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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r FXBR JAT Ptti lied Weekly ED O QP1 GAND4 0 98D OM OF HO GTh7 1 I C fr JOHN CLARKSntidlrx r II f t t bQthou Lt t 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE II JOHN F CLARKE f That traits of individual character and in tellectual temperament are really transmitted by heredity is an almost universally admitted fact the philosophy underlying prenatal in fluences finding exemplification even in bib lical days and there is no more striking evidence than may be found in the subject of this sketch John F Clarke of Arlington Maryland the photographic reproduction con stituting our frontispiece in this issue It has often been said that blood is thicker than water and while we are not capable of explaining this peculiar feeling yet in the heart of every Kentuckian there runs a thrill when lie learns that he is dealing with and writing another Kentuckian Be it known then that John F Clarke although a resident of Maryland is a Kentuckian by birth and heredity He was born in the city of Louisville and first saw tho light of day on the banks of the Ohio River June 2 1858 and is therefore approaching his fiftieth milestone Still in the vigor and prime of an active and useful life his many friends fondly anticipate that he may continue for another half century a d aim his sledgehammer blows at the curse of orthodox Christian superstition For the past twenty years he has been a voluminqua writer and his effu sions and criticisms have found space in the different representatives of the American press Not only have tho columns of Free thought papers een open to him but he has been accorded the privilege of the daily papers and in them he has vented his convictions SuffrageAntimilitarism come under his notice andobservation He first attracted widespread attention through the publication of his press comment upon the Boer war and Religion This letter was made the subject of wide comment Through its publication ho managed to open up a wide correspondence much of which is retained to this day Because of that effort he was made the recipient of The Blue Grass Blade and other Freethought publications which have from that time been favored with productions of his brain and pen Hap contributors to the Blade and his writings i o JUJIIriJ or pity Mr Clarke is among the most frequent have been highly appreciated by all our readers He is peculiarly humorous and can drive an argument home with remarkable ef fect His style is peculiarly of an individual and original type Since his closer identifi cation with the Freethought movement he has openly engaged in an active propaganda and spreads the gospel of great joy by giving away copies of the Freethought papers whenever and wherever an opportunity pre sents itself In all walks of life through in lividual effort and organized labor he has met and talked with thousands of materialists One firm rule of his life has been never to use tobacco or ardent spirits and yet unless church people misrepresent him he is made the subject of more prayers every day than any other citizen of Maryland Religious zealots constantly inform him that he is publiesubjected until a conversion to the super stition of orthodox Christianity has been other hand he is being congratulated almost every day of his life that he does not permit himself to be made the dupe of an erroneous religious belief or system Yet bigotry is ever active and alert Soon after he had settled in Maryland especially in Arlington now about ten years ago the bigots wanted to cause his arrest because he worked about his home place on Sunday but his example spread for they saw that no harm befel him for attending to his flowers and hh- little garden on Sunday and now many of his neighbors arc doing the same thing and no adverse comment is made As previously statedTMrT 1rkwas born June 2 1858 His father was Captain John D Clarke who was a gallant confederate soldier an ardent supporter of the Lost Cause and afterwards a sign painter The childhood of Mr Clarke was spent in Kentucky and Geor gia His father died in 1874 when he left this section and went to Washington D C Two years later or in 1876 he moved to Baltimore Maryland In 1881 he was married to Miss Fannie L Billmeyer who has been a constant and devoted companion and three children have been born to them all of whom are liv ing We have suggested that Mr Clarkes scepticism was partially inherited This statement is justified by the fact that his father was an atheist before him Mr Clarke also an atheist He has beeryi letter carrier in the employ of Uncle Sam sinco 1888 Ear ly in life he decided that toe Christian ligion and its allies were humbugs and pur suing an honest investigation he soon an nounced himself an atheist a step which hu now declares he has never had any cause to regret His education was extremely limited but he has been a close and inveterate reader and student and posesscs that happy faculty of retaining and assimilating that which ho reads He is now SecretaryTreasurer of the Baltimore Free Discussion Society an As sociation of Freethinkers where debates ore indulged in upon all subjects pertaining to the welfare progress and development of the race Through his official relations with this society he has come in personal contact with all sorts of lecturers and teachers including Mormons Hindoos Agnostics Adventists SingleTaxers Thcosopists Socialists etc It is enough to say that he enjoys the full con fidence and respect of his neighbors and all who know him The greatest compliment that was ever paid him came from the soninlaw of a Baltimore preacher who told him that an earnest Atheist was more desirable as a citizen and a neighbor than most Christians Referring to this incident Mr Clarke clares that it was induced by the fact of some reference being made to a man who was guilty of what the church calls back sliding and who had been praying to God to keep him from drinking liquor and after a total abstinence of 3 years had lapsed into the habit again In his comment upon the subject Mr Clarke says Christians did not used to talk that way tcknowcontributors and that ho will bo heard from through its columns at almost regular in tervals JS JF bL = m j L 7 7 BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 J Y THE CRANK 1 Yy+ CALVARY DID NOT MONOPOLIZE THE CROWN OF THORNS AND AMERICA IS FULL OF MESSIAHS DODGING CRUCIFIXIONTHE PEOPLES INDIFFERENCE IS THE TY RANTS OPPORTUNITY By M Grier Kidder The crank is either a wise man or a fool wisdom equipped with moral courage or folly supplemented with insolence Even then few can tell which ho was until he is dead Such on outlook would daunt any body who was not wound up to mind other folks business But reforming offers unique features and reg ulating your neighbors affairs provides its own stimulus People oppose novelty be cause they are wedded to the old and shrink from the ridicule Inseparable from the new Nothing new is comfortable and an old fogy advocating change would be as great an ano maly as an automobile hearse leading an old time funeral procession Ho is brave or foolish who wakes sleeping conservatism it is no light thing to irritate an old mistake with a new correction To the average man what is unknown is unknowable Every gen eration considers itself the high water mark of know it all Conceit is our most marked inheritance and combined with officiousness is the source of half our trouble It is a hard thing to think you know everything and at the same time doubt that you are loaded to the muzzle with tidings of great joy The country is overrun with messiahs dodging crucifixion and martyrs shying at martyrdom The crank Is born not made and the artifi cial article would be a contradiction Ho is intensified positivism and a negative crank would be equivalent to a stagnant mountain torrent or a conventional genius Ills one ambition is to oppose the majority ho is an eternal affirmation to the worlds negation an everlasting Nol to everybody elses Yes lie thrives on strife he smelleth the battle afar off and is as quick to find a fight and as slow to find out he is whipped He poses as the under dog and to do him justice he never tires of that monotonous role So much has been said of the crank being ahead of his time that every crazy wind spoutcr whose tongue keeps pace with hli imagination considers himself an inspired an ticipator of the lagging future a heaven helped herald of the coming dawn J The practicality of a new idea is not guaranteed by specious theory but by popular acceptance The fruit wont fall until it ripe and no matter how good a thing is it waits on the verdict of the majority1 Miiiy of our socalled inventions were repuditad by our ancestors as many of those repudiate will be accepted by our posterity very thing is a failure until it dovotaiU with the age Even a lunatic inust fit the public idea of insanity or be voted a misfit Conservatism