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J r J d I jJ BLUE GRASS BLADEi T rHiBhandrlAsrhlaurf East SidiAIM T0 OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTA BLISH TRUTH VOLUME xv NUMBER 50 LEXINGTON KY MARCH241907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE p PRIEST r KEEPS HIS POWER Through Doctrine of Immortality of the Soul Destroy this Belief and the Influence of Priesthood Is Gone CANNOT BE DEMONSTRATED 3 IJ ViT TO THE f J t xFrom the Searchlight Vj As long as the priesthood can pro Tong a belief in the immortality of the soul and make men believe they live on as conscious beings after they are dead just long can they control them by playing on their fears Those who have no belief in another existance be yond the grave taro no more for priests and preachers than they do for the yap orings of a lunatic The genaleman in black with solemn visage and nimble tongue inspires them with no terror ns they take him fer i just what he isn rank fakir who ha no knowledge they do not possess but who wishes to exert arbitrary power and to make an easy living by working his mouth instead of his hands The nan who believes that death ends nil ram no more be enslaved by the priset craft than a bird on the wing can bo i caught by a cat But when a man p thinks he has an immortil soul nut the priest or the preacher las power to j insure happiness for him in some other world then his liberty to thnk and net is one for one or the other does his t Thinking for him and regulates his ac tions in religious matters lie is told tiat this lifo if short and of little no y r Jittoil extyo e and only bY1CltmgCrtam trncmregs ot the church and conforming to its creeds and customs can be hope to cape endless misery and enjoy eternal hnpjrincss lie is then ready to do what they tell him to get into heaven where he will bo happy forever so he becomes tho willing tool of the priesthood and puts up his money to support them amiI build churches Century after century this thing has gone on and millions to day are being worked by the same old methodthat everlasting play uponI fear When we reflect on this fact it make- ono doubt that general intelligence will ever overthrow the priesthood and that a time will come when nil wil see and acknolwedge that no one knows the leasl thing about immortal souls amiI another existence The world is farth er advanced ojj lines of science right now than it aver was before and the brightest minds that over sought toI pentrate the secrets of Nature have ed to find the least evidence that a uums consciousness survives the death of his body Yet pritpts anti preachers go on proclaiming n continued existence in an invisible form and an invisible world They also profess to know just what h going on there and what will be throughout an endless eternity two f ask for evidence we are told the necessity of faith in some old book l written by their predecessors when the j intellectual level of mankind was so low they believed Iii the semibarbarian classIOn these ancient writings is based theI faith of millions who believe but not a solitary fact can be found in Nature t show that any person physically dea is spiritual alive in other words has been transferred to a spirit world in fullI possession of the senses that were be upon him in this ono The mcnI Istowed doubted that wet live forever as conscious individuals have been those who thought deeply upon the subject t not The superficial thinkers who let the 1 Demotions influence their judgment anllI jk way their reason for this class aroI prone to believe because desire and in clination lean that wayNo member of tile priesthood ever failed to playI with full force and repetition on theI human emotions and the affectionate nature of men and women has been worked in time of deep sorrow caused by the death of some dear one as wellI as their fears which are over sttimu lated to control belief and action The pilots never took kindly to phiolosph- or science for neither renders any aid to their system of faith anti both hleI a tendency to destroy it when proached Reason is decidedly given asking 0 questions and demanding art f jwltJiiitHt dence so nothing is more strongly con dcmncd by them than its use The ty of the people is to believe not tion while they do their thinking an decide for them What they shall be lieve The majority of human being- do not think for themselves and didand will they ever is an question When a man begins to thin about his soul ho is compelled to reach the conclusion that it is located in his head for when the body is paralyzed below the head and both sensation and motion are destroyed it has been found that th thinking faculties are not af fected Let a blow of sufficient force hit the head and consciousness de permsSthis test the seats of the soul Now what is the soul Said Voltaire In all the philosophers that have spoken of the human soul I have found only blind men full of babble and temeri ty Xo man lives or over did that knew the least thing about that con scions and intelligent force located in our skulls that animates our bodies and reveals the notion of what we term mind All we knots about it is this it appears simultaneously with the birth of the baby anti apparently departs with the body and apart from phe iiomcna presented by what is called Spiritualism that great secret of Na lures locked up in the word deaths has never been revealed to mortal man All religions that touch the immortal ty of the soul rest upon faith alone they have not scintilla of evidence to present except the bare assertions contained in some socalled sacred book And what are they Nothing but the recorded opinions of men Itko ourselves who lived in remote ages with no knowledge than wo possess today Next comes Spiritualism with its mysterious phenomena which originated on the 31st of March 1848 at which time intelligence seemingly separates and distinct from that of physical beings was maul fested TheU phenomena according to the declaration of Moses Hull lately ueceageit is nl tlsp evidence the world evntnlnestoy pro uar matltructiT eXISt once beyond the grave Does it do it That is the question if not then wo repent the conundrum of Job in vain Most of tine phenomena of Spiritualism is explained In1I natural manner by Hudsons Psychic Phenomena and ho found it unnecessary to place tho spirit ofa dead man behind it to get his ex planation For many years the phenomena of Spiritualism wits lively and vigorous and extended far and wide today it is petering out rapidly L K Washburn recently this caustic usedsto hear of Spiritualism So we did for time was when it interested thinking men and was a living force in society Today it has no more vitality than a consumptive in the last stage and exist as to the churches as a religion with ordained reyerends who pray preach and pronounce benedictions It is no longer a moving force on progressive lines of thought is speekors arc but echoes of the big guns tlut find their ammunition years ago its greatest manifestations are relics of the past the shut eyed medium is becoming ex tinct and the Bible is ransacked for ev idence to prove its claims Spiritualism is slowly dying out and the interest it once aroused when a petition signed by 15000 Spiritualists was presented to both houses qf Congress Pfking those lawmaking bodies to investigate it has died out This was in and after some senator had wittily suggested that the petition be referred to 3000 clergy men it was voted to lay it on the table and nothing came of it With rare ex Spiritualosuperstitionsdthat have for a time engage the atten of mankind and the greater por tion of tho world that accepts a belief the immortality of the soul does so through faith as was the case up to 1848 The president of its national ganization has publicly admitted that ho believes 00 per cent of public med soma are frauds working human credul- Ity for the great American dollar and I have no doubt that number could bo increased while the remainder that do deal in genuine mysterious phenomena giving us nothing that completely removes doubt The best mediums that Spiritualism over hud are dead and A J Davis tho greatest oracle it ever had has been silent for years ho long ago gave to the world all he bad to give And what has Spiritualism ever given anotherYcould not be out of an ordinary imagination Absolutely noth ing and to it wo are indented for noth Continued on Page Four r r i m i SACRED BOSH OF THEHOLYk BIBLE The Creation of DarknessWas the Lord a Coon The First Checker tPlayer Jehovah as a Railroader The Location of Heaven = Why it is not a Skating Riftk or Natatoriu in Other Theological Stunts ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE FUN MAKING PROJECT c lily JAMES ARMSTRONG JR Although God commenced to create the heavens the earth in the begin he didnt finish until fomej time after he started for as immediately turned out of the planet factory the earth was waste and void and darkness prevailed upon the face of the deep From this it would seen that the Lord began to work at night and finished about sunrise It is impossible ever to imagine how the darkness came to exist unless as some of cur colored brethren assert Jehovah was a negro Of course if tho Lord was black we can easily account for the darkness that prevailed upon the face of the deep but since like begets like it is difficult to understand why the spirit of God moved upon thin face of the asap unless he had in mind the creation cf n Black sea The accounting for darkness however on the hypothesis that n w 1lac1 is open to serious objection 1hcie is an cquuly strong argument that God was not black for if He was good ho was certainly white Fur my part nsn theologian I think tho Lord was both black and white You see God moved upon the face of the waters and the logical inference is that he was playing checkers This seems infallibly certain as the earth was waste and there was nothing therefore for God to do but check it In this connection a very profound und important question arises Was Jehovah the original baggujjomasterT I believe he was and such belief is based on the fact that he railroaded tion in six days The belief that God was n railroader furthermore is sus tamed by the fact that this earth was heavily watered about seventyfive per cent according to the geographers From nil this the imagination can easily construct a picture of God ing a railroader he was most likelya hairy not a harry