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Digital page images are linked to the text file. f I II 4 rtIrBLUE GRASS BLADEr 4 li1Ps AIM 10 CUT DOWN ERROR Aw rsJ tnT r3II TRUTH Ii i x Volume XVll lshAndr JUNE 1907KY4ghlaLEXINGTON Published Weekly160 per Year in advance r LEARN W LIVE f Philosophic View of Human Existence and its Co Ordinations No God Would Condemn Man for Using His Reason l BIBLE MAY HAVE BEEN HONESTLY WRITTEN NOT IN HONEST HANDS NOW By A D Powers For nearly two thousand yen rymono thousands of preachers here been trying to teach us how to die and how to prepare to live In another world It seems strange that so few aro studying and teaching us how to live In this world What do wo know about anothe- world anyway What can the wises- tell us positively about another world I do not believe there Is any other world than this for us I have jus t as much right to my belief as th most learned theologian cps to his If there should be another world I have lost nothing by trying to live tho best I can In this world I do not believe there is such a thing as God Old mother Nature gave mo this mind to reason with and weighing all tho facts I have been able to gather and studying both sides of the question has brought to tho conclu slon that there is no God Now If it should happen that I am mistaken and that there is a God and ho is half as good and just as tho Preachers say he is I feel certain he will not condemn me for using tho reason with which I am given that distinguishes me from the lower animals I can easily believe that Jesus Christ was a great man the same that of I can believe John Alexander Dow o and Sam Jones were good men hut c If he lived at all he must have been flesh and blood the same ns you and I can easily see how his followers may have been carried away by their enthusiasm until they were ready to believe anything he told them I believe most of tho men who wrote IhevBIble were honest men I think hey wrote what they believed to be jifij but cnuuut think tho btblu la honest hands now when it is pub slued and controlled by n trust tho Imerlcan and English Bible Societies who have divided up the territory have agreed to maintain prices to Ifmid keep out competition Wo cannot Imagine a string with only one end The preachers tell us that we begin hero but never end Now If wo are to everlasting we must have been from everlasting I mean if we are to live forever in Heaven or by Hell we must have lived from tho beginning In sonic shape or form anti at somo place If wo did live all no these years before wo came Into this It world whatever happened didnt bother us at nil If we did live anyplace before wo came here that exist ence Is n blank so far as we are con cerned Then it must bo reasonable that f wo live after death It will bo tho same kind of living that we experienced before we came Into this world and that was not unpleasant to say the least do not believe all who profess re llgion are honest In it but a ninny appear to bo religious for the benefits they get from It from tire prestige and social standing it gives them Still there are thousands who are honest in their belief In religion and I would not Influence them Into disbelief if I could If their religion as gives them pleasure it Is n good thing oven If It should somo day bo proven to have no foundation When I was a child believed In Santa Claus mid it was a beautiful delusion It gave me a great deal of of pleasure Whatever gives pleasure In this world of ours Is good even If It Is not founded on fact So It is with religion If you got any pleasure out of It stick to It It does no real harm even If it is all a falsity aJ John Alexander Dowlo cured thousands of diseases by acquiring In fluence over them with tine assistance of religion There Is no doubt of the fact that people were actually cured Now I believe ho could have tellingthese d terrapin shell and they would be healed as he could by saying believe on tho Lord Jesus Christ and thou healhugafflicted Tho same as the curc s 1 givenby on Christian Sclenco Is the same thing under another name and In another thoChristianaccomplishedwith It It is science and science will solve every problem When wo learn to y wthoughts IIforevermhooftlJust4Jmoro we study and practice tho lutia i tiT I t enco of tho mind over the hotly tho marvelous it seems l Jiyslclans long since icatne the hirportnnecof the assistance mind renders in working cures of al kinds Iii tact they have guarded thel secret well and many a man pays doctor to euro him of disease when tliTof the doctor but the cure could have been as complete and ns certain without tho doctor as with his help oeown uso I believe that religion and drugs have their uses at the present time In the development of tho world but a time will come when we can well dls pease with the services of both preach and doctors Did you ever think of tho similarity of tho work of the preacher and the doctor Well there Is really very lit tie difference between D and D D when the scale of civilization and ed ucatlon the mop important Is the M D and D D Deception Is main stock In trade of both Tire Ignorant the patient the more luau ence tho M D and D D As wo ad vanco In enllghtment we will event ually learn to get along without either them Now suposo you are suffering with constipation this one of the most common allmcnts and the less out dour work wo do the more wo are troubled with It preacher can do good you might pray till doomsday mill it would not move your bowels- A doctor will give you some kind oavegetable or mineral substance Irritates your Intestines and nature will life flood gates to relieve hcrfccirofHv liiJfm ATJso you have temporary relief We all know elanllqlcasochange tho medicine to something of else This gives temporary relief again but the patient is getting harder mid harder to relieve until at last something serious results from the in action Nine tenths of all diseases Is caused constipation The Homeopath believing In Slllba Slllbus or something like that I am or Greek or Latin scholar Anyhow means Like cures like anyway tho Homeopath gives you a little It pill that causes contraction of the In btosame as the rebound of a rubber ball and the pationt is relieved Now tine Osteopath will stick his thumbs down In your loins and lot out a little bile from your gall blad alion thtthe patient If ho could loam to con ithiytlon and In case ho neglected his physical requirements by being too touch absorbed in other mutters business When nature began to on easyIther attention put your mind on your liver for a few inomtiits and the physical reaction caused by the force of the mind would bring tho necessary relief In a natural way sal there mNowdevelopo this power the power of tine ho mind to relieve physical distress The answer Is easy by exercise The same you can develop your muscle or your memory If you pray earnestly for most any ThusisdesireItTho men who wrote tho Bible un wroteGodpassagesthnt IlfIlersNowanswered much quicker If you depend yourself more and God less If there is a God ho has enough to do to run this universe without stopping to consider your wants Dill you ever see a fellow who could wag his oar Try It yourself you cant do It Very few people can You can learn to do it If you will think about It a good deal and try often In tho course of a few months ou will learn to wag your ears Now gives you this power that tho has much moro than you have Is not in exorcising the muscles of our ears for you cannot do It until you have put your mind on It for some time Your mind strengthens muscles of the ears until they be n strong enough to be exercised by their own action they they be como gradually strong enough to wag the ears You well know when you think offt something pleasant you can feel tho benefit at once If you never tried It will give you a few simple lesso n first think of a nice dish of slice bananas with good country cream on them just enough sugar to make them gdod notice how tho saliva flows to your mouth Now chairgo the thought to a lemon can see you shiver a you taste the acid Think of some thing disagreeablo revolting If you please wait n mlnuto I am seasick Now I feel hotter I havo passed it and am thinking of n beautiful Amerl can beauty rose all know that mothers can change tine physical form and appear anco of their unborn babe simply b y severe mental action My oldest brother has the Imago of a bird under his foot caused by my mother step llnlon a net canary bird b goro ho was The cases deformity to siologlcad poisell t l vlolenaalmost a total wreck from Indlges caused from quarreling with hlfi while at meals The proof of tho wonderful Influ enco for good for happiness for health powflive forever DR BOWLES PUBLICLY COMMENDED Aaron Davis Approves His Cosmic Theories Anent Original Element And Furnishes Further Data hBIn a recent Issue of The News pub lished at Frederick Maryland the fol lowing commlcatlon was given fo publication I have seen In the Bluo Grass Blade published In Lexington Ky that Dr Thomas Jefferson Bowles has said There are soyentyelght elements In Nature and at one time they were un combined and dlffuesd throughout the entire space now occupied by our solar system and If tho tendency to combine nd organize had not Inhered In this vast homogeneous mass chaos would still bo universal and the cosmos would not be in existence How trw be T Dr T J Bowles obtained his knot from chemistry and there Is frtf now elements found out Now I think we will have to go back all manifestations of nature and find Ie the atoms of matter out of which all nature has been formed to our five senses My readers I want to talk to you about my land compass When I set It up and adjust the needle the needle will point north and south so if go west or east one two five miles and adjust the needle It will point north find south likewise But if go north and adjust tho needle will dip If I go to tho north pole It will stand perpendicularly to tho earth ut If I go toward the equator it willv ushaNow If sjo In the southern phero std adjust tho needle of my compass as I have done in tho northern It will have tho saute effect on the needle You cnn