accepts under protest and nothing vives that prejudice can kill The steam en gine appeared and diiuppunrod before Watts appeared Philosophers believed in Darwinism when telling what they kmw meant more than ridicuio It is tuny of late that difference of opinion has been punished with only indifference The crankIf yore got till the attention he was thirsting for J he ma jority shapes the customs end from the rant custom there is no sudden appuil she majority may bo wrong lint disciplined and veteran error has ever withstood the ontt of divided truth until imtorminal by evo lution And what is evolution lint laggard spurred by cranks Urged on oy headlong enthusiasm and set tied conviction our friend asfialls all thin with ruthless vehemence then marveh that he lays up sorrow unto his p wn soul Who wants to be convinced in an hour that he has been a fool all his lifef How many are desirous to trade off an ancestral blunder for a strange truth Sonic yes but some are a very few Reforming a mans fnults rarely gets beyond convincing him that he has faults And when you as ail somebodys false judg ment lie generally forgets every thing but the assault It is human to err equally hu man to keep tab on the other fellows err ing Everybody is tinctured with missionary enterprise and the man who can stumble on something new without a desire to rejuven ate his fellow man is unborn so far The crank not only has this desire but he ad vertises it He is blind to his own faults because to him nothing is faulty but the old all new peccadilloes are necessarily gilded by the sun rise Yet is the crank useful though wo do not relish his spasmodic methods But divest him of what we disapprove of and we subject him to normal conditions We must take him as he is for in truth lie is often the uncompro mising foe of stagnation the very wssnce of healthy and progressive discontent We hate 4 l his dogmatism object to what is often his officious and vulgar zeal but we must apt plaud his persistency while condemning his inconsistency And inconsistent he is never displaying more intolerance than when com batting intolerance never more vicious than when fighting vice never attempting to re form abuse without lending additional terror to reformation Nor does he take into ac count that an unsound opinion like an un sound tooth while a bad thing to own h a worse thing to lose suddenly The crank infests all departments and there is nothing old whose antiquity is not ventilated by some blatant disheveled wild eyed apostle of abrupt change Columbus ia the Cranks ideal but I believe if Columbus had It to do over again he would forget hisown discovery to go for tome other mans discovery I am yet to hear of any body testing the problematical new who has not failed in the certain old A man never aims at the stari until hu has missed the home targets No one prophesies for the future who is an authority on the present In short the reformer suffers from that type of mental strabismus that overlooks domestic faults for foreign missions Spencer says Every reformer believes in his own infallibility And he does Convince the crank ho is wrong in one detail andyou urpcar his entire reformatory machinery j cornea as often from conceit as from reason bio otry may not be born of truth or fanaticism of proof Loud talk is over the ally of flimsy logic wind is cheap The pioneer is generally a neerdowell either in tho physical or mental beaten track Failures migrate to where they are untrammeled with conventional restraints After all the crank says only what millions of moral cowor 1Irrprefers to lose it through some other nel than talk Of course he ridicules the talker but ridicule may be as hypocritical as praise abuse is not necessarily sincere To find a great truth is great to satisfy people of your find is greater and these are the cranks mission Do you wonder at his fate The crank is generally a necessary nuia since an objectionable essential crucified by the present to be glorified by the future He is not a pleasant companion no hobby rider is Who wants to listen to an endless dirge on his own ignorance played on a fiddle with one string f Most of us should rather remain wrong than bo yanked into right It irftrue we owe much to the crank so we do to experience but a remedy may be as disagreeable as beneficial medicine rarely tickles the palate The cranks one thought has worn a grove in his brain that no other thought fits everything else is side tracked only his hobby i j f1 y j ftL BLUE GRASS BLADE last right of way lie cannot understand that believed error may be as sacred as proved truth It is necessary that the crank should come but woo unto him to whom he comes And as hard as it is to get along with him jt would be harder to get along without him As to the bogus crank he is a noisy nuisance intensified by uselessness a drunken mouthing vagabond loving nothing but his own ease and some other mans whis key To him Ican spare no space I am treating of sincere promulgation who if he has but one idea has not always borrowed it and always has it down fine Not that sincerity must command interest tor no one idea man can be interesting especially when showing another man his mistakes The gen tleman needing reformation demands above all things variety in the reformer Nothing is more monotonous than the same advice on the same subject The crank rarely sees the attainment of his object if ho sees it he rarely survives the realization long A life aim achieved means an aimless life He lives on tumult that over hd corrodes in distasteful re peso The ordinary crank is in terrible ear nest and few of us can be in earnest without being impetuously so how many hasten with dignity Fcstina lente fits few who arc endowed with singleness of purpose I was once tinctured with the divine af flatus of reformation myself Hut my mania subsided into zeal zeal into mind ing my ownbusiness To tell the truth the crusade was too lonesome I had to choo e between associates whose only recommendation Is beincr right and opponents whose only fault is being wrong I am still a reformer nt heart but out of the fullness of the heart the mouth rarely speaks A fellow must be awful bad now be fore I try to convert him To the average man opposition to the tablished canons is criminal insanity Ho may disagree with the majority in tote but expressing that variance he holds to he blasphemy acrainst the holy name of policy And let me tell you even negative policy pays have not been politic long cnoueh to realize this in person but take some things on faith It has occurred to me of late that tntkJmen volcanic zeal that naught but death quenches who know hut one thing their JfTSSTON Our country swarms with them there is no place where their voice is not heard Some are educatedmore illiterate all inspired a like number poor Nothing else so simu lates a man with an empty pocket as a dose of inspiration The invitation to un load is irresistible But human nature is so constituted that it rarely wants to hear what the other fellow wants to tell We prize only the information we worm out of others iS 1 lil J IIUlL The silent man impresses us as keeping something back The loquacious mans talk wo consider public property Who sinks a pump into a boiling spring The cranks persistency more than his logic invites notice Curiosity rather than convic tion arrests public attention Few reason be cause reason demands concentration and ex pecting the average mind to concentrate would bo as absurd as expecting an old bell mouthed blunderbuss twenty paces off to throw all of its shot into a hung hole The every day man is engrossed in making a liv ing in staying here under ordinary conditions Ho has forgotten the past and has neither time nor inclination to think of ho future In short he is too satisfied to be a reformer until pinched by poverty then every circum stance shakes a red rag at him and he goes forth breathing threatenings and slaughter against existing conditions Henry Berg was ridiculed and lampooned unmercifully but the Public School dren now belong to the Band of Mercy Berg was a crank with all the modern improve ments His one thought was the S P 0 A and his name will be associated with tender ness mercy and unflinching moral courage as long as the human heart harbors those vir tues Advocating the new is not necessarily ad vocating the right novelty and ronesenso maybe twins change and absurdity identical There are conscientious expounders loose among us who would reverse the very tide of evolution men who worship the past grieve over the present and paint in sombre colors the threatening future Such men are like those of old who posessed of devils lived with the dead We have been spoilt by our advantages and as distance lends the witch ery of enchantment to the old we resurrect arid worship dig up and ndore He whoso ideals is among realized and dead mistakes is indeed to be pitied To the credit of the crank ho is rarely retrospective nnd his ideal hazy though it may