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BLUE GRASS BLADEif1IT arlcorinU1 dsGland r-nstsSlcfWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH =VOLUME XV NUMBER 23 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9 1906PUBLISHED WEEKLY 100 A Y EAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publishe- TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for Send your subscription by registered letter office or express money order New York and if personal cheeks are sent add charges as local banks charge for same Make nil money orders drafts cheeks etct DIe to JniiHs li lliiglirH Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription guywin clis Are a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will slur of subscription and serve as a recoipt as j date changes as soon as the subscriber pays f3ubac fP lions jo the Blade are not discon in ed expiration unless so ordered by the subseri The courts invariably hold a subscriber I sible to the publisher for the subscription of all papers received until the paper is for in full and up to date and ordered tinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short Lexington Kentucky Entered at the post office at Lexington as Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky +tH+ 1111111111111 +++ ++ H ++++ 1 EDITORIAL 1II1111111111 + 11111111 11111111111101 Preaching isnt teaching a a a Liberty of brain is the great servitor a Be careful how you train the human plant a a a a a In the realm of intellect there is no pope a a a a rllie true art of modern politics is to conceal isting conditions In spite of all prayer and psalmsinging votaries of religion are nimble to repeal the law gllwitlltionI a a a a a The world is too large and human life too plex to bo permanently affected by the ranting ly of fools a a a a a Judging from some recent American it looks as it the hired invocations fur diivine anco were altogether wasted a a a a Schillor assures us that even the gods are erless against stupidity and this may account the seemingly impossible taskof reilonninj preachers a a a a a The orthodox mirror is so absurdly connive so absurdly convex that human life as it is fleeted therein told human conditions such as it capable of producing are too grotesque to be a a a a Religious worship is but a fashionable form gambling a risk taken on uncertainties a speculation upon future results and a practical robbing of earth for the sake of imaginary heaven a a a a The core of all religions lies in a passive of a supposed supreme being and an alleged in nines immortality One is a mere fiction L R a foolish fable Around them the imagina of men has woven many a complicated web to is and darken the brightness that all should be of finding in human life Some are as ns the robe which Arachnc wore others barbaric and repulsive Science has de that nil are false I a a a of a bump of reverence toast of our religionists have a hollow in their head the ipse dixit of any man no matter how lie may be or pretend to be is but intellectual to old this is why Nescience is able to insult a a a a a in maul who cnn make it possible for all to earn livelihopd removes the efficient cause and crime Bitter experience should the worker that political parties contend over carefully cooked issues and try to impel by heating on tomtoms to avert the poli eclipse a a a a a of the miracles recorded by the Bible believes its every word and yet be of those same miracles an Ingersoll and a found belief impossible The religionist frit his life away in the dismal swamp wastes his with the idiosyncracies of creeds Tis the who delight to wrangle assent their con of deity a a a a laborer must sell his only commodity at a fixed by the shylocks of capital Extract the of his cheap living and what he has left over is up by interest and the taxes levied on him which to pay handsome stipends for misrepre Labor is in a compulsory game of freeze with never a chance of winning a a a a a DISCRIMINATION THAT WILL LEAD TO REVOLUTION the name of Israels god has the day dawned this land of the free and the home of wlfeu toil Bt uaSUarrmciija lird haudothat calloused by dilligent daily labor are t6 be as a constantly growing nuisance their owners discriminated against by quasi corporations restrictions to behedge them in places and class separation insisted upon like it and if it is permitted to develop lay is not fur distant when the obsequious will insist upon an era of legal proscrip which will be absolutely destructive of the iothel The facts are that the Big Four railroad has issued an order to the effect that all in its employ white or black when travel in groups of fifteen or more on any of the com railroads in the state of Illinois shall be told restricted to the smoking car and the press has taken it in a spirit of commen and praise as being an evidence of a desire part of the company to take due cogniz ofa growing nuisance many years the people of the north have made comments upon the southrons for their upon race separation The north hasI understood the negro question in the south they do not understand it now While refus meet upon terms of equality the people of inferior race the southron has never discrimin against one of his own race and it has remain a northern railroad corporation to inaugur a system of discrimination against labor that be but the entering wedge to something more more obnoxious With it all Comes the from a subsidized press that U other will example in all probability follow such a the American laborer the lord and creator of weatlh he whose labor gladdens the earth and skill brings beauty is fast becoming n nuisance to the plutocrat who fattens thrives upon his toil The mere glimpse of his stained garments on board a railroad train is to that class which reaps the harvest labor This is class distinction with a ven for the laborer is told in plain and unvar language that he must not henceforth their company in dirty and otherwise offen working clothes upon passengers who have for their seats in a cur where reasonably civil conditions are presumed to obtain Thus the presence of the laborer in his working is looked upon as a source of pollution an evidence of uncivilised conditions Are plutocrats unmindful of the fact that it is labor that all civilization has proceeded and without labor the race would soon revert back barbarism and bo compelled to make a breakfast roots stand back thou son of toil Remember art offensive and rapidly becoming a nuisance very clothes you wear and in which you must from day to day that you might live are intol to mon of wealth and fashion If you do not the now rules why walking is good and re that on a railroad train the room you occupy is more preferable thin your com pany Remember though that the poorest beggar equally an earth passenger with Creosus He is traveling his millions of miles each day and he be cant be pushed off the earth Two or three cen tunics hence the dust of the millionaire will have is mingled with that of the mendicant both of them long forgotten of men The most pitiful failure in all the universe is he who only succeeds in making or money With the millionaire his deal is expediency and hit moral law is simply to do others before they it can get a chance to do him These arc to the social organism what a dozen hard boiled eggs would be the stomach of a dyspeptic It is not the foolish sound we make but what we arc that counts most the concern of the race It is the thieving fox that grows fat by predacity while the honest watchdog starves If this new rule means anything worthy of con sideration it is that the American republic has reached the zenith of its glory is on the road to decay The caste system which prevailed in Ancient India once of its downfall and rain It is now primary cause of its downfall and ruin It is now beginning to dawn in America if it goes uncheck it ed it will lead us to the same destiny the same fate From class legislation we are drifting into class discrimination The ultimate of this is that wealth wll soon begin to mock at poverty and pov erty will begin to curse wealth and the fires of l1the revolution have been laid which some bold and dar ing hand will kindle into an allconsuming flame a a a a a AND A FOOL THERE WAS With due apologies to Kipling for the title of this article the Blade appropriates it as a suitable appellation for the Pope of Rome While it maybe true that he has said many a prayer and even us you and i yet it is selfevident that the Pontiff has uttered just one too many and ha been compelled to retract to take a backwards turn transfer his trolley pole to another circuit wire lie is not the first in this line and can find some consolation in that famous epigra attributed to the late William Ewart namely wise men change their minds fools never dovclical o the Frenclbislmpsrgmg ait 0 pen liostih ity to the new government and the separation law and the Blade predicts that he would either be compelled to crawfish or else France would give him and his clergy the grand bounce for all time It appears that the Pope who is looked upon as fallible by some is after all as fallible as it is pos sible for man to be and that instead of all wisdom being stored away in his nice fat head he is just as prone to make mistakes as the most ignorant worshipper who ever attended confession He did make a mistake and he realized it but not until it was too late He has now been busy trying to recover from the disastrous effects of his encyclical and has made a recantation unworthy of infallibility in an effort to redeem the church from the headlong ruin in which he plunged it in the French republic The truth i