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BL LJE GRASS BLADE4Ytth aer WE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH EitttifsVOLUME XVI NUMBER 3 LEXINGTON KY APRIL 28 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY arse A YEAR IN ADVANCE TTiiiWHAT ABOUT HIM Admirable Discussion of What Men Can Possibly Know of His Alleged Real Character iiGIVEN BEFORE LOS r ANGELOS LIBERAL CLUB By C Severance What can wo know of the real Jesus of Nazareth Is the question before the house It Is easily answered wo do not know that there ever was a real Jesus and out side of the New Testament there is nothing to bo found in reference to the real or the mythical Jesus I regard Jesus as just ns much of a myth as Satan alias our ancient friend the devil and refuse to believe the stories at tributed to him or in his real indivi dual existence If such a man ever lived it is not only remarkable but positively astound lug that he should have escaped the historians ao ice Grcfit characters have often had humble origins but when a muu appeared on this earth and did something out of the ordinary or attained prominence anti notoriety tho historian never failed to gut after him anti to leave a record of his doings Great characters are the basis of human history for the nobodies do nothing anti say nothing worth the trouble of recording If wo are to estimate the importance of Jesus by the influence which his mane has lied upon the world and still lies we must admit ho was ono of tho most notable men that over lived for excepting Confucius and Bud dha no other man ever had such ex tended influence over human thoughts and action And yet his reality as a man has never been established by list ory or proven by any evidence that carries weight and influence to rational thinking minds Even the New Test amont has never pretended to contain a single word that Jesus wrote It has given many of the putative sayings but nowhere does it affirm that he wrote or presented to tho world in manuscript one solitary thought or a single idea Just think of it for a moment hero wo have the supposed author of Christ ianity tho foundqfr of that religion coming into this world with a message for all mankind and yet never writing one word that could bo held and pro rented as his authoritative utterance If he was a reap human being and lived like other men in this practical world ho must have known the value of clear and explicit writing if he desired to present humanity with a system of religion that should endure for cent uries and on which tho salvation of the race was dependent But ho failed to write and all wo have are his second hand sayings that U what some ono else says he said Ho left no direct anti positive message in his own hand writing but Matthew Mark Luke and John whom wo know nothing about ns historical characters give their individ ual version of what ho said and did to gether with his mode of arrival and departure They give him a miraculous entrance into this world and a similar exit anti though they claim and assert that he lived about 30 years before ho did much worth mentioning they are silent as to where and now ho lived beyond pro claiming that he and Joseph did some work as carpenters Hero is the man 4whotit tho church has deified for cent uries living in obscurity for about thirty years and then coming to the front nil at once an the son of God with power to heal the sick raise the dead and to insure salvation for sin ners front the wrath of God that is from himself for while he is called the coiledsonGod himself for the Catholic church always alluded to the Virgin Mary as the mother of God alias Jesus And there are but two organized testant churches today that deny Iiis deifle character the Unitarian anti the Universnlist Ho was store titan human p r is the claimpnado for him by every orthodox in existence and yet we have nothing to show that there over was nf real Jesus In the book of Matthew we have the story of 1m birth and how through fear of Herod his motherland Joseph her husband migrated to the land of Egypt moving again to a city called Nazareth whereto is nearly lostsightof until titan grown forjii tho next or the third sayinghtpreaching in the wilderness and lie runs onto Jesus the adult man who is anxloug to bo baptised Surely Matthew took a long jump in his story front a babe in its mothers arms to a full grown man and though this man God incarnated thirty years In Uigjlcsh contained no events that Matthew thought worth mention ing The whole thing is preposterous sohgreathood over 4he minds of the masses that urifoldjmlllions have accepted thia nonsense s literal truth anti have heed foe cowardly to doubt or quos tion the Improbable story When Mark comes to deal with Jesus ho skips his miraculous birth and pro seats him as a fully matured individual and his first adventure is being bapt ised by John the Baptist Ho then be gins preaching anti after letting tho universe run itself for tltfrtjv years while ho passes through infancy anti childhood ns a growing man God is now ready to begin saving souls from hell anti fire anti damnation which horrors ho himself established ns the story goes So ho starts out talking nonsense and gathers a following from the common people as any man can or will let his ideas bo what they nay for a certain percent of the people are ready to believe anything if given them In the name of religion When Lukes writes about Jesus ho works oft the immaculate conception story and calls attention to tho fact that Jesus was a precocious boy for at years of ago ho amazed the doe tors in the temple by asking them questions and giving his own opinions on various subjects but what they were was not considered important enough to mention so Luke Informs us not Ho says Jesus increased iiitsis loot and stature and that is all ho does say until ho tells of his baptism by John when man grown Ho then begins preaching anti talking mostly in par ablest which is a mighty poor way to talk unless one wants to deceive the people for parables meat something or nothing just as you take cm You never heard of a scientist or philosopher that used parables to express his ideas for clear and explicit language is what they use Parables are for religion and its twin brother superstition Next we come to John and his account of Jesus and what he did Ho omits all mention of his miraculous birth the Herod story anti tho year old episode and pro seats Jesus as a full grown man who lots begun his migratory career as God in disguise trying to remedy his own failures and mistakes I mean by this having made human beings sinners by nature raid then in dieted upon them the horrors of eter sal punishment ho now wishes ho had not and wants to save them front his own foolishness std folly Anti now outside of what somebody says Jesus said and did wo have all tho inform ation attainable in regard to his com hug mid going and what took place be tweet Is it satisfactory to men who think and reason who do not go through life with their mouths open and which unrestrained credulity No Ilia iekS it t41 not and I do not wonder that Henry Ward Bcccher died without completing his life of Christ which he contracted t write for nowhere in the wide world did ho have access to ono fact about Jesus which is not found in tho New Testament Ho might have reproduced what is there said but ho could add nothing more for titer la no more to bo found Yet on this slim basis has been built up ono of the most remarkable religious systems ever founded I say nyiarkablc because it has had such an influence on tho human mind and has lasted long 1000 years But in one sense it is not really astonishing for when wo consider the ignorance and credulity of mankind in general it is not a matter of great surprise that a shrewd and persistent priesthood has succeed for centime in fooling the people and blinding them intellectually with sacred nonsense It cannot bo said that the ago of reason really dawned until the lath century for previous to that time it was tho ago of faith alias blind cred ulity and priests controlled the world It is worse than having the night mare from a stomach overloaded with corned beef and cabbage to read church his tory anti the damnable part Christian ity has played in human affairs and to think that the whole deplorable busi ness js based on an imaginary character that never had a real existence any moro than old Santa Claus Don Quixote Prometheus or tliel gods of Grecian mythology There is no more reason to suppose that Jesus Christ ever exist ed titan there is to belivo that a phan torn of the sky called God came down to this earth and assumed a human form Yet these two absurdities Lave been foisted upon the people for ages and late people have believed in them because they were taught to from early childhood That is tho secret of the whole business education The inex perienced child represents the raw ma aerial out of which anything as far as belief is concerned can be made to order An intellectual freak or an educated Ignoramus can be produced at will and that has been the business of the priest hoqU in all ages making fools for Christs sake How long would Christ ianity last if it did not depend on making Christians in beMcf out of child ren Not a great while for if no effort was made to enslave and prevent tho mind while in nn undeveloped state it would be the hardest thing in the world to perpetuate the fables of Christianity Suspicion is the product of experience and experience conies only with age and observation hence the child Is desti title of it and is prepared to believe without question what priest anti par eat tell it Christians point with pride to numbers but numbers which represent nothing but educated ignor auto are of no more importance from an intellectual stand point than many numerals