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BLUE GRABS BLADE IfVolume XVI Number 44 LEXINGTON KY FEBRUARY 23 1908 Published Weekly 1 I DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF UGHTI Ut iChampion of Religious jnd Political Liberty 1 I r r 1 iii i3 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE N N N N N N N N N H N H N H H N H H H N H N N H N H N H N y y MRS JOSEPHINE K HENRY yyNONOH HON NOH HONON NONON By Harriet M Closz The Editor has kindly requested me to write a sketch of Josephine K Henry but when I think of the wraith of work accom plished by her I am overwhelmed with the thought of not what to write but what not to write Womans Progress devotes 3000 words to Mrs Henry as a representative woman and yet does her scant justice Volumes have been written vaunting the life of men whose work is less valuable than hers for platitudes flow easily from the pen for one who labors with the popular throng but expressions of appreciation are piteously scarce for the pioneer in unpopular work and the flag of crimson flames on my face at tho tearcom pelling thought that my sisterwomen for whom she has toiled have silently if not solently accepted the sacrifices made for them Josephine Williamson seems to have been the Southern incarnation of Destiny Born in Newport Ky her father a Virginian her mother Mary Kirby of Leeds England she was reared in the home atmosphere of cul tured accomplishments and independent thought yet with the community surround ings of conventional conservatism and the latter naturally furnished the irritant of un just restraint which developed our beloved comrade into the superb selfreliant champion of the oppressed During her early years while storing the mind with practical facts she did not neglect tho aesthetic for in addition to perfecting herself in instrumental andvocal music she did creditable work as a composer I may nl o Jiicntioii ii this connection that she possesses the poetical spirit and during these later years she has paid tribute to our time in rhymes that sear and shame our system but she declares that sentiment is a wasted energy when dealing with tho desperately demoniac conditions about us In March 1808 Josephine Williamson was married to Captian William Henryof Ver sailles Ky Here she has since resided and here about a year ago Captain Henry died Grief has been an ofttimo guest in the heart of Mrs Henry in the only son 23 years of age was cruelly crushed to death in a railroad wreck at Crete Illinois and times and yet she finds leisure to sympathize with the actors in the great tragedy of Life which is so often too intensely bitter for tears As a field reformer Josephine K Henry stands supreme alone Other women have courageously grappled single lines of work and gained much and deserve credit but property privilege social inequality f I i ONONOHONONONONON NONON N political intrigue the disgraces of intem perance the horrors of superstition the ter rors of the domestic dogmas which have made possible the economic dependence and sex en slavement of womenall have been assailed by our sister until the mountains of misery are beginning to diminish For over 20 years this indefatigable worker has been active in the political arena and with the aim always of securing consideration and a measure of justice for lull suffering sisters Her six years fight in tine Kentucky legislature to secure equal property rights for women was perhaps her severest strug gle She wrote hundreds of articles for the press on property rights and the state was deluged with literature on the subject Twenty thousand copies of one pamphlet alone ing distributed She spoke throughout the state and at every session of the Legislature for six long years It was a weary work but after seeing much of her private fortune melt away for the cause she championed she was at last victorious and Kentuckywomen today enjoy equal property rights with men through her effort We are told that mans inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn but womens ingratitude to women furnishes a full parallel for years after when the writer became acquainted with Mrs Henry and ex pressed appreciation of her work she said You are the first woman who hM said a word of commendation For a number of years Mrs Henry was auditor for the National rom ens suffrage Association and spoke at the annual ventions in Washington D C Atlanta Ga Grand Rapids Mich and many other places She also served as Superintendent of lative and petition work for the Kentucky Womens Suffrage Association Eighteen years ago Josephine K Henry was the candidate party for clerk of the Supreme Court of her State In this campaign she was the first woman in the South to run for a State office A few years later the canto party nominated her for Superinten dent of Public Instruction and later in the season tho State PopulistJ Convention pro ferred the same on their ticket which complimentAgain the State making hundreds of speeches and we find her always in progressive paths always moving onward and inwny from the outworn called sacred precedents toward tho humans act uality of equal rights to all special priv ileges to none The climax of her political career was IIlillli i 0r reached when she was named as a possibility for president of the United States and the great dailies of tho country consumed not only columns but pages in interviews and to the reproduction and discussion of the many creditable and concise recommendations by her for legislative procedure tprodigiouspenduous and while th3 work has been un usual for a woman it entailed no actual i to the howl of execration that arose when this pioneer for principle advanced still another step and attacked the nniglitymonsterthe religious superstition The former not of affable toleration was drop ped from discussion and when her javelin tipped with reasons point reached Jehovahs vital a cry ascended from pulpit and people and press which drowned every plaudit that preceded it In seeking to secure equitable laws for her sisters the champion of freedom had discover that the subjection of Christian women throughout tho centuries and their present degradation and economic dependence is due to Bible mandates and the adminis tration of its precepts by the Priesthood and though reviled by former iriends and thematized by religionists she calmly pursued the policy of exposing the inconsistencies and injustice of our Christian system In expressing herself on this point Mrs Henry says I pride myself more in my Frecthought work than all else I have tried to do And she has accomplished much Speaking at National and State Conventions contributing to the numerous Freethought publications in the United States Canada andaEngland Her name appended to an article decides the editor as to its worth Site is the only woman who appears in Facts Worth Knowing a pamphlet which has reached a circulation of 200000 Her contribution in Elizabeth Cady Stantons innovation Tho Womans Bible was highly commended by Mrs Stanton who coincided with her estimate of of IMrsenthusiasts and also a substantial supporter of the Blue Grass Blade and for many years almost a constant contributoritFor propaganda work this prolific writer has had published the pamphletsProperty Rights of Kentucky Women Women and Christianity Woman and the Bible and Marriage and Divorce all of which should be read and studied by credulous Christians Mrs Henry has held office in the various Free Thought organizations and is now Pres ident of the American Freethought Asso ciation Nor the least of her work as a Continued on page r i ipL r BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 N NJHUMAN ECCENTRICITIES i i A TTTTTTTTTTTTTTT t Term Applied Only To The Foibles of So J called Men of Genius But Called i Insanity in Others By M Grier Kidder No one know where eccentricity ends and insanity begins any more than where Ymonkey stops and man starts there is noth ing abrupt in nature nothing jerky about evolution None of us think ourselves lacking in mentality though several own to a few idiosyncrasies of genius Everybody teems too busy diognosing everybody elses mental t symptons to spare judgment for his own Strangers are crazy friends peculiar our selves original We laugh at strange actions till greatness follows then ape them scoff at the insanities of mediocrity worship the i eccentricities of greatness Genius is rarely affected the nrtificul be longs to the shallow the natural to the pro aretgenerally due to tho fact that few great men have time to be conventional I hope this explains my indifference td sonic details From ordinary folks nothing heterodox is tolerated and pronounced individuality in the average man in social sacrilege Nobody cnn afford to be a crank unless he be recnforccd with prestige I know of