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Digital page images are linked to the text file. rr I i A di L if J tIl it r 141fJJi tt BLUE GRA S BLADE n- j 1 T Parker StopOTTE AIM TO CUT DOWN ERROR AND ESTiiBLTSH TRUTH jIigh and Asnlawrf East Sid advhVOLUMEIJ LITERARY GEMS FROM THE DIM SHADOWY PAST jf Reading Be the Nurse of Culture then It IIsWorth While to Read What the An 5 cients Wrote More than Two Thou sand Years Ago and Compare With the Bible Reading is the nurse of culture This Tact is admitted by nil students anti thinkers fact confronts us fAIoteer degree of culture we may attainis altogether dependent upon the dr quality of the reading furnished v Will any dispute this Ifonre agreed so far then we can reason from that and by inference that the plo of ancient times not unlettered and uncultured for through the recent translation of the Greek An thology by J W Mackail of England the book just being out we find an ego frbrant diction a remarkable beauty in d phrass ologyand from the choice so lections offered we ore convinced that they surpassed the Jews of their age and the surouhding cults amid which r IJhriltianitysprang as tile sun super series the candle light and what is more it is shown to be one of the most hu ulna of bdokg ever penned by man ay Brighter better grander and sweeter more rov hature and to Jiie Ire fharin rItl of uf Greeks vthan 4any of vhf 1iui jbhretteH aid bout herea jio d fitk to bp rteanno hell to fear se aBgrJrjwuoiialL whose yen g nave muit bist y or Light and life beam inept th41fuI wAci Y therJm edding naYep extolled b hemyt n jngs done to death in t1ehnnnie Greasemyriads of gods in by dhither palmy days those when she reign lod supremo In the world of intellect and literature never worked one titho the bytthieLj 1 The wonderful little poems of which I o the Anthology is composed were written k between thousand and two thousand fiveKundrcd years ago It is important aVe shoulA remember that because it Juliuses all the exquisite artistic jewels with a sort of tender twilight sentiment Two thousand years ago Two thousand years ago the fair world and the human heart were so very much what they are today two thousand years ago the Greeks despicted Nature and understood and interpreted the n an soul with a power that has never heensurpassed Two thousand years t ago love and roses death and labor thq seas and the glancing swallows and the dancing maidens wcro just the beautiful mysteries they are today and the Greeks sang of them in language J which was stepped in dew nnd sunlight Andnow let us hear Theatetus sing his Spring Song w at her beautiful birthtide the 3green ut in blowing ruses now on the boughs of the naded cypresses the cicals lead with music lulls the binder of sheaves and this careful mother swallow having glesIcd cells alll sea zephyr wooing calmspread clear over the broad ship tracks not breaking in squalls on the stern posts nor vomiting upon the beaches it is a small wonder that the grass hoppers were mad with music when they heard in the fields such songs an these songs of beauty welling limpid jtin dew and sunlight How the Greeks loved Nature Yes and also but listen to Melcnger Sweet is the true by Pan of Aready that thou playest on harp Xen ophilo sweet are tho notes of the tune Whither shall I lly from then On till hauls the loves encompass me t1and let mo not tike breath for ever so little space But Meleager who sangof balsam curled Hclfodoras temples anti the love locks of her hair has tho daintiest t touch Hero is a song to Xcuophile Now the white violet blooms nun blooms the moist narcissus and bloom the nionntninrnnging lilies and now r tIt r at r at t a f1oweraeamong the flowers lenuphiile the sweet rose of P rsu has burst into blooni fclui Wilhyidly1nugb in the brightness ofyourtresses For nl is letter than garlands sweet smellqNow here Is a prayer sadto the pitch of tragedy Old AmynUchiiB tied his plummeted fishingnet round his fhhspear ceasing from his fleatoil and spoke towards Poseidcii nndthle salt surge of the sent letting a fear fall from his eyelids and in anevil age clinging Poverty keeps lterisyouthand wastes my limbs ulyu sit itenancef to a poor old man while he et ards breath but trpm the law ruleraftliothearth and sea as thou wilt Dill wiBijlbi say this is a most human book iXoE here a pVayer that has what Jlatfipw Arnold tilled a stabbing I 1tewho iaugbcdcxnUantoer fire tliojhold that swar ni of young lot rplf ymy mirror Fbeftt iT naalions tee the 1r for exHttaple tkskf beei Tke sliu ht 3rg tiie- p but I antto fie idare if the Inb st mess since Mere aR thou listenestto the cicalas tune the tone pine tr blin iii the wafts of tvlpd will lull tltce tnd tilt lieplierd oh the mountains pipngat nooji nigh the spring under a coopso feafl plane so escaping the odors of they autumnal dogstar thou wiltoro tic height tomorrow trust this good cjmnscl that Pan gives thee And here by Antipatcr of Sidon a picture oh the summer sea Now is the season for a ship to run through gurgling water and no longer does the sea gloom fretted with gusty squalls and now the swallow plasters her round houses under the rafters and the soft leafage laugljs in the meadows Therefore wind up your soaked cables 0 sailors and weigh your sunken anchors from the harbors and stretch tile forestay to carry your well woven sails This I the son of Bromius bid you Pripous of the anchorage And the soft leafage laughs in the meadows a most poetical look But time and space are inexorable We can but quote ono tore piece the epitaph of Sophocles Gently over the tomb of Sophocles gently creep 0 ivy flinging forth thy green treses and nil about let the rose petal blow and then lustered vine her soft tendrils found for the sake of the wise hearted eloquence mingled of the muses graces that lived on hit honeyed tongue Let us return to the opening sentence Granting that rending is tho nurse of culture whit kind of n nurse must those Greeks have had if tho foregoing is a sample of the writings put before them The love songs of Solomon are not to be compared with sweet poems given above And fancy now these were written more than two thousand years far before the tins when we are in funned wise men followed a star in Bethlehem ABOUT A SMALL MAN Frisco J jlf It strikes you OK turn loose In Blade and send some extrasabout 5flfty cents worth Handed a business man a copy for criticism Got It In two days said dont pike your paper Why He It Is not iconoclastic enough I want a paper that advocates the kill Ing of all the priesthood Gee Jim thought wag u warm imin her but Im not in itJuly nmr makes my swim Englishman friend of Charles Dmdl Foote and tho rest Moore shouToVbo alive to 1 r ytY hear him There is no discussion to Christianity Kill It Small man titOh my TOiii SON A 1000 JOB Who Is Able For It The Church of Humanity offers saiarof 1000 a year for a competent lecturer nnd organizer to teach its covcries by public lecturers and organ ire branch societies of those who can ilcarn them whenever possible For pars ticulars address W II KERR Great Bend Kansas NEW SAYING JF CHRIST Reported to Have Been Found in Egypt and Regarded as Corob orating the New Testament 4EDITORIAL BEEN MADE A new sayingof Christ lost to the world for thirteen centuries and found in Egypt was given to the world for the first time today by Prof Henry A Sanders of the University of Michigan addressing the member of the Archae ological Institute now in session at the University of Chicago The fragment is part of an aid Bible dating back to the Moslem conquest of ptfind on its face is so authentic p disarm hostile criticism e longlost fragment belongs in the Vrr t 9 othestJt1 iii Christe Pt ace folio vinR tdeath tto eU sD if d n they answer l nnit the things the evil tiil JbY ofoGll1 and iCIId reason veal Thyrigliteousnijss now they said In Christ and Cirri t said to them The limit of the yeas of the power of Satan has been fulfil d but other ter rible things are at ha Id and I wits de livered unto death on behalf of those who sinned in order that they may return to the truth and sin no more to the end that they may inherit the spiritual indestructible glory of righteousness whicn isia heaven Indiscu sing the new verse Prof Sanders said This netfly discovered paragraph was known to JcroraeVand the first few lines of it droned in Latin transla firms 1t hasjifong been claimed that Mark xv 820 was an addition to the Gospel borrowed from souse other un known Gospel near the end of the Sec ond century This new manuscript probalIy pre tents the original form of that part of the lost Gospel which multilatcd was added to Mark The reason for omission is quite apparent as the new verse contains the statement that idestruction of sin in the world isVhear at hand This idea is found in the epistle of Peter and Paul but the four Gospels do not have it and it is avoid ed by the later churchwriters Prof Sanders