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Digital page images are linked to the text file. m f AIBLUE lrf GRASS BLADEPatlerhash RastSfgg WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH VOLUME XV NUMBER 18 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY AUGUST 5 1906PUBLISHED WEEKLY t1oo A YEAR IN ADVANCEr JAMES Si HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION C One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 56 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub r scription150 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 perspnal checks are sent add collection 1charges as local banks charge for collecting v Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya t ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you sendyour subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will shorr expiration of subscription and serve asa receipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Iubscripttons J erBlade are not discontu ed at s n eyssotorde dtbylmthemsul The courts iulrariably ho a subscribe Responsible to the publisher for the subscription price Vv of all papes received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky +++++ 1111111 +1 ++++ 1 EDITORIAL J 44 d + H + + + 33 33 + +++ II U + Smile as you work i It is better to laugh than to weep Virtue is never in need of personal vouchers The House of Happiness is ever built upon Sacri- fice i Jjabpr is taxed to death in order that it nay Have the right to live X i Under Christian rule might is right but under Iire thought might simply adds tQ responsibility I4tr If only for the cause of humanity remember that the Blades friends hath friends and they iu turn have their friends so kindly mention tho Blade to JJ your friends and tell them to go and do likewise Religious intolerance when indulged in i individual simply provides an outlet for bigo- tryibut witch it is wedged into public affairs it Ue comes a serious menace to tho liberty of everyman in the country a a Tile only safe way whereby we can measure the of a is by its men and not its aIIwayso much of the universe of which he is a part The world is ripe for a change Even in Europe there are mutterings of a coming storm that will only gather fresh terrors by delay In such spots the change must come by revolution In America it rimy bo wrought by peaceful evolution if the r monied kings do not with their repressions theii corrupted judiciary and obsequious press drive a people already sorely vexed to unreasoning mad ness I L The rapidity with which many American pluto crats are taking up permanent residences abroad would indicate that they had become ashamed of their country and all on account probably be cause it has permitted them to practice a brutal prcdocity Can it be the gilded halo that hovers around decay As a rule the plutocrat reaps where he has not sown and if labor dare but protest against grievous injustice they are branded as noisy anarchists and subjected to government by injunction The heart of such bloodsuckers is but a dead organ and there is no antiseptic known to science that will prevent putrefaction a Good Lord but the mighty do sometimes take a tumble Years ago the multitude hung upon every word that fell from the lips of the shepherds in the pastures of the church Once the public were prone to drink in gabulous propositions in oceanlike quantities and believed every word But not so now Their sins of commission and omis sion from assaults on women to the slaying of character their cheap vaudeville to get the cash from the pockets of church congregations are con stantly being made public and their tricks exposed The country is rapidly learning that these captains of the armies of the Lord can lie just as quickly arch as readily as a negro crap shooter brought be fore a police judge People who are civilized have to work much harder than savages and barbarians says an eastern writer and thats no lie either The savage spends most of his life in enjoyment such as he can command but the civilized man is lucky if lie can steal a few days each year in which to really enjoy himself So hard do the toilers have to work in civilized countries that they have come to regard labor as both a blessed privilege and the chief end of life The irony behind it all is that one of the most patent results of our civilization is the invention and practical use of laborsaving machinery Men have been inventing and building these for more than a century and yet labor is car ried on at a higher pressure than ever Although celebrated for an overabundance of laborsaving machinery the American toilers are the greatest slaves to work in the world There is really no time for enjoyment and economic advocates urge that we are erii hingourselves by overproducing Call it an underconsumption induced by starvaj tiiinlwngcs i t nidstofruinouSly mires awl we have g t nui uu uiht 1dr THERE IS RUST ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY Whatever may be our estimate of Maxim Gorky or our regrets that he has laid himself open to criticism the Blade commends his earnestness and sincerity in the cause for which he labors to the whole of the American people That he is a man of keen perception and ready adaptibility none can conscientiously deny The force of his great fit tellectuality is given full play in an article written by him appearing in Appletons Magazine for Au gust It should be read by all lovers of human freedom and thoroughly assimilated That our readers may form an estimate of the mans worth the following extracts are reprinted Speaking of his entrance into New York harbor at the time of his arrival in America his feelings then and the feelings that came upon him as he became acqaint ed with social conditions in America he says I looked at the goddess with the feelings of an idolater and recalled to mind the heroic times of Independenceand the South which the Americans formerly used to call Time War for the Abolition of Slavery Be fore my memory flashed the brilliant names of Thomas Jefferson and of Grant I seemed to hear again the song of John Brown the hero and seethe faces of Bret Hnrte Longfellow Edgar Allan Poe Walt Whitman and all the other stars on the proud American flag Here then is the land about which tens of mil lions of people of the Old World dream ns of the Promised Land The land of liberty I repeated to myself not noticing on that glorious day the green rust on the dark bronze I knew even then that Time War for the Aboli tion of Slavery is now called in America Time War for the Preservation of the Union But I did not know that in this change of words was hidden a deep meaning that the passionate idealism of the young democracy had also become coveredwith rust like the bronze statue eating away the soul with the corrosive of commercialism- It is the first time that I have seen such a huge city monster nowhere have the people appeared to me so unfortunate so thoroughly enslaved to life as in New York And furthermore nowhere have I seen them so tragicomically selfsatisfied as in this huge phantasmagoria of stone iron and glass this produce of the sick and wasted uumagina tion of Mercury and Pluto And looking upon this life I began to think that in the hand of the statue of Bartholdi there blazes not the torch of liberty but the dollar America you who astound the world with your millionaires look first to tho children on the East Side and consider the menace they hold out to you The boast of riches when there is nn East- Side is a stupid boast ii ijM t i GOODBYE SUNDAY LAWS Dear reader have a care the title of this article applies only to Louisiana but it is meant to apply with force for it is evident that the initial steps have been taken in that state which means the undoing of all blue laws We have said on previous occasions that the surest way to get the repeal of a bad law is to enforce it and if the present action of the Louisiana authorities is any indication of the direction in whch the wind is moving it will not be long before the climax is reached Louisiana has a very interesting assortment of the Sunday laws relics of past narrowness and strong proofs of earlier intolerances of men for each others convictions mind practices It appears that a few days ago there were over one hundred persons hauled before the police court at Biloxi nnd each were fined ten cents for violations of the Sunday law Think of a law that has got to find enforcement and respect commanded for the miserable pittance of ten cents the price of a good cigar And who wouldnt be willing to cough up a dime for the privilege of enjoying a little lib erty Some of the convicted citizens had been found guilty of actually milking their cows on Sun dhy Others ha dridden in hacks from trains ar riving in the city during the early morning hours Still others were adjudged guilty of performing unnecessary labor on the Sabbath day in donning their bathing suits and taking a plunge in the cooling waters Ye gods a crime to be happy and take chmfort on Sunday tIt is also reported that some of the malefactors fined for trying to induce the wily fish to leave the cooling ponds on Sunday regardless of tie Sunday school fact that it ij only this bad wicked fish deserving to be caught and eaten that will bite on Sunday Suudnrtl111the Sabbaths for it takes a certain sprinkling of serious people who threaten appeals to the supreme court to give the proper humorous turn to the sit ilation j This all makes for repeal however and the more eY seek to enforce the laws the sooner will they 1 t wiped out TO FIGHT ORGANIZED LABOR arful that the placf suggested by Samuel persjto use the politij il power inherent WJhin d ibtptntmee iRr rhhenTl tliat 6t il favoritism at the hands of legislative nssem wies toward the plutocracy shall be brought to a practical end the national taxeaters have undertaken to ally their forces that orgaui ation shall je met with organization and the political war is to be waged in the next general election Time re sult of this contest will be looked for with undivid ed interest by the friends of labor as it will murk either the beginning or the end of political tyranny through the concentration of capital Time fruition of the efforts of the antilabor party has found vent in an organization with headquar ters in New York known as the Citizens Industrial Association of America In another column will appear a printed circular received by the Blade which is given for the purpose of showing its method of propaganda and that it is now actively at work to offset any move made by the labor organi zations of the country Perhaps a better and more suitable name would have been Plutocratic Protective Association but he who runs may easily read between the lines and organized labor is not to be fooled with fictitious captions and titles Time Blade freely ventures the prediction that the working people of America are not afraid of scarecrow They are in politics and they have a decided way of getting into politics very hard whenever the necessity arises Time working men lire beginning to think and their thought is