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I tltgh shlAlla VJy E GRASS BLADE tWE AIM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH LEXINGTON KY MAY 26 MAY261907PUBLISHEDT fijo A YRIN ADVANCE f VOLUME XVI NUMRER 6 WISDOMS T WHILE YOU WAIT If Things Cannot be Turned from Their Course by Prayer Why Do Christians Pray By Cohen The following Is reproduced from the columns of the London Freethink er The writer says In part Several of the religious weeklies give over a portion of their columns week by week to replying to the doubts and perplexities of ther read ers These are not exactly the fami liar Answers to Correspondents but more In the lino of an Informal con fessional Readers submit their pro blems and the man In charge doubt propoundkr like the British weekly these answers are of a painful and ponderous unc t guld typo the religious papers con trolled by the Harmsworth group are sloppily and erotically religious being chiefly concerned with how to fall In love and out of it while the Chris tian Commonwealth section 4 the charge of the Rev J Warscliaue- M r A D Phil assumes a Jaunty and yet profound philosophic alrIls Is only proper In a paper that champions the abstruse philosophy of the Rev R J Campbell If I had any hope s would meet with that my questions answers I should be please to submit 9a few to Mr Warschuuer but I am lomightl1YSSiTc otheltvcrread P Besfdesit might lie lo t ell Illeas n o doulitd qii 14Iot per mh is that of ac nce of belief s n mgresclcn fic warranty lianahna Jack and the Beanstalk or Old Mother Hubbard In the issue for May 30 Mr War schauer leads off with a reply to a 11ndt who has been converted from Agnosticism by the preaching of Mr Campbell One feels a certain curio sity concerning the quality of the Agnosticism that crumpled us so read fly and also as to which were th arguments of Mr Campbell that brought about the conversation me his preaching seems about as well adapted for the work of meeting and destroying the Freethought position as it Is for solving the problem of perpetual motion Stillthe case there and one must take it for what it is worth This correspondent how over Is still In trouble about the efficacy of prayer Ho has got to the point of believing in a God and having caught his Deity he is puzzled as to what use he can put him to Probably as a reminiscence of hl earlier state he asks are not the laws of nature Gods laws And are wo not in praying for either physical or moral benefits asking God to break his laws in our favor Mr Worsen niters reply occupying about a mnIs a firstrate example in the art 1of wandering round a question with out ever coming within striking dust anco of it The question ho says is one worth answering as clearly as possible and straightway proceeds not to do so To begin with there Is a play upon the word break Wo aro not wo are told breaking the great natural forces in subduing them to our service our prayers may shin ply set Into notion spiritual forces which may bring about the desired end Tills Is reasonable when we consider that everything in the physical sphere is ultimtely brought about by something quite nonphysical viz thought- Now this is not only not making tho answer as clear as possible it is adding quite unnecessarily a piece of downright dogmatism To say that everything In the physical sphere is brought about by something nonphy sical Is a mere metaphysical statement unsupported because in capable of any proof It is not even good metaphysics either It may bo a reasonable position that both physical amIj nonphysical aro merely convenient distinctions forms of thought useful to us for classWcatory purposes butI to dismiss the iyslcal as an efficient causoand hang on to the nonphysical 3 i It i Is an exhibition one ought not to witness in one who writes Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy after his name In any case it does not focI the question The very essence of the question is are things altered by our prayers or are they not they are not prayer is obviously uso less and our converted Agnostic Is right In jibbing although after sWill lowing the rest of Mr Campbells philosophy it Is rather fastidious to strain at this piece The questions would not bo answered be It noted by making the action of prayer a pure ly subjective one for no reasonable beolleves that praying will make him a better man will fall to derive a fool Ing of benefit from It So he would flom standing on his head swallowing bread pills or shouting Mesopotamia faithrtook a turn in any of these directions The consequences of prayer whether objective or subjective must be ex crust to the petitioner to be of any evidential value whatever Things then must be altered by our prayers from the course they would otherwise have taken or why pray And if they are altered It Is either verbal trlc trY or mental fusion that u lwloglsts to deny- that pray or Clf mcterJal tlfngs j rt aYchlc nl ones n s hauP- to merely as petition lion for material bj What la tier er originally but petltlontor 3ugslo itvei or punishments tojfe withheld Would people ever hatHprayed at all hut for this reason Arid is not the later view of prayer that of communion only merely an attempt to retain practice that educated people cannot avoid seeing has no scientific Justlfica ton Besides wUklr Warschauer or anyone else Csplaln what Is e essential difference between praying and moral or spiritual blessings and praying for physical ones What the difference between praying for an increace in wages and praying for the moral Improvement of Jack Jones or Tom Smith Really the one may s occasion be quite as Important as th other A rise in wages that may mean a better house a healthier neighborhood more food greater ease of mind mud serenity of temper is quite as Important as praying that someone may be led to give up hi evil life and become a virtuous citizens Material blessings are very often the condition of moral and spiritual ones and in the complete absence of the former the latter would be impossible Why then is It absurd to pray for the other Well we know that any amount of prayer to God will not bring a rise In wagesunless ones employer knows of the praying It Is absurd to pray for material bless ings because our knowledge is suf ficiently exact to show us how medic ulous it Is to expect an answer It Is not absurd to pray for moral Improve ment In ourselves or others because hero our Ignorance Is tolerably com prehensive concerning the conditons of change Peoples characters do un dergo modification not suddenly as they should if It Is in answer to prayer but gradually as is to be expected by all who have any general conception of the true nature of the human animal and as wo cannot trace all tho steps by which the mod ification is brought about tho religion as usual trades on the general ignorance by finding lucre a sphere for the operation of prayer I do not think Mr Warschauer will have done much to clear up the oxAgnostics difficulty although still marvel at the quality of the Agnostlclsmshatter ed by tho City Temple philosophy Mr Warschauers other answers concerned with Free Will und the the nature f God with each of which must deal briefly Ono questioner asks how Is It If our nature is only a porton of Gods nature that we have t l any evil In us The reply Is the old fashioned and quito stupid one that If God hud made us perfect we should bo simply automatons and not moral agents To this I fancy Huxleys re ply that so long as we always went correctly there would be nothing to complain about seems to be the best reply to such a position and a quite adequate one A moral agent must have the faculty of choice wo are told as though that settles the mat ter In reality the question has not been faced tho statement concerning choice merely pointing to a confu slon of thought on the writers part The fact of shoice no ono disputes That wo are capable of choice Is asr plain as It is that we have a nose on our face it is the detcrmlnaton of choice that Is the crux of the question Why do we choose one thing rather than another Why do some people whyfwith the do we often choose wrongly Per Imps Mr Warschauer will answer these queries Instead of laboriously proving what no one denies The last question dealt with Is cerned with tho nature of God A correspondent writes that If there is evil and also an omnipotent Dlety then God Is responsible for thin existence of evil and as he believes In God he denies the existence of evil Mr Warschauer replies that the ques tloners error Is duo to a wrong use of the word omnipotent The dl vine omnipotence Is bounded he says In all sorts of ways A number of lustratlons are given by all of which is apparently is meant that God can not outstep the laws of his own be ling Well I am no authority on what God can or cannot do but i Mr Warschauer Is correct he has dem onstrated that man Is omnulpotent actly as God Is for he too is determined by the laws of his being The truth Is that omnipotence except as a of speech Is mere moonshine aUhoufHJTMf Warschauer cither does hor9tlU not see it Dot the urt tnjoer toinhabithis lownrsvlll and allow tho wills of other people to be exerted Thus we have evil without It proving any difficulty 1o the right thnklng Theist Now again I must plead ignorance as to why GodIf- there be a God permits evil only I cannot for the lie of me see how this makes the case any better God mighty rather than prevent a mans will working evil permits that man to so act as to bring dscase or mlsI ery or degradaton to others Plain Goscould have prevented that evil be should have done so Mr Warschauer retorts that would convert the Into an automaton Perhaps so bu injureed by the apathy or delicacy of Gods conduct Have they no claim to con sideration And how on earth can this display of useless wordJuggling get over tho fact