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Jfrirl r IY t 1L11tx11 4f BLUE GRASS BLADEdtb nd- r hl ianttVOLUME XV NUMBER 6 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MAY 13 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to the Blade are not discontinued at yxpirutiou unless so ordered by the subscriber fcourts invariably hold a subscriber respon sible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky 11111111111111 +1111111 ++ +++ LEDITORIAL J4PFhI3TI9d tFitFf + t Are you moving with the procession Freethought is a message of Liberty and Love Is God really offended by selling peanuts and popcorn on Sunday Mighty few preachers will carry saving grace even to godless sinners without a salary attach ment Most Christians get up in meeting and talk free ly about their little sins to draw attention away from their big ones When the plutocrat comes forth in his own per son to give battle to labor he must needs wear a full casement of armor for while terror will stalk before hell will lurk behind As the Russian Emperor understands popular government it means that the people can do as they please so long as they do nothing whichclashes with the imperial will Now that Elijah Dowie has loomed up as a prophet without honor in his own country he ought to bolt the convention and run for president on the reform ticket It is through a variety of occupations that we enjoy a diversity in production but as breadwin ners a pair of bobtailed mules could give cards and spades to a bobtail flush The game of politics is an unprofitable one Men will labor for months and years to save the country only to learn just before they die that it wont stay saved Patriotism and pie is the shib boleth of all leading parties today and to the vic tor really belongs the spoils What fools these mortals be to dispute about old faiths and plan new follies a it rr t Tji 4 AIi a JUST A BIT PERSONAL In a recent issue of the Blade a contributor sug gested that one of the most potent causes of hard times was that there was not enough of the circu lating medium ie money We are bound to agree with him By giving vent to this thought we do not speak in a collective sense but from a purely personal point of view We have burned the mid night tallowdip over the monetary acumen of every authority on such subjects from Lycurgus to Mrs Lease and we are frank to admit that the conclusion to which we are driven is that there notenough money At least it is that way with the Blade and it is neither falsehood or fiction sin or subterfuge when we declare that the Blade is on the ragged edge of starvation By the time this issue reaches the hands of our readers it will be three months since we assumed the editorial management and control of the paper At till1 time we realized that it was a stupenduous undertaking but with youth and energy on our side we resolved to do the best we could and we are vain enough to imagine that we have made a good paper with every issue but it has taken a quantity of unrequited labor to produce it All should be willing to admit that those who are cupied in producing the Blade a paper of its pres ent measure whether it be with brain and pen or in the mechanical departement are entitled to a living At the present time this is far from being the case The Blade was in debt when we accept ed it The Blade is further in debt today and these are now pressing for payment From the day we took charge of the paper it has not near paid for the labor expended upon it in printing while our own toil has been a matter of donation We are now facing a crisis and the conditions have got to be this is not uttered in the way of com plaint but to make you acquainted with the facts We do not propose to let the Blade suspend or be discontinued It must and shall live but you have got to help We do not ask you to give more than your subscription except that in addition to pay ing your own you induce some friend one or two to send in a years subscription along with yours Ifevery subscriber would do this the Blade could be immediately put on a paying basis a fair com pensation given to those who expend their time and labor upon it and the Blade even improved beyomiwlurit istu nWe would like to err large it and furnish our readers with more reading matter and better reading matter than what it is now giving Several of our readers as their letters appeared from time to time in the weekly Letter Box have suggested that we increase the price of the yearly subscription but this we have no desire to do Our boast is that we are publishing the cheap est and best Freethought paper in the country and we do not want to deprive ourselves of that honor By keeping it at its present rate there is a greater incentive for subscriptions to be made by new readers and this is what we want The Blade can be made to pay at one dollar per year if we can only get a larger list of subscribers Every reader of the Blade can contribute towards this desired result if they will but make an effort Its tone and and quality is such that it should appeal to every Freethinker in America Vith only ten thousand subscribers it could be made to pay and pay well sufficient in fact to give all connected with its pub lication a decent living Now friends you will be able to understand why it is that shrinkage in the circulating medium is the cause of hard times in the Blade office This can be overcome if all will help to increase its circulation This is all we ask but the time to do it is now Dont put it off Remember our in junction of last week to Get Busy If you put it off until tomorrow you may be too late MRS HENRYS PAMPHLET There is no more concise and exhaustive treatment of such an important subject as that of Mar riage and Divorce than the work of Mrs Jose phine K Henry of which previous announcement has been made It should be widely circulated and read It is calculated to prove a great benefit to all who think seriously upon such topics Price 25 cents Address Mrs Henry at Versailles Ky t Labor is the true the real Atlas of the world Upon its rugged shoulders are borne the burdens of mankind Without seeming to magnify the dan gers that confronts this nation it would be the part of wisdom rightly played for our political leaders to make diligent inquiry how Labor is getting along with its contract Does liberty exist in law Then legislate that Labor shall become lord of its own life rather than the trembling fearstricken creature of another Labor has filled the land with fatness but it is made to bend the pregnant hinges of the knee to those who stand over it and must make humble application for the mere privilege of existing upon the earth Present industrial con ditions in America have no parallel Solve them and pauperism will disappear r Will somebody please dellobsonize Andrew Carnegie It is reported that he has changed the patrimony he was wont to dole out and has halted in his reckless donations of cash and is now be stowing kisses upon the women of the South Of t i course Mr Carnegies kisses will offend no one per se for he has reached that age when he can os culate without serious offense Yet his conduct ap pears to be a reflection upon Southern chevaliers who are amply able to take care of their own This however is not the real danger Carnegie only gave cash when he could make somebody else give more Suppose if from the force of habit he should say I will give away ten thousand kisses on this trip provided others stimulated by my example will give away ten times ten thousand it would be sad to ponder upon what might hap pen If Mr Carnegie continues in this new form of charitable indulgence he may strive to incor porate Cupid and exploit the little winged god with a view to future profit GORKYS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS The scriptures advise us to reason together and the Blade imagines the advice was given upon the presumption that from out a multitude of coun sel something good may be evolved No man knows it all and man holds within his grasp the pana cea from every ill with which humanity is afflictea or accursed There be ills of all sorts and condi tions to remedy for which men and women have struggled and labored for years some with a modi cum of success attending their efforts others still groping in the dark plodding along though con fronted by an almost forlorn hope By an intelli gent discussion upon all forms of social political and religious evils may mankind learn what really ails society and in the future some beneficent re suIts may be obtained- In the Letter Box of this issue will be found a communication from W R Lohse of Brooklyn New York who takes us to task for our criticism anent Maxim and his affairs de amour Better for millconcerned at the start to say that there is much of wisdom in that old maxim when in Rome do as Rome does1 or words to that effect This means that when a person emigrates to any country he should be bound by to the law of the country to which he h4emigrated Our critic will be bound to admit Maxim Gorky is simply living in adultey and this is so giveitspossibleneriftv mind ordrtrlv wellbeing as the Blade understands it but nay policy conduct that is destructive of the of the teachintorfamily altar or that blessed trin ity of father mother and the race to revert back to a system of barnyardmorality will never receive the sanction and encouragement of the Blade so long as its present editor remains at the helm Accepting the facts in Gorkys case as given by our critic it is unfortunate that Gorky is placed in such a predicament and it is equally unfortunate for the cause he represents No fault can be found with Gorky in that he found it impossible to con tinue coverture with his legal spouse He