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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t IF I i BLuE GRASS BLADEI WE ATM TO OUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH 1 VOLUME XVINUMBER 28marl p LEXINGTON KY NOV 17 1907 Published Weekly160 per Year in advanc A Parker SeDt- h phtlAlhlsnA eu DARING REPLY TO rlTHE POPE A CAT C PRIEST Defends Modernism from the Assaults- of the Vatican and Now Believed That His Bold Declarations Will Result In His Expulsion From the Church FATHER TYRREL HURLS DEIFIANCE AT POPES RE CENT THREATS Truth crushed to earth will rise wrote the philosopher and that statement is us true tooay as when first tyranny may triumph for a season but freedom of thought must prevail so long as men may meet and converse Prevent the social contact and thoughtful Inter course and liberty vould perish Blade readers will recall that only a few weeks ago the Pope issued an encyclical which the Blade discussed at the time It was against Modern ism or what might be more ap propriately termed the spirit or essence of Freethought that had made Its appearance in greater or less de gree among the church councils This was what the Vatican had aimed particularly to suppress Was the attempted suppression suc f The Pope has been answered by a leader of the modernists The answer tjcame in the shape of a long letter vi which found publication first in the columns of the London Times and scam to America through the regular news channelsIwas written by wJO t lJIi rro it7larg of tbl gl tfjre Bbn The letter Is so thoroughly c p lnClng that portions thereof to 7 found below will be read with Interest The boldness of his utterances are r reported to have caused consterna tion in Vatican circles one high personage says dispatch to the New York Times declaring thltthek Church can hardly do less than expel him His letter filling over four columns of the London Times gives a detailed examination of both the controvcrsul part of the encyclical and the practical part with the conse quences its enforcement would entail It practically comes the nearest to what may be regarded as the official r utterance of Modernism and as such is Interesting to people of all shades of belief Father Tyrrell will not ac Sept the implications of the Popes document that he as a Modernist places himself outside the pale of the Church When the encyclical tries to show the Modernist that he is no Catholic he declares it mostly succeeds only in showing him that he is no scholasticwhich he knew In severe terms the document Is ar ralnged for Identifying true Catholic Ism with a sciencetheory and psychology that are as strange as astrology to the modern mind and are practically unknown outside seminary walls save to the historian of phil osophy As an argument he con tinues the encyclical falls dead for every one who regards Its science theory as obsolete for all who believe that truth has not been stagnating for centuries in theological semi naries but has been steadily stream ing on with everincreasing force and volume in the channels which liberty has opened to its progress Father Tyrrell proceeds in words like these to estimate the effect which the en cyclical may be expected to produce Should the repressive measures of tho encyclical be successfully carried out which is rather difficult to Imag- Ine it is to be feared that Modernism to whose astounding energy versa tility and diffusion the encyclical bears reluctant testimony will be simply driven underground to the catacombs thereto grow and strengthen and organize itself against the not distant day when it shall be able to break forth again with gathered impetus In spite of sandbarrlers the tide will come Innot peaceably but with a dangerous rush It took two centuries to kill Jansenism whose roots were far fewer and feebler than those Modernism and whose direction was against a than with that of vancing Ion If the Pope makes to make martyrs and confess only drive the closerIthe whyt body the admiration 4a r Support not only the OUtsa but also the ofI tudes r who however dltreren letic to Modernism ore m h to dislike any appears rat violence and Intoler still more any attempt Intelelctual errors to bad Mt to evil motives of which GoJls Judge The en cyclical pie Tres to enlist the sympatlileiiJreligious bodies In its cos4 iot Modernists sisting oYvet again that their prlnclple i bverslve of all religion j jtelY But for this it Identifl far too closely with echo and makes it too plain that grilzes no logical alternativeweed extreme ultra montanisipr rank atheism Protest ants will Ijr enough what they might ex t arestitulion of all things et ii the mind of th- eencycHctheycare to em bark all bus treasures in so fra iIa8W furnished for by an o e system themI The ctualism most fierce m to all inward e and union with God whicht document will probabljralsympathies of multitudes te ota hundred repugnano drawn th5Church as the end who s firm basis of as iPxwm oe HliiJe a iAJCY ffB oe revolted by a blow k not merely against the Modernist of today but in princi plo agaimrt their spiritual ancestry against those names in the past to which Catholics most readily appeal in proof of their Churchs contribution to enlightenment and progress One can not help wondering ob serves Father Tyrrell what effect this encyclical wll have on the prospects of Catholic universities and Catholic education in general We read the Pope can not be acv cused of any sort of asture opportun ism Never was man more honestly fearless and reckless in the cause of his principles nor Is it possible not to admire the strength however little one may approve the direction of this vigorous blow from the shoulder But will this clear exposition of the tenets of scholastic theology and of its claim to control and dictate to history and science will the frankly inquisitorial methods by which this claim is to be enforced will this rootandbranch pudiation of what moderns believe to be enlightenment encourage modern governments to entrust the Popes episcopal delegates with the control of public education t The question answers Itself No Modernist has any right whatever to be surprized at this encyclical though he may perhaps be surprised at the unusual courage and candor which throwing aside all customary diplomacy and equivoca lion is not afraid to present to an as tonished world the full logical conse quences practical as well as specu lative of scholastic theology In all their naked congeniality After all It Is only what he has been working and hoping fora clear and final demonstration of the futility of pour ing new wine into old bottles of the attempt to gather the experience of the twentieth century under tho cate gories of the thirteenth of coming to terms with an age that is dead and burledIna word of coquetting with the impossible Conceiving the position of ono who may in the future be condemned through the operation of the Popes instrument Father Tyrrell says No sopalled Modernist who under stands the logic of his own position will be moved from his Catholicism by any act of juridical violence of which hp may be the ob jectHls faith is not something that can be annihilated In a moment by the word of an angry bishop Mush y1t f as he may prize the sacramental bread of life he prizes still more the un leavened bread of sincerity and truth To secede would be to allow that his calumniators were in the right that Catholicism was bound hand and foot to its scholastic interpretation and to Its medieval church polity that the Pope had no duties and the people no rights It would be to abandon what he believes to be the truth at the moment of Its greatest betrayal What he will most deeply regret is the loss of one of the Churchs greatest opportunities of proving her self the savior of the nations Rarely In her history had the eyes of all been waiting upon her more expectantly In the hope that she might have bread for the starving millions for those who are troubled by that vague hunger for God on which the encyclical pours such scorn Protestantism in its thinkers and representatives had grown dissatisfied with its rude antithesis to Catholicism and was be ginning to wonder whether Rome too had not grown dissatisfied with her rigid medievalism The Modernist movement had quickened a thousand dim dreams of reunion into enthusi astic hopes When lo Plus comes forward with a stone in one hand and a scorpion in the other Thousands of the most deeply religious souls scandalized by the crude identification of scholasticism with Catholicism will be kept from the church and from those graces sacraments and helps to which they have infinitely more right than many children of the kingdom Nor can the wholesale aljenatlon of the educated classes with Its Implied contempt of the clerical mind tell otherwise than disastrously on the less educated multitudes already rapidly falling away from the Church who in these matters invariably follow from afar the fashion of their betters The scandal of the strong Is ever the greatest scandal of the weak IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS JAPENESE MORAL CODE s Ifapanese Morals Sent for and They Have Proved Acceptlble Instruction to Children of