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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t I f1 1 r fiH y BLUE GRASS BLADEJ 118hr r TRUTHdslmlata81VOLUME810LEXINGTON KY MARCH 10 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE r rrr j WILSONS TRIP TO ROME Personal Review Upon the Merits of the Work Its Publication and Ability- to Diffuse Knowledge IT IS LADEN WITH FOOD FOR THOUGHT BY MRS JOSEPHINE K I1EN11Y This book conies to the reading public laden with food for thought considera tion and mental digestion Although a book of travel it is that and ni lmore he American literature of travel is volu minous and for the most part is in a stereotyped style but Dr J B Wilsons A Trip To Rome is in a class all b itself and the best American contribution to this class of literature It is n fine work for the thinker and the stu dent of social science One cannot read it without being impressed that tit man who wrote it is one of the deeper- thinkers and keenest observers and im bued with high purposo and lofty ideals object in view in writing A Tri To Rome was to report tno of the First International Frecthought Congress held in Rome in September and Dr Wilson then President of the National Liberal Party was Ameri taro delegate to this Congress composed the most remarkable body of think ers statesmen students and philanthro pists ever convened on the planet Ilos faithfully and ably Dr Wilson his trust his book attests There were delegates to this Congress from all tho States of Europe France SpainBfcntfSOO for cLili4ellyprblaj incouncil4n The Eternal City where religious super stition is moro firmly entrenched than thy spot on earth The wonderful Con guess marked a new path in the history of civilization and the Buckle and Dra per of the future will so depict it Tho influence of this Congress has helped to shape history and wonderful events that have taken place in the world in them and when his reason rebelled ho the past three years and its wisdom and demands a long religious economic and social lines are echoing through France Italy cGrnmny Spain Russia Austria England and America today Although the servants of the Occident assembled at that time it can be se riously doubted if so able u book as Dr Wilsons emanated from that Congress as it is an arsenal of facts presented in such an attractive manner that the readers reasoning powers are stimulated questionings as to truth and falsity of mosscovered ideas fill tho mind The average traveller is bent on sightseeing and passes by the superstitions absurdities and patent falschoous without question or protest Dr Wilson not only tells in graphic style of what things he haw in tho lands beyond tho sea but ho toils what ho thought of questioned guides keepers priests or laymen to show how these things could be How many Ajnericans in their trav els have done this Tg me one of tho charms of book is that tho writer gave his untiring personal investigation to every subject presented and sets forth exact truth of the matter with out gloss or effort at palliation He is always graphic and honest and shows entire appreciation of gravity of tho and he gives philosophic views of the dangers of present religious and social conditions- A Trip To Rome contains the dents and observation of but ten weeks yet it contains more information regard ing European governmental religious economic and social conditions than has yet been written by any other American Dr Wilson shows in this book what I spontanictyfpurpose sire for a higher estate for humanity sparkles from its pages making tho book as wholcsamo as it is inciting to practical endeavor A moro truthful and severe indictment of the Christian su per stitlon has seldom been presented nor has thero been one better supported by facts A Trip to Rome should be in the homes of all Liberals and should have an honored place in our public libraries and Freethinkers should see 1to it that it is placed there Dr Wilson belongs to that small jjtcrio of brilliant minds who are unset fish enough to labor for that grand fu ture of tho human race when Reason shall reign and when liberty and just shall prevail One recognizes in rcadi ing this book of travel that author is not only a philosopher but a poet The original poems introduced into th work give it a peculiar charm and ar highlights to tho charming andartistic discriptions that abound in tho work Sweet sad and joyous strains run through these poems anti exquisite touches are visible in the lines Particularly the one written at Rome entitled The Forum whoso lines neat onto heroic artistically descriptive and thought spiring Dr Wilson done the world of art a needed service in throwing a radium light on gocalled treasures of art grotesque moldy old pic tares and statues thai fill churches and galleries of Europe It is high time that words of truth reason and com mon sense should bo spoken of the myths frauds and religious fcstivcs that Lace for centuries been financial feed ers for popes and priests and the author of A Trip To Rome is the first Amer ican who had mental and moral courage to do this but ho will not be last booyr has broken the religious and moral death spell that has rested on the literature of travel cantn by sending Dr Wilson to the next In thatsand I as American Delegate at large to Chit important Con gress There are plenty of writers and mere entertainers in the field of Ration alism but there is hut one Dr J B Wilson and his readers and admirers are brat sitJsfioi fvlii tey see him doing tin work thai no on tlse can do dTo all who hovel not read A Trip To Rome a gene treat is in store for them Versailles Ky I MIOR Ep IE TO HER CRITICS Even After so Long a lime She Defends Her Position Against Criticism- of 0 H Stone I was much surprised to see in a recent Blade six months after date u reply to my letter of last summer Truly seed then sown must hay fallen deep to be so long in germinat ing At first I thought to pay no at tention because the arguments in my previous letter have not been in the least disproven Then at the suggestion of a friend I concluded to make some reap The first decided imprcsshi which stole upon tin in rending Mr Stone s article was that hero must ba prey erbial rolling Stone that aiiivni 10 tins This seemed evident 1rvuso win lis gone to work it ail mum blJ to accumulate a enipc tency as everyone can at thn present high wages and low price of fool prod ucts is not hankering after a law to compel himself to divide It with all world including lazy improvident fellow who would leave probably re fused to help him for love or money even in times when assistance would have been doubly valuable It is only he who expects to gain thereby who yearns so for a law to divide up his thrifty neighbors possessions among the multitude all unconscious of justice of such a proceeding My former statements are irrefutable and will bear continuous emphatic reiteration until the socialistic mind is enabled to grasp this truth Since Socialism is so anx ious to clear economic fields of rocks thorns thistles at the same time that it weaves the most unjust and fallacious are guments against private ownership of property endeavoring to represent this system as enforcing absolute slavery why not go a little further west and take up free government lands to clear of rocks thorns and thistles in stead of the economic fields start a colony representing these moro serious movements Socialism Freelovo or archy and give us an example of their beautiful efficiency and practical superi ority Of course he might make tho venture alone take up lands and him self become tho much envied private property owner and after ho had spent a score of years in improving this claim no doubt ho might gladly present Continued on Page Four ce UNION OF TWO SOCIETIESc The Paine Memorial Association of Philadelphia and Paine Historical Society of New York NOIOne WOULD HAVE PREACHERS PAY JTHEIR RAILROADSt Elbert Hubbard the Philistine said last night that greatest American that resided in Philadelphia in 1770 was THOMAS PAINE BUT HE WAS 1OIULARkWED AMERICA WITH IDEAS That today is The Spirit of tho Times or as the Germans would cull it Zeitgeist The lecture was delivered Horticul tural Hall when Ingersoll delivered his lecture for the benefit of Walt Whitman hall teas filled and many had to stand Fra Elbertus is the Ingersoll of present day and every liberal should hear him for he not only described the evils mid tho injustices and persecutions of reformers but give his remedy for their abolition In tho Paine number of the Blade Dr J B Wilson tells of a number of lies still circulated about Paine and certain places where Paine services were un recognized as says time will come when his picture will be as famil iar to American school children as that of Washington When Howl Mr Wakcman has pointed out of the sup pression of Iaines name and services from school histories The filthy little Atheist is printed in the life of Governor Morrif MrJfolpyBuidiat this Paine Dinner by the sttiingc irony of fate Paines religion hart to be pro tected by his infidel friends which is true We owe says John F Clarke Paine a tribute How are you going to pay f Apply the Xcitgtiist Hubbards Philosophy Fur nineteen centuries we have been taught to work for tho glory of God and now we are learning our duty is to work for good of Ho calls his manItalks and I have Paine Memorial Association which sustenencelhut treasurlerin the good they have done And wo promised to have most of what has been number of llladoIIf the Paine admirers want Paine to have recognition accorded his merits they can best attain these results by sending their names to Dr Foote or the secretary Do not expect preachers to honor Paine We want the names of those who love Paine and think in justice has been done his memory We believe there ought to be at east one in every State in Union and we want a list of names from which to select our vice residents Please send your name at once to Dr Ioote En lose 100 that it may l enrolled for the centennial memorial ofPaincs death Let the choir sing Ho gave his life for me What W You io For Him There is not one of the Blade readers in twentyfive that hove contributed as much as the price of a church stew and those who have borne the burden of those who do nothing but talk Every religious paper did all they could to call attention to the Torrey and Alexander Mission and the Liberal press should help Paine to be presented to worlsl in a manner that will insure permanent place in history Fra Elbertus further says I say the unbclivcr should pay their share to honor their patron saint Thomas Paine I paid to tho Blade fund to send Dr Wilson to Rome I also paid to send Dr M D Conway and I am glad that my name is written there All names and amounts sent will bo acknowledged by Dr Foote or in tho Blade Let tho Blade start the ball at once Wo want to know if there are any Paine admirers and how many The N L P and A S U are dead and the Paine Associations can be followed by some 0 her We could have distri buted 