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Q4 HItb JEGRA dQ BLAIJ EtOUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH i VOLUME XVLNtVTBER 21 LEXINGTON KY OCTOBER 13 1907 Published Weekly160 per Year in advancea RELIGION ITS INCEPTION LAY IN AN IGNORANT WORSHIPI OF SEX The Following is Reproduced by Request from The Alienist and Neurologist a Scientific Journal Published in Sant Louis Missouri By Theodore Schroeder Every definition of religion is re solvable into this Religion is mans conception of his relation to those among the supposed objects of his dependence to which his relations seem so mysterious that ho deems his acquaintance with thom duo to trans cedcntal experiences Mans gods are his conception of such objects of dependence which in turn involve his explanations of the mystery Symbolism and Institutionalism In re 1ligion are but mans imperfect ob jectlvatlons of these concepts Idol atry is the concept symbolized and is developed by a process of gradual a final consecration and a belief in its being an incarnation of the dlety Tho God idea like tho Idea of the good and the beautiful is a mere ab straction not an objective reality cognizable to a man as such but wholly solely and unalterably sub jective finding its only Justification in the feelings of man though seldom so understood The history of igion is therefore but a record of mans objective manifestations of such subjective states Thus viewed the study of religious phenomena is essentially a branch of psychology and the methods of material science adjusted to the order and relation Lof objective phenomena ar applies bio so long aswq areexiBg the religion tof others ins T s1muststudythe t g on as studies thou terance of Insane namely as a means of classification and for the discovery of causal conditions within as well as without the Individual Variety of religions Is the product of evolution a part of universal lution The difference between th individual worshipfulness of some primitive peoples and our modern highlydiversified religious organiza tions only exemplifies the law of evo lotion which is over a transition from an Indefinite Incoherent homogeneity to a definite coherent heter ogeneityIn of Spencer Lang Tay lor and others in their efforts to in terpret religion In terms of the law of evolution It has been justly said However Interesting theso their theories may be however much light they may sited upon the religious lire of primitive and civilized peoples the question How did primitive matt obtain conceptions that we call ligious t is not solved However by applying the law of evo lutlon to the known facts we may be able to retrace tho evolutionary pro cess to the beginning of religion and having thus found the initial object of worship we are In a better situation to answer the inquiries as to how whence and why man acquired religious experiences and concepts If we desire to retrace the evolu tionary process religion to their origin we begin by arranging tho objects of worship according to their evolutionary chronology This Is ac complished by classifying them as relatively close to or far envolved from tho beglnnngs according to the degree of complexity implied in the religious concepts and the degree of conscious knowledgo of mans rela tionship to his environment which Is Implied from his choice of the objects of evolution Is con ditioned upon an over widening men tal horlzlon that religion is nearest tho primal deviation from the nonreligious which implies tho least knowledge of ovlronment Because tho worship of an Infinite purposeful divine Imminence Implies a wider knowledge of tho world and the uni verse than does the worship of Iso lated natural phenomena therefore theism as now defined is conclu sively proven to be a later evolution ary development than the worship of a mountain or of lightning Tho first among the religions of which wo have knowledge must be that otto which Implies the least or no conscious ac quaintance with tho objective t 1 4j Judged by that tnst It follows beyond all reasonable doubt that sexworship must have been the very first form of our known religions since the con ditions of Its development are wholly within each individual When unconscious automatism wan transforming to human avll con sciousness beyond all doubt one of Its very first cognitions must have been the primal Impulse that makes for progeny an accompaniment of sex ecstacy This Is so for many reasons and among them the conspicuous changes and periodicity of Its mani festations would compel an attention which a more uniform activity would escape Then was tho age of racial adolescence Savages and children animate all things with a psychic life rind ascribe to a special volition all activities which excite their sorrow Joy hope or fear It Is a neces sary inference that in primitive man this tendency was at Feast as nounced as In presentday children Becoming conscious that sexIm pulse was uncontrollable by Its own act of volition man naturally sumed thatithe generative organs had a psychic ftfeof their own by which they know IIt how why of their adsjust jjEi l procreation NecesSBpri Kman ascribed the phenbn intanil sex functlo Jn no tiecauso Ji JiaU not yet become consclojis lot his relation to his en vironment he naturally gave that telligence a local habitation within tho virile member As late as 1729 I And a Christian clergyman writing of it as the receptacle of a manly soule Phallc worship was inevitable To primitive man In racial adole scence the sexual mechanism and functioning Is the first conscious the greatest and almost tho only Intense Joy of his experience the first vis ible and most Immediate course of life the first object of conscious de pendence the first mystery pre seated to consciousness demanding solution and inspiring awe the first sense perceived associate of his highest his deepest and almost his only hopes longings and joys as well as the Instrumentality of their rellza was unavoidable that the solemn awe of sex nrster the seeming transcendence of sex ecstaey and tho predominance of a consciousdepen dance sex for Joy and life all combined with tho supposed Intelli genco ascribed to the sexorgans would fuse Into a worshipful reverence of the phallus as tho original objective intelligent and ultimate source of all that to primitive man was worth having In the nature of things therefore these elements made sexworship the first religion and they are tho essentials of all re ligion oven to this day A growing knowledge has mused us often to change our opinions as to tho situs of that other Intelligence which is be lieved to control our dcstlnyi but the essence is still tho same When wo shall have solved the mystery of generation abolished the awe of igno rance and no longer experience tho ecstacy of love religion will have ceased to be In these considerations we find a complete answer to the question How did primitive man come religious Prehistoric archaeology has also contributed evidence to show that phallic worship Is tho oldest religion A modern writer has this to say about our theme There appears to ben chance of this phallic war ship being claimed for a very early period in tho history of the human race It has been recently stated In the Monlteur that In tho province of Venice In Italy excavations in a bone cave have brought to light be nnath ten feet of stalagmite bones of animals mostly posttertlary of the usual description found In such places flint Implements with a need j n A 1Iof bone having an eye and point slid a plate of an argillaceous com pound on which was scratched a rude drawing of a phallus There can be no objectivation of a concept as In a drawing until man has become selfconscious It there fore follows from the very nature our thinking process that man could not make a drawing of tho phallus until after he had become definitely selfconscious of some of the phenomena of sexuality Since with the genesis of such a consciousness the primal phallicism must have come Into being It follows that the draw Ing above referred to was made after Uie beginning and probably because of sox worahp This easily fixes the existence of phallic religion ages an te nor to the known existence of every other kind of religious mont festation Since the course of evolution Is marked by a change from incoher Continued on Page 4 PREAGHER SUFFERING FR1M ACUTE- BUGHOUSE ALTHOUGH A HOUSETOP EVAN GELIST IIB IS A GRADUATE OF UNDERGROUND MORALITY AND WANTS A POLITICAL JOB TO GO ALONG WITH HIS PULPIT By John F Clarke 4Yorkvoters of this city It will be an an appeal for their support for the office for Mayor to be made by iRov Jacob Kurtz known as the housetop evangelist by reason of