America By Henry Bauer Being personally delighted with your recent article upon the action of President Schneider of the Board of Education of Chicago as a resident or that city I could not help but com mend the extended notice you gave to the important Incident of his fusing to allow Bible instruction In the public schools and while the endorsement given him by some of the preachers gave encouragement to the stand he had taken yet self interest moved them and I have no faith in the sincerity of their position or motiveIt not that portion of the subject I now wish to discuss but another and more important phase a more far reaching fact an Incident that gives the Christian fanatics a decided setback which is nothing less than an official exclusion of Christian teachings in the public schools of Chicago and admission of the moral precepts taught by Buddha the lat ter being regarded as exercising a more wholesome Influence upon the mind and morals of the children Morality is the highest aim of edu cation and to educate without morals Is almost a waste of time The waste would be increased by injecting Christian dogma into the curriculum through Bible reading This seems to be the rationalistic view enter tamed by President Schneider and to satisfy himself he has written to Toklo for a translated copy of the moral precepts taught by Buddha now propagated In Japan and he has received that which he asked for It is now said to be his purpose to in troduce those precepts into the cur riculum of the schools that are under his jurisdiction and It must be both gall and wormwood to see Japanese morality taught In the public schools of a land supposedly or confessedly Christian And yet It is not sur prising The day was to come when the inferiority of the Christian religion as compared even with other religions would become understood and in that day the end of Christianity hove in sight And if to improve the matter Presi dent Schneider after an examination of the Japanese code remarked that the could not bo improved upon and he said The present is a code of ethics t r which seems to apply to the West as well as the East The chief stress seems to be laid on the development of morality and that is right Learn- Ing has really always been of second ary consideration and it should be he President Schneider has received contains a collection or compilation of moral precepts put together by the Emperor of Japan about thirty years gao They are based upon the Buddhistic philosophy and among them are found the fol fillial to your parents affectionate to your brothers and sisters as husbands and wives be harmonious as friends true bear yourselves in modesty and modera tion extend your benevolence to all pursue learning and cultivate arts and thereby develop intellectual faculties and perfect moral powers furthermore advance public good and promote common interest always respect the Constitution and preserve the laws should emergency arise offer yourselves courageously to the State and thus guard and maintain the prosperity of your Imperial Throne coeval with heaven and much better it would be and what an improvement in morals would follow if that code could be introduced into all our schools t Christian fanaticism stands in the way but the entering wedge has been driven and hope shines PU4Sr PREACHERS PURGATIVES Collection of News Items that Indi cate the Trend of Modern Public Opinion Concerning Orthodoxy SOME THINGS THE PARSONS WILL NOT LIKE Tx continually raise the cry of degeneracy may grow somewhat mo uo nous Jtta of the strong- c te ce l aa I orthodox Christian faith VftSB young men refuse to offer for a voca tion once crowded and eagerly sough- for it is a sure sign of decay and the following report be true that de cadence has gone to an extreme lengthPHILADELPHIArhe Presbyterian church in common with other denominations has experienced a loss of more than 30 per cent of candidates for the ministry in the last decade according to Rev Dr J W ochran corresponding secretary ofI the Presbyterian Board of Education Low salaries Is the reason he assigns- It is a disgrace to the church that the average pay of tho ministry so s meager declares Rev Dr Coch ran Metropolitan salaries bring up the 400 or x500 income of the vil lage pastor to less than 100 in the average I heard a minister in Minne sota who receives 25 a month and has three churches One is eighteen miles distant from another He has been compelled to walk this dis tance every Sunday but finding his neai being impaired he bought a horse and killed it in two months from overwork The horse cost 100 and he is paying a month for the dead horse and a month for rent leaving him a month for himself and family to live on I told this to a negro synod in the South and one of the brightest men in the synod arose and said Brother that would be a luxurious salary lor us down here We are getting 15 a month An effort will I believe soon be made in the church to remedy this unfortunate situation Living is 50 per cent higher than ten years ago yet the salaries of ministers have as far as my experience goes remained stationary Something must be done ar ue best young men of the church will feel more strongly than they do now that the church is recreant and unworthy and that they can help the fallen humanity and save souls in other ways than by entering the ministry of a selfish church Cincinnati Enquirer IN GOLD WE TRUSTI Editorial comment has been made in this issue of the Blade upon the subject matter of the item which fol lows Read this and then turn to the other NEW YORK Gold Is the only of the American people By the words In God we trust fro all coins in the future the Govern ment Is casting aside the mask of hypocrisy whlcii for years has hidden tae real divinity of tho Americans In God we Trust would be tho true motto said Rev S A Preston as sistant pastor of the Metropolitan temple on Fourteenth street an street and SevenU avenue The recent panic which has shaken the country Is nothing moro or less than a judgment sent by God Continued on Fourth Page L THE AMERICAN CONTRASTE POLITIQUE Splendid Review of the Personal Characteristics of Roosevelt and Bryan as Being the Greatest Leaders and Representatives- of the Opposing Political Parties ONE STANDS TO WIN NOW THE OTHER BUILDS FOR FUTURE BENEFITS By Clifford Greve The Blade is pleased to publish the following nonpartisan review of these great leaders In American politics taken from Humanity for November nnd by the of tho editor whose name is subscribed aboveDiscrimInating aimful youth does not worship the dust and bones of famous men in musty mouldy old cathedrals where the air Is laden with raucous mocking odors but at home rather near to a large fire place he sits and dissects tho char acters which have been attached to names now surely registered among a man reaches that estate where he takes on all the peculiari ties of his nation and his times he no longer Is a mere being of common clay but has been lifted up to char and Bryan make the American contraste polltiquo We should not at this early hour in contemporaneous history attempt an estimate of these two men The rec ords will be gathered by our childrens children and from these the tme writer of mans story will have to pick out the narrative and set the soulof greatness in an aureole of rosy light ROOSEVELT Roosevelt is the composite of other men He stakes his all in ovary con tenlon and foif him It is to wlr re and ass or tnoircnna for the benefits which come onl the from combat He can momenttfightffor him and his nation He makes right what others present as suggestions culled from dreams He starts where the populace 1s and takes it with him where he will He lives in his days and nights a power for what he sees to be of virtue He never gets too far ahead of his army neither is to be discerned in its center He is sure that the work of worth must commence now where wo are and that what we have must be the foundation upon which can be erected only such structures as are not beyond our ableness He is ever hopeful advancing the position that there never was such a period for human activities as the present He neither allows the past mag nificence of over estimated govern ments made glorious by adjectives flowing from the subtle pens of the historians nor the prophecies of the woe which is to befall us on the day pointfromwavering needle of popular opinion He Is not bigger in his own mind than his constituents and each day is sufficient for the doing thereof to be reckoned with at his bedside in his prayers each night He asks no quarter and gives none requests no favors and rewards only according to a mans work He measures this as he chooses with a lariat that is longer on dry days than it Is on wet ones He is bluffer himself un bluffable He drinks publicly the day after the church has openly reprimanded the Viee President for serving a cocktail and the week be fore he presented a shrine with a makes his own fight and has fought It out his own way all his life He can forgive his party like a mother but bears malice against an individual as if he had grown up in the feud ridden mountains of Sicily andmthe I Ams and uniqueness of oven a Stlrner fall flat in