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Digital page images are linked to the text file. n l r i i BL GRASS BLADE IIWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH T rtrkcrscq WEEKLY uric A YEAR IN ADVANCE VOLUME XV NUMBER 51HIgh IVLEXfNGTON KY MARCH 311907PUBLISHEDn v FIGHT FOR fOLD I r FACTIONS IN NEW YO CHURCH ftSwatand Blood Flows for Possession o ontents of Contribution 1 MANY LOVE JESUS BUT T LOVE TWMONEY MORE td front iuv lurk iruia- A llatio encounter m uu aislo of thul Union Presbyterian lurch at Sixty sixth Street and Vood and Avunuu following a double collection taken I rival faction und n wordy war over receipts brought a lively climax yesterday morning to the trouble that has been brewing in the congregation for several weeks The pastors faction who support icy Alexander Wnddell were first out in the collection hell Their ushers appeared at the umal time with ular collection baskets and moved down the aisles from pew to pew Members of this faction put theirolferings in till buckets Members of the anti pastors friction who oppose Dr Waddcll let tho wicker receptacles go by without extending a rand or n glance toward the collectors Then the collectors of the latter fact ion appeared with a brand new set of baskets anti went over tho same route This time their friends gave freely and grrncinuslyanti the pastors faction r Roth sets of col terastally most When the money was coun ed it was found that the anti pastor ites hail n considerately larger sum titan the regulars Blow Struct Following Dispute There was sotto lively conversation in the back of the church and a bync means light blow John Jackson as anti torites was the usher for the pa recipient it is said niul it was a past roite who struck hi in the usher spec tators declare started to conic back but then from both at his opponent sides surrounded them and kept them npnrtIThis was not the On Saturday Churchs troublesin the Union evening tho board of trustees headed by n Frnzer oiled on Dr Waddell and asked him for the church charter anti certain books lIe refused to give them up Ho would not even sec the delegation titer when he met members of it upon the streets he pass cd them theysay without speaking They declare they have treated him and have tried to avert very troubleIChange Bolts and Locks Three times within twenty four hours the locks and bolts of the church doors have been changed and the factions have alternated in the possession of the building Yesterday George W Cross land who heads the pastors friends remained with n party in the church almost all night to timurn possession for the morning services theywere still on hand when the hour came to begin Mr Frazcr and his friends were on the other side of the street They cone in when the services started Crossland and his followers held the fort too It was suggested ns n cone promise that the police of the Sixty fifth Street and Woodland Avenue Stat ion be given the keys to hold untill ser each week bus ne vices were begun ither side would agree to this It was said by this untipatorites that they were going to apply for an injunction to prevent the other side from holding possession of the church guilds and building ANOTHER ONE Barely had tho strains of the reces sional died away in auditorium of Kinmaniicl Protestant Episcopal Church Marlborough Street above Girard Ave true following communion services yesterday morning when the rector the two opposing accounting wardens anti members of tho congregation bo v Jcaiuo involved in a free fight in the Sunday school and vestry s ii 2 1ItiJ k iThe d rUasicUabout ten minutes wlti ivasinjprogress women and girls st r 11 their hands claspeduniiihring little prayers while ot creahied Numerous blows were st but lajthe truss of humanity whieh pi tobmit the room it vas almost iosee who was doing the pun At oif pie George Shegog one of the aeco wardens was pinned the floc our members of the oppos fi Iwhile others attacked his year n harry and his laughter Alice After Words Follow Blows minlites of pummeling and slaving physical part of the fight ceased the various members who take sid vith the rector Rev Edward Knight instuUTe warden George She kc Vjttgriguc hattie for more titani hour Whci Jrilert Shegog got free from the mo Vmcri who were attempting hishnirIba 11evs T tre r vh tiyv- alirtthe VoTsthJchts during the encounter tvusflusteriand nervous and refused to make any statement The fight started when warden She gog attempted to take charge of the morning offering He was prevented front doing sti by friends of the rector during the encounter the rector took charge of money Police at Evening ServiceII To prevent n renewal ancc two special policemen Schecklin and Guenther weredotailed to the eve ring services This was the second tint in seven days that policemen had to be called in the church because of scenes of disorder anong the members The church watt crowded at the even ing service more than three hundred be ing preset At the conclusion the rec tor again carried the plates in the vestry room There ho met Warden Shegog who had tune to demand the money Whcn the rector sighted policemen he entered the vestry room and placed the plates on the table Several friends of the rector stood between the plates and Shegog and prevented him reaching them Finally after five minutes of wrangling Mr Knight said If you want tho money Mr Shegog you cut have me arrested tomorrowI Against Given Him Money Friends of the rector crowded around him said Dont let him have the money Dont you touch the money Shegog and others warnings For n time it looked as if the fight would start anew but when the policemen loomed up the fighting members lost soup of their temper Mr Shegog declared last evening that he would swear out additional war routs today for the arrest of the men who assaulted him yesterday He would not say who would be named in these warrants It was rumored last evening around the church that the bishop would take a hand in the fight to dayand his act ion is anxiously awaited Church Divided Against Itself The congregation in Emmanuel Church has long been divided into two factions one favoring the rector and the other supporting the wardin The neutral members of congregation who go to church Boley to worship had hoped Unit inUIt clcycntn hour the bishop wouid interfere and prevent n rcpitit ion of the digracoful scenes which were enacted in the church following the election of vestrymen on Easter Mon laynight wheiyjtwo policemen had to bo culled in to quell the disturbance The rector who tae arrested on Wed t yit rl 2 r iIo 2 11 nest ny March 27 on n technical charge embezzlement was held for the court by Magistrate Kocherspcrger at a hear ing last Tuesday and sensational dis closures are promised when tho case is given an airing While none of the members will discuss the situation it is said some very grave charges will tie made and that Women members of the congregation will bo osubpoenacd to testify THEISM IN THE CRUCIBLE God Idea is Assailed with a Storm of logic and Fearless Criticism Only a Conjecture and not supported- by Fact ETERNAL ACTIVITY DISPROVES HIS EXISTENCE By Otto Wettstein The facts of nature prove that the God our churches worship is not a fact The Bible repudiatedby our best minds within the church their God must now be established upon a scientific bases or a simple denial proves such God is not a fact This has not and cannot be done On the contrary it is but a chool boys pnbleni to demonstrate that an infinite God within an infinite impossibilityItwo equals four is final it also proves that twice two cannot possibly equal five So the self evidenL facts of nat ure prove that a God however exalted tho concept is not a fact Two entities cannot occupy the same nlnee nts limo time Nature7 is there and everywhere as far as our strongest lenses penetrate infinite expanse and keenest logic can infer we discover natural phenomena never a God Man and his environments are but a microcosm ofnn infinite universe As it is here so it is everywhere as it is everywhere so it is here Ifn existed in space he would exist here Positively not existing were proves be pond doubt he exist nowhere- A God must be infinite here and there and everywhere or he cannot be a God und nil it implies Nature being boundless God must be boundless too or of course lIe would not be everywhere at the same time A God locally active implies that nature where Ho is not active gun exist without a God which u a fact proves that nature can exist everywhere without a God A God is either an absolute necessity in every point of space or a necessity nowhere Out it being an irrefrngible fact demon strable by science and reason that nat ire preoccupies nil space it forces us to the conclusion that a God cannot non oplize the same space also God implies being personality be cause wisdom mind nlTection etc are attributes onlyof living oorganic forms In the absence of animal structure such personal attributes utterly unthink able We cannot conceive of omnis cient ether wise electricity listening gravity loving air or affectionate soapbubble No we are compelled to first postulate organic living structure of which forms such phwsical pshys cical phenomena are attributes or we wily to materialize intelligent ideas God then oust be a living organic Jorm or lIe is utterly unthinkable nut this implies unlimited organic form a grotesque anomaly But God must be unlimited or he cannot be a God and all it implies nutII boundless God would be absolutely stationary If he could move Ho would not be omnipresent He could go where he was not then would not be where he was before mov ing and then would bo divested of all lod hike attributes which paramountly consist in his omnipresence But if this hypothesis were true think of it An infinite aggregation of worlds blazing suns and systems filling all space now sweeping and gyrating with lightning velocity around in him The higher intclligeneeof this century has discarded the gospel according to Moses and the prophets and given us instead n gospel according to Chann ing Parker Swing anil Tlonmas sub stituted human fallibility for Divine Infallibility Therefore we must not be content to reason away Bible stories like our modern theologian then stop iiI but must subject every idea pertaining to supernaturalism to rigid analysis then it found intenable fearlesslly