progressive League is considerably biased It is represented by Spirit ualists Catholics Theosophists also Christian Scientists Episcopalians and all the creeds combined I am the only Agnostic Several of the ladles who were most emphatic in upholding the Bible ad mitted that they had never read it as though for them to read it was of no consequence One lady explained the obscene and absolute unreason able passages as figurative speech That you have continued in this neat LworlG ilntrytil d ivithouV tie coming discouraged is to my mind most remarkable because women are so devoid of reason they love sensa tionalism This is deplorable for womans influence begins with the cradle yet how many of them spend their time lolling over cheap novels or sewing outlandish garments for heathens who do not need them while paid priests are warping the budding minds of their children Any woman who holds to a creed or rears her children in a belief which she has not thoroughly investigated Is either unpardonably lazy or a cow ardYou say you would be glad of any suggestion I might make for aiding the cause I believe some good per haps much good for the league of which I have spoken could bo done If you would write a personal letter to the headquarters of the Progress- Ive Thought League I suggest that you write a personal letter to the League appealing to the intelligence of every woman there asking that it be read aloud In the name of their motto Forward As though it were possible to go forward while chained to a ritual that held barbarians in bondage thous ands of years ago These worthy women eager to climb a little higher up the ladder pf truth are simply stand ing still playing numerous variations upon the same old tune- I am neither a speaker nor a writ er but my heart Is with you in your noble unselfish work anything I can do at any time to help the work along kindly advise me Is there an Agnostic magazine pub lished do you know Of course you may publish my let ter in Blue Grass Blade or use It In any way to help our cause if you find In it anything helpful May I hope to hear from you again FLORENCE FOX Hadnt Heard the News Chickasha Ind TerMr Chas JlooroI have never met you personally but have read many copies of your splendid paper and in my humble way I am an apostle of the teachings of that Heathen who ed its the Blade in the interest of good morals and here enclose a clipping taken from the Oklahoma City Times Journal of last Sunday and feel that you are the right man and in the right place to do the right thing with this article It has been my lot for several years to travel and a result I have no permanent headquarters and that alone has kept me from sub scribing for the Blade but at any i j f t fU t l time th Blade needs help I will send In my pile But I am arranging to settle own in the near future and tho ih do shall be a constant visitor to our louse I have in a quite way for ral years encouraged others to sentfor the Blade but haven done ai much as I might have done and I an going to promise sere that Ill pull harder from now on I have regret d ever since that I missed that de late you had over here in this country with that Camullte but knew nothing about it until it was a matter Jot history I would give four dollars to have been there and would knowlitren he i in this town and I am going to rem in here several days and shall leastIsi ere this m nth passes by I shall remit for a ft copies of the Blade and will have ym send it to a brotherinlaw of mine who not orthodox and who lives iii Oklahoma I mark a few points pf Interest in the article It may bf that others will call your at tention to the same thing but I want o knot for certain that you get it and reserve me a copy of the Blade If you see fit to discuss this matter Inyouinext issue and just as soon as I can see far enough ahead to get my mail I will send for the copy and am going to write again if you will accept me as a friend May the Blade grow and prosper and long live the editor Jn his home at Quakeracre I enclose a stamp for the return of the clipping as I wish to preserve it as if it were tho mighty sermon I have a splendid friend and so have you in the person of a Mr Gibson here In this cty and he I think has in the past taken the Blade and has already said that he was going to renew his subscription He is on the police force and works at nights If you have the time write a word when you return the clipping and if I am gone from hero Brother Gibson will send the matter to me Looking upon you as our leader and best friend I am spectfully and sincerely a friend FRANK MOODY New Editor Criticised New Yorkl enclose herewith one dollar renewing my subscription which is already paid up to August of this year In mating this renewal I would like to suggest to you that while I very much admire the Blade under Mr Hughes editorship I find In itjtne largo and almost constant fault1 repeated unkind unnecessary