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I11- IIIAV A Kithand T RlJUJIV GRASS BLADEWlai WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH VOLUME XV NUMBER 13 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JULY 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will show expiration of subscription and serve as a receipt as the t date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Si bsCri1 tions to therBlade are not discontinued at ex iFonwll b3 surdurdYay li e sIUS iJr ofWs The courts invariably hold a subscriber respon sible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid r 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 Kent- uckyEDITORIAL +1+++ +++++ I tllllll+tit + + + I +++IIIIIIIII + Dont shackle the mind r a r a r Give Reason plenty of elbow room a r r r Love to labor even as you labor to love a a a a a The pantries of the poor are continually being robbed to feed sonic priestly windjammer a a a a a Preaching for tbo money power is a paying voca tion and when one considers the vast sums of mon ey that are squandered Upon useless prayers we stand amazed at the enormous cost of salvation which is said to be freer a a a a An American writer declares with remarkable emphasis that the object of matrimony is not hap piness The Blades editor is glad to learn that he has not been buncoed even at this late day o a a a a With all the scandal closing in and upon them the beef barons can afford to take on a new stock of cheer and brace up It is probable that the vegetarian sentiment will grow because of the expos ures and they can cull in their potted ham and sell it for peanut butter a a a a a Corner lots in the New Jerusalem are a drug on the market Immigration has fallen off to such an extent that St Peter is thinking of putting a pad lock on the gates and applying for a new job The entrance fees do not even pay for the grease to put on the hinges and the throne of grace will soon have to be set with stage jewels unless some im provememnt can be made a a a a a i This is a republic The supreme power is osten sibly at least vested in the people The voter is the sovereign lIe can make or unmake He is the t Warwick of our political system Yet year after year he permits the perspiring politicians to buy VhyIt 4i r TO THE FREETHINKERS OF OKLAHOMA Comrades this is a call to arms Be prepared You have a sacred and important duty to performBy pleasure of the National Congress the crown of statehood has been conferred upon you and in the adoption of the constitution by which you are to be governed in the years to come take care that the sanctified do not curtail your liberties or deprive you of your rights as Freethinkers Never before in the history of the American government has a new Commonwealth been created out of material more promising than that which you furnished when you knocked at the doors of the Union of States for admission It was the last strip of the Louisiana Pur chase to stand without representation in the national lawmaking body and if precedent had been followed instead of politics considered you would have been made a sovereign state many years ago From all present indications there is little doubt that in less than a gen eration Oklahoma will rank among the first ten states in wealth and population You have much of promise before you Watch Be on guard See that your liberties are not curtailed and threatened when you meet to adopt a constitution Oklahoma is peopled with a sturdy stock descendants of pioneers men and women who won the great west and held it against fearful odds You are familiar with the art of popular govenment and free institutions You have among you farmers mechanics mer chants and tradesmen of the really pure American strain and as builders of Common abilityThere be directed as concerns this new State As a rule the first building to be erected by new communities is a jail But it stands as a historic fact that in Oklahoma the people setting in a certain section turned their first energies to the erection of a schoolhouse This is said to their eternal credit Among such people jails were unnecessary Virtually speaking every pioneer was there with a moral and wholesome purpose before him which did not include designs upon his neighbors prop erty Oklahoma can boast in proportion to its population a larger number of Freethinkers of high class and character than any other State in the 46 states now in the Union They are a reading and thinking class of people They understand the moral law and rigidly if not piously observe it It is such as these to whom the Blade now addresses this article in the hope that positive steps will be taken to subserve and protect their rights First of all dont get caught napping but when the constitutional convention is called delegates thereto being elected get a fair representation in that body and watch for the cunning tricks of the Christian politicians First of all secure the services and advice of some good creditatble and reliable constitu tional lawyer Remember there is a difference as to lawyers Some are not versed in constitutional law Others have but a surface knowledge of the question while some are well vers ed on the subject Get a constitutional lawyer and seek his advice Second Call a meeting among yourselves and upon the advice given draft a set of pro visions covering the taxation of church property the reading of the Bible in the public schools the stw utory oath and above all watch the provisions in regar to Sunday laws eAthecQnv uL9 etabe here kn1terlo interests Third In such se ions where your brethren in Freethought are sufficiently numerous put up your candida and elect one of your number as delegate to that convention This will give him aright to Ja voice and vote on the adoption of the constitution If you will move earnestly and with combined effort there is not power enough in the State to defeat your purpose a a a a a r a r r THE SYMPOSIUM OF ORGANIZATION The Blade is gratified at the responses so far made to its request for an expression of opinion on the subject of Freethought organization which is a certain indication that a deep interest is felt in the subject and that it is receiving the attention of the more thoughtful and resourceful of our members Some of the contributors are among the best known Freethinkers in the country men and women who have been interested in previous organizations whose opinions are invalua ble upon such a subject As far as the contributions to the symposium have been received there is apparently a diversity of opinion but the big majority seem to favor organization express the belief that Freethinkers should properly organize and insist that there exists a necessity for organization It is the wish of the Blade that a full expression of opinion be given that Freethinkers who have any interest in the propagation of Freethought principles express their personal views whether it be in favor of or against organization From a multi tude of counsel wisdom may ensue and the more taking part in the symposium the better will we be able to determine whether or not there be any value to the cause in organization True there is some difference of opinion as to the principles upon which the organiza tion should be built but the consensus of opinion so far heard from is that all antiorthodox unbelievers in the Christian system be brought together on one great common platform while not a few advocate political as well as a religious activity To be candid it is the intention of the Blade to review the communications summarize them and from the combination effect a system of principles upon which we can more ef fectually and systematically organize If this be acceptable to the great body of Freethinkers then let some central point be agreed upon as a place of meeting most convenient to all parts of the country and an organization at once established on an absolutely new basis The Blade has always favored organization but it wants that organization full rounded and complete It wants a platform broad enough to allow every man and woman of advanc ed thought to be able to stand on it with both feet and at the same sufficiently expressive to avow a determined purpose precise definite and clear cut a purpose about which there can be no mistake no ambiguity or misunderstanding Readers there 4s yet room for many more articles on this subject Get busy Take your pen in hand Give your thoughts full play Write and say what you think on this subject It is the Blades purpose to publish the first collection of articles in our next issue so that the first come will be the first to be used Dont delay but write now ABOUT THE ROME BOOKIIThe apparent confusion in of the Rome Book by Dr to the fact that many contributions for the book were made to different persons and there has been some difficulty in checking the list of contributors It is the firsteffort the Blade has made at publica tion of a work of this magnitude without extran eous help and it has taxed our resources to the limit to get matters straight The book is out now however and the mailing list is about complete Yet there are a number of subscribers still writing to us that they have not received the book We desire to assure all who have contributed that they shall receive a copy of the book and if there be any who have not re ceived it having contributed for it kindly let us iji know and we will immediately give the matter ou attenton Numerous compliments are being received