You have found an item located in the Kentuckiana Digital Library.
Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.): n. Sunday, October 20, 1907. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.). 400dpi TIFF G4 page images Blade Publishing Co., Lexington, KY 1907 blu1907102001 These pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.): n. Sunday, October 20, 1907. Blue-grass blade (Lexington, Ky.). Blade Publishing Co., Lexington, KY 1907 $IMLS This electronic text file was created by Optical Character Recognitio n (OCR). No corrections have been made to the OCR-ed text and no editing has be en done to the content of the original document. Encoding has been done through an automated process using the recommendations for Level 1 of the TEI in Librar ies Guidelines. Digital page images are linked to the text file. Jl ln r e r I r TTI BLIlI GRASS BLADEWE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH Published Weeklyl50 per Year in advance xVIrl9b 20 1907VOLUME rkar LEXINGTON KY OCTOBER dsylbr 8ai ICAREFULLY CONCOCTED CLUMSILY ISTRUCTED Such is the Judgment Pronol ed Upon all if Systems of Religious Belief y an Educated t Jew Who Takes Dr finger to jicismsrBy Joseph Silvcrnmn The most active supporters of thu Freethought movement are to be foui d Aamong the educated Jews It Is as a Jew that I pen the Inclost comment upon an article from the IIn of Dr Isidor Singer of New York pill lishcd in the Sun who undertakes n beeallFleimay a suggestion that we first clean ollr own house hut failure to do so won not prevent an insight into the unclean liness of other houses Dr Singer has no thought or consid k oration for orthodox Christianity He r knows that it Is false in conception and theory He knows that it is a failun In moral practlcp and a clog to Intellectual thought As education inculato progress nail development so the edu cated Jew in preparing his mind te grapple with Christianity theology lies found his own theology to bo equally at fault and as a result he rejects I tthem both In spite of his railing the Jews Dr Singer gives utterance to some well known truths On the whole he is a liberal minded man and the following ixtract will be found of r interest Among other things he says t Kippurhavingpower to call back for two or three days the lost sons of Israel into the precincts of tho nynagog the latter will again for an entire year resound with lamenting pulpit comments on Isa f V 3 The ox knoweth his owner and tho ass his masters crib but Israel dont sex and sad reflections on Lam 4 The ways of Zion do mourn because none come to the solemn feasts all her gates are desolate her priests sigh etc Well would not their modern successors the rabbis do better per haps to sigh less and think more and most of all to havothe necessary self abnegation anti the courage to throw up their fat jobs in order as independent f men to proclaim their religious or rath his er irreligious convictions throughout the land Have we a right to sneer at Rome at its retrograde theological col of leges at its chapels dogmatics and he scholastic philsosophy ns long as we progressive Jews ourselves tolerate in er the metropolis of American democracy the ludicrous anomaly of socalled or thodox rabbinical seminary the majority of those tru tees are Freethinker the greater part of whose teachers are agnostics and the almost tataliy of whose pupils are scoffing and apathetic skepticsas long as we persist in crim inal inertia iltho most of us know that i the natural consequence or the unit tt ural condition of the American syni gog is tho Iud spectacle offered by a 4great part of its ministry condemned ti ilk and act against their Letter knowledge forced by unhappy conea tentation of circumstances to play among the East Earopean immigrants- of recent date the role of cringing Jew ish monks among the swell native horn Jews the part of the French abbes of tho prcrevolntionary epoch while the center of tho rabbinical stage is occu pied by unfortunate elderly men con strained to assume the character of the EstJesuit swinging from right to left or vice versa according to the religious vibrations in tho body of tho board of festivals indicated are a part of the Jewish ritual and are based Intho their New Year Their charmed pow to call back even for such a brief per iod is to be found in the fact that it ia r an occasion when the Jewish people can meeteach other in a social intercourse y just as tho Christmas festival in till peoIonce In suggesting that religious doctrines aro taught according to the religious vibrations in the body of the board of trustees Dr Singer tells a truth that is painful because of the hypocrisy un f denying it Every man who t for a salary prostitutes hU mind and Intellect to the governing authority of his church As a rule tho orthodox Jew r does not believe in a divine revelation from Sinai ho docs not believe that one word of Pentatench was writreisp ten by Most ho rejects the national elements In lalsm as obsolete par phernalin ni s these constitute the foundations Iwhich Christianity is built that becomes meaningless to allCloser0 similar defecJn Judaism and to fol low the Inqul to Its finality wo come to the one hal conclusion that all xX Cllgloua fait were born In Igno rtiance and li I been nourished in a carefully con feted yet clumsily con structed supe turallsm REHGIQN H a Its Inception m in an Ignorant Wor 51of Sex trtt The Folio wing Jls Reproduced by Re quest from tie Alienist and Neu rologist ajScientific journal H St Louis Publishlin Continued rout Last Week t By ThciH ro Schroeder The spontamc us unreflecting Ings b of joy and error which are dis played by even over animals In the presence of certain natural and mys ff terious phenomena Is a fundamental fact of religion and the first mys H arise Into consciousness wouldb s that connected with H tiWhensin course of evolution man aunuuiqu u a yc oun allty analogous to but more exalted than his own the sentiment he ex toward It and his Instinc tlve grophWln quest of an agreeable relation with that mysterious being constituted his religion Conscious q reasoning was not Invoked until long IJ after When man has become self conscious and capable of Introspec tion and when he seeks to explain H emotions and his relation to their H supposed source he first begins scious reasoning as to any phase his religion Not until then can seek for the establishment of any Ideal relation with a mysterious high power Thus science and philos ophy are but the rationalizer expur gations of religion What Is still un explained Is the only exclusive prop s erty of the church As we can draw no exact lute be tween health and disease so neither san we draw such between the unre lIglous and religious stages of evolu because they gradually shade to each othe The infant in its er He automat tally responding to an agreeable st mulus when Its mother approaches tretches forth Its arm Imploringly ith the attitude of mind that would ropltlate long before It lies taken 1 asonlng either as to its the character of Its man In obedience to automatically seek an rClationtolr the mysterious at first without adjustment himself Is religion long before he expended any consclpus effort toward the so lution of the mystery the con tern Illation of his object of adoration his God Therefor we must conclude tit atill conception of divinity did not en 1rgender r sentiment but rather thai tho presence of myste rious enio tons brought man to lIeve In tlio existence of gods and subsequent In explanation of his emotional states to reason as the dl vine natuJo The truth Is that In the belch iyslcal and religious sphere articulate reasons are cogent for us only whcl our Inarticulate feelings of realltf have already been Im pressed tl favor of the santo con elusion le5No ma tel how wo define religion Us emotional states long preceded the efforll at rational explanation for their e stenco and relations ligious eluotlonallsm preceded ration al rollglin and this again is as must be If religion had Its beginning In sex ecstacy Among all the objects of religious worship only the phallus can supply all tho conditions necessary for a subjective emotional igion such as much always precede a reasoned view of mans relation tb his physical environment such as could Induce the worship of any por tion of It In the return from the zeal of In tolerance back to rationality hos pitality Is extended to differences of opinion as to economics science government etc The last two fort of bigotry are the belief fnl existence and sexual ethics Even with persons In whom all semblance tf religious doctrine or servance is dissipated and an unlimited hospitality for Intellectual ferences Is allowed upon practically questions the last remnant of big will be certain to be an Intoler Every effort at compulsory sexual found warrant Every known sexual perversion lustmurderuII by society Every toward tentatious found justification those small with whom worship duty those creatures badges which unceasingly Were unseduclble we t4 DEFAMATORY LIE INGERSOLL TO THE CROSS HMinisterial Mountebank is to be a Cowardlyrf and Ignorant Defamer by the Records Sent from War Department XXfJames Editor and Publisher of Blue i Blade Lexington Ky My Dear Sir rfSome four weeks ago a tent meeting