the brain pan of this representative of the masses partaking of the qualities of an suet ence and swayed by the enthusiasm or hisses of its every member Yet- he Is ambitious to stamp his times with his name and carve upon the mountain sides records of his deeds defying the wind the sand the storms of an all too uncertain future t ti if fill to wipe them off He is evanescent in maturity as he was aged in youth He twists everything Into his servicetthat he can utilize in his purposes popularityHis service is to himself and hlsjpurpose is the freedom and the thispIe that the end which Is best for greatest number Justifies the an hypothesis provable by the of every domineering nation j necessary as it is now and meansI lunfair Always utilitarian he that lying is but the recitation experiences combined A time and place Men he calls to membership in the Ananias Club are 1guilty of getting off the wrong story iatt he right moment or in the wrong JtheRosevelt is an unbeatable man Ojbecause he never knows when he is whipped And that type Is tho only kind of human that never Is whipped Men who Intend to do aught that Iscreal in life never reckon with failure He sets out for toe hunt When he 3j comes upon the game he shoots It matters not what this may be for it takes more bravery to entertain the most altrulstlcal project than it does to throttle your worst enemy The question of success and happiness in this life is one of work and concerns not your indenture nor your pay Roosevelt lives in the nows and he sees that they are always going going going and are gone That is forever so he tries hard to use each before It slips into eternity Roose velt is an aristocrat at heart The people have always loved the best aristocrats who cannot avoid being the best democrats and Roosevelt if he is anything Is a democratthe adaptable man of action We get better by fighting Just as we get 1i1t p each Is good in its but an overaiundancefwilwake lrI the ruffian or the milksop Rqnomlnated Roosevelt would be elected but is estoppedHis solemn word has been given to the nation and nono but an enemy can assert 1 Jt will be broken BRYAN fr When history comes to be Written in the retrospective Wm J Bryan will stand out as one of the tJfoundest i country has known Intuitively he 1 feels the Issues of the future Taking jf a viewpoint from on high he sees laid out before him the hopes and wishes of the people He touches the weak nesses of our civilization but never f speaks of them without suggesting a remedy He scents danger to the common weal as certainly as did Jef ferson Ho is preeminently a thinker His judgment is confirmed by the In exorable logic of events As a private citizen he visits every capital in the far east and Europe and is received with public and of ficial ceremonies excelling even those accorded an expresident the great 1Heparty of the masses waiting for his word that as n cloud by day and iapillar of fire by night may lead them out of the wilderness back unto their tpersonal popularity is second only if not equal to that of Roosevelt Always a leader he is too far ahead of the army It takes a decade for a great idea to become the minds of the people but cannot wait for as he Bryanrevidences of a general one of his policies he forges on and another Jpersonalwith him Defeated for senator and twice for the president he knows that popular acclaim does not always presage a majority at the polls His confidential friends declare he will make a formal announcement of his intentions within six weeks This means he will decline to be a candi date for the nomination He made no announcement in nor in 1000 and he was a candidate but in 1904 he did and then it was to decline to permit his name to be used He need not announce his candidacyhe would be nominated without It We therefore say he will withdraw What a magnificent figure he Continued on Fourth Page i 1BLUE GRASS BLADE R3g5 K w Founded 1884 and edited by Charles Cnllton Moore up to his death February 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publis- herL1tSUBSCRIPTION RATES Bv mall jstjui1 50 T ytnr in itlvtuuo Five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All orfilfin subscription postpaid 200 per ycear SLAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payable to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Ky as thi 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 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ambitions Learn to tolerate anothers religious opinion a Tainted money finds its way into pockets of idlers 0 Kentucky appears to have been struck with political cyclone- t alien still differ as to the business end of a bee the but end of a goat and the chief end of mania 5 Those new 10 gold pieces are not epidemic and if you catch one you will not have it long and never a second time QtI e k JjPrrrr The motion for an eight hour day for wives has just been laid on the ta ole until after the hill ar t rangements have been made Lillian Russell claims that divorce is a vehicle ffinch may be another method of stating that thing on wheels and does sometimes ex ceed the speed limit After the recent political slump it would constitute a puzzling question to most foreigners whether base ball or politics was our national game we plug so well at both 0 it Many of the orthodox merely feel that they believe in God but do not know and arc absolutely incapable of giving an intelligent reasou for the faith that is in them S r No lesson can be learned in a day and we are till struggling students in the big school of ex pericuce but a lesson once learned in this school is never forgotten and this is a fact against ortho 4 dox religion i 4 The value of the cross has been exemplified in England where it is reported that burglars used a large wooden cross as a battering ram forced their way into the church and stole everything of value Now that the old cry of a religious awaken ing being at hand is again heard we are prone 1towonder how it could have slept so long with all noise it advocates have been indulging for so many years r r r Not the truth but the weakness of religion may be proven by the arrant hyprocrisy of many church communicants while the tnuh as they prefer to term it is disproven by the theologian y themselves and their inability to agree upon a vinely inspired word o v A1trThe Puritan fathers were men of iron rugged lI mold but seriously mistaken about religion and witches and yet they were of a superior quality to the present gang of skypilots whose methods I to build up religion would disgrace a railroad lobby at Washington and put a buncosteerer on the bum o History teaches that the more ridiculous or fool ish a fad many be the more readily it finds a fol lowing mid this fact was demonstrated at the birth of Christianity und the birth of every aspiring sect passing current under that name during all the intervening ages The untl classes arun to fads and this is why the sects continueI0 0 a f iI A DEGRADING STANDARD In previous issues the Dade has made editorial comment upon the utter nnd absolute degeneracy of the Christian ministry and we have assigned the advancing education of the people as one of the most potent causes contributing to such a rev sult Startling proof of this is now forthcoming from no less an authority than President Eliot of the Harvard University Not so very long ago the preacher was regarded as a superior being Considered front an intel lectual standpoint he was For the most part the masses were illiterate and but little read As a rule the parson was about the best educated man in the community and he was able to give useful advice to the members of his church Compulsory education with abundant opportunities for learn ing soon came before the people and taking ad vantage of them the masses wore educated Only two or three generations were necessary to bring about such a result It soon followed that tht people outstripped the parson in the struggle for knowledge and while all parsons have been train ed only along exclusive lines the people have taken a wider course obtained a wider and more general knowledge so that the parson has got dis tanced in the race Instead of soliciting information front him the parson frequently needs infor mation being extended him Preaching became a profession and not a personal calling and because of this it soon fell into disrepute President Eliot has laid down three rules for divinity students in the course of their investiga tions and practice These rules corroborate every utterance the Blade has made about the iucompc tency of the preachers He says 1 To be serviceable to their families their sociates and the community 2 To be free to think say and Jo what they really believe in 3 To grow in efficiency and influence all through their lives To an outsider and to a person indifferent con cerning the Christian ministry it is impossible to Dclieve that these should be laid down as the primary or fundamental ideas governing a man who is thinking about entering the Christian ministry But when the same authority goes further and urges the young man to marry wealth in order that he might be able to eke out an ex istence independent of the meagerly