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Digital page images are linked to the text file. c4f 2ia 1 ita tJ11 t BLUE GRASS BLADE ParlccrWE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH f8eDoa VOLUME XVI NUMBER 3aa de LEXINGTON KY DEC 8 tgoqPublished Weekly 160 per Year in advnnc WHAT A LOVELY GEM Is it Possible that Solomons Famous Love Song is Filled with Prompt ings of the Holy Ghost TREATISE UPON THE SONG OF SONGS By J T Lloyd According to the orthodox doctrine the whole Bible is the Word of God specially revealed by himself to the men specially chosen and inspired to writo it Every book in it is equally inspired quuliy infallible and to 8pirituallI illumined souls equally Horton tells us of a compeltc unbe Iciver who as the result of studying the fifth chapter of Genesis in tho Ho brew language was converted to a be lief in the truth of revelation To him even that part of the Bilble which gives the traditional length of the lives of the Patriarchs glowed with the full light of the Spirit of God The Now Theology has repudiated that ancient conception of Inspiration tut even to it there is something about the Bible that differentiates it from all other litera ture A special sacredness attaches to tho whole of it Dr Horton assures us that every portion of it is invaluable Even the book of Esther and tho Book of Ecclesiastes are indispensable to the divine completeness of the volume We hold on the contrary that while the Bible contains much that h beautiful true and useful yet thiie is nothing in it that transcends human capacity or that cannot be matched if not in most ruses much more than matched from Pagan literature There is fine poetry in the Book of Job and many of the Psalms are exquisite but only blind prejudice can put these productions a category by themselves declaring that nothing in the literature of other an cient natious is worthy of a momentl comparison with them Yet such is the prejudice that is allowed to dominate the pudgment even of many of our Higher Critics Let us take Song of Songs as the basis of this discussion What has theology had to say about this lovely little gem According to Jewish tradi tioii the poem is a dcscrpition of the various phases of spiritual love the bride being Israel and the bridegroom Jehovah and it was supposed to be a lyric record of the intercourse between Jehovah and his chosen people from the Exodus to the Messianic time In Christian tradition it has had a similar interpretation the bride being the Church or each individual member thereof and the bridegroom the blessed Redeemer It was Origen who really in augurated this view in the Christian Church Speaking of Origen as a com mentator Jerome says that while on the other books he surpassed all others on the Song of Songs he surpassed him self Even at the present time it Is not at all unusual for sermons dealing with the intercourse of believers with their Lord to be based on different pas sages in this Song An exceptionally eloquent preacher not long ago founded a most moving discourse on the follow ing text My beloved is white and ruddy The chlcfcst among ten thousand ills head is as the most sine gold Iris locks are bushy and black as a raven His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks Washed with milk and fitly set That was Gods own prophetic delin cation of Immanuel the Savior of the world and of course the chief est among ten thousand really meant in comparably lovely and lovable the only being in tho Universe on whom kind could afford to lavish supreme af fection It will be remembered that Theodore of Mosquestia challenged the accuracy of that theory in the form given to it by Origen but the protest proved utterly futile Indeed Theo dores own literal interpretation wu condemned at tho second council of Constantinople 553 A Dand all sim ilar interpretations since have met with tho same fate The great St Bernard wrote eightysix sermons on the Song and 2 alone and his example fostered similar mystical studies in the Latin be disguised that to a large number of Christians the allegorical in terpretation is most welcome To those who have never tasted sweets ot conjugal love and particularly to those who have been bitterly disappointed in the matrimonial market nothing is so NffJ enrapturing and joygiving as the con templation of Jesus as the Heavenly Lover as the perfect husband wife brother sister friend all in one This is one if not the chief explanation ot the Churchs reluctance to give up the idea that tho Song of Songs h a book chockfull of spiritual comforts specially intended for earths disappointed ones And yet all Biblical scholars are allegorical interpretation is absolutely false The very grammatical construction of the Song uncom promisingly condemns it while the spirit of Hebraism is dead against it mid of eess ty with the spiritual terpretatioutle destroyed the claim to inspiration The book at once assumes the form of a purely human composi tion It itsImpiy a love story of Ir resistible clurrui It hAS such that tho distinguished commentators Dolitrsch Ewuld Chyne and Driver regard it It was as such that it Is powerfully ape pealed to Eichhorn Goethe and Renan and it is as such that all honest stu dents are bound to treat it Herder does not believe that it is even a eon tinuoui poem but sees in a collection of some twentyone independent songs threaded like many pearls on a neck ace Others see in it drama in five acts with one or two plots The note throughout is lyrical whatever may be thought of the poetical form According to Ewalds scheme the story is JerfuUy fascinating As everybody knows king Solomon was a notorious polynomial His wives and mistresses were simply innumerable One day he saw a beautiful Shulamite malden and atonco fell madly in love with her He carried her against her will to his gorgeous palace in Jerusalem and did his jitmost to win her affection But she had a shepherd lover in the country to whom sue was devotedly at tached and absolutely true The ladles of the court being extremely jealous of her resented her and made game of her innocent simplicity The king kept repeating hit declaration of love andp ull and the maiden htryouilgheld heart locked against him aBd pbmfbrel herself as well as parted tty oyjt niplinient with reo miniscences of the chosen one far away ever sighing for her release We are angry as we ahink of her enforced de tention at court and insults persia teutly heaped upon here there Then she had two remarkable dreams about her betrothed which she took great de light in reciting to herself and some times to others In the first dream iii 15 seemed to go in search of him through the streets of Jerusalem assembled at one of the gates three of whom addres ed her iii 011 with the intention doubtless of dazzling her with a sense of the honor and splendor awaiting her if she consented to become the kings bride Afterwards we see king and the ladies of tho court in the place endeavoring to persuade her to surrender ivy1v but with out success We now come to her sec ond dream in which she imagined her self to hear her sheplmerd lover at the door but on rising to open to him found he was gone after whicu she sought him in rain tlmugh the city v 27 Tho memory of the dreiw haunted her and impelled her to mal a fresh avowal of her love v Then the ladies of the court mid she held n dialogue respecting her lover v vi At this stage the king entered tried to win her love by praising he beauty and describing the honor in More for la r He told her it w he had first met her in the nut ethard what the ladies ol the court ltrl then said how she Had excused hersef for haviiii dered there alone and for allowing ncr self to be surprised by his retinue and how they had all desired to see her dance vi 413 Then comes the kings lust appeal and the madtcni final pulse vii Iiii In the end she waS allowed to return to her home and her lover met once more and they were seen journeying along by some shepherds who said Who is this that cometh up from tho wilderness leaning Ion her beloved Ti1i were walking iu arm and as they proceeded on their way she reminded him of several scenes among them being this Under the appletree I once found thee asleep and I awakened thee Then she pointed to his birthplace and afterwards addressed him in a more serious strain said Set mo ajj a seal upon thine heart as a seal upon thine arm For lou in lriip as death leulmsly is tuel as the trade f The Hashes thereofnrcflalmes of fire A very flame of lord Many waters jnnnit quench love Neither can the liovda drown it If a iiian wouH g ethe lujstan r Ms house tar love Continued on Fourth Page y FRENCH REPUBLICAND THE VATICAN Historical Sketch Tracing the Passage- of Franc from a Priest Ridden Nation to a Land of Liberty rn Fact as well as Name LIBERTY THE ONLY DEITY THAT MAKETH BENDED KNEES By John Emerson Roberts Liberty is the one word without which all other words aro vain Noth ing is more sacred than the natural rights of man No institution which persistently ignores those rights can persistently endure No master can be great enough or holy enough to make slavery sweet The end of law and re ligion the genius of civilization and progress is to make men free No peo pie can be great and wear a yoke A chain though every link were gold de grades Any system of politics that makes an alliance with injustice op pression and inequality will soon or late be called to account Any system of religion that requires Mind