be is in tho mists of the future rather than in the fogs of that vast cemetery tho past No cross no crown You need not be pious to believe that If there be anything earned worth having without suffering what is it Every comfort represents many comforts every pleasure many pains every success the unspeakable agony of failures and hopes deferred that makoth the heartsick Before our birth halfstarved vagabonds were bushwhacking over the country in our be half Calvary did not monopolize tbe crown of thorns Liberty is yet a new comer For centuries that pearl of great price had been cast before the swinish multitude by men to whom life without liberty was Dead Sea fruit At last the people began to think Their first expression of thought was the French Revolution that lurid dawn of a brighterday thatcarnivalOf reactionary liberty that sat jik t ftr r urnalia of alaveryborn freedom Violence is the fecund dam of violence and the eggs laid by Louis XI and Louis XV were hatched by the cranks of 1789 Let us credit the crank with the good ho has done nor forget that justified grumb liugis a guarantee of future safety The peoples indifference is the tyrants opportun ity Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty and the nation that is perfectly comfortable is dangerously comfortable The only way to keep the good from getting worse h to make it better Evolution and retrogression are ever waiting invitations Nor let us plumo ourselves on the boasted infallibility of our age We make our age and when we cease to improve it we begin to unmake it Greece and Rome were sacrifices to content ment The crank is a social cynic the watch dog of society We laugh at hU growl question his sanity and vote him a bore But if his mission were untrammeled with the persecu tion of contempt there would be no premium on moral courage no credit for the cruci fixion accruing to the opposer of customs made and provided As long as conditions produce misery so long will misery produce missionaries For after allno man attempts to improve conditions that permit him to im prove himself nor works for posterity who can work for his own profit nor dreams of the future who hasnt been driven to de spair by the present THE FLOWER OF LIBERTY What flower is this that greets the morn Its hues from heaven so freely born With burning star and flaming band It kindles all the sunset land Oh tell us what its name may bel Is this the flower of liberty- It is the banner of the free The starry flower of liberty In savage natures far abode Its tender seed our fathers sowed The storm winds rocked its swelling bud Its opening leave were streaked with Mod Till loearths tyrants shook to see The full blown flower of liberty Then hail the banner of the free The starry flower of liberty Oliver Wendell Holmes The men and women that are lifting the world upward and onward arc those who courage more than criticise Let believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves nor half the evil they say of othersJ L ty iiL t l f tijt G ft iItIt X raJ it 171 ILUE GRASS BLADE 5 o + 0 OxO X t t Current Comment on Public Events i rr THE SAME OLD TALE Orthodoxy assumed the same dogmatic as pect no matter the guise or name under which it is presented The priests of one religious faith deride those leaders of an opposing re ligious faith for their lack of liberality suming themselves to boO K on the subject With them us a class Orthodoxy is all right so long as their own shibboleths be maintained It is a well known fact some of the greatest men known in all history have sprung from the loins of Judah and many of the smallest can trace their origin to the same cause Baron Hirsch was th6 greatest philanthropist of his day either in or out of the Jewish church Baron Rothchild is the example of the other extreme lie knows no charity no philanthropy save that which lies in a div idend while the world is full of Shylocks who continually demand their pound of Jlesh and they want it from next to the heart or as close thereto as they can get it To a great extent they are not to be blamed for it as they are simply the products of Christian persecution anU tyranny In other words they are what they are by reason of environment They did not make the tions the conditions made them but many of them are now in a position to control con ditions This fact finds corroboration from the fact that during Disraelis term of power in Great Britain other Christian nations socalled including America found room for criticism that a Jew should be made Premier of the leading Protestant Christian nation in the world Now wo find a Jew in the cabinet of President Roosevelt and an athiest Jew el ected to the Mayoralty of Rome Let us bo understood This recital is not made in u spirit of fault finding As between races of men tho Blade recognizes no distinctIon It congratulates men of all nations or races who have brain and character strong enough to work their way to the top and compliments them upon the success achehed Attention is simply directed to these facts to show that in spite of Christian persecution and oppo sition men can win glory and honor among their fellows Their success however is dun to the fact that they have readily assimi lated themselves to their siurouiidingi and labored as to make their own individuality a part of them and absolutely necessary to the present emergency And yet here comes Rabbi Samuel Schulman of Temple BethEl of New York who sees fit to censure the Jews in America because they have departed from the religiosity pf their race and mime themselves a part of tho Ufo of the noft country Only that the Jew has done those things of which the eminent Rabbi complain has ho WTTTTTTYYyWWWWYTWWYW been able to rise above the surroundings made for him by Christian intolerance and sanctified prejudice Had tho Jest lour otherwise his political and social prominence would have been deferred From what the Rabbi is reported to have said it wound seem that lie has also degenerated into that habit of assimilation by asuming to complain as Christian preachers do of tho failure of wealthy Jews to donate more orally to the synagogue and its institutions That the Jew Las seen fit to ignore the Jeiiinitda of the priesthood and shows so little regard for the enslaving conditions stipulated for him by the priesthood is not only credit to him but an evidence ot his assertion of in dependence Without this indeprmlcme or were the Jew to prait himself to become subservient to the prbli again would sink back to those conditions that mark Christian countries on the European continent today The Rabbis motive may 1e discerned in the following staccatoit The ancient Jewish laws demanded that ono of the faith give every year us his share of the tithes onetenth of his yearly income Should that same principle be carried into effect today wo would have less misery and all it is simply emotion of the tithes A CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA CatholicUm is not content nor is it satis fied with tho Encyclopedias that have been published and put into the hands of the reading public for the reason that Catholic doctrine has not been accorded a prominent and conspicuous place in the definitions a result of this the church has seen fit to collaborate and publish a new encyclopedia of a distinctly Catholic typo in which it is proposed to throw new light upon the basis of human thought touching superhuman themes When the Catholic undertakes to throw any light upon human thought in any direction that light will be reflected through tinted glass and pains will be taken to have tho coloring made to fit theological teachings It has been well said that light is hurtful to weak eyes and should tho light be new it would become more dangerous than ever Naturally and as might have been expected the reviewers have been able to get in their work and the two volumes of tho production which have been issued with a third on the press are commended as being n monument to intellectual progress in the pathway of great ideas Aside from the historic fact that no really great ideas have ever emanated from the Catholic church as an organized institution this work is expected rto prove a vadc mecum that shall be invalu able to him who would solve the eternal questions with which all mankind is concerned Before tho work will be permitted to get Tr upon the market bearing the nomenclature of Catholic it must of a necessity receive the sanction of the Vatican and this papal tolera tion is enough to condemn it in the minds of thinking people The rationalist and intelli gent thinker must refuse to take his literary and theological medicine from Rome The productions are too certain to be doctored and Rome does doctor where books are con cerned and Intended for popular sale Inos much the encyclopedia takes in the whole gamut of religious creeds from Buddah to Zoroaster from Nebo to Calvary and sumes to supply both history and definitionrcauso and effect the Freethinker can well