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I ftoJ Jl BLlE GRASS BLADE i r WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH Jt t VOLUME XV NUMBER 14 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JULY 8 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE j J JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION if One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each fWof 100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year 1ive new subscribers sent for one year for 250 i 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 a The address slip on the paper will sho expiration of subscription and ser d as a receipt as the a n asjhe subscriber pays criptions to the Blade are not discontinued lit V expiration unless so ordered by the subscriber The courts hold a subscriber respon priceIy of all papers paper 1fr in full and up to date and ordered discon Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St t 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 iEDITORIAL J I Actions talk loudest Amend prayer by earnest work The deaf heart wake a dead conscience In the kingdom of truth strength adds to respou sibilitytDont brood over the past or dream of the fu lure but use every minute and get your lesson w from the hour The only possible excuse for the existence of present political parties is that they are permitted to systematically rob the country r Samian wine served in a gourd is more accepta ble than vinegar served in a goblet of gold Dont revert the mind to a thoughtless machine but give it opportunities for healthful development s If reports bo true the Great Dismal Swamp is setting a good example to Sam Jones Comstock et al It is said to be actually drying up a a a One feels bound to sympathiso with that Chicago woman who is suing her husband for divorce on the groundthat talks in his sleep just to keep her awake a a If all this Bryun talk continues to grow Grover Cleveland will find fishing better and more absorbing as the months go by a a a a As Bishop Potter rises to remark H the preacher who works seven days a week all the year hound should not be grudged a moderate vacation Of course there are many who would be willing to ar gue over the use of the word II work a Push Pluck and Pcrservcrance will always win in any department of human life They are the jjt i Je tools of curtain success and when a man owns iauii au win uiwiijs ou louuu m hunt of the crowd a r juuging iron tenor ot the coutrioutious to in ajjujjiuiuiii tHe iiist ussuiuiul for Freuthiuk Lid 10 star ecu is organize the second is UitUAJN jiUi uiiu uiu tmru is unto them namely Jlt U aiM Ji a a TMJS lAY OF AKlYIX CHAPLAINS It is extremely gratifying to learn that there is the muiuuur or the suuutu cnamoer of the United agates who has had the courage to vigorously op pasu tae proposed increase in tue pay of army and navy cnupluvus 11 senator Joseph Bailey of xuxas would out go one step further and resist to iiiu uiuiost tuu appointment of chupluins lor either nc would ou the greatest living advocate of the ciMistiluuouul rights of the American people iacre is little nape that senator bailey can be rctiuu ou 10 go that rill m advocacy of the peoples riguts for lie is reported to have said during his ill muelll taut chaplains who save the souls ol our soiuiurs snoop well paid but we seriously question even senator galley s auility to prove that city nuiiiuur of uuapmins engaged in joint prayer to tae ihrouu ol grace ever uiu auvu or ever could awe one soul of one American soldier whether in times oi peace or in times of war Vithout even questioning tao oxisteacu of the soul Senator bail- ey seems to have supped a cog in his science of- ysycuutogy juo nutty ou well posted in railroad rule oiiis on tHe Iunuuiu canal question and even uic turn but when hu gets to talking about liouis nu is out of his lattitudu and stands a fair tumco of losing his longitude Perhaps senator i uiley like many others takes the soul us a matter 01 course without the slightest investigation but even senators arc not supposed to take anything tor grunted the liiaue however heartily supports Senator jiailuy lor tub stand hu has taken against increas lUg chaplains pay They are paid enough now and too much fpr tue questionable value of the services they render For the most part the sold lettt uo not relish them Discipline however impels attentive recognition but thus comes not from IUI ucaft here is uo reason why llllil and navy IL ru JlJyfrdo tgltr hotuiug that is twice as large as many pulpiteers get for strenuous labor on the Bible covers That senator bailey hus tuktn this course is to be eom meuaud uuu Freethinkers can well afford to write mm couuuuuaatory letters to encourage him in his lightit no can win it will be a big step toward their Haul abolition and the iron should be struck while it is still hot there is a story told somewhere of what happen ed to one of the army chaplains during the Uivil Yur A soldier had been wounded and was nigh unto death Bravely and fearlessly the noble wo men who labored in the hospitals worked hard and lung in his behalf Une day one of these chaplain thedyingto talk about the horrors of hell until the wounded man gave a cry of utter despair Instantly the nurse was at his side Realizing what had happen ed she asked the patient what troubled him His reply was nurse 1 urn afraid to die now The nurse turned upon the skypilot and ordered him out of the place and he made no particular choice upon the order of his going Going back to the bedside of the wouuded soldier she said You came to mo a hero you shall not leave me a coward Think of it friends what would a race of men become sprung from the loins of such a wo manIt may be that the chaplains will win As a gen eral rule the politicians are anxious to play to the church They want the church Vote and the church vote is always for sale to that politician who is willing to keep the church in power This is where Freethinkers are lacking in effective work They too have votes but they do not put them to a proper use Whenever the church rallies to the standard of any aspiring politician it is a safe venture that Freethinkers can well afford to vote the other way Good luck to Senator Bailey Hero is one man above all his fellows who has dared to stand by an American principle even though it costs him his toga a a a The tiniest bits of opinion sown in the minds of children in private life afterwards brought into the world become its public opinion Nations are garnered out of nurseries and they who hold the leading strings of children may exercise even a greater power than they who wield the reins of government a it a Freethought is the dynamics of human society It is the very warp and woof of all that is rich in human history It is the only philosophy on all the earth that has proven indestructible because founded on fact This argues its necessity It proves its accordance with the physical laws of the universe Being truly consistent with nature even the most idolatrously orthodox may not bo admit ted but it exists nevertheless and is secretly understood t HALL WU ORGANIZE This week the first of the series of articles for the symposium on organization is given publication and the Blade expresses the fervent hope that something good may uevolop from it In any event they furnish excellent ruauing matter and supply loud for serious thought among our readers lt will ue seen that the consensus of opinion is in favor of organization at the same tune expressing the belief that Freethinker should organize on dif lurunt grounds than they have done heretofore This will be no easy undertaking The work of organization is beset with many difficulties It nevus a louder who is capable ot leading one who will not wait until he ass uueii lorccu to make u move bus will move inuepunuuiitiy and icurlessly then will be needed members firm staiicu and true men and women who WIll rigidly aunuru to till propagauua of the organization and aid it with toe means they can command With a wise and capable leader and brave members to carry on the light the organization will succeed without such it will meet the same fate that has befallen all other ef lorts ui the same direction The Blade is a believer in the power and virtue of orgunizatou Une stick can be easily broken across the knee but many sticks tasteuuu together oeconie uubreuKuble in such fashion The waves do not make the sea but the sea furnishes forth the waves anu m the great ocean of strength that will Mow from a compact organization of the thous uuus of freethinkers only good can result An swering the questions previously propounded and without reference to other views herein expressed on the subject the Blade declares First Freethinkers are capable of being organ ized and should be organized Second The organization should be based upon a Hound system ot natural philosophy as its funda in ntai principles stimulated by a clearly defined method of propaganda Third Its piatiorni should be broad enough to include every anti orthouox person in the cocuntry and it should resolve its principles into a decided political activity This practically covers the ground and if the majority of the active Freethinkers in America tuv oranizlon there is nr nriwnrin rriho nt urabatile propaganda however is the all important item in its method of work will depend the finan cial aid it is to receive Results alone will be con ducive to success for au organization that exists only on paper is not worthy the name At the very outset it might as well be stated that its only propaganda can consist of lectures debates and the distribution of literature To have lectures they must be of the educative class and delivered by competent and capable persons of either sex To provide these a national