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Digital page images are linked to the text file. y NnJ 3 0 t x h t r r Cr ff rtt BLUE GRASS BLADEl t 1 WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH h IVOLUME XV NUMBEr rLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY JULY 29 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY SL60 A YEAR IN ADVANCEiIiJ Qrlrn JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERNS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In dubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms1U0 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc payable to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old us well as the new address When you send your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber Thoaddress slip on the paper will shu7 expiration J Iof subscription and serve as a receipt as the J lilate changes as soon as the subscriber pays ii Sieons to the Blade are not discontinued at f1 subscribervf Bible o the publisher for the subscriptionjprice r of all papers received until the paper for in full and up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky III 1111 11 IH+++ ++ EDITORIAL Jmi i H i i Deeds count not creeds a a a a Never grow weary of doing good a a a a a Money like charity covers a multitude of sins a a a The more religion the greater the hypocrisy be hind it aVVLabor merits its due reward in this world with out waiting for the next to get thngs evened a a a lv It is ever the same old story Those who toil not nor spin are attired like unto Solomon etc while those who ditch and delve are mere bundles of patched rags a a a a Presidents even in this republic come high It is now estimated that the mere maintenance of a Presdent costs the American people half a million dollars a year Hoy many laboring families would that sum keep in plenty for the same length of time a a a a a L Some people have such peculiar tastes A man in Virginia complains that he found a dog tag in his can of potted beef Surely he did not have to eat the tag and one may consider it doubtful if the packers would insist upon him digesting any por tion of the animal thnt once wore it a a a a a Rojentsvensky may be considered fortunate that after weeks of judicial deliberation a Russian court canine to the conclusion that a man could not be con sidercd a coward when he is unconscious The wayI Togo got after him was enough to make the poor fellow sick but this opinion looks very much like a Daniel coming to judgment Well did Caesar say of the lean and hungry Cas- tfiUH ho thinks too much such men are danger pus Lean andhungry men whodo not read and think arc but servile slaves who accept their fate thankfully like the patient ox or ass But a well filled head and an empty stomach were fire and covenant gunpowder in the social and political ark of the a a a a a The Blade is grateful for the numerous expres sions of good will that are continually pouring in for the many compliments and congratulations ex pressed at the appearance and improvement of the paper It must live as a fitting monument to its illustrious founder His memory could be perpe tuated in no more satisfactory way More than compliments do we need subscribers Give us a larger mailing list and we will do the rest The most of us like to be appreciated for what we do- a a a a a American labor has been humbuged and hoodoo ed by lying politicians until hope is dead and pa tience well nigh is exhausted Under existing con ditions progress in the industrial arts means a deeper poverty for the masses and education is made a lamp by whose cold light they are enabled to view their own wretchedness It is from choas that new worlds are evolved and think you if these condi tions be allowed to multiply that our cvilization is safe The same wind that waft a proud ship to port may rip its canvass and drive it upon the rocks a a a a a Orthodox religon sets up an arbitrary standard of goodness Those who comply therewith are we are told destined for paradise but those who fall short thereof whether by accident or design are ascertain of a wholesale destruction If a man do thus and so he may according to orthodox accounts read his title clear to mansions in the skies but if he does not thus and so it will be worse for him in the world to come This is but a repitition- of the political dogma that to the victor belongs the crown Granting it all to he true how aw we tp de terminI who flwll he the victor who is the van ruishedi aa a a a WhilojiKf Blades critics condemn because of its strictures upon man as a polygamist they must not forget that the Blade does pot speak alone that it simply paints man as it has found him not as it would have him It is not the fault of the Blade that his virtue isas light as old oceans foamM Jf all men were good and moral there would be no need for any legal or moral restraint being placed about Lan nave that of his uwu conscience Nan Lnot good or moral and restrainfe beconie a necessity Pure womanhood and pure manhood is a wondrous shield more potent far than swords Man how ever still damns the woman but in this age he goes further by denying the apple a a a a a THE BIRTH OF CHRIST Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King etc Matt 21 And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was Govehor of Syria And all went to be taxed every one into his own city And Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the City of Nazareth into Judea unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem Because he was of the house and lineage of David To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife being great with child And so it was that while they were there the days were accomplished that she should be delivered Luke 21 to Only the two gospels above mentioned make any reference to the circumstance or alleged circum stance of the birth of Christ Mark and John make no reference to it Nor is this all for both Matthew and Luke undertake to trace out the lineage of Joseph the reputed father of Christ but as we are now dealing with the genelogical tables we will not consider them here The fact to which we de sire to point is that there is a discrepancy between the alleged time of the birth as given by the two synoptics Matthew declares that it was in the days of Herod the king Luke is equally certain that it was during the time that Cyrenius was Governor of Syria Herod had been dead ten years before Cyrenius went into Syria and Christ was born or said to have been born two years before Herod died thus making a discrepancy of twelve years in inspiration By a reference to Josephus the Jewish historian and a further comparison with the Gospel accounts these errors are made more clear We are told that after Herods wrath at being mocked of the wise mon Joseph took the child into Egypt fearing for his life and that ho remained in Egypt until Herod was dead a period of two years God is now said to have warned Joseph ina dream that they who sought the young childs life were dead and com manded him to take the babe back into Israel But God had reckoned without his host As a matter of fact Matthew assures us that Joseph was too well on to the prophecy job that he refused to obey Gods commands and notwithstanding being warned of God in a dream he turned aside into the parts of Galileo and cane and dwelt in a city and called Nazareth And what for God had plainly told him to return into Israel But it must have been that God had forgotten for the reason of Josephs disobedience is given that it might be fulfilled of the prophets he shall be called a Nazarene Had t Joseph obeyed the commands of God the chances are that Christ would never have been Nazareth Upon such tender reeds do Christian prophecies hang Well IIerod died and Archelaus his son did reign in his stead For ten long and weary years ho kept Judea in a reign of terror He was a profligate and a drunkard Complaints were made to Rome of his iniquities and injustices that Archelaus was called before Caesar to make answer His answer was weak and insufficient Adjudged guilty of the charges made against him he was deposed his kingdom abolished and added to the Roman province of Syria It was at this time that Cyrenius a Roman senator was sent to beI Governor of Syria and in an attempt to wring from profane history some corroborative testimony ini support of the alleged birth of the Christian man god they have overshot the mark and have proved too much for the value of the story If Christ was born in the days of Herod into Syria If Luke isi telling the truth then Herod had been dead for ten years and could not have been guilty of that terrible slaughter of the innocence which Matthew attributes to him Nor is this all for accepting Matthews account of the event there is an error of four years prior to A D1 This would make the present year 1910 or else Christ was born four years prior to A D1 to make contemporary with Herod even for a short time But says the Christian apologist these discre pancies count for naught nor do they deteriorate from the value of the fact that Christ was born thatjie lived that he died and lived again Why they declare that this fact is attested by Freethinkers every day by dating their correspondence and legal documents books accounts etc in the year of our Lord 1906 This argument has about as much force as the Matthew Lukes stories of the date of his birth for the custom of dating events from the Oeged birth of Christ did notbpgin until the fourth century while the letters A D were first used in the sixth century being established or inaugurated by a German Emperor to denote the successive number of years of his reign The truth is that the birth of Christ is one of the least attested claims of the Christian faith Taking publishedcliicharacters blended into one The whole system is an eJvtic religion made up of many older religions prevailing among the people in the east during the times they were compiled None of the gospels are written or claimd to have been written by eyewitnesses for the very caption suggests that they arc not BY Matthew Mark Luke and John ACCORDING to them a a a a a It may be that some preachers are really making an honest effort to earn a living and if there be such they are the salt of the earth but one is compelled to express the fear that the Christian church professingnium would hit the earth during the present gen eration The defect in the system is that there are too many serving God for the sake of the long green One Stephen Girard in a plagueswept city one Thomas Paine risking the guillotine for the Rights of Man were worth a billion of the sancti fied who prate about sacrificing all for Jesus sake Only that man who glories in his work re gardless of reward are the worlds heroes There HolyGhostand chew the lip of the preacher a a a a Freethought came upon the world as another Star from the East ushered in a new religious epoch a glimmer of light in the darkness of reli