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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1IIIIIIII i al I r tAvfr VOLUME XVI NUMBER 7 iLEXINGTON KY JUNE 2 1907PUBLISHED WEEKLY 150 A YEAR IN ADVANCE ff CRIME i AMONG THE CLERGY iThe Records Arc Very Much Against V The Gentlemen of the Cloth as Facts And Figure Show THE CLERGY AND SEXUAL CRIME By A A Bell A few recent writers on Psychology and Sociology have advanced the Idea that there Is a correlation between sexual crime and religion as it is taught today in our colleges and churches In a pamphlet entitled The crimes of Preachers published by the Truth Seeker Co of New York may be found the names of more than a thousand clergymen with their places of abode and embracing Bishops Doctors of Divinity and Pre siding Elders against whom over fourteen hundred sexual crimes are charged with over thirteen hundred other grave charges which have been tried in the courts of justice of church courts In face of such a record as this prominent preachers have had the audacity to charge criminality as tho necessary result of the nonaccept ance of their religious creeds Dr Broughton is quoted as saying when in London that wickedness and sin made Infidels though ho must know that the prison records prove conclusively that the great mass of criminals are firm believers in relig ion and that many of them have been Sundayschool pupils and teach ers While Dr Broughton has only his own Imagination to justify him in saying that sin and wickedness tlsJIcsput it forward that Christian teaching makes crIminals The prison statist ics of England Wales and Scotland show that on March 28 there were 21580 prisoners of whom only 22 are registered as of No religion The rest of the prisoners were classed as Christians of specific denomina tions As to the fact of unbelievers in tho orthodox religion being Immoral the opinion of Professor Tyndall is at least as good as that of DrBroughton and he in the very strongest way de clared that If ho desired to find a man who was above all suspicion as to his morality and faithfulness in the discharge of his duty he world have to seek him among his Atheist friends Professor Goldwin Smith Is we be hove as good a moral a man as can bo found on the American continent and yet who can say that his morality and goodness depend In any upon his religious belief or disbelief Goldwin Smith sometimes called himself not an Atheist but Theist and though he delights to talk dreamily about true Christianity it is certain that he has no belief in the creeds and dogmas which all Christians think form this very foundations of their religion for hero is what ho says of his belief as to the existence of Jesus the alleged Founder of Crrlstlanlty Tho mighty and supreme Jesus who was to transfigure all humanity by his divine wit and gracethisJ- esus has flown To my mind this fact has not terror I believe tho gend of Jesus was made by many minds working under a great moral Impulse ano man adding a parable another an exhortation another a miracle story And so Jesus repre sents to us not a man but the aspira tions of many hearts If one ago can create a Jesus another can Our age can You and I help In the creation Wo can Join In making not a legend but a new ideal of humanity the figure of a new man a maw message and all other truer deeds shall form parts of this creation which shall ho a Gospel to those who como after us Apart from many such individuals cases as these comprising some oC the greatest scholars scientists inch philo sopher in all ages the pall liable fact is that with tho spread of knowledge there has been a spread of unbelief Nor is there any substantial ground for thinking that this spread of unbelief has had any connection with an Increase In Immorality The statist ics we have referred to amply any such notion aside altogether front tho individual cases wo have mentioned But In tho face of these facts and the eminent examples of such great men as Hume Mill Voltaire Darwin j i l Spencer Huxley Tyndall Gibbon Buckle and tho scores of other unbelievers whos names have shed lustre on the pake of history what are wo to think of a man like Rev Dr Minton a college professor who In a sermon as roportejl In the San Francisco Post declared that Educated unbelievers are only trained criminals What are vo to think of a man like Rev Dr Torrcy who during his vival mission in Philadelphia asserted that To reject Christ was more crim heal than stealing lying adultery and murder Or of the ddzens promIn- ent clerJy n and revivalists who have repeated these same things What are we to think of their Intelligence and their veracity What trust wo of them as teachers of the young and especially of their litnena as teachers andjtralnero of the yourg wo men and girls who are so often trusted to thOlr guidance Looking fairly at all the facts men Honed wo understand the truth of the evidence given by the notorious defaulter Jalifiz Balfour In his way and like many pirates brigands and assassins a Very faithful religious be liever who in relating his prison ex perience in n series of letters in the Weekly Despatch speaks thus of clerical offenders One of the least unsuccessful es capes that I ver know was curlausly enough that bf a Ho was a tall thingbespectacled and roil nosed divine certainly not the kind of man one would expect to embark on so desperate a plan I had often watched hint in prison with a good deal of Inter st Clergymenand Isters of all Denomination are I regret to state unknown in our penal establishments have been associated o intimate trms in the course of nlImprlsontlOnt with a dissenting mInister and a Jergyman nf the Church England both being in prison for tlip same iGffence and both adhering very tzealoisly to the distinctive diferen of Church and Chape- leioifewiwassriblggamy and asT have meet rooter bisamtsta- fear that it must be regarded as a somewhat popular offence with the cloth jt Are we not fully justified then in saying that the clergy In dealing with infidelity or unbelief are actuated by anything but honesty or Intelligence If they know this fact they are ills honest if they do not know them they should be draindigging not not justified too in saying that instead of religion being a moral force the conduct of the clergy proves that it is rather an incentive to thorn to give way tha worst passions ot the human brsv that In ther ease at least claims to special privileges have a tendency to make hypocrites of them and that the exceptional op portunities given to them lead to tho commission of ninny sexual cri- mesMUST WORSHIP COD ALONE Negro Leaders Insist That the Time Has Come When Their Race Must Be Isolated From the Whites COVERS RELIGION AS WELL AS OTHER FIELDS In its weekly collection of religious dolngsTho Literary Digest publishes the following as showing that the tlmo is at hand when tho Negro race must enter upon a regime of Isolation from the organization and association from tho white race and that the suggestion comes from tho colored people themselves This Isolation is to include tho work of religion as yell as the idnstrlal and social world It says That the negro should withdraw from church association with tho white man and con no all his religious en deacors to his own race is strongly urged by a writer in tho negro re ligious organ The occasion for the pronouncement Is tho declaration of tho Seattle Convention Committee of tho United Society of Christian En deavor that no colorlino will bo drawn at the Seattle Convention The writ er in The National Baptist Union AfroAm Nashville thinks however that actions speak louder than words since the committee iiiKtsts on hold- Ing tho convention In a city which has no negro hotels instead of chang THEOLOGY LAW AND MEDICINE The Trio of Millstones that Hang About the of Our Modern Civilization By C S Carr Tho following was originally published In Tomorrow as is well worthy of re production This trio of professions constitutes the millstone hung about the neck of modem civilization Theology tries to convict tHe world of Imaginary sins at tho same time It belittles conscience and disparages attacks the very founda tion of health and right living with poslonous drugs while it discourages tho God given remedies so abundantly supplied by nature Law throws its arms of protection around criminals of every species while it persecutes tho innocent and lays In wait for the unwary Theology Medicine and Law Tho first attacks the soul tho second tho body and the third debauches tho In nate laws of justice Theology the natural enemy of igion Medicine the natural enemy ot health Law the natural enemy of justice and good order Theology had Its birth In the hatred of true religion Medicine was born of the distrust of nature Law had its origin in deliberate disbelief in the natural goodness of manIIf a man finds himself In doubt as to his toward God and other whcrtlhisIf a man becomes afflicted with some bodily infirmity real or imagin ary et him aply to the doctor and he will soon find himself taclngn thousand ailmentsiwliere ne firjst lead bu- tRaoi1wP1EC h If a man has trouble with his neigh bor let him apply to the lawyer when he will soon find himself involved in every species of contention and now troubles springing up on every side ing to a place where the colored brethren can fluid hotel accommoda tions The plain truth is he remarks the ChristianEndeavor people care no more about their ebonyhued pro toga that the other white people who have done tho honest square thing by telling the negroes Wo dont care to have you around We tend further The white people of this country are about through quarreling over negroes and all the negroes in the churches will bo something better off when they discover the fact We never expect to see another day upon which white people will give each other the least degree of offense on account of negroes The white people are uniting the negroes who have common sense will profit by their example The negro who Is hunger ing and thirsting after association with the white man South or North should have discovered by this time that he is persona non grata and that he would demand a greater degree of re spect If he should go unto his own people and devote his time to leading them to higher and nobler things The white people of all Christian nominations should bo permitted ot operate their religious organizations while the negroes who bob up serenely In their sacred precincts and frust rate their councils because of their unholy Intrusion sould go in pursuit of their negro brethren and make grand the organizations and enterprises that they have created and established among themselves We ask in all seriousness when will the socalled sensible