unsafe for the plutocracy when they begin to realise the exact significance of this political defiance from a class of legislation pampered capitalists The work ing people will be driven to a full understanding of these grave questions because under the circum stances now appearing on the political horizon it will be as full as the commonsense of the people can uinke them Then will arise their patriotic feel ing their jealousy of the most valued of our politi cal rights equality before the law for all Tile time has come when the very evident proposition must be demonstrated with political force that in America a part is not greater than the whole and that the laborer constitutes the vast majority on this continent with grievances to be remedied A moral wrong as well as a political principle is in volved For a decade or two we have had to put up with the political anomaly of a government within a government and this is not a pleasant thing for intelligent patriotic workers to contemplate The lessons of selfpreservation that have been taught only in the school of a bitter and prac tical experience are now being spread broadcast for the enlightenment and protection of alland the great struggle that is rapidly coming to such a superb fruition will mark the period in American history when greater equality before the law shall prevail provided labor does not lose its head in the contest Time enemies of labor realise this fact but too well and so we see that they organizing for the fray Thousands of dollars are being spent in the distri bution of literature and an effective campaign is in lit progress An effort is being made to obscure the issue by injecting an imaginary or a possible capital trust into a strictly labor movement In this the promoters of the antilabor movement are sim ply deceiving themselves and riding to a serious fall It will not call support to their movement from any quarter Viewing matters as an outsider the Blade predicts that with no other element in opposition the Federation of Labor will come out of the contest with additional honors To accomplish this however the entire force of American labor must stand united against the foe In other words if you are going into polities you must go in to win and conduct a truly standpat cam paign t INTELLECTUAL DIFFERENOES MUST a LEAD TO PROGRESSIVE HARMONY Could all men be of one mind one thought and one opinion could all men view the same subject andapproach it in precisely the same mental atti tude the great heart of the body social will be come dormant and all progress be at an end Force presuppose friction Lay the winds still the rollImug tides and old ocean that perennial fount of Health becomes a stagnant pool of putrefaction History demonstrates that when a nation apIproaches a unification of thought and mind it begins tto lose its glory and progress Without this a intellectual friction the contract social would soon oecouie a rope of sand Two weeks ago the Blade employed a sentence from an editorial utterance by Parker H Sercombe as demonstrating the necessity of monogamy if we would preserve our national honor and morality That monogamy is necessary to that end Mr Ser combe apparently agrees but as to method of acquisition he very evidently disagrees with the Blade The latter must still insist that sex restraints and leg limitations placed about the brute passion must still maintain if monogamy is to bOTrightfully subserved a doctrine inherent within 1leriencethat Free Loveis the proper caper and the med mum through which monogamy can only prevail That Mr Sercombe views may be fully understood by Blade readers the following communica tion is given in full 1 IChicago TIt July 22 1906rt i dito Blu Gr1ss lade Luyjn touJ YL Ii zmydrliend Vhile you quote me correctly in your issue of July 22nd in regard to the tiswt rri l f +4 1 is system being the only one that can ever coordK hate with human happiness and material progress D the conclusions you draw in your comment follow ing is widely different from what I intended to im ply NW1 take it that all our manners customs forms rreliglOnt Deem handed down to us from ancient tribes and nations that were controlled by despots instead of uy the will of the people 1 contend that working under the present cere It monies of church and state we can never obtain ntunoganuytaand that it is ridiculous to impose anycof the vorn out dogmatic systems church upon a free people who 0fnot practice monogamy or happiness through or uers received from any one Minds who have become accustomed to obey or ders from others might be brought to monogamy uy the despotic system but it will not work upon our free American people and at the present time in our large cities men are fully 85 per cent polygamous 11 Freedom is a universal law that responds to no ifand carefully analysis proves conclusively that the only way we ever can reach monogamy ljJI is through the principle of freedom and notothrough the route of outside control winch has al i ready proved itself alfufltuokIfby free love you mean sexual promiscuity ti4that is really what we now have but it is only when love becomes freewhen men and women are free 1 to uaturaly mate with those who are the most ap ct propriate when the relations of love and sex are known to be entirely too delicate to brook iuterfer 1fttonce by church or state only then when men are always suitors and women always sweethearts willfthe influence in the heart as well as the pressure of 5 ithe outside world hold people together in mono gamic relationshipi 11 Free love is not promiscuity but is the only a road to monogamy Yours truly f1r PARKER H SERCOMBE J There is more truth than poetry in the sugges tion that our manners and customs etc havetbeen handed down to us from ancient tribes and nations that were controlled by despots instead ofoJby the will of people and yet every step l forward every onward move has been to make ahchange in the existing order of things in accord mince with the demand of public opinion i e the will of the people Man is not altogether a mere machine Man is not content to eat and sleep and propagate his kind in the fashion of the lower ani mals Despite his thick veneer of selfishness he usca creature of sentiment and to annul the power that draws map upward he must sink back into Continued on page four first column J 7 or I 1 1rav J4 t I w1w j0 r WERE REFUSED t PUBLIGATH Some Interesting but Partially fished Correspondence Between Blade Subscriber and Some j dlana Newspapers it The following communications wt y a Indicate the trend of Individual i thought on matters political as t c religious and tno manner In which Ui pres sin small communities still pac der to the Idolatries of the socallei majority Tho article and the clij pings from the papers In questio were sent to us by W C Daly i Blade subscriber and from what wi can learn all of the papers mention ed have declined to publish his aftij ale for different reasons Tho humo of the thing presented Itself to us and for this reason the Blade gives them space Huntlngbun Indiana Editor Tribune My attention has been directed to the fact that In onr ably edited paper The Tribune you have assumed the liberty and right to attack my religious and political vIews I must confess that It has giv en me pleasure that you have done so from the very fact that If a person expects to lead his convictions must be known Since you have put me right religiously and the Editor of the Huntlngburg Independent has pu me right politically It occurs to me that I am about In the right trim to make a race for Congress on the So cialist ticket In order that the Intelligent voters of this district may be able to know and understand what kind of a man I am in both religion and politics I am of the opinion that It would be eminently proper for me to declare my attitude on those isms and I will t l say at the outset that what you have said about me as concerns my reli gious beliefs or unbeliefs is true and k what tho Independent has said about me as concerns my political views Is also true As a matter of fact am an Athiest and a Socialist Of course I expect you to offer some comment and you plainly have the right to do so but I warn you to use caution before Jumping bodily into some of those Imaginary gaps as they seem to you or about twothirds of your readers are apt to form the oplplon that they were only imagin ary after all and that alone to you It is a well known fact that change is the order of the day and thaf whick M5 j Appeared to be right yestenls as trial right today and will not be right to morrow For example I Viibt if JW = = uouia secure ualf aaoj n erff1 t petition circulated among the people of your town to bring the cows upon the streets again This is one sign of progress and improvement and yet good meaning wellintentioned people are too apt to cling to old theories that are both ridiculous and outrag eous to persons of broad minds In too many cases there Is nothing left for us to do but sympathise with each other and endure the injustices perpetrated upon us JiAS I just happen to think of It per to say that I astonished one of your goodygoody men the other day who Is also quite a Bible reader by stating to him that the Bible gave nt account of women angels that virtually the Bible held out no reward for them since it did state the number of children they should bear In the case of the men angels we might alt fall In a short time after the adjust ment of our wings The very same old Devil that you fight so shy of was according to the Bible once the lead ing angel in highest heaven and am satisfied that if four dred women should put in appearanceI to St Peter at the gate it would only require the mouthing of one old bach elor to cause them all to vacate in a hurry No Jim the Bible pegs are too wink and flimsy for me to hang my faith upon I would rather bask In the sun shine of a glorious nature realising that in tho end we will all sharp a common fate We have yet to meet the first person who has a kick com ing on their condition one hundred and fifty years ago being dead of course and I contend that if we could die seven times each week for severs weeks the bugaboo of death would be gone In other words We might learn to even like to die oven as we like to lie down and sleep when tired Now then a few lines about Socia lism and I will vacate for the time being As I have said I am a Social ist stud I believe in socialism because it brings me and keeps me on an equal footing with one and all I warn you however not to undertake to work the old dividing dodge on me should you make any comment on this article Socialism does not advocate a dlvid ing up of wealth That proposition Is only the political hogs dodge Socia lism would give equal opportunities to all and put every man and woman on Easy Street I can Imagine you assuming that such a proposition Is not and could not be practical but with a few utterances like that you would anticipate that you wouldJiap i t pear to some to have cinched the en sire argument Under such a mental state of aberration they would throw jour paper down and cease furtaoi