gious superstition heralding the coming day a poising eagle that burns above the unrisen morrow Freethought is a fragrant lifegiving oasis in the dreary desert of profitless dogmatism swept by the hot winds of religious bigotry and sectarian hate After years of patient labor the maledictions are hushed The religious world has discovered the uponkindnessgious world has learned that cannot cope with the power of human love and Freethought is human love The religious world is also learning that it is better to win with kindness than to pursue with cruel calumny a a a There can be no longer any doubt about the ma jority of the leading Freethinkers in America strongly favoring an organization of some sort This much is now an established fact That desire is based upon a positive necessity and a practcal demonstration of our impotency for good work without one Should organization be undertaken its promoters must be able to profit by the lessons of experience and avoid the mistakes we have made In thepast A broad sound liberal platform cap able of holding all and strong capable and efficient leaders may be depended upon to win for Free thought Organization must be met with organiza tion and principles must be made time ground of bat tle not persons The Blade will keep its columns open for further expression upon this subject Let us hear from you Dont fail to speak out AL4LO 0 L r W EDUCATION AT HOME AND ABROAD While the professors of the Christian religion are directing their efforts to have their creeds taught lin public schools of New York the soberminded people of America may turn with profit to the Japanese system of education from which splendid results have followed One of our most grievous faults is that we have allowed the faddists espec ially those in the religious field too much sway in regard to our schools and yet all combined are unable to point to anything approaching the success obtained by the Japanese methods The splendid results of the moral teaching of the Japanese as approved by the conduct of the Japanese soldiers in the late war with Russia render the teaching of morals the most interesting of all Japanese education If the elementary schools receives two hours instruction each week and in iho secondary schools one hour each week Anger i is prohibited on the hypothesis that it is simplyV t selfassertion and courage is harrtly reckoned as a particular virtue to take prIde in He would countIhis own ease rather than perform a customary duty no matter how hazardous wou1 be counted in famous in Japan Hence the Japanese soldier does consideringthe opinionprinciples that control individual action On the whollylackingJapan has been gradually preparing her children for generations re Using that boys and girls trained with system and consistency become men and Disciplinehassubject and how to teach it The government knowing this has abolished all forms of corporal punishment No Japanese teacher ever loses his temper without being disgraced in his own eyes and in those of his pupils Thus their national school system judged by proved results is incom parable superior to the educational systems that prevail in cognition Where Christendomtthe Master iworshipese are won by kindness and love The effect of these systems upon the mind is tremen f dous and yet how dissimilar The Christian grows up in constant irritation subjecting hisVneighbors to petty annoyances invoking the aid of a sumptuary law to compell his neihbor to do as he does and believe what he believes while it is said that Japanese children are never known to quar ref and grow up reasonable selfsacrificing men and women living together in peace Blessedness and prosperity Then what a farce that we should send Christian engraftinghas proven a hindrance to peace a curse to humanity and a stumbling block in the path of pro gress Cross the lion with the hyena Mate theVeagle with the buzzard Mix oil and water It will4never make any headway in Japan until the char acter of the people have undergone an entire change tNow let the religious faddists in New York take a lesson from the heathen Let them keep their meddling hands off the public school system of t this land Let them learn to mind their own business ff It is evident that New York is suffering from X an acute case of Meddlers itch and there is danger in contagion Let the evil be suppressed before it is everlastingly too late a a a a a HEAVEN AND HELL What is heaven but ContentVWhat is hell but discontent The popular notion of heaven according to Chris tian theology is that it is an abode somewhere above the coluds none knows where with streets of gold and gates of jasper and pearl that it con tains a thronr upon which sits in regal splendor an old man God with a young man at his side Jesus and on the other some mystic being designated the holy ghost that about the throne is gathered a continual chorus of angelic voices singing hosanSnahs with some trumpets and harps All however y wear robes of spotless white and have a crown upon jJf their heads The popular notion of hell is that it is a place of j eternal torment wherein men women and children sentient feeling beings are frizzled in a lake of fire and brimstone while devils largo and small turn them over and over with long forks to keep them well cooking and increse the pain as far as they are able Its location is not known but it is said to be down below somewhere For the past thirty or more years the editor of the Blade has been trying to study out which of these two evils to avoid There be a 44dealthink of the company one is bound to keep forevertiand ever In the former all are as immaculate + bricks clay in the potters hands all cast in the same mold No dissension no doubt no progress The same old tunes the same old music the same IIt Continued on page four first columa 1 i y 1 t 1t J 1 11r I ON UNIVERSAL EXPERIMENTATION Practical Lessons In Human Phlloso phy Taken From Life Indebted To the Daring Few for all Pro gross By PARKER H SEKCOMBE Universal Experimentation When will educators parents preachers statesmen judges and rul ers learn that universal experlmenta tion tends toward decay Take an easy example the Inven tion of the printing press typewriter locomotive sewing machine automo 1 bilesuppose our Blue Laws had gone so far as to permit only certain ones to do the experimenting neces sary to develop these various inven tions every one agrees that so fine and delicate Is the spark of genius that no external discrimination could possibly cull out those best equipped and those least equipped to bring tion with the C H D Railway Au about the final results hence any In terference could be nothing else than a detriment to progress e It requires but a step to realize that all human activities institutions and methods have ever been In a condition of experimentation The making of new laws and repeal- Ing of old ones amounts to the same thing as testing out methods of type writers and reaping machines before constructing an improvement to over come the deficiencies In the last The coming Into the world of new religions and new philosophies Chris tian Science Socialism Theosophy Communism are all crude models presented for test and expermentatlon out of which the future more rational and more perfect philosophies must as the first models of every In vention have been found crude and perfect after the original test was made so must all creeds philosophies religions and Institutions be consider ed nothing more than crude models until through test and experimentation they are brought to an efficient work ing basis It seems strhnge that while everyone would acknowledge that the first model of a comparatively simple wash ing machine or a sulky plow can never be thoroughly efficient at first that complex philosophy involving the mil lions of varying effects In human so ciety can be thought out by some an dent person sitting In a cave or under a tree or working at the carpenter trade and be correct and complete in its first theoritlcal model The Presbyterian the Buddhist the Socialist the Christian Scientist these have all been cocksure people and b lieved that their working model was the whole thing the beginning and the end of perfection That the Christian clergy can still proclaim the working model of tw thousand years ago better fit for operation under present complex conditions s in a free country is the most colossal monument to human Idiocy now press Ing Its blight upon a disorganized business systems architect ure mechanical invention music art literature agriculture etc all placed under the blight of creed all made to fear experimentation as has been don in tho field of forms ceremonies manners and customs we should still b struggling in the dark ages with on handled plows and scribbling our roes sages to humanity in hieroglyphics o the rocks Thanks to the daring of i few we have already attained progress in many fields through experimentation and so much have we attained by this method that we know that there can be no progress without experimenta tionthat those who have thought and theorized are now gradually beln dislodged from every position by the life force of humanity which is grad ually breaking them down and driving them snarling and protesting back to their caves of ignorance We now know that creed and dog ma is nothing more than an attempt of the ignorant to enforce the crude first models of philosophy govern ment and religion such as man in his childhood was only able to Invent The pressure which political econo mile and ecclesiastical gratters have been permitted to exert upon th masses for thousands of years by th tSe of their first models is now ing thrown off by tho modern demands for experimentation and this experi mentation must be Individual and so cial down to the last detail of hu man life To live tinder free institutions un der a guarantee of freedom and equality under an ideal system known as the brotherhood of man under the educational system called Involve Intended to stimulate and vitalize in dividuality means that all affairs of our personal existence our food cloth ing shelter and relations with each other so long as we do not invade the rights of others and prevent them from having the same liberty as our L I selves Is tho one true rule of life the one sure road to happiness the one philosophy that can Insure the highest human physical and social progress Astronomy has demonstrated that during countless millions of years the law of experimentation has been the means by which the stars have found their places and examination into the various phases of plant animal and human life Indicates that no other system has ever maintained in the or ganlzatlon of the mass of wondrous complex varieties and formsand as this same force stands ready at all time to teach and vitalize every phase of human existence as It has already brought many phases of our lives to a point of marvelous beauty and per fection those who think may no long er