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Digital page images are linked to the text file. i rJ fiJ T BLUE GRASS BLADEJ WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH T Parker VOLUME XVand Aahatid asSepOti i LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY DECEMBER 9 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 9r5o A YEAR IN ADVANCE J tvr ONLY 1 A BIG SCARECROW Is the Alleged Postal Deficit and Used To Deceive the American People and Deprive Them of Their Rights THOROUGH DISCUSSION- OF IMPORTANT SUBJECT iBY A D MARBLE Preparations are being made by some postal officials railway and press officials give the people ot the United Slates another slap In the face a draft on their purses and a curtailment of their rights and privi leges They seem to think that the people are born and reared for no other purpose taD to benefit the pps tal system the railway and express companies the idea never seems to nave occurred to them tat the postal system was established for the use and beneht of the people to transmit intelligence written and printed matter and merchandise and such othci things as the people Sould decide upon without any thought of making it a speculative or moneymaking proposition any more than tue army or navy It was not even expected to be selfsustaining without govermnneia slid anymore than our infant Indus people will remember how strenuously Eugene Jf Loud laborer through three sessions of Congress to get his bill passed about six years ago curtailing the liberties of many puu Iteuers and millions of people how it L compelled many publishers to discon t tinue their periodicals and others raise the price of tuelrs from 30 to iifpercent the deficit scarecrow being used to beat the people with- f and this in face of the fact that record and statistics were plenty showing r that the government ingi railroad comp anletwen tthree mil trtouspf irllort per annum to much for carrying the mails and is continu ing to do so and no effort is being f made by Congress or toe postal offici als to correct the evil The free rural delivery system was expected to create a deficit but if we deduct the fourteen millions de ficit from the excess railway charges of twentythree millions we find that the postal system Is really more than selfsupporting by nine million dollars a year and hue government is being used as a catspaw by the railway and express companies If anyone doubts the above let him read the re ports of the Interstate Commerce Commission and postofflce pay rolls 72000000 for transportation The fact is It is not so mucn the deficit that Is worrying tne otncials as the rapid growth of reform publications which a ways annoy the rulers in every clime and time dave tile people petitioned the Pos tal Department congress to cur tall their postal rlghla and privileges Note the following from the press New York Oct Important changes in the laws governing the handling of second class mall matter were recommended by John M Hub bard assistant postmaster of Chicago which was read today by the postal commission wvlch Is investigating that subject in this city Mr Hub bard recommended That second class mall matter be made self sustalning Tat a law obliging bulk matter to be carried outside of the malls by express would go a long way toward solving the problem That If these two propositions arc rejected the rates on bulk packages be Increased to two cents a pound to news agents and dealers and to three cents a pound to subscribers and vertisers and exchanges The abolition of the sample copy privilege the transient rate of postage and the compulsory routing of second class matter by publishers The passage of a stringent law punish violators of the law Mr Hubbards statement argued that a self sustaining rate would re movo the deficit in the postoffice tie enable Congress to increase the pay of deserving employes cheap en the cost of administering the de partment and make the press Independent of the department The carrying of buIlt outside the malls the statement declares would result In Immense saving to the de partment and It is thought that the publishers can make better terms with the transportation companies than with the epart cnt If Mr Hubbard and Mr Madden Third Assistant Postmaster General owned large blocks of stock in railroad and e3p Iess companies and were their attorneys h 50000 a year they could not Burvd their interests and masters Setter than to say and do ex acUy Wdnthey are saying and doing One traitor in the household Is worse thana thousand outside foes When will tho people have the privilege of a parcels post It Is very dent that tho scheme and conspiracy now Is that Everything except postal cards t ers shall be cut out of tue lepartntent and the salaries of the deserving ones those getting 2000 a year and over be raised 50 percent making the office a sinecure May the powers that be forgive these meri fpr they know now they are the political Judases to force men to hrei tho government that deprives themtof their rights wherever a personal rlgllt is cut out a political thorn sprouts If they Maddcnizo tho postal department and Russianize America something serious will be doing Remember that Eternal vigilance Is the price cif liberty Let every triotic citizen be on his gua- rdWHATSCEPTICS ARE SAW TO- BkLIEVE rs Cloe Takes a Modern Critic Through th Intellectual Route of Being Set Straight n FROM PEOPLES PRESS A writer in the Chicago Itecord Her aId calls upon skeptics to tell what hey believe This Writer seems to Link that sltejiilcs tear down simply Jo rthe fun of This is a mlsapprehertslbtISkeptics know that no new structure can be erected until tnoVoidVenel demolished and avowing tv advocate the full 6StJe l rrstlratioaltau r ssioof results concession never granted by O rlstiad adherents Nay more sueptlcs bell ve In inciting to the effort to scale uio heights of dom instead of placid acceptance t readymade creed They believe theI realities of the present life are of greater moment than the uncertainties tit a future existenceIn scientific demonstration instead of belief They believe that Justice begets Sappiness and that happiness thus won Suould not be sentenced to eternal torment hereafter that a helping hand for humanitys sake is wore effective than mission funds for Christs sake that a kind word Is more civilizing than a threat of dam nation that reason is a better guide to right living than the fear of hell Taey believe In tho majesty of the human Intellect not in the efficacy of divinely inspired ritual They believe in fostering Inventions an agent of progress instead ot promulgating supernatural beliefs which have delayed advancements in the school which teacacs facts instead of dogmatic fancy In working out their own salvation Instead of repudiating responsibility by accepting vicarious atonement They believe that one pair of busy hanas contribute more to human happiness than hun reds of prayers uttered in the solitude of the closet that tiio literature Inventions and discoveries of the In fidels Darwin Edison and Watt have aone more to civilize the world than all the priests preachers and missionaries combined They believe In natural law not supernatural supposition in truth not fable reason not religion science not superstition freedom not slavery They beievo in the Golden Rule taught hundreds of years before Christ- y Hlllel Tales Slxtus Confucius Pittacus and others They believe In the sovereignty of the people not in the rgiht of kings representing a heavenly tyrant They believe In placing the flower of appreciation in the hand of tho wayworn traveler while living Instead of laying It on ils bier while waiting for tile minister to consign him to an eternal hell Skeptics will not require 2000 years to demonstrate the superiority of the foundation of such structure and if they cannot do it without deluging the earth with blood as Christians have done they ought to fall Two Copies of Moore Book Cincinnati OPlease put me down bOOIC1ClIAS142- if1J r r fi u FOES TO LAW AND ORDER Are All Governments Founded on So Called Religious TheoriesSub servient to Money Power and Enemies of People PRESENT A REMEDY By George Leeson All governments are founded on are tificial theories instead of science and equitable equality Hence their utility is questionable The existing pretended Christian civilizations are but narrowminded selfish petty factions and factors of arrogance aristocracy autocracy tocracy anarchy war usurpation and opresslon which perpetuates the can non Ignorance that tolerates such per nicious parasitical Institutions to least rule and live In luxuryrevelry and defranlty by a tolerated gambling system of money power whica system is conductive of crime ignorance and demoralized stagnation of natural hap piness and progress The history of religious and polit ical domination demunstrates that weir meridian of usefulness termina tes on their odoption of class distinc tion which creates a desire to govern oy might Instead of right which wit a the permitted use of money mercenary control of all official departments of government becomes tuo prostituted servants of the successful money gamblers whose oppressive schemes create confusion which culminates In rebellion Rebellion generally modi ues or destroys the thing complained of as did the war of tho rebellion de stroy caattle slavery While now we are confronted with a more vehement protest against money power