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Digital page images are linked to the text file. f HjJ TTE GRAS8 PL4j2E rl lWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROX AND ESTABLISH TRUTH 1 rVOLUME XV NUMBER 27 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 50A YEAR IN ADVANCE r THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up his death February 1000 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher un SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial subscription cents month All foreign postpaid 200 per year Five new subscribers one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per month unless by special contract when other and bet ter rates will be quoted upon application The pflb ushers have the right to reject any advertise ments offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up in advance The address slipon will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted be sent if for upon renewal in case of discontin uance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Kyas this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change liis or her address ad vise this oNce giving both old and new and the Blade will be sent to the new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 55 West Short Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Free thinkers will bo given a hearty welcome THE BLADE is entered at the PostofDce at Lexington Ken tucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P 0 Box 303 Lexington Ky J + ++ II II+ + 111111010 + +Ho ++9 i EDITORIAL i 11101 ++ + + + +Jo111 n 11I1 Joys arc riches l S g Alwa s fighttowin i- Jt ft Ridicule is the tort of truth a The only nobility worth having is that of brains Even the devil can join in singing Nearer Sly God to Thee a a Modern Christian society can readily turn a Bacchic revel into a silent prayer No wonder Dowie found it didnt pay to stick toI 1Zion when its debts are ten tunes its assets Hes to hoof it to Mexico According toa Chicago theosophist the financial success of John D Rockefeller is due to the in flue 1ee of gnomes The Blade knows very little about gnomes but if the Chicagoan is righf weI have room for a few in our office If heaven is filled or to be filled with the kind of Christians one meets up with in these days hell would be far more preferable for those who are to inhabit the nether world can only be guilty of sins that are altogether human These we can under stand tSunday laws are the products of those busy little are so exceedingly pious that they hate to see other people enjoy themselves If a flowret could bring joy they would prohibit its perfume on Sunday and actually stop the law gravitation if they could to show how they are serving the Lord Gods come and gods go but Man remains Since man took the earth for his habitat therehave been innumerable gods Not one but ninny Krishna and Kronus Odin and Osiris Jupiter and Jehovah all have had their day and sway but man has remained beyond them all Man can now look down upon their ruined altars and deserted fanes and mindful that cults and creeds have swayed the minds of untold millions the day of their power is gone Freethought docs not mock at human aspiration or under value human life but it docs seek to ex tend the domain of mans knowledge without re gard to the teachings pf creeds Freethought de nies that man was put upon this planet by a super ior power for the purpose of breeding harpers for heaven and hoodlums for hell To argue that an Almighty impersonal God came to earth and hid himself in bushels of fire is a lie as obvious as it is injurious In spite of the absorption of every natural privilege by the trusts we have fondly imagined flint- S the air we breathe could not be controlled or man deprived of it unabridged use Through the rises of wireless telegraphy it now transpires that doubts concerning the freedom of the air have arisen and the Institute of International Law at Ghent has had the subject under serious consideration According toSits decision a state possesses rights in Jo j the air for its own preservation If this be true and becomes accepted we may yet see a wave deflected at the geographical limits of a give state circle round the border and then resume its original direction Every laborer in the cause of Freethought is a volunteer in Libertys great army and Liberty has invariably been won by volunteers The shackles of political and religious slavery have been forged by the hands of hirelings It is for this reason that the paid preacher of Christs gospel and the hire ling politician are incapable of making for human progress Neither can stand the light of logic the lessons of experience nor the giant crucible of corn mon sense Max Muller assures us that religion is a growth that is never finished and it would have been better for the race had it never taken root That it is a growth is universally accepted by men and women of intelligence but it grew from the barbarians conception of the universe and it will wither and die in the dawn of a more enlightened day The fact that religion still exists to desolate the earth is proof that we have not yet got beyond the pale of savagery that we are not a truly civilized peo ple Civilization and religion do run side by side Religion is an imitator that wants to claim all the credit It is comforting to know that one of the imme diate reforms to be inaugurated by Provisional Governor Taft of the Island of Cuba is that of honest election laws And so soon Years of neces sity in America moved him not If he is really cap able of exerting such a beneficent power over the people of Cuba why has he not exerted himself at home ere this Can Taft succeed in such a laudable enterprise he is cordially invited to begin similar improvements in America or better still he might bring a copy of the newly constructed election laws home with him Judging from the class of daily advertising in the American papers the age of reserve is past It is either toot or give up the horn The age is an argument aga pjt the clam in business and the rule- prevails kijjogpijy as well If a business man g e ants t hush it o get it be e peo red IliUlJ osophy on earth and yet it reaches so few e in its missionary form Whyis it Are weTenrful- of the push that is needed Come friends dont be a clam Be not afraid to speak out Show your colors The entire Christian world is confronted with a multitude of Ifs and Whys It knows not but it makes a mighty guess The worst feature connected with it is that while it gives you the right to guess it damns you should you guess wrong This looks very much like a lottery with the distribution of prizes agreed on before the drawing takes place Remove the preposition and there is nothing 2ftI What a rotten reed upon which to pin even shadow of a humn faith The only real pleasure we can derive in the great game of life comes from tile- playingin it not from what we may catch at the end We are assured that denatured alcohol will do much to stimulate trade This for many years has been a recognized truth in Kentucky From her golden hills have been drawn that amber liquid which fires the brain rouses the blood and converts men into both saints and sinners Every day we are given a wholesome example of the power of alcohol to stimulate trade but the after effect is of a different nature Yet it is futile for thb professional prohibitionist to quote Bible in sup port of his views for even the stone carving act on Sinais flaming crest failed to produce a commandment saying Thou shalt not drink American Catholicism is now in greater favor with the Roman pontiff than when Dr McGlynn ex pressed the hope that he might be able to see the pope walk down Broadway with a plug hat and a Prince Alber coat Now things have changed Monsignor Farley has been to Rome He changed Monsignor Farley has been to Rome lie has kissed the big toe of Pius and the latter assured his caller that the nearest diocese to Rome was that of New York Now watch the effect such a bunch of taffy will have upon the Peters Pence and the