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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t laic1 jf i t T i Vv i lr 1 f BLTJE BLADE I rnslfl43hl lJ WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH SeMr VOLUME XV NUMBER 19 T 0LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY AUGUST 12 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 1100 A YEAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher y TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents eachiTerms100 per year in advance tscrlptlon150 per year new sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter post office or express money order New York draft jpv and if personal checks are sent add collection laps charges as local banks charge for collecting same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya ble to James E Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When yousend your subscription say whether you are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will shor expiration of subscription and serve as a recoipt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber pays tfons to the Blade are not discontinue Lat t11ee5uhrctibPotheBible to the publisher for the subscription price of all papers received until the paper is paid Ltfrin full and up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky y Entered at the post office at Lexington Kentucky t as Second Class Mail Matter t Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky + 11111111111 I + IIIIIIIII + + + ++ +++z 1EDITORIAL I x I I llllllll + 44 +++++ + + + 4P Work is worship 7ir Make love the great high priest Upright walking is the strongest talking a a a a a 3 No roan is civilized until ho lids learned to live with himself i a a a a a y The troubles we actually meat with are as nothing compared with those we manufacture a a a a a toCan you realise that the sons of hickory shirts and jean pants own and possess valuable franchise a a a a a The best way to find and observe the truth is to acquire it own it teach it and then set a high value on it a a a a a If we would but labor together it would not be long before the Liberals in America would achieve superstitionIwhether the Christian fanatics are really aching to abridge our constitutional religious liberties or just working off a quantity of surplus bile a a a a Money payment must be made when wo come into the world payment when we gOout of it pay ments galore between life and death and in that briefspan we are tortured by religious tricksters and political sharks until the struggle is hardly worth the while a a a a a As if in answer to our arguments for a complete separation of church and state some auonyomus correspondent sends us a clipping presumpbly from someidiotic religious journal which reads There is nothing in the Federal constitution prohibiting j the people of any state cstablshing church and supporting it by general taxation To a certain ex J J tent this is true and the Blade presumes that it F ja y could be done provided the majority so see fit But the fact still remains that the legal or consti tutional right to do a thing docs not prove either its justice or its wisdom It would simply make that yyernment i theocracy and should any one feel disposeto advocate such a step it would be advisable they save their breath to cool their broth a a a a a A V tSome New orker is said to have made dis covert that sound can be stored in a vacuum The Blade has known this for years We hrtve heard Sum Jones preach and read Bishop Potter on the labor question Tnvas thus we learned thht enough lioisc can be packed in the resounding hollowness of the human head to make Niagaras thundering rear appear as a purpling rill a a a a a Every religion known to man from that of the savage to the most civilized of peoples have had their miracles in plenty and martyrs galore The first were all falsehoods the latter mostly fools ignornntlit best but one of the thousands of Jjpws in his generation who had wandered from the faith of their fathers and he met thcufate common to untold lumbers thus is practidaoy the all in all of religion a a a a a Vi After all wheat is civilization Is it but a gloss vith which barbaric man bedecks himself Is it bill a thin and showy covering employed to hide the brute in humanity I Its temples are one of two extremes greed and nervous rush and hurry or Muggish indolence and ease Its gonfalon is the Ucjiinl of duty its hymns are the sensuous rag lime songs that stir the animalism of youth and 3pe to fiercer cravings We need nobler ideals and Aspirations a higher anti loftier standard than this rdid age can offer r VERILY THOU ART A BLOODY FAITH Althougli Dr Wilson in his Rome Book has thor oughly and extensively gone into tho murderous jKtjpensitics of the Emperor Constantine by whose perjuriiSfhfjQ Roman Umpire yet the numbered crimes of oturies of the Christian faith Committed qingq that time Entitle it to no peer in the art of murder And what else could be expected from a religion that had its inception in inspired adultery and its pinnacle capped with murder In this the Chris tian faith was a worthy successor to Judaism the religion which it supplanted in Palestine Unequal led by the cults by which it was surrounded in bru tality and crime Judaism had to meet the common fate of all creeds and when Christianity was estab lished it copied all the worst features of its predecessor without one redeeming qualification During all the centuries that followed the rise of the cross of Christ in Southern Europe no greater crime was ever committed in the name of relgiion natural or supernatural than the brutal murder of the beautiful Hypatia at Alexandria Here was a woman noted for her beauty of character her scholarship and her learning She was a teacher of the Platonic school of philosophy Declining for obvious reasons to accept the Christian form of faith and fearing her growing power with the com mon people she was seized on the public streets by a mob of fanatical monks stripped of her clothing her naked body dragged through the streets by the hair of her head and into the church where she was killed by a blow on the head with a club in the hands of Peter the Header a Christian leader in those days The body was thereupon horribly mutilated and mangled to satiate the ferocious thirst for human blood that had beset these un clean harpies from the regions of hell It was here that beauty and scholarship came in conflict with brutality and ignorance The latter triumphed through the blood offering that was demanded in the name of the Christ they worshipped It was an argument that could not be personally answered and it became the gem of infamy that capped the crown of the advocates of Christianity Following on through years of misery and suf fering we come to Andalusia then the paradise of Europe under Khalif Hakcn II No wiser or grander monarch was known during that entire period lie was a friend of education and improve ment Ho encouraged his people in the pursuits of innocent happiness All learned men were welcome no matter from whence they came At his capital was maintained a magnificent library for the frees use of all The dwellings were frescoed paiuteu andcarpeted Time people had learned the use of furnaces for furnishing heat in winter and in sum mer they were cooled by currents of perfumed iiir brought to them in underground pipes from flower beds But alas the serpent warmed at this mon archs bosom turned upon him It was a Christian None other could have done it Christian soldiers were rushed into the land and in few months the king had been banished the Jews and Moors or whom the population was made were driven out of the country orput to death the books were burned and now came upon the continent of Europe that miserable theocracy known as modern Spain The home of refinement and learning was now wade the flappiness l 1 v t 7 hili t 4 l are give l a practical demonstration of the refining and 1n01nlizing influences of Christianity Verily thou art a bloody faith It is weless to follow the workings of the fn ti tion for it has been told so often that the subject is too weft known Few there be who have not hoard of thqlthumbscrcw the rack wheel the iron virginthe iron shoe and other instruments of tor ture invented and used eti a means of silencing Heresy and propagating the religion of infinite I vc Such frets however constitute an unanswerable argument against the Christian religion and must make it forever hated and despised of men Every scholaR every scientist every moral teacher who saw au1s demonstrated facts that did not harmon ize wm the revealed religion of Christ wvi put to torture to compel a recantation of their alleged heresie Thus fell Galileo Bruno and a lust of others whose names have glorified the pages o human History and each event adding a now crime to the king and terrible chapter of the Church of Christ triumphant Not until the days of Voltaire and Paine did the power of the church begin to wane The first deadly blow at sacerdotal authority came from these lofty maids and the great debt of gratitude the world owes to them is immeasurable From their life labors came the first dawn of human freedom but further suffering had to be endured to secure its permanency Carlisle Bradlaugh Holyoakei and others in England took up the gage of battle and Ingersoll in America followed suit Betweeeti them the fight was successfully waged but at what a sacrifice Carlisle spent ten years in a British prison Bradlaugh was denied his religious and political rights cud was compelled singlehanded to give battle to the force and power of the British government W G Foote spent one year in prison for the alleged crime of Blasphemy and but for the intervention of the late President McKinley our late editor C C Moore would have passed away two years of his life in the penitentiary at Columbus Ohio Ingersoll was denied the Gover norship of Illinois because of his antireligious convictions and the price of freedom has ever been serial and political