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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r g rr 4T 1 u t t fAJ t i i1 f r BLU1r GR DD BnADTI t WE AIM TO CUT DOWN iREOR AND ESTABLISH TRUTH r f VOLUME XVI N ER37LEXINGTON KYjAN 51908 Published Weekly1 60 per Year in advance 0 iIijgh anarkerAahlaud WZ j j BIRTH OF CHRIST ii tp 1 Open Letter Addressed to the Principals bfii That Interesting Performance r of ajooo Years Ado J INSTIGATED BIV r sDESIRE TO KNOW- lit St By O Woote Dear sir dear Ghost or dear God You are reputed to be everywhere and therefore I presume ou will sec S this letter although I ifflIInaMr to l sent it through post would have I r ventured in that method of conveyance but was deterred by the failure of n f pious gentleman in Germany who posted a letter to God in Heaven and had it returned as insufficiently ad dressed A similar difficulty occurred a to me many years ago when I was 1prlIecutell by your zealous admirers for r5 doubting your absolute perfection Ja tfwi lcll to call you as a witness in the is but I found no one to serve the subphocna if When you were on earth more than J eighteen centuries ago you advised n itf t people to search the Scriptures lowing your recommendation I have a searched them and I havo paid tho v penalty which u generally exacted from those who are in respect wiser than it their neighbors or their neighbors t priests Yet my zeal for knowledge is unabated and as my study of tho Bible luis opened up an endless vista of curious problems which none of tho commenta- torsS are able to solve I take the liberty of communicating with you personally and seeking the assistance of the only being who cqu help me in my perplexity ITudging from niiny passages in the a J01lleI8 I should say that in the iontjk of your contemporaries you were i born like other babies hey called you wtho carpenters son referred to Mary Jafypur natural mother recited the iSfinHtaoa of your four brothers wadahiulcd u t JIIMtt uicy el cle Nor does it appear S V irlport of the trial which preceded execution that your friends or your penemies breathed a whisper of your miraculous birth What is still more surprising two of four biographers fail to mention the circumstance Had the gospels of Matthew and Luke been lost in the stream of time we should never hove learnt from Mark and John that your entrance intothe world was at all Will UllonIyou kindly explain their silence t At present it puzzles me Did they think your being born without a father was too trivial a fact to record Did they disbelieve the stor and treat it is with quiet contempt f Or they never heard of it and is their silence due to their ignorance I cannot eon f ceive of another alternative and which ever I accept tho mystery remains unsolved Yet truth is so simple nmle perspicuous that when you disclose it on this subject I shall doubtless compre head it at a glance and wonder I had not understood it before At present however I am in a dilemma If Mark land John disbelieved the story of your miraculous birth they neutralize the testimony of Matthew and Luke It is two against two and the Lord that is yourself only knowsI whom to believe If Mark dud never heard of the story it could not have been widely prevalent and this r militates against its truth for so tro mendous a fact could hardly have concealed or confined to tho notice of a few There remains the suppositiont that they regarded the as trivial If they did it could only bes 1 for one reason You were born without a father but other boys have been in the same plight Illegitimacy has in allb ages been too frequent to be wonderful anti it is a topic on which those im mediately concerned are discreetly t reticent Yet it is no ones fault if his parents anticipated or neglected the of rites of matrimony and if as Celsus declared in the second century theret was a bar sinister in your you cannot be blamed for a transaction in which you were involved without being consulted Considering this therea fore you may deign to tell mo how the matter stands Mill if the theme he is painful I refrain from pressing you of for an answerlPerto being born without a father is no mira cle Had you been of divine origin you or your progenitor with tho assist e once of a mother Such a miracle would t r have been too obvious for disbelief and the greatest sceptic would have been t l4y r n 1k 1fr C t 4 io i ast nr mother8xrseconclude that there is a father some and Luke I find differ from each other ns well as from Mark and loin One makes Joseph discover Marys premature pregnancy while tho other says it revealed to him in n dream Ono relates the Annunciation while the other omits it One affirms that your birth was heralded by angels who appeared to touts hepherds while the other declares that it was heralded by a star which the Afngi followed from East presumably from Persia Ono records massacre of the innocents while other ignores It Two such Avliresses would damn any case when they both uppcaron the same side Supposing Matthew is right will you inform inehow the Magi followed n star the nearest being millions of miles distant And how did star stand over the place where your mother was literally in the straw Was it a nieteor expressly provided for the occa sion or un angel with an electric light or n dark lantern f You might also inform me for it point of sumo interest whether there any truth in the legend that your parents were too poor to pay for decent accommodation or whether ns Luke intimates they were obliged to occupy stable because the hotel was full up mad no gentleman would go mitide to oblige a lady I should akjo be obliged by your tell ing mo when vuu were born Luke says was whenCrenius was governor of Syria but dint was ten ears lifter the beginningciour era Sonic scholars maintain tlmtyou were born two and others tout years before the orthodox dote while Jews place event nearly a wntiiry earlier Nor is the day of your birth settled jo my satin faction Your wonhippors say it was the 25th of December but that is not season when sheep pasture out at night Neither your brethren your apostles ur biographers nor Fathersof the early Church knew that you were urnlon that day It teas- trotirt egnizc nptil second half of hal1flHi j fnlI am not apprising you of these fitcts ftit of course you know them I am simply stating the grounds of my debit Probably you know when you were born I do not You certainly were present I was not am therefore justified in asking you to settle question for me and for other Inquiring spirits Lighten our darkness wo beseech 0 Lord With regard to your godhead am dying for news Your biographers tire very unsatisfactory on this point They evidently wrote for a credulous ageI when every fable and legend was lowed without a question But this age moro critical and you will pardon my curiosity which is shared by millions Other children begin their existence when they enter this world but your began millenniums before you were born According to your own state ment you lived before Abraham What were you doing all that time and where did you reside Were you really IleroI of the Song o Songwhich is Sol utions Was if1 you and your prospective Church as the headings of the chapters indicate who exchanged all those amorous greeting and indulged in ll that voluptuous imagery Dill ouI your mysticol bride still unborn ind hidden in the womb of time to n lily among thonis Did you compare her neck toe tower of David her breasts to twin roses her eyes to theI Ishpools of Hefhbon and her nose to he tower of Lebanon which looketb Damascus Did you expatiate till more 4n4cOUHb on her hidden ilmrms im the manner of Ovid of 7atuIiiri AnllIlill she the unborn eauty reciprocate strain and chant- a poetical inventory of your manly graces If she was not blinded by passion but speaking the simple truth you must have liven a regular lady killer Perhaps this explains the number your fondle devotees in Palestine including pretty Mary Magdalen ami bo rich women who ministervd unto roe of their substance When you write if you vouchsafe me reply you might answer these ques ions You might also inform me whether such glowing strains al fit to rend by children as part of Word God The children of this nge at east ore precocious enough There is no necessity for Bible to teach the young idea how fushoot Still anticles are splendid poetry and if you rote or inspired them you are entitled o place in the hierarchy of genius Continued 6n Fourth Page P kI JI WILLk Jr KEEP US COMPAN If We are Compelled to Take Rout Assigned to Us by An Irate Lady Correspondent PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF BLADE READER fly I M iI1erISpeaking of the indignant correspond eat of the feminine persuasion censuring you us bound for hell beg leave to in form you if that settles your tote Ill keep you company for one us its the same old story oft he gang and ohlI so ninny tiaras by a number has my destiny keen foretold In fact rather expect theres no escape