reject nil regardless of result We have based our moral forces on error long enough let us try truth Natural phenomena occuring universe lly throughout the realms of boundless space paramountly necessitates the co existence of potentialities commensu rate yith and self suiricient to produce phenomena in every point of Space Such cogencies the God idea in crudest or highest conception does not supply The constant notion of matters and its infinitii changes of combinations force us to the conclusion tint nature must contain within its own integrants forming the basis such forms all the elements and potencies essential to prod uce the grand tout ensemble of nature Agencies exterior from such constitu ents would not necessarily be present and operative at all times in all places hence their presence locally everywhere and lit all times would not be absolute but contingent These potencies must be ubiquitous coexistence in extent anti synchrowical with material constituting the basis of all phenomena or the latter would be dependent for their existence upon chance or caprice hable to be deprived of such essential elements of causation at any time in any part ofor in all space causing either sectional or univer sal stagnationdeath all unknown ditions in nature death being but a change from organic to inorganic life In fact it involves the monstrous prop osition that nature is universally dead and impotent in and of itself to cause and to perpetuate universal life and motion and that a supernatural agent endowed with arbitrary power and potence is indeed a necessary accessory to account for cosmic existence and life Thefts have ever conjectured gods not because such ideas are intelligible to themselves or others but because they insist nature cannot be explained with outUitm ignoring the important facts nUltI y of reasoning they must conjecture another God to explain their God and then another to explain tills etc or instead of solving existing lems we have now this ultramundane being and his mystic methods in addit ion to the original problem to account for Is not the question How does God create a million animalculae in a drop of water the flower in the bud whale in the ocean child in the uterus und all these now in process of growth on this and all other worlds t infinitely more dillicult to answer titan the quest ion How does nature do it t Do you say By the laws he made In that case that solution do you offer but the identical agencies you repudiate unbver potentialities which do it ali God not needed It certainly is a profound mystery that soilair and a germ in an ugly bulb can produce n gorgeous anti fragrant flower but we know it docs that a hu man being grows by purely physical processes but we know it does that the universe assumes harmony and order with out a directing mind but we know it does as fur as the entire aggregate of scientific data indicates Enpassant what theory have theist ever advanced other than God making the universe by flat titan out of dust and woman out of boneT Or is it indeed more rational to assume that te artificer whoso form by hands all cosmic phenomena in in every point of nt the slime time That he should manipulate an infinite aggregation of cosmic bodies in space after the fiiMon of nn acrobat in a circus t That a being out side ofor strong wluirlingor ing worlds and burning suns could attend to the minor phenomena like stirpicult lure floriculture etc on each world in particular and on all at the same time survive Would not the process seem as impossible as n mechanic con structing a watch his workbench the periphery of a gigantic fly wheel mat ing thousands of revolutions per min ute and rushing through space at like speed t Yet this is what the hypothesis implies Science insists matter is force and heiiie every world contains within itself nil the necessary cogen for its harmonious existence and of its innumerable passengers dur ing its long journey of ngeshence need no God All first causes implnn eternity of time preceding an apocryyplml be ginning Before this time all were in an eternal status quo of absolute stag nation Is it reasonable then to infer that what nil existing causes would not accomplish during eternity they would do t Universal life connot comeevert froiy eternalstandstill Hence such ivity now proves eternal activity yr M h LIFE WORTH LIVING ONLY AFTER WE ARE DEAD Plea for a Future Life Based upon the Shortcomings of this is an Impeachment of Gods Method of Administering Ju- sticeIt Asserts that a Fault Was Made and Scandalizes- Duty ONE AFTER ANOTHER THE THEOLOGICAL PROOFS BREAK DOWN By C Cohen London Freethinker The utilityof religion said John Stuart Mill did not need to be assert ed untill the arguments for its truth had in a great measure ceased to con vince True as this statement is of re ligious beliefs in gcneral it applies with special force to the belief in a life beyond the grave For in an in creasing measure religionists rest their case for this belief on its supposed utility either in curbing the passions of men or in satisfying their desires The clergy see one alleged proof after an other breaking down and they recogn isethe cute ones first the duller ones more slowlythat reliable evidence not to be met with and that an eal to vague and only partly under Itrodfh mrer ecMt 4 ahsru est and most permanent defence Not that the appeal to sentiment is at tom ofany greater value than the ap peal to logic but people have been in the habit of interpreting their feelings in term of the current belief in a fut ure life and there is a greater appa rent strengththat is all It woud not be correct to say that a sermon entitled Is Death the End t by Mr II Wallace is entirely an appeal to sentiment yet Mr Wallaces arguments nuch better stated than ual with the ordinary run of sermons are really based upon feelings the meaning of which must be in dispute whenever one discusses the question of a future life No one for example doubts that people cling to life that they would willingly prolong life were it feel how short is the time fr the acquisition of knowledge how little is gained in proportion to what remains unknown and how wasteful appears the process by which the genius is stricken down and the fool preserved All these art admitted but to parade them as proofji that there is another life in which things are differently arranged is in the higlj est degree absurd We have no evidence that in hny other direction natural express of satisfying our feet rtonot here as well as elsewhere t Mole over it may be noted that all theffe may derive a considerable treasure of satisfaction once they are regarded frojn the proper point of view The curious thing is the manner in which the re ligionist rules out all other explanat ions because they conflict with the in a future life and then holds uphill ns the only theory of satisfaction y Mr Wallaces sermon ns I have said is much above the average of such piod uctions two admissions mayben- oted at the outset The common cryof the clergy is that life only become worth living after one is dead Mr Wallace who is nota clergyman I fancy i fist- sthat this life is worth living Wither there is another one or not and also that the moral law remains what it is even though one gives up altogether the belief in a future life He alsosees the futility of quoting the resurrection of Jesus as a proof of immortality It does mot he says help us much to know that someone altogether different from our selves could rise from the dead A very simple thing to see and to say but one of those things tit not many of the clergy do see and atil few er of them have the honesty toutay Mr Wallace thinks he has thrfce good arguments in favor of a futurejjjllfe though to be fair it must be stated that he does not regard these as proofs but only as affording strong indicationssin favor of immortality These three arguments arc arranged under the head logs of human goodness growth andVgreatness but they are all contained in the sentencethat immortality is essary in the economy of things And what Mr Wallace means by this is that things do not proceed as well here as we should wish them to and therefore we have reason for assuming that they will proceed more satisfactory elsewhere Now this for a Christian Theist is a most dangerous position to take up For every Christian believes the world we are living in equally with the world ft is assumed we shall live in is Gods handiwork Consquently any plea for shortcomlings t ft pI uJ4 ul4 existnnu assumes without any reason tfyond our desire for a better state of differentlyordered n further difficulty for the Theist to fcce not often enough noticed If man isonly here as Mr Wallace says in his school time then as our natures are fashioned roughly perhaps to meet the jexigencies of our present environment either the future life must resemble the present or we shall be as much out of place as a fish on dry land or n land living mammal thrown into the sea And if the future does resemble the sent then it remains to discover what purpose is served by the break of death that could not be better served by ferring immortality upon in this life Of course thereare very good rea sons whyywe nre not immortal here but a recital of these in no wise helps the Christian to surmount the difficulty Mr Wallace asses Have all the ages conspired together to produce nun that he may be cut down and annihilated t A question permissible as a piece of rhetoric but quite out of place as an argument For the ages irate conspired to produce man only in the sense that nil the ages have conspired to the uce a river a microbe or an earthquake Each hns much the result of anteced ent and cooperating conditions as the other The birth of a man is of no more consequence to all the ages than Isothe birth of a tadpole If we are not certain of anything else we are tolerably certain of this Johu Fiske is also quoted ns saying that God is not like a child that builds a house of cards to blow it down again But John FiskeVknows no more about it than I do or than Mr Wallace does and to put an absurd opinion into quotation marks does not rob it of its absurdity it only em phasises it and sometimes illustrates the absurdity of those who select it Besides thus is exactly what nature is always doing The growthof every complex organism is more or less like building a house of cards and pulling