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Digital page images are linked to the text file. i 71Y4p4r i n t BL E GRASS BLADET Parker A- Aa4lan f Sepol WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH1Qat SId VOLUME XV NUMBER 42 LEXINGTON KY JANUARY 27 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 9 150 A YEA R IN ADVANCE Brigthest Jewel That Gleams in Prod Columbias Crown of Glory Through the Efforts f Thomas Paine the Shadow of Old Glory Now Falls Protectingly Onjkmerican Homes it Ik PAINES RELIGIOUS CREEDS I believe in one God and no more and I hope for happiness beyond this life 1 I believe in the equality of man nndl believe that religious duties consist in doing justice loving mercy and endeavoring to make our fellpui erect ores happy But some perhaps will say Are we to have no word of Godno revelation I answer Yea there is a word of God there is a revelation wlhe word of God is the Creation we bdjiofd and and it is in this word which no human iinypntion can counterfeit or alter that God sn aketliftinjyer preachesrtet ton IIJUUU3 God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of Gorl AGE OF REASON ++ ++ + ++ + + + + + + ++ H + + ++++ To the world at large a man is not what he is to himself nor what ho is really but what tho world comes to or can be made to think of him All such is by the politi cal social and other and of his time which he hits either favored or and The result is that as these interests anti change with the solution of human progress the of the men and women they have sent to heaven or hell must have a new day of ant1 viy even have to change places So hits it been with the great actors in Grecian and Roman and the Mid dle Ages we should go up or down to i t J l+t iF ++ III ++ +++ I J Paine J H+U 1111 I111 II + 411 +++ +oH + + ++ Value And Worth of Thomas Paine to Mankind His Great Aim Was To Build Up a Federation of To Include All the Nations of Outlined of States of America Was the of All Political Reformers First To Realize AndName the Great Religion of Humanity i BY TIIADDEUS BUtt a1IEBIdNi appreciation determined religious financial dominant interests feelings opposed disturbed dominnu worldviews characters distinguished judgment history Whether VKvfri find the souls of Gracchi or of Caesar or of the more recent like upon the of our said con trasted with theirs What then were and are those in regard to Thomas Paine f and what are their really worth f What was the world in which Paine lived with the world for which he lived and ours There can be no but that Paines life was one of con sistent and devoted to realize his ideal as the actual and world of in which he lived Now which of on Third Page L v L c jl Soldier Author the Revolution Whose Pen Fire Wrested Liberty From Reluctant Hands Tyrants 11111111111111 1111111111111 Purity Patriotism Principle Thomas True Republic EarthPlan by Formation Federated Greatest characters Napoleon depends changes dominant interests contrasted interests judgments compared question persistent endeavor republic against practical despotisms Continued of American of of + + ++ + +++ +44++ + + + ++ + + 4 + + + + +IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII + PAINES POLITICAL CREEDmSociety in every state is a blessing but govern ment even in its best state is but a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable one for when weIsuffer or are exposed to the same miseries government which we might expect in a country i without government our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suller Security being Iketrue design and an cndJJ of government it er110w8 that what t m l fri them otFlaphcurs most to Cf iL 1r to us with the least expense and greatest benefit t is preferable to all others COMMON SENSE ++zI IIII II ++ + + II+ + + + I+ + + d H+ loll 1111I1I1III 1 rp 1r r rr It From His Brain Came- Americas Magna Charta Inspired Our Declaration of Independence And Transformed the Human Mind Into a Grand Cathedral WhereaReason In Its Majesty Unfurled the Banner of Intellectual Freedom Deep Reverence of An American Woman For Memory of Paine By Josephine K Henry Speak of me as I am Nothing extenuate nor set Down aught in malice BARD OF AVON No character in history in past three hundred years has been a more powerful factor in shaping the governmental social and religious life of Eu rope and America than that of Thomas Paine His struggles and heroism and his writings in England France hand America make him the great est apostle of liberty of modern times The thoughts of Thomas Paine voice the interests and higher aims of all nations truly loyal to liberty whether the cry comes from oppressed Russia so cialistic Germany and Italy monarchical England f i IJ 1 or republican France or America Time spirit of Thomas Paine is in tho battle cry for liberty and equality of rights that is ringing around the earth today The women of the world owe Thomas Paine a debt of gratitude they cau never pay whether they recognize the fact or not for he was the first man on the American continent that pleaded for the pro tection of the human rights of their sex The brain of Thomas Paine conceived Americas great Magna Charta the Declaration of Inde pendence and The Bill of Rights the corner stones of American republicanism Washington Continued on Third Page 14CE yzh L IIil THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Suday founded 1884 and edited by Charles CHltoa Moore up to hla death February 7 1001 JAMES E HUGHES Kitor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION KATES By mail postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial lub8criptiOD 16 cents per month foreign subscription postpaid floo per yea Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character accepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per month unless by special contract when other and bet ter rate will be quoted upon application The pib x lichen have the right to reject any advertise menu offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES 1SUBSCRIPTIOINS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up in advance The address on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent if for upon renewal in cue of discontin uance MATTE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky aa this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address ad vise this office giving both old and new and the Blade will be sent to the new address aa desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 55 West Short Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Free thinkers will be given a hearty welcome tllE BLADE is entered at the Postoffioe at Lexington Ken tucky aa second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky r Thomas Paine IGlorifyhis name Strong in devotion to duty Patriotism purity and high principle Champion of universal human liberty and love Brave fighter to remove the shackles of ortho doxy from the brain fGavebirth to that grand notion of the federated parliament of the world Is History owes him a place in her temple of fame brushetd aside Jfl 7bainthe wQrl two neeRltblicsJmd j unfurled OldXJlory before the breeze Won fame by his efforts for political freedom but was damned by orthodox cowards because of his labors for religious freedom Freethinkers honor themselves by honoring him who made free speech and free expression possible EuropehMay his memory be kept green in every heart that can feel for anothers woe and is unmoved by one selfish thought America owes more to Paine than to any other man for the political freedom she now enjoys and the day is coming when he will get his reward Grander than the battle at the Pass of Thermo pylae more glorious