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Digital page images are linked to the text file. s r tiv r j BLUE GRASS BLADE 1 nig T anrker WE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH jo tltlgel t I fkVOLUME XVI NUMBER 19 LEXINGTON KY SEPTEMBER 1 1907 Published Weekly160 per Year in advance f iBIBLE b TOTALLY INADEQUATE The Printed Fetish of The Christian World Is a Helpless Adviser on all Subjects of Human Import r DOES NOT TEACH MORAL v AND RELIGIOUS TRUT- s By F J Gould In London Freethinker r One hardly knows hpw to deal with t the claim that Una Bible affords ade quate guidance amid the difficulties and problem of life In a very large measure the claim Is merely a literary tradition That Is to say it does not arise spontaneously from the peoples experience but It Is re peated from the pulpits and books of one generation to the pulpits and books of another Generations as well as children learn things parrot wise Who is It that maintains thl tradition Mainly the middleclasses and a certain proportion of the pro letariat who are affected by middle shoplf These people on the wohle find life moderately comfortable The com fort is due to economic conditions Capital is concentrated in the hands of the upper arid middleclasses and their dependents sharj Its cash benefits And as t theory of life Is a necessity to all persons who think with more or less energy the comfortable classes have adopted as the handiest and easiest explanation the theory that their gentility and emoluments of money therefore in the suppor- ti t of the institution which keeps u this superficial belief and if they are f Inclined to letters they write and read an enormous amount of liter vOted to the same end it incomes relieve the fro den ofany searching quir-y t Upty eanno Instance that the J 6ple who from time to time write long letters on the evidences fo j Christianity and the need for making onepeace with God are people wh have done pretty well in the wort from the commercialist point of view They are undoubtedly sincere but the sincerity is shallow On the other hand the history of ordetr t of harm by chocking up those places In the public mind which ought to bet occupied with practical and scientific study of industrial political and mar experience and problems As soon ofll wet PPly ourselves to the leading question of the age we become aware ofhe singular Inadequacy of the Bible A The profountt conflict between la bor and captial Ms to proceed by discussion strikes lockouts strug gles In legislatures anus lawcourts etc iNo national or IntttSJaitrlano etc No national or InternaVpnai form of Socialism bases Itself OR Bible principles Indeed the middle class subscribes to Bible missions and the like are usually resolute opponents of Collectlvlst doctrine and practice I cannot recall the name of a single Labor leader in the whole world I mean men of the type of Bebel Adler Jaures Hyndman Tom Mann who professes Christian ortho doxy As a frequent reader of La bor papers and being myself an act tlve member of a provincial Labor group I can aver without hesitation that Christian authority is never pealed to as supreme Imperialism as against Home Rule Is an Immense political issue and promises to become yet more insist ent Parnell did not rest his case on the Bible The Indian National Con gress does not appeal to it Polish patriots prefer Socialism to the i Testaments Three policies with respect to wa r are now engaging the attention o the civilized worldthe pence move tv ment represented by the Hague Conk forenco Conscription represented g it by the practice of most Europeans and the Military Training as dls tinct from military service subject 1to military law suggested by the Democrats What guidance qdocs the Bible as a whole afford on f these points Go to the old Testament historical books and tho clash t yotu i jeer tlon and Imperialism Con tho Ser mon on the Mount and you will lay down your arms and turn your Tol stoyan cheek to the smlter Read the last book of the Bible and roused by the thunders of the Apocalypse you will wish to imitate the fiery charge of the Rider on the White apply to the Bible in vain for any clear and philosophic prin ciple to direct their Social develop ment They find It more effective to tohitical meetings Rising from the per usal of the history of Deborah the prophetess and suffragette is ready to claim the Hble as the womans charter But she reconsiders the sit uation when she reads the Tenth Commandment ajl finds herself catalogued with asses Miserable In deed Is the contribution of the bible towards the problem of womans true place in social evolution Even the Talmud can pay the better compli ments than Genesis aswitness this anecdotes One of the emperors tald to Ra Gamllel Your God Is a thief as it is written And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Odam and he slept And he took a rib from Adam The Rabbis daughter said Let me answer this aspersion Last night robbers broke Into my room and stole therefrom a silver vessel but they left a golden one In Its stead Had this little story occurred in the Bible It would almost have been worth an Act of Parliament to the suffragettes Education is one of the crucjal questions of modern civilization Nothing Is more interesting to the humanpso vital It Is necessarily beset with dimcultles The StfUe Is taking berlittlemones Kic State s inn rood right dgo in all higher stages from sbcond eightrOught not every stage on road of science1 to be free and open to all 1who love to learnt It may or may be right But I recollect as a significant circumstance that when at Leicester I raised the two ques tions togethershould the localgram mer school be free and should it teach the Christian faith the majority of the public bodies concerned supported the Bible and denied the freedom of learning To my mind at any rate the whole range of knowledge ought as a matter of State policy to be made available gratis to every citizen On such an issue the Bible Is absolutely dumb Nor does it give any light upon the Inquiry as to the proper place of art in education On no topic is the Bible so helpless an adviser as art There is more aesthetic wisdom In one chap ter of Ruskins Modern Painters than in the whole of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures put together It is futile to urge the retort that the ruble was not Intended to teach art Asfisnttnr of fact it was not In tended tta convey anything at all for it was written by a scattered mob of authors in various ages some of whom would itjw naught of their IJredecessorsnne of the earlier members of urofnkeiury group could have anticipated the noluro of the work of their successors But if we assume for arguments sake that the Bible was intended to teach moral and religious truth anybody that knows anything of this subject Is aware that It Is most important to fix the relation the sense and expression of fpeauty to conscience and conduct fl would as lief go to the drovers congregation in the near est cattlemarket as go to the Bible for lllumlnatfon on the connection GoodoThe advocates of kindness to ani discovertpages The Old Testament reeks with the smOke of sacrificed oxen and other dumb creatures and If n prophet h ro and there deprecates mercytpractically no counsel with regard to the right treatment of the inferior living things If you sult a Concordance you will notice that beasts the term animal does not occur in the English author Continued on Page r WORLDS CRISIS IS UPON US By Hev It Heath Continued from last week Finally as recorded In Revelation 20 all that are In their graves saints and sinners shall hear his voice and como forth while Satan Is loosed for a time Gog and Magog shall gather on the breadth of the earth and shall compass the camp of the saints and be beloved city Then fire from God out of heaven shall devour the bodies of the wicked and death and hell shall deliver up their dead and they shall be judged every man according to his works Then death and hell shall be cast Into a lake of firethe second death and whosoever name Is not writ ten in the book of life shall be cast into the lake of fire of eternal re grets and brimstone of remorse along with all manner of unrepented wrong doers These shall go away Into everlasting punishment but the righteous Into life eternal Matthew 25 The resurrection of the righteous differs from that of the wicked He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth In you If any man have not the spirit of Christ he is none of his But now Is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept Afterward they that are Christs at his coming Them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him their souls and they that are In their graves their bodies shall be quickened by his spirit that dwelleth In you It is sown buried a natural Jody It Is raised nspirltual body It is sown burled In corruption it Is raised jt in corruption It is sown burled er b r1 the povtar f an endless life The trumpcti shall sound and the shall be raised incorruptible and w that are alive shall be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye on Incorruption and shall be caught up together with the resurrected saints In the clouds to meet the Lord In the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord Wherefore comfort one another with these words Christ took again his body that used on the cross The scars of the nails In his hands and of the spear in his side his features and his voice all prove It to have been the same body If our present bodies spiritualized as his was are not the bodies we shall have in heaven as his there is no resurrection It Is a newly created body not a resurrected body We know that when he appears we shall be like him with bodies resurrected and immortalized for we shall see him as ne IsJohn 32 If we can see us and all we do and say and think so the heavenly host can see all we do say and think It is not God that damns us it is our sins which unfit us for the heav enly state of enjoyment It is not God that saves us from hell for we are told to work out our salvation God working in us to will and to do his own good pleasure He wills not tthe death of him that Jieth but rather that all repent and live Our acts produce results of happiness or misery joy or guilt by the fixed laws of cause