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Digital page images are linked to the text file. l7BJBr c w smt Q YOif 1 j r5T ii Yf I BLUE URASS BLADE L7l and 1sh1a ker WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH 4 ifVOLUME XV NUMBER ulsta11 = LEXINGTON KY JANUARY 13 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY8tso s AiR IN ADVANCE Three Principal LNXJITKIS of Chrisriaii Church i STANDIHAS BUILTTO BELIEVE THEM MANS MIND BE ABNORMAL jr i I MfJfUST CEASE TO FOLLOW IHJHr k4 TRAIL OF TIME HON D SUPERSTITION LAUDLf Christianity in all Its essential feat dogmasFlrstThe in form with a woman Second Issue of that connection a god in human form- ThlydRestoratlon to life after death and burial Christianity must stand or fallon M r the truth or falsehood of these conjoint t dogmas All visible nature and all human ex perience negative these dogmas If true they can be proven only outside r of alt our faculties Ths at once gests an impossibility for belief la the result of the exercise of ones faculties not as the church would have it blind ToJlj must be In an abnormal condltto r f out of the channel of mankind in gen i oral not sane ubaHanced son i poi meriUe This stateof the mind mar lllofi1fron CrAore sUm erousjcauses lafieiitaBce natural mal- 0rmaUon of brain meI training fm proper food to keep the body ia a t healthy condition for the reception of t truth environment too powerful to be resisted by weak minds as it may b- en the result of overtaxing the mental vfaculties or their perversion by the undue influence of others or by force preconceived notions t What bar here been said applies to real not to cutward professed belief o in the three cardinal dogmas of Chris tlanlty coition Issue and resurrection after death No rational sane human being can possibly by the exercise of tIe slightest reason such as belongs to mankind In a normal state believe in a single one of these three claims But say our opponents the world Is full of sane Christians even men of great mentality To which I say be lief and professed belief are quite two different things When we are called on to meet the assertion of our opponents we are confronted with such a variety of circumstances that to treat them all would be out oi the question Real belief as aforesaid cannot arise where even a minimum of reason exists in an untrammeled condition Now for professional belief and this Is all our opponents have to rely on in support of their assertions That sane men and even great ones are dhristians It may be safely laid down that all men are selfish even In things where It does not so appear to the casual ob barren waste What man does for other though seemingly unselfish has ego without this instinct for it is an instinct it is natures only means of the continuous of life on our earth Self preservation Is the oldest first and most vital law of nature without it our little earth would have been a l barren waste What man does for others tho seemingly unselfish has self at the bottom he does It because it makes him feel better for the act he derives pleasui3 to himself by doing good to others Clergymen while members of the humorous type are a distinct variety of It even among them there are subvarieties The higher order know their religion is false few of them being endowed with conscience throw oft the long worn tgarments of Christianity come to the z and brave thestorm of tirade heaped on them by their coactora and enter the lecture field or engage la other pursuits The next claaa f tU higher order seethe truth but failing to see a living outside the old rats continue repeating old blblioal S fables In a half stupor with a guilty Mrafc Fr than follow la the timehonored trai- of sup rstlUonf they are still riding the cieuft pefr wonted ox carts and repeating 4o their votaries th biblical storleillit creation Adam and Eve l e witht degree of self corn placeace egballe4 only by the clown at a country ctrcust Amokg laym fmany pocket Chris tianity becauaGlt aids them in bust ness and keepJ the p lestlet at their backs while others probably the larger cfgrveno thought or con cern to tsml tter but contribute a 1t1e mojey toUao preacher o console toIic wits Jevr1ieseni when in need of food rs1 fThe next and lowest clae1ikellei i In the sea continue t teKrlstiB sewer be eaatieriiiii of igearai ee bOIJijihemitd As 19 h Paslyes e ments sheisfabta thinker her de ductions are the product of imitation Instinct Shewaever reasons she sees and it is orj not so and so But there are here and there some excep tions to this rule a few women are in the world of thought the bright stars cf humanity even sending forth their illuminating rays over tie drifting ofdesert of a Christian superstition with none but a blind priesthood for pilots if BIBLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS All Kinds of Bibles Must Be Taught Or the Government Must Teach NoneCommon Sense View of the Subject SOME STARTLING FACTS- ABOiUiVTHE OLD BOOK BY A D MARBLE The representatives of the Preachers Trust wantthe Bible read in the public schools of the State according to the press In order to deceive the unthinking they call It the Holy Scriptures but 1tIs that same old Bible that has caused more wars more lielng more tears more sorrows more hatred more murders and more checks upon progress than all other books combined It is the same Bible that upholds slavery that sanctions polygamy that tells the people an packing housee to sell diseased meat that encourages a strong nation to pounce upon a weak ono gobble u their property and enslave the victim- provided the Lord gets His share the Virgins that considers it righ- for a mao to murder tots wife if sh happen to have a different conception from her husband about Godsome thing whiff rittther of them now anything about the Santa Claus of big children It te the same Bible tha holds up for the adedratlon of ou youth mea and Wtmee if living in this age of civJUIIU would be doing ser vice In the plyIt te the same Bible that pictures to the l agJaatlon of our chUdrea ail ftllrwtee God making a machine teen that failed to work a he expeete4tMt ka was sorry h made tkAi aid perhaps cri about itj tfal tt werrtod htm until he got MiakMtt is wrfW omldat think of say beNir Wyvto appease his r JJl i I J Ji r J 5J wrata than to have an only begotten son without a wifej and have that son killed by a mob It Is the same Bible that says Give strong drink unto him that Is ready to perish and wine unto them that be of heavy heart let them forget their poverty and remember their misery no more In other words get dead drunk It Is the same Bible that represents Christ an encouraging drunkenness by making wine or as a fakir going about maty Ing take wine and performing fait a miracles It is tue same Bible tnt says to young people J no harm Is done provided they marry It Is the same Bible that considers it Godrsakeobscene to be on a center table In respectable family or to be In a schoo- room It is the same Bible that no man dare send through the United State malls after tearing the Holy cover off on account of its obscenity If is the same Bible that contains nothing better than can be found in otuier books papers and the writings of other nations and religions It is tht same Bible that contains over one hun dred wellknown contradictions It Is Bible has the redeeming IcharacterIstic of not being true atm venture the assertion that no man o woman of any fogies of respectlblllty toIlnsestuautDavid or the muchmarried Solomon worsliipershistory of these risen read in the Sun day School mat less in the public schools where jail bibles are entirely teaChjshoutd dontknowtheir bread and butter account 4i monde it regardless or the wishes wj feellHJBVOt others forthey certai know dSat the Dibe1ohposea frea thought free Bpoech free press fre dom equal rights progress and m forms Religionists are natural end mles to al governments especially republics Just In proportion to the In tensity of tuelr religion If the Bibles of the nine principal re llglons of the world were to be read in the schools while entirely out of place would show a degree of falrnesrj which the resolution of the religious grafters fall to disclose While prison statistics show that a religious person Is eleven times more likely to get Into prison than one who Is not and that there are more preachers In die pris ons of the United States than any other class according to their num ber it will be money In the pockets of the people to keep all Bibles out of the public schools So long as rellg lIon liquor and love tend to rob man of reason and produce Insanity com mon sense would say keep all B les out of the schools- Respectfully submitted by one who knows that religious enemies are th worst enemies in the world The above was called forth by a resolution passed by some preacfiiers and religionists asking the constitu tion convention all allow the Bible read In the public schools of the State BRITISH SKY PILOT TALK ABOUT GOD Rev Roberts Expresses His ColumbiaIStudents Who Gave Their Views On Deity IBY A A BELL Preacher Roberts says I would say that If I were convinced that the bible was a myth and that there was thinktt most natural passions himeself on that occasion We dont to ttilnk of him as being as bad as h thertruth about own easy to see what ho would be at Ho playras Dr Johnson said needs very little ex planatlon Mr Roberts would if hn could Ho is only restrained by the hope of future reward or the fear of reoS1We venture to remind him however there are other restraints Iii inns society without troubling the Continued on Page Four 7 JI MAN CAN BLAME HIMSELF For the Social Wrongs Of Which So Frequently ComplainsAbsurd That Minority Should