that at bottom ev preventsed the innocent suffering if he hadI the power Any ordinary human heI ing would if he had the ability No one would permit evil to be worked merely because it afforded exercise for someone elses moral development Mr Warschauer himself would ud permit It and this alone is sufficient proof of tho unsoundness of his apol ogy NO MOCKERY AT SURGEONS FUNERAL DEATH AND OBSEQUIES of DR AUGUSTUS CHARLES BERNAYS AT ST LOUIS GIVE THE HOLY CROWD A CASElOF CRAMP COLIC- Reproduced It is not every day that tho princi hues of Freethought find a triumph In death When such a triumph comes the Christian world takes on new spasm Concerning the death and burial of a well known and prom invent physician In St Louts the Star Chronicle of that city says No crepe hangs on thin door of tho residence of Dr Augustus Chas Ber nays the distinguished surgeon who died Wednesday afternoon There Is nothing to show that death has visited the house No minister will officiate at services which will bo hold Fri day afternoon because Dr Barnays was an agnostic and did not believe InI tine hollow mockeries and ostentatious n display which surrounds death He wanted his funeral to be simple and he wanted his body to be crenated It was his wish that no crepe should be placed on the door and all his wishes will bo obeyed Tht funeral will be held at p m Friday at tine residence 3G23 Laclede Ave Dr Cari Barcke and several other warm friends will deliver hrlef dresses The pallbearers are all mer assistants to Dr Bernays They are DrsGeo Cayle Willard Bartlett Geo Krebs W W Groves Vogt R E Wilson Jesse Meyer and Jackson Augustus Chas Bernays 53 one f the most noted surgeons In America and an author of wide reputation died of apoplexy at 430 p m Wednesday at his residence 3623 Laclede Ave Wednesday afternoon Dr Bernays was talking to his sister Miss Thelka Bernays on the subject of agnosticism and Dr Bernays made the remark that when he died he did not want any re ligious service of any kind and didnt want any crepe placed on the door but wanted to be burled privately and quietly Just as he finished talking he gasped fell back upon the bed and was dead Dr Bernays was the same age as Dr A V L Brokaw another famous St Louis surgeon who died several months ago Dr Bernays was born in Highland St Clair county Ill and when the family removed tdSt Louts he was educated In the public schools here Later he graduated at McKendree col lege before he was He was then sent to German and attended the famous Heidelberg unl versify He graduated at the head his class n receiving the summa cum laude It being the first time In the history of the university that such an honor was conferred upon an Amy erlcan After graduating he took a post te course under Baron von Leduc n thgrUnlverslty Der tf Vl liege In110 he rned o 1A8 bractlelttg m tjiiarclty over Before ho was 29 lie had been made professor of anatomy in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of St Louis Later he was professor of anatomy and surgical pathology at MarlonSims and the Womans medical colleges Dr Bemays was acknowledged to be one of the finest operators in this country He had an assured touch and had performed the Caesarian and other difficult operations success fully He was unmarried He is survived BernaystbrothersClemens and Walter Big Profits In Borrowing Cheap The recent anonymous communicat Socialistic Criticism for Capt Clark along with other characteristic false claims says 05 percent of American Infidels lie probably menus Rationalist are socialists li hich certainly is nut the here nor among hund treds that I know elsewhere very reverse thereof being much nearer true Like Christianity socialism chimes Paine Franklin Jefferson Lincoln etc in fact claims everything njul proves nothing Like tho Christians promised socialistic heaven where each has a similar golden crown harp halls pair of wings skyfloated manisons and bought not by his own effort but by sacrifice of anothcr christ Most soc ialists seem to want a similar monoton ous earth donated them down here luiicu their similar and brotherhood Ho says the producing class got 42 per coil of what they produced in and but per cent in That means that capital got fiOi per cent in and now 02 per cant Yet you can borrow money cheaper now than then less than six per cent but even at 0 per cent could make 02 per cent minus 0 per cunt equal to per cent net on every dollar you burrow Why dont socialists borrow and make this difference Or why not term for the halves the huiillord paying the taxes repairs incrc tD WKUSTKU GKOII We Have Used Them St Insgar Iowa Jas E Hughes Enclosed Iliiil a couple of clippings from the Minneapolis Dally News f they are of no Interest there o harm done in sending them Guy B Carroll Atheist J- l BIBLE SPEAKS EVIL OF COD Its Pages Teem with Blasphemy as Shown by Quo tations from Texts No Doubt About Such a ConstructionI COD EITHER A DISGUSTING SAVAGE OR GIANT By Joseph Symes The following well written article from tho pen of Joseph Symes the valiant Australian advocate of Free thought recently returned to Eng land appeared In the colums of the London Freethinker- It would not be a difficult task to show that ninetenths of the Bible at least Is blasphemousthat lst If Is It blasphemy to speak evil of God but that task I am not undertaking My present object is to select a few Bible texts and to show how full of blasphemy they really are The firs verso In the Bible is as blasphemous as any language to be found It looks innocent enough In English and not less so In Greek Latin and othe tongues into which the Jewish book- have been translated but the Hebrew which is said to be the original guage of the Bible lends itself to curious translation The very very flrstword In the Hebrew Bible Is Bereshlth and that Is translated in the beginning in the English Bible tellone cansober whatin really signifies That It may mean flatly demiyliebutgiitnfisequally true not that It may have some Dereshithmay be one word or two b meaning in reshlth beginning the beginning may be a pious exilresslo l but it means nothing until we know of what It Indicates the beglnningr To say that God made earth1pr rcatea tleavns a7t then the didt em is bvIsense the word might jistas- well have been loft out if that is it means That every work or Job or task must have a beginning goes without saying Now I propose to translate the verse differently and read it thus Bereshlth made the Gods the hea vens and the earth Tine only jection that can be urged against my rendering Is custom tradition or theo logical prejudice The last may be Ignored for theology Is always In the wrong custom and tradition may g for what they are worth and they are certain to be urged against the new translation Never mind neither honest grammer nor honest lexico graphy will ever protect against It Of course I shall be told that we know nothing about Dereshith the newly found creator of Gods and all else Well we know nothing whatso ever about God Gods or any other creator yet mentioned in ancient or modern times nor can anyone say what the heavens mean Who Bore shiths or was I confess do not know but I feel confident that he she or is or was quite as ikely to creat- things as God or Gods and I bind myself to demonstrate that as against any divine who cares to take up my challenge Bereshith I am con fident is as good a creator as any you can name and as able to mak Gods as God or Gods ever were t make the worldAnd what Is very muc more while the Bible itself shows Gods or Gods character or charact ers In the blackest possible light there is not from Genesis to ton a single syllable reflecting upo Bereshith If any Jew or any Christian cleric demands a sight of Bereshlth I en gage to show him at the same thin and place as they caro to show Go or Gods If they demand to be tot engagto fllrnlllhIheard much of Bereshlth up to date may or may not be our fault or mis ligelylintto mo what I am writing as that other superhuman being ever tmspirec- nnyone to write do not pretem- ithat my position is any better that some others but only prejudice can light against me or blashmo Bore shith must explain that tho Hebrew word translated God In tho first verso of the Bible and In many others is a plural noun Elohim and If root means God the plural form must andChristian GolllIuturated wth Polytheism as Christian ity itself Is But must not enter into that subject at present nay say in dropping this first reaitHash says God created In the begin ring etc Without this transposl tion the word Bereshlth might taken for the name of the first deity who created the second Genesis with a Talmudic Commentary by Paul Issac Hershon London 1883 p 5 Here there Is a confession form an orthodox source that that Gen should be read as have read it only that orthodoxy forbids I have read it naturally to save orthodoxy must Invert the order and so mmieveritlntendedinsTinitsaGnosticaeanl auprennetGod made matter and the that a secondary or subordinate God did it and the first verse of Genesis that view somewhat though makingsof the heavens and the on Bereshith disappears heamay make it hot for Jews and tians who Ignore him and worship his creatures Let us hope he is not a Jealous God nor anywise revenge ful If Elohlm means Gods as It cer tainly does then the whole of first chapter of Genesis Is Polytheistic and therefore blasphemous Tine wind of the Gods moved upon the waters the Gods said Let light be sold Let there be a fljrnanr Ijnfroof etc and r lof the cartuni read The P Adam In Jlkgngss i H a Monotheistic tbo said upon this we as Freethinkers siiomuid7nerlose an opportunity of exposing those who pretend that the Bible Is a Monotheistic book That its latest editors were worshipers of but one God may bo conceded hasbeento a newer creed yet plentiful evld ences remain In it to show