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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r t Ar =1 J 1 l 1 i o lf BLUE GRASS BLADE i 11Igj arlt0rWEAIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH AAIhcl srLEXINGTONIVOLUME XV NUMBER 25 KENTUCKY SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY flOO A Y EAR IN ADVANCE j JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publi TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION One issue for one year 100 in advance In clubs of Five NEW subscribers 50 cents each Tern100 per year in advance foreign s scription 150 per year Five new subscribers sent for one year for 250 Send your subscription by registered letter p office or express money order New York Jr and if personal checks are sent add collect charges as local banks charge for collect tame payableWhen you change your address advise this office giving your old as well as the new address When you send your subscription day which are nua a new or old subscriber The address slip on the paper will sho expiration of subscription and serve as a recdpt as the date changes as soon as the subscriber r laSubscriptions6 expiration unless so ordered by the QnbebrL j 171en uctsinxariably hold q subsissi- ble to the publisher for the snbscriptlohj ace paidforevtinuedJLexington teEnteredas Second Class Mail Matter Address all communication to Blue Grass Blade P 0 Box 393 Lexington Kentucky +1 i t EDITORIAL f II II II +III II r+ Always dodge regret V tIrSalvation is free now only to paupers r r Youth stands for progress age for petrifaction ooThE preachers want no allies in the work of re generation DWiththat the ship of state is rapidly drifting to the what do you call it r Freethought is the bursting bud of intellectual tic halifethought is the wholesome grain Orthodoxy is but the husk r Labor must shake off the accursed interdict of present political leaders and give place in the dustrial ranks to everyman who is willing to work in the knowledge that whatsoever he creates that he shall surely have Be good and you will be lonesome is the motto of the average man of today It is half a truth yet wholly a lie We may never see wealth without want virtue without vice bub the race can de vote itself to grander aims than chasing the delu of sive dollar isIfwoeful failure of his mission Had god that god a who knoweth all things before they were had cast the human horoscope we are forced that lie would never have given old Noah a hint to get in but out of the wet geIfindeed are we justified in laying the hammer upon ere t v t ar the golden calf We know that at its shrine wor ship those who fatten on the fruits of anothe moneJlordswhich groans beneath the weight of viands wru rufromI r r r RICHES DO NOT INDUCE REFORM The world has ever been such a cruel mother to her most deserving children that a reformer in th days to be successful must be rich or he m starve The proposition is an anomaly but it true Wealth usually precludes all desire for re form and yet in human history there are stances though rare wherein men and women of means have devoted their lives to the betterm theyformWhat the Blade started out to say in this reevtion was that the very persons who have laid eir jewels of intellect at the feet of this great world usav or jgt on scant provision On the other hand he wh conscience was of so flexible a character that could readily conform to every insipid demand himselfhgard for those brave minds that sought to swim against the stream have been feted and flattered honored and paid beyond thir due inEtma principlugturers in the field all poorly paid so miserably compensated that today there is not one to be found in the entire country Not one among them but who was deserving of better support Men a w omen of intelligence and power of education a givetheirbare support The people are fast learning ti while religion has caused many of the ills that afed flict humanity it offers no cure and those have not learned the lesson must have it carried to patIadiumfor relief If this relief is to be extended ekethroughijpli1AAUrl eJargy and ceasedreaminS in ordersuet to begin work Why should not such a move be made We have reason to be hopeful We have a glori to advocate a cause resplendent with a IS that shines the brighter as the years roll e have a philosophy the application of wh nds to improvement here and such an end must improvement here and elsewhere He who lives not for himself alone brings happiness his human consideration of others This is very essence of Freethought In it lies the power and glory of the race Did we honor and revere the memories of the heroes of the past we would take up their work with grace but it is forthe Free thinkers to say whether it shall be properly applied or not One thing is true when a man sympathy extends no farther than the circumference of his cc box he is beyond human redemption He beco ics the dardanari who reaps where he has not sown He worships at the shrine of those who fatten on fruits of anothers labor He will pray give me this day my daily bread but he has no concern how much his brethren can get Wealth and sympathy for humanity are not close neighbors and aro seldom on terms of calling acquaintance The one laces at the feet of the golden calf the other carries on a labor of love for the sake of his fellows Do you want reform in politics Then look to boobtDowho dares and does Do you want reform in rigonomicsyears of toil know and realise the toilers most pressing wants Do you want reform in the domed relations Then heed the voices of those wh ve lived and suffered under a system that ii brutal and unjust In short do you want to wit ness a general reform all along the line Then wake up and join the army of laborers in the vi yard not of Christ but of humanity r r r Courage faint heart Remember that every m since the dawn of human history who becomes dissatisfied with existing conditions and dared to cry against prescriptive right entrenched in brit wrong has been denounced and denied by the toad eaters of his day It was not intended that any man born of woman should sit with folded ha and starve while all about him the potential wea nature beckoned r Religion asserts that every hour of mortal man wasted unless it be burthened wha care Such dark doctrine beclouds the radiant star of hope heresome expected bliss in the dim and vaporous clouds a substnaitla hope of better things to be reaped of here Modern philosophers insist that a life mi mmed with harmless social pleasure is not worth trying and we are bound to suspect that tl nearly right of f f WHERE RELIGIOUS FREEDOMse corsRussiaJis a truly Christian nation and we are c to go back to the Dark Ages of Christian bcingpire of the Muscovite nearer the brink of the ab reflectfaithSAthanasinnlgoatISpower of the vie Europene than those within t Princenchari1eycheek and with otilBlSeidlceinparts ia other portions of the empire notably the Caucasus but the rigid press censorship has p percolatiheng Id The Russian patriot must look with grief and an guish npon the coming storm with so much of ruin ands for the therneforeign foe while even the advocates of freedom paticinimmiBJ nt will be taken by the bureaucracy as a Theresocan no the mind of the average rea that sully onehalf of the horrors enacted in tl empi of famine and death never reach the o side f their borders On every hand there con toIdwrouj own handiwork It is a case of al most elfdestruction of suicide atTli recent slaughter of Jews in Poland is herald as a brave stand made by the bruta soldiery of 10the Jfrar in their determination to stand up for Jesus the Jews would renounce their religi on andnbrncc the Greek Catholic church th troubles in Russia would cease If they did tl n deserve all they were getting and more So longks the Jew determines to maintain his rocSligiousindependenec the balance of lv 91wgravuncnofhis ousbhowever the attack on the town itliand toichsault on the police and the soldiers as the only policy they can fall to is to render abortive they halfway measures of pacification proposed by thetrnow lvo hostile camps separated by a sea of blood With the scenes that are of daily occurence the officials are doomed to fall between the forces of reaction and those of revolution while the cafes and c cert hans are crowded with merrymakers do ciliary searches and consequent arrests are bei shfano s tlan two thousand five hundred arrests were made in St Petersburg Not a member of the intellectual class when he arises from his bed in the morni is sure that before night falls he will find himself in the fortress of St Peter and St Paul wh dungeons are below the surface of the swiftfowl waters of the Neva The innocent blood that is being shed every day in Russia lends force to Na poleous caustic comment on the Tartar composi tion of the race with its inherited love of cruel Intellectual stagnation and religious stultifi tion are the main causes of this wretched condition of affairs Not until the people throw off the y of the priesthood can they hope to be free 111 the Muscovite obtains religious freedom and the power of the priest is broken all other reforms lville follow with a stability that can never check their progress and the duyaof Russias enlightenment will have dawned I neTHE WAY ONE LOOKS AT It ei eoanm vl1lw a Freethinker and a fearless advocate of the cause of human lib ditatexpression namely Our human life is just what we make ItlereHarman in support of his contention Closer analysis of existing conditions will prove the truth of the sentiment expressed by the Blade Freethinkers themselves are in the main responsible for the tortures inflicted uuon the patriotic formers he mentions Here we are in a vast ma jority yet powerless to assert our rights for lack united endeavor Did we but show our strength legislationteYstatute books this republic and the postal censorship which a I tnt both men to jail would be either modified or sieradicated The foregoing suggestions refer to FreethinkersoJ individual air ure both men punished for having pursued a Sssa theyassistedquences immeltandrbothPe 1 weie 1 Incelovelymoreie sure some theatway we voluntarily lected the hardships we are compelled to face in 41eTHE THORN OF