Oppress the Big MaJority REMEDY FOR ALL LIES IN HANDS OF WORKERS DY GEORGE LEESON Fundamentally all governments are but gambling systems of artificial theories perpetuated by delusive frauds and ignorant credulity The pretended Christian civilizations are but narrowminded selfish petty factions and factors of arrogance arts tocracy autocracy plutocracy an archy war usurpation and oppression which tends to perpetuate the common ignorance that tolerates such pornlcl ous parasitical institutions to perpetu ate crime plunder and poverty by their delusive guise and feign of Chris lion civilization systemrpartments of government becomes the prostituted servants of the successful money gamblers whose oppressive schemers create confusion which cal mlnates1 in rebellion Rebellion goner ally modifies or destroys the tiling complained of as did the war of the rebellion destroy chattlo slavery while now we are confronted with a more vehement protest against money power and wage slavery which result Is but a repetition of the poor man fight for the rich mails gain So today as in 1858 we are facing another crisis the object of which to determine whether te value of man or the value of things possessed shall determine the charac tcrand operations of social systems The under current ot humanity has again become lmpresnatedswlthlnndte tcezdclousncss ttiat wit Inevitably culminate In a revolution destined to dethrone many existing stitutions throughout the world Th crisis la hero the gauntlet of enge Is at every mans door It is the jisUe of the hour and cannot be safely sregarded or sprned with contempt Is no answer to say It is but the rabble ledkby fanatics its cause is too easily traced to the pernicious acts o the accused and the Ignorant Inad Vertencles of the accusers Existing conditions demand a rem edy other than the fiendish conquest at war adopting might for rlghta gambling chance dlstructlve of the bet ter interests of man Hence let us suggest ttiat the conservative broad advocates of reform take this utter up In the form of a mutual na tional debate conducted through the press dlsoussirig every feature of a practical stable Incorruptible system of government to a final point of issue platformof aned thus surprise the world again as in with a still better system of gov humiliating wrongs and laboringoclasses so inconslstantly complain ar but the products of their own perpetuated Ignoance Under our Democratic majority rule wIth a 4 to labor majority to ctmplaln of being oppressed by a minority is absurdly ridiculous ignorancenand strife e opportunities are free and equally open to all Equity would cease to be equity by recognizing sudli complaints to the prejudice of the wealthy wise Intelligent minority whose mental o physical energy wisdom economy or Industry has achieved them the envied goal adof inspiration became in with a desire to control economic an organized the gralngo green back papaeand socialist Averaging a neW organization eve six years they Invented the trust tryed to operate it in the storing and holding of their grain for their class dictated or monopolized price fallln to operate their trust scheme intelli gent capitalist adopted it and successfully operate It because it can only intelligenceeAfter forty years of variegated ex perlenco with no gain in 1labor now advocates a revolution t reconstruct speculative and private ownership of public utilities into ajcpi lective coop iHvo yst m cf comBJi I t f Ii ownership to the utter distraction of the present competitive system being ante war and ante class Q This definition as a magic fancy is beautiful but it is just os impractical as the golden rule taught by Confu clous 2500 years ago Is today Man cannot be governed by precepts so fare in advance of his mental conditions Laws must be in accord with mental ability Any law that is too far in ad vance or too impractlble to be obeyed with a reasonable degree of alacerlty Is not a salutary law butHarmful It labor would invent a dip that would absorb and utterly destroy the sins of man as it does vermin on sheep and cattle their success would be a sure thing provided the Baptists original patent did not prevent it by injunction for reaso the road to eternal life is too narwftf to accomo date such n unlversaVialvation army enterprise In any event it would be expensive Gen whiz just think of the costic brimstone coal oil turpentine tobacco lime and fuel it would require and bow long many of the nlckle grab bers would have to be boiled to cureI While the competitive system a legalized mercenary gambling sys tem necessitating all to gamble there in often tempting and causing criminal acts Yet as long as it tolerated by a majority it is not Intolerance butI mailjorftyase always good as the average intel ligence is capable of making and ways better than is complied with Hence protesslonaFreformtrsI should fix the intelligence of men In stead of conditions which always ad just themselves to the intelligence ofI man their makers and operators arequallsfied for a reform and suffer for want of it Yet could a more unwise thing capeSucha pre lture pearls to rabble swine would but re flect the ignorance of statesmanship and Prejudice the interests of all Alb ltttelllgentpersonar c friends of yeagoesgenesand roformI They alone are theI authors andperpetrators of the mis eerys of which they so inconsistently complain Slavery or humiliate conditions nec essarily always has and will continue to exist until the same or similar care is taken in the propagation of the man that baa been in cattlefsheep hogs and dogs which practice has demonstrated its utility Hence demonstrated scientific truths must beI adopted to the utter exclusion of all hypothecated sophistry of modern or mythological birth before we can reasonably hope to shed our savage barbarian fleeces of plunder and poverty and adopt a uniform system of equality worthy of being defined Christian civilization PULPIT IS COWARDS CASTLE Dr Madison C Peters Declines To PrivilegedeTo Be Free AMERICAS BEST THOUGHT IS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH Dr Madison Ci Peters preached his farewell sermon as pastor of the Epiphany Baptist Church and will be gin his peoples meetings in the Ma jostle theatre He explained that h was to become a minister for all who needed him Instead of a private classesrOtJiier things ho said follow Every one who knows the empti thenaredto be a churchgolng people The fail ure numbers do not always represent falldfar this city never enter a Protestant aSor a Among those outside of churches ore a class of men and women who type and embody the high er forces which are working for good nonsmasses are antagonistic eto religion and they often set a good to professors themselves ContlniiedOBiPge Four f t j 0 SWEET TI THOUGHT FORMOTHER Her Rglhts May Be Ignored and Too Often Kept Back But Her Loving Sacrifice Made You What You Are MOTHER NEEDS A LITTLE TRAINING ALSOv BY MARGARET E SANGSTER- In the history of every home a perI- od is reached when the mothers stop training tile children and the children begin training the mothers The process of training always involves a dls agreeable side of the persons trained Mothers arrive by Imperceptible stages at the point where they cease to take the initiative and the children take Jt for them Occasionally they feel a mild surprise when a grown up daughter calmly advises them to do this or not to do the other wuien there is interference with their dress their comings and goings and when innova tions are introduced in the household managementIt every day that women by no means old not at all weakened in mind or body and as thoroughly versant with affairs as ever they were simply through granting concessions to their adoring daildren lose the rank of reigning sovereign to which they are down hill needs no exertIon- It is just the lightest push here at the top of tne hill and off you speed never climbing back again Children often hurry mothers out of middle age where they belong into old age where they do not belong Thousands of mothers are so busy with housekeeping and bringing up their children that they neglect their reading an ence of their college nred son and daughters feeling that they are iiser ably deficient and hardly fit to breathe 1 the same atmosphere with thelrglfted offspring I stand by the side o o road and si gaze at my daughter almost with awe r confessed a mother who had no ex r cuse for such profound humility rAnotherthe triumphs ofa son whose genius n was admitted dwelt continually on the incredible fact that she was regarded with constant affection by one so brilliant and commanding as her boy This mental attitude is cf course en tirely wrong and much to be depre cratediYExperience has been a richer and more profitable feature to mothers than schools and colleges have been to their children The right management of a home imparts to a woman who is responsive and receptive sym pathetic and enthusiastic something 4 quite as useful as a university educa I heard not long ago a story that y seemed to me full of the sweetest sen timent and the most practical sugges tlveness A daughter who had beenr camejthomefirst vacation in becoming intimate r with her mother In the four years of n separation the two had drifted a little apart not in love but in acquaintance with their common affairs that form the staple of life in thought and conJversation The daughter did not go to her room or hammock and spend hours in study V and reading that would have been ex J elusive though delightful but immediately took hold of the daily wor with a will In every possible way she lightened her mothers burden and iwhen after her mother and herself had passed many pleasant