negro In this coun try stop Improving the opportunity to be driven about scorned and humiliated by the white men Let the no gro religious demonlnatlons who be love In tho ChristianEndeavor work federate organize a national negro Chrlstain Endeavor Society elect all the officers create all the boards handle all the money hold their meet- Ings in negro churches and fluid commodation among negro people Lotus by some means hasten that age In which our manhood shall assert It self that ago when Instead of whin Ing and groaning because ot the humiliating strokes that white Christians put upon us wo shall by heroic deavor and a just degree of pride be lifted up to the exalted dignity which constrains us to honor God and to servo humanity under our own vine and figtree1 r If souse cataclysm of nature should wipe off tho face of tho earth every professional lawyer every theologian every doctor of medicine there would still remain n system or code of ethics as to right or wrong between man and man There would still remain re ligion and there would be left behind many excellent remedies for disease It Is not law theology or medicine that is doing the harm It is the scribes and Pharisees who make these professions a means of livelihood The lawyer lives on the bickerings of his neighbors The theologian lives by pulling over the old straws of anti quoted notions Tho doctor of medl tine lives on the ailments and the continued sickness of his fellowmen Away with them all Back to nat ure Do right to your neighbor Re verb the laws of nature and keep your conscience sweet and pure When you get sick follow the promptings of nat ure Put your self In the care of some kin l person who has a little hard commonsense and abide the result Justice between man and man is a good thing but it is not found in the courts Mght thoughts about God and nature are helpful and uplifting but they art not found In books of theology Remedies for disease are a boon to maaklnd but they need not be sought eiffter In medical colleges of tho drug stores A face to face friendly talk with your neighbor with whom you have hall a difference Is better than all the lawyyers In the world it at tho starry firmament on fIJeauUful night Is better than all tll theologies ever written JA breath of air troii the green tieTatf tQ bask In the direct rays of tit sun td swim In a clear pool are better remedies than can bo found In the phtrmacopoeiaWON AN IMPORTANT CASE How The Stury Club of Los Los Ang eles Took up the Case of a Wo man Persecuted For Opinion MAY PUBLISH BOOK FORM By Helen II Phllbrlck- Wo have a nice thing now for your readers If they want Ittho corres pondence through which we have suc cessfully acted as lawyer doctor utfge and Jury In a case of Incurable insanity It is the first thing of its kind In the world could not have been done had not the one who saw the need the possibilities the ends to bo gained the will to act a typewriter and mimeograph of her own a home of her own no husband to boss her ability to use typewriter and mimeo graph and loving understanding help and cooperation of by with and from the dearest free thought womai In the world For this reason the reason It Is the first tine a victim of craft and graft ever got out ot the toil without employing the agents of graft Judge lawyer dotter and other hired deputies to act as tho attacking party In their own la we now make a Proposition to your renders Wo have done something Good for your clitlcfen find hllCIttil if you will la1 UWI11X3 f it mil after you see what wo see walk along tUle hunt up more to be soon Wo have established a Precedent in a matter of common Interest Wo have proceeded on tine altruistic non po itlc plan paying our own expenses and using our own common sense In stead of hiring uncommon sense and paying ten dollars a yard for It Now If you want to take the next step for the babies remember your babies and ours just chip in to gether and make a little purse for editor Hughes till he gets enough to pay him for printing tho correspond ence in little booklet form and then we will all share with profits Wo our sister Freethinkers just tho same as any Freethinker and so much snore sano than tho Method ists and policemen cats paws that t arrested her that It will do you all good and wake you up to rend tho letters of a crazy woman while the Infallible degree reads hopeless case of Paranoia Hallucinations very violent at times plain case of Imaginary systematized persecution etc We will make you all laugh well tot when we glo you somo detail In a refxit converse wij mother of the infalllblics District Attorney oud delegates were asked If wo thong Miss Nichols had improved any since she was committed Del IteJ jtiigbt ed indulgently and be AiJ7 1tllon said wo had failed to find thiN the matter with her from the first With a pained look the represent ative of Infallibility said Oh1 he meant Tut Tut you know tho judge would not committ any ono who was not Insane Again delegate laughed softly and begging par lou again said well you see sir we saw her soon after she was committed found her as she wa when we knew her and since her only accusation is hallucinnatlons wo ioiiolirlol It was a case of Imlliiciimatlon en the part of the fUIIn This was a crual cut and the flinch was cvMont to in all as the infalllbilo said grievously with a motion to close the door Oh you must have respect for the Court you know We wantu1 to say we should have respect for honor when honor was apparent for common sense when commonsense was appar ent or not for a judge when neither honor nor commonsense were apparent or capable of standing a test That would watt however and so we took the usual air of servility and with profuse thanks to the Attnorey for doing what our taxes paid him todo we left the office We note many preparations of late for a final tussle between the Church of Rome the terrible enemy of humanity Socialism If your readers want to investigate the How of this womans ways of going to hell and demanding the key of the Chief agent of thflArcb comsplracy just tell them to make up a little purse and we will fix up the letters we have every step In exact copy and it may suggest a better method of warfare when the theIwhen the dear sisters we are prepar tiffl to meet and cooperato with through this correspondence and eye opening that will follow wake up anti know their power to test Infallibility on the part of God or any number of his chosen ones- Infallibility on the part of priests of either craft or either craft is the great joke with human torture for one side of It of the ages It is nil bluff however bluff on the ladles and will vanish like a shadow In the sunlight jvhcn the sisters wake up and by speaking for themselves the simple truth free the dear brothers inthelaw of loveandhonor- We thank the editor and every reader who has sent helpful loving letters and they are many because through these helps we have muster ed courage to do this big thing for humanity Jt Is very small now but It can be the grandest thing of the ages If the rest will go and do like wise No page of Dante ever overdrew tho extreme agony of human anguish being endured right now by hundreds yes thousands in the hells of this nation where government operates with hard cash to hold a sane captive till anglsh makes it sane as per decree- A Liberal lawyer who attacked the ore man who has been gentleman enough to help us help our sisters has hind a lesson on waylaying cripples that ought to bring him to a souse of self respect to prevent n similar act an unprincipled man on tho lunacy Commission at Sacreuiento has been dismissed and the Judge in this county who committed our sister freethink er Whether these dlsmassals have anything to do with the womans case is for your readers to judge when they read tho process of law uncivil or unservlllzcd to graft and one of us have contributed to the work We have worked for hu man love and justice and now of the readers want to proceed the samo way let them do so and we will all share in tho profits ofanunderstand Ing of a new way to hell The money for books will when sold all go to editor Hughes to pay for advertising The correspondence will not be prosy I assure you We knew what Continued on Page 4 i HASMAN SOULtAN IMMORTAL Christian Proof of Immortality Is Not Satisfactory to Men of Intell- Igence By Daniel K Tenney From Searchlight Our Christian friends accepting 4tauthoritative their Holy Book have for centuries been confident that In the Sweet By and By we shall meetjon that beautiful shore There is sublimity in this Idea surely Is there any rational basis for it Upon this question m n of free thought are widely at variance Some say that death ends all others that It does not and still others that they have no clear pInion on the subject Certain it is that whatever opinion any one of us entertains will not change the factrcTo my mind tho important question to be solved Is this Is the human body endowed with a function which can properly be caled a soul If It Is I am satisfied that function has al ways lived and will never die In Nat ure there is nothing lost The body Is a chmelcal combination adapted during life for the play of the energizing forces which control it When It ceases to be so adapted the body dies Chemical force gradually dispose of it The elements of which It was com posed return to the nproprlate places In nature for readjustment into other forms in the great future If there be such a thing as a soul there seems to me no reason to sup i pose that It is a chemical The action of natural forces upon ourtkphysical systembraIn nerves and1fithe likeis indeed necessary for the fdevelopment and sustenance of the soul if we have one It cannot act on earth without them An appropriate ejivlrpnment Is necessary If therebo- a rsoul it is just as reasonable to sup pose that Nature will provide for it hereafter a proper environment as that It has done so In the past or pre sent As to how this has been or can be done we are as profoundly Ignor ant as we are of many other things In thin conduct of Nature Our actuali iknowledge or Ignorance of forces will not retard to our desires or opinions Even by faith as a grain r of mustard seed we cannot swerve the grand procession- As to thin existence of such a thing as the human soul many millions of good people are willing to accept the testlmones of the New Testament They seek no further evidence and strangely discredit any which may be offered however plausible and con vincing to others It Is now generally conceded by professing Christians of Intelligence that the earth Is countless millions of years old and that tho hu human race has existed upon ft a million years or thereabouts If the Bible can be