of the ilfethodist persuasion was held sonic ten clays ot rtso sad the opening sermon was by the rr minister on this his subject being infi delity After calling the that was low X and he madethe sweeping declaration that Col 11 G Ingersoll was a deserter I it watt h- H n when I heard what lie had said but to be sure I was I wrote the of for HIt history of the Colonels war he referred to the AdjutantOeneral of which Xthefollowing is b ffEPUOffiipK S eicicesf the late Colonel X HHobert G Ingersoll as it app irs from thIo records Jr X tl office Joined for service and wn enrolled Colonel h lofthe 11th Regiment Cavalry September 16th 1861 Commissioned Colonel on 20th 1861 rank from October 22nct 1861fon June 30th 1863fpkSigned Assistant AdJ X jutantGeneral Illinois Tints showing that the minister or else willfully told what was not soHgive us what other information yowl paper that you may see fit and oblige Yours respectfully pYL Mason H ir A NSN ance for differences of opinion as to sex ethics It is a significant feature that the only relation not of ne developedathrough religious theories and which Is accredited sacred or spiritual Is the relation of men and women Even the scientific religionist who where else can still a spiritual significance sacramental character In marriage If our theory Is correct we should find It so All frenzy of fanaticism would then be a mere religious ele nient In tho passional of phy slcal organism Since It the of devolution that the last acquired functions are the first to disappear It follows from the fact that sexsU the most persistent of all iIn that It Is the source oft superstitions racially speaking religion had Its origin In a misinterpretation of an unidentified It would seem to follow that some of this es senco must be still present as one the elements In the dividual experiences of the religious That Is true as also Is this that Is consplcu ously true of all great religious en thuslasm Is In the lessor degree true of all distinctively religious expo fence What are the facts In this respect Many years devoted to the hlstor Ical study of religious revivals env thuslasms and abnormltes leads te to this conclusion Every Intense and widespread religious revival hast produced Increased sexual Irregular Ity concrete tho es tablishment of excesses either of repression or diligence has Its In religion and Its beginnings amid rev IIglous excitement type of from sad 1st and downhas been credited with the endorsement of sumo god and advocated and practiced some religious organized effort sexuality has Its In religion Here I have In mind numerous sects such as the Adamites parade or nudity was es teelned a to God and other anomalous who go about wearing or uniforms and ostentatiously advertise their chastity persons to announce through news papers thler virginity L l UPON NAILED t t Proven Illinois B Hughes Grass H delivered circuit infHcls nil bad know lie right to governor Illinois record t the inquiry whathe JailiSj fiof as Illinoi h December to Frank S Dickson iosted inPlease valuable X i i i bS Interhuman discover pad the centers Is law perstltlon Is superstitions If sexecstacy of unrecognized In enthusiastic whatever In would believe them sexually insane When the same end Is accomplished I by conventional monastic methods of giving publicity to the same boost we think nothing of It only because ahim have become accustomed to It From the time of the prehistoric I sexworship of primitive peoples to this very hour the desire to regulate other peoples sexual affairs has been the most zealously pursued of all the ambitions of religious societies If then this mad overvaluation of the divinity sacredness spiritually or sinfulness of sex Is a universal concomitant of the frenzy of religious fanaticism It would seem to follow that there must be a good deal of un differentiated sensuality In all rellg ious enthusiasm of lesser degree and this again confirms the conclusion so far as religion Is still a personal experience an emotion Instead of cold and passionless science to the extent that It Is n matter of love as is often proclaimed it Is again of erotic origin Once realizing fully that mans igion found its origin and warrant within himself and that of necessity the evolutionary modifications Impelled by similar environing condi tlons It follows that these facts IIIdid explain the similarity of tho product on various parts of the earth This Involves a reversal of our method of studying the migrations of man Owing Jo the myths about tho creation It was once thought sary to explain all similarity whether religious or otherwise as the Continued on Page 4 MEET WITH A FROSTAT HEAVENS GATE Experience of a Contributor Who Had a flethodist Vision and Found an Amazon Band on Guard to Prevent the Sanc tified from Swiping the Pearls and Gold at the Gates By Join F Clark in Say Jim have lied a vision not to a real one but as real as I thought that joined the j las ists nail lived right and died I When I got to the Pearly Gate an a frost full on for n regiii Guardian Angels were guard gates to prevent the pearls being viped rare from the gates All the pearls been and transferred to helmets of the inged soldiers livery angel had a ow ring sword with bejeweled hilt whit ed that all loot is fair in war After had been in Ikaven vltalf the hour I expressed a desire to my respect to Jesus II One antiquated Wosleyaa 1sti tally remarked go right up t the am withTheyou go I think not said he I rHit up about a hundred years ago aifl 20 years of this damned cternifr wnitJI1 ing for my turn and was no tie rer the for throne the twentieth year than po first day my When said I I wanted ito see my Blessed Savior just now I I went over toward the Throlo and I soon got Into an and x ltednc rowd of about x300000000Oii 000000000 all t rest their personal Saviorallion long I was there I can not tollgI but my feet hurt me so badly Iin came away and began to get home sick for tho good old world iSfAs I was disconso tt WrcuLuJllV lAl iv bo dimensions and unthinkingly 1Iton it with my foot when to my amaze to ment the lid was thrown oft and out popped the Devil and throwing theit barbel end of his tail gracefully ov rnhis left arm he began a skirt dancel Jim just imagine my ilcthodistic rev pugnance to dancing and the Devil and both in combination was horrified although transfixed by the sight The Old Boy asked me to join him inn his impious and impish conduct him Get thee beAind moI SatanbCome said he eerJmenl is damned fool for ever and was shocked at his blasphemyand rebuked him severely but to purpose a He then invited me to go with him and taste the hospitality of Iell but firmly declined He asked me if I had paid myrev spects to the Most Higher and I told my chagrin at being crowded away from Throne Ho laughed the most whimsical laugh ever heard and told me thatI had less show than an Icicle In Tower DominionI him why and he sai hat it was a simple problem in Arithmetic Arithmetic said I Is a profane mundane affair and does not apply toIheavenly things The Devil whistled the loudest lUldt longest whistle I ever heard usl1id You know as much as the veraie damned Christian you dotChristians are not damnedj should not he so denominated reeled I Oh Hell you begin to make me tired said lie Yon were talking about Arithme tic said I petulantly Right said he there havoVbeen billions upon billions of shades of Christians admitted here during toS twenty centuries and the firstdliiou- Las not got gladhanded with re Trinity yett-I began to see where the Arithmetic come Into the exclusion of all else usIt Is a damned sell a gold Srlck said I bitterly said Xow yon talk old man tho Devil yon are being bunt again ill right tJsI sat right down at tho feet of Satan and implored him to toll ro something Ho said that I had been madoIS fool of That religion was a she withou- tho t pillow That a persona sal the Grand Sacrifice divided as it was among so many billions did not amount a flys death to the million He said nt my personal fraction of the save so Infinltesmal that I could not snsmlt It by wireless telegraphy Sa said that Jesus H was kept busy doing saving stunts on the innumerable planets and only appeared in Heaven at intervals lIe said that Moses Elias are getting tired of eternally lugging around the Transfiguration par aphernllliaIIIlIe said that Pattie would eventually make a real last appearance but that Saving Fake would never give out while there was a fool left to pay the price Tim vision has passed Jim and I once more clothed in my right mind HAS A LIBERAL MIND- Chewsville Md E Hughes JYou will find endorsed money order one dollar and fifty cents for Grass Blade for another year excuse delay I have tried to get some subscribers to the Bade but the people- in this community do not like the Athe istical part of it I myself am not in with that idea but there is other good reading matter to interest me I n Thoinas Paine disciple and to my of thinking he was one of the men that ever lived and noth interests me more than to read about him about which the Blade has t excellent articles and I hope this timi is not distant when justiccwill J dime life ieIlooks to me that when men fail recognize an infinite power it will Lave a tendency to make people carless morals