afternoons together over books that to the mother opened a new world of culture the daughter planned a course of study that they might pursue together Theirihome was remote from neighbors they had plenty of time Resisting therInclination to go abroad and find con genial field for study or professional work the younger woman stayed by the elder and awakened her to a new saddest thing in life Is to wit ness the discouragement of a woman who having accomplished her task of educating her children finds herself solitary and neglected the returns for her devotion being that she Is over looked while they are absorbed by ambition ands their own buatnees or their own relation Jilb ryr Actli 4 t1t J tii I THE BLUE GRASS BLADE PmMlikei at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilto Moon up Ilia death February 7 JAMES I HUOH1S Editor ud PubUehe t SUBSCRIPTION RATES 7 By mail postpaid 150 per year ia advaaeerTrial aub 15 cents per month tzi d foreign ubscriptioapoetpaW 9200 per year i Five new subscriber seat one remittance at fl00 pe year each iItADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character aceepte pwillbe published at the rate of 100 per inch per month unless by special contract when other and ter rates will be quoted upon application The p1b llsfaera have the right to reject any advertte meats offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscriptio f f baa in advance The address on the paper wUrabow subscribers the date of expiration Back numbers or numbers be sent if asked for upon renewal in ease of diseontis oamce MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Kyas will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address ad vise this office giving both old and new and the Blad will bo sent to the new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 65 Weat Short Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Free 1 thinkers will be given a hearty welcome r iBE BLADE is entered at the Postoffice at Lexington KeD tucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRAS f1BLADE P 0 Box 393 Lexington Ky breakingr s a sr All is not said or done i tfa i Greet each new dawn with a smile 3ss s s e Freedom has but one universal meaning i In Washingtons deathless splendor gleams thi glory of millions I s s s Christian souls are necessarily labeled as pejrjsh able property iJS a s I Theres lots of work and little fun in trying io reform the world s s s a lSThe man in the moon cares not whether Aw Baptist Methodist or Mormon last s a s It t ij has beenoJhp unanimously decided that pre elten- ir a i ClTCtIifarC ad iOrild iijr J yl I1t iIl 4 i rf Religious science is founded on fooleriessanc stuffed with infinite labor into the fat heads p jt8 dupes I a s a a Members of Congress arrived in Washington ahead of time to avoid paying railroad fare be cause of the laws a s Now that scientists arc discussing tip disap pearance of the blonde types in America they might look out for a corner in the peroxide of hydrogen market S a s Why call man the lord of creation He is but the idle sport of Time and Space Has yesterday is forgotten and his tomorrow is altogether uriknown r s s s e a According to the orthodox plan the Almighty is constantly looking for new Jobs to afflict with pes tilential sores and fool friends Why it is they do J not know but he just simply does it thats all a s s s s Thoreau once said You have built a castle in I the air Then put a foundation under it The sentiment is beautiful and admirably expressed There is nothing to a man who cannot built an air castle and enjoy it a s s a t It has been well said that in a multitude ofcoun sel thereis wisdom and with free discussion upon air subjects we can better guard against the encroachment of power and maintain the modicum of liberty which our fathers bequeathed to us u a s a s s The French people have not only abolished the divine right of Kings but they now deny the divine right of the church When this notion gets firmly imbedded in the heart of American sovereigns we i will no longer exempt the million dollar church from taxation and lay heavier tribute upon the 19ss s s If the Christian nations have a duty to perform in the matters of King Leopold and the people of the Congo how are they to escape a like duty in regard tQ Emperor William and the Hottentots The same with England and the Boers This may be a mighty good time to apply the square deal asn standard of international action s s s s 4Congregations that can afford to build fine i churches and export saving errnnn to the pflgan peoples of foreign climes can well afford to pay taxes and help the American heathen out of the hole A million men out of employment pacing our streets in grim despair a million children reared in ignorance and crime a million women battling between want and social infamy and the church still prates that we must give give as iLewidows mite is necessary to support a pauper deity fr iL 1L luTv I The antimormon crusade is still on This minds us that Abraham Isaac and Jacob lived an age of general ignorance yet while accepting the Hebrew patriarchs as Gods anointed the timeserving Christians have hounded and persecutes those who deign to mould their social life by these divine models It may be true that they had mor than one wife held wrestling matches with angel and washed the feet of the feathered bipeds and wi may presume that they had learned how many fe male bosses the average pilgrim on the heavenly turnpike might possess yet it is difficult to imngini the Almlighty allowing a sawedoff dude like Solomon to have a full thousand and compel such lusty animals as our modern preachers to confine selves to but one Truly religion is a wonderful timings e a a As the purest uearl is onnnsprl in J n unseemly shrine so too is manv a bravo heart encased in a breast of seeming adamant Manv a man will sweet because he is too proud to weep and stills a quivering lip beneath the cynics sneer Human love am human sympathy are the sweetest words ever framed by terrestial lips and did we practice then towards each other moro this old world would become a paradise indeed As it is the world is better today than our preachers would have us belicvi but they must keep it in bad odor or they would lose their jobs s s WHERE THE SHOE PINOHES MOST Cardinal Gibbons the official and recognized rep resentative head of the Roman hierarchy in Ameri ca would have the American people correctly un derstand the present church crisis in France Ofcourse there is only one correct view and that is the view taken by Cardinal Gibbons and it is his view that he would have the people of America assimilate and adopt as their own by whicl and through which they could be in a position to correctly understand the situation Fortunately for the American people and fortu nately for the French government the American people have a peculiar habit of looking at things in their own way and from the signing of the Declaration of Independence they have refused to look at things the same way as those who are manifestly interested in one view only So it will be in tin present conflict between church and state in the French republic our people will view it from their own standpoint and if it be the purpose of Cardina Gibbons to so arouse the religious passions ant prejudices of Americans that they can extent financial or physical aid to the adherents of thi Vatican in France for the purpose of resisting th edicts of the government then Gibbons will simpl create a cataclysm at home which will engulf an1 swallow him J In his diatribe against the French people nab Gibbons unwittingly reveals the motive 0ftIIJ ekurcluwirty in resisting as they can the separa on law He says I will lcayelife without thai ltd YniercnnJU 1pf justico labety au nmanity which ha been mytcorafori and support and hope during a long career if I believed that iy countrymen the American people would knowingly see tens of thousands of honest men ai noble women robbed of their just income and means of support and people brutally wounded all that they hold dearest and most sacred 4j Rather a fine play on words my Dear Cardinal but they wont stand analysis It is not only of our American love of liberty guaranteed asJ constitutional right that Gibbons has enjoyed the blessed privilege of plying his profession in Amori ica without let or hindrance but it is the hundreds of thousands of American dollars that have been poured into his lap that have constituted his sup port during a long career This does not apply to Cardinal Gibbons alone but to every preacher of my church or denomination whatsoever Stop the low of spondulix and the preacher be he Cardinal 3r of less degree wills ek another habitat where they find a more golden harvest It is easy to love both Christ and country on a full stomach but starveling preachers are compelled to resort to livers devices for raising time wind It is meet and right that Cardinal Qibbons should love the American people for they have been exceedingly kind to him But to proceed The Cardinal very frankly states that the French separation act has deprived thousands of men and women living on church work of their means of support Here is where the shoe pinches most Uliurch workers are nonproducers They are all large consumers Producing nothing they must reeds subsist upon what others produce and they always have a hand extended with open palm fort portion thereof The Blade denies that any preacher of any denomination in receipt of a salary for simply preaching is drawing u just in come He is drawing an income true but it lacks the meaning and qualification suggested by tIn idjective just It is not just but unjust The reacher takes all and gives