266Bladcs if we had them f Yours truly I JAS B ELLIOTT Secretary i aino Memorial Association 3515 Wallace Philadelphia Pa Believers Should Pay Their Way The nun who believe hardest in a doctrine should be made to shoulder the major portion of the share due from them onot it is manifestly unfair for church property to go untaxed for this onehalf of popula churchestIaclt not believe in what has to help pay for this isnt fair and it wont last omissionfIt world is waking up The Zeitgeist taken hold of nun and women Why heros Crapsey They tried him for heres and put him out of the because he wouldnt IIEPiscopalchurch he was getting a year or promise to that effect Now he wears furlined coat and lectures at 100 a night And t still hammering away at re sealed religion he tolda wonderful story of fpw the world came near losing thejjpr93bvtciian church Princeton Dr FTQ orr selandl nIlid tlinfcj JietjyJcihn Knox tried fo convert Alary Qtlteri of Scots to Protantanism she said she would marry him if he would become a Roman Catholic They were sittjijg right there in the front parlor said Hubbard and John Knox fled at the suggestion anll so his tory remained as it is today WEIGHT OF A- HUMAN SOUL Ante Mortem Weight Minus Post Mor tern Weight Gives the Weight of the Soul Bx J F CLARK Dear JiuiI enclose a clipping that tells all about the weighing of human souls Sir Walter Raleigh determined tho weight of the smoke from a given cigar by weighing cigar previous to theIthe ashes and IlitumpIUld first weight These Bos ton doctors weighing a dying man and then the corpse and deducting the cadaver from the quick body and the result is the soulin weight Now this is the most tangible thing in evidence of tho existence of a soul that man has ever evidenced or would be if it were not something else that has been weigh ed On that word if hinges the truth or falsity of contention A physi clan to wnom I spoke regarding the mat ter said to me Theyare likely weigh ing respiration and denominating it tho soul A soul that only weighs out ounce is not any great thing had n sole weighed in Lexington Market that weighed four pounds The doctors are religious cranks and they deavoring to fool themselves and jolly the people at large For one I am per fectly carried away with the convincing results of their experiment and I am not going to be perfectly happy until tho Holy Ghost is weighed tho sult given to a p rishinj world e are all just crazy to know the correct weight of the Holy Ghost and if we only had combined weight of tho Virgin Mary and the IL and knew Marys aver dupoU we would soon reach the information However Mary destroyed the weight cheel of the slot machine nt tho Wayside Inn at Bethlehem Joseph wcigned her chastity and found it a trifle short but a jolly angel mesmerized him in a dream nnd lived happy over afterward All real romances end this way Adam and Eve invented the t formula for winding up love diaryI Moses who had access to Gods forgot to give the nvcrdupois or troy weight of hot air that he blew into Adams nostrils Now let these Boston scientists make a clay man and blow into its nostrils until it becomes a liv ing creature and then weigh the breath expended and the net result ter deducting tobacco and alcohol will bo living soul This soul weighing and the publishing of the test sounds like a pipe and dram dream When life became extinct is a matter that has never been ascertained and the experiments contemplated by some Vir ginia doctors to try and restore con sciousness after apparent death and the partial success with rabbits tends to show that the Boston gang are only trying to give clergy a tip It is another phase of Christian Science If they will find the weight of the kinks in the Devils tail the height of th arch of the rain barr and the specific gravity of the hyenas laugh anti add them together that would give a haRe for tho formation of a hypothetical question anent existence of a soul Perhaps if they gather the ashes of death anti sprinkle them on Moses grave on a dark moonlight night the soul of Moses will appear and let them weigh it If they will weigh the ashes of the burning bush and make the proper de ductions they cnn give use the weight of Jehovah with his jirebon Jinn dont you let those fake doctors use you in the soul determination racket I give you this advice because I do not know what a fellow may do afte- the Lexington races are over and one on the off side of tho runners Ill tell you what to do Jim Weigh these Doctors in the Blue Grass Blade and you will find them wantingin a few things that go to complete the al man THE HISTORYOF 2RemarkableNot Dead When Taken From the CrossPilate His Friend Owing to the fact that I have con tributed to The History of Religion during the last three months and tuat my last articles probably on account of illness of Mr Hughes were lost because of my own illness and the consequent accumulation of other work which must bo accomplished within a given time I shall ask the Blades edi tor to allow me to send longer articles that I may finish my task of explaining the inconsistencies of the Now Testa ment I will first explain a few of the so called miracles I had originally inteded to explain in the greater number of them then proceed at once to the story of the betrayal anti crucifixion first miracle of the loaves se Matt xv 5238 is really story what we moderns call a strike of work men who had spent their last savings mid had been for threo days without food and were then forced to accept the terms of one of false Jesus who offered them each as a days wages a sum sufficient to purchase seven loaves and a few little fishes upon which sum each must support himself and family women mid children mentioned but small as it was that false Jesus and his disciples secured therefrom seven baskets full of what they caller broken meat but which was really the aggregate of the small sums expended on those needless and injurious habits by the four thousand men in their ploy and to which they were tempted by their employees and which in our tiny represented by tobacco in its various orfms and that still greate- curse liquor Iii the second miracle of the loaves see Mutt xiv 1520 tho situation of the workmen had not been improved since nt the settlement of that second strike the wages were reduced to a sum which could be exchanged for only five loaves and two fishes while that ex feuded on their vices was greater than before since the number of baskets been increased to twelve while the tinitlThat false Jesus as we read was one who looked up to heaven f and blessed or pretended to a la Bishop Potter In tho v 110 in the account of tho draught of fishes although the Continued on Page Four A 1 HOT LETTER TO BISHOPS Written by F F Passmore When the Methodist Conerfence Was Held In Denver Some Years Ago REPRODUCED BY PERSONAL REQUESTS Continued from Last Week Dear doctor I do not believe it will Adevocate was trying to put down the sa long nnd advocating the grand princi plea that would build up a nation in righteousness that the power of which he speaks would come hack to the church The reason tho church has lost her power is that Dr Buckley and our bishops and great have lost the Holy Clientm lBishop Hurst says that there are one hundred drunkards being made in India to where there is one Christian How long will it take to convert India When India comes up for consideration please solve problem It would n Godsend to India if a ship load of missionarysnever saw said Go into all world and preach gospel but he nowhere said to make the people drunkards He no where tells us to support saloons at homo and ship mm to India Just think that Christian England forced opium at cannons mouth on China and that we are landing Christian nun in India under the false pretense of isNhave to answer for The sin of Tetzell lnsrgns fJ voting for tho Republican party and authorizing it to license half a million nipii to manufacture and sell intoxica ting liquor wider the influence of which every deviltry of hell is turned loose on world Where in all of Gods word do you find a command authorizing yoif to license any wrong or any man to do wrong All tho money in the world will not make one wrong right We welcome you to our city of tall t storied buildings or brick marble and granite to our city of capitol splendor and cathedral beauty and hovels of poverty and want But as you admire No dear bishops you are too much the money power o this nation to raise your voice to save the nation It is a sad sight to see men who claim to be called to preach Gods word truck ling to a few rich men I ant sure it is the most degrading nod depraving and craven spirit that ever moved a soul to net or sent a soul to hell I do not know todayfmake an appeal to the young men in the ministry and to those to that they be such men as will shako the strongholds of sin and make them tot tir to their fnllIBishop Warren says uasiring lout of our flowery beds of ease and out of our absorption of getting riches and positions agree with bishop hero and think he and all the rest of you should get out of your artery of case the idea of a Methodist bishops and preachers being absorbed in getting riches anti positions is too true anal a sail history for some of the real estate nod speculating preachers of Colorado I wits at Trinity church hist Sunday light was in a granu church with a grand choir a grand organ a granu con grandrorator I wanted to hear a grand ser mon on n grand theme but instead I heard one on the Model Old Maid Dear bishops while listened I kept thinking There were about 400 saloons right there in the city the Sabbath been desecrated the poor were being pressed corporations were oppressing the people tho poor had no one to plead their cause and right while the doctor Iwas picturing Model Old Maid that light hung over tho door that had been paid for out of the price of wo mans virtue It did not take a particle of courage to make fun of the old maid but it would have taken a god deal to have laid hold of the rich sinners in the churches of Denver It would have taken moro courage than tho doctor had Does anyone think that Paul or Luther Continued on Page Four THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up toI his death February 7 JAMES E HUGHES = Editor and Publish SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid per year In advance Trial subscription 15 cents per mouth All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per yeear Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character nc ceptod 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 appllc tlon The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered r GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALB SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinue at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up in advance The address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent If asked for upon reneal in case of dlscontlnuanci MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks eotc payabl