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Digital page images are linked to the text file. lli iz h DEIWE AIM TO OUT DOWN OLUME XV NUMBER 47 LEXINGTON KY MARCH 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE 3SATANLETS T Than Jehovah Which Is Regarded As Blasphemy by the Orthodox Com ment On the Death of a Famous Italian Poet AUTHOR OF GREAT HYMN TO SATAN BY W FOOTK in London Free thinker Carducci t e great Italian poet and Freethinker who has just been buried at Bologna amidst the grief of a whole nation made himself famous forty years ago by liis Hymn to Satan The very title of this poem is enough to upset tho godly To treat Satan with re spect and oven admiration is shucking to address him as if he were intellectu ally and morally superior to Jehuvah is blasphemy This is how it strikes tit orthodox Christian lint in thi3us in many other matters the orthodox Christian is wrong Satan is the great vague impressive j figure of the Bible When the sons of God present themselves before the Lord in the first chapter of Job Satan comes also amongst them anti the Lord addresses him in terms of the highest courtesy They bow to each other n couple of old Castilian nobles And when the compliments are over the Lord boasts of his servant Job as a fine anti noblefellow but Satan throws cold water on the heat of the Lords exulta tion by asking the dramatic and search ing question Dofh Job fear God for nought tIt This was n fresh view of the slit thcLr t htip44 IIt in1a Iightx before so to resolved to put Job to test Satan is hero the challenger He asks the Deity himself if ho is perfectly s sure of what he is talking about And is it not curious that while one ac count represents Satan as tempting him to take the census which was certainly a step in civilization Over against the Lord with his omnipotence and his cock sure omniscience stands Satan with the probe of his perpetual interrogation An cient custom is confronted with the spirit of noveltysolidcuuservalisni with the quick spirit of revolt Is it so r Should it ho sot Shill it bo so t Such is tho eternal gradation of ques tioning which is the vital essence of all l this spirit of revolt that Car ducci addressed the Hymn to Satan In our own smaller way we touched the same point many years ago in an Imaginary Conversation we wrote be tween Satan and Michael After remind ing Michael of his unsuccessful effort to send a breath of freedom through the courts of heaven Satan continues tin that old piece of ours in the following manner animate all who light against vitude and somnolence TIll heroes nod martyrs of liberty and progress 1335 in every ago have drank of the strength of my spirit I inspire the revolter the scorner the sceptic till satirist I still distribute the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge I am the soul of the world The fire of my inspiration may con seine but it gives unspeakable rapture I am the Prometheus of the universe and keep It from stagnating under the icy hand of power Milton Goethe and Byron mado mo tho hero of their great est poems and felt my power in despite of themselves hunts spoke of mo with n tenderness he never displayed towards God Wits mil humorists own my sway I moved tho minds of Aristophanes and Lucian of Erasmus and Ilabclais and through the pen of Voltaire I shattered tho mental slaveryof Europe rnlll tho lightning of the human mind I level thrones and altars and annihilate blinding customs With the god of n restless aspiration urge own on until they outgrow faith and fear until till Slave stands erect before tho Tyrant and defies his curse The statement that Satan is tho hero of Miltons OoethoV and Byrons great est poems is perfectly true Lot us look at the facts of tho case for a mo ment Miltons genius dilates to its greatest capacity whenever Satan appears upon the scene God tho Father in Paradise Lost is a pompous old fogoy and God the Son is n prosy prig list Satan always magnificent tlLata grand ture stilton draws of the fallen angel with his splendid presence his sleepless intellect his indomitable pride and his invincible courage Some of Cromwells characteristics crept into tIle portrait Tho great Homicide sat as one of tho models for the great Rebel and the result gives the poem its Ones majesty And when Satan is humiliat ed as in the hissing imkc episode feel shocked and pained ns at the spec mete of fallen greatness trampled into the dust This also is very noteworthy God tho Father never shivers at tho thought of his creatures damnation js ojjy cgnccred fI vindicate his own character but Satan as he watches the innocent couple in happiness in the garden feels compunction at making them pawns in tho gone between himself and the lord of heaven and deplores the necessity of hningItofdo what else though Vo abler teethe puts iicarlyljyl the intellect and all the best ot the morality of Faust into the mouth of Mephistoplielcs Satan thus become for tho great Ger man poet tho spokeshuin of nil sorts ot daring ideas and profound reflections Mephistopheles is the real soul of Margueriteeare lint foils for that subtle and dacious spirit Scnlimcntalism lies made too much of them For after all there is great force in Lambs question as to Marguerites value and re mark that Marlow gave his Faust no less a star of beauty and romance than Helen of Greece And docs not Satan dominate in llyrons superb Vision of Judgment Sotithey George III Michael himself these urn nil nothing to the tremendous figure of tie lord of hell All tho bellious force of Byrons own nature wen lo the cojtjsitloii of that grand design And where lie gazed a gloom pervaded space Magnificentyes and truel For tho rfbels spirit must first 1Lall coat jvglotfli over the sparkling inanities of false ant Foolish life Sabbathless Sati as Charles Lamb quaintly called himAjs tho idealof en ergy and activity He is also the ideal of intelligence hiss worst enemy never called him n fool liven tho clergy ad salt that ho represents what they call the pride of intellect And thus it is that they call every sceptic who looks as if he meant business n child of the DsviL To believe what they preach anti do what they say and pay what they demand is to he a child of God Jehovah on other hand only rep resents irresponsible power All the bloody wars all the deliberate wicked ness sill the abominable cruelty in tho Bible are the work of his hands or the execution of his orders or perpetra tits of his friends The Bible calls the Devil tho father of lies but eves this is a wretched slander for when the Lord wanted a lying spirit to go forth and fill the mouths of the prophets so that Ahab might bo ledon to his doom at RamothGilead there was no need to send to hell for a clever practitioner the Lord found an excellent volunteer ntI his very elbow in heaven Why should not men if they trust worship somebody worship Satan for a change Wo never heard of anything really to discredit of this personage lie never taught men to love their enemies and hate all who differed from them he never Incited men to cut eacht others throats for it difference of opin he Lever instigaled religious wars he never ailed iuthe oppression and spoliation of people he never coun tenanced slavery nod the degradation ofI women he never promised to III0pio through nil eternity for exercis- Ing their wits and trusting to their soot noon souse Tho name of God has fenced about all crime with holiness ns Shelley said but no such charge was ever brought against Satan lies er sweeter more moral niur in every way pore eligible as nn object of ship than his great rival But tho prin cipal advantage it appears to us is that he allows people to think nay urges them to think In this respect ho is an improvement on all tho gods wo user heard of So three cheers for Satan DEBATE IN PAMPHLET FORM Just out debate on tho Bible and Evo lution between A Snow and U Wllkerson 100 pages words Price 15 cents Arknnsaw Traveler New Hope Ark t fl SACRED BOSH OF THE HOLY BIBLE A New Revelation as to How God Created the World and Why He is Not a Gambler The Creation of Space and the Greatest Thing God Did How He Made the World On the Square and How it Got Round REVOLUTIONARY EARTH BROUGHT REVOLUTIONARY MEN BY JAMES ARMSTRONG In the beginning God created the heavens und earth It was lucky for God that he began when he started just as luckyno doubt that hu quit when he got through hi tanking the world notwithstanding Jehovah was all powerful he to be gin at the beginning the same as I have these in the present writing And yet it is hard lo understand why lIe could not have begun in the middle or started in ut both ends and played they against the middle lie didnt do this per Imps because ho was not a gambler didnt believe in taking a chance and ho commenced at the beginning and stopper at the end of his labors It is hardly correct however to say that God did not believe In taking n chance for there were no chances to take before he began at beginning tojunka tlsiflitsCottjUd not even take time to make the unverse for he mesa time too and pretty fast time at that when you consider the work he turned out in six days This is of course a joke How deuce or rather the ace for there is but one God could God have worked fast or slow for that matter Certainly it would be blasphemous to speak of God as being fast although he wasnt a bit slow with the wife of Joseph simply worked and evidently work ed himself as he was the only One there was to work and that he suc needed in stringing himself pretty well wo may easily believe from that hurt of the Scriptures which tells about drowning the world when he saw hey lied made a mistake How in the world could God make a mistake He didnt make it in the world He made it out of tie world You see when God made the world lie started in on tho outside and worked from the surface to the center He had ti do this because the earth did not have any insides until God made them Of course he made the outside too for God made everything The fine theo logical point here is that he began on the outside surd when he finished