bureau should bu established and subordinate societies ac cept such its are authorized by the bureau to lec ture in its name The bureau should require every person desiring to lecture to undergo an examina- tIon on all subjects pertaining to the principles of the organization They should be examined m the natural sciences philosophy sociology econo mics history theology and bible doctrine If they appear reasonably well versed in these subjects they should be given authority to lecture in the name and us the authorized representatives of the organization These means would protect the organization from imposition upon the part of unscrupulous and adventurous persons At the same time they would be proven competent to engage in debates with the accredited representatives of the church Regarding the literature too much cannot be said Before being distributed it should be carefully examined and passed upon by the bureau acting under the authority of the organization it self This would prevent the dissemination of conflicting ideas and teachings and tend to unify the system of Freethought advocacy Pamphlets essays books and periodicals calculated to uplift and develop should always be employed- As far us the political aspect of the organiza tion is concerned this could be made to advise against pernicious legislation by the several States A cclose watch could be maintained on all pending measures and those intended and designed for the purpose of favoring the church as a class against all other classes of society should be opposed anti defeated as far as that is possible to do Resident Freethinkers at Washington and in the capitals of the several states could keep the society well in formed what is taking place This scrutiny could also be made by local subordinate bodies Now the question arises if organization is de sirable what steps are to be taken to effect that organization That the wishes of the majority may be known Freethinkers may write to the Blade further and state 1 Shall a new organization be effected on the lines suggested 2 Shall the Blade cull a meeting of Freethink ers for that purpose 3 At what place should that meeting be held 4 Give the most suitable date for the meeting It it shall appear that a sufficient number favor organization and are willing to assist in its estab lishment then the meeting can becalled at the Ii ojrI most opportune time for all On the other hand even though a number favor organization insufficient numerically for effective work thetnotion can be abandoned and there is no harm done The discussion in itself will accomplish some good and from the variously expressed op pinions valuable lessons may be learned From the symposium or so much thereof that finds publication this week it will be observed thatryall the writers favor some sort of a national organ ization having subordinate bodies or societies working to one common end with but one exception Doubtless there are thousands of other Free thinkers in the country who for various reasons have not given expression to their views on organ 4 ization who nevertheless firmly believe in its ninny advantages and would willingly join hands with such a movement Should organization be attempted its most sanguine supporter would not expect big results at its inception Time and labor owl patience to say nothing of the sinews of war fit uuanciul support alone could accomplish that and the combined effort of all would be required to realise itKiThe first essential would be the means of tuation Some annual semiannual or monthly contribution would be necessary from the meat abets and it would be useless to embark upon such a mission without a clear and definite understand ing on that point As the discussion is by no means I complete those writing further on the subject should offer some advice on the matters here sug gested Sr In order to obtain the best possible results the Blade will keep the symposium open for further elaboration and upon the expressions offered fur publication our future course can be more wisely nothing so complete as organization to impel success We should first start out with u t fountain head to direct suggest advise and con trol This body could provide for subordinate so sieties The latter could regulate their state association j when sufficiently numerous and strong Fifty lecturers should be at constant work one in each state and territory It is a poor state that could not support one Freethought lecturer and he or she should be supported and supported wellkThe nat final head couldrprovidetfordliterature to lutetl t Ua wi and se ltl0UI W enhance the growth of our cause Above auo Xtft lrpropaganda should be constructive a constantwbuilding up of newer and grander ideals for hu manity based upon secular considerations The work of destruction so far as Christian theology i is concerned is about complete There is very little to be done along those lines The Freethought I pioneers of the past who have labored from coast to coast have done their work they have blazed i the way up the mountain side of superstition but they built nothing have left nothing of a perman ent nature Now is the time to build anew To con struct to elaborate to reach out Friends it is a selfevident fact that Freethink ers are ready to organize but the question is and a very practical one will you do it r a a a THE SIGN OF THE CROSS Freethought propaganda is becoming more of a necessity than ever and more press ng reasons for combined effort upon the part of all antiorthodox people are daily joining to light The clergy is still a law privileged class Exempt from the civil t duties of life they have preprogatives conferred upon them that are denied to men of greater worth They demand special favors because of their calling They are accorded special privileges because of an erroneous belief that they exercise some sort of delegated authority from Kingdom Come and can at will either give or withhold pass ports to heaven For them the biggest thicken in the flock is killed dressed and served For them o the best seats at table are reserved and in their presence all laughter must cease old and ynung alike being expected to imagine themselves poor miserable worms in so august a presence The sign of the cross is thrust before us There can be no doubt that such conditions have made the clergy grow proud arrogant and vain These favors once showered upon them as the vol untary act of a hospitable people are now regard ed as a matter of right and looked for expected as matters of course Not only in the private un dertakings of the people do the clergy receive special favors and privileges but even in the writ ten law of the laud they are selected as a class apart and different from other professions to be accorded rights and privileges by special enact mentFor months the national congress has been wrest ri1htofprivileges of their roads to persons of their own choosing It now transpires that an agreement has been reached a bill adopted and by the time this is being read Congress will doubtless have adwjourned happy in its work of legislation A peru sal of that rate bill will show that railroads are forbidden to extend pass privileges to any person save and except such as are designated in the bill which include however ministers of religion and Continued on page four first column g Symposium on National I Organization of Freethinkers All Writers Agree That Freethinkers Should Organize One Adverse Letter Must Build Up a Good Organization If We Enjoy Our Rights and Privileges ValuableSuggestions as to MethodsIFreethinkers Can And rTheyShould Organize 0j SPECIFIC REASONS FOR ORGANIZATION VERY FORCEFULLY AND J n LOGICALLY EXPRESSED COMPARISONS OF PREVIOUS FORTS EXPERIENCE OF FAILURE WAS NEEDED i By HARRIET M CLOSZ R fCan Freethinkers organize i the platform of truthYes Under the standard of Science permanent or beneficial or ganization can now be effected or maintained In the narrow sectional lines of church antagonism Heretofore Freethinkers socalled have presented to the world the para dox of Liberal orthodox for they have carefully confined their thinking with in one channel and denounced anyone who ventured on a voyage of mental discovery These organizations have sprung In to life nourished for a time and Integrated because the particular pur pose for which they were called Into existence has partially or wholly pass ed away But they have served as steps on the way to the summit of science Their design has been served In passing for their mission has been made manifest In that they have help ed to unroll the mighty scroll of Evo lution Yes Freethinkers net only can but should organized What matters iLJf an organization JtJ er in Irifanc ul1tJ rhej- f smslstent effort thai counts In the ulti mate of things It Is the experience of failure that has been needed It Is i4the ceaseless grasping for the good that gives inspiration It is the hope TRUE PLEASURE IN THE MEETING With Those of Ones Own Faith Free thinkers Should Organize Our Heaven Is Here Labor Together To Win It By LOUIS A MANZ In reply to your call for answers about organizing a Freethought society I would state that it would just 00 the thing It Is badly needed at pres ent as our religious society is rotten Every one needs a good house cleaning and then they would not fill the world with Joy I have never heard of a society that Impels people to love each other as they love themselves Our Freethinkers should organize I am sure a good honest Freethinker that has his thoughts at heart will surely love to meet others of the same i good views of life They should run on the religious cause only as political effort would be useless at present We now have more parties In the field than we real ly need There is the grand old repub lican party then the old