and wage slavery which result Is but a repetition of toe poor mans fight for the rich mans gain 186p i1 rise mightiest evolution in the history of man Its object is to de ermine whether the relative value ot man or the value of things falsified shall determine the character and erations of social systems The undercurrent of humanity has become impregnant with these enate germs of selfconsciousness that will Inevitably culminate Into a revolution destined to dethrone existing institu ions throughout the world The crlc sis is here the gauntlet of challenge- at every mans door it is the issue of the iiour and cannot be safely dls regarded or spurned with contempt It Is no answer to say It Is but rab ble led by fanatics the cause Is too easily traced to the pernicious acts of tho accused To adjudicate the coming Issue by fiendish conquest of war adopting might for right is a System that no longer subserves tile better interests of conditions demand a reme dy Hence let us suggest that theI wise conservative broadmlnded ad vocates of reform take this matter up In the form of a mutual national de bate conducted through the press cussing every feature of a practical stable Incorrupt able system of ogv ernment to a final point of issue com plliifg the findings into a platform of the most approved principles for adoption and thus surprise the world again as In 177C with a still better system of be first to rebut this or name your question Grant fought all summer to destroy chattel slavery Let us fight all winter to destroy wage slavery and money power or sustain them as results may determine but come and get the benefits derived from agitation of thought the foundation of knowledge and wisdom and thereby perhaps benefit humanity Would Have a Fund Redmon I11I am sorry there should be those that would like to read Lie Blade and havo not the means ny for It I enclose a dollar I think I remember some one spoke of start- Ing a fund to get the Blade to worthy delinquents I know of nothing that gives as much truth for tho money as the Blade and it Is the truth we need Its tho only road to freedom I think The Book says some where My children die from lack of knowledge We all know enough but there Is so much of what we know that Isnt true You may put me down for a copy of the C C Moore memorial book M ROWE T PERFECT MEN AND WOMEN Important Scientific Experiments To Statepovernment To Improve the Human Family SCIENCE OF GENERATION AND PROCREATION I In decent years it has become ap parent to scientists that the law of natural selection as far as man is con cerneJ is modified by tue law of at traction to opposites This means that a man or woman Is almost Invariably attracted by a face that Is tho opposite of his or her own The law has been formulated with great precaution re by a Frencaman named Pierre Delenne From an examination of ten thousand faces of married people he lindsituat on the average they unmls takably follow tile law of contrasts The man with a large forehead and small chin seeks the woman with a small forehead and large chin The large man admires the small woman the blond man the brunette woman and vice versa The man with an aquiline nose adores the girl wita a retrousse nOS3 No mental or physi cal feature plays anything like so great h part in the attraction of the sex as the shape of the face The union of two persons having tae same type of face is the commonest cause of unhappy marriages This law of human nature vas been made tee basis of an exceedingly sue ctssful marriage bureau by M Delen no If a woman subscribes to his bureau M Deienne demands her very latest profile photograph and also if possible a full view picture though the latter is not so important From the profile tracing is taken transferred carefully to a card togeth a e helgut address na Olli bits of her past as would be of great est interest to a putative husband On the card Is printed an outline oi the standard Greek profile The wo mans profile Is superimposed upon the Greek and the differences at once become evident By a card index tem the cards are filed away accord- Ing to their greatest departures from the Greek standard Then by means of a cross erference system the minor differences can be hunted up Men are taken care of in the saute manner their cards being kept separate from those of the women Trained clerks keep running over the sets of cards looking for opposites Sometimes an opposite cant be found for some card Then the applicant is compelled to wait it no oposltes come in and the applicant becomes impatient the bureau takes a chance half opposite and sends him or her some photographs- In this case the bureau picks out somebody who has the reverse of the applicants two predominating teat ures though the rest of the face mayI not be a good opposite The appllI cant Is sure to be Interested but satis faction to the extent of matrimony Is not sure In fact the bureau knows It is substituting goods and would prefer to wait If possible for a more perfect opposite The roundfaced type with short but deep nose wideopen eyes and non prominent chin has most difficulty In finding mates among the French people because this typo of face goes with the brachycephallc skull The brachycephallc or short skull Is In Teasing rapidly among the French For this reason the thin hatchet face type which goes with the long or do lichocephalic skull Is in great demand on account of Its scarcity because s the opposite of the more plentiful all people who are thinking of marriage In spite of obstacles such as poverty opposition of tho parents jilt ference In ages or nay other thing that might make It unusually advisable to know how enduring their affection is likely to be the following test Is rec mended Take the most recent profile photograph you can get of the person to be passed upon and get a tracing of his profile This you can do whether you have any gift for drawing of not All you need Is a pencil and a sheet of tracing paper Place tho profile over- profile drawing of an Ideal face lute that of the Countess of Warwick Draw In the Ideal face with a fine pen It will bo bound to fall on one side f or the other of tho profile you are test log sometimes perhaps crossing it if it is e very Irregular face It may cross the ideal several times Let us say that it falls entirely on tue left side Now trace a second face on the top of these two by following a line that falls as far on the right side ot the standard as the other full on theI left Where the lines bend into the horizontal as under the brow tue nose and chin the lines of the second face will have to be as far above the standard as the other was below and vice versa This will give the profiles of a couple of contrasting faces contrasting in that they diverge by equal and opposite amounts from the assumed standard of beauty This second is face saould be yours or very similar to it or you will not mke an ideal couple according to M Delenne Tae United States officials may take accounts of the curious law of con a trasts for they cannot expect to tain the perfect man unless the prln clples of the mutual attraction are taken Into consideration as well as such points as health strength and IntellectIt to scientific men that the principles which are learned from tile study of plants may In some degree 4 throw llgnt on the development of the numan organism for the original germs of life in the plant and the animal are apparently the same Proi Luther BurbanK the wizard of Santa Kosa Cal who uas performed won ders with vegetables beiieves that uls discoveries will be of great value in Improving the human body Profc Burbank has grown a cactus without its prlcKiy spines thus affording food for cattle in the driest desert n plant which bears tomatues on its branches and potatoes beneath te ground a fruit which grows to the size of the largest plow and has the flavor of the nest piuiii and yet is vvituout a stone a giut combination of the raspberry and the blackberry that is superior to each in size and flavor and many other specially developed fruits plants and vegetables wuich are equally wonderfulv4 Importune hes to his fFIYthat it may tiflElie way to s provement in B Recenly I care but lltue for these weeds these flowers and these trees cnly as they afford me opportunities to show wuat can be done by directing naturals forces My Is that what am doing IIIbe ItbA plant Is responsive to only a few influences such as are found in the soil sunshine and rain but a child is Infinitely responsive Weeds are weeds because they are cropped trampled upon burned by fierce heat tormented by innumerable pests or perhaps permitted to suffer from cold wet feet There is not a weed In the whole realm of nature that If given proper 11grow dlmlnuIt1eman kind are such simply because they have grown up without having the elements which environed them and the possibilities to which their nature are related brought into and contact with them The dlmtnI five specimen of the daisy that we pass unnoticed has possibilities wrapped up in it of the magnificent schasI ter daisy all that is necessary the little povertystricken daisy into the beautiful schaster is simply to touch the potentialities within it with the elements of tile environments to which It is END Hopes For Moore Memorial New Orleans LaI recently urned here after an absence of sew ml months and in looking over my Blades learn that you contemplate collecting In book form the best