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J i ftg f i t 4 fftc rR BLUE GRASS BLADEd ScpOlHRI WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH r t VOLUME XV NUMBER 24 LEXINGTON KENTUCKY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 1100 A Y EAR IN ADVANCE JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTIONb One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs i of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Terms100 per year in advance foreign sub scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Sendyour subscription by registered letter post r office or express money order New York draft t and if personal checks are sentadd collection rcharges as local banks charge for collectin same Make all money orders drafts checks etc paya t ble to James B Hughes Lexington Ky When you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address yoitt of subscription and serve as a as thea I date changes as soon as the subscriber pays tCII t th HInt thC3 ltit1t1 expiration unless soordered by the subscriber r The courts invariably hold a subscriber rsibleto the publisher for the subscription price trpT of all papers received until the paper is pair r for in full and up to date and ordered discon tinued Office of Publication is located at 153 W Short St f Lexington Kentuckyri 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 t I IIIII J 111111 10 +d4 + ++ + 1 EDITORIAL i I t II II 11 H+ + ++ H+ ++ H H++ Think and act It isnt work that kills t Worry does man more harm than hard labor V Belief in the creeds cannot build up human char actor tiihe road to success is strewn with innumerable failures Many false starts are recorded in the history of the human race This world might be made a great deal happier if the preacher did not insist so much upon helpin- God to run it It is an odd incident in politics that picking th loser is easier than to find a man big enough to wear the conquerors wreath William J Bryan declares that ho prefers the ap proval of his conscience to an election to the pros idency and yet both of them are so hard to ge The Sunday law fiasco is rapidly reaching that stage when the dominies wilLbe sending a const ble after those who fail to attend divine servic- and cannot furnish a doctors certificate of inabi- ity to do so a There is a decptintedtfeligious hue about the plea of Stensland the Chicago defaultiugfugitive bank thief recently captured at Morrocco when he said II I was tempted and I fell It seems to us like we have heard that excuse before or read 7 of it somewhere Is there a woman in the ease a Bloodthirsty bigotry and foolish fanaticism bear the same relation to the moral world that t i k iJ3iJ lr earthquakes and cyclones bear to the physical world They cause more harm than is necessary and accomplish no good whatever Religion is ever moving backwards and must in the course of time revert back again to its starting point All things move in a circle Frecthoughtisits indestructibility argues its necessity as being in strict accordance with the laws of nature The God idea being unreal and unnatural argues its peurility and ere long it must utterly perish Plans progress has ever been in a circle and such it will ever be until a force is found that Religionissocial aspect And yet is there any power that can blend the rugged manhood of the barbarian with the socalfed graces of civilization furnish ing wisdom without weakness culture without cow ardice The more ridiculous a craze or foolish a fad may e the more readily it finds a following and its ad vocates pust it with vim and zest The more stable and permanent a movement may be its believers imagine there is plenty of time to straighten things out and they grow indifferent and careless For these very evident reasons religious fanaticism flourishes and prospers while Freethought gets only neglect For these reasons preachers are well fed and well paid while Freethought advocates starve gFriends the nights are growing longer the day shorter the harvest is past and the lamp light can be profitably used in the pursuit of knowledge Have you not friends on your list who would welcome the Blade at their fireside Have you tried to find out Dont you know one just one who would enjoy reading it A trial subscription helpnhelp the Blade too CHRISTIAN UNIFICATIONe By theterm expressed in the caption hereof it is inbfc meant to include church unity for that is a aitMiKercotJiotion While American and Envo peoir churches with few exceptions are professedly Christian yet they are so dissimilar in creed and formalistic propaganda that the assertive claim of the one disputes the claims of the others Churches may unite upon one topic or the other and still re tain their identity their individaulity as regards creed and manner of worship but Christian Unifi caton would mean a common bond implying a sur- renderon the part of some and a complete trans formation of religious ideality Viewed in this light church unification is an impossibility For the some reason it is undesirable as being the effective cause of a universal intellec trial stagnation Despite the arguments advanced by R H Fitzhugh to be found in another column of this issue there cannot possibly be any great advantage in a nation being moved by a single im pulse especially in matters religious for when such a stage of national thought has been reached mental decadence speedily follows It is only from cosma divergence of thought that human progress becomes possible When all the people think alike and consequently begin to shape their actions in much the same manner each with the other there progress ceases and a retrograde movement begins It is a fundamental law of nature that infinite di versity shall exist This is as true of all animal and vegetable life as it is with humanity and in fact if embraces the realm of sciene and philoso phy The very reference that Mr Fitzhugh makes to the Mohammedan and Buddhistic peoples is suf licient evidence of the facts above stated The oneness that he points to as the dominating factor with them has been the very potent cause of their mental and moral stagnations of the accident that they have experienced physical awakening mak ing for progress and improvement The spiritual contemplationg not harmonized to their advantage On the contrary it contemplaerepose there came a leaping forward that has astounds western civilization- That Christian unification is an impossibility i such a self evident proposition that argument seems almost unnecessar Just as there are no thintalike Any subject of vision will assume as many different aspects as there are standpoints from which it may be viewed Even the most advanced particalulr piness Every individual will view a measure from a different standpoint In thisway it is dissected in all its parts its vices and its virtues inherent or transparent are thus laid bare and exposed Tho good and the bad are equally in evidence Such conditions are necessary from the very forces of our human nature and to attempt to impose a unity of thought and consequent action is a task that can never accomplished Churches may unite but they can never unify thought The congregations may be blended into e iiit i one but there will be some who will continue to dissent The dissenters have ever been the levers of human advancement The first dissenter from the established faith took the first step town freedom of thought Luther paved tne way iut a Bradlaugh and an Ingersoll a Paine and a Vol taire China a teeming empire once the flower o eastern civilization fell into stagnation and nation al decay because of the single purposes that domin ated their national religious and individual life Japan fell into the intellectual miasma The for mer is still in the conflux of its mental aberation but the latter has moved onward and upward for the reason that it has accepted and tolerated an in thoughtSingleness and purpose would be a detriment rather than a blessing Far better thajt the people of the west maintain their in dividuality Diversification has been and is now the one great factor in all progress and if we must continue to progress a diversity of thought must be encouraged and maintained This may not Christian argument but it is common sense Ha the Jews the Romans and the Greeks been domin rated by a single impulse there would have been no Christian religion The very argument is filled with a fatality that strikes at the very root of all religious belief The lack of thought unification will keep the churches forever and eternally apart A NEW BIBLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Fallible man has again undertaken a revision of worksa perhaps right and proper for man usually knows what he wilsings Although we are informed that God gave the Bible to man through his divine inspiration to be a guide and mental monitor yet man has wrought change after change in the inspired production each time following an effort at humanization untii it can scarcely be identified with the original Fro the mays of the early Christian fathers when for were common and Bible