it down again Organs are built up only to be remodelled into something differ eat Nature at large is a constant pro destorying1iske says God does not do and if there is a God then nature is only carrying out Gods intention It is unfortunate that Mr Wallaces v should be constantly appealing to un impression r ment Admitted but not in the sense that Mr Wallace intends He means Continued on Page Pour I I IJ BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every gyp SundayI Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton r his death February 7 1906 t JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher r SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per year In advance Trial subscription 15 cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per ycear Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 10 per year each ADVERTISING RATES raALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac 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 appllca tlon The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be 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possess tf r ru a America is suffering from epidemic of saffron pulpiteers a It is impossible to love a man for the enemies u ho usIl16if you re on the list r r f j Men with cheerful dispositions ares more in dined to borrow money than To borrow trouble 1te r r r j Many a first class fool gets a reputation for t wisdom by looking wise and slinking his head at the right time it t The light of a clear mind can always be relied upon to brighten the dark ways of our human life While success can make envious enemies it is a veritable truth that failure brings no fluttering friends s Dont waste time trying to get something for nothing Adam got the apple without money and without pried but remember his finish r r If you want to confer a real favor on this paper you can do so by sending in a new subscribebr and swelling our circulation lists It matters not wether deity or devil be the author of human wickedness it is here and Freethotight rwr has got to check it for the churches can not The Christian church planted by toil and nur tured in blood is now approaching that stage wherein it will become the habitation of sancti fied owls and theological bats r Christ came into the world eating and drinking with publicans and sinners but the Miss Nancys who have espoused his cause in these days would consider him a winebibber and a glutton Fanaticism has learned that it is easier to slay a reputation than ti5 kill a human being that the process exposes the operator to less personal risk and enables him to still keep his social standing in the community r r Even the wisest of men will differ on minor points Theologians may know something concern ing tie business end of a bee the butt end of a goat but they know absolutely nothing about the end and destiny of man r coutradictionsnotNot because of bible because of impossible miracles not because of scientific inaccuracy but because of the impossible attributes 0 1 t with which his earthly votaries have well nigh smothered him do we hold the Christian godto be a fraud Religion may live in the heart but it requires the brain of man to furnish a fitting foundation f Frccthought The heart simply implies a meat the brain suggests reason This iswhy the orthodox Christian is constantly mistaking shade for substance the accidental for the essential true Christian is as free from original ideas as canine is of feathers r r The bitter warfare waged upon each other by the different denominations is due to the fact that they are simply business rivals If a man go t heaven by the Catholic route the Protestant through lines have lost his fare If he gets r ligion at the Methodist mourners bench the Epi s copalian priesthood figures that it has lost so Winch pew rent If he falls in with the Campbellite flock of geese the Presbyterian plate passers an audible groan Such is the power of religions Modern preachers refuse to see any morality outside of their own sphere of work because the want allies in the work of regenerating t world They consider that their special province and entitled to all the perquisites it can be to yield They preach a morality they dare n attempt to practice and then pray their a pcuniygoing headlong to destruction and human society is rotten to the corer r r All religions react upon each other Those of Egypt and Asia modified that of Greece which in turn dominated that of Italy Several appear to have collaborated in the formation the Christian cult and they have succeded in crew inga theological ragout in which are found imam- erable traces of Parsccisiu and Platonism Fetichism and Judaism Greek polytheism and Phoenician idolatry At the best it is but an eclectic religion Not one standing alone but made up of many Its worst traits are those that are self created s s s I BELIEVE LORD I BELIEVE What is meant by religious belief or unbelief If these are the proper terms to employ concerning religion there is an implication that the who- htheory undelying the religious structure is tainte with doubts of a tormenting and unsettled charac ter which faith alone is unable to remove When n person says I believe aIl admission is made of an absence of convincing fact and b lief implies an acceptance without sufficient evidence or fact to warrant it When a person says I think it implies a process of reasoning based upon doubt or suspicion The I believe ignores the I think and accepts the theological postu late minus positive premise Belief can not be based on experience individual or collective As no man can say why he accepts this or that theory of religious faith the Christian world gains nothing because thousands persist in declaring that they still believe in spite of all ob jection or argument Freethought naturally r cepts the rational view of existence of hump life and its destiny leaving only the hulls of the most irrational thought to the worshipper of deity Freethought is the most closely reasoned product of intellectual and articulate thought Religion is but the unreasoned or the emotional product of our baser feelings The very expression of be lief excludes knowledge for with knowledge grati tied an expression of belief is unnecessary Taking the worldd at its best it must be con ceded that the ideals which have guided and animated the race the sentiments and passions that have done us the greatest honor those impulses which have raised man above the brutes in the stage of existence the intuitions that have marked out dutys splendid path have been introducer by the worlds wisdom its intellectual knowledge and in no sense have they been aided or assisted by religious professions or assumptions Theo- Logical mysticisms do not make for progress andI improvement They coniiot for they are both stagnant and stationary The belief in a socalledI god of wlwiever type or character can not b based upon argument ar reason it exists absolutely without warrant of authority It is sentimental fanaticism run mad Its sole foundation is primi tive credulity while its lies in the fieation of personal ambitionITheologians are pleased to separate the mental ity of the human family from the balance of theI animal world by what they are pleased to desig nate instinct and reason They are willing to allow a reasoning process to the brain of man but same operation in other animals is simply as instinct To allow reason to animals would beI destructive of the systems of theology Following the same principle we might safely assume tha the preposterous claims the clergy to selfc righteousness is an emanation of a distinct speci- of insanity and bolstered by the greater insanity- of those who concede those claims to be true either in whole or in part On these grounds the clergy encourage the I beblieve and their con gregations repeat it like so many parrots without actually knowing the reason why Could they but properly analyze their thoughtss or examine such thoughts of which they are capable they would be unable to find any stable ground for their beliefs and for this reason they have been tough that reason is a dangerous seductive and elusive flame that is calculated to lead them astray j L Viewed in this light one may account for the virulence of the Christian world toward what ever opposes them Let it be said of a man that he is unwilling to swallow every draught prepared by the preachers that he does not accept as true all that is found between the lids of the bible and the rwhole outfit instead of trying to convince misre vindictivIe hatred are thrown wide open and they deluge him TheAin maytmore g poor than any devout deacon of double his worldly wealth he may clothe the naked and food the luni cry he may defend the weak and strive to make this weary world a pleasant paradise but it thte neo mercy not von simple justice at there hands Ls there any hanker who would discount the unse cured note of a preacher more readily than that penitentariesIas as of other professional classes And is it not also true that many a preacher now occupying a prominent pulpit would if simple justice were done be wearing stripes instead of broadcloth ieReverting once more to the original proposition we are impelled to assert that humanity has nothing to gain but much to lose by insisting upon gainowith nothing to lose by asserting csIn our intellectual wandering El Pensa must rcreign supreme or the El Credo will keep the race back another thousand years Time I believe Lord I believe is the cry of ignorance and cowardice KEEP READY FOR ACTION- s ofDo ou understand what it means to get actiontIn warfare the well trained soldier willexer cise plenty or thought and care upon his armaments to bo certain that they are ready for action in that he knows his very life may depend upon it resultThen how important it is that we take care to keep the brain in action and the mind trained to be ready for every emergency for upon the result of human thought our entire progress and develop dependent7ifost the fact that sue cess in any undertaking depends almost altogether goodIIfield of philosophy or the world of business Too many men are willing to let some one else do their tliitilfiticr for them Tf tJiathilJkiugr is l109tl mat ters religious the parson finds his power and influence increases in proportion to the number around him who will not and do not think If