remarks concerning the founder of the paper Charles C Moore ItI Mr Moore had been a perfect man ho would have been one of the worlds wonders and no doubt have been hibited as such But I can discern no good reason or motive which can prompt you to print anything against the man and his work In the paper that was founded by him now that he is no longer here to defend him self When be was alive he was quick to print the opinions of others when those opinions were strongly against mm and his work But then he could answer them and he usually did so But now he is gone I think it the basest kind of calumny to print derogatory items or articles about him Leave that to his enemiesto the Christian press We look to you for a better spirit The Blade is a re form piper Why not let the reform begin at home Do not hold up the weaknesses of the dead man If you cannot say good of him then say nothing If you must seek for edlI to condemn seek it outside the life work of Charles C Moore Or if you must pick flaws in his composition then at least do not print them in the paper that was his and which you would not own or preside over today but for his years of selfsac rificing work Even if you find his lifework was full of flaws see if you cannot scare up a spark of gratitude and with that cover your own weaknesses What must his family think What mist the Christian press think of you as a Liberal From the first my spirit has rebell ed against the thing you have printed about C Moore when I read such as that by Walter Hurt Chileswhich the last Issue of your paper and what is this Walter Hurt What is his record that he should af in judgment on Charles C Moore Is he less free from error Is he less prone to mistake The idea of a man writing such uncalled for slurs and perhaps untruths about the most kindly hearted of men The report has gone out that Mr Hurts nealth isnt what It might be I should say his pen also was diseased But I am not protesting against Hurt in particular The chief sinner is the one who has allowed all this dispar aging stuff to appear in the Blade If ae has no sense of decency he should at least realize that the eter nal fitness of things should have told him he was doing wrong The wrong Is not to Charles C Moore but to himself and to all who admired the he had given the world a perfect paper no one would have taken it un less the perfect critics who now 1 f sit on his grave and howl aloud to the moon and rejoice that at last they are on top True you have said some kind things of Mr Moore since you ascended the throne but one ques tions your sincerity in all of them In the light of the things you have print ed which no sincere friend of the Blue Grass Blade that was Charles C Moores would have printed M V THOMAS THE NEGROPREDOMINATES So Far as the New Jerusalem Is Con cerned and has a Safe Majority In Heaven By JOHN F CLARKE The bestowal of high favor in Heaven goes by the fineness of faith The one who can prove his or her 24 karat faith gets the best seats God sits upon a great high throne and Jesus sits just below and the Holy Ghost hangs like a cloud about the throne When a fellow passes St Peters gate he takes a Civil Service Examination upon faith The score keeper marks them down fine and only two white men have ever passed with 100 per cent to their credit Some hesitated at tho Towel of Babel some wanted to add another grain of salt to Lots wife and got too fresh Some sailors doubted Noahs log boat When Bill Nye came to the Jonahs whale story he said that he had a reputation of his own that he would offer for a substitute The hunters all fell from faith and grace on the quail gathering business Even the Witch Hazel water finders baulked at tho Moses Fount Some wrote down Senna for the Manna in the falling food transaction Some doubted Jacobs manner of using hair dye upon cattle When the question was put Do you believe in the fact of Christ walking on the waters Some wanted to know if he had his skates on Spurgeon passed with a clean 100 per cent Moody got 101 per cent All the Negroes passed with high honors themIthe throne but the Negroes pass right up and shake hands with God and Jesus Christ every day When the white men are asked why they believ ed in the Bible and in Christ they say because they feared God The Negroes say Because it am a fact Abrahams bosom is so full of groes that Abe is thinking of taking his bosom to himself again and having it renovated and fumigated for the summer season Moses is happy as he married- a Coon lady and social affairs are O K in his family Solomon recited his song to a new bevy of Black beauties every day Hagar and Ishmael have gotten aaral and Isaac beaten by a smile The old time Jews are kicking about Negro Domina tion but as long as faith is the test of supremacy the Negroes are on top The Irish and Italians aro sur passed by the Coons Money talks down here but faith is the coin of the realm up there Down here we