declared that the new found manuscript also contains what is known as the liturgical ending of the Lords prayer The text was founlle said by Charles L Freer of Detroit who was traveling in Egypt and searching for addition to hit art collections SEEKING FOR TRUTH Jas E Hughes Inclosed fimfpporder for one copy each of The Age of Reason and Answer to Christian Questions Also some sample copies of the Blade and a list of your books Where can I get the Woman Blbl by Mrs Cady Stanton It you have any tracts and books for missionary work for distribution also enclose sameII have a young convert whom I an Interested In and wish to save fron superstitious influences I have beer an exponent of Freethought or till last twelve years nnu am responslbh for several additional converts REEDEROberlin i TWO I IDEAS ON MON- EYi anfl Philosopher Express Their Each From a ViewBut Standpoint IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU LOOK AT IT C F Wheeler The wmscifncc of a preacher must necessarilly make n coward of him as the recent resignation from the pulpit of hey Madison Peters will attest cause of the reasons he gave l ew preachers will dare to preach a doctrine antagonistic to the moneycdi nirtiiljors of his congregation they who fnVuMr the cashto keep the mill grind- Ing Should one be sobold hn culled down Retraction follows if the parson be of the taul eating variety or else warlSbnice of his church membership 110fimoney ts functions The one if from Dr MiicArthur pastor of the Calvary aptist Church in New York anti till ther from Sir Oliver Lodge who ha list come into the limelight of literary discussionThe Preachers Theory Some tinge ago Dr MacArthur was by ono of his pupils whether it was right for one man to own much money when so many are poor Tim faligious casuist realizing that Rock Teller vas the greatest and richest natron1 ofthis church wai compelled er withtauti ing n finan eateguanl ben i t being hesohmgthle that actuited himhe ani imm rlpartscs The qu ion philosophe and moral its ild1ei lien tried tq erefhat will apnly tp all cases relative n k few year as rich wh oAed 10000 mNew York a iunnTis not sidered very rich though he own foO000000 How can we determine what amount a mnn must possess Who shall determine tliiamount hall the Legislature Shall we pass a law limiting the amount of business that a banker broker or merchant may mnually d01 Shall we pass a law limiting the number of departments that a department store may possess The fact is that money in itself has no moral quality All depends on the manner in which it distributed These are the days of great business enterprises at home and abroad tn his contributions for education and for mis sinus and for various humanitarian ob jests Mr Rockefeller is leading the will yet arise to call Mr Rockefellers name blessed Now contrast the above apology for criminal wealth with what the English philosopher line to say concerning money its ahues and functions The Philosophers View 1 Human labor is the ultimate standard of value and coins might in structively be inscribed in terms of labor By the in tnictions of banks stocks and shares and of inheritance the original exchange power of money line become subordinate and accidental but now arprenie and unlimited storage power large fortunes are a menace to society by reason of the contrasts they emphasize the great power they confer anti the uncertain character of their owners Since wealth is the power of de terniinins the direction of human ac tivity the personality of the owner is vitally important factor The present frequency of large fortunes are due to artificial social ar rangements which nay be altered and it is desirable to reconsider and modify the law of inheritance Steady industry anti moderate in come are whohnomer both for a nation activity and rapid acquisition Financial interests play a greater part in National and International poll tics than is desirable HIS BEST READING MATTER Petroleum Center Pa James Ev Hughes Enclosed find P O order for 150 to apply on ray subscription to the 1 J t j Blue Grass Bado Please excuse my delinquency should have payed up before this because the Blade Is my best reading matter and I will take It while live or can raise the stuff to pay for It Have you ever informed Mr KenneJy yet how long gods leI are ami liow far it is to heavens Yours fraternally JOSEPH FOLWI3LL BRITO NS GREAT AND COD Charles Bradlaugh and Prof Huxley Receive Special Mention in Rational Press Annual FACED BRUTAL MOBS FREEDOMS WAR By E Fletcher Of all Englishmen the Freethinkers of America have great nnd abundant cause to remember Charles Bradluugh nnd Pro lessor Huxley Each in their superior way did much for human freedom and enlightenment The one furnished food for thought the other njpplied the solid argument the thunder of the war against religious slavery The author in a recent review of the Rational Press Association Annual just issusing its second edition the re view being published the Clarion of London England has the following say The Hon John Collier the famous portrait painter has the place of Minor with nil extremely interesting ncc U opthehome life of his fatheriniteiStitfc rfelslr Huxley Fhj 1111 irt11cloto inspire respect and even fearrather than love Yet Huxley when he pail laid aside his armour was one of the gentlest of men He was devoted to his wife and children and led quite nn ideal home life He was full of fun and the boys and girls cracked jokes with him Here is a good story about him which Mr Collier tells Like the rest of the family Iwas quite accustomed to getting the worst of it in the war of wits nut there was ono glorious moment when suceet fled in paying off old oiw wast painting rejiresentedheron floor the hock she had been read ing Huxley came in and chuckling at the situation mischievously suggested that I should put the title of one of his friend Horliert Spencers works on the volume over which my sitter fallen asleep I welcomed the suggestion but objected that the book Jlla title al ready On his bending forward to spect it he rend on the hack flux leys Lay Sermons Mr Johnson M Robertson M P tributes some delightful reminiscences of Charles Bradlaughi about whom ular myths entirely misrepresenting his character have also been woven Re ligious people imagine that ho a ruthless and abusive controvemsalist a man to strike terror rather titan win affection He was a generous arid court eous gentleman with a hatred of cruelty and InjuJtieejLecturing from his teens till the end of hU life anti appro wing himself in the opinion of many the greatest orator of his time battling in body and mind from the boyish escapade of fighting through Donnybrook Fair to the gi gantic conflict of six years with a less majority in Parliament and the bigotry of a whole naton throwing himself into enterprise after enterprise at one time in a plot to elect a Liberal Pope at another negotiating a loan for an Italian city at another leading a national campaign to prevent English intervention against France in the FrancoGerman War again facing brutal mobs in which were hundred who lusted to bludgeon him always challenging serried prejudice and con fronting multitudinous resentments and nil the while a cordial friend flnlla cheerful comrade he appears to som of us on retrospect cast in the mould of a more heroic age recalling Plut archs men in a world wjiere wire tug mediocrity at times seems to achieve more than noble manhood iai 4s i i V THE r CHRISTIAN CITY r Noted Freethinker Takes Issue with a Preacher on a Very Important J Topic Affecting our Daily Life REPRINTED FROM i SECULAR THOUGHT Ifly B F Underwoodv Bar J W Miller discoursed yesterday morning on A Christian CityJkTIe spoke with marked earnestness and force The subject is ono in which ho is evidently deeply interested and Into which he threw his whole soul Mr Miller is very direct very zealomKsp much that thereis no roam for any play of fancy or humor in the presentation of his ideas If had these qual Hies in sonic degree they would enliven Jhis sermons and in our opinion addaoniLwlint to the effectiveness of his rutterances But he hto profouJ1tiif impressed with thin awful solemnity of his subject to admit of ahy lightening d upof his ermon by any strokes otlwit or pleasing illustrations such as many speakers uie in Border tojjjjta tft en their hunk upon then Mr Millers idea 00 Chrisiisinycliy is evidently one in which ChrHtijBii bey t lief Christian practice and ChristiHA methods prevail He niade ajjMMfewr11 i historical references in order f that o d tr ed ea tI tI aofcities now existing on theeerthtvrNltif they do not reform r of those that haVe been ji eat b ithoJSB of tte ijirU speakIng we weret uprre Ii thought bats t gatEtJpIe rat comaritke tipt a therelbretfr and d elt eeJao np- oaJ p IIS rug and a cities suingup and ne as oi population or as currents of commerce and lines of travel and transportation