obedience and unreasoning faith subserving and servitude can continue its sway ony over the weak the timid and the igno rant Progress is acheived by the con list of ideas The laws tho customs the institutions of civilized man consti tute the record and contain the results of that conflict In the mighty drama of history nothing possesses greater de termining power that the idea and con ception man holds of himself Accord ing as he views himself according to the judgment that he has about his re lation to his fellowmen his rights as a rational being his dignity or his gradation his equality or hh humilla tion upon that idea the destinyof mankind hinges As man thinketh in his heart so is he MlgKty or insig niflcant great or small free or slave ruler or ruled sovereign or subject man or manikin master or bondman prince or puppet as ho thinks and wille so he In the mighty and tragic past pro gre s has been retorted or advanced ac cording to those ideas men have had of their rights position and just inheri tance in this world Iook where we will in the past we find society divided properly into two classes the rulers and the ruled the sovereigns and the subjects The rulers possess armies wealth and power the ruled possess their property and even their lives at tho will of the masters There came now and then great won drous dreamers dreamers who saw afar the golden dawn of day of human inde pendence and equality but the dreamers died for their dreams The rulers were mighty the subjected were weak Tho subserviency the cringing the terror the fear of generations were in tho tra ditions the blood the very souls of men Mankind was on its knees in the ence of arrogance pomp and power After a while it seemed as if religion would form a scheme of universaleman cipatlon Religion preached against op pressors proclaimed the equality of men the brotherhood of mankind one Providence over all one origin and tiny of the human raqe and subjugated and despairing people heard and a new hope began to glow in the human heart The rulers saw this and were alarmed They undertook to exterminate the hope and the petiole that chertthcd It They burned them at stake fed them to wild beasts covered them with pitch and lighted the streets v ith them slaughter ed them wherever found or drove them into exile Still their numbers in creased under prosecution Then the rulers adopted the Apposite policy They took religion partnership The prince and the prelate conspired to jjether fateful conspiracy Henceforth two masters instead of one one with chains for the bodyone with fetters for the brain will make the subjugation of man complete Henceforth princa and prelate two vultures will rend and tear the liberties of man Early in tho fourth century Constan tine the Great a murderer and assassin became Emperor of Rome and espoused the Christian religion The new religion in the person of Constantine wrapped about the imperial purple Tie man of peace and the rman of war cended the same throne and sat down together Monstrous coalition Geth semano knew no night so dark as that when Christ and Caesar o rule the world together Thedead Christ in Josephs tomb was not so dead as was the Christ when on his shoulders j rr was the purple and in hh hand tit scepter of imperial Home A few years passed and France had become tho most iowerf ul of Eu ropean states und the one most ab jectly devoted to papal Rome Her ter ritory extended from thu Isorth Sea to FruuceIthreefourths of Italy and part of Spain In 770 Charlemagne was proclaimed king This warrior princo this servant of the church reigned 41 years Ilis ambition was to fuo the barbarian ele ments of ancient Gaul with the frag ments of the old Roman civilization and outof them to erect the empire of France The Pope Adrian I vicar ot Christ and ice regcut of God upon the eath had begged Charlemagne to snake hint a visit Leaving his army then in a campaign in Lombardy the king set out for Rome Three miles from the city he was met by the mag istrates bearing banner of tho l- One mile out he was met by the civic bodies At the gates ho was met by the prelates bearing the cross The king Ji mounted entered the city on foot visited the different basilicas as was the want of faithful pilgrims then as cend the steps of the basilica of St Peter and was rccslcd rt the top the Pope whim all tin people shouted Blessed be he who crmelli in the name of tho Lord Charlemagne Pope Adrian I spent three days together At the end of conference Chnrlmugiib had confirmed a cession of territory which had been wade by father and had also added other important terri tonal rights In return for these favors Pope Adrian I bestowed upon Chart magne Emperor of France religious honors and services That is to say the king gave the Pope territory and the Pope gave king his apostolic benediction and prayed for When over you can swap prayer and apostolic benedictions for territory it is n goolI trade whether the land n worth any thing or not In 781 Clnrlmngne sent his son four years old to Rome where the child was baptized and anointed KlsgtofJtnJy by the Pop Jit the yinr Charlniagnc is again Jn Rome Wlilo kneeling in prayer before al tart in St Peters Pope Ico Ill vicar of Christ and vice regent of God on th earth placed upon the Kings head a crown while all people shouted Iong life and victory to Charles gustus crowned by God the great and pacific Emperor of the Romans From that time forth the Pope of Rome vicars of Christ assumed the sole right to bestow crowns that is to make and unmake kingdoms and empires Thus the church and state were for mally united Charlemagne proclaimed himself the defender of the faith and ot the Holy Church He presided at cccle xiustical councils he appointed bishops he conferred upon them the exercise ofI civil functions and mad th public oflicers of his rank He undertook to strengthen apnd extend the Empire of France and at the same time the empire of papal Rome He ud the same method for tho accomplishment of both ends That plan was war He promulgated the gospel of pence with the sword lIe led an army into Saxony saying Saxons must be converted or wiped out lIe surrounded with his irmy at one pace 4500 mien and slew them till Many others l e drove into exile The remainder he baptized and received the thanks of the Pope vicar of Christ for the wonderful triumph of race over the heathen It will be impossible to follow the devious and bloody wayof the coalition of church and state We can only touch it here and there Upon that fateful hristiras dayof Cluulemagnc and Pope Ieo III prepared mil bequeathed to France and Europe a leatgo of 1110udI a rain of ten a ctlacy ia of suffering tn abyss of despair In Robert the Vious was King of Prance Robert was more of a monk than a king He spent more time ay ing prayers and repeating chants mid before the altar than he did attending to the affairs of his kingdom lie had married a woman whom he loved This woman was his cousin The Pope approved and excummunicated the king the year 1000 WM approaching md tho year 1000 was the year in which world rome to mi end or ut least in which the Apocalypse said it was going to come to an end The people were filled with apprehension and half frenzied with terror They wereI restive and under the ban of the church Yielding to their importtinitic Robert tho Pious retraced put away his wlflI and was restored to felicity in the om of the Holy Church It was in his reign in the year 1022 that active per secutions began under tho coalition of church and state In that year Jews- t y 1 wore condemned and put to death at Orleans und others elsewhere In thu year Pope Innocent Ill vicar of Christ raid vice rMenl God on earth railed upon the King of France to lead nn army into the southern provinces exterminate heretics The greater part of Southern France was occupied by lords and nobles nnd peasants who whilo they were substantially Catholics were not in perfect harmony with the hcimrchy nt Rome For a while the king resisted the importunities of the Pope Then Pope Innocent III vicar of heist nnd viceregent of God upon earth issued a proclamation addressed to knights abbots nobles and warriors everywhere calling upon them to arm invade Southern France and prom- Ising every knight every noble every leader who went with an armed force that if they should dispossess any of inhabitants ofcnstles towns strongholds or estates the title to those properties would be vested in querors Thus Pope Innocent III vicar of lirist viceregent of God upon the earthy added to religious fanaticism the lust of rapacity and greed The armies gathered and the war of religion nnj extermination began When a part of the army was beseiging a certain town the soldiers said to the chief When wo have entered how hall we distinguish between the faithful and the heretic Haw shall we know whom to kill and whom to spare and the chiefs replied Kill them nil the Lord will surely know his own In 1545 there a communityof peasants that is to say farmers dwell ing in peace and contentment in a prow ince at the foot of the Alps This munity extended over a domain of about miles in length and of considerable width They had lived there they and their ancestors for a period of three centuries They were not Catholics They were heretics Their heresies con sisted in these doctrines They rejected infant baptism tho sacrifice of the made tho adorntionof the cross add panlItrGod upon the earth upon King of France Francis I to snake war upon