it be in matters of philosophy some human duty goes unperformed If in business the other fellow reaps all the harvest and gets the profits To properly succeed the mind must be clearly and fully made up studying every besetting problem until it is understood in its minutest detail and then taking hold of every task with a determination to do it and to do it well as if the nation depended upon the results and the world might come to an end when it was done Cut outall the driftwood and useless performances There are things that arc worth while and things that are not worth while Learn to discriminate First sec your way clear and then go straight after the results The first requisite however is to have your mind made up and your brian clear and ready for action The successful man as a rule is not always one of unusual ability Generally speaking he is the man who has a bulldog grip on things and goes at then with a willa determination to win Give that sort of a man plenty of room r s THE BIG CONFIDENCE GAME Whether the Bible society be a trust or other wise it can be trusted to the extent that it will continue to rake in the pennies and dimes under the foriegn mission humbug as well as the home enterprise and keep right on dispensing holy rot- c at so much an inch The printing of the Bible is much a mechanical operation and there is considerable of mechanism in its distribution The machine irtust be well oiled to enable it to work smoothly and the smooth game the Bible factories have been playing upon a credulous people for a long time would sug gest an unusually large amount of lubrication Upon the hypothesis that trust implies confid ence the society might not be altogether a trust for we have very little confidence in it The bus Condthe of a comic as a Sundaytal in numerous respects as many of these comic supplements Cain and Abel may not have been on such happy familiar speaking terms as to justify them doing the Katzcnjammor kids but Jesus of Nazareth would have made a splendid Happy Hooligan when we consider the hobo sort of life he is said to have led We could not expect that Herod and John the Babptist could have played the parts of Alphonse and Gaston but Solomon could have been trained for the parts of Leander with considerable profits to his manager As these characters are in the hands of trusts why should not the Bible fall into the same category But what does it matter if the society is a trust rN4Nw4lrrw lie MhbMP To put it into the hands of a receiver or to bust itsfarrangements under an operation of the doctrine of publicity would not improve the Bible It might cause some shocking revelations but there are plenty of them to be found in the Bible without busting the trust Why not give the Bible a chance If one trust can be protected by federal legislation why should the Biblo be left in the cold abandoned on somebodys front door step Cm ldItime Bible thrust itself upon the parlor tables with out the assistance of the law Has it done soY Then if all trusts are to be protected there is no good or valid arguments in railing against the Bible Society Lad chile Ah jes lubs niah bible remarked the old regress and althrough she could not read a line or a sentence she jes bleeved it frump kiver to kiver Nor is the colored population in this for there are thousands upon thousands ofIwhite men and women who regard it with the some superstitious awe simply because they never read it but depend upon the interpretations of an other If the Bible trust should double its output within the next twelve months there wouldno greater or wider knowledge conc rningits con tents than there were one hundred years ago The distribution of bibles docs not imply a diffusion of knowledge This is as applicable to a knowledge of the Bible as it is to a general knowledge of use ful subjects The more bibles the less literature of anintclligent progressive character Time few er bibles the greater is the advancement The world would have been ten thousand times better oft today if never a bible had been printed It has done more to enslave the human mind than all other agencies combined It is incapable of pro voicing one really human sentiment while it con tains doctrines that arc an abomination unto man kind j In these days of trust busting tendencies the surest way to success in busting this trust is to bust the bible and the trust will soon die of inertia r r r NO DANGE IN WORK Where individual exertion and activity has slain thousands physical laziness has slain its tens of thousands Time moral behind this is that we should go to work The Blade offers the foregoing suggestion which was called into being by the recently expressed opinion of a prominent physician that the death of an athlete was caused by too much violent physical exercise He then hinted that the American people arc always in too much of a hurry too much of a rush This may be true and we do not dare to question the correctness of his dia gnosis of the patients malady or the cause of his death We are not a physician It is also true that many an athlete or even a prize fighter has been compelled to give up in a contest as the re sult of overwork Tow many arc there who die every day while engaged in the great contest of lieas a result f overwork t How many children are put into a premature grave oy being worked to death How many women die of worry and care accentuated by days of ceaseless toil How niany nten are hurried to the grave by continuous toila depressing labor market and stimulated prices struggling against hope day after day without even a rift in the clouds On the other hand there arc many human beings who could actually die if they thought they would have to go to work Others die because they con not get it These are the varied sides of existence Time diagnosis of the eminent physician aforesaid may be true but it isnt worth twocents on the dollar for the practical affairs of life Not one man in ten thousand is in danger of working himself to death under normal industrial condi tions A much larger proportion is dying by inches of a sheer physical laziness and to this class the moral has no value whatever for it might be taken as a false guide There is no danger to health in going to work r r MEN WITH MISSIONS The world loves a man wih a mission Time world may love the mission too provided it be a worthy and a righteous one Time world will care but little for either man or mission unless the man be one of great character and force and his mission designed for the benefit and uplifting of mankind Amqfrica has sent innumerable men to other countries on missions As a rule they have been of a religious turn Scarcely a foot of the world has not been trod by some socalled missionary In turn other nations have sent missionaries to America Time latter have been both political and religious usually the latter History records that two men have left the right little tight little island for America with a mission on the inside of their vest pocket One came and fulfilled it lIe won honor glory and renown but he refused to subscribe to tho religious intolerances and dogmas of his day and the charit able church wrote anathema against hisiiame and memory Time other has just come He has hardly got a start yet lIe was given a swell sendoff and a royal reception A few days and he will be non cst in American life The first was Thomas Paine an Englishman who came hero with the avowed mission in his heart to liberate the Colonies front tho yoke of political tyranny held over them by the British government and as a result of his labors Old Glory unfurls her graceful folds to tho breeze He was a true patriot and above all he was a MAN Time other is the Rev Charles Frederick Akcd of Liverpool England who has just been installed in the Fifth Avenue Church of New York an institution that keeps full of saving grace through tho millions of John D Rockefeller lie has come to Save New York from sin and cidentally to invoke the wrath of god against tainted money Well we shall see what we shall see tc I J I I I wi rWhen Paine left England ho did it to escape penal punishment at the hands of the British gov ernment because of his avowed friendship fo struggling humanity When Mr Aked left Liver pool he was wined and dined by divers other rev erends who secretly envied him his job Paine flew from danger and established a haven of peace and freedom Aked jumps from a government paid salary to a princely income for he has simply imitated thousands of other preachers before him by accepting a call to preach in a fashionable pulpit with an increased salary attachment At the Liverpool meeting we are told given upon the eve of his departure for New York his brother clerics insisted upon telling him that New York needs you and another added yes it needs you badly while some others asserted that ho was coming to America to fight the devil en shrined in the almighty dollar and still others gave him words of encouragement to embark upon a bitter warfare against tainted money We are compelled to reflect upon these suggestions in the light of the fact that Mr Aked has simply given up his job in England and accepted one in America because he can make as much money in one year in New York as he would have made in thre years in Liverpool Thousands of laborers and mechanics have come to America for exactly same reason and thousands more will come with- the same motive at heart after Mr Aked has either returned or is dead and forgotten Nobody blames Mr Aked for making a grab at the long green That is his business but in the name of Israels god why did he not come withput so much underbred rot Is there no limit to religious hypocrisy Mr Aked assured his admirers that he was going to throw open the doors of his church in New York to the masses but we opine that he is doomed to experience a measure of disappointment for he will find that the people of New York especially that class whom ho designates as the masses are not seized with a burning desire t hear him preach and do not stand in fear of hell for having missed the sweet music of his voice doncheryerkuow It is a peculiar situation in which Mr Arced is placed for he declares he has come t save a nation of money grabbers and it was Rock- efellers millions that attracted him hither Gold is too powerful a magnet even for a preacher and it is generally the bright light that attracts the