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Digital page images are linked to the text file. sew j SIJJEjRASS BLADEWE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH VOLUME XV NUMBER 12 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JUNE 24 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 9100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter pos office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays S Subscriptions to the Blade are not discontinue- dpirationJuflessJOJrdered at 55R by the subseraljor tv The Courts invariably hold a subscriber respon tsible to the publisher for the subscription price t papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky + ++++++ + + + + + ++ + + + + ++ +++ ++3+ i EDITORIAL I 4111111 +++ + + +W 11111 ++ Improve yourself Put more human love into life Dont complain of the sorry scheme of things First establish Freethought worthy reforms will follow 4 Most Christians are long on fraud and short o their charity Every day Dives grows more insolent and Laz- arusJ is being left more and more to the care of the dogs Foolish philosophers will soon discover that tli riddle cf the universe cannot be solved by contracting a case of campmeeting jerks As a rule church people will slander you unmer cifully for dissenting from their religious dogma and will then steal your dog or try to stick you with a plugged nickel It comes natural with them It is a painful fact yet how true that the Amer ican pulpit has become jaundiced society grown rotten to the core our politics reached a dreadful corruption and yet there are some who declare that there is no need of destructive propaganda It is righteous to destroy error and fraud and this is the work the Blade has assumed for itself Will you help it Was it not Bismarck who first suspected our American deordorized ham Wellwhen the church people elect the Blades editor president- he will sieze Upon the jungle usufruct of Packing town The Armpurs and the Swifts have been hard hit in their most emotional part towit their pock etbooks It is a painful wound and no wonder they shed copious indignation jl r The time is not far distant when the man with millions who toils and wails and plunders that he might have more will be considered mad To alI low present conditions to continue will be to plunge the nation headlong into barbarism What are palaces and gold Mere flyspecked eidolons worthy of no mans worship Now that chemists elm manufacture eggs and even hatch them without the assistance of hens the people can take it for granted that we need no or thodox passport to enable us to reach heaven The parsons prerogatives have got too well mixed in the intellectual shuffle Now heis the creature of the pews and not their lord He is compelled to get a contract to cinch his salary afraid to trust the sheep in his flock lest they fire him without pay The grisly Gorgon of Want still stalks through the land Wealth is continually mocking at poverJ ty and poverty has got to cursing wealth These are dangerous signs my brothers and may soon lead to another and different extreme During the past quarter of a century the productive pow er of labor has been multiplied by ten and starv ing babes are tugging at fevered breasts while Hossanaks still mount heavenward from million dollar churches Oh The shame of it r Ideal industrial conditions cannot be derived from either of the political parties now at the seat preparingtmeans independence from the unholy power of the plutocrat and when that is read aloud it will mean that labor has cut loose from present politi cal leading strings and has determined upon the right to the management of its own affairs Labor hath hewn this nation from out of the wilderness and it will be its true lord just as soon as it is ready to demand and enforce what it wants des pite the opposition of monopolies and political trusts Take courage faint heart the day is yours when you get ready to demand it PREACHERS AND PREACHER FACTORIES IIt isfreely admitted that poets are born This is a good and sufficient reason why there are so few poets On the other hand it is also freely recog nizcdtthat nrftiinhers are manufactured ThisJsan obvious reason why there are so many preachers The difference is too great to escape attention It is not that we have an insufficient quantity of verse mongers but these are not poets A true poet never dies Centuries after he has crossed the dark and silent river he lives on and on in the minds of men forever Preachers die every day and are for gottenAlthough there are thousands upon thousands of men engaged in the clerical profession it is a remarkable fact that but few intellectual stars have shone across the horizon of the Christian priesthood By the term priesthood is meant all who en gage in the culling of preacher and is not intended to point exclusively to one or two denominations There is nothing remarkable or strange in such a result Just as a lace factory will produce lace of a certain web and pattern according to the design that has been made for it so the several preacher factories turn out their products in precisely the same fashion trained and educated along one line only for the purpose of teaching one doctrine only Baptists are not turned out of Methodist colleges and Presbyterian preachers do not graduate from Episcopal schools Romish priests must be taught in a lloiuish school and his degree of fitness for the job must turn upon his ability to deceive the mem bers of his congregation When the prospective preacher first enters upon thenthings he is taught He makes inquiries that be tray a sceptical mind The pruning knife is then applied and the twigs of thought are carefully re moved and he is cautioned that he is not to doubt but believe and to encourage belief among the people It may be however that he is short on ratherecases as put on a stretcher and pulled out until his mind has been made to fit the particular orthodoxy he is expected to preach It is the same in all theological schools and when the finished product is turned upon the world he is ready to believe anything swallow anything that will have a tendency to in crease the sum total of the Sunday contribution There can be no doubt in the minds of all sane persons today that many men enter the ministry of the Christian church with the one dominating idea of being able to make a good living out of it He selects it as a profession just as another young man will decide to become a lawyer or a doctor In some cases the material from which preachers are made are too inferior for either the legal or medical pro fission and detesting labor he selects the church as- a good rich field to harvest Many men look upon the ministry only as one among a lot of occupations from which they may select their life work In every preachers life however there is much of the hypocrite much of the tyrant Along the lines of the first suggestion he has to cultivate a sancti fied whine altogether unnatural and he has about him a look of dependency of imppcuuity which stamps him as n chronic beggar a solicitor of alms ills cars are continually opening for a call to preach elsewhere at a larger salary but he shuts them up tight should there be an invitation to cept a reduction Taking the other side of his na ture long usage from the custom of being able to talk and not be talked back to induces him to threaten and attempt to terrify when things do not happen to suit him Every ordained clergyman must occupy a false position if he strives to be free in his own thought and remain true to the creeds and confessions of faith to which he has vowed his allegiance The bondage of creed subscription and the false intellectual attitude in which this places most of them is one of the greatest sins committed in the name of religion Aside from this there is the tyranny of the pows over the conscience of the pulpit for the moment one preacher departs from the shibboleth- of the orthodox faith he is placed on trial for heresy and then the game is up Few men can be found in the ministry who experience real joy at the thought that his mission should be one that guides and uplifts mankind both intellectually and morally True there is some ministrations to the sick and distressed but these have grown to be merely perfunctory and the heart is not in it Taken altogether the ministry is a dismal failure and there is little hope of improve meat under exitsting conditions This is because they are educated on a false basis for the purpose of bolstering creeds and not to encourage them in the work of doing good No wonder the gentlemen of the cloth fail to impress the public mind seriously Only the whoop la evangelists who strive hard to imitate a human ty below them adepts in the art of using slang can draw large crowds and rake in the coin They preach for cash and work only on a cash basis With hem religion means noise and bluster There is nothing of the spirtual about it The jingle of the dollar in the collection box is the sweetest mus ic that falls upon his ears He is an intellectual hy ena whom foolish parents would set to watch over their young No wonder there are so few shining lights among them As a rule a minister is an in tlal misfit out of harmony with the worlds progress Theiiuniversal tendency is for men to become what actually believe themselves to be Asa man thinks so is he we are told and so it is that con iraffilxsor uncunafiioiislv 7iinn Strives with losa or greaterstrengthaccording to his nature toward the ideals he has set up To reach it to attain it those ideals must be of human characteristics for fc firm belief in God affords to man a foundation upon which to build God is Nothingness personified Men cannot build successfully on such a foun dation Only by religious faith has the civilization of the world been imperilled As progress be comes more general Freethought advances with more rapid strides True Freethought may not be a direct cause of human progress but it is a necessary concomitant 0 Why should men need or desire a life beyond the grave During onethird of his entire existence he is unconscious and death even with annihilaton is but an ever dreamless sleep What does it matter whether we sleep for an hour or for eternity both are the same in reality yet man desires the one and dreads the other Suppose there isa life eternal beyond the grave is it not something fearful to contemplate Think of it Life eternal means with out end No rest no sleep What a fearful mono tony The very thought is more to be dreaded than the dreamless sleep of the silent dust In the latter there is quiet and