obtracism and in many cases boycott- In tlb j brief discourse the Blade has only touch ed the tjjbject in hih places It is too long a chap showiitin religion und tijusty the eapti Hereto that it is preeminentlt bloody faith a a a a a OUR MODERN GOMORRAH New Yorks swell set or rather the gay chappies who are blessed with more boodle than brains certainly got a solar plexus or a hit in the region where Mamie wears her necktie when Mr Cor eys sister testified in the giddy divorce proceed ings at Reno that no wealthy New York man was fit to have charge of a boy of sixteen Allow ing all possible lattitude for the too great generality for so broad a statement and taking the remark as it was most plainly intended to include all wealthy New Yorkers of the social type so characteristic of that seething metropolis there are not only pith and significance in the criticism but also a great big kernel of truth and timely warning True it is that the life usually led by such men while in a way it seems peculiarly adapted to the older men leading it carries with it an atmosphere of the worst possible kind for the ambitious and strenuous endeavor that should hold a youths strict attention between the ages of fifteen and twenty There is no denying the fact that from the poorer classes have come the greater and shin ing lights in the moral world From them have come nearly every true benefactor of mankind They have ever been the great repository of moral ity the balancewheel of society the brain and brawn of this majestic world When a nation be comes divided into millionaires and mendicants moral decay begins The life of those men to whom Mr Coreys sister made such startling and truthful reference is such that at its very best it cannot escape being sybari tic and at its worst it is emasculating and brutally demoralizing That anyone fhould consider it a life into which innocence and youth should be plunged or permitted is one of the inexplicable things whose existence is confirmed by observation concerning the scandals that emanate from the clubs anti among the revolting scenes of socalled social diversion in the inner circles and exclusive sets of American social life It is no longer a close secret to where such a life as this will lead We have hud suggestions forcibly thrust Won us by the various though unfor tunate social and criminal developments of late in New York not the least of which was the Thaw White tragedy Hero is an apt lesson It should be well learned and given heed It came from the lips of a witness who is in a position to know The lesson is in effect that vast wealth is demoralizing both the people who possess it cud to those from whom it has been taken It demoralises the latter in that they have been deprived of a portion of that which is rightfully their own the wealth they create makes them sullen and morose while it brutalises the former by encouraging them to wreck without remorse and ruin without a single pang of regret It is among if k ji rf t the enormously rich in America that we find our modern Gomorrah Mores the pity and the great shame a a a a a HONESTY SUCCESS AMBITION We are told that a father upon giving advice to his son who was about to embark upon his own career in life said Honesty is the best policy my son I know for I have tried both The story may be true and it may not The Blade is not in a position to know If it isnt true then it ought to be for despite the oft repeated so phistrya distinct emanation from the commercial ism of the age in which we live and its Mammon seeking cohorts that honesty is no longer the best policy if you wish to suceed in life the grand fact still remains that Dishonesty is not the best policy nut yet The man who wants to win his way to anytalDtgood whether it be in our business public or pri vate lives While it may be quite the proper caper for cer tain alleged captains of industry to conduct their business enterprises along lines that would land them in our penal institutions were they of less importance and power in the business and cial world yet it is not the proper thing for the young man to go and do likewise Honesty and honor in business are quite as important quite as necessary as they are in private life Once the brand of dishonesty has been stamped upon a man or even if there is a suspicion that it ought to go willbelarge that it will be well nigh impossible for him to overcome it He may go elsewhere and change Q necessarilyEven should he change his habitat the stigma will always be upon him or at least so conveniently near ready to spring out and injure him whenever thee opportunity offers It is hard for such a man to get back into reputable standing and in fact many of them never do It is a safe assertion that there are many busi ness men in the land today who are simply honest within the law but morally dishonest In other wordsthey are legally honest but have lost sight f of all true bu fness vlr LC01Jdfcome life who achieve real suc cess Fame and wealth and power now consti tute the American standard of what men call suc cess The Blade denies it and charges that it is WhyTloelccfclleras did Marshall Field Russell Sage and other so greatdivideand both will be swallowed up in the voiceless viewless past hidden from human ken by the shad ows of the centuries Men may become honestly ambitious but they cannot uttord to acquire their end by dishonest capablehowaltord to deviate from the strait and narrow path and remain a man in all things Remember that in forgottenNeyer oventime r If you get to the crossroads and grow doubtful as to which way you should turn set it down that on any road you will find that honesty is the best policy everywhere anywhere a a a a aiTWAS THE PARTING SHOT THAT HIT THE MARK WELL Be steadfast in your refusal No power can re J peopleBrave At first glance they might have been spoken by some dele a gate in some American political convention but such was not their source They came from the llus siaii Douma and were uttered in an address to the Russian proletariat by the secret session held in the Hotel Belvidere at Viborg after they had been denied the right of meeting by the Czar Thesefwords were all the more brave and fearless in that they were spoken at a time when the Douina was threatened with a military force if it did not promptly adjourn and they were uttered with such prestigoentire world The statement above quoted points out with cog ency that the demand for popular government in Russia has come to stay that it must be granted and the day of autocratic rule is past In this is to bo recognized the fine hand of some of the best constitutional authorities in Russia and numbered rtionpopular representatives of the Russian people they will icdContinued on page four first colmunjij tN i i 11a- d t CIVEN THE CAUSE A HELPING HAND Caustic Tirade on the Blades Efforts To Obtalnt Opinions on Organiza tion From Freethinkers by a Lib eral Contemporary How Does This Strike Our Readers From Humanitarian Review The following article Is taken from ft the editorial pages of the Humanltai ian Review published at Los Angeles California and is presumably from the pen of Its Editor and PuIlUs r namuy Singleton W Davis The made trusts that Its readers will well weigh cry word It contains and and while owning a clear conscience we are willing that our readers should know every criticism made against us or concerning us we cheerfully repro duce the article but reserve our criti clsm In answer until tho next suc ceeding Issue Editor Blade Shall We Organize The question of organizing ana tional or international association llberal minded people is now bein quite freely discussed by the editors and correspondents of the Liberal per iodicals I have always been In favor of organization and wrote upon the subject both before and after begin ning publication of The Review and I am still In favor of It but of course I am in favor only of what I believe to be a proper organization for accom plishing results that I think should be accomplished Yet I do not expect any association to be formed that would In all minor matters meet with my approval and I may give such my humble but cordial support But on the other hand I am not in favor ot certain forms of organization and cer tain proposed alms and objects of or ganization and I would not help to form or to support such and I believe everyone has the right to take such a let me point out some propos ed features which to me are objection able with reasons for my opposition and then let me briefly outline wnai would be acceptable to me giving reasons for my preferences This not because I think my personal attitude in the matter of much importance but to bring out boldly certain things which should be carefully considered before organization is undertaken Let us not act In haste but deliberately consider the subjects of metods and iF objects before adopting any plans or schemes jt Already tli every thing that has dis i rupted organizations In the past Is being urged viz That a certain pub lication be declared the organ of the association all others ignored Read this from the Blue Grass Blade of July 8th As Liberals we want a liberal platform The Blade the most liberal paper of its kind should be the mouthpiece of this organization Each member to pay one dollar as membership fee to the office of the Blade and receive the paper free for one year and be a member during that time etc i have tried local organization which proved to be a total failure Letter on organization from A Lutterman Now would not that be liberal Of course the editors and admirers of the other more or less Liberal pub- lIcations will just fall over one an other in their haste to send their dol lar and join this Blade club No won der Air Ls attempts at local organiza tion all proved to be total failures They died a bornln Irom an over dose of Mr Ls peculiar brand of Blade is ready to accept tyls monopoly appears from the fol lowing extract from an editorial in the same issue That the wishes of the majority may be known Freethinkers