see that these matter In tho northern arid hemispheres press towards equator and thero makes n clr to the north and south poles where they enter tho earth and heat up whore there Is no snow or Ice It to produce vegltatlon This force Is called polarity forces eItho earth or water these atoms of mutter will act on my needle the same as foretold In my letter hence you see are universal on the earth and therefore till the Infinity space Prof Edison has said these atoms are not n fluid but they pene orate all nature These atoms were created but are creative Bruno was looking for them when spoke of the unity of matter but did not find them Spinoza and Goethe wore looking for the same out lucy never found them Please read their works Now my readers I wish to talk to you about tho sun When the sun was formed Into n globe thero was a great void of vacuum The magnetic electric storms of matter fillet the spurn and the polarity forces of matter gave tho sun its motion Cooperation saw this was n center planet in the universe in tho begin ning of the sixteenth century his as trouomy Is built upon that fact Tine next planet Mercury was for urea by filling another vacuum 37 000000 miles from tho sun and tho polarity forces of matter gave its daily motion and by the attraction of the amt us It was falling to tho sun thru gave Its yearly motion The next planet Genoa was formea In the same way by filling another miles incur the sun nUll received its dally and yearly mo Hors tho sumo way that Mercury did line noxt planet was our beautlul earth It was formed by filling an other vacuum tulles from the sun and received Its dally and yearly motion the samo as Mercury tad Venus did Its moon was a small globo filling vacuum on tho border of tho earth and was hold by Its attraction which t resisted the attraction of tho sun and J Pr and caused the moon to oc cm of our days to pass around ih which gave the moon dally imf on and was carried around the au by tho earth In Its orbit In motlouhpmillsfh Is Juiltor 131u times larger than the earth tOf rnur000 miles from the s Tnext one from tho sun Is Sat urn Ion hundred times larger than this earth 907000000 of miles from thij atm lie next from the sun Is Uranus l8f i000000 of miles freptuuo tho last planet found by astronomers from the sun is 2S02 of miles hey all received their forms dally mid yearly motions and moons as our earth did RAN REFORMAT ION Tidied no Vital Point And Simply instituted an Infalhole Bible for An Infallible Church By Gr Foote riling on this subject tho Lon don Freethinker Mr Foote Says htlberty of conscience Is not tit Mural troll of the Reformation ai Indirect and unintended result or Is liberty of conscience n reality ia my part of the German empire irlstians are allowed to differ among tl mselves but Freethinkers are s anted for dissenting alike from Cath- o o and Protestant Since the pre s it Emperors accession there have b an many blasphemy prosecutions s utlmes for what would bo regard e l In other countries as very mild ex pressions of disbelief Several men and women have beets sentenced to severe penalties for exercising tho right of tree speech which In tho of Goethe Heine Strauss and Schopenhauer Is still confined to pro leased Christians suprmoral revolt against the sale of in dulgcncos It touched no deep and dur principle It merely substituted an infallible Ulblo for an Infallible Churcn Differences of opinion crept Into the Protestant fold but that was an ac cldwit arising from tho varied dls cord nt nature of tho Bible Itself Eveiy new Protestant sect had to fight as strenuously for Its right t exl as ever Martin Luther fought agifitlst tho Catholic Church Pro tf Rlsm In short was one priG his hayftlg another ilfiu iii cC7 wrongI a it was unable to bring about the same that was not super flclal was tho scientific humanist movement of which the Reformation was In a certain sense an episode Italy and France did more for the world than Germany Martin Luther was a great fighter but not a more heron than Giordano Bruno leI an cthou was not so Important a man ns Galileo Rabelais even with all his and jesting was more than Cal In the long run It is knowledge Ideas that rule the world Luther was not great In knowledge and cer talnly not great In Ideas He was a born fighter and a strong character His proper place is among the heroic figures of history He was a man of learning but scarcely a man of light Luther was violently opposed to scientific movement He called caritas an old fool lIe would hear nothing against the accepted Blblcal theory of tho universe Genesis was to him as well as to the Pope the beginning and the end of sound sci Nor was ho more friendly to philosophy Draper truly asserts that the leaders of the Reformation were determined to banish philosophy front the Church Aristotle was vilified by Luther as truly a devil a horld calum ulster a wicked sycophant n prince of darkness a real Apollyon a beast a most horrid Impostor on mankind a public and professed liar a goat a complete epicure this twice execrable Aristotle Such was Luthers style In controversy Wo commend It to tho attention of Protestants who rail at tho Freethinker Liberal of conscience is a principle of which Luther load no conception Ho claimed the right to think against tho Pope he denied tho right of others to think uguMnst himself Ills attitude towards tho Anabaptists was fiendish During tho peasants War he urged tho authorities to extermi Hate tin rebels to stab kill and strangle them without mercy Melan cthon taught that heretics ought to be restrained by the sword Luther likewise declared that whoever denied event one article of tho Protestant faith should bo punished severely Re ferrlng to a false teacher he exclaim ed Drive him away as an apostle o hell and if he does not live deliver him up as a seditious man to the ocutloner Hallam Buckle Lecky tutu all re1 putablo historians agree that tho Pro testant party held the same principle of presecutlon as the Catholics It thoIsy1he only dispute was which were the heretics and who should din Luthers Influence was very great in England as Calvins was In Scotland and the loader of tho Reformation in our own country had no doubt as to the justice of killing for a dlff lngoI BISHOP A DICTATOR Rev Thomas C Batterton Tenders SensationalI Letter of Resignation sa HERESY HUNTERS CREATED IN CHURCHI it sinter Telegraph ifRev Thomas C Betterton who has had the Dalton First Methodist Church for the past year has sent his resig nation to the conference now in sesI sion in Mllledoville The letter ho has sent the conference is substan tially as follows which was furnished the press yesterday I would prefer that tho entire mat tor bo kept out of the papers bu It has already gotten Into one pape- t and when at the approaching session of conference I am located at m own request a question will bo raise In the minds of many as to why have taken such a step To begin with when I Joined tho conference fourteen years ago I wa under the impression that I was a Jirotherhood of hightoned honorable Christian men whose chief purpose was to expound tho teachings of Jesus Christ and help humanity by the ret c latlon that He mado of God to the world To some extent have not been disappointed I still believe that some of the noblest spirits to be found in earth are in these conferences of Methodists preachers but like others I have found to my sorrow that big otry and tyranny and Intolerance are still alive and that conference ecclesl asticnl machines are as possible i not as numerous as State political machines dchersjtFurthermore wIt n thftSSniirtii Georgia conference t fg lt tinct cusses or tri qvuaeyrthe ultraorthodox on rigid tradition allsts and literalists I their interpre tatlon of tho Bible and on tho other hand those who are in more or less sympathy with the general results o modem scholarship and scientific InIIvcstlgations The first of these classes are largely in the majority many o them are good men and of pure mo tees but lacking either In opportunity or mental ability to pursue Independent to and difficult lines of research These more uncultured classes are dogmatic in their belief and utterances and In their Ignorance frequently dein nounce from their pulpits the veryl truths for which even the church col leges and universities are contending For example the average preacher tie nounces from his pulpit the theory of organic evolution while the churchh school to which his con sending their young men is ieachfu this great truth in Its biological det IIologlcalfilled by an evolutionist Limited but Cultured second of these classes In tino conference I composed of a small but Is cultured minority They are not ways men of greater brain capacity than those of the first class but they have hall larger and better opportunl ties In their studies and Investiga tlons they have come taco to face with facts which demand attention std con sldcr a from tho honest student and while this more cultured class admits that the older theological views contained much truth they maintain that there is a higher more Spiritual Interpretation to Christ and Ills mission than traditionalism has ever given This second school of thought Is growling A professor In ono of our conference schools latelr mado the remark This good old Or thodox school will never turn out an Blslfism in Georgia Methodism recently made substantially this statement A years ago this modern scholarship was no bigger than a mans hand but now It Is a threatening cloud No harm would tonne to these two classes being within tho same confer ences if they would respect each others opinions and honor one moth for purity of life and righteousness of character but traditionalism inns ways been tyrannical It crucll Jesus put tin apostles to death ox communicated Luther hurried inno tIf cent men and pure men and dyed ok nations in human blood And what traditionalism has done in the past it would repeat today tit had the power being now forbidden by law to inflict r penalty It nevertheless persecutes by opinion Conditions In North Georgia This much I have said on condi tlions In general Now to come direct presentrn Georgia