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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r t BLUE GRAS BLADEifghparker Ashialt zastS TRUTHSideVOLUME XV NUMBER 37 LEXINGTON KY SUNDAY DECEMBER 23 1906 PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE GALILEO TAINT OF HERE Reward For Years of Patient Labor In Worlds ProgressWhat Cam From Swinging Lamp In the Cathedral HOW HE SAID THE EARTH DOES MOVE By ALBERT P TERLMANE A nlneteonycarold Italian boy small almost as a child and pal from overstudy sat dreaming In the gray shadows of the Pisa Cathedral one day in 1583 And from his dreams arose some of the greatest invents and discoveries ever accomplished The boy was Galileo eldest son of Impoverished Florentine nobleman He had spent his chlldhcod d vist ofcleverscantiest materials had dabbled Into literature and painting as ho grew had sought to become a monk and had been persuaded by his father tothe study medicine instead The young medical student as he sat id the cathedral felto observi the great bronze chandelier that by a long rod from the root Inst endfar of remaining motionless the than ImperceptiblyandTenone to thousand other Italians had seen that swayIng lamp and had taken its tion for granted But Galileo had way of taking nothing for grant t From idly watching the bronze lam vemovementsmore carefully Ho saw that the were rhythmic and that whether swings were far or slight all occupi- the same length of time Again 1leo wondered why Ho set himself- study to the cause The results of his Studies were gradual and occup moro than half a century But c mvcaif ndrthoyrlllnerc begrotped in regular sequence The Swinging Lamp and What It I toHebut In the working out of the vlbr- Ing lamp problem mathtematics wo oldscope hiiy The throb of that cathedral than Her started him to pondering overt a theory propounded many years bet a by a German named Coperntc namely that the sun stands still and that the earth revolves around Also that the various stars and the moon have a similar system of rotn tlon Might not this alleged mots of the earth account for the vibrati of the chandelier Galileo resolved to know more of the matter He wasI not content to take for granted old doctrine that the earth stood and he sun circled about It But to further Into the matter it was necessary to study the heavens This he had no competent means of doing So he went to work devising such meanw Some years earlier a Middleburg optic fan had ground bits of glass in such ling away as to magnify slightly objects seen through them The experiment had not amounted to much But Oak ieo thought ho saw a way of improv of Ingbn it He figured out that by ing a convex lens and a concave lens Is in certain position toward each other anything seen through the two would be enlarged This is the principle of to the modern opera glass Ho expert mented until he was able to magnify threefold But this seemingly mar it vellous achievement did not satisfy him He continued grinding lenses at various angles of refraction until ho had perfected an instrument that would magnify threefold But this seemingly marvellous achievement did not satisfy him He continued grinding lenses at various angles of to retraction until he had perfected an in I strument that would magnify thirty twofold In other words he had made a telescope Turning this on the heavenly bodies ho at once revolution tied ed all astronomy Not only did he verify his own theories about the not movement and relation of stars and goticMilky Way but he also was first to discover the mountains and valleys on fy the moon In fact ho thus made known most of the facts accepted by tore presentday astronomers tour Europe went wild at the amazing now invention but It stirred up countless rivals and enemies far the Inventor Ho Galileos amazing declaration that the velt earth moved was seized upon by these I t 1i1 ft rd t74Oi rivals who carried it to the Inquisition with the cia mithat It tended to deny certain passages of Scripture and was therefore heretical The Inquisition always eager torture criput to diSYn genus theories In reply he wrote a book satirizing his opponents and itseelf lacked the highest Intelligence The Penalty Jr Proclaiming the Truth As a result he promptly found him self in troUblie was again brought to trial the choice of ture or of recaning Us statement that the earth moves Galileo was grow thtIng old and feeble and courage use al ly departs wJth strength So he re canted on his knees admitting that the earth was stationary But as he toensm pest of wrath Just the same It imprisonedan in the Inquisition dungeon for an indefl icettgpowerful friends was later allowed go free pAs professor fpf mathematics at Padua ho worked out the theory f thermometer using a glass bulb and tube filled vlth water and air While he Inverted this apparatus it cngmC was water Also reversing the dC scope nrocei perfected microscope an instrument with wh Jansen a merman had earl made certain rude experiments thema Ins aand died himela He nt hopelessly Yet even In his blindness and old age his mind ofldeIVorklallug on same thaopof rnythm vented the pendulum and applied Inlest dfH had been day afpio angelos death An thoHay onus ofn dents also witnessed the bl of the great scientist Sir Isaac N owt thermometer and clock pen m To him above all we owe o of astronomy and of t deearths motion The genius who tltuston progresse nISth1LWHY I DO 10TJ COngDof Man Is Made Gods Image Then odall imageWhysWorldgo mBY J J HERMAN In the first place I sec no access ta for a god If it took a god to ma the world and all things in it reason from the same standpoint it would aso require something to make said god In the second place all things are constantly changing not by the act us any god but by their mode of living and environment But granting there a god for the sake of argument and as the Bible teaches god always was and always will be I would like know what he was doing the count less million of years before he made the world No matter when ho made there always must havo been a time before that time If it was rea sonablo and sensible to make the world when he did it would have been just as reasonable and sensible mil lions of years before that time for It must always bo remembered that he or had nothing to lose as he had nothing begin with It ho was satisfied be fore ho made the world which he ovl deafly was or he would have made It sooner what caused him to all at once w change his mind and become dlssatls with his condition and malts the world For I am file 10rd1 change Mat 111C of It man Is the image anti likeness otm then god is the image and like ed of man and must have paste de sires and passions How did he eatw these the countless millions ofwere years without oven a companion be ho started on his world malting And how does ho satisfy them Ho never had a wife and is only to credited with having one lonely son evidently Is not much of a noose m man and docs not follow his own advice to bo fruitful and multiply iY j lo l PRAYER CHAIN IS BROKEN One of Nine Selected Links Refuses To Pass On the Prayer In An less Chain and Its Power Is Gone SELECTED THE WRONG MAN WHO MAKES REPLY BY CA tORY STEVENS The following correspondence wh has been sent to the Blade for put cation reveals the fact that the pro posed endless chain has be broken The prayer was sent to well known and popular Freethinker of New York who penetrating t yell of hidden authorship sends characteristic reply The letters read as CTyroneDear FrlendI am sending you a prayer I received with request to to nine persons Please do not bie this chain Lord Jesus Christ we em ploy theo Eeternal God have mercy upon all mankind bethetoicrIllinois asking it to be recited n sent ot nine persons The one will not do tills will have some mis fortune He who recites and sends this to nine persons beginning on tho day received and sending one each day will on or before the ninth d experience some great joy It was heard said that all who grant this rev quest will be delivered from jltsFrom a friend to STEVFNShet y gcththwDear SirI am in receipt of a prayer chain letter without date from Ndus lotheer by you am somewhat In don whether It was sent to me in sane in or as a joke I will however give it the credit of sincerity and in at spirit reply- Notwithstanding your emphatic Junction to the contrary yet my duty forces me to break the chain weal and brittle lest some o suffer mistakenly clinging to it Wit am very willing and desirous that enjoy the same freedom to reason and speculate that I exercise myself still I could not endorse what Iwt believe oven though It should give imaginary comfort to others enter ming different views itoThe agonizing catastrophies that so frequently occur on earth devouring the good and wicked alike the rav ages of disease and oven among those born and forced to live In ignorance well as the famines that frequently prevail in a world more than enou productive for all are significant fa which in reason disprove the old tin superstition of a personal God slueci to ally watching over and caring for each and all and giving heed to either the prayers or curses of man The knowledge of our agu shows clean lyFor that what was thought to be sUIerT natural In the past was due to human Ignorance We know Nature but why life and whether man returns to the elements at death as we be leo all to other of Natures living species whether he lives again in nay dividual life we may speculate but we know hot mysteries of an life and death appears to have been wisely veiled from us and therefore e should not divert our energies In Idle speculation thereon Our geld is soul the living present and with our fellow man Since Intelligence and the spirit justice constitute tho highest and practical development of civil man why In our day seek to alive the superstitions of the past hen Ignorance and mental slavery general and a lower state of civ Illzatlon prevailed oer As we view it Illinois Bishop would bo doing better work