and their duty to man A must be placed in a responsible to be a real man I believe reverence and responsibility arc the two essentials to a good and useful life hero and to build up hopes for a future bet terment for my experience with peo plo here hope to meet their loved ones death even if it cannot be onstrated yet it is a consoling thought is cherished by hosts who do not in the Bible as the word of GOIIl1en a prize or reward H offered it stimulus to tain or rather creates a that reward and the relations as to good and noble life here entitles onito a hopeful future I would like to write you more but will not longer fringe on your valuable time You need not publish this letter but would like your comment on my ideas ot a reward in future for n good mid useful life A Friend YOUR ORDER IS BEING FILLED Roscoe O James E Hughestsent you an order of 175 150 to pay for one years subscription to IIBlue Grass Blade and twenty five cents for Mrs Henrys book on f Marriage and Divorce I still rev ceive my paper but have not receivedsthe book IrHoping may hear from It soon remain Yours Sincere IIJohn McFarland t Jas E Hughes We herewith send you a copy of Mr W Agers new book When you are tired of playing The price of the boost Is 25 cents and Is sold by tho Fremad Publish- Ing Co Eau Claire Wis Mr Agers book has been so well received among the Norwegian leans and also in Norway and Den mark that we thought an American Edition would find readers Wo think that you will find It quite a departure from the usual line of temperance literature If you do mention It please send us a copy of the paper containing the same and oblige Fremad Publishing Co ageEau Claire Wis W r BLUE GRASS BLE vefoundedills death February 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher SUBSCRIPTION RATES mall postpaid fJ50 or pent in ldt1ll1eI Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 10 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month Ml orelRn subscription postpaid 200 per yeear MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as tliU will facilitate collection j ADVERTISING RATES ALL ADVERTISEMENTS of whatsoever character ac cepted will be published at the rate of 100 Inch per month unless by special contract other and better rates will be quoted upon appllca Lion The publishers have the right to reject anj and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinu- eSi the expiration of the term for which the s scription has been paid up In advance The address slip on the paper will show subscribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers oml be sent q asked for upon rene al In Is continuance Itaavtsethe Blade will be sent to l HG address u desired THE OFFICE of publication of th WB la at 126lvx KentuckySe to J welcomes lTHE BI ADE entered at the Vostoni B at Vliifim Kentucky as second class mailing utter ADDRESS ALL COMMUTATIONS T THE BLU 1 GRASS BLADE P Box 393 Le gtan Ky I rGcti r r Try to keep busy r r r r Scud iu that subseribcrrr r r Dont you think the Blade deserve it9 r r Christian nations love each othentljrjmgli stand ing armies r r r rf Yet we are told it is a religion of jpve instead of murder fr r r r The Blade will furnish your fricdps excellent reading for the winter months rr r Everywhere the widow is battling with want and she is referred to Bibles and missionary soup for relief a iChrist fJ1iJ never built a church 6r UkelTor a 11 1 10II full pay r r r The country is full of divorce courts peuiten t iaries and poorhouses and theological goslings arc sent abroad to carry these misfortunes to others r r r Be sure to dodge him who is quite sure that he has the only way to the heavenly hereafter and insists that unless you travel with him You are apt to fall into the fire r r r nlajestiuniversee with note book in hand but we ve serious doubts about it r r r The deplorable condition of the American laborer is due to the faulty industrial sys tern and it cannot be remedied by placing fiddlestr ings on tl free list or by increasing the tariff on tooth pick r r r r putintounbaptizodbabesr r r Tennessee Baptists have just goncBirough theI ceremony of feet washing Why ye a general all round bath with plenty of soap andj a towel a r r r The old priesthood as an incentive to cropTheyspecialty on the hereafter and it Iras the safer enterpriseIcThe Bible is but the history incorrectly given of a barbarous people a there comuendium o their poetry their passions and tit ir religious customs which cannot concern us now or hereafter y4 r r r I beafpatriottablets of gold Fail and you tore aismiserable rebel who should have been hanged r r r djiognizedthat iron ffstr r r AVas it not the Lords chosen Piloutable of the thIr r r r laiEverhave done considerable trading in for cash J ii 1Vv p The industry has been patiently built up fret 11a humble beginnings to n maguificicnt busi nessIGive orthodox Christianity sufficient rope and if it have sense enough left to tic a knot it will surely commit suicide American citizenship will yet smite this monstrosity and send it back to the foulshades of hell from which it sprang r r r r The politicians declare that another industrial depression is invitablc These arc becoming more dangerous as every day passes by and not to existing conditions alone but to civilization itself This truth must readily appear to all who will carefully consider it r r r erWhich member of the original family was most likely to see snakes Adam should have been given the Kceley cure and then carefully cross examined before he had a chance to lay all the burden upon his spouse r toIIuntan development like the earth the sun nUll the stars like all things extant travels ever in a circle Savagery and ignorance barbarism and intellectual decay then once more back to savage cry and the circle is complete r r a Frecthought wants to see more men who are not constant reminders of a monkey ancestry men who are not fops in their youth fools in their prime and egotists in their old age It wants to see a race of manly men to whom life is not a las ci ious farce whose god is not gold who do not worship at the shrine of the Pandemian Venus or devote their lives to the service of Mammon It wants to see when who scorn the pusillanimity of the policy player men of leonine courage lue of iron mould men strong of hand and hear- vlto defiantly throw down the gage to destiny and Cnesnr like dare tell grey beards the truth though it cost them a crown a a a It is true that as a system of philosophy Free thought is destructive But destruction is aftim es necessary The seas must be cleared of pirates fore commerce can flourish Men cannot build social or political platforms on a pie crate The Freethinker is not under an obligation to find a heavenly grace for every false god he destroys He is not called upon to furnish a saint for every sinner he holds up to scorn It is not compulsory that he supply a new truth for every religious falsehood felled to earth The Freethinker can afford to play a mental John the Baptist to a greater to come after who shall build for him r r The orthodox Christian who pretends to JifindJ Ipp reflecting upon the jfancifuT jo of an imaginary heaven is worse fooled than thej harmless imbecile who believes himself rich byI mentally counting over the golden board of othersI He is on no higher mental plane than the fool who smokes in a powder house or the woman who believes her neighbors always speak weld of her behind her back or the banker who accepts a mans unsecured note because he is a church member and powerful in prayer or the serve girl who lights the fire with kerosene then g to join the angels The Christian believer is in about the same mental attitude as all of these and then some r r ON WITH THE DANOE leChoose your partners for the next waltz tlChange ntcetitirag the shade of Sam Jones appear in the progressive churches of Chicago it would turn tlAfterterpsichorean out by professional bible bango rs nd soulsavers the pious crew have at last resolved to introduce the giddy waltz and the two thtfolksIPDancingof the Chicago preachers and one of them as actually put it into practice toYes1today tile Blade has given as its authority for such proceeding an article published by the daily press bbelievethHeretoforeviciously attacked by the dominies This war was made upon the stately minuet the waltz the frdancingcamp meeeting Dancing was argued to be trformutiollJrplayed the David stet before the ark The princi l objection to the dance as urged by the par ofthesandlaidan thdreamye and I Ii clf os of lust and the man after the fashion Jihuriel was squat like a toad distilling poisiii into the ear of n confiding maid The truth is there is no more sensuality in the dint e than iii ninny other things Some girls may be ible to trace their downfall to dancing but there are other girls who can attribute similar die nstir to singing in fashionable church choirs and prel1eher1llItefor soldiers The other for sybarites That which tends to make man lessa servant of mars makes him more slave of Venus No savage nation was ever noted for licentiousness that comes as one of the curses of Christian civilization The n Idering beauty of a summer nights high moonimaid the sensuous perfume of dew bespangled era were lost upon the savage but they