hesitate but may place their full trust and their complete faith in that same power to construct through hu man experimentation a human society that will outrlval in Its beauty the fondest dreams of saints seers and prophets PRESUMPTION OF MORTAL MAN Religionist Is a Standing Blasphemy Against Human Intelligence Some Caustic Companions By JOHN F CLARKE The Religionist is a satnding bIas phemy against human Intelligence The attempt to propitiate God and incur a favor by Improatlon is an attempt to secure a graft at the expense of a neighbor Oh Lord prosper me because I am mean enough to accept a favor or discrimination is the bur den of most of the prayers Assuming that prayer will open Gods heart and that He will answer an appeal for help does not man put himself in the light of a pauper by accepting a favor that he can not pay Tho idea of answer to prayer is the desire to acquire something for nothing nut then tho Christian says that ho will serve God If you will per mit the question How the hell can a man serve or aid Omnipotence Ire member hearing an Episcopalian friend tell of a visit to a Methodist churchI Mr Lang one Monday morn Ing and he said to me Clarke I went to a Methodist church yesterday for neverawas so surprised in my life My next door neighbor insisted upon my going and assured me that the revival meet Ings were the best that he ever tended I went and one fool got down upon his knees after another fool and offered the most awful advice toGod Almighty that I ever heard of outside a madhouse Mr Lang went on to thatewere touched off that day had been answered the whole world would have been upset He said that they prayed that the laws of Nature be MroLang that a fellow named Jcshua had taken it upon himself to command the Sun to stand still while he did a blood stunt near ajalon God la asked to take sides In creedal squalk and to down schismatics to enlarge the Power House of Hell so that unbellev ers may be roasted to suit the taste of Christian connolsures The one who prays and tries to curry favor with aeknave or hath I often hear people forenothingefor human suffering or appeals for seenthem doing something in His name so that in the sweet bye and bye they will get great praise for working neednare equitable laws and an even chance for every fellow Wo want to stop the scramble for wealth and position Acldcnt and laws of favoritism have thegrabble and they claim that they at tained their good fortune by their sup relor merits or through piety At the actual value of ones labor average per day one may save a million dollars in about 500 years If one Is thrifty Yet we find many who have made millions in a few years how did they do It They did not make it at allthy obtained It by hook or crook The tariff every cent of which the consumer pays enriches a few hundred men every year and robs the Governmente butethey are paid twice or thrice The importer pays the customs and then doubles the amount and adds to the price of the importation A divert tax would be but one tax and tho taxes would have to stand for It When a divine imports an answer to prayer he collects the tariff himself and God and the blessed get it in the nccV Gnl dont need any money He can make a mint and counterfeit so cr fectly that to Ceasar can be rended what is not hlsn and he would think that he had his own I suppose that free sliver and free gold abound In the New Jerusalem If Abraham has not cast Lazarus out of his bosom and taken all the coin to his heart and using Maryland is troubled with San Jose scale and our first trees are plagued even as Pharoahs cows were with murrain and as Pharoah himself with vermin We have a compulsory spraying law and everybody must n spray with lime sulphur and salt in mixture with water So let us all spray that the trees may live Amen ALLEGORY OF- THE RED SEA Pharoahs Locusts were a War Tax Just a Red Sea Figure of war and Nothing More By ED E JONES- Ishould like to explain the mean ing of Pharoahs locusts but first we must recollect that the seven plagues- of Egypt were real occorrences hidden and Intentionally hidden under figures that you and I and others of the com mon people might not understand their real meaning but the truth is that the Jewish Lords of finance were doing with King Pharoahs people then what their successors have been doing ever since and what their pre decessors had been doing for centur viz driving leading legislating the minto war We read Ex xv 3 The Lord is a man of war He was a man of war then and he is a nian of war now Ho was not then neither is he now a man who himself desires to participate in war but he was and is fond of the plunder accruing from war and the tax levied on the farm ers and laborers of Egypt In support of war and the payment of war debts left them so Impoverished that the figure used in giving the account was of swarms of locusts which devoured what remained to the farmers afterI their other taxes had been paid andI which after such devastation had been accomplished arose after the manner of locusts and alighted in the Mediter ranean Sea another apt figure since war there Is well likened to a sea of blocd and If the song of the locusts was Pharoah and their wings bore the letter M or any other relating to the ruler of Egypt It was becaUs the real locusts were taxes levied in Phar oahs name and the tax receipts might wel have been signed with his Initial The other plagues were of a similar nature for the Jews through Joseph who went to Egypt as a partner in the banning house of Potlphar and who had secured for himself the position of chief senator and second only to the king and tnrough whose Influence his whole family were invited toI Egypt and given the best hands in the country were as fast as possible se curing the passage of laws by which the Egyptians were being plundered and Egypt ruined And one of those laws was that boys from to 20 years of age should servo as soldiers the little ones and children mentioned and that was at the time pf the three days of darkness secrecy In tho senate after which the law was pro claimed and there was not a house In which there was not one dead for a soldier was considered the same nsI a dead man as he was of no value as a laborer while the slaying of the iambs the Egyptian lads and the passover was the figure of the draft Ing of the Egyptian boys and the emption of the Hebrews who con trived to make the law apply to the sons of full citizens only for they said Against a Hebrew shall not a dog of an Egptian wag his tongue The Egyptians should have not a word to say concerning the making of the law by which they were to be governed And Mr Editor how does that appear as compared to the laws of the United States of America We are told that a law was lately passed obliging our boys of 18 years and over to serve as soldiers and a boy Is a minor until the age of 21 years to whom liquor may not be sold except in violation of law and yet the same government that Issues the liquor licenses and makes it an offense to sell liquor to minors makes soldiers wholesale murderers of those same minors Are parents and guardians to exercise no authority over the youth of 18 years STRONC ANSWER TO A PREACHER Who Holds a Vulgar Conception of God Requires Generations of Culture to Eradicate Hereditary Impression By A A BELL Be careful folks how you speak in matters of this kind You may have the door of mercy shut tight in your face God does not propose to trifle with mans foolishness always Some years ago two traveling men were seated together discussing reli gion One of them was an Infidel and to show his nerve he went out a little way from where they were talking and looked up Into a clear skand said If there be a God let Him strike mo this moment with lightning He waited a few minutes anq repeated ItI In a few seconds he was struck dead witha bolt of lightning from a perfectly clear sky I know a minister who was on the spot in a very few minutes after it all occurred This o mere story It Is a tact God will not always remain silent while the world makes sport of Him Be careful be careful oh men and women how you deal with God The above extract is taken from n sermon delivered by Dr L Brough ton and published in the State Const tutlon of May 21 The idea of a man bantering God and God to assure him that ho Is not to be trifled with accepts the challenge and kills the man Such an Idea of Deity Is worthy the enlightened thought of the present day or of any time I was not aware and can hardly assure my elf that such a vulgar conception of God is held and promulgated by a per son whose minewe might presume was enlightened and purified by the study of philosophy and from whose memory many ungracious weeds sup erstition had been fully eradicated We find it to the contrary It is to be deplored that the study of science has made such a feeble Impression upon the thought of the age However It takes generations of culture to eradicate hereditary Impressions A poet says The lover may distrust The smite that steals his soul away The Alchemist may doubt The shining gold his crucible gives out Out faith fanatic faith on a wedded fast To some dear falsehood hugs It to he last Such Is the tenclty of tho mind to jold on to early Impressions however erroneous that they are seldom if ever entirely rooted out THE HISTORYOF RELIGION The Sun ChlidChrlstChlldAn legory Concocted in Order to Prevent The People From Seeing Truth By SUSAN J PECK The story of the child born a king was that his father was a king who was assassinated his mother driven into exile where she soon married one Joseph who at his birth claimed him as his own acquainting him with the facts regarding his fraternity only when he had attained to his majority when he returned to his native country where he endeavored to enlist sympathy and organize an army with the intention of reclaiming the usurped throne of his father His efforts proved futile for he was soon apprehended imprisoned and executed which closed his career This story gave rise to the one which Infidels write of to the effect that Jesus or one of those called by that name was the illegitimate son of a Roman soldier as such histories were not uncommon Tho story originating with the Sun worshippers Is this According to th ancient astronomers and astrologers the planet earth Is once In one thous and years brought under the light of a certain star from Which was derived the name Christ and during that time a great interpreter is born called the Sunchild or Starchlld the vlbra lions from whose brain aid In the brain development others called gen luses who are themselves somewhat less influenced by the stars light tha- is n the Sun chfid During the time that the star Is nearest to earth the arts sciences and Invention receives a greater impetus than at other times Those astronomers and astrologers were able to predict tho whereabouts of the Sunchildrens birth and from this story we have the reference to the thousands of years of Christs