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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r I BLUE GRASS BLADE1 7 flrhaAQ AE1an Ru8irWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH t iVOLUME XV NUMBER 11 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JUNE 17 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY flOO A YEAR IN ADYANCE1 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 M money orders drafts checks etc paya Tletc 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 4of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Subscriptions to the Blade are not discontinued atI ife euQrution unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts invariably hold a subscriber respon Yrsible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discon i tinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentuckyft 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 + III I4f444 +++ +++ ++ ++ + + + ++4 EDITORIAL ay141FI1U 4 i 0+ + +III11II111 + + Cultivate happiness a a a a a Liberty is not a free gift a a a The Christian religion is rapidly petrifying a a a a a Sanctified slobber is the net product of nothing a a a The baptismal tank may yet develop dorsal fins and web feet a a a a No self respecting God could have made some Christians in his jaIt is impossible to much logger save the church from the ever rising tide of vulgarity and emotion alsim a a a i a When labor decides to get a hump on itself andg assume its rights the master will neither hear or heed the gabble of the gcyso beneath his walls or the watchdogs bark It be all over a a if a a False pride is on a par with the dignity of the donkey In every lanif it stands with drawn sword between appetitejand infamy between de sire and savage rearguard o the human mind and dies only in the last ditch a a a a a The man of feeling lie man of sympathy the man of manly honor must stand aghast if not dismayed at such grinding penury as millions exper ienco in our modern citi s a penury which freezes the genial current of the soul mid blunts al1emoral responsibility Lj it not time to bring about a change a a a a That this blessed lanl of the free is rapidly is approaching a condition of barbarism may bo inferred from the magni cence of the plutocrat and the poverty of the toili g millions The first reaps where ho has not sowi and where he has not strewn To the superficial observer this may Ayf Jli indicate the zenith of our nations glory but from it all may develop the said truth that nations may seem on the surface to be forging ahead long after they have really begun to retrograde Can it be possible that we have reached the turning point Withal there seems to be no lack olpnn a ceas but the political stores are full of remedies that dont remedy a a a a a Freedom of thought is a glorious star in the fir nrnmcnt of humanity that blazes the brighter as the years run on Too long has it been mistaken by many as a mere erratic comet without sub stance It has come to stay and will outshine ti star of Bethlehem The latter is now but a splot of semiluminous vapor hanging in a great void a a a a pAtKansas has resigned and the oscillatory Govern of the Sunflower State has appointed his success Doubtless he will find more congeniality in t prison cell than he did in the Senate Chamber pttoif all were given their just dues A suit of strip could be made to appear to more moral and pubi advantage in many cases than a sentorial tog e a a CAN FREETHINKERS ORGANIZE A fact which no Freethinker can fail to realize a fact which is both recognized and admitted all intelligent men and women is that the weakness of Freethought as a system lies in its lack of organization of centralization of cooperation ruled unity of purpose Behind it all however rests the very serious proposition whether or not a common basis of agreement can be reached which is broad enough liberal enough great enough and of sufficient scope to bring all Freethinkers to gether thereon True organization has been tried but even in its prestinc glory in the days of its young vigor and strength it was little better than a mere galvanized spasmodic effort malting some noise doing little work spending money in a rection that was ill calculated to be of much ben e fit it sputtered and flickered and died Can it be possible that Freethinkers are incapa ble of effective organization Is there too muchor diversity of opinion in the ranks to admit of any organized movement Have we too many is confrontjngus or JiI it that we hayq not enou of the proper lund f Evidently there is somethi lacking or the cause would be better organize- than it boast of being today If history is merely philosophy teaching by example and does sometimes repeat itself then surely Freethinkers being possessed of that greatest of all attributes Rea can learn to profit by past experiences and weeding out the nonessentials collaborating that which is essential discover some permanency of purpose and effort whereby a more effective operation can be secured During the course of our experience with the Freethought movement there have been three or ganizations national in character all starting out withsome welldefined object in view now all practically defunct all in that condition which Grover Cleveland once described as innocuous desuetude First came the American Secular ty Union of which we have no clear recollection this was followed by the Freethought Federation of America then came the National Liberal Party and the three combined could hardly be called or lapseinto of death The last still lingers in name and although the youngest it is now but a memory With it all discordant elements were at work until disruption became complete and there is hardly a vestige of at organization left It may be said that to a great extent every or ganization was practically based upon what were known as the Nine Demands of Liberalism Many Freethinkers generals and soldiers alike be a tofound of organized effort a sort of constitutional limita of tion and restriction and that outside and beyond of them there were little to be found of human late est and value It was a sort of orthodoxy that ha upon the fraternity a creed to which all were supposed to subscribe or be read out of the body These demands were formulated half a century ago and despite the labor the energy the wealth and the time spent in and upon their ad vocacy the Bible is still read in the public schools the property of the church still remains untaxed perfuactofry n Sunday laws are still enforced and their violation made a punishable offense and seeing these things reasoning people ore prone to ask What is the use 71rhe nine demands of liberalism were doubtless effective enough in their early day when first formulated for propaganda and whi dynamic forces of progress have compelled re to vision in the creeds of all church denominations the creed of Freethought if it may be called such has never been changed Nor is this all for there practically not the slightest advocacy being made concerning them which would suggest that they have outlived their usefulness and some other and different grounds for organization should bo formulated There can bo little doubt that Freethought has iy 4 V made more progress by the singlehanded efforts of individuals than it has ever made by any of its organizations Still this does not prove that organization is impossible or unnecessary It would suggest though that we have begun the work of organization on a wrong method Organization cannot be built from the top downward it must have a foundation to work on If local societie- could be organized and these local bodies sea delegates to a state organization thence to a national body there would be better prospects for success The local societies could hold weekly meetings and have lectures readings and discus Freethoughthto agree upon plans of common labor unity of pur bodyfplacergreatsalr a and following in their footsteps even dissolution it would be necessary to do some conica few speeches and adjourn after taking up a collection It would have to settle down to solid work and get busy This would bring success far great er than has been enjoyed in the past byFirst of all however is that necessary basis o agreement points of doctrine if you will the planI and scope of the work The Blade does not assume to be capable of such a herculean task but it real izes that there are capable Freethinkers allover the country whose advice on such a subject would be invaluable For this reason the Blade invites suggestions from all who desire to be heard thereon and offers its pages for a symposium on this question of organizationIIn order to facilitate discussion the Blade sug gests that all who desire should answer the follow ing questions 1 Should Freethinkers organize organizeGiye3 Should they organize on religious lines alone should they combine the religious with political effort platformh wisding all Freethinkers together The first series of articles for the symposium will be published in the issue of the Blade of Julyt 10th 1906 bya a a a a CATHOLICISM IS DEAD IN FRANCE Never was a more impressive lesson administered than in the result of the recent elections int France for upon a special issue antiecclesiasti team the French people have rendered a decision about which there can be no mistake no doubt The church power made