outside he got on tin inside of the out side and made the inside in where it be an original of low God created the outside of things You see God is everywhere Before creation he mIen the whole of space mil when he began to create the first thing he did was to make space So he pushed over trifle just enough to make room for the solar system spueeed himself upIS it were nod thus made space Although wasnt there am theologically cer he slidthis for if God illicit the whole of space which lie had to in order to keep up his reputation as an infinite God then the only thing he could have done to make room for the world was to pull himself together And so after all Ho began to work on the inside slant it was impossible for him to squeeze himself together from the outside In the beginning God shrunk is the way think tho Itible should begin He shrunk to make space for tilt world but he didnt shrink to make the world Perhaps he should Lute shrunK God knows Having made space foil then made the heavens anti earth Ho rondo land ho made fire ho made air ho node h too Ohl Yes He was a star creator Hut greatest thing God did perhaps was creation of duty and night at tho scone time Seeing however that they would not get along well together he mado tIle sun whose business it was to keep them apart JM It is nut recorded whether the sun was made in the east or in the west in the morning or in evening to Id out have been made in the morn lug because it must have been dark when He started to work and it could not have been made in the evening be cause it must have beet just about light when He finished Thus we can only say that He made the sun when he made it and as soon as lIe turned it loose it began to chase itself around earth a thing it continued to do until about the sixteenth century of the present era when running jnto tele scope of a Dago astronomer it stood still This is no josh for it would be so impious to Joshua little bit ever about so sacredn mutter Ill standing atilly Uiuwever it may be said without sacril ge that the sun aetthe moon a bath ftxampk as it lies been standing stilljin the Kentucky and Tennessee 1iacyiarJuauygeneAtinns As wriginally turned out the cargo was fourcornered that and stationary There is nothing surprising in this howeer whets you consider perfect inonuply God hndIIIi a worldmaker The aimmng thing about it all is that everything He made was nut cornered thin sun doubtless wits made round be cause it couldnt stand still on the square and earth was made square because Lord knew that it would some day have to get around tho sun and being an honest God he did not want the earth to do anything crooked In spite of alt this the earth is consid erably indebted to astronomy for trim ming its corners and thus making 1I guest revolver out of it so it might stand somu show with shooting stars other celestial revolutionists It is a remarkable fact that after the earth became a revolutionist its inhabi touts also egan to get revolutionary This was most likely a simple case of eiuse and effect something that Je liiivah and his worshippers never did take easy stock in and so whet science began to make its way in the world seine crowd who believed in making something out of nothing tried to put on GAL TWp ULAUK till reverse English or maybe it was Latin and make nothing out of some tiling And I have never understood why scheme wouldnt work unless it is tine to the fact that Got and Christians are out schemers but work ers workers of miracles andcourse gations tail thus when Galileo said the earth still roved trot because it did out have the tenfor warring Chris tiaras would gladly have kept up thoI runt why the church moved with it it has been hustling ever since to keep from being evicted NO BLUE LAWS FOR OKLAHOMA round Doctrine Promulgated by a Daily Newspaper Publisher In the Ner State Or Sunday Ls T PltJOJ The Daily Oklahoma in the issue of February last commenting on the prospective enactments of the newly created Legislature of that State leis the following to say editorially EXIT TilE BLUE LAWS The Ifluo laws of tho Puritans which their Inception in the cons pact signed on board tho Mayflower in and which were injected into the code by the founders of the colony are to be practically wiped from statute hooks of Massachusetts anti tho people of tho old Bay state may play golf base ball or other games on Sunday do many similar which present laws forbid This action of the Legislature will permit tho delivery of perishable goods mil theatrical baggage This action also settles n long pute between the navy and tho preach ers of 1rovincetown sailors of till North Atlantic fleet with their own money bought a piece of land near 1rovincetown and fitted upns an athletic field giving it the name of Boh Kvtins field They have never been per mitted to use it however owing to the objection of the preachers of Province town who insisted upon strict en forcement of the law Tho controversy became so bitter that tho navy depart ment threatened to establish nnothci Sunday rendezvous for the fleet ing that it was absolutely necessary to provide recreation for the sailors of this Jleet the changing sentiment of Xew Sng land which has always been held up as a shining example by advocates of ro strictivo Sunday and sumptuary laws will be noted with interest by both friends nod opponents of the idea that the minor portion of n community or a commonwealth shall determine the privileges of the whole NOVEL PROPOSITION TO CHRISTIANS Author of Endless Prayer Chain Asked To Furnish a Guarantee and the Writer Will Have a Copyright BY N L CLARKE jIIQeIIduetl a ewlkih rndlt umpray- was sent to me The copy attacued explains itself You will note signature hero is nothing said about what will Happen it tho chain is oroxcn- Vou please note that the prayer Val sent out by Bishop awrcnce but neilli cr he nor writer who sent it to gives n persona guarantee that such will be the case stud asserts that it is said that catch will uXlelwnce great joy ou the ninth tidy uw I want Bishop to either put up his personal guarantee that such is the ease before go to such rotubbii the writer who sent it to me If they dui t and do make up my mind try it and dun t receive the promised joy i am going to say that he lied oath if it was thin writer that promised the joy and dont receive it am going to sty that the promise was liaised on su perstition and should not be practiced only to a view to improve the writer in writing to increase revenue of the lust think it a good scheme for fourths post offices and think since writ ing the above shall try experiment with my patrons as 1tau postmaster and if it works well shall rejoice as such is promised in the endless prayer chain anti going to withhold my thanks to the Bishop for the idea until try the exporimcnet and if it works well I am going to take out a copyright sell it to all fourthclass postmasters Please allow mo to give renders of the Blade a little bit of informa tion ana history of myself in order to show the relationship that exist be tureen Jesus nod thyself I think we are kin nod I would be glad for some rcauer of the Blade that is an expert inI tracing relationship to tell me what kin we are His stepfather was a Jew and so was mite his wits n carpenter and mine was a merchant his took charge of him at birth mine took mo lit five years his father and so did mine Jesus was n Socialist and so am ho loved wine and so do he stole n mule am thinking i will lion to do tilt same he was crucified and I dui t know what in the devil will be tome of me Any information on the above will be thankfully received by me NOTICE A few more of those hooks left 1ainert Ago of Reason Facts worth knowing Both books for fifteen cents in sinniissless than the wholesale price For missionary work Address A BKXNKTT Norwalk Conn 10 HUT I LETTER TO BISHOPS 1 Written by F F Passmore When the Methodist Conference Was Held In Denver Some Years Ago REPRODUCED BY PERSONAL REQUEST The following caustic letter was first published in the columns of the Seed Sower at Indianapolis upon the occa situ ofa conference of the Bishops of the Methodist church at Denver Colo Our readers will find touch of interest in it und it is stow reproduced in the lllade upon vaguest of a personal friend oral subscriber 1ASSMORKS OPEN LETTER The Great Denver 1reacher Writes a Hot Letter to the Bishops of the Methodist Church On Some of tho Great Questions of Day Dear Ulsholsl write you some of the great questions that facing us as the professed ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ I crave your attention while I point out what an unfaithful nnistry has done in the peat null is doing today to Uphold wrong oppress ion ignorance immorality and crime and to lead the people away from Christ rather than to Jiim You see or rtlkould see that crim inal classes are ruling this nation and the church and that in the midst of inUllttwave ot immorality and general oIo rulliIs rolling across this nation We have no Sabbath the worst men ore promoted to ollice the poor are op pressed womanhood is outraged drunk enness gambling horse racing political corruption suicides lynching and burning attire after mutilation are some of the things that we see in this country that claims to be a Christian nation a nation that has IS Methodist bishops 10000 Methodist preachers and some millions of Methodist mem bens a nut Inm that one third of her population claims to be Christian Forte shame I think it time to call a halt and see where the trouble lies anil who are re sponsible for the condition of things as we see them today Dr Hamilton said at our Boulder conference a year ago that a hireling ministry prolonged the age of slavery lie could have said that a hireling min istsywas cause of slavery have beets looking about to see where our bishops and great ministers stand in regard to right wrong and am sorry to say that in most cases I find them on the side of money and corruption against the Lord JesusiChrist and his cause It IaliI that Republicans compelled women on Market street in