the filct that he Is wont to make his impas atoned pleas for moralltJnW ylrtue t Jl Mr Kurtz has figured In many re form movements and it is given out that he shortly will announce his independent candidacy for the citys chief office If elected Kurtz says he will In traduce many reforms When per sons are arrested for breaking the peace or Immoral conduct he will put them in his Sundayschool class In that way he will have an opportu nity to lecture them It takes all kinds of dam fools to make a world Mr Kurtz Is suffering with acute bughouse dementlon Any man of sense should know that almost every criminal in the land is trained In Christian ethics Housetop evangelists as a rule graduate in underground morality Jesus Christ said that a malefactor should be pardoned 490 times times This puts the Christian malefactor upon Easy street so far as conscience goes Somo Christians go the limit knowing that Christ can not rei rove them until the 491 crime is recorded There is one notable exception the sin against the Holy Ghost One sin against that arterial humbug furnishes a season ticket for Paine a eternal fireworks The refusal to recognize Mr H is not tolerated by Jesus Christ and his crowd Christs daddy is a perplexing problem That Joseph was forestalled with his girl bride the account In Matthew leaves no room for doubt No one saw the H G on his nocturnal 1 visit and tho Chief Butler had no recollection of admitting any ono resembling H to Mars was with child find Joseph Vs going to put her away and yito her a bill of out hand JnJt hero appears the most In teresting witness In all history An angel of the Lord appeared Joe In a dream and told Jqe to girt up his loins of faith and believe mightily Joe done so That Joe should have been an easymark Is not so surprising but that millions of Christians should have banked upon Joes easy faith is n little more than remarkable Mary s character was saved by a process that would not go In a single Chrls flan household in Christendom As n matter of fact Mary existed only in tho futile imagination of somo crazy writer and tho story was legend Ic to the core but a vast and expensive propaganda has kcltfMiming tho coals of romance and trying to make them blaze with fact Whatever a man believes Is fact to him Let us return to Rev Kurtz He mikes pleas from lofty stations I would recommend Mr Kurtz to go to airblsPerhaps the eagles might get high er notions and strive and live near Heaven The stlllunshot Teddy Bears would join his SundaySchool Class The wild burros of the plains would be the most appropriate class mrtes for the housetop evangelist fromosacred history w INDUSTURY REWARD I By D Webster Groh Jom a crooked sprout grows a H crooked tree Ahd lazy youths lazy men will be Fir who shirked work in his youth daysVIIl a mans work In ten tHous 1and ways As the blacicamlths arm grows big and strong By his daily hammering hard and jSoIncise Developing heart brain and nerve likewise As the trotting horse to win the race Mint trot oft before at a rapid pace H is trotting muscles to develop thus Else hes not een tit for a hearse or bus ESLthe child to work must early be jL trained muscles are itahisG1t len Lack of exercise grows a pigmy breed Sr mindTWhoso foolish faddists so dread work themselftimThat they een delves Against child labor they whine and cry They want child idleness so by and by All men as lazy as themselves will grow And laziness wont then disgrace them so But who wont work will lose his health His vim brain muscle and also his wealth Ills limbs head chest and stomach will ache His eyes wUl grow dim and nerves all ashake For cheat though you may you green fellow man You cant cheat old Nature by any shrewd plan And Idlers who waste all their seed time away May well die unmlssed mos thoany fine day Then teach growing youths useful Industry now So to natures decree they smiling by bow Rejoicing in labor well done while they singhplenty and health it wit bring And faddists that hoot like lone ntowls on dead limbs While the sunlight of science the eyesight bedims Like the owls should creep back in tosome old rotten tree Till dark ages return If ever th be WILL SOMEBODY HELP Hagcrtown Md Sept 07 Dear Brother Hughes I want you or any one of the made contributors to kindly compose n ll or two suitable for tho headstone of nt deceased husband who was a Freethinker and admirer of tho Blade and Its writers With best wishes MRS C W FARBER IJJL FINAL F JOURNEY TO THE CRAVE There is Always a Desire in Man for a Change But Who Can Tell What That Change Will Be The Less Wisdom the Greater the Limitation of the Mind 1 A FEW REFLECTIONS UPON AN IMPORTANT SUBJECT By Channing Severance In all ages of the world mortal man has been filled with a spirit of unrest and he has gone to both religion and philosophy to find relief from the per slstent activity of mental forces For the man with brains enough to insure vigorous and active mind there has never been rest and it can never be found until his body has been con signed to the grave or dissipated into its original elements by the firs of the crematory There Is an Intellectual craving for knowledge that can never be satls and every conceivable line of thought Is pursued with the only result that It whets tho appetite for more No matter what non does there Is over and always a desire within him for change and excitement and the monotony of life drives him to excesses in various ways as he strives to escape satiety discontent and unrest He rides first one hobby and then another and jumps from this thing to thatwoalways seeking by so doing to reach- a stall of satisfaction and content meat but he was not born to find or be contented as well might the upon the tree expect to reo main motionless when the wind led blows as for the mortal man tq an tlclpate a time when his mind will not ueina stag oC unsaUsnidVac tlvlty because of his environments and their Influence thereon His life Is always full of doubt aim certain It and trouble of some kin is ever present and yet the magi Isprojected into the future to id more and increase his torments He lives at all times more in the past or in the future than the present and with hope and anticipation ways In alternation with doubt and despair he plods his weary way to in the final end of all mankind This has ever been tho experience of our species and reasoning from what has been and what now is there is no room to suppose it will ever b otherwise From the earliest records left us in the remote past we find that our predecessors on the journey of life have found existence unsat itantiquitythese My soul is weary of life will speak In tho bitterness of my soul Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble Joryears ago and Buddh- urns driven Into the solitude of th wilderness by his thoughts and th effort to change them To obtai pence of mind he attempted to kill natural desires and In proportion as suppressed them he claimed h found peace and tranqulllty 0inature for desires are stubborn things and doe ly implanted in mans being Exfs ence under such conditions can clot little improvement and yet man preacheland the jugation of the physical Hut do what ho will mss cannot es cape from his thoughts and when hitl were insured P B Randolph affirmed It his inability to suspend theaction of drugttSa Solomon the eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the car filled with hearing and again I have seen all tho works that are done under tho sun and all is vanity and vexation of spirit This is the testimony of a wise and wealthy man after the greater part of his life had been spent It was not tho hasty conclu jlslon of Inexperience and early m hood but of old age when opinl have value He further alnico ed that In much wisdom Is much grief and ho that increaseth knowledge In j creaseth sorrow This is a remark 1 able statement to make but Is uIi doubtedly true The less wisdom one 1oChow bliss and ignorance have a nat kaUlesllfmanrfaction and sorrow for when themrealities of life are seen and distinct from its delusions and illusions we are disenchanted inimany ways and begin to know many pleasant beliefs are baseless and we exist in a world full of doubt uncertainty and insecurity The man who thinks and acquires knowledge will find himself separated from much that has hitherto given him pleasure for in youth ho had many golden dreams and Joyful an ticipations that years of accumulated knowledge never failed to dissipate and destroy The world has produced few men that equaled In wis dom and knowledge the great Vol tai re and yet his words were these near the close of lifer I have con sumed about 40 years of my pilgrim In two or three corners of the t rld