or figures expressing units Otto grain of sand is so near pike another that al look alike and If we view tho millions of Christians who believe in Jesus because taught to and who never indulge in rational thinking on religious lines of thought we see nothing but a vast horde of human be ings on a dead level Their minds are dwnrfct stunted and paralyzed and they play nothing but the part of pup pets all through life for their limited and prcverted intellect are under con trol of the priesthood It is nn easy matter to work on credulity which is a prominent characteristic of childhood and of people with limited brain power but where in all antiquity is the great philosopher that has compelled histor ical notice who vas the victim of relig superstition You cannot find hula and I have no doubt that in every age thinking men have existed who saw through the slants and foolish absurd ivies of every popular religion includ ing Christianity What I meat by popular is that which is accepted by the people at largo the common herd of humanity Tine opinion of those nobodies is ab solutely without value and though a billion of them should rise to bo count edits Christians the rational opinions of such intellectual giants as Voltaire Polite and Ingcreoll would outweigh them all Reason can knock Christian ity silly in ono round and there is nothing so much feared by tho priest hood and those anxious to prop ttote this hoary headed superstition as rea son Hut let us not pose sight of Jesus tutu what ho said anti did for on his personality be it ideal or real and his putative sayings rests whole struct ure of Christianity Now what did Jesus do dr say that was so rcmarablo and why should he g r bo lilindloy followed by any ono who posjjsses the power to think and reason careono ylaore for his opinions than for Bud dlixs Mohammeds or Joe Smiths for no mat whoso doctrines are divorced from reason and common sense can row my interest or invite respect I hauo use for the man who establish ed The doctrine of hell fire and eternal tor cent and Jesus was that man if we him as a reality Iftolti in utter contempt the man who projdaimed this monstrous absurdity as a living truth and did so much to dark en joys of this life and to cloud tluWorld with fear and terror and I do noiSpropose to lose sight or this the mam thing in Christianity for such side isfjiKk as the sermon on the mount or the numerous parables with which ho is credited Either the doctrine of firuLand endless torment in true or it false I believe it to bo false and so every rational man who ever gate it thoughtful consideration T icrc is absolutely nothing in Nature or thin reach of mans intelligence to donwistrate provo or establish this fundamental tenet of Christianity It lie without n solitary faclf to stand on and yet for cent uri millions and millions of the hu nia family have passed through this wo ll in fear and trembling because Jcsits proclaimed it If ho starts out wits a religious system resting on an uth what value has tho mental structure when completed Absolutely none and it will be discredited by ovoFy man who dares to think and say soVo can say so in these days and I urqpqse to exercise that rightt for the falmlcal followers of Jesus no longer patio power with physical force under the law to suppress Freethought and thi Freethinker I believe the sooner thi dammablo doctrine is driven out of the minds of men the better for the wo Id and it is something wo dont wa it to lose sight of when dealing with JeJ m and his religion for it is the mr t important part of it Christianity w in the bugbear can frighten no onTnor hold the masses in subjection to the priesthood so when reason des troys hell and the terrors of another life depart with it Jesus must go like wise as a factor of importance in mens thoughts and lives If there is no hell no saviour is needed for tho terror stricken dupes of the priesthood and when this idea penetrates their thick heads mid darkened minds common ordinary sense will enable them to see it A great heap is heard these days in protestant churches about the love of Jesus but dead men neither love or hate std all the influence which Jesus or his name exerts upon world is found in his doctrines as seen in the 2scw Testament He proclaimed certain things and the effect of his assertions when accepted as true contain all the power he wields in the present or has in past All hail the power of Jesus name sing the thoughtless vie tims of his hell fire fake but the power of that name is dependent on blind credulity and when that dies out good bye power good bye Jesus as Lord Savious Deity and everything else Ho has been credited with speaking as man never spoke before but just what ho said so different and so superior is never told He gave to the world no new idea unless it was that of itch the center stone of Christianity and no where hoe ho said anything really es sential to our welfare as human beings ho was inconsistent absurd and un reasonable bombastic vindictive and tyrannical He said he camo not t he denounced the use of the sword saying those that take the sword shall perish with it though nil do not He was absurd when soul Verily verily I say unto you if a man keep my say hug ho shall never see death for every man that over trod this earth has seen or will see it regardless of belief It was a very unreasonable to say I and my father are one and if mich n statement should omaimtu front any other source it would be willed ridicu lous Ho was bombastic when he said am the resurrection anti the life I live ye shoo live also He was vindictive for ho said when he sent disciples out to make converts if the people received thorn not to shake off the very dust from their fuel for t testimony ngniiHl them and it should bo more tolerablo fur Sodom than ft that city std wo know iron the tory what befell Sodom lie was tyrannical when ho said those ofnmy enemies which would not that should reign over them bring hither and slay then before mc Luke X1X27 Continucvl oil 1age 4 4 Yf BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LIBERAL LIBERAL Where the Principle of Love Can Triumph Over the Principle of Hate and the World is Made Better by the Process DISCUSSION PROVOKED BY BLADE EDITORIAL Uy James Armstrong There is a flue cditonil in a recent issue of the Ulado on Let Us lie Lilt oral Unlike most of editorials It does nut contradict itself by committing the very fault it inveighs ngniiist Lot us be liberal the writer says Wo must not fall into the some errors that have marred the path of the op posing religious sects Practise tolera thou of the narrowmlmlnoss of Qthers This is the closing paragraph of a long vditoral in till of which there is not a single illiberal word fur illiberal liberals not unkind expression for unkind people The tune of it all is that of kindness pleading love to a stingy ono nod it breathes a magnan imity ns rare as excellent The writer of that cultural is a liberal in this best sense of the word The Blades editor he say is onlya man by but far more manly I say titan many men for making that state went lie hits been on the rack for having piiWWiwi Jii opittiuiw jftuyj knows the virulence of orthodox venom And alas the Blades editor knows only too well that venom Is venom whether orthodox or heterodox that the serpents tooth of human nature strikes to kill whether the damnable thing that coils and hisses bo infidel pagan or chritlan It is strange that tiny reader of the Blade should take the Blade to task for allowing puidiattiontof articles in advocacy of Strange indeed If one forgets that liberalism like Christ ianity is often the mask of hypocrisy that there are men who are infidels not because they love truth so as because they hate christians Like begets like is an atheistic axiom which nose Cat dispute and he who hates cult be neither just or liberal The matt who hiatus his fellow men is near the snake as he who pities them is near the gods for love tinguish front monglcyomtktuaoh as sneeoh ourselves front brutes And so man nutf an atheist and yet be n narrowiiiiuded little bigot the tlngulsh the great front little men same as he may be a good nrithnwtlc ian and yet be a potty tlieif A mans bo lief and knowledge do not make his character Some of the worlds greatest geniuses have been Its great est criminals Look at the Medlcls of the Middle Ages and all the leaders of conquering armies The fact that man does not believe In Genesis Is no more to his credit that the fact that ho does not believe the Arabian Nights Gal livers Travels or Andersons Fairy Tales Xo sane man believes such things but every saute man is kind to hint who does believe them Sanity is kindness It is generosity and above till it is liberalism Thus Icut only pity the bigoted little atheist who would exclude social ism front the columns of the Blade myself think it is a waste of printers ink to publish socialists but there are others ns sincere as Inom who think it is not There are others wino regard my individualism as waste and since Hke begest like If am tolerant of them they will be intolerant of me and instead of making the world better we make it worse Right tutu I feel like denouncing the illiberal liberal like Cice dornouiiccd Hastings lime snake of my nature begins to coil and when think of him lint reason crushes its head with Its Iron keel and I rejoice that the principle of love within me triumphs over the principle of hate must tolerate intolerance for tol erance is not patient with ono thing A more thou another It is like the sun which greets the carrion rose alike It is the crawning virtue of a manly man the thing above nil proclaiming the fact that he is trot a beast of the field n stupid and vicious viper going on its belly in the dust of hate and pre judice What n flue infidel what n beautiful liberal