that tho original authors of the oldest portions and much besides were worshippers of more than one God Your fathers dwelt on the other timeandoother Gods Josh X IV But men like Professor Sace fanlltlcwlllInsistreal historic person and also a Mono theist The Bible shows him other orCmtannlteschizedek though that truth is obscur ed by translation of the Bible where Melchizedek Is represented as priest of the most high God It yoiEvenedly Polytheistic for most high God otheresense Abraham worshiped that Pagan God and swore by him yea and ate his sacrament of bread and wine tho oldest Lords Supper or Eucharist or Maso mentioned In the Bible 1nho ShaddalGod enough surely and the facts exhibit the Father of the faith ful and tho Friend of God In the thinkncan no the patriarchs were all Gods not men but if Christians and Jews will humanise them It Is our business to redblasphemye ofheating Abrahams veal and cakes xvlli or gorging himself with a butchers shop full of rams fat beasts and blood Islam 1 10 to What slchIunchangeable there can be no sort InIis a disgusting savage or giant or the Bible blasphemes him a thousand times worse than Freethinkers ever did To be sure Bible blasphemy Is pious and privileged and God Is glorl lied thereby while our Impious ration al and in all other respects commendable Therefore are we liable to bo punished for what we should bo re warded One of tho most blasphemous texts in the Bible is Jeremiah vII 22 and tho Lord himself Is flue blasphemer If tho holy prophet does not slander him I slake not unto your fathers nor commanded them In tho day that I brought thou out of tho land of Continued From Page One ari BLUE GRASS BLADE k5S Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday his death February 7 1906 Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chllton Moore up to JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid i150 year in advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac cepted will be published at the rate of 100 inch per month unless by special contract w- heniother and better rates will be quoted upon applica tion The 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subscription Back Move a notch higher Honest methods wait for honest men f t The truly strong never ignores the truly weal The devil finds many letters for idle hands t0on write a Beauty attracts admiration but it takes move I to draw interest To attempt a great work is bound to make- of you a great worker it no profit in friendship that knows no of self aiiinpa milt many a man s qty ifri GrftvCr smart litiainetisrr It takes a man with a lot of earthy brass about him to dispose of the heavenly gold brick t God and the angels the son and holy ghost have all developed into a large pipe dream One can never tell what sort of fruit will all when you begin to shake the orthodox Christi- tree an Christian theology never had the capacity for making fast friends but it has made fools hypo crites and enemies by the thousand wThe poet writes glibly about the footsteps in the sands of time but he probably never got a r pebble in his shoe According to that St Louis preacher the world will never be brought to Christ until new types and methods are in vogue We opine that when these come in vogue Christ will go way back and sit down a Those good ladies of Omaha who object to stocking encased plaster of paris limbs in store J windows should get the fire department to turn e the hose on the hosiery and all might be well When the indictments are all in San Francisco may decide to put the remaining honest men in jail It would be an awful burden to confine all the others at public expense One can see what that would mean should justice be properly dealt and still the preachers prate of prayer and faith as a means to saving grace and right doing Criticism like charity should begin at home but this is a point seldom thought of by the mod ern preacher or his followers As a rule they take kindly to criticising others especially those who fail to agree with them Every fault and every foible is magnified until it becomes a mountain of crime and this is why the world needs reforming so much in the eyes of the Christian believers Under our present industrial system the man who toils is fighting a constantly losing battle His e wearing opt heart and hand and brain for a crust that grows scantier every day While the many battle desperately for life the few piling up fortunes which they cannot use or spend or take with them when they shuffle off this mortal coil It is poor consolation to point to a Christian heaven and tell the worker that he will ford his reward over there Love one another taught the apostle of uni versal peace but his followers keep at a rpseect ful distance from the precept It is recorded i 1 from Alliance Ohio that a delegation of thirty Christians invaded the meeting of another body of Christians and by using squirt guns filled with a powerful acid they turned the fiery liquid fuita upon the worshippers while they were assembled about the altar kneeling in prayer It is reported that a full dozen were painfully injured while some of them hal their clothing almost burned off What appears to be worse is that the civil authorities took no notice of the incident This is a so called Christian land where the saints howl cause God is not mentioned in the constitution How these Christians do love each other After spending considerable energy against the terpsichorean art and the ball room generally now comes a preacher in the person of Rev Rufus A White backed up by another preacher Rev J Lloyd Jones who are giving all possible couragement to inaugurating dancing in the churches as a counter attraction to the dance halls mid as a means of getting the young people to attend church The dance halls arc Condemned by these preachers as evil resorts because of the flirtations that are said to attend them ut terly unmindful of the fact that flirtations at tend the church and Sunday school just as much The clergy perceive a rapid falling off in church attendance and as the Bible fails to draw the giddy waltz is to be relied upon to do the work What the preachers in ono age condemn the preachers in another will commend Perhaps who knows the end will justify the means In spite of the tearful protestations of Ireland Corrigan et al the French government seems per fectly able to enforce its separation hew even if occasional trouble arises No farmer ever got rid of a nest of snakes without a fight and it was not to be expected that the priests would willingly leave the snap they had been enjoying for years Papal bulls have no visible effect upon the French leaders and this is wherein they show good sense and good judgment Religious tirades are no longer effective in civil government and although it has taken labor of years to impress this fact up the mind of the Vatican a successful impression has at last been made Were the Pope and his ad losingYothercontinual agitation of the religious questions in government France has set a pace for the balance of the world in these matters The worts enemy of religion and the bible are those who insist upon its inerrancy those who strive by some esoteric elchemy of logic to transmute its every fragment of base metal into bars of agres hid IOUndrorthodoxy p eve man and every woman vaii2cl u lymnt Tn pvouhe s that ilr 4Li1 oAhe sereIguiiiuttrevalsr that sms ndw t gnized corela ive of educatedogmatisTsliave driven tha thinking millions lllttT- an overt opposition to the church and these c never be brought back into jhe faith a a a HOW COMES THE MOTHER LOVE Whence comes the Mother love How frequently have we been impressed with th sentiment when exhibited by the lower animals Christians have long contended that it is a touch of the devine spark alleged to have corn n ated from a god some sort of n personal god without regard to condition or environment From the realm of scientific research comes the information that this Mother Love this regard for offspring common to mankind and animals of a kinds is builded upon purely material and physiological considerations and anothed lance has pierced the hide of ironbound orthodoxy The study of such a sentiment can be based upon scientific considerations alone Theology cannot penetrate far enough to decide such an issue It is beyond the plane of religious thought The sentiment has nothing in common with the orthodox r ligion or with any religion It is not even a parallel with the socalled love of God for the children of earth in that the Mother Love is sweeter more sclf sacrificing more true and capable than the love of any god for man could possibly be The Mother would never place her offspring amid the danger of knowing that her child possesed a sinful weakening nature subject to the temptation ready to yield and then consign it to an endless hell for falling in tempta tions path This is the way god is aid to have treated man and the Mother Love is DO argument for a just or merciful god for the g d the Chris tians worship has neither justice or jjncrcy in his makeup Henry de Varigny a French Naturalist and bi ologist writing on this subject much excellent data accompanied with strQ g argument to back it up Being worthy of pe sial and fur Wishing excellent food for thought it here quoted in part Love in the protozoan is evidently very mucha physical phenomenon It roieinbles the process by which two chemical sub tances com bine Here as in a great number ojt acts what e some have seen preferences antipathies etc there are only physicochemical laAVs in play They have much in common in fact with movements that take place in inorganic matter with the inner phe nomena of atoms the processes of crystallization etc in which the imagination may see the expression of feelings and emotions of a high degree We must however reject