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Digital page images are linked to the text file. iF ff 1 f Tri 1t 1 I BLUE GRASS BLADE ki J WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTHfT Parker VOLUME XV NUMBER 16Qil and Ashland Enni AldsLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JULY 22 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY it00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Public TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION Z One issue for one year 100 in advance In clai of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each jj Terms100 per year in advance foreign raps scription 150 per year w Five new subscribers sent for one year fora fiend your subscription by registered letter pq tt office or express money order New York dr and if personal checks are sent add collec charges as local banks charge for coilec I same i yf Make all money orders drafts checks etc pa ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky i When you change your address advise this QJi giving your old as well as the new addretu When you send your subscription say whether x are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will shut expiratj of subscription and serve as a fu date changes as soon as the subscriber ps Subscriptions to the Blade are not discontinued t expiration unless so ordered by the TheTourts invariably hold a s ibscribMre ififi sible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued 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 PO Box 393 Lexington Kentucky 1111111 III III 1111 II 1111 ++ 1111111 1 III F i EDITORIAL I 111111111111111111111111111111111111 Keep moving onward i i i Dont get turned into a pillar of salt i Why not join the great family of Blade readers There is no time like the present for wisdom and generosity Indifference leads to intellectual slavery re member freedom must be won and eternal vigilance is the price thereof If you feel that the Blade is deserving of perpe tuity now is the time that it needs your help Dont burden tomorrow with the debts of today a i What we demand is the absolute elimination of religious domination over secular affairs and a per fect equality for all beliefs or unbeliefs by whomso ever entertained Every man should bo privileged to exercise his brains without being placed under a political or social ban to speak his honest thoughts without be ing made to pay a penalty Freedom of thought and expression is essential to human progress a a i The Christian church is but a mania for long haired saints run mad and is a kind of black magic or mental thaumaturgics that converts men and women into dangerous cranks To be drunk on re ligion is just as dangerous as to get drunk on rum The result is much about the same only the immediate cause is different Christian congregations are a dependent lot They have no selfreliance They are like unto a lot of sheep who follow the master ram not be cause they comprehend or care whither he is going but because they smell him and pointing their prodoscidi in the air they follow in his direction tJM W W Ij us naturally as the needles line the poles The pietistical puritan will inevitably follow some stupid old bellwether because they are utterly incapable of independent thought They never think their holiness a fake and that is why they are so d anxious to advertise it a t a i A little religion is uii excellent thing in every community declares a Lexington church writer and the Blade asserts that the littler the better Like badhisl y tin overdose of it will simply put wheels iii your head and start them working over time L The attempt of the religious fanatics of New York to thrust religion into the public schools those institutions of learning that are supported by a general public tax ranks among the most colossal frauds ever sought to be perpetrated upon a free people It is infamy incarnate It is the apotheo sis of damnable impudence i i i Many of the subscribers to the Rome Book have neglected to forward the fifteen cents required for postage To some of them the Blade has forwarded the book at its own expense Such recipients of the book would confer a favor upon us by remitting the sum named in postage stamps To mail out only 500 of the books costs us 75 which we cannot af ford while it only costs the individual but 15 cents a i Some of the Blades writers express fears anent the increasing power of the Pope in America Time rwas when the Vaticans nod could cause the proud est monarch to tremble but it has been shorn of all its temporal power Gradually the Pope fell back into disuse until he is capable of exerting about as theri i Labor must take heed that it does not entirely humanitywhichfessional polticians who are forever misleading hem dragging them further into the Slough of Respond undertake to manage matters mundane G a basis of brute selfishness minus conscience or iced save that of a fatuous utilitaria which af ords not the slightest hope i mcrio F ttJr I1iUItivcnt 11treru1 and progressive people yet there is no land beneath the sun where pure reason has a harder battle with stupid ignorance Thousands are born with political and theological prejudices and are about as use ful as a wooden Indian Others are blindly led by blundering leaders falling into every foul ditch which busy superstition can dig for their foolish feet It is reported that a certain young schoolmarm in New Jersey is actually unable to detect and un pressureofwhats the use of making any comment There are plenty of men who are unable to understand the line of distinction between a kiss by moonlight and the stale affections hashed up for a fourth husband Others regard to entire situation as a tenlegged night mare and fight shy The science of government is not more complex than the science of business No man of average intelligence who makes an honest effort to understand it need fail The very fact however that wo are divided into many warring factions argues either inexcusable ignorance or widespread turpi tude As at present constituted we are incapable for effectual service against social and political cor ruption as a dam in a desert and about as useful as a wooden watch Our readers will observe that a number of arti cles are published in this issue carried over from the symposium on organizaton which either arriv ed too late or got crowded out of the symposium issue As the Blade invited a continuation of the dis cussion until all Freethnkers who cared to do so had expressed an opinion our columns are still open for short articles on this subject The general trend still seems to be in favor of an organization and with such conditions existing as those to which the Blade has recently directed attention its neces sity is no longer to be questioned or doubted In another issue we shall discuss the subject at further length So long as the church continues to appeal to the law for an enforcement of its edicts so long as it declares it to be a crime to do that which works no injustice to others so long as it strives to work a boycot upon those who dissent from its evershift ing dogmas it will breed hypocrites and manufac ture tyrants The day inevitably comes when men will grow weary of a presumptuous and cruel master and rise in rebellion The stronger the repres sion the fiercer becomes the explosion It is impos sible to drive love and respect in the hearts of men with a sword or a bayonet for men now know that the wisest theologian is only groping in the dark and after all may misinterpret the message he claims to have emanated from the God he professes to worship t t I Iir I 1L FREE LOVE BUT A BARBARIC FANCY Orthodox Christianity has builded for itself splendorusedFree Love has built up a system of sexology fancied and artistic woven of the warp and woof of human passion with less substance to it than a childs toy balloon Both are superstitions to be dreaded to be fear cjd almost and whether future generations accept thpresente There is no stronger or better settled fact in the fimlrn of sociology than that the principles of mono gamy must prevail if the home is to be preserved children reared and educated under the hallowed strongnhdid proven by the very fact that it is only the mono g e nations of earth that have made any sein anee towards civilization The less civilization the grosser the sensuality The higher the civiliza tion the more refined the more virtuous become the p oplecJust as theChristian heaven is fashioned upon d so is the system of Freelove evolved from desire Its advocates arc mostly of the masculine gtfnder with a few females who ought to know bet telv The value of both depends on the mental attitude of those professing to believe therein but the true value of any system is altogether dependent its practicality its possibility and ts capabil it to remedy the wefect against which it is amed That evils exist under the present marriage system an admitted fact is not the fault of the system buts of those who wilfully break through all legal and moral restraint who do not hesitate to violate the miral code at every turn 3ne of the principle errors committed by our friend 0 H Stone while he writes entertainingly a an I instructively is to shoot all round the sub je t pick up the flaws or faults of others and ton den n the Blade for them He still insists that the Blade derived its ideas anent divorce from the Bile and hangs to it with all the old time supersti ton On the contrary it is the Blades crtic himself wlo in defending the conduct of Maxim Gorky argues for the Biblical method of divorce which thd Blade disputes The Bible instructs a man WI 1J i cifrJCn rjn hrtply put her from him provided he does not sell her into slavery This is precisely what Gorky has done and this is where the Blade finds fault with him He has simply put his wife from him did not sell her into slavery of course and immediately consorted with another woman If our critic main tains that Gorky has done right he is the defender and upholder of the Bible divorce method which the Blade abhors It is no answer to the Blades condemnation ofc free love doctrines to say that they are simply a threadbare platitude It does not even approach the dignity of being an answer It is as absurd as inviting a hungry man to feed upon a printed bill of fare It suggests the old war made upon the mopNortion that the case of the State of Washington vs Beebe is loaded It may be and doubtless is but it is loaded in both barrels against the freelove sys tem and contains a supercharge of buckshot Beebe resented the freedom manifested in the love affairs of his