paper the lade would bo with nn Index expurgatorlus condemning y socialism to the uttermost tell of Its silent contempt How well It would look with n pack of sleuth hounds of the breed of old St Dominic trailing political heretics through the swamps of Intolerance and burning them alive at the stake of its own angry narrow mindedness because they were soc ialists mid not Bladlsts Let us bo glad my friends that the Blade is truly a liberal paper Let us rejoice that it is a worthy representat ire of the sublime spirit nf Giordano lame nod the sunlikc soul of Thomas Paine which embraced the world with its uloitddftwrtig shafts of glorious light Like them the Blade may bo cursed and daunted for being so differ eat Gout the masses of men butt like them also the good it will do will live while bigotry passes to forgotten dust in a nameless grave It does not take much brains to be an infidel for if you have nut brains at nil you cantor help being one But it duce take intelligence and plenty of it to be a liberal infidel That editor Hughes dues not believe the rib story is no more creditable to him than that he does not steal lie or murder If he does not believe the bible that simply indicates that he is nut an idiot If however ho believes that people who do believe the bible should bo treated as human beings he has a character cert ificate the best of credentials to nil right minded folks He thou has great stacks of money in the bank of good fellowship and his endorsement Is worth its weight In gold And In my opinion Hughes Is a milllonnlr of that kind He Is not only going to exclude socialism fro rathe Blade but he Is not oven going to exclude those who think socialists ought to bo excluded mid if you do not like this ho tells you plainly to go not to hell but to Bigotry Nut because lie wants you to go there but because you are determined to go and with hint again I say Let be Liberal Wo must not fall into the same errors that lave marked tho path of tho opposing religious sects Practise Toleration of the Narrow MiniliiliuMS of Others r THE WILD HORSE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY By Dennis Lenlry livery vacant lot every idle acre of farm laud every idle acre of min eral laud is essentially a wild horse It l otters an opportunity for the applica tion of some mans labor There are millions of them in the United States In addition to these there are million of other horses not half broke mad they may be seen in every town and city of the United States A valuable lot oc cupied by a tumble down shack is econ omically speaking a wild horse not half broke It is just broke enough to makt it a nuisance to the community Just broke enough to cover up the design of the speculator The speculator la the Continued on Page a- L t f W II BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up t his death February 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year In advance t4 Five now subscribers sent with one remittance at 10 per year each Trial subscription IB cents per month All orelgn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character r 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 appllcj tlon The 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Editorial anotherFGive your light a chance to shine Not every hero is made with the hammer or Thor Learn to feed your life rout the golden lamp of love e The spirit of selfsacrifice JlHtkos tithe highest reach of humanity i It is even with the preachers tliat by actions shall we know theme 1 Death destroys both mind and bojy hut the L r deeds they wrought live down the ages bo they b0UdUl bad Gooodncss and badness are corolativc but the r j good life constitutes a safe passport to any here a after c2- s Strive for today there roily be no tomorrow this life alone gives substaalccTiny other merely shadow t Dont burrow or ti loi moot it half way but so live that your superiorityr will be conceded f even by your critics The only immortality wo know of that is worth the having is that which we have planted in the memory of those loved ones we leave behind e Freethought is the sheetanchor of intellectual liberty in storm and stress and while the God idea may to sgino be a necessity absolute it is non w essential in the calculations and demonstrations of modern science which has dune so much for the advancement of race and the alleviation of it sullerings and sorrows By natures laws wo live and by natures laws we dig e e And now it is Ifarriman who says the peniten nary is perferable to the poorhouse It may be a DISC of every man to his choice but there is room t enough in the statement for a sneaking suspicion that even llarrimau would dread to face the wel if come he might receive at the hands of those he and his associates had caused to be sent to the lilt ler institution There is a reason In his preference worthy of explanation e Life means a glorious opportunity of which no moment should bo wasted or it is forever lost Wasted moments never come back for nut heaven y itself upon the past has power Life is a time n which to make a good use of the powers that Nature Las bestowed upon us it Is a little space wherein to perform as many kind actions as is possible to speak kind words anj give encourage anent to our fellowcreatures wlio an journeying along the saute road The scientific idea now permeates and dominates all things Jt is in every domain of human life aItpresents itself in all phase of existence Ko ligion establishes boundaries beyond which science d was not presumed to tread but that sumo science once proscribed has removed the boundaries It now claims all knowledge religious or political for its province mill declares that what it lilies not know is not knowledge Religion is an ideal Freethought is real Re ligion is built upon speculation iitl chances Free thought takes demonstrated truthi1s its working base Just as there is a vast difference between the illustration in the calaloguespf the average florist and the accual results q in the gar denso there exists a similarJiflereiKe between Ii i religious thought mind intellectual thought The one is the ideal The other is the real e I1he Bishop of a Kentucky church organiatioi it is said was spending a night in the country Hi was awakened unusually early in the inoniing ty the voice of his hostess singing several stniins o f a wellknown hymn lie remarked at the break first table how sweetly the hymn had sounded 0Oil replied the lady you must not credit mi with any special love for that hymn Jt just suit to time the boiling of eggs For soft boiled eggs 1 sing five verses seven fur hard hailed Win says that hymns are not useful t The Blade is in rcciept of a splendid mcinuria pamphlet by 1rofissor Thaddeus Burr Wak inai to the late Dr Ii B Footo Sr It is well wnltei and in that characteristic style of the autlu It ought to bo in the hands of every Freethinker in the country True to his ideals in life that ram heart and brain now stilled forever in the gl pof the tomb he romainded steadfast in them in death iris whole life was one of heroic endeavor con slant striving to make others happier to do some thing that would benefit somebody Such a life s monument enough and the pamphlet should hi given a wide circulation Lest we forgot e e rcare pleased to announce that hurmftei James Armstrong editor and proprietor of the Autonomist will become a regular clitoral eontri to the Blade By an arrangement of ymtua lor the Blade agress to assist Mr Armstrong ii spreading of his admirable magazine tuna it of it while Mr Armstrong who is not over blessed with the goods of this world has only his brain mid pen to give in exchange Being minus kof any interesting expectations of future ivwnri in another world he has ollorcd to contribute cd itorial matter lot the Bhjule and the Blade gladly accepts e e Inst week wo issued two copies of the Hindi in an effort to get the paper brought clear up to date once more This we propose to do until w are caught up Hereafter all our subscribers will receive two copies of the Blade each week until date is shown to be correct and then the rcg ular one copy per week alone will come It hits been a trying occasion with our office and every effort will now bo made to make it so much betlei than it has been that its circulation ought to be thrcbled inside of the next year You eats help hilt or to the Blade By an arrangement of mutual secured by you will bring it about e e 1SUNDAY EXCURSIONS rncstIuessthe sumo about the shuttling manner in whifeb they deal with anything that tends to militate ugaiust thtiiroslves To cite an instance just brought tmdoj our notice Tile Christian Intelligencer New York notices u growing demand for the arrest of the cheap Sunday excursion and is concerned over the decline in the mutter of Sunday obser vance and family worship which they attribute tt those excursions We can believe that if cheap excursions take thousands of people out of town into the beauti ful country on Sundays those same people cannot bo enjoying toil beauties uf nature and dropping their duties into the collection plate at the same time hence these tears But why stop at the Sunday train excursion What of the Sunday cur service t They tell us that one of their chicf con cents is for the railway men who have to work on Sunday and are so deprived of their day of rest but nothing is said on behalf of the street car employes The reason is not far to seek While the train takes thousands away from the towns adsjunct for the collecting conveyance conssequently the cur e must save the legs of the pious Street car conductors have remarked in our hearing that they always have crowdedcars just before timid after divine service hence it is that the curs must run for the glory of God and the trains must cease to render service to man There is always method