are changed C6nJ quest niid a thousand other causes cone tribute twfthese changes Tyre ceased 1 to be a great city not because of her Ji Jindicntedif not the oldest of the cities of the world a city denounced by thOold prophets still exists with a population cof London mentionedby Tacitus has steadily grown and is now the largest city of Europe although it has its full share of vice some portions of it being the most disreputable and disgraceful of nay location in any of theeitiof Europe lint the physical the geographical and the economic reaV ons for its existence continue to make 1t it a great metropolis as it is likely to he for hundreds of years to come Jamestown was not more wicked thaJ1JRichmond New London and Newport were not more wicked than Boston and f New York but there were physical athit eionomic onll for the growth of itho5t larger cities and for the opposite ten dency in this cities which have declined Mr Miller emphasized the necessity of closing saloons and theatres on SiinV day asjif such suppression would ensure the safety and growth of Quincy If liquor is sod freelysix days in the week this closing of saloons on Sunday is notlikelVjito counteract the evil effects of excessive drinking If theatres are ibad and they are run six days nights in the week the closing of theirR destroytheir s evidently to insure observance of the sacredness of the babbath But this i q cannot be done by law There may prohibition of certain acts but there can fbe no enforcement of recognition of thg4Sabbath by compulsory measures and even if there were it would not insure civic righteousness Mr Miller should remember that in days when the Puritanical Sabbath was enforced there was just as much vice in many respects as there is today he should also j remember that there are many popple Iof the Christian faith who do nptF uavtoobligationJesus SabbathVbutit ho did not defend himself oniground that he was not breaking becaushuedContinued on Fourth Pa plTLTrE GRASS BLADE j be aided 1884 and edited by Charle Chilton Moore up to a P his death February t 1906 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher is 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SUBSCRIBER charge his or tier tiddres Advise this office giving both old and new ana the Blade will be sent to the new address a desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade Is at 1261211J1 North Limestone Street Lexington Kentucky to y which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome VIlE BLADE entered at the osto ice ntpIII tllnJ Kentucky as second class mailing matter r COMMUIICATIONS TO THE BLUE ADRESS ALL JGRASS BLADE P O Box 393 Lexington iIi1 Time works r II4 Some men dont r If lifeft Live your own rraq Buckle to and help a i Start the shoots growing a I lrThere is always a best time r Think free and act right toall a a a a If you seek it find it now tod act t a FreethougKt is both right tend fundamental1 God invariably manages to of Find him her or it and you JjMBhe product n nothing p ih t i Original people ideas ntitf things areifilways in demand J r a bItis up to us to build a Nfew Jerusalem out of fthis old earth f m for this faith Every man should give a reason p that is in him fa a a a Studying theology is only a hunting Apr old chestnuts Tja a s r In the radiant sunshine of a sparkling life exist the jewels of joy f fv The best way to reduce charity is to enable men to providefor themselves a a If intellectual giants are to inherit the earth they must be developed in the stern t school of necessitya a a a Christianity would never have been promulgated 7 at the point of the bayonet if there had not been mioney in it l k 5 lt An old proverb worth repeating is thafjveishould Erdo good to our friends to keep them IJJO our X enemies to gain them a a a t 4 If orthodox Christianity should dieIiJhe bull would still gender the earth continue to yield its if increase and fish food caught in the sun Did you W ever think of that 4 a a a gjgX u If it be true that money talks we have just been able to learn its own story We managed of the new ten dollar bills to get a peep at one 11and it immediately said Good bye a a a t To tell the solid truth it is a fact that the ma jority of the preachers now toiling in the vincyard of their dear lord were tempted thither by the ofa life and the hopaofJearthly rewardaRa a a a Freedom of thought and its concomitants con stitute the very heart of real civilization ft is the nicient cause of the social compact the dynamo the moving breathing world of lifeandjenergy ipious fanaticism and bigotry arekthet vin fs of the race It reported that the late Ilorace freely to contribute to a missionary fundbn the that if it was to be used to sayf peoplt1 is tt asJlotenonghthere a 1- t lI y While discussing Christ and his iskers it may well to reflect upon the fact that We never saw picture of an angel with whiskers fbr the reason hat all artists use women for such Subjects andlt be suggestion comes that if men do get there it only by a close shave a a a r The Freethought movement languishes for men nd women who are controlled eon andIIJ lIre naught for popularity men and t omen who ire influenced and moved by a pure Patriotism iiather than a desire for personal gain oi profit in r Our ancestors lived on roots and raw meat I uhabited caves and hollow trees attirid themselves in a streak of red paint for winter overcoat and a few freckles for summer attire and yet ortho Joxy would have us believe that this was the man whom god made in his own image and wou d prove us that civilization is almost a crime- a I a Religious prosecutions are the greatest fr uds on earth for they lead to the assumption that an almighty being can be actually injured and its feel ings hurt by the arguments of man which suggest that their faith must be woefully weak or theirc lives a brazen fraud It is indeed a wealth cause that must take refuge behind forgotton laws born 0 of brutish ignorance a r r a America is too full of those Me and god creatures who would if invested with plenary tower establish a strict censorship of the press nnd permit nothing to be published that was not considered ultraorthodox and they would require Freethinkers and all unbelievers to recant on pain of death or Submit to conversion under harrows of iron The American advocate of orthodoxy of the worst kind known and is possessed of an absolute brainless bigotry a a a a The best Christian is he who can weep copiously because the heathen in foreign lands have no bibles and is a trifle backward on supplying the heathen nt home with bread who can tell the smoothest falsehood with the straightest face who can sing at protracted meetings and become the most expert circulators of religious calumnies against those who refuse to accept their creed The world would be a better off if we could manage to lose such people Better still trade him off for a yellow pup and then lose the pupIIa a As intellect develops the race advances and just as it becomes perverted fronynny cause the race n returns to barbarism The ca human progress moves in a circle Ignorant led men to erect altars and supplicate with tlprn er and praise an unseen unknown power and cimed it god a a a Christian people have so overlaid morality with th v osoned anA An rer s not loemr v rnTeTinorulity fill the nit s fwd prat- a greedy rascality and di tardly selfis- td with a eontentptible vain ory that o million of those who profess Christ actually Jtnowsy what true morality consists of and they seem care much less if they can be judged by their actions If we could but drive fools out of high places knaves out of business find liars out of pubs office what a difference there would be a a a a What is infidelity Who knows Is it to be unfaithful to a trust or simply to avow disbelief in Christ or god The church is a powerful organ ization and could do good if it would It does not do good It is unfaithful to its trusts Therefore it is the infidel It is the unfaithful if such a definition be given to infidelity Look at tho church at its politics at its press at commerce manufactures streets and homes Consider daily life Having done this go back to the scriptures examine them and say who are the infidels a a a a Mother Nature oft cruel in her ministrations because of her inherent justice is ever bounteous und there is room in the world for all With soei ety organized upon a reasonable and humane basis it would be easy to create wealth enough to make the general welfare sure There is nothing impossible in such an ideal state We could re alize every bit of it and much more if we did but half try It zany take centuries of evolution to Immunize us that we may become as wise as little children and take for our motto each for all and nil for each a a a GOOD NEWS FOR BLADE READERS The Christian informs us that god helps those who help themselves Minus nny hope that god will help us and as