could have separated and there ended the matter pro vided he maintained a tender solicitude and con tinued regard for his offsprings It was not neces sary for him to form any other liason nor was it necessary for him to bring his mistress to America and seek recognition for her in society To carry the argument to its logical conclusion Gorky may tire of his present paramour and their natures not separatefrommale ad libitum an infinitum This is free love pure and simple and if there be any virtue in such an arrangement The Blade fails to perceive it If our first criticism occasioned surprise there is no knowing what this will do If to uphold the existing morals is to insist upon the sacredness of the home the marriage rela tion then the Blade must plead guilty whether they be church made or otherwise The Blade does not approve of or advocate polygamy whether it be in the personality of a Gorky or a Reed Smoot We know there are men to whom monogamy does violence to the law of their being We know that many wives are so grossly neglected by their husbands that the holy flame that once burned so brightly on the altar of love mounts no more and the turnpike to perdition is paved with the ashes of loves that are dead True indeed many are married but not mated When these discover the true situation and take steps to remedy the wrong by legal measures they are to be commend ed rather than condemned Gorky could have done the same thing In America he is not hedged about with the same ecclesiastical restrictions as in Rus sia Knowing the law of the American nation as we must presume Gorky did he could have put his mistress from him until he acquired citizenship rights and then applied for that equitable relief de ned to him in his own country Right hero it would not be amiss to say that too ninny men have been saddled upon the cause of Freethought and the cause has had to bear the brunt who believe and act as Gorky believes and acts For years this has been a burden inflicted upon every Freethought organization and what the cause needs is men and women strong enough brave enough and with courage enough to draw the line and declaim against looseness of morals in i the domestic relations The Blade stands for liber ty not license It advocates a mental philosophy that is calculated to uplift enrich and enlighten the world but these attainments are not to be reached through an arrangement of indiscriminate human mating on the plan of the poultry yard The Blade sympathizes with Gorkys unfortunate predica ment it also sympathizes with the cause he represents but it does not approve his conduct and he should haste to amend the conditions that sur round him if he hopes that success may crown his efforts THE STRUGGLE OF SCIENCE Pope assures us that the proper study of man kind is man but in order to study man there is a vast field to be traversed To begin thenstudy of man by taking the complex being he real ly is would furnish but a vague false idea Man is not a model but a monstrsity the most modified of all vertebrates To properly study man it isrnecessary to go first to the simpler forms and trav erse the entire range of animal life from the sim plest organism to the complex individual There is no more attractive research in the field of modern science than that offered by Zoology as an important branch in Natural History In adidition to this it is the most extensive Its field of operations is a world of varied forms and the task of determining their origin and development their mutual relations and interdependency is the labor of the scientist in the realm of this branch to upset theological dicta Geology and Chemistry havetdone their full share but Zoology reveals man as he is and enables the specie to appreciate the adttlf vice given by the poet Zoology can boast a remarkable and eventful his Xitt tory The Greek philosopher Aristotle who lived C and labored 400 years before the time of the Chris tian era was called the Father of Zoology andthe was certainly its only great representative in akq ancient tunes although his frequent reference toLworks on anatomy indicate that something had k been done before him His History of Animals in nine books displays a wonderful knowledge of external structure habits instincts and uses Fromlthis day through the Roman era but little was accomplished in natural science One would natural ly infer that the Roman military expeditions would haveMidjthem with 6pp buttlIt was n lllltU t e years aftemiristotle that Pliny wrote fiSP urk on Natural History During the Middle Ages known as the darkest f periods in history the sciences were altogether in zi the hands of paganism and the close of the fifteenthifcentury after Christ found science or at least Nat 1ural History just where Pliny had left it What little science came from the Christian priesthood were but vague hypotheses and silly fancies Stud ents were threatened and punished for even as now the priesthood realized that science was a deadly foe to socalled revealed religion and it was reviled at their hands Now the clergy seek to assimilate it and pretend to see in modern science a corrollary of the churchk Jrealof John Ray in England who died in 1705 His f iSynopsis published in 1693 was the first attempt tto classify animals according to structure and for lDondeletfrom the beginning to the close of the fifteenth cen periodmerdain of Holland but it was left to the eminent Dutchnaturalist Leeuwenhock at about the begin ning of the seventeenth century to open up a new world of life by the use of the microscope In every instance where these glorious savants sought to instruct the world upon the science of life and living their efforts were frowned upon byroftlemningt ttheworld But these courageous men pushed on They t fdid not falter or hesitate in their selected course IThey studied they saw and they knew In secret they continued to work and to their patience is due the triumph of modern science in time over ra cruel and despotic lieirarehyFThe debt that posterity owes to these men maysnever be fully paid but the greatest tribute that could be paid to their blessed memory would be to act upon the advice of Pope and believing that fthe proper study of mankind is man to under take that study with an earnest effort to discovercwhat man really is l ZWEI BUSSFEST j Ach Mein Gott en Himmell Vas Well just to be candid it concerns istYtpolitician and as usual a woman in this writing it looks very much is if the preacher 1Goda greater iContinued on page four first column t ItWr V r I FTHE HUMAN STOMACH AND ITS RELATIONS TO THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS A Lecture Delivered by Dr J Wilson Before The Economic Club at the Vine St Congregational Church Cincinnati April 12 1906 Mr President Ladies and Gentlemen You all have stomachs Not all of fully aware of their impor tanceieI shall aim to tell you some t thing new about them The first act of utterance of the hu man creature after it has tumbled into the world is to smack its lips t and raise a howl for breakfast Its first requirement is for nourish ment to sustain life and at the end of a long term of existence its last necessity is the same It is remarkable too that its first cry of hunger is accompanied with- laborwith struggling of its body to obtain food and throughout its whole life these two human forcesHunger si and Labor journey together and are inseparablesThe act of nursing is the hardest kind of labor I have seen infants perspire at this toil as freely as ever I did in the harvest fieldINo toiler puts in more hard labor than the Infant and none get more hard knocks The whole 4problem of life then from the cradle grave principally rests upon the toil to produce the food necessary to satisfy the demands of hunger The helpless Infant earns its food by virtue of the fact that it is brought into existence from no choice of its own The helpless aged earn theirs by virtue of their more than average long term of toll The human body is the most wonderful of all mechanismsa chemical labratory and a great machine shop 1 combined So delicate are some parts of the machinery that even the micro scope cannot trace them As the entire motion power and usefulness of the machine shop de d w pends upon the fuel with which the t furnace is supplied likewise all life power and action of the human ma chine must depend upon the food or fuel with which the stomach is sup is this which sets the whole machinery going and which keeps it going Bulwer Lytton has pretty well voic ed the importance of the food supply toYthe human machine in the following verse with which you are all acquainted We may live without poetry music and art We may live without conscience and live without heart We may live without friends we may live without books But civilized man cannot live without cookshHe may live without books what is lmo e but grieving 1He e hati- Hflitng He may l ithout love what is piningY who can live without dining s Since all life rests upon its base of supply the stomach then more i than any other agency must settle the chief problems of government and sway the destiny of men and of first step of primitive man toward establishing social order and government was that of providing his food The next was in selecting or seizing upon such lands as were sufficiently productive for the supply of his food and to hold and maintain the same he would fight and die All the way up in the scale of evo lution the stomach has likewise direct ed the course of human events Nations have coveted the rich foodpro ducing territories of other nations and even today the spoliation and extinction of races for the bootly of land continuesIts supply must ever be the first consideration of a nation The stomach