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IIQ t BLUE GRASS BLADE d rA T Parle WE ATM TO CUT11 and- o hn DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH = lllAlld East 81d VOLUME XV NUMtjtn I LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY MAY 27 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 club of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents eac- hTerms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 4Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft and if personal cheeks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same thMakeble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the now address i When you send your subscription say whether yo i are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration therSubscriptions tp the Blodc are not diD i 1 rrhJ u du l UI ptf The courts invariably hold a subscriber 4 t siblo 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 I 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 + IuI1111 + + +++++++1001++ + 1 + iEDITORIAL IIIIIII +++ IIIIIIII +Merit brings due reward Fish blood makes many a saint Though you meet onfbThe shortest route to the heart of the average 7pIeacher is through his pocketbook greyhairsaffection It might be and who knows but what it was a garter snake that coiled around a young lad limb in one of New Yorks salvation tinny meet iugs4f And now the word comes that a propertylmiracle is being arranged for Elijah which he will restore a cripple to health but that rumbling sound in Zion is the mob getting ready to do a little laying on of hands on its own ac count The scriptures assure us that in olden times the angels relinquished heaven for carths pains being tempted thereto by the daughters of men and after a careful perusal of this celestial literature we are prone to wonder that the whole heavenly hierarchy did not follow them and give Lucifer full leave to return whence he liked It has been suggested that if left alone public opinion can be depended upon to correct the evils that flow from the irridescent dreams of the preachers and politicians In the opinion of the Blade this is n far greater dream in itself for the mwIt o are pern ted to remain undisturbed Public opinion is too shaky and unstable to be trusted far out of sight 5 fklG r CAPTAIN HENRY IS DEAD profoundtalented und genial husband of Mrs Josephine K Henry of Versailles is dead His death took place at 10 oclock on the night of Friday May 25th after a long and painful illness and was dttlowto a disease of the heart The funeral will place Sunday afternoon and the Blades editor to wogetlterers will be in attendance No truer epitaph could be given to him than to say Here sleeps a man In his character were blendedan austere devotion to duty a broad all pervading and abundant charity especially to wards those who fell short of his own lofty standards find from his life there is bequeathed to hu inanity tin example of great beauty in demonstra tion of how well a man may fill his station in life No day passed over him that was not glorified by some kindly act the record of some kind chari ty He was the embodiment of a glowing radiance and uncompromising rectitude The world has los a brave soldier a fearless champion of truth teacher n moralist muAgainwe gaze upon his perishing form Here sleeps a ABOUT THE edExpressingpersonal creator of this mighty universe the Freethinker is very frequently asked ifon theI contrary nature produced the universe by a mere accident the result of blind chance For years the argument has been used effectively and when the big mule in the pulpit brayed thusly all the little burros in the pews flapped their cars in approbation Taking it up for discussion we might state at the very outset that there is no blind chance in for it ilia well demonstrated fact that like taus will always produce like results and this inrpli ituthat nature has a purpose for all her elements and forces respond to our touch with the precision and accuracy of a chronometer Nature produces eve- rindividualmtor y woman This to us is Nature we follow Natures lead in t isordcr eitheiiamoncst oursfilvlfi pina to the highest excellence healthy and happy respectinfact that she has been seriously interfered with and retarded in her effort ththinkerus against God1o produce the best can have no liigher or graiider purpose Were there no d turbing element in human society no other resu than that eirButpurpose it must be controlled by some iuteligent agent and that agent must be God Stop The is a purpose in the mighty waves of old ocean b agesthen intoiiasters to humanity that have followed in the tva of the rolling billows Man can manufacture ax control the direction of the electric current and he places safeguards about it to prevent injury to mankind Does this intelligent agent make andJ control the direction of the lightnings fearfulj sweep leaving wholesale destruction behind i ty If yes then that intelligent agent must be a fiend of monstrous mien and has less feeling for human Eeverty has always been and is now the work of the sufferingdisbeliefYs in be an intelligent agent controling directing and gov erring the affairs of man he is unable to alter suspend modify or change one solitary natural aw in the universe and in the demonstration of this lies the triumph of science over snperstitioni usbrainsvial or political ban to speak and write his honest thoughts without being compelled to pay a penal ty for it is only where there is freedom of thought and expression of those thoughts that progress is at all possible The first tiling to do is to take setalowsfar to all alike orthodox and heterodox Christianity has been unable to gain any permanent good from persecutionIWhile on this subject it would not be amiss to refer briefly to a communication from one of our subscribers which appears in this weeks letter subscriptionty to ought to be increased We are pleased to receive such testimonials to the literary value of the Blade as certain indications ofa widespread sntisfacion with our efforts us editor This letter is similar to others we have received on the same subject and we feel that it is but right to say that we have no wish or desire to increase the cost of the Blade to any more than one dollar a year True it is a small sum compared with the amount of labor and material required to produce a paper as the Blade On the other hand a subscription rate is an inducement to a larger circulation and for the sake of doing good we uld rather have the Blade read by ten thousand at one dollar a year than by five thousand at two dollars a year Either would put the paper on a paying basis remove the gaunt wolf of want from the front door of the editor but the ten thousand readers would prove more beneficial to the cause than the smaller number Another thing if those who are now delinquent would but pay what they owe we could be placed on a much easier path LUCKY ESCAPE FOR THE SENATE It is extremely fortunate that the United States has succcded in agreeing upon a railroad rate bill facawarmer out trfileds hoJustcountry the information that the senate had reach newaa ter of fact those rules accredited to the old Mar quis of Queensberry would have been eminently possibilitiesthe friends of seemliness and pence On the other