were ho teach and spread practical knowl edge for human use and betterment life rather than seeking favor or threatening punishment in any dream land beyond Ho should work to free tho HISTORY SM ITSELFlDivlno1lhfluence Shown by Use of the and the Application t Made By Modern Society iJ ANDREBEKAH IT AndTsau hated Jacob because of the h sling wherewith his father lallhis my fs ulro DaAh0youngabrother jEsau as touching thee dc comfortjhimself proposing to kill Cen XXVII 42 How djd Rebekah know what Esau itakguess at what he was saying in his hen deJlbrsethe heat beats she could not ha en sure of Esaus hearttalk did not hesitate to put Jacob up lying and even helped to carry out standahobolts and knocked Annanlas and phlra dead because they secreted of dollars tor rent but he failed to beaywarded Jacob for his slickness by make laballsee passed over Jacob and gave the title of The Father of Ltear atan told the truth about the appltjiepting business for he made out a r when he failed to ma ufcon In the day thou eat st thou shalt surely die Adam longer than ten average men lived in those scientific and hype ale times Jacob was the Prince of Liars halYmany times but never obtained Sev whbtcome near equaling them but not quite Rebekah was an Inspired ii and stands well with good peep Some Christians name their daughters to after her Jacob has many namesakes innny of whom are well named We hear a great deal about lost tribes In peIlemuch more curious Gen XXX 14 18 If It had not been for the mandrake growing in tho wheat field there ould have been ono tribe less was war incidental to the that Reubeen found and for which Leah purchased Jacobs favor for nigiit Mandrakes are now used the sorks visits It Is curious how history will repeat Itself to the con on trary us get HOLIDAY RATES ghviaROUTemany points South Tickets sale December 20th to 25th inclusive December 31st and January l with final limit of January 7th particulars call or write any Agent Q C Routerea man from the weakness of ignorant and striving to educate and stimulate him and higher and stronger life through Is individual development and exertion rather than idolently relying on and Selfishly Lagging special favors from imaginary personal God We agree with Victor Hugo Not tho Gods not infinite Intelligence but humanity it self Is responsible for the existence ot the removal of the evils that af was llict humanity If humanity does not uelp itself then no God no Infinite intolllgonco will help It nor us Very truly c AMORY STEVENS p SSlnce writing above I happened to pick up the Blue Grass Blade of Lexington Ky its Novem 25 Issue I enclose you two the clippings therefrom The one shows what sad fate befell Ralph Schaal bar Dr cause of Idolatrous prayer Hall he been sufficiently intelligent to have sifted out and followed the recorded cant therein wisdom and truths uttqred by wise and great mortal minds of too lIne past and to have avoided the mis leading maizesof Ignorance and fraud recorded under tho same Bible cover ho might have been lifted up and not demoralized through the Bible The other article showing the un satisfactory condition of present church membership teaches that as intelligence advances superstition tires Were the churches used for daily educational lectures on all ful subjects partaining to human life and betterment rather than dedicated to Idolatrous worship and opened but one day In the week and then seeking to keep alive the ignorant supers dons of the past they would we lIeve do better work and bo more gen orally respected DISCUSSION ON ndMONEY Lathe Practice of Charity BY A LUTTERMAN not1oney Is a creation of law Labor Is moneyrt isto reo emed by labor The postage stamps have no valueI wonRjj le one cent stamps for it takes no more ink anti paper to make a ten cent mp When we buy a postage stn m wo simply buy a promise from t ofSnstampre we It comes value received and not before so we plainly see teat It is not the material we buy but the amount of or It requires to make It value received It we want sound money It must be redeemed by labor and issued by the government direct Jedollars In legal tender certlflcatesffo his yearly salary What better money could be had It would be value reatceived by the government and t President would have the law In his nd to cancel his debts To the ount of iffy thousand dollars 11his gold do any more If paper will dr at gold does why then have dollars mr de ont of gold The majority of people are confused the1Crebut be understood by all they leave this subject to the bankers and non ptIt changers who In turn rob the people such an outrageous way that ople stare and wonder what stlun to themselves If all people Is knew the system of one money how it comes in circulation and how it robsI the people of their earnings th asskegue tc the people in exchange for their labor Charityfor W street patches on their pants go down their knees and pray Oh Lord give this day our dally bread and then up and cast their voto to have their coat decorated to match their pants We hear capital boast of char charEtyshine pledgeIcreatetj ra lion of our independence We want Justice not charity We want men p tho full benefit of their toil we want American labor turned Into c change the motto of our oar inscribe it above the eagle This value received by human toll Wouldnt Close His Store Wilmington N CI send you herewith my subscription for another year 150 I had the Freethought of Pap pavalso advertised in the new papei here sometime ago no kick came requested to close my store sometime ago in honor of a great Baptist revival told them would do no such a thing as was no Christi ir and no hypocrite LEYER MEYER Not Content Without It postoffice his cents for which send to my address dear old Blue Grass Blade till De comber 1907 Ton cents added for Wilsons oration over Captain Henrys grave The Blade Is bet let than ever and still grows better the become contented without it With best wishes Put mo down for loam booltE R HUNT a FAKE LETTER IS FOUND Palmed Off As Another Gospel Manuscript and Said To Be Corrobo- e ratlve of the Birth and Life Of Christ FRAUD IS APPARENT ON ITS FACE The following has been sent to us by a friend at Sweetwater Texas The name of the paper publishing It is not given but owing to the patent fake and religious humbuggory con nected with it we deem It worthy of itNThe Orient correspondent has just bonmade public the text of a letter writ ten by Publius Lennulus an officer of Pontius Pilates court to tho Roman Emperor whlcu was discovered rev cently In Rome in the library of the Lazarlst Fathers says a Berlin cable the Now York World It this letter proves authentic it may be regarded as the most history regardingports to have been written just as preachingUrough ilI have learned 0 Caesar that you hedesired this virtuous man called Jesus the Crlst whom the people consider a prophet and his disciples regard as the sen of God Creator of heaven and earth It is a fact that overt day one hears wonderful things told of him To be brief he makes the dead rise and he heals the sick He is a man of medium size whose appearance Indicates both great sweetness and such an amount of dignity that one feels In looking at him that ie must love him and at the same ETfaZtit abwa LOJ uril Js e of ripe walnuts and hangs down his shoulders as a light blond and 11clear mass It Is parted in the middle according to the fashion of the Naza renes His beard of the same color as hair is curly and although not cry long Is parted In the middle like his hair His eyes are rather severe and When he scolds ho inspires fear very scon he himself begins to shed tears Even in the most severe moods hI is affable and benevolent Is said that no one has ever seen laugh and he sheds tears often ii tieEvery one finds that his conversa is agreeable and attractive He 9not seen very otten in public and when he appears he carries himself modestly etHis manners are very distinguish od he is even beautiful It is per haps because his mother is the best looking woman over seen in these parts llit you wish to see him 0 Caesar as you wrote me once let me know and shall send him to you Although he ias never pursued any studies he Is well up in every brooch of knowledge lie goes around barefooted and like the sup it is impossible thegeface He goes without head cover taut people make fun of himtwhen they him coming but soon as they are in his presence they tremble and admire him nevertseenteachings like those he Imparts Many believe that ho Is n God and i others assert that he Is thine enemy tThesotrouble They say he has never glenttrouble to anybody but that on tho contrary he trios to make every ono imppy THEN AND NOW Tho doctrine of Servetus for which was burned at the stake with tho consent and approval of John Calvin was the forerunner of Mrs Eddy In statement about matter he said All creatures aro of too substance of Uii and God is in all things The world has progressed since those days y Now error is allowed to fight it out with truth in too field of mind and things metaphysical are not settled at stake Exchange Send the Blade to your friends as New Years present rt t t THE BLUE CRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Erery Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up t his death February 7 1006 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publish- SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 150 per in advance Trialsubscription cents month All foreign postpaid 200 per year Five new subscribers sent 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 pet ushers have the right to reject any and all advertise menU offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up in advance The address on tbi wil subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted be sent if asked for upon renewal in case of discontin uance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable ti JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address ad vise this office giving