seeking the philosophers stone called truth I have consulted all tho depts of antiquity x x x x and still remain In Ignorance After the assertions of the most ancient philosophers which I have approach as nearly as possible what re mains to us I A chaos of doubts arid shaBasSWPfci r CAll the wisdom that mortal man i has or can acquire seems to increase his doubts and fill him with this conibeyonddsenses he is forever limited In his investi gatlons It is true ho has sent his Imagination back of phenomena and i constructed pleasing beliefs and In 1fthem has thisgets active and disturbs these faithsxthe unseen doubts and chimeras ffindphenomena is a possibility to minds that rise above mediocrity or possess eeat activity It Is only sluggards iparadisehypnotised and lulled into abnormal howtacquiredsor the limitation of his faculties and acquirements Selfsatisfaction are attributes of the Ignorant mind of the thoughtless and the credulous stultifiedawhicheprevert nat generallyn mind mayfindeeligious beliefs are only another re r suIt Religious people are not think ers they are believers and tnlbtrncl4slief they still the of withtormprin alcoholtdn property of matter it affected by matter and not atrace or nation exists as far as we doesalng products of Niiiure The history of humanity cannot bo separated from religious delusions and priesthoodicommon herd with religious narcotics they were drunken with wine and holding their own spirits of unrest in qulesence by tho best the earth could produce In the way of food and drink alwaysbeenrelief from satiety and ennui and tho pot bellies and rublcond features of lthoo gentlemen today reveal the ISfact they are no strangers to the good things of the table and the va rlous brands of lire water that make Continued on Page l 1 Vt I r BLUE GRASS BLADE ssar Pounded 1884 and edited by Charle Chilton Moore up his death February f 1906 TAMES E HUGHES EJltor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall ostpaid ytnr in advance Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month Ml ornlKn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear SLAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Kyus tliU will facilitate collection ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac cepted will be published at the rate of 100 per Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon applica tlon The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinue- at the expiration of the term for which the scrlptlon has been paid up in advance T address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent it asked for upon rene al in case of discontinuance SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER ctia gu Ms or her tiddrew tswill- llcbe old and new aim eentgtbathe the Blade new address all desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at 12612 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hear welcome THE BLADE it entered at the 1ostoflice at evint Kentucky as second class mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUIICATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky 0 Happy thoughts r s r Let the sunshine in r r Stand for intellectual freedom- S Nature intended that every man should work r Frecthought is the essence of human happiness r In this old world it is only character that counts r r As a soft answer turneth away wrath so will a smile brighten the day it l All religious beliefs emanate from perversion of the human intellect a r ratai i i1hc man who invented hell and taught it as a f r ar for place of human punishment was tfiend in human r f yeIwere getting some more subscribers and we have to look to you for them r r r The inconsistency of Christianity is demon strated in the recent arrest of the Zionists for following New Testament teaching S There is not a Christian denomination on earth that is really and truly free from the taint of having demanded and exacted blood money S r r I dont want anything to do with religion that makes me humbleif religion dont make a fellow hold up both his head and tail high in the air and- t look the world squarely in the face without squint then it is not worth paying a preacher toiii tell you about it National KipSaw It is a gospel of love on Sunday and a gospel of grab on Jlouday that characterizes the religio world America today Long prayers and sit weights make business wetter and many a deacon will sell live anti ten cent cigars out of the same religionrThe power and influence of Ii modern preacher are estimated by his ability to rake in the cash andI Uhristialmighty would attend to making his own collec Lions and keeping his own accounts r r There is considerable room for improvement in ol the Lnnstiau sects but among the greatestt IJUlUJ times was to remove infant damnation a religion of infinite love The next step will be to take away the infinite love and soundcom mon sense will do the rest 5N5i Politics is said to make strange bedfellows b there has never been a day in all history when could bring together a more heterogeuuous dtglomeration than the Christian religion u Auuysiuma and America are far removed b yet how near in Christ S r r i of governmentGod esc twins and the latter would be no less complusory than its companion only it is more timid now than i it was in the past The church bell still peals itsinpraises to Goer for having a pull with the govern meat r r r GOD AND THE CZAR The Russian autocracy while denying the peo the right of self government seem to be using its subsidized organs to attempt to an influence upon them that they may ue stiiHlept in bondage if1 f jt y Iud willingly too through n promiscuous use ofl the name ol God What the rulers ask for now is a truce of God but in reality they use the word to signif themselves There is no God in Russia beyond the Czar and his official family If the people only worship him he is content and God can take chances on what is left A truce of God literally means a truce of the Czar ntutn readiness to gratefully accept whatever he may be inclined to bestow To accept him and his government is the one end to be sought When that is done then will be a truce with God and not till The chaos of famine and crime in which the country is plunged defies description In the period from the Russian New Year to the middle of March there were in St Petersburg clone eighty eight murders mostly committed in broad day light The St Petersburg newspapers report Prot every part of the provinces a ghastly tale of as sassination multilation and robbery From a single number of the Novoye Vremya the following are typical items A bomb thrown at the commandment of the fortress of Sebastopol the titho0 c of the director of the gymnasium Prince Argen tinski Dolgorukofl no one being wounded tl second bomb tore away both hands of the work man Shmotshkoff In the southeastern provinces hunger and disease are wasting the people and where peasants are not burning down their huts for fuel starving animals cat the thatch for food Is it for Mr Stol to to nIl iityfaunaae n f probably reply that there can be no truce of God if it means even the temporary acceptance of the Czars Government iINFLUENCE OF PRESS AND STAGE ON RELIGIOUS THOUGHT One of the strongest evidences that could be adduced as proving the growing public contem for things religious once held as sacred and to be Otheto caricature Christianity and its institutions Fifty years ago even in America such a prates d ing would have not been tolerated but in the days it is devoured with a relish and the putro n age accorded to those engaged in the undertaking evinces the temper of public opinion on this subject An observance of the cheap plays that abound on the American stage will be enough to convince one that in nine cases out of ten where a preacher is presented as one of the characters he is usually depicted as a canting yhining hyprocrite designing and villianous hrinjjng reproach and contempt It is seldom in this cl of ploys that a preacher is assigned an ennolrl and elevating part to play Even turning to plays of a higher caste religion is made a bywordand reproach In no less a play than the Little Min ister the hypocrisy and cant of the followers the cross are given ample demonstration and the finale the Little Minister throws religion the dogs and embarks upon the sea of happy matrimony Even in The Christian IIthe happy matrimony Even in The Christian the only hero worthy of mention is the big noble hearted pagan while the character about which the ploy assembles willingly stands by while the woman he pretends to love is being cast into a den of wild beasts permitting a savage brute to goaits best the cause of Christianity gains nothing