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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1 BLADEfWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH 1VOLUME XVI NUMRERshe sheLEXINGTON KY MAY 191907PUBLISHED WEEKLY irso A YEAR IN ADVANCE t R HEAR THE OTHER SIDE t Christians Want Only One Picture of Hu man Life While Infidelity Demands that All Sides be HeardThe Bible Had Nothing to Do with Moral Progress POWERFUL ARRAIGNMENT OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH t Continued From Last Week r i That the Jews were u nation of wine drinkers and it never entered the minds of the Biblo writers that it was wrong to use intoxicating drinks an a beverage see Dcut 1220 Eccl 07 Amos 014 Jud 015 Num 287 We have often been told that Christ L ianity has brought about a great tem t per nco movement and wo aro referred to its prohibitory and total abstinence well but this not inllFt to biblo teachings cannot be tainity But we are told that since it is doing good we ought to be silent for it is said that morality through tion is better than no morality at all But we should never lie to bring about moralty for lylugaud deception is 1m r moral itself Is the temperance cause so akand groundless that we can only boost it by misrepresentation The t way to make tho people and realize the evils of intemperance is to go where thoso evils are and show them point them out Not pretend they are fmddcn in some other world and then pre end to give a revaiallon uf that mUier world and that ro- vela It aviloYnffnNniiniMiirii riottsuflicieiitftoo tirupat in thlsworld1clogodm any otherfn- eedf make any fuss about them 1 say there is no one who can any more afford to be truthful than the moralist and the reformer If falsehood is justifiable in t morale where pray tell is it not just ifiable When Mohammed started his religion ho put a clause into it prohibiting in toxicating drinks altogether and there is but little drunkeucss in Mohammedan lands Jesus did not do this and tian nations arc the greatest drunkards on earth If Jesus had been a god and could have foreseen all tiling in place of manufacturing wine for a feast do you not suppose ho would have profited by this brother Mohammeds method of dealing with the liquor curse Now I nut going to prove an alibi for Jesus I will exonerate him from the chargu of manufacturing wine I shall show by the New Testament itself that he was not at that feast at Cana Ac cord ug to John 21 that feast took place tho third day after his baptism While Matthews states Matt 411 that mediately after his baptism he was led away into the wilderness to bo tempted forty days of tho devil Both of theso stories cant be true and I cant see for the life of mo how either one of them can It seems as impos sible to turnwater Into wine as it would be to turn nothing into wine There isnt a Christian preacher on earth that would believe this story it ailirmcd of Mohammed in place of Jesus On the other hand no naturalist has ever run across such an animal as a devil and then to say that such a longtailedsplit hoofed creature should fly through the j air carrying Jesus under his wing swooping down onto the temple and ting Jesus on tho pinnacle of same in a populous city like Jerusalem and yet not a single historian making any note of so singular an affair is a mys tery to which I cannot possibly give I have chown many facts where in wo havo advanced in direct opposi tion to Biblo teachings might show many more but do not care to take tho space for instance nearly every inch of science has been contested by the church The question is often asked If you do away with Christianity what will you give in its stead But those who ask this seldom would listen to an answer if it wero given Now ago after ago Christian principles have been dune away with and grander and nobler taken their place as we have shown Even christians themselves have done this but they do it very slowly and aro reluct ant to acknowledge it after it is doni Sometimes it has caused bloody revolu tions to bring aboutsuch reformations We want you to understand that we nut purpose to do away with any of Christianity that is both true and for the good of man For tyrrauy and pression of thought and speech we should give liberty and the privilege of using and expressing the thoughts For hope of immortality after death we should give the best evidence obtainable en boih In of that uieiop im let thin people judge for themselves For assurance of thin lope of heaven for tho few we should give the aboli tion of the fear of an endless hell for thu many For the doctrine that Jesus paid it all we would give the doctrine that each must bear hiown burdens For the creation theory as recorded in the fore part of the Bible wrtten by no one knows whom and no one knows within 1000 years of when written of which there absolutely no proof only the bold assertion liuviiitfi very appear ance of being mythical connected with the storyof woman being made of mans rib cud of the talking serpent etc We wouldisubstltutefor tho theory derived from this childish story tho theory or science of evolution ad has been proved true as acknowledged by all naturalists on the gloher the theory that man brought death eatng the fruit of a certain ttee as riled in the fore part of thq biblo aii asserted by Pall we would futttbll help reignukl on eat n millions of yes before there H any man to cat any fruit as is Mby every geologist on tho and jpcen taught for nearly 100 years are absolute and simply certain not theory For the doctrine taught in the fore part of tho Bible that man and all the animals and plant on globe were created about 0000 years ago and all within six days time I would give in Its stead the geology of the globe that animals and plants have been here for untold millions of years and different species have appeared gradually during many different ages since For the golden rule and many other moral precepts found in the bible should encourage to stand during the ages to come Some think that because there are grand moral precepts in the bible the balance of tho bible is true also But wo have provved the bible can not all be true The moral teachings in Ouhhhasbible do not prove Bud dhism all true Kenan the great French bible critic says moral precepts uttered by Jesus were already common sayings Iin Israel before Jesus came Lonu is ni alters tat thin Goi Rule 600 years before Jesus time Infidelity in the Chruches Little by little are churches pelled to yield to principles contradicted by orgiiml Christianity Truths come out Insplte of the fight against them which forces them to take forward steps to save their churches from dissolution The idea of keeping the people in ignorance to save the church does not always work You may fool till the people sonic of time and some of the people all tho time but you cannot fool all the people all tho time Christianity today and Christianity fifty years ago are markable different And think every surrender made by tho church is a sur render to infldelty Christianityhas been re constructed and remodeled so often that it is rapidily becoming like tho Dutchman barrel nothing original left to it but bung hole Christians themselves admit and are alarmed at tho rapid spread or Infidelity in the churches themselves and they ad mit that there is but a Imited amount that they can bear in future with out thu supernatural fcntiin o Chris tianity disappearing altogether Jat W Xaclwry ayn in his Moore and Ingersoll UnniashK It is ray firm iivlc lion that thin divided and subdivided condition of the followers of Christesp ecially thin contradictory doctrines and HOmlUnl higher criticism of sectarian churchcJ so vastly different from till Christianity of the now Testament will within two centuries produce an enor mous of outspoken infidels unless the friends of Christ cast aside all sectarian names and human creeds in religion and agree to bo Christians only in name faith and practice with the bible nlono for their religious creed Well now Bro Zachary that k what the churches all along have been trying to do that is hold the world back keep progress down mul lle only way to nake a permanent success of it is to do as they did during tip dnrk agar kill evjboily that dares tap a step forward When you limit a a man convictions you destroy his dividuality Truths cannot be created by vote When you undertake to run the human mind as a machine you destroy its quality as a mind Christianity today is between the vil and tho deep blue sea she is rapidly losing her prcseigo on the people Her membership is falling off The alarm is sounded everywhere that her attendance is becoming less that the masses arc not taking the interest in her meetings that they did in olden titmte It is claimed there is not ten per cent of people that enter a plery are longing for the good meetings that they used to kohl in olden times when they were not afraid to preach about a splithoofed devil with hdrnes and a forked tale a literal roast ing hell fire total repravity and like They remember how everybody used to come to church and how tho preachers used to make their heads and frighten poor kids till their little hearts would bo all in a flutter by tellingof this earth about to be burnt up perhaps nexft week or at the very outside with in a year or two And preachers serious ly lanicnt that they cant get the people to believe and act that way now They can not now get masses to belwvc that god can shut up ninetenths of his children jn a lake burning with fire to be companions of devils forever and bo a God of love at tho snme time They now have to explain those portions of the bible away and make out that some thing different was meant than what was said A ain they dont dare teach those old exploded doctrines such as I the lini verso bet made in six days time irWo whe4 a large Number of tiaghly educe are present at they soon become disgusted with silly stuff But on the other hand when the common masses hear the preachers explain the biblo all to pieces they soon become dsgustcd and act as if their