conferenceBlsh op Chandler has for sonic years been partiesIand I will say by the way that he might also attack certain mem bers of the College of Bishops for some of them are quite as heretical as any of us small fry One result of the bishops tirades has been to stir up strife and general contention over theological questions another has been to create a small company of spies and tattlers who have poured Into his ears slanderous reports con cerning their brethren and still an other has been the creating and sick tug on of a pack of heresy hounds who have trumped up charges against their brethren Example last fall the brother who brought charges against cont fIhimlally the same thing to Mr Trout Y man Prejudice and Passion t At present tho conference Is con ftrolvd largely by men who are seek to carry out Bishop Chandlers wishes and the majority are Influ fenced by prejudice and passion notIby reason std consideration This was seen In the election of delegates tho recent general conference Rev J Cofer perhaps the most useful man in the conference a man who after a few years residence In Atlanta ns far more influence among our leading laymen there than Bishop Candler and all his lieutenants and who had been twice before In the gen eral conferencewas defeated and by the man who brought charges against Dr Bradley nevergeen an office Bishop Chandler Atlanta and has large residesraffairs of this conference Will Not Follow Dictator Now I am willing to follow a lead r but not a dictator Bishop Chandler not the former but tire latter and faRather than be In the hands or part ly in the hands of an ecclesclastlcal machine manipulated by this man and his helpers prefer to made long and diligent preparationIfor the work of the ministry and now given fourteen of the best hao1iof my life to tin conference conference there are men of the finest sorelydWhat will the conference do If It sees tills Interview They may re Paso my location and summon me to trial for telling tho truth or they vote Bishop Chandler their con lldence Ills crowd Is in the a vote is a vote in conferenceiaffairs as much as In politics What then wil I do Pursue tho even tenor of my way Do just what I will do anyway go out into tho world and try to make an honest Ile ing for my wife and babes I thank God this Is a wide and good world mid no man who is willlne to need suffer workj orAN OPTIMISTf optimistledplo unarmed and lived happily forever titter ho believed it =Houston Post f J- I BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Chllton Mooro up his death February 7 1900 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid VJ50 oir year in adnuitc Five now subscribers sent with one remittance at JlOO per year each Trial subscription 15 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 per Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon applifltlon The publishers have the right to and all advertisements offered rGENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be at the expiration of the term for which the un scription has been paid up in advance The MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payn to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington icyits will facilitate collection SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER chaIN his or her address aaviso this office giving both old and now ana SldesiredTHE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 1261 2t North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome SPIIEADDRESS ALL COMMUIICATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Ba numbers or numbers omitted will be sent asked for upon rene al in case of discontinuance Let us rush things a Rush in a few of those new subscribers a The man or woman who hesitates may lose a good chance We dont want to know for to solvola mystery Is to destroy it r a The right to call another man a liar depends upon his size a e a You cant beat a man who whistles while he works for its those who arc sure to win f a a e t It is strange how so many people vil insist up arguinontatt It is a pity that Mrs Annie Besnnt could not visit America as she once Was rather than as she now is t a a 4 Spirit hutting loos not ulwnys result the su ndsrtS t the kind of spirits bought tfw a r There is no heaven no hell save the heaven of Content and the hell of Discontent A little hap piness gives each that much of heaven and why is it that we cannot have more of it lien a Scientific religion is worse than religious sci once Both are msnomers Where science stc in religion dies and the moment religion begins butt in upon science its usefulness is impaired CREATORSExperence has invariably shown that which a person undertakes to ride a particular hobby it is far too frequently ridden to death This m be equally as true of the Blade as of any other periodical devoted to a special cause The tendency of the age seemls to be towards specialization I The Blades specialty or hobby it to assail if monstrous sham of redigiouM hypocrisy to put- down religious fraud to expose religious fakes and at the same time extol the cause of intellectual ty frdedom known by the name of Fretthought Other periodicals take up other issues Some are 1Jik important and some are not Even this opinion depends upon the personal viewpoint of the tt dividual expressing it It may be safely assume however that any or all movements that ate for the upbuilding mid happiness of the race by honor able and worthy means are entitled to a fair con I sideration No subject is so near to the people as that ofan being born right Every child thrust into the world neccssarilly by a higher force than itself should be born right It is a birthright that ought i not to be sold or taken away from it fur a mere mess of pottage Children are not born of their itOW11 consent They may be a direct result of but were not parties to the original contract Parents t owe a duty to their unborn child that should never be neglected or overlooked Too frequently child Iecursescause of some imaginary sin committed by tliom selves before the child was bore In real ty it is a curse inflicted upon the chill by its parents br cause the have neglected cr omitted some smplc rule or have violated some prnciplr sr me law ol reproduction The Curse of God may do to appease an orthodox conscience hut it is a palpable plain and unvanishcd 1e which every eat ar knows fullwell l It is a fundamenlulla that every animal strong enough to be born well under proper conditions of living possess sufficiently vitality to acquire a narmal degree of health and to live out its a lotted span All who die young or become chronic valids at an early age are victims of improper care and treatments either before or after birth or are made the unwilling victims of accident When t t r a L we consider these timings in a proper light the con elusion is forced upon us that no God exerted any influence upon our being made no law for to existence else his systemic must be denounced as a monstrous crime This brinirs us to the philosophy of Frcethought Without a creator there being no necessity for ono our existence ran only be explained by insisting that wo came upon the earth by totes as purcl y natural as those which cause the two elements tel unite and forts water But urges the Christian as law is spoken of that law implies a lawmaker Not at all It is a mere beginning of the question The error arises by comparing natural law witfil statute lint The former lire perfect the latter im Natural law cannot be changed modi ed set aside or suspended Slatute law is being repealed every dry and new laws added Law is defined as being a rule It is a rule in Nature that matteodwhore the phenomena takes place Statute law does not like effects in all parts of territory asiandescllpe a just punishment Nature inflict positive punishment sooner or later upon all who refuse to comforts to her fundamental rules As that sonic god actually made Natural la the moment he made them he ceased to hI God for he became subject to them himself polled to obey powerless to escape from them an madIIuch an argument puts the Christian is front of paradox If plan is displeased with the laws has ulnae he can repeal them and wipe thong a Naturitr Natures laws are not subject to reponlLCould the world be brought to a realization of those facts parents would exert their utmost to sec I raccpwoulda HESITATION DOUBT AND UNREST The times are clged with a condition of combined mental hesitation mental doubt and mental unrest The above statement wits made last Sunday b Lexington preacher while discoursing to a maj arity of empty seats in his church It came Prot the heart It is certain that that preacher fel and meant vhat he said He had practical an ocular demonstrations of its truth right e1tAfter giving utterance to the statement he pro cccded to discuss the mental attitude of society in general towards the church and its teachings admitting a growing indifference by beng absorbed in art of sinking a living andwe tree forced to the conclusion that it was a fear o business failure that moved himto such anargu f5j7Scanfind less church connection with it than at all previous time in the history of tho race Phi does notindicate any mental hestiation or rcserva Hon upon the part of our modern writers docs not create the suspicion of a doubt It does not suggest any unrest And yet the Blade would not deny that such characteristics exist 111l mtopreaclerknows r s congregation there are mental doubts and hesitations concerning ninny of the things taught in the Sunday school and preached in time church With them he can also discern the mental unrest that timnYfact that they lean more strongly toward a n manitarian view of human life and its dentin pine1Ce purely natural grounds he must resort to sub tcrfuge and by questionable methods of plaintxtunrest he complains of Symbols and nrysteri do not satisfy even the most credulous of minds to hidgrowth and as men and women grow they cvolu from the dry bone of orthodox creeds into the re tiThefhc inside and not on the outside of the1 churches The people are becoming more intell igent and they refuse to give blind credence to the sayings