INFIDELTY CAN NOW l FURNISH THE GRAPES Freethinkerthat proposition for years but it is only just be ginning to dawn On the minds of theologians msOnly a week or so back the Blade made corn anent upon the financial crash which fell upon the Philadelphiaderm of and committed suicide to escape 7 tthe public wrath Unwilling to face the men wo smell and children he had robbed he was willing to appear before the God he worshipped and give nn acdunt of his life From another source we learn that in a southern city a certain restaurant was opened with religious exercises dedicated by a coterie of preachers The proprietor announced to the public that it was his purpose to open the llUshfllctoryevery day with prayer a custom he kept up until one day its doors were closed for registerIrcan1eYs worth of character by the length of his face on 1 unday In regard to jhrai1i1adelphia banki institu turn we are the Receiver appointed Ebyfrsthe courts announces that it will open again for that the depositors will be paid in full he assigns the failure to have been caused al gether by a union of church and business On is subject he says l e1he Directors all mean well They are all If Jtrustedto permit one man of their faith to run the institu tion to suit himself yonmightufuratheaheld him bqckpHe might have added that all his professed President Hippie knew a pretty woman from an bookngio trustedoscmakengWhiskey to the Orient to instil the saine kind n religion into the minds of a people who so oflsuperior in matters of business honesty ofcnclog and mutter Hipenextracting the iu for his own useif But the best part of this is yet to come Receiver Earle has a remedy for reorganizing the bank The remedy is an awful blowto religion He does not suggest that brethren of one faith can dwell to gether in business unity but mane up the new of Directors representatives of different sectsand t izhRendMy remedy for reorganizing banks where the rectors have all been of one faith is to have a 5J rectorate composed of one Jew one Gentile one r i Catholic one Methodist one Presbyterian one and one Lutheran Yes and I accept the that a conservative Infidel of board putation might be a good man to have buslnessli Commenting on this suggestion the American Israelite a Hebrew publication published in Cincinnati says Mr Enrlcs views are not such as will tend to make him popular with the pious brethren but they are nevertheless soundlUld the Blade agrees with the sentiment It is a wide gulf between a Ripple and a Stephen Girard Philadelphia domiciled both The for Continued on Page 4 first column- It 1 t 1 I r y iI THE BUCKEYE SECULAR UNION Secretarys Report of a Successful Ga ering at Marietta Ohio of Fourth Annau Convention New Office Elect X By LOU LAWRENCE Secretary The Fourth Annual Convention of the Buckeye Secular Union met in Marietta Ohio on Sunday September 9th 1005 The morning session was devoted to the election of officers and other business including the amendment of the constitution so as to dispense with the annual dues The new officers are as follows President Mr Geo 0 erts of Dennison 0 First Vice 1 real dent Dr T J Bowles of Muncie Ind Second Vice President Honorable W Elson of Dennison Ohio Treasur J W White of Midvale Ohio Secretary Miss Lou Lawrence of Barnesville 0 The first subject for the afternoon sion was The Fallacies of so called 1vealed religion Mr A C Naragon Canal Dover to whom the subject h been assigned being absent Mr Monroe Anderson of Muncie tilled J place ina manner which required apologies for lack of preparation T response to The Best Methods to crease Liberalism Locally by Mr Walter J Dutton of Elba was a paper filled with original ideas stated ina cle concise manner a paper which when was finished left the hearer hungry for more It is to be hoped that Mr ton will furnish it to the Blade for lication Mr J J White not being ent to respond to his number Education versus Superstition Hon A W Elson filled the vacancy with a speech of well rounded periods delivered in the smooth beautiful style of which the hearer not tircDr T J Bowles the grand old warhorse of Rationalism closed the program with a wellprepared denunciation of Blade readers that it is neces nary to say only that the effort was one ghniong his very best Following the program came several interesting short addresses by residents of Marietta and others Among these that of Rev Albert Coil pastor of the Unitarian Church of the city cannot be passed without comment He came back at the doctor and the doctors fession in a manner which showed th his studies had not been confined theology With a style of oratory whi reminded one of the rippling of a men ow brook in springtime he soothed ti doctors feelings while he lashed e profession right and left from rthe time of Aesculapius down tbe present day He made no defense H mistakes of The Priesthood but poin rt out that the path of progress was the i path for all Not a Rationalist prese but was charmed with the man and g that in belief he was so near them Indeed were The Priesthood compos ed of Coils the Buckeye Secular Union goneAli en M Lucas of 321 Gilman street entertained largely and on Sunday evening she gave a dinner at which some of the delegates had the pleasure of meeting many of Mariettas broadminded ple Next year the Union will meet Columbus While this union is suppose to be an Ohio state affair it is hope that many Rationalists in the adjoining states will join hands for the general good of the cause These and all Ohio people are solicited to send applications to the secretary at Barnesville Ohio The liberality of the daily press in giving mention of the meeting which becomes a hopeful portent of the times may be seen from the following item taken from the Marietta Times If Ohio could but have a dozen of such organizations scattered over the state and then for other states to imitate her example Freethinkers would be aston- Ished at the rapidity with which our cause would spread The article in full reads BUCKEYE HAS SESSION Interesting Addresses of the Annual Meetig of the Ohio State Organiza tion The annual meeting of the Buckeye Secular Union was held in this cIty yesterday at the home of Mrs Helen M LuCas on Gilman street West Side It is a state organizaztion which has for its purpose the emancipation men and women from superstition in Its 1he forms including those of religion A number of the people prominent in the work in this and other states were pres en and the meeting was an extremely interesting one The attendance was presJin tho history of the Union An election of officers was held and it f7resulted in the choice of the following L President George 0 Roberts of Den nison First VicePresident Hon A WEl son of Dennison Treasurer J W White of Midvale Secretary Miss Lou Lawrence off BamesvUleIthe people from out of town t r j i 1 lol tI were entertained at the home of Mn Lucas She gave a dinner party ycster day and fifty or sixty people were pros eat It was a very enjoyable affair and some interesting discussion occurred 11Among those present who took a prominent part in the meeting were reDr T J Bowles and J Monroe Anderson of Muncie Ind Dr Bowles was the chief speaker at the meeting and Air Anderson also made an interesting address W J Dutton and several Marietta people also addressed the gather mgThe visitors were much pleased with Marietta and with the hospitality and views of the people they met here PIETY AND PREVARICATION The Ruling Passions of the Czar and crThis is Why the People of Rus so Him By G W Foote in London Freethinker spinofof even ofJIiat a comp ari son Let us hope that she is nearing bethe darkest hour that precedes the da vii that a new nationstrong proap ous and selfgovernedvill arise Ire the ashes of the wicked and cruel old order of things itThe Czar called the Duma together it the moment it tried to be a reality He has promised to call another Duma next year on a fresh basisbasis but the people have had enough of his promises They under stand that he is pious and they know that he is a liar so they have a double reason for distrusting him They have learnt to smile at the legend of the Little Father They realise that all his fatherhood centres in the babyboy who is to follow him as the Lord of all the Hussias That object is enough for his narrow nature The welfare of the na tion is a mere trifle in comparison This miserable creature clinging to his di vine right in the name of God is t ghastliest spectacle on this planet T comedy of it has disappeared It has been drowned up in the groans of dying men and the cries of outraged women Dissolving the Duma the Czar elected to rule by mere brute force He and his minions started a reign of terror Men were shot down in hundreds Jews were unepeakadbe were id ethe prisons were filled with the leaders of popular opinion Is it any wonder that violence is being answered by vio letter Piieionnta eicn are prow atdoutmerry To kill ono of its d they are willing to sacrifice any num ber of innocent lives But that is the nature of war We know how the Boer children perished in South Africa Let us not be surprised then at the acts of the revolutionists in Russia The Auto cracy declared war on the nation rely ing on the Army to keep order with rifles maxims and artillery and the revolutionists conduct the war on their side with knives pistols and bombs Madness of course all round But then primary criminals are those in high places who started the bloody game and opponentsd to It is shocking to think of M Stolp pins young daughter and little boy torn by that explosion Poor children They are not responsible for the wrongs of Russia Yet after all their sufferings are only an episode in the frightful struggle which is going on in that happy country We must not let our feelings run away with our reason One drop must not blind us to the ocean of misery Nicholas has kissed and decorated the butchers of his people But when he heard of the explosion at M Stolypins he said that words failed him to ex press his indignation His own killings ore executions other peoples killings are murders That is how he looks at tho situation And it seems as though nothing would teach him better in this world Well the revolutionists may give him the opportunity