since they have become so devoted hugging the homilieS of n dead Jew they could not be spared from forever playing servant to the lord mud Ill get no sympathy from the gen erouxHpirit so inherent in them Very recently on returning from Chicago arrived at the station an hour before train time and an acquaintance of the holy sanctified sort only thinks hues a little more so wearing the garb of Ids creed had proceeded me there was earnestly engaged in conversa tion with several ladies und a gentleman about spiritual matters when cam- and the inquiry Was raised if possible to get our train to stop at our town that being a through train not scheduled to stop at U when I remarked on one or two occasions some years ago had conductor to slow up his train on the upgrade near town and dropped off alright when this agent of the lord suggested we trj it and I told him to to the ticket office and asked for the privilege frrruTrtt II c rreai l iiitiTv3f known they dispatching to superintendent second division vast ting word they would stop for in He coming back said while the dispatch was being sent he was praying tlmt out wishes be granted and it was When I questioned as to his prayers saiif binItoanswered by my neighbor lust then the women interposed in his behalf and lambasting I got was only suck jis cult be given by a ftdl fledged disciple- of aims domino In putting up sonio argument from more rational point of view those women said I bound for hell and advised the men with clerical preten tious to keep away from self and the more he tried to explain tb them I was alright except as a mere matter of belief the more hysterical they became for theyd havo none of it but that I was u devil incarnate and to hell und endless punishment need must go 1iissing through Muncie Indiana not long ago having a little while between traction line collections called Dr Bowles and found he and his amiable wife comfortably anti cozily situated The doctor is engaged in writing u number of articles for the Muncie Morning Star that created intense interest among its readers because of till liberality shown by the editor anti publisher of the paper in allowing the doctor Ids say upon super stition and its effect for ages past Many exceptions are taken but Easlern Indiana is getting an awakening on the subject ns never before let it be hoped the cause of much good Dr Bowles will have the chapters published later in look orm fifty in till It should find ready 111lealmeasures and now come toMe the light is for Atheism against heisui and Materialists have the basicpillar upon which to build our intelectuni freedom hope to the Blade glif taring with many replier to the sblicitn of Mr Hughe and Mrs IIlhenIStart ball ep it going is wilt of one who iflnd nothing thlI t tLJ OUT CO ALL THE WOMEN Decree That the Dear Sisters Can no Longer Sing in the Choirs ofIRoman Catholic Churches SAID TO BE IN LINE WITH FORMER ENCYCLICAL IIitnew year timetallottlllpastors in which to put into effect his decree ordering the disbarment of women from all Catholic choirs The Archbishops pnstorial hosed on the Motu Proprio of Pius X and culling for the exclusion of women from all liturgi cal services went into effect on the first Sunday in Lent of this earICincinnati was the first United States to comply with Popes encyclical and women were formally rxiEluded from Cincinnati choirs on suffmganICeritucky Indiana Tennessee and ilichigan have since enforced the order- f Archbishop Moeller with the result Solesmes chant has superceded all Et forms of church music in pane every city of the entire Middle 1In estspreliminary steps were taken o facilitate the introduction of the Imrch reform movement by calling to ihcinnnti a number of leading expo nts of the Solesmes method The First to Arrive The first to arrive was IAbbe Man thoof Rome Italy who was called to tLach the new chant at both the localI luminaries Harold Becket Gibbs of the loynl Conservatory of Music London done of the first to visit the ancient Jolt ul HJI tilt ee udictine chant fololwed and was ailed fB organist and choirmaster at Petcrr Cathedral ref Oibbs was instrumental in found the Schola Cantorum Cincinnati 0oat of plain chant was appointed n of the faculty by Archbishop eller In their wake came Alfred lenton choirmaster of the Leeds Musical Vstival and leader of the Leeds Choral Tnion who was installed as organist it St Xaviers Church Alfred Booth of livcrpool England who was caleld to it Marys Cathedral Oovimrton anti alton Boyce an English musician of tote who was apointed organist at hurch of the Sacred Heart Camp Washington When the edict of the Archbishop vent into effect boy choirs immediately prang up and are now to be found in very chrurch of the dioce In some Tt instances men choirs were also armed Solesmes c cant became tin ifiicial and only approved style of lit trgieal church music in Cincinnati lie transition was so rapid that no little urprise was evinced at Home where rope Iiiir referred to Archliisliop the most com mndator term The Archbishops ruling however doe tat limit church choirs exclusively to plain chant Te Diocesan Music Com nission composed of liars August uatman J Holtaus Ignatius M Wilkins 0 S F and Joseph F Schmidt las compiled a list of masses mostly by Pal strinll and tljo Cecillinn school which are available In addition to these several compositions of the modern German und Italian masters have also lIen approved An Extension Granted Owing to the death of organists and uvailahlu singers as well as to the lack of sufficient familiarity with severe style of the Solesmes chant ninny pas tors especially in the outlaying districts were unable to perfect plans for the adoption of tho new ruling last year tad Archbishop Moeller allowed them in extension of time until January 1008 Although three years have now elapsed sine the establishment of the Soleimes plain chant still the result from a jmusical standpoint of view is far from satisfactory and conditions not most sgreat4lesultorincss iivinced and the promoters of new movement are soemwhat disappointed at the lack of enthusiasm and support aiiowiYtfy many of the Cincinnati clergy ManjiJiave regarded the supplanting of tt J jst I the brilliant and clasic music of the masters by the Solesmes chant with its monotony of melody and entire absence of harmony as an cxtcreincly radical move The attempt to form a choir among members of clergy tossing the priestsIwas chJ1rchIlight of congregational singing and womens voices therefore permitted but Archbishop Moeller construed the mutter differently The attempt of the promoters of the reform movement to introduce oldI form of congregational singing also proved a failure and many years must elapse before this can be brought about Unfamiliarity with the Latin and the large cxpciic entailed in procuring chant hooks for the thousands of the faithful render this plan almost impracticable It was stated yesterday that strenuous efforts will be made In coming year to create greater enthusiasm among the clergy and laity for support of them church music and that Solesmes chant will be taken up in all the parochial schools in coning year ARE YOU AtHUMANITARIAN By Eliza Mowry Blivcn Humanitarian means betterment of human beings You and I and everyone should help We should all be Searchers Teachers and Doers of the Beneficial Humanitarians Five Moral Laws t Learn to do right and help others to do right H Doing that which harms ourselves or others Is wrong IH Search out the causes of good and for wisdom to choose the beneficial Wrong choices are follies greed vices and crimes and tneso bring diseases worry ugliness infnstjce ware dl Jl lV W they bring selfcontrol her Kig nni useful life wisdom friends7j Jtiee in dustry prosperity and happiness Proposed Humanitarian Sunday Schools In the common schools children an taught reading and many things to make intelligent capable citizens but are not properly taught to know which is beneficial hence often choose the harmful Young people want to grow to be smart likely healthy hnpy men and women They do not want to be come diseased poor lazy or drunkards thieves anti murderers Such people were once children but did not learn to choose the right and reject the wrong Most of the crimes vices poverty and unhappiness of mankind are due to ignorance of the real physical and social causes of evils Hence what all ages most need is to learn the causes and re sults what is beneficial nd what brings evils so as to know what to choose that right choices will bring right phys ival mental and moral development and evolve the highest type of citizen active in promoting the general welfare evilrHow can people learn to choose right and avoid evils This is the great ques tion of all ages peoples and religion Yet everyone helps to solve a part when he learns to avoid any evil Experi ence is a dear schoolmaster but fools will earn from no other The burnt child dreads the fire All should study the doings of people and results