than the charge of the Mace donian Phalanx were the heroism of Paine as he followed the colonial army through its weary pil grimage a Paine hurled defiance at kings denied their vine right and destroyed their power over the bodies of men he struck the first great blow at religious tyranny and destroyed its unholy power over mens minds The American form of government was outlined y Paine in iiis Common Sense his sixteen pamph ts published by the camp fires the Crisis gave Ihe American government an existence and his mighty pen did more for our independence than lid the sword of Washington r a No more beautiful more humanizing more elo lent sentence was ever penned by mans hand than the expression of Thomas Paine when he- v rite Time world is my country mankind are my 1rethren and to do good is my religion Only carrion birds will feed upon the bodies of the dead and none but a cowardly preacher would 1g assail the character of those whose lips are closed in death Paine was dead when the twobyfour expounders of the gopel of love began their wicked assaults upon him Simply the case of an ass kick ing a dead lion a Kingcraft feared the power of Paine while liv ing Priesteraft fears the power of Paine even now that he has been dead and gone these many years His name is still a hideous nightmare to thorn in their dreams sleeping or waking for he penlaidthey have never forgiven him for it brightflamePaine Like bats they sought their dark hiding places When he was dead they poured their foul i venom full upon him It was hn who wrested scepter of authority from the handsof the crowned bigot and placed the Bible on the shelf of antiquity Kings priests and Bible were buried in the ruins of the religious havoc he had wrought WE DO HONOR TO OURSELVES BY HONORING THOMAS PAINE Time can heal many wounds bring solace to troubled hearts but it has taken years to achieve even a tithe of that justice which is due to Thomas PaineThrough all the dim vistas of the centuries in all the annals of human history no record can be found of so great a human service done at such fearful cost and upon so much personal sacrifice and with so little appreciation Indifferent men do not care Prejudiced men turn aside from the paths of truth Incapable men cannot conceive Honest men can both see and know and it is in the inculcation of honest senti ments that Thomas Paine will ultimately triumph over brutal wrong and the people of America come to regard him as the real founder of this great public the land of the free and the home of the Christian world is much the same today as it was when Paine trod the earth He saw and un derstood the hollowness and hypocrisy underlying the church and the peculiar religious nostrums it taught With them he was politically regarded as a hero but when he assailed their theology he was looked upon as a bad egg This proves that Chris tian charity is a term that is crossly misunderstood There are many church people today who may de cline to indulge in slander towards you for dis senting from their religious dogmas but they will sieze upon the first opportunity to stick you with a plugged nickel or steal your pet canine These may be long on faith and hope but they are decidedly short on charity Such people promise more and do less than a candidate for Congress and such has been their record throughout the ages Paine knew that the average church in his day was about the last place on earth to look for human relief and human happiness and in that fearful period of war they were all on the tory side Imagine if you can the intolerance of the ignor ant worshippers in the days of Thomas Paine ana yeti can form a tolerably clear notion of the bitter calumny that was heaped upon his devoted head Paine saw and knew that between the kingpower and the churchpower life was but a battle and a march for all men hence he aimed to overthrow both and he succeeded most admirably He was one of the real men of the world a man by whose characteristics the progress of a people ly measured Real men are ever the worlds he roes and its hope The heart of a real man isiever hidden behind the cowardly superfices of policy or expediency it is ever am ilwnysan book which he who rims may HpflsPBPjIfcstnntl To deceive is impossible with such a man for the lie can only bloom on coward lips and Thomas Paine was no coward Public opinion he treated with kingly contempt but his own selfrespect was dear er to him than life though it be dowered with a monarchs scepter and all the wealth of Ormus and Ind Such a man was Thomas Paine and it is Paine whom we honor this day by singing his praises broadcast throughout this land Did he have his just dues then on the 29th day of January in each year and every year every village town and hamlet throughout all this republic would be filled with grateful assemblies to do honor to his name and memory Freethinkers have felt both chagrin and amuse ment at the stubborn persistency with which the orthodoxy worshippers still pronounce him as an Infidel It is to the everlasting shame of Theodore Roosevelt that he referred to Thomas Paine as a filthy little Atheist and it is to the eternal dis credit of the nation that such a stigma should go unrebuked Had Paine been living today and did he promulgate the same doctrine as given in his Age of Reason he would be termed even too orthodox for some Christian sects This is a sign that while the world has advanced it has not been just with its progress On the first page of his Age of Reason Paine declared I believe in one God and no more and I hope for happiness beyond this life The first part of that sentence should be enough to satisfy the religious demands of any or thodox believer today while the last is certainly sufficient for all the practical affairs of this life But Paine did not stop there As a rule Chris tians will stand ready to publicly profess what they do believe but they take precious good care never to tell what they do not believe Paine was too honest to be guilty of even a silent lie and lest it should be thought that he believed in many things in which he did not believe he added I do not believe in the God of the Christian faith the Mohammedan faith or of any fajth I know of This was his crime lib had been guilty of having a mind of his own and giving expression to it Time Christian world does not like honesty It puts a premium upon hypocrisy and is satisfied with a mere lip service no matter what the heart may feel For this Paine was slandered and misrepresented because he was miunderstood From every Chris tian pulpit torrents of abuse fell upon him and every effort made to make of him a social outcast peoplefoolishlyquired sufficient Common Sense to acknowledge the Rights of Man and fully appreciate the Age of Reason Thus the Christian world ever consis tent with its own intolerant spirit not only slan dered the name of Paine but heaped abuse upon the heads of those who dared to defend him and pro tect his memory In the world of human life Thomas Paine is ofmore practical service capable of more moral and social good than all the preachers and parsons on the outside of hell To Americans that is r- ealLi Three Nations Put a Price Upon Paines Head MemorytoBeyond the Pale of Honest Thought Age of Reason the Bete Noir of Clergy for Ages to Come nIl1 BY JOllN F CLARKE The 29th of January being the anniversary of the birth of Thomas Paine and the growing interest in the celebrations are bringing to life the memory of a scholar when there was a dearth of learning a patriot when patriotism was essential to freedom of thought and action a friend when the struggling colonies were in dire need of aid a statesman when advice and wise counsel was in demand