all ation and tho anthropomorphic Sentimentalism that ignorance so easily imparts and tho gre i Giards work lies in the rigor with which he ex eludes all this from his study motherlove in animals Sec for instance a mother crab carrying about mass of eggs Touch one of them and the crea tore protests with vigor She becomes angry and opens her huge claws to repel the aggressor Shall we say that motherlove is quite evident here This mother defends her young even before they are born To which the naturalist answers that that the female who is carrying about a sacculinc parasite instead of eggs acts exactly in the same way The probabilities are that the eggs and tho parasite occasion identical sensations and that touching either is equally disagreeable to the crab There is no motherlove in this therefore Again some cochineal insects after having laid their eggs die covering them with their bodies It is easy to write eloquently of this in celebration of the heroism of this dying mother who defends he roffspring with her own body But this is pure her offspring with her awn body But this is par it has not the strength to go elsewhere That is all How about the fishes Motherlove is at least not violent among them Some leave their eggs at the bottom of the water others leave them on the surface Some fish however take a certain care of their eggs the Chinese macropod suck them up from time to time into its mouth and changes their position Excellent father do say The truth seems to be that at this time tho fishs mouth contains a certain amount of mucus and that the eggs help to aggultimate this and remove Certain serpents exhibit a like phenomenon the writer goes on to say Those that incubate thief eggs manifest apparent signs of motherlove that arc rather due Giard says to fever The creature endeavors to cool itself by contact with the eggs and as the feverabates this desire also lessens In birds too the author insists that what is usually terpreted as maternal feeling may in many cases bo ascribed to other causes Incubation is more common among them than among reptiles he says simply because their bodily temperature is higher and the fever therefore is more marked at the time of setting But how about the higher animals Says the writer Many cases have been described where animals have adopted the young of other species when their own have died or have been removed lionesses have adopted puppies cats rabbits or eevn rats These cases are counted by the hundreds and in many of them the adoptive brood belongs to a species which normally lives on bad terms with that of mother So we are told See tho strength o the maternal instinct This creature desires to be i mother at any price Her maternal love has undergone perversion but its existence is much iy evidence atur listswwever take another They regard the adbpiivc moilicraVizfi i6roselfish than altruistic mind enq itt1ic t ey give y to lUg th Does this mean that there is nothing but ego tism animalism anti physiologic action in mother Ifve and in all other love py extensions By non rti cans Even with the lower animals there is cer tainly something besides simple tactisms and tropisms something besides involuntary and me chanical movements of the same nature as physical and chemical reactions In addition to these there is an clement nonexistent in the metal and the ischemical salta vague consciousness Higher up in the animal scale it is certain that there is some thing beyond the physiological needs that determine numerous acts interpreted as altruistic more elevated consciousness begins to develop which in the human race reaches a still loftier plane and which in future may rise higher yet But it remains evident that at the bottom there is 11egotism material necessities physiology ouimality Of all these sure signs remain even in the highest organismsIn there has been too much attribution to inferior creatures of the aptitudes of the superior and have probably in imagination put too much of the man into the insect anti mollusk The truth is not so what is really carried over into ethe inferior being is the law of brute matter the elementary psychism of the lower organisms is in turn carried on to the higher creatures Instead of regarding the lower animals as possessing feel ings like those of man as is incessantly done we should rather consider the latter as prolonging the animalism of the former The current is really flowing in the other direction a LEGAL BLOW AT THE OBSCENITY PROSECUTIONS Through the kindly consideration of a friend the Blade is in receipt of a portion of a copy of the New York Journal under the date of June 7 which contains an account of the trial and victory of N L A Eastman of that state a trial based upon the alleged obscenity laws and used as a means of stifling religious criticism In the decision just rendered by a majority of the Judges on the Appellate bench of the Empire State in which it is said that the article com plumed of does not cone under the section of the Penal Code upon which the prosecution was brought brings a rather forcible reminder of the judgment rendered by Judge Walter Evans of the federal bench in Louisville in thp prosecution of the former editor of this paper at the hands of re ligious fanatics because of the publication of theI Virgin Mary article by Grier Kidder The issues are identically one and the same In the eyes ofI religious fanaticism anything is obscene which attacks their creeds and formulas but the courts have held differently and these tribunals have shown that the letter and spirit of the religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution arc not n be trifled with The question has often been asked What cone C P stitutcs an indecent publication The devout Christian and the unbeliever in Christian dogmas would each give a different answer The principle is involved when a person is accused of being a blasphemer If a man docs not believe in God and Godibeing but an unfounded and unproven theory it canynot blaspheme God for he certainly cannot blas pheme that which docs not exist Before Godcan be blasphemed he must exist and the person Coneversely the idea of blasphemy only exists in the mindof a believer and it is after all but an clement of religious faith Acting upon this princi ple and rendering a liberal construction of the constitutional provisons regarding religious liberty the courts have refused to sustain prosecutions for blasphemy and they have been careful to discrimin ohnconscerned editor C C Moore it was held that oreoven sacreligious it was not Obscene as that term was defined by law and us the former were not offences against the government of the United States no offense had been committed and the dictment was dismissed Upon an examination of the issues in controversy between the People of the State of New York ap 1 pellant and Newton L A Eastman appellee we find almost a similar state of facts The article for which he had been brought to trial was an at tack upon the Roman Catholic faith in particular and Christianity in general Some harsh and bit ter language was used and while the Appellate arpublic print they could not find that it came within the purview of the law and the accused was dis charged This is a clean cut victory and a decidedIsetback for the pseudo pietists At the saute time it is a clearing away of the pietistical brush for Theodore Schroeder the legal adviser and repre sentative of the Free Speech League in his defense of Bernarr McFadden before the courts of the same state Eastman trod his attorneys are to be con gratulated upon the outcome of the trial and the Blade expresses the profound hope that his will be among the last of such trials to be brought before the judicial tribunals of the country The article written and published by Eastman was a tirade against the confessional which ho de nounced in scathing language On the other hand he presented plea that both men and women who desire to make a confession of siiis real or imag inary should go straight to Jesus Christ and not fin a concealed and secluded place alone with a wicked priest From this we can but infer that jt was a case of one Christian assailing another t Ptian because of hiS faith and t bet 1anvedtrstriK believ notapcont religigI trWutJsajhMMMftMMM o ttlnlitn tow York courts have seen fit to rultso wisely ta well The court was divided in its oPinion dlssenting opinions from that of the majority lAiere givenswlirof time most peculiar features of the Courts udgment is that in the majority opinion which is Liven by Chief Justice Cullen he asserts that the article complained of cannot be indecent because of the fact that one of his brother Judges namely OBrien quotes the article in full and from this he argues that if it were indecent he would not thus consent to its republication even in a law journal Because of this fact the opinion of the Chief Justice is here given in full for the benefit of Blade readers He says I concur in the opinion of the majority of the court that the article complained of does not fall within the provisions of section 317 of the Penal Code under which the defendant was indicted which section makes it a misdemeanor to sell give away or show any obscene lewd lascivious filthy indecent or disgusting book paper or picture c That the article is a scurrilous and vileattack on a large and respected body of Christian clergymen is unquestionable That it is indecent from every consideration of propriety is entirely clear but that is not the indecency condemned this section of tho Code The preceding punishes indecent exposure of person scctionI section the sale of articles for indecent or use The chapter in which all the sections found is headed Indecent exposures obscene hibitions books and prints and bawdy and disorderly houses From the context of ureIstatute it is apparent