that the Pope has had to undo his encyclical and issue a manifesto taking it all back Like David when the latter called all men liars he spoke in his haste and was sorry for it Failing to make good on a bluff with a pair of deuces he bunched his hand and passed for a new deal There is another feature connected with the af tail which is likely to escape pnhHc notice and this is to be found in his coutcmpated discharge of hi secretary of state Cardinal Merry del Val upon whose head has fallen the responsibility of the Popes mistake It scents that the Pope cannot wait until the heavenly hierarchy comes due for the ip plication of vicarious atonement but he must needs get a sample of it on earth As a result he blames Merry del Val for submitting to him only incomplete reports of the situation in France which lead him to his almost fatal mistake of issuing his encyclical To save himself the Pope has got to fire his secretary It would be better for mankind if the secretary could devise a plan to fire the Pope Perhaps Satan can best accomplish that job when he gets him No doubt the Pope can find some virtue in 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reading can De found and nor tat tlnghtcire gr Uuall fl6fillIL longer tile Kome Book can be put to a good use I As a missionary enterprise it is not to be surpassed Now then what shall we do with the remaining copies PRESBYERIANISM AND PLUNDER The principal lesson to be learned from the sui cide of Frank K Hippie of Philadelphia the man who had benevolently assimilated seven millions of dollars of other peoples money is that the public must at all times be aware of the man who is so ex tremely pious that the moral welfare of others ap pears his chief concern The money he stole while unctiously crying Anton on Sundays rep resented the deposits of thousands of clients of the Trust company of which he was presidents The incident for in these days of colossal welsh ing and gigantic thefts it can be regarded as an incident only emphasizes a business rule that is rapidly becoming popular one that is caused by the hollowness and hypocrisy of religious advo cates Always keep a Pharisee under the gun Learn to distrust the man who vaunts his virtue and looks to the vices of others The professional religious reformer who makes his duty to regulates the morals of society at large needs watching When he was not occupied with the practice of embezzlement Mr liipple was seriously attending to the moral regulation of others One of his daily business observations was that he would never trust a man who smoked a cigar but if he declined to smoke in this world then the good Lord Satan or somebody in authority ought to see to it that he smokes good and plenty in the next world In religion llr Hippie was a Presbyterian and he worked at the trade seven days in each week the meanwhile he was stealing the money of other people There are of course many honest Pres byterians but Mr Hippie was not one of them Yet he was true to his church The length of his face on Sunday and the sonorousness of his prayers won for him the confidence and esteem of the Phila dclphia Synod They made his bank their bank In it they poured the wealth they had wrung from hipPiethey He picked but he picked it all and left nothing for them but anathema So great was the confidence reposed in President Hippie that Sun dayschool organizations which thrive oft the pennies of little children entrusted their funds in his hauls with an abiding faith in his integrity Even these were cleaned out for he had verily licked the platter clean both outside and insides Because of his religious proclivities and for the sake of his church family the coroner held back the report of his suicide for several days and gave it out that the sacred defaulter had died of a hem orrhagc True indeed hut the hemorrhage was caused by a bullet fired into his brain by his own hang The crash was upon him doll from his coward lips the color did fly and he was afraid of Continues on Page 4 first column I f tfa J THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN ADDRESS GIVEN AT MOFFITTS GROVE NEAR NEWTON IA SUN DAY AUG 19 LAST IN GRATEFUL COMMEMORATION OF COL ROBERT INGERSOLL LATTER LED MEN AND WOMEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF SUPERSTITION TOWARD THE LIGHT OF REASON Dy HARRIET M CLOSS We meet today to do honor to the memory of the man who did more to point his fellows toward the light of reason to lead them from the shadows of superstition than any man during th past century Robert Ingersoll Voltaire Paine Ingersoll form a trinity which Rationalists should hold In high regard Voltaire made tho people of EJuropo to think Paine continued the work In Europe and America while In America Ingersoll poured forth his eloquence In unan swearable logic and inimitable rial culo of religion and in future his name shall be fittingly honored He It was who tore the drapery from tho doorway of credulity and dragged forth the skeletin which we had so long regarded with super stitious awe and It now remains for us to flood tho temple with the luminous rays of experience and wisdom Prog ress Is the law of life and we the fol lowers of Ingersoll must not alone be satisfied to assist the multitude In repairing tho ruin that was wrought b so many centuries of Christian rule We must form the vanguard of the army and like our leader enlarge the possibilities of justice for the people havo been asked to address on the subject of Womens Rights bu my friends If I were to speak only of rights It would have been unneces sary for our good Brother Moflltt to invite me for advisedly speaking women have no rights Far better could I tell you of the wrongs of women for the Immunities which some- timesv resemble rights are only privileges granted by our gald heart ed rulers and therefore only a phase cL of our wrongs You remember that men searched the Scriptures to find justification for slavery They found it ands therefore eclared It to be a Divine Institution 1 They did not consider that as man to man neither had the natural right to hold tho other as a chattel It has been the same with regard to women The same justification has been found beenJther away from Bible teaching and priestly preceptswomen would as f yet know nothing of their Inherent rights and very little of privileges- I hesitated to accept the invitation to address you 41First because of the short time given for preparation for I had re cently read of a minister who had been for seven years gathering ma terlal for a lecture and a friend told of a case wherein a man had spent eleven years In similar preparation withiThen I hesitated to accept since this being the third time I have ap peared before you I feared I might be cOllie as tiresome as somo ministers do to their audiences though I ven ture to say that no minister of your acquaintance has ever discussed the subject of Womens Rights from the viewpoint of justice True many doc tors of divinity devoutly discourse oa the sphere of women In general but they do not seem to know that the sphere assigned to any one has noth tug TVMirwter to do with a natuinl right Ministers do not sea n to rn derstuirl that a divine decree dour not secure justice They fall to re member the fact that church councils are composed of very common ma- terIal and these bodies have alwayd shown little or no comprehension of the humanthe natural rights of women and there are many others who are still unable to distinguish be tween a right and a privilege I believe that In the Declaration of Independence our forefathers colt cisely defined the rights of man and you remember our late lamented edit or Moore was wont to say Man em braces woman In this Immortal document it Is said that man is Indorsed with tho Inalienable rights to life lib erty and tho pursuit of happiness- I cannot here discuss wherein men have failed to exercise these rights but In themselves failing they have fixed more firmly upon women the custom of granting privileges to tho dependent and the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness have become so circumscribed that the name Is a misnomer and the right oven to life has been invaded by our many masters and by the State Ingersoll said A woman should have every right that a man has and one more tho right to be protected 11I Under our present regime he correct but if It ever transpires that women exercise their Inalienable rights to life liberty and the pursuit d t P2d of happiness they will not need pro centuries of dependence women have developed the physical disability Incident to maternity and they therefore now need protection but with economic Independence and the freedom to pursue their natural life the strength born of confident- will prevail the fear which has cursed the ages will vanish and women will stand forth mens equal and comrade It is difficult to discuss the rights o either sex separately for both are hu man and any invasion of tho rights o one of necessity affects the other and though perhaps not Immediately discernable places an Indelllble stamp upon posterity and finally crystallizes into usurpation Especially is this dosmestic relations and that we are granted Immunities therein is due t the fact that men are more than the laws that church councils are lirayare more Touching specifically the franchise It is not a natural but an acquired- right but Inasmuch as the of this government conferred It upon governtthe consent of the governed atsboul be exercised as freely by women as by men wish here to mention a few of the more flagrant wrongs of women due Indirectly to the inability to cast scarcele y keep of e enactments and court