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JI I r7tiP 11rt y t 71 BLUE GRASS BLADEA IIlgbI1rker WE AIM TO GUT DOWN ERROR AND ElVABLlSII TRUTH n Volume XVlNumber 8dLEXINGTON KY JULY 7 1907 Published Weekly 150 per Year in advance LIKE A SACK OF SALT When Put Into a Running Stream the Salt Will Wash Away and Only the Sack remains HAPPY CONSIMILAR GIVEN FOR CHRISTIANITY By G W Foote Discussing the Issue of a Dying t Creed its applied to modern Chris tianity in the columns of the London Freethinker the writer says Christianity has long been a sack of salt In a stream of water Grad ually the salt Is washed out but the sack itself remains and the name Christianity is still legible on its outside A hundred years ago Thomas Paine was still living although ho was nearing his end having but three years to live He was the hated arthor of the infamous Ago if Reason a book which the British authorities tried to suppress and for publishing which dozens of men and women were condemned to long terms of Imprison ment the heroic Richard Carlllo act ually spending nine years and seven months In English gaols Thomas Paines great book Is still a wicked one at Birmingham where the Educa tion Committe of the Town Council cannot allow it to lie upon the book stall at Town Hall meetings But it Is often praised elsewhere Only the other day the Rev R J Campbell r of the City Temple told his hearers that the would find a good deal of what ho was saying to them In Tom biPalne It Is notorious that nearly iPalnos positions are now occupied Fbythe socalled Higher Critics What it was a crime to publish a hundred r years ago is now quite orthodoxout side Brlmjngham Christian divines now teach what a century ago was Imfamy in Thomas Paine Thus does the whirligig of time bring in its revellgesINearly all that Thomas Paine saidI about the Old Testament is endorsed by those Higher Critics This I have abundantly shown by In the careIful notes of the Twentieth Century edition of tho Age of Reason Even the diabolical suggestion that any Old Testament prophecy which was ful filled was really written after theI event is put forward now without the slightest hesitation by Christian scholars like Canon Driver- A great deal of what Thomas Paine said about the New Testament is also endorsed by very respectable divines He was called a filthy beast for smiling at the story of tho miraculous birth of Jesus and doubling whether a ghost could bo the father of a bouncing boy But even the great Sir Oliver Lodgethe Churches Scien tific big gun brought out to thunder against Infidelsactually tells his Christian friends that they should lose no time In giving Jesus two hu man parents instead of one as being less Improvable and morn decent Mr Campbell wound up his old years labors by calling the story of the Nativity poetry and not history discussion of the Virgin Birth has been going on for some time in Christian circles and the tradi tional school is gradually winning all along tho line F Matthew Arnold thirty years ago saw that all the Blblo miracles were doomed And ho said so The time was coming he declared when educated and Intelligent persons would put the Blblo miracles side by side with other miracles and from that beIThat monent has been slowly but surely arriving We may If rosy that it has arrived Bible miracles are being denied by mo very clergy They will soon cease to be mueht from pulpits But they wlli taught in Sunday Schools for the men of God will stuff the children with these pious falsehoods as long as possible There was a royalhearted man of conIas much as he did and ridiculed many of them in his bold bright Inimitable fashion He was tho one great poet of Scotland and his name was Robert i i ki H tjo Burns Ho flung his glove In tho face of a tho priests thats out o hell where ho evidently tnought most of them resided In a poetical ad dress to one of the cloth he said 0 Pope had I thy satires darts To gie tho rascals their deserts Id rip their rotten hollow hearts An tell aloud Their Jtirrlln hocuspocus arts To cheat the crowd hut he did not confino his lash to the rascals He laid It upon their Holy Book Not directly so to speak for that would not havo done but In directly so that everybody with brains enough could understand what ho meant Justlock at this from Death and Dr Hornbrook Some books are lies frao end to end And soma great lies were never pennd Evn ministers they hao been kennd In holy rapture A rousing wind at times to vend And nallt wP Scripture Lying was the trade of these gentry and their Holy Book had a strong resemblance to themselves Some books are lies frae end to end Burns didnt name oneror he was a sly dog but any reader of tho text could supply tho sermon It is getlng admitted now that the Blblo Is lies frae end to end Only the grave solemn designing priests- of the Holy Oracle boggle at the word lies They prefer to call the falsehoods legends symbols al legorles and other soft delusive names How much the more knowing clergy really believe themselves may beI gathered from the following letter which appeared In the last number of the Speaker in IThe Broad Church Creed To the Editor of The Speaker SIrA correspondent recently stated In your columns that he had no Idea of what the views of the 1 r1rdChtk May I say a word or two toenlighten hlmft Of qourse we reject the crude idea of Inspiration as it would volve the conception of God being semi ituman To us God Is the soul of the universe transcending Per sonality though possibly including It and the Idea of His revealing anything is mero anthropomorphism We regard the Old Testament stories as absolutely unhistorical but valuable as enshrining truths in parables We deal with much of tho New Testament in the rame wey e in the unhlstorlcal Fourth Gospel the miracle of Cana which was known to the synoptic writers means simply changed from tho Old Dlspen sation to the New We reject the Virgin Birth and physical Resurrection of our Lord as unhistorical By His Divinity wo mean that Ho was In a unique sense in touch with Unseen By the Trinity In which wo firm ly believe wo mean nothing objective I should describe the Trinity as three windows created by the Christian consciousness whereby to gaze at tho Divine This is of course the merest summary of a creed which is bringing many to have faith in and love to not the Jesus of history but the Ideal Christ of Experience Yours etc R C Flllingham Vicar of Hexton He ton VIcararo December 17 1906 So this is the Broad Church Creed Our readers will see that the salt is all washed out of tho sack that the sack Is empty and has collapsed and that nothing but the Christianity brand upon it is loft to tell us what it Is no Inspiration or re velation there is no objective that is no actually Trlnltythe Old Testament stories are absolutely tin historical that Is the events they record never happenedall tho Im portant stories In the Now Testament are of the same character stories including tho Gospel heroes Introduc tion to the world and exit from It Indeed the Jesus of History Is no body and the Christ of Experience is everything In other words Christie ty Is dead ancJrall that remains Is the ghost of tho minds of Its old professors We thank this Rev R C Flllingham for this valuable declaration which anIi ttf 2 1 MERELY CLOSE COMMUNION But It was Carried out withe Promis- of Spiritual Regeneration Ac cording to Scripture WHAT HAPPENED WHILE THE OLD MAN WAS AWAY From Justice It Is seldom that a newspaper Is launched upon the uncertain sea of American Journalism that is without a muzzle of some sort Sometimch the muzzling process is selfcreated and it is only too frequent that out sIde Influences exercise it Among our recent exchanges was one carrying the suggestive and well meaning name of Justice published at Duncan Indian Terr The Issue at hand corroborates the title for it contains the following splendid and fearless article One of Gods chosen dlclples com monly known as a Baptist minister down the road at a little town on the Rock Island took it into his head to visit a weak sister while her hus band was at prayer meeting They hadnt communed but a few minutes when ho started In to show her the glories and advantages of be jlng regenerated and born of the spirit Now sister says he when you are born twice you are saved and the gates of hell cannot prevail again you nor me either for that matter nor by the holy smokes both of us If the light has gone out Now my lovey dovey sweetheart what Is the of us plodding through life with faces a yard long when we are ready saved God knew what Adam f and Eve would do to that tree of wine saps when he let them get honey the old man Is over at to o o er once more and he wont know a thing about it in fact nobody but God will know and we already have him squared You know how kind our heavenly father was to Mary Magdaleno dont till scriptures positively say that If you believe and be babsouzod you are saved thank nod for his generosity In providing plenty qf faith and water Thats right kiss your darling we will hold communion again next time the old man goes to prayermeeting no need of getting scared ho wont be back for an hour Now there was a lake running right along by the side of this house and a window opening over it Some prying fellows who doubted the faith of this man of God had decided to watch the house And when they had been convinced that this peddler of salvation to the whole soul was bent on staying awhile one of themt went to inform the old man of how matters stood The old man came bringing with him amagazlne shotgun The other fellows stationed themselves at the back door and the windows that didnt open out on theI lake while the irate husband bolted right through the front door starting a rough house Immediately at tho rate of about two shots a second The preacher who suddenly decided that his visit was out started out at the back door There ho found a man Ho rusted for the window and found another man Suddenly re momberlng that water was one of the surest means of salvation ho went boldly through the window overlooking the lake und swam to worldly salvation and theological oblivion It seems that the preachers of this country are establishing quite- a record of sexual criminality They stand almost at tho head of the pro fessions for seduction but it Hindi bo remembered that Heaven Is full of adulterers and murders while Hell Is densely populated with such men as Jefferson Washington