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J Jr r I BLIfWGRASSBLADE I IighanflrlrerWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH VOLUME XV NUMBER 34 e f LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25 1906PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE CHURCH ACTIVITIES USELES As Purveyors of Mediaeval Merchandise They Are In Danger of Losing OutRefuse to Discuss Moral Problems WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND LEFT UNDON BY WM H BAItNHART The published proceedings of the numerous church parliaments big and little which have convened this year do not afford much encouragement to one who longs to the churches evolve from ecclesiastical Into moral Institutions It is obvious to all classes save only the clergy that cor pulsory education of all children duro Ing two generations has In Americ put out the fires of hell and consequently has put out of serious reckoi Ing salvation from that Imaginary hell The world has been learning by leaps and bounds that nobody is lost and that nobody is In need of salvi tion The Christian church has never before stood In so deadly peril of her life as she stands in today a fact not even suspected apparently by her optimistic preachers She Is In peril of her life because of her persistence in the business of purveying mediaeval merchandise after the goods have lost the last vestige of value to age If I read aright the signs of tho times It is now up to the ltchurches as never before to put away forever nil ecclesiasticism all creeds all ancient mummy like preaCh on of hands annolntlngs fStttgaBhlngB communions baptisms t ceremonies sacraments inter- d every tier mediae d to presentday reproach of the chute will cease which is that ninety per cent of all the thieves bribers graft I ers and rcbatofs recently unearthed jqare elders deacons vestrymen claVi or primate members in the Christian church The general assembly of the Pres bytorian church which adjourned a week ago at Des Moines Iowa was a despairing study to one wishing to re taro some fragment of his hereditary respect for teat august denomination More than seven hundred men good men all assembled at the Iowa capita for a weeks work at a cost to some body of upwards of one hundred thou sand dollars to plan and discuss measures assumed to be of vital import anco to society The American pea plo confront today various problems of farreaching import some of them in deed heavy with peril to our liberties and our happiness They are mora problems because every great prob lem in its analysis is a moral problem How many of these were con sldered by the Des Moines assembly Let me enumerate The evils of child labor Not sidered Tho poisoning and adulterating foods Not considered The sale of diseased and putrid meat for human food Not considered Tho approaching menace of an archy and socialism Not considered The dangerous accumulations ol wealth in the hands of the few and the unjust distribution of profit Not considered The crimes of wealth now filling the world with indignation Not consid eredGovernment corruption particularly in cities Not considered The race problem One commission er brought this live problem to the at tention of the assembly and after a few palpitating moments of suspense it was laid over until next year The saloon evil treated to the usual perfunctory committee report enlivened by an unusual incident viz the prompt declining of an invitation to send ten delegates to an antisaloon league conference on the ground that the antisaloon league are not ecclesi astical bodies Nono of tho foregoing problems ap pealing to the assembly a little curi osity concerning tho subjects that did appeal to it is pardonable Let mo again enumerate First How may the religious at mosphoro of Presbyterian colleges be How many Presbyterian parents follow their sons anti daught era who are instate universities and surround them wlth religious Influences In both statements the word religious is synonymous with ec 1ThIrd growth in membersli of the church in America Unfortunately the statistics quoted did not signify a corresponding growth In business honor or in family love and peace but simply Indicated the crease in the number of believers In Successful proselyting by Presbyterians among the heathen but it is to save not to civilize the heathen that the church pours out her treasure and sends her sons and daughters To save a heathen Is Ing interpreted to convince him tbat the miracles of Allah Brahma Bud ha Vlsnu are bogus and that the miracles of Yahveh arc genuine YaI ireh Is tho ancient name of the Hi brew Jehovah the silliest the values the cruelist tho most venegeft God that ever Issued from the terrlI fled brain of ignorant humanity Fifth The hysterical approval of the gastronomical feat of the Presb terian cflUrcIJ swallowIng the Cumbe and church This teeny weeny In ident deserves mention only to call attention to the fact that it is a step In the wrong direction To consolidate sects is tb stay temporarily the Jisintegratlngfprocess by which sec tarism one of the curses of the vorlds religion is slowly perishing In the Judgment of tile assembly this was far and away the most ortant work done but to an outside It would be impossible to suggest a theme less worthy of a hours tall 3ut It was a warm number to the as lembly of anUques and occupied two or three days No end of anger reo crImination alleged lying forgery and this hoop on tho holy sul ectotnaiiiilevoftel With so man pro Jems crying to t t ening that sovei liibudf occupy parts of btiijj whether the title lea beolcould rend t orit LP par aby aVCommUteo WEaTTBoot It how thfi tltlo page shall read or whether book shall be publisher or not What difference can it make rhether the preachers read their pray era or speak them orally Who is to be benefittedA other themes were Iscussed at Des Moines briefly very one presumably having some elation to the perpetuity of the Pres yterian church as an ecclesiastical tltution But not the whole mIser- ably misspent week meant an inch of social or moral advancement for ciety Those seven hundred men light better have filled in their time laying tag or fishing But we are all asked to help pay the freight The Examiner DR WILSONS LECTURE I will deliver an address before the Club at pIe Vino Street Con egational Church Cincinnati on the veiling of Thursday December Cth Mj subject will be The Reign of King luinlmg I request the attendance indnnati Liberals not only in compliment of myself but in appreciation this church which opens its doors to nnll permits fullest and freest pressIOn I promise you some hot stuff and hope to seo you all out full house will indicate Liberal interest in Liberalism nnd more of this should he shown by all Remember the date and place Thurs iy evening December Cth nt 745 Vine Street Congregational Church J B W ONE OF THE MEN WORTH WHILE The man who appeals most strongly mo is tIle fellow who has been up ngninst it Who has been a good low and allowed the subtle wine to the better of him and who with heroic termination cut it out The man who has been n drunkard who has lived in tho lights anti shadows of the other sille and who with grim persistency rayed with the flowing bowl until al taken the thirtythird degreeamIt- hen with n help that seemed to him an spirntion cut it all out climbed tho water wagon and rode there through thick and thin around nil the curves nnllup the hills and down tho hills kept sent anti never fnltcrcd that mnn somehow to me is n worid hero- d lies eighteen karat line Richmond mes Despatch Freethinkers Read This- lWantedTo buy or borrow the debate between Alexander Campbell and Robert Owen ANDREW COOK Tampa Fla L CATES OF HELL MUST CLOSE Doctrine of Endless Punishment More Fiendish Than the Human Mind Can Conceive Declares a Presbyter ian Preacher MUST BE STRICKEN FROM THE CREE Tho doctrine of endless punishment for tho wicked must be eliminated from the Westminster Confession of Faith of the Presbyterian Church This terrible doctrine that pictures God as n mercile being must come to an issue I am tain that an issue will bo made of it in tho Presbyterian General Assembly in the near future Thus spoke tonight Rev Dr Samuel Carter D D the venerable Presbyterian divine who returned from Europe last night Dr Carter is tall spare of fort square of shoulders with a finely carved face and white hair and whiskers lIe has the faro of n scholar There is nothing in the rantor in his utterance IIe speaks in dignified language of the ject that is near his heart There Is no doubt that ho regards the elimination of this doctrine of endless punish ment from the Presbyterian creed as n special charge a duty that ho must face lIe speaks of it as his work- I am not alono inthis view that one less punishment is not consistent with tho divine being who rules tho world ItI pictures the All Fattier ns a being ben in merciless punishment for the children of men who do not accept Him It is lIe torment that is unending Can the iiiinnn mind conceive of a more fiendis h mnmn punishment ever nietcd but byI nan ever even approached such n ishment as this t And yet this is theI lunishmcrit that the Westminster Con esfjfori of Faith declares Gods will 3e fI ha e tliiJrsb tcriai ch1O4ryuarll Forffars liI doc rinp has appealed to mcTasjthe most in lohsistcnt that was ever put forth by 1 Christian church I cannot reconcile it with the divine tho loving ever pitifu haractcr of the Master His nature love not hate His desire is for out good not for our ill He yearns to aid us not to punish us Yet this doctrine of terror is put forth It is dreadful There is no doubt that this mattes will come to an issue in the General As imbly At the very last session n dele gato moved the doctrine bo stricken from the Confession but nothing came of it- Tho General Assembly is a slow moving body But I know that this questior is close to the heart of many Presbyter- Ians I am by no means alone in my tew and that it will be tried out and ihe result bo the overthrow of this trine in our faith I have not tho slightest doubt Kind of Letters We Like Cincinnati OIt seems to me that some of our free thinking friends are about as short on reasoning powers the average orthodox I have refer ence to their objections in the raising of rates on your subscription closed you will find my 150 for my next weeks paper My time was In August but I waited till now to renew so I could pay the advanced price Some of our friends do not seem to Imow that every thing necessary for ones existence lies advanced many percent in the last decade Then all trades and professions are paid better now that ten years ago why should we make an exception to such a valuable paper as the Blue Grass Blade the most sensible paper of its Itnd ever published I often wonder how Dr Wilsons Trip to RomeJs selling I do not know of any better work over publish cd that would be as good