widows mites Hot air is calculated to work wonders when blown the right way Foreign reports say that the French cabmen have organized a new kind of insurance company but itJ is doubtful if it can beanie popular in this country It is not an industrial company but it levies sessments and guarantees immunity If you belong your are assured that should you be caught red handed with what Kentuckian calls a load ofI peaches on you the cabby will see that you get home at a minimum charge They do things differently in America With an ordinary drunk cab- by sizes up his victim looks him over and finds outI how much the traffic will bear and grubs him lie takes care to leave barely enough for a corpse reviver in the morning I THE BLADES NEW ERA BEGINS NOW willn maJe This is in accord with the promise offered andwe jtrust that from this day the new era establish d one of peace and prosperity Our hope is that every reader may enjoy with us a full share of the benefits the future may have in store properlypleje emanciaption of the human mind whereby men and women may think freely and speak their tluflights without reserve restriction or limitation save their own conscience Sometimes the world is inclined to laugh at the maji woman or institution with a mission But is not every person a missionary more or less and is not ever cause that is worth advocating a mis siojiary cause Then Freethought and Freeex pression of these Freethoughts are worth the advo cacjy of every man woman and child and this being tht mission of Freethought it is at once a missionary cause Courage truth and independence are ambng the essentials and above all the subsistence these shall ever be the cardinal prineiI- pIes of the Blade Upon these rocks will its church and not until the foundations become distasteful to men shall the structure perish the important changes is the removal of tJulpicture of our late editor C C Moore from the ton of the first column of the paper This was done without any device The present editor never did of the use of a picture for such purposesDuring Mr Moores regime his wishes were para mount His notions prevailed and a tacit consent was given Since and even before his deathmany have written commenting upon the use of his pic ture Several have asked for its removal altogether and others expressed a desire for a change to some other cut of the Blades founder and editor These suggestions were actuated only from a sin cere desire to see the Blade prosper and came from hehrts as loyal to Mr Moore and the cause he stood fof as any that can be found in the country Among them were the leading Freethinkers of the country Some have eveai gone so far to suggest that the present editor remove the old picture and substitute- one of his own for it Far from our intention is su h a course Disapproving of any picture then with the removal of the old one none shall take its e but the name of Charles Chilton Moore the ToRider of the Blade lie who suffered for its rights and made possible its freedom of expression shall ever grace its pages in grateful recognition of the valiant services he has given to the world More than this could not be done and it ought not to be expected With the date of this issue it is just eight months since Editor Moore died and in taking away his picture we have made what in our judg ment seems better a provision for the perpetuation- of his memory and his connection with this paper Attention is also called to the fact that the new subscription rate is now in effect and that all sub scriptions not paid up will be immediately taken from the lists We cannot afford to pay the printers and other expenses of publishing the Blade and then send it to people who will not pay some per haps novel intending to do so Such a course will be more just towards those who do pay If some fail to receive the Blade after this issue they will know why it has been stopped and should any mis takes occur we will be only too pleased to correct them upon being informed of that fact As a result all subscriptions must now be in advance hence the paper will not be sent to those who have not subscribed In this connection however we desire to say that there are many on the mailing list who from absolute inability are unable to pay while some are there as being a compliment from Mr Moore The strict rule will not be applied to these The charitable subscriptions that have been in vogue will still be continued and our many well wishing friends will readily understand the justice of this act Every subscriber will be able to tell from the date on the mailing tag when his or her subscription expires and this should be sufficient warning to all when the day of salvation is at hand anyJIIImgeexperiment Eight months experience in taking charge of a paper like the Blade is not sufficient to insurer perfection We shall strive each week nay but each day to make the Blade better andstrong er and the very best Freethought paper in the country and it certainly is the cheapest MAN OWES NOTHING TO GOD For years the people have been taught by the professional skypilots that they are under a great moral and religious obligation to God to Jesus Christ and their holy church for their creation preservation etc and that the best and easiest manner of discharging that obligation is by keeping the skypilot the selfassumed agent liberally supplied with cash The larger the contribution you extent the nearer do you approach the point of having discharged the obligations you are told have been trust upon you Right hero let it be understood that Nan cannot possibly owe anything to God Man does not owe him for his creation in that assuming theology to be true his creation was without his consent trust into a ready made world by a superior force into conditions previously prepared for him in t which he had no hand in shaping he was tortured for a season then killed The Blade can see noth ing in this to be even thankful for much less to force a moral obligation This idea is very forcibly expressed by Lord Byron when he puts into the mouth of Cain the following language I have toiled and tilled and sweaten in the sun According to the curse gratefulFornothingThenAnd seem well pleased with pain The whole sum and substance of the Frcethoughtiphilosophy as regards mans alleged relations and his alleged attitude toward God is contained in 1 dint quotation Just as Cain refused to recognize the right of any deity to create him to make him nothing and then exact and demand a humble obeilsance so very upright man and woman proud in the strength of their human intellect standing in the conflux of centuries and iipm tin sacred mem ones of the heroic struggles if tin past refuse to recognize any superior whether be in the shape of god or man In other words Freethinkers refuse to confess themselves miserable sinners and accept rmtghtthey are constantly strivinjj to improve tin coudi tions that surround humanity godmade or other wise that is striving to improve upon the plan of gods socallcd creation fBut this is not all We might follow thesame lyric a little further and stronger arguments against any responsibility from man to God are found The great English poet paints Cain gazingSupon his child as it lays peacefully sleeping upon its bed and with the fire of independenceburning iwithin him withal touched with a fathers undying love for his offspring he says Little dreams our young and blooming sleeper there That the germs of an tternal misery to myriads Within him lie Better twere That I should snatch him from his sleep anddash Him gainst the rocks than let him live To plunge millions of men in misery fIaal J And the writer makes Cain more merciful Cains god for when his wife protestEd against w Cain doing what he had said to the child he addedlthat it should receive No ruder greeting than a fathers kiss Just as Cain was made to see the arrant brutality of the Christian system of theology so Free thinkers insist that instead of any obligation pass ing from man to god all the obligation and respon sibility is the other way Even as parents are