Lincoln Franklin and Paine who were so busy working for the betterment of humanity that they didnt have time to believe that God would pun- Ish a man throughout the endless ages of eternity just simply because he thought that his goodness was too great Wo dont say that Socialism will abolish all these illicit close com munions but wo do say that It will that when a girl reaches maturity that she will bo so highminded in tellectual and Independent that when i L she marrts she will marry a man that Is solutelY fitted both intellectual aa physical to bo her mate And whe1she Is so muted and one of tongued serpents of the clotl comes along and goes to quoting rlpture to her as a means to carry Ius degenerate plan out she will slap kink In his neck that will springeii a la s watch Sonieljdy said that Jesus Christ vas a i rptmter its a dickens of a onderl the preacher dont take a iniblo themselves and do a little at orken tho side they ought to at fist do enough work to buy life pre rvers to use when they have sud call across bodies of water and of Invent got time to wait for a boat This swimming bee we are making much fuss over cams off down at igden I T just a few days ago Sjleperlence of a Freethinker Who Took in the Sights at the James k town Exposition rfhy Mrs Edna Porter is one thing do Ing hero of which I w lit to toll you In it4oun peculiar way It Is vely impressive The place on the Warpath known as lied Rate You leo men women and children filling up the little boats which slowly but surely go round and round and round till they come to the bottomless pit and there the water gushes and gushes std the women nnd children begin to scream and scream and hold their heads hut that dosnt stop the boat nor help one iota Oh you cant turn that vessel on its course its doomed straight for hell So intljnt was I watching that the idea of ear never dawned upon me and then too Firf a third generation of free thought thing goodness Well that Is only the starting point of fear YojteS on and on land on finally you do iintmer- ucu riyifgin nndloneminute of their ignorance Alas only a landing and you mu t get outInt- herc is no going back On to heUIc Then the screams proper start Through the narrow passageway they6cgiu to push along many are there still from the boat before waiting for the nerve to take the final step First there a battling of tin nnd the whistling of the winds which sound like the wrath of God indeed then n gush of air tears your hat from your head and as of the hats nre held so straight upon account of the hair being on end its no trouble to blow it back to the wind nnd storm then you see skeleton if you have your oyes op n for some do say they keep theirs closed and only sway with the maddening crowd till its over thU skeleton dances and grins std strange lights abound then comes the devil himself iuul some of his imps they rush at you they grab you nnd actually touch you Their long tails which are tho healthiest tails I over saw being about four inches thick yards long are thrown across the path and you stumble nod stumblu when you reach out for help tis a spider on the wall which answers back More skeletons more spiders more webs more more and more of the screaming can hear it yet It was real the genuine article Let us hope for a day when there will be no tear Sincerely Yours EDNA POIITKR SERMON BROUCHT HER RUIN Preacher Talked so Powerful on Moral Virtue That a Sister Con fessed Her Relations With Him ANOTHER CASE OF ONLY DO AS I SAY Dispatches Tho dally papers have just pub lisped a rather sensational dispatch about a woman brought to ruin by her dear pastor in the Lord and actu ally led to confess while under tho Influence of one of his sermons The dispatch headlines std nil appear as follows RUINED BY SERMON Preacher Emphasizes Virtue so Strongly that Woman Confesses Her Relations with Him t r 1 t i 1 Lincoln Nob July ISRev W P Ferguson fifty yours of nr pastor of the First Methodist Church was day suspended from the church on charges of misconduct with Mrs Cross a member of his congregation rat whose house the minister had listening to Mr Ferguson delivered a powerful sermon on Mrs Cross confessed to a prominent member of the congrega thou of gross misconduct with the minister at various times and platen her home and in the pastors study and also told of going to hotels with Ferguson The woman was the prin ciple witness and told of many nets indiscretion between the minister and herself The sermon which Mrs Cross says brought her to confess was a master ful effort and Mr Ferguson apparently brought out all there was in the He stated that it was the duty of a man or woman to God to to the world to bo virtuous Ho on the misery that was caused by fathers and mothers departing from the path of virtue closing his sermon with the statement that tho world would not be saved until tine ly social evil had been wholly eradi cated lic CASH THE SOLE MAGNET By Which Young Men are Expected- to be Attracted to the Chris tian Ministry PROVIDE FOR THE OLD TO HELP THE YOUNG How can the ministry be made more attractive This is the pressing question of the day with those whose mission it Is to propagate superstition Young men V itfuse to join the inks i T ey see n the lilt uu tupe their material welfare and spiritual salvation cuts but little Ice with them now Recently the Lutheran Synod held meeting In Pennsylvania and ussed the question of how the Istry could he made a more attractive calling for young men The dls cussion ended by a vote being taken which decided an issue of raising a loud for the endowment of aged sad indigent paators and It seems to us that they are operating at the wrong end of the line Toendow and pen slon off a worn out preacher does wants do not affect present needs While the old man may rest In sweet content It does not provide for the young fellow who dislikes manual labor wants to live high dress well exert an Influence over women and cut a big swath The reports of the meeting state that the manner of raising the cash was left In charge of the committee on Pastors CundC and then adds There was a strong undercurrent of opposition to the measure remain ing unexpressed until a vote was taken when the resolution was barely Huber of Richmond Ind the chief promoter of tho estab llshmcnt of the fund pointed outt that the salary of the average clergyman Is almost exhausted by his penses that when retiring on account of old ago he has no sa h1g8t to support himself or tats family nod has no relief from poverty except death With such dark prospects in view few young men are willing to enter tho ministry when there are so many other more attractive fields Biting Sarcasm Handed Out Rev S P Long of Mansfield 0 attacked the endowment fund with biting sarcasm A man should never enter tie ministry ho said If his only reason Is that there Is a fund to take care of him when he Is old I have never yet heard of a minister starving The average annual income- of a clergyman In this country r that of a lawyer 500 If the clergy could talk less about the pay ment of their own salaries and more about tho payment of the parish ap portlonments more funds for salaries would bo forthcoming A man who ratters the mlnstry expecting to find a gold mine will sink his pick into resolution was adopted and the former method of raising money for aged pastors by apportionment alone will bo abandoned TwavE a tGOOD REASONS GIVEN the Mother Love Home for Un jfortunateBabes Should be Well Supported il COOPERATION EDUCATION lND APPLIED SCIENCE i ITheillrroundThe salary grab will be ab t sent salaries of managers and co Ififoperatives being uniform The profit evil will be changed good All profits on industries of JK the home will be returned to the Yt Treasury Trust to enlarge and beaueta ritvantages3 The atmosphere will be entire scientific Every vestage of super stition will be eradicated The stuffing feature of the pub 1school will be absent Education i will be inductive Both mother and babes will be trained to think The cooperative industrial lffeature while solving the economic ifi tldustrlalyoung woman who remains for a term of two or even one year will lj f t lack a thorough training in all fineedleworklish in phonetic nursery rhymes will prepare the babes to reed as soonias they are able to talk 1l 7 The general principles of tronomy Eugenics and Human ernment will be given the young women in connection with their In dustrial education ure providing for a legal name for the children and placing the young women on a social equality with the managers selfrespect and good duct is an assured fact 9 The fact that all profits accrue to the babes thus proving to the world that no possible graft is secreted or attendant will Insure to the Home industries a wide patronage and practically eliminate competition with grafting 10 The habit of corJlorationsJconnoting for power be established thus out force for the Cooperative Com monwealth The service check system showing quality of service done as well as character of servant more than answers tho question of incentlve to good service since tho competition will express In efforts to have the character good on service on file In the office 12 Pedigrees of the babes will bo imothersfollies and evils as well as dispen sing with the need of the church whoso only office and duty state is protection of genital lineageIAll scientific philanthropists and all Socialists who wish to help launch his movement should inclose stamp ed envelope at once toHELEN P PHILDRICK Sec Womans International Study ClubCor Amabel Dayton Ave fLos Angeles California DONT FAIL TO WRITE4y Valuable Information on Modern Ob iscenlty Proceedings Asked for and Offered in Return COMMUNICATION FROMeFREE SPEECH LEAGUEt By Theodore Schroeder suggestionssour present laws against obscene literature These objections have largely been based upon the oaten taint of the statute which does not furnish any test by which to determine what Is obscene and what not Tlie judicial legislation on the sub ject of tests is no better because these are mutually contradictory and always leavvo it to the whim or caprice of juries or judges to deter Continued on fonrth page r Ir 7 i = ri r BLUE GRASS BLADE Published at Lexington Kentucky Every Sunday iounded 1884 and edited by Charles Chilton Moore up his death February 7 1906 r JAMES E HUGHES EJitor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail VJ50 otr year in idvuutd