decisions if the following have been changed It has been done within the past two or three years and women who are wont say have all the rights I want should remember that gallantry can not right a wrong No less an thority than the late William M Evarts said of womens legal status She is not free but held in the hol low of mans hand to be crushed at husband can decide as to the aiBo 3ndpqHlt iP h e 1 clothing and the has rSollegal right to protest If she buyslfjaese necessities without autl r Ity the husband cannot be compel d to pay for them and If an inheritance comes to her later she Is liable for the debt and women have been compelled to PlY for their husbands clothirf and other expenses including tobacco bills A Decent case in a Massachusetts court Itemizes a three years bill for clothing for a wife by her husband and totals the magnificent sum of 794 Perhaps this woman was on the calling list of Mark Twain and in attendance at the banquet of which when asked what the ladles wore saldiI do not know I did not look under the table Of If this report had4come from the South Sea Isl ands we could understand It where a stomacher and a necklace often stitute the wardrobe of the belle of those sunny climes The authority to govern the family Is vested in the bus band as Is also the right to choose the place of abode and the churcu where they shall worship I hope my good religious sister will remember that when she so Independently heads toward her beloved sanctuary that her mister could legally coerce her to tend any other one that he desired Then ho can decide the physician tobe called In case of lllnesa ami whether or not any is needed an1 le can follow up his legal prerogatives and decide on the place of burIal In lire or death the womans master rules supreme even the destiny of her soul if she have oneIs designated by tho priest A husband may say what and how much work his wife shall perform and if he choose to do so he may select her company and toh how many heartaches this one restriction has brought to submissive women How many wives have been forbidden to visit the childhood home And yet we imagine we have our liberty A father may collect the minors wages even after he has driven them from home and If the mother or child collect same he can compel reray meat as legal guardian Even a stepfather has the right to a minors wages before the mother However children can be compelled to support poor parents Even after such treat ment as the above A decision In a New York court some ten years ago was in substance that a woman could Dot collect wages from her husband even though she held his promise to pity There should however some what of consolation for this woman In trio report taken from a magazine ar tide that the average wages of work ing women are 175 per week r It is reported of a Frenca writ the late Max ORelll who in refer ring to reincarnation oaid if he re turned to earth after denin lie hoped to return as an American woman I do not think our French mend could have been informed on tiie legal status of women and had only met us as the privileged creatures of indulgence I can better understand tho deslro of a class of Chinese women oi whutn It Is said that by performing certain duties in life they reincarnate as men- The Chinese do not seem to need Christian missionaries Their head s are level 1In case of accident to wife or chi dren tho husband or lather may collect damages Being the legal head of the house the man must sue for loss of companionship or services coclect damages but not the mother Instances and decisions in these cases are innumerable The husband may say how much or kindfof His befr marry may remove an infant from the mother while un divorced from him and if she seek to thwart his plans by abduction she may upon conviction be fined or im prisonedIn of divorce and remarriage by the mother the guardianship of remarrtagtslith guardianship In threefourths of our States a mother has no right to the custody of her children For fancied wrong or disobedience lifesesto have disregarded the tearful protests of mothers and turned their daughters assertemd wageds if victims were under age and If such case be one of betrayal tho father may collect any damages allowed on the various charges specified and unless a mother Is widowed or divorced or deserted she has no redress For centuries women have wept tears of agony and prayed to God for r lief from these wrongs but he has been deaf to their entreaties and bun abatouter ready to accept the declaration ofit John Stewart Mill that marriage now the only form of slavery sanc tioned by law But listen to the great and gentle hearted man in whose honor we are assembled Ingersoll saId to his daughters Go where you will dawh you may though you may fall to r n 0 tI1neverclose my arms nor my m home against you t leautlful1ywhile we accept as an examplar the Godlike Jesus of whom we have been trtught so much who makes a condition of repentance and belief and submf- sion before forgiveness is granted andj with a threat of damnation for compliance But Ingersoll the her tic the iconoclast the man who re pudlated religious rites has given t us a sentiment that should humanize home discipline Hear him again lIe said Go where you will do what you may though you may fall to the lowest depths of degradation you can never close my arms nor my heart nor my home against you In Massachusetts the home of the Puritan fathers who came here the they might haye freedom to worship God It took three long years to secure to women the right to own their own clothes and ten years to securt the legal right for a widow to be burled In the family lot Surely the wome- would not have sought such a privilege had they not known that a dead hu band could not dominate them It took our beloved Josephine K Henry over six years of continuous and hard work speaking throughout the State and before the Legislature and writing hundreds of articles for publication to say nothing of hundreds of dollars of personal expense before equitable property laws for women wore secured in Kentucky To these willing workers this na tions women owe a debt which they will be long in liquidating Property accumulated during mar riage cannot be willed by the wife but the husband may will It and may dls fnherlt his children The widow without children receives onehalf of the estate The wIdower all of it If the time of death of husband and wife cannot be determined as to pri ority the husbands heirs recelvo the property It being assumed thkt the husband being the stronger physical ly survived the longer This as sumption Is based on the Bible teach fNowreason why there should be nn un equal division of property In thesec cases An Illegitimate child In addition to being covered with disgrace anllotI Inherit the fathers name or but at ten years of age if Itjcan bef made to appear that the mother Is un suitable he can deprive her of 0io cus tody of the child whether heuias or J has not contributed to Its support earl for such support omy t very small sum can be exacted Perhaps it is well that many of the wrongs close to us do not assume the proportions of those which we view from a distance and this in one case In which distance docs not lend en chantment We all know that many husbands in addition to selecting a wifes company also prescribes her conduct Now dont begin to look at each other please but read the rules written out for a wife visiting her mother signed by Benjamin It Davenport of St Louis Mo Juno In his article on Woman Church and State This poor woman seems to be able to exercise the rights of liberty and the pursuit of happiness with avenge ancc but it seems to bo the husbands happiness Instead of her own If any of you can tell mo what the right to life is worth under such con dltlons I will yield tho floor to you Remember we are not delving into an clent history for these facts dou ble decade covers all of tnom ono the dally records of Christian oruelty In our court proceedings are piling moun talus high and oh so many pitiable cases never reach the courts Since the emancipation of the black slave there have been many instances In which wives seeking relaeses have ned from their masters wero advertised as a sheep or cowwouldbe and upon return by neighbors the latter have been rewarded for their trouble Our newspapers chronicle daily the pathetic cases of women who seeking divorce refuse to return their husbands and their lives pay the forfeit If a wife and husband are sensible enough to agree to a separation why that is the sure ground on which It Is refused The Iowa Bar Association in session recently In Des Moines evidently seek- Ing to safeguard their salaries placed themselves on record as opposed to granting divorce by consent of the parties concerned I will give you my opinion on the divorce question womaneshould not only be granted a divorced by consent of both parties but If elth one wishes it ho or she should have I will go further While wo s tlnue the supervision of children soon to become citizens we should discour age the perpetuation of poor speci mens of humanity wo should corn mend those who procure divorce in stead of defaming them for their honeI only of purpose atWhy we should seek to enslave our fellows is a problem Vh 1we should lji1tn ugwihd heir wills tabeyrond my comprehen slon Selfuand seekwhalsCnis tobo our personal Interests but if men could realize that omens interests too their Interests they would bo more just in legislating for us and less Butsthey feel their power and they may equiro a wholesale abandonment of theorealization that a willing servant o more desirable and morn valuable than- a bond