mien but a hairy noda thing which I see in accord ance with strict biblical interpretation although I anv not insensible of the weight of the argument of those who do not accept my view for God was certainly no fish For if he lead been as seen by tide light of our feeble reason he most likely would have moved in tho depths and not on the face of the way At any rate we may believe that God is both hairy and spotted end there are other reasons for thinking so be sides those furnished by the railroad and checker arguments tilthongh the railroadchecker exegesis is certainly swift enough to block any nrgumcnts to the contrary But still for the benefit of those hardened infidels who talk so much about reason in hcluilf of the hairy hypothesis I might refer them to the destruction of Solon and Uomor ruh and a few other harrying things Jehovah did as well as mention the fact that regardless of whether God was spotted in tile beguiling he is cer tautly spotted now for arc tot all Christians next to God ai dItll infidels next to Christians This argument is not original as I got it from a pious barber n strapping big follow who always honing to trim the whiskers of the smart freethinker as well ns the foolish Christian This may sound a little too barbarous but it should not be forgotten that the lore was always fond of barbarians the best example of which we flail in the history of his chosen peopleIAfter much pious meditation find tint Jehovah was the first poker player And God called the light day and this darkness ho called iiightl He was etas 1 i7 the first mathematician for it is said that God made the firmament and di vided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were allan the firmament And God called the firmament Heaven You see in those iwys the sun was young und experienced awl hud not learned to draw water from the earth to tlia clouds for rainmiiking purposes and God ued the other side of the firmament as a store ag tank In fact he was mrking prep aration for the flood for hi knew he would have to drown out the earth notwithstanding he hall pronounced it trig connection there arise some curious speculations as to the location of heiivcn According to Genesis I place on the inside of the firmament You there is water on bothsides of firmament and heron must be inidr firmament otherwise it would be ftu inn bottom of an ocean if on the outsiffe of the other side it could not be on the outside on this side for in that cue the milk and honey would all be frozen and much harder titan the ice on the tops of the highest moun tains It would not only be absurd but also sacrilegious to regard heaven as n nata torium or a skating rink yet we must do one of these things if we locate it on either side of the firma meat Our piety therefore compels us to believe that heaven is on the inside out of the cold and wet This idea is strengthened by the reflection that an angel couldnt very well go on a skate although he might get along fairly well in the celestial swim COD PROCLAIMED A MYTH Even Above the Grave of Loved Ones Now Gone the Church of Humani ty Makes Denial of Useless Idolatry CHRISTIANS ARE ALSO KNOWN AS HEATHENS By W II Kerr Above the graves of cherished loved ono the Church of Humanity proclaims God a Myth All people our loved ones included who worship any god or voluntarily con tribute to the teaching and support atI such worship must be classed as heathens idolaters und pagans These names are not given them through dis respect or contempt but to express a truth revealed by the discovery that God is u myth Vbster defines idolater In two fctinitiuiu to be one who worships as a deitl that which is not God u pagan Since the discovery is positively made that thing in the universe is God the worship of any thing is the worship of tint which is not God Hence illl worshipers under the above defini tion Christian speaks of Oriental people with great contempt as being lieu tin idolaters and pagans because they worship that which is not God oat knowing that they themselves are L I doing the same thing and belong to the same dual Those Asiatic people do nut know they are worshiping that which is not God any more than christ hats do in their worship It would not better matters in the least were the two sets of idolutrs to swap idols or both sets worship the sumo idol They would still be subjects to tho same definitions heathens idolaters and pagans Webster defines heathen as A pagan an idolater In the light of thofnew discovery that there is no such a thing aslI God all those definitions ere apple cadle to the Christians The definitions aha apply to those who do not worship the true God But since the discovery that there is no true God to worship the definition cannot apply to those who have learned that discovery Diction aries are change from time to time to conform to new discoveries and now align meats of the people The discoveries made and taught by the Church of Humanity will necessitate many new changes in dictionaries Iask Christians to remember they see the name heathen idolater or pagan applied to them In this paper thatI it is used to describe those who worsbi that which is not God according t yu Web Iter and not as an expression of contempt or abuse want you Christ ians to learn the discovery that there is no such thing as real God in existence that you may cease worshiping thatI which is not God and thereby free yourselves I from the application of the above mimes I submit to your calm conside ration and unbiased judgment the follow ing positive proof that the God anllC Jesus Christ you worship are pure creations of fiction having not slightest existence whatever These imaginary beings have endowed with unlimited power and wisdom and a deep feeling of love pity and synepatii for man This evidence doubt that no care love pity synmpath- aid is ever extended to man from un seen beings in the slightest degree an that therefore such beings do nowcis reality but are only creations f fictioi like Santa rhorriLlelife extimeguishing disasters muTt bo omitted for lack of room You will rcadI them the daily papers you tale ItndI refer you to them for the details of the suffering of the victims in many cases Montreal Feb 27 In a fire destroyed the Hochelega Protestant school in the east end of the city the woman principal and sixteen children lost their lIeISt Paul Feb fhirt one dead bodies from freesingv have been brought into the various towns of the northwest La Cjosse Wls Feb25 Three killed and thre futaly injured in a train wreck on the St Paul road London Feb 25 Two hundred persons were killed by n cyclone that struck southern points of the Philippine islands Hamburg March 5 Eleven teamen drowned in a collision bcteen twoi steamers long Kong Jan 28 One hundred Chinese are reported dead as a result of a terrific rainstorm Centiopolis Kan Feb Mrsj Frank Schmeck and her two children were found dead in bed with their throats horribly City Mo Feb 20 A little 5yearold girl killed by a stret car Buffalo Jan 28 Three firemen kiled Sacramento Feb Seven people drowned Chicago Jan 30 One death every ten minutes from contagious diseases sweeping the city St Petersburg Feb Forty men killed and scores injured by nil explof siou in the mines at Bnkhmut todIJIWllkesbarre Pa Feb 0 Eightiuiuers killed by suffocation from 11Ire inI the mines near here Chicago Jan 28 Four men killed by a tank explO ionIFreeport Ill Feb 8 Three killed in train wreck Bisnmrk N D Feb 5 A mother and five children frozen to death at Goodrich Copenhagen Denmark Feb 23 ElghI teen seamen drowned Toronto Out Feb 27 Three pass engers killed in a train wreck Agleciras March Eighty live persons hove been hurled by a landslide nearIfeedrutu Fifteen square miles of gave way Klkim 1Pa Feb5 Thirty miners entombed as an result of an explosion InI mine 25 of the Davis Coal company and ctinnot bo rescued aliV lIThurmond W Va Jan 30 Seventy nine miners kiled by an explosion in the Stewart mine Hook of Holland Feb In a fearful Continued on Page Four li CUBA JOINS OUR GROUP Interesting Letter From Havana by a Blade Subscriber Important Mat ters Discussed Openly and Fearlessly IDEAS FOR YOUR + BRAIN TO WORK ON By CAPT B F CLARK Concordia Havana Cuba Match Editor Blue Grass BladeIn- sending you remittance to cover I think tho tenth renewal of my scription to the Blade the spirit moves youPupon the various matters which has been discussed in its col umns during the past year first in der comes the increase in tin subscrip iou rate to 150 per annum which I regard as n step in the right direction am quite willing to pay that price and as I have heretofore had occasion to state you may regard me as a life member or subscriber Next the question of organization or the formation ofa party upon a platform ex entertainugcncralytunderstood by Christians and not tians in all matters relating to religion Intro read the arguments pro and con ts presented by your contributors and opponentYany peopled intpigmy chicken brained galoot whose principal stock VittiiumianifAinmir tnl crock puuj Pgal1Jztrsit were a very large and exceedingly good natural dog without n tail they themselves then become the tail and try to wag the dog and whenever they have n dam fool dog they rrr successful andtamong selves when the dog eternally spif llicuted and exploded into primeval ments leaving behind nothing but the tail in evidence of its evnnisccnt exist ence Parties may come end parties may go but tails hang on forever This is why Liberal leagues etc have never amounted to anything or had any standing among men who have any great amount of grey matter stowed away in their respective skull pans These organizers may spread their snares and catch crow red jackdaws innumerable but no eagles They nay cast their nets and draw in sprits and tommiecods in exceedingly great abundance but no whales They teas bait their traps and corral chip munks woodchucks and pole cats without tutu ber but no lions and so with the genus Homo Men who stand out in bold lief among their fellow Morbals and who are concpicuous for mental endowments stands aloof and tights shy of entangling alliances They know that individually Infidels are strong powerful but collectively that is as an or ganization cribbed cabined and can fined within party lines they are weak as a rope of und anal when any of these professional organizers coma fooling away any time among rfee thinkers my advice is to take a big club disorganizes them to