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I N i 4 B Jt1EGRAS8 BLADEL In and A8IIait 1ast- StileWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH 4 VOLUME XV NUMBER 35 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY DECEMBER 2 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE 1 XMAS ORIGIN OF FESTIVAL Began Ages Ago With People of An clent India Astronomical Events Fix the Date While Religions Grow Around It PAPEgREAD BEFORE PIERCE HIGH SCHOOL BY CHARLES O HAYS This feast which Is of very ancient origin and which under different names but of tne same date has been celebrated by mankind since the dawn of history nay from times preceding the birth of the historical record To the ancient sun worshippers of Northern India a people long since passed from the earth a people of whom scarcely a trace of historical referenco now exists but whp never theless have left a lasting impress upon the civilization of mankind wherever such civilization exists to theso people must bo attributed the earliest celebration 01 the feast which we now call Christmas While there have been sun worship pers In nearly all lands and In nearly all ages these with whom we are at present concerned lived and flourish ed about five thousand years ago and in the regions to the south rind south east of the Caspian sea Although these facts are not a part of recorded history except In a vague piecemeal and wholly unsatisfactory manner from which if taken alone but little could be learned they are none the4leas facts and are determln ed in tie following manner All thovlslule stars in the flrma ment aro gathered into abdut ninety groups oruconstellatlons Of these fortyelght1 of very ancient origin t GiorInn great band abou cqu tor cli c1 qseta Vedthealgnff of the Zodlac5rManslQns or tue Sun Thee remaining thirtysix 4 arepartly south but mainly north of f belt- rTlieseV fortyeight constellations eon tamed fiftyfour figures and formed a huge sky picture whose mystic mean Ing has long since vanished from the sight of the multitude and is known only to the few who have made a spe clal study of Ueir significance As the stars near tho south pole were invisible from their part of the world they naturally left that part of the sly unfigured and the blank space thus left in the great spere are a certain guide to the latitude from whica the heavens wore viewed aL which appears to have been about 3f to 39 degrees north of the equator The longitude is determined by the nature of these fanciful animals etc as tae picture makers necessarily used the animal forms with which they were familiar Even the animal monstrosities are composed of the parts of familiar animals It would appear from these sky pic tures that the makers thereof domes ticated cattle horses sheep goats and dogs while they hunted bears lions and horses using bows arrows and spears all of which are fancifully rep resented In the pictures Tiiey do not appear to have known of the elephant camel or hippopotamus but to their north lay a sea and they were ac tqualnted with ships and sea monsters Thus is the place of their existence in which they flourished may be fixed with equal ease and ac f curacy The astronomical phenome trnon called Precession of Equinoxes causes an apparent eastward drift of the entire heavens Therefore the south pole is no longer In the centre of the blank space left by the picture makers and as the rate of this appar ieat drift is accurately known about fifty seconds annually It is a very simple matter to calculate the time when the sky pictures were completed which Is about four thousand seven hundred years ago or 3800 years before Christ It Is natural perhaps to suppose these sun worshippers to have been a densely Ignorant and benighted people but It would be difficult to Imagine a more serious error It Is quite true that If judged by our twentieth cen tury standards they may be considered very inferior but in their own day they were the most advanced in civilization and Intelligence of any people in the world- I have said that to these people Is duo the origin of the December feast which we call Christmas A state rVc j meat which maybe challenged but of whloii the defense will not bo difficult The ancient constellations appear to have had a priestly origin and an Im portent religious significance This is not generally known Indeed the knowledge is possessed by a very small fraction of mankind today yet a careful Inquiry will force the fact upon us The multitude however does not Inquire The picture makers were astronomers of considerable abl Ity The had determined the lengt of the year whit shrine degree of ac curacy and nadi 1 iso found the fou critical days of the year which mark the seasons w the equinoxes and the solstices They regarded the sun as a deity laboring for thegood of mankind fighting the powers of cold and darkness with varying success In the summer he seemed to overcome adversaries reaching tho point o greatest advantage at the summer stolstlce then gradually lost ground and retreated southward being driv en steadily backward until he once more reached the point from which he started This was at the season now known as December 22nd Here he seemed to linger for a few days in an attitude of defiance until December 25th on whlctfSday his advance toward the norUTibecame perceptible This day was therefore celebrated by feasting and rejoicing because of the birth of a riew Buh e the begin ping of his northward march Thus do wo seeS tjjej origin of the feast W1llch wo now caJr Christmas That this tfeast dues not and canno mean the nativity of Christ Is well known tb ailistudents of the subject and for manyrbaeons not the least of whicSasJ stated by the Interna tional op see art Christmas- Is thair JaiMtk December 25th is In the li t9 re rainy season in India and tag shepherds could not po Ullfie J6 herding theIr flookgjn the jpl tnsatthat time Thinexhaustivelysonsid Lt Wesleyan lJJrJ Clarke and jy going con elusion t In modern tlriies an effort made to moyoChrlstmas from December 25th to December 22r where it properly belongs but the date was so firmly fixed by tradition and popular reslstcnce was i so strong that the effort was abandoned which perhaps Is well since all the principal saviors of the world sixteen were born the twentyfifth day of December- In concluslon it may uo welt to ob serve tnat the opposite period or sum mer solstice was a season of sorrow and In later tines was made the day of St John the Baptist June 24ivho most appropriately says Ho must Increase tout I must ae crease JoHn ill 30 NEW DINING CAR SERVICE Owing to tho demand of their trons for dining and observation cars on train No3 between Cincinnati and Dnnvlllc the officials of the Queen Crescent Route have placed car on this train leaving Cincinnati at p m and operating between Cincinnati and Danville Makes Explanation In the Blade of October 21 under the heading Corrects a Glaring Er ror Is this quotation from a previous article by me whlcn reads Even Christ himself at the crucifixion not once recognized his own mother The expression does not convey the thought Intended as clearly as it should a fault of mine Which I very hiuch regret The thought intended was that Christ did not recognize her as a mothera matornal parent but simply as a woman John l9 chapter 26 and 27 verses Woman behold thy son as found there does not allude to Christ but refers to the disciple standing by Nothing is spoken lay Jesus himself to show their relationship whatever At another time lie addresses his mother thus Woman what have I to do with thee To the best of my knowl edge of the Bible ho never addressed her by that exquisitely sweet appellation mother but always Woman Thanking the editor and brother fo calling attention to the apparent errorJ II SCHWARTZ Cant Pay Increased Price White Hall Enclosed find post office order of one dollar for which apply to my subscription Owing to tho price you have put on the Blade compels mo to ask you to stop my paper Mr I W DECKER I LVVfLL jLL THE HISTORY OF RELIGION Plot To Accuse the Moral Teacher Of Anarchy That He Might Be De stroyedLesson Taught From Parables DY SUSAN J PECK jushe teachings whro werethelr real enemies fur ue con uemned hypocrisy In both state an cnurch became a menace to the dis honest in high ounces in both bodies and a popular teacher with the masses for we we read Mark zll 37 And me common people heard him gladly somfe a n of the army But so determined wore ills enemies to destroy