a martyr when self sacrifice was a stimu his to liberty The history of Paine reads like a romance of high order Moncure D Conways Life of Thos Paine carefully compiled from authenticated let ters affidavits extracts and public documents show how by blowing away of the cobwebs of calumny and the disproof of malicious lying a fine and lofty soul can rise from the ashes of extraneous perfidy Without Thomas Paine and his efforts in Americas behalf it is extremely doubtful if the United States of America had ever been a reality lie made the ideal and his striving made the ideal real Paine was a man of domestic sorrows His wife did not sympathize with him in any one of his great antici pations nor achievements She was under the pre vailing influences of superstition and ignorance of her day and Paine was above them They had no thoughts in common Paines friendship was as true as steel and he proved that he could stand by his friends in many instances His mechanical skill was marvelous lie had a master brain and everything that his brain applied itself to flourished The profound respect with which his speech in criticism of the proposed constitution of France was listened to at the French convention and the unanswerable argument he advanced shows that he was a parliamentary wonder Three nations acknowledge his greatness England by setting a price upon head France by imprisoning him and the Unite States by ignoring his services The latter struck a few medals in his honor and France voted him thanks The Tories and bigots in America did all that they could to scorn his memory and succeeded Americans the name of that devoted friend of hu manity will ever stand as a beacon light illuminating the pathways to a higher and a nobler state of human progression Nations grown corrupt with wealth and age may fall religions may be forgot ten and their fanes perish from the face of the earth even gods may die and be swept into time great cataclysm of Time but the name of Thomas Paine shall live in the hearts of men and women- so long as the race itself endures History canno be truthfully written without him for he is history In the diadem that adorns Columbias placid brow he is the brightest of all the rare jewels Just as those despised rebels of a century ago are the very men whose graves we bedeck with our gar lands so shall the name of Paine be glorified by underneath posterity even as its predecessors have damned it in the past Time race will yet learn to love and revere the memory of him who said Any system of religion that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system The world is my country mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion If there must be war let it be in my day that my children may have peace These are the times that try mens souls In crisis like the present the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will shrink from the services of his country but he who stands by it now deserves the love and praise of all mankind Search through till the musty bibles and sacred writings socalled of all the various religious sys tems Pore over every page and study every line Then point if you can to any nobler grander sweeter truer or purer sentiments than those quoted above Talk about selfsacrifice gods dying wooden crosses vicarious atonements etc they are not in the saints class and arc but as flea bitten fice in comparison with Bengals royal beast Religious dogma hat only ucceedcd in dividing the race into classes each pitted against the other filling the world with strife and turmoil pain and sorrow Did the sentiments of Thomas Paine but acquire universal acceptation then that time would come when the race would be but a universal both erhood federated into one grand fraternity con taining neither a millionaire or a mendicant neither a master or a slave Brothers sisters Freethinkers all let us continue to lay the tribute of our love upon the memory of Thomas Paine Let us honor him as he both hon ored and blessed us Let us find an inspiration from his heroic grandeur and exorcise the demon of ig norance and strive to emulate his example and en noble the human race This day as we gaze in retrospect upon the life and career of Thomas Paine may we all reflect and say His life was gentle and the elements So mixed in him that Nature might stand up Before all the world and say This is a man t 7 dJ G- t1i4t Iungratefulby untiring energy a few faithful and loyal friends becomingtimeHis fame was buried deep in a manufactured obliv ion but the deeper it went into obscurity the higher recognizehismendacity has hurled invectives enough at the name of Paine to damn religion beyond the pale of honest thought Preachers have earned evanescent fame by piling infamy upon his name But today Paine lives in the enduring sense of living and his name and fame are as immortal as the present systems of mortals For every free breath of air we take into lovinglysthe occasion I have tried to say something that the others will not say and therefore have not re picturefrom allPaineis dead yet liveth He lives wherever the spirit of progress is to be found ITe lives in every inspiring oflibertygenius With a modicum of schooling he became a lending literary light His Common Sense is patrioticnoir of the clergy of all ages to come The scholars simplelogicrudiments ofdson only to be overwhelmed by simple truth iIlfolj life to the memory of Thomas Paine TRUE VALUE AND WORTH OF THOMAS PAINE TO MANKIND Continued From Page Three cooperative whole and its consequent religion of humanity could give allthimselfHeEnglandinfriend of humanity This he found because Burke and placed the nobility and their royalty in the theirmaskedsupremelaw lifeVhen with soughttodown to the real facts where can we find a man himaman Paine hiIself1 There was nothing crooked or selfish about lives or conduct and with a tireless industry moIearthly days even to the last were devoted to the public good of his country and his kind What other man could say as truthfully as he Time world is my country to do good my religion Where liberty is not there is my home Who has done more for the dignity and honor of the human race than this father of all modern republics mind republicanism The enemies of the great cause and noble pur poses for which Paine lived too long have had theimonopoly of painting his character But the his come when the despotism superstitions and the vested interest of selfishness can no longer obscure or disturb the reality and beneficent grandeur of their greatest antagonist as the triumph of his ideas approaches Time merely human maid universal motives which are disclosed to have been his in quotations above made show that he lived and worked on 11Iplane fur and incomparably above that of his con temporaries great as many of them were Wash ington Franklin Jefferson Hamilton were indeed great but they all learned from Paine from his common sense crisis and public good and chiefly for America only Paine rose far aboveIthem as the one world statesman of the Revolutions and as such became the inspiring leader of Americaifor the world and the architect of it and also of the onlyAmericaearthfrom America to Russia never had greater 4Ineed to learn than today May they heed his lessons before it is too late II J jli 7N1 L f In Advance of the- Intelligence of His Day Swerved Washington Into the Belief That America Ought To Be Free and IndependentAs Time Rolls On He Will be More Honored Gave Us Knowledge and Made Us Free and Strong By Co ARMORY STEVENS Thomas Paine born at Thctford England 1737 first visited American in 1774 In 1776 he published Common Sense which won the friendship of Washington Jefferson Franklin Lafayette and good