intended victim It may be that Beebe would have committed a similar offense if convnced that he might not get caught Yet he demanded and in sisted at the point of a gun that his wife be better than he was or would be under similar conditions As for the monogamicprinciple in human society and its necessity to our moral well being the Blade stands not alone in its views That it is essential to human happness and virtue that preser vation of human happiness built on purity of sex is argued by Parker II Sercombe in a trenchant editorial in his Tomorrow Magazine On this sub ject he saysJThe principle of monogamy the bulwark and vitality of every land and people is being ignored and trampled in the dust by a large proportion of leading citizens trampledinmake a bad matter worse If monogamy be the bulwark and vitality JJof human happiness to every land and people it follows as a logical quence that its antithesis freelove which must inevitably drop into polygamy and polyandry can be naught but the bulwark and vitality of vice When friend Stone insists upon placing politics and love upon an equality he debases the one with out elevating the other Love being free the buck negro would have and must have the same right as others and must be accorded the unchallenged privilege of paying court to the fairest daughters of America Yet argue as he may it is a sociologi cal fact that there are thousands of men in this land today married and supporting families who never felt or experienced the holy flame of love movedI only by desire married as a mere wouldwere it not for the restraining influences of law and morals desert their wives and babes only to become a John Henry at the first opportunity that offered Failure to support a minor child is a statutory offense in many states and it should be subjecting the offender to penal punishment These are evidences of what would ensue if all restraints were loosened and freelove become the fashion Llhe pride of a nation is in the strength the cour age and the uprightness of its men its glory lies in the purity and virtue of its women Freelove with its unwholesome doctrines of promiscuity andvplenty would destroy both justifyhis t views it by bringing with him to America a wo man who was not and is not his wife If he could ithus bring one why not bring twenty The differ ence in number could not constitute a difference in priciple He could have claimed all as his wives and his claim ought to have determined iJheeloveIiwrecktake away the blush of modesty from the cheeks of our women and make of them Helen of 1rOY8JFreeelove would turn the lovers kiss to ashes on the lips of innocence It would give license to men ff bring only shame ad degradation to woman The Blade expresses the sincere hope that every subscriber to the Home book has received the num her of copies subscribed for and is pleased with the investment made Should there be any who having subscribed have not yet received the book it will be sent upon due notice being given to the office ofTthe Blade The edition is now almost run out and we urge upon those who desire a copy to send in their orders before they are all gone We also de ire to announce that if a sufficient number of or i ders for the book be sent in we will another if fdemandand should be in every homo in America It makes handsome and valuable present to send to a friend anddollar spent in this way is never lostxJWHAT THE BLADE NEEDS Week after week the Blade has made appeals toIits readers its friends and subscribers that efforts be made to increase its circulation at the same time WforIlJI iin1 avoiy iZliirsent in its a subscription 1 i A few have respemted nobly but the great majority t r have failed to heed our supplications This to us J Jtheimprovement whch all seem to ardently desire One of the results of our inability to give the Blade a much needed personal attention came directly i to hand It fits the point admirably A well known contributor sent in a bitter complaint beiof errors in reading the proof upon his article which made him appear to say something he did not intend to say This resulted from the fact that the Blades editor is compelled from lack of suf j ficient means to turn his attention to other channels of employment and must necessarily some of the details of publication to employes leaveIsubordinates who are not familiar with names data necessarily connected with Freethought litera tore Could the Blades editor give his sole and undivided attention to the editing and publication such mistakes would not occur the Blade could be made to present a far better appearance its edi torial work show a considerable improvement and every reader would be benelitted thereby i As a matter of fact we are in daily receipt of let r ters of congratulation Won such improvement as we have already shown Could our readers know that the entire work of editing the Blade is done at night when others are sleeping peacefully in their beds every day being spent upon labor in another and different direction contributors would be less prone to criticise or find fault and the won der is that we have succeeded so well considering the difficulties under which we have to get the out each week Of course it may be said we do not have to do this that we could drop the Blade altogether that we publish it because we areapleased to do so There is a great deal of truth in such an argument for we are pleased to publish the Blade we are proud ot it as a Freethought missionary and we do not wish its suspension or death For this reason we have contributed a large sum of money every week to publish it and contributed our time labor and the little talent we possess to make it acceptable Our supremo wish is to make it even better but to accomplish such a result we must be accorded a better support than we are now receiving When we reflect upon the sacrifice we are nicking every day the great handicap with which we are beset it is not encouraging to receive such a chastising as the one to which we have previously referred It takes all the wind out of us What the Blade needs then is a better support It has no endowment no propaganda fund With the proper support financially the editor could give his whole time and attention to the Blade and then think what that would mean We have a plan to suggest It is this When sending in your re newal send intn extra dollar to have the paper sent to a friend for one year Select one who is like ly to become a subscriber We can almost guaran f Continued on page four first coining LL i jidJ y ih i r LI11I I J SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO SYMPOSIUM ON ORGANIZATION RESPONDING TO THE INVITATION EXTENDED BY THE BLADE THAT THE SYMPOSIUM ON ORGANIZATION BE CONTINUED A NUMBER OF CONTRIBUTIONS ON THIS IMPORTANT SUBJECT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SOME OF WHICH ARE GIVEN BELOW OTHERS ARRIVING TOO LATE TO CATCH THIS ISSUE THE TONE OF THE ARTICLES THE COMMENTS MADE BY OUR READERS GENERALLY UPON THE IDEAS GIVEN INDICATE THAT t THE TOPIC IS OF ALMOST UNIVERSAL INTEREST AMONG FREE THINKERS AND BECAUSE OF THIS IT IS PROPOSED TO STILL KEEP OUR COLUMNS OPEN UNTIL ALL WHO WISH HAVE EX PRESSED THEIR VIEWS AS A SUPPLEMENT TO THE COLLECTION OF ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN OUR LAST ISSUE THE FOL LOWING ARE NOW GIVEN MUST HAVE A SOLID BASIS TO REST UPON THEN ORGANIZATION AMONG FREETHINKERS BECOMES POSSI BLE THEOLOGY RESTS UPON A FALSE FOUNDATION AND RE FORMATION IS AT HAND By EMIL FREDERICK It Is gratifying to note the increase Ing spirit for a national organization among Freethinkers To create sue an organization two very essential points wilt bo necessary upon which to build a solid foundation First ex t perlenco of all logical and demonstra ble facts in every detail of any philosophy that may be adopted as a basis organizationAIt is a fact that all Freethinker- reject supernatural revelation cre lEf tion Noahs and whales But what all this individual reasoning pared t with a world of superstition Nothing As long as we have no permanent centrum from which to draw the collective evidences of science b which the novice can bo held finul and permanently to our principles are like unto ocean waves destroyin- the havens of hope and leaving noth- Ing but rock waste In our path Ernst Haeckel and others have posed a set of logical theses as we ever might be able to conceive But what Is all this when dally are confronted with the perplexing questions of an ever vigilant clergy such as how do you know you are right how do you know We ore wrong how do you know the truth from a falsehood and how do you wisdomtakrihFffieJrpersonal experience ques tlons as a rule and I might say a general rule will hush the average half backed Freethinker Haeckel offers monistic philosophy Ingersoll declares that he dont know He tells us why he Is an agnostic but neither has given us definite points that might bo laid down as a permanent philosophic base nor would It sat tefy the sagacity of modern critics We ought and must finu a way by which wo will be enabled to convince the most obstinate blggot and leave no room for Idle argument Man is b nature a doubter in his own race and but for the perpetual Intervention of a mercenary priestcraft he would be a rational being He would hay learned to distinguish good from evil by natural evolution Among all the names given to Freethinkers such Infidels rationalists evolutionists ll eral deist and atheist It would seem that atheist Is the worst misnomer for any Freethinker to adopt as the very word atheist presupposes a lief in a Theo God To be definite in expression atheist means against God Now how can I be against Mr Smith unless I believe there is a Mr Smith How can I be against the emperor of the United States unless believe there Is an emperor in this are satisfied tha- for ages theology has rested on a false foundation They also believe that the eve of reformation Is close a hand Science is to take the place o orthodoxy To accomplish this we must in the first place be able to swer all scientific questions that may have the least bearing on the Chris tian bible In the second place every Freethinker ought to acquaint himself as much as possible with the Estoreric philosophy of ancient writers Third he ought to study the Christian Bible and compare verse for verse wit scientific truth Thus equipped w will be able to stand our ground any emergency Take the averag- Freethinker when some text from thaI Bible Is thrown in his path during some religious discussion ho will nine times out of ten disclose his Ignorance Whenever a person with