of Mr Moores writings I sincerely hope you may be successful in secur ing a sufficient number of advance subscribers one of whom I wish to b- erhichJ W MONTGOMERY DEBATE IN PAMPHLET FORM Just out debate on the Bible and Evolution between A A Snow and U G Wllkerson 100 pages 64000 words Price 15 cents Arkansaw Traveler New Hope ArkJ toft OUR f FATHER IN HEAVEN Ueocrlptlons of Jehovah the Godof Cnnstian Faith as Drawn His Own Revelation vinely Inspired FromjTHE PRAYERS THAT HAVE GONE By D F Marrs The foot hath said in his heart there no GodPsa 141 We taereforo conclude the psalmist Davis would have said in his There Is a Uod We will first notice the the heartigod DavId believed in because have been thousands of gods in Ihe gods of the Egyptians of ureels and Romans of tho thojand the Chinese and of tile the sun tho great god of day uion the planets gods of gold crass stone wood and paper to ironichief god of today the 4Theueilevu thy could gain the good will and receive favors of their gods by buts prayers praise flattery and sac 1 iiuce Each one believed his god the uiiiy true and living god that all other IBids were base imitations of hi- s1at eta god could outdo all other ws J hat his was the god of gods ana lord of lords Each of tueseIeou3 Insisted upon having a puusta and ministers who In turn 111istet upon being supported by the ciuiiion pet plebAnd these priests told the people what their will vas concerning them and I noUceIm west all cases of their gods will In all uo socalled holy books the vorU priest can be substituted for ahe word go and not miss toe truthpvery far For instance God the freest loves q cheerful giver etcjj Al manna ughtiOv ta Hie t u oucritig his son Isaac Is a oring David did but little sacrira as he bellowed more in prayer ana praise as hit psalms a are mostly of that nature The 109th1was for Us enemies Solomon sacrificed 140000 oxen and on one occasion to uis god The best of the meat of these sacrifices was generally ate by the priests wlovfor the people and the hides horns and the Innards were the smoke ascending up Into gods nostrels a sweet stnelling aver un their Lord See Lev 18 and 72855 and SlS25 Abrahams god promised iilrn he would give to him and his seed after him the land wherein he was a stranger all the iland of Canaan for an everlasting pos session and he wculj be their God Gen 178 his seed should be as theOOsand of the seas ors for numbers But his god let toe country be cursed with drouth and famine many times so much so Abraham Isaac and Jacob ad to leave the country at different times on that account Could not their prevent a drouth or famine Abraham had to He to both Pharaoh and Abinielecii about his wife to save his life Isaac lied to Ablnmelech about his wife saying she is my ter Jacob nad to move to Egypt en account of a famine and his seed dill not get back till nearly five hundred years afterwards And they have not possessed the land for nearly twentyfive hundred years and no vis ible prospect of their ever possessing t again Davids god is said to rule the rag- Ing of the sea wiieu the waves thereof arise thou stillest them Psalms 99 Way did he let the waves drown ten thousand people at Galveston in 1900 The Lord is god to all and his tender mercies are over all ills works Psalms 1459 A Drcuth in Bengal India In caused a famine and six millions of people died of starvation and disease caused by same and Immediate tracts of land returned to a wilderness other in some country in caused he death of 1250000 peoplethere was rain enough felt on the sea In sight of land to have made them a good crop Where was their godl One flood In China in 1SS7 drowned over two million people and caused untold suffering Another flood In 1852 drownea over one hundred thous and people This is called Chinas Sorrow Where was their gods t In Holland in 1421 the dykes andXIQ Continued on page Four ro h I F iIi I THE BLUE GRASS BLADE PubUshed at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up his death February JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publishe SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per in advance Trial subscription cents month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per year Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per month unless by special contract when other and bet ter rates will be quoted upon application The lishers have the right to reject any advertise meats offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscript has been in advance The address slip ou thp willshow subscribers the date of expiration o subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted wil be sent if for upon renewal in case of discontinuance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this wil facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address vise this office 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 all Free thinkers will be given a hearty welcome utE BLADE is entered at the Postoffice at Lexington Ken tucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P 0 Box Lexington Ky All aboard i a e r Make life worth livingF f r Dont keep good thoughts to yourself ia a e r r Sometimes the best argument is silencer a a a a Orthodox Christianity is neither beautiful nor useful a a a a Live right think right speak right do right and r you can die right a r a e a Salvaton is free except the amount you put it the contribution box i s e s Bodily cleanliness is far more necessary and healthful than a mere spiritual washing Use soap with the n bathIt Things college prof esors wil aUmlt1UUI hrtndtlu ity is a failure aJ God ought to be in a good humor aftefso much sanctified taffy anent Thanksgiving broth erhood of idlers a a a a a Fewer preachers would hold forth on the Reign of law could they understand that it abolished the reign of God r a a a In revising the form of Christian prayer it is sug gested that the word pray be changed or amend ed to read prey r i r r No Jehovah never sought our advice upon the question of creating man Had he done so there are some people who would not be here e a a a Men cannot be fettered in brain by any person in religious or political authority save by their own in difference or passive obedience Every time a preacher rakes in the cash from the collection plate or receives his salary he is taking guaranYYtee his part of the heavenly contract a a a r r For the benefit of some of our wouldbe critics 5the Blade asserts tlyit its editor is neither a social ist nor an anarchist but he believes in free speech and free discussion If the advocates of either have anything of real writ to offer we should not itir a Tomorrow Magazine is to be congratulated on its r Freethought school movement and if it is accord ed the patronage it richly deserves it is bound to be a success for the growing generation is craving rttheright kind of instruction a a a i e Let it be noted that despite the Presidents proc lamation that all the people should assemble and give thanks for alleged divine blessings only a moiety of us heeded the request and the few who did go had to shell out to provide some sort of a harvest for the preachera r a a Ignorance alone claims to know the positive and certain plans of the creator or attempts to ex plain them to even a credulous people When able bodied men fall to evangelizing and proselyting on a cash contract basis the commercialism of the church is sufficiently demonstrated a a a a If you are not of the Blade family it is time you joined it Our purpose is to make men and women better to enable them to enjoy the fruits of an in tellectual harvest and bask in the bright sunshine of freedom To assail shams and strike at frauds is not a profitable undertaking with the masses but when the minority is in dead earnest they can hold the majority well in check When you have t 7 i finished reading your Blade hand it to a friend Encourage him to pass it along the line and in time our subscription list can be brought where it ought to bee a a r In Freethought are to be found the golden opportunities of intellectual life while orthodox re ligion casts fear dimmed eyes upon an even open ligion casts fear dimmed eyes upon an ever open grave Time former is a cradle the latter a coffin We must win the ignorant worshiper of dead gods back to life and liberty a a i a LOVE ME LOVE MY DOG Several years ago a Kansas preacher having quired a modest sum of money made a loan to a friend and in order to secure payment accepted o chattel mortgage upon some dog kennels 1he ncte which was given as an evidence of the debt was renewed a number of times but finally the debtor met with disaster and failure and like an honest man went to the preacher told of his condi tion and in order to avoid costly litigation through foreclosure of the mortgage lien volunteered to execute a bill of sale to all the kennels and dogs as payment of the indebtedness The preacher cepted and from that day he embarked in the breeding of fancy dogs for sale It was not long before trouble came from his con gregation As in all congregations there happened to be some tightlaced sisters and straightbacked brothers who seriously objected to their pastor gaging in such a business and he was taken to task about it The preacher all honor and glory to him preferred to maintain his independence and in plain language he sonsigned the kickers to Halifax The deacons met and fter grave and rover emit consideration of