man with a religious mission in front of him The Blade is of the opinion that before Mr Aked will have succeeded in changing New York if he is an observing man and one capable of ready assimilation New York will have changed him Preachers have tried to reform New York befor- note upon the hypothesis that it neededreforming only to be reformed themselves Look at Park hurst as an example to say nothing of Saint An thony Too many have tried to reform the social map of the nations metropolis only to find after much disappointment that the lines upon the face of the map renuiins about the airicautWWwil remain thus for many many years to cram For a man with a mission to succeed it must b capable of moving men to action Pain won Every freethinker knows the reason why krtd will lose Every Christian will know reason why But while Mr Aked is saving New Yurk a social set from eternal damnation what are ho poor Britishers to do whom he has left behind to chance fate or the devil r BRAIN AND BIBLE The Christian religion lies between two worlds One of these worlds is dead the other is powerless to be born In other words the entire Ch stunt world is practically between the devil mind the deep blue sea und it is unable to move in either directionOne ieus some rcfrence wIld to the good old days for the leaders of the Christian world and no matter how regretfully they may look for them today that world is dead ami gone forever Unable to acquire strength or power in the present their hopes are fixed upon sumo future day when fanaticism may again resign triumphant over the minds of men But thi way is blItili- n front of them stands three formidable elements obstructing their movements in that direction Their progress is impeded by the penetrations of mien tifie thought checked by moral philosophy and frightened by honest criticism While the three modes of thought capable of maintaining their present altitude in the world of liumnn intellect Christianity cannot move forward and to move backward would mean certain death The ivsuU is absolute stagnation or an abandonment of tent long held as sacred and biiiilin on humanity This conflict vas inevitabk1 mid if liis proven to be dangerous lo the wclCaro of Olitvil fcinty Ihe inductive reasonings of molym iiiMcnco have upset Christian theory and calculation Upon the uni formity of Nature and Natmal Tat the Chrisian theological system has been awarded its deathblow Aided by a widely accepted system of philosophy that is independent of Christian teaching unit in fluence and backed by critical argument agaius- Bibical doctrines and teachings the cumulative at tack has proven too much for alleged revelation and the theological construction of the universe now rapidly disappearing making roomr for reason and progress Out of this chaos order must cornel The work of restoring thisorder falls upon the of every land This work can only be dome b intelligent propaganda Our aim must be to reach the individual Mind expansion with one is hotter than incomplete work with many As we free tho individual from superstitions chains we put an other worker in the field who in turn will help to expand the minds of others One really free nwm is preferable to a dozen who are only half free One hero is better than a nation of cowards religious crash is not far distant and the question for all Freethinkers to solve is how to take ad vantage of the situation how best to utilize tho- opportunities we have before us Failing to demand that attention and tag from the world of intellect the Christian monstrosity is now directing its serious attention upon the lower races of men and instead of working in channels that are recognized as useless for Christian welfare attention is given to the savage races in the hope of evangelizing them and training their into som form of Christin belief in order thin- religious profit may be acquired This only illus trates the fact that Christianity can prosper rains t where ignorance prevails and that it is altogether incapable of dealing with intcllibence Folly and faith go hand in hand brains and Bibbs fail to agree A crucified bill of indemnity for crimes committed may pacify the mind of ignorance but such a scheme is on a soaped blank headed for the down grade when it comes in contact with intelligent thought The doctrine may be enchant ing but it needs a good starching to keep straight where education is found ARE THESE WOMENS RIGHTS umiThis remarkable statement is reported to have been sobbed out by a nineteenyearold bride in a Police Court at Colorado Springs If the is not mistaken this is the state where women art given a vote and where women have been elected to membership in the state legislature- It appears that the young woman had been ar ested for masquerading in male attire She had 1been plying the business ofa huckster and was doing right being able to supply her spouse tobacco and other luxuries to which his station in life and his luck in the selection of mite had called him Some busybody discovered that the good andocabbages every morning was really a young woman and then her troubles began The arrogance of the Colorado officials is distress timeoformation of a Husbands Mutual Protective Asso ciation for the safeguarding of those inherent rights which every man who is willing to let his wife work to support him is able to assert This should include the humble or truck garden kin a husband whose wife peddles time goods as well as the man who stands on street corners snioii g cigarettes while his wife runs her fingers over the nimble typewriter It would also apply to tho theework of his church upon the shoulders of his wife In Germany we are told women and dogs hart the milk wagons through the streets hitched side by side In England yea Christian England and when it was more Christian than it is now women went down in deep coal mines to work at picking coalattired in mens costume and there is hardly a factory in the entire country today where women theefact that women work Honest labor injure neither sex It means however that the chief fault in the Colorado case was that the woman wore pants and if she earned the living she had a right to wear them both in season and out of season and to exercise governmental authority in her domestic domain to which the pants are always entitled If an honest hardworking woman makes the living why should she not wear the pants The action of the Colorado officials may be an infringement upon the inherent rights of the husband We do not know We are open to convictionThe who is made the subject of this article should certainly have been allowed to wear trousers if she so desired for according to her own statement she could not otherwise have supported her husband and we take it for granted that he needed supporting FREE SPEECH LEAGUE The first round in the battle now being fought in New York for freedom of speech and a free press has beeen won by the Free Speech League for which all due credit honor and glory should be Blade has been briefly advised that the courts have sustained a motion to quash the in dictment against Bemarr McFadden publisher and editor of the Physical Culture Magazine Of course this may not end the contest as the case may again be referred to the Grand Jury for further action and a new indictment found to remedy the outsUnder such a ruling it was unnecessary for the court to pass upon the constitutional issues pre sented by the Leagues counsel but should a now indictment follow the case will be contested at every step The Blade congratulates Mr Schroeder the Free Speech League and those who are sustaining them in this worthy struggle The brunt of every such rankts of time Free Speech League you sLet the sectaries fight each doing valiant battle for his own little dogma Freethinkers may mount above it all and watch them beat like the breakers on some mighty sea When Christians agree progress will be at an end Force presupposes fromycombining on a common Mother Eve is accused by the Christian world of being the direct and immediate cause of intro ducing sin into the world that she might gratify an inordinate curiosity She ought to have been satisfied with life as it was for she had proof posi husbandecould possibly love L il JIM JACK AND ALBERT Florence Ky Recently I had an in oef to them was What is a moral moat questionthe highest product of evolution and sooner or later we are destined to rule thin earth We know that love is the only real religion and that happiness is nto speak the truth and pay our debts We know as long as man continues to kill nothinrg ed barbarians We know that life is incomplete with exceptJacklives a life of celibacy I ask them what is your religion they said it was free from theology and our worship consists of devotion to the principles of love and for the uplifting of humanity and that the practice of goodness and kindness is the only true and rational religion we are wasting no time nor energy in com bating a theological devil but are con stantly fighting the devil of greedand lust and war which for ages have made a hell on earth and destroyed the peace and happiness of the human race ask them why Freethinkers were all moral men they said because they are edu toted and they cultivate freedom of thought and encourages liberty of speech trutheus free can you three moral men live with out Christianity Christianity might be swept from the face of the smiles on our faces are worth more to simles on our faces are worth more to humanity than all the saviours that over lived every creed that was ever written sinks into insignificance beside the com mmon impulse to laugh laughter instead of Christianity is the great civilizer The Christian laugh least of men do you three moral men grow pessimistic and believe that Christianity will regain its power and override you again We dont believe It and I will tell you why the laughers are in the majority Who ever saw a preacher smile in a discourse who ever saw a Christian audience burst into laughter and applause while listening to a sermon Note the elders in the amen row each as solemn as a jackass asleep in a fence corner Why are Christians always quarreling with each other in the same church and you Freethinkers maniways and we have no quarrel with our fellow man on account of race religion or difference of belief Have you an fear of a final judgment day No beI cause each