holy passion was a hypocrite and has no more regard for truth than an ordinary horse trader and so interest in religious matters grew less day by day There is no doubt but that the names of preachers know that they do not dare preach all that they believe to be true Many of them we know have stood strain as long as they could bear it and finally in spite of con sequences come out openly and make a clean breast of that matter Hardly a day passes hut some preacher comes out and makes such acknowledgement I will here quote one sample that came out in my todays paper as follows Richmond Ind Apr 20 Declaring that story of Adam is a myth and that tho bible is a very cmbarraslng book because of its ninny contradictions Rev Tinsley a Methodist pastor ofI Youngstwon caused a sen fit ion among tho orthodox members of thin faith at Uushville Mr Tinsel lectured before literary organizations on The ern Viewpoint of Religion and his argu ment agreed with thin views of scientists Ho said this was the day of science that the breach between the church and tho educated was widening and that the old methods and viewpoint would not answer The prcscntpcriod he held demands a new theory with a new in tellectual world- I suppose there are not less than passages of scripture that church hassto in some way reconstruct or ex plain away to make them accord with scientific facts morality history or agree with other portions of the bible This ought to convince any reasoniblo mind that the bible is not an infallible book Surely a book that conies from a god that cannot err would not need re constructing I will give an example The bible teaches tho earth and all the plants and animals were created in six days time Now science contradicts this clergy to save tho bible contend that when God said six days he moat six ages Now turn to Ex 20011 which reads as follows Six days thou shalt labor and do all tjjy work But tho seventh day is the sabbath of tho Lord thy God in it thou shalt not do any work For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth and rested think Freethinkers as a rule aro more charitable to the clergy that many of the nonprofessional masses being better acquainted with their situation on tho seventh day Now I ask does this means that man was to wokk six ages and rest the seventh age Again prior to last century not a single bible follower that wo have any record of understood thin bible to teach that God created the universe in six ages Did any Inerrant god give a false revela tion to all who lived prior to the last century We are getting out of these tracts and as we expect to give away thousands of them we ask for donations to aid us in getting out our next lecture Send us cents for tho Snow kinson debate on tho Bible and Evolu tion originally held in Arkansaw Traveler It has come out in a page pamphlet Testimonials John Maddox of Minnoapols Minn says The SnowWilkinson debate is very instructive D S Ligon M A Evangelist and Lecturer of Ft Worth Texas says pronounce it the product of extended search and much thought It shows out bursts of much originality It will com mend attention of the investigating mind and bo a help to debaters Franklin II Herald publisher of Higher Science of Los Angeles Cal says It ought to be in every home We also furnish IngersolPs lectures cloth bound for 00 cents HINTS TO ALL Good Suggestion Not to Be Looked Upon or to Consider Yourself As a Halfbaked Freethinker Exchange The following trite communication comes from thin editor of Tomorrow Magazine Read it and you may profit thereby For students of free thought There are many freethinkers who have come to their beliefs in a haphazard way the way children pick up slang the way people become Methodists or Baptists by tho acci dent of paryntam e environment pjc Every t should he SfilvAfc etasans lor the ftttirthat fSfiTOm It Involves a tremendous responsl to give up old beliefs and adopt ones and without vast technical Sllity or the best of guidance have unconsciously leaped as great a muddle as before You do not want to bo a Halfbaked freethinkerIn to bo a help to those who wish to perfect themselves in Funda mental Free Thought I have arranged a ourso of six lessons either by mall or in class which will be of Inestimable advantage to those of in dependent thought who wish to bo certain of their foundation principles These lessons will not only give the ground work and fix you firmly in Free Thought principles but will be an enormous aid In discussing and understanding every other phase of life and society Including such problems as politics education physical culture diet marriage punishment organized labor capital etc Thero are thousands of bright peo ple who for lack of having been started aright In their Free Thought Philosophy are not only unsatisfactory to themselves but they are un able to make perfect demonstrations to others I do not personally accept pay for any service all fees from students are turned over to a trust fund to be employed in founding a National School of FreeThought For terms address PARKER H SERCOMBE Editor Tomorrow Magazine 223S Calumet Avenue Chicago From Prayer to Laughter- A revival meeting was In progress and Sister Jones was called upon for testimony Being meek and humble she said I do not feel as though I should stand hero and give testimony I have been a transgressor for a good many years and have only recently seen the light I believe that my place Is In a dark comer behind the door Brother Smith was next called up on for his testimony and following tho example set by Sister Jones said I too have been a sinner for more than forty years and I do not think It would be fitting for mo to stand here before this assembly as a mod el I think my place is behind thin door in a dark corner with Sister he wondered why tho meeting was convulsed with the laughter of those who came up to pray DON JUAN IN HELL New Religious Play by Shaw Aptly Reviewed by an English Writer The Only Trouble with Hell at Present is Don Juan Being ThereIHOW TO BRING HEAVEN AND HELL FROM THE IDEAL TO THE ACTUAL By Alex Thompson Although Bernard Shuws plays are more or less tabooed in this country because of the pseudo ptety that abounds among modern critics of the drama they aro staged In Euglanl just as they are written and the public mind seems to profit more or less bo reason thereof From what has been written wo infer that one of his latest produc tions is Don Juan in Hell An English writer went to witness thin perform ance and reviewing that play In The Clarion a copy of which has been sent to thin Blade ho reviews It as follows Ive been there mid still would go TIs like a little heaven below Rev Dr Issac Watts When first I read Shaws Don Juan In Hell I remarked that the author had caught the spirit of the place In one respect because nil tho characters talked like persons vho were accustomed to spend all Eternity In doing it After hearing the Dream per formed on Tuesday afternoon at the Court Theater I was on the point of repeating that felicitous and amus ing commentary when I observed to my dismay that Mr Shaw himself had annexed it in his printed explanation of the purport of fchn piece and- this discovery thatIs actually as obvious sometimes as mine perhaps leads mo to think less of his work than I otherwise would Bo that as It may I liked Shaw less In Hell than anywhere else except The Philanderer For onco ono positively tires of his talk In deed It occurred to me that Don Juan probably would not have found Hell halt so tedious if thin author had left him out of it The trouble with Hell is his presence there For when he talks tis to quote Milton Whom Shaws Devil derides like all Hell broke loose No wonder that to continue thin quotation Abashed the Devil stood And felt how awful goodness is A continuation of tha DrMin after Don Juans departure for Heaven would be less like a nightmare The Devil I am sure became infinitely more sprightly when rid of the bur den of answering Don Juans infernally long Indictment of the Chris tian virtues His Idealism his Imagi nation his poetry would bloosom forth when no longer chilled and nipped by Don Juans mercilessly Reaisongold mine of funny stories Unless as probably occurred Don Juan still unloading the burden of his aeons of contemplation drove tho other talkers who hud wearied the gay old Commandant In Heaven to snob refuse In tho Devils domin ivi loo But perhaps after Don Juans de parture the Devil made wise by versity changed a word on his signpost and made it compulsory to abandon talk all ye who enter here In that case all Fabian lecture n must have been compelled to stay li Heaven which titm would naturally Mr Shaw shovM oomlvler flic Fill gestion if he finds It expendlont to fit his piece with a happy ndlii Lot him send all his oratorcil philo sophers to Heaven and thou ire his critics to Hell and plenty of it Tho way he gives fait now dis poses ono to return tin coinplmeit For really I nee did hear a man talk like Don Juan Ho argues higliho argues low Ho also argues round about him Not a nooc ic nanny of blio J J Bophy metaphysics or political does ho leave uudevasted by his rhetor ical deluge The Devil tries to say a bit but tho Devil a chance does got Don Juan says it ah And what did ho say Aye what did he say That the ter iis t love and beauty and sentiment and the joy of life are in Hell because lacy wit nut ovcrclso their wills and that Huuvon Is for them that will Vaieu sounds to mo like nonsense The Wilt of sybarites is their sybarltslng just as thukers exercise their Will or 10 ait by thl im The i needs ghost my Sbaiv come from thy Hell show us this Take it from thin supernatural plane to the actual One condition of society enables the self hidulgemit hog to succeed That is our Hell Another condition of society might encourage the thinker the single minded searcher for truth to iiodpnv That would bo Heaven Jt It Hell torgive to the lowest typo of humanity the preeminence It would be Hea ven to glvo the highest lYViof iu inanity the preeminence Min is working out his developments to wards Heaven