wornout democrats and following them are the laborers under control of Social Democratic parties also under the control of Social Labor party and then the would be reformers and the temperance Bible has caused more hell In this world than any other book pub lished They claim It was revealed by a God It Is strange they made so many mistakes in wrlttlng out the tho beautiful world fom the beginning of that flrsh story of Adam and Eve and so forth Read your Bible and see if you can truthfully admit that you believe everything that is written in that fairy tale book Then read any dally paper and you will find that the holdup bankers thieves murderers or dead beats are Chrsitlan gentleman and have all had a good Sunday School record But as they grow older they become more tricky and the Bible has taught them to lie and steal and murder for God will forgive them God is their holy father so they sayNow a word about Freethinkers They respect no God or Devil nor do it aI 4 3I for the triumph of truth that will fin wJ1Ishment e tuat the pres us to be judged iojudlce we would not utI a LiiLrts so slowly we keep ever be 00 us Ue picture of the ploddnr scientists of past centuries we might be willing to square our indebtedness to them by exercising our powers for the generations to come Could we retain the cconcept of finalities we could more patiently shape our present work toward the terminus of truth Organization under the plan outlined In a recent issue of the Blade seems not only feasible but an opportunity for Freethinkers to go on record as among the advance guard of humani must become national ists in principle as well as In protesta tion It is not enough that we be Free thinkers but we must graciously grant full freedom of thought to all and ac cept with serenity any resultant truth regardless of preconceered conclusions nationalto he fidmission the voice of reason cannot be silenced and though stranded for a time on the shores of prejudice the white sail of science will bear us safe ly into the harbor of truth they pray to the winds or sky Our heaven and hell is here in this world not it that dreamy land feer below togetherandour Christian slaves not with swords and guns but by publishing a small book called Liberty to all who wish it Then explain things in this book how to live and lead a good noble hon est life that can stand a test from all sidesBELIEVES IT TO BE IMPOSSIBLE If Freethinkers Could Not Stay Or ganlzed on the Nine Demands Use less to try Anything Else By DR SCHECK- I take it that the organization of all those who dissent from the Christian Superstition into one society Is an im possibilityDr gave a very good reason for this fact several years ago when be said that when a man once got his head out of one noose he generally had senso enough to avoid other there are other reasons Infi dels are of as many different shades of opinion as Christians themselves and are just as jealous in the support of their opinions There Is as much difference be tween a Materialist and a Spiritual ist as between a Catholic and a Metho list In tho whole Christian system there Is but one thing in which to ieve and that is the All Atoning Blood of Jesus and yet there are more than two hundred Christian sects Of course Infidels are not as big fools as that but If I am not mistaken they are not quite rid of the Fool of it yetNo Mr Editor If Infidels could not organize and stay organized on the Grand Old Nine Demands it Is useless to try It on anything alse There Is a secret garden In every human heart where bright happy thoughts can be cultivated with profit Nurture the seed moisten them from the freshets of human love cultivate them with glorious endeavor and what a different world this would 1t um i Favors a National Qrganiztion of Rationalists Supernaturalism But a Tissue of Falsehood and Should be Met With Or ganlzed Opposition Strong Arguments In Favor of a National Organi zation By DR T J BOWLES The time Is now ripe and opportune for the organization of tho Free thinners of America- Supernaturallsm Is in rapid process of extinction revealed religion is now known to be a fraud and a tissue of lasehoods ecclesslastlcs who for two thousand years have dominated the race are now known to be parasites and vampires unpons the tolling and producing millions thousands and tens of tnousanus of the best men and women have deserted from the church during the last decade and are seeking affiliation with an organization uased upon reason and science These factsalone constitute an overwhelm ing reason why we should hasten to organize ad proclaim to the world that scientific knowledge is our bond of union and the only means for the generation and advancement of the human race Divine revelations and super tural sources of gaining knowledge are more easily palmed off and Imposed upon the human race until science and reason dawned but now gener enlightenment prevails and the myths and fables and delusions are neii rly all dissolved in the crucible of Reason and It is an Imperative duty for he Freethinkers of America to get together in National Convocation and struct a natural foundation for society to rest upon to take the place of the supernatural foundation that Is now crumbling and tottering to its fal The dogmas of Theologians nd the reasoning of Metaphysicians no longer satisfy the brain and he rt of cultured men and women because they are now known to be false and pernicious and this is a sufficient reason why Rationalists should meet in National Convention and formulate a platform of principles dent ed from science experience and reason that will endure for all time and urnIsh food for Intellectual growth and peace and comfort the children of men fortall biah in iLviini a develop ery to the ntJYhf1ooIIIIltlYa n xRa whlcimrSTJehoidjk inthe etrth and sky and In human history and ths desire to know soniethlng about the world In which he lives has been fed on the husks and falsehoods furnished by the heartless priests of sup ernaturalism whose only aim and purpose have been to perpetuate the ig norance of the masses and enslave all the nations of the earth Science having now demonstrated that there Is but one universe and that it embodies all causes and all effects science having now demon strated that gods and devils are fabulous beings and that ghosts and spirits are creatures of ignorance and that universal law reigns supreme throughout the cosmos it be comes an Imperative duty for the Rationalists of the United States to meet and organize the vast and scattered army of emancipated men and women into a solid and compact body on the basis of Naturalism and move forward against organized superstition until the white and spotless banner of science waives In trlmuph over the ram parts of the motley and ignorant hosts of supernaturalism In tho domain of Reason and Science which Is the final court of appeal for the settlement of every question all forms of revealed religion have no standing whatever but the force of heredity and the power of vested interest still continue to give respectability to the absurd dogmas of the Christian religion among the ignorant and credulous These two forces heredity and vested Interest are the only remaining Influences upon which priests now rely to save ecclesiasticism from speedy overthrow and complete destruction but when the cultured and educated men and women of the United States gain the prestige and power which a great organization will give them these props and supports of supernaturalism will tumble t othe ground like a house built with cards and this is an additional reason why the great army of Rationalists Should Immediately organize and break down these two remaining hopes by an environment strong enough to modify heredity and put to sham all men who have vested Interests In frauds and falsehoods An Institution which had Its origin in crime and is still maintained by fraud and force and money is certainly an anachronism In the 20th cen tury and all good men and women should unite themselves together in a great movement and with the bloodless battleaxe of reason the great Republic bequeathed to us by Paine Franklin and Jefferson and the heroes of the Revolution will be saved IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH Organize for Political as Well as Reli gious Effort Suppl ement Old Time Demands with Socialism i By HERMAN WETTSTEIN- In response to your call for a sym posium on the question Can or should Freethinkers Organize I an swer Yes 2 Reason In Union there Is strength and Where there Is a will there is a way Freethinkers should not organ- Ize on religious or rather philosophical and scientific lines alone but also combine political issues with them As a motto for our platform I would suggest the old Nine demands- of Liberalism these supplemented by the cordial principles of Socialism and the declaration making the inordinate accumulation of propety a crime or at least prohibitive thus giving all an equal opportunity to share In the bounties of Nature This would result InI a7iIff the abolishment of all crime without resorting to punitive or forcible meas ures Such a platform would at once appeal to the good sense of tho masses and meet with their unqualified approval It would be a platform of th people as against capitalism an prlestcraft Socialism is In my opin ion but a stepping stone to a higher and more ideal form of communal self government the principles of which need only to be understood by the masses to be universally adapted I would limit eacch persons possessions to the necessities and comfort of life and embody a declaration to that effect In our platform If the principle Each for all and all for each were Inculcated through edu cation and adhered to we would need no further government Now It Is Everyone for