a sound mind seeks to discover a fact ho willr Invariably first consult his own mind while the religiously fixed mind will as Invariably consult his Imaginary God Alias the priest As the liberal world has now arrived at a point ort pivot upon which turn all the quo tlons pro and con as to the basis upon which to build a substantial and per manent organization and as no define Is 11 Ite point has yet been presented I of fer a suggestion but I hesitate to pro nounce the much hated word Truth ptYas build It upon absolute truth What Is truth I hear some one ask how can we distinguish a truth from a falsehood Truth Is the result of sen slent experience such as seeing hear lag feeling tasting and smelling Let us see by what means we can dlstiu guish a truth from an error If by religious faith or by rational expert appleSsbody calls It an apple so It must an apple Every Christian tolls me there Is a being called a God so there must be a God Oppqsite to where write Is a picture representing a tray Heathegone me the God of the Chrlstltans Is not the imagination of Insane minds or a bona fide personal being Below me Is a star which Is commonly sailed the Sun How do I know it is the Sun e how do I know the moon Is the moon I have here a test key which I have used for years when I was In doubt as to truth or falsity of and religious claim Now let me apply my key to the foregoing questions and the seem Ing inaccessible mysteries will van ish as the mist before me and exam Jneltcjbsely JUsee it I taste 1t1 It1 feel It iilii t2nfrtaif from the tree Thus I have satisfied myself that It is a real apple The apple on the wall looks exactly like the one In my hands I am perplexed- as to which to put in the oven to fry without making a mistake Let us see senslent experience has taught me that apples grow upon trees and not upon canvass and to be real I must be able to apply at least four of my senses Now let us see how my key works with the sun I see it and thus apply my sense of seeing Senslent ex perlence teaches me that I can feel the heat thereof for while the part- of our orb on which I happen to at a given time Is not turned toward the Sun it cools off and even freezes In this case I applied two of my senses seeing and feeling I now turn my attention to the moon By the re fiectlon of the Sunlight I can see a perbthe sense of seeing only And now as at a last test I busy myself In a God hunt I look and listen but no God is there I never have been able to taste him feel and sniff but In vain There is nothing to even suggest on Idea of his Identity Thought the socalled sixth sense falls short of a clue as to his Identity Thought the socalled sixth sense falls short of a clue as to his whereabouts Having expertan intentional unpardonable clerical fraud and recommend my key as an mayfAs for the organization Itself I feel to a great extent like Brother W H Kerr As soon as the names Free thinker rationalist liberal etc are announced for a lecture in small cities the whole town rises as one person to kill the genn in the bud such Is my experience and douotless others win laboredh alefanfoundesingle person that has the moral courage to openly declare himself or herself a Freethinker I am a member of the American Secular talon ind National Liberal Party The forI Is doing some good work while the later Is dead and burled It Is a noteworthy fact that most organlza tlons linked together by a spell of thusiasm are as a ruio of short dura ion The Church of Humanity ott which Mr W H Kerr Is the orlglna tor is tho very embodiment of tho principles peculiar to Freethought It composed of some of tho most ac a live thinkers we have In our ranks Its growth Is moderate but steady and Is not likely to become a burden to Its members It will be well to give n possible wide scope In this matter and Invite our best talont to devise some wise plan of action as on the successor failure of such an organization may depend our future freedom the encroachments of eceleslastl tyranny AVERSE TO ORGANIZATION Freethinkers who Discard Authorit for Truth and Take Truth Alone For Authority care not for Organ zatlon By DR J C BARNES Freethlmcers are those who discard all authority for truth and take truth alone for authority and In the very nature of their psychic situation are averse to organizations and institu tions for they are binding in degree and retard expansion Strong govern ments churches organizations and I stltutlons even more so In past than at present are being dslntegrated by and in accordance with tho law of evolution from the simple to the complex from the horn ogenlous to the heteogeneous and from the Indefinite to the definite We see this evolution going on in the church from the homogenlous Catholic 1to the many Protestant denomlna tlons and the independence of thought In all the churches We see the same differentiation going on in govern meats a rebellions spirit against au thority It will go on till every man will be his own church and his own governor Only subservient slav can be restricted to a strong church state organization or Institution Th tendency Is towards differentiation and hctcrogenlty yet definite Individ uallty We see that when men once free from autnoritarian churche and political parties they are to being bound by any organization Witness the Spiritualists after they break with the churches they cannot combine in any largo body YEt there Is a great unanimity in essential doe rlpmrltC1tTOfOOUvv lation with 2000 Spiritualists and are unable to sustain a church bu have 20 small societies Tire more norant and subservient the devotee- of a religion the stronger and more ty rannlcal the church I find that Free thinkers in religion are also as a rule Freethinkers In sociology or politics However desirable it may appear to have an organization it is not In the nature of things to have one While In Union there Is strength n where physical force Is necessary It Is questionable whether or not it applies In the domain of mind Herbert Spencer has had and Is having more Influence on the sociological thought of the world than all the Ie of civilization and Tolstoy Is havin more influence than the Czar and th strong Greek Church and Ingersoll has Ltd and Is having more influent than the strong Roman church iiere is a tendency to Individual freedom and along with It a sympathy for the whole and a feeling and sense for interdependence of one on all par adoxlcal as it may seem It Is a good sign to see the differentiation in religion and sociology Along with It goes a sense of th rights of others with a sense of our own rights or a knowledge of tho law of equal freedom of equity of justice 60 let us help those who can write and speak for freedom as our ability will permit and save the expense of organization GREW UP LIKE A- SILENT SEED While Freeethought Leads In Work- Reform Would Oppose Organ lung Its Forces The Reason WhylBy GEORGE LEESON As to Freethought organization I would not oppose It because Free thought Is and ever has been the only true and Intelligent leader of reform Its fast growth like a silent seed without organization has been as Ir reslstable as the motion of the earth Because its foundations is self evident truth scientific justice equity vs blind delusive plantoms of faith perpetuated by false fictions fertilized by Ignorance While I favor organization an experiment I have not the con fldence In Its success that I would have In a national institution of learn Ing strictly secular a west point of cadets to become teachers of scientific J ifr i truths All the truly great benefactors it humanity from Satan to the present time have been freethought people Happiness can only be established byI secular scientific truths evoluted by a broad minded political system of love in all for the happiness of all To hasten such a condition is simply to be consistent educate practlqe what you preach and get It politically as soon as tho minds are broad enough they will be ripe enough abolish priest craft and all like faker These conditions cannot axis until utter tho abolition of church an commercialism few of the most ardent advo calcafes of Freethought realize tho cent rapid mind melting growth of liberalism Politically It has now taken the throne of respect while mythology Is tho victim of derision all this ha been accomplished by the self relfan- unorganized braves their growth has tory because self relying I am satis tory because self relying I am satis- y tied and proud of past and present political prospects Individually accomplished without church props o organization relying on Individual purity untrained by creeds or organ delCormltleslet well enough alone but will not oppose the experiment of organization a platform may be made broad enough for both feet to stand on but can it give us evolution room to move about at liberty for liberty ana the destruc tomacautious conservative of the Blades advocacy and of the question of Liberal organization Is indicative of the magnitude Importance and mystery Involved In the question Its intricacy Increases to such density that my brain falls to fathom It to satisfactory analysis of the resulting effects of such are volution Hence I trust some Blade writ will give the analysis demon strafing the wisdom of organization or Its rejection- I know what individuals have ac complished by self reliance but I dares not venture an opinion on the result of untried organization Necessity is said to be the matter of Invention notndown and relic on the organization purityeo and as dangerous to liberty and progress For fifty years I have watched scion title Impregnable evolution drawing Ignorjir derision of church and state from the stagnant swamps of tyranny htdrqthlrbackwardtp victoryssoon on our tiflc political and clvu liberty There aro but two Issues to overcome Sun day law and private capital The In advertency of the advocate of these Issues will destroy them Catholics and protestants can and will meet on common ground on the Sunday ques tion which Is fusion and fusion Is failure because any law that is not obeyed with a reasonable degree of alacrity is not a solutary law and must fall with the Institutions that created- It capitalisticg willeelect him because they own him Roosevelt will be used to gratify tho poor duped victims of party name and draw their votes from the social 1st In this the Republicans will haul another fusion victory same as they had In Clevelands last term only It will result In utterly destroying the arid draw their votes from tho Social thisalabor The disgusting Sunday law fusion and the abolition of the Demo craic party