manuscripts galore encusVibered the earth there has been an intense struggle between the sectarian vortrtries for the elimination or addition of certain texts favored or hf1VO9j p1 the el k l ConthroEtgh the centuries the Council or Trent acct e the canon for the Roman Catholic the Council of Constantinople for the Greek Catholic and the Council of Westminster under King James for the Church of England Still the Biblicists were not satisfied Revised versions ere in order and upon the demand of fist one sect and then another the protestant biblo has undergone many changes The Greek and Roman bibles have uniformly remained as the were agreed upon The difference is that the protestant world has made the Bible the authority fo the church while the catholic world holds th chuhch as the supreme authority for the Bible Fol publishedpages everything of an objectionable nature to the advancedwomen of the country Last but not least comes the bible for young people now being published by the Century com pany It is said to be a new arrangement of the King James or Westminster version with the gen ealogies and portions that are regarded as being unintelligible to young readers omitted altogether Among the changes that are now being made is one that takes the alleged life of Christ as given by the four gospels and puts it all into one coati n uous story Each incident or story is made to form- a separate chapter and by this process of division the work of ancient prelates in the selection and compilation of biblical documents is set at nought Thus the process of elimination is kept up The age demands a change in formulas and doctrine and the church is ready for the emergency Any thing to get the cash The modern church would eliminate Christ if by so doing it could keep the contribution box working overtime JEW AS A CIVILIZING FACTOR ITHE a dead Jew and damn the living seems to be the principle amusement of the tian world For the dead Jew the Christian wi sing My Lord and my King but for the livin Jew they only cry Sheeny Recently a Lexington fledgling preacher for be it known the Queen of the Blue Grass can boast n well equipped preacher factory held forth on tIll Biblical prophecies and told his congregation that one of the most important of these ancient pipe dreams had been proven true by the general contempt in which the Jew was held by civilized Christians all of which came as a result of having given Christ over to the Roman authorities for crucifixion These statements brought on a discussion which Moses Kaufman took a part and the Blatl deeply regrets that his article is too long to reprint in our columns But the preacher got all he had bargained for nod something more He soon fount that all wisdom was not stored away on the anal of his cranium and he is now probably a wiser a sadder man For twenty centuries the Christian world has regarded time Jew with suspicion and made him an object of contempt and reproach They have 1 I i r1 1r t been persecuted restricted in their methods of obtaining a livelihood they have been legislated compellJdtoa target for the finger of scorn the buffet of dis theyfthough in his bosom beat the heart of a friend and all this in a world which his wisdom has done so much to humanize savageswith weroframingciple of civilization computing the procession of irimperishable suchbrutalityworld would have unsheathed the sword and demanded that it cease difftdintotradeandtheinterest Money is power even in the hands of a Jew and we have no real cause for wonder that foesheweak to demand his rights at the point of the andbrings withithe Jew is the most liberal money spender in the world He calls for what he manyChristiansThe Jewish people constitute one of the grand moreintellectual hadmage savagery and their epoch of barba ism before reaching the golden era of civilization Gross ignorant in their early days maglLthem CredUlous an I ily imposed upon years of bondage maiVKhem brutal but they rose ansoaredabvetTieir I jtime when to p wig nrdtho loins Judah kingNow as they appear upon the business signs in the great commercial world Everywhere and in every land we see the human cloud that hangs over the Ghet toland giving greater signs of the advance ofa nation and not its exodus Of course the Jews have numerous sins to answer for but is there a therhideemoney bags but unlike the Chris tian his moral character does not depend upon his gold JUST A PLAIN BUSINESS TALK Every new undertaking is in the nature more or less of an experiment Conceding that even the creation of this majestic universe is the result of design that design implies imperfection and the assumingthewe must imagine the creator indulging in one experiment after another until he was capable of producing a universe calculated to please him As to his supposed pleasure we need not discuss that now although we are informed that he became so disgusted with the whole outfit that he concluded to drown the lot like a litter of blind puppies and then made a fresh start It is with experiments however that we now propose to deal and in this connection we desire to suggest that in our assumption of the editorial management of the Blade we had indulged in an experiment the outcome of which was shrouded in doubt and uncertainty Our readers will recall that with the death C C Moore whose hand and brain has guided the destinies of the Blade so doubtswe disgwas mentioned to assume the helm and steer the grand old bark over the shoals and after consid erable argument the choice fell upon the pres ent management It was a big undertaking It is u big undertaking for us even now Upon agree ment to take charge of the paper we were resolved to devote our best energies to it and that we have faithfully done We propose to continue doing it but the task has required much sacrifice labor and unrequited toil We have made it a Freethought theIemate the attainment of the highest human happi ness As that happiness can only be found in abso lute freedom the Blade proposes to wage unrelent butifpolicieshaveContinued on Page 4 first column JJf r f t t fLACK OF FAITHI CHRISTIANS Cause Spread of Materialism Though Professing Christianity the Nation- Of the West are Unlike Christ and His Teachings The following well written article from the pen of R H Fitzhugh who during the life of our late editor C Moore was one ofIthe personal friends The writer is strictly orthodox pious to a fine degree hen the sentiments expressed come with all the greater force and nre worth consid eration as showing the rapid growth an power of materialism The article was originally published in the editorial umn of the Lexington Leader Althoug- the article is written from the of an orthodox Christian itcontains suc a store of argument for Frccthought that the religious flavoring does not injure its value as a literary polemic Editor By R H FITZHUGH The obvious lack in western civiliza tion is the cohensivc animating force of a common psychological idea Without such a bond a nation loses the advantage of beufg moved by a single impulse whereby alone may it exert its full measure of possibilities- The west so called had never produced a potential religion or cult Soul idcalisin is an exotic native to the metaphysical cast The Christian religion which has been engrafted upon the west and which is of eastern origin like any other graft bears fruit only in itself and unliko the great eastern cults in their own habi tats does not affect the body into which it has been incorporated Buddhism in its various phases has for centuries dominated the easte world with its philosophy of spiritual repose intellectual contemplation self mastery and charity Unlike Christ in western civilization impresseduponof the cast that it is the ruling force of the nations not less than individuals This is in striking contrast with the Christian religion in the west here th teaching and example of Christ its founder are not only ignored by the nations but in practice are diametrically opposed while on the part of indi viduals they are but rarely more honor ed JChristian I nations with little im provement in methodssti maintain and promofe tUeumolvoBj tribes nnmf1hcathcn not iSJbydcring- Notwithstanding that Christ adds to Buddhas beautiful but heavenless code of moral conduct the promise of a bless Ii fauMrUtttft UI dootiJM uS pro have come very very lar short of in fluencing the thought and practice of the western world as Buddha has the eastIndeed it would be very far from the truth to say that too only tenet of Chris tian religion tenaciously held to by the west is faith whereby after we have rushed the world for all there is in it we are to gain the bliss of heaven Christ enjoined conquest through love and the turning of the back on the smiter The western nations honfcr the first precept by creating the largest armies and navies on earth and swer the smiter with the roar of cannon and the rattle of musketry Christ tells us that we must treat others as we would have them treat us that we must not covet that which belongs to another And straightway the most Christian nation picks a quareI with