his Influence that they sent spies to listen to His lectures that they might accuse him of anarchy or at least bring him into contempt among his followers an falling in that they encouraged anoth er son of man to secretly oppose him and win his disciples from him teach ing openly in the same form of words while tue parables which he employed were Intended to convey quite a differ ent meaning to those within the ring than to those without and on this second son of man the plutocrats be ditd not merit it As he was one of the Pulse Jesuses against whom the true one often warned his hearers he sought to quench the light of con science arid again enslave those who were learning true freedom and began his teachings in parables by say ing Mark iv 11 Unt oyou In the ring it Is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God the titled man who then ruled them but unto them that are without all these things are dodo li sp tiIPara les Unto e you it is given was used by that teacher in imitation of the words of the other who taught of the kingdom of truth The first account of the lessons in parables given by the second son man f is to be found in Matt xiil and Mark iv where we read that the people stood on the land certainly while the teacher entered into a ship and sat In the sea uncertainty or dan ger and the parable of the Sower is really in reference to the investment of money That which fell by th wayside meaning investments In farms and the fowls represent the outsiders who would receive the profits That which fell on stony ground meant the uncertainty of mining inter ests That which fell among thorns meaning that which wounds the moral nature as drink and other immorali ties tile same thorns and thistles that Adam cultivated in Eden but that which fell on good ground meant in vestsments in that which would no fail and which would yield thirty six ty and even a hundred fold and those Investments meant war and it was that false Jesus who said Luke xiv If any man come to me and hate not father and mother and wife and chit dren and brethren and sisters yea and his own life also he cannot be my disciple which a man trained to the profession of murder could not avoid doing for he must become the brutal slayer of the fathers mothers brothers sisters wives and children of others If not his own and thro away his own life besides And tha- false Jesus taught men once more that such sentiments make men patriotic and he said too Salt is good but men cast it out Invest it for salt is one of the Bible figures for money He that hath ears to hear let him hear And he taught I came not to send peace but a sword Who Will Do Likewise Kathleen Fla Enclosed find five cents postage for five copies of Wil sons funeral address which you an mayralso place my name in your subscrip tion list for one copy of the Moore book If you should publish same and if you fall to get required number soon will double my subscription If others will do the same in order to get the book out Wishing you and the Blade continued success I am respectfully W D HARP I L 1111 J IflL J PICTURE OF HELL BY A MEDIUM Although the Existence of the Fiery Furnace For Torture of Souls Be Doubted Spiritism Declares There Is One BY URIAH SMITH D D The editor of the Blade has asked the question Is there a hell and II understanding that many spiritualists are subscribers to the Blade ask adalthough I do not claim to be a spiritualist But first let me tell to you what I have dlscovered a positive proof of a life after death and which I have been testing ever since Jt came to me The proof is this If a mortal ever thinks in words but all that a mortal believes to be his mental effort in words his mental solioqules his thought I to myself etc are but the voices of the departed dead who do still live The songs which one hums in his bydand a plate near to the hearers head as do also the spoken words This is a test that anyone may apply and prove im mortality a fact Having given my evidence of a future life let me return to my clairvoyant visions First was presented to my view the earth and its Inhabitants each sur rounded by his or her dead friends and enemies The former endeavor- Ing to protect mortals from the lat tor and in doing so they sought to impress the sensitive plates with good words the mortals good thoughts while the foes sought to impress them with evil words and evil liitentions and those evil advis ors with dark distorted faces and de formed bodies the former often mask ed and the latter often clothed I- ndirnta and let me here Sta revealed the facts that Is as real as this n same materials ans obecfs as does this that they might deceive their intendel victims for they were not only mortals but many of the socalled dead whom these friends from hades seized If they were not prevented by the better class and bore away to their dark abodes in the shadow of the earth or on its dark side and In my vision I followed those victims and saw how they were there treated and by whom I will not deny that the greater num ber of them hall sometime defrauded their fellow bolngi either of treasure soeeither for personal gain or as mem bers of organized societies as churches etc but my vision showed me that while they lived on earth their sins were the result of the guidance given by those same dark beings who now sought to still farther pursue and per secute them Although as I have said the greater number had already In life fallen victims to their persecu tors many there were who might have been saved but for their mistake of encouragedttheir bitterness toward those of other creeds Many who might have escap ed were enticed into danger by those masked or painted men or women who professed to conduct Catholics to sonic vantage ground from which they were to witness the punishment of Protestants and Protestants were de ceived Into an attempt to satisfy them selves that Catholics were receiving their just deserts and the other is called religious were so surely represented by both the victims and the victimized I beheld whole congrega tions listening to the atonement story neithertpriests nor laymen truth Often oh so often I saw the priest condemn to torture the mom bers of his church who having been educated to believe that his will should be their law unresistingly al lowed themselves to be led away to such a fate as the strongest imagina tion cannot picture The condemned were conveyed to filthy pens where If they were women they were met by the very priests who had sent them there besides many others when the torture was begun by their being offered the vilest Insults In the foul est language added to which were the grossest accusations most of them false and all couched In the vilest of language When that form of torture had been Indulged In until the drunk en priests for they were drunken tired of it the helpless women were made the victims of their brutal as soups after which they were subject ed to all the tortures ever Indulged In by the Inquisition Increased a thou r sand fold for there the victims could not die and what was endured once would be repeated indefinitely and they were early told that they were to remain forever and from the time of their meeting with their tortures were given no rest Near one pen In which were hud dIed many of the poor deluded women most of them Catholics there sat on a raised platform many priests the greater number of whom passed from earth but a few years ago and who amused themselves by shooting among and wounding the helpless women remember please that I found all things on earth peated there using small rifles cealed In deep pockets in the broad cloth coats and when one had shot off a finger pierced one ear destroyed an eye shattered a Jaw or torn a limb the weapon was hastily conceal ed the blame given to some poor la borer who was Instantly punished for it when he received the congratu lations again in vilest language of those who sat with him while to the suffering and terror stricken women they quoted passages of scripture and advised them to pray to the saints as surfing them that they were doing all that they could to help them adding soto voce into hell Although I saw many who lingered there to avenge their wrongs received In the earth life yet with all the cruelty and suffering unspeakable In all that awful sphere I saw none that was not the wok of man No gods and no devils who had not once been vision I assure you was not the result of my belief in the hell of the scriptures for I