Had wo not better let well enough alone or risk organiza tlon ONE WHO HEARTLY FAVORS IT By G O ROBERTS I am heartily In favor of organiza lion In all cults rades etc and Im sure the Freethinkers could do so with advantage In many ways I am In favor of State local and National plan as suggested already In the Blade Life membership should bo one dol ar and at least halt of that should be used to pay for an appropriate certificate of such membership No degrees should be charged No salaried ficers except secretary and expense of same to be raised by contribution of those who are willing and could afford same All Freethinkers should be en rolled as union Is dcsireable All who are not orthodox and led by sky pilots DOUBLE HEADERITho Queen Crescent Route will run excursion to Cincinnati Sunday July 22nd for tho big double head base ball game Ask ticket agents for particulars W C RINEARSON General Passenger Agent t ORGANIZATION WOULD SURELY MULTIPLY RATIONAL EFFORTS EACH UNIT BROUGHT INTO THE FOLD GIVES IT GREATER STRENGTH AND RATIONALISTS SHOULD BE AS RATIONAL ON THIS SUBJECT AS THEY ARE UPON OTHERS By D WEBSTER GROH otr movdas a as r one acting singly so likewise organ ized simultaneous cooperation would similarly multiply the effectiveness of Rationalists effort many thousand fold United effort multiplies effec tlveneess as many times as there are strongtth Hence the power of churches labor unions fraternities secret trusts political parties and govern mentsI cerJas well as others to unite an vastly multiply their effectveness An as their united power would Increase in exact ratio with their active mem bershlp their organization name platform and objects should all be so broad liberal and attractive as to tract all just Intelligent progressive thinkers and repel none A short expressive attractive name for such a union easily spoken and printed would be Rationalists Un callnpensive R U on a badge or other wise standing for either Are R 6ught then become a popular query Its Platform Should be Indisputable tact faultless logic unadulterated reason absolute justice and equal liberty In all things cape c lallyreligion To get these equally hear all shies especially in religion for to deny opponents an equal hearing Is dishonest unjust tyrannical Invite and promote criticism which alone can discover error eradl cato it supplant truth Instead and pro mote real progress Only error Justice and superstition fear criticism which promotes justice truth and lib arty As no organization can exist without money the sinews of war this should be obtained through membership fees which to be within the reach of all should be small say 26cents per year for associate membership 50 cents for ragufaime eralifpr ft for active- membership 500 for aggressive fmembership and 1000 for honorary membership besides which voluntary contributions would be quite acceptable always Like In tatock companies votjing power should be somewhat propor donate to nnanclal and literary terest therein As many of Its members being so widely scattered could not spare the time and money to attend early con ventions or event local meetings perhaps a thoroughly Rationalistic organ izatlon on the plan or the American Press Writers Association with the Blade as Its mouthpiece or organ wherein would be published targets for Its members to write to reports of the effects of such writing and gen oral news of the organizations doings would answer all purposes while ing on matters of interest could bo done by members sending In their votes on signed postal cards The main good of a Rationalistic ociation would anyway consist In the amount of Rationalistic argument it could inject into the common dally and weekly papers that the majority read through letters to the editors thereof for thus we can reach the masses much more thoroughly ef fectlvely and cheaply than by lectures which many would not attend any way and which few Rationalist have the time money and persecution enduring spirit to plan and push to success In their own communities Letter writing can be done at leisure while everything else must be put off to attend meetings so the former now seems a much better mod of propaganda especially If throug- cooperation many Rationalistic lot ters are simultaneously sent an editor from various parts of the United States commenting on something he previously printed as he then feels 1m polled to print one or more of the best of them If simply to show what wide spread Interest his previous article elicited Since the Press Writers have In duced so many editors to print letters from their readers on all other sub jects they are getting more liberal In printing criticism of religion If carefully worded to show no bitterness toward Christians So by asking pointed questions as It honestly desiring information many Ratlonalls tic ideas can ho Introduced that will set readers thinking and prepare them later to read the Blade and other stronger Rationalistic literature At least nine tenths of the many Rationalists I know become so by reading Instead of through attending lectures Hence Rationalistic newspapers propaganda seems to me the very best sible method IN FAVOR OF ORGANIZATION We Should Formulate TextBooks for Use In Freethought Sundays Schools Throw Down the Gaunt let to Christendom CLARIEd interdupon ject of Organization of the Freethinkers and would like to have my little say also certainly enjoy the cutting re maths made by Air W H Korr In byIicrrlug to his humiliation caused reethlnKers coming or allowing hisIfamily to go to Sunday School learning to worship a dead Jew To Mr Kerr I would ask In our presIent condition What shall we to bo saved but for u place for our wives and daughters to show their new hats and dresses and young wid ows to go husband hunting Now if the Freethinkers will call a meeting having for Its purpose that of formulating some text books for the use in Sunday Schools of Freethought and the establishing of same in every community vilago and the education of young men and women for the service of the Lord of Reason Instead of the God of myths we will think and not till then strike In tho right dlrec ton There Is plenty of men yes I dare say women too that are ready to throw down the gauntlet to tho Chris tian world and battle for the Lord of Reason if they had the assurance of a strong financial association to back them up In their efforts to enthrone truth and reason Our lecturers It own In church as missionaries having the bread and butter question settlol they are ready to go forth to do battle especially the women the hope atthe country Yes organize an Tbs2fcupilCTw Izatlon with Institutions of learning that will prepare the minds of its stu cents with the knowledge and learn Ing that they will be able to show from a scientific standpoint that we are right Instead of a platform which sounds to much liKe politics formulate a code of moral laws for all who wish to become members to subscribe to and a pledge that such will be taught and practiced by all of Its members and when as many as ten or more In a community comes together and wish to Join let the national or state organ ization issue a charter for same Tho ten members are then a body and can hold Sunday Schools and be pro tooted by law from the hired hoodlums of Christian organization who would seek to disturb their meetings The lesson should be divided Into several classes and made simple so as to attract tho young childrens minds and to teach them the science of growth Just so long as Freethought allows the young minds to oa stuffed with tho old Ideas otwho made you and wno was tho first man and all such tomyrot Just that long we will con tlnue to grapple with Ignorance and superstition with no degree of sue cess or hope With an organization having for Its purpose as above with its members foaling their duty to contribute as lib orally to Its support as they have to the Christian organization I am sure It will succeed and soon become a power In the land If every member would go to his Christian friend and organizationhhave been supporting your Institutions all the days of my life now I have one that I ask your support not to the exItent of what have given yours but one third or one fourth With that spirit of missionary work I am sure could soon endow several Instl tntions of learning and put Lecturers Preachers in every clime and every tongue ONE FAREIFor the Round Trip to the Fair at Georgetown Ky Via Queen Crescent Route July 24th 25th 26th and 27th Good Returning July 28 Dont Miss It Greater than ever beforeAsk ticket agents for particulars I I 1 c CAN FREETHINKERS STAY ORGANIZED No Doubt Concerning Their Ability To Get Together and If Th Should Fall no Harm Is Done By J B WERTZ Can Freethinkers organize Why of Icourse why not but whether or n organize and make It a pe manent success and stay organize- is still another question laButfail in accomplishing everything man has ever accomplished but partial success and failure Is the history of evolution the death of every plant furnishes humus for the development of tho succeeding plant Every fort develops strength Every failure is an effort from which we can not help learn I would therefore urge organize while I feel my incompetence I would beg to make a few thtionsAs for the main structure of the thorganizationthe national organization part of whose duty it should be to o ganlz state organizations whose duty in tur should be to organize county organ zations As for methods of propaganda would as one means suggest Sunday Is a social being and go to nssoclnwIpeople know this and take advantage of it and why should not we At Sunday School I would instruct the chi dren and youth In the some of the fundamental principles of science I would try to Impress them with the fact that everything tales place In absolute conformity with fixed and in exorablo law not approximately but as nicely and exactly asi two times two arQ four or three times three are nine and once Impressed with these facts their faith In miracles and the supernatural would soon die a natural we should discuss all moral inquestionsFor thus fay Christian belleYfcrs seem to think that there is no mor ality out side the church and this Is a great obstacle in the way of a great many people in drifting away from the superstitious part of bible teaching but of these people can bej impressed with the fact that morality is public property and not church property they would yield Then v iiltiffinJ Iecture at each ses slon either by a resident or other sameastjeletles every city town and village should have established either separ ate