concerning the book and as will be seen in this issue o the Blade some having read it have ordered extra copies in order to make presentations to friend- This is a further testimonial as to the merits of the publicationit is gratifying both to the Blade and Dr Wilso that the book has been so kndly received Extra copies can be had by application to this office a r a It is meet that every laborer in the land shoal trade Iris Christina charity for a stuffed club and assert his rights as an American citizen I BLUE LAWS IN OLD KENTUCKY Kentucky is now going through a desperate struggle anent the Sunday closing question and the outcome is very much in doubt as the officials upon whom is vested the power of enforcing the law are pulling against each other and when a people be comes divided against themselves the end may eas ily be conjectured In Lexington the lid has been put on good and tight and the preachers are having a glorious inning In Louisville Governor Beckhain has had to intervene but his action of intervention seems to Have wrought the ire of a certain portion of the Louisville judiciary which threatens to carry tile jbunday enforcement to extremes After all the Louisville magistrates may be right If the law is regarded as obnoxious by a majority of the people upon whom it is sought to be enforced then the best thing to do is for that majority to secure its repeal and enforcement is a sure step towards repeal provided that enforcement be both rigid and impartial Lvery Sunday law is a religious weapon for use against progress and human liuerty It is a police mans club to compel sanctity where no sanctity exists It is a millstone on the neck of social im provement It is a clerical invention to stifle hon est competiton Every law upon the statute books of any state which prohibits a man from doing on r Sunday what he may lawfully do on Monday is an invasion of the natural rights of man and a flagrant violation of the federal constitution the opinion of our socalled learned judges to the contrary not withstanding It is high time that the old Yankee blue laws were relegated to oblivion and the best way to secure that lies in enforcement Among other things proposed by the Louisville magistrate is to cause the arrest of every singer in church choirs who are paid for their services as being engaged in a work that is either of neces sity or charity But why not go after the preach ers 1ilhey work on Sunday They receive pay for what they do on Sunday If preaching and pray ing be a necessity why would not Monday or Tues do lonelive through the streetsof that city on Sunday and as the present agitation supposes an enforcement of the existing Blue Laws that magistrate very evidently knows his business panderingisble hint from Rev C N Howard of Rochester New York who has been making a crusade against the liquor traffic In the course of his tirades he paraded a little girl on a public platform as the daughter of a drunkard and declared that she had been sent to a saloon for liquor by her father It is sad to reflect that only in such a profession of which this preacher is a fitting member could such a play to the gallery be made possible It is not that all preachers could be guilty of such gross of fenses against good taste and good morals but when you want something particularly bizarre pick a parson for the occasion and you can get accommodated with comparative ease Mores the pity indeed Few men would have gone to the extent to what Parkhurst did to see what he saw and do as he did in the name of moral reform but every man isnt a Parkhurst Among normal men whether in or out of the church a man who deliberately plans something on his neighbor for the purpose of getting him to violate the law is no better than the victim of the plot The vaudeville number engaged in by the particular preacher mentioned is shameful to con template To put a helpless child on exhibition a child too young to realize the humiliating part she was being to in public for the benefit of a gang of hoodlums cannot be excused on any ground save and except that the persons responsible for the outrage were either insane or best and safest plan for all would be to wipe all Sunday laws from off the statute books and leave men free to enjoy their day of rest as they please If men want to go to church allow them to go of their own volition and the church will be better off for it Men are not to be driven into the church by simply closing up all other places of business a a a a DR WILSON ON MAXIM GORKY lAnother evidence of that irrepressible conflict of human mind is to be found in the criticisms issuefmg arrangements of Maxim Gorky advocacyscause this country thereby The Blade had indulged the fond hope that enough had been written on this subject and that further reference itsntto say on the subject giving space to their articles But when Dr Wilson who is not the amongthetors takes such an issue with the Blades editor- d then some notice becomes compulsory and we trust Continued on page four first column THE BEGINNING AND THE END I Scholarly Discourse on the Christian Religion Showing Its Foundation t and Final Destiny I By HENRY GOLDBERG Although the Christians have very little affection for the Jews yet they seem to be deeply In love with a Jew ish book called tho Bible The ques lion Is What causes them to be so infatuated with tho Jewish book The answer Is that their cherished reli gion is founded on the prophecies which this book is supposed to con tainThe main prop and corner stone of this religious structure Is a socalled Hebrew prophet Isaiah by name Christian theologians would part with almost anything rather than with this Hebrew prophet They claim that all his sayings pertain to the coming of tho Messiah which means tho An nointed but they claim that it means Jesus Christ Though we cannot find any record In the patent office In regard to the In ventor of the Messiah yet we must not deprive the Jews of the honor of being the real inventors of the Mes sianic delusion This absurdity has caused the Jews untold misery When ever the Jews were In touble they looked for the Messiah and they never had any difllcullty In finding an poster who claimed this distinction There have appeared from time to time adventurers who assumed the name of the Messiah The constant appearance of these successive impos tors tended to keep alive the ardent belief of the nation in this great and 9consolatory article of their ceed The disappointment In each particular case might break the spirit and confound the faith of the immediate followers of the pretender but it kept the whole nation incessantly on the watch The Messiah was ever present to the thoughts and to the visions of the Jews Their prosperity seemed the harbinger of his coming Their dark est calamities gathered around them only to display with the force of stronger contrast the mercy of their God and the glory of their Redeemer- In the year 117 Hadrian ascended the throne of the Roman Empire The new emperor did not entertain very f fashionable sentiments toward his 1Jewish subjects He Issued an edict r llo1n tiJ t axrZ eR 9r r Judaism It Interdicted circumcision the reading of the law and of the observance of the Sabbath It was fol lowed by a blow if possible more fatal The intention of the emproor was announced to annihilate at once all hope of the restoration of the Holy City by the establishment of the Ro man colony in Jerusalem and the faun dation of a fane dedicated to Jupiter on the site of their fallen temple The Jews looked on with dismay with an guish with secret thoughts of revenge and at length with hopes of Immediate deliverance It was an opinion deeply rooted in the hearts of all faithful Hebrews that in the darkest hour of the race of Ab raham when his children were at the extreme point of degradation and wretchedness that even then the arm of the Lord would be revealed and the expected Messiah would make his sudden appearance They were now sounding the lowest depths of misery They were forbidden under penalties sternly enacted and rigidly enforced to Initiate their children Into the chos en family of God Tneir race was In danger of becoming extinct for even the blood of Abraham would little avail the uncircumcised Their city was not merely a mass of ruins inhab ited by the stranger but the pagans were about to make their permanent residence upon the site of Zion and a temple to a Gentile idol tousurp the place of the Hply of Holies At this momentous period it was announced that the Messiah had appeared he had come in power and In glory his name fulfilled the great prophecy of Balaam Barcochab the son of the Star was the star which was to rise of Jacob Wonders attended upon his person he breathed flames from his mouth which no doubt would burn up the strength o fthe oppressor and wither the armies of the tyrannical Hadrian One of the greatest of the Rabbins tha living oracle of divine truth whose profound learning was looked up to by the whole Jewish race acknowledged the claims of the new Messiah and openly attached himself to his fortunes He was called the standard bearer of the Son of the Star This standard bearers name was Rabbi Akiba and a thousands volumes would not contain the wonderful things which Rabbi Akiba did and said Ho could give a reason for the use of the most Insignificant letter of the law and it is boldly averred that God revealed himself at once Into the party of the heavenInspired Insurgent Behold said this enthusiast