of their acts std search out the causes of both good and bad results How did this one develop Ills abilities or keep healthy or happy How did the other become diseased miserable incompetent or honest f When many compare their searching they evidence to show which choices are beneficial and which harmful hence discussions are helpful We should study physiology chemistry geology astronomy physics and other branches of science for causes In nature Wo should study work on ethics soci ology history biography anti philan thropy written by searchers for helps toward right choices lint these are not taught to any adequate extent to the masses Instead the churches teach penitence and worship schools teach arithmetic and tho newspapers teach the latent news Those whose abilities and opportuni ties have made them competent should each choose some question which perplexes and misleads people and search out thoroughly and persistently the causes results and proofs then prepare suitable brief lessons or lectures to con Continued on Page Four AL 1 JiJ CAN THEY FIND PAINE i1 Cood Thought Suggested by the PrintAing of Hillegas Portrait oil the New Ten Dollar Billone Way to Secure National Recognition afor the Soldier AuthorAti JIjCleveland Leader December 5 loot frThe Finding of HillegAs jWhen the pessimistic sage carved fthe wellworn phrase regarding the Ira gratitude of he tlThiswiththose who have served it well Why writes a Leader render is rthe portrait of Michael Hillegaa played on the new issue of tendollar bills Who was hot r greatAmericanFor Michael Ililelgas a patriot and a gentleman who served his country with all his strength is now after a century of oblivion given recognition and honor that is none the less fitting because so long delayed In the black colonial days x when shadow of England lay heavy Mrwealthhis fortune and his talents to the cause of American freedom An associate of Robert Morris in the later years of the revolution ho preeeed that financier by j at least two years in the Work of raising3ifunds for the Continentals Laboring fora decade as a memberoftbo Provincial Assembly of Pennsylvania he became in 1775 the first treasurer ofsthe United Colonies and held that office until the new government of the vnitelltStates was formed and AlexanderHam 17ilton succeeded him Living the life ofa American citizen doing the Yorkofafsworn mid tried patriot he had no time i for trumheta and tomtoms and he four po great history Bukhiii hntueo forth Jifs name will sot be totti1Tlmese are strenuous days surely The power that is at Washington supposed to be our strenuous presidentI 3eand debts And it has found Hillegas Hillega was more or less instrumental serving the cause of freedom during the revolu than and after though just what ho did we have no other authority than the Leader that I can find to depend on Probably he hoe a progeny that has hit tit right in some of the frenzied finance of the Standard Oil Company The U S Steel Company or some of the railroad l high flier who are now climbing a family + tree and have found him hanging on ono of the branches I do not wish to say anything deroartory of any one who in any way assisted in that great struggle but it would seem that if our power to be was looking for the portrait of some portrait to ornament one of the new bills to be y struck off it would have been far morn easy to find the name of Thomas Paine than that of Michael Ilillcgas I cannot find the name of Hillegas in any ency clopedia nor in the Br ant HistoryIof the U S The American Encyclopedia gives Paine over three columns at least three biographies of life have been written the last by Monroe S Conway and all American histories give him flattering notice and these are some of the things they say about him He wrote Common Sense which is declared by all historians to have had more fluence ta leading the people up to a declaration of independence than any other factor in the struggle The Legis lature of Pennsylvania gave him 50000 as a reward and the University of Penn sylvania conferred upon him the degree of M A It was up to that time the mostwidely read book ever published in the English language lIe enlisted asoJa common soldier and was made an officer in the first troops raised by the State of This was for a jwereWashington to perform some of the most difficult and dangerous duties that came to hand In 1770 he wrote number of the Crisis which beginningliwith the words These are the days that try mens souls it rang a bugal blast that was heard throughout the colonies And was the means of holding many in the army who before were almost readytto leave and rccaleld many who had Continued on Fourth Page f tft J tt j 1 r I 1 f r 41 1 Jj t J fE t I i r It BLUE GRASS BLADE Founded 1884 and edited by Chants Chllton Moore up to j his death February 1906 lAMES E HUGHES Editor and pttblisbe- SUBSCRIPTION K RATES radii postpaid 150 ocr year in advance five new subscribers sent with one remittance at 100 per year each Trial subscription 15 cents per month All foreign subscription postpaid 200 per yeear t MAKE ALL money orders drafts checks etc payabl to JAMES E HUGIIES Lexington ICy as this will facilitate collection t ADVERTISING RATES S ALL ADVERTISEMENTS ot whatsoever character cepted will be published at the rate of 100 per Inch per month unless by special contract when other and better rates will be quoted upon appllca lion The publishers have the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES I ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinues v oat the expiration of the term for which the sub If scription has been paid up in advance The K address slip on the paper will show subscribers KK the date of expiration of subscription Bad r numbers or numbers omitted will be sent It asked for upon rene al In case of discontinuance r SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER chalet his or her nddre3 I advise this office giving both old and new ani the Blade will be sent to the new address a desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 126121 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a heart welcome THE BLADE is entered at the Jostofiice at viiijtor Kentucky as second class mailing matter J ADDRESS ALL COMMUIICATIONS TO THE BLUEGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington Ky Keep straight on a ufJont get to be a pillar of salt r If God made priests who made politic- ianstReligion f i too often destroys the hand that helps it c a N a There is no Fido to bite the army of Freethoughl soldiers t a a a Orthodox hearts may be all right but new machinery is needed in the head 4aa a Now we have to struggle with the grand thaumaturgic faculty of thought whatever it is a a Although Lexington has a good sized faith fae ory not mangy secbt Ordering their t ieology Instead of being a dispenser of chariWKcliircl t1 yk is the champion pauper known in all nreng his tory of mankind 4Why is that the leaders of the worlds greatest are to be outside the churches and not on the inside They dont belong there a a a Honesty must hold in contempt the jeweled hand- of the bigot that would take the last copper from the starving hand of famine and want a a a i Orthodoxy is the destroyer of human happiness the perverter of human felicity and the prisoner of springs of human virtueall a a a a tIn view of the heartless unfeeling conduct of h t the modern church society the noble men and women who have espoused the Freethought cause are determined to free as many others as they are capable from its cruelgrasp- a a a seizedistfoolish church and becomes a phrenetic defender of the foolish faith grabs a bull whip and without weighing the evidence he seeks to drive his 1brethren to the throne of grace and begins to tell r just how everything happened to be as it is This is religion Peripatetic priests and perspiring politicians still pretend to play at liberty enlightening the world when they are but indulging in the clamor of Jack Cade and Cagliostros Lincoln was right You cant fool the people all the time or we might sue ceed in persuading some of them to apply the soft pedal to themselves and give us a good long rest a a a a Look at the average psalm singer Size him up EThough he sing until the cows come home and dray till his collar goesliinp though he visitall the sisters once a week and paddle in some baptismal tank until he develop web feet and dorsal fins though he yawp until ice forms in perdition he to society is no more than a cracked cymbal in a 10cent cir cus the cube root of a vacuum a hiatus in a hole the net product of nothing These tare not the men that make the world move to arise and hump itself a a If high honor be due those who to escape the wrath of some vengeful god and win an immortal crown take up the cross and labor on with pained and bleeding feet how much more should be meted to that man who seeing at the end of lifes fitful fever only an everdreamless sleep performs work of real merit of real human