or In conjunction with other bookstore a store where should be kept a full lino of literature and the keeper should take subscriptions and keep for sale the freethought papers Another means of propaganda and very good one would be to get pub Ushers of news papers to devote a column to the discussion of religious and frcothought subjects generally This would always come before the reader unsought and while the free thought papers are read only by thesa who seek them which is almost ex elusively freethinking Beside the propaganda we should renew our fight against union of church and state for the church Is ag greslvo and eternal vigllenco Is the price of safety There has not been much done along this line since the death of S P Putnam THE COLOR OF- ADAMS SKI To What Race Did Our Alleged Ances tor Belong Pertinent Discussion Devils Island Deserter By HARRIET M CLOSZ The Presbyterian convention which recently convened in Des Moines Iowa closed Its deliberation too soon to decide on the authenticity of our ancestral Parchments It is now declared that Adam was a Caucasian umor I mean an Ethiopian To be sure Adam has run the gauntlet of races from a Chinaman to an Indian a FIJI Islander back to tho preferred paloface and no scientist with serene assurance shall shako our dotermlna tion to hold on to tho white man Anyone wishing to affiliate with a a negro progenitor should have the ox pcrlenco of a delegato to tho above named Presbyterian convention from North Carolina Tho story goes thus In assigning places of ontertal- meni the N Carolina man was orron couslyi presumed to be a negro and was listed as the guest of a coloredI brother In Des Moines Arriving after dark ho was escorted to his quarters but when daylight arrived ho found himself not only domiciled with the dark brown brother but ensconced with a burley bedfellow L At If such an experience is not enough to Induce one to execrate and repu diate science a Christian convention cannot decide what is Away with anthropological research A white God a white Adam and a white Jesus meDevils Island Deserter Now if tho lachrymose ladles who long to leave a laudable record to pos rarity would postpone the persecution isofcrueltdy qulsltlon they might succeed in malt g the society for the prevention of cruelty to human animals something more than a name A French prisoner for theft is to be sent to Devils land whore Dreyfus was held there to spend the remainder of his days An iron cake is to be riveted about his neck his hands extending through the sides and the whole depending to the knees A ball and chain finishes the apparatus and the victim can only hob ble painfully about and cannot lie down at all His clothes are not to bo ansd e sooner the French government can succeed in sending his spirit to e God who gave t the greater the favor they expect to confer on God sentlmentanthey are often more sinned against than sinning that the system and dI protest against such fiendish brutality whether perpetrated by individual or by governmental sanction The ac thh American Express office in Paris was the occasion for this savage sentence and who knows but that American flucnce has had something to do wit this monstrous outragethI make no pretense of suggesting pctoland is quite enough for any crime without the additional cruelty of car rying about an iron cage It smacks too much of too Christian cruelties of the dark ag and is certainly a remnant of the religious rule from which France has so recently escaped The French people have made rapid progress during the past few year throwing off the yoke of the churc- and only time is required for them to repudiate such relentless Judgments I thmeanwhlloand tho American express cowpan- feasts and fattens end goes free e we going to do about it WHY AND WHERE FORE OF SOCIALISM Strong Argument In Favor of the Col lectlvlstP rinclple In our Amerl can Political System By H STONE As the columns of the Blade aro open for discussion of economics I shall avail myself of the opportunity to submit to its readers a few reasons why I think Socialism will naturally and necessarily evolve out of Capital lam Of the different schools of econo miss the advocates of Socialism seem to be the only ones who thoroughly appreciate the fact that wo are living in an ago of machlno production and that ovary economic tendency is to wards making it still more so The Socialist recognizes the fact that cial systems change slowly but surely so as to correspond with the changes In wealth production and as a conse quence cannot bo put on offhand like a ready made garment That betty social conditions are not brought about because of an allpervading loveNor r h standing this such is the eternal fit ness of things that only in so far as the forward step will bring Us nears Into lino with tho great principle of justice can wo hope for any lasting improvement In our condition This is because what is of benefit to society will and must survive while that which is a hindrance cannot and is discarded One of the benefits which seem to have stood the test of time is of associating for protection and pleasure We are so Interdependent that no one can do anything that will not in some manner act or react upon the whole of society and as good acts cont help but have a good influence a and bad acts the opposite it becomes natter of selfinterest to deal Just ly with our fellow man Therefore when the Socialist speaks about the brotherhood of man he does not do because of any sickly sentimental itnis founded on the scientific basis of sal f interest Ho sees that so long as any of the social organism eufller no part can be wholly well Wo all know that when any part of the man boldy is seriously affected it will it not remedied soon throw tho entire structure moro or less out of quillc brium It is Just the same with the so 1i clal or race body Society can no moor with safety o itself abuse its constituent parts than the Individual canan injury to one is an injury to all I will say in regard to the Lutter controversy that though land cant safely be alienated it is by no means the controlling factor in wealth production today Neither is there anything to show that single tax in any way In line with industrial evolution while everything points to the fact that Socialism is Every trust every Improvement of the ma chine points the finger of fate to So cialism If land were the controlling factor then the tanner should be able to die tate terms to the railroad trust and say You tape what I choose to give you for naullng my producce to mark et The stock raiser would say I will pay you so much per car for trans porting my stock take it or leave itAnd to the beef trust This Is my price pay it or no beef for oul But do these proud land owners do itI Not a bit of it the exact reverse is true Fundamentalism and serfdom are things of the past let us be thankful j0 thrfeudal system passed the supremacy of land in wealth production During tho feudal ago the great land owners were the dominent class because land was then the controlling factor in production Today the owners of the machine are the dominent class cause that is the controlling factor It Is therefore not to be wondered at that these giant trusts the highest exponents of machine production are bhat they will continue to control so long as they are left in undisturbed of these perfected instru of wealth production It is per fectly plain then that la order to emancipate themselves the workers must take possession of these tools of cause faofbe desired It is perfectly true causehd produce enough for all the warehouses are full to overflowing when these periodical panics occur but as e workers are paid only for a small cata e new markets on the part of the employers But even mar- aet have their limits and they are eventually forced to close down It matters not in the least whether the workers have anything to live on or not because the owners of the ma chlnery of production can ample- them only when they can make labori things surplus on one hand and want on the other will ex ist until the toll millions wake up Wo j fact that they themselves must be the owners of the means whereby they make their living As to Lutter mans remedy I hardly think that it is tho best possible unless he would be willing to tax the capitalists a hull dred cents on the dollar Since vate ownership of the means of pro ductlon and distribution is the cause of hard times as he too seems to rec ognize collective ownership therefore naturally suggests Itself as the proper remedy Cause private ownership the things that all must have acre to In order to live curs collective ownership of these things tinny people are so terribly afraid that Socialism will do away with that dear old competition Tho ruth about the matter Is that competition by itsI very nature is bound to evolve Into co operation Given a competitive sys- tern cooperation follows as the nightI the day Competition has forced ItsI votaries to combine or be devoured byI the object of their adoration but selfpreservation Is the first law life they have naturally chosen to doj the devouring themselves by combin- Ing So It has been all the way upI to the present One combination more powerful than another until today we have this combination of corporations called a trust This being the so theI Socialist sees with joy that things b come trustified because during th process the capitalist is slowly but surely eliminating himself While for merly ho used to manage his businessI ho is now to a great extent simply a dividend taker All these big concerns are stock companies and are enbywith hired help from the presid down hence the capitalist is becoming useless member of society and as a consequence will be discarded If thoI workers can operate the industries tho capitalist they can certainly do it for themselvesIit is not a question of whether weI shall have the trust tho trust Is asI Inevitable as Ute law of gravltntlonI but the question is shall wo own the trust or shall the trust own us Th Interis the problem that must be solved the near future and tho working elmssthe must do tho figuringIProduction Is already to a great tent cooperative but iho benefit from this goes only to those who own tho tools of production It is through this ownership that they are In a position to force the workers to take less than the full social value of their product in return for their or But as the Bible says everything worketh together for good because only that which Is beneficial to the race can long survive So It Is with capitalism The cooperative feature of the great trust will