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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t If T fJM t i ir r fir j3LEp GRASS BLADEAQifnar WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH ADVANCEVOLUMEBLADE r GETS IN ITS WORK Lady Passenger Demands That a Blade Reader be Put Out of a San Fran cisco street car CONDUCTOR REFUSES TO OBEY THE REQUEST By A Johnson Give fanaticism a chance and it will nd invariably expose its weakness The incident related affords a splendid il lustration of tho influence wrought t upon tho minds of ignorant believers in the Christian theory by legislation intended to bolster up and foster I rapidly failing creed In tho first place the angry woman had commitcd a gross breach of social etiquette but we are assured that an eavesdropper will sometimes hear characteilconcerning strlCtlYjshe Almlg1lty1and by any means and she has plenty of company As our friend Johnson writes there is but one way to get rid of thii crowd of meddlesome Matties Wipe them from off the face of the earth By this understand Bro Johnson to mean that religion the Christian religion which puts into that womans hear and mind the old spirit of the Spanish inquisition We agree with him t the Blade is doing the very best if alt to get at thin wiping process If is the same spirit of religious intolj nnco thrl to JJi hiimmir of men s svitchesahe ognng df per childreiv and the imp nOfCrooro ThatlIitJlfflimprison end torture every f eethink I er in the land today arid theussert ion would follow that it waidone 1 that thcr glory of n dead JetnlJkh- ttF be madertho subject of p bllore ion Inftheso days it can folittlevin re than demand exclusion from a public street air- someone in trouble or in it myjelf through your FilthyMying vftiich should be prohibited by law froune a ing readInnic it going home on the carunconscious that the lady next to him was reading over his shoulder the Christ articlt in number got her warm and shecalIe for the conductor to put the reader off the car for reading the Filthy lying paper etc car crowded and a man said he had insulted the woman well dressed and looked about tlief av eragein intelligence he said be nlle explained and the woman helped out by xepeuting language the ma said he had the same right to read his paper as you that book She No the law should prevent men from reading papers that write so on Christ Jim Id given five dollars had I been tton that car am loaded on Christ or his pa the ghost The men all laughed wren they found out the cause of the trouble Blade got a fine ad Straws tell how the wind blows Christianity is just the same now as it always was There is only ono thing to do wipe it from the face of the earth there will be no pence until its done Dont lliurt their feelings many infidels say yet they from reading our literature Dam their ilsput that Dam in red ink so Bro Moo If once said you have got to down them tor thoy will down you Self preservat ion being a law of nature I prefer to protect myself d y doing all I can to kill the worlds greatest criminals Christ l ianity We May Comment On ItI Jas E Hughes t Please fineenclosed a clipping from The DesMoines Register nnd Lender I Thinking that you might like to know what some of Des Moines gentlemen i have to say in regard to infidelity Propably those things are unworthy Jn9tice But if you think it worthy a send mo nn extra copy an- dfeIIwiil send ltto the Register and Lead r i a C Vernocom t J r SACRED BOSH OF THE HOLY BIBLE IImpossible to Poke Fun at God and BladeThe Headlines Call for a Goo- dJoshThem Finite Cannot Ridicule the Infiniter When it Comes to Dying the Average Christian is a Four Flusher and a Piker Were K His Faith but Strong He Would Cut Loose from the Earth SI and be Glad of the Chance By James Armstrong tie Blade does nio an injustice by fterring to my pious exegesis of bibli lash as a funmaking projt ct Ijjncvor did anything more seriously in n y and I deeply regret being made to appear as poking fun at god JjHnself In fact I could not jolly God 41 wanted to not because he would tifjt stand for it but simple because is an impossjbility How in the torrid can be iflnite ridiclue the in flnjte a grain of sand make sport yiie Rocky mountains a poor worm the dust josh the almighty hen that upon the deep and hatched only the planetary system but J the stars also jahe very idea of making fun of god oiT cant make fun of something you idSut know anything about and no e else knows anything about You as well talk about making fun of erase circle or a sober jag The only ng I was trying to make fun of was peoplo who worship God those in Actual traps who are always hit the back door of divinity for a Mout of milk and honey or begging gatekeeper of the celestial circus iicpi9sc3 to the show It is easy env to make fun of them peopldj yfIjUSSIONortHE BASIC lffSOCIALISM Defender the Faith Makes RePI Critics GrohsNota4QDennis Leahy As a couple who seem to naturaldw o seems un er the impression that everything that is governed is governed by artificial law made by just such brilliant lights as themselves have aced proper to lend certain Vicious attacks upon what they are pleasedjto turn socialism I lieg for replynmen anaturnl and inalie uable right of access to natures store house isa socialist principle Miss Grohs interpretation of this principle shows a degree of common Ignorance that is absolutely inexcuscable i1 one who presumes to each that beau tiful science called Political economy The cmbo yymcnt of this principle in the political law docs not call for land and lots Miss Grabs notion is preposterous and ridiculous All political economists of note suchas Mills South McCulloch and George agree that land as an economic term includes the earth and everything in indiviredual sustains life by the result of plying his labor to the land With the product fhs labor ho sustains ex pands and develops his life Deprive him of J the right of access or deprive hlmot the product and lie can neither sustain expand nor develop his life in such a case atheism or any other kind of ism that does not endeavor to restore the right of access or restore the product only serVes to hasten his destruction All Authorities agree that a wild horse is land Free access to the store hquse nature means the equal right of all men to capture the wild horso and break him to work The one who does that is the natural owner of the horse Political law does not enter in to the matter at all All the political into the penitentiary Indeed there is nothing funnier than n dying Christian unless it be two dying Christians no greater comedy than a Christian eral unless it bo a longer Christian funeral dying Christian and his weep ing friends remind me of a fellow who would get the buck ague on being mentioned in a will or a hungry hobo who would throw a fit in tho presence of a square meal After moping around in this vale of tears for sixty or seventy years always complaining about its trials and tribulations the Angels of Death comes to call the Christians hand Of course youd think he had a set of fours or a full house at least but lo and behold when it comes to the show down he hasnt even got a pair In other words when It comes to playing the game called death the Christian is as rank a piker as ever bet his head off ona p ir of deuces lie isa four lusher from start to finish and you could use his fjet to start a largesize cold storage plant and singing such songes asfJesus lover of my soul Let me to thy bosom fly J- or shouting such sacred ragtime ia I want to be an angel with tlv 1g lt tsitfotra niysfda t I1nd t111 y han d sf i I ifi of of law can do is to confirmor impair the natural law or principle Having only defined half the princi plo I will now define the other half whore the individual after capturing tho wild horse turns him loose andI allows him to return to the wild state he surrenders his Tiglitvrof owner ship and the horse becomes common proI party again Andtheinext one want- Ing a horse has a natural right to capture himas with the horseso with land and everything in and around about it in a natural state Miss Groha labored argument falls to the grotindbccausa she fails to com prehend the principle involved As a rule the right to property did not orig nate in a natural manner in the ited States the right of ownership in this land of the tree originated in 1I grunt from an infallible Pope or from a king and we are all influenced in our ideas by these grants thats whats the matter with Miss Groh As for that old warrior in Cuba his effusion is env ought to make a wooden Indian seasick ills liver is badly out of order All free lovers are atheists so arc all other cattle of this kind But all atheists are not free loversno pope priest or prince was over more ready to consign people to hell than our old warrior in Cuba His proud boast is that he is a freethinker so is the pope so is the czar so is every other dn fool that ever was born His doctrine is the doctrine of every tyrant that has ever crossed tho earth Think as I think or be damned I dont propose to waste an economic argument on that ridiculous old warrior I am not throw ing pearls to swine not if I know it But if he will approach the mourners bench with a hunble and contrite heart and admit the condition of his liver Then we will condescend to talk to him and show him the evil of ways i is i When Mrs Henry spoke at the grave of Moore the pious push who are im patiently counting the days Detwejpn now and the time of their celestial vacation did