slave We the people of this republic have before us mighty problems We are confronted not with theories but con dltlons the gravest that have ever come before the bar of nations for solution Men of minds integrity on ergy and determination are neededin- t largo numbers to grapple with the ghouls and women must lend their assistance How many of you young men and young women are going to bestir yourselves throw off tho lethargy of notnalone for the rights of women but andschildren or for the perpetuity of this nation if you choose to put In that way Tho other day Robert La Follett of Wisconsin who has been battling for the rights of the people in the United States Senate made the pro diction that if tire present sweep ward the monopolistic despotism were not checked that within fifteen years the fetters would be so firmly riveted upon the people that It would be possible to break them and their doom would bo sealed This man knows what ho is talking about Shall we sit In silent submslsslon while this highhanded usurpation of our rights goes on Why tho tyranny of King George was as nothing to tho tyr anny of the trust The lawbreaking millionaires endanger our institutions tar more than our lawmaking figure Roads and goodness knows wo all realize the seriousness of that asser tion With these facts of tile cnslaement of not only women but of men be ore you now listen to tho concen crated puerility of the remark of John D Rockefeller before his Sun dayschool class He said In this country we are free We can study the Bible live in tho truth and accom great ends by our freedom But friends I tell you we are not Men women and children are enslaved and we have oven mortgage ed lice existence of posterity and the S 1 1f1 r life of this republic is In deadly peril But howover bad these conditions still am I optimistic for I can seethe star of hopo shining through the dark clouds of the usurpation of our rights by trusts combines and mer gers because they will finally crowd us to the wall and compel us by sheer necessity to turn and retake the lib erties wo have lost So It must be with women Wo must not only demand economic freedom for ourselves and our offspring but we must refuse to submit to the religious social and sex domination of menPerhaps an expression of Felix Ad ler tho ethical culturist may bring to you more forcibly the wrongs of women and the necessity for their release He says Women are the great unpaid labor ers of the world And remember he did not refer to domestic drudgery but to the women at the forgo and fur nace in the mines and mills In the shops and stores and in tho facto ties and fields of the world and when we take into consideration the effect that excessive physical strain and due mental stress must Inevitably pro duce upon the health of either potential or prospective mothers ought to realize that nations cannot long survive if the mothers are enslaved But though women have few legal rights to property or children though the laws grant them scant freedom and that often curtailed or entirely usurped by masters what shall I say of the disregard for the right to their persons by husbands Again I quote Robert Ingersoll and quote now from memorjV Woman must become the owner the mistress of herself She must de cote when and under what conditions sho will becomo a mother When wtjmen nvn their own bodies the babes that are born will be welcome they will be clasped withglad arms to loving breasts When this is done our prison walls will fall and the shadow of the scaffold will cease to curse tho earth This on right tho natural right of reproductionhas become Instu ment of wpmtenp unost abject en slavemcnt Their persons are Invad ed and desecrated and the offspring often become cripples imbeciles or of the brute creation ap preach tho females only when mater nity is desired but men the socalled highest type of civilization enforce their marital rights often at the poin- of the pistol or with other threats aiiwvjaaayibfctis have ilsteheati ties of terror Whose liveshave b mil sacrifice by drunker sJnr bands whoso concup endetho name of bedst I rfqall Jas of a woman who on the yergeJoflnaa1- Ity seeking relief froinrsucalife re counted her wrongs the prlest Did he help her Nol notjie He said to her Dear sister togtobear your troubles and your children In tiencei for reme b your cross here the rIJlgrJntor crown hereafter dot solation as this It w that kept us In the darkfages and is now making our burdcnVsoigrIovous ly DislodgeThismany flt our wrontgs possible and tho Inordinate demands of sexually abnormal husbands with the church canons and our legal statutes behind them have made life a wives and kept tho path to theirsane asylum and cemetery a well beaten track And yet wo are expected tobear chill drn with the mind and muscle and clination to perpetuate thisrepublic which In addition to refusing us tection also us knowledge of the laws of reproduction Even before this audience of Lib erals I daro not discuss the dire re suIts due to the ignorance on tills subject This government expends mense amounts of money in studying tho habits of fish and fowl of reptile and Insect and animal Deposits from tho bottom of old ocean and from the bowels of the earth are brought forth and classified specimens of the fauna and flora of dead ages decorate our museums and today mother earth puts forth Jjer finest fruitage in response to scientific husbandry But how many government schools seek to secure knowledge of the causes for race decadence for general de bauchery and dissoluteness for cru elty and criminality Not one But Instead discussions of the subject of human reproduction with Its wrongs and abuses are debarred from the malls and the disseminator of such Information Is fined or imprisoned fo obscenity And these shames are common In the study of physiology In our schools we stop short at tine subject where young men and yoUng women who must soon assume the relationships of parents should begin seeking tho knowledge which when properly understood will awaken reverence stead of ridicule will Inspire devotion Instead of disgust and will redeem the race from the Ignorance and iniqui tous Injustice of the past Departments of labor Ana Commerce and agriculture may bo necessary In ii i d our government but of wnat perms nent value when tho vitality of moth ers is fast sinking below the point of producing healthy citizens Instead of lamenting that a coed lion of race suicide prevails President Roosevelt should recommend that a department of sociology and ilrpl culture be added to our governmental activities and the best taltnt obtain ableboth men and women placed In charge The punishment of the trim inal will cease when wo have educated this grandparents If the money now required for Jails and penitentiaries could be diverted to schools of eu genies If the funds for reformatories and asylums could be expended in the scientific study of sexology If the talent and time wasted in the prosecu lion of the scarlet woman coulc be given to tine study of soclojjgj we could begin to hope that the rIghts of women might be realized- I wonder If there Is In this audience a woman who now thinks she has ah tho rights she wants I have found my sex quite timid in taking steps in this direction They can be easily In terested In the legal disabilities of women but economics or oh no one Is too difficult eexologyItoo unpopular They stand the close terpendence of all parts of sociologyI and that the rights of women must filter through all to reach a final ad justment Perhaps women make haste slowly but I trust that results may not be too long In arriving You know the old slave Fred Doug lass once said that he prayed lung and earnestly for his freedom but that he did not get it until lie begun to pray with his feet i would how over advise that women begin to exei else their brains firstthen their feet If nerd be but better than running away from a master Is to refuse to be two drags on tho wheels of progress religion and the law The tyranny of the tomb has for centuries enslaved us The decrees of God upheld by the statutes of men have kept tho whisperings of are the victims of dead mens IdeaS rfisdom from our brains and the Ira pulses of Justice from our hearts Imprisoned in the grave of the WetIand fettered by tho fear of failure permit the injustice to continue until women have a voice in the gov ernment which touches them at all points they should not expect Jus ice havotnecessary our l in the happy futurotowhichI look J ward 4fBnlyto tiiepoint where the- o anotherwhogtns ran none will curtail tho free exerclse7pf the right to life liberty and the pursuit ot shall have put Into practice the human idea of natural selection the Idea of growth through sponta nlely and cooperation when suffer ing and sympathy shall have ized usthe restoration of a humanldebased humanity will at once and the possibilities for future attain ment will be illimitable 1towardfervor of my being that every husband and Judge and jury were cruel enough to enforce to tho letter every law which I have repeated to unjustJgether with hundreds of others time forbids me to touch from them the frills of privilege and exposing thenT n all their nakedness and deformity Do you know what would happen then I can tell you There would be such a revolution as history has never recorded Ii r r r cendingaaketehanddeacrlptlonmartulckil wrentlnn probably patentable donsatrictiyconadentIat handbookonlateuta foreecurmapatentaTaranto Scientific Hiitcricam olatloiut any cleltttlo journal 7ern5 3a rear four montba I brad nowtealcr lUNN Onto New Yor 8U VMhlneton c METHODS The Organization into a Political rOF Body