by comparison of representation and here we discover the secret of the churchs serious op sition to the theater take up a modern daily newspaper of any artstanding in the country it would be almost impossible to complete a pcrsual of its pages with coming across a record of the rascality ofso modern orthodox preacher Joining in the affinity craze we read on recent date ere preachers have been horsewhipped out of gi communities and their affinities put behind prison burs Such action was not altogether commendable for the preacher ought to have be locked up with the affinity Stories of elopi preachers of preachers who abandon wives and children are too common to be commented upon yet they all go to prove the general trend of the public and the public press in their attitude towards Christianity in particular andreligion in general Only recently in glancing over the comic supplement ofa doily newspaper of note we observed a series of cartoons depicting an inquisitive cl puzzliutSanditanent ark The p teacher was caricatured as being completely de retruteat to study the Bible in order to be able to meet the boys questions The cartoons gave the questions asked and in their very nature they were as antagonistic to the Christian religion as anything that could possibly be printed in the Blade As a general rule the modern newspaper the publication of a feature story for its Sun issue that shall deal with some interesting phase of religious belief or disbelief The latter phase of thought is not exempt nor is it treated with tl degree of hostility so common a few years n orPthe Christian religion is held up to ridicule whole tendency is to show an utter disregard religious or theological questions and there is no Ss apparent dread of public indignation or fear ofl religious persecution for sodolUlfGelllral1 speaking the newspapers will the public demand most Managing editors genet ally kwon what the public want and they arc ever striving to give it to them Once let it be known to the newspapers that the public do not like a certain publication nod it is instantly stop pod The continuation of this wholesale carica turing of religion is testimony to the effect that the public likes it und is willing to pay for it Once in a great while as if to ease the minds of the sainted sheep in the fold of the Lord an ar title is given with the reverse object in view but these are few and far between and the suggestion is trite that they are used as a kind of a bait to encourage the believers to read Through it all the drift of modern thought can 1be perceived Prom stage and press the Chris tian religion is being assailed These factors fire now taking up the fight against intellectual tyranny and in a way that is most convincing They are getting in a good wrok without the Chris tian fanatics being actually aware of what is going on In the end religion will go the way of all flesh tcTHE DOOM OF THE CHURCH United Press Telegram Home Sept 201he Vatication is cordoned by troops ordered out by the authorities to guard against a mob Au attack is feared as an incident to a celebration of the anniversary of the Italian armys en trance to Rome Conditions are so ominous today that the guard has been strengthened It is feared that anticlerical riots so serious through out Italy of late will be repeated in Rome on a still larger scale during the celebration excitement The foregoing press telegram which appeared in Scpotembcr ofItalychorePlavert a tragedy of the most serious character ne of the most potent statements made is that authoritiesdeemed isseno people and that itgto reHgiousVaticandcservcs autocracyino government can VaticunJfirstconsiderationsi s are opposacombinu elementofs itatinfluencelovera force existing within its jurisdiction The gov ernment of Italy recognizes this fact Still it woulabutis perfectlybehindFromis doomed It may not be destroyed by and the Blade hopes not iii any event The forcePor years the tiYAmerican diocese contributes to that fund more ItalyNorurope alone for in America we find Catholic journals that Cathoyento among the most loyal the church can boast By byonits broughtng a soon be curried out prnetieulthinkinggrown tired of theological nostrums and that in stridetlleIInetcmalSPIRITUALITYng previouslyoar an England recently elected president of the society iutcrviblewhich rocsiras tolUaterialismof thought in that time I now believe in spi materialismwhich I3esof81111goly he aavocichate or wo tifortat ug arguments in favor of materialism than 1ItnJ ijjJutum Hesant at the time of hot association with Charles iradlaugh and other Freethought lenders in En gland In all her writings in her platform speeches and debates she was n leader in mater alism which is certainly a vast differcneco fromIsimply being inclined towards it whether inclination be mild or strong Wo cannot believe that Mrs Besant is trying to deceive That is not tryingin order to carry favor her new asso ciates That is also foreign to her nature None has done more or suffered more Freethoughtinwe can only surmjse that the reporter writing th nterview simply constructed it to suit himself rather than give a literal report ofwhat Mrs iesant said In one thing if Mrs Besant be correctly quoted we are compelled to take issue with her l She is reported with having snidwHh age and the advancement of thought She now believes in spirituality We cannot believe that tits Besant would be guilty of offering such a cheap and trivial argument in support of her new enlist ofherthe seventieth milestone of life and it is an admitted and recognized feet that her intellect is not so bright or vigorous as it was thirty years ago Mrs Besant might have said with greater truth that with her advanced age her intellect had de clined to such an extent that she could so readily iced easily abandon the firm solid ground of mater theosophytvitusouls No sane person with any degree of intelli genes can believe in such arrant nonsense save in such cases where early education has been the controlling factor Mirs Bcsaut s education was ofCbristillnity strangenversion11the most charitable view the Blade can take herdotugcalongtIwbackward She has given up her Freethought for a soferocious abletocised For her that day has gone She may find mlore flowers along the path but hex glory is dimmed forever in the mists of an arrant supersti lion LW1AT A CHANGE WAS WROUGHT 1 theclcrwearningedthrive upon anothers industry and thrift The collection plate no longer holds out alluring inducements The French clergy having been stricken meats The office of parish priest does not offer clergytfallenletfightugainstthcBenedictinemonastic friars but this wits largely with a view suchaenearlyemen and tentmakers doctors and the like If the recorded life of Christ be true he never took up a Hislifeand careers of the preachers of our day Could other nations be induced to follow the French ex thebeAccording to French reports the deposed clergy importarltparishesby their own hands and have gone into various callings Some have gone into beekeeping and make a living by the sale of honey Others have brcedingofto keep the wolf from the door The making of preserves from fruit of their own cultivation news otheravenucsex willenjojengaged in earning air honest living something they hud never been known to have tone before priestwiillpriests will naturally incline toward being better sympathiesg onthetheeattautritMONEYantThe religious annsuguinsthy the latter accountofalIIelllSpay own way religlOUS Colretruckling variety of It publication that the independent publication can afford to stand at a distance and watch the result tf the conflict Too many publications exercise little care ort thought concerning the character of the advertising they carry Too many publications think more of the few dollars it will bring than the pub lie good they can accomplish No greater curse has ever been inflicted upon a suffering people no greater fraud practiced upon an unsuspecting people than many of the patent medicine adver tiscmonts carried by some of the greatest journals in America Decoctions that can be manufactured for 3 cents per gallon are extolled and lauded until their sale can be affected at one dollar a pint Their curative qualities are down to zero but all the patient has to do is to read the advcrtisemen1 and the testimonials offered and the cure ef fected It is no secret that the religious publications of the country have fallen all over each other in an effort to get their class of advertising Sexual jdifficulties arc exploited in their columns and thej announced with brazen effrontery when the and business manager both know that it Ieditor fraud of the first water This cut