not overlook a chance to get off that old gag about what nn awful thing it must be to think that when man dies hes dead that when Ill leaves hes gone The Christian of course does not belive the dead are jokeIreally it is only a transfer station where he leaves the surface line to take the subway to God knows where Thus Christians after having passed through life with the sublimest indifference to disease and danger submit to death so cheerfully Certainly if they thought that death was the endno milk nand honey for the good and no fireworks for the bad the preachers and their flocks would wreck the world with their Gallic 5 Blade cries and oh what a fortunate thing that the prospect of a spiritual feed and the fear of n flame that never flares subdue and tame the otherwise naturally savage Christian heart How they would prey if they did not pray Let a man be stricken with the smallpox or leprosy and see how vU with one mother to i8iitflIblexl BOOST FORTHE f MOORS MME ORIAL Those Do Subscribe Grand Valued Editor Knew OPIkIion Allow me a few words to say to the Blade readers that there is a grand treat to those who have subscribed for the Moore Memorial which will contain the writings of the founder the Blade Charles Chilton Moore Whoso service for the o the truth we should all value most sincerely His was a great and be autiful life he was a man all man from his crown to his footsoles there was never a grander or nobler man lived under the sunkissed clouds of natures bluevaulted skies Ills name should not perish in the ashes of neglect but should bo kept bright by the fire of Freethought an d liberty his name should be carved o the shining monument of peace hap piness and love If you had ever rea Dog Fennel by Mr Moore you would know what to expect in the memorial Some things that will in terest I can assure you his should be stamped on the brain long to be remembered by man He was urged on byan untiring effort for the betterment of hnman ity ho workod to uproot ignorance and superstition and brighten the torch of Liberty and love Never did man work larder suffer and endure more than Mr Moore in his work of in fidelity ho was an apt and able scho lar he understood things when he saw the as they were and was not afraid of the truth His aim was to cut down error and establish truth and ho worked hard to that end His travels in the Orient taught him more than years of hard study at home Mr Moore said if he was a young man and had the choice of entering college or making his trip ho would choose the latter He witty pathetic and humorous in his writings he was on an equal with a teacher to the ignoant and super I l r j ti tJ 14r the hope of eternal life barricades him self behind a shotgun and lets the pestilence friends buried him and how much more awful if he was buried alive Not awful to a Christian of course for what a few moments of suffocatioh amount to in comparison with eternal joy awaiting the soul that has broken its fetters of clay It is altogether natural the atheist should shy at death Dying to him is like walking into a dark room and disappearing while to the Christian it is like emerging from a dungeon in to the light of day As Shakespeare darkness death as eagerly as a bride he should takepassage in a coffin to the unknown with all the exstacy of a coon breaking into a mellon patch To the atheist death is nnnihiation t it is the taking of the figure one round ing it into a cipher and then rubbing out the cipher He regards death as a burglar breaking into his body to steal away his life and naturally he tries to drive death out But to the Christian death should cone as a season ticket to a perpet ual circus and if the good Lord should run shy on tickets it should not be sur prising to see the pioitfi trying to crawl fin under the tent Instead of this ter v fu t Contti ed 4a Four ii Who Not Miss a Treat from One who Late promotion smoldering quarantine stitious and was airlend to the needy both the rich andt poor and was and helpless WhYTOufould we not as than other men hegipoke kindly of Freethinkers place tliis mans writings before the world andSiot left wrapped mightfsave a many a mna rom a life of ig norance and superstition and draw man into a re of reason and knowledge and tcachfftll men that there men he did not deem himself better worth living JE Read from men Rrtio have cast off tho fcoe of Christianity fond love and cherish your flcar ones andpuit babbling to an unknown god and wor livednin an uneducated Let us not for willdbe just as fresh as the dew drop in early morn Placeryour name on the subscription list arid make his name immortals liJC rE Johnson Tyler L 1 ABOUT THE PEACE CONFERENCE Let All The Nations Disarm If We Are To Have PeaceNo Other Policy Will Produce It From Columbus Citizen The first national arbitration and peace conference in America is now meeting in New York Columbus is re presented by a half dozen or more del canter In midsummer will be held the second conference at The Hauge They say the object of all these meetings is Peace Perhaps you wonder what it will 1all amount to ti Continuedon Page Four 5 i SOCIALISTS ARE WARMING UP One More Blade Reader Takes Issue With Recent Criticisms on their Social Theory and Capt Clark caused it By George Leeson The most amusing recent article in the Blade is from Cuba ingenuously headed Ideas for your brains to onWritten by an old dearly brother Capt B L Clark workiyears of age who for more than years served in the ranks of the of freethought in all parts of the and in all of the live continents and U the solo survivor of a numerous ily a ten year subscriber to the Blade which he compliments lie is a profess ional teacher and scholar of high rank and much lingo which reminds us of parent a punishment requiring us to find a grain of wheat in a bushel of chaff lie is evidently a plutocrat also a II spiritualist or quaker because he says the spirit moves me to express my ideas and give you my opinion upon the various matters discussed the past year in the Blade Ho denounces freethought organiza ion and calls its advocates infernal lot of pigmy minded chicken brained galoots of check and gall good natured tailess dog makers who can catch chipmunks wood chucks and pole cats but no lions eagles or whales lie advises clubing organizers until Gabriel with his horn cries wako up boys and change cars for gehenna where you belong Ills argument Itso logical and answerable nnve organization we subrP mit to our dear bbrother captains wis dour sari udvici nnj rlnoll rllU chi XiiIltury ii riff l1k orguui tecip lino as a lot of infernal pii Jy minded chicken brained galoots whos principal stock in trade is monumental cheek and gall or captains of bogus pariciti cal pomposity thanks to thoBrother for the knowledge gleaned from this dear old natron brother He then chldcsrer Wilson for calling him brother we agree with our dear brother on this question also n3 Brother Captain Esquire ColoneltReverend and the like reminds us of r the curl in a pigs tail moro for orna went than use or as Lincoln said McClelland while ho was commander chief of the army Lincoln said Clcland played hell on dres parade ofIwas not worth a dam for actual so our dearly beloved brother h again Our dearly beloved brother then sajl rhe hates Christianity and social who chew the rag over the infeiV blasted rot the fatherhood of God J the brotherhood of man We ought to throw the old Jew God overboard walk on the water and if meaning he socialists make any determined effort there is going to be hell to pay with hot pitch and in Germany that infidel nation clerical and socialist cnusjofand State in America Of now we see why our dearly beloved broher captain is ante organization its because ninety five per cent of our freethought chicken brained galoots are socialists for the love of liberty Pain Franklin JefferIson Lincoln and like infidels who vocated the universal rights of man and the world with into chick en brained galootsM 01 what a pity Captain Jenks arti clo did not appear in time to prevent these crazy acts Hence all we can now do is join pur brother and close as he did by vehemently God damn ling socialists rnd if they do not return to humiliated slavery wo will help our brother captain give them hot pitch and learn them to obey the powers that bo for such are ordained of God A Good Worker Gone Wilber Neb Another bravo Freethinker has passtt ed over the dead line James Mitchell e a native of Arbroath Scotlandbut over j forty years in this country died at his home near WilberNeb Ho was a fulltfledged and uncompromising atheist a subscriber to tho blade and he sent each copy of the Blade to a friend in Arb roath Scotland where it is crowding Presbyterianism uncomfortable t i rti Hi iKilgore I BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up to his death February 7 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 150 per year in advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All oreign subscription postpaid 200 per ycear =ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character cepted will be published at the rate of 100 per inch per month unless by special contract when 1other and better rates will be quoted upon applica The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the sub- scriptioni has been paid up in advance The address slip on the paper will show subscribers t the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will bo sent If asked for upon reneval In case of discontinuance MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks eotc payable JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this motto facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address advise this office giving both old and new and the Blade will be sent to the new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 12G12H North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty l welcome THE BLADE is entered at the Postofflce at Lexington Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky Think freely t Dont be afraid to speak t Meet the world with a laugh a Tie truly strong never ignore the weak a a Half fare mien cannot reform the world The full hand often goes with an empty heart Paradise or perdition The only difference is in the spelling a a The man who dares not think of failure is al 0 ways sure to win ft WHeirshcrdting at folly itsslnflib4most men are f mighty poor shots J = t They who only thinkof themselves waste a great deal of thought on a small subject r If those who are about to wed would only sleep tover it the divorce courts might catch up with 4jitheir dockets I Many a saintly sinner knows how to be a good Christian on a full stomach but its real hell when i the pinch conies tf11 William J Bryan says if he were rich enough he would take the presidency without a salary Where 1 is there a citizen who wouldnt Women may insist that they are not addicted to gambling but most of them play a desperate genre a of chance when they face the marriage alter Love of money may be the root of all evil but love of power is a close twin and few men know how to use either in mercy honor and justice Ia There are lots of people who havent energy en ough to make a mistake but they are not in the least progressive Better a few mistakes and a little progress than none at all Work is worship cried the old mpnks and i in a sense that remark is truthfully true but ljkLJ there are too many men and women in this old world who persistently refuse to worship work a a r r TAll the way from Germany comes the announce f merit that some scientist has found the way to italce the nicotine out of tobacco Now let some s e come along and extract the jag from bug f i juice and the world will forge ahead a thousand JX years When christ conies again let us hope that heI j will make his entry into America on something more high toned than an ass and a colt the foal of an ass else how does he expect Rockefeller and Wanamakcr and the other religious pdddlers to welcome him a It is not to be wondered at that the great bulk of the American voters dwell in political ignorance How on earth can they learn From what fount can they imbibe political knowledge and morality Dependent upon a corrupt press they are nusled and misguided for corruption cannot inculcate honesty Once the American people regain their lost senses they will go futher than France as regards the church Generally speaking it ought to be de dared a nuisance made to pas its pro rata of taxation but it ought to be made to pay a special lie lat9nse like the saloons and other supposed pests of the great body social ft ir t d irih J t t5 J L Atheists and Agostics Jew and Catholics all are taxed to provide fat salaries for army navy prison and legislature chaplains of the Protestant persuasion while every State in the Union has a law staking it a crime to do on Sunday what is praiseworthy on Monday Such are the inconsistencies of the advocates of a divinely inspired ligion Why not take off the accursed political interdict Give place in the industrial ranks to every man able to wield the hammer or swing tlie steel and strengthen his heart and arm by the knowledge that whatsoever of wealth is created by his work that he shall surely have and the most extravagant dream of the optimist will be realised at once The moonlight ill become as sunlight and water- as unto wine a a Like Mahomet let us say unto those who insist upon bowing before a fetich whether it be book a person an image or a mere guess at things Behold your god huts flies on it Put both God and Satan behind come into the light and proclaim yourselves men and women Age docs not create holiness and considering the time this god business has been running it surely has abundance of flies on it Why should man fear to die If death ends all wo experience no disappointment grasp no Apples of Sodoml when we pass into that ever dreamless sleep If we awaken never more we cannot miss the sweet companionship of wife or child or friend but the world still rolls on and we are as though we had never been born Is not this far better more hopeful and restful than to think of heaven with its morbid pleasures and hell with its infinite terrors and tortures a The fact that fearful catastrophes occur in which death and danger lurk stay not altogether disprove the existence of God but it does brand him as a demon if it all happens in his name with his knowledge and consent After all it is by natures laws that we live and by natures laws that we die Tis they that hold the stars in their eternal courses and send the mighty host of planets whirl ing forever around the sun To some the god idea is a necessity absolute but they are mere pig mys in strength and of little value to the race In the ranks of Freethounght alone may be found those bright and glowing minds that maybe relied upon to illumine the dark ways and days of our humhn life If you are not with us get in the band wagon Talk about tainted money the worst tainted is that which Jies in the purse of idlers for it has been filched front the pockets of those whg worU qnrrr jlmst1n n4if removed until the worker takes a tumbro to him self a a How the Ananias club grows Not until Roos evelt wind Ilarriman got at it could the American people understand that even politicians can lie If we may judge of a tree by its fruits then one or the other ought to be elected to the presidency 6f the club by a unanimous vote s It is difficult to convince a man whose eyes never get above the levelof an empty pocket that there is blue in the sky Our boundcnduty is to encourage him to lift his eyes up towards the light and stand as a beacon for brighter and better things Humanity needs such treatments r He who holds fast to truth wields a greater power than sccptered soveriegn and is richer by far than human fancy ever feigned He is able to gaze upon the towering heights with undaunted eye and measure his strength against rocky walls He is tIle man upon whom the race de and is looked as the star behind the throncIOnce we we shouldstrive to build and so much to tear down This is good enoughif it be wrong to attack falsehood but exists even in the name of religion minus pol itices it is well to tear down and there haj yet to be a lot of tearing down to be done before the Masters UuilclUrs can get in their The Blade hopes to do its shnrei4 t By the way what about that new subscriber The remark said to have been made by the Gov crnor of South Carolina to the Chief Executive of North Carolina would be truly applicable in our case We hope that dollar wheat will arise and hump itself and then our subseriptiorjlist may be able to grow way is to hand your Blade to a friend ask read it and approving he has a chance scribe A good word or two uow and then hfto ut hurt much The Christian route to Kingdom Come is worse than asking a man to attempt to cross the Pac ific in a soap box Every earth passenger ii entitled to a ride in Sharons boat without hiving to show a ticket at the gangplank Could the religious fanatics have their way every man wo man and child who declined to accept the conditions imposed would bo pushed overboard and- a life line thrown out Not the infidels alone would deserve this fate but other Christians Y1O disagreed mind this is the effect of Christian charity and love x The American people have won both freedom and glory and yet both have failed for we have become the subjects of native Caesars and the serfs of foriegn shylocks That we are approach never a life line thrown out Not the infidels alone ificence of the plutocrat and the poverty of the working people The first reaps where he has not sown and gathers where he has not strewn If ing barbarism may be inferred from the magn he insists upon exercising the right of public meet ing he is imbed und hustled off to jail r Why chase happiness and conplaiir that you cannot cover it with a No Ghat Assuming there is a god and he made the universe he must have been in a state of unrest or he would not have made half the people in the world today It is the smote spirit of unrest that drives man on to noble deeds that lifts him out of the gutter where wallow the dumb beasts of earth Lifes beauty wore born of suffering and sorrow for every lifes work is an ngmmyamid behind every song there lurks a sigh We play be happy as we rise above sorrow and pain but because we cannot find happiness here is no reason we seek for it in some fancied heaven a a a r PATRIOTISM AND WAR What did the Peace Conference meet for Did the Hague tribunal accomplish any good One play well ask these questions but only a negative answer con be made What the Confrence should have done is best explained in a vigorous article which appeared in the editoral column of the Columbus 0 Citiz en A friend who from personal choice signs himself Rev Fiddle D D evidently being a play upon the common expression Fiddlededee does not agree with or approve of the sentiments therein expressedand says General Grant said war is IIalifax but I want to add that when you disarm a nation you destroy