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I f t1 rc VPt it J j r BLUE GITA88 BLADE4-HjT ParkerVE AIM0 OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH Ashtand EastSep0 i f rVOLUME XV NUMBER 39 LEXINGTON KY JANUARY 6 190 IInrMt1rPUBLISHED WEEKLY Srso A YEAR IN ADVANCE BANNER OF THE CROSS 5 STILL WET WITH BLOOD 1PRIESTHOOD CAN TOLERATE NO CHANGE AND MUST BE BURIED IN VAST CEMETERY OF THE PAST i IMPOSSIBLE TO ESTIMATE TILE BLOOD AND TEARS IT HAS SPILLED H- OrTONCUE CAI DESCRIBE THE i J RUIN IT HAS WROUGHT iI iijftfi AD PRES8DELIVERED BEFORE BUCKEYE ilh 4K SECULAR UNION AnfcMARiET TA OHIO r yff iBYDR T J BOWLES N MR PRESIDENT antiiboitid4 something substantial to Uo com njon stock of knowledge and happy 1l4 nose Jt QeSlty bends In beauty over the rhcads of all and the earth contained ipnlts surface and withIn its bosom i that Is needed for tho fort eerythlng J and the happiness of man but t notwithstanding hjs earthly lion Is full of the means cf happiness his pit grlmage upon te earth has ever been painful and toilsome turbulent and 4 sorrowful x The birds of the air and the fish In Ii the sea live natural joyous and happy r lives and it man could have escaped the awful curse of an organized priest l hcodp all the nations on the globo w uli now be filled with happy men h menbnd happy children and rjiMea cestus of clasped handed would encircle the whole earth Js1 should lie today null w 4s tCmprraw wn fifst iceiBeter y called the past and theft ymemory shrouded In obllvlqn Man can weigh the earth on which f we live fcretell with exactness the I81r coming of eclipses and compute with r accuracy the distance to the sun moon T and stars but alf the mathematicians SMH U6 world can not estimate the ocean of tears and blood that the priesthood has wrung from the un1 rt numbered millions of the human race jrrr There is no tongue nor pen that can taembody in speech the ruin it baa t jvrojgat the countries It tins wrecked and the lives it has blasted i 1fit A simple enumeration of the crimes committed by the priesthood against immunity would fill a volume a thou 1sand times larger than the book of filth and fables from which they de rive their authority to rule and enslave mankind With fiendish atrocity and malignity nearly all of the great men and noble v women as fast as they appeared In the world have been put to death and every book containing any useful S formation has been consumedVln re ilentlesa fiames kindled by the priest i5 hcodt rePj Every nation of the earth ias bean cursed by this hideous monster and ivtair of Europe converted Into a swim Iftfng Golgotha of blood whole history of the priahcod fraln Constantine the monster and F John Calvin the murderer down to this moment is blood curdling and full of unspeakable sorrow and agony for the whole human family The worst tyranny that has ever opt pressed tie toiling men and women of p this earth awns perpetrated by the 4 priesthood in tho name of the Chris tah God tIFlve millions lost their lives in the rjrueads one million of your fellow J men were murdered by the priesthood Vlnthelr war against the Arlan bereto fore one million in the mart hunt against the Albigenses Huguenots Waldenses and the Netherland insur gents three million of your fellow- mn were murdered by too holy inqul y sltlon nine million were put to death for witchcraft twelve million natives of the new world were slaughtered through the fiendish fanaticism and tj hellish bate of tho pious priesthood who wielded the sword of Christ 1 rThe joyo afe6t1v or the pagans ifwfco celebrated the twentyflfKi day of IItcber M thee return of the sun f birtfc of tKo new yerhas been jBtolen by the priesthood perverted Mdprc tltiUed aa the birthday of one wfhoij reilrtoa bas turned fair coin Jtrie irto daaerU retarded learning j e rr jiri yopposedphilosb pliers debauched women tbrtured the helpless sfl1Qtht red tae Ihuccent and drenched the earth with human blood and today the priest ridden nations ot the earth stand ready with murderous weapons to beat back the army of progress extinguish the torcii of rea son and remand the whole human family lnU flee dark night and slavery of the liflddlo ages unspeakablyinfamous has Lu unbliisfilng to claim that it is a mildpeaceful and bene flcient Institution It Is true tht the rack and wheel Uo leaden balls and the barbed hooks the knout and the vino the stake and the fagot have been reluctantly laid aside under the ulghty pressure of the Ies and lute Ingersblls but there Is still one kind of tdrture that the priesthood is Jm constantly inflicting upon all good iqen and alt good women who hate berii emancipated from urtt3tly uifliidLihtTnJ ajegl a iyasaover bleelllng viclit a e spirit ot assassination i Uecomerhereditary to them anal thfey are now engaged In ihaplneaswomen who refuse to subscribe to senselesrcreedsThey l men and mor a women wh deny the divinity cf their religion and constantly seek to place them under a social ban and close all imnues Lgalnst Uelr ad vancement and preferment They pack political conventions for the purpose cf nomlnatlngjhypocrltes tyltlonment of school teachers alid against all aspirants for place and position who are Imbued with the sacred love of rationalism- In every neighborhood hamlet vil lags and city In Christendom this method of torture is constantly practiced today the priesthood and thousands of good grand women are lining a menid tterness and scrrow that la death deathbyDuring all this midnight1 darkness teat hung iikd a funeral pallover thla beautiful earth for fifteen hundred years great sculs grand men and noble women have arisen and sacrificed heir lives in heroic struggles to rid the world of this hideous and heart less monster Among this Immortal number of eroea the while human race owes an Infinite MlcUtcf gratitude to the im mortal Thi nuts Paine and his lllustrl Qua conypeer Thomas Jefferson Previous tt their day hope and hap plnoss lied from the earth pro- virus toitholf day Uo whole world was In challis previous to their day the nicnstrcfas Jehovah and the heartless prteati icil hall their fiendish grip on the throat of humanity poverty and rags filth aril vermin war pestilence famine tears and sorrow were the Cimnyju heritage of the whole human familyrnfhlsproldnlEht darkness that hung like a funeral pill over all the earth they placed a star of hope In the sky and gava to the world a government cf the people by tie people and for the pool e T ISJ ihrvelcus victory for the toll lug mill ons tf the earth won by lneapd Jefferson over the priests cfAChrlftendom left the smouldering Ares et hate and revenge In their hearts ind for i hundred years they have Len plotting and organizing lr forces to destroy the republic ot t rrA 3t tbk dlhvnjur 1nlblood in the world they hate It because it Is the only gag on earth that divorcee religion and government they hate it because it was placed In the sky by three of the most Illustrious Rational fists Lat over lived in Ue world Paine Jefferson and Franklin They hate It because It has extract ed the tooth of the orthodox tiger ami removed the fangs of the orthodox serpent they hate this glorious gov orient because its matchless constitu tion inspired by Rationalists gives to every man and every woman the right accordingtotkey Kato it because it has abolished the instruments of priestly torture Ijfiejjfhafe it because it robs them qf lPg er and will In time compel them ty eats an honest livelihood Whoever persuades himself to be hove that orthodox priests will ever become reconciled to a free government like ours has read history with no profit for by an Irreversible and unrepeatable law an orthodox priest Is precisely the same toda that he was In the days of Constantine pro cisely the same today Uat he was in the days of St Cyril the Alexandrian bishop who killed with stones and when Servetus was bUrned to death over a slow fire by the Infamous John Calvin the founder of tho Presbyter rlan church He Is precisely the same as he was In the days of the immortal Bruno whose body was burned to ashes for enlarging rue boundary of knowledge the orthodox pi st Is precisely tho same today that he Was In the days of Copernicus and Galileo whose Iableand holcannot n witifout ceaslag- to ben priestanYmore ham tIt Et iofiiau can change hiss skih cr KS leopard iIs Suits- Theorthodox priest Ibhgsand prays and plots and conspires for the establishment of the kingdom cf Jehovan upon earth officered from constable up to president by priests and pre lates and I shudder when reflect that the twentieth century has dawn ed upon tho human race still bound in Ji3 fetters fcrged by a heartless prll ithcod Tjwre lives now upon twe face tf the earth sixteen hundred millions oi human beings and out of this whole vast and inconceivable total only eighty millions enjoy the blessing of liberty leaving more than ninety per cent of the human family still groan ing under the cruel and galling yoke of priestly tyranny In Russia alone with Its Siberian Hell there live one hundred raillfoas of men women and children who have no solace no comfort no liberty no consolation except tat which springs from the hope of death the priests own every thing animate and inani mato the bodies and the souls of men In the beautiful and historic land