is not only the motor of physical life but the very soul of cial life The dining table is the heart of the home Around it is expressed y the cholciest welcome cheer and hos jJ pitality The departure of friend or rt their arrival after a long absence isImade the occasion of a celebration honor of the stomach Anniversaries of all kinds are likewise celebrated A toast to goodfellowship is not com plete without a bibulous treat of the stomachA is never so radiantly happy as when he arises from a feast and the most natural thing for him to at such a time is to pat himself on the he luckily make a few thousand on the sudden rise of stocks again he pats himself on the stom ach thinking of the extra good ners it will buy Eating and drinking is at the bottom of every thing both good and bad Eves Stomach Trouble Started All t The Trouble fit It is a common saying among meny derived from long observation and experience that the nearest way to a mans heart is through his stomach But of late years the men too have learned that women have appetites and a teteatete over a cost- luncheon often goes a long way in determining a womans choice Even the theater is not enjoyed without candy during the performance or a lunch after And what would a picnic or circus be without peanuts popcornballs and lemonade A wedding is never complete with out a feast Even a formal afternoon call is not complete any more without itself in Seely and Bradley Martin dinners and Poverty rushes the bucket and spreads out a cheese sandwich Thus you perceive that all forms and grades of entertain ment are based upon gratification of the stomach There is this difference between the eating of the rich and poorthe rich choose what they want to eat and eat what they like while the poor have to like what they eat withI out having any choice at all about It Eating Is also identified as the chief attraction in all fraternal societies A great many imagine that the golden Unit which binds fraternal societies in one endless and glittering chain is Brotherly Love Dont you believe it Thero is not a fraternal society In existence today from the Masonic down that could prosper and grow and continue to thrive without the attraction of the banquet and the bowl Let a feast be announced and all put in their pearance At other times there Is hardly a quorum and were the feast entirely dispensed with fraternity would soon disorganize and die The same may be said of all clubI life What are such clubs as Phoenix The Cuvler and The Queen City Nothing other than places where extra good fellows may obtain extra good eating and drinking Yes the stomach is the soul of fraternal Likewise with religion Eating Is more closely identified with this or ganization perhaps than any other The idea most closely associated with the religion of the Greeks con slsted of eating Their religion was chiefly a broth that had the savors of ambrosia and nectar A feast for the Gods originated with Olympus No religious rite was complete without the stomach had passed on the wines and delivered the benediction The same applies to the religious rites of the Romans Both indulgence and mortification of the stomach enter largely Into the Hindoo and Mohammedan faiths With the Jews as later with the Christians mortification of the stom ach was the chief assistance employed to get holiness into the heart Its a roundabout way in getting there but then you know Gods ways are not our ways Both Moses and Christ fasted for forty days and nights which example of mortification of the stomach was repeated by numerous pious lunatics for centuries after Notable among these was St Simeon Stylites- St Bernard one of the wise fathers of the church informs us that while the stomach is fasting the soul fares sumptuously and becomes as fat as a suckling pig This is the reason I suppose that right after Lent our good Catholic and Episcopalian brethren may be easily distinguished from the common herd by thor wasted bodies and soulfuj countenancesIpeoplehave ave isoul tBBPHSTder The is this advantage in fasting on an mpty stomach the faster can more clearly see the things the priest most desires him to see and believe remindinghimThe fasts and feasts of the Jews entered largely into their religious worship and the most important part of the Mosaic law pertained to diet It determined that whatever a man put into his stomach made him clean or unclean and In this it was just about right The sacrifice and eating of doves pigeons sheep goats and bulls entered prominently into Jewish worship Today the Jew cant be good without his wonderful miracles have been performed through the necessity of ministering to the stomach Notably quailtoproceed no farther till the wants of the stomach were satisfied Christianity adopted many of the Jewish and Pagan rites pertaining to fasting and feasting such as the Feast of the Passover which are still spicuous parts of Christian ceremon ies The priest before taking the En charist blesses both it and his stom ach In the Cth chapter of John we readJesus said am the bread of life A man may eat thereof and not die I am the living bread If any man shall eat of this bread he shall live forever and the bread that I shall give Is my flesh For my flesh is meat Indeed and my blood is drink Indeed This always appeared to me to be the most monumental piece of conceit that man ever uttered about himself but It Is not my purpose here to dis cuss theological mysteries but to show the relation of the Christian faith to the stomach The priest takes up somo common bread and wine and by praying over and hoodooing them converts them Into the actual flesh and blood of Christthe eating and drinking of which Insures immortal life beinglesstransforming them into a typo of the blood and flesh of Christ but their admission into the stomach is equally efficacious in insuring immortal life In both cases to be positively assur Eucharistmust ItItThe stomach you must understand must necessarily be a Christian stom achNow to an Agnostic stomach the Eucharist cannot convey any promise of immortal life or any knowledge of the possession of a soul So you will all readily perceive that the stomach Is the Alpha and Omega of the Christian faiththe be all and end all of Immortal life I have often paradisechanced not to have a stomach or one peculiarly antagonistic to the influence of the Eucharist For many centuries frequent and violent disputes arose among the in spired fathers whether or not the llesh and blood of Christ taken into the stomach were assimilated as other food and converted into excrement am sure that I do not know How could an Agnostic know As before stated it is not my purpose here to attempt to disentangle such theolo gical mysteries as only the eyes of faith can understand Beginning with the Infant I am coming up through all the phases of or ganized society and showing the rela tions of the stomach to the same Some of you may think that Brotherly affection and reverent worship arc the golden ties that bind the Christian heart in mutual love Not a bit of it These are only secondary considerations Instead of Brotherly Love no people have ever hated each other as Christians have done and Christian nations today stand fac ing each other armed to the teeth ready on the slightest pretense or provocation to tear each other to nol Christians are not primarily actuated by humanity and fraternity instead the governing principles of the Christian faith are good living and tne gratification of the bodys wants Do you doubt this Then observe more closely the wellfed appearance of our holy menthe priests Look at their persons and faces and tell me in which is their religion most exemplifiedIn their stomachs or drains The pictures most commonly played of priests and monks show them as either feasting or revelling among great casks In wine cellars No better evidence is needed than a glance at their bodies to prove that Bacchus not Christ is their God The Protestant clergy have not the nigh walls and closed blinds to hide behnd and consequently must act more guardedly There is not much difference in human nature Let the Protestant clergy change their Chris Ian situations with the priest and it Is doubtful if they would act eat and drink differently But the Protestant clergy do not starve You all know their predilec tion for poultry The chicken you Know is the most sacred of all fowls for the reason that so many of them enter the ministry- As a rule do preachers choose those positions where they say they are post needed where their salaries will be the least and where they will be poorest fed Well hardly When you Invite the preacher home vlth you on Sunday what is the chief feature of his visit A big dinner of would a Sunday sermon be to Christians generally that Tns not fol lowed by a Sunday feast Would Christians go to a Camp meeting to fast Would a campmeet ing be a campmeeting without well nlled baskets Yes my friends the Christian reli gion proceedeth not from the heart but from the pneumogastric nerve ganglia Whenever I see an assem lllage of pompous Protestants preach ers or of portly ponderous priests it always seems to me a big joke on the heart to say that religion proceed eth from Consdering the manner in which hatedtutli1e3ecutedJ well as each other In my opinion the heart is the most slandered organ of the human body Try as we may wo cannot disassociate religion from the stomach What are our Christmas and Thanks giving festivals but seasons for sanctified stuffing Why my friends the Christian even carries his gluttonous gormandizing into the chamber of death I have attended wakes where the eating and drinking was equal to the hilarity and carousals of feudal lords The chief occasions of all ecclesias tical