may write to the Blade further and 4state Shall a new organization be affected on the lines suggested 2 Shall the Blade call a meeting of Freethinkers for that purpose etc Note that nothing Is said about joining with other Liberal publications workers in the call Now the- Blade was the organ of the Nation at Liberal Party whlcn was a total failure and which tried to renew ItsI hold on life by changing Its name toIAmerican Freetnought Association wtlh the Blade as Its mouthpiece but soon quietly stole away Into the silence Now this movement In that quarter looks to me like a start along the same old path with the same chaperon and the same pit at the endc of the pathIIn saying these things I am not charging evil Intent but error of judg ment I am perfectly willing that thetBlade should hold exactly the same relation to a new organization that other Liberal publications may holdtSo much for the attempt of one of the old rival associations to rush thetpresent revived interest In a comprehensive organization to Its own rehab Vlltatlon on the principle that the early bird catches the worm ButII representatives of the other old organ ization have also been trying to swing the new movement Into line with theirs t moribund association Read this from the Truth Seeker of July 7 The Bug t gestion Mr John Maddock makes tha the American Secular Union should evolute Into an Association of Advanc ed Thought on the basis of the Theses propounded by Prof Ernst Haeckel BtlmelyS and the reasons he gives therefor are cogent The Monism of Haeckel Is a sufficient basis for a Freethought organization as explain- Ing the philosophical or religious af firmations of Freethought and th Nine Demands of Liberalism form a solid political platform Not until Freethinkers work directly upon theI politicians as the Christians do our demands receive any attention The pjatform of the Secular Unio Is sufficient for tills and there is no need of any other organization to do such work But aside from such wor there is need and room tor an organ zation to extend the knowledge of uic scientific world to the people and tl two objects may very well be comb ed in one organization The Secul ar Union could be the parent organiza ion issuing charters to local lodges etcThese extracts are taken from an editorial article that contains so propositfogrole of parent of the proposed ne broadscope organization I consider be decidedly objectionable for the lowIng reasons Such a course would fall because a listless anaem dwarf cannot propagate a Hercules The horizon of tho A S U is en tirely too contracted for such an or ganization as should be formed Such a course would tend to emphasize and perpetuate the unfortunate schism that the A S U in part represents The proposition indicates a disposition of the personnel of the S U to continue over into the new organization whereas for the sake of a united effort and confidence entirely new official material unconnected with either branch of the old schism should be used to inaugurate the new organization and conduct its affairs until soundly established It savors or a disposition on the part of T S to work Itself In as the mout- piece or organ of the new organ zation as a rival of the Blade in the same effort and thus to degrade the new association to the position of a mere TruthSeeker club and so fall to secure the good will and hearty operation of a number of other worth Liberal Freethought periodicals wit their many special friends Doubtless Mr Maddcck made the suggestion so timely for the T S in good faith without any sinister motives not real these aresome of Ute things tha object to and which The Review wit not stand for in connection with the proposed new organization Next month I hope to offer some suggestions that appear to me worthy of ac ceptance THE ENGLISH EDUCATIONAL BILL Measure Adopted by House of Com mons Prevents Use of Public Money For Denominational Rejj glous Instruction In Schools The following item taken from the Bows dispatches of the day will show the treend of English thought on the all important subject of education In a previous Issue the Blade called at tention to what was taking place The clipping was sent to us by Walter Hurt now associate editor of Tomor row who adds This suows how much more advanced in these matters than we are our English brethren TheI article reads- EDUCATION BILL PASSED BVI HOUSE OF COMMONS Measure Prevents Use of Public Mon ey for Denominational Religious Instruction and Was Fought By Church of England Special Cable Dispatch to the Chica go Record nerald London July 6 a mThe cation bill the main measure on the liberal programme for the present ses slon of parliament passed Its third reading in the house of commons by a majority of 192 last evening Introduced April 2 by Augustine BIrrell president of the board of cation it preclpatated a bitter fight be twecn nonconformists and the Church the educational freedom In religious matters provided for In the bill Not a penny of public money Is to be used in denominational instruc Main Features of Measure The main features of the bill are hese From Jan 1908 all schools main alned by the local education author it ty Is given power to purchase or take on hire the existing schools Teachers shall be appointed by the It ocal authorities without any tests All schools receiving rates taxes will give the same religious educa Ion Religious Instruction may be taught- t two mornings a week by arrangement with the local authority Attendance will not be compulsory during religious instruction and rell glous education wll not be given by the ordinary staff There will be a further grant of 5000000 from the exchequer for the educational purpose of the bill The bill sets up a national educa- e tlonal council for Wales WHAT ONE MAN IS WILLING TO DO- n Hankers For an Organization We Should Bury Our Own Dead W- illking to Make One of a Hundred to Keep a State Organizer In Iowa eDrHALL FISK 1I wish to hazard a remark or two on the organization question I am surprised to see so many able writers speaking so lightly of organization of the Freethought forces Take the present condition of Russia with a sixtynmen soveIinnentwtocould o f tae nation unorganized as they are every man must admit that this Is a quescpower lion It Is a selfevident matter of fact I will venture the assertion that ten per cent of the people of this country are unbelievers In Christianity and about 85 per cent of doubters The real believers are mostly in the penitentiaries and asylums today with these great numbers of unbelievers and all the evidence of natural law on our side we do not command the respect of any body and we do not de servo the respect of any body as long as we do not even bury our dead with the honors of Freethought Ninety nine cases out of a hundred we call In a minister of the gospel and slime the dead remains of our loved ones Christianh mybm ceremony had rather carry the brand of a heathen than deserate the sacred memory of the loved ones with falsehood and shame We call the priest nearly every time goodI die by That settles the question Thr trouble with us is we have all been Christians too long we have learned to a certainty hat two times two Is =dJt Is tat way ev sytfine devilsla we come out of the ortho ox frying pan with so much slime all oVer us that we have not got sand enough to bury our own dead have heard many Christians say If I believed as you do I would do any thing There is no god no devil no heaven no hell No restraint now Now those are our kin people we come out from among them only recently and our actions show that we have degenerated we dont even bury our own dead and the Christians do bury theirs and ours too Now If we have any selfrespect let us do something I suggest that we organize a National Association and let them sue charters to state organizations get a central order In each state or let them asses each member n small sum monthly let the fund accumulate until we can hire a state organizer and lecturer and pay him a good salary so we can command his whole time and let him organize tho state in small orders all over the state getting his charters from the Nattional Order then when one of the subordinate or ders want a lecture all they have to do Is to pay the State lecturers railroad fare as the state order pays the salary of the State Lecturer and he can take care of the funerals in the same way Now I have made those suggestions in the hope that some one with ability might be Induced to take up the work and move It along This will be met with all kinds of objec ions If It receives any attention at allIf a man alone with a hump on his back as big as a wash tub could bob up in our midst in opposition to all the churches and sects and Infidels combined and organize a church and build churches and institutions of learning all over the land It occurs to me that wo could bury our own dead at least But says one wo havent got the money I would say we never will have the money so long as we are not organized we will never accom plish any thing Christianity will fin ally die of Its own ponderous rot What Is there In lone Individual effort Our friend Mr Hughes is laboring with might and man battling superstl why dont the subscribers double their subscription and help him out is not because they are not able Is not because they are not willing t is not because they do not love Mr Hughes or tho cause of Freethought is because they are discouraged they are looking for the Blade to die with each Issue Every man of the Blade subscribers is a hero and will come up like rasa If they have any en couragement Let us organize now l W t Let us bury our own dead I will be one of 100 men In Iowa that will take care of a state organizer and lectur er OPPOSE DIVORCE AND SOCIALISM Criticism of the Action of Convention Of American Federation of Catholic Societies Recently Held at Buffalo By H L HANSON A Convention of tho American Fed oration of Catholic Societies has just closed its session In this city Buffalo with great enthusiasm This