this city Deliver to go to the pulls and vote the Republican ticket at tho late election The M Church had a candidate urn Webb on that ticket for sheriff Chan cellor McDowell and Urn brooks of Colden stood up in preachers meeting and advocated the election of Uro Webb fut whom fallen women it is salllIwere forced to vote Fur very shame Christian Ministers indeed When our bishops and leading ministers arc in a league with saloons breweries Sabbath desecrators oppressors ofV the poor despoilers of womans virtue gamblers harlots and the nation de stroying Republican party it is time for some one to speak out and interpose an objection against the church being made an agent of evil in the cause of sin and darkness As no one just now seems clined to the task by GUllS help I IIIIdress myself to the duty The Christianity of Christ is tho hope of the world Christian men tease al bees the salt of the earth the light i 1clnsswrong on the oppressor against the oppressed tho slaveholder against tho slave It was e Continued on Page Four it THE BLUE GRASS LAD EIPublished at Lexington Kentucky Every Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up his death February 7 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year In advance Trial subscription 15 cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per yecar Five now subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each n ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character cepted will be published at the rate of 100 per Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon appllca tlon The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has 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r r a Long prayers on Sunday and short weights on Monday is a Christian way l flt Labor would be infiuitelyjjetter oil if there were sspoht1es in the laborniarket a y4IAt cracku trtfle Christmas sock of the Pope rr According to the orthodox notion God has a cypress shingle on each shoulder and sfinuls biting7 his thumbs r Thaw trials and law reform are not calculated to relieve much of the marital n iserywitht which America is afllicted N For all lifes ills the Christina religion offers a cure which is worse thou the original malady Dont try it The thief may become an honest man the forget may live down his crime the murderer nay purify his bloody hands with a lifetime of noble deeds but the honest doubter is muffled for all time to come a No saintly anathema no fiat of society no canons of church or state colt ever stop the onward march j of human intellect Though the heavens reel null the earth falls back into chaos and gloom thought willcontinue to hold imperial sway in the domain of intellect lVho said the Russian Generals could not fight Kuropatkin has unsheathed his tongue and the hecnIiund now watch the fur fly in hold type It is a well recognized fact that women who pur chase their marital companions cannot make model wives That is not a part of the contract The recent experiences of Countess Boni and the Marl borough Duchess furnish abundant evidence as e the truth of the suggestion The compensation awarded to labor is a poor re turn for transforming arid wastes into fruitful farms and building cities on the open prairies Tt huts now come to be that q The seed they sow another reaps The wealth they make another keeps Give a boy brains in his head and iron in his blood told he will never want to be a preacherr There will be too much push and courage in him to ever desire a pulpit Only the lazy idle and in k different expect a living without work and chronic laziness has too often been mistaken for a cull to adlch tit gospel of Christ Will Parkhurst ever mend his ways Though he confesses he was hard beset by beer told beauty unadorned ho seems to have been on a hard chase for the loaded schooner and actually listening for the sirens dizzy song How true it is seek and ye shall find Parkhurst must have known that when he started out a Of all the Bible yarns that will not hold water that of Joseph and Pitiphars wife is entitled to t the bakery Had Joseph been living in Kentucky at the tinge of that romantic episode he coulft never have succeeded in persuading Judge Lynch that it was the lady and not himself who ought to have been hanged What if you have to breast tide and wind Go anyhow Turn the nose of your vessel toward the open sea Pull the throttle clear stud throw the bunkers open and let her go Just know till port to which you are headed That is all that is neccs vary On the shore across the sea there is a hare bor Laugh at the impossible and say IT SHALL BE DONE Go ahead Youll win Dont whimper I cult mill I will always gets to the top It is heaven upon earth to have a mans mind move in charity and love instead of doubt and suspicion Turn upon the poles of truthfor they never lead you astray create suspicious or Chase you to lose friends CHRISTIAN UNITY The ultimate unity of Christendom in Christ u the head of the entire body of Christians and the Pope as the successor of St Peter and the executive head of the church is the dream that has taken possession of the heart mind or brain Hev Charles A Brigs one of the recognized lcac sle1s of the Protestant church idea of church unification hits long been dream entertained by inany earnest people who IIhavc felt regrets that the various denominations should waste so much energy making war upon each other and with the hope that the entire strength of the Christian sects should bring thick power upon the forces of the devil Such a dream however will remain a Ireful for there islio more prospect of a unification of all the Christian sects than there is any one of them reaching the pearly gates of their much vaunted kingdom come The bloody chasm which Martin Luther and his co laborers opened will not be bridged in this world but will continue to grow mud instead of getuug together the sects will drift further and further apart until an actual conflict if not of arms then of mind will take place In spite of the protestations of Dr Briggs the modern tendency is not to ward church unification but a greater and a more sharply defined division until disintegration must necessarily follow By far the vast majority of mankind in every civilized country remain away front the church They see nothing withiiHts compass to attract then and it fails to exercise any beneficent influence a they sec present social and politicalcbnditions The majority take not the slightest thought concerning the prospects for a future life of bliss and they seek trirHi itKsr 5nni rntlmr than JnalleiroildiviniJ rave lotion The onetroitble leaders and professors do not ri jill Oils this army of fie unwashcu ofdtt1ibl fiIILJsjiqt cvery naiV who knows tho cilulrj pretender proclaims his knowledge from th tops and the church makes a gigantic leis fiEn depending upon such as these because of tKeir seeming quiessenee in ease of an emergency 11 stead ofconquering the world or in other words winning it to Christ it is rapidly losing what it has hitherto gained and the cry for unification is simply to avert total disaster and utter dcftIt Tlio wiser ones cnn foresee what it is to take plaqe but they decline to make utterance concerning iti The more preferable plan is to devise ways and means to avert the calamity without their followers know tug what they are after The point that Dr Briggs strives to make is that in the present stress that is besetting the Vatican church unification must result Ho professes to see in the present movement to eliminate the church from the practical affairs of civil life the one efficient cause of bringing the hitherto antagonistic elements into a close compact a union as it were for selfpreservation und proctcction Ilis ideas on this subject are best expressed in the following excerpt frown a recent statement on the subject Protestants demanded an ecumenical council to reform the church and settle the great problems and controversies of Christianity The Council of Trent which excluded them and all others except those who submitted to the Pope they could not recognize as truly ecumenical Protcstanism still demands an ecumenical council IIUllso fill as is practical through international alliance and eon ventions surd assemblies of various denominations is striving to realize it A council will not be called until needed to sustain the Pope But it is evident that the Pope needs just such a council and that he must call it ere long Dr Briggs appears to forget that he is now living in an age that is preeminently an age of 1oubt- Ilw human family does not care to listen to prosy lectures on the subjects of foreordination und pre destination because its reason rejects such cruel creeds The world today takes but little interest in the question as to whether Christ was dipped or lust merely sprinkled because it cannot sec for the life of it that it makes one particle of difference either way Then how is Dr Briggs going to effect church unification How is he going to get the Baptists Campbellitcs Methodists et al to respond to the call of the Pope even shoulci the Pope issue any call What will the nonconformist sects do about it He might get the Catholic world e together lug in few Episcopalians and few Presby terians but beyond those he viands little chance nod eau have but little hope The feet is the Chris tian world will not unite for however much till s people may hc willing the parsons will rise up in rebellion for they arc not going to deliberately throw their jobs away and have to do real work to cant a living Should Dr Briggs or the Pope ever attempt such rn undertaking they will get small torn fort among the husks of the iron bound ortho doxy they have helped to create and maintain r There are in the world too many doubting Tliom uses who will still insist upon being shown the nail prints in the hands of the risen Lord for church unification ever to become an established fact The church while rich and big as men measure riches and bigness in these days retains but a semblance of its vigor and prosperity and like many a political