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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r it 0 4 jft BLUE GRASS BLADEooit 7taqd er WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH AshlaRQ 8eJ t t VOLUME XV NUMBER 22 st sldQLEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2 1906PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A Y EAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E IIUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription l50 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 T Lend your subscription by registered letter post t office or express money order New York draft and if personal checks are sent add collection charges as local banks charge for collecting same v Make all ICY orders drafts cheeks etc pays ble to mnrs lliiulirs Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office s giving your old as well as the new address M When you send your subscription any wi v tare a new or old subscriber feTbe address slip on the paper will shup expirattou of subscription and serve as a receipt as the K date changes as soon as the subscriber pays Hi i to the Blade are not discontinued r Messsoorderedhyithe subser The courts invariably hold subscriber respon 0 r sible to the publisher for the subscription pric- eyyy of all papers received until the paper is paid for in full and up to date and ordered discontinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St Lexington Kentucky tt 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 1oIlllllilI11111III HoH +UIIUI ++ I EDITORIAL I t 111111111 + + + zzzc + H ++ 11111111 + F33F Dont ask to be excused First sow the seed if yp woud reap r r Our humanlife is just what we make it The world has troubles of its own dont increase them r Freethought calls Christian sinners to repentance both by word and deed I In this country the Christian church has become hopelessly struck in the Serbonian bogs of a brainless bigotry While it may be true that the Almighty got quick action on Annanias he is probably reserving the preachers for the wrath to come IIfthe church had its way every man and woman be made a devout worshipper at the shrine of its Christ not by love but by due process of law IIIThe surest method of testing the value of reli gion is to cast it into the crucible where every as sumption of science is tried by fire and if it be true it will come forth clothed with a deathless splen dor otherwise relegate it to the rubbish heap The great hope of mankind lies in a perfect union of all the mighty forces that make for emancipation of the race A union of all the arts and sciences of persons and principles admittedly good Then will the cruel age of iron be transformed into an age of gold in which there will be neither millionaire nor mendant master nor 1slave IIIIf you want to degrade a people beyond redemption if you want to transform them into contemp tible peons if you want to make of them but whin igiit t jy a bug hypocrites to encumber the earth like unclean vermin then educate them to feed on the crumbs from Dives banquet table and take his castoff clothing with thankfulness Unless labor is enl ploycd capital cannot increase it can only concentrate Minus employment at remunerative wages labor is left without a lever with which to lift itself to perfect life and must sink back to barbar ism r In the stale old city Philadelphia u man has been arrested and fined for kissing his wife on the street It may have been the wrong place on which to have planted a kiss but his plain duty was to have gone to Pittsburg and there kissed some body elses wife and he would have found immun ity from punishment I r r r r Politics is the fine art of perverting the will of the people Statecraft properly understood aims to promote it The American woods are full of politicians with never a statesman in sight who is accorded the privileges that are due him Consistency is a jewel not to be found in the casket of our modern Jonahs If the story of Genesis is to be believed woman is the only creature extant that was not evolved out of nothing and this is why presumably she usually amounts to something Adam was made out of a hole in the atmosphere but when it came to woman something more substantial was needed And today in the aggregate she is mans mental and moral superior The religionists in Kentucky are doing their level best to make religion unprofitable and un popular but like the soldiers who are said to have doIhbrisomethepreachrinstical insurance guaranteed upon paid up premiums failed to make the contribution plates even a trifle heavier by what they contained Now they are combining to shut out all opposition and leave the people no alternative on Sunday but the church ItlitSlmost enough to make a man sell his extra pair ntaloons pawn his overcoat and hire his hatforfpay them cheerfully fork over thee dr fypei e prOm gu tion of saving grace This is the rock upon which the Lord has built his church in Kentucky r THE WIDOW THE BANK ROLL THE EGOTIST The egotist is always a poor loser and it is the most natural thing in the world for him to Holler It seldom occurs to such a one that love is a dangerous game to play and oft begun in wanton mischief ends in madness This is precisely what has happened to a Scotch butcher in Philadelphia and it serves him right So it happens then that the widow she with the bankroll and such a lonesomeness has been heard from again It is an old old story and ori ginated in Eden or somewhere between Poker Flats and Yuba Dam If the letters now on file in the United States Courts carried by an Inspector who had been commissioned for that purpose can be judged aright the lonesome widow has not only been heard from once but the canny Scot heard from her several times and she from him but the man is not alone in his distress and disappointment for Lo there have been others before him und there will be many many others after him True some profess to believe that the original bunco mum has quit the business but the matrimon ial guy is always with us and he is here to stay The Philadelphia Scot must be the original suck er who is said to be reborn every ten minutes if the news dispatches report him correctly This time it happens that Philadelphia is his habitat but he is not altogether indigenous to that soil for he flour ishes everywhere and he is simply corroborative evidence of the fact that time average man con siders himself the real thing Falling into a trap set by one of the matrimonial agencies through the medium of an advertise ment this Philadelphia business man who had ac cumulated more boodle than sense opened up a correspondence with a New York widow who de sired a companionable husband who will be a true helpmeet After a few preliminaries he vis ited the object of his affections and found that she was so to speak all to the good She kept a retinue of servants and moved about with that ease and grace which suggested plenty of ready money It never occured to him that a woman in such an en vironment had no need to cross the Hudson River in search of a helpmeet It doesnt occur to any of then The sucker is too selfcentered It was the most natural thing in the world to him from his viewpoint for a woman who was residuary legatee to a chain of retail stores and impresario to a retinue of servants to select him from among a centurys worth of eligibles because he had a loving disposition Well he dreamed and failed to wake up until ho had lavished 2800 upon the object of his intentions and then the door was shut in his face What a finale but the awakening came too late After this he squealed because he had lost in a game which he invited and encouraged IS CUBAN LIBERTY IN DANGER Shall Cuba lose her freedom Is the republic on the flown grade Must their bloodbought liberty be tfiken from them and the people of the island a ab ofbenevolentent rebellious uprising in the Pearl of the Antilles butiPresident Palma can take it for granted that Oyster Bay will not permit the revolution to last any onger than it takes the rebels to menace the tradtm between this country and Cuba While Oys uprisingitself to a few isolated districts and accomplishes nothing worse than the shooting of n few rural on lonely highways Theodore Roosevelt however will not long tolerate a guerilla warfare as