citizens generally Congress appointed hirh Secretary of Foreign Affairs In 1787 he visit ft France where he took an active part in that nations politics also In 1791 he published thir Rights of Man1 the most famous of all replies to Burkes Reflections on the French Revolution In 1792 he was admitted to the National Conven tion of France having been invited to represent lib loss than four different districts of that country In that convention he supported the Republican Girondists At the trial of Louis XVI Thomas Paine generously proposed what would have done honor to France had it been accepted the offering to the King of an asylum in America That proposition however gave offence and in 1793 Robes piere caused him to be ejected from the convention and thrown into prison professedly because he was a foreigner During his imprisonment he wrote most of the Age of Reason a rational argument against Church superstitions but strongly support ing Deism After fourteen months of imprisonment he was released through the intescession of the American government and reinstated to his seat in the convention In 1802 he returned to the United states where in New York in 1809 he closed his useful life Such is a brief record of the life of Thomas Paine He stands on the page of history as the one individual who more than any other has helped to free the world from superstition and mental slavery lie will also be recollected as among the foremost who opposed the counterfeit divinity of kings and who inspired and started the first great republics of the earth In our nation his efforts were specially helpful and opportune Among the important reforms and established principles of 4 better government that now mark its merit and nrirlo nro thosothatThomasPaine va3prominen lt first to introduce and advocate tiiuvug Ingthe abolition of slavery free and general the abolition of primogeniture the right of women to their wages to own their clothes and hold property in their own name also the aboliton of dueling He was a strong advocate of interna tional arbitration humanely and wisely seeking to lessen the horrors of war and the waste of treasure During the American Revolution when freedom and advancing civilization were hanging in the balance at its very darkest hour his was the strong est individual pen that encouraged and by the light of reason led to success Paine s published pamph let of Common Sense was the first and strongest plea to unite and lead the American people to Inde pendence They sought originally only to defend and procure their rights as Colonists against Royal oppression Even Washington had previouly declared strongly against the idea of American inde pendenceIn Paine wrote and published in one of his articles thusCI I hesitate not for a moment to believe that the Almighty will finally separate America from Britain Call it independence or what you will if it is the cause of God and IIu inanity it will go on So strong was the merit and influence of that article that Washington in January 1776 wrote towitCIA few more of such flaming arguments as were exhibited at Falmouth and Norfolk aided by the sound doctrines and un answerable reasoning contained in the pamphlet Common Sense will not leave numbers at a loss to decide upon the propriety of separation In April of the same year Washington again wrote by private letters which I have lately received from Virginia I find Common Sense is working a wonderful change there in the minds of many men II But three months later American Indcpenu ence was declared In the same year and but a few I months subsequently Paine a soldier in the ranks at Fort Lee and after the retreat of the Continental articletII These are the times which try mens souls Time summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis shrink from the service of his country but he that stands by it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman IIAt that despondent time generally circulated as that article was and also by the com naiad Washington read to the American soldiers before they crossed the Delaware and attacked the Hessians who can measure what inspiring influence that noble plea of Thomas Paine had on American destiny and all the other Republics and growing civilization of the world that have been educated by American success Not only was Paines pen from the start to the finish in the active service of that great cause but his limited purse was also open to it When after many discouraging reverses Washington was obliged to inform time Pennsylvania Assembly that he was destitute of supplies and that his troops threatened mutiny Thomas Paine clerk of that t k Jf s Y ri t f f4 f i lJ Assembly called Philadelphians together suggest ed the Relief Subscription and from his scanty means started it with five hundred dollars The appreciation of Paines service in the struggling cause of American freedomvns well expressed by our first Attorney General Edmund Randolph He declared that American independence was due first to the misrule of George III and second to the rational and inspiring words of Thomas Paine When in our gratitude we recollect the brave sword of Washington let us never forget the mighty pen of Thomas Paine Thomas Paine being so far ahead of the genera intelligence of his day suffered from the ignorance and superstition of that age As time rolls on and civilization advances his memory is more and more reverred by intelligently reflecting mnds That growing change is shown by the fact that so many and increasing numbers are anxious to commemorate the natal day of him who described as his life object and made it his life work The world is my country to do good is my religion II That humanity philosophy and religion in the judgment of the intelligence of our day marks the highest plane of civilized man The ignorant and the scheming always have been and will be with us The name of Thomas Paint as others who have actively aided civilization is even still the enduring target of the petty marks men Who but a scheming and egotistical politician and he a church idolator would stoop so low to gather church votes or believe that he could large his reputation by falsely and even absurdly in our day defaming so honored a hero in the cause of humanity and so intellectual a giant among men eddy Roosevelt an exceptional half civilized Twentieth century product won that unenviable distinction when he described in print Thomas Paine as a filthy little Atheist II Those who realize how ungrateful untruthful and cowardly that uncor noblojrimsurprised to note that the personal veracity of that author is occasionaly in his life affairs challenged Roosevelt might have with as much truth declared that Washington Lincoln Jefferson Franklin Emerson or Whittier and others of the best representatives of civilization past and present were but filthy little Atheists IIWhat a refreshing and manly contrast to that slander is the declaration of Roosevelts superior and senior Andrew Jackson who in his day said Thomas Paine needs no monument made by hands he has erected a monu inent in the hearts of all lovers of liberty It is a sade case of politics and church when either statecraft or priestcraft seek to change honest truth in history But the schemers of both church and State have ever sought clpse alliance No really intelligent sane mind was ever an Atheist Nature and Science both prove a Su premely wise First Cause Call it God or Nature or what you will That is our greatest teacher With human reason and observation to guide it unmistakably exposes church errors and priest craft Thomas Paine was not even a modest Agnostic He was plainly and unmistakably a Deist a believer in a God a higher ideal however