himself and the devil take the hind most And the hind most are the masses Propaganda to be carrred on through the Press the liberal distribution of tracts and other llteratue and the ployment of lectures costs to bo meet by the members by yearly donations of sums ranging from fifty cents up ac cording to the means and disposition- of the donor tIjf1t f fit i1f1 IIWeSomething More Attractive STRONG LETTER IN FAVOR OF ORGANIZATION WITH PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS EXPRESSES A STRONG FAITH IN THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS OR ORGANIZED EFFORT IF CONDUCTED ONJIPROPER LINES By S F BENSON I nave always entertained a firm faith in the ultimate success of organization among rational thinkers Our several failures but discover the rocks we must avoid Two thinks are essential to a good result First a system of organization along lines of known success By this I mean one that has proven a success In other organizations And second a platform carrying a live message A message of such vital necessity that no sensible person can long hear it preached and remain Indifferent to its the Thirty Theses of Prof Haeckel contain the essential ele ments of such a platform or not I do not known as only excerpts from them nave as yet come under my notice suggest that the Blade procure thefull text of the Theses and publish them in full as part of this symposium Then those interested will be In position to know their fitness for the occasion The platform whatever it Is should bo attractive convincing and a and i ngftjftrfoft faith it wouldremove Not a cold statement of ethical principles but a living faith that shall Impel men and women to the highest and best that Is In them An Inspiration if you please lIfUng the soul to better things- If you would remove a dangerous toy from a child offer him something more attractive And the religious world is yet the child amusing Itself with very dangerous Illusions It Is not sufficient to plead that the cruel truth is better In the end than a charming delusion It is equally true that Where Ignorance Is bliss tis folly to be wise Not all persons are born for martyrs and we shall learn soon or late that our faith will not pass current unless we give In ex change full value and a living margin of profit It may also occur that we can not all stand on the same platform We may be compelled to split up into numerous sects as the Christians did from the earliest times But this Is not all nor by any means the most important part of organiza tion The business part the structure of the system is the vital part A national organization for fraternal purposes Is an Impossible venture How can people enjoy social Inter course when by tho very structure of their union they can never meet or see each other Such a society would be nothing but a travesty on Its professed purpose It could live only long as you were gathering Its names It Is one of the foundation facts of science that every great organic body exists in strict conformity to this law of nature that nations church ease clarions and political parties prosper organizadbut Its very life depends upon the healthy growth of Its units Unless It provides for perpetuation and growth of its units It must In the very nature of things perish in Its early In units are local associations They constitute the plasm from which comes the greater life Some system Is n cessary by which every local ciaty after being once established shall be Indefinitely preserved In all its primal health and vigor This is the expensive and difficult part of the whole business Tho multiplication of local units Is a simpler matter But of What use Is their multiplication unless they can bo preserved And if we are to make them Immortal we must feed them with the ambrosia of the Immortal gods That means that their entertainment and their work shall go on forever without flagging In Its activity and zeal It may be that vast expenditure of money and labor will be required according as the field to be covered is great or smallIThe local union may the IIIzedIiandshould conserve the vigor of the units It seems to me just now an exceed mgly propitious time for the birth of the new faith of science Every great wave of progress has been born out of the corruption of the old order ofIthings and this country is rife with all manner of discontent I have little sympathy with the indiscriminate hue t and cry of general corruption venial Ity monopoly and wage slavery so regrettably prevalent in both press platform It fs without a doubt exaggerated but all the same It andI serves Its purpose as does the before the storm Every evil that Is doomed Is first magnified out of all proportion and then slain We need not worry about the fills may each iiejs the fiery furnace But whe faith comes when the Blessed Chiiu of Science la born he will not take counsel of any man or set of men but will plow his way through human fairs as the blazing comet plows his path through the nights blue dome Be of good cheer for persecuted science must surely triumph In the end And a thousand books a million sermons and a whole new literature disseminated may be but the dawningIof her Ifinalpatiently wait a little longer till the good time coming comes THERE IS A BOND OF SYMPATHY Between all Freethinkers That Is Cap able of Uniting Them In One Na f tlonal Body By JOHN F CLARKE IfpossibleThere certainly Is a bond of sympathy existing between one Freethinker and another There Is no cause that ap peals to man more deservlngly We have enemies to overcome In order to obtain our just rights that we are de t prlved of The love of entire freedom burns in our bosoms The combination should be along all lines that one needful to obtain our Just demands EqualRights propaganda should consist of National and State Organizers Local Branches with State and National as semblies Literature and our Partizan Publications I believe that If we make the proper effort our friends with the financial ability will aid us and money collected at meetings will push the propaganda along UPTODATE PAMPHLETf O- NMARRIAGE AND DIVORCE n JOSEPHINE K HENRY o- VERSAILLEI KENTUCKY All orders promptly flllMl Price copy ale I copies for t310- 17ri i l r 1Is 1 r i FOUNDERS OF THE GREAT CHURCH OF HUMANITY ANTIIDOLATROUS FORCES SHOULD BE WELL ORGANIZED TEACH THAT GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE MYTHS STRONG LY FAVORS A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION By W H KERR I wrlto to express my thanks to you for taklnr up the subject of organlza tlon of tho antl Idolatrous forces and putting It to work In a systematic way saving and rescuing others from Idol atry Nothing can be more humiliating than to see a man who claims to know Christianity Is founded on errors and that God la a creation of fiction sending his wife and children to Sun day School and church and having the worship of dead Jews and myths prac tlced In his own home He Is certain ly more contemptible than the man who allows this but does not know the truths he claims to know and it causes grave doubts as to whether ha really knows them himself That Is the case or he falls to realize thhe shame and disgrace of such heathen Ish Idolatry and Ignorance else he s would make a Herculean effort to have his family taught the truths he claims to know that they too could be saved from that rank heathenism He may excuse himself on the grounds of not having the time or the educational or financial ability to buy the neces sary books and give his family the necessary Instructions to save them from Idolatry or on the further goounds that his family would be de proved of society and social gatherings were they not allowed to teach and practice the prevailing Idolatry in the neighborhood as that Is the usual basis rurallandsave his family from Idolatry single Ihanded and make him extremely eag r to help In the organization of those who know God is a myth to enable them to have that truth taught to their families and others I hopa all who wish organization for themselves and families In whicn and by whicn the truths that preserves one from idolatry can be taught will accept d your kind invitation In the Blade of June17thito controbute to the sym i sUb ec o organ za In- Here are mine In answer to your five numbered questions but not In tho order you placed them What would you suggest as the platform poslIGhost are fabulous beings that heav en and hell are myths and death the entinguishment forever of conscious life Should Freethinkers organize A All Freethinkers who have- learned the above discoveries should organize to teach them systematically and effectually under the organization Humanityc on roll gious lines alone or should they com bine the religious with the political effort A They should organize strictly on educational lines to promulgate their basic truths especially the dis covery that God is a creation of fic tion They should use their political power as an organization only In de fence of their educational work should it be attacked politically 5 State nature of propaganda to be employedA should be strictly an educe tional propaganda of the discoveries on which the organization Is based with the primary object of rescuing and preserving posterity from the idolatry of worshiping a dead mat named Jesus and a myth named God When one thousand have learned that God Is a myth and have applied for and received a certificate of grad uation In the knowledge of God mak ing them life members and founders of the Church of Humanity call a na tional delegate convention of the church to formally organize and Incorporate Then the members through their delegates will take charge of the organization adopt a constitution and bylaws elect officers and outline Its educational work The educational