no more pitiful object than an unrecognized genius trying to teach a community something ho doesnt want- to learn Wcbstcrs are absent minded the rest of us forgetful Webster once consulted his watch to see if he had time to go home to get it Ifa nigger displayed so much preoccupation ho would he called a lunatic Which goes to prove that an ignorant mans reputation liko a poor mans or n womans is a very delicate thing The great Dr Johnson couldnt pass a fence without touching every tenth picket with his Kcllne Stonewall Jackson thought one of his was getting shorter than the other Bothof theso gentlemen could have been cured with Christian Science So when your tellectual grandeur finds relaxation in tallying fenco pickets or making a darky pull your leg to counteract its fancied shrinkage without risking your reputation for sanity you are great But first achieve tho sense that breeds tho nonsense Dont liko to- many of us turn dam fool to advertise your mind below mediocrity has no more patience with the mediocre minds than the mediocrity Wo as naturally consider what is mentally below stupidity as what is men laborersbelieved that professional nth work Xc POP 1jl 1 l Li TTT TTTTT T To him there is no exertion unmarried to a shovel nothing arduous divorced from a pick axe nothing productive implanted in dirt and watered with sweat Dont the Socialists tell us the working man produces tho wealth Of what use is the engineer doesent tho engintr do the work That the brain can be harnessed to achieve the real tho mind geared up to produce the substantial is beyond tho faith of those who believe what they imagine and doubt what others think So it is with those of average intelligence who sees brutality in the great unwashed who grovel beneath them and insanity in the genius whose originality invites him to soar above them rather than to crawl with the mob or walk with the crowd I dont claim that eccentricity is an unfallible sign of genius the lunatic asylum the Scheme of Salvation and the Socialist party would re fute that Twothirds of the eccentricities are born of affectation married to self conceit Every great man or woman isevcr duplicated in sonic mad house No body ever did anything extraordinary wlio wasnt aped by extraordinary fools When Lord Salisbury once visited an insane asylum the attendant glanced at his card and said You will have to wait for a vacancy We are over stocked with Lord Salisburies Joanna Southeote said site was to be the second mother of Christ who when you think of all the Vir gin Mary emulators seems to atone by his surplus mothers for his lack of father De lusion is nothing but over grown eccentricity A fool imitates tho unconscious absurdities of the wise because itis his only way of np pearing wise Sometimes his imitation con denses into n specialty and by the way it takes a mighty smart specialist to keep sane When you meet a man in whom wish fathers belief or hope berets expectation watch him Variety is the spice of mind as well as of life Specialties are prone to grow into away hobbles and run away hobbies generally head for congenial company Thousands outside of Bedlam ape the peculiarities of their mental betters natural asses exploiting artificial nssinity I know man who thinks ho looks like Napoleon because his head resembles a prize pumpkin in size as much as it docs an exhausted ceiver in other details This hydroceplmUc polywog liko Lord Thurlow looks wiser than any man can bo simply outNapoleons Napoleon in his posings and escapes free board in a lunatic asylum solely on account of his appetite Then there is my friend C who persists in digging me in the ribs with l Iy C tiflooi rtlf x his elbow to punctuate his remarks every punctuation feeling like an exclamation point mode with a pick axe I wish C would quit that Ho cant understand that his inter costal tattoo instead of inviting my attention to what he says anchors it to what he does I m not his special prey Several other estimable citizens liara been seriously im paired Yet a kinder husband and father titan this perambulating pile driver does not walk upon the earth If this were not so I should have killed him long ere this Did you ever offer n chair to any one who did not move it before sitting in it This conies natural to a man before sitting down as turning round to n dog before lying down The dog turns round because his wild ances tors turned round to crush down the grass The origin of this chair moving must have been the slinking of a bush by our un panted progenitors who naturally objected to sitting on a harncts nest or a snake To test my theory try to sit down on a bush without your pants on before investigating your scat You cant do it you feel instinctively there is too much at stake A man never feels so hypothetical as when he sits down suddenly on something foreign without his pants Pants like health cant be appreciated till your have none When a man looks at his watch and re turns it to his pocket instantly ask him for tho time lie cant tell you without looking at it again Delay your question for a ute and he can but while the mind is absorbing the knowledge tho question seems to efface it from the memory The greater the mind the greater the neglect of nonessential details Great men write hands is a maxim How many bookkeepers write bad hands About as many as get above book keeping There is little in a tread mill to inspire originality Did you ever see an ec centric bookkeeper The nearest I ever knew ono to get to eccentricity was an expert ac countant who went to church and never got drunk Many of these peculiarities are perhaps rudimentary ecnoes of normal actions It seems impossible to escape wholly from what was once an essential and ancestral char acteristic They are of no practical use but like the vermiform appendix aborted ear 41 wagging muscles and silent letters in or thography linger ns n memory of what was formerly functional The Empress Marie Louise could flap her ears so can Iso can another individual In us three the gift seems to bo derived from ancestors without environment modifications presume Mere fore that transcending mentality is not es sential to the generating and fostering of this f1 peculiarity It appears to be an abnormal trait in which nn ignoramus can indulge with out exposing himself to the charge of affecta tion or presumptuous emulation Continued on page r 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE HHNHNH HHNNNNHHNHNNNHNNNNHHNN t ZoTHE ABRAIIAMIC PROMISE y f H H N N N N H H H N H H N H H N H N N H N N+ Question Propound to Bibilogists As To The Earliest known Date Concerning The Special Promise By A A Snow Prior to Josephus time there were four distinct copies of the Bible then consisting of the Old Testament alone These copies dif fered from each other and in some points quite materially They consisted in The Masorete or that held at Jerusalem 2 The Samaritan consisting of the Five Books of Moses only Israel having divided the Sa man tans had their Bible separate from that at Jerusalem The Septuagint a Greek copy translated from earlier productions about 280 B C for the Egyptian library at Alexandria And 4 The copy from which Joscphus made his quotations which was if fcrcnt from the others as is shown by Yrn Whiston in his appendix to Josephus and lie devotes 18 pages in his Dissertation IV in citations and proofs of this fact which he state in these wordsThat the copy of the books of the Old Testament laid up in Herods temple and thence used by Josephus the Jewish historian in his Antiquities was no other than that most ancient collection or library made Cy Nehemiah in the days of Artaxerxes the son of Xerxes and was free from the several additions and alterations made afterwards in the other copies which are now extant Now Joscplius in his Antiquities mention ing the Abramic promise never refers to that part of it that promises to tiles all nations in the seed of Abraham which our Christian friends much rely upon as n promise of a Christ that was to be born of the seed of Abraham He just mentions that part which is a promise to the Jews and there stops as if there was not a word said of a blessing to any body else Why dots lie do that Does he think his readers would not be con cerned in the offer of a blessing to the Gen tiles Surely not for it was Gentiles that ho was writing to and that for the purpose of removing any prejudice from the Jewish ligion A promise concerning them would be the first thing he would want to name What then t It seems to me plain that the latter part of the promise was pot in the copy that Josephus quoted from which Whiston says was the most ancient and frecest from al teration and interpolation and that this promise in later copies was an interpolation Now I take this position and find strong evidence to support