assembly represented an organization of 1000000 people and their chief ob ject seemed to bo Divorce and Socla llsui They opposed these principles without a moments thought as to their value In the development of the hu man race It Is regretful to note that such a large body of supposed learned men have not advanced enough to con shIer human progress in the light of evolution and modern research They still hug tho old thread bare fables and mysticisms of the Orient as tight ly as ever declaring that marriage is a divine Institution and what God hath joined together let no man put asunder They do not stop to ana lyze that divorces are the result of the expansion of the human mind and mlsmated Intellects They are Ignor ant of the law of Natural Selection and would sacrifice living love upon the alter of misery for the sake of promoting their selfish religion They plead for the support of state legisla tures to enact laws for the perpetuity of the marriage tie forgetting that they are tresspassing upon civic af fairs which recognize no religion Church authority In marriage should be abandoned such transactions should belong wholly to civic control then we might hope for at least a little Letternent In the teecJon cf life part ners If God is the promoter of mar riages then he Is responsible for all the misery connected therewith and it is high time that man and woman proclaim their liberty and right to adjust domestic matters according to scund reason Socialism is the outcome of accum ulated wealth by the few at the pense of the many and the common people through education having awakened to the realization that the present system of government is un sound and cannot long endure without disaster to social end domestic Ufa If Gcd is the promoter of politics as these holy men would have us be hove then he is responsible for all the corruption connected therewith and it Is high time that man educated himself by experience and observation to find new methods of government It there were no divorces In the world human ambition would be dead and IfI there were no Socialists in the world Intellectual stagnation would be evi dent and the grafter would never have been discovered The motto of said assembly is God first then home and country a doctrine which has set father against son husband against wife community against community and Nations against Nations It is the millstone of ignorance and hypocrisy that prevents the Van of progress from mounting the summit of reason The educating process Is going on and so rapid is the growth that It is shaking the foundation of all Theol ogy Science In Its ceaseless march of development waits for neither creed dogma and its wonderful achievements are poison arrows to all rell glens Christianity you have vigorously opposed all forms of new thought mestically religiously scientifically and politically You condemned Franklin for tampering with the lightning but In spite of your oppo sition electricity has evolved to such an extent that to be without it would mean misery and retrogression Even your churches sing loud hossannas under Its brilliant light and utilize it in their numbilng forms of saving grace The kite of Franklin will be seen sailing In the clouds by remote posterity when churches and cathedrals will be known only by their ruins You opposed Voltaire and made him flee for safety but he dared to speak and today Franco stands among the most liberal nations of the world stripped of the vestments of papal rule You burned Bruno at the stake because of your prejudice but fair minded men have erected a monument to his memory that defies all the saints of Rome You condemned Thomas Paine and threw him Into prison but his individ ual efforts were greater than all the imaginary gods of Christendom He escaped the guillotine and his works are now being searched for by advanc- Ing civilization in the ach heaps of decaying Theology That Paine is the author of the Declaration of Independence there is now but little doubt dad in the Investigation of this truth or any other we say to the church hands off Your finger of scorn has lad Its day the arm of justice is ing from out the clouds of prejudice and ignorance and superstition Is fad Ing away beneath the Age of Reason like mist before the morning sun You tried your utmost to slander and defame the name of Ingersoll but your mental swords has e been too dull to pierce his intellectual shield His character is untarnished and his answerable logic against your Pagan festivities has taught men to under stand that their souls welfare does not depend upon your ceremonies He labored to save men here not In the the hereafter and ho will live In his tory when popes and priests have been forgotten You threatened Tolstoy with banish ment from Russia for opposing the tyranny of their government but his words were seed sown in fertile soil and the result will be the downfall of monarchy and the overthrow of church rule Poets and thinkers are born hence they JiveIn history Preachers are manufactured conse quently they die and what they have said bursts like a bubble of soap and Is lost in space You have suppressed woman in all walks of life you have fettered her hands in her struggle for education and protection You have held the threatening sword of damnation against her soul and when she has rebelled you have heaped curses upon her womanhood Yet In tho face of all this and with the awful horrors of the Inquisition still blinding our sight has risen such 10ftYIminds as Harriet Beecher Stowe Elizabeth Cady Stan ton Susan B Anthony Josephine K Henry Anna Shaw Harriet M Closz and others too numerous to mention You crucified Joan DArc because you feared her genius and In after years you canonized her a saint to try and atone for your barbaric deed Oh Christianity Your path is traceable by footprints of human blood Every station aE which you have stopped is a slaughterhouse and every milestone Is a corpse groaning for revenge You have demanded money front poor paid labor to purchase property and to support your Institutions and all you have given in return is faith You have built magnificent cathedrals and temples in which to preach Immortality and a futuro state You have laid millions under the sod with your ceremony but you have not been able to produce evidence enougn to soften the heart pangs of one mother grieving over her babe You have preached endless misery for Innocent childhood unless they subscribed to your creeds but the mind of progressive humanity have rebelled at the thought and com 1O JIuh Yduarirr ItZ 1have given the world a philosophy of gloom and fear with downcast coun tenance but the present day thinker demands a sane philosophy of cheer and beauty to cause sick people to smile instead of making well people frown You may continue your teach- Ings of total depravity endless mis cry purgatory and all covering the horizon of thought with the clouds or despair but the very air we breathe Is thoIJpregnant with life that foretells birth of a wonderful change clouds will burst and out from TheIItravails of nature reason will have Its birth and hold Its sway over the minds of men SUMMER TIME TABLE Lexington Eastern Railway Corn pang Effective May 20 1906 East Bound Leave Pm Am No 2 No Lexington Ky 225 746 Winchester Ky 310 826 L E Junction Ky 325 837 Clay City Iy 400 913 Stanton Ky 410 923 Campton Junction Ky 440 905 Natural Bridge Ky 445 954 Torrent Ky 457 1008 Bcattyville June Ky 518 Athol Iy 646 Oii K Junc Ky 005 Jacksori Iy 010 1029ITrain No2 daily except Train No4 daily ILeaK June Ky 029 230 Athol Ky 1550 253 Beattyville Junc Ky 720 320 Torrent Ky 747 342 Natural Bridge Ky 801 356 Campton June Ky 803 357 Stanton Ky 828 426 Clay City Ky 837 434 L E Junction Ky 910 503 Winchester Ky 923 520 Lexington Ky 1010 006 Train No1 dally except Sunday Train No3 Dally Beattyville Junction Trains Nos and with the L A for local stations on the L A Railway O K Junction Trains Nos and with the O K for local sta lions on the O K Railway- L E Junction Trains Nos 1 and for Mt Sterling and intermediate points Campion Junction All trains con nect with the Mountain Central Ry for Pine Ridge and Campton METHODS The Organization into a Political Body OF All CHAR GOVERNMENT L prfa2 sit encroselmeats 6t ec the S uniting with and uajustlyor belief preventing the corrupt reign of bytherights sad to all giving in all IrOvernI sadlegalall other tlals a and free pern- uent must resti nHICREADY Not for FOR IfLLERn 320 Pages Cloth POST PAID SIoO I I il A Story of the Underworld and the Overworld Parker H Sercombe Editor ToMorrow Magazine Chicago Only a limited edition of this remarkable book will be printed Each copy will be by Sercombe Him self andautomatically num up First orders in will get the low exceptNoSercombe Address I TOMORROW tad 2238 Calumot Avo roaUl JO CENTS THE COPY i A 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 God which It publishes monthly and Its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography writing Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship and and The Truth About God In a general course of study giver by theTypeIporary International Instructor for the church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It winls 900 more to formally organize and Incorporate The first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY worshiplogposterityfromWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap plication for membership information about the college and send 26 oats for a years subscription to the TRUTH ABOUT GOL Do It aow i f 3Yr ec t fij l l ItWOULD SIMPLIFY GOVERNMENT MATTERS Reply to a Humorous Paragraph by The Blade Church and State Must go Together Both on the Wane By J C BARNES- In your factions allusion to my and Luttermans chewing the rag you Imply that there Is no cause for hard Umes yet you Just previously men tioned an Industrial hell and said there Is a way out of It You do not mention any specific way while Lutterman and I give the causes as we see them and recommend their re 4movat