tr Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each tvigtTrial subscription 15 cents per month All orelKn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear ADVERTISING RATES J ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac r cepted will be published at the rate of 100 p i 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 Iandall advertisements offered I RULESi5l discontinued for which theat the expiration of the term scription has been paid up In advance ine t MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc 1nb1e r to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington KyIS towill facilitate collection rHHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER cha his or her addrew f advise this office giving both old and new at is the Blade will be sent to the new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 1201 0isNorth Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty k welcome HE mADEM entered at the Vostofllce at svntim as second class mailing matter j f ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS TO THE BLUE wA GRASS BLADE P 0 Box 393 Lexington Ky address slip on the paper will show subscribers Jt the date ut expiration of subscription fnumbers or numbers omitted will be sent It upon rene al In case of discontinuance r jIIonest is n great institution 1t1F Only live stock netunlly needs watering W r Few photographers talc people for what they worthMtIJf jY Some married people have nothing in coniluon i i but a salary 1 The difference is between questionable habits 4 and being questioned The world is full of religions but not one wa 1 founded on science Virgin born gods always happen iu another country in another age According to press reports the preachers are keeping the old game There isnt a corner lot in heaven that could be sold for spot cash Ir f whb can Tlreworld is snnpiy wanuis f6rtlieniin Yrtell it what to do next 4 Orthodoxy robs humanity of happiness here and deludes it with a fake of something hereafter ro Religion if taught without authority cannot do much harm but the injury comes when it seeks to establish itself in our daily lives by the aid of legislation and brute force t Time Bible thought useful in some respects espec- of decadent Christian theoally as marking the era 7 logy should be kept under lock and key unless thoroughly expurgated and fumigated In its pages nay be found a little of what men call mortality yii but take as a whole it contains the most degrad ing obsenity that was ever conceived in the b- rai4of n man Is it not strange that some men and women refuse to read it with their eyes open und their minds willing to discriminate between the good and the bad the true and the false Our issue will be up to lute in a few days The opportunity we have worked for is at hand Tlti does not mean that our finances are in any better shape but that the dull season in our line is upon us and we propose now to spend the time in rush ing the Blade up to its proper date Wt are grateful to our uncomplaining friends for they have seemed to thoroughly understand the situation Our work is yet a labor of love but we hope to reach beter results by persistent effort With our friends at work in our behalf each trying to build the circulation of the Blade we ought to succeed far better than we are now doing The many can help the one with but little but the one can render small service when it ha to be distributed continent wide The church is failing Its politicaland spiritual power is now almost a thing of the past Science is steadly mounting to its legitimate throne in the worldof intellect whereon it shall sit and beat rule over all the departments of human life an activity Evens as the enemies of Preethought do not spare their denunciations of the men and women engaged in its advocacy the friends of the movement can well afford to sing their praises all the louder andc longer Besides it gives a fair amount of encour agement und plenty of cheer is needed in the tack ofspreading cnlightcnment and progress Why chould men quarrel about relgious faiths Cults and creeds have swayed the minds of untold millions only to fall into disrepute and decay and Christianity in all its plusses is doomed to be swept by the broom of Time into the worlds great rub Ik I ISifv bish heap passing into the tomb of histojruul tak fug its traditions and legends utP forget fulncss SHALL WE PUT OUR TRUSTIIIN GOD OR N MAN lull making of man was the crowninuilory of god The above statement was made by a Mxiugton preacher as reported in the local papers and we are further informed that he added th eta by saying Our greatest error is thin we trust 10 littler in god and too much in poor weal humafity From a purely church standpoint the a1gh1 s here suggested may be all right coal they dfubtless are From an ethical and practical point f view they are simply pretty passages without jjnse or weaning altogether contrary to human ex and knowledge According to the way we had been taught ihrust ing of matt was a mistake and that creation vas nQtI complete until Jehovah had ninde woman Xs wtI man was made last and made for the puruse f correcting a pervious error her creation must hahj been the crowning glory if any glory is cfmuri from that direction God made man perfect that as god understands perfection In a little whib rod found that man was not perfect that son IIthing was missing A mistake had been mad somewhere Some kind of a correction was sary Man was not an actual necessity for gol had si1l111cIea ld him to please a passing fancy Tick discovery was made that man was alone which Ws not good for him in spite of gods wishes to tlfc contrary hence to fill up the gap and complete tip creative work woman was made and this was s end the crown of all If the editor of the Blade had the power to create a beautiful woman lie wouldnot waste much of his time making noun Reverting to Ingersoll we learn and let icunderstood many valuable lessons have been 1led at his hands that the creation of an honesrgvu was the noblest workof maul but as we have t failed to find a solitary god who could consistently boast of that qualification man has little glory o boast of Every god is man made There were ilo gods until man started in the business It wasian unhappy hey when the industry took root Far better for the race had the god staking factories- s been put in the hands of celestial receivers before say of the products were half finished So aft all it is a mere question of individual opinion but if god nmde man he turned out a fur better job that did num when he began making gods And so we are told that we trust god too little and trust man too much This is just like Chris tianity It has so little confidence in humtluil y that it would advise a general condition of skepti ism towards each other accentuated by doub 1ure this same preacher ering with pain n edo 1i ds w n h have jivivbui uuuiiuence in his restoration tu heat th ifattended by a doctor of medicine than he wduldus have if he was ministered unto by a doctor hfa divinity W ere he shipwrecked in midocean he would have greater confidence in getting back to laud could he obtain a seat in some lifeboat made by the hand of man than if he put all his trust in Did he want to negotiate a loan he would find h fellow noun more capable and willing to aid him than the very god he preaches about Why god incapable of supporting the very churches erected in his nanre and if this same preacher had no con fidence that nm would contribute of their means towards its maintenance the edifice would soon crumble and decay In this respect it is observed that the preacher has far greater confidence in the collections thou he has in the loving mercy and charity of god The truth is that under the Christian regime even preachers will put their trust alone iu god as a matter of indulgent vocabulary but they make all others pay spot cash As a matter of fact goo has not the Brightest jlo do with our human economy Science ignores gcd Philosophy knows shim not Future history is being written without him altogether God cuts no figures in business and the marts of trade make no allowance for him Agriculture continues with absolute indifference regarding him and god is never recognized as a member of the family We want less of god and store of nuun less of church and more of moonless o Christianity and more humanity Learn to trust each other and refuse to trust gol for a cent Trust in god mejins more cash for the preachersI and this is the only capable subject Trust in god is for the glory of the parson alone To put your trust in humanity makes for the glory and upbuilding of the race and this can representatives s DEAD OR DYING The king is dead long live the king It was the cry of a partizan a courtier desaj The latter is the verdict of a large class of peo ple among whom may be found a liberal sprinkling of the advocates of Romanism who foresee in trend of modern events the downfall of the church of Christ Rationalists have long held to such a view ause they knew that in the natural order things it must die Christianity must die as all receding religions died before it Another form ofreligion will take its place but it will be a better religion a purer religion than that now prevailing in Christendom as each succeeding religion ha invariably shown some improvement upon its pre decessors Iiu many notable cases especially among thatI J J party in Europe known as the NcoCatholics a party which recently wrung from the Vatican a bitter and vindictive reproach the death oC Christinn ig ty is actually announced and we ore compelled to that if such n condition be true as regards Europe the people in that continent are far in 11ucThere can be no doubt that Christianity is now There can be no doubt that Christianity is now pus sing through series of wises which cviry organism is compelled to endure Birth growth maturity decay and death These arc the stages through which all and everything must pass The Christian Iteis now on the big road downward Its policy is now to try and understand the forces that antagon ize to attempt a conciliation and hS01l11 sort of truce or coinpromise she hopes to continue her mission of guile for a season longer One of the greatest errors comjmitted by the church was her opposition of scientific truth The church leaders and religious teachers had absolutely failed to appreciate the revolution that had been wrought forcibly by