our appeals to the Freethinkers for help in iuprov ing the Blade through the medium of a literary fund have been made in vain we have resolved to help ourselves in truth and in fact literally and figuratively In other words the Blade now announces that with the next succeeding issue it will appear in a new form being n sixteen page paper of about one half of the size of the pages now in use there by doubling the paper in the quantity of reading matter and giving our readers a better service greater value for their money and we hope a faI better Freethought paper than the Blade has been since we have had charge of its high destiny IFurther than this we have undertaken to guard against typographical errors about which so many of our readers have made just complaint and to this end we have employed a competent and cap able proofreader who will devote the entire time to the service of the Blade with other labors in its behalf so that as far as appearance is concerned our subscribers will be able to appreciate a merited improvement Now friends we have not received one solitary ontribution towards this undertaking The inl rovcmcnt is being nude by our own unaided in the hope of increasing the sphere of use illness in which the paper has 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directions as well that having to submit the cost f production has been increased proportionately Our suggestion is that you select five names of those whom you believe would like to become subscribe or would subscribe if the paper could be brought before them Send those names to us with nddreses and fifty cents for each name and wo will send the Blade for six months Subscription mrds will be sent to anyone on application at tho is same rate so that when you get a subscriber or a possible subscriber all you have to do is to send the card to us filled out with the none and post office addresscThe publication of the Blade has been a mighty struggle for us and at times we have felt a pinch ofI poverty We realize that when Editor Moore entertained a notion that thepassed away many Blade would not long survive him and hesitated a about renewals These doubts should now be reo coved Although we have got behind in the date through no fault of ours yet we have never missed single issue of the paper and we have kept it going through sunshine and storm The fight has been almost single handed Few of time old writersI re with us Dr Wilson beset by of been able to write for the Blade as he once did Mrs Henryi through sickness mid death ot lir ones has not had the heart or the courage to wiild her pen in our behalf John F Clarke E LeWis and one or two others still chip in andwe aru thaVkful to thse for their efforts in thus aid inus ii times of dffipnliv Could the Blade haY writerscask wouldlbe- to 1m r s ei get4mlntionitscar be a a ltrtin i oanrhel to thenre menmen an wcaien the ter happiness this a consumation to be Jlesired by all Freethinkers in LmericarWhen you are in receipt of the Blade in its new form dont fail to write and tell us what you think about it and if you are ina position and above allc willing to help us in the manner indicated Now one and all buckle to and let the good work go on You can understand why we ignore gods help and start in to help ourselves r a a a ONE PARSON IN HELL Lexington can boast one parson who has act ually been in hell Not a literal hell dear reader but one of those figurative expressions in which the clergy delight to revel and yet after careful analysis it be comes a hell too sadly relastie for the peace of nriod of the feeling man or woman It happens that he paid a visit to the slums went through the redlight district and his description of what he saw and met up with would suggest that he had been as near to a living hell as he is ever likely to get What he saw was a an underworld of social wretchedness degradation vice and crime Could hell be worse And this is in our eve yday human existence conditions in which men and women live conditions after all attribu table to the wretched social conditions emanating front what is called Christian civilization Ilia exclamation of alarm that these poor wretched cre Lures may wreck our civilization comes like a vail from the already damned for the church wh so agent he claims to be is wholly responsible for the conditions he deplores Had the church been the real benefactor of man Had time church aim d to establish a condition of society built upon love and kindness instead of simply preaching for pelf this underworld would not confront us and society would have been built upon an entirely diff rent basis Christdom still sends her mission uric to the Ganges to pollute human mindand turf human purpose until in blank despair the mul monde cry ojit for Nirvana- A this of which the preacher complains is u dire t emanation from the caste or class idea whii h Christianity introduced throughout Europe and finding its way in America through the pil grin Fathers wrought distinctions in society cons ructed impassable bridges between them F r some years we have been teaching that the wor is growing better and The Blade must sup pose that it is for in the old days the clergy crnci fied head downwards for merely telling the trutn today they simply ostracise and boycott then All that a reformer now needs is courage and determination In the old days he needed n harq head and a rubber neck The world wi- lliH dlill 1 row still better when starving babes cense to nt empty breasts beneath the shadow of mil lung The church still sends bibles and liyniii woks to the famine sufferers when bacon and menus would accomplish more wonderful results Just simply a ease of mistaken energy Bibles and lymii books cannot possess but little interest to n man with an aching void concealed about his sys em The inhabitants of this very underworld ask the church for grub und they Lire merely referred about fortyeleven brant 4 of saving grace each warranted the orly genuine fund disbud out by a nag of rubes who are often so deplorably ignorant lint they could not toll religious thesis from nn ichth osaurian And yet the church has drifted into fi sort of social clearing house an esthetic orecourt to hell while fat priests minister to nnguid minds Is it any wonder there exists nn underworld flint is dominated by degrada ion vice and crime Not much Through the ilinbolienl system we have recounted the human mind is turned from the path of right doing and linos is time resultant Underworlds will continue to exist so long as the pulpit is permitted to remain a penitentiary for the mind The falsity and artificialness of the env Lire system is as apparent as the complexions of lie dear sisters who sit and listen to time vapidrmouthinigs of these paid preachers of a so called gospel of love and charity Underworlds indeed t jNot because poverty is there not because of igno ante but because of crinic And this after two thousand years of Christ Then is it not time vi tried something else The iinnie of Jesus may j sound sweet in the ear of a true believer but there It greater virtue to be found in a square meal But what possible hope what possible answer can this parson give or feel when confronted by tho conditions he speaks of They are there alright here is no denying that fact But why At best is must turn all moral responsibility back uqon the god he worships If he is omnipotent he Improve these conditions or prevent them alto gether hut to charge sin mind suffering coeval with prayer ahswcrimg god is a travesty on the juts tice in religion Ah friends poverty comes from ignorance not ignorance concerning religions doctrine or form hut of an ignorance of physical and social fact Iteoines from parents who live in ill ventilate l homes and exist upon insufficient food These par I cnts mustVecessarilly beget illnurtured children whoso braias will be the least developed parts 6t ofheirrather than to human side of life and in such con ditions cJime flourishes and finds its incentive Save thefti But lion Not by prayer but by work Kducate those children and give them cqffefcppf jfrfunities wiUijtlieipbteterep Open to inijr et a time bookaf t net erlpcrvert ltvAv t ihllaf- Unit R rlcwy 3 711multi tely diniinisi liir The BI de realizes that pitf Woria has never Known aifira without its burthen of sorrow but us ism e phase of suffering we can all strive to abolisli QnQ reason why the past seems more glorious Wiah time present is because the heart cam a glamor over the days that sire 11tFrom the dtist glare pf the noon of life i ist rcgre fulglancVs haul to tho dowey morn nndus eye creeps on the shadows reach over further bAlk until they link the cradle andthe grave and all is dark live men a chance Dont rob them ofoppor unity Liberty Equality and TVaternicy contain ns much inspiration to virtue today as in the days of the Marseille a a a a THE GENEALOGIES AGAIN The religious press seems determined