structure its present brilliancy is Horn of decay It is no longer a dominating factor in social life mid it is rapidly being thrust out of political life a distinction it has long enjoyed The church is no longer recognized as the heart andI ation but as an annex aUlll1111I1lIkind No indeed Dr Briggs there is no church unW1 cation for you sold yours but when union does come it will be outside of the church bodies and when completed it will be antagonistic to them a a SECULAR EDUCATION IN ENGLAND srhe movement in Great Britain for the abolition of religion in the public schools has brought an other more important movement which has for its ultimate the abolition of the House of Lords as a movenetslt is not a new one was a Chartist organization which was made up of on tlf the most radical elements in English polities Strange to say it is clearly within the power of the Commons the oneelective body in the parliament to abolish the Lords and thereby remove one of the greatest obstructions to popular legislation Any one familiar with the British constitution uich as it enjoys knows that by virtue of their clerical offices the Bishops of the Anglican church are accorded a seat in the Lords with the title of Lord honorary of course but nevertheless sitting without election and voting on all the important issues of the day It was the Lords that for so long defeated the measure intended to make Hint- riagc with a deceased wifes sister lawful It wa the Lords that defeated Gladstones Irish measures ami compelled that sturdy old statesman to dis solve parliament and appeal to the country It is the Lords that now stands in the way of seculariz ing the public schools of England and the question now under national consideration is whether o r not the Lords shall be permitted to continue thi policy of obstruction or abolish the chamber alto gethcr in its present form IIt will be recalled that the cause of secular edu cation has been accorded a great impetus during the past two years or more It has however brought on a bitter political war between the tom moos and the Lords The former representing the upon a school system from any and all religious influences i najqrityof more than three hundred votes re jfroSu amendments offered by the CoTrtlrtifrthtfl cfducatioiittl bill which issue in doubt ant1t Tincertainty The CommonRifmasthiponai religiojjj n the public schools The Lords insists upon n stem of religious public schools Thus the issues arc clearly defined and if they can be permitted t nicloubt hut what the Commons will win even if they are compelled to refuse to recognize the Lords any longer as a legislative body in Great Britain The policy of the churchmen has been one n ielay obstruction and Jo harass the government to create a public nausea with the subject au thereby gain the end sought This much is admit ted by one of the Bishops who very candidly though perhaps incautiously admits that the Epis copate has met with a practical defeat and says The Episcopate emerges from this year of agi tntion with a maximum of discredit Even in the final stages of the conflict the bishops acted with strange unwisdom To everybody but themselves it was apparent that if the intention was to wreck the bill the process should have been effected with anduSon the largest and most explicit grounds Fhie actual course adopted was to conic into the fight ingline as conspicuously as possible to weary the nation with a long process of debate in which the bill was deliberately destroyed then after the ofilleVitlillOthe House of Commons to accept such amend ments lull taken place to bring the matter agaiii into negotiation and then when a settlement seeing 1ettUedTho maximum of public odium was incurred with the minimum of partizan advantage Whatever suit may finally be attained in the settlement of tllhl educational problem the political prestige of tli Episcopal bench has been enormously decreased Front such a confession the people may know to what ends the clergy will stoop to gain their ends They fail to realise that tiny religion that must bo dependent upon such measures is not worth hiaviiig t und ought not to be tolerated in any civilized com i munity Yet this has ever been the policy of the i advocates of the religion of Jesus Christ and tljj sooner the world is rid of it the Netter No wonder that the maximum of public odium was incurrS and f it is this very feeling upon the part of 111 public toward the clergy and the church in gCt rtil that stimulates the demand for purely Reeuift laterthticntioiiNor is it strange that the bishops incurred thi ofililliIlIiliIttheir tactics for when the people knew the source nouchadvantage coming on the side of the Bishops iiiicit 1lotseliminate religion altogether as n factor injSus political life of the nation What hales ill for the Bishops as well asftfro Lords is the fact that Johji Bull has pcculia ri ft1 lions once ho gets storied There arc enough Crom wells left in the country yet to effect a change and at the opportune moment the decisive blow will be struck The average Briton is stubborn when his political rights tire involved As n rule he will brook hut little interference and then only of the mildest sort If the bishops decide to prolong tho contest and use similar methods to those above recited the day is not far distant when sonic leader will he found to rise in rebellious wrath and history may be repeated by the cry Lily on MacdufV and tanned be he who cries Hold Enough agarna a a a RELIGION THE POLITICAL EVIL Through a translation made for the Literary Di gest extracts arc printed in the March number from the recent writings of Louis dc Soudnk in the Bibliotheque Univcrselle which condemn the Russian clergy as being at the foundation of the terrible political evils under which the peasantry exists and who states that the clergy of the Greek Catholic Church are actually held in contempt by a majority of the Russian people Like the other branches of the Christian church its advocates may be said to contain n few honest and sincere men who may be accepted as reallyFbelieving in the doctrines they preach but thee Greek Church as the Roman and Anglican churches can boast a largo number of hypocrites who would abandon their pulpits tomorrow if the annual stipend should bo cut off or materially re ducedi In this the Greek Catholics do not mater ially differ from the balance of Christendom and all denominations are tarred with the same brush History records that the clergy have ever bccnIthe rate element that has stood in the way of progjrcss of reform and social improvement History also records that wherever progress reform and social impovcments have been put into practical ffect it was in spite of the clergy and over their protests Now it vocals that the clergy of the Russian church are not only responsible in a large measure for the political system that is continually rdegrading the Russian people and keeping them in serfdom but that in spite of their religious protes tations they do actually and positively nothing to arrest the tcrribleplnguc of political and relgibiij r rlttyranny lower classes w fthe peel qple exist and they are denounced as Jiyptvl 3finert and unsympathetic It is shiflint they take holy orders simply for thjrlwjgJhey canmaketwithout actual laboryauj uLjt Ha ln it are absolutely ilf1 tr 1GSitions they oE Copy This w lj bilVtitIiiLtiiirI hwy be letter iIl1leIst0S ingi4Orti0l of the writers con ulent iiitiiit d n suchrIghCyal contempt for her clergy lies in the way in liich their ranks are recruited Amogg the tntHHs dpsfhied tt m sitiJal career f nv in t ipJiw Empire fd lrzurhuyoa true voca i tbrtliat profession There arc many chosen m few called we may declare contrary ttaitiruJof the kingdom of heaven The Russian r cc0ines so because his father was a priest flFis snugly the child of the regiment so to anyoIiiS rashers profession No one asps this soul he tors not ask himself He thinks he is just as well confnodsty seem to be ntercfya trade easier than other trades in which the pay is secure and the appren ticeship demands only the accomplishments of fading soul writing now similar to the above is the education of fledgling ministers even in our own country Cour age manliness honesty intelligence scholarship tend a true sympathy for suffering humanity are not among the essential qualifications The only requisite being that he shall subscribe to the ortho lox shibholethand get fairly well posted on the difference between the sects which curries with iti Onectr e can r NONE PAST FORTY NEED APPLY Some years ago the Methodist Episcopal Confer rejcctedienou appears advertisement in an Eastern church paper for u spccifibirtllllthe Methodists may bo excused for refusing n man who could look two ways at one time ninny wiorthy men would be met with a stern refusal if yearsThencerning the reasons for restricting the jige to jHie sunny side of two score years yet we are justi died in assuming that thiswas done to please theiintern who would naturally insist upon youth probable beauty in the pulpit to point out to the pathof moral rectitude and virtue Could ye bo privileged to size up that congregation it largClyiiftheir hands or a few wielders who would not object to a second or perhaps a third venture in matrimony especially ifn preacher young IIHIsOllll bo on the bargain counter It is nIqualifientiouttf tutu orthodox faith intelligence being rather rpoclluous but like the sacrificial bull he must a young mid perfect animal and that ho attire r himself in garments for glory and beauty H itIr 11I IJ ssitu ji can be said with credit to the several religious denominations in Christcendom that theY have adhered pretty closely to the original plans nndI specifications when selecting a preacher which ureI clearly defined in the twentyfirst chapter of Leviticus This is the first time of which we have any cognizance that youth has been added to the essen tial qualifications Even the orthodox believers must admit that it is a mistake to assume that when a man or woman has reached the age of forty years their