in the madness of these pious bigots always 80m thing mean and mercer ary underlying their actions and words when they begin to prate about the lily of jest What of the preacher lie gets six days of rest stud works on the one lily on which ho wishes everyone else to rest If he could only arrange things to his own liking what a grand monopoly ho would possess All ye who labor for the six lays conic unto the church on Sunday and bring me your nicklcs and dimes you might as ellliS I have abolished the means of your going any where else and moreover if you do not come of your own choice will obtain the means to scourge you into the temples as the publicans and sinners were of old This spirit is the bedrock of the churches opposition to Sun day excursions If they could have their way tit curfew would ring again and the fires of Smith field once more illuminate the sky and till cries mill groans of the burned and tortured would rend the air as an apotheosis to time lowing GOI whom they serve and worship lint time church may as well woke up to the fact that those days have passed boyond tho possibility of resurrioclion and the epoch of freedom and tIll rights of man is here The church will never again hold the people under time sway of time abject despotism of Homo hud the priests they any and lo temporarily r strict the liberties of the peo pie in states where they have injected them selves into business affairs of the legislative authorities but these efforts are duly flashes in the pan just the aftermath of the holacaust of religious bigotry which has filled the pages of his tory with ccclcstasical intolerance + a 111i nIl J1 The train pelt get their day of rest but it is not the day that the priests require them to have It is the old bifsincss fake shut up the opposition shop so that the customers must all come to yours Koekfellcr has a monopoly in oil Carnagie in steel others in provisions and various other comlnod itics so the priests endeavor to arrange a corner in souls It behoves freethinkers to keep an eye on any gospel merchant who insinuates himself into eorporatate life of the State in which he lives There is always sunk ulterior motive in his sc doing Iie menus to put a scotch in the wheel oi progress somiewhore as he possesses an axe to grind as surely as the most arrant professional pol itieiau or placcmongor who disgraces the legislat ire life of the community Let us have store instead of less Sunday trips sis Sunday is tho only lay in the week when the workingmnn gets a chance to connimne with moth er nature mill he cannot do so in the confines ol the town and the narrowing influence of church Let us enjoy the one day that the com nuTcial requirements of today can grant us and gut out tutu the country and time fields and you Christians remember that mile of the most pleasing sights in the eyes of your God should be the happy healthy smiling faces of the toiling millions enjoying themselves on the one days holiday that time flairs of the world eau allot them out ol every seven e FREETHOUGHT AND EDUCATION partswe t about progress and education and yet we do not own any froethought educational establishments To the unthinking man this bald statement qualified to cast a reflection on the praticc of the party but it only needs a moments careful consideration to show how ambiguous such ii general statement becomes If freethinkers founded schools and colleges for tho education and production of freethinkers such educational establishments would ofnecessity par take as much sectarianism as any of schools which may be dominated by the religious party As every reading man knows sectarianism is cue of the evils with which froethought is at constant warfare and yet we are constantly chided bemuse we do not undertake to establish educa tional institutions which as frccthought establish ments arc bauud to be sectarian as it is a understood fact that all teaching either religiou- or antireligious is hound to bo just as sectarian as the teacher Time position of the freethinker in regard to this subject is that a child should have nothing ofn sectarian nature instilled into its im mature brain and that all its cducaton should bo of a secular character and that its religious opin ions should be the result of the activities ot its own mind when at maturity instead of icing forced upon itat a time in its life when it is not in a uos ition to discriminate for itself Freethinkers arc at least thorough in their prin eiplies on this subject We know of scores in whose family circle when tho children are about the sub ject of religion or antireligion is absolutely tabooed not because of guy timidity in tho score of children listening to antirelgious conversations but simply because it is a platter of principle with them not to deliberately influence the undeveloped mud of the young in connection with religious sub jectsWe also know of instances where freothought parent allow their children to go to Sunday schools and sing in church choirs simply because they like to go confidently expectant that with advancing years and development of the mental faculties any superstition which may be absorbed by them will find its level later on and at the same time they know that the children will bo getting an insight into the workings of the superficialities of religion whch will be of service- o them in after life wheitthey will stand shoulder to shoulder with their parents in the great fight thoughtolimo freethinker contends that the state having undertaken the education of its children all State schools belong more fo him than to the Christian isasmuch that it is due to the great fight for State education that the party has waged for years that has culminated in the great State educational in stutious which we have today and moreover the final stages of that great fight is still under domination of the seems and the last remnant sectarianism in education shall bo abolished fur eves e BREAK THAT BANK We must break that haul Dear reader the above bald declaration does not Crime from an actual robber but front a preacher The sinister suggestion does not carry with it an attempt or an intimation that some crime must or is to bo committed It is simply an expression from one who claims to have suflerod povertys sharp and bitter piuigs because he preferred to preach time gospel and the bank to which he has reference is time sorbid selfish ness of the average church congregations who fuse to shell out that the preacher may get a raise in salary Can a remedy be found for all this suffering Yes indeed there is a remedy Let the preachers quit preaching because preach ing is altogether unnecessary whether with or without pay and get down to soilic useful pract ical work soome kind of productive labor Arc time preachers ChristMice Not at all If not why not Because Christ never demanded according to his alleged history a raise in sadary before he would preach his socalled fathers word or make an jflort to heal the sick Christ neverpassed Kit Christ did not live in a fashionable residence with servants to wait import him lib hail no occa I 1 u sioil to dispute tailor bills or hanker after marriage v ceremonies for the sake of a miserable fee lie asked for no million dollar churches Iris com munion table was not set with costly gold and silver plate He simply used the hill side groves the shaded cools and lived how mid tIllfhe could But Wo must break that bankISome Christian preacher who claims to be above the average pulpiteer in intelligence and ability who according lo his own statement has been re ceiving only a salray of 1000 per annum writ ing in the Independence of New York signing him self Gadite advises the young men not to enter or nllenpt to enter tho Christina ministry until such time as the church congregations and church membership shall H wake up to its duty in the matter mministorial respect and support Respect and Support Mark well tho words and their deep significance By inplication mIll inference they argue that the ministers of the gospel of Christ are not receivngIeither It is a sure and certain fact that when theapeople have no respect for the ministers they willrefuse to support thciui If the ministersIever hope to win the respect of the people they must first learn to respect themselves There can be no selfrespect where dependency exists A fawning whining begging and impecunious min istry will never be able to command even the slight est respect Usefulness will compel respect and respect will bring support Usefulness lessens the need for support and this increases in respectful becomeythey will have to be self simpportimig But Break that Bank banks Banking House of His Majesty can it be done With nn enlighten ed Christian conscience and a rcdtCmed Christian purse This is the Blades argument It is the argument of the aforesaid Gnditc Evidently he elects an appropriate hour do plume lie has applied time gad with a vengeance Its use however is all for tho preacher and none for the people It is a bitter tirade because the church member does not give more of his wealth to line the parsons pock et lIe complains that the hearts of Christian laymen are locked up with their cash boxes in the inmost recesses of their chilled steel vaults calfsDid such a characterization emanate JTOHU tkr Blade it would incur the wrath of all professing Christians Coming from one who has been up against it the statement ought to have both weight and force It is one of the very best arguments in favor of abolishing the ministry altogether on the ground that it is a dependent body unproductive useless and an actual public burden Not satisfied with a mere living at anothers expense time preachers insist upon living much better than others live They hate to see any member of their congregation living in greater style wearing