when he Is Is rising higher In the scale of created nature when ho grows more Intellectual when his spiritual uatura con in ually triumphs ovr his animal pat tire GiantlW hot the nfel cetual Ljaj fnri irt from the bealits la nearest tb the angels the wards Heaven Is by so remouldins and rearranging he conditions of soc iety as n glvo fuller play to inlelA ectual natures and less to the aiuiKaL That seems clearer and simpler as well as more belief than Don Jaaiva speches The breeding of the Super man If It is to come to anything will have to como to that As for the Neltzchean Indlctiveut lf of peotry and romance and Christian virtues what Is the use of It Roman rf perhaps hint served Its turn EmftChristianity I imagine was lin Its time Changing times and con ditions need changing moralltes andrlf1changing reiJIlIi hut h Is of breath for the philosophers of to day to revile or rlducule the philosophers of yesterday as jt will bo for those of tomorrow to revile and ridicule those of today Men have evolved a long selles of contradictory truths In whose sac red name they have religiously cut each others throats for centuries Now proud as a turkey cocks the philosophers assure us that they have at last discovered the true truth tho scientific truth I would believe them cheerfully were I not compelled to notice that In all times they said ithoyreally caught the genuine definite final article But this Is not dramatic criticism It is not even fair criticism of Shaws plI mean dream But Don Juans scrappy philo sophie discursiveness is Infectious I had better stop before I also catch his length The Rubbish One of us lives as a magnate grand ono of us leads as a chieftain life Ono of us begs with a palsied hand one of us deals in gems and gold One of us thinks this life a game ono of us tolls for wages low But in tho end it is all the same In to dustmans bin we go J HrOneone of us creeps from door to door Ono of us fawns among thin great ono f1a of us delves in ancient lore Ono of us climbs to heights of fame ono orus sinks to depths of woo But In tho end it is all tho same Into the dustmans bin wo go t t y J I I f t J 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Muoro up his death February 7 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail lstll ill iJ50 year In advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All orelgn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac ceptod will be published at the rate of 100 per s inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon application Tho publishers have the right to reject an and all advertisements 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step he in the right direction Not every musician can toot on the horn of plenty From the soil of sacrifice springs the best flowers in the garden of life Tic who would willingly preach It human bein into hell because oftt difference in belief is unworthy of respect If the Christian theory be true almighty God is only a showman and humanity are marionettes 1whomr lie leads as he pleaseth When geology got a foothold in the realm of scientific demonstration it soon begun to mock t1 k i l2IAh stuffing out of Gelicsis a i tft SAUiqg r Ji3t nl igit luay lll t ever bq y inust iiavil a sweet temper but it will take nfor than an oitljodox preacher to supply enough sugar a In New York the preachers are asking for mono with which to work in a campaign qf conversion during the summer when the New Yorkers want a vacation instead Now the Miss Nancys are insisting that robe j lievers should be trcated with kindness and tolera tion as a means of convincing then of their error l ybuttthe parson wont agree because he knows wha the result will beI After all these years it has become the sad lot uf tlie titled dudes of Europe who managed to get IIlIHliedtto oodles of Americas money to discover that after the courts had passed upon the cast most of it was counterfeit The entire Christian world is long on noise and wind but short on charity and love It is a 100 tf 1 shot that every blessed saint would fall short if they had tobe measured by the golden rule This comes from not practising what they preach The truest friendship is that entertained by yellow dog for a pauper negro Christian friendship is a rank fake It oflers salvation free and then skins your pocketbook It is surprising how many friends a mUll has until he actually needs One CHRISTIAN PEACE The Christian nations are still crying for peace and there is no peace I With mighty acclaim they assemble in solemn conference to discuss the issues of peace and not one among them makes an effort that is a real effort to secure it After two thousand years of Christian preach ing a preaching of what is denominated a gospel f of love it reads like romance or an anomaly that they who have so assiduously sought peace through prayer and faith had never thought of taking the weapons of Will front their own hands and should find it actually necessary to meet in conclave and discuss means of putting n stop to l an eternal slaughter of human beings through Christian wars 1 Listen Read On behalf of the gracious sovereign whom Ii r hero represent I tusk you to join in laboring to achieve the impossible but forever to be desired ideulthe permanent peace of the world The speaker was M Nelidoif the personal repre sentative of the Czar of Russia The place in which Hall in Bittenhofl Pal a he spoke was The Knights ace at the Hague The occasion was an internation al peace conference The audience to whom he tt i 4 w spoke was two hundred and forty deletes rcprc scnting fortyseven different nations or stutes Tin words above quoted were a part of the opening address and they constitute the real keynote of the deliberations Strange that any representative of the Russiai despotism should desire international peace Stranger still that such a plea should come from such a source and even more strange is it that tin speaker should assert that the permanent peace of the world is impossible of attainment His assertion does not mule it so Did he utter truth then indeed must the entire list of delegates he stamped as mere idle dreamers heist upon doing that which is impossible wasting their time talcntsand energie and bringing their deliberations into discredit or under popular ridicule These delegates have among them men who ure recognized asthe lending statesmen of the world They are regarded as extremely practical men It is the approximate peace of the world that the hope now to accomplish as a stepping stone to the permanent peace and the former can onjy he achieved by aiming at the latter In spite of hopes pledges and promises the Blade is capable of realising that a complete international disarmament is not only an impossibility but it is as impractical as would be the abolition of nni nicipal police It may be that not one of the delegates at that conference ever hoped for such a thing As a policeman is a product of civilization a necessity under existing social and industrial con ditions so is an international police but it coal be made a body under the jurisdiction of allr a means of preserving international peace All that is necessary is a better understanding botwec the nations of the world a strengthening of international ties and a steadily decreasing necessit for keeping the nations armed to the teeth n policy that is sapping the manhood and exhaustin the resources of far too tinny of them today No sincere prohibitionist ever imagined that his labor would absolutely stop the traffic in intoxicants The most enthusiastic religionist never dreamei that he could eradicate all sin from the world If he did those dreams have been shattered long ago or they are being shattered now The most startling feature in connection with th paragraph quoted above is that it comes front a pro fessed believer in the Christian faith a follower 6 f him who told Peter to put up his sword Christian religion has been flaunted as thenc saving power of the world If by it and thijugl it a material peace a human pence is imptlfsibl of attainment then how Glut an eternal oiisspirit ual peace conic from such a source If injjheavcn why not on firth If not on earth then canno be in heaven According to the Christ ih doctrin their god rules over both If he can make a lastini peace in one place he ought to be able to notice it in another If he is unable to do so or ratable to lead his votaries aright that peace may result the have robbed him of his attributes and ire ceases to be God The very fact jjjj peace Conference is Necessity among lliition s arlenagainst the faith The facHthat such a onferenc has actually been held is an indication othe grow ing humanity that is siezing upon thl hearts of men and this humanity increases as tMj power of religious faith and superstitious zeal decreases From this can he drawn the moral thai the worh will be bcncfittcd by the total loss of Christianity and the sooner we can lose it the better THE PREACHER WHO DIDNT CREASE HIS PANTS The Blade has frequently suggested that the law of natural progress affects all things alike and thai any church that will not or cannot make for prog rcss and improvement must perish On the pthei hand the church or church institution that is con tent to sail slowly along in the rear of public opin ion will continue for a season until it is absorber in the greater and more powerful element of social and religious life Among the most progressive and liberal element of the socalled Christian church nay be counted that body known as Unitarians These have discarded many of the old dogmas and in the matter of the higher criticism of the pulpit vagaries the- ostracism not to say the excommunication of heretics the Blade is pleased to note a distinct mid marked progress in u Unitarian church of Philadel phia The Unitarians are really pioneers so fur as a liberal interpretation of the Word is concerned and the spiritual bosses of this edifice found no fault therefore with the Rev James Ih Ecob their aged pastor on the ground that his canons were unwisely chosen or dealt out with