tfle elastic Platt amendment was framed to meet just such an emergency although out of interna tionfil courtesy we professed at the time that it wastforeign aggression that we feared most Noth ing was said about the operation of the Monroe enoughFromto ijidulge in any of those South American revolu nightIfmention in history and yet it may be in reality the beginning of the end Tomas Estrada Palma may be the last as well as the first Cuban president Left to d vote of its own people Cuba would doubtless decline to become a part of the United States should the crisis come the Cubans will have just about as much voice in the matter as the Fili pinos had Spain was driven out of Cuba be cause she hail created conditions that were intolerable to American trade and commerce Then woild not that commerce be just as badly crippled by revolution And is not the United States in a way responsible for the republic of Cuba and a standing guarantee of her peace and quietude Then note how basy it is for the imperial party in America and theS annexation party in Cuba to fo ment internecine strife in the little republic for the- meie privilege f undertaking a pretended consistent interVen on by military force and Congressional decrej of ultimate annexation Shine few earS ago the prophecy was made that thonieric s residing in cuba Vouuld sooner or pJt ife for the sole and lly pDl t1a of giving the United States an excuse for benevolently assimilating the island and its people While does not appear to be the case just now yet the excuse is at hand ready for use Can it be possible that such an event is a probability and that we have given Cuba her freedom for the mere pleasure of wresting it from her again by forcing her to become an adjunct of this republic Political freedom is as dear to any people as religious freedom and it is to be devoutly hoped that the sober judgment of the Cuban people will prevail to enable them to continue in the enjoyment of that liberty which belongs to them by right r r A FEW PLAIN FACTS But few of our subscribers have written upon the subject of the proposed increase in the price of subscription but interested friends have communi cated with us advising against the step in that the tendency is now to popularize literature of all kinds especially liberal literature as an induce ment towards an increased circulation which natur aly carries with it a wider circle of readers thereby enhancing the opportunities for human advance mentThese are precisely the views entertained by the Blade We have been bitterly opposed to making any increase in the annual subscription and our hope has been that we might cheapen it still further could a larger circulation be assured for we prefer ten thousand subscribers at one dollar each to a smaller subscription list at a higher rate The former would result in far greater good and all that the Blade asks is a fair living from its publication It is not our desire to make money Could we be assured of the ability to meet current expenses and live we would never sanction any increase in the subscription rate This has been tried however and in vain Even with the clubs of five at 50 each and our constant appeals for a stronger effort to secure now subscribers the result has not been flat tering We are therefore confronted with two alternatives namely either to increase the price or cut down the cost of publication which means to reduce the paper in some way We cannot enter tain the thought of the latter alternative for the Blade must not only live but it must maintain a high standard as a Freethought publication and we would rather ask our subscribers for fifty cents a year additional than impair the paper One of our friends offers a suggestion which is feasible provided it can be put into effective operation His letter appears in another column of this issue It is that a given number of Freethinkers agree to donate five dollars a year to the Blade with time understanding that extra copies of the paper should be sent out for one half the amount each week As it is the circulation we mostly de sire the Blade would be willing to mail out extra copies for the entire amount thus subscribed as the total receipts would thus be enhanced and the cost of each individual paper thereby decreased But can it be done Other papers have tried the same experiment and failed hence we opine the f TheorIThere is too much practicality about the busi nessWhile on this subject it would be well to be honest with our readers and lay the facts before slightlyinpassed away and his hand was taken from the helm many who had taken the paper for his sake Happilytheir y re charm about the Blade so that tho circulation has maintained its standing Of the 3000 subscrib ers more than onehalf are delinquent so this leaves us with less than 1500 paid up Some of these renew on the fiftycent club plan which cuts somethingliketire practically nil as our readers can very well determine With these figures before them our read ers and the Liberals generally may know just what we have to contend with It is when we reach the cost of publication that tCountingpress work the folding and mailing the cost of the paper the ink the mail charges to say nothing of rent light and power brings the total average cost of publishing the paper each week to about 4000 Multiply that sum by 52 the number of weeks in each year and we get 20bOOO a sum larger than we actually receive so that the new editor of the Blade is compelled to dive into his jeans for the byjobthe hours of labor the midnight toil all becomes a labor of love absolutely without compensation or t reward other than goodwill goodfellowship and cheer True these sentiments are desirable but they do not buy bread These are the conditions we have to face and this is why the alternatives above suggested are confronting us From this it will be seen and we trust our friends will not misjudge us that it is necessary to increase the subscription rather than let the Blade be published on a cheaper plan SUNDAY OBSERVANCE IN LEXINGTON The qlovenfoot has made its appearance in Lex iugtcS might have been expected it came in priestly garb With such a captain and a crew such as only he can procure it is small wonder that Lexiugtonians imagine that the city is going rapidly to the devil Only a few months ago the church advocates set- Up 1a brilliant argument for the closing of saloons f on an Iphysicalsooner official sanction been given to the Sun begantochurch thereby revealing the cloven foot beneath No sooner had the parks been thrown open and music furnished for the Sunday recreation of the people even before the last peal of childrens l laughter had died away and the last note of the ithanthrough hidden sentences as a desecration of the Sabbath and a pretence of Worshipping god in Nature As a general rule the Catholic and EpiscopalianI representativesrights and privilege of the citizen When the Cath olic worshipper has been to mass and that mass is over the Sunday is practically over and the priest cares not to exercise any further control over his actions for the balance of that day The Catholics j religion has been fully conserved by his atten dance at mass and the remainder of the day is his own With the Episcopal church there has been little tendency toward religious intolerance in America but with the other sects it has been vastly different And right here it can be truthfully said that only bigotry born of ignorance and nursed by insolence will presume to dictate to an Amer ican citizen how he shall spend his Sunday If he wishes for the green fields where he can enjoy see ing his babies roll in childish glee that is his busi righttoThis time the Blade regrets to say the complaint of desecrating the Sabbath comes from W T Cap ers Dean of Christ Church Cathedral The Blade had looked upon him judged by his published sermons as a man of broad and liberal mind save for its eredal influences Sieziug the opportunity at a nonsectarian religious gathering held in a place of public meeting he took occasion to refer to the recent closing of the saloons on Sunday and th9 newspapers in reporting his sermon quote him assaying We hear much talk of the closing of the saloons and gambling dens on Sunday and we should all be thankful to God for the stand that our Governor and Mayor