nothing in return because he has nothing he can give but a string of mpty words and meaningless phrases The Blade lenies that in enforcing the separation act the gov ernment of France is robbing any man or roman no matter what their connection or position with the church might have been The French government has simply prevented that class from longer robbing the people While these men and women my have been deprived of an income which by ight they ought never to have had they have not icen deprived of the right or privilege of following ome other and more useful employment which in the end will make them more useful and more de irable citizens Proceeding further Cardinal Gibbons rails at the officials and the governmental leaders in Frances tying I am weighing my words and I say with deliberate conviction that the leaders of the present tench governments are actuated by nothing less than hatred of religion In France the Jacobin fi t It r 1- I j J- jpartJPis not dead Its spirit is as living today as was the last decade of the eighteenth century Its numbers hate God they hate Christ they hate his religion as much as ever their fathers hate them It is easy to show that I am not misrepn seating the French anticlericals or their spirit They make no secret of their hatred of Christina ityWhen one considers the bloody pages of histor that have been written by this very Christian religion of which Cardinal Gibbons prates so serer ly he must be commended as being a brave mnn for giving utterance to such expressions as tuoted above In viewing the situation it is evident that he keeps one eye closed He protests against the present but endorses and approves the past Wait not this very religion of Christ that brought into existence the Jacobin party and the Freneh revolt tion and did not Robespierre the representative of Christ in that awful period use the Jacobin party tc put to death those who did not agree with him keeping up the bloodshed until it drowned him And suppose the French anticlericals of toda have no love for this religion of Christ have its followers in this or any other country any love for the anticlericals Can their hatred of religion be any more severe than the hatred of religion for them Has not this same religion always mani fested a rancorous hatred for whatever opposes it Ah Gibbons your plaint is tainted with hypocrisy Your sorrow is caused from the fact that the anti clericals in France now have the reins of govern ment in their hands and that your church is dow and out Were the situation reversed you would soon show your hatred for the anticlericals Thu hatred would be demonstrated today just as it has been in the past So far as France is concerned the religion of Christ is getting all that is coming to it and all that it justly deserves France has suffered fearfully at its hands Now France is determine that no more sorrow shall be laid on its doorste p because of what the religion of Christ can do It is for this reason that the Cardinals shoe pinches The Blade admires the French government in that it openly shows its hatred of the Christian religion for the latter has never hesitated to manifest it hatred of those it could not coerce or bulldoze and history is now striking a balance There is one thing of which Cardinal Gibbons can rest assured namely that the American people whether he continues to believe in their love of lit erty and justice and humanity or otherwise will never lift a hand against the French people to aii the Christian religion whether it be through the Romish church or any other faction The Cafdinh can wear this bouquet on his red hat and call it settled s s s SECRETARY SHAWS POLITICAL ECONOMY rEvery life saved is a national asset Every thought stirred into activity is freedom gain X lie ottiner is t is attle icry of the mYbf Indus t iartthe iuvxCJiuuiyj the yitau aFln1 of intellectual freedom Although striving for different results along different modes of work the two are almost identi cal they arc allies in the cause of human enxancipn tion and must remain allies from the very nature o things until the ends sought have been accom lished Where men are thought bound they wear industrial fetters Where industry is manacled with the chains of peonage there can be no such thing a Frecpiought In all strictly orthodox communities states or nations labor is at the lowest ebb the being kept poor that the rich may grow richerI intellectual liberty is handicapped where ile are kept in serfdom to ruling powers no matter heir character or conformation These pre selfevident truths They need n demonstration They prove themselves Human history furnishes abundant examples and these acts are now being noted by thoughtful people the world over and the tocsin sounds vigorously Thc advocates of both suffer from the worlds contumely The man or woman who would save a humar ife by opening the doors to industrial freedom is denounced as an agitator a demagogue a dangerous person Those who would and do propagate the teachings of Freethought are made to suffer asocial ostracism and in ninny cases a business boycott is instituted against them Under such conditions t strange that the laborer should organize for mutual help and mutual support in the unequal struggle and is it not strange that the advocates of mental liberty do not and will not organize for similar natives f Just as labor learned the secret of organization from capital so do Freethinkers acquire an object lesson in the value organization from the suits the church have accomplished through it In face of all this as it concerns our national dustrial life Secretary Shaw of the United States treasury declares that we are too prosperous and uggests that if we would prosper we must curtail our prosperity Prima facie this is illogical but he leclares as if to prove his contention We are roving more crops than we can harvest and liar vesting more crops than we can haul to market This paradox comes from one who has occupied the lost important and most prominent position in the Cabinet for years We do not claim to be experts long the lines of industrial problems nor do we boast a panacea for our industrial ills but wo do know that Shaw is absolutely and altogether wrong nay that his statement is actually idiotic Did it ever occur to Secretary Shaw that to solve the problems of transportation and distribution rould mean the solution of the industrial problem Did it ever occur to Mr Shaw that the unequal istribution of crops and crop values together with he confiscatory charges for transporting crops to market have created the very conditions of which he seems to complain Did it over occur to Mr ShaW that with cheaper rates of transportation our crops could be hauled to any market and sold at root instead of loss Did it ever occur t Mr J t IIec1a tsG Shaw that the tariff on freight established by the railroad companies for transporting crops multiply their cost many times f Did it ever occur to him that there are enough idle men in the country to harvest all the crops twice every year if needs be At the best time ideas of political economy contain ed iu Mr Shaws figure of speech is exceedingly hnzy He uses strange logic for a nmn who claims to have saved the country from financial panic sev eral times during his term of office That Mr Shaw is wrong there is no doubt There isa plentitude of idle labor Of this there is no doubt If there is any idle labor in the country the industrial error comes not from growing too much cro sEven if the crops be large railroad building in America has not become a lost art and the car shops can still turn out their products The best- answer to such political doctrines would appear to bet first make it profitable for men to live decently by their labor and having done this then to crease and cheapen transportation facilities Mr Shaw would restrict production which means to lesson the demand for labor Sound po litical economy would increase consumption and there would not only be enough work for idle hands to do but an adequate compensation would accrue The solution of the problem is simply that of trans portation and labor Give both greater freedom s a s s COURAGE NERVE AND TOLERATION Courage alone conquers- It is not cheek or gall that enables man to pull through tight place with success but nerve force The greatest and hardest worker in his particular line that the world ever produced was Napo leon and he suggested that the one great thing the world needed most was courage Napoleon wasIright Courage is needed and when called should be ready This is a truth that many work ers in other fields have discovered for themselves and have applied it with more or less success About the very best that a worker can have is nerve It is an asset however that depends upon circumstances for it will carry a man through a crisis to success andragiauT he might have succeeded just the same had hofbeen without it The worker who has the nerve force the courage to go at it and stick will always win where the weak and timid will be bound tp fail One of the troubles with some men is that they confuse nerve with cheek These prefer the brass band effects of the man who is always shouting about himself who can elbow his way through crowds and they have scarcely deigned to notice time quiet selfcontained advance that is made by the man with the real iron nerve Above all never let it be said that you are a quit ter Ibis class never get anything in this world Any successful nmn can find times in his own ox PQrience when he was tempted to quit on this or that proposition but held on stuck to it with nerve and coura and finally success came There are plenty pf men who make ita point never to quit InilfMhc