survive and evolve to Socialism 2nDESPOTISM A FORCE FOR G00 The Principles that Make Best for Civilization and an Exposure of The Flagrant Frauds and Falla cles of Modern Society By PARKER H SERCOMBE The following is reproduced from Tomorrow Magazine by permission of the author I am a carpenter I am a maker new f things I do not bring you a story of babbling childhood nor a bab bllng preachment of old age but in e lower of my strength and intellect I otter a sure and natural method of character building which ere long Is sure to come into general use The world misjudges mo at present but not more than you misjudge and misinterpret the world The regime of preaching commandments ostracism and gunpowder hav- Ing now been pursued by the church for a thousand years and having produced nothing better than universal thtdyism and open theft It Is high time that the Conservators of Public Morals should look about them for a more encouraging system and set of ideals Judged by results the prevailing method of teaching honesty and mor allty is a failure and having decided under the title of Chicagos Cave Dwellers to place the record of this ilure In the hands of the public with wthatdoing so to address you as follows Advice persuasion criticism and all forms of preaching have in no way been aids to human progress for the reason that all advancement all evo lotion is due entirely to another set of forces Primitive man wth no attempt at prkgress we in fact our has ever been a detriment and hlrecirance to progress Those who have been able to co pletely direct themselves under the teachertrope have invariably become degenerates It Is the LIFE FORCE that males docile and enslaved race may be controlled and exploited by preaching to them a set of commandI ments rules and regulations tht naive form of depotlsm is entirely out of harmony with contemporary ideals of democracy and equality Therefore despotism has never been a force for good That the Declaration of Independence is an inspired document Jesss h ity and pure democracy That the Interrelationship and terdependence of all mankind as taught by Herbert Spencer implies freedom independence and pure de mocracy That the Induclve method of bring- Ing out the Individuality of the child taught by Froebel and Pestalozzi is movement toward freedom equality and pure democracy anaalalzc slaves are only fit for slaves and must ever be without effect upon a free people That tits present reign of crime and vice In this country Is accounted for the effort of the Conservators of Public Morals to enforce Impossible systems only fit for dominated races isThat criminals and wrongdoers are victims and not culprits That all efforts to stop graft by despotic methods will be a failure That all effort to stop drunkenness by despotic methods will bo a failure That all efforts to prevent adultery preaching or auk other form of despotism will be a failure That industry Is EVERYTHING as counter influence away from crime orThat while monogamy may be main talncd among docile and enslaved races by the despotism of tho present marriage system a free people will not and do not submit to the dicta tion of tyrannical authorities in their love and sex relations proper institutions of charac culture should take tho place of all forms of despotic attempts to con trol the private affairs of Individuals allaCwith all the crimes of our epoch That good character is tho result f good environment and not the re I t 0 suit of preaching or talking That Lincoln Ingersoll and Beech er all grew not even having mothers in their childhood to say dont That all the preachers In the world are wasting their time and should go to work shoulder to shoulder with their followers and acquire Industry Initiative and originality and the Lord of Hosts will take care of the rest as ho did long before preachers wore in vented That my mission on earth shall bo teach Preachers to place more faith d trust In God and less In their own theDmonogamic system In order to pre serve its energy vitality and cleanll if it is necessary to let go dog ma and doctrine In order to preserve the Institution of monogamy it Is our duty to do so That under right conations we would become monogamic as com plate as sheep are vegetarians That under the Declaration of Independence this vital principle can only be preserved In tho form of VOLUNTARY MONOGAMY without external despotism coercion or ostracism That a free people cannot bo forced Into monogamy by decree of Church or State That tho word illegitimate applied to a child is a disgrace to our race That a CREED whether Christian Science or Socialism is an eternal detriment to progress and prevents its devotees from malting use of the latest acquired knowledge That all knowledge is the result of experimentation and ho who stands in e way of experimentation is an ene to progress That rowdyism adultery graft drunkenness and every form of vice Is on the rapid increase That It is impossible to bring up a child to be honest or moral in Chicago That those who are interested will start immediately forming groups and settlements made up of high minded industrious people away from cities here those who really have an interest in their children may let the grow up to manhood and womanhood fit for the brotherhood of man a described by Jesus and as outlined by Herber Spencer Kuropatkin Walt Whitman and Edward Carpenter Why Mute and Inglorious oCutherle Oklahoma Bro Hughes enclose M O for 100 please credit newal to JuneI90llllhri1 apsr certainlymRome book for I s NOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden 18 size Special R Way 23 Jls 2600 New RWay 23 Jls Deuber Watch Co 21 JIa 17 same 17 Jls 14 29FatherRaymond 19 Jls 20 B W Ray mond 17 Jla 1850 29apleton Tracey Co Premier 17 Jls 16TheWay Inspectors Sundries Waltham P S Bartlett or Elgin Wheeler 17 Jls ad justed nickel same gilt same Hampden nickel 800 same not ad Hampdentham nickel noncatchable hair spring 450StandardAl the above in or 4ounce ell goldtilledmanufacturers and my guarantee for 20 years or in hunting case more In 25 year screw case or boating case more than In verlne case In solid gold case to 50 more LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large 6 size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest 9d7 Jls 1150 15 Jls 16 adj 18 Riverside extra fine 24jIn 25year case 1 more In 14k gold case 10 to 50 more LattorIwith diamonds all in plush paid with Send for guaranteeIed Jewelry Rings Silver and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism in the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEINILa Orange t want it bad but can not take care of books for most of my life has been migratory and may continue so to tour3earsmany places I appreciate the Blade since you leave been at the Helm as highly as any of your readers and it Is a mystery to me how you could re main so long a mute inglorious ton so to speak I think It is no detriIment to tho paper to permit the dis t cuss Ion of social and political ques tions for all rationalists should take f itotelligently1VILSON IVES Wants Another Copy Marshall Oklahoma Jas E Hughes The book A Trip to Rome by Dr Wilson at hand and I have spent 4iIsSend me another for a friend In iInext five or six months and soon my J time on the Blade expires stop it as cannot get it I think It is up now If I know of anybody that I could send it to I would do so but I dont 1Send the book to B F Watts Mar shall Oklahoma T J PRINCE ANNUALLY CONDUCTED NIAGARA FAILSsEXCURSION tt Via i fj C11 DI- n Connection With the P M WABASH RR SATURDAY JULY 28 1906 700 ROUND TRIP FROM CINCINNATI TICKETS GOOD 12jmDAYS RETURNING Tickets good going and returning all willsbe honored in either direction between Detroit and Buffalo on the D B Steamship Companys boats For folder containing general infor motion regarding time of trains rates etc cal on any C H6c D Agent or address W B GALLOWAY General Passenger Agent CnTCTNNATI OHIO u 125 ClCT VIA III SUNDAY f JULY 22 l ZDSpecial LEAVINGS f LEXINGTON 730am f AailMet Agent for Partienliw J GREATEST DISCOVERIES- OF SOIENOE EVER MADE GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through Its organ The Truth About God which it publishes monthly and its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Type Spellingandporary International Instructor for the church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants 900 more to formally organize and incorporate The first thousand members will be the fonderand organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY J If you have loved ones you wish rescued from the Idolatry of world f thisChurch t from becoming Idolaters by teaching them The Truth About GodtWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap tplication for memberahli information about the college and send M esata for a years aubtcriptlor to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do It arty ir 4t1i tLflt1C1ldc IItI U rjHi1t Editorial Continued from page one tee that at the end of the year he will become K permanent subscriber on his or her own account and in this way the Blade can be made to help it self at the same time placing it before a larger number of readers every year it you feel that such a plan would succeed kindly mention in your letter that the extra dollar is sent to curry out this suggestion and at the end of the year beginning with August 1 1906 we can calcul ate how well it has succeeded r r s RELIGION AS IT IS ACCEPTED IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS t The following significant comment upon the cant ing hypocrisy of the age in which we live especial ta ly us regards the modern trend of religion appear ed in the columns of the New York Commercial a business newspaper which makes no pretense to publication ot the sensationally grewsome news features of the day Coming from such a conservative source it is worthy of consideration as indicat ing the drection in which modern intellectual thought is moving An Age Of Cant We are living in a striking age from whatever aspect considered an age of decadent creeds and changing standards The historian of the future in summing up the salient characteristics of the present iiihabitunts of the United States will no doubt classify them as the most restlessly progressive peo pie the greatest road city and empirebuilders that this world has known and an essentially practical race On the other hand the amazing facility with which so intelligent a people submts to being exploited by any religious fakir or thaumaturgist that just happens along will not escape criticism from the Greenes or