science in our conceptions of truth and they are now facing the natural and inevit able consequences The church failed to understand it could not understand that n truth still remained n truth in spite of the religious mis conceptions abuses and opposition Coercion was resorted to instead of argument The battering rams of reason and logic were then hurled against- her doors and only ruin now confronts her It is a well known fact that the church was never granted control over the affairs of inian by divine ordinance Whatever power or influence the church enjoyed was won by intrigue mid establish ed by the mere circumstance of politics As n result of this every iota of Christian worship was resolved into a cold formalism destitute of feeling or sentiment The ignorant was awed thereby their minds still held captive at the fount o f tyrTanny intelligent saw through it revolted against it and cut loose from the church altogether The latter became the living forces of the time From them have come the few liberties we still enjoy but these had to be wrested from the reluct lint hands of tyrants The Blade percieves the plain drift of modern thought It is towards a purely rationalistic re ligion if it ratty be called by such a name In spit of our liberalism1 our freethought Ul still clip to the customk and forms employed by the orthodo- er church and ninny attempts have been made t d organize II Freethought party under the name o f thatch withelntrch forms even to the extent of taking up a collection This may be an evidence of the extent to which superstition and formula can continue to influence the human mind for long years after that mind imagines it self to be entirely free from it Another element wants nothing pertaining to the church or clergy to be made a port of our organized work Thes rrd il1r BntnnTrfllffeYtf ilf b ntign Taut tiecipal question is whether or not the climax will fine ready to seize the opportunity of Substituting Freethought religion for the religion of Chris Should Christianity be suet with immediate des traction and eradication it does not follow that another system must supplant it Destroy error peeisn meeting is desired a where many can col- is gregate for instruction means must be taken supply the wont but only truth should be pro mulgatcd therein In any event the letter addressed to the Pope by the NeoCatholics resenting the reference made to them as being the sappers and miners of the Imrch and the Blade hopes that the day of the worlds regeneration miiy not he mUch longer layed So it comes that Christianity is dead but we are unwilling to bespeak for it a longer lift If Christianity is dead it ought to be and we can each contribute to that end We all know it is dying and it were better to administer an anasthc tic to alleviate the pain that comes with death ANOTHER BLOW AT THE CHUROHl Upon the legal presumption that what is goon j law in one part of a nation country or an empire it must also be good in any part the French re public has extended its religious associations law better known as the separation law into some o f her dependent colonies and it is now reported that the secularization of education by the homo gov eminent has exercised such an influence upon lie rtoindependent colonies that one of the most im poriant that of Madagascar has issued a decree that no inore educational work can be carried of by the name of the church by the church under the influence of the church The sumac la provides that Jio religious society shall be recognized as lowing anything to do with education and that nIl teachers must make application to the government for permission to carry on schools So it is thin one by one the fortresses of the Christian faith are being shattered the world over One by one her bulwarks fall One by one her foundations are being removed laid in a little while it will be powerless for nauglit save to main tain its own impotence and is even now fast sink ing into mental and physical decrepitude timefgascar begged for an extension of time for six months before enforcing the law in all its provisions hut so firm was the government in this undertaking that the request was refused points blank and with this step th most important ofall the privileges ever enjoyed by any religious faith has been destroyed or in other words taken from them Of nIl the religious systems known to junnkiiK I fIW i II none has ever broil so doggedly persistent in its efforts to absolutely controleducation as that pass muster under the name of Christ Without argu went or reason without excuse or explanation it diligently and universally sought to install religious poison into the minds of innocent children t 1111 the well grounded hypothesis that once planted in the mind ofchildhood the poison would grow and develop and that hild grow up an adher ent of the faith thus taught Prayers and the singing of hymns bible readings laid recitation- of creeds have all been injected into the school curriculum and these were bound to have some effect upon the minds of the children being taught We have previously stated that the mind of a necessary to childhood They could not under truly write upon it just whatsoever you please with the assurance that your writings will remain for life provided you take sufficient core that they are not erased before they are dry Priest and child is just like a bloat sheet of paper and yon was up to a few years ago nil the schools in Christendom were under the influence of clergy re igious instructions were given to the children every day and preacutions taken that the children were not allowed to forget or become indifferent to the faith They were terrorized by threats of punishment dire from an angry and unforgiving god should they cease to sing his praise cease to worship hint or pray to hint Argument was un preacrer knew this secret only too well Thus it stand it had argument been used The priest and preacher combined to see that only the right kind of teachers were selected that would guarantee the prepetuity of the faith and thus the children were made the battle ground between mental liberty andImental slavery First and foremost in the march of Tint the people of Madagascar have rescued theyjafford to follow In the minds eye manyI3011 look back to a time when the village or town church was the schoolhouse In those days the school was onlIthe nursery of the church Its pupils were uated from the school into the church and flweregthe parson looked for the future believer in his faith Similar conditions have prevailed in ninny f portions of the United States for years and in It some instances they stay still be in existence OnlyIby such vigorous action as that taken by French l Madagascar cnn the corruption of the mind of 1 childhood be averted and we can only hope that 1 similar action will bQ taken in the immediate jPuihiirei by fcivilizecl govterjnetntM The pernicious and meddlesome interference with govern mental matters by the professors of Christianity itattlliasbeUOlrie oy uduacuuuu unique measures are required to cpmpel fJiem to desist OfcourSe it was not to be expected that thoIchurch leaders would be pleased with this new attack James Sibree who is described as an English missionary now forced to leave the Island clams that the new law wjl work a great injustice upon the people for many ninny years In his coon plaint published in the Messionary Review he says ableogointoby the French laws None the less is it an offense against the law to have any religipn sleeting in ilyfinedneighbors in their homes to join with them in nor Iiunnbleof them used to have in their villages for evening worship at various houses No actual low has been issued that lieople raft not have worship with their families but in some places the French officials have let the people know that they do not approve even to this some have even threatened to punish women whom they heard singing hymlis in their houses others again have said that they will not SundayPromi tlllthusIt is lisle that all advanced thinkers in America got together for the repression of religious intoler ante Yhwaste so ranch valuable time trying controvert each other when we are all on the stun side of the great fence tNow friends it is necessary that you come to isvyour friends to send in readingthroughthem about it and showing them a ropy Time Free Speech League is doing good work maul it should be given all possible encouragement pressesomo nied altogether Abuses may be dealt with but the suppression of the free press through insidious forms of legal punishment enslaves nil the people The sad monotony of religious worship casts a gloom and u shadow over the hrighest day Within the church every joy is husred and the heart is solemnly stilled Out side all is life Birds are singing and flowers give their sweet fragrance A smile will cheer the heart better than a prayer and the happy hearty laughter of romping childhood does more good than all the sermons that come from hired preachers lips Iff qJ rL 1II It 11 rt I BRAVE MEN THESE PRIESTS Dared to Send a Letter of Protest To the Vatican If They Did Not Sign Their Names EXTRACTS FROM LETTER THAT DREW POPES IRE By Henrlck Prall With unusual interest I read an crltorlal in the Blade of recent Is sue commenting upon the open Letter addressed to the Pope of Home by a number of the Catholic clergy In Italy This was a bold step for them to take It Is observed ho fever that while it Is assumed that five members of the clergy drew up and sent the famous document to the I Vatican they could not find courage enough to subscribe their names to it and simply left blank lines to dicate the number Joining In the ml 4slveOnly a few fragments of that let ter have yet been given to the Ares for publication but from what has been published It is certain that the letter was a strong one calculated Y work the Pope into a religious ire zy In this It was successful for r brought forth a scornful reply a bit ter castigation a stern rebuke strong enough to draw forth comment from editorI been a Roman Catholic worshipper learning of my error In tlmu to pull from under the tearful weight I can appreciate the failure of those Catholic priests to f slgn their names to the document It might have proved fatal to them It Is true In Italy where the church Is Ina constant turmoil suspicious s of every body and everything that p1does not strictly belong to It and a f condomrn merie i IIfact that they wrote