relied upon every human soul during that long period up to 1900 years ago went at death directly to that abode of departed spirits where ta3 wo using and wail and gnashing of teeth In the mean time the Christians Gods came to earth frequently walked in the gar den with Adam in the cool of the day talked with him and with many of thin old patriarchs Inspired with estial wisdom many others wrote with his finger on tables or stone the ten commandments for the guidance of men and yet never spoke or inspired a word Indicating that the soul of man Is Immortal or that thero was a Heaven to reward the good or a Hell to punish the bad Strange Is It not that a God whose tender mercies are over all his works mid who all along took such great interest in the man agement of Ills chosen people never made known to them in the slightest llfoHaymugthis important subject for so vast a period during which every soul which departed this life was ushered by the devil Into everlasting punishment not a single soul going to Heaven it was r finally decided by celestial authorities to disclose to mankind the fact so long concealed and that there were places divinely provided where the souls of those who thereafter believed certlan strange things could enter an eternal life of happiness nud those who did not believe in them should be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of tho holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb and Continued on Page 41 f rr n J t BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday hla death February 7 1906 Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chllton Moore to C JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid J50 wr year in advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 16 cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character cepted will be published at the rate of 100 Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon applica tion The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued- at the expiration of the term for which the sub scrlptlon has been paid up In advance The MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as this will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER chaie his or her address Advise this office giving both old and new and the Blade will be sent to the new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 126128 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome THE BLADE is entered at the ostofflcc at Lexington Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky sentSS It asked for upon rene al in case of discontinuance address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back York Idleness begets nothing L Live for time present Tomorrow is a long time coming Let todays actions bear tomorrows reflections 0 The meek inherit the earth But only in coffins Whenever falsehood is attacked it defends itself with lies There is no real social discipline in the teachings rof Christianity I When people who professa eligifn do not be lieve in it themselves the it the eventual precipitation of social chaos f unmitigatecMis worse is thing better taking its place to enlighfen and educate the people Kc At best man has but a few years to live and he strives hard to waste them by indulging in religion and politics Both are evils that will go glimmer ing when man comes into his senses Until then we must keep up the fight against both supersti tions Just to remind you gentle reader a few more subscribers would not hurt the Blades circulation and at the same time it would be a great help to xour pants pocket Even yet there is a hiatus that becomes fearfully depressing at times but we are struggling on with our limited means in the hope of better times coming It is useless to deny the fact that woman is the backbone and the main prop of the church A man joins a lodge for one reason or another but as a rule it is because he wants to stand in but when it comes to church matters he finds it awfully convenient for his wife to be full of religion r t A correspondent writes that the Pope is plotting against this republic and will ultimately gain tem- porald k control because so many of his followers are in places of public trust The suggestion is improbable While we entertain no regard for the Popes creed we do not believe that the country will go to the bowwows because Pat has a job on the police force a nt Many men may believe that they believe the dogmas of the Christian faith but if they will carefully examine their own minds they will be forced to the conclusion that there is after all a great big doubt lurking behind it To believe in such doctrines as are promulgated by the present day church is an outrage upon the very intelligence- of which they so persistently boasts r There is only one god worth worshipping and that god is to be seen in the face of every honest man and woman to be heard in every truth and felt in every righteous aspiration As a rule the professional orthodox believer accepts his faith only for what there is in it Time Freethinker pays an involuntary homage to truth and happiness and is content with the improvements he can aid for this world without regard for any other real or fanciful Selfishness is too frequently the assassin of many a mans highest aspirations Live not for self alone Remember there are others One catfish does not make a creek We are all necessary He only has learned to live who has learned to doI without Selfishness is the cross of selfsacrifice and yet the latter will be found the true savior of the world If you arc happy share that hap piness with your neighbors und if ye have plenty look not upon another with disfavor No matter how far back we explore a faith we find internal evidence that it hind predecessors Zoroaster founded the religious system of the ancient Persians and it bears a strong resemblance to modern Christianity yet he seems to have been an imitator rather than an inventor The Vedas are but compilations of the ideas of other cults and all the gods of Greece were actually borrowed Asia has been a prolific breeder of religious faiths and Christianity found its inception there To be candid we have heroically striven to make valuable improvements in the Blade It is our ambition to make and keep it the very best Free thought weekly in the country We also want to reduce its subscription price per annum but it is lack of funds that prevent us from carrying them out Were our subscription list thrcblcd we could reduce the cost furnish a better paper and devote our entire time to its work Why not try and get one or two new subscribers It will cost you nothing but a small effort on your part To do so would be really become a labor for yourselves as well as a labor intended for us THE SELFISH FAITH Thinking people will admit that the intelligent minority is always greatly admired by the man who belongs to it but the unintelligent majority is always bound to respect it Following the trend of modern thought and action we are impeled to the notion that this is precisely the attitude of orthodox Christianity ward Freethought today As Christianity car only flourish where ignorance prevails so the dissemination of knowledge must perforce gods and ghosts with which religion has peopledI the universe We all appreciate our own towards these superstitions thankful that we escaped their power and influence over the mind but there are still thousands worshipping at superstitions degrading shrine The very music of the spheres is converted into an emanation from some fanciful god and vainly imagining they are cmI bracing spiritual opportunities they are morel hugging a monstrous material delusion Not among the laity alone do these conditions exist but the same gross error the same material failing exists among the clergy In a measure the clergy are responsible for both A little better edu sated perhaps than the average members of church congregations they know better but in their zeal to preserve the sectarian shibobleth they prqach that which at first they know to be untrue nfhile the constant repetition1 the retracing andtoing- over brings them to a mental they give ready belief to those dogmas which they once seriously doubted Even the Christian heaven was erected upon the altar ofa supreme selfishness Every dollar put into the church every copper cent expended upon the propagation of Christian doctrine is expected to yield an abundant harvest in the shape of a heavenly interest Every effort put forth every labor expended in superstitinos behalf allarc given with the one hope of a selfish and personal reward Even as ye do unto one of these my little ones so do ye unto me and verily ye shall receive your reward is a true expression of the type of Christian thought for the reward is made the ultimate the sole motive the one force that impels action in the suggested direction It is all self The true Christian is supremely and vaingloriously selfish If he is a true believer he works only for the expected reward hereafter If he be a hypocrite and there are too many that are so then the re ward is to be more immediate and he expects o come to him here This idea of selfishness is a constant Christian trait It emanated from the god they pretend to worship According to the Old Testament it was announced from Sinais flaming crest Thou shalt worship no other gods but me came forth from superstitions heights and it was capped with the declaration that I am a jealous god Irrespective of the very serious question whether a god could be jealous or not it was a selfish thought and utteder with a thought of self alone It Jehovah be an entity as the Christians claim he knew that he was the only god and as that excluded the possibility of other gods there was no cause for jealousy Even did other gods exist it was an act of selfishness to demand that homage be paid to him alone nod nil other gods ignored On these grounds the true Christian believes that heaven was built for his enjoyment and hell for the punishment of his neighbor or his business rival If only he can reach heaven he cares not how many writho in hells fiery tortures The Christians love of god increases as his conscience troubles him more The knowledge of a wrong done an injury perpetated on another drives him to the altar of faith and with fear and trembling in his heart he seal s fancied consolation in a confession to the skies imagines his duty done and his soul saved Upon such doctrines is built the altar of belief In their grovelling depths lie the grave of mercy It produces a perversion of the best instincts time highest promptings of the human heart It transforms men into monsters creates a miserable companionship checks human happiness and fills the world