it The Jews originally or at a very early date were polytheists but they had their favorite tribal god while Jf Si r JdSr j 1A D 1i yyyyy yyyyyyy other gods ruled other tribes As they came to hate other tribes being at war with them they also hated their gods and first turned them into devils but finally into nonen tities and they thus gradually become mono theists Here they reached a new stage in their evolution Their ono god must have made the world and of course all men hence he must have some concern for others than Jews Some liberal minded Jewish priest having the entire possession of the sacred books found it not at all inconvenient to add a clause to the Abrohamic promise carrying out this idea which finally grow into the notion of a Messiah who would have a sage from this god to all mankind Now the question I wish to ask is this What is the earliest history we have of the Abrahamic promise to all nations It is in the Septuagint copy and probably in the Masorette whether it was in the Samar itan I do not know It might be quite ancient and still an interpolation I asked this question in the Beacon but god no answer But I think the question was so condensed that it was not well understood ABOUT TWO PREACHERS One Rev Babcock Kicked Out The Traces And The Other Committed Suicide By John F Clarke As long as Christians furnish me with good material for comment upon its consistency nn happy I am not responsible in any way for the peculiar didos that these fellows cut but I am npt sorry that they failed in their line for I verilj believe that tho line is faulty and that most of them are too proud to alter even the lines shadow Tho first gentleman that I call to the bar of Reason this week is Rev Babcock Bap tistof Bayonne N J Upon Sunday Feb 2nd tho day sacredly and superstitiously dedicated to the Ground Hog this holy man got up in the meeting and told his dearly beloved that he was meet for repentcnce and would likely be meat for their dogs and cut before night Ho has committed the unpardonable sinactually denied the Bible as a book of Heavenly Inspiration Turned up his priestly nose at the Immaculate ception and felt amused at the Transfigura tion Figures may not lie put Transfiguration isthQ essence of misfit truth But much more the good man said it almost makes me wear Ho has been soundly converted to Mater t t yiYMtrt ialism and realizes the deep wrong that he has inflicted upon his congregation by tel ling them lies and fortifying them by thus gnith the Lord Now ho wants to make reparation by telling them the truth for 2 years I am anxious to learn how the con gregation is going to act upon his case Does this jar you reader Does it jar God t If1 lie is built as Abe Ike and Jake Moses and Icayah Isaah and Peter and Paul Saul Esq say he is built He will get a shock all list to my tale of another Rev Bab cock Rev Maltic D Babcock Presbyterian was the most attractive preacher in Balti more Ho had the bon ton monocleeyed congregation He was liberal in spots like during the past year the mysterious but in vincible force hM visited her family four the tiger h gentle in other spots The Rev Maltie D Babcock had tho call with the reporters and ho had the gall to keep up ap pearances of doing something but no one could say that he ever did anything but imi tate the fellow in the treadmill as a Presbyterian He lived well ho was a social lion He talked of course and lIe was strong upon Antidivorce and antisuicide He had the reputation of being an orator He could open his head and beautiful things rolled out He advocated living and acting as the Bible Heroes did and set the pace by conforming as uptodate civilization directs us to live But it is not his living that I wish to refer to it was his death God made a cog slip in his brain and he went to Paris to have science repair the damage but before he got under treatment he committed suicide Perhaps the Rev Maltio D Babcock had a light strike him as his namesake in Bayonne did It may be that when he found out what a ninny ho had been ho was upset and had not the courage to confess his sins as the other fellow did Now in conclusion I turn these two fellows out to the Blade readers to ponder upon and when a local parson gets gay tell him about the two Babcocks I am very sorrow that the N J fellow profamedlGround Hog Day CORRECTION In H Wettsteins reply to Mr Davis in the Blade of Jan 10th occured the following sense destroying misprints For rendering it to one half read reducing it to one half For have the reader under the impression leave the reader under the impression For though J or they had occasion For Whenever I or they had occasion For the team god is not found among Scripture Proper Names as in Jehovah Elohim etc read as is Jehovah etc Never has living man lifted the sombre veil of death and looked beyond jjJ j J i l 1 J f f BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 THE LAST MAN By Joseph Rogers Z The t Parsee god has lost his heated breath + The Arctic forces take his life away riiAbout his throne the insignia of cold and death Has shadows cast as night oercomos the day Z f The no more the want of harvest tend jNo vapor mounts to greet the waning light Orgunlc life betrayd awaits the coming end 4i The silent rule of Arctics endless night The northern beat disports by Afric bays And paw the useless crowns of human might t Perchance to mock a roving sprite that strays s Distracted where it held a Ceasars right Z The mind of man to meet the deadly cold f Devised means that gave his lifoa lenses tWith chemicals ho back the Arctic rolld nut Famine wnrrd and gave no truce of peaceV tA man the remnant of the human racerPictures expiring lifes dejected mien = The blasted hopes of nations dull his face A reason moulds his thoughts upon the scene JAsAnd where the Haunted theory that implies tThat mind survives when things of matter die t No more mens minds direct the growth of lifef Or chain for use the Sampsons of the airj pJThe spirit world allays his wonted strife t JAnd flits a shadow from his native lair 3pTheAnd tore the purple from despotic Wrong jC sNo longer wells with praise the poets pen1 V Unfeeling Nature wails their funeral song 37VC J The acts that won the plaudits of a world it s Emboss unseen the cities of the Dead 4 No more are Ethics from the pulpits hurld v To help the moral lepers timid tread 7y i I hail the of Sols expiring tires Z JWhoAnd forged the laws that Used the human fate JJ Once mighty Sell thy warmth evolved all life 1 And gave to senseless matter conscious sightz J But now thou falls the Arctic death is rife or J And plunges all in thoughtless solar night WANTED A MAN By Walter A Ratcliffe Wanted a stalwart man RightZThe man who dares to stand alone For Conscience sake when hope is gone Who dares to leave a beaten path And live within the light he hath blowsThis is the stalwart man Wanted an honest man lawsi flaws scorns an mean Is honest where he is not seen Nor dare advance at others cost Counts all illgotten wealth as lost Neer grudges each his fullest due Whose word as is his oath is true This is the honest man it mani place out race Whoso empty titles ancient name Are all his wealth and all his fame But one whose usefulness men see Though humble may his station be handTThis is the noble man Wanted the broader man t Untrammelled by a narrow creed bleediplan The man whose soul so deep and true t Embraces all as brothers too peltiLOOKING FORWARD The door is closed on past mistakes Not backward will we glance faithiWell look with lovo on all mankind For all to mare kin Well lend a hand to those who need And so have peace within IMMORTALITY A toy which people cry for And on their knees apply for Dispute contend and lie for allowedt proud Eternally to die for Ambrose Pierce 0i tF r S 1f g BLUE GRASS BLADE i Eventss 1 N H N HTT TT THE POWER OF PRAYER Unintentionally and probably without thought on the subject prayer has been sub jected to a rather severe test in the monwealth of Kentucky and as in all other tests it failed Could the anticipated result have followed the news would have been spread broadcast and Jehovah made one more tally on his stick The country knows that for the past six week all efforts to elect a United States Senator from Kentucky to succeed Hon James B McCreary fins failed and that a deadlock has been hanging over the vote of the Joint Assembly The democrats want to elect former Governor J C W Beckham and the republicans desire the election of former Gov ernor W 0 Bradley Both are estimable gentlemen as far as their respective political associations will admit but as matter now stand neither can get elected The republicans are in a slight minority and there are just enough belligerent democrats to prevent Governor Beckham from getting there What the result of all this