to IIInccjconfusion worse confounded touching the New Testament genealogies of Jesus by attempting further explanations of the discrepancies for thQi avowed purpose pf harmonizing them and termi nating controversy Even with the recent ex planations the mysteries and discrepancies arc by no means cleared up and it is obvious that these latest apologists for scriptural inaccuracy seem not to realize thnt the more the explanation or quesionLn1eEtcever since Thomas Paine demonstrated the con plete nntagnoisnv existing between them and no 1 rvo explanations arc alike The dates arc given as at different periods the parental trees are not tho same and if the records ns given be true one of two timings must he accepted Jesus wns notfhorn ofa miraculous conception of Mary by the undImeage of David The chief point now sought to be harmonized is the biblical prophecies in which nn attempted syn onym is sought as between Nazarene und Nnzarito Kvery student of biblical history knows that they do not mean the same were never so intended and have no relation one to the other This is based upon the statement in Mathew And he turned aside and came and dwelt in n city called Nazareth that it might be fulfilled of the prophets lie shall be called a N arene There is no such prophecy Iin nil the Old Testament This is sufficient to stump the entire story with fraud und an atItempted corruption of fait It can be surmised that the writer of MJathew had in mind the Nnz rites which at that time were a peculiar sort of Jewish sect who took n vow not to cut their hair to drink wine or touch a lend body See Nnm 1hers Even upon this hypothesis there is no possible connection in sense between the words lnrmireneamid Nazorite Time former is used to 1 f titJ1jdr J Icsignate a mull living in the town of Nazareth mil the latter to designate a member of n religious Campisevere aspect nul similar to the monks of the middle ages The nos sMiguine Christina would not contend that fctnis was a Nazarite It may be that Mathew saw j he resemblance and made the most he could of it t was it appears a favorite conceit with Mathew introduce passages front the Old Testament ns prosjfipposedfLight le fulfilled which wits spoken by the pro Ihere lire at least a full dozen of such starves in till book ascribed to Mathew and yet not one of them arc prophecies in the sense in which Mathew applies them as any tine may pefontextBut iathew oversteps the prophetic marl lie crosses the boundary line lull plunges into rank absurdity Turn to him and real You will find that Joseph JilL beat warned in a dream to tr the young child and flee iut 6 Egypt there to sfnyt tit they t ho sought the child f rife were ddad TI IathHintets the party who ntrd to kill the offspring of his and the holy lost were gonc in to tile great inn and he iustr rted the foster parent of the young jorristurtpeacliiirncdhis paternal ancestor and then counts the startling information that being afraid to go into Judea carrythe but utf butheasINow let us turn to another phnse of this proph a11etoBed god or that the prophecies actually came front g V110Ibuck into Judea through mis nice It is evident j t JiteuldJvjrjno such prophecy the system is busted in any ev- furl if it is not it olight to be 10iIGOD AND nVUVTiORTALITY YB1If tiler Vfonqgodtl isexeaion indee- btnittyi if th he Rod inJ1l10rtl sty tart is n h fit n is iivnsurt ndotilA coif no or with 1 desire to hoof benefit to us Appre ria this spirit it is in no lighter cavilling ni iluip we undertake to issue then for it is one of the stock lirpiments ofleIcdSt lipdoxy against higher critics that have as ts very foundations shattered them and w5Ppcd the entire structure there be nogod proposition it is indicative of the existence of doubt If there be Ltlrtfrom the standpoint of negation why should c ation be termed a calamity if by creation meant existence Assuming that we are all spec ially created by some divine emanation there is much of truth in the argument but taking it for thIvelopment and growth our origin lying in most humble beginnings then indeed is the ar gument without avail It is true that creation might be a terrible calamity but there is no calamity in growth none in development How could there be calamity in the wonderful arrange will noItJJllcrsc or perceive thsym neciuy of the aU These would have no need for imaiiibrtality for with such love would be but lust charity a puTider to pride a full stomach the great cst good and gold a god aboutjag We be did not ask for the privilege Our wish was not sought And did it ever occur to you that we chute mighty near being missed from all bun lau calcuation f Then being here have we not a di tycurb gionseon wanidedIre can into thatEvencondition which is said to be h close resemblance of the gods f There is no being in the big round world too poor too humble or too lowly to talce part in this work He that hath eyes to see trayrbr see and In able to recognize this truth lie that tohintare prloutsout ob ne8 Wsiousness to attain a condition whereby we may in moralityIsgod who plays the Put of an eternal and ever site punishfails yet e0ttit in Q u rctdonobler aim and it is this that impels us to ne thetheojqgy of Ciuistendpm for the nobler inipul J t y w If 1i J that attiicih to IVeetliouglit and its bright and cheerful philosophy If there be a godand no immortality for man hen creation is a crime This is simply the cx prosIion of desire And desire proves nothing But why should man desire immortality Why should man fear annihilation more than he fetus tin fires of heat Suppose this fierce longing for immortal life is not to be gratified is the universe n lief It cannot be The universe is It is omni ent If there be a god he too trust be uui und omnipresent liven to assume this tin argueinInrlrncss while he retired to an obscure earner of it and there practiced legerdemain for the edifl- lis ation and glorification of a few halfcivilised peo This would des roy the bible in toto because would be a oontplote denial of its most important pas ges Js sleep a crime Is it u blessing Do vcnot court restful sleep Then what degree of crane can one find in eternal sleep f The sotig- Ko birds go to rest at night and their piping throat petalsliismorning to greet the suns caressing rays The rave thnt shines front a mothers eye is stopped ifp Jeep The laughter of childhood is hushed The leonine courage of man becomes dormant Ls there jiiiii in this Far from it The glory ofJife is threadjefully into an eternal sleep from there which resurrection and in whose dust there are no disturbing dreams f MAE LAWSON AND HER BOOK The Blade is in receipt of a neat little brochure entitled SexMating by Mae Lawson herself Maeomtoodof god and religion in it to admit of an en approbation of the work tltmaYlJe however that Mae had a purpose Ifsandetint the orthodox portions of the book the grains of gold as we find them The isli we and following the ta tjceach Itcecher a little leaven is put in for the purpos working the balance off int acceptable fashion r it for the book It should be widely pad pOlIout t the svd world over th re wont isery 1fntnrtiairelat its of 01aref u11binshot be a sort of soulniatilk fllities wjjj ut which sex would be 1mpt hi igfl Ipiritseht seasons the majority of us just let em rush TJigjIjoyc of which Mae Writes is not of thaftPJa icbrllnd which is calculated to knock the jfuiu glory5Ci= tt 1181 sayage melody beating in the blood ove kris much to be thankful for muck t fbi It has completely hypnotized men theisa snubnoscd laundry maid into a Grecian goddess perfectforsociety without even a thought of sex but thesetheescape The friendship and love of a noble woman llaeTJawsonsome UoolhaveOHIOAGO BOOZEFIGHTERS Bishop fallows of Chicago is a resourceful sot overtheorganized what he names n Happy Club prob bly under the notion that it requires some sot inettlcatlutppiucsTo his credit however it can be said that hi sOcis composed ofexinebriates who have found thellishophopeslljsobriety accepting this view of the situation Bishop concedingthatpoint of view had resulted iii utter failure and club system was invented to do that which the church anti its theology had failed to do It is no serrt that the most truly pious notions the mast bibulous and the most given to till oyorimhiijrenc 8 in liquor In Miohamedan count use of wine or intoxicants is prohibited ofthemIrunknrd is uu extreme Norarity club is neces to keep them in sober paths but in Christian ris church bishops imisf organize happy bs in an effort to encourage Christians from challCdI thelsesi t Th ti IF YOU WANT TO READ II READ The most Forcible i 4irWork on L JJoicc nJ12ter By Prof LUDWIC BUCHNER- PRICYIEr 51OO It BLUE GRASS BLADE Pub Box 393 Lexington Ky WHY I Can Undersell All Competitors EXPERT FIGURES THE COST Chas A Kiler in Chicago Tribune lightpstare Thus nn article bought nt wholesale for if sold ut flat a or aDiamond