councils are their banquets A few years ago the Episcopal clergy ot this country and delegates of that church assembled in San Francisco Among them was that Lucullus of finance Pierpont Morgan If that great assemblage proposed or accom plished anything for the good of hu inanityit was not recorded The only Item of note that proceeded from that convention was that its members sat down to a champagne feast that cost twenty dollars a plateand wo men and children were starving every dont have to be a doctor to be able to diagnose just in what part of his anatomy a clergymans religion is locatedOf there are many and noble exceptions but I am not talking about exceptions I am talking about the general rule which is the measure of all organizations The Free Lunch is one of the fea tures of religion Some ofVyou may think that this feature of attracting adherents and patrons originated with the American saloon You are mistak en The saloon got the idea from the church It is one of the oldest of reli gious institutions and numerous in stances of its use might be cited When the angels visited Lot the first thing he did to win their confi deuce was to set them a free lunch Jesus on a memorable occasion lunched a whole multitude on bread and fish As soon as their stomachs were filled he converted every one of them As long as he fed them with out price they believed every word he said and followed him from place to place Missionaries likewise employ the lunch today to convert the heathen who remain converted as long as the lunch continues The Salvation Army expends most of its practical energies in setting a big annual freelunch thus gaining an occasional adherent by appealing to the stomachs of many Tho free lunch or tne luncheon at very low cost is now one of the chief Inducements held out by the churches not only to attract adherents but to hold those already in especially the young people For some years past the clergy have been asking and trying to find a solution for the question Why do not the laboring people come to church I will tell themChurchlsm Is an ex pensive luxury A proud man wont go to church unless ho can pay his way and keep up He refuses to be regarded as an inferior on account of his appearance Shovellers mechanics etc cannot afford to sit down to twenty dollar 4 plates They cannot afford to sit uown even to a twenty cent pinto Too often the laborer at a dollar or a dollar and a halt a uay ass to de prove nimseif of food that his numer ous children may have enough to eat when he hasu t enough to eat ho cannot have clothes tit to come to a fashionable church so you see his remaining aways largely a matter ot stomach Ho would probably have just as much religion as the rich have if he had as much to eat I may be growing tedious in giving an these retigiu gastronomic detals but you will all see presently what am driving at Remove all this feasting all this high living and gormandizing from the clergy how long would they lollow labor to which they arc called by dud and how long would the churches nourish The Lord Lord God Almighty of the clergy is the Lord Lord God Almighty ot us Allthe Stomach And why Because as I said in tio beginning the supply of Its wants is the first and last imperious demand or nature ou must have food wheth er you have tulth or not Weil it is truly remarkable when we come to thinK of it just to what extent the stomach Influences and uirtcts all society worship conduct and government Why such Is our universal respect for the stomach that we fill a man up before we hang him It is the lust good thing we can think of to lor him so we scud hm to glory on a stomach Politics equally with religion ape peals to the stomach From the soup House set up by the alderman in the slums to the banquet of the leaders tram Mike Mullens picnic at Coney Garry Harmans revels at the Loughery Club the stomach is subject to persistent political persuasion The saloon is general stomach head quarters and in back districts the bottle in the bootleg is the champion winner of votes With millions of honest poor men laboring lor a dOllar a day and only part of the time employed the wants of the stomach determine their votes Whether they have Tariff or whethei they have Free Trade makes every difference in the world to the stom ach The arguments are so plausible and convincing on both sides that they drift m opinion and remain undecided till the politician comes around and stuffs their stomachs with rotgut and then theyre sure they know all about it Theres no getting around Ittho stomach does the thinking for most of us and the great problem is to have it think rightly When the big capitalists or mono polists wish to skin the pjeoplo out of a fifty year franchise the first thing dlniIngThe great trouole is that those who produce the food through ignorance permit the monopolist to corner all tae food and then the producer is compelled to depend upon the non producer for something to eat and he has to pay the nonproducer his price or go without- It never will be righted until the producers learn to stand together and until they take the politics of the country out of the nonproducers Business too the stomach is appealed to instead of the head There is no lubricator of business like a dinner When the manufactur ers agent drops into a city he con trlves to snare the wholesale merchant to a campagne and lobsterlayout and that reminds me that the Theres many a lobster walking earth That cannot claim the sea for its birth Then ths same wholesale merchant in turn when the country buyer comes to the city applies the same tactics to him that were worked on himself by the manufacturers agent He takes him up to the St Nicholas and stuffs his stomach with lobster It is thus by appealing to his stomach that ho keeps his victim away from other deal ers and gets a larger order from him than man first intended purchas ingThe business men of this city have a famous business club Ninetynine per cent of all the business done there is in conneCLon with the Cafe and grillroom for which it is noted Even in the Diplomacy of nations the settlement of great issues are made over the banquet board and in the entertainment of royal state or military dignitaries the expressions of hospitality and good will are not com plete without a feast In war the one question to be con sidered above all others is that of pro vision for the stomach A gun Is a feeble instrument in the hands of fam ished man Battles are won on full not empty stomachs Nothing will so quickly conclude a peace as a shortage of provisions There was a time when men went to war at the kings command and would brave any danger upon an empty stomach That day has gone by Men now are patriotic and will fight only as they are fed Tainted canned beef is not conducive to patriotism and cannot be de pended upon to win battles today That nation cannot win in Battle no matter how great Its army or how splendidly It is equipped or brilliant ly commanded that is deficient in food supply There is much truth in the Southern claim that we did not whip them but that we Just wore them out It they had been fed as the Northern soldier the result of the war might have been different Not Northern bullets but northern stomachs defeated the oouth And too there Is nothing so condu cive to Peace as the satisfied stom ach As long as men have plenty to eat no matter how they may lack In other things they will be slow to fight Upon the contentment of the stom ach depends the vigor the ambition the ease and the quiet of the brain and peace of nations Shakespeare well understood this when in the play of Julius Caesar he makes Caesar to say Yond Cassius bath a lean and hungry look Let me have men about me that are tat- Sloelt headed men and such a sleep o nights The wellfed dog Is not Inclined to bite nor ie wellfed mule to kick nor the wellfed nigger to steal Neith er Is the wullfed man inclined to fight conspire and kill The world grows restless and vicious ouly when hunger gnaws and I cite you to Russia for proof of this statement I need not have sent you so Illut right In our own midst stands of the Lord in the city of Zion As long as Zions people were wellfed the salutation was Peace to Theo As soon as they began to hun ger To Hell with Thee Education Science and all intellec tual progress equally depend upon the and then we see geniuses like Burns and Lincoln who come up through privation and starvation and curiously enough they are pointed to by those who never wanted for food as glorious examples of the blessings of poverty Tho world takes note of the few who have struggled through starvation to tonic and success but it wholly loses sight of the thousands of geniuses whose light and promises have been extinguished by poverty Poverty in occasional Instances has proven a stimulus to rare heroic spir its to rise out of it But where it has assisted one it has crushed ten We must view every social feature not by the exceptional but by the general good overly lowers the tone of breeding Millions of mothers during the per- Iod of gestation are underfed and have to worry too much and toll too hard Their children come Into the world handicapped from the start be cause they were poorly nourished in utero and of all crimes the crimes against the unborn are the worst of mother will produce uie best offspring who Is fed and cared for the best That brain will produce the best which through the stomach is nourished the best The youth who is well fed will go to his studies as ambitiously as the business man to Ills business or the sold ier to the fight The monasteries of the past shelter ed many naturally brilliant minds These curious creatures strangely con ceived that by mortifying the body by hunger and