and effect for time and eternity body and soul His reward is with him to give to every man ac cording to his works elect acording to the foreknowledge of God through sanctifIcation of the spirit unto obed lento and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ Come Inherit the king dom for ye ministered to mo when sick in prison hungry and naked By doing these to the least of my breth ren ye did It unto me The wicked is driven away In his wickedness Into outer darkness into a lake of fire and brimstone where the worm dieth not annd the fire of regret and brim stone of remorse Is not quenched Heaven is a state or condition rather than a place The kingdom of God heaven Is within you In righteousness and peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost Romans 17 The moral man In righteous truthful hon est virtuous temperate industrious benevolent helpful and believes there Is one God who rewards all who diligently seek him lie is peaceable his family neigh i borhood and the world nnd seeks for thlngK that make for peace By praye to God for joy in the Holy Spirit the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto usRomans He may have all the kingdom of heaven within him and may be in tho heavenly state or condition joIce with joy unspeakable and full of glory We can not Imagine the Joy of a neverending heaven Regret and remorse burning as a flnm iof anguish are suffering to the undying soul as burning brimstone is to the moral lungs The fire that came down from God out of heave devoured their sindefiled bodies their souls given of God a part ot God making them sons of God b creation are Indestructible Bu dead sins the smoke of their ing regret and remorse is forever an forever an unquenchable fire burnin burniag burning everlasting weep ing and gnashing of teeth as incom prehensible to us now as are the joys in reservation In heaven that have not entered into the conception of finite being We know the torture of liber al fire or a drunkards appetite libertines lust avarice oppression hatred illwill revenge blasphem- and all the hordes of rankling hlssin serpents in mans mind like an evil presence In the souls of those who choose to bo led captive by the devil athla will t Much hotter and more lasting than burning by literal fire be the anguish regret and remorse of the soul of wicked beholding the realities ot Laztrus in Abrahams bosom and tho unknown joy of tho heavenly hosts who shall be saved by faith labor prayer and love according to Christ life example righteous are saved from dam nation by the love practice and con sequences of sin and are saved safely a heavenly state and condition of sbul and spirit but the wicked casts themselves into a hellish state r condition from which they shall ft p their eye In torment seeing t9lhelrighteousworld or state there can be no reo ontance and remission of sins Brother GuthrIe tho Unlversallst debater admitted to m1 1st That there can be no repent- ante to elicit pardon without restitu tion of stolen or defrauded values and that In the future eterit state there Is no money wheat ur corn to use In restoring so as to make pentance valid 2nd That there is no sin in heaven to turn away for mand without turn lug away from sin there could be no pardon heaIare all as the angels of God In heaven so in heaven the wicked can not confess Christ before men with their mouths unto salvation Truly God does notchange He is the same God of love mercy and pardon in heaven that he Is on earth but the sinner has changed worlds without changing his condition of mind and soul by his own volition and choice God dared not could not force him to change his life and soul condition Preachers and friends on earth dare not can not force the sinner Into the kingdom of heavenly state It has to be done and can only be done by the sinner himself repenting praying hat Ing and trying hard to quit the love practice and consequences of sin on earth where he can restore values confess before men with his own mouth unto tho salvation state with in his own soul God can not He and change his unalterable laws of cause and effect so that sin shall have the same reward that rlgmeou ness brings Eternity Is incomprehensible hence is Indescribable and unfathomable Any idea of eternity is overwhelming With God It has no beginning or end With man it has a beginning but no end an eternal duration that excludes computation Days years ages cycles are lost In it as drops In the ocean Million billions tril lions of ages pass for every blade of grass on earth and every leaf on trees or grain of sand or particle 0 dust of this and of all worlds and eternity is scarce begun and it no nearer the end that never can come We are lost Oh where everyone should ask will spend eternity with wicked men and devils that hate God Christ the Bible and Christians- In a lielllsh condition of remorse and a p regrets that I neglected to work out- my own souls salvation or shall I spend it in the heaven of Joy with dear loved ones and the great and good of all ages- Fraternal Closing Appeal Beloved Brother Minsters I have striven prayerfully to show that If we will heen the solemn and amphat Ic charge before God and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the quick and the dead and shall preach the word given by inspiration of God simply faithfully zealously gardless of creeds of men and denomi nations we will cease to outrage com Wetof the churches as now to baseball games and to sinhouses on the Sab tbath The Bible and Christianity emphaticdprogworld The nations may be saved from drowning in red seas of blood and Christs kingdom of righteousness may come and his will be done on earth as It is in heaven Then we and all in hea theaI adjure you brother min denominay andBof oceans of blood In an Armagedon worlds war For If we will not God will require the blood of the slain at the hands of the watchmen preachers who do not warn the people whether they bear or forbear to commence thIs- great and glorious work Take the liberty to securely post over pulpits and entrances of chapels dedicated to Gods worship the Chicago Worlds Religious Congress resolution In large plain letters Preach it talk It andIwork it then soon your chapels will uptheFellowship all and worship with all whether Catholic or Protestant Bap list or Quackers Methodists or Pres acceptthesethey Bear the fruits of the spirit of Christ for which alone Christ re ceTVtnfiem rn Jesus said 7 will bulldmy church We are workers together with him Paul plants Apollos waters God placestheprinciplesthen Godtoand goodness and Christs kingdom will come and his will be done In earth as in Heaven The fires of Godstwowords and Holy Ghost Christianity threedarsalive ascending up to Heaven Ro mans THE END WORRY DEATH OF SUCCESS Lay Sermon Giving Useful Ideas From One Who Recently Aband oned the Pulpit for The Platform LET GO WHAT CANT HELP CLING TO WHAT CAN By Rev Madison C Peters Blade readers will remember how we commended the Rev Madison C Peters for giving up the pulpit of a that time he has kept more or less cause he wanted to be free Since fashionable New York church be before the public andd the following splendid article is from his pen Worry saps nervous energy and robs the body of the strength necessary for the real work of life It is wholly bad for it never counteracts with the slightest good any of the evil It ac com pUshes Never has it been known to benefit but always on the contrary to injure It is an insidious enemy which works even while we sleep in the land of dreams twisting and torting the beautiful visions of that land into horrible hideous grinning things the memories of which haunt thefthe brow dulls the eyes withers the cheek enfeebles the hands enervates the arms palsies the limbs and places the crown of age on the brow of youth With one hand It points the way to the lunatic asylum and with the othe beckons onward Continued on fourth page rSi V lt STI llrif BECC I NC FOR PROOF t Amateur Historian Pounces Upon Re cent Discovers as Furnishing rIProofs of the Accuracy of the Bible STORY OF THE AMORITES IN WORSHIP Whoever is responsible for the owing item which has been taken from the St Louis Post Dispatch be trays an everzealous ambition to dis play what he or she does not know concerning the Bible The article Is of historic value only and we have prefered to give our comment upon it in the editorial columns The article is as follows Again in the most remarkable man ner is the Bible being confirmed by the spade Science In recent Investi gations In the matter of historical and geographical references has erased the Biblical question mark The Amorltes that mysterious race so many times mentioned In the bible and over which there has been so much dispute has been brought to light by recent excavations in the Holy Land There Is a sense as has been said in which Christ as God means much more to a disciple than either Father or Spirit but we cannot ignore the truth that this preeminence Is due to the belief that he acts as Mediator Peacemaker between an angry Sovereign and his fallen subjects That Is the meaning of the expression that God is in Christ reconcil ing the world unto himself Thus Christianity as a religion Instead of being an improvement upon Judaism is In reality many degrees inferior to iigHavingfactor in the Christian religion bare ly mentioned by Mr Collier let us hasten to express heartiest agree ment with him in his rapid sketch of the gradual evolution of the proper Deity of Christ It is wellknown that Jesus was fashioned into a God in order to account for his successful pacification of the Father but the pacification being effected the char acter of the stern Sovereign began to emerge in that of the pacifier fronted justice being satisfied and the broken law honored by a pia cular offering of Infinite value accepted believers discovered that ter all the Father was a rather amiable sort of person anti learned to love him as thus seen In the face of the Beloved The fact is then that the orderly deification of Jesus slowly resulted In the humanlsatlon of the Father To make n long story short tne history of religions in gen eral and of Christianity in particular may be summed up in this brief sen tence Evolved out of tho human fancy Gods are believed to exist as eternal infinite and Independent beings and