balloting will be no one seems willing to mako a prediction but it has little to do with the issue we desire to touch upon The fact remains that several weeks balloting has failed to elect and as a court of last resort Senator Walker of Cov ington introduced a resolution in that chamber that the Joint Assembly be opened with prayer for once which being carried Rev J U Brown also of Covington performed the ceremony Prayer attracts but very little attention in these practical days and when politicians sort thereto it is a sure sign that the sit uation has grown desperate lieu Brown prayed He prayed that the Joint Assembly would agree upon a suitable man for the Senate In other words he made an appeal to the trrone of grace that god would touch the hearts of the legislators present and cause them to do something they had not done and showed no disposition Ho do The outcome was that the press dispatches made the same old announcement of no election No better test could have been applied It was a supreme moment and a United State Senatorship hujng in the balance Beckham stood on pno side and Bradley on the other each secretly hoping that if the petition was both heard and heeded it would be granted in their favor Tho preacher made mention of no particular candidate ho simply expected results The results were nil but one can readily imagine till breathless anxiety existing in the hearts of those two aspirants for the senatorial toga when they f f i i tiLik 0 found god almighty was being made a party to the struggle Having the power to con trol would he control and upon which side would he throw his influence The awful mo mint came when the balloting commenced It passed The agony was over God had not interfered Beckham breathed easier and Bradley is reported to have eaten a big dinner immediately following Different results might have followed had tho preacher in jected a little ginger in his prayer or can it bo possible that god did not want either of the candidates in the Senate and refused to show his hand in the contest In any event the prayer failed and Rev Brown ought to feel cheap over what he prayed for and didnt get ON WITH THE DANCE Waitt until trouble meets you on your own doorstep and you can better appreciate what others have had to wrestle with Lib eral journals have written from time to time concerning the religious busybodies in other sections of the country combining for the purposo of forcing their quack nostrums upon tho body social and politic and the Blade has joined in the throng of disputants and commentators It now happens that we are to have a fight along similar lines right here in Lexington and while the Blade ex pects to assume a part in it ns far as it is capable of sodoing we hope for victory According to announcement there are three preachers in this city whoi aspire to ns the indigo Sunday about which Mrs Henry so forcefully wrote These are Rev I J Spencer Rev Charles Lee Reynolds and Rev E II Mann We believe they all belong to that Campbellito denomination which has such u reputation for meddling with other peoples business In any event they with the aid of Secretary Tom Johnson of tho local Y M C Aexpect to start n crusade having for its object according to the announcement made to close up every attraction that has been in the habit of opening on Sunday including the grocery stores It h well that both sides now understand each other but for information Lexington has a number of moving picture shows which have been giving religious attractions on Sunday The Passion Play taken from Obcramerguar with the singing of tho Palms by Sullivan and the Holy City hoe consti tuted those attractions Nothing moro or thodox could be desired but the public word expected to chip in a dime or fifteen cents the price of admission in order to see these paiJUIJrHlII tronized and this has aroused tho envy jealousy of the preachers These dimes nndIgo into the church The only way to oven a few of them is to close up these places of amiicment They constitute a rival bus iness concern to the church and the church must have the money to hell with the people Appeals have been made to the Mayor but that official being a practical man as well as n religious man objects to the so long as these places of amusement arcIshut out from public view and do not tute n nuisance within the meaning of thotlaw Receiving cold comfort tho preacher now resolve on war If we are to have it let it come and the sooner the better for the cud of it will he defeat for the churches end with that defeat a more open town on Sun day will follow Ortliodoxi repression can not last long When the people wake up to tho situation the church will be down and outImagine three nun of the variety named seeking to control rule govern and dictatoIto the people If the people did not want these attractions they would refuse to patronize them Tho very fact they are well and liberally patronized while numberless vacant seats appear in tho churches h prima facie evidence that the people desire these amusements more than they desire the church Reynolds llandIann are practically newcorn ers in Lexington They have nd property interests and being itinerants they have no regard for the material welfare of the peo ple Spencer does own property but his sire to bo heard from lies led him into co inciding with the other two Secretary John son has his salary to earn but let him seek to force this blue on the city and he will find his institution losing in membership fake warning gentlemen Lexingtch does not fear the issue and when it is all over tile church had best look out for itself WHY IS IT SO One can readily understand that as tween politics anti religion tho grand old Commonwealth of Kentucky the Blue Grass State known far and wide and whose praises are sung in all lands is in something hotter than tepid water but tho Blade has a supreme confidence in the liberality of her people toIprevent any such disaster befalling Why is it that men will seek to foist personal ing upon communities Is not the welfare of the majorityof a higher consideration than the personal aggrandizement of the few Because a man has been put in a pulpit that does not imply any undue authority reposed in his hands Because a man been elected to public office it docs not mean that tho ple aro subject unto him and his personal whims Cruel religious systems both maim and poison human life Tyrant political sys terns breed anarchy and revolution Men can not thinkor breathe work nor love at their best because of the accursed contemptible j 2 J 1 i kr II k BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 politiciansnot be happy while entangled in the meshes ofsuperstition and prejudice wherein they wallow and trample upon each other To be free we must cut the net and get loose Men and women are of higher consideration than priests or politicians or both But why should this be sot In a few year and we shall bo with the flowers of last summer with last winters snows We are forced to fight for the husks and shells while the beau tiful pageantry of Nature passes us almost unheeded The fruits of knowledge fall un plucked and remain ungathered The true glory of manhood and womanhood fades above our very heads and fools wrangle over the petty tyrannies they would impose upon man kind tq gratify a sordid and selfish ambition poserliesthe strength Remain idle and the opportune ity may soon be WORKING IN HARNESS Rum and religion play well their part and working in concert arc apt to run to mil chief Hum and religion with Romanism added to the combination cost James Blaine the presidency in but what it is expected to do for Oklahoma with Romanism left out isnt a corker compared with previous efforts If Oklahoma could got rid of religion she might be induced to make n personal sacrifice of the other but if ligion be kept maintained tolerated and given half a chance nun becomes indispcnsihle as a counterirritant We are reliaobly informed that one J W S Pigler of Frederick in the new state is a very religious man confessing himself to be a Christian and that his extreme piety has led him to apply for the official position as Dispenser of Liquors in Tillman County His solo claim to the office is based upon the factor his being a Christian lie argues that he believes it would be better for the community to have a Christian performing the duties of handing out liquor to thirsty individuals than to have a nonChristian Of course Mr Pigler does not propose to confer the val uable service for nothing lie docs not pro pose to servo without the salary attachment and until he docs he must not expect that his plea will be taken as sincere But why should it be essential that the job go to a Christian Does Mr Pigler possess a greater knowledge and wider experience of the flavor and effect of