plan contemplated by me is when In corporation is effected to elect one Na tional Instructor to act as field mis sionary in making these discoveries known to the people and as an organ izer to establish local church organl zatlon for the members and founders wherever possible and wanted to es tabllsh a college for the teaching of these discoveries and the training of Instructors who are to go forth as State City County and Local Instruc tors as demands are made on the col lego for their services In tho educational work necessary to prove these discoveries to the peo pie it Is contemplated to teach them the Higher Criticisms on the Bible which make of It a proof that God Is a myth andthe natural sciences es pecially those that explain the origin and development of animal and vege table life and of the formation of sums and planets In space all of which prove there Is no God back of phenomena Is it possible for Freethinkers t organize Give reasons pro and con A Never under the name of Free thinkers Secularicts Rationalists In fidels Agnostics or Atheists can a organization be effected with any life or vitality to It a Because these names are very unpopular wlththe people we wish to educate in the true knowledge of God and most of them are unpopular with those who are not Idolaters- b As thinking is free and ever has been and ever will be there can be no demand for an organization to make people Freethinkers Everyone will tell you he is thinking now as he pleases and so he is c The noun Freethinker is so defined as tdiaclude about everybody Webster defines A softer name for a deist an unbeliever one who cards revelation and freethinking as undue boldness of speculation unbelief skeptical Every body could be Included under these definitions for each one disbelieves some things that others teach arid has a furious kick a coming about somethings Those Idcks would be urged on the society for adoption that would insure Inhar many discord pandemonium and fall urn at the start There could not an organization established on a dragnet platform with every one reform ideas on all subjects incorporate for it would please no body Only those who have learned the discovery that God is a myth need be invited to meet to form an educational organization to overthrow Idolatry and that organlza flan could not be loaded down with their ideas of reforms on political economic soeiai questions Free- think that they must issuetetiea to advocate us In and not at rsIngaf a144lwi reform ideas on all subjects under one name and organization The name Freethinker should be discontinued with all the other names previously mentioned and we should all be simply American citizens or citizens of our respective governments As such we should and can unite and form organ ization to propagate any theory or covery enough are interested in to justify organization or unite with and help the societies already established to advocate them- I hope the members and founders of the Church of Humanity will each contribute an article to their symposium and invite the attention of your readers to the consideration of the basic truths this church is founded on and its object in organizations and the edu rational methods It contemplates augurating to accomplish the desired you In advance for the privilege of contributing to your symposium on the very Important question or organization DONT FAVOR ANY- ORGANIZATIO Might be the Means of Stirring up Strife In Communities Better Plan Would be to Send out Good Lecturers By S A HECKETHOEN Editor Blue Grass Blade To my mind there aro several reasons why a permanent Freethought organization can not be established In the first place all Freethinkers are strong In dividualists and each demands the right to settle for himself the problems of the whenceness of the where and the whither of the which and as the differentiation of the man mind la as great as the number of thinking people on the earth it would seem like a hopeless task to formulate a set of rules upon the Unknown broad enough to encompass all Free It would tend toward stirring- up needless neighborhood strife Man being a social animal and the fact that It is a fundamental principle o f all church people that they can not forgive the other fellow for living should he chance to disagree with them in Ideas concerning the beyond an organized freethought movement In any locality would only servo to arouse these little minds to a needless process of persecution of their more liberalminded neighbors Instead of organizing why would it not be a bettor plan to send Into the wIV i1 N field educated speakers upon the rell gions of the worla and let them not only teach the masses the fallacies o f all religions but also teach them those essentials that make the health happiness and brotherly love These teach ers should be supplied with sufficient money to supply their wants without calling for aid upon those they sought to instruct and they should be living examples of moderation In all appetites and passions and their mission should bo to lead humanity out of the darkness of fault and weak reliance upon a Savior of men Into the reful gent light of a selfconscious power to master every weakness that might break down lifes forces and to deal kindly with all humanity Such a propaganda would tend to quartaccomplish greater good in five years than any organiza lion that could possibly be formed fiftynyearsFREETHINKERS SHOULD ORGANIZE greater Results can be Attained Because There Is Power and Force from Concerted Action By A D MARBLE Freethinkers should organize wher ever they Thera is power and force In concerted action and much greater results can be attained Why Is It so difficult for Freethinkers to keep up an organization Because they lack a The element of unification Prejudice without which the church would disintegrate and soon become a thing of the past Bat only for their prejudice each one would stop at the first church building they come to or have one mammoth building for they all agree upon the essentials b No great organization can be established and maintained which is based upon truths which can be de mnostrated as mathematics or geo logy the foundation must be shroud ed In mystery and the more mystery the stronger the organization c Freethinkers care so little what other people think or believe that they are not willing to spend their money in trying to change their benefits d Freethinkers see that all relief from economic and industrial condition must finally come through polltlccs and judging by myself it Is not bust ness to pay out from 10 to 30 a year Socialistlitoratureaudets to benefit all mankind and at the sum e time pay my money to keep up Free thought publications to oppose me las the Blade used to but fortunately fot the world has ceased and if I con vert a man to Freethought he may still be my political enemy and block all my efforts to benefit myself and him e Should I join any Freethought organization my business would suffer In consequence of it and it is so with others f The declaration of prlncl pies of the defunct societies were good enough g Could there be forty mil lion leaflets lute Elmira D Slenkers What Is u scattered broadcast over the country It would do more good than 40 national conventions and not cost a tenth part as much WE SHOULD ALL UNITE AS Organize on a Foundation That Woul Make Room for All Wants Th Blade as the Mouthpiece By A LUTTERMAN Nquest your issue of July 1st you re the readers to write on the sub ject to organize As Freethinkers for once know that it Is thQ most portant question of all and therefore send you a few outlines of my propo Liberals wd want a liberal pla form otherwise we can nott unite I suggest to join as liberals with the understanding that the Bible is a fa brlcntlon of men If this would be ou foundation to build on It would give no source for all Tho Blade the roes liberal paper of its kind should be th mouthpiece of this organization have open discussion on such topic that will do the most good for the society Politics and religion Included Each member to pay one dollar membership fee to tho office of Blade and receive the paper free fo one year and be a member during that time and shall receive full benefit of the society as the conditions may of fer but in no ways shall a person b a member if hls membership fee past duo think such an organization wool act like a school and turn out goo students that would work for th cause I have tried local organization which proved to be a total failure As soon a public gathering of try to unite and organize the chum sends his delegates and drag It into a church society and good bye Free would a secret society work in this line of thought Will some one give nie further Information on this I was frinking something of that kind could had In localities where a few liberal unite If they had out side help to organize and when the society grows strong enough it could bury their dead which Is so much In need I fear ny letter will get too long to go further in details but enough Is said to grasp Ideal I trust that all take interest in the matter and work for the cause to the best of our ability INTERESTING COMMENTS UPON f LIVING TOPIC Imprefslons Upon Reading the Rome and Other Live Subjects EntertalninWay By SEN BEHYMER I have finished the personal of Dr Wilsons Book A Trip to Rome an am surprised to find It so well done considering the limited time of the writer I expected a short account of the writers movement and a description of the places and things he saw but instead we have a document which will serve as a text book for Freethinker and a guide for the truth seeker We have the facts given wit a frankness that Is refreshing an deductions from the facts so logical that in a court of law they would be considered