both old and new and the Bled- 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 welcom- xrfE BLADE is entered at the Postoffice at Lexington Ken tucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P 0 Box 303 Lexington Ky Work does not kill Move another notch higher Try to do more good for others is Useful work is honest labors just reward v Self interest is the greatest of our self vices 0000When will orthodox Christians cease to hug a delusion Mere belief is of no relative valiu to intellectual thought j Remember friends that we each hold the key our own minds i Theology is but u human effort to explain the ine pliab Jy i 1 u ill tanrty i rJpl because We teslmowJoo much about 1t Jtv Lifes lessons show repeated failures and some success Try and be a success 4 Modern philosophy has rouderetl valuable human service by abolishing the idea ofn personal god Ilhere can be only one truth and that is eternal just as there can be but one universe and that too is eternal v v Before we can bestow happiness we must surely possess it ourselves No man can give that which he hath not himself Our admiration for intellectual greatness give- new aspirations awakens new possibilities and gives a new forceto life j The secret of success is to know When know we no longer believe and this is the end of faith Knowledge transcedes faith Religious curse peddlers are going out of fashion and have descended in public estimation to tit quackdoctor and itinerant patent medicine vendor IIow the mighty limit fallen The labor movement in America has developed such proportions that the plutocrat liar been compelled to recognize the fact that it is more than a mere bubble on the political sea When the masses were ignorant and orthodox religion held them in a cruel grasp Now that the people are acquiring knowledge orthodoxy must cringe on its knees at their feet for the privi lege of being permitted to exist 4 Although labor is the cre1forrcapital the peculiar conditions that exist in government have made the creator absolutely dependent upon the creature it hits made Labor is compelled to submit to its terms or return to the industrial system of the savage The system is wrong The French people have an extremely decive way of doing things that make them final and con elusive Catholicism now knows what it is to run amuck of the law but if other enlightened nations could be led to follow the French example liberty would soon be coming home i Bellamy Storer can now have an implicit faith in the theory that woman brought evil into the world His political downfall shows what a woman playing at diplomacy can do with the aspirations of men It is but another disc of selfish pride dallying in the lap of ambition For the most part Christiainty is composed of 3 bile rather than benevolence Instead of a crown they need a cathartic They have mistaken that malady known as the meddlers itch for the t called promptings of the holy ghost It is un worthy the devotion of a yaller dog erJudging from authoritative reports there bas been a rapid und heavy decline in immigration t the New Jerusalem through the Christian trunk lines that the ticket agents are throwing up their jobs The country has been overboomed to such an extent that the fake has been exposed 0000It is a traversity upon the character to god to infer that he left his eternal throne stargemmed- and canopied with clouds of incense came down to earth and of the cold dead clay made a bipedaud stands with a note book in his hands jotting down our names and places of abode should we make a miscue on the form of baptism and the particular articles of religion to which we adhere beerncant keep their eyes off her She ought to be able to get another job easy enough unless there is a law against marriage in the Hoosier State in which even she might purchase a ticket for Ole Kain tuck where all our school teachers are so pretty that the children cry for them i DAYeAbout this season of every year theChristian churches take on a few extra spasms get intoxicat ed with religious fervor take on a few extra bazoos and otherwise make themselves appear ridiculous and all because of a solar event which has been a fixed relation between earth and sun since the two have existed concurrently Just as the celebration of the death of Christ is fixedaccording to a particular phase of the moon namely the date upon which Good Friday and the- Easter following shall fall each year so the alleg ed birth of Christ is dependent upon a phase of the sun There is this difference however that Christmas Day socalled by Christians is a fixed day but Good Friday is of no fixed date and changes each year Sometimes Good Friday falls in March and sometimes it falls in April Christmas Day always fall upon the 25th day of December The reason is not far to seek From time Immemorial that is from a time when the memory of man runneth not races of and nations have worshipped the sun hallowed an blessed it sang praises and sacrificed unto it with each recurring emerging from the winter solstice The larceny of the day and season by Christian worshippers is accepted as an evidence of mythical trimmings they have set around it an that the god Christ is but a phantom of the imagi native brain of man There is no need to delve into ancient hist rrto trace out from the small edcp Lion by different peoples throughout the goes but a little common sense aided by a little ion ex perience will convince any intelligent mind of the absurdity of the Christian claim for the First we have but to consider two solarevents The twentyfirst day of June is the longest day a the year in that the sun has reached the full tent the limit of its diurnal journey upward Th twentyfirst day of December or six months calen dar time later is the shortest day of the year in that the sun has reached the full extent or the limit of its diurnal journey downward On the date given in December it has reached the winter solstice If a god was born of a virgin bepause the sun has reached the winter solstice then it ought to follow that a devil was born of a virgin because the sun has reached the summer solstice To this consentsNow let us analyze the term solstice The first part of the word Sol simply means Sun The second part II stice means toII stand In other words solstice means Sun Stand On the tent first day of December the sun being then in the winter solstice stands still practically for three days including the twentyfourth day of December The next day or the twentyfifth day of December the sun leaves the winter solstice and emerging therefrom recommences his journey up ward again and from that moment the days begin to gradually lengthen The solstice is simply an imaginary line and is made by the peculiar con junction of the earth with the sun at that time This leaving the winter solstice is the actual birth of the sungod and it is the occasion of solar builtdevent which they have stolen from the sun wor shippers of bygone ages nor is it the only circum stance taken from Pagan forms of worship incorporated into the Christian form of faith and taught as a divinely revealed truth to the ignorant idea permeating the minds of the ancients in their worship of the sun was that as the great giver of light and life on the earth it was not to leave them During the winter months saw the circle it describes in its daily pass1gt from the east to the west growing less and less falling lower and lower upon the southern horizon Fear ful that it might go down and not return they prayed to it sang praises to it and beseeched it not to depart When on the fourth day after entering upon the winter solstice they saw it begin to rise upward again they gave to a general feasting and rejoicing for they now knew the earth yields forth abundance and plenty This is the origin pf the Christmas celebration This is why Christians use the days as a day of feasting of jolification and praise It is made the glorious harbinger ofa re turning springtime with its buds and sweet scented of the most important features in connection y xifi f rr with the fiction built up by the Christian world around the sunfestival is the fact that we are told shepherds were watching their flocks bj night on the plains of Judea at this season of the year It was a physical impossibility The rigor our winters of that section of the country did not permit the sheep raisers to keep their flocks out on- the plains at such a season and many of the most eminent authorities now admit that if shepherds were actually watching their flocks during the night upon which Christ is said to have been born he must have been born at an earlier day in the year and could not have been born on the twenty fiftlr day of December As a matter of fact his birth has been fixed at several different days and this disagreement this confusion of data renders the notion of a mim god being born on that day abortiveLet suffice that when Christians with sanctified countenance indulge in religious celebrations oi the day they are simply imitating their barbarous and ignorant ancestors of centuries ago After all there was more real worship in the obeisance made to the sun for its existence is actual and positive than there can possibly be in the worohip of Christ in that his existence is imaginative a fiction a gigantic myth AS TO RIGHTS AND QUALITIES- The Blade heartily approves of being honestly criticised by its real friends Sometimes a criticism is made half in jest half in truth and sincerity and we are at a loss how to take it or make a replyIn this issue will be found a criticism made upon a recent Blade editorial by C A Byrd who takes us to task for attempting to differ with Paine and his associates anent the political doctrine enunciated by them regarding all men being created or born free and equal It will doubt less be read with interest as it deserves and from mayIOur critic does not approve of the position we assume on this very important question but we have nothing to retract The very fact that we