that it is directed lewd lacivious and salacious or obscene the tendency of which it to excite and lecherous desire That such is not the effect of the publication is clear from the fact that mY brother who writes the dissenting opinion publishes it in full and I ant entirely certain that did he bejieve the tendency of the article was lecherous and salacious he would find no justification for its publication in the fact that the majority of the j Boutfrortu whose decision he feels constrained to a contrary view In the English easy cited by my brother no part of the improper publication is reproduced limit the report is confined to statement of its general character I regretIthat the publication should appear in the tthis court not because I deem it lewd but because I feel that the reports of this court should not be made the means of perpetuating a scurrilous and wanton slander on any class of the community This is an example of the extent to which sectarian religious animosities may lead a weak and dis ordered mind for it is mere charity to consider such to be the character of the writer of the production Since however the article is to appear Imiiy challenge its comparison with many that havo been published attacking the Mormon Church Surely publications as to that church have gone far the article now before us It is no answer to say that the Mormons while they prac k lit tit 1J1 it 1r timed polygamy were justly subject to sueh strictures The truth or fnlsity of the writing has no bearing on the guilt or innocence of the de fendant under this section of the Code If the I charges contained in this article had been made not against a class but against a single individual and that individual a layman not a clergyman it would doubtless if false be a gross libel But it would not be contended that if true it was indecent and j should subject the party writing it to the penalties prescribed by the Code IItdoes not necessarily follow that the defender to no punishment The charges in tl article being against a whole clans no single in dividualcould maintain an action for libel again its author sumner v Buel 12 Johns 475 but n so however as regards a criminal prosecution for libel The foundation of the theory on which libel is made a crime is that by provoking of persons libeled it excites them to violence and a breach of the peace Therefore a criminal prosecution cnn be sustained where no civil action would lie as for instance in this very cose where the libel is against a class Sumner v Buel supra Palmer v City of Concord 48 N II 11 State v Brady 44 Kiln 435 and also in the case of a libel against a deceased person It may be urged that the question whether the defendant should be prosecuted for an indecent publication or for libel is a techni- calr one This is very far from being the fact So careful have the people of the State been to secure freedom of speech subject only to punishment when a jury has found that that freedom has been abused that by the various constitutions of this State ever since that of 1822 it has been expressly enacted that in a prosecution for libel the truth maybe given in evidence and the jury shall have the right to determine the law as well as the fact This applies to no other criminal prosecutions lu the light of the language used in the fore going the Blade can give its readers the benefit of the article itself that they too might judge tween the opinions of the learned jurists who took opposing views Time offending article as follows and appeared in a paper called The Gospel WorkerThe Open Door to Hell Is the confessional box It is hells gate lh mainspring of lust The very embodiment and focus of the virus of hell It is the very matte- and pus that runs from the corpse in hell It the polution and rottenness of the decay of ages It is the cesspool the recipient the reservoir lust of vile thought and communication aduter- r the birthplace of sexual criminality with teen s l wives and young girls and the convent is earth terminus and hell the lake of fire is the dumpin- ground It is the criminal college The mother ution The author of pauperism ii1 poison to society homes our s neut I speak ii lxtaaonda in travlnPttsCi occr mat mid usonds to death Iiar i the tomb the blood of the innocet 0what sense is the confessional sStxled The word of God says in 1 John 1fl 1f 9 If wo confess our sins He is faithful and just sins and to cleanse us from al Almightytyour n a concealed and secluded place alone No wife c 11it go with her husband Here the priest asks th vilest of questions and of coure the husband could not be present He asks the most delicate and 1intimate questions But under what obligation is to a priest What business has he got to go into a box and ask delicate female questions r that no minister of Jesus Christ or true gentleman j an earth would ask Right here in the confessional box many have been ruined and many become mothers as a result and men you are payin- your money to priests and to a church that is ruin ing your daughters and stealing the affections of your wife until he knows more about her than you do She has many secrets kept from you husband but not from that licentious priest This is all tru dear reader and can be proven by thousands of witnesses May it not well be called the open door to hell Last month a dear brother gave The Gospel Worker to some in the place where he was at work in this city It was the January number with the article Break Open the Doors and Lao In and it caused much excitement Bloody threats and curses were made and two could not sleep all night they were so stirred over the truth in it Was any one ever benefited in any way by going to the confessional box If it is adice you need whygo to tat secret place Dear reader Jesus never instituted the confessional Would he i kill lustful licentious drinking men to ask sue w vile questions which are unbecoming for anyone to ask another I am sure you say no and begin to see the awfulness of it You might as well confess to a dead dog The Roman Church 1teaches you cannot be saved unless you confess wto a Head this from their own teaching wlf any one shall say that priests who ore in mortal in have not the power of binding or loosing or absolutionilt him be away Jesus blood makes God second to this fellow in the con fdssional box They teach that every sin the vilest arid lowest the most criminal by UlAn and woman must be confessed to the priest They do not teach itWcesasry to repent but to do penance Notice th takes the place of repentance Penance and cot ession to a wicked priest necessary to salvia earthIIn confessional the depth of corruption and IIlydegredation is reached There the seed planted in the soul The thoughts of a your jirl are polluted Her heart is polluted her ihin comes familiarized with the most revolting sins impurity The lessons engraved in the 1 f1 memory the heart the thought the soul like th sear of a red hot iron leaves its scar In the con fessional young unmarried and married women g e accustomed to hear and repeat without a scruple things which would cause even a fallen woman to blush These are the words of one who has been through the above and escaped from their murder ous hands I will close with the above It is a clincher and positive evidence and witness ofall I have said All unite with me in prayer that the above will open the eyes of many deceived Romanists and come to the blood of Christie N L A EASTMAN r r r SQUEEZEofTime modern preacher entertarns n high and pccu far notion concerning his position and importance in theology From every day expressions made by veryda people it is evident that they IlL not agreu the preacher and hold vastly ilifVcnmt opinions on the same subject On another Sunday we attended church and the thoughts above given were occasioned thereby We heard the parson preach and we heard him pvay We lima the chef stag awl to e caudil that was the only part of the service worth listen ing to This Is the secular or the worldly part o i it The praying is the theological end of the game and the preaching is the practical part or that par villein the preacher 1XtciN to jrt in hr line work upon his hearers Ihc sermon we heard this tnuo was an time sub jcct of the uusisouary institutions of the Christian church their necessity in the work of the church and their constant demand for support from the people As we listened to this we reflected that as far as the Christian missions are concerned they are the last remaining instrument nifty through which the parsonis able to extort money from the pockets tf the people The usua pittancese Were the churches to depend upon the Sunday church collections alone the preacher would starve and they would not be able to buy coal to feed penniaerelied on to a quarter in the nameof Christ It is goodshUll of satisfaction and pleasant contentments at grafYt at all times and in all places Not one of the spentgmore mjoney is being continually tsld for Not one ever asks concerning the manner in which it Susspcut because the Parson would not tolerate gag the preacher inB same occasion told his congregation that tfaaTTil was Gods that the world should be saved by preaching This preacher is cert ainly a wise guy In other words he is next t his job The argument is in effect that as the bYe of the saving but he must have the cash to keep up It was a splendid panegyric upon the neces sity of the preachers uric why they should b tolerated and supported It was an attempted just ification of their particular calling Here the suggestion is offered that as a part of Gods plan to save the world by preaching the pople must have some one to do that preaching This makes both the preaching and the preacher a theological necessity We realize that the church could not partgs s ing against the freedom oud independence of the race malting