a hard fight but the was inevitable In France ecclesiasticism is dead Its death comes not with that degree of uncertain which marked the close of the revolution it death was not occasioned through the shedding blood but as a result of the popular will expressed at the ballot box alethe elections might be and as a matter of fact the encouragement given the clerical party by th Vatican to offer themselves as a candidate showed thata considerable doubt did exist then that doubt was dissipated by the emphatic rejection the polls of the most important of the clerical candidates even in those districts wherein the con stituency were pronounced Catholics Generally and particularly the result is altogether antiVati can and in France the home of Diderot Danton and other radical leaders clericalism is as dead as salted herring Probably the Blade is taking an optimistic view the situation but it is true that the influences the Vatican will never again become a formida alreadydmatter of fact this has proved such a shock to the Pope that his alleged illness is believed to be due more to disappointment and chagrin than to the effects of the gout Such reverses in power are enough to make the pontiff ill for with it all he sees slipping from his grasp those perquisites and longforthe worst blow was yet to come This was the ac lion of the French government in repealing the law under which a student in a French theological seminary was exempt from the two years compul sory military service Even this privilege of exI desperlet countryItgracefully bow oton the inevitable as the report now comes that the Pope agreed to submit to French Bishops in refer cndum the issue of accepting or rejecting the sep oration law in its entirety It would appear that by this time the French ecclesiastics would be con gasbyn meat and parliamentary majority than by stub Iax f f bornly holding out against them hence theWchances are all in favor ofn settlement between the Vatican and the Elysee that will be acceptable ito the former as for as outward appearances may JI indicate t The only question the student of sociology is now interested in is whether or not the French podbark The history of the Romish church is re vi plete with incidents of a similar character wherein a return to triumphant power has followed ser ious defeat but she has invariably invoked the aid of extraneous influences to bring about such a re suit and at the last moment she may plunge the French nation into a bloody and costly war in order to carry out her hellish designs This must 7ecomes it will be a signal victory for Freethought and reform Putting all speculation aside the elections point to only one thing one fact namely the determina tion of the French people to put an end forever to Romish intereferences in French politics which is believed to have for its final achievement however disguised it may be to encompass the destruc- tIon of the republic and to restore some form of autocracy either Napoleonic or Bourbon under effectivelyfdominent issue of the election was not a labor sue but an ecclesisatical issue Both sides recognized it and understood it They entered the con test with their eyes wide open The battle has been fought The church has lost That she may never again be restored to even a vestige of her former power is the ardent wish of every friend of humanity the world over No such restoration can ever be accomplished if the French people do but follow up this splendid victory with patience rec titude and caution a a a a LAWFUL LOVEVSUNLAWFUL LUST Having opened its columns for an intelligent dis cussion upon all topics relative to the rational well being of the race it does not follow that the Blade assumes oily personal responsibility for the open 1 ions expressed by any of its contributors and alto thesaw ti Wi jes thefightto criticize analyze anti lay barethe moral defects in any sys tem advocated by persons or societies as to the Blade shall seem just and proper And yet the Blade welcomes discussion and argument upon any opinion it may express for it is only by such means fromoutof developTwo have taken serious issue with the Blade because of its defense of 1 home the fireside and according to our notioriCtare simply fighting at shadows and missing the substance altogether Our good friend Lohse de oftStone actually accuses the Blades editor of denying his views anent marriage adultery etc from andsshooting at the wrong target In no sense has i the Blade sought to defend the prevailing marriage customs nor interfere with the law of natur selection but it contends for the retention of chilelove and derive strength from a fathers watchful and protecting care neither of which can be acquired under any system of license or indiscriminate mating by the human family The Blade re gards marriage as a mere civil contract to be en tered into by the sexes with mutual consent mu tual agreement and mutual understanding The Blade does not ask the sanction of either priest or magistrate to strengthen the tie that binds hence in assuming to critcise the Blade on these grounds both of our esteemed writers have gone off at altangent Man is possessed of two distinct classes of rights namely natural rights and relative rights Any student of Blackstone can understand what these are First the right to life which belongs to every organism and properly catalogued among the natural rights and then comes such other rights as man may acquire by becoming a member of society The former all natural rights are sacred and no X matter how many times our critic may have heard that declaration previously the fact still remains that they are sacred and we are given ample dem onstration of that sacredness by the resistance men willoffer toward any invasion By the same rule there are rights that men acquire relative rights or such rights as a man must share in common with Jmemorialand reasoning beings have come to regard them as sacred This has nothing to do with law or relig but is absolutely independent of both or either ijblicales the mark by giving a modus operandi of annull ing the marriage relation confounding method for principle Upon such a pretense the Blade is accused of accepting its views anent adultery from f Continued on page four first column t tti Jiaaner aAa wesrt J EXTRACTS FROM OLD BLUE LAWS r Selected to Give an Idea of What the Puritanical Blue Laws Were Like Spelling as Originally Given By E LEWIS From the Constitution of 1638 Ffor asmuch as It hath pleased the Al mighty God by the wise disposition of his divine providence so to order and dispose of things that we the Inhab- Itants and residents of Windsor Hart ford and Weathersfleld are now co 9 uporn the river of Connecticut and the thereunto adjoining and well knowing when a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to meln tein the peace and union of such a people there should bee a decent and orderly government established ac cording to GOd to order and dispose of f the affairs of the people at all seasons as occasion shall require doe there for associate and conjoin ourselves to bee as one publique state or common wealth and doe for ourselves and fand our successors and such as shall t hereaftrer enter into combination and coated oration together to melnteln and pre serve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus which t now profess as also the discipline of the churches which according to the truth of the said Gospell is now prac bUsed among us as also in civil affairs 9bto be guided and governed according such laws rules order and decrees as shall bee made ordered and decreed IVas follows It Is ordered sentenced and de earlytone the second thirsday in April the other the second thursday in Septem ber following the first shal be called the court of Election wherein shall boo chosen from time to time So many Magistrates and other publlque officers as shall be found Requisite whereof one to be chosen Governor for the yeare provided always there r bee six chosen besides the Governor which being chosen and sworn accord Ing to an oath Recorded for that pur Tpose shall have power to administer V Justice according to the laws here established and for want thereof ac cording to the Rule of the word of God From the Code of 1650 Fforasmuch as many persons of late- years have beene and are apt to be f injurious to the goods and lives of others notwithstanding all cure and meanes to prevent and furnish the c sameIt therefore ordered by this Court rand authority thereof that if any person shall commit burglary by breaking up any dwelling house or shall Rob b any person in the field or highways t4 such a person so offending shall for the first offence bee branded on the forehead with the letter B if he shall offend In the same kind a second time hee shall be branded as before and allso bee severely whipped and if bee shall fall Into the same offlnce the rthird time hee shall bee put to death as being Incorrigible and If any person shall commit such burglary or Rob- In the fields or house on the Lords 4 day besides the former furnlshment bee shall for the first offence have one i of his ears cut off and for the second offence in the same kind he shall loos his other ear in the same manner and if fall into the same offence the tJthird time hee shall bee put to death- t Scriptural Laws Ji If any man after legal conviction i shall have or