are correct is borne out by the criticism made in that Mr Byrd was very evidently born our superior for he can see things which we cannot see In the first place we cannot see that men were ever created but our perception is that we all came into the world the same old way hence Paine and his associates were certainly in error in assuming that thde ed in by Paine Assuming man a specially created being there might be some ground for the criticism Adhering to the notion that man is a product of groundd of nature is an in finite diversity in character conformation and tem perament No two brains are alike No two men can think alike No two men can view the same o et alike n enmH ita diversity lie rp e there can be no equality as equality must imply an infinite sameness Our discussion sin ply referred to the inherent qualities and capabilities of men not to their rights When it comes to rights every man is on the ground spiritualeven kings etc hence this question is not pertinent or germane to the proposition under consideration The Blade does not admit that any man was en dowed by any creator with anything The mere fact of a man being born into the world confers upon him and invests him with the particular rights mentioned by Mr Byrd That these rights are inalienable none will dispute It has been con tended that man surrenders some of these rights as a member of society but the Blade contends that he surrenders nothing and that as a member of society there should come to him an extension of those rights rather than a abridgement Rights and qualities are essentially different They have no relation to each other Some men possess and dis play greater talent and genius than others Edison was born with a superior bent for electrical genius but Walt Whitman was his superior in the world of literature and Ingersoll the superior of both in all there is no quarrel between Mr Byrd and the Blade in the matter of human rights It appears that he has simply misunderstood and mis applied the bent of our thoughts DONT NEGLECT THE BOYS Did it ever occur to you that a boy who is looked upon as irremediably bad may become a remarkably good man f How many of us actually know our own chil dren Have we not frequently heard men say how different they might have been if they had only been given half a chance when a boy f Is not the boy the foundation of the man f To produce good men we must look after the boys and let us not pass too lightly over the boy who is said to be incorrigible It may be that he is incorrigible only because he is a boy of such bouy ant life and such tremendous energy that both parent and teacher is without the ability to reduce him to common terms The boy may laugh to scorn at the rules laid down for himand yet have with in him the potency of a great man While a boy he may refuse to run in the same mold that holds all the other tallow candles Here is a pointer to begin with for it shows the boy has individuality which cannot be quenched From week to week as he grows older it may be reported concerning him that he is beyond the control of his teacher and it may be that it is because h eis more human power than this teacher Rightly trained that boy may be the very one who will in later years become a leader in momentuous politi fLIU fr I cal battles superintend gigantic commercial enterIprises build or manage railroads and otherwise distinguish himself Improperly trained the boyImay become n criminal or he may turn to channels if he is negelccted Dont shun him Work with him Be patient andIyour patience shall be rewarded for such boys more usually grow up into respectable people and useful public spirited citizens In other words never neglect a boy VIVE LA FRANCE The eyes of the entire ecclesiastical worldare directed upon the republic of France pro matter what the clergy may do no matter the depth of their purpose at retaliation France will come out of the crisis with political purification In the present struggle between church and state for preeminence when viewed in the light of our twentieth century enlightenment there can be but lone result and that result will be permanent fixed for all time While the clerical party in America apparently approve of a separation of church and state now that the conflict is actually raging they look on with alarm for this is the first time in the entire history of the world when with legislative power the people of any country have so completely set themselves against religious domination in their political affairs that the tables have been complete ly turned It is impossible that such a movement could take place in America for since the foundation of government church and state have been kept ourIrate and that separation still continues save for influence the church has been able to exercise upon legislation national and state through the timid ity and cowardice of our representatives In France a different system prevailed Clerical salaries were paid by the government Taxes were wrung from the people to make these payments ap propriations for which were made by the Chamber of Deputies every year Now all this is in the past The church must become subject to the law of the land or it must make its everlasting exit from France One of the most important actions was the ban ishment of Cardinal Montagnini the Papal Nuncio at Paris This functionary occupied the relation of an ambassador from the Vatican to France and was treated with all the courtesy andconsideration of a diplomat a minister plenipotentiary as the representatives of nations This was a tacit recognition of the right of the Vatican to a voice in all diplomatic affairs The banishment of the nuncio is a severance of those relations and a plain intima tion to the Pope that the people of France can and will manage their national affairs without the in tervention of the Roman heirarchy No wonder confisentita pillow le joJUiical gxeraptjpntp thflcjeri cJs this action has had its effects upon the Vati can At the beginning of this article the Blade has made use of the remark that the Frenchrepublic will receive a political purification because of the present crisis We offer it upon the authority of McFaul Bshop of Trenton New Jersey who com saysf will tervene and declare thus far shalt thou go and no farther If the only hope of the clericals to recover their lostprestige in France is dependent upon the inter vention of God then indeed is the republic safe The clergy knew and they know that we know that they know that God will no more intervene in the French crisis than he did in the San Francisco disaster or to give aid to the Christian soldiers of Russia against the pagan troops of Japan To depend on god is a folorn hope It simply means that the clergy realize more than tongue or pen can tell that the end has come To Americans no matter how religious they may affect to be the interference of church with state Even the mere suggestion of a religious hierarchy naturallyrepellantRum Romanism and Rebellion lost Blaine the Presidency and the StorerIreland episode of which the American newspapers have been filled of late is hound to react upon the party of Theodore Roosevelt in that he sought to use Ireland as- a stepping stone to win the Catholic vote through the influence of the priesthood for the Republican party His trouble was that a woman got mixed up in it and now time cat is out of the bag So while this feeling exists in America it is a difficult matter for the American clergy to comprehend the intensity of the feeling among the churches in France in this the most critical time in years when the enforcement of the laws of the French nation is being resisted by direct orders from the PopeTaking the Pope at his own words he must realize that his game is played to the end of the string in France His remark that neither persecution nor martyrdom will stop us in protecting religion our cause is Gods cause is significant of the acute situation Translate that remark into cold reason and facts it simply means that while the Pope is safely esconced in his rooms at the Vatican in Rome he would encourage a waste of human life in fancied martyrdom for an unworthty cause which fortunately for the French people is a notion long since died out Yet it is the only bolster for a weak cause that the Pope has left to use It is a bolster based upon abject ignorance Many on unworthy cause has been misnamed Gods cause to frighten timid birds from feeding upon the grains of truth now sown so thickly in every soil Nothing could be more typical of the present struggle in France to throw off the yoke and break rile entangling alliances with the church now the f J lirJi r L r growth of centuries which once threatened to strangle the state than that worldfamous sculp tured group in the Vatican known as the Laocoon Here France and her sons are represented as in the toils fighting their way to freedom of life and leg islation to a better and more ennobling era of a separation of church and state Here the Po may gaze in silent meditation for the very sen ment portrayed in that work of art is being enacted against him today In view of the press dispatches appearing fr day to day it is evident that the railings of the Qib bones the Irelands and all other church dignitaries in this or any other country will bo unable to stem the tide of religious freedom Even a protest from them may be the means of their own un doing Once freedom makes a positive move there is no knowing to what lengths it will move where it will stop or where it will breakout with renewed energy and greater force No church no combina tion of churches are powerful enough in this enlightened age to put back the hands of Freedom- clock to the time of the middle ages of priest rule and tyranny This is indeed a proud day for Libertys army Priesthood once made a monarch sit with his bare feet in the snow for three days as a penance b now the people have banshed the priesthood It a triumph complete In a new startling manner the people have risen