in an assembly of the listening people hthe Star that is come out of Jacob The days of the Redemption are at hand Barcochab the son of a Star had learned a trick of keeping lighted tow y In his mouth which was the secret of his breathing flames to the terror of his enemies and the unbounded confi dence of his partisans This imposter was a man of no common vigor and ability Under his leadership the Jews gained great advantages and the most able general of Rome found It exped lent to act on the defensive and duce the province ather by blockade and famine than by open war For some time the Jews had been busily employed in laying up stores of arms By degrees they got possession of all tho strong heights raised the walls and fortifications dug or enlarged sub terranean passages and caverns both for retreat and communication and contrived by holes from above to let light and air into these secret citadels where they deposited their arms held their councils and concealed them selves from tho villganco of the ene my Multitudes crowded openly or stole in secretly to arrange themselves under the banner of tho Messiah Na tive Jews and strangers swelled his ranks even many who were not Jews for the sake of plunderand the license of war united themselves with the rebels The whole Jewish race throughout the world was In commotion Those who dared not betray their their interest In the common cause openly did so In secret and some of the wealthy Jews in the mote provinces privately contributed from their treasuries Barcochab found himself at the head of two hundred thousand men The first expedition of Barcochab was to make himself master of the ruins of Jerusalem Pious pilgrims in secret stole to pay their adorations of the sacred hill and some thought It worth while to venture at all hazards if their last remains might repose within the circuit of the Holy City With what triumph must they have crowded to the same spot when the conquering banner of the Messiah was unfolded for here Barcochab openly assumed the name of king Still the Jews avalded a battle in the open field Turnus Rufus revenged himself with the most unrelenting cruelties on the defenseless According to Eusebius he put to death thousands of men women and children but the obstinate courage and activity of the Jews was unbroken They pursued their deliber ate system of defence so that on the arrival of the famous Julius Severus to take the command they were In possession of 50 of the strongest castles and 985 villages But Severus had learned the art of war against the des tthelr own policy against the insur gents He ventured on no general battle with an enemy who had grown to be an overwhelming force but he at tacked their stongholds In detail cut off ttheir supplies and reduced them to the greatest distress by famine yet the Romans experienced on their side considerable losses In Jerusalem the Insurgents were disheartened and con founded by the sudden falling In of the vast subteranean vaults where ac cording to tradition the remains of Solomon were buried Now their sud den fall not only made the hill of Zion Insecure but was considered an aw ful omen The Romans after a hard contest made themselves masters of Jerusalem and razed evey building that remained to the ground CAN ANIMALSSEE Characteristic Article From a Well Known Contributor A Few Thoughts on the Business Venture Of Pope Plus By HARRIET M CLOSZ- A London dispatch says this subject Is vexing the great city Of course it Isnt to bo supposed that I intend to answer tho question either to the satisfaction of the popu lace or the animals but it occrred to me that the Lunnoners were somewhat light In the upper lattitudes when their wits go glimmering after ghosts while the live issues of the day lie around loose The land laws of the nation and the administration of city statistics are as nothing compared with tho gabble about ghosts Tho throng of factory workers the armfof tolling miners the multitude of maimed children the hordes of inebriates and insane and Imbeciles the countless waifs and criminalsthese pitiable objects are lost sight of when a ghost forges to the front even though It appears to an animaL The bread riots of the cities the famine in Ireland and India the ceased exiled and dying soldiers the Royal paranoeic and aristocratic para sitethese may furnish material from which ghosts are madebut tho ghost the ghost Itself is the thing of Im portanceAt blush one might think it a weary way from Piccadilly to Paradise and return but the ghosts that are terfering with London traffic by appearing to draught horses may be counted for as earth bound spirits or some of the suicides of the seething tr city who cannot rise above the earth planeTeamsters with animals susreplble to spirit influences should boycot the district of Westminster Abby and avoid unpleasant consequences An ounce of preventive is worth a pound of cure and think of tho Inconven ience of suspending the business of London to discuss the question of whether animals see ghosts Of course animals see ghosts Does not the Bible tell of Jenny the donkey of Baalani that saw a ghost That ought to settle It Pope Plus In The Millinery Business- It seems hardly fair after his Rlv erence has ordered women to keep out of politics and threatened us with his displeasure if wo wear decolette gowns and with excommunication if we attend the weddings of divorcees- I say it Is hardly fair that the Xth Plus should assume the extremely exhausting experiment of listing the lingerie and laces presented to the Va tican by the ladies of the post It is said that tho Joe Taylor of everyday life knows as much of the value of costing cobwebs as does the official Joseph but one is never too old to learn To give an Intimation of the interminable task it is said that the cataloging of laces was begun un der Plus IX and continued under Leo XIII and that the present Pope will lilt 1000000 worth what the value of the whole list Is the servants of the church are too sagacious to say From an entirely different source however I learn that the separation of church and state in France has caused such a falling off in funds that the finances of the Vatican are in a serious condi tion Can it be possible that In this lacelisting there is the purpose to lay vandal hands on the valuable vest ments of the VirginMother I do not think so A reputable authority states that there Is enough wealth stored in one of the great Catholic churches of Spain to ransom the crowned heads of on the penalty for piety 0 ye Popes Flay allyo every fanatic who fears the fates of hell Drain to the last drops the blood of debilitated dupes Grind to a grease spot the pus ildnimons prayer purveyors starve the poor scourge the scoffer and damn the doubter but then O heavensent hold ups Beware The reckoning Is not for the sweet by and by It is overdue now T JjJEJCOD QUESTION Remarkable Evidences of a General Disbelief in Deity Among The Educated Sure Signs of a Grow- Ing Freethought From The Truthseeker By Request The following article is reproduced from the Truthseeker upon the request of an old subscriber Tho data given is of such a character that it can offer no hope to the theological propagandist and points conclusively to a radical change in the popular notions concerning deity After all that has been so plalisl bly written concerning the Innate Idea of God after all that has been said of Its being common to all men in all ages and nations It does not appear that man has naturally any more idea of God than any of the beasts of the field He has no knowledge of God at all neither is God la all his thoughts Whatever change may afterward be wrought whether by the grace of God or by his own reflection or by education he is by nature a mere atheist Wesleys Sermons vol p faith of a class of students In the Columbia University in this city was put to a test not long ago accord ing to the newspapers by the pro pounding of the following questions Do you conceive of God as a per sonal or an impersonal beingIWhat difference do tween a personal and an Impersonal beingUnder what Image or images do you think of God What difference would the nonexistence of God make in your daily lifeOut of the fortyfive students in tho class it appeared from the answers that only sixteen conceived of God at all Few of them took tho trouble to capitalize the pronouns as is customary with writers when referring to the deity and with the pope of Rome when speaking of himself Thirteen of the young men said It would not make the least bit of ference In their dally lives If they had never heard of God Some of them thought that the universe could hardly bo kept moving without some sort of a deity and so they consented to believe there was a supervising bright young fellow was candid enough to say that tho word God sug gested no image and while admitting that there was probably such a being In existence if God did not exist ho should feel a much greater responsibility for his acts and would have a J lisn It greater fear of doing wrong That is a reasonable view to take If God made us we do as ho designed and he is responsible for our conduct while if tho contrary is the fact and a man is what he makes himself he cannot afford to discredit his own workman ship by doing wrong A Junior replied that when a child he was taught to conceive God as a large man wearing a white robe but that conception being no ledger possi ble ho had not clear ideas about him Another had a notion of a