have taken But their efforts will be Continued on Page 4 first column f J iAL IL JO t i + P J 4 FREE LOVE NOT k LICENTIOUSNESS One of Its Advocates Declares That If It Was Properly Understood It Would Be Instantly Adopted BY HERMAN WETTSTEIN The reason Freo Love Socialism F and Anarchism make such slow head way Is because their principles lighti1j zmasses as to the real aim and ob t jects of these doctrines they would l be Instantly adopted and carried Into f i execution In the most peaceable man nor But priestcraft and statescra t the worlds oppressors resort to ev means fair and foul to misrepresent r the principles Involved In order to Jt leave the masses In the dark regard tj ing what their advocates seek to aCt complish So far from Irrevocably to wreck society their sole lflobject is to elevate mankind to high ri2er planes of existence by educating iff j the brute instincts of animalism avarice out of him No one expects that these ends will be attained ir ing the present generation nor in the 3i next but evolution is bound to do its proif oelng by physiological law that the lower faculties of man IIdecrease in the same ratio in which his Intellectual faculties increase Now while I am Freelover in ry only I with the majority of confreres do not contend even theoretically for sexual promiscuity but hold that only in monogamic relations can true marital felicity be see cured paradoxical as this propo tion may appear at a superficial glance The true principle of Fr love was very happily expressed by Editor Sercombe of Tomorrow these words which appeared in his i letter to you in the Blade of the 5th t inst It is only when love becomes free when men and women are free to mate with those who are the most oflloveence by church or state only then yueh men are always suitors and women always sweethearts will the influence of the heart as well as the pressure of the outside world hold people together in monogamic mar I riage The question now arises What K will make of men always lovers ur suitors and of women always sweet t hearts and amiable wives The an swer must be first of all found in the word education This Is why I rec ognize that it will take several gen orations before a Freelove system can be safely inaugurated In the present crude state of man it would be unwise to abolish legal restraints in social marital and economical po- lItical affairs but education will eventually make sucn restrictions of our liberties utterly unnecessary and this is what the votaries of the trines under consideration are trying to make the masses understand In education lies the Key to the solution of the problems involved Teach the I world in the first place the righteousness of monogamy in so far as it is conducive to the happiness and Icontentment of both sexes as soon a9 the brute instincts are disciplined out of the human race inculcate the principle that it is of the utmost nee cesslty that all should love and cherish each other until deatth doth them part without any compulsion manmade laws may Impose With this groundwork for free wedlock es ablished and fully understood by the contracting parties each one will real ize that it is to both his and her in p terests to always so conduct himself and herself that neither side will ever experience any inclination to forsake or desert the other provided always thtat love brought them together in the first place and this hould be the main desideratum in all events In other words when nothing but t action unites husband and wife no they may still bo so regarded under a Freelove system they will recog e the fact that all depends upon their good behavior towards each otther whether the happy relations which first drew them together shall continue forever o not The recog by nition of this one simple fact that is that each one has the moral and legal right of separation if he or she persists in wrongdoing will have the salutary effect of preventing separa tlon inasmuch as each one will try his and her level best to hold the other by the very best conduct of to which he or she is capable The real Izatlon that he or she may leave the not others bed and board without reo sorting to law will at the very begin nlng of their married life turn their ion minds into the right channels as to what must be done to continue their happy relations This will cultivate their best characteristics from the start and squelch all evil Inclinations which may sooner or later assert themselves With these considera tlons it is not too much to say that under a Free Love yoU ii Q AL system moral men or constant suitors are made or developed on one side womenS toIIso If he appreciates her worth a she his what stronger bonds do they require to bind them together for life Each one thus unconsciously and und slgnedly cultivate those characteristics which distinguish t mud husband zed the ideal are and this cultivation of their best fgfillment of their respective duties wards each has become second taro to them part and parcel of their very being with the result tl each one will be true to the other the end of their lives This is mv con thcwill exist under a Freelove system after man has been educated Into ac ceptlng its principles with all mitttrequirements and obligations Conversely unite husband and wife by compulsory laws the result as has been found in the vast major Ity of cases is that whatever evil mentaland or moral makeup of the man or woman at the very start of their married life are sale to develop under 51H of circumstances because there seems to be no special need to sup press them Realizing that each one Is now tied to the other to all late and purposes for life they feel at Ill erty to give full vent to ther true characteristics and inclinations ver a e evil they may be The mask which had been assiduously worn be fore marriage is contemptuous cast aside aJ an utterly useless ap purtenance Instead of turning their good qualities into the proper chan eslpropensities are allowed to run theearo at liberty to do so and that then other party cannot help himself being entirely at his or her mercy Matters soap thus grow from bad to worse un ill finally the explosion comes in these words I want you to dl tinctly understand that I will do Just as I please so what are you going to do about Summing up all facts and expo riences as we find them shows that under the marriage system now in vogue wedlock is a failure in the ma jority of cases while there is every reason to believe that with the abo ishment of all marriage laws the husbands will always remain suitors and the wives amiable sweethearts This appears to be the common sense v awoi It I cannot see In any otther light Weil matched couples that is duti ful husbands and wives need not bo tied together by manmade laws andI illmated ones cannot be and should not be This proves the utter imprac ticability of all marriage laws which should therefore be abolishedj lOne system demoralizes or has tendency In that direction at least while the other exalts or elevates t human character as we have seen and makes happy and contented cou plea through the necessary cultiva tion of character from motives of Belt interest alone Take it home to yourselves all ye who are happily wedded and ask yourselves Is it your love and appreciation of your mates virtues that unites you in holy wedlock o the solemn oath you took at the hymeneal altar Sup peso laws were now passed nullif ng your vows to love cherish and protect would that In the least affect your relations and demeanor towards your husband or wife Would you not resent the very idea wltth scorn would It not draw you together in stronger bonds than ever Would you not be more affectionate than ever make life to him or her more pleasant than ever in order to still more strengthen the ties of love that unite you Would this not have a tendency or direct effect of developing your best virtues to the highest poSeS sible degree And ye who are un congenially mated how much re strata does your marriage vow im pose upon your natural inclinations they good bad or indifferent Ifus bad will they not eventually run an riot in promiscuous intercourse de spite your oath and if good will the itlnature of or illtreatment by your mate not sooner or later change our entire character for the worse Imperceptibly forcing