Gibbons of future ages It was refreshing to fiind the esteemed Public Ledger not long ago rejoicing apparently in cer tain strange discoveries and tidings of great joy that had been brought to the good people of Phila delphia by a Doctor Torrey and a Mr Alexander itinerant evangelists or missionaries or re Yivalists For hile Philadelphia may possibly lack some of the briskness of New York and other large cities yet surely the marvels alleged to have occurred under Tiberius Caesar should have reach ed that fair city by this time They were stale news even when Constantine led by his Empress Helena promulgated an official religion for the western Ro man empire only sixteen centuries ago and since I that time these wonders have certainly been ex a haustively discussed in all their possible bearings on interpolationsri refers to them passages Yet notwithstanding the deduc ltionafiOCQntemptupus for certain forms of primi l tive beliefs arrived at by musters 61 the liwnan- ui intellectsuchmen as John Stuart Mill Spencer Darwin Huxleyat the present moment to our discredit be it said among Englishspeaking races the profession of Howling Dervish for which ig norance is a good qualification is one of the most immediately profitable that even a getrichquick schemer can turn his attention to The good news that Philadelphia was asleep and needed reviving reached the ears of Doctor Torrey and those of the similarly inspired Mr Alexander at an opportune moment and they very laudably hastened to intro duce salvation to the city of brothely love A much wider field of effort has presented itself in France And what may not have been lost to the French population by the absence of these reverend gen tlemen at this precise juncture f The government and legislators of that country have been engaged for a year or more in a roughandtumble fight with the church there indeed that was a precious opportunity for our revivalists either as umpires or better still participants in the fray In the absence of any such champions the church over there worsted and the principal French newspapers with few exceptions are congratulating the govern ment upon its victory In our own land we appear slow in realizing that cant and superstition are the deadliest enemies of human progress Has education not sufficiently advanced among us to render HolyGhosters Dow ieisra spook worship and other such religious mas querades impossible What renders such beliefs possible in the first instance There lies the crux of the problem Thirty years ago when France 1still trembling after her tremendous defeat by Ger many was being reorganized by such pure patriots as Gambetta and M Pliers Paul Bert then minis ter of public instruction addressed the chamber of deputies to the following effect It is not our domestic discords it is not England nor even the trained German legions that constitute the greatest menace to Frenchmen and the prosperity of France still bleeding from her wounds but the man in black His memorable words have borne fruit But as to the vultures who under a clerical garb and under all kinds of denominations are al lowed to impose on the credulity of the British or American public without restraint such as these were not tolerated in France Germany or Switzer land at any period but were amenable to the law as rogues or impostors The French minister was re ferring only to the orthodox regular French clergy good enough for the feudal ages of Europe but now deemed mischievous reactionary and a breeder of t debasing superstitions- Is there no lesson that our cultivated and more thoughtful class of citizens can derive from this great French national movement For such it is Are the shepherds and tubthumpers the types so well portrayed by Charles Dickens forever to be encouraged and go unrebuked by the press of this country We must decline to believe that Phil F a delphia was asleep and needed awaking by Doctor Torrey and Mr Alexander The Reverend Doctor Cass chairman of the mission announced that I i the total expenses c f the revival reached 40000 The profits were not stated In this kind of business they never are nor their disposal On a rough calculation it cost about 5 a head to convert Philadelphian In Atlanta the next stand fo the two worthies it no doubt cost much more b i Thee average Christian is the most abject and pitiful slave that ever bowed his neck to a you or cowered beneath the lash He does not posses- the moral courage the intellectual independence of the commonest yaller dog that trots at the heels of a negro chicken thief lie is not an intellectual entity but a very unimportant part of a costly ma chine and ostrichlike he is proud of it Let us rathe be a fleabitten fice and bark at the moon but boast freedom and independence a a a Religious fervor robs men and women of moral backbone and leads them along with grandmothers apron strings If the present politicoreligious com publictalents and gigantic vices a paradise of cold heart and narrow minds the golden age of the coward the bigot and the slave The idealities of the Chris tian world is to acquire just enough ability to successfully deceive and plenty of religion to be able to persecute And of such is the kingdom of heaven r a a r In the days of old the theologians crucified me head downwards for simply telling the truth Now they crucify them on a cross of business fear and social ostracism When men can understand that the best and noblest do not have their names rolled on a church roster they will take courage an fight back with increasing vigor Just as a mastiff will seldom bark at anything he can get ahold of and brute so the priesthood strike only over the shoulders of others and then at a safe distance so that no rebound can follow Cowards all of them a a e r v The best way to get through life is to form a high ideal give it both form and being embody it in your thoughts and then work to attain it No possessingcertain result If you have an ideal push it H you have not then establish one look up to it live it make it a part of your life provided it be a no ble one and success will come Whether it be in your social life commercial career or business in terests get busy let the deed follow the word Nothing Like New Blood Etown Ky Jas E HughesDear- Sir Inclosed you have money order s for two dollars and fifty cents for Blue Grass Blade to parties mention I ed I am glad to see so many of the Blade readers give you so much taffy as editor Nothing like getting new blood Into anything It helps awfully Hope this lIttlo mite will help you some wish I were able to make It 500 but you know what Paul said about providing for ones own house hold I see The Trip to Rome is be ing mailed out to subscribers I haveJnot gotten mine yet but guess it turn up O KL F MANSFIELD Pleased With The Blade Salt Lake City Utah Mr Hughes Inclosed find P O Order for one years subscription to the Blade and also send to the same address a copy of the paper with Wilsons oration over the remains of Capt Henry this is the address F R Hardle No9 Jefferson St Salt Lake City Utah and please send to me one of C C Moores Memorials I am well pleased i with the Blade and will try and do all r I can for it With best wishes to you and the Moore family and all the Blade corpse of writers I am as ever with you all to the endJ P RED- MAN Wilson Did Himself Proud Washington D C Jas E Hughes I have received Dr Wilsons book A Trip to Rome and have given them out to be read by people who will ap predate them as Brother Wilson has done himself proud If a million of men and women could read this book unprejudiced our country would begin to get on the upgrade and the people would be better and wiser What any man or woman wants with a bloody God in this world is a problem that have never been able to solve since IIwas a little boy long years ago why any decent people In America wants their little children taught such fa hideous doctrine is past my finding out although I have tried to solve it for a long time It surely cant be Ignorance for all of them are wiser than poor Old Burns Enclosed find a dollar to pay postage on books FRANK BURNS tMcGregorRome book received July 9th 190Cj theiWestall the tlmeC FETTE The Blade is needs new sub scribers We must double our cir culation to make it Send us a few new dubscribersI F vJ ft I lJ I U 11111111101 + THE BLADES i BOXr I + 111111 d 111 II 1111 II+Should bo In Every Library Howard Kansas J E Hughes Dear Sir and Brother I have just Tripsto bulideed we Wilson as a delegate to Home I have not tho language to express my spar elation of that book I felt like I was a boy by his side and seen what he did and that he was my guldo and ex planed all things to me his explanation of tho catacombs was the best I over read the book should be in every libraryI that We are greatly Indebted to Dr Wilson and that we should do yohu the blade Say Brother you sent me two books I only paid for one I have been looking for an explanation but as yet have noneW W HENSLEY Liberals Should Stick Together Hurland Mo James E Hughes Please find inclosed order for J200 hins paper discontinued when his time pired You see Liberals as a genera rule want to stick together I hav talked and coaxed and tried to pe r condfor we are fighting a monster for a grand cause I have taken your paper for several years not alone for the good there Is in it but for the pleasur- It affords me in knowing how mac better Liberals are than Christians W S MILLER Likes the Rome Book Hagerstown Md Friend Hughes Inclosed is 20 cents in stamps to cover postage on A Trip to Rome which recently received as I had originally sent you the price of tho book about a year or so ago So for as I have read about one third of the way I am pleased with the book and wish everybody could and would read it But you know th superstitions of many would not la them read it even it they had it Many are not sufficiently honest to hear their opponents However I hope you will sell all you printed and if the remainder is as good as what I read it ought to go through many more editions Since the Blade has stopped callin its friends and patrons the oppr brious repellant and Inaccurate anti of Infidel I think It lass much Improved and believe it wit be much mor read by our opponents than before Heartily wishing you and the grand cause of Rationalism unbounded success I atnD WEBSTER GROH Just a Little Mistaken Walla Walla Washington I am melting fast 102 In the shade on sub scription think Ill enclose my last dollar before leaving for my future residence below Im well prepared aft er a four weeks stay here Blade just- In see the