controlling force though ho seriously objected to calling it God because that word Is connected with religious worship Al together the young men of tho class examined do not show themselves to be ardent theists The teaching they have received regarding God has left their minds in more or less of a mud dIe with slight prospect of clarifying Age and observation will not bring them further knowledge on the sub ject No man by searching can find out God he can only find out now words or combinations of words by which to express his ignorance of the mortals think they know of God A thousand tomqs rehearse What mortals do not know of God Fills all the universe HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY A Prophet Is Declared to be One Who Prepares the Way Mans Pow er to Save is within Himself By SUSAN J PECK Tho Soul of Reason develops more manliness in the Loid The child in the original was called the Voice but in the present book John so we have John a herald oe who pre coeds and prepares the way And the hand of the Lord was with him than encouraged the voice And his the father Lyacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost Holy Guest or soul but not you will observe until after the advent of the Voice and Lachar las Intellect prophesied saying to the Voice And thou child shalt bo called the prophet of the Highest the Spirit of Justice for thou shalt go lie Tore the face of the Lord the ruler to prepare his ways Here ZacharIas or the Intelligence of Zacharlas is promising that for the future he will listen to the voice of con ience and heed its prompting P To give knowledge of salvation In slwuldteed- the promptings of conSo ence by the remission of their sins Remiscian meaning a failure to perform a send In gor driving back and not forgive ness as that part of the definition was added by those who misunderstood the meaning of the Bible story Through the tender mercy of our God Guide whereby the dayspring from on high the light of Justice hath visited us to give light to them that sit In mor al darkness and in the shadow of moral death to guide our feet into the way of peace not war In preceeding passages of this the first chapter of Luke Zacharlas the priest expressed his gratitude that he as the Lord God ruler or leader of others was able to raise up a horn or salvation for both priests and people by teaching the truth Man Saved By His Own Rlghteusness Zacharias as tho priest after he had accepted Reason as an equal guide with Intellect and had listened to the voice of conscience and promised to heed It also prophesied prepared the way that both priests and people should be saved from their enemies tempters who were understood to hate them To perform the mercy promised to our fathers for even Ab raham and David were sometimes prompted by good Guides that we might serve him Justice without fear in holiness and righteousness before him guide by him or It all tho days of our life by performing the mercy being merciful to others You will remember that In the Old Testament we read that when the Savior should come that his name should be called The Lord our right eousness which shows that those teachers taught that we must be saved by our own righteousness and in the New Testament we read that The righteous shall inherit the kingdom of heaven and therefore work out your own salvation You will readily see that between Justice and Injustice all sorts of lessons were taught some true some false as some said that the mortal should put on immortality and corruption should put on incorruption while others said Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven But in tho midst of all the theories concerning tho next life the Spirit of Justice or Conscience taught Live rightly in this present worldI it best to state here that the Now Testament contains not only a copy of a portion of the ancient allegory but mingled wits it is a story from tho Sun worshippers also an other of one who was born a king be ccause his father died before his birth as otherwise ho would have been born a prince lf 1 PAINE WILL GET HIS DUE REWARD Religious Recognition of the Splendid Services Rendered by the Soldier Author of the American Revolu tion By REV THOMAS B GREGORY The folowlng article will be found of interest to the Blade readers It marks an era of awakening to the great truths of American history and breaks the long conspiracy of silence against the worth and character of Thomas Paine the patriot- It was sent to the Blade from the Louisville Times In which paper It was first published That a daily pa per could be found to give it space for publication under big black headlines Is an encouraging sign of the progress of the times Ask the average man you meet ot tile street who Thomas Paine was and the answer will probably be Oh hes the fellow who wrote that dirty scur rilous book entitled The Age of Reas onThat is as much as the rank and file of the people of this country know about the man who was the friend of Washington and who next to Wash ington was the heart and soul of the struggle for American Independence- It Is quite true that Thomas Paine wrote a book called The Age of Reason a work by tho way that is not half so radical as many of the books that are being written these days by Christian ministers Instead of being a dirty scurrilous book however The Age of Reason is a calm dignified Judicial criticism upon the Bible and its author In lieu of having been a blatant athiest and wholesale unbeliever declared his faith In the blowing words- I believe In one uod and no more The world is my country and to co good my religion But it is of Paine the Patriot that wish to speak The ordinary run of Americans even of native Americans are altogether unmindful of the fact that Paine rendered to the cause of the struggling colonies the services for which we can never be too grateful services without which possibly the United States might never have taken their proud place among the nations of the earth Thomas Paine was born of Quaker parents in Thetford England In they ar 1737 and In 1774 at the age of th r came to America bearing a letter onnTroifucTIBH commenda tion from the great Franklin who doubtless saw in tho man the elements of usefulness to the colonies Into the great struggle which soon after began between the colonies and Great Britain Paine threw himself heart and soul asking no recompense expecting no reward In January 1776 six months befora the Old Liberty Bell of Philadelphia rang out to the world and to the In habitants thereof the tidings of tho Immortal declaration Paine published his soulstirring book entitled Cum mon Sense in which ho showed in plain stralghtforwad words the folly of further patience with Britain tyran ny and the crying necessity of an im mediate separation from the mother countryIn pamphlet he told the Amer- Ican people that they were fools not to see that separation was a foregone conclusion by the very light of the cit nation that it was In accordance with the eternal fitness of things that America should be an independent na tion and that the sooner they set abou tho severance of the ties that bound them to England the better Common Sense was printed by tho thousands of copies and wherever it went it aroused men like a bugle call put courage into timid hearts and woke up the colonists from Massachu setts to Georgia- Washington hailed Paine as the stanchest friend of liberty and to his dying day was not slow in expressing his profound gratitude for the power ful Influence that the author of Com mon Sense had brought to bear with out money and without price upon tho mind of the American people Later on in the darkest hour of the American cause when about all save Washington himself were on the vergo of despair Paine wrote the ringing series of pamphlets known aa Tho Crisis a round of hot shot that woke up the people everywhere and togeth or with Washlngtpns sublime poise and faithfulness saved the day to lib erty and to man These are the times that try mens souls exclaimed Paine in tho first number of The Crisis and then with an eloquence that has been seldom equaled in this world he went on in pamphlet after pamphlet to show the people how necessary it was that they should brace themselves for the struggle and out of their very despair to pluck the courage of victory- In 1787 Paine returned to England and upon the breaking out of the French Revolution went to Franco to cast his lot with the people In their battle for liberty against Louis and his despotism t i Narrowly escaping the guillotine In Paris he went back to England from which country he sailed for America In 1802 dying In New York In 1809 at the ripe old age of seventytwo Where are the monuments In this country to Thomas Paine the patriot Is It not about time that the American people had begun to attest their appreciation of what this man did for the establishment of its place among the nations of tho earth An Encouraging Letter Birmingham Ala Enclosed find check for which will pay my sub ecrJptlon to May 1907 Let me gratulate you on the Improvement of the Blade and while I miss Mr Jlooros writing never the less the Blade Is Just as good or bottler than before I am a Jew live as a Jew ox pect to die as a good Jew yet I have read your paper for many years al ready and hope to read tho same ninny years yet Wishing you all suc cess including Dr Wilson and Mrs Henry LOUIS SCHWARTZ SUMMER TIME TABLE Lexington Eastern Railway pany Effective May 20 1906 East Bound