better clothes or making more lavish expenditures In other words the rich in the congregation are simply advised that it would be better for them and for future welfare of their soul did they not ex ecute a deed of trust to their cash assets name thoIpreacher as trustee and provide that they spend it ad libitum without question or restraint But how isit to be done Break that bank When the preachers are able tobrcak the hank of Self the churches will be in ashes and tho bats and owls will flit hither and thither over the Jane ened ruined heaps Break that Bank And supposed it was broke What then Not another young man would enter tho min istry not another effort made for Christ It is not the lack of funds that prevent candidates from stepping forth into the Christian forum but the fact that greater enlightenment has wrought a wonderful change upon the minds of mon and they now refuse to preach those doctrines they knt w to be untrue Such starvelings and hirelings as Gadite and his ilk who also know them to be untrue will continue to preach so long as the fiswork Preaching implies idleness Work means doesfit For this reason the cry is made j Break that Bank WHEN THE GRAND BOUNCE COMES The preachers still insists that the world is going to bad still getting worse and this in spite of two thousand years of Christian efforts Neither shall it be given unto the preachers to pass judgment upon the goodness or badness of tint race for of all mien they are the least competent and least capable of rendering a righteous judg ment As a rule the preachers a person good who at As a rule the preachers regard a person good who attendschurch with regularity pretends today close attention to the sermon sings loudest in the hynUi Service exclaims Amen with unctions fervor and contributes liberally to the collection basket Outside timid boyond this religious standard all is lied or indifferent Right here we are prone to remark that as the historian Grotc observed the taste for sitting inIjudgment in essentially different from a taste for justice and the Blade adds that such is essent ially dangerous Time same can be said for sic oratory addressed to undiscriminating ears which is always liable to become morbid For this reason time lashings delivered upon public men and those who do not agree with the ordained orth odox views by the preachers are too lightly considered by the men and women of public spirit V tfriji I 5 LotI t v c jJ CIlL W LLwM rte i UIr TisIIIcnte11 riso and clergy while the devoutly pious hind insanely religious regard them with stjjersti solufyjThese are the main causes why so ninny ripply the narrow and illconfined symmetry of parish ofrcomes all the relgious legislation of tic sev assemblies Front the suite source eiuan 1source gods in constitutions sabbath lawn pro craze and the thousand and one political of church organizations Failing to impress convince und satisfy by sound argument of the supposed truth contained in the various doc trines taught the cohorts of religion fall back up Oil the Jaw and strive to enforce by a policemans bludgeon that which so many have nothing but contempt for The methods employed and the arguments used repel against of attract and the result is bound to he an open opposition to church influences It is quite the thing for religious orators to make caustic reference to the French revolutiu as a trying period in the worlds history a perfec deluge of human blood occasioned by a rejection of god and religion terminating in triumphant crowning of the Goddess of Benson Those wJii malt- sttclt argument are either forgetful or ignorant u the fact that the very element in that resolution tainted with Atheistical notions was thin elw uei that opposed the wholesale slaughter and muu of these lost their lives in their efforts to skni the tide of human slaughter Paine as a member of the Chamber of deputies voted against the ties truction of the king and in trying to savo that ill fitted monarch from the guillitine was himself cast into prison and only by the merest accident or chance was he saved from a similar fate to which his persecutors had sentenced him The dominant faction was deistical and religious Robespierre deified the sans culotte until he himself was swept into that vortex of death Every reformer the world tins known ovcry man or woman who have been moved to strive for the worlds human salvation have been denounced hind villifled by the gentlemen of the cloth for declining to take them into a copartnership and slate with them the honor null glory of having done some thing to make the world happier But time day is past and gone whets the personal judgment of n hireling preacher can determine the social or buts ness worth of any member of a given cnmmuiiily of a lying and unworthy faith As au arbiter in human affairs tho preacher nnms go 114 is no longer the lord paramount over the thoughts of men His opinions arc no more worthy of consideration than the opinion of the humblest citizen of earth They are now placed on a par with men and have ceased to ticvice rogeuts of a fictitious deity A RECENT DISCUSSION ON IMMORTALITY Immortality Luis ceased to J seems to show a general disregard to question People turn to the business of this mundane sphere and divert the trend of conversation if the subject of an afterlife is broached This finite life is suff icient for titan and he sees not the necessity o troubling himself about any other The subject of a drawing room topic would be considered in fro dig Even the clergy must not introduce it except as an official emannation from the pulpit in business hours Everything points to the fact that as a factor in ethics immortality has been entirely swiped If men really believed in such a wond e1consummation would they not mike it a jjubjeet of constant reiteration Would not the daily papers reck with iU Would they not vie with each other in expression of astonishment and joy at such a glorious prospect These expressions of qjritiion are not the result of tlfe perusal of current frcthyught literature but the opinions expressed by Professor Osier of old at forty fame in his hook on Science and Immortality writing as u medical cxpcVt he testifies that even at the last moment the majority of men express no fears or hopes about the other world They generally depart this life as they I have lived it practically uninfluenced by the thoughts of a future life To quote from Dr 1Osler he says have careful rcconjs of about five hundred deathbeds studied particularly with reference to the modes of death and the sensations of the ing The great majority gave no sign one way or the other like their birth their death was a sleep a forgeting This statement of the learned doctor physicist hits called forth a diatribe from the pen of Dr MeComb in the Quarterly Review which will bring a smile to tho cheek of the average free thought render From the time with the first re veht from christanily crossed the rubicon and pass ed a way into that great region of the unknown which tillfdamned Their last moments have been depicted by sanctimonious prevaricators as a series of un told horrors and blaspheming or else a full and seoitiplete recantation of the damnable heresies which the subscribed to and propacgated While t we have always contended that if they wore true r how can any sensate mind take the ravings and mutterings of a being worn out by the ravages of disease or the general decay of the faculties both bodily and mental as nn expression of the healthy mind and body in full posession of its health and strength While christians as a body ignore this point of view wheji promulgated by its opponents I they fly to it when it suits their own purpose hence we have Dr iMcComb replying to Or Osier in time following language Surely this distinguished writer is wrong in supposing that a true criterion for judging whether faiths in a future life hits nay place in the thoughts often is to be found in tho feelings of the soul ns it approaches tho low dark verge of life Not i S i t ctilt r c Ww i 1pLw t Ji rj9 T r rI IIIj fra J 4417wwr Ito man weakened by dsease his moral and spirit energies lulled through time collopse of the body but to man in the limbless of his powers art we to refer on such a point As freethinkers we thoroughly agree with Dr McCombs argument and only assert that as he considers his viewpoint as correct Christian should accept tho sonic argument as conclusive when ad vanced by their opponents Freethinkers were fhst to take up this position in defense of their respected lend and their contention was ignored Now the smile comes when we find the Christian apologist using our argument and accepting it as tsound because it suits his present purpose so to doBut in spite of all special pleading the mar on the street will still live on in a state of disregard of immortality The freethinker will still be sat isfied with his position of philosophic doubt and the truth of the subject will remain as great a rays tery as ever While the christians who earnestly believes goes though life with doubts and fears as to his qualifications for a life to come the free thinker will still regulate his actions to the full env joyiiunt of the life that he has aiming to leave this world hotter than he found it content with the idea that such nods will form the hest credent beyondftSUDS FROM THE TUB OF A CYNIC fly James Armstrong Radicalism is simply a desperate effort to at tract attention I am only worse than you are when i deny that you are as good as I nun no matter how bad you areIf God does not work ilia circle why did he get tired on the sixth day and cease to go round oil the seventh Alas Tim Immortality of Christian mortality God made wonmn on the eve of the fall of man It is a philosopher indeed whom philosophy does not make a fool of There are times