cf Spain blessed by nature above all countries cf the earth find once the happy home of a magnificent Moorish civilization there lives thirty millions of human beings cursed with tie blig t of the priesthood and tho roll dew of the Inquisition whtso dark shadows blot cut every star of hopt and fill the land with sonvw ant desolationIIn the occident and In the orient in North and in South America the priest cod still has its bloody hands upci the whtc throat of Ue goddess of llh erty every where Except In the lam Columbia and In the country o Washington every where except the United States of America whlcl holds within its bread domain eighty millions of people Our country Is the only sp t oi earth where liberty can hope to con quer tho priesthood wlta tho heart o a fiend and with the Instincts of liberty around the globe and deluge the earth VrJth tears and bleed Wo are the only people in all th world that have rescued the gcddess wild beast the priesthood have hunt of liberty from the fiendish clutch f eir bloodstained lands and for this Infinite blessing let the whole rejoice and give thanks to that IlluItrlcus and Immortal trinity cf deities Paine Jefferson and tContinued on Page Four f f WOMAN WORKrOf Redeeming Herself From the Slavery of Superstition and Igno rance and Issues An noUncement of Their New Plan STRONG PLEA MADE BY THE GODKILLERS BY TERESA GESNER Late Secretary Schrenberg of the Romans International Study Club headquarters has to report several most Interesting letters from men no women In all of these there seems to liberalDOIsm a missionary work i e liberals make an all inclusive showing of the fallacies of the orthodox foundation of morality and lay it in the path of church people Among the best of iheso suggestions are some from W F Jamison oJiichlgan and Mr Sutton t New York but the brothers donot i8ttat until women see a better proroomjjun and old and the easy sale of Jinans virtue that their devotion to t eeriest and minister will continue tu express as now in f500 per minute Strraons against the honest but mis brothersvyA the brothers have nbt stuck t the point We wanted to kill god because he was the author of womans Uanatural position In human society disinheritanceandilon ialso by god as regards creation herJrelynunre sting nonreasoiilng Incubator tesand soldiers So with kind tryJn IC4wJfIlra rLailr in 9 eel J eta the 6plghtestand roast earnest knowering Rationalists out of believ- Everything must grow If it rjws at all by use expression not by neverttillpresent way as well as how to get operation To have the methods we have thee have tho courage to handle hree of the factors l which the ers have not and we have also I Socialists such a complete un andlng of the reason why woman i silly tool of the priestand mln that se is that we have an un ad love for all women which Is sure more than the brothers 3t We ktauw what made the Lich a fool and we know how er leave her folly The onotso Instead of helping their onesided work MIers down the old house with no In view we ask tiiem to ac thanks for good Inten us for plain speaking ntCorgtve ask them send our an the brightest church 8 improvenlit creatlon of scientific free think from ilupes to Brparstltlon le want real work doing and wo lmit aking part Lecturing and book wantjl e social sciences for them and a55fckahi will woman leave the con jo Jltunl and become what she was In HIve society the natural guardian lie home and tue human Intellect y asserting and taking her natural Is that were taken from her as we a o said by god In the whey hand Jfj Capitalism hanl lug tVe Blade now and all the ral brolhors and sisters for their c5 peratlon In helping us to pupils in ouj new alUruistlc work we submit announcement of the taking up of scKocl PRIVATE SCHOOL IN SCIENCE 2FOR WOMEN ONLY SocialPityhe Scientific Social Purity Assocla tlj an new organization of women led for tUe purpose cf stlEmgthening social love among HLcn regardless of sect class or nationnllty wants pupils None women Interested Jpi the better it of the race are desired and none c x II f who are afraid or unwilling to take a course of simple lessons In material istic and social science are wanted The objects of tho association is such education of women that she will come the saviour of ttefnatlons by tak fag scientific means forfprotecilng the homes t f p The association already has mem bers from many states in the union and will begin a Teat cooperative school In the month of February send fag out questions on scientific matters and referring to books Lat will gin the light needed Education of women and maidens In all that women should know for self and child protec tion will be taken up and bold stroke made for the right of womanhood to know how to protect the rights of only earnest women who care for social protection for children from the fates so terrible that Ignor ance digs for them will be interested We have at last a scientific means for securing this Inherent right without any appeals to congress or demands to any class or faction Ve Have a Home Printing Press and we can afford two cent stamps until our wort In its purity and power makes far Itself an opening In the pages of th press Send 20 cents In stamps for complete mlmecgraplilc outline ot what we shall do how we shall do It and the first outline lesson which will he carefully arranged cooperatively by the headquarters of the organiza ten which gives its time free to buildup the better plan of education in the vital Uings of human life Again we repeat only women who can think who are not afraid of an Idea who believe knowledge better than Ignorance who want to learn how ti think better and are Interested in tthe betterment of the human race by other than political warfare will be interested while all who are really brave and true will leave all efforts thoy have listed for expenditure of energy and lift with the women woo go to the rootgjJlJkiBgB and whoshav eho tis ex uslie- 1hl on enre ac g rtary MRS TERE 1ER 1924 West 21st St Los Angelei Cal WHY NOT PERSONIFY GOD AS WOMAN Remarkable Utterance By Bernard Shaw Playwright In a Lecture On Nececsary Repars To Religion American newspapers have recently published under a London date line several eplgramatical remarks made by Bernard Shaw the well known au thor and playwright In a lecture which he delivered In that city whlc strike a serious body blow to orthodox ellglcn and should net as an eye opener to the ladies The Idea of personifying God In the masculine gender Is an evidence that he was made by made Had woman made him he would have been a she and without doubt a more humane God Sliaw dwells at length on this subject and seme of his most effective figures cf speech are as follows l am exceptionally clever but ver few understand wherein my clever ness exists Until we get rid of the Bible In tha sense In which we have spoken of It for three hundred years religion in England will be impossible There is no established rellgon on earth today In which an intelligent and educated man can believe Many people who say they believe n God do so because they think that otherwise He would strike them dead This is abominable Idolatry If Christ had died In a country house worth five thousand a year jverythlng He said would be lust as true as if Ho had been crucified If God isso powerful why is the world such ahorrible place We could not think of God as eter nal If in our minds He was an elderly gentleman nicely dressed as painted by Michael Angelo- If wo want to personify Him why not personify Him as a woman Anoter thing to remember about Gcd is that He made mistakes Only after many trials He produced a man who though only a makeshift was at his best rather a wonderful creature never talked disrespectfully of religion but my mission is to tell the people of the rubbish that chokes re iglonr1 v Walkup If you like the Blade we woud be glad to count you one of the family j y TTRO0P8t J ti lyP FACE ROMAN CROWDt Anti Vatican Demonstration at ltallar rCapital Send Sympathy To France Amid Cries of Approval tof Separation Law CHRISTIANITY ASSAILED AT ITS VERY DOORS The following startling information which will be read with interest by every American Freethinker comes In the nature of a dispatch from Rljme tad tells its own story Comm 1bas made In our editorial column ItrDec Thousands of domIonstrators friendly to Franco and antiVatican tendencies gathered oflnight In the piazza adjoining the r nese Palace the seat of the French embassy In an endeavor to express t j JwarThe whole garrison of Rome was iiemployed to face the demonstrators and protect the Vatican which was stir rounded by cavalry with the bridges leading to it barred by troops All the streets leading to the Farnese Palace were protected soldiers with fixed bayonets The demonstrators led by a dozen a radical Socialists and republican memo bers of the Chamber of Deputies In eluding Prince Gorghese after vainlydp- rodjformed into a mock procession inton lag the Miserere as an Indication of tae death of clericalism amidst the y cries of Long Live France Long Live Clemenceau and Down With he Vatican Tire demonstration occurs near thamongnient otGforti 09 p losapheq who was alivo as a result of his view llglon Deputies Costa and Defellce tr a t harangue the