value even to others more than himself Of the latter stuff are the men and women made who constitute the great army of Freethinkers These shrink not from duty because of religious threats or tyranny but dare and do the right in spite of hell and I r I prOPhetiCLfo 3 GirariIa a a a lIt is recorded that certain thieves broke into a Certain church and saved a certain congregatio from one hour of certain torture by swiping the sermon which the parson had prepared and he hnd no other Of course it was the least valuable in a commercial sense of all they mapaged to getaway with being unable to trade it for cash or to borrow money on it and to make matters wors they didnot the author the doubtful honor of reading it Had they doneI so they might have understood what it meant by flee from the wrath to come Flee they did from the parsons wrath and theJ took no chances on getting turned into a pillar of salt a a We have heard and read about the Christian life the Christian way the Cliristitm family and the Christian community but we have just read for the first time of the Christian raiment It conic from New England where it is said that one John M Hubbard has invented sort of religious garl which he has designed for the purpose of weariui upon Sundays and other days of religious ob servance It is described as a tightfitting crimson cassock with gold buttons From such a description one would never think its owner and wearer would attract attention but as he assumes to prove that it is the real Christian raiment by Bible references wo can think of the poor devils in tin country who cannot afford to buy the gold button and what a devil of a fix they are in to be sure John M Hubbard should take treatment for the simples a a a The use of cigars the cigarette and the pipe ii a sin declares Elder Bennett of the Goshen district of the Northern Indiana SIethodist Conference When religion grows dun and its observance be comes insipid outside attractions nre sought for Prohibition has been one of the principal hobbi and that has been played for all it is worth tint preacher getting everything he could out of tM game Card parties dance halls theaters mid opera houses have been held up to scorn bccautu they are now recoguized as dangerous business rivals of the Christian joss houses and that something new might be invented to occupy time and attention Elder Bennett has hit upon opposing tlJif weed Just at this season we are having enough in Kentucky concerning tobacco crops with the night riders and military so wont somebod1- please squirt a little tobacco juice in the Elder ear and beg him to let up a a The press dispatches state that a Frenchman r Severin has created a decided sensation in Londife by the rendition of Conscience which is d soribed as a wordless play In other words theC Ujffi Vortl dbemgwH nut the actor had notliiuigtsay Whatr blessij only a majority of our preachers could be tajjj that simple art and use it in their pulpits Sunday a a a L- It is reported that an Iowa man is immune fl the deadly poison of the rattlesnake and lovefl be bit by them just for the fun of it If men J women could only be made immune against ortli dox Christianity it would be worth writing ai talking about for they would then escape the eji effects of the deadly poison instilled into their ea from Christian pulpits and they would incline dwell together more in unity more at peace wij the world and in time learn to become benefactjj to the race Of course the Blade realizes so e people love to be bit with the orthodox rattler j J for the fun of appearing miserable The BlaUt cannot see happiness coming a that wayISay Reader This is a New Year sever il days have already been spent Have you turnover d that new leaf yet If not dont do so until y u hate read this The Blade wants to doublQ two r culation during this year You have got e months to work in but there is no time like tIe present Look through you list of personal ricA Is and acquaintances See if there be not one jut one who would like to take the Blade or wou d like to read it if they could get one Would ie not snake a good subscriber You ought to lmo v The Blade is turning over a new leaf and we a je now considering plans that will put the paper on a better footing and prove more acceptable to you In fact we are going to experiment with it A U the Blade asks that you will allow it to become i ts own missionary Send us a list of names of persoi is whom you believe would probably subscribe to tle Blade and we will do the rest This is a small effo t- In your part but it will help us a a That Literary fund about which we have writtc has resulted in a fizzle So much the worse jehad hoped that some of our wealthy Freethinke s would manifest enough interest in our Freethougl t propaganda to enable us to do better furnish better reading matter better argument and a better ami e up Only a few have promised to subscribe and these never expressed better intentions thanks I to them The promised assistance however is nt t sufficient to justify us embarking upon such a pie u und incurring additional obligations As a resu t ve shall not call upon any who have pledged then elves to this end leaving the matter open so th t if at any time a fund is forthcoming we can o ahead and carry out the plan suggested The Blac e xtends its warmest thanks to the faithful fe v who have so kindly written us on the subject a a a a For our coming Paine issue to commemorate tile nniversary of the birth of that sterling natriot we intend to have an open field and invite wl our waders and their friends to contribute rt i I1 dr ticles on the subject Let it be a Paine issue in very sense of the word Paine was for the people Ipw let the people be for Paine The auuiversai y Jf his birth falls upon the 29th day of Januar Jiur Paine issue will be printed on the Sundr Previous thereto or the issue bearing date Januar anetIliould reach our office not later than January 18 Now let every friend of Paine and those jpho love to honor his memory get busy and teU world what you think about him The more the trrier iThe Blade has received a very modest complaint jjmt it does not assail Roman Catholicism as an ycterate enemy of the republic Steady they lold on The Blade has no sectarian preference here the orthodox Christian religion is concerned f either Protestantism or Catholicism are to udged as political forces it must be by their racticcs and not according to their profession- As an American citizen pure and simple b religion undefiled we place the constitution abov Till religious creeds and the rights of life above tIll lopes of death Protestantism and Catholicism- would combine to keep an Ingersoll from being elected to public office and Protestant prejudice is the most dangerous admixture of religion and poli ics the country has ever known If the Protestan priesthood could have its way it woul transform this republic into one of the most abject and mos miserable theocracies in the world mid are nl Catholic either Catholic or Protestant they are tarred with the same orthodox brush a a a What is the Bible If there be a deity would it not be far better to assume that he made the religious idea implanted it in the mind of his creatures and left it to adapt itself to the Flaw of evolution than to assume the childish theory Unit lie made a robber horde of semisavages the custodians of all the knowledge which man wai permitted to huve concerning him and his existence knowing as tIe deity must have done that they possessed no power to enlighten the teeming millions on far continents respecting the laws IK is said to have given them Tlie Bible places one class in front of the gate to heaven and sends others along the highway to hell and if ever n religion shall be born that is to bo of human value it must be based upon human ideas aiJ human necessity not simply desire When we consider its source the Bible becomes cheap to intelligent minds As for Christianity professedly basctHupoi the Bible it was born of the unclean ooze oi miasmic swamps in the womb of noisome fens Away with orthodox Christianity and its bibles a a a a And now we are informed that one of the most potent causes of poverty is overproduction Not so fast my masters it is jyj incorrect theorem H r- iJtgo siipperless to jnj npver was ier can be such a thing in this world as over itiqn It is un erconsumption The wealth lly produced congests at a comparatively few instead of flowing into the coffers its rs Theres the rub With tireless industry rigid economy the massess cannot evolve out Lthe morass of poverty Fancy labor butting out own brains on bursting smokehouses and bloated wheat bins If any man thinks there is an overt duction let him consider how many of us would fuse to live on the elegant plan of the Rocke ellers the Astors and Yanderbilts were we able ado so a a a I CONVERTING INFIDEL EDITORS Some time ago we published communication vith comment and answer thereon from J 0 smith of Bronson Mich in which we were