imagine what it must contain having re ceived the papal benediction and sanction TOO SERIOUS FOR A JOKE- 4 Although regarded in the light of an ex ds cellent joke there is none the less some thing pathetically true in the bill offered before the new legislative assembly of the k State of Oklahoma which suggests the estab lishment of a State bureau whose sole duty it shall be to supply parsons with texts This would boa new departure and as the states undertakes to regulate the business of retailing liquor by restrictive and sumptuaryplaw why should it not also regulate the doctrinal preaching from the several pulpitsrIf there be a figurative hell in tho particular brand of firewater sold in Oklahoma one thing is certain it is peddled here and man gets through with it on schedule time The bibical hell peddled from the pulpits is not intended for this world nor it of short duration but is held in reserve for another world and is to last through all eternity While such a bureau in operation might work a hardship upon sectarian enterprise by compelling a Baptist to preach from a Presbyterian text or a Methodist to undertake an explanation ot the Episcopal prayer book the greatest confusion would naturally arise over the use of water in the different degrees of baptism Still tho bureau might do good By abolishing many of the modern texts and i supplying the parsons with a line of new goods their congregations may be benefitted andspared many hours of pastoral torture and religious agony On tho other hand the bureau is designed to be of service to tho preachers in that it proposes go further than merely supplying a text but will upon appli cation signed by at least ten freeholders of the district to show that the applicant is act ing in good faith actually supply him with a complete sermon uptodate and containing all the necessary embellishments The further proposition is made that the position of bureau chief can be had by any farmer in the State t 7 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE who can display a medal won for political campaigning It is presumed however that the bureau would keep a supply of sermons on hand bud that these could be sold by mail order from printed catalogues that would be sent to pulpit orators free on demand This would open up all entirely new Industry and enable some of our literary aspirants to work oil their surplus energy At tho end of hit term of office the bureau chief could present statistical data ill his report showing the number and character of the texts supplied to whom sent and the number of complete sermons sold on application This would be interesting no doubt and from such a report the public as well the truly penitent could keep a tub on the pulpit oratory of the state In any event the joke billus it is called is not a joke in the strictest sense of the term and its author was evidently keenly alive to the exigencies of the present situation in the clerical world FOR THE GLORY OF GOD The religious elements are peculiarly and appropriately adapted to making fools of men and women Shakespeares immortal Puck is ascribed as suggesting what fools these mortals be and he might have had his mind eye upon a gang of religious anchorites known us the Doukhobor Pilgrims inhabiting the nothtm portion of the dominion of ada Reports from Fort William state 1ut a band of this peculiar class of people on a recent pilgrimage marched through the streets with the weater ten degress below zero clad only in freckles and pentincnce or in other words absolutely nude What a pic nic for Comstock or for 1arkduntl Had they been on the ground to have witnessed such a spectacle their happiness would have known no bounds and columns of slush would have found their way into the public prints Un der such circumstances would not Canada have more need of these prurient purists than the United States f If there be any choice be tween these and the deluded pilgrims give us the pilgrims and let us take up a subscription for the purchase of a one way ticket for the others As an argument against the fallacies of religion in general and religious folly in particular the following portion of the dis patch is printed in full Twelve of the Loukhobor pilgrims who are stopping here for the winter started on another march and despite the fact that the thermometer registered below zero set- out minus wearing apparel of any kind Seven men and five women were in the party and for over half a mile they marched chanting their mournful dirge The line of march was right through the center of the town and the citizens could hardly credit their eyes when they beheld the marching band of nude pilgrims The police were soon on hand and the band was rounded into a downtown poolroom where they continued their march round the tables while the police decided what next to do The pilgrims were finally hustled into cab and taken back to their house where the en tire party of 00 has lived since they came to the city Strange to say none of them appear to have suffered any evil effects POOR CASEY Casey was extremely religious as that term is understood by the orthodox believers of today Let it be understood that Casey was a canine of the feminine gender and of the variety known as a Boston terrier She labored for the preacher and god although the preacher got the first chance at her earnings Going the rounds of the daily press during the past few days was a glowing story about Casey and it is related that her daily mission was to round up all tho bones she could find in the community in which she lived bring them to her master who in turn utilized tho bones by selling thorn and con tributing the proceeds to tile missionary box in the Sunday school In this way was a canine made to contribute to the comfort of the preacher and enchance the glory of god It is assumed that Casey did not realize the disposition that was being made of the pro coeds of her labors Could she have done so Casey might have uttered a vehement protest Of course Casey was never informed that the church to which she was giving her toil had denied her a soul and consequently prohibited her from participating in the heavenly glories which she was helping to construct and her devotion to things supernatural were to go absolutely unrequited and withut future re ward Could those orthodox Christians who rejoiced in the results of Caseys labor only realize that they have no pro eminenc3 over the beast it is possible that they might cover the error of their ways and labor for man instead ot working for god Aftjr all Casey knew just as much concerning heaven hell deity and devil as the members of the church that got the each which Caseys bones brought As a Sunday school scholar Casey was of the ideal brand t She never rebelled or talked back to the teacher Casey did not play hookey but it is presumed that she rounded up bones on Sunday as on every day and that these bones were sold and the parson grubbed the cash that came from selling the results of Careys Sunday labor But then Casey was only a dog and it did not matter much to the parson or tile church The church wants the cash and it makes no bones over the source from which it comes The contribution of the courtesan is as wel come as the contribution of the elect and once it jingles in his pocket the preacher sings praise god from whom all blessings flow But whats the odds Spell god backwards and you have a canine anyway i NNN N + t t i WHAT IS HAPPINESS i ANOTHER BLADE CONTRIBUTOR TAKES ISSUE WITH SECRETARY OF MATER IALISTS ASSOCIATION AND AS SERTS NO BODY IS WITHOUT A SOUL By Susan J Peck I have been reading Eliza Mowry Blivena What is a Materialist in which she tells us of the many studies which she has pur sued but in which she has failed to find any proof of any future life or of any God She asserts that all or nearly all of our happiness is material dependent on our physical senses I will admit that our comfort and the ability to employ even our mental and soul faculties depend on our physical members and organs but happiness to mo is quite a different thing and often I have changed the phrase Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness to Life liberty and the pursuit of duty- I have for years with others been engaged in humanitarian work and when have helped to relieve the pain pCIl sufferer to bring warmth to the shivering food to tho hungry or have helped to secure work for tho needy or comforted a little child I have not added one iota to my physical comfort but I have added much to my happiness and when my attempts have failed I have lost so much of happiness and happiness to me must al ways be a mental condition How much of happiness would material surroundings impart to the child suddenly bereft of kind parents t have an acquaintance who spends nearly all of her time in efforts to secure the health comfort and peace of her fellow beings often working into the small hours of tho morning or during tho whole night reserving time only