when it is wisH to be foolish as well as times when it is foolish to be wise and kotvledgtltss Christian theology is anything but the ology Gee I should shy so Why geology itself for in stance Sotto of the Angels ounce got too fly and the Lord gave them hell it lilliiF1i1tbtfrtrf i r 1t 1 trfvain is own grandfather But thou if God is a father at all he t lie anything but a grandfather infa more one who believes the Christians themselves believe in it The infidel after all is your true man of faith His confidence is boundless in realm of fact It is all right to uproot a lie so long as you do not sow the seeds of another to take its place If the least of the worst of the best of us were known to the world things would look different Socialism is the wrong name for a politicalcreed whose adherents attempts to force it upon others either by ballots or bayonets National compan ionship must como of its own accord and come it will when evolution has made men capable of receiving it So far as human reason is concerned there is ab solutely no god mid no life after death And we cannot admit that reason may be wrong There would have to be a reason for the admisson and tlier you lire It is not worth while to Grit icise logic unless you do it logically 80 the next time you near some lustylunged fellow Declaiming against logic rev mind him of this- Superstitions a web and priests are the spiders therein If time mull who lies is truly lend that settles immortality If not dead he ought to be after the undertaker and his friends when get through em balming and burying him If everybody was willing to make an honest living freethought would be the greatest success in the world Throe times one male one that is throe A mathematician docs not get angry if you deny the truth of the multiplication table and it is difficult to understand why the Christian gets mad if you deny the truth of religion that iS1if its true JAMES lSTll0NC Death lurks in kisses declares the progressive scientist but we opine that if a man waits to die from that cause alone old Methuselah wont b1- It marker on longevity The bolus builders will have to get busy with some other scheme for a lmlmite J fj J i JiliJ itp X vfoo r i T DEATH HAS TAKEN HIM TIle Paine Memoral Cause Loses a Valued Friend In the Demise of Virginiam WAS FIRST PREISDENT- OF THE ASSOCIATION In nnnouncelng the death of Major Forrester L Taylor of Lawyer Va the first president of tho Paine Mom ollal Association Tho Palno causo loses and efficient workor tho counory a bravo soldier and tho homo of VatoMajor Taylor was born In Philadel phia Oct 30 1833 and removed to St whoro he remained until 1814 tlimm ho returned to Philadelphia Ho Went to and graduated with honors om tho High school Ho became ijstl6sman in a book publishing house m joined church of which Rev J F Borg D D tho noted bible scholar was pastor Mr Taylor a high estimate on the ability faced pastor to defend tho Bible from of the Infidels And look ed forward with pride when a debate was announced between tho Ex Rev Joseph Barker of London and Mr Itcrg Upon tho Bible as a Divine Revelation Mr Taylor attended every meeting Washlngtpnrcllorted Strange as It may appear Mr Taylor is disappointed In tho ability of Ills pastor to answer the arguments of opponent He withdrew from Ipe church and Joined the Socularslsts lif Philadelphia andJdmlrer thocityeverything lint was vile Having iarefully stutled his life and character null being a bravo man he decid ed to defend his good name from the Ittacks by tho pulpiteers Ho Investi gated his record during Revolu tionary war his conduct during his voyago to France and his return to Boston in the ship Alliance with tho 25000 livers of silver the gift of the French King Ills Secretaryship fit Congress at York Pa His gift of 500 to help pay Gen Washingtons JSasortbjg army at MorrectouTv N J Also his conduct while in Franco as a member of tho National Assembly and his conduct while In prison His presentation qf Key of thoBattory to Gen Washington He found his re cord in every place to be in every way worthy of a place with those who fought for tho American Indepen the time 185S there were lib eral societies In every state of tho Union and men women who would back their opinions with lib oral subscriptions of money to de fend them Major Taylor decided to present to Independence Hall a por trait of Thomas Paine and with little difficulty secured 500 neccessary to secure a good oil painting of the Author Hero of tho Revolution But was unablo to persuade any ono to act or permit their names to bo used as endorsing Palnos principles fearing business and social ostracism Through tho efforts of Mrs Ernest ine Rose ho secured tho portrait of Thomas Palno painted by Thomas Thompson then hanging In the Hall of Science In N Y having engaged tho leading portrait painter of his day Bass Otis who tike Romnoy was also an admirer of tho Great Reformer to paint a copy of that portrait ono by Jarvis could not be located Ho drew a formal vapor reciting Palnes 1sorvlcos for liberty during Ameri coo Revolution and presented it to Independence Hall rand asked that It be hung with Jefferson Washington Franklin Ethan Allen and all tho other patriots But Charles Thomp son Jones a plats baptist of yuck entered his protest against any admission to the Hall of Fame thosewlmo rebelled against the bibloand Christian religion as a direct insult to tho father of his Country and to place the sane In tho Cradle of Liberty would be giving tho author of the Ago of Reason too muca notoriety to hang the portrait of Tom Patio near Geargo Washington would cause the God fearing and blblo loving people to absent themselves from tho Hall It would make Infidelity popular infidels would pride themselves upon tho success of their victory In select council Chins Thompson Jones eloquence carried tho day Aiid the admission of Pnluos portrait was posponed indefinitely Maj or Taylor was requested to remove the same from the building which he did reluctantly resolving to again offor tho portrait noxt year this time the Clergy from pulpits commenced tirade of abuse selected from thelives of flame by Oldys and Chat niiis which was tho cause of Ii I S 4a II second defeat Mr Taylor felt con fident that there would be a chungo of sentiment and that lie would tinuo tho fight as long as he lived In August 18C2 Mr Taylor enlisted as Private Company A N J Vol unteers and rapidly rose in promotion as Captain and then as Major rev colvlng the gold medal awarded by Congress for bravery on tho battle fluid was mustered out of service on Paines birthday Having carried tho Age of Reason In his pocket which ho rood by the Camp fires to his men and made many converts thereto Returning to Philadelphia ho became acquainted with Joseph N Mnrcan who wrote tho artlclt in the American Encyclopedia on Thomas Value and with him visited Now Uochollo the homo of Paine Ho induced Morean to publish his test imonials to Thomas Paine and every member of council was presented with a copy He again offered the per trait of Paine which was again ro fused Tho members of the Council were frightened by the sermomis that were preached In 1873 Major Taylor made tho ac quaintance of Gen Hector Tyndall and Col Etting and enlisted their services In behalf of Palno and in 187i on tho ore of tho 100th anneversary of tho battle of Lexington ho was fin ally vlctorous and his efforts wore crowned with success by having Palnos portrait hung upon the walls of Independence Hall He said to mo as Paine desired that upoii his monument he wished Inscribed Thos Paine Author of Common Sense Ho should like written upon his head stone I placed tho portrait of Thomas Paine in Independence Hall Let us hopo that some bravo Virginian will comply with his request James B Elliott Secy RACE SPRINGS- FROM EVIL SOURCE Declaration of The Canonical Law of The Roman Catholic Church as Told by a Contributor to Blade By C E Johnion It Is my aim In this article to give tho readers an authentic Epitome of a few of doctrines and facts of the Roman Catholic Law I will give the Common law of Catholicism tho first declaration of this law Is All human power Is from evil and must therefore bo standing under the Pope YUJwHl set declaration of this law is to place the human family as a whole under tho tyraninlcal rule of declaration of this law is tho state has not the right to leave every man free to profess and em brace whatever religion ho shall deem true By this you see that Roman Catholicism would If It was within her power take from the unbeliever the right of free speech Tho next law will refer to is Tho state has not tho right to establish a church separate from the POlIOS You will seo that Romes Idea is to force all of humanity to bow at the foot of this Scarlet robed hag of ancient superstition Again she declares in monarchial tones The Roman Catholic church has tho right to require the state not to leave every man free to profess his own religion You will seo by black hand of ignorance and superstition the Roman Catholic Church demands that we bow to this heathenish creed One of tho most damnable laws of Catholicism Is Roman Catholicism has the right to exercise her power without permission or consent of the state With this Romish law she boldly and flagrant declares that she has the right to do as she seos lit with out being molested or questioned by the laws of tho land Wo nud that she strikes at the clearest institutions of our land as follows Tine Roman Catholic Church has the right to do prlvo tho civil authorities of the on tire government of the public schools Should Catholicism ever come In trol of the affaire of this government our public schools would be rooted from their foundations and be scat tered to the four winds of earth Who could think of a more cruel law than the next ono