to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as thh will facilitate collection J SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her addres ndvise this office giving bi th old and new an the Blnde will be sent to the new address a desired TilE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 12fiiv North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky t which all Freethinkers will be given a heart welcome THE BLADE is entered at the Post office at Lexlngtoi Kentucky as second class mailing matter nnnnss ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLU mss BLADE P O B x 393 Lexington Ky Right i5 might r r r Liberty gains by experience r r Too many measure the outlook by the income r r r A train of evils will follow lack of training for goudS r r Selfdenial will sometimes prove the greates r gratificationr r r r Success comes not from making money but ii making manhood r r Uncharitable feelings have no real market valu in this world- S t The riches piled up by parents sometimes prove the impoverishment their children r r i t It is a cinch that the Car of Russia can get bni tvitlloutFeatin g c l r Better wear yourself out thou to got rusty doing r nothing If you have made a failure there is a for itcfreason Orthodox presumption is rapidly driving the 4 people to infidelity in that they now understand that the preachers are not the chosen representa Lives of the Lord r r All religions are fundamentally the same They all believe in prayer to an imaginary deity and each maintain an army of priests to do their praying by prow- r r of the Paine MemorialThere are a few copies issue left clod the new Paine pamphlet will be out within a few days Those desiring copies are requested to write at once r r Only where freedom reigns is progress possible The Godof the Jews now strenuously worshipped by professing Christians was nothing short of a savage while the claims of the priesthood are simply preposterous It may be said that where the Christian God reigns liberty is not r r r livery man should be privileged to exercise his thinker without being placed under ban without being compelled to pay some penalty The success of Christianity is built on penalties The penalty for opposing it in this world is social and business ostracism The penalty in the next world is a warmer climate than Kentucky in winter time r Fr6 thinkers will welcome the return to litterary activity of James Armstrong editor of the Au tOllom lit His article in the Blade is well worth rending and it is a fair illustration of what his train and pell can produce He has successfully demonstrated that the Holy Bible is mere sacred bosh hut we would like to find a stronger term with which to define it Estimating their true value by the compensation demanded the preachers are willing to offer pray ers in the legislature of a certain state without pay As they ought to know just what their prayers are worth the price set may be accepted as a fair t valuation At that they bee getting more than they are really worth for it is a waste of valuable time to compel the legislators to wait while prayers mire said r What Freethinkers demand is the absolute elimi nation of the Christian religion from the secular affairs of life The day inevitably comes when the people grow weary of a presumptuous and cruel master and the stronger the repression has been the fiercer the explosion orthodox orthodox should tithe fair warning from what has happened in France and if Protestantism meddles with the fire it will get burnt in the process jJ We have learned by sad experience years of appointment and suffering that American disI as at present constituted is no commercial dims or industrial deity Political parties seelll bent on turning loose a Pandoras box among the toiling millions and the millions with the rented in their hands patiently submit to the torture We tired an industrial system that will enable ever man to produce to his fullest capacity and enjo the usufruct of his endeavors to the uttermost S r r r Christianity has long since lapsed from hoth moral and intellectual virtue Instead of hcillg the avatar of love and law it is the personificatio of hate and discord It sets man against man Jt tears hearts asunder und destroys the home Ihe spark of liberty in man rebelled against Imeh degradation and brave men appeared who have led the thinking masses from the thological grave ar1 to the sunkissed cloudcapped heights of Freedoi of Thought Year by year American high society with its religious hypocrisy and sham is drifting furthe from the stern integrity and high purpose which characterized the infidel fotuidcrs of the rcpublii They have entered upon that sybaritism which marked the decline of Rome and have adopte those sexual abnormalities that are the prescn curse of Asia In no department of human activit is this decadence more marked than it is in the realm of religion and this is what makes Freethinkers r IThat one man believes or what another disbt lieves is of little moment but while mere belie rill not put gods on high Olympus yet unebelief Ithe religion named after the man of Galilee has succeeded in extinguishing the fires of hell fhe ocliefs of mencan neither create or uncrente Be of availeth nothing Unbelief may produce jlumges progress emanates If god exists he wuiili continue to exist though the whole universe den aim and if he he a myth all the prayers and sacri ees of a thousand years will not evolve him from the night of nothingness r PULPIT AND PRESS ON THE THAW TRIAL tBoth pulpit and press appears to be in a state of indecision concerning the trial of Harry Thaw now in progress before the New York courts for 1thl killing of Stanford White There nay be little or no virtue in the Bibh stories or in the doctrinal and historical pbrtioi of the New Testament but as our views on this unsavory subject have been previously expressed the Blade would if it could say to the murderer of White quintessence of the most shocking and brutalizing depravity go thy way and sin no inure In the killing of White assuming all that has been printed of him be true and the Blado sees no just reason for doubting itx Harry Thaw render uu a cn Jcelhe juujiimuiiitj vtcuu u u uiesapv to the race and removed a constant sourceo menacing danger to the young girls of gay and giddy Gotham It is amusing however to note the expressions of the various religious bodies and church repre sentatives upon the subject Many perhaps the majority protest against the publication of much of the testimony while the more thoughtful among them appear to regard the publicity of such a revolting narrative as a blessing in disguise upon the hypothesis that the knowledge thus vouchsafed stands with warning finger extended to all youth girls bidding them to trend different paths from those pursued by the young woman who has giver such testimony in an effort to save her husband from death As a matter of fact the ministers oi Providence R I profess to see in the public re ports of the trial the greatest moral lesson of the age old approve of even a wider publicity on the ground that it affords an invaluable object lesson for the public Others would eliminate every es sential feature on the trial claiming that it is not tit to print and the W C T Uor as Mr Wake man once designated that organization Well See to You denounces the publication of Evelyn haws testimony as being gross and shocking The most terrific outburst comes from the Methodist Christian Advocate of New York hich charges that the use of money is being reo orted to in order to hire perjured testimony to change the actual facts in the case to create a false public opinion and to stir up a bias in favor sf the accused prejudicial to public morality arid to defeat the ends of justice Justice Aye did White be given justice he would have been killed long ago and many a iinian heart would have been spared days of igony torture and suffering The moral lesson obtained in the trial is that it should stand as a aniing to every man who harbors evil designs igainst social purity against the chastity of vomcn who would lure children to social ruin and hen boast of his prowess that he had best change his plans and abandon those ways that are so dark lid the tricks that arc so vain The Blade does not make this assertion as a means of offering n defense of Thaw for his conduct In very truth he was little better than the nan he killed and the world would have been far letter oft had neither of them lived It way be rue that Evelyn Nesbit had been lured to her ruin nit Evelyn Thaw seemed to be following time slime anise until the last few months of her married ife The trio were neither of use or ornament to what right has the Christian religion to complain or even to use the trial to point a moral 01 adorn a title Hud it spent more time in building up human character and less in torturing burning and boycotting unbelievers such conditions that could produce a Thaw a Nesbit and a White might never have obtained Above all does it- not demonstrate the utter absurdity folloy and owerlessuess of the Christian religion for good l n 1fJ An allconsuming love may become cold reason humble slave and human passion may yield blind obedience unto precept but Christianity havin peopled the insane with a threatening godor hdsC builded a gaping yawning hell to terrify and in spite of resolutions timid whereascs prayers aiii psalms the Paphian Venus still flourishes nml Haunts her scarlet Hag in the face of the orthodox heaven Everywhere they have added fuel to the unholy fires of lust but seldom have we readout side of fiction of a man so notoriously and brutall bad as was Stanford WhiteISex relationship is one of the most difficult problems humanjty hits yet to solve In that SOul tion liberty must not be taken for license lne progressive woman will be made to learn that her virtue is in her own keeping and that she is nIterI all the guardian of her own morals No womnnI of mature judgment was ever led astray unless she cheerfully held out the string to be led by VomanI has had to learn at the bitter school of experience For long years she wins held to be the creature 01 mans caprice the drudge or ornament of his home mistress of neither her body or her mind Under modern conditions she has power over both This power rightly used will make her free and independent but let it be abused and the land is filled with unfaithful wives and the potters field with prostitutes- In the case of Evelyn Nesbit things were differ emit She a mere child and scarce at the age of puberty Unschooled in the wiles of the wicke world she was led into a deliberately planned trap Mode drunk with rich wine robbed of her sense by the fumes of the liquor she was robbed of her virtue and another life was ruined From that moment her degradation became deeper more in tense and she began to assume the same easy morals that have from time immemorial character xcd the sterner sex Jinn is by nature polygamous Woman is the reverse Nature made man to seek the woman to be sought Passions fiery scourge