as such to exercise supreme rule over the hearts and consciences of their own creators but in course of time they are found to be nothing but personified pro jections of human thought and Ideals and this discovery once made inevit ably dooms them to eventual annhlla t lion Or to use Mr Colliers lan the new attributes acquired by man in the course of centuries have been assigned to the being who Impersonates for us the Divine Nature or essence depths of though motion discovered in Christ by biographers like Lange and Kelm re semble the profundities discovered by the Nebplatohlsts in Homer and by tho commentators in Shakespeare Goethe and Browning they record expansions of human nature It is therefore in a daring sense the spirit of man himself that is wor shiped We have doubtless arrived at something like the truth at last All Gods Jehovah and Christ included are Imaginary beings to whom hUt man attributes are assigned and who as such are made fo imperson ate the Divine Nature or essence of things Thus Is proved tho essential unreality of all the deities ever wor shaped In this world Then the an swer to the question Who is tho s Christian Deity tOOIs quite obvious He is simply an imaginary being whotserved to modify the character of the Continued on Pane ai c 1T JJr BLUE GRASS BLADEIFounded 1884 and edited by Charley his death February l 1906 jAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 2J50 per ytnr in aitvmKo Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All orals n subscription postpaid 2OOpcr yecar MAKE Atl money orders drafts clucks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky us thi will facilitate collection ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac caiile1 vlll he published at the rate of 100 per Inch per m nth unless by special contract when other and bet or rates will be quoted upon applica tion The publishers have the right to reject any and nil jidvertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at te expiration of the term for which the scrlitiou has been paid up In advance T address slip on the paper will show subscribers Ihe date a expiration of subscription Bac uuwb cr numbers omitted will be sent asKed fcr upon rene al In case of discontinuance SllOni ANY s1 i SCRIBER cha ie his or her nddres aavisc this olllce giving both old and new auu the blade will be sent to tho new address THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 1261 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky tyis whlci all Freethinkers will be given a heart welcome VjlP entered at the Vostofllce al etuhi Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRRS ALL COMMUIICATIONS TO THE BLU dRvdS ULAIJE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky Deify charity e Try and practice love e e Men do not war upon kindness Dont try to monkey with your destiny e Religion runs counter to the rules of Reason e Every attempt to benefit man should be entitled- to respect The Christian cross is more dangerous than the red flag Oppression is the cause of which discontent i s the immediate effect e It takes a wise man a good man and a kind man to accept in full the principles and philosophy U of Frecthought o r There is small danger that the Denver man whf testified in court that he kissed his wife 40000 times in two years was suing for a recount WHAT DOES SILLY BILLY SEE rt God Bless little Billy Sunday Ills appearance in the orthodox pray just at the right time Sam Jones is now cojnplacently viewing the tor tares of the damned while revelling in the match less spit ndors of a othodox heaven Parkhurst has slumpea the market Comstock has got lost on a cold truil and whoopla evangelist was enjoying a touch iceJed rest In all the land there was a none to ocr an antidote for the religious ennui that had fallen upon the faithful There was no spice our variety The pulpit had grown dreadfully moutonous that the bulk of men and womenI took to the green fields indulging in an the dualleiiAimiaUaoitflkofCMFWYPPMFWYPP auto rde to the lulls or scorch down the pikes an boulevards on the handlebars of a Dike As a matt tcr of fact we were all traveling the high road to Perdition with lull steam on the throttle thrown wide open and no one to head us off Heavens Police Just as a creepy darkening gloom had settled upon the hearts and minds of the American people especially in the nuddle west up canto Billy Sunday who fell at once to the rescue lie manned a salvation ate bout hired him a godly crew and went to saving souls from the lake of fire and brim stone at a ctt r a tnrow The term throw is useu ii lceuty m WHys case for he fully capable IIof coiupixiiiuing what it oleos Asn base ball player ou a 1i natty City team under old Pop An bUll lie made a Jut mid his purty was published in ihe papers Catching pop tips and flies and htaumg off a bunt did not satisfy Billy s craving tor the lung green with a little notoriety so Billy gave the diamond the old fashioned way Billy reauily discovered that more dollars could bL brought to his blink account by catching sinners than by catching balls So instead of working for Pop Alison he is now working foi god the one in whom Americans have learned to trust most Thus it came to pass that Billy hocked his white sox bought hint u bible traded his padded knee breeches for a pair of long blackones took oil his sweater ad substituted a checker for it and the transformation was complete From a banger of balls Bill became a banger of bibles Billy could is now see timings in a vastly different light Bibles do not break the lingers they only break hearts but Billy did not cure for that The long green was too attractive and his own heart grew calloused In his new role Billy is a startling success The manager has tried him out aid says Billy will do j y k Billy now sees strange things anti he docs strange things Wo lire therefore prone to suggest What does silly hilly sec Throe in one And one in three And one of them hat died foi iiic But this is not all that hillycan see Where the average preacher talks only of a trinity Billy turn s it into a complete quartette nod insists that the devil shall not he given the marble heart Not f Billy cat help it Billy maintains that he is on very intimate terms with Lucifer and knows just to a dead moral eertainily what the old guy is after As a slinger of smug he has Sam Jones twisted to a frazzle mud males his memory but a grease spot in the annais of time Billy knew what the man on the coaching line could do when he made up his mind and profiting by such an experience he starts out by giving the other fellows the razzle dazzle Lindsay Denison writing in the American Mag azine undertakes to give Billy a puff and bring him out as the one miracle worker of the age in which we live Not that Billy can turn water into wine but that he is milking more Christians than all the other preachers in the middle of west holilt together The writer does not make any pre tense of giving his approbation of Billys style but godets s quotations of Billys sayings we take the follow ing azLc Devil isnt anybodys fool Lots of me uwill tell you that there isnt any Devil That he just is a figure of speech a poetic personification of the sin in our natures People who say 1thl1t and especially the sneaking timeserving hypocritical ministers who sny that are liars- E Liars Linrs Tlicyare calling the Holy Bible a lie Ill believe the Bible before I believe Old Mother Eddy and a lot of timeserving tea drink ing socictificd smirking ministers No sir You take Gods Word for it There is a Devil Oh but the Devil is a smooth guy He was in the lifetime of the Saviour and he is now He ia right on his job all the time Just as he appeared to Christ in the wilderness he is right here in this tabernacle now running around up this aisle and down that trying to make you sinners indifferent to Christs sacrifice for your salvation Grrreat and galorious is Billy Sunday Pene trating the profound mysteries of the universe oaring mastered the cosmic cause and effect ouc solved the riddle of the ages Billy has arrived at the conclusion there is a devil and that he isnt anybodys fool Splendid Keep on Billy and you will be given a seat up leaf the throne in the sweet bye and bye Of course it was but nat oral and inevitable that Billy should acquire the habit of denouncing those who do not agree with him as timeservers hypocrites and liars for that is one of the fundamentals of the profession and the sooner anew parson frills to the habiylhe quicker 1Gcs lie gWtliCni lEtt end iris excnfeiy refreshing to learn from Billy that the devil is a smooth guy But for this Apiece of startling and important information the world might have gone on believing in its ignorance that the devil was merely an ordinary sort of an individual and hardly next to his professional game When a titan can talk this way he does not have to inform his hearers that he would rather believe the bible than believe Old Mother Eddy for could Billy bring himself to those intellectual heights where- from he could discern that there is more in this universe than devils and bibles he would travel far beyond the realm of Mrs Eddy and not being there not having reached it he naturally prefers the bible Most fools do and Billy is no exception His reference to the lady in question as Old Mother Eddy would suggest that his Christian charity has grown worse for wear since he left the diamond for the pulpit and that his milk of human kindnes has turned into limburger cheese But Billy is on his job We read The invitation for Sunday to come must be evangelicalddevote all their energies to work in harmony and to abstain from everything in nature ofsecta rian diversions Having received the joint in vitation of the churches he exacts material guaranties thin the revival shall not be hampered by the constant whine of mone begging for its sup portIBilly has an eye strictly to business When heI visits a town all the other preachers must join anaI close up their gospel shops so that Billy can have the crowd all to himself That the meetings arm not to be pampered by a constant begging for cash is another rung in Billys ladder by which he gradually works up to the climax That climax comes on the closing night of the show whir Billy himself begs for cash all for himself with no other hand in the bag