Johnson family are pretty well represented stay with em they as a rule are pretty liberal Wm Em mett Johnson says Of course we all believe In true marriage So does Gorky What constitutes true marriage Now were In deep water Does Maxim Gorky introduce the lady with him as his mistress or wife Another Is this a civilized country You say Freedom would manifest self in criminal folly and liberty be made a synonym for license Could there be more criminal folly or license than under the present system as observed it througout the say there is such a thing as law evejrtis applied to the relatlon of the sexes To myfrojhd love Is above all law we seeixempllfled everyday lpa rtcH eded lacy I have- yet to see twooplo made true to each other aw In your answer to Dr Wilson yousay that man flbsires an abundance of both money and Sex ln order that he might satitate himself Jvlth both I thln u here are thousands of Lib erty lod fgwomen and men who dont look at It in that light I ain assured by a Methodist revivalist hero that all Infidels and the Higher Critics will alVburn In everlasting fire You are In tor TtJlm and Clark John F I shudder to tl11nkwhat will become of him hell set em to guessing what to do with himA JOHNSON Whats In a Name Melgs GaWhlle I am not educat ed enough to write for publication I suppose you want opinions from all classes and conditions of people In the matter of organizing Liberals and here I want to register an objection to the name Infidel I think we will all be agreed that wo need to be organized but think the first stumbling block will be a platform broad enough to holdI all It has been said of Franco in 1830I As soon as a decided revolutionary tendency was manifest the man who were engaged In the great event then being accomplished acknowledged how much they differed from cad other and separated I fear the earn would be true of us and then I fear that if we had a platform that all could stand upon wo would not then rush to its standard or stick closely after getting there without there was some pecuniar gain to be had I bo platfornm and arrange the pecuniary gain the organization would be a high success wo want to know what we want to do and how we are going to try to do it 1ukawarm as as to strengthen the steadfast but how are wo going to d- oItU BORDERS Wants an Organization Upland Indiana Should Freethink ers organize Most assuredly I believe tho time is opportune if we could get men unselfish enough to work for the good of the organization and not male wind jammers of themselves as though to them alone belonged all the credit extant far a liberal idea in lightening the unwary pilgrim follow ing in tho footsteps of Catholicism teaching Younger people are waking up to the fact that investigation by science and reason wIlt not verify th tales taught by the dogmas of the Christian religion and something is desired along lines of common sense wisdom where man by advancement asceen over compr of necessaryla all now and henceforth as inhabitants of the earth That the mills of human Kindness exists in the breast of an In lldel same as the disciples of the Chris sidehlatter has been stuffed with ecclesias tical fetishes until in the abnormal condition there Isnt room for the moro logical idea of modern deduc bona Hence the need for a social ganizatIOn religiously and politically to attala distinction in the nation judgfs Indianapolis Cincinnati or Chicago would be centrally located perhaps for getting together a number of the Interested members In the cause No greattthan any other city on account of the attraction to the city and believe it would be wall to give it tho prefer mice however it is Immaterial to the writer so that We form an organize tonI M MILLER HarvestoEast Llbelty tmio Blue Grass IJlaclo Tuo environment uaketh all inanifitateus well as the animate Thou art o the inanimate but since the departure or tne lamented Moore his man tic has fallen upon one who adds addi tional Isire in your editorials better every week than any twentyfive cent monthly magazine Next to the dlscov try ot iuooros erro in preaching or thodoxy his greatest discovery for jour entaiiuieut was that of James E wno continues the glad harvest of the Blue Grass Blade as hallow ed ointment poured out for Free thougnt Your proposition for a con gress and prganlzatlon reminds me of the Book of Genesis 1 20 And God said let us make man In our Image after our likeness and let them have dominion over etc etc I hope to see a symposium upon your thought and after your likeness and kind I believe- It was Dr Barnes who said man Is but an organization but is not an or ganized body until he is a baby born and in this conception for an organiza tion and suggest these thoughts as principles enter into the body organ zed as principles for a platform First Freethought needs a Mecca for its pilgrimage of thdught like an old loud survey beginning at a corner the first encampment and poternaj home Old Classic Athens should be the Mecca and Sacred grounds for Naturalism and Freethought it Is tho paternal soul of an undying charm for poetry ofI philosophy of history of arts painting sculpture architecture heroism tory mmorals and reasoning That religion means to bo tied to a guide and all men have a religion Religious era llo hurried in and about Athens are of two kinds tho natural and tho supernatural or unnatural and super stltious To the natural religion there Is no criterion of truth outside of na ture and nothing is has been or will be but nature Natural religion en courages thought and reason tho scientific research of today on the basis of reason Supernatural religion begun in fotlshfsmand Is continued In tho prie3tcraftO ftoday having Its basis In omens signs dreams oracles spirited testimony creeds and dogmas SPENCER GARWOOD Congratulates our Work Pella Iowa Editor Blue Grass Blade Dear Sir Enclosed plJatfTflndcheck for 100 on subscription iny thoroughly occupied that I cannot work up clubs I sent you 100 to send tho paper to an Infidel in Wyoming Now if each Infidel wouldido likewise it Ieefficient manner that you have edited the paper and in the great of life you are making for thesacrlficoI potion of men from the of an orthodox God I cannot make such sacrifice but can help a little to hold up tho hands of those that do Governor Mickey of Nebraska sold in speaking of the great responsibilities of his ofllco he had taken his bur dens to the Lord and the Lord had- e helped him greatly Now wouldnt that put the blush on the monkey Then think of the Chief Executive of tho Nation getting down on his knees before the Lord repeating amen to the appeals of a bloated priest to his dead God I am at a loss for language to criticise this act I heartily dorse the President in his great form worst considering his reIhis work is marvelous But I understand these monkey shines ing you great success H M FISIC I What a Hayseed Thinks Husldn Mont Editor Blue Grass BladeInclosed please find P O Or adel for 200 as I am behind on subscription this year I will myIthat much for the next so put my up to January 1908 Now tho Is superlative you are more brood minded than the old Editor my sent meats echo your splendid editorials except when you tried to sustain the barbarlous creed and dogma of the Russian church and some of our capi tallst press hypocritical horror about that great human spirit Gorky but miff said Great men have greats faults The deceased editor had to many to suit mo I consulted my conscience and were going to have a separation from the paper but now I wouldnt Among other fallacies he argued that people have to bo men tally liberated from religious super stition before the can be liberated In uutrlally Such a view is absurd contrary to historical facts and present industrial conditions The atheists propaganda Is as old as the Christian but what have they accomplished A man in constant physical struggle and mental agony sustaining life Is not much concerned about ethical problems religious creeds a future life or If it Is any or not It is to day ho wants to live by instinct of self preservation When his sore limbs are not in painful motion coining pro fit for tho captains of industry in mine or factory he is too tired to re fiect over such deep mysteries that not any philosophers or mental giants can solve The converts from the Christian superstition toatii8i3iirrj mostly among the capitalist class readtyou pass fact through your thinking apparatus I am sure you will admit that it dont help the wageslave or any other of the working class For each succeeding year less regard is shown for human life in the various industries for each year more wealth are consecrated for each year more contempt for law is shown by the capitalist class On the other hand it Is safe to say that half of the wageslaves are Infidels not as an effect of Infidel propaganda but in spite of it and lack of any pro paganda If it is any difference InItho miseries and pains as to Christians tho Infidels most feel it more keenly as he dont have any false hope of a reward after death la form of white linen and gold It is a more dangerous than the religious that hits the harpsIing class and hurts him all the time that ho have to bo offviz the foolish idea that few ning shylocks by means of all crimi nal agencies wicked genius could In vent and under cover of legal legal ized law made by themself to suit their purpose should have right to confiscate the earth with its sources and continually force the masses of humanity to produce wealth which those said shylocks appropriate to such immense proportions that It staggers immaginatlbn As a rule the capitalists dont be hove the Christian religion but how he does love the clergy as aliens to fool the people and for that holy ser vice give them valuable privileges as big salaries free fare on their railroads big donations to build costly churches free ground for same and their propeerty exempt front taxation etc Wo know It is two different classes of individuals In our nation two opposing elements In the politi cal field through which tho industrial is operated Democrat and Republi can parties represent the capitalist class Socialism signifies the laboring class The Socialist partys alms to merge those twoclasses into one class of humanity withalike opportunity privileges and responsibilities for all Then It would not bo anybody who would needho clergy to fool nopody- The chiirclj ower would be broken fntoible monster aiding tyranny only ferred to In past hlatgiy and the much waited for kingdom of heaven would at last be cstablls d on this beautl ful earth0 F JOHNSON jJt t1lh