worship any other God but the Lord God hee shall bee put to death Dent 13 6172 Exodus 22 20 If any man or woman bee a F witch that Is hath or tansulteth with a familiar splrritt hey shall bee put to death Exodus 22 18 Levit 2027 Det 18 10 11 It any person shall blaspheme holytor or tishall curse In the like manner hee bee put to death Levit 15 16 If any person shall commit any slaughiIkcrueltY not In the mans necessary and Just defence nor by mere consallty ragain at his will bee shall bee put toI Exodus 21 12 13 14 Numbers 35 30 31I5 If any person shall slay another v through guile either by poisoning or shallfl6 If aany man or woman shall lie with any beast or brute creature by l carnal copulation they shall surely be put to death and the beast shall be slain and burled Levit 20 15 16 7 If any man lyeth with mankinde as he lyeth with a woman both of thcjm have committed abamlnatlon they both shall surely be put to death Levit 20 13 If any person commltteth adul Mary with a married or espoused wife theadulterer and the adulteress shall I V A dy 1 pr j 0 surely be put to death Levit 20 10 and 18 20 Dent 22 23 24 If any man shall forcibly and without consent Ravish any mnlde or woman that Is lawfully or contracted bee shall bee put to death Dent 22 25 10 If any man stcalcth a man or mankind hee shall bo put to death Exodus 21 10 If any man ris cup by false witness wittingly and of purpose to take away any mans life hee shall bee put to death Dent 19 18 19 If any man shall conspire or attempt any invasion insurrection or Rebellion against the commonwealth hee shall boa put to death If any child or children above sixteen years old and of sufllcicn derstanding shall curse or smite their natural father or mother bee or they shall bo put to death unless It can bee sufficiently testified that the par ents have beene very unchrsitlanly negligent in the education of such children or so provoke them by ex trome or cruel correction that they have beene forced thereunto to pre serve themselves from death or main Ing Exodus 21 17 LevIt 20 Exodus If any man have a stubborne and rebellious sonno of sufficient years and understanding viz sixteen years of age which will not obey the voice of his father or mother and that when they have chastened him will not hearken unto them then mmay his father and mother bring hirnm to the Magistrates and have him condemned and put to death Dent 21 20 2L Ecleslastlcall For the open oontlmpt of Gods word or his ministers the weal or woe of all Christian states was at stake the first offence was punished by the guilty party being convented and Re proved openly by the Magistrate at some lecture and bound to their good behaviour For the second offence they shall either pay five pounds to the publlque treasure or stand two hours openly upon a block or stool four foott high upon a lecture dayI with a paper fixed on his breast with capital letters an open and obstinate cantemner of Gods holy ordinance that others may fear Another order and decree of court was that wherever the ministry of the word was established throughout that Jurisdiction every person should tend on Sundays and all lecture and fast days A failure to do so without sufficient cause he should forfeit five shilling- sE LEWIS COMEsBACKAT His Only Object Is to Elicit Truth Dislikes personalities Defends His Position From the Assaults of A Critic I BARNESeMy object In riling is to propagate and elicit truth and not to gain a personal vlcory over any one I try to avoid sophist y and If any one can point out an error In my arguments or teach me a new truth I will cheerfully concede the error and accept the qJunemarks which he attributes to me which I did not use and leaves out lastearticle where he quoted some I did use I hope my readers will reread what I did say and see the sophistry of what he says ll I did not say land has no value I said land Is not wealth though valuable Ho agrees with me that all wealth Is the product of labor Labor did not produce land any more than It produc Is ed air and water which are both val uable There are two kinds of values Wealth the product of labor has changeable is value and land life liberty air and water should not be changed for wealth though In our normal condition of society land Is we exchangeable for wealth But I am writing of wealth and values as they should be and are by nature and land Itself per se should not be sold or I exchanged for wealth any more than life and liberty should though they were at ono time exchangeable for or wealth Men women and children for were at one time oought arid sold Jn gle this country though the title to them could not be traced back to nature any more than a mans title to land a can The first conveyancers of land were soldiers and the first deed was has written with a sword dipped In tears in and blood was used for the seal Instead of wax Clubs and bullets were to current coin In exchange I did not say give me land as Mr L quotes me but I said give me all land and I can command all I the wealth I want Land is prior to wealth for all wealth comes from our land God He says suppose you have the land lion and I have the money and when your tax became due how would you be able to pay It without coming to me and bargain for my dollars in ex of change for your products That is rig not a possible supposition If I owned tho land you would be tenant on my land at my will You could have only as much wealth as pleased to let you keep of your products and would always have plenty of everything in the market including money which you pay me as rent If I owned all the land I could exact all tho rent you could possibly pay and live It Is not land but the annual value of land called by economists economic rent that should bo taken by community In lieu of taxation on wealth for the reason that all the people produced the value and the man who claims to own it did riot alone produce its value A piece of land thirty feet square sold recently In N Y City for 700000- or per square foot or 415 per square Inch Did the man who owned- It make Its value or did the millions of people In this city and country make It I admit that paupers tramps and criminals do not add to land values but rather retard the Increase of val uesand that if all the citizens were intelligent moral sober and Indus rlous land values wouuld be greater than they are But ils impracticable discriminate accurately and for practical purposes wo estimate that each person man woman and child as we find Ies In this country adds per acre to the center acres In a city and to all other acres as you recede from the center to the suburbs Take the popu lotion of any town or city and multiply It by and the product will be a close approximation to the value i dollars of an acre of bare land in the center of said city or town Of course It Is Immplled that along with the growth In population there goes dustry and production of wealth Our contention Is that the men who oa the land did not matte its value and that others did Often the owners of most valuable land are as useless to community as the paupers and tramps Mr L speaks of uur contention Is that tho values given land by the presence Industry and social growth of community In lieu of taxation Wit Mr L give a reason why It should not In Justice BRIGHT ESSAY ON MANIDifference of Opinion Concerning Value of Sunday School Given From a Practical Personal Exper- Ience By JOHN F CLARK A gentleman asked me to attend his Sunday School Class and I declined with thanks He insisted and I told him that I really had no inclination to attend any Bible Classes He said that there was something morally wrong with a math when he shirked Gods work and disliked His ways etc told him that there was often something radically wrong with a great many Sunday School Teachers and Superintendents I named a few right there who have gone wrong and h said that exceptions always proved the rule I told him that he could solve the problem that way but I had my own way of working out Christian He got angry and said that aI man like I to say that there was no God was ridiculous I told him that for a big man like he to try and prove that there Is a God when that God Is unresponsive is foolish He wound up by saying that ho was going to pray for me to change my ef I then told him that 40 or 60 other damphools had already played that game and had got left The only way that I know to prove that there Is a God is by the rule There nothing either good or 111but think Ing so mattes It so Now when one fellow thinks there a God and another thinks Just as hard that there is not a God the result Is there Is a God and there is not a God By this omnipotent rule can matte and unmake Gods at will Some philosophic rules are more trite than exact Is there a God I do not know I do not care If there Is owe Him no allegiance and shall pay no homage If He made me out of freeheartedness He Is above seeking deserving thanks if He made me a puppet He is unworthy of a sin thought of mine The religious people have set up a Concept of Om nlsclence on a Pedestal of Graft It Is Concept of Graft by Graft and for Graft Not one Christian in a million the faintest Ideal of Omniscience the Play God says that He Is a Jealous God and reduces Omniscience ed the Ridiculous by entering into a contest with the horrid Stone Baal Jealous of a fragment of stone The Digger Indians rls