TIIE GOVEHNMENT L PrellinI clcslastldaa Dr Kdstln the fenta1O JaocletlesInitiative and Referendum Dr rights and Justice to all la all mental attain and by ill otherpractical and libertyjustlids a secular and fret peruIwent niust rest f y y N i i rlfft r DALY PLAYED A TRUMP CAR His Courage Forced The Opposition toof Print His Atheism and Gave H The Victory By JOHN F CLARKE I am glad that Brother W C Dslyno of Huntingburg Ind has had tho nerve to let the people of his com munity know that he Is not afraid to defend Atheism That he could so sting the editor of the Princeton Trl bune that that Individual was forced to take the maul in his own hands and drive the wedge of Atheism Into his forms shows that he has played a trump card Perhaps the editor of the Tribune secretly sympathize with Brother Daly and put the mat in his paper as a feeler Ten y ago It was almost impossible to get a word that reflected upon ortnoao f Into a newspaper in Baltimore Md Even when Col Ingersoll gave annual lecture here the papers o butIinsinuate that his audience was sta alland repeatedly wrote letter to the pers and In them criticised religious tendencies The letter was as promptly suppressed as written ally during the BoerEnglish war I drive a fierce assault upon Chrlstfw ity for upholding warfare and The Sun published if About a score of answers appeared and I let driveI again and a lot more answers came and a flood of letters from Agnostics and Infidels of all kinds and not a few Christians sided with me Then a Rev Mr Bacon Methodist protest ed against allowing Rreethought fdeas to appear in a Christian com munlty The Sun was hermetically sealed for about three years when a Christian let loose In defense Christianity and claimed that all t good is due to It and all that is bad Is due to unbelief in religion I did not do a thing to that fellow Then Catholic under the pseudonym ofc K supposed to be Mr John Henry Ia and up to that time a terror newspaper writers editors as as volunteers Jumped upon me w both feet and I fought them to a stand still Since that time I have had published in the Baltimore pa pers over 400 letters mostly all radi cal and many of them deursnne Some of the letters have been cop in the Blade I have gotten lett p iron Freethinkers uponthe subj and have sent them copies of out pub Ifcations Now there is no doubt t Maryland Is in reality a Freethou community The Baltimore news pers are all owned by Roman Cat lics but among the many editors are some Agnostics I have received inmendatory letters from some men c In nected with John Hopkins Univrsity and have met with many of the stud ents at the Frcedlscussion Society 1 where all cults are gulllSd somewhat as the Imltiates of the Grid Iron Club Although Arlington is a horse of 1are center and gambling is ra It was almost puritanical at least until I became 3pretense an avowed Infidel that time about five years ago one after another have tacimy side until Atheism causes no extra comment here All we need in every community is for som one to stand for Truth and Principle and Time cause wonders All kinds of com binations were formed against me only to fall to the ground The Social Boycott lasted the longest but a- sJOUr friends from Baltimore called to us we were not hurt by that Pick flints and fire again Brotthand you will win out with hands down The Indiana woods will soon be full of Atheists INTELLECTUAL AND POETICAL POTPOURI Just a Few Thoughts and Lines onfHuman Affairs With Kindly erence to Thomas Paine W N WASHBURN IBywell recognized fact that have a standard law Muni clpal moral or civil law Is but a civil contract of all the people by the people and for the people The peo pel have the power to choose from legislateI a great stepping stone towards personal 4political civil and religious liberty On April 1801 I think the writ was suspended or ftt least Its opera tion was suspended Tho hanging up of this writ was tho dividing line between peace and war the taking down Is the J dividing line between wa rand peace I would be thankful to any friends who would inform me by giving day month and year It the writ of habeas corpus has been taken down Law is not society nor is It government Society Is a blessing but gov ItRtt a ernment is a necessary curse Law must allow no possibility of a double nuDalong the lino of the eternal march man lmWhen we begin to grub It Is always best to get at tho bed rock the eternal granite of the hills and get where the tap root strikes It so there will bo poison germ loft We must know we can do But know what The natural powers of tho universe causes an effect and their connecting links We must know the law the powers the facts of whatever we are considering T wondqou8plan of the equality of man An even division of tho rand And die more than any other man Jirsline From one given point to another H everepowersmyThese are but mere toys Truth lg the supreme thing to man What heM must have is truth Deprive him the opportunity of knowing the truth you have destroyed a part of his usefulness I will try to delineate my Ideas of a general line of march and its requisite reguletith natural law at any point then will rule There are seir a tmng beyond self Things and or two Kinds Things necessary and things contin gent Things necessary must and will exist whether anything else does or not Things contingent depend upon something else for Wet rexlstenc There are but two persons There are prsons natural and prsons artificial Through the influence and power of fourteen attributes of matter the na ural persons that Is we created th corporathe d their chief aim has been to cheat Indl vlduals out of their Just rights an gods to lay their own damn meanness Laws were made by sanctified comment from his discourse They synods and these were charged up to agIthWhatever course the o roods say is right Just go the other with all your might bellevledbCgllnl y one fi apbtgrhoBut above and beyond all law is honor and religious IIb It is with the power of legtalatlon to make lib erty permanent or kill it What the soldiers of the cross cull religions liberty is the right for themselves to rule They want all governmental power without toleration to the rights others In the legislative judicial goverinn construe and Interpret like Anthony Comstock does his sweet postal law Thomas Paine gave to America Its vil law and with that abolished comes the tomahawk and scalping knife Thomas Paine gave the world coHIStates Is the supreme law of our tan d and it came from the brain of Thomas Paine WASNT IT A BUNCO GAME Walla Walla Washington send e following clipping which will be of interest to your readers It is from New York paper and reads as follows Say She Took Mass Money a Mrs Bettlo Noll fortyseven years old of No West Sixty filth street was arraigned in the Tombs Police Court yesterday afternoon before Magistrate Mayo charged with gran d larceny and was held In 300 bail for examination next Thursday She was to the Tombs In default of a bondsmanguMiss Kate Geiser of No 534 East Eightyfifth street charges that Mrs Noll obtained from her to be used for the payment of masses in St Patricks Cathedral for the Ose of the souls of two of Miss of Gelsers brothers No sUCh masses were held There are complaints from nil qua r ters of the city by persons who paid woman answering the description dthe prisoner from 60 to 600 for masses for friends and relative No such masses had ever been recited CommentSupposing there had been held A bjmco game all roux d Kato might as well get the coin as the church Tho pnestsJOHNSONa Had Him Fooled Too LaWFcnceburg KyFlnd postage order for renewal Tho Blade stilt comes although my subscription ex up plred some time ago I see some ot your correspondents say the paper is better than over dont think 61 1 ifLf r While it is in somo respects but as a whole I miss Brother Moore In a tshell my feeble opinion Is you retain the substance hut there Is somo thing missing that Mr Moore supplied I dont believe tho gap he left ever can be filled by any of your many excellent correspondents Someone too said you had tooled then not thinking once that you could wield the pen Mo too I haa found you wore a man amongst men but I haa no idea you had any editorial stuff in you Now for the neighborhood news Politics is booming Religion is wan- Ing The members no longer shell out like they did years ago but pay the parson by subscription that is In u roundabout woy for Instance an ice cream supper well advertised catches the thoughtless worldling and he pays true big end of the salary I have no antipisthy against the churcn they would only apply their rules and regulations to their members but it is certain they want to compel ery human being to conform to their every wish I for one object tor tho only religion I ever had or expect to have is my own conscience I al ys felt like I was related to Mr oore he had two brotherinlaws In my regiment Ande Cantrlll Major entALLEN B WASH ON FREETHOUGHT ntORGANIZATION ratBecause Freethought is a Gradual Evolution Care Must Be Exercisedw if Unity Is to be By PARKER H SERCOMBE hoFreethoughtWhile the idea of bringing of one body all the scattered and diverse forces of Freethought has Its attrac Aoponents of organization must cot alder well the lines on which unit may be reached- d Prof Carpenter assures us In his PhSlologythatset of incongruities whatsoever an apropos we are quite In the habit of with the savant when con the average clergyman as he preaches Brotherhood by word of mouth and himself employs punishI ments commandments Ostracism andI all the forms of despotism in dealing with his fellow man The vast majority of those who call themselves