hand the London prize ring rules afford too much Of veCoupledalso have been a rule requiring the honorable woolessomese m that any of the gentlemen stood a fair chance of being called a liar and then would follow the tempta happeltedI hosn ever dr Jv thtd were y atisa one thedanger1a very good shot although he is creditedwith being SundaySchoolIf the sent of the presiding officer in the senate caulltreccaear anda little way down towards the heart Fortun haveutto arertia GORKY VS GORKYISM takendit 1hricehavcunmindfulman The Blade has no personal quarrel with the Rt sian revolutionary leader nor docs it oppose ti tiBladebothkingeraftthe realm thereof forever The Blade wishes all societiesinperpetrated questionisfullyity is woven in the infernal woof of passion It is not that man should jield blind obedience to cruel precept but the Helen of Troy episode which caused the temples of Ilion to blaze with an all consum wholuredmodern times which cause the brute passion to run riot in the blood are but recurring epitomes of t uptoalmost contempt in America Students of Plato may find much in his philoso societylnierien hasbeeloflovea voluntarlacdollarsleave Li LJfwhileanother Love is the essence ofa savage melody that beats within the blood it may differ in degreetbut never in kind time W Ihatits that is glorious of the race Break down the barriers of mens lust confer upon them freedom ofIf irhomefibethem as for the home But says one of our critics No free love in mine which is commendable to say the least but matrontopensend in woe and the maid appropriates the married man This may be a result of that mild yearning of soul to soul but if it be right The Blade has tJmisfortuneGorkystrailhaving her denied admission with him to publicjstelries True indeed many of those con may be practicing in secret successfully hiding their sins far worse than what they complain I antproved upon the Pompeian houses of joy and once their return as a social sanction comes upon us moral decadence begins It is not the fault of the Blade or its editor that the church canons in Russia forbid divorce or that the right of giving and taking away in marriage is j SuchjisTheaper fume and if man who is beyond the pale of sava gery has it not there is something with himrfreligionfhas nothing toido with marriage that it is a civil contract born of human relation and that owhen both or either partxto that roetes Itotenougl to plead customwarrsfor the same Iofbettertllauwhich the Blade declaims yDR TORREY WRITES TO tHE BLADE There is no virtue like that of justice and one of the fundamentals of Freethought as the Blade construes it is to practice full and complete justice to friend and foe alike Our undertook bytoformDrIlitsclrd J self It now transpires that we have been guilty of a similar fault namely relying upon newspaper 10i 7toAmong the mail matter received by The Blade personaltliments attributed to him by the newspapers as holding God responsible for the dreadful catstro theinwas ually said as the personal correction made by Dr tTorrey will shpw Dr Torrey asks for a publica rivenkfornomatterruleHavingweeks only we realize that we have yet much to andwrongwe shall ocofcontniuiugeditorialonevidencedbystatements given were so much in keeping with the evangelistsaudProf Ernest assoloingticism we offered However the Blade does not intend to allow any thecommunication j Continued wage four first column 1I I i rft t l t THE HIGHER 1 CRITICISM ct fi1J ApplicationIScientific Deductions and Corr JfOf as Applied to Bibliology Scholarly Dissertation Upon the Meaning of the Title Caption By THADDEUS B WAKEMAN The following was originally publish ed In the Freethinkers Magazine ten years ago and is reproduced because of its remarkable argumentative fea turesWhat Is The Higher Criticism I It is simply the turning of the telescope of the law of evolution upon the Biblebooks and ancient lIteraturesjust- as Galileo turned his telescope upon the stars The results are astonishing and in many respects similar There t is in the first place a total reversion of the old beliefs As the sun and stars no longer are believed to revolve about the earth because the rotation of the earth explains that illusion to the eye so these strange and sacred literatures of a supposed supernatural world above us are found to bo the natural parts and results of the social r and historical evolution of mankind on earth We have as a consequence In the second place a new and healthy view about the sacred literatures poems they are in the imaginative and is Instructive strata and monuments In the history of past eras Wonderful poems hey are in the imaginative and unscientific stages of evolution but we are guilty of a fearful and fatal anachronism when we regard them as a guide test or criterion of the life Biblebooks to begin with had their growth in the tribal stage of the r evolution of our race and are concern ed about the necessities politics mor als imaginations and heavens of some Hebrew and Greek tribes some 2000 or 3000 years ago We find there as we should expect much tribal tradi tion unreliable as history because worked over by the feelings and imagination and often transmuted into the remarkable poetry which is a characteristic of the tribal stage for in stance in the eloquence and tradi tions of our North and South Ameri can Indian tribes or the literatures ofj the Hindoo of the Arabian tribes Ir LY04oMny Orotil7 w l In this stage of tribal evtallI cable to our present cyst ono 1al and international exte which our whole ph tk a vast cooperative human kjof relations and duties is too to be seriously considered cal sociologists and statesmen iTji6 anachronism is the unpardonable sin because It Is a sin against irrey rlblc time It Is now committed by tfee rograde clergy who still persist in teaching their people thattthe pas can be substituted for theresent R9Phethousand years ago just as lit Mtrone mers should insist upon running their Observatories upon the ostroHomy of old Ptolemy Yet practically that Is just what they are doing How absurd ltwould be if this ana chronic method should be followed as to any other department of human in terest Suppose the farmer should in silt upon the sharpened stick JbfEgypt and Palestine Instead of the modern steam plow or the manufacturer upon the old hand spinning instead of the modern factory or the lawyer upon the laws and theocracies and governments of those times that were where would modern civilization and republicanism bel The law of evolution now proves to us that the progress f and welfare of mankind have been al most fatally dwarfed because the clergy and the churches have insisted up u on making the modern world live un der ancientvery ancient instead of modern religion and morality This has been done by the help of the Bible to such an extent that It Is for a large part of the people tohard even imagine what a modern religion and morality would be They even deny that such words have any mod- n meaning at all For they have t no conception or explanation of the world except as the creation and playing of a lot of superannuated spooks When the light of modern science and evolution strikes them they are as badly off and as blinded as the oftquoted prisoners of a dark dungeon before the sunshine They have no eyes for a