eto such a Concept may be the fool that Solomon do clared me and those of us who allow in hearts to speak out but on this business I feel Just about a mil years ahead of tho Christian In perspicuity I am sorry that the God believers are such enemies because it makes me proud of my Insight in spite myself and I am in danger of look down upon my fellowman 1 A When we ask one of these Christians If they ever have doubts of tho existence of God they say Yes but I al ways pray and do not allow my mind to run In that channel This is Sup erstition Exercising doubts with prayer The Postal Authorities aro trying a Dr White in Baltimore for defrauding public by Black Art Intrigues The defense has expert witnesses are expected to convince the Jury Black Art is White Nature to t Occult Expert Christians are d nouncing Occultism as a fraud Doub- less It Is and especially that part of that Includes Christianity The Go ernment had lots of witnesses to prof that no benefit resulted from D Whites present or absent treatments but the defense has a lot of witnesses to prove that Dr White delivered the goods all right The claim will made that the fault lay with the tient in not conforming to the prop state of mind Does not Christfa- Science fail oven when tried upo dogs Does not tho best hands of Religion fall in some cases Does not want of money send thousands to Is Black Art and lilac Art Is Religion God and are aalI Jealous of each others Black Art THE HISTORYOF N CnVoice and Intelligence as Used In the Scriptures By SUSAN J PECK And when the people consulted the Banp fist the Voice answereth and salth He that hath two coats tat him im part to him that hath none and he that hath meat let him do likewise Then came also publicans and said taster what shall we do And the Voice said unto them Exact no more than that which Is appointed you And the soldiers likewise demanded of the Voice saying And what shall we do And the Voice said unto them Do violence to no man neither accuse any falsely and be content with your we have a plain lesson forbidding war and in direct opposition to the commands of Jehovah the Guide often mentioned In the Old Testament allegodIo avarice hate covetousness envy and Jealousy which spirit oftenest trolled the acts and decrees of tho Lord Gods men who ruled others I am aware that you may refer me to Ex vi by which you probably understand that God Almighty and Jehovah are one Let us read those passages again and we shall find that Abraham Isaac and Jacob were de celved and that Jehovah was revealed to Moses is confessed the fact that to others ho was known by the name of God Almlghty but by my real name Jehovah was I not known to them They were deceived into believing that the mighty spirit of greed or selfish love was the same as the Almighty Guide within which prompts man to love his neighbors honor his neighbors rights as his own To demand no more than Jus taco for himself lest his neighbor suf fer Injustice- In Luke I we read of the pries Yacharlas which means a certain de gree of Intelligence and his wife Elizabeth a certain degree of reason while the two represent the oval Guide Intellect and Reason or Father and Mother only to a certain extent Man had long been accustomed to regard Intellect as a sufficient Guide and had regarded Reason as either unnecessary or of very little value so Reason was said to be barren But that par ticular class of priests became dissat IsfI d with the results of cultivating Intellect to the neglect of Reason and prayed wished for something better though at first with little hope ThaI angel messenger from the inner tern pIe of his own being prompted him to remain dumb or to refrain from obeying Intellect until Reason had been restored to her place as Intellect- Is equal Soon after Reason began to again rule as too companion of Intellect a greater degree of reason was developed in man called In the New Testament Mary and also a greater degree of Intellect called Joseph You will observe that the result of the union of Intellect and Reason as Yacharias and Elizabeth is The Volta while the union of the greater degree of Intellect and Reason result in the Spirit So the Spirit followed obedience- to the Volta so we find the Spirit of Reason seeking expression through the lesser degree or voice in Marys visit to Elizabeth And Mary arose those days and went into the hill country with haste The Spirit of Reason rose rapidly In mens esteem And it came to pass that when Eliza beth heard the salvation of Mary she spoke out with a loud voles And Mary said My soul doth magnify the Lord The soul of Reason makes the e Lord more manly q t if fl VALUED OPINION OF THE BLADE What One of Our Live and Practic Contemporaries Thinks of the Blade Under Its New Management And Editorship liePublic opinion Is at best a mirror of deceit fickle changeful and readily tittitgal s more more soon and a for better guide because representror reason the ed to reproduce the following from the editor of A Stuffed Club published be Denver Colo concerning the Blade fully acknowledging Its deep gratitude at the kindly interest manifested in valuen reads The Blue Grass Blade Is there a Freethought reader o A Stuffed Club who Is not a reader o itthe Blue Grass Blade If there Is will say to you my friend you are not getting all that is coming to you The old editor and founder Is dead but he left a new one trained to all his virtues minus his faults Mr Moore the founder was a red hot proposition his style was that of pioneer preacher He was what might be called a puritan infidel he delighted In making the offenders against his religion sizzle Notwith standing he was an Infidel of the worst typo as viewed from the Christian church a branch of which he once represented as Its teacher and leaders when he broke out of it he took everything except God and the prayer book he was what truly might be called an orthodox infidel The young editor is possessed of all the virility of the old minus the bitter ness that opposition implanted in tit latter and which the unfortunate ma did not live long enough to outgrow Wo should all live If possible long enough to outgrow tho wormwood of Ignorance that secretes the gall of in tolerance we cant however If we persist In following the orthodox lines in the car of our bodies for the plan is consistent with the God and er book that Editor Moore repudiate- and which plan prematurely removed him The Blade needs your dollar and you need the Bladewhy not help each other You havent the dollar to spare Then you have not discovered on what commodity to expend your powers of economy Dont you know that the distinguishing characteristic between men who make money and those who do not is thought Who ever saw an idiot earning money If you will canvass In your mind people who get on best you must acknowledge that they are the intelligent people There are people who accidentally fall down on riches and then there are people who are well informed who re main poor but if you will analyze these situations carefully you will find they do not occur oftener than freaks in other departments of route and there are reasons for it consistent with the regular order If your economy is spent on dol lars your mind becomes atrophied and dollars will hate you and yours If YOlr economy is spent in buying sell Ing and trading for thoughtInac cumulating all the thought possible the mind full of useful thoughts will attract the best in life and there will always be enough money to buy lade p pendence Who gets the best salaryJ Those who think to the best purpose Who suceed in the trades and profeS slons Those who have a thought sup ithoughtsmarket Practical thoughts How are they procured By mixing thought with work What Day Is let out of a 7 full store when dull times come The one that Is dispensable The clerk or help that works hard and thinks thinks thinks always makes himself Indispensable he cant bo let out until he gets ready to walk out and go Into business for himself Dont 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is better than everJ BLAKE Approves Blades Policy Vlnconnes Indiana You are cer It deserving of better supiort than you seem to be getting So I haste to send another dollar which please is to my credit but do not set m subscription ahead any for you hn put It to 1907 when It ought to have been put to So this dollar pays up to 1907 as my label Is marked to date I like your liberality in lowing everybody to have their say We can not all see alike but we can be tolerant toward each other I like the writers of this paper bu think they or at least some of them on putt too much stress on some of our ways of doing things and not enoug others I think that people wan to or ught t get more intelligence their little h adsThey ought to as nearly as they can howfoin tho broadest sense of the ter If they did that a lot of our Ills weal cured I would like fo write to publication If I could be Interesting But I feel that I have not the ability Now do not mope another mistake giving mo credit This only pays u o January 1907 ALBERT P JOHNSON Dr Wilsons Oration Praised Shepherds ville KyI notice by the Blade Just received that Rome boo ItI ready for distribution and that slm ply means that I am quite ready and ofanxious to read It So at your early convenience will of imfmiiendlet me thank you not only for the very liberal supply but the