as a way out There Is a nubb to my contention for equal access to natural opportunities o live and produce that you have not seen My process for bringing about i equal access to the earth would ell in mate many laws and officers and sl m plify government All that you or any one complain of Is oppressive guv eminent too much government We I are restrained on Sundaystaxed to support chaplains and churches and freepasses to preachers etc True the theologies of the world are the root cause of all tyrannies yet the church and the state must go together As one wanes the other must weak en The church and statethe preacher and tho politician are the twin vultures prey and pray upon the people and they are such close allies that they cannot be separated The must both go down together as they were born together The dlspotlsm ol the Roman catholic church Is no worse than a despotism of Catholic state socialism the coming slavery as Herbert Spencer termed It What the race needs Is freedomabsolutei- ndividual freedom from state and church from authority of priest and of state is more vulner able than church tyranny by teaching the moral law or law of equal freedom and the sentiment will gradually per colato into peoples religious super stitions Your worst of eradicating ligious superstitions Is well but you should not decry the work of the state IconoclastIt mens religious or political opinions that oppress us per se but their enactment of them into statute laws in violation of the law of cqaul freedom If you favor man made laws at all which do you favor Who shall decido what laws are right Are not r all laws cqerslve And can coercion by any process be made equitable Ma not a majority be as tyrannical as a minority You favor tree thought freespeech and a free press why not go one step further to freeaction lim ited only by the equal freedom of every other person to do the same contention has been that pro cedence and essential to all other freedom is freedom to live And as man is a land animal his right to life implies a right to land on which to live If a few have a right to monopolize exclusively the land those- dwho own no land live by sufference and not by right So fundamental to all reforms is the establishment of the equal rights of all to the land which can only be by the socalled single tax on land values If there Is any other way to equalize opportunities to all no one has ever pointed it out No one has disputed the exact Justice of the single tax No ono has over shown that the land lord is not a more useless man than the great capitalists of the country He is an absolute non producer And the great accumulation of wealth by a few was by the monopoly of land which the single Tax would prevent without interfering with the equal freedom of any All other taxation is arbitrary and tae qultable It takes from men if direct in proportion to their Industry produc tion and conservation of wealth which acts as a fine on industry and discour ages the production of wealth If you succeed in enlarging your subscription list and your business is so prosperous that you must enlarge your plant the law virtually says you have been too industrious you have accumulated too much wealth you must divide up every year You pay a double tax one to the landlord and one to the state and city Under the single tax your rent would be the same and no tax on your wealth Under the single tax equal oppor tunities would preclude the making of mlllionares Wo would have free competition which wo never have had nor cannot have til land is free The Real Question IEconomics Editor Blue Grass Blade see the Blade come out so liberal as to give space to all kinds of opinions especially in regard to allIonly will never succeed for I can speak from experience have been with that movementfor years the bread and butter or the economic question- 1 1i- i 27 ictrs I Ligion on de Ol Camp Ground 1 THE START Do cohn am laid by an de reapahs in do shed blniCampmeetlnAn de pahson am a itchin to wade into sin So git a shine on yo sefs an tallah yo shoes Cotch an fry dem pullets Liza Jane Put JuiceFoh plain Ahll stroll by do moonlight foh honey and ham An be back Liza gal bcfo do break ob day Just how Ah may git em Ah dont gib a dam An rostln cabs an tatahs Ahll hook along de way When de Pahson cum to dlnnah we got to mak a spread hellAnOno things sahtln wo mus peah to lib well Po t51ack nlggah same as po white trash Aint a cuttin any flggah any moah If dey dont go to meetln an cut a big dash Deyll nebber plunk hawps on do golden shoah So git a shine on yosefs an tallah yo shoes Pack do ham and do honey along wid de cake An nil look llglous when do Pahson cum round An spresses his thanks foh do deah Lawds sake THE ARRIVAL doAhPahson Peters am anxious waltln foh you prayahIts dat sayAnAs Ah walks down in front whah de good folks stay MORNING SERVICE Cum all ob you sinnahs po an needy songButalongAuAn sinnahs como a pilin in de tabahnackel doah An de wah start in eernlst glnst ol Sin An do noise ob de battle mak a mighty roah PetersWhenDen Ah down on mah knees foh dem po creeters tongueAnAhWho climb in de night ovah udder folks fence An der pockets an baskets am all de time fillln An den cum to meetin an tend innocence An niggahJudginAn den Pahson Peters began fch to flggah purposeAn smile While all sing do song which ebry body know How Jesus he pay all do debts arter while An wash good cullud folks wake as de snow THE SERMON Den de text he read an spounded de same An qualnted dem slnnabs wid all der bad acks An de flueuce ob de spirit Ilk a fiery flame Scathed der conscience as he laid de facks fern nlggahs who gage in de camp meetin fight An pull der razzahs an carve der bruddah man Will all go to hell fob one long night An sizzle like de fat in de frylnpan An do niggahs who brak in smokehouse doah An peddle de whisky round in der boots An who sleep In de meetln an gib a big snoah Am de mean ol Debblls best recruits Den de pahson he pound an he jroah an stahm An tell em all about de eberlastln heat An when on his subjeck he gut good an wahm Ho raise all de hah on de backmos seat Is the prime object of all organiza1 dons and it is the only ground on which organization can or will succeed and such an organization is already in existence viz the Socialist Party would advise all my Freethought brothers to study the Socialist phlloso phy well and see for themselves if the above organization would not bring about Justice and honesty among men Inclosed find P 0 order for 120 for which please send me Dr Wilsons A Trip to RomeCHAS MICKETHIER South American Reminiscences Los Angeles California Blue Grass BladeHIn your July 16th number you give an account of the hanging of a negro named Pearsall Now I think I can give you an account of a holy shooting that will discount the Pearsall business away up It happen ed in Valparaiso California about 25 dears ago The circumstance was that a good holy Catholic murdered a Gorman woman and her daughter about 18 years of age They kept a small notion store in Valparaiso and this holy Catholic thought they had a lct of money so he broke Into the store at night and lulled the two and cut up their bodies in small pieces and stole about five dollars In cash all there was In the till They soon caught him and gave hi ma trial and sentenced him to bo shot They do not wasto rope on this class of Chris tians it costs too much and car ridges are cheaper The murderer was allowed six weeks to arrange his soul business so that ho could receive his golden wings direct from the holy paws of Gods holy dago manager and business partner at Rome to enable him to take his celestial scat and en voy his murderers holy salvation evermore amen But his two unlucky victims it must bo supposed that our holy and Just God actlvy under orders from his holy manager at Rome had to send the un happy souls of those two women to enjoy the blessings of hell for eternity for eevn had they wanted to they could not have confessed and eaten Ji t the holy dough cake to act as a ticket to allow them to enter the holy king dom where their murderer had an orchestra choir and a all to him self Now the fuonGpart was that when this gent was shot one of the two holy dagoes that remained with him In his prison to help him balance his earthly books got up and made a spread eagle speech and told the people present probably about two hun fired that he Padre Joachim knew positively that the soul of that murder er flew right up to heaven and that all the holy angels J C and his dear mother the Virgin Mary were waiting at St Peters gate to receive the holy soul of that holy son of the church as ho had confessed and eat a gcod breakfast of holy dough and other things so he went prepared Now Just imagine the effect met a ipeech would have on a crowd of ig norant Catholics and probably not seven of them could either read or write as they believe a priest to be more than God how could they resist jommittlng crime ALBERT LAW RENCE ON INDIVIDUALIMMORTALITY Collection of Extracts From Buchners Writings In Force and Matter Showing That Such a Belief Is Contrary to Fact and a Scientific Impossibility Some Hard Nuts For Theologians to Crack By WILLIAM COOPER The following utterances anent the folly and inconsistency of a belief in individual immortality will bo found of interest to all readers of the Blade They are to bo found In Prof Ludwig Buckners remarkable work on Force and Matter Page 317 In presenco of such an array cf facts we have no hesitation in declar ing ourselves fully as much opposed to all views which are connected with be lief in individual immortality or with DINNER Den ho say Do deah moanahs am needln sum res praySoAn charge em = Walk wld do Spurlt all ob do day Den de Pahson ho cum wid Johnslng to dine An he bless do vitals in de name ob de Lam Den ho say SIstah Liza yo chicken am fine An dls Bruddah Johnslng am ceeding good ham Deso rostln eahs an tatahs show yo crop am good Foh which bress de Lawd and Him be praised I should like SIstah Liza to prepah mah food An lib all