you into the same channels followed by your hus band or wife and thereby making sell of your lives miserable unto the md Is not this thb experience of ninetenths of those who are annul ably mated Even as children can be trained habits of honesty in all their fu ture transactions so that they would steal under any temptation which may offer so can the young be edu ed cated to look upon wedlock as a un for life so that under no circum stances which may present themselves wll they violate their simple promises to be always true to each other Its all in education for John J WeissThe books shall be forwarded as soon as possible Glad called attention to the matter i ABOUT JONAH AND WHALcaAn Article Suggested by the Put ill cation of Finnegans poem on This Interesting Subject By ALBERT VALE FinnegaP2story of Jonah and the whale thattoin be 10gun with a capital meant nature natural conditions natural guide and tt0men while the Lords Lord Gods and rsome of the petty gods were only men with titles or who held offices Next wo must recollect that tau transposition and change has been made during past centuries and next we must know that politics and elections were ages ago the same they are now and we shall readily understand the sltuattlon First I will quote from the New Testament I Cor 86 As there be gods many and lords many Jonah was a politician and the word mand of the Jewish Lord of politics some old duke or baron came to him that he should to Nlnevnh fintsty then in power and cry against it he had Just discovered that the other party was wicked and that the people needed a change But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord and went do w to Joppa In reality Jonah Informed the Lore the barony thtat he should not ac vtlseat the nomination for a high office the presidency for instance cause he believed his name too we to carry the election but that would acept a lower one that of ernor we will say Joppa was the town where the political conveati was held Tarshish the lower outs the ship the convention the sea ti uncertainty the dry land the certain ty of the results But the Lord so out a great wind into the sea the baron was angry and there was mighty tempest in the sea politic breeze so that the ship was like to bo broken which nearly broke up the convention When the mariners politicians were nfrald of losing the coming election ana cried everyman unto his god talked tohls suo perior in station or sought aid from within his own mindj id c tutor- 1t tieter wares that w6ro ijydjship threw out all non es propose seat Jonahs into thsea to lighten it of them But Jo ah was gone down into the sides the ship and ne lay and was fast asleep He could not be arouse to the situation of danger to the ijfcrty So the ship- master chairmait of the convention thaI What meanest thou refuel hhocall upon thy God bring to thine aidI thy natural intellect and reason in the matter if so be that God think upon us If your mind could condescending that we the par ty perish not And they said every one to his fel low come and let us cast lots begin the balloting So they cast lots and the lot fell upon Jonah But Jonah was still obdurate Then said Hit thywhose cause this evil is upon us What is thine ocupation and whence cow cst thou What is thy countrS and of what pbople art thou Whit might be rendered you are making all this trouble Are you a and did you come from New York thts convention Is this the United States and are youan American And he said utto them I am hoHebrew and I fear the Lord t baron the God of heaven world ofIts mind which not whom you will ob hath made the sea and the d land uncertainty and certainty Then said they unto him What shall wo do unto theo what shall we offer thee that the sea may be calm unto that the uncertainty may be at end And he said unto them Take me up and cast me forth into the sea accept my proposal to throw out my name which they did not at once do for we read Nevertheless tho men rowed hard to bring It to the land but they could not Then they appealed to the Lord the baron that he should settle the matter but they finally cast out Jonahs name which caused the calm they were seekingnmen exceedingly and offered a sacrifice tETheyresult In defeat though they accept It spent more money and promA iced to the candidates StbaronsNow at this stage the baron had InJonahthe lower office he had hoped forTI elspalrIntellschapter and his sufferings during J1 that time ho calls hell Despair then as now is hell But as ho thought of paEr I look again toward they holy temple of politics When my soul fainted within mo I remembered the baron So Jonah returned to the convention hall and said that he was ready to accept ins ie nomination now and with thanks and ruokeep his promise this time But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving I will pay that that I have vowed Salvation is of the Lord The baron is right no name but Jonahs can save the ksheunto the fish etc He removed the cause of Jonahs despair The ginning of the next chapter tells of Jonahs nominatiton and his election dayschof election when he prophesied the fall of the then ruling party So people of Ninevoh believed God as sackcloth Irritation and sat ashes the ruins of past hopes And they were so badly scared that they revised the party platform and promised all manner of reform for they said Who can tell but the peo pie In their fierce anger may turn the election against us The transpo action now carries us to the fifth verse of the next chapter where we nd Jonah sitting on the east side of the city of Nlnevah that he might catch tho first light on the election returns and under a booth frail protection awaiting results which we may learn by reading the last chaptenr And God saw their works that they turned from their evil ways reformed the party platform etc and God repented of the evil that he said tin barebewiresliedid in it not and the natural consequence was that Jonah was defeated anBut it displeased Jonah exceed aned e prayed unto the baron and said ItLord was not this my saying Therefore I fled before unto Tar grala and merciful to your party slow to anger wasnt much for my lord the baron to be angry for and of great kindness to those in power and repentest thee of the evil for thine own convenience Take I be seech Wee my life from me it is bet for me to die than to live Ho was so angry that he wished 4trma vatr wottldtklil inx dnd Lord God the baron naturally pre pared a gourd and made lt to come up over Jonah that it might be a shad ow over his head to deliver him from his grief So Jonah was exceedingly glad of the gourdtIn other words the baron before e election returns had been made public comforted Jonah with the ope of something at the next elec But God natural consequences prepared a worm destroyer when the morning rose next day bewhen the result of the election was made public and it smote the gourd that it withered the hopes of his ture sucess And it came to pass when the sun did arise when the people heard the news that God pr pared a vehement east wind voice of the people which swept away e last of the withered hopes and un der the light of the facts Poor Jonah fainted and wished to die And God to Jonah nature attempted tot bhangry gourd And he said to unlaI shall live Because Jonah had grle eJ at the loss of him hopes the baron sought to excuse his action In saving itfinevah from defeat by saying thalb six score thousand persons could not discern between their right handII norpwere much cattle the slaves or common people THE TYRANNYOF TOMB And Other Interesting Topics DIs cussedA Brides Refusal to Submit to Indignities Before a Leering Crowd By HARRIET M CLOSZe The tyranny of the tomb is often lar exasperating than the oppres slon of the present and when the two are merged there is inaugurated a sys mode of suffering that Is a tho second to the stake and thete thumb screw of inquisitorial Spain him news item relates that Peter Paul an unlucky name of Cashton must drive fifteen miles to church every Sunday for fifteen years order to inherit 1600 from his will sustained by court will should have been set aside on the ground of insanity of the or the plea of cruelty to an tochurch Sunday regardless of weather or it represents a drive of several times across the continent At the ordinary speed of