patriotism at the same blow Any Amer ican citizen who regards his countrys honor as his own will tell you the same All the foriegn countries who have been up against Uncle Sam will say so too Time quotation from Grant is apt but it docs not fit the contentions of our correspondent War being hell to use the correct phraseology would suggest that in Grants mind there existed a long ing that war could be abolished for the place or condition he compared it with could not be made desirable at any stage of the game It should hardly be necessary to remind anyone that peace hath as great and lasting victories as ever war can boast True courage does not necessarilly imply that a mun must face the cannons brazen mply that a mail inwttfacp the cannons brazen outrageous misfortune to bear up wider time slings nlorr nd 9 oeo iety res more a courage titan to face an army or to ride full panoplied into the jaws of hellPatriotism is not exclusively demonstrated by the willingness to fight a foreign foe that our countrys honor may be fully protected Some times that honor becomes a fickle jade Some times it is made a feather in the caps of fools To resist an armed and forceful imjvasion to protect the home from assault may justifn resort to arms but there exist no moral justification for a war of mere conquest although when mi emer gene arises the American Nation is ready for it The Blade does not altogether agree with its corespondent There is much of truth in the editoral referred to Disarmament must be uni versal to be useful and effective When nations cease the manufacture of implements of war the earth will be sown with kindly things than drag ons teeth but then and not till then will that desired peace comp Time editorial is published in another column WHAT IS A REAL OUSS WORD It takes a goodsize damn to move some peo pIe into activity both mental and physical and it seems that William Stead the well known Eng lish literateur has been equal to the emergeney Had a thunderbolt from some angry god been hurled into their midst no reater surprise would have followed for the NewYbrk Methodist con ference than when Mr Stead let fall his well meaning Damn upon that congregation of dried sponges While elaborating upon some fanciful and hy pothetical JKICC pilrimage Mr Stead told his hearers that he cared not a damn for their amcns unless they proved their faith by deeds Ofcourse these sclfsmictified successors of John Wesley were horrified to a degree but Stead had simply manifested the courage to say that in pub lic which most of those present have said many a time in private To some people Mr Steads ejaculation would seem to be a cuss or a swear word but men will swear for the same reason that women weep just to ease the mind or the conscience Time climax cane however when Mr Stead boldly asserted that he failed to find time church of christ in America IIoy true He might have gone further and insisted that he failed to find it anywhere The churches of today are as unlike Christ us it is possible for them to be Christ never preached for pay Christ did not hold his hand to his car listening for a call to preach Christ built no million dollar churches but a hill side was his pulpit and a river of water his bapt ismal font Ife wore no broadcloth suits with white chokers nor presumed to rob widows and orphans that he might roll in luxury and wealth Search the world over andover again and the Church of Christ will be found an empty dream 1 J r a mere chimera a fiction a hope that the profaessing Christian world will never realise While the swear word uttered by Mr Stead simply created a temporary confusion in thra minds of the unco gude the latter criticisaSl i brought upon his head an avalanche of opposijS ion Preachers everywhere arc resenting the a cusation for their jobs are in jeopardy Iris statffi incut was a truth they were not prepared to meS They are now simply trying to find excuses aMil explanations With it all they cannot break S5l force of the remark made for there are too man people in America who know it to be true TJS preachers know it themselves and it is in this fac that the shoe is known to pinch most Impoten for good they are unable to stand the acid testcriticism and the worst of it is that an Engli man had to tell them so Whether time dressing them Methodists receiver isit to do any good remains to be seen Thct Blade would like to know something of the spirit J in which it was given and meant If it was de livered as a sort of castigation for criticism only the effort will be a failure but if he meant it It genuine ripsnorting oldfashioned backwood cuSs word something good may come out of NazX areth 6 n PLAYED ON THE WRONG COLOR Porkhurst found the tenderloin a source of W II Mears of the Episcopal Diocese of New York lies found it a rock of destruction The former directed his energies towards the white wantons and was sucessful but the latter hind a longing for the sencgambian and now he is out of a job We are informed by the news associations that Rev Means has been unfrocked because of having been arrested caught with the goods on him in a house of questionable character on Seventh Ave nue in Gothams tenderloin and may heaven for fend in the company ofa negro woman Being caught at his ebony game the preacher realized the jig was up and he stoutly resisted the officers in the faithful performance of their duty by resjsting arrest and putting up a fight It wosf ofno uscy however for the law is mighty even in New York especially when administerer bya pair of six feet cops and he fell a victim to the ways of man who resent the unholy alliance of the whites with the blacks and the skypilot was carried into durance vile The affffair naturally found its way into the columns of the daily papers It reached the eyes or the cars of his Bishop and the latter proceeded with neatness and dispatch to disrobe him Now that Rev Mears w no longer just a plain ordinary monaf without l REor reputation lj = p 7 wprcaoltar fotuid fi ready excuse Like Joseph of old he not only denied the apple limit preceded to damn woman He pro tesjed too much for his protestations became pre suijjptive evidences of his guilt Ilis excuse was tram he had simply followed the woman into the house named that he might be able to gather materials which he could work up into a sermon but neither the police or the Bishop believed him Nor is this all but he sought to accuse the woman ofnn attempt to rob him and declared that he suspected the officers to be confederates who were intending to help the woman to commit that offcnqe upon him It is only too true sadly true that in every large city there are to be found abandoned women 1morlsuspicion With a negro woman of known bad if1lgoes not back to a time when statutes confessedly humfui professedly divine wore capable of c nIItrolling the fierce fires that blaze with the In the present case we are forced to the conclu sign that it was an instance wherein the preacher eduld say do not as I do but say as I say lIeJfailed to realize that example was better precept and took upon himself the Josephs coat of illicit contact a coat woven of Passions infernal woof in the loom of Time It is a veritable truth that such men as Rev Mears arc responsible for the railroading of so many women to the social hell With the latter it may be force of circumstances but with the former it was simply a lawless lust and between them legion are added to the cohorts of shame SUtWmCl as he create the suspicion that female c u an overprized bauble but we nmy be thin lcfu1 that all niton arc not like unto this luifrackod priest If the truth were actually J kn o wn there are yet men wearing the cloth who are Imo better morally than Rev Mears Could their secrets be known there would be few indeed who could stand a bukingpowder purity test j Like the man who lost at roulette Rev Mears had played on the wrong color Materials for an interesting sermon might have been gatheredj from such a source but somebody else other tlnuM Rev Blears would have had to preach itconduct is a whole sermon in itself and wouSf thinking men and women but heed the mojffl lesson contained therein the church would take speedy fall into perdition or elsewhere R has not only disgraced the cloth but has iiisgraeed himself und disgraced the Ang fordecent l j t ft i uI t t rw wtrr jtyii 1 01ROAST GIVEN THE PARSON But Lawyers and Doctors come in for their full Share Only one Fifth of the male population Believe the Christian Religion p RELIGION OF CHRIST NEVER BEEN PREACHED Dy Elbert Hubbard icyTito Philadelphia North American of itrecent date publishes the following in le teresting extracts from a well received fly 1nllllress given by FraElbertus a Hero are sonic of the Hubbordisms gently thrown off by Fra Klbertus him uz self in his lecture on Doctors Law yers and Preachers which he gave to n goodlooking audience of 2100 in the Academy of Music last evening There U nothing permanent change Doctors charge 5 to 500 for simi ol lar services lawyers take all you ve got and clergymen live on tips ofAccording to common report there are three learned professions mis hecalled because much of what they know truLallllone of them dosent teryfull fare on the railroads yet The Iellrencher rides on a childs ticket but his childishness doesnt consist in the tat size of his body Its his mentality We believe in the thing that is to rig interest to believe in aourIn a lawsuit both sides always to lawyersl right unless you get it from Milwaukee her Half the business