intelligence br reason and understanding are impaired Admit ing that in the fashionable pulpits they must have trenchers who harmonize with the recherche sur endings it may yet become necessary to appoint u civil engineer to take the altitude of his cranium p1and survey his proboscis and make due report On the other hand he might be subject to a test of wind and limb before he be duly licensed to preach and carry saving grace to a bunch of godless sin ners What sort of a chinch must that be which has no use for a man who is past forty years f Naturally enough it would be absurd to select the finest speci mens of physical manhood to simply defend the country from the invasion of a foreign foe and leave only the scabbed and the scurvy to lead the scattering army of the ford against the legions of the devil How many physicians of real eminence are there to be found in the country who have not attained and gone past the forty year mark f How many able lawyers could be discover ed under that age limit f How many actual preach ers are there in America today who have attained an enviable reputation among their fellows and are under forty years Is a man who has passed the fortieth milestone of life impotent to teach or preach f Then what is the matter with Moody and oven Dr Storrs The same question might be asked concerning Cardinal Gibbons Think of the J3ismarcks and the Gladstones Their influence upon the political life of Europe was not exercised until they were both well past the forty year mark Tune Blade suggests that it would be well for tevery church congregation to return to the Mosaic standard in the matter of selecting pastors and that they will not weary in well doing but snake a thorough investigation of the applicant as the j divine law demands Of course there will always be some preachers who can travel on their shape jbut there is not a church in the country who can upon the model supplied by the son of Mary mid Joseph LIBERTYS ARMY STILL MARCHING It is not in vain that liberty beats against the barriers of tyranny and while the Freethinkers of Switzerland have not met with success that camo to their brethren in France yet the movement for a separation of Church and State in the Alps has received quite an impetus I One thing wherein the Swiss excel even the American people is to be found in the fact that churches are taxed in that country while they escape it altogether here The Swiss people enjoy absolute liberty of conscience and in each canton the Protestant church which is the dominant re ligious factor are with regard to both doctrine and discipline under magisterial control and there is no attempt at religious persecution for opinions sakeBecause of this element of religious liberty en joyed in Switzerland the Liberal element has found it more difficult to carry their plans into practical effect In France the Catholic church was intoler ant proud haughty and defiant unto the last This brought on the popular rebellion but in every country where the church maintains an attitude of political quiescence the feeling cannot be so intense and the movement to separate church and state moves more slowly along In any event the spirit of Liberty is stalking broadcast through the world and the twentieth century has wrought a complete havoc in all Euro pean churches that they are practically without power to oppose the popular will So far so good and greater blessings are yet to come for the end is not yet THE POWER OF TAINTED MONEY I do not see why we should regard this money as not acceptable We will take all money that comes to us from any mortal from any human being Through our hands this money is washed in the tears of the widow and the orphan We lay it on the altar of benevolent effort for the good of the cause Bring on your tainted money well take it This is the sum and substance of the new song- that has been sung by William Booth the Major General and CommanderinChief of the Salvation Army nand with an eye to business he was careful to see that his statement found its way into the public print Little use for him to have remarked I would take anybodys money for the methods adopted and in vogue by members of the sect over which he presides have conclusively demonstrated that fact The use ofmoney is entirely another question Fastidious preachers who desire to work up a sensation may decline to accept the money offerings of the billionaires but if there is any virtue in the charitable wprk undertaken by the Salvation Army then General Booth has got the correct notion of the matter and his ideas are wor thy of consideration Looking at the matter from another and dif ferent viewpoint it is a question whether General Booth has a right to boast of the charitable enterprises of his subordinates Not a member of the Salvation Army in any part of the civilized world ever earn a dollar They produce nothing by their charityIr of other people and mostly poor people who may l be in need of a little charity coming their way There is not a meeting on the street but the drums and tamborincs ore converted into contribution boxes and a toot on the trombone and the jingle of the tambo arc expected to drag the nickels and dimes from their hiding places Of the aggregate stuns collected all over the world General Booth huts been made the recipient of more actually taint edmoney than any outer one man on earth The money sent to him is tainted with suffering and sorrow when the soldiers in the trenches have not enough to eat and are compelled to send in the per capita no matter what the net results maybe Talk about tainted money That is tainted money with a vengeance and Booth uttered no new doctrine when he declared that he would talc anybodys money Here lire presented two extremes and both full flavored of the religion of Christ The snivellers who desire cheap notoriety decline to accept tainted money The inglorious but powerful is wil ling to take all he can lay his hands on Could fair estimate of the wealth of the leader of the Salvationists be node he would appear richer by far than Lydias ancient kings and a Croesus would pale into insignificance beside him Fur ther he coin raise his income increase it at any time he sees fit All that he has to do is to issue au order that a double assessment must be paid in at a given time and the poor deluded fools who fol low him starve themselves to be able to comply with the demands thus made Did Booth want one million dollars next week he could get it The graft is better than Rockefellers and more easy for there is no element of speculation in it But where docs the money come fromY In the first place from the poor who can least afford it Secondly from the dives and saloons for there is not a night goes by but the lasses of the Salva tion Army penetrate the saloons billiard halls gambling dens and other places begging and asking alms Here a drunken sot with suffering wife and starving babes at home drops in a coin There a gambler who has probably cast ruin and despair upon some home drops in his contribution and so the tainted money goes its course and winds up by finding its way into General Booths rapacious pocket There is no doubt General but that you are willing to take all the tainted money you can get and the more the tainted money the better for your bank account Tainted money buys just as much dollar for dollar as any other kind of money and no one knows this better than General Booth His statement was altogether superfluous and un necessary The public knew it before he gave utterance to it r CHARACTERISTICS OF 9 THE FRENCH LEADER In spite of the protestation of pope and clergy in spite of the enjoined oppositions to the radical jisiii of the French government the cause of Free thought has not suffered at the hands of the French Chamber of Deputies and to 51 Briand the thank- of a free people are due Now that the struggle is over and the Govern ment has maintained a victory in the sustainin of the separation law without change or modification thinking people can read between the lines and by so doing discern the different motives that actuate the French leaders The real difference between Clemenceau and Briand is one of principle The former studies the issue between the Frenchrepublic and the Vatican primarily in its political aspets The latter studies it chiefly from a religious standpoint Tim French premier is not much concerned to keep up any form of reli gion although he has repentedly declared that is ready to maintain the freedom and privilege o all religions under the law Clen nceau can see in the French hierarchy and priesthood a vast po litical organization which has been used to further ends not consistent with republican institu tions or principles Up to this point 5L Briand goes with him but at this stage there comes a parting of the ways In regard to Briand it appears that those who think with him contetnd that so far as the poli ticiil evil is concerned the danger point has been passed as they consider the laws now written upon the statute books of the republic ample enough to eliminate the political influence of the Catholic church in France entirely or reduce it considerably for all time to come This theory leaves the religious aspect of the question the only one to be considered front the viewpoint of 51 Briand Commenting upon the two mien their attitude in this controversy a London writer in the New York Commercial has the following to say which appears to be a reasonably accurate summary of the charac teristics of the two men Clemenceau apparently does not regard the political power of the priests for mischief as at an end and he is opposed to any concessions by the government in the spirit of a generous victor Himself for thirty years tho most aggressive and consistent exponent of Gambettas principle em bodied in the great tribunes cry Clericalism that is the enemy he would not have hesitated to consider every French archbishop and bishop front Cardinal Ilichard down the subject of a foreign potentiate called the pope of Rome und to have hind every man of them escorted