day we live in strict accord with the infinite and eternal cause We know that we can not change or alter the course of events by prayer or by the sacrifice of oxen or lambs or by any other device Wo moral men know that the new world of science in which we are now livid is far better than the old world of theology in which our fathers lived anil because of this we are ing to Wreak thin chains of bondage from the brutal and benighted pastc We seek to drive the fear of death from the arth and to teach our low man that living or dead ho Is for ever in the embrace of the infinite ands eternal cause We moral men long tt see the day when th press and the pulpit of America wil teach the science of morality instead of the mysteries of religion and thus hasten the day when the highest typo of man will overspread the earth and fill the river of life with joy and gladness What about those two wonderful books that you free thinkers talk so much about you mean Dog Fennel and the Orient by Charles C Mooro and a Trip Ronto by J B Wilson They arc wonderful books we loaned them to J R Corwlne as he had the rheuma tism What did that have to do with the rheumatism We knew it would euro him to read those two tioiks and ho says he never read any books to equal them lie said he felt so much better that I advised Jack to get the two books as hey might cure him lIe can get them of Dr J B Wilson 200 East Fourth street Cincinnati or the Editor of tho Blade Lexington Ky F E S Souther Florence Ky DONT WANT h f OF IT Logan Utah After being a good boy and going to church for the first time for many years and hearing the great plan of salvation explained by the priest It and the choir sing the old favorite hymn a There is a fountain filled with blood I went hone and concluded that I did not want to take a plunge myself So I satII down and wrote the enclosed which if you think it worth a Plato In your pa per put it in I thank you for the pamphlets you sent me and for the improvement in the Blade since you have been at the helm and do hope that every force in nature and every power known will consign to bless you and yours through life Re spectfullyAARON DE WITT We want no fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuels veins No such arrangement ever can Cleanse out our guilty stains We want no lamb for sinners slain No God for us to die pninAscend We want no angry God of strife No great revengeful foe Who plans to take his own sons life And lets the sinner go want no hell of burning firo To cast the sinners in higherAnd I We want no purple priest or pope To tell us what to do hopeToWe want our nines so firm and strong To work with power and might wrongsAnd THE SIN OF OMISSION By Margaret E Sangster It nnt the thing you do dear Its the thing you leave undone That gives you a bit of a heartache At the setting of trio sun The tender word forgotten The letter you did not write flower you did not send dear Are your haunting ghosts at night The stone you might have lifted Out of the brothers way The bit of hcartsomc counsel You were hurried too much to say The loving touch of tho hand dear The gentle winning tone Which you no time or thought for With troubles of your own Those little acts of kindness So easily out of mind Those chances to be angels Which we poor mortals find They come in night and silence Each sad reproachful wraith When hope is faint and flagging lHIa chill has fallen on faith For life is all too short dear And sorrow is all too great To suffer our slow compassion That tarries until too late And it isnt tIle thing you do dear Its the thing you leave undone Which gives you a bit ofa heartache At the setting of tho sun GRADUATION GIFTS As a final and lasting token of affec tion and a precious souvenir of parental and friendships love it has been tonmry on these occasions to select mementos of special merit and intrinsic value that might last during life and for many generations to comef as a token of remembrance not only of the schoollife but of the loved ones who when frail and dependent watched cared for nail taught them during their early What can be nicer a d more suitable for such gifts than a genuine diamond daintily mounted in ring pin stud or otherwise jOforeerTlm c can be had for neitherdoGold Watch which is useful during life as well as ornamental Ladies Gold Watches Large 0l size Elgin Waltliam or JI 20year gold filled hunting latest style artistic handchased 14Smalljls adj Riverside extra fine i24 In 26 j ear case more In 14k olid gold case to 50 more All in guaranteeEveryChains Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets in slides rolled plated 150 and 2 Best Filled Gold 250 3 and Extra heavy 5 Solid gold and 25 Gents Chains same variety Orders filled from any 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cents and learn WHY YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speech League no Lexington Ave New York Cityie ORGANIZATION AT LAST WANTEDAll readers of the Blue Grass Blade who know God Is a myth and death the end of life to out the following blank and forward to the International Organizer WH Kerr Great Bend Kansas and get nice certificate suitable for framing of graduation in the knowledge ofiGod and life membership in the church of Humanity making you founders Charter members of it f AboutGoil d APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP r In the Church of Humanity v W H KERR Great Bend I nsIforLife bh Name V AgesS Postofflce ftrpmSexrii slate 2r n rt f tyeNationalitytPrevious Church J 1 llItbeI J a 2 Si L = t THANKS FOR BEING NOTICED Another Contributor Finds an Argument from Miss Grohs Article and Proceeds- to Discuss Her Views on Socialism f ix srr ONE AFTER ANOTHER OF THE f HOME INDUSTRIES HAVE GONE BY EDNA PORTER Whenever I see anything either fa or against Socialism is the Blade I am delighted and feel as a great man in England who once before he was so great had written something of which made loud in their attacks upon him His reply was I thank you for having noticed me So thanks to Laura Groth and to the Blade for the article and its publication Woman is gradually com 1 ing to the front and being heard from all sides so we may hope for more freedom and better conditions She was the first slave and her labor was the first exploited After nineteen years of the Chritian Era she is stil- a slave worst of all for the church On ly two weeks ago she was denied the right to read aloud her report at the meeting and the privilege to take k her hat In the last century we fin woman has entered the profession teaching and strikes for the ballot vious to the Industrial Revolution for she is now mans industrial competitor she was entirely a producer for the t hone One after another of the home industries have gone into the great fac tories and woman has followed And the only party that considers the ques tion of placing the demand for equal political and economic freedom fori woman is the Socialist Party machinery of production and distribu tion has not been created by its present holders but by the collective people and to the collective people it should be restored the toiling millions who can onlywork when the capitalist calls This is the dividing up today oj the many who go to work with al will and are exploited by the few including the lazy improvident fellowI who does refuse to help who re e 4after the law and has it on his side Grafters a system of graft Who ports the tramp and the millionaire r todnlWe workers do They are the which the capitalistic Sya ton produces and compels the working class to support You have a share in the public schools the postoffio and the public roads but you can sell it not even for money Unde- Socialism every man and woman mus be a producer or be actually useful to the producer and in remuneration wil receive a nontransferale time check thereby dispensing with money oThere will be no such thing as profit No man will be allowed to own more 4 than one home at a time lIe however have one which will be an that is more than you can boast of under your capitalistic system under which onlyone working man out of ten owns his home There is but little chance of the present wage earner get ting a home because wages always hover about the point of subsistence and are determined by it leaving n hope for accumulation and half of the employed people worked over ten year- of I age are out of work half of year Vhy look at New York with d millions of people robed in wealth and splendor It can boast of a few per cent who have homes free fro 1twolandlord and money shark Wo entirrcly insensible to the deli grading condition of the toilers The grading condition of the toilers the wealth producers The figures frost cap italistic puthorities portray hardships fand privations which the chattle slave never knew Ills body was worth some thing to his master consequently he t was provided with food clothing mcd cal aid and shelter and never tho I haunting fear of hunger Just think ot over eleven million people in poverty C all the time And we shipabroad r over a million dollars worth of exports ieer day No man will want to clear the land of rocks thorns and thistles ffJf by himself when it can be collectively operated by al the improved machinery man will want to be incumbered loads of clothing getting moth and shelf worn no man will want 4nokeep food stuff till it decays and be unfit for use Why Because wil be no profit in it Today he has spent a score of years in rimproving his land he has no home 0right to protect him when capital ist gets a hold today a man can sell his home for money and gamble that away and his wife and children have no protective rights save those of the struggle for an existence Today over half the wealth of the country is f owned by less than fifty thousand people There is no such thing as 1bonelit wealth when it means depriva tion and degradation of humanity f f And the superfluous fund for the sen J sible investment is noticing more than capitalistrever other way As a rule the objections made about Socialism are the impositions we have Leaped upon us today We must have death and decay and know sorrow in baffled hopes and futile desires spiritual humiliations and men tal defeats but we can get rid of the sweatshops and the slums and have our children educated both physically and mentally and prevent the degrcdation of woman bby removing profit sys tem under