thought on the subject But could jf ask you If our government had over ed socialism to determine just what It would accomplish you would then txk Hue thirty cents with a hole in it Since Socialism is opposed to wai raft trusts and combines I will tell jfrou what we propose to do It is this IVsrgradually going to tako from you ohereligious and political gods you o Idolatrously worshipped for hank and In their place we will give ytitia humanity broad enough for all 1 orf9f1lkInd character or are thousands who know this warn you again to be careful be ou jump I also wisn to warn of this district that if I am lore to Congress I shall ever have the interests of the people the interest of gods I say and I say It with perfect can or tltat If wo dont got some full people at the helm p d q we rlltjhave a revolution burst upon us hat sill discount that of Russia be ore Jotg lJ would be a real pleasure to me to change my Individual Interests to interest in common with all the QPle in the United States I would Imply be shifting the responsibility id I would only have to give my are of the mutual help it would en wffi upon us This Is where wo would proveImy Iit ppcse we trylt Brother rr Sincerely W C DALY jSy Princeton Weekly Tribune a Cant Use It sjye are In receipt of a well written a from our old friend W C Daly oSIfiintlngburg in defense of atheism andjfor socialism We cannot publish it for soveral reasons It Is too lengtny for one thing but the mlTobjection we have to publishing the article lies in the fact that we cannot conscientiously countenance even the appearance of upholding the pernicious doctrine of infidelity We art nb saint but we believe in the existence of an all wise Creator and a fife iJoyond the grave and as honest olrf Galnes Murphy remarked the otherday in talking of thSmatter fbftreinay be no hell tut Irbellevo a PLI betl3rr atom a t riot bor auVa better citizen it he liven such alife that if Js hell w lln4ajrAinhehefeafler It was truth and wqll expressed and its our views exactly1 Princeton Weekly Tribune W C Daly of Huntingburg was In town Friday ranting against religion Will suggested that be write a few ar tidies on that subject for the readers of the Tirlbune but wo think the erary feed we are doling out to thet Is bad enough from a spiritual stand point without adding anything fur tner Will Dalys blood would boll were he to see some strong man jerk the crutches from under a helples cripple letting him fall in the mud be c use of no support yet ho wlllully pulls from under helpless man the only support he has spiritually and Sires him nothing whatever upon which to lean Will Daly looks at all such things from a strictly materialis tic standpoint and some of thes days St Peter we fear will look at his reserved seat ticket in tho same way nothing In it- Huntingburg Independent Daly Is Beyond Hope W Daly of Huntlngburg was In the city today and called at this office during our temporary absence He left word to tell Jim that the Devils friend was in to see him Will is trying to be an infidel an atheist and an entire disbeliever in any future be yond the tomb and wo greatly fear the message he left for us was all too true Will Daly is too good a man to believe any of tho stuff he advocates =Princeton Tribune The Independent man Interviewed Will Daly Sunday morning and found him beyond all hope Ho is not an infidel an atheist and an utter dls believer but hes an uncompromis ing Socialist as well No theres n hope for Daly Jim Hes a sure nuff goner THE GOD IDEAIS STILL RAMPANT TO DR J B WILSON You will flay him then slay him with the might and right of thought Crucify with reason the Word of God now taught Dip your pen in the vltrlal bottle for this phantom of the sky For the world can never progress with superstlUons lies iVTien a storm Is at its fullest take your pen and paper there And crush him centre rush hlinI from his throne and phantom lair You can down him or can clown hln Great Kidder can assist With the satlro of his genius a solar plexus twist When the lightening plays the devil In the land of old Kentuck Get your thoughts In workingorder and simply run a muck Put him down and out forever wilt your pen and not the swbrd For Its mighty In tho battle again this phantom and his word A JOHNSON CHRISTIANITYNOT Ti And nTojHumanSalvation The Living and tbej Dying Faith 1 By A LUTTERMAN It Is believed by Christians that t17 are the mighty engine of the wo ldI clvlllzer and that their teaching is t moralizing agent of the world It supposed by many that what is termed Christianity is sufficient to remove Ml ChrIUanwith all wodern improvements t10I world has no matter of what 601glneed by Christians as a result of thoT influence However all such claims are false Christianity is not a J civilizer It Is a system of faith per tImaglnarIn the future in a life beyond tha teachhowto die I shall endeavor to discover what S tent the influences of Christianity hcit upon our civilization The Idea thVJ the wrath of a merciful god can oni bo approved by the sacrifice of ti fInnccent son is shocking to evert sense of justice to every principal of morality yet the Christian chuicU teaches that all wire believe JlipJ their crimes are washed in the lilco of their murdered brother becomRI pure and holy and re elves alicensl for crime that will admltUiejjjrFl rascal a seat of glory at Uie thrpa God Failing to believe in suchfaShl menu which nirat1 larllU e- ebelleteeis condemned a1a Wt tita lorenraliJ I41 CrleetbclJetfluto moral conduct This doctrine of f glveness for sin has filled our jails anid gillrowsIn studying the nature of Christian ity we recognize that their only prob lem In this life Is how to die The chesthatlloethe love of God as explained 1 John 215 These principles however lon soling they may be to honest Christians have checked the progress of our civilization until this present day In vain wo look for Christian princi pies that are necessary to progress civilization On the contrary exper fence has proved they have been in jurious and tho welfare of mankind has been retarded The object of Christ was not to improve the condl tlons of mankind In this world but t forsake this world and rely on prayers to be answered by an imaginary God who is as mute as a stone to all pray ers and never paid attention to the suffering of humanity What then cat we expect from a Christian stand point in regard to our civilization test the vlrtueof Christianity in or Ionizing a civilized state of society- It is only necessary to suppose a corn pany of men and women going to son uninhabited island and there attenpt ing to form a constitution to mi requirements of modern societies bas ed upon the teaching of the Bible In the first place they must rest the kingdom of heaven and love not their father and mother or friends for Christs sake This would lit once put an end to all efforts for a higher cvlili ration because they must take no thought for nerves nor for their bodies or lives Hospitals would sus tend by rapid Increase of Godschos en peoplo Faith and prayers would be their only reward for all ailments Science would be deemed unnecessary and doctors of medicine would be un known It would be a crime to stab lish saving banks because laying up treasures on earth is strictly forbidden In the New Testament those who lay up for a rainy day must get rid of all they have in exchange for a home in heaven as explained in St Luke 18 22 And Jesus said unto him Thou lackcst one thing sell all that thou hast and thou shall have treasures In heaven Need wo wonder that tho Influence of Christianity has checked this world from a higher state of clylllza tlon If we take a historical glance at countries whero Christianity was pro teed and acted upon wo shalirecos i i1fif r iilzo the Influence on nations progress Scotland was once strictly a religious nation tho most miserable unprogres Mvo nation the most miserable un regressive state for at civilized people at that time jlf Bread tho history of Scotland dgring the seventeenth and part of the efjBitpenth century we find that love and Bratltude to man kind were set nslde and replaced by Ignorance and fear But the sad ef feels wero not confined to Scotland wly Go to the streets of Paris when iii tho fifteenth century tho blood of seventy thousand defenseless Protes pants were massacred by the believers lu a meek and lowly Jesus study the history of tho inquisition by whose power three million of lives were sacrificed In ono century Investigate the records and the actions of a King Henry the VIII or Queen Mary and condemnedf tian faith of those times These were tho effects of Christian Hi when it had absolute power Not only this but Christianity Interfere with higher Intellects of man and In fluanced every relation of life every rascality that kings and queens wished to perform They get the bishops priests and preachers to make holy the roost cruel rascality ever perform cd Think of the Christian Emperor Constantine who with the sword In one hand and the cross In the other pursued his slaughtering all those who differed from his opinion Behold the history of the seven crusades which will forever remain a lasting monu ment of a blood stained faith of Chris tianity For nearly two hundred years did the followers of Christ lay desolate one cf the finest portions of the known world thousands of hjuman beings were sacrificed and washed in the blcod of tho lamb Does It require fur ther proof of the effect Christianity had upon our civilization If Chris tianity had a remedy to better the con ditions of mankind It would have played Itself In the past for it had nil the advantages the command of armies the Influence of the priest the patronage of kings the alliance of powerful nations the untold wealth and tho first placo among counselors Science art and education wore hum bled tied hands and feet and sur rendered to Its Influences Yet with all these advantages it has proved un able to take steps with the progress of scientific civilization Now let us turn cur attention to scientific discoveries In conflict with Christianity When our jlstlngutshed scientist Brupo not ar guing with the Christian doctrine con ceri l o 1ls i 01leclarEdaballWnsbLowtu stak midst of Christianity on the 17th1I of February In Rome When printed was invented tte church called it the Black Art she denounced Pro Faust a campaign the Devil and sought totake his life When Caxton introduced the art into England the bishop of London declar ed We must destroy this dangerous Invention or else It will destroy us Christians thought they could benefit rfanklnd by Imprisoning Galileo and thus preventing the spread of scienti Ito astronomy but the little telescope of Galileo revealed the heavenly bodies the church turned upon it side like a dying sunfish and said that the instrument was an invention of the ovll spirit and prohibit all good Chris Mans from looking through it Another conferrlIFoslselsappeared and the church pawed dirt mud bellowed with anger but when science revealed ell mystery the church claims it as their influences But the fact is that there has scarcely been a scientific