wise mare tries to hit thejBiarJc He tries to achieve what lie has sit out to achieve In thisYone of the best aids he can have is nerve force IJe lets nothing break or impair it He will not sub mit to oppression for once his nerve is lost it will never come back with the same strength Nerve is a thing of steady growth It does not spring up in a moment like a firefly gives a flash and is gone It is there to stay if you will but encourage it TheImain Idea is to have something to do in life that will snake life happier and better and then set out to get it Aim friends could we but instill these notions into the heart and brain of American Freethinkers how rapidly our cause would spread In but a little while it would be more fashionable to be an unbj lever than it ever was to be known as an orthodox Christian Principally we are to blame Many Freethinkers lack toleration They have permittedIthe weeds of intolerance obtained in childhood toIencumber time mind arid while demanding of thought for themselves deny the same right to other who have happened to roach just a little further than they What they need is a nerve tonic and a courage cultivator Wholesome thoughts will weed out the tares that have crept about the brain and the good seed will have a chance to grow Then Ictus get more nerve more courage and these will make us more tolerant of the rights of more courage alone conquers BQ braver s s a s s n s PAINE MEMORIAL ISSUE The THadq is pleased to announce to its readers that the issue of Sunday January 27 1907 will be made a special Paine Memorial issue the better to perpetuate the memory of him who gave old glory to tIC skies Shoud any of our readers desire extra copies they 1should be ordered at once that we may print a suffi number before the type is destroyed We will send one copy to any address for five cents or six copies for twentyfive cents This issue will do much honor the memory of Paine and by a wide litribution will tend to correct so much that has been misstated in American history or left out altogether for suspicious reasons In order to justify our subscribers in sending for extra copies ivo give a brief synopsis of what the issue will con ainThere will be a picture of Paine surrounded copious extracts from his pen The data to be furnished will be both historical and argumentative iontributed by some of the best known writers on Freethought in America Among the contributors will be Thaddeus B Wakeman of New York Mrs fosephine K Henry of Versailles Ky Dr J iVilson Cincinnati John F Clarke of BIiW and small contributions from several aid writers In addition to Ija editorial pages wit be tl1esecontributiou8I ulhor of this American t wi fr iir i 1 f P t entirety it can be termed a Paine Memorial the strictest sense No man has been more misunderstood andj misrepresented than was Paine and the more w propogate the truth concerning him the more J and glory the cause of human liberty will The church denies him common justice It i duty to see that he gets it All orders for extra copies should reach u later than January 26 that they may be pro tabulated in time to send them with the re edition of the paper Keep your eye on the I Mcmorial issue 1Withannounce that the favored periodical and magazine Armstrongs Autonomist will be again in January with prospects for a conti publicationThe was ever and always a sty champion of human rights and a merciless ex of frauds and fakes Its meritorious contribute to say nothing of the writings of its editor mW a welcome visitor With improved facilities publication the Autonomist makes a new starts it is deserving the support of every liberal mi man andwoman The Blade has been requested to give public j to the following official stattement which we ni in this column for the purpose of giving it the tention it deserves t Armstrongs Autonomist will be revived January Send for sample copy nod James Armstrong 3509 North Clark stree Chicago Illinois JAMES ARMSTRONG COURAGE LITTLE WOMANAND jtS YOU SHALL SMILE AQM Many of our readers special friends of Mni3 sephine K Henry have written us from time time concerning her and some of their letters been published in the Blade Letter Box T and all we can but express the hope that shfcia soon be restored to her literary activity andjg ings from her trenchant pen be read a a n For the past few years she has been eset a world of trouble and despair Thointpl readily sympathize with her and wish for li best With sickness and even death to coiji with and still beset with difficulties which a leonine courage to face she has borne up bfW and well and deserves the admiration 6f every j and woman in America Recently we wrote Mrs Henry for a eontd to our Paine Memorial issue mentioned elsewf fIn a letter which contained some valuable tfAut Mrs Henry says i Dear Mr Hughes The Blade is fine5me greatly in my dark days If I can write JOB article on Paine for your Paine issue will dose icannot promise as I dont know what may me from day to day I have passed thra Jul1eh ujWPI cJL ffliEf HEN R The Pope is getting sonic solar plexus blows in France Germany and Italy Ventilate it well It is one of the great moves of Rationalism Let the good work go on While we did not have Mrs Henrys consent to publish her letter to us yet without any injunction showingIdle of nerveenergy is pent up within that small frame In spite of her sorrows and suffering she still rejoices in the work of mental freedom and can express real joy at the wonderful changes that arc taking place about us every day Could we have more women like this brave fearless and energetic Kentuckian the world would be made happier and brighter for it a AT THE VERA DOORS OF THE VATICAN When a statue to Bruno was erected on the Cnmpo de Fieri at Rome within sight of the Vati can almost upon the very spot where the flame licked out his manly life to afford the blackrobed priests a religious feast it sounded the death knell of Christian tyranny and from that day to the present its pealing notes have sounded to the utter n tost parts of the earth Truth cannot be confined in prison walls It can not be smothered by the fires of fanaticism Wo may break a million harps but music itself does not die thereby A million men may mount the funeral pyre at the bidding of a bloodthirsty faith their brains may be destroyed but the thought of the world still goes on and the teachings those men have promulgated march on with wonderful effect Human hearts be rent but the holy passion of love remains unquenched and unquenchable So with truth It is Jike a mighty ship on the great ocean of Time It plunges through the breakers of oppo sition with every sail Set and ribs of iron and steel It zany become stranded and dashed to pieces upon the rocks of intolerance but the fragments will be littleiRecently Dr Wilson wrote concerning the atti tude of Spain towards the Christian religion Using the language of Caesar he styled thatIIEt tu Brute suggesting that an attack upon the fortress of faith was altogether unexpected from such a source Now we are informed that in Rome itself time horns of the Pope and within n short distance from the very doors of the Vatican a demonstration was made by the people of Italy in commendation of the action of the French republic in effecting a complete divorce of church and state This is an encouraging sign It means that the yoke of religious domination over matters political as affect ing the people in their daily walks of life is no longer to be tolerated even in priestridden Italy dirgeQfIj j r t the thirst for liberty has passed over the French frontier lines crossed the mountains of the Alps and penetrated into Italy Freedom has a peculiar way of making itself at home in any place and when a people have once tasted of its sweets it is never bidden to depart Old Napoleon once sought to jningle the eagles of France with the eagles of Italy mt he tried it with the shedding of blood with the grim visor of war He failed The craze for Religious freedom has accomplished that which apoleon could not do and the French and Italian people are now united with the one purpose FREE DOM What a sorry plight for a religion which once onsted so much power and authority Shaping ie policies and controlling the destinies of empires iiid worlds it must now depend upon the soldiery protect itself from the maddened hands of those ho once feared it Selfconscious of the wrongs line perpetrated it loses confidence in itself and list needs depend upon guns and bayonets to keep from harm Time change has lowered it from a ctator to an absolute dependent The day of ribution has been a long time coming the night intellectual slavery has been a long one but Na be works out a balance and in the present conflict jigious authority will be overthrown and the ural law of compensation will compel a terrible nement for the wrongs it has inflicted upon nkind rom the very character of the situation that now fronts the Christian church it will be impelled forego the business of saving souls and turn a futile effort of trying to aye itself Loss of war means a falling off in revenues Decreasing gentles means a slump in the number of protes agitators and advocates it can boast The rical outcome of it all means the doxology of thodox religion True those whose business or ersontil interests are wrapped in the cloak of re gionwillsit up with the corpse and still proclaim- to bia living reality These are simply attending e wake and the funeral will speedily follow hen orthodox religion is dead and damned the nciples of eternal justice will take a firmer and ipnger hold upon the mind of man OPreethinkers let us not be negligent of the oppor Mfiities thus presenting themselves We can aid in ie march of