fasting the brain would be more productive ofoIught and the heart of piety Of the hundreds of thousands who thus fasted not one produced any thought of use or good to humanity Only those who broke away from monastic life and went to gorging such as Galileo Bruno Savanorola and Luther amounted to anytning All the rest turned out awful small nub bins In immensely large husks What is the difference in the general appearance fire in the eye and git up and git of a rich mans horse and a poor mans horse Why it Is plainly the difference in which their stomachs are treated and the same holds good with the hu man animal Morality Culture and Refinement these are commonly supposed to be the gifts of religion celestial commodities entirely at the disposal of the clergy But I want to say to you that these too begin with the stomach- If a hungry man be tempted to steal praying for him will not prove are strant like that of a generous meal All the prayers In the world wont make the dyspeptic who cant eat amiable and devout or keep him from cussln and being mean and illtemper ed Morals do not begin before the stomach is satisfied but after If an immoral man be hungry you would not attempt to reform him by first giving him angel food to eat and heavenly dew to drink would you No you would first fill him up on corned beef and cabbage and a cup of good coffee Then he would be in a condition to talk to you People are moral cultivated and refined just as they eat temperately of wholesome food and just as men become underfed or overfed they de generate and if you look about you you will perceive that religion has tle or no moralizing influence on either of those two extremes of humanity The stomach is the victim of almost as much charlantry in the hands of the druggist and physician as in the hands of the priest The credulity of mankind medically is about as amazing as it is spiritually The drug habit is as prevalent as the faith habit Most very one are doping themselves on one or the other and too often they are addicted to both faith and drugs at the same time and then they are badly drugged When think of all the doctor shops in the land and the drugstores with their shelves burdened with countless nostrums both patented and unpatent ed when I think of the thousands and thousands of labratorles and im mense wholesale drug plants I have to wonder at the resisting capacities of the human stomach It would seem that It Is capable of digesting anything unless it be Prophecy and even a whales stomach couldnt do that I have no idea of the number of different nostrums that are now being taken Into the stomach but would judge the number to be no less than 200000 and am bold to say here that the physician who thoroughly understands but 200 of the tried and leading remedies is far better equip led for honest successful practice than if he understood them all The greatest question that I know of now affecting humanity IsWhat is the needful diet fpr the human stomach and what are the remedies most essential for its health and repair Since men must cat to act to live to think and progress nothing can bo of more importance But tills is a vast subjecta lecture within Itself and I cannot enter into it deeply here Suffice it to say that the abuses of the stomach are Inconceivably and im morally monstrous- It is constantly being gorged with foods that are chemically incompati ble and with drinks that are deprav ing and with drugs that are poisonous The human hog knows less what is good for him than a sandy boar The stomach is a slave that must accept everything that is given it but 6 Oi which avenges wrongs as slylny as the slave Eplctetus in two words came near eatlngSustalnWe must have cooks and we must have doctors and we must havex oh Cookery Quackery and Buinfuzzledom that kllleth more than weapons guns and all the plagues of the world But my aim here is not to discuss the abuses of the stomach but to show that natural supply of the stomach is the first and last demand of nature and that each mans hunger should rightfully depend upon his own labor Mankind will eventually become betoJter acquainted with their best friend the stomach They will learn to treat it scientifically Life will become so valuable that men will eat to live in stead of live to eat Ve regard tuese brains of ours with entirely too much importance Tho head is lofty conspicuous or spirebutabldcih in the basement To be educated is not to be either useful or happy if you are unable to digesthatTo be a Harvard graduate or to be a millionaire and a dyspeptic is notjlaughI I hear some 030 saying wonder if Agnosticism Single Tax clallsm and the like reforms dol likewise find their sourcelin the si ach along with religion and oj principles named Certainly they do Tho chief dif create between them and religion is that they do not pretend to originate either In the heart or in heaven They are earth and interested in this life and you will all understand by this time that my application here of the stomach is symbolic of the necessities of this existence and of its right con duct and right living- If I knew as many peculiar things to say about Agnosticism etc in their relation to the stomach as about Christianity I would surely say them There Is no veneering no disguise in the stand taken either by Agnosticism Single Tax or Socialism They are the out and out champions of the stomach They loudly proclaim that it you would make men healthy and intellec tually superior if you would make them moral and upright if you would make them peaceable and progressive if you would make him hopeful and happy if you would make them justIand humane you must start from the stomach the natural foundation and not from the heartthe seat of preju dice and the emotions- I think I have now said enough to show that the basis of all government politics diplomacy religion reform morals health propagation education war peace society fraternity busi ness and progress depends primarily upon that motive power of tne human machinethe stomach and its neces sities The primary inequalities of the cial life begin right here A large pro portion of men eat too much for their good and at the other extreme a largo proportion eat too little for their good The right adjustment of these in equalities as near as they can be ad justed is what is needed There is something wrong in a country like this where one man can produce enough for ten to eat that men and gohungryThe stomachs at the bottom of existingwomen cannot acquire a home and those comforts of mind and body which are their natural rights If they save anything at all it is at the sacri fice of the stomach and continuous underfeeding results in discontent dis lethargylossdency dlspalr drunkenness degener acy and eventually immorality and crimeand nothing Is more expensive than crime Here is where the relations of the stomach to the economic conditions come in Strikes alone cost hundreds of millions Poor feeding results In poor breed ing as surely In man as in the animal Pocr breeding results in mental and physical incapacity vice and crimeall of which necessitates Courts of law expensive trials police forces hospltIals almshouses prisons many other expensive requirementsIThe slum is a disgrace and almshouses and asylums are mighty monuments to mans Incapa city for selfgovernment A nation should take at least as much pride in raising people as in raising cattle and corn The farmer can practice economy to no greater advantage than by care of his animals which improve in both quality and dis position and size as they are intelli gently fed Were I President I would attempt to establish a new department of government that of Stirplculture the Secretary of which should rank first in the order of social importance This department should include the regulation of marriage and divorce and marriages should be hard to get and divorce easy to get Scientific breeding and scientific feeding would soon dispense largelypwith physicians preachers military officials courts prisons alms houses asylums and other expensive apologies for ignorance and crime As previously stated hunger pels men to labor and the two are in separably associated in the individual Labor leads to struggle thought in vention and progress- It is In the very nature of things that each individual should provide for his own stomach which implies that It Is the common duty of every one alike to work for what ho eats Looking about us we behold lions of people overeating who protduce nothing that they eat This too leads to mental and physical inertia degeneracy and crime Not all crime and degeneracy comes from poverty Tho overfed weakling because hisIpowers of procreation are more ly lessoned becomes less fitted for parentage The higher the living the less the offspring At the other extreme we see mil lions of people who are underfed and who are starving We see the gaunt and hungry look on = 1i1i itf 11 J rol f t t lf their faces Wo see millions of women and girls bartering heir bodies for a toirent dress and meet other actual In cessltles and eat too They are un able to pay for any of the pleasures humanJures and diversions of the mind It withers shrinks and dies Insufficient food and Insufficient pleasures drive to desperation Ambl i uon Is smitten pride Is lowered and they resort to the only means at their command to satisfy hunger and to obtain some little of tile pleasures of life They do not resort to this by choice but because they are the slaves of economic Injustice The proprietor of tuo factory of the sweatshop and apartment store expect them thus to earn what they will not justly pay And they are somebodys girls you know To each of them some good mother has sung lullaby songs and rocked her to sleep on