conju gate the verb to love but up there it is the verb believe With us a black face is a sign of inferiority but in Heaven ebony is the faith color When the angels begin to fly against the Jasper walls the sight minds one of a lot of flies In a pan of milk And then the cakewalks along the golden pavements is just Solomons and Davids size The black mans faith as compared with the white mans is to St Peters turnstyle count shows that to 1 is the proportion of Black to white en trance receipts No rain checks are given The white people spend their time in the galleries looking down at the wicked ones having a good time in hell and wishing that they had gone the other way at the cross roads Spurgeon delivers lectures every day upon the essentiality of baptism and Moody gives a Chatuaqua to chat up on the theme of Faith from Kiver to The Baptist has regained his head but tho silver waiter of Her ods wife is between it and his shoulders and help to reflect the halo rays The other John is there and gives hall talks on tho Patrons curiosi ties lIe evolutes the Scarlet Lady Into the seven horned and ten tailed whatyoumaycall it St Paul wears goggles and says that it would not be consistent for him to use his eyes to tho full glare of Heaven when a little light from that place blinded him upon the earth Timothy stillptakes Pauls advice about the stomach bitters and seems happy John Mark makes X In angelic autograph albums Ho says that is the only known quantity of llnography he ever dealt in Matthew and St Luke spend their time in calling each other liars on their genology tables of Christ Matthew asserts that tho lineal longitude passes through the step father Joseph and St Luke says that as a student of anatomy ho knows that Mary is the nearest degree of Lati tude Even this diversion does not shake tho faith of the Negroes They bank their faith upon both The Acts i of Tho Apostles are played every night at the Golden Crown Minstrels It twas intended to havo no night thar but In compliment to the blacks 46 of the place is in darkness NOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden 18 size Special R Way 23 Jls 2600 Now RWay 23 Jls 24 Deuber Watch Co 21 Jls same 17 Jls Elgin Veritas 23 Jla Father Time 21 Jls 2260 B W Raymond 19 Jls 20 B W Ray mond 17 jls 1860 Waltham 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Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEIN e La Grange Cook Co Ill SOc HIGH BRIDGE t AND RETURN SUNDAY APRIL 22llTickets Good Lexington on Train or on Special Train at 1100 a m Dancing Pavilion Excellent Music Dining Hall both a la carte nnd table de hoteJSwings nd Shelter Houses Ask ticket agents for particulars GREATEST DISCOVERIES- OF SCIENCE EVER MADE GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS CON SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through its organ The Truth About God11 which it publishes monthly and Its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Typewriting Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship and Spelling and The Truth About God in a general course of study given by the tem porary International Instructor for the church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants 900 more to formally organize and incorporate Tho first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY If you have loved ones you wish rescued from the idolatry ot worship Ing a dead man named Jesus and a myth named God you should join this Church and It will aid you In freeing them and in saving your posterity from becoming idolaters by teaching them The Truth About God Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap plication for membership information about the college and send 25 cents for a years subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do it now lL lr p A Ji6 = fJqI vw r V ryJ r Editorial Continued from page one ifests a greater activity in the social and political affairs of men In an age when scholasticism was at the height of its power when philosophies were on actual trial it required courage to give utterance to a question of doubt which assailed the very ex istence of deity and while there is a yawning chasm of years between the great Greek and the great American champions of human liberty yet their powerful minds traveled the same turnpike roof intellectual thoughts r r r PETITION FOR PARDON OF MOSES HARM jjj The Free Speech League a pushing active a vigorous organization whose aim is the freed of both tongue and pen is making a strong eff to secure a pardon for Moses Harmon the aged convictededitor of Lucifer now serving a term of one year in the prison at Joliet Ill for daring to write his thoughts on a subject of vital impor tance to humanity It istime that all such prosecutions in Amer should cease They are the outcome of arbitrary and sumptuous law enated at the instance of rell pious bigotry Those persons behind each such prosecution have no