for necessary sleep the taking of food etc and who receives no remuneration therefor Her work carries her so constantly among those whose suffering and privation are so great that site is so saddened thereby that only once for a space of four or five days in all her recollection has she ever been free from the shadow of that sadness and then she was absorbed in her interest in works of art and invention mans copies of Nature gathered from all parts of the world and yet she has told me that she would not willingly abandon her work in which she finds her hap pines all of a mental nature Even Eliza Mowry Blivena cannot Material 1st though she is imagine a body without a soul after asserting that all is matter matter matter but site makes the rather strange statement that the soul dies with the body And as for spirit without a body in the fu ture life she did not gather her ideas on that 7 t BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 point from Spiritualists as they always refer to the spirit body and even Paul said There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body so it is not from the Bible that she quotes and I am forced to believe that the spirit without a body theory is a Materialists advanced for the purpose of attacking and denying its truth Many Materialsts have made the same as sertions as has Eliza Mowry Blivens which is no proof of their correctness and many have said There is no intelligence in Nature citing as evidence the fact that water will drown a good person as surely as it will a bad one they seeming to forget that the good must die as surely as the bad and that even the best may not choose the manner of their removal from the mortal plane To me all intelligence is or was Natures and as man is but a product of Nature he In the beginning received his share or that which was suited to the needs of man even us tho animals received their share but man ages ago corrupted his intelligence by al lowing kings to rule him so that now he gropes in the dark spending years in invent ing some improvement in his implements or machinery while the bird builds her nest as unerringly as did those of her species many many thousand of years ago the bee works as successfully the hornet builds exactly the same sort of paper home in which to shelter itself and its young and man because he cannot do as well untaught calls the perfect intelligence of other creatures instinct Had natural law as expressed in the functions of mans bodily organs been the work of chance upon which no dependence could be placed and over which man must keep watch lest while ho sleep errors occur and if through natural law deformities in body or limb were to be expected then we might exclaim There is no intelligence in Nature But without mans knowledge the different organs perform their offices for those igno rant of anatomy and physiology as well as for the most learned the intelligence in Na ture having provided all things in mans body for mans comfort The circulatory system with its arteries and veins with their many valves the joints with the senovial fluid the two of each pair of limbs of equal length the eyes and the ears with their tricate construction the hair protecting the brain all all employed the principals already expressed in God Almightys work through of those principles understood by the birds animals and insects the scientific knowledge shown by the honeybee furnishes one example of that Which must enter into the skill of the architect When I write of God Almighty I do not mean the devilgod or or evilguide the lord who was only the duke or the baron who lied to Abraham to Isaac t and to Jacob veiling them that ho was God Almighty but confessed to Moses that he was only Jehovah whose history Moses knew but to me God Almighty is the allperfect intelligence in Nature as the hand within the glove the builder and giver of all good ness and above all the spirit of justice- It may be easy to say what a god should have done but whether man was not given the same en erring knowledge sufficient for all his needs as were the animals Eliza Mowry Blivcus cannot surely know as man now is tho product partly of ature and partly of the conditions of war drunkenness dishon esty imperialism slavery etc all of them tho result of mans own misconduct which rulers called gods imposed upon him Even as a domestic animal loses somewhat of its natural character by association with man so man educated by other and more selfish men has lost much of his power to dicern between truth and falsehood Were man to be given conditions free from all pain ho would often suffer wounds or partial destruction since by pain he is natur ally warned of danger and freedom from an noyance and disappointment could result only in tho development of almost infinite selfish ness as has been the case with imperial per sonages So Nature gives the changes in the weather and the temperature which are often disappointing and which many persons meet with patience but which others complain of thus proving that they fail to learn the lesson of self control which is ever being brought within our reach I once had a friend who as the last surviving member of the fame ily dwelt alone occupying a beautiful home stead and who kept three or four cows for the sole purpose of administering to the com fort of other creatures and then too said my friend I must have with me beings whose wills will sometimes oppose my own that may exercise patience toward them lest I become too selfish- Concerning a future life although many persons have assorted that they know there is none there are millions whose word is as reliable as theirs who say that to them the proofs have been presented I wish with the editors permission that sonic one among Ole latter class would tell us of their experiences THE SCARLET SHADOW Review of the Sensational Book From the Pen of Walter Hurt By Dr J B Wilson Anything written by Walter Hurt t am sure will be of interest to all Blade readers and so I take tho occasion to inform them of the recent publication of his book The Scarlet Shadow This book is published by the Appeal to Reason Girard Kansas from which it can be purchased price 150 It is a novel founded upon the Moyer Hay wood arrest and trial While a pretty love story runs through the book it deals chiefly ii and explicity with economic revolution tak ing place in Colorado going into full details of the light between the mine owners and the Western Federation of miners and ending with the trial and acquittal of Haywood It lays bare the whole conspiracy and will be valuable especially to all those who wish to have at hand the history of this greatest of all labors battles under cover Here you have pictured the class struggle in language so intense and thrilling you soon become a factor yourself in the midst of the light It holds you from start to finish by its keen insight of human nature its vivid portrayal of the prejudices selfishness and brutality which money engenders and the desperation of poverty and its blind struggle to rise out of its depraved condi tions Its fine detective work is equal to the best of Poe The plot leads you through many labyrinths from the Governors office down deep into heart of the mine from the street of palaces to the row of miners shacks from tho ballroom of swellest society to the lowest saloon and den of vice in prostitution It gets down to the bottom of things and shows men and women of all classes high and low as they are and the causes of the difference in conditions All this is told in theIunique und inimitable style of which Hurt only is master while some parts such as the blowing up of Independence depot border upon the horrible and are ire limit of terrible depiction other parts are softened with pathos poetical charm and vivid wordpaint ings of Colorado scenery which alone are worth the price of the book The book is havf ing an immense sale and I will advise its perusal by Blaue readers It is perfectly clear that Tennyson was far front an orthodox Christian Quito as cer tainly he was not a Bibliolator He read the Bible of course and so did Shelley There are tine things in it amidst its falsehoods and barbarities and the English version is a monument of our literature We regard as apocryphal however the story of Tennysons telling u boy Head tho Bible and Shakes peare the one will teach you how to speak God und the other how to speak to your fellowmen Anyhow when the post came to die he did not ask for the Bible and he did not ask for Shakespeare The copy he habit ually used was handed to him he openedit at Cymbcline one of the most pagan of Shakespeare s plays reada little and then held the book until Death came with fall of tired eyelids upon tired ee- sG W Foote Flowers of Freethought To refuse to give away to the blues and to keep cheerful whatever happens is a practical way of Winking others happy J l J T i f 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by him until his death February 