no the religious world It was the dollars that counted and so long as the balance could he shown on the credit side of the ledger it was worthy of toleration for was not the mousy spent in the service of the Lord And yet these same jour mils would howl from the housetops about taint ed money old print columns of slush vomited by the preachers of their denomination on the subject Search the world in vain to find a specie or worse tainted money than that taken1 by these religious journals for the publication of such advertising matter Nor is Colliers altogether out of the woods It too has gladly accepted this tainted money and its present crusade comes with bad grace Because of its assults adopted by these papers and it will be accepted better from that source by some peo ple than if the Frcethoupht papers had under taken the tusk THE DEAD LINE IS DRAWN At lust the day has dawned when America the landof the free and the home of the brave has practically drawn a dead line against those who do not agree with the accepted order of things and it seems reasonably and morally certain that Emma Goldman the female leader of the American anarchistic groups will never set her foot on Amer ican soil again In fact serious doubts are en tertained if she can ever get past the statute of Liberty and will be made n political exile because of her personal opinions and the doctrines she enunciates concerning the powers that be IiThefacts are that some time ago Emma Goldman set sail for Holland and she had been preaching anarchy abroad Taking advantage of her absence the capitalistic press of the nation started an hgi tation to the effect that the undesirable imigrant law should be invoked against her should she at tempt to return and from all indications it looks as if such will be the case While the Blade does not approve of the doc trines taught by Emma Goldman nor can it advo cate physical violence as a means of establishing any systeirt of politics or society yet it can see in this move against her the entering wedge whereby the rights and liberties of every or any citizen of the country forever it can be successfully used to foreverjor social leader whoes views do not harmonize with the existing governmtn and in this comes the dan ger from setting in motion a law that carries such- an element of force and drastic effect According to recent press reports two grounds are to be urged upon which Emma Goldman shall be denied admission to the United States when she attempts to return These are as alleged that she is an avowed anarchist and an adulteress under the law True her marriages have not been contracted in strict accord with the orthodox plan religious or political and as a rule she leas indulged in a promiscuous mating whenever fancy led but other and greater women have done the same thing and did not hesitate to set the customs of society at defiance Adultery is made dependent upon the nation in which you live and upon the person at tempting to define it If adultery was an offense that should debar persons from citizenship and strictly enforced the United States would be prae tically depopulated of its men and a large moiety of its women Of course this would all depend upon how the subject was viewed and construed In regard to the other count that of anarchy it will be recalled that it was an epitht applied to William J Bryan and his supporters during the election campaign of 1896 and if true then it must be true now so to strictly enforce that rule would menu that William J Bryan and the six millions or more who voted for him are undesirable citizens True anarchy in the abstract that is militant anarchy is unsuited to the American continent It is a radical fallacy that should be rigidly guard ed against Many people really believe that it was through the influence of Emma Goldman that Czolgosz murdered President McKinley and the bulkof the American people so believing have never forgiven either o f them for the crime That our readers may know just what a portion of the American press think of the situation the following was taken from the editorial column of the New York Morning Tele graph a racing guide and theatrical organ which will bo found to fairly represent the opinions of the class to which it caters It says Acting upon the advice offered by The Slorning Telegraph while Emma Goldman was mouthing her l t 1i ati incendiary doctrines at Amsterdam the authorities of his country will subject her to a rigid inquiry ifs o ever attempt to get past the Statue of Liberty again No more undesirable person ever sought asylum here With no conception of the American system much less knowledge concerning our scheme of government she is a firebrand whose petticoat has kept her out of jail where some of her dupes have paid an extreme penalty There is a good reason to believe that President McKinley would not have been assassinated if Emma Goldman had carried her propaganda with less recklessness She is an avowed anarchist a confessed adultrcss under the lawlieu marriage having been contracted according to the anarchist riteand she is not a citizen Neither anarchist nor immoral women are per mitted to land which makes the deportation of the red prophetess a simple matter of official routine Herkman her companion is in the same boat In addition to which he is an exconvict Both should bo sent back we want none of them over lucre WE HOPE TO CATCH UP The London Freethinker in a brief paragraph directs our attention to the fact that it does not receive the Blade with regularity We regret that fact just as much as our esteemed and valued En glish contemporary could possibly do but we have our office troubles which the outside world do not understand We have great hopes however of being able to catch up with the date during the present month and it will then be issued more regularly The Freethinker is the most up to date Freethought paper in the world LOADED FOR BEAR An Original Poem By L SI Lawrence Mr Hughes you nay put these lines on the press Unless you deem them to be almost worthless The Blade n keen cutter I like it so well That pen cannot write it and tongue cannot tell There are many bad things in the Bible I see The damndest of all things is that salvation is free It is to cost nothing but a little hot airy ou may do as you please but dont forget prayer Believe be baptized and ye shall be saved And the penitent thief could rejoice in his day Gave a smiling approval of licentious belief nut not for a moment did he neglect to pray To substitute prayer and a dip in the fount Which they say came from Emanuels veins For pure upright conduct and noble account Leaves us covered with our guilty stains So now Sir God would it not be for the best To give up this tomfoolery and prayer And conic and live for a while with me andrest On this grand old terrestial sphere prideThatT would be a hypocritical life I would live To thus supplicate myself unto thee And now Holy Ghost did you really write that book If you did you had better let it be the end And if I have shown faults in what Ive undertook lIe who teaches me to mend them is my friend NATURE AND GOD Concerning the discussion between Herman Wcttstein and the Humanitarian Review anent the dccapitalization of Nature and the capitaliza tion of god the Blade expresses its opinion by the use of capitals in this paragraph While there is a prevailing rule in grammar to capitalize a noun yet the word god has been capitalized from mere Christian custom and not because of an adherence- to any strict grammarian rule In the Christian literature of the day whenever reference is made to god Jesus of the holy ghost either directly capitalizeSuchitalized not because it is grammatically correct but because the Christian prefers to do so as expressing the idea that god Jesus and the holy ghost are above us ordinary mortals After all it is matter of taste The word god does not sug capitalizeture is the right name to designate all that is was godtherefore justlfiable1INSCRIPTION WANTED In the Letter Box will be found a communication from Sirs Farbjcr asking for aid in the composition inscriptionwho lived and died a Freethinker The Blade ta made an effort to compose such a line which given in the Chats with correspondents but there be any Freethinker in the land who can 1m prove upon it both the Blade and Sirs Farber openia titude of counsel wisdom nay be found Dont be afraid to try 1 iSpftyT BI BP FIVE PI LLARSit OF CHRISTIANITY Alleged Birth of Christ as Recorded In the Bible Is Opposed to Nat ural Law and Is Therefore Physically Impossible a There Can be no Coition Between Doves and Women By Judge Parish Let us compare Christianity with the well Known laws of nature