mah life whah sich ham am raised Den Liza she sat Pahson Peters you cline An gibbon to Hattah like yo heels am to tune De reason dat ham an rostineahs am fine Is kase dey was raised by do Light ob de Moon THE LOVEFEAST Den do lubfeas follow when do dlnnah am eat An each gib his sperience an all sing an shout While sinnahs cum moanin to do mussy seat An de Lawd wash em white from do Inside out Ah tells mah sperience what de Lawd done fob me But Ah say nothin1 bout whah Ah git dat ham An cbry udder nlggah fars Ah could see Bout slch private mattahs kep still as a clam An many git convuhted an sing loud an dance While der heels wid do music am keepln good time An udders fall ovah an go In a trance While udders talk to sinnahs dawn long de line An dey cum right up like dey did as las yeah An de glorah hallelujahs am gibbon fist do same An all hug and lub an shed de glad teah When de las yeah jlner cum up an gib his name EVENING SERVICE Den de lubfeas close fob do preach In at night When do pahson he pass Important questions by Chicken scrapes watermllllon an others he could cite To fist talk ob lub an how to lib and die As do Lawd lubs us an hab gibben his Son straightAnIf you eber spec to trabbel froo do alaplaster gate An now say do Pahson in voice big an loud An de lightnin ob his eye am keen as his tone Ah want you prove a zample to de gapln white crowd An dot nlggah camp meetins am good as der own An when it all am ober an do time roll by De nlggah git do verdict foh beln bes behaved An prophesyBout BENEDICTUM Den passAn round While plain common nlggahs group bout on de grass groundAnde sleep away from der eyes While of Pahson Peters an mah Liza Jane Am talkin to demsoves bout do home in de skies An peaceWhahAn de carvin wld razzahs am on de increase pretenseAhnDey fohglt perfesslon dey mak In de day lrPT1lI Ahm puzzlejl fob to know whose ligion am ao6ndtAn cum fob debbilment an who foh to pray x An Ah say to mahsef bad a nlggah as Ah am receiptDahsaligiousretreatDabsSo de days roll by an de campmeetin close But de souls dat am made an de souls dat am Nelthah Pahson Peters nor de good savedIj personal continuance after death The Idea of personal immortality is not supported by reflection but by obstl nate willfulness not by science but by faith only- Physiology says Carl Vogt clares Itself decidedly and catecorl cally against individaul immortality which include the special existence of a soul The soul docs not enter into the featus as the evil spirit does into the possessed dlpthong but it is pro duced by the development of the brain Just the same as muscular activity Is produced by the development of the muscles or secretion is produced by a development of the glands The psychical activities begin to develop after birth but it is also after birth that the brain gradually attains the material structure peculiar to It In the course of life the psychical activi ties undergo decided changes and cease altogether with the death of the organ There Is no real proof and none has ever been found which should Induce us to believe that the soul of a dead person lives on in one shape or In another That the soul of a dead person says Burmuster ceases to exist at the morrent of death cannot to contradict ed by sensible people Spirits and spiritmanifestations have only been seen by sick or superstitious persons Again Prof Buchner says on page 329 Lastly It has been and is still as serted that the Idea of immortally like the idea of God is innate in the Innermost intellectual being of man and is therefore undeniable on all rational grounds For the same reas on it is further alleged there is no religion which does not cling to per sonal immortality as one of Its first and chief axioms As to Innate ideas we have already spoken of them at sufficient length and as regards na tions or religions and religious sects within which there exists no such thing as an Idea of Immortality there are no end to them and It would be more accurate to say that only a comparatively small portion of mankind are found adhering to that idea Page 200 Prof Haeckel on sam subject Riddle of the Universe- A critical comparison of the count less and manifold fantasies which b lief In immortality has produced dur ing the last few thousands years the different races and religions yields a most remarkable picture An Intensely Interesting presentation of It based on most original research may be found in Adalbert Svobodls distinguished work The Illusion e the Soul and the Forms of Faith However absurd and inconsistent with modern knowledge most of these myths seem to be they still play an Important part and as postulates of practical reason they exercise a pow erful Influence on the opinions of Indl viduals and on the destiny of races Again Prof Haeckel says on page 381 of his remarkable book The monlsln of the cosmos which we establish thereon proclaims the solute dominion of the great Iron laws throughout the universe It thus shatters at the same time th three central dogmas of the dualistic philosophy the personality of God the immortality of the soul and the freedom of the will Again on page 382 the distinguished author says In the sincere cult of the true the good and the beautiful which is the heart of our new monistic religion we find ample compensation for the authroplstic ideals of God freedom and Immortality which we have lost Immanuel Kaut Author of Critique of Pure Reason page 314 says also on the same subject For consciousness Itself has always a degree which may be lessened Con sequently the faculty of being con scious may be diminished and so with all other faculties The permanence of the soul therefore as an object of the Internal sense remains undemonstrated nay even Indemonstrable Its permanence In life is evident per se inasmuch as the thinking being as man Is to it self at the same time an object of the external senses But this does not t authorize the rational psychologist to affirm from mere conceptions its per manence beyond life THE SEARCHLIGHT ON ORCANIZA TIONtAlthough Believing That Organization Would be a Good Thing Our Con temporary Cannot see Prospects Of Success Under Present Condl tlons The Blue Grass Blade Is publishing articles in reference to the organiza tion of Liberalism A decided major Ity of those writing on the subject favor organization The Searchlight be lieves that organization would be a good thing but at this time there is little hope of any success in such work Liberals are like so many sticks of crooked wood that will not fit together when thrown into a pile Con suiting its own interest The Search light would be expected to urge the organization movement but remembering the failures of the past it hesi tales to do so If organization could bo maintained by talk we would suc ceed but unfortunately It takes money and that Is not to be had save In small sums But Liberalism is growing and spreading throughout the land even without organization and if there is anytnlng in the signs of the times that growth will continue So mote It be DOUBLE HEADER The Queen and Crescent will on August 19th run an excursion to Cin cinnati to witness the 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representatives Nit Thus then are the days of imperial sway in Russia numbered and they are few In preparing and presenting this address the Douma did not fly to hot words and wild revolt tionary utterances Such might have been the case with less phlegmatic and more impulsive temperaments It advocates only a passive resistance towards usurped authority Be steadfast in your refusal No power can resist the united inflexible will of the people Head them again How different from the ukase of the Czar I Mere is no allege partnership with the deity such as marked the note of Nicholas to the Douma when he dissolved it It is the speech of earnest men to plain sensible men who can understand it and would make the coed Lions of life more tolerable for themselves and their descendants If ever common sense and good judgment put an autocratic government in a hell of a fix it was when this address emanated from a dissolved and military hunted parliament Would it not be wise and is it not fitting that the workers and toilers of America take heed uuto themselves the valuable economic lessons herci portrayed Were they united and inflexible in their righteous purpose be there any power that could successfully resist them Nay Uu the contrary they would be able to redeem the stargemu ed promise of Old Glory and prove that after all in America the power to govern was vested in the people Burl not in the politician Closer reasoning and analysis may aid us in do termiuiug the extent and power of this parting shot The word Douma in Russian signifies col lective thought Heretofore its use has been restricted to authorized municipal councils hone when Nicholas sets about to dissolve the Doum by an imperial ukase he is opposing the collectiv thought of the nation which can only lead to disas ter to the autocracy Startling indeed ore the parallels between revol utionary France in 1789 and the Russia of today Then even as now the king the clergy and the nobles imagine that they can overcome by physics force the collective thought of the empire Lik the Czar Louis XVI desired his peoples welfare but it remained for the representatives of the pee pIe themselves to point out the best way of attaining it Then even as now the monarch and his ministers are wholly incompetent to guide or con trol the debates of such a body as they had assem bled Like the Girondists in the first French national convention the conservative democrat formed the large majority in the Russian Dounu They are men of modern ideas and necessarily semi revolutionury legislators rather that orator With men of such power and force behind tile movement for popular government it must and will succeed in spite of ukase and decree issued by the imperial will Out of these conditions in the light of the ad dress there arises a real menace to international finance Russia has been bonded by her