the facts in the case the pas tor was informed that he must either give up his dogs or his pulpit Like a man he accepted the al ternative and replied that he would on the follow ing Sunday preach his farewell sermon He did It was his last He quit the pulpit and has never since entered it The subject of his farewell sermon was THE MORE I SEE OF MEN THE BETTER DO I LIKE DOGS and the sermon was a characteristic effort of that dayThere are probably many people living in Kan sas today who can verify this and will remember the episode Our reference to it js because we have received through the mails a copy of a book en titled Christ Among the Cattle and is a sermon delivered by Frederic Rowland Marvin in the First Congregational Church of Portland Oregon The essential feature of the sermon is to convey the idea that the Christian religion from a Bible s and point especially inculcates a kindness to animals and this notion is expresed in the following dtate l nottd sae tie polo Its yS t ns riot our Saviors auveui wrai beasts of the stall to teach us a lesson f re sptct for and kindness toward the animal world Copious texts are given from biblical passages to sustain the position but through it all there is an evident careful and studied avoidance of numerous other passages wherein an aborhent cruelty is dis played not to animals alone but to human beings also Of course such passages would not have suit ed Mr Marvins purpose and there is something in his failure to mention them To assume that the Bible in either its practices or indulgences inculcates a kindness toward ani mals is a ridiculous as saying that the square of sixteen is sweet to the palate Why did not the preacher make some reference to Gods displeasure because Cain did not offer a lamb upon his sacrifi cial altar instead of fruits and vegetables And that when Abel offered a young lamb and the smell of its burning flesh ascended heavenward God smelled a sweet flavor and was pleased Or why not have told that when Solomon dedicated the temple which he had builded unto the Lord he offered a sacrifice unto the Most High no less than 22000 oxen and 120000 sheep with which the Lord was well pleased in that he blessed Solomon and gave him wisdom to rule over the people Can any trace of kindness be found in these Imagine what a veritable shambles Jerusalem must have been on the day of the dedication Why the streets must have flowed ankle deep in blood in which the people had to wade and the smell of so many car casses burning must have made an awful stench The Blade maintains that there was more real more genuine love for the animal world shown in the farewell sermon preached by that Kansas dom nine than in all the Christian Bibles that have yet been printed But why was Christ born among the cattle If he was born at all he could not help ing born in a manger It was not his fault fortune or misfortune Many have been born in both worse and better places His manger episode is no criterion of Christian love for animals nor is that love shown toward animals today Paganism tablished the first hospital for animals while Chris inn societies organized to prevent cruelty being practiced upon animals simply uses chloroform to put them to death with little pain There is one truth however from which we cannot depart namely when a man or woman has reached the degree of intellectual humanity that they can actually feel for a poor suffering duml brute they are apt to have a tender spot in their hearts for human beings also This does not come from the Bible teaching however but from a pure unadulterated human feeling for all living breathing things r a a a a THE BLADE CAUGHT UP AGAIN With this issue the Blade will be practically up to date again with its publication and from this time henceforth we shall endeavor to have it reach all subscribers by Sunday of each week so that they can get their paper for Sunday reading the better to enable them to perform their religious exercises on the proper day Being behind is no fun even to the editor and publisher Such an event is a continual source of worry and we realize that it is also annoying to our readers We have had so many difficulties to sur mount that at one time we felt almost despairing of over getting straightened out One of the hind rances has been the recently installed natural gas in Lexington in lieu of the artificial gas once made here We arc compelled to use gas to keep the metal in a proper condition for molding the lines of type as they are cast by the machine but the supply of natural gas did not accomplish the desire l results upon getting installed in our new place of business This upset all our calculations for type setting got us all out of joint kerflummuxcd as it were and it seems to use an age has passed before we could get the defect properly remedied We are happy to state that matters have now got disentangled our machinery is running smoothly again and while we admit the right of our subscribers to kick about the delay experienced in getting the Blade we beg to suggest that if your kick has not already been mailed why dont mar it Should it reach our hands it would only increase our worry and do no good There may be something in bringing about an easiness of the mind by exploding on certain things but this is written to furnish that desired easiness and save us from getting premature gray hairs r a a a THE REIGN OF ANTICHRIST Rev Algernon S Crapsey and the Protestant Episcopal Church have come to the theological cross roads and they have elected to travel by different routes Both are to be congratulated Dr Crapsey should congratulate himself that he is now thought free and independent of any creed and the churchshould be congratulated upon its consistent antiprogressive action In his letter of resignation forced by the man dates of the higher ecclesiastical tribunal in au thority over the government of the church and its propaganda Dr Crapsey strikes at the very fundamentals of the Christian faith and his utterances will do as much to weaken the credulous faith of the Episcopal church members as the practical demonstrations of modern scientific research His denial of the miraculous conception and the bodily ascension is in direct conflict with the declaration of faith and belief as contained in the Apostles Creed still one of the principal avowals in that form pf Christian superstition and is a direct aid to the arguments so long advanced by the advocates of Freethought in all civilized countries While it may not be known to many of our readers yet at each church service the members of Episcopal congregations are required to follow the priest in charge in the recitation of the Apostles Creed It is never omitted It is one of the rubrics in their book of common prayer and is a part of bck morning nand evening rviia i Imktliatirecitay Hon the member loudly avows his or her belief mostly the hersin Christ ad him crucified dead and buried he descended into hell on the third day he rose again from the dead he ascended into heaven and toward the close the recitant declares I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting Believing as Dr Crapsey be lieves that Christ did not ascend in the fit sh that he was not resurrected in the flesh then it follows that he could not honestly join in the recitation of that creed and maintain his manhood and his self respect That Dr Crapsey should hold to such an opinion in spite of his theological training is an evidence that he does not believe the story in St Johns gospel uncut the doubting Thomas and the inspection of the wound prints in the hands and feet of the risen Lord All this is an advance in Freethought propaganda for once the essentials of the Christian form of faith are assailed from such quarters the end is not very far away Better still perhaps is Dr Crapseys declaration of belief that the alleged miraculous origin of the Christian Jesus is wholly fiction for here the entire fabric of orthodoxy is undermined It is in direct conflict with the new testament and the Apostles Creed Both assert that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and was conceived by the Holy Ghost If Jesus was not of divine origin then the whole Christian theory is reduced to a gigantic hoax a monstrous myth This is what Freethinkers have contended from the dawn of intellectual liberty Dr Crapsey has been a long time coming to it but he has reached the position at last With this over throw Christ is of no higher value than the hun dreds of other saviors and must take his place on the shelf of antiquity No miraculous conception no divine origin no divine origin no power to re deem no power to redeem any attempt in that direction brands the whole system with hypocrisy and insincerity It is not enough that the early Christians may have thus believed for as we havb outgrown the other traditions of our ancestors we are also drifting far above and beyond their religious conceptions and orthodox claims Their assurdity has long been too patient to admit of acceptance A few more Dr Crapseys and the church will be put out of the Jesus business In our last issue of the Blade we reproduced the gist of Dr Crapseys letter of resignation Our readers can well afford to study what he has to say Through it all will be found an unconscious drifting from the tenets of orthodoxy and a determination to individually construe the articles of Christian faith as expounded by the Episcopal