rest for the tired traveler In the former there is nothing but eternal bustle and con fusion If man must live again then what has be come of the dead leaves of last Autumns scatter ing For centuries men have wasted their energies in the propagation of a religious system which must inevitably pass away as did those of Isis and Osir is of Manu and Zoroaster In the strands of Time there will be nothing left but the shattered altars and broken fanes of a hypocritical orthodoxy on the allabsorbing bosom of mother earth Why should it be otherwise Religions like men were born to die Philosophy fails to distinguish the ashes of the prince and the paupers dust and Rea son the mighty monarch of the mind must class all religious systems as essentially one and the same Then why waste our little lives in wild wars and civic strife Why it is that men will find time to hate Why not all cling together and drop the word selfislmess from the lexicon Just as the theological professors should take cognizance of what is said to have happened to Jesus before he the supernal wisdom of themoneychangers in Jerusalem so should our political bosses take notice of what is happening to William J Bryan for having dared to beard the money lords of America in their infamous dens Derided as an anarchist denounced for socalled demagogy a target for a perfect crusade of politi cal calumny ho now bids fair to become the most popular of all the political leaders in the country It is high time however that the American prole tariat shake off their lethargy and refuse to ac cept the gifts which the political gods have pro vided for them J THE CZAR IN THE WHITE HOUSE Theodore Roosevelt the hero of San Juan Hill chief executive of the American republic seems to be forgetful of the fact that in theory the power of government is vested in the people and that in his official practice he is rapidly drifting towards an autocracy more potent and powerful than that now existing in the Moscovite empire The three most important matters now pending before Congress are all in sorry shape at the mo went He has practically declared that Congress must enact no legislation but his kind of legislation and Congress has very naturally resented the in trusion He has practically asserted that tne style of canal to be built at the Isthmus must be his style of canal and no other He has informed Congress that the railroad rate bill must be as he wants it or none at all and he still further insists that the inspection ofthe meat packeries in the country must be done his way In the alternative he threa tens to call Congress in special session to have that body of lawmakers specially consider these items with the intimmation that they must be done in accordance with his way It now turns out that Roosevelt is in a hell of a fix for he has brought on a muddle from which he seems unable to extricate himself It comes from his ambitious efforts to control and direct the legis lation of the republic He may be right in the ab stract but he is wrong in principle ills disposition to interfere with the orderly passage of bills is undisguised He makes no bones about it He is attempting the government of the lash Within the past week he has raised the lash over the repre sentatives of the people threatens to veto the sun drycivil and the appropriations Dills provided Congress does not give him the legislation he is demandng Ihe situation in Washington is with out precedent or a parallel in America There is an undercurrent ot unrestrained feeling that is lia ble to break loose and result in open hostilities be tween the executive and legislative branches of the government which will cause a political scandal of no mean proportions Can it be that Roosevelt has forgotten the duties functional though they be of his office Are not the peoples duly elected lawmakers to be trusted to perform their duties but must be lashed into line oy executive threats Must all other issues and 1 fprejudnJ ifJ dom of the members bf Congress be that great or small equal the personal ambitions of a chief exe cutiveRooseveltis certainly building on loose sand and hiSstructUre is likely to be washed away He is riding hard for a fall which when it comes will be serious indeed He is simply ignorng that m puls in animal and human nature which moves the horse to refuse to drink though thirsty even after you have led him to the water SURGERY AND CRIME Under the startling headline Child like an ani mal the Associated Press has sent all over the country to be read by thousands nay hundreds of thousands the utterances of Dr G Frank Lyd ston of the Chicago College of Physicians and Sur geons upon the elimination of criminal propensity and growth While he is said to have startled his hearers his suggestion contains nothing new for the method he has to offer has been discussed until it is almost threadbare Without making any further comment at this time we reproduce that portion of the dispatch which is most interesting for the benefit of the Blade readers It is as follows Any one almost if he or she is not a raving lun atic can get a marriage license That is the first cause A child of parents who have nothing to give it but sickness or worse some disease some men tal taint or physical deformity which warps the mind cannot compete in the world lIe can not un take it Suppose his parents die There is that child left alone to make his way He must live Honestly if he can if he can undertake what it means but he must live Society does not do any thing for him until he steals and then it locks him up and if there is anything lacking in his criminal educaton the penal institution perfects it We have had capital unishmeut for years but still crime isjslowly on the increase and so is insanity If a man is a hopeless criminal degenerate dont punish him in hate make him the subject of logical elimina tion It is better for him and vastly more so for communityWhat doctor has to say anent the increase of crime is unfortunately true and by de priving habitual criminals of the power to propa gate there might probably be fewer criminals in the course of tune But the Blade seriously doubts if such a policy would prove efficacious for criminal traits do not altogether come from hereditary in fluences or righteous conduct too for that matter and crime would still be with us Crime may be readily acquired by imitation As a matter of fact we live by imitation All knowledge comes from imitation Men of higher ideals are contin ually pushing forward in an effort to establish ideals for others to follow Crime is as much ac quired as it is inherited and doubtless a great deal more hence the only capable solution of this 1 Continued on page four first column Ai 4 INDIVIDUALISM VS SOCIALISM t 4Anonymous Writer In New York Sun That Socialism Would stroy Individual Effort From Which Progress has Come Tho following article appeared l the New York Sun and Is for the benefit of readers who do n iSagree with the views therein ed fInF Socialist propaganda and indeed the great bulk of the matter having to do 4 with tho relations of capital and lab and cognate questions we continually meet the formula the wealthproduc ing masses or tho same thing clothed in slightly different terms but con voying the idea that wealth is the product of men corporate rather than of man tho individual Yet the world past and present I affords countless examples of the to tal Inability of mere labor to do more than keep lifo In the body and provl the rudest and most inadequate mea of sustenance Take the Egyptian fellah Left to himself and his t cd sticks what has he done in theit ages since Pharoah to help himself or what would ho ever have done without the help of a few individuals of alien race to teach him good adininls tratlon and to multiply and i the work of his hands by the tions of the mechanical and enginee- ing science and skill of other Individ ttalsI come a littel nearer homa the distinction between a welltodo Amer- Ican farmer and a fellah under the Khedlviate the degree of comfort and wealth of the former as compared with the poverty of the latter can hardly be attributed to the difference in the amount of labor done but to the fact that the American farmer heir to and has at his disposal sum of the efforts of a number of s4p erlor Individuals who have been un wearledly at work since the first of our skinclothed ancestors chipped o a flint ax head a little better than th atit of his neighbor The fact that the JtAmerican farmer Is better off than tho fellah is not due to the effo of masses but because a whole series of inventors and administrators have totally altered his cnvironmemnt and given direction to his development always working alone and never helped tnough often hampered by the so called wealth producing massW In greater or less degree thersame principle applies to all races and has always applied Wherever you the highest standard of living the most tniversal prosperity there other things being equal you will find the widest measure of individual activity IIMasses which do not produce these exceptional individuals or potentially able to do so suppress or discourage them live in kraals and mud huts which all the wealth produced by the wealth producing masses will never be able to lift them out of The Russian peasant the faminestricken na tlvo of India the naked savage of the Congothese are masses and whatever they have or will ever get will be conferred on them by individuals Now it is very doubtful If any of what wo are pleased to call the ad vanced races ourselves for example are essentially different from these save In the capacity of continually throwing off from the general mass superior men who continually raise the average of the race the race It self acquiring a special capacity and utilizing its productions and thus con tlnually evolving a higher and higher type For the past century the manifestations of this particular Individ ualistic capacity leaving the abstract speculation of the eighteenth century and directing itself to practical ends has been the basis of a highly devel oped material civilization In one man we find it expressed in a special ca pacity for invention In another it is displayed in superior administrative talents In another in the exact andI patient deductions of science The sum total is our existing civilization the product of the unit not of thsmany If the American farmer has more than the fellah it is not alone because he works harder or gets more from the general mass of the people but because McCormack and such as ho made his tools because Vander but and such as he organized