displeasing hand but he got the grand bounce the nimble heart the cold mitt call it what you like because alas his trousers did not boast the latest fashion in crease and actually bagged at the knees Jn reporting the tragedy for that is what the affair really means to the old parson the papers state that the congregation was of the ultrafashion uble while the pastor himself was strangely simple und bland like in his tastes and not in the least concerned whether his coat wits smart or not Although in the City of Brotherly Love the congre gation insisted that he must put a crease in his punts Ilu refused So ho had to go He went Prom this we are to infer that the time is rapidly approaching when a man shall be chosen to preach the gospel not because of his views but jccause of his vestments This will simplify mat ers to n wonderful degree While eating naught for fashions decrees the Blades editor would he willing to hire a professional pants presser for a loft snap with bread buttered on both sides If the church dignitaries are to go to those who are the best dressed rather than to those who aro the best equipped mentally some of the congregations that now muster a scant corporals guard miy grow A apace Those on the outside ninny begin to lool in and one can imagine what that will mean to the church This incident shouts considerable prog ress from the date of the Briggs controversy during which the learned Doctors attention to dress was not once mentioned and it shows a little progress from the more recent times whet Dr Crapsey was dismissed front the church becausi lie expressed a serious doubt as to the inerrancy of the scriptures Yesterday it was doubt and be damned Todaj it is pants instead of prayers It is sad to content plate what would happen to some latterday Join the Baptist with his raiment of camels hair und a leathern girdle about his loins Sad indeed would be the reception oflercd to Christ should he happen to get in front of that Philadcphia congregation Sad indeed would be the fate of the Pilgrim Father in their fashionable hands This proves that the Christian world consider what goes on the outside of the head rather thin what goes inside Fine feathers may make fine birds but they dont help to slake great and glorious men and women The finest pose tha ever swept the human harpsichord came from thc brain of a heggar in wilderness As pride goctl before a fall that Philadelphia church congregatioi has about reached time limit After nil it is a question of creased pants instep of piety and prayerful faith What end is time Christian world coming too ABOLISH THE BIBLE FIRST Ewer since the days of Robert Burns and Tat o Shatter aye and even before that happy time there has heen a rather close affinity between literature and libation It is not suprisiug there fore than the Yell See To You of Now YOlk should take upon themselves the vainglorious last of imposing a censorship upon literature and pro hibiting the sort that exalts the horn of thus choice spirits who gathered about the old tavern fireUnder such a dictum Dickens must go front tin Jibrary shelves or else perhaps the good lathe peoplestliquor of Dickens into water thereby reversing the Cana in Giillilee wine party By some strange rule the ladies haye intimated that they are willing to accept the Waverly novels of Scott but trade their prohibitory ban Barnaby Range with its Maypole Inn thud David Copperfield with its shameless pubs that sold ale to children und Vanity Fait with their kindred works must go to the literary scrap pile to he replaced with sucl delightful classics as Little Robert Reedam that style of literature Time crusade if crusade it can be called is being led by a Mrtf Emelie D Martin one of New yorlts amazonian reformjers In a recent intervi she reported Progress in the movement Si d she rogresstuehfurther it will not be lonrctouurdi nny be dept d byu new standard set up iI If the object of this latest fad is simpl remove books or novels no matter by whoa ten that refer to the drinking of liquor tluJiro suggest that Mrs Martin start in at once to get tin Bible out of circulation for its pages teem witl drink and drunkeness Noah planted a vineyard grew the empurpled grape made wine from it drank got drunk mid Hams color was change because he looked upon his paternal ancestor Itt a time when he was in a condition to be unpre sentable in polite society Lot we arc told got a case of katzen jammer and we positively refuse to mention what followed Do not the proverbs say Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow ye may kick the bucket Did not the prophets say that wine cheered both the heart of God and man Did not Paul advise Timothy to take no longer water limit take a little wine for thy stomachs sake and thine often infirmities These being evident truths our advice to Madame Martin is to get busy mid pour forth the vials of her righteous wrath full upon the Holy Rot whose servant she claims to be It seems to bo a growing occupation with the pro fesional reformers to discover new points of attack None have yet been produced of more literary portance than the one herein mentioned This par ticular reform would have all history changed so as to make the recorded facts conform to and reflect social conditions as they imagine they ought to be mid not as they are and have been Take Dickens for example HO was undoubtedly the greatest towel writer that England produced Ills char meters are all taken from real life The anecdotes made up of actual occurrences Dickens studied his characters through and through He portrayed the highly sensitive mind the frauds the shams the sots which abounded in England in his lily To remove one character because of his libations would ruin the whole As well take all the groat Bible jharacters out of the narrative and what would hero be left The Blade inclines to the belief that the new fad is an outhgrowth of that Hall of Finite standard which holds that a mans genius depends upon the nanner in which he conducts himself and not at ill upon his knowledge of the world and his ability to write LABOR VS AVARICE Work in itself is always good If we only knew it we would all like to work Every man and woman will insist upon having something to do Was it not Mark Twain who once saidDoingot- hmiig is the hardest job I know of provided ou keep at it The fact has been abundantly demonstrated that Lei fate dues not force exertion for broad and bed we are sure to work for film Man is a restless if annual lie must do something but it is in wlp ho docs that lies the key to success In reality all of us must work at something foi a living It is a universal law timid we must follow it Did we not we would perish of atrophy The Christmas signs in the shop tells us to Keej moving and so says Mother Nature to all ho children Brains need work to render and keel us nimble of wit Muscles nvust exercise if the would be strong Many of the ills that flesh i heir to come from lack of healthful labor ant recreation There is more indigestion and sick ness among the rich than is found among the poor The time was when none of us could work Tin race was then a child at play in desultory dallying spasmodic activities It could sleep eat am laugh but it could not work Labor was an art yet to be acquired Experience was the teaches and man became an apt scholar Necessity fur nished the motive Labor became healthful an productive Men sought it They perceived tit it yielded returns in good measure Time parse on and shrewd men avoided labor but managed t subsist upon the labor of their fellows Time perio of human service had set in That period is sti with us Machinery was invented to spare lab undue pains Avarice grasped the machines in merciless control and they have been made a cim rather than blessing to labor Every drop of sweJ has been converted into blood and avarice sti reigns supreme TOUCH NOT THAT PIE The caption of this article docs not make refer cnce to the political graft commonly designated pie but to the genuine sweetened article conics front the bakers shopIRight here the Blade undertakes to warn th Wiley person at Washington that he may go to far and that it is tine for him to call a halt Sin he elected ltiimself as the official chaperon of tli American t much he has gone It good way oJ has just an analytical diagnosis of of our nmostaieienL and popular institutions tl pie and he declares with scientific emphasis till it will not do He asserts that the pic has bell commercialiiied too much and is no longer the ilK noccnt offering of our mothers but a chemiciB product which threatens the integrity of the alK mentary tract Bcnzoate of soda tins heen fouim within its midst Itc lectures that is is machiiji made and unwholesome He advises that we severely alone v But what one earth are wo going to do In ill few years and we shall not know what we cair eat or what we cnn drink Even the glorious corn ljuice of Kentucky is roundly denounced and now comes the pie under the official han Unless some body heads us off we feel bound call in the police for protection to the pantry What with the Simple Life the Return to Nature hygienic cotta sels of all kinds physical culture gymnastics dietaries etc to say nothing of the exposures f adulterations and embalming fluids the avecaiiP wyman has been brought tQ the brink of starve n a land of plenty It would begin to appear t a certain amount of ignorance is a good thing fvi a healthy man and for a sick one too The official desire may be to bring numerous sane ideas into our methods of living chiefly by telling us what fio avoid and by telling us what to do In time latter case exercises are depicted for the purpose of creating and stimulating an appetite but we hatfe 1 found by actual experience that to get into a garden with a hoe soon after daylight in the morning will enable a maul to dispose of a fairly good breakfast without the aid of stimulants The man who toils usually has trouble in getting what he wants to eat and never thinks of trying to dodge good things when they come his way No laborer in all