requested to give an expression of or to state the reasons why we are opposed to orthodox Christian ity with the privilege of a reply This privilege was granted on the condition that the reply be couched in intelligent language and not consist altogether of Bible quotations The reply has not been heard from but J 0 Smith During the past week another ImsIcame from the same source in politely informed that if we will instruction he J 0 Smith is satisfied that he could speedily convince us of our error as he has suc iecded in convincing other infidels and bring them to Christ and God One thing is evident or at least one of two quotaItionsthat we are to put him on the free list for the mere privilege of permitting him to use space in an attempt to convert us to Christ and God as he has other infidels Asa business proposition we snnnot see things in that light On the other hand he may be afraid to subscribe because he would naturally want his moneys worth and is fearful est he be converted from Christ and God as neoy otbprs have been before him and will be The Writer says God used me to save an infidel ditor as far gone as you for 18 years leasers ve me one chance through you paper Ve arc spelled to admit of serious doubts about the inn editor but the suggestion that he was tar gonoe are it is evident that he imagines the BladlI material to work on Well while heres li lund lots Of it lie can have all the chanci ri f ry HE SCIENTIFIC TREE Those who have tt lied the progretss of modern eience durin the past c ntuiy that is a comnpara- TVa 11 k t il r2Ji tive progress must stand amazed with ite wonder ful achievements its enormous advance while struck with almost similar amazement at the stuntedreligious systems of the world x Every thinker every student knows and realizes t that the Christianity of today is not the Christian ity of a century back that while retaining the name of the forms doctrines have changed texts have clanged and new religious systems have founded upon the broken altars and ruined fanes ofreligions now dead and gone To a great extent science has worked these changes Pacts being stubborn things even religious worship find to conform to fact and drift further from theory and guesswork Science is built upon facts und when facts contradict theoriesIthe latter must succumb to the inevitable are also truths synonymy one and the same Science brought man from barbarism into civil ization It was science that gave him a weapon J with which to conquer the beasts of the field agairistiwhom he had to strive and contend for later science gave hint a fire from which he learned the art of cooking his food Weapons and fire were in their day the greatest inventions in the history of man and enabled himto take the longestdstrides in removing him from the brute associations of the past lie could now bring the proud eagle to his feet and he stood master over the aniinullworld It was not long before man learned how to domesticate animals and when the stone age intoned upon him he acquired the art of cultivating the soil From this change muu no longer subsisted upon roots and raw meat but he was able to pro t duce better food and Another advance 1Ulentgod had placed him I Step by step man grew in strength wisdom and knowledge From implements of stone he turned to metals and the iron age wrought another wonder ful change He learned the art of extracting from earths bosom the metals it contained and smelt ing them convert them into su liarticles of both use and beauty as he desired New theories and uses were found for utilizing light and heat fol lowed bya rudimentary knowledge made by higher or lower teniperature in both and how heat could bo produce by frlstion Experiments in copper tin iron alloys enabled man to invent a mold and design and manufacture articles of use and beauty utility and ornament Later carne a delving into the different branches of the natural sciences and theology was com pletely annihilated Physics biology geology 1someeffort a new world had como into being a new man occupied the earth for hevas no longer the slave the elements lnmClie was actually their unsafe J KX1tty lJlC mj t n I oj seiCji1c eminent for Iribal ife neQts li file ruua or laws for the plIlnagement jf 5tstmeinbers and out of these rude beginnings by teJ1atedexperimentation with repeated failure 0 anew again have ill our modern elaborate systems ofkriolitigal governmcnV still moreor less crude as the people affected by them or tolerate From the same sourceilarnejftuelfconceptions of ownership of property formation of political parties mdthcjorlgin of kings to be followed by popular government with all its inconsistencies and dis ippohitments Infjujeiof nil this there are men who yet proclaim the editor and subscribers to the Blade decline tL enter their sectarian penfold and be siensuredr for it suit of angelic pinfeatliers everIastin g1Pnishmcnt will be theit doom in a place if tovment specially prepared for them And what docs iWall point to Simply this Had it not ieo ii fob nians unaided efforts he would have been todityliere the orthodox god had placed him Inn co on savagery and barbarism Man won in the turn for human progress God lost out WHAT IS IN IT II TooKaany people stop to ask what they can make out r certain thing before attempting to under aH0itF a ii moved or actuated by such onT1erations it is not the right or wrong of the icjSousiders but how much can self gain by louig or not doing Ifahiny indeed is the man who can glide com fo Jly along with the stream of public opinion carmg not for the direction in which it is moving vine ittwill land him so long as lie is not required o ex a himself or resort to too much effort Tk actual sympathy of such persons cannot ext jtjeyond the narrow confines of abash box degenerationIan on the salary contract tinJAps upon the actual profits that can be made arld the ease to bo acquired from following his pro- csslon in a given locality Even Christian congre Sfiousare compelled to figure upon the expense noun ti by belonging to this or that church and thesooUligntions become a sort 9f standing expense must be provided for or there is a risk of ftmgjSrthodox standing ethe advocates of Freethought cannot be with any extravagances for there are jjnojfoibe found jn the movement yet it is because too frequent an inability to engage in reetliouglit propaganda and make a living for IMG dependent that deters many from entering ivQfil who have entered it worked anal ijcjedVih it for years have been compelled to 11i rtt I I t 1 7 f 1tI L r jtdesert the ship and talce to other means of winning n livclihooil The comparison to be drawn is that the Christian gives too much and tpo freely for the support of liis creed Freethinkers do not help to any great extent and frequently not enough The Christian may be led to such acts by a belief in a dividend to be declared in the hereafter that Is believe that he is actually buying a front seat up near the throne and that god almighty has some an with n book jotting down how much he gives n how frequently he makes a contribution The Fr thinker has no such incentive but proper analyzed a far greater incentive confronts him prielmay be wrought for all Whenever you hear a than or woman ask how much there is in it to do a thing or not to do J thing you may put if down that a supreme selfis mindI that question or th a Giordano Bruno had reflected over it when aslc to recant Where would their blessed ilLemori esis 1have been today Suppose Charles Bradlaugh to find out how much there was in it befo waging iris great war for the freedom of the British press Suppose G W Foote had entertained sim j Hal thoughts before publishing that issue of Freethinker which brought On the prosecution might have been saved from Holloway jail but p terity would have felt differently towards him Ingersoll might have been governor of Illinois b for opinions sake Take Darwin Ildxley Tynda Spencer and other great leaders in the world of scientific thought if they had paused upon j threshold of investigation to ask what was in their great works would have been altogether l to the world Even had Thomas Paine asked h n self the question before entering upon that great march for liberty Old Glory might not be yet unfurled to the breeze What is there in it What will people think These are the gerat bugaboos in the world f mental libertK Never mind what people think long as you kt7 w you tire right Never both about the dollars and cents if you see a duty questionsUnder t ark of the social covenant has been abandoned upon the rock of forgetfulness and men strive to manage matters mundane on a basis of brute selfishness chasing a foolish rainbow of fatuous utiltaria and sink deeper into the orthodox bogs Christian charity is too much lauded and too much extolled The true test of a mans charity is not in what actually gives but in that which he reserves forthe his own use out of a given income There is neitl charity or benevolence or