feeling for Immunity they are bereft of reason void of sympathy and desti tute of charity When any man or woman can find pleasure and delight in seeing an old white headed man now 75 years of age put in convicts striped clothing and kept within the walls of a felons cell for merely having dared to express an honest opin icyi they become as ravenous wolves and had they been sired by Lucifer himself born of some old Sycorax and in hell they would dishonor their and still be a disgrace to the land of their IlbirthThis may be invective true but the thought of such an affair justifies it We knew what both our former and present editor had to suffer at the hands of religious bigots and hypocrites It seems that the land is still possessed of Zacharys n nd Buekers whose brains could be blown through a straw into the eye of a mosquito without making the little pest even wink Such persons are fester ing sores on the body social and their entrance into the world seems to be a curse inflicted upon human- ityI far more potent than the one put upon Eden They ought to go planting post holes in the dark of the moon or made to fiddle on logs with a healthy indeed the Free Speech League is right bucksavI terms Moses Harmon as the last of the for a free press the last one made by of anarchy to suffer for opinions sake If Heaven is to be peopled with such animals as imprisonmentl timesIBut this is not the real question before us at this time Right or wrong Harmon is in prison TheI issue is to secure his freedom This freedom can now only be secured through the medium of clemency from President Roosevelt His conviction and sentence being affirmed on appeal his liberation is now altogether in the hands of Roosevelt The Free Speech League is now circulating peti tions for signatures to present to Roosevelt which shall seek a pardon for Harmon This petition ought to be signed by every Freethinker in America and an array of names sent in that the Presi dent can ill afford to ignore the demand The Blade now requests that its renders send direct to the Leagues headquarters for a copy of blank peti tions get it signed and returned it as instructed The Leagues offices are at 175 Broadway New York City It is not that we altogether indorse the policies Lucifer or those advocated by Harmon in regard to social matters that we ask Blade readers to a sist in procuring this pardon but because of the principle involved in his sentence It is a blow It American liberty deadly poison distilled into the Federal Constitution and a dagger plunged into the very essence of the Bill of Rights All the argument however that is necessary setting forth reasons why the petition should signed is contained in the body thereof One of these makes reference to the conviction and subsequent pardon of our late Editor by President M c Kinley and that our readers may know just what the petition contains the body is here given in full 1 Mr Harmon now 75 years of age is illy fittod to bear unnecessary and undue punishment and it is a hardship that will probably sacrifice his life His sentence is excessive or far exceeds any possible injury done by the prisoner to the postal service or any human being 2 He is a natural born reformer he has been a teacher preacher editor and reformer for fifty it years and proved himself an earnest honest stead fast brave and unflinching Garrison type of man and he is manifestly suffering now as hundreds have before him for opinions sake We think tit is time for a free country to cease making martyrs for a free press 3 Mr Harmon has never catered to salacious tastes or to morbid minds in search of obscenity his publications are of great value only to the few serious thoughtful people who are students of portant and unsolved problems in sociology 4 No evidence has been offeredof any actual harm done to man woman or child by Mr Har mans publications the alleged evil is all fictitious er or problematica1a5 Mr Harmon has been trated as an obstinate unrepentant criminal whereas he is simply firm in the conviction that he stands for an important the HarILloydGarrisonMr Harmon believes in applying scientific methods in stirpiculture for the improvement of ized Jaij r the human race and in so doing gives no more real cause for offence than do the publications of the United States Department of Agriculture offer ed to stock breeders and daily sent by mail It is an unfair and unjust discrimination that throws Mr Harmons paper out of the mail for reprinting U S official documents while the U S officials go right on mailing the same though they are Tcon denoted as obscene by the P 0 Department 7 No man should ever be punished under a law that is so uncertain that guilt depends upon tit speculative opinion of a jury as to a psychcologica- ad tendency and that is the substance of the judicial test of obscenity No man can know from reading the statute whether a given publication is criminal because the