modern social hu man scientific religion and therefore we have a very distressing crop of Anarchists trying to repudiate and destroy modern civilization For what is Anarchy except the tempt of theological metaphysicians to realize the Bible theocracy in the modem world by each one playing the part of ItsGod who Is the echo of himself Thus unmitigated egoism Is seeking the destruction of society The science and religion of sociology in thejQat 1 a ri1 1 world of today becmcs impossible to these people They are simply ana chronistic survivals of the low group stages of social evolution which appear in the Bible and for which the unscientific use of it by the clergy Is clearly responsible They are survivals not reforms Reflections like the above have been pressed upon the consideration of evO- lutionists by the substantial repetition today among barbarous peoples of the Bible stages essential to every tribal atonement with its Messiah etc We havo this chapter of old history caus ing the war of Mehdl In the Soudan of Africa also the Messiah dances among our Sioux Indians ending up with todays report of the new Christ in Mexico and so to the end of that stage of evolulon wherever It occurs In The Popular Science Monthly of November and December 1889 two re markable articles appeared giving a detailed account of the Indian and the Bible stages of semlclvlllzatlon showing their substantial agreement Simi lar articles have become not unfre quent In scientific journals and news papers The fact that the Biblebooks represent a state of culture now only known In sociology as tribal barbar ism has become popularized and is too well known to be longer safely or honestly questioned The intelligent clergy have therefore no alternative but to fall into line with the higher criticism and stand the persecution of the lower ticism and of their more ignorant or bigoted brethren Of such men who are trying to save the church by a revision of its views of the Bible the Rev C A Briggs D D Professor of Bible Exegesis in the Union Theologi cal Seminary New York City is the principal leader among the Presbyterians The General Assembly of that body now about to meet in Portland Oregon will probably leave him as his seminary outside of their fold and other seminaries and intelligent and honest clergymen are likely to follow Protestantism Is trying to live on The Bible of today These events are among the most helpful of our time for the people cannot be emancipated from their subjection to a barbarous antiquity except by the courage of their professed reli gious Luther did against the superstition about the church they must do against the equally unfortunae superstition about jjthe Bible It Is not probable that say direct Liberal assistance or en arijent can be of any avail or ocentable to the e great value fa the history of human thought and especially inthe progress of Liberalism It is by them that at tention of the masses of the people can be held to the true nature and position of the Bibleboks in the line of historical and social evolution Con sequently Liberal editors teachers and lectures are now especially call ed upon to carry forward this higher criticism till It may become as it should be the highest criticism possible in our time and make Its results generaly known to the people For Liberals as well as the Chris Clans and Jews need to understand the Bible in a higher sense and under a more scientific method than they hitherto done When as a consequence Christians cease to force the Bible upon us in our schools and in the courts and elsewhere as a supernat ural fetish when we no longer have it made the test of science history reli gion or morals then it will lake pfOper place in the history of our race and the harsh Liberal criticism and travesties of it now justifiable will cease Like the old fabulous literature of Greece and Rome it will become a remarkable ptoin with its Hebrew beginning its middle known to us as the Apocrypha and the Nw Testa ment as its end thus following the rule of Aristotle that all geat poems should have their beginning middle and end The Protestants are guilty of mutilating the Bible by taking out the middle the Apocryphawithout- which the whole series of Biblebooks is utterly unintelligible This was done by the American and English Bible Science in 1821 That was a wrong and a fraud unparelleled In the history of literature How any honest man could call the book since then palmed off by those socie ties The Bible surpasses all under standing When you get a copy of the Bible be sure that it has the Apocry pha and remember that the First Book of Maccabees standing half way between the Old and New Testament is the historical key to both But that subject is too tempting and extensive to enter upon now We can on this topic now only refer to Mr Chadwlcks Bible of Today to Kel sos Bible Analyzed and especially to Bronson C Keelers Short History of Bible and to the articles on ble topics which Prof A L Rawson and myself have hitherto contributed to the Freethinkers Magazine Let us close by a word about the Biblebooks considered as a poem for as such they must be finally regarded By this we mean that they are separately the result of feeling fancy I iti f and tradition imagined to be histul and are of a very unique diversified anti interesting character But these books were put together as a compos ite book by the Council of Nice A D 325 which council was thus the real composer of the Bible It then be came a true tripartite poem with the Aristotlean requirement we have not ed These books thus placed helped to originate and so represented a state of mind known finally as Green and Latin Christianity with its Papacy and its finally its Protestantism with their Dante and Milton who in their great poems drew completer pictures of that wonderful religion of sorrow and devotion triumph and despair That middle age of the Christian pa pacy succeeded the heroic age of Hom er and Virgil and the Nlebelungen Lied and which heroic age Is summed up in them The Christianity of these Bible books with its Dante and Milton has now been succeeded by the modern scientific era of Shakespeare Voltaire and Goethe Thus these nine great epochmaking poems and poets should be prized as the condensed summary of the progress of mankind They should be in every Liberal library for they embody the living soul of the great epochs of the race and consequently as evolution proves of our in dividual culture Every individual grows through these great historic stages and completed modern culture embodies and harmonizes them all We are founded 1 upon the heroism of Homer Virgil and the Niebelun gen 2 upon the Biblebooks Dante and Milton with their holy devotional sacrifice then upon the scientific human cooperation of Shakespeare Voltaire and Goethe which combines and completes the two prior stages into the higher nobleness and utility of our era of progress Every modern Noble Man of Goethe is thus seen to rest evolutlonally upon the devotion to duty of the Saint of Dante But below that and fundamental to all is found the versatile courage of the Homeric Hero IAs the heroic age of Polytheism led up to the saint so the devotional Christian cultures are followed by the modern era of scientific human coop oration What can each fullgrown in