of learning the lesson in another world But we should prefer his being wise in time The Czar claims to rule by the grace of God He is backed upin this by the Holy Church in Rissia God however says nothing Het lets people use hi name and holds his tongue Why doesnt speak Is he too busy t Has he had no news from Russia lately What is the reason of his silence An unmistak able word from him would set every thing straight What a chance And if he misses it what a wasted oppor tunity Can any thinking person look at tho state of Russia and still believe in the doctrine of Providence I Cardinal man said that ho looked into the worl for evidence of its divine government it was like looking into a mirror without seeing the reflection of his face The facts outside gave the lie to the belief within And this is strikingly the case Russia today For surely no human not even the worst would allow such quarreling and bloodshed to go on it4 i i dent that there is more a battle between Autocracy and Revolution goingon in in his own family It is alleged by a Times correspondent that awful conditions prevail in Russia According to this writer the nation is falling into the abyss of bes tiallty Hitherto tho morality of the people has rested on trust in God and the Czar all that is ended now and morality is left without support the result being a loosening of animal sions and the return ofchaos Very likely there is some truth in this When morality or anything else is erected upon a wrong foundation and the wrong foundation gives wl1Yl1S all wrong foundations must in the long run something unpleasant is bound to pen There may be terrible ruin for a arseNj rt inately find rest ona basis of order which will allow the utmost scope for tho spirit of progress 110The whole world is yearning for a fresh departure The old landmarks arc useless The old principles are inadequate The social idea must take the place of religious IdcaMen must longer love and serve God they must Csheronly possible for m n society It is not enough to aim at political and social changes a new makem all ideal And the new will have to be taught in Christian countries as it is taught in Japan It must be impressed upon the minds of children It must surround the cradle fill the schoolroom and inspire all the young lives it must be fortified by every domestic and public discipline then it will become the star of individual and social existence A NEW PRAYER Dedicated and Directed toa New Deity Whose Presence and Power all Ito For h0By A LUTTERMAN Oh God our Father and our Ahnight- Dollar we to Thee in our hulnb submission and pray Thee not to sake us in our trials and tribulations of the present time be with and help us to overcome all reasonable investigation that we may be able to same our selves from the disgrace of our trans- gressIons Let Thy word be preached in all corners of the earth that the pep pie may be disguised and not knowing what is going on the the world and arenicsrOh Lord Thou knowest the truth t there are some people who do not belie in Thy word give us Thy power to de stray them let us purify the mail from allobscene literature that comes from the press of ungodly people Thou know their works and their motives give strength to resist thir evil influences Almighty Dollar redeemer and sanctifier hide not Thy face in time of need without Thee we can do nothing but with Thee we are strong with Thee we are able to make kings and queens with Thee we can buy the press and turn our most heinous crimes into charity with Thce wo can build churches and gather people from all corners of the earth and lead them in Thy truth with Thee we can elect a President that will obey our rules and make lawyers in our fn ors but without Thee we are weak and must go down with shame Oh God let not Thy name be taken from th3 face of the Dollar for Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory on this earth but not in Leaven We trust in Thee and in Thee alone like not Thy face for In Thy presents we are under Thy protection We thank Thee for the past favors Thou hast Bestowed upon us Thou hast delivered us from all taxation and we thank Thee for all the free rides of the past and trust in You that those blessings will continue for ever We pray Thee Ok Lord and our re deemcr to save us from the evil fluences of Socialism that they may overpower us and destroy laws but rath er stand by us in the grand Republican party and when all is done and our works drawn finally to a close then take us home and gather us in Thy kingdom and crown us with Thy glory forever AMEN sLIGHT By DEN FRANKLIN BONNELL I asked our preacher where the light Four days before the sun Came from and he with holy spite Said You are making fun I said I only want to know And so have come to you He said I know where you will go throughde place And gloried in the thought That some day I would end my race On earth and find that spot Long years have passed the light I sought Shines through all space and time And in its radiance honest thought Has ceased to be a crime fi J J ifI vat1 THEY M Ca A RIVAL It is Now Charged With Diverting Mo ey From The Pockets of Preach And Growing in Disfavor By JOHN F CLARKE Rev Dr W F English of East Windsor Connecticut says that nunistiriil salaries have declined per cent in the last years in the Congrtgatioiml church He attributes the decline to tile Y M A which diverts money from the pastors to other church work He thinks that the tendency of the Y 1L C A is to spend moro for literature and less for talk by the minister Lava seen several attacks recently upon auxiliary branches of various diuretics Oe preacher recommended the dissolu flea of the E as it had aceonlplian- its ad purpose and had now becomo a drance and drag upon the church seems that some of these churches hat sharpened knives to cut their throw t hanhelped themselves and the creature has become the master It is the evolution of church business The old methods are played out and the men are in session That the formation of such to cieties would result in a divesion of an gate receipts was a foregone conclusion The Young Peoples Societies were organized to cajole young people into the church buildings with the idea of inducing them to take part in the regular church organization In this a failure was met with Young folks will attend the junior meetings when they have ovoice and part in the administration affairs but when asked to come and list en to one man while he does all the talking and pass out their good coin for no return they say No The Auxiliary Societies collect money for their own needs and perhaps a mar gin for graft and they collect from th same people that the dent parson has to eask toshell out for the cause of God Some people think that if they pay to the one faction that they have done enough for the Lord and that causes the financial shoe to pinch Churches are not automatic They will not run with preacherl0save Christ unless some one passes the money lively So there it is When the Y M C A cuts a few mOre per cent from the preachers salaries Rev Dr Englishh and Rev Dr American will jump from under and let God run His own salvation business It takes money to serve the Lord Enticing the young to como to church and sing and talk and get u altasbetd v0fillll up cast boxes at various times a young lady to join a Christian deavor Society and endeavor to low Jesus and also endeavor to make some young man love her is fine but who 8the marriage is over there is generally a double vacancy in the Society Then the President of the Society calls upon the workers to make good the lapses jus like the Insurance Companies do Cov eying lapses is not such easy work and usually results in robbing Peter to pay Paul Tine E of the Holy Faith Church will induce a few members of o Eof the Shining Angel Church to leave the Shining Angels and train with the Holy Faith gang This causes the Shining Angels to say a few lei autitu thve Holy Faith Saints There is likely to be new war in Heaven and John Milton had better como back and write the latest war news If The Auxiliaries chuck tho preachers out he will have lots of fallen angels to make devils of and good ones too That Presbyterian Bank- I remember when I used to go to Sunday School how nice unctuous gen tlemen were invited to address the dren and how they all said that certai- business men or bankers had told them that they would not employ boys that did not attend Sunday School That boys who paid respect to Sunday School lessons and loved the church were al ways to be trusted They always knew of some boys who were opposed to day Schools and they all grew up and turned out to be road agents bandits or else killed some one in a saloon brawl Years have passed and I see accounts of bankers who were noted for their piety undermining the financial insti tutions that they were running TheroI was a Baptist preacher out in South Illinois last Spring who wrecked 3 banks and committed suicide There was the great Waggman leading layman- of the Catholid Church in America made ducks and drakes of other peoples tunes in Washington and died after being exposed Then comes Stensland of Chicago known for his great religious character Down he goes and down goes the prospects of 20000 depositors Then comes Banker Ripple of Philadelphia 10000000 swiped by collusion with a few sharpers Ripple was treasurer of the Presbyterian Church Union Noted for his Christianity Set up a poor woo man in fashionable school at Dryer Mass s and spent 60000 on her school Took great interest in the school orator and the school paid daily visits Kind heart r i r 1 a ed phllanthopist Upholder of Sunday Laws Put a pistol in his mouth and peeNc tile like They begged him to invest 1theIr money for them His Christians honesty was bond enough Now they are kicking themselves They have pal for their lesson and I hopo that it will do them good Was a family lived about this neighborhood All religious but one boy This boy Ben put to work in an enameling establishment Boss oI the plant very religious insisted upon all employees attending Sunday School every Sunday Ben refused was dis charged told the boss to go to hell Went to Brooklyn and made a fortune and is a respected citizen Does not at tend church