philanthropy in the dUbnE i tions of a Carnegie or Rockefeller Both hr reis much more than they give They do not want Jl sy use that which hey have ginpo h doll who dil1ls wj d a tramp to uulJlc hun 6 are m al h s performed a greater actof true charity than Comagie and Rockefeller combined What is there in it Dont ask the quesiton but pitch right in and do What will people say or think Ignore them and knowing you arc right go ahead with the task that duty prescribes for you MUCKRAKERS tRoosevelt is icsponsible for two expressions tha will stick to him so long as his memory shall continue among men Mjiickraker Filthy little atheist With the latter Frcethought writers of promi nenee and note have had to deal It was an un called for expression of his personal contempt for a man and a patriot greater than he by far It was a cheap attempt to play to the ignorant Chris tian gallery and a bid for the plaudits of the multitude The former was used as a cheap attempt at political play and designed for application towards those of an opposite faith or temperament Since pQliticallIthe reading public has well understood the appella tion h ccliimupon as being complete No other term is needed The sum of personal feeling is full tihabitapplying it to pWs whoso tastes in a measure i of business or policy Agrees not with their own it newspaperbut manytheofof on at home but a large one abroad because they a not understood at a distance To be termed muckraker by such as these would indeed be compliment The muckraker is one who is su posed to delve into the seamy sides of life and by various exposes divulge what really ought tobe slangforworks in it or about it Muckraker is a man or who UJtrashThe Blade is in receipt of a clipping from sonic pullishedr Ior envelope without a letter bearing it being post I giveslista inmuckrulr c r r Lincoln Steffens Charles E1 Russell Cleveland Moffet rakers of political muck Ida Tarbcll Thomas W Lawson Samuel Hop fins Adams rakers of financial industrial or business muck Maxim Gorky Jack London Upton St Clair literary rakers of social muck Edwin MJnrkliant poetic raker of the muck of poverty muclcrnkrrndwe are assume the men and ofIYLwellas the muck of poverty theesscompound there was ever a delver in or raker of muck that author or that editor is the one person aboev all others BladeIIpersons from the attack made upon them feeling that they tare all capable of protecting themselves against dsuch an outburst The argument offered however that any man or woman who sees and under rightrethus designated are the safetyvalves of our politi cal life for with a keen dnsight into governmental therebyIemore or and tricks to be played more in secret As to Lawson his associates their exposes have done much dangerslcwhile Gorky and those classed with him are compelledIte sttakes to hurl an insult at poverty by directing attention to its muck Poverty is not a crime It suffers much ilany suffer from it The causes ere not inherent Itt is noticed however that the brililant mind that conceived the article failed to include the religions muckrakers On this point the Blade thesoerglory in muck They sought it and found it and anheshame This is muckraking with a vengeance but these are left out of the list because their muckraking was done in the name of religionoBesides the Bible ought to have been given especial mention COhsidering the muck it contains it must require considerable raking to find few morsels of goodness it contains terAfter all we suppose it all depends whose ox being gored To a devout Christian the Blade also a muckraker and to the Blade that same categorylb a tptpolitical issues denounce him asa muckraker and he is deprived of further argument This is why Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a filthy little atheist and he invented the muckraker and the mollycoddle to express his personal con tempt for political enemies t MRS RICHER ON 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ap From ministers meetings including the Protestant Episcopal diocesan con to vention of New York and from indi tenips t viduals in many parts of the country by oprotests have been sent to the president lIe against dropping the words In God we so lrt trust from the new gold rEpiscopal Convention in its resolutionto a declared that the highest interests of t our country demand the preservation ofa all those customs that have stood fornot M the recognition of God in the ff f fSv the people The Presbyterian BrothertIOI try hood of America in convention at Cin cinhati expresses similar sentiments InIS r response to these protests the president was Il Has issued a letter stating his position rafterjtfo legal warrant could be found putting the phrase on the coins Mr Roosevelt asserts and as tradition not found to be not very venerable was the only warrant it was suppressed for r preasons given in this paragraph of his letter r My own feeling in the matter is due to my very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins or to use it in any kindred manner not only does i l positive harm and is in effect irreverence rwhich comes dangerously close to th of sacreligious A beautiful and solemn the sentence such as the one in question ce should be treated and uttered only with tl that line reverence which necessarily a implies a certain exaltation of spirit and any use which tends to secure s being treated with a spirit of levity t the fl t from every standpoint profoundly e be regretted While it is true tint no legal warrant Itnowis recalled that it was put on the coins with the authority of Congress Mr Elmer H Youngman editor of beAt Bankers Magazine New York in 1v letter to the New York Sun refers to a in act of March 3 1805 making it lawful for the Director of the Mint with heI1t 1 approval of the Secretary of th ho Treasury to cause the motto In Go J wetrust to be placed upon such coins hereafter to be issued as shall admit mS legend tucreufl TBe SUthOlrty was reaffirmed in an act of February f 12 1873 but in the following year Conti r gross ratified the Devised Statutes which At the close of hisGr omit this provision letter the president wrUe3b 7rifd If Congress alters the law and lironti 1 me to replace on the coins the sentence- int question the direction will be immediately put into effect but I very earnestly trust that the religious senti ment of the country the spirit of rever- ence1i in the country will prevent nyhis such action being taken Not a little of the opinion of the Ilysh f press is with the president in his feelin about the inscription while admittin tyw that expediency would perhaps have dictated a conservative course New York Evening Post Observes a That a good thing may be perverted r is no sound reason for giving up tho good thing The removal of the ttoif i from the coins is not in out judgment a matter to get excited about j but it the presidents habit of betrays again r acting hastily without due foresight of the consequences Two other journals are more definite q in approval Says the Kansas City r JournalA and unsentimental e is n very concrete entity It passes through 111I kinds of hands and is put to all kinds t of uses and there is no reason why should drag the name of Deity through a iL the mire of vice and folly in which so FPji many of its activities are spent the New York Times fAnd matters of state and finance the s modern public is becoming secularized i It will easily appreciate Mr Roosevelt lrevolt in continuing in common circula and exposing to the jest and idi cule of the vlugar one of the r religious expressions The instances this character that the president cite that the motto ha IJ ow clearly enough ts in practice the effect intended by the pious Mr Wntkinson and its official promulgatorS tTHE BIRTH OF CHRIST from First Pege t How miserably you had dgen ted J when you took to preaching The I If passion was left but the poetry was 4 gone According to Matthew your father t and mother were espoused but before the knot was tied Mary astonished her husband with an unexpected rotundity i i liNot liking the aspect of affairs he was or to put her away privily I suppose the poor fellow was going to r t emigrate and sing The girl I left be Und me But one night an angel visited him in a dream told him it was l r rt Correct warned him not to decamp bade him marrythe girl When he THE he belleved it He had a Tltotoshow the same simplicity I not so satisfied as he WJ oughly I doubt whether the most pious carpenter in Christendom would believe a story about his own sweetheart similar evidence But that was the courage of faith and judging from the tale tuna old mythology Joseph was not the husband who fathered the offspringand ghostloglLukes narrative however seems consistent with Matthews According his story there was no such centre Josephs felicity was not marred any doubt of his brides chastity appears I beg pardon for speaking of your father but it was long agoIhave been an easy wittol nor all as a friend of mine once