have been since my youth a Universalist and believed that men would suffer remorse and progress beyond sin even after death if not before but I am always willing to confess to an error when it has been proven to me STRIKES CREEDS ATffiR New York Preacher Declares That Christianity Has Failed and Is Un suited To Mans Spiritual Needs A dispatch dated at Ithaca New York says That Christianity has failed to adapt Itself to the spiritual needs of man and that creeds should be relegated to a museum was the declaration of Pro fessor Nathaniel Schmidt of the Cor nell department of Semitic languages and Oriental history who preached In the Unitarian church yesterday morn IngDr Andrew D White and other prominent Cornell officials were pres entThe speaker declared that a new e liglon was approaching in which is a deeper insight into nature and a deepening of the moral sense The new ligion will meet all man s spiritual needs It will be universal covering all times and peoples The supernatural in religion Is foolishness declared tho preacher There Is no throne above In the new faith and the Idea of a beyond can have no place We are all denizens of the universe The mind must progress Away with presentday formulas and creeds Put them into a museum as a tiling to be studied The Right Way To Talk Madison Okla Please Insert my name In your memorandum for one of the Moore Books If published- I was truly sorry to know that the Blade or its patrons would not sus thin you without having to raise the price of subscription but I can only hope it Is all for the best There are some ideas inserted In the Blade that I can not agree with even some from your own pen but I am not ready to jump on you all spraddled out like W W Howard But say come on with your anarchy socialism or any other Ism just so long as you allow free discussion through the Blade I am not so wise but what I can learn a whole lot and I want to get peoples views from all sides No If I was Howard I would not get so damn mad- Brother Jim I am a little disappointed to fir J out you are not a matri monial agent but as I am In the prime of life I guess I can look out for No1 SoD BEALMEAR 1i- 1V1 iJftfiit u PERFECT J MEN AND WOMEN Important Scientific Experiments TotBe Undertaken By United States Government To Improve the Human Family SCIENCE OF T The lay reader will naturally wonJder why the scientists should begin Iby seeking to produce the very reoifmarkable type cat mentioned It is not because a white blueeyed deaf longhaired tailless polydactyl cat Is1any more valuable Intellectual useful or beautiful than a common or garden iH tabby cat It Js because the combina t tion of such omarkable qualities In a specially bred specimen would prove that their combination In one animal was the result of their combination jtlonuseful feline characteristics such as strength lung power and keenness of Iiaresult of accident but that could be argued in the case of tho notlmental cat now contemplated The aim of the experiments then at the pres ent stage is not so much to produce a perfect animal as to prove how far scientific control is effective In produciing a predetermined type of cat Professor Davenport speaking of these experiments says If characteristic are for the most 4 Part inherited entire and can be com blued in various ways like atoms of chemistry It should be possible to ob tain any desired combination It is to ascertain with scientific ccr Tat Wlaws comb nation of Irtf11 animals r that ne has task of producIng a cat possessing certain pre determined characteristics With such laws known and under stood It will bo comparatively simple to apply them in the work of develop- Ing all other animalsIncluding man on similar predetermined lines In former ages the cat as is provedVV by fossil remains was of great size being as large as are the lions of our day At all times and mall countries 1torout none of these considerations governed Pr lessor Davenport in hlSiselection of the cat as the animal uestincd to confer benefits of the nighVt est order on the future of the humau race His choice was governed mainVly by tue fecundity and structural or ganization of the cat for considered anatomically the cat In many ways re sembles man and success in obtainingta desired combination of tics in the one will prove the possibil 4otherOf the numerous kittens already produced several are marked by one or more of the soughtfor peculiaritiesI I and It Is by mating and rematlng those that possess them In the strongest de gree and eliminating from the process 1 those In which they are lacking thatVVhe expects to present to the world a new race or species of cat But Professor Davenport does not confine his studies of inheritance in domesticated animals to cats alone When beginning his experiments at tho station he also provided himself with several jungle fowl and domestic canaJrlostwo Irish goats with five sheep num boring among them two fivenip pled ewes and one six nippled lamb and with Jersey and Holstein cattle and Jwith all these he Is experimenting on lines similar from a scientific standpoint to those he has laid out for him self with his family of cats To the layman at first view the practical results of such experiments may not In all cases be apparent but In that of the experimental mating of Jersey and Holstein cattle the bene Continued on page Four r T r H aTHE BLUE GRASS BLADE t Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday 1 0 Founded and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up to his death February k Jfr JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publis J RATES f pSUBSCRIPrIONBy mail postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial subscription cents per month IAll foreign new subscribers sent postpaid with one remittance at 100 per year each f J ADVERTISING RATES i ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per mouth unless by special contract when other and bet ter rates will be quoted upon application The pub lishers have the right to reject any and 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Wasted energies are lost Prayer draws no dividendsYs s s Fraternity is the keystone of civilization The law of graft is the survival ofieslicke Orthodox preachers only play heads I win tails you lose After this our readers will soon catch up with their delayed papers The sinister suggestion offered by John D Rocke ftil feller Jr is not to envy the rich As he doesntj rliave to hc can practice lmt Ife Drenches r t Should aSan be foolish tS fg that he will not shave until Harry Thaw is to trial he muy be compelled to wear a lambrequin- Having lost his meal ticket Count Boni can get rr revenge by accepting the proffered chance of dis tributing dyspepsia to some of QAlnericancritics j The Cuban idea seems to be that Independence is a good enough thing to fight for but they wouldnt give a snap of their fingers for itras a gift It is reported that a man in launton Mass stole a locomotive He might have taken the en tire railroad only that a few high financiers beat t him to itA v i The paying of the goodly sum of 3675 for a yy church pew in New York would indicate that the wayside rests along the straight and narrow path come awful high in Gotham if Dod gast itl King Edward doncher know was five minutes late at church the other Sunday which suggests that he ought not to leave his boots to be polished until Sunday morning comes The limit of advertising was reached when a Grand Rapids Mich cemetery announced in the public press that it had 700 choice graves for sale Who would want to buy such merchandise a wholeale iiiThere must be something wrong with the an be nouncemeut that the Roosevelt government is after the scalp of John D Rockefeller The condition of John Dos head would suggest that it is too late for that now Orthodox people regard it as extremely shocking b to public morals and the limit on saving grace that he Fighting Bob Evans cannot stop swearing without f being compelled to swear himself from the habit 0 v Let the pulpits continue to thunder their disapprobation of Mrs Elsie ClewsParsons book on trial marriages and it will soon reach its fiftieth edition As advertising agents they are imply splendiferous a is ANOTHER DEBATE WITH A WESTERN CAMPBELLITE Joint debates have their general uses provided neither disputant merely seeks a victory over the other the only resultant expected to be the es ing tabljshment of truth As a rule however those who attend the debates leave them without