The rest of the family Istill religious Not one of them worth a damn financially or personally The owner of the enameling plant now a trust magnate and not liked by com munity Still religious and still insist ing upon employees attending divine worships Few employees rise above 000 a week workmen Wise thIng- s religion to keep employees quiet whil the chains of slavery are forged around them Ben not forgotten his friends and has helped to put some of them upo 11is their feet These are only a few sam of what does for men and friershd will looks about them they will see and hear of just such cases Write the up They open the eyes of some of tL dupes of religionists Truth is mighty and will prevail THE GREAT MENACE OF SOCIAI- ISY Men Should Cease to Fir- With it or Socialism May Over Unforbiddene By WILLIAM H BARNHART From Liberal Review Rarely perhaps never has a great social development paused in its oncoming until all the people awaited it wit outstretched arms Illustration the r preach of modern Socialism Again great movements seems to pro coed by their own insensate energy un guided by any conscious agency as does the wave of the sea Illustration the enrolling Socialism 11Again the foes of a new order have ever been unwitting midwives at its birth Illustration the tremendous im todoPmagnates andtheIr like everyono bf whom abhors Socialism but does more- to advance its cause than do a scoreofI its friends who openly preach its e trines In theory there is nothing in a name 1and indeed there should be nothing But in practice there is much in a name All us humans are too much like the bull that flies into a rage at the sight of red containting his delectable supper Fortunes have been confiscated reputations blasted life blotted out and the progress of the world stayed as penalties for sounding words Who that has a memory fortyI years old cannot recall the odium tached to the noble words abolition and fugative even in the free North land And today in this scIentific century what hosts of excellent people detest the word science rational reason free thought liberal In my youth I attended the funeral ear vices for a citizen of my town whose appalling condition as it was pIctured to my impressionable mind made a fadeless mark upon my memory I that day resolved that however vile and de graded I might become in afterlife would never become liberal Thus are ideas suppressed and mere sounds used to prejudice the mind of the child and colornred infuriates the bull Socialism is a good wholesome word meaning essen blindthatred of the word thousands forget that the principle it embodies has given us the great fraternal orders the post office schools the benevolent agencies the hospitals the asylums and innumerable statutes enacted in pursuit of a square deal for everyone even the est and humblest citizen And yet it seems to me it would be a deadly error to organize society upon the Socialists basis as that basis is laid down by Socialist propagandists There seems to be more than one fatal de feet in the programme which fail of adequate treatment by all Socialists whom I have read or heard One of them in my unimportant judgment the greatest is the undervaluation of the part played in our industrial organIza- tion by employment As I see it the employment of the people overtops all such principles as wages capital rent interest private ownership monopoly production profit wastes competition hours and all other principles used as firebrands by the Sociajlst reformer Industrial stagnation and consequent poverty er occur accompanied by abundant em ployment All things else may be wrong and a degree of comfort will be r a a widespread if employment be plentiful ft all things else may be right and wide H spread suffering will prevail if employ ment be scarce Therefore a new or 4decreasethought of as a substitute for the pres dent industrial system admittedly very imperfect but whose glory is that it affords greater and more diversified emlployment to the worlds teeming work ers and consequently a wider diffusion of comfort than was ever before enjoy ed in the worlds history I must notIbe understood to defend the unjust cumulation of wealth in the hands of few nor to maintain the absurd propo ajsition that the worker receives his share of the wealth that is produced his assistance But I do make the as sertion that under our present imper feet system there is not a family in the United States whoso breadwinner is capable and in good health who may not honestly have abundance to eat and wear carpets on the floors pictures on the walla a piano in the home and the home paid for by obeying absolutely- e the laws of moral and the laws of economics Why Simply because with the people properly distributed there is employment for everyone that able and capable to work on account of our glorious natural resources and our innumerable and widely diversified avenues of employment the latter be ing due almost wholly to science What 11has Socialism to offer in place of our multiplicity of employment With the utmost frankness it proposes to destroy what it terms needless occupations for example insurance commercial travel ing advertising and real estate agencies and kindred callings Also what it terms wasteful expenditures such nit rivalMtelephone lines multiplied shops factor ties mills stores banks hotels newspa pers etc etc But it proposes no new occupations and no ex nsionofold ones save the federal service It pro poses no disposition of the millions de prived of the means of earning their share of the bounty of the earth and in dustry save the fantastic Arabian Nights dream of reducing the working hourshotherwise dispose of the remaining six hours per day according to each indi vidual taste Socialism may overwhelm us unbidden I do not see how thinking men can flirt with itso long as it not show a programme the foundation of which is full and remunerative ployment for all But that is just what thousands of thinking men are doing Mores the pity Willing to Pay S2a Year Ingl side Texas As100m no good at soliciting subscribers I will try and help the Blade a little again by sending you 2 to advance my subscription an other year from date and the other dol lar to pay for the subscribers that I did not get but it will help a little anyway I am willing and will pay 200 a year as long as the Blade and I live but at the death of either of us this agree meat is canceled I S FOWLER METHODS t The Organization into a Political Body OF ALt CHAB GOVERNMENT L pyesInR soflyupon 8tMe Br uniting with and attMln creed or fndITIdualIandljiutlr for pretslon or belief Br preventing the corrupt reign of byIBr rlghtt and Justice to ill in all and by all other practical and libertySuittials a and tree neat mutt rat EXPERIENCE BO YEARS I MARKSI Anrone sending a sketch and mai ulaklr sacertaln our wbelhar tCommUnltRodoniforsocurlngpatents1nteuu without cheese the Scientific Jtatericatt Ahandsomely Illustrated weekln Tureen relation of journal Terms yenrfourmontbsL tieldbyannewadealers M rant fm Cod SLaWablNew J9rrI Our fee returned if we fall one sending sketch and description ot any invention receive our free couctrolni the 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thing to do at a given tIme and place may not be the best to do at a different time and place or at a different time at the same plat I do not believe in com promising with error but it is often necessary to choose between two evils in order to prevent the greater one For instance suppose our Legislature was considering the enactment of a strict Sunday observance law and member should offer an amendment more liberal in its provisions- If there was no chance of defeating some kind of a law recognizing tho church as the owner of oneseventh a our time then it would be tho duty of a Liberal member to support an amend although it would also be erron 14ment in principle Apply this idea to conditions in the different communi ties and if you cant get what you want get what you can in your line People in tho cities and larger towns are considered much more liberal than people in the country districts Why is i this In my opinion it is because of the difference in tho facilities for amuse ment recreation and instruction of us who live in rural districts mus look well to the supplying of these de ficiencies if we would lessen the power ut tile church for harm in tho different communities Let me illustrate Some years ago the public institutions in the little town in which I live were a school and a church We had no public hall where we could hold entertainments of any kind except the small school room People must have some place to go some way to break the monotony else i they will go to church and whether such pfiOple4Akeanypart in church affairs or not the church profits by su hat tendance In our village a public hall would not pay financially at an invest ment There mme a time when an opportun ity offered for organizing a lodge of a secret order in the village Th6 organ ization was completed and very few of the members had any thought of oppo sition or injury to the church and none of us joined the organization for the specific purpose of opposition to the church yet the direct result of that organization is a splendid public hall the greatest enemy of the church in the community and I might add but very 4few of the members of the Lodge sus pected this fact yct This is but one way of directing the energies of the people against the church If any of you live in communities where public hall facilities are inadequate you will be doing the cause of Liberalism a great service by supplying that deficiency The study of our own careers is a good way we have to guide our actions to the benefit of Liberalism Probab ly the most of you have at some period in your lives believed in the truth of Christianity For my own part I never belonged to any church yet in my young er days I used the word Infidel as scornfully as the most religious bigot of today would Most of my associates were not religious and some of them mild opponents of Christianity but whenever I went any place it was usu ally to Sunday School or church and naturally I absorbed the poison there extended What was the antidote to this poison I