some weak and helpless peo pIe and robs them of their country Christ with the great emphasis and without qualifying condition warns the worldagainst the deceitfulness and danger of riches virtually saying that its temptations arc so great that none may possess it and after death enter heaven And this the western world receives with a shout of derision commanding its young men not to take Christ so seriously but to seek first wealth which alone is power Nor is this peculiar to nations every individual of such nations people and pastor with few very few exceptions boast of the business success of their children which means the accumulation of riches the question of cost in possi ble compromise of Christian principle be ing for the time being left in abey ance Christ says Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness The Christian west replies No not first but last after your life has been exhausted in the pursuit of gold and per sonal honors and there is nothing for you to do Then may you lay claim to an entrance into heaven according to the promise to the faithful Christ says we must forgive our mies The Christian nation replies Yes after they have paid for it in blood and gold or a slice of coveted territory Christ enjoins selfrenunciation and it service saying It is more blessed to give than receive The Christian west responds with self aggrandizement retaining ninetynine it 1per cent and giving one Christ com mands us to love one another and this asSsumption of superiority and not as equals and brethren sChrist tells us to take the lowest seat until called up higher The Christian father says My son strike for the highest seat It is true 4that worthier men than yourself may be trodden under foot but let them be trod den Christs teaching may do very well for heaven but there is no place for them in this world You first get on top youcemay condescendingly bestow favors upon id receive the adulations of the com 1mon herds Lordship not service consequence not humility is the spirit which animates imthe Christianity of the west Buddhalanational mind and life Notwilhstand ing its fundamental idea is that there is no life for man beyond this world and that life here is at best but an evil to be combatted and mitigated by the exercise of virtue the great body of the people of the east accepts and lion ors it in faithful obedience to its every precept whether it be of selfmastery sacrifice and charity or in sacred reo gard for all animal life Mohammedanism which is trio prevail ing religion of other great portions of the east as wretched a bastard as it is gives to the nations of its votaries a common spirit and a oneness and cour age that for a long time threatened the life of western civilization Fatalism and a future life of sensuous enjoyments the obedience which have proved to be wellnight irresttible and have compacted and singularizcd this people as no other religion on so large a scale has ever done Beyond this it has compelled strict rnand universal obedience to its laws touching certain personal inhibitions The Koran forbids indulgence in any kind of strong drink whether it be vin ous malt or alchoholie and there are MohammedanseNeither will a Mohammedan indulge in such drinks The Koran forbids anything that par andebetting and questionable speculation is unknown in Moslem countries usuryinterestmcdan will accept an for the loan of money ting striking contra this e t tian west is rule fllio spirit 6f UrJ1c dU6ura 1d colimerciaf economy IOUIlj e Old Testament which was ed by Christ forbids the taking tcrcst from a neighbor or fellow citizen In the Christian west the coveted goal of the individual is the time when lie shall be enabled to live in idleness upon the labor of others expressed in interest which he has never earned In the Chinese empire the religious principles of Laoutsze Taosiui and the secular ethics of Confucius begin ning more than five hundred years before Christ still pervade and dominate the civilization of the empire as a great cen tripetal force giving in marked degree uniformity of thought and action to its whole population- In humiliating contrast with the effect of the Golden Rule on the Christian west nonaggressiverittitude due to the influence of the Confucian pre cept What you do not like when done to yourself do not to others Also high plane of contemplative intellectual- Ity and commercial integrity which ob thins among its people may with equal reasonableness be credited to the fluence of that splendid utterance of Confucius What the superior man seeks is in himself what the small man seeks is in others In Japan the genius of patriotism honored as a god and ancestor worship is the inspiring and governing force of the body politic Coming down to the boundary line of the cast and west we find that from three to five centuries before Christ Socrates Plato and Aristotle had fond ed systems of philosophy which gave character to the Grecian civilization til the adoption of the Christian reli gion Socrates pure and exacting code of ethics and exalted plane of speculative philosophy Platos splendid ism and Aristotles school of subtle in tellectuality became crystalized in Gre cian civilization and has come down to the modern world in all that is most beautiful in conception and creation Turning again to the west we find no sign of the impress of its adopted rellI gion upon the conduct of either na Lions or communities Its operative code of ethics is made up of a sort of Benjamin Franklin an infidelFranklin ing on earth and Christ in heaven to the blessedness of which we are to attain by a bare fruitless profession of faith This anomalous condition is clearly due to the fact that the Christian religion is not as in the east an outgrowth of the psychological temperament ofc the people who have nominally adopted but the appropriation of a religion solely for the sake of its profitable and costless spiritual element salvation through faith How little there is in nil this of the N CHURCH OF HUMANITY house of the great institution at South Bend Kansas wherein is taught the great discoveries that God Satan and Hell are myths The work of human redemption is the primary object of its promoters and managers It is one of the crystalized efforts of Freethinkers to organize for useful propaganda It teaches what it terms The Truth About God And is now on the threshold ofa brilliant career May its useful increase and its friends be multiplied spirit which inspired that beautiful Christian Saint Francis of Assisi to write that noblest of all hymns ning with My God I love Thee not because I hope for heaven thereby If these conclusions as applied tainly to the nations are correct and it can hardly be questioned that they are it will be seen that there is in the west no ruling religion or cult no constraining psychological condition permeating and actuating the whole body politic unless indeed it be the secular code of Franklin supplemented by the hope of further rewards in heaven Neither has the Christian religion produced in western civilization any temporal idealism worthy of its incomparable sourer Soul less achievement without regard for the welfare of others is the sum of west ern idealism In other words bald materialism plus I want to be an angel And with angels stand A crown upon my forehead A harp within my hand MUST m HIS POSITION nentThe By E LEWIS In the Blade of August 5th George Vale says that E Lewis claimed that 405 years intervened between the birth of the two men Or the two characters called JesusI no such a statement nor any thing akin to it The statement is un called for cud erroneous What I did say was that the writer of Luke gave fifteen generations or 405 years more than the writer of Matthew from David to Christ The dictionary says I should have said 500 years I said positively that I found no evidence of the second person called Jesus veil that Matthew end Luke followed the one Jesus of Nnz areth from the Holy Ghost conception to the trial before Pilate and up to the decision by Pilate who Matthew says washed his hands clean of the blood of Jesus but Luke says Pilate sentenced Jesus to crucifixion then Matthew and nuke stick together up to and including the resurrection Matthew tells us that Jesus said will be with you even to the end of tho world but Luke says Jesus ascended up to heaven then the statements are not true and Inm persuaded that neither one is true It is not at all likely that the writers called Matthew and Luke even each other and perhaps never heard of each other but just wrote what was common talks of the country near four centuries after the supposed dent was said to have happened Now will show how little Matthew and Luke knew about the history of Davids descendants Mr Vale says we need not go Into Josephus for all his writings contain about Jesus are inter polations But we will go into Josephus for historical evidence which cannot be refuted by biblical quotations I have never seen Josephus questioned as a historian I quote from Antiquities of the Jews Matthew says there is 28 generations from David to Christ and