the heretics of the Vandois valley and exterminate thorn but Francis itated These people had regularly paid taxes and tithes they were harmless industrious and frugnl The armies of the King of France had met with verses in their foreign and the ternal affair of kingdom were not in a satisfactory condition The clerical party urged upon the king that his re reverses abroad and his enibarrasinent home were plainly duo to the fact that he relaxed persecution of the heretics Still the king hesitated Vfter a while he sent two Cardinals of the church to invetiente these people The Cardinals returned nnd said they were fanners laborious industrious and happy and that while their doctrines were not entirely in accord with those of the Catholic Church they the Card nnls would not counsel the persecution against them ne of these cardinals went so far as to endeavor to persuade the peasants to make a formal abjuration saying we will not demand notnry nor even n signature go through the form that wo may satisfy the authorities at Rome But the hardy rugged sincere peasants re plied How shall we formally abjure anything if our doctrines are right and wo believe them They had not learn ed the adroit and Velvet diplomacy that has characterized the Jesuitical methods- of Rome in all the centuries They only knew how to be honest they were densely ignorant Then parliament sued a mandatory decree ordering that- nllof the dwellers in the Vandois valley should be killed thnt every building should be demolished and razed to the ground that cellars should be filled opt that every tree of the forest should be cut down every tree of the garden rooted out and the land made unfit for any of the people of their descendants who might escape to farm it or culti vate it for a hundred years Two ies of the King in obedience to the de cree marched into the peaceful Alpine valleys and the work of slaughter be Inn Thousands of these defenseless unarmed peasants were killed Six or seven hundred were sent to the galleys Hundreds of children wero sold into slavery And those few that escaped were met everywhere by a decree claiming penalty of death for one that should offer them aid orsuccor money or victuals Thus perished the dwellers of the Vnndois valley in 1545 by the direction of the Pope Paul III vicar of Christ and viceregent of upon tho earth To be contnue i POPE I MAY BE FOOLISH r And History so Record Him if he Per sists in Refusing to Recognize Science and Learning LWORLD IS THE CHURCHI By A E Fletcher Writing in the Clarion England the author presents a strong article in view of a new book What We Want which has been translated fans Italian intended to show religious con ditions nt the seat of Papal government Both the book and IImsgo down to history a4 one of the fool ish Popes He lies allowed himself to become the tool of the most bigoted Imaginescy and Socialism by his silly ency clicals He might as well attempt to restore the Ptolemaic system Simultaneously with tho issue of his ency clicll against the Modernist movement amongst the Roman Catholic clergy of tho Lnifyl States come the publication of Mr Iiiys translation of a remark able document drawn up in the form of an open letter to his Holiness by a group of lihernl minded priests nearer Popefrnnklyhold over the people who are being alienated by its hostile attitude toy wards scientific truth ant modern crit only are tho ancient cathedrals vhich the piety of free and faithful icoples in Middle Ages raised to Blessed Virgin and to sainted patrons lesertednot only do men no longer care to resort to religion for strength irlld light for their soulswhentiarifsTdf by everyday fatigue anfl struggles j not only have respect and veneration for the sacred things which men learned to love from tho cradle disappeared nit the Church is regarded as un obsta cle to the freedom and happiness of peoples the priest is intuited in tho streets as a vulgar and obscurantist parasite the Gospel an Christianity ire regarded as expressions of a civil nation which leas become obsolete cause of its incompetence to answer to the high ideals of the liberty justice and knowledge which are agitating and inspiring the masse Mr Lilley in the preface to his translation laments the open warfare of tho Church against Socialism and denounces ntnunontninism with the vigor of an iconoclast although he is himself an able and faithful son of the Church The contributors to the document are equally outspoken The Church they say must cca e to be denominated by oppressors of the people those sys tematic opponents of every movemornt of popular progress the Conserva tires Unless the Church gets into touch with popular aspirations it will lave no more influence in the near fu ture than the religion of MumboJuicbo That what the authors of this most interesting open letter clearly sect Their appeal however seems only to have lied the effect of hardening to the Papal eart His new encyclical breathes the old spirit of uncompromis ing bigotry It declares Modernism to be the synthesis of all heresy and it orders the removal of Modernism from professorships in the universities and from the management of schools The Pope further seeks to stifle nil mile pendent thought by forbidding tho reading of Modernist publications These aro pronounced to bo dangerous inAphilosophy theology history edt icism Surely this is a moot pitiful document It is a deliberate attempt to keep the Roman Catholic clergy and win flock in slavery to ignorance and decaying superstitions The letter must have the effect of alienating the more intelligent of the faithful Mr Jilley rightly regards the present crisis in the Church as more serious than that foi which Martin Luther was Jnainly sponsible The world of religious ity anti of modern aspiration and en deavour hns he lap widened out beyond range of the ol conflicting forces of Catholicism nnd 1Yotestnntism They both alike have tu reconquer a world which is steadily tipping away from their grasp A church which shrinks in horror from science and re fuses to recognize the n red for searching after truths may make men cowards it can never make then religious i itIv PJ IIBLUE GRASS BLADZII Founded 1884 and edited FebruarytfbU death 1906 Editor and Publisher JAMES E HUGHES SUBSCRIPTION RATES jfJ50 vr star In advance mullBy at 1100 new subscribers sent with one remittance jFive per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month f All foreign subscription postpold 200 per yeear checks etc payableorders draftsLAKE ALL money f to JAMES E HUGHES Lexington Kyas t will facilitate collection ADVERTISING RATES whatsoever character aCt ADVERTISEMENTS ofALL will be at the rate of 100 per cepted Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon appllca tion The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements oBerwI GENERAL BUSINESS RULES to the Blade will be discontinued SUBSCRIPTIONSALL which the suhfor at the expiration of the term The 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cud of their congregations a s i Gettingreligion is like getting the cholera A little is too much and all want to be rid of it This old world of ours would have been a hap if it had never pier proposition to go up against c heard the name of Christ 555 Some preachers are given larger salaries others acquire larger salaries and some have the receipts written out weeks in advance orthodox worshipper at the in the end the iclirine of folly will discover that his pastors words were not as the oil of Smyrna or the honey of lymettus r The idea that wisdom comes only with age is the interest moonshine Youth boldly faces the unsolved enigma of the future age turns its face regretfully to the past Youth seeks improvement ugIlooks to precedent Youth stands for pro gress for petrifaction Lt constant worship Had man work be your remained in Eden he would have been a chump always Compelled to battle for existence to strivta with the beasts of the field to do battle with in strength and wisdom and the elements he grew the fiurther he went he left god behind in the marcbi of civilization 000 0 iMeu recoil from the thought of annihilation and yet eternal life is something too fearful to contem all and itplate Far better that death should end it doeH we shall experience no disappointment ifio apples of Sodom when we pass into that grasp ever direainless sleep Eternal rest is far sweeter to contemplate than eternal life i If history be true a portion of the Protestant church service is the design of the devil for it is recorded that during an argument between Martin Luther and the Evil One the latter got the best of it and induced that sturdy reformer to make an alteration Iia the divine service Luthers super natural visitor was invariably the devil and those having made it hotItwo worthies are reported as r q T tiL JJ Tho wounds on Calvary bleed afresh tho angels ore rending their white robes and there is weeping and wailing in the holy city llev George V Morris n Lexington preacher land a twist taken out of his sanctimonious curls by iiu ordinary layman and his congregation insist that he shall no more rush in the public prints to make an exhib ition of himself in the manner of n dime museum freak t Friends If you ever intend aiding the Blade to increase the size of its circulation now is the ac eepted time It is ns much as we can do to keep our head above the water and swim against the stream We are doing the best we can but we need n bigger subscription