seeing of his star In the East the morning star and the question asked of the wise men where Christ the next Sun cntld should be born Among other statements made in the allegory was the one that a son until tho age of 30 years exhibits most strongly the traits of his mothers character when ho begins to show those of his father and from that wo have the passage And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age being as was supposed tho son Joseph which was herd applied to him who was born a king but the first writing was given to show that the son of a fathers ambition and a moth ers love exhibits an honest love of justice apparent in his treatment of nls fellows until about the ago of 30 years and from the cause that his mothers love for himself was honest when because of his fathers dishones ty toward his unbegotten son to whom he gave only his selfish ambition In his desire for an heir not his hope for a child he begins to bo dishonest allowing his ambition to obscuro the light of conscience and there we have the renunciation of Reason and the changing from the mothers to the I fathers character In Woman what have I to do with thee mine hour Is not yet come I will cultivate Intellect neglect Reason and be like unto my father The action of such a son is shown In the diluting of the wine The miracle was understood by the Initiated td mean small Investments and large returns and this was tho be ginning of miracles for that time and place Later miracles Included food clothing building materials wages etc as had been the case previously In other countries In tho Old Testa ment we read Let their table be come a snare to them and that which should have been for their welfare let It become a trap AN ARTICLE THAT IS WORTH READING Pertinent Comment on the Subject of Organization With Historical Comparisons Sunday Schools And Their References to Free thought By WILLIAM COOPER A good thing is worth saying more tha nonce so I will I trust be pardon ed for again congratulating you on the get up of the Blade since being entirely in your hands- I did not have time to fully read up the two last numbers of Blade but there seems to have been a desire to get at tho general opinion with a view to organizing ona national scale and this idea carries mo back thirty or forty years ago In England when as a Sunday School teacher used to hear the oft repeated story viz that dels could not hold together long enough to do much harm to the cause of religion Well I looked Into tho matter and found that It was so and have no doubt that had the same fol low the leader style as have Infidels that the results of our past efforts to organize would have been totally dif is something In a man who has the courage to differ no matter even If the subject matter be of a useless nature he dares to be a Dan lei to quote the well known hymn and this Is the secret of the many failures among our liberal as demo cratlc parties as well as our Free thought followers I should say these remarks apply to England but I lIeve the same tendencies exist here In politics tho Republican party here has its equivalent in England in the conservative or Tory party while the Liberal or progressive parirlhero has its equivalent here in tho Democratic party The difficulty being the same or nearlyso in the Freethought fol lowers In any nation as the liberal party In England and the Democratic party in America that Is the general aversion to follow a leader If there couid bo a more general rule created of the smaller fry giving way to men of more experience or more and better known powers of organiza tion the case could be narrowed but the raw recruit Is often the most post tive and exasperating to discipline he Is the same as the young man learning theo first year than he does after he has worked at the same for twenty or more years- I have often lamented tho poor show ing that we Freethinkers make as compared with what we ought to be and think the Idea Is very good on the part of the Blade to ventilate this matter to get ideas to proceed carefully not forgetting the old proverb viz That nothing ought to be done in a hurry but catching fleas Why not bury the hatchet with any or all other branches of the great Freethinking party try to get other parties to do the same thing let us all then put our shoulders to the wheel and make a mark let us nail on our banner the common sense side of us united we stand for much but divided wo dont amount to but damned little and this Is the bare and honest truth and the sooner we face It and act in a manly way the better we shall advance the cause so dear to all our hearts No Interference need be caused In any form of organizing with the ad mirable Individual effect such as the free distribution of good books or boqks at a mere nominal cost like fo instance Mr A B Bennett at Norwalk Conn Is or has been doing in my mind the solid influence caused by a man with any kind of a head on him reading such a splendid book as Paynes Age of Reason cannot be overestimated we can all do this kind of work in some way or other but a good book to a careful reader and the pleasure he gets Is almost a compen sation to the tender for perhaps slight injury to book But above all let us live a life our own individual lives that wit more than anything else shut the mouths of those who are always read to vilify us let us strive to fully de serve each one of us tho grand opinion given out by Prof Lyndal of Eng land of his experience of Freethinkers In general Speaking at a meeting o the leading local educational societies c at the Birmingham and Midland InstlItute In 1S77 the Prof said It may comfort sonic to know that there are among us many wnom the gladiators of the pulpit would call thiests and materialists whose lives neverthele-ss as tested by any accessible stan dard of morality would contrast moro than favorably with tho lives of those who seek to stamp them with this fensive brand When I say offen sive I refer simply to the Intention of those who use such terms and not be cause atheism or materialism has any particular offensiveness for me If I wished to find men who are scrupulous- In their adherence to engagements whose morals are their bond and to whom moral shiftiness of any kind Is subjectively unknown if I wanted a loving father and a faithful husband an honorable neighbor and a just citi zen I should seek him and should find him among the band of atheists to which refer havo known some of the most pronounced among them not only in life but in death seen them approaching with open eyes the inexorable goal with no dread of 1Ihangmans whip with no hope of a heavenly crown and still as mindful and as faithful In the discharge of them as If their eternal future de pended upon their latest deeds Its no mean attainment to deserve such a grand reputation from such a world wide celebrity as Prof Lyndal who makes his meaning clear leaves noth ing in doubt and our aim should be to show to the peoplo with whom we are In touch tnat we are Just as descry ing and honest as those to whom tho great scientist uttered such burning not be good taste for me to point out in my own case the change in tho opinion of those whoIknew me say ten years ago and same people havo entirely changed their opinion but such it is any per sdn can find this out who goes the correct way to try Let each one of us wherever wo are and 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and some land have exchange able value Water that requires lab or to produce has exchangeable value and land that a community on or near It has exchangeable value and the value attaching to either should be long to the person or persons who produce the value The exchangeable value of water conducted through pipes and forced Into ones building by a man or company of men should belong to the man or men who by tnelr labor produced It to your house But the value of land Is not produced j by any one man or any number of men fewer than the whole commun ity and therefore the value should be long and be taken by all every year In lieu of taxes as the term taxes Is now usedI never said as his language seems to Imply that land has no value II agreeIIs not wealth of its self per se though all wealth is produced by labor on land and from land He says To prove that capital has perfect control of land etc He cites machinery and C the capital He as owning the land B the tools and machinery and C the capital He means that C has the money He uses words carelessly Capital is defined yby political economists to be tools and machinery or laid up labor to as slst laborers In producing more wealth Capital is wealththe products of labor Money Is not the pro ducts of labor except it be mettle money and strictly speaking Is not capital though it may command capl Jnl But that Is trivial admit money to be eaJiTGiTsswliere did capital come from Is not land prior to and ante cedent to all capital and wealth Is not all wealth including capital produced by labor from the land If A owns the land how could tools and machinery be produced and how could C do business without As consent and how get consent without paying Inred the Island on men of all nations to come to his fer- tilej island to farm and build cities and charged a small rent at first until many people and much capital came IfThen he gradually raised the rent t land and city lots til lie left his tenants a bare subslstance With all their capital they would be slaves to Cruso in his palace with his re 1tlnue of servants Such a supposition and reasonableand such things do occur in degree But such a supposition as Mr L imagines is unnatural and unreasonable and could not occur where land was free as the single tax would free land Mr L forgets that if land Is free men could produce their own capital and be independent of both landlord and capitalist Reverting to Cruso again if the land was free to all alike could you Imagine any stagnation business any oppression of landlord or capitalist or any Idle laborers or hard times 4Iknow Words mans inventions coined for convenience to convey Ideas are a very Imperfect medium through which to convey a thought to Mr Lut terman yet I think I have made my main Idea clear to most of my read ers which Mr L has entirely failed to answer and that is the value of land is not made by the owner but by all tho community and therefore should accrue to the benefit of all and not to the owner I have also shown as a selfevident truth that what labor produced should belong and not be short to the producer and that the State or Municipality has no right to make him divide up once a year be cause he has been industrious and economical and accumulated wealth as the state and all governments now do Wo single taxers defend the right to property as no other people do What a man produces should belong to him as against the worldand what all the people equally produce should belong to themand land values is tilt only thing In the world that all the people produce