supreme and with selfcpbwer Gods dynasty is dead It has been supplanted by a reign of people The church must nov remain subordinate to the State To even exercise a tithe of its privileges it must conform to the expressed I will of the people through legislative enactments Heretofore France could not enjoy political free dom so long as the church could dominate any potion r I of faction of the people With an absolute re ligious freedom a permanent political freedom is installed and it has remained for France Infidel France the first to abolish slavery to abolish the church the worst form of slavery the world has ever known Vive la France Your Marsellaise hymn has taken on a newer and more significant meaning and may the people of other countries take heed of the valu able lesons you are imparting today The important question is will there be armed resistance on either side or both 7 Were it not for the apparent weakness of the church as against the French Government there is small doubtbut what she would try such a conclusion In any event the French Government is prepared for any emergency and that the nations authorities are determined that there shall be no compromise no retraction we can refer to the significant state ment attributed to Premier Clemenceau ho says If the church elects to have war it Will have it but the world will bear witness that the Vatican islike a foreign power trying tp disputffctho a n thority of the French Government In this expression is to be found the key to the I w entire situation and we are Ktvet a practical dem onstration pfthe feelings French Govern ment in the premises The Vatican isaHforeign power Its interests are not the interest of Franco neither are the interets of any nat wherein i has been given afoothold No man can serve two masters No tDnn can be loyal to two opposing powers at the same time when tHeir interests con flick These were brave words by Clemenceau In them the Vatican can read its fate They are final andn conclusive There is to be no moving backward The French Government is firmly and irrevocably determined to control its internal affairs to shape to its own destinies and work out its own future in dependent of any church or creed Vive la Clemenceau Vive la France r CRUSHING BLOW FOR ORTHODOXY Did we concede even a moiety of what is recorded in the Bible about god being true we must neces sarilly admit that at the best he is but a brutal maniac Why should men create such a god and worsnij him with such frenzy and pile curse upon curse atrE his neighbor whose humanity will not permit him to even recognize such a being t Man is but a microbe lost in the immensity of nature Compared with to a grain of dust with the earth he is smaller in his relation to the universes or even the solar system to which he belongs Yet the lIe peers about him and by uncertain light Qf his feeble intelligence he reads a line or two in the Great Book of Nature puts together a few scatter ed fragments and from them builds himself a faith not which he defends with fractional fervor One of the greatest literary minds produced by in the last century the greatest in all the wide realm sin of his philosophy Herbert Spencer struck a flan Of blow at orthodoxy in his reference to his own men tal attitude concerning the Christian religion when ion but twenty years of age What he has to say is is worthy of the thoughtful consideration of everyas reader of The Blade and all others to whom it can be brought A few sentences from his autobiog raphy have been collatted and sent to this office by A A Bell with the request that we pubs lish and nmke such comments thereon as we deem suitable The paragraphs read as follow a Criticism has not yet shown me how astonishing for is the supposition that the cause from which have arisen thirty millions of suns with their at ing tendant planents took the form of man and made a bargain with Abraham to give him territory in retprn for llegiance any I had not at that time repudiated the notion of a diety who is pleased with the singing of his praises and angry with the infinitesimal beings he has made when they fail to tell him perpetually of the his greatness be It had not become manifest to me how abso lutely and immeasurably unjust it would be for It Adams disobedience which might have causeda 1Ii CL I j harsh man to discharge his servant all Adams guiltless descendants hould be damned with the exception of a relatively few who accepted the plan of salvation which the immense majority never heard of Nor had I in those days perceived the astound profoundtimyriads of his creatures made in his own arc suffering eternal torments 1mcc But though definite propositions of this kind had not arisen in me it is probable that the dim consciousness out of which they eventually emcr ed produced alienation from the established be liefs andobservances Taking the first paragraph under consideration it offers but one of the innumerable inconsistcn cies insisted upon by the orthodox Christian re ligion which are not materially improved by the more liberal and tolerant element in the Christian church For the most part the silly and absurd polyclaim that an implicit credence in the old testa ment stories is not essential to church membership or to be regarded a consistent Christian in that upisand belief is based Very few people can be found today who really believe that god he whom Her bert Spencer states made thirty millions of suns and their attendant planents who by the posses ion of such power must be greater and grander than they ever caused the sun and moon to stand still as an aid to human slaughter or entered into a compact with the devil to start an epidemic the cholera Regarding the Abrahamic episode ofits which Spencer makes a just criticism any diety possessing such small power would not be required to purchase human allegiance by land grants for every sentiment being in the universe would woe ship and praise him could he even so much as prove or demonstrate his existence and powertOf course Spencer was discussing his mental at titude towards the accepted religious beliefs and observances of the Christian world at a time whc he was not yet a man being only twenty years a age yet he speaks conclusively of an alienation which existed in his mind at that time to ripen in after years to an actual and positive intellectual hostility On the other hand there are thousands of dwarfed intellects possessed by men and women of mature mind and age today who are unable to climb to the heights of mentality attained by Spencer at that early age in his life As this reo markable mind grew and developed it widened out until it became a source of constant fear to the ec clesiastics who have made innumerable futile at tempts to upset his reasonings and philosophyr The second paragraph above quoted is even more a caustically critical than the other It contains the whole sum and substance of the attitude of Free thinker toward orthodoxyIf somewhere be yond the clouds or inany place there exists p Omnipotent Allwise being who made the universe and rules it he cannot find much pleasure in thel tconstant singing of psalms the reading of prnye by rote to beating of drums and cymbols and toot ing on a trombone If he is great his greatness known to him and he is not in need of fulsome anti idiotic flattery by being told that he is great and may continue to be great There is a certain ele of modesty combined with true greatness Dignity belongs only to the fool True genius is ever modest while the most dignified thing known man is an ass When a man insists upon standtl ing upon his dignity he has little else to stand on worth talking about When Christians insist that the god they worship is pleased flattered and made happier or feels better when some pore to mizzuble wurm tells him in hymn psalm or prayer that he is the only tin can in the alley they be little and degrade him below the level of the brute as world These two paragraphs from Spencer constitute the handwriting upon the wall for all orthodox creeds They are the Alpha of their Omega They undermine the very foundations of the church and tits abortive any attempt at an answer They cannot be successfully answered All the argu ment worthy of attention is there In the third and fourth paragraphs may be found food for thought which is bound to unleaven andS e the citadels of faith All Freethinkers reject theory of the punishment of the entire human of family because of the simple act of disobedience all said to have taken place in the garden of Eden Admitting that Adam did disobey god his act did merit eternal punishment even for himself much less to all underneath posterity who could nowise be held responsible for Adams alleged Christians do not consider well the meaning no eternal punishment It is fearful enough to con template that one must be punished in such a fl1shot even for an hour but to deny any hope of escape It monstrous cruel and unjust It is such doctrines these that have driven thouands from the church deandchurch will never be able to overcome until it abandons its present credal forms and accepts the mple tenets of the one true and great religion of humanity Could the church be brought to such was mental attitude it would cease to be Christian the to remain Christian is to be antihuman The world of literature today is gradually drift toward the Spencerian attitude of belief Hu man perceptions and conceptions have taken too and firm a hold upon both fiction and fact to portend great future for the church Humanizing inan fluences are steadily working in every directionIf tohumanityuniverse and every act private or public shall guidedand motived by human considerations alone for the establishment of purely human ideals means death to the gods and a renewed life to man the 1 t j s ciJJ COMMENT ON- CURRENT EVENTS What a Departure From Orthodoxy leWhen Dr Wilson Can Be Allowed ChurcheBY WILLIAM COOPER ofgWilson of Cincinnati was going give i lecture In the Vine Street gregatlonal