his transportation and because a thous and individuals working alone never in masses have solved for him every problem of his trade from the virgin soil to the gullet of the consumer that is the masses who are collective ly especially benefited by the wealth produced by individuals I speak only of farmers Of course the same rule applies to everyone with equal or greater farceto mil operatives to clerks to merchants at and to professional minen entering if into every branch of labor and Industry and extending to every nook and corner of life from tho cradle to the grave To sum up surplus wealth is not produced by the masses but by to the few The many from the million i 1 alto who has not earned his money to the pauper who has none un assist cd produce nothing beyond a meager living Beyond this they are purely consumers There is of course a fly in the oint ment when we look at the practical wealtheof particular persons Is sometimes in excess of the value of their contribu tlon to the general good Fortunes are sometimes the result of destructive faditofbreakssand destroys in end aibuildto his own system Herein the chief vice ot socialism resides for that no onorthis pointthat lesson or do away altogether with all toIswing a scythe just above general level so as to lop oft everything which projects above It Now our present condition Is almost entirely the product of individual men who be it sor did or not have worked mainly In the hope of gain If we annihilate dethat hope we relax the mainspring rutnsof things can but must ever go forward or backward is more than an even chance that should the Incentive to enterprise be destroyed we should soon be sllppinC back much faster than we ed up rdI presume It might be said that th productioni 0 race and as be used for the general benefit Nothing could b mraore just but this Is just what ha happened and is happening Every laborer who today works ten hours where his grandfather worked four teen who regards as bare necessary what his grandfather considered lux urles is enjoying his share of t general heritagea heritage that s the nature of things must go on in steadtheevolutionary of condl tlons unless the beneficent process is cnecladuy the hands of blind fanatics striking at the system In which has its root CHICAGO PARSON- s PLEEADS GUILTY To The Crime of Bigamy and Gets a Penitentiary Sentence From Chicago Tribune Is the Rev Clanenco Abel Who confessed in Judge Ben M Smiths court yesterday to the charge of hioamy and was sentenced to Jollet the victim of his own mental derange ment or is he ono against whom the full penalty for his act should be meted Friends of the minister in Rogers Park where he formerly had charge of the Methodist Episcopal church are firm in the belief that in marrying Miss Asentath B Austin Mlchl gan avenue Mr Abel was not mentalI ly responsible In this transaction he assumed the name of Clair Clayton So firm are his friends in their belief that they have prevailed upon Judge Smith to reopen the case and the reo hearing has been set by him for Thurs day morning Sentence Creates Sensation The news that Mr Abel bad been charged with bigamy pleaded guilty and been sentenced to the penitentiary caused consternation in at least two congregations of the Methodist churchI In Chicago where he had been pastor His last church was the Trinity Church on the south side and ho left this two years ago because of ill health Specialists told him ho was losing his mind and he was constantly troubled with the hallucination that some one was trying to injure him Althought he drew a salary of near ly 5000 a year It became necessary for him to give up his pastorate for it was found he was poor He gave up all of his salary save his bare living expenses to the poor Wealthy men in the congregation however made up purse and Mr Abel went to visit friends living in Indian Territory From time to time his friends here ent rim money but finally they lost trace of him and the first many of them know of his whereabouts was when the afternoon papers yesterday If announced Ws sentence to the penl tentlary Confession Made by Mr Abel According to the confession made by Mr Abel ho married Miss Austin in Joliet on September 30th last His first wife who was Miss Kate Stone of Racine Wis and to whom he was married on February 27 1894 is now said to bo in a sanitarium where she it is suffering with nervous prostration is brought on by her husbands act The charge against Mr Abel was made by Mrs Belle Austin mother of his second wife and he was arrested the Lexington hotel where it is Bald he had arranged a meeting with Mrs he Austin and was to agree to leave Chi cago and return to the use of his own name while Mrs Abel No 2or Mrs Clayton as she thought herself was put on mourning and state her hus band was deadcl After his arrest however Mr Abel appeared to be glad and wanted to at onco to begin his sentence In the penitentiary When Judge Smith an pounced his sentence Abel created a ensatlon by walking to States Attor nets Olson and Barbour who had ducted tho prosecution and thank- Ing them for affording him the opportunity to suffer for his crime Every effort was made by the prosecution to prevent publicity of the af ir Now that the facts are out however It is said he will be glad of an opportunity to escape the penitentiary and will avail himself of his friends d O A Taylor of Rogers Park who Is interesting himself in the Abel case says the preacher did not know what he was doing when Ho married the second time THE LENGTH OF AN ANGELS WING What Is the Flying Power of the Seraph Ie Band and How Long Would oYThe Angelic Suspenders Have e Bel dBy HARRIET Mi The above is the heading of an art cle In a Chicago Sunday paper that have been written by John F lark of Baltimore Md so irrever ently even humorously is treated thee sacred subject of seraphic suspenders The article purports to the results of calculations by Professor Trow bridge of Columbia University on thee flying power of an Angel and the wings area necessary to sustain such a boil calculated from the known wingspread of the buzzard Shades of the sanctified Saints asHero are we climbing the summit of sacrilege and comparing the pin heions of the pious departed with the air beaters of a bird of prey the buzzard There be men who have been treason able enough to this great and glorious government to suggest that the screaming Eagle as an American Emblem be displaced by a buzzard but disloyalty to country can be more easi ly condoned than the comparison of Carrion Carnality with the celestial aspects of supernatural symphonlsts Prof Trowbridge bids fair to reo love the monotonous routine of heresy trials and incidentally furnishes Chris tianlty with a pretext for the common claim that all progress was born with the babe of Bethlehem and has kept constant company with the cross of Christ ever since for were not angels created with wings so thatjthe id ear f air ships might be developed It appears that the Professor has prepared the problem along this tin a though he reserves exact figures If the wingarea of five and threotentlfe square feet supports a buzzard weigh ing five pounds to support an angel male of course weighing 150 pounds would require a wing area of approxi mately square feat For a long time scientists have sought to classify the constituents of space The work seems to have been accomplished for if the average wing length of a full grown angel is 18 feet on each side what room can be left for anything else Perhaps the next innovation may make it plain that the recent unprecedented precepltation of our winters Is duo to a readjustment of the celestial moulting season One by one the Big Bible Stories are passing and we are Indebted to th e men of common sense who are con signing them to everlasting seclusion and who are preparing the ground and planting and propogating ideas that will be a help instead of a bin drance to human devclopmment WIELDED BY A NEW YEOMAN Comparative Analysis of the Late and Present Editor of the Blade By JOHN F CLARKE The late editor of the Blue Grass Blade C Moore was a man of startling genlous and had a strong grasp upon subjects His personality was reflected in every line of The Blade Ho had firm convictions for which he was and still is respected He was no sycophant He did not live long enough to learn to bear with hone est opinions that othrs expressed those opinions did not agree with his sedate notions of the eternal fit ness of things Many persons took the Blade just because they liked to uphold such a character and those parsons are amazed that a new editor has the power to charm them In a different manner There Is certainly new life and vigor in the Blade that was not in in former years The new Editor more tolerant and discriminating His editorials are expressed with force and are bright At one period of Moores editorial career The Blade fairly sclentllated with wit and sparkled with humor but toward the last apologized for his former good na ture as frivolity and his seriousness a verged upon morousness Mr Moore s forte was his quaint and humorous it comment intcrpersod with dashes of wisdom land logic Every forceful that passes away is a loss to r l Freethnueht No man can supply the whole output of a paper like the Blade that issues 52 editions in a year It will take many and makes a good training school for tho crop of men and women who are to rellove us when wo decay The writers of day are more fortunate In having such a medium than were most of us in our earlier years The young er of today can get an early start Th editor calls for an expression upon o ganization THE it FSlLETTER BOX J 1111 I II II The Article is Published Madison GaI send your article on examination of some cOlumbian students on the God question I intend cd to send it to you last week I would lilts you to publish it it comes right home to the mind An article on God in Open Court I cant understand a word of it that is the reason Paine is so popular ever body can understand him II you publish it send mo thirty copiesA A BELL We Need All You Send Birmingham Alabama The book received thanks William Reckling would llko to have his Enclose thirty cents for the Moore Memorial will got the rest of em to buy some The Blade is better than ever although I will always miss Charley Moores writing Am going to try to send you a few more subscribers soonL- SHOENFIELD Well Done Anyhow Ottawa Kansas Enclosed find 50 cents give me credit for six months Money is pretty scarce with me at present I am 89 years old and I can not do much to make any thing now If I am alive when this