list to make the Blade even better than what it is Remember that many can help one A little from each goes a long way in helping one One subscriber from each would mean a double circulationS OLLIE JAMES AND GOD The country may not be aware of the fact but it is none the less a truth that Kentucky has a Congressman by the name of Ollie James and he represents the First District Make a mental note of it Also dont forget to remember that bring a Con gressman Ollie is also a politician or he might not have been a Congressman and his smoothness in the polemic art has won for him the soubriquet of Oily Jeems The title fits him most admirably for despite his immense avcrdupois he can run through a political convention with the force of a stampede of Texas cattle when irritated by the presence of a tenderfoot Possessing those traits peculiar to all politicians Ollie has grown ravenous for a reputation and in order to chase the Bubble of Fame he has vowed a vow and sworn a swore that he will restore the In God we trust on the American coin by gums or bust a suspender in the undertaking- The Blade would advise Mr James to tread the thorny path with dilligent care for in the re cent election a fearful lesson was taught to those in authority who dallying with pride played for high stakes by pandering to the morbid religious tastes of the Commonwealth and fell into the political pit dug by their own hands It was Governor Beckham who opened up the temperance campaign and riding it as a hobby compelled the democratic party to daddy the cause and it went to disaster in all probability carrying Governor Beckham to oblivion along with it At this writing Mr James is in Washington in anticipation of the opting of Congress when he hopes to get in his work and make his name a byword in the land to hang upon the lips of men women and children akin to that of the Father of the Country The ambition of Mr James is that he shall be the one man in all this republic of eightyfive millions who had the courage to force god back upon the dollar in spite of administrative rulings against it Have a care Ollie have a care Remember that reputation is but the ephemeral dew on characters everlasting gold Was it not Hamlet the crazy prince of Denmark who lamented the fact that he had not the gall the courage or the opportunity to make himself famous but the melancholy Dane has been dead for many years and Ollie James liveth Remember Ollie true knowledge makes men humble and genius is ever modest If the Lord ever upt up great dignity and superior intel lect in the same package it must have got misplaced The donkey is supposed to be the most stupid animal on earth but it Is also the most dignified No pope or president rich in the worlds respect no prince or potentate reveling in the pride of soveriegn power no poet or philosopher bearing his blushing honors thick upon him equal ed a blind donkey in impressive dignity As a mans vision broadens as he begins to realize what a miserable little microbe he is in the great immensity his dignity drains off and he feels like asking to be recognized just long enough to apolo gize for his existence Suppose Ollie succeeds in his purpose and Goc gets back on the dollar will the nation be ouy bet ter ofrY And suppose he falls short and fails to get God recognized on the coin of the realm does disaster dire threaten to fall upon us and irre mediable ruin stalk abroad in the land I We can picture Ollie staggering about under a load of knees of arch dOlIlarwith the Congressional representatives from the First District Doubtless the newspapers will take up the hue and cry force Oily Jeems to the limelight and enable him to tower above all other members of Congress like Saul above his brethren Doubtless he could scarce tell whether Adam Smith wrote the Wealth of Nations or was the author of the Lords prayer but it has become his assumed duty to manage Gods interests on earth so far as the American coin is concerned and to take a refusal to restore him thereto as a personal inI suIt Compared with the immensity of space the American continent is jut a mere ant hill and to imagine that God must needs place nIl reliance and dependence upon a Congressman from Kentucky to restamp a lie upon the national coin is really too much for sanepeople to believe Some time ago a Mayor of Lexington refused to take up cracked rock as a political issue on the assumption that it was loaded with political dyn unite and Mir James may find the God question t charged in a similar fashion hence the Blades ad vice is that Jlr James Ictftt alone FANATICISM AND MURDER Foreign news agencios loading the wires with red hot messages from Smyrna n Turkish province relating n series of horrible butcheries iiid outrages upon men women and children by the Sultans brutal soldiery horrible enough in de tail but anyone with hall an eye could plainly see the intended coloring by the references inatle to Christian populations as indicative of the strife being purely of religious origin and import ance For the sake of illustration the following s quoted being an excerpt from one of the dis patches recently published under a fSmyrna datelined Ibrahim was sent to suppress trifling local dis orders but instead marched through the entire Province apparently bent on completely wiping out the Christian population The massacres were attended by frightful tortures of victims women being outraged men mutilated and children butchered before their parents eyes Time destruction of human life is deplorable under any undaU circmstances but wholesale slaughter is to be deplored whether committed upon professing Christian people in the name of Islam or upon a pagan people in the name ol Christ Taking the account of the slaughter as above related it is not nor can it be worse titan perpetratedbydays of the prophets nor can they excel in cities committed by Christian soldiers upon the un believers seeking conquest under the cross The terrible march of Christianity during the middle ages is beyond description or comparison and the planting of the cross was always preceded by the carnagehristianitant spirit would be just as cruel just as bloodthirsty today if it could but instead of relying upon the sword it uses the law Modern Chrstian ily in authority as represented by British rule in India would not consent to the murder of a Mos lem merely because of his religion lint it would starve millions to death to filla few purses and then try to get square with both man and God by singing a few p alms and pointing to the cruel ties of Islam- Christian agencies will insist upon pointing to the mote in the optic of the unbeliever forgetting the tripleplated beam in its own The oppression of the children of Israel as related in a book the tragedies perpetrated upon weak nations by those of greater strength are as nothing to that suffered by pagan people at the hands of Christian rulers and the leaders of Christian armies The history of every barbarous prince of the Orient in those dark days when might made right Mid plunder was time recognized prerogative of royalty the annals of every potentate who has reigned by the grace of Allah and kneeled to kiss the robe of the prophet stay be searched in vain for a parallel in unbounded rapacity and calculating atrocity as may be found in the history of the Christian slaughts upon pagan nations Cruelty and Christ are indeed synonyms Murder and misery are the recognized concomitants of preaching and praying Assuming that behind oftheciuanting from religious worship and n difference of opinion concerning it then we discover one of historyinits forms The only answers suggested by Christian peo ples is that of retaliation which means more slaughter To carry it out will cause more blood byimpuissanceresented in the fanatical zeal of their followers The moral to be learned is that we must do all religionifromWhat boots it which flag men are killed under Massacre is massacre whether under the flag of Christ of Allah Brahma or Islam Time effect is one and the same FALLACIOUS ARGUMENTS Impartially considered the New York Con lIler cia is an extremely liberal newspaper It is not worldIappeared upon its editorial page Our readers will recall the allusion made to tin action of the Board of Education of New York City whereby Christ and Christmas were ruled out of the public schools under its jurisdiction find while a slight modification of that ruling has fince been reported the Commercial undertakes to criticise the Board because of its previous ac tion and falling into a very common error goes on to argue from legal decisions that this is a Chris tian nation and assorts that Christianity is the common law of the land Were it not for the competency of the journal under discussion the Blade would be incloned to regard those statements as a joke We realize and keenly too that numerous decisions Ihue been rendered by selfassumed roliirious censors on appellate benches holding in eneot that the United States is a Christian nation lint these de cisions have invaviubJy been reirlewd in a ehenp effort to lay to time i ulleries and for political fect ratty r than fur a rigid cousiaiclion of the Constitution it is ui admitted tutu a aII rec ognized legislative t id that vlnly Jr1 novvrcjgn mates thr ugh their Ueueral Assiuulirf may ell net legisulHU not expressly roroUditn oy lhir uonsutuiion or in uliiti wonta thiy may legislate outside Jl sell beyoul Thor constitution provide they do not run