ex for periencing a change of conviction or belief Christians who attend will come away close just an as before and Freethinkers refuse to acknowledge nal that there is any force or conviction in what the representative of the Lord had to say Still some good is done for it strengthens the faith of those who pay earnest attention and gives them food for 1l thought The Freethinker has already thought him self out of the church and away from creeds but if a new train of thought can be started in the mind of an orthodox believer the victory is won With these suggestions and observations the closedher in on ib eral side and U G Wilkcrsou on the other The latter is a Cnmpbellite and is the same person who debated with C C Moore the late editor of this paper and after his leaving for home subjected him to scrurrilous abuse and calumny As we happen to know Mr Wilkerson we are convinced that it was an easy matter for Mr Snow This pretended divine disputer is a Campbellite par ex ccllence for his bump of conceit is as large as the hump on a camp bels back as the monrenc la tore would suggest He imagines that whet he does not know about heaven and hell about Je hova and the utility and purpose of things is worth knowing and would have his hearers in that he holds a special commission from the Most High is a sort of confidential adviser to the throne and therefore in a position to know With our knowledge of the man we are prone to remark that any person who would willingly allow such a man to shape or mold his opinions for him must be weakminded to begin with and anxious to be to fiuenced Reference is made elsewhere in this issue to the pamphlet containing a printed report of this lein stelunut ed reethought has nothing to lose by the con troversy and for copies our readers may address A A Snow at Bracewell Iowa or The Arkansas Traveler at New Hope Ark ssDISTINCTION AND DIFFERENCES Ancient and modern writers have frequently re ferred to the lack of real humor in a Scotchman out if the Rev Minister Pentecost now nreachiuy m Lexington has been correctly reported he certainly has his share of humor in his makeup or he must be densely ignorant lIe is quoted as so fig There are those that constantly urge upon us that the God of the Old Testament is a hard uu volving and even a vindictive God a God unwort h of the love and affection of men it1his is a most unjustifiable criticism and on 1to reveals that those who so estimate the character ofJ Jehova of the Old Tetament have never carefully or even so much as casually read the Bible In runny places in the scriptures it will be seen that the God of Israel is u most longsuffering grocious pitying merciful and loving God Differing with the reverend the Blade asserts that the criticism thus launch4ag aiu it tjiejjlyirjicter of Jehova the Bible GOd l ly justifiable in the extreme but absolutely true in every and all respects As a matter of fact the writers or compilers of the Bible text appear to have taken especial pains to paint their God as black as they could posisbly make him The Bible God admits himself to be a jealous God and threatens dire torture upon all who disagree with him If jealousy be an admitted trait in his char acter then he has no superiority over men and their weaknesses are made his weaknesses When Dr Pentecost asserts that those who so criticise the God of the Bible have never carefully or so much as casuallyread the Bible he rsset caught off his base and must get out of the game Persons who have carefully read the Bible nraforced to the conclusion that either the Bible wrong or its God is a monster of the most brutis- character Those who have but casually read the Bible may halfway believe in some of its ilo trines and statements but those who read it a at all are ready to swallow the entire business in eluding Jonah and his whale The Blade wonders Dr Pentecost has pondered upon the reported account that after God had made man he found him so confounded wicked that he made up mind to drown the whole outfit like a litter of blip puppies and then express instructions of God to save alive the virgins for themselves and still believes the criticism unjustifiable The Blade wonders if he has read of the petty trickery the of malicious and spiteful workings of the deity tot get revenge upon men for fancied wrongs We reach the climax however when this would saver of souls for a cash consideration declares that the Bible God of the God of Israel is a long suffering gracious pitying merciful and loving God How can a god suffer at all How is it possible for finite man to understand that finity can experience pain What could man possibly of do that could injure God or make him feel ad If he could have the mumps or the measles might get blue but can he contract either As selfpreservation is the first law of nature who does not God amend the existing order of and subtitute pleasure and happiness for pain suffering Pain cannot be experienced without glGodbrain implies organization If God therefore an organized being he cannot be God for organization also implies an organizer To say that God is longsuffering is to make of no higher importance than man and this destroys his infal in in what has this God been gracious In male the man and giving him a sinful nature or a na ture susceptible to sinning and then damn him it Is that an act of grace And in and duwhatorthodox hell in which to subject man to eter sure punishment How has he been merciful By to forcing us into a world wherein men must steal or starve in order to live the life he has made and tion given unto them Where is his love Is it dem onstrative in his partiality for the Bible patriarchs kn r 4 who were more bloodthirsty that the Czars brutal Cossacks or the Hessians of King George The Blade simply makes the request of all men and women that they will read the Bible Not give it a casual reading only but a careful reading and a rending that will enable them analyze it from Genesis to Revelations If they do this they cannot longer believe in it for the best arguments against the Bible and its God is the Bible itself Having read it with an open and inquiring mind they will be forced to the conclu sion that the God of Israel is a vindicative and cr God and a god totally unworthy of the to and confidence of mankind Gods are but relics of the ignorant and sown post They were born in ignorance and will peni in the light of intellect that now casts its beni rays athwart an evermoving evergrowing won GENESISferOf all the branches of natural science geolo has been the rock upon which the ark of god completely foundered Geology was the principal among the sciences strike the first deadly blow at Genesis and ups the Biblical chronology It gave an age to the earth beyond the calculation and comprehension of man It gave traces of a fauna and flora long since pn ed away transmuted changed that live now only the history of the rocks Delving and digging exploring and working man uncovered these va secrets of the earth and by a well laid process classification and comparison he pronounced t Bible to be untrue and declared that this world v not the outcome of a special creative act but that it passed through innumerable stages of existence and development requiring unfathomable centuries to work out This irrepressible conflict between science and class religion is well illustrated by an incise whch once occurred in a geological class the tend cr of whicht was strange to say a devoutly religio man or at least pretended so to be It was h first lecture of the term To his matriculates hey spoke of the vast epochs or geological ages and after dwelling upon them at length said From what I have told you I do not wish you to infer that I am a disbeliever in the Bible creaYquestioning both the teacher and each other in a manner like they had never previously thought o The result was that from this thinking and questioning all but one became sceptics and that one was a young lady who never finished her term The Bible fixes the age of the earth about 6000 years Geology places its age in the billions One of the greatest factors in this determination is the great coal deposits once forest growths upon the earths surface now deep buried beneath strata Another material element in admitting some definite calculation is the delta of the Mississippi which contains unmistable proofs of sen tient life upon it and a luxuriant vegetable growthJ for at least 20000 years When attempting to overcome these indisputable