six months is up I might send you moreJ JEF FERIES May Be a Figure of Speech New YorkSlr enclosed find P O for 100 for which mark me up to May 1907 Please sand Rome Book and change address to Hospital and Schools in place of Asylum and Schools I enjoy your editorials 1m mensely I would like to know through the Blade what Mrs Henry and Dr Wilson mean by the word Soul which they both use so often Wish ing bettor times for the Blade I re malnJA1IES KENNEDY Must Trust to Honesty Tampa FlorldaI want to say that I appreciate the Blue Grass Blade of late very much and regret to learn that you are short of funds But I dont see any chance of a financial improvement so long as you let the fifty cent club rates stand and then neglect to make delinquents pay up Why dont you force those that are owing you that 200000 to pay you and get out of debt Of course you would loose a few subscribers but it would be those who will not pay any way and it would be treating your paying subscrloers with more fairness Fifty cents a year catches all the dead beats and they take the paper another year and pay nothing So they got the paper for 25 cents per year and cause you to sometimes Issue a half paper Under that ar rangcmant with you refusing to force them to pay what they do owe results In giving the dead beats thepa per at onofourth price while part of the time vou can only furnish a half paper to those who pay the full dollar Cant you see the injustice in your arrangement ANDREW COOK Blade Does Him Good Sulphur Springs TcxasI see tice in the Blue Grass Blade that the Rome Boost is reauy and request all not receiving one to notify you Well mine has not come I sent the dollar before Dr Wilson made the trip and sent the fifteen cents with my renewal about last of March I am anxious to get It The Blade gets better all the time I never did Believe in orthodox inspiration but it looks like all the contributors and the editor must b e Inspired or just got to turning their brain or think box looseor perhaps foal more free My health Is better and I yet may live to shed abroad my love for humanity Every time I readI a Blade through I feel like I had a little better religion or by some means I feel that wo are progressing and It helps to mako me happy and that was the way our C C Moore wanted to die by or live by was more and more happlnness for his self and all tho rest of us heathens I am 71 and will go the rest of the road the same wayo M CALVERT We Are All Right Leadvllle Colorado My subscrlp tlon ran out on the first of last month and I just happened to get a hold of one dollar bill I thought of you so I will put it in an envelop and send to you to save you the troubles to got it cashed In the post office Just put it in your pocket and set my tab ahead one year from the first of May You are alright Jim tIm Blade is getting better all the time with you at the head I wish I was fixed as well as some of our liberal friends so I could help you more than I have JOSEPH HENRY FREETHOUGHT ORGANIZATIOr N One Plan Suggested by Which Free thinkers can Organize on aNa tlonal Basis The Blade having invited the read ers to join in a symposium as a means of obtaining their views upon the question of organizing it takes pleast uro In reproducing the following from the Ingersoll Memorial Beacon The article bears directly upon the Issue under consideration and may offer suggestions to those who intend tak ing part in the symposium The ters tram our readers will be publish ed in the issue of Sunday July 8th The article reads as follows Wo are pleased to notice a growing demand among Freethinkers for a comprehensive national organization Let the feeling spread for there is no doubt but that such an organizationr would bo a power for no danger of any cramping creed being adopted for the declaration of principles will be scientific in its character and science acknowledges no authority other than knowledge prl manly on valid sense perceptions Such an organization must o course stand for truth but In order to do this it must have a philosophy which definitely defines what truthTs how vald knowledge is acquired This is indi penslble neceslsalrlly Indispanslble atdln this fact is seen the very great Importance of some such scientific theses as those laid down by Ernst Haeckel as a platform on which to stand Notice how selfevident this is Ra tionalists all deny supernatural revel ation they rest their case on nature al knowledge But how Is natural knowledge gained In some nature way of course But Inasmuch as all knowledge all truthas well as all error Is sUbjec- tive how are we to distinguish fancy from fact truth from hallucination This is a question which science alone can answer andi It is a question vital to the whole cause of National Ism which is another name for Ra tlonallsm as we use the word This we saw years ago and it is one of the points urged In our book No Begin nlng which was written with the view of furnishing a solid philosopbl cal footing for the faiths of scion fic thinkers But what is the source of valid knowledge in contrast with the garIes of supernaturalists Here is Haeckels answer and it properly stands at the head of his thirty theses I Monistic philosophy The ra tlonal monistic conception of the world the universe is firmly based on scientific knowledge gained by the human Intellect through critical ex pcrience a posteriori Experience Empiricism True science arrives at these empirical per ceptlons that Is perceptions resulting from experience first through sensual sense observation of the e ternal world universe on the other hand through conscious reflection of our spiritual Internal world meaning by this what might be called the main of thought or Intellectual realm tho immatejrial properties of the active brain The organs of the first method are the instruments of the senses and the sensual foci of the cortex of the cerebrum between these in constant reciprocal relation the thinking foci ore located the pro cr organs of the Reasoning pow phronema This all means that thoughts arise from the brain and does not exist ou side of tflat it Is a property of the protoplasmic organism and that knowledge can only be held to b valid for the reality of Its when founded on valid sense percep tlons and built up according to the laws of natural logic In other wordst that it is as natural to know as it is to feel and that the only test of true knowledge is its conformity to facts of experience and its narmony with un hampered reasoning We write this to press the on the Freethinkers of this country that a mere declaration of policy con corning political matters will not fice In this ago as a foundation fo an effective national organization We must beard the old tone of philosophy In their densmust not only attack their socalled philosophical funda mentals but we must boldly stand on somo bedrock of scientific truth our selves Theology has for centuries rested on a false philosophy Rationalism must now begin to build on a true one based on the discovered facts of bio logy and other branches of natural It cannot build well in any other way It cannot continuo to flourish unless it Is sound at its roots and its advocates united on some clearly stat cd basic truths Ingersoll called Haeckel the greatIest living biologist Ho Is ly recognized as an able scientist He has after a lifetime of hard study formulated a declaration of principles to be used as a oundatlon for such an organization as is contemplated by the Freethinkers of this country and why not toile them as a whole for our tentative platform with the expressed understanding that they will be care fully studied and cautiously amend ed if found to be desirable We suggest the holding of a meet- Ing in Chicago sometime in the fall organlzaIeditors or their proxies of Free thought journals exeditors of such publications and delegates from all societies and organizations of persons to quote from Haeckels last thesis Who as to the form of their think- Ing and acting accept nothing but pure reason not the creed of tradi tional dogmas and pretended revelations TABLEISUMMER TIME Lexington Eastern Railway Com pany Effective May 20 1906 East Bound Leave Pm Am No 2 No4 Lexington Ky 226 745 826fClay City Ky 400 913 Stanton Ky 410 923 Campton Junction Ky 440 905 Natural Bridge Ky 445 954 Torrent Ky 467 1008 Beattyville June Ky 618 1029 Athol Iy 646 1069 O K June Ky 606 1126 Jackson Ky G10 1130 Train No2 dally except Sunday Train No4 dally West Bound Leave Am Pm No1 No 3 Jackson Ky 025 225 O 1C June Ky G29 230 Athol Ky G56jBeattyville June Ky Torrent Ky Natural Bridge Ky Campton June Ky 747jStanton Ky Clay City Ky L E Junction Ky 910 jj03 Winchester Ky 923 620 Lexington Ky 1010 605 Train No1 dally except Sunday Train No3 Dally Beattyvlllo Junction Trains Nos 3 and with the L A for local stations on the L A Railway O K Junction Trains Nag 3 and with the O K for local sta tlons on the O K Railway L E Junction Trains Nos 1 and 3 for lilt Sterling and Intermediate points Campton Junction All trains conInect with the Mountain Central Ry for Pine Ridge and Campton t NOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden 18 size Special R Way 23 jls New RWay itsxElgin Veritas 23 jig 29 Father Time 21 jls 2260 B W Raymond 19 jls 20 B W Ray mond 17 jls 1860 29Crescentpleton Tracey Co Premier 17 jls 16TheWay Inspectors Sundries Waltham P S Bartlett or Elgin Wheeler 17 Jls ad justed nickel same gilt same Hampden nickel 800 same not ad Humpor 460stham nickel noncatchable hair spring iI 3toil verlne case prepaid In silver or gold filled screw case accompanied by manufacturers and my guarantee for 6shooting case 850 more than in all vorlno case In solid gold case 10 50 moreiLADIES GOLD WATCHESrLarge size Hampden 20year style artistic handchased 7 Jls 9 15 jls 16 Jls adj 15 small itstIn 25year case 1 more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds all in plush box pre guaranteer Watches not listiod Jewelry Rings Silver and Plated- Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism in the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEIN La Grange Cook Co IllI JOB PRINTING We have a complete Job De tpartment and are prepared to do firstclass work at reasonable prices Send us your next or der Satisfaction guaranteed BLUE GRASS BLADE 1S3 W Short 8t LeKlngtorv Ky t II i ELI THE CHRISTIANSUNDAY Designed and Used as a Nursery for The Church Children Held Un der Full and Complete Surveil lance From Humanitarian Review By J T Patch t The Christian Sunday School Is the nursery of the Christian Church the training received therein makes easy recruits for