Judicial I have read sev eral Ojescriptivel stories written b travelers In the socalled old world but in them all I felt as though I were being mislead So that I experienced- a real mental pleasure In reading wha seems to me to deal more largely with facts than fiction In reading a boo I am anxious above all things to find the facts leaving my mind tree to form Its own conclusions and draw its own inferences The writer of thi book on account I think at his penchant for those appearances in Nature which he calls Art naturally runs into eulogy and opinion when he finds something that strikes his fancy Show such a man an egg and presently he hears the chatter of chickens and the flopping of wings But after all Is said enthusiasm and earnestness moves the crowd and this is the ject of the writer the great desldera tlon The saddest part o fthe travelers description is that which treats tterJngAnd fodder still to think that much of this suffering is caused by the false pretence and crime of those in pewer Scientists tell us that the fltest survive I suppose they mean the physically strongest The tyrant Is the strongest physically whether he Is the fitest is doubtful From the viewpoint of justice I think he is not But be this as it may in the struggle for life the weak are enslaved and finally destroyed I have seen It stated that the Palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of paradise I know nothing of paradise and am not sure that I would like the place a I were to see It but If I could have my way about it there would be no kings and no palaces But even these will pass away The tyranny and Injustice of Kings and other officials brings forth the revolutionary anarchist and the countrySexhibitions of official tyranny which libdPresieitolkifig a square dciU while a law of general application is set aside in order that he may have a chance to slaughter more animals higherIown Importance than by a love of justice masquerade in Moth er Hubbards before the public as though they considered it a part of theirtown The writer of this book concludes that there is no great rill Terence between the manners and in andrpeople are the same every where that servitude theepolesand justice be magnl fied in the highest degree In govern itsevery and crumbles therman and woman should be forever equal justice is col or blind and justice has no sex complimente Brettswork influenced ofdlivathe Haeckelnup to out regard to the chips In his person grandharena and never designs to lower his arm He treads the highways of truth like a master and the priestly pigmies flee This great man was Indeed cast in t the world of truth and Justice and when he came forth nature did her noblest work From this book published by the writer I get a better idea of the manner of foreign farming and fruit grow lag than from all the other writings I ever perused a better idea of the manner of work of living and of dress of the poverty of tho masses the Ine quality of sex and of the meanness of the socalled nobility who lord It over their fellow men and live upon their writers description of Vesuvius and of the cities and people of Italy is especially good As we read we can almost hear the roaring of the poverSty the hand of want extended and hear thhe pitiful cry for help But the saddest part of the writers book Is his allusion to the superstition of the masses the cringing doglike pasture of the millions who toll and support hords of priests and monks It seems strange to me that the people living seedHow the people canI read such works as Gibbons History of Rome and of Ancient mythology and not see that the Christian mythol ogy is but a revamp or the callings of the systems that proceeded it Is past my comprehension Each succeeeing system of superstition is gathered Andhcusdoms nations Natural processes are always the same and natural phenoomena succeed each isytlon go forever steadily on The facet that matter exists now is absolute de existtIs silentkdraws out tho cork In my opinion the writer of this book has done and Is doing a great work In libersy and will receive thanks of every generous man theIwoman This is enuf SATIRE ON THE STORY OF THE CREATION Satirical Treatise on Genesis Reveal ed or How God Made Man In His Own Image Jiti IIfI By JOHN F CLARKE God made man Made Man perfect Made man In His own Image De clared that it was good God made woman out of a rib of man Woman was but a byproduct A mere incl dent Man had a living soul breathed in his nostrils by God but Woman did not and the assumption is that the Devil put life in her Woman was made in the image of Satan and that is what we mean by a She Devil Then came a trial of strength The man that God made after His own photograph was put up against the snap shot of the Devil The place was the Garden of Eden God being omnipresent was there of course He cannot prove an alibi unless He acknowledges the corn on the omnipresent racket Satan was there in the guise of a snake or serpent Now I have met a great many serpents and some of them ceased to live when I met them face to v t fiivesnake or he had no business in a Gar den The snake said to Eve Bo not afraid Eat the apple and give to Adam that he may eat There Is no harm in eating this apple for it is good and ripe God said to Adam In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die Eve said to Adam My Backer says It is all right Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow thou shalt live Adam hesitated and Eve said dare you That settled it That man that God made would not take a dare from the woman that Sat an made It was a drawl battle No deaths occurred by a winged sold ler of the Lord The serpent had tho whole orchard to Itself At last accounts It was still in possession Adam eventually died but there is no record of his birth nor death in the City Hall The legend does not tell when nor where Eve died I expect the old lady Is living yet but she will not tell her ago Tho canker- worm in that Edens apple got Into Adam and put the whole human raco- on the bum Then Levi tho first Priest saw a chance to put the people under tribute Levi put his finger to his noso and said Vas Is Ach Id habe Jeureka Von antidote for dot ganker vorm vot Then Levi said vIII be der High Priest I vill brom Ise der antidote Cheesus Christ Is del whole scheme Then Levi called the people and said Adam got you all in a scrape mlt Gott und I vill got you out and den I gollect Peters Pence Mad it And the people said Levi Is a true prophet Then Levi said Der Romans aint got no souls to lost nor no mony to save them Men vos got souls und men vos got money Twenty dollars und costs and got you out Then the people said Exblaln dot game Levi dot Is egsbonslve Then Levi said Adam sinned and It was Adam sin and God got mad and put a Kibosh on all men Adam said It was Eve told him to eat and Eve said that the snake told her to eat and make Adam cat God said that He was sorry that he made such a botch In His own Image and was going to wipe up the earth with Adam and Eve and the snake but Sat t-an laughed and said dont get mad r with your own workmanship and God relented and said I will send a Messiah to save my people of Israel You give me the money and I will place it for you and guarantee the salvation So It was l7tics Indinne oli gLwav511aReilw nj ONLY LINE TOTHI FAMOUSDEA1lIog0ffJ Way JNOTE23 Jls 17 same 17 jls 14 r Elgin Veritas 23 Jli 929 Father Time 21 jls 2260 B W Raymond 19 Jls 20 B W Ray mond 17 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Grange Cook Co GREATEST DISCOVERIESI OF SCIENCE EVER MADE GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS SCIOUS LIFE EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these groat discoveries through tto f organ The Truth About God which It publishes monthly and its ackool Typowritingand The Truth About God in a general course of study giver by the temporary International Instructor for the chtrch tormallrorganize l and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY J worakipIngposterityfromWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ay tator Editorial Continued from page one traveling secretaries of Young Mens Christian As sociations Just why these two classes of persons should have been made exempt from the provisions of the bill is not clear nor do the committees that finally reported on the measure offer any explunaI f tion The fact remains though that plisse may be given to these as well as to others but the great mass of the people are denied the privilege of accepting and the railroad companies denied the privilege of giving free transportation Ostensibly the bill was originally designed to prevent members of Congress and public servants from accepting transportation such favors being looked upon as in the nature of bribe for services either rendered or expected to be rendered Mums the courage to declare themselves exclusively as the objects of such legislation they must to spiel themselves and bring themselves within the scope of the law include other persons in the sums to gory and yet anxious to throw a sop to the ever hungry Cerberus confer upon preachers the rght and privilege to travel free of cost Why should such special favors be shown to ward the clergy by law Why should such privileges be denied to a farmer by law The preaches cheerfully adopts his profession as a means of earning a livelihood in preference to all other modes He is paid a fairly good stipend for his very questionable services His annual income is larger by far than that received by thousands of skilled mechanics to say nothing of the unskill ed laborers He usually lives in sumptuous style wears better clothing than the average citizen aw is better able to afford buying a railroad ticket tuaii thousands of his fellow citizens When off fo a vacation