that omlanatc from the pulpit The0 logical construction and interpretation are unable to satisfy The sort of spiritual food dished out do not fill There is an intellectual hunger the preacher is unable to satisfy Men now know that they must climb the stoop ascent of human exist cure The preacher cannot help them On the contrary he is constantly holdug them back iiy imposing thought burdens that hold hack There a moving influence in the air an intellectual awakening and once a congregation begins to hesitate to doubt to get uneasy and restless hen the end of that church is not very fur dis runt Professing Christians in those lays are factdisflg1elSs where the first doubt creeps in It may be sum and inconsequential first but it has accomplish hasdonedoubt begets another doubt for even doubts must have companionship The mind lists been set to has been placed in a condition or state where it can no longer sway the mind move impulses nd passions of its devotees We arc now living dried cold businesslike routine It is powerless to I 1 I see in either direction without ruin If it moves iVnvard it becomes engulfed in the modern school thought and if it moves backward it dies So after all it may not be long before we reach the true kingdom of happiness This will be whet the real nun begins to live Not until the church work Thought now takes the place of obedience TIll light of Reason sheds its refulgent rays and tthodoxy no longer rules that mind Vet for season there is hesitation This is produced by reIII ijis grown It has developed and in the process 1enson filially triumps The Christian religion has fallen into a cut and il an ago of regeneration Along its path will 1r found the glorious summits of free and linte pendent thought while below in the wry alroadj trod will tic the grave of a dead creed 1NDARKNESS AND LIGHT There is a certain type of preacher who is con linually denouncing everything that contributes o the joys and pleasures ot the people Some imes it is the picture gall rs that aro assailed wItuelintes the nmstcrpiecos of a great sculptor Sunday holidays in the country dancing and in ihdrug tight with the worldunrlm the subject their anathemas Why should they always bo joyonfhOIl1 they condemn the man who laughs to ever lasting perdition and reserve a front sent in hea- for the ulna who carries an sir of constant loom about with him In old Puritan days it was considered almost crime to be merry when professing Christians efrained from mirth and laughter because they cisplcasinlathetabooed and all the early Puritan fathers cultivat Id a sad and cadaverous expression of countenance is a reference to early pictures of them willampl trove and there are a considerable number of pco theytj unneccs sarily misorablc in this world that they will be in illtwoolcld iiiec crestnus faculties for the enjoyment of the life granted to pliliHonforShould the bird be given wings slid then dons ed for flying with them or rose its perfume only itfit be in the negutive1 Thonnvhy should an alhvnse in tlitdbltci g give to man for liisuKe this great world the faculty 4o enjoy its beauties and then opportncitiscs an surdit and could onl IiiWe must not believe that everything that tent to the enjoyment of the good things of this earth orbe we can say that goodness ceases and badness ftcgins AVhat is considered highly moral with some races of people would be thought exceedingly moral by other races Time man who goes thatit his daily busness and does his duty to his master OPilione affair of this life and lives and ends his day the seclusion of the monks cell Yet the typyu 0 apparent because if the male population of the uponthlIlIcTves prn s frcethougiieslife has been crushed out by the gloomy and raw d doctrines of the priesthood though we nut prtod preaching so much about the sins of the World Isisrather than in any modernising influence in Chris tianity itself The fact of the matter is thin theta is go and evil in all things there is as notch IIn minglingthe 01 tit there is in the scone condition of affairs in the brilliantly illuminated ballroom Evil does not lit the light it lurks in the durhand noisome places mid is more likely to be propagated by thj teach ins of a dark and gloomy creed than it would by a rationalenjoynuiit of the pleasures url bel ll ties of Mother Nature Id that is why etc always telling you t make the aost of the capacity of enjoying the gills of tis world ton t shut out the light dOlt allow the sunshine to lie trushcdout by thi iron hand of orthodoxy igun the church and creeds lord got out into the plea ant valleys and purple hills go sphlshhwill banish if only for a short time the worn and cures of your light in the struggle for exist emcee Our advice to all be they liberals or Chris Ofltleworm that never dies come back i to suture the unfailing fount of joy bloom of eternal spring the song of the birds and the merry laughter of men and maids and thn you will be enjoying to the full that dc tits to which you had been assigned by Nature tins great MolhIof us nil a e VARDAMAN CONVERTED No one would oven suggest an accusation against n soot already Governor ol his State with the conversation racket in order to playingIwith his constituency but the Blade is perceive any other mjotive in the reported con version to the orthodox faith of James K Var daman Governor of Mississippi What gives the outlier a sensational coloring isIthe feet that in the alleged or pretended sion Governor VII Id111I1aU is said to have walked up to the mourners bench in full view of a rolled assembly and there made public confession of his conversion The most Judicious feat ure hit ho affair is that the newspaper reporters sonarsnow theNew found what New found faith Is that Can it be possible that Governor Var daman had never previously heard of Christ an1 him crucified Did not Governor Vardaman know for at least believe that the new found faith fryas two thousand years 01t11 Are there no churches or missions in Mississippi Did Governor Var asinine never attend church Has lie not heard parson pray and preach and the congregation sing while the deticon passed the lint Or is it barely possible that prior to the alleged conversion to found faith the chief executive of tMississippi was a Freetrinker If he tuns did he subscribe to a Freethoiight publication or attend any Freofhougbt meetings His name is not on the niailing list of the Blade Is it on other Free thought police Does any llississippinu know of any1lississippiutsat a professing Christian before he was convertIteel to the new found faith If he was can it bo called a conversion That the con verjsion was sonorously made does excite suspicion for the whole affair smacks of the pantomime stud inlaid plot to get a advertised It loops as w preacherhosion are hankering to get their names in the pub lie prints Doubtless Governor Vardaman is look fng for further preferment in politics and the preacher wants to mako good Preachers even as actors love notoriety and it was simply the notoriety of Sam Jones not his brilliancy that made him so widely talked about and discussed If Governor Vardaman was but a passive Christian prior to his latest public display ris accept 1se1oworknbolieveir laid viceversa Both preacher and convert seems to have got what they were looking for soul another outbreak may be expected in the near moncymakingscheme nntslsa THE SCHEME OF SALVATION If the scheme announced by Bishop Edwards for correctidllIb goalAS take in the itis1iethohindoubtboth prescriptons At any rate he could rest satis tied and content until he ran across a Baptist who would naturally upset him again Taking the coldwater cure might appease him unless ho ac eidentally fell in with an Episcopalian who woull butofandst t wayca man may noneblltitt if the story be true must have a subjectthoHeavendof salvation What is it Voll he says the Methodist will pick a sinnerI thecrtt him the Episcopalians will himthelemansoul then he will be ready for heaven NIsNeMEMORIAL PICNICrTo be held at E B Moflltts Grove three miles west of Newton on neSUNDAY AUGUST 11 1907 Time afternoon will be occupied by recitations speechesThe by Chicagoicslo01ilCBringgoodouting i t 1N n Men will chaujje their minds QfllIerlb u their habits 1 4 BRYAN AND THE CHINESE Leader Failed When He Sought to Make IDemocratic to a Chinamans Criticism of the Christian Faith and Doctrine IDy W roolo Many realtors of the Blndo will re member the letters of a Chinese off clal that went the rounds of the press In serial form some months ago They will also remember how severely the Christian religion was handled and that W JBryan sought to make an swer thereto In the columns of the Commoner By far the best answers yet made to Bryans arguments came from the pen of 0 W Foote editor of the London Freethinker who cussing the subject said China Is the least military nation In the world Jesus Christ taught the impossible doctrine of love your en emies and the Christian nations are pastmasters in the art of war Confucius taught the possible doctrine of loving ones friends and giving justice to oneo enemies and China looks down upon fighting as a barbar ous pastime It was natural there fore that the supposed Chinaman to whose letters Mr Bryan is replying should touch upon the saddest aspect to Christian civilization Loft to ourselves ho said we should never have sought Intercourse with the West We have no motive to do for we desire neither to proselyte nor to trade Now these are shock Ing heresies to the average American mind No missionaries and no commer clal travelers Fancy What would the world do without them More peaceable the Chinaman thinks Not so Mr Bryan He declares that trado is a splendid agency for promoting BteTnaflonal goodwill Just las jf there were no such things as customhouse frontiers hostile tariffs and lusts of exclusive dealing The petition for markets the Chinaman said bid fair to be a more fruitful ciTust of war than was ever in the past tho ambition of kings or the blgotrr of priests Mr Bryan chal lenges this but ho only answers pro with prophecy Like so many who go no deeper than the Jof things ho looks with hope on the great Temple of Peace