To take up collections other nights would impair the finale the last act So Billy deer s passing the hat until it comes to his turn To quote again Billy goes after the coin in a way that would make Sam Jones blush for shame and cowardice for we are told he says Give what you want to he says Give as much as you think I have lone the town good 1 can get along if you dont give a cent because lots of people have been more generous than 1 deserve l think that the people who work for Christ ought to be enabled to live as well as those who work for the Devil But thats up to OI1tUnder the circumstances do you think the Blade thoroughly justified in exclaiming God bless Billy SundayIA FUTURE LIFE Time Blade is in receipt of a well written volume by Singleton W Davis editor of the Humanitarian Review upon the subject of a future lift in which t f l the author reviews the question from n variety of newpoints iiiul arrives at the very logical elusion that there are no proofs of any future life wherein individual consciousness and entity can he maintained He further concludes that even if there be a future life of any kind or character serious doubts must of a necessity exist concerning its supposed beneficial inilucnccs upon the race collectively or individually In this the author is amply sustained by all the evidence of all the ages Even the Must ardent believes in a future life by their admitted nets express doubt tool uncertaiuity acknowledging that u future life eau at best be but a theory a supposition inferred only by the desire of some a vague mysterious guess Of the millions wit have crossed the mountain peaks that divide the valley of light life from the realm of darkness and deiith not one has been permitted by back ward look or sign to divulge the secrets of the eoflbi and the shroud Superstition may continue to build their fanciful and impossible realms of supposed bliss but it is both a reasonable and physical certainty that they will never be tuba b Heel Religious systems natty move the heart of man with fear fill it with dread anti torments but the question of that future life remains to them that inscrutable timid ununfathomable mystery it was in the day of the dawn of human intelligence To the Freethinkers the idea ofa future life pre seats an entirely different aspect To him it is madnc a happy one for nil Perpetual happiness without palm being an impossibility the Christians view is at once dissipated The author however does not rest content with merely exploding the orthodox notions ofa future life but he takes up socalled spiritual phenomena discusses it from a philosophical and scientific standpoint calling to his aid the mechanical and chemical forces of nature even wading through the idiosyncrasies of reincarnation and ressurrcc tion until a vast field of thought has been covered The book is concise the argument thorough and the conclusions complete It consists of 174 page and is divided into 12 chapters It is handsomely bound and should have a wide circulation alllongI thinking and reading people MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE IN GREAT BRITAIN- Half n century of discussion and agitation has at last wrought a change in the English law which now permits a mum to take unto himself a number of wives witliQut being compelled to change his utother iu law with each new matrimonial ddcal In other words that which the church oral bishops have fought agains so long the leg right of a man to marry his deceased wifes sister is now the law and it has been enacted a bitter acid strenuous opposition from the m 1 jutatllelllcull1tion as u bcr of such marriages that may fo v any course of human went the pet being retroactive that is reaching bath legalized large number of such marriages that had beenI contracted in spite of the English law and this is l what the church is still making a big row abontI Recognising the impossibility of securing the solemnization of a marriage with a deceased wifes sister not a few of the socalled nobility desiring to consummate such a marriage repaired to the continent of Europe some cane to America where t the law permitted recognized such marriages c and having contracted it returned to England only to be made the recipients of a social ostracism which the church encouraged as a means of keep ing down any infraction of the law This brought oun hostility Admitting the right of the church to rule in spiritual matters many denied its asser ed authority in matters more mundane In this manner did the real antagonism begin to creep and it was not long before that a large class denie nil authority to the church and after a lung bitter and vindictive struggle the antichurchitcs won day by carrying through both houses of the British arliament the bill which now makes mar s ridge with the sister of a dead wife legal According to well authenticated reports therchurch is not in a humor to recognize and acknow ledge the new law Threats are still being made and the church organs in England in eluding somer of time daily newspapers are it seems urging the established clergy to refuse to solemnize such innrM riagcs in spite of the law and the popular ilcmnnjf Time argmnent offered in behalf of such a prQeeduri rriagcchasBasingitsshelter in barbarous antiquity the English church insists timid such a law will lessen the purity of the English homes and threatens the sanctity of Eng lish hone life What great evil can possible exist in the mill ridge ofa man with the sister of his dead wife t If the tic is worthy of recognition at it is tain that a sister will be niece kindly disposed eeljwards the offspring of the dead woman which had unhappily left behind Greater evils the English home life than the marriage of a der ceased wifes sister Time difficulty anti enormous expense incurred in obtaining divorce has done more to lessen the sanctity of marriage in England ns all other causes combined It is a matter of common knowledge that thousands arc simply consorting with each other me abandon their wives and wives their husbands to take up with other men mud women whom they lire unn le to marry mold innumerable children born of such Masons lireII roaming the streets of Christian England even to this day Could the Britisher now to one step Further and make divorce as easy and as cheap as marriage there would be more purity in the home f life of the country mud fewer illegitimate the Blade simply means children burn without the netjmil sanction of the law zeta the church but uognixes that no mutter how or under what cit cumsianccs a child is burn into the world lie is just as good as nay other child who might have Deco born in wedlock lime opposition of toe church to the new law and its threat to make Ill h Ill taut advantage Ui it social outcasts is uiuiuiv the uiraiuiug at a gnat nun swullawiug a whole iiunotury in an cilort to preserve its usurpeu muhwrij over people it would enlorcc a luv uut Llsuuru m orain of marauding barbarau auu fetuses to couu tcnauce another law which it liruish parlia- c meat would but enact it u Jiuu ciuar up time social atmosphere of English Jile as io ouier low could or would do What Euglunu vaius aim needs m spite of its intellectual attummeiKS us greatness und power is a popular divorce iuw tout would grant legal separation in eases ol marital misery 10 the poor as well as to the rich In England div orce is now practically proliititive the pour True the lute as it is written is lor all alike but it is so written that the cost of prosecuting u case through the courts would require u hie ol toil on tile part of the pour to pay It in other words divorce in England is only for the rich no relief lor the poor That the church in England intends to refuse recognition to the new law may be gathered from un editorial utterance by the Saturday Review published in London admittedly a church organ which says Any clergyman who should be base enough to perform one of these marriages ought to be treated as a leper by the whole body of the church ier sons too who make these marriages need out beIrecognized socially If the law can validate IIlIllIriage with a deceased wiles sister it cannot cotta pel us to have social dealings with those who Have done this thing The resources of the church are not exhausted with the passing of an act lairisit When the church does not like the law the church will refuse to recognize it und would taboo bythethe law making power and the people the churci nhanifestiubais because of such policies that the church has passinginto ofincestslight that it is scarcely Worthy of notice Doubt I less till great majority of taco will not want to taken vantage of the law Those who do will L foumljimong the plutocrats and not an p thCfPqfortil of money csates by mtcrm wit lYfanmilycare coin entlll dabout the new law It was notS will for their benefit and very little benefit if laccrue to then by reason of it THREE IRREVEREnT QUESTIONS The Blades editor along with other persons willing to assume the binden has been requested byorrespondent a meats alleged to have hewn mimic in the begin t91embarkiuterroga4rieal aretor bra to a china of four years of age Xurally the themdessay foolforGenesis 1st chapter vawo 3 rends And God lightOurwho was utteredPr01l1 that just before the words were uttered was nobody supositionlightAccording talkingChristian would have us infer that the other two persons in the trinity must have also been pros lent he could have been talking to them but when we consider that the book of Genesis is a Jewish account of something that never occurred simplehadbejustificdnight have been talking to himself Many idiots presentitlmeriew or write down just what occurred Time book diving the record is supposed to have been writteufly Muses but as he was not then upon the earth somebody must have told him about it and he is unfortunate in the opening chapter as he is the closing where he writes the full account of his own death and burial Again to whom was ho speaking when he said let us make him in our own image AVe will have to give it up Time use of the word our would imply that there were more theta one person or God present for the inference is plural Even Moses does not venture to mate guess at the subject Assuming that mon was tunas in our own image we are again forced to the view that 1 i tIfAir Jt t r