heard of Jesuit preacher say in Italy he was deceived for Joseph was your carnal and the miracle of your incarna like all other miracles by natural agency This howcerJI quite incompatible with Matthews express statement 25 that Joseph merely a nominal husband until your birth Your actual father or if I may so express it your ultimate father was an ordinary ghost but the Holy Ghost Lik e the peace of God this mystery passes all understanding Hdw nlrcdy could a ghost however holy become the father of a bouncing boyt Catholic divines have discussed this point claim as rately but their speculations are tooJ obscene for repetition I will not tate their filth or their blasphemy Yet Forge speakethe holy or Gagan pictures of Leda and Jove debt Between a paternal dove and a patenial swan the difference is oulyone ornithology Correggios mcgnificent t picture of Jupiter and lo may be adumbration of the truth but I leave- that mystery for your solution When you illuminate my natural darkness on this sacrosanct wonder I shall with to your permission enlighten my fellows the and close the most bestial chapter of religious controversy present I cannot understand baby God Did God mewl and puke in his was squealnhis bath Did God stare his little toes t Did God howl when able was pricked by a nasty pint Was broughtd the up on the bottle Did God increase family washing bill t Was God put in cradle and rocked to sleep Did God low have the measles Did God have a bad fit teething Did God learn to walk by the domestic furniture t Did the tumble down on his nose or on the to er part he once displayed to Moses t God learn his A BCt Was odagree Godspankedplay at marbles and make mud t Did God fight other boys in the street sometimes thrashing and sometimes u being thrashed Did God run home to mother with a sanguinary nose t Did as he grew up enter a carpenter p to learn the trade t Did God cut his almighty fingers with the chisel and jnclcgplane t heThese are pertinent questions No one but a bigot would call them bias if phemous If those things really happened I am ready to believe them is they they did not the world should be disabused I put my queries in the0 interest of truth Your priests mayI howl but that is their profession Your incarnation is nothing unique We find its parallels in Oriental avatars and in the heroes of Pagan mythology The sons of God have always seen t daughters of men that they were fair and on reading the reprtsof the Divorce Court we find they still exhibit the same old taste it Centuries before you were born the Egyptian goddess Isis was depicted hold the divine child horns in her arms Christian paintings of the madonna nail bambino are merely copies of ancient iconography The type varies like thee artists genius but the subject is the same Nay vibe whole story of thec Annunciation related by Luke was chiselled on the walls of the sanctuary JewtReinsfishhills before lenarose on her seven columnsd a Deacon of civilization to a barbarousI world Your holy nativity legend borrowed from the motherhood of superstitions I can come to no other conclusion and if I am to be damned for my unbenef I protest against the injustice of my fate If you were only a man I have nothing to fear if should satisfy my you are a god you scruples before censuring my scepticism Belief does not depend on will but on evidence A word from you would make the dark path of faith luminous If you leave it in obscurity you cannot wonder if I stray Surely the being who said Let there be light and there was light could easily dispel my darkness nor I believe he will at the end of m journey flash on mo the illumination hell London Freethinker i 1 MATERIALIST A SSO N main object of the Materialist all Is to band toOcher to Materialists that is allwi believe there Is no l0d and W1ll1Increase lion of discussions and practical beneficial moraUt11ealth good citizenship in ace and spiritual teachingsIs not in what the need The Materialist Associationhas no Te new membership dues All who sect members become Secretaries ad may to organize a Section anwhereh APPLICATION BLANK am a Materialist there isio God future life Count me tsomber the Materialist Association Name Address become a member COIy this to sign arid send It totoELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN Secy Box 76 BrooklynConn CAN THEY FIND PAl tE Continued from Page Ontof left It rebuked members of theof Continental Congress and of the laws Legislatures who are saying We might well give up one time as anot ler the time when wi ids is little army was atValley unfed unpaid unclotheand ship prltfor services stated by theAicrican Encyclopedia tot be 500 Paiil6 imme Ifmedintely wrote to Blair McClotnSlmh Philadelphia inclosing the and n withsuch a rousing and urgent lcttto on McClcnaglmns reading m Iuschi Coffee House Club it at once becuie thens nucleus for a subscription which about 150000000 for the rclicf oftill army This sum was madthe capital of the Penn lmtlia Bankafter ward the Band of North AmericawlllcJlelel financed the affairs of the colon8 and right of vast help in continulnthe Then struggle for Independence At tliPame time Paine was receiving some colclerSel income from his share of Wtolls colected by his partner for theofiron bridge over a brnnchthe Delaware river invented by Paine Also from another invention of his tit J10 can leVhlchi iehollow wick burners gNearly all this income was turn mtot cause of the rebellion either rectly thl the army or in getting out Heralto members of Crisis which all hi j manst ere powerful aids to the o use His ability as a financier t as soin appreciated that in 1777 he was nt hyno the Continental Congress to Fra ce asi special financial agent and cured from France a loan of 1500000 iOand1m another from Holland of 10 00000 tri secured by France These ofar great benefit to the cause onists and without like doubtful ifwe would lonnljere Paine was one not the greatest man of cenlei tunes in which he hived ime dl not far distant when he will ime tose own More than one bundle years we studied detcrminal misreprese ration and neglect ins kept the world ii ignorw ancpof his real worth and great talent 11o can not appreciate him cx ept asel we picture him standing up almost alone when he wrote Comman Sense lenmid cowards flunkies senile eachers and safe and sane politicians id expression to such a world of niginalre thought with such force amt cgnency to carry tho whole country w th himsl and as had been said by one of biographers shook every thi she in Europe If the power that is at Wa hington had a fraction of the lofty coui age devotion to right of Thomas I line ho would be found ard at least son token appreciation bestowed upon him by this grateful country ARE YOU AHUMANITJIRIAN Continued from Page 0 ue tine and guide people into t right When and where should this teaching be done Everywhere that there is opportunity but especially through newspapers leaflets broadcast and in Sunday Schools Most pea must work on weekdays for food clothing etc but tIle choice of a urge majority of the people is for rest fron physical labor on Sundays they are the only free days many people have How can they snake Sundays harmless i ost bene ficial and most enjoynbllLtho nost wel coma and hapiest best day of he week t Does saloon visiting or churc worship suffice t PnProhibition of saloons anc vices is denounced as tyrannical the irh these ofrob the people of property Ithand abilities All should help pr such attractive instructive beneficl Sunday altentIand Th abilitiesIsocial intercourse and the chant In help others Such meetings are the surest and best means to stop evils vices saloon etc and to promote morality industry godo citienshlp and human advancement When all thinking people help to build up such beneficial Sunday meetings every church hall school house will be filled every Sunday and all the people become eager to leant and help on this betterment of humanity Everyone young and old should share making these meetings successful Select best things found in any news paper or brook to read or recite Selec tions must be short and each should try his do something well Thus each would a chance to improve and at the same time interest and benefit others even the little children would be Human tarianteachersA may be passed around every Sunday easy questions answered doubtful ones discussed or laid over for searching out or future discussion had Abilities arc developed by using them so excel we must keep up our efforts lessons in singing elocution and hygiene naturc study morality and do good fellowsbip should be taught by competent specialists Naturestudy is important because all we eat wear have everything about us and ourselves are natures materials All Inventions discoveries arts and occupations are use natures materials Study of natures reveal facts that overthrow errors teaches what to choose for health ant knowledge Ignorance of natures laws the cause of disease vices creeds and superstition