progress by handing the torch of ren- ion to our struggling colaborers in other lands Sjet us send them a word of cheer and encourage rient and a little while the Valtican will be deserted hue the statute of Bruno looks on with triump1i it acclaim ICould those marble eyes be made to see now toga marble lips to speak and that marble heart feel what think you would be the message de veredt 80 ye unto all the world and proclaim that Tied liberty for which the prie thud sacrificed t This from the very doors of the Vatican lie r it down as settled that the deity 1ver com municated with man directly or indirectly that no man has ever seen beyond the veil that shrouds the two eternities that religious faith hut arrant folly that God is actually nonextant Although these are mere fictions of mans imagination he has woven about them a complicated web of ritualism some beautiful as Arachnes robe some barbaric mind repulsive and not one of any worth to man They are but the cheao Garments in which the finite would clothe the infinite Unless labor is employed canitnl cannot increase it can only concentrate and then conies the danger the menace to industry We all know that with the aid of wealthcreating machinery every laborer should be able to acquire a competence to comfort in his declining days We all know that untilNecd is satisfied and Greed fully gorged there can be no such thing as overproduction that under normnl conditions when there is a plethora ofnecessities the surplus energy of the nation turns to the crea tion of luxuries and this causes the standard of living to advance Let Secretary Shaw please note s Freethought is the fruit and flower of our social and industrial life It would make that life a joy instead ofa curse Between religion and politics men are crushed into peonage and he is made to give support and sanction the process To be free that is truly free the Freethought movement must grow and prosper and our teachings placed before all the people The Blade is making an effort in that direction but it is powerless to carry on the labor unaided In its feeble way it is doing the best it can and would gladly do more did it have the means An increased and constantly increasing circulation is what we want and we can get it if nil will put their shoulders to the wheel Let us make a hard pull a strong pull and all pull together e e With the mighty energies of this nation in fuh play and the wealth permitted to remain with its producers we could afford to gve every candidate an office with plenty to get and little to do and still keep pie in the pantry and plenty of corn in the crib There is something more the matter than mere governmental waste and the trouble is with laIcover yet according to Secretary Shaw it is all because of too much production Rats Unbelief in Christian dogma is now publicly recognized as the correlative of education If there be a logical well informned man holding himself RBI church communicant today he is there not because of the doctrine promulgated by time average pertlall religious faiths that they flourish best where tease ignorance prevails t kta rOUR LETTER BOX i 1 t+H+II+ Wm Quigley While regretting your discontinuance yet ou are the one who has the right to say no charity Thanks for past courtesies Anthony O NelsonYou are right it Is the lack of organization that keeps the movement In check Your expression of appreciation is truly gratifying Louis RoserJust wait until some ccp cares you on a dark night George LeesonYour second article caught us in time We extend our hear thanks for your kind wordsI Htoiry S RobertsThe book hasJ been sent If the new man likes works of travel ho will appreciate what has been sent himITom Swinburn Many others took a vlsv similar to that you express but happily that is in the past Wo be lieve that freedom knows no bounds and cannot be restricted by limita tions if it is to be enjoyed JQ Davies M DYour article will appear in our columns although tho Crapsey case has been well dis er a new though- tJansonYou old atheist we have caught up with you this time and to get even we have printed your pome to Mrs 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some good neighbors that claim to be freethlnkero and they believe in spiritualism and they have been trying to convert me to their belief I tell tiaem Just as you say I could believe the miracles corded in tho Bible just as easy as I could believe in communication with the spirits Wishing the Blade sue ccssA J BEALMEAR We Are Under a Shadow Shelton Wash Put me down for one of the Moore memorial books I am sure the book will sell welL The Blade I think Is Just O K Now lt we only could form an organization and gather all Freethinkers Liberals In fidels or whatever we shall call cur selves under one banner I think it would be grand I nave ona fyetstelns badges and It amuses me h to see people looking at it Someask a lot rt questions and that crldoa me a cry and seine 1oo N If we could be unfler one standard so we could recognize each other the same as any ether order we wouul soon be reckoned with and we wot d amount to something As It is we are as were under a shadow ANTHONY O NELSON Blade Has Improved Charleston W VaAbout a year ago when Mr Mtoore made what I regard as a brutal attack on Moses Har man my admiration for him suffered a collapse and I should have dropped the Blade then but my subscription was paid aead so I let it run cut tending not to renew But Mr Moore having passed away and Blade being thrown open to all subjects of public Interest I have decided to re new for one copy having been taking two copies and so enclose the 150 Although missing the piquant remarks of Mr Moore I think you have proved the Blade TOM SWINBURN Moral Health Superb But McGregor Iowa Enclosed find to make us even to date J have been taking your elixir vltaeduring the past ten years and herein testify that my moral health is superb However owing to age poor eyes ill health hard scratching and uncertainty of life I must ask you to defer treatment But should I suffer a r lapse into frenzied supeVstition I will again squeal for help It not bankrupt No charity for me I would rather sacrifice my moral integrity for bread ian except a free loaf from the hand oven of a millionaire Cut me off WM QUIGLEY ADAM AND EVE TO THE DUMOJ Opinion of the Secular Press Upon the s Work of the American Assocla tion For Advancement of SciencedFROM CHICAGO TRIBUNE The American Association for the Advancement of Science has relegated Adam and Eve to the dump- Ing ground of the myths The cura tor of Ute anthropological section of the Field Columbian Museum fought hard to save the pair alleged to have been our first parents and at whose graves Mark Twain wept so copiously but it was of no use The scientists tell us there could have been no Adam and Eve of blessed memory Ina gar den of Eden and offer us as substi tutes white black red yellow rus sets coppercolored and blackandtan Adams and Eves to account for au thopologlcal variations Even admitting that scientists are correct in this matter would if not have been kinder If they had kept the secret to themselves and not de molished the dear old story at one fell they realize what havoc they have committee If there was no Adam and Eve then there was no garden of Eden with all the creatures that Adam named with its purling brooks and flowery meads and chant Ing birds with its stately trees and In their midst the tree of life and with i the apple no eviction from their home no curse of labor pronounced against them as they fled out of Eden in terror no cherubim with flaming sword keeping watch and ward over tf tho way that led to the tree of life WE DO JOB- PRINTING r Send Us YourWork WARI The Elgin and Waltham Watch Cos have indirectly declared war on Jobs C Dueber of the Hampden Watch Co and smaller competitors todrlVo tctlIieUtors rircethem into a Trust But John C many times a millionaire who em ployes Union Labor only will not Join them in their nefarious scheme He promptly meets all reductions male by the oiler companies until tnow watches are actually sold far bp low value Note the lastest quotations 23 Jeweled 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A NEW PRAYE Made In Answer To Secretary Shaws Remarkable Notion Of Offering Prayer To Subvert National Prosperity CEMENT THE BOND OF GOVERNMENT AND MONOPOL r BY DR T J BOWLES In a rcent speech at Washington city Secretary Leslie M Shaw said to his audience To those who still pray get dow on your knees and pray to God to save the country from its prosperity rrquest the following prayer has been a suggested by one of the greatest and best men in the United States and I r rearnesUy advise all praying people to paste it In their hats and If possible r commit it to memory so as to be In s readiness wtoen unexpectedly called to pray in a religious or political ai fv Qitsembly we come to Thee at Seen tary Shaws request on our bended knees and Implore Thy mercy We ask J Thee 0 God to save this country x4 + us but If Thou cannot in the pI enti1 tude of Thy mercy save this country iroin us then we beseech Thee to say rJ us from the country Thou art aware how yellow Journalism hath arrayed the rabble against Thy servants Be told what they have done to Thy servants James Hazen Hyde Richard orMcCurdy our Chauncey and Judg the keeper of the yellow dog Ou rnames have been dragged before grand Juries and did not rhy faithful servant John D RocKeteller have the time of his life dodging an officer of the law We have all been haled to the courts of Justice and had it not been 4 for the Immunity bath some of us would have gone to tie penitentiary President Roosevelt now wants to tax our incomes and did not