her billowy breast Most of them are generous warm hearted loving and fitted for motherhood and how beautiful many of them are Surely these white slaves of capitalism and greed are as much rth saving as the naked lowbrowed Jsntots or pigtailed Chinamen ue good and well intentloned d of wealth not knowing how fo express their sympathies for nlty join the foreign missionary and send immense sums to Jfe negamblans Why dont they go through the tenement districts and give It to the poor women and girls whom their husbands have either di rectly or Indirectly corrupted No They think more of stuffln a hehog of a Chinaman full of Jesus than of helping a woman in their husbands employ who is stitching her life out mid poverty hunger and dirt endeavoring thus to keep her lit tie ones together Aye men and boys these women and girls are somebodys sisters and they might be yours or mine And I toll you right here the great est economic extravagance a nation can be guilty of is that of permitting 1 the race to deteriorate and this is specially applicable to the female part of it The lowwages paid them results underfeeding unhealthy apartments no recreation all of which lower the health character and virtue of wo mankind Ve do not seem to be able to perceive that such degradation of wo man in turn degrades mankind De praved women breed depraved men Healthy women breed healthy men Free women breed free men Here is work plenty for the missionary society Great Heavens Isnt It of more Importance to breed a good American citizen than to inflate a Hindoo with bIssorrow at the birth of a baby girl For well they know that under the present economic conditions thre chances icur her hungering chit will become the victim and slave of pTheto sacrifice the stomach for other o natures requirements Is tuu deares- kind of economy Of 10000 men amined for the Doer War In Binning asfchiefly duo to low wages and underfeeding Luis physical deterioration cost England at least a billion dol therNumerous instances of like charac relrconditions When the Northern stomach be came fully aware that it must suffer from competition wltn slave labor it rebelled Neither love of Justice nor love for the negro were the prime factors resulting In that war Wnat did cause it Why the stomach On the one hand fortunes were being piled up at the expense of the underfeeding and degradation of the black slave On the other hand the stomachs of whitnmen were suffering from competition inItand almost as much since in pensions and the loss of a half million men perceivIa economic conditions of government Today millions of white slaves are leeeprgoing to cost in the enu no one can brace What this country most needs right now in the way of officials is states fnotLbuildingIf the whole of them were cleane- out and their places fllled by an as sortment of farmers stockbreeders mechanics architects miners rail roaders social economists woman suffragists scientists humanitarians Godsblessingproducers instead of the nonproduc aennearing when they will becot0haveIts refinements have Increased with Heretoforethosegone with least They are learning tlthinkingproduceat vbeNot much longer will the laborer go r to war at the command of billionaire senates and houses of lords No preachand d the many walkthe few gorge and the many hunger massesIThe nonproducers who gorge at the reclmnwithI the pick These two extremes can no more exist together as they now exist In J the future ropuoiic of men than could slave labor and free labor togothe- exist a free country nrTho presence of the nrchbleho and king and the planting of the Madonna and cross on the muntaln side did not check or divert the lava tide of Vesuvius Neither will the conjuring of ec clesiasticism nor the bluff and browbeating of Capitalism check or dl vert the lava tide of economic dill tent The cry has gone forth that who eat must earn what they eat I is the cry of eternal justiceSThose who produce pudding to eat Those who product silk want sllka to wear Those who build houses want houses to live In They want more than just barely enough to supply the wants of the stomach It Is an over growing and increasing want Which is gradually evolutlng to a demand Aa over the world the stomachs men i are In rebellion In England day hundreds of thousands are story Ing In London today vast armies of hungry men women and children arc marching through me streets On their banners are inscribed ue dont want your charitywe want work They are thinking through their stomachs They observe millions spent oKbattleships millions spent by the In tea lag royal visitors and horses cats dad dogs are palaced In luxury while they are homeless and their childrens faces are placard with star vatlon It Is such conditions that eventually lead to revolt The Russian stomach is also think Ing loudly and at last it wits the question of Autocracy verso- Lmuocracy In that unhappy empire The Grand Dulles who own blocks of idle land as big as the state of Ohio lie sleepless at night Forever pour- Ing into their ears Is the long and- over increasing wall of the cry of the stomachs of men Likewise the economic In this country will not be settled b the ballot It will be settled by ti stomachs of men millions of men are aweary with tolling for a dollar a day and going hungry with never a prospect of bet feting their condition Millions of young men perceive a future no yiichafing at the pittance on which theyI depend for existence People naturally suffer In silence and are timid in expressing their opinions but gradually they are outgrowing this timidity The most common cause of fear men have In expressing their free opinions on matters of religion poll tics and economy arises from consld eratlon of their stomachs They cannot afford to Jeopardize their positrons for there stands theI stomach imperious master of bothI and brain ever to be ever growing growing Its Insatla ble demands First in the rank of human neces clothingdture etc The stomach must be supI whether they laugh love wore think create outperform generatpetite has evolutod like every other culture and sense The American stomach has been well fed It will no be content with less Great changes are soon to come inI the affairs of men and manner of living They will be started chiefly in RussiaEpower sinn church demolished the Roman will be still further weakened and the mighty obstacle of the Christian superstition will no longer be able to hold the producing elements In heck nor keep their clutches fro mI the throats of Autocracy and Monopoly and the producing elements atIlast will hold the balance of power In government Imperfect man will never be able to formulate a perfect government Tho Inequalities existing between men can only be partially adjusted Conditions can be ot perfectedIThe widespread discussion of and terest in economic matters Is evl that the American producer will not patiently suffer through other such panic as the last The laborer at last is coming to know few things for himself In time he will grow conscious of his owu strength and bold to say his say HP will not be content that a handful of men shall have tho power tp make things either good for him or hard for himsuhtheAutocracy and Serfdom Bo pope and sinner Between and Laborerbetween monopol andWhat was the outcome In France in the reign of Louis What was the outcome of like conditions in this country In 1770 and What the outcome In Russia today utlon Do not infer from this that am an advocate of or desire revolution and0Looldnggovernments of humanity I haves whichfpoletthe basis of education and the ballot tell mo of I do not believe that a tierce and sanguinary revolution will Ittape place or will be needed to settle differences existing The people rise up In such force and might compdel hich will grow out of tho chaos will prove the remedy for Ing dlsaffcctions mustt The Power In Reserve forgeus t to you according to your request In 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nounce Gorky for doing what any other MAN would have done and that you uphold the existing morals prac tlcall made by the church I to put It mildly am greatly surprised If Leopold King of Belgium with his string of mistresses behind him would have visited the United States everybody would have fallen at his feet and worshipped him am a regular reader of your per and I think it has improved since you have taken command I remain for truth and right W R LOHSEdP SThe World owned by Pulitzer started this hunt after Gorky because he promised to give all novels which he might write in America to the Journal the rival of the World Pultizcr himself has a record of tresses etc behind him that wouldt appal any man and that he should champion the cause of morals bee hee haw haw W L Has Felt The Pressure Newark N JThrough being formed by my friend and brother err I canto to know of tho Biography paper of Mr Chas Chilton Moore How well one can sympathize with his people as well as to propagate histphilosophy Understanding this not an age of Christ or brotherly love but rather of strenuouslty graft corruption hypocrisy of Modern Bandits an age pure and simple of written poll tics We care not who lives or dies as long as alone our prayer be answered There is so much proof In favor of imposition from wives to adulterate ed food I myself at this age 48 y ars find In the review of my early church life very little If any words of recommendation that would glorify God or even the church At this age I am forced to turn over a new leaf be It infidel or Isms yet not Socialism by any means I too have been In Jail several times yet cant to this day see where the government was Justified In incarcerating mo anymore than your dear friend Mr Moore have committed almost