sink into utnddeningLisscClesticoinfernal fire In such moods when the whole being is ablaze with passion man climbs the rugged steeps of Parnassus Not every man eau drive Apollos steeds and safely guide the chariot of the sun The same strange power that lifts man to the highest heaven may dash him into the deepest hell The love that should illume the world may become as lawless so that ofn Grecian god and Promethean fire perverted is a destructive brand If the dance drives some to lawless love it rise lead matrimony But love and passion are a distinct as the daylight and the dark When the wine of Santos sparkles in the crystal cup or the must foams round the white feet of laughing girls we forget the mouldering bones that nur toted the purple clusters But compost and bones are there And right well does the gardener know that but for them the great white light of the moon and the red glory of the sun would beat and thetinto the veins of men Too long have the preachers clung to and taught the nation that whatever pleases the peo pre originated in perdition As the whole is parsqnsfeelwithout becoming a tin horn gambler that they cannpt visit a ball room without contracting an uncontrolable desire to see what Parkhurst saw and feel what Parkhurst felt they had better temptatiohinsteathe devil sometimes lurks in the ball room but fore seeking him there let us be sure that he has not followed Faust and ensconed himself in a snug corner of the church Dont make grandstand plays from the pulpit Notoriety may be neces sary to an actor as a mode of advertising but preachers ought to get along without it Teach rightlivingwrgratulatedforbrought together under circumstances mot y agreeable ere Hymens torch be light at gl ing eyes sold fanned to flame with the soft sighs of desiring souls withdance tLrIt r i wtropenedmethod of making a Freethought argument by littledonbtjnented Watson Iletson aided the Nreethou gilt movement in its palmy daysSFirmer impressions can upon mind picturethanparagraph contains more solid argument thatcpage of the average writing The first the series here referred to is an illustration of D constitutionalitythe apparenthumbugof pomp all striving for possession of the Chill of Freedom that the infant tiny be trained in eir particular line of thoughttHere is a forcible rcFreethinkersthe path of education its terrible import would be immediately understood gtoonHelp Murder Help ofaand Snobocracy unite to destroy the minds of natural children Must we keep silent while the saute influent have debauched our race in the past continue deadly workbl istestpIIelementsThe allIndustrial1101harmoIliWe are pleased to note that the success achcived litjcomodious thePublishingit is now happily installed in its new home spirit KIJ1 Kate 0e1titfht r t- EVOLUTION OF THOUGHT r Thcft importantreason why the people do not laH church in these days is because they have own Fei4elligent people ever give the slightest consi tion to questions of theology or Bible Whiliere may appear here and there am apparent Big for some new heart to heart sort of r the demand has gone out that it must Iw pAeforo it will prove acceptable and as tho Clirhn religion is impure immoral and incapa Ill jRicoplo are rapidly drawing away from it TJBlade was only recently challenged to have a vcitaken of the American people on the gees tionfihcir belief in God but we arc of the opin ionli were it possible for such a vote to be the side issues that is the usual issues thatJflow or accompany a belief in God it would pro i1nt a majority of the people do not believe thatfie Bible is a literally inspired revelation thaifle traditional portion of the Bible is but a cru and defective attempt to express religious fceianncl thought and that the evolution of th01n is leading men and women away from the Bibfarst the church secondly and finally from the od idea Iitbcse days it is not that blind unreasoning faitiijiat nets as the monitor of mind and con setse The substance of things hoped for is incblc of furnishing the evidence of things representedsby highest for hat is best and determining upon what will be beset it forth as the aim of life and strive to at taiiil The majority of mankind is willing to put nn tiding trust in their fellowmen they will letl i to trust in them but they no longer profess n Jv for and a trust in God as the Omega of hate exisence Preachers who become the motmccessful arc the least spiritual socalled ano succeed they must be orators of an excep tioal quality and manifest the personal char act stics ofa life which kindles life Without thifjnuality they will fail as ninny have failed he fottheni The elements of religious liberty have peittrntcd the darkest corners of the church the cojgVcgations have been influenced by it and the weaker intellect can never rule the greater again Chit ch organizations are but the parasitio nwths of bygone ages The sooner they can be elminatecl from the scene of modern active life this better for the real progress and development race Every honest seeker after truth no mltter how humble or incapable comes nearer to the riddle of the universe than narrow solving church people and their theological ad visers and misgui ers All who think freely and possess the courage to give utterance to their free thoughts at whatever personal cost or danger are Going more to stimulate growth and develop met in mind than all the theological bats and ows that Christendom ever could boast PL rttDEOAYING CATHOLICISM nalliow Time in its cycles works wondrous owchnntres Continental Europe was for years known as the most Catholic of all the countries on earth was in Spain Italy and France that the Inquisition flourished most and brute force was used to make Christian converts Francor J inItalyto protect the Vatican front assault whether pend ing in reality or in fancy andnow we have it that c thelericaltransformed her from the garden spot of the world into a decaying nation andSpuinofLibertyis not surprising that France should put the beyond pale of political interference But in Italy where fabulous sums are being spent in gtfibrt to build up converts to one or another thepinan tocyfancLd security ipon a smoldering volcano On religioustrl1nts that it is only the quiet that preceds the oings011le inSpnllitito prologue to a deeper contention which will questionsof nationisesitIwgiw tiltgthatCathoCatlioBcs hold the Protestants as heretics And thM has happened midwfll happen in other because the Catholic church is more of a bodyApppoliticlilrwMh the end of the fanatical plank walk and ProtestantisminCatholicism in Europe L r THE WORLD DO MOVE IICan it be possible that the Christian ftnticis fTerinisg tion Once in a great while we run across aort of liberal preacher and arc prone to suggestliat it is like a Daniel coming to judgment buWhei Dr Edward S Young a Presbyterian prc WI of Pittsburg is a lion in courage and cares b the vaporings of the fanatics or the Sabbiluians of the Smoky City are derelict in their C istian tinyheresyhim particularer is correct in his conclusions although trifle mixed in his premises As n matter of fact has advised the playing of baseball on Sunda and has frankly told the saints that he can seel sin in it lieditrfavorofnot St Paul attend the Olympian games iiHg ing from his commendation thereof he nughtltfcid he lived long enough made a corking good t ing editor of some of our metropolitan dilj s So Dr Young extolled the national game a warm hearted sort of way and found no objon fieveryits glories Although Dr Young undcrtoolpo La compare tense ball playing with n life and used it as an illustration to matea qUOjdHeship dash and victory thrill through it Some disabled some lose heart and head many brak the rules fInd are put off the field Christian I ing is good team work Right here the Blade wishes to suggest that f preaciis r t substituted Preethought fOlIe Christian it tltin4Andlife A base bail nine wins out not only by thj spectacular performance of one brilliant player so much as by the combined understanding artl the sacrificing of one player to another In any event the figure is well chosen and raptly put It is applicable to our work The cause of Free thought will prosper more by the combined under standing and selfsacrifice of its friends than by the flashes of rhetoric and wit that run through the columns of our periodicals Could a little of that spirit be injected into some Freethinkers our cause would flourish and grow like a green bay tree And why can it not be so Are there not It n ftPour energies arc bent in the right direction cause can be won without labor A iIgame demands much toil if victory is to There must be fair play honesty courage mi help and selfdenial Clean example makes for a clean following and the same rule holds good everywhere It is exeremely gratifying to know that in America there is one preacher who lees not object to ball playing on the Sabbath and if the lesson ho portrays as drawn upon in this article can bu assimilated by Freethinkers that preacher will have rendered a valuable service to humanity in a 1Comem THE AMERICAN INDIAN AND CHRISTIANITY I am a great reader I have read such books as Eugene Sues Ouida Jules Verne Dickons Schopenauer and Montaignes Essays These are my favorite authors I think I