and see the result There are certain well known laws of nature which all men of ordinary Intelligence tako judicial notice no proof or argument Is required to aid the mind In reaching a correct Judg ment they are laws of every days observation they have been from the remotest antiquity ever present with man and presented with so much force that no man or woman of sound mind could have escapeda their observation Of course It must here be understood that this article Is for men and women of ordinary sense and free of a these natural laws we find that coition cannot take place tween male bird or bird In form and a human female Second that no conception embryonic formation or Issue birth can take place from such supposed coition Third That front such supposed coition no child in human form can be born Fourth that a man or ing in human form once dead and buried never returns to life Fifth that nowhere in the universe does nature disclose a thinking in telligent being superior to man That the first four propositions aforesaid are fundamental principles in nature so well stabllshed that noI sane man of common sense ever calls them In question- It is the negative of these four proposition on which Christianity rests they are pillars on which the hole superstructure rests The fifth proposition the most nec essarily a part of the foundation direct stands below or at the bottom of the four pillars It is the rock foundation of the system which no one has ever been able to prove by the combined action of his senses nor has the telescope or spectro scope in their survey In the bound less space disclosed such a being neither does the microscope findI among the most minute atoms living or aNowcessful contradiction that all concep tlons wnlch negative these five propositions are necessarily false Now every one who is familiar with the Bible knows if he is capable of knowing anything that the system of Christianity rests on the negation of these five propositions the first four as the pillars the fifth as the foundation to these columns Take away any one of these and the whole superstructure falls to pelces The New Testament story as terpreted by its cleric forces theo rises that coition between a male bird dove In form and a female man which is a natural and physio ibirthand physiological impossibility That the issue was a child human form which is an impossi bility That this Issue a man died was burled and rose to life which is an strips the system of every vestige of foundation on which it rests and I here assert no man or woman of common sense and sound mind believes that any one of their church claims are true The socalled believer will here manifest surprise at this statement and say the world Is full of Chris tians who to be such must believe these things are true A little his tory to our rescue here Christianity- had its birth In the Roman empire and according to history the evil 1sect was made up of slaves beggars criminals and old women the very dregs of society The most stupid ot the unlettered these ignorant religionists as Is always the case in creased in numbers until the Roman empire loaned them a helping hand to secure them as soldiers once on the road to power force hi every conceivable form was used to add outsiders to the church In this way and by all means of deceit and fraud sthe church has managed to gather X0000000four Christianity Is an heirloom wt have It by Inheritance It is with and everywhere among us without our will thought or care It has become popular superstition at least with those who accept It as a matter courw without caring to Investl stiiiBlike manner It aids and assists the n tradesman In his business No one gives It a thot except the clergyman who Is Intensely eager for its spread for Its belief of toe many gives him his dinner his good clothes and his snelter his business is to say noth- Ing of the origin of the creed or If forced to than misstate the facts s to deceive his hearers or if igno rant himself he and his followers are stilts in the mud but with all classes of clergymen they have learned that in order to live they must modify their statements to the growing sentiments of their congregations The original source the pillars of the systems are kept out of sight as much as possible and when forced to the surface the cleric will say he dont know or the wisdom of God is past finding out or some such expression Inheritance when kept before the a eyes of the donee soon ripens Into a custom when the forms an cere monies of Christianity like anything else are practiced automatically without n thot like the circulation the blood But Christianity like j6strongweak and feeble minded children silly old women and feeble minded men It feeds on nervous excitement creature of passion belonging all most exclusively to those whose fac ultles are confined to Intuition those who glntino thot or heed Thought produces reason and reason examines and necessarily rejects all such things that go In to make up Christianity or other religion as It rejects deism for the want of proof ZOLA MADE AN EFFECT UPON SEPARATION MOVEMENT IN FRANCE BY HIS LAST BOOK AND SHOULD BE GIVEN CREDIT FOR- tIT Article Sent From the Canal Zone By A B Lacey Some incidents In Zolas life that have come to light since his death Justify the inquiry as to wether he lived up to that high standard of morality set up in his last and greatest work Truth of three books which he planned to round out his lifes work Truth was the only written but this book alone would entitle him not only to fame a writer of literature but as a The tardy but enthusiastic restitution made to Simon the persecuted school teacher as described- In Truth has been fulfilled by the complete revolution of sentiment on the part of the French people wards Dreyfus and the acts of the government In restoring him as an officer of the army and honoring those who Invited calumny in defending Hm from persecution In the face the popular outcry against him The complete discredit In which the Chur h finds Itself as told tnI Truth afr the machinations unI the part of the Church against SII mon the schml teacher have beenI exposed and repudiated has come In InfIuiIf the author who has done so much in a truly righteous cause departed somewhat from the high standard ol morality which ho as a free taughta standard of morality tar higher than what Is taught In the Bible or what Is usually practiced In connection with a socalled Chris tlan lIfea charitable Judgment be bespoken The Inference to by drawn front the disclosures referred to arose from the action of the widow in petitioning that the birth of children by another woman be legitimatized and that they be given Zolas name the widow being child less Those who Ignorantly associ ate free thought with free love and the greatest number who are ever ready to proceed on the presump tion that a free thinker deserves to be slandered and condemned on gen argujmentrality are synonymous terms and that the profession of the former Is a sine qua non to the practice otj the latter Those who however view the matter intelligently and without prejudice while not approv Ins will admit toast a member of good society In a Christian land could do worse things without for felting his standing to any great ex tent and further that worse things have been done by religious men notably preachers and excused t the ground that The spirit is strong but the Mesh Is weak Among a well ordered Hock such things on the part of one of their own body would be largely condoned and tins women in particular would blame all on the woman The magn- anlml0Au t t of the widows action however out In bold relief to a freo it will seem to be largely matter of Justice through an act witch requires a greater sacrifice on the part of his wife than she would ordinarily be expected to makea sacrifice of her pride and feelings to right wrongs which would otherwise descend on Innocent heads Of course a parallel might bo drawn tween this case and the case of raham and his wife Sarah and Sarahs handmaiden who bore a son unto Abraham with Sarahs connivance etc but this would be taking advantage of the religionists Have they not repudiated the Old Testa mend It Is true the New Testament superseded the Old but It is founded on the Old The house has been pleted and the foundations have been discarded and the true Christian faith is left suspended In their That describes the situation of the Church today it is up in the airWhy does the Churchwhile teaching that the profession of ligion adds new obligations yet ever to excuse sins committed byLown membersjudge so harshly those who do not accept its doctrines and who by Its own admissions have not the