for the free thought cause as a general dlstribu tlon of this book would be Instead of being an old musty ac count of unreliable statements of matters pertaining to orthodox rellg Ion it Is something entirely new and absolutely void of any untruths and written in such forcibly reasoning language that nono can be so dull but that they can see the fallacy all religions If our country over expects to reach tho highest grade of civilization there- are three octopuses that have to be strangled to death and tho Job done so thoroughly that they can never be resurrected Those are Religion Politics and the Saloons Tho only thing that is necessary to tako their place will beHUMANITY WHAT MUST WE BELIEVE Western Preacher Holds That Creeds Are Not Essentials But Insists Upon a Recognition of Christ tAs Means of Salvation- ARGIaES FOR SUPPOSED FACT OF CHRIS Though a friend we have received a copy of no Walla Walla Dally Union Washington which contains a report of a romewhat erratic oursq delivered by tho Rev Morton iregosy of the Campbelllte persui slonln tha city It appears to be one of a series In vhlchthe reverend gentleman undo took to tell his hearers what he did not kifoV about God by asserting that diet know while every man woma tad chlld must have known bette Our purpose however is to discuss the rtlclOj elsewhere The harangue had for 114 subject What Must We Bo ylevoiand among other things he The statement was made in my dress Jesus as the Revelation of God hat tife fact of Christ is an undon ible historical reality I said furthoi nore hat no reputable thinker or Scholar of the first class could be found denlng it today Letus be sure that we understan ust what is meant by the fact of ChrIst By it we have no referenc vhatejJjpr to His divinity to His sonJ hip of Hls savlorhood What we do acan is that during the first centur esusj6f Nazareth lived and appeared to doi la general the things he Is lalby history to have doneto have In general as claimed and to111 kd as Is recorded by hIs IOgf I atinglj give it as my epic lo t less the fact of Christ ca a l that thou whet e labrlcI luuriauan leacumg isvauieiess7 Un less It can bo proven that JesUb of Nazareth was it is useless to go further Tills is the very first step the argument for Chrltianlty Now again let me warn you not to con 1re theological teachings or reedal deductions with the fact self Very many immature minds have been unable to melee this ver distinction and have as a consequent been driven into disbelief of the tire Christian system Two Classes of Evidence Now there are at least two classes historical evidence that may be troduced to prove these facts First the statements of the New Testament writers This is not the time to duce arguments to show the genuineness of the New Testament Indeed iy arguments should not by eans be as weighty as the scholarship of the world The very fact that our enlightened scholarship retains the New Testament and declares its itegrity is in itself proof that accord- Ing to the combined Judgment of the tinkers of civilization the New Testament Is a true record But in the second place the dence of profane history should be troduced You can readily realize that In the brief time at my disposal I coula not hope to do other than mention some leading points I will therefore name a few writers of profane story many of whom were enemies to Christianity anu who would give It no advantage that they were not forced to give- Following this reference is made the Talmud Josephus Tacitus and other writers of that period as re ferrlng to Christ as a historical Pact and he then continues Whatever may be said about the erthrow of Christianity the fact of Christ must remain You may His divinity His Christhood His ivlorhood but not the fact of his existence But before you can over throw the other things you will be impelled to give a reasonable planation of tho fact Now it hao seemed out of place for me ghe so much attention to theso things but you will realize that it is pertinent to our subject What Must We Believe What must wo believe order to bo legitimately entitled bo called Christian- If this question wero put to the wholo religious world today no doubt n great variety of answers would glen In fact I doubt seriously whether clergymen and teachers of an y one denomination could agree upon a reply Even those churches which have authoritative creeds to which one must subscribe in order to Join them find various answers to this query But they all admit one thing namely that one may have saving faith and be a Christian without be Moving their creed Therefore these formulations of doctrine are not an answer to our query What then do they answer They are Intended to determine what one must believe In order to belong to their respective agument the preacher finally lands on the same old story and declares He that beliovcth on tho Sc hath life because in Him was Ufe and the life was the light of met Jesus himself so stated the matter and made this truth the foundation of HIs church and tho apostles were never known to require any other Cession of faith So you see It is not so much what one must believe as on whom THE MORALITY OF BUDDIS Translation of the Dharma Pada Footsteps of the Law Which Should Be Read In Comparison With Bible Morals BY WILLIAM COOPER There is no fire like passion there is no shark like hatred there is no snare Jke folly there is no torrent like greed A man is not learned because ho talk muck A man is not an elder because his head is gray his age may bo ripe but he is calledoldinbrain Hatred does not cease by hatred my time hatred ceases by love This is an old rule As rains breaks through an unthatch ed house passion will break through an unreflecting mind Tho scout of flowers does not trave attiett tkewindt nor tlut i osandhi Eircllthoagainst the wind a good man pervade very place As on n heap of rubbish cast upon theI lighway the city will grow full of sweetI lorfunic and delightful thus the of truly enlightened Buddha shine forth by his knowledge among thosi who are like rubbish among the that walk in darkness pcoplej The fool who knows his rise at least so far but a fool who thinks himself wise ho is called a indeed foolI Tim gods even envy him nose lave been siiutiued like horses well broken in by tho driver who is fret from pride and free from frailty Even though a speech be a thousand of words but made up of se1s less orals one word of scnsa is better which if a man hears he becomes one man conquer in battle a thou and times n thousand men and if mi other conquer himself he is the greatest of conquerors Let no man think lightlyof evil sg in his heart it will not como neat unto mo Even by tho falling of water drops a water pot is filled The fool comes full of evil even if he gathers it little by little Let no one forget his own duty for the sake of another however great Let a man after he lies discovered his own duty be always attentive to it Tho wise who control their body who ontroi their tongue the wise who eon trol their mind are indeed well trolled And the man who gives himself up to drinking intoxicating liquors he even in this world digs up his own root The above are a few of the precepts of Buddhism the largest religious orders in the world an order that will I ven turo to assert bo more enduring than RO1IUonnowlcdgo nnd education spreads may it continue to spread In Bombay is a pital for animals carried on very sue ssfully by the Jains n Buddhist sect The writer of this is a state agent of cjety for prevention of cruelty to nni mal8 ami it would bo n long chapter Sho all or near all my experiences connection with this agency amongst licfly religious people for of nil people- ho are callous and thoughtless these aro worst- I have copied the above precepts from Prof Dobbins tory of tho Worlds Prof Oobbins was for many years resident of Tokyo Japan nnd his book is well worth perusal rt li PERFECT MEN AND WOMEN i t 1BeHuman Family SCIENCE OF One of the most remarkable animals lately produced by science Is the cat ale which is a compound of tho buffalo and tho ordinary cow Thou sands of acres are to be set aside for the cultivation of this animal which has proved one of the most valuable of all domestic animals to the farmer By crossing the Galloway cow with pure bison an animal has been ob tamed that yields a lustrous black robe which alone fetches more money than the average steer Buffalo Jones who has made a specialty of this en terprise sold one suCh robe for 300 The crossbred animal possesses the beautiful thick warm coat of theibuffalo and the meat and milk yield Ing qualities of the ordinary bull or cow It is able to weather storms and outlive heat and cold which would kill my domestic steer For this reason It can be kept In parts of the United States where ordinary cattle are killed jy the severe winters The halfbreeds are very prolific tho emales giving birth to a calf annual ly They have a black and glossy coat which though rare as yet In the fur market Is known as seal buffalo Their heads are less clumsy and their j humps less prominent then that in theinale parent their steaks are Juicy ender and deliciously flavored the emales are superior milkers Buffalo Jones of Oklahoma whoa cooperating with the ernment In this enterprisejpgflWfl Plhe most emarksblo e hitch uniYYatip psteduf- falot a Jas gerrnum ber oferossbred anIma s men tes ifying on this subject before a Con cessional Committee recently Mr ones said that as the American uffalo was doomed to practical ex Inction It was most important that the most valuable qualities of the ani mal should be preserved Combining Various Animals The production of the catalo proves that the useful characteristics of two cry different types of animals can ermanently combined Similar re suits could be obtained with men and women of different races f1 Another useful compound animal is the zebrula which Is a cross be ween the zebra and horse It has the sefulness and the docility of the horse combined with tne hardihood of the zebra The latter animal Is pos essed of remarkable swiftness great trength of back and high lutelll ence It transmits these qualities us 1 well as Its perfectly formed feet to Its ybrld young which also Inherit In a large degree Its capacity for adopting Itself to any kind of climate from t tropic heat to many degrees of frost The crossbred zebrula is more quiet j and tractable than the common mule jIt retains the beautiful stripes of its rthe where 1w111rtillery in tropical countries Nature has already produced a corn j nation between the zebra and the This animal is known the IIgiraffe and only ar few specimens heart of Central Africa the giraffes useful quality of existIwith hardly any water by merely ling the moisture from the upper the leaves of trees At tho Iof it is much stronger than which is at the mercy of neariievery other animal and cannot even get up after It has fallen down