law docs not inform us what will bethe n011urndmuch to undermine respect for the administration of justice and the pardon asked granite as promptly and for the same reasons as moved President McKinley to pardon Charles C lie r couvcLeiunder very similar conditions and for the sime reasons which also moved President McKinlev to pardon Leroy Berrier likewise convicted inMinnea polis 9 The imprisonment of this aged reformer s a misapplication of the law a disgrace to our Rei ub He and its main purpose the preservation of li Ie ty we therefore respectfully ask the President to bring this disgrace to an end with the least possible delay r r r CONCERNING THE TRUSTS We have been asked by a subscriber to attempt an explanation of the trusts to define them and otherwise deal with their effects upon the industrial j life and development of the country This is no easy task we assure you Should we make an effort in that direction someone might call upon us to explain our explanation Mens minds will differ upon such subjects and all are not agreed upon the remedy to offer if remedy be actually needed In this we are reminded of n statement made by Hon Tom Johnson of Cleveland Ohio While holding forth on the subject of trusts their dominant power in the country ant the great harm that would inevitably result he said I do not object to a trust or corporation pe se It is their method of operation that hurts I do not object to a bed bug per se I do object to their infernal method of making a living There is much of truth in that homely remark No trust or corporation can work injury to any dividual so long as they are not specially favored by the government It is when they are made for political or financial reasons the recipients ofa bountiful legislation specially enacted for their benefit that injury results Alone and single handed they are as harmless as individuals Backed iencouraged by government they are not only harmful but dangerous to the peace and well being as well as the safety and perpetuity of the republic In the course of our commercial life small holders of capital anxious to invest found it to their advantage when engaged in the same line of business to unite their strength Economy in business management buying selling and manufacturing were the primary ideas of this combination Hence a corporation is but a union of capital which en ables its members to operate on a larger scale than they could possibly have done alone From this organization of capital into corporate power came organization of corporations into trusts or combines This brought a greater and more determined con powerfof government dictated legislation bought outthe- s judiciary corrupted the legislative bodies of the country gave to Dives more Lucculeut feasts and began to skimp on the crumbs thrown down for Lazarus From this came the present system of boosters and bondgrabbers who are privileged bylaw to despoil the pantries of the poor Through povertybeplutocrats and paupers Talk about reforming the trusts It is simply im possible As once was said of the Indian there are no good ones but dews ones There is not a beneficial trust in the country for the moment a trust is organized stocks are watered prices inflated the wage rate kept at the starvation point and o lr Ro manlike citizenship is rapidly being reducejl to a Russianlike serfdom At present the trade winds that blow athwart the threshold of the trusty bring profit and plenty but the same wind that 7afts a proud ship safely to port may rip its eanvetf r drive upon the rocks Well did Caesar say ofmiG lean and hungry Cassius he thinks too muchVmh men arc dangerous Lean and hungry men who do not read and think are but servile slaves they accept their fate like the patient ox or ass but awl filled head and an empty stomach are like fire aid gunpowder in the social ark of the covenant The American republic today is but n social chaos teeming with political disorder brit from that chaos a new world power will be evolved r r r SpaceTheknown lie knows not from whence he canoe with he goeth or what he goes for His very birth is mystery his death a leap in the dark He may transform some partciles of matter but he can create nothing destroy nothing Why not put all sunshine we can into our daily life The present political and economic sysjtems of America represent a compromise between power fully conflicting forces organized labor still organ capital f4 II Jr Jt THE GALILLEAN A GAMBLER AND STOCK BROKER NEW YORK WOMAN PRAYS AND READS HER BIBLE BEFORE BUYING STOCKS BONDS AND MORTGAGES CAUSTIC CRITICISM FROM THE PEN OF ANOTHER WOMAN UPON THE ARRANT HYPOCRISY EXHIBITED Dy MRS C COOMER A newspaper reports that one DIr Gaylord a Wall Street broker begins the business day with prayers songs and Bible readings She says My bookkeepers the runners and the rest of the employes of my lato husbands firm are called gether for worship Just before we read aloud