with modern Ishmaels Every man wrap have his hand turned against every other r On the other hand Freethought declares that each man should live for all and all should liver each It recognizes the possibility of a rat brotherhood of man without the preten led father hood of god It suggests that cooperation is sential to our social and industrial life and that fci9r + x o the happiness of one is the happiness of all It inculcates the sweet harmony of the invert whole enhanced by selfsacrifice glorified hy the consciousness of a human duty done a human w rk achieved The entire Freethought system is erected upon the notion that we should strive to do rood for goods own sake for the virtue that lies inher ent in the act and not because of th dreamy hope of a fancied paradise or be deterred front wrong because of the dread of future punishment Only the coward shrinks from duty when it lies in dan gees path while the orthodox heaven robs earth of all that rightfully belongs to it a a THE GOD IDEA The Sunday PostDispatch in a recent issue in animadverting on the religious spirit displayed by the various orders of mankind who travel the country for show purposes with the great circus aggregations and speaking of the work of the lei Daniel McErlone of St Francis Xaviers Church at St Louis among these people says many things which tend to support the view held by Free thinkers as regards the origination of the god ides Anthropoligists for years have demonstrated to the world the fact that no matter how low in the scale of evolution a savage tribe may be timer is always existent among them the idea that the external phenomena that surrounds them is due to the influence of some invisible power outsicp their ken which they call the Great Spirit or God and all the workings of nature that thug cannot under stand owing to their inadequate brain capacity they attribute to this god There is something beautiful in this savage idea of God and as Freethinkers we appreciate and admire it but to adopt it as the true explanation of phenomena is another matter altogether and though substantially it is the view adopted by professing Christians it has ceased to be the idea of time highly educated man of science The Post Dispatch says A few days ago when Oklahomas Wild West and Far East came to St Louis Father McErlaue paid his accustomed visit to Indians Singhalese and all the rest and all through the week these strange folk came daily to his church On the last Sunday of the shows stay a group of Indians led by American Horse filed into St Francis Xaviers for service and near by were Mexicans Russian Cossacks Singhalese native Africans cowboys and ninny women of the show all in their native garb a mixed company- Father McErlaues work at such times is not directed to Catholics alone I want to llujlp any person of any faith he says lThough some of the faiths kept by the alien people of the circuses are not known here even rains it is plain that the religious spirit is strong in all Time followers of the strange creeds sayythe circus managers arc wondrously devout in constant observance of their own rites to which however far they may be from home they cling tenaqiously Odd Is it Well wouldnt you rather it s01 Isnt it good to know that in this day of omsI among the people of this our world qbd lives und alls well They ask Odd Is it A query to whiuh we unhesitating ly answer no it is not oddlit is only what one can expect from the ill devei pod brain of uncivilized man and moreover We consider that Christians are crying the game low down when they appeal to the opinions of the uneducated savage to aid them in support of their God idea And yet in the root of religious matters there is not such a very large gulf between the savage and the Christian and if anything the savage conies out the better man of the two Time savage attributes natural phenomena to a god because in his ignorance he knows no better and simply accounts for appearances as well as his limited faculties will allow but the modern Christian has the accumulated knowledge of centuries to assist him in coming to his conclusions and yet in relation to the God idea he places himself on the same plane as the savage simply postulating without an atom of proof In one respect the Christian is in an ferior position ethically than the savage and that is the savage attributes everything to God and does not know that he cannot prove it while the Christian states the sane thing and does know that he cannot prove it and yet is continually ex pounding it as an established fact Wo can give the savage credit for being honest but we cannot extend the sonic courtesy to the Christians Freethinkers neither assert or deny the existence of a God but simply say that they do not know as there is no evidence either one way or the other Somewhere in the vastness of the infinite there may be some power that is responsible for all and if there is such a power it certainly sloes not occupy its time in watching sparrows full and numbering hairs neither would it manufacture a woman with such crude material as a mans rib nor single out one particular tribe of wandering nomads as his specially chosen people A race adopted by God and rejected by the United States Even Freethinkers have a more exalted idea of what a God should be than the average Christian holds Time ignorant races of mankind will always believe in the existence of a God of some sort and the greater their ignorance the more gods they will have but the Christian with all the data of modern science at his disposal to still account for the ex istence of the universe to the capricious action of an external superhuman power places himself on a plane of mentality even lower than the uneducated barbarian a ALLEGED RECANTATION OF- JOHN STUART MILL Christian ghouls are now assailing the mental integrity of the late John Stuart Mill With that intolerant spirit over consistent with the true character of Christianity they are unwill Jiriki 1J t ing to allow a great man and a good dieIwithout charging him with insincerity if he declinesI to inahw a profession of an acceptance of and him crucified and yet they charge him with aIlife of insincerity by inscribing to kin a change of heart at the last dread moment when the mentalIfaculties are impaired when the poor weak tongue can mutter but an inaudible response All Freethinkers know that no person of any reputation in the field of rational thought have been allowed to die without the reproaches of Christian element being cast upon them Paine Voltaire Ingersoll all have come under the ortho dox hun because they could not yield an obiesnnce to the dogmas of orthodoxy It is now Mills turn and the ridiculous claim is being made that at the last moment the great sociologist and unbeliever had found his way to the light of Christian truthThe statement is altogether a misnomer to say nothing of its apparent and known untruth In the first place there is no light in the doctrines promulgated by Christianity Its darkness istplain enough to be actually felt It has kept the whole of mankind in the black shadows of a de grading superstition and has filled theworld with despair and suffering Then again there is no such thing as Christian truth for the entire religious systcnl is built upon a base lie a fraud andIt sham It is honorable to refuse recognition thereto and a mind like that possessed by Mill found it impossible to yield to its precepts its teachings and its dog matic errors As there can be no light from the socalled Christian truth there is no reason to believe that Mill had abandoned his philosophy of unbelief therefor at any stage of his Career It is well perhaps to state that the assertion is i made by an English bishop so we can well afford to consider the source The claim is made however that the statement is given upon the authority of the physician who attended Mill during his last illness but it is passing strange that such a subject should only now be presented Sifted to its last analysis it would be found to be something upon the order of Chcetlmms testimony concerning the alleged conversion of Paine but for the benefit of the readers of the Blade the following is taken from the Literary Digest being originally pub Fished in the Episcopal Recorder of Philadelphia in criticism of the Bishops statement It rends Those who are familiar with his later essays must have recognized how the cold skepticism of his early years passed away beneath the mellowing influence of the spiritual world until not a few were able to say that they hoped he was not far from the kingdom of God This hope the Lord Bishop of Durham assures us may be more than a hone for he declares that Mill died a Christianibeliever Dr Moule tells us that ho gets his in formation from time late Dr Gurney the entirely clfublephysicinn of Nice who attended Mill in tis last illness That he was a man of lovely spirit all who knew him could testify and we are glad to have his testimony to the fact that toward the end light came to his sorely perplexed mind We would not be understood as saying that Mill cepted all the doctrines of orthodox Christianity but rather that his skepticism was meted out by the Spirits influence and before he died the dawn with all its potentialities of midday splendor had broken upon his mind In this regard this great essayist was like the late Mr Romanes whose sincerity of purpose was a kindly light that throughathe encircling gloom showed the way home r THE HOOSIER SPINSTER AND HER PLANS UPON MARRIAGE Marriage shall not become a failure that is at least a financial failure if the fair spinsters of Hoosier state can have their way As a matter of fact so it is recorded they have resolved to place sweet Hymens torch upon an altar of speculative practicality and induce the lit- Love God to direct his shafts at the pocket hook instead of the heart For years and years the emancipators of the sex have been laboring loud and long to bring about marriage reform The Indiana maids have done it in a night No immediate relief ever came in sight to the former mini to many their ideals fell as though they had been a dream The latter have transformed the subject into a veritable Gibraltar of financial security and all we have o now is to sit and await developments- The Blade had experienced considerable apprehension for some time past that the tense culture of literary ideals under what bus become known as the Indiana System a system that huts placed Lew Wallace at one end of the furrow and a Whit comb Riley at the other would sooner or later result in a community of dreamers with no prac tical maid at the plow to insure a proper diversion of crops We are willing to concede that even in these blase days