which she sells herself and establish a basis through which human icy may elevate itself A Socialistic- Colony might be all right but it would have to compete with its sister towns and the struggle would be just as bad asra come n istSTONE ANSWERS MISS GROH Gives Another Chapter In The Discus sion Gathering Of Moss Is a Sure Sign Of Inactivity Age Does Not Constitute Holiness UNEQUAL DIVISION FOUGHT AGAINST By 0 H Stone I was much pleased to see Miss Grohs article in the Blade of March in reply to mine of February 3 I hardly expected to receive an answer seeing that I criticised the main conten tion of har article more as a type of opinion than because I was anxious to break a lance with this vnlnnt defend er of the faith As for the time in mytthoughtwe are prone regard with reverence that which is ancient whether it is worthyof our veneration or not I can only echo that the seed then sown must have fallen deep and I will also add that the seed of injustice Yetlness that for every injustice committed goodwill be the final result This is so because in our struggle with injustice we are forced as a matter of self preservation to dethrone it I thank Miss Groh for the compliment fulyIserve hope some of the rough corners have been rollingsis a sure anyway Regarding my finances I will expectedmany they are neverthcess in a state of solvency For all ordniury purposes the new statement that I am a wageearner a proletarian is sufficient evidence that Iamn not a millionaire I will also while we are discussing my per sonal affairs volunteer the informa tion that I am about as far West as I can go without trespassing upon the sacred domain of Old Neptune having made the Pugot Sound region my rolling ground for years I will say furthermore that have made trips both specially and otherwise for the purpose of taking up free government land but so far lave seen nothing that by taking I could materially better my condition and this is saying a good deal from a day laborers standpoint There is a chance for some one to earn an honest penny by locating me on a good piece of land any where within reach of civilization where I can itha reasonable expenditure of labor making a home for myself It isI easy to take a land office map and glory in the big blank spaces apparently allor nearly all level land but how different when you go to look at it You might be able to squat on n good piece of unsurveycd land yet it is true if you are wiling to go andI bury yourself forty or fifty miles from no where I for one have no great desire to do this preferring to enjoy such of the twentieth century advantages as are within my reach This ntay seem queer to Miss Groh but it is a fact just the sate 4 1 L 1h k It would be doing her an injustice to say that her arguments are argu ments against Socialism And while from the purley controversial point of view the temptation to paraphrase the first three lines of the third para grapltof her article is almost irre sistible I shall content myself with trying to clear away a lamentably common misconception of Socialism and of what the Socialists propose to do The old maxim If any man will not work being able neither shall he cat expresses the Socialist position very tersely I agree with her then that it would be unjust to compel the thrifty and provident to divide with the lazy and improvident fellow To compel a worker to surrender what he has by his unait d fforts duly anti truly earned would be doing just the very thing that Socialists seek to guard against The and object of Socialism is to guarantee to each worker the full social value of his labobr The Socialist wants to put a stop to this dividing up process Instead of dividing up with the lazy fellow as we are goinft today the Socialist proposes to let him scratch for his own feed The Socialist propose to divide up the work with the capitalist and the whole tribe of parasites It is these hangerson in capitalist society that render no equivalent for what they get but who under this unjust are able through the ownership of the means of production and distribution be it in the shape of stocks bonds or other rent or interest bearing contrivances to force the worker to take a mere pittance for his labor that are the real lazy ones It isnt even necessary that these conform clippers and dividend takers reside in the country where the work is done let alone taking part in production Tleey may range in intelli gence from genuine to imbecility just so that they arc in possession of these instilments of extortion they are ting their rake off all the same I will say for Free Love and Anarchy that while both stand for the very acme of individual freedom and as such are serious enough that only as men and women become economically independent can their noble aspirations be fully realized And speaking about these two movements reminds me of how we free thinkers are in the habit of railing at the inconsistency of thin Christians at the wonderful feats of multiplication volved in making out the Trinity eta All of us agree as to the beauty and of a mans love for n wdinan idlOfextending mu As to colonies 1 should lose faith in Socialism if these small colonies were very successful Progress lies not in reverting to the small and necessarily cnide ways of the past Nay nay the very thing that will bring on Socialism is this continual consolidation into larger groups The law of gravitation ceciiis to operate even in the industrial worM and that individual company corporation or group that uses the latest Improved machinery and produces on the largest scale and consequently can bet ter systematize the working force and eliminate practically all waste that one will finally gobble up its less favor ed competitors The daily press in an elo quent witness to this tact and it is merger here and merger there- I have touched only lightly on Miss Grohs article as practically all the arguments advanced therein are based upon a very serious misinterpretation of Socialism und a gross misunderstand ing of my previous article I will now make a peaceful attempt at refuting some of the statements that she says will bear continuous emphatic reitera is a Maxim of Socialism that Labor produces all wealthand all wealth that labor dont get is dishonest wealth This iso plain that it should not be necessary to reiterate iteither emphatically or continuously The producers are the onlone who can lay claim to honest wealth but under thus dividing up system theI get so little of it that per the indhldI ualit is hardly worth mentioningj No you cant eat your cake and lave it too and I will only add that it seemss a total loss when after you have baked it some one else eats it for you That everyone can accumulate a competency under capitalism is as I hope to show an utter impossibility In order that this may be better understood I will submit a few statistics According to the census of 151I per cent of nil the laboers over ten years of age was employed only part of the time The same source for gives the percentage as 223 and the Eigh teenth Annual Labor Report ably the most accurate gives the cent that was employed only part of the time as 4081 practically 50 cent In summing up Carroll D Wright cnnumerates as the causes for this idleI ness the following Establishments closed unable to get work and slack Work 5000 Sickness 2305 Vacation 045 1fk ci S Bad weather 225 Strikes 207 Accident 100 Not Given 008 Drunkcness 20 These figures speak for themselves Capitalism could not exist without a large margin of unemployed labor because if everyone was employed wages would surely be forced up to the full value of the product and this would IIpellexit Mr Capitalist But as it is having this large force of unemployed he is chin when a strike for higher wages occur to easily till the strikers places will employ stomachs in quest of food and hence the Socialist saying that the hungriest man in the labor mar ket determines the price we get for our labor Please note the increasing per cent of unemployed nod the reasons given We see from this that not only can not every one accumulate a competency under capitalism bbut also that chances of everyone doing son are growing constantly slimmer Under Socialism machinery will be used because it lightens toil nod does away with disagreeable work ns well as because of its general effectiveness but under the present the only reason why machinery is used at all is that it is cheaper than to employ hand labor The only criterion of any machine or nay improvement thereof is this question How much will it cost to put it in how many workers will it displace t If after balancing there is a credit in favor of the ma chine then it is installed if not then the old method icontinued The Socialist mind is able to grasp this truth and hence knows that for every improvement in the machinery of par duction and distribution labor is sim ply bound to be displaced- I think Miss Groh will have a very hard time of it to convince the average house wife of the low price of food products at present The mere fact that wages high comparatively speaking is sufficient evidence to the thinking mind that the price of food products is also high For on the aver age wages are governed by the cost of living and the fact that wages will hover around the mnistence point is what been termed by all economists alike the iron law of wages Are we relatively speaking even onethird as well off today as we were one hundred years ago This question is still pressing for an answer Calling attention to the comparative advantages we enjoy today dons not fill the bill as I never denied that we are as well or even better off Hoping that this article will be the means of correcting the false impression that only too ninny people lease of Socialism I subscribe myself LIFE WORTH LIVING Continued From Page One it is a fragment ol our total personal existence But this is not tnic or at lease we have no grounds on which to say it is true It is a fragment of life as a whole it is the fragment of the life gf the race and in playing its part as a fragment of a continuously developing whole fulfills its proper function We are told that nothing comes to its ful ness here which is not true and also no man has ever done his best which is not true either Things do reach their fulness and men have done their best What Mr Wallace means is that we can generally