discovery that the hunch has not tried to crush It that conflicts with the teaching of their Christian Bible Of course they hold that the BIble is their moral guide and whosoever doubt the scripture an In spiration from a God on High is branded as an Infidel and can not be accord ing to their estimation be a moral nan However If wo read all the cruelties and horrors described In that bock Is sufficient proof that It can notre a moral guide Must we believe as a good Christian in order to come civilized Worship a God that sanctions all the heartless wars as described that lIe declared mercy a crime that to spare lfo was to excite his wrajh that he smiled when maidens wero violated and shouted with joy when babes wore butchered In their mothers armes Space will not admit to go further In detail concern- Ing these cruelties but allow me to re fer you to one instance and please read the story of Jephthali and his daughter which you will find in Judges 1139 This one story should bo enough to make every tender and loving father hold this book utterly Impossible fit to enhance the standard of morals the fact is that Christianity had her landmarks stained with blood and the Now Testament openly declares that without shedding of blood there Is no salvation I beg you to reflect your mind upon the idea con tained In that verse The Now Testa ment openly giving a full account of the birth of Jesus Christ we are formed that Joseph tho husband of Mary was a little suspicious that his wife had been unfaithful as he had a anIIng Fear no wrong Joseph that Mary your wife was overshadowed with the holy Ghost Now let be reasonable Suppose some man at the present day wero to suspect his wife unfaithful and had a dream whereby Informed that his suspicious is without cause and supposing thai shortly after that a baby was born would that man place auy reliance on what he had dreamed Would any jury consider such dreams Would the Judge ever pay attention to such dreams Certainly not And yet this most important part of Christianity on which rest the whole structure of the Christian salvation is nothing but a dream As we look in the past and see the bloody deeds and wrongs committed by the cruel church and liberty chain ed as a stranger and science crippled and surrendered and toilers suffering who have lived and died for the rights of man we seethe merciless flames envelop the manly body of Bruno we listen to the groans of burning Serveri tusand hear the laughter of the priests who holding alolt a bleeding tongue of a human sufferer we see the bones of Voltaire dragged from their resting place and piled upon the grave of Thomas Paine we hear the priest hood praying for human hopes and fears anq molding in bondage the brains of our fellowmen As we so recognize the past I feel that something must be done to hasten the time that reason will regain and on the ruins of Christianity will grow intelli gence that will do justice to all but the time is not yet And now let us Imagine that Science would at once sink beneath the sea What a dark gloomy day the humming of the bus wheels would be silent our fine gar meats would be flgleavos without a stitch of cotton our children would cry for bread and we would have to live in caves and dugouts our noble wives would have to go out in the morning looking for a dry snake for breakfast our ornaments would con slst of a rosary and oimclflctlon and the Blbfe as the only treasury in which Is doomed humanity with superstlons but oh listen to the groans of ancient prayers and hear the screeching of holy priests like an owl at midnight setting ona dead llmk and Jjopt we ild have to crawl inthc dust and wpuldtpverse our thoughts ami Imagine Ire dawn of science JusWllumlnat ed the horizon of tho night of despair wo would see the old fashion spinning wheel In motion nor garm itswould change in proportion as science vances our dugouts would turn to mod ern residences and from tliht to the skyscrapers of the present imo our thought would fly to and fif with a twinkling of the eye we Wfuld hear tho shrill whistle of the hty en gines that turns the wheelsWith tire less arms our sea monstwould plow the ocean from shoresto shore and the pulso of our comme a would beat to keep up a healthy circulation tprosperItclick of our sewing machlnl would gladden the hearts of mankind and with smiling faces and negSr hands would tap tho keys of thousands of tones and join the chorus thoutlme of prosperity Must we ask whasclcnce has done for mankind Loeifln the broad fields of our country tEe croak et cycle Is converted Into afiflachlne of steel from the common to tr selfblnder from that to tire harvester and finally to the self hinderat ties the sheaves with end less string Look In the kitchen upon the publlj highways and In tho gibes and tin turn our course to tho sky and yfelt the starry worlds and then look down into the bowels of the earth t1ijgreat storehouse that never exhaus Is it necessary for you to ask whra deuce bas done for tho benefit of igfiiklnd It is left for you to decido we have Christianity nigh and deMjalr or science reason and invo ration what Is your choi- ceUTTERMAN 3jj NO YET SATI ED Olives Brother Barnes a Twl To bacco to Chew Upon IMrther Discussion on the Econom Problems of the Dayrt By A LUTTERMAN In reply to Dr J C Barnes lobo In the Blade of July 29th mi me think of a story relating to gre who was granted three prizes ord Ing to his wishes his first ch was to have a lot of tobacco his end choice was to have all tho tothecould use Yes said his you shall have it but wish soying hotter for you have only on m prize to get Tho negro tho talong while but could not think tf4w i thing else and then said Well Massa give me a little more tobacco and it seems to me that Brother Barnes Is situated a good deal the same and cannot think of anything else but land tax However we do agree that all wealth or values are produced by individual labor and outside this there Is no wealth nor values and that many represent value which is demanded In tax If this is true then all tax must bo levied on the production of labor either on land or other wise Your argument in taxing per sonal property you say Is simply a fine against producing wealth would be still a fine if land only would be taxed for the reasons that all wealth is produced as you say by labor on land and from land That capital has control our land needs no further proof but suppose that the Doctor has the landand I the money and the government de wands the tax in money I of coure bad to rent one lot from Dr Barnes at the same rate as my neighbors pay Ithen go to work and build me a twenty story building and rent each floor a little cheaper than the actual rent of the lot Would the people ever attempt to Invest in a building and then besides pay ground rent at the samo rate as I do to Dr Barnes and would I not be able to pay my ground rent out of what I get from my building Certainly I could and thereby prosper But dont you come on to me for a higher rate of tax than the vacant lots aside of me for that would change tho principal of your arguments however unjust such taxa tion pray be it is the single tax idea No land has no value nor does it improve its qualities with age like a barrel of whisky Tho community has no moral right to take the value pro duced by labor on land any more than to take your deposits In the banks One is equal to tho other and ex changeable one for the other the one is what you term it natural value and the latter is legal value yet law is supreme and when that law dt dollars and cents we haVe to sacri fice all subordinate values to get It Consequently capital controls all values and land Included to day and would be if land would be taxed only- have no desire to go at any length my discussion to prove that the Iin would not be beneefitted by pay tho annual rent to the government any more than to pay it to the land lord IIn order to convey my idea allow to use the following Illustration suppose the government jrpuid build a gfrecttrunk line between New York shttChicago l empJJall Idle men at Jvlng wages rcin ttralegM tender certificate What botttir money could bo had for It would bo value received nylhQ government and the people could turn their skill and labor Into ready cash jind all this without piling on national debts Of course this would swell the volume of money and in order to keep up staple prices a direct tax should be levied on all values this tax would go back to the treasury and paid out again to the laboring classes which would create a circulation of tho med lum in exchange through the channels of the common peoplo This is the system I advocate as the remedy to overcome the money power If this Is Socialism or any other ism I dont know but Ido know It Js practicable and effective fThe Blade needs a larger clrcuV Lion to make it pay and must de pend on our subscribers to get them Send us a club of five or more 50 cents each in clubs eNOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden ISsize Special R Way 23 Jls 2600 Now RWay jls Deuber Watch Co 21 Jls 17 same 17 Jls 14 Elgin VerItas 23 ilL 29 Father Time 21 jls 2250liB Vf Raymond 19 20 B W Ray mond 17 jls1850 Waltham Vanguard 23 j1829 Crescent Street Jls 2250Ap pleton Tracey Co Premier 17 Jls 1860 same not Premier US The above guaranteed to pass R Way Inspectors Sundries Valtbam P S Bartlett or Elgin Wheeler 17 Jls justed nickel same gilt same Hampden nickel 800 same not ad justed7 Elgin Waltham or Hamp den nickel 16 jls GEIln or Wal tham nickel noncatchable hair spring 7 jls5 Hampden Jls gilt 460 Standard or Century 7 Jls Al the above In 23 or 4ounce all verlne case prepaid In silver or gold fined screw case accompanied by manufacturers and my guarantee for 20 years or In hunting case more In 25 year screw case or in buutlng case 860 more than In all verlno case In solid gold case 10 to 50 more LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large 6 size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased 7 Jls 9 16 Jls 16 Jls adj 16 small eV slzo 7 jls 1160 16 its JI6 16 Jli adj 18 Riverside extra JJne24 In 25year case morn In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds all in plush box repaid with guarantee Send for prices of Watches not list ed Jewelry Rings Sllverand Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEIN La Orange Cook Co Ill rtitrr o jp yr i ft of t1 i r 1 +oHoH ++ iI+ + III fI M F3 d ++ ++++Thinks and Talks Aledb lens J K l1ughesFindr- nclosEd iitty cents tb move my tab forward another notch on subscription to the JUlado which I like to read and I am of a Liberal turn of miiiu and am a Freethinker and also a Freetalker I claim that if a man has right td think on the matter of rell li 1as a right to say what he thinks for it is something that we know but little about anyway but I try to Keep as far from the ruts of superstition as 1 can I hardly think that there is anybody that is entirely clear ot this thing called superstition but I think that i can safety say that I have no use for the theory of Chris tianity as it is taught theologically I believe in religion practically and I