Church lie is not the first to exercise this individual right and he will not be the last lIe is but one in a vast army of thinkers who have thecourage to rebel against intellectual limitations and the great wide world is open before him We would call especial attention to that portion of his letter where he says When I say of Jesus that he was not conceived by the Holy ghost and born of the Virgin Mary I do not mean that the great and living God in order to g et into this world had to violate his wonderful law of human generation break into sanctities of marriage and cause a son of a man to be born with out a human father Such a notion is most repug nant to my ideal of a wise and holy God This is well said and however much he may seek to modify his heresy by asserting that such an opin ion in no wise lessened his regard for the man Jesus he cannot retreat from the position he has already assumed upon the miraculous conception Having gone thus far the Blade would now call Dr Crapscys attention to one other proposition If he can accept it his religion will not hurt much It is this If Christ was of absolutely human 6ri gin and his life wets offered as a sacrifice for the sins of other men would not the sacrifice of any human being havo answered precisely the same purpose If a human sacrifice was all that was requisite and necessary were there not plenty of human beings already on earth who could have furnished time necessary qualifications If the scriptures be true Christ had brothers and sisters If nu issue of same marriage was required would knot one of his brothers have done just as well If Dr Crapsey is correct in what he says further and the Blade has every reason to believe that he is then the dawn of a greater and more tolerant intellectual liberty is at hand He says While I thus see that their decision is final for nfe I am equally certain that it is not final for church I have reason to know that there are hun dreds of clergymen and thousands of laymen in the Protestant Episcopal Church who have reached the same conclusions that I have and sir I beg to say to them in this letter to you that their position in the church is just as tenable as it ever was This judgment affects no person except myself Let no one bo dismayed Let every man stand in his place speak his mind boldly and the truth will soon have such a multitude of witnesses that the church must hearYes and the Blade asserts that the church will hear It has heard and will continue to hear The rumblings have long been an unpleasant sound The Blade has suspected that many of the ministers were not honest in the strictly orthodox views they expressed every Sunday and Dr Crapsey lens confirmed that suspicion Not only arc the ministers of the Episcopal church thus affected for if there arc hundreds of them in the same mental attitude as Dr Crapsey the form of heresy must be more rampant in the other denomi nations which maintain a more liberal form of propagandaThe of Dr Crapsey that ho willap peal from those in places of authority in the church to the great body of the people is a practical declaration of war which if persisted in and hon estly carried out may mean another reformation and a wholesale falling away from the orthodox creeds The public mind is in a receptive condi tion The church was never so weak as it is today totttttngupon the people It is impotent A few more defections like the present and it will pass through the last stages sycophantic despair into the deso late regions of nonentity It is now in its last throes Its feeble flame is flickering and if Free thinkers will but give practical and useful en couragement in the realty of intellectual liberty the day of our mental freedom is here before we are scare able to realize what has happened The reign of antiChrist lies begun a a a a THOUGH LIVING YET AS ONE WHO IS DEAD lIe is dead the day he graduates Who is The theological student Not physically dead mind you but dead intellectually When a man has permitted his mind to become warped and prejudiced by a study of the mummi fied cats and snakes of Ancient Egypt for time avowed purpose only of bolstering a rotten religi ous system he lacks that mental vitality that in tellectual strength upon which a nations hopes are built und he is henceforth as one dead To all intents and purposes he may as well be dead for there is no longer a single element of progress to be found in him or connected with him Should one of them deign to peep over the mental horizon set up for them as the prescribed limitations of their intellectual efforts the old grannies look on with alarm wonder and misgivings filled with horrible doubts as to what the result may be Some few do look and laving seen refuse to gaze back upon the old path but keep their eyes fixed firm to tho future now bright with a new and hith erto unperceived light The abject pauperism of the titled snobo racy of Great Britain has been a mutter of common knowl edge for two generations or more This poverty of purse and income has led the heads of families to devise ways and means for a usually numerous progeny to obtain a livelihood by their wits for they generally speaking without brains Daughters are married off at the first favorable opportunity The law of primogeniture disposed of the eldest son without the parents consent Time urniy and navy offered fairly good paying commissions which were purchased for tho others but should a weakling appear in the family crop an effeminate piece of masculinity fit for neither of the avocations mentioned he was placed in the ministry as a means of earning a living on the theory that seldom brains could preach the word of god with profit Front this element the church was compelled to recruit its army of workers and this will explain its serious fall from public grace and favor In America the church is going tho same way fhe Episcopalians are driving out all the men of brains from their pulpits Time Methodists are seriously considering the employment of women i r rr to take the place of men Scholarship is at a premium with the Presbyterians The other sect J still rely upon the volunteers and are compelled t 1accept what offers For these reasons it is impossi ble that a new and living truth can ever emanate o from the pulpit No permanency can be established because the material is not there to build it with Cheap workmen and shoddy material produce poor results But He is dead the day he graduates It is this great truth that we wish to upon the minds of our readers and upon the min of all thinking people The statement is not of our own invention nor manIchurch than we are Dr William D Hyde of the Bowdoin College in an address before the alumni of the Union Theological Seminary upon the subject College of Tradition gave utterance to that statement The following extract from his speech appearing in the Monthly Program of the Los An geles Liberal Club is well worthy of reproduction in these columns and will tell its own tale It has a fixed curriculum composed mainly of dead languages and changeless mathematics On top of it is placed a course of Christianity aiming to prove by what is found in the world a God who never can be found outside it and to confirm the student in the childish views of religion he brought with him from the nursery Of course all the virile vigorous fellows in such an institution plunge into dissipation What else s there genuine and interesting for them to do While the strong and vigorous majority of the boys go straight to the bad there will be a feeble rem nant who meekly swallow the predigested intellec tual food offered them and for the sake of its sugar coating of prizes and scholarships profess to like it Out of the most feeble in this weak major ity the candidates for the ministry are chosen They have never done a bit of original thinking or inde pendent acting in their lives If you send a student from the College of Tra dition to the Seminary of Truth his contracted lungs cannot breathe the free air His faith seem to be slipping away from him The result is un pleasant but on the whole harmless And what of the student who comes from the side of light and liberty to the seminary bound in darkness and tra dition You cannot make him believe that Christianity is anything but a fabric of priestly and pro fessonal lies The man who has graduated from a college and a seminary both of the traditional type is useless and juiceless He can doubtless comfort a few sisters weaker than himself but that is all He is dead the day he graduates CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY NOT ESSENTIAL We cannot bid progress to stand forever in the same old rut like an abandoned roadcart just be cause across its shining pathway lie the honest prejudiced ofsealeasstttitidity In its ever onward moving it is bound to crush an occasional pismire and no man of average tellect can find just cause for complaint It is the eternal law and we must all submitIThe heights to which we have climbed or shall hereafter climb are to be measured by the aggre gate amount of knowledge that is useful knowledge to which our people shall attain the direc tion in which that knowledge runs and the gener ality of its diffusion By comparison between men and nations and even between different classes of men in the same generation there will be found an excess of good or bad intentions It is the duty of the rationalist fo keep in positive check the antagonistic