Thisrcase shows that nature is still engaged f In solving the problem of produclngVmore useful animals A new scientific animal which prom to be of tho greatest benefit to i1IIIses is tho guineaturkey j Is a cross between the ThistIfowl and the turkey and possesses of the latter with the delicate Lstablo meat of the common chicken 3- The guineaturkey reaches a weight of venty pounds or more Its eggs are irger than those of the guinea hen Continued on page Four l THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited Charles Chilton Moore up to his death February 1006 f JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publish SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per in advance Trial subscription cents per month All foreign subscription 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 ter rates will be quoted upon application The lishers have the right to reject any advertis menu offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscriptio has been paid up in advance The address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of Back numbers or numbers omitted rtbesent if asked for upon renewal in case of discontinuance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks ete payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address vise this ollice giving both old and new and the Blad 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 allrce thinkers will be given a hearty welcome utE BLADE is entered at the PostoQice at Lexington Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRAS z BLADE P 0 Box Lexington Ky Duty calls you a Never shirk at useful labor r r Most of us would like an elastic currency r r r r s In lifes great race the stakes are always high The man who dares and does has the best chance to win a r e a I According to Hetty Greens notion the way to get rich quick is to invest in necessities r r It is reported that Speaker Cannon is stroni minded enough to say damn when he hasn1 missed a train or lost a collar button j1j Cu ity wi1Lcome just assoon as sbe can smi nt p Wn of t The orthodox chritian church has marshalled its forces around a flag that is so faded that none cat be found willing to carry it r r r r In hoc signo vinces The brand of the bigo and the poisoned arrows of those who would still persecute in the name of Christ have the active forces of Christian believersIr r r r Every effort to discredit the genius that lies ir the rich fields of infidelity has given to the icono f clastic hammer fresh terrors which like the weapon of Thor rocks the gigantic world r J Prayer cannot alter the plans of the infinite but love can disarm the enemies of human progress and will win more from superstitions halls than even polemic warfare Try and put a little sunshine in lifeevery r r r r Have the tables turned It is said that a New Yorker imagines that he is a monkey It may be true And it is also true that several New York monkeys actually imagine themselves to be men Wheres the difference r r With the phonograph running at full time the phrase writers will have to revise those lines on the voice that is stilled a r r Prayers were recently uttered in a Lexington church for the immediate conversion of unbelievers So far we have not heard that the prayers have been answered but praying for infidels is a better and more humane policy than persecuting them r r Freethought is a poising eagle that burns above the unrisen morrow a lifegiving oasis in the dreary desert of a profitless dogmatism which for centu ries has been swept by the hot winds of religious bigotry and sectarian hate Nourish it and let it grow r r r The value of a vote is plainly shown in the pro test made at Holyoke Mass by the lady school teachers because they receive a salary of 600 per annum only while the male janitors at the school buildings draw a pension of 1000 per year The lady teachers cant vote the janitors can The protest will be impotent The philosophy of Freethought is based upon kindness and love Had the church indulged more in these virtues it would have encountered less position Men will not make war upon kindness and logic is unable to cope with the power of love There may be spots on the sun but while it fills the land with light and life all pronounce it good f x Why to continue to rail at Mormon polgamy and applaud Solomon the Lords wisest and best E any heroic effort and an occasional lift from God Almighty he was able to remain reasonably faithful to one thousand women and he was particular partial to ladies of color r r The Blade has found another critic anent its sistence upon political as well as religious freedoi We are told that we are entering upon a field foreign to our purpose Well this is a selfish old world isnt it The purse is such a powerful factor in shaping ones political opinions that the aigumcutum ad hominem gets so near a fellow heart Why even little birds in their nests are able to agree for every blessed birdlin wants theII worm and tries to spread its mouth widest r r r SOME UNPALATABLE TRUTHS From the Indian Territory there comes a cry of protest against the Blades criticisms anent the race question and the complaint is made that to be just we should also condemn the white man for the crime he commits against the Negro race cspeciall the women which is not without justification The Blade would have been pleased to have given space to the article but its language is such that it could not be published and we have no right to change it in order that it might be published without the consent of the writer at the same time to change much of it which would be necessary would be to change its tenor and partially destroy the effect that the article was doubtless intended to produce It was evidently written while the author was fired by the heat of passion as some of his pressions suggest and leads to the inference tbat its author is a member of that race against tbe depredations of which the Blade has made complaining criticism One complaint is made that we have no right under our journalistic professions to assail political shams but should confine ourselve to religious criticisms only This conception of the Blades purpose is altogether erroneous for we propose to as sail shanis in any guise and under any name Our advocacy must be for political freedom as well as religious freedom but we firmly believe thfct the former can never be won until the latter has been first secured We believe that religious serfdom is responsible for our political and industrial slaver and that with the church power weakened or d stroyed political and even social freedom will speedily follow Under such conditions our critic who politely informs us that our tongue is hinge both ways is but beating his head against a ston in such an attempt to turn us from our course There is one truth to which our critic gives force ful utterance and it is full worthy of comment Ve quote the following sentence in full Can it be the fact that you only investigate the scummy Negro and shun the filthy jvhit7ffhould not take the time to say those things only you arc teamss its sf virtliera li = there never was a crime committed byVttieL black man that some white man has not been guilty of also In this statement there isn great deal of trutli but the question propounded is filled with dimgei It is an admission that there are scummy Negroes whatever the term may mean and at the same time we are impelled to admit that there arc some white people who may be designated as filthy The Blade condemns both It does not tolerate in the white man what it condemns in the blackman On the other hand it is a scientific and sociological fact that the Negro lives largely by imitation and that in many of his wrongful acts he is but imitating the nefarious examples set before lint by the superior race When the Negro reads jf bank robberies train robberies grafting in public places political corruption unmentionable rimes committed by white men he is too apt to follow in the same channels and on the principle that one violation of law inevitably leads to an other if the first remains undetected the Negro roes from bad to worse and finally finds himsel either in the penitentiary or on a convenient tree History points conclusively to the fact that when the Negro was first imported to this country a slave he knew not the habits of the white man His bondage kept him in subservience He was well fed and housed because his owner regarded him as property and he could not afford to lose him Years of association gave him the whites mans ways and the white mans language With one stroke of the- pen he was transformed from a slave ignorant and unlettered into a full fledged American sovereign had thrust upon him in a day that which took the bigloSaxou thousands of years to acquire His new found freedom was misunderstood and misap plied Beginning with his political sovereignty the Jegros degradation set in Instead ofchecking that tendency by humanizing influences they leave been fostered by harsh systems of repression and histility To a great extent this is responsible for the condition of the Negro in the South today In- spirita of retaliation the Negro commits crimes against his mental monitors and a speedy punishment is inflicted While all this is unquestionably true it does not alter the fact that the race question is far from being solved nor does the spirit of our critic tend to solve it Suppose the white commits crime that a satisfactory reason for the Negro doing likewise If the race is ever to rise from the depths it must eschew doing evil in any form and not seek a istification because some member of another race has done likewise The Blade does not pretend that it has a remedy or could suggest a remedy for it candidly admits that the question is beyond its capacity All that it can do is to condemn cvil- in any race and in this it will continue untl Gabrel sounds his horn In the end the selfevident truth remains thatch race must be responsible for the crime it commits and that all crime by whomsoever committed must receive its due punishment BIG RECEPTION PLANNED FOR MOSES HARMANS HOMECOMIN According to statements published in Lucifer whose editor Moses Harman is still languishing in a federal prison as a martyr to free speech and a free and untrammeled press preparations are being made for a rousing welcome to be extended to him by his numerous friends and admirers upon his homecoming consequent upon his pending liberation from Duranceville having completed his term The Blade is in hearty sympathy with such a movement and should time and circumstances permit its editor will participate in that reception Despite the petitions sent to the President that official has turned a deaf ear to the agonizing hear breakings of an old man who has been guilty of crime save a desire to be useful and helpful toth race In this Roosevelt has not the humanity of the late President