the different brands of cornjuico than a nonChristian would have If that is true ho ought not to remain in the wild ond wooly West for here in old Kentucky where men bottle the dews that fall upon the mountain tops there would be abundant demand for his services and we would advise him to come hither Kentucky needs just such a man Oklahoma doesnt Upon the theory however that liquor produces Ait- 6 drunkenness and drunkenness being a sin against god and the penalty so severe how would Mr Pigler dare to face St Peter after a few years experience in such an office Does it not lookas if the Christian plea is a monstrous fake used only for effect and that the job with the pay is the sole desidera tum irrespective of the consequences THERE WERE GIANTS ETC Among the mystic suggestions contained in the old testament that which intimates that during bibilical lays there were giants in the land meaning by the term land the particular portion of the earths surface upon which the patriarchs and prophets lived and worked and died The story of Jack the liantkillcr and its companion tale of Jack and tho liciuutalk In both of which giants of immense stature cut considerable of a figure constitute a charm and delight to the in fantile mind mad we are justified in the as sumption that tho biblical declaration of giants being in the land was made for the aske of the impressions it would create on the mind of a people in a state of mental infancy Men and women of great physical strength of rugged mold combined with great intellect might be desirable upon the condition that their strength and knowledge would be put to some use but tine general impression created by the supposition of giants n that they make eternal warfare upon the ordinary mortal and oft indulge in cannabilistic or gies Under such conditions the giants would bo neither desirable or desired Some minds seem to turn towards giantism We have it announced that a former anarchistic exponent has established n colony in New Mexico for the production of men and Women of gigan tic stature Prenatal influences for the con trol of sex are being studied and even hy p notism is being resorted to in order to con trol sex production through pronatalism Dr Gustav A Gayer of New York announces the successful experiment of bringing a male into the world whereas the mother desired a daughter His method was hypnotism Prenatal influences were well understood by the ancients and we find that even among the bible stories a glimmering appears of what could be produced by extraneous impressions being made upon the female mind during pregnancy Wo are told that Jacob cheated his uncle Laban out of a quantity of cat tle by placing sticks and stones in tho bottom of the drinking trough in order that an overabundance of striped or mottled cattle might bo produced and the records state that Jacob was eminently successful Aside from the Jewlike notion of using deceit as a means to profit the story offers a useful stud The latest to come forward with a prenatal fad is one Irving Emcrick of St Louis who claims to bo the father of innumerable progeny but through a revelation from god ho is able to control the production of sex In support of his theory ho claims to have fi I j made a successful prediction of the sex of each of his ten children some months before they were horn He calls it a special endow ment from god and has put his ideas in book form which is said to find a ready sale Of course the profits are to go to the author and it is not made to appear that god to get a divvy The mans tale about the prediction may be true but we all know that his claims for god influences are a fake Still credulous folks will bite at the scheme and it may happen in the course of a few months Mr Emcrick may not be compelled to ring up fares on a St Louis street car for a living SCORE ONE FOR ITALY When Thomas Paine wrote thd Ago of lien on he dedicated it to the whole of the American people and there were but few who treasured that priceless heritage erary failures those who write for gold and find it not have resorted to divine dedication and expected to reap a rich harvest Word comes from Italy that Gabriele DAnnunzio has dedicated a new drama to the Lord of the Universe and under this sort of protection he hopes td make it a go Judging from a scription of its principal features it could not have been dedicated to a better cause It is a feast of crime if ono may indulge in such a description for in it scores of girls are shot to death and human beings are thrown nude to wild beasts offering a veri table saturnalia of blood Under such circumstances the dedication is appropriate and when the play is presented to till public tho Lord may look on with rapture and delight and allow his mind to go back to the time when he ordered tho thousand of Midianitish women and chil dren to be butchered and caused the maidens to bo saved alive in order to afford his priests an opportunity to satisfy their lust The wild animal scene may recall the site bears that canto out of the woods and ate up forty little children just for having u little inno cent fun with a baldheaded prophet Should the new play bo capable of presenting every known crime in the catalogue the personage to whom it is dedicated can find a parallel therefor in his own records said to be divinely inspired Nothing could have been more appropriate and one would infer that the author had one eye to business when ho made the dedication and another on the fine irony contained in the dedication The author is accredited with being a literary failure and wit may be justified in assuming that his dedication of this new play was designed for profit It may succeed Trt connect deitIwith crime is calculated to bring in the cash Tho moral to pointed is that for tiny useful beneficent production to bo dedicatedpto the people like the Age of Ue brings only condemnation front the orthodox Pore tray cringe and connect deity with it and you strike u popular chord among the ultrapious WNW sin Z S 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 JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher 1268 N KyPSUBSCRIPTION RATES By mail postpaid 150 per year in advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remit tance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent in with one remittance for six months cents each Trial subscriptions cents per month Foreign subscriptions postpaid 200 per year ADVERTISING RATES One inch single column Insertion 60 cents one month or four insertions 100 six months 500 one year 800 Quarter column single one insertion 200 one month 400 six months 2000 one year 2000 Halt column whole column or larger adver 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to bestow f even a pretended love upon an imagi nary being and their answer uniform ly will be We must love him because he first loved us The presentation of sucha plea affords an opportunity for debate in that mans love to god real or assumed is based upon the supposition that god first loved man If this be true the investigating mind can turn to social conditions to natural phenomena to history and fact and by the exercise of very little reason the extent of gods love toward man may be accurately measured and determined i rt mactt ris We must love him because he first loved us But in what way does god show his love for man Is it by bringing man as alleged into a world of woe and want with more or pain than genuine pleasure- Is gods love manifested by placing favored ones in authority over others of his creatures who rule with tyrant hand May gods love be found by the in fliction upon mankind of religious and political systems fraught with envy greedand a supreme selfishness which breeds murder in the blood and lust in the heart It is no answer to say that these things are human inventions and crea tions wrought contrary to gods will because if there be a god he is just as responsible for the conditions as he is for those who created them Assuming god he could have prevented these con ditions but did not and this would infer malice and indifference Even a god has no right to thrust conditions upon his own creatures which he would ob ject to facing himself Nothing the gods can make could be too good for- man but the long night of human his tory with is plague and pestilence its war and famine its corruption and crime all enacted and wrought in the name of religion and through it argues but very little love of god for man and if mans love to god is to be based upon such a claim then god is not titled to even a feeling of decent respect or toleration much less our loveAs the assumed author of nature the Christian can find no argument to justify such a proceeding Organic life is but one Vast slaughter house in which the strong prey upon the weak