also claim that Is all the religion that there Is about a man Is what he does of his free will and accord not what he thinKs about a hell or heav en or that he says about gods or dew to ifs chrlsts or virgins saints or prophets it makes but little differ ei4ce whether Llje went to heaven In ox cart or a chcrlqt tllmmed with kold or whether Lisha slappeu 5ofden dry and called the Lords two r pfet bears to tear down the school- ldren or not all of that has noth- to do with the eternal rule of r ht tit seems funny that if the thought enough of Lige to stiiu let aid haul hispid carcas to id Pete had to die to get jat ho would sleet Pete gate but may be he wanted to keep e send back as somo claim that nt1eBaptist was Lige the third th Lord Is about to run him in snit already done so and if aWo haslpr does I guess his successor jftvill Llge the fourth Well this 3lble rtiiglon is a funny thing to mu any way but may be It Is cause I dbnl understand Itwell if I dont I cant help it but let the Blade keep on coming and may be by tho hplpiof Dr Wilson and other good writers Imay learn more about it afar on The Blade Is a good llttl ier and seems to get better but ertalnly did appreciate Brother ores wrlngsand especially his to those that would try to rip fup the back0ncoJn a while Ich n nor them often tried the tnd t me for they generally get dose W- ishfriracees 1amJ C yto Push Things vA Editor Burf t ellsBladeIsand you comment V oI Torroy and Alexander from f th NoW York Commercial Best cr tic smI I have load from any paper tW ln conspicuous place In tf po rpnPer Print me 50 copies ex tf a Elendout extra copies your I rlbersA A BELL v 55J rnMote words of Praise r ickersville Michigan Jas E A ghes I want to congratulate You MjwtheIinprpvement of the Blade rcprtainiyjjs iip to datoUnd hews to the line I am waiting anxiously for a DnViWjislns Rome Book 1 sent honey i 6e to you some time ago d Behind the Bars and 4nnel in the Orient very they are a monument to CC memoryALEX LITTLE Wus For Life Itanklln Pennsyhania James E Hughes I am to be so long among the elinquents almost 1 year in arrears owing to financial shortage caused by t lln health and in ability to attend to business For mole than a year past i have been barely abl eto keep the wplf out of thehome that would be more deso without the Blade With all other l subscribers I add my praise and con gratulatlons you for the able and j efficient manner in which you are conducting the paper Consider your proppsitlon for organizing thtii advo catea of mental liberty and truth As essential step is tho line of sue teooiuu uyuijiciuiu with the powers 1 t qf darkness that have so long held s many in selfdom through ignpr rncef and nuperstitfop They are or jnzed11 Id ever watching their lines an against any encroach i wont of light The assumed light imfhas been in thQ world for nearly centu lls equal to Egyptian dart has been sorely reP success in the struggle you for life an old sub it W BbWJlAN a REDUCEDRATESa1 Danville cky t 2ny and 3rd ueei tr Crescent Route- lI u nsale August 1st 2nd and faro forKtho round trip Ing untllAugust 4th Asks for particulars S8 Jtf flit THE GENEALOGYOF Evidence Submitted of Two Christs Instead of One Tables Given For Comparison and Calculation A Rejoinder Follows By GEORGE VALE In reply to the request of Mrs E Kelsey I wish to say that not E E Jenkins but l Lewis claimed that 495 years Intervened between the birth of the two men or two characters call ed Jesus and Mrs Kelsey herself ad mits that they were born 12 years apart which is enough to establisu the fact that there were two of them Wo need not seek Josephus lor all that his writings contain in regard to Jesus are now by most persons under stood to bo an Interpolation and w need not look at tho Bible to prove that two were written of I myself have called the difference in time about years for In Luke we find 15 generations from Abraham to Jesus more than in Matt and allowing 3 generations to a century would make a difference of 600 years As to the ability of the lady in question to use reason I find nothing to complain of and not having met her I cannot say whether she was sent tot Sunday School or whether sho was converted late In life but I do not understand that she is a church member for she called herself an unorthodox Chris tian and just why Freethinkers are willing to admit that the Bible story as told by the clergy may not be al together different from tho real one and the real one may be understood by someone else and content themselves with saying There was never any Jesus Christ closing their eyes to parts which others are leaving they alono know There was some foundation on which to write the Bible and if Susan Peck can tell us what it was I am willing to read what she writes and wait until she has finished before I complain If I were at liberty to do so I could give tho names of hundreds of persons hero in the state of Minne sota wfho know that two called Jesus are written of in the New Testament and who can tell the whole story as given by Its writers which la as dir ferent from the pulpit narrative as Is black from white and which I wish every Freethinker could hear The cry It is all false it Is not sufficient and eventhe late CoC Moore once wrote fthat the time had come h m Free nkers must ydo something dg lldlsrtlathow1h1b ia staarird to the genealogy following ara the lsts which speak for themselves Throne from Matt should be read as given while the one from Luke I have traced backward from Abraham that the comparison may be mode easily Abraham Legat Isaac Legat Jacob Judas Pharey Eslom Aram An mad h Naassan Salmon Bosy Obed Jessie David Solomon Robvam Abla Asa Josaphat Joram Oslas Jotham Achag Ezeklas Manas ses Amori Joslas Jochanlas Tala thiel Forobabel Abiad Eliakim Azar Lados Achlm ElInd Eleager Mat than Jacob Joseph Jesus 4 Luke Abraham Isaac Jacob Judah Tharey Esrom Asam Amlnadab Naasson Lamon Booz Obed Jessie David Natham Mattatha Menan Melea Ellahlm Jonam Joseph Judah Llmeon Levi Matthat Joslm Elle zar Jose Eri Ehnodam Casam An dl Melchl Nor Latathiel Forobabel Rhesa Joanna Judah Joseph Lime la hall las Maath Nagge Esll Nann Amos Mattatnias Joseph Jon no Melchl Levi Matthaf Hell Jos eph Jesus Between Abraham tend David In both lists the names are the same with one exception which Is Judas in one and Judah In the other which can be acounted for as a mistake of the translation or the compositor which latter is likely correct but the remainder do not correspond In any In stance and saying that they differ cause of the carelessness of the com pilers will not satisfy searchers after truth Freethinkers need not suppose that tp prove tho facts will Increase ho power of the church as the oppo alto would be the result and I defy any person to take those two genes logics and prove by them that the son of Solomon and the son of Nathan are the scone man or that tho sons of Jacob and Hell are the same man Except for Mrs Kelseys There was never any Jesus Christ I should have mistaken her for a Christian What Josephus Says Parts Ky Mr HughesFor tho in formation of Mrs Kelsey I will say that Josophus says Now there was abolltttliistime Jesus a wise manfaif it be lawful to call him a man for he was a doer of wonderful works a teacher of such as science the truth with pleasure He drew over to him both manyofthejews and many of the Gentiles He was the Christ And when Tllato at tho suggestion of the principle men amongst us had demned him to the crags those that loved himAt thoilrst dld not forsake him for he appeared to them alive again on the third day as the divine prophets had foretold these and thous ands of other wonderful things con cerning him And the tribe of Chris tians so named from him are not ex tinct at this day So according to Josephus Jesus Christ was not a myth Very trulYJ H Walllnsford WHAT DOES- THIS MOVE MEAN Is It Another Method of Resisting ganized Labor For the Benefit of The Plutocrat Some of Our readers May Know The following printed circular has been received by the Blade through tho mall together with the request that wo give it publication The Blade does for various reasons but we havo taken the privilege of mak ing an editorial comment upon it New York July 20 1900 To tho Editor The enclosed matter may interest your readers both union and nonunI- on as well as the great majority out side either of the above- Respectfully CITIZENS INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIA TON To check the political ambitions of the Labor Union leaders tho National Citizens Industrial Association is sub matting to political candidates through out tho country two questions Have you pledged your support to the Labor trust or to any other trust organization or corporation seeking special legislation Will you or will you not represent the citizens as a whole and seek to protect them from class legislation whether by organized capital or urgan ized labor when such legislation la in the interest of the few to give er over the many The plan provides that the names of candidates who stand for labor or cap ital trusts shall be supplied to the dif ferent citizens associations now or ganized in over towns and cities in order that citizens of all parties who are opposed to class legislation and organization trust methods of seeldng to control legislation can vote for antitrust candidates at the coming propose to support pub lie men of either pnrty who stand free from pledges to wu organization They refer to the 4 H the labnr ICiidera ttr secure aid or- antiinjunctidn bUla direct step towards anarchy and an effort to takeaway the power of the courts and transfer it to the labor trust or a capi tal trust whichever might choose to revenge Itself on workingmen To strip the courts of power to restrain organizations from attacking men or property would place citizens and communities in Jeopardy from any or ganization either of labor or capital which might choose to use violence Labor in its proposed attacks upon jther workmen and property Capital If It should see fit to hire men to attack union workmen This movement of citizens is based upon the theory of government that tho community must protect its mem bers from control of the people by any organization class or trust QUESTION DIRECTED TO DR WILSON Where Did the Jews Get Their Sab bath From Able Article on Sun day and the Sabbath Request That It be Further Discussed 1 By J G A DAVIS A 1111 D I submit tho copy of the article of an eminent medical author on the Sabbath rest and beg to add the lowing A few days agoa letter a peared in a popular dally which con talked In the middle tho following sentences Sunday as now observed Is largely a day of pleasure It Is used for excursions picnics ballgames golf etc to the detriment of churchgoing and the growth of any sent ment and feeling of a religious or mor al natureI with a carefully worded and very modest article on the differ ence between Sabbath and Sunday from an archeological point of view The editor nipped off the entire thing with tho remark that I was treading on forbidden ground I realise that I am in possession of most