than the Roosevelt standard He being a man of brains although justly giving the church credit for its dues still he could not in reason and conscience cerdit the Adam and Eve myth borrowed from previous dark ages nor the Immaculate Conception nor the alleged Resurrection of a Christ nor- a pictured Heaven as the future abode of the scheming elect and alert He was humanely wise He taught us to acquire knowledge to grow mentally free and strong and to live as good citizens to make the most of the living present and to waste neither time nor vitality dreaming or worrying over the wisely veiled Unknowable New York January 25 1907 FROM HIS BRAIN CAME- AMERICA1S MACNA CHARTA Continued From Page One Jefferson and Franklin caught inspiration from the fine tipped pen of Thomas Paine who chiselled the first literary statue of liberty enlightening the worldconceived by the human mind under in pulsebeatThomas Paine transformed the human mind into a grand cathedral where reason in its mnj sty unfurled the banner of intellectual freedom and struck a death blow to superstition and ushered in the II Age of Reason that is shaping the civilization of today Thomas Paines principles will stimulate the future as they inspired the past Reform in government improvement in ethics discoveries in science and developments iu political economy as well as the spirit of rationalism that is capturing the world today are debtors to the immortal Thomas Paine Certain is the human race i i 1 QEa r has suffered for ages for something to rid it of mental dwarfs moral monstrosities and cowering slaves and but for time few mental Titans model patriots and dauntless heroes for the highest ideal of liberty of which Thomas Paine was one the whole world would be groping in the mire of super stition and wearing the iron yoke of political tyranny The church and the state are gigantic syndicates for plunder and power and Thomas Paine was the one clear visioned genius that threw a cnlI cium tight on both and setin motion the revolution of the world and the nations of thearth launch out fearlessly now amidst the mad breakers of po litical despotism and religions tyranny and Sam sonlike they are bearing down on the iron gates of kingcraft and priestcraft the sworn enemies o f human liberty Thomas Paine was a man of des tiny and no one man in history hail such powerful influence in shaping the destiny of three nations England France and the United States This won derful work Rights of Man II shook England and Amerysp to the center and its echoees arc reverber ating today through Russia Germany Italy and France As ii American woman who has been a student of works of Thomas Paine I reverence his memory for his splendid service to the humnn race Perhaps this reverence is partly inherited as my maternal grandfather John Kirby of blessed mem Englandbecausebecause he held Thomas Paine meetings in his house where a society of educated Englishmen read and discussed the Rights of Man andClThe Age ofReason These men dared to coincide with this giant of thought and were persecuted for their pains The mission of Thomas Paine was to make freemen out of slaves With a fervor and a daring unequalled and a challenge to the ceiiturnji Thomas Paine the advance guard of liberty lived his life and died his death with a purpose and a passion in his heart that hits slenced his clerical traducers and political enemies who now plagerize his ideas and words andare forced to do so to keep in accord with the higher ideals of civilization Time nnme and works of Thomas Paine is one of the jeweled links that bind the Future to the Past and through his influence and out of the foaming struggling surges of evolution is being rescued their only jewel humanity Time birthday of Thomas Paine is a grand anniversary January 29th in this era of man and age of reason Thomas PaineOne of the few immortalnames which wore not born to die Let every lover of liberty speak this honored name with gratitude and reverence Immortal Thomas Paine who trans formal the human mind into a grand cathedral v Reason 4n its majesty unfurled the banner of inte tovrsc l1tPlYs upon time ignorance and ere niltY of an race Immortal Thomas greatflaging sdme fetter throughout the nations of the earth Immortal Thomas Paine whose battle cry for free everylandThomas Paine who ushered in the Age of Reason and sounded the death knell of Christian mythology Immortal Thomas Paine who proclaimed the Rights of Mnn nnd the Rights of Woman in the shadow of the guillotine The teachings of the im mortal Thomas Paine are ringing around the earth today and while creeds dispensations and systems are crumbling the pirit of liberty instilled by this greatest of heroes is mnrchingran Immortal Thomas Paine the foundation stone and pillar of new civilization In the eloquent words of J C Hannon the services Thomas Paine rendered to the world are summed up There will never be any reform in government no improvement in ethics no discoveries- in science no new developments in political economy before which the services of Thomas Paine shall he forgotten His none is as immortal as his principles are universal They will stimulate the future as they inspired the past The poisoned shafts of religious innlice will never disturb atom of hi wandering dust bedim the luster of hi imperishable genius His name will brighten as humanity scales the heights of intellect and along generationsThomas Paine II On this his natal day we enshrine with gratitude the memory of the philosopher poet counselor hisJ torinn moralist statesman and liberator the im mortal Thomas Paine TRUE VALUE AND WORTH OF THOMAS PAINE TO MANKIND Continued From Page One these two worlds is evolution making to be our ownt and that of our future I It is as plain as the sun in the sky that the new world for which Paine lived is superseding the ale world in which he lived and which he spent he- life in trying to replace In religon politics and society this world and the Democratic Republic of Paine lire taking the place of ccclcsiasticism monarchies despotism and empires just as far and fast as the people become enlightened free inde pendent and civilized This is already the fact in the Western Hemisphere und in the Eastern the progress is slower but ns certain as that the thoughts of men are widened by the process of the suns I Even in Norway the title of king is retaine- in name only the republic is the reality cud tm kinjrMuis far less power that our President An so the progress is onward iu Britain France Switzerland Gnuany Russia Persia China anil f Cert j 4t l Japan In nil countries the people lire coining to govItheir cooperation in one IlIt fc iernte Ipndi x of man and ofthe world which was Pninc s ultimate idealthe final pre mind provision of the hu man race to secure its advancing welfare That all of this democratic republicanism and its sublime conclusion of Republic of Mnn originatMed in its ideal and practical form from the scien titeTand humanized Quaker mind of limos Paine r it 1 r and certain ns any past event This Lw was made plain in my address when the bust was placed on his monument at New Rochelle and when it was rededicated and taken by the city for the first send 10 cents to The Truthsceker New York City and for the other send the same to The Humanitarian Review Los Angeles Cal The more it is thought over the more difficult will it be to find or to conceive of a more sublime Leautifulturd useful conception than this all including ideal of a Federated Republic of the Republics of the humnn race It begins by recognizing tin equal rights of all ns the units of one republic and by regular ships of federation cooperation these separate republics combine to form a