Saint Andrew Carnegie Is build lugnot at Plttsburg Tjiie Hague Peace Congress Mr Bryan says Was suggested by Russia and was quickly endorsed by the United States England and Japan Alas the American prophet of peaceChristian peace lias to admit that all these nations have since been engaged In wars of considerable magnltude which Is a very mild way of putting It Yet says the Indomitable prophet the Hague Tribunal grows in importance and the peaco movements spreads Yea verily but you want the prophets eye to seo it For our own part we look upon this peaco movement In Itlated by the pious Czar as one of the greatest frauds of the age Wo likened the first Peace Congress to a conference of burglars considering how to diminish the costs and risks of their profession Nobody proposed to leave off burglary How to carry It on more cheaply and safely all the cry The Czar simply wante- to gain time for his Eastern Asian policy When he found ho was pore mptorily crossed by the challenge o japan ho never thought of peace and arbitration for ho expected to win in tho struggle No sooner was a peat patched up and his army liberated from Manchuria to shoot down his own subjects at home than this un speakable creature sent out fresh clr culars for a new Peace Congress at the Hague And the other Christian Powers bowed solemnly and began making preparations for another polit teal pantome What particular good tho East has derived from Its intercourse with tho West Is not Indicated by Mr Bryan Wo will indicate it ourselves The East has learned science from the West It is that science which ac counts for the rlso of Japan and will account for the reawakening of China But science is not a Christian gift to tho world Christianity established Itself by destroying nearly all tho science there was in the world and It has fought modern science tooth and nail at every step of its progress Mr Bryan denounces tho Chinaman for saying that his countrymen do nut conceive themselves to have a mission to redeem or civilize tin world That Is their great defect in the American opinion It Is so grand to have a mission In tho world especially to all appearance when it takes tho form of meddling with tho k affairs of other people Our mission sties represent a policy that Mr Bryan is proud of and he laments when they are molested by brutal and fanatical followers of Confucius He does not ask himself what would happen if Chinese missionaries went about in America telling the people that Christianity was all lies and offering them Confucianism or Buddh ism as tho only true and perfect tem Nor does he stop to consider what wickedness has been committed in China by tho Christian brethren of our missionaries He ougt to know and if ho does not ho should learn what atrocities were perpetrated by the socalled punitive expedition which tho Christian Powers sent to Peking flrafterfarcical siege of tho Ipgatlous now men were murdered women outraged and the whole district desolated with what vandalism tho Christian soldier acted during tho time they were in Peking and how much worse It would have been but for the restraining cite p of tho Japanese The American Christian gets quite angry with the Chinaman for refer ring to the Prophet of Nazareth as a mild Oriental enthusiast unlettered untravellcd inexperienced whoso principles of religion arc re markable not more for their tends and touching appeal to brotherly love than for their aversion or Indifference to all other elements of human excel ence Mr Bryan answers this with a lot of gushing praise of that same Oriental enthusiast We will pass all y that however and take him at tho point where ho tries to bo critical Ho ventures to contrast the teaching of Jesus with the teaching of Confucius and he seizes upon a Iculous Illustration which has done duty in Christian Evidence circles for half a century This Is what he says TszeKung asked Is there not ono word of which may servo us n rule of practice for all ones life What you do not want done to yourself do not to others Christ taught What sooner ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them These two precepts have sometimes been confused and Confucius has ven been credited with forestalling tho Golden Rule But there Is a world of differ etude between the two doctrines Do not states the negative side and good as far as it goes Th3 man who obeys Confucius will do no harm and that Is something the harmless mat stands upon a higher plane than tho man who injuries others But Do is the positive form of the rule and tho man who d tea in vastly ciperior to the meroy narmless man It is on the strength of such reason- Ing as this that Mr Bryan feels just ified in politely asking ht Chinaman Can you bo so bllad as out to recog nise tho infinite superiority of the Christian creed What could bo more foolish end tart t astic that this distinction between preceptsdtion is transformed Into a substantial argument Mr Bryan is not by any quflto ve his mind to Itthat vhether a pro nt uegdof convenience Being to till appearance an orthodox Ohrlstian Mr ryan ac cents the Ten commandments as a moral revelation Now every one of them Vysed negatively Thai are ton thou halt nts And if wo were to say that their negative form was an Infinite and irreparable defect Mr Bryan might reply to us as we are replying to him Thou shalt do no murder is negative Thou shall respect they neighbors lifeis posit lee but the mean precisely tho same thing In the sane way Bo kind and Do not bo unkind firs of Ident- Ical significance Thou shalt help thy neighbor in distress means tho same tJii g as Thou shall not withhold help Front thy neighbor in his distress Sometimes tho positive form may bo prefeable and sometimes the negative It al depends upon tho special circumstances of the case It n friend for Instances were in grave danger ono might bo told to stand by him but it would probably be I stronger expression to say You inns not desert hlmfor that definitely points to the back door through which ono might bo tempted to retreat from Duos dtY 4i Mr Bryans second contrast ween Christ and Confucius is oven moro unfortunate Confucius taught that wo should lovo our friends and treat our enemies with justice Christ taught Love your enemies How this philosophy the American petit clan exclaims transcends tho code s and creeds of earths sages Yes as the clouds transcend the earth The teaching of Confucius Is practicable the teaching of Christ Is utterly im possible If any proof be needed look at the Christians Their past and their present their history and their practice show that this teaching is Impossible and that being impos Bible it is injurious Those who aim at the stars hit nothing except by accident If the Christian would stop lauding the text Recompense Injur with justice he would bo a bettor man As It is ho pursues his enemies all over tho planet nod gets with them wherever ho can so th to got your own back Is a distinct ively British and American saying and Great Britfan and America rec on themselves the most Christian nations in tho world We Lava only room for one other point Mr Bryan tolls the Chinaman as though ho could bo interested in such things that Isaiah foretold tho coming of Christ and styled him the Prince of Peaco Of course Isaiah foretold nothing of tho land But let that pass Wo have other game to y at Mr Bryan proceeds to say that this Prince of Peaco gave a certain commandment which furnishes the only basis upon which ing peace can bo built although tit wonderful personages followers have been nearly two thousand years with out building it And what was this commandment Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself Christ gave that commandment says Mr Bryan we tell him tint Christ did not give It He merely repeated Ho found in the old Scriptures of his own nation It had existed there accord ing to Christian chronology for hun firsts of years Mr Bryan will find It word for word in Leviticus xlx IS Jjo much for the commandment given by this Prince of Peace And we may add that tho Christ of the Gospels was original in nothing which Is another proof tint the whole story of his life doings and sayings is a mythological and legendary piece of patchwork composed of materials selected from every point of Iho compass HEAVEN l Here and Now Says Savant There is no heaven in the clouds where angles stir about playing en harps and where the departed soul Is admitted only after a strict examina ton of the recording books kept by St Peter God does not dwell apart from the earth In this beautiful homo wherein biblical conceptions hasIplaced him but Is a part of that lives on this earth These aro the startling statements which havo aroused great Interest among clergy through tho country amI have upset many of the popularly recognized views of the lIfo to como Tho statements are those of Professor A Youtz of the Congregational Col loge of Montreal In an article pub fished In The Amorcan Journal of Theology Issued yesterday afternoon by tho University of Chicago press The subset of tho article is Three Conceptions of God Three Ideas of God There are three typical conceptions of God which aro current In Christian thought today The three cone op limns aro supernaturalism naturalism and Immanence Supernaturalism as a theory of God of the Bible or of the individual re Iglous life Is being outgrown Professor Youtz then tales up the scientific conception which ho terms Naturalism God is not a necessary hypothesis today in writing science Naturalism needs neither the hypothesis of God nor any person God becomes simply a collective tenn to designate Iho logical Materialism sugarcoated Is the theory of the unloose which many an educated leader offers And when the theory works down It becomes less scientific the sugarcoat ruin off and It becomes bald atheism Well what of It There is no mincing of words now religion Of ill tho strings and frantic and Incomprehensible and tin Interpretablo books which tho g nation of man has created ho writes surely this ono Is tho prize example It Is written with limitless confi deuce and complacency and with a dash and stir and earnestness which often compel tho effects of