which cost 4100 Ifsold for are sold at cot The iteiu enteringinto the expense account nrc rent no matter jf the merchant owns tho build andnjiiMiranee had accounts Insincidental to and out of foildnow I solicit and desire the continuance of the patronage of old customers and friends only A officeunit workshop my residence in this cosy beautjful suburb of Chicago sufficeshave millions worth of stock sail the newest to select from I buy the goods spotsethl BUY NOW Diamorids anil Watches ure to tanci il exper1cneengSend fo prices ofetchesr Jewelry Ingcrsal OpticalSpoonThe ism in Sip Crucible free kl OTTO 1TTSTEINLaGrange Cook Co I NATUREThe above entitled work in 8 parts and chapters treats of the sourcenature end functions of the subconscious Psytfactors in the evolution of and u operating plant animal life and to the of whichI have devoted lifetime condensing views volume It is my andobsenntions in the above ofsclcutilicnlhregarding the tenability of the God and Immortality doctrines Mro Josephine K Henry of Versailles Ky President of The Free followfNaturenndup of bringmorelire certainly a student scientist n you and philotopher nnd have soured several pointsagainst Haeckel that it seems to me cannot be controverted I truly hope that intolIIanyI writest ofpmy WorldRiddles has been received mid read with great interest While wediffer on a few u 01unconsciQI1Fn1 prete11ithhighest esteem Yours etc pamphletwillMention The Blade HERMANN WETTSTEIN 412414 Main StreetFitzierald Georgia FLORIDA AND NEW ORLEANS Materialism WITHOUT CHANGE IIFor loforattloa and lit of hoteU addreu B 0 01 is T A Ill Male Su Lwlatftoi Ky r ae IOooBOOK for 100 I 408 Illustrations N51000 Sold Will aill oa recelp SLOE GRASS HIra Box 39t0f H1f r y l if you donit meet this much used and nij rgtiment it by the Christian si get my ltbooklet of the above fitget some pointerhot itn Postpaid io centsIt Address J 0 STEPIfENSON Santa Anna Texas ltStBrauillun IlIsltettL hroplitT PIiIJ d 1r r BLLE GRASS BLADE Publishers f THE PROCESSION PLANETS r mttttt stile i otIIt Addrruie Jut Itt t f tr J7IBLUE GRASS BIADE Publishers f Bu ytc7i 71LifeOF J H floert fiQgOfSOIl y EDWARD SMITHX ydttterentra IlItJIlr Prw Hul Ir rorwraiowa eti200 GRASS BLADE Publishersr I m D jIN REDISEASES V OF SPIRITUALISTS idit at of National Spiritualists Association takes Issue with J B Lenan and Replies to Criticisms Exposition of Attitude of Spiritualists Touching Medium Phenomena IFy Harrison D Barret HAs EditorntLargo of the National Spiritualists Association attention lias been called to a communication ti from the pen of J B Lcnan in your is ir sue of Nov bearing the above caption Feeling assured that you are a believer in the gospel of Fair and Equal Rights I respectfully re quest a portion of your valuable space v in which to reply to the unjust and ab solutely incorrect statements made by the captious critic in thiarticle in i questionIMr Lenans first sentence is the crux of his whole argument He gratuitously aassumes that he has an extensive no quaintanco with Spiritualists and with 6ne fell sweep of his mighty Intel lect declares it sic is a case of eye nerve or brain disease His jjjcan ing may be perfectly clear to his own r highly cultivated intellect but to schol are college bred men and women tol f people who are possessed of reason and i1t common sense his words arc as opaque IJ as was the darkness of Egypt in Ancient fi ri daysAR that darkness symbolizes gi v norance In the figure of speech in which it is embodied the sequence is not hard deduce It makes the state of Mr StoIenana pitiable one indeed 1 accuracyItacquaintance with Spiritualists how many has he ever met in tho course of k iwhole life whose mental and phy ical condition would warrant him in 1 Vteclnring that all Spiritualists are suf Sfcring from Drain disease May it not 1 jjbeia case of brain storm or possibly t Dementia Americana on hrs part le us be fair Mr Lcnan I have been 5a5 Spiritualist for more ithan twenty seen years During that time I have every State and Territoryfvisited Alnska1pSpiritualism in all the American- Commonwealths with tlmexception ofI nine I have ectured in Ciuvula also had visited seveal towns in Exico was the residing ofliccr nt K of tho 1Ieeding Spiritualist Cha eiglit f years ana for foute ars was president of the IntioIipiritualists Association rcite these facts not from egotism oi spiritbut to show your Vt readers that I amqUalified asa witness J to testify in this ease That there are some few Spiritualists JH yho are invalids I freely admit mada so no doubt by the Orthodox systems t of medicine and theology long before I they became Spiritualists Taken as a clas3 however I boldly assert that the Spirit altsts are more evenminded in Se J bettuliealth physically and far happier ifl in soul than are those of any other faith or of no faith in America to tI day Mr Lenan to the contrary not withstanding I believe I speak asone ywno knows as many thousands of Spir X Vitualists as he knows scores lBs refer rih cnce to drugs and alcohol are worthy ofthe mind that sent them forth Per l he knows from experience hence judges the Spiritualists by himself his- assertion that you cannot find a manor woman who is a Spiritualist who Vf I is in sound bodily orjncntal health to rbllIi haying even a spoonful of brains knows q4 Wvv better At one gathering in Western1 X VYorkII few years ago I sawn group of hundred Spiritualists ar J ranged for the purpose of being photo V graphed There wasnt one of them who weighed less than two hundred pounds ff nod not one of them had the slightest Sihiysical or mental ailment We called f these good men Tnlmag s Ghosts g i dor that meddlesome pulpiter had just declared that all Spiritualists wero fchronic invalids being long lean lank- X1 and cadaverous in appearance Does t it 3Ir Lenan weigh two hundred pounds jff Can he bring a bill of perfect healtlij 4 for publication in the Blue Grass 41 Blade 5 Fortynine out of every fifty Spiritu i j ists women Forsooth Wheat sapiency ffjathJ8T Jtis truly so startling as to be i4 jpurely Lenansquo in its erudition I and absolute lack of truth It is pos i 11tpirituaiists are women Even soliej iHyouldiBtill be far outsiuo of the cirCle of truth It is probable that the ma wi of ma lIe women 4wS tilerv J churches arc women so it is said but fJ Spiritualists show a better record than Sthis As special agent for the Ccnsti j Department I secured returns from or more Spiritualists Societies in the United States with regard to member ll ship attendance etc In many ocie t1ies f the men were largely in the majority in others tho women were in the as cendency Admitting that the women are the more numerous the proportion is in the ratio of seven women to six men This Js not fifty to one nor teen to one t i which gospel Mr Lenan niay leave heard or read if he does read Women are not as strong mentally as men What a marvel of wisdom is this utterance How about Josephine Henry Susan II Wixon George Elliott Elizabeth llarrett Browning Ernestine f Rose Elizabeth Cady Stanton Susan B Anthony Matilda Jocclyn Gage Adelaide Johnson nnd several thousand others ofequal brain f Will they not compare at least favorably with the scholarly and wonderfully illumined J 4 Lenan ict us be fair Sex is no barrier in intelligence nor does it indi cate weakness of brain or of mental power Women arc mens superiors in many things while men excel their sis ters in many others Theology has had a baneful influence over sunny women but when we tHink of Alva in tho Neth encode and Torquemada in Spain we may With safety conclude that it has likewise affected some men in ways not greatly to their credit Mr Lenans next assertion that cepting women ninetynine out of one hundred spooksecrt arc old men ting childish This expression is wor thy of the great mind of J Lenan Let him remember that Prof Wm James Prof J II n slop Prof Camille Flamuiarion 1rof Oliver Lodge non A J Balfour Prof Caesar Lombroso and several thousand other gifted sch olars and scientists are far from being old men Their childishness may be vii iblc to the translucent e eof a Lcnan but it does not appear to the people of ideas and rational intellects Mr Lcnans sweeping statements make him a very unreliable witness in the court of intelligence lIe would not be able to make good his charges on cross examination hence would share the fate of many others who have cither ig norantly or wilfully maligned their fel low men His reference to the fraud question ale not new to Spiritualists He is simply behind the times For many years the Spiritualists ofI America have vigorously opposed every form of fraud in medi mship not ex cepting the cheap photograph trick upon jibicix 5ic lays special cmpHasi All such hurabuggcry is strenuously de nounced in the Spiritualist papers like wise from every platform upon which a true Spiritualist is asked to speak Mr Lcnan is not posted with regard