pittance pain him the crucial test has been reached and the ful eliect of such an appeal cannot be fully expressed in words Such a social idea is repugnant to the average man and the average man could not re spect a minister who would thus degrade himselt it suggests an utter abandonment of that self sacrifice about which the church has raved so much and presents but a dismal and gloomy future for orthodoxy The thrpe rules quoted may be all right for uieu of the world but they will never do for a parson The second rule would mean the end of the chuKcli tomorrow 4 litdrally lietlinand pr latth This is just what1hc lade IS contending for with allmen not parsons alone and when the nun hood of the country will rise to that high sphere wherein they can infiinchingly obey that rule Freethought will stand triumphant over all ortho di fs- GAVE HIS PULPIT FOR A KISS Time Rev John Koyer of Sugar Branch Swit zerland county in the solid Hoosier state is evi dently a practical man of the worM and pays but small heed to the vaporings of those busy bacteri ologists who insist that death and disease lurk oeneath a maidens rosy lips On the contrary John is rather too fond of kissing according to well authenticated reports he lost his pulpit for having attempting to snatch a kiss from tempting ips or mabe he succeeded in securing the oscilla tory indulgence Although the identity of the young army in tin case is not made public our sympathies go out in large sized chunks to the Rev John Being a preacher he hud an open sesame to the garden of the Gods und ample liberty to cull therefrom the choicest of all flowers that therein grow Being a preacher he must also be credited with being a mm of excellent taste and judgment and whip tt is hardly possillc that the fairest of the hoosier ofltheBluesun we opmo a was foie to look upon with beautiful eyes ana luscious lips withal enough to provoke a man to madness and goad him to desperation Be that as it may John evidently made a desperate attempt to get satisfaction out of the yumyum but it was at a terrible cost Doubtless John thought that tht daughters of men would be willing to accept a firmly planted kiss from the sons of God as in the days of old but somehow it seems that Indiana maidens are not built that way and we arc at a loss to decide whether it was the girls fault of whether the fault lay with John It may be that John went at the business in the wrong way Long years of practical human experience hath taught that when a girl runs away from a kiss it is an evidence that the crop of diseases germs on her rosy lips not yet ripe and ready for trans planting or else the male person is poaching on somebody elses preserves The information of this oscillatory transaction came to our office n the form of a clipping from die Independent published at Huntingburgh Indiana In its accout of the affair it humorously suggests that Rev John was tried before a church committee and suspended b ythe Methodist Con ference on a definite and specific charge which imputed to him the ignoble offense of having kissed or attempted to kiss a woman Nay Nay Term it not ignoble to kiss a wo man It might have been had John attempted to 1 a kiss n man A kiss is calculated to cure tho most chronic case of dyspepsia but wo know not whether John sought to effect a cure of that character or simply desired the osculation as a pre ventive It may be that John had gone about it in an unscientific way John should not be blamed too much for seeking to linger upon a rosebud mouth any more than we should prefer charges against the bees for hovering with a drowsy drunken hum about the fragrant flowers Prop erly taken a kiss is the true elixir which make the heart of hoary age beat forever like it were a boys Airy man who is not willing to chance the cold and silent tomb for the felicity of browsing for a few fleeting moments in Elysian fields should follow the example of G Cleveland and go hire him a substitute No blame should be at tacked to a preacher because he desired to plant a kiss upon the lips ofa cornfed beauty and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the suspended though Rev Royer is to be commended that he accepted his punishment without complaint and unlike most men of his calling he did not seek to cast the burden of the offense upon the woman a THE BLADE APPROVES THIS CLUB Here at last is a womans club whichshould meet the hearty commendation of the masculine gender The young women of Worchester Massachusetts so it is reported have organized n beauty club We are not to understand by this that all die members of the club are beautiful but it is to signify that all its members are to strive desperately to reach that perfect physical condition wherein they can be described as being beautiful Unusually a wcnans club is but an effort to ape after man and very few can be found who is wil ling to extend even a halfway support thereto but this is a club the objects which are such as to dcmnnd the instantaneous endorsement of every male person in the entire animal kingdom If the young women of Worchcster can accom plish the task they have set for themselves the frightened bachelors will have to take the woods or buy n marriage liscense If the club secures a lifrge membership it is safe to say that Worchestet will not be able to boast a bachelor of marriage able age inside of six months thereafter Let thb women go on by nil menus and if they succeed in this nil other joys will be speedily accomplished As a rule a woman understands angels and curves especially as they effect the female form divine and she is a most competent critic Were the Blade able to make a beautiful woman it would not waste a single moment of time on trying to make a man Go on women persevere iMay success attend your noble aspirations and when you have denu omstrated your ability we win sendyou a sample of Kentucky feminine beauty ns a mfpJel to work tum YELLOW PREACHERS IN LEXINGTON The city of Lexington is cursed with two wull fledged thoroughbred unadulterated double barrelled unmuzzled jackals that ever disgraced a pulpit If their congregations had but halt sense they would both be invited to find a new w these is a Methodist blatherskite Tht other a cayote from the Campbellite pen The former allowed himself to be made a political ward heeler an election spy a solicitor of votes while the other plunged foremost into the grave defiled the tomb and sought to make political capital out of murder Time Methodist had the audacity to request that a man better than himself should resign a public office to make room for one of his own political pets The other turned a funeral sermon into a po liteal harangue of such demagogic character that the partisinn press seized upon it and rolled it as a juicy morsel betwen its teeth They are both yellow preachers of the yellowest stripe They have both started to personal ruin and a grateful people grateful because they have taken that step will give them all possible assistance on their journey Political parsons are a curse to any com proItheir pulpit and their text Politics and religion like whiskey maid water spoil both when they are only response that should be made to the Methodist parsons demand that the Mayorelect of Lexington resign his office should come from the congregation of that Methodist church in the shape of a demand for that parsons resignation Time city of Lexington grew and prospered before this Meddlesome Mattie ever crossed its border and it will continue to grow and prosper when he has crossed those borders again moving in the opposite direction He has been in Lexington about two years and now evidently believes lit owns the city and that his superiors men to the manor born must obey his injuncitons and do that only which he shall permit The other fellow be ing the superintendent of his Sunday school had given rise to the hope that his political success might mean the knocking down of a juicy persimmon for himself It didnt work that way and it is not going to work that way just to please a pat sonChrist never sought to gain notoriety through writing columns of political slush in a partisan press But this preacher is not Christlike Christ did not request the lawfully elected public ofiraiald to resign but when the money changers usurped the Temple he personally invited them to leave nt the end of the whip but this preacher is not Christlike he has not the physical or moral cour age Having entered the arena of politics he must fromthepeople of Lexington can now take his political measure and on the hustings he will become nu easy mark frequentlyhe exacUytheregard for the fancied sacredness of his callingi himbyThe trouble is that the parsons are doing too well in Lexington It is well paid well fed pam arrugantPuverty politeinvitationselves strictly to the duties their congregations umisotentatiously leadstoLexington must not tolerate yellow preachers ill r r fit V MIAN COMING IDS OWN 1 electivejudgesies and a hundred different decisions have been rendered by as many different judges upon almost precisely the same issue of law that the American judicialwhetherinlook upon the judge or the jury is only apt to make Jerseycomes thetitleit isan evidence