that ex that they cnn never again be re organized unto Imrmiously working con stituent parts until the angel Gabriel his horn and cries out wake up boys and coupe to hell where you be leave duly received mil read Wil sons Homo hook personal letters have 1 exchanged between m und he has sent me a photo of what he is pleased to call his unholy mug and I have Iicupicplace in my gallery of celebrities even as he himself occupies high tune inent place in my estimation Though there nre times whet I am in doubt as whether I ought to throw a boquet- or a brick at him for when a man ceives so many verbal boqucts as does the good doctor an occasional brick in the bread basket cannot do him much harm mid may have the contrary ef fect by aiding his dijestive organs and Continued on Page Four i 1 J THE BLUE GRASS L AID E b Published at Lexington Kentucky Every unday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up toofhis death February 7 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES Dy mall postpaid 150 per year in advance Trial subscription 15 cents per month All foreign 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12G1 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome THE BLADE Is entered at the Postofllco at Lexington Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky Make n mark a a Put it up high a Strive to attain it a a Then live to be something a a a a a Love is always a world mover a a a a a Kindness and sympathy can help a heap a a a a Abraham s bosom must be filling up rapidly a a An Atheist cannot see God through an ortltot telescope a a Too much hide bound orthodoxy and too litt humanity fa a a a tMyq t t Scalpers report business excellent hi the New Jerasulem V I = Nations like individuals are pbwerf intl tlcgree that they command the sympathies of their neighbors a a a a Who can possibly be happy and wear a smi in conjunction with a suit of funeral clothes a a The habit of trying to get rid of their long luc i by ostentatious charity seems to have swept ov our sea of multi utillioaries may after all be an effort to dodge their celestial destiny a a a a The original Judas had the decency to go of and hang himself but his prototypes in this da tins age want to gobble up all the corner lots in Kingdom Come and try to control national legis lutioii for more lucre Wealthy Christian worshippers still continue to build their million dollar churches in which to practice their tlliu crusted hypocrisy while men with large families are glad of a chance to toil from sun to sun for less than a dollar a day a a a There may be a heap of moral virtue in our sis tors of the Pacific Coast to propagate their sex pur ity and social health In any event you never know what merit lies in any system until you try it and OUt lady readers can lose nothing by getting in communication with them a a Every mite and woman are blasphemers who at tempt to apply historical criticism to the Bible who refuses to recognize the arrant folly of the re dactours as the wordof an allegorical God The church militant being a vastly different proposi tion front the church spiritual will explain the cause of so much secret hatred of the intellectual warriors of the race a a a it It would not be surprising should the Almighty got everlastingly tired of lending his name to the theological layouts that abound in America and one o would blame him Should he ever seek our advice we would tell him to smash the whole litter with riven thunderbolts and raze every church building wherein freedom is denied a home We would also advise that the foolkiller be put on the trailof a large majority of the present lily preachers a Tile heavenly committee on ways nail means has brought in a unanimous recommendation that the streets be repaved with silver and the throne set withstage jewels on account of business depres sion It is also reported that St Peter will recom mend its ultimate adoption as the entrance fees at the gate are not sufficient to pay for greasing the t hinges and he is thinking of throwing up his jobst a a s of Orthodoxy is an amorphous monster conceived in i s nn w 1w the brains of knaves and brought forth by the breath of fools It is a moral pestilence a miasmie vapor that passes like a blast of hell over the free the worM It leaves death in its wake and di aster dire It places the brand of the courtesan on the brow of purity and covers intellectual heroism with the stigma of cowardice It has wrecked human hopes and ruined human pontes and wlicn it is lead and damned none will mourn its gohi a a a All messiahs prophets and wonder workers were even as we They have passed even as tvc in turn shall pass back into the broad bosom of Mother Earth from whence we came knowing nothing giving nothing revealing nothing save Benyd d the same in the realm of religious thought and their mission was identical But they have gUile licetiu 1 in time as monuments to mans mental babyhood a a a THE PHOILOSOPHY OF FORGETFULNESS CeTn the normal mind the rcceollection of please ulhisll man or woman can too unhappy portions of their lives arc as a rule ti ansentire philosophy that lies in the art of forgettiu2- ss Naturally enough there are many things we cu not forget some we ought not to forget but would all be happier if we could forget many things we now clearly remember The problem how to be happy is one of the oldest furtuuli along the widest lines of divergence ever to sociology Every political party every rehgun sect every secular body every society man an woman claim to hold the key to happiness in the hands und yet there are but few who are capaU of turning it All through life at almost ever turn we are meeting with types of men and women who disappointed in their present and skc tical of their future are dwelling absolutely in tl past as their dream of happiness Souletvhet- and through some misleading dream of philusupit- they become pecterists and turn their gaze backwards unmindful that all the future lies before you ever reflect that all happiness is relative and comparative Happiness can only be experienced by contrasting it with pain and onoe person on the globe that person could not know happiness It follows then that there is a eonunul- le ion in happiness and that to realize it to the full we must share it with others This argument brings us to the old Freethought doctrine happiiies does not depend upon religious beliefs or Ul beliefs not upon great wealth but in ntttkiu others around us seeing them atweeboon yours but that you failed to appreciate it and that it is now gone forever When a man has reached forehave a speed funeral He is a deathhead at every least and is agesrconjrutDid the past contain pains forget them Childhood forgets very easily the thing that troubled and it is in forgetfulness that man must expect to suggestedYbroken doll may be as keen and poignant as the grief of a mother at the death of her firstborn A boys wrecked wagon may inspire distress such as a stiwig man may never feel at a wrecked fortune The slight rebuke or the sting of a switch may bring a suffering suchas the halfsteeled worldling may never again foci Yet in the light of a reminiscent folly a million men arc dreaming of a dead happiness which probably never existed unmindful of the future making no effort at improvement laying no plans to attain happiness which might have a chance to become a reality Happiness is not altogether fools gold as the pessimist would have us believe It is here It can be won but it will require an effort upon the part of all who desire it We 1UcnIl tenants in a hard world We must fight for happiuss end bo men We have asserted that there is happiness to be found in the art of forgetfulness We have nil heardof that slang phrase Forget it Nothing ever was or ever will be so pregnant of truth for the widest possible good If you have made your own yesterday and are dissatisfied with it forget If some impersonal fate seems to have com unhappinessforgetitmiserable tomorrow forget it If you arc bent upon being miserable just to keep others from ing happy forget it If your life has been a failure in the pastforget it If any of our readers have a better recipe for happiness these qolumns are open to them a a a a SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT EASTER Eastertide with its joys its sorrows its mum mcries and its follies has gone into history for another year mind twelve months hence the same routine will be carried out Milliners and florists are invariably enabled to reap a golden harvest from the custom of Blister at celebration but the shop clerk who pays twenty ollars a dozen for cut roses in order to keep in yle or to be in style has no right to complain hart times or a meagre salary while many a nan will have to skimp on his apparel for six 1I months to come that his betterhalf could fitting ly disport herself on a par with her women ac quaintancos at the fashion shows Had not the dour Lord risen again look what would have been missed Assuming that it is actually true that Christ did rise again from the dead have not the worshippers transformed the celebration into a revelry of fashion and gaudy display There is not an clcmentt of socalled spirituality in the entire arrangement Women attend church on Easter morn to see and be seen A few men go just because the women arc there One woman begrudges what another woman has to wear trod a heart ache follows Another woman waltzes proudly down the aisles happy in the thought that Solomon in sill his glory was not arrayed like unto her mind looks with religious contempt upon her poorer sisters whose attire is so palpably inferior Not one among them as they enter the church entertains a thought about Christ being risen again but thinks the eyes of the world are upon them and their hearts are given entirely to the things of this world Not such timings as may tend to make the world better pertainereligiouslspirituality of fnshionImil entire system glrcCUllgtCgiltliing pocket books If he can preach a baiting ser mon he is satisfied and for days in advance he containsISnew a the sonic story bedre fr itpretty hopes every beelutsvso many to but he not mit it 01 suggest it He knows there is no re heIeremembere tiyIe comes s j pend and thus Easter conies and goes with each recurring year It is practically useless to discuss the impossibil ities and improbabilities upon which the Easter Butgan ug whereat to display their finery und so long as the Laststcr