imperial rulers for four billions of dollars In the presen state of disorganization and disruption there is absolutely no guarantee for its future repayment Imperial decrees cannot build devastated areas The temper of the army sullen because of its repeated defeats cannot be depended upon Should the more radical wing secure control of the situation one of three or perhaps all results nre possi ble as regards the foreign obligations of the Rus sian government namely repudiation of the entir external debt suspension or reduction of interest thereon and a total inability to collect the neces sary funds from the usual sources for no powe can resist the united inflexible will of the people But things are moving in Russia and the power of public opinion is being seriously felt for the firs time by the autocratic rulers of the empire AND EVEN GODS MUST DIE Son of the Morning Arise Come But molest not you defenseless urn For tis a nations sepulchre The Abode of Gods whose shrines no longer burn Lord Byron How strangely and wonderfully true and yet there are men who claim to have heard the still small voice of God unable to distingush it front the megalophauous bray of an ass The broom of time sweeps clean and in its course even gods must step aside and give place to new idols Jehovah the national god of the Jews sup planted Jove and Baal and these in turn wrested the purple of power from Ashtaroth and Oromas des One by one they fell to rise no more and beyond the Tigris where the heraldic sun flames in the sky the ruined fanes of forgotten deities dot the land The Christian world stole bodily the god of the Jewish people and then turned around and damned the Jew for daring even to lay claim to him As a matter of fact the Christians even today worship a dead Jew but hurl daily anathe mas at Jews now living The entire Christian cult was built upon the grand morality of ancient Paganism but its power for good was destroyed by surrounding it with a monumental absurdity which elbowed each other like gaunt spectres in a wild delirium Christianity took from Judaism the name of its god and an idle string of misinterpreted prophecies and once the new faith was established the priesthood transformed it into an arrant folly and debased it until it fell into general disrepute Logical minds are compelled to revolt against the selfevident absurdities of the Christian faith re ject its alleged revelations as a mere nursery tale JI JULLt and these seek by the light of Science to find cause of all existence sectj Every nation every peoples every cult and worships its own special and distinctive god The god market is well stocked You can get a god of any kind style shape color or sex that your heart may desire If you do not see what you want onj the counter ask for it and you can have a god mad to order in less than half an hour The god factor ics are extremely obliging on this point of servict If you wish a hellfire and brimstone god turn to the Methodist show case Should you meet with disappointment here and want a real god a eros stern irascible old deity whose conduct would cot stautly remind one of an old hebear with a sore head the Catholic dispensers can readily oblige you Do you wish a god with fishblood in his veins look the Baptist catalogue over and failin there you might search through the Campbellit lists The dandy of the collection however is in the Presbyterian department for here we have a god of infinite love who enforces infant damnation and presides over a hell of fire wherein the soul of aged unbelievers and unbaptised babes forcvc burn What a beaut lie ought to be kept in a glass case for the sake of the exhibition But the easiest god to get along with is the one worshipped by the Unitarians This is a sort of Indiarubbc diety He is extremely pliable and can be readil twisted and turned to suit your own fancy S really there is no reason why men and wome should not be able to find a god to please their fancies if they want one There is a large assortmen to choose from and as you pay the price you can take your choice After all what is god Is he a man a woman un animal a vegetable or a mineral Who and what is he The Blade knows not and we opine there ar none who do If god exists he must be capable of being brought within the operation of our souse or we are compelled to infer his existence from that which we are able to sensate In either even the god worshippers are on the horn of a theologI- cal dilemma for as we cannot sensate god ther is no proof of his existence to be inferred from the phenomena of nature The latter which is in fact the story of the book of Evolution portrays the universe as one vast slaughter house where ever organism thrives upon the sacrifice of another ganism constituting a long chapter of blood and tears through which alone has progress been possible To argue that god is the author of all this is to make him out a veritable monster and creation crime A Chicago paper declares that the young sock ty ladies of that City are learning to knead doug with the gloves on Thats nothing The Blade needs it with its hat and coat on In fact we need it now and need it the worst kind of a way If some of our delinquents would get in communica tion with us we might be able to buy a whole balm cry Still every one can help Follow the kindly example set by many of our reader and rush in a few new subscribers We want to reach new blood Once put the Blade in new hands and it is calculated to remain there If a man die shall he live again Aye and he shall live forever ills clustering locks shall be come long grasses to wave beneath the touch of the breeze in the cool meadows his eyes shall become flowers to nod and bend in the dewey dawn his heart shall become as great blush rose his body oak to tower on high and defy the elements hi breath may be made the jasmines sweet perfume and his blood a mighty wave to beat upon sumac unknown shore In this way shall man live again and who shall say that it is not sweeter by tar than any orthodox heaven The new political organization which has for its object the enslavement of American labor must sow run its day The lamb has not yet confidence in the wolf neither will the fly of its own volition accep the invitation of the spider to deliberately step into its parlor Labor will judge the future by the past Beneath the angelic robe of the suave hypocrite the cloven hoof is plainly visible The tens of thousands of toilers in mine and factory cannot be juticed to their political ruin by the siren song ot industrial cannibals The American working people will ere long mass on their own side and hough they full into Charybdis they will avoid Seylla Having successfully closed up several lines of Business on Sunday the Sabbatarian organizations ire nowit is said about to turn their attention tc the Sunday newspapers Let the fight come Liberals ought to welcome it The underlying motive of his warfare is plain Newspapers and innocent orm of Sunday diversion detract from church at eudauce weaken the power of the parson and ause a considerable hiatus in the amount of boodle Propped into the contribution boxes They inter ere with the church business with the bread and butter of the sacerdotal caste who consider Sundays their greatest harvest days of nickels and dimes On with the dance When the band stops the lance will give out i The Political millienium can never dawn until the people of this country decline to be divided into two or three hostile political camps by garrulous issues carefully constructed by the scheming olitical plunderers of the present day Political adcpeudence is not to be subserved by blindly following in the wake of a party band wagon and leasing the party fetich The American people must cease looking to the past and begin the making of nobler and higher experiments We must refuse to remain the bondslave of precedents parItizal11 ca 44Jt dFF ++++ 11111111 + THE BLADES t LETTER BOX t4 l td + 334 3 llI1Irll1 + + ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENT Herrman Wettsteln We appreclal the force of your suggestion and while wo regret the circumstance that brought It about it takes every dollar we can get to pay the printer who makes the errors leaving none to ward the discoverer No doubt you can realise that we are not a Marshal E Alexander Most publications have adopted a plan such as you suggest but as the majority of Blade readers are poor we arc bound to extend a great deal of leniency and lattitud F O Raplee Thanks for clipping As a rule murderers desire to know that their soul might be saved Just before they shuffle off this mortal col There Is no virtue however In fessing when you know you are fours X JonesFrom the Incident you relate It would appear that in your city tho orthodox plan is reverse and that while God proposes the Fire Chief disposes- C HIckethler The Dlade is glad to hear from you again as showing that you arc still alive as you have been for many years to the essentials of human freedom from which alon happiness can be derived Dont be so long between letters next time Eph Shaw Like yourself the Iliad would lIko to hear from Kidder once a while True Indeed Dr Wilson book Is capable of standing on its own merits and it should be widely read It Is an eye opener H AustinSo many Freethinkers have objected to a secret society that the Blade Is in serious doubt as to the utility of such an organization Your letter is a good one Frank Byers We are ntiw consider- Ing such a proposition as you sugges and it may be done shortly Isaac KuffelWe extend thanks for pour valued assistance and your en zouraglng work Such efforts indlcat that the Blade is fully appreciated Its old subscribers Mattlo ReidThanks for your kind words There Is no need for an effort to meet at Louisville as Lexington will have a bigger and better Fair on the came dates Phil S BInkley We would that all our subscribers would follow your generous example Under such conditions It would not be long before our circulation doubled itself Mrs A De Poatt four estimate of