eloquence oven when the words do not seem to have any traceable meaning Attacks Sincere Adherents There are plenty of people who f t t t imagine ihoy understand tho book I know this for I have talked with them but in all cases they wore peo plo who also imagined that there was no hitch thing as pain sickness mid death and no realities In tho world nothing actually existent but Mind It seems to me to modify the value of their testimony When you read if you seem to bo listening to a lively and aggressive and oracular speech delivered In an unknown tongue a speech whose spirit you get but not the particulars or to change the figure you seem to bo listening to a vigorous instrument which it making n noise which It thinks is a tune but which to persons not members of the band Is only the martial tooting of tho trombone and merely stirs the soul through tho noise but doeS not convoy a meaning atA FEW HINTS WhykSome years ago I read some ad vice to mothers which with a few additions I think worth repeating Tho commplajnt was made that dill dren In the hospitals and nurseries protet against the cold corners of tho wash rays being dragged across their faces Then said I why not trim off thq corners or use round washrags Another portion of tho article related to tho babys linen In which the writer stated that tho cus liarsa hard wad which is pressed against tho polv hence is the cause of much sUfferlnJto mothers at the times when tljeir little ones aro born asItho bones thus pressed Inward havo become permantly displaced causing deformity of the bony structure and furthermore the writer stated that many a young mother owes her con firmed invalldiBni or oven her death to this cause And again I asked Why not round tho cornets of tho linen Mothers Do you not think this a matter worth your attention Try tine method of rounding the cor ners of tho linen or of leaving thoIends loose for as ties are out of sight what eon It matter Very little whrn compared with the health pad comfort of your childj In tho future Tho writer of the article did noImention it but I think it proobable that many ills of men as well as o women may be traced to the sam canto i THE SUNSHINE CURE Some years ago while spending a summer at my country cottage I watched tho actions o a cat which had sustained ans lnjury to tho Joint of ono of legswhich caused the limb shrink so much that the position of the bone could be traced to Its socket at the hip Earl In the spring the cat sought a place oil the grass where the sunlight fell earliest In tho morn- Ing and stretching himself on the ground with the side on which was the wounded limb uppermost he spent all tho sunlit hours of each pleasant day during tho entire sum mol not leaving his position even to secure food until after sunset the ex posure causing the parts of tho faceI on which the fur was thinnest badly sunburnt still he sought tho sunlight and by tho autumn his pa tlence mid persistence were rewarded by a complete restoration of Its nat ural plumpness to the wounded limb And yet man talks of the Instinct of animals nod tho intelligence of man Hut man under similar cir cumstances would consult a physician and then probably not follow his ad vita If good to success But the cat had no instructor WHY DO WOMEN GO TO CHURCH A few years ago I visited tho First Baptist church in a neighboring city to hoar a liberal sermon which I did not hear but as a stranger and visitor was approached after the services by several tactics one of whom asked Do you love tho lord Tho question was so unexpected that least tho ruling lord Is the Jewish I remembering that tho lord or at least the ruling lord is the Jewish baron mid not being sure wholhor she mofnl tho then living one or some out of his predecessors perhaps tho ono who planted tho garden of linen o perhaps the one who nrad Moses god a ruler to Pharaoh strata the answer which must have been N If her question related to aoqIttthat dear tt hlte haired old lady took my bond and assured me that if wo love the lord and keep his command ments that we shall bo rewarded by boin 5 allowed to moot with ones rlonds In the world after death ad ding have father wailer brother and sisters who havo gone heifer mid whom expect to iciest and I know that her tams on earth could not be n Then asked Is not that titelbest part pf It Tho meet ling our frlouils Her reply j t r shall not soon forgot for she exclaim ed Its all that there IsIts all that theta is And I thought then that the secret of the reasons of some womans attendance at church had been revealed to me I did not her that I too hoped to meet an dwell with friends In the hereafter but that I did not expect to bo obliged to refer tho matter to any lord as Nature had mado provision for ourI entrance Into that world and con KClencious action makes tho true Christian which I saw by her sweetI face that she herself was Can all women who go to church give Iho sumo reasons for their attendance there SUSAN J PECK Minneapolis lInn July 17 1907 MAN WHO FIRED FIRST SHOT DEAD A short time ago I read of tho tenth of tho man who fired the first shot in the battle of Manila Bay His tenth had left a vacancy so great that tho country must be apprised of IL I remember then that I had not road anything of the women who shed tho first tears for these sons of Spain who so many of them went down to their deaths In the battle of Manila DaS There were mothers sisters daugters and friends of those men who today aro bereft of the protection which should now be theirs from thhoso who were drowned like the rats in the hold and as help lessly that u few men might reap the glory of war which means Its returns in gold but such returns come not to the soldier and to only n few of army officers for only a small num her hold the highest offices and In consequence the safest places during a battle but the glory the gold ggoess to the promoters and money loaned who never ggo to war END OF THINGS If EndjWhyEnd tBy Otto Wetlsteln When man dies his personality enlllalsofowl To Insist that the personallly soul or spirit of the squab or duck survives tho destruction of its body canQ nosh and feathers as well as a fowl scratching for its food enjoys ante mortem existence If devouring a fowl Is the end of n fowl what logic reason or analogy todby cannibals inhumated or cremated the Individual man can survive tho destruction of ts sown body land exist during eternity without it as well as with It As a watch stops when out of or der so man dies when tho aggregated jihynical actlvltlos of Jils complex organic structure refuse to act harm oniously to supply tie necessary con dltlons of health and life When he lies absolutely nothing escapes from a mans body What constitutes souls of dear departed ones A hope a longing a popular ancient superstition perpetuated by vanity Ignorance and deceit destined to vanish before the enlightened intelligence of the twen tleth century We Do Job- IJRINTING SOc HIGH BRIDGE AND RETURN SUNDAY JUNE 30 Tickets Good Leaving Lexington on Train No5 or on Special Train at 1100 a m Dancing Pavilion Excellent Music Dining Hall meals both a la carte and table de note Swings and Shelter Houses Ask ticket agent for particulars ps IThe Free 1 Speech League invites correspondence cooperation nail membership of all who claim rights and dare maintain them JOIN US HELP US GET OUR LIST OF BOOKS READ THEN PASS THEM ALONG Liberty talks by Ingersoll Wakctnan Walker Schroe del Pentecost Barrow Post and others Read Our Van ishing Liberty of Press five cents and also Do You Want Free Speech ten cents and learn WHY YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speech League Lexington Ave New York City e ORGANIZATION AT LAST WANTED All readers of the Blue Grass Blade who know God Is a myth and death the end of life to out the following blank and forward It to the International Organizer W H Kerr Great Bend Kansas and get oIGodand Charter members of it Add 25 cents for a years subscription to its paper Truth About Gott MEMBERSHIPtf In the Church of Humanity I W gBellse one dollar for HumanityeName Age 1Iostonlce Co or 3 t State Sex Occupation r y Nationality t Language Previous Clutch When 1000 members are enrolled a national delegate convention 1be called to formall organize and laconvntn rya church J ift1 I I J t 1 LUTHERAN REFORMATION Continued from first page orence of opinion Craumcr taught that heretics were first to be excom uuulcated If that made no Impression on them they were to suffer death It satisfies one sense of the fitness of things that Cranmer himself perished at the stake Beacon taugnt that the duty of magistrates with regard U heretics was to punish thenyea and also to take them out of this life This same Deacon called upon the temporal rulers to be no longer the popes hangmen He refered their being the hangmen of Protestantism Latimer himself said of the Auabaii lists who were executed Well let them go Bishop Jewel the great apologist of the Protestant Church o r England in answering Harding tin Jesuit replies In this way to the charge of being of the brotherhood of Servetus David George and Joan of Kent We detected their heresies and not you We arralnged them wi condemned them Wo put them to the execution of the laws It seemetl very much to call them our brothers because we burnt them Calvin held the same persecuting dealt with ruthlessly He was a vent able Pope of Geneva His treatment of Servetus was infamous But so Iversal was the principle on whlcl Calvin acted that even the mild Mel ancthon called the cruel roasting o t Servltus at a slow fire a pious and memorable example for all posterity Protestantism boasts of having serted the right of private Judgment It never did anything of the kind Not a single leader of the Reformation ever asserted such a principle Erasmus did though not In decisive language but Erasmus never belong ed to the Protesant church and hi humanity no less than his philosophy brought upon him the vituperation o i Luther The hero of Protestantism did not intend the consequences o his revolt against Rome He would have been appaled at the thought them He made a breach for his purposes in the great wall of faith He did not