of Catholicism that will give you It Is enough to freeze the very nosh blood of Freethinkers to bonos morrow It is Roman Catholicism has the pow or to require tho nation not to permit free expression of opinions In this law which is Pound upon tho Statute books of Roman Catholic ism is n declaration that would de prive you and yours from expressing nn opinion in regard to Catholicism You can seo by tho law I have given you which is upon tho Statute books of Roman Ish rule that It is a des pone form of religious government An institution that would place such a law upon her statute books would burn and flay aliVo those who would not obey this law Isft any wonder that Franco and Italy aret today strug Sling with this polluted beast In t J order to free themselves from her filthy grasp Is It any wonder that Franco has closed up tho Monasteries Convents and schools of Paganislm born in tho gutter of Ignorance and superstition Catholicism paints the countenances of her followers with tho brush of ignorance and superstition What can we expect of Catholicism who belovo in these hellish Canon istic laws and what can we expect of a natIon who would allow this black robed Saint of superstition with Its cruel despotic rule to govern the destinies of its people BOHENUIAN FREETHINKERS MEET IN CONVENTION 1 Immportant Matters Will Be Discus sed And Meeting Should be Well Attended by All ClassesAn Imvltatlon to The Blade The following communication has been recleved by the Blades Editor which bears directly upon the ques tion of organization and is most r recent movement of importance in 1whateverattend tho meeting To Blue Grass Blade It gives us great pleasure to notify you that during tho period from theI13th to tho ICth day of Juno inclusive 1907 the Bohemian Freethought Cor porations of America will hold their first universal Congress In the City of Chicago To date Sokol Gym nastic 21 Freethought communities and more than 200 various Bohemian societies with a Freethought tendency havo consented to send out delega tions These societies altogether rev present over 80000 individuals Among other matters the congress will also discuss tho possibilities of establishing intimate relationship with freothought federations of other na tionalities for the purpose of combined cooperation in forming the pro per defense against backward sectarian endeavors- Of course the business in the reg ular meeting of the convening body will be transacted In the Bohemian language However eve of Sat urday the 15th of June will be de voted to a manifestation meeting which will bo reserved for the speak ors of different nationalities In this meeting wo would bo glad to learn of your suggestions as to tho course to bo pursued in establishing an al liance with various freethought organizations of the world Your presentative at tho meeting will there fore bo most heartily welcomed You will favor us greatly by advis ing us In advance as to your speakers Should It nut be possible for you to be represented we would be glad to hear of your suggestions and ideas in writingIn name of Congress of the Bohemian Freethinker wo are most truly yours Rudolph Janda Secretary 612 S Centre Ave Frank Zdrubek President Dr Fr Iska Chairman of tho Ex ecutive Committee = Jos L Toby Secretary of Exitecutive Committee 618 West 18th Street GRADUATION GIFTSIoinnry on these occasions to select early mementos of special merit and intrinsic value that naught last during life and for ninny generations to come as a token of remembrance not only of the schoollife but of the loved ones who when frail nail dependent watched car ried for and taught them during their for such gifts than a genuine diamond J What can be nicer nll more suitable daintily mounted in ring pin stud or r otherwise The c can be had for 620 up They are indestructible a joy J forever and will last as long as the world will revolve in its orbit neithert f do they ever depreciate in value a Gold Watch winch is useful during life as well as ornamental Ladies Gold Watches Largo 0 size Elgin Waltham or Ilainpdcn 20 year gold filled hunting i case latest style nrthtic handchased jls jls jls adj Small 0 size jhr jls jls adj Riverside extra fine In 25year case more In 14k solid gold case to 50 more All in guaranteeEvery Chains Long Guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets in slides rolled plated 150 and 2 Best Filled hold 250 3 and 4 Extra heavy Solid ohl and 25 Gents Chains same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price orless Cash refunded at opttion anxAsaffec tion and a precious souvenir of parental and friendships love it has been cus Small sio HampJen elegant tistic handchased or engineturned gold filled limiting case guaranteed 25 years Gcnl Stark jls Deu her Grand jls adjiistted 1750 John Hancock 21 jls extra fine 20siO In open face screw case 100 goldSend watches not here enumerated jewelry rings silverware Ingersoll spoons Freethought badges optical goods ring guago and my tract Theism in the Crucible free Describe goods wanted as near as pos sible OTTO WETTSTEIN LaGrange Cook County Ill e r r t IJESUS Continued From Page One Nothing resembling love about such a spirit but this was the sino Jesus that advised other people to love their enemies though ho wanted to slay his Slay you know means to kill to put to death to destroy as the lexicon informs us so the meek nod lowly Jesus had his periods of bloodthirslines Is it any wonder then that his follow ers in all ages have partaken of this spirit and blood has flowed freely be cause of religious intolerance No and of all the religions that ever cursed this earth ami produced hatred enmity between man and man none has such a cruel and bloody record as the religion of Jeans Christ None was ever more intolerant and all religions are the most intolerant things on earth for each claims to reveal the will mill that fact shuts debate or controversy Believe or be damned says Christianity and that iall the liberty you are given There is nothing in the worlds literature so unfeelingly intolerant as this passage and it shocks every sense of justice when considered lInt it came direct from Jesus according to the scriptures and can be credited to no one else I have no use for a Jesus mill do not hesitate in sayinj so anti still those who believe without reflection who accept him and his teachings without close analysis who let their emotions obscure their judg ment and cloud their reason arc fount everywhere praising and glorifying hi name They see no faults for they lool for none having been educated to re jjiinl him as the one perfect character this world has produced TInt wJiethei a real or an ideal character if he looked at without blind veneration am is subjected to ordinary criticism like other people he dOs not sustain hii reputation of fulfil the claims of his devotees lie has been regardetl toe long as a superhuman being and it I high time to take him for exactly what he is worth like other people If is an ideal character he is nothing hut the mental conception of some htimai being and no human being can create perfection in a mental image for tin requisite power is lacking I do not know what a perfect being would he like neither does any one else for any person who is compelled to live in this world and to conform to the conditions that prevail must have his inperfec tions for his surroundings will iiBim them One cannot live an ideal life when the struggle for existence forces formity to environments and while one may desire to lIe kind honest and ben evolenl self preservation often pre vents Let us be rational men and wo men anti look at life and the worM a it is and we will expect no ideal men ot women for the good reason they cannot exist in a practical world where all arc subject to the law of necessity what would Jesus dot is a conundninf that has been connected with many things hut he would no different than the rest of us under similar circumstances if he succeeded for the simple reason that he couldnt It is absurd to claim that without superhuman powers which no one ever possessed or Her will that one person will be or do notch different than another under the satin conditions for human conduct in always regulated by the endless chain of cause and effect under which all things occur IiTo not believe that such a person as Jesus Christ ever lived but that into his imaginary mouth every saying has been put by certain human beings that is recorded in tlio New Testament and I defy proof to the contrary Itohcrl Taylor in his diegcsis sifted this ques tion of a real Jesus to its very bottom and lie came to this conclusion that a historical Jesus had left no more evid of his existence than a shadow that flitted across tIm walle de mand proof of the real Jesus but de mand in vain for there is none to bo hndso all we cull ever know of such a one is no niece than we know today absolutely nothing Hilt Christianity will continue to do business with a mythical one and the masses who think belief is essential to their salva tion from eternal torment will iitver with rare exceptions bo troubled with doubts that lead to inquiry A religion of some kiwI will always enslave those who fear to think and reason hut rational men and women who are rapidly on the increase will neither care whether Christianity a real or ideal founder for reason will fulfil all their requirements as a guide through this world and into the next if there be on- eTHE WILD HORSE Continued Frpm Page One one who secures the earth tout because he wants to use it but because through ignorance unil superstition the mere ownership is made to yield a profit TInt writer leased sonic land from the United States The land was raw and owned by lli Indians This land cording to economic tenets was a wild horse the writer broke it to work he is now under obligation