people but the police In JJleardBefore this mounment to Bruno of free let us JJulngagainst the motlieaten clericalism i Fresh attempts were made then toabeat back the cordon and the cavalry charged tne Demonstrators a few oftseveraland the singing of the Marseillaise the foment continued until late Into the evening A commisscn of the demonstrators was received by M BarerrethevFrench Ambassador who expressed his appreciation for the sympathy of the Roman people The Government endeavored by all means to prevent the demonstration The stand the Government Is taking Is that although Italy is friendly to France she does not wish to tallcflsides in the dispute especially when her relations with the church are bet ter now than they have boon since 1870 SEND YOUR NAME AS A MEMBER Invitation From the Secretary To Ail Freethinkers To Become Members r rOf the Materialist Associa tine The main object of the Materialist Association Is to band together all Materialists that is all who thoroughly believe there is no future lifo courage secure more cooperation In propagating Materialism and in fight ing Spiritism and encourage nature sudy scientific lectures and practical beneficial morality in place of then logical and spiritualist teachings We have no membership dus Each who secures now members comes a Secretary To securenow members ask any thinking people to read this anal answer these two gues liens Are ycu u Materialist It so will you become a member cf Mater ialist Association and make the count one more The address of every new member should be sent to me for enrollment ELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN Secretary Materialist Associalcn Box 70 Brooklyn Connr LrIIA rtr 2 1f t A f i1 J I f THE BLUE GRASS BLADE a rl t1atLextafU Xentwky Every Siut y evsdedlSM and edited by Cork Ckilto Moore up t- ofJt tt IiI 1eUa Febratr 719OC JAMES X HUGHES Editer rat Fmblli i SUBSCRIPTION RATES malt postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial loo IS cents per moatb yearFiveat f100 perI 1irtrtsoar eaeh F FADVERTISLNG RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted s will be publkked at the rate of 100 per inch per JBOBtk UleH special COl1traet when other and bet ter rates will be quoted upon application The pint era have the right to reject any and all dvertb snots offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued at tilt expiration of the term for which the 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cheerfully bear them f Small courtesies sweeten life but the greater ennobles it The first and worst of nil frauds is he who cheats himself e a a jaOur doe follow iismul what welt avef been a us what we arctr p true test of civilization is in tiYkind and GIuTracter of men a nation can produce a a j Wander where we will do what we may the clew of our destiny lies in the cradle a a a a a The truly generous is the truly wise and he who loves not others must live himself unblest a a When a man shows no inclination to learn he is very apt to imagine that he knows enough a a a a Idleness is superficial and while it may be a pret ty garment to look at it will not do for constant wear a a Laughter is the sweetest music Mother Nature has produced and we must beware of the man who dislikes the laugh of a child a a a Success nnd opportunity do not ahyis go hand in hand but a sure to miss success is to miss opportunitye It is easier to hurl tho rooted mountain from its base than toput the yoke of slavery upon men de termined to be free a a a Love is the great high priest of the religion o happiness for so long as men continue to experience the sweet ruling passion it will be impossible for them to grow depravedr a a Look back over yesterday Have we given fun encouragement where it is duo Do we know what a little encouragement can doY There is a great deal of talent lost in this world for the want of it f JAndrev Carnegie declares that an income tax a prolifia breeders of liars The Blade agrees with him So does almost every kind of a tax Even fishing exercises no small influence in that direction a a a a There is a vast difference between false prophets religious and political and substantial profits Even the UnitedStates Treasury offers to give small bills for large ones and the Blade will do it just as easy a It will be a happy day when saintly sinners will obey the scriptural injunction to don their sack cloth suits rub their noses in the sand and fail to come to the scratch when the collection is taken up a a God being the creator of all things then the gaunt specter of want and pestilence must be of hisi making Could we be god but for One day change we would make Taking Lint for what the Christian world has made him we dont blame Lucifer for raising a revolution a During the dark ages Hidebound orthodoxy pre vailed and practically every man and woman was i7i f1fti 1 4 Je rf u if church communicant Today it is paramount only in those countries where men have failed to keep alongside the Car of Progress It ia a sad collImentary upoh all rrchgIqU faiths that they only where dense jgnoranxjeprevails From this we can detect the advance hus been made wjsif fIfI When a college ol ecclesiastics gave Galileo to the jailer for saying that the world do move when Luther raised the standard of revolt and the Pu tan packed his grip there were cruel wrongs to right and we are not out of the woods yet We may have made some progress but the devil appears to have adopted Fabian tactics and has led us a wild dance through unprofitable deserts We have been shattering ethnic cults and images but religious fools have built new idols to worship a a a a FAKE EVIDENCES OF A FAKIR Truth leans upon nothing but itself and reasc that ever flaming torch needs no celestial guide Truth needs no excuse for it contains within itself power to make sufficiently manifest Falsehood is ever and always seeking corroboration and ac cepts it from every questionable source The mi tiplication table needs no supporting power The is no power in heaven or earth that can make two and two make more or less than four This fact is self evident It is compatible with all other truths arid consistent with every demonstration of science When a subject or the teachings of a cult or creed are weak doubtful and vacillating they must needs obtain some corroborative testimon some support from other and extraneous sources The Christian creed and all that it implies is no exception to this rule Its professors and those receive pay in its services are for ever searchin forging manufacturing socalled evidences thereby demonstrating its lack of credibility in the first instance If the Christian religion is true additional evidence is unnecessary for truth demands none If the Christian religion be false itmust need pounce upon every authority it can find and use it- t prop up their falling temples and fanes Recently the Blade gave publication to what purported to be a new religions discovery in the of a letter found in the library of the Lazzarit Fathers in Rome and said to have been written b one Publius Lennulus a Roman official in the day of Caesar addressed to his chief and said to cop tern the personality of Jesus It may be true thi some manuscript has been found as suggested bi lt the Blade does not hestitate to brand it as a fait and a fraud for the reason that if such a letter ha d really existed all these years it would have been des covered long before this day and age The facts that it is now u regular annual practice for ti Christian apologists to II discover some addition proof of The Christ thereby admitting th t Christ is not yet sufficiently proved and more pro f is daily grooving an actual necessity It is an act missionthat the Old and Ncw Testament with aU ten d pub concerni them pre tw can J elief hence more proof further proof addition proof and proof on the top of that must be discos ercd at frequent and regular intervals AssumHi Jhrist to be a truth for the sake of the argumerj think of what liis feelings must be to witness sill strenuous efforts being made to prove him mankind There islittle need to go outside of the allegv document in order to prove its unworthiness It m evident attempt to pass off a spurious litera effort for the purpose of trying to prove certaI portions of the gospels as true Its personal rcfc aces to Christ as a man named Jesus the mann of his habilments his physiognomy and general a earance as well as his alleged acts carry the col oboration entirely too far and destroys its vcracitj In the first place the language used in the lett is not Roman but decidedly Christian Thou names him as Jesus it still calls him II The and charges that he Hmakes the dead rise an the sick Were this true Caesar could noJ rim to punish him though he regarded hi enemy for Caesar could have made hirn ally as a preventitive against death The letter tadetosay HHe is not seen very often in public and whn he appears he carries himself modestly His ma rers are very distinguished he is even beautiful This in direct conflict with the four gospelsf the latter are to believed Christ was always in pp lic for he admitted that he had not where to l- his r head His alleged modesty is remarkable face of his conduct when he whipped the trad- Elout of the temple and is at