J i r whoever they were they were ns we nro now humnu form and character There is n chant that he might have boon talking to the animals or the plants for according to the record then things were now upon the earth us man was not made until the clos of the contract if the ani vials or plants were tilt objects to which the ad dress was male it is remarkable how it ever cam to be known or understood Minus the means of communication with nun unable to write the sc cret must have pot out in some mysterious manner but Moses remains silent upon the subject One of the Christian explanations would be that he wns talking to others Goths Lut this would be a plaii and palpable con radic1ion of the claim that there were no other Gods lut him Turn which direction one may the subject in milrounded with a mystery night which Moses tells usas dark as the Egyptian could be felt The third interrogatory is who was it hear these remarks of the crea ors This is getting worse and worse The ofiicia stenographer must have either neglected or forgotten to insert the names of the party invited to the opening performance for they are not Icnowi to this generation The emission might have bee intentional We can hardly cling to this notion because the giving of names of persons presen who could and did oirerve see and hear what vai said and done witnesses to the transaction would have been forthcoming and their testimony made of the highest importance to the Christian world Theologians and grummarians may know more about this subject than the Blade and if there be such in Lcnton Texas or elsewhere and they arc the the columns of thewilling to enlighten race Blade are open to thrum To many the questions that have been asked may imbecility Vhen the appear ai bordering upmi lust impression commits ute would be apt to think How easy Not uitil an ertort is made to draw up an answer tltiiM the utrieacy and impossible soaitioii appear In other vurds the questions cannot be answered No UieuUgiau or grammarian on earth is able tll lrine nisaur to them Tin idea of God addressing the remarks to himself appears to be riuiuuous niU to Jiuk that others were present and heunl tucm is a contradiction of tin scriptures No tame curt poMioly know whethei but such statements verc ever male as recorded that they were the chances are ntinitcly stronger never made the laet of them being recorded ir the book of Geicss arrbrds no credence for it is a safe assertion that there is 1ot a single solitary truth recorded in Uenesis from its opening chapter to the last No matter how strongly intrenched may be the orthodox persons belief he must con elude that Genesis is pure fiction from a wild guess at things and is an ignorant blunder jug attempt to explain things the writer did not ifcould not understand ring our boyhol day we remembe queif le clrildrentul iropound to lluesrthoughupon time Cain was driven forth and went into the land r of Nod and took uiuo himself a wire he his father and mother were the only three persons on earth for Abel was then tread slain by the hand of Cain Silly and childish as the question may appear it is of the Scriptures for a reflection the errancy being untrue impossible and not even probable it is at maul in its record ot such things even as it the questions asked by our is at fault touching correspondent and referred to in this article We know not but slur correspondent may haves y 1ggested the questions in all seriousness He may liar e suggested them ironically In any event we have V alt with them in a manner that would indi outhonest opinions on the subject but if cate of answering thancapablemUle there be otllcrs we are they t iall uC given the opportunity OPEN Pl P DISCUSSION s rictfU covers a wide and school lia curLife is a lice lull course is n ver completed varied l range until we reach the f rove and then tire are not al other utitt dentsknow to lowed to impart What ve oddestTheforever pupilsaraMen and women arc never too old to learn We sometimes foitoct mcd and then we have t have len the lessons we I over the same old route until our coimuqi teach go Experience firmly imprints it upon heart inind or Lriiiv In this great school we always capable if learning something If we giveI Jheed each lesion will prove of inestimable The dates editor Las just been deeply im of Clifford Greve in his prc3scl with the vrrtinjri Kttle pamphlet Human sis being pointed curd uil of those pages that induces timely Itn a per in the thoughts hen in express Acquiescing writer the idea pre the vews of this iawiuatlriR sents itself that trc paving been attacking men and- sfSt1ns wilhovt much ui use whereas if we that Irate deeper irto the cause and sheet of much we condemn in a exVing suial and industrial ryitcms wo would startle ourselves With the dist r cowry oven at this late day that tho fault if fault there be lien very ouch with ourselves Did you ever see the cloud shadows chasing tthem selves and cnth other cross a meadow The roll ing billows of the sky temporarily obscure the run Directly the orb of day breaks through the rift grows larger and a flood oi light appears upon tho spot where artiness once jell So it was with a new idea a rew thought It paves the way for still outer Ucas and still other thoughts some good sonic indilVcrcnt Did you ever observe a blotting paper When first used time line is made clear and distinct Frequent use make other lines until they cross and reerow std the whole shoot becomes Uurroil and llael with nothing distinguishable Fr Y1 t nothing capable of being intelligently traced out So it is with the human mind First impression stand out bold and clear Too many impressions mars the brighincss of the original thought andI dims its lustre Crowding time mind impairs activity and enfeebles its capabilities Pursue one thought one idea to its final conclusion befor taking up another This sharpens thought nnJ judgment anti the mind will in the end accomplish more In this day and ago the thinking and dcservin poor the toiler is inclined to rail at the system that has enabled Uockfellcr to pile up enormou wealth while others are unable to obtain even m cessatics of existence Now the question arise s it the system of the man If Rockfeller coal use a system to his personal advantage and to th exclusion of others why could not the others odor tthe same system the same combination for their mutal advantage and to the exclusion of Rock feller To be candid and for the very reason we have given above the Blade admits its incapacit to properly and fully answer this question It covers a field of thought and study into which we have hut rarely got into the surface In the hop thought obtainable to the subject the Blade herot reproduces what Mr Greve says upon time subjec and is willing to leave to the readers to commend or condenm as they view it in the light afforded them He says under the caption of A neces sity Great discoveries are not trusted to one mindI Karl Marx saw the same thing Rockfeller saw Marx wrote Ilockfellcr acted Marx loved the world Kockfeller loved himself Who taught the most Time man of self or the matt of men W suspect the motives of liars no also do we those of llockfeller To be different is to excite suspicion to be of the average is to be despised and to be below the put fire under the boiler No one but the forsake to get it When it comes it makes everybody feelI cheap Women usually cry and men sneak oil somewhere to hide their names Sympathy is more of a wolf thou poverty When poverty comes in at the door love goes out the window Dont shareI your sorows they are the only things you have an inalienable right to keep If there be bod and soul let sorrow die and be buried with the body and save the joys for the better self If one man can do the work of two it is a plait case that it is cheaper to have one nuts do it This true whether it be the Standard Oil Trust di ecting the labor or the government or throwing side the prestige of organization it becomes ever more self apparent in a group of persons bandet together for mutual protection benefits and the advantages of society Saving labor is like saving money Labor creates all the wealth One is convertable into the other at any time and place and undeVnav conditions 1 hCV m ncy 100 rt Few laboraway He was as saving with one as he is with the other for he knows that the one in reality is the other He was the firs iian in business to appreciate this Ho put no two hundred dollar a month man doing sixtyfiv lollar jobs But ho put sixtyfive dollar a month men doing two hundred dollar a month duty lIe always1lUde time work honor the men he nevd let them honor the work We want the adjustment that means the best for the greatest number therefore we do not want Mr tockfeller or any of his kind But we do want his system und we need it badly We can have that if we really want it He knew that all it ook was to get started and then it would run itself mind it has It is easy to keep even a large load moving once you get it in motion There seems to be a sentiment abroad in the land opposed to combinations for the reduction oi abor and increase of production The lawfavored rusts have preyed upon the American people jail not the mutton see the difference between the lligitimate operation of a system nod the ligiti nate system itself In cursing private combinations and greed let us not loose sight of what has teen plainly demonstrated If combination is so generously profitable to iockfellor it would be just as profitable to man drid Dont confine the trusts but extend them To destroy the trusts in its essence would be like ulvocating the reinstitution of slavery The rust means freedom for the wage slavc las the fi war mount freedom for the ehat t slave iVhenOAH1 it is cheaper to oombimT thin to com mete mon will combine und as this is a basic principle of life ami governments legislation will not now and never will in tthe future eradicate such a selfevident advantage to the commonwealth Co clean out the boodlcrs in politics we did not lavo to destroy the political parties nor the state io eliminate the private profits of the trusts we do lott have to destroy the trusts nor confiscate any of the property Get rid of them Get rid of them ipon time basis that they are public enemies if we lave to but make the isolation as complete as hey had the smallpox