general republic of mankind encircling controlling and beneficially using the surface of our mother for nil of her children equalledourfusionRevolution from the soul the head and heart of to unntcThe Religion of Humanity iu his seventh lyrics This supremely human integrative concept nnd ideal was more thaw cognate with his plan of modern republics nnd republicanism It was the mother and source thereof amid of ah governmentsIt thofatsure to follow therefrom understandphrases which make him one of the foremost and perhaps the chief of time leaders of our race The Free and Independent States of America legislnionSee his Serious Thought Common Sense anal Thirteen Crisis The Republic of Mnn andof the world Of this sublime Republic of All our American Federal Union of Republics was by him first thought out and was worked out to be the cornerstone England France Holland and Siterland ns republics practically if not in name were soon to follow and complete the foundation His whole iffc was inspired and motived Jbythis idea Mr Couwny rightly speaks of lii aiwcralvgnxs the nuerijauouaii repuDJU r V0i2 etitijmt Inl tooFrancecondition of extending the Republic of the World already founded in America But his idea of revolution was then not one of blood but of peaceful evolution He spent his life in making re publics to get this movement started end at last the international court of the Hague imitates it His lest days were spent to get President Jefferson to SoelifeThe Religion of Humanity This he presents as the hi best unity object sanction tribunal nnd empire of all things human be it of individuals kings states nations or peo pies One of the most impresivc and fruitful pass ages in the history literature of revolutions is the one in the Seventh Crisis Vol 1777 where ho indicts the British king his cabinet and sustainers before this subliniest tribunal and umpire as teak Ilulnnnityhereheas time final human integration and the final judge of But there is another most impressive and fruitful passage wherein he makes this highest integration theirstoIown He says whichfor my ment to humanity by the anxiety which I feel with in myself for the dignity mud honor of the human race Then he states the principal wrongs nod calamities with which the hell of monarchy has afflicted mnnkind and of which he is therefore the ConwaysLifep 10 I1ndfOlconduct lhisIheIdignity honor or welfare of humanity must over 4 come from any individual Such is the impulse lour and sanction of and in every true moral bene ficient patriotic republican and democratic man and woman This final racemotive and law of morals includes and brings together in cooperation support of each otther all of the good in all other moral origins amid orJbroughtdtion which only the human race considered as a Cnntinucd on Page Lwo j e 1 r H T Clerical Lies About Paine Makes Him Better Known Two Statues Have Been Erected To His Memory In Last Few Years= Religious Hatred Makes Freedoms Love More Intense =None Shine More Resplendent Than He Who Guided Our Infant Feet In Freedoms Path Paine Emerging From the Religious Conspiracy of Silence By J B WILSON This issue is defeated to the memory of a man who left behind him a name that brightens the track of time a man whose genius commands an admiration and whose character ever growing commands a deep and lasting respect Perhaps there has been no name in the histo world that has been so of theof the public men calumniated and traduced The very calumny that has been employed to render his name despisi served by contrast to ble among men has only brighten his glory As the great planet of the sum mer skies shines with increased splendor through clouds so the name ofnightthe rifts of stormy Paine blackened and obscured by lying fanaticism breaks through the rents and gaps of superstitious night and glows with a lustre as steadfast and brilliant as serene and pure as ever shone from the primeval orbs of the new born world of lying vituperation the After a hundred years world is coming to love his name and revere his memory The hate which has been heaped upon him has only served to excite curiosity to lmow more about him The persistent hate that is shown to Thomti Paine has thus advertised his importance to the world and has inclined fairminded men to find out what he said and did that he should be so despise who profess to love their neighbors and hated by men as themselves and who do good to their enemies They have but to rend the first page of the Age of Reason to realize that the clergy are the blackest set of liars that ever infested decent P a cietyThey have but to read the nett page to be Yarn gd with his wisdothe style l his expression and the sweetness of i1dispositio They have to read it alltcone free indef en dent and thoughtful individuals This is why the clergy hate him so and the people are fast finding it out If the Ago of Reason was carefully read by every man woman and chili there wouldnt be anything every year for three years left of Christianity except the Salvatio Army The preachers know this and the infernal keep their pious dolts from reading Paine IIIrascals their venomous hate in the hearts of children My own experience reflects the experience of most Freethinkers I was brought up in a Methodist Sunday School I attended Quarterl Love Feasts and big revivals and became so satu 1rated with amazing grace that it just oozed out of me As 1 grew older I was kept at the woodpile nearly the whole of every Saturday whacking up old knots so mother would have an extra suppl of fuel for Sunday cooking I remained at home Sunday carrying in wood chasing chickens wring ing their heads oft picking the feathers peeling the potatoes opening fruit cans beating the egg and otherwise helping my mother a frail sickly woman who ought to have been in bed About one oclock my father would march in with the preach er and six to ten other grave and brilliant intellect who would sit down and eat as though they were testing the capacity of their stomachs I thought it was all right indeed I thought it an honor to thus entertain these Saints of Israel but gradually it dawned upon me that Sunday was a day of rest foi my father and the preacher and the visiting broth erin but a day of drudgery for my poor little mother as well as for Yours Truly Why should she stay at home and cook I asked myself when the Bible said Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it Holy Thou shalt do no work neither thy man servant thy maid servant nor thy ox It dawned upon me that the preacher was inconsistent to uphold such doctrine and then come to our house and partake of a royal feast that required four hours of hard labor upon the part of my mother to produce This is the first rebellious thought I remember to have entertained against Christianity and when I look back and think of the mother in the kitmany many Sundays my spent chen drudging her life out to entertain a lot of pious hescalawags when she ought to have been resting I grow indignant at this holy abuse of If for no other reason this alone is a4womankind incline one in favor of Womans Rights I thought of this injustice to my mother but said nothing Religion seemed all right I had a dying soul to be saved and Hell was to be escaped and there was only one way under the sun to do it and that was to believe in Jesus I went to church and Sunday School death was pictured in all its hor rors especially the death of the unbeliever Tom Paine was the one great example Over and over again I was told the story of Dont unchain the tiger and his dying words I am taking a fear ful leap in the dark and how he abused his wife and how he believed in neither Heaven Hell God nor the Devil and how he had