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l AN EFFICIENT CAUSE OF INFIDELITY From time to time the religious world stops long enough to express wonder and astonishment at the rapid increase in Freethought the growth of Infidelity and the constantly in creasing number of those who openly declare their opposition to church and creed even expressing an utter disbe lief in and regarding the most import ant tenets and they are now asking for a cause- Inasmuch they have been taught to II ask and receive one of their own advocates now comes to the front with an extremely lucid explanation which may be admitted to contain a number of elegant and conclusive truths As a matter of fact Charles E Witter of St Louis writing in the Educational Review candidly admits that the Sunday Schools through their bad faith and lack of judgment in seeking to foist upon the mind of in nocent childhood the exploded myths mid dogmas of a bygone age are re sponsible for a considerable portion of present day infidelity now confessedly based upon education and investi gation The writer has indeed struck a rich mid pregnant truth and yet even if the church dared to change its present system of religious instruc tion so as to conform to the higher criticism it would cease to be Chris tian and there is no alternative but open and honest infidelity We have often heard it said and we have said ourselves that experience is the greatest of all teachers The mind of a little child is like apiece of blotting paper The first impressions stand out bold and clear but by constant use the lines and marks cross nothingGutwhich nothing is clearly discernible First impressions then are strongest and the mind readily assimilates any subject of instruction Thus is is that imbecile and partially informed men and women engage in the busi ness of teaching pupils in Sunday school and great care is exercised to maintain a strict and partial sec tarian construction that the child may be kept in that one particular form of faith Religious myths are taught in precisely the same manner as they were several generations ago and when the mind matures and is brought in conflict with the world of thought and feeling where the shibboleths of faith with their childish simplicity fail to impress an awakening comes tj which reveals the fact that the exadt truth had not been taught during the period of infancy and the matured mind revolts at the thought of the imposition thus practiced Then what follows First comes investigation This leads to doubt More investiga tion The doubt increases and is strengthened and the ultimate is a re jection of the silly fables and another infidel is made If Sunday school teachers would but turn the calcium light of investiga tion upon their own minds they would realize their own insincerity Deep down in their hearts they know that much of what they teach to their classes is untrue They also know that much else of what they teach is sub ect to investigation anil about which they are even in doubt yet a loyalty to the church forbids them from being honest with the children and the latter are left to make the discovery as best they can and in their own way When that discovery comes it is bad for tile church that practiced the deception upon them No doubt many of them feel and believe that those living truths upon all psychological subjects that have proven acceptable to themselves in their more mature age are theyimaginetion to teach the children along the same old lines they were themselves taught on the principle that too muchrtruth is not good for children and they must be trained to become consistent church members instead of useful citizens Then follows the conflict The realization of things as they are comes in antagnoism with what has been taught and orthodoxy suffers in the process The reaction is against the church rind not in its favor Once the process has been completed the mind rejoices at its liberation from the intellectual prison oforthodoxy and spreading its pinions it soars to higher realms of thought where wisdom is found and upon its high est pinnacle infidelity stands with beckoning hand Intelligence is un able to resist the call Ignorance and mediocrity fall by the wayside All intelligent people must admit that for teachers to teach what they either wholly disbelieve or only half heartedly accept themselves must sooner or later lead to destruction of the system A century ago when the power of the priest was strong enough to control thought such teachings were attended with better results for the church Today where freedom reigns and the power of the priest is IJlltJ i 4c J BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 1 broken anddead thesystemisi suicidal and the Blade can heartily agree with Mir Witter in his indictment against Sunday schools We cannot do better than to close by quoting the following forceful declaration made by this writer He says after laying down his predicatesThe must inevitably come to those young people who read and think when they will awake to the superficiality and falsity of such teach ing and when that awakening comes the reaction will probably be more radical than it would have been had they been properly enlightened in the first place The pendulum will swing so far that in rejecting these feeble o and narrow views of spiritual truths they will in many cases be led to re ject all versions of it That this is a real danger can be seen by daily ob servation It accounts for the absolute skepticism and agnosticism of many and it also accounts for the fact often noted that the most confirmed infidels frequently spring from just r these narrow denominational schools and influences that refuse obstinately to open to the light of more modern and better conceptions of the religious lifeWhen Napoleon declared that the word impossible existed only in the dictionary of fools he had not been at Waterloo FREETHOUGHT ANDPROHIBITION Will you kindly answer in the next issue of the Blade the following question Can a Freethinker advo cate prohibition t The above question is propounded by an Illinois friend The very basic principle of Freethought is that the individual shall not be bound by fixed pr prescribed rules of conduct upon questions of sociology religion or politics and under this principle the individual so far as Freethought is concerned is left to follow the dic tates of his own conscience Many Freethinkers do advocate prohibition and many oppose it Recognizing thee distinction and the difference between prohibition and temperance some Freethinkers advocate the latter and oppose the former So far as the Blade is concerned it believes in tem perance but does not believe in prohibition We realize that the late editor Moore was an ardent prohhib itionist We did not entirely agree with those views although we had no right to oppose them in the Blade during his regime Prohibition is more sumptuary law and was declared by Abraham Lincoln to be a specie of intemperance in itself in that drunkenness was at one extreme and prohibition at the other The temper ance movement originated in England and was inaugurated by the Jfree tlnukers of that day The church posed it As the movement became more extensive the church took it up espoused the cause as its own and going further began to advocate ab solute prohibition by law As a fundamental proposition it is impossible to make men moral by law equally so to make them religious by law Prohibition is force and force naturally creates friction This fric tion is productive of evil results Known facts prove that clandestine whiskey drinking is more prevalent in prohibition states than in others It is after all simply a question of appetite and mens appetite caw never be controlled or regulated by law Every man should be an ardent advo cate of temperance but as to the futil ity of prohibition every man must be left free to follow that course which to him appears to be right POOR OLD KANSAS The sunflower state is said to be going to Christ It has already gone to hell Further the church and its blighting influence is altogether responsi4 ble for the latest condition of affairs Many people will be able to recall the collapse of the boom back in the eighties when Wichita fell with a crash It was a calamity resulting from an artificial inflation of property values Little by little the progres sive element of that prairie town be gan to labor for improvement and free from speculative influences it began to creep back into stability and peoplesteady growth set in and Wichita be gan to flmkc herself felt in the affairs of the state- Unfortunately Wichita is also the home of innumerable church cranks who believe that every ordinance should be passed by prayer and the police force sent upon its daily round signing the doxology These people con sidered it a crime to buy a drink of whiskey in an open saloon but favored its purchase at wholesale through the medium pf lying statements signed in a drug store Chicken thieves were not