dividual now be but the epitome of these I There is far more meaning In this question than we are apt to think for as biologists show as frInstance in Haeckels Evolution qt Man that our bodies are the result 04 the stages of growth of the animal lf on earth all of which are represented of vo logy we p each the result of thestages of r past civilization of our race Then stages are passed through in the d velopment of every one of us as w grow from childhood to old age Th e fact is the lifegiving thought to every scientific system of education It proves at once that Homer the Biblla and Shakespeare are parts of one greatest poem the poem of Humanity giving in that order the beginning middle and end of all human history and culture leading up to our modern era now best represented by Goethe But let no one mistake that because Homer and the Biblebooks represent the lower strata of past so ciology that they should be made the measure and limlntatlon of the present As the deepdown foundations of the present they are useful and most interesting studies but utterly out of place as substitutes for our modern world The common sense as well as the scholarship of today must combine to teach this lesson to our Theologians and If needful to our Liberals THE SON 0 FGOD Being The Second Contribution of a Series of Proposed Treatises on Religious Dogmas By SUSAN J PECK With the understanding that the word God means Guide Jesus Justice and that the Bible Is a history of poll tical and ecclesiastical ruling of na tions I will add that the original book the foundation of the present one was an allegory written for the in struction of youth in which the inen tal moral and physical forces In Na ture were given names saited to their relations to one another and to man Those forces were called mans natural Guides or Gods and the writer told his readers that to be controlled by those natural Gods or Guides would enable man to express those sentiments which alone could make heaven on earth In Rom xv we read of the Gods of patience and consolation hope and peace all good Guides but In the allegory the three principal Gods or Guides were Intellect the masculine element of mind Reason the feminine element of mind Goddess of heaven Old Testament and Justice the sult of the union of the two as equals and called their child The three were called the Holy Trinity Holy because correct un perverted i The writer taught that Intellect Is that faculty of mind by which we know what to do and how to do and Reason I J f k Is that faculty of mind by which we know why to do and when to do while justice is that moral faculty which prompts conscientious action and the union of the three was called Love since they enable man by Just action to express his love for his fellow Ings Love thy neighbor ns thyself Corgiiiitemple of God and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in oul The sentiment of love for Intellect Reason and Jus tice Minneapolis Minn May IB 1906 TWO PERSONSNAMED JESUS Reply to Susan Pecks Recent Article On Christs Geneology By E LEWIS hermit ue use a ntUu your apace tasting Issue with Susan J tecii upon her receiiit ojrtlelo con corning the dual personalities call ed Jesus according to Matthew und LUKe each giving a different genea logy From David down to ChrIst or Jesus called the Christ Matthuw dives 28 generations while Luke gives 13 generations quaking 495 years dlt Iereuco in time from David to Jesus 1 will refer to this latter Matthews chap 18 verse says Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise When his mother Mary was es paused to Joseph before they came together sue was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost Luke in his letter to Theophllus takes up the Holy Ghost story and runs it to its limit giving the suppos ed connection between the angel call ed the Holy Ghost and Mary and between Mary and Elizabeth her cous in Here Matthew and Luke agree See Luke chapter Matthew in the 26th chapter on ac count of the betrayal of Jesus by Ju das being the same jesus spoken of before While Luke in the 22nd chapter gives a similar account of the same person caned Jesus Here Matthew and Luke are together again Matthew in the 27 chapter gives an account of the delivery of Jesus to Pilot but Pilot would not condemn him and washed his hands of any stains in the matter but the people de manded Jesus and got him Luke 23rd chapter says Pilot Ben t I Clfled P Here Matttiuw1 Luke are togeth er again on the same Jesus Matthew 27th chapter and Luke 23rd chapter are together on the cru cifixion They are also together on the resurrection Matthew says not one word about the resurrection but closes the 28th chapter thus Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost teaching them to observe all things whatsoever have commanded you and lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world Amen But Luke says chapter 24 verse 51 that he ascended up to heaven one would naturally suppose we were done with him after that but not so for Luke the writer of the 9th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles has the some Jesus of Nazareth on hand at Pauls conversion but it is the same individ ual Jesus I have found no evidence that Matthew and Luke were talking of separate persons called Jesus each followed the one person to the resur fact that Jesus the Christ sev eral times spoke of himself as the son of man is no evidence that ho was a different Jesus torn the Jesus who was crucified Now to return to Matthew and Luke Neither one is authority on any statement hey have made Neither Matthew aor Luke was written until after 381 years after Christ the evidence lies in this The Trinity was no formed until after that time the Holy Ghost was lacking- A counsel of bishops was called who met in Constantinople on January 381 after Christ for the purpose of form Ing the trinity by mixing the Holy Ghost with the father and son But they did not succeed A second coun cil was called to meet in Jerusalem on the tenth of June of the same year Composed of fifty bishops in their de liberation they succeeded in accom plishing that wonderful feat of making the Father Son and Holy Ghost the trinity In Matthew it is called the three heavenly witnesses So it is a fact that no one could havo written of the Holy Ghost until after the tenth of June 381 of our era because it did not exist Matthew 27 78 In speaking of the thirty pieces of sliver that Judas got says And they took council and bought with them the potters field to bury strangers in Wherefore that field was called the field of blood unto this day So again Matthew 28th chapter 15 verse So they took the money and did as they were taught and this saying Is com monly reported among the Jews until this day Both statements referring to a long period of time And that period of time was after 381 years after Christ The apostles Matthew and Luke were dust centuries before either of the books bearing their names were written So with all the other books of the New Testament All of the books are really dateless and name less simply a lot of Greek fables writ ten by no one knows whom In regard to the two geneologies It is impossible for both to bo true and that fact condemns both The conditions of the people Is sum cient evidence that they knew nothing about