variance with the enti ventythird chapter of St Luke Even as a your stcr he was a froward and began a discussion wi the doctors True he grew modest when confrbi ed by Pilate because he knew then he was against it and he had run his limit The farce tightened by the reference to his alleged nersoi1 beauty And he is even beautiful it saysc far as the Blade has been able to learn anythi Christ was no bute This much is learned even fr Isaiah AVe are assured that he was referring heson of Joseph and Mary when he saidH visage was more marred than any man and form than the sons of men It is a well knoi fact that the Jews according to some authoriti saw no beauty in him Rev George C NecdhaiB inbis appendix to the Bible intimates that tconsfd ered from a physical point of view Christ Wa actually a fright Neither Christy or any of if apostles so far as we can gather were calculated to adorn a fashionable pulpit or cause the hearts of the sisters to palpitate with suspicious piety When selecting a parson congregations do lot allow themteelves to be guided by the model furpli- d in the person of this alleged son of Mary E eu St Paul is said to have been so durned homely that the ladies shunned him and he got even by puttiig a timelock on their tongue jind discountenancing marriage For pure lying unadujterated gall absolute nr r j tigtti r h jfs t t Ili r r1 dacity and fraud we need but refer to the state nients thatClhe goes around barefooted and shines the sun it is impossible for anyone to look at of long in the face Every student of the scriptures knows that this is absolutely false else tho transfiguration is a lie If he already shone mte the sun how was it that in the presence of Peter James and John on the top of a mountain he could become trapsfigured so that his face did shine as the sun To transfigure means to change If a change was wrought when the transfiguration took place it follows that the face of Christ did not shine like the sun at all times and the author of thc alleged letter has carried his enchanting enterprise too far that the fake is apparent on its face Fur thqnnore it cannot be charged that after the transfiguration the face of Christ continued to shine lilt the sun In the 17th chapter of St Matthew where an account of the transfiguration is given as leged we are to assume that Christ resumed his natural visage for he there charges his attendant tottell the vision to no man until the son of man be risen from the dead The fake lettter and gos pels are so much at variance that even the most sanguine of the blind theologians will not dare to attempt a comparison Summing the entire document up as it appearc in the Blade it is really too childish too absurd to be even seriously considered Were it not for thl value of such a claim to the cause of Freethough The Blade would not have noticed it at such length When Christ and him crucified are compelled to rely upon such flimsy foundations his cause is wel1 nigh spent and is therefore becoming more harm less and imbecile than ever So far we have failed to observe any great eclat over the alleged discov cry and it will doubtless be given the cold shoulder the marble heart and an icy mitt If the evidence of Christ be proved such a monstrous fake what better can Christ be a a a a THE SORROWS OF GREAT WEALTH Pity the rich Not so mueh because of their great difficulty in obtaining a pass over the Christian main line to Come but for other and very obvious reasonsjSo far as the Christian doctrines are concerned the rich need experience hardly any fear True salvation is said to be without money and without price but onlytherich can afford front scats in the gospels ops and this should naturally entitle them to a seat close up to the throne in the heavenly hierarchy Money according to the Bible or the love of itt is the root of all evil and yet there is not a sky pilot in the country who is not hankering after a raise in salary and has his ear turped in the dirce ion of the still small voice which is expected to call him to greener fields and pastures new for a larger gob of the yellow metal or a bigger wad of tills as the case may be Like the fools in the parable they do but lick the outside of the platter clea- nimttoy ned inwardly a ball egg i Every Sunday notforthcomingness of giving Church folk are then told s more blessed to give than to receive but the parson never gives as he is solely in the receiving lushness What a sorry day for them it will be when God Almighty keeps his own bank account tad takes uphis own collection The orthodox interpretation of the scriptures nd they have to be interprets felso how could they be understood gives commendation to poverty and places a condemnation upon wealth The rich Ilre pointed to the obstacles that confront a carne lould that useful beast attempt to pass through the eye of a needle and the poverty stricken are comforted with the positive assurance that they arc destined to inherit he kingdom of heaven This is simply a crude effort at equalization and compensation It means that if the rich get all tin cream in this world and the poor have to drink skimmed milk the order will be reversed in treat hereafter and Coxeys army will be given filst place at the pie counter Lazarus sits in the rout row but Dives goes way back No wonder thcn that Carnegie and Rockefeller are making an effort to die poor by giving away the wealth that others have made for them Now you will understand why we say pity the rich Secretary Shaw of the United States Treas ury declares that most any body can make money nowadays and even keep it but we are constrained to pity the sorrows of the unfortunate billionaire who has made it his business to give money away troubles of the elder Rockefeller along this Itrllc have now passed into a song of sorrows but these are nothing to the troubles of Andrew Carnegie the most persistent giver of millions Where John D has given away probably onetenth fof one years income Andrew has gone him some better Even the sons of his native heath are now declaring that the money Andrew is giving away to Scottish institutions of learning is simply pau erizing the youth and he is now branded as a limb- and ally of Satan who is debauching the religion- f his native land Poor Andrew Pity the rich Under such conditions as these it is a case of you- vill be damned if you do and you will be damned f you dont One day the parson crjesC give insist that you are but lending to the J rdwho will pay you a splendid dividend upon our investment Having given you are denounced 8 an amiable idiot and told that you are debauch- Ling the religion of the Most High The latter com laint is probably made because the money does otall full into the outstretched hand of the ominie If it did there would never be a harsh ordsaidifor money will seal a preachers lips Iorc effectively then a porous plaster Money wont buy everything It wont buy Car gie a higher standing at the portals to the graven I the humblest peasant on Scotlands rugged t h Is It wont buy John D Rockefeller good ap of hair Neither cantite or a natural growth p lrr f i l t r I purchase sound health witii all their gold The poor may enjoy these natural conditions by reason the frugality they are compelled to practice Then to be poor and content is to be rich enough but there is small contentment in dire poverty What humanity needs is a more equitable distribution of the products of labor and a readjustment social and industrial conditions The world will never be any happier by conforming to the Christian doctrine nor can the indiscriminate giving away of money help to heal the wounds The habit of dispensing cash in charitable enterprises may create a body of jollifiers who will hang forever upon your heels but the fellows who fail tpj get theirs will condemn the entire scheme Then let us pity the rich the poor dont count a s a OHRISTIAN EVIDENCES The real value of Christian evidences that is evidences concerning its claims and pretensions as furnished by its only authority the New Tes can only be measured by a critical examination byc- omparisonand f1 reasonable application The Christian however shuns this process and insists that in npproncliingtheBible Or any por tion thereof we must so In a reverential 1factscompare or investigate bUt accept i iIi true iIr all things even before we open it This is the cry of weakness and prejudice It is a candid confession that the Christian scripturos will not stand the light of inv the test of honest criticism Even lEridiridicule can overcome should be permitted to per ish for it is not strong enough to live f Further we are bound according to Christian 4 argument to rely upon the supposition that God either wrote or inspired men to write the books 4 of the old and new testaments Assuming this t then the Christian must admit that the writings of God or the writings of men specially and plenarily inspired by him should be able to stand the same t or even more rigid tests as the writings of man Every new declaration of science or philosophy is treated to a searching investigation it is discussed pro and con until the truth of the declaration or its falsity is finally established Cannot the declarations of God stand the same acid tests If not why not Is the creator inferior to the 