he gives the supposed names of Davids descendents In 28 generations there is 033 13 years but that is 179 years short of reaching David and places Davids reign to begin years before end of Ahabs reign It is 103 years from the death of David to death of Ahab that makes Mat hew more than five generations short times Saul preceded David From the death of Saul to the death of Herod is 1112 years instead of 033 13 as given by Matthew Luke says there is 43 gen rations from David to Christ and ho proceeds to give names of the posed descendents of David forming the i W9 gcueological line down to Christ but gives no names that Matthew gives except David Joseph Lukes 43 generations covers 13 years and sends David back within eight years of the death of Moses and 321 ars beyond the time David was made king over Israel Now what is Matthew and Lukes evi dence worth in court they have not proven the birth of one Jesus say nothing about the two For seventy years I have heard this nonsense preached from the pulpit as the Inspired word of God or a God If thus stuff is inspired the Jewish Jehovah must have been on a toat like David was when he moved the ark from Obed Adams place to the City of David Matthew and Luke agrees as well as Luke and John the gospel writer Take the last chapter of John and the last verse of the chapter and there are also many other things which Jesus did the which if they should be written every one suppose that even the world itself could not contain books that should be written Amen Now read the first verse of the Acts of the Apostles written by Luke the former treaties have made Theophilus of all that Jesus began both to do and teach The book of Luke is composed of 24 small chapters that a man can read t roiigliin twon4brcoheursamlLuke- says he wrote all that Jesus both began to do and teach in those chapters but John says if all should be written the world could not contain the books that should be written Now let us see how Luke and Paul agrees on Pauls conver simi on his way to Damascus Acts 0 And the men which jour neyed with him stood speechless hearing a voice but seeing no man Now turn to Acts 22 chapter 0 verse where Paul is speaking And they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid but they heard not voice of him that spike to me I give these to show how little pendence can be put in anything that is written in the books- I have read this old bible for forty years and I have figured for hundreds of hours to arrive at proper conclusions and I am thoroughly satisfied that there is no dependence to be put in anything where the supernatural is involved THE HISTORY OF RELIGION Iihe Eternal Search for Truth Led to The Formation of the Character of The Just One By SUSAN J PECK Those who feared the influence of the lestvthey teach the people the truth as to whom and where their real enemies were which must have resulted in the restor ation of freedom of Conscience were ever alert in searching for those in whom the people trusted and on whom was bestowed the title The Just One or Jesus Pilots wife said Have thou nothing to do with that just man andb Pilot said I am innocent of the of this just person And their especial hatred was directed toward those who cause of their just sentiments and their naf Ural ability to rule affairs of state were called Christs whose just iws would save their people from lega lized They were called Christs from the star which itself was so named from a much loved honored and just ruler of that name and modern Christianity de rives its name from the star afterwards renamed the star of Bethlehem because one upon whom was bestowed the double title Jesus Christ was born there So great became the determination to destroy the Jesus and the Christ thatt for centuries scientists and even ventors were either persecuted or exe cuted as any tendency toward science was looked upon with suspicion lest he who showed it should develop a Jesus rsa1wMFwMV1swwnNY iI IP iII Jesus Christ and as a result the world was cursed with what is called the dark ages In addition to those who were really just and who honestly sought the wel fare of the people and their restoration to natural freedom were many false Jesuses and false Christs upon whom were bestowed the titles because of aid they gave in political intrigues which benefitted not the people but thcit unjust rulers and from them proceeded the unjust teachings under the guise of justice The writings of Josephus the Jewish historian together with those of the other Jewish writers who gave us tin Bible establish the facts that many per Bdns existed in the past upon whom was bestowed the titles Jesus and which was but a title added to persons name as we moderns prefix the titles Honorable Right Honorable etc In reference to Herod their writings give us the facts that he died two years before the birth of one child Jesus three years before the birth of another twelve years before the birth of another and more than one hundred years before the birth of another and Matthew shows that he sought the death of another in his childhood whom he feared because his right to the title and been predicted and also his birth at Bethlehem and he is shown by Luke to have been present the trial of another whom he did not condemn and who certainly lived before those already mentioned as having been born after Herods death and Matthew and Luke give the geneologies of two whose births occurred nearly five hun dred years apart Matthew Mark and Luke give the accounts of the baptism of three different one Regarding Josephus as he was a Jew 1see no cause why his writings should be doubted more than tbn of the Jews who wrote the Bible as there Were those in his day to whom the title Jesus or the Christ was given In our time John Brown who was executed because of his just opinions and Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated for his just administra tion would underthe customs of those earlier times have been called Jesus even Jesus Christ A kings son receiving title wheth er justly or unjustly was called the Son of God BIBLE COLLECEFOR Suggestion For Such an Institution Brings Sharp Criticism Writer antafipounderpf Bible Doctrines By A D MARBLE Special to The Oklahoman South McAlister I T Sept IThe teritorical Christian church convention recently held in this city laid the foun dation of what will be the largest Bible college in the southwest It is the opin ion of those who are best informed on the matter that Norman Oklahoma will get the institution as it is the seat of the state university and the students of the Bible college have the advantage of university training if the school is located Christian churches of the two territories will be asked to give 200 000 at the start so as to insure the cess of the enterprise after which an appeal will be made td the wealthy mem bets of the denomination in other states It is the intention of the promoters of the school to raise not less than 1000 000 with which to build and endow of the chief advocates of the plan is Dr E V 2ollars of Warren Ohio who proposes to give his time to the work without compensation According to Dr dollars there has been a wonderful falling off in the numbers of young men who are devoting themselves to the testant ministry The Christian church proposes to remedy this matter as far as possible by the education of young men to enter the ministry in the south west Comment Oklahoma City Brother E V Zol lars I noticed by the press that an effort is being made to establish a Bible college at Norman 0 T for the purpose of paring young men for the ministry and that funds are being solicited for that I heartily approve of the plan ut as my financial condition will not enable me to donate any money to the great and glorious cause I can perhaps make some suggestions which if accept ed and acted upon will bring the desired end and in that way do my share in the vineyard of the Lord The plan is as follows ThcSecular Union of Phcnney Washington have a standing offer of 20 in gold to every person who will find n single verse or text in the Bible author izing the keeping of Sunday and Sab batharians of Dexter Kan as I under make an offer of 500 to each one finding the same verse and I am told that that the Beacon Society of Chicago offer 100 a piece for each and every found in the Bible which fore ells the coming of Christ Now let 1000 people find the verse referred to nd send to the Secular Union and get 20000 in goldand send 1000 to Dex ter and get 500000 and fiend 0000 of the prophecies to Chicago and get 500000 I which will give us a total of 1020000 to build undi maintain the college s an attorney Pat my share of the funds for furnishing the ideas and plan should be per centA MARBLE P SIfwe hasten the collection of the money anti push the building to early completion we can get enough of those Springfield and 100000 Knig Killes to supply all the students and per hops the Faculty You see the last ses sloe of Congress passed a law providing for the distribution of those 30000 Rifles among students of the Theological Colleges and Seminaries