dangerous knowledge of tho facts embraced by the subject but I never expected that the armies of tho other side was so strong while my presentation of the facts was so modest Now let us open up this question Brother Wilson will you tell us where from did tho Jews derive their Sabbath I require In formation myself on that point I derstand the nature of the Sabbath and the difference between it and that of Sunday and I know where Constantino got the Sunday from Tho article I submit Is from the pen of the eminent editor of the Now York 4 d 7 till =tt i State Journal of Medicine official or gan of the State Medical Society in is sue of July It reads There are few men who do not need a vacation or who are not bone titled by one There is a sabbatic tradition that has come down to us from people whom history has shown have been notoriously defective in the art of liv ing and who even yet aro the most flagrant violators of the simplest laws of health This tradition has become a part of our religion and entered into the laws of the State Let us see Is unnatural that a man shall conduct himself for six days in such a manner that at the end of that time honeeds a days rest from his doings of the other six Still most of us do How much better it would be if we might live so that on Tuesday morning wel should begin work as much refreshed as on Monday and Saturday should find us as ready for labor and play as Wednesday had and that our services and thoughts might be as holy on each day of the seven as we could make them This would be the equable life which we have not yot learned to live The average professional and business man must have his summer vacation he shortens his life without It Essen tially it is not the summer vacation that is so good it is the preceding months of work that are so bad IhI has wilfully and wittingly violated the laws of health tho vacation is the therapy he takes It as a cure to save his life Better that he should not need the cure prophylaxis Is the us hope that we may attain toI that state in which work and play and prayer and meditation shall be so har monlously combined and progress gether so smoothly and naturally that a surcease from our method of lit need never be forced Upon us as a necessity when each day of the seven shall have Its sabbath hours each day of the summer its portion of summer vacation and so in all in all the sea sons of the year the stream of life shall flow smoothly on towards the great sea of eternity And furthermore let It be provid ed always that no useful man shall envy the man who has a great stock of health and nothing more DELIVERY OF ROME BOOK I have received about 100 letters from friends asking md to send them Jtt n Ie if5nrtff6 ronffeflM why they do not get it and some ire not unjust ly making bitter complaints about It There Is aTyphioq epidemic and much other sickness Just now in Cincinnati and I have not had time to eat and sleep and it has been impos sible for me to reply to my anxious friends so will make general reply Inl to the Blade I am delivering to the Cincinnati and vicinity subscrib ers only and am doing this to save the postage on the books A number of the original Cincinnati subscribers who have paid up have not yet called for their books I am too busy Just now to deliver them and request that they all at my office All subscribers outside of Cincin nati will be supplied through Mr Hughes He has the list of names and have not and you can readily perceive that it would create confus ion were I to attempt to send books as I wouldnt known whether Mr Hughes had already sent them or not He has to keep track of the delivery as he has the list of names Now Mr Hughes writes me that he is so hard up this being the quietest season of the year that he hasnt the money to pay for the postage and this is the reason he is not sending them out He says he can send them out only as he cad spare the mouey and consequently can send only a few at a time and that some will be compelled to wait I regret this very much but Cant help It Many wrlto mo that they havo paid their postage and dont see why they dont get their books One good old friend writes me that he has been honest with me and he expects me to be honest with him and he wants his book Some say they wrote to Hughes and as he des not reply they write to me Others write who have not been taking the Blade and so are not ac quainted with tho circumstances Once again I will say let all sub scribers of Cincinnati and vicinity call at my office for the books and let all those outside write to Mr Hughes and keep at him till they get their book and if there are any at tho windup who have not gotten their books write to me and I will see that they get It But at the present there must be some system in delivering them an Mr Hughes and I cannot deliver at t same time being at a distance from each other Every one will get this book but ho may have to wait a little on Mr Hughes It Is unfortunate that It is so and I regret It as much or more than any one You can have no Idea of the amount of worry tho get ting out of this book has been to me I would rather forego such a trip Ulan to get out a book again under tho same cramped circumstances But I am glad tho book is out and it is being well received and promises to do some good for our cause and that pays for all the trouble I be Hove that it is a book that will be passed around My barber an Intelligent fellow took a copy Alredy five of his customers have read It and three others have engaged it of him i met ono of our city editors last tight to whom I had presented a copy and asked him if ho had read It Ho replied nol my wife got hold of it then let a ncighbor have it anu then my daughter read it and she has let a chum havo it and five or six other girls want to read it and dont know when I will get sight of it My wife thinks it great Several other such statements all showing that women take an in it leads me to believe InterestI book will circulate beIIlovedscription and information ana so tried to forget the cruel things I said for the sake of the beautiful andI her that was about as compliment as I had received A Cincinnati publisher thinks like Daniel K Tenny that an Eastern publisher could be Induced to put its out and that a half million copies could be sold Could a halt million copies be sold in America a million or two would read it and I believe It would be the means of doing much good but that is too bright a dream to entertain I hope every ono will do his best to sell the book and see that It gets in good hands y Many of you will want to loan your book and this will occasion wear an soil and you would like to have a clean copy for yourself If you caw afford It get two copies one for you self and one to pass around 1 I hope now in a short time oval willpleased l l clsm is always valuable rI regret thd many typographical rocs In It and there are some matlcal errors all owing to the hup rled work of getting it out J B Wf JONAH j ANDTHE WH By FRANK x FINNIGAN The camp meetin was goln on 1 At quite the proper pace m Ari scores of brothers and that tlul Could feel amazln grace I Come stealln softly over Its never known to fall When Pastor Clew rth stirred em On Jonah an the whale He said It might be overdrawn But then again good land Wo ought to take for granted things We cant quite understand That riled up Parson Strobrldge an He rose up to bewail The tendency to cast a doubt On Jonah an tho whale From front to back the Holy Book Says he wo must believe An Jonah has a leading place The same as Mother Eve If shes allowed to stay within The scientific pale see no need for cas tin out Of Jonah an the whale Then Sister Perkins she got up An turned to face the crowd Says she When things has reached this pass Its time to speak out loud I neverthought camp meetin folks Who preach truth will prevail Would listen to this mean attack On Jonah an the whale theIrear Mrs Perkins turned around Im hero to talk she answers back Im goln to hold my ground Then deacons by the score Jumped up While women folks turned paleaAn everybody talked at once Of Jonah an the whale Well later on they got talked out The weather was too hotrTo keep up such an awful fuss In such a lovely spot But pears to me alls said an done It want of no avail Cause truth to tell Ive still got doubts On Jonah an the whale InJinnnliollartLouiLille linil ny liFAMOUS METHODS The Organization into a Political Body Or ME urn TIlE ACIEn GOVERWErr L the of and is and legislative bodies 2 all of eo the State uniting asstlng and or justly religious and political ex the corrupt reign of parthanship JIrrthe Initiative rights and Justice to tYin all mentl again all other practical maintaining liberty lust and all other L a seeularand tree ment ttreaQ iriCINCINNATI AND RETURN VIA UNDAYM Special Train- LEAVING LEXINGTON 730 aml- ikTicttUgtnlfoiPtiWin GREATEST DISCOVERIES OF SCIENCE EVER MADE GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS CON SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through its organ The Truth About GCd which it publishes monthly and Its school The Central Kansas Business Collie which teaches Stenography Type writing Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship and Spelling and The Truth About God in a general course of study giver by the tern porary International Instructor for the church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants 900 more to formally J organize and Incorporate Tho first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY If you have loved ones you wish rescued from the idolatry ot worship Ins a dead man named Jesus ant a myth named God you should Join this Church and It ill aid you In freeing them 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 blank ap plication for roemberebti information about the college and send 25 easts for a years subscription to tho TRUTH ABOUT GOL Do It low t xr rr r r 0 1rr ii tr Ir rt 4 1 Editorial Continued from page one primordial savagery We cannot gather grape a of thorns or figs of thistles and we cannot sub r serve higher morality and virtue by loosening re straints upon animal passions and sending men with free passes into the garden of desire Despite long centuries of civilization and the beatific lessons of moral virtue man is still a savage for the moral I law has not yet been capable of reducing his ani- malism to subjection This much is candidly ad mitted by Editor Sereombe hen he remarks a t the present time in our large cities men are fully 85 per cent polygamous This does not speak well for American Benedicts It leaves but fifteen Ji per cent who can make any claim at all to moral virtues and offers the suggestion that it is not altogether their fault On the other hand as the vio lation of the Seventh Commandment by mall re quires assistance the assertion shows up woman also in a rather bad light i The Blade cannot agree that Free Love would lead to monogamy and regards the term a misnomer We have but to analyse two sentences in the above letter to properly determine this point One reads If by free love you mean sexual promiscui ty that is really what