McKinley for the latter very readily granted a pardon to the late editor of this paper Charles C Moore when convicted throng religious prejudice of sending obscene matte through the mails Mr Harman is an older num than was Mr Moore and the one years confinement is bound to have affected his health but this matters not to the subservient tools of a degrading and disgusting religious system which sets an espionage upon those who write differently than they think and believe or profess to believe The greed for gold and power induces outrage even on the aged and decrepid and the garrulous Christian blather slate will after satiating his desire to inflict torture retire and pray Father forgive them they know what they do Christian professions and Christian acts hav never been made to harmonize They are as far apart as the poles They preach of love and forgiveness and the next moment revel with delight because they have managed to get an old man in jailall because he dared to disagree with then and express an honest opinion By all means give Moses Harman a house warn ing upon his return front a year of martyrdom The best that Freethinkers have should be his Let the reception be a plain and unvarnished rebuke tQ those priestly parasites who conspired to his information on this subject can be tained by addressing S T Hammersmark Nor wood Park Ill r r r r RESIST NOT EVIL The doctrine of nonresistance to evil is one ofI the most pointed in the Christian form of faith it is one of the least observed by of the Christian nations on earthIWe have been taught that two thousand year ago the angels in Bethlehem sang a song of peace end good will towards men but this statement was completely answered by the late Robert lager soil when he remarked that all Christian nation were ainfij toritllg tgeUvf apd had ffonstnicted mon ster guns engines of war all ready charged ilnd primed to blow Christians brains into eterna troth There will not be much surprise felt at this significant discrepancy between saying and doing so far as the Christian world is concerned for in tin reported utterances of its god the same contradictions exist If a policy a doctrine or an institution bring forth only evil we must necessarily conclude that its origin is also evil and as no stream can rise Inghci1 than its source a bad god must produce bad followers When god was god all by himself when old Jehovah reigned supreme on Nilus bank he is said to have emphatically declared that an endless pun aliment awaited those who declined to make obedience unto him The burning lake and tho bottomless pit were terrible realities and their lurid glare idly affrighted the souls of men After a few rears had passed the business grew too big for his and he formed a stock company taking into partnership with him two other deities known thereafter as god the son and god the holy ghost Now liffercnces of opinion crept into the management md god the son gave out the doctrine that while he had not come to destroy the law or the prophets he taught men when sinitted to turn the other heck and get another swipe then to bestow thanks upon the swiper for the trouble he had been to in order to confer a Christian kindness upon you But seriously we are confronted with this bought in regard to endless punishment that while it would be a cruel end inhuman retribution et if god inflicted it upon a human being just be cause he did not like him would not the sufferer be justified in entertaining similar feelings toward the uthor of his woe70n the other hand if the deity so loved the world that he sent his only begotten to die for the sins of men will he not always love and loving them here would he not love them here after7 A negative answer would imply change in the deity and the principal theory of the Christian theology Again if what Christ aught be the best kind ofa policy namely that we should not return evil for evil but give good liercfor would not the senior deity that is the Pa God be violating his own teachings and overruling imself by punishing human beings in endless torment for the supposed wrong they had done Would not god be doing wrong and does mans wrong justify or excuse the wrong in him To suggest that gods part is all right and mans part all wrong is to challenge the justice of the plan At the best it could only lead to the inference that gods love had actually turned to hate and this gives us another change in the unchangeable The second commandment informs us that ho will deal harshly with those that hate him while Luke indicates that Christ could both hate bitterly and curse volubly against those who did not agree with him To resist not evil would have put the Christian lurches out of business many years ago Their claim is that they are constantly making war upon J evil to catch the coin Unbelief is an evil in their sight hence they delight in making war upon unbe lief by inflicting all possible injury upon the unbe liever According to Freethought evil is always to be met with a firm and unyielding resistance This does not embrace the theory of punishment but a simple suppression of the causes that produce evil for with the cause removed evil must cease to exist and good must necessarily follow The method is simple It is not to be found in coercion The remedy lies in education Open to every child the great book of life but never cover it with a Bible r r r FOUR ISSUES IN TWO WEEKS We have besought the patience of our readers because of the exasperating delay in publishing the Blade but our trials and tribulations are now happily at an end No sooner had we succeeded in getting straightened out with the tangled web of resetting machinery the application of all the ap purtenances and motive power than our most im portant mechanic the linotype operator struck out for pastures new and more prolific fields leaving us practically helpless With one difficulty settled another dawned upon us until we began to think that deity and devil were playing the Job racket on us just to try our patience and godness of heart Had they imposed a few warts or boils upon us at the same time it would have been the limit If our readers have experienced some disappointment in not getting the paper the disappointment to us has been far greater for it is our earnest de sire to be prompt in its publication and delivery If our troubles were godmade we are happy to state that we have beat him at his own game for we have just managed to get what we wanted and by the end of the week terminating Sunday December 2 we shall be up again with our publica tion to date We mail two issues this week and will mail two next week Now let us humbly pray that it wont happen again m a r e PHASES OF LIFE IN AMERICA Justice Morgan J OBrien conceded an able and eminent jurist of the Appellate division of the New York Supreme Court has resigned from the bench because as he declares he finds it impossible to maintain his family and social position on the mod est salary of 17500 a year In tendering his resignation Justice OBrien may be clearly within his rights but when a capitalistic press lauds his act and berates the State of New York for not paying more the transaction becomes nauseating and disgusting Conceding to him every consideration that may be his due it is not to his credit or the credit of any judge even though he excuses his action upon the precedent set by Judge Van Brunt to complain that a community is niggard when it crimes to compensating judges when it pays them 17500 a year Judge OBrien did nllt J to take the position in the firstplaee no ergedthe people to give it to him They did so Hp has enjoyed the emoluments of that office for nearly 20 years and not being able to get a raise he throws up his job Let us do some figuring The sum of 17500 per annum means 146650 per month or 33650 per week or 48 per day or 2 per hour for every hour in both day and night working and sleeping When such a salary is regarded by its recipent as being too small to support a family in a manner consistent with his position in the community such a man has either an exalted notion of what that position is or lie overrates the value of his services to the community Thousands on the top of thousands of families in the State of New York are compelled to live year in and year out on less money each month than Judge OBrien received every day At that s a higher salary than is paid to the Chief Justice jf the United States and the position is just as secure There is no doublt that in the practice of the law at least by such u practice as his judicial position will now bring him Judge OBrien may be able to earn more money but in the making of such a lain he makes money the main if not the only ob set of his legal and judicial career The man who annot live and live well and as a judge should ive and bring up a family in both comfort and sappiness as any other citizen should do on 17500 ought to be made to fiddle on a stick of cord wood with a bucksaw or plant postrloles in the dark of the moon He would then realize the value of his glary When the wage feature is the only temptation for men to seek high judicial honor in this country the picture presented is gloomy indeed Why continue to prate about the purity of the courts Judicial purity can never obtain until the lawyers bring themselves above suspision Whop a man frankly confesses that it is impossible for him to live and keep a family on 17500 a year of what use is it for economists to write and publish books telling how to live on ten cents a day r r r r BACK TO THE PEN Rev William E Hinshaw of Wabash county In liaua a Methodist preacher must spend the balance of his life in the Indiana State Prison Incidentally George Freeman sheriff of the same county is separated from his wife for ever It is a sad story and yet it is only one of tho few lint come to the public knowledge of thousands of similar offenses that are committed by the commissioned representatives ministers plenipotentiary of the Most High It is a story filled with tragedic pathos tinged with murder and lust At the same time it reflects but little credit upon the government of Indiana for its part in the sickening detail The crime for which Rev Hinshaw was committed to States Prison for life was the murder of his own wife committed ten years ago simply because he liked Mrs Freeman better and had conceived an unholy lustful passion for her although tho wife of another man Under the Indiana code the murder of his wife does not appear to be regarded as t t Y I very serious for he was given n parole subject to revocation at the will of the Governor the parole being granted upon the condition that he wouldnot renew his attentions to Sheriff Freemans wife The parson promised and got his liberty It has been of short duration for being caught with the woman she being the mother of three children he has been taken back to prison by the very husband whom he had wronged