across the fron tier Briand is more of an opportunist lie has probably as little regard for religious forms as the chief of secularists Dr Caches and only the other day he sneeringly remarked in the chamber that he had no doubt there were a few sincere persons in the Catholic church butt he is satisfied with the glorification of the state already accomplished anti js willing to let thc priests earn their stipends It is an important distinction and vital to his fu ture relations with Clemenceau Jr t PREACHERWANTED Of Another Mans Wife and Writes a Confession That Gets Him Into Trouble With the Oklahoma Courts ANOTHER INSTANCE CLERICAL CRIME Through a friend of tho Blade Uic in ornmtion has been sent that a damage suit for 150000 lies been filed in the Federal courts of Oklahom against Dr Love a dentist by Ilev J rI Ithondes of Newkirk Okla on tho ground of alleged defamation of clmr actor The case is replete with incidents of sensational character which include the uso of love letters written by tho preacher to his benefactors wife From the trouble went into tho churchorgani zation and the preacher states that love caused his expulsion from the church It appears that Dr Love nt the time Rhoades was conducting revival services at Novelty Mo was a resident of Now rrk Okla The preacher so his pelf tion intimated had progressed rapidly in his divine daily y dozens The brethren nnd bend the knee The mourners bench was full to overflowing nnd the confessors to Jehovah were in creasing daily by dozeens Tho breth ren and sistern were joyous over the success of their evangelist who seemed wellnigh worthy of a halo Suddenly n bomb was thrown into campwhich sent the hallalujah chorus helterskel ter and brought conversions to an abrupt and sad Omega A letter written by Dr Love characterized the sainted exhorter ns a doubleeycd scoundrel Backing up his statement Dr Love offered proof The revival services Dr Love removed to Tulsa and Rev Rhoades to Xewkirk Okla At the latter place Rhoades brought tho suit against Love According to the published accounts the preacher was a guest at the Love home Tt said that Mrs Love is tho second wife of Dr Love She is 25 years oldand unusually attractive woman The petition of Dr Lave in ferthat the alleged amour between hlsVlTo and the preacher found birch inTJoVea home where Rhoades wns a guest fhe three Love Mrs Love anti petistion wore discussing the kiss at Loves homo one day and Rhoades to belief tn its emcnc and di tinegwaist strained her to his bosom and inflicted a pronounced specimen of the oscillatory art upon her rich red lips Xnturnlly Dr Love has made a de tense to tho suit in which ho files as an exhibit in the case a love letter written by tho preacher to his wife which shows that the nature of old Adam still exists in tho sons of uoJ and that the black stated army arc still practising the saute old game Ottodoes not hays judgefgame letter is as follows Novelty Mo Oct 1000 My darling sweetheart You will never know how glad I was to get your letter I could hardly wait but when it came it was just what I wanted so good sit sweet- know Sweetheart that you did not want to be with mo more that I wanted to be with you Yes Darling am sure it is because I think of you so notch My left ear is burning now is it you that is thinking of moT Tues dav Iii minutes of oclock Dont lave any more dreams like that There is not a cold drop of blood in my veins for you If there was f would cut it out now It Makes Me So Happy Sweetheart I must come and see you before you leave I cant stand it There teed Vno fear If you leave before the 14th or lath will you let mo know so I can come sootier If you dont may I conic then You are this one to Ky Darling I will ask nothing or on one else If you are trio somo body who is foolish as I am andover me as ioer you It makes mo so happy Is it true- Love you less when I left you I loved you more than I did bcfoio I love you more today than I ever loved you My God how would have loved to have been with you last Sunday it pains mo to thinkof it talii so glud you arc getting along so nicely in your studies I am so glad words will not express it that you will let mo keep ll c letters while here I cant destroy theta Sweet One May 1 bring them and watch you destroy them You may bo able to tell me whun 1any in your next letter It must vanw first of coming week That is w larg If your love anti kisses surpass tho a ocean tied all the rivers I have enough to smother them- am the happiest limn in Missouri over your letter feel that you know best how to make me hippy mire 80I than anynon else living or dead Didnt Core rot husband dont care for the letter he wrote It does not bother meDont let it bother you my Darling mad I will Le happy You ore not the cause of any trouble Sweetheart dont think so I am tho author of it all le happy Sweetheart for mysake love you with all my heart and be lieve some day it will be ns wo both would have it Hope hope I will send you the last from C A think it will help you We are having tho largest crowds ever had here nnd some soy the ablest bosh ever heard froth the pulpit I ont know what will bo the result I hope ninny additions Dying to see you and hoping that it shall lie soon rennin your own tine think will close here the second Sunday Nth of tins month I have dreamed of you several times but they have been very pleasant dreams I want to talk to you had I want to you some questions along lines we did not complete when last together Why do you say darling you dont know whether had hatter come or not Lou You as Never Before You are willing to risk a little arent you my love I dont see there need be tiny fear nt all When you leave it any be n long time I hope not before we taut tweet again dont warn to come and interfere with your school work sweetheart but if you could tell mo some time advantageous to you I will come will conic nnd spend Saturday cod tho third Sunday with you My sweet pearl if possible let me come J want to come and show you that your dream is not true So I can more than touch your hand and love you as never before Itun silly silly boy but the only happiness this old world Las shown mo is in this stage of silliness Be gentle with me Itutu so upset De happy sweetheart I am rushed this morning and must slop going into coun try Millions of Lugs anti kisses Joe P S I will be able to tell when I will close here in my next letter Write soon write much often- ARMSTRONGS AUTONOMIST I take occasion to announce to thg readers of the Blade tint I have revived the publication of the Autonomist a monthly periodical of philosophric in dividualism An I do not like to boast or make promises there is littlo more to be said except that jt is ten cents n copy nnd one dollar a year In editing the Autonomist I think anti copy what I think not all I think for I love life too well but nothing that I do not mo your address with or with out a dime and will send you a sour pIe copy that you tiny judge for your self Address James Armstrong 3r N Clark street Chicago III PASTOR INVITED TO LEAVE Because of An Escapade Which Brought On Divorce ProceedingsProminent Churchman and Afraid of His Own Ruin WHO IS THE NEW BABY Another pastor is in trouble because of too many petticoats in Ids religious ministrations It isaid that at a meeting or the trustees and elders of the Xoblo Street Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn call ed for today it was expected that a puest would undoubtedly bo framed asking for the resignation of the Rev Lawrence Hunt the pastor who was named as corespondent in the sensa tional divorce suit that terminated in Washington yesterday In a decision for Charles llassett Tho husband who is nil olltcial in the Geological Survey charged that ltis wife Fannu had bo mute Infatuated by the clergyman haul travelled through the country with him and named after him her fifth child Lawrence wlieii it was horn to her more thin ten months after she hall left her home The Rev Mr Hunt is now in Omaha Xeb appearing in a suit brought by Mrs llassett against her husband tlt purpose of which is to counteract th cirect of the divorce granted in tho trict of Columbia Court The finding of Justice Gould who granted flte dccreo to llassett in tho Washington tribunal was so unequivocal however that tho husband is confident the Nebraska coot t will not go on with his wifes counter action I Influential Friends at Work Tho clergyman is immensely popular with his Brooklyn congregation and many of his friends are urging the ers and Trustees to disregard the deVcreo of the Washington court by which he has been adjudged guilty of break ing up a homo and bringing shame and chilIThe oniecrs of the church feel however that the character of the min isters oHense is of such gravity that the church would sulfa great harm totifyfOIewill ever npwur again in the pulpit of y the Xoblo Street Presbyterian Church Cannot Face the Stigma One of the trustees has said Since Dr Hunt become our pits tor we have Itccome deeply attached tothim and believe he is innocent of tho r A terrible charges made against him ever in view of the decision court tho congregation will have HowIcept the facts as recorded The cannot afford to face the with zttorfriends of Mr Hunt in the church force tIthe belief in his innocence upon the 1 fijTnilticoillicit relations are fairly inferable from tho nets std conduct of the defendant Mrs Hassett as shown by the testimony t of nineteen witnesses who had no inter est in the issues of the suit All that 3thoJudge was a disposition and desire 1 milatttple opportunity for its gratifica lion Clergyman Paid Her According to the Uassutt was away in ExpensesIlon a surveying tour in Mr Hunt nnd hiwife City this city and that n child was born to Mrs Bassetts after site and her husband had separated and that the clergyman paid all her ex penses including doctors bills Mr J llassett disclaimed on the stand the JJ parentage of tho child born inBaltl more Ire costs of the suit 750 were f assessed against Mr Hunt the core 2tt spondent JEHAVA OUT FOR A HOT OLD TIME From