together with ammunition and an army officer detailed from the regular army to drill the stu dents in the arts of war murder and de struction and fiftytwo theological lege and seminaries have already avail ed themselves of the wise generous and Godlike provisions and we do not want our students to be behind others nor be deprived of any of their rights which our great government and the Grand Old Party lave so generously provided Please forward my commission as fast as the collections are made And when the students are ready for the Rifles i give me n piece and I will see that they are supplie and in addition thereto two pieces of artillery if the Faculty and students want them MY OWN STORY How the Change Was Wrought Th lJLed From Faith to Infidelity By BEN FRANKLIN BONNELL This morning the bells all rang and the the rain poured down in torrents welldressed crowd with Bibles hymnbooks and umbrellas Walked briskly out of the Present and back to the Middle Ages I felt so contented at homeso in tune what I saw round me That lingered in league with item and waited to see what would happen The clouds iiroKe the sun simon birds sang freely and sweetly The grass looked more green and sweet violets sent north more sweetness The trees preached Bright buds was the tlxto near coming spring time The rain swollen brook sang an anthem and an old Meadow lark led the choir The old mossy fence drank the rainrthen steamed itself dry in the sunshine Each thing great and small from within told its own perfect story I listened amazed Wheres minor Imhave never yet told Itl A rough little breeze said Begin where ffINomine but Ive lost it forevermNo it never was mine twas reflected to me from without me It belongs not to me to this place its neer parted from bells steeples Yes I have a storyIts minewhy shall I not tell it t birds and the frogs have no fears they speak with royal assurance The ox lows the horse neighs the cat mews each his own pleasure The cutworm the ant and the cricket each acts his own thoughts Moses and Plato and Jesus and Paul each told the story God gave him Then Ill stand upright and tell mine because its the one God gave me My story is short but its true and I pray you all to hear it Theres a law at the heart of all things that begets and reproduces The heart of this lawthe product above the producer The soul of this heartthe upward reach to the 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seine subject equally as important and valuable UfciBSthey were marked not for publication the wishes so expressed of thepffgtejbave been respected To us it has been a serious problem It is a serkma problem still but as to what our friends and supporters have to say concernt tha matter a study of the following may be found profitable and instructivtj IWheres The Other 991 Chanutc KansasI have been a reader of the Blade for some time and think it a grand paper and deserves better partonage than it is getting or has been getting for some time and I will now make you the following proposition I will be one of one hundred to donate ten dollars to place the Blade on a bet ter financial standing on the following That the Blade shall be paid for in advance Second All papers to bo stopped when subscription expires and liirdly that all delinquents now on the list shall be dropped after one months notice and it seems to me out of the 1500 paid up subscribers one hundred should respond to this to keep the good old Blade a going I do not know as this proposition will meet with your or your subscribers ap proval but I want to see the Blade tinue and hope it may and I have faith that we have enough friends that rally to its support to make it keep it one of the best papers in the world ED THURSTON Pertinent Questions Warren PennsylvaniaThe Blade of l September 2nd 1000fi headed A fowl plainfactsYou Yla8lBdeedthomy and you are not evidently on tie road to success but there is hope for you if you will use a little common sense and I can then see your way out of whole problem to your condition is summed up by your statement that out of 3000 subscribers 15000 are linquents Yet you say you must raise the price of your paper in order to keep going At whose expense At the pense of the honest patfona who are now paying IT your paper Of these 1500 delinquents I will wager there are not 50 fifty who are not abundantly able to pay Suppose fifty of them are not What then Let them take a subscrip tion round among their neighbors and raise the dollar required to pay for the year Good neighbors will help them outThe remaining 1450 should gt a childs saving bank and put in two cents per week and without knowing It they could pay their dollar a year I have no confidence in a liberal or any other kind of an absorber who cannot pay for the paper he depends upon to keep him posted as to his liberal opinions These 1500 delinquents on your books ought to be ashamed bf themselves to ask you to work dig delve and may haps starve in order that they may qpongo tri fling sum of one dollar per year each and thereby help you on your way over the hill to the poorhouse Let these people look into their hearts and see how small they are and if they honestly do this shame will com pel them to pay up instantly I for one demur to paying you a half a dollar more per year in order that you may send your paper to a subscriber who can pay for it but will not as long myexIDrop they pay and go on with your 1500 patrons who will pay one dollars per year In advance and when they will not paperi that a paper sent to a person who is able to pay and will not pay for it will never do that person any good mentally or morally In fine the rub of this whole matter is that these people who owe you are per fectly able to pay you and they know they ought to pay you but if they will not shut them off and save your money for better thlngsD MORRISON Still Another Good Offer Madison GaIn regard to increasing the price of the Blade I would say that it is not the Liberal method I like to see adopted The support of the Blado must como from its friends Now let the Blade go and let every friend who is able give five dollars for its support Dont butsay at once will givealtars and then take half of it inof the Blade for free distribution ae more able friends could give ti Srenty or fifty dollars for the Iliad port to keep the able editor up at KT him in his labor The editor hi to live and Frecthink 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years And a little help like this would place you independently in defending the Frcethought cause For my part I am afraid to lose the Blue Grass Blade and every Freethinker should feel the game way Mr C C Moore has been a splendid man and a good writer but we all know that in his old age ho became quite a repeater in his paper I know the Blade lost several subscribers here on this cause hence it has beet a great draw back to the paper But now there is no excuse to let the Blue Grass Blade fer for anything Why should we t The paper todayis worth two dollars of any Freethinkers money Let us then pay Mr Hughes liberally for his noble work and let him keep up his navigation with Blade cutting right and left though out literatures of the Christian peo ple in America Of course Cnriatian men women are good generally but from early childhood they have been wrapped up in a mistaken creek Good many of these people just now plainly see into the greatest fraud that ever was perpe trated upon the human race The Christian Religion they are fast evolving from it and embracing the truo philoso phy of our race evolution Inclosed find two P 0 Orders for tour dollars Please credit my subscription two dollars and the rest is for you Your devoted friend A BESSETTE Has Got It Now Mr Hughes Two years and over I sent two dollars and foity cents a subscription for two books Trip to Rome the donation appeared in tho Blade as a two dollar subscription which was mistake The P Order was 240 you know it was opened for those who wish or could to send pastage both of us being admirers of tho Doctor Anna so Now I have written this before since I have received my book but my partner did not get his send the book to RUDOLPH PETERSON New Rate Reasonable Owensboro Ky Enclosed find cents for postage on Rome Book In or doting I ordered Dog Fennel at the same time and sent postage lor only one I think the 150 rote reasonable enough it should have been going long ngo0 F MARTIN If They Only Would Lennox SUtllTh Book A Jf i it I Trip to Rome received am highly pleased with it Enclosed find postage stamps for cents to pay postage on same for one am perfectly willing that you put the price of the Bled at 150 per year if only one hat f will pay their one dollar for the paper now you lad better drop them that will not pay I wouldI M Macoinber From an old Worke Hagerstown Md Inclosed herewith is 200 for one years advance subscrip tion each for my sister Laura E Groh Breath tville Md and myself to Blade for which please move our tags corres pondingly ahead- I fear your proposed increase of sub scription rates next October may de crease Blades circulation below