The reports state that Hinshaw is a handsome fellow possessing a brilliant mind but it is evident that he could not keep his word The husband of the woman caught the pair together in a hotel and being a deliberate man as well as a peace officer he did not act rhshly That is evidenced by the fact that the dominie is still alive Freeman simply complained to the Governor and the Governor cited Hinshaw to appear before him and show cause if any he had why his parole should not be revoked The only response the preacher could make was to the effect that it was simply a move upon the part of his personal enemies to send him back to jail for no wrong whatsoever but because they did not like him The parole was revoked Under the law the parson has no appeal and he must now spend the remainder of his life in prison not for murder for that crime was expiated when he was given a pa role but his incarceration as the Blade views it from this distance is because Wabash county has a sheriff who is incapable of protecting his own fire side tTrue the preacher did vrong lie ought to have known better TIe did know better but he allowed ihis passions to get the better of his judgment c The primrose path of dalliance was too tempting for him and he could not resist though the very heavens fell It may not be altogether the mnns fault Judging from the newspaper accounts it does not appear that it is The woman went to the place where Hinshaw was refused to take her nineyearold daughter with her because the child might see and know too much and against her 1ms bands protestations The sequel followed Again it might not be altogether the womans fault It may be that Sheriff Freeman had neglected his wife imagined that he had done all that duty demanded when he had furnished food shelter and raiment Had he shown his wife the saute loving devotion as when he married her he would never hind a rival in her affections Under such conditions the injured husband may be as much to blame as any of the principals in this shocking domestic tragedy In any event Freeman has hind his way Hinshaw is again in the penitentiary and it was a fitting triumphal finale that Freeman being the sheriff of the same county took the despoiler of his home back behind prison walls there to remain for the balance of his life 5This incident furnishes additional proof that the number of unfaithful wives whoso sin becomes the 1 public shame is simply ng It also proves f W thatprcachers are not sin prpofbby any means rit r w rWHAT A WOMANS TONGUECANnOkr V firt When a woman will she will You may depend on t When she wont she wont And theres an end on t Could the author of those famous lines have been permitted to live unto this day he would have wit- nessedk the truth that lies in them If the uewspa per accounts of the day be true woman has no need for the ballot She has a weapon far more potent more powerful and more effective While freedom of speech remains a perpetual guarantee of the gov eminent woman needs not ballots elective fran chises or even larger liberties for they can place positive reliance upon their primitive and natural weapons Time story comes from Newburg N Jj that three women Mrs Irwin and her two daughters have put an entire city government to rout and may possibly land it in jail for contempt of court with no other weapon than their tongue It is ludicrous enough to be staged It is a complete return to first iprinciples those principles that were effective be fore Sorosis was invented and long before the bachelor girl or the club woman imagined she could r meet man on equal terms The meat of the situa tion is this The Mayor of Newburg and all the Aldermen will be cited for contempt of court if they 7 cannot within a few days find a carpenter who is willing to work eight hours a day under the tongue lashing of Mrs Irwin and her two daughters Let it be understood that Mrs Irwin is a well preserved woman Also that her voice is well pre served Her daughters arc both young healthy and unafraid Between them they got together enough money to buy a lot and upon it they built a cottage according to their own ideas It was not such a cottage however as the law contemplated in that it did not comply with the fire ordinances But it suited them anti that was enough A neighbor pro tested and they laughed him to scorn lIe went to court and the temple of our liberties ordered the cottage torn down A carpenter was found and sent to do the work of destruction The Irwin family made no attack upon him but they got in his way and talked long und glibly about what they thought of the outrage An hour later he quit Another one was sent to take his place and begin where he had left off and meeting with a similar reception J he also quit Then the wise city fathers got to gcther and held a council of war They agreed hire a deaf man They found one and sent him out F Again the women talked The carpenter could not hear what they said but he saw their lips moving toand that made him so nervous that he soon throw up this job he result is that cottage remained r uninjured Time protesting neighbor now asserts that unless the Mayor and Aldermen comply within the original order of the court he will havo them up for con tempt Both the Mayor and the neighbor admits that nothing can be done with the women that they i JA r t are clearly within their legal and constitutions rights in the exercise of a freedom of speech Thus it is that the power of a Avomans tongue is above the well laid majesty of the law and if she can wield such a power with so much success she has no need for ballots and the privilege of voting our suffragists to the contrary notwithstanding Three women with no other weapon than their tongue appear to have put an entire city government in a large sized hole with the sides well greased a a a a FABLED WISDOM In a vision walked among the throng of aimless people in the Forest of Fulfilment All about me were palefaced men and listless women and my mind was sore perplexed with wor riment As I stood near the gateway of the forest a gray old mum passed me by and his face was good tt look upon for the mark of perfect happiness rested thereMarvelling greatly at this thing I ran after the aged mean and stopped him by the coat saying I beseech thee Oh father tell me thy secret And he answered simply I am happy in mj searchWhat is that I asked- I sock the foot of yonder rainbow Disappointed I loosed my hand muttering Dotard dost hope to reach thy goal But he caught my speech and turning ansAverecl sternly Live 0 sightless youth and thy blind eyes will see by years He alone is happy that strives after the unattainable And he left me pressing on over the Mountain of Aspiration But my understanding was sore troubled and the vision left me pondering a a a a PROBATIONARY MARRIAGES No subject is receiving so much attention at thf hands of the American people today as that of mar riage and divorce reform and there is no subject that is of more vital importance to the home to the happiness of the race and the social and moral well being of the republic Of one thing however can rest assured and that is when marriage and divorce reform does come it will represent the seriousness and not the flippancy of our social life While the recent divorce congress is to be commended for its work of collaborating a uniform systems of grounds upon which the bonds of matri mony may be annulled it is gratifying to observe that the agitation for the enactment ofa federal statute was not renewed At the same time the Blade congratulates Mrs Herbert Parsons nee Clews upon having the courage of expressing her convictions if nothing else There are few women who have dared to denounce the shams and frauds the conventionalities and expediencies of moder- nsocietyto say nothing of boldly attacking the in sititutions and held by some to be even a sacrament of the church Mrs Henry had preceded her in this important field but America has few Mrs Henrys to our great loss Time gradual tendency of the law has been to make marriages progressive and in this a ray of hope penetrates the clouds of domestic slavery Probationary marriages might do well enough with some people who simply used marriage as a form to cloak other sins but good men would not care to take advantage of such a system and a modest Avoman could not Herein lies the difference and the distinction Soiled goods must remain soiled and this rule applies to both men and women Both should be judged alike Time libertine should re ceive no greater social considerations than the prostitute He naturally belongs there A coat of black paint would ruin a marble Dian but would be beneficial to a bronze Hercules We may not be able to pull out all the barbs from the arrows that whiz from the Love Gods bow but we can apply the soft pedal to that fierce stream of passion that is rapidly demoralizing American upper cir cles As a rule most people are old fashioned when it comes to domestic relations They do not care for innovations and would speedily discount anv influence that manifests itself in favor of looser conjugal ties As might have been expected the pulpiteers are denouncing Mrs Pnnfbns mind her book This is a sure sign that it will not only be read but eagerly sought after It is a guarantee of an enormous circulation Society will gloat over it as affording n subject for discussion between the election and the holidays Time reception they give to the subject will not endanger the institution of marriago even if they would place it on a sort oi limited partnership arrangement Neither can the clergy stem the tide of thought by denouncing it as a device of the devil to entrap the Lords elect for even they cannot fail to be impressed with seriousness of the uncovered infidelity and ma terial infelicities which must sooner or later induce radical changes in the marriage institution So long as the mothers of the world who have the most to lose by laws that make divorce easy and remating possible are fully alive to their own interests little will be accomplished along the lines advocated by childless society women a a a r According to Sidney Webb an English professor of political economy the people of that country are facing two alternatives namely either race suicide or physical degeneration This comes from the fact of a diminishing birth rate among the middle classes for years the bulwark of the nations strength People will not marry because they can not afford it and the burden of rearing and educating children to those who are married is too heavy to bo borne a a s Some of your friends might like a Thanksgiving subscription to time Blade 2 SINNERS CATCH THE CHILLS In Those Sacred Refrigerators Know As the Modern Christian Church Important Facts Given By a Preacher ALL CHURCHES ARE LOSING IN MEMBERSHIP BY REV MADISON C PETERS Tho following interesting account nf the gradual decadence of tho Chris tlan form of faith