cursed and bias r iIi J j JJ phemed God and how at last he called upon God to save him and how ho recanted But the favorite story ran this way When Paines daughter came to die she called her father to her bedside and said now father you have taught another I am lying which road shall I take And Paine weeping left the room and said take your mothers roadThis was always given in that blubbering trem ulo which Methodist preachers affect when they want to make a handkerchief display and see tllO dear sisterings wipe their weeping optics I l1avl shed the briny myself more than once at this dreadfully affecting tale- I learned to hate the name of Tom Paine father warned me from ever reading the Age of Reason He said that he had read it and to tale his word for it that it was an evil book den ing God and injurious to any one who read it I was taught to associate his name with physical Pain I despised I hinted the very sound of his name In the course of a few years I visited Da ton Ohio just for a day I wandered about the streets gawking at this and that like a country boy will Finally I came to a newstaud and stopped to look at the magazines and books My eyes fell upon n papercovered pamphlet upon the back of which was printed Time Age of Reason by Thomn Paine Ah ha said I here is the terrible book I llave heard so much about I was seized with an aimo ct uncontrolable desire to look into its pages I pic ed it up but dropped it as an evil thing and walke away I walked around several squares and the first thing I knew I found myself in front of tho newsstand again and there lay the awful bookuq fore my eyes I wanted more than ever to looe into it but I said No My father is a good man an would not advise me wrongly The preachers ar good and truthful men and what they say abut that book is sufficient evidence that it is not fit read I will obey my fattier and respect the judgment and advice of my preacher and so walled uway again I know not how or why but in thirty minutes I was back there I trembled at the sight of those awful words The Age of Reason Then came the first fight of my life when my own individuality asserted itself and boldly challenge accepted principles and beliefs Why should I not read it I asked Am I never to know more than ny father good man though he is He has mad many mistakes may he not be mistaken in this I am only accepting his judgment and not exercising my own at all How do I know that the preachers are telling the truth May there not be some mercenary motive in their hate of Paine They are only human and some of them are so ignorant they dont use good grammar Why should I submit my judgment to theirs When an I to begin to do my own thinking If the boot is bad as they say it is I will only hate it the more hen why do they fear that I will believe it if I should road it Something is wrong It is inconsistent Whats the use to have a head of my own if I do not use it Im going to look in that book if I go to Hell for it and look into it I did and the first words my eyes fell upon were I believe in one God and no more and I hope for happiness icyoud this life I believe in the equality of man and I believe that religious duties consist in dong justice loving mercy and trying to make our fellow creatures happy Oh What liars I exclaimed They said lu denied God and an after life and almost his first words are a belief in God and hope for eternal happiness I read the words over again and those which allowed and no words ever seemed so consistent so reasonable and so beautiful to me I read the next page and like a flash I discovered hat I was permitting myself to be made a system utic fool I bought the book walked over to the court house steps sat down and read it through Those six hours changed me from an humble submissive quiescent unthinking child to a selfassert ive opinionated questioning thoughtful youth- I opened the book hating Toni Paine I closed with the deepest reverence I have ever felt for any man or for any God I thou understood why the orgy hated him so I could account for their lies I judged the effect it would have upon others by the effect it had upon myself by setting my powers of thought into action Before this I had stupidly and unquestioningly accepted what others told me I soon discovered that he was the author of other aoks beside the Age of Reason I read them and also his life I found out that every good thing the man had said and done had been carefully con ialed from me that his patriotism his love of iffering humanity and his many personal sacrifices in the interest of American independence was never given any credit by the clergy at all that they were wholesale liars about his religious belief and worse than liars in obscuring that part of his history which should command the gratitude of every free and patriotic American citizen Nothing surprised me snore than to learn that hc was an Englishman who opposed his own country and people in the interest of strangers that he join ed the Continental Army and shared the privations of the common Revolutionary soldier that he gave all the money he had in the world for the support of the cause that he wrote political pamphlets which held the army intact and kept it from dis handing that he was the foe of Kingcraft as well as Priestcraft and upheld the rights of man and SclfGovcrninent allover the world All the i formation I had previously received regarding him was that ho was a blasphemer and a fiend incarnat I learned to know him as a friend of the downtroi den and oppressed the champion of human right free government and of the religiously and the politically enslaved the name I once hated and associated witth physical pain I have ever since loved and reverenced- I learned that all the deathbed scenes which bad been so horribly pictured to me by the preachers were lies lies nothing by lies I learned that it was Hobbcs the English Deist and not Paine who said I am taking a fearful leap in the dark I learned that Franklin had been dead three years before Paine wrote a word of the Age of Reason and therefore the oft repeated story of Paine submitting the manuscripts of the Age of Reason to Franklin and Franklin saying to him Dont unchain the Tiger was another malicious and sacred lie I also learned that the terribly affecting story of Paine telling his daughter to choose her mother road when she lay dying was another holy lie for lie never had either daughter or son The fact of the case was that his wife was sexually deformed and they never even sustained the relations of man and wife It was for this reason that they mutually separated His wife offered him a divorce but as such action would necessarily expose her physical weakness he shrank from giving her pain and making her the subject of indelicate gossip aml old her that she might always bear his name that he would not permit that she should be humiliated hut would suffer himself before such should be lone This was the manly respectful attitude of Paine toward the woman who bore his name but who was incapacitated as a wife How often hav I heard the clergy tell how he beat and pounds her and otherwise brutally treated her And these lies are continued to be told all over his country Well let them be told The more frequently they are told the more Infidels they make The lie will be apt to be discovered and one mown then farewell to Jesus and his lying legions The lying about Paines religious views is the east part of time clerical abuse given him The suppression of the credit that should be given him for the heroic part he took in establishing America ndependenco is the meanest of all The youth 01 the land are not permitted to know this part of hIS life He is credited with