what it could have had at lower rates as the sale of everything generally decreases in proportion as its prices increases- I had been sending it gratuitously to some of my friends at club rates nnd they seemed to enjoy it and might ly have subscribed for it themselves but a rise in subscription rates proportion ately decreases that probability course you hint at some improvement which may probaulY be an enlarge ment which in my estimation would be no advantage whatever but rather a advantage as it would increase expenses and consequently the cost to subscribers whereas most of us now get more than we can read and if not those who want more can easily subscribe for one or two more such papers Cheapness is one of the great essen tials of a wide circulation for the cheap er a paper more will be able to take it Hence it would be better to keep it down to the old price even if it necessitated reducing its size rather than increase its cost at the present sizo or by enlarging it Rationalists should receive a rational paper weekly to keep up their enthus iasm and keep posted and in touch with their fellow Rationalists elsewhere and above all to know what editors of other papers are publishing and writing on Rationalism so they can write those editors suitable Rationalistic comments And whenever editors or Rationalistic 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quentsN B TEETER Some Pertinent Points- I read in the Blade of the 10th your decision to put the price of the Blade at 150 per year or 100 in clubs of five and for expressions from your sub scribers I think the price should be higher than at present if necessary but I think there are other changes that should be made Have the delinquents pay that 2000 dollars they owed re cently t If not do you intend to make them pay up or are you going to con tinue to carry them at the expense of those who pay in full If yqu will cut oft those who dont pay and not allow any one to run over three months aftert- change is made in price I am willing to pay 150 per year but if those club subscribers at 100 is to be allowed to run another year without newing at 150 then I dont feel like taking paper at 150 Under your terms I can take the pa per another year at 100 as my time has just expired but I would be willing to pay 150 if I knew all delinquents would be made to pay up and the paper be run on a cash basis in the future While I always thought that a ference of 50 cents in price of the Blade for new subscribers was too great it was Mr Moores idea to get all the subscribers possible and seems to be your idea I think I can suggest a plan that will double the subscription of Blade in ono year That is take all new sub scribers nt cents per year even if only one is sent at a time that will enable every subsccriber to get every new sub scriber possible If tile price is raised to one dollar for new subscribers let it be for or more and not a club of five For the last 2 years that I was at Manatee Fla I could have got 2 or 3 to take the paper at any time for 50 cents but as I could not get 5 sub scribers I sent none D btless there are hundreds of your sub ibers in too country and small villas who could have sent 2 or who ave sent none because they could not tt subscribers I don t see that there uld be so very much dillerenco in tc ng from ono to three atII time and king have given out two or thre JIades here where I knew it was safe place them One lady told mo yest ay that her two of he frien would take the Blade but I dont other two Before I llnd the icr two one or two of those may get ay and if I find two more woul still be short on my club of five and t send any subscribers where if I coi sen three for 150 each of those thre light be able to send in one or two eachII short time where if wait to g five I may never get them Of ourse I could send 250 I guess and id the name saa get them but thin it enough to get the subscribers and ar the enpense of sending them with it paying in advance for seine thiii might not get If you will ac cept hem on my plan write me imme dial Ta pa has 35000 popualtion und gues am your only subscriber If you had e or six subscribers scattered over the t wn on my plan there is no telling Low any might be obtained in a year And other towns same have save my Blades for a long time and if I cat send in subscribers on my plan I will stribute my 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Overworld iEditorMagazine Chicago q Only a limited edition of tins remarkable book will be printed Each copy will be signed by Sercombe Himself and automatically num bered 1 up Firsteorders in will get the exceptNo1Sercombe I 2238 Calumet AldrtssUCENTS i L JiOFGOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF itFICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS CON SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through haorgan The Truth About God which It publishes monthly and its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Type SpelllDland r porary International Instructor for the chinch The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wtnts 900 more to formal organize and Incorporate The first thousand members will be the founden and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY worshipingposterityfromWrite to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ay eatsfori I 1 Editorial Continued from page one of our readers may be reasonably inferred from the favorable comments made from time to time True the editor does not agree with all the isms advocated by contributors but as they are laboring for human progressian and human freedom in their particular way The Blade could not lay claim to be alive Freethought periodical did it refuse publics tion Whenever the views expressed conflict with the personal notions of the editor regarding the subject under consideration criticisms have been made not as being a finality but as showing a pal pable disagreement By such discussion the truth becomes more plain With it all we realise tha t many readers miss the logic of its first and fore most editor but we are doing the best we know how and the best we can under our limited facilities In another column will be found the personal expressions of some of our readers upon the pro posed change in subscription The Blade invited it The Blade desired it We wanted to know just what our friends felt about it and they have told us Diverse views are expressed and some valua ble suggestions are made We have already ex pressed our opinion that the increase will probably mean a slight decrease in the subscription list and while this may prove true we hope not and we hardly think it will after the opinions published herein have been thoroughly digested When our readers will reflect upon the fact that since we i have been at the helm wp have contributed to the publication of the Blade each week a sum of money equal to that contributed by all our sub- scriberst put together and in addition thereto have written the editorial comments each week edited i the copy entailing a labor carrying us far into the night they will be able to see the injustice under which we have been laboring and why we have i deemed it necessary to raise the price of the paper There is one gratifying fact that has developed since the announcement was made namely that the Blade has a number of valued and loyal friends and it is to these who we now turn to aid us over this crisis The eager desire to be among the first to pay the increased rate does not evidence any lack of personal interest rather an admiration ior the paper which is truly encouraging The suggestion made by some that we drop all subscribers at the end of the term for which their subscriptions are paid also to drop all delinquents while given in earnest is it seems to us impracti cal All Freethinkers are not situated alike Many are poor These doubtless have a mighty struggle to keep the wolf from their own doors and when fortune favors them some they pay what they can Again some are kept on the list as a matter ofj charity beting absolutely unable to pa in some cases too ld and feebl to labordependent nl u j av ut l therebelinquents and can pay would do so In the light of such facts while appreciating the great inter est of B G Morrison we do not see that a total and absolute compliance with what he suggests could be operated with success and in accordance wth our principles On the other hand Andrew Cook strikes the point squarely when he objects to paying an increased sum for the Blade in order to keep the paper going to some who can but do not pay He has justification for making such a com plaint Further the missionary fund he suggests which is also urged by Ed Thurston is timely and apropos There is not a cause under the sun worth advocating that can prosper without missionary effort Remove all missionary effort from the Christian religion and it would speedily perish from the face of the earth Every good cause is a missionary cause The Freethought cause is a good cause in that it has for its object the mental and moral emanciapation and improvement of the