re sponsible to their children for their very existence so must god be responsible to man As the child owes the parent nothing for his coming into the world man owes god nothing for his alleged crea tion Existing conditions argue that neither con ferred any great or particular favor The argu ment to be drawn however from the quotation last above is that Cain believed that if his offspring was to bring untold suffering upon all posterity it would be better to put his child to death and pre vent an increase of torture but gods supposed command was simply to be ye fruitful and multi ply curse and suffering combined This is among the most revolting portions of Christian theology and thinking people have long ago discarded the doctrine as being totally repugnant to mercy and charity Nor cnn man possibly be under any obligation to Christ Assuming that he did die upon a cross for our sins was it not a part of his own plan which he himself had designed Is not Christ God Is lie not a coequal part of the Christian trinity Did he not have a hand in the creation of sinful man If he did was it not his own fault thatIhe created him sinful f If man had not been creat ed sinful would there have been any necessity for a redeemer Docs not the assumed fact that a re 6 deemer was made a necessity imply imperfection upon the part of the creator If the Christian sys tem be true Christs career on earth and his taking off was designed from the very beginning and simply had to bo Then where is mans responsibility and what obligation ides he owe to either of the partnership deities Summed up the scheme is of human concoction and is a healthy plan to entice the pennies out of the pockets of the poor upon the hypothesis that they will got a larger dividend in the hereafter up on their investment Poor fools Those who can believe it linen to think that this obligation can be discharged by chipping into thfr contribution box What a force Yet thousands cherish it and hug it and seem to timid n special delight in the delusion HUMAN DUTY AND HUMAN CONSCIENCE We have previously asserted that only the useful are successful and this doctrine is just as true of principles and causes that advocate them as it is of individual effort Just as a mans success cannot Continued on Page 4 first column- S W i 1I1f 1 Y rECHOES UF blM EYE SECULAR UNION Further Information Concerning itsJ Ir Workings and Effects of Speeches Delivered IJy M LUCAb It should not be uuderstood by body that Mr Coil Uiiitarhin minister of Marietta Ohio made any attack on the Doctors of Medicine at the eye Secular Union convention The speech bctore his hud told of the iufam ied of the Christians in tho days of the power of the Inquisition and Mr oilI simply said nothing was the satuo now as it was at that time and us there were doctors in the company he illus trated by showing how the medico profession had changed for one thing 0hogave an instance of former surgical operations said that when it was neces sary to amputate a mans arm they tied a string around it and kept tightening the string till it cut through the deal and then took something heavy and broke off the none with it but he said frsurgeons dont do that way now he said everything was improving all along r the line lie said there was still secution au4 it was not lacking even in the medical profession and asked if his friend and fellow townsman IJr Ogden could not bear him out in this assertion Dr Ogden said he could Mr Coil who still preaches is an in valuable aid to Freethinkers While is outspoken he never offends At a Paine celebration when a line Free thinker who was a stranger and did not understand that the meeting was held t for the purpose of making Freethinkers of people who were liberal enough to come read a lecture which was all right on some occasions but sounded then something like hammering on the rivets of a large boiler in the parlor where a company had assembled for conversation fir Coil listened with perfect ocjui niiuity to the very lengthy and harsh lecture and when it was over asked permission to say few words Instead of criticising anything he delivered a graceful eulogy on Thomas Paine and showed how many of the best minds in what we call the Christian ministry now hold views similar to those of Thomas Paine but are even more radical He did not merely mention the fact but quoted their words Without saying one word he didnt mean and without Mattering anybody he saved the day for us and I expect his name on the pro grammeof the Paine celebration of 19- 0Iu s to bring more people to us and I ex illKlIP fa rtfi7tfee rotherly kindness for all gives him z opportunities to reason earnestly where bitterness would never be allowed a hearing I am glad the Secretary of the B S U gave him so much credit in his was another liberal preacher at the same meeting of the B S U Mr McAIaster a kind and honorable old man who retired sometime ago but still answers calls from old friends to wed dings and funerals He attended a Uni versalist association lately where he turned over his share of the collections- to a young preacher doubtless consid ering that he needed it more than r did He sometimes gives reminiscences of his old fights aginst hell but now defends no dogmas preaches nothing but kindness for each other and be lieves in llemsburgs Bible When he is here he generally goes to the First Methodist church and afterwards talks things over in a friendly way with the pastor Coming through the hall from the theatre one night I saw the- M E pastor hurry along tin he caught up with Mr AIcMaster when he put his arm over the shoulders of our liberal friend and they talked in that position till they disappeared in the crowd at the door Are not the chances in favor of such a liberals having a good influence on the Methodist though he is the pas tor of a large nd wealthy congrega those two liberal preachers who ottudcc the meeting of the B S U ore just as sincere as any of us Air Coils work falls in harmonious ly with the excellent idea of Mr Dut ton He has superseded the old prayer meeting by a Peoples Club which is not denominational nor partisan though re ligious and political as well as social and municipal questions are discussed there 4Ithas been working three seasons and I a program for 100007 is now being con r sidered They are talking of using the f f assembly room of the court house in stead of the church vestry Its promo ter has also brought an orchestra into his church for music on Sunday after noon and invited all the people to hear it This same liberal belongs to the K of P Society and perhaps theI order of Elks he and his wife are memtbers of the country club where played Sunday by the ride of a street car line on which double service is usedS for that dasIt was my privilege to have a visitm this week from a liberal A M S whot has lately left the ministry and become a Socialist lecturer In his lecture here he incidentally knocked out the DiMes while explaining socialism He is bright well educated and a gentleman who is will do us credit a r WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED Address to Christians and to Ministers in Particular Infidels Should Read the Bible Wouldnt Make Good Church Members What can de done to check rapid growth of Infidelity According to the best information obtained on the sub ject at the rate infidelity has spread the church declined in the last ten years in the year 2000 not a Christian can be found on earth What can be dune to check it Were it not for Christianity civiliza tion would drop back into Barbarism but infidels claim that civilization was at a high standard in Greece Rome Assyria and Jigypt many years before the foundation of Christianity which produced the Dark Ages from 000 to A D and even today the nations which are the most Christian are the most ignorant and the most criminal What shall wo answer The appeals of our great Evangelist of today Seek the Savior has no more any weight with infidels who says The necessity of a Savior admits of a defect in the Creator What we say unto them- I f appeal to infidels