And the only wa to give to the people the value they lanId t r I fsk MSr ji f ho Ignores them entirely Will he an swer them categorically- We single taxers extend the princi pIe of the right of the people to emin ent domain to its full length It is a principle in English and American law that no one has an absolute Inalien able right above all others to land The public can take away mans land Its usetor public parks build- Ings and corporations A R R canal pike or any other road may run right through a mans yard or farm on the principle of the right of the people to eminent domain I do not desire to antagonize Mr or any other person I try to find near we agree rather than how wo are apartI try to avoid sophis ry and hope Mr L will be as siderate We argue that individual labor produces all wealth and cant we argue to an equally selfevident that all people produce the value of lard SUPERSTITIOUS AND BARBARIC FANCIES The Blade Is Again Taken to Task Because Its Antagonism Toward Freelove Further Discussion of The System of Impossibilities tiIlly O H STONE in the Blade of June 17th under the heading Lawful Love vs Unlawful Lust You impute many things to Freelovers which you have absolutely no grounds for read the articles that objected to very carefully and believed that my criticism was just and to the point I am of the sameI opinion yet In spite of your gentle hint that I shot at the wrong target he point on which I specially failed to ht the mark rooms to have beenI in quoting the Bible method of taining divorce but In view of what you said anent Maxim Gorky I main tamed that my quotation was perti nent II have given away the Blade containing your statement about how a marriage relation that had proved to be unbearable should be terminated and am therefore unable to quote jiour exact words but everyone who read your statement will bear me witness that the following Is the sub stance of It It Gorky wanted a divorce from his first wife ho should have gone about It in what you considered the correct way namely by acquiring rest deuce and becoming a citizen olthis country suo fur a divorce lit the regu lar waythat Is according xf law and when he had obtained the coveted release send for the lady of his choice Now if that is not annulling the marriage relation then what Is It You must admit then that I did not confound method for principle also that you criticised Gorky bo cause he failed to comply with the law and the Blade did ask the sanction of tho magistrate if not of the priest to strengthen the tie that binds hence In assuming to criti else the Blade on these grounds neither Mr Lohse nor myself went off at a tangent Regarding my surmise that you had received your Ideas about what const Lutes adultery from the Bible I would gladly give you the benefit of the doubt but unfortunately your whole criticism of my article only tends to confirm it I am nevertheless pleased to note a change of front In one or two Instances None of us can correct our mistakes before we are conscious of them and next to being right cor recting our mistakes Is about the best i am not so benighted that I was not aware of the fact that marriage in one form or another far antedates at least that part of Christianity that is supposed to have had its beginning with the teachings of Christ but I also know that not to mention Old Testament times marriage as well as most other institutions in socalled Christian countries were under the absolute control of the church for several cen tunes and this being the case a ridi culous social code has naturally been built up around it Having been un der the sway of the church for such a long period of time It Is not to be wondered at that Its marriage Ideals have been so deeply Impressed as to become the prevailing ones even with advanced thinkers and hence the ma jority of Freethinkers as well as Christians regard the marriage cer o mony with the same superstitious veneration So that no matter if we have legalVed another form the fact still remains that customs and social usage are so Ingrafted Into our very beings as to make It almost unopera Live In fact Therefore althqugh the church has ceased to be the sole arbl ter in these matters it nevertheless virtually dominates tho social thought on this subject The glass through which the vast majority of men and women look at sox virtue adultery rand matters sexological Is distinctly Christian You cannot thoroughly secularize marriage without conceding perfect freedom in the relation The moment you do so you put It on an r r iTTF rJ equal footing with other partnerships leaving both parties trey to dissolve The church knows this and consequently never misses an opportunity It at any time nothing to the contrary to protest against any tendency towards greater freedom in the mar riage relation It does this not only because of present reduction in Its revenue but because It sees that even changed old customs die hard and generally outlive old laws the time will eventually coma when even time honored social codes must give place to newer ones I said nothing about destroying the home and the only thing you can truthfully charge me with In this respect is wanting to make it an abode of love as it should be Instead of a penitentiary as is the case with a great number of establish ments that pass muster as homes today neither did I advocate license but freedom based on knowledge Freedom will naturally abolish license and tend to lessen sex indulgence be cause we can have freedom only with Intelligence and as reason will be our guide In all things we will be protected against harmful and Intemper ate Indulgence not only in matters sexual but in everything else I dont know where you get your authority for supposing that Freelove would work such havoc but you certainly did not get It from Freelovers as to a man they advocate greater selfcon trol in these vital matters They not only trace the danger of over indul gence but also that when continence becomes harmful it ceases to be a to natural rights they are no good unless you are in a position to enforce them and in that case they are not needed Natural rights used to be the slogan of the Idealist philosophers and like the most of their philosophy it did not have a basis of fact to rest upon consequently it was swept away together with many other conceptions of that period when the great law of evolution was discovered As evolution is based upon the strug gle for existence and as the struggle for existence is guided entirely by what Is expedient it is plain that nat aral rights cut no ice Blackstone notwithstanding As an illustration we have only to remember the fate of the countless extinct species Ac cording to the doctrine of natural rights they had a right to life etc but not being able to hit upon any ex pediency to meet the changed and changing conditions with which they had to contend they fell by the way side carrying their sacred and nat ural rights with them Tha only ceivable doctrine of rIghts is one of equal rights the right to do as we please so long as doing we do not trespass on the equal right of others to do the same Even this conception has been brought about entirely because of Its expediency We have slowly but surely learned through hard perience that if we would be free we must not tolerate slavery in our midstI Your statement that the attach ment of the male for one female is the common property of animals will not bear investigation Anyone that is at all familiar with tho habits of ani mals knows that the contrary Is perhaps nearer the truth It you had cut out one and substituted the then your statement would have been in harmony with the music of the spheresI you are needlessly severe In your censure of our sex Surely the vast majority of fathers provide for their families for other and worthier reasons than simply because of the restraining influence of marriage Do men love their wives and children be cause of the marriage tie or In spite of It Are you willing to admit that the married men were a disreputable set of John Henrys before they ceived the sanction of the law on their love It not why not No the fact that these same men loved their sweethearts just as much If not more before they married them certainly goes to show that marriage In Itself does nbt enhance the potent charm of love The further fact that the intentions of these men were just as honor able before marriage as after plainly shows that your terrible dread of the John Henrys Is simply a horrible at liberty to take either horn of the dilemma in the case of the State of Washington vs Beebe They are both loaded and are both products of the system you defend I am Inclined to agree with you the doctrine of continence does vl tones to the law of mans being and it is very doubtful If woman Is super error to man In this respect That man makes her superior by demand ing that she be better than he is slm ply a threadbare platitude designed no doubt as an excuse for not practis ing what we preach We ought to be ashamed of such nonsense We keep on telling her that she Is our superior and deny her equality Such a proceeding is a direct Insult to the mother of the race She can In very nature of things be no better an no worse than her brother man They are both chips of the same block and the difference Is solely one of sex for which let us ba thankful I t1 yy iie t NATURE OUR GUIDE TO HEALTH Comparison Between Old and New Systems Let Nature Have a Chance and Dont Give Men a Chance to Look Wise By JUDGE PARISH B LADD The following well written article from the pen of Judge Parish B Ladd appeared In Its original form In the Humanitarian Review It Is reproduc is ed here because of its merits and the wide acquaintance among Blade readers with the Author Editor Because the writer has devoted If much of his active life to the practice of the law and the few last years in writing on the religions of the world ancient history and philosophy the science of life government etc It should not be Inferred therefrom that al he has not found time to study anatomy of physiology hygiene etc leav- Ing materla oodles and therapeutics t the physician And now as preliminary to a discus sion of the matters involved in the caption to this article allow me to say that if one can find no time to devote to more than one branch of learn Ing let that be the study of the mode of life best suited to maintain health for on ones health depends all comfort and nearly all happiness A good way to acquire such knowledge is to be come a subscriber to some one or more of the numerous publications de voted to teaching the laws of health If and hygiene One who Is born with a fairly good constitution should barring accidents live a happy life dying only when the human machine is worn out with ago and this may also be said of those who have not inherited the germs of fatal disease Disease in the sense of the word as here used consists In the rangement of some one or more parts of the