race If the Blade can be considered a useful factor in this great missionary work then a fund as the one suggested could be utilized with splen did effect The Blade could send out ten thous and copies each week and penetrate thousandsof homes it has yet failed to reach With such a fund the Blades editor could devote his entire time and energy to its publication and we have enough of the bump of vanity if it can be called such to say that we know it would mean a vast improvement in the service of the paper Now the question is would it better to create such a fund and when created cheapen the price of the Blade In the first place can it be created Mr Thurston declares he is willing but where arc the other ninetynine to make up the hundred he asks for a a a a a IT SERVED HER RIGHT Now comes the tearful story of how another American heiress got her baron at a foreign matri monial bargain counter and how the baron got her bank rolL Despite the awful lessons of direful ex periences of former nuptial scandals between Amer ican heiresses and European fortune hunters the same old game is being played for girls will be girls and they will continue to insist to throw themselves and their money upon some scorbutic scoundrel who happens to pretend that he has a bunch of titles appended to his name Of course one can hardly help sympathisingwith the girl She was fooled into the marriage with a bogus baron robbed of her money and deserted while on the continent of Europe A woman in distress is always deserving of more or less pity but after all she got just what she and her family might have expected and to a certain extent it serves them right There are enough worthy sover iegns of this republic to make excellent husbands for all who desire marriage but the glitter and tin sel of a gaudy and pauperized European snobo cracy captures all the cream j r For years the American girl with a fat bank c count has been considered the legitimate preyof European fortune hunters and adventurers 1a rule their own fortunes have run to seed and tai moral characters have been spilled Then come th briny tear and the melancholy moan a la An Gould and Consuela Vanderbilt On the dler hand it must be confessed the American girl all for them When such a bridegroom is shown t an imposter the sequel is robbery humiliation nd disgrace In the present case the hogus bro caught a sucker crowd and bumped their heds This motley crowd which constantly come toiu shores for such purposes possess all the vices era mon to humanity with none of the virtues wea boast What seems to be needed is a title guaUr tee and trust company to prevent postnu ia scandals It seems that Polly wanted her craor and the cracker cracked a a a a a UNION LABOR NEED NOT APPLY Governmental discriminations in favor of cajta and against labor in its organized form have nid their appeaauce at Washington through the nid ium of an official circular issued by Postmaser General Cortelyou directed to the employes of he department In it the fact is made only too phu that the present administration of the postal her vice frowns upon labor unions and objects to he organization of the postal employes into bode that are allied with labor union movements III other words the postal department wants nom ions among its employes will tolerate none nc insist upon a supreme personal allegiance under Ji overshadowing authority of the federal official This is no new movement as the same doctnni was inculcated by the former postmastergencal Only such organizations that have for their obec the personal improvement of its membership lac the welfare of the service will receive the sanction of the authorities In this the government throjgl its present administration has manifested its utter disregard for the personal rights of itsemploe and indicates that if any member of the postal ler vice shall ally himself with any branch of orgaiiz ed labor it will mean an instant dismissal On the other hand this same government has given its sanction to capitalistic combinations End has caused to be enacted in their behalf a specie of obnoxous class legislation having for its objicl the enrichment of the few at the expense of the many Under it private personal fortunes have grown to colossal sums and the gulf between Dives and Lazarus is being daily increased Owing to its very existence to the combinations of capital that have so long dominated the seat of all governmen talauthority in America it is but natural that policies should be adopted and practiced that arc calculated to retain and strengthen the friendship thus fostered Every legislative favor demanded bY capital has been granted but the rights of labor are ignored unheeded and denied f f gj1 Valley miners die federal bullets employed to iriti mi ate the toil rs at Homestead the federal todps sent to Chicag to suppress the wageearning strik loom up in their grewsome detail of dark and when we add to this the specious 011all of resorting to government by federal directed against the workers we can well understand the remark Damn the constitution of what use is it between friends Of course it would be unwise for the postoffice department to forbid in positive terms the organi zation of labor unions among the employes of the department but the chief mogul makes it clear that such organizations are undesirable in fact unnecessary a a a a a Abuse is an evidence of logical weakness it is the wild ravings of vindictive ignorance It is nether argument or good logic and yet religion ists and political parties seem to thrive upon it Labor is abused because it cannot help itself Free thought is abused because it cannot be answered ii any other way The only reply the college of car dinals could make to Galileo was to put him in jail a a a a a Breakers are seen ahead when men begin to ask why some should want while others waste Trouble is near when the proletariat regard the patrician as their natural enemy and begin to measure their comparative strength Deceived by lying politi cians and humbugged by socalled professional economists hope within them lies dead and pa tience is well night exhausted No progressive civilization can conjointly breed plutocrats and pau pers Such conditions bespeak a retrograde movement a a a a a The upshot of the entire Christian argument is that to the victor belongs the crown But how are we to properly determine who are the victors and who the vanquished Who of the mighty hu man host have successfully fought their way through fierce foes seeking celestial bays Who of the great army have found no gorgons or goblins in their path Who in all the eternal march have skipped through their allotted term of life without- so much as a skirmish If there is no future life the belief in one might afford some meed of compensation for the pains in this life are far in excess of the pleasure we get a a a a a Fancys most skilful brush cannot paint a brighter heaven than is to be found in requited love There is no greater agony mental or physical than hat which surrounds us on every side Here then ire heaven and hell On this ball of mud may be ound both Here may be found the sweetest pleas re and the most demoniac pain We may flit to and fro through our selfmade Paradise or we may tread with blistered feet and bleeding hearts trough all the desolute regions of the damnedI There is no need to wait for death to They are here now J if e TRANSFORMS COD INTO A MONSTER Blood Atonement and Vicarious Sacrifice Give Barbaic Concetions of Deity By HENRY TRURO BRAY The god of the average preacher fers little if at all from the god of the ancient Mexicans or tho Druids Away with such bloody conceptions of tho deity Better worship humanity than such a foul likeness of the Father of all The epect of such worship has borne most poisonous fruit in the past it has naturally likened tho worshipper to the god ho has worshipped it has made him unmerciful tyrannical and murderous Blood has followed in his tracks everywhere from the days of Constantino to the fires of Smithfield and today is restrained only by the power of the law the weakness of his own arm and the general scepticism of the age Rea thinkingIIfice are seen form the Good into evil God into a monster the lovo of the father into tho hatred of the avenger tho beautiful and peaceful into the beastly and ferocious but also in that they are ruinous to the development of the highest morals which is possible only on the belief that character is the necessary result of ones own nativity under the general and varying laws of nature Blood washes not away the stans of evil living which con be removed only by subse quent and longcontinued opposite deavor sacrifices and burntofferings avail not in lifting up the human soul which can be raised out of darkness into light only by well directed and sistent activity To the doctrines of bloodatonement and vicarious sacrfice I bid adieu A ghastly phantom areye conceived by bloody minds Avaunt and hide yourselves amidst the horrid blackness whence ye appeared Hence forth as imaginary quantities ye shall trouble me no more SPAIN UNDERTHE Strong Arguments