Each successful organism standing upon the corspe of his weaker antagonist is able to climb up another step in the great ladder of progress Man preys upon his fellow man Life 4f many is a game of grab or get left The success fill man is he who can grab the most From this inequalities arc produced The higher some climb in the social scale the lower his follows are thrust backward If this is gods plan then we are justified in denouncing him as a cruel inhuman monster who regards humanity men and women aye and even little children as mere puppets for his amusement and uses them to satisfy ji grim sardonic humor The universe fails to reveal the exist ence of a wise beneficent sentient power that is capable of making the slightest manifestations of love to the sentient beings of earth It is not to iJ H t be found in theology for the entire sys tem is but a hideous dream a long and terrible nightmare imposed upon the race by unscrupulous men Love be gets love just as kindness will beget kindness and the constant repetition of this claim of a love from god is used for the soul purpose of inculcating a love for the preachers who pretend to represent god Humanity is natural God is supernatural We can only know and appreciate the natural The love of god if god there be must beIbeyond the comprehension of men and women and yet they are requested to give a realpositive and substantial love for a mere shadow an insubstantial jlora good consideration to make a con tract valid and binding In other words there must be a consideration passing from one to another of the contracting parties The love of god offered by the preachers in considera tion for the love of man is too indef inite and ambiguous to admit of man entertaining the slightest thought of love in return tlierefor- Wv love him because he first loved us The statement is untrue and there is tinot a preacher in the land who does not know that to be a fact Then just so long as they continue to preach such a doctrine so long will hypocrisy be connected with the church and its propaganda Man needs and demands the love of man If there is a god he neither needs r it or is dependent upon It If this love 7 of god could be diverted into 1l10reJ human channels many of the glaring inequalities and social injustices would speedily disappear Moro beneficient laws would be enacted Human life would become purer and happier The church scheme has ever been to divert human love and affection in the wrong channel The work of Frecthought is to return those virtues where they belongrFriends we cannot get all the letters we receive into the Blades correspond ence column The showers of congratulations that have poured in upon us necessitates the pruning knife which infthis case is the editors blue pencil and if you find your contribution somewhat ishortened dont send in a kick t ttb Our advice to Rev Babcock is to go out unto the world and tell the truth as he has learned it even if he has to shame the orthodox devils in doing so a ko i I f l tfJ BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 irX JiFORA PAINE CENTENNIAL Come let us reason together givenbythisarticleIf there could be aught capable of bringing the Freethinkers of America f together in one monster gathering some sentiment that would touch STyr and enthuse the hearts ofall liberal mminded men and women it is in con with the name and memory of Thomas Paine iNext year or more accurately stated will come the onehundredth greatt1 posed that the Freethinkers of America gather qn masse to commemmorate eventyMi a movement must not be under- takeni unless it can be attended with that degree of perfect success it so richly deserves To achieve that sue cess tho labor of preparing therefor must begin now If put off until a later date the event may not prove csufficiently auspicious to make the de J6 4sired impression upon the public mind ever delay was a dangerous factor appeartl In another column of this issue will be found a communication from 1 James D Elliott of Philadelphia sec Hist1isuggestion that such a bo held and the Blade would direct r fspecial attention thereto as being of i the utmost importance to Freethought That Thomas Paine did enough for America for her people and for both B religious and political liberty goes and it is movement centennialthe to arrange a memorial to his name receive the un qualified endorsement of all classes of I people irrespective of individual opinion especially those who appreci ate the value of the services rendered t by Paine Without the slightest hesitation the coli1l t it urges a hearty cooperation upon the part of all Freethought and liberal publications in the country It is a iI platform upon which all can stand and the Paine banner is broad enough tot embrace all within its protecting ifolds There should be no great effort necessary to secure the one thousand members asked for The united sup port of all can be tendered to such a movement If the opportunity is per mitted to pass without some sort of public demonstration of the character suggested it will not occur again for another century and we may live to regret any neglect at our hands First let tt general committee be selected by the Paine Memorial Association its own directors or ex ecutive officers composing mi import ant part thereof That committee coiud then organize itself and elect or appoint its working officers its finance committees and program arrange ments provided for The general com mittee could then agree upon a time and place for holding such a meeting and as soon as the program can be publicationno Liberal publication would deny the luse of its columns to promote the Mjcmorial meeting and thus take an active part in the propaganda work leading up to the desired end With alit the I re thought forces united on such a plan there can be no doubt of the success of the undertaking Freethinkers Now is the time to get together Send in your names to Secretary Elliott as members of the Association Note his reference to the Southand the extreme paucity of members from the Southern States Come friends the south is liberal in her general trend The South can boast a fair proportion of liberal mind ed people in every state Let us not stand aloof at such a season and a deaf ear given to such an appeal Do you love the memory of Thomas PaineThen honor yourselves by honoring hint Find strength and encouragement from his splendid life and his heroic efforts in behalf of human liberty He struck the hardest blows at both priestcraft and ldng raft of the eigh teenth century To him we owe con siderable of the religious and political freedom we now enjoy But for him American independence might still be u dr gnu and like Canada we might yet btfyokcd to the political power of Great Britain her tho purpose of this appeal to American Freethinkers it is not neces sary to exploit his lifes great achieve ments That has been recently done patriotismblood take heed of what is intended and get your names upon the muster armyWrite Elliott Give him your name and a promise of what you may be able to contribute to such a cause At tho close of thetmeeting J t1t I t Aletnil due publicity and in this way we r can bestow this mark of esteem to the nwMiiory of him who saidS Where liberty is not there is my k country i THE GIFT OF TONGUES Hj Under the title of Ton CIToddjOrientthe assumption or belief that they had been divinely favored with a gift of tongues which enabled them to start right in and preach the gospel to the heathen Chinese in their native language jwithout any study thereof or any effort to learn it This gift of tongues is now exposed as a delusion and a snare so that it is made to re semble the religious impulso in all itsjvarious aspects Many believe they have it when have not whenlithejsupport to It favored few In other t words it is charged that he simply de sires to establish an exclusive set of missionaries and that none other should receive mission funds from home to carry on the work In any event ha is especially severe on the gift of tongue claims and when he exposes the fallacies existing in such claims he is but undermining the main props of Christianity for it is especially taught that they shall out and preach the gospel and that tho Holy Ghost will supply them with the power to preach with new tongues It is probable that Mr Todd places but little faith in the new testament doctrine concerning this new tongue power and it is certain that from the experiences he relates he has no belief whatever in the attempt to practice it for he reports them all to be the most abject failures j Success is measured by what one does not by what is promised Po litical parties live altogether on promises t The value of Freelhought arises from the work it has done in the emancipation of the human mind It has broken