from Psalms or Proverbs I taut with the dozen who are assem bled In the name of Christ I tell them thdy for by this very absorption they be come a part of Christ and a loss will bo sustained if they are separated from this life If those from whom this broker pects to win money should absorb the spirit of Christ what would hap iirReferring to her late husband th broker says He was a part of Christ and we were thus three united in one If Mr and Mrs Gaylord and Christ were the trinity what became of the Creator and the Destroyer as the first and third persons of the Hindu Trin- Ity are called If the broker and her employes absorb the spirit of Christ has ho an extra one for his own use Perhaps it is a vinegarplant and a little absorbed by the proper solution develops a new spirit or attachment or something which makes the lucky person a part of Christ Vinegarplant Is known as mother and perhaps this broker looks upon Christ as the mother of financial deals 1The Roman theocracy is called the mother church her popes are the successors of Christ and it is well fibrevery penny that they can wring from their submissive dupes It Is also a matter of comment that popes and priests absorb vast quantities of good wineI which was a favorite spirit of ChristI Christ himself is not represented as a successful broker but his name or spirit was picked up by a few clergymen who were ambitious to rule tho world by magic aniTnoV s nI andd u race We learn from Celsus that Christ was a juggler having learned the art in Egypt and that his proficiency In performing tricks called miracles emboldened him to claim nshlpt with Goda frequent claim in those days Whether this Jesus lived at the time of Herod or whether he was the one who according to Josephus was executed for sorcery several cades before the Christian era he is a more suitable leader of churchism than of brokerage for the church copies him by making necromancy itstbusiness Even the ethics good or bad which it gathers from the world and claims at its own is under theIsupervision of sorcery Poor Jesus was probably a far better magician than the priests of today yet he was almost a beggar whereas the popes and many others who fol low the vocation are surrounded by luxury and splendor 1Jjugglerspriests and if he was as Celsus asserted the sbn of a divorced Jewess and a Roman soldier he could nots take a position as either Rabbi orcRoman priest for ho belonged to neither racefsorcerers were so numerous that only an occasional one made more than a pittance They didtl Itbeondc compete with those whose magic brought wonders after death The masses loved to place their money inethe hands of a sorcerer or broker or who could please their Imagination by promising them shares In Paradise whence no whisper could come to I warn them that their investment wash worthlesspwomen even men with their fancied superiority blhoodwinked CAboutThe following article which appeared In a New York paper Is whatw induced the above criticism Mrs CoomerS4He that belleveth on me shall not of but shall have 111IIfuQJfewIWhoIIWhomy dEhangoffice occupied by Mrs J Alden Gaym lord In the Mill Building at Broad ands lJ Wall streets have a few of thesc best things said Mrs Gaylord For I stand tho tests of temptations even hero in mon eyloving Wall street ana what to are these best things are the prayers songs and Bible readings which I hold for my partners and employees every morning before the real rush of the street and business hours begins start the day by ringing the at trlc bell on my desk of which time my bookkeepers the runners and the rest of the employees of my late husbands firm are calttnl together for the very same form of worship which attended In the old days when Wall street was young and know nothing of business life Just before we read aloud from Psalms or Proverbs I talk with the dozen who are assembled on the name of Christ I tell theme to forget the great sock building ju opposite the mad rush of business Ii and the great competition of the many brokers who have not the Godlove in their hearts for their guide I tell them to absorb the spirit of Christ so that they may be guided through t day for by this very absorption they become a part of Christ and a loss will be sustained if they are separated from this life Does Not Approve of the Pit I do not approve of the pit because I was there once and for that one moment I forgot the lOve of God One cannot carry the Ideals of Christ with him and gamble for tho Golden Rule was the rule of God arid the cry of most of the members of the Stock Ex change Is to do others ere they do yo Nothing ventured nothing gainedI and nothing ventured without the vice of Godthis my motto I lieve that much of the greediness ofA Wall street dealers would fade awn into oblivion the harsh moneygraft ers of whom we have heard so much recently would be no longer seen on the Street and the brokers would no longer conduct