that presecuted mean is at last decisionThe facts are that Judge Howell has decided that ifa male parson is earning 35 per week and primafacieuponanotlmerhis own laundry bill and furnish his own supply opinioninsignificanctIna man of the world who will perhaps decide cases t upon a personal knowledge of ht1 r gpiiautyL partially ignore such s of which he re quireqaKe ju cognizance only Jin one oft e little dorlicstic- qti never to kritttiei way into a ti ion strike the Blade because of lt iarity d we take it to be both just futurbdomestther suggests that the husband might turn over the entire envelope and its contents each week and let ilhis wife pay the laundry and tobaccois r Er TU EEUrIE Did nt somebody once write somewhere some siekYVNot so very long ago a valued and trusted friend of the Blade wrote it a le ter of praise and congratulation It happened during the life time and editorial regime of our distinguished predecessor memuriesbring thruughlifeOnly the other day the present editorial management of the Blade also received a letter from the same person But what a change has been wrought There isa vast difference between themIHere we have been struggling for two years against almost overwhelming odds We took upon ourselves a burden which we did not believe we could carry through Little by little we have in creased the Blades mailing list and hopes arose that we could soon have it on a paying basis Now one by one the old guard pulls away True the dolar and a half is not much but it would buy baby a pair of shoes but baby must go a little longer and the old guard goes without the Blade Well to make a long story short ho who vowed to stand by the Blade if it becnme the size ofn postage stamp now sends us the following My Dear Hughes You have not complied with my request of over a month since to discontinue the Blade to me My time expired with the end of September 1907 Please discontinue until further notice I may take it again in the future There is no change in my sentiments but I have more papers than I have time to read With best wishes und prosperity to you I am Your Friend The name and place of residence are with held for the purpose of avoiding identification Ot aourse if a subscriber does not like the Blade or feels that he is being cheated out of his subscrip tion he has a right to cease paying for it and order to stop the paperwruo many other papers is the flimsiest sort of an excuse and nearly every editor wonders how it is thnt so many can furnish the sane excuse This is not intended as a criticism It is meant o show those friends who are loyal to the cause he necessity for more hard work to make up for that which is lost tiilii J I tIr ABOLISH THE OATH AS A LEGAL FUNCTION J Changing manners and customs stay be uied ns an index reliable and true in determining the status of the human mind as concerns religion its forms and formulas When a general or wholesale disregard i5dis covered among the masses for the of things once deemed too sacred to be questioned or suspected it is n sure sign that human nature has undergone a vast change towards these things What was once capable of inspiring the mindvith religious awe und dread is nowlooke uponaSbc ing the most commonplace procedings without of form and unmeaning or force a mere matter worthy of consideration From this we maycon elude that when a man or a woman feels that Way about rligion then that religion is not strong enough to command silent respect Now here is the fact more clearly proven than in our law courts It arises from the statuory oath required of witnesses parties and jurors as ft part of the legal procedure connected with a given trial The first step is the selection of the jury Each juror or talesman interrogated is required to state under oath what knowledge he liasjj any setl if concerning theor an opinion any facts in the case and whether such knowledge would exert any influence upon the judgment he might wish to render were he finally accepted This oath in accordance with the legal form requires him to make true answers to these quest nbl So help you God Witnesses and partieswthe litigaton are thus required to tell the truth of what they know before offering their testimony In spite of this a prejudiced or biased juror mil after taking such an oath strive to get on the jury for the purpose of convicting or acquitting or as in some known cases where alleged professional jur ors are used for the sake of the fee attaching tt the duty performed if it can be called duty in such cases Witnesses and litigants will also swear So help you God to tell the truth and then go upon the wiiness and lies like Cretans in order to gaiii a point for themselves or friends as the case may be From these facts all well known and in a measure practically admitted the religious oath as it function in the courts has become so utterly mean ians ndlitingless that even many professing that its abolition would be a decided llvantagretI- morality and truth As a matter of fact under ex isting conditions no matter how deep a reverence a believer must entertain for the deity he worships he will admit that his god is dishonored every day in each year by its use and society gains no pro tection therefrom The oath is looked upon as bur and containing no element ing merely perfunctory of religion about thereby indicating that so far oath is concerned religion has as the use of the gone from the hearts of tile multitude v The instances cited ate bUS vic- are accumulating JErom qi of Ghristianaud nr f edtnristian theology Wlien a Qourago to state in open court tu oath is not binding upon his conscience und t t her prefers to make the simple affirmation pr 6 vided by law you can rest assured that man wilt utter truth no matter what slave has been been re quired for conscience sake It is a clean cut fact is no gainer by a con that the Christian religion tinued use of the oath Under its very sanction truth is made a mockery and justice a byword and a reproach Whatever of holiness it may have bcei clothed with when first used as a part of our juris prudence it is a moral certainty that that holiness does not attach to it now Strange as it may seem Roman Catholicism has been the first of the ultraorthodox set to suggest that the oath lie wiped out as a legal function Al thought basing the suggestion of its abolition upon other and different grounds as inculcating a mom profound belief in and reverence for god the Monitor of Newnrk New Jersey has the following to say which is worthy of being used liner in substan tiation of what has already been said It says When religion dies from the hearts of a peo dies with it for an ple the reverence for an oath oath is essentially an act of religion As infidelity creeps in respect for things sacred goes out Men who doubt the existence of God or have no con cern to honor or serve him have little thought about the character of the oath they glibly take By their neglect of religion they have almost made themselves incapable of any of its nets and cer tainly incapable of appreciating its value as against their own selfish interests Religious indifference is rampant In our land The consequent characteristic of our society is materialism The senses and what appeals toI them rule the life of the greater portion of out people What they call their religion is in the main a naturalism whose horizon is bounded by the world around God is too far away to claim ap such conditions an oath is merely a perfunctory requirement of the civil law with civil sanctions and penalties Selfishness dome nates conscience truth and charity become fig ments of the imagination ideals that are impractical The sole criterion is selfinterest We arc tempted to say that neither religion justice nor charity is served by the administration of the oath in our society Since its sanctity has departed its benefit to pustice and charity is at the most doubt ful Apart from the normal delinquencies its ad ministration entails even its utility has goner r 1THE POPE ON MARRIAGE Whether intending it or n tt11e pope has taken a new departure regarding mariage which wit have a tendency to strip it of all the sacred num i jra merits the church has fastened about it and bring it to what should be a mere civil contract made andentered into by capable and competent parties Prone the press dispatches we are informed that after next Easter 1008 only such engagements to marry as arc expressed in writing signed by both will have canonical standing in the Roman Catholic church If this be true once the contract is signed it becomes in law an actual marriage and the canonization by the church is made a matter of small moment Should the papal decree became universal among Catholics and with them the popes decree is law it will be a safe presumption that few law suits will follow for breaches of promise and judging from the text of the decree itself this seems to be one of the objects aimed at Among other things the pope iu his decree says It has been requested by the Bishops of Eu rope and other parts of the world that some provis ino be made to avoid complications arising out ol spousalia that is mutual promises to marry privately undertaken Past experience