passions with which we are born and which seems to have been transmitted to us through long years of here dity To fight against heredity is no easy task but the giant intellects of every age have been com pelled to undertake it and they have been invariably succssful As a general rule the activity ofI one motive can be corrected by cultivating the activity of another motive for it is a well known and admitted fact that to every vice there is a corresponding virtue New evils must be met by new remedies and in the remedies we employ depends the stability of our progress our development If evil motives alone actuate them no permanent good can be accomplished With all the flash and brilliancy of Napoleon he left no great permanent im pression but from the labors of old orthodox credulous Martin Luther he who threw an inkwell at the devil to drive him away some good came for he opened up an avenue of Protestant revolt until the hidebound orthodoxy of this day and generation is split into a thousand and one warring factions impossible of unification The modern Freethbught movement must for ever remain progressive for the reason that it can have no fixed standard of belief or morals It realises that the discoveries of the really great men never leave us They are permanent Truth demonstrated and applied survives the shock of empires the falling dynasties and outlives the struggles of rival creeds Frecthought will live because it must to witness the decay and death of successive religious systems Religions build for themselves a different sot of opinions for different peoples and different ages but Freethought as we understand it must be forever one and the same in any ago and among any people The changing theories of religion must by their very nature pass away like a dream as the mere fabric of a vision to which leaves not a footprint behind the sand of time The demonstrations of truth made by ivicn of genius must remain always and upon these Free c thought pins an absolute and unyielding accept ance It is to the men of superior intellect to the men of genius to men of courage and true moral worth that we owe all that we now have and all b itdbear the seeds of their own life Their works flow on in an unending undying and perrenial stream t i flall that they have done they have been essential ly accumulative and have tints influenced more posterityiFreethinker means when hi speaks of the great undying principles of Free thought This is what the Freethinker means when he asserts that these principles are more stable and permanent than the doctrines of any religious sy tern could possibly be Tins is why we can see ic the modern church the elements of a speedy decay upodsn declare with truth that Freethought has been able to dissipate many of the old theological prejudice fold deny the priestly accusation that evil has a preponderance over virtue The tendency of man kind is to do good and to be good for did evil pre ponderate the race would long since have been destroyed Never at any previous period in the worlds history were these facts more firmly and deeply im pressed upon the minds of thinking people than they are today and this means a lessening in the value of the church and its work hitherto deemed so great An enlarged vision and a widening ex perience has proven conclusively that mankind i not so irremediably bad as to need the church at all INGERSOLL AND SPIRIT MEDIUMS What purports to be a letter from Col Robert Ingersoll a sort of miraculous spirit communication is again going the rounds of the press devoted to spiritualism its use doubtless being intended as a means of winning converts from materialistic thinkers to the various phases of spiritism and spiritualistic phenomena The Blade has carefully perused this latest effort at spirit chirography bearing the printed signature of Robert G Ingersoll which appear ed on the editorial page of the December number publishedcomes to the Blade office After this careful perus al the Blade asserts that there is nothing in the article to even intimate that it originated in the unikshis style of writing as it is possible for any article to be purportng to come from him The language is not his Ingersoll invariably used monosyllables and wrote ina remarkably easy fashion that the most ordinary reader could understand him This was one of the truly characteristic traits of Col ingersoll and so peculiar was this feature marked- in all his writings that it was made a matter of literary comment while he was still living There are in America today thousands who have eagerly read every line that came from the pen of that great apostle of human liberty and free thought These thousands have studied him fol lowed him through all his pilgrimages but they willutterly fail to find any resemblance between the following and any known writings of that lender Jrw lasttheygcan ntl erL- induc dtobeliewrtthnt he ac urillywote it inspired or drected any other person to write it The sentenc to which we refer is as follows As its population is cosmopolitan in nature and character associations and their cohesions con tantly accelerate like associations and cohesiveness- on this side and they are attracted by the law of affinity to one another The language here used is too distinctly of the type employed by the spiritualist advocates writers and speakers as to plainly suggest its origin It is not Ingersollian Could it be that Col Inger soil still lived in an alleged spirit world and could it be that the spirits of the departed dead can actually communicate with us of the flesh then it would logically follow that the orator of the Hudson would employ his old familiar style of composition that he might more readily convince those inclined to be skeptical anent his production True there is throughout the article in question an evident effort to imitate the style that Ingersoll but it lacks that fresh bright sparkling wit despite the frail attempt to furnish a sample of it The effort at imitation is so weak that it is made too painfully a puerile production Besides this apparent unlikeness there is too much room for the usual fraudulent methods employed in socalled spirit production that will fail to command respect It is no infrequent occurrence that some professional spirit medium desiring notoriety will pretend to have received some important communication from some important personage dead and gone The principal trouble however is that they all insist upon the truths of spiritism and urge the readers thereof to adopt it which means to extend a liberal patronage upon the who can swallow these spirit pro ductions need not balk at miraculous conceptions inauswallowingwhales suns and moons that standstill to permit slaughter and like ghost stories that have been brought front the infancy of the race With religion as with law maxims and prece dents from the barbarous past have been overruled and repealed by the higher tribunals of an intelli gent humanity Savage superstitious can no longer dominate the human mind for increasing wants creates new conditions and even religion must sub nit to the inevitablehe I The Christian fanatic while asserting that he has- n soul that is worth saving strives might and main lose it and though he insists that there is n better lund Awaiting him over there he moves both heaven and earth to keep from going to it so long as he an help it There is consistency in all things save religious humbuggery on The principal work of the labor leaders must not o so much to repress the coming storm as to give I its force strikes the mul titituideless i 1I11dyp+SELECTED AND- ORIGINAL POEMS I MOTHERsWhen the snowflakes gently fallin Leave their chill upon the air When the lowering clouds are darken lag And the spirits bowed with care The cheery smiles and sunshine That a mothers love bestows Comes like a benediction To the heart that overflows When the winters snow Is over And the fragrant flowers are bloomin Oer meadow hill and plain If theres all of spring to cheer us With sweet flowers and songsters rare What pen can paint the anguish If mother be not there IAh a mothers smile will cheer us In the long summer day Make us feel that lifes worth living And we hopefully set our gaze Makes me Itwethe pure the holy The good tbb beautiful the true And wed live for that which gave he Do the things theyd have us do When the autumn leaves are fallin grietlother joys are brief The same sweet smile and sunshine From our faithful mother comes Lets ever such smiles cherish It Is these that make the home Miss Nora Beauchamp HONORABLE BATTLE All honor to hIm who wins the prize The world has cried tor a hundred yearse who tries and falls and dies- I give great glory and honor and tears Joaquin Miller DONT GET GRUMPYI Aint no use agettln grumpy and slttln round an mopln Cheer up Theres another day a comma Quit your everlasting knockln keep ahustlln an ahopln Cheer up Theres another day a comln You say that all Is dorkness that you cannot see the light But a gI0rlous day Is comln for theI uis there III9110tthe pathway lookln bright Cheer up Theres another day a co mint MY OLD VIOLIN You church people sit In your sanctity there- Deeming all pleasure a sin You may leave all your choirs singing and In prayer But give me my old violin Music like heaven It gives to me Strains from the angel band When the soiled old strings and the timeworn bow Awake at the touch of my hand It has softened many