drives the one the maternal longings gently lends ihe other Thus is the law of fulfilled After all Standford White only got what he lleseredand whether Hurry Thaw go unpunished or otherwise the latter has rendered a service to the community for which he is entitled to somi credit THE ROCK OF EQUAL RIGHTS To what sad end is the poor old religion of Christ coming What is it that is so disturuing the clans tim confronted with the danger of dissolution and disintegration a cry of bitter anguish and despair is heard The answer is plain It is the quiet onward upward persistent march of Freethought For such a consummation the heroes of the past have labored long and hard They have given of their talent and means to Eurther the end Those who had genius to apply gave it Those who had means lacking genius helped as they could and the good work went along Now let us ask what are the results For answer we have but to point to the constant liearty resistance that is being manifested on almost leery humid to the power and influence of the Much France has put it out of the business ar as that republic is concerned and with fifteen thousand men in Italy making a demonstration favorable to France the theological institutions in German being assailed by the progressive spirit of Preeethought all point to a united und determined effort to prevent the future preeminence of the church in the affairs of the state how long will it be before men of such personal influence as Dr Crapscy Dr Peters and Dr 3riggs some convicted upon a trial for heresy others leaving the pulpit of their own volition will Icmaud an equal place in both pulpit and semi uiry with their orthodox colleagues Feeling hat eligious belief or unbelief largely depends upon ducational influences and social environment these men sided in a quiet way by the more radical forces will succeed in getting into the curricu hun of the theological institutions of learning more iberal ideas that have pertained hitherto They will really constitute the light artillery of the regressive and liberal elements of the country leaving the heavier fighters to finish the work All this means that advanced theology is becoming more advanced and if it keeps on itdvancing freethinkers will have to assure new ground or hey will meet upon an intellectual parity It is ulso interesting to note that the advanced theologians of today are occupying precisely the grounds that occupied by the Infidels of yesterday In his way the world of thought is made to move orward progressing every hour What mire the evidences of this disintegration imply this The church is growing more and tore perturbed over the fact that it is compelled to mete out punishment to recalcitrant pastors and professors who their pulpits and in their chairs reach and teach a new and an advanced theology so unlike the old theology that the entire face of Ihristianity has undergone a change Of course this preaching was contradictory to the official declarations and confessions of the church This contradiction evinced a sincere working of the mindand mind working has ever been fatal to orthodox religious helief There can be no ortho oxy that is not dogmatic and dogmatism is ever hurtful to truth Tic truth can afford to be dogmatic because it is truth and must be so from its try nature Dogmatism anent speculative subjects and theories is the bane of investigation and this is where the church has committed one of its most rievous errors Equal rights in instruction will be the rock upon which the church is to split When it does strike the effect will be startling mind well worthy time highest consideration of thoughtful people CHRISTIAN HISTORY To make religious belief and religious theory completely dependent on certain records of historic events is a grave mistake for religion has nothing- to do with the credibility or authenticity of a certain document or actuality of certain alleged occurrences The foregoing statement is attributed to one Arthur 0 Lovejoy said to be Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis If he really believes what he says then it is a sure case of having to be shown religious belief and theory hue not based upon intellectual conviction being largely dependent upon the accident birth and the force of environment the Professor is not only begging the question but has really furnished- one of the strongest arguments against the Chris tian religion that it has been our good fortune to come across One of the principal contentions of the Christian world is that the events or supposed events as re corded in time New Testament are true Upon the truth or falsity of those events depends the entire Christian conception of religious belief and theory If the events of the New Testament can be proved to be true the Christian world is furiiishod with a tangible working basis Should the reverse acme the Christian religion is deprived of its essential qualifications and credentials and is lige u ship without sail or rudder in a storm For example time Christian religion asserts thatIthe miraculous conception of Jesus is true If that event is not historically true then the entire fabric of Christianity is materially affected and must ac cept the charge of being false Does it not follow then that the very essentials of the Christian re ligion has somthing to do with the credibility and authenticity of certain documents If the docu ments of the New Testament arc incredible the viItality of the Christian religion is assailed If they lire not authentic then the doctrine of inspiration Becomes absolutely null and void Had there been No Christ there would have been no religion named after him and as an alleged historic event his birth life and death constitute the very foundations of the religious cult that carries his acquiredjtitle His crucificion death and resurrection are proclaimed as accurate and truthful historic vents upon which is altogether dependent the most important part of the Christian religion Destroy or impair them and you have to that extent r destroyed or impaired the Christian religion In this respect the learned professor has contributed- n strong argument to the Freethought side of the religious proposition although we are inclined to belieVe that it was unintentional upon his part If ft was intended that the statement should be made to apply to religion pure and simple without specifying any form of religion simply to regard the religious idea as it is called then there tai be some basis for Professor Lovejoy to work npoi We must fall admit that whatever there isjof ciligipn in niai it can only he a matter of per sonal experience for beyond that the individual tan go Different experiences lead to different lotions concerning religion There is nothing per taining to worship or doctrine suggested by the innate experiences of man All these forms are quired being taught and retaught from one generation to another Man left alone that is with out socalled religious instruction would develop into practical Atheism It is an impossibility to issociate the godidea with any of our practical ersonal experiences God does not appear in them in any shape or form If by religion is meant to include the godidea then time proposition is erroneous and eamot be made to withstand criticism Freethought has long argued that the final unity of pinion concerning religion and its concomitants will never be reached by scholars and thinkers be muse of their personal experiences and this very net vitiats the theological argument Man enjoys ome inner lights of reason which direct and guide his outed experiences but these have nothing tojdo with religion or mmy of its forms of worship for left to reason religion will die Time Professor professes to believe that the Chris ion church will not depend for its future vitality ipon the importance it decides to attach to socall ed history and upon the hypothesis that he refers to socalled religious history the Blade can heartily gree with him In fact we are of the firm opin on that the day is not far distant when the Bible nnd all the literature that is made dependent upon it and upon which it depends will be as dead and useless as all the mummified cats of Ancient Egypt nnd as the Christian religion is destined to no long er draw its vitality from such a source is tanta mount to saying that there will be no Christian eligion when the day arrives Christianity is altogether dependent upon its istory a history by the WilY that is both doubtful and dark questionable and looked upon with doubt und disfavor by intelligent minds Destroys history und you at once destroy Christianity Industrial slavery political degradation run timid in hand When labor is denied by law its lights and just privileges when it is kept with its nose to the grindstone fur a miserable existence our boasted political freedom vanishes like a ream The money kings hold over the toiling millions time very power of life and tieath Where thor is granted as a privilpge nod not as a right there is no political freedom And who is to nine If the remedy is in the ballot box and it not used labor simply commits social and political NuicicJe r r r During Adams first century on earth there were no collar buttons to lose und he did not haw to studr the latest crease in pantaloons No laundryIldls bothered him and ho could shoot out the lights without getting into a chicken court But Adam as not civilized hence we nee to inter ho was not blessed as we are blessed il z t TT FALSE REASON IS GIVEN Christians Place An Infidel In Wrong Before the Public Because IAttitudeBecame An Advocate Of i Temperance REPORT THAT IT CAME FROM BIBLE READING BY W DALY Every effect has an efllcicnt cause and while the following correspondence may not bo interesting to a majority of the Blade readers trust you can find space for the letters as they contain some valuable moral lessons One of the most Important things in life is take hold and do things and sometimes think that we might bo able to strike a wonderful blow for the Blue Grass Blade and for the cause of truth generally if we would but take a good hold and do it Dont talk about doing or think you will do it some day but just set to and do it That is the only way to win success Only a few days ago a friend of mine who I believe is really a searcher after truth handed me a newspaper clipping which I enclose and remarked in a joking way read that Daley may be it will do you some good I read it and it did me some good Here was one of the brightest lawyers in our State being placed before the public in a wrong light just because the idolators could not understand how an infidel could pos sibly be in favor of good morals com mon decency and not believe the old blackguard book to be the inspired word ofGod Let us have more truth and more hu inanity Give us enough of both to com pel us to treat each other with that de gree of respect that humanity demands The clipping I send will show how the toadeaters rush to every little straw that is blown by the wind and when a man of moral attitude comes in public