for reversion instead of progression Having thus declared that the nexteproceeded to define position the preacher occupied It was the same old story It was a declaration that the preache- was above the people and nearer to God tim the could possibly be In other words he plainly tol this hearers that the preacher was really between God and the people below god but above the people In his own estimation he was evidently not very far below god for he appeared to half way believe himself right next to the throne and almost repay to sit down Upon leaving time church we had failed to be any manner impressed with what the preache- had said Regarding him as u none just like other men better thrum sOme perhaps and certainly worse than some it seemed the height of personal presumption for him to even suggest that he was in any sense the superior of those who sat about him We felt that the statement was made for th purpose of coloring himself before the congrega tional eye with mere authority that what h said on these matters were not to be or doubted that when he spoleit was the Al ntighy speaking through him mind the people must give heed To deny him tins would be accounted rank heresy and subject time person denying to the harrowing tortures of hell In our fancy we could hear that preacher laugh in secret and in public offering the prayer I thank thee Lord that urn not like other men Our attendance upon this meeting has done us some good for it has convinced us that thinking people ore not to be won to Christ that way and that the continuation of such efforts at conversion may afford the person a living but it will not win souls to Christ Let us bo devoutly thankful for facts r r r Considering that Christianity had the control of education it is astonishing how many dull heads occupy the pulpit AJ r t tvtAs JESUS A MYTH Rejoinder to Article of Severance cently Published in The Blade Gospel Writers Friends of Christian Cause BELIEVE IN A AT START By A A Snow chwhich the writer attempts to make it appear that Jesus was wholly a myth us much so ns Satan In this I am only partially his opponent I believe then was a real person to start with out of which tho Christians finally built their God or a third part of their trinity Pos sibly his name was Jesus and perhaps- ho was born about or a little after Herods day And for ought I know lie may have been cricified as a criminals by the Romans It H said that we have no contemporary history that mentions him But why should wo have He was probably not a mon of any particular celebrity though he had a few followers 1who might have estimated his abilities very highly In that day people were very superstitious they thought all great men were sent of God and that they heaven as credential to their to bo able to show some sign from 1ought some miracle or tho like We read of this demaml made on Jesus in Matt 812 Jesus replies to it exactly as one would who was unable to perform mir should be given thatacles that no sign generation It is true that the paralled should beono sign contradictsgmnMark and reason too we may it an interpolation perhaps written long after Jesus death Now if I can prove that there were three portions of the first three gospels written or composed within the very generation in which Jesus lived the evidence be extremely probable that there was a real personal Jesus would not likely try to pan off a myth that I would in of a person Dlanyaof his hearers oughtLave ed of l1vlng seen old have ttrewcu em him ive durIng an earlier u u ixn order that they could not refute me an appeal to their memory Now re member this conclusion depends upon 0time fact that I ca nprovo that protlons of the first three gospels were com posed within the generation in which toeWhatsoever be the characters of the gospelsefriends of tho Christian cause and com Intheirthey made ono blunder that they could not have made in any other age than Jeauslledthe end of the world the great judgment day and tho resurrection was to take place in tho very generation in which he lived Read the whole of tho twenty ofrother portions of the New Testament NOv suppose they hail built up a mythological Jesus 200 or 300 years predictrgenera woulddthe prophecy had not been fulfilled and never could be But writing Itas they did they knew there was still in the future a short time in which it could expectedThishigher critics position who contend productionris not the reasoning sound t The ortho dos Christians often quote Reran us for his position they hike for the woods for the moment they admit Kenans reasoning is sound they arc left Chris itewere portions of the that three gospels composed Answer Jerusalemdthey predict the destruction of Jerusa lem nnd that could not bo known until it had happened But couldnt it have been known by divine inspiration No had there Leer any divine inspiration about it they wouldnt have made the ofImediately after tho destruction of Jeru salem For then at tho destruction of Jeru salem shall there bo great tribulation Immediately after the tribu lotions of tho e days shall the sun be darkened and tho moon shall not give her light and the stars shall fall from heaven And they shall see the Son of man coming Verily I say unto you this genera things bo fulfilled Matt 24 2129 tion shall not pass till all these F j i4i ah THE FINANCIAL VAMPIRE A fool thero was and he bought some stockEven as you and II He was told It was strong as eternal rock Wo called him a lamb of the newest flock But the fool ho bought an enormous as you and II Oh the risk we tako and the deals we make And the spoils of our head and hand Belong to the Magnate who knew too much And now wo know that he knew too much But we didnt understand A fool there was and his stock he soldEven as you and II And then with abound It upward rolled At the word of the Magnate who con trolled But the fool was scared and his feet got as you and II Oh the toil wo lost and spoil we lost And the excellent gains we planned Belong to the Magnate who knew too much And now we know that he knew too much But we didnt understand A fool there was and his stock he heldEven as you and And the price went down like a tree thats felled Yet somehow the Magnates surplus swelled But Ruin for that same fool was as you and I And it isnt the dross and it isnt the loss That stings like a redhot brand Its coming to know that we dont know much Seeing at least we can never know much And never can understand 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Incorporate Jho church t f 4V BIBLE Continued From Page One Egypt concerning burning offerings or scariflcos Look through ExodusE Leviticus Numbers and and you will find thtfro but little else than such commands The whole drift of those books one may we J say is to acquire an abundant an permanent supply of grais sacrifices and offerings for the Lord that Is the priests and all such orders were delivered by the Lord say those books Jeremiah here denies that the Lo said one word upon the subject course we believe Jeremiah so far but still look ntt his blasphmey Let any Freethinker declare that the Lord never told the Israelites to offer sac asa fices etc and he will be set down a bold blasphemer for contradctma the plain language of tit Pentateuch But Jeremiah no morn believed in the priestly rubbish and falsehoods of the Pentateuch that we do What a dreadful blasphemer And there is almost equal blasphemy in Amos V 2526 wher we find that holy prophet deriving that Israel sacrificed to the Lord for forty feu rsso in the wlhhrJi3 ay instead of iho tent or tabernacle thoi had and cur rued with them being a place in which to worshlu Yahweh it was says Amos the tabwnncla Mi icn rI CMun whose Imives ocwtivil 11Ilr vlaccb therein Wbtt horrid blasphemy to be sure WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY FROM CELESTIAL HEIGHTP- ROBABLY USED BY THE ALMIGH TY AS HIS METHOD OF COM MUNICATION AND IMPART ING REVELATION TO MAN By E Lewis It might be interesting to some of the Blade readers to read a sho sketch of Gods spiritual long distance wireless telegraphy It is the oldest system the longest distance and never fails to land the message plump In the ear of the fellow it was tended for and always In the night when the fellow Is asleep and enjoy- Ing lonely dreams When Joseph learned that the Holy Ghost had been sparkng Mary in h Isthe absence he was wroth justly soI for she was young and beautiful toI look upon Math 119 he had a mind to put her away prlvattely but while hilIs the angel of the Lord in his dream t undoubtedly Gods Secretary State telling him to fear not to to Mary his wife to his bosom for s should brng forth a pon and he ishould call ns name jesus dos uipnir of the long distance clear from Gods throne Inlleaven Gods Secretary ofI State landed that wireless whack Inr Josephs ear when lie was dreaming that angel was undoubtedly one of 1Wehis cabinet officers something similar to what Rosevelt has his that is retary of of State then first second and third assistants But there this difference Gods system workstl in the night only when the w he is after is asleep and dreaming lonely dreams then there was no chance for scamps to tap the line and steal the wireless message Then after the kid was born Mat 212 Herod sent the wise men shepherds to Bethlehem to find the child and report back to him but after found the lad and bestowed on their gifts and had retired to be 1the and was asleep and dreaming they received a wireless direct from God In heaven telling them to not go back back by Herod for Herod would kick the stuffing out of the kid if he founda him so they returned by another way to their homes Mathew 213 And in when they have departed the angel of the Lord Gods Secretary of State sent a wireless to Joseph when he was asleep and dreaming sayin arise and take the young kid and