Wilson Is absolutely correct The Blade Is well pleased to receive such encouragement from the far west eg rectally from one whose opinion is so highlY value- dJnmcsONealThanks for the new subscribers Your Instructions are toted James E StringerThe delay Is caused by having subscription lists kept In different places This will be straightened out in a few days and If you have not received the book In the meantime It will be soon forthcoming Mrs Ben KerrThanks for pings We also appreciate your kind words Well Pleased With Books Oakfield Wisconsin Jas E Hughes received the two Rome books at well pleased with them I sent tage sometime ago think I sent cents will put cents more In this otter hope you will have ready sale or your books I will try and gel tome of my friends to take books URS S EMERSON Believes In Organization Denton Texas Jas E Hughes1 nave not received The tome book as et i write merely to state the tact and not to complain am heartily avor of organization of Freethinkers as a matter of expediency at least and It a plain and reasonable plan is mulated i think an organization wit be effective and result in much good Wishing you much success and hap mess am very truly oursJAS- E STRINGER According to Truth Vinton la J E Hughes To organ tse according to trutn we must not get ourselves into the same error tha the church Isthat are built on sand Das for tttclr carpel Satan works ii aylnfi to God to depart from us etc ice Job 21 14 ch 22 17 Luke 8 God shows that flesh works for righteousness is all of sin Our kingdom of heaven church ol umanlty is built witnin eve hone See Luke 17 2021 etc if we will onl walt In our own church of humanity See Isaiah 30 18 In this way our sal titian is worked out by God See hlllpplans 18 V 12 Is the carnal way of their working out their salva tlon All carnal Satan flesh that Is eying Romans 11 are dead to sin and are waiting for the Lord to work according to His good pleasureE E HAS Lo 9t Wants It Printed Black Geneva Nebraska James E Hughes Inclosed please find one dollar and twentyfive cents for which pleas renew my subscription to the Blade which expires in August and have twentyfive cents left for Ink blac enough to print my Blade so that I can read It A part of my other papers I can only read with difficulty JAMES HOLMES It Is All Worth Publishing Cormellsvllle Pennsylvania Jas E Hughes Comrade in Freethought I have received A Trip to Rome by Doctor Wilson and it is mighty good medicine but I fear it would make some of our Christian friends prett sick before it would cure As to organization I favor a secret order which all Liberals can join without losing self respect by subscribing to a belief In someobdys joss or might Power If there WPya National Organization giving states the powe to Issue charters to form a lodge or league wherever there were five Lit orals whom would join It in my opln non it would result in great benefit to our cause For years I was a member of th A S U and left It when the Nationa Liberal Party formed and became a member neither one seemed to bay done very much for the cause of Lit cralism maybe for the reason tha neither one got the support from the Freethlnkes they should have got All Liberals should Join the Socialist Par ty That Is growing stronger everyday and Liberalising the minds men from old Party Supen tltlons All Scientific Socialists are Free thinkers I never heard of a Convention of Socialists National State or County that had a priest Or parson to drawl his uselss and tiresome prayer truly believe that Socialism Is to gain control of this government In the near future and we all should get In the ranks and direct and control its course before the coming priests or parsons take an Interest in it as they surely will as soon as they think it will succeed Our cause can expec nothing from either old parties Socia ism does not concern itself about a mans religion but will resist any Interference on the part of any church In its efforts to free Us from industria church can get almost anything It wants from either old party Comrade Hughes I thank you with all my heart that you have generously allowed Socialists a hearing in the Blade I assure you it is appreciated all the comrades I dont expect you to publish this for I dont need to tel you that lam not n success in this line of business but it In your judgment there is any part that you deem worth printing or will be of any terest to the readers you can insert It and if not discard it all and Jt wll be all right I will make an effort with omrades here to Increase the clrcula ion of the BladeH AUSTIN Lexington Will Have a Better Fair Routt Kentucky Mr J E Hughes In response to your suggestion in the Blade that there Is but a llmltet number of Dr Wilsons books remain Ing my father wants me to put In his plea We havo not received our copy and of course feel very anxious to re celve it feeling that there is a trea In store for us Since my return for vacation I havo been reading the Blade may I congratulate you on your ablltt yto edit it in the way In which you do When Beann of Iconoclast fame died I said the Iconoclast would not could not live with Beann lei out Somehow I had thought the same of the Blade after Mr Moores leath I a mglad to acknowledge my mistake Mr Hughes if you have the present address of Mr Albert Johnson of San Francisco I shall appreciate It greatly if you will give it to me either through the Blade or letter How are Mrs Hughes and boy I think of all of you often and of the most pleasant day spent at your home had hoped to see all of you had Lex- Ington won the Fair Since Louisville has it perhaps we may see each other there MATTIE REID From an Old Worker Ashland Oregon Jas E Hues4 A Trip to Rome by Dr Wilson received You will please find enclosed 115 for book and postage as I dont hilt it Jnst to you to let you pay the postage I havo not read very much if It yet but from what I know of the Doctors writing I will get my moneys worth of Information I think ho Is the finest descriptive writer we have- I was sorry to hear of the death ol C C Moore did not agree with him In much of his writing but there was mo thing that I did admire and that ras ho could not bo intimidated Wishing for you everlasting success In the cause MRS A Do PEATT Beats Sermon on Mount Ft Smith Arkansas James Ei HughesI enclose 100 for Brother W A Black Ho Is an old subscriber also give you two now subscribers George Morris and W Braden For ho last two please send them back lumbers to July the fifstfr Brother t tff ffi Hughes I have not received my book Dr Wilsons A Trip to Rome r m would like to read It soon as I am getting old and may not be abl eto read long Please send It as soon as con venlent I think Dr Wilsons address at the grave of Captain Henry beats Christs sermon on the Mount two to one JAMES WEAL Good Missionary Work Petaluma California as E Hughes Enclosed find list of subscribers with money order for the same and newal of my own for the present year havo taken your paper for a long time and have enjoyed Editor Moores racy editorials It pleases me much to J know his mantle has fallen on such able shoulders and more than pleased to see the philosiphlcal manner In which all points are treated We have many Freethinkers here I loan out my paper and all express great satlsfac J tlon with It But it is strange how re luctant and what strange excuse they will give for not patronizing the pa per You may rest assured I will not tire In my efforts to get you sUbscrlb ers Yours with best wishes for your health ana success to the Blade ISAAC KUFFEL Why He Buys Wilsons Book i Carbon Hill Ohio Jas E Hughes Find Inclosed P O Order for the dum of 225 for which push my sub scription on another notch for the good old Blade and a copy of Brother Wilsons A Trip to Ron I am not sending for It because others are prais ing his book but becauso I know from the kind of a man that Wilson Is the book will please me and I am not 4 buying a lot of trashy superstition old stories picked up on the ground of r Barbarlson and painted with tradition and sealed with timid Rabbit fear Nil tv sons book and C C Moores book will bo standard history for the next 1000 years to come Where is Kidder Ho ought to be sent to the Holy land to write up a book No it would not be any use to tell him what to write Mark Twain tlingNo Pay No Paper Chanute Kansas Blue Grass Blade I see by the Blade that you are hiv log a hard struggle to keep the grand old paper from going down to a dreamless sleep and sorry I am to say such a Is the case and I believe and I voice the sentiments of many Liberals of Canute that no man or woman should be rich enough or good enough to get the Blade without paying for it In advance and rtjHn auldestablish the plan no pay no paper for my part I am always willing to yy pay for all I get and I believe all true duo Liberals will do the same I think you must have a good many delin 0 luents who never Intend to pay up for jithe Blade and the sooner you drop them the better off you would be finan lally and a better paper will be the result I have sold all the last cards you sent me and enclosed I send you 250 for five more Wishing you ij etler success in the Future I am always your friends for Free 1IentalitfLlbertyC E ALEXANDER t tThrough Famous Points iSt Paul MJnnlsota Jas E Hughes Sir inclosed please find 100 for which mark my subscription up to i February 07 I am late with it but when a man is building a home for Himself a is as big as the quail story Numbers 11 31 the Blade la r much Improved under your manage ment so keep the Isms down as much is possible I am a railroad man and pass the Blade along to the agents and operators I run from St Paul to In3t James passing through St Peter Tour times a week yet I cuss a little sometimes the Minnesota Insane Asylum is at St Peterwhich is appropriate I send you a clipping of a murderer who wanted his soul saved F O RAPLEE 325 to Cincinnati and Return Via Queen and Crescent Route On Account of Cincinnati 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