teaches how many troubles re suit from such private sponsalia namely A lax attitude toward matrimony the deception ol young girls interminable quarrtls and law suits Oniy such sponsalia shall be held valid and have canonical standing as are contracted in writing signed by the parties concerned ana either their pastor the Bishop or two witnesses- If one or the other party be unable to write that fact shall be noted in the writing and another witness must be added who shall sign with the pastor Bishop or two witnesses us befor present the church recognizes engagements to marry entered into verbally by young people in the course of a private conversation But after Easter such engagements will not be held as binding Only the spousalia solcmly reduced to writing signed by the contracting parties and witnessedaccording to the pupal decree wilL be oiuding upon parties and require a dispjeusaiiou to dissolve Heretofore if parties who had promisedeach other to marry subsequently lived together as mUll and wife their act was recognized by the church as a marriage but that will be the case no longer after Easter unless the sponsalia were writing signed and witnessed according to the decree before mentioned These marriages through sponsalia are anal ogous to the commonlaw marriages recognized oy our civil courts They always have been and until Easter will be considered marriages because the church holds that the intentions of the par ties must have been good However such marriages always have been in valid in parishes and dioceses where the mat nmonial regulations of the Council of Trent promulgated shortly after Martin Luthers day have lieu punished The regulations of the Council K Trent haveTiefh punished in St Louis con sequently the new decree relative to sponsalia will Have little or no effect here The regulations of the Council of Trent provide that no marriage shall be held and deemed valid unless performed by the pastor or some priest act ing with the consent either of the pastor or the the regulations of the Council of Trent the vagabundi or wandering persons of the Cath olic faith with no fixed abode cannot marry with out first acquiring a residence in some parish What it takes to acquire a residence is left largely to the conscience and discretion of the pastor The provisions of the new decree relative to sponsalia already have been announced in some Catholic churches this being done recently in a number of iustuncesIAmong English that is before the advent of the Conti nental missionaries a most important preliminary marriage was a bethronl or unptial contract called sponsaliu In latter ages bcthroal and marriage have been performed at the same time both in the Western and Eastern churches The bethroal was often made before a priest was always confirmed by gifts titled arrhae and arrhabones the earnest of marriage as also by the joining hands by the interchangs of rings or by the man only giving a ring by a kiss by a dowry by an oath or by a written agreement signed before witnesses Augs une mentions an agreement to marry signed by the parties and attested by several witnesses A law of Henry I enacted that no marriage contract made between a man and a woman without the presence of witnesses should be valid if either oi them afterwards repudiated it St Leobard qi Tours in the Sixth Century gave his bcthrothed a ring a kiss a pair of shoes the latter being a sign of his great subjection to her and to bind his feet the ring binding his hands Tcrtulliun mentions the nuptial kiss and joining of the right hounds together at the espousals Strutt quotes a manuscript in the llarleinn Li brary which says By the civil law whatever is given by way of betrothal gifts betwixt them that are promised in marriage hat a condition for the most part silent that it may be had again if mar riage ensue not but if the man should have a kiss for money he should lose onehalf of what he gave Yet with the woman it is otherwise for kissing or not kissing whatsoever she gave she may ask and have it again however this extends only to gloves bracelets rings and such like small waresIt will thus be seen that for the privilege of giving or taking a kiss the man entailed upon him self a loss Shakespeare in the 1wo Gentlemen of Verona makes Julia say she will seal her be trothal bargain with a holy kiss and in Twelfth Night the priest says that a bcthrothal was at tested by the holy close of lips JOHN ON THE ISLE OF PATMOS SOME OF THE THINGS HE SAYS HE SAW WOULD DO CREDIT TO A MODERN EXTRAVAGANZA PART It John says And after these things saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the the four winds of the earth that the winds should not blow on the- earth nor on to sea nor on any tree Of course this all occurred while the earth was flat and four cornered so that if John stood upon a big stump lie couldsee nil over the whole outfit at one glance And thero was only those four angels and John to be seen on the whole earth even good old fnllier Adam nail mother Eve is not mentioned as being present to witness this most extraordinary slight of hand performance John be ing the whole audience- I do not understand why It was necessary to specify that the win unlessIfornia big Sequol gigantic trees three hundred feet high I must confess that I am not well posted on the stat ure of angels But It appears to me as a reasonable guess that if the trees were three hundred feet high It would require angels at least three hundred and fifty feet high to hold the winds securely above the tops of the trees And the Inference Is that they made a perfect success of It There was the east wind the west wind the north wind and south wind each angel had his own particular wind to hold- I have seen blizzards In Iowa that would make the biggest angel that John over saw bat his eyes and grind his tobacco to get the least grip of them I have seen them travel at the speed of sixty miles an hour with such fury that the biggest bull in Iowa would turn tall and hump him self and let her blow this was all done to amuse John he being the whole audience I think John had filled up on pure dago Red that morn IngIt certainly would have been some satisfaction to the people of this day if John had given the modus operandi which enabled thoso four angels to take hold of and control the four wlndX jSp they could not hurt the landS tie eea or the trees Bo that the ileopleof the western prairies could have hustled out and caught every northwester that undertook to trespass upon their comforts But Just at that particular Interest Ing moment John saw another angel ascending from the east with the seal of the living God in his hands and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels hurt not the earth neither the sea nor the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God In their foreheads and they sealed one hundred and forty and four thousand- I suppose they branded them In their forheads as stock men do their stock with a hot Iron only the stock- men brand on the hip But there seems to bo a direct conflict of au thority The four angels were andIthey were ordered to stop It That one hundred and forty thousand Is all 10f the servants the living God has had sealed to him Perhaps that was just a part of the play to amuse John Now that all this work Is done the servants of the living God are sealed and the winds sect at liberty again crowd Increased at a wonderful rate John says a crowd came that no man could number that would be more than six sextillions of people all appearing at the menagerie suddenly Wo had no idea that the Isle of Pntmoa was so densely populated at so early a day and they were all clothed with white robes and had palms In their hands That was In the palmy days of Patmos and it must have been a fine climate some thing like Pasadena and Southern California but we cant get such big crowds together ns John represents and we have the best of electric car accommodations to assist us John says that that vast assem bingo of people will never get hungry or thirsty any more Curtain drops Silence for half an hour withIappeared having a gotten sensor full of Incense and ho mixed the Incense with the prayers of saints and nd ul a little fire and cast It to the earth and there were voices thindonnijs and lightnings and ni oarllniuaUo 1 suppose that was tho llrst intro dac Hall of Greek fire hen tht seven angels which mad the sean trumpets prepared themselves to sound then first angel sounded there followed hall and fire mingled with blood and the third part of tho trees were burned up lf and all green grass was burned up Of course that kind of fir would not burn dry grass John had taken an other astronomical oosenMtlcn RedThenwas careless about the amount of wind he used In his trumpet and the result was that he Jarred a great mountain loose and it took fire and tumbled Into the sea and one third of tho sea turned to blood and a third part of all the creatures in the sea died and a third part of the ships were destroyed That beat the Mowing down of the walls of Jericho with rams horns all to smash If Johns reputation for truth and va raclty was not so good some skeptical persons might bo tempted to doubt justhavingOne would