PEAOEtSenor Pedro Alvarado as the name implies ngsdTheodore Roosevelt and other amateurs of into national peace should find something of inter in Pedros propositions for the pacification of the little republic on the western borders of the Kio Grand- It is reported that Pedro is so rich that M Carnegie might appear a piker by comparison Just like the Laird of Skibo he is a selfmade man satisfied with the job he Lila turned out that he started life in poverty is bringing to a golden close In any event Pedro never heard of the Hague tribunal never built a library or donated a fish pond lie never received a doctor ute of laws our was he given the freedom of a city in a gold box nor has he written a book upo the Triumphant Democracy The rights of the Democracy bother him not at all because he has never heard of them Mexicos troubles with the bloodthirsty Yaquis form the most unpleasant chapter in the history of the republic Senor Alvarado has conceived n plan for eliminating this sore spot from the boa politic He has offered first ten millions and the any number of millions of donuts that may be ro quired for the pacification of these warlike red skins by the simple old fashioned remedy of wip ing them off the face of the earth11e holds dead Yaqui to be a good Yaqui He wants to make a solitude in their camp cud call it peace The Blade has not yet learned how the proposal has been received at the City of Mexico The worst is to be feared for even Mexico is not freet from the taint of civilization mill there will bel doctrinarics in the official family of Diaz who will raise foolish objections culled from the trite remarks of the experts in peace And yet who shall not say that Senor Pedro Alvarado plan is not the shortest rout to the mil lenium of peace If it were carried out it is rea sonably certain there would be no more trouble with the Yaquis at least Americans ought to know for they hove tried the sumac plan with au average modicum of success a THE HOPE OF THE WORLD Freethought is the rock of human salvation that stands between the tempestuous sea of orthodox anarchy foul the desolate desert of an ccclesiati cal slavery When the churches declare that Christ fututde- his religious system on a rock that rock is dcstin ed to split the creeds in twain The social contrasts and antagonisms of modern life is playing havoc with all forms of orthodox faith The possibility of inner harmony and cooperation in matsters religious is by their very nature impossible the outset because of so mnny denominational differences The sects are not separated by shadows or thoughts of shadows but by religious walls of solidity and strength There is an old axiom which says that short accountts make good friends and high fences good I j eighbors and it is only while the fences that di vie the sects retain their present height that they are willing to tolerate each other These differ aces lire productive of good They pcrvent union combination harmony of opposing forces that ore a detriment to the best interests of so cicty While they remain thou can be no union und experience line plainly demonstrated that Protestant sects will never become Catholics or the latter protestants In spite of this however there is a hue tins a cry from the religious papers of both rival sects for a modus vivcndi by which they can agree to unite in a work to oppose the common foe As a matter of fact the religious leaders claim to pre ccive in every educational movement that runs without their sanction a foe to what they term re ligion and it is this they propose to resist All this is made apparent by the steady growth of Freethought principles in spite of opposition anti these principles arc now more widely diffused than any period in all the history of this great world The sins of all the churches in the past have done much to wean public thought and attention from their pretentious while the manifest wickedness and differences of the present keep the people in a state of indiilerencc toward all them churches Once weaned away from the church the multitude began to think and the act of thinking was a dan process for all forms of theology The Blade has frequently asserted that them church that will not progress must perish True they that ore content to drift slowly along in the current of public opinion tray survive for a time Jut the day is certainly at hand when the church will undergo such a vast change in doctrine mina teaching that could we live in the future we would be unable to recognize it Time inroads that modern science has made into all religions can never be repaired Science is based upon fact Itcligion in all its forms isdemnstratedj theory only The greatest servitor of humanityIis he who dar s to think and dares to give exIpression to his thoughts This is the very essence of Freethought and upon this we find our hope of the future As for the church is is rapidly developing into a political institution and losing its religious pre onlyItnot accomplish by itself Failing to convince or convert it would resort to legal violence and through religious legislation force a lip service that it might exist a little longer The bulk of American church societies arc saddled and dened with debts that are constantly burIing This too in spite of legislative This too in spite of legislative unfairness and discrimination But the reaction is bound to come i In religious matters it is one extreme or the other The church or Atheism must prevail and as the former is plainly and preccptably declining we can rrvitfAy forseo tlio result jfJF exstop positc direction All things move in a circle With the loss of religious leanings Freethought will be looked to for the guiding principles of human 1action Towards it humanity will turn as the helianthus towards the sun a IOWAitMayor Bonnet of Fort Dodge Iowa is atruc hero in civic life who can boast the sympathy and respect of the Blade He has our sympathy be cause he is up against a mighty hard proposition- n and he has our respect because he is doing all he cHi to discourage race suicideaAccording to the news dispatches he proposes the adoption of an ordinance making it upon all unmated persons over a outcry regardless of sex color or mandatoryI lion Being a widow or a widower ycmisc a man or won an in his bailiwick from tho nopelllti n of the lira especially if his ordinance goes through It is also reported that the spinkstets of Fort Dodge have organizes a mutual pro tective association through which they will com abat the law if it passes und with which they hope to oust this progressive mayor from public office This last feature is what wins the sympathy of the Blade Any man who has all the old maids inIhis community camping on his trail is to be pitied commiserated The first blow was struck when committee of eight females called upon him to protest aJid did protest Just imagine what this man had to strive against Tight old maids at onetime who have consecrated their lives to other than domestic pursuits Upon this committee we are iii formed were teachers trained nurses typewriter girls and a lawyer or two and it goes without saying that as a class they know the animal man viewpointhehis adolescence Ihe typewriter girl knows him in his prime The trained nurse knows him in his peevishness tool the female lawyer wellshe knows him at his worst Were they so moved they could bctwcn them compose a brief that will prune ulnas unfitness to live much less his right p to marry and confine his species through an in yearsI illg is the report that the mayor stands firm and refuses to budge even an inch on his proposition Just what will happens to him will be difficult to prognosticate We reel justified in predicting that it will be plenty in the weet bye and bye After nil the mayor of Fort Dodge is on the byfOlcecontpanionship mayorto i 1i1 I 1 rmcomes it will find the way to the altar and Mayor Bennet cuuuot control love by law To compela man and woman to live together by law and with out love to share bed and board would be a grea ter crime than Sappho or Cleopatra ever dreamed of The reform mayor ought to apply the soft pedal or take up some new theory in agriculture Better to injure the soil than to inflict suffering upon the race On the other hand marriage is an individual right It is a right with which neither church or state have a right to interfere in any way Should issue result all the state should do is to compel a support and maintainance and hero its duty ends Iowas experiment if it is put into operation will stand watching r r r r THE LODGE AND THE CHURCH Affter a bitter complaint coming from the editorial columns of the Christian Advocate against the fraternal beneficiary organization on the ground that they were in a measure antagonistic to the church by reason of men devoting more time to the work of fraternalism and less to the Christian enterprise a later writer comes to the rescue of the lodge and offers a trite suggestion sufficientrthe fraternal insurance system thereby retaining the influence and power of the mule world in its behalf The suggestion is offered as a means of drawing the men toward the church a makeshift for the purpose of increasing the number of their membership From the very inception of the fraternal bene ficiary orgaizations they have been moving con stantly forward Very few thinking careful men injTheir growth has been phenomenal It is also true that just in proportion as men have given their time to the practical work they have abandoned the theoretic More time devoted to fraternalism meant less time to the church That this feature is clearly recognized by the church leaders today 1hilly be determined form the following trite para graph taken from the article in question It reads Had the church siezed the opportune moment organized and equipped herself for the emergency she would not only have saved the world from the 1necessity of these fraternal orders but would the masses to herself and secured to much better ends that badly directed wealth Her places of worship would havd been filled to goldJfish How purely personal How worldly Not the notion 4 Jvsaviug a soul who might have erred and drawnXo ternal judgment upon itself but suggesJlUllfilled to overflowing with men and that through the men the coffers of the church might be filled to overflowing with gold Gold is the ultimate Time first and lust of him who penned that article The sin of covetousness rests upon him and the church is