to yield the jiro 1r4- t iJ i duct of his labor to the Indians for years and years to conic in return for tho right to break and work this wild horse It offered nn opportunity for the application of labor to the earth Tho Indian wanted no such oportunity I did but Uncle Sam made it a market able commodity that industry must buy or perish So I bought So I must yield the product of my labor and my child rens labor for the right to work live as only a civilized titan can live Whore did the Indians get his right of ownership from From Uncle Sam anti where did Uncle Sam get his right from From Napoleon Emperor of the French And where did Napoleon get his right from A frenchman who came to that time It was supposed to be lost the fact that the Indians found It a few thousand years before the frenchman was born did not count Anti so my title to my home the product of own labor must show a clear chain hack to the frenchman who found tho earth That I broke tInt wilt thing to work cuts no Ice neither does the fact that I built my home Is this argument enough to show Miss Groh just what we mean when we say all men have a natural right of access to the storehouse of nature The sonic principle may be stated this way the individual has a natural right to apply his labor to any part of the earth that no oilier individual is using Any fool may state a principle Hut it takes a statesman to embody a pol itical principle the political law such away as not to do violence to tin forces of nature There are no statesmen in the United States at the present time A states man can not be made out of material nature designed for wolves parrots ami mini daubers We may ultimately dev chop statesmen when we do they will endeavor to embody in the law of the land the principle that the earth be longs to the children of men and was never intended in enrich speculator They nary also recognize till fact that there is only one landlord and he rioter was horn EQUAL RIGHTS OF MEN While The Enunciation of The Doctrine And its universal Application Sound Well we do Not Practice Them CHRISTIAN AND PATERNAL MILLENIUMS Ily D Webster Groh All men Inure an equal right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness sounds flue yet those who first wrote and since endorsed it have generally hrthelr nets which speaks louder than words virtually repudiated it by governmental oshnclslng Imprison ing punishing torturing even killing criminals enemies heretics lunatics and others who pleased to antagonize or annoy them All men have equal right of access to natures storehouse also sounds fine but denial thereof to criminals lunatics women minors negros hill Inns Chinese and other foreigners em phatically repudiates this sonorous phrase However all other soldiers alone have excepted under our lures ent laws on the same terms and equal right thereto getting gover ment land or private holdings on equal terms to all And but for removing the immense natural abundance of rocks stontH thickets bainrs filth stumps and Ing fertilizing draining lining fence hug roadmaklng and building houses barns sheds cribs pens bridges cisterns wlndpumps etc thereon much of the land here would not be worth one dollar per aero as It sometimes sells for less that the Improve ments in it cost Indeed If totally unimproved land were so valuable Western Govcrment laud would have all been taken up long ago All men have equal rights to tIll unearned increment of land values because all muii equally help to produce thomao sounds well But crlminalslunatics drones paup ers gamblers the ignorant indolent superstitious insolent vicious do praved etc certainly do not equally produc but on the contrary actually decreased and destroy Jill values by their underslrablo proximity Conversely tint tunic industrious ecu nomical ingenious skilful intelligent enlightened and refined people increase land much more proportionally by their desirability than their in feriors and an consequently entitled to to larger share thereof which their su honor useful faculties generally enable Iheiu to eventually get in sonic form or other even under present laws which like ourselves are still some Imperfect So false priiiifcc hastily accepted without careful examination in politi to rjt ct 4IiI eel economy as well as in theology have led to false conclusions and In telligent rationalists should point out the errors mental pitfalls Inconsist encies and sophistries Accepting tho false religious promise that there is only one Christian Bible when really there are two Catholii ond Protestant literally =with as many more virtually as there are different in terpretations thereof and that the variously interpreted different lliblt each tho entire exact unadultcr ated Word of Cod lets misled million into religious fanaticism Anti accept ing false political economist prv uiises above cited has misled thouftaml into political errors front which onK truth and right reasoning win ever frtv them Crying ignorant preposterous absurd swine In fool etc no gentlemans answer to a lady mnel less an argument Thoe who would govern others or teach how to govern1 should first govern themselves nod show thick superior civility in their printed letters else wo decline to fol low their equally hall example or teach ing in other things With due respect to many kintl honest sincere hilt misguided enthusi who would overthrow our present of government they should never theless remember that every convicted murderer burglar thug thief rape fiend Incendiary gambler and criminal generally together with tramp hoboes idlers incompetent etc is tliu government generally anti thc other flllos pocket book particularly envying him and having nothing whatever to lose by a change no matter how unjust to the industri oils honest economical provident class So lit is nl least in bad company bj whom he is likely to le somewhat in ffuenced unless very careful which maj account for some of those cpituts Of course many protective tariff ant other monopolistic laws are unjust bill that does nol condemn remaining just laws Xor we jintly condemn him who profits by unjust laws lie had nt part in making as yor or I might tin her similar circumstance do likewise As Christians promise an impossible golden harp crown halo owl millcriium likewise professional agitators prpmisi each convert an equally impossible free house three hour work day and redU trilmlion or repayment of previously paid for work with many takers of tInt giitiluous loaves and fishes promised These followers actually believe ant preach that a dealer profits by letting Iris foot spoil his clothing get moth eaten Comment thereon Is un necessary They claim there Is nc such thing as honest wealth Is riot that then justification enough for a thief to steal some or all of It What sort of Immoral doctrine it this any way Are some people openly trying to teach tIm doctrine that it Is right to exploit the socalled rich be cause they have been industrious sober temperate economical and wise while others who are aching to de spoil them have been the very op posite all their lives Confessing that a socalled superior system could not compete with a de cared worse one is a prima facio open acknowledgment of formers actual Inferiority To produce wealth It is necessary to properly direct as it is to labor Gold mining misdirected to where there is no gold or farming out of season or even little before or after the season and often produces worse than nothing sickness of the labor ers and loss even of the machinery tools seed fertilizer etc employed therein Good returns therefrom above the cost of labor machinery tools seed etc employed therein are tho natural reward of good management which certainly should largely go to manager fpr his risk forslght und pre violin experiments and labor In prod ulng the machinery tools seeds ferl lllzer etc or their equivalent which he traded for them Capital Is generally simply the day by day accumulated and added sur plus of good over bad management of ones own or others labor for a lifetime and to explot the owners thereof because they have succeeded better than careless extravagant of drunken manager Is simply to put a premium on latter mId a tax on former It is virtually saying to burglar pickpocket und thief go ahead you have as good a right to It as those who have it and that is largely why therox is so very murh rascality dishonesty and villainy day because pedplo nro going up down our land standing In our pubHcl spuarcs and street corners and writ Ing In our papers wherever possible that there Is no honest wealth and to steal outright is to bo no worse than the best rich man you know leaving each man to think that yIlIJ ever luau more money than himself is rich It is indeed sad to think that any one Intcllegcnt enough to bo a Rat tionallst could be misled by such im moral fallacious doctrines that so strongly tend toward unfairness If not worse All men certainly have an equal right to conservative or but slowly changing laws under which to lIre pare for old age and future gen orally as unstable law guarntccs the undllstious economical producing class nothing and naturally retards progress as in the continuously re volutionary Central and South Ameri can countries Of course opponent hereof will re fute nothing herein but will reply with personalities and reiterate more praises of their untlrcd theories pre viously disproved cleswhere hut what else Is left for them to do Christian mlcllcunium arguments and Paternalistic millennium arguments are very similar In all but name both promising great future benefits and claiming to be a cureall for all tho ills magnify and de nounce while facts are all against their flue spun theories Rejecting all tho unreasonable leaves nothing of eltlier to accept 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