In America Is tak en from tho New York Press beIng sent to us by Mrs Josephine K Hen ry Tho mere fact of Mrs Henrys communication with tho Blade will be pleasing to many of Its friends but sickness still prevents her from taking active part in writing for It Tho article is a valuable addition to the antiChristian propaganda for It goes to the very root of things nnd coming from a minister of the gospel Rev Madison C Peters of Bap that persuasion it will have far greate force and effect in that tho claim can not be mado that It Is an Invention of the Freethought press The article readsServing Christianity on Ice is ono of the many phrases used by the Rev Madison C Peters in his sermon yes terclay morning in the Baptist Churm of the Epiphany at Madison avenue and Sixtyfourth street n a talk dealing with the growth of churches he saidThe Baptists had in 1905 a men bership of 18980 a net Increase of 5i over the previous year wltu seveni churches at work with an Investment of upward of 5000000 conducted at an expense of more than 400000 an nually Last year wo dropped iron the roll 809 and baptized 1029 Against tho gain of 220 by baptism we lost 211 by death With the ception of one mission church we have not organized one white Bap tist church In Manhattan in a genera tion but by consolidation wo have wiped out many so that there are few er Baptists in Now York today than ther were twentyfive years ago Tin normal birth rate of ou membership Is about 2000 a year which alone should give us an increase of 500 an nually showing that we only do not make any impression upon tho world butte lose about twothirds of the homeshe Is practl wally the same Methodists In New York have become so fashionable that thejj can hardly vocanzo a decent hail lujah and in Manhattan thou net galn Is less than 300 a year while they are not holding to the church half of their own children The Presbyterians with all their social prestige with perhaps 12000000 a year invested in Manhattan Island contributing more tnan 1000000 a year for church support gain lost than 1000 The Episcopalians with their enormous endowed funds thou uptodate aggressive work along stitutional lines and by their constant accession from the churches who would put their members into strait Jackets to save them are holding their own Christian Science churches are crowded their gospel of health and happiness is winning people by the hundreds from all churches The other Sunday on my way home from my own services I stepped in a Christian Science church Tuough the service had long been dismissed the gathering seemed like a social affair I never before In twentyfive years ministry saw such enthusiastic hand shaking such freedom in social intercourse countenances beaming with such Joy As a stranger I got the glad and was made to feel I was a brother among brethren Let our churches stop serving Christianity on ice Sinners catch the chills In our sacred refrigerators A prominent Baptist preacher having tho Sunday off visited with his two sons one of our fashionable churches It was early They went into the galleries but as soon as they were seated tiioy wero told they would have to wait out in the hall until fifteen minutes after tho hour announced for service as tho pews were rented God never intended to establish in Pro testanlsn an apostleship to tho gen teels America is the only country on earth where tho city church moves out when the people move In Who are the people Surely not a few in the great avenues Tho Catholic church never moves out It stays by the people and the people stay by the church Wo profess a deep interest in tho heathen thousands of miles away but at the doors of our churches at homo we avoid them Protestants have too keen a sense of smell Shes a Daisy Marshall IllAs my time will pire next month I send you the neces nary wherewithal for another ear- As It would take too much wording to tell you how I appreciate tho Blade iVlll only say Shes a Daisy DEAD BODY FOUND KNEELINCIN Religious Enthusiast Dies Alone and His Decomposed Corpse Is Found By Hunters On a Milwaukee Farm BY LOUIS A MANZ The body of Ralph M Schoeber 40 years of age a brewery employe was found on the Llndwtrm farm yester day morning at oclock In a state of decomposition It Is thought tne body has been there for three weeks S hoe bor was a religious enthusiast and It Is believed that he committed suicide during a fit of aberation Tho body is at the morgue While Adama Krosofs and Leonard Williams were hunting yesterday morning a hunting dog ran across the body In the swampy section of theI tarn The head of the man had fallen off through decomposition and the body was In a kneeling posture as If the man had been in prayer before taking nls life A Bible lay on one side while next to it was a bottle believed to have contained carbolic acid The body was Identified by a rent receipt in the pocket made out by Louis A Manz a Jeweler for the rent of two rooms above store Chestnut street from Sei member 15 to October Schoeber was a bache lor and had lived alone In the two rooms for four years doing his own cooking He was a devout religious man was last seen about three weeks ago When the rooms were entered last night a note was found on tie table It read If I am not home in three days I will be dead and In the other world Comment Find enclosed a clipping tram our morning paper the Free Press of October 15 This man Ralph M Schceber I have known about years and must say he was quite a religious man often warn ed him not to study the Bible so much and of late he got so holy hunt he would go out in the rear yard at mid night and op his knees he would pray and streak with his holy God Now this is an example for others not to waste their time reading a Bible or praying to the night air or praying to the moon and stars- I suppose the moon surely must nave smiled at him and enjoyed a hearty laugh over such narrow mi foolish people that belong In some insane asylum until they came to their right senses and live tho way some people shoul live The reason I sent fou this and ask you to publish It is to save some of our good freethinker from reading that trashy holy BlblOJI and In about a week I will other sad affair which happened seme years When I viewed Ills broken rotten body his head was broken elf ldoie like a broken plceo cf bcwn dttat and a smell to It that would kncck a weak hearted persn oft uls feet Ono good thing lie loft behind was as fol letters on the table in room directing the Deputy Coroner and myself to take his trunk keys which we found In a ladys figure on the wall and open tho trunk There was as stated In his second letter 400 In gold and a note and two bank books In other trunk we found 100 In gold as stated this sum should go to the poor and needy entire sum amounts to about which he states in both his let ters addressed to the Coroner They should seta to it hat the poor will get It So you may judge that from his self made will ho had t warm spot In Ills heart for the poor And no doubt his Ijply father In heaven or rather six feet below may forget his rash act and let his spirit rest near Moses or Jesus Amen- LEXINGTON w EASTERN RY CO Summary of Time Table Effective November 18 1906 So No2 Leave Arrive No1 No 3 A M P M 4M P M 735 225 Lexington Ky 955 C05 813 310 Winchester Ky 912 520 82G 325 L E June 900 507 902 400 Clay City Ky 825 435 910 410 Stanton Ky 815 42G 922 42G Filson Ky 803 414 934 437 Dundee Ky 752 403 938 440 Campion June 748 357 95G 457 Torrent Ky 730341 1017 618 Beattyvlllo June 707 320 1025 52G St Helens Ky G59 311 1035 537 Tallega Ky G49 300 1043 545 Athol Ky G40 252 1110 Elkatawa Ky G20 230 1115 C10 O K June G15 225 1120 G15 J ckson Ky 610 220 Arrive Leave Trains Nos 3 and dally Trains Nos 1 and 2 dally except 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the printing press that ever lasting source of delight and utility which records the thoughts of our fellow mortals and enables them to be sent to what the holy scriptures would call the very ends of the earth The spirit moves me today to pen a few lines be cause ot having read your bookA Trip to Rome I wish to compliment the author and to place my stampof ap proval upon tho same so to speak for it is a good work well done and reflects credit on a man whose heart and intel lect are closely united in whatever he all have what is known by phe nology as an organ of approbativeness in other words our natures are such that words of approval not only cheer but stimulate us to further activity The public speaker likes applause not cause of the noise that atttends it but for the reason it reveals concord and ap proval of his remarks The writer ol books also likes to know if his efforts with the pen have struck a responsive chord in the head and hearts of his readers and it is not an improper tIling for them to say so if such is the case Dead silence leaves him in doubt and satisfaction with his work is not fully experienced until he knows how it is generallyreceived I wish to help lieve tnat suspense and to send to the man behind the pen my sincere ion devoid of any attempt to flatter The book is a refreshing departure from sterotoypcd style of descriptive writings and is as pleasing by contrast as eating a meal of victuals away from home occasionally The plain matter of fact common sense way of presenting what eye and car gathered in just suits me for we come very close to people i and places and see both distinctly There is no attempt to be stilled formal 4 fand digni ted we are informed in a natural mlnucr of thoughts and impres sions mat filings encountered and perfect sil every opinion Him iwt a 2 no oxuuy Withou u puoniojp vnat others have said and fOJnl the writer speaks his own mind freely so his criticisms of art sacred and not so sacred have unusual interest for honesty and candor insure statements the never fail to be of im portance When a mans mind is un biased by superstition he can go to Rome and see things as they actuall appear and he feels no restraint in say ing just what he thinks We want no rose colored description of that greatest of all mental despotismsthe Roman Catholic Churchand its present in flueuce and power over the common herd but the real facts and the changes time has wrought since its autocratic rule was broken These we have got from the American delegate to tho Inter national Freethought Congress and the evidence revealed in his book is conclu sive that the right man was sent in that capacity I congratulate you Wilson on the production of such an instructive and readable book and while compari sons are said to bo odiousto the man who is injured thereby of courseI wish to say that your book when contrasted with many others of a similar character is as much superior as a man is to a monkeyI wish to endorse your just and accurate estimate of that gigantic figure in human history Napoleon Bonaparte In dealing with him and his work you