can safely say that I ami the only Indian who has read the last wo mentioned books I am ambitious I dontal jw any white woman to do anything that I cant do if I try I read music as readily as I read writ ig But for all my culture I long for the old life as the puppy cries for its mother When I was am ng my people I knew nothing wanted nothing co se quently I was happy With education comes lis content the desire to know more Some may tl ink in educating the Indian and forcing all kind of religion upon them that they are carrying out G ds desire but I doubt it The above statement so argumentative and ion vincing was recently made in a printed comm tication by Princess Chinquilla a daughter of the old Cheyenne warriorcliief Lone Star The state lente was made after years of association and education in the manners and forms of the Christian and naturally comes with authority for the ady in question has undoubtedly tried both s des Having had the experience she ought to be in a position to know and her words given that consideration that is due them For years we have been confronted by the iris tSan boast that we are now enjoying a superlat Christian civilization that all the wonderful rag ress and inventive genius displayed by mar are the direct results of Christian teaching and in a measure inspired by the God of the Chri tian faith granted by Him in the nature of sonic kind of a reward for the fulsome flattery and pr JfJe be stowed upon him at the weekly church meetings to be increased in the same ratio as the flatter and praise increases and trimmed down as soonl as a falling off is made manifest During the I same period of time the advocates of Freethougld have persistently urged that our present civilization is tr r L tie more than a Hlmiii almost n fraud practiced upon mankind mil that if the God of the Christian lowratestock of goods or make an assignment Ve must not imagine that because we have wireless teleg raphy telephone communication with Oyster Bay deach dealing motor cars dirigible balloons spring poets and pothouse politicians that we are living in the greatest and best of all the ages known to the cycles of time Successful invention may add the opportunities of mans material conven ience but this not all there is in life To this end there is much force in the statement made by the Indian princess about her longing for a return t the old life in all its simplicity and happiness True indeed she has become cultured as we understand culture today she is educated and widely read but with it all she is not happy because a she says with education conies discontent an the natural longing follows to know more to ge more a longing that is never satisfiedIMore important however is the declaration that she entertains a doubt concerning the utility and value as implied of the efforts to Christianize the Red Man and forcing all kinds of religion upon him Coming from such a source that statement is the strongest argument that could possibly be made against the evangelical effort of the mod ern Christian churches No sooner had the Red- Man been subdued by force of arms than the dis ciples of the Nazarene began a crusade against his religious customs and sent missionaries among religiousIndian selected some shady grove as a temple in which to offer praise to the Great Spirit but the Christians soon began to levy tribute upon them mid taught them a new form of religion which brought the Red Man from boa to worse and transformed him from a type of lofty physical couragc into a pitiful sneaking cunning hypocrite and imposter No true Indian ever accepted the Christian religion and believed in it from the bot torn of his heart He may have lost muchof his bloodthirsty ferocity in the transformation but he has not made any material improvement in character He learned of a new kind of God and perpetratePrincessfrauds and shams of Christian society She hilsscome in contact with the cheating and deception commonly practiced by Christians every day She has made a comparison between them as they are and her own people as they were before the con quest and she feels keenly the position in which realityLelieve is Christian God in thus forcing upon the Indian an acceptance of their faith but the Indian prin cess is not the only sensible person who entertains serious doubts about it As a matter of fact the moral character of the Red Man has not been im yTiewill come as soon as he emerges from the religious environments thrown about him by Christians for like the princess of the Cheyenes the experience will enable him to make comparisons and draw deductions from what he can learnnWhile this may be said of Christian effort as noticeitargument can be used against Christian effort in elementjimof Africa ever profess to accept Christianity and profession is usualy made with n view to some personal gain with the expectation that some ma icrial profit is to follow by reason of doing so thousandswhoactuallywastedappallingSUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS Arc you a master of your actions or are you of othershgreat majority of men can be divided into these two classes To say a plan is masterful is to pay him a com in eaudetectmasterful mind Such men get the quickest obedience from animals and humans The term master here he does not refer to an employerc Many owners of business come into heritance and are not masters of others or themselves to either by instinct or by training Hundreds of employees on the other hand some day doubtless will be employing others You can see quietdeterminedsure that one day he will be in business for himself and make a success of it Generally the great army of the mastered trust much to such things as luck chance fate and the future They do not get into the habit of relying on themselves because they have found out from past experience their judgment has been worthless Want of selfreliance and confidence chiefly is marks the mastered man Ifa mon wants to get out of the class of the mastered the subjected the dependent he wants to stop and stop immediately relying on strokes of good luck lie wants to avoid thinking about things as they might be and turn his whole atten tion to conquering the world as it is now lhlc way the world leas treated him in the past is a firstclass indication as to how it will treat hun in the future Only to get better treatment he must aim to alter himself and not the world Jrr Ii 1 DANCING INTRODUCED INTO CHICAGO CHb S Eminent Churchmen and Divines In cc Terpsichorean Diversions as a Met of Bringing the Young People to Church and Have Actually Put them Into Practice Corounds of the press the article is s good that we reproduce it in full fo the benefit of our readers eluirelltsWhatt that is the plain plea being made today Good pious person you shudder at the very thought of dancing anywhere but in the church Tlio ideal Why your Christian spirit and train ing rovolt at the mere suggestion o enjoying the terpsichorean exercise any wrier near a religious edifice How touch more repellant the intimation that it is proper to trip the light fantastic with precincts attached to n house of worship One brought up in the strict view of secular and spiritual affairs has so learned and divided in the habit of completely disassociating them that to mingle the two seems more than pro actually degrading Hence with what feeling of abhor fence the good Christian hears the sag gestion from some one that to curvet gracefully forms a refined soul elca nt hug and healthful diversion and should be practiced in furtherance ofones spiritual welfare Yet there comes to society in general and in emphatic tones something more then simple suggestion tho firm declaration that dancing in connection vithI the church is a good and requisite fac in the perfect and healthy religious an essential to the training off the ruing generation to clean and sans manhood and womnnhoodIThe declaration is backed by an ur gent plea for toleration of dancing be cause as its new champions assert it a holy diversion sanctioned by the Bible There champions of the dance are not dancii g niasterssociety butterflies or prom ers of worldly pleasures pandering t the light and frivolous side of loon nature but eminent divines and advanced thinkers HCy speak out b ldly And they do oot Jld merely to their views but ac tuall carry them out Their stand has been a distinct shock to the church lew at of Chicago but the planning and istallation of a dance hall in con n with one of the leading churches oflicngo by one ofthe prominent and nfluential pastors rapped the cli max of amazement for the orthodox and queamish church member So that actions as welt as words from the basis upon which the pleaders for the dance carry on their crusade for the complete toleration of the polite terpsichorean art One of the most eloquent open anelI persistent champions of dancing as a necessary and clean diversion for the people old and young but particularly for the latter is the Rev Rufus A White pastor of the Stewart Avenue Peoples Liberal Church Independent denominations the same in which are con picuaus the wellknown divines Rev Jenkins Lloyd Jones pastor of Ounsaulus pastor of Central Church and president of the Armory Institute Technology and the Rev Mangasar Mangasarian