the farm horse this man would spend about a year and a half on the road to and from church and if he went to work with the determina lion to earn the money he could without doubt earn 1600 There Is usually some string tied to a mans will but when mothers show such small appreciation of just examples by retaining such a grisly grip on money as the above case indicates how are we Justified in expecting that an era of justice humane ideas can be inaugurated THE HISTORY OF RELIGION Lesson Drawn From the Teachings That Only Conscience Is Mans 1nTrue Savior Demand for a Leader BY SUSAN J PECK From the teachings that conscience is mans true saviour since it saves aim from sin the condition most nee essarry to be saved from Heb 99 that could not make him that did th eservice perfect as pertaining to the conscience and therefore be ye perfect the custom arose of call- Ing those who were conscientious not only their own savlous but so far as their Just measures were applied to public affairs the savolrs of others and such persons were in time call Justus or Jesus meaning tho Just one and such saviors were many And those whose cause was Just came Itonsecure his fathers usurped throne Often there were those who dur Ing their youth earned the title of Jesus moderns employ the word honorable who later forfeited their claims to the character but who still retained the name as their injustlci was unknown to the public The one whoso genealogy Is given in tatthew is such an example Although the New Testament gives the genealogies of but two of theImany persons called Jesus we find the mention of others In Acts 123 we read of Joseph who was sun aamed Justus or Joseph the Just and in II Cor 114H he that com eth preacheth another Jesus who mYe wo have not preached ye might well bear with him ye might be ben agothfleeer given the people to the name of Jus lice ties tendency to worship or at least to quote and trust those who were or appeared to be Just became so strong that the introduction of a leader was difficult Thus arose the worship following ofmen rath than principle The Leader Wanted When once such introduction had been acompllshed the people hailed with Joy the coming of any leader whose teachings promised to free them from their oppressors who not only treated them with injustice but competed them to be unjust also thee ithhope more for the opportunity to overthrow their oppressors when In fear of falling again under the theemoral guide which never prompts any but right action since all other promptings is but the result of an ere fleevit leaders became themselves oppres sors As long as the people remem d the lessons of those who taught the worship of the spiritual sun or of conscience St John 19 lightee world and which was the founda tlon of sun worship to which was added the belief that the sun moon and planets exert an Influence on the 20 human brain and also that the Christ star of christening star adding its influence to all good coming from the to other heavenly bodies brought tho arts and sciences neater to perfection they as the Christstar each thousand years appeared hoped that among too many great Interpreters 16 born there might be spared to them the one mention adj Inellgift was understood to be the i terpretatlon of the law of Justice as to the affairs state and edtheplace of that particular Interpre birth that they might destroy J H BrinkWe are glad to know JIalthoughchange has taken 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I gave that one to Ric htoards This week two come both my address with your letter I gave one to Mr Solherling that filled m order for them I had one left nn Dr Brooks went in the barbershop and while waiting for his chance he icked up Richards Rome Congress ook and read a page and was so vorably impressed with that he as ed where he could obtain one Ric ards referred him to mo I went in the drug store and sold the boo Now the two books were not paid for to Morris Sachs When it was nounced that a Rome Congress fund would be raised to meet the Doctors expenses I sent 260and ded Sachs to cancel tha subscription f the book I will send the money postage for it and that will make monoborder Send same to me Your- truly W HAMMER- P SThe Rome Congress book will sell rapidly Where people can conemunity The price should have been 200 or 260 Instead of 116G- s W TRICK PLAYEDUPON CORPSS- howing the Hyena Sentiment Christianity and a Little Vulturls tic Sarcasm By JOHN F CLARKE A friend and neighbor of mine died last week Ho was a farmer and had in charge one of Marylands best farms He was known for his rugged honesty and his hatred of humbug and religion Being a man of education he was often beset scantI preachers but where Jim was in learning he was uptodate upon experience and he could cuss a streak The preachers could not budge him Well he was taken sick He had heart trouble and galloping consumption and dropsy and as he did not quit drinking he soon played out I went up to his room to see him about ten days before he died His feet and legs had swelled and one had bursted but he was game and ho damned religion and the preachers with a right good will After that he got so that no one but tho family was allowed to see him and the young lady that was in charge of the room said to mo He turned as black as that coffin but the undertaker has made him look Just and see how he is smiling The undertaker had done wonders He looked like he was In a healthy sleep His color was Just a fine suntan and his face was plumped out and sure enough he was smiling I looked at his crossed hands and there was a brand new prayer book with the brightest gold lettering Book of Common Prayer stuck in his hands That smile was appropriate but if any one had told him that such a trick would be played upon his de fenseless remains he would have made the air blue with what the Christians call blasphemy He was straight goods and everybody Is talk- Ing of his honesty He was in charge of this place for twentyfive years and during that time he would receive no commissions upon either what was bought or sold and he expressed his contempt for grafts of that kind He was a plain honest man and a straight infidel He had the fall- Ing that falls to so manyhe drank too much for his own goodbut he was honest at all times An Episcopalian minister preached his funeral sermonand as the funeral was vate I do not know what he said about him He deserved a fine trl bute but I suppose he only got a tle ritualism that he would not hav given a damn for We defy Christian- Ity in life but It gets its whack at us when we are dead I suppose that we must for the present exert our selves and damn ita little harder while we live Not Before Alls These People The above was the iirotest of a newly made bride in Justice Roe s court when groom attempted t kiss her The D s MoInes Iowa Cap thdthdy e accountdtie jnsolent personn ot the court room Hero was an bppor tunity for Justice Roe to gain tho gratitude of the Woman by declaring such a proceeding in contempt of court as well as contemptible conduct toward the bride but the law pr cluded such a calling to order as th gentleman was Strictly within his rights Tho woman is his wife Her takeelaws which are made by men may see lit to release her She has shoo lately no rights in the premises at all and brute force is in collusion with the law and our present system of economics to place and hold woman subjection We have been trying beat the fact into the brains of the workingmen that our system of mas nowdincident to awaken to the consciousness of their subjection to the slaves of capitalism A suppliant exalted Into rulershlp will usually become tyr leachkbackhed by centuries of precedent too dokmestic rulershlp The wrongs perpetrated by our system against men is only exceeded by the Injustice and degradation lore upon women ofoilusguzzling bystanders on the prudery of byshow the fractious female should be handled and these things are going to continue until we defy the prece dents of church and state and a long battle Is before us Senator Baileys Prayer In closing his recent speech in the senate Senator Bailey indulged in some reflections aside from the legal phase and merits of his argument areEfeel that we were reaching an erain tointhey have when intellect and not fortune when