the churches The children of the Sunday schools are under the most rigid surveillance of the cnurch the literature consist Ing of the lessons commentaries and story papers Is all written and special ly prepared as a department of church work the trend of thought Is outlin for the entire lesson which Is In Ied with the dogmatic philosophy of Christianity The idea and worship of a god I consider to he the most prdomlnent feature of all the Sunday school teaching Everything like thought or study Is eliminated By this method the children become fam lllar with church phraseology and igious terms which are barbarous in the extreme become familiar and pala table Ideas which under other circum stances would be revolting In the church and the Sunday school are ac cepted with devotion and even satis faction Recently I had occasion to visit a church Sunday school which had for its lesson the story of Daniel In the lions den Dan vl 1023 The lesson was carefully gone over and explained that when Daniel was put In with the lions God closed their mouths and Daniel came out unharmed while Daniels accusers with their wives and children were destroyed The children were taught that this story was actual history that God was wise and just in protecting Daniel and al lowing Innocent women and children to be devoured by the lions It was all looked upon as perfectly trpthful and just Such teaching the Sunday school familiarizes the children with the un reasonable and impossible in the Christian religion and they become membershipIor Influence become very important and ever sacred when j considered as religion The Christian Sunday schcool Is so thoroughly organized that to introduce any other literature into the school Is Impossible Liberals ought to learn methods from the churches and organize societies and have their schools for children and lectures etc for grown up people Homcdole Idaho CHURCH PROPERTY SHOULD BE TAXED Reasons Therefor Given by a Minister Of the Gospel Uses Freethought Arguments to Support Demand i Among numerous reasons given by thoJYork why all church property should be taxed he urged that It must either be taxed or confiscation would follow He went on to show that in part The census of 1890 has reported the alleg ed value of the church edifice the lots on which they stand and their furnishings as G8tG8710G This docs not include the value of parsonages colleges orphanages land etc of which the various churches hold prob ably 700000000 more General Grant in his famous message to Congress In 1875 was probably not far from right when he said In 1900 without a Icheck it Is safe to say this property 3000000iTho census of 1890 shows that tho theirtvents real estate or mercantile prop- propertyr tho lie church in this country says she has now 250000000 worth of property Without taxation confiscation will be warnfgious wealth became at one time so great in England and in France Italy Spain and South Germany that it crippled their resources paralyzed In dustrIes and produced ambitions which were only alleviated byi wholesale confiscation Mexico and many of the South American republics had to seize the orrant people are in favor of the taxation of nil church property and the other Ii fifth will be as soon as It gets In matterl When a 1religion is good it will support Itself and when it cannot support itself and God does not caro to support it so its professors are obliged to call for helpfronv the civil power I am appre hensive that it la a bad one Ij r r 1L J 13 President Garfield said Tho di vorce between church and state ought to be absolute If you exempt prop erty of any church organization you Impose a tax on the whole community With so much poverty and want In the community our magnificent church edifices massive buildings for alleged charitable purposes on our most val uablo sites are a burlesque on both religion and charity Tax churches and modest buildings will be erected where they are most needed instead of building one great structure In a fashionable quarter Exemption from taxation Is virtually state support and that is contrary to our constitu tionTORREY ANDALEXANDER Sharp Reply to Notorious Gospel Sharks Refused Publication by Philadelphia North American By FRANK T ALLEN The following letter was twlco sent to and rejected by the editor of the North American Editor North American To me it appears evident that to Dr Torrey the eternal torture of the unredeemed an essential part of the Plan of the Creator otherwise he could not be lieve that the God he worships Is aut ually Almighty The Devil may be the Chief Engineer of the place of torture but unless God is less than Almighty Hell and Its legions of friends must come within the province of Gods Plan If it be admitted that there Is another power which is opposed to God and his plans and If this opposing power is so very potent that it has enlisted even some of the very angels of heaven in its diabolical work of thwarting Gods plans and destroying the souls of his creatures then it stands to reason that no matter how good kind merciful and just God may beHe is not All Powerful We may sincerely wish that he were Allmfghty and we may be thoroughly convinced that he ought to be And we may rightly enlist under his ban ner and do all that we can do to help him gain a victory over the enemy of mens soulsbut until that victory has been attained and hell and all its cohorts are conquered and the possibility of the eternal torture of any creature is forever abolished un til such a victory is attained we can not honestly say that God Is either Omnipotent Omniscient or Omnipres ent Does Dr Torrey and other orthodox preachers represent their Gpd as be- Ing a just kind merciful and lovable God whose kingdom Is threatened by a monster friend who is constantly gaining possessions of the souls of weak and foolish mortals to eternally torture and torment them Does Dr Torrey urge men to hasten to stand ard of such a good God and thus help to overthrow the enemy of their souls Most Assuredly He Does Not If I were assured that this horrible state of eternal torment and suffering that Dr Torrey takes such a ghoul ish delight In picturing was a state of affairs that had come about be cause of Gods inability to prevent it and against which he was eternally opposed If the preacher and evangelists would convince us that their God was resolutely striving to do away with such a hideous and diabolical in stitution as this place for the eternal torment of weak mortals for sins com mitted In the brief span of their phy slcal livesit we were assured that this God would never rest nor allow any of his forces to rest until every vestige of hell had been so completely destroyed or transformed as to make It impossible that even the most vile of mortals could be so torturedthen- I and all sincere and rational men and women would have genuine respect for such a God We would wel come and sustain His messengers cheerfully enlist in His service and work earnestly for the consummation of so worthy and humane an object Because Christian preachers and evangelists represent their God as be Ing a willing and nonresistant part ner to if not the deliberate author of this Hellshness using Hell to wreck his vengence upon and eternally tor ture those of his creatures who fail to avail themselves of an alleged un merited and vicarious means of escape therefore all that Is human within me rises in mighty protest and I would hurl defiance Into tho very teeth of Jehovah himself and I would tell him that Hell is the only fit and proper place for honest and selfre specting men to go to I would tell him that If only one poor creature was to be thus eternally tortured that I would elect to keep company with that one and share its torments be cause I could be far more happy and selfrespecting In Hell than would be possible should I accept favors from such a tyrant to be committed to an eternity of torture I would tell him that his heaven was only fit and In tended for Pharisees and Hypocrites for Lick spittles and Sycophants for Servile Prietets and Mountebank i i Evangelists and every other breed of parasites and grafters but for my choice I very much prefer to go to Hell and spend ctternlty with the damned and the outcasts the sinners and publicans the Magdalons and Harlots and all other despised ones such as Jesus used to associate with ANOTHER RAP AT THE SINGLE TAX One Who Has Abandoned the trine Takes a Fall Out of Dr Barnes Because of His Recent Article In the Blade By GEO M JACKSON Dr J C Barnes in your issue of the 10th declares that Henry George was the discoverer of the Earth for all lr the appropriation of the Earth faud by the single tax Mr George was a great man and I was an gInal taxer His writings have done much to awaken the people to the outrage of private ownership of land and I would not rob him of a singleI laurel But Thomas Paine Henry George Is entitled this hon or of discovering the remedy and onlyI remedy for the perturbation of ty e if the single tax is the remedy Thomas Paine in his Agranon Jus tice and I want you to publish it laid down the principles of appropriat- Ing the full valuo of the land by taxa tion for the benefit of all the people in almost the precise language used by Mr George Like the Dr at one time I thought single taxwas the panacer for all our ills I had a good deal of correspondence with Mr George and he published and extract from one of my letters In Social Problems which will be found on page Before I was a single taxer I was a Green backer and voted In 1870 for Peter Cooper Was for twelve years score tary of the midroad Greenback Popu list State Committee of Missouri Twice I lead the forlorn hope as my Partys candidate for Congress Twice Its candidate for a state office II spent my time and money believing that if we only had more exchange media to use the expression of Mr Lutterman that all woulld be happy I used to use just such arguments as Dr Barnes and Mr Lutterman are now using but I got over them No relief can be had through any palatlve measure We want to abolish capital ism Not tax the land but abolish all land property of all the people The Earth hath Ho given to the children of men Psalm 115 And then adopt such rules and regulations as may bo necessary for its collective use This would give us all the coal oil and minerals and then what would become of the Standard Oil and other trusts Mr Lutterman says The only way labor can obtain tnls worlds goods is through the medium of exchange money and is both money and the products are In the hands of capital It is Impossible for that class of men who have nothing