it is not an uncommon proceeding for his congregation to present him with a sum ot money wherewith to defray his expenses and this includes railroad fare Preachers like soldiers are nonproducers They subsist upon the fruits of anothers labor Preach ers are specially trained to destroy thought and kill the mind Soldiers are specially trained to kill the botiy Both make up an army of idlers the people are taxed to support To support the preacher the people are directly taxed by fear and threats In face of such conditions is there not strenuous need for periodicals like the Blade for more ag gressive and combined effort upon the part of Freethinkers Statistics show that Freethinkers or persons who disbelieve and disregard evangeli cal Christianity are in the majority but they lack buAtt they are well a compact knit body of agitators They never miss an op portunity to thrust themselves into public favor 4Y1 It is the fault of Freethought if it is permitted to r continue t J How to get the most out of life is the chief prob lem with many but the solution is made dependent upon how much each one puts into it If each in dividual would do his partin the promulgation of virtue and happiness the millenium would not b very far away The devil has been resolved into a vicious prin ciple and God is simply held as the essence of good We have all got a little of each within us- but when the vicious principle dominates then are in hell and theres no mistake about it Thi answers all questions r Our fathers won political freedom but their progeny have allowed it to pass away It is a free dom in name only which they now enjoy Industrial freedom followed as a natural result now while we ate not actually subjects of domestic Caesars yet we are financial serfs to foreign Shy cks t It would take an extraordinary large muck ake to clean out the sins and wickedness of mod ern Christian society Long faces on Sunday and cheating their neighbors on Monday was once the exception now its the rule and the saints make mighty few bones about it either r An industrial hell in this world meted out by the merciless taskmasters of the nation and a theo thehreligious quacks leaves man but precious little choice There is a way out of it all however and that is by taking the reins of government in your own hands It belongs to you and fools ye were for parting with it The soul of the average Christian is in the stomach and this is why they are unable to realise that man owes debts to his neighbors which he cannot discharge in dollars Every man for himself is the modern Christian motto and if universaly practiced it would mean universal war shameful wrong and brutal outrage We canot make the bubble joy to dance in follys cup e One of the chief sources of religious despair lies in the fact that ignorant violent and vicious men have become the founders of sects whose ridicu lous doctrines and unseemly orgies disgusted thinking men and women with the very name of religion They professed one thing as a rule and demandingtithecould be issued and Peter induced to unbolt the gates for gold Bnthers Barnes and Lutterman have been chewing the rag for several weeks but neither side invariablyfollowscal thesis he only looks upon the seamy side of b ft AJI what he opposes failing to recollect that every medal has its reverse Uood natured polemics maybe able to make a few converts but could no someone undertake to prove that the poverty o the masses is largely due to the mountains in the moon What humanity needs is a judicial inves tigation into the whatness and whicliuess of hard tunes rather than the manufacture of apologetics fur preconceived opinions v o THE RUSSIAN DOUMA MEANS BUSINESS Ihe first tow guys of July find conditions i Russia singularly disturbed but they also find the Uouuia steadily at work along the lines that its foresighted leaders so carefully mapped out Tak ing up the grievances of the people one after uii otHer pushing them to a legal remedy as near as seems possiuie and above all controlling its tem per under trying circumstances the Uounia is justifying its existence far beyond the anticipa worlddDue example of the glorious exercise of the righ- of tree and unfettered speech in thut long cruelly tortured country has come to light during the past lew days While the Doumu was considering measures for a prompt relief of the famine sut icrers which threatened to decimate whole dis trios and when the question of distributing the eighty million roubles appropriated for that relief canie up the extremists openly denounced the gqv eminent methods of distribution angrily declarui that threefourths of the relief appropriation hu oeen stolen by government officials while others accused government officials with hampering pri vate ellorts at extending famine relief The speeches made shows how plainspeaking is grow ito be as unfettered us in a republic and that the people are ready to meet autocratic rascality with onrWhen the government refused to administer th famine funds through a commission appointed b the Douniu then the members of the Douma to regard the government and its attitude towar the peoples tribunal with scrutinizing suspicion This act justified the angry exclamations of the extreme party That official graft is general and a thing to be contended with in all governments is proved even in our own country and a fact readily admitted on allsides To those who look upon the Douma as the bed rock the foundation upon which necessary re forms which bespeak anew Russia are to be built the action of the regiment of guards last week if true as reported is both gratifying and deeply significant It is said that after being drawn up at Peterhof they were ordered to march to St Pet ersburg ostensibly to protect the palace of the Czar but every man declined to move Battalion after battalion they announced themselves con vinced that they were to be used to assist in dissolving the Douma by force of arms a proceeding in which they refused to share Not until a formal promise had been made that they were not to be sac would not be so used did they finally consent to march to the protection of the Czar This is an encouraging sign to the reform leaders in benighted Russia It is evident that to the soldier whichesignifies much for the revolutionists when more crucial days dawn upon them These days may be very near at hand The peoples advocates are in no temper to be trifled or temporized with If liberty is yet to be fought for the king and the Rasefrees t SIXTEENTH CHAPTER OF THE ROME BOOK The proposition made by A M Krone that the Blade publish the sixteenth chapter of Dr Wil sons A Trip to Home for propagandic work is worthy of consideration It1s calculated to open the eyes of many devout believers in the orthodox faith and contains abundant argument along the lines of heterodoxy The Blade would be well pleased to publish the chapter Arrangements can be made to print it in the next issue or in any event within the next two weeks All that the Blade would ask would be the extra cost of printing the extra copies of the paper as the type would be in use for the regular edition Millions of peoplu keep away from the church simply because they cannot stand the chronic gloom of those who have made their peace with God Doubtless the poor ccreatures are unhappy be cause they realize they are to inherit an orthodox heaven Squeeze the moans and groans out of the Christian religion old you have a vacuum left 4 i Advance criticisms of Prof D S Margoliouths new edition of William Whistons translation of Josephus have already been published It is said that the present work has collated with the critical edition of the Greek by B Niese and J Yon Destin on Wherever the author has found a serious dis crepancy between the translation and the original he brings it into agreement with the text of the German scholars It only remains to eliminate the famous or notorious forgery concerning Christ to bring it into a perfect harmony with the original text of Josephus Did you ever reflect upon the growing power of soIinto the senate and make governors of geese Mon ey is the lord paramount of the continent Mammon is his prophet and the golden calf is the god supreme of the plutocracy r Human life is rapidly growing to be a continual hurry It is a sad reflection that many do not have time to become acquainted with their own families Human beings are rushed into the world and now expedition tJ 1Jt1 PUT TO A VERY TESfHow to Determine the Comparative Decree of Intelligence Enjoyed by Freethinkers as Compared With That of Christians C Cohen a regular contributor to 1the London frcctnlnker1 discussing subject says it is often assumed that when speaking of certain Christian beliefs as foolish or when referring to cer tain Christians as tatting a stupid view of particular questions the Free thinker implies that Christians are less intellgent than their fellows Thi by no means necessarily follows lu relation to Christian beliefs the Chris upta e who are not swayed by a deeply seat ed prejudice But In those cases where his religion does not enter the Christian may act as sensibly as any one else Nothing in fact Is com moner than to find Intelligence in one direction and stupidity in another co existent in the same individual In the religious world John Wesley is a shrewddmay com blued with the most belated of beliefs on religion And lu the scientific world there Is the classic example of Fara day who by ruling out reason in one department combined great scientific sagacity with a crudeness of religious belief that astonished Christians them eoeChristiansy redbeliefs of other people or in dealing with other aspects of life An example of this is to hand from- a recent speech of Mr Lloyd George Speaking at Liverpool the other day Mr Lloyd