a sorrowlAnd questioned many a strife That lure arose In my heart at the injustice Of the world throug all my life Dearest of friends we sometime must part And I my long journey begin May you fall In the hands of a kindly heart My poor old violin Roy Fiddle D D SOUND ADVICE ABOUT BOOKS- Had To Subscribe For Moore Memor lal and Is Deeply In Love With Haeckels Work On Evolution B W COOPER- I have read lu the Blade that so many are going to take the book of Mr C Moores writings that I must plead guilty to changing my mind I had as I told you previously made up uy mind to stop buying books as I have over two thousand volumes and all good books at that no novels or woks of a frivllous nature but when- I come to think over the pleasure the pleasure of a good book I feel cannot go wrong in this one so will get you to add my name to those readers of the Blade whose names you on the question of books I was very glad to find you mentioned n last weeks Blade the now book of Proto Haeckel viz The Last Words Evolution I sent and got this as soon as the publishers notified me it was out and would strongly advise overt reader the Blade to add same to his collec on of books It may be Its true a deep for some especially those Ij who may not have the geological knowledge to take in fully Prof Haeckels meaning but even to those there Is enough left to glvo gre pleasure and Instruction to the thoughtful reader and coming so soon after his other great book viz The Rlddlo of the Universe It seems t bo a companion to it This book ha whichgwas sea as was always under the impression that the Germans as ana tion both tho leaders and the masses were away ahead of all other nations In their liberal views as regards igion but by what Prof Haeckel says there a very largo party there who are still In tho throes of tho old forms of superstition and they still lead numbers This I need not say Is to b wllgcome old forms o superstition that have been our Mos so many centuries must crumble be fore tho onslaught of science and the Blade seems to meet with Increased favor and will I hope continue on same lines IIWe Hays Said Our Say Howard KasI enclose a clipping I want you to comment on It I think herre and In the harness he would rip him up tho back and perhaps use a fe agmoney pay for that extra book Dr Wilsons Trip to Rome I have not seen it but I keep it loaned out which Is better I still like the Blade It Is on a better plane than it used to beW W HENSLEY LEXINGTON u EASTERN RY CO Summary of Time Table Effective November 18 1906 No4 No2 Leave Arrive No1 No A M P M A M P M 735 225 Lexington Ky 955 605 813 310 Winchester Ky 9b 520 826 325 L E June 900 507 902 400 Clnr City Ky 825 435 910 410 Stanton Ky 815 420 922 426 Filson Ky 803 414 934 437 Dundee Ky 752 403 938 440 Campton June 748 357 956 457 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TRUTH ABOUT GOK Do It mtrw r r iT l T PUvintY MAKES GLERDY PIOUS Clergy and Church Congregations Vlo late Their Own Creed and Law Have Always Denounced Prog reps as a Crime NO EVIDENCE OF AN TVPZ By W N Wasburn We all know that falsehood and ig norance are prolific breeders of h crisy and from the latter springs radation and cowardice No matter what men do or what they say t1 In error end falsehood lies the road its to decay ttTheclergy have waged an unrel less war upon a general diffusion of il knowledge and that distribution nccordlngNtbeen truly consistent with their unit cruel and nun progressive creed t general diffusion of knowledge spot sLe effect of Uelr preaching a more equitable distribution of the of labor dissipated that which invariably run side bvfor 1ductswith extreme poverty Porerev even make a parson pious beeuttJ ors empirators consuls kings ke dives or by whatever name the crowned ruffians might be known We have been taught r Whatever course kings say is right But Ill go tLe other with all my mig btIII For ever since the world as begun Theyve bleu ijiauis anti lumuu everyone The argument is und has been Woes nature ailord a ciUeriou i truth or cau te ecclesiastics uo u tale andturf at win wliiiout law tvuriaut the vjuisuuu rum has uetu rso wind no uaue it is me vhiis than rule stiii inls lj positively iu biuden uy Matures uuurotxen unoivun awe law ihe uiiiertut aurlouies ofQ matter lust mi fciiiiuiiiiiiin uuis asstr then In auuiuer thclUi wu an produce all Rtlj T1i Ciaiifceu ate taiUnlH u te uiuei al vegetable anti iuiuial Kinguouis wituoui uui voiisuni or ucquiesceuse They are forming deloiiuiug and re i forming A simple liquid is the bast of all chemical change Instead some personal Or impersonal ngure headJThe church made progress a crlun and denounced wealth us allin while to talte tnuuglit lor the morrow provide for a rainy day is uuscrfp tural and therefore ungodly Tut cuurch is couiiuittiug ail these Sir at the same time and every preach is Uoiiib me oititio tutus In the civil luw each party litigant has a Jot interest In the evidence adduced The clerics have produced wuut uey call evidence tending t prove Immortality but tnelr evldenc- DII ouij served to aisprovo It Jut line the proof There is in all nutun no law or allowance for two days to du or to go mum one given porn to another on a straight line So puyeAologj lias prOuUceu uuu VICStf one law under which life has eve r been produced or can be product- and there is absolutel no evidence o 1Fcr feted by any creuioie witness thatA there is such a thing as Immortality Tne clergy claim howII ever that their own declarations are not to be criiclsed and they place the burden of the proof upon the neg Of atlve This is diametrically opposedv to the rules that go ern evidence in the practice of the civil law This He rule as been fashioned to accord with natural or perpetual taw as near as It can Natural law cannot Le re pealed or annulled Natural law Is by nature inerent Then where is im moratllty and what dues it mean We have been asked How can terialism be made beneficial The I answer by the shortest route to eliminate hunan distress and to pry mote human happiness by encouraging more selfreliance instead ot self ile pendence We can do this through the school house and by the iielp of tile printing press Again the question Is put Is pray Ing beneficial Not much I suppose iu all remem To her the powerful efficacy of prayer To sent up to the great Nothing for nOr fields recovery by forty great nations Well they received no response from supernature so these gLosts have no dealings with earth Didnt Maximil ian get the old Dagos powerful bless ings Well he got shot so full of Jend that he couldnt pack It Then what is the use of praer and how can it 1ee made beneficial A s jj l ir f OUR mtiiiiKd from p ige One jitius gave way and diownec uudicd thousand of tile inhabltn mothers fathers and sweet ba hat was their gods doing In te people of Johnstown was engulfed by c heavy waterspout to above the lake dam which caused It to break loose and drown over thousand people Was their gods off somewhere watching sparrows or counting hairs One earthquake in Lisbon In 1776 klllca fifty thousand people in five minutes It was allsaints day the people were at prayers in the char Jues hoand cathedrals These were Christian Itspeople and worshiped the god who says His tender mercies are over all this works Could he not protect God believed in polyc as the twelve tribes of Israel arc of a four women to one man family andNO they are claimed to he his gods fa proentthe practice CJ1Ioses god commanded slay ry See Ex 2112 2021 But the Un States spent thousands of lives and crystChristian friends claim as leother religionists do that their god hears and answers prayer but we Dur 1tneerelief but it never comes when wanted andSolay for several weeks and the christian world prayed fcr his recov ery but he died A few years the yellow fever broke out at Gren Miss and raged from St Loulb to the Gulf Thousands of prayers were uttered for the plague to be stopped but it continued to destroy the peopio till a frost came late in November Prayers for rain in 18S7 wore offered Briton but instead of rain t nada fire to next week that was thr worst they ever had A devout lady of Docota used as a favorite saying The Lord is my sh epan herd shall not want but one day while visiting she last her way in a snowstorm and next day ier bones olusts found stripped of their flesh yb the wclves Where was her lord and shepherd Our father who art in proven God have mercy a mother cried she humbly knelt at tile cradle siM- 3 God have mercy and hear my I Prayejr X jnd take my babe In thy tefiVier ca The Anger of Death Is in the room Is rjJing loud for my babe Thou thou alone hast power to save 0 God have1 mercy tis all I crave tiny grave heath a willow shadeiTelletii the answer the merciful ma s 0 father in neaven protect my hi From the wiles of folly from sins decoyTFrom the snares n tilifes dark sea aGuard JSos Went forth to battle the world alone Alone save the blessing his mother 1itsafe murderers gibbet high in air- nswered On the trusting mothers prays praydthe life of a loved one far away way in the fields where life and deathaang in the scales that tip withchbreath- e to father of mercies protec him love from the foemans dartse the death bolts rain on the c arging field the thou his strength and guide ant shiellIYr r mangled corpse and a regraveflare the answer tae father of mercies gavehenight was dark on the ocean breast nd the waves rolle high In unrestIelTicro