of every lawyer he is to show us how to evade the Law ity In this country only one man out of av ievery five believes in the Christian re a0ligion yet the fourfifths are taxed to as pay for a religion they dont believe 1iQ Nearer to Real Religion ofDidyou ver notice that the Chris astins and the Christ religion are different things The religion y of Christ has never been practiced but rs believe we are on tho verge of it right tadnowell One liorficslioe is a sign of good luck er but a wagon load of horseshoes is ut JunK peoplets treatmentfhenowadays are those 0whogive the least medicine and charge re the largest fees vas It takes twenty years of persistent he practice and constant effort to bring on or n good case of locomoter ataxia nllliI ten years of the same programme to eIhatch a case on Brights disease heIfabits when young are like lion eIwhelpsyou can play with them with But as they grow older illtthey get strong and either put you on Succcso Limited or the Twenty three Skidoo Acommodation without a Vryreturn ticket en The world was discovered in 1402 td but it was not until 1770 that man was sodlscoverell and woman was not die nycovered until a hundred yeans after some folks had longsus jwcted her existence n As to Hospital Dope edWhen we go to a hospital they give Ituscocaine and remove our pocket ry books ty iJnlllyMuldoon says no man ever has Jf who has to get up at oclock Elyin the morning To get a job is just as well as to IllI accept a situation luI Any man who gets the study habit tertviil beocmo a distinguished persona the matter of fresh air we are ICIneconomical Thats because its anfree like salvation If there were air fitmeters wo would use a great deal more anti think a great deal more of what 1we do use ann if we wait long enough y Standard Oil may give us the soteeters l FRIENDSHIP enDyHarry S Chester Its not in the new found friend you tiemeethe Its all in tho friend you hold For an honest friend up to the end Ily Is worth his weight in gold hoi Perhaps its true that faces now Some pasing joys Imparted But the steadfast friends are the ones who stay LZSWith a mortgage on your heart oivIVlat care I for tho surface smile CdOf the multimillionaire With hh condescending patronage If the friendship isnt there I want the giasp of the good glad hand That softens troubles frowns Whether its backed with a princely robe Or a suit of handmadowns Keep On Keepin On If the day looks kinder gloomy An your chances kinder slim If the situations puzzlin Q 1 tt 1a6kliig And the prospects awful grim Lr perplexities keep pressin Till all hope is nearly gone Jus bristle up and grit your teeth An keep on kecpin on ARGUMENT ON EPITAPH The folowing ha clear dcmonstra tlon of the mental attitude of one who diedat West Ripley Maine It is the all in all of existence John L Jones Born Feb Died Aug 1815 I came without my own consent Lived a few years much discontent- At human errors grieving I ruled myself by reasons laws But got contempt and not applause Because of disbelieving For nothing eer mo could content To faith some people did assent Alone could gain salvation But now the grass does me enclose The superstitious will suppose I nnfdoomed to hells damnation But as to that they do not know Opinions oft from ignorance flow Devoid of some foundation ttTis ca4ymen should be deceived When nything by them believed RELIGIOUS CREEDS OF PRISONERS Compilation Of Showing The Effect Of Religious Beliefs Upon soThe Criminally Inclined By William Cooper Some of your readers may remember the fact of a discussion some few months ago started by nn alleged statement of a noted Jewish Rabbie of Chicago on the subject of this religious convic tions ofprisoners in the jails of this other countries In a little contribution of myown to tho subject at issue I was able to give from memory the number of free thinkcra who had been in durance vile in one average year compared with this numbers of inmates ofn largo jail in London As the subject is one that can not fail to be of great interest not only to freethinkers in general but also to general reader and student of politlen- le economy I have purchased a copy fe this tSf fl the noted Whitaker Al manac which it the standing recognized throughout the world on s many matters of interest on not only facts relating tb England and her im mense colonial possessions but to every other country on the globe From this bulky volume of nearlyon thousand pages I have copied the facts here given relating to the religious creeds of prisoners in the prisons of the British Islands on March 28 1000 Churchof England Episcopal 10080 Roman Catholics 4397 Jews 257 Wesleyan Methodistsr 352 Methodist New Connexion Primitive Methodists Bible Christians United Methodists Methodist Free Church 2 Calvinistic Methodistsr 29 Congregationalistrr 53 Presbyterians 79 Baptists Salvation AmityrrUnitarians Quakers Plymouth Brethren Christian Brothers Greek Churchrr 4 Lutherans Waldensians Mohammedans 3 Spiritualists Atheists 22 While the number of 20 had been un able to give any profession of any faith or unbelief at all and one prisoner was suffering from delirium tremens this most adherents even in the sparsely peopled country districts the Church of England is the church of the people and the squire and tie Episcopal par son are tho big nobs of this village The one feature that gives a pleasure s the good showing comparatively the Salvation Army makes composed as they Ire in a great sense of tho scum of the large cities many of them old jail birds very many reformed drunks and bad characters of both sexes Every city and town has its devotees of the Armyso they exist in their thou sands and tens of thousands rThe Blade a Jewel East Liberty Ohio James E Hughes The Blue Grass Blade is a jewel from which I get all my present and future bearings and do not go back for 2000 years to get my bearings for to day The future is more present than the past for one look backward a thousand forward we Spencer Garwood t i f Mq S tt t WHY SHOULD MAN PUT Any Trust in God Profession Belief in Duty carries no Value in Practice Beliefs Have no Force Behind Them ETHICAL THEORY PUTS WORDS IN ACTIO- From London Freethinker The following interesting article Is from the pen of C Cohen and i reproduced from this London Free of the sayings attributed to Abraham Lincoln is that while one may fool all the people some of the time and even some of tho people all the time It is Impossible to fool all the people all the time Sooner or later the sham is discovered and the fraud exposed An institution the tamay have stood for centuries loses Its hold on one here and another there and while there may be some who remain there to the end their number is in the very nature of the case a diminishing quantity Lincolns saying Is broadly only an acknow ledgment of tho preslstence of facts and of their ultimate supremacy aim ply because they are persistent A fact is the most stubborn of all things One may refuse to acknowledge Its presence for a time but it remains Wo may run our heads against It as often as we willIt is immoveable and the recurring concussion Is only productive of a growing feeling o humiliation The Gradgrlndlan Phil osophy was false only biiffirAy refused to acknowledge tho whole ot tho facts but persisted in an orbit rary selection of a few And it was the neglected feats that ulltlmately wrecked it as they sooner or later wreck all false or distorted views of life A proper perception by the clergy and their supporters of this would go far towards supplying an answer to their laments at the Insincerity of religious pofesslons For centuries the clergy have been complaining that a profession of belief in Christ Ian doctrine carried with it little or no value in practice and age has theecomplaint On the contrary the out ofryears Under special stress or III special leases religious belief may butounder normal conditions It becomes in the vast majority of cases a mere profession active only for harm since it stands in tho way of beliefs of a phenoemenon Is not at un erIstand If religious beliefs were based upon the permanent realities of hu man nature there would have been formed Instead of a mere profession fo belief a habit of thinking and acting that would be almost auto matic The mere profession of igious belief would be no more In trusive than that of family affection while Its result In action would be al most as secure The pressure of lifeI In other words would maintain the real influence of religion M it maintains tho influence of the feel ings that cluster round the family or society at large But religious liefs have no such conservative force behind them They are based upon views of the world and of men that have for long been discarded and up on a type of mind that is In prpcess of extinction The result Is that ligion has to be kept alive by a series of artificial stimulants and In the nature of the case the stimulants become less and less effective as their nature is realized An illustration of what has been said above is furnished by n sentence in a recent sermon by Mr G Hay Morgan M P Mr Morgan belongs to the rather numerous band of Non con formlsts which grace the pres ent House of Commons and who in addition to their brain taxing legislative labors deliver occa sional sermons to religious audiences These will at least have the effect of snaking educated religionists feel grate ful to them for laving devoted their principal energies to the political field Mr Morgan notes how little real faith people have in this