Leave 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116Ime copy of Dr Wilsons book There are so many dimy friends whom I wish to give the pleasure and profit of reading this magnificent contribu thatsperformed a formPn andi reading public could be informed of the merits and interest of the con tents this book would command an immense sale and would go through may editions Chapter IG alone is worth more than tho cost of the book and chapter 18 Is Ingersolllan In its tribute to mind No Freethinker or other kind of thinker should miss rmdlng tho extract given from the addresses of Haeckel Denis and Sergi to say nothing of others The touches of humor throughout the book ire worthy of mark Twain and ha can thatryour not havo experienced tho enjoyment In his latter days that A Trip to Rome would havo given hlmAL FRED ALDRICK The True Missionary McLansboro Illinois Find enclos ed postal money order for 400 One dollar of which Is to renew my subscription to Blade to May 07 and theI remaining 300 to pay for slv new subscribers I send herewith I thinkV tan send In a few more when the parties if you will accept them atI 50 cents each one or two at a time I would the for these new ones to see copies of Juno 10th and the one con twining Dr Wilsons address at Cap tale Henrys grave as these two areI extra In fact all tho recent Blades era extra But I was expecting some thing good for you know I met you and Mrs Hughes at W C Wagoners Your editorials are something great Dr Wilson is always fine His arti cles In a recent number of Blade on tho stomach etc is one of the finest things I have overread I am expect ing the Rome BOQkwory mall I wish Dr Barnes would give us more about single tax I believe Barnes is one of the very elect Brother fess up that that man O IiSteno saIdI some good things It takes Eugene V Debs to say things about this Gorky business I notice you express sympathy for Harman in his ImprIs- on nent Thats broader than Moore Harman and Stone may be right on the marriage question It may be a form of slavery and superstition that even somo of us good sheep have not outgrown Of course we all believe in the true marriage Love is the only tie necessary to bind two souls with but a single thought two hearts that beat as one Thats the idea All Freethinkers and Blado readers shculd read Lucifer 500 Fulton street Chicago Illinois A Stuffed Club Den vex Colorado Tho Philistine and Lit lie Journeys East Aurora New York I would like to know If since the loath of Peter Eckler tho firm willI ccntlnuo In the same name and place and where can get Henry Georges hook on Single TaxWM EMMETT JOHNSON Small Chunks of Wisdom Lexington KyAlloW me to bo aiMed as a tiny atom as one who has read your highly appreciated paper as thctro are so many brilliant thoughts placed before those who take the Blade I feel my inability to ex press my inner thoughts but it seems to me when such broad minded writ era as Dr J B Wilson and Dr Foote are willing to elevate all who are in doubt or Insolated from expression 4cwrote the fine pleco headed Valuable Opinion of the Blade Thero was no name just the statement that it was from the Stuffed Club May I ask that all Freethinkers gIve a name to our now editor a Clear Editor is I have read tho Romp Book Many claim happiness to bo Indifferent de Braes but to my own mind tho clear cat human happiness Is the happiness A of expense and the greatest grief is the grief of experience Dr Wilson to my mind is likened to a groat key to unlock tho door to those of pure aspiring minds May the very longest limit of time bo his to plough brfilnd subjects which con tain so much worth to humanity I h ave been greatly benefltted by read- Ing his book It gave me renewed am bulon believing that for ono who lives right and pure lifo holds a sphere somewhere for such Individ uala But this Is a tlmo we know not when a place wo know not where that marks the destiny of man Ho draws the true picture of life as it is iftllrA srLt ilt Ho Is too useful to dlo MRS ANNIE SPEARS Must Have The Book White Hall Illinois When Dr Wil son was talking of going to Romp and writing a book I subscribed for five volumes sending five dollars and the names of the persons to whom I want ed the books sent to Sacks time rolled on and I learned through the Blade that the Rome Book was out I also learned through the Blade that In order to get the book fifteen cents on each volume for postage was need ed so I sent you ono dollar to pay the postage on the five books that la the last I have heard of tho matter cm an old Mexican Veteran If I live affil the 11th of next September I skull bo eightyfive years old conse quently cannot expect to be hero much Idngorbut I would like to read tho book before I pass In my checks now If there is anything moro needed- on my part In the way of funds or otherwise please notify me my wife end I have been yoked together for over 67 years have had eleven chil ren seven of whom are living who with their wives and husbands make 12 have 31 grand children and ten great grand children so with wife and self wo number 55 not a degenerate and but ono church member la the crowd and hers was in case of early environment Now Mr Hughes the foregoing rlgamarole may not Interest you very much but while reading It you will be resting from tho brainy work you have been doing of late you certainly are letting your light shine and I Ilko your views on the home it Is years since I landed In New York 21 years of age and drifted to Illinois my wife is a native of this locality her parents coming from Windsor Vil lage Vermont It may be that the cross from a physical stand point was good one for we are a singularly wealthy lot of people I was seargeat the 1st regment of Illinois iolunteers Col I L Harden who was Killed at Buena Vista commanding for six years I was master of the Illinois State Grange and during that time lectured in most parts of the State have been a very busy man spent one month In Salt Lake City was at the Paris Exposition in 97 at the Crystal Palace London at the Ccntinnlal 70 the Columbian Chicago the Omaha and lastly spent a week the greatest of all of them In St Lout- Nava been farming ever since I mar rind ora now living an ideal life In town sympathize with Mrs Hen and Or Wilson in the loss of their dear anus for they had none to ont fofget the book MAJOR OI LERWiNTS DR BARNES TO ANSWEA- nother Chapter In the Discussion on The Relative Value of the Land And Money Questions By A LUTTERMAN In the issue of Juno 17th J C Barnes acused me of misquoting his statement In refeence to what I said that land has no value Wo all know that land has no value in Itself anymore than money has for the supply and demand regulate prices Dr Barnes claims that air and water has value If it has I would lilts to know how much a bushel o fair costs Water and air are useful but has no value cause the supply Is unlimited and It cannot be measured by money hence no value We agree that wealth is the product of labor but that land valuo is simply the products of the community Is not proved by facts I might claim that money value Is produced by the population for the same reason no people no value of any kind Since wealth is the product of labor it lows that all bills of taxation must bo payed by tho products of labor and in p other way can a tux be collected Why then tax only one kind of property and exempt all others Is Were any justice In that To prove that capital has perfect of land as well as all other produce I will use the following Illustration Suppose A has the land and B the tools and machinery but C has the capital A has to buy of B but neither of them had tho money which needed so A borrows money from C at 10 per cent Interest and mort cased his land two years later C has all his money back in interest but can not pay the principal as promised because C has all the money back that he loaned and as a result C has to take the land for tho principal and call it a square deal When wo are under the obligation to procure dollars and cents to pay our debts then tho capitalist sprinkle the volume of money In circulation in proportion to the prices he wished to pay for the worlds goods and when he has full control of It prices go up Capital Is Power It controls the press and deludes the people In their enthusiasm with his hypocrisy It robs the poor and d President and mattes laws In his favor nates it to tho church for hIs defnce t4 L It creates war and stirs up bloody battles amongst our peaceful citizens And now may I ask all readers of the Blade without prejudice Is it just and fair to let this monster go free fom all taxation and put it on land as advocated by tho single taxes DEFENDS THESINGLE TAX CaustJo Reply to Mr Jackson and a Further Exposition of the Cause And Remedy for Hard Times ByDR J C BARNES In tho Blade of Juno George M Jackson uses my name as a single taxer and seems to dissent from the single tax theory though ho makes na attempt at answering an argument In Us favor Ho says Thomas Paine held to the same doctrine of taxing land values that H George did which I am glad to learn though I did not know it before But that does not make It true and much less does it argue against it So I was a greenbacker and headed tho ticket for en ogress against Joseeph G Cannon In 1882 and am a green backer yetbut that has no relation to the single tax except that reform ers who break off from popular patles and take truth for authority Instead of authority for truth are open to