Romance is yet a good thing but in Indiana there seems to be an ever present danger of time growing generation becoming so painfully imaginative that there would soon be nobody left to attend to the store homely essentials of domestic life We are now prone to admit that we were in error We hasten to confess it The error was quite natural however and was suggested by a study of the crop reports und the United States bureau bulletins We are now able to view Indiana in a far different light a light softened by the lazy shades of the classic Wabash sycamores and not by statisticians in whom the utilitarian idea preponderates Time Hoosier maiden is made in a different mold from that which we Lint imagined She is not built in a fashion that would impel her to devote her days to time beautiful the good the true and her nights to those prophetic dreams of that knight errant who was to come and lay his lance at her feet On time contrary she is just full to the brim of a hardy practical commonsense and frugal careful II t 2 ii Ii i J iicss She IBIS organized herself into a Young Ladies Protective Society from which she pro poses to establish branches all over the state The dispatches assure us that the members of the ciety will insist upon knowing to a dead moral certainty just how their prospective husbands arc fixed in a financial way and will refuse to be courted by those who cannot furnish a satisfactory com mercial rating Ah may be the wound that honor feels fBut shallow is the hurt that money heals promulfsuccessful operation then indeed will the major ity of Adams sons be forever lost The law of the society declares that its members must rgidly ad hero to an ironclad rule which is in effect that no young man shall be permitted to woo one of them unless he can furnish documentary proof that he has goods and chattels to the value ofat least 2000 in available assets and carries a life insur ance policy for the same amount Just to think that mortality rates expense tables agents commissions on new prcnijiuias and renewals Brad street and Dunn should be allowed to transplant themselves into the hearts of fair spinsters instead of the swcetlovcseutiment of When Knighthood Was in Flower We can understand the Christian religion prostituting itself to a grab for gold but we never anticipated that loves allconsuming flame could be made to more brightly glow by a 1reference to a mans bank account instead of his The Indiana ideal seems to be money Love is placed at a discount This comes as an awful surprise Nature intended the male to seek the fen ale to be sought and thus is the law of life fulfilled It is useless to resolute against natural law for it can no more be enacted against than can the multiplication table Both are fundamental On the other hand there can be little doubt that one of the most frequent causes of unhappy mar riages is poverty But poverty though a misfor tune is not a crime Poverty is the rule with the most of is in a land where opportunities are for ever narrowing and boodle can count more in till race for a wife than brains The Young Ladies Protective Society may start off with a rush but when its members become ensnared in a darkened parlor or during a stroll neath the moonlit trees with sonic Lea tierlike swain it will soon bust for lace 0ie quorum with which to transact business SAINT ANTHONY ON THE WARPATH The religious fanatic does not like to seehis fel low creatures happy and the view is quite natural to the pious mind Happiness pleasure enjoyment with a yawning gaping hell ready to receive a godplagued and priestpestered humanity is altogether out of place and cannot be made to harmonize with the true religious spirit IIad we been God or had God taken us into his confidence when he created the heavens and the earth hell would have been cut out of the program altogether and yet there may be something in the thought for a hell might afford some eonsola tion upon the idea that with the extremes there will in the thought that hell is a good thing for a hellmitight afford some eonsola pelled to spend eternity with the pious hypocrites who stink for notoriety by professing to have a mission for cleaning up things From New York comes the announcement that Tony Comstock he of the pure impurity fame in tends to clean up some at Coney Island the famous Sunday resort for the overworked New Yorker With one of time finest stretches on the Atlant 2 coast this resort attracts nearly one million visitors each week It is perhaps biggest playground in the world It affords a days pleasure to hun dreds of thousands and this very naturally irks one of the Comstockian temperament It does not suL him lIe is displeased with so much gaiety He wants a few eases because they bring money in the shape of witness fees for even a Comstock must live and so does the skunk but it is under protest While decrying Coney Island the island of Man hattan offers an abundant field for Saint Anthony to work in Here is where the Whites the Thaw and the Nesbits reigned supreme There are more like them If Antimony would but turn his attention to the Pour Hundred and swell society generally he could doubtless accomplish more good than by trying his hand against a few innocent pleasures because they happen to be indulged in upon a Sun day But this is not Anthonys game There is no money in it At the same time he would incur too much wrath from high places and be put out of a job It is all right to assail the poor for they are powerless Dont touch the rich for they an work wonders on a fellow out for graft As we have heard so little concerning Antimony for several months it is suggested that he is aga stinking for notoriety HOW TO TREAT A- BELLIGERENT CONGREGATION Virginia parsons have novel methods of bringing about the conversion of their flocks Unable to control or direct their spiritual energies by a judicious use of the Bible tlc doors of the jail arc swung open and in silent solitude it is expected they will become penitent and thus be brought nearer to Christ Did not Enoch walk with God Did not list talk with him face to face Were not both of thorn far from the ken of mortal man when they engaged in this personal contact with the deity Why not then could it so happen that in the solitary silence of a prison cell the inmate thereof could coinmmu with the most high or perhaps get up a wrestling nlatch with an angelic representative and then an flounce a practical conversion The jail argument has been used with seeming c c Io 7 good effect by ltev S W West pastor of time West Christian Church at Ellenboro West Vir ginia No less than fortyeight members of his congregation have been put in durance vile at the instigation of this shepherd of the dear Lord who is reported to have insructed his followers to re sist not evil It did not come about as a result of a difference of opinion upon the efficacy of prayer a shortage in the collection or an unpaid salary It was caused by an issue of Biblical doctrine enun ciated by the leader of the flock against which the flock rebelled and a fight followed in which parson got mobbed and he caused the whole push to be sent to jail It is a well kown fact that Christians do nut really believe time Bible They may believe that they believe it but they dont This is proven by the fact of them being now in jail Their pastor had merely told them that an unbaptized person could not go to heaven but would surely go to hell and then there was hell to pay The congregation mobbed their dear pastor and their dear pastor threw them all into limbo One dear sister whom he dispatches say had a dead brother who had died without baptism actually slapped the pastor in the face and then the row began Pandemonium reigned supreme That congregation which had assembled in the holy temple of the Lord in meek ueSl und humility for the purpose of worshipping and praying became a howling fighting slugging mob in which the dear brethren and sisteren took sides and then they forgot all about how pleasant it is to dwell together in unity They just simply could not do it Time pastor realized it Now the fortyeight are able to better realize it than lIe Indictments followed and fines of 25 were imposed to which was added a sentence of our year in jail Time orthodox brand of sugar that had been so persistently used upon the temper of each indi vidual member had failed to produce that holy sweetness of disposition whereby a person being smitten on one cheek could turn the other cheel also unto the smiter Even the dear pastor felt so riled or disfigured may be that he forgot the Scriptural injunction and turned to secular insti tutions for personal redress Had this occurred at an Ingersoll meeting a Paine Memorial celebra tion or at a meeting of Freethinkers in any of our large cities East or West it would be made subject of innumerable Sunday sermons world without end and the horrible example won have been pointed As it is the pulpits remain silent It is m an unfortunate circumstancs that can bo glassed over by the suggestion that troubles will ometiuies occur in the best regulatedof families Under such a strain we can now imagine just whit heaven will be like with such a gang for external companionship Another revolution would awl some hcrseraph would have to platy Lucifer all over again It is evident that Wests preaching had failed to exert any beneficent influence upon his congregation lIe had failed to cultivate among them a feeling ol charity and love On the other hand it is a sae sign that the pulpit can no longer dictate to the pews for when the preacher preaches distastefully he is liable to get a swat on the jaw from some muscular female We wonder if time parson wil visit time jail to offer spiritual consolation and ad vice to his belligerent parishioners or if he will leave them to their fate It is evident that this congregation did riot take much stock in the teachings of time New Testament or for the utterances of their Savior The parson hadsimply expounded what is known commonly as a Scriptural truth Christ taught that He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he who believeth not shall be damned Here baptism is made a requisite to salvation Shall a man die without baptism lie risks the consequences It may cause heart tortures to think or believe that some loved one is writhing in the agony of hells tortures because he or site made a miscue on baptism hut it is Scripture none the less and all good professing Christians must accept it as it is not as they would like to have it When time dear sister delivered her shortarm jab on the point of the parsons chin she demonstrated her unwillingness to believe in such a doctrine and we are at a loss whether to credit her with being better