Time right to pursue hap liness of the person suffering with smallpox is not liven much mention But to destroy the trusts would mean the setting of civilization back one whole ethnical period It has taken the entire work of the race the whole time it has been occupied in reclaiming itself from burl arisen to prove wo propositions first that the people are the late timid second that the people are the trusts 10 fully delineate the last we had to hove a Rock ellcr Nature had to turn this over to a titan As usual she found the right man at the right moI teat liar servant has served her and his race well Does his race comprehend the value of iris ervice That the future alone will reveal but his nevertheless is Kockfcller and his greater Tlust BLADE READERS ASK FOR Copies of Extracts From Webster Speech In Glrards Will Contest Case as Previously Given By a Contributor GREAT INTEREST SHOWN IN THE ARTICLE By Jas B Elliott Following the publication of my last article I have received a dozen letters from the readers of the Dlade asking for some citations from Daniel Web sterF great speech against Stephen GIrards will and his defense Christian morality which contains pages of printed matter and repre scuta three days argument before the Court of Equity of the greatest Con stltutional lawyer In the U Swaso- neoC the Immortal Daniels greatest efforts It Is evident that Mr Girard meant to touid a school of morals without any reference to or connection with ligion But after all there Is nothing original In this plan of his It has Its origin In Industrial sources but not from the highest schools of infidelity Not from BollngbroXo or Shattesbury- or Gibbon not even from Voltaire or Komliert It Is from two persons who were probably known to Stephen Glrard In the early part of his lifelt is Mr Thomas Paine Mr Volney Mr Thomas Paine In his Age of flea son says Let us devise means to establish schools of instruction thai we may banish the Ignorance that the ancient regime of Kings and priests have spread among the people Mr Girard who had no disguise about him uses plain language to ex press the same meaning In Mr Girards view Religion Is just that thing that Mr Paine calls superstition Let us give thes children sys tem of pure morals before they adopt in any religion I say this scheme Is derogatory to Christianity because It rejects Christianity from the educa tion of youth by rejecting Its teachers ministers of the gospel from the grounds or buildings Mr Senrgent said they had not ut tered a word about Lay preaching It was Lay teaching Mr Webster Wellls not the teaching of laymen as sectarian as that ofthepreachingof Itl1erencpIlinowe that laymen are as violent con trovcrsalists as clergymen and less informed and more violent so this while while It Is a little more reds culous Is equally obnoxious Here there was quite a burst In the Court which was suppressed according to my experience a layman Is just as likely to launch out into sectarian views and to advance clashing doc trines and violent and bigoted prejudices and even more so than pro fessional preachers Since the trustees erected a church at the cost it 65000 and Introduced Lay preach- Ing and hymn singingThere have been a score of pupils graduates who have become Protestant Preachers tot a single Catholic priest has gradu ated from Girard College Church while more than a third of the pupils ire of Catholic parents Elliott so that Webster was a true prophet Websters closing words In my opinion if Mr Girard had liven years of study of a mode by which he could dispose of his vast fortune so that no good could arise to the general cause of charityNo rood to the general cause of learning No good to human society and which should be most productive or irotrocted struggles and difficulties In popular councils of a great lty ho could not so effectually have attained that result as ho has by thisI device now before the court believe that this planthis scheme was unblessed In all Its purposes and In all its original plans Unt wise In all its frames and theoryI while It livesIt will lead an noyed and troubled meand lenvoI in unblessed memory when It dies It I could persuade myself that this court would come to such a decisions In my opinion the public good and aw require and If I could believe hat any humble efforts of my own had contributed to lead to such a re suit I should deem It In the crowning mercy of my professional life Immediately after he concluded all the preachers and ladles rose and left tho Court In a body and it was ten minutes before order could be stored The evil that men do lives after hem while good Is often entered with tholr bones- Washington D C Feb 13 1844 At a meeting of citizens belonging to different religious denominations convened to consider the expediency of procuring of so much of Mr Web tors Argument before the Supreme Court of United States vs4 Stephen I ilM t i lll a Girards Executors as relates Girnards will which excludes Mini ters of Religion from any station or duty In the college Resolved Firs That in the opinion of this meting the powerful and eloquent argument of Mr Webster on the before mentioned clause of Mr Girards will demo stratcs the vital importance of Christianity to the success of our free stitutions and Its necessity as the basis of all useful moral education and general diffusion of this argument among the people of the Unite States is a matter of deep pubs InterestCommittee H L Ellsworth Chairman Philip Tandallesy Rev Horace Strlngfellow Rev Joshua N Danforth Rev R Randolph Gusley Rev J C Bacon Rev Wm B Edwards Dr Sewell- Notwithstanding that pupils came preachers several thousam have graduated from this College and not a single criminal has disgrace the good name of the founder Stephen Girard many are now engaged In useful occupations earning like their master honest living DISTINCTIONAND Between a house and a home and some of the means nec essary to make the latter and all In temperament By Mrs O A Stannard If I had married a man who had been married before I should have made it a point of honor to say In the beginning I am going to change everything In the house Personally I can Imagine nothing so grading as to uphold continually tilt remembrances of another But mind the making of a home this may be carried too far in the opposite rection I knew a woman who became her husbands second wife His first wlCeI had been a great beauty the second was extremely plain but a woman of brilliant intellect The only sister ot her husband did not like her and she contrived to work upon the feeling of the unfortunate living wife by means of the Incomparable beauty otI the lead one that life for her was made little short of that stale which we call hell Then the sound commonsense of her husband came into play and he delivered himsell of a few short sharp sentences which settled the question once and for all I married my first wife and I loved her he said I had the mis fortune to lose her I met you and- loved you The last thing that mj dead wife would wish If she could express an opinion would be that her remembrance and her portrait should not make my living wife wretched I shall put away the portrait and you my sister who have made mt wretched will go out of my life now for always To that I believed I am right in saying he held to the end of his life For some years the portrait oi the dead wife has never been seen but the second wife some ten or twelve years later took the oppor unity when they were moving house to tell her husband that sho had no longer any feeling such as had once moved her and the longhidden portrait was brought to light again and hung In a place of honor in the new Irawingrpom This house was essentially a home nil for many years this husband and rife lived in perfect peace and amity The difference betwcn a house and a home Is often In matters so trifling is to be almost Inexplicable A new mrlormald will transform your own Irawing room until you hardly know It yourself And let me tell you that this is one of the disadvantages f keeping your servants a long time you have so much to explain o show when you do change I have lust lost a parlormald of three and a half years standing The other day said to my new one Come with me tad I will show you how I like my Jrawiugroom See I said as you nave aranged it It might b the drawing room of a clean lodginghouse Now just notice how I put things tad see what a difference a few touches will make In truth when I had given those few touches the difference was start Ing even to myself The hand which lid not understand my ways which lid not possess my faculty for mak Ing a home had transformed my lalnty sitting room out of all likeness to itself Purely a matter of temperament There can be no home In the house a woman who shuts off her fires the first of April and never permits me to be lighted again outside oi the kitchen till the first of November t 7n That house is not a homo Its a prison or a charitable institution- In my opinion a nouse is never a home unless it contains evidences of the pursuits of its inmates Yes my dear madam I know it is an awful uuUanco when your young son wor ries your life out on tho subject of postageslumps when ho Is almost too Impatient to lot you open a letter from a foreign country because he wants the stampnot because he has not a similar one in his album but because ho can swap with some schoolfellow It is annoying to find that for the sake of quiet ho has taken possession of your drawing room and has apparently played a sort of paperchase with duplicates and snlpplngs It is vexing when you find saucers of sticky warm water on your poll lied or lining table Mm which is the jide ot mr souland something theme to your parlormald It wit take at least a week to erad icate that ugl ring and the expendi ture of a vast nount of elbowpolish But take my n4 inS bear with It You dont know lit kdt hobby may do for your boy Lir on nor how the fact that he was let to have a real pursuit of his own way may help him to make a home when yours is dis persed to four winds of heaven Bear with it my dear madam bear with It At present myself am under the thrall of a small person who li all pursuit who flits from one hobbr to another with a rapidLy tshkhi makesmmy middle agtd brii worn and weary Now It Is pa utini half an hour ago It war puat ls