1 creature Then why not submit the Bible to an 7 f honest investigation rejecting whatls proven to be false and accepting only that which is proven true f If it be proven altogether false then we should not hestitate to reject it as a whole If it be to- be partially true let us accept the part and relationYthe other Time Freethinker occupies this o all subjects and is ready to admittruth where ever it may be found In this frame of mind The Blade desires tbfttl every Christian advocate would study the opening 1 ve312 the first generalepistle rrohn HfirslP tint wo tilers have heard secnliitii our eyes whichw iWlaw looked upon and our hands have handled 6 f the word of life With this John meant those who rend after him should understand that he too had dboth seen heard and felt hence lIe so readily gave i his belief that he desired otthers who had not seen 1 beard and felt being denied the privilege should Likewise believe If it required all these things toi t eons inco John why should others bo expected to be convinced on Johns say so on his ipse dixit 1 If God desired all men to be convinced why did lIe t lot make the earns monifcstaions unto all men and fbi flord all men an equal opportunity Why should a loving and merciful deity give only a moiety of 0 his children spiritual light and leave the vast ma i jority in outer darkness for ever A revelation to one when given by word of mouth becomes only hearsay to others and the character of the evidenceYoffered becomes vastly dissimilar But John sustains this very point by saying 3tltJlIlt which we have seen and heard declare we unto you and further on he damns or condemns all who refuse to believe him by saying HWllO is a lirtrbut he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ Here John gives himself dead away and did ho give depositions of such character before a court fcequity in this day apd generation he would not be clicked From t e general trend of the argument offered by this ancient Apostle of the Christian faith we ire bound to infer that even in his day time people demanded ocular proofs of speculative theories end doctrines With them as even with the people of modern times seeings is believings and because the majority are not permitted to see and believe J the Christian world desires that they shall simply i car and believe And whom are we to hear Sim ply paid witnesses and therefore biased to begin with If a modern preacher should dare to even mint of a doubt however slight he would speedily 1 nest the fate of Crqpsey and be shorn of his vest vents Doubtless Solomon had the preachers mind when he saidHI said in my haste that all menare liars and if he had he Would probably have come to the same conclusion had he given the subject a calm and careful consideration It is im= posSible to expect he truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth from such a source We are cpccting too much if we do The modern preachjer is no more to be believed in religious than St John while even as the latter denounced hoc unbeliever as a liar his modern prototype sends I them to hell on a down grade a a a e i From the published accounts Mss Storer was al gether too smart to hurl her withering deft at lr Roosevelt in persona propera so she compelled Bpl lalUy to assume the responsibility The male Storer might take the feminine member of the domestic trpartnership by the back hair and rub her note in the sawdust But whats the useY Given another chance it would be the same old thing all over gain u YOit i J a 13 f fP t Tj fi HOW GOOD WE ARE GETTINQ frXou scratch my back and Ill scratch yours recifjother and if vmi rlnnlarrt that ram n jolly go ng thft There is no hatred like religious hatred no ra cor like religious rancor no cruelty severe n x unrelenting as religious cruelty For an hone difference of opinion concerning the very non i essentials of religion men have been tortured and put to death Not so many years ago Catholic and C Protestant children were taught to literally ha nnnTi other and the orange and the green of the opposing elements of Irishmen when brought together are bound to provoke a bitter conflict Doubtless many of the Blade readers can remcm fcer thn old saw that little children of families onging e 1 uL these different religious system used ta- i repeat to sack other for the avowed purpose of liurting each others feelings It ran bellfhell The Protestant children would get oft the sam thing but simply transpose the names that the desired agonies might be inflicted upon those whom they did not like To a great extent this Reeling has died out but we still have our exclu tt Jjiive organizations and our exclusive Pro estant bodies the latter being avowedly anti Cjfolic in all things This change is largely due 1to ho Papid growth and influence of Liberal ide LItis one of tlie direct results of Freethought tion which aims to bring all men within a pure vBuiusn brotherhood irrespective of religious b fiefs and disbeliefs To the Freethinker a Catholic is no better or worse than n Protestant and either 1s just as good its the other can possibly bet That a material change has been wrought m a yta f toe inferred from the fact that Catholic prelates varehow extolling the cause of Protesantism adlserrents of the latter are praising the work Catholicism It is reported that Professor j r qtho chair of dogmatics in the University i nvnelfm Germany fixfhla PrntfiStjlTnsm as a fflC t r civilizationER Roman Ctaholic organ published in Indiana pub t iishes an article froiUn Methodist minister who- namb is not glvcn m he eulogizes that r fiipus body for its great work in the cause of fChrist and the soundness of many of her doc trinal tendencies ft niav be that tfe day will come when the lionto and the lamb HhalMid down together but Fopine should the lioii get hungry he will devo jtlie lamb From mutual ecriminations they aregod t approaching nn orn afmulnl praises From Eliza beth and lfarytatll a long step but Tin SMUulMrorlc wondrous changes From Tourennes uli 31F3byw ye rshavciqt t 4ii lcn god works in a mysterious way iswondetts to perform Alter all finmn1n does not expect to see the Methodist cbnverted to ProtestnnismtrTHE CUBE ROOT DRUNK1 JiiWant you join me in a cube root care if I do tJYDcar reader these are not the sayings of persons been pronounced by our courts to be of 3 iansdund mind They do not emanate from men no mad on the subject of mathematics Neither lare the spokesmen indulging in a fad anent the quality of dimension No indeed the question and iitt answer have a deeper significance a more lit t t erai meaning V Kansas as we all lmowisa prohibition state 0nihe other hand Kentucky is not This means that different notions prevail concerning alcoholic 1Cera stimulants as beverages in Kentucky than in Iran sas The two Klsare essentially different In Kentucky gentleman reaches in his inside caatI pocket and extracts therefr m a vessel with a na r rowed opening which contains a rich amber flui vile hands it to his companion without question re mark or suggestion The companion knows how to do the proper thing and the ceremony is com pleted in less time than it takes to tell it Br things are different in Kansas In the Sunflower State it is known by another name Necessity has to been a good mother of invention and the Kansan has not been slow to assimilate new ideas wit which to meet new conditions The question an answer given at the inception 6f this article ex plains the situation In other words we are informed that a Kansas chemist leas invented cube which when dissolved in a tumbler full of hot water raises a perfect bead and now the population smarting under prohibi tivo restraints are busily engaged during thei waking hours in extracting the root from th lrtRinsbetheprintable in a real family nevspaper like thor Blade The Kansas law declares that naI li UJtheIIitof a modest sig appearing in a store window Somebody bought one and followed the directions given Inside of two hours it is said the man in the store was doing a land office business and that every customer might have an opportunity to getw what was coming he was compelled to put up an other sign which the crowd at counter that only one cube could bo sold to eat purehaMr An hour later the indulgents Averq tue singing Je wo are here because we are here waltz by j ed on tke 8treetcorners and vowed they never would jo home f t l 2 i t 1Ir 11 r J Tile prohibition element sought legal advice anont the new comer and again trusting to the reports it is said they were informed that there were many sides to the question With a cube crapIdter could have told the cube contains six std gonv waystr r r r Friends We are well on with the New Year LeThe Blade hopes to be able to make 1907 the har binger of a glorious future This future is not f the Blade alone a8 intended but far its rend and humanity in general It is impossible for us accomplish it alone All must combine to produce the general result The change in subscription rates lids not materially injured us We have lost some subscribers but the great majority have stuck and we have gained some new ones Those who remain with us counted as one of the family can atillday furnish material help The Blade does not theduring the present year you will secure far us least one new