responsible for it in the end Mammon absolute monarch of such a heart The Fgolden calf sits enthroned with glory andservile praise but no thought is expressed in behalf of the millions of earth tlhe Blade has no means of knowing just what the fraternal organizations have exercised upon the religious thought of the world but we do know that the Itomau Catholic church has long preceived the drift of such organizations and their worshippers are forbidden to accept membership therein Masonic fraternities are strictly booedI by the Itomish church and this is the pa rent of all such bodies True it is that the last has evolution in humancentury wrought an con ditions of which the church now bitterly com thatMr to her sluggish fallacies or absolutely indifferent to her welfare In other words we can truly say that in many respects the children of the world have shown themselves wiser than the children of the Lord timefby more men work to obtain snore gold the church had better abandon its present attitude concerning socalled divine revelations religious gucswork and theological speculation Get down closer to the more practical side of human life and instead of at tempting to draw men to the church take the church to the men When the church can do this it will no longer retain its present form and the antagonism of Freethinkers wil disappear This is the end Freethinkers seeking If we are to have a church we want it to be for this world and no other Such is not the object sought by the suggestion offered through the columns of the Christian Ad vocate This much is to be inferred from the following apt quotation Nevertheless I believe the time will soon pre sent itself when the church shall regain her lost cquilVium Two inferences arc found here First that the church has actiwlly lost its equilibrium and second that its is only to be regained by dragging the men to church that its coffers might be filled with gold That the church has lost its equilib rium is a fact long known to every Freethinker in the world but it is a frank admission coming from such a source and there is no occassion for dispute That church can ever regain its equilibrium that which it lost is an open ques tion The Blade does not believ that the church can ever recover and it expcsses the profound hope that it may never do so The church militant and triumphant menus the downfall of humanity and we stand for humanity before the church In other words men before churches r r r r PLENTY OF SMOKE BUTTHERE WAS NO FIRE Church union is not yet Amalgamation will not take place if the court knows itself The three elements that entered into the Dayton conference will never get together until the laws of nature have been reversed and male maternity comes in When vogueIwater can run up hill when preachers will refuse to draw a salary for useless labor when prayer can stop a bullet in its course until a useful man has got out of danger when God Almighty turns the direction of the universe over to the Blade ounce then and then only will the sects get to gether and hump themselves under a common ban ner Time religious world has stood with gaping eyes wondering expecting anticipating what the re sult of that Dayton proposition would be The Blade could have given them a sure enough tip without demanding a fee for the service The question Wits indeed a mighty OllerIt was of tre mendous import to the race Could three opposing sects be brought into one homogeuuous body the millcnium was at humid and the world was soon to be Christianized thereafter As was to be ex pected the row cline when the question of the con solidation of funds was broached for this is a sore spot on every preachers heart But what an umalgatiou There were United Brethren Methodist Episcopals and Congregation alists A sort of federation was patched up but with the understanding that localautonomy should prevail with all churches included which leaves the issue just the same as though no unity had been discussed The United Bretthren stood firm against anything but a mere federation the Methodists insisted that such a movement meant disintegration for them and the Congregational ists stood by the Brethren When the fe era tion had been decided upon membership and rep resentation settled then carne the mighty issue ot agreeing upon a common creed among all partici pating therein Time result was that after long and windy conference the following creed was ad optedIJesus Christ as our Divine Savior mind Lord on which all our churches are founded also in our acceptance of the holy scriptures as the inspired source of our faith and the supreme standardof Christian truth and further in our consent to the teach ing of the ancient symbols of the undivided church and to that substance of Christian doctrine which is common to the creeds und confes sions which we have inherited from the pastIJJtfluUifnl Wlml brain poworiwhut tietve en orgy were required to formulate such a creed f Didnot each one of those participating believe that before agreeing upon federation Did any of them believe to the contrary before federation be came a fact By entering into the federation how miry have changed their faith 1Ire any of them made better or worse Christians than they were before But is it not strange that not a word concerning suffering humanity is to be found in that newly adopted creed Is it not strange that not one of the sects declared against the doctrine of hell Nny but we are informed that two of the delegates from the Congregational church actually insisted that the creed should contain some word some reference to eternal punishment indicating that Christianity is as virulent as of yore and would not give up hell as a place of torture for those they do not like if they could Here was a convenient opportunity for striking hell out of the dictionary but they refused to utilize it As an inducement to the believers that they may continue in the faith a clause was inserted which asks for the rebuke of the unrighteous which according to our in terpretation and construction is a modest mild aiyl convenient sort of hell which dont hurtt very much Still it is hell We Olin iimigmc what such a union will come to It is doomed to die a horning It is a union without confidence without trust without faith in each other It is a union built upon suspicion to make the religious graft more easy of accom plishment It is a union built oil fake and fraud through which they hope to continue fool ing the people In order to have union there must be harmony There must be harmony of thought purpose and action Platt good of one must be for the good of nil There is no union in mere talk It comes from action Words do not create union Deeds speak louder than creeds They may unite faith and prayer but when they refuse to unite the dollars and allow each church perfect autonomy it is but a dry wall without cohesive power or forcc lA extremes eau be brought together in per feet harmony then will church union be a fact As then iJ not even a remote possibility of Roman comI1II0nhills are below old oceans depths and there will ngycr be a sign of union There is laager in the move however and of this the Freethought element may take coguiance The federation stand for the enforcement of civic justice which being liberally construed moans political netion and if they determine to combine on this the church may become a mighty political power in the land and simply because the contest would find us unprepared disorganized and as loose sands upon the shore of political destiny THE HORROS OF- EASTER TIDE Helpless Creatures Are Tortured and Made to Suffer in Order to Furnish- a Church Festival By SUSAN J PECK JIow lifclikel How sweet Hour beautiful Dear little things The above are a few of the exclama tions which greeted my ears as I passed n shop window in which were displayed downey stuffed bodies of the tiny ducklings used to commemorate supposed resurrection of one who is said to have taught Inasmuch ye pace done it unto the least of these my brethren his sympathies were extent cd to all even to the least and whom he called brethren ye have it unto me That which hurts the least of my brethren hurts mo through my sym pathies To torture chamber of the inquisition with its implements of horror may be a thing of past so far as human ings are concerned but what of these helpless little creatures Where they quickly and mercifully dispatched wo might not protest so strongly again a the practice now in vogue but such is not the case I wish that the mothers who so tenderly kiss and soothe tits little ones of their own when accident or nccesity causes them even slight pain could see the process of preparing for the Easter season the helpless little ones of those other mothers equally helpless in the hands of cruel man Mothers did it ever occur to you that those others feel as desolate and heart broken nt the loss of their babes as do yourselves Let look into the workroom of onj of the establishments which furnhn them Thousands of tiny downy ducklings each terrorstricken and hungry starv ing indeed and crying for the protec tion which they have known for a few hours only ere they were snatched from the parent birds Does any human be ing there stop to pity to soothe or to make the way to death an easy one No their misery is unshared except one another only thought is o hurry through the work of securing tender little skins to bo stuffed and rondo to look as lifelike as possible si the operator takes them one by one and what does he do with there dear mother lie flays alive each one Yes flays it alive using a pair of scissors to clip of tho beak the wings and legs rlgardlcis of tho shrieks of agony of tha little victim he tears the trm blirigTittlo body from its covering and tosses it on the heap of quivering with ing suffering ones that have proceeded it What a mas of helpless agony and all in the name of Christ and ill for money When not engaged on the bodies of the Easter ducklings workmen are preparing the skins of beautiful birds for the adorning t of tho hats of the tenderhearted mothers and young girls who wear them Can if be that those persons many of them women and mothers the dwellers on the farms where the ducklings are matched would furnish tho taxider mists with the victims could they know a1l1 Let us hope not smothers and lent each her mite in correcting this evil We can at least refuse to sell or buy or admire and can each say a wordin condemnation