tills after noon It may ue cutting out such ad vertisements as take her fancy In order to make a scrap book on quito a new plan Her dolls house takes one corner of my study her plants are on almost every windowledge She collects leadsoldiers and price narks of articles bought In shops she has the whole scheme of pink gooks from the very beginning and a small collections of pictures of which nor favorite Is Millets Angelus which hangs over her brd It would je impossible for that child at any period of her life not to mako a home in any circumstances In which ho may be cast Her Led room is a icrfect museum Personally I do not think there be any home without animals Everybody is riot blessed with children who go far to make houses Into homes but everybody can have a dog r a cat or both But the house where the dog is never allowed to sit on a chair and where tho cat does not look for anything outside tho kitchen well think that house Is seldom a home It is all a matter of emperament Fresh blooming flowers growing plants children who are rank and free and fearless animals who bask and join In the family Ife all these things combine to make n home And there is something out side of all those which I thinK only lea In the hand of the hou mistress that power to Invest mere objects with a certain atmosphere and a certain charm But as I have alread sdld it Is nostly a matter of temperament SnowWilkinson Debate The SnowWilkinson debate and our tracts will be sent for 15 cents Sell ng elsewhere at 25 r s E Lewis writes us started o underscore Important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of our Tracts for dlstrlbu lon for 15 centi A A SNOW 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bound to attack the Inadequacy of the Bible Otherwise I for one would gladl- abstain from such criticism should no more care to impeac Moses for Ignorance of geology tha- should wish to censure Aristotle for Including slavery In his social sys tent WORLDS Continued from first page only accelerated his own unavoidable extinctionAt Mr Collier Is probably a Pantheist of some kind for he employs the Divine Nature and the essence of things as Indentlcal terms But since the essence of things Is absolutely unknown and possibly unknowable what on earth can the adjective divine denote If you take away from things their es sence does anything remain t Things and their essence are of necessity Indistinguishable even In thought To the Pantheist therefore Nature and God are synonymous words and sequently so are natural and divine What Is fialned then by applying t Nature the adjective divine It only lands us In the nonsensical tautology Involved In saying that Nature Is natural It Is true that when the ologians call Nature divine they mean that at the core of It there Is what they describe as a purpose of Infinite love but If Nature Is to be judged by all Its phenomena there Is t at the core of It a purpose of Infinite hate as well If at the heart of things there Is any emotion at all It must be admitted that malevol ence Is quite as much In evidence as J conclusion to which are forced by Mr Colliers1 essay In deed It is Mr Colliers own conclu sion The God of the Christians a deified man That It also Mr Camp bells conclusion But It Is a conclu sion which strips Christianity of every claim to be a revealed religion and which justifies the Secularist In terpretation of Nature And It Is a conclusion from which there Is no possible escape for those who scientiously study the comparative history of the worlds deities STILL Continued Prom Page Due Jewish Jehovah and who In s Ing the Imperfections of the latt to the suicides grave It Is tho flexible Implacable enemy of su cess which ever succumbs to Its slaught and which It buries In the dust of despair never to rise againj Poise Is necessary for the well beI ing of man It develops and at the same time controls and keeps the lever of mental equilibrium so ad Justed n Its proper place that tho bal ance wheel will not get out of running gear to the wrong side The teat who worries Is self ce n tered never balanced never at his best Mental anxiety takes away vi tality and push and leaves lassitude and languor behind It deprives manhood of vlrlltly whereas the self poised man has confidence In himself to dare and do he never wabbles or staggers front side to side but pushes right ahead in a straight tour8eIng keeping his destiny ever In view They who believe in thensely- who esof are conscious of their own for of character of bran and of body touch the wire of Infinite power can accomplish that would be imp sble to those who lack the vital naergy which waits on selfconcentra tion and knows not worry There enough of this vital energy wasted useless harmful worry to run all the affairs of tho world Troubles sorrows misfortunes and gloomy forebodings come home to roost they love a dark perch and this they can find readily In the brain that Is given to worry Loathsome creatures such as toads lizards beet les and vipers love dark cellars z avoid sunlight let in the health giv ing disease destroying bright and beautiful rays and they scamp rto hI thlr holes there to remain in the darkness until the light Is gone Let the rays of light of hope of trust confidence to your brain and they will dispel the ill omened ghouls of worry which have taken up their abode there they will lighten it and harmonllJUS the way of every obstacle which lies the path of success Bright hope ful thougnts belief in ones ability lo succeed will Insure success Complain of your hard luck and you will poison the atmosphere of your surroundings by plctues of failure which you create In your mind You cant plant nightshades and grow roses like produces like Sour seed sown will produce its own peculiar crop but good seed planted always gives a fruition and an abundant harvest often anticipate disasters that never come Worry breeds fearsome things but they only exist In the ab soact and never can materialize tangibly unless meted Into life by dis despairdThen the disasters that are dreaded anxietynhave so enfeebled the powers of the mind so lowered the forces of sistance that their victims fall earth when they might easily have conquered their fes Entertain no thought of defeat marshal your forces put them in charge of those three invincible officers will I can and must and you need not fear but you will win a glorious victory and plant your standard on the sunkissed heights of suc all your rat failures behind you forget them let the dead past bury its dead dont grieve over split milk the water that Is past never will turn the mill yesterdays never will bloom again last years apples are Dead sea fruit the spoken word cant be recalled and the hourglass of time when Its sands are run never can be refilled Tim past is behind the future ahead Forget the- o one look with lope to the other It Is as important to learn to let go as it is to hold on Let go what cant help you cling to that which can You can make the future bright and happy It you will It lies with yourself to do so Think success read success believe in success and cess surely will be yours All the great men and women who have ac complished mighty d ed land bene fited the world have been firm lievers In themselves In their lexi con was not found the world fall because they eliminated It and kept ever In sight the shining goal of suc cess which they reached by faith and hope diligence and perseverance and above nil confidence In their s powers Emulate them and you will succed GOD CANNOT BE KNOWNU- nder the Law of Development Even Gods Must Submit to Extinctionf as Only The Fittest can Surc vlveICO YOU KNOW WHOI erISTHE CHRISTIANITY cillyJ T LlodtFreethinker There has always been a plurality of gods though in the fierce struggle existence the weaker and less adapted have Invariably gone under As in Greece and Rome so also Israel there were deities many with now this and now that now occupying the supreme place Jehovah mounted his giddy throne through rivers of blood and managed to retain It only through endless struggle Not a sin gle god has ever had an easy time of it The Rev Dr Raahdall objects to tho Second Commandment because It represents Jehovah as a Jealous God but Is the Oxford divine not aware that not only this commandment but the whole of the Old Divine attributes To get rid of the teach of tthe Second Commandment Is necessary to throw fully twothirds the Bible overboard There are cethree distinct stages in the history At first ho is simply an apnas or as as oSselt He appears next as the chief of great host and is distinguished as God of Gods and Lord of Lord of JeInns rea than other divinltes but merely as more powerful andd sucessful In war In the third stage however he is des cribed as the only true and living God all others being false and dead It was at this stage that the transl Ion from Judaism to Christianity oc curred In tho fourth stage Jehovah 1I1itlll maintains his supremacy al though an element Is brought In that threatens It A younger divinity Is In troduucd whose gradual evolution be j r4 entices a source of danger to the elder The The most Interesting and significant was fact In this connection Is that every zer deity beslno his career either as a cor use a ghost a shadow as as some near natural object artificially endowed the with personal life Now Jesus at place first was merely a man of superior ndowmentsI man torn of two hu man parents like all other mere men zero Then ho was regarded as an extraord inary mana man clothed with super natural power Text It was felt thatI such a man must be more than man race From this conviction there naturally sprang the belief In his Virgin Birth tlon and Resurrection the Resurrection being doubtless the first of the two in the order of time By degrees Jesus Ing becomes very God of very God and gets to mean practically much more his disciples than either Mather or Spirit Indeed early in the Middle Ages a Christian Father Son and Spirit these three but the greatest C of these Is the Son Now according to Mr James Collier of Sydney Australia In the current Issue of the Hibbert Journal Christianity B means the ascendancy of Jesus as an object of worship He says The God of Christendom is still heM to be the God of Abraham Isaac thisoview Is erroneous Christianity is pre eminently the worship