to rend the bible and they answer Which bible fthel- la the Talmud the Koran or King James translation I answer emphatically King James translation an they say What King James transla tion with its 2400 errors in the old part and different versions of the new according to the revision committee each claiming to be the right one alto bother containing plain contradictions What can be done with such people When I tell them there is no con tradictions because Paul said it is no sin to lie for the churchs saks they sin to lie for the churchcs sake they puote such passages as The earth abid and the works that are therein shall be burned up 2 Peter iii Charity shall cover a multitude of sins Peter iv 8 He that covereth his sins shall not Vesper Prow xxviii The Lord hath sworn and will not re pent Ps ex 4 The Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people Ex xxii With whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning James i In Therefore ho said that ho would destroy them had not Moses his chosen stood before him 7in breachto turn away his wrath- lest hothquld destroy them Ps cvi fMhtaxtx 1 i 201 And the s1 with Judah and he drove out the habitants of the mountain but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley because thy had chariots iron Judges And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven II Kings ii Flesh and blood not inherit this kingdom of God I Gar xv No man hth ascendei up to heaven John ill For have seen God face to face Gen xxxvii 30 No man hath seen God at time John His anger en dureth but a moment Ps xxx 5 For ye have kindled a fire in mine anger which shall burn forever Jer xvii 4 Those that seek me early shall find me Prov viii They shall seek me early but they shall not find me Prov 28 The Prince of peace Isa ix 0 I came not to send peace but a sword Mat v 34 The God of love and peace II Cor xiii The Lord is a man of war Ex xv Answer not a fool ac cording to his follyAnswer a fool according to his folly Prow xxvi 4 What should be done with such peo pIer When I tell them they should observe more closely Gods commandment member the Sabbath day and keep it holy they say Christians dont keep the Sabbatn day themselves that about year A D 325 the Christians swapped their or Gods Sabbath for Constantinos Sunday he being a sun worshipper and got his aid and influ cnco to boot and have Iways consider ed it a good bargain and not a verso can be found in the Bible anywhere authorizing the keeping of Sunday Now since we know that to be true and they know that we know it what answer we make to them- I f tell the infidels they should assist us in removing the evil from the world and they say Evil cannot exist where there is the power and the will to ret move it that God lacks either the power or the will and if the latter all who are trying to remove evil are working Against Gods will In what manner shall we answer hem f It wi not do to treat them with silent contempt and ostracism hey are getting too strong- I tell them they should have more rep pert for our preachers and they an swer According to records there re more preachers in the prisons of United btates than any other class according to heir numbers Knowing u be true what can we yf I tell them to pray to God to have mercy on them and they say If God unchangeable they might as well 11 fib iA pray to a stone and ifbis vacillating and fickle he is a dangerous character and the further away you can keepi him the better What can we dof I call their attention to what the church has done in building houses of worshipschools colleges etc and they say The church is a non prdua and therefore cannot build anything it is a pauper a begger gathering up money front the toil of others to erect a multitude o fseiniprivato buildings instead of public halls free to all and being exempt from taxes it makes them infidels help support our institutions against their wishes and consent To be continued THE FORGERIESIN The Famous Interpolation Explained Eusebius the Author An Inquiry by Mrs Kelsey Answered By WILLIAM COOPER Ih your edition of August 5th was a letter written by J H Wallingford nail seemed to be written in answer n letter of inquiry by a Mrs Kelse 1who wished for information about what Joscphus the Jewish historian wrote or was alleged to have written about Christ J II Wallingford quoted the well known sentence without any comment 1nml ninny reading same may have thought it rather telling in favor of Christianity and to those who may wish to look the matter up and study the same more closely I would advise them to get book entitled the In quirers TextBook published by P Mcndum Boston Mass and they will there find on page quite a lot of in formation on same subject The words alleged to be used by Josephus were according to the textbook in question interpolated byEuse bius Bishop of Cacsarea to further tIle ends of the new sect called Christians It should be borne in mind that Jose pirns was born about A D tnat is about four years after the death Christ and he Josephus died about A D 03 Eusebius was born A D 204 and died 340 So considerable time elapsed between tho death of Josephus nnd the time of Eusebius and as all books were Ihcn handwritten anti ly one copy of a kind it was a very easy matter compared with the present day to alter or interpolate erase any 1thing unsitable or in short to make any change in a book Comparo the trouble or change statement oiviiav Kmu tion of at least a thousand copied t sent broadcast all over the lan printed alike with the certainty that at least a large percentage would be close ly scrutinized Many eminent writers on these jects such as Faber Dr Lardner Dish op Warburton Le Clerc Blondel Van dale and Gibbon the eminent author 1of Decline and Fall of Roman Empire denounce the interpolation as a for SeTy Clement of Alexandria Tertullian Orlgen All men of great learning nd who lived before the time of Eusebius- never said a word of what Josephus was alleged to have written regarding the Christ besides it must be borne in nine that Josephus was born a Jew lived a Jew and he died a Jew and as such would not be very likely to have made history in that way viz oy writing anything that reflected so strongly on his own nationality Theres an old proverb that run4 A drowning man will catch at a straw and truly the Christians have all helm a firm of this straw though use less to the- mTHOUCHTS UPON A FUNERAL SERMON Sent to Make a Comparison Betty sen What Was Heard at This One nd Those Recently Published in the Blade By J H SCHWARTZ Recently I sat and listened to u funeral sermon delivered bya pulpiteer who is considered much above the average preacher in this locality I expected to hear a masterly oration securely bond with a powerful chain of logic which would be but vain to attempt to break What an unutterable disappointment A more incohcsive and broken eulogy could have been impossible It was as disgusting to the living as unjust to the dead as repugnant to reason as it it was contrary to laws of nature A few of the blunders I shall attempt to disclose The preacher said We now stand in the of death that death which f1IAdam sin and death first entered this world This whole statement is contrary tooth science and Bible from start to finish Science says man did not appear 7J upon the earth simultaneously with thoI lower animals but was a product of evolution The Bible also says man was created last No preacher having the least knowledge of biology but who believes in animal evolution up to man but when man is reached they make him a creature of special creation In either case the lower animals flourished and died ages before Adam could have habited the earth Therefore death has always been in the world even before Adam and it was not the result of Adams downfall Anyhow Adam was not a transgrcs sor and since not being a transgressor he never sinned Smtb he never sinned death was not pronounced because of his transgression If Adam ate the apple he did it know ingly and if Eve ate of it she did it un knowingly verse 2nd chap I Time thy says And Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in the transgression While the judgment of God in this case is in absolute harmony with the doctrine of vicarious atonement it is diametrically opposite to all human law and repugnant to oIl human reason nnd below nil human understanding It is another of the innocent suffering for the guilty Timothy says Adam was not deceived therefore ho ate nnll knew what he was doing Eve ate and knew no better yet the Bible makes her sinner and Adam goes scot free The preacher further said There is a class of peoplo with whom I have lit tie patience and they are those who believe that death ends all I know that life is continued after death ends all I know that life is continued ter death I can prove it here ho stop ped for a moment as if to give all time to give their attention to his new dis covery Aly expectations ran high butI to my dismay he quoted from John the same old story whosoever believeth me shall have everlasting life who would dare said he shatter the hopes of meeting in heaven Peter Paul and the Patriarchs For my part I would consider it quite a condescension to associate with Peter the liar or Paul villifier of womanhood or Solomon the polygamist or Moses the murderer Now dont misunderstand me I am only speaking for myself this dear goody preacher may possibly be glad of his prospects of keeping company with those precious saints Brave Peter where was his backbone when he denied his Christ Poor dis gruntled Paul Because he could not marry the rich woman gf cl ieo ins wnraw- M ciii upon anthema upon ihe fenceless heads of womankind See sec chapof JbTfm and 5 chap Ephes Christ himself at the crucifix- Ion not once recognized his own mother but formed partnership with a thief and promisecLJihn ifs company in Para dise 6fail the leadtifuland glowing tri butei jthatf lovers poets bards and timnnkind Ure pildtowoin andespee hilly inothers we all 1 well to inentiontt not oisatu kislife lid Christ ni ehtfonhis m ttlcr And Why should the Bible be authority lfor anythingrwhien it is contradictory in so many are at least fifteen contradic There the birth life death and resurrection of Christ and this preacher said Who dare disputetle Bible the Bible is true Does he know that the Bible was compiled over 300 years after Christ and established at the point of the bayonet by the Emperor Constan tine the foulest murderer of all times He who murdered his own wife son brotherinlaw fatherinlaw ondotb ers to gratify his own ambitions f This is the one man who made the Bible possible who would murder otits gross rid grovelling immortality The Great McKinley aid he sang Nearer my God to Thee just before dying and Dwight Moody said It is rowing darker darker heaven Sp prwiching In the farmer caso if vJod rules the universe why elect o ties assassin of McKinley while Gol miiJe Alia do it In the tartar case Moody mutt have been mistaken for heaven is alw ys pic tured as bright and hell as dark what would be your gu ss on Aloodyw destin ationI t have no patience ho repeated with the man who believes that life isII nonentity Who ever saw a cere Christian who had patience with a nonbeliever Was not Galiloo imprisoned for de daring that the earth turns upon its axis and that the sun stands still Was not Bruno burned at the stake for the slime thing Was not Columbus called a fool by all the church fathers for be lieving the earth was round f Yet have not all these proved true f Because this was contrary to the Bible they like our little preachers could have no patience Get right with God seemed to be the burden of his theme yet he failed to make the way plain I wondered if we must murder little children of people who disagree with us as Moses did and to ravish their pretty doughtersI I Wondered if we should have lovely 1t concubines to stand between husband and wife as Solomon did I wondered if we should take the jaw bone of an ass and destroy our enemies for pure cussedness as Sampson did wondered if we should destroy our neighbors wheat fields as Sampson and the foxes did I wondered if it meant to forsake father mother wife and all for Jesus sake as Christ said I ed if it required all this to get right with God If it does I dont see how a purely human being can stoop low as to get right with God for all those I have named the Bible says were right with God Docs it mean that woman must wipe the feet of Jesus with her hair n woman once did What man would be so ungallant today Of course its all in getting right with God THEOLOGY GIVEN A HARD JOLT If The Christian Mythology is to be stroyed We Must Assail The New Testament as The Old Will Die of Its Own Weight By H H DOW The teachings of that foolish old book called the Bible are a snare and a drag net to the welfare of the world If are over to destroy that heathen thology in my opinion proper way to cut umbilical cord that attaches human brain to the Bible Let us strip that mangcrborn myth of its authenticity pull down that calf shed that the calf of theism was born in and denude the theological Christ fallacy Let us attack New Testament as the Old Testament is generally discarded by pulpit thumpers partly on account of its brutality and because Paul in 2nd CorrinthiansSth chap verse and John in Revelation 21 chap 5th said some thing about old things being done away and all things being new which is only a subterfuge claim this world should have come to an end before all those apostles and followers of Christ died acordipg to the Bible itself tender bear in mind that if Christs apostles and followers slid not understand him how in the name of reason ron wo of today determine any thing about it Let us take a look at the proof Matt 2 ch vs Here Jour The Baptist says the kingdom of heaven was at hand this was 1880 years ago Then in Matt 4ch17 Vs Christ said kingdom of heaven was at rstMittkv ch verseiiey could not over eitiesof until he come It has been 1875yw and some fools are still lookjng i coming Matt ch 27 28 Christ some standing there shall liot taste death until he come in his kmgdo tlwy still standing there ChrM t uifhde been a fool or the writers were liar Matt 24 ch 32 to 35 Sere Christ told them their own generationshould not pass until all those thinglio luR told them should be I v been at least 1873 ynjjjjjjghBtmyA those things g Again Matt 28 chap Jto 25 Irene Christ came to His apostles nficr Hjs death and told them that he would be with them even unto the end of thisrworlil Now I wish to ask the Bible t whether Christ was talking o those people 1873 years ago or to you of today f Then see Mark eh14 Christ told them time was fulfilled and the kingdom of God was at hand Now I um71 years old today and Ihave not seen even a glim mer of it No not even the glimmer of tho Holy Ghost Again see 13th ch of Alark 28 to Here Mark says Christ said that generation should not pass till all these things beIloneSee Luke Oth ch 2027 Here Christ is made to say I tell you of a truth some standing there not here today or 8000 years hence should not taste death until they see the kingdom of God Again Luke 21 cb2D to same rehash about not tasting death etc Then see St John- i ch 25 Here Christ said thin hour had come when the dead should dear his the voice of the Son of God It may be hat the dead have heard him but I have been on earth years and I have not heard him ever croak The foregoing is proof enough that Christ did tell them ho was coming to destroy both heaven and earth before all of his apostlci died It would seem that Christ and his father Air God were neither of them satisfied with heaven and were going to remodel heaven nnd earth both What intelligence the two exhibited in making this world und that great expense of heaven and then de troy both and build them again But you remember when God made man he was grieved clear to his little heart poor thing Now there are a great number of sages of scripture in Now Testament towing that Christs apostles and lowers were then looking for his second coming and end of this world But I will only refer to a few of the most demonstrative In