facts the Bibliologist abandons his position of inspired irifallibilty and attempts to explari Genesis by saying that the days mentioned therein really means epochs or ages which will compare with the geological changes thereby drawing as it were a support from science for the truth of Bible allegations A moments reflection will up this The second chapter of Genesis gives or pretends to give the generations of the heavens nd of the earth when they were created Here firs1it grow I not caused it to rain the earth and there wa mixctman grew ing this the forbidden fruit episode is said to hay taken place but between God and the man alone for no woman had yet appeared Then came another period for the animals to appear God nex inducaAdam to find a helpmeet from among the animals To his eternal credit Adam declined with thanks hence at the last of all as the sum and substance creation God made a woman Now assuming the days in Genesis to be geological epochs how old was Adam through how many geological epochs had he managed to live until Eve was presented to him a beautiful and blushing Jewish maiden The fact must remain that the writer of Genesis no was simply guessing and he wrote the best lie knew The principal fault lies with the advocates Biblical theology who insist upon its divine in spiration and infallibility An attempt at defense is made by assaulting geology with the declaration that it is not necessarily true that geology can be correct in all its of bydn th peurile Let us tape for example a piece of con It is a peculiar formation made up of of other rocks held to gether by some cohesive or cementing substance The fragments found in this formation consist of different ingredients according to locality One thing however is on evident namely that the fragments of rock found the conglomerate must be of greater rise than conglomerate itself If those fragments are well rounded and worn it is a sure sign that they have been in contact with water If they are angular sharp it is inferred that flies have been pro ced either by fire or severe heat caused by pros Then again these fragments may be foreign ed the locality where the conglomerate is found or hence there is an indication of travel Glacial ae or a wino inundation save and except inconsequential upheavals or subsidence are the only son own means of travel of rocks Tho moraines to r 4 found through Ohio and Kentucky indicate theIexistence of glacial action and if our Bibliologistsf will just ponder for a moment they will be bound thouIfaotsmhas won the day and Moses is declared to be false prophet and an inaccurate historian Geology is not now compelled to run to Genesis to find authorrit for known rIeiiglFor years city people have been accustomed to read a business sign which requests propectivo theYassee to this oneofyou wants doingThings l the statement that the wife ofa Presbyterian preacher actually made an attempt to steal articles Tiusofnothe t sheasto wards her when although notified of her arrest f and the accusation to which she pleaded guilty he refused to see her or help her in any way even to payment of the fineIIf the story is true she committed crime for his tsake alone and for his sake she suffered punish vicarushe1Ssweetly charitable and consistent is his preaching of Christ and him cruci tied for our sin Of course the womans erunefbut it was for him she committed it and the miser able creature was taken in charge by mission work ers when he refused to help her How kind and articlemI thought the store was mine so I went about fum1 took and took thinking to bring what I gath ered during the two hours home and make my hus c hand happy with Christmas presents this was the remarkable plea offered before Justice Caverly today by Mrs Josephine McAmis who declare she is the wife of the Rev S L Mc Aniis pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Hebron Ill and who was arrested as a shoplifter disorderlyofI never for a moment thought I was stealing untjl the store detective arrested me and accused jaillilylost my mind for short times and I did not know what I was doing The Rev Mr lIcAmis although notified of the arrests did not appear in court and Mrs McAmis 1 was accompanied by Mrs Fannie Almo of Boat Rescue Mission Polk and Clark street whereIthe accused woman spent the night I snow Mrs McAmis well testified Mrs Almo responsiblefor CHRIST IN HISTORY BUT AN- ASSUMPTION AND A MYTH- s In a recent issue of the Blade appeared an ar preachedbyington on What Must We Believe Our read ers may doubtless wonder why such an article could find space in our columns many not caring whicheas trend of modern orthodoxy and the apologies em ployed for its sustenance we could by comparison 1j1 and analogy lay bare its errors and assumptions The reverend gentleman made a great show or display of a pretended knowledge concerning the writings of earlier Christian centuries and such writings that were or at least conceded to be ex emporaueous with the alleged Bible writers His use of these writers can do the creed he advocates good This however is dependent upon how ie uses them If his use is confined to such texts hut may be confronted as being favorable to the JChristian theory the use is dishonest but if an est is made his in 1Aftcr f The fact of Christ is an undeniable historical reality No reputable scholar or thinker of the first class could be found denying it today The interpretation of such a statement is altogether dependent upon the construction placed up the term first class If Mr Gregory holds ia that only such thinkers and scholars who admit = Christ as a historical reality are to be thus classified while those denying him must take an ferior station then further argument is useless But if he will admit that a thinker of the highest grade and yet not adhere to the church or its doctrines then we may profit by further discussion upon the subject Contrary to the view thus express by Mr Gregory there is not a reputable thinker scholar upon the subject of religious history who will admit that Christ was an actual fact in history On tho other hand there is not a sane per in the world having given the slightest thought the subject who can and will admit that The i L Christ of the gospels ever lived at any period in the worlds history One of the strongest points against the historical Christ is the fact that in all the writings of Plato there is not the slightest mention of Christ or followers Plato lived and taught in Alexan at the time contemporaneous with a portion of the alleged life of the gospel Christ This teacher hadspent the whole of his life study in an effort to harmonize the Platonis philosophy with c teachings of Moses and every authority on subject was eagerly sought by him Owing to the geographical connection with Judea the people 11that country were in constant and almost daily tercourse with the Egyptians Traders and deal ers came and went they held converse they talked over the events and happenings of each country with each other and had Christ lived and tats heardtthe purpose of adding to his store of knowle on the question of religion As a matter of there is not a single mention made of Christ contemporaneous history For several years al WIilen to grow and portance then historians began to mention w j iwas told them concerning him not what they ac tually saw and knew The weakness of Sir Gregorys assumption t shown by his reference to Josephus True in modern edition of the works of that writer a passage supposed to refer to Jesus of Nazareth m wtcopies of his work and all scholars theJcommitted bylsrenaeus one of the early Christ fathers who felt chargrin and discomfiture at silence of Josephus and committed the forgery Iorder to strengthen the claims of the then grow world To even the most casual ob server the passage is a clear interpolation It is tout of place breaks the continuity of the story has no more reference to the subject matter tin consideration by Josephus or the context than would a given round in a modern prize fight 1DidMr Gregory quote Tacitus in full the ar ment would appear against him Tacitus spe j not of Christ except as a matter of hearsay T is not competent evidence Ho speaks of the sect calling themselves Christians as being persons who were generally abhorred for their crimes Let it be noted that Tacitus does not call them Christians but very cautiously suggests that they call them TtheBy referring to Christs alleged biographers the reverend gentleman is a in error