anticipate that others would widen it or that the forces reason would march through and cupy the post He simply did his own stroke of work and we do not judge him by later standards We only ject to the extravagances of Protest ant laudation WHAT WILL THEY DO NEXT Claiming to Have Been Able to The Human soul It Is Now Pro if posed to Photograph It SOUL TINKERS ARE- MAKING THINGS HUM s The following has been going the f rounds of the press as a recent news comment Is given else 1 XeurHenry Price a professor of music of ML Vernon believes that he has f discovered a process of photograph ing the soul and he is trying to obtain permission from the authorities at Bellevue Hospital to make isxperl tments there Mr Price who was forty years the barytone soloist of Trinity Church in New York says that he has made the subject n life study and that he Is convinced that tnc soul has a real existence and that the reason that it cannot be seen In taking its flight from the body of death is because those present at the time h of death are invariably hypnotized The theory is borne out by the that the body lightens immediately after death His plan is to photograph the soul as it departs from the body 7 with a number of quick kodacks It f would bo impossible he says to hyp fx notlze the kodak as it records many r things not visible to the naked eye In speaking of the subject Prof Price saidI would like to have about a half a dozen scientific men In the room as wltnessess to the experiment and they would also want to stop watch to re cord the transition Have you formed any idea of what the soul looks like asked a reporter I dont know what it looks like replied Mr Price but I am sure It doesnt weigh more than a drachm What In your opinions becomes of the soul after it has taken its flight According to my belief was the reply the soul does not really take anotherbodyfwhom we will call an angel or agent of the Diety The angel has to re move It ffrom the body while It is yet warm and put it into another be ing If the person doesnt deserve other life then the Diety doesnt send for his soul and ho Is dead like a common animal hadtism of the soul- Necessarily replied he the or ganism must bo very small It may be like an oyster or a mollusk We cannot see its organism yet we know it has life RAILROAD EDUCATION Wall Street Dally News If the agitation concerning the railroads does nothing more It will edu cate the country up to some idea of what railroading means Thin maj ority of the people seem to bo under the impression that the receipts the railroads from passengers andIfreight traffic must be of large and therefore privileges be given more cheaply Governors Hughes Finley and many others who have common sense as well as somo knowledge of the matter and a sense of fairness have openly stated that legislation as well as agitation has ben carried on without either adej quato knowledge or any attempt to 11 p s gain any Certainly the attacks made by shippers and demagogues have re sulted In replies of far more value to the nation than the attacks could have warrantees W J Murphy Vice President of the Queen and Crescent Route In his reply to the statement of Receivers and Shippers As sociation of Cincinnati Is an example of this His road was charged withI earnings of 282 per freight train mile whereas other roads averaged 189 On the face of this a demand would be made for reduction it has already been made Mr Murphy points out what others either have not known or have Ignored that the freight trains of that road are hauled by two engines instead of one as Is the case on other roads entailing naturally tar greater expenses per firelght train mile Further it Is shown by figures that while expenses have Increased In the cost of labor and materials during the past two years receipts have actually shown nIle crease per milo in freight as well alsotjority of the earnings have returned Into the property in the shape ofI extensions Improvements and other needed advancements These mat ters should be given the same pro minence In various newspapers tho country over which the criticisms receive Evils which may have creptI In must be corrected but time alono will have to do that In means while American sense of justice should hurry a little faster to tho front and Americans should not allow their most Important Industries to bo played upon for political purposes WINDSIRock Island Man Makes Peculiar Request In His Will M A Gould for many years sur ddledton of his will It was found that It conI tamed a request that therre be no religious services nor hymns at his funeral and that his body be cremated and the ashes thrown into the Mis sissippi River from the bridge Ar rangements wpre at onco made carry out his wishes Gouldd was aj pioneer of tho county well educated itand an athei- stSENSE AND SUPERSTITION The Tee e of Galileo Did More to AllTheRobes By J Emerson Roberts What Is superstition To believe without evidence or against evidence to dogmatlso about the unknown toI accept myths as facts miracles as realities fables as history allegories as actual event to put caprice in the place of law to supplant the natural retlieve In the Impossible the ridiculous tho Idiotic or the absurd to raise faith above fact tradition above ence revelation above demonstration credulity above honest doubt to Ig nore reason insult Intelligence and crucify common sense this Is super stitionIt a fact well known that In pass Ing from Infancy to maturity the child repeats and epitomises the story of the race He has his period ofI Ignorance credulity was unreasoning faith ho does not know the worMI He does not know the meaning of distance perspective force and motion He Is utterly Ignorant of cause and effect Everything is real to him The Tho belief in tho supernatural declined as science arose Natural causes were discovered for the things that had been mysterious and occult Things that wanted explanation and wore counted with the supernatural ranged themselves in line with der sanity and law Tho devils have disappeared Tho dark is no longer MirongpU wllh Imps The spirits mutter and moan no more In the twilight gloom No more do naiads bathe in moonlit streams or fairies dance or gnomes come out of caves or ghouls revel in graveyards eating the flesh of loadv Ship captains no more bribe witches not to raise storms at sea or purchaso from them fair weather Angry Gods no longer send plagues and dieeases offended deities no longer threaten to destroy the world with comet or eclipse It cannot be denied that the Interests of the church led her to foster this belief in supernatural Possessing as she claimed all possible know ledge being capable of setting any question that might arise among mankind assuming all responsibility for tho temporal and eternal welfare iof man It was to her interest to keep man obedient to keep him in ignorance subserviency and fear For this reason she resisted advance of knowledge kept back tho day and man would bo still dwoliing I tho night ho would be still living would be still kissing the cruifh and mumbling prayers ho would be still prostrate in tho dust ho would still bo seeking healing shrines for the cure of disease tho world would stl bo a madhouse had it not been for tho few brave intrepid souls who dared to explore to enquire to ren and to doubt One tele copi pointing towards the sky with man like Galileo looking through more to civillzo mankind and oak man free than all tho priests tea ever wore robes and nil the alter that ever pandered to rich or filched their substance from th poOl One thinker bravo seif poised con fldeiit and vncomiuerable dying un shriven at the stake like Bruno stitutes tho tenth warrent of religion oppression One unparnlled mid rc slstless man like Voltaire letting Ilr the arrows and shafts of sarcasm at her hypocrisies and hurilng thundo bolts of denunciation at the Church crimes was the herald dawn An proudly J1arlngtho universe governed by law the dawn wldene to the morning the morning broader od Into day In our own time there are not so much of what might be called active superstitions as residuary supe stitlons Wo have not yet quite es somo common names and terms that carry over a suggestion of other age with their strange hellels Superstition are manifest now and then In our modern life It wus not ninny years ago that the governor or one of tho northwestern States Ing the land overrun with grasshoi pens solemnly called a day for fast ing and prayer that the good neoplt might beseech the Good God 11 take away the grasshoppers This is superstition pure and sin pie from the fact that there is no possible proof there is no legitimate course of reasoning that can by ani sort of ingenuity attach the effect to the alleged cause Prayer Itself In its ordinary manifestations is based solely upon an ancient superstl tlon If any body believes that bending down and imploring the in finite ho can change a fact he Is simply a victim of superstition An prayer if it were answered would hi a conviction of the infinite It wouh be an arraignment of his own dom a confession that his knowledge from tho beginning was insufficient and needed tho prompting of the finite mind It Is not susceptible proof that it prayer was ever answer ed since men first began to bend the pregnant hinges of the knee In two departments of human thought superstition most Abound Those departments are theology and medicine In this respect they present a glaring contrast to all other fields and phases of human activity Manufacturers are not gone to vng arles and weird imaginings trade and commerce do not beget superstition artist in his studio the Inventor in the shop the farmer In tho field none of these are given to halluclna lions to believe in the irrational and tho absurd but in tho case of theo logy and medicine the situation changes Hero men experiment and guess Hero fear and hope enter as factors emotion and ecstasy terror and despair warp the Judgment dls tort evidence and foster hallucina tions In these two fields most ol our current superstitions have their roots Why are superstitions harmful Any superstition Is by its nature a menace to human welfare nrhln drance to human