The logic of an Ingersoll would have no more effect than water on a ducks back A friend who came from a Universalist community supplied me with their literature Tho average Universalist is a person of some intel lectual capacity but a moral coward afraid to accept what he knows to be the logical conclusions of his own reas oning Their arguments outside of Bi bllcal doctrine convinced me but it did not make a moral coward of me I was at the point where an argument would be taken at its face value and was pre pared for something better No two of us are alike in temperament and it may be that some of you have had your faith shake qn by an availancho of Liberalism but doubtless most of you have come to your present position step by step as I have Then I would urge that the work of preparation be not neglected and do not withhold your support from my project that interests and occupies the energies of the people If It Is morally unobjectionable and not actually in port of the church The church aims to II looI tf i ilf1 suppress everything that she can not turn to her own account because every energy exerted some other way is so much less for the cLurch We sometimes forget that generally the minds of people must be prepared for the reception of anything radically different from their present ideas REFINEMENT EVEN IN ORUEL Ancient and Modern Methods Brought in Sharp Contrast Through a Critique of One of Bryans Unfortunate Word Pictures By HARRIET M CLOSZ The following is an extract from an address by William J Bryan at pendence day banpuet of the Amen Society of London July 4th 1006 On the wallls of the temple of KILl nak an ancient artist carved tho like representedlhair und in the other hand is raise a club with which to strike the cap tives What king would be willing to confess himself so cruel today Of coursd the kingly rulers of today wouldshrink from being considered brutally inartistic as to belabor their victims with clubs Besides it ia un necessary for more refined moil of torture have been called into use For atarvatassthetio sensibilities for the gaun form of the hungry worker can be ex eluded from the princely which ruletr who ignores him In this connection we recall that up to the time of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria to whom brother Bryan re ferred with much feeling a million and a quarter of her Irish subjects had died of starvation and more than twice as many had escaped a similar fate by emigrating You see the bogs of Ire land are not contiguous to Windsor and Balmoral Castles with their 10000 acres of verdant fields and forests prostr Paddy hopelessly stuck in the mud of tradition dutifully carries his pittance to the palace gates instead of succor ing his famishing family Oh yes the leisure class is necessary to our devel opment Then you remember that during the reign of Victoria there were over three score wars and it seems far more mane for tens of millions of men who had no quarrel between themselves to line lip and fight to the death than for a ruler to beat with a club a few of the instigators of the trouble as was done in ancient times though the latter course did not entail a debt upon pos terity to the steenth generation But let us glance again at the almost helpless Irish people and note the 185 daily evictions due to the inordinate demands pf aristocrats and the wasteful expenditures of royalty However it is unnecessary for Mr Bryan to drag in an Oriental ruler to point a moral for our capitalistic class evicts more people in New York city alone then is record ed of all Ireland Isnt it high time tha wo should begin to ponder the question of whether it would be more cruel to knock on the head with a club a few of the ruling exploiters of labor or whether we should permit them to slow ly torture the lives from men women and children by excessive work and by insufficient poisonladen food and by exorbitant prices for the necessities of the nonproducers cannot be induc ed to relinquish thier hold on the throats of the producers then the loyal leaders of humanity should rise to the occasion and not only grasp them by the hair but administer a few persua sive taps on their heads with cudgels and when tho work is accomplished these leaders will not only be praised in the present but immortalized in bronze in future even as the rulers of Karnak a OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT Roosevelt is a Man of Ideas and the Writer is Glad the Chief magistrate Did Not Act on the Advice he Gave Him By ANNO DOMINI MARBLE No2 My Dear Mr President I am so glad you did not make Con gress pass a law to levy a direct tax on all voters of 5 to each per annum for a campaign fund as I had previously suggested The fund would of course bo used to keep the present rulers in power Are not the present day rulers appointed by The Great Ruler the same as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah t Can the rulers of these days do arty wrong any more than the rulers in those good old days I Of course not Is it not generally understood the world over that emperors kings presidents arid some queens can do no wrong About the only ones who do not believe itare the Socialists the prohiba andI fio ii ii tho Populists but you see they have never been in power I admit that your way is the best while my plan would work all right among the Republicans it might create dissention among the Democrats where we want absolutecontentmentbecausoc- ontentment means decay A contented people never progress they dream their days away it would take a whole regiment of them to break a broncho evtdentlY y uating the race and the Republican par ty is simply grand You gave the na tion the canned intelligence Associated press dispatches that the party would not solicit campaign funds here after from tho various trusts and it is quite evident that the Democratic party be laved you and are acting upon that plan yoursLpay an annual sum of three millions of dol lars to whitewash the beef trust and give it a plughat reputation at home and abroad worth 50000000 a year to threedgn fund Yes I admit that to be better than levying direct tax Your plan is so satisfying to our benefactors Do not the people still remember how the sugar trust contributed one million lars to elect your predecessor with the understanding that it should have a hand in regulating the tariff which it did sufficient to make an additional profit of 10000000 in the space of camtare Investments outside of Lexington real estate CHRISTIANITY AND MOTHERHOOD Scathing Denunciation of Christian In fluences Over the Race Down with the Preacher the BattleCry From ToMorrow It is now fully established among thinking people that Christianity has been a decoy a false guide a bunco leadingtheof life government and education its methods have been employed Under Christianity the highest function of womankind motherhood has been ques tioned interfered with and debased Throwing aside ceremonial bias and traditional obcession let us view the matter squarely What from time immemorial has been the spectre that the unmarried woman has feared upon realizing that she was to become a mother Purely the frown and torment of Christianity and its sa regulation ever subdued the sex passion No except to make perverts and debauchers of chlldrtti Will regulation ever subdue it No Would the amid grow Bad should we henceforthserve honor and glorfy all motherhood No No No Instead of recognizing in the consent of motherhood a joy and delight that wetmarble heart resulting in abortion sex perversion prostitution suicide all arti ficnlly produced crimes all unnatural tearing down processes brought to the fore by the ignorant busybodies who interfere with a magnificent spontaneity which in the face of all human in terference has still persisted in supply ing the world with its brightest pro dutsI say to you carping priests and preachers and your ignorant followers who do not understand the processes of life Prostate yourselves Fall down upon your faces fill your mouths with dust and when hereafter women through love voluntarily accept the bur dens and joys of motherhood I say worship them make their paths easy crown them with glory and not with thorns Bow down and worship the mother I say because you have been destroy ing mankind long enough You have been making prostitutes and abortion ists long enough You have driven enough beautiful women to destruction I hold you responsible for every sigh for every care and every worry of her who but for you would become a mother Race suicide is yours The brothel is yours The slums are yours But your crooked gnarled bigoted conception of life shall last no longer Down I say with the Christian preachers and his teachings Up up away up to the very highest let us send our praises of con senting motherhood no matter whether sanctioned by ceremonies and incanta tions or not Praying for Rain Lockport N YThe enclosed clip ping shows some more of the foolish ness that the Christian indulge in that causes the thinking men and women to stop short and wonder earnestly pray for rain and expect their prayers will be answered The funny part is that it rained in the vicinity of Lockport on Monday morning the 20th but did notI wet the perched and cracked ground to exceed one inch in depth while all the f week of the 20th the county surround ing Niagara Erie County on the south and West Geneva on the south and southwest Orleans County on the east and Niagara County along the shore of Lake Ontario about one mile in width have had heavy rains nearly every day Of course there s no record given that the surrounding country prayed for rain and Lockport and vicinity is still dry evidently the fellow to whom our good Christian people prayed forgot them in their great need and they will have to buckle on their Christian armor and im portune him again and then it may be like the old woman whose garden laid in a really and was all drying upshe asked her good Methodist preacher to pray for rain which he did when he saw there was pretty good evidence in the clouds for rein ho proceeded to the old ladys house they knelt in prayer the good man started in and ho prayed for Gods sake He went home in tho night up came a regular cloud burst flooded