con viction and ready to brave the odium of conventional people in any form political or religious In order to teach a truth it is best to use words in a well defined sense Will Mr Jackson tell us what he means by capitalism or by social ism and property Single taxers define capital to be tho products of labor laid up to as sist labor In poduclng moro wealth They define property to the products of labor prope to some one many who produce It Land therefore cannot be property for no one man nor number of men produced It But the value of land is produced by the presence and social growth of a community and therefore the annual value or econo mic rent of land should be taken in lien of taxation for the whole people economicsexclusive of all Improvements or wealth on it a single tax on gryexpress oporan diof collecting the annual valuo justIness single tax not give all people the value of the coal oil and mineral of tho land Would It not give all equal access to natural oppor tunIties to produce capital and wealth proRducts and be equivalent to raising wages that much to the producer Would it not set all vacant land in towns and country free to whoever de sired a home for who would hold or own a vacant lot If he had to pay as much tax on It as an Improved adja cent lot would pay The man with six children ho mentions would get in betterments four thousand dollars for each man woman and child In a state adds 500 to the value of this land in the state and each adds 400 of value to the center aero in any town or city and to other acres proportionately as you recede tom center to suburbs But they do not get it now but that value goes into the pockets of land lords State Socialism remains undefined except it would governmentallze in parental government al the means of production and distribution of wealth and what more it would do towards de staying individualism in religion schools publications and speecch is not defined When government does more than protect each individual in his right to do as he wills limited only by tho equal freedom of every other peson to do tho same thing It is violating the moral law or law of equal freedom which every person has a right to Tho single taxers defined the right to property and Individual freedom It is in perfect harmony with the law of equal freedom It would destroy priv lIeges and establish rights It will open opportunities for work for all and will secure to each tho full reward of his work As a result Involuntary poverty will cease tho greed intem peranco and vice that spring from povety or the dread of poverty will dis appear and a reasonable equality of condition born of the equality of cess to natural opportunities will take the placa of an Increasingly mon strons Inequality With the single tax laborers would not bo compelled to sell their labor to capitalists as Mr Jackson complains of for they could if capitalists did not pay remunerative wages employ themselves on free land and produce their own capital All capital all wealth comes from land It is tho monopoly of land that is tho prolific mother of all other monopolies Free andogeat monopolies of capital will cease One third of all wealth goes to the F landlord as rent which should go to all tho people Tho landlord as a landlord Is an absolute nonproducer and n hindrance to progress Capital laid up wealth to produce more wealth is necessarybut a landlord Is not Cap- Ital and labor ae natural allies and ought to unite against their common enomy the landlord system Tho laborer now looks up to two mastersttho landlord and capitalist Tho capitalist looks to one and tha rent he pays tho landlord ho takes off of labors wages Free the land and labor would bo free of both masters The only way to free the land Is by the natural tax the single tax RESPECT FOR THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS Another Experience Personally Told But It Is on the Subject of Socia lism and Atheism This Time By JOHN F CLARKE I atttcded a Socialist meeting re cently and one ot the speakers show d by his discourse that he was an evangelical Christian end ho was fol lowed by a young fellow who look pains to let the audience know that he was Atheistic After the meeting an elderly gentleman said to me that the not reImarlsproceeding sI not flaunted his religious belief so conspicuously Then tho old gentleman said to me Do you approve of Athe ism I most certainly do said I Well said he I do not know what the world is coming to when so many people deny God and his selfsacrl son I saw my chance and I asked What sacrifice What said the old gentleman did you never hear of Jesus Christ dying upon Calvarys Cross for humanitys sake Oh yes I have heard of the death which was no death as He rose on the third day and went back to live with His Papa and the angels Being a fake death it must also have been a fake sacrifice Then the old gentleman got off and ranted a few Ho said that making fun of reli ion was a bad thing and filled the and penitentiaries with God hat- Ing convicts asked the old fellow if he had been living upon the planet Mars as such conditions do not exist hereWhy said he every God loving person knows that people who do not love the Lord go to the bad here and hereafterI him that eo far as this world was concerned some preacher had stuffed his head with untruth and that tow athlests over got in prison Then he got on another tack and said that everybody should respect religion I asked him If ho respected atheism Then he said that The Lord would never forgive him if he respected His enemies I told him that I would not forgive myself If I respected anybodys superstitions I asked the old fellow if he did not think that I was as con sistent in my atheism as ho was in his religion He answered Oh the devil Is consistent enough and with that no walked off It seems to me that Christians who demand respect for their belief from nonbelievers at the same time knowing that they have no dishonestWe do not expect Christians to play the hypocrite and pretend to appreciate our non beliet and we think them foolish for expecting anything but adverse criticism from us Oil and water will not mix atheism and Christianity have no affinity for each other think damned little of the scheme that consigns me to endless torture and almost as little of the schemers I do not care for respect from persons of such mental attainments and moral inclinations as the subscribers to Christian Creeds Let us be honest and meet the Arch Enemy of Man the Christian taco to face 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Gorky advocates and hopes that the political revolution in Russia may be completely successful and yet we cannot refrain from holding the opinion that Gorkys mission to America would have met with far greater results had he come sur roound by different conditions and minus a mis tress The Blades critics do not materially aid their cause by seeking to find excuses for Gorky in referring to King Edward of England or Leopold of Belgium and pointing to their conduct by way of comparison The Blade defends neither of the royal snobs mentioned neither does it excuse Gor ky on their account The very manner of their reference to these monarchs implies their admission that they have done wrong a wrong to be con demned because they are monarchs but worthy ol condonation in a Gorky As the wrongs consist of altogether too much sex then the principle is the same in each case- Unfortunately for Dr Wilson as the Blade Views it he has revealed the milk in the cocoa nut in the comparison he makes in seeking to drive home uu argument To be fair the Blade quotes him in full on the point we have in mind Both money and sex are two necessities of which no one yet has ever felt that he got his just share or that his system and wants re quired consequently the selfishness greed jealousy lying and hypocrisy associated with bothProceeding to analyze that statement what do we discoverY Simply this that man desires an abundance of both money and sex in order that he might satitate himself with both An abundance of money that he might revel in the luxuries it is capable of producing an abundance of sex that he might gratify a depraved desire for lust and en courage the animal passions to run riot in the blood The Blade readily admits that man phy sically considered is merely an animal and the law 4ofhis life must be identical with that of the brute Under such crcunistauces continence in man is a violation of his natural edicts but that continence is demanded to be made by the individual as a sort of sacrifice to the necessities of civil ization of moral and social well beingroman is not always the tempter for the sons of Adam have ever and always been gay deceivers It is too often the case that woman is made the victim of 4f smansrapacious lust Dr Wilson also declares Oh Gravy Mhia squeamishness over Maxim Gorkys relation to the woman he claims to be his true and honest wife makes me inexpressibly weary Has not the good Doctor managed to get his gravy spilled in this declaration f If it be true that Maxim Gorky merely claims his present consort to be his true and honest wife then we are to infer that he does not actually know her to be so but on the contrary knows that she is not and merely lays a claim It is to be observed that Dr Vilson abstained from suggesting lawful wife and substitutes the term honest as if ignoring the fact that in every civ ilized country there is such a thing as law even as applied to the