we now have The other liis when men and women are left free to natur mate with those who are the most appropri ate Do not the latter conditions prevail now 111 When a man meets one of the opposite sex whom he believes to be a natural mate he approaches her 101and seeks her in marriage The woman entertain vastly different notions regarding her suitor rejects him and he seeks elsewhere Not until the I natural mate appears will the woman accept and then marriage is free to both Once assuming the marital contract there is no earthly reason why the man should not always be a suitor and the woman always a sweetheart but break the mar ties and the man would be left fie to make Ifiringe conquests the woman thrown upon a cold unfeeling world and social anarchy would run the land That men are Sa per cent polygamous is an argument against the of mor al restraints and is a strong evidence that if he will act thusly with all under our pr sent restraining code the other 15 per cent woulii speedily follow ill them were the bars thrown down We would then take the social machine apart simm v for the pleas l ure of analysing it The pride of coral virtue is J the sheetanchor of the nations str the dyna- micsj of noble deeds When love Bails and hope flies pride still lingers as the reflguard of hu f man virtue and dies only in the last itch That promiscuity in sex is Avhatve have now t is not the fault of the law or of tnt present mar riage system but the fault of they ho disregard tt morality and virtue That promiscuity would not t eensctundernIjrstC oi nn n c t desire that men and women shonlclfTl left free to naturally mate with those who areijftmost appro priate To sanction free that no fault could be found 10veWOutUn an occa sional heroic effort and an occc frqm is Jehovah he managed to remain r ly faithful to one thousand women and we dly expect that the average man given the oj uity would be much better than Israels conse iJd king After all it is well to discuss tl abject Time thought of many ary to evolve a system that will be appreciable the majority Let it be understood however that romance is not alone the corrolla of love it is the Very incense of virtue s a a ra ARE AMERICAN REFORMERS FALLING BEHIND THE TIMES For generations the American progressivist has Jwproudly pointed to domestic conditions that place the vanguard of human progress and to t a great extent this is true for with the combined experiences of the entire world at our command t wo have improved in every direction and stepped far beyond the boundaries of the old world On the other hand the Rationalist seems 10 be losing ground as compared with his brethren across the seas Time Liberal clement seems powerless to i check the onward movements of the God party and the latter are showing up in unexpected places in such combinations as to demand attention and no tice from those in authority To time Blade it seems almost a criminal neglect on our part and the hour is at hand when we will feel bound to repent our lethargy probably when it is too lute to repair the damage without great cost of labor time and mon eyNot so very many years ago it wits our proud boastthat the very letter and spirit of the Federal Constitution were paramount in our public institu Ations of learning Little bylittle the God party J forced itself into places of power through intrigue and artifice only to put a check on Liberalism and taint public education with the sentiments of orthodox religion Upon the statute books of near ly every state in the union and upon the federal statute books there are laws that ought never to have been enacted depriving a large number of lawabiding upright and conscientious citizens of their religious freedom compelling them to sub scribe indirectly to a creed in which they did not believe and contribute towards its support In New York Decently an effort was made to inject religious professedly Christian into the curricu lum of the public schools but so far the Blade has been unable to learn of any effort upon the part of New York Liberals to check the rising tide of intolerance and usurpation Existing conditions in Europe point conclusively to the fact that in America the arelagging falling behind the times and must yield the post of honor to France and England Weave recounted the action of the French people in throwing off the yoke of the church and refusing longer to tolerate legal exemptions in favor of the Vatican Where k w4 ltA iW all were for the church now nil are for the state and the honor of the people It now happens that in England the dignitaries of both the High Epis copal and Roman Catholic church are driven to the nrcctingssnever mit to an educational stem which is now propos ed in England that takes God out of the public schools Prom this we are to infer that the lieu Radical ministry in England is about to adopt an educational bill displacing Jehovah from the public schools while in New York we have a convocation of mixed churchmen agreeing upon a plan to put God in the public schools It appears that our British cousins are make a clean sweep of it but progressiveWhat a in every community to arouse the Liberalists from their lethargic sleopr also need a thorough active comprehensive and well equipped organiza tion to plan and carry on the campaign and by all honorable means put a check on the God party and their hellish designs upon our institutions of learn ing It was once remarked that a certain priest said Give me the education of a child until he become eight years of age and 1 care not who gets him after that age This is only too true The impressions made upon the brain in childhood are deeper and more lasting than those made in middle life and once the God notion has been written on the youthful brain it is a seemingly impossible task to eradicate it It seems as if both France and England arc to leave us marching in the rear with the head of the procession beyond our reach Otherwise we must yield to Europe the proud boast of intellectual superiority The pent up currents of Liberal emotion appear to be dead in America It is time we quit dreaming and woke lip for work a r e a To suppress crime we must work with the indi vidual organism instead of wasting legislative ef fort upon the collective organisms that constitute the social body There is a vast error in which many reformers believe namely that vice can be absolutely suppressed by legal enactments This is all wrong and the whole experience of human history teaches the reverse As it is with mercan tile commodities so it is with crime for where any particular form of vice is in demand the supply will be found From Paris to Pekin there are wide open doors for any contemplated sin The an cient Persians believe that devils ruled the world and in a measure they were justified in their be lief Legislative enactment when directed against crime may prohibit but it does not prevent and in spite of penal punishments vice creeps on This fact should satisfy all reformers that we are going are1hereon the right direction to fin a improve society Society is made up of individuals and we must be gin from the bottom Sand work upward a a a Time real hero is not he who faces the cannons lip that his name might live on forever but the man who takes life as a battle and a march mak ing noble sacrifice that others may share with his happiness won by righteous endeavor These are real men and real men are ever the worlds heroes and its hope The heart of a hero is never hidden behind the cowardly superfices of policy or expe diency Deceive he cannot andwill not for the lie can only bloom on the lips of the coward lie will treat public opinion with a kingly contempt but his selfrespect is dearer to him than life Be neath the cheap gilding and superficial lacquer 6f life the great heart of the race still beats true and strong How many of this generation can understand and appreciate the remark of Agassiz that he had not the time to make money How many can fully realise that such an occupation is not the sole end of man At the portal to the grave the ashes of the plutocrat and proletariat meet on precisely equal terms It follows timer that time laboriously spent iii the accumulation of wealth beyond the satisfaction of simple want is worse than wasted From the unnumbered days of the past the spirit of greed has stolen years from the development of the intellect which should have been filled with the sweets of human knowledge and hallowed by the perfume of love In the doing of this we have blasted lifes fruitage with the socalled primeval cursea a a a a a The Blade has been requested by kindly critical correspondent to be less bitter in our attacks on religion As religion is now being peddled it would be nu impossibility and still keep our selfrespect Not until wild goats browse on the site of the vati emu not until lizards sleep upon their broken thrones not until the owls hoot from their forgot ten altars and fates can the spirit of rebellious opposition and eternal hostility die out Through the Christian religion all of lifes beauty has been born of suffering and sorrow Every great life work has been made an agony Behind every song religion placed a sigh Because of this noisome pest the first breath of life and the last gasp arc drawn in suffering Hence the Blade will con tinue to fight and not with honeyed phrase r a a A Lexington divine recently descanted upon The True Christian religion painting the sect to which he belonged as IT Time thinking world knows that this is not true All Christianity is false It is false in its origin and conception false in its doctrine and structure false in its alleged immorality and purpose Its very existence can butI mark an epoch in mats social progress but the wonder is that it can thrive so well with its hopes built on the notions of bygone days amid so much that is better and new I d L A COLUMN OF WIT AND HUMOH- ow the Christian Strives to Improv CivilizationThe Operation of Two TextsParsons are Merely Grubbing for a Living and Don t Like Work To Meet Where the Icebergs Cease to Roll By JOHN F CLARKE As an epitome of Christian effor to Improve civilization Judged by years of a semienvironment I picture- It thus The Christian sits In a rock ingchair of faith and ease and on his right hand hangs a motto The Lori will Provide and on his left Is one Thy will be done When faith fall- to make the first one bring forth the fulfillment of the promise and Jehov ah refuses or falls to jireh and just jollies then with a consistent sigh he turns to the left hand sinister consola tlon repeat Thy will be dono He makes progress in a circle over starting and always ending nowhere This is about all there is to Christian progress When any worldly progress is made or advance in civilization proposed up hops the Christian and shouts We Christians done it with ojut us nothing is done that is done When attention is called to the purely secular aspect of the movement he exclaims It is due to Christian ex ample It Is only an initatlvc of Chris tlan energy As a matter of fact there never was a great progressive movement started but that the