only that it was tradition amongst a people that had no liters ture not one In a thousand could read a word they were a nation of de baunchcd bloodthirsty melanders Even today with all of our literature a story not founded In history Is not worth the reciting the writers Matthew and Luke wrote the com mon talks of superstitious ignorance- It is astonishing In this day of general education and abundant literature that people will hold to that book as true If we only understood it And day it is just as far from being under stood by Christians as it was 1600I years ago Infidels are beginning to understand it A FEW WORDS FROM KIDDER God Almighty Knocks Hell Out of Frisco and The Town Is Full of Good Actors Tho following communication from an old friend M Grier Kidder will beI read with great Interest by Blade readers as showing that he success fully escaped the wrath of Jehovah and though somewhat bleeding in theI Frisco earthquake he is still In the living ring Oak Street San Francisco May 161906It pleases our Heavenly Fath er on the 18th of April last to knock hell out of this town First came the earthquake that killed about 6000 peo pie at least Then the fire appear ed and threefourths of the houses the earthquake spared disappeared The shock came about B15 A M and with one accord every body levanted for the street I knew I had always been active on my feet but IneVer im agined that I could shift my air with so l1ttlaqere mOIlitH- th LO l f get ou alJv t youldnt U1 jtfl it aIidsayu II wasnt scared But from what I hear tam inclined to think that I am theuraly one that eith er made that promise or kept it if made I have made it my mission to ask every man I meet If nerves stood the strain and have yet to find oven one that owns to the propelling power of fear San Francisco must be a city of actors Like Paul Thrice have suffered shipwreck after tho manner of men have I fought with Socialists etc but this takes the cake Over 460 blocks equal to 26 miles in era have done last all semblance of city and resembles a vast cemetery The military has con trol the destitute are fed from relief stations and there are no saloons I am no prohibitionist but I am satls fied with the state of affairs I hope there never will be a drop of liquor sold again In this city but of course that Is too good to expect Almost every Catholic Church was burnt and that Is another result of our troubles that helps us to think earth quakes and fires are not so bad after all But about 150000 people are left here and the present depression is very pronounced Every body has enough to eat but several Kentuckians have died of thirst I have had no Blade since the earth quake and I am afraid few papers are passing the malls I hope you and your family are well and Mr Moores also Good Bye Your Shacked Friend M GRIER KIDDER LIBERTY AND LICENSE Editor Blue Grass BladeI think that you fail to grasp the Gorky situa Lion fairly You say that when In Rome one must do as the Romans do and then try and make an invidious distinction between the present Mrs Gorky and those divorced and remarried couples In America Mr Gorky and the first wife mutualy agreed to separate and the Russian church being tho sole dispenser of divorce in Rus eta says to them thou shalt not be divorced According to Russian Peas ant custom the Gorkys separated and each sought out new mates and this constitutes a marriage without the church sanction Why let me ask should the Russian church have anymore power to sanction a marriage than the common consent of tho Rus sian peasantry There is absolutely no immorality in It Mrs Gorky is as much the wife of Maxim Gorky as is any woman in this country who has been divorced and remarried They went throught all the form necessary to constitute divorce end marriage j The editor of The Blade has a perfect right to conform to any rigid rule that may suit his taste and inclination but ho has no right to set the pace for any other roan or woman I do not want any free love In mine but if any ono else desires to indulge in its seduc tions I shall not interfere in any way with them I havo been as content as It Is possible for any man to be and have earned the right to snub my loose neighbors if my conduct confers the right but I do not think any worseIof any one whom nature overcomes There are situations that I could have escaped from and in notI place I would probably have escaped the danco and interpret Pharaohs and sparks will not lie down as the Lion and Lamb are destin ed to and let a little child lead them Sabe Only those will conform to re gulations of sexual matters that so desire Whether any two men have the right to say to a third Thou shalt live according to our wish or not at all is to my mind a question that I should vote against If wo can have a marriage relation by common con sent all right If we are going to create a situation that makes a money out of an act that Is not wrong we ate only building trouble Artificiality can never master the natural either In man or beast I do not like the idea of your trying to read out of the realm of freethought those who have decid ed upon such matters I condemn no man or woman for following honest trend of thought or action The only thing in The New Testament that seems to transcend human Ideals is where Christ said to the woman Go and sin no more That the Christian skips this divine note shows that the Christian of today is superior to Obi 1st in morality in his mind Frcethought has no creed It not necessary for the Blade to advocate free lovo nor to denounce it either Feelove like free thought is a condition nnd not u theory Let morality take cars of it self FosteUlug it will not aid It No two means tate the same vi w cf moral Issue JOtN F CLAUKE VITOSCOPE PICTURES Will jScenerycent Route On Tuesday May 2nd the Selig Polyscope Company of Chicago will take moving pictures of all territory ao s the Queen Qrc Route 830 yAllrfotlowt d1 tfi de titre lo rrK pictureswlllbe rho station Adv rtlstd OIA6lhf r75Johnston of the Queen Crescent Route will accompany the Vltoscope men on the trip Train will consist of engine with flat car and coach THE BEST LINE sGragu 4mmaaas aC trl thicaQoIndianahoh FLouieilleRoiLJgy ONLY LINE TOTH 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write intelligible Suffice mo to say that while Moores stylo was unique and cannot be dupll cated in the whole army of brilliant writers yet our present editor has sail ed Into literary fame as a star of the first magnitude and while we revere the memory of our late lamented edi tor lot us honor it by boosting the Blade to the highest pinnacle of sue cessIDA COON Strong Congratulations Hosier Oregon James E HughesI have just re ceived the Blade of sixth Inst and I am glad to see it cutting a wide swath Into error and superstition I most r earnestly congratulate you for giving us such a high standard of literature Just keep batting away and when you have made your last inning on the path of life your scores will be indelibly stamped on historys pages to lead others into higher and better realms of thought and action than those taught by Christianity or any other re ligion I wonder where the Christian God was when the late disaster at it San Francisco occurred Perhaps he JDJOJUflfluollFIf people would read the book of books which