than the creed site prentended to believe in by reason thereof or worse because her feelings led her to give a muscular demonstration of her objections to it Hell is not a pleasant subject to contemplate especially when ones relatives have been con signed thereto AVc can sympathize with woman and we also sympathize with the parson Our sympathies go out to latter because he felt compelled to preach such a doctrine and with the former because of the shock to her sensitive heart at the thought of what her dead brother was having to endure Dear reader here is a practical lesson for you It is no fancy sketch got up for time purpose of pointing a moral or adorning a tale It is based on fact It is built upon an actual occurrence The whole affair is as strong an argument against the moral tendencies of the Christian faith as any ono could wish for Theories are unnecessary here Facts confront us Christian puts Christian in jail for resenting preaching of Christian dogma With such a family of Christians its very heaven would be converted into a seething hell of discord and strife to which no honest person would care to be consigned Time weakness the impotency and time imbecility of the Christian faith is here portrayed in letters and words which all may read and understand What do you think of such a religion e Freethought has changed Christianity changed the Christians changed tho world It has brought about the difference between flue Rev Mr Campbell and the hellfire preaching ptt oii of old GHURG4 OPPOSES ANMOST EVERY TING That Does Not Agree With or Conform to The Book of Genesis And Apostles Creed By A A Bell In ltis work Tho History of zation in England Buckle says- I have endeavored to establish four leading propositions which according m view arc 1 That tho progress of mankind depends on tho success with which the laws of phenomena are investigated and on the extent to which knowledge of those laws are diffused 2 That before such investigation can begin a Spirit of Skepticism must arise which at first aiding the investi gation is afterward aided by it That discoveries thus made increase the influence of intellectual truths and diminish relatively not absolutely the influence of moral truths moral truths being more stationary than intellectual truths and receiving fewer auuitions 4 That tho great enemy of this movement mill therefore the great enemy of civilization is tho Protective Spirit by which I mean notion that society cannot prosper unless the fairs of life are watched and protected at nearly every turn by the State and the Church tho State teaching men what they are to do and tho Church teaching them what thoyljro to believe Before tho Church takes upon itself to dictate to tho people what they must believe it ought first to be sure it is right Tho Protective Spirit Buckle declares to be n great enemy of civili zation Wo see right now what n bomb it has thrown into the Episcopal church in its endeavor to discipline one of its ministers in dictating to hint what he shall believe This right of the Church teaching iU adherents what they shall believe has worked immense mischief and misery to mankind To gain anything like a faint picture of the woo and physical suffering flicted by the Church for disbelieveing its dicta one should read a few pages on the horrors of tho Inquisition Men had their tongues cut out by tho holy dictators Bruno was burned at the stake for asserting a plurality of worlds and many others lied their eyes bored our Severtus was burned by Calvin for saying Jesus was the Son the Eternal said Calvin ho is tho Eter nalSon of God Books on astronomy were burned by law and the Encyclo pedia of Religious Knowledge says fifty millions of people suffered one way or another at the hands of tho Church on acount of belief JJy reading a few chapters on tho workings of tho Inquisition you can ter understand what Buckle means by the Protective Spirit being a great enemy of civilization Recently Professor Woodrow of South Carolina was discharged from his pro fesorship on account of his belief in Evolution and Rev Dr Crapsey is dis charged bemuse he disbelieves in the Virgin birth of Jesus truth which depends upon a dream Matt 20 The Uiurch from the days of Constan tho present time has opposed everything oposed to Genesis and the Apostles Creed FAITH OF CHRIST IS DEAD In The Greater Part of the Russian Empire and Savages Roam Through the Streets of the Principal Cities By Robert Crozler Long The Russian nation Is returning to savagery Every one of course knows of the economlo decoy which has been going on for the last thirty years But now It Is shown that this economic decay is accompanied by a distinct decline In civilization Dr Bllllnsky who has been travel ing ou the Volga and in Western Si beria declares that as tho result of hunger neglect disease and Ignorance the peasants aro rapidly becom ing Indistinguishable from the nomad Samoyeds who the people the frozen plains within the Arctic circle Savagery is the only word to des cribe the present state of hundreds of settlements which a generation ago enjoyed prosperity and civilized In of poverty says doctor all appearance of material culture have disappeared Agricultural plements domestic utensils and cloth- Ing not absolutely necessary for life aro raritiesReligious Stifled Of religion there remains only rudimentary Ideas which have no relation to Christianity Tho huts well built undecorated without chimneys or furniture aro just enough to keep out tho winter cold their bread which 1 ri contains as much bark and weeds as rye is sufficient to keep them alive InIwinter only ono member Is able to go out of doors Diseased apathetic tomworse savages of a great Christian empire are threatened with speedy extinction and that In theyIorganization are disappearing The villagers cease to elect head men and watchmen they pay no direct taxes and when the taxgatherer appears they flee Into the woods leaving nothing to seize In half the houses there are no knives spoons or plates and the session of n good ax makes a peasant millionaireDomestic Life Ruined Of domestic life and morals no ception has survived Marriage Is almost obsolete because the people cannot pay tho priests fees Children aro not considered as human beings until they reach the ago of or 7 tho Infant mortality Is so high that no child Is supposed to have n claim on life until it has survived to at least that age no pretense of grief is mndeI over the death of younger who are burled without coffins or cere monies Often the villagers in order to avoid the trouble of burial carry their dead a few miles out of the village and leave the bodies naked In 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immortality with Its rewards and pun ishments was first divinely communi cated to a few people 1900 years ago and has been enlarging its sphere of influences ever since By this evidence alone Christians are satisfied of such immortality with both of its accom plishments and want no beter proof And this notwithstanding they are cautioned that few there be that find the straight gate to such eternal life that if any man come to me and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters and his own life also he cannot be my disciple and that joy shall be in heaven over one ner that repenteth more than over nlnty and nine Just persons which need no repentence So after all few Christians can get to heaven Those only who hate their father mother wife children brothers sisters Even those who get there are not warmly received unless they have been Infamous scoundrels on earth and have finally repented in which case the are apparently revolved into Heaven with great Joy and maybe with a torchlight procession Such proof of immortality Is not satisfactory to men of sense It works well with the ignorant only with the Hottentots and other heathen whose conversation to it however is to cost more than ten thousand Isaid apiece For my part I want no such immortality as that no such future companions I would rather W andvi friends are dearer to us than all the IJstupid people in this world or the next whether Christian or heathen and dearer than all the deathbed re pentence vllllans over whom there is such joyful ado in the celestial realm But there is another and more densely populated department in the Christian scheme of immortality The weather is said to be pretty hot there but I 0doubt if it Is worse that that in our Philippine Islands Surely ho hmm live genius of Yankee imps who be causa they joveo their families and friends have flocked there In great numbers must have introduced as bestos clothing and other modern im provements by this time If the Chris tians think they will enjoy that sort of Immortality In either of its depart ments they certainly deserve It I prefer a different variety People who do any real thinking on this subject have no revelation to control them Reasons and reflection are their only guide No two minds reach the same conclusion Personally I connot believe that thought logic Intelligence and conscience are the product of general forces acting upon the different departments of anybody The ultimate force in Nature is generally thought to be electro magnetic Are the thoughts which I am here recording the product of electromagnetism That seems to me impossible There is a mind an individuality within enabled by such forces to express Its thought No two persons entertain or express the same thoughts in the same anguage There seems a mental individuality pecular to each varying far more in conduct thought and expression than would bo rr the case If blind force alone controll ed This Indicates that there is a personal soul presiding over and con trolling our thoughts and action Though other forces are concurrent and necessary for the preservation of our life our intelligence and con duct do not seem to me to originate with them I cannot believe for stance that lightning thinks reasons talks or that is has a conscience or a good moral character Or that a piece of meat alive or dead throng I which electric currents are passing is thinking about something It seems to me there is an individual intelligent power within us which may be well called a soul and that this power personaltWhen he dies the soul moves out and by some natural law secures morj appropriate quarters else where In the vast universe guided thereto by the sane law of Nature which provides that from wlilcn the soul has just de parted There is no new matter In the universe What there Is has always existed though undergoing constant modification Nor are there any new souls All are changing conditions and embodiment when Nature re quires it Their individuality seems plain to my mind There is nothing