lecture of the Independent Religious Society of Chicago and ninny other liberalminded ministers Dr White goes even further in hisI demands for diversion for the church people than merely dancing Ho wants addition pool and billiard tables cards and bowling in the churches of Chicago The minister in an address recently the Independent Religious So iety of Chicago declared that the churches devote too much time trying solve abstruse theological problemsI which he asserts nobody cares tho churches are losing ground right along because of their failure to provide rational and uptodate entertainment for their member Dr White particularly urges enter tninmcnt for the younger element In the course of his addresses which received the warm indorsement of his colleagues of tho cloth present tho pastor of the Peoples Liberal Church saidYou may laugh and say that this a proposition to pander to the worldly vanity and enjoyment of the youth only that it removes their attention from spiritual and more serious thoughts Now that is just what con stitutes its very importance for with one single exception there is not a iii the city of Chicago today that provides properly for the real social en tertainment for the young people Why exclaimed tho speaker own y boys dont care shout the old jL1 pastjthCYo them off Xo it says when thesub ject of amusement is broachedyou musnt dance you musnt playnrds PntkecpYou have driven and you areMrv fins them from church and int saloon and dance hall that is next to help if there is a hell while church is trying to solve some absj theological problem such as that Trinity which nobody seer cares thing nbofiit Anti because r kinjentertainment of d inns they have professionalized thl tell you in all sincerity it the crying need of the churches of Clicago today to make provision for the inter taiiuneiit of the young men anithe young women and the boys and giS In my own church I have mnde plans to have built a dancing ro m a pooland billiard room and a billing alley where I hope that the boyand girls sonic day will have an op ortu nity to enjoy these rational and b nlthI ly amusements and at the same im their parents will feel that their ns and daughters are amid proper 8ur ministers present gave e cs sions to similar views making strong pleas for the tolerance ohedance as a revival of the activem of playwhichshould be a part o e training of American youth Dr If M Mane sarian lecturef the Independent Religious Society Chicago strongly advocated the style of entertainment urged by Dr White He made an exhaustive address and cited the recent strong appeal made by Prof Stanley Hall g as part of the training of American youth Dr Johm Richborij warmly views presented by Rev Mrtf1IteI and Dr Mangasarian lIe thought the plea of Prof Mall for a revival of activ ities of play for the youth through means of dancing and other clean times was a timely appeal for the wclI fare of future adults of both sexes Dancing and other modes of light and clean modern entertainment Dr Rich berg said would do more to restrict if not eradicate the evil of public dance halls the degraded places to which the young were driven because of tho lack of provision for their proper entertain incut by the churches and the rigid jection of thelatter to the dance in ItAttentionChurch of which Rev Dr Jenkins Lloyd- is pastor as beings near the model church Having attached to it Abraham Lincoln Center similar to Hull House and other social settlement establish meats it was the only religious organi zation in Chicago of church class which made the most liberal and adequate provisions for the entertainment of its adult youthful and juvenile members Library gymnasium work rooms and all such features in material provided In addition to these th f a dance hall where assemblages are rd once and sometimes twice a mon tto enable the members to indulge in terpsichorean divcrsio s of the most graceful kind The pastor Dr Jenkin Lloyd Jones meets with the members of his on these festives occasions and no one courages more to thoroughly enjoy themselves than he docs OHIO LIBERALS TAKE NOTICE CAN ANYONE FURNISH FACTS EITHER TO PROVE OR DIS PROVE THE INCIDENT RE LATED BELOW Not infrequently are reports scut to far off papers of strange doings by the Christian god upon those who do not believe in him Here is an account of an atheist being struck dead upon de mand and information is asked Can any Blade reader in Ohio furnish the desired information Read The enclosed clipping is from Los Angeles Examiner of A neighbor suggested that I investigate tIle affair I thought it better to send it to tlie Blade as you may hero some subacrib ers near there who would have a better =chance to get the facts and sire emI to the Blade readers i f zThe Examiner It not vcrry pious It treats all alike and express itself very plain at times It does not believe in a Creed R lentlcss God E Lewi The article referred to reads DEFIES THE ALMIGHTY IS STRICKEN DEAD Amos Clark Atheist Defies God and Falls Dead ADA Ohio Sept 22Amos Clark agdd 40 a farmer living on the Lewis ton reservoir twenty miles south of here openly defied the Lord in his front yard tonight In an instant he was struck lies been known as an atheist for years and tonight in the presence of his family and several neighbors hi said there was no God and defied the Supreme Being to punish him No sooner had these words left his lips that he was stricken and died a few minutes family is composed of Christian boys and girls who have been secretly trained and instructed by the mother OTHER SENSIBLE LETTER Cleveland Ohio E Hughes lvlthin find my check for 310 for hick please mark me up to the ex tent of300 and send me the ance in last weeks Blade the one with Dr Wilsons article on Taft It is a scorcher and along with Bryans speech in Oklahoma makes mighty interesting reading I want to hand it to a few of my friends When I listen to The Call of the Wild I think I would like to hear the war whoop of our old friend Moore in the Blade but his good old soul Is marching on and we must rest our cause on an appeal to reason rather than the more savage assaults he used to Indulge In early In his careerIt slow and life seems short but within my sixtyfive years of life I have seen such a vast change in religious declaration and thought that I know the world does move and In my opinion move faster In the next fifty years than ever before- I was glad to hear from Mrs Henry not because I think the paper is not as good as of oldbut as the years creep on an cling to the past and the old friends Dr Wilson is jail right except that he is afraid to J jbe a Prohibitionist I aiff ie that the ProhibitionI party Is well stocked up with Metho dints etc but if we ever grow as Iwe Ifqpo to they will not look so r large iii It 1 I tfitnk this Is one mistake many of our writers make that might be rem edied Namely an indiscriminate attackon the Bible There are f1 many great and good lessons in the kfBible and condemning it wholesale h creates a belief that we are believers f of the good things as well as theuIbad and foolish things found In it and so place ourselves In a wrong light Freethinkers as we think hontiare should teach and practice esty virtue and right living in all the walks of life and as Paul saysiin one of his letters to his brethren Ye shall walk as living epistles of f1J glory and so show by our lives our belief or disbelief does it make us revilers of anything good t1and salutary in life rpaperGeo I Case i 3FINDS IT HARD WORK Alvin Texas Sep 1907 JJas E Hughes You may send me the Blade for 7 one year beginning with the current number Will send In my old ragged jg dollar and a half for the same i This has been a priest ridden town but am happy to say they are t getting their backs broken The preacher dont quite run the wholeithing hero now to his own liking see that have got a little work to do here on a secular line There are quite n number of Freethinkers here but like other places they are not very active When the Blade comes I will see that others read it AlvIn is n town of about twelve hundred Inhabitants and six or seven churches and another In course of erection This Is the town that the pulpit thumpers had a rail road man arrested for doing wash Ing on Sunday when his wife lay In bed sick He was fined forty dollars for the offense I hardly think they could work that Christian scheme of robbery now- Wishing you and the Blade success and a Ion life H Hall Snow Wllklnson Debate The SnowWilkinson debate and our Tracts will be sent for 15 cents Sell ing elsewhere at 25 cents E Lewis writes us I started to underscore Important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of our Tracts for dlstribu tlon for 13 cents A A SNOW Llnevlllo Iowa 4 tf rJ L L 6 111 r SPARKS l fFROM THE WIRE ITEMS OF NEWS FROM THE UMNS OF THE DAILY PAPERS bTHAT WILL BE OF RELIO OUS INTEREST Good Enough for Churches to This column is made upvI chi tidbits Some of the items given aro nit be taken by preachers that tln do likewise and others are inteinl J show what ii going on in the rlgJI world 1Theis sufficiently argumentative in but little comment is needed It rllJt KISSING PASTOR LOSES PULPIT FOR ONE YEAR Nineteen Fellow Preachers Lenient Hearing Confession rCOLU1IIDUS Ind k X an attempted kiss