of so great a wrong CALL TO THOMAS PAINE limo following has been issued by Dr K ll Foote treasurer of the Amalgamated Paine Memorial Societies and libido hopees that its readers will lend nil possible aid both linen cial and otherwise tho subject of the call Really Love this Man This headline is perhaps used over much of late butt that may bo our ex cuse for its coining to the front when we are about to ask who are the real friends of Thomas Paine today Who stands ready to prove his devotion to our first grand old nmntho really truly father of this country by doin something and paying something to keep his namo before people At last Paine dinner a nice wide awake woman uptodate in many ways asked mo before the dinner who was Paine and why dine to his memory and then I Kncw for sure enlighten those whose education about Paine Las been neglected through tit suppression of common historical fact in our school books so often to Mr Wakeman We need uiiuurs meetings events tracts and any pro per means to make Paines history known and the Paine Historical ciation proposes to make this its boil ness It wants active members everywhere to help do these things and it wants tho real active busy body and penjiushing friends of Paine to go its letter head list of vicepresidente Will they please speak up make them selvcJ known say what they can and will do and report at once to our new secretary Mr James II Elliott 3515 Wall ice Street Philadelphia 1a1 Ho is an enthusiastic old time neverceas I ing Paine memorialist and if he sn impart a little of his activity to others there may he something doing and great things done by the time of the hundredth anniversary of Paines death Juno 1009 Our liberal papers are do ing their full share of work along lines proposed lint what is needed is a plan of work that will reach the renders of the daily press and other mediums and widen the circle of those who love Paine and know the rason why There may ho real friends enough of Paine scattered through this country to make a live and going Paine His torical Association and right now we want to find them and get busy if there is any fair prospect ofsuccess If for a fact he has no friends who would do something to keep him alive then let us know thatE FOOTS Treas SAD DEATH OF FRIENDS Agnostics Meet Their End in a Rail road Accident in the Far WestA Tribute to Mental and Moral Worth On Thursday March 28 tho South ern Pacific Overland Expressa mag nilcnt train of fourteen cars while endeavoring to make up lost time be twee Yuma Ariz and Los Angeles Cal ran into an open switch while running at fifty miles nn hour nt ton Cal completely wrecking the en tire train killing twentyfive people and horribly crippling mill injuring more than a hundred more Among the victims who met instant death was mail clerk Albert Shic Treas urer of the Los Angeles Liberal Club who was in the forward car a combination mail and baggage known to the mail service as deaths trapsthe rear endof which was filled with trunks When the engine a heavy ponderous mogul said to be the largest in this country left tho trtck it careened anti fell over on its side within a hun dred yards of the switch At ter rifle speed at which the train was ning the cars crashed against the en gnie with about the same effect asI hitting solid rock and ewer car was de molished and piled in an immense heap upon which the wrecking outfit after ward made such slow progress that it was necessary to burn it Shie who was only man in the car was caught in tho avalanche of trunks and never knew what happened Ills painlessIngreat admirer of Ingesoll whoso pbr trait always occupieda prominent place in his liorn Ho and Lwlfe had been enthusiastic members of the Liberal Club ever since its Aand to whose untiring energies the clulis cess is largely due popularity of the man and the suddenness of the evnt made it seem to members lik a fam services were held on Easter Sunday and in accordance with his well known views His favorite songs were sung followed by the ritul of the Wood pOltionsby Grant R Bennett a pcronal friend of the lamiland a fellow Agnostic The remarks were striction the line of Agnosticism and of best ever given in theis city body was mated tho following day entire affair was conducted just as he had desired it which is indeed pleasing in view of the foct that the Liberal Club has lost several members in the past year and in each case friends or relatives disregarded their wishes and the usual senslcsa hypo critical Christian mummery was foist ed on helpless dead Shies wife and father are Atheists but he while very radical preferred milder term Agnostic He had a host of friends ofal shades of belief and it would not have been surprising lied his wife succumbed to the nauseating religious sympathy that was shower ed upon her but true to her convictions she was brave enogh to ignore con ventionalities and carry out her hus bands wishes Many Christians wero present who were prepared for some thing shocking or sensational and while the service was devoid of heaven hell or God it was replete with fact and philosophy and any were expressions of admiration for the beautiful sensi service On this occassion any ref erence to God would have been brutal for if there is such a thing ho caused or permitted terrible catastrophe tint killed and maimed so many of his dearly beloved creatures anti ho ought to be consigned to his own hell where he can chasten whom he lovcth with out inflicting so much sadness and dif fering on innocent people Los Angeles Cal WALTER COLLINS WEIGHING THE HUMAN SOUL Lincvillo TnI have lust rend J F nark article on the above sullied and think much ns he does rcjrardins the matter I nm a great lover of experi ments make them myself But the cx periments must bo thorough and the peo ple should know nil the facts regarding them Now these doctors started out itha theory viz That each human possesses a soul that is conscious after death a that animals do not pos sess Or at least the newspapers rep resent them J ow is it possible that real genuine scientists would experiment on the weight of human soul for six long years and never think of subjecting animals to the same taste But if they have thus experimented on animals why is it that they in pertect orthodox style Loire given only part of the facts to the public and concealed the rest I have taken enough interest in this mat ter to squander four cents postage in writing to these doctors asking whether they made such experiments on animals and whether the were tiny differ eat from those tried on man Or if they would make such trial in the future I have so far received no reply I never expect to But even that would prove something to me But should I in future get a reply I will send it to the Blade provided it publishes what I am writingA A SNOW AN OLD SUBSCRIBER DEAD Bronston KyWill you announce the death of my father J N Brown Ho died February 27 1907 He had been a subscriber of the Blade for a long time and wrote a good many articles for the Blade Ills last piece was in the Blue Grass Blade of February tho title of the piece was Another Jolly for son From Bronston Ky Ho wa a noted Freethinker He died firm and brave in his belief His request was no fun oral service to bo quietly laved to rest He lacked a few days of being years old His son F M BROWN It is with sincere regrets and heart felt sorrow that we read and publish the above announcement of J N Browns death Although he had reached a ripe old age he never wavered in his religious opinions and died just as he had lived a reethinker to tho core At each of the mile stones of life past which he trod he managed to leave the record of some kind act some kind charity upon them all and in this lIe finds an immortality more glorious than can possibly be found orthodox channel of a1Forsubscription list of the Blade which in nmentalltyNowall and must revert back to tho elements from which ho sprang May both honor and glory he accorded his memory Ed 150 CINCINNATIAND Via SUNDAY APR 14 SPECIAL TRAINLEAVES LEXINGTON 730 a m OPENING CAME REDS VS PITTSBURC Ask Agent for Particulars The Free Speech league invites correspondence coopertiol1 and membership of all who claim rights and dare maintain them JOIN US HELP US GET OUR LIST OF BOOKS READ THENPASS THEM ALONG Liberty talks by Ingersoll Wakeman Walker Sclmroe der Pentecost Darrow Post others Read Our Van ishing Liberty of Press live cents and also Do You Want Free Speech ten cents and learn WHY YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speech League rso Lexington Ave New York City jL rv 1 i 4 PREIST Continued Trout Page One ing that some one did not Know when alive in tho body In expressing these views I cannot be accused of prejudice for believed r it for thirty years and since I rejected it have renewed investigations only to be repelled with disgust once asked S 1 Putnam what would convince him of the existence of spirits and a spirit world Nothing said he for such things cannot be demonstrated to tho senses And right here is a thought that is worth reflection If we are spirit beings clothed for the time being in bodies of llesh and blood why is it we cannot now see spirits with our spiritual eyes as wel as the next instant af ter wo are dead low can spirit eyes be blinded now by the physical if we really have them and they conic into use th moment we quit breathing Spirits if they exist should be able at all times to see each other in both worlds but alas we do not and can not use our spirit eyes until we ore dead if we do then It is singular to sa the least Now if we stop to inquire why people believe in another life we can easily find out It springs from desire that emanates from love and af fection and is produced byour tions for reason not regard it as probable or desirable When we sit woroletcrnitcan in its contemplation we invite thoughts that arc simply appalling and the mind recoils upon itself in considering them Satiety is one of the things that often affect us here in this short life but we have the consolation of knowing that death twin brother of shop can be induced to give us relief at any time if it becomes unbearable As we enter the autumn of life we naturally lose interest in things that once roused the keenest interest and memory as a source of joy displaces anticipation that once painted the fu ture a rosy red hi extreme old ag the desire for rest is supreme and Christians show a very noticeable in consistency