bucket shops if the stitution of prayer would be adopte- at the Wall street offices for atmosphere would reign supreme a ventures would be made with praye on the lips Not that ventures would cease Ohl no they would be mor Intense and more daring for Go would take away all fear But they would be honorable tradesjMy firm is a concern y sell stocks bonds mortgages and the like but the work Is with corporations and railroad companies There are no speculations which are shaky and uncertain In my business This is why I am rich They tell me that am very daring and venturesome in my deals I am But only because I am so strong in the faith that God will the right thing Thus I leave it with Him I pray and ask Him to take care of my business risks If Ho can take care of the small things by which we live who can I keep say- Ing God will pull It through for yoGall right Morgan and Harriman Should Pray This faith of mine has made me a rich woman If only Morgan Harri- man pr Rogers or some of our other men of the Street would venture the name of Christ and would kneel on the floor of their offices each morn og ere the gong of the Exchange ha they would see that nothing go wrong for It would be utter AforI know that I did do some business with a few of the great financiers of Exchange But they seemed to the guidance of Christ so I dls them I have five young men who are my runners They go out to secure and into the transactions before I buy sell for of course I being a woman cannot go I secure the right class of trading through these young men take each by the hand and pray withB ere he goes forth I repeat the Lead us not Into temptation but deliover us front evil It Is strange what affinity my husband and myself sheI In a halt whisper hough I am not a spiritualist we still communicate He is the intercessor ith Christ for me We lived in such harmony that we cannot be even now He was a part Christ and wo were thus three In one After my employees In the morning I sit and think my husband then ho comes to me advises with me whether or not i should take some big chance I do his voice directs me then I renew prayer with God and say May this go Thy will be done I nm be richer everyday with this ethod of doing business f Twelve Bible on Her Desk On her desk are twelve Bibles one for each employee She indicated the finger marks from much handling by the brokers find other members of her firm Beneath her Bibles which Is large and much worn is a contract with an insurance company for 3000 000 I think and feel the right and hon est thought therefore all who deal with mo must do the same for they Imbibe my thought I do not make contracts wltn my clients for I am honest therefore they are honest so what is use of a contract I am never cheated I cannot be for God is with me and those who deal with or take from mo must have God me their hearts so nil Is fair andGodliko between us This Is what the blessed Christian Churchleaches Not only In her brokerage business does Mrs Gaylord Invoke the aid of the Deity She has implicit faith the Creator and ask his help in everything She Is suing two accident surance companies for her husbands death The trial went on before Su premo Court Justice Dugro on Feb 28 Silo said I am suing for this money only to prove that great corporations cannot withstand Gods power t6 aid the widows and fatherless to gain their righteous dues REFLECTIONS ON THE GHOST STORY heDS JIAT1LDA E COOMER Ive been reading that Sweet Story of Old Of a virgin a ghost and their child Thinking how easily people are sold How gladly they part with millions In gold As I thought of the story I smiled ifJ A mythical story of superstition born Jj Conceived by the priesthood of old J When the world was young In the early f mornIwasU y rob the fools of their gold ghost that was holy and a virgin Ycombined f a who was born In a barn To keep the world pure and redeem mankind N From original sin and to bo resign atThen well be Immune from harm kii 1Docs Christianity redeem Read 1he papers and think todaydwhisky we drink 4o It leads us on to Insanitys brink carnival of crime holds sway ql Think of those preachers howeasy Iashes They Of their graftl1iThen rake their pockets fore and f aft And fare sumptously every dayr y 1IIWhy continue to worship the dead When there so many living today Surely you must be out of your head + t If et 1redREDUCED RATES iTo the tIondTickets will be sold at greatly rev f11j duced rates via Queen Crescent tAprilnd payment of cents limit may be extended until May 21st 1900 5r Ask ticket agent for particulars f JOB PRINTING rWe have a complete Job Department and are to do firstclass work at reasonableF orderGRASS BLADE 153 W Short St Lexington Kyt METHODS Organization into a Political Body TIlE CHAU TInS presaInDr all clcslutlclua the State andsoeletiesjustly rellflous and political et or belief monopolyendInitiative rights and loaner to alt governrnental UbertyJUitpernJaell