progress And this is true notwithstanding a given erstition may be believed In by mult itudes or may effect an air of super lor wisdom or may wear the robo of respectability or religious sanctity Religious superstitions have cursed every land In every age In which they have becomo dominant In the minds of men Religious superstitions and fanatlqlsm have retarded the pro gres of Scotland by almost a century They have kept Ireland In Ignorance and servility They havo Improver Mhed Italy bl fifhted Spain made of Russia the horror of tho age and they would have destroyed France beautiful France If tho Radlcjils hind not arisen to extirpate tho foil ster and rescue the Republic from prlestcrafL In our own country tho effect ol religious superstition is mess mreably harmless from the simple fopt that few people take religious dogmas ser homely The oldtime preachers are rrmonsthatbreezeshaken over hell aroi heard no mOlcTO hear no morel about angry Gods and the wrath of the Judgment to come Though tin creeds for tho most part remain fprmally unchanged yet they are so deflly con they are no longer offen sine to tho pewholders nor anybody Else Indifference to religion Is the salvation of tho people sincerity and earnestness of Christian Scientists is likely to bo thnlr un doing No man can without peril forswear reason Who over tt his back upon common sense invites his L feet to take the path that leads to madnessA died In lulu town sometime ago as the result of a gasoline explosion Sue was a Christian Sci entist The healer soon arrived and while thc woman writhed In tho death agonies they stool around say Ing There is no pain there is no death there is no gasoline God IsI all That was insanity Whatever else may be whatever those people may be that was an exhibition of lunacy What Is meant by progress TIlt application of Intelligence to the affairs of man Intelligence implies and Includes the experience of the race tho accumulated knowledge of mankind the common sense of tho world All is natural There Is no room or place for the supernatural The miracle does not exist Prod igies and wonders are either ex aggeration of facts or plain and base loss fabrications and falsehoods AllI is governed by law Every effect in child of some cause and becomes in turn tho parent of sonic other effect There Is no break no gap no hiatus Not priests and popes notI prejudices and prepossessions not rituals nor revelations not miracles nor wonders not faith nor fanaticism not nltars nor oracles but reason and common sense Whenever these other things do aught but interpret nature mid teach men so they be como deceivers or destroyers of man have men struggled and en dared How have they suffered sacrificed and aspired How havo they stumbled In ignorance Veen deluded by their fears mocked by their faith cheated by their hopes robbed by the altar and deluded by the priests How has man struggled suffered and endured and not all in vain Behind him Is age of myth and miracle of faith and fear of unreason and superstition Before him is tho rut ure Inviting with its possibilities achievements Around him in the universe governed by law and with in him strong and bravo is the con vlctlan rooted deep and unextlngulsh able that reason Is tho only guide Wants To Know Dovlta Texas Jas E Hughes I have Just been Informed through a friend that there was published recently In your paper a letter writ ten by me to Eld W G Wilkerson of Comanche Ind Ter relating to a debate between himself and Mr A A Snow of Linevllle Iowa Referring to tho above will state the letter was written In a friendly spirit and was not Intended for pub lication and was published with out my authority or knowledge Kindly cut out the article as it was published and send to me and I would be very thankful to you for the namo and address of those sending letter in for publication and their reason for havjng it published I suppose they gave you some reason for I would like to know if they are using it as an ad for the debate The thought is suggested to me that it may be a scheme with a view to getting a case of slander against me and any Information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated Thanking you In advance and wishing for you tho greatest of success W E FLETCHER The letter camo to this office In the usual course of mall but our judg ment is that you are not amenable in any way for damages in lawEd OUR COLUMN OF VERSE Happiness walk In the Vale of Illusion To IIvo In a walking dream To welcome every delusion Accepting things as they seem To hold for yourself Intended Tho smile of tho farthest star Live thus and life is splendid But beware of things as they are Shoutback at the caning thunder And sing with tho singing wind And read a sign and a wonder In each thing heaven designed Bloodbrother bo to wild things That walk In tho mystic wood Believe and lovo all child things And find life fair and good Woo then tho dream and the vision And hake with the mind a pact To shackle its deadly precision And guard against every fact Dream and in dreaming merit All things of beauty and worth And you shall forever inherit The heaven that lives on earth Today Other suns will shlno as golden Other skies bo Just as blue Other south winds blow as softly Gently drinking up tho dew Other goldenrods and asters With tho sun and sky agree These for other men and women Just today for you and me I Other fruit of wlnoy flavor Wanderers will pluck and eat Other bird with winsome voices Other songs will slugas sweet Oer the deppled brook will midges Danco an hour then cease to be All tho world may have tomorrow Hut todays for you and Other gardens will bo planted Fair as this which wo call ours Other bloomms will put to shaming Those benign oldfashioned flowers All tho glories of sunset In the sunrise ono may see That which others call the dawning- Is tho night for you and me Each and AllIGo in and do the best you caif Nor waste your time In sighing Tho minds the measur of man And strength is born of trying Anti though you meet a sad reverse Tho world Is still your debtor Tla only that some do things worse That somo can do thom bettor There is a place for one and all Bush has his given powers Think what a sorry hush would fall Upon this world of ours If all birds in all the vales That new with songs nro ringing Because they are not nightingales Should cease their Joyous singing This lifes a game of crack the whip And every man must play ItIstrange force keeps us ou skip There Is no way to stay It If you cant be the leader bold Why you can be tho lummox Who at the lashs end Is rolled Heels over head Korflumnnix Approaching 90 Years Frederick Ind Jas E Hughes I will send you my first writing on Tho Polar System- If you should publish it I would like you to put In the press that the Editor left out in my piece there Is but one College that is teaching on n scientific principle that Collego is located In a town In Kansas named Great Bend and its Professor is W N KerrHo found 200 men and women who think as he does and they are working for the good of humanity my readers I have written this letter for your good please think over it I nm nearly 88 years old AARON DAVIS No More For Jesus I used to testify for Tesus when I was but years old and to my shame I stood up for Jesus until I was about 25 years old Now I want to testify for the Church of Humanity After seeing said Church Advertised In your valued paper I pointed though I detest tho name of church above all names on earth because it enslaved nio for twentyfive years I am now tho venerable owner of Certificate of graduation in the Knowledge of God Therefore I must be a pretty wise guy Wo deny the existence of a god en phaticaly other churches say they have a god Now let them show him up and wo will take down our sign but If there is no scientific principle by which they cnn prove there Is a god then we have a right to say there Is none I sought for god by faith and found him not I exercised as much faith as It is possible for any ono to have for I was about as big a fool as their was In the country and god did not show up and that is proof positive that god could not be proven by faith And now I Invite every reader of the Blade and all freethinkers to join our church and when our church calls a Convention for final organizations wo may bo able to change tho name to freethought Frederation of America or something else If not we will stay with tho majority There Is no use of talking Agnosticism for there Isnt any of them only a few Infant Infidels all the old ones have reasoned clear away iron tho God Idea Wo want teachers and lecturers and or gunlzcrt and wo cannot have them un less we create a demand for them Wo must keep them und pay them a good salary then we can have good mon and women to teach and preach our doctrines and not until then wo cannot possibly do this without organ ization It would have been just as con sistent for thegovcrnmcnt to havo turned the whole army loose each man on his own hook to put down tho southern rebellion Is it for us to undertake to cope with tho powerful organization of the Churches with each Infidel well armed but a foot find alone This subject needs no argument owe no command no res pect or no influence single landed you all know this wo have tho memo hers The woods is full of Infidels But numbers dont count single handed but let us all bo united In ono pjwerin jI her infidels stroug Do you think America is behind Italy for In telligence and freethought Not by a damn sight lun a traveling man mid meet morn Infidels than Chris thus lots of them go under cover of tho church but when you them down to tho real facts they are In lldolH but we have no organization no society mid so they sail alone In church say tho time has come Imiildel11rmice say no Now I hope that every ono will go with us or start an other or ganization will form you at once But do something at once Think ofyour poor starved editors and our poor wornout Lecturers who have given their lives and now retired to starve to death discouraged and disheart ened It is a shame Wo ought to tire them on a salary Think 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