his of mother and flee Into Egypt and stg there until I bring thee word for He ad will kick the stuffing out of the it i he gets hold of him so they hustled out of bed in the night and lit out for Egypt Always In the night- It is not stated whether they trav eled on couel back horse bacK mule back or on ass back thd account is a little lacking in that respect Matthew 219 But when Hero was dead an angel of the Lord Gods to First Assistant Secretary of State sent a wireless to Joseph In Egypt when asleep and dreaming always asleep tolling him to arise and take the child and his mother and go IntoIt the land of Israel for Herod Is so they hustled out of bed again an lit out for Israel but on hearing that Archelaus reigned instead of his fa ther Herod Joseph became alarme- and notwithstanding the orders by of wireless from Gods angels turned aside into Galilee and located in Naz areth where it Is supposed the child Jesus grew into full stature Math 31C17 And Jesus when he was bap tized went up straightway out of the water and the heavens were opened unto him and he saw the soirlt of God descending like a dove and light- Ing upon him and lo a voice from heaven a wireless saying this Isbc my beloved son in whom I am well ri t rMtl pleased But St John says 132 AndI John here record saying I saw spirit descending from Heaven like a dove and It abode upon him Matthew says Jesus saw the boa v opened There must have been an opening in the heavens Uecau that dove could not have got itthrough a solid block of space 9000 000000000000000 miles thick to e cort that wireless message to Jest and John and got there on time less there was an opening it0fa priest called Zncharih while bum Ing Incense In the temple while the were outside praying received wireless from the angel GnUrl who stands in the presence of Gel Zachariah says he saw the angel who said I am sent unto thee to show thee these glad tidings Tl wile Elizabeth shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call his name John That news tickled Zachariah that he lost his speech for the space of nine months until the child was born then he spoke out and 1said call his name John and eyHis called his name John Acts 12 chap Now about this time Herod stretched forth his rand to vex certain of the church and he killed James the brother of John with the sword then he apprehended tuttlSy that ought to have been fully suf ficlent to keep him secure from all chances of escape His hands were bound with two chains and two wart soldiers slept one on either st of him while the other fourteen sol diers guarded all chances of escape except that cruelly Invisible wlrele rtwhich invariably does Its work In t night when least expected And there was no exception In this case butI there was sad disappointment f Herod intended to tape Peter out the 11next day Christmas and have some amusement over his anatomy But that fatal wireless direct from t throne of God In heaven arrived an lighted on Peter and smote rim in side and called out Peter get up quickly and raised him up and his chains fell from his hands and th angel said gird thyself and bind o they sandals and cast thy garments abbout thee and follow me that was undoubtedly Gods Secretary of Stn toIwho escorted that wireless and the went out and passed the first and sec gatheit o away any one e event Those two s Idlers that Pe ter pt na not Hnrhe pounding Peter between th au and telling nlm to get up quickly nor did they the clanking of those meters hands nor did they hear tne angel tell Peter gird thyself and bind chains when they fell from on thy sandals and cast thy garments about thee and follow me Not one those sixteen soldiers either s or heard anything of all that racket their business was special guards watch that one man Grand system of wireless telegraphy LET US REASON TOGETHER R ConcerninhThe Christian Plan of Salvation By J C Brown piamn was e foundation of the world Then it was formulated before the creation of Adam and Eve and to make this 1God effective it was necessary that Adam and lave should fall and as God had made them weak enough to fall and they fell in accordance with Gods design there was no sin committed act whatever a aAgainbeing a part of per take of the same nature infalllbilllty therefore tle story of the face 0 lieg fell the necessity a Christ never existed therefore GoYd reconcile himself with earthdd wrath of the other twothirds and the clergy claim this is divine wisdom Again the soul a part of Godhim self did we possess this attribute it would be impossible for a human be ing to become insane Again the soul being a part of God himself it logically follows that when he con sintPerdition a part of himself Well might old Perdition exclaim believe these things because they are absurd When such Rot is taught as divine wisdom little wonder that the State of Iowa is unable to build asv fast enough to care for those recoilthe supposed lielletvrs tnse who come not insane I give them the credit whodHypocrlteaJim PARSON ELOPESliWITH RICH GIRL tell Committed To His Spiritual Care But She Had Millions And Parrson tits Fixed ifMoneyReproduced Could the crimes of Preachers have continued publication and kept uptodate it would now be an ex ceedlng large volume From time to tolime reports of ministerial wfekedne- are published in the dully papers they become of too an occurrnnco The latest comes to us throi h a clipping from the Minneapolis Dally News as follows 1lIssln since the last of Arril with BCpractically the whole worH Unking for them the Rev Jere Knol Cool to and Miss Floretta Whale IS have allowed no trace of their whereabouts disaltpeaistlonnl They had been gone but n to hours when a hue and cry was raised and search was begun that included not only all of this country but for eign ports as well The pastor nnd his heiress seem secure In their elope ment Miss Whaley Is n very wealthy girl s8L1care of the Rev Cooke who was rec tor of St Georges Episcopal church tyRev Cooke is and has been mar for 10 years The girl showed great attachment for him but there was no scandal until suddenly they disappeared together Just before that the rector had suffered from nervous breakdown and at first it was sup posed that his departure was tern porary and under stress of his Hlnes wife bore up under the belief that would soon return However ters left by the girl Indicated that sl was Infntuaded with him and h gone with him IT IS CERTAINLY PAINES DAY New Idea of Memorallzlng Thomas Paine on The Nations Birthday ndethe Fourth of July Thaddeus B Wake man writes as follows Toussaint Uianushe Con n Capt G W Lloyd My dear old friend orThanks for your favor of the ISth If we can book you fqr the 4th of July at the Paine Monu meat Yes certainly if any considerable number of Americans meet there to Sodcan to help MJ true Ameriar tlt Izen no mutter vhore born can PUT GAL Ehll1Biu1ll1f- orget that the 4th of July Is Paine s Independentnhis Creationhis child and he should ever be associated with its birthday am pleased that you have disposed Footesydeserved immortality Yours sincerely and at command T WAKEMAN PONE AWAY wgH Strong Answers Given to The Ques tion of Why The Writer Is a Materialist By Dr L S Stoll I am a Materialist because my makeup Is all material I am a Mater ialist because I am not spiritual am a Materialist because have no use for sup God I have no use for anything that does not exist I do not think that anything or anybody knows that I exist except only man that knows me I used to believe in a merciful God but my long experience as a physician has taught me that no God exists Nothing exists that the action of man before ho act Nothing could keep a child Pro drowning If thrown Into deep water but the timely help of man All the prayers on the shore to God on high would not save the childln deep water from drowning Why Because there Is no God never saw or heard on in my 02 years of life I know the knows nothing about me my acts or doings If he did he certain would have often punished me fot wilfully abusing him daring him IIdare this because I know there Is no God If there was he would likely just God to set a good exampl- nd would prevent all explosions to ships from going down or nciBut oh yo Gods you do not exist and no one will ever bo able to seeI you when dead for I know when am dead will be a long time dead tied that Is why I am an exCatholic and a full grown Materialist DR L STOLL Smlthland Iowa WINCED HUMANITYNOT LIN Thoughts Upon Religion Suggested to a BeinggIJy John F Clarke ha tchurch do you belong to Xonef Well I would like you to join with us What You do not cure for religion Thats too badl 1 am up against something like this often I am religiously inclined I do not ob ject to anyone else being as religious- as ho or site desires but there is positively nothing in any phase of re ligion that appeals to me favorably I like to watch tho faces of these dear when they ask me if I would not ke to meet tho elect in Heaven and I them that I taro nothing for the elect Lure I have never heard any description of Heaven that would excite least desire to purchase n ticket either winged humanity nor super is in my line I would not mind spending a half hour in a museum examining freak flyers but as to pass J ing nn eternity with them excuse in fsar of such is the Kingdom of ling House Tho kindof etClnit that I would like wotilii be to Lave jJerlltulI1tuth am health tint strength and abide right here This world is good enough for me and would bo Paradise enough if the unco were nil called to the T God That lot stalls the stomachs Isawlike company they are is mist they can peep the change Angel must be damned patient beings to lllt up with some of the Gods people that have known I am Pharisee enough b thank my stars nature or the devil for running my disposition in n different direction to