contrary thereto wye Wl y in mutters hereupon the constitution is sweat With Cuugrese of the hailed States it is vastly tl rent AS matter lace voujres3 eaim t en out stay legislation save that which is expressly covered by the Constitution and it is net permitted to legislate upon any nuttier not referred to therein even if the Constitution be silent upon the subject Ilqcognixiug this dilierencc mind the distinction drawn we arc at a loss to conceive how the Com mercial could urge that this is a Christian ua don or that Christianity is the common law of the land 01 OUt thug the American people can be sure nannly that we are rapidly drifting from the moorings at which our fathers anchored ship of state The tendency of the times is to make the supreme Court of the United States the lawmak ing power of the republic instead of the Congress by consent of the people True Congress enacts such legislation front time to time as its wisdom suggest or political expediency may demand If the law appears to be obnoxious to the favored and privileged classes uu appeal is taken to the Su preme Court und in an amazingly short space of time a construction is put upon that iawl so as to make it mean something radically different frOlliwhat legislators hud intended it be in spite of the fact that when construction upon it is made it should be in accord with the legislative intent at the time it was en acted Udder such conditions the Appellate benches become in reality the law nuking power cud the legislative functions are usurped li precedent is to govern in all such cases we can but refer the Commercial to the Constitution itself regarding religious legislation to the words of Washington who said at the very inception of this government that it was not founded upon the Christian religion in any sense und to the prophetic forewaring of Grunt who insisted that Church and State should be kept forever sep arate Upon this subject the Commercial says Again this country is distinctively and emi nently a Christian country and its publicschool system is by tradition Christian Indeed as Canon Chose of one of the Brooklyn Episcopal churches pointed out last Sunday the Supreme Court ot Jie United States and the court of appeals of New York have said that this is a Christian country and that Christianity is time common law of the laud and if at the behests of the extremists in a sect a ban is to be placed on the siring of Christian hymns in the public schools thb next logical step would be to repeal all Sun day laws and at the request of the atheists to for hidallusion to God in the public schools lliere is not one word of truth in any of the statements herein made nor is there one good irpumeiit offered or suggestion given That Christ should not be taught in the public schools is cor rect beyond all cavil or doubt Neither Canon have the Uuitel States Supreme Court nor till Court of Appeals ol New York can make tins a Christian nation without violating the Declara nUlkingittioii nugatory andmalm laws and construe them violative thereofand such a ling might come to pass It is true that under our form of government the majority rulers but it is a patent and potent fact that the majority professedlyliristiunnot make this a Christian nation as asserted hymnsueeveryAgnosticm the country It may be argued and with n great deal of force that such people have no rights that ought to be considered by a Christian people and in truth this seems to be the gist of the statements given by the Commercial But the fallacy of such an argument is apparent when the Commercial informs its readers that it was at the instance of the Hebrews n New York that tho Board of Education took such a radical step und that the aforesaid Hebrews number threequarters of a million or practically onefourth of the eli tiiv population of tins Greater New York Sumo day perhaps the editor or tho Commercial will be brought t the realization that it vouM r Li r li ihi American aoipio y titimm Ifiv rncaied that iiv IWraf air 10 tnd that as a niatt r f tit Ihrshould be no allusion to God in the puMjij schools for those institutions are not for the pur pose of teaching God or about God THE PARSONS CHRISTMAS GIFT What you owe your poster at Christmas What your pastor owes you at Christmas The first is used by one of thou as a text for a Christmas article in time hope of making u profit able impression upon the minds of the dupes In his congregation und incidently designed to help time crofttThe second is a offered by tho Blade in shape of a counter proposition much as a pl si ian offers a counterirritant at times to re lieve mil irritating pain Answering the first in his own fashion this preacher Cyrus Townsend Brady drops the very practical hint that time very best gift the members of his congregation could h stow upon thcjr pas tor is to raise his salary and pay it promptly D 4 r ae araaealsaeaet- ti r 1I 1111NIStIfsue niunely bo mentally honest with his congri gation hint dare to preach truth Tho article to which we refer is u Christmas con tribution from tho preacher above the Delineator for December He it muwnihat the Delineator is published by tho Butierick Company noted for its numerous patterns for ladies dresses etc and the number before us contains copious it luslrated advertisements of the latest fads in pities lingerie some of which are sandwiched in between the reading matter of the article now tinder discussion The magazine is devoted exclusively to women and as women constitute niuctynin per cent of the church congregations it can be seen that this particular preacher had aw eye sin gularly directed to a cold business proposition when he wrote it No doubt he was well paid for the article and was in all probability solicited by the Company to prepare it for publication at It specified rate per word Between nude busts and attractive female forms displaying the latest Ih underwear nightrobcs etc the patrons of the book Tray read and choose for themselves Fearful lest his congregation reading the article themselves might infer that it was intended for them to take immediate action on the author in sists that it is designed solely for the benefit fut other ministers and was written upon an observa tion extending over a number of years It is not I ways As the Minister says however and wha can be thus made to apply to other ministers will speedily be made to apply to this one in par ticular One of the reasons assigned for insisting that the parson3 salary should be raised and then promptly paid is that most ministers are today underpaid He says Of all till professions that of the minister is tho poorest paid from none others is more do iimndcd The average clerical stipend is about a dollar and a half a day Nowadays tho simples manual labor of the unskilled variety is more lib orally compensated The exciis is not a good one As a rule the clerical stipend is agreed upon before the engage mint is mad an accepted Both minister congregation go into the contract with eyes wide open and tlii u minds meeting in mutual ngre Sjicnt and niKlcrsUuulinp The minister knows just what will be expected of him lIe does tint have to accept the stipend offered unless he de sires to do so Neither is it true that unskille labor is more liberally compensated No unskilled laborer has a congregation that fills the larder semioccasionally Unskilled labor is not grantee the privilege of riding at half fare or on a free pass Unskilled labor has f no opportunity for graft in the shape of marriage fees or fees funeral services and the like Unskilled labor docs not have a parsonage thrown open to them rent free Unskilled labor is not exempt from pay ing taxes on the little home it occupies When all these things are considered a preacher finds his salary considerably enchanccd and if his congre gation be a large one boasting men and women of wealth a thousand and one perquisites falls into his hands and a mluch bigger salary than that suggested True there are a large number of starveling preachers each with an ear open for a new call but these knew the conditions confront ing them when they embarked upon their profes sion and being a matter of personal choice pre ferring preaching to actual work it is their own fault and they have no right to complain Besides why should the congregation make any Christmas gift to the dear pastor at allY As suming that they have kept their contract with him they owe him nothing To In made the recip ient of a gift at Christmas is not a right conferred upon any preacher That he has preached the Sectarian shibboleth faithfully and well is noth ing to his especial credit for that was demanded of him by the terms of the contract he had made If there is any consideration coming to any one nt between pulpit and pew that consideration is due to the pew and not to the pulpit and as the season of Christmas seenit to be one of giving Would it not be well for the pulpit to return all that it has taken from the pews and frankly admit that it has been receiving money under false pre tences for repeatedly preaching a delusion and a snare that which even the preacher knows to JC untrue or entertains serious personal doubts The absurdity of the entire article is found in the intense desire manifested that certain things should not be sent to the pastor for Christmas presents Rev Brady is frank enough to tell his congregation and the congregations of other churches what not to send and concentrates all liis argument upon