suppose that when the second angel blew the mountain Into tho sea and caused such disaster that there was not an angel In heaven or Patmos either that need try to eclipse that grand feat but not so The third angel squared himself and filled up on holy wind and then sent It slzzlng through his trumpet and knocked a great burning star loose Tohnfeetthe rivers and fountains of waters and the waters became bitter and many died from the use of the waters greatburningthe Isle of Patmos or how much of an inconvenience It would cause one to have one drop at his feet but at this day and age of science the stars are large and would cause consider able discomfort But the fourth angel laid it to the third one easily and made no boasts about It either He probably mixed more chemicals in his blast than the others for when ho blew his trumpet a third part of the sun moon and stars were smitten and one third part of the day and night was dark ened He came near ending the whole business at that one toot The reader will remember that just prior to this interesting event that the sjlDJ1lteddsbtaclt as sack cloth of hair and toe moon actually turend to blood lOne would naturally suppose that one third of the sun moon and stars were smitten that one third of UtileImust have applied some powerful restoratives to those Injured bodies or John changed drinks radically All of a sudden tho sun moon stars and the day and night had clear ed up as bright as a June morning for John says he saw and heard another angel flying through heaven warning the inhabitants to look a leedle oud when the other three derful would happen The angels were having a general blowout trying the force of their lung power and the quality of their trumpets for they were competing for a prize The big crowd had left and John was again the whole audience and the master of the show was again ready to pro ceed with tho entertainment The fifth angel enters the arena and squares himself for the mighty ef fort and fills his lungs with tons of holy wind then elevated his trumpet and took deliberate aim at his chosen star and let his wind all god and the blast dislodged that star and it came tumpllng to the earth like a fig falls from the tree in a great wind And the prize was won just as easy as that German won the prize In the great balloon contest the other day The prize was the keys to the tomless pit and the keys was I sented to him as a token of regard for his great skill in handling holy wind Why that tit was kept locked when there was no bottom In It Is more than can comprehend but then we read greater Is the mystery of liness and I suppose this is a sample of it and John being still full of Dago Red says ho saw these things come up out of tho Pit Smoke like a great furnace camo out and darkened the sun and opfoehtut E oehpgtyy Irw sun and out of the smoke came locusts like scorpions with power to sting but they were commanded to not hurt tho grass or any green thing but turn their whole attention toI stinging those more than six sextil sealofThat was certainly a stinging buke to those unfortunates who had failed to avail themselves of the opportunity of becoming servants of tho living God but must not disturb thoso one hundred and forty four thousands who had the seal of the living God In their foreheads and J they were compelled to keep up that process of stinging flvo months with out a blto of anything to eat The locusts looked like horses pro pared for battle but had faces like men and hair like women and teeth like lions and breast plates of Iron and their king was the angel of the bottomless pit If John had been as explicit In his discrlptlon of that bottomless pit as he was about tho discrlptlon of the locusts that came out of it It would have saved me the painful necessity of racking my imagination In trying to dlscrlbo It for the edification of the Blade readers If it existed atal outside of Johns brain and Demijons It was a hole in the ground located on the Isle of Patmos and run away down Hellwards and Is still running- If John had taken one of our fourteenInch gun projectiles and held tho stem end of It in his teeth and squared himself astride the top end of that pit It had no other end and phlmmed tho center and then let goydecently and then stood listening thousand years to hear it light It would not have ben any nearer the bottom than when he let it out of his teeth The IncomprehensIbleness of the Incomprehensible hole is danged hard to comprehend When the sixth angel sounded his trumpet he was ordered to loose the four angels that was bound in the river Euphrates and they were loosed and at once commenced to slay the third part of man and the number of their horsement were two hundred millions and they had breast plates of fire and tho horses had heads like lions and tails like serpents and they played hell front and rear And another angel appeared on the scene Ho was a sort of a high toned dude Elaborate In his dress to the extreme probably Gods secre tary of State he was clothed with a cloud and he wore a rainbow on his head his face looked like the sun He carried his pockets full of thun ders and lightnings and earthquakes And his feet were like pillars of fire ho may not have been hot headed but he was like the Irlshmans bee begad he was hoot footed When he stood with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the earth and cried with a loud voice seven thunders uttered their voices he lifted up his hands to heaven and swear by Him that llveth forever that there should be time no longer Someone was mistaken for old father time has not missed even one stroke yet When the seventh angel sounded it modest affair compared withxtHiojirevlous high toned chap The four and twenty elders which sat berfore God held a little prayer meeting a very commonplace affair to say the most of It But greater scenes are yet to come E LEWIS 1000 BOOK for SlOO Will mall on receipt of SMO BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers Box Lexington LAT Unit BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers 3U Lnl doa IAbb llUslrilct BLUR GRASS BLADE Publishers in r it 4 k NEW VICTIMS ARE NEEDED By the Confidence Men and Christian Missionaries or Their Game Is Soon Played Out VIEW OF IN CHINA The London Freethinker publishes the following from the columns of the Dally Press of Hongkong China Being from an authority already on the ground and its information ac quired by actual experience the criti cisms made are justified and the lessons practical It says Confidencetrick men and other persons who prey upon their fellows require a succession of new and in experienced victims else is their occupation gone for a burnt child dreads the fire We do not want for a moment to suggest that there it anything in the missionary Interest It education in China that suggests the confidence trick but we are going tc try to show that it is too much tc say as has been claimed taht tin pioneer work in modernising the edu catlonal system of China entitles the missionary body to the fullest meed of that they are not entitled to claim or expect praise or honor for their interest in education has been and is directly a self lnterest their enthusiasm for their own theo logical opinions If they educate the young Chinaman it is because they desire to convert him They are we submit no more concerned for education itself than was Blshoj Horsley In 1795 who did not know what the massof the people in any country had to do with the laws but obey them In England up to a comparative recent date the Church was slow tt heed the demand of the masses foi the teacher It was not sure that in telllgence should be universal Wher that demand became too strong to bi Ignored and the Church took It up It was with the Intention primarily ol controlling that teacher If popular education had to come It must the handmaid of dogma The children of England were to be permitted tc learn In order that they might first of all read the Bible and the formu lanes of the church The purpose of all educational agencies was Christianize it was but an that they also helped to educate So It Is In China today where the cause of education Is less threatened by Chinese prejudices than by the There has been less native reaction in connection with the demand for foreign knowledge than In anything else and what success the missionary effort can boast has ben chiefly due to this antlve demand for part of what they bring as was also the case In Japan where their artful pupils or patients to adjust the metaphor swallowed the educational Jam and spat out the dogmatic pill In China too we have no doubt it Is the treacle they want and not the brim stone But that the missionaries merely Offer the first to induce the Chinese to swallow the second has been made apparent at the centenary conference at Shanghai One of the missionaries naively admitted In a paper that their immediate purpose Is more easily pursued among a superstitious multi tude than among an Agnostic educated class It was a similar recognition that made the Church unsympathetic towards popular en lightenment In England to begin with the more we know the more we know we dont know The forlorn hope of dogma Is to control the