and mil ces it manifest that he has been but a superficial reader of both religious and profane history None of alleged biographers of Christ were actual eye rrt fcThethe socalled biography is taken were all written its in Greek Matthew Mark Luke and John were ignorant Jewish fishermen and could know no tongue but their native Hebrew It may be argued that as the Holy Ghost gave them power to speak with new tongues they could have pronounced the in manuscript in Greek but the power to speak was not the power to write in a strange tongue No better evidence of this is needed than the fact ofso many foreigners who being in America to day can speak the English language in a fairly successful waY but they are absolutely unable to write one solitary syllable Even the gospels themselves do not claim to have been written by antheirindication that some other persons prepared them and the names forged in order to give them a seem ing authority Now let us take a glance at the subject and in a thoroughly impartial manner discuss the issues pro sented The events conected with the birth life and death his burial and resurrection of Chri stllrs are of such n character tha they could not have escaped attention at the hands of the nunmerobrhistorians of the day Could a huge star men to a and es whcapeCould angels descend from heaven sing hosanna ih and ascend back again and no one see them but n few shepherds who never disclosed what they had seen f Could a mere child have confounded learned men by his questionings and the scholastics fail to notice what had taken place Could he have performed the miracles accredited to him and fail ed to have convinced men and women of intelli f gence f Could ho have met a violent death and have risen from the dead without convincing the everybody in that age of his Messiahship And do Jews acknowledge him today If the Jews deny is that a reason why the Gentiles should re 1rthe him If he was God or a part of God d hear not the power and capacity of convincing all for all time Has he done it incidents here related are so mystic anilw Illlegedtoday and the very existence of a vast majority of the worlds population rejecting Christ and his 10as ligion in toto is an evidence that it is a mere fablo invented by cunning men to deceive and by their deception to dominate their fellow men CHri then is not a fact in history but a mere a sumption and mythwillWHOS WHO AND WHATS WHAT lions Whats a name asked the immortal Bard of Avon That all depends upon the name nail what man nor of man is wearing it stiff When a few weeks ago the sectarians of Lexing the l ton began a series of opposition revivals The ment Blade imagined that something would come out of hove it and we have not been disappointed The rivalry and brought on a pulpit discussion and out of that 1 l IIG tl Ir l discussion the virulence of religious hatred h been made manifest The revival business opqncd up with a ville at the Campbcllitc emporium and the prelriapcrs were worked for free ads by announcing the number of souls each had won for Christ after each nights performance and both were determined Compbellitehataged to convert so many that the evangelists prolinalready n believer though perhaps not a Inem of the church In a few days and there willoa general backsliding all around the converts ghtshowing up again at the next revival to repeat the ChrisfOrgfactand o0dfew isateran All this resulted in arousing the jealous antagon nehatWV oration or two agov The feeling between them so intensely bitter that they refuse to worship to theyheFancy a Baptist and a Campbellite both lay brethrenJllmatchhe toionthe sir dlinnd claiming that he not only had no right to usurp the name as it was a general nomenclature and not intended to apply to one sect The Baptist CLderris ors of the alleged Christ at Antioch they were so called in derision and not being centplimenta- gu This is denied by the Campbellite and now the tilln Sjhisspoken of with contempt for their gullibility and credulityProfaneaccuses them of unnumbered crimes and immoral unworthyrhose to recognize or associate with them They constitute the rabble and were made up of lowest stratum of society No recognition ISIt cotieand then as freedom from church denomination lwll danew learning left the church and it is ain dependent upon the rabble and ignorant support This is true not of one denomination alone but of all denominations Some of the Rects are wealthier than the others but wealth does not constitute morality and wisdomSIViewed in this light we may well ask 1Vha ispear a nameYNo matter by what name men are known or by what sects pass current in the orthodox market it is their conduct their actions in our social and business life that counts most humanity and if they are to stand before a judg went bar it will also form the standard by which their characters shall be both measured weighed As for the conflicting dogmas of the Campbell d the Baptist the Freethinker can sniff the bat t1Cto from afar and when it is all over he may declare a plague upon both your houses THE VOICE OF THE LORD of wlho Lord is calling me and I must go wrote P M Snyder wife of the pastor of the Con not gregational Church at llockford Ill and the rc ens fanatical woman fires a bullet into her ain and died instantly We are prone to ask what sort of feelings her husband must experience en he next give out the hymn low Sweet the win amo of Jesus Sounds to From a theological viewpoint Christ must have to known that the woman would take her own life wlien he called to her and had he one spark human love or feeling he would have kept his fool ij0 mouth closed The incident shows the disastrous effects of religious enthusiasm upon the wenlways minded or may be she preferred the Lord to the of society of her hubaud There is a big chance that woman was mistaken as to whose voice shesit heard calling her The Blade feel for ti leter thrutetht1ather husband preach on Is Suicide a Sineff When the dead can return with a diagram of Jerusalem and all the lots numbered and staked out more people might be willing speculate in its real estate Even then the mou e nlbrokerssecurity for a goodsized loan them e cal Humanity has little to gain by frittering away the iaiosyucraciess of and to at small men anent points of dictrine or t wrangle with dogmatists regarding their cones P It of the deity What one man actually knows war about them all men knowIzethe No African tribe that has been deprived of itsget snake could set up a more terrific howl than who fledgling preachers who unable to answer argu resort to calumny lying and abuse These about yet to learn the elements of good manners the when they acquire them they will cease to bezen preachers of thegospel of hlistthe I DISBAND ARMli MEANmarl DESTRUOTIONpu Ohio Freethinker Takes Issue With Mrs Closz On the Soldier Ques Fromlite LUCASliltour como t ofbelour own friends and If friends are freethinkers would they not wish us to give our defense be fore tho same people who heard the charges Therefore please allow comments on something which peared In your paper somo weeks ago I have not been In any place where there wore drunken rioting i was living In Now York at the ti of the Spanish war and noticed a good fiswell behaved I have also seen them hero and In different places when trav cling but have never seen any drunk regulaoarmy navy do seem to be conducive to that kind of behavior I asked a young lady who connected with people in the multi service if she ever saw any drunken soldiers She said she had seen two that It was in Porto Rico that ing dlers did not get drunk any more than other men As for the cruelty of these uniformed upstarts who are being trained tee art of killing I am very niately acquainted whir one of th who went into the business when was seventeen and is now thirtynine expr3living thing unless it was in the war it is hoped the SpmI kept out of the way of ilj lets They lined on our marines cvcy night for four nights then cur ma thierere was nomore killing in tint part Cuba This soldier and hlj uivth r were always kind to all animals Tr brother whom strange docs fed a nhall Iithetho It would not let anyone nic near It who got sick at the sight a colt which was cut with a wl reIhe enlisted for the war with Spa 1n1hc When jtbe war was over he went back rhforTimsthro clangorous disease and hiring veterlnaries for a sick dog which he w up nights to nurse It does not ap that war had made him cruel soldier was here on a visit ho