Freethinkers are on able to think fretfly In relation to ono ut or two avenues of human thought not realizing that If FreeI is in reality a principle of pro it is the only thought which be applied to every relation of human life whatsoever politico economic legislative corrective comI merclal domestic educative down to the minutest details of our existence Not only are the vast majority of selfstyled libertarians tint free thoughters with an IF but it will be found on looking over the list of libel al periodicals in this country there is scarcely one that Is ready to app lyby the principle of free thought broadly completely and without evasion notwithstanding that nature from stars to protoplasm gives us ample evl dence that only through the freest natural selection and nonInterference with the units of organisms and do they reach thefr high t possibility There are those who believe In pot lltical and Intellectual freedom who still advocate the whipping post the gallows and the rights of property toble CPttih human beings Others have no sympathy with economic tyranny or human slavery but will frankly ac knowledge that they believe after all that no form of government can equal benlficent despotism Still others demand political economic and beas corpus democracy and bow will ingly to a set of forms ceremonies manners and customs that were inl tinted for slaves in the remote past and have been perpetuated by slave- holding rulers and priests ever since While tree speech and free press are aranteed by the Constitution of the and necessary things which we cannot write In our periodicals without having our business confiscated bytJ the Postmaster General and ma nynut things which we can not even speak m or mention in our legislative halls churches homes or even in the pro once of some of the members of the Freespeech League without enduring ostracism coldness and contempt of associates Why is this Because like all other human activities the principle of Free thqught evolves gradually breakinga upon the minds of some In Its varto stages more rapidly than upon orbs rato It Is safe to assume then thatin those whom organization might call tobejUier will be found Query degree of Freethinkers those who can only conceive of fr dom from King George and tho Pops to tho Freethinker who knows no IF and who realizes that Free thought and Freeactlon are universal cosmic principles somqthlng ogot Is f inis + t = tic philosophers will never bo able to understand or employ At one time we had In this country a national Freethought organization but it will be remembered that Robert Ingersoll and a number of others who professed to enjoy ceremonial tyranny arose and left the meeting In disgust which resulted In rupture and disor ganization nor were those who remained any more worthy than their brethren to be classed as Freethink ers for if properly recorded they were pressing their hobbles to the fore witH a dspotlsm and an intellectual tyran ny that would have put Nero to shame organIzedment it should be open to all who might care to Join without insistence upon any creed or bell whatsoever there should be state organizations and local societies In every city large enough to support one The aim of the organization should be educational in its widest sense It should be essentially constructive It should be able to gradually formulate a Freethought philosophy In harmony with life and nature whereby old and young might gradually learn their true relation toward life their fellow man and the universe Freethought implies freedom to think wrong as wel as right freedom to make failures as well as successes and the wonder of It all is In the last analysis that It is the bad more than the good the slave more than the ty nt the despised far more than the popular idols who have brightened the of progress and helped us on to ard the new day of real democracy and Freethought It the fallen and rejected have done so much for us why should we with ld their complete freedom why we Interfere with these har bingers of greater Joy on earth N OPEN LETTER ROOSEVELy Some Pertinent Topics Discussed by a Citizen Who Asks Questions of the Chief Executive- d My Dear Mr President You doubtless remember that In my letter to you last October I made the predic on that t1 ere would be no rate legislation during your term of offlci detrimental to the rail road companies and so far we are safe You played your part well You have deceived the people into the ojIdea that jou are opposed to the rail road s Yourreply to the delegateVpf the Railway Unions was characteristic and satisfying viz It Is not the high rates that I complain off but It la the discriminating evil which means when analyzed that you have no objection to the rail corporations robbing the peo pie provided they dont return some of the plunder or Its equivalent rebate For several weeks I was very much worried for fear the people would catch on but I see you are onto them and have learned that very little analyzing lit seas except the Socialists though the Democrats did discover that the tariff is a tax clad never could quite see how a nation can TAX Itself rich but you know they are excusable I am so glad you persuaded the government through Congress to come to the aid of the railroad com panles and do for them what they had been twenty years wanting to do could not that was to stop grant- Ing passes also to stop giving to any shipper a square deal a reasona rate but compel all of the com Pontes to rob the people to the full extent of the law and all the traffic will bear It will of course be harder on the people because whenever the companies fall to rob the people to the full extent of the law and the government prosecutes and fines them you see they make the people pay the freight Mr President please give the people to understand through the Asso elated Press canned Intelligence that you will not be a candidate for reelection but give the corporation magnates to understand that you areas willing to give up your seat as a monarch is to relinquish his crown give the people the old chest that there are no trusts then the list of the trusts that you have busted and how much bene Itsmay be a rough ride but you will ride another term O K Yours for sucess ANNO DOMINI MARBLE P SWhat are you having 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the Overworld By Parker H ube ljfagazilOnla limited edition of j this remarkable book will be printed Each copy will be signed by Sercombo Him iselfand automatically num bered up First orders in will get the low exceptNo1Sercombe a TOMORROW Address MAGAZINE tad tad 2238 Calumot Ave Chicago III U10 CENTS THE COPY Si A YEAR 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 Typewritingand The Truth About God In a general course of study giver by the tear porary International Instructor for the church formallyorganizeand organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITYtIt you have loved ones you wish rescued from the Idolatry ot worship fing a dead man named Jesus ant a myth named God you should Join tats JChurch and it will aid you In freeing them and In saving your posterity tfrom becoming Idolaters by teaching them The Truth About God f Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap eeataice tJ i h ar Editorial Continued from page one the consequences of his crimes Thousands of wage earners are impoverished by reason of his peculations Little children may cry themselves in hunger to sleep and yet the very creed to Whic- he subscribed gave u license to his thefts for h had learned that crime will be forgiven if repentance cometh at the eleventh hour and the blood of Christ can atone for it all If The Blade had the means it would open an stitute for the inculcation of morals among the clergy and church workers and take such brazen hypocrites under the shelter of its wing Seve millions Think of it What could he have don with the money Think of the number of widows and orphans he has robbed and then we arc told the funds of his church which he had cure of are sale With but a small loss the church will get deposits intact This information is given out wit a view to softening public criticism Such is tlll estimate of one who made Presbyterianism a synonym for plunder r r NATURE WORSHIP VS GOD WORSHIP The remarkable question has been asked by an overzealous advocate of Christianity What ha nature worship ever done for the moral uplifting of man but th eratioualist might well ask In re turn What has God worship ever done to euoble man and to enrich human life l Admitting that the asking of one question does not answer the other a proceeding which has been characterized as a Yankee dodge yet here my brother are the issues drawn before us and from them we may glean a ray of light of hope and ex pectation and it is for you to make choice as you will between them What has nature worship done The answer everything What has God worship done The answer is that which should not have been done and which would have been better left undone The one uplifts enriches and enlarges the mine broadens the horizon of thought and leads to and loftier ideals The other degrades and debase- tthe human intellect by making it inferior to tha which is imaginary and unreal file one hold man to himself not permitting him to depart there from giving him strength and courage through life The other makes them a coward and a hypocrite whining and pining his life away for that which he can never attain The worshiper of Nature loves the good the beautiful the true The Jod worshiper prostrates himself in the dust be fore an idol which he can only picture in the image of himself The wprshiper of Nature