promptness with which you sent the Wilson ora lion at the Capt Henry obsequies and for which you received but 0ply cants So as I have just 12 cents moro in stamps about my clothes or writing desk you will find 10 cents on the inside and two on the outside of gjudgedsay If Dr W has either said or written anything truer grander or prettier than his utterances on the occasion of his late oration on th life and character of Capt Henry I ave not seen it Col Ingersoll I think has not surpassed it by anything Is of his on a like occasion But enough and so with best wishes for you and tho BladeWOOD MERI WETHER Knows What Sympathy Means Marshall Ills I can now more fully sympathize with Dr Wilson and Mrs Henry for death has also entered our home and taken our third son little earNone but immediate family can now the poignant grief that comes from tho loss of the loved at home It seems to me that our grlbf is the ore overwhelming because we can it ee nothing In nature that can assn rat10 that life1s Immortal and that this he personality shall live again I have rt Ji road no pogo of Natures Open Book that even suggests Immortality I believe that we are separated forever yet such a belief is moro consol- Ing to mo than to entertain the belief of a hell and heaven which also sop arnte members of families for all eter nlty The Christian may reason to the conclusion that God knows best and bow to his decree in humble submission but that is no consolation me when I see the blind the lame and the pauper who are begging for death to release them while our own son who loved life so well was cut down so soon by the chilling frosts of that grim Destroyer But to the point This was the first Freethought funeral over held In this part of the country and we were used the of the Baptist Church for the services but services were held at the grave and In conformity wuii our belief No preacher No prayer A beautiful preparation on our views of death was read by one of my friends which I think has set many to thinking already Today three men came to me and said they wanted the Blade I have taught school in this vicinity for twenty years and never contracted debt that I never paid yet all of my integrity honesty and manhood count ed for nothing at this trying hour because I would not renounce my hon est opinions based upon reason for the blind faith instilled Into humanity Such Is religious intolerance where Ignorance reigns supreme Knowing that humanity Is weak and cankered by the accumulations of ages of superstition I refrain from expos ing the follies of some of the mom hers of the some church Rather than add the weight of a straw to theIr burdens I would lighten their loads If I could I would rather mag nlfy their virtues than to expose their teLet every man do his best to lighten e burdens of humanity whether he be Infidel or Christian J H SCHWARTZ From a Recent Convert Editor of Blue Grass Blade I hav eceived two copies of your very teresting and instructive paper and will say that1 am greatly elated over It has been quite a while since I caquite an Improvement In it of fat Agdn gersolls sayings the first Freethlnk Ing literature I ever road In my life about four years ago altogether was the causa of my converslonfronulha Imaginative to Real From Superstl tlonto Reason and such literature will wittn the death of Capt Henry I think i sachb CIr mental vigor only a pity but there wore more like him It would only be r the Betterment of humanity btemartad tlryesterday P M and became so Inter 4ajtfwere 0 approach them with such fine and InI structlve literature it would almost parallze them I have tried them be fore and they spoke so abruptly that decided to let them remain In Ignor once If they can find any happiness therein Hoping for you tho greatest success In the salo and distribution your excellent paper and all suchc pressive literature to all aspiring nds MRS S E FARRISc Defends Susan J Peck Mound Minn Mr Edltorr Pleaso allow mo to ra to E Lewis concerning his crltl clsm of Susan J Pecks article in which she gives directions by which each reader may prove for himself that Matt Luke give the geneolo of two called Jesus and we need take her word for It I have consulted by New Testament and find that one was the descendant Davids son Solomon and the other Nathanewhich to me Is proof enough as it should be to anyone who can read and willing to admit what he sees In print Yet Mr Lewis says I have found no evidence that Matt and Luke were talking of separate persons Still ho admits that there Were 495 years difference In time which another proof as no person could have been born at two different times 495 years apart Theta he admits that the two are different what she claimed and says that both cannot be true cousinde the same man Ho finishes by saying that Christians do not but that Infidels aro beginning to underrstand tho Bible I have failed to find an Infidel who can give its meaning and Is easy to say as they nearly all that It Is all a falsehood Since objects to more than one Jesus lot him refer to old books in which the name Jesus occurs where In later ones Luke gives tne namo Jose There Is also mentioned a IIar Jesus son of Jesus and in II Cor xl we readw For if he that cometh preacheth an other Jesus whom have not preached yo might well bear with hi m As to tho remainder of his article we have all read Its like scores of times Let us have something now even though it como from a Christian Why cannot Infidels sea that It will bo an advantage to our cause to be able to prove by the Bible Itself that two persons called Jpsus were written of as with such proof wo could sweep church doctrines off the earth as they aro founded on the story of the one only begotten SonE E JENKINS Commends Dr Wilsons Address Covington Ky Editor of Blade Along with many others I wish to congratulate you on tho Blade under your management Of course we all miss the humor that flowed from the brain of brother Moore as naturally as water from a perennial spring but otherwise I think the Blade Is bettor than ever haters Its edgy is hardly so sharp but it cuts a wider swath and Is doing more exe cution If some ethereal part of our brother still exists and can take cog nizanco of earthly affairs as I believe it does I am sure it Is pleased with the success of the enterprise dearest to his heart when he was In the flesh I wish In this to call attention to the address of Dr Wilson at the funeral of Captain Henry I have read and heard many funeral addresses and I can truly say that the Doctors was the best of them all It deserves the careful attention of all Freethinkers and should be published in pamphlet form and widely circulated It in my opinion the folowlng points o excellence of the tribute to Captain Henry Is truthfully and naturalno fulsome praise or flattery His portrayal of the Influence of the teacher cannot be surpassed in tho same numI ber of sentences All progress is bas theed zealous body of teachers supersti tlon in any odious or injurious form can not long exist The view hea takes of death while philosophical and consistent with all that is known on tho subject is not that hopeless one Freeethought funerals He places it slmpl- among the unknown mysteries which wo are brought face to face every hour of our lives We do no know He speaks with kindness o tho spiritualists who firmly believe in another existence and who are try Ing to demonstrate it to others and in this shows himself liberal towards a large respectable and rapidly in creasing body of men and women He does not follow the example of the in being as dogmatic la assert Ing there is no future life as they are la asserting there is a resurrestion of tho body His contrast between the comfort consolation to be drawn from the belief of an Agnostic and of an orthodox Christian Is a fine piece of logic and common sense The entire effect of the address is to one to the conclusion that be worshiphto do In fixing our future station in abodes of happiness or suffering That the whole matter Is a part of thisc wonderful system called Nature about which we should not worry ourselves further than to do our duty while llv ing now that we should continually bo preparing to live and not to die i do not agree with all the Doctor says being myself a firm believer in some form of future existence but a careful reading of this address will benefit any oneChristian or Freethinker SAMUEL JASPER WHAT IS HONEST DOUBT Brilliant Essay From the Pen of Eng lands Greatest Freethought Lead er A Literary Gem From Every Point of View By GEO W FOOTE Tennyson started tho talk about honest doubt He said that there lived meta faith In it than In half tho creeds He meant well But he was mistaken What Is more he was in a confusion The whole passage was perhaps the weaKest platitude in In Memorlam and platitude so easi ly runs into sheer ineptitude- It is assumed in tills unfortunate passage of Tennysons that there is some special virtue in faith and sumo special vice In doubt But It is perfectly clear when you come to re flect that faith and doubt must both have an object and that the valuo of either depends upon what they are related to If you have faith that the moon is made of green cheese and I doubt the proposition tho differ ence is not one of transcendent Importance But if you have faith that a certain man will keep his word and I doubt his fidelity and