the raise in salary followed by the injunction to let him even know the lux ury of payment fin advance on occasion II For pure and adulterated gall Rev Brady takes the doughnuts Ilis cheek must be made of polished brass His heart must be as flint Coming back to the proposition suggested by the Blade the best thing that any pastor could do would be to make an honest confession that he has done his congregation a great wrong and make the amende honorable by returning that which he has frequently taken from then and resolve henceforth to preach truth and truth only THE OLD WAY AND THE NEW Per years tho church has bout bitter in its de nunciation of the stage and thinking people rightly concluded that it was because of a mere business competitionNow church proposes to try and utilize stage methods as a means of dragging the people inside tho church and take up the collection t l J led Only a little while ago Chicago preacher adoptI lancing classes ns a means of vicing hail room for public favors and now we are in forinvti that Rev Edgar William Allfii pastor of the Central Church of Christ nt Wichita Kansas has introduced moving pictirro show in his church services while Rev N 0 fteckct pals tor of an Alleged prosperous church nX Galveston Cuss county Indiana has excited tho envy of his brother preachers by achciving success through the medium or club with which lie pre sonts theatrical plays for the purpose of drawing the people n lit le closer to him and his church In justification of his course tho former preacher is reported as sa Jng that we bdlicvo we can terest people by tiving them sonicthmg removed from the set church methods and in this the parson is undoubtedly corre ct Had he and his coworkers been able to realize that truth many years ago religion would be a vastly different proposition frmn what it is today There is no greater truth known than that the people have grown everlastingly tired of set church methods and this in cludes what is carried on outside as well as inside the churches Preachers have allowed themselves to become intolerable nuisances by reason of their meritedresentment thousands of people abstain Irma going near them or their churches The dull insipid monotonous dreary and nerveracking church services fail to attract the intelligence of the nation and upon the theory that men and women prefer instructive amusement to being preached to on the worm that never dies and the U gates of hell that ever stand ajar moving pictures hall rooms stage effects all are to be given a trial and the people called upon for their support The old way wins to make the people as miser able as possible To compel them to kneel in ent prayerfro enforce a strict discipline sjI them To prevent even a smile Frowns solemn groans went furthest into the ministerial heart for the parson well knew that just so long as he could keep the people in that humble frame of mind he had them dead to right and he re mained the absolute boss of the situation By Jcgroes till people learned to smile in church This broke the ice Sunday services were missed Occasionally and finally the flock thinned out and the parson found but a mere handful awaiting him The church mlls tolled in vain for tho Will shippers that cam not Now the p1WS hold Uu mastery OMT tlw pulpit Once upon a time the pews WtsiM suppliant aped meek Niw the pulpit is made are menial an tin pews aro laughing nr their sleeves Just as straws moving indicate the direction otI the wind so dr dies signs point to a complete undoing of the church and the ultimate abolition i church rule When the recognized agents of radicalraliens of attracting people to their churches the people may know tho gospel the confessions of religious beliefs the threats of hell and bribes of heaven count for little in these and the church as a divine institution has lost its gripI III BLADE LITERARY FUND But three responses have o far been made to the suggestion of the creation of a Literary Fund for the Blade two of them heartily favor the plan and promise a subscription if a sufUcient amount can be guaranteed the other is in doubt as to the outcome of the plan but does not oppose it On the contrary wishes it success but gets pessimisti cal as concerns the interest Freethinkers take in their cauSe Candor impels tho imparting of such informa tion and in an undertaking of this character to be candid is the first requirement The Blade nan and ought to be made up of firstclass first handed original articles and as the present editor lies not the means to pay for articles of merit out of his own pocket the present subscription being far from meeting the expenses of the paper its friends must aid if the plan is to be adopted Un der existing conditions the Blades editor is unable- to fill the paper with his own writings and it night grow too insipid were such to be done for only in variety of ideas can interest be roused and this variety necessarilly implies a variety of writers Whether it is because of pressing business in other channels or lack of interest in the welfare of Blade we know not but scarcely one of its original contributors write for the Blade now and its pages have to depend upon what it can beg borrow or reprint from other papers of Free thought caliber This ought not to be the case but it is and it is as well that our friends shouK know it As previously stated our purpose Is to purchase original articles from the brain and pen of capable Rethought writers Three or four of these will satisfy any tender of time Blade We want the best there is in market but the laborer being worthy of his hire they must be paid for If such a fund eta be collected those contributing to it shall receive a statement of account showing how it has been expended It is not intended for the current expenses of the Blade simply to meet additional expenses that must be incurred if the plan is be put in operation The Blade will simply be a trustee for the fund and will render an accounting for over dollar spent who paid to and how much We wont to linear from those Who approve the plan and ore able to chip in If a sufficient amount cannot be subscribed those contributing will be leased from any obligation made and no money accepted for this purpose at all The issue is up to Freethinkers who are willing andahle to help and if wo cannot set this plan in operation why we will just plod along 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KrI Three of WINWOOD READES WorksMartyrdom Man NOW ITS TWELFTH EDITION lynoptlt tint to pres factorsIndncrlbe the illS at the the a CLOTH 91OO I The Outcast II IIIanTHE VEIL OF ISIS OR THE fflgstBrlBS Of tiLe Druias Tbli avert cleat and FreemasonryNsny giventoCloth 100 net t postage 14c hh t3I toingk Kj 1000 BOOK for 100 elfBLUEGRASSBox Lexington THE IISessfRANIJJNTHAT SAFE SIDE ARGUMENT By J 0 Stephenson If dont know how to meet this argumenthybooklet of the above title and get some pointerhow it is done Postpaid J 0 STEPHENSON Santa Anna Texas rAbl lad BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishers BLUE GRASS BlADE Publishers J3 ICIICt igBober L IllilersollB- y EDWARD SMITH Indllferenta genealoctcalJrrl4aa4wadraoaa4 b2OO BLUE GRASS BLADE Publishersr IC p L u rBORN IN FEAR OF COD Such is the Source of all Superstition fand from it also comes the Notion of Sin FULLY A CHIMERA London Freethinker The source of all superstition is the fear of having offended God the sense of something within ourselves which we call sin Sin in its popular and there fore most substantial sense means the hawing done something to satisfy our selves which we knew or might have known was displeasing God It do pends therefore for its essence on the door having had the power of acting otherwise than he did When there is no such power there no sin Xow let us examine this In reflecting upon our own actions we find that they arise fro in the determination of our will as we call the ultimate moral principle of action upon some object When we will we will something not nothing Objects attract or repel the will by the appearance of something in themselves either desirable or undesirable And in every action if analysed the will is found to have been detcnniucd by the presence of the greatest degree of de sirableness on the side towards which it has been determined It is auks self coutradictory and contrary to ex goodsinthe timo to be lesser Observe I say at the time of action We are com plex and therefore in our natural state inconsistent beings and the opinion of this hour need not be the opinion of the next It may different before the temptation appear it may return to be different after the temptation is pas sed the nearness distance of objects may alter their relative magnitude or appetite or passion may obscure the re fleeting power and give a temporary impulsive force to a particular condi tion of a mans nature and given a number of possible courses his action is necessarily determined into the course best corresponding to that condition as a bar or steel suspended between two magnets is determined towards the most powerful It may go reluctantly for it will still feel the attraction of the weaker magnet but it will till obey the strongest and must obey What we call knowing a mans character is knowing how he will act in such and such conditions The better we know him the more surely we can prophesy If we know him perfectly we are cer tarn So that it appears that at the stage first removed from the action we not find