George partly based his objection to denominational teaching in schools on the grounds that It had taught our rulers for hundreds of years and there were millions of people on the verge of hunger In this rich landthe assumption being that either positively or negatively deno- minationalism had contributed to this evil Now it must be remembered that Mr Lloyd George has himself repudiated the idea that Nonconfor mists are without dogmas as definite and as sacred as those of the Angle can or Catholic Church ills objec tin is therefore only to denomlria tlonallsm1 being taught at the public expense l am putting the statement as he would put it without in the least believing that he has any such objec tion In this case then there is no Injustice in substituting Christianity for denominationalism and making the sentence read Christianity has taught our rulers for hundreds of years and there are millions of people on tho verge of hunger in this rich land Of course Mr Lloyd George would repudiate the sentence in this form yet whatever force there is the charge when brought against de nomlnatlouallsm must tell with equal force against Christianity Our rul ers have been Christians Christians have had the chief voice in the control of public affairs the vast majority of people have professed adherence to Christianity and if denominational ism which rests on and appeals for support to the general body of Chris tian belief is to be held responsible for current evils how can Christianity uself escape scotfree Mr Lloyd George is not lacking in Intelligence in many directions it is his stupidity real or apparent in others that Is instance of the same kind is furnished by Archdeacon Sinclair This gentleman had occasion to criti else that peculiar form of religious folly Imown as Christian Science and in the course of what tho Chris tian World describes as a sensible and cogent speech he advised the audience to put avt3ry simple test to such of the Christian Scientists as assert there is no no such thing as pain This was Let me first put a pinch of cayenne pepper in your right eye The audience applauded and the Christian World thinks it a very good reply to these deluded people It does not by the way quite meet the plea of tho Christian Scientist but it may pass But suppose one were to meet Archdeason Sinclair as a Christian with a substantially similar series of tests that should cover all fundamen tal Christian beliefs what then One can Imagine the air of offended dignity that would be at onto assumed the cry of blasphemy or ribaldry that would go up Yet it is obviously as just to judge Christianity by its pos sible conformity with practice as it is to apply the same test to Christian easy it would be for tho be llvere in Christian Science or anyone else to turn on the Archdeason and hoist him with his own petard He might point out that the New Testa ment If it does not say all pain is a delusion does say that earthly medicine is of no use in the curing of ease The New Testament teaches U this as clearly as it teaches anything and more clearly than it teaches most theTChurch of England has a special com mission for curing disetiso by the laying on of hands And surely one might in a sensible and cogent speech ask the Archdeacon whether ho practices this or no Dues he when ho is unwell ask for the prayer ol faith and leave the rest in the hands of God Does he advise other people to do the sauce Or dues no ever say a word in defence of those Peculiar Christians who are sent to prison for practising Christianity in a Christian country And If he docs none of those thiilgs how easily might his questioner turn round and denounce fraudsThe attach might be carried further still although not by a Christian Scientist but still by some one using the Archdcasons own test of genuine ness it might be pointed out that the power of faith is exalted above all else in the Christian scriptures It might be pointed out that the power of faith is exalted above all else in the Christian Christian scriptures It can move mountains destroy the venom of serpents or the evil conscquece of deadly drinks Might one not say T will believe your gospel when you have really bidden a mountain move and it has moved or when you have been stung bya poisonous snake or drank prussic acid without suffering any ill consequence Of course Arch deacon Sinclair would say It Is absurd to expect him to do these things but they are part of the gospel he is paid to preach and to ask him to put that gospel Into practice is quite as reason able as asking a Christian Scientist to have sonic cayenne pepper in his right folelowers of kindred follies to quarrel in public outsiders are apt to draw a conclusion that Is not Mattering to all Christian used to lieve in miracles and all of them If they were only honest would be tiers in them still Now Freethink ors pointed out that it was a charac teristic of miracles to occur in out of the way places In earlier and less en lightened ages to uneducated people or under other conditions that were far from satisfactory This they said was a sad waste of material and In addition did away with the prime func tion of miracles which was to command belief They pointed out that one miracle to a person of the charac ter of Charles tJarwJn jjr HqrJjerJt Spencer would have commanded more attention and secured more belief than any number performed for the bone iit of ignorant peasantry or mentally overwought fanatics But what said the clergy to this eminently reason ably suggestion It was blasphemous it laid down tho conditions tinder which God Almighty should work It was indecently Irreligious Yet it was not a bit mote unreasonable than the Archdeacons cayenne pepper test It was really only asking Christians to apply tho same standard of judgment to all beliefs alike Yet again all Christians profess to believe in the overruling providence of God The Freethinker still apply ing the simplest test the Christian World says is worth noting points out that judged by facts this profes sion of belief is a mere farce No one trusts to it No Christian believes in trusting to the Provldenco of God so long as a desired end can be attained by his own or other peoples endear ors A Christian about to embark on a dangerous voyage start in business or engage in any enterprise acts lire cisely as any atheist would under sins liar circumstances And if he does not take those precautions that are dictated by nonreligious common sense an dfuils the verdict of his fel low Christians is serve him right If he does really trust In Providence and meets with disaster he is culled a fool for his pains If ho does not trust In Providence and is honest enough to say so he is denounced as a bad man and a danger to society It is honesty in either direction that a Christian community can tolerate with the least grace There Is in existence a Wesleyan Methodist Insurance Society It does a big Ufo insurance business and also I believe issues fire policies It may be noted in passing that protests against Insurance as casting a slur upon Povldenco wee actually raised in the early years of the nineteenth century but in spite of these this Society and others have flourished Now suppose an advocate of the cay enno pepper policy were to visit the offices of the Society named and quire concerning premiums Ho would find the actuarial figures the prom iums etc identical with other socie ties that have not a Wesloyan Metho dist label If he inquired as to In surfing a church one where the teach ing and preaching would comment it self to Wesleyan Methodists ho would find the premiums asked to be the same as at other offices If tha church happened to be built of wood he premium would be higher still Th 1e Atheistic Wesloyan Methodists would Prlvldence I l i Wesleyau Methodists They would as readily submit to back their belief uy taking low premiums on a riauy build ug as u Christian Scientist wows submit to having his eye plugged with cayenne pepper by Archdeacon Sin clair lu snort juagcd by conduct instead of by profession Chntulans uo nut believe that tied cures the uioy uo not believe that he will shot ori the homeless clothe the iced use hungry potect the naklI1Iuuiierless racy are mere u005 nut a nit moro real i b11I tan science there Is no such thing as 1iually one might tape painIthat goes deeper still lu common with other teaches Inc existence of a ror generations Christians said metsang that they were in this only as wayfarers traveling to thud where happiness should plete and unending anotherIproacuers have asserted only the next life that makes voitn the living and have pictured tuose who have felt this world as be lags to be envied So much for the theory What are the facts Do Chris tians act as though they believed all this Not a bit of it A Christiantwho knows that he is going to die may have the manliness to face the fact as calmly as nonChristians but he will exert every effort to stave off port advice travel abroad to a more toe end He will if he can seek ex salubrious climate or ty a change of residence in ids native land He will not treat death as a joyful liberation from the care sof the world but as an irreparable disaster If he dies his friends will not say they are glad of it and they would be denounced as brutal if they did They believe the next world is infinitely better than this one but they treat a summons thither as a disaster They profess to de spise this world in comparison with the one beyond the grave but in prac tice they prefer it to all others No Atheist clings to this world more ten 4leavegreater courage All the preaching J and teaching of centuries has not sue ceeded in squaring fact with theory It has succeeded only in multiplying h vccrltcs and encouraging 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