the letter at i and after writing it daring to send circumstanceat as a e of men Their courage ybe from the following few para wJjilchiJ have been able to ser rlftn pub e Iittried to understand them that she l Is losing her hold upon the people Not only have men withdrawn from the church but she herself has come to be considered as the great obstacle to the freedom aud happiness of peoples the priest to be regarded as an obscurantist parasite and the Gospel and Christianity to be treated as expressions of civilization whicn is obsolete because it is unable to see the ideals of liberty Justice and knowledge which are stirring the masses This feeling has filtered dowp from the university to the workshop from the great city popu latlon to the Inhabitants of the country districts And even for the minority which has remained faithful to the church Christianity Is rather the mere cold observance of tradi tional formulas and precepts than the directing force ol their life Some are already announcing the death of Christianity The writers are not of their number They lieve that Christianity Is through one of those crises which an organism has sometimes to endure In which It purifies itself of elements heterogeneneeus and hostile to its nature and from which It emerges to a more rigorous life It was In this belief that In response to the call of the Pone they had set them selves to the Work of renewal But such a task was not to be lightly un dertaken There was necessary for Its accomplishment a frank recognition of tho causes of the crises A frank and loyal sincerity must bo the guide of all our research for all our work would be contrary to the divine Spirit which Is the spirit o truth if it were not guided by the desire of objective truth It will not do to adopt the usual clerical explanation that the masses reject religion because of the duties it poses upon them or of the rigorous character of its moral code or even because of the Intellectual difficulty of accepting its dogmas The real reasons are more fundamental They are that the church has adopted an attitude toward democracy and science which has made her justly suspected by both these forces In France the church has obstinately al lied herself with the remains of mono archie and aristocratic privilege In order to hamper and if possible to overthrow the Republic In Italy she consistently resisted tho aspirations of the people toward national unity and since their fulfillment has with drawn Into a selfcentered silence and inaction If she is to conciliate and inspire the democracy she must a bring herself Into line with its Ideals She must not only abandon her alliance with the thriinken mains of privilege among democratic peoples but also transform and pur Ifv the form of her own governments tenaciously monarchical and solute abandon or alleviate her an measure of provincial autonomy among her bishops recognize more freely the religious action of the laity and secure more equitable teat In the selectloiijof her central exe cutive body providing for a fuller representation of foreign tions upon that body The progressof tho puSfiivo m experimental sciences has demo strated the Insufficiency pf every metaphysical explanation of the unl verse The historical and psycholo glcal methods of establishing truth partial as they are and must be have superceded elaborate and loge reality antecedently given In certain metaphysical abstractions For methodwthe traditional form of Christian ologetic is meaningless The concep tlons of God of revelation of th church of dogma can no longer be Imposed from without by means of reasoned argument The soul s t through Its own free and vital cite sleze the reality which underlies these conceptions must find reasons for them and learn their worth through the Impulse of its own ligious experience related with the expression of the human spirit throughout the ages Criticism has therefore a positive religious value since it helps us to distinguish between what Is moral and religious truth Inline Bible and what is mere explanation and unfolding of It and thus succeetldttln preserving the real truth lne ralicy and Inspiration of the Bible Today It Is considered a crime to utter a word of disapproval either of the condct of ecclesiastical government or of the unworthy methods condotta dlsoncsta of those who represent ItYet meanwhile h here and hi Rome and outside reviews ati journals which breathe all the fanatical spirit of Islam are allowed to bestow upon us the most shameless titles and accuse us of the most loathsome infamies in spite of the clerical dress which many of us wear ndt tar from unworthily To prevent such errors the amble saysthe Pope has ordered a cpBgregiiHgB of inquisition to note 1apc ic principal errors and r obatlon silty five prop nt elude the following Divine inspiration does not guar aantee all and every part of the Holy Scriptures against error The resurrection of the Saviour is not a historical fact but is purely supernatural It can neither be demonstrated nor is it demonstrable The Catholic Church became the head of all churches not by divine ordinance but by purely political clr cumstances The church is the enemy of natural and theological scktnces The Christian doctrine was first Judlac then Pauline then Hellenic then universal ApostleIto the primitive Christians as they have to the Christians of the present time DEATH OF VALUED WORKER- s Jacob House Dies at Hacerstown Md Was a Rationalist In Belief Friend On Monday July 22 07an old read er of the Blade Jacob House died from Brlghta disease hero in Hagers town aged 68 years He was an ex pcrtmllwrlght n fine mechanic a well read man having himself con structed a foot telescope himself them making it so powerful as t plainly show the rings on Saturn and the craters on the moons surface lie was unmarried living alone- f with his two maiden sisters who are near his own age and still survive lie served through the civil war In a Union regiment form the state of Missouri and was a good neighbor nuc friend well liked by all who know him He was a thorough rationalist greatly enjoyed reading the Blade The old rationalists here are passln away and there seem comparatively few young ones to fill their places although Christians generally have been considerably liberalized In the past twenty years yet evolutions way Is slow but sure Hagerstown Md D WEBSTE GROH DEBATE IN PAMPHLET FORM Just out debate on the Bible and Evo lotion Between Snow and U Wllkcrson if0 pages 64000 words Price 15 cents Arkansaw Traveler New Hope Ark Li tAe PESSIMISM FOOLISH PARADISE We all Want Facts and Must be Bound them when Fully Denon sstrafedDOES IT APPLY TO MATERIALISM By Chnnnlng Severance It has been said by some writer that pesslmJso many other things do likewise Idea has no distrublng force with materialists If pessimism Is n fact we want It for our business Is to collect ractsWe object Jo living in a fools paradise because it offers fleeting attractions and It we are to be honest wantedcharge made Js hard to see for unless one Is thinking about another exist ence In a spirit world which no one hasnno gloomy features If people wish to believe In such a world of course they cannot If they acceptmaterialism as that shuts them off but If beliefs are to be made the basis of happiness regardless of facts and realities then the man who can construct the most faclnatlng belief has access to the greatest amount of happiness But Is that kind really desirable when we reflect on the uncertainty of beliefs and how they are often destroyed by knowledge If there Is no other con sclous existence for human beings be sides this one can we not adapt ourselves to that tact and enjoy what pleasure the life we are now living gives to us It would ever so for If looking Into the future and picturing to ourselves a return to the uncoil sclous elements from which we have tothappiness why not Ion and occupy oudselves with the real idea of the present Sensible people will do so for they know the folly of bemoaning the said materialism In sures pessimism gets his assertion accepted If he can Now what is pessimism that so many shy at the word and condemn the man who says am a pessimist Pessimism defines the belief and the views of the man who says the condition under which Iwe e re not right or satisfactory lirmaniffivayB lot wweta iaLuit 7f misery aniunhapplness and as Na poison In once said to multitudes of the human family existence cannot be deemed a blessing The pessimist Istflractlcal man dealing with stern realities the optimist Is a visionary cherishing Ideals that do not exist and never did The pessimist is a natural born kicker against wrong and Injustice he sees the evils that exist and they are everywhere and does not hesitate to say so The optimist Is one of those whatever is Is best people and nlllfully shuts his eyes to stubborn facts or Ignores theme b dwelling on the pleasant phases of fur thinking man once expressed hlm self in these words if we could see all the suffering in the world it would drive us Insane If we read history we find the past has been full of crime and cruelty and If we look about us today and read up on passing events we find much to complain of and to protest against so I throw out these words of Voltaire for reflection by Mr Optimist Please explain how everything Is for the best for do not understand It Do you mean that every one Is well and possesses the means of living that nobody suffers No man can answer these three questions with the word yes for facts to the contrary are so numerous we encounter them everywhere and here 11s another thought for those people who firing themselves situated In pleasant places prate about optimism toochange anything or make Improve ments We know that discontent is universal ami the evldenco of this fact Is seem In mens actions regardless of speech for In spite of the lovely world they profess to see and the things in It they seek to alter amend 1and Improve If whatever is Is best can It be made better Good better best is the way we define whylas are eases are suffered from why are such strenuous efforts made to remove and annihilate them If consumption dyp theria fevers small pox rheumatism deafness blindness Insanity crime brutality wars are good things why are they feared and shunned and isRany Mr Optimist while going Into raptures over life and Its enjoyments Is never off his guard In trying to escape ills ease suffering and