Matt 24th ch 14th verse Christ said and this gospel of tin kingdom shall be preached in alb the world for a witness unto all nations then shall the end come Now Romans i J Htffr Ii a ch 8 vs That their faith had been spoken of throughout the whole world 1 Was Pain a romans ch But Iany large they not heard Yes verily their sound went into all the earth and their words unto ends of the world Did Paul or was a fool f 1st Cor inthians 1st ch 78 waiting for the com ing of our Lord Jesus Christ and be blameless when he came and eh 27 to 30 Paul said not to marry or get a di vorce for time was so short it mat tered not both they that have wives bo as though they had none And ever since Paul said those words some men and host of men have acted on and along those lines and Phlllipians 3rd ch 2021 Heaven front whence we for the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ lookIwould change their vile bodies etc idiots looking for a Davicite 1842 years ago and wo have bigger fools today Phillipians 4 ch 5023 They and the world knew of the gospel whereof Paul was a minister 1st Thessalonians 1st ch 8010 Everybody knew of Christs so they need not talk anymore lamming for Christ who would deliver them from the wrath to come See4th eli14 to Christ would bring the dead with him but thoy that remained ulivo until he came should not prevent which nag asleep Christ was coming with a shout and blowing a trumpet and he would hike the dead ns well as the living up in air galivant together forever with the and 5 ch to nail 23rd yr Here is more gooscgabble about Christs conning 2nd Thessalonians 1st ch to lookng for Christ fo come nail take vengeance on the mighty etc Titus 2nd ch Blill looping fur his second coming like million of fools of today Hebrews 10um o Still looking oh how foolish lamca ch 780 PaticMly vtitlii fir ford suns drawing nighuis 9tarding t ilwr I wonder if Christ is itihl tsaniling Silly is it not 1st Peter 507 pel been prvtchiil lo ilea an tlu end of nIl things was at hand They were larger fools than Thompsons colt who swans a river to get a drink 2nd Peter 3 ch 015 Going to be a tery ho time even melt heaven mid caith would like to know wherv his elect were 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a pimp If he builded me crooked and halt Say whose is the blame if I limp The Nurse put wine to his lips And the Priest held up his head Whine he prayed to God that the Devils grips Might be loosed ere the man was dead Pray for my soul 0 Fool But bury me under the sod When He fashioned my soul He slip with his tool But what have I done to God If Ive rifled the rich mans till And stolen my brothers wife Is there not balance beyond the bill When I pay with these pains and my life tIt The ivy tapped the pane The ghostly mists peered in And tho deathdamp studded ms face like rain An trickled down Iris chin Id Hewer burn with my kind of old Than sing His host beside That for ills harps and His crowns of gold And he spat on the wall and died Silently knelt the Nurse The Priest sat grim and lean And the Thing that had battled for breath to curse Lay still on bed between Thu Crisis NjpVEgjaiND THE OLD TIMES 13g FRANK L STANTON Never mind the old times They were bright an sweet Sunny skies above you Violets at your feet But the new times wear a smilin face Thats mighty good to meet An youd better find the light that makes the morninl Never mind the old times They were great I know Old friends that loved us Friends that we loved sol But the new times sing the song of Hope Where sweeter roses grow An youd better find the light that makes the morninl THE CHILDREN By THEODOSIA GARRISON Mother of many children Isprungof my heart and my brain And some have been borne in gladness and some have been borne in pain But one has gone singing from out my door Never to come again Content and Ease and Comfortthey abide with me day by day They smooth my couch and place my chair as dutiful children may And Success and Power my strong limbed sons Stand ever to clear myway And these be the prudent children the careful children and wise There was ono and only one with a reckless dream in his eyes He was the one with the wind o the dawn And kin to the wood and the skies Faithful and fond are 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MYTHS CON SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity teaches these great discoveries through liei ITheand organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY- If you have loved ones you wish rescued from the Idolatry worship j Ing a dead man named Jesus any a myth named God you should Join this Church and It rlll aid you In freeing them and In saving your posterity from becoming Idolaters by teaching thorn The Truth About God Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap plication for merabershli Information about the college and send 25 meats for a years lubscrlptloi to the TRUTH ABOUT GO DC It sow T1ITi IL rT ct 1 Editorial Continued fioiii page one be fully estimated until he is dead so the true merit or worthiness of a given cause cannot be estimated until it reaches some conclusion or accomplishes all that it stood for A business man way be counted the successful one day the next day he may Isamong a bankrupt A man in public life may be almost forpopular one year completely or gotten the next Where success depends upon merit instead of favor as it always should then in t telligence judgment honesty industry and economy become the most necessary qualities Properly understood and applied the rules above mentioned will be able to account for the apparent success of Christian dogmas and the apparent failure of the truths of Freethougbt The dogmas have been popularized The truths neglected and almostI spurned Truthfully a popular idea is an idea that the majority believe in and believe to be conducive to the general welfare of the country An unpopu lar idea is an idea rejected by the majority as demanding little or no attention and ill calculated to really benefit anybody Could a census be taken of the numbers on either side of this question of dogmatic theology the vast majority would be found really adverse to them hence instead of being really popular they are unpopular yet aggressive forceful and militant in the degree that its advocates believe in them and stand by them On ti other hand could some power seen or unseen instil into the minds of Freethinkers a consideration for their cause equal in intensity and ardor to that felt and experienced by Christians there is no question as to the great power for good that Freethought would become in the land The great trouble with our cause today is that it is hindered by the indif ference of those who will not think the inaction those who will not work and the selfishness ofl those who do not care It was once said that knowledge was power In these days a different notion prevails Now knowledge counts for naught and money becomes the great lever that sways nations as it moves individuals Even Cupid has learned to train his feathery darts at the stomach instead of the heart The church originally established as was supposed for the laleviation of human suffering has become a vast commercial institution and its sole god its absorbing idea istmoney Kissing old maids auctions oyster suppers church affairs are all commercial schemes designed to raise the hard cash which we are told makes the world go round The preacher prays only for profit The pocket of the poor is drained to keep an army of idlers in luxury and the worst of it they usually get what they go after The incredulity of the people is truly amazing in face of the startling revelations that arc being made every day and so the game of grab iI1III sIJ df9yfr2m tlayto say iudAresurae it must lie played out until the end Freethought would have every man use and em ploy his every faculty to his own and to the worlds advantage The indifferent can take a circuitous route between two given points and yet reach his destination but it is sometimes long and cumber some The straight line between those points is the