but labor to make for exchange Under the Capitalist system the only chance labor has of getting the media of exchange is to sell its labor to the capitalist Of course If the capitalist has more goods on hand than ho can sell he will shut down the factories of production and then the laborers will have nothing to buy with My people we are slave owners but I went into the Union Army with the d claration that if it left a slave beneath the flag It was not worth shooting a gun Some of my fath ers old slaves have said to me Mao George you say you set us free but fo God Is worse off than when I belonged to your father It Is true Wage Slavery Is worse than chattle Slavery Socialism Is the only salva tion It would take over all the factory railroad and tools of production Every man should be employed and all of his products should be turned fiver to the laborers Media of ex change as now understood would be entirely done away with Certificates of labor would be the only media and it could be exchange for the full amount of labors production I was born within a few miles of Lexington One of my Bluegrass school mates took me to task for being a Socialist when we had this conversa tion I asked how much land ho had With pride he said five hundred acres and that he had a standing offer of one hundred dollars per acre How many children have you He said six Can you acquire any more land No I own nine thousand dollars and have two thousand dollar life insurance After paying my premium taxes and Interest a hard time to make both ends meet Then said I If you should die tomorrow give your wlfd the insurance sell your stock and pay your debts and divide your land amongst your children giving each acres they would not be able if you cant acquire more land with four hundred acres At this point tho wife broke in and said I have been asking Jim what will become of our grand children and I have laid awake of nights think ing about it I replied Your grand children will be wage slaves On your place you have a man working for you at twenty dollar per month and that means twenty tax days Ho told me he got about fifteen dollars per month He has a wife and three chil dren and he must clothe and feed them out of this amount Think of a man feeding and clothing five for fifteen dollars per month Think of tills you who are reasona bly well off and see If you can make any provision for your children under capitalism It is either Socialism or slavery which one you for There Is no escape from one or the other PARKER SERCOMBE SOCIETY Editor of Tomorrows Magazine to Lecture on Free Love Which Promises to Shake Many of Chica gos Domestic Pillars Some time ago Parker H Sercombe editor of Tomorrow Magazine created somewhat of a sensation by declaring thpjt some of the fashionable restaurants in Chicago were breeders of Im morality and Freo Love arising from the practice of business men who take their stenographers and other women not their wives to lunch at such places where wines of many vintages are served Now It appears from an article pub ChronlIcleon subject as the following will show The true history of free love In Chi cago when where and by whom it is practiced and who aro the real dupes of the present system of hypocrisy and evasion will be given by Ser combo himself for tho edification of the benighted next Sunday night at the Spencer Whatman gathering at Corinthian Hall It will be an unex purgated version the naked truth about a plain matter but It will be set forth without embellishments of language or salacious details and will not read like a romance by M DAn nuuzio the celebrated Italian author ity and public demonstrator There will be no rhetorical frills about the performance but there will be vital statistics There may be names Many persons are wondering whether there will be names A categorical response could not be obtained last night At least enough facts about free love its cause and its economic justification under existing industrial conditions will be furnished to estah llsh a library of indisputable material it was declared Next Sunday nights dissertation will be food for worldln Sand it Is expected that many pillars of society will be undermined and tum bled in ruin Gives Sample of Ammunition Wnlle the big show is reserved for next Sunday night the show man lift ed the curtain one one small angle of tho arena and cast the bullseye of publicity through a restricted arc of its orbit last night His auditors were appalled but they supported the re velations with fortitude The details are noww being collected In all parts of tho red light district by agents of the SpencerWhitman circle and tney will be carefully compiled for delivery on Sunday- I am informed the speaker began Sercombe himself by the health department of the city that there are 40000 criminal operations performed In the city of Chicago every year I have discovered that there ar 24000 4 Good Route to Try I It traverses a territory rich In undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture hortculture stock rising mining and manufacturing And last but not least it Is The Scenic Route lorTourists The Frisco System now otters the traveling public excellent service and I fast time Between St Louis and Kansas City and points In Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texas and tne Southwest Between Kansas City and points In Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon application to any representative of the Company or to Passenger Traffic Department Cnmmerclal BulIdUtf Saint Isiulo couples living together out of wed lock and that there are at least 20000 women now employed In downtown department stores who have been deserted by their husbands That shows the failure of the present marriage system Also there are more than fifty hotels in Chicago which are pendent upon support for couples without benefit of clergy The same is true of most all of the socalled all night restaurants in Chicago Chicago Husbands Bored You have noticed that Chicago Is one of the best theater towns In the world Thats because there are so many bored husbands In the world The summer gardens also reap their harvest out of this class Further de tails next Sunday There Is one ward in this city where 500 of those male parasites who proy on unfortunate women have form ed a union At the last election they sent a delegation to one of the candi dates for alderman and assured him that unless he recognized their union they would throw their political In fluence against him These parasites in this ward dictate where patronage shall go They have intimidated shop keepers of all kinds Then tho speaker paid his respects to the magnets of the stockyards dis trict It was said that everything at the stock yards Is utilized except the squeal Now the squeal is being utilized PERSONALIMMORTALITY Not a Scientific Fact and No Person Can Exist Until the Body Is Or ganized What Comes After By DR T J BOWLES If anything is true If anything can be true no human being ever had any existence on this earth until ho was born Prenatal personality Is absurd it is unthinkable it is Inconceivable and as inconceivability Is the very highest test of the falsity of a prorpo sitlon We can confidently affirm that no human being ever had any person al existence on this earth until the body was organized Tho doctrine of the incarnation of a preexisting spirit is therefore child ish and foolish and can not be entertained by anw rational mind because the terms of such a proposition can not be framed into a mental concept This doctrine had its origin during the Infancy of the human race before reason had dawned and when the whole world was supposed to be filled with spirits eagerly waiting to be clothed with flesh and blood and it Is still taught by mystics and dreamers who have no knowledge of the laws of natureIf of personality and the incarnation and reincarnation of spirits is absurd unthinkable and in conceivable what shall we say of post mortum personality Personal preexistence and post mortem personal existence must stand or fall together ifa bodily organiza tion was the beginning of a personal existence the disorganization of the body must be the end of personal ex is the universal experience of the human race this is the teaching of science this is one of the necessi ties of thought this is a fact this is reason and reason is our only guide When men and women learn that the universe embodies all causes and all effects and when they learn that the rythm of evolution and dissolu tion are ternal superstition will dis 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Information about tho college and send 25 cents tar a year subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do it now h Editorial Continued from page pne serious problem is to first discover the motives or causes that lead to crime and by eradicating the crime must disappear Let us take a child at birth It has no though Its only sensation is cold and warmth hunger and repletion It lacks the power of expression and articulation If that child could be carried into so dense forest far away from human habitation and away from the sound of the human voice and tllcn suppoe it were possible for that child to subs- iuntil it was twentyone years of age what would it be What could it do f The only sounds it wool hear would be the noises made by the birds and beasts by which it had been surrounded It would not be able to talk and the sound it could produce r would be the sounds it had learned to imitate It could not think beyond its sphere It would know nothing of God or Jesus Christ It would know nothing of war or politics nothing of our social disorder nothing of crime It would be the product f its environment and nothing more Then there is a time in the life of every human beingwhen it is without sin or a thought of sin Its right or wrong conduct fs acquired later in life cording to the conditions by which it is surrounded If those conditions be of the best they will produce the best kind of a human being If the conditions be inferior the product will be of an in ferior quality good mother ever encouraged her offspring to criminal acts if the offspring of a good mother commits crime it is reasonably cer tam that it did not learn it from that source Then where did it come from By imitation through bad association False education may and does exert a powerful influence in the direction of wrongdoing Once let a child feel or learn that there is a spanking on one side of a given line of conduct and candy on the other he grows up with that no tioii of necessary rewards and punishments