prominence the Bible has to be pushed in along with him The reason assigned is absolutely false and now read it Will Take Lecture Platform P M Goldsberry the Colfax lawyer who circulated a remonstrance that pu four saloons out of business in Colfaxy because his soil and partner was going to the dogs has reason to feel proud his work He has become an out an out advocate of temperance and both ho and his son will take the lecture plat form and work for the good cause They have been pronounced infidels hut have taken to reading the Bible and may- change their ideas on religious matters A personal reformation founded on the teachings of the scriptures is really the only reliable sort of reformation- In order to determine the elements truth and falsehood in that alleged item of news I wrote to Mr Goldsberry whom I have known for many years and made inquiry concerning the situa tion His answer is enough in order to brand the publication with the name it deserves I append his letter which will speak for itself It reads Colfax Ind Mr W Daly Huntingburg Ind Dear SirYour letter with clipping of January 20th received Con tents noted As to my views on the temperance question referred to in the clipping trom the Jctlersouville Reform I might say is correct I shall forever advocate the cause of temperance while I live and vote the same sentiment am satisfied that the tratlic of intoxicating liquors and the evils resulting therefrom are the worst and most dan gerous question bcefore our people and the most important question for the welfare of the people The clipping from the paper is not correct as to my beginning to read the Bible I have always read that book Since I began to read and study the socalled Bible I have never believed that it was nor do I believe that it is an inspired book or that it is a revelation from God I be leave in one God and no other and I hope for happiness beyond this life I believe in the equality of roan and I be hove that religious duties consist in doing justice loving mercy anti endeav oring to make our fellow creatures hap py on this earth I have no fight to make against any church and accord t nil persons the right to read believe and think for The evidence that teaches me and which is the foundation of my belief in a God is the creation of all things in this world and all other worlds as shown and proved from a scientific truthful investigation of facts which are founfl to exist and not from prophecy revelation or dreams In other words I am sincerely and heartily in the views of Mr Voltaire of Mr Thomas Paine and the great Robert Ingersoll and believe they are right o this question youIhope Imay meet you and hear from you again Very truly yours FRANCIS M GOLDSBERRY J i ii1 NJ iT DOPE oft thought of the scheme of salva tion grand That had its origin in Judea sand By a child with mysterious conception and birth And to think of Joseph not the father of his child on earth The one wise being came to live among men for a short length of glue and to be crucified then To bo buried to arise and leave the earth then The scheme of salvation is completed- for men And Wi liisinunsiou ullpuved with gold And its wall of jasper so the story is told And his listening to his followers below As they all blindly to reach for the sup posed goal His work must be tedious for counting ot hair And watching the sparrows that fly through the air And paint each lily with its delicate shade But he lets the myralds of devils out on a raid Now this small over sight of this being so wise That anchored his throne way up in the skies Andcommunicates to men through a mysterious rope Till Ive banked I cant swallow such dope DR P JENNER AND THE BOY FOUND IT James E Hughes Recently ut a public sale a friend came to ma and says last evening my twelve year old boy came running out to the barn saying he would have been to help feed sooner but was reading the Bible some I asked what had interested him to read the Bible 0 the boys and girls at school were talking about how the lords and priests used to talk to the women when they wanted babies and told me where I could find it in the Bible and I wanted to read it be fore forgetting where it was This father like millions of other par ents in Christendom though an unbe liever himself kci the moss covercd aroundtof ute inquisitive youth more than any othei publication pArhapi permitted in anddcensors mailsiHis majesty Dictator Roosevelt latest stunt is to squelch the reports of the Thaw trial and yet worships the book of obscene tales including gods elect King David who evpoused himself to tho wife of Phaltiel for an hundred foresk ins of the Philistines and wouldnt be asfwas happiness It is not probable the newspaper re ports will make of the things brought out at the Thaw trial tough as they are more corrupt to the morals of the young than contained in the clergymans Holy N MILLER Upland Ind + + + 11I1I tI tllll + iOUR LETTER BOX JhF44 144 444 4 ii ++ LONG LIVE THE BLADE James E Hughes Having subscribed for the Blade some time ago I find by careful investigation and study of the socalled Holy Bible that it is a volume of fakes and fables without author authority or proof to hold it up It is a book of nonsense ignorance and superstition written by we know sat who Written we know not when and if inspired we know not or if it is this word of God wb have no proof only words of its own The Blade and its writers have converted me and I am now u confirmed Infidel The Blade says the man who will not investigate is a moral coward and he who will not reason is a slave to big otry The Blade has been my teacher and I have investigated and reasoned and knowledge comes by investigation 1ohave been drinking at the fountain of Dr Wilsons fluent pen and a host of others and they are all doing what Paine Ingcrsoll and Moore have done before them trying to make a better world and a new heaven here and now they are trying to drag the people treat the grave of ignorance and superstition political and Christian dogma Without Christianity and so much politics this world would be a place of peace hap pineal and joy There would bo no thinknof death for there would be nothing to receive lose or fear May Mr Hughes untiring efforts be crowned with success and long live tile DladeC E JOHNSON Tyler I T J r i LABORING FOR CHRIST AND James E Hughes With this hand you 2 in currency fur which please send one copy of your valuable paper to tioy Hunter of this place also send copies of Paine Memo rial issue cents and when ready send pamphlet The religious people of this part of Indiana have been on duty ut their various places one town liatton Jndthe Christian clmrch hauled in sixty eight ten last night by Scott also the jietliodist and Baptist churches joined in the excitement Here only ten joined and on baptism day some of them run away from town to keep from being poked through a hole in the ice 1 will try to write soon Give Roosevelt Storer all they need Freethought I am as ever yours in Freethought ELIZA W J1ALNES Versailles Ind YOULL GET IT ANYWAY James E Hughes I see by the tab on my paper that my time is out on the paper in February Mr Hughes am very sorry I cant renew it I think the paper is worth 150 and the paper grows better all tho time but am still in debtv I have been having tho grip and it throws meI buck from my work Whenever I can spare the money I will renew sub scription but for the present will have to ask you to discontinue it as I dont wunt to be on the deadhead list as you need your money as well as the rest of us in order to keep up your paper Wishing you success and hope the friends will stand by you I am Your friend MRS LOTTIE HESTON Carthage COULDNT DO WITHOUT IT James E Hughes You will find enclosed 150 in postal money Order for which you will continue the Blade another year I have so little time to read and many other papers thought could hardly afford to take the Blade this year but the Blade has become such a clean sheet and is so full of matter of vital importance and in tense interest to every thinking person and especially is this true of the last few numbers that I cannot afford to be without it The Blades attitude both in politics and religion exactly suits my viewsJ B WERTZ Johns town Pa DEEPLY REGRETTABLE James E Hughes Owing to failing eyesight am pelled to give up the reading of Blade I have not yet finished the read ing of the Route Book though I like it very much I cannot see I am going to travel some this summer in the hope improving my health but the outloo is not flattering at the age of 70 years and my speech and walk is greatly im paired by a stroke of paralysis Yo will therefore please stop sending m paper with this month and oblige much respect and best wishes for you and yours I am as ever yours frater nallyS E PRICE Clinton Mo BLESSED BE THE NAME OF The following from an Oklahoma newspaper demonstrates the beauties of religionJ Daniel aged about 30 years son of cxPostuiaster W J Daniel of Lincoln is hopelessly insane over relig ion and is confined in the county jail awaiting to bo taken to Norman The unfortunate young man has a wife and four small children The children were found with him when ho was taken charge of by officers He tells several conflicting stories as to the whereabouts of his wife who has disappeared and it is feared she has met with foul play To several ho told that he had taken her to Quanah Texas and placed on u train saying she tad the devil in her and when she was well rid of it she might return but not within three months limit Others were told by him she was brought hero to board a train hover been seen here of at Quanah THE WIND OF GOD By Johnson Whats this I hear about the Vim of God That Torrey speaks of from his pit throne Did his breeze blow warm on that eastern sod When ghost caught Mary out alone Long years Ive wrestled with tlll ghosllyfable Burned the midnight oil in my search for truth Now Torreys found it in a wind thats able To breed a saviora hot air youth NOTICE A few moro of those books left lames Ago of Reason and Facts worth knowing Both books for fifteen cents in staumjtsless than work the wholesale Address A B BENNETT Norwalk Conn il r 1t READ THE OTHER SIDE Modern Inventor Desires to Set His Views Before the Blade Readers- as a Means to Investigation THE TRUTH CANNOT INJURE ANYONE JBY W SMITH A copy of the Blade of February 3d has just been handed me and though busiest man on earth being engag ed in bunding the lirsi and only practi cal commercial air ship ever designed take time to notice it There was one item in it at least that agree with i am a firm advocate of investigation would subject every assertion to the nest rigid cross exaiuiuation and ac cept nothing that was not absolutely demonstrated with all the certainty that tho tact that two and two are four can be proven Hence agree with your recommendation That wo read botli sides As I saw only one side in Blade thought to test the honesty of the recommeuder by affording your readers an opportunity to read possibly something on tho other side If both sides