Morality and goodcitizen do are relations among mankind which but peace industry justice phil to and happiness Surely theSe I all important and ought to be pro and by being taught on Sunday I Those whoso teachings or writings ns humanity those who help others they do right no matter wheat their I or religion should be considered fellowworkers or Humanitarian teachers and we should cooperate with in promoting the beneficial When did people are taught causes and results so to know what is beneficial and what It their choice will be To do all and help others to do right Blue the bcnefitted people will become tlon world encirehing Humanitarian Sunday tip When people conic to understand the causes of evils they will never give or = accept treats of anything harmful Tsoclnlub rooms for lectures concert and numerous beneficial and joymtikiilg terprises When thoroughly awakened will stop evil resorts saloons etc protect the weakminded from temptation But those who would be glad to assist I such Humanitarian Sunday Schools live far apart feeling lonely and incapable Wo should baud togetherr cultivate our abilities and write suitable and have them printed and disth ibuted broadcast If tho lessons are made brief interesting practical and convincing mothers and teachers will them and use them Their use would benefit the users and make them popular so that the people themselves would introduce the Humanitarian Issons into their Sunday schools and their less beneficial teachings To variety and the best of lessons need numerous capable lesson writers and a new leaflet for each and every eek should be printed Printing costs is needed inmoney and a Humanitarian very place to pay for and distribute tho lessons leafitcs Arc you onel Even a parent and one or more children can meet one hour every Sunday eadings recitations singing and talks beneficial subjects cveryon helping with the best ho can find This humble tart may grow into a large school if properly conducted Each should stantly try to avoid the harmful choose the beneficial and make most and Ibest of life Beginning right when young good habits are formed for life Box++ + Lettelt+ + + WILL KEEP IT GOING Penryn Cal Jas E Hughes f am very sorry that am compelled to send you this letter without remittance But I hope you will e cuse me when I tell you how I situated I was taken sick in Jul and was unable to do any work for three months And as soon as was able to help my selL and was able get around again my wife was toI sick with Brights disease and confined to her bed under the care for nearly two monthhs I am in debt and have no money and as far as I know we are tho only Freethinkers In this town All the rest of the people In Penryii are good people That Is to say Christaisn feIt Is to say bigots AntiChrists My wife and I do not go to church a You can guess the rest I know the Blade should bo paid for advance but could not do so I like the good old Blue Grass Blade and hope you will send It to my address a little while lounger Do not be afraid of me dearBrother Hughes I will send In my subscription before fonj Very respectf uly IIBNHY KAISER THE MATERIALIST ASSOCIATION James E Hughes Editor Sennii has been sending me copy of Blue Grass Blade for sometime IRums very much pleased that you printed my article on Materialist Assclatlon and your edltorla puff about It I have enrolled you a member and enclose our certificate You may think It has too much to say about Peoples Press That was the only paper we could claim then We enough printed to last sometime Ill continue to use them but can Insert the line I have in yours Besides Peoples Press Is the smallest cheapest except Kerrs and will best for our official organ so as to roach all members purses for distribution purposes and all can afford to subscribe for It and also subscribe for yours or any other of the larger papers Severn ment ers want to write loifger articles than wo can print in it I can tell them through Peoples Press to send all articles we havent room for to youor Humani tarian Review or any other paper that agrees to help I may not be able to nay more than I have been doing solid you t become a subscriber Blue Grass Blade for eight months can thus keep track of your success may see other ways t help you have to plum the work step by stop new ideas come Into my head and dnt conic very fast Some that try dont work well and Iiave to be changed I am very glad wo are gain- Ing I thing you didnt quite understand what meant by Sections I not mean a section of the paper thougn mat Is a good Idea and I hone will be carried out I meant that Materialists that subscribe for Grass Blade and sign ourapplica blank would be the Blue Grass Blade Section of Materialist Associa and all members obtained by 1Humanitarian because lots of our members have sub scribed to Several of the freethought tapers and couldnt tell which section to be counted In They must bo counted by the state they live In In stead of by the paper they take Thus thE Ohio Section Is In charge of Secre tary George O Roberts and they already have twenty members Call forums hectlon has seven members Kentucky has only four members and no live secretary want to stir up1 a friendly rivalry to see which state can secure the most members think It will help break upu that We cant do anything Idea so many have and make them try and find out that they can do lots Now your big state of Kentucky ought to have Material ists enough to support your paper well If you nadnt a single subscriber elsewhere Just hunt up every Materialist In Kentucky If so send him or leer the enclosed leaflets and a request to go ahead and you will help If you cant take take the lead yourself I hope you will print the application i blank In Blue Gross Blade every week and whatever you find hi my letters etc In Peoples Press that you think will hell your subscribers to become interested and push the Materialist work know each editor would rathera have original matter but I cain writer for only one paper regularly hope to get half a dozen or more other edit ors to band up with us and all thus work together but each In his own way Isnt that what we ought to do We ought to have a Materialist paper- In every state and well supported too It can be done when we all learn to stop fighting the churches and go to teaching the people why there Is no God and no future life why praying Is folly and hurtful whatsins are why they cant Iv CTgtven the harm done by teaching forgiveness of sins and what kind of Materialist meetings every Sunday will please and help everybody to make the most and best of life and be far more beneficial than any kind of religious meetings Get your writers to write lots of articles on the above subjects for your Paper ELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN First Sec Materialist Association Box 70 Brooklyn Conni s TELEOMECHANICS OF NATO r p rsS ratirifcr The above entitled work ilB party i and115chaptcrs treats of the source nature nnd functions of tho subconscious minus or cell snuis as Prof Haeckel terms them which are beginning to be recognized by Biologists Psy cholocUts soul Vhyiainlogiftt a the consciously and Intelligently operating factors in the evolution of plant and animal life and to the study of which have devoted a lifetime c views and observations in above volume It is devoid of all metaphyslcalspcculationJand from the mass of scientifically demonstrated facts the reader own conclusions regarding the tenability of the God and Immortality doctrines Mrs Josephine K Henryof Versailles iyJ President of The Freer Federation Of JD1ricawrites as follows Received the Synopsis of your book The TeleoMechanics of Nature and read it with profit and pleasure It has opened up great fields of I will me will bring Jme orelight I10nerA worldgroping in darkness needs m as I rend and you fare certainly student scientist and philosopher and have scored several points against Haeckel that it seems to me cannot controverted I truly hope that Lit your book will have a wide circulation in all lands and will be translated into many languages jf Prof Ernest Haeckel writes My dear Mr Wettstein Your treatise in the fqrm ofmu Synopsis of rTeleoMechanics Of Nature being a commendable of yourWorldRiddles has been received and read with great interest While welthe relating to the consciousnessdiffer on a few questions notably one unconsciousness of the mind in Nature I sincerely hope that your masterly fj efforts will contribute much towards dispelling the obscurity and confusion prclailing in these momentous problems of Science and Philosophy highest esteem Yours etc A copy of the Synopsis above mentioned a large page pamphlet fwill be mailed prepaid to any address for cents in stamps or two copies t i Mention The Blade WETTSTEIN Sj IHERMANN Fitzgerald Georgia COMPRISING P4v His foryoIkeZiandFall cf fir A Vindication Nnvrkorr Coanhyo FiluJh sixitJh pIn r Punwith Lvs or cites Weak 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