conduct more than birth should be the measure of our esteem and when an honest fame should be the goal toward which our ambitious youth should bo taught to toil and hope Mr President I am one of these who believe that ouch time may como of course I am not so simple minded as to dream that the old days of small fortunes and great content ment will over come again to bless the land but I do believe in the coming of a better day than this when the man who knows that he is just and honest will feel that he is happier in his circumstances than the man whose riches have been corrupted through Injustice I pray for the time to come when we shall have a new standard to guide our children when we shall teach them that Justice is better than power and lead them into the nobling faith that truth shall conquer falsehood in every home where men are free Under the Influence of higher Ideals and more unselfish aspirations all hate and envy will vanish from our minds and the only evil thought which still must vex us will bo the malice which the bad shall forever feel toward the good When conduct instead of fortune is made the rule by which we Judge all men every boy In all the land no matter how humble his parentage or how limited his opportunity will feel the thrill of hope and the carpenters son will know that if only he is just and brave and honest he will be more respected than tics son of any million sire who ever wasted his fathers fortune in idle dissipation or soiled his fathers name by gross excesses Nashville American SUMMER TIME TABLE Lexington Eastern Railway Com pany Effective May 20 1906I East Bound Leave Pm Am No 2 No4 Lexington Ky 225 746 Winchester Ky 310 826 L E Junction Ky 325 837 Clay City Ky 400 913 Stanton Ky 410 923 906eNatural Bridge Iy 446 954 Torrent Iy 457 1008 Beattyvlllo June Ky 618 1029 Athol Kyu 545 1059 O K June Ky C06 1125 Jackson Ky C10V 1130 Train No2 dally except Sunday Train No4 dally BoundoLeave Am Pm No1 No Jackson Ky C25 225 Q K Juno Ky 629 230 263JJkattyville 3421Campton 3551StantonClay City Ky 837 434 L E Junction Ky 910 503 620e006dTrain No1 dally except SundayI Train No3 Dally Beattyvllle Junction Trains Nos 3 and 4 with tho L A for local stations on tho L A Railway- O K Junction Trains Nos 3 and 4 with the O K for local stations on the O K Railway- L FJ Junction Trains Nos 1 and 3 for Mt Sterling and Intermedi ate points Campton Junction All trains nect with the Mountain Central Ry for Pine Ridge and Campton UPTODATE PAMPHLET ON MARRIAGEAND JOSEPHINE K HENRY OJ VERSAILLES KENTUCKY All orders promptly filled Price copy 25c 5 copies for 1100 125 CINCINNATI t AND RETURNS jVIA SUNDAY t 1LEAVING LEXINGTON 730amAi- kTidet Agent to Puticolrn t READY FOR THE 1 IfCHIC Not for CAVE WlLERsn 320 Pages Cloth POST PAID SIDO I I Story of the Underworld and the Overworld PurIm H SercombeFEditor ToMorrov Magazine Chicago Onla limited edition of this remarkable book will be printed Each copy will bo i signed by Sercombe Him self and automatically num bered up First orders in will get the low exceptNoSercombe r i U2238 ro CENTS Calumet AddrtssU 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 Ita organ The Truth About God which It publishes monthly and its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Typewriting Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship and Spelling and Tho Truth About God in a general course of study giver by the tezY porary International Instructor for tte church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wtnta 900 more to formally organize and incorporate The first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY WOiAIDinsvoterltrfromWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ape 26esatrfor Editorial Continued from page one unavailing if the members of Christs Kingdom leave their churches for Sunday picnic excursions and other indulgences of a like character under the disguise of worshipping God in nature or encour aging the poor and the hardworked to come out iiito Gods sunshine Believe me the surest way to close forever is to open the churches on Sunday and through the week and throng them with de vout worshippers and loyal subjects of Jesus Christ 1iL1ft Capers may believe it his duty to thank God for the action of the Mayor of Lexington and the Governor of Kentucky in the Sunday closing of saloons but if God had anything to do with it he was mighty late in getting a move on him The Blade opines that it came more from them than God The Blade further believes that they an honest and sincere in their uetermiuation to en force the written law Neither arc responsible for the law but both are responsible for the manner of its enforcement within the territory over which they have jurisdiction II God closed the saloons why did he not close them before now lie has had years in which to try his hand We are not com plaining that saloons and gambling dens arc closed on Sunday but we do complain that they should be closed for the sole purpose of seeking to benefit the church as Dean Capers appears to presume The rub comes however when this blind leader of the blind declares that even their efforts will be of no avail if the members of Christs king dom leave their churches for Sunday picnic excur sions and other indulgences of a like character And why should people be asked to shut themselves in church on Sunday Christ the very king so called whom Dean Capers would have his flock worship so assidiously never built or established a church Yet he preached If the account of his life as given in the gospels be true he took the mountain side for his church his pulpit was be neath the umbrageous boughs of a friendly tree and his baptismal font lay in the waters of the river of Jordon Neither did he preach for revenue or an agreed stipend lIe failed to pass the hat or the contribution box if the Blade has read the account correctly If the people failed to go to him he went to the people This is precisely what Dean Capers and his fellow preachers must do if they are to succeed in their mission Surely even Dean Capers must admit that there is nothing wrong or immortal in the green fields to wander by cooling streams to gather the wild flowers and weave them into garlands of joy to bask in the glorious sun shine to feel the pulsing rhythm of sweet music to enjoy the natural beauties that are around us and about us If he does then he has not the sense or judgment we gave him credit for Further he presumes too much when he says the surest way to close the saloons and gambling dens is to open the church on Sunday etc It might be better for mankind were they closed forever but to talk about opening the church which has been eternally open is neither good logic or good argument There is more real worship in a happy joyful heart and maybe it can be found at a poker table than in a splenetic deacon repeating the catechism and envying Solo mon his seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines The advocate of the Christian reli gion has a perfect right to be as miserable as he feels but he has no warrant for making the rest of humanity feel wretched whether on Sunday or on Monday A canting pharisee is despisable It is small gain to emancipate mankind from the slav ery of the treadmill and then deny him the right ta recreate himself as he may prefer If Sunday is really to benefit the workingman if it is to put fresh vigor in his veins and courage in his heart to remind him that he is a man a human being and not a mere machine it must be as free from all straint as possible Then by all means let us have the Sunday bund concerts for the Almighty can never be injured or offended by a toot on a trombone God will not fly into a rage at the sound of the merry rippling laughter of little children as they roll on the green sward of our city parks Plainly it is the sole aim of the religionists to drive the people into the churches on Sunday that the contribution box may be more readily filled and their present intense ad vocacy of Sunday closing is with an eye to business pure and simple in the hope and expectation of choking down any and all opposition If Dean Capers is going to have a fit or the Willies over a Sunday picnic he is unlike that Christ whose king dom he so glibly preaches for oven Christ denounc ed the hypocritical