conceive things ns better conceivefort but as the result of further racial development operating through the ividual And this view of the case wipes away most of Mr Wallaces difficulties lIe evidently imagines that unless an individual can go on living for ever he has not done his best and his extinct ion is waste Hut a person has done his best when he made the most of the opportunities that present themselves That he feels he might one day da bet ter is only evident that he feels how much there is to do and this is the dition of his doing anything at all A desire for something better is the reply the organism to the unpleasant stim uli Without this progress would be an impossibility Nor is the extinction of the individual waste work of a man be he poet painter musician statesmen or aught these remains bedded in the experience of the race providing that stepping stones for after generations and he who does not live in this manner confers no benefit upon anyone by continuing to exist in any Wallace as I have said does not believe that in the absence of another life this one would be worth less only that it would be incomplete I mentioned above that our natures had been fashioned tor life in rela tion to an earthly environment It may now be pointed out that one factor in this environment is the factor of death If Mr Wallace reflects ho will see that al his regrets are based on the fact of death But conceive death Ished and with an eternity before each what need would there be to lament the time it takes to acquire knowl edge All eternity would be before JI 4 uss and n milion years pent on learn ing the multiplication table would not expoe one to the charge of wasting time And what hold would human attention have upon us if relatives and friends once with uss were with us ever Love is due to the circumstances of life it is hallowed and preserved by the fact of death It ia fact we are told that though we may be thankful for living leers we have a hunger that the present can not satisfy I deny that this is equal would satisfy all so long ns the desire for life remains It iss not a future life people long for but the present some of them translate their felings into a desire for another life when to live ns long as they wish here is seen to be an impossibility Hut con calve science matured and human in telligence so master of natural forces as to preserve nl nginst the attacks of disease nod the bblows of adversity prolonging life until the organism is literally and completely worn out and what desire for a future life would there be then t The truth that this desire lives upon our weakness our ignorance our general helplessness It translates feelings in accordance with the crude philosophy of a more ignorant age and appeals to it as decisive evi dence against the reasoning of a more ehiligtened one That there is no evidence in its fncvcvidence in its favor is becoming increasingly evident that there is a spurious sentiment in its support nay be admitted but u scnti invent that does not rest upon pcrsiscnt fact is doomed to die out even though its disappearance tray be long Jclayed OH THE PITY OF IT Not In Anger But In Sorrow Do We Regard The Formation Of An Inter national Bible Trust SUSPICION THAT IT IS AN EFFORT TO CATCH US John F Clarke Oh Jimmy dear It is more in sorrow than in anger that I send you the latest news A great International Bible Trust has been formed The American British Irish Scotch Canadian Cluwick Digger Indian and The Mohawk Bible Companies have merged a merger and are going to eliminate waste cut down expenses and force up the price of Bibles A real Bible agreement is made not to invade eachothers territory and not to sell Bibles for gratuitous distribution except in home grounds Jimmie deary this damned trust was gotten up to catch us if you and I are short on Bibles I muchly fear that we are up against it and no charm book on us Hurry Jim and send word to A jolm son to put the price in a Bible before it is everlastingly too late I am not alto gether without hope I have a pack of Chinese Fire Crackers left over from last fourth of July nod I nay be abled to patch out enough of the salva tion recipe to save myself I told a neighbor the sad news of the Trust in Bibles and he said that he often heard of putting trust in cm but that he had not put any in em since he was a lad I told my wife thai filches had nit anti she said that tho mice had eaten the covers off the one that aunt Mary left here three years ago but had not hurt tho text as it was too hard for them to digest Some mice are like Hone men and women they know them to stop I expect that aunt Mary will be more than pleased when she see the cover worn off her pet Bible and will leave a will in my favor Aunt Mary knows every word in that Bible and if one single precious word is obliterated there will be weep ing and wailing and gnashing of teeth in order to fulfill the prophesy How ever she better equipped for carrying out those kind things than any member of my focally I never knew for whose especial benefit the Blithe was divinely dictated inspiredly written and Cleric tianly printed for until aunt Mary told me It iaU for herself She says that every precious promise and all are precious is a personal mes sage from her loving kind and gracious Saviour She says that U S Treasury notes of Legal Tender are not half so precious as the Bible promises yet she holds to the money like Grim Death to a sick nigger When she hears of the Bible Trust I am afraid that she will call for her old Bible to see if I look upon it with enhanced value As the price of the Bible goes up the Koran is trade cheaper flutes is the Cross appearing above the Cres cent again A friend of mine told me the other day that he had fallen into the habit of buying Bibles but soon fell out again Ills wife hired n girl to aid the cook tho good wife delegated to the husband the task of buying a Bible to give to the domestic as a Christmas gift lIe got it and a l 6 1 few mornings afterward he went into the kitchen acid upon lifting n stove lid saw the beautiful Bible being trans muted into ashes He asked who put it in the stove and the girl said I did never had one before I aint had no luck sheen got it I just burnt it up He asked her if she read it and she said No VeilsaM he I put a twodollar note in it for you The girl said I told you it was unlucky if you had put tho money in my hand I would have the benefit of it He gave the girl an other twoclolnrs anti he is trying to figure out if the Bible brought him any luck He says that next time can go to III and get a lIible for all ho cares Jim feel sorry for our little flock on account of the rise in Bibles as that clinches the heathen destiny for sure PRESS CENSORSHIP What May Emanate From Good Motives May Culminate In Endless Tyranny By 0 H Slone Seeing that you invited your readers to express their opinions on topics of the day respectfully submit the following in regard to the following censorship over press and as a means of keeping the rising generations pure and undeflled That this movement to exclude called smutty details of murder and vorce cases from the papers that must necessarily pass before young and old alike is actuated by a desire to do good none will deny but it is equally appar eat that its advocates utterly fail to grasp the fundamentals of the question involved That these disgusting details spread broadcast is nothing ns they are merely the visible expression of an derling cause The danger lies wholly in thcxfact that there is a condition in our national life which makes such things possible lint to cover up these ulcers on the social body will not reme dy this condition There will come a time when your daughters maybe will have to pace the sauce situation that so many young girls have paced star vation or prostitution and how do you know that in your own Seattle even there isnt quite a large number of these moral lepers that are ever ready to pounce upoon the poor defenseless girl live to American womanhood a re muneration for honest work on which it can live decently and these middle aged reprobates that ns n rule are thr worst will have to seek new hunting grounds Any way let us at least altotd mfr young girls such protection ns conies from knowing life ns it is The will then to some extent be fore warned nod isnt that to be fornrmcd t We have no moral right to pass n gold brickon the coming generation Our record may not bu any thing to be proud of hut they will have good reason to despise us if we try to deceive them Apart from the danger of establishing a censorship over the press this effort to hide our sins from ourselves is on n par with the ostrich burying its head in the sand thinking it is hid Blindfolding our youmee fur this is really what it amount towillonly increase their chances of filling into the pitfalls we here dug for them No let moral rottenness lie laid open The young met unwary will then stnnd chance of escaping contagion Tho old cry am unclean will at least servo ns n warning We must pit knowledge against ignorance construct knowledge IIgain ltIlelltmcthe knowledge Ignorance is not innocence shutting out tho light will not do more light is needed 0 II STONE P S A copy of this was sent to the Seattle PostIiitelligeiiecr a few days after the resolution was introdduced in Congress last winter about Feburnry I think giving the President added censorial powers over press and mail matters The resolution was introduced largelyon account of the Thaw trial I believe mid hence the vein in which the above is written It is needless to add that Post Jnteligcnccr didnt see to publish it II S ARMSTRONGS AUTONOMIST is tho name of ono of thousands of pa pers and magazines that printed It does not dither from any other per iodical any pore than this advertisement differs from other advertisements Writing is a habit and when a person has once acquired it there is nothing so hard to throw oil And to the Auton moist will continue to l published whether you subscribo toot or not It will be sent to you six monlln on a credit and you cut then pay for it or not just ns you like The intellectual treat is on me JAMES ARMSTRONG 3500 N Clark Street Chicago DEBATE IN PAMPHLET FORM t Just out debate on tho Bible and Evotlotion between A Snow and U G Wilkerson 100 pages 64000 words Price 15 cents Arknnsaw Traveler Now Hope Ark 1I1r k0 YI 311