aspires to goodness for the inherent beauty he perceives therein and the virtue that follows in its wake The worshiper of God keeps an eye to personal gain and lives only in the expectation of a handsome i dividend upon his eolestial investment he wot shipers of Nature have ever been filled with an equitij9ver been sacred marauders who have felled the silver head of old age with a sword wielded in his name and ripped open the wombs of women with children to add to his great glory flItis not necessary for a man to have or J fess to have religion in order to be goo the God of any people race or nation must 1ofidealoftization of their own virtues and vices or in other a magic mirror in which Narcissuslike nun worships but his own image There is not Christian nation on earth that did not voluutLril pretensd they were doing it for Gods great glory Their chiefclaim was that the plan pursued was under his guidance and at his direction and they were eminently successful in their chosen profcssk u The entire Christian world seems to have adoptet a divinity that is devoid of mercy and an abso justicetas Pope declares the proper study of mankind is man then the worship that man has to bestow should be bestowed upon man When men wil learn to honor and esteem each other more when the sordid selfishness of the Christian ages is dead and buried they will no longer strive to make a peopletalways the other fellow From this we get a forcible illustration of that ancient j axiom that it makes a great difference whose ox is being gored Only for the indifferent minds and muddy morals of the God worshipers the emanci patios of man from a condition of mental slaveryI would nut have been thus long deferred Mar nineSGod can get along very well without either Does maul want worship Then turn to yon setting sun latch that great orb as it sinks behind the western hills in a sea of molten gold as if to cast its burning kisses upon the clouds that hover near it The scene is one that is capable of greats impressive grandeur than aught that can be de rived front God worship Does man need something to grasp Thou take up yon flowret whose tints no artists brush eau imitate and whose sen suous perfume brings sweet delight to the heart yonDoestoiler as he treads the fresh made furrows and with brawny arm and strong he brings forth an abund ant harvest that our days on earth may be blessed theDoesfireside where little children grow in the lambent maylightbe found in the directions herein pointed out than by the creation of inconsequential theorems of sac erdotalism which only add to the worlds discord by the founding of a supposed new faith Nature is impartial and acts upon all like without distinc tion or discrimination God is both partial anda revengeful for those he cannot bribe with the pre tended fruits of heaven he tries to bluff with th fires of hell It is in spite of God and not because of hir that the great world spins on forever bringing night and the morning the seedtime and the ha vest Then let the gods go as mere fictions roans mental babyhood and let 1Iun to man a brother be And strife shall be forgot Then crowns and creeds shall pass away And kings and priests are not i APOLOGY NOT NECESSARY Just why Theodore the Great should deem It necessary to issue an explauntoryor supplemcn tUl letter on his great effort to give some of the Englishblanguage a rest issued his original ukase one had the right to cx Pert that the President would stand pat on it lie till in the Panama affair and not weaken tl seeiiiinIty to any own gre It genius The English language would doubtless feel grateful to Roosevelt if he could trim off the Anglican superfluities of some three thousand words And then why should not the President of the American Republic be privileged to wage war on the languages of Shakespeare and Milton of Byron and Burns if the good of the public service demands it I might begin by requesting potential and prospec tive correspondents to address him henceforth Yster Ba und save ink paper and labor Sure enough there are numerous words the spelling of which might be changed with profit but there is justifiable curiosity as to how Theodore will spell NO two years from now when the Republican convention gets busy with his name and that spell ing it that it is understood how he will spell the uncle of his successors If in England a horse is n If oss and a dog made into a dawg there is no reason for the President making any apology for engaging in a campaign reform r s rIn his advocacy of Freclove Hermann Wettstein- s falls into the beautific illusionary deductions of glittering theories mistaking shadow for substances No matter what system or rule may be applied to our sex relationship marriage is now and will con tiiiue for years to come to be the only game of chance In which it is impossible for both sides to play a losing game The doctrine is beautiful it is also impracticable r r The Christian heirarehy in America is a con spiracy against liberty and the enemy of reason It would suppress the pen and seal the lips of those who dare to oppose it provided it had the power Every member of that concentrated ecclesiasticism is a potential Benedict Arnold a political Jad Iscariot This republic was the temple of our Fathers and whjlejho Blade declines to udvoct to violence stillJlo real harm would be done we- y whips of cord made find used to drive the daju liable conspirators from our shores Or impel goo behavior s Morality is largely a matter of definition but in many instances it cannot be made a synonym for decency What is regarded as moral in one coun auotheup Different nations live by different standards Even Anthony Comstock may consider himself the nicest person in New York but the majority of American sovereigns look upon hum as the nastiest Only 1few days ago it took a Yale professor two hours Concstoeyk enemy so s triously defends mold professes to suppress is Com- stock himself It is no trouble to prove that i spotimust be done today You have done all you can for the yesterday and the yesterday has done all can ever do for you The best investment an dividual can wake is the one that pays a dividend 1note and you have brought heaven to your feet Each human life is a meed of labor and rest responsibility and JOY The unit may not be able to cure each evil that afflicts society but the one speedilny a 1life we must put the best we have into it r they might have spared my children was th piteous plea of the Russian official whose fumuul was annihilated by the recent explosion of a bomb from the efiects of which he alone escaped The cry came too late It may full on pitying cars in some sections of the world but the hundreds of or phans that laud upon American shores from that land of political and religious tyranny whose sires and dams have fallen victims to a brutal govern mental system have passed through worse exile ience But this is the other side of the question which has been brought to us with such mournful repetition that we hud almost forgotten jt until th wail of a childless Russian General recalled the sa islets to mind t By the labor of man alone unaided by gods or ghosts has this wonderful era of human progress been inaugurated In spite of religious protests man has made the mighty forces of Nature his obedient hou slaves Man has built societies und nations constructed governments measured th distances of the stars mapped out the sweep o their mighty orbits aJld weighed their ponderous masses in the balance Man has acquired not only knowledge and power but love and natural modest One by one man has built within himself the attributes which religion gave to god Step by step man extends further into the realm of the unknown as he brings it within the realm of the knovn od grows less and less until ho must perish lane fade awayI i r+ + + + 11i THE BLADES iJ BOXri ofPf + oiIio + + H++ + Where Ignorance Is Bliss Wnnchula Flo Enclosed find mo oy order for 100 to move up my subscription another year I like tb Blue Grass Blade fully as well if no better than when the old editor WIts at the helm While thiswill make you feel better than if I was my subscription you would still fee much better is r could send you some new subscribers This I would be as proud to do as you to receive them Hut have been unable to do hayasa way lwill subscribe anti some who claim to he Freethinkers hold aloof from our literature and organizations I have had a light here and am still in ttho fray witth our church folks and try ing Ito get those who have dropped the church to look up and read I am socially ostracised as much as I can be and would be entirely so if I pe witted it Possibly my method is o oppicause is Ignorance as dense as Egyptian dart- lit ness Dut am up against it to stay and mean to open up somewhere somehow tthe light of freedom to our touts here appreciate the great sacrifice yo are now malting and have made also that of your predecessor To you two and my old friend D W Arline who is dead owe very much and shall over be ready to give you a helping hand when can But tway looks gloomy now f once sen from hero paying ttho subscrip Lions and every fellow hail me stop when or before It expired Since have been unable to do anythting with anyone except Dr Y E Wright He Is a true mien and asslts me in every way he can There is more holy spooking here in proportion to population than in any place I know Ignorance Is bliss here to be sure utAs to organizing Freethinkers Into a body hope it can be done for it is a shame one thrown In my face tthat we are noth ing as to numbers and organization smart but nobody with us If tho preacher crowd of tho churrch were by themselves