misery which lit blames the pessimist for talking about The pessimist does not create these things they exist fund he refuses to Ignore facts to Juggle with Ideals I tL I01 wt wlhtt J Whether agree hlo or disagreeable they must lie nfit and while wo may conjure up ideals that aro pleasing to tho mint sis bJects of contempla lion what we ncounter In the dally experiences oJlife Is the real basis of our Joys eM sorrows Life Is an eternal conflict for every form of con scions sentient existence and when tho struggle to prolong it stops the end Is nevr off One form of life lives upotY omit other front the lowest gradation Otl highest and the sur vivals of thel fittest Is natures law which co rot all things and is never susllendI from action Force rules in ail departments of being and the cret of success in life Is to get and introlj power In some form Kind seiJ mentsjare easily expressed but force ouhded in selfishness runs and mot world In all departments society of money Is the might est force thintdoes of ever did exist and with iir goes a train of evils that are endless ifltsi power is omnipotent as far as thatvword goes when applied to human affairs and for this reason the whop world Is money mad and devoting evewTenergy to obtain It Every business vocation and profes sion has this one object In view and life Is onoif grand pandemonium in consequence Between natural and artificial evils j mortal man walks downward totne tomb filled with unrest discontent and uncertainty If admit that pessimism Is well founded In facts andBthe man who philo we look it things as they are we know this hqnceftfwe are honest will sophlze musflaccept It Only by be ing a superficial thinker can one be an optiiiUst ml that Is why our old friend lomon asserted that In much sorrow for thought continually dispell wisdomlnUCh real- itiesADMIRES putting us face to Jt NEWARK BANKER I Who m dereply to the Faddists Let ter o Laborftfcubllshed ANOTrteRJEVIEW OF WJKTHE SAME SUBJECTI tDY Webster Mal early thanks for pub lietlpi through Steli- aare flatter e unman d New York bankers excel lent rJkly to Child Idleness faddist Airs LJlllan D Wald of New York As aJEO year old exteacher farmer and business man generally my ex perience and observations enable me to emphatically endorse all that sen sible successful intelligent banker says about child industry Industry develops the muscles quickens the heartbeat accelerates the arterial blood flow sweeps cob webs fr m the brain brightens the Intellect and more rapidly carries to every part of a childs nmatomy the elements needed for growth development and repairs Industry blesses tho worker with health strength ability intellect and success and the whole world with Its bountiful iiroducts The muscles nerves brain and Intel lect of every animal man Included have evolved or developed to present conditions through millions of years of ancestral activity exercise Industry laborwhich surrounding conditions necessitated nil suddenly ceasing this Industrial exercise and living natural lives of indolence luxury and ease are as disastrous as human ana tomy and intellect as the sudden de railing of a highspeeded heavymom entumcd railroad train filling our hospitals and Insane asylums with thousands of human wrecks and mul tiplying the demand for doctors drugs and patent medicine nostrums a thou sand fold While mere playexercise benefits only the players muscles thereby veloping his selfishness and Indolence wealthproducing Industry benefits both his muscles his pocket book and the world In general by his beneficent product and his worthy example Confining pupils Jn close over heated illventilated overcrowded breathbefouled contagion soaked school roomsso sedentarily jorlng over difficult lessons as to even post pone natures imperative calls until desmlssal hour after hour day after day week nfter week month after month year after year from to 18 and 20 years of agelust when the young grownlng developing body most needs exercise physical culture sun shine and pure out door open airIs surely much more Injurious than mod erate labor could ever possibly be even If reasonable labor ever at all Injurious which to a normally healthy person It never Is Let ninny people thoughtlessly endorse the faddists who would take children away from health full Invigorating exercise moderate work and confine them gedeutally In unsanitary schools until they vent unlly graduate more dyspctlc ner rolls dlsascd spectacled wrecks of humanity Instead the strong sturdy healthy robust manly beings proper destiny The miracle of birth equals the mystery of death Through the darkness of dougt we can only gropo and guess The sum of present knowledge Is ai little thing The wisest is he who is most impressed his infinite lack of understanding Not much beyond the grossly physical has come wltMii the limited range of our crude and feeble reason Al about us are Invls Ible Influences for which science Ifl not yet even suggested name It was this awesome aspect of the unknowable that oppressed the mightI heart of Ingersoll when standing beside the open grave of a child he said Every cradle asks us WhenceI and every coffin Whither The poorI barbarian weeping aboue his dead can answer these questions just as well as the robed priest of the most authentic creed Again In the same spirit or numan helplessness above the body of a be loved friend he spoke these words We question but there is no reply Out of the wide waste seas there drifts no spar Over the desert of death the sphinx gaxes forever but never speaks The miracle thought we can not understand Iof mystery of life and death we can world has never been explained The not comprehend This chaos called the golden bridge of life from gloom emerges and on shadow rests Beyond this we do not know Fate Is speech less destiny Is dumb and the secret of the future has never yet been told What can we say of death What can we say of the dead Where they have gone reason can not go and from thence revelation has not come But let us believe that over the cradle Nature bends and smiles and lovingly above the dead In bene diction holds her outstreached hands At another time when spent in his fruitless struggles with the sovereign secret these wordsthe honest con fesslon of a hopeless Ignorancewere wrung from inquiring lips As a matter of fact the questions ofI origin and destiny are beyond the grasp of the human mind We can see a certain distance beyond that everything Is Indistinct and beyond the Indistinct In the unseen In the TJe3enc of these Snysteflles and everything Is a mystery so far as origin destiny and nature are con- cernedthe intelligent honest man Is couipouea si Un In the great mid ght a few truths like stars shine on foreverand from the brain of man come a few struggling gleams of lighta few momen tary sparks Take a grain of sand reduce It to powder take the smallest possible particle look at It with n microscope contemplate Its every part for days and it will remain the citadel of a secretan impregnable fortress Bring all the theologians philosophers and scientists in serried ranks against Is let them rttack on every side with all the arts and arms of thought and force The citadel does not fall Over the battlement floats the flag and the victorious secret smiles at the baffled hosts earthlyIand what we know of infinite Is almost infinitely limited Life is a shadowy strange and wind Ing road on which we travel for a little waya few short stepsjust from the cradle wIth Its lullaby of love to the low and quiet wayside Inn where all at last roust sleep and where the only salutation IsGood night To me It Is incomprehensible that any person both honest and intelllgenv can be either an orthodox religionist or an absolute atheist Agnosticism seems the only rational ground Facts not faith are the only proof eltherI superstition nor skepticism monstrate or disprove In the absense of conclusive evidence it Is folly to affirm or deny Until exact truth which Is an ultimate is attained the only consistent answer to eternal question Is do not know But des pite all doubts let us garner every gracious promise hold fast to each buoyant hope nor lose one light that beckons up on to the heigths that rise above the clouds of a carnal coniprc tension Whatever our mingled doubts and dreams however we may think or theorize whatever we mar wish or be love or hope or fear tin human mind in all Its excursions of exploration must finally rail against the stone wan of Inexorable Ignorance with a shock and a recession as when a strong sea beats against the unyielding cliff of granite But with all these limitations it Is not foolish to feel that the Eternal Plan is working toward a Perfect Purpose that at the Endless End lies Light of Truth It Is surely the part of philosophy to let the forces do not understand workout the wa to our understanding While reverent thinkers with throb fJ f v blng bare seeking to read the overla fB riddle while strenuous souls searching for the secrets of life Jdeath while earnest Inves tlgator with sighs In their hearts are wi ftling with Infinite problems while il this Is going on with the unmeaIsurenlabove too temples and tombs of vanish civilizations and forgotten races the atheist delivers himself of his arrogant beneath the Omnipotent microscope an atom of an Incalculable aggregation feeble and futile in his foolish efforts pitiful puerile and wholly Impotent In his finite ends posing on a planet formed of star dust that has sifted down from solar systems that swung through space countless chiliads ere the morning stars gave their concert the span of his ephemeral existence but a moment the life of the megacosm the igionist dismisses all doubt with dog matic gesture assumes to measure all magnitudes and finds In the sophis- tries of his unreasoning faith nn answer sufficient to the mightiest question the mind of the philosopher- can hope to propound Christians their hearts filled with the love of God and hate of their lowmen worshipping a Saviour who was only a man or merely a myth with amazing egotism and cheerful ignorance complacently sing The heathen In his blindness Bows down to wood and stone then send meddlesome missionaries to a people whose religion was hoary ere the cross was ever unllfted or the sword of the church had dripped with blood and from those teachings the best in the Christian system was appropriated As to the atheist It Is a questionfwith me whether he Is ever 