nothing good and everything bad I was almost a man grown before I knew that he was anything else but a blasphemer that he ever did anything else but deny God or that he ever wrote anything else but the Age of Reason The clergy systematically suppress all rnowledge of him only such as may come out of heir lying mouths Public Libraries are not permitted to contain either his politcal or relgiou works or even his biography They havent the good sense to know that this suppression has the pposite effect of leading inquiring minds to know more about him In the Capitol at Washingtoi there is no statue or painting of him while the wall arc covered with men his contemporaries am timers whose words and deeds in behalf of America arc as insignificant in comparison with Paines as the light of a firefly in the face of the Sun At the Chicago Worlds Fair his portrait was stuck away back in an obscure corner where no one would be apt to see it except those who knew of it presence and made inquiry for it Why wasnt tin friend the companion the coworker of Washing ton placed beside him in the gallery of American Statesmen Why should the picture of the mat whom Washington and Jefferson and Franklin hat folded to their hearts in an affectionate embrace and thanked him for what he hind done be way where it would be seen as little as possible Why they even refused at first to permit his picture to be placed upon exhibition at all Oh the mean subterranean deviltry of times pious lying knaves That the memory of the man who did perhaps more than any other man to establish religions and civil liberty in this country nd- the Republican form of government among the nations of the world should be thus blotted from the minds of men and given no place in the history of- the nation which he had done so much to help found is the rankest ingratitude the American people lave ever exhibited Buy the time will come when his picture will be as familiar to American school children as that of Washingtons soVitbin t1H last few years two statues have been raised to- his memory Other cities will follow in doing him honor His birthday has become a day of celebration by all the Freethinkers of this country Little by little his name and his fame are becoming own and it is only a question of time until he- will assuiiie his rightful place in American history rhe more the clergy lie about him the more they advertise his importance The injustice they have done his memory will meet with a fearful and just retribution The hate which they inculcate against him only makes love of him more intense when their deception is once discovered There is not a preacher of Paine time who is mcmbcrcd today with the exception of Jonathan wards and he is only regarded as a crazy theo logicnl curiosity They have all passed into bope- less oblivion and the present age remembers them- not while today Paine is reverenced by countless r 1r thousands Meetings everywhere are held to do honor to his memory and children are being told the story of his life Brichter and britrhter grows his memory among the races of men Higher and higher he mounts in the esteem of libertyloving f mankind Time world was his country and to do good was his religion Ho was the friend of suffering humanity of whatever race and beneath whatever sun In the constellations of the worlds great men where every one doth shine and hold his place in the fiery galleries of the dome bespangled sky theres none in all that meteor train that shines more ressplendently than he who guided our infant steps in freedoms paths and helped to make America lesson of liberty to heartweary and despairing humanity in every land and clime Paine Washington Franklin and Jefferson those Infidel heroes who so nobly worked together were the guiding and intellectual spirits of the Revolu tion No religious hate can separate their fame or dim the glory of their individual achievements As they worked together n the cause of liberty they will live together in the pages of history In the constellations of Light they glow with the bril linn y that emanates front each individual intellect Among the groups of men who have founded na tions and established governments they shine the brightest galaxy in Freedoms blazing sky Like royal travelers their silver chariots axle deep in stars and curtained with Aurorinn clouds they rifle the burning labyrinths of the worlds of fame while Popes and Kings and babbling priests hover faint and darkling in the pale horizon of Oblivions night- OPINIONS OF THOMAS PAINE BY WORLDS GREATEST MEN What Our Revolutionary Fathers Thought of This PatriotTestimonials From European Leaders And CoworkersHis Merit Told By Those Who Knew Him And Worked With Him In Freedoms Glorious Cause WHO SPEAKS FALSELY OF HIM THESE MEN OR THE CLERGY His Services To America Your presence may remind Congress of your past services to this country and if it is in my power to impress them command my best exertions with freedom as they will be rendered cheerfully by one who entertains a lively sense of the import mc of your worksGeorge Washington To Reap His Reward- I am in hopes you will find us returned generally to sentiments worthy of former times In these it will1be your glory to have steadily labored andYas effect as nary J3n living That t may long live to continue your useful labors and toJi cap the reward of the thankfulness of nations m y sincere prayer Thomas Jefferson Erected His Own Monument Thomas Paine needs no monument made by hands he has erected himself a monument in the hearts of all lovers of liberty The Rights of Man will be more enduring than all the piles of marble and granite man can erectAndrew Jackson Ought Not To Suffer Time very great respect I shall ever pay to your recommendations would have been very sufficient to have procured my exertions in favor of Mr Paine independent of his great public merits in our Revolution I have a perfect knowledge of the extraordinary effects produced by that gentlemans writings effects of such an important nature as would render it very unworthy of these States tollet him suffer anywhere but it would be culpable indeed to permit their own eye and within theirI Iown limits Richard Henry Lee To Mankindt jjilife and doubtless emory and gratitude of future generations happy beings who will continue to hymn ofIpraises and make his merits known to the rsterityJudge Herttell New York Was Most BenevolentnlIe was one of most benevolent anddisinteresticd of mankind endowed with the clearest percep tion an uncommon share of original genus and the I greatest depth of thought Ho ought to be ranked among the brightest and nddviating luminaries of the age in which 1- meredJoel Barlow The Genesis of Fredom aITlis book Common Sense may be called tIleibook of Genesis for it was the beginning From t this book sprang the declaration of that not only laid the foundation ofliberty in own country but the good of mankind ourIthe worldSamuel Bryan To His Detractors f Why seek occasions surly critics and detrac tors to maltreat and misrepresent Mr Paine Ho was mild unoffending sincere gentle humble and unassuming his talents were soaring acute pro found extensive and original and he possessed that charity which covers a multitude of sins Iioinns C Rickman Statue of Gold For Him When Bonaparte returned to Paris from Italy he called on Mr Paine and invited him to dinner In the course of his rapturous address to him he dared that a statue of gold ought to be erected to him in every city of the universe assuring him that he always slept with the Rights of Man under his pillow and conjured him to honor him with his irrespondence and advice Napoleon Bonn 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