a stately bark was dashing oncd Toward a breakers crest with the rndj Uld Around der panefor theTheprayerIngdeliver them from a watery g raplness fishAareWereoneWOIvileAt0SWhenmartFf111Ore fiend ourst from his secrpttit placethe And wrapped all things In his erceQ1a embrace Oh ten how many a frenzied prayer To heaven for safety rent tho air For homes for lives for loves and then redntsnaIJlesAmen domes friends and loved ones crisped llingand charred leaven the prayer had tenheard C TEPPINC 8TOKESTO i BOCRESS March of Intellectual Thought From LeahisTo No Conclusion AmyMental Finality SUPERINTENDENTS vorOF THE ELEMENTS BY A A BELL So far as the rationality ot the con Itedceptlon Is concerned it mattes no difference whether the universe is conceived to be dominated by one poisonality or two by an oligarcay personalities or by innumerable per son all ties All such conceptions on the same kind of insincerity prayFirstconceptions are ani mistic and the innumerable forms f und among the more evolved races of the earth today are differentiations from Uis original protroplasmic type I1goSeconddaThese are concatenaltons of evolu ticn gods and the saints scrap Ihswe delis and deities of civilized folk evolved and educated1 posterity of spirit of the fastnesses and the she and wltces cf the night wind Third IeThe age of animism when every lividual rock and glen and event haso ts own spirit or personality Is the period cf particularization In the hu Intellect Fourth As the generalising power develops phtuomena ate grouped and instead of couceivjng a personality for each bject or event each class has a s Insagle superintendent who dominates thlvun phenomena of his particular department Fifth These are superlnteriuiiits of sea fire war wine agrlqiilture love lhri1ndlp lilf iiriiR of tho saSGcB as Bail rds spiv lythelntIto v And polytheism as mind croamore conscious and cosmic is super seded by a single supreme executi hritassisted by the subordinates whom has cvolutlonally outstripped This s monotheism IeSeventhDThe conception of the universe as a selfsulBcient and sel destined mach ism is the sequent of monotheism yf his Is atheism I came across the above in J Ho Moores Better World Phlloso o pp 05 and think It puts atter h c in a light that can be under SHEARERS AID TilE SHORN Every Hand the Clergy Fleece Their Flocks and Are Unable To atGuarantee Fulfilment Of Their Promises can COMPILED BY D F MARKS for PastorsThose who have the arge of leading the flock of the Lord graze They have undertaken such charge through pure charity only re rving to themselves the right fsend fleecing the flock and of sending toba slaughterhouse those among then be hose fleece has nut proved sufficient th wiThe thse to of the soul Te people were oftpriests went before beating tho of dges on either side to frighten the bo this poolsfollowers seeing no robbers 1a thoud are Huddied in tact with wide eyes while the shepherds of ravening wolves With great it dness they exchanged their fleet security Shorn and slverlngbUI y had the happiness of and warmJ Ingersollwllclergy denounce human selfish and are of all men the most sot the declaim against avarice and morcinary and avaricious preach great inst pride fashion anti love of the have rld and yet are as proud as ser death Imitators of fashion and manifest much of love of the world as other They Insist on the necessity of TOW but think themselves en ed to the most comfortable plnces best bits the choicest dainties mil lions share olalMhe good things ui meey protcss to be awt oily oucerued and anxious lor too wei tare ol poor siuuers out their st ouiooiu wen to uo appearauues gin uu luuication 01 exce sivo auxict iiiey couuuiuu uuiuan Bullishness yet cultivate and strengthen It lug constant appears to it ru me greatest ueggars in the worlu iheir horutiibch cry ol give give can uu licaid on Ute mountains and S toe laueys in the puuiic streets and in iiio churches At every public meet rug ostensibly for the worship of Uou the contribution box is passed around and the people are Intreatea in gods name to give The pee are assured that if they will nod will rctsore to them faur out nut one of them will stand a sor for toe fulfillment of the or guarantee the refunding of tue gUtIsm in toga It Is notRev E E Gull 1toThrough all the years those who plowed divided with those who prayed Wicked industry supported pious ness tho hut gave to tho cathedral and frightened poverty gave even ot its rags to buy a robe for uypocrisy ingersoli LOUR LETTER BOX J restFavai Organization Upton UalI have been thinking of writing for some time but have been ery ulscuuraged I see my subsc rip lion was out In September and orother W F Llutows was out one ear in September and rs both of nave large families and work for teases our money comes very slow and work very long nours and toot cuts muchsipand 100 fur same cant do without it If Incant get time to read it can lend it some one who has got time and aint hard to lend either I will try and say my say as to the organization tes wo need and must organize but as long as we charge admission fees js much as always has been charged we cant expect only a very IImlteot portion of the FreeUiiikcrs to Join and with it for have had experiea anyone has not got the moo it lets them out Now let me tell mj loan Lots have a treasurer a sec tehecleiy Let the 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Influence of the Blade It Is certainly right expose any errors that the President or any high official shall make but for the sake of our cause let It be done in a high toned and respectful way Begging your pardon for the neglect in not sending in my sub scrlptlon when dueL R BROAD WELL Sensible Suggestions- us Blue ArizYou may put me down for one of the Moore Scrap Books My acquaintance with his writings only dates back nine years I have perhaps not been on your books quit resuloand would very much to see Mr Moores writing prior to that tim eof have always felt when reading IIoores wrItIngs that whether It w fight or wrong had the satisfaction f knowing that he thought It rlgtI nd it Isa great consolation to me to now when I am reading that t vriter is honest In wlat he says anti I always knew of Mr Moore Vhlle many tlngs may not agree srcrpurlteJeWants Three Copies Mosler OregonI am good for tree copies of Moore Memorial Boot awayntflve copies A Trip to he Rome otie to keep taut to giVe awe yrho want to see Llberallsts prove them selvessu h oy shelling out or rather sunb scribe liberally for the Mooro Memo He has left us a great legacy iwof wit humor and wisdom to 010 that no Liberalist will now bring of llrevroacil upon the cause by refusing help carry such rich Jewels of tuought to those who are yet living the deep dark shadows of superstl on I say brothers see that you do your part and this worthy act will b written on tho tablet of time which will uelp perpetuate the light ot the truth M I am glad to see that the Blade is teeming with such good reading as winter is about here The rural pea have much time to read Why not busy and secure a few copies of sound facts In scientific investigation get acquainted with self and nacr ture Thanksgiving day almost here turkey thirty cents a pound Great Ceasar how can a poor man thankful Kindest regards to you and ramllR W SIMPSONI Takes Two Rome Books Grantfork IIIAs my subscription the Blade will run out on December of and wishing it continued you niii and u postal mousy order lor 150 jot rear wnicli suuuld be the price ui u us H is fully worth the money nsu uuu euciosed in money order euoufcU tu pay lor twenty pamphlets of ur J u Wilson s oration over Capt henrys grave Also nnd one dollar and litteen teats for an extra copy ot ur J B Wilson s Trip to llama Book as ordered only one and paid for that and received two so will keep the two and pay for extra one In thermoney order was raised a Catl1ollcIbut have no use for any of the churches and hold to the Religion of Humanity am an outsopken Athe 1st yenta old and do a lot of mis slouary work with my seven Free thought papers and magazines by send lug them through the malls to rever ends and Sunday Scuool teachers and intelligent people getting addresses through the local papers and I hope am doing some good In knocking the stuffing out of Christianity socalled and superstition With kindest regards to youA J KRAFT For Missionary toStocleton UtahKlndl Workfcopies of Capt Henrys serJmoo by Dr Wilson I am of your opinion that their ought to be an emergency fund to help honest and old Freethinkers to get the Blade free of charge and I should always be on hand to do my share I am In my 71st year myself so you see I am no spring chicken but I hope to be always able to pay for the Blade and in advance Its suits me all right and you eau count on me keeping up my subscrlp lion Put nio down for one of C C Moores books Enclosed find money teorder for 110 tl1e100 is for the Bladeato those uoucst old people who are not auto fo pay and also to lift a portion the burden off your shoulders r have a hard enough time to keep asauuat and a few dimes wont Hurt any tne in a case of this kind HENRY hoPraise For Rome Book Some one praised the Rome book and it has since been echoed from mountain to mountain till now a tater hill will reverberate It to the next have read a Trip tp Rome Roamed some parts of It a dozen times l feel almost as If had been with 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