1selfand denial But has he ever turned the searchlight Into the hiding places of Truth Always an Inconoclast but 1IIglonlstual loafers It Is so much easier for one to believe and the other to blaspJheme than for either to delve and dis iJnotbut d es not establish Both are bigoted narrow Intolerant Each t AnamesJ r Rationalism They mistake conceit jr r for conscience He who says It can not be Is not less a dogmatist thanthe who answers It is so Neithera claims It Is useless to discuss these things No argument ever advanced r f by an atheist has proved one of his kpropositions No books written by a 1 rbeliever has substantiated a single i statement set forth therein Nothing can be known as yet Before the smallest secret of creation we can only stand with a futile question on E fquivering tins What hope reveals iMind tries to claspaBut soon It reels l With broken grasp 4 fI do not denounce any man because he falls to teach the truth Mayhap handto 1 tetot persecution at the hands of doubter and dogmatist alike I find enough offnarrowness on either side Only from the Independent searcher for truth can t hope to receive charity and the comfort of comradeship And so I am willing to welcome any honest effort toward liberty and the light I strike only at superstition I strive for tellectual emancipation am reward ed for all my labors If I lay a single stone In the foundations of the Tern pie of Truth Faith may falter and hope may halt and lag behind the sweet star of pro miso may go down In darkness and the white waters for which the soul has thirsted may be spilled on the quenchless sands of the desert of Despair but the way leads ever on ward and upward though the trail be thickly set with stones Though paths may cross till the bewildered pilgrim cries out for comfort like one who is lost let him look above and ever will he see a guiding lamp like Bethle hems beacon set In the sky A multi pliclty of faiths may mingle until con fusion comes upon his mind and Into his heart but unseen forces are ceaselessly sifting the false Knowledge may slumber through the night of superstition but the dawn shall drive away the darkness and In the end we shall come out from tho chrysalis of every creed fullwinged and free Into the light of the living Truth In that time the ashes will be blown 9fronn every alter to mingle with the dust Into which have crumbled all of earths forgotten lanes i41 i sa tIDONT FAIL TO ITE Continued from first luge mine guilt by personally crt ted and ox post facto standards No one with any decent conception of what Is meant by law and llbert or the constitutional guarantees of lue cess of law can possibly our present statutes upon udorseI ject If you do not agree then me why not- Assuming now that thus far are In accord because you bellevve criminal laws should so plainly scribe what Is prohibited that au ordinary man may know Just what he must not do or that for any other reason you believe our present laws upon the subject of obscene literature need changing and suppose that it devolved upon you to prepare a new statute which in general terms would accurately describe such literature as you think should bo penal- Ized because of its obscenity an whose descriptive test is to be so certaain as to make it absolutely f Impossible to include anything el except what you condemn then howI would you describe the matterIn aspect this is equivalent to asking you by what general test you would have courts determine the existence In a book or picture of such obscenity as you think the law ought to punish To me it seems that any such scription must be wholly written In terms of the sense perceived qual Itles of the book or picture and not In terms of its doubtful and specula Live tendencies If you do agree and believe that any kind of literature or art ought to be suppressed as to adults then please write me in con formity with the above requirements a statement of your tests of obscen ityRemember now that the test must t be so certain as to Its meaning that all persons must reach the same n every conceivable book or picture I man not be able to make u personal answer to nil letter sent me but I desire f your views upon the above matters 3 the hope of acquiring a clearer view of the publics opinion and also in the hope of receiving sonic suggestions to make my own vision more clear before writing my next article If1 ntamp is added I will send you sonic printed article of mine relating to freedom Yours for Truth Justice and Liberty THEODORE SCHUOEDEU Attorney for the Free Speech League 03 East 5IJthshed Now York City MEN SHOULD BE READY Be Prepared to Hit the Right Sp and at the Right Time By Carl Schueler Have you evey tried to fly a kite If not watch some little chap befo you begin You will get some pointer- about the matter that will stand yo in good stead not only In the bus loess of flying kites but also In the more serious affairs of lift The kite Is done The tall Is furnished with bits of paper or cloth to give th proper balance The lad is out o some high point of land watching Watching For what Listen Her she comes Get ready for it Down there In the valley you her a rushing sound The trees bend fore the wind In a moment it will be here Get ready And the lad does get ready Before the breeze strikes the knoll his kite is face to the wind Every nerve is tense with desire Just at the right time he gives it a toss and away the beautiful thing soars to meet the sky He was ready when the wind blew Many failures in this world come from trying to fly kites after the wind has reached its height and be gun to die down The man tha- tries that way may get his kite up half way and then see it drop helplessly to the earth Discouraging Isnt it Out West there are a goo many land booms Who are the me that make money out of them the men who come late and buy land when the b om has Reached the crest and begun to go down on the other side Oh no It was the man 1who was on the spot early and was ready to sell when the price had climbed to the top and the latecomer put In an appearance 1IOut In the western parts of this state a man had a thousand bushels of potatoes to sell one year He thought he saw a chance to make some money out of the crop They were bringing a good fair price but he thought that wasnt just time to sell He would watt till they were a little higher And he die wait The price began to go down The breeze had spent Its force and his kite was still In his hand waiting for the fresher gale It did not cone He kept his potatoes till they went clear down to smash Many of them he fed out to tho cattle Did it pay Asci him Ho has some positive views on the subject now t I The time to kites Is when the wind blows What is your particular I lino of business Be ready for tho breeze Put up your kite and see It sail to the sunnshlne Takes a smart man to know just when to do that It certainly does hut It Is the smart men that win in the world All the rest are sitting under tho awning wondering why luck did not stand by them as well as by the other fellow Half the victories of this life come from knowing when to strike IIo fan a man get the gift of hitting the sot at the precise moment Isnt it niter all a gift and not something Everyone may have The secret of It Is in tho plain truth No hound ever caught a fox unless he kept his eyes open his ears open his mouth open and his legs on the keen scoot ARE YOU PREPARED ANSWERdAndrew Carnegie Gives His Views on The Duties of Life and Wealth- e Three Ways by Which Can Be Distributed By Andrew Carnegie The wealthy Scot whose name now adorns many a library building dotted over the land recently gave the fol lowing as his particular views on this imparted economic subject Surplus wealth flowing Into th hands of a few men as It does Iola what Is their duty How is the struggle for dollars to be lifted from the sordid atmosphere surrounding business and made a noble career Now wealth has hitherto been dls tributed in three ways The first an chief one is by willing it at death to the family Now beyond bequeathing to those dependent upon one the revenue needful for modest and Independent living is such use of wealth either right or wise I say No As a rule the almighty dollar bequeathed to sons or daughters by millions proves an almighty curse It is not the good of the child which the millionaire considers when n makes these bequests it is his own vanity it is not affection for the child it is selfglorification for the parent which is at the root of this injurious disposition of wealth There is only one thing to be said for this anodeit furnishes one of the most ellicacions menus of rapid distribution of wealth ever known There Is a second use of wealth less common than the first which not so injurious to the community jut tultiob yrlnt nted1t1 credit to thoA Is left by millionaires 4opublic institutions when they relax their grip upon it ofThere is no grace and can be no blessing in giving what cannot be withheld It is no gift because it is not cheerfully given but only granted at the stern summons of death reThe third use and the only noble thistheuadministered by its possesssor inn whose hands it flows for the highest good of the people Man does not live by bread alone revenue dn or no good Accumulated into a Coopaer expended it for the Cooper Insti someelast for generations It will educate the brain the spiritual part of man It furnishes a ladder mll1climb 11themseesclimb n little himselflThese are my upon wealth and upon life and its duties GRANtANSWERS D W GROH PromiseIYearstBy Martin Gran Bro Groh In the Blade for May has an article in which think lie is getting little uneasy about socialism Cant loose any sleep over it Brother Groh Socialism dont claim neither Paine nor Lincoln It la capitalism of today that doe and is of no portance whatever Thinks Micinlism promise anything like the Christian Heaven witty gulden crown harps etc Funny isnt it I have been a socialist for twenty years and not heard or tend about it before Isttnv Brother Grohs article Where did you get that formation After having rend most all the principle books and papers on ism I hove fonud it to ho nothing hut the economic question nnd its promise the full product of labor either by hands or bruins Xo work socialism would not even promise such u sump thing as n prop I oust admit social would he but little hard on tine ofper cent fellow sill those who work tin workers us their business will be 4Sy Or Lout of