the life of liberty 4L to his pledge our difference is of tremendous Importance If you are right of both of us depends on his being truo e both gain If I am right wo both lose But the issue docs not establish your moral superiority over me or mlno over you it simply establishes tho fact that your Judgment was porter to mine or mine to yours and judgment Is an intellectual process which a bail man may sometimes perform better than a good one It is absurd to speak of faith in tho abstract When we are told that a man has faith we should ask faith in what Ho may have faith in a God of vengeance or faith in a of d mercy ho may have faith In grace or faith in good works ho may have faith in moral rectitude or faith In Papal Indulgences ho may lave faith In reaching heaven through tho sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ or faith In reaching heaven through the gracious favor of the Virgin Mary he may have faith In the Holy Trinity- or faith In Mumbo Jumbo ho may have faith in holy water faith in transubstantiation faith in priestly pardon falh In extreme unction and faith in prayers for the abbreviation of purgatory or he may have faith in simple human virtues and regard all those things as superstitious Inventions You may tell me that a man has faith I may trust myself in his hands and I may find that he is a Thug By an act of faith he murders me The deity he worships is pleased with man blood and mine is shed for his gratification Tho contents of my pocket may at thesame time fall into the lands of the assassin but the agent is entitled to some advantage as well as the principal John Huss trusted himself In the panda of the Catholic party and they hadfa man may doubt the wisdom of peace or doubt the wisdom of war A man may doubt tho value of parlia- mentAry governmenf or doubt the value of autocracy A man may doubt e sense of tree trade or doubt the sense of protection A man may anything or doubt its opposite what is the use of counting his doubts moral or Immoral They are nothiing of the kind Tfiey are simply opinions which he forms according to his information and intellectual capacity givhe ho Is accurate If another man works pnsvyerfAnd the bad arithmetician niayDe better citizen of the two Learned and able judges are some Imes reversed by other Judges There is a difference of opinion In the two separate hearings But it would be absurd to infer that the judge in first instance was wicked and the JUdge in the second instance virtuous Faith is but an opinion and doubt Is an opinion and by no possibility can an opinion be moral or immoral These terms only apply to actions and agents Opinions may be sound or unsound in other words they may be accurate or inaccurate They cannot be anything else This philosophy teaches charity Although we cannot all see eye to eye with each other we can dwell togeth er In peace and goodwill A fellow may differ from me rid not deserve locking up and I may differ from him without deserving the lows People differ on the most Important practical questions and still regard each older as gentlemen yet when they differ on speculative questions- as to which they are all very much In the dark they scowl and hiss and spit at each other and call each other vile names and do each other terrible juries and sometimes cut oft each oth ers heads or break each other to pieces or burn each other to death All bigotry is bad but religious bigo Is the worst of all It is taro to find a Christian who admits that an Infidel may bo as good a man as himself Tho priests and parsons naturally minister to this evil spirit They treat unbelief as a sin They represent thoso who reject their teachings as enemies of God They speak the word Atheist a sit it were the name of a monster The better sort of them still talk of honest doubtsas though there could bo dishonest doubts Vhenever they seo an opponent they say or loop I am holler than thou And tho police reports often show that they lire not Even the Rev P T Forsytb M A D D one of the great Free Church divines In a Hlbbert Journal article somo tlmo ago ventured to express himself in tho following manner Much moro doubt is voluntary and culpable than it is the fashion to ad mgt The mental confusion is due to psychology Otherwise ho would knowz I how absurd It is to speak of doubt as voluntary Tho will has nothing to do with the matter A man cannot believe as he would he believes as he must It is impossible for him to believe what ho sees to bO the truth and impossible for him to believe what ha sees to be a falsehood When a man passes over anything lightly bo does so because ho thinks it is unimportant And when Dr For syth speaks of the historic Christ he should remember for he surely knows that many sceptics do not be lievo In the historicity of that personage They havo looked into the matter and have found a different con elusion from that which is propounded by Dr Forsyth Were they to call him a scoundrel he would be justly Indignant but It appears that he feels at liberty to suggest that they are no better than they should be Considering that at least a half of tho people of this country never darken the doors of church or chapel it seems high time that the men of 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them The Truth About God Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank plication for membership information about the college and send 25 thlaItor a years subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do it now j Editorial Continued from page one the Bible Whatever wrong may exist in the act itwas recognized long before the Bible books were ever penned It existed long before Man inhabited the earth The attachment of the male for one fe male is the common property of animals and bat tles are fought every day in the air on the earth and in the waters under the earth The principle is not inherent with man alone but attaches to every organism in the universe It was not any particular system of marriage but marriage itself that the Blade defends Any system pf marriage contractual or otherwise that is capable of preserving the home will satisfy the fastidious fancies of the Blade while any system that would tend to destroy the home will ever find the Blade an ardent foe Assuming for the sake of argument that free love socalled was the proper caper what would be the result John Henry would meet Sarah Jane They would become enamored of each other An affinity is struck and a domestic partnership established In the course of time as a result of natural law this partnership is blessed with say two or three children born of mutual love A few before the children aremore years pass by and capable of providing for themselves John Henry suddenly discovers that he has not found his true affinity in Sarah Jane He informs Sarah Jane of the change that has come over him and despite her pleadings he hoofs it to greener fields and pastures new For a season he remembers his paternal duties and partially provides for food and raiment for his offsprings but he has robbed them of a fathers protecting care What does that matter to John Henry He is minus restraint There is nothing to compel save conscience and his posses sions in that respect being rather small and inef fectual both Sarah Jane and his children soon be come a mere memory Few men entertain a desire to assume the cares and responsibilities of a ready- made family so Sarah Jane is compelled to sweat and worry because of her little ones and struggle as best she can to keep them from dying of star we return to John Henry and how fares it with him fOh he has found another affinity and he begins the process all over again and repeats it several times before he finally decides his only affinity is Self True indeed even under our present system there is too much of an indiscriminate human mat ing land there are men who will abandon families and take unto themselves a multiplicity of wives These are exceptions however and not the general rule With all its faults the present system is far superior to the one above described Free love would make of most men a John Henry and John k Henrys are undesirable factors in our human life rro r tWlillS been well said that lovewlthout lawwould make angels blush and the Blade readily admits that law without love would crimson the brazen brow of infamy The fault lies not with marriage but with out ridiculous social code which we have built around it This fact seems to have escaped the attention of the Blades critic It is well to bear in mind that civilization carrying all things with it moves ever in a circle and that the earliest religious cults of which we have any knowledge were grossly car nal With some sexualism was made obligatory Eventhe Christian religion had its origin in inspir ed adultery It was urged in behalf of Luthers revolt that the priesthood were sexually corrupt yet the numerous societies that sprung from the reformation became infamous because of their gross immoralities Mormonism the latest independent religion to practically develop is but a synonym for sensuality Free love would be ten thousand times worse for with all the cults named there were some restraints on human passion but in this every barrier would be removed The John Henrys would reap their harvest of desire and leave incalculable suffering behind them And what would you have the Blade say anent