same obligations to live up to the soclaimed higher standards nor according to Its teachings could have the capacity to do so In reading editorials discussions and magazine articles touching on the conflict recently waged between Church and State In France unhap pity not receiving any liberal publications I have been struck by a lack of reference to Zolas book Truth as a factor In the creation ot the sentiment or thought bath of the secular movement This omission which I can only attribute to Ignorance of the book Inability to comprehend Its power or reluc tance to quote a book whose ideas are opposeed to those of the ortho t dox justifies the query as to whether the socalled leaders of thought on such questionsquestions most im t port ant to be rightly settledare he liberal p bllcatlons Culebrn Canal ZoneICHATS John McFarland Regarding the failure to mall you Mrs Henrys j pamphlet we confess to an oversight caused by overwork However your order is now being filled Thanks for clippings Fromnd Publishing CoWodeem ed It expedient to publish ydur letter as a good way to direct attention to the book k C H Hall Realizing the obsta cles you have to contend against we 12 better appreciate the fact that you iare doing your bestiGeo L Case Feeling tnat you mean only too well for humanity weAca-n understand your attitude towards Ji good things but the good portions are V borrowed and even they are made in furious by insisting that the whole book Is a divine literal Inspiration A Friend from Chewsvllle Md t l You will observe we have published rJ your letter In full without revealing fthe name Our reasons for so doing r are more fully expressed in our edl jtorlal column if not In this then In r later Issue It has furnished us 4 with a good text r f i fX y 1 1000 BOOK for 100 i Will mall on receipt of SIJO j BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers- Box 1tLexington Ky V j Lear Just BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers tt 73 Uxliitoo HIytlt rr I DO YOU GODIBELIEVE IN andI Review of a New Life of Goethe the Influence of Women upon Great Works Did not Believe In the Supernatural Dialogue Between Faust and Mar guerite FROM A WELL KNOWN BOOKMANS CAUSERIE By A E Fletcher There are several English blo graphics of Goethe of which the best known perhaps Is that by the late George Henry Lewis This was also once very popular In France It was translated by a Frenchman who palmed It off as an original work of his own and thus found his way Into the charmed circle of the French Academy Dr Blolschwoskys volu minous work is now recognized In Ger many as the standard life of the r Vaterlands greatest poet All Eng Jlshspeaking students of Goethe owe Mr Cooper a debt of gratitude for his admirable translation of It The present Volume deals with the most eventful period In the poets long life the years of 1788 to 1815 During that period was enacted tho great drama of the French revolution which strange to say seems not to have appealed powerfully either to emotion or his imagination problems of life and mind 1Goethes Importance to him than the of thrones and principal and powers Whore in Goethes 1Itles asks Dr Blelschowsky do find any evidences of the far reaching violent conflicts which over threw the old regime While Europ was shaking beneath the tread of Napoleons armies Goethe was put ting Into the mouth of Fault his famous answer to Margarets question Do you believe in God Faust Forbear my love Who can say truly believe in God Ask It of priest or of philosopher And the reply seems but n mockery Of him who asks Marg Then thou dost not believe Faust Misunderstand me not that best beloved Who can name Him and knowing what he says Says I believe In Him And who can Ifeel And with selfevidence to conscious wrong- Hardening his heart say I believe Him not The Allembracing Allsustaining Onq Say doth he not embrace sustain include TheedoHimselfDunds not the sky above And earth on which we are Is it not firm And over us with constant kindly t smile The Sleepless stars keep everlasting watch When thou art Lost In the consciousness of happy ness Then call It what thou wilt Happiness iheartlove God Goethe whilst In the service of the Duke of Weimar saw some fighting He once even met Napoleon but his soul was too much absorbed with eternal mysteries to be greatly af fected by the makers or history Yet he could write lovely ballads as for instance that beginning Through the forest idly As my steps I bent With a free and happy heart Singing us I went How childlike and beautiful this strong man of genius could be Ho was a man of science as well as n poetone of the few great men who have possessed the Imaginative emo r tional and ratiocinative faculties lii full vigor To this man too in a strange way says Carlyle there was given what we may call a life in the Divine Idea of the world vision of the Inward divine mystery and strangely out of his books the world rises Imaged once more as godlike the workmanship and temple of a god Illuminated all not In fierce Impure firesplendour as of Mahomet but in mild celestial radiance Carlyles efforts to make out that Goetne was a devout believer in the supernatural are a little ridiculous As Professor Boyeaen In his mirable Essays on German Llterfi ture asks how gould a devout be liever write such a passage as this from tho second part of Faust The sphere of earth Is known enough to me The view above Is barred Immutably A fool who there his blinking dlrectcth And oer the clouds of peon a placo- pxpectoth j It tolerated alj forms of belief and thought that a germ of truth was to be found in all religions but ho sot far beyond the average mans ami- tbropomophlc conception of To quote again from Professor Boy Clfy i r thin let him stand and took around him wtllf ihla world Mesas something to the capable Why needs he through eternity to wend lore he noqulroa what he can compre hand True Goethe did not es Shelley did wage wr against old beliefs He en Shelley reminds one of the Kngllsh traveller in Catholic countries who persists in standing bolt upright with his conspicuous hat on when the Htily Host is carried through the streets and all bare their heads and ninny kneel Goethe though he would intellectually have shared Shelleys view of the ceremony would Instinctively have conformed to the common custom Shelley was one of the few Englishmen of his day who thoroughly understood Goethe How noble are his translations from Faust Take for instance his sub lime Chant of the Archangels In which Raphael streaks Tho sun makes music as of old Amid the rival spheres of Heaven On its pcrdestlned circle rolled With thunder speed the Angels even Draw strength from gazing on Its glance Though none Its meaning fathom may Tho worlds umvithered countenance Is bright as at creations day Goethe has been charged with want of patriotism Germany was a con glomeration of petty principalities In his day and he had no nationality beyond the free cityrot Frankfort where he was born Why should hoto France to whom I owe so much f he asked and when twitted for not having written battle songs he confessed I am no warlike nature and have no warlike sense war songs would have been a mask which would have fitted my face ly I have composed lov songs when I loved How could II write songs of hate without hating His friend Soret met him just after tho July revolution and Goethe claimed Well what do you think ol this groat event The volcano has last come to eruption everything IltI in flames there is nb longer any tkm of debate behind closed doors Thinking that Goethe was referrin to the Revolution Soret said is ar terrible story but what was t be expected under such conditions and with such a Ministry excepl that It would have to end with the expulsion of the Royal Family Goethe stared in utmost astpnish mont We seem to misunderstand each other my dear he said after a moments pause I am not talk ing of those npoplo What Interests mo Is quite a different affair I am referring to the quarrel which lies just broken out In the Academy be tween Cuvler and Geoffrey St Hilaire which Is of tlie utmost significance to science Tho matter of the highest Importance he continued after an other pause and you can have no Idea of the feelings which the session of July 19 has aroused In me We have now in St Hilaire n mighty ally for a long time to come The best of all however Is that the synthetic treatment of nature Introduced by him In France can now no more be overthrown Tho eternal laws of the universe to Goethe were of founder interest than the vicissitudes of earthly governments One of Walter Scotts earliest literary ventures was a translation of Goethes mediaeval play Gotz and Professor