what we called the necessary condition of sin It is not there and we must look for it a step higher among the causes which determine the condi tions under which man acts Here we find the power of motives depends on the character on the conditions again which have formed it on past habits and therefore on past actions Go back therefore upon these and we are again in the same way referred higher and higher until we arrive rit the first condition the natural powers and fac ulties with which the man has been sent in the world Actions are governed by motives The power of motives depends on character andcharacter on the original faculties and the training which they have re ceived from the men or things among which they have been bredSin there fore as commonly understood is a chimera oJ A Froude The Nemesis of Faith THE LIMIT By Henry Stuart One calm and sunny dayon Noun Olympus The ancient Gods in calm enjoyment sat Zeus and Appollo Venus and Mercury Aphrodite Psyche Vulcan and the rest For this was their Elysium of Bliss To end their days in peace and sweet repose Ignoring earth with all its toils and griefs Faded away from all mankinds be liefs Soft was the murmur of the gentle stream The birds did warble in the rustling leaves Choice fruits nail tea were served up for the ladiesICigars wines and billiards for the gents- Gramophones and modern pianolos Discoursed sweet music to them all the time Arid by the way no harm was nay intent A God I think should be addressed as gent Great Zeus did then beam round nignantly J And spake in calm and philosophic tones t rrthink this heaven of ours is something likcl Replete with all the latwt innovations make us happy and confirm our joy Ycnuii my love I roally think my dear The credits wholly mine for this idea This realm is our Kly iiiin of the Gods And here we shall extend the friendly hand To all old Gods that shall have their day In other words found out an we were too Tho they deserted he by migrate man Hero we will give them welcome one and all To join with ushe with us as their own At this point Hermes was rung upon the phone 0 Jove said Hermes our gateman doth infonn Me of a stranger waiting at our door He craves admision to our happy land Because his days are over on the earth Admit him then cries genrous heart ed Zeus Yell make him welcome at our festive board And Venus spake As a forecate of bliss Ill greet him with my customary kiss And then the strange God came within their view This Pagan gods did gaze with blank dismay What was the fearsome thing before their eyes A old decrepit man of evil leer All clothed with rags with matted tangled hair That perhaps had not been washed since he was born With blood upon his brow in lieu of hat And greasy beard that smelt of mutton fat His eyes was baleful and his nose Semitic Ills face most cruel his aspect vile and mean A horrid bloody sword stuck in his girdle And feet of brasstis strange but its a fact Upon this uncouth monster grim and strange And then with one concerted dismal groan They nedand left Jehovah there alone London Freethinker VINDICATIONFOR Report of a Recent Lecture Before the Free Discussion Society of The Quaker City By John F Clark Mr J Costello Hannan of Philadel phia gave the Free Discussion Society of Baltimore a delicious treat by delivering before that body his lecture A Vindication of the Devil Mr Costello Hannan explained that he founded his character of The Devil upon Sacred History and tho orthodox opinion He said that the thousand years that the Devil was chained in Hell was the thousand years of dark ages that ignorant Christians dominated the civilized part of the world He said that when his shackles fell off he whisp ered those scientific truths to Caper nicus Galileo and Brunno that made the church have that tired feeling That the church recognized the Satanic in fluence and gave due credit to the Devil for the enlargement of human scope of penetrating heavenly mysteries was well attested Mr Hannans sallies were many and were well received His wit is characteristic and ho is original Mr Jlromwcll deplored the reflection cast upon Christs character and said that the Good Samaritan idea was well ex emplified by our hospital service and that aid was rendered freely to all in jiired persons white or black Mr Richardson a former Methodist preach er said that Christ hIowed hot and cold He showed pity for a Samaritan but that ho advised the setting of do mestic relations at odds about a tenet of doubtful advantage lie said that there was less devil in hell than hell man He said that he was happier since lie had discarded ecclesiasticism than before that time Mr Tuerke said that the Devil was the personification of evil and that the Qne that tried to vindicate him was en gaged in a bad business Evil associ ation corrupts good morals and rates lug to the Devil was sure to cause a moral epidemic in the person of the Devils advocate Mr Tuerke quqtcd Scripture and misquoted it and got in jolved in a dispute with lecturer who quoted from memory and gave the chapter roil verse and after verb Tying his statement by the Bible said I wish I knew as little of Ilible text ins you do This was the blow that filled father Mr Tuerko gave a bibil ical picture of Satan and Mr Clarke who followed also gave a picture of the devil thus J Iifrr4 Ills Oat was red his breeches blue with n hole Behind where the tail went through Mr Clarke pictured Kdon with God in thr toPof the highest tree ktping a lookout for Satan to prevent his teaching knowledge to Adnm and Eve and how Satan disguised Jiimsrlf as a serpent and eniwled under the hedge and got in his work and outwitted God and bested Him in a contest for truth ful Miprcnmcy Mr W A Toole thought that mans superstitions lifted him above till brute Mr Murk Jack n Hebrew said that the flattery and adulation given his kinsman Jesus Christ by the Gentiles was suspicious He told of some ancestral traits of his royal kinsmen Done and Solomon Someone said that Christ was n fisher of men and Mr Richardson retorted that the church was still catching suct ers Mr Itanium closed the discussion We are anxious to have Mr Itanium conic again SNOWS LETTER TO THE BLADE Touches Upon Current Events and Sends Copy of Letter Written to his Local PaperLinville Iowa Dear Brother Hughes I here enclose 150 for renewal also enclose one of my articles to the Leon Reporter regarding religion in the schools Mr Young was in the controversy and wanted me to contribute an article I havent learned yet whether it has been published Another matter I wish to call your readers attention to Mr Lewis of Pasadena California a Blade writer author of the article John on the Isie of Patmos has a large collection of prion records showing various beliefs touching religion within the dffivnt prisons of the world lids colostii amounts to I believe Bornrthiij like 800 pages These rrcod pvovi a per feet reputation of the Chretien to a monopoly on morality In a Kltar to him I made mention of his e lied Ln l1J1I1of its future historical value Whereupon he offered to pack and filrp then to me if I would hear the freight since as he said he was getting old years if I remember rightly he was wil ing to get them into younger hannds Now while I would gladly accept these I think they should go to some more central point where a larger number of people would have access to them With mo during my generation they would perhaps liave but one reader myself be ing located in a rural District 1I think they should find a place in sonns library at some point perhaps like Los Angelas In a letter I have suggested to Mr Lewis that ho write a biographical sketch of himselfas extensive as he desires and append it to his collections together with some of his best writings To box them up and to give instructions to the one having the last care of him to add an account of his death and burial and hip to whom he may decide to take them Xow if the above dont bring the proper response I suppose I am the one that should take the collection vided of course I outlive Bro Lewis And in that case I shall again pang them down to Freethinkers coming on Bro Hughes Some weeks ago there appeared an account clipped from some newspaper of one of Amos Clark nn Atheist living twenty miles south of Ada Ohio being stricken dead by th Christians God after defying the Lord to punish him ThU account was cir all over the United States both news papers and the pulpit Be fore rending of it in the Blade a Chris tian of Linevillo had handed me a clip ping of it with the view of converting me I had already written to the Post Master at Lewistown 0 the point atI which it was said to have occurred be fore I read it in theBIade And he said it was all untrue I made this report to you once before and I hope you will not overlook publishing itUro Hughes you do not know how blessed it is to lie for Jesus and you never will know the joy there is in it until you have tried it Yours Very Truly- AI Snow J The Clipping From Linville Tribune t We are in receipt of this foiovng curious letter Linville la Nov Mr Snow find inclneH your r tct the other side you gave it to the forth I thought I would read it Let only road a little of it I am seeking Gui dont want to read it now you better be doing the same thing And obligeR R C It seems the writer of the above cam near getting himself into a fix On the one hand the Lord would have nothin to do with a fellow that hears both sides while on the other hand he had