the mental fetters removed the shackles amMhis is what is known s as success The Blade is gratified with time re ception it is now receiving Dont allow the good work to flag fv 7j1 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE A VISION OF HEAVEN God the father god the son and god the holy ghost blessed trinity three in one and one in three We have seen them all On a recent Sunday the editor of the Blade witnessed a reproduction of what is known as the passion play at a moving picture show and for crass materialism a religious scheme built upon absurdity and barbaric concep don we were furnished with an abundance of evidence Every feature con nected with the entertainment pointed most conclusively to the fact that In gersoll spoke a truth when he said that an honest god was the nobles work of man This implies that all gods are man made products and must be material beings God the father was represented as an old man almost decrepit with age having a long flowing white beard long white hair and wearing a blue loose gown God the son we saw grow up from infancy to mature manhood in the space of a few minutes raise the dead heal the sick and then got killed himself God the holy ghost which is reported as descending like a dove appeared to resemble a bat or an owl more than a dove and taken altogether the play as presented should be enough to fill every spectator with a wholesome and lasting disgust for everything connected with the name of Christianity or the system of religion that passes unden its sanction The whole proceeding appeared in the na ture of a pantomime and was suffici ent to impress the thought that the al leged incidents in Nazareth Jerusa lem and on the Galilean lakes are mere fictions of ignorance born in the brain of scheming stupidity When one considers the fact that the presentation oil the play was given with a view of pandering to a depraved and superstitious taste of catering to what is generally supposed to be the popular opinion concerning religion the wonder becomes more intense why such a performance should not cast discredit upon the entire system The artificial posings of men and women the grand stand plays thn wonderful climaxes of farce and tragedy the heedless shedding of blood the schemes plots and intrigues the frauds and deceptions all portrayed creates disgust instead of approbation and the cause of Immunity is neglected by a pandering to such morbid tastes On the other hand if there be aught in the religious sentiment it is not ma terially aided by such productions What impressed us most was the representation of heaven and admit iii i ig1j AJ tedly the Christian concept In the center of the scene appeared a table At one end sat the old mnnlike being that stood for god the father About the table at either end stood a group of beings men women and children carrying harps horns and trumpets upon which they were supposed to be playing At the immediate end of the table to the left stood a vacant shah When the ascention took place Jesus in the body got inside a cloud circle and rose upward until he landed on terra firma above and immediately took the vacant seat The bat sup posed to represent the holy ghost roosted on the table and immediately we thought of Poes Raven Even such a barbaric conception of the life to hnppyhuntingIndian excited contempt instead of sympathy and at once the idea arose that men and women must be mentally unbalanced to accept and believe in such a scheme of things- If that is heaven we db not hesitate to say right now that we dont want it If there is a seat held in reserve for our use we surrender all claim upon it If that is the manner in which we are expected to spend eternity on account of orthodox Christianity we decline the invitation Rather yea a thousand times rather the ever dreamless sleep of an eternal nonexistence than a participant in such a monstrous farce And yet this is religion Every system that has encumbcrod the earth with its presence point to such an ultimate for mankind It is unworthy the efforts insisted upon to attain it The game is not worth the candle If we are ever to enjoy heaven real on fancied let it bo here while our loved ones are with us while we know them as they pre and can realize the blessed happiness they can bring NO NEED FOR A CRUTCH u Christianity is the divine crutch of humanityThe statement is attributed to Rev I J Spencer pastor of the Cen tral Christian Church of Lexington being a portion of a printed report of a sermon delivered by him The report consisted of about two columns of reading matter and owing to its length it is fair to assume that it was pre pared by Mr Spencer himself and by him delivered to the press for publi cation Under such conditions the Blade is willing to accept the quotation as is the divine crutch of humanity The idea is fatal to the religious Fral i concept It supposes humanity to con sist of an aggregation of mental and moral cripples to whom a support of some kind is absolutely necessary that support being furnished by the preachers who are so superior that they can get along without it When it comes to mental and moral strength human giants are to be found on the outside of the churches removed from its in finence and free from the repressive gloom of orthodoxy while the weak lings are in the pews ready to listen to and accept just such erroneous notions as the one presented above There can be no question of the fact that the dogmatic assumptions of the clergy of all denominations has been ft fecund mother of doubt By assuming to know too much of the pri vate plans of the deity by pretending to have special means of communica tion wilt him by demanding too ab ject an obedience to church fiats by attempting to stifle honest inquiry and to seal the lips of living scholars with the dicta of lead scholastics by stand ing ever ready to brand as blasphemers all who presume to differ or dare question the clergy have driven thous ands of honest men and women from the churches induced independent thought and from these faults have grown the great army of Liberals This army is more stupendous than the church is willing to admit and it must now tttko particular notice that not every man and woman who differs and disagrees proclaims it from the house tops Even with many church people policy is the distinguishing character istic of the age- Christianityu is the divine crutch of humanity Then it becomes the bounden duty of all Freethinkers to demonstrate to hu inanity that it has no further need for such a support Men and women who know and practice selfreliance arc able to realize how weak such a claim can be Few doubters there are who may yield a passive assent to the pre valent orthodoxy but such doctrines from a modern pulpit are apt to com pel even the earnest believer to enact the role of Peter under compulsionI It is a well known truth that a de praved appetite whether mental or physical seeks ever a stronger stimu lant and the depravity arising out of such n moribund view of human life renders some sort ofa stimulant nec essary to the mentally weak but these are not to be classified under the generic term of humanity Such men as Rev Spencer continue to devote their energies to the propagation of a religious system which Reason thatIpitiless monarch of the mind tells us t ct fJf BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 must inevitably pass as did those of Isis and Bel leaving in the earths all absorbing bosom only a few shattered altars and broken fanes The church men rant and pray and encourage that system which divides humanity into classes industrial and sets social giving Pride free rein to vaunt herself well knowing that the hour will surely conic when science aye or the deity they so humbly worship will be unable tito distinguish between the princes ashes and the paupers dust Christianity is tike divine cruth of humanity Then is it not meet that we throwaway the crutch and learn to stand erect in the glory of intellectual man hood and womanhood The old copybook told us that knowledge is power butt the knowledge that human labor is the creator of all wealth has not enabled the laborer to help himself out of the hole into which such teach- ingst have placed him Christianity and humanity have dif ferent ideals of manhood The ideal man of the Christian creed he who needs the divine crutch is such a oiie who was scourged washed in vine gar spat upon hooted at hung up between two crucified criminals The es sence of human despair is pictured in such It thought Turning to the other ideal we see a man brave and free standing erect in the consciousness of his own majesty selfreliant indepen dent willing to work for the betterment of earth and the uplifting of the race snaking mankind glad with his labor dud the earth beautiful with his awn skill