Cortelyou tax our incomes to the full limit to make Roosevelts calling and election sure Thou know est 0 Lord that we have f tried to save the country from its prosperity and that wo have succeeded fairly well Had It not been for our handiwork 0 Lord wage earners farmers and legitimate business men would be living in palaces like Thy 7 1 humble servants and spending their w f They too would be pursuing liberty and happiness in automobiles 0 and knowing as we do the business ot r prosperity we would if possible save the masses from Its consequences Thou knowest 0 Lord that in order I to get two riches with which we build libraries support churches endow col leges and build universities it was necessary to crush competitors under pay our employes overcharge our cus l tomers own political bosses corrupt courts bribe officials gobble up fran chises and buy lawmakers like cattle All these things 0 Lord we did in Thy holy name Therefore we ask j hee 0 Lord to let the heathen rage and the common people imagine vain things We have done our utmost to cave the country from Its prosperity but Thy servant Secretary Suaw says that we need Thy help to complete the I Job Therefore we beseeech Thee to smile upon us while wo subvert popu lar government prevent the election of United States Senator by the people crush municipal ownership shelter trusts from harm defeat direct nomi nations for public office subsidize the f public press cement tine bond between political bossism and private mO- nopoly loot funds reserved for widows and orphans and ours shall be the glory but Thou 0 Lord shall have a share of the swag worlds without end Amen BRITISH SKY PILOT Continued from page One lords of heaven and hell will take care that he is kept under some control His lowest passions might suggest an act that would lead to twelve 4 years penal servitude Surely it might r be worth while to practice selfre straint if only to avoid that unpleas A ant experience We hope the reverend gentlemans head letting his heart alone Is equal to this simple calcula tion London Freethinker Now hear the young men speak for themselves The faith of a class of students in the Columbia University New York City was put to the test not Song ego according to the newspapers by the propounding among others the following question What difference would the nonex- Istence of God make in your dally lifeThirteen of the young men said it would not make the least bit of dif terence in their dally lives If they had L not heard of God One bright young fellow was candid enough to say while admitting there was probably such a being la exist race If God did not exist kejrtwiW t trt4F Xn 5I 1Tt J yfeel a greater Jresponslblllty for his acts and have agreater of doing wrongcThe words of the young men are In great contrast with the en2 dons and moral makeup of the Irav J E Roberts Ijhave heard clergymen In my own country say the same things Surely they religious education must have been defective Goodness should not depend on religion but rellgl should be nourishes oy goodness Hlstorlcall atheists are among the best people lnf the worldrmen and women Adam Smith author of the Wealth of Nations said Hume the atheist was as near perfect aa the frailty of human nature would per mlt John Stuart Mill was called the Saint Atheist When a clergyman blurts out Blank Atheism what do Intelligent men think of his ability and Ga FOUND THE WAGES OF SIN An Open Gas Jet Tells the Story and the Disgraced Priest With His Paramous Are Found Dead Together HAD BUT RECENTLY PREACHED MAN TO HELL followed the sus IlgnOmlnloUSdeath S Quinn from pastor of St Agnes Church this city His body and that of Miss S Kiley the former housekeeper at the rectory here were found this morning In a roonj on the second floor of a boarding house at No 228 East Eighteenth street New York Gas was flowlrafrpm a fixture used in at aching a heater but a jet burning lust above It indicated that the leaths of thepar tad been caused by accident Father Quinn was well liked by the xirishoners lot St Agnea but about hree weeks ago be was removed by Bishop Mcljjaul of the Trenton Dlo cese because of ugly rumors floating bout concerning his fondness for Miss Klley the attractive and Intelll gent housekeeper Nor was that the ole cause or his dismissal in disgrace At the fmieral services over William Jaffey a oval character who had noted the bfst of lives the assistant rl t t e aeo- dy rsh d never javlbeet1 permit ted to enfcrtHYsehurclfc His funeral barn services ouldhave been held in a Scandals ot a financial nature were also in circulation and finally a com oittee of the parish visited Bishop IcFaul and Father Quinns dismissal ollowed About a week later Father Farrell pastor of the church died and disgrace of his assistant it is said had much to do with his fatal llness Immediately after his dismissal Father Quinn left town and had not been seen here since so that news of the double tragedy caused a big sen atlon here Miss Klley left the rec tory about a week ago Mrs Wallace proprietor of the New York boarding house said the couple had been at the house since Tuesday vexing The man called at the house last week and inquired about the price of a room for a married couple When Informed that it would be 4 per week ho said that was rather too much for him to paralt he was out of work He was not seen again until last Tuesday when he called and engaged the room In the evening he returned iLk tho woman The couple carried between them our grips and satchels In one of the atcSels the Coroner found some sll erwro These consisted of spoons inlves forks ladles sugar tongs and J few other small pieces One of the mailer spoons bore the name OFar rell On a bureau in the room was found a telegram which Father Quinn had ent Miss Kiley summoning her to leet him In New York IPULPITContinued One Beyond the mere super ces Chris ianity has not aa yet been taught In he daurches and therefore it cannot be truthfully said that Christianity in New York is a failure because It has never been a fair trial- I am not leaving the Church I am simply seeking to accomplish the mis ion of Jesus and I believe as conditions exist In New York today I can- o so better outside a church building ban in time In the theatre I have leased there will be a common meeting ground for all the people Irrespective if poverty or riches urch the preacher is pected to conservethe heritage of the ast I believe the preacher should be a prophet a parrot and should iontrlbwtajbotk with pen and voice ke JM f g of tile future ChrIstl 1 J I h lir anity la animated by a social spirit but It Is a fact of history that the churches sfor full 1500 years as a whole have boon the allies of tho classesx I enter upon this new work because long for a freedom which no man can enjoy In a pulpit where a few men pay his salary and practically dictate what no shall say The pulpit In America with here and there a notable exception Is a cowards cas tlo With my pen and my platforo work I can If necessary preach tor the love of It and I emphatically say that there will never be In any pulpl In America a free expression of hon est opinions as long as the conscience of the preachers are held In bondage and thraldom by a paid salary PRIESTO- F HIS OWN FAMIL Is the Part That Should Be Played By Every ManWhat Happens To One Must Happen To All The Truth Can Hurt No Man STRONG ARTICLE REPRINTED FROM TAMPA TRIBUNE The following splendid article has been sent to us for publication W do not know the author but as It came from a friend whom we know and because of Its real merit the Blade Is pleased to use It It tip peared in the columns of the Tribune published at Tampa Florida and It a good sign of Intellectual progress when a newspaper that has to depend upon the general public tar support will print sucn an article It ready as follows 1 Permit one who witnessed the liter ring match between Teed and Cuddy and who thinks they are equals In error to present a few thoughts on that subject Now that old beliefs are being torn up and so manYare saying I deny I cannot believe it may help to settle some questions in the inquiring mind The writer courts answers from both parties or their followers He only wants the tiuth wherever It may be found The universe Is infinite both in me end extent Our most powerful g ss 39 show us about one hundred anti thirty millions of suns Photogra many more It never was crewed t never will be extinct NothlagfLur be created Tno labors of all e ne place any conceivable datoasl the duration of the universe That in cpm Parisen with infinity preceding It is Incomparably less than the wink ofjan yo In the life of a centenarian dui Ing nIl of which time Gcd existed be ire he made up his mind to create so ae thing a creator without a creation an absurdity God and the universe ire to write In English and not in jek same timed neither could exists Ith out the other This universe isln rued with the spirit of life and Is subject to Immutable laws That spirit nd those laws we may call God Deus Trios Allah or what we will It a principle is not in accordance with the laws of nature It Is not a law of God Man was not created In Gods image for he has no form Following the aw of the conservation of energy the human soul had no beginning and will rave no end The mind of man never was created and never will be tinct Cicero It is an infinitely small part of the ever existing God md at the end of this living organization is reabsorption John Jones lease to exist as John Jones He novas on forever The waters of the seatbeyceasedo not cease to be water God never bas revealed a word to the roan ace Man has had to dig every prln ilple of ethics and science by hard abor out of his own