formalists of his day and gen erationInstead of opening the church on Sunday we want open parks open music open picnic excursions otherwise Sunday is to be twisted from a day of rest and recreation into a day of religious torture and degeneration Estrada Palma may well feel worried over the threatened revolution in his new republic lie knows better than most men what is taking place There will be no rebellion of any moment until the American plutocrat is ready to apply the doctrine of benevolent assimilation and then the world can bid an eternal farewell to that Cuban liberty for which even American blood was spilled a a Why dogmatize aboat the deity or try to theorize andelaborate anent the abode of the blessed or the abode of the damned If there is a life after this one nothing can deprive us of it Freethink er and Christian alike all will be there and each must be willing to share it with the other Nature knows no favorites There is nothing supernatural Allis natural It must be natural or it is nothing J THE BIBLE IN RELIGION AND POLITICS No greater fallacy was ever indulged in by Chris tians than that which regards the Bible as a civiliz ing influence and a factor in human development On the contrary it has retarded progress by its foolish precept and restricted thought by presuming to impose a penalty upon all who dare to think for themselves and act in accordance with that thought Neither religious or political freedom can be founded on the Bible After all it is but a book and all books are stationary The race can pro gress far beyond the teachings or morals of any book but the book itself must ever and always remain where it is This is precisely what hashap pened to the Bible The race has advanced beyond it Humanity needs no such prop and the race would still continue to progress should the Bible become extinct At its best it is but an imperfect incomplete history The old testament is but u sort of MumboJumbo patchwork history of the Jews and the New Testament is but a description of the alleged life of Christ and some of those who took up the quarrel at his death In these bio graphies some valuable lessons may be found but on the whole the book itself is reactionary non progressive and its precepts foolishly false There can be no freedom where pains and penal ties are imposed or threatened for a nonacceptance of a given doctrine Punishment implies restraint Hence when we read lie that believeth and is baptised shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned we perceive the grave of mercy the end of charity and the one damning spot upon the character of Christ If Christ lived which the Blade doubts and if Christ was God which tin Blade further doubts then he could not have utter ed the dreadful words we have quoted and the Blade undertakes to deny them in his name brand ing them as the artful invention of some scheming priest who sought profit and power by terrifying the ignorant and superstitious A literal applica tion of that text means intellectual stagnation a moving forward backwards the end of all pro gress Only that the thinkers of the world have disregarded and unheeded the direful threat has progress been at all possible and their independence has led to such religious liberty as we now enjoyPolitical freedom finds no greater incentive from within the pages of that book The doctrine advo cated by Paul of rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesars has been quoted and used approvingly by every petty political tyrant the world ever knew Upon such an authority the people have been pillaged and plundered and at the first sign of revolt or complaint imprisonment torture and death have followed It has been used by kings and priests in their damnabl conspiracy to enslave the people and they have been eminently successful But what is the use of discoursing farther The Bible is the fountain head of all religious and ifoli tical oppression It has even been n Old bfn i of the Sea about the neck of the socil and political Sinbad It has forged chains with hich to bind the worlds best thought making the JJbrd of Hosts a man of war covering him with the ags of mean ingless attributes in which his votes have well nigh smothered him The Bible has never exercised Buy civilizing in fluence upon man It is impoti nt for improve ment It has been permitted to run alongside civ ilization and now insists upon claiming the credit for it all The claim is both fulsome fraud and an arrant humbug a a Infidelity implies destruction suggests a fledg ling preacher who has just graduated from one of the Kentucky eccelsiastical mills and it is Just as an unsafe and ruined building must come down to make place for a better so the old falsehood must be eradicated before the new truth can take root The destroyer and the builder are interde pendent the one useless without the other Even in theology all creative gods are destructive gods for creation implies destruction The Bible pic tures its god but once as a creator after that he is ever and always a destroyer Even Christ destroy ed old faiths and the church stands today upon the broken altars of Jove and Baal of Isis and Ashtar oth upon the desecrated shrines of millions of un known deities The cry of destruction invaria bly comes from those who have builded nothing a r The advocates of Freelove socalled rely largely on sentiment rather than reason As a matter of fact love is not free cannot be free but is bound by iron rules more inflexible than man made stat utes Love as the Freelovers regard it purified of its dross is a pretty conception but a barren ideal- ity The same strange power that is said to be capable of lifting man to the highest heaven may also dash him to the deepest hell It is not every nan who may drive Apollos steeds and safely guide the chariot of the sun for love that same love which might illume the world may under a different system become as lawless as that of a Grecian god and a perverted Promethean fire is a dangerous brand a s a An additional tax isto be placed upon Ameri can labor if the news dispatches can be read right through the discovery said to have been made by- a man named Miles of a food which if used will double a mans ability to work What labor most needs is a more fitting and adequate compensation- for the amount of work it is able to perform now The Blade has not yet heard from the labor unions but we are rather skeptical as to the instrinsic value of the discovery The discovery is rather belated for our ability to work needed doubling just about the time necessity compelled us to double the amount o four work and we all know that was many years ago ADDITIONAL LETTERS For the Blades Welfare Now Windsor ColoradoEnclosed llnd postofflco money order for 460 Pleaso movo my subscription ahead to May 1907 send one copy of Wilsons Rome Book at 130 and for the reo malnder send a few copies each of the two issues of the Blade containing funerals orations of Captain Henry and Mrs Williamson Am aware that I have been receiving tho Hindi for the last two years without having paid for it Am sorry that conditions have been such and trust it will bo the last time I believe the Blade would have much less complaint to male subscriptions were stopped at expiration of subscription No est man would be permanently offend ed by not getting something he had net paid forgot to say that the Rome Book I am ordering Is one for which I sub scribed for Morris Sachs before the Doctors trip to UomeS D KIMBEK LY From a Real Worker Breathedsvllle MdI trust you will pardon my delay In responding to your letter of some time ago and also for my tardiness in ordering the Moore Memorial pamphlets for which I now enclose you one dollar In the first place felt too discour aged to order any more because my order for twentyeight Blades con tanning funeral orations of our late lamented editor C Moore had been quite unsuccessful The four or dered to my own address never re wived although my neighbor of the same postottlce received those I dered sent him All the others I or dered sent to friends In Maryland failed to be received and I then doubted if any of those sent to other distant friends were received cently however I held communica tion with some of those in Penn sylvania I had ordered copies and those reached their destination I was