of Christ Faraway in the background of existence there may be a power answering to up Indian Brahama or Greek Kronos and conclevcd as God the Father But the working ever livitg and everacting hefty Is Christ He Is the creator and as presever of the world the ruler rev deemer and judge of men He and no other Is worshiped as God hymned of prayed to invoked To him have been transferred the attributes of Jenovah lie and no other is the Cnnstlan Gods The object of Mr Colliers brilliants article Is to develop and defend that proposition and It must be admitted that on the wohle he makes a fairy good case for It But there are form idable difficulties In the way One dif faculty assumes the form of Augustln laillsm Augustln was a great man of genius whose Impress Is on the Church to this day Well this illustrious Father was a Calvinist an Im measurable superior Calvanlst to vin himself and Calvinism is nothing but the Old Testament Judaism with on the sacrifice of Christ substituted for that of bulls and goats Because of this substitution Calvinism Is a far more savage and cruel religion than Judaism ever was The sovereignty of of the Calvinistic Deity Is indescil iably more brutal an attribute than was that of primitive Jehovah at tho very worst But is It not true that this sovereignty of God was the dominant doctrine throughout the Dark Ages This sov ereign God this horrid divine monster was believed to be at enmity with mankind or to be an infinite flame of wrath ever burning fiercely against In hem andd Christ was welcomed and adored as the one sacrifice that an nulled the enmity and quenched the wrath andd brought the two parties into harmonious union Mr Collier as admits that this loathsome conception of God was always In the background but its presence even in the background makes Christ more of a fuge or way of escape than an object worship Take Thomas Aquinas the greatest theologian of the thirteenth century and Ito will be seen that to him Christs sacrifice was an equl valent for the dishonor God has suf ftred through mans rebellion a complete compensation without which reconcllatlon to God was Impossible There Is no getting away from the fact that the orthodox Church has wor sliiptd Christ only as the Savior thec pacifier the wrathextinguisher then one propitiation for sin Perhaps it wouldd be correct to say that Christ was scarcely ever worshiped as Godc Lilt only as the one through whom acI cess to God was practtlcable as the one In whom God forgave sins and accepted the forglvens worship It is very probably that on this very count Christ may often have been loved much more passionately than the Fattier but the motive of this move passionate love was always to be found in the profound gratitude for the unspeakable gift of acceptance with the Father 11r Collier fails t give this conslderrtlon its due weight and this quotations are taken from the devotional literature and not from tho creeds and confessionals of tIl- e Church The discovery of the old city founded by the Amorites Gezer and the explanation of a barbarous custom practiced ainong them of sacrificing Infants was brought about by the 1merest chance It is a romance of modern archaeology One day the great French antlquar Ian Pro Charles ClermontGanncau was cursorily reading an Arabian tory He came to a passage describ Ing a raid on tho coast plain of Pal estlne The history told how the Gov vernors lieutenant had proceeded him from the town of Ramleh and that the Governor some hours later followed until he came to the mound of tAr lIr thought struck him that Jezar almost the Hebrew word for Ge So strong that the professors the belief that he went to Palestine auk the border between the land of the Philistines and Judah he found a not known as Tell e1Icznr at It once divined that the hill must site cover tho remains of the old city Ge of Investigations proved his theory correct Sank out of History net The Amorites the earlest historical In Palestine which sank out of there history has caused as much Investlga well and discussion almost as the Ing disappearance of the lost Tribes of Israel The cruel practice of sacrlfic and children has lent them and edit tlonal Interestsill5he Amorites were the Immedlatr The successors of the cave dwellers Infirl Canaan The city of Gezer was the founded by them as early as 500 Dan Where they came frond or what has become of them no antiquarian is able to say The first authentic re cord of the strange people is In 3800 under the rule of the two kings Sihon and Og Even at this time the horrible practice of offering up infants in was going on II There have been three distinct stops In worship The earliest Poe pies held sticks and stones divine In Then the later as exemplified by the put Amorites they gave thelrown children in sacrifice A final step was he reached when animal sacrifice was in brought about The Amorltes had a sungod known for Molech to whom they gave up the eldest son An altar called The High him Place was set up for the sacrificing children The Investlagtions carried out through Prof ClermontGan ncau by the Palestine Exploration Fund of London reveal how this warship Is was made and even show the bones of Infants sacrificed on the fu neral pile The custom was so cruel that the Lord commanded Moses to guard his people against It The passage Is in Leviticus 28 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seen pass through the fire to Molech The disastrous worship continued until tho time of Josiah when the great prophet put an end to it He with his own hands tore up the altars which the children were slain II Kings 22 10 gives tho account The fires of Molech And he Josiah defiled Topeth was which Is In the valley of In Hlnnom that no man might make ha son or daughter pass though the 1 fires of Molech It was In tho Valley of Hlnnom near Gezer that the great altar of The High Place was located It became notor fous for Its cruel practice and was a had symbol of cruellty It so Impressed Mr Itself upon the people that the Talmudists thought that hell Itself was the mouth of the Valley of Hln om the The Iniquity of the Amorltes has be come notorious and has been adopted a literary form of expression tinct reference is made to it In Genetsis 15 16 to The Iniquity of the Amorito Is not yet full Children were taken to be slaught ered In what was known as The High Place This consisted of five as parts the altar Itself the standing stones the layer for ceremonial wash- Ings the sacred cave and a deposl of tory for refuse The High Place Itself was situated on a small hill In the great Valley of the Hlnnom The altar was only a heap of earth or at best only a pile rocks The standing stones were or placed on end around the altar so as to give It the appearance of seclusion The first worships were held In for s by these people or In the As herah as the forest was called and the standing stones later typified the trees In the ceremonial laver the father washed before he gave his child up to sacrlficejjn the sacred cave the ashes and fu raUJagpts were kept The High Place was the mecca for worship for all the country around On the day that the eldest born was a week old Its father took It to the altar at Gezer Methods of Sacrifice Investigations show that there were three general ways by which a child could be offered up The first was by burning and putting the ashes In the sacred cavo another way was by shutting the child in a stone Jar and sealing If Other Jars containing food for the child in the other world were placed near It The third manner In which a child was offered up was for the father to cut it in two with his own hands Dissenters with the Bible have held for many years that children were never sacrificed and that the Lords Injunction against such a practice was wholly unnecessary and that there never wero any such people as the Amorites But under Professors Cler montGanneaus spade It is Indisput ably shown that there was such a people who Indulged In such a prac 111tlce x 14 How he Killed the King Tho The Bible tells how Joshua killed king of Gezer King Horam in Joshua 10 33 12 Tho town at take time according to accounts was destroyed Later Pharoah razed to the ground nod presented the to his daughter one of the queens 1 Solomon It was at this town that David In his pursuit of the Philistines a stopped But agnostics since the ex location of Gezer could not be determined were prone to doubt that ever had been such a city as as the custom of child sncrlfic and be All parents at the time of the rise prosperity of Gezer were accustomed to purify their children by pas them through the fire of Molech father stood on one side of the on the altar and the mother on other The father took the child passed It through the thames and smoke to the mother It Is to this malicious practice that reference Is made in II Kings 15 3 And Ahaz made his son to pass through the fire according to the ab ominations of tho heathen Only one mention Is node of Molech the name of Topeth and that Is In Kings 23 10 In the passage al ready quoted His very name was the symbol for wasting Innocent lives later Historical times Abraham was to the supremo test by being com mauled to otter his son Isaac up on funeral pile Abraham led his son the top of the mountains built the altar and even had his hand uplifted its downward stroke with fine knife when he heard a voice telling to stay his hand A ram for the sacrifice was found caught by his horns In the brush This Is the only reference In the Bible where the act of Infant sacrifice commended and hero the deed was only one of test VATICAN WILLING TO TAKE TAINTED MONEY Wife of Thomas Ryan the Financial Juggler Made a Countess by Pope Plus Because She was Gen erous Enpught to Give the Church 5000000 of Other Peoples Money By John F Clarke Mrs Thomas Ryan whose usband mixed up In the insurance graft NeWTSfork not long since his been madg alcountess the fIby the ry to tim churcti to the extent of VIMOOO It strikes me that ghe would hive had- a damned sight more to count If she let the church and the Poke alone Ryan juggled with policyholders money and got a lot of it In a tainted manner The pope took it from his wife regardless of taint and gives lady the title of Countess The New York papers speak of the Pope having 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