was asked by a sick man to kill a cat but could not bo induced to do A lady who has been most of hero life among army and navy people says they are well known to be more ten der hearted than any other peopled The possibility of a change from the use of a clubbed rifle abroad to a Whirethe Are clubbed rifles and bayonets now Oh used In war I think they do not even shoot at any Individuals They do what must be lone and are very glad when it is all over Who ever kea their committing murder with butcher knife or any other way I think the sight of suffering ha reago us I believe It makes us ge tender wa Does any one suppose that Gen to Grant was cruel because he fought to the bringing more and more soldiers not the front and grimly standing out the very end Does anyone think him cruel because he refused to ex Blaoftaken to bring the war to a ties A citizen soldiery has been and al will be most efficient In defense our country I do not think ex perience bears us out in such a suppo which is looked upon as a mat ci course in trained regulars but I history shows them less efficient regulars especially if they ha trained officers The disastrous ects of putting insufficiently trained = troops in the field was shown in the BcthIwere n the forts those things enabled to keep outcome prche rat for a long time The Nurth hat greatest number of both trained untrained and wore the ode w last but suppose the Federal uspis now There would have beta r Ial n the Spanish war we saw dcmoral volunteers who soon saw that best thing they tonal do was to out of tho way of tho regulars went steadily forward to meet thebienemy There was never much it for every one wished to save feelings ot the untried patriot cltl but the mortification caused by failure to go on to battle broke the tf a cclonrl wno inltht havo ved to an hcncrcil age If lie had not taken up arms aI unprepsred 0 navy was prepared end nor while we think of our own success we mourn the pitiful fate of Cevcras tad Mont who made prayers ana promises to the Virgin Instead of keeping men whips prepared Is tho army an idle or unquiet ele mont Not according to my obserm tlon Instead of standing armies Ing a menace to morals they seem to me aosoiutely necessary to keep tnofdlwedestructionourTHE WIND The Wind that made the meadows dance gladeapAnd twinkled in the shade Ho tossed a red loaf in my hair Caressedeach slim young tree agogme the Wind came back again lIe marched tike men at war And frightenedbirds Came hurrying before PoinaPryNext time the Wind comes whistling by nolmy tightIll jngotiMagazinehof eWIlEN I AM OLD PiIntttongue yUtihcn am all His joys that greet 1u KuIiViiy i my youthful fret ohs tiny tliit das 1li clear and 1IIhtl JirUfli win for sliuia of htiHis linpes alto douLt tlu joys tlis srfelr sharp Htyptlcs of my early rearstrwoe the piiitlis car I sneer of teanf flu bviirj Liss hate the lovetlij jiitli strife e all that makes tiifecarthlylile Shall vanish as a tale thats told hen I am old when I am old How strange it seems this pulse of fire This heart that beats with wild desire Shall like the fabric of a dream Dissolve we are not what we seem When I am oldahl life groWs gray JItsRings on the startled air too soon en I nm old the bells of night usher in a morn more bright rrsoft and low those bells be tolled When I am old 8Doston Yetayodou was me some years by an old lady of Canada who determined to save my souls I sick at the time and not expected long so she went at once to last resort Well it saved me but my soul I had so many hearty laughs before I finished that my dls orders all left me and am pretty well thank you I believe you And tho de can do some good with it by using it in the right way which T wll thee booleDR SCHUCK LEXINGTON w EASTERN RY CO Summary of Time Table Effective November 18 1906 No4 No2 Leave Arrive No1 No MeIPrice 813 310 Winchester Ky 9b 620 820 325 L E Juno 900 607 ur90ii 400 Clay City Ky 825 435 410 Stanton Ky 816 4JJ922 42C Fllson Ky 803 414 934 437 Dundee Ky 752 403 36796G320pd1035 537 Tillega Ky C49 300 1043 646 Athol Ky C40 252 230a225boArrive Leave dallytha except Sunday Connections Made Dally Except Sunday- L E Junction Trains Nos 1 and connect wlt C O for Mt Sterling Campton Junction All trains con nect with Mountain Central for Campton Beattyvillo Junction Trains Nos and connect with tho L A R R for Beattyvllle O K Junction Trains Nos and connect with O K Ry for local stations on that line WART Tho Elgin and Waltham Watch Cos have indirectly declared war on John C Duober of tho Hampden Watch Co and smaller competitors i theyhopethem Into a Trust But John C times a millionaire who em Union Labor only will not them in their nefarious scheme Ho promptly meets all reductions male by the older companies until watches are actually sold far be w value Note the lastest quotations 23 23 RyjuJewels 1650 or Dueber W Co 21 only 15 Above all in silver 20yearldflied guaranteedTao dump den adjusted 8 17 Jeweled Jot adjusted 15 jeweled jeweled 450 In 20 year goldfilled case more all pre with guarantee Buy nowl When is war Is over you will pay 30 percent more IN SEARCH OF A DIAMONDrengagement Ring Diamond Button t ocltet or Pin dont you wish you antiwaluoCutters and Importers anti thus- save 30 per cent or too dealerprom This you can do If will confide in and order of me I am an expert se reef Diamonds with great care from rgest stock in unicago get lowest ade prices and best cash discounts givingfperience as a diamond merchant I will only cnarge you per cent No l A coinri mt f Send for price lists of Watches nottlisted here Chains Jewelry Rings i Silver and Plated Ware Optical Goods Ingerso Spoons F T Badges and My Tract Theism in the Cucl ble free OTTO WETTSEIN laGrange Cook Co I PRINTING l We have a complete Job De partment and are prepared to do l firstclass work at reasonable i rdert GRASS BLADE 153 W Short 8t Lexington Ky UPTODATE PAMPHLET ON MARRIAGE = AND DIVORCE BY JOSEPHINE K HENRY A Of- VERSAILLES KENTUCKY All orders promptly filled copy 26c copies for 100 GREATEST DISCOVERIES OF SCIENCE EVER MADE COD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS Of FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS CON SCIOUS LirE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH The Church of Humanity loaches these great discoveries through Ha irjiM nil Truth AUm Col vhlch It publishes monthly and its school TypewritingThe Truth About Gad In a moral course of study giver by the teffInternational Iruinidor fir the chirch fonmslllorganizeand organizers of the CIUUCll OF HUMANITY worshipgposterityfromWrito to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bend Kan for blank ap ceabroce J I FORTYSEVEN NUTS FOR CHRISTIANS t TO CRA A Challenge To Orthodox Believers For Answer Which the Blade Offers To Publish If ForthIcoming The following Interrogatories have been sent to the undo by DsMarrs a well known Liberal of i Texas If any Christian believer successfully crack these nuts we have several packages left of a similar character which can be propounded later Tile questions fortyseven liij number which strike at the very roots of orthodox Christianity are as follows If any sincere believer can 1answer them and will do so In writ- Ing the Blade will cheerfully publish the answers Questions For Thinkers + Would endless punishment- for the good of any human being 2 If God loves his enemies lie punish them any more than Is their good If God loves his friends If not all loversinner love him what bettor Is he tha whoI 6 As love thlnketh no evil can God design the ultimate evil of a sin t gle soul If a man does wrong in return- Ing evil for evil would not God do wrong in doing the same thing Punishtmeatuig a return of evil If God hates his enemies now will he not always hate them Would it be unjust in God toby be kind to all men jn a future st 11 If all men deserve endless punishment will not those who are saved miss divine justice 12 Does divine Justice require the infliction of pain from which mercy recoils 13 If God would save all men powerrcan and will not Is he infinite in this ness 16 Did God desire universal sal va tion when he created men 16 Will God carry his original signs into execution 17 Can God will anything con trary to his knowledge Did God know when he created 1man that a largo portionI of would be siCht1 ed 19 If he did not know all at the l creation fs he infinite in knowledge 20 If God made an endless hellue if did tie do so for the express pure of burning men In it 17 21 If an