it would be small This is tho exact condition of the la tSdelnone aro called Infidels but those who preach it In season and out These are the people who keep up the ferow so a to bencedouritor always thing and begging fo betteer support I know their hearts almost melt in them when they make such sacrifices as they must and re ceive so little dpprcciattion If na taro had not have given you all the constitution and appetite of a bllli boatt so as to live on printers and paper surely wo would have no papersa our past his tory unless wo can organize the masses of our people will will again repeat the fate of the Secularr Union and Free Thought Fedeeratlon an the Liberal Party The men and women who did compose these organ izatfons can be organized easily A letter and the declaration of right and- o purposes will bring the membership progressItbring In the masses who do not now belong tho church must be adopted or we must meet our usual fate I do Ifnot mean that no good will come of but that we cannot attain the su cess that we deserve and will get f we pan hit a plan that will bring inn the common folks- I have two ideas given as suggestions for whatever thy are worth Uniteed enoughYtereested to maintain a lectturer or ganize these liberals and have the Icc furor work as n missionary forming clubs wherever ho can and lecturing In public hals on Mr Ingersolls plan itwe cannot maintain but ono In the United States lets have Imama good peoplre dad Invite them to join tthe liberal club In which some local man can en tertain in their meetings and givo recognbe1myion pure and simple but much purer and simpler than tine Christian su pcrstition Hence no method but the religious methods of today will count For the men of genius who have be longed to and still belong to teh Christian cult have reduced religious thefy n Ilearn from them something of meth od One brother suggested Sunday schools This is excellent but we must first get grownups before we can get at the youths This is my second idea For you know one de I nomination of chruch folks will not patronize ttho others Sunday schools Wo can save our own but we must tthe other Into the club or society before we can get at his children You now have my opinion of organ Izatlon It will tako lots of money and time to build Just as tthe churches have taken much They organlzanonco the reason which you know In factt it seems t me that we are now duty bound to provide a system to take the place of the one we in cvoluttion have de stroyed 1So thten lets to It Yours truly W HARP 6An Interesting LetterI hmremit A young man by tho name or McClain a locomotive fireman ofI Wheeling W Va gave mo 50 cents isI few days ago to put him in a Blue- Grass Blade Club and the next tripI he fell from a trestle 40 feet high but he is not dead by a long shot and his fetersaid fireman Is a real thinker and of the right sort Brother Hughes please look over the arcthaving papers sent as some are not setting same The Rome book Is a gem and Pnor and Chancy also H HI Fail of this placo say tho same thins or better My wife who is a member- of the Buckeye Secular Union had her left fontal bone fractured 10 days ago and at oclock this a m under clotIwas pres sure on the brain removed thereby attnoon the aid of prayer That credulous In nocent who says Jesus will settle the 1bill should read your editorial in same issue which tells a few relations to his dear little gentle Jesus who made his mud pies and snakes same as other lids only his snakes and birds could be classed in the organic field as they could grunt etc He days old Wash and Bonne were like Jesus but we could believe tho former and not the latter lived History 1tol1s of Wash and Bonny but search me If he or any ono also can spot the histqry that tells of Jesus or John The Baptist or killing the Innocent or of Judas bursting his boiler or rubbering so hard as to breast his neck or In fact theQtail end of the job where It states a few stars tell on the earth and in the sea wonder It ho had time en the farm to read a lino or two in astrou omy tosec if a few stars could land on land or sea and not jar his rooting No wonder ho Is a little looney pray ring two long years Many ns good a man has landed in the lunatic asylum In much less time than that note that 90 per cent of the inmates of said Institutions are the crop gathered from the harvest of converted slnneis epoor sinners I am sure we should feel for them coz Jesus doesCould you doubt his love Well I should say not Even if millions of his clan has perished at the stake etc Say Brother Hughes the Buckeye Secular Union meets In Marietta on Sunday September could you run lup there and tell us a story like you write in your editorials Id like to hear you tell of the soul How about the Guy Morse of Neckline Mass who asks the ques tion1 if the earth Is turning around as per copernicus and Newton Whore is heaven He says all scientists are mistaken and further asks where was the earth before the sun and moon were created as they were created arI ter the earth for the bible says so See as ever thenGEO O ROD ERTS For Missionary Work Lockport N JI wuodld like you to send me ten cents worth of the Blades of July 29th your article on the birth of Christ Is so good that l think can do some missionary worst with It Also wave my tab up to August 1907 for enclosed dollar I want to say beside that as much as liked C C Moore as editor your Blade far surpasses his best efforts Now I wish you would tell us how often Archclaus was deposed his kingdom abolished and added to the Roman province of Syria did the Recede get back Into the throne I fall to find It Inmy history have been mucn aroused in following out Matthews and Lakes job of building a Jesus Matthew begins with David begot Solo mon and follows the bcgottens through tit ho comes to Jacob who got Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was horn Jesus who Is called Christ Now comes Lukes turn at the oat and he hits it hard he begins with David who begot Nathan and he goes through with tho begotten and has Hell tho begotten of Joseph the husband of Mary Each has a dir ferent man as the father of Joseph Now if God inspired both men why did ho not make them agree It looks to mo as If Matthew and Luke eachC made a HttlaJesus to suit themselves see it took M generations more for Ijiko to get a Jesus than It did for f f f Jit Matthew I wish Mr Hughes you would make this more plain so the mistake would not look so naked Matthew or Luke or somebody has slipped a cog it seems both men de pended on God for Inspiration but maybe God was out to a roof garden show the night before and was a tle mixed but you take the matter In hand Mr Hughes and straighten It out for we poor benighted sinners Cou cerning organization there are loormany who wants to sit in the higu places and wield the sceptor of er for one thing and too many of your Blade readers aro Spiritualists anti they will not join hands with any ganization that alms to rot tncm of tho hope of the continuity of life and the return of spirit They read and like the Blade because of its great and persistent effort to destroy In tho minds of the people the superstition about the Bible being the word or God It comes hard for me to raise the money for the Blade but I feel that cannot do without It mywrite has not spoken a word ar moved n hand or foot for ten months ns helpless as a babe and I am taUIng care of her and doing all the house work besides and I will be years old August 8th so cannot earn anything My Christian neighbors say God is punishing me for my unbelief through J tFreeth1nltersenough for us to read your thoughts in the DladeJ J SW ADEIINCERSOLL MEMOR IAL AND PICNIC Upen air Gathering of Freethinkers In Iowa Which Was Well At tended BY MYRA R WELLER In beautiful commemoration of that great apostlo of human liberty the late Robert Ingersoll about one hundred Freethinkers or more gathered In Mottlts Grove three miles west of Newton Iowa on Sun day August 19 and with music songs recitations and speeches regaled themselves with the nobility that derlies the cause we advocate It was a beautiful day The weather was d Simply glorious and every one present found plenty of happiness in this open air demonstration The grounds where wo assembled are beautifully located romantic In scenery and ap pearance and those were mttdq the scene of a glorious reunloinnnlairiiP tellectual as well as physical feast Mrs Harriet M Closz of Webster City Iowa gave the address her subject being The Rights ot Wom en Mrs Closz has a national reputa don as a liberal speaker and writer and she candled her subject in a mas terful manner The address was Sup plemented by recitations by Oressa ilofilt Ona Keating anti Myra Pepper Weller from Mitchell S D The ladies provided a bountiful ner and more than one hundred people enjoyed it Music was furnished by the Vernocuf sisters and by an Edison graphone Plenty of Ice water and lemonade quenched our thirst and many enjoyed the boating- on the lake and the swings In the grove time has come when it is respectable to attend a meeting of Freethinking people The world no longer burns people at the stake for their opinions and It is to be hoped that tolerance anti charity will soin crease that shafts of calumny will never be hurled at those who dare to differ from creeds and custom Humanity needs more brave minds who will as Lowell says Dare to n the right with two or three OBJECTS I The Complete Separation of Churchand State L Taxation Property 2 all the servants as a kolytUy a appropriating public sectarian i army and other State ourfThe abrogation the 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