every 20th century crime but that of Insurance theft and when In search of more reason a friend told me to get married this I presume will be my last endeav 1 or to Instill In life If I fail nature is not to blame but rather the hot air the rot better known as rellglousi ounco suggestions Hence I should like to read tho new pamphlet by tits Josephine K Henry on Marriage and ulvorce SPPELmWhat Will Move Him Next Dysart IowaMr HughesSuc cess to the Blade In my last to you I carelessly omitted to enclose price for Blade but will send it this time Will still continue to get all the sub ribers I can I am now on my farm Like it better than city life Last Sabbath my hogs got out which caus ed me to write the enclosed lines for publication if you so wish also Johnny tells me he was real glad to see his little poem in the Blade and if yoU will print them he will write some moreI VANWINKLE Who Paid for the Swine St Matthew vlll 32 Ye Jehovas Redeemers Oh tell me who can Prophets or Christians the righteous that stand- By the power of Christ the buffet of those That scoff at religion make sport of old Mose Ye Christ who drove devils into the swine That drowned in the sea sank deep InI the brinepYe done ye said by the power of God But neglected to tell who paid for the hogs The herder bewailing the loss of his herd Said the Christian shall suffer I swear by my beard That pigs coming after shall everyone grunt Be possessed of the devil the big hog and runt Each shall wear a hard gristle on the end of his nose And root up the garbage wherever he goes When one of Christs children wants- a hog in the pen ay the hog run the opposite forever Limon From a New ConvertaAmberst N SEnclosed find P O rder for the sum of 100 for which please send me six copies of Memorla C Moore at 15 cents and 10 ten Bladeha short time but woultf not do with out it I have lately gotout of super eItioqattdlnto the llgULof freedom ondWorkerY try to keep the edge of the Blade sharp bright and free from rust that It may cut down error that the truth may grow in mens mind I send your readers the most important news of the day that will Interest Liberal minds Mr John Paul Jones friend of Thomas Paine gets the Nations Homage After 114 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Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Type 1 writing 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 chirch The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants 900 more to formally organize and Incorporate The first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITYIIf you have loved ones you 0 ing a dead man named Jesus and a myth named God you should join this yourpoateritrfromWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank application i for membership Information about the college and send 26 cents for a years subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOL Do it now r JJ r Editorial Continued front page one proportion of preachers are in prison today for crimes against the sex than any other profession and it is equally true that the church regards t honest and upright heretic with greater horror at aversion than it does a professional Christina vho has tripped up on the Seventh conunandmer- Preachers famous slumming sermons and t whoopla evangelists do but create a depraved petite fall a notch or two in morality tltemsely and then take to far stronger excitants Tints it is that the Christian religion as taught and practic by its professors in this land of ours is but a spi ers web hanging over the black abyss while abo it all in the shimmering light of glorious tru stands the Gibraltar rock of Infidelity Only a few days ago the sensationhunting newspapers of the country found a choice morsel n took advantage of it yet from their morbid tt some some startling facts It appears that only a few days ago the Rev Charles T Russell a Pitts burg preacher was dragged before a Pitts burg Court there to make answer in due legal form how he managed to be found sitting on the bed of Miss Rosa Ball in that young ladys room clad only in his pajamas and good intentions On the other hand we are informed that Governor Hoch of Kan sas is now upon the official carpet of his own political party to make explanation why it was that when Mrs Stanley a member of the Board of Control of State Charitable Institutions and the wife of exGovernor Stanley called upon him to male an inquiry concerning official business he made an attempt to embrace her and begged for the token of her esteem in a goodbye kiss These incidents may go far toward confirming the theory advanced by some psychologists that excessive religious excitement and abnormal sexualism are conatural and that politics is afflicted with a peculiar mo woof But let us take the case of the preacher first According to the newspaper descriptions of the scenes that have just been enacted in that Pit burg court they suggest a new comedy entitl The Parson and the Pulsebeat Naturally enough there was not standing room in the court room IIlIrs Russell the injured wife of the s suous parson was present to assist in the prosecution and she knowing her sinful husband insisted that it was a clear case of holding hands when the lights are low But the parson simply protestt that he was merely acting in the capacity a gnosticiau He averred that Miss Ball was very sick with fever and that in holding her hand was only measuring the rapidity of her pulse be Of course a morbid world will be compelled to admit that it is a ministers duty to minister nay only a duty but a privilege and if while minister ing he finds it necessary to measure a young ladys pulse there is nothing particularly wrong with situationtis was the parsons plea but si f admitted act of ministration was not really a e uous service there was no reason why the reve gentleman should shed his outer garments to form it- Temporarily Rev Russell had ceased to be a dc tor of divinity and had become a doctor of me cine The testimony does not disclose whether prescribed pills instead of prayer for his patient malady or faith instead of fumigation He did a mit however on the witness stand that he lookgupon Miss Ball as a child and that if he and caress her it was only in a fatherly way This has quite a familiar ring about it and we have a sneaking suspicion that we have heard it befo several thousand times Evidently the parson d not take serious stock in the dicta of modern me dtItcists that disease germs and deadly baccili upon the lips of beauty The parson was Willi to risk danger of contagion by osculation and take t his chances on the skull and cross bones for them lipshis in his solicitude for Miss Balls health he could ha called upon Mrs Russell to have accompanied him but his being en dishabille suggests that he his spouse at a safe distance from such a seen led now Charles has lost his happy home shorn of priestly garb and lost his commission t about saving souls for the sake of the collection and it serves him right a 1 The case of Governor Hoch is not quite so serious but it shows him to have been guilty of an indiscre tion and this indiscretion in a public officer espec unforgivablThe e ir material to work off his excess of osculatory indul StanleytoexGov It is a safe presumption therefore th had been kissed by a Governor before hence 1an sacred touch of lip to lip bore no sensation new for her It is also reported that Mrs being a strong minded woman and a club is member resented the indignity and that it took the Governor three long hours trying to console her and apologize for the affront At the best Govc- nor flock allowed himself to get doublecrossed first by taking a desperate chance second by get outI the exGov he is not likely to produce much sympathy at this late stage for he of is altogether too tardy with his plaints The man who passes over an alleged insult to his wife even from the Governor of his state until he sees a chance to make political capital out of it does not wouldIlIlvefound it out and would have seen to it that there of barrelDoubtless itlasted the r althoughitupon Therefore as between Stanley and Iloch we prefer the latter although at this writing it giwbothIt has been a mistaken rule with the American injurtded man unmindful of the fact that when a woman goes astray husbandhe s a game o ft mndneesss nt no man ic right to poach upon the preserves of another but taidce are 0 o trlftey when the devil goes fishing for them he baits his hook with a sunbonnet This is abundant proof that he understands his business Both Reverend testimonylcs in to discoursing upon morals while knocking the sawdust out of the Seventh commandment This is why Russell gets the bounce from the pulpit ana loch gets fired from the Governors chair There may be more in both of these cases of Bussfest than will ever reach the light of day It is none the less true that no matter what their calling or profession men will continue to gaze upon wo manly beauty and grace as upon some wondrous flower wafted front Elysian fields and will feast upon their eyes as shining orbs that light the way to heaven or hell But the world has run short on masculine continency since Joseph of Canaan was gathered to his fathers Josephs are seldom commodities in these days These sinful preachers seem to be white elephants on the hands of tho deity and one may well wonder what he will do with them in the sweet by and by s ralAND THE ASS SPOKE Infidels arc marshalling their forces against ti Christian churches Utter demolition of the titedtt uproot overturn our government and that infidels could destroy our churches atenul we taken a long a very long step backward into the dark past The above literary gem is from the editorial umns of the Universalist