fountains of knowledge to doctor the fed of babes and suck lings and we have seen hw tenacious ly it can fight to hold this last trench EcclesIasticism is under notice to quit however in British schools the German educational system spued It long ago Franco Is even more emancipated Switzerland was a pioneer of nonsectarian instruction American public instruction has been a model since It knocked that clog off the wheel and Japans case we have already mentioned- In China fortunately there is little prospect of the Important work of education being so hampered A rep resentative committee of missionaries is now considering how to get a Christian university establishel in China but even pro missionary jour nals are against it The North China News says A Christian institution subsidised by a nonChristian government in op position to that governments own 1nonChrlstlan institution presents a palpable anomaly opening the way for much bitterness and friction at the expense of both religion and edu mlsconlceptlon a 1 T entirely to foreign sources Its presence would be perpetual humilia tion to ChInatlChristian students are not de barred from Chinese higher colleges and provincial universities we believe so long as they are willing to heed the Confucian observances and to render unto Caesar the thins that are his The missionaries however instruct them that they can not conscientiously bow to the tablets representing royalty It Is too late In the day to advocate reverence for royalty or regard for the divine right of kings but the missionaries ought to be the last to discredit It A student with an intellect capable of attaching consclcntous Importance to such formalities is little likely to benefit by instruction in any universi ty there would seem to be a crack In his head to begin with and that there are missionaries who can fuss about such unimportant trifles only shows how unfitted they are to teach The mere proposal to found a university from which non Christian students are to be excluded is suf Bclent proof for us that the educa tional zeal of missionaries is a pretence it is the wolf of propagand Ism In an educational sheepskin an it debars them we maintain from the honor they claim for work done and from sympathy for work projected Dally Press Hongkong China PILLS Continued from First Page o a Mammon following race con Inued Dr Preston Dr Preston predicted that if thlr ountry did not soon awaken to hocking spiritual condition it would lulckly receive the punishment ac orded other cities of ancient days Everywhere in Wall street may een the tracks of Lazrus he said Christianity is but an echo and it it lot strange that God should visit a unlshment on such an unchristian nfidel community Even churches are owned by rich nen who use them as they do their achts for personal ends St Louis Post Dispatch RELIGIOUS MANIA Attention has been frequently tailed to the deleterious influences o eliglon upon the brain that our in lane asylums are crowded with religious mania patients that ex treme religious influences are injurl jus to Individuals and communities Here Is another case of overwrought anatlclsm upon which religious for Should ponder deeply and well MARION DA rare case of physical endurance is reported here Jie principal being Jacob Nechtigiill who recently lost his mind as the ltof being afflicted byj a curlou- reUgious mania He is at present charge of a physician and is in a critical condition For about two weeks he has not eaten anything and for several days aas refused to even drink water His condition is such that he can scarcely recognize anyone It is thought to be a matter of only a few days before ne will pass away His family has been very prom neat In the affairs of this portion o the State and has himself been prom inent for years Chicago Tribune f THINKS SHE IS EVE Poor deluded humanity Religious tension and its peurlls teachings are responsible for many heartaches and much unnecessary suffering to excitE- a wrathful contempt for the idiotic tales related in the name of religion Read JOLIET ILLoverwork worry and too fervent a devotion to church is said to have been the cause of sending Mrs May Belle Annis wife at Daniel J Annis of Lockport to the Kankakee Insane Asylum Among other hallucinations Mrs Annis believes that she Is to give birth to a second Christ in less than a year Another hallucination is that she is Eve She declares that the Garden of Eden is five miles the other side of Oberlin O The Island at Dellwood she asesrts is where Adam first saw the light of day and Adam dwells on earth according to Mrs Annis in the person of Dr Pyle Chicago Chronicle THE AMERICAN Continued from First Page makes The Warwick of his party The possible future adviser counsel lor of a president elected through his individual efforts whose policy will be his policy A Jefferson in his retirement the most powerful man fo good among 80000000 Bryan represents that which is best in Clay and Calhoun and receedlng years will find his name gaining ground rapidly where love of earnestness and self denying honesty are prized When our progeny look back upon us they will wonder why we saw so little in him for he U living with them and for them blazing a way to higher truer ideals and as hopes grow into realizations they will know who among us was the mountain and who was only the cloud around its highest peaks that obscured our vision The judgment of the future will be that this is t Bryans age This country has never before seer two men who could unquestionably and without opposition lead the twc great parties each by his own act i 1 removed from the contest The one carrying as his burden the proposi of reform the other the tabllets upon which are written the living law DONT MARRY PARSON But itlionaires Daughter Disobeyed Her Fathers Wishes Who Had no Faith in The Cloth TEST OF CHARACTER BASED ON BELIEF IN GENESIS By Johnson Say Jim I have clipped the following for you from the San Francisco Exam iner It is a choice item and I would suggest that you give it a prominent place in the Blade The old was real nice in giving ex pression to his opinions about preachers but I look upon it merely as a polite way of stating the case I would sim dply call them liars That would be em phatic and is just the same thing And say Jim it isnt going to be so very long before they ore all out of a job for we have em on the run now The clipping is as follows By marrying a clergyman Miss Mary Pauline Bevan daughter of a million aire manufacturer and former member of Parliament has flatly disobeyed her fathers last wish expressed in a curious clause of his will In bequeathing her 200000 he enjoined her never to marrjr a clergyman Ills poor opinion of the cloth wa thus expressed Convinced as I am that it is impos rsible in these present times for a man possessed of the combination of tin quality of straightforwardness with dinary intellectual qualifications to make the solemn declaration required at ordl in t ion which requires him to affirm for example his belief in the historical ac curacy of the Book of Genesis including the history circumstances and account- f Noahs irk and that the writers of werefmore lid injustice to the Greatest of lien I should regard with the graves misgiving were my daughter or eithe of my granddaughters to marry n lergyman believing as do that in ths sktress uneasiness and trouble in store for rightminded men of th calling and bequeath to each of them Ay devout honest and earnest hope thatwilldo so sNow the dictates of love ha proved stronger than filial respect and Miss Bcvan has been married to boRe Ernest Watkins Grubb She still how ever has the benefit of the bequest of 200000 THE TREE OF BELGIUM fBy Wilby Heard See yonder tree deserted and old t Tis that of religion turning to mold Its summer varnished its autumn has branchesIts their leaves entirely shed Its bark all shattered and fallen and strewn It stands In the wood a desolate ruin Seer will it heed the returning of spring Nor mongst its branches a songster eer sing Only the caw of some old craven crow Shall this forsaken and crumbling tree Imow- woodpeekersOr passing pause onI their way In search of a worm among Its For long years it stood the tyrant of trees- Grumbling and scowling at every fair breeze Spreading hugh branches about and around Keeping the sunlight away from the ground Casting its shadows whereever its could Filling with terror the neighboring wood So never a flower or blade of blue grass tyrantralas Now it is over this hindcrous tree No longer a frightening disturber shall be Dead are its rootsIt Is rotting in all A season or two and down it will fall NO PROOF FOR MOSES The following communication was Iven publication Jn the New York lobe which Is more than most papers would have done It was written in reply to a previous article and reads Church and Unbeliever 2dltor of The Globe SIrFrancIs Mannions approval of lome forgotten eighteenth century arsons contention that Moses was ne author of the Pentateuch has jot on my nerves Of course he Is JIIIIII 1111 I j not a student of the Bible nevertheless I cannot help wondering In which pocket he puts his intellect when he 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