the valley tore up the old ladys cab bage onions peas corn tomatoes in fact everything She stood in the door barefooted elbows n kirnbo hands on her hips and reviewed the garden over und said dotrat them dam Methodists they lawys overdo everything So it may be with our Lockport good Chris tians if they enter the prayer ring again While we call the Christians who pray for rain ignorant and foolish what to call the people who put out the Lockport UnionSun for printing such rot I hardly know unless it be they are hard up for news itemsJ J SWABE PETER NOT A CHRISTIAN Timothy Toddles layon his bier When his watchers were suddenly filled with fears For he opened his eyes and sat up and said Z dreamed a dream I thought I was dead They conducted me to Peter the Great Where he sat on his throne and ruled the state And I said Where is the other man He answered me Find him if you can Then I said Where is he who asked of his How oft masterIgive P And he said plaster For no such man could ever live And I asked where was he who held the keys Of heaven kind sir now if you please Will you answer me and tho monarch said- certainly1 will that man is dead But if you would know what he was said he Go read your book and there youll see That his master said Get me behind For thou art not of godlike mind But a devil you are as I always knew And that is why I have chosen you You may hold the keys till the day of doom Of heaven but it has no room With doors whose locks those keys will fit For the man who seeks to live by his wit Will never wander heavens way And he hasnt even to this day No wonder the preachers prate of per dition With no hope of changing the peoples condition- If they must follow Peters crew Who a devil was and also a Jew MRS GEO VALE TIS RESULTS ONLY THAT COUNT Depends Upon What You do Whether Organization by Freethinkers be Wise or Unwise By JAS B ELLIOTT There is much correspondence going on in the Liberal press upon tho value of organization and I may add that the value consists in what results have been accomplished I may cite tho Paine Memorial Association as an example of work done and without it Paines portrait and bust would not have been in Independance Hall He would have been ignored at the dedica tion of tho monument to the heroes of Red Bank His monument at New chelle would have been neglected and future generations would have pointed to the fact The original editions of his Common Sense and Crisis would not have been in the State House at Philadelphia and many other works have been neglected that have helped to keep the memory of this great pio neer of Freethought before the publlo press This was the work done by one Association Dr J B Wilsons trip to Romewas made possible by the statue of Bruno at Rome The statue of GeL Ingersoll at Peoria the purchase of the Betsy Ross house where the first American flagwas made and the purchase of the log cabin and farm of Abraham Lincoln one jof the Infidel Presidents was some of tho work done by the organizations of LIr which I am a member and none of the above work would have been done had not some individual started the organ ization and the province of the Free thought press should be to aid the ganization or individual to help the cause of Liberalism forward I may add that the Lincoln Homestead Asso elation has on its membership list Cardinal Gibbons Mark Twain Andrew Carnegie and other Infidels like yours truly NOTE REDUCTIONS Hampden 18 size Special R Way 23 Jls 2600 New RWay 23 Jls 24 Deuber Watch Co21 Jls U7 same 17 jls J14 Elgin Verltaa 23 Jli 29 Father Time 21 Jls 2260 B W Raymond 19 Jls 20 B W Ray mond 17 Jla 1860 Waltham Vanguard 23 JIB 29 Crescent Street 21 2260 Ap pleton Tracey Co Premier 17 Jls 1860 same not Premier 16 The above guaranteed to pus R Way Inspectors Sundries WalthamjP S Bart lett or Elgin Wheeler 17 Jli justed nickel same gilt 7 same Hampden nickel 800 same not ad Justed Elgin Waltham or Hamp den nickel 16 Jls Elgin or Wal tham nickel noncatchable hair spring 7 Jls Hampden Jls gilt 460 Standard or Century Jls L Al the above In or 4ounce all verlne case prepaid In silver or gold filled screw case accompanied by manufacturers and my guarantee for 20 years or in hunting case more In 25 year screw case or in hunting case 860 more than In all verlne case In solid gold case 10 to 60 more LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large 6 size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased 7 Jls 16 Jls 11 16 Jls adj 15 small c size 7 Jls 1160 16 Jls 16 Jls adj 18 Riverside extra fine 24 In 25year case more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Latter with diamonds all In plush box preP paid with guarantee Send for prices of Watches not listed Jewelry Rings Silver and Plated Ware Optical Goods and My Tract Theism In the Crucible free OTTO WETTSTEIN La Grange Cook Co Hi I or SUMMER TIME TABLE I iLexington Eastern Railway Com pany Effective May 20 1908 ffii t 3S East BoundY Fif Leave Pm Amt No2 No 4 f IJLexington Ky 225 746a f Winchester Ky 310 826sL E Junction Ky 325 837rClay City Ky 400 913 i Stanton Ky 410 923 Campton Junction Ky 440 905 F 964iTorrentBcattyvlllo June Ky 518 1029 Athol Ky 646 1059 Xl O K June Ky 606 1126 Jackson Ky 610 11304asTrain No2 dally except tTrain No4 dally l West Bound Leave Am Pm v tJacksonO K June Ky 629 230 1 Athol Ky 666 253 Beattyvllle June Ky 726 320 Torrent Ky 747 342 1NaturalStanton Ky 828 425 Clay City Ky 837 434 L E Junction Ky 910 603 Winchester Ky 923 620 Lexington Ky 1010 606 Train No1 daily except Sunday 3 IBeattyvllle and with the O K for local star tlons on the O K Railway L E Junction Trains Nos 1 and for Mt Sterling and Intermedi ate points Campton Junction All trains con nect with the Mountain Central Ry for Pine Ridge and Campton UPTODATE PAMPHLET ON MARRIAGE c AND DIVORCE JOSEPHINE 1t HENRY k VERSAILLES KENTUCKY All orders promptly filled i Price copy 25c Ib copies for 100 iii 44 sees READY Not for YEDwiLERsn 1 CHICAGO 320 Pages Cloth POST PAID SIOO I It1AStory of the Underworld and the Overworld Parker H Strcombe Editor ToMorrov Magazine Chicago Only a limited edition of this remarkable book will be printed Each copy will be signed Sercombe Him self andautomatically num 1 up First orders in will get the low exceptNoSercombe 2238 Calumet AddressUto CENTS 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 rte organ The Truth About God which It publishes monthly and Its school The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Typewriting Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship and Spelling and The Truth About God in a general retiree of study giver by the tea porary International Instructor for the church The Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants 900 more to formally organize and Incorporate The first thousand members will be the founders and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY It you have loved ones you wish rescued from the Idolatry of wortkip Ing a dead man named Jesus and a myth named God you should join this Church and it vrlll aid you In freeing them and in saving your posterity from becoming Idolaters by teaching them The Truth About God Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ay plicatlon for membershiL information about the college and send S sate for a years subscrlpUot to the TRUTH ABOUT GOU Do It MW I fi J I Editorial Continued from page oneEmer was a pious humbug a thief and a murderer The latter was an Athiest a gentleman a scholar and a patriot Both have left a record behind them Ripples is clothed in pious infamy That ofI Girard is surrounded by a halo of human glory that will be imperishable with time Infidelity has long been a serious thorn in the side of religion but it appears that orthodoxy isI now about to gather the grapes which it has long preached do not grow there If infidelity is a good thing in the ruined bank it would be a better innovation in the church The Blade suggests that the Presbyterians of the Quaker City try the experiment A little can soon leaven the who i shootin match s THE SWORD AND THE CROSS Did Secretary Boneparte of the Naval Department properly understand and appreciate the fact that war is but the rivalry of men focused in its most intense form he would have sang to a differ ent tune in his recent address before the graduating class at Annapolis- In the first place we must accept the view that the graduates are young men who have beer trained to carry on the art of murder at sea They have gone through a course of careful instructor in the skilful manipulation of ships with monstei guns aboard and how to use those guns with the best possible effect in the attempt to blow Christian brains into eternal froth With this under stand we can appreciate the fact that the sentiments expressed by the Secretary of Navy to those young men would carry weight and force The very existence of such institution is a standing menace to the peace of the world Its alumni are drawn from productive labor They consume but do not produce Their maintenance increases the tax burdens imposed upon the people They are expensive luxuries and in these days of trust and corporate operations luxuries come high During his talk to the students he remarked I am not prepared to say that war will never be a lost art for I am not gifted with that confidence in own omniscience which has been vouchsafed to some among my countrymen but i am quite ready to say that hap py consummation will not be attained in forty years or eighty or until men have become better or worse than men This statement was made k answer to the optimistical suggestion that wax would become absolute in forty years While the secretary appears to concede that war may become a lost arty he does not opine that it will be in our day and generation so that he is conservative rather than radical and comes nearer squar ing with the views of jingoes in America that most of those well informed individuals who have studied h human history to any purpose Neverthe less the secretary has gone a little further than history justifies him in doing Wars have sprung up over the most trival affairs that nations ought to have felt ashamed of such arbitrament It was once said by a profound student of human affairs who had