relations of the sexes Were it oth erwise universal chaos would reign and man would revert back to that primitive condition when like the beast of the field he took unto himself a mate and with his rude strength he defended her from the advances of other males That such would be the result is borne out by Dr Wilsons statement that sex is as much a necessity as money and the old struggle is upon us in which might is made right the new found freedom would mani fest itself in criminal folly and liberty be made a synonym for license r THE FOLLY OF PRAYING We are accustomed to being told that God helps those who help themselves and if there is any truth or even a smblance of truth in the sug gestion it follows that prayer is an absurdity a useless waste of energy irrational and ridiculous If the thought means anything it must mean that no matter how diligently a person may pray no matter how earnest his petition there can be no re sponse unless he employs selfexertion and acquires that for which he prays without extraneous aid To the rational mind it would appear that no reasonable defense of prayer could be made that no reasoning being would undertake to defend it except those who pray for hire Considering the lung power that is daily expended in delivering prayers to the alleged throne of grace and the fact that men usually get the opposite from that for which they pray we are forced to the conclu sion that the act of praying is merely a habit ac quired by heredity and environment yet absolutely unproductiveA ago a small church pamphlet fell into the hands of the Blades editor It is entitled The Young Churchman published at Milwaukee for the benefit and edification of the younger members of the Episcopal church to instruct them as it were in the modes of grace and encourage their affilia tion with matters churchly On its first page we foundan article called A little talk about pray er from which we cull tho following excerpt God knows everything we are in need of before we so much as ask him Where then is the use of praying at all f We pray simply because our good and loving God wants us his children to recognize his power to do and give all things He also wants us to acknowledge our entire dependence upon Him for everything we have So we inust never presume on his goodness and get to thinking it Iof makes no difference whether we pray to Him or notFrom the foregoing it is selfevident that the writer felt he had discovered a fly in the ointment somewhere Impelled by a belief or a professed belief to accept the scriptural assertion that God knows what things we have need for before asking him an effort is made to justify the asking ina manner that will not stand the acid test of criti cism If God knows what we need then we repeat the question what is the use of asking Him Note the statement is dealing only with the things we actually need not the things we may merely de sire and for which we are not in actual necessity Things needed are things of necessity Things of necessity men must have God knowing that we need them and being able refuses to bestow them just because some one or perhaps a dozen have neglected and failed to ask him makes of him n petulant petty crabby tyrant who plays with men as a showman plays with puppets just to satisfy a grim sardonic humor A parent or guardian hav ing the things of necessity to give who withholds them because his child or ward does not ask for them is unfit to hold the trust confided in him It is not a sufficient answer to say that we are to pray because God wants us to do so Want implies necessity and if God wants our prayers he must be in need of them To insist that God needs prayers is to rob him of that dignified Godhood that divine respsousibility with which Christian apolo gists would clothe him placng him at the mercy and caprice of theq creatures who He had created If it is be true that God is the creator and man the creature man owes nothing to God but God owes everything to man All responsibility for creation falls upon God in that according to Christian theology with out God there would have been no creation Ac cording to the same authority after God had creat ed man he drove him forth to wring his bread from the earth but actually cursed the earth in order to make mans lot more difficult He also surrounded man with dire necessities and then demands and in sists upon a lot of fulsome flattery and praise iii order that our necessities may be forthcoming Granting this to be true it is small wonder that reasoning men and women refuse to pay homage to such a tyrant and work out their own salvation independent of God realising that if they do not help themselves God will not Prayer consists of two kinds There are pray ers of praise and prayers of supplication In the first class is found adulation thanksgiving and gratitude for some fancied favors shown but if as the extract above quoted declares we are to ac knowledge our dependence upon God for every thing we have then he causes evil as well as good and as man certainly experiences both who is able to draw the line and if a line be drawn to enable us to praise Him for tegood bestowed hollldslrono also ljV sfln for the evil he works f Prayers of suppliesera Mien something is wanted They are seldom until some necessity becomes urgent and pressing Weak minded persons instead of buckling down to work in order to obtain that necessity will pray to God for it expecting to get it without expend ing any further effort Laziness personified Selfish ness supreme Cannot Christian worshippers un derstand how ridiculous they make both themselves and their God by such conduct But does actually answer prayer f Has any pray er ever been fully answered If he does then we are bound to assume that God does something in response to prayer which he otherwise would not have done or in other words the unchangeable has changed his mind ceased to be the absolute direc tor of the universe and makes of his suppliants a board of directors to act for him Of course we are told that faith without works is dead mind it is fair presumption that prayer without labor is a folly and a farce Granting this to be true then prayer is foolishness and less desirable than a sec ond hand collin from a nigger cemetery True indeed some intelligent men and women pray and mores the pity of it With time majority it is a mere perfunctory proceeding very much like the Irishmans Mass when it is said it is said and thats the end of it Nothing is really expected to come from it and nothing can come from it Faith even unto a grain of mustard seed was once sup posed to be able to move mountains but today though it be like unto the mountain it is incapable of moving a grain of mustard seed r s a Friends readers our appeals for new subscribers have been almost in vain Few have responded nobly as the result is that our mailing list has been increased but only to a slight extent It has ever been thus The salvation of humanity has depended upon the few willing workers who live not for self alone Without them progress would have been impossible and the race brought to a stand still Our receipts each week fall far short of our expenses and it begins to look as if we are up against a snag of such dimensions that we will by unable to overcome it Of course we look for better times and as the Governor of North Carolina remarked to the chief executive of heres hop ing The blessing of the home is goodness its honor hospitality its chiei ornament is cleanliness its happiness lies in contentment It matters qot where you are but what you are doing there It is not the place that ennobles you but you the place The gold of life lie not hidden in deep mines but it sparkles in the tiniest sands all along the common path of humanity e The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving Io reach Freedoms port we must sail sometimes with time wind and sometimes against it but we must sail and not allow ourselves to merely drift along or lie at anchor fJ OPINIONS ON THE ROME BOOK Commendatory Letters Written to Dr Wilson Upon His Splendid Effort And Valued Expressions on the Merits of his Work Di J B Wilson Cincinnati 0 My Dear SlrI have Just finished reading your book A Trip to Rome As a work of descriptive travel and general enlightenment it is unequalled by anything I havo ever read Its spirit of logic and philosophy is also keen clear and delightful No book with which I am acquainted has given mo so much pleasure and satisfaction I have several times traeled over the same routes taken by you and written many hundred columns of my experience for the press but nothing which approaches In excellence the brilliant matter In your charming book Proper advertisement would enable the sr cie half million copies at each The National Liberal As sedation ought to take measures for Its extensive circulation- It would be a great blessing to mankind RespectfullyD TENNEY Fascinating From Cover to Cover Cincinnati Ohio June 20 Dr J B Wilson Pear Sir and FrlendI have just finished reading your book A Trip to Rome and am sorry to have reached the end I wish it could have been twice the size Excepting our dear Brother Moores Dog Fennel I never read a book so interesting and yet so Instructive I traveled the same route taken by you in 1880 and your descriptions refreshen my memory and carry me right along with you Tho book is fascinating from cover to cover Some readers may conclude that you are too severe at times but lu my opinion you are