until he reaches maturity and then he comes in for a belief in a golden crown and a harp or perdition for eternity t in the hereafte- rit would reasonably appear then that the logica elimination of the criminal would follow the logical improvement of the individual Whoever im proves himself improves the universe of which he is a part The improvement oi society must beg with the improvement of the individual and n other method can or will succeed Crime can neve- be eliminated by surgical operation or by the pres ent method of penal punishment Both are lack in the essential qualities of permanency The 1melely strike at the surface ot things and are in r of reaching the foundation giBegin with the child Teach him to act right to think right not for the hope of reward or the fear of punishment but the inherent virtue that 4i lies in the act itself Just as the prohibition of the sale of whisky hus never actua y prohibilcdj o prevented so it is that the infliction of penal fI t ishment in a mathematical ratio under existin- y conditions fails to diminish crime in any seriseI uw True our penitentiaries are here but they are be ing put to an improper use Surgery cannot aid I them in the work of reform lleformatiou must i come from within not without r r r r r CUNNIBIAL BLISS AS FOUND IN CHICAGO Life that is matrimonial life in the Windy City l is not all peaches and cream It seems to be a r dreadful fact that Chicago can hang more different kinds of garlands on the matrimonial estate than an of its less civilized neighbors It is reported tthat a man out there is being sued by his divorced wife for breach of promise of marriage It seems that he assidiously recourted her with a view to ward a second alliance but all at once he contract ed cold feet and now stands midway between the devil of alimony and the deep sea of damages It would seem however that any woman who would risk the same man twice is not deserving of much sympathy But this is not all for we are told that the Chica go Commons whatever it is or wherever it holds its J clinics is well named has guaranteed to its graduates that they can well stand the acid test of ma trimony upon a stimulated income of ten dollars a Blade confesses to some ignorance as to the class and character of the Chicago Commons It has no desire however to see it while it is engaged in I laboratory work but just the same we repeat itiis well named As the Blade understands the situa tion it proposes to take over the work of Cupid and place matrimony on the quick lunch basis And right there is just where it will put Cupid entirely out of the business The little winged god is really no strict auditor of accounts When he draws his bowstring he shuts his eyes and if the loosened a shaft lodge in the heart ofa plutocrat or in the breast of a peasant it is all the same to him What u boots it to the god of love if the girls can prepare a breakfast on the modest sum of nineteen cents What does he care whether there be nineteen cents in sight or not It has never been Cupids way to t count the cost and until our entire human nature r be radically changed he never will i greatdemanditstand in line so to speak on commencement day ready anxious and willing to underwrite the diploma and take chances on the future A little later on they may wake up to the fact that nineteen cent breakfasts fortycent dinners and twobit sup pers do not represent the sum total of expense connected with the successful navigation of the matri monial flatboat The Chicago Commons may be successful in this sort of propaganda in Chicago but when a couple gets what really ailed Romeo and Juliet they care a never a copper cent what particular school they graduated from Is it not written in a book that the Eve induced Adam to cast from him the empire of f earth for a scrubby apple and ever since that d her fair daughters have been making men their remote forefathers folly The Chicago sav ants are way behind the times They are plunging into the shoreless realm of psychology with a bul fondmsire and Lillian Russells multiplied husbands had settled that question almost forever If a man gets let don with the sister racket he will try the same tri tlma a way and nearly everybody is possessed of that will r r r StrTHE ROME BOOK At lust the Rome Book is out and is now in the hands of many of its subscribers The book is n that it was promised to be and even more for a versatile writer as Dr Wilson with so much write about has eclipsed himself and produced a work that will be of wide interest With the title A Trip To Rome one can rend ily judge of the nature and character of the work It is in strict conformity with its title and every fact encountered is transformed into a potent argument against religion emanating as it does from the sent of ecclesiastical authority it will take its place among the standard Freethought works the age Dr Wilson is happily possessed of rare descrip tine talents and he has utilized them to advantage in this work The reader can by perus ing its pages imagine that he is actually taking the trip going through what the writer went through seeing what the writer saw and having his exper ieuces From the time he leaves New York all during the trip the prominent Freethought leaders he met the doings of the Congress his advantages and drawbacks are all so clearly portrayed the the incidents and scenes portrayed make delightfu readingIThe story is told in 350 pages of interesting read ing and the Blade takes pleasure in recommending it to its readers r r r r SANCTIFIED CRIMEI1In a previous issue of the Blade we have com mented upon the reniarnable prevalence of crime among the clergy and judging from the reports toesme crimes no are impellerd to uecoming tainted with immoralities of the grosses respecYt Ills of the worlds history Some time ago Andrew Carnegie established what is known as a hero fund and now it is upt to some other charitably inclined millionaire to establish a fund with which to reward every indi carreer in the pulpit some scandal bglS o f crime among the clergy that should one gentleman of the cloth como out of it pure and stainless he is pointed to with pride and marked as a shin mg exemplary exception to the well established though sinfully reverend rule The latest of these to come into prominent public notice is the Rev Almon Clarence Abel a Methodist preacher of some note in Chicago This heavenly messenger of infinite mercy and love en ered a plea of guilty before a court of competent jurisdiction to the crime of bigamy and was given it a term in the penitentiary He married wife No 2 under an assumed name and the suffering ic has wrought was fully worked before his crime p was discovered No sooner had sentence been pronounced against him than his Methodist coiliens asserted a mental irresponsibility plea to sefi cure him a rehearing unmindful of the fact such a plea brands them with criminal negligence- in I calling or allowing such a man who is mentally irresponsible to act as a moral guide for the moth ers wives and daughters Such is the way of foolish geese and there can je little doubt but what this infamous clerical as monster when alone in his chamber indulged in many a secret laugh at the thought of how successfully he was his church and 70 ing their cashtIt was a case of do only as I say and not do a doar r r r r We frequently hear it said God pity the poprg but the rich are as much in need of that self same pity It is a safe assertion that there is hardly a healthy millionaire in the country Wealth may buy select grub and the latest fashion in garments but it cannot purchase health and happiness Many as man whose signature is a power among the mOn ey changers would gladly barter all his wealth for year of health He who has good health and is content though he reside in a log cabin on some small hill side is rich Wealth cannot dig peace happiness or wisdom from the mine It can compel- a lip service but it cannot buy the hearts of menblr r r r r The Blade is not sufficiently versed in the single it tax problems or in the adverse doctrines of politi cal economy to be able to decide upon the merits or demerits of the discussion now taking place in its columns There is something worthy of considera tion in both sides and it is to be hoped that the dis cussion will prove beneficial to some To us it apa pears that there is much force in the argument on al the land side of the question Banks may break merchants may fail corporations may collapse and not eyen governments be subverted but the land is ways in evidence It can neither burn up or blow away On the other hand the mortgage companies- do not want land They regard the soilas a poor paying investment When they slip a segment of earths surface from under you in lieu of money loaned they promptly throw it on the mark- ett THE ROME BOOK Two thousand copies of this book have begin printed and about y have been completed by the They will all be out In another wee and will be mailed to subscribers hnnoticeCitto once IeIf a book has to be returned extra postage Is required to get It back and if sent again postage for thr times is spent which more than cat up the profits on the book subscrib ers can greatly assist in preventing mistakes in mailing if they will withk mortoc and in all is about 40 pages more of reading matter than Mr Moores book The cost of everything Is greater now and this book ought to sell for at least 150 For Hughes to come out even he must sell all that Is left after the subscribers are supplied acoft see gets in the hands of good people gda gentleman who had subscribed just to please me as am a patron of his The next day I saw him and he said Doctor I want 4 more of those books You havent read that book yet said I and how do you know you want moray Well he said Ive read 75 pages and I want four more I saw a prominent attorney two days after delivering a book and he wants 15 more With just the few I have put out here in Cincinnati extra orders have come in sufficient to lead me to Ueve that there will be a good mand for them I am not going to toot my own horn about the book but will say that it is not near as good a book as I could write It is light so light In spots that it might float off I have Intend ed it to be so for understand I did Freelhinktuse on If you want to get an old sow and her pigs through a sUpgap you will best succeed in getting in front of aer and coaxing her along with aI grains of corn Likewise have I dropped in front of my Christian friends a few grains of travel Incident anecdote descrlp asgcoaxeporkers to read matter I am most particular they should