best the most economical and the most profitable in the end In this may be found the real difference between theology and humanity between God and and man Never was there a truism spoken with greater and deeper meaning than that which sajs Gods ways are not mans ways and for that we should be truly thankful According to the teachings of theology God takes the tortuous route man the shortest and man is thereby enabled to reach the point striven for the easiest and quickest- In the freedom of the human intellect are to be round the worlds greatest joys and blessings for these are the foundations of liberty Our cause stands for freedom of mind and thought It has no sinister bribes to cajole nor torments to threaten It wants none It asks none The ques tion of duty is left between the individual and his conscience ayd there can be no sweeter joys no greater rewards or more welcome blessings than the consciousness of a human duty done a human work achieved Such joys once experienced will tint with rainbow colors the mists of death more surely than any expected glories from that mystic land of Christian dreams LIBERTY IS NOT FOR JEWS The Emperor Nicholas has decreed that there shall be no relief in his empire for Ute Jews and another serious blow has been aimed at the liberty of the person His brutal soldiery are still to be permitted to play the game of murder upon an in dustrious and inoffensive people because they are not and will not become of his religious faith For several weeks past the Czar and his official advisers have had under consideration the ques tion of granting some sort of amelioration of the lot of the Jewish residents in Russia by granting them more educational facilities and lessening the restrictions that now govern their residence in va rious parts of the empire It is now stated that a negative decision has been reached and that for the present there will be no extension of civil rights to the Jew simply because he is a Jew and for no other reason For such a decision the excuse is given that that in the opinion of official Russia the Jewish youths must show a more lawabiding spirit before an extension of civil liberty can be granted to them and upon such flimsy pretext an entire people must be kept in subjection and almost ser readers will doubtless infer that we have never been in Russia and what is more we dont intend to go there unless we be accompanied by a body of American troops as a guarantee of our personal safety For this reason we have no per I sonal acquaintance with the Jewish children in Russia and know absolutely nothing concerning their character and tendency But the Jewish peo t iIJ pIe are a peculiar race For centuries they have married and propagated within themselves thus preserving to a large extent their racial charc teristics and facial lineaments It has been well said that a Jew is a Jew the world over hence we must infer that Jews in Russia are very much like the Jews in America True there may be some little difference caused bn difference in conditions Just as the years of slavery in Babylonia and Syria and Egypt made them semisavages so is it possible that untold cruelties and torture in Russia have made them clannish secretive and cautious The Jews in America are lawabiding class Few of them ever grace our penal institutions Their women are among the most moral as a class in Amer ica Ihoy are liberal progressive and tolerant of the rights of others Given only half a chance they will prosper where others fail They are frugal industrious and laborious They never shirk a duty and they constitute the shrewdest and most successful of our business men Now the question is if these are the characteristics of the Jew in America why not in Russia unless association with the ignorant and superstitious Muscovite makes them different Of course when an excuse is needed one can easily be invented and the emissaries of the Czar did not fail in this The change has frequently ben made that the Jews in Russia during the practice of their religious rites and ceremonies have offered white children upon their altars to make a sacrifice of blood offer 3ing One glance at the religious customs of the most orthodox Jew is enough to utterly rout such a contention Time Jews do not use blood in their re ligious sacrifices save at the Feast of the Passover when the blood of an animal is used to commemor ate their deliverance from Egyptian bondage Only in a few isolated congregations is this rite practiced if iti8 practiced today There is nothing in the- Jewish articles of faith that call for or demand the shedding of human blood and this is one of the reasons why the Jew still refuses to accept the death of Christ as an atonement for sin It is recorded that of the arrests made in Russia during the recent Terrorists uprising full fifty per cent of the prisoners were Jews which is an indi cation that the Russian authorities are using the revolt as a pretext for inflicting punishment upon the Jews When we consider further fifteen hangings are to take place in St Petersburg during this week one can readily understand the force of dcpotism in that brualisihg autocracy Unless official Russia changes its course the civilized nations of thQ earth should deny them recogni tion at home and abroad Devout believers in him who is reported to have said Suffer little children to come unto me and harm them not they make of the Jewish children a whip with which to lash their parents into political slavery Such is the consistency of Christian worshipers the world over r Among 4the rather brilliant ideas l t eem to leaven all western life must certainlco1ntbct- hat one which seeks to bring into closer ship the plow and the public library Instead of furthering the old attempt to make the farmer read Pilgrims Progress and Foxs Book of Mar tyrs an idea has been turned loose in Wisconsin to let him have what he desires to read and has the taste to appreciate and enjoy This is another break from orthodoxy The political and economic systems of every civ ilized country must of necessity represent a com promise between conflicting forces which hold each other in check If we have ultraconservatives we need ultraradicals to keep the ear of progress out of the ruts Where we have the latter we need the former to prevent us rushing pell mell into experimentalism that would lead to disaster Time radicals however have ever furnished the dyna mics of civilization Instead of wasting the ammunition of Free thought upon Satans light infantry we should train our guns upon the heavy artillery of heavens hosts Nothing can be gained by wrangling about trifles What will it matter one hundred years from now Who will know the particular crease in a pair of trousers or the frills upon a dress We should be more careful concerning what we put into our heads instead of what we cover them with Thought and action are the great necessities of hu man life It were greater glory to have lost at Thermopylae than to have won on fairer fields Lu cifers blazing banner may cover an imperishable crown Who knows v There are noteworthy instances at hand to indicate that the thought force of the American notion has been seriously arrested Tie average man has so little time for reading and as a natural consequence he does but a small amount of real hiuking He may crave knowledge but he wants it in condensed form He wants it prepared for him As there is nothing national in art or tern these belonging to the world the purveynr of thought and opinion strives to put his wares ac ceptable shape to the multitude to please rather than inform to amuse rather than instruct and this will readily account for the suspension 0real advanced thought on this continent J Hell is a practical necessity to tin pre Abolish hell and the preachers occupation i d be gone for he would have nothing to save us and take up a collection for doing it Abolisl and the preacher would have difficulty in wa the people to dodge infidelity or Frcethoii Abolish hell and the whole plan of time redem through time blood of Christ is upset for would