the case of the State of Washington vs Beebe friend Stone Wouldst thou have the Blade con done the wrong done by Beebe or commend the property right in woman suggested by the Seat tle jurist Nay Nay Beebe had no right to kill or attempt to kill McDonald for what Beebe has in all probability duplicated or would duplicate if given an opportunity under like conditons How ever much we may commend continuance in woman the doctrine does violence to the law of mans be ing In this respect woman is superior to man and man makes her superior by demanding that she be better than ho is Since the very dawn of civilization womans virtue has constituted her principal charm Destroy it by tearing down the barriers and the home is gone with all its sweet and sacred memories and lust runs riot in the blood The opinion of the Judge quoted by friend Stone is not good morals or good law for it tends to relieve woman of the responsibility of protecting her personal honor and purity Such law would place the life of the average Seattle citizen at the mercy of a designing harlot We condemn Solomon for his concubines David for dallying in the- boudoir of Bathesheba and yet free love advo cates would provide for a similar arrangement pro vided man be content with one wife at a time When lustful license reigns supreme the social heart will die a natural death Never since the day old Pharoah is said to have oppressed Gods chosen people havethose who toil been so duped by plutocracy as4in this American republic Worse still many assist in forging the chains that hold them in industrial bondage Ev story dollar of concentrated wealth has been coined from the life blood of labor and the modern Mo kanna still compels the weary grind 71 1 J rr e L SOCIALISM IN EUROPE The student and advocate of socialism can find much to interest them in the statement recently made n the British House of Lords by Sir John Lubbock the famous naturalist now known as Lord Avebury when in a speech on the issue of disarmament he referred to the 1 social unrest of Europe The phrase becomes all the more impressive could one read the context and then with the knowledge that the speaker is regarded as one of the most conservative thinkers in Britain it sumes even greater force than if coming from one who could be designated as an agitator or adem agogueSir Lubbock is readily admitted to be one of the most sagacious observers of social phenom cna in any country and his remarkable utterance is said to have produced on effect that was sensational and startling even in sUch a legislative chamber that rarely responds to alarmist sentiment lie declared cautiously yet solemnly that the ruling classes of Europe could no longer blind themselves to the fact that the condition of the working classes was becoming intolerable and he then cited as confirmatory of his judgment the spread of Socialism everywhere and 1 the ominous rise of anarchy in parts of the world As he speaks from the viewpoint of British liberalism he will not be charged with a lack of sympathy with the democratic movement He has been one of the most consistent champions of the Tight of labor and of the duty of capital to give labor a larger share in the rewards of industry Proceeding with his talk Sir John Lubbock pointed out that the enormous outlay upon armament was one of the prime causes of popular discontent whatever the expression may indicate cialistic and anarchistic As to this differentiation opinions may widely differ but his very lusion to either socialsm or anarchy in the staid old louse of Lords hereditary legislators against which the radicals of England have long been in rebellion is a departure that is entirely new and one of the greatest significance in the economic world of thought Leaving England and turning attention to the most progressive of the continental powers one may readily see the force of Sir John Lubbocks remarks upon the spread of socialism The victory of the SarrienClemenceau program in the brench elections is a victory for socialism although not so distinct as the socialistic vistories of Ger many The advance of socialism in Germany is even more striking for as a rule the German so cialist has been compelled to fight his way to con test every inch of the ground against a strongly intrenched imperialism while the French socialist has enjoyed the assistance and help of institutions that are both in theory and practice republican- All this is encouraging to the advocates of cialism and it demonstrates the power that lies in a well cpncentratedjjlan of organization Wbuld that Freethinkers could as successfully organize to throw off the yoke of the church from the American government WHAT MANNER OF MEN ARE YE7 Who asks this question A sordid ignorant brutal and religioussoaked world It is asked of every man and woman who refuse to bend the knee and bow the head in solemn submission to priestly authority The mob on the side of Cal vary hill pointing to Christ mistaken upon his mission as he might have been cried Crucify slim Today the crucifictiou tree has lost its power ti terrify and coerce All that the rabble can d- these days is to point their fingers at men of intellect and impute false motives by asking What manner of men are yeY Would the world know the true answer Could it intelligently understand an answer were one given Those interested may find much in thefol lowing editoral paragraph on the death of the late Captan Henry from the SunSentinel of Winchester Ky CAPT HENRY DEAD Captain William Henry my friend of thirty years is no more He was sixtysix years of age and an exConfederate soldier He was a man of the strongest personality of any that I have ever known A distinctive character one whose motives were never questioned and whose word was not doubted His character was above reproach He was of the highest type of Kentucky manhood He was the husband of Mrs Josephine K Henry who is known to our readers through her valuable contributions to the SunSentinel They had but one child Fred a young man that was making a reputation in the literary world He was killed in a railroad acident Captain Henry was an Agnostic He did not believe in religion but who of those that knew him will say that he was not a better man than thousands that profess religion About the hereafter I dont know I only know that my friend is dead a a a a Freethought insists that it is far more important that mankind should make the most that is possible out of this world This is the only world we know of We came not here by our own consent but were thrust into it by a higher force than ourselves among conditions and environments ready made for us Christianity demands that we ignore this world and simply acknowledge a fixed opinion anent the next Suppose there is no next What are those opinions worth Suppose there is Is your opinion the correct one If there be a God and he had intended that we should all accept Christ he would have furnished us with stron gel pegs upon which to hang our faith If he had really intended that the Bible should stand for all time as his infallible word he would never have left it for so many centuries to the scheming manipulation of fallible men This may not be acceptable reasoning but it certainly looks that way I FROM CODS OWN POINT OF VIEW Dlscriptlve of What His Thoughts Must Be as He Looks Upon This Struggling World Reflections Upon the Result of His Handi work From London Freethinker Has this God sense Not always lie creates his own enemies and plots against himself Nothing lives ex cept in accordance with his wilt Ingersoll He arranged everything him self and brought everything to pass just as he had predestined it an eternity before the world wasInger soil I am for before Time did I exist Here alone in my superb Isolation for millions on millions of years have I looked down from this topmost height of autocracy and pow er on tho creatures of my own concep tion on the beings of my own crea tionWhat I am I know not because there Is none to analyse my being Does the toy of a mans manufacture know what are its makers attributes Does a man of himself know what he Is except as ho sees in others the reflection of his own ego And there Is none to analyse or re flect my being Alone In utter absolute solitude alone for ever and In the myriads of ages that have passed in the millions of worlds around peopled by the numberless puppets of my mind I tool for that pastime that amusement that I may find In unravelling skeins I have myself entangled watching the working out to their miserable ends of the sordid destinies- I have shaped And ever from my worlds come up to me cries of bitter agony wild fierce rageful laughter anon a smite of temporary peace and happiness so soon to be dashed with the tears of distress and grief And these puppets of my will thus spawn of my desire these pigmies created by me to dance a jig called life for my own pleasure dare to say I am unjustI who gave them being I who made them what they are I who placed them where they are for the good and wise purpose of my own suffer Let their blood pour out In rivers and their ghastly faces twist and writhe and sweat in tholr agony of boingWhatlalt1to me Have L not the right to make laws for them and make It Imp ssI ble for them to keep those laws and so merit the punishment I have prepared for them in consequence Why should they murmur Is It not I who