are to be read saw nothing of that kind in the the edition of Feb mary 3d except the profound and as tonishing effort of T J Shepherd to crack fortyseven nuts contained as he says in your issue of December 2d which Blade hope you will send me as I am fond of nuts Now I hold that there but two elements in nature it is mission of one of these to produce evolve or create and to petuate every existence and it is mission of tho other to destroy or elim inate every existence possessing it Now it is immaterial what you call these elements The productive one is the only thing in nature possessing a single element of value and is only thing to be sought after desired or ac quired by the prosperous person The other is to be avoided as would be the venom of the viper The first of these call truth the second I call error Truth only has value and enters into everything of which we have personal knowledge error is that which destroys everyewe to everything is valuable or valueless iii the ration of its truth to its error This holds absolutely good in all things A pullerkeyes arc true or right truth and right heingI souknowLtheir honest value I mean Now Icing so in all temporal things if it be true that there are eternal things then is not value of their things much greater there than ours here an eternity is longer than time If this be true ought we not to learn all the truth about eternity that is available I am not talking about churchanity The dark ago system of theology might do for the dark ages but every man must reject it now it has done its work lived its life and as tho revelator says of it calling it the church of Laodicean Rev 31410 Truth will spue it of its mouth There is nothing else to do with it It stands in the way of human progress and everything that stands in its way has to move out Truth has decreed the perfection of human race It is as sure to be evolved as that there is truth Can it be supposed that a creative power wise enough good enough and powerful enough to develop all that we behold is not able to develop a perfect nun Such a supposition is the extreme of error but it may be asked why does Inot truth do this if it is to be done Is not truth doing all that can bo done Stand out of way yourself or lend a hand If it is being done why not do it in some belter way There is ways one right way to do anything that it is right to do There never was but ore right way to do anything right- There never was anything done right but what was done in that one right way Truth knows the right way Truth does its work in the right way cause it is the only way truth can do it Man can do things in a wrong way but man can do nothing right There can nothing lie done right In a wrong way and truth can do nothing wrongs so truth can do what it docs in only one way Darkage theology teaches that God can do everything in any way and any thing in every way that is error run wild God or Truth can do just one thing and no more and can do it in just one way and no more What is that one timing It is the right or per fect thing Truth cannot do a wron thing and truth cosset do a right thing in a wrong way there cnn be but OI right or perfect way hence truth can d the right thing in till right way anti in no other way This fact must be rec ognized before any truth can be known JtiJ e But if truth created man why is man not perfect Who says truth or body else created man I know the translators made Genesis say that buts I also know that it did not say it in the original and I also know that nun is not made You know that when a perfect workman finishes a job the job itself must be perfect Truth is a per feet machine and truths finished work is perfect The astronomical universe is Truths Jlnished job and man is im perfect In there a devil Yes Who node tho dovil Nobody niiiilu tho devil Why is Sian a devil f For the save reason that you or is a devil Every doer of evil is doeovil a devil Thats me and you und nil other imperfect or unintelligent limyare they doers of evil Because they are imperfect be ing like any other unfinished product Everything made is imperfect from the time it is begun till it is finished Truth work finished is perfect Tmth is mak ing man When ho is sonic he will be perfect C W SMITH TRIALO- F HARRY THAW Strong Editorial From Portland nian on Roosevelts Attempt to Suppress Published Reports WORLDS COURSE ADULTS AND SANE SUPPRESSING THE NEWS Every newspaper in the country has printed detailed accounts of the Thaw trial These accounts have included descriptions of conduct shucking to re is lined tastes Immoral actions have been us narrated The wiles of the libertine inIll pursuit of his prey have been unveiled rottenness of tin entire social class has been disclosed All this is lament able and it has excited misgivings in many minds Is it not depraving to ciety to read such accounts Dues it not imperil the morals of the oungU light we not to have a law which would forbid newspapers to print such is mutter Wie obvious reply from the newspaper sides is that the public mand full accounts of such events as the Thaw trial und the paper which should decline to print them would Have to discontinue publication But the critics are ready to demur to this plea They say that the public demand is a sign of depravity and that the newspapers in purveying to it descent to the level of those who minister toJ the degenerative appetites of the There is a very old and respectable theory that the public is not capable- of taking cure of its own welfare in he field either of politics amusement eduction or morality that the people suet luu3 rules or guardians to select what is best for them and compel them to take that or nothing We have par tially discarded this theory in America We lave formally acceded to the osition that the public is the best judge of its own welfare in every direction but in practice we still cling or some of us do to the ancient belief that after all we know better what the people need than they do themselves and that if theywould only give upII their liberty of choice and adopt our views things would go on much bittci Hence every once in a while arises some prophet who desires to prescriU how the people shall pass thr Sun days or what they shall eat and drntor what they shall read To stick to the immediate question iS there is much reason to believe that the wish of the public to know allp about the Thaw trial und similar oc currvncus is not at nil depraved hut perfectly legitimate Once for nil let us admit that there is a small und abominable minority who peruse such accounts simply to revel in the filth which they provide for the imagination Such persons rend the Bible for the same purpose vicious delight in ing at antique statutes We leave them out of consideration here nut speak only of the wholesome public The men und women of this wholesome public are the rulers of the country Thcey constitute the court of final appeal upon all ques tions whatsoever That is the theory of our Government It may be a mis taken theory but we have adopted here and we cannot get rid of it withou- a revolution which is not likely to oc cur Being the ultimate judges all public questions it is essential that these men und women should be ode quately informed There is nothing to good for them to know tend nothing so bad that they salt avoid knowing it without danger Those who would keep the public in hapIenngblind judges of the course of Curren directoing legislation in wielding that potent influence which we call public opinion unless the people are informed upon all f aspects of every question they will necessarily net Ignorantly nnd there fore unwisely Tho first requisite to public opinion nnd therefore to good government in this country is that every voter should know all of the facts which make up the condition of society Our selfconstituted guardians- of the general morals would make the people like those Oriental monarchs who shut themselves up in their aces nnd learn nothing except what their courtiers chose to tell them The good nnd wiso ruler is like Hanm AI Unscliid who goes down upon the streets sees what is going on and sees nil of it The newspapers are the eyes ears of public They are his force of detectives his corps of scien itle exports the purveyors of infer mation who keep this might monarch awake to the needs of his realm and the problems which he must solve Thu morals of no healthy monarch awake to the needs of his realm and the problems which lie must solve The monils of no healthy adult will u injured by the particulars of the Jaw trial Nothing is revealed in the ccsunts which they do not already taw in other connections The facts it reduction of aristocratic lust of varied deprivity of the idlo rich irj all familiar It is only the com iiinalion of them which is new and this combination presents u social problem which sooner or later the police must solve To conceal the fret would only postpone the solution and make it less effective when it arrives More over the interest of the public in the dramatic aspect of the events is per fectly healthy The skill of law yers the play of intellect fighting on one side to tuke u mans life and on the other side to save it form n splendid spectacle worth of the attention of an Attic audience Such trials are in a high sense educative They reveal tho merits us well us the defects of our criminal jurisprudence nnd tench les sons which tire never forgotten That details are unsuited for the young true and it is the duty of the parents the Brooklyn Eagle well remarks to that they lire not read by children Hut the great world is organized neither for children nor for the degenerate Its nmin course must be for the adult and the sane Children may be protected in the shelter of their family The degenerate will gratify their vici iniiiginatioiH no matter what pre lire taken to prevent them It more important that the great public the ruler of the country should rule with full information and therefore with wisdom than it is that foolish par ents should bo shielded from the conse quences of their folly or moral perverts from the indulgence of their bestality In this us in other fields the greatest good of greatest number must direct our conduct DEBATE IN 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this war is over you will pay 30 pei rent more WHEN IN SEARCH OF A DIAMOND Engagement Ring Diamond Button Locket or Pm dont you wish you could correctly judge quality am value and buy them first hand from the Cutters and Importers and thus save 30 per cent or the dealers you can do If will confide in ard order of me am an expert se lCt Diamonds with great care from largest stock in Chicago get lowest trade prices and best cash discounts givingeyou my years perience as a diamond merchant will only charge you per cent No jeweler or catalogue house can com pete with me nottSilver and Plated Ware Optical- Goods Ingers Spoons F T Badges and My Tract Theism In the Cruci ble free OTTO WETTSEIN 1LaGrange Cook Co WeDoJob- t PRINTING 4lti iTy tf If HOT LETTER TO BISHOP Continued Yom