angel became a devil byc slnjW4ttprqprletr in imputing my sin to Adam d than his to me 23 If men are totally depraved Amust not children be so also l 24 If children are totally deprav ed how is it true that of such is the kingdom of heaven h 25 Is it the revealed will of Idhe rthat all men should be savedI20 Could God will that nil men should be saved when he Knew ninny would be 105tt1 27 If belief and good works iIessential to calvatlon how can in saved 28 Can he truly love God i worships him through fear of the devil 29 Can the love of God be changeda 7 to hatred unirersas metk31 Can good men worship a being who has created millions for endless torture 32 Are those not the enemies ofa upr1ma k 33 Can it bo virtue to charge a good being with the most abomina characteristics a If God made all things andse knew all things if he made the Do knowing lie would lead mankJ astray will it be Just to punish man kind for it 35 Would not a being who would her do this be as bad or worse than the De1lm36 If the Devil is the author endless hell fire would it not bo t noblest thing God could do to put it 28 out 37 If God created an endless h before he created man did he kn there would be any use for ItC38 If God knew there would beCI mustiiheof d of in 39 If God created an endless hell was It Included In the works he pro his nounced very goodat40 If there be an endless hellco and it was not made before creation when was it made 41 It thero be a personal Dev who made him and for what purpose was he made tats 5teeI1 i I 42 Can there be any such thing as sin in heaven 43 If there was sin in heaven and angels were cast out may there and the pre outC44 As sin possesses temptation angelIan sinIsurrounding evil is heaven a lioly place can4i If an angel was tempted by evil passions could he have been holy DEATH OF TWO BLADE One Passes Away In Arkansas and Otherat Coggon Iowa ofbeheaforrecord rue death during me tweiv ot two liueiais both scribers to the Blade One of th A Barrett of Beebe Arkansas who wrote us a week or so ago that on ac count of advancing years and declln mg health ho was unable to continue tuKlug the Blade and the other lam Hall of Coggon Iowa also Known as a Freethinker Toe latter was years of age at uls der while Brother Darren was nearing Time and the grim reaper won theI uattio and both have gone Into Lhetver fund of the unknown and unknowable one by one our friends are called upou Mother Nature to return to her leoroad bosom Althugn they crossed too great divide we are worried by fears concerning their ture fate Honest to a degree dot to service faithful to every trust ing a true Ufo here they are u ruebutmost Concerning Brother Barrett theAtBlade prefers that those who know him best suall render testimony to value and worth His loving wife now widowed and alone sends the lowing tribute and notice- AnotherFreethinker GonethMr James Hughes My husband air A B Barrett tiled at his home in i onoive county November 9 lauO HuThelisHUiUOUIIUlU reared m jeueison CuUl1l iiuuois bum July lass ago io iie uttU neon inairieu thins uuu leaver ah1LLU u uue illlld uu iliS ur oleo suua yews agv seIS u racy good wuwau ulr lsarl alt uuo uis nrst viio aau a lawiiy oi uirtu union chuureii are worried au nice auu lespecied peopie u1rtnoon maves OUt orouier cyrus JJu iu lull in Illinois Air uurreit was a victim to oldage uu jjaastiu utcay tuouriiea by ills Cull rtIIVcuu ur uls ntIUoIIlII nt as uu liuuubt juttiilteut biavu uiuu- ucein m love auu a uouie worker fur cuuso ot reeiuougiiu Born reared aiiiid Cnristian niluences was In early Ute an active church uis iiiouiber but tulnkiug reading doubt Investigation etc converted him 1roctuoughtA During my married life I was In 4uhocoo ised him Id write yoa of his des He was a subscriber to the Bin thotherrespectfullyd his JENNIE E Death of William Hall Regarding the death of Brother of Hall we can do no better than give as first tribute to his memory the comment tlful e upon his death by the Monitor weekly newspaper published at wL1so a years a at b to tho Blade The article and which has been sent to us by his men ndwidowed wife reads In part William hall son of Jacob Hall w born in Trumble county Ohio Decem 1828 and departed this life No or veinber 11th 1906 aged 77 years 11 and days witha1885 to which union was given huallCOwn Kan Mrs P B Adams of Center Neb Mrs W Hesser Parts Ia L G Hall and J B Hallmil this place and Jessie D who died bone childhood In 1878 All the living children being present at the time of demise save Mrs iscilson who present in California and could n m Before and during the civil war he bors buiIlcap hIs of Co B 33rd Reg Ohio Volun Infantry Having been honor tho ably discharged in ho immedi ately enlisted again in his countrys service serving with credit and honor notuntil the end of the war during sentadeserved in Sergegelnit cu tenant besining instrumental in the organization of the A R posts at Coggan and tral City It was always a pleasure s Mr Hall to servo his fellowmen and e peclally his comrades of the war and the fraternity of which he was a member Some fifty years ago Brother Hall united with the O O F prosRSen he thetransferred to Troy Mills Lodge and becomes ng one of the organizers and charter members of Central City Lodge and still later the same at Coggon being lodgeartdeathUoLuuMr Hall was a kind father g tiesecommunity can testify to his irrc proachable record for integrity and uprightness daftPERFECT One7Gnclal results will bo appreciated by one The Holstein cow as la well knot yields a largo quantity of milk while the Jersey produces a much smaller soUaveilOThe task that tue professor has set himself Is to unite the two types DfA proIIth110llceasing the superior quality of that of the Jersey the same time other members fUs ushisto gain further knowledge of tue fac refolhesitance and adjustment although e subjects they have chosen are different in kind The Object In View improvement of the hut anra r the object of the extraordinary beauty colony establlsued by ACIRachI tbluurlng the last twenty years M iiacuauiitvon has wept his eye open tor g11Uivueuever a pair tnat he tubs are pu slcaily perfect coon gu suit aim ue Drugs thaw together and ouers them a farm lieu noose aiocnvd and ready tor them ou coiiul pruuuu ne uiiuer iiis eke me luiciiaiuiuou estate now uuuuu nhere idUiUa uubsm us results utIuuuiau uiecding experiments last year the urst weuuiiig emuthcue tdptciany bred oimpilug oeeurl uu be Wen Jiiss vein atreuiu tue preiiiesi in gigsDn Jiaxiru aauuaro prize specimen oi all the youtns liachutdo ul n of e handsomest baby ever born a rep entntJo of the tuird generation of for colony Rachatulkoff is a firm follower of Darwin and in deference to the law natural selection he determined of all to make his new race beau are so tnat they would naturally love each other and not some Interloping era inasmansion is filled with skeletons casts illustrations of various types of and anthropoid apes from ouraEoo 1sdevelopment way o 1another wing- htstilhanother the walls are covered h ancient Egyptian Chaldean for and Indian carvings of the human figure Twenty Egyptian mum es occupy one room Precious Crag hog ments and casts of Greek statuary to adorn another Between the t rooms is a third In which fourteen hu not skeletons complete in every stand on their frames These resent the seven varieties of the proffrjtTo see Rnchatnlkoff at his dally la by one would think him at work case lding a Frankenstein Out of all hog assortments of bones he tries com binatlon after combination putting It mixed skeletons together on a special settingup device of his own in ventlon The head of a Japanese the spine of an Englishman with the ribs of a Dane the hips tend thighs of negro and the feet and lower legs of an American sprinter wuose body lost in the SpanishAmerican war formed one of his combinations In all his work Rachatnikoff h been planning out me proportions his perfect future Russian He has enntt tile slightest doubt that In a few generations an approximation to his Ideal can bo reached in tile mayor measurements and loops Of course he will be dead and gone but his estate and instructions will cause the work to go on When the colony boasts several hun dred of both sexes who are close dd his theoretically perfect human Uel the new race will be bred with an eye to longevity When the average of ono hundredears Is reached this will stop and the breeding from that time on 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