date Tine ln st silliest persons know of in the nWld is an infidel working against socialism niul a pro hibitionist with Bible in hand save eating prohibition BeWnre of those they dont know what is in tim text hook Science already perfectedcooper tit ion in industry turdscicnro will not stop until it has perfect the owner ship of same Evolntioi is all lh time at work A planet in unit stop huuutuitwhas the same motion Brother Crap says icial its says the producing lass got er cent of what they produced In and SlIer unit in etc United SIte reports says that Rend the U iteil States Eighteenth Annual report the Con missioncr of Labor report ut of print and suppressed but can get by writing appeal to reason Ivimsas n geminiuo republican diiponiiiit tillRJIIinm a pie is right hut tell you under tli whole infernal business there is burning a socialistic volcano that some of these daysl do not say flue daysui throw out a lot of hot stuff that will bury this alliance of pohticil and re ligious rottenness so deep that Ilercu Inneum and and Martinique will not bo a circmnstnllcI EVOLUTION AND eSOCIAL PROBLEMS Nothing Great in World but Nothing Great In Man but Mind and Mind is Qharacter dBy D K Shute The following is reprod ed from Secular Thought Its out r is the- eProfessor of Anatomy in Colum bian University and high a scholar The article id the best contribution given to the Fnjethought press In recent times He says The relation of Evolution to many social problems of vital importance s a fascinating as well as extensive subject We have only space to say that in order to understand the no mal actions as well as the abnormal ones of the members of society an in order therefore to understand inaugurate rational methods of con ducting education minimising pau patient vice Disease and crime it must constantly be borneIin mind that fwd great streams come down from age in the germ scellswhat we may rail fife diseased and animal tendenclesW the on Jmn4nfi dtafinpftvf ffnipare and healthy tendencies on So oche The most characteristic of the man tendencies are abstract thought and reflection and therefore he er of choice or will and altruism Also it must be home in mind the environment Is a force of command ing Influence The environment which the individual may make for blase propltious or and normal tendencies The relative thta tendencies taken in conjunction with the charcter of the environments stamp mans actions as normal and therefore right or wrong or abnormal and therefore irresponsible N to discriminate between such normal and abnormal persons is not In cordance with either common mol ality or common sense Neither i It in accord with common sense or morality or humanity tor society to Ideal with Its habitual crinmals and and subjects of hereditary disease In the uterly irrational man that it does When society takes from the crinmal his personal liberty and places him hi an environment that theoretically reforms him and projects itself why does it not take cognizance of the fact that Its theories are often woful failures in practice The crinimal is often not reformed and he gets into the category of habitual offenders but soc sty permits him during his intervals of freedom to procreate his kind and send his polluted cargoes of vicious heritage to helpless offspring Is this humanity to these offspring Ills the grossest Inhumanity Does society protect Itself by Its intermittent de tentions of habitual criminals It probably breeds three habitual criminals while it is failing in its efforts to reform one It is mostly by tures prematurely killing off incorrlg ble criminals by their diseases and intemperance that these social pests are kept within due bounds and not through reformations accomplished In improperly conducted prisons It seems to us that every consideration- of justice and humanity cries aloud for the destruction of the procreating glands in habitual criminals Castra tion should go nand in hand detention behind prison bars Why should the habitual drunkard for stance be permitted to evolve his poisoned germ cells Into helpless Ings giving them diseased bodies and vitiated moral character thus foredooming them to lifelong physical ailments mill moral turpitude Re h moval of the procreating glands should be the pnnalty for chronic alcoholism In objection to this sug gentian some may prate of personal- liberty What a multttudo of outrages and brutalities the broad mantle of personal liberty Is often undo to cover In allowing personal liberty to an undeserving individual which more often means unbridled licenser to that Individual a whole generation of offsprings are frequently enslaved by poverty vice crime and disease in its manifold manifestations Dur Ing organic evolution Natural Selec flan has been Incessantly on the watch for weaknesses of any kind ruthlessly exterminating the helpless the weak the sick and those that in any way are unfit In social evolu flail Natural Selections has often been of necessity no less ruthless But during social evolution characters that are unfolding more and more loving and lovable traits have so 1largely subordinated Natural Selec slion as to premlt the helpless the old tho sick and the unfit to live thus those highest vizIIntelligent sympathy pity and love But It seems to us that the hlghedt altruism In dealing kindly with an abnormal passible parent will not continue long to stupidly overlook the mighty rights of unborn children Human selection of the socially unfit moreSby those minds that the advancing rIto the highest goals of evolution viz large minds ot high character widely informed minds of strong will and broad sympathies And under these circumstances we may hope that un born generations will not be given over to total oblivion Well may we repeat before con eluding that man is not only a creat ure of the present but profoundly n product of the abysmal ogee of a by gone eternity He is not only a com poslte chip of many old human blocks but of innumberable geologic ancestral blocks He has in his constltu tlon simian repillan piscine and in speakrand is indeed of the earth earthly ford studies in heredity not only illustrate- the continuity of the human race but also clearly indicate the continuity of this race with more lowly animals Man has in his structure the Indelible Impress of the handiwork of these lowly relatives Upon him as upon them and upon all living creatures the forces of heredity and variation eof use and disuse of envidonment and cuAFut ctinhaY la u an a Inrone direction andinr um e able creatures in other directions The goal ot Evolution seems to be men with great minds ot high chart acterTherals nothing groat In the world but man nothing great in man but mind and nothing great in irilnd ifbut character GERMANY ABOUT TO FACE RELIGIOUS WAR s The Folloking Significant Article as Bearing Upon the Destlng of Orthodox Creeds Is From tThe Literary Digest Theological Germany seems to be arraying itself in lines of battle mores and more definitely organized Men of the advanced wing who have in recent years been carrying on their propaganda through the medium of secular magazines and newspapers are being met by a determined Attack in special organs of the conservatives Since liberalism has long ago passed beyond the stage of mere academic Interest and even boasts of assocla tlons like the Freunde der Chrlsllt chen Welt Friends of the Christian World to aid in disseminating tine new views those who still abide InI the old paths are feeling the need of redoubted efforts One of tho most determined oppont ents of this aggressive campaign of liberalism in Pastor Dr H Lepsius who has established a special period- Ical the Retch Christ to demonstrate that the advanced theolOgy of the day may be a philosophy but especi ally In its more radical features is no religion at all and least of all the religion of Jesus Christ that is cap able of implanting and developing spiritual life In the human heart In his extensive discussions of this echeme In recent Issues he has empathsized the fact that in such works as Doussets Jesus and Wredes Paul practically all the sub stantials and fundamentals of Christianity are eliminated from the sys tern Christ is reduced to a model man at best a religious genius- Pauls doctrine of atonement is an outgrowth of his own pessimism and is thus capable of a psychological ex planation In short advanced theo logy is a Christian system without Christ and without redemption and can not satisfy the religious wants of the human heart Augustine truly says that our hearts are without 1 rest until they rest In thee 0 God but the God must be an objective reality and a worthy object of trust and confidence What Lepsius has in this way expounded theoretically In his able journal we find transferred Into active church life in the remarkable pletis tlc movement known as the Gemeln schaftsbewegung Amalgamation Movement an agitation winch within the past year or two has spread wonderfully In nearly all the state churches and has for Its purpose the segregation of those from the state churches who feel that modern theology cannot and does not satisfy heart mad who therefore seek this satisfaction In the worship of God and the5 adoration of Christ on the basis of the old evangelical views Lepsius himself is one of the leaders of this movement which does not officially antagonize the state churches because there are still some faithful people In them but risk for the cooperation of all those who hold fast to salvation through the Godman Jesus Christ Separate services are bold largely- of the nature of prayermeetings with frequent celebrations of the Lords Supper and public testimonials of faith and Christian experience As this movement is expressly directed against modern theology it is declared by its advocates to be the answer of the church at large to the attempts- of the advanced thought to find its way into the church and the pract- Ical proof to show that as advanced theology enters the church real be lievers myst and will desert tine Stocker too the famous ex court preacher and parliamentarian has again raised his voice to protest against the liberals remaining as part and portion of the church because they are not of the church having broken with all its fundamental teach- Ings He proposes that they leave the church in peace and organize churches of their own In which they can profess and 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