to the statement that he is more than ignorant of what they have done are now doing and teaching He therefore is not a competent witness in this case lIe should read up before he presumes to speak again concerning a people who are tIle moral and intellectual peers of any body on the face of the earth earth He will then speak moro kindly and intelligently to tho readers of the Dilute PUT YOUR EYE ON THIS Church of Humanity is Getting Ready For Decisive Action Through a Delegated Convention of Members READ THIS AND WRITE HEADQUARTERS By W H Kerr James E Hughes enclose two short items for next Blue Grass Blade Please insert them to give any of your subscribers wish ing to accept these offers a chance to do and oblige LAST CHANCE Tho Church of Humanity has now 221 enrolled members in 38 states When 250 members are enrolled and nine vacancies filled a delegate vention of thp society will be called for formal organization and incorporation These charter members are to be known as original discoverers that all Gods Devils and Holy Ghosts are fabulous beings heaven hell mythic and death the permanent cessation of conscious life and tho founders of thii society to make these discoveries known to all people and organize them into societies for that purpose- If there are any readers of Blue press Blade who know the above dis oovjriis and arc not members of the jnbove society I invite them to fill out tend mail to mo the following npplica tion 1 rcll Application For Membership in The Church of Humanity W H KERR GREAT BEND KANSAS Having learned that Gods Devils nnd Holy Ghosts are fabulous beings Heaven Hell Myths and death the end of conscious life I enclose 100 for a Cer tificate Graduation in the knowledge of God and Life Membership in the Church of Humanity nicking me one of its Founders and Charter Members Name Address Age Sex Occupation Nationality Language Previous Church W II KERR Temporary International Organizer CLOSED WERE THE DOORS Of This Church to the Homeless While A Saloon Keeper Opened his Rooms To Shelter Them AND WHAT DID CHRIST SAY ABOUT CHILDREN By Leo Sampson Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not Every reader the Bladd will know that federal troops have just been im pressed into Service at the gold fields to suppress the striking min rs at the point ofa bayonet- It is nut this particular fact I wish to discuss with your readers but another moro serious fact tfiiit developed during the unfortunate circumstance If you will give me space I imagine it will give plenty of food for careful thought to every Mudent of religion and sociology as those subjects are now understood in our country Just a little while not so very long either before the trouble started new church was being built The moters of the movement solicited the llp of every man woman and child in the district to sell tickets at a cent each each ticket representing brick abrick to be used in the construction oftho edifice The church as built and from it the gospel was preached with unction and pleasing grade The troube came Miners were out of employment tome few Evictions took place Honwlws families yere left to the tender me htft storm and federaFSayonets Vere the doors of the empt ji church thriwn open to shelter the m cent children from the bit er wind of late September No The children along wih their parents were camped down in a field like cattle whilst tfils orthodox structure stood empty Think of innocent childrcnMindcrfed homelessin a Christian country sleep ing like cattle in the fields whilst not two hundred yards away stood thefu turn church of those same children empty and unused Why Because the Church protects capital and property and in thi case capital was oppressing Labor But though tho church remained closed a sympathetic saloonkeeper threw open the doors of his large club room and bedded a number of the chil dren in comfort SHARPS POINTS FOR THINKERS Spirits are Like Fleas for When You Think You Have Them You Dont Have Them and There You Are TECHNICAL DISCUSSION BY A THINKER- By Otto Wettstein word Infidel in sense us d by the Church is a misnomer and a lie It is an insult to the worlds bravest and most enlightened men and women Why doesnt the Society for Physical Research search for a spirit and dia cover what spirits spirit garments spirit teeth hair etc are made oft If entities these can be resolved into their ultimate constitutes If the response is Why dont you tell us what den tricity magnetism etc is made off I reply There is no analogy between a living organic being like man which as a spirit must be if realand these inorganic forces and fluids of Nature Spirits if such beings exist couldbo placed upon the dissectingtable of sci ence and their parts resolved into their original constituents Hume says No testimony is cient to establish a miracle unless the testimony of such a kind that its fills hood would be more miraculous thantho fact which it endeavors to establish Tested by this just rule Spiritism must L tf premptorily rejected because the Istence of a man in the absence of organic structure is a miracle vastly greater than would be the conscious or unconscious false testimony of the whole world Absolutely nothing would satisfy the intelligent searcher after truth that man can exist in the absence of his physical body than the presence of such a disembodied man in thee open court of science in broad daylight surrounded by conditions absolutely proof against fraud and subject to the persona inspection of all those who would be interested to sec a complete living man made or composed ofnothing garments boots etc all included I say composed of nothing because if composed of romcthinfr we would know what it is As far as sour knowledge goes man is an animal composed of a complex tem of organs nerves arteries muscles bones brains flesh blood etc each part necessary to constitute a perfect man Spiritism implies that man can exist and live without this complex or ganism as well as with it If not the most stupendous miracle ever conject ured in the brain of man I after forty years of earnest but vain research fail to comprehend spirit and all it implies Without this physical structure no man ever came into existence withput it no man has ever been subjected to strict investigation diagnosis or dissection and without it man is absolutely unthink able And garments are always sup posed to be made of fabric warp and woof and boots of leather but when we catch a spirit it is always nothing or an ablebodied medium in petticoats or trousers it may be tailored but never spirit Spirits are like the Irishmans flea when ye put yer finger 01m hes nbt there Can a man come into being in anyother way than by being born of a woman But what havo we after the dissolution of the body to create thesame man Animal human structure and per sonality are cause and effect When the former vanishes the latter vanishes also Otherwise we would have effect without a god should reason concerning his origin as a man does concerning his own he would instantly deny his own divinity ond conjecture a god who created him Them 8terielfof Nature are great the rriysfpriea of Theism infinitely greater Which iBBBHSSfeiSSSjHcnoua the universe andgod- What boiit an insignifl or make such a b I mayo and worlds acea god if there is 0- 1waj as go o efcou of the With the extinction of the godmyth will come the individuality equality and supremacy of man THEyCHRISTIAN CITY ConUnued from First Page representative of humanity li is also noticeable that he took away the very foundation of the Jewish Sabbath as a positive religious ordinance by deny ing that God ever rests My father worked hitherto down to this time always and I work It is not necessary to quote passages in which Paul expressly denies the hint ing obligation of the Jewish Sabbath The Augsburg Confession prepared by Melancthon for the whole Protestant communion says Those who judge that in the place of the Sabbath the Lords day was instituted as a day to be necessarily observed are greatly mis do not contend for the correctness of this view but we say that this Js the view of many Christian as well as nonChristian people and we cannot concur in the justice of Mr Millers appeal for the enforcement of his view of the Sabbath by the civil authorities lie spoKe of the influence of the foreign element in the desecration of the bath anti declared that the American people are different from the people of Europe As evidence of this he cited the fact that the European nations have great standing armies whereas we have notNow wo do not think that this is an evidence that the people of Europe are morally different from the people of America we do not think that the reasons are of a moral character Thu nations of Europe are so located that one of mmcan hurl a great army into a neighboring country at only a few hours notice whereas we are on another continent with 3000 miles of