Upon the Deroga tory Influences of the Christian Religion Upon the People of Europe Published By Request ThefoHowingttrtielekpublishedIiy a Blade subscriber and is intended pre sumably to follow up the arguments advanced by the Blade in regard to the influence of Christianity in Europe in a recent editorial The article was lished in tho Searchlight of Waco Texas as a reproduction from the Agnostic Journal In line with tho arguments herein advanced reference might be made to Buckle in his History of Civilization who speaking of the compulsions of the Christian religion argues that the ban ishment of the Moors through the bigotry of the people of Spain caused their own ruin The saracens as they were called were an agricultural peo pie but the lands they once tilled and made to bring forth an abundant har vest are now barren wastes and have never been reclaimed under the rule of the Popes Tho article was written and publish ed prior to the marriage of the King of Spain and Is as follows Spain Under the Moslems In view of the fact that a British princess may one day bo Queen of Spain it is interesting to recall some of the vanished glories of that ancient kingdom Much as Spain Is today there is no doubt that she would have been more if she had not been foolish enough to banish the Moors who for eight hundred years had kept alive the torch of learning in Spain when ot was extingiushed in every other part of Eu rope The following summary of the Moslem rule in Spain is from the pen of Mr Stanley Pane Poole in his book The Moore in Spain For nearly eight centuries under Mohammedan rules Spain set to all Eu rope a shining example of a civilized and enlightened State Her fertile provinces rendered doubly prolific by the industry and engineering skill of her conquerors bore fruit an hundredfold Cities in numerable sprang up In the rich valleys- of the Guadclquivir and the Guadiana whose names and names only still com memorate the vanished glories of the past Art literature and science pros pered as they then prospered nowhere else in Europe Students flocked from France and Germany and England to drink from tho fountain of learning which flowed only in the cities of the Moors Tho surgeons and doctors of Andalusia wcro in the van of science women were encouraged to devote them selves to serious study and the lady doctor was not unknown among tho peoplo of Cordova Mathematics astronomy and botany history philoso phy and jurisprudence were to tered in Spain and Spain alone The practical work of the field tho scientific methods of irrigation tho art of fortification and shipbuilding the highest and l jct ttiII s if most elaborate products of the loom the graver and the hammer tho potters wheel and the masons trowel were SpanIshMoorsthan in the art of peace they long stood supreme Their fleets disputed the com mandof the Mediterranean with the Fatimites while their armies carrieJ firo and sword through the Christian marches Tho Cid himself the national hero long foughton the Moorish side and in rtll ve ucation was more than half 1IM r y Whatsoever makes kingdom grent arid prosperous whatsoever tends to refinement and civilization SpainIn of tht Moors gave way before the crusade of Ferdinand and Isabella and with Granada fell all Spains greatness Fur a brief while indeed the reflection of the Moorish splendor cast a borrowed light upon the history of the land which it had once warmed with its sunny radiance The great epoChof Isabella Charles Vand Philip II of Columbus Cortez and Pizarro shed a last halo nilghtStateof desolation the rule of the Inquisition and the blackness in which Spain has been plunged over since In the lard where science was once supreme tIll Spanish doctors became noted for noth ing but their ignorance and incapacity and the discoveries of Newton and Har vey were condemned as pernicious to the faith Where once seventy public li braries had fed the minds of scholar and half a million books had been gath ered together at Cordova for the benefit of the world such indifference to learn ing afterwards prevailed that the new capital Madrid possessed no pulilio library in the eighteenthcehtury end even the manuscripts of the Escurlal were denied in our own days to the first scholarly historian of the Moors tnough himself a Spaniard The sixteen thou sand looms of Seville soon dwindled to a fifth of their ancient number the arts and industries of Toledo and Al incda faded into insignificance the very bathspublic buildings of ejiul ornament and use were destroyed be cause cleanliness savoured too strongly of rank Infidelity The land deprived of the skillful irrigation of the Moor grew impoverished and neglected the richest and most fertile valleys lan guished and were deserted most of the populous cities which had filled every district of Andalusia fell into ruinous decay and beggars friars and bandits took the place of scholars merchants and knights So low fell Spain when she had driven away the Moors cGODS DIGIT AN- ENGRAVING TOOL Caustic Comment On the Divine Finger Work of Jehovah On the Tablets of Stone By JOHN F CLARKE And he gave unto Moses when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai two tablets of testimony tablets of stone written with tho finger of GodEx 2118 Jehovah said Mose fetch me a load of sand and two barrels of Port land cement and mix the sand and ment one measure of cement for each two measures of sand dry and then mix the mixture with water and when of proper constituency take thy trowel and smooth out making two tablets of equal part and I will do the rest And Mose said unto Jehovah All right boss I understand all but dat con stlckency I aint got dat just right When the tablets half set Je hovah took his fore finger of his left hand and wrote backwards iho ten commandments five on each tablet When hardened the tablets were stone The trust that made the cement is re sponsiblo for the wearing out of the divine finger writing If Jehovah had written upon a pyramid or monaleth in Egypt where the trust was not the divine handwriting had not perished I make this explanation for God being a friendly higher critic and desiring that the Bible doings shall be shown to con form to science I take this means to notify all inimical higher critics that I am on tho Lords side and that they might as well shut up shop for I can square all Bible statements with science Now those fellows who laughed at God scratching letters In the surface of the stone and ironically ask if God has chilled steel digits and such blashphem ous questions had better hunt your holes and pull them in after you The first two tablets were taken up too soon ohd Mose put one on top of his head and had the other in his arms when ho saw a rattlesnake and ho let both drop and broko all the command ments at one time As he had broken them all one at a tithe he did not mind the compound fracture made and he went back and made a new lot Now here comes in the real miracle The laws of God are inimitable and tho let ter writ upon the broken stones had to be taken out and set in the new ones That was where the deity was needed Mose said Lord Boss when a pus son kin do dat dere is no use satin ho aunt he lawd Moso told Aaron and Levy about the transaction and showed the tablets as proof of his story Aaron called Moso aside and said Say Mose how much you give that Egyptian to engrave those letters and it Moso said unto Aaron Trade secrets must be kept close When Mose made the entry in his diary now called the Pen tatench ha gave no details The finger of God is the idea for an Egyptian artist It will be seen that I made two distinct explanations of this act but then science must be conformed to tho Bible and one gang of scientists can take one horn of the dilcma and the other gang can take the other hand and the rest can go to hell right quick You fellows that think that tho Bible and science must be kept apart Ire mis taken They are going to lie together and a little kid will lead them and the procession It is a case of lying to gether or lying separate Thus endeth i the lesson for tho week aINFUNNY STRAIN i Humorous Jottings From One of Our Most jWorkers By HARRIET M CLOSZ There will doubtless be some question of a Michigan mans sanity who left different wills for hevent people of Christendom been quarreling fightingfand hating each other for 2000 years t because of the will or testament of our 1J lord and savious Jesus Christ t Emi nent scholars have deliberated upon tho ktc- ase and reached diametrically opposed conclusions as to Its meaning Theo logians have taken up tho tangledFthreads and sought to stanighten them but to no purpose Free Thinkers have J threshed over the trash hoping out a seed of but their effortsi IJltheespecially if it requires 27 times as long to reach a decision as in the case of the New Testament which is still pendingWith no immediate prospect of a satisfactory adjustment iFortunateSix skeletons have been unearthed inaan excavation at Sterling Illinois How fortunate for the reading public that they were no uncovered 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