studied human nature to a purpose and knew his neighbor even as he knew himself that so long as two men and one woman were left on earth the possibility of war would be ever present We opine that it is true as events in history have conclusively proven There is a reason for this We may call ourselves civilized We play prate of our scholastic ahieve ments We may boast of our progress and prosperity but we are yet half savage for the bulk of mankind today inclines to be a fighting animal partly by instinct partly from choice Man loves the conflict lIe enjoys the storm The throb of the war drum and the clash of steel appeals to him as nothing else Some argue that when man quits fighting he will guit advancing and will retro grade Modern science has robbed war of much of the romance connected with medieval slaughter but the response may by the young men of Amer ica demonstrates that it will not materially affect the list of volunteers whenever there is a call to armsThe views herein expressed may be pessimistic but the Blade regards them as true We can real ise that peace hath its victories as well as war and that the bubble fame is not always to be found at the cannons brazen help When that great parliament of man has been successfully established in the federation of the world war will be no more Religion has ever been one of the most potant causes of war It has set nation against nation against community family against fam Bone of the same bone and flesh of the same ilily the religious doctrines cast men in defferent and war was an inevitable result When opt trains of religious thought try to pass each other on a single track there is going to be trouble To briefly scan human history will reveal the sad fact that of allmen and women aye and even babes who have died by the sword whose blood princiIall has been the religion of Christ The pattern of the sword was forged after the pattern of the cross and it is a worthy prototype of human de struction Thrift is a characteristic of the Britishcrown and the newly made spouse of the King of Spain is not the first female of that specie to abjure the creed of her fathers for the privilege of sharing a monarchs bed and board Their religious scruples count for naught when weighed against a crown The present empress of Russia was also a prote stant who accepted Catholicism to get a scorbutic husband A religion that is incapable of putting more moral backbone into its adherents is less useful than a mosquito and has about asmuch moral strength as a banana iI tij5sMibA OUR VIEWS ON ORGANIZATION In a recent edition of the Truth about pod a small paper published at Great Bend Kansas byI W H Kerr through the Church of Humanity a series of questions are propounded to the Blade the consensus of which is that as the Blade is an advocate and believer in a more compact organizatioi American Freethinkers why it does not ally itself with the Church of Humanity especially as it is claimed the organization as at present constituted embraces all that the Blade asks for and contains within itself the acme of organized offer and propaganda The Blade does not now propose to take up and answer seriatim the questions submitted as it would take more space than the Blade can spun for that purpose but to simply say that as the gen eral trend of all the editorial comment stricture or suggestions combine upon the one question of affiliation or nonaffliation with the Church of Humanity or to give reasons if the negative prevails the Blade will give but a condensed answer to all First the Blade does not believe that the Church of Humanity can be made the nucleus of any great or powerful organization This is caudid and we presume that the managers of that organization prefer candor to hyopcrisy At best the influence it may be capable of wielding must be to a large extent local in character and can not extend very far beyond the confines of its walls Its method of organization is a starting to build from the top downwards whereas any structure to be sound must be built from the bottom upwards A nations institution must be based upon the representation of states and states upon communities within those states This work of local organization is being gradually put into effect in many parts of the cowl try These need the encouragement and then t bring about every possible multiplication of their number When any state can boast a dozen or more local societies the task of organizing a stat body is rendered comparatively easy Through the state body a uniformity of propaganda can be brought about and then from the state we can proceed to the nation Twenty years ago or more the American Secular Union a national organization attempted t carryon the Freethought propaganda along the same lines Others followed in the same footsteps All met with failure and succumbed to the inevitable The Secular Union issued charters to loci societies authorizing them to carry on the propaganda in its name but it is doubtful if oneper cent of these charters could be located today An evidence of the futility of such a plan It seems to the Blade from what itcan learn concerning the plans of the Church of Humanity that it is proceeding along the same old lines and if continued must meet with the same old results A successful organization must have the peopl behind it or it will go to the wall What is needed is the organization of a Committee composed of the best known most capable and energetic Freethinkers in the country This Com mittce should be given a fund to work on The fund can be raised by vpluntary contribution With the fund and the knowledge the Committee would have as to method and application an organ izer specially selected could be put into ever state kept there and maintained at the expense of the propaganda fund The duty of the organize would be to establish local societies free and inde pendent of any national organizatio The local societies could work along a common plane and when ready for further development the state body could be organized am made a delegated convention When six or more states have been thus organized then the nations organization qould be brought into existence and the body brought into harmonious relationship Upon such a foundation the work could be properly extended in every direction until all the states are brought into the fold and a common bond established between them Unity of purpose and propa ganda would then become a fact and Freethough would become a power for good in the land From this it will be seen that the two things necessary is the committee and the fund Neither could be of much serivce without the other The committee would be impotent without funds ant the funds would demand in justice to all that only those authorized to do so should expend thorn The Committee could be appointed by the expressed will of a majority of all Freethinkers in the country tio be made known through the columns of the Freethought press Until the committee is formed the Freethought papers or some suitable person could be made the custodian of the fund so that when the committee was ready to begin business it would have a fund on hand to begin with Such are the views on organization entertained by the Blade These views come as a result of the expressions already made by Freethinkers on the subject There can be no doubt that industry and science Mould govern the world instead of caste and religion for the history of mankind is really a record of the conflicts between the workers of society and those who deprived them of the fruits of their labor the privileged classes When every citizen is inhibited from leading a life of idleness there will be little need of religion in any form Such a move would renovate society both mentally and morally The Christian religion has wrought every element of society that now taints our civilization riiis can only be refined away through the fluences of Freethought with education It is a peculiar and noteworthy fact that no savage na ion was noted for its licentiousness that alone stands as one of the curses of Christian civilization Admitting every other claim this will ever stand as a damning indictment against Christianity and its baneful influence upon the race jtto + 1++ id44fii H ++ THE BLADES i i LETTER BOX jM I Franklin lleald Your valued opinion concerning the Rome Book is highly apI preciated both by Dr Wilson and theI madeIJ J SwabeTo be successful whenI praying for rain your pious neighbors should watch for the direction of theI wind When the wind blows right praying might come inIHenry CarpenterThanks for clip pings F M Weaver Wo thank you for the compliment Lexington is still a good place to live even if we have too many Your splendid example ought to become contagious- A Luttcrman hanks for dippings Some of them may erase in usetu1 George 0 Roberts Your notice ol the Buckeye Secular Union mooting came too late for us to use with benefit to you In this issue will ta found the secretarys report of that meeting Would like to have been with you but could not Mrs Vina HodgesYou have adopteJ a wise course Whenever a paper tc which you have been subscribing cease to please you drop it As we are tc cut you from the list there was really no need of correcting the mistake of your name J A Corrihcr Many others like yourself have missed the trenchant of Editor Moore We realise our in ability to fill the place made vacant by his death- J A Elscnrath Your communication furnishes additional proof of the fact that educated and intelligent men can not be Christians- J A Cole We wish we could do more than merely extend our thanks for your great interest in and valuable services for the Blade Some day we may Le able to reward you better Geo A GilpatrickYour view Is cellent If only ten per cent of thi money that is squandered in creedal lit erature could be turned into Frecthoughi channels our cause would soon flourish like a green bay tree J W GreceThe use of Christs blooi as a seasoning to faith is only imagin ary even with those who profess to be lieve it That Is also a matter of fait Only fools can believe it J J HermanThe question of burying our own dead is a pertinent one If we had a perfect organization such mat ters could be provided for and if the