more wonderful aDout this than there Is aboutt the eternal preservation of matter Both have always been and will always be That we cannot un derstand minutely how this can be ac complished Is no evidence against It There are several things which we do not know all about yet Aside from these suggestions tbfra are other things well known to us which Indicate that we are possessed of individual souls and that these survive the death of the body I am not a Spiritualist In the ordinary san se but there are many well attested phenomena said to be developed i iJ through mediums and through others directly which indicates not only tha the souls of men survive the hotly but that under favoring conditions tuy can communicate with the living On this subject or upon aiy other of n mysterious nature no man can be more skeptical than myself I am well satisfied that most of the socalled spiritual phenommena are absolute frauds as much so but no more than are the tales of the Holy Testaments realize how easy it is for men to br deceived by either But I experienced personally and had well authenticat ed by others of my honest asqualnt ances phenomena which leave no mat erial doubt In my mln of the surviv al of our spirits Nor is there any thing more wonderful about this than there is concerning many other str ange things well attested clalrvoy nncy telepathy telegraphing and telephoning without wires and sending pictures thousands of miles by tele graph That people in general do not know how such things aro accomplish ed Is no evidence against them If they are consistent with and products of the force of Nature they are gen otherwise not There Is nothing supernatural about anything There are many strange things perfectly natural concerning which we aro sely Ignorant but to tho knowledge of which we are giurtually creeping One thing Is certain however If the soul be immortal It Is not going to enter a house not main by huiids eternal in ti huvins with oMen streets awl psa gates with lialos and harps and a great white throne prevail where congregations neer break up and Sabbaths have no end nor into a trrld abode o eternal pun ishment Those Christian beauty spots are survivals of ancient Ignorance and savagery If the individual soul be immiartal it existed individ ually forever passing from one en vironment to another at Natures call improving in knowledge by Its exper ience and education In each and will so continue forever There is no haven of eternal rest If there is I do not want to go there If such be the facts our education and exper ience in this world and the behaviour which these and those o our heredity and environment produce hero will qualify our souls for appropriate con ditions In tire sweet by and by1 When in free thought literature I articles insisting that there is no future life and weight the argument with care seeking only for the truth It seems to me that the writers are a little too confident Because we reject the species of Immortality de livered to us by the saints which every man with good sense is obliged to do is no reacon for denying an eternal continuous existence of the spirits which animate us On this subject the Agnostic position is the best We do not know It is a glor ious hope If natural it Is as Inevit able as a thousand other things which we cannot fully understand WON Continued from first page we were doing why we did It and how to do It You will find the book lets lC we make them will be as full of the devil light as any one wants them andIt will be all for fun and the Bloodless Revolution If any want to help let them write Brother Hughes We will put the correspondence into shape and await orders if wanted Yours for the Truth that will set us all Free in tho Law Helen Howard Philbrick Cor Sec tion Womans International Study Club GREAT MORAL CODE OF JAPAN How the Pagan People Compare With Followers of Christ In the Teach- Ings of Moral EthcsRead the Following and Judge for Yourselves From London Freethinker On January 25 1901 a great man died in Japan one who contributed perhaps more than anyone else to the intellectual and moral moulding of his nation His name was Yuklchi Fuk uzawa He was born at Osaka in 1834just a year after Bradlaugh and Ingersoll who were both born In 1833 His parents were Camural His father was a devotee of Confucius the great Secularist of Asia Fukuz awa saw that Japan would have to be westernized in sonic respects To learn English ho had first to learn Dutch having acquired that language ho taught him self English by the old of a DutchEnglish dictionary In he visited tho United States as an attendant to tho Japanese envoys sent there On returning home he set about spreading abroad a know ledge of western civilization This he did by means of books and pamphlets and by founding the Jijl Shlmpo the most influential newspaper in Japan In 1871 he founded the Keio Gijuku University which Is the largest and 21 Jft rV1 most Influential private institution in Japan having nearly two thousand students Most of the great men who have made the Japan of today passed under his Influence Finally ho solved to do a great stroke for the ethical life of the people He drew up a great moral code for them couch ed in the simple language of an elevated materialism The twenty nine precepts of this remarkable document present morality without a cture of religion or an allusion to a future life author was a pure Secularist himself believing in no ligion but being the enemy of none Ills moral code was given to the Japanese as a guide to life in 1900 During the past seven years it has penetrated to every part of the coun try and has exercised In immense In fluence over the people We are able to reproduce an English translation of this Moral Code from the pages of the Open Court an excellent monthly magazine ndlted by Dr Paul Cnrus and published at Chicago All those who are living in Japan irrespective of sex or age must obey the Imperial Court of uninterrupted lineage for there is none who has not participated in its uuzouuded benevolence This is a point about which there is perfect unanimity of opinion throughout the realm Coming to an other question of how the men and women of today should behave them selves I must say that diverse as have been fro ancient times codes of morals it is evident that a code must conform Itself to tho progress of the times and that a society like lIre sent characterized as It Is iby ever advancing civilization there must be a code specially suited to it Hence it follows that the tenets of personal morals and living must undergo more or less of a change Everybody must make it his duty to act as a man and must endeavor to elevate his dignity and to hance his virtue Men and women of our fraternity must regard the prln ciplps of independence and selfre spect as the cardinal tenet of personal morals and living and by inscribing It deeply on their hearts must strive to discharge the duties proper to man He is called a of independ ence and selfrespect who preserves Independence of both mind and body and who pays respect to his persons in a way calculated to main tain the dignity proper to man Working with an independent will and subsisting without tho help of others is the essence of the inde pendenco of life hence It follows jndentworker winner Taking care of the body and keeping it healthy is a duty incum bent on us all by reason of the rules that govern human existence both body and mind must bo kept In act ivity and in health and anything cal culated to Impair their health even in the least degree must be rigidly avoided To complete the natural span of life is to discharge a duty incumbent upan man Therefore any person who be the cause what It may or bo tho circumstances what they may de prives himself by violence of his own life must be said to be guilty of an act inexcusable and cowardly as well as mean and entirely opposed to the principles of Independence and self respectG pursued with a daring active mid indomitable spirit inde pendence and selfrespect cannot he secured a man must have courage of progress constantly A person of Independence and selfrespect must not depend upon others In disposing of a question re lating to his own personal affairs but he must possess the ability with which to deliberate and decide upon it 8 custom of regarding women as the inferior of men Is a vicious relic of barbarism Men and women of any enlightened country must treat and love each other on a basis of equality so that each may develope his or her own independence or self respect Marriage being a most Important affair in the life of man the ut most care must be exercised In select Ing a partner If is the first essential of humanity for man and wife to co habit till death separates them and to entertain towards each other feel ings of love and respect In such a way that neither of them shall lose his or her independenco and self respect 10 Children born of a man and wife know no other parents bttt their own Tho affection existing between parents and their children Is of the purest kindof effection and tho pre liminary of domestic felicity consists In not Interfering with the free play of this sentiment II Children are also persons of in dependence mid selfrespect but while in their infancy their parents must care of their education children on their part must in obedience to the instructions of their parents dill gently attend to their work to the end that may get well grounded in the knowledge of getting on in society after they have grown up into men t if tI r mid women of Independence and self respect 12 In order to act up to the ideal of independence and selfrespect men and women must continue even after they havo grown up to attend to their studies mot should not neglect to develop their knowledge and to cultivate their virtue in At first a single house appears and then several others gradually cluster round It mid a human com munity Is formed The foundation of a sound society must therefore be said to consist In the independence and selfrespect of a single person and a single family The only way to preserve a social community consists In respecting mill not violating oven in the least the rights and the happiness of others while maintaining at the scone time ones own rights and onos own share of happiness in It Is a uilgar custom and unman ly practce unworthy of civilized ple to entertain enmity towards others and to wreak vengeance upon them In repairing onus honor and main taining It fair means must always be employed Every person must be faithful to his business and anybody who neglects his duties of his state in life irrespective of relative gravity and Importance of such duties cannot be regarded a a person of independ ence and