when they put on the head stones of the dead so often these two words At rest That tact however is unconscious evidence that rest is gen orally desired and most people expect death to give it If it does not an- conscious existence is our fate through out eternity how quickly the ghost o satiety rises upand we get to thinking how every conceivable condition will in the course of time lose its charm from monotony and repetition We can imagine no state in which we would wish to live Mmvrr or tha would not become tube b1tb lf prcjftentmatures nnd who they will be changed When we have seen d the whole circus and all the side shows here in this world the thing begins to pall upon us and I doubt if man ever lived who would retrace Iris steps and go over his life again When we lace the question of immortality and rcpres our emotions it docs not present the at tractions we once thought it did and the idea of being compelled to think think think forever without cessation or relief is a thousand tinief more pugnant than the idea of dreamless Christians heaven would drive one inane in six m6nths time if we were compelled to live in such a place now and the heaven of an imaginative Spi itualist with those meaningless words endless progression to wake it at tractive would in time get so unbeara ble we would wish to return to earth life as was the lately expressed wish ofa spirit through one of the many mediums that play on our credulity Thought in my mind has killed the desire of immortality and no worse fate could befall conscious thinking hu man beings as I view the matter than to be fated for time without end to exist in a state of consciousness CUBA Continued From Page One causing the posies to exhale a grateful perfume to his expectant olfac tories and while liis letter to me was quite satisfactory and even complimen tnry there was one thing about it which I did not like and that is he be gan it baddrossing me ns Dear Brother Clark so I crave permission to btato clearly to all whom it may cern through the columns of the Blade that I am an orhpan 72 yours of age or rather 72 years young for I am in an almost perfect condition of physical health without an echo or pain of any kind from head to heel to disturb my bodily comfort and as far as I myself can judge in very prime of matured mental vigor Iam the sole survivor of a once numerous family consequent ly have no brother or sister and when no matter who he or she may Janone me as brother that takes a liberty and indulges an familiarity from which I stinctively shrink and against which I hereby publicly protest for I do notI think that any one who tinny rend this protest can be sufficiently leather heal ed to imagine for a single moment that I do not clearly understand and prop erly appreciate the spirit of kindncs and good will which would prompt nny manly man or womanly woman tot ap ply the term to me but it savors too strongly of Christianity and Socialism to suit my delicate susceptibilities anti Chrisntianity nnd Socialism with all the tensity of my nature For ome time past these people have been chewing the rag over that infer and piece of blasted rot The father hood of God and the brotherhood of man I scorn the combination repu diate the alleged parentage and ignore the relationship Freethinkers should blot the refrain from their banners and strive for manhood of man nnd the womanhood of woman We are out of swaddling clothes and arc no long cr children we can and ought to supply Fatherhood part of the program among our ownsclvcs nnd throw old Jew God overboard The best and most logical article which to my mind ever appeared the Blade were written by Otto Wett stein I judge him to be a man after 1Y always been partial to wet steins but have news hadiiny particular use for dry ones I have never seen anything dry in what Otto has penned for your paper As to the other Wettstein whose front namo is Hermann which I suppose means German with Sourkraut pratzel and limburger trimmings he seems to have recently relapsed into innocuous desuetude with his Erectors and cialistic ideas anti if some few others among your scribes would follow suit it would add to character and stand ing of your paper and would redound to the advantage of the cause for which it stands These fellows assure us of tin very great difference which exists tween freelove and free lust Admitting for th sake of argument that they aro some what or very greatly apart at their initial points do they converge or diverge nnd the nnswer is that they converge until they meet in that miscuity of sexual intercourse from the very idea of which civilized people re coil with a shudder of horror and even ns freelove leads to free lust just so does Socialism lead to that fond fetid stinking sees pool of collectivism fit wSllowing place for bipeds of porvine instincts and attributes but from which 1we of normal condition of mind ask to be delivered Herbert Spencer short fly previous to his dearth mournfully alludes to Socialism as the coming slavery but he need not have worried for lUe tho advent of Christ which a certain 11istian sect prophecies and preaches it may be coming but twill Swcr S F1crtJ though Monsieur Inures tan yard among Frcnc nstsdeelarea that n So cialistic fprm of government will con atitute the ideal commonwealth pre haps but whether or not it dead cer rain lint Individualists will go right on accumulatingwealth which h not quite so common and if any determined ef fort be made to make it so there is go ing to be hell to pay with hot pitch galore That is a statement upon the truth outhiehone can gamble with certainty of winning nnd ns to the Ideal Mrs Henry hit it off pat per tinentlyjfnnd to the point on a recent occasion when she exclaimed iThe simple truth is what we nsk not the Ideal trfind the real and thoireccnt elections in Germany show conclusively that tho clerical anti Socialists have united and made com mon cause in their nefarious schemes and that fact alone ought Jo sound the death knell of Socialism among Free thinkers A lot of those benefactors of the hu man race who are so ready to inform us how to get rich quick easilywhilb they themselves drag out a weary ex istence on plain boarding house hash because forsooth they are not avri cious nor ambitious prate to us about commercial Socialism another lot of iotists and smathecrs who fancy aboutescientific Socialism and a short time since some pachydarn came at us through your columns with a blast of trumpets end with asinine assurance in behalf of Atheistic Socialism and since then so disreputable a character as till Reverend diaries II Parkhurst has giv en usn screed about Christian Social r showman in describing and explain ing the movingjpicturcs of a panorama exclaimed to audience Look to the right ladies andgentlemen and you will see and a little further to the right you wit behold Ja magnificent work of art representing Napoleon Bonarparto crossing the Alps on his famous war steed Marcngo here ho was interrupt ed by a little girl who arose in her teat to enquire Please sir which is Napoleon Bonaparte and which is his famous war stud Marcngo nnd which is Alps t IWhich ever you please my little deartyou pays your money you has your choico promptly plied the showman and just so tho showman say to the dear insophisticat ed public whicl over you pleases my little You can have commercial 1 ti scientific Atheistic religious or juf the common cheap anti nasty kind So cinlism which is sojved up raw and without dresing in huge chuks tn the huge unwashed for you pays your money nod you has your choice Whats in a name Why if a rose under any other name would sm us sweet just so would Socialism imJer any other namo or coupled with any other sect as offensively in olfac tories of any one who is the fortunate possessor of a bound liver a healthy splien nnd whose mental processed arc not entirely out of plumb Tho selfappointed teachers of the people who seek to illumine world or at least a portion of it through the medium of the Blade ought to be poss cased of at least sour learning though they doubtless deterred or handi capped at the outsetf Aha dogmatic ademonition IA little learning is a very dangerous thing Drink deep or taste not the Pyerean Spring 1so they just lire off nt random crude idea which happens to take possestiwii of their circumstribed brain space Yon witJ see by my card that my selfmum in the instruction business professionally nnd for revenue may but am not a free school public library or perpipatetie encyclopedia and dont know that I huts ever drunk deepor deeply but I do know that I have tat en nn occasional swig nt Pyewan and like it for it testes good and has the real twang about it and oftentimes when my capstan is palled and t am stumped in my calculations as ion to make ono dollar do the work of two or when in a metaphysical frame of n inil and endeavor fruitlessly to solve the mystery of the thusiies of the tit rc fore or the whichncss of the why not I always resort to the l orem and with eminently saisfactory results It is better than Peruna Postum or rink hums purely vegetable compound aa an antidote against that tired cotta which I sometimes experience afro r wading through sonic of the lumbrat oils which appear in the Blade It is aid that Truth lies at the bottom of a well and have always been of a dispo ioi to take a header in search of lilt pcrval but continual diving into tlu unfathomable nod soaring after surmountable has not in my own ise proved to be u lucrative occii Ul n I believe some people make money a it saw nothing herein in a spirit of carping criticism nor in disparagement of the very many very able editorials and contributions which have so very mate ialy improved the paper since it has been under your own solo manage wait to the writers of such wish to express my appreciation of their efforts tand icy their acceptance of my ac knowledgements and the expression 1of heartfelt anti most cordial good will More than fifty years service in he ranks of the urumyof Frecthought in alt parts of tho world and in all of the flvj continents gave me in my own opinion at least the right to speak out in meetin and there are some other isms which have been allowed to at tach themselves to and barnacle like t befoul our grand old ship which art discussed in the Blade and stone other lets who therein discuss them at which cud at whom I propose to have a hack in the sweet bye and bye the present content myself in