subscriber and before it runs i length our circulation will have doubled itself P is the method of push If you believe the Blade worthy push it by inducing one friend to subscribe for it r r aslied Almighty pod cast the human horoscope thatYheto oxeItW c not n the wretched farcecomedy his viceregents on earl fire enacting Every straddling biped is strivi get his head above other foolish geese and boas is made in the personal image of his creator Everywherethe false and the true ho good and ti ofevil the lambent light of happiness and the shadows of an orthodox hell meet and whiotceta ensign of modern u Why waste so mush foolish breath onnonessentialg awhen man awaits every thought every coneidc ruMrwe have to utilize rsoImagine what it must have meant to be living in Palestine at the time Israels sacred marauders were roanling under the inspiration of god It werelJ nothing for those who dared to defend their homes be placed under harrows of iron and dragged tat grandsiurwere ripped the vom coerceortoa man gets religion and vainly he kno Ylegrvclls tip liIic agog tw1fli wind and prdCs himself upon his importance Freethought enables Us to better understand our relationship to the economy of the universe pulls our heads out of the clouds and makes us keep closer to the grass r s r t If God had not intended that there should tiver be a liar or a thief a prostitute or a mturderer this beautiful old world what are they doing here flypots it not look like the creator had entered into a compact with sin and made a covenant with the cholera r LIBERAL REVIEW OONSOLIDATESu Since the November issue of the Liberal Roviet- one of the best and most attractive publications in the West has been merged with t Open Road another Chicago monthly The Li I Review could boast a splendid corps of con tributors and its pages were always bright and fresh Among the exchanges of this office it was the best appreciated and it is with deep reU that our office table will contain it no more in perLapda that lack of a sufficient financial support has brought about the merger which all Freethinkers Litd alive Indifference luis driven many a good cause the wall If we are to win in our fight against a stubborn foe we stand shoulder to shoulder even Prede d Whojknawsscribers will Stand by the Review and give it a possible encouragement under the new manage went tlo1eAnn a11lI nisi asstmtL4t fe came so incensed that he gave the wnole snap and in life excitement forgot all about his spelling fjd 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the Disciples Church was heard to before County Police biagiatra- k Hunt at the courthouse before a Ian atcrowd of spectators The ladies were peopleIa stamp Whisl and T W Crothers for defendant There were four men and four dies from St Thomas at the tea meet ing The plaintiff Clinton M Smith in giving his evidence stated that n was one of abus load who drove Mapleton After the entertainment as over the St Thomas people we invited to have supper In the ba eaI itmeat He went along with one of the abondestold hlMtofetput and then struck parUaUilknees Then Mr Charltoa continued push him off the promises It was an hour or more after the time tin there was loud laughing from oW la the church r Charlton who Is a man of 30 years of ago or more made rather a poor aliases and claimed the reason he attack the young man was that when he ordered him to move he did do Many witnesses were called and e cafe was not finished until even Ing fh magistrate said It had been ofclearly sown that Clinton 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PrIce copy 25c j 5 copies for 1100 GREATEST DISCOVERIES OF SCIENCE EVER MADE GOD SATAN AND HOLY GHOST ARE NOTHING BUT CREATIONS OF FICTION HEAVEN AND HELL ARE ONLY MYTHS SCIOUS LIFE IS EXTINGUISHED AT DEATH tjorgan r The Central Kansas Business College which teaches Stenography Type riting Bookkeeping Commercial Arithmetic Penmanship sad Spelling nd Tile Truth About Gocl1n a general course of study giver by the tem porary International Instructor for the charchrThe Church has 100 LIFE MEMBERS It wants tot more to forauUlj organize sad Incorporate The first thousand members will be the Couaden J7 and organizers of the CHURCH OF HUMANITY you have loved aces yon wish rescued from the Idolatry of worship Ing a dead man named Jesus sued a myth named God you should Join tile terftrfrom t Write to W H KERR 2210 Broadway Great Bead Kaa fJrblut atIipHettloa for menabershl information stout the colleee u4 seat H Mata tees years BafeMripUot to the TRUTH ABOUT QOK Do It sew W 1i j r 1P- r d fA t Continued From Page One ff tEROF THE CROSS whose names and fanioaie as Impel ishable as the stars The Rationalists of the World makn no war upon the personality of the priesthood but we have sworn eternal hostility against the union of church and state and against the domination of our country by the ambassadors of a Jewish God Upon the Issue of this battle bo tween the Rationalists of the world and the priests of Christendom hang all the hopes of all the world for all time to come All other questtlons sink into utter insignificance and nothingness when compared to this Banks and finance army bills and navy hulls tariffs and subsidies inter oceanic canals and Impure food how ever vicious they may be can never destroy the republic of our fathers but if the monstrous Jehovaii and his heartless priesthood ever succeed in unfurling to the breeze the bloody ban ner of the cross over the capitol at Washington the tree of liberty and alt its precious fruits will go out in blood and nlght forever Our campaign against priestly domi natlen must never cease until our public is safely reanchored to the Declaration of Independence rvltmust never cease until our school and colleges and universities are 1 thoroughly secularized and the inspir ed savagery of their holy books for ever banished from be halls cf lean- Ing Our campaign against the priesthood must never cease until motherS our wive and our daughter ain placed upon the high dais c equality with their brother man an emancipation from the cruel clutch o superstition Our campaign must never cease un til we can elect presidents of lie United States who will follow the ample of the immortal Jefferson who peremptorily refused to comply with the demands of tee priesthood to issue t annual proclamations of thanksgiving to Jehovah giving as his reasons that it was no part of the duty of a president of the United States to issue such documents in a secular government whose constitution had retired the gods from the republic Our campaign must never cease un til the magnificent temples and gorge V1f piis cathedrals of the priesthood now valued at more thau one billion Ofltnean habitation of man and it has taken man tens of thousands of years ot struggle and effort of tears and blood to establish this republic the only spot on earth where life is worttu the struggle for existence and our campaign must never cease until the stars and stripes wave proudly In trlumpL over a nation happy and free and pletely emancipated from fce galling yoke of priestly tyranny- In past ages of the word man great deliverances of humanity have been wrought on the bloody fields ct war but history furnishes no parallel- In war of such a mighty deliverance of humanity as we will achieve if drive the priesthood out of the tempi libertye the triumphs on sangulnar holds cr struggle will be so consecra pd b3tthe gratitude offuture ages a rur Ictcry will be If you effect rte iitcrce oetween church an s ate u irliil History will award to t qctjfllts of the United States tho nccwnent cnof the Immorta ciry of having preserved purl e and saved from destructlsplsgrea republic the st and only hope ofman I wish I had the power to impres you and through you the lovape ct hu inanity throughout te wSrld with t keen and burning sense of the Imp tance of the work In whlo we ar engagedI to you the language of scb erness and truth when I say to yet t that the Republic of Paine and Jeffei son is the only oasis in the world am if It should be converted Into a desert by infallible popes and priests and bye the religion of supernaturalism the hope of humanity will be blasted foi a thousand years and if this calamity siiould ever overtake the people of thl republic it would be far better if sonic imprisoned force some blind Sampsoi would seize the pillars which suppor the universe and plunge the whole fabric Into chaos for in that event new world might be evolved not cursed by the withering touch cr the blighting mildew of an orthodox priesthood If we would fully appreciate the su completlIfaTe that awaits our republic If t priests of Jehovah succeed In their esigns we most read the history of IPailestino and Scotland of Russia ana New England in her early Mf ir 1 h f days and the conquests ofPeru and Mexico r These are the darkest the foulest the saddest records in the history of the world wet with tears as we turnover page after page of these famous annals of crime and agony of tears and blood Lot us therefore renew our vow s increase our devotion to tlJe stainless flag of Rationalism it stands for all that Is good and pure In the life man f and nations- It has never been stained with blood nor wet with tears let bus expend freely of our time