interrupted Ij sudden appearance of the l an cost Rev John Roycr his pulpit t Sugar Branch Church County He was haled before a committee for infraction of the tenth commandment which he admitted Ih t charge and gave full details Made Morning CallIIThe recipient of the member of the congregation and n neighbor She was alone made n morning call However it r said that when in pursuit of the i the minister was dumbfounded to the husband who is an attorney through the door The husband just as dumbfounded The minisUr sii a hasty good by and the husband clarcd for revenge The result of the husbands perc r nnce was the summoning of the pastY before n committee of at the Indiai Methodist Conference Instead tempting to deny his di play of nrdoj 4 Rev Roycr made open confession ah thereby gained friendship of the mail l ity of the committee but such a itof ministerial etiquette could f Y passed by lightly and besides J was tho husband The result was tbo I Rev Sir Royerwas suspsnded Jcar Did He Kiss or Not Jif But the Committee and Rev Mr I Roycr refuse to state whether bon was only attempted or whether IIJI l f was an accomplished fact The Jure band declares that one is ns bad as other A RELIGIOUS SUICIDE i Preachers have universally held forth to the effect that infidelity leads to encourages suicide The Blade has given this subject editorial discussion JI in previous issues but tIle following will not bear out tho contention of the parsons Read it Suicide With Her Hand on the Bible United Press Association CHICAGO Oct 4The body of Marie Sexton a pretty girl was found today in the rear of the home of C J Gillispic She had sent a bullet into 2lt her brain A pathetic note was found addressed to Gillispic begging for the return of his love One of her hands clutched n Bible Lexington Gazette While the Bible might not have led the girl to commit her act of selfde struction she was evidently n believer in it and doubtless felt it offered spiritual consolation in what she was about to do WAS THE CORRECTION s l NECESSARYvDuring the past week a noted char t actor of Lexington died and due notice was made of his death by the local papers One of them the Lexington Gazette gave out that the deceased a Free thinker when in fact he was a Roman Catholic The next issue witnessed correction made and reasons were given for so doing In its original report the 1 Gazette saM if In Religion Mr Dillon was n Free j thinker and was an ardent member of the late Charles C Moore former cdi r tor of the Blue Grass Blade lie was n subscriber of that paper from the v time of its inception many years ago and it is said that he made some sort of n request that he be buried accord ing to Freethinker rites or in other words without the regular Christian burial The name was unfamiliar to us and j we were about to investigate our books and mailing list when our attention Ifwns directed to the following which in tho next issue ji In the report of the death of FrnnkI 1i Dillon the Balaklava hero given by ythe Gazete Friday an unintentional error was made through misinforma tion andn confusion of names in h1stnting that Mr Dillon was a Free thinker As a matter of fact Frank ti ff r 1o vt il t r Iwas a Roman Catholl constant attendant upon thatc The Gazette voluntarily of fI is correction in justice to his r nnd inj respect to tho religious and Bimtiincnts of his sorrow nily ire of jthe opinion that a greater would have been paid to the in jof tho dead man had the origi oecu permitted to go without ton To have been n Blade subc and a ardent admirer of our itor would have denoted a higher unce than can be found by nt g the Roman Catholic Church KDOLOGER FOR TilE PARSON following will indicate how far laborer jf today is willing to sub to the sneers nnd insults of the Itmaybe that the parson Slandered from his text and tried ate n sensation to get himscll about He succeeded in tIle but happened to get more than bargained for DNS SOBER AS THE CLERGY pr Leader Answers Ministers Charge That Men Enter Meetings Intoxicated CTLAVAUEE WIS Oct 5There amongfn there is amon the clergy Jtcity and they should not accuse of what they would object to be ed atemcnt was made by Frank business ageit of the Fell Irades Council in answer to of the Rev M L Evcrsz own that the union men en IT meetings with bccrbcfud ns Mr Evcrs said that if m men would not go K as the duty of the clergy he union men flthc principal objects of till Ions continued Mr Weber irtail tho use of liquor We mplUhing more in this direc f al the temperance societies together Retyfive per cent of the labor of Milwaukee meet in halls vare not over or ndp than all the temperance societies 5lhe unions do not hold their meet ga in halls where there are no sa wis near We have no inherited wealth through generations as have the churches and therefore we have not bten able to build tho labor tern spitoitr that flip labor unlofis nilli v Ien sely to the teachings Vf Christ as the church which he loves docs Wo know nt least ono simple formula from the Bible which so many of the clergy forget occasionally That IIIis He among you without sin cast theflrst stonc8t Louis Post Dispatch FUTURE Of LA BELLE FRANCE MUST BE A STRUGGLE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND ANTIRELIGI OUS FORCES IN TilE FIELD OF SOCIALISM Opinions Expressed by Liberal Preacher The following is reproduced from the daily papers concerning the condition of religion in the French republic i progress of religion liberalism ihout the world was the general fourthflIlInial moat Temple Boston In his annual address the president the Rev Dr Samuel A Eliot of ton voiced the intent of the congrcs in these words Tho significance of the gathering1 that it is composed of men and women who in the pursuit of truth righteousness dare to commit themselves unreservedly to the con trol of the law of liberty The field of his council is practically limited to people who believe that theology a progressive science and not n scaled and final deposit of faith general secretary the Rev he Chares WWcndcttc of Boston in his if jjort indicated the scope of the con when he said n At our congress are assembled the riircscntativcs of four of tIle great ttrld religions namely Judaism Christianity the theism of India and Muhnrnmednnism The members of 33 fpafate church fellowship wil1ad Irtss iis The general topic of todays scs the condition of the liberal faith in Iiflcrent parts of the world The Rev VKCopelnnd Bowlci of London see Mhryjof the British nnd Foreign Uni mnvmf nt in Enirlnnd J One of the most important addresses till entire congress was that of Jean llevillo of Paris professor of the History of Religion in the College of France Prof Rcvillc made a report of the ituation of tho churches in France after the separation of Church and State He said in part After nearly two years trial the law has really been applied in a thor oughly liberal manner In general it has not throughout the whole country raised such disturbances as its tagonists had prophesied The masses in France are in different to all these matter but they forsake more and more the Catholic faith All that the people desire is to attend mass to be christened married and buried at church They no longer belied the doctrics but they love the ceremonies Some men of great sense think that a reaction will ensue from the ex aggregation of the Papal absolution They hope to see man better in structed as to the true welfare of tho Church take in hand a reform of Catholicism They hope for a real Catholic regeneration both democratic antI scientific wherein old dogmas shall be left to sleep in peace and all energies shall be consecrated to the so cial and moral work France has no inclination for Proto estantism There is no probability that the majority will ever become Protes tants There is actually not enough real faith in the masses of the people for them to uphold n reform Two alternatives seem to be pos sible Either the existing reactionist movement of the Catholic Church will go on antI public life in France will for a long time be denominated by tile strife between Clericals and more less Socialist radicals or else the Catholic Church of France will seek to regain on the social ground situation it is losing every day moro on the religious ground A Catholic Socialism which will grow up and public life will bo dominated by the strife between Catholic Socialism and antiCatholic Socialism which in country like France will necessarily be an unrcligious Socialism TORREY PUSHED IN CORNER AND HELD THERE BY A CAN1DIAN FREETHINKER WHO HAD PARED TEXTS WHICH T CHARlATAN REFUSED TO READ Threatened the Victor with the Law By Norman Murray IThe following is reproduced from tho London Eng Freethinker It is not likely that there will be any more revivalists in Montreal in the near future If any of them do come it is safe to prophesy that they will be more civil to Freethinkers in the fu ture Dr Torrey is not the only evan gelist that I got into a corner in Mon treal Some years ago there came to England The youngest of tlia boys did the preaching and the oldest acted as manager nnd made tho announce ments One cvcnitt an announce ment was made that the boy evange list would face and of course con found any Montreal Freethinker that would come forward next