organic structure The organism when seen through the microscope presents a series of living cells each an Independent or ganism Collectively they constitute one being a machine with Its numerous varied correlated points each de pendent on the harmonious action of all In most diseases any cause which disturbs one part of the organism af fects all to a greater or less extent some local injuries being an excep tion to this rule Most of the ailments affecting the human family have been classified and given special names and the physician of long practice has learned that each specific disease gen eraljy yields to a certain treatment but this Is far from true in all cases for the same treatment will not always do for the same symptoms even In the same pantlent much less In different persons and so the practice of medi cine can hardly be classed as a science It Is still in embryo an experiment The doctor finds certain symptoms diagnoses the case names the disease and prescribed The patient gets no better and a different remedy Is re sorted to It fails and the experiments are kept up until the patient dies or gets well It he gets well nature has performed the cure sometimes slightly aided when the doctor gets the credit for the cure but if the patient dies it could not be avoided for the disease was fatal Not long ago the practice was large ly bloodletting and calomelboth in urious nor did the doctors give up this practice until forced to do so by ridicule and common sense These socalled remedies being driven out of use drugs In almost endless variety came In The allopathlst became the father of this new practice and he learned something ho could better de termine and classify the diseases But he went on experimenting with drugs almost without limit He continued to diagnose the cases and experiment with his drugs Now it is well known and admitted by all honest physicians that far the greater portion of these drugs are more or less poisonous When a person contracts a disease nature at once goes to work to move it and If let alone generally makes a cure but when the drug prac titioner Is called in he must appear wise and do something A prescription on the drug store Is given and a strong generally deteriorating drug Is swallowed Before this Nature had one fight on her hands with the drug she has another This drugging business like the old practiceoan hat common sense Is again coming to the rescue Out of this abuse has grown up other medical systems the most prominent among them Homeo pathy If there Is no real virtue this llttlesugarpill practice it has ha the effect of holding up the indlscrlm mate drug slaughter The Homeo pathlst if a man of long practice and ability as compared with the Allopath let is the safer of the two practltlo- ors for he lets Nature have her course requireddflat occupy the same ground Where the disease is purely Imaginary as with many hysterical women and some men the Honieopathist or tho Christ flan Scientist a huge misnomer is better than the Allopathlst Let us now look at man in a state of health and see what can bo done to keep him there Here rules of hygiene come to the front and tell us how to follow na ture and thereby preserve health The two main sources of all diseases are cold and derangements of the alimen tary organs Colds may almost be classed among accidents for often one falls to discover the first symptoms or detect the cause When the cold is slight confined to the head it easily handled often cured by a few doses of bromide to which add a hot bath and a thorough rubbing al ways avoiding a sudden cooling oft the cold tends downward It should be looked after in its incipient stages othewise serious complications may arise The natural tendency of such colds Is to retard circulation The waste fluids of the body whose natur escape is largely through the pores the skin must not be allowed to congest In the pores as such conges ion shuts up the outlets for the cape of effete matter which Is driven back into the system where its poison ous germs may entail maladies hard to get rid of When the nutritious properties of the feed have been assimilated with the organism in the building of living cells the refuse should be allowed to escape through the natural outlets of the system When this refuse and fete matter is carried back Into the blood it oppresses the weakest organs whole it may entail serious trouble the lungs pneumonia or consump- tIon If the kidneys Brlghts disease or the liver may first feel Its effects The best remedy in this class of cases as In pneumonia I know from actual test Is a thorough steam or hotwater bathremaining in the bath until the body Is heated through and through followed by a hard rubbing of the skin with a coarse dry towel then go to bed and sweat not getting up until warm and dry If the first bath does not brlng relief repeat once or twice It the cold has not thus been treat ed call in a physician and follow his advice except as to drugs By far the greatest number of dis eases arise from eating improper food and eating too much and too fast One should eat slowly so as to allow the food to be well chewed and freely mix ed with the saliva and gastric juice The food should not be of a quality to coax an unwilling appetite Eat only when hungry and then only coarse plain foods and always stop eating with a little appetite left As to the kind of food no two require exactly the samo Mush and milk are among the most wholesome of foods Vegetables coarse bread and fruits serve natures purposes But too much meat should be avoided Some physicians recommend the free use of meats while others prefer an almost exclus- Ive vegetable diet As an excuse for meat eating the incisors are cited to prove that man is intended by nature as a cross between the carnivora and the herblvora but thin does nit sue c that theory for the vegetableeat ing monkeys have the same kind of front teeth as well as all rodents and many other herbivorous animals The eating of meat Is more of a habit than a demand of nature but it is a habit of long durationperhaps too long to be entirely abandoned with Impunity Aside from pnyslcal demands another element comes to the front viz All animals have a natural desire to preserve life No one kind of food can be prescrib ed for all alike each must consult ture and there learn what kind of food his organism requires always looking out that habit does not warp his judg meat Carbon and nitrogen constitute th main bulk of solids In both our foo and the human body Albuminoids go to build up tissues A variety of food serves best but meat may be entirely avoided except where Its habitual Is too strong to be overcome with Im punity When too much food Is take- into the stomach at one time only a part of It is assimilated and the rest of It in a crude undigested state a thrown off through the colon Undi gested food not having reached a fiat state clogs the natural avenue of ejec Lion and disease of some kind Is sure to result When costiveness is thus caused a syringe should be used fwhich will afford relief at once Most remedies Ho within the province of tho patient himself but when for any reason he falls to discover the cause of the malady or to apply the s proper remedies he should consult an experienced physician Tho writer of this does not mean that we should enItirely dispense with the physician but only to give hints which if fol lowed will lead to tho avoidance or cure of most diseases by the use of iprecautionsnapping as I myself have been i5One who expects to get along in harmony with Nature must keep his accounts properly balanced for she accepts no excuses or vicarious of fers of atonement 945 NIAGARA FALLS AND RE TURN VIA QUEEN CRES CENT ROUTE Through sleepers leaves Lexington at 730 A M July 28th Tickets good 12 days Secure tickets and sleeping car space from A H C KING P T A 111 East Main Street W G MORGAN D T A Q C Depot ANNUALLY CONDUCTED NIAGARA FALLS- EXCURSION Via C IL D In Connection With the PM WABASH RR SATURDAY JULY 28 1906 700 ROUND TRIP PROM CINCINNATI TICKETS GOOD RETURNING Tickets good going and returning all rail or at the option of passengers will be honored In either direction between Detroit and Buffalo on the D B Steamship Companys boats For folder containing gejierALJtotQ matlon regarding time of trains rates etc cal on 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and In saving your posterity from becoming Idolaters by teaching them The Truth About God Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blaak ay pllcstloa for membershlt information about the college ud tee IK setts for a years subscrtpUot to the TRUTH ABOUT GOD Do H stew j + ft lHrfi f fJU JJrt j r Editorial Continued from page one old prayer day in and day out without change or intermission By all the gods inscribed on the pantheon who could stand it I No wonder there is neither marrying or giving in marriage in the abode of the saints To be chained to such com pany and such conditions would impel another Lucifer to start another revolution before they hadc time to pass the hat The way to acquire all this questionable celestial happiness is to make your self miserable here by repeating perfunctory pray ers anti acknowledging yourselves to be miserable sinners unworthy of redemption In an effort to make themselves feel worthy of this transcendent slush the followers of orthodox religion have taken abundant pains to transform our states into practi assemblies into ecucal theocracies our legislative menical councils whereby the religious dogmas entertained by the minorty are declared the law of the land and enforced by judicial process the posse comitatus and the entire military force of the gov ernment To further enforce these nostrums more than onehalf of the taxpayers arc systematically robbed every lay The very pantries of the pour are robbed to pay the fat salaries of socalled sacred windjammers because they refuse to dig down intoI their jeans to pay the price of saving grace While voluinues have been written upon the subject of heaven but few writers have undertaken a treatise on hell The preachers studiously avoid it probably on account of their personal though rather serious misgivings Should some skypilot have occasion to use it or refer to it in the reading of a text or during a laborious sermon he speaks of it as lightly as possible and tries to make it sound as near heaven as he can In some vague way he induces others to believe that the Lord will hold him personally responsible for the sins of men and that if he can win a few poor halfwitted men and women to a belief in Christ he will be able to roost on some roseate cloud with a halo and a harp at tended by a choice assortment of sheangels On the other hand those who decline his invitation to chip in the contribution box merits damnation and are destined foreordained to sizzle and frizzle in hellWhat a beautiful picture of the hereafter If there be a life in the great beyond with punish ments and