Herald a professing religious organ published at Canon Georgia Whether Cannateof of suggenotau very raw material when he manufactured its author Aft wonento to lflisterneelby ssson damnedeso ma ye or white yecordhetnldiven a harp in the great hereafter or who shall made to dance to music of quite n different ting You may be able to read your title clear mansions in the skies but be careful that your bet homeIhas long been a favorite theme with ignorant drage u ignorami that gather about the wooden bench prayer meeting it is calculated to have a wonderful effect Thinking people can hardly believe titveis age su jj trifling Here stands the mighty universe yet un cnshroncd m a mere ofI prgtdto o female realy desire to be useful they should spit at mark or play croquet instead of trying to save souls by such intellectual tommyrot Instead of destroying the churches infidels would transform them into temples of learning institutions of education of teaching instead of preaching In its curriculum the infidels would place the arts and science as substitutes for prayer and catechism c The infidel would teach man as he is and not preach man as he is not They would fumigate atevery socalled edifice of the holy ghost and stall man as the Lord of his own life Instead of making man prayerfully subservient to God would make God tearfully subservient to man Itkhan not the outside of the church that infidels would attack but what has been going on for centuries the inside They would tell the forlorn widow pantrydto urious ease They would instruct confiding childhood to keep their pennies instead of stuffing them of into the socalled missionary box to feed an arm whitecliokered idlers across the seasflAnd so chaos and emptiness would follow What existed but chaos and emptiness during all the centuries when the Christian church held an absolute and despotic sway The very liberty and freedom which these United States can boast about which the Herald so glibly raves were the results the labor of infidels men who disregards evangelical Christianity and refused to countenance it as a factor in human progress This nation petted child of the worlds age is a standing argument against the alleged potency of the Chris c fl1 tian religion for good It is such harangues in print that is responsible for much of the misery in the world ever a breeder of anarchy which the Herald derides The bloodletting has been a favorite pastime with the church and her very history is dyed with the crimson stain The Christian church had its very origin in the letting of blood and it has dilligently practiced the art from the day of its inception until the present From Calvarys Hill to China is a great step but in all the stretch there is not a green spot upon which to rest the weary eye The dark pastto which the Herald refers was church created and the gloomy foreboding for the future emanate from churchy authority It is the infidels who have ever been in the vanguard of libertys great army ever pushing onward and upward their feet pressing down the thorns that others may pass on unwounded bin ing the way up the rugged mountains of faith that posterity may pass on to libertys greatest heights In regard to the Bible the statement is half truth wholly a lie Infidels care not what becomes of the Bible so long as the editors of the Herald not force it upon them Infidels regard the Bible as a bit of oriental imagery which ought to kept under lock and key with Don Juan and the Decameron of Boccaeio Within its pages may be found a few bright gems in an ocean ofslime seriously contemplate it would reduce the mind o f men to a machine which grinds no grist for the hungry multitude If the editors of the Herald male and female or hermophraditc feel inclined cherish the Bible and hug a delusion it is none of our business and they may continue to hug to their hearts content but do not a suffering people im plore thee cram it down the throats of ignorance as the acme of wisdom and truth The Bible is but a book Men are superior to all books It may bo that some future day provided your thinktII alt is in good working order an idea may strike you but you will be able to survive the shock EDITORIAL COMPLIMENT eDuring the past three months we have recciv many editorial compliments upon the improved appearance and quality of the Blade Numerous personal letters have been received from prominent Freethinkers commendatory of our lab These are well calculated to cheer and encoura vedeserving stimuli and much needed On the t Singletltn published at Los Angeles Cal The Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky is my opinion much improved since Mr Hughes became its editor WELL KNOWN LIBERAL PUBLISHER DEAD tyith heartfelt sympathy and regret the Blade announces to its readers this week the death of hdjg May 3 The notice was sent to this office Mrs Jeanette F Eckler their daughter and Mrs B Clifford Kline and Carl D Eckler At this writing we are not in possession of the immediate cause of death although we presume hahed years d publishersy tlbeshintThe many friends of the late Editor Moore will doubtless find that the Memorial pamphlet is now upon their desks or tables It has been published and mailed out to those who had subscribed in ad vanceTe desire to direct the attention of our esrenders to this tribute to the memory of the form cr of the Blade and urge a wide sale The orations delivered over his grave furnish good and argu mentativc reading matter in addition to being gems of rare literary value The cost of the pamphlet is trivial and it is deserving of a wide distribu tion It is an invaluable missionary document be a complete answer to the deathbed arguments of the Christian priesthood We will mail one copy any address in the United States and Canada youhaveThe antesubscriptions to it were not enough pay the cost of publication and we are depend on a large sale for its success poutlansis losing faith in everything but brute force While graduallyforcedthan an ern of starvation It would be wiser to the pressure reduced to concede a part now to be compelled to give up all a little later to yield gracefully to an irresistible force than to continue opposing it until destruction becomes in evitnblcto Prodigality on the part of the rich may person ally benefit a few parasites just as the bursting a molasses barrel fattens a few flies but wilful waste by reducing the amount of wealth available reproduction breeds general want The time cryingforThe Christian religion has ever been a brake on straightjacketpanding Its influence is used to aggravate social er deformities and make them permanent It is the sworn enemy of every man who would better the social and industrial condition of his fellows who would lift civilization to a higher plane is f1 t jIF Vrll WITH OUR EXCHANGES Symposium of Liberal Papers Published in America These be the Sentinels of Liberty and Worthy of Liberal Support ToMorrow Magazine published at Chicago Par kcr II Sercombe editor Ranks among the most progressive active and vigorous periodicals in America It has a corps of brilliant writers on its stall which now includes Walter Hurt following its consolidation with the Culturist Humanitarian Review published at Los Angeles editor Singleton Waters Davis The leading ar ztick in the May number is from the pen of the editor and deals with the subject of future life regarding it as a childish delusion The quality of shouldoappeal to the student of social and religious prob l0kerns dIel tor E M Macdonald One of the oldest Frqjj thought publications on this continent and wh 0has lecia consistent antagonist of orothodoxy has lost none of its pristine vigor and seems prosperous as ever toAppcal to Reason published at Girard Kansas editor J A Wayland Devoted exclusively to So cialism and economic reform advancement of the interests of labor It was recently denied the use of the mails in Canada on the trumped up charge ofsedition It has a very wide circulation Referendum News published at Washington D C editor George II Shibley Deals exclusively with the referendum and intiative and is advocating a great national campaign on those subjects edieda for somebody It is bright cheery and argumenta ttve EnglandJ tonmtstoFreethought publications in the world It is agt jthoughtvaluable work for the cause j Secular Thought published at Toronto Canada editor J Spencer Ellis This journal was estab lisped by the late Charles Watts who edited it for years Its present has maintained the excellenT standard its founder set and it should have an ex tensive circulation s s Chicago physicians have done more for the publiclheyed him sane Is it a case of more rogue than fool tCs r tcNow comes a St Louis woman who sues her hus thathethen ask for an interview with Governor Hoch of Kansas humanlovebest a refinement of the brute passion Lust and asdson weed came from the same soil When the human mind is rendered morbid by religion it is simply a degeneration while love has a tendency to revert to first principles hence religious fanaticism and moral perversion are too frequently united in the same person duesbjthe pampered rich the end of its glory is nigh Every empire and aspiring republic in the worlds goldragexistenceworld is not to be saved by the science of defini paththl1t I r mustdiespiralcurvesReligions come and go they meet with a common intothetrash each in its turn passing into the tomb of the worlds history to be lost in the murky shadows of the centuries r a brayehowever that mighty few of our modern preach canhearparsonThe old copybooks told us Knowledge is Pow but that all depends The knowledge that labor is the universal creator of all wealth has en industriala waste of lather to shave an ass I fl 1 JaJ ill II