the broad domains of this continent could be brought to the making of a confession like that just given by Taft that he hind partaken of too much in the way of eating up the good things planed before him that he was made indisposed in consequenee This is where the shoo pinches most Even under scientific analysis and advice the Blades editor can see no good or sufficient rca for separating himself from the pie habit where pie gets in front of him It may be a deadly dt gcrous and destructive compound hut not until adequate substitute has been invented will tj American people follow Dr Wileys advice If earned doctor could invent a cure for the cv that attend the grab made by thousands upon tf pie that is found in politics the linkers produ vould have small cause for alarm It took n Sam Jones to blackguard the ball rooi parldnustjjump ration depends upon the successful cultivation c rap colic oppressions or a smile suggestive u torpid liver i One of the ancient punishments was to chain th living criminal to a corpse till the wretched IH onel died of hunger or went raving mind Modern society is now chained to the corpse of Christianity Good tend evil are relative It is as naturtd for a tiger to catch a man as it is for a man to kill a igcr as natural for a shark to eat a sailor as a jailor to shoot a shark What is good from the nans point of view is very bad from the point of view of the tiger and the shark By natures laws we live and by natures lays wc die as it is they which hold the stars in these t tcrnnl courses and sends the planets rolling for vcr around the sun A saint may be llrO1lC4l al njpl1rtilllitisalm or a hymn and docs not call fOr a collection I J f i J jE 1 irART CIOF DECEPTION e e Millions Have Worshipped Because It Was Dangerous To Scoff Pious Rascality And Genuine Devotion h Have a Cause The Make or liever Christian Is a litRascallg litTHE EVIDENCE IS ABUNDANT lrtAND THE PROOF IS SIMPLE 11ByJames Armstrong Wo aro living n a world in which IInothing thrives so vigorously as rascal ity By rascality I mean every word look gesture and action which has t its object the deception of others for in tho purpose of robbing them It is for ti this reason that I regard ccclesinsticism ns robbery reduced to a science and the r votaries of every religion ns hypocrites pretending to believe things which they not only do not believe but which they believetlaverage human mind is not so foolish as it seems to be or as we for tho most part think it is The worM has had millions of philosophers besides the few who have written books millions of thinker who were wise enough to hiworship when it was dangerous to scoff and keen witted enough to conform when iiitis disastrous to dissent Ask anyone t if he believes in the fairy tales of his childhood and lit will tell you no ask tihintwhy and he will look at you in a way ns if lie thought you re Ij garded him as a fooL But oak the same Jperson if ho believes in Christianity n t of superstition whose doctrine it antI miracles are even more absurd than e the wildest extravaganzas of fairy lore it std he will say yes and much more icicntpliatically than hu just said no nl In a world in which nothing happens Inbyaccident there isa reason for this religious bakers both pretended Itoand real have a cause Pious rascality genuine devotion do not proceed out of nothing They nro capable of scientifically exact explanation and the who does not think so is ns Irajthat In the beginning god created tho intellectually II he who believes tile heavens and earth Genuine piety when life ever it exists is always found in minds theofthe lowest development just as pre tended piety is always found in minds ChristdiefII1nSanta Claus called god who is going to fill his stockings with harps and crowns and life everlasting in thosweetIbye lie f ian is simply a rascal who chooses to eial live off the sweat of others than sweat ntoof his own The public men of every age have for ttJrthomost part pretended to believe in ofthoprevailing superstition Cicero one the greatest Romans was n high ILlpriest of paganism for such was the a trond to the political preferment to which ho aspired Cicero however did not be ood lieve in the superstition whose robes he naIl wore and whoso mummery he mouthed for it was he who said he did not under dgestand how two priests could pass each other without smiling Long before uldCicero was horn Lucretius had written great poem on The Nature of ThingI oven before Lucretius the wisest of tooand Greeks hud torn the current religion mfrsto shreds in pitof which however TllpI In iter and Venus were worshipped forI ost thousands of years by people who knew they did not exist t Wherein then is to be found the mar us vitality of nil superstition t In Iol and omnipotent Rascality the general tendency of everyone to at tho expense of some one else bytso t All actual or wouldbe thieves t1arc sofenin and their victimc solemnly IIisubmit the vain hope that they too will get some of tho spoilt the form of thievery becoming outlawed or extinct when a majority of mankind real erliethere is nothing in it for them Thus primitive man is historically roveuled as ti solemn cannibal which he outgrew to become a pious plunderer anti in our own times n Christian shavo driver In fact everything the human nice done was done religiously except discover the truthl There is no possible crime that has tll not been defined and worshipped as a god Even highway robbery had its god ei1 in llerculesnnd the votaries of IllstJ it thronged tho temples of Venus and Aph rodite Greece Greece iu the golden age fotofits glory had thousands of temples ntlellicated to prostitution and when her safltllerl went forth to murder their they did so in till name of lintIteljema and Mars Look at such people us Aztecs and their bloodthirsty divinities victims of which were as 0eager to die on their niters as their nV1 priests were to sacrifice them Look at whc ttheJngnuath cars of India and the child o relting crocodiles of their sacred rivers althe of wives alive with the p t t bodies of their lend husbands to say n 1Bothlng of the millions of others whom s Superstition actually dovoured in count less other ways Not however have all these things t monstrously diabolical though they are happened clluso the masses of men did not know It was foolish Rascality deed teaches us to say not to think that they were honestly mistaken but intellectuality which no cause to serve but own teaches us to say ns wellas to think of own duplicity Tie evidence abundant and the proof is ample Take your own daily life anti examine it n little Some one calls you a liar sincerely designating you perhaps ns that you which you really arc But whether you are a liar or not the pre railing superstition concerning personal honor mid dignity compel you to strike or kill It even compels you to assail a physical giant who you know in vance U likely to kill you Thus an insult will force cowards Who inward searched have livers while as milk to conduct themselves and fro queiitly to their own loss of limb or life as if They wore the beard of Hercules or frowning Mars Public opinion thus makes ninny a weakling strut like n giant and bluster std blurt as a make believer fighter while in hits heart he knows he deserves all tine insults that have been offered him and is scaredout of his wits at having to resent them And Rascality insulted Rascality pre tends to respect and reverence public opinion makes so much noise with its Glory to god in tho church and Hurrah for the Flag on the rostrum Again you have seen hundreds of convicts at work under less than a doz en guards All of them could not be shot if they attempted to escape but since anyone of them may be shot they work on submissively each nwuitiug occasion when a break for liberty under any and all circumstances his rarity at us a rule promptly ejecting his cxter urination As in tine convict camp so in the church camp Nearly all of its mental prisoners for prisoners they are ns truly as gullet slaves chained to the car would break for Rationalism if everyone were certain that he would not be hurt or exterminated In so doing And like all convicts when some ono her gins to talk of escape there ure many to warn the guard tho clergy of his plot heresy that they too cowardly to try to escape may mako prison lifc easier for themselves Such is tho source of tho marvelous vitalityof superstition multitudinous and irrepressible Rascality which is niter all the bulwark of all tyrannies ecclesiastical or political ancient med loyal aid modern despotisms regardless of whether they manifest themselves as lcmqu ring armies Christian inquisi lions Rusiun czardoms or American idles Such social montrosities Nourish and has never flourished tJ masses believe in them or thieved in them hue because their victim s pretend to believe in them as well4t pretended to believe that their fellow pretendfs are not pretenders and so Rascality omnipresent and irrepressible Rascality most virulent in its religious phase worldembracing pest ilence ages unchecked and unchecknble How often Oh Render have you heard and continue to hear the ominous ShI Hypocritical wind whistling through rascally teeth accompanied by shoulder shrugs dilation of eyes and furtive glancing about and the Truth you were about to utter slinks away into the Soul eptlJi whence it came Thus thrall lies little and big and thus fattens all superstition until grown so great it falls on its own weight to be swept utterly and forever away by sudden vol canic trutlupheavcls from universal soul depths inevitable cataclynrio annihila tion of whole systems of Lies A lie big or little has a life to live and it will not abandoned to ptrNh until tonnes to yield tithes Peters pence or revenue of some kind anl so truth like povertystricken bastard left on sonic doorsteps must struggle against nameless difficulties to mako its way in tho world our will men deli their huts unto victorious 1u Hy ing eyed the field of Error The Puritan Revival My friends ere yet it be to late Oh list unto my chiding The meant to