Church of that city I thought myself of the first time Martin Luthers noted hymn viz Great God what do I se6 and hear I also began to realize that the world does move and I Imagine If ti doctor could be allowed to run ti fastwa sign of the times and the tipThose who have had a good strong dose of religious sentiment rubbed to thlr craniums from early childhood till early manhood let us look ba and realize how much brighter would have been for us how the cramped mind and energies were never allowed the natural growth of a reasonable being of either sex Wu It not our own Col Robert In piacheof d n same way S all the more cheering for us of fogies who have realized this fact to fu 1to find that Indeed the world does move In the same number men Honed above I read a very nice Jett from charming Severance who writ rom the woolly west regarding hl views on Dr Wilsons Rome Book and he pays a well deserved tributfe a or comments on what the doctor said r gardlng Napoleon Bonaparte Regarding this great man who made history at such a speed when he was alive I may say I have read hl life by his noted Secretary Bourrienne another by Montgomery Gibbs while his private life has been very inter estlng to me written by his noted premier valet Constant the lattter l three volumes While I am now de vourlng hla life as written by Dr Bar OMeara his medical adviser and man chosen by Bonaparte himself to attend his physical wants and well being This latter is in two volumes 8ttdS Intensely Interesting aa the iew s olti1i1Aatliiaiiwereglvenb- filmset y and When the active life he aa emperor was transformed Into HelenarsThe bitter pill of Waterloo is easily Boasr Napoleon Bonaparte which of course happened before he was incarcerated on the Island and by that of OMearas which is so noticeable in the two ac counts I allude to his sentiments re gardlng England which by his secre wording Is very far from friendly while OMearas book with the venom of his last battle still rang ling in his heart was full of Invective But this Is a digression my point is say that Dr Wilson has written correctly where he speaks of Napo a leon Bonaparte in the way he does many of Bonapartes ideas on be ing carried out today and are well worthy of being Imitated by any old country steeped In old ideas The views of the Corsican are being carried out today in the big turnover Roman Catholics are having In France for on page 114 volume of OMearas book the words occur Moreover I wanted to establish an universal liberty of conscience My n was to have no predominant religion but to allow perfect liberty conscience and of thought to make men equal wnether Protestants Catholics Mahommedans Deltists or others so that their religion should have no Influence In getting them em to ployments under government In fact that it should neither be the means of serving or of injuring them and that objection should be made to a mans getting a situation on the score religion provided he were fit for in other respects I made ever thing independent of religion All the tribunals were so Marriages were In pendent of the priests even the burying grounds were not left at their disposal as they could not refuse terment to the body of any person of whatsoever religion My Intention to render everything belonging to state and the constitution purely civil and Independent of any religion wished to prep rive the priests of all Influence and power in civil affairs to oblige them to confine them selves to their own spiritual matters meddle with nothing else Dr OMeara here asked Bonaparte uncles and nieces had not the rightImarry In France yes said ile but with special permission OMeara asked the special perm Is ston were to be granted by the Pupa By the pope said he no catching OMeara by the ear which was a custom if his I tell you that neither pope nor any of the priests had 1117L power to grant anythingby the sov ereign Again on page 115 of same volume In reply to OMearas question If would ever have permitted the r establishment of the Jesuits in France Never said he It Is the most dangerous of societies and ha done more mischief than all th others No no I would never have allowed a society to have existed tn my dominions tinker the orders of tactNo I quotatotimebe onofe way can excused for Just one other question He was telling OMeara of a case of an attempt to wasecelebratersome 1eThe assassin was arrested and con fessed that he saw the emperor while the host was being elevated looking very Intently at the fine women but somehow the plot did not work and offeThe incident shows that Napoleon had an eye leaning towards what was pleasant to contemplate and is just the same that would happen today by most men of genius and even by some parsons even In a church as In the- o case of Napoleon- d HOW GOD DOES HISeSUBJECTe Pertinent Comment On the Sad Fate ToeDeath While Kneeling In Prayer- e BY E H BURNHAM Apropos to the story that has ap peared In the papers lately and which was retold and commented on in then Blade recently of the woman who fell over her husbands feet willle he knelt in prayer breaking her neck and In jurlng her infant child comes this from a Pennsylvania paper Burned to Death as She As she knelt in prayer Mrs Elizat both Miller aged 87 years of Donegal township Pa was burned to a crltrp Her clothing caught fire from an open grate near her bed To the working Freethinker these two cases may have no especial slg nlficance for the accident might have occurred while engaged In any other way For instance the man might have been hunting the elusive button and making use of collarI guage In such cases made and vlded or he might have been proIdown the carpet and hit the nail with the usual sulphurous re marks foci oh listen the awful but just jpdgment of it for to the flyers one of three courses are alwaysI assigned for any accidental happening viz Punishment for sins committed solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come or it is intended to teach a lesson b Were these two devout people pun = ished If so for what For kneeling humbly at the throne of grace and doing just what the ghoul book tells them to do Of what were they warned Perhaps in the course of otter f events we may be able to pick up something and say to the ones left living the friends of the dead I told you so If to teach a lesson what lesson The only one I can draw from the two happenings Is that Ills dangerous- to pray unless you hire some one to stand guard to keep off the judgment- of the one you pray to Or perhaps teach us to follow directions more closely see Matt chapter verse but thou when thou prayest enter into tits closet and when thou hast shut thy door pray to thy father which is in secret WAR WatchCosJohn C Dueber of the Hampden competltorae forcethem emsnoteHe promptly meets all reductions male by the older companies until below23 jeweled Spl Ry J2G New Ry 23 Jwls J20 John Hancock 21 jewels f1660 or Dueber W Co 21 Jewels only 15 Above all In silver ine screw case prepaid In 20year goldfilled case more Every watch new from factory and guaran teed to pass Ry Inspectors The 17 jeweled nampden adjusted 17 jeweled not adjusted J7 15 jeweled 7 jeweled 450 In 20 year goldfilled case more all prepaid with guarantee Buy nowl When this war is 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DEFENDS THE- ETERNAL ANDJ DIVINE TRUTHS Of Paine and His Associates As Ex pressed In Declaration of Inde pendence From a Recent Blade Editorial BY C A BYRD I hope you may allow me space in the Blade to enter a mild protest against your attempted refutation of the eternal and divine truths that Paine and his associates put forth In our Declaration of Independence In your issue of November ISth 1900 you have an editorial on Are Men Born Free and Equal You start out by asking two questions Was Paine right when he said that all men were born free and equal Is it possible that this famous expression In our declaration of independence is all a mistake You then proceed to knock to pieces the misquotation of the truths put forth by Paine and his as sociates in the Declaration of Inde pendence Here is what they said We hold these truths to be self evi dent that all men are created not born equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalien able rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit af happi ness that to secure these rights gov GALLEY 2 BLADE MF ernment was instituted among men deriving their just power from the consent of the governed that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends it Is the right of the people to alter dr abolish it and to institute a new government laying its foundation on such princi ples and organizing its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness Now friend Hughes Is there anything in these cardinal principles about all men being forn free and equal physi cally mentally financially or morally No not a word But on the other hand all men are created by their creator with the Inalienable right of life liberty and the right to work Is there anything wrong in these truths I fail to find a single wrongIs possible that the editor of The Blade Is willing to admit the Divine Right of Kings Queens and Emper ors to rule or that the Creator cre ated one man with a better or with l more rights to life liberty and the pur- suittkf of happiness than another man If you do find Hughes then I enter a protest with all the power of a Tom Paine or a Patrick Henry No man has had given to him by the laws of creation be that evolution nature or what not any better rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness than any other man this being a di vine law although written by Infi dels based upon the eternal principles- of justice It will stand the search light of Reason from any standpoint Now I know that Paine and his asso ciates did not get a government es tablished that guarantees to all men- the rights to life liberty and the pur suits of happiness yet that does not signify that the principle