mind Think low long It took to agree that slavery In principle was wrong how long It ook to learn the germ theory of dls ease Even now Justice and equity is supposed to apply only to people of OUr particular tribe our particular re Iglon There Is no Devil No such a thing as evil ever existed All sin faonly a wrong use ot existing goode 8t1 Augustine The good are only The wicked are only foolish So rates Consequently there is hell The follies of men whetheras Individuals or as nations bring their own punishment No prayers no gUts will alleviate It Either in self Or children who are parts of s tall wrong doing must be expiated Search your own mind Not one living per Son has told me otherwise than that he has suffered already almost b beyond endurance for his sins Then we must only question whether we must suffer twice for the same offense Trouble not yourselves over the wrong doing of your neighbor Perhaps he has not done wrong Marcus Aurellus What one religion says is right ther says Is wrong Soaliover the world If we must acknowledge an all pervading regulating spirit we a ji iit I ig must give him the attributes of abso lute wisdom and Justice If of all hu man beings who have Inhabited this little globe since man first walked erect one even has after the suffer ings of this short life circumscribed by his environment bound down by his animal nature and Its workings through the mind all derived from do fective ancestors been condemned to eternal torment he Is not a God but a monster fitly represented by the hideous South Sea idols Eternity is a long time A good man living or dead has no cause to fear the Gods SocratesIf has those attributes of abso lute wisdom and Justice he never co demned all the generations that isted between the mythical Adam and Christ to pordiiism for a trifle And all the Jews and Pagans from that time to tills even the crimes for cruel of Nero would be of feather weight in comparison I have never seen the Individual deserving the thousandth part of such punishment Vhat happens to one happens to all Anything so common and so universal as death Is neither o be feared nor shun ned Marcus Aurellus Nor is It the part of absolute wisdom and justice to be swayed Hi of nature have never varied a halrj breadth Miracles were and are possible Consequently prayers gifts processions beating of tomtoms and shaking of rattles are unnecessary Also priests Every man should be the priest In his own family It he to pay his money to some one else to feels himself incapable and is willing keep him in the way of wisdom let him do so If he robs his family or himself of the comforts of life as a fire insurance in the next world he is foolish Pausanls says In his Descrip lion of Greece that over one door to the temple at Adelphl was the lnscrlp tlon Know Thyself Over the other Not too much of Anything These sum up all religion all philosophy and all rules of conduct Moderation in everything leads to most happiness Inv living and to the mpst secure evening of a longer life The most religious lman is the man who sonrches most consistently after the truth ttlie laws of nature which regulate himself and his environment the universe ande follows those laws The high priests of the true religion are such men as Archimedes Galileo Buffon Newton Darwin Pasteur Lister and other opcch making benefactors of the hu J man race who took nothing for grant ed In tuelr hunger for the truth Thu J cldldes however says that the mass at mankind wants anything but the f say AU this Is probably true but I question whether the worlds ready for It or would be bnefltted by Its substitution for Christianity I thought so myself In my earlier years but In my old age I agree with Spinoza that the truth can hurt no nan and no people If it be the truths Others say I can subscribe to aUv that If you accept Christ as the Son of Sod than is any right living man He was the Illegitimate Son of Panthera a Greek captain in the Roman service Celsus the Talmud etc Ho united the Greek Idolatry with the Jewish faith John Fiske In a village where ancestry was known as In Greece back to the age of mythology tie was ridcule of his boy and girl aso clataes Feeling Ills equality yes his mental superiority he could not see why lacking the blessing of the priest hood on his parents he was an inferior to the others Like all other Illegiti mates he was Insurgent Knowing that no power on earth could make him like the other Jews he appealed to the laws of the universe and aligned himself with the whole human race Like all other prophets except Mohammed he claimed to perform miracles and his followers believed them same as the Mormons believe in the miracles of Joseph Smith As to their calling Him the Son of God I Tailing In a lawful Jewish father he was the child of the universe Such a claim was also the commonest thing In history Buddha Hercules Romu lus Plato Scipio the younger and hundreds of others I could name were given that paternity We find It among the Hindoos the Greeks Rom gans Japanese Aztecs Mayas Apaches and even the Esquimau tact It is pretty hard to find a people that had none such They were about as common among the Greeks Romans Japanese Aztecs tthe United States History has a record of over 2000 prior and since Jesus who claim ed to be the Messiah the anointed which the word Christ means in Greek Illinois inour own time has produced two Chrlsts Schwelnfurth and Teed two prophets Joseph Smith at Nauvoo and Dowie Elijah III at Zion andi one Jofon the Baptist who goes around the streets of Chicago every day bearing a sign to that effect There Is another Christ now In Lon don This Is all It Is the result of over 40 years study of all the religious sys tems of the world and all its schools of philosophy and living In Catholic Mohammedan Buddhist and Moraon countries as well ashean1ng Dowle and Teed and Hvlmg among tribe I Afi 7 fl1tl st i L 1I without any definite i fclon I ask no one to change his section this count If one has fdundtranqulllty ot mind In Salt Lake Rome Dowle Zion or Teeds Estero I would advise him to stay there JBtit It like man he can only deny I throw these Idea out for him to follow Whey need not one dollar of his money no priests ni churches no mediator no atonement Alone during the waking hours of night he must search his own soul tc see whether he Is living according the laws of nature or not He must draw his own conclusion but the cide is the coward forsaking the field of battle I will say this however Take a crowd of the most eminent men of all professions men who are great enough and puccessful enough be honest In Romeo Madrid Paris or London Havana Washington New York or Chicago or any other great city the centers of Intelligence and broach these Ideas You will find nine out of ten of those men agreeing wits them In toto It wasithe religion ol Solomon of Socrates of Marcus Au rellus of Spinoza of Frederick The Great of Voltaire of Napoleon ol Jefferson Emerson and Lincoln It will be the religion of tthe intelligent portion of the human race ten thousand years after the knowledge of the existence of all Christianity shall have faded from the minds of the mon people P ONE CROP THAT WASNT HARVEST What Will Teddy and God Think On Judgment Day Over the Doings Of One Of the Dearly Beloved jBY J H SCHWARTZ We have It upon excellent authority hat the best laidtplaosof mice and non gang oft agiee and the statement is Just as true today as when it as first penned Not so very long ago Roosevelt and Sod decreed Jointly that Thursday November 30 shoUld be observed as a lay of feasting prayer and Thanksgiv ing It seems tome that such a pow erful mandate should cause that day to be held In nore rellgl6u awe than Sunday It doesnt happen to be so town our way Near Marshall Ill where the writer f this article lives there Besides a arsei who iIoniot tie main props f tha church ad K fHJso ely pious fiat kcjauft pray over the saltshake jetore1 elc user atgntiIM Uourtpsy forbids ire lsmentlolids lameFln sDlte of his xti e holiness lid piotv hehasaneye keenifor bus aess Jle wanted tb getvhls hired lands to work through Thanksgiving Say and tried to cheat theme by promts ng roast goose It seems then that Christians can forget their God for the of a few nubblnand to illustrate happened I shave made up the balance of the story rhyme saintly farmer lives near our town Whose crop of corn was much blown down h whispers said he I do believe Ill trick the hands Thanksgiving Eve Good wife go kill a big fat goose The largest you may care to choose And stuff it plump as plump can be Then show it to te hands for me That night at supper In came the wife With nice dressedgopsp and carving knife 3e pointing said Leisall agree tomorrow morn i jIll roast this goose if youll shuck iZ to corn text morn they crowd the festal board Methinks this was the prayer 0 Lord f it makes no difference to you Well stuff our hides as big as two J t f 5 Thanksgiving made them grunt and i eat Until the paunch outgrew the feet They tried to walk but not a step No shucking corn that eve you bet They weld their belts and howled with pain And then to prayer they went again Dear Lord we beg If you dont care Remove this awful load we bear But what the deuce careed Jove if cake And goose gave them the stomachache But what will God and Teddy say The morning of the judgment day WE DO JOa- PRINTING s Send Us YourWork t WAR The Elgin and Waltham Watch Cos have indirectly declared war on HampdenIthem Into a Trust But John C many times a millionaire who em ployes Union Labor onlywill not Join them In their nefarious scheme Ho promptly meets all reductions male by the older companies untilwnow watches 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