save you from that fate To which youre surely sliding Today I hold you out at hand Do not my kindness spuming But grasp It tight and like a brandI Ill pluck you from the burning goodness from the world has fled And folks on each condition Along tho path of sin are led To permanent perdition And Iund two or three like me Alone in all tho nation From Satans wiles can set you free And save you from damnation Then ceaso the theater to support It wickedness Is shocking Where woman wear their clothes too short And limbs devoid of stockings And then my friend from Satans thrall You quickly will break free Ah And ovn the worst amongst you allIMay be as blest as wo are J IF T THOU BE CHRIST Then Tell Us Plainly That The World May See And Understand His Origin Remains As Much a Mystery as Ever BUILD ON NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH By Mrs C A Gordon In the religious world today there seems to bo a marshalling of forces to a great contest The Issuo Is on the divinity of Jesus Christ The real truth as to his origin remains a mystery rather than a revelation No matter what we think or believe or however the thlnkng or believing Influences us in ono way or nnother It will not help us am sure to build on anything other than real truth mid as intelligent reasonable beings The wise course to pursue Is to refuse to accept any creed or doctrine based on the think or be lieve so of those who have no more perfect knowledge of the facts in the case than we ourselves Truth scar ce ever yet carried the final struggle for general acceptance anywhere its first appearance said Prof atI in his Nasveian Oration at the College of surgeons in London The Iron yoke of Conformity and habit he continued and the beliefs of the day became a part of our nature In the words of Henry Sedgwlcks dream Wo think so because all other people think so or because after all wo do think so or because we were told und think we must think so or cause we once thought so and think we still think so or because having thought so we think we will think so The professors theme was the growth of truth mud ho proceeded to show how great inventions are usu ally the result of slow accumulation of knowledge nod strictly belong to a dozen men rather than any parti cular man although this was the case and the final crystallization of years of study mid research Into the now law such as gravitation or a now method like Listers antlslpsls should not come upon the world as a startling novelty It was as a mat ter of fact recleved in this way by the public This he describes largely to the conservative instinct of the human mind to continue think as It has always thought An illustration of this tendency may bJ nOll t4fi great men advanced In7 years are very apt to carry with turn errors current when they were young which by long habit of thought effectively blind then to the most obvious truths of the later epoch There Is however one distinctly encouraging sign in the treatment of now theories and Inven tions now received They are Im mediately carried into hundreds of laboratories all over the world and analyzed and In the course of a few months either sentenced to the scrap basket or provisionally accepted until some better explanaton of the observed facts is suggested In the olden time of science arrival at this decision was always a matter of years and sometimes even of centuries The conservation instinct of the human mind holds especially firm in religion To give place to a new Idea pro duces great laceration and wounds like the surgeons knife Out the one who would have a healthy and sound judgment submits to tho process and although painful the ultimate rev sults will be most satisfactory The little advance that has been made in civilization during the past century has made it possible for a few peo pie to dare give expressions to their own thoughts although such ones are Immediately branded as heretics yet the faggots are not lighted to cre mate the mortal as in days of yore I believe however the time will come when the honest questioning mind will not only seek and find truth as It is revealed in nature and the spirit realm But such minds will Inherit Its god given right to honest commendation Tho basis of tine great controversy which now exists has been the belief In tho plenary inspiration and Infalll billtyof tho scriptures By false methods of interpretation or the absence of all methods Tho bible has been made to teach about every conclov able doctrine and to support many a terrible wickedness Slavery poly gamy and tho subjection of women When the Idea of infallabllltj of tho scripture shall fade out of tho popu mind Being replaced by the more valid conceptions some of the perversions and absurdities of religious doctrine will pass away Which havo claimed and still claim tier tens of thousands of adherants Somehow supersti tions and cruelties which havo darkened our world will disappear and opportunity will bo offered for tho upsprlnging of a falter moro benefi cent type of religion and civilization The right to question those things that are brought to the mind for consideration especially when decls slon and action aro demanded Is leg itmate To try to force on another the views and statements that can not be demonstrated as a matter of fact just as clearly ns n problem in mathematics or in chemistry sav ors of barbarism And to any person who does their own thinking and be lieving an honest abhorence springs up within against such treatment The clergy call it Christianity and insists that all believers are doomed to Hell Christ himself did not Ignore the honest question He said to John his disciple who came to him for the answers to the great question then the issue as now go tell John the deaf are made to hear the blind to sec tho lame to walk and to the poor the gospel is preach ed This he gave as a practical ob ject lesson from which John was to draw his own conclusions To the mind of John the fact appeared plain that Christ was a teacher sent from god hIS mission like the mission of all reformers was to raise the stand ard of life to the normal condition as God has unquestionably planned History gives us the Christ as a great spiritual reformer one who laid the ax at the root of the tree Ho taught out of the heart proceed evil thoughts murders fornication etc and a necessity of change in this great fountain of thought and desire was absolutely necessary to a life of love to god and humanity Whatever else may be said of him for or against this remains a fact his life demonstrated this truth and must characterize the life of any In dividual who lives a normal life In harmony with God It seems to me the helghth o folly for the so called Christian churches to spend so much time and effort disputing warring condemning and sentencing each other to the infer nal regions Because of their varied opnlons of religious doctrines time precious time ought to be more pro fitable spent In doing good helping nil who are In affliction and distress from any cause Why not busy ones self In keeping the command go out Into the highways and hedge compelling them to como to tho sup per of the Lord that your own han is have helped to prepare If those wlo profess to be the disciples of Christ lived as he lived In doing good unto all people then indeed It might be said ot them their faith has made wJiQIw AS TO HERETICS ENGLISH REVIEW OF TWO NEW BOOKS TAKES A HARD FALL OUT OF THE CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL SYSTEM OF THOUGHT AND TEACHING Dy A E Fletcher The Clarion A London weekly journal devoted to the cause of social Ism and edited by Robert match ford is taking a prominent place as an advocate of freethought Robert Blatchford Is an uncompromising freethinker and weekly devotes a considerable portion of his journal to freethought propaganda In his Impression of May 24th he publishes a review from tho pen of A E Fletcher of two new books which will be of such general Interest to Blade readers that we take the opportunity to reproduce It In our columns The review rends TWO HERITICS The Bible In Europe By Jos eph McCabe London The Rev J Campbell the Man and His Mes sage By Wilkerson I think theso two extremely interesting books should bo dealt with together because one Is by an ex Roman Catholic Priest who has accepted the materialistic position and the other by an earnest layman who tells the lIfo story of a popular Protestant preacher who Is evolving In that direction really see no reason why Robert Blatchford should hot be made Archbishop of Canterbury All the more thoughtful of our young theologians are on tho way towards a firm belief in the gospel he has so powerully expounded and before tho century Is out tthe whole Christian mythology will havo vanished like tho baseless fabric of a vision Mr Wilkerson In his sketch of the Rev R J Campbells career and able exposition of his teachings proves quite unconsciously perhaps that tho City Temples pastor Is simply an ethical agnostic Tho cret of his success Is his personality Tho old attrnctleIlogians It Is true do not attractive Tho fiercest of guard him in a manner worthy of Billingsgate tho rest pity him be cause he has had thcysay no regu lar theological training Yet ho spent some time at a theological college at Nottingham and took a good degre e at Oxford Mr Wilkersons exposure of Mr Campbells detractors Is caustic and just When turn from his abl criticism to Mr McCabos record o some of tho doings and sayings of persons in past times who had the advantage of a thorough theological training feel inclined to congratu late anybody who has been able to dis pense with that educational luxury I suppose nobody will deny that Lu ther had the benefit of n theological tranlng And this Is what Luther said of the worlds greatest scientific dis coverer The fool Copernicus wishes to re vert tho entire science of astronomy bue sacred scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still and not the earth Melanc thon and Calvin highly trained theo logians also thought that Copernicus ought to have written himself