have been more clear sighted and dis r cerning than was the great Ingersoll Napoleon was something more than a human butcher and his ideas gave to the world an impetus that was far reaching and beneficial lie represented progress and his enemies conservatism and repression lie did his work in the and whether we likeonly possible way it or not as Winwood Read shows in the Martydom of Man war has ever re suIted in progress and mans ascension from savagery has been closely connect ed with it Force rules the world and when ideas of liberty and advancement are established they have always had to fight their way in some manner On the battlefield or in legislative bodies the conflict is and always will be eternal for in the nature of things it cannot be otherwise We can become dreamers and picture peace and harmony to our selves but they will never come The history of Napoleon will stir the blood of unnumbered generations still sleeping in the womb of time for he is one of the deathless characters in history That lie was not a brute is revealed in his own words when ho said that nights before a great battlo he was sometimes almost unnerved as lie thought that on the morI row 15000 or 20000 of his brave sol diers would be destroyed He played the part which fate forced him to play- r and could no more escape being what he was than you and I could avoid being what we have been since forced into existence Wo are all creatures of fate arid even a priest and a preacher play the parts they have to play so somewhere in the blind forces of Nature rests all the re sponsibility for human actions be they what we call good or bad The priest and the promoters of superstition in all its forms do what they are compelled to do and you and I fight them because we are compelled to The forces of evil arc just as natural as the forces of good and an eternal conflict is as certain as time itself The thinking man must must reach this conclusion and though ho sees the futility of his efforts in bringing about ideal conditions where wrong injustice and tyranny will play no part in human affairs im impelled to work for his ideals he always will If nations must rise and fall as Volncy shows us they always have if civiliza tion and barbarism alternate like lay and night forever as Voltaire believed then well may Denslow write under the skull adorned with tIle laurel wreath whats the use for we see how while men play the parts in life they are pelled to play the eternal forces of Nature are never swerved in their relation to immutable laws and over and over again She creates without and destroys without regret individuI reugionllland our race will always exist and indivld1 uals and classes will always bo arrayed against each other Religion in some form will doubtless forever prevail and so will its opponents and to suppose otherwise is as irrational as to thinkI that anything can cxist without an tithesis But I leave wandered from my starting point and am getting prolix so will conclude by sending my best regards and expressing the hope that your book will be widely circulated and bring to many others die pleasure it lies to me PERFECT Continued from page One and more palatable than those of the secreltarymaking a great change in the hen The present bird is commonI from an Asiatic wild species only thirty or forty eggs a year The civilized hen now lays about one hundred and fifty a year as tho maximum problem now before the govern ment is to produce a hen that will lay one egg a day regularly Fifty hens ire kept under observation and the eggs of each are carefully kept separate and counted during a period of a year Breeds of chickens are raised from the eggs of those that lay most frequently and it is expected that from these a race of phenomenal egg layers will be produced This experiment shows how the process of natural selection may be as sisted by nature Professor George W Gowell agrl cultural expert and poultry specialist at the University of Maine is also seeking to develop a hen that will lay at least one egg a day Ho Is making great progress He has already developed more than forty hens that have in a year laid more than 200 eggs apiece a great many that have exceed ed 160 in a year and one whose record is 251 If tho egg production of the present number of hens in the United States could be raised to one per day the increase in national wealth would bo 25000000 yearly An experiment on animals still more directly related to the human race is now being made under the auspices of the great Carnegie Institution These experiments are going on at the Station for Experimental Evolution in Biology at Cold Spring Harbor which is a branch of the Institution Professor Charles b Davenport Su perintendent of this station is aiming to produce a cat which shall be white blueeyed deaf longhaired talless and polydactyl or possessing superfluous experiment if successful will prove that science can absolutely trol the development of a cats physical characteristics Now the cat bears an exceedingly close resemblance to man in physical structure and constitution and therefore it is lIeved that it will at some future time be possible to control the physical velopment of man in a similar man ner as possible although the learned experts who are engaged upon them would hesitate to state tills object without many modifications which the laymen woulr find It difficult to under experiments aim to demonstrate that if science can produce a white blueeyed deaf longhaired tailless polydactyl cat it can also produce a large brained broadshouldered big lunged highly intellectual manin- t an almost perfect man combin- Ing all the best qualities of all the highest existing types of man and In finitely superior to any one of them To be continued t r t WHAT IS AN UNOR THODOX CHRISTIAN Response To a Question By Blade Writer On the SubjectAll the Difference- Is Between What Is and Is Not Genuine BY SUSAN J PICK What is an unorthodox Christian Since Mr E Lewis has suggested that I tell to the Blade readers what an orthodox Christian is with the permission of the Blades editor I will do so I find by consulting Webster that the word orthodox means Sound in the Christian faith believing the genuine doctrine taught in the Scriptures As the word genuine forms a part of the definition must infer that the writer of it understood as I understand that much that is not genuino is to be found in the Scriptures or writings Perhaps I can best answer his question by writing my views as to what an orthodox Christian is Since to be an orthodox Christian is to believe the genuine doctrine taught in tho Scriptures we must be able to separate the genuine from tho un who have followed my meaning in the articles entitled The History of Religion will hardly expect me to en dorse teachings of churches which aro surely very unchristian There is mentioned in the New Testa ment see Acts vi 04a sect called the libertines who crucified burned and in other ways destroyed many of the be hovers in the genuine doctrine taught in the Scriptures and who were the real Christians socalled because those genuine teachings were given by one named Christ and whose after ward became a title applied to others who taught as he loud taught and ticed as lie had practiced Many thou sands of years before his time others lied taught and practiced the same but their names had long before been lost to historyor were severed only by those of whose nationality they were or who preferred to retain the names rived from them rather than accept new ones Although the Libertines de stroyed many of the real Christians they also spared many but only to force the ungcuuiuc taught in the Scrip Lures on their acceptance Tho Liber tines were not only of the character of those to whom wo apply tho our day but in addition they titlef rties with the rights of the all things forcing on them their entm in lieu of obedience to their own con sciences After destroying many and enslaving the remaining Christian the Libertines continued both their own teaching and practice under name Christian which they stole from their victims and added to the genuine oc trine of the Scriptures their own false teachings and such was the foundation of tho socalled Christian church and its liible The genuine doctrine taught in dIe Scriptures was Love toy neighbor us thyself or in other words claim no more justice for yourself than you are willing to grant to your neighbor- I have written you the description of an orthodox Christian but the question what is an unorthodox Christian stillI remains unanswered Assuming then that the churches have taught as QrthoI dox not the genuine doctrine of the Scriptures but false dictrines of the Libertines which never deserved the name Christians I am according to the churches unorthodox which explains my position but I should believe in the same principals under any other appropriate name though since true Uhrists and Jesuses taught all that seems necessary in morals I see no son for changing the name Liberals of today were not the first to teach Free Thought for all that is to bo found in the genuine doctrine of the Scriptures much of which I have already quoted and there too is to be found all that Freethinkers are asking for viz TJie doctrine of tho equality of the sexes from which have quoted in a previous article in words and as being heirs together equal heirs ofc the grace of life the privalege of obey ing conscience The equality of the races in words That was the true light which lighteth evry man that cometh into the world Every man re gardlcss of race color nationality or creed Liberty of conscience Cor x 29 for why is my liberty judged of another mans conscience James 125 but whoso lookcth into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein he being not forgetful bearer but a doer of the work this man shall bo blessed in his deed Abolishing of thrones Psalms cxlvi put not your trust in princes nor in tho son of man in whom there is no help Whether a man be a prince or commoner he may err so trust no man fully but your conscience instead Mr Lewis has asked How much of the atonement the unorthodox accepts t I cannot answer for church members but for myself following will do Phil II work out your own salvation Mr Lewis also asks How much salvation there is in the blood of Jesus of Nazareth I To which I must reply that as Jesus of Nazareth was hut one of the many Jesuses tho spilling of his blood could have affected only a limited number of persons and then only temporarily Mr Hughes has written that those engaged in the con troversy have evidently not considered the facts that looked for Messiah must be of the seed of David must be bom of a virgin and be also the son of a dead father as no other explanation is satisfactory Rev 15 And from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness and the princo of the kings of the earth but Mr Hughes like most