theirs Taste is n peculiai thing have seen people eat liniburge cheese and seemingly in enjoyment Ily persistence I might acquire that ap petite after strenuous application hut never will I court the affections of Jo hovah Christ or any of that push do not like you Do tell the reasoi why Ohl hell I dont Atheism good enough for me Put olltlf the level with the dog Well I pn t the Christians still lower Chrislini aefruits are exalting to canines throng abstinenceHAPPINESS OBJECT OF HUMAN DESIR NATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WIL- RETROGRODE WHEN THEY BECOME SERVANTS OF THE SPECULATIVE MON EY POWER By Geo Leeson Naturally the main object of man desire is happiness No genuine happiness cnn exist so long as man indulges his selfish norance in nnrrow minded oho sighted party prejudice or factional strife for class scuemes Genuine happiness can only exist by astrict adherence to principles of uniform justice such principles cannot practically exist when contam- Inated with the selfish Incentives of monetary systems of speculative strife which creates the incentive If not the necessity for thtj sacrifice of uniform interests for factional or individual Interests Hence all nr np ry merceservants EItFrom the time of Christ to thee Acs time money has been condemned as the mother of crime filthy lucre root of all evil etc Money is like some systems of rellgons that have no tangible visible or beneficial existence it Is an imaglonary thing a creature of custom and law a tolerated enemy of man So long as we tolerate the penal cious system of speculation to into icate the concentration of capital are but repeating the history of de caging nations Instead of wisely prof long by their experience grnndeumour greedy chase for profit power and Imperial expansion at home and fundamental characteristics of our princitthat till jiiHt government derive their authority from tho CONSENT of the governed Are not theseonce sacred principles violated bour brutal par IhilrSITor neon a tenting of their com plaint protesting against such nn out rage of their liberty by violating uti own Was this act intended to demonstrate our eternal vigilance devotion loyalty and appreciation of liberty intrusted to slur care as vindicated by the blood of the revolution t Or is it one of the hosted emblems of modern progress now being proclaimedsalutary square SpabEof their soldiers If so was not till revolution a failure Can we con sistently tenant constitutional pro tection niter permitting it refused to the Ihillipines Tuft admits that fifty years ago the payment of 7500000 to the Iopc for Catholic vote would not have beet tolerated Why didnt it nevi hits the Hoculleil modern progress legally changed our original constitution al rights so that they are now dictate- to by us ous servant czars to suit their mercenary desires at tho sacrifice of our collective interests Lincoln told us that all citizens rich or poor humble or exalted learned or ignorant were Ion ant parts of the nation Inch necessary to tho strength und stability of tho republic and null fled to EQUAL consideration tint PRO tection in tho enjoyment of UHKUTY Why are our hired iscrvanls now per mitted to insult our national dignity by characterizing one fith of our citizens us undesirable citizens and prejudge them- guilty before trial when the law pre judges innocence until proven guilty When these hired senants are boldly tint publicly accused and challenged to deny the guilt of grouter crimes lIlhI as saying Thomas Paine was a filthy little athiost thus telling three lies with three word on the defenceless lend who inspired the world with the liberty that treachery and treason is now trying to destroy If AHgeld and Debs offended and law why oat try them according to law lord not maliciously nay they should be lined up against dead wall and shot without trial or due process of law nod then claim Caleb Powers innocent offer threcI juries have pronounced him stilly lias such official nets became patriotic of loyalty devotion and vigilance to liberty and the of American citiI zens IollctivelIWas the 40000 plurality for the eight hour luau nna the 0000 to 12000 llurnlI itoto for Adam for governor of Col outdo ignored to vindicate the consent std sovereignty of tite citizens ofI Colorado Is a citizen law abiding and desirable who offers or threatens to lead an armed forte to Washington n C to defeat hcI inauguration of a lawfully elected presi dent Has it became essentially lawful so that we cat with impunity permit of ficial agents of plutocracy with moll violence to send taxpayers and our con stitution to hell defy courts anti the writ of habeas corpus Kidnap our citi zeus deprive them of liberty put them bayonetsLgardless of innocence or guilt to demon strate the utility of his excellencies square deal as executed by a mob of law and order vigilants The changed conditions may bo more fully realized by a comparative contrast between Van Huron of and McKin leyof 1002 We as a republic cannot consistently in any way participate in the crowning rtof Victoria Queen of England as such an act would bo n wanton if a baneful lation of the precepts of the founders ofI this republic McKinley sends the battle ship Illinois with a deputation of seventy four officers to take part in the coronation Queen Victorias snCCCSMorI Was this done to make kingdoms of tyrruny tremble or to show our appre ciation of English treachery during the War of the rebellion wich treachery waIdefeated by the Russiak fleet HAPPINESS AS CAlSE ND EF FECTe THE PiIJ9T REJUDICED T BAu RIORS By on i 1If an effect cam yxist without a cause to produce It and the main ob ject in life Is happiness and condl dons are what we them and history records for our benefit theIrise and fall of nations with cause thereof which together with our boasted schools churches and other organizations claiming to be ed andxchristianizing the world for 2000 years all claiming that man Is con stantly progressing and becoming more civilized and this nation existed 82 years In comparative pros honorrand patriotism in full bloom with laws and constitution respecting the rights of all secure Why have we built a great and expensive navy since the death of Lincoln and otherwise retrogaded Are batttle ships standing armies vlolatted law increasing crime potic mercenary aristocratic class domination increasing Ignorance and humiliated wage slavery under mono opoly rule become tho essential ele ments of liberty progress and civ ilization If not is not 41 years of elegant sufficiency or do you watt a superfluity of it Mr Priest Rid den Party Prejudiced Ballot War riors Your forefathers declared all born free and equal you permit their declarations called The Old Philadelphia Lie and To hell with the constitution And habeas corpus crew Well give em postmortem Dull pens and bayonet cues Who cares n dam for tax payers Or how old farmers howl We are going to bust the union cowsTo Kansas dumping plains Are kidnapped Into Idaho Where theyy are not to leave alive Cause Teddy says they are murderers We wonder how he knows Or how be became inspector of Undesirable citizens It Was Published Shenandoah la Jus E Hughes I forwarded to you by early mall a communication in regard to Christian Plan of Salvation Now If you think It worthy of publication please rec ohdJ C Brown From a 1LaJas Hughes Find enclosed order for flCO for which movo my subscription date to May 08 Wo cant get along with out the Blade and we think it is do Ing come good as we run a barbershop and have between 1200 and 1300 customers and they very near wear It out Wo have been trying to get n foe subscribers but have not sue thntlIs r r 1 In on the train have Inquired for thatitbarber shop where they talk religion uEAIsJ1dctWishing you further success J Hackett A JUST COMPLAINT jJnsFor sometime have been think ing I would drop you n line regarding the Irregularity of my B Blade Ifscrlltlon Iespcclallrmore than three months It nly cmes abut every two weeks and then thereJnre always two copies of the date and slue amt the ssue Is month old Tho last two just 21s to hand f both saute date alwasj cant account for the shape gotton into formally lived laud Dallas Co Texas but I wrote you first of January to change my ad dress from Garland to Wylle it comes to Wylle but only once in two weeks and sometimes longer but I assure you I read and enjoy every line In the ones I get except tho socialist articles these I do not comprehend f enclose you some clippings from my late dully paper Dallas Times Herald you can comment on them If so dis 7500 Euchre party at Coney Island was something huge and must have put the church on solid financial basis Let mo assure you of my sin core wishes for your good health and the great success of the G Blade MRS MARY P CAMP My Creed started in life with a feeling That Id like to bd just and fair But I soon found out if I kept it un That Id have to subsist on air For there didnt seem to be anyrplace For the man who was gentle and J kind j the yellow dog under the wagoii He Just lead to trot on behind fl go I said to myself Il jritbojiardand iev tlrltf anh mqsti H But forgo onwlth Q So I sealed up my hears T closeu my hand And I tried to live up to my llrilif reared a pile of dollars on high f But I took from the world a man For In spite of all that wealth could bring Twns a pitiful kind of strife And my heart west out to the underdog And I longed for the Simple life And so I opened my heart again And my dollars they melted away But a happier feeling came to me Auld I decided to let it sayIBE Careful The intangible seeking over the tangible missed Fled the Portals of Peace For the hilltops the rainbow tints kissed Reached afar for a star But to find ere my quest was com plete- had trampled n Rosebud That 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