expected to visit alien coop until they had sent up a petition to the tft ff f throne of grace The business rule with the pseudopious was to give long prayers on Sunday and short X weights on Monday Church deacons never hesitated to cheat in a horse trade and the membership was of a class that would sell five and ten cent cigars out of the same box Another misfortune for Wishita lies in the fact that the women are permitted to vote in all municipal contests and as all the women belong to one or other of the numerous churches the result can easily be im agined The parson got into politics The women followed him The par son flapped his wings stretched his neck and the foolish flock cackled The candidate who stood for the church and for church rule got the votes and landed the persimmon t These are facts But look at the result With the church in political power through the election of its candidate for Mayor the town has entered upon another collapse With the church dictating and managing public ques tions and policies there is an exodus of the liberal and progressive element Unwilling to face such conditions their future welfare depended upon immigration Houses are vacant TheJrecent building epidemic has ceased t A commercial darkness has settled up on the more fearful than the l 1thescrew is being applied with fanat ical energy and zeal It is recorded that one of the first tofficial acts performed by the ortho + fchargeon the ground that they did not display 1sufficient energy in trailing the blind tiger and preventing the illegal sale of liquor New men were put in these positions of trust The new men were church members who knew iio more about police duty than they do about infant damnation They could smell cornjuice but were totally unable to recognize a felony in broadaday light One of the worst results of this condition of affairs is according to the information at hand that the town is now infested with theives burglarizehon1esing afraid to venture to their own t doors at night Robberies are con stoutly occurring and the people are powerless to protect themselves against these twin curses a crime governmentKansas It looks like Wichita has got a bad 110 BLUE GRASS BLADE case of Christ already and he is lead ing the city a merry dance to munici destructionWas Brother Johnson who told us Kansas was going for Christ According to the latter mlormutiou it would seem that it has gone auout it in the proper way to find him There will be no salvation for Wich ita until she wakes up to the fact that GAL bUUltllLADb ED c church rule will damn anything it comes in contact with and takes an emetic to get rid of all such influences in her political social and business life AN APPEAL FOR HELP Every cause that can boast actual merit or that has for its real objective the emancipation of the race from the galling yoke of supersticions chains should be made a missionary cause and the world needs just such missions and missionaries For a thousand years or more the Christian advocates have manifested a remarkable missionary zeal dud today their missionary work constitutes the very life of the organization In fanci ful pictures painted in glowing colors adorned by an eloquence of pathos tales are told in church and Sunday school to work up the religious fervor of the fanatics of some struggling mission abroad in need of more cash and another strenuous appeal is made to the pocket book in the expectation that the strings thereof will be loosened a little more and an outpouring follow that shall make the hearts of the mis sion managers glad Reports are sent in from mission stations abroad that would induce the credulous and unthinking to believe that the pagan peoples were all on the verge of being won over to Jesus al most ready to accept the myth of the crucified savior but just a little more cash is needed to finish the enterprize and land the fishes through a golden bait Of course the sole hope is that when safely won the converts will themselves become contributors to the cause and transform themselves into paying and active members instead of remaining a burden upon the enter priseExisting conditions show most plain ly that the Christian missionary enter prise is on the verge of failure That instead of being in a receptive atti tude the pagan nations arc really an tagonistic to the Christian prose Jytcr that but a moiety of these people pro fess even a partial acceptance of Chris b tian mythology while the great bulk ignore the missiqn work altogether and look upon the workers with feelings of contempt sometimes pity In spite of this year after year a golden tide flows eastward and what might have been spent upon the improvement of those trying conditions that surround the poor at home goes into the pockets of the missionaries abroad Under the caption of Men and Mis sions an article written by William C Ellis has been going the rounds of the American press as syndicated matter He claims to have made a thor ough and impartial investigation of the missions abroad for the purpose of learning their condition their work their needs and necessities He states that he had no particular axe to grind and furnishes the report with an unbiassed mind as a secular journal ist whose duty it was to run down criticism and explore into every nook and corner of the Christian worlds missionary work abroad So far so good but in the report submitted to the press for publication consisting of a three column appeal to Christian men and women for more money for missions the zeal of the writer and investigator oversteps the mark sug gestedIn first place Mr Ellis did not go abroad with an impartial mind and a mind free from bias He went as an avowed believer in god an accepor of the Christian myth a believer in the value of mission work and a necessity for its continuation and support and as such he returns with renewed vigor in the work of soliciting alms begging as it werelfor more contribu tions from in order to furnish a better support for the missionaries And yet he very frankly admits that to a great extent the Christian missionaries are a failure One of the hurtful delusions of the home churches concerning foreign mis sions a delusion sometimes fostered by illbalanced reports from the field is that the whole heathed world is on the verge of conversion to Christianity One of the commonest figures of mis sionary oratory represents the nations as crowding into the church Now the unwelcomed fact is that heathendom as a whole has scarcely been budged by missions Great as have been the missionary triumphs in spots the whole mass has hardly been touched by the Christian teachings Even enlightened Japan which many persons believe to have become almost Christianized is still rankly heathen What does Mir Ellis mean by ill balanced reports from the field 4 Does not this imply that false reports are sent out If it docs who sends these reports Are not the mission aries responsible for them f Would he advise and encourage an enlarged sup port in cash to men who would thus be guilty of deception with their em ployers If Christian missionaries would resort to such methods would they not also decieve the natives And why is it an unwelcome fact that the heathen are not crowding into the mission churches To whom is such a fact unwelcome Is it un welcome to Mr Ellis If it is how can Mr Ellis assert that he is unbiassed and contend that his investigation has been impartial Does not this imply that Mr Ellis went abroad with the avowedQ purpose of seeking material for funds and seeking did not he find just whatIhe wanted Can Mr Ellis honestly say that he found nothing to criticize save that above quoted which iallthe criticism he has to offer By their fruits ye shall know them The fruitage of the investigation made by Mr Ellis the fruitage of the missionary work as revealed by him enables the independent and unbelieving citizen to read between the lines and denounce the whole system as a monstrous fake One of the strong points made by Mr Ellis in his own opinion is thattmissionary work should be carried on exclusively by men and that all women missionaries should be recalled How will the sisteren like this Remove the women from the field and the wo men at home must grow lukewarm in the work of raising cash But then perhaps Mr Ellis is looking for a fat jobat some mission station in some beautiful oriential city Who knows The whole answer to Christian missionary enterprise may be summed up in this how can the missionaries ex pect to convert peoples of a different moral code to that of when Zless than onethird of the poptulation at their own homes remains aloof from cZhurch and are indifferent to the whole Christian System If they cant win their neighbors to Christ how can they expect to win the peoples of pagan nations More cash may explain the conundrum After all that is just what is wanted more cash and so we have this latest appeal for help Friends are writing us from all parts of the country in congratulatory