others gets apparently that in tIle Bible many stories are mingled and accepts the statements of the church that only one Jesus existed but whether the Jews were at that Imo looking for a savior or not they had one in days of Pha tonic for wo read Ex v 21 because yc have made our saviour to be abhorred in the eyes of Pharoah in the eyes of his servants I know not how it may be with others but my task was to ex plain tho inconsistencies of the New Testament which I am doing as fast as the space allot cd to me and my time- will admit of and here let me state that my explanations are riot conjecture and in that connection I can promise to the renders of the Blade the true story of the crucifixion and resurrection 33 + + + + + 33F3 3r33131 t t OUR LETTER J3 34d r 11d i33 I Still After the Moore Book Fostunt Cat Enclose find money order for 150 to apply to my scription for Blade Do not send Blade to me until order it started again as I will not- be at home for about six weeks In case you publish tho Moore Book put ate down for one copy G W Suggests Another Edition Shenandoah IowaFind enclosed Chicago exchange of 115 for which mail one copy Wilsons Rome Book to E D Van Pelt I think you will be compelled to get out another edition J BROWN Another Moore Book Wanted Dacoma OldnAs I am a little behind I will dig up and send you My time was out in July but like all old men I am getting slow and Just neglected it but will bo more prompt hereafter I will want ono of C C Moores booksL A MUNSON Also Wants a Moore Book Ingleside TexI see you have not changed the date on the wrappers of the Blade I had my subscription paid to NoVcmber 1900 and about lire first July I sent you 200 to pay up to November 1907 Please move up my date as I dont want the paper stopped I am not like that selfimportant gentleman that said the Blade was rotten and wanted it stopped If ho will stick his finger in a pail of water pull it out and then look for the hole ho will see Just how much ho is missed by the friends of the Blade If you publish the Moore look I want a COlyJ H FOWLER We Did Right Kallspell Mont Please find closed P 0 order for 150 for which move up my tab I think you have done right to raise the price of the Blade and cut out delinquentsN W DUDLEY Half a Million Subscribers Redmon I11I think I wrote you sometime ago to stop Randolph Whites paper I believe It still comes to the Redmon postoffice He is in New Jersey I know the wages he gets and tho number of children he has leaves nothing for luxuries but I would like to havo him enjoy the luxury of tho Blade a little longer so I enclose a dollar hoping you wll be kind enough to change his address from Redmon Illinois tog East Orange New Jersey and stop the paper as soon as the dollar is consumed unless otherwise notified wish you had half a million subscrib s You richly deserve Itbut it seems that tho right never can be popular and to maintain the right is a sure passport to poverty and If not a genius to oblivion also I make the Blado go as far as possible I send them from Maine to Ocean I see a possibility of tho Blades being what C Moores ambition was to make it M ROWE What He Thinks of the Blade Paragould ArltI see by my tag on my paper that tho time Is up for mo to renew I would leave sent you a dollar before tho time was up but there was quite a discussion in the paper about raising price of scrIption and I thought I would wait and see how it terminated I could not do without tho B B If it cost 10 iget so many lIttlo facts In It that I commit to memory that sky pilots dons bother me a bit I got the Rome Book and I hung up my hammock and laid down and read 144 pages before I got up when I quit I said It was worth 144 nor would take that amount for the information The wholo book Is priceless Just twenty minutes ago sent some people away with a bee in their hat quoting j some of the Rome book concerning tho flood and and tho origin of Chris tianity The Blade Is a hummer and the contributors crackerjacks Dr Wilson Is tho greatest man that lives in the U S Hope ho may live to mako tho trip to many Freethougfit Congress I am now years old but feel qulto young yet Hope I will get to pay you a visit also Dr Wilson In tho next year and if you can find your man that wanted to bo ono ot a hundred to give the Blade ten dol tars I will bo the next any time I am called on Hoping that tho people that havo sense and a little money will respond Yours for this life M R COFFMAN Wouldnt Take 10 For It Kratz KansasI did not write and tell you I received tho Rome Congress Book Will do so now It Is tho best book I ever read to give dlscrlptlon of places and what Dr Wilson saw Wo sent tho right man to Rome I would not tako ten dollars for my Romo Congress Book It gives history that I had never heard of Tho more learn about lent bloody Christianity tho more I hate It The Bible is filled with lies contradiction and obsccno literature There is not as much truth in tho Bible as there is in tho almanac yet thousands of fools believe it Is the work of God I am willing to pay 150 a year for tho Blade It is worth 160 per year Some Free thought papers charge 300 No better than blade Drop them that cant pay and wont pay Will some brother Freethinkers pleaso Inform mo where I can get Phallic or Solar Worship and what It will cost THOMAS DUELL Two Copies of Rome Book Soldiers Home Los Angeles Coun ty CnlI havo Just been reading a portion of a work entitled A Trip to Rome by J B Wilson M D I have read Champions of tho Church by D M Bennett and among other such works years ago for I am very old past 96 years of age but I want others to read A Trip to Rome I think it nlost excellent I have been in Naples several times and at Pompcl and know some of the lies hypocracy humbug and mendacity deceit mean ness and dishonesty of tho contempt able trash belonging to that curse of mankind called the church If we could get rid of the damned priests and politicians lifo would be better worth the living Enclosed find 250 postal order for two copies of Trip to Some EDWIN BAILEY A PleasantsuntITltusvllle Pa Yeste day Out Day not the Lords Day I companIed by my cousin Mrs J C Miller took a drive over tho country passed several beautiful forms and visited old friends of other years We visited at the fine and cheerful home of J H Alcorns an old and much esteemed resident of this section of tho country Mr Alcorn Is 79 years old but his heart is as bouyant as the autumn atmosphere and his mind is as clear and bright as noon day refreshed each day with knowledge obtained from Liberal publications Ho lies a nice Library of books which indicates that tho owner is a readers a real pleasure to meet such men One of natures nobleness He gave One of natures noblemen Ho gave Blade Facts Worth Knowing and morrow to read His brain is well stored with refreshing thoughts culled from years of study and experience Ho has no sympathy with tho preju dices of the day and admires and honors the gentle and good of every creed and only asks tho same liberty of thought ho accords to others He regards Col Ingersoll as one of our great dead I understand there are three or four other men In this community who Agnosticsby all respected for their moral and Intellectual worth as well as strict honesty In all business relations With tho setting of tho sun wo bade a reluctant adieu to our venerable friend with tho trusting though that time would be merciful and spare him many years to cheer and comfort and bless the farm nomo on tho hill side that nature has clothed In garments of beauty and inspiration ROBERT R JONES Interesting Topics Discussed East Liberty OAllow mo to ex tend my higher appreciation at the appearance of tho limeborn Blade Narcissus the Nymph had reasonsffor tho worship of his own Imago from naturo after tho lamentable loss of his twin sister by looking into tho fountain could see her in his own Image From the character and knowl edge of Charles C Moore in placing his picture as tho Imago of tho man so conspicuous before his thoughts always puzzled me and I found it a detriment to propogato tho thought therein contained Church going peo plo would turn up their noses at the sight of it A imago of any man displayed as fan advertisement smacks much of Ignorance and Idolatry which will do for patent medicine men dog showman and dogmatic institutions to show up tho devil and display to scorn people into giving their money Caligula the basest of tho Roman tyrants is the only other Instance of a man worship- Ing his own image It is the mind that makes the man and not the mus cles of the face Your face I fear I will never have tho pleasure of greeting which I could not exchangQ for the Joy of meeting your thoughts every week as I now do which has so long been hidden under a bushel now shines as a light from tho hill top but in seeing tho right as you do do you see it In the light of truth that we should slur the word religion as a fake When free thought organizes will It not be come religious having naturo for its guido as a ruling principle and standard of truth Will not tho universal cosmos of good bo its God Will It not have Its dogmas of no criterion of truth outside of nature Will It not have evolution for its Genesis Knowl edge for its book of Solomon and science for Its John tho Revalator Will not the three Looks Evolution Knowledge and Science be the three rooks of Its Bioie and not tho supersti tions Bible tho greatest fiction of anL y tiquity Religions aro of two kinds the- atural J and the supernatural the su 4ti+ pernatural and superstition are synX onymous terms Religion means something toiklO It Is a a bondage like the Supreme Godin nature Should prlnCIPTg stable thought have a religion Do we not need a new which wo may beget a now democracyim from whom having given birth to a now civilization and from Its womb of Jwonders have children rightly born and in wisdom bred right thinking and self control thinking right they will act right VBiy not get Into this swim of great labor movement Giv ing to every man the wages due him and tho wages duo every man is tno wages of labor rightly earned Con stantlne organized an institute of su t pernatural religion which has stood the test of time turmoils tempestrlous test of a superstitious dovil for these sixteen hundred years by absorbing the socialistic Jesus followers and then swallowing other little fishes tho great octopus whale who afterwards swallowed the whole Anglo i Saxon raco as the Jonah of antiquity llko Joshua stopped tho sun until Sat day when it became tho superstition sabbath with the Jews Tho now re k ligion to naturo will make a now deimocracy a now democracy will beget a new civilization a medicine of emetttics which will make him raco to preach a minority reform to tho salvation of tho worldSPENCER GARWOOD r READY FOR TN PRESS 1CHIC CAVE DWELLERS nNot for Preachers 320 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