Page One or Knux or Wesley would have preached such sermon us that Dear bishops it was a grand upper tunity but lost There never was a re a formation ushered into the world hIsuch preaching us heard last Sunday night We are u nation of cowards and found out Sunday night that it is such diluted gospel as the doctor dispensed that is the principal cause of cowards Tlio general conference of our church says that the liquor trallic cannot lIltt legalized without sin Every bishop and preacher intoMethodist church who votes the Re publican ticket is a sinter and no bet ter than the men he licenses to sell the is a just God and Mr Zaug could not engage in the business Bishop Warren mid the rest of your bishops and preachers did not say he could Dear bishops did you ever think that all the saloon men fallen women and the devils in hell are well please with the way you are voting There is not a sale our an angel in heaven but what is sad at the way you are voting Yes dear bishops we welcome you to city of Denver but while you lire here we want you to preach some strong sermons against the sins of tie Methodist pulpits and church We will tell you some of the sins you should preach against We want you to preach against Sabbath desecrating gambling the saloon business im morality Wo want you to preach against the corrupt extortions and pressive course of the water company in oppressing the people in prices we want you to preach several sermons against the wrongs and corruption of the tramway lines and we want you to preach several sermons against the Re publicnn party in Denver for its corrupt doings at elections in ollice We want you to preach a few sermons to liishop Warren Chancellor McDowell Dr Mclntyre Brotther Brooks and Brother Church and Brother Wilson All these men have joined Wands with wick ed men and women to do evil mill if it is not sour stopped Denver will be u worse city than Sodom was WhI dear bishops wo have had since the state was redeemed tne luxury of the Living Pictures the luxury of the Broadway Theatre Crime holds high carnival in Denver and the preach ers of the city with very few excep tions are preaching to please Governor McIntyre and the corrupt Republican party Bishop Warren says that wealth and resultant luxury ruined Rome and UIthI he adds shall we also perish t Dear bishops did you ever hear of a natio coming to the place and condition ruin faster than this nation is now doing Do you not hear the rumbling of the coming crisis Do you not feel the ground swell of the conflict thatI will soon burst on this nation if right does not prevail if justice is not done I see no power that can save this nation but to apply Christ and Ins teachings- to our religious moral social financial and political lifeto the whole life of the nation Dear bishops we have been relenting Christ to the hovels and slums long enough and I want you to help me to get Christ into the pulpits of the Methodist church and into the homes on Capitol Hill Did you ever think if Christ could be introduced to the on Capitol Hill there would be no hovels in the bottoms Do you know that the reason that the bottom of society cannot bo saved is be cause the top has never yet been found t Do you not know that it is ungener ous unmanly find ungrateful to send Christ to the slums and the devil to Capitol Hill To send Christ to the prayer meeting and Sunday school find devil to the legislature Do you not know that this nation will never Ix saved till we honor Christ in our mills factories mines and every place where honest and pure men and women can or must be am in favor of sending Christ to congress But dear bishops Christ is too pure too noble too grand a miento say nothing about His die initto sit in congress with sort of men you bishops are voting for Dear bishops we lire working at the wrong place to save world We should get our bishops and ministers saved first and then send out mission aries to the Capitol Hill folks and when we get the rich and ruling classes saved it will not be hard to save the poor It is not Market street that corrupting Denver it is Capitol Hill that is corrupting Market street And l thus it is all over the world It is rich and learned and favored that t Jdegllllling the poor Dear bishops did you not know that the Bible has not been preached for seventeen hundred years Do you know that Christ is not preached in one of the great pulpits of the Methodist Episcopal church t It is reported that Bishop Taylor is selling tobacco in Africa to those dark children of the dark continent to sup port his missions If this he true it is a sad and deplorable condition of allajrs For Bishop Taylor to be in the tobacco busincssin the name of the Lord Jesus in Africa and Bishop Warren in the 2 liquor business in Denver is a sight that moves hell to laughter Dear bishops when you are making ynur appointments to the cities of Ja pan anti China remember that you are holding your missionary meeting in a city that lute no Sabbath a city that churches and about 100 saloons city that is ruled by a Methodist lire police hoard n city that has every sort and degree of sin flaunted in the face of day and night a city in wich almost every Methodist church is allied to the immoral and criminal classes a city where gamblers wives and ladies ot Trinity church ride to polls In the same carriage mil together vole the Re publican ticKet a city in which rich Capitol Hilt Methodists revel in luxury affluence while women and little helpless children go cold and hungry all winter in the bottoms a city that Bisn op Warren Chancellor McDowell und Dr Mclntyre helped to turn over to cur rapt Republican politicians gamblers saloon men and harlots a city in which is located one of the finest Metho list churches in the world and in which Christ its never been preached a city whose church members not only devour willows houses but their virtue as well These arc sonic of the conditions in Denver and when you are looking over the heathen world and weighing darkness and needs of pagan cities for Gods sake dont leave Denver out Please send us u missionary a grand true noble big hearted brave heroic Holy Ghost man that will be true to theI Holy Ghost man that will be true to Lord Jesus Christ faithful to the peo pIe and will not vote the Republican saloon ticket Dear bishops do not know of a city the globe that needs a missionary worse than Denver does Christ drove tempts but our bishops and big preachers doing cverythingthey can to get themI nto their churches Please dont forget us bishops and send us a good holy Ghost preacher who will not be flirting at ballot box with Republican saloon men and ladies of Market street like Bishop Warren Chancellor McDowell nUll DrI McTntyre Dear bishops the damned and the re deemed looking ip hell and down from heaven at the spectacle of the Methodist church with her bishops editors and elders in league with loons the must unnatural inhuman un godly un Christ likc devilish and damnable league that was eve formed outside of hell + Dear bishops the city of Denver is by the Republican Methodist Episcopal fire and police board through Brotlm- mid Wilson who are getting well inihc business of degrading men and women and leading little girls find have I am told licensed nfuture stations to hell on Market street than Gov Waite did through all llisI administration If Gov Waite Lad be longed to Trinity church ho would no doubt have done more than lie did Dear bishops I have been informed that they arc about forming a class at the Denver university to study slavery Slavery was otmceas Lovcjoy Garrison and Philips learned oy experienceaI rather dangerous thing to tackle but wish to tell those professors and stu dents that slavery has been dead for years anti that there is not any danger whatever and that they can pursue the study as thoroughly anti independently as their hearts may desire They need not have any trepidations on the mat thae Colorado conference will locate them or turn them out It is the man who tackles living question of the day who will be brought to trial and ex communicated Dear bishops I never heard that a single Methodist conference stood by Lovcjoy when the godless slave power shot him down in cold blood but a few weeks ago the Illinois conference I be lime passed resolutions favoring the enterprise of building a monument to Lovcjoy When I rend this it occurred to my mind what Christ said Your fathers kill the prophets and ye build their sepulchres What grim humor what a commentary on the poor servile truckling cowardly preachers and bishops of the last generation What a spectacle to see the Methodist Episcopal church standing by slavery in when Lovcjoy was shot down and the Illinoi- conference shouting itself hoarse for Love joy in when there is no ger and when Lovejoy is safe for nil time and does not need any sepulchre To see those brave preachers and bishops passing by all the living goes wantssuffering and woo to say nothing of the crimes and outrages of the great city of Chicago to enter into the work of monu ment building for a man the church serted in the day of his trials and needs is enough to make Lovcjo turn over in his grave And to see the great Denver univer city for its wealth find beauty do not forget that these streets are paved and lighted out of the price of mans honor and womans virtue That beautiful light that hangs over the entrance of the Trinity M E church was paid for out of the money that was taken by city from fallen women as the price of their virtue For shame To think that Bishop Warren and Chancellor and the Doctor would be co partners in such an infernal business as the saloons anti Market street and hang lights over the church doors out of tho profits of suethn low degraded and damnable way as this of making money Is it any wonder that womanhood has been on tho decline in Denver and that every class of wrong doing and crime has been on the increase ever since Dr Mclntyre curio to Denver Do you think that God will bless a man who will stand in the pulpit for four years nUll know or may know of such crime committed against womanhood as this and never open his mouth never thun der against it Was it not a sight for the daunted and the redeemed for God and angels to see Bishop Warren Dr McIntyre and Chancellor McDowell at the ballot hex voting just like Soupy Smith Gee Graham Milwaukee track tho saloon men gamblers and prostitutes of Market street Dear bishops there is something wrung in Denver and it has been growing worse for years and be you leave the city we want you to preach some grand heroic nonlyser emus to the Methodists We do not want you to preach u single sermon to what the church calls the sinners Dear bishops last afll Bishop Witrrcn Chancellor McDowell and Dr McIntyre ofrmcd an alliance with the Blongers the gamblers saloon men and the ladies of Market street to redeem Colorado anti after the great victory won by this array of reformers had been achieved and the state been redeemed they built a grand stand on tIle Capitol Hill on Sunday and on Monday the ladies of