our money and our I have faith In the Amclcan people do not believe that they will ever submit tp be governed by priests like the Russians and Spaniards Liberty is too deeply imbedded In ho American heart to be surrendered to popes and priests it was born on this continent only a little over a hun dred years ago and it was then the oroud boast of King George and his orients that they would strangle the voung child to death In its cradle But these proud boasts of King Oeorge and his priests were dissipated Sy Paine and Jefferson and by the Im mortal Washington on the bloody lelds of the Revolutionf This child called liberty born on New Englands rock coasts only a little more than acentury ago has grown to Va mighty giant In the United States nd It would require the combined irmles of all the priests of christen dom to crush It under tie juggernaut jf a state religion Liberty will live and extend her Boundaries like the spreading branches jf a mighty tree she will finally bless ill the nations of the earth andNhe priests of Jehovah will finally be con obilvlonfa onvlronfhe priesthood holy books and dlvlnr revelations are no exception to the vie they no longer have any stand Ingln the court of reason and we ar tow standing by their death bed notching the throes and struggles of a nighty dissolution The same inexorable fate has over aken all the gods and priests In past iges of the world Odin and Thor and elr priests no longer rule the na lens of the far north Brahma has forever vacated his throne and hIt oriests have turned to ashes long ago Dalra and IsiS lie burled In the hot ands of Egyptian deserts the priests longer assemble at Delphi to Inter rtet the will of the fepds on Mount Tarrpriests no longer enslave the sons and daughters of men The terrific thun ders of SInai will soon be hushed for ever and the heartless priests of Jehovah will mingle their dust with that rmy of Gods and priests who lie bit led on the shores of the Medlterntn Jan and In the valleys of the Tiber he Euphrates the Ganges and the Nile History does not repeat Itself a r the organic Istory of the earth earn that as fast as the lower orderr plants and animals die out they are enlaced by higher forms and the ame is true of man and his Institu ions and for this reason we now 1now to a positive certainty that the 5e of gods and devils and priests Is ipldly drawing to a close Reason uas now uawned and whr assnsits upon the throne all gods nd devils and priests must forever Isappear he Mesozoic age of the world we age of flying monsters and hid t rptlles but that age as gene forever aj can never return again because have a new environment hap es mammals and men VHKe manner we are now at abou e close of a long age of Ignorance atural law which filled the earth wit cnstrcus gods devils and prlfsts ut the new environment of science ad reason will exterminate them us irely as the changed conditions dc troyed the flying monsters and hide us reptiles of the Mesozoic age This Is nature this Is science this fact and we have notllng to fear in he future- I rejoice to tell this learned conven on of grand men and noble women hat supernaturallsm Is rapidly dying nd that we are In the bright morning f the blessed and glorious era of Ra tionalism The civilized world will soon bid farewell forever to gods and priest and devils and to all revealed religions vhlph had their origin In the dens and aves of ignorance during the long end bloody night of our savage and jarbcrous ancestors That this Is not an Idle dream I need mly remind you that the law of Evo utlcn Is eternal and unbreakable It was Isis law working through a begin nlngless past that laid down the stoney foundation of the earth and clothed It with an Infinite diversity of charming scenery It was this law that stocked he earth with an endless varletytf trees and plantts and with myriads of inlmal forms It was the working of this tireless law that peopled the earth and all the Isles of the sea with numerous racesof f Jijt Jf wild ferocious and savagemen and lw was the operation of this same la that it process of time transformed our savage ancestors into barbarians and these in turn after the lapse of many ages Into partially civilized men on a few favored spots of earth This same everlasting law that dl versified the surface of the earth with mountains rivers and seas and clout ed It with plants and forests and flow era and peopled it with myriad forms of animals and men is constantly at work on the mind developing and strengthening the moral sense expand- Ing the understanding and enlighten ing the reason and as sure as the mght follows the day just so sure will the priests of supernaturansm Pisa pear from all civilized nations and the gods and devils of our savage an barbarous ancestors will vacate thi beautiful earth forever The dark and bloody reign of pries- twillsoon be forever past and let us never cease to revere the niemory of the Ingersolls and palnes the Bruno- and Drapers the Volneys and Vol taires the Splnozas and Heckels the Darwin the Huxleys and the iyn flea and good women will never again be flayed alive they will never again be reduced to ashes bj flame and fagot their eyes will never gain be torn from their sockets thr groans and agonies of that vast multi tUde of grand men and noble women who have in a thousand ways bee tormentedand tortured to death the priesthood will never again till he earth with horror It Is impose Me for history to repeat Itself The flying monsters that once swarmed In the alr an the filde Vrptlles that nce covered te eat during the Mesozofc age are gone for ever and now that the sun of science and reason are filling the world with light we may confidently affirm gods and devils and the priests pf r ealed religion will soon disappear an cease to curse the earth forever ene this glorious era Is fully usn ered in our earth will become fa peace ful and happy home fur the wh oie hu man race and men and women and children will sing praises tojfcclence and reason far sweeter Jeetlwhole yens Symphonies the worn will be filled with rocked built teL pies dedicated to justice to liberty to humanity and to the gocJ the jjeauti ful and the tru eand in the fdst o this most marvelous clvllizatU i made possible by the death of tin pries good wlll break forUiia uilversat Rcf joy tWrjrHf rev rberatt dthe wualecl lfeeti Ofthe chltneiqf Ht oqsnna mightbells hung la tlie cinojp ahoy UIIrc 1 GOD NEVER SAID A ir From Liberal Review roud stood the cities bfthe cast Their stately fanes towered hiffii Oer all that wealth and cultuu boast And thats sacred to theeye But midst their solemft and prayers pefe The slumbering earth9 s rred And wreck and fire and deaih were theirs God never said a word f W Tie typhoon rise and a tidal vave Swept over a city grand p And thousands sank In avwatexy grave Praying with uplifted hand Sweet babes were snatched trim lov liThe heard nd prayers were blentf w taith souls alarms God never Bald a word When across the earth stalks famin dread And pitiless pestilence refeas deadhWhen nations clash Inlcov tcus wars And the earth with blcbd blurred And human semblance Is loaf In Ears God never says a word r When nations sunken In selfish greed Their kindred starve tte savage slay When frantic faith that crouches in iStabs pray When dlfflrence of race and xhince cf FribeliefThe massacre foul havelncurled and the Innocent to In In grieftGcd never says a word jlen storm the stars with thel pat slon cry For mercy and justice here- tint whether they pray or sect they Vwatever f r their trust or fear Vere I the great God and he w me No matter how men have err Were it mine to help in calamity Id certainly say some word BY J B WILSON H D J N Brown Tijerejiremanylmbro like you in your feellrgs towa lonalWilson and but frphtsp ales duties wb wojil de 5I ear more of him ia oureojststr 1r CLERGY GAINS MORE POWER When the People Are Ignorant While Religious Liberty and PoCtlcal Freedom Must Always Go Hand In Hand DEFENDS BLADES COURSE AGAINST ITS CRITICS BY H T AHERNS It Is a sorry sight to observe how some of your reaHers find fault with cantdofsa broad mind and tolerant views can ridsearth the joys and blessings of science free thought and reason asensure you for giving space to art cles of political reform I realize that your paper is a free hought publication established and nalntalned to proclaim truth and prog teas of the unman race A person would be very dull not to be able to discern that political progress and religious reform go hand in hand We annot expect progressive thought arid elf reliaace from an enslaved people tonabridge a large part of his country the right to life and an existence such as a humn of this period should have As a result of wealth centralizing In the hand of a few Uo middle class is beingpushedhpoor Poverty does not further progress poverty as a rule Is the mother of ignorance and you and your readers will admit theeignorantdmore clergy and the churcu Let us strive fora more just economic system to replace the present onea system un der which a few cunning and unscru pulous persons have managed to take possession of the natural andJndus trial resources of this country and thereby degrading the producer to actual serfdom No one will deny that this system does opt give