terms because of the improvement made in the Blade We feel a little proud of it anyway 4 dt BLUE GRASS BLADE U SALOONS AND PREACHERS Realizing the twin evils those elementary sources from which so man of our social ills flow Itepreseutativi AlicKuight of the Kentucky Genera Assembly introduced a resolution pro viding that saloon men and preacher be prohibited from taking part in pol itics because of their businessjgat in itics Very little snore than a genera tion ago a preacher could not hold pub lic office in Kentucky and it was be cause of a kind and indulgent people that they were permitted to get back to their former status McKnights resolution came as a result of the effort to eliminate saloon men from politics because of their business and knowing that church and saloon were business rivals that the church made men drunk on religion while the saloon got them drunk on whiskey he felt that if one was put out of the politics the other should be In a measure the Blade agrees with him Paine did more for humanity in a week than the god the Christians wor ship have done since Moses is said to have led the children of Israel out of Egypt The bible god inculcated and permitted slavery Paine toiled and wrote for freedom The bible god devastated people with plague and pestilence Paine wrought peace with liberty MUTUAL CONGRATULATIONS So many of our friends have written to us extending congran ions an expressing their sincere approval of the improved appearance of the Blade and we now congratulate our readers upon the fact that we have been able to make this desired cliauge1 ragged publication is as exasperating to the publisher as to the reader and there may be abundant rejoicing at both ends of the line In we will con tinue to rejoice together and make the pleasure more extended by making each succeeding issue of the Blade better than its predecessor as far as we canIn this issue we have endeavored to give a selection of the brief mes sages of cheer sent to the Blade office since the change was made These will indicate the trend of opinion Remember our columns are open to all and we desire that every subscriber shall give his or her opinion on the sub ject To do this yourself encourages others to follow your example and this is the forum of the people Future success will depend largely iij i upon the quality and quantity of threading matter the Blanc has to offer To enable our reorders to better appre ciate this fact we desire now to im press upon their minds that articles will appear from time to time in the Blade from such skillful writers lis Mrs Henry Dr Wilson Harriet M Closz John P Clarke Dr T J Bowles and we are promised a similar favor front M Grier Kidder Add to these the writings of E Lewis Susan Peck Chaiuihig Severance and others we have an array of talent that any journal could be proud of The next thing is to keep it up This depends upon the reader and it rests largely upon the interest he or she will take in the paper by assisting in extending its circulation We are giving a larger paper and it is being printed on a far better quality of paper The pictures we propose to give cost us a good sum of money each week in order to get the plates made Our editorial expenses have in creased and with all this we feel emin ently justified in calling upon our friends for their continued support and favor PRESBYTJURIANISMAND POLYGAMY One serious question with which the church especially the Presbyterian branch is at present grappling is the issue of the polygamous practices of its converts in the orient It is reported that the ruling or governing powers of the Presbyterian denomination has issued a decree with which all foreign missionaries are ex pected to comply to the effect that converted polygamists must relinquish all wives but one or he cannot be accepted into the membership of the Lords elect Could the same authority extend that decree so as to make it applicable at home there might be just and reasonable grounds for its en forcement abroad While decrying polygamous practices in foreign lands ostensibly for the sake of consistent impressions upon the pagan not a word of censure or reproach is uttered against those of the home bodies who openly support one wife and secretly maintain a half dozen concubines True Solomon the Lords annointed the wise the sweet bard of Israel en joyd the promiscuous dalliance with one thousand damosels of which seven hundred were firstclass wives and three hundred only secondclass wives Teach the pagan polygamist to read the bible and let him turn to Solomen t J and others of the biblical patriarchs 11I let them read about Noah and Lot and Abraham and even jMoses with his i Ethiopian wife and the missionariesw- ill have a devil ot a tune convincing the convert that his plurality of wives sanctioned by age and custom in his own country is in any measure con trary to the will of God or the teachings f of the bible Ifa word to the wise is sufficient would it not be well for the missionaries to keep the bible out of the hands of their pagan con vertsAside from the religious aspect of the situation another problem appears r Should the convert in obedience to the Presbyterian decree give up and abandon all his wives but one what is to become of the discarded members of the plural family and their off spring Polygamy being permissible under the Chinese law it is aiso com pulsory that each of the wives shall be properly and provided for as is the law with iiorlDonismt1 and to obey the Presbyterian law J means a violation of the written law i of the laud there comes a conflict of iauthority which is bound to result in a defeat for the missionaries Chris tianity may assail the religion of pagan peoples they may laugh at their gods make fun of their idols dese crate their temples but when it comes to an interference with legal andilong established custom the i missionaries find a snag Pagan na tions are not going to amend their statute law for the convenience of Christian missionaries and when these are brought in conflict the missionary will have to hunt other fields of operation 9 Their presence is tolerated and their labor for Christ permitted just so long as they maintain an attitude of indifference or passive submission to the laws that It would seem however that the missionary will have a hard time conoil vincing the pagan converts that it is t necessary for them to give up their superflous wives and this will be j heightened if the convert can by someimeans or another learn of the innum erable crimes being committed against women hy Christian parsons in this discussion here is not upon the right or wrong of polygamy rather a reference to the inconsistency of Christian teaching and practice and a pointing to another of those insur mountable obstacles that confronts Christian missionary enterprise abroad f Jii t i 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE AUTOCRATIC TYRANNY The Blade felt it necessary in its last issue to make comment upon the encroachment of the post office depart ment a simple branch of the public service upon the legislative functions of government an encroachment that is unwarranted by law or constitution Since printing that comment The Blade has been brought face to face with an act of autocratic tyranny which convinces us that the conduct of the post oilice department shown to be teeming with fraud and corruption should be made an issue between the political parties in the pending national campaign As it is seemingly impossible to mend the autocracy of this department the best remedy at hand it to end it Our readers will have noted that in the issue of January 19 we had insert ed a small circular and subscription blank This was designed for the conveniences of our subscribers who might feel inclined to aid us in in creasing our circulation The circu Jar was addressed to everybody in general and to no one in particular To our surprise we were notified by the local authorities that a part of the issue had been held up at the post office after a part had been sent out on the ground that the insertion of the circular had changed the class of mail and an extra money payment was de manded before they would consent to release what was remaining in that office We recognize that ignorance of law is no excuse nor is it a defense against any infraction of the law We also recognize that Congress never en acted such a law never authorized such a law and never delegated any legislative authority which it has no right to do The time has come however when the autocratic tyranny of the postal authorities must be brought to a termination Under the guise of a rule it presumes to make law by which the people dealing with the postoffice are to be governed It is absolutism It is contrary to the fundamentals of this republic It is carrying us into an autocracy worse than that existing in official Russia The postal authorities seem to forget that they simply are the 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