remind ing you that the Rev Doctor Joseph Parker who succeeded the world re nowned English nonconformist pieach er Spurgeon and wlW came to the UI S in and delivered the funeral eu logy of Henry Ward Beecher while holding forth from his pulpit in Cit Temple in London in and in refer ring to the sick man of Europe in burt of impassioned oratory exclaimed Emperor William call him his friend but in the name of God Fath er the Son und tho Holy Ghost I saI God damn the Sultan Strong lau guage from one of the elect in Cow ards and as a humble follower not of the meek lowly Jesus but of one of his duly anointed in the expres sion of the honest convictions of hic soul So do from the very deptth of my soul if I have one most earnest and vehemently exclaim God damn tjo cialism COD PROCLAIMED A MYTH Continued Trout Page One southwest gale while a huudrcdmi an hour hurricane was blowing a trem endous sea was running and weather was bitter cold the HarwichRotterdam passenger mail steamer Berlin was wrecked off this promontory at t oclock this morning One hundred and twenty passengers anti a crew of sixty were oil hoard Onlyone man reached shore alive Providence R I Feb In a collip ion between the steamer the schooner Harry Snowlton off chontaug beach Block island the former was sunk and 130 of the passengers crew perished by browning freezing One of the survivors Mrs Harris Fold man says she saw those people swept off into the icecold sea with prayers their lips This evidence is conclusive that wo have been worshiping that which is not God because there is nothing in ho demonstrates that fact ns plainly M universe that is God This evidence nny fact urn bo demonstrated It is a short cut to the truth stoat God We am nil lenni nnd understand this evid ence alike when we understand iota to apply it to the Godidea It can be easily taught to children so they understand it We no longer have to wade through tons of literature in search of the truth concerning God and then fail to find it daily newspapers will give us that truth and the evidence i prune it We must organize and employ teachers to teoch the people the meaning of this evidence and its relation to the Godidea Let us all stop bong heathens idolaters nod pagans Let us cease fo ever the worship of fablemade Gods Lot be civilized This is the twentieth century and we live In America Why should we worship the Asiatic myths imported byour ignorant ancestors in rmt centuries t We have discarded all their ideas and method in most thing else for those of our own to our groat advantage Let us now discard their ignorance of God nod life This lesson leaches us that no unseen being exists that answers to the characters God Jesus Christ There was not the slightest manifestation of any of the attributes assigned them such n love pity sympathy for our race or any member of it Wo know by the absence of OIlaothe manifestation of those qualiMe that the beings to which they are assigned are fabulous beings There was no God or Christ car ing for the fate of anyof these people who perished hence there is none caring for us Those people being ns good as we are demonstrate by their fate that truth Since there h no God or Christ to care for our lives tlcrc ran be none to care anything about what we believe nod teach Then let us accept the truth and teach it There is no to object to or care what we do Since the last was sent out twenty have accepted the truth ant sent in their applications for membership I believe nil subscriber who read this lesson anti not yet 1nemLe of the Church of Humanity should send in their applications at once Wo men mill children can not found this Wir femurhtmslpnty found- t church hosed on truth for them Please send in your application lor member ship nt once NURSE TO THE LITTLE ONE Rights of Women Captured By Men an Now the Women Propose to Enjoy Equal Freedom with the Male Rulers ARTICLE FROM PEN OF LIBERAL WOMAN WORKER 0Lei Angeles Cal March Dear Friends of Frecthought and Socialism Jam proud to ben mcmebr of the Womans International Study Club i Associationr I am n sac means hoerand socius means companion That makes the companion law and of course must be right cause made by both mothers and lath ers When laws are made by both par to govern the creation of little children there will be no unwanted chil Iron in the world unwanted by the bv no human slavery I learned two years fromarightslof woman were captured by the man so as to make woman just n slave cad her Ladyonly a machine from which to bring mullions of wage slaves into the world In the old times six or even thousand years ago the capitalists wrote in the hook wo call Bible that Cad wanted woman to multiply alldI fin the earth and said she should be ruled over by the man she was made Isnt this ridiculous t I understand just what It was fortho lie I meanI it was to make woman afraid of tures laws that she did not understand make her think some hobgoblin or god or something what crcatcd her chil dren so she would not dare to use what understanding she had to protect herself from becoming the mother of unwanted children When we get the motherlovo home dune I am going to be the little nurse for the I am also going to he the little mama always promised me ever since I got big enough to beg for a little sister that some day I should be little class leader in the scien tific Sunday School Mama and I have justhCtpcuplo to help her start mothcrlovc hone The ministers lawyers and JUlIes took mo away from her and have d1men of almost allof my dear alls property but now I am with her again and we are sure of being kept safe because the Socialists are our friends the Freethinkers too guess we will have laugh on the judges and lawyers for a we teach our littl Bwbios in the Kindergarten just what ch timings as lawyers judges are wilt tell you justibers who get their rigmwd rob from their old scarecrow god the capi talists wrote about in t 2nih1 Last night I went twit nniato hear Clarence Darrow speaks1 thc1Buhnnk Hall lie is going to t for lour dear boys in the Jdftb prison lie told us how these lIed lawyers nod judges put a man Js states prison for stealing n piece of tni91ple Every body laughed and I hint to too but I felt like crying too 1f QJwickel capi talists do hang our Sofjillst comrades thiefigang l anti boys work nil the lifter for Social ism and it will just Kclf g pltn1isl1 nil quicker I nm going to tell yoj jehafc tIle rea Ion is that the SocIaL cannot save their friends when pttnlists rap them It is because do not tell enough of the truth tJteMt capitalists This is what they and then whole world see tliMJJocialists were rightr Capitalism J srigtt of mothers of the humantQmmuke sacred oath of par nt that moans toll who the fathers il1Ieir children were to keep people f n ycddlng their own relations and put 51ts lace what has been called civC iHparrJafrnr but marrimlgetYvile or sneaking anti inking nIl tits timfc prow notch men fjll I get if I love this man When we have Soci there will be nordbright and truthful lovers will wed and never marryIneaM war saud has made war in homes and then in the anti lever since the old Eden days that read to me about in Olive Schrei Tire Dreams in n Desert Under the senile M1eenilpmar riage the big thieves 7 aahc thotscr ail laws hire minUtc ort nch women IflittlcnnlllOteown can them off in orphans anti other sneaking places to ba fricd out in world to make wagejrtl5ves for very men who are tl WhenI Socialism will tell thjSibout captureism and tell jt good anti then the cap tureists will see thin fuel live lost their last chance tofciSaive w man In the motherlovo hwjp I shall love to take the little ifls which the wicked capturcisteijjyiyC Jlligitimate right to my own ne and edu cite Manna thl pfebCautiful little charts that she use quso in her schools and on whiclfhei taught mo to heretheir teacher and iiidnursc I wonder then if thoc i1 i1pt uim with their atilt dressOTW with non that honest will tell me lliaitJheolwhtlittle girls If they do I win tell them I am glad for no love will bo lost I want always to be inthecOinpanyof children who know better to ship any kind of a god butriprc and tnlth1oe and truth are Jnot idols plesManiaU a kind of motion that always takes the same direction always facts in the same way Only idolattcrs worship gods of stone wood and people Christians do theSarc theImen and women will be kept servile in their minds mid thinking that servile marriage is right instead of the holy wedlock that we will liayo under the beautiful Socialism or lawism that is soon to come I have so much I want to tell you I hope you will pardon me for writing such a long letter I want to tell you how I happened to come to this city to live I carne the right to know the truth about what made me Christians tell me that God made me Mama says it is no such a thing that a God mado me and that only the principle of love trade me mill that that is only God there is I will always wolshlp the principle of love but I wjil never worship any other khfd 06 power In my next letter if you will inure one I will tell you some more about what love is and how the truth about fathers of little babies will set love free how it will bring what we nil want free love or love made free in the law rondo by truths by moth ers Mama and I have lessons about this every know Mr Harman and love him very much I want to see him a week age and sec him at the meetings but mama and I cannot take his kind of free love for it is n secret love Wo want no secrets or secret loves We are Socialists and Socialists do not need to have secrets because they are lawful they do not want secret socie ties to help them rob their neighbors as the capitalists do I will be glad to the little girls 1nnd boys in Frecthought and Socialism write to mo nnd soon I wilt send wordpictures of the motherlovo homo and tell them how they can help mo work for it We want one in every city in the Union nnd we aro going to have f them too will close now with lovefand admiration for nil Socialists only pity und contempt for all capitalists who think capitalism is right I am 8 years old and I live in No 457 Ulysses street corner Anmbcll and Dayton ave nile los Angeles California t Yours for Freethought and Socialism r FAITH HOWARD PHILBRICK GRADUATION GIFTS As a final and lasting token of affec pmuentalrindtomary on these occasions to select mementos of special merit intrinsic value 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