tie pro dicer the full benefit of his labor Let atustcconomloayetemnaysterewhlchwill many and exact tribute In Ute shape of profit rent and Interest let us strive fcr lasystem which will reward the worker with the full value of his crea tion and not rob him as this system dees give the worker one tenth and the captains ninetenths The priest system degrades the rich by overliving and degrades andruins he producer by underllvlng The vorker wo is so fortunate as to have employment is worked bard and long hours too tired at night to enjoy and Improve life by reading or attending thoughtcreating lectures This sys tem puts him on a par with the ma shine which he ls feeding How can we look for Intellectual progress from i human being living under such con dltlonslStlll this Is the lot of mil lions of citizens of this republic and hundreds cf thousands of Intellects which under a just system would shine as artists and x scientists and give brightness and lustre to this world ire Irredeemably smothered and lost to humanity as the present system id its unjust conditions offer no uince for advancement to the wage lave of today The present system apes cowards and bypocrItes out of he mercantile and professional class hey for the sake of patronage clients and customers lie at the feet of the ypllct keeplng up churches and making each other believe that they re zealous in Le cause of the church tnd pulpit We must admit that it hurchanlty was eliminated the true Christian would be very scarce arm far etween There Is nothing which Is feared acre than povertyPoverty or the fear of poverty Is the Incentive to eommit crime It impels the captain if industry to bribe legislators and Is counterpart the footpad to hold ut Is victim at the point of the gun It causes the adulteration of foods and Sven medicines it keeps t o saloon Deeper bend the bar it Impels tne good Christian to vote for the con tin uation of the rum traffic it causes falielsm In the ranks of the legal and medical fraternities In short It keeps he common workers In degradation nd Ignorance and makes cringing owards and hypocrites of the profes sional and merchant class Along iconcmlc lines humanity has evoluted from slavery to freedom then to wageI worker which Is only another name for a serf Humanity has discarded slavery and serfdom and tile time Is not very distant when wageslavery will be abandoned Under the new system liumaultwill step forth a new being unfettered and unccerced The producer will theta not have to beg to be allowed to worked There will be work for all and tie worker wills re celve all he creaC10rthe equivalent 7 tJj 4l 9 q4 thereof Those who now ke oat a miserable and degraded existence will under the new system have a chance advancement and let the true na ture of the human come uppermost Humanity is on te eve of its emancl pation from industrial serfdom as a consequence we will see the abolishment of sham and hypo rlcy and the tntrance upon on era of material and mutual advancement such as the world never witnessed- I beg you do not let the narrow minded and shortvlsloned readers In Iluonco you to deny space to articles of political reform Lot us as freethink ers hew to the line Segardleda where the chips may SELECTED ORIGINAL POEMS +DEFENDER OF TRUTH By Aron De Witt Theories which thousands cherish Pass like clouds that sweep the sky Creeds and dogmas all must perish Truth itself can never die Like te glorious light above her t She has shed her beams on eartL hat the souls who truly love her toy become the men of worth tVcrldlngs blindly may refuse her lose their eyes and call It night Learned scoffers may abuse her But thcycannot quench her light rhrtnes may totter empires cjle All Lelr glory cease to be But the truth Will crown the humble And from bondage set them free Men like Wilson will defend her Krcm the fury of her foeIJTlil she In her natural splendor Sits enthroned oer all below Note Ibis original poem was writ ten commendatory of Dr Wilsons Rome BookEd SIXTYSEVEN TODAY December 13th 1906 Ors Josephine K Henry Verwllle Ky Dear Friend t Iiri sixtyseven today ray fritaif sad stranded qn a shore- Where J Jhei1 reasonnever t thsujntitionsdo My ynuddjbrainThey never read from Scleaco mow not the llht of Truth Dumb driven cattle of the cross that Phallic symbol old That bleeds theni cf their coin thru life and when the bodys cold Just sixtyseven today my friend and still Im in the figt Gainst the Holy Ghost and virgin birth and God thats out of sight im on the line Truth firing gainst all the criminals teach The plastic minds of children thru the sermons that they preach Im fighting down Ue Bible thats held- a fetich still By these whose minds were moulded In Euperstitlonsmill- Just slxtyseven today my friend prepared to meet the fate That Nature has reserved for all the lowly and the great How futll prayer to a phantom god when Nature calls out Umel Bird and reptile all laid 1or as well as frienbs of mine What fools these mortals be these days when Science points the way To a perfect rest In the future obllv Ions lasting day ALBERT JOHNSON Atheis- tNoteAs will be observed this Is the authors method of writing to Mrs Henry Ed EVE HER DIARY By Walter A Sinclair The Diary of Mother Eye as writ by Sammy Clemens In good old Massachusetts has been handed sundry lemons The Deaconess Inspected it although with proper blushing Tire Deacon didnt scorn to look al though he kept tushtUBhlng They put It on the topmost shelf nor told what made them do so fixce t they banished Eve because they didnt like her trousseau If costume is the reason why the blushing folUs suspend her Our sympathys with Eve and now we hasten to defend her Although she Is not shown to wear a costume you would call dress She never made her debut In a decol Jetty ball dries Arid while blueaosed New England finds iheplcttire of her shocking They cant eompiala that Eve had flatbed a wucy4scre ndoor stock Inn vi7lV t 1tl J 1 dry Oh Mbther Eve wed Earn belttij there Is soma spite worklurJcfrig Because they never caught ybukjn waist with open working We will admit your garb was In the fButi bathing suit In summer You wouldnt do for Horse Show weeks but still there is no reason That you could not make quite a hit In any opera season writtenconsequent Mark Twains book Eves Diary to tEdECHOES OF THE CRAPSEJASE According Was All Right But Should Have Kept His Mouth Shut Silent Hypocrisy BY J G A DAVIES M D fI was looking for much more matter in the Journals on tuG Crapsey muddle It was due the public to have an exhaustive treatment of thesltua lion from historical and philosophical v and sociological points of view jt is not yet too late and I would like to yield my contribution seVeral shorn notes bTMI J The significance of the semfj secrecy of the ceremony of dopoeitior was entirely lost sight of for therea son as I presume that nobody WasZ acquainted with It In a country ilkr rvj England where status of churct and t state Is yet In existence the ceremony need not bo veiled in any wayF bcriminalrodfthaveIt not for that fact of Its acceptancesS greattrial twas exactly of the same catCoryA avfendnntssentence of degradation wuichjtfi remnant of old Toryiam had 1gJ1i ejJ within Star Chamber to order nonactionable People nterCilledkII1 the prosecutldn may be brazen enough to contr diet this 1Mver f I pay no attention to anything they may say ji g fColenso beat the eccJesiaatleBl KYtLvoteat tiwrrt Y wanted an app alto sgmtklag algkera- but the churchTshut off his Jwrfeif tp1 ward it Then ne was forced toapi peal to American freemen and I hope5 he will make good use of his present privileges for they are tar superior to J any afforded by the House of Lords f ii I was conversing telYWItllt lady enthusiastt a Mrs W rr an Episcopalian badger Wo oIIjl oho merits pro and con of the Cra case She was scholar and historian enough to make fair controversy av able She had to admit almost evejy f1Ivcrypresslon to his views then shespbke with the incisive sentence Hes should have kept his mouta shuiNo you4ave said It I replied that is the whole thing in a nut shell The extra Intelligent are ready to allow the existence of the esoteric and exoteric running parallel ff tthroughoutconsciousness of the priest and the latter the blind belief of Oho catechu t lICMtsCrapaey had no right to expose the esoteric to the laity supposing ho were strictly correct as to facts It is my belief that the American pebllcIs prepared already to hear amd judge and unravel any of the esoteric dogmas and for any one to Inslntiatto that the k American citizens should be herded negrolike In an intellectual corralII in anachronistic effrontery i iThe ccleslaatlcs In the Crapseyc case took pains to showthat ey d no animus In the prosecution and that 1S the action did not involve any perae teyithatl lttbatB iprltducorpsmost unerringly toward perseeatiue r i and the Ep sc pallaBand Rowan Catholics are not the only boaiet lpj have the proclivity The feellsii of tucso who are carried away witkt thlg eBprltduccipst df made to appear Inc their cruel nudity would leave a terrifying effect on us They ire the W vilest farms oi cogltatloo oftte hug man ruled and allied to murder S rsl FTperkmsU t Aeyttae ice prove with r rdqtdtaiues- weeten exteteacey Tperee k t i ft h ri