down an ass and John Wesler a couple of centuries later opposed the Coper nlcan system on the ground that It tended toward Infidelity Even after the Invention of the telescope the trained theologians of Wlttom berg and other universities refused to communicate that marvelous instru ments revelations to their pupils and the professors of the Catholic universities Pisa Innspruck Lou vale Doual etc wore cmpelled on oath to teach the old Ptolemaic sys tem Trained theologians have talked greater nonsense than any other class of human beings and havo been chiefly responsible for the errors and terrors that have made a tragedy of human history You have only to read Mr McCabes book to be con vinced of this He discusses with Illuminating clearness the contribu tion of Christianity to civilization and concludes that It has been very small He shows that Roman society was more humane before the adoption of Christianity than after Philoso phers and emperors long before the triumph of Christianity proclaimed in impassioned language the unl versal brotherhood of men Seneca Eplctelus and Marcus Aurelius clared in almost modern phrases that all men were their brothers and the whole world their country In scriptions of tine period which may be read in Bolssier nnd Dill show that works ofI charity and mercy were lavishly multiplied The gulf be tween the slave and the master was being partly filled and a series of Imperial enactments made the pre vious excesses of cruelty Impossible In the future In a word the better spirit of Rome ripened Into a cern for personal and public virtue and a practice of benevolence of which historytwas the Stoic Philosophy not the Christian religion which came over Roman life and character after tho ageWithhis adoption of Christianity as tho State religion tho whole of the ground his predecessors had won for hu McCabemurdered his own son enacted laws of fiendish cruelty He ordered that becutbe poured dwn the throats of other offenders In the conflict wjth the rlans punishments were Invented Which tho Pagans would have been ashamed of Had the pastor of the City Temple lived In the days of the plous Constantine he would have had a rough 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so certain as law Natural law is the all in all ot things It is the beginning and the end of the universe Everywhere law reigns supreme Men arc born under them and die under them Law was the target Thomas Paine into That is what made the ecclesiastic rave To curse his name and stamp his grave Paines arguments cut the gordian knot of religious beliefs and became thorns in the flesh of organized lies ignorance and hypocrisy Ho relied only up on law Law Is but a rule of action It is argued that Natures laws must have a superior Who is the master Who is the party of the first part Who the producer Just let them stay on the own land line An tend their dam biz while I tend to mine If they but obey the law to the letter Their neighbors will like them all so much better Stop their hell threats and death so grim For others have rights as well as them Old hell is now as cold as kraut Since Paine and Beecher blowed it out For my own part I could stand the ecclesiastical law or rather law wanting if it only forbade the pun ishment of the innocent On th contrary it always convicts the Inno cent and acquits the guilty Of course Mother Eve did not know the law I and she was held to be the guilty r party Adam did know it because r the Lord had explained it to him but he was held to be innocent and the woman did it Eve and her child r ren were consequently doomed to death and hell and all lonesome yueathbeds the groaning graveyards i are at the womans door The Fright lofenme wap denied her 1 TrfftSfiasbeeBthe theolgical rule of construction all during the march of tman The guilty escapes The inno ycent gets all the blame and the punishment Even you must justify the fshedding of the innocent blood ot i Christ or be damned Christianity is only claimed the gift of a god or of a few gods of African breed Nobody knows just how many srJs it tnoit to tVflve the Christian roiliun Cuumuanlty p is a product of man It is therefore subjct to critic wn it has uo pry vable creed on its calendar It con tains not a word about the equality of man selfdefense to the weak of protection to those needing it It god is ignorance ito goddess is hypo crisy Their offspring is cowardice They all cry with a loud voice plun der or blood Their holy law is a lie on its face It is a lie because f law is both peaceable and reason able There is neither peace or rea J son in the religion taught by the modern church They seek to com pel an observance by brute force and fraud This proves that it is a lIe POLITICAL t ECONOMY Advocates of Socialism Are Unable to Properly Distinguish Between Labor And Capital or Fteason t From Cause to Effect Dy Dennis LeatryJ1 It Is my con ten ton that the oppon ent of Socialism has a very poor con ception of what constitutes cause and thatlimopractically nothing about the true nature of wealth production He kiiows next to nothing about the effect of taxation He does not know speculation when he sees it He is as ignorant of tho rudiments of pol itical economy as a sucking calf He has a violent predilection for rushing in where angels fear to tread And he takes particular delight In expos lug his ignorance of everything con nected with the distribution of wealth But there are others and it is for the benefit of the others that we work- All wealth is the product of co t 0 t operative effort The Individual of this day and he does not amount to shucks when it comes to producing his own living But acting in co operation with others he is a power in the land There are three factors In the pro duction of wealth Namely labor cap ital and society labor is any kind of human exertion either physical or mental Capital is a form of wealth used to increasethe production of labor or society consists of all the mem bers of a community acting as an in dividual through organization and serves to increase the effections of both labor and capital This is a statement of fact that the antisocial ist knows nothing about As a nat ural consequence of his ignorance he classes direction as capital He also classes skill intelligence and cun ping as capital Capital is a macho ine and not a man Capitalist is the owner of a machine laborer is one who directs the operation of the machine Value Is the sum of things that any cno thing will commat t in exchange Value does not exist in the absence of a market Exchange is therefore the creator of value Utility is a different kind of horse altogether But the antisocialist is not aware of the fact An antisoc ialist has no more use for facts than the devil has for holy water At this stage of civilization the in dividual draws his living from the market less expenditure of time labor and capital required to secure a living I therefore reason that only idiots move out into the wilderness to secure a living unless driven there by force of circumstances Some endeavor to get as close to market as possible because there Is where- the living of the civilized man mus be secured Antisocialists think men are cows and can live on grass The men who framed the constltu tion made no allowance for antisol iallsts they were classed as men and are therefore entitled to life liberty and happiness Always proving they can keep out of gaol A protective tariff is a tax imposed upon the goods of one of the parties who desires to hate and this tax- yields 250 millions of revenue per annum to the federal government Domestic taxation consists of a multitude of taxes Imposed upon every one who trades and hy the way everybody trades But the antisoc ialist does not seem to be aware of the fact and yields about 1000 mil and stupidity have slept Good spoils ernments An incalculable sum of revenue to the cities and counties and 250 millions to the federal gov e nment into the bargain The tariff tinker the recognized donkey o American politics is one who strains at a Knat and swallows a menagerie circus and all And of course he opposed to socialism he charges the evils that spring from domestic taxa often and farm lands mineral lands and town lot speculation to the pro tective tariff and ho also charges poverty to laziness The tariff tinker is as blind as a bat and the mos profound donkey that ever brayed I rather admired the way that old war rior in Cuba sailed in after the ialist His style showed a rugged esty of expressions that there was no mistaking I read a paragraph in recent Blade that started this ways With all due respect that sent ai cold shiver running up and down my spine it reminded me of the tigerish claws concealed in the soft paw ofI an enraged cat I much prefer vigorous consignment of our old war rior To produce wealth you mus first bribe a speculator to get off the earth good returns are the reward of all industry Business is busi ness means fraud is business Ras- cality dishonesty and villlany have fattened and thrived while ignorance and stupldty have slept Good spoils and clothing becomes food for months while people starve and go near naked It is exceeding strange how some people can see so much one direction and so little in another Intelligent rationalists have their hands full Pointing out the error- mental pitfalls inconsistencies sop histries and preposterous absurdit lea of the defenders of the social system that is abslutelyrotten with corruption vice and rime born of economic ignorance greed selfishness disregard for the natural rights of our weaker brothers Society owes a duty to each of its members it is not performing that duty We desire to see that duty per formed In a proper manner and so we are socialists and furthermore we are proud of tho fact Knew The Brand The teacher was explaining to his Scottish class the parable of the man who fell among thieves Then after tho manner of teachershe asked the class why priest and the Lovito passed by on the other side Silence fell until the small boy rais ed his hand and his voice They knew he had been