general goodness and wisdom Deity and observes Wo are often far greater Atheists than we dare confess to ourselves We believe in God theoretically but we do not believq in Him practically We have more fait in a milionaire to helpus in our dally lifo than in Lord God Almighty- I have not quoted this statement in order to impeach its accuracy On thin contrary it is only what has been suM over and over again in these columns although Christians when confronting Freethinkers have been slow to admit its truth I quote this sentence merely to point tho moral which Mr Morgan falls to deduce Suppose ono were to put tho plain t iiairav question to Mr Morgan Why should we have more faith in the Lord God Almighty titan in a millionaire How would he reply He would probably regard the question M too blasphe mous to deserve one yet it is surely pertinent enough Or he mightwhich- is more likelytreat the questioner to a liberal dose of the customary plati andfas Creator andi SiiHtainer of the universe which be a sheer evasion of tho question Millionaires may be frequently not very admirable persons but let us be fair thatNuse money power so as to benefit their fellows At any rate and whether for good or evil the existence of the millionaire is n fact no lone questions it enemy and friend are mike agreed upon the power ho wields Is there any such certainty in the case it of God His existence on the most favorable view is but a possibility hisI wisdom and benevolence mere ence and one rejecteu as unwarrant able by some of the keenest thinkers of modern times More we should in 1case of distress or suffering approachlu millionaire with some amount re liance as to the way in which he would act Could we place nn equal reliance upon God showing the same regard for human wcfnre If there is a God he shows himself positively callous to liumnn well being Thousands mat beings are destoyed by fire floodt p pestilence or earthquake with as little regard for human wcllfare as though lunmnity were n variety of the sphere cridac Why a millionaire who acted with as little regard for individual mnmn well being ns presumably God acts would stand before his fellows as a moral monster It is not an Atheist withffur more ability than the average preucher Mr W IL Malloch who plainly says that if people look at nature with an unprejudiced eye they will see that if it bears witness to the existence of any controlling Being stead ofa good and wise God he is a scatterbrained senii powerful semi impotent monster Most of his acts are exhibited to us as those of a criminal madman We are forced to regard when he seems to exhibit benevolence as not divinely benevolent but merely weak anti capricious like a boy wilts fondles a kitten and the next moment sets a dog at it while all the supposed proofs of the grandeur- of God in Mr Mallochs opinion only gesttt some blackguardly larrikin kicking lib heels in the clouds not Krlmps bent on mischief but indiffer mil to this fact that he is causing it Why should man place reliance upon a of this description a God who speaks to him through a disaster likeI the wreck of the Berlin or n catastro phe like that of San Francisco or Kingston Has he any reason to place more faith in him than in the million One might even ask as n matter of fact and not of mere theory on whom or on what did Mr Morgan him self place most reliance during the last general election on the warchcvst of the Liberal Party or on the power of God on the influence of canvassing anti speechmaking or on that of a chapel prayer uieeting When it comes to a question of fact I have not the slight doubt that Mr Morgan acts as other Christians as we all act upon our experience of life and upon that ofour predecessors And what Is this experience It is that nil human civili nation is the outcome of the human elTort of thousands of generations That humanity has had to trend ever step of the way at the rust of bitter experience anti incalculable suffering The innocent have suffered through the guilty with kindness and gentleness often seized upon by nature or God as nn occasion for the infliction of punish ment Gods have beat either supinely indifferent to mans welfare or bitterly hostile to his development There is hardly a step forward that has not been made in defiance of the posed will of God and if human ex perience has taught man anything at all it is surely that human development depends upon mankind acquiring the It power of selfdependence and the goal a ity of cooperation while treating the rolls ns a negligible factor in thei rand dud is not this what is actually coming to pass Mr Morgan says we are often far greater Atheists than we think Of course wo are how could it be otherwise We may profess faith prayer to cure disease but in times of necessity we call in a physician or a surgeon We may believe that faith will move mountains but experience has shown that we must depend upon engineers to bore tunnels or construct bridges We may pray for the safe voyage of a ship but we all know that a wellbult vessel with n skilful navi gator is fur more efficacious We may say we believe that God is on the side of right in warfare but we neglect no opportunity of outnumbering the enemy in men and metal No goodness o disposition will protect n man from attack of deadly disease nor has the social value of n single individual been known to guard his life against the knife of the assassin or tileb a destructive action of natural forces Man docs not trust his God in practice because invariably experience has shown what n broken reed it is on which to rely And mankind to vary Lincoln- phira c can not go on fooling itself to arc then Atheists in fact cause action very often precedes theory Ethical theory is only after all putting into words what has long been implicit action Life precedes theory and philosophy at best can only explai- and systematise what is and what been Let us then try and be osophic and instead of seeing in thi long laniented divorce between Christ- Ian theory and Christian practice not human wickedness but an expression of the truth that lifes forces are too strong for Christian doctrines We IgI nore God in practice because in practice deity has failed to justify itself Had been otherwise the belief in God is old and too widespread a fact in uman history for it not to have dominated practice as u has dominated theory Hut institutions all beliefst nil forms of life are subject operation of Natural Selectionthey tist refrain beyondn certain point from obstructing social welfare or they must vanish Religious beliefs have not vanished but they have been profoundly modified under the pressure of lifes insistent forces And the practical Atheism of our normal life is n registra of this fact and a trustworthy of their ultimate disappearance BETTER THINGS By Benjamin Keech Tis better to speak kindly words Tis better to do kindly deeds Tis better to know That the seeds you may sow Will blossom as flowers not weeds Tis better to do with n will The duties that come one by one Tis hetter to say At this close of the I have tried to leave nothing undone Tis better to cultivate love Contented with blessings of worth Tis better to tight For the cause that is right Than to covet the riches ofearth Tis better to smile too the heart Be burdened with sorrow and pain Tis better to smile For tis always worth while And well never pass this way again No It Is Our FaultPasadenalf Air Ji Hughes Lexington Ky Dear Sir your letter at land today am glad to learn that the delay is not in the Postal business it will he snore apt to be prepared adjusted with you as with them Taking into consideration your tear up in storing I thought prebaps you might got mixed on the extras I ordered of the date containing my last letter the date of FeblOtbwhen I 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Send for prices of watched enumerated jewelry rings tiihenvarewIngersoll spoons Freethought badges optical goods ring guago and my tract fTheism in the Crucible free Describe goods wanted ns near as pos ildeVOTTO WETTSTEIN jLaGrange Cook County Ill i The Free Speech League j invites correspondence cooperation nllli membership of all who claim rights and darn maintain thenIJOIN US HELP US GET OUR LIST OF BOOKS READ THENPASS THEM ALONG Liberty talks by Ingersoll Wakemnn Walker Schroe der Pentecost Darrow Post and others Read Our ishing Liberty of Press five cents and also Do You Want Free Speech ten cents and learn WHY YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speech League xso Lexington Ave New York r r CitylA ORGANIZATION AT LAST 1 aJWANTEDAll readers of the Blue Grass Blade who know God Is myth and death tha end of life to fll out the following blank and forward to the International Organizer W H Kerr Great Bend Kansas and get nice certificate suitable for framing of graduation in the knowledge of God and life membership in the church of Humanity ranking you founders Charter members of it Add 25 cents for a years subscription to its taper The Truth AboutIGod APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP uInthe Church of Humanity rW H KERR Great Bend Kans Bell ving God tp be a fabulous being I enclose one dollar for Life Membership In the Church of Humanity i Namerrr rrAge 4 Postofflce Co or S tr t Statervr Sex i Occupation fNationality Language 7 rPrevioas Church When 1000 members are enrolled a national delegate convention wlU called to tirmVforgn2D and Incorporate ae church LliL L 11rl r i r 7wv IIMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT After months of delay mouths of failure in an effort to get caught up with the Blade we are pleased to announce to our l readers that we are now in a better position to get the Blade out on time and give it more improved appearance We are making arrangements to inject into it a new life furnish more editoral writing and a general all round improvement While we have considered and do now that the Blade is the equal of any Freethought paper published in America not considering the price and superior to some we realize that there is mud room for improvement and will now be able to make such im provements that may be necessary Our ambition is to make the Blade absolutely the best Free thought paper in America We also desire to get it more read To do this we are preparing to send out sample 1copiesas many as the new postal law will allow and we ask that our friends and readers aid us in this effort It is not to be t expected that we know who to send them to Our friends can aid us by sending us names of Freethought friends who would f be likely to become a subscriber and we can then send outnumber a of sample copies in the hope of securing them Dont wait until tomorrow to send these names in but it now befor- you forget it i GOD OR GOLD In the old days men quarreled took up the sword and fought for religious opinions sake The crusades were but the ag gregate of individual fanaticism Modern churchmen light not for principle but for gold The Blade recently gave an account of the disruption of a Episcopal church in New York City It was taken from the public press and no suspicion of a distorting of facts can be laid at our doors The account gave a vivid description of rival factions taking up different collections and a free fight following for the possession of both From the published facts in the case it is made evident that some secret understanding existed between the members of each faction for one side of the controversy refused to chip in the J baskets of the other faction and viceversa It was when bat h sets had fully collected all there was coming that the ugh occured and the active belligerents have now proceeded to haul 4each other before the civil tribunals that a religious dispute may be adjusted if ever it can be Were such disgraceful scenes but enacted at a Freethoug- convention or gathering they would be made the happy theme for many a sermon and American pulpits would undertake to carry the news around the world Comments would be made and the row pointed at as an evidence of the worldliness of Free thinkers As it happens they actually occured in a church In a church of high standing The combatants and disputants ha knelt before the same shrine lifted up their voices in prayer together at the throne of grace They had been baptized at the the same font and had eaten of the body and drank of the blood of Christ together at the same communion table They ha 4fervently loplnrpd the itiu lvf s ta he free romp il ts 1 at peace and in charity with their neighbors But what a lie There was no peace or charity Religious hate rankled within their breasts Their prayers were but a mockery a string of words without meaning They were trying to deceive the I selves and actually believed they were successfully deceiving the god they were worshipping This is what christiunity hud done for them It is not possible that such cantankerous sub jects of the King of Kings could dwell in peace and harmony even in their heavenly mansions The fight started on earth would be continued there and the devil would get a big interest out of it- What do these incidents suggest What do they imply There is no loving their neighbor as themselves There is no doing unto others as they would be done by There is no golden rule They may pretend to love god but we now know that they positively love gold more It is only a difference of one letter but with an aspirate attached it can cause lots of trouble In the mouth of on Englishman it could be given a different meaning Of course each faction will pray to the same god for help and ask him to confound and confuse their enemies for so religion has made them In fact each side will strive play their god an engine of the foe As in battle the Lord is on the side of the biggest strongest bravest and best equipped army so the Lord will be on the side of the strongest and most powerful fact ion The latter will be supplied with the religious hairtrigger hoodoo and they wont have to use the jawbone of a defunct jack to drive the other faction to the wall Only show your greater strength and the Lord is with you But what a scene Imagine devout deacons swatting each- other in the eye with a chunk of religious love and a clenched fist until the purple flows in streams and dyes the floor a crimson stain Imagine the sweet sisters making an assault on each others millinerygrabbing each other by the backhair and rubbing their noses in the sawdust These are the glorious gifts of religion and a campmeeting certificate of conversion For years these same people have been dispensing saving grace with gallows ropes and with clubs drove heaven inspired precepts into the heads of unbelievers Now they turn upon each other t and the change of method is a welcome innovation r r CRITICISM OF THE ROME BOOKIThrough Mr James B Elliott of Philadelphia Secretary o the United Paine Memorial societies we are informed that a literary lady of that city one who has been a resident of Rome has consented to write a criticism of Dr Wilsons book a trip to Rome and the Blade is assured of the manuscript for publica ltion provided Dr Wilson will reply to the criticism Without having communicated with Dr Wilson on the subject we feel safe in stating that he will assuredly reply to any criticism that nature would call for a reply and we will be pleased to publication to both the criticism and the reply As the com Igivc so far recieved concerning Dr Wilsons effort have been a flattering nature our readers will be curious to know what criticism can be made and they will watch for its com ing Dont hesitate friend Elliott send on the manuscripts ri lP t t J WJSMWbm SPOILED HIS OWN CAME Avarice of a Moslem Priest Caused Him to Lose His Graft and Broke 1up The Biggest Monopoly The World Ever Knew DEED TO HELL BUSINESS GAVE OUT The oil trust or the steel trust th sugar combine or a corner in wheat beef may seem a huge afliar to one outside of Wall Street and oxen the Wall Street broker believes them to be the most powerful concerns in the world As mighty as they are they importeance a r which is controlled by a half civilized Arab is not a frequenter of Wall Street it is doubtful if he has eve heard its name Of Stocks and he knows nothing the financial new of the daily papers ho never reads the rise and fall of market effects him in no way and a stock exchange h has never seen Only once or twice in all his life ha l1he left his little native village an then he wandered as a humble pUg rim to the sacred city of Mecca He lives in no sumptuous palace to at tend hint are no clerks or other than a half naked cook principal occupation is to bring frequent sip of black coffee coals to light his long narghile His office is the obsure chamber where he sits by day and sleeps by oftMoslem people and in comparison which the name of Standard Oil i insignificant mahtin the little town of Snmarrn on the Ti gris River two das north of the fam om city of llagdnd Here squatting upon n straw mat which is spread up on the floor with a reed pen a asd by his side he transacts his own bus iness He b the president the board of directors the secretary the tress 1urer the clerk the portcrnnd otfi all in one A gcnertlou ago Abdullah was a struggling Moslem priest and lik many of his fellows was endowed wit a greater amount of cunning than Piet aman dance of time which he industriousl employed in devising ways and means to increase his revenue The fact the- beacmc tile worlds greatest mon opolist is evident by his ability Samarra though far from Mecca and the other sacred cities ison is on the pilgrim route from all north can Mesopotamia and Persia To the vast companies of passing pilgrims a they pause on their long journey for days rest Abdullah announced that h had recieved a special revelation According to the revelation no on however plain however many times ho had made the pilgrimage to Mecca not oven though he had killed a Christ inn in battle could be sure of entcria Paradise unless he possessed a to its sacred soil The announcement was startling but to pious pilgrims it was true beyond a doubt a priest had said it The news of the revelation spread over the desert with a surprising rap idity and crowds flocked to Abdullah to learn how they might obtain some of the celestial real estate To the in complicatetmaps none un derstand and then explained that lone would escape the lames of Hades it was well to pray better to make the pilgrimmage to Mecca but the best purhnseIa a Ho alone had been commissioned by Allah to sell to all of the faithful wh came The Monopoly Starts Thus the monopoly started and Abd ullah was busy from morning till night writing the deeds For all who came a parcel of Paradise was selected and defined and its deeds was quickly pre pared scaled with an impressive seal offa Some desired a comer lot others less endowed with worldly goods were contented with a less comspicious 10c cation while those who were too poor to purchase so large a tract of land might obtain standing room for a smaller sum Even the beggar could beh