I lead them into solid and I think they have gotten enough to anger them I backtrack tolncl dent and travel In order that they may cool off and get in a condition for the next bit of information for their own goodIMy aim has been to influence the believer to read what he dont like inj for the sake of that which he like and at all times to express myi elf in a simple manner never stepI beyond the understanding of anyone I regret that I had to omit much ncident anecdote etc travel in the rst part of the book but I was compelled to reserve space for Italy and wanted most to speak of the country where the Christian supersitlon was hatched consequently the latter halt of the book will prove most interest Ing I could have written a book twice large and regret that I had not space to tell of all I saw In my re port of the Congress which takes up pages I believe Liberals will find greatest interest I have avoided assn story form The Congressional report ought to interest oven a rell ionist os it reveals the attitude of the church and state over there in a light not described by any one else I regret the presence of typographi cal errors but there are not as many I expected to see For a boginner the book does Hughes credit as a pub Usher The paper print and bindingk are all of good quality and been cheapened In order to make a profit out of it Now I hope each one will consider himself as agent and see that the will get into hands of those who it will appreciate it and do good with Now let every one also help push the Blade along This is the dull season and subscribers are Ing In slow and it is not meeting penses Every Liberal may well bo proud of the Blade Mr Moore was writer not an editor Now It has writer and editor and no Llber go journal has a better pIa newspaper or magazine in this country who has a better erltorlal writer at its head than the Blade now a hasThIs is saying a good dealbut if you know of any more brilliant poInt hIm out of Maxim Gorky- I have one little crow to pick how ever with the Blades editorthat his stand on Maxim Gorky The Re ssituo expresses my hlItm can SIn the cocanut in other matter as in tho Gorky affair hed better do a of writing for the Blade Technically the undo is right about Gorky but the Blade is for the purpose of mowing down the big rank unjustlcshairs When the emancipation of the bodies and brains of a whole nation the freedom of thought and speech which is to influence the whole world becomes a permanent issue it is becoming even a Christian patriot to say nothing of a Liberal to split hairs over the preference a man may have for a woman We ought not to be blind to or wlthhold our allegiance to Liberty when she extends her hands for our assistance no matter how her skirts may be bedraggled with a little of the stains of the earth Victor Hugo Gambetta Voltaire Paine and nearly every other reformer had n woman affair on his hands Whenever Jesus Christ appeared Mary Magdalene bobbed up didnt she If that old flesh pot king Ed ward would come to this country all the Unco Guld and Rigidly IghtI eous would fall over each to do him honor Oh Gravy All this SqueamIshness over MaxIm Gorkys relation to th woman he claims to be his true an honest wife makes me inexpressibly weary and if It reveals anything all besides almost universal hypo erisy it is that nothing else occu pies so big a part of the human mind or commands so much of its interests and attention as what others are doing along sex lines Just as men who acquire wealth excite the env of those who do not even more so do people generally oppose themselves to what appears to them more than a just share of the commodity of sex Both money and sex are two neces allies of which no one yet has ever Pelt that he got his just share or 1one that his system and wants required consequently the selfishness Jealousy lying and hypocrisy ass elated with both Those who have not cant bear those who have and those likewise guilty wduld deflect attention from themselves showI lag their horror of Maxim GarItyt It was unfortunate that the patriot- Ism of Maxim Gorky fell to the mercy of those who regulate custom and up on whom rests the basis of what is called goodsocietythe primrose to soctetyboarstfashionable strumpets pious sanctified old maids Impotent hypol crites and Washingtonians and otherI political and legislative virtue With all these him Maxim Gorky had to go downIIThe American nation simply made ass of Itself In dumping Gorky as did Here was an opportunity for howling our sympathies for a sorrow sUffering people and assist them toward freedom Instead of extend mg our hands In greeting to Liberty we slapped her in the face and all because Gorky married a woman he raved on the George Henry Lewes andb George Eliot plan instead of being bound by a priest who is the enemy of the liberty he is fighting for And dven the Blade split hairs over this dxtreraely trivial matter when view ed by the side of the patriotic object which brought Gorky to these shores Capt Henrys Funeral Was an occasion of importance asmuch as the prominence of the nan added to the prominence of the ceremony It being the first Free thought funeral in Versailles and all the country thereabout There was a large attendance and with tho excep tlon of three or four suorosa Liber its all the rest were Christians Versailles Is a hotbed of superstl e Jon What could have been the thoughts of those hundreds of Chris tans as they listened to my address I would have given a good deal to a now what was passing through their minds Anyhow there was a silence do and an attention I never before saw at a funeral Frdm beginning to the dnd not a person stirred Of course could not be expected that any of them would abccpt much that I said but It is impossible for it not to have the effect of setting them to think- Ing It was an innovation and novelty ty jets people to talking and no doubt this funeral will be tho talk of that community for a long time This will on record as the first Freethought funeral and as such will hold its lace for many years Tho ice being broken others will follow Versailles is a county seat and has population of about 3000 It is be right in the heart of the Blue Grass and and the country around cannot bo surpassed This community has pro Juced many great men In all branches learning and in the professions t Here was born and roared Tom and Ed Marshall and the present U Senator Joe Blackburn It seemed strange to me that such soil for so long has been so produc five of superstition and so sterile of Freethought But then superstition rows everywhere and Freethought crops out in it just like genius whereof It Is little expected Strange that among all these great ones in this great rich community that Free thought should manifest Itself first in these two Capt and Mrs Henry who 4gworked their way to Independence of both living and thought And today Versailles is better known for these two than for all who now live there Jr who have lived before them When Tom Marshall is spoken of no is spoken of as Tom Marshall of Kentucky Likewise of Joe Blackburn Out tow know from what part of Ken lucky they hall from The Henrys nave done more to place Versailles on ihe map of Kentucky than any or all of them and as much to place Ken lucky on the map of the nation Funeral Address I have been asKed frequently of sate get up a funeral address to bo used lur Frethougut occasions aavo never had time to uo this but oats the attempt some of these das certainly sued an address ap pucauie to any Kruetnlnkur is great y needed 1or the present however I advise every reethlnker to save all the todsaidtbiograpuical sketch or such other re manta as are pertinent to the occa sionttufi such material at hand there uo reason why ovary one should have to depend upon some one else andyit is tile every one to prepare uls own undress which he can have read and coca get printed My idea of a funeral address is one which nrat faithfully represents the opin ions of the decided and second r which introduces tho principles of Liberalism to the public The oc awoglzeoCause In my address over Oapt Henry I appropriated one of Inger soils thoughts and used it as my own also appropriated several of my best thoughts teem a luneral oration deg by Channing Severance These were expressed better than I couloT 7 ijhave done Severance never writes a y dull sentence Now I give every one like libertyrappropriate anything I write and use it in any way that it will do good it as your own if you want to am not always certain about where get it New thoughts are about as rare as henteeth We are all hash over thought that was uttered better than we can express them thousands of years ago We all have original ways of saying things but very rarely do wo say any now thing It is of the utmost importance that Liberals provide for their funeral oc casions Nothing so advertises and advances our cause Nothing so familiarizes us We are looked at away wo make ourselves so little known We are rarities At present with those who cannot engage speakers I know of no better way to Insure right representation at funerals than for Liberals to glean from those addresses already made public Just what they want said at their own funerals There are good things In every address that I have ever read and I am sorry that I have not always saved them I am going to save them after this and if I am called upon hurriedly for an address I will have the material at hand and- I advise others to follow suit Some Liberal friend from Texas wrote me last winter asking for the privilege of publishing my Christmas article in pamphlet form as ho want d to distribute several thousand I didnt write him at once and forgot whether I replied or not I regret that havent time to reply to more than small part of my correspondence Have a living to make and Just cant it But any ono is welcome to use anything I write in any way they think will do good and without ask- Ing me about it Several years ago tho Archbishop- of Cincinnati in an interview with a reporter gave him a lot of stuff I had written In the Blade a few weeks previously It was some of that pret stuff I write sometimes when I go humming among the flowers or soar- Ing up among the stars and His Graco flitted it In very nicely- I wrote him a letter of thanks and told him that ho was welcome to use anything I said that I stoic a little makes now and then and if ho just kept on reading the Blade ho would learning something all the time would frequently find purty things like that to use when occasion required And what do you think His Grace never so much as replied J B W