is nature and its pages are al ways open to truth and unchangeable law I say again we read it as sane and sensible peoplewe can see clear ly with one eye shut the falacy and delusion of all religions credEto Blade Enclosed find Two 200 Dollars for the same Just keep on slashing with your Blade When you get thirsty we shall try and give you at least a cup of water to cool you With best wishes for you and family I am as everR W SIMPSON- P S Brother Moore Jr has my sincere sympathy in the sad event of his wifes taking her last sleep Joplin Missouri Dear Sir Enclosed one dollars for Itho Blue Grass Blade to bo sent to writer commencing June 1st for one year Also one dollar for which send mo the Blade until Juno 1st to Joplin Mo After deducting for Mays Blade sent to Joplin send me the balance of ono dollar in C C Moores memorial book to Joplin MoGEORGE P AYERILL We Appreciate the Wish North Waterloo Maine Mr James E Hughes please 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Blade that the Memorial Pam phlet of C C Moores has been mailed but I wish to state that I have not received the two which I ordered- I also wish to state that from the appearance of todays paper you were not with Mr Moore all the time for nothing C F MART- INMARRIAGE ANDDIVORCE Criticism of Mrs Henrys Clever Pam phlet by Walter Hurt Which Ap peared In the Last Issue of To Morrow Magazine Marriage and Divorce a pamphlet by Josephine K Henry Is a womans feeling protest against the subordinate status of her sex in marriage under laws in the enactment of which she has had no voice and in conforming to which she can have no choice The author arraigns in forceful fashion a system that inflicts such injustice up on woman in the conjugal contract making of her the veriest vassal in stead of an equal partner with equal rights to be equally respected Sum med up It is a simple plea for justice to woman in the marital relation that loyaltyIt is furthermore a demand for the re vision of our present marriage laws to the end that an equity may be 6s tabllshed that will give higher IdeiUs and happier homes to a nobler race that shall be born of such reform Woman and the Bible by the same writer shows how tho doctrine of womans degradation is taught throughout the Scriptures which seek always to Impress her with a sense of her own Infinite inferiority It points out how the church has fastened the chains upon woman and how the priesthood has conspired to perpetuate her enslavement by teaching that servility to man Is the virtue of greatest value while any impulse of sex Independence is tho sovereign shame An ardent appeal Is made to woman to cast off the shac des of superstition that have prevented her progress through the centuries that she may reach the heights of an emancipated existence toward which the future beckons These companion brochures are well calculated to do a great missionary work If sufficiently circulated for woman holds the key to the grated gate tnat bars our way to the Wider Free dom Marriage and Divorce 25 cents Woman and the Bible 10 cents Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky IT NEVER PAYS It never pays to fret or growl When fortune seems our foe The better bred will push ahead And strike the braver blow For luck is work And those who shirk Should never lament their doom But yield the play And clear the way That better men have room never pays to foster pride And squander wealth In show For friends thus won are sure to run In times of want and woo The noble worth Of all the earth Are gems of heart and brain A conscience clear A household Gear And hands without a stain It novel pays to hate a foo Or cater to a friend To fawn or whine much less repine To borrow or to end Tho faults of men Are tower when Each rows his own canoe i is ito 4 i 1i1 For friends and debts end pampered pets Unbounded mischief brew It never pays to wreck the health In drudging after gain And he Is sold who thinks that gold Is chiefly bought with pain A humble lot A 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followsHotel Majestic Atlanta Georgia May 15 Mr Jas E Hughes Editor and Publisher Grass Blade Lexington Kentucky Dear SirYours of Sunday April 29th In it you have an editorial attacking me for ing said as you allege The fearful quake in the far western city is a visitation God on account of its wickedness and may blessing in disguise Owing to this San Francisco has been on Mr Alexanders and heart these many months I never made such statement as you attribute to me It is up out of a whole cloth Would it not be well find out what a man says before attacking The paragraph contains a statement which is rectly contrary to what I said I hold in my a verbatim report of the sermon that I preached connection with the calamity that overtook city of San Franscisco Let me say at this ing where I preached it we took up over for the San Francisco sufferers The are my words reported verbatim hInotice a tendency in some of the news papers to think that the San Francisco disas ter is a special judgment of God upon Francisco because of its especial wickedness I dont believe it It may be so but I that any one should hesitate to make a state ment of that kind until he is very clear it but I dont believe it I dont believe was a judgment because of the special fulness of San Francisco It has been time and time again during the past week San Francisco was the gayest and most care less city in America That may be true think likely it is I dont know but that prove that this awful disaster is an judgment It has been said again that Francisco was the wickedest city in America That I dont believe It may be that forms of repulsive vice were more open more rampant in San Francisco than inIfl American cities I presume thiit is true dont prove that San Francisco was the wick edest city in America for remember that the eyes of God there are other sins Jtheare just as hateful as the vice that to you me is peculiarly odious that for example the oppression and robbery of the poor by rich and by dishonest politicians pride righteousness that counts itself righteous despises others is just as hateful to God drunkenness and prize fighting and impurity I suppose that Philadelphia is most orderly large city in America It is cer tainly the most orderly large city that I ever lived in I nevr saw a large city approaching to our streets at night I been all over Philadelphia pretty much over Philadelphia all hours of the night never saw anything like the quietness and or der ina large city that reigns by night Philadelphia yet in spite of all that when remember how God looks beneath the surface I am not at all sure that in Gods sight Phila delphia is not just as wicked as San Francisco But I am perfectly sure of one thing that it not the part of wisdom on your part and to lift our heads with a sense of and say God punished San Francisco it was so wicked and has spared Philadelphia because it was so good Trusting that you will do me the justice to correct the false statement that you made re garding me I remainSincerely yoursR TORREY Will you kindly send me a marked copy s the correction of your misreport THE POWER OF FREETHOUGHT How much is there impled in that simple to think freely f How much may be found in kindred appellations i The implication is a full