sure of entering Paradise if he possess ed of the heavenly soil enough for the resting platy of a foot Had the poorest of the pilgrims flected how they might be compelled to spend all eternity standing upon one leg with no place to meettheotherFX f 1 a Abdullahs business could have increased but the monopolist was safe the Moslem pilgrims never think of think ingThe prices charged for a lot in Paradise varied exceedingly No ono could tell exactly how Abdullah regulated the charges that was a part of the revelation but to an outside observer it seemed that the appearance of the customer the amount oof the money lie displayed his eagerness to purchase and other considerations known dny to Abdullah regulated the price For a corner lot if the customer were wealthy the price wus never less than five Turkish liras 22 but it was the duty of a good Moslem never to bar thee piasterrso others recievcd deeds exactly deli n ing the location of the land its dimens ions and boundaries in perfect accord ance with the law No one was too poor to purchase no one unless the price which he could pay was less than the cost of the paper of the deed went away in disappointment Gives Deeds to Hades Abduallahs business rapidily increas widerhnssbsfore it should be sold One day when there seemed to be a lull in the trade csteate office a stranger entered and ask sed if he could purchase a deed of Hades bde to business immediately replied in the aflinnative and though wandering why anyone should desire to own a part of howsstrnnesnoutlm d could be given him he would willingly pay five lirasall the money he possess ed for Abdullah agreed to the proposition and hastily recording the trnnsnetia- u gave the stranger a paper duly tbesentire region known as Hades The stranger left the office of t heavenly real estate magnate and the paper in his hand waited upon t slope of the hill upon which thevillage stands for a party of approaching pil grims cosnTo the house of priest Abdullah was the reply Why asked the possessor of Hades To purchase a place in nnswerJ ejaculated the stran ger It is no linger necessary whpionusof ings words started up the hilL repentedrt Hades so that the impressive seal wa seal for it was surely that of the priest caught their attention and pausede they asked The stranger briefly explained tha purchasen d tlmneevery Moslem whether faith ParadiseIperInone to enter there To be continued BOSHtIContinucd From Page One featly satisfied merely to look at the painted canvases in front of the sid show churches with memorial windows and listen to the barkers the preachers spiel about their threeheaded god feathered spirits and the wonderful dai odmilk and hone shall flow forever an ever and then some When you thing that the Salvation show is free the only condition being that you clean up by taking a bath in the blood of Lumb it would seem that in the grand rush for erved seats many Christains would b anothey doubtless would be if Christians were not so considerate of each would be unchristian to crow a neighbor out of the gateway of deatbI and beat him to the choicest harps and crowns or the warmest uptake spot in the capacious bosoms of father Abraham and of course people who love even their emenies and are con stnntly given all they leave to the poo could not be selfish if they tried An so the Christian hangs onto life turn- down s season ticket to the endless show not because he does not want go to heaven but simply because ho hates to leave his friends on earth very thoughtof leaving them be ind in this Meeting sinful world of Easter bonnets and yellowlegged chick one gives the big hearted followers of the Meek and Lowly the blind staggers Thus he clings to life in spite of dis ease and all disasters until the good Lord breaker his back by pilling on the years or lovingly calls him home by b rf tflx TiJe burning him alive in a railroad wreck or blows him into Kingdom come with n Kansas cyclone In all the world there is no grander or nobler spectacle than that of the marvelous prcsistcncy with which the Christian refuses to let looseto get off earth and into heaven where he rightfully belongs and hope the Blade will not accuse me of trying to organ ize a funsyndicate because I express amazement at the men and women who had rather wad around kneedeep in the tearful slush and mud of earthly sorrow and woe than to parade the golden streets of the New Jerusalem with the eternal joy of shouting hose Annahs and sox Michaels before the throne of Grace What a glorious thing it seems to me to be able to look upon millions of most beau tiful angels wearing nothing but crowns Wlfcre on earth is the beauty show that may be compared with the eel estial chorus And in addition to all this there is the ineffable joy of ing an innumerable multitude of heath ens freethinkers and unbaptized child len wiggle and sizzle in helL Oh what n thriceblessed thing if the faith of the Christians in heaven were strong enough to make him get off the earth How fortunate if the allembracing sky could be turned in to one big porous plaster just long en ough to draw Christianity out of civil izntion and its saintly devotees into the Kingdom of Grace PEACE CONFERENCEC- ontinued From Page One So dosve You remember that we have been hearing of universal peace since years ago There have been con fcrences in Washington Paris Brussels The Hague St Louis London New York World rulers have sent mcssa hilsdHague talkheArmyheLook at the figures and the facts The war footing of tho world nations is 25000000 men nmintenattcod000 Every nation is buiding great war vessels We have seen the llusso Jap esacra war which cost 1800000 in money and nearly a half million lives At this moment England and Germany anticipate wur Our statesmen insist grappleesror Europe hiiigs by a thread world is making gestures of buildingil withfitssfhe peace promoters talk of arbitrat saylittloment Is Ono Test Of Good Faith War means maiming killing mangling orphantmoans forsaken fireside and weeping oftyoung n cruel and unnecessaryTacriflce in name of patriotism That is the consideration for The Hague conference That is the point ofview which will bring disaramcnt That is the realization which will force arbitration and imfforda basis for a per consideration of national debts of Iness interest or money but thou gut of The Sacrifice of Blood ePaines Id nOr a God The only idea man can affix to the name of God is that of a first cause the cause ofall things Ana pre hensible and difficult as it is for man to nrrivesIgreater difficulty of disbelieving it It is difficult beyond discription to con coke an end It is difiicuti beyond the eternalImanner of reasoning everything we internalIEvery wan is an evidence to himself himselfda or make itself and it is the conviction arising from this evidence that carries us on as it were by necessity to the belief of the First Cause externally existing of a nature totally different to auy material existence we know of thingsIman God It Is Given a Place Newton Iowa James E Hughes Mr J C Brown of Shenandoah Iowa who is visiting latives in Newton and making ills headquarters with his Athe forte friend Dr Hammer while in the lattcrs office ono day recited the lowing original poem to a small put np preciative audience which I thought e too good to be lot so I had him reo itf Y J toiinglllue Grass Blade t M Emma Hammer POTERY COLUMN iff LEARN TO LAUGH rBut nail your colors to mm1t BALAAMS ASS x By J Brown And it came to pass there was an ss Nathaniel Balaam rode her And as she was slow and would not Nathaniel had to goad her 2 With n big bamboo ho cried outSk d doo In Or was it a black mallacat regard to this it matters not H j As he continued to whack her Now go long says Nathaniel B isI And be a good Ass I pray you IIIf you dont Ill take this club And the chances are I slay you But the ass stood still and ground her teeth As she answered in Ass vernacular Theres an Angel in the path with llaming sword And its impossible for me to pass her Tis strange Tis strange as Ive oft remarked In this world of flowers trees grasses i That Angels never appear to you or me Hut only seen by ASSES The Man Who WinsrThe man who wins is the man who works man1shirksman who stands in his deep dis tread held high in the deadly press Yes he is the man who wins i The man who wins is the man wJio knows The value of pain and the worth of lesson learns from the man who fails And a moral finds in his mournful wails Yes he is the man who vins man who wins is the man who stays In unsought paths and the rocky ways And perhaps who lingers now and then To help some failure to rise again Ah he is the mun who vies AAndhears Tho curse of the envioTis in his But goes his way with his head high And passes the wrecks of the failu- iK Forhe is man who wins From The Francisco Dear Jinn I I send with this a years subscripti tineiFor healing truth for a prescriptiliK I11111tsting into a holy state for Tho READ THE AUTONOMIST J Armstrongs Autonomist is just one of the thousands of periodicals that ole printed just as its editor is one of tie millions of men that live Why dofl publish Why do I live You answer tho second and Ill answer fii it question rime price of the Autonomist is Qi cents a copy 100 a year but aa it devoted to distribution of ide s dhmfleneland Ill do the rest Address Armstrong 3509 N Clark St SOC HIGH BRIDGE tAND RETURN SUNDAYMAY Tickets Hood Leaving Lexington oh Train No 50on Special Train at I IOO a jmi Dancing Pavilion ExceNMC Music Hall mak NotSwings lf lsk k f9r l