necessity arises you might have some one prepare you a form and then get n friend to read it D LeahyThere is practically nc Freethought organization ins America The National Liberal Association am American Secular Union exist only name Both names should be dropper and a new association built upon the Shaw The matter to which you refer can be but a mere coincidence if it is true We may have something say on the subject in our next issue Still in the Woods Saladq OrePlease stop this paper I have taken it to be edited as an infi del paper and now when the demo cratic socialistic views are so glaringly covering its pages Icall a stop Sc stop right now You have got mj mile wrong anyway It should be Mrs George Hodges or Vina Hodges as you please VINA HODGES Rome Book Highly Endorsed Los Angeles CalI have just re ceived and am reading Dr Wilsone book a Trip to Rome and do not wonder that it is so highly endorsed by those who have read it It is hard to lay it aside until it is finished I like his uncompromising ridicule in com paring religion with science I shall recommend it highly to my readers of Higher Science FRANKLIN H HEALD Editor Higher Science YouAe Right Ontario Canada The Rome book came to hand a few days ago I have not read much of it but as far as have read it comes up to expectation My object in writing just now is to call your attention to the heading of an ar ticle in the Blade of the 29th The Birth of Christ should it not have been the Birth of Jesus It is news to me that Christ was born A myth born The gospels say Jesus was born in Beth ulna of Judeq etc Remsburg says CLriot only his title Salad in says Chricl moons the anointed or greased out Are not you and all Freethinkers Iliiying into the hands of the Christian when you use the word Christ instead of Jesus the Immaculate and fatherless Jew Just give the matter your ser ious consideration and decide if I am not about half right and at the same time give us the reason why the com pilers of the King James Bible in the gospels mention Jesus Jesus Jesus and the headline of the chapters which ire no part of the scriptures the word Christ is almost invariably usedA READER OF THE BLADE A FreethoughtInventor- T ren m PaEnclosed is a postal Ill I tiV6i order for Wilsons Rome book to be sent to Mr F A Weigel Johnetta Fa Mr Weigel is a machinest and an in ventor He holds patents for three very useful inventions a pump a ty elevator and a selfgenerating auto matic steam engine This invention doe away with boilers coal and smoke stacks Uncle Sam can now in time war paint his warships water color and sail into the ports of his enemies unobserved and bombard their cities or defences In this invention the steam is generated instantaneously as it is need ell111e electricity from a storage tery supplies the spark from which the machinery is set in motion It is petual motion in itself No need of coaling stations for railroads and navi gallon companies Large manufactur ing cities will have no need of smoke ordinances and smoke consumers Ho tels restaurants and large stores can have light and electric fans at a frac tion of present cost without the neces sity of coal hunkers and boilers ami thus lessen the chances of loss from fire boiler explosions etc and in thi end reduce rates on fire insurance Mr Weigel is a Freethinker and tends to help open the eyes of the world to some of the superstition whit blinds it Send him a few samples of the Blade nlso1 A ELSENRATH For Blade and Rome Book Salt Lake City Utah Enclosed fin 215 one dollar to renew my subscription to the Blue Grass Blade and bal ance for Dr Wilsons Rome book Send both to me at the above address Thi Blade has been coming to me at Sciplo Utah for quite a number of years bu as I do not live there now I would like to have it sent to me here as I will hi here for sometime Please send Dr Wilsons book at once as I have a friend in the hospital hero who would like read the book and Blade while unable to do anything else I have been nt Scipio but very little in the last two years and had but little chance to read the Blade and therefore know but little about it but as I expect to be located here for some time I want to read it again Wishing the Blade every sue cess I remain respectfully oursoLE MADSEN Ahead of the Times Greensburg IndFind enclosed 200 for which correct my label to the proper date and continue to send the made to the same address The truth impel me to say that the Blade is keeping abreast and a little ahead in the forwarc progress of thought Men everywhere are thinking for themselves in politic and religion Hasten the time when none will be the tools of machines or the dupes of creeds JOHN BODITT Infidels Should Bury Their Dead Blue Springs MoFind enclosed 2- to renew my subscription as long as the money will pay for it I heartily agree with Dr Wilson and your Iowa correspondent that Infidels should bury their own dead but in my case should a demise happen in my family I dont know where a Liberal orator could be secured in reasonable distance I know of a Liberal whose child died suddenly who got a preacher and I have never had the same regards for him since as he only made a point for the preachers which they used to good advantage I would say to infidels Liberals and Atheists dont get a preacher under any conditions LOng live the Blade its ed itor Dr Wilson and its many valuable contributors J J HERMAN Fayors Organization I have just read a Trip to Rome and am delighted with it I would like to know more of the aim of the Lib eral Association I notice an effort is being made to unite all Freethinkers in one organization with the view of en couraging Freethought along all lines This I think is a grand idea Some thing ought to be done towards mini mizing the tendency of popular thought to drift to bigotry and intolerance En closed find cents for Blade Some effort might be made to form Free thought in each community D LEAHY Christians Need Waking Up Soldiers HomeI tried to get a few subscribers but failed There are many infidels here who do not have moneyor think they arc safe So J send one dollar to renew as I see you still have April on slip Would send more but leave other uses for it I got Dr Wil sons Trip to Rome It is good Keep at the Christians they need something to wake them upO T FREEMAN From Another Viewpoint ilaysville KyEnclosed find express money order for 150 Please credit my subscription with same In a recent is sue you wrote Our human life is just what we make it TIlls is a great mistake it 1s an old laying but not a true one Human life s generally what that other fellow makes it for us Look at CC Moore loses Hannan and many others good men but by the fool government pne kept in trouble and imprison the best part of their life Ive seen many good honest men that were everlastingly aarrassed by some fanatical foolL ROSER ILy Pl yrrr 1applythat the Liberal publications are not supported ns they deserve while so much is squandered on worthless litera ture GEO A GILPATRICK Rome Book an EyeOpener Clinton Mo Enclosed find post office money order for fifty cents to you in payment for Blade for another six months addressed as before I think the Blade is greatly improved I received the book A Trip to Rome by Dr Wilson in due time after mailing or express and I am very much pleased with it It is an eye opeuer With much respect- I am as everS E PRICE Blade is Improving Admire KansYou will find enclosed one dollar to set my subscription to February You have improved the paper since your management It is filled with new subjects and general top ics Lexington is the town near where my father was born in 1818 Some of my people are there etF M WEAVER Wants to bet in Early Visalia Calif Enclosed please find 160 post office order in payment of an other years subscription to your pa per The time being so near out for the new price I wish to commence now A MITCHELL When God Gets Mad Carbon Hill OhioIsend you a clipping from the Columbus Dispatch stating that one Judge Thomas C Roche made a declamation saying that if he was not telling the truth that God may strike him dead and in a few moments he fell in a dead faint Now this is stated to have happened at Coshocton Ohio Now I would like you to publish this in the Blade as there certainly is some one in that town who reads the Blade and will investigate the circumstances and write the truth to the Blade Christians are always reporting awful calamities vis ited and meted out on the socalled wicked by their God that has no mercy on a wicked person but will sit long or stand for years and have his old sky pilots to wears the knees out of 100 pairs of buckskin pants begging for just one wayward son or daughter to heavenward But it is no good tunifseems if one wants to get a message from heaven with lighting speed would be to give God a cursing like a China J 1Christinnwicked people poke fun at our God he might get mad andLsmoto You Hu EPH SHAW A Good Route to Try It traverses a territory rich in undeveloped resources a territory containing unlimited possibilities for agriculture horticulture stock rait ing mining and manufacturing And last but not least it The Scenic Route tor Tourists The Frisco System nochloflerathe traveling public excellent service and fast time Between St Louis and Kansas City and points in Missouri Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Terri tory Texasand the Southwest Between Kansas City and points in Tennessee Alabama Mississippi Georgia Florida and the Southeast Between Birmingham and Mem phis and points in Kansas Arkansas Oklahoma Indian Territory Texas and the West and Southwest Full information as to route and rates cheerfully furnished upon appll ication to any representative of the Company or to Passenger Traffic Depart eat Commercial BuIIdlBd Saint Lout- sOBJECTS The Complete Separation of Churchand State WUlCu L Taxation Property 2 ot all the ass holyiUy 8 The appropriating public fads for sectarian for in our navy and other State in titution- The abrogation the oath the courts in other oi sad ot thanksgiving sad rThat no diplomatic relations be with lip head or authority or that the or tab the atltutlon other violation clo I the to the Constitution all grant lag l domot andprtlS f rrrR4 1i i Jl1 if