robblt already he said SOClETVnSAVACES IN SILK AND SATIN Description of Chruch People Given by a Disgusted Preacher Who Objected to Meeting 500 Conditions on o 103 Salary CHURCH IS A FAILURE- IN CLUCKING CORRUPTION By Rev Dr Goodson The following report of a sermon delivered before a fashionable Pres byterian congregation by a St Louis preacher contains some startling truths that have been urged by Blade more than once They shout people to seriously thinking upon tho matters presented- In the course of his address tho preacher delivered a few choice thunderbolts as follows Ministers are expected to meet conditions with pay More ministers die every year than enter the ministry In twentyfive years there will be vacant pulpits The church has failed to prererve Its Institutions and Impress the manes Old methods vlll not do for the conditions of today tToo many church members gage In sports The Theater is an appeal to animalism and commercial integtSavages In silk sod satins some times sit In church seats on the Sab bath It Is no use to starve orphans to endow educational institutions The report of the sermon as given by the St Louis Republic is as lows The Reverend Doctor Columbus Polk Goodson hurled a thunderbolt into his select congregation in Kings Highway Presbyterian Church yes terday when in language unreserved and unqualified he declared religion a failure and denounced society and commercial practices in trenchant pigranjs lIe referred to manyg of tho upper strata of society lit uivase In title and satins took occasion to bitterly attack the spirit of commercial gambling prevalent criticised the Ineffec flue methods mini in ayfclpfs of church work attempted to proye that tIn real substantial results for the worlds betterment the conclusion was discouraging sThe church is a failire he de clared Whatever may ha slid in regard to the great work of the church which been irlehty in the making of civilzatlon and without there would be no social foundation and life it must be admitted that the atVacant Pulpits in Twentyfive Years Doctor Goodson said the church failed in the zflflffzflfltfznflffzflflffflflff ahind failed in the preservation of its own avowed Institutions and that if present conditions continued in twentyfive years there will not be ministers enough to furnish half the ministers die every year than enter the ministry he declar fortare meet conditions with pay Doctor Goodson pointed out that the church had not been able to force its principles upon the masses and that It did not enforce its rules that it was experiencing a grave exodus in membership that It had failed to preserve the Sabbath and other holy obligations and that It opposnany tory sugsa new typo a ter educated and higher priced man and that service and customs of the church be changed to meet the people of hour The dead past is dead he said A book of ten years old Is out of date as are old tools Instruments and inplements Then neither should the church use Sixteenth Century moth ods and creeds for Twentieth Cent ury men This Is foolishness Continuing Doctor Goodson said In part Cold bald facts are terribly stubborn things It must bo admit ted that tho modern church as well as tho ancient faa failure Many there are ministers and laymen who are so blinded to conditions by their own little world of exceedingly small visln and ephemeral success that they will not admit It but this does not al ter the facts Too Many ChurchGoers Like Sports And Theaters Too many people too many church members are engaging in sports and are found in places of amusement i that are perilous theater may a source of legitimate entertain ment but everybody knows that it more frequently appeals to vulgar impulse and animalism rather than being an cxhibtion of real art Present day gambllngunlversaly preval cutis one of the greatest perils tp our social integrity College students bet on their sports clerIcs play the races business men of all classes buy stocks on margin husbands play poker and wives play bridge The nerve rackiug anxiety makes tho entire moral selfdegenerate Besides these evidences of fall ure there is dissension and strife in the church Itself Not only are there too many different denominations with their nonessential differences and consequently poorly equipped plants Inadequate to the demands of the hour but it Is the exception to find a church which is free from divisions and strifes In the local or ganizations Seven prominent pas tors of aggressive churches have rev Gently changed pastorates in St Louis and thin new pastor has had to come into a church of contention and New Social Life Is Essent lal To Church There needs a new social life in the church Man hungers for fellowship Hence the fraternal federations formed throughout the country But all social Interests sympathy and energy should be directed to holler uses than the beer gardens on Sun day afternoon All men need to know Christ to whom all life is sacred He walked among men the humble the lowly men while on earth to help them and he walks among them to dayHo is better known to some in the dusty din ot the dirty factory than to some others savages in silk and sat- In who sometimes sanctimoniously sit In the cushioned seats of the synagogue on the Sabbath Its use less to legislate aganst great grow- Ing evils unless you create new sires and holler impulses hunger for the things that are righteous- It is not denunciation we need but development The churchs sion is to teach religion It cannot be the competitor of the cheap the ater but it can create desires for holler hungers James Bryce in his American Commonwealth says Sometimes standing in the Amidst of a great American city one is startled by the thought of what might befall this and commerce and social institutions were thin foundations it rested to crumble away Suppose that all these men cease to beleve there was powerabove them and future before them anything in heaven or earth but what their senses told them of would men say Let us eat and drin for tomorrow we may die Or woul custom and sympathy and a percep tion of the advantages which so stable a government offers to the cit izens as a whole and which orderly selfrestraint offers to each one re place supernatural sanctions and hold In check the violence of masses and the selfindulgent Impulse of the indvidual History if she can not give a complete answer to this question tells us that hitherto civil ized society has rested on religion and that free government has pros pered best among religious people Home creed and downtown code can not be he says There must be a new regard for ono moral code No Christian can have a Sunday or church creed home creed and a downtown code He cannot be one kind of a man as a churchman and another as a director in his corporation- If in these things tho men and women who are in our churches will cooperate the day is not distant when the sick will be healed the poor evangelized the hungry fed men will cease to regard life cheap er than dividends and they will be found protecting workngmen from the death of factories and their com the deaht of factories and their com petitors from starvation They wil realize that Its no use to starve orphans to endow educational Institutions for there will be no children to educate if methods of the irrelig ious aroto have sway WHAT NEEDFOR A GOD Natural Law All That Is Necessary For The Origin And Destiny of The Universe By B Hamllni I am a reader of the Blade and admire it from tho fact Its sole ob ject and aim is to inculcate harmony Intelligence and purity of life to buildup and better our earthly existence and proximate generally human wel fare and human good One of methods to accomplish UUjderstaudlng and moral tho human njnd subjects this This is a s given much ti to thin firm and there is n self inflnato principle echt and builder principle Is present We hid iota of matter tion which is it in all it instinct in world and it universally able kingdom we roof of every we investigate permanent entity nal space refrain of through all the worlds with of grandeur and fountain from draw their fill gladness Let of nutrition as through the our human muscle nerve organs select quires showing In all of these process of a ence throvlng tions to restore beyond a doubt and finite universe The atributcs law life truth and goodness can The claim to ence These are of this Infinite ly no evil or come any part Man is the finite principle it so far as he truthfulness the creation quires principle through controls every entire frame ions its looks all minutia are izedThis principle or adoration you lead a life every illusive then this great EJhlnes forth in IIughesd bhalth Lglobe one dollar sad subscription to a Roma book received one It I did not need friend so I send I have a would be pleased figuring for mo have some Last summer I the preacher sat telescope th has failed to ra and I believe t throne was most powerful exist I had Astremony by Astromoury and powerful glasses eightysix traveling at the quires ono reach the earth sits on his what would it bo says tho Now brother to do is to figure legs of course how far oil the come within a 1will be satisfied equal to the Blade readers I would give it education was by this letttcr ILike this your James E Hughes Dour slrYour was duly live miles from hills prospecting since wheu I go send you a little I cant afford for the cause proved tho about tho only Mr Moore us an lie took on with you a against our form is tho best form all that is needed is more Pat 1 m and Honesty of tho people to it perfrct and education will do and when they the people get our they will ho educated One have his ideas on any question I do believe infidelity or tho cause is greatly harmed by mix upsocialisut with it Government religion arc two separate things we are contending for separation and State and then we go advocate a new religion and a new at samo time tho soc government isnt popular and too much of a load for in to carry and I do believe a Pat Infidel paper would have 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