Boytteen suggests It was probablY this fine dramatic effort that aroused Scotts enthusiasm for the Middle Ages nnd prompted him to write Waverlejr Novels We may therefore be indebted to Goethe for the romantio movement In English Relation With Women Much of Goethe boat work was written under feminine Influence He was handsome and splendidly built and loved and was loved by several charming women There is no evi dense however to show that ho had any Improper relations with any of them ox copt the lut Christine Vul plus whom ho took from Italy to his home In Weimar but did not lead hor to the ajtar until she had birth to a sot That his love glonII accomplished Frau von Stein purely Platonic there Is every reason to believe She was several years older than Goethe the wife of another and the mother of seven children Her marriage was not a happy one but this much must be said for her husband That he did not object to her writing letters to Goethe Curt ously enough Goethe made hor his confidante when he became fascinated with Christine and was quite aston ished because he thereby gave Frau von Stein great offence His conduct towards his first love Frederica Qrion to whom ho was engaged was hardly defensible Ho dreaded tho dea of marriage because lie thought would hinder his selfdevelopment lit tho lines of a high and tree human l ity Still am Inclined to agree with my old teacher the late Professor Blacklo who referring to Goethes love affairs wrote To Goethe the sight of any beautiful object was like delicate music to the ear of tho cunning musician ho was carried away by it and floated In Its element joyously as a swallow in the summer air or n seamew on the buoyant wave Hence tho rich story of Goethes loves with which scandal of course and prudery have made their market but which when looked Into carefully were just so much part of his genius as Faust and Iphigenia could never have been writer Let no man therefore take offence when I say roundly that Goethe way always falling in love and that consider this a great virtue In his character Had ho not done so he would not have been half the man nor the tenth part of the poet he was It Is to Goethes credit that he tenderly cared for Christine although she Inherited a taste for strong drink He was all the more faithful to her because he felt that she needed his forbearance When she died In he was deeply affected and mourned for her with- a largehearted sorrow Ho survived her sixteen years and died at the ripe age of eightyfour Few men GAL FOURTEEN BLADEi have bequeathed to tine world a larger heritage of Immortal song RELIUION a3ud 1sgl moat pm quo ent homogeneityto a coherent her terogeneity It follows that we are retracing the course of religious development so long as the proportion ate homogeneity and Its incoherence are on the Increase Tho end of this retracing cannot have been reached long as thp object of worship Is an sinceeboth Imply a prior quaintance with and probobly a wor ship of the concrete It should seem therefore that the Initial object of worship must have been concrete Neither could it have been tine same Identical concrete object that first Induced religion in each primitive man since a conscious relation of he obgotultiomate of religious Incoherence reached only when the indulgence o rellgipus sentiments is that df each man in a state of absolute lreligious IcolationI Among all the historically known concrete objects of religious yever once only when one will admit of the hypothesis that all the conditions of its religious adoration were present In and for every man and with him wherever he Is on every part of the earth at the age of religious awaken lag either indlvlduallly or racially considered and at every other time as well That one object Is the sex ual mechanism Only in the primal sexworship of racial adolescence when every man finds a part of him self to be the source of every relig ious essence and the oBject of his religious sentiments can we find that ultimate Incoherence and homogen city which the law of evoultlon con ditions as existing at the time of re ligious Indication By this test we again reach the conclusion that sex worship must have been the first of all religions The religious homogeneity which tho law of evolution postulates as tho condition of the primal deviation from the nonreligious demands that If sex is the generant of religion and this came about as an unavoidable consequence of the conditions of cial adolescence that then all peo ples where religion has come Into being must have had some form of sexworship at and near their relig ious beginnings This means that at the times of its Indication a religion with a distinctive sexual foundation must have been geographically versal over the portions of tho globe Inhabitated by native religious hu mans That phallic worship was thus geographically universal Is the testi stony of every serious student of this cultSays Richard Payne Knight Those who wish to know how gen erally tine symbol of the phallus and the religion which It represented onto prevailed will consult tine great elaborate work of Mr DHancarvllle who with infinite learning and In genuity has traced its progress over the whole world Another student of the subject adds this testimony Of tho exten sive provalance of this worship of tho human organs of generation we have ample evidence It occurs In Egypt with diety Khom In India with Siva in Assyria with Vul in Greece with Pan and Prlapus In the Scandinavian and Teutonic nations with Frlcco in Spain with Hortanes It has been found In different parts of the American continent In Mexico In Peru and Haytl In both these latter places numerous phalli model led in clay have been discovered and 1 i tho Islands of the Pacific Ocenn on festive occasions a iihnllus highly envtmentod celled by the natives TMBB Is carried In the procession Clifford Howard another student of this state developImen the ancient Egyptians Assyrians Hindoos Greeks and Homans proof of the existence of this form of ligion Is to be found In every part of the earth inhabited by man Persia India Ceylon China Japan Durmah Java Arabia Syria Asia Minor kgyit Ethiopia Europe and the Brit ish Isles together with Mexico tral America Peru mId various other portions of the western Hemisphere all yield abundant evidence in support of the universality of phallic worship as a primitive form of re ligion sad of the common origin of theological creeds These facts again confirm our form er conclusion that sexworship is the primal religion from which nil others have evolved We must further verity our clusion by determining whether tho sequence of events Implied In It responds with the natural order otherwise determined In other words can wo verify the Implication that emotional religion preceded the rational form In the course of evo lution the emotional life preceds that of conscious reason Affinity and aversion feelings of pleasure and action upon the evlronment long be fore they were the basis of conscious ratiocination It is not thinkable that in Its specialization as to religion this order of events should be versed and rational religion antedate and develop the emotional To be continued FINAL Continued from first page glad the heart of God and man ae scriptures doth say Words for the people wine for the priest and unto this flay that Is the rule so In Bacchus the god of wino they find their consolation for the ills and tine troubles of life while the people arc admonished to reflect on JchoVa and to find contentment In the words and the promises they put In his mouth In all antiquity tho priest and the wine cup have been inseparable and this fact proves that while religion may quiet and console the minds oi tae masses It does not and cannot In their cases accomplish that result Being higher In scale of In tellectual development their minds are more active and are not appeas ed with the words and the thoughts they feed to the dull and the stupid Jlquldjoyssounds and never do these leaders of the dear people descend to and live in the conditions they desire to hold and keep them In Preaching and practice never walked hand In hand so to speak and the would be regulators of other peoples thoughts and actions not only want liberty themselves but take It The Crimes of Preachers has now be come a very fat pamphlet and it is doitngsWhileshowering unlimited counsel and ad vice upon others as to lifes duties and the correct way to live they are Just as much in love with so called sinful pleasures of existence as any other class of mortals and the man is something of a church tododgehat there is not much difference In human nature 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