glad to hear This renewed my cour age and I would have written sooner but have not had time However the fact remains that some assltan failed to fully perform his dutyhalf tho papers I ordered were never ceived But if the Memorial pamphlets come safely to hand I shall be satisfied You will think I should have told you earlier perhaps of this inadvertence but I was loth to dis turb you with complaints when you had so newly assumed the burden of editorship It was my desire too to send you in some new subscribers for I not only wished to help you but each copy that reached me gave an Increas ing admiration for the fine intent bence and moral character displayed uy Its new editor accompanied by the wish that everybody could bo in duced to read it and share my pleas ure It special rates had been made I would have liked to tend it for just u few months to a number of friends at that time whose orthodoxy might not however have permitted them to appreciate the pearls of thought as I did and they might not havo cared to receive it long Like all your admiring subscribers I have been amazed at the unexpect ed coinetliku brillance with which you have burst upon us when we feared thE Blades dissolution and with them I have wondered too how you could remain silent so long Each ones way of expressing his sur prise has greatly interested me as could reecho tho feelings expressed- by all There is an element however that recently has been creeping more openly into its columns which Ire gret and sometimes damps my en thusiasm Its Socialism I am not unwilling to see their side but the more see the less I like it The mission of the Socialist ugitattor a very mistaken one Surely wages were never so good and the neces sities of life were never so cheap as now and to write bad poems of starving mothers and babies as was recently done by a Blade contribu tor comes in the poorest possible taste a distortion of tho facts and n Oust unworthy attempt to excite malice against thoso who by indus try and economy have accumulated more of this worlds goods If any where in this broad land full of work for willing hands any Industrious person has starved It must havo been such whoso wrongdoing compelled them to hide where no food could be obtained to escape the law What sort of woman Is It who with condi tions of starvation starring her In the face will accept the responsibilities of motherhool How much sympathy Is that person deserving of who find ing In life the cruelty and tortures of starvation would bo so unfeeling so devoid of conscience as to confer that state upon helpless innocent off anywhere a record of greater selfishness ever were there a system so faulty as these calamity howlers mistakenly claim It seems me a great wrong Is being done by arousing discontent among the working classes at the very time when they should be most thankful to be living in the grand age of progress when laborsaving machinery lightens the burdens everywhere and Improvements and bless ings undreamed of by even the wealthy of a generation ago are now possessed in common by even the poorest of our age All have alike ac cess to the luxury of phonographs telephones velvetcushioned trolley cars etc not to mention free schools Could our grandfathers who harvest ed and threshed their crops with the sickle and nail our grandmothers who spun and wove the material and made tho clothing for the whole family without the aidof sewing ma chine at less than half the wages of the present time and when the ne cessities of life were correspondingly lighter than now return to live In our world now with all Its great opportunities for pleasure and happiness the result of tireless efforts of a few great Inventors what a heaven It would seem to them And the best antidote for tho ent cental condition of our discontents would be to step back a generation or two and plod along with the old slow methods and low wages of our fore fathers and learn a lesson In patience- It may be readily admitted how ever that there is still room for im provement and that hope holds before us a vision of still further achieve ments Yet Is we so little appreciate our present advantages as to talk of starving in times as prosperous as these when crops are almost allowed to waste for lack of hetpat higher wages than ever before perhaps we do not deserve any further advance mont Such language it seems to me should be left for political demagogues and find no place in a paper searching for absolute truth with Ideals as lofty as tho Blades It does not harmonize When stalwart welldressed tramps infest the coun try expecting tho best food the farm affords indignantly refusing and be coming abusive if offered a cold lunch and when tthe most brutal robberies are being committed right In the heart of a section where wages are 120 to 200 a day and board does It prove that the fault lies with the LonscicneiiiieiIeH individual rather than tho system Wishing tthe Blade every success I remain very sincerely yours LAURA E GROH Rome Book a Treat Brunswick llulueI received the paper 200 sheets yesterday in good condition Please send bill for the same Jf I have sent more than enough to pay do not return any but let it go toward paying somebodys postage on Dr Wilsons book But what a treat the doctor has given usl Tis a long time since I have read so Interesting a book and the best part of it all is it is true It claims the attention at once and holds it to the end All tho fault I can find with It Is there is not enough of it hope this will not be the last and only book he will give us There are lots I want to say but your time Is valuable and 4 know you are a very busy man so I will close with yours for truthI S CURTIS From an Old Worker EurelmCalAs my subscription will expire on the Gth I will send you to renew it I can well imagine your situation but I can see no way to help you You like myself have fought for the cause and never reaped anything but obloquy from it Your idea of helping the Bla te has not worked In my case I have paid the subscription for several people to other papers and in no Instance would they subscribe themselves when the subscription run out You have Improved tho Blade and desorva encouragement But alas tho most deserving often fall to get their re regard to organization the pros and cons seem to be about oven Freethinkers could make themselves felt In this country if they were organ ized But all freethought organiza tions have failed in this country even the A S Union What hope Is there for a new organization None what of your correspondents are still under the impresslon that Social ism will cure all Ills Nothing is farther from tho truth The fact is we havo too much Socialism now If every member of society would think and act for himself the world would be better than what It Is Socialism without reflecting upon Its nature Is a beautiful doctrine If brought Into practice it would be found that So cialism and stagnation are synnon imous terms Hoping the Blade may live ROBERT GUNTHER Where Orthodoxy Reigns Penryn Cal Editor Blue Grass madeI have beeen a regular sub scriber and reader of tho Blue Grass Blade for many years and now that the Blade is better than ever before want to continue 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silently withdraw in search of more for his money Heres hoping a unanimity of ap proval and promtitude In remittances will move you up town much nearer If not on Easy street Accept congratulations in having your name as publisher of a classic associated with tho immortals With same avidity that Cervantes DeFoe Fielding LeSage and a few others wore read half a century ago A Trip to Rome has Just been voured bottled to be later reread tpartialof tho inspired is quoted I If jblltrhetoric and matter than Doctor sons book WHiWhat astounding virility and tility And written as if in a and confusion of a clamor for more Jcopy It deserves commendaUon In iIJriodicltlcopy on every desk Conscious incapacity restrains an obscure layman from an attempt tokparticularize but appreciative talent must in ordinary philanthropy pubc lisp the excellencies of this book 1 The author is preeminently poet painter preacher physician philosopher philanthropist and in tho list of these titles deserves three DsDoc 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