wholesome freedom of the mind to think upon questions without bias or prejudice and to upon righteous conclusions There is no truth in the statement that the church is the friend of human freedom As a ter of fact men have more liberty as they the church than they ever had under I When the priesthood was permitted to exercise temporal as well as a spiritual power kings 4 with rods of iron and it has only been e Mme reluctance with regrets at a authority that the church has made one after another until it stands almost isolated as as the affairs of this life are concerned If the church is the friend of both men and men why is it that the most advanced men Symeri in the world those who have been ever i rjacon lights upon the great highway of life J ways found outside the pale of the w iv i4 it that the leaders of the worlds r Jr 0 to be found among the great body of era It is because they have discovered tjf rx jI it c t i church is but a wolf in sheeps clothing real serving the devil while professedly robed in the of their Lord They have found it an impo pretending to be that which it is not may be a better and a grander civilization Sometimes we can feel that we almost its primal rays but it is a long time coming in a measure some Freethinkers are partially blame for it in that they fail to get in the army workers upon whose efforts progress must de The Blade is satisfied that a few more con will be required before the human mind in entirety will be fully prepared to raise above creed of selfishness The stars and stripes may be drenched with the lifes blood of Ameri citizens before we arc grand enough and liber enough to recognize the inherent sacredness in the principles of Thomas Paine which right liberty and justice for all These prin cardinal virtues of Frecthougltf should be a motto for all future work No power on in the heavens above or in the waters under earth could ever disunite a people bound linked together with this great triune chain such conditions exist then and not till then all religion born of ignorance and imbecility and die The church will then no longer pre the development of those almost infinite pos that lay before every man the end human love will be found the sole of the world Not that love which is around the mythical Christ but a purely love rt love for man to man a love that be capable of convicting us of our injustices guide us into the bright sunlight of the future by bigotry and truly free from priestly Then let us strive to be more just in actions Let us ever stand ready to excuse than condemn Mercy well becomes those authority A kind word will always accomplish than a frown and it costs no more DELAY IN PUBLICATION- We crave the indulgence of our readers because an unavoidable delay in the publication of this issue of the Blade Lack of support has me to seek other and additional means earning a livelihood for myself and those de upon me and in the performance of that duty I have been prevented from get the Blade out this week on time However our subscribers will not suffer loss or by reason of the delay While this will be a few days late in reaching our read the next succeeding issue will be printed and immediately thereafter thus enabling us catch up againITime mere fact that the Blades editor has been to seek additional employment in order to and earn running expenses does not mean that Blade is to suspend or cease publication thelcontrary we small stick to the old ship and fast by the helm in the profound hope that goodly crew may some day be crowded upon her which by united effort will leave the cap free to handle the bark and steer it alone Honesty being the best policy and frankness a virtue I deem it best that our readers should the facts The sage once observed that the wise find tranI in discovering the truth the ignorant in folly Truth establishes all things false overthrows them History records that a once condemned a sage to death upon accu that were false which was not altogether in the past When led to the scaffold perceived his wife weeping bitterly Why thou Asked the culprit Have I not for tears replied the loving wife seeing thou sufferest death innocently Well re the sage wouldst thou see me die guilty herein lies the whole philosophy of life Mar does not prove the truth for which the r dies but it does prove the sincerity 9f his to it There is much to admire theI courage of Danton the French atheist prevented on the scaffold from embracing sentenced to die wih him who replying the waiting executioner Fool thon canst not our heads from meeting in the basket Ve trust that those who have subscribed to the Memorial pamphlet are pleased with their The pamphlet has been arranged with that it should include all that the admirers friends of our late beloved editor could de We have not yet sold a sufficient number at low price salted for it to pay the entire cost publication but we offered it at a low cost inj to secure a wide circulation without thought profit It is our sole aid to get the pamphlet and in the hands of as many readers as possi for it is calculated to exercise a true missionary The addresses ore gems of oratory and and to be reed means that the memory of Blades founder shall be kept green for years come If you have not secured a copy now is time to subscribe One copy costs but fifteen and we will send ten copies to any address in United States and Canada for one dollar riests prate of heaven and hell The one a the other a hangmans whip Find heaven blessed content hell in human discontent Both of the earth One man is content with a mere another suffers and is in misery though he a crown Heaven for one hell for the other we build ourselves Money cannot release from the one or enable us to purchase the other is won by deeds of honor and nobility but modern Christian vainly imagines he can get by counting beads or repeating prayers by instead o trying to deserve admission by good Doubtless many Christians would find companions in that hell which they have for hon tcepticism SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST By An Application of the Natural Prin clple to Christian Theology the Lat ter Is Placed at a Clear Disadvantage By C COHEN From the London Freethinker The extension of the principle of the survival of the fittest from the biological to other fields was a natural and rapid outcome of the perception of its truth And to recognize its truth on ly one thing was necessary to under stand It For when properly under stood the teaching associated with the names of Darwin and Spencer is seen to be much in the nature of mathemat- Ical demonstration The survival of the fittest is tine because we cannot conceive it as untrue To say that the fittest does not survive is to male a statement that can only be accepted so long as we refrain rfom trying to understand clearly the terms of the proposition laid down Once we do un derstand clearly the terms we use it is realized that to say the fittest survive is almost if not quite axioma tic Organisms survive because they are the fittest their fitness is shown by their survival The extension of this principle to life in general was very rapid indeed Ideas institutions customs social forms all could be seen to illustrate the same principle and once the first shock of the conflict was over