water tween us and the great military nations of the old worlds There 5sno danger- of an invasion of our soil by European nations and therefore we have kept but a small standing army Since tho v ntion and building of great battleships that can cross the ocean we have added to our navy until it now is oned if we mistake not the third great est in effectiveness of all the navies of the world The reason for tliis was in creased by our acquisition of territory in Asia and in the West Indies This f explanation oi the reasons for our having a standing army is no notI of the saloon nor of the Sunday the It is merely given to indicate the reas011IingIt strike us that the character of the theatres is of more importance their being open on Sunday for there are hundreds of people who will not attend church and might go to worse places than a theatre on Sunday if tint source of amusement were denied them It seems to us that there are other evils which Mr Miller might grapple with quite as great as those to which he referred Conquest and the impoverishment of tho masses by taxation to support the comparative few have been the most iufportant factors in the destruction of nations Greed organized into institu tions made the people slaves practically as they were in Rome and prepared tim way for the extinction of the old order by inroads of other nations and by the diversion of trade and comrhcrce to other parts of the world The danger today is not in the theatre Sunday amusements as much a it is in the greed the avarice tin desire for wealth and displayand the dishonest practices to which greed leads men that they may get rich The worst examples those which are the most dangerous are the Rockefellers the Pierport organs men of that ilk who are masters of the art of fleecing the people What loss wretchedness leave been caused by ndepts Inhigh finance whose gambling and rascality brought on this present money panic Saloons need restrictions nod Sunday amusements are often open to criticism from a moral point of vieWjbut tho doings of the Wall street gamblers involved whole nation in distress nnd have thcatcned it withone of thosc financial business depressions which mean untold loss anti sorow to millions of people Such influences nre tho most perilous tel moral progress anti the perpetuity of free institutions and those mentioned by Mr Miller arc in comparison but as a molehill to a rnountnic The pulpit deals with moral truths and duties in tWir gestation in that wonderful womblVe within the fruit fulconsciencewhi love works by laws so subtle that th search for them with the anatomists life would be abortion and theirtrentlIt by tile polfc men club would bo m derNot until brute force can cause an to love his neighbor can religion thrive upon force Whatever domaii hrMuty4is given over by religioxi to is host to use- lng 5tit bur1ieout it then seriously consider whet is not insulted een asked to maintain Sabbatlcal sacrai icnts or shibboleths Religious faiths tiat win the devotion of thousands byftho order hope ton solation or beautylwhich they Introduce into social life become by their very power over the Consciences of large masses of men enl by their fitness to arouse conflicting pa islons frightful sources of revolution and bloodshed when the law i invoked to enforce As Do Tocquevillo said when a religion founds its empire only upon desire of immortality which lives in every human heart it may aspire to universal dominion but when it con nects itseif with a Government it must adopt maxims which lire applicable only to certain nations Thus in forming an alliance with political power re ligion augments its authority over few forfeits the hope of reigning over all Anti when it appeals to force its disregards the words of Jesus tp Peter when he would have drawn his swbrd in defence of his Master Put up thy iword GOES AFTER MRS BLIVENS Critic Maintains That to Affirm There Is no God or Future Life is Too Much for Freethinkers ISSUE OF NEGATION OR AFFIRMATION By JB orrion1In Dlllq of Dec 15th 1007 you leave amtArticiiby Mrs Blivens and also refer editorially to her communication I do not question Mrs Blivens right to establish such an organization nor do I find fault with your conducting the Blade in futhernnce of her scheme if to you it seems meet and proper What I find fault with Is Mrs Dli vens dogmatism In order to become a member of her Materialistic Associa tion you must afiirm There is no God nor future life There is nothing modest about that She docs not say II think there is no God nor future life but she disposcs of Ole whole matter hyi1 dogmatic assertion not founded on wisdom or a common sense view of the general operations of the human inindvjjDiiq of grntcat possi bly the greatest thinkers lend Aguos 1If tics of modern times speaking in re fcrence to a future life very wisely allImits his fallibility and says I do know If Col Ingersoll was persuaded to this view after years of inquiry and i speculation would it not be better to follow his lead assuming that his po sition was wisely taken as to better promote the general trend of Free thought in opposition to the iron rule of Orthodoxy which he was doing his Jest to overthrow and annihilate writing this on the assumption that Mrs Bliven desirous of being an apostle of Frlet1 ought By this r mean that all her work nnd propaganda is in the line of combatting the church at every point and procuring a state of society entirely unfetered from creeds forms which now and for ages past have filled the worM with blood anti misery as so fully attested by every Ptgo of History Why say there is no God What real meaning is there to this anyhow God is simply good There is universe It never any beginning nor can ty have any end Let that stand for God Why dispute it Xo fu tore life There may 11c then may be not Who can tell InsJtad of log matic assumption let us Confess our ignorance of tlc universe and the fu tureandaantagonise the phurclire Virightfreely nnd honestly on any moral or religious question To do tnis properly we racist not know it nil We must not be hide bound or straightlaced but open to the conviction that Freedom of thought is the cornerstone of know ledge DOES MATTER THINK By Otto Wettstein The following is reproduced by re quest from the columns of the Peoples PressSTo the Rev Hamond Vernlmont Denton Tex Esteemed SlrIn The Peol lesfPress of September criticising Uies materialistic views of our honored secretary Mrs Bliven you ask the above question In reply permit me to ask Jf matter does not tiiinkj what Is It that thinks f tye know living ani mill forms think but have no knowledge of psychical I1bsolutelyjj the absence of physical Something thinks nothing cannot think hence knowing no thought in 1absence of physical structure it klr r necessity that thoucJii of mntti St i ot u matter being still involved in mystery divest the crowning work of nature or your God of capacity of powers to think and Inslsl th1 mythical soul man or spirit w man thinks and are content Ignj the Important fact that instead d oJthesismystery Place your spiritman besido 5 the physical man and are we tIagain confronted with the Identical or vastly greater mystery by the ques Ion How does this spirit think You then posit thought belt have no thinker absolutely nothing tang Ible which thinks Has a soul a soul a spirit a spirit within its outer form If not it you can believe n decarnato soul of when you know absolutely nothing and which lids neither body parts organs or brain can think and which attenuated form Is invisible to normal vlslpn inscrutable and beyond scientific research If yotf can believe this overtowerlng mystery what lOgical right have you to challenge this Materialist to explain thought Thinking is an every day plain self evident fact but wo are conicious It only as a faction or process of mpei or of the lower anlnials IIi the absence of such animal forms we are not aware and have no evidence of thought or psychical processes hence this proves beyond oavll and doubt that organized living matter Isthe sole cause or basls of all mental phenomena And If you my dear sir or your great church or all the worlds societies of psychical research will over produce in the open court pf science a veritable living soul or slprit you will after due analysis discover that these also are matter Hoping you will aid this humblo class of Materialists In their earnest search for Truth remain yours for Freethought Science and Reason THE ARTICLE GOESI Cleveland 0 Dear Mr Hughes Within I send you a short article on Thomas Paine with its Inspiring cause an editorial In The Cevoland Leader of Decem ber Gth If you can use it send me a daMi extras with bill if any If not please return postage Inclosed I think It becomes us to bo always on the alert for opportunity to enlighten the people otThomnsthis article are largely drawn from Moncure D COnways life of Paine GEO L CASE p j9is