gotten the tract of us under the agree ment to read it and the Lord would have nothing to do with a fellow that beats the Devil So he concludes the only safe way out of it is to fire it hack to us It is almost a case of tory repeating itself On a former oc casion the Philistines had captured the IlIrkof God mud as long as they kept it thl all kinds of bad luck such as their cattle dying of Texas Itch and the like every thing wrong until they re turned it with great care and at their own expense The suggestion to keep up the list of sanctified criminals is both apropos and well taken It ought to be done The Blade lot already printed the official denial of the story sent out from Ada Ohio Editor THE CHIEF OBJECT OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP Almighty and AilPowerful Dollar is the Shrine at which the Whole World of Christianity Kneels A bird of prey and a womans bust And the lying lebCndIn God we trust By E W P French Capt U S Army Hard yellow heavy and cold Denied by vices manifold That haws used it for lure and snare anti price Won with marked cards and with loaded dice Stained with lewdness and womans shame Sordid bride for a mans fair name Blurred with blood and with childrens tears Fouled with sweat through the toil wrung years Blackened with dust from the coal pits mouth Cnnkered with wrongeast west north south Tainted with shackle of serf and slave Fetid with mold from the drunkards grave- tcmnuplicc of murder and crimes best tool of the miser and pride of the fool Foe of truth and the lies ally Pay of traitor and thricedamned ppy Joie of the spoiler of charity Thefts insult of alms to humanity Wage of the harlot loot of the theif Promoter of crimes that pass belief iiire of slander forger cheat spoil of stab in the midnight street due for the unjust laws decree liuerdon of fraud and hyprocrisy Salvage of wrecks on a sea of wrong The loss of the weak the gain of the strong Base suborner of prejuryj Maker of envy breach of trust Pander to war and to fierce blood just To the lust of the eye and the lust of gold That hardens mens hearts and turns them cold Despoiler of labor menace of life Gold Gold of cruelty hatred strife r r r Bow 0 fool as thou passest byl This is the God we have set on high Beneath the dome of the Union sky This is the Thing to which we pray This is our Golden Calf today ihis the Deity we obey Down ou thy knees to the dollar godl lie own the water the trees the sod The food the clothing the oil the coal Owns thee body estate and soul Holds existence in deed of feeController of life and destiny jeuullcx fool to the gold of pelf word god of the great I Amof self Ills heaven wealth financial loss his hell welleHis incense interest his book ot prayer andnshare His temple the exchanges his altar stones Discount colatteral secured callloans Ills priests are usurers his creed com bine Ilis sacred symbol the dollarsign His bible business and his only son Is Profit out of work by others done Ills one commandment Do and do thy worst Lest by ill chance thy do thee Prey nrstIBut take thy lawful pound of flesh for lawful debt Steer close and shrewdly clear of prison gate And put an S in front of peculate By trust and franchise mulct let none go free And worship thou none other god says PROPHECY Hard and yellow heavy and cold Defiled by vices manifold A fallen idol lies on the sod And a freed races strides oer its former god tee fling thinggThat once had been bane and bar and ban- Barring mans heart to his fellow man God of oppression of greed of pelf Lord God of the Great I Amofsolf ForThtenltill money be dead and dumb race shall neer to its birthright come 1I L Tho rule of gold shall control mans fate And the Golden hub e be violate Might shall bo crowned Brawn preyof Brain And wrong triumphant rhet mankinds chain The rich and poor alike shall hear golds curse Robber and robbed front out of the com mon purse The lnwi of talons he the Nations lot Justice forgetting and by Love forgot r r r r But onward nail upward the races shall go Over its false foul god laid low Onward and upward toward the goal Equal rights for each human soul Outward to plenty and joyamid pence Rejoicing in povertys surcease Upward with kindness and duty call Each for the other nail all for all To the shining peaks of the highest good To the love and splendor of brotherhood In glorious friendship and amity rand in hand to equality s Peoples Press WHAT Continued from First Page He would utterly be condemned That is a charming story told But as a composition it ii by no means fect It is neither a pure lyric nor a clearlydefined drama Indeed so for from perfection of form it that Canon Chcync rejecting Ewalds interpretation has no hesitation in concluding that the book is an anthology of songs used nt marriage festivals in or neu Jerusalem revised and loosely connected by an toiicr without regard to tem seijtiiiice in saying his wn do nut deny that the kernel of the work may have been brought from somu other part of vountrv f01 tu imHh Thiii any tI11even jf the Songof Songj string if oveyi rlofa dim to be HtrirKl z I DJwly inspired produ 1 nirl whit true of this little book is equally true of every other portion of tho Bible as criticism is abundantly howing us To make the Bible trucly interesting we must nuke it human As a collection of man originnted documents itshall never lose its value while in its char acter of Gods Word it is discredited and self coudemned at every point SENDS LOVE TO ALL St Elmo Tenn Jas E Hughes Though apparently neglected you are loved none the less And when I recall the friends of the past your names are shrouded with a halo of love Dear Mrs Henry lion I wish I could fill her life with love anti content And Mrs liarmond and Dr Wilson and Mrs Moore and all who sorrow How I wish I could scatter the lowers of love all along and make them forget I love tine Blade yet but I seldom see anything from our old friends and I am hungry for a word from them I enclose u clipping from the Chattanooga Times of last Sunday also from Mondays Times Tho liver seems to be at work sent a check some tints ago to get the date shoved up a year on my wrapper but it not moved up yet Please tell love for all I am devotedly LULA 1L GIBSON FROM ONE WHO WORKS Huntingburg Ind James E Hughes Am sending you under separate cover three Huntingburg Independents Anti each of them has a little reading mat ter marked for your consideration flio editor of this paper anti I get along a heap smoother when we are apart than we do when we are together expect we will lock horns about right the next time we get in an argument for 1am a going to tell him right square of reel That we arc living in a progressive age and can all act like we have lived in Missouri if neces spry say Jim aint Ed Dufendach the first editor that we have any ao ocunt of over having the principal anti manhood to retract a lie like this had to call him down a little about his comments on the preachers picklement If you notice he is loth to believe the womans storyor the investigating committees either I can not say positively that he looks like old Adam but I do think that he nets like him I have always felt a kindof a hard nest toward Aunt Eve Just think she kept a twitten at old Aflame until wo all had to throw down our toils and put on our clothes oS us men say W C DALY ALSO PREPARES FUNERAL Dhanute Kan Jas E Ilughes Having read YoII Morrows letter in the Blade of July 28 saying that he is years past and has been completing arrangements for his funeral I want to say that I am another one who lave boon doing the same thing in part I am a firm believer in cream J n i lion but am to far from a crematory to uc one but have prepared an dress to bo delivered at my funeral expressing my views on life and death anti have chosen a friend to read same if he survives me If not some other one will be selected by my rein ties ncpcrding to my request nnJ if they fell to live up to my wishes will be ignored in my will I am now il1fz years old and a most pronounced Athieit of which Inun proud awl I think this is the duty of all Free thinkers to make this kind of an ar rangement while in their full mental and physical ability I would like to hear from more Freethinkers along this line through the columns of the good old Blue Grass Blade Wishing you and yours a long and prosperous life Innu always yours for freedom E ALEXANDER INFORMATION WANTED Allen Pa Ins E Hughe I have been informed by a clergyman that most of officers and the best soldiers of the Japanese armyare Christians Also that Corea is fast becoming Christianized Is it true The former statement I believe to be incorrect but nm unable to prove it If you can furnish me with the proof that his statement h untrue I will show this preacher who is a conceited cox comb that he dosent know it all Can you tell me where Ican procure the following Origens reply to Celsus True Discourse The works that are extant of Titian Works of Justin Martyr Works of Porphyny Works of Trcnaeus Papias and Polycorp s If you will kindly furnish me with the information I demo I will be veryzmuch obliged to you My object getting the above mentioned works is r to discover if it is true that those writers made mention df the Gospel of Matthew Mark Luke and John I want to know if they were in existence before they were spoken of by Irenacus in the year J X KItEMER WHO CAN GIVE THE FACTSs Plemons Tex Blue Grass 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