relig- Ious apologists set themselves the task of revising their defences and as the new teaching was not to be defeated to discover a defence which should bo expressed if possible in terms of cur rent science The argument required was soon found If things survive be cause of fitness then the survival of Christianity it was and is argued is a clear proof of it being the fittest to sur- vIve In spite of attacks Christianity lives and this being the case the free thinking evolutionist must admit that Christianity contains something of value to man in his life struggle oth erwise it would long since have disap geared Either the evolutionist must admit this or pronounce his own phil osophy invalid So runs the argument and it possesses a plausibility that commends it to many It is to bo met with in learn ed often painfully so magazine ar ticles In sermons and in the popular superstition that the destruction of Christianity might Involve some very disagreeable consequences It is In deed curious that those who 9rgue that Christianity was indestruc tibIa in the past because it possessed qualities that demonstrated its fit ness over all competitors and enemies are precisely those who fear most for its disappearance Much of this state of mind may be accounted for by a misapprehension of the word fit ness Most if not all of those who defend Christianity on the grounds of its fitness to survive give to the term a moral or ethical significance to which it has no proper claim What is actually the fittest in a given envi ronment and what is the idealy best may be and often is two very distinct things If we allow the possibility Shakespeare among savages or a primitage savage in a highly civilized community would be equally unfit and would be crushed out Whether the quality determined survival is an Ideal quality or not Is entirely a ques tion of environment and the Chris tian by no means demonstrates that the perpetuation of Christianity is a desirable thing even though he is able to show that it has survived because it was the fittest Further if anyone will take a map of the world and note those places in which Christianity has undergone the least alteration Abyssinia parts of the SouthEast of Europe or Spain it nil be noted that these are also the least progressive portions of the world Here its survival has been quite in accordance with its own non progressive character If on the oth er hand wo take the progressive portions of the world it will be noted there Christianity has only stir vived by so great a modification of its practice and even teaching as to hardly appear the same faith Or in other words real Christianity has not survived at all There has been a continuity of possession even of formula but to point to Christianity ex feting in England America France or Germany as a proof that Christian ity has demonstrated its survival value Is simply absurd Under civil ized or progressive conditions Its sur vival value Is of the poorest possible kind An organism or an institution that can only survive by some pro found modification of its structure or character has really demonstrated that In its original character it could not have survived at all What Is real and universal cannot be confined to the circle of those who sympathise strictly with his Sweden borgs genius but will pass forth into the common stock of wise and first thinking The world has a sure chem- Istry by which it extracts what is excellent In its children and lets fall the InfirmIties and limitations of the grandest mind Emerson 4i I ti r THE VILLAGE BLACKSMITH By B WILSON NOTE Tho blacksmith in a village where I once lived for affew months was noted for his swearing He was a man of wore than ordinary ability and common sense and a leader in the community lIe inclined to be religious and at tended Church and Sunday School regularly He was also a music teacher possessing a good voice and he took pride In training the Sunday School He was often solicited to join church but as often refused on the grounds that his business impelled him to swear and he didnt propose to take an oath that ho know ho would break Finally during a great religious revival when every one else in the village had join ed tho Army of the Lord having no other foes to conquer turned its batteries on the blacksmith After much argument he was accepted on tho terms that ho would try to quit swearing but If he failed the members should overlook it and not hold him accountable for said dont Intend to be a hypocrite and if I have to swear it will not be under my breath but out loud but I have made up my mind that A man cant be a blacksmith and not cuss WITH APOLOGIES TO LONGFELLOW By the side of his flaming furnace The village blacksmith stood f By all fairminded citizens He was considered good Except at frequent IntervalsiWhen in blaspheming mood One only fault he had to mar A life built on the square When shoeln an obstreperous nag He couldnt help but swear When of his choice profanity He never seemed to spare He went on Sundays to the church And mid the revival sat Theyd caught each tippler in the town Each loafer scold and brat And all made up and kissed and hugged Whod ever had a spat Saved were all sinners but the smithIFor whom each raised his voice In prayer that hed become resigned And with the saints rejoice And now was the accepted time And day to make his choice Right past him up and down the aisle The pleading sisterlngs walked While down beside him on his knees The parson prayed and talked But all entreaties proved in vain For still the blacksmith balked 4J I When up he straight from hiS seat tlAlLgaye tIJaJlleyloolr4But he said My friends fJI think Im good as you And with my fellow man Im square 9 And honest through and through On me youre wastin precious time An makln too much fuss By tryiu to save a hopeless case An talkln thus au thus Fer a man cant bo a blacksmith An not let loose an cuss Im not like some professln folks Whose religions all a fake An I wont make any promises I know Im goin to break But if youll stretch a point on swearin All the other vows Ill take t Since theyd no more sheep to tether plainTheyFor all liked Tubal Cain And soon his voice among the choir Was loudest In its strain And all notice of his speech profano Grew faintly slight and dim For tho twas wrong In other folks It seemed natural to him And oft when he was kicked behind Hed cut loose with a vim And een the children going home Would loiter by his door They loved to watch an old mare snap And hear him cuss an roar While brimstone spluttered from his mouthjLike sparks across the floor iIThus both honest and consistentIAs In life hell bo in death For he never does his cussln Like others neath the breath An consistencys a Jewel Some one or other salth judgmenthAn when ho appears at Hell stand a chance as fair To win a nightgown an a Jewsharp As some who never swear Except when not a soul Is round To catch them unaware Thus slngln prayln an cussln Onward thro lIfo he goesIShoeln horses tho whole o the week An worshlppln at its close Prayln and cussln both without Dlsturbln a nights repose Thanks thanks to thee my worthy friend i For the lesson thou hast taughtyStraight an honest In all you Without fear of being caught If swearin and lyln were capital crimes Theres few who wouldnt get shot 1