Martinsville West Yirgniia tcomes the information that while claim Mlhewas arrested there as he was emerg ing from a hotel which it was said he hat attempted to fire along with three other buildings from which flames were bursting The fires were extin guished with small loss Howard resisted arrest and before he was captured shot nnd probably fatally wounded Earl and Grover Hildebrand lie also wounded the chief of police and a constable After he had been locked up a mob attacked the building for the purpose of lynching him hut was drivel off nnd the prisoner secretly brought to jail here We Do Job- PRINTING Reduced Rates via on the first and third- TUESDAYS of each month to many points eSouth For particulars call on or write H C King C P TA LEXINGTON KENTUCKY 4J HOT LETTER TO BISHOPS Continued From Page One the ministers that were going to stone Moses on the banks of the Jordan that cast so ninny obstacles in the way of the old prophets crucified Christ per secuted Paul scattered the infant Chris tian church tried to forestall the lie formation burned Savnnarola anti Huss kindled the fires of Smithfield perse cuted the French revolution were the champions of slavery and arc the porters of corruption in ollicu saloon nod consequent immorality Hear bishops how long is this to on You are expected while in the city of Denver to speak out in no uncertain sounds but in thunder tones against the sins in the Methodist pulpits and churches You took the sIno solemn promise on yourselves that I did Wo promised to preach the Word and the Word says Cry aloud spare not lift up thy voice like a trumpet and show my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins And dear bishops after show you something of the sin anti immorality in the church and upheld by the church in the city of Denver if you preach in our church pulpits and do not denounce these sins anti sinners it will be made known to the world that it is popularity money and an easy life that you ure preaching for and not the salvation men When will our bishops and great preachers cease to bow at the shrine of the golden calf and worship God at the altar of pure sad umlutlled religion and virtuous manhood When will our bishops learn that po litical hsilts lire just as wicKed cud damn able as social sins When will our bishops learn that whiskey voted for h Methodist bishops has just as many devils and divorce and lynchings and sot cides and as much hunger ami poverty and adultery sad murder and wife bent ing an broken hearts and ruined homes and damned souls as whisky voted for by saloon taco and devils r When will they learn it It is passing strange that the con sciences of so many oi the bishops and thernn and flowery beds tfease Slrango passing strange Is it not strange that Bishops lied i ding sad Simpson did tint fecJJJmt they were not only conscience bound hut duty hound and God bound to preach against slavery- Is it not strange that Bishop Warren and the rest of you bishops do not feel it your duty to preach against the sa loons the wickedness of the lteiiubliar- party oppressions of the millionaires and sins of the rich numbers of the Methodist Episcopal church Xo it is not strange when we think that these rich wicked Methodists ar paying our bishops and great preachers bigsalaries and furnishing gorgeous mansions and sustaining them in wealth affluence and luxury What a pity that Bfshop Simpson up held the slave power in its legal right to pass and enforce the fugitive slave bill God endowed Bisnop Simpson with great powers as nn orator and it will 4hca pity to all eternity and the bishop Idfd be a loser to all the ages that he tint plead cause of the slave Anti dear bishops God has given you fl powers and opportunities IIIftcr considering what you have done J what you have nut done and what J you might have done Icut but feel that your lives like Bishops Hedding Simpsons have been failures My dear brothers what have you done for this grand age in which we live and rthan grouch nation that is being turned out of thin divine channel of her God given mission into the channels of altar chary and oppression mid ruin Have you made tally effort to prevent the rich from oppressing the poor nave you ever preached one sermon against the soulless heartless Godless corporations that are driving millions of this tuition to nakedness hunger and starvntionT Xo bishops instead of trifi ing to prevent lliosu evils you are throw ing your influence as men us professed Cnristians and ollicers of church to the support of every sin and crime of the age For if you by vote cause a man to sell liquor you are as guiltyas tho man that sells Jesus told the preachers of his day that the harlot would go into the kingdom of neavcn before thou believe that hal lot of today will go into the kingdom o Leaven before every Republican sa bishop saloons through t1thin Republican party are running tht 1J1 E church allliour saloonvoting bishops are receiving their preaching 5torders from the Republican parly aunt the Lord Jesus Christ 1Seethe position our bishops took in regard to slavery mm how they allied tho church with that curse of God and courage of mankind In the Journal of General Conference of M Churchof May 1808 we intuit Moved from the chair that there be 1000 of the discipline prepared for tau use of the South Carolina cons ferencu in which the section and rule on slavery be left out Carried Will tot f IfvI generousnaturel1Jigsouled craven servile timeserving cowardly spirit this to thin last moment of tuner It is reported that Dr Daniel Curry Dr James Flory and Dr Charles Kj True were summoned to the bar of the New cork Conference anti were tliere publicly reprimanded for having attended an abolition meeting Disiiop Hurst tolls us in his history of tin Christian church that the disrup tiugof the Methodism in was due a return to 1t osleys high of slavery as a sin against God and outrage human rights but to the as asMrled ill thin resolution of till general conference that fishop Andrews o unlaQ connection with slavery would embarrass the exercise of his oflice as tin itinerant anti general super intcndant His suspension did not call a halt to the exercise of that spirit of concession which had been a marked feature in all the utterances of the Methodist Episcopal church This spirit lead gone so far that n 18M the general conference charged the ministers members of thin church to abstain from all abolition movements anti associations and to refrain from patronizing nay of their publications All this time that church was aiding slavery she wanted to pose to the world as n friend of slave just as is today the stain support of the saloons and trying to make believe that is opposed to the liquor traffic Dear bishops I have seen and for several years that church was not exerting that influence and having that power over the world that word of God justified me to believe site should have On an earnest and prayerful re search and investigation to find where the difficulty layand treat the difficulty was for tower suspected that the ministry were anything less than what had always believed them to be grand Holy Ghost men who had the interest of men and the gloryof God as their objects of life Hut ns I went on ill this investigation soot learned that at feet of a timeserving worldly ministr lay great anti first cause of the slow progress of humanity in its march to higher planes And so it is today the saloons gam tiling Sabbath desecrations with the luxury of great fortunes on the one hand penury want star tion on other lire to lie laid at the feet of our hisho18IA worldly timeserving moneylov tug hireling ministry has kept this world from the Lord Jcusus for a thou Hiuil years and a hundred thousand would not bring it any nearer to the itnfor saloons and gamblers and monopo lies as you bishops are doing today Chancellor McDowell once said that Jesus Christ was tile only man that toemen the truth about themselves This is a gruel courage the highest order of courage that has ever been exhibited on the stage of tills dramatic world ant dear bishops Lave heft asking God to give me this courage that might tell you what n failure you have been and what a sad mistake you arc making whoa you worship at the shrine of the rich and corrupt men of this age feel that we will have no nation savin revival with the ministry we have today Dr Moore says that Jerusaileu- would bo safer for Christ than Cincin nati would be The cry resounds in every quarter says doctor Away with hillll- Dear bishops is this not a sad state of the church and the ministry when Dr Moore of the great city of Cincin nati with several thousands of members of the Methodist Episcopal church wit a Methodist weekly newspaper wit many line Methodist churches and jjmi otlmdist orators to say nothing about a Methodist bishop who lives within wallsLas to proclaim to the world that Christ would be safer in Jerusalem than iu Cincinnati If Jurist were to come to New York Ur Buckley would not let Him write an article for Christian Advocate If Christ were to come to Denver Dr Mclntyre would not let Him use Trinity church If Christ were to come to University Park Bishop Warren would not let Him have a professorship in High School of Theology Dear bishops when aue reclining on our llowcry IlcIIof ease in Jlrowu Palace hutch and basking in thin sunshine and the luxury affluence and welllthotthe rich Methodists on Capitol Hill and in IIlrerolt park please dont forget there arc thousands of hungry cold shivering women and little children in tho bottoms of Denver and that a great ideal of the wealth placed for your comfort was piled up by corruption and oppressing the poor Dear bishops if you will send for me will conduct you through that portion of the city where you see the home of poverty and the loyal of want and I will reveal to your sight that which will harrow up your souls if you are not dead to tho woes of wrong and the nor rows of poverty want and despair My address is Clinton Ave Denver churchI Jt1rL when the doctor has turned the leading paper of the