have done this thing and will not the God of all the worlds do rlghtnay can I do wrong But how can they understand who are not gods and only have to suffer Listen my people and I will show you my point of view I will pick out for you some of the threads run ning over my mighty loom What matter If they suffer with the senses I have given them If they become bruised and frayed in the weaving Is It not for my great pleasure and glory and are they not mine for I made them There on that orb called Earth where now the first faint blush of light that heralds the coming dawn begins to shine there where the erstwhile pure white snow Is now trampled bloodstained and dirty round the camp of two hostile forces See where yonder I have made the land to dip into a hollow out of sight of both camps There lies one of my creatures Yesterday he was wound ed and crawled thus far Farther he will never get for when the time arrives that shall bring to pass what my creature man calls daybreak he will die Yes at daybreak his soul shall leave his physical being to begin his period of hopeless eternal absolute the twentysix years since I sent him into the world to do what required of him I have kept him so tully occupied with other things toll ing for the bread which perisheth and sleeping the sleep of the jaded toll wom laborer that he has never even thought of me I the omnipotent decreed that ho should not and he has therefore broken my law He never believed throfeoro how could he be saved from the punishment I have prepared for him Twentysix years has he broken my laws by doing what I have decreed In my own Inscrutable mind he should do and now shall he be punished by enduring for all eternity the utmost agony of which I have made him capable This I do out of my love and for mine own great glory See he writhes That Is because I have given him nerves sensitive to pain Now he tries to rise Aha why struggle my puny peppet Thereat daybreak you are to die But this you do not know for I with a good hand wise purpose have ridden the future nom human ken But have not given you the hopea hope that springs eternal so long as life shall tast hope that you may be tempted to prolong your agony to tho utmost limit of my loving decree Ah Does the torture get too much for your endurance Do you strug gle Do you clasp your hands in mute prayer toyou know not what Do you wish to be released from pres ent agony not knowing that the tortures of the damned soul are keener fiercer and more excruciatingly In tense than physical being can possi bly endure Nay nay At daybreak I have spoken Ah is the physical pain for the moment less keen Then you will suffer the more intensely men you remember the sweet girl wife you have left behind with the tiny babesonly two but each is capable of suffering as much as you canperhaps more And your death means certain suffering to them Do you see the dear one grown old in your absenceold with want and care the little ones pining away In starvation and the mother because she loves them hungry and cold with their hunger and shivering and she feels thus through her love for them because it is only the love of the hu man not a godlike love like mine that cannot feel the pain that others feel for have I not made that pain Yes think of them as you saw them last She fulleyed and trembling at the garden date wistful and drawn of face in the agony of parting The little ones as their eyes spark led and laughed In the sunlight that golden afternoon not knowing what- I had designed for themIAhl think of them now and the sweat pours down your pallid bloodstained cheeks at the thought of what their future may be Rest fool I shall see that they drain their cups to the uttermost dregs Aha has the pain come back and you grip the earth in your wild Inten sity of feeling No thought of aught else now Let me dlei you say Nay not yet At daybreak Have I not said so Do you not know that there are millions of tragedies going on in your world alone as great as yours Why should you puny youcause me to alter the unalterable for the sake of sparing you a pang or two more or curse the pain and him who caused it Know you not you curse the mighty God Know you not that you cursemjtllopia randDestroyer of everything and t ufre of you for that curserequital pain and sufferli shall run round and round tH le of etern ity GD SOME CRI S 01 ROYAL HDERS What an AmericnThinks the Spanish C hrifts ani I Points With Si ens to Wlia Goes on at Hot f By HARRIET 1C SZ wThis overworkei l subject just at pres I have no excuse for further e It except that It may show g of on- own situation even the Unites King of Spaltt giw taken unto I himself a wife muc was done In patriarchal times The ale was Iel- ected by the parenA rulers ant the husband elect t er whether she wished to be tailor not This bridal have begun a strenuous ex lance sooner than some others sl a bomb bear er throw a bouquet intA the midst of the procession and Madrid Is ablaze with the cry of Anarchism Now of course no one with judg ment approves of bomjthrowlng The death of a King Ini ses the bur dens of the poor me than one re taming a permanent L for it only means the coronation j other ruler together with the ex a Incidental to such ceremonials a the possible extravagance of innoj s introduc ed by the incoming m cit But let me ask in tf ior if ter viewing the two mding pro cession of state carriai d knights and soldiers and reguIPesand carpeted walks and c bestrewn pavementsafter f the eyes upon the four hundre dna robes in the trouseau and ti c less jew els and brides present er Inspect ing the half dozen roolaces with the accumulated wand grandeur of past centurle der with the pleasure resorts palaces of recreation devoted eal velr to roy altyafter viewing on hand this marvelous magnificent its sumptuous extravagance an4 the other hand the starving stru ig Ignorant masses of the Spanish tie Is it to be expected that ml j will retain composura and yet m outward sign while pressing theisonous asp 4 more closely to the bosom Spain Is financially impoverished but her church treasure Is tho richest in the world and is constantly accumulating During the SpanishAmerican War some Irreverent though religious renegade suggested that one of the many churches be denuded of its paintings and statuary and costly robes and jewels and gold and silver and the same converted into money to wage Christian warfare Ono church mind you and that was tofurnlsh the sinews for a year but a noly howl rented the heavens and the churches retain Iithea was threatened with the insane asylum treatment some time ago because of his Independent ideas A king of himself can do very little and the work of reform and regeneration must be done by the people The priests and princes are not going to relin quish either rulershlp or religion as long as they can retain a riotous after all are not we In Amer- Ica destined to a similar fate before lour nation has grown half as old as the Spanish government In every metropolis of America costly churches occupy the street cor ners while their supporters inhabit tho hovels vhurch contributions must continue though but a crust remains to the giver The regal residences of the rich point the way to the beggar In the basement The sumptuous splen dor of State occasions rivals the func tions of Royal Rounders and widens the chasm between tho classes The finely finished fabrics furnished to tocletys favorites matte cheaper and coarser and scanter the clothing of the worker The blazing ballroom and jowelbedecked belle represents suffering and servitude for the scheduled producer The mad methods of mili tarism makes fiends of our rulers fanatics of their supporters and fools of their victims The man a for won eyniaklng by whatever means Im molates integrity crushes conscience and kills character Can a nation with a vitiated vitality induced by vllliany and voluptuous ness by ease and excess by debauch ery and Coupled with the great horde of hungry toilers the mightier multitude of mendicants and the patient plodding burden bearers can a nation under these conditions otW1wffcy and the Spanish subserviency of aristocracy Is there any similarity of expense between United States fleets and the submerged Spanish Armada Any comparison of our cleanlimbed citizensoldiery and the onco invincible vigor of Castilian camps Is there a warning in the condition of Spans once opulent but now exhausted exchequer that may Indicate for us the impending peril f excessively extravagant taxation In this princely wedding pageant t the Spanish rulers is a prophetic and pathetic picture As a plant in dying ofter flings forth its most fiamlng floret so Spain has dazzled tho world vt the door of rational death All the brevery of bespangled parade Is only the evanescent brilliance of the bubble before Its bursting Is there a handwriting on the wall for us What Is the message Who shall interpret itThis is the moral of all human tales Tis but the same rehearsal of the pastfirst freedom and then glory when that tails wealth vice corruption barbarism at last and his tory but one page Webster City la Juno 1300l SOC HIGH BRIDGE ANDRETURNI SUNDAYj JUNE 1711 Tickets Good Leaving Lexington on Train No5 or on Special Train at 100 a m Dancing Pavilion Excellent Music Dining troll meals both a la carte and table de hote Swings and Shelter Houses Ask ticket agents for particular