Market street and our preach ers of the gospel and all who felt thankful that Colorado hail been re deemed gathered about grand stand and snug the doxology and otter a time of thanksgiving the saloon man went back to his bar the gambler to the green cloth the ladies of Market street to their life of sin Dr McIntyre to his pulpit in Trinity to lecture mid preach on Model Old Maids Chancellor McDowell to his duties at the university and to teach the women of Denver how to vote the Republican ticket and Bish op Warren too holding conferences anti recliningon llowcry beds of easel Governor McIntyre was so gratified to these Methodist divines that ho appointed two Methodists Brother Church and Brother Wilson on the fire and hoard and in return have been toldI that Bishop Warren was so thankful to generosityrperson him for his kindness iDear bishops Bro Church and Dro Sunrdays to send a missionary and ship a louil of rum to India and on onorder in the week they can sign causes for saloons and Louses of prostitution bu order of Bishop Warren the hanIcellar and Mclntyre Dear bishops arc not things getting in a strange condition should not some one speak out against these things t And if any one does speak out against them they threaten to locate him or turn him out o ftho conference Spiri hull Christianity has been declining and of course tho church becomes mort worldly ever since Bishop Warren was married anti took up his residence in Colorado When ho was married they spent several thousand dollars I haej been told built a canopy from church door to the side walk and alsoI spread n nice carpet from the street orJ walk to the church altar Such extrava gance ns this we would r expected from the unconverted rich but from a Methodist bishop and a successor of the plain selfsacrificing Wesley and IIyear caserenoiincing Asbury never I think this very wrong and we have not given over the evil effects of that wedding to this day Dear bishops right then a was ninny a poor Metho list circuit rider who had not oven the necessities of life for his wife and little babies I think still it was all wrong I know n preacher in this ference who not the means to go to his new appointment A Catholic hear ing of his straightened circumstances bought his wife a ticket and put he on the cars while the minister chartered a box ear tended his goods and cow nn got on himself and thus ho rode for a long distance to his destination Bishop Warren lives in a 55000 mansion at is luxury while strong men delicate women and little helpless children arc suffering for bread anti clothing are not able to get them Dear bishops money luxury an the lap of case and influence of money have been the rock on which the great preachers of tho world have been wrecked and their influence turned against the cause of truth The trouble with our bishops anti great preachers today is you love money too well and no minister that loves money eve proved faithful to his trusts and the seeking of wealth makes men timid and takes ull tho courage out of the and when a minister line last courage ho is about the most pitiful thing that ever angels wept for and devils laughed at We have not a bishop in our church today that dare stand up in the pulpits of this nation and plead fully cause of tho poor and ou tinged denounce the saloons and condemn the sins and corruptions of the Republican party Why Because you fire under the influence of tho money power and you do not want to offend those who might bring you to humble circum stances What a commentary on tho church to see the ministers of Jesus Christ clothed in purple and fine linen and faring sumptously every day and to think money comes from who are oppressing the poor corm lItI ing people mid destroying this na tiollthe hope of the world airy ignoring living throbbing ques tions of the day thu grandest day ot the worlds histornnll going back 32 years behind nil danger to study a dead issue is enough to make the corridor jf hell resound with laughter of damned Hem bishops believe in God nnllt the Son and Holy cost I believe the Bible from back to back every word of it I believe the Methodist theology iiic most scriptural and grandest in world I have weighed you in the scales of Gods word that you helping to build up kingdom of Darkness rather than of light that you are ailing abetting and giving your full support to most internal and damnable sins and sinners of tho world If you do not rightabout fnces and conic out in the power of the Holy Ghost and take a stand for justice purity God and an outraged wronged tool oppressed people against tho loons and corrupt men and the Itepubli can party and monopolies of age will be damned doubly damned This age and nation will damn you and God will damn you Stand up likeI grand noble ierois courageous Holy Ghost men for the poor oppressed or be dniuned Do your duty measure up your grand opportunities and high privilegesin a word be menr he donned Which Denver Colo F F PASSMORE MISS CROH REPLIESt Continued From Page One it to the first trump who ventured to suggest he an equal right to it just to prove the unbounded generosity of Socialism and how fervently he wishes all a free access and an equal opportunity to supply their wants from tures storehouse His years o toil in preparing it for cultivation while the tramp who idly roaming gives him no homo right to the proceeds than if he too had done nothing 0 With this beautiful 1 philosophy realized why should anybody work t Would anyone work with no reward but that shared equally with the idle and vicious t Me thinks natures storehouse would very soon be unworthy the namel It is the commendable desire to accumulate u cur plus as a safeguard against future con tingencies that inspires the provident to strive as far oeyond their present needs in creating the wealth of the world thereby enlarging their certificate- of the worlds indebtedness to tbemI For this is all that honest simply a proof that its possessor cluiuted an exchange or tangible equiva lent for his services to tho worldtlo- r luxuries and special favors thus acknowl edged he hud earned and still holds this certificate of its indebtedness which ho is generous enough to pass on to hisI oflspring and die without having ever taxed his real personal reward in self gratification Dont lorget that you cannot eat your cake aunt have it too and the wan of wealth simply chost not to eat his cake figuratively speaking Few there are who could not spend all they can earn if they give rein to fish foolish wants prevented tastes and then whine that they did not re ceive just recompense while another with one tenth his wages will be yearly quietly adding to a superfluous fund for some sensible investment which will also increase the taxable basis Sup pose an equal division of all property were made to how long would it h till those idle selfish reckless extrava guilt envious ones would return again emptyhanded clamoring for more t Where would bo the of it This critic asks Are we relatively speak ing even onethird as well off today a s we were one hundred years ago 1 How can thinking person oak such a 1questiutt unless ho wants attention call ed to the marvelous advantages to all in the present day What a pity that this critic has lived one hundred years after his day and can never step hack to enjoy the advantages and splendid opportunities of one hundred years ago which loom up before him in such great gazeds f the past MISS LAURA GROH HISTORY OF RELIGION Continued Front Page One story is an exaggerated account of an platrwhen the Jews were tribes of Gypsies depending ou their flocks and herds on fishing and because of their illiteracy believes in signs anti wonders mmyono or a company wing with nil he others in their accounts of what their socalled miracle workers had done to increase their individual or family gains later this story when they acquired a literature by tho study o Hebrew was used us a figure represent ing the intrigues between state and r church for when fishes people sought to escape from control of the church the state was called to aid in their recapture or retention and when the state failed the church was naked to aid the two ships of stateI and church sinking the earnings nod when they were united and was done that could be tho false Jesus was dismissed as his teachings were no longer needed for the rulers in both state and church were then sullieiently sinful to insure for this fu tutu the catching of men which Simon ieler was certain to be able to do In my last article left the true Jesus son of man teaching freedom conscience mid warning the people against the hypocraey of both priests and politicians which caused other sons of men false Jcsuses and ono in ticular to try to rid the worM of him for Jewish priests Pharisees said If we let him thus alone all men will believe on him anti the Romans shall conic and take awny both our place anti nation St John xi 48 The intentions of his enemies were brought to his knowledge and ho re to test the justice of the law but us ho Lad done nothing in violation of the law of justice nor as ho be tiered law of the state and so could not place himself under arrest he sent Judas one of his most true tried friends to arrange with the priests for his betrayal and arrest which took in a public park or garden and ou a false accusation After his arrest that son of man not son of a god was taken before tho magistrates tried on three indictments and acquitted for we read that Pilate the judge said find ito fault in this man and at three different times null Herod also acquitted him But wishing to test the law fully as false testimony had been intro dated and much complaint was made his friends appealed tho case to the preme court where it was found that the church and state laws were so in capable that church secured his con demnation which coming to tho knowledge of poor Judas caused him to mit suicide by hanging Although the judges were t71nll- med Pilate the compileis of present hook gave us no otter name there However Pilate was friend and really wished to set him free but was obliged to condemn him in accordance with the law though he did not relin guish his intention but secured for him a sentence which would enable him to fulfill his wish for he was to be execut ed at a late hour on tho day proceeding the one on which Jtews celebrated tho bfast of the passas for he knew that tho bottles of Crucified would bo removed before nightfall and to further facilitate maturing of his plans for the release of his friend the netrcross but that he should he firmly tied to it which would the strain on the hands and feet An anesthetic was administered in n mixture of vinegar and myrrh supposed his enemies to have Icon given to add to his sufferings a portion of which was taken before tho crucifiction and another when he had said I thirst which was passed to him in the sponge soon after which ho addressed his father who was living and present forIwas to have given up tho ghost yielded to 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