demonstration over to the Republican party which is supporting every crime of tho ago It is popular to support the Republican party It is tho great world power of this nation nod has wealth anti influence To bo Continued I CHATS WITH i OUR READERS I A A Bell Your suggestion is a good ono Thanks Henry Cook Thanks for renewal and your encouraging letter Mrs M A ReynoldsIt wo could only detect your now address we might continue sending the Blade Eliza W Haines Could tho Free hinkurs be induced to labor onetenth of Christian ellorts we would soon lanai a different world to live in Mrs Lottie lleston So far ns you are concerned we do not mind the delinquen cy Dont worry about it you shall have paper as long as you live if we can only keep up its publication X Miller What you suggest is naturally first thing a young per sac looks for in the Bible anti as a rule they manage to laud it S C Foglesong Heres hoping that you may become so filled with the tispirit that life may be one grand song Mind you we did tot sayspir its at 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Kns YOUR OPINION WAS RIGHT James Hughes For the enclosed 2 give me credit on my subscription to the Blade tend put mo down for one of Bro Moores hooks think Bro Moore was one of the grandest men that ever lived His writings just suited my taste Dr J Wilsons funeral address at the grave of Mrs Henrys mother was one of his best efforts should always take n text Wishing the laude success I am very respectfully HENRY COOK Broad Top City Pa WE NOT HAVE THEM James E Hughes The Constitutional Convention of OkI lahoina and Indian Territory is still i- ntje f session at Guthrie and the Committee on Education has made its report which among other things provides that the reading of the Holy Biblo in public schools shall never be prohibited This is adding insult to injury The church people are not satisfied to com pel others to support them in a measure by escaping taxation butt now want till public to pay for their propaganda by rending the Bible in the schools Please publish sonic of court decisions against the bible ill the public schools and send mo some extra copies Fraternally A D MARBLE Okla homa City Okla YOUR POEM GOES James E Hughes am sending n piece of mine entitled Brace fp and lie a Man which you can publish in libido if you think it worthy space it would require All ask is that you give it one of your wide columns so as it wont have a erowded appearance I enclose stamp for its return if you dccido not to use it Enclosed you will liml ten cents in stamps for one Paine Memorial pamphlet lly all means put Mr Moores writings hook form Wilt one of the first to say would talc one like the Blade considerable hotter under your management than when Mr Moore wax editor Dont print this let ter as it contains nothing of interest to lllado readers Very truly yours CARL u ALBRIGHT Duncan I T GEORGE ELLS DEAD James E Hughes Would you kindly send George Ells paper to mo until the subscription ex Aires then will renew it for I wish to take the Blade right along Mr Ells was my father a of fifty and died on February lIe was very much ins terested in the cause of Frcethought tend enjoyed the Blade very much lie rend Mr Moores Dog Fennel anti several of your publications He often planned of writing an article for the made but dont remember that ho did so Was a member of the Methodist chudch for yours but died an Infidel He took such pleasure in tho Blade that if you could mention his death in the Blade we would like it He lent his Blades out also his bocks to ninny homes and cir cilIated some pamphlets here nnd got up clubs nt different times Was nn admirer of Mr Moore Dr Wilson Mrs Henry nnd other of Jour writers Very truly ANNIE ELLS Waltham Mitts TIE OATfl A FARCE James E Hughes Enclosed please find 150 for my rev newal to the Blue Grass Blade which was due in February would have remitted sooner but was on jury nt my county scat Canton Ohio where they swear n man three and four times u and every time theysay So help me God which think is n great farce I admire the Made as much ns ever and think thin price is not too enclose you a clipping so you can see how some Christian children respect their parents requestsJ R LAi RKVCE Canal Fulton Ohio The clipping is as follows IGNORE LAST WISH Wooster 0 March 2SplIusp- ite of his last wish that his funeral should be conducted without thin offices of a minister Horace Carr aged 82 years a strong Infidel was buried Sat uarday aftr a sermon by lint II D Allen of the Baptist church His rely gious family would not think of grant illg his request Carr amassed 230000 during the Civil War became u member of the New York Stock Exchange and lost nil GOD IN THE CONSTITUTION lion Charles Tittman delegate to the Constitutional Convention Guthrie Oklahoma Dour Sir1enclose to you a com munication which I wish to Tiring before tho convention as only a part of the peo ple of this territory are dominated by liy the church therefore in the interest of the skeptics thus this matter ought to bo lookeu into Yours truly J L PRATT To Honorable Delegates to tho stitutional Convention Guthrie Oklahoma Gentlemen Believm that the cons stitution and laws of Oklahoma oughl to be by the people for the benefit of the people and enforced by the rehire sentatives of th people anti not by or for any god or gods nor he dependent on any belief or disbelief in such understand you haws incorporated AI mighty God in tho preamble to the con stitution Lot us a sect known as Chris tians have brought KCrious charges against said Almighty God towit hav ing about years ago seduced a young woman and caused her to bear him an intelligent son to the glory of his name and some thirty years later connived with tho Jews to love this his own illegilimattc offspring put to death to appciso his own anger amt satisfy his thirst for Mood and on pre vious occasions was thin instigator of dishonesty nnd murders committed by others therefore I respectfully ask that a committee investigate said charges and if found true that you in the interest of good morals coinmo decency eliminate said Almighty Got woos preamble to the Constitution of Oklahoma being a person not even fit to reside in a civilucii commit pity Respectfully submitted L1 PRATT Carrier Okla LOVES TIlE BLADE Blue tunas Blade My boom is in Richfield Am subscriber of your valuable paper lien in please find n tw o dollar So help me business Please move my peg along ono year and use balance any tll way you like lute the B L very much It gets butter as it ages liked it very much while Mr Moore run itI was n daisy Hu could mike St Pete and the Holy Ghost ashamed of them selves Xow I will tell you what wish you would do As am away from home most of my time as my wife does taut take much stock in it wish that you would pile my papers up together and when send fur them you can send the hutch to me That way will not nuns an issue As it is my child young fellows or some gels them and l do not get about one third of them If this wiil cause you my incoiiteniencu just let thou go as you have heat doing will get some of them move from place to place or you could sold them to mu regularly Am selling Spaulding buggies for a living Work the Southern Static ill winter Northwestern States in summer P C X1ELSON Guymon Okla James E Hughes will enclose a P money order for Lu for you to move my tug forward to 1108 on my spiritual adviser Jimmii you a good pilot at a good paper May you live to n good ripe old age to open eyes of thousands to discon time to believe what is contained be tween those lidof that Rib Story Book as it is often referred to in that rake book Dr J B Wilson is a man after my own heart If the world had thousands and millions like him this globe would bo more of a paradise to live in His address at Mrs Henrys mothers and other graves will down any orthodox address that I ever heard or rend Up here in these diggings where they want to bo so righteous and sanctified a few such funeral addresses would open the eyesefa great tiny tint are kept ignorant by those finger hoards to paradise- S J FOGLESONQ Lancaster AFTER NGA TIME James R Hughes As my time expires with February 107 and not wishing to take the paper longer it is my duty to notify you and as have been a subscriber for so long feel like making some explanation I have no objection to plan or man nor of the Blade end think it Is edited I have simply tired of the re ligious question have been nn enthu thistle render of question for twenty years am thoroughly convinced tend disgusted with question If you will pardon expression damndest foul is noun who believes the next biggest fool is the one who will waste his tune thinking ofso foolish a ques tion know you will think ought help the mare for the benefit of those still in truodsto this say if the fools get any pleasure out of believing it is all right with me With kindest remembrances for yoj Brother Hughes beg discontinuance the Blade but remain Yours 4WADE II MORGAN Stinnett Ky now HE USED HIS PAPERS lames E Hughes Lath been reading the Blade for past seven years I lied that old lihule is getting sharpened up so it cuts like a razor Last I thought lIin my own way hall about sixtyof thu Blades saved from time to time and folded them up nicely and placillgtrubber band around each I olletin every farmers wagon or buggy as long as they lasted thought every treader of tho Blade would dispose of their papers ill like manner there would be more of thou read intcim to dis pose of mine after reading them in the foregoing manner My subscription runs out in February Please within P money order for 150 for which you may set my tab for one more year HARVEY 1IERR1CK Dixon 1CHANCED HI SMIND To The Blade When first came to notice the Blade thought the subscription price was fifty cents was just the least bit shocked when found it was a dollar huge been so accustomed to cheap lit erature that when the price was raised to 150 said to myself that is en timely too much to pay for one weekly in this age of 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