Is wrong or that such a government cannot be es tablished They did not get a Demo cratic form of government established Why did they not It is very simple to a man that understands the laws of the science of economics But at this day and time the establishment of a government that will guarantee to all men the equal rights to life liberty and the pursuits of happiness Is perfect for man Is now fast approach ing the means that will enable him to do people of the United States of America now have the inventions or instruments that enables them to es tablish a Democratic form of govern ment and not a Democratic party Paine was right friend Hughes and you are wrong I am with and for the principles that Paine put forth equal rights to life liberty and pursuits of happiness BOSTON HATES TO LOSE IT We do not believe that the ruling powers of the Andover theological sem- Inar will pay any especial attention to the suggestion of President James of the University of Illinois that the ancient divinity school go West and join his Institution other than which prompts a polite negative At least we hope not for It would not be pleas ant to think that New England might lose a fine old historical and tradlitonal landmark Yet something must be done to keep the seminary alivenot in a financial sense for it has ample endowment without cost to students The trouble Is that it is nearly perishing tram inanition caused by the lack of attendance Why this is so would require a retelling of the theological history of the latter half of the past century The question now Is what Andover jI will do Is it possible to so use the funds at its disposal as to arouse new interest and increase Its student f h i i i 4i If IrJJ body Or must it give up its beautiful location in despair and become merged Harvard or some other university We areof those who still hope that it may remain where It is and resume its importance but certainly the task Journal accomplish this Is very great toI DEFENDS MISS LANG AND SKINSSKINNER Young Lady Correspondent Takes a Blade Writer to Task For His Stand on the Matrimonial Question By Miss Tannim As one of the ladies appealed to by Skinner not to take up with Miss Langs marriage methods I am irresistibly moved to point out his errors and appeal to The Blade for Its endorsment of such a wise desirable and noteworthy procedure- I thought this admirable plan was jeyond the criticism of anyone and must commend Itself to all whon lot here comes a Skinner appropriate name to tell us It is all wrong Alas for Mr Skinner If his pre jeptires guide him no better If we want to build a structure that still stand the storms a lifetime do we not want a god foundation to start with Is any man wise to at empt the support of a family who aad all he could do to support him self alone And what of the woman who blindingly stumbles into his S she to submit on lovoof such a poor mismanaging lazy fellowwho either earns nothing or has spent it all for the gratification of self For whatever she nay have earned before marriage and womens wages are much lower than mens her business after marriage is the keeping of his home and to him only can she look for reward And then Miss Lang did not ask him to give her the 500 she required him to possess She only asked that he possess it in order to prove his ability to maintain a wife and home the wisdom of which cannot be dispu ted and if universally initiated would very quickly bring about a new era of prosperity and happiness For where is there a young man now who could not in a short time at the pres ent high wages save 600 if his life depended upon it And if his love is of the goodwearing quality that it should be will he not think the matter- a Important as if his life were at stifle and begin to eliminate his bacco and whisky bills and all man ner of healthdestroying dissipations- to wiilch he maynave been addicted and go to work with a vim that alone were a pleasure in this labor of love If he did not then he proved himself as did Miss Langs fiancee to be a something beneath the dignity of a lady to express and so utterly un worthy that she may forever be thank ful to have escaped him at the last moment If she is willing to watt for his success and h will not try to attain It can he be called a man Mr Skinner skinner says To en dorse such a rule would decrease every mans chances of getting married Not all Every man would go to work to get his 500 and incidentally keep a record of his dally expenses and Income being careful to avoid all travagant indulgences and make a record he is not ashamed to show his affianced so that if misfortune swept it away she had seen the proofs of his industry and economythe real object of the task imposed Those who really were unworthy world anyway would of course get left if such a demand were universal to be represented in tho future of this among womankind If not he would find one of his own stamp with whom to struggle through an existence which shed no happiness for them nor anyone elsean existence of doubly in creased wretchednesstheir just re ward and a warning to others There could be no test so effective in sepa rating the gold nom the dross as this for very many who now think they could not save anything would find It easy enough if a boon so great and unattainable otherwise tempted them from the little follies upon which they had wasted their money and thus their metal were proven and habits of economy and thrift were formed that would bless and prosper them all the days of their life Therefore be not alarmed Mr Skinner but go to work to meet the proposed requirements There are many more than enough girls to go around and no danger of limited chances plutocracy men spoiled by blarney or any of he direful consequences you scuggest Be a man and cease to be a Skinner The Kind We Like Grand Forks B CPleasafind closed express order for 275 tot which please advance my subscription o the Blue Grass Blade one year and forward the Rome book to my address think the Blade is much better than used to be and the advance in the priceis all right M MILLER ftTt o1 ++ I44I I4II + It I OUR LETTER BOX ii h 4I4 +h4I4I4 John iuwrcucerne iutonnaUon you seek is principally found in tue New Testatmenu io tar as the Old Testament Is concerned it does not prohibit a woman from speaKing In church or uncovering her head These Inhibitions emanated only from St iaul and you can find them as fol lows To keep her head covered in church 1 Corinthians chapter verses 3 to A woman is ordered to Keep silent in church and asit her husband lor information desired in 1 Corinthians chapter verses 31 andI 35 See also Epliesluns chapter verses 22 23 and 24 These doctrines are not given in the old testament but you might read Deuteronomy 24 chapter verses to 4 upon the sub ject of divorce A A SnowIt was a mistake of tho compositor that your ad was left out of the issue named but it is run ning now We have only read the port of the debate as given by the Arkansaw Traveler and we do not suppose that is absolutely full J M AustinThanks for your en couraging note Mrs W FarberIt is both reshing and encouraging to receive such a letter from a woman Were there more of your temperament and courage the churches would soon die a natural death Thank you Dr J B H FeenstraThe parties you mention are to be attended to in a good old orthodox fashion Keep your eye on the Blade Irvin HiattYour letter is heartily appreciated J Weatherton Mr Moore was nev er convicted of blasphemy He was tried on that charge in Lexington but dismissed He was convicted in the Federal Court for sending obscene matter through the malls which was for simply mailing tue Blade C Armory StevensYour contribu tion is warmly appreciated and we trust to have something further from your pen You are to be congratulated on our reply to the endless prayer chain Ella P HuntYour opinion of the Blade sQirbefterrif cangarthe means but your kindly expressions are none the less encouraging appre dative M Miller It is our aim to make the Blade still better If we can get the are none the less encouraging and means but your kindly expressionb appreciatedE Although we had previously used toe clipping you send yet wo appreciate 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Fargo Okla Seeing In your last paper that 4000 copies of Capt Hen- rys funeral address Is to be given away I now write for some Mr N F Griswold is doing a splendid act in having so many printed for free dis trlbution I hope his example will be followed by others who are able to do as much- I like the way you are publishing the Blade and your editorials suit me just to a dot Your sticks at plutoc racy the capitatllstlc wage slavery system is timely and just No un prejudico freethought editor should hesitate to speak out against this twin evil of the cnurch Christianity and plutocracy have ever gone hand in hand One could not live without the other I do not see how any Free thinker can staud against one and not be against the othpr In what history I have read i uo not snow of an In stance where one of these evils was destroyed but what the other went soon The chuch looks to the capitalists for their big donations ant support and the capitalists In return looks to the church for to keep peoples attention skywards so they can more easily put there hands into the peoples the dear people pocket and rob them of their earthly belong ings hence the Rockefeller churches all over the land Capitalists buy our legislators and congressmen and judges In other words make the law and oppress the people then the people complain and cry of Injustice and suffering then the clergy tells them it is a gods pun ishment sent upon hem and that they must bear their burden and sacrifice and great will bo their reward in the hereafter lof wind I suppose and there you have the trick complete And yet there comes a wail from a socalled Liberalist Howard who says ho dont like the way you express yourself politically Too bad I sup pose he has a dozen or two wage