rewards men will prefer to choose their own path without the aid of any theological surveyor To insist otherwise is to mistake bile for benev olence and a chronic case of the meddlers itch for a call to preach And yet this is supposed to be a lund where men are guaranteed the enjoyment of the fullest and widest religious liberty Only those enjoy it who are willing to pay the price and that price is persistent calumny and poltical ostracism If heaven is happiness then is happiness to be found in content lie who is content is happier by far than ally inhabitant of the grandest heaven painted by a Rubens jor of which immortal Homor sang He who is not content is living in a hell deeper and more diabolical than Goethe or Dante could ever picture in their wildest dreams These we experience here and we need neither prayer or preacher to help us to win the one or shun the other They are both living present realities The salvation of man depends upon man alone He can save himself but others cannot His salvation comes by honesty sincerity and truth aided by rightful toil and honest labor and the day of his salvation is now Gods come and gods go but man remains Yesterday it was Jupiter today it is Jehovah Cults and creeds haveswayed the minds of millions but gods and cults and creeds will all be swept by the Broom of Time into the worlds great rubbish heap as the broken playthings of mans mental babyhood and become forever lost in the murky shadow of the centuries If hell be discontent then how much hell has the Christian religion brought upon the world Infinite- s rrov and shame pain suffering and humiliation to say noting of death and degradation all have been the necessary concomitants of the Christian icreed It could not have flourished otherwise There is nothing in it that appeals to men and Jwomeu of reason It can prosper only by brute force The sword and the fagot the poison cup and persecution as cruel as hells pains have been the most potent weapons in the hands of the priesthood wearing the livery of Christianity Fully and lrOperly analysed Christianity is hell enough to be rid of it would be heaven complete i 1l PROBATIONARY MARRIAGE After all the dispute and argument concerning the question of marriage and divorce there i something worthy of consideration in the sugges tion advanced by Prof Charles Zueblin of the Uni versity of Chicago in advocating what he term probationary marriages or what may be more populary termed marriage on trial Upon the first glance this nay sound repugnant tomany who would defend the present system with all its faults failings fallacies and frauds While it may not be productive of that state of marital felicity which the Chicago professor as sumes to see in it still it is something of an improvement and may tend towards the evolution o a more sat actory arn ngemont between tip sexes leisin be observed from the text of what iw been given to the press that Prof Zueblin merely hints that before marriage as3uming that engaged couples contemplate the inatrinionial state a man and woman should be constantly in each others society say for six months or a year to get thoroughly acquainted and learn each others faults and caprices and foibles This ho claims r would be conducive to fewer unhappy marriages r It may be so and it may not for the notion would be but a mere experiment In it however the pro fuser makes no hint at sex the probationary period and with this notioneliminated there is no li t fI earthly reason why such a system should not be attempted With the notion of sex added there would be serious danger in such a plan The Blade assumes that the sole desire is that of its own the retention of the sweet sacredness of the home and a strengthening of that holiness if we may call it such that is associated with father mother and child time grandest trinity known to humanity- As matters now stand a direct result of our present social system women are not accorded the freedom and equality that fall upon man in the selection of a mate Man has the whole female world over which he may roam and he is privileged to seek whichever he pleases Of course the woman has a right to refuse him but that does not mitigate from the privilege he enjoys to seek her hand and heart On the other hand woman must perforce rcamin within the narrow confines ofa circum scribed circle She must not and cannot roam at will plucking masculine flowers if any she find but must wait to be asked in marriage by one of a small number of personal admirers It may be for her niter all a miserable undertaking in that a Ulan after her ovvn heart may never appear upon the threshold of her life and she must take of what is offered if she take at all This is one of the ridi culous barnacles of social custom that has emanated from our present social code It is unjust unequal and tyrannous Many a worthy maid is com pelled to smother the allconsuming fire of love that burns within her daring not to make it known lest society brand her as bold and bad If woman were given a freedom in this respect equal with iuan there would be few bachelors left in the land Take it as we will there is some force in Prof Zueblin suggestion of probationary marriages Too many people marry today without properly knowing the true character of the one they are mating with as the mask usually stays on until the domestic partnership gets under way Many a woman finds out when it is too late that she is tied to a fiend in human form where once she deemed him a demigod Many a man too finds a Sycorax at his side where once he thought her a fit character to represent the Madonna Yet they are spliced worse luck until death or divorce doth them part If one had the time and inclination to make a study of the court records of this country The Blade ventures the assertion that of all the suits filed for divorce during the past ten years the majority cameroin couples who had been married less than two years many less than a year What fire these but mrriages of conveniences And what marriages of convenience but the most shamful and disgraceful of any marriage known to man Did the Blade have full jurisdiction over such cases such proceedings would not long be tolerated for they simply make a mockery of the law and the courts having never entered the marriage relation wirh honest intentions in the first place relying upon the wrong doing of one or the other to bring about a separation in due time Any system that will tend to abolishcr at least reduce the evils pillaiuing tlf the present system shouiiUCLwel jitd and tnv n a fair trinl and illves but the Blade Avoulu decry any loosening process whereby the home and the human relation would be degraded or injured Look at the subject as we will and its impor tance demands attention hitherto not accorded it no Karin can follow if couples contemplating matrimony were accorded opportunities of knowing each other better before taking the final step Both ought to be able to know the domestic as well as the social side of the character of their prospective partner It is certain that fewer marital mistakes would arise and this is worth something Religious liberty and local selfgovernment are the very pillars of this republic Orthodox Christianity fiercely assail both This makes the Chris tian religion a dangerous foe to progress toeivili zaton and human happiness Religous crazeS thrive on persecution for there is considerable truth in the saying the blood of the martyrs isthe seed of the church After all science and its application to the affairs of hunfau life becomes the only medium of salvation and science has no great re spect for cults or creeds If revealed religion is not harmony with demonstrated fact it is theifanlt of the revelation not of the fact It is nov known that Christianity brough a curse instead of a bless ing to mankind that whatever rewards it has to bestow only a favored few receive them Its juggernaut runs over the heads of the millions instead of beneath their feet BladesEnclosed find Money Order for 100 for the renewal of the Blade to say that you have Improved the pair since taking charge Is mild prates The Blade Is away and beyond what It was You stand for truth and moral- Ity Is to be commended HoplngJfor your financial successB S B- OTTOMLYaW A Sermon and Answer s SouW4irfnor L Thoroughman pastor residence 208 North Fourth street Preachin at 11 a m and 8 a m by the plaTlcr Morning subject The Greatest Need- of tho Churches evening supject Christs Failure as a Preacher Sun prthLeagueThursday evening at 8 OClOCk You fIhe preached to unbellevors Sermon rot JOHNSON j f ti J1 rru LETTER BLADES lH t t t t t tIt t UtI t t t t t ++A Change Came Upon Him Franklin Pa James E Hughes a Somo time ago I had a controversy with tho management of tho paper over sending my bill of 160 for collection and paid the samo ordering my paper stopped accompanied by some short words The paper has been com Ing and Ill bo damned If I pay for It It was no good up until lately and I must say It has been very good latelyt Your last Issuo of July 15 a dandy and If it Is to bo up to that sue I want the Blade So I send you check for 100 send mo tho Blade for one earDR FRED W BROWN Filled With Precious Gems Buffalo N Y Editor Blade Please send my made to 174 North Pearl St Buffalo N Y until further notice Old address was 1926 Forbes St Pitts burg Pa I cannot bear to miss a copy Its pages are filled with precious gems with which to bedeck the Intellect H L HANSON Short and Sweet Peters Nebraska J E Hughes Rome Book received I find It very Interesting I thank you and Dr Wil- tson from the bottom of my heart for getting out such a fine book GEO S PETERS Incisive and Interesting Warren Pa Editor Blue Grass DladoI received the 2 Rome books a c few days ago and was surprised to find t moro than one as I believe I stated to Mr Sacks ono dollar was for a book and the other to help tho Doctor on his trip Inclose 30 cents in stamps to pay the postage on the books Dr Wilson has written a very incisive and Interesting book and It Is to be regretted that he some times uses slang words and drops the average of his style Have this book pruned care fully It would be almost a classic work of travelB G M Editorial Worth the Price Louisville Ky Jas E HughesEn closed please find P O Money Order for 215 ono dollar to move up my subscription for tho Blade to Juno 1907 and 115 for one copy of Dr J B Wilsons Rome Book Am delighted with the Blade some of your editor Pals alone are worth the price of aI years subscription Dr Wilsons funeral address anent Capt Henry Is a masterpiece There Is no better ad vertisement for Dr Wilsons Roma Book than tho 16th Chapter published In last weeks Blade Am sorry that I cannot help you getting now sub scribers am a commercial traveler and away from homo eleven months in the year Should like for you to write an editorial about where Cain got his wife As we are all sinners from Adam would like to know whether the people where Cains wife