be nothing from which man had or want bo redeemed Out of lien and the fire that mi and tortureth the preacher derives his grd strength It is really time one rock upon whia church has been built Remove it and the a i is gone forevera lET US HAVE THE MOORE BOOK Approving Letter From Dr Wilson on The Suggestion of Publishing Late Editors Writings Others Fall in Line Cincinnati Ohio Oct 1000 Editor of the Blade Your proposition to publish a book containing the writings of Mr Moot meets with my hearty commendation It is just the thing that ought to be done I spoke to Mr Moore severa times about this telling him that he was letting his brains go to waste that the good things ho was saying would not live in a paper that he should piit his best thoughts free of all the light talk ho indulged in so much under book Over Mr Moore was a great theologian There was none his equal that I know unless it be Shaw of the Searchlight Ho was greater as a wit In fact di vested of his wit Mr Moore could never have commanded very lasting attention among Liberals He could never discuss a question witnout starting off on him self No matter how serious the topic he had to blend it with a lot of stuff foreign to subject and besides a lot of foldevol It was his wit and his wit alone which had the effect of holding his rambling disjointed remarks together In like manner the wit and pathos of Bruno sustains his rambling rhyme In my talks to Mr Moore about this he seemed to be indifferent and said that his book Rational Review re fleeted his best thought and was suffi cient I told him he was mistaken This proposed book should be care fully edited as I have no doubt it will be and I would suggest the following- In addition to his philosophic writings which should come first there should bo added a compartment all to itself of his witty sayings with anecdotes This would be after the style of some of ties books on Lincoln Since Mr Moores greatest genius maintain was in his wit the book would not seem like Mr Moore unless he was thus represented Twohundred pages would not be suf ficient as so much of the good would have to be left out It will require at least 250 to 300 pages You might put several hundred in better binding and those who may want it could pay a little extra You will get enough ordersI am sure to risk its publication and if possible rt deafhave a big Memorial liBlade mfeHs- I have not been able to write any for the Blade lately owing to being busy with practice and delivery of the Rome Book The Rome book delayed the publication of my Book of Poems this year and now I am giving my spare time which isnt very much in that direction This will take up so much of my time this coming year that I will have to give up most of my Free thought work I am going to talk up photography and learn it in Order to go to the country for illustrations for my book Since many of my poems are along Freethought lines I will in fact still in the harness At the same time I will not lose interest in the Blade and will look for every copy eagerly It now better than it ever was Its edi tor is equal to the whole former push It certainly ought to increase rapidly even though the price is put up I woul rather have had it stand at 100 at 150 will stop the begging for ever and if it will insure the life of the paper then the change is a good one and no one should complain Comnara ively it is cheap as it is Many take our magazines and pay 100 for if sues They will get 52 issues of theI Blade for 150 or 3 cents each while th magazines cost 8 I see the Blade is attracting some new contributors good ones too and this me indicates d coming life and an awakening interest and augurs well for tIle Blade Nothing adds so much to the interest of the paper as a variety of contributors Formerly there were but few besides Mr Moore Mrs Henry and myself I felt that many must have gotten tired especially of me It wont do for one man to be so continuously represented for no matter how good composition it tends in time to the monotonous I hope to see this variety kept up and as I can find time I will fall back into line I was looking irough my pile of old Blades the other day and I am sure that I have written enough for that paper to make 20 Rome books It seemed to me that I had written an immense lot of rubbish and wasted a lot of good paper and ink However there seemed to me that there was enough of the good to make such a book as is proposed of Mr Sloores writings I wouldnt want n fitter monument to my memory than gleanings I could make from my ngs and I am sure if Mr Moore iak he would say the same f fx the material for a great book other way could we so great the memory of not only a great of ttd1our good and dear old t r H++ + + H++ H+HKH oto1o1 + rTHE WAGE SLAVE By JOHN DYERS WILSON From Tomorrow It was a frequent remark of Robert Burns that he could conceive of no condition so mortifying as that of a strong man hunting and begging for work If theres ought in life I fain would shirk Twould be to beg and grovel for work Tramp from shop to shop and store to store Or fall in line at an alley door Like starvelings come for a hungry biter+ Of the only charity in sight + fSonic011And EToIlossessorEmployed today tomorrow cast out t To beg for work or to roam about tWith over the thought and haunting dread iIOh heartsick toiler pity you And you ye women over the tub Whoso lives are one continual And ye in sweatshop and mhIWhose cup of sorrow overflows And ye dragged down to By the woe of want and the curse of drink + And ye who stitch mid squalor and dirt tMaintaining life at three pence a shirt 1 iOf+ + Woaring out fingers wearing out eyes I I And the look and light that glorifies brainsIk r t r Your mothers sad lives repeating oer Wife oft Wage SlaY widow pad sendiI Tub anti needle and needle and tub Humbled despairing naught clseinTyiew + Oh lifewearied women I pity t Hail to the poet whose heartstrings were torn At sight of men who were made to mourn Hail to all others who fight today The human beasts who of men make prey The laws which from gun and cannon frown The creeds which join them to keep men down The powers which rob by legal decree t And soothe TOth the sop of chanty 11IIrk ofhumatllivgs i ten amrfamtsued wives j aed10 stitch and to scrub rctFs Tub and needle and tub fl1riq Ml and driving to treett c Cruslif Weal pure and sweet iBrcedfaig wpair and the crime and woe That frog disease and poverty flow Oh ntea ofcouragel Oh men of hearth 1 Riseiii manhood and do your part Till thVWvers that blight be overthrown Till oh10age Slave come unto his own Till each to Dearths bounties be equal I fill each to her product have rightful slmreIrill each shalfbo given all that he earns And hearts tjjust like the great heart of Burns ++++ b 1+++++ + ++ 1r + ++ ++ t + + t By all means lets hav the book and put me down for 5 copies J B WILSON i Must Have The Blade Titusville Pa Enclosed please find 100 for which move the tag on my havetnot a lot more names to nd at time I cant do without the Dlade I in my 70th year and have been a Freethinker and am an Agnostic ever since I was eight years old I think that I have done some little good I have been agent for the Blade for a long timer Sonic or 0 years age I paid for the Blade and had it sent to the ablest Methodist preacher in our parts S E Winger since then he has been taking the Blade the only way that they gnu hoop a man is nor the woimti to make pie and the boys get some whisky and bid the pies up to 300or 100 each then beg the rest of his salaryof 000 the way they have shut off our M E preacher wont give him any work he got too liberal and now wishing you health wealth and prosperity in may every blessing that tends to shortI life happy be yoursJ H KI wish I Haa a young man would expect then to see a better religion preached and practiced before my time would come to cross the tIlvideJ HA Wants to Make Amends Corpus Christi Texas Owing to the financial stringency existing in this tion and the high pressure under which we have been 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