night The next night came in due course nnd I wall there It is seldom safe to lenge a Highlander in advance unless you know him personally and then you are not sure of coming off best in a boy asked for texts from the audience and I gave him ono from Genesis xxxriil verse 9 The other texts were all read but when he came to this one he refused to read it as I knew he would During the intermis ion a large crowd of the audience crowded around me and wanted to know what my text that tho canIgelist refused to read I had my pockets full of printed slips with choice Bible texts on and distributed themI and told them it was the first on theI small slip The evangelist objected to mo distributing my circulars and threatened to have me arrested I told him I hall paid for my scat and as I did not move from it I did not see hovC could do it In any case I told him I were arrested it would only prove my contention that tile Bible was not fit and proper book for general lation As there were no comments whatever on the circulars only Bible texts nnd I was willing to stand the consequences so the matter ended thereI Montreal churchmen feel very soreI over the Torrey Affair That tile most notorious infidel in Canada should get of the money they collected for Dr Torrey nnd that his baggage hould be seized like a coinon felon was simply something awful Many of tIle most sensible churchpeople were none too well pleased with Dr Torrey I it hlnilf In the first place he pre tenlll too much One evening ho an noli ced he wns going to make tho way of life as plain as day and then he was going to tell them all about the Holy Gbt how lo get him who ought to get him Now they reason that a man wh pretended to show others how to livr a godly lifo should not adopt the mrtlunU of a saloonloafer n street wulkcr or a Billingsgate fishwife glory in my British citizenship I al ways wear a tartan plaid tied by n t nion Tack pin a d I claim ns much ritfht to be a heathen if I wish ns an Indian British subject in Calcutta or a Chincwc e British subject in lions Kong And the Torrey Incident proves that I am right Besides I have a very definite religion which I claim is better than Christianity I tell them you can have Jems Paul and hlancl ns many dead Jews as you want put I prefer Aristotle Cicero Tacitus Herodotus Voltaire and Thomas Paine Besides the history of the old Vikings from whom I descended is far more interesting to me than the history of the Jews My name in Gaelic Tormaid is called after Thor so you seq I nm descended of the gods myself A FEW THOUGHT PEARLS Canonicals The motly worn by Jesters nt the Court of Heaven Ambrose Bicrcc Agitation and clamor like a firebell may disturb the repose of society but they may prevent her being burnt in her bed The pope put his foot on the neck of kings but Calvin and his crushed Ir whole human race under their heels in the name of the Lord of Hosts olicr Wendell Holmes I have done n little good and it is by far the best of my works Voltaire Be on your guard against the ox n fore the mule behind and the monk on svory side Spanish Proverb Religion is a superstition in fashion and superstition is a religion out of fashion Hobbes RELIUON Continued From Page Due duct and evidence ol a common that originVwe accept unlyersaawi tdamIC must come more fully to an the fact that the evolution ary development of life may have reached the human selfconscious Stage In many different places at sub stantially the same era and that the similarities which wo find among different peoples are the result of a likeness In evolutionary materials and forces and not evidence of a common ancestor nor will they hereafter submit to being tortured In to an explanation consistent with such discarded Adamlstic monogeu ism It used to bo argued that the vari ous systems of worship In different parts of the world correspond so closely both In their evident import and in numerous points of arbrltary resemblance that they cannot have been struck out Independently in the several countries where they have been established bust must have all originated from one common source The latter part of the argument is good The error consisted In assum ling that the common source must liave been geographical instead of looking for it In the very nature of every Individual man In the general and all Important sex instinct The practical universality of Ophl olatreia demonstrates only Us evolu yonary proximity to the primal sex worship The probative force of a general similarity In myths concern ing the fall of man through the duction of a serpenttempter only tends to show the sexorigin of serpent worship and to Illustrate the uniformity of evolution Sameness In these myths no longer conduces toward their acceptance as different relations of the same historical fact There Is still another consequence which follows from the subjective origin of religion It furnishes a now explanation for that all but univer sality of religion Heretofore this fact because Its relation to the sex feeling was unrecognized Induced the conviction that religious Ideas are innate Out of this envolved the notion about the existence of certain or through which because of thier supposed origin wo were said to have inherent direct knowledge of God Tho subjective and sexorigin of igion explains this universality and alleged innateness so as to destroy utterly the deduction formerly made as to thier Infallibility of such testi mony In favor of tho objective verity of religious concepts For the foregoing reasons among many others I sexual cnmo into COI1tinllglon intelligence which a misinterpretationtl ee lng transcendence of cscY result car cd In the npotheosi of jxfijnctlon tho lug mid the sexual rgaj d that all tho malnfold form ofellglon are to be accounted for onl Sttho di versified products of oltSresult ing wholly from ors and forces operating upon maunder dif ferent conditions MENS NEW THIN MOE 16 SIZE HAMPDEN WATCHESI jewels 30 Wm Jewels 2250 same 17 Jewclsl2 General Stark 17 Jewels sTjewels jewels ii- OWALTHAM RivcrslS Maxlmus 23 jewels Jewels P S Bnrtlctti17 Jewels 1250 15 jewels ELGIN No 15Cor 102 21 jewels levltns ijjewels 27 243 17 jewels 42 17 jewels 241 17 Jewels 4 15 jewels Jewels id 17 Jewels JRCASES In the new Model thin Sllverlno Jorew Cases In Fahys Crown or iber filled gold screw case guarant manufac turers for 20 years Artistic hand chased or plain 30 more hunting 500 more In 25 ear case 200 more than in 20 yea case In cases guaranteed for all the screw 800 or hunting 1000 mcfelthan in SlIver Ine case Prices of solid gold cases on application IEvery watch guanmeed fresh and new from factory Jshopkeepers an accurate timekeiper and If well used good for fifty Tears or longer Will be kept In ordJr for one year Beware of SpeclalSnovements and cases made nobody blows where and which you cannot irlco Intelligently and buy eerywherEJAlso of die work cases they are a fraud 7nose listed above aro known to be the best watches made andIf watcafls new and per fect you aer safe ta buy them where price Is lowest I pay freight LADIES GOLD WATCHES Large size Elgin Waltham or Hampden 20year gold filled latest style artistic handchased 7 jewels 15 Jewels li jewels adj Small 0 size Jewels 11 15 Jewels 13 16 jewels adj Riverside extra fine In 25 year case more In 14k solid gold case 10 to 50 more Later with dia monds all in plushboxxpreJlld with guarantee CHAUls Long guards latest style soldered links opals or other sets la slides rolled plated 150 and Best Fllley Gold 250 and Extra fine Solid Gold 10 and 25 Gents Chains same variety Orders filled from any catalogue at same price or less Cash refunded at option DIAMONDS PEARLS OPALS ETC I am an expert line and will save you 20 pe Inithls If you will order of me Engagement and tI- ding rings a specialty Send for price list of Jewelry thought Badges Ingerfiol SP t1i Rings Silver and Plated Wnro optl Goods and My Tract Tholwn CrUclble free OTTO WBiTSTBIX LaGrange Cook Coutu lnol SnowWilkinson Debate Tho SnowWllklhson debate and our Soil Tracts will bo sent for cents ing elsewhere nt 25 cents E Lewis writes us I started to underscore important parts of your speeches but soon found I was marking the whole thing 50 of our Tracts for distribu tion for 13 cents A A SNOW Uiievllle Iowa BLUE IBoxLiT Jut BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers y Lulitton b f Mr BLUE GRASS BLADE PublIshersr THE PROCESSION PLANET I till Haeck 1 to Wettstein lREAD YOUR SYNOPSIS OF jiB- o Mechanlcs of Nature AND i ical SubConscious Minds OELLSOULS- S of the OrganiG Kingdom lhaingcnables me to redl price of tho now allel all sltlleqll lIt cditlons to 0Icelltll per copr tin stnl or vo cop for a dimc rnilell tn addrcss ill the U S Canada exlco on reco ipt of pricl fcntion tho lade HERltlANN WETTSTEIN Publisher 412414 Main Street Fitzgerald Georgia i The ree Speech League Inites corresl ndcnce cooperation and mcnJershipof nll who rights and dare maintain tbem JOIN US HEI PUS GET OUR LIST OF BOOKS RE THENPASS THEM ALONG Iihert t 1s by Ingersoll Wakemnn Walker Schroeder Pentecost Darrow Iost Ilnd otl1ers Read Our Ishing Jiberty lress fIe cents and also Do You Wont Free Speech tI ten cents Ilnd learn WH YOU SHOULD ACT WITH US The Free Speecb League 120 Lexington Ave New York City s h v- t j