came from had anything to do with Adams transgression etc also how can an American citizen be a Christian sub scribe to tho Declaration of Independ ence framed by three godless Infidels Thos Jefferson Benjamin Franklin and Thos Paine at the same time pretending to believe In Gods holy word as plainly expressed in Romans xill and rebelled against tho rightful government of his most gracious majesty King George III of England Inconsistency thou art a jewolR A Agrees With Dr Scheck Pasadena Cal Editor BladeI view tho matter much as Dr Scheck does We have no Impaling force be hind us to cause us to organize the church has always had a vicious godI An eternal hell and a faint glimmer of a heaven of endless bliss as the imI pelling force to compcll organization They take the child as soon as It can lisp a few words and teach It that it must do certain things and believe certain things or It Is doomed to eternal burning The church is dishonest and keeps the mind of the child clouded with superstition and fear until It grows up to man and womanhood before it dares to think then it takes ten or more years to cast off that nightmare of superstition before its mind Is free to begin to Reason Infidels of all brands are honest and offer science reason and honest and useful life here The trouble with a great body of the people is tho moro mysterious tho bet ter No one goes crazy over the mul tiplication table but our asylums are filled with Christian lunatics The worst single feature of the teachings of Christianity Is that they teach the child from Infancy to mature ass that they have an immortal soul and few over cast that falacy off I believe we can fight our battles better single handed than to try to organize a people with so wide a scope of beliefs into a good working body In the last twentyfive years we have made won derful strides In liberalizing tho churches B LEWIS j 4 We Can Organize Denton Texas Jas E HughesEn closed find P O for 315 for which move my tag up to 1907 and send mo a copy of Dr Wilsons Rome Book About organization wo can organize for the benefit of ourselves and may be for profit to others What we can do for great many that cannot be made bet ter without some moral teaching we can teach that they must make restitu flea before there Is any forgiveness by man to man It sometimes takes H R Birmstonc to scare a man to do right for such let them have it from any source but if can teach a person to do right for he sake of doing right and feeling better from the act theh let us do It say organize and let us try what nre hero for It Is not to help our fellow manALEX COLLINS On a Sound Plan Chesterfield Va Jas E Hughes You will find enclosed one dollar and thirty cents One dollar for the good old Blade and thirty cents for theJ two Moore Memorials you sent meI Tho Blade Is all K and I think will bo read more generally by tenderfoot than when our late BroI Moore was editor But still I for one miss the two edged sword of Brother Moore who spoke and wrote regard less of where or how they hit The world Is bound to reverence a man of his character whether he be always right or wrong Let us organize on some sound working plan But make haste slowly Give plenty of time for our best thinkers and writers to delve the most feasible plan Better be a year or ten for that matter and sue oed than to Jumblo up an organizal ion In a hurry The which would mean failure from the start Freethinkers as a rule I believe are independent thinkers And among in dependent thinkers you find many thoughts and as a rule every thinker thinks his thought is tho only one to pattern after We sometimes get lib eral and religion and hide bound as the devil on politics and other leading questions of the present time In fact a truly liberal mind on all topics of today Is a rarely you seldom meet with But If wo are to get results from our teachings we must concen trate our forces and move upon super stition with a solid front If this can be done tho leaning tower of priest and preachercraft will soon tumble to the ground f think this Is mine some one else may think different wo should steer clear of politics for some years to come at least We can do mofe SCatterodnj 7B hvTOork in tlit lesdfn psrmains our Influence torhostliberal men possible to mike and excI cute our laws I have traveled over aIgreat portion of our United States from coast to coast and find few if any localities where Freethinkers arcI In force enough to cut any ice in pollI tics as a now party I believe Freethinkers can Join hands and concen trato our forces against superstition Directly and politics Indirectly and make a good showing After we get our forces In line and batter down the walls of the bible hell and free the devil and his pent up angels the dawn of light will appear and we will begin to see and expect better things and conditions for the human family Some writer mentions the name There Is much in a name we must not select a namo tho mention of which will strike derision in the minds of many For we must admit we are comparatively few in number as com pared with the mass of humanity that still cling to old dogmas religiously Ingersoll has said we must deal care fully with John Chinaman and not scare him or shock his modesty The same with our religiously Inclined friends We must handle them with care right side up and with caution till we get them seasoned or Inoculat ed with Freethought Then you can handle them as you may Freethought is much like the Measles you get It Into your system It is hard to get It out There is much In a namec- A FAUSNETP send Wilsons Book was among the first to send the sent the 15 cents last March But you know the first shall be last and tho last first No kick coming Brother Hughes I know you are doing best you tan Socialism Our Only Salvation Buckley Washington Blue Grass DladeNo Freethinkers can not or ganize as a Frcetbought and political party Water and Oil dont mix and If It could It would bo entirely unnecessary as tho world today Is hastening toward Socialism If any are In doubt Just lay hold of a week and read some good Socialistic books and then take a look at the Socialistic votes of the world The economic question of the human stomach has to bo solved We can not keep on eating poison anti adulterated food Ye Freethinkers who have eyes to see with Join tho Socialistic party and help to solve tho problem Those other fellows who wants to start a partq for themselves Ii make me sick not worth a raw pin Socialism Is tho only party In the world which capitalism with Its tag tails church and state fear If Free thinkers starts a new party capitalism will slap you on tho shoulder and call you good fellows because they know It means dividing from the real Issue Enclosed find ono dollar for Dr Wil sons Book A Trip to Rome I did send you 116 for it once but you credited it on the Blade I was Just thinking of Brother C C Moore In his book Dog Fennel In the Orient on page 96 line 28 and begin thus Satans and popes and II s L There he explain what Is coming Moore was a Socialist but Just said to be not because ho wanted to be contrary M GRAN All Right Shoot Away Mound Minn Mr Jas E Hughes As Susan J Peck seems to be the nlyIperson who has responded to Take This Teak and appear to gaged In explaining the New Testarment only as Mr Schmld proposed I should like to furnish letters for therBlade giving the occult meaning tho Old Testament It seems to mo quite as Important as tho other Ido not think that I shall clash with the lady mentioned for I probably received my theological education from the same source and in much tho same manner that she did hersE E JEN KlrfS Jesus Will Settle The Bill Editor Blue Grass BladeFor your paper I will write tho reason I believe In the Christian religion I never doubted a future state The preva ent idea was to do good and you would bo saved but It was time enough when I got old I was not good at that time but It was time enough yet One day white working on the farm the question came into my mind how do you know you will live to be old I was surprised The question came again how do you know you will live a year The question was repeated until brought to the point that did not know I would live from one breath to another It was time then to prepare for death aUSe I was a great sinner not In com parison to others for I was as good as any or a great deal better than some but In comparison with the per feet rule which looked at the heart and thoughts So I tried to get good but got worse seemingly The more came into the Light the more Im perfection I saw until It seemed to mo I hod never done a good act In all my lIfOjo from foet toitcadll tiJl1 L- a4tl dIed lu that condItion I was tone 5 pih wrldwlthout end I tried Ilmy power fort long years to get Rwx good bearing a burden ofgullt in my breast and tho more I strove to free myself the heavier the burden got So far there can be no doubt I gave up all hope and felt as if my salvation depended on my good work Hell was my lot One night thinking of my lonely and lost condition praying and be seeching God for mercy suddenly In my sleep a light shone above me My relations were up there and Just before I asserted to them I awoke and my burden of sin was gono and I for tho first time could sec how a sinner could be saved That Jesus ud bore my sns away to be remembered against me no more for over was full of rcjoicelng In that enw way which tho wisdom of this world has never known I saw that Instead of good works salvation was by the grace of God that Jesus had done all for me and that I felt It a high privil ege to love and serve him not to make me his but because I was his I had not chosen him but ho had chosen No sir If you were lost In a wild erness not knowing which way to turn for deliverance it being so dark you could see no object the ground be- Ing full of pits of destruction would you not give up all for lost that death was your portion And suddenly a lonely being should appear to you shining abovo tho brightness of tho sun giving you eyes to see plat and commanding you to fallow him and ho saved you from all danger and during your Journey verified his promises in so many unmis takable ways would you not believe love and servo him Could you doubt His lovo Surely not And It ho should tell you of a oeautlful land inhabited by Just such people as you how could you doubt him Then read in the Bible so many things that Just speaks your exper- Ience could you doubt Its authenticity Dont say this Is all imagination WeIidiot it is not imagination think because you have not had this experience no ono else has You never saw George Washington or Napoleon Bonaparte yet you be lieve they lived yet when we toll you these things you are faithless Truly said Jesus Is tho parable of tho Man They will not believe RichIrisen from tho dead You are blame by us because you do liovo but because you are opposing what we know is true Wo speak that wo do know and testify that we have seenJAMES HEASSY t f