not severe traveled through the largest and best of tho cities of Italy while I traveled mostly afoot through the smaller as well as the larger places and I can vouch for not only the ac curacy of your statements but will state that you left the worst unsold as It is in the country and smaller towns that the Christian superstition is seen at its worst- I y saw people kneeling In the church OstlJtter 1JJomo offer lag pray- era to the Most High aidswIllIe bugs were crawling all over them This was twentyfive years ago Since you do not mention the like it may be that now they pray less and reason more and so Incline to keep themselves clean- I wish here to propose that you publish in the Blade Chapter that all who do not take the book may have the privilege of reading this one chapter andd that the readers of the lIlade may have the opportunity of distributing it among Christians Since this chapter deals with how Christianity got its start in Rome and spread over the Earth it will lighten the blind and if it does not cure the most religious Christian of his superstition then his is a hope less case If this chapter is published in the Blade will now subscribe for 6JO copies of that issue for propagandic rse among Christians Yours M KRONE A Complete Success and A Damascus Blade Covington Ky June 24 1906 Dr J B Wilson My Dear DoctorI have carefully lead your book A Trip to RomeI with much interest pleasure and pro fit It is an enigma how it was sible for you to gather and compile such a mass of general and useful Information in so short a time hampered and handicapped as you must have been in strange countries the languages of which you could not un derstand I am more than edified with your vivid and graphic descrlp tliiis of the many places and persons rdi rationed Allow me to congratulate you on your complete success I do not reo member of reading a work that so thoroughly enthused mo It Is a Damascus Blade It abounds with tnaiy eloquent passages and with much that Is humorous pathetic and sublime Your poetry Is lofty in pression and charming in sentiment The book should be placed In the hands of all and placed in public lib raries I predict for it a large sale and a second edition With very Great Respect SILAS ROCKWELL Comment By The Author Tho above letters are the first three expressions to reach me touching merits of my book A Trip to did not personally know Mr Kruno and Rockwell and if I had not known Mr Tenney for long years through his writings as a store and t it22 philosopher one who Is always to the point and who never wastes words any subject I would Incline to think they were giving me a great big jolly But knowing them I am compelled to accept their gratuitous stalmcnts as their honest convictions However I cannot bring myself to feel that the book deserves such un ciuulificd praise I wrote most of it under great disadvantages right be tween patients and callers and when not disturbed by them the call of domestic duties occupied much of my attention The result was that just about the time the afflatus began to soar It was punctured with an Interruption and su many of my best Ideas unexpressed for I could remainedI them when I took up the travel again I know that the boolr is not nearly so well written as it might have been under other circumstances and had a fear of Its going before the public and cant bring myself to believe that it is deserving all the praise these three good friends give It I read Mr Tennys travel to the Ilonly Land when first published and purchased a copy when printed in bookform and I have not only re gelded his travels as a masterpiece of description but a model for all such writings Mr Tennys opinion was thd one mans I feared most and it seemed very queer to me that the first congratulatory letter I should ceive was from him and in it he has certainly resorted to the superlative degree I only hope It merits the kind words expressed by these three gen tlemen and that it will be of some help to our cause J B W FOOL KILLER WANTED IN IOWA Timely Discussion on the All Impor tant Question of Divorce Criti cising a Critic on Live Issue By E D NAUMAN The fact that the fools are not all dead yet Is continually being proved anew The feat is accomplished this time by the editor of the Des Moines Dally Capital a thoroughly bigoted and partisan sheet both in religion and politics In issue of Juno he quotes a dispatch from Los Angeles California to the effect that a divorce had been granted to a woman because her husband was afflicted by tuber oulosiTkis3lso t u evidently la not HNCSmT from facts in a caSapreju diced and diseased- Following lHsomeakout the heartlessness of tbQ the landsacredness of the 9p this cheerful idiot warbfl follows There will comeM Hgftenlng in this country some enormity of the free and WSB Kjplan will be seen in a now Kn aroused public conscience mend that men and women o R cried shall not sever their hilight and transient causes Leione of the chief cornersto wowr civilization will be protooHsSnij the as saults which are Let it the crusade forlSlE5refonu be continued until an enS jjoCer things Is Inaugurated Does this teUowC when the awakening comesfMREis country wo will all crawl b l tottho dark ages when women wjwfejiassed with the ox and the nsc a mens prop ety Does ho not lounfcUmt the free and easy divorce 01 WhICh he talks so glibly is sti rf figment of his own diseased Insulation The sad fact is that dlvorcSiae refused by the Courts in thousandS ftcases where common sense would dl tate that they should granted ahave had an illustration of thatii1our own town within the past eks An aroused public Conscience need not Interfee Meneand omen once married usually do n Rfiever their bonds for light and transient causes If they do it will have to be conceded that it is mainly their own business That the homo is one f the chief cornerstones of our civilization will not be denied by anyBaneSporspn but a place from which one rboth parties are seeking to bo released by the Courts is not a hoelThe quality which makes a condition and place a home has long since faded frfom such a t1protectionnow made upon home isa lot of Jar gon which hardly aspires to the dig nity of nonsense j The crusade for divorce reform which ho so much delights In encour aging is not llkelyto i any one any good unless it is by contrales but it may and not doubt will do an mense amount ofb hnand cause oceans of tears and trouble as Is wit nessed by the most recent guess on this subject by a majorlty of the U S supremme CoqrLThls abomina ble decision was no doubt in a meas ure Inspired by this idiotic blind and Catholic crusade against divorce The great pity ofclt all ls that trash lIke the editorial nderconslderntlon spread out before Hundreds of l i r It Yf3iJf1t thousands of people where only one can be reached by a rational exposi tion of the same If any one declares that the old theology and the brood which It has hatched ore dead and that we are like Don Quixote fight ing imaginary legions ho Is simply badly mistaken Would that I had Brother Carnegies millions with which to spread the light Mrs Henrys Marriage and Divorce and many of your very valu able publications would receive a wide publicity WHAT NAME SHALL WE TAKE Suggestions of Nomenclature for a National Organization of all Anti Orthodox People While the subject of a national Freethought organization is under consideration Including nomenclature basis philosophies etc tho followingttimely comment from the Humanitar ian Review will be found of Interest to Blade readers especially those who are writing for the coming symposium What Is a Name It Is unfortunate that as yet no one general ter mhas been agreed upon as a fitting designation of tho great mass of people who stand opposed to the claims of supernatural religionists but there are many words better than In fidels to bo used Freethinker Ra tionalist Secularist Naturalist Liberal Monist any of theses words will do but the word Infidel stands for nothing in particular and Is weighted down with prejudice that It would require an immense waste of labor to cleanse it so as to fitly name the great army of bold and earn cst truth seekers who stand for the advancement of knowledge and the righteousness of reasonfor the real ly true faith that is slowly dawning on a world of mentally free men and women Editor Maple In Ingersoll Mem Beason May Chicago With a part of the foregoing I most heartily agree but when Bro Maple speaks of tho great army of bold and fearless truth seekers for whom he says the names Freethinkers Rationalist Monist etc will do I am free to confess myself an unbe liever A great army Why a great army In the world of 1600000000 in habitants should consist of one or more millions of soldlersall well drilled in the luso of tho weapons of rlogic and supplied with great stores of the ammunition of scientific knowledge t and heroic zeal for the accom f plshment of a common purposenot a mere plurality of indifferent unorgan ized uncoherent monads without dis cipline orderly method zeal unity of purpose and effort There Is no world of mentaly free men and women There Is no great mass of people who stand opposed to tho claims of supernatural religionists There is only here and there an Isolated sharp shooter each fighting independently of the other and scarcely even at tracting the notice of tee really mlgh ty armies of Superstltlontho Protes tants the Roman and Greek 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