selfrespect Every one must behave towards others with candor for it is by posing confidence in others that one renders It possible for them to comfide in him while it is only by means of this mutual confidence that the reality of independence and native dignity can be attained 15 Courtesy and etiquette being im portant social menus for expressing the sense of respect they should not be Ignored even In the least degree the only caution to be given in this connection that both an excess and a deficiency of courtesy and etlpuette should be avlodcd 19 It Is a philanthropic act which may be regarded as a beautiful virtue of man to hold the sentiment of sympathy and affection towards others and so to endeavor not only to alle late their pains but also to further their welfare 20 The sentiment of kindness must not bo connected to men alone and any practice that involves cruelty to animals or any wanton slaughter of them must be guarded against 21 Culture elevates mans vharact er while it delights his mind and as taken In n wide sense it promotes the peace of society and enhances hu man happiness therefore it must be regarded as an essential requisite of man 22 Whenever a nation exists there Is Inevitably a government which at tends to the business of enacting laws and organizing armaments with tho objects of giving protection to the men and women of the country and of guarding their persons property honor and fredom In return for this people are under the obligation to undergo military service and to meet the national expenditures 23 It Is a natural consequence that persons who undergo military service and pay thenatlonal expend iture should enjoy tine right of sitting in the national legislature with the view of supervising the appropriation for the national expenditures This may also bo considered as their duty The Japanese people of both sexes must ever keep in view their duty of fighting with nn enemy even at the risk of their life and property or the sake of maintaining the inde pendence and dignity of their coun try 25 It Is the duty of tho people to obey the laws of the country They should go further and should attend to the duty of helping to enforce the enactments with the object of main taining order anti peace In com munity Many are the nations existing on theeartii with different religions languages manners and customs the the people constituting those nations are brethren and lienco no discrim mutton should bo made in dealing with them It is against the prin ciples of independence and self spect to bear oneself with arrogance and to look down on people of a different nationality 27 The peoplo of oir generation must fulfil the duty of handing down to posterity and in an ameliorated form the national civilization and wel faro which we have Inherited form our forefathers 28 There must bo more or less difference in the ability and physical strength 0 men born into this world It depends upon the power o educa then to minimise number o the In competent and tho weak for education by teaching men tho principles of independence and selfrespect en ables thpm to find out and to develop tho means to put those principles into practice and to act up to them 29 Mien and women of our frater nity must not bo contented with In scribing upon their own hearts these moral tenets but endeavor to diffuse them widely among the people at large to tho tnd that they may attain r CONVERSION OF ORCHARD Must Have Touches the Professing Christian in a Sore and Tender Spot By Will Daly Under a separate cover have sent you a copy of the Princeton Tribune containing a shot at the religion of Harry Orchard the starwitness ills credited and impeached In the trial of Haywood at Boise Idaho It did not suprise me had been waiting for weeks for some able writer to bring Orchard and his religion into limelight You will notice that the editor of the Tribune calls a halt and very plainly informs his readers that he for one Christina as ho Is does not want to go to heaven if it would compel him to associate with a man like Harry Orchard The thought occurs to me that this conversion of Orchard has got the Christian believer In a tender spot Perhaps it has not occurcd to you In 18 the greatest possible happiness they will with all their brethren all ime wide world THE MAKING OP MAN it take to make a man please tell mo someone if you can Father says so many dimes and dollars The laundress so many cuffs and collars Tho hatter the number of hats he has worn barber the number of times hes been shorn While the grocer counts his many bills And the doctor the number of pow ders and pills The surgeon the times ho has set his bones And the hospital nurse his sighs and groans The carpenter counts his windows and doors In the house he has built and the cost of Its floors The cabinet maker his tables and chairs And the cabman and carman have counted the fares For the miles ho has traveled that came to their till Audi long after hes dead they tell them still The politician counts his votes The tailor the number and cuts of hlscoats While contractors boast of his great donationsToward temples for congregations The dlstlllqr tho casks of brandy and wine Tho fruit of the field and the fruit of tho wine Tho tobaccoist counts the cost of clg ars Who has used without knowing how smoking Mars While the man who sells what the other man brews Otters a murschaum and hopes that ho chews- Whll at last the expensive undertaker The curious crowds and the tomb stone maker May Judge by the price of the casket rich monument tall or tho lastfilled niche stillAsksMRS GEO VALE A Questln To Answer Jas E Hughes I am sending you under another cover a marked copy apnper In which you can see the result of one havng ml lied to freely In the spiritual wine that is so often dished out br the various swy pilots You are well aware that such re suits are In daily occurance that the spirits of different decoction should read vbgkvbgkk are murders out over the bar the pulpit are driving people to suicide and fanaticism as much so as damnable stuff called alchol that Is handed out over the bars of the saloons Furthermore they stand their guilty for listen to what the Arch Bishop of Bombay says In his lecture I quote his words For every Convert in India we aro making one hundred drunkards Question does saloons make drunkards faster beg the readers of tho Blade to answer N L CLARKE Pleased With Wettsteln Center Point Neb James E Hughes I enclose you triO on subscription have been was down and out That thoBlado didnt come along regular out received one yester day Dated April 21st so I see your still In the game I suppose circumstances alters causo I know Jim what it is to fight However live In hopes I would like to say a word through tho Blade to my Liberal friends Christian enemies and all in behalf of Mr Otto Wottstlcn La grange Cooko Co Jewelerman that sent him money for two Ladles watches and chains for my two daughters I sent the money and let Mr Wettsteln do the selecting for them they were expressed to me and they aro grand they knock j r Yir J= that light So far have failed to run across one who is in favor of Harry going to hell much less to hea vein so I judge they are anxious to keep up tho standard of society in that hot place front self Imterest I infer would now move that we go the priests and preachers hot and strong on this Orchard propocl tlon Give them to understand that we flonlf want them advocating such tdoctrines in tho hearing and presence of weakminded mill sinfully IncllniV people especially to our children It would be humid to result in InjuryfIt Is pleasing to Imagine Orchard hell with a president two InItwo detectives and a few mine occupying thin first or second row heaven Rats stuffing out of all tho other jewerley that all my neighbors hasbcen get ting I see Jim that Mr Wettstein carried an ad right along with you 4 and never sees where any one deals with him Vow if you care to write this up different than can express it give him a good send off My daughters really are proud of their watches and and chains and so am I This leaves us all well and good prospects for the future I hope it finds you feeling the same last I sent you was two quart ers instead of one for sending the paper with Thomas Paine picture in to persons I give you ant I never heard a word from you In any way if you received it or not this I shall Reg oldest daughter taught school last winter and I am sending them both to the High School this summer at Mt Cook I am still farming raising good horses and hogs but t am going to sell out if I can this year land and all Best wishes H C GORDON MrsHest6n 3 RemarriedkCinclnuatl 4 James E Hughes Will you please Insert In the Blade tho marriage notice of Mrs Lottie Heston widow of tho lato Watson Heston deceased of Carthage Mo to Mr Walter Brown a miller by profession of Ashley Delaware county Olio that took place In Carthage May 1907 and they are now mak ing their homo In Ashley Ohio There are many freethinkers throughout the United States that will be very glad to hear of Mrs Lottie Heston who Is now Mrs Lot tie Browns wedding Will also state she is successful in getting a good kind and affectionate husband rind also a Freethinker lie Is a prominent miller and demands good wages as a leading miller Mrs Lottie Heston Is truly worthy of a good husband as she had a great deal of trouble anti care to contend with during her first husbands long sickness and death Will state briefly that I was tho Instigator or grlng Ing around their marriage as I notice last fall a notice In tho Truth Seeker that Mr Walter Brown at that time of East Toleda Ohio had a notice in the Truth Seeker wanting to corres pond to some good Freothought lady with matrimony in view After read Ing tho notice I Immediately wrote to Mr Brown referring him to the widow Ilcston and they finally struch up a correspondence with each other until it resulted in a happy and successful marriage May 1907 If yyou please make a note of it and havo It published In Blade as already stated there aro many Free thinkers that will be glad to hear of her getting a good and successful husband I am still engaged In tra veling front place to place selling Freethought and other literature al though it is all I can do to make a living at it Your onearmed Freethought friend who certainly wishes you well in iting tho Blade When you insert aInotice in Blade of Mr and Walter Browns marriage please me a copy of it And by so doing you will greatly oblige me Address J B General Delivery Since I am hero in this city I go to see Dr J B Wilson occasionally he is a very nice man indeed and also request you to make a notice of Mrs Hestons marriage and insert it inthe Blue Grass Blade J B WISE- s f