Christian clung tightly to the bell clapper and frantically yelled Curfew shall not ring to night When Columbus tried to show the learned doctors of Salmanica that by traveling westward the east would bo eventually reach ed they grasped the bell of progress and scornfully laughed Curfew shall not ring tonight It did not ring that night but when Copernicus gave out his rotation theory the church said emphatically Curfew shall not ring tonight It didnt that night bur when Galileo invented the telescope and began to show that Copernicus was right and the church was wrong the church voted Curfew shall not ring tonight It did not that night but when Giordano Bruno took up where Galileo left off and confronted Rome the Pope jumped upon Bruno and burnt him and Curfew did not ring that night but Jt has been ring ing along these lines for many years along these lines for many years while and her priests derv shlng and dUbIlCOU lJ their nnbr In their e sound of Truth outThe sphericity oltho earth is now acknowledged everywhere America has been discovered and wonderfully developed The fear of evil has been brushed aside to make room for inventions that would have scared Middle age Popes to fits and the church has had to be fought all along the line Slavery has been abolished In spite of the church Blasphemy laws have been buried in the cold cold grave At each step in progress the church grasped Thy will be done and then claimed the work as its own The church is still clinging to faith while the world Is working its way against great odds Supersti tion still holds up its gaunt attenuated arms and cries dont The world is always begging religion and super stition to get off the earth Only Grubbing for a Living The priests and preachers call their calling sacred Well tho grubbing for a living is highly essential but notflaytheir calling Their output is honorable and their sweat honest If there is anything in sacredness above this why Is the sacred calling prostituted to tho earthy and vulgar business of earning bread and butter and broadcloth clothing The poet George By ron spurned the filthy lucre and gave the product of his genius to the public free His idea of a sacred calling though Quixotic was sublime compar cd with the subversion of divinity to raising the wind ITho Christian conception of Provi carrlcatured as human and wholly grotesque and squatting upon its haunches upon the first day of the week and being sated with pulpit- plaudits and receiving grandstand claim fine from a burlesque point of View This idea melts before reason as a snail does under salt If I had a message from God or any one else that was in fact or fancy es sential to tho peace and happiness of the people and was so hard up that I had to peddle it for a living I think that I would quit this world in disgust Altruism reduced to a bread and but ter science for the dispenser of altru ism is disgusting Altruism that makes easier mode of life of the people is splendid Altruism com bined with a personal selfishness is business in disgrace God is a Jealous God and loves flattery and taffy on a stick The preachers business is to smear adulation on Deity and carr off the credit for being pious while he pulls the legs of finance All who re fuse to recognize the goodness of the church and cluck coin at the waste basket are doomed in the next world voluntaryRknocks in tho next God so loved the world that He contracted with Satan to build an everlasting hellfire and perpetually incinerate the souls of the departed who refuse to accept salva tlon with impossible and discreditable conditions attached Religion as an Insurance against immorality Is ar apparent failure The daily record oi ministerial and deaconlcal misconduct is something fierce Standard Oil methods of getting rid of opponents i business are a series of God like transactions Rockefeller is a synonym for Baptist holiness Baer at the head oi of the Anthracite Trust is so full of shiversIng poor pay handsomely for a little fuel The demonstration of religion In business shows that it is purely ele mosynary and charitable I dont think If there Is anything except Atheism that religion has not tainted and corrupted I would like to know what and where It Is Perhaps the North Pole is exempt as yet We Shall Meet Beyond the Stygian Where the IceBergs Cease to Roll A Johnson of the late infernal gions of San Francisco seems very solicitious about what special fire works will be arranged for my bene fit when I butt Into the Satanic gions Now lot me tell friend John son that I believe the Old Nick will make a great display in my honor but tho pyrotechnic part will simply con sist of the latest patterns in set pieces with a facsimile of the Court of Arms of the Seal of Kentucky in Arms of the Seal of Kentucky In honor of tho Land of My Birth and the lire letter inscriptions will read like this United we stand divided we fall Hail Fellows well met And the band will play alnt ho a daisy If A Johnson wants to meet with a royal welcome in the hereafter he and his little preacher friend will have to stand in with me as I am going to throw off my Socialism at hells gate and monopolize the whole thing m own use I am married to Socia lism only till death do we part It will be real mean of A Johnson to sneak in before my time and try to undermine my old friend Nick after all the labor I have put forth to gain the whole next world and lose my soul Then the Christian would put Ills Ujumb to his proboscis and twit his flngGra In the air and sneer at pile fVhnt profit It a imant9 gain ho whole and lose sole coin Johnson has been taking graduated steps in torment so as to be acclmated when the time Is ripe for the bonfire I have a brother in San Francisco and he is a great Baptist and he wrote me shortly after the fire that this place is hell Perhaps with an orthodox declaration that he was in hell John son will be satisfied and stand in the pan and not hop out Into tho fire Of course I am obliged to A Johnson for the interest that he manifests in my future well or ill being After Satan gets through paying his respects to Johnson and his friend and neighbor Klddir there will be a shortage In coal nnd other fuel that will cause coal and other fuel that will cause frost to fall in Hell for the first time But this Is no Joke It Is a postgrave subject or my old friend Sam Jones isa liar ANOTHER VIEW ON- ORGANIZATION Rationalism Needs a Multitude of Lo cal Societies Need of a Struc ture to Take the Place of the Church In the Social World An Apt Criticism By LOU LAWRENCE Because of my many conflicting thoughts and emotions on the subject I had decided not to talk about OR GANIZATION Now however after seeing two Issues of The Symposium I find myself much inclined to put in a word It is a notorious fact that people who can do nothing else can criticise and so I criticise And yet Is criticism altogether useless The feature to which I object is that with a few splendid exceptions the articles treat entirely upon organiza then on a large or national scale I am glad to see so many assorting that the time is ripe for organization among freethinkers To improve this one need cite only the almost phenom enal growth of the Y M C A which Is Christian in little more than name So few people even inside the churches really belleve the creeds fidelity is on every side of us Its vie time are not only delving among books In our great Institutions of learning but they are hammering In workshops handling our merchandise turning the sod of our fields adjusting our legal differences healing our aliments oven singing in our cHblrs and preach ing our sermons A little learning as well as university training has proved Itself dangerous to the sway of supernaturalism And yet the poj er of the churches hangs on wlthrttlo tenacity of all longestablished inTuh tutions and hang on it will until there lis raised upa structure that will flfFf its place In the social world 4l Most of the able contributors to The Symposium have expressed a belief that a large and successful convention of Rationalists can be held in some centrally located city before the close j of In my mind there Is no doubt of this and I hope to see it come to pass But when I have said this I cannot help asking myself the t 7ntnwill tho harvest be No doubt the meeting will have strengthened the faith of those In attendance e those whose courage and finances havo permitted them to attend But what will it have accomplished otherwise i Will It have led toany perceptible addition to the ranks of avowed Rationalists Will It have attracted any considerable attention outside of the street or at best thecitY1n which it is held I do not mean to decry the benefits jt which such a convention will bestow upon those who are so fortunate as tolattend but its worth to the cause at largo is to my mind a very doubtful question What to me seems essential It to the rapid advancement of Ra tionalism Is a multitude of local sock tiessocieties that shall accomplish something for the good of the people It is the fine oratory and music the attractive Sunday School room ando-smiling teacher the elegant church supper and fairIn other words the intellectual social and charitable ture These keep peop ested and year after year they r1iargeiy thought and though he may smile aside Is not likely to trouble himself about the intellectual and social actii ties of his mother sister sweetheart or wife so long as she does not into fere with his dominion in the fiefili that counts No kicking now brothers The exceptions are men rabov the average To keep children out of mischief and where they are wanted they mus bo given congenial employment be i work or play and children are minim ture men nail women If we wan men and women banded tope berut der the banner of FREErTHoUGJ we most offer them so Ina will appeal tothalcjUy their alms nnd ambition lack of a central Idea app righteous egoism In every man LuL rCortsatwho thinks himself ah altruist cry out that no true Rationalist 1m- mean as to ask Will it pay but thi is the question that every one askjjflb fore he identifies himself with ai now undertakingnot Will it payn dollars and cents perhaps but it pay in knowledge pleasure fort advancement or happiness Jj What has Freethought to offer e world that it can make the worldfrej lieve will pay it to accept inrmy opinion that cia the vital question and while I do not for one minute doubt that the time will come when some Institution standing for pi steal moral and intellectual truth wi the place of the churches the its coming and the form it iv sume are entirely beyond mft We can but keep on trying with ing degrees of success or fallurj some glorious day a Rob ettR4 1 a John Wesley will rise in the ranks of Rationalists and lead thorn on to victory I UPTODATE PAMPHLE31i O- NMARRIAGE AND DIVORlE at IJOSEPHINE K HENRY 4 01rriVERSAILLES KENTUCKY IEiPrice a eketehand deaTIN qionmr our Irea mention probsblr patentab tlonutrl lIandbO- otenUree latent taken ihroualtoblunn noCIcewltbout challlc to t Sitntiflc llitdIllustrated eulallon tan arlenttao sort four months rnUNN CO38 yIN ilraocb lit JJB1 r14 J