slaves working for him whom ho pects to get rich and ho is afraid It they should suddenly become aware of the fact that they are only getting a part of there labors product they migh want all they produce for once and that would knock his little old speculations all to Hades He is no llberalist for liberalists stand against slavery and bossism in all forms Men tally morally physically and financi ally Dig it to him He needs it Send him to Rome He has missed his crowd Your answer was K Well- I will have to break this off I didnt Intend to write you so much but got started and had to tell you how I felt You know my position now Let the good work go on enough IRVIN HIATT Wants Information Saguache Colorado When Mr C C Moore was alive he used to quote every once In a while in the Blade those passages of the old and new tes tament wherein women were forbidden to speak in public or to uncover their heads in public and also ordered toI take council of their husbands etc etc I want to use them but It would take too long o hunt them up besides- I have no Bible You of course have them all at your tonkues end I want them all with verse and chapter and also want to know If there Is any place in the old and new testament where it says a woman ever went to heaven Send those all to me soon Mr Moore used to keep fit the paper Mr Ingersois tirade against liquor I think if you would get up the verses I ask for above and print them in your paper a few times they would do good for when women get to ranting in favor of the church one could have one of those slips cut out and give it to them to read for women would read those slips and hunt them up in the Bible who would not look at the paper your paper at all I send 5i nark my tag for your paper up twoI years at 150 per year as that It isI cheap enough Take 100 for the Moore Book when out and take 100 to pay you for the verses above asked for and wishing you success JOHN LAWRENCE That Oklahoma Debate Llnevllle lowa1 am much obliged for the attention you gave the Snow Wilkinson debate in the last Blade have Instructed Mizzles to mail you rr youInumber but possibly the pamphlet is not quite out anyway but be sure and commence It next week Shaw will review the debate after receiving it he says- I was also glad to see you print the article regarding the crossing of the hog and sheep Isurely should have used taat on W had I been in possession of it at the time of our debate I showed that beyond all controversy that varieties were formed by what we call evolution that the only difference between species and varieties is in degree species are varltles grown tall they being to each other as twigs of trees are to the branches as creeks are to rivers that the classlflcalon of species commences Just where that of varieties leaves off and that there is no other distinction between them Wilkinson said I was ignorant not ing able to tell tile difference between varieties and species and he said they were varieties when they would remain fertife after crossing other they were species But I made it so hot for uim that he partly surrendered his distinction and In his last speech when I had no opportunity to reply he said he only taken that position as suggestive Since then a friend who uad read the debate it was published- in the Arkansaw Traveler sent me the copy of the Gazette containing the article on the crossing of the hog and sheep Another fact I have como in possession of that would have knocked Wilkinsons distinction end ways viz First The Shorthorn cow and American Buffalo will cross remaining fertile but for one generation There tore being of different species Second The Galiway Cow when crossed with the buffalo will remain perpetually fertile therefore according to W long to the same species as the buffo lo But third the Gurnsey and the Shorthorn when crossed remain fertile and therefore are of the same species So according to W the Shorthorns both are and are not at the same time of the same species as the buffalo A A SNOW ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD But Foolish Believers Will Rush In and Try To Crack Some of Theological Nuts Given Ill Former Issue BY W A ROSE In your issue of December 9 I no tice you gave Christians fortyseven nuts to crack and as I ama Christian I concluded to crack some of them at least I am not a Christian fanatic but I believe the revelation of God and angels Ido not believe that a man can occupy two realms at the same time that Is he cannot live abstract from the body either In heaven or In a take burning with liquid fire For proof of this I will call your at tention to Ecclesiastics and All things are alike to all There is one event to the righteous and to the wicked to the good and to the clean and to the unclean to Him that sacri flcctht and to him that sacrlficeth not as is the good so Is the sin and he that snareth as lie that feareth an 95 for the living know that they shall die but the dead know not anything neither have they any more reward for the memory of them are forgotten So we find of these nutts there Is no difference to the life or death of either saint or sinner as they Ire both brought to the grave and shall remain In the tomb Yet we are taught there shall be d resurrection of the dead both of the just and of the unjust Acts 2415 While the saints are raised to Immortal life the wicked will be raised to punishment Question No1 Would endless punishment be for the gocd of any human being- I presume everlasting conscious punishment Is meant by this first question and as there are numerous other questions relative to the same things I will just touch them to same time and spaco- Everlasting conscious punishment Is not a Bible doctrine It has its gin in paganism and Introduced into the Christian church Though pagan influences of God could or would pun- Ish millions In hell forever he would not be a God of justice and mercy but if they are slated to go down in the second death len justice or law is satisfied He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death Rev 211 For the wages of sin is death hut the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord Romans 623 I will burn them up salth the Lord of hosts that It shall leave them n ther root or branch Question No 3If God lovs his friends if ho loves his enemies also are not all mankind objects of his aveAnswerHe proved his love to men or for all men bysacriflaing his h j ift ir son Jesus Christ into tho world to re store that which was lost It Adam Question 8If God hates his enemies now will he not always hate themAnswerlie will hate them until divine Justice is satisfied Question 9Would It be just in God to bo kind to all men in a future state AnswerThere will be but one class represented in a future state and that class God is bound to love as they will behis Jewels redeemed from the earthsQuestion 12Does divine justice rev t quire tr infliction of from which choose mercy men recallsIgoodnessAnswerEach law is established and If mankind will not obeyand fall In tho second death Gods goodness Is not diminished Question No 16Did God desire universal salvation when ho created manAnswerThat was the original In tent and had not the paradlclal law been violated the original scheme up rQuestion Question No 17Can God will any thing contrary to his knowledge Answer He made man a free will agent by placing a law before him and by this divine law he became responsible Question No 19If he did not know all things at the creation Is ha infinity In The whole scheme of human redemption was concocted perhaps before mans formation or fall therefore his Infinite power was not at all dimlijished Question No 20If God made an endless hell did he do so for the press purpose of burning man in Itl AnswerThere Is no sacred or pnifane history that reavels to us The fact that God ver created such a place The grave is frequently called hellQuestion No 21If an angel became a devil by sinning was Adam the origi nal sinners AnswerThe whole question is con cerning manIf Adam fell through the Introduction of sin and death he alone was responsloie as we areto day Question No 23It men arb totally depraved must not children be so also AnswerSin is not imparted to Iiofin Question No 25ls it the revealed will of God that all men should be r savedAnswerYes all that will may t tQuestiontue to charge a good being with the most abomnlable characteristics Answer No The records do not show God to be the most stupendous fiend that ever cursed a rib no differ ence what the church says about It Question No 42Can there be any such thing as sin in heaven AnswerIf there is it will not hurt mankind for they have no promise ot going there i The editor will please excuse maJor not answering all of the questions In the column as it would require to lengthy a write up and if this does not go into the waste basket I will answer other questions that you may suggest only make them short I am indebted to Mr McCoy for the usg of his paper I will add this to the write up some of the questions cannot be answered only In Imaginary ways LEXINGTON EASTERN RY CO Summary of Time Table Effective November 18 19064fNo No Leave Arrive No1 No 3 A M P M A M P M 735 225 Lexington Ky 955 605 813 310 Winchester Ky 912 620 i 82C 325 L E June 900 507 902 400 Clov city Ky 825 910 410 Stanton Ky 815 922 420 Filson Ky 803 435I934 437 Dundee Ky 752 938 440 Campton June 748 956 457 Torrent Ky 730 1017 518 Beattyvllle June 707320 1025 526 St Helens Ky 669 311 1035 537 Tillega Ky 649 300 1043 545 Athol Ky 640 252 1110 000 Elkatawa Ky 620 230 1116 C10 O K June 616 225 1120 615 J ckson Ky 610 220 Arrive Leave Trains Nos aid dailyD Trains Nos 1 ind 2 daily except Sunday Connections Made Dally Except Sunday L K Junction Trains Nos 1 and connect wit C O for Mt Sterling Campton Junction All trains con nect with Mountain Central for Campton Beattyvlllo Junction Trains Nos and connect with the L A R R far Beattyvllle O K Junction Trains Nos and 4 connect with 0 K Ry for local stations on that line I