Here are the two ideals in sharp contrast The former degrades and demoralizes Tile latter uplifts and is the divine crutch of humanity Get rid of it and that as speedily as possible We do not need it Hu manity needs no crutch Humanity scorns the charge of mental and moral inferiority Throw the crutch away bury it and learn to walk alone BIBLE QUOTATION One of the Blades recent correspondents presented a picture of human conditions while not unusual consti tute reasons sufficient for serious con sideration He pointed to tine use of bible quotations in law courts during criminal trials and tho sudden con version from infidelity to miracle and myth from which affluence ahd wealth followed The correspondent personally requested that his name be withheld from publication if the letter should k be used on the ground that if it be came known in tile community in which he lived that he had written such a letter and made such a comment upon the ori hodox religion he would simply be subjected to a BOVCOT in the practice of his profession Tis true tLs pity and pity tis tis true So wrote the old philosopher and so declares the Blade It is indeed a pity that honest thought must be stifled and honest seiuiinienW suppressed because of the sinister weapon employed by the faithful in Jesus to impel reverence for their superstition Christianity CUll no longer kill or torture the body but it relies upon torturing the mind De prive a man of the right to live and you make him the most abject slave In such communities where the ortho dox are in numbers sufficient to control public affairs the social and business boycott is a ready willing and effective weapon Hundreds have quailed be fore it and hundreds have fallen be neath the burden imposed upon them It is an argument based upon force where numbers cooperate to crush out one or compel a passive and submissive acquiscence Because of this syste matic wrongdoing thousands have pre ferred the silver of silence to the golden eloquence They have prefer red to extract the best and say nothing There is however much to be said upon the use of biblical quotation in public speech Every plotting demagogue and politician hope to strike a popular chord by some reference to the bible It is only in backwoods com munities where the biblical quotation finds vogue today In the more enlightened centers there is a marked disuse of scriptural quotation in pub lic oratory which may arise from the fact that in all such centers the bible is so little read or thought about Not so many years ago one could find bible references in the daily Congressional Journal in giving the speeches find ar guments of members Today these quotations are lacking and tho practi cal statesman meaning thereby one who believes in duty rather than play ing to public sentiment or passion no more thinks of quoting the bible than ho does to quote Horace or Vir gil or any of the lnssicsI The one man who above all others indulges in oft and repeated biblical quotation while making public speeches is William J Bryan and while the Blade can admire his genius as a polit ical leader respect him for his fearless advocacy of what he believes to be right it views with contempt his con tinned use of orthodox phraseology and socalled religious expressions which we are compelled to construe as an attempt to cater to trite prurient religious prejudices of a considerable portion of the American people Such quotation is not necessary in Bryans case Either his political doctrines are right or they are wrong If they are right the quoting of the bible gives them no additional strength If they are wrong the bible does not mend them With the advancing intelligence of the people simplicity is made the order of the day so far as all public oratory is concerned This was the secret of Ingersolls great success on r the platform His monosyllabic phrases and figures of speech brought him in ready rapfort with his audi ences The bible is unnecessary as an apparatus to enrich and ornament eloquence The old tricks are dispensed with and at best the use of bib lical quotation can only be regarded as an affection of a culture that did not existIn each of the directions herein re ferred to the religious sentiment is used for the breeding of hypocracy Sure sign of inherent weakness Cus toinmay be responsible for much that undesirable but when religion can be used to administer punishment upon a man because of his inability to believe and accept and used with willing heart and when bible quotation can bo used as a refuge against punishment for crime it is tim that both religion and bible were compelled to permanent retirement and saner methods in stalled Reading a complimentary reproduc tion of the approving comment made concerning the Wage Slave published at Hancock Michigan and edited by A M Stirton by the Blade some weeks ago that fearless advocate of economic liberty compliments the Blade in theffollowing Our esteemed contemporary the Blue Grass Blade a Frcethought week ly published in Lexington ICy is just out in Magazine form The Blade is a stalwart setterforth of neglected truths and we earnestly commend it to our readers The Blade has always been a hard hitter and its pungent Editorials are a delight to read It will be doubly attractive in its new dress According to religious custom god is not acceptable until some priest or preacher has given him an endorsement Ji 5 TWi r 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE PROPOSED PAINE CENTENARY Suggestion That Freethinkers Hold National Meeting in Honor of That Patriot And Revolutionary Hero By James B Elliott Secretary I congratulate you upon the new dress of tho Blade and hope it will be kept sharp so that it can cut down the weeds of superstitionthat you mey be able to maintain the high standard of Mr Chas Moore I enclose the programme of our Paine Celebration in this city you will ob serve that our speakers have treated this many sided man asan economist philoso pher diplomat and inventor Mr J C Hannon took his text from Daniel Websters speech as council for the heirs of Stephen Girard in which he stated that Girard was inspired by the Age of Reason to found his College This speech was published by the American Tract Society 1844 As an antidote for In fidelity and fo show the pernicious influence upon Christian Carity of the works of Thomas Paine The Blade has issued a Paine Number Next year will be the centeniary of Paines Death and the Paine Memorial Association wishes to have special Commemorative Ser vices which will require at least in the United States 1000 members and if the Blade and the other papers go to work now we may secure that number At present Kentucky and many Southern States are not repre sented on our list as members You will ob serve that our programme contains the very rare portrait of Thomas Paine painted by J W Jarvis in 1005 when Paine resided with himalso another portrait and to make it especially interesting to Blade readers who are interested in PaineWe will send the pro gramme and a blank certificate membership Containing the portrait of Paine presented to Independence Hall after a year fight i with pious bigots Wo will send both of the souvenirs for 25 cents while they last We will have but a few left i The City of Toronto has a Chas Dickens Association with a 1000 members Where are all the lovers of Thomas Paine No mention of Paines name was made at the St Louis ConventionYet it was Thomas Paine that recommended the purchase of the Louisana Territory to President Jefferson Miracles come when they are needed They come not of fraud but they come of an Impassioned credulity which creates what It is determined to find Given an en thusiastic desire that God should miraculous ly manifest himself the religious imagina tion is never at a loss for facts to prove that i he has done so and in proportion to the magnitude of the interests at stake Is the scale of tho miraculous interposition J A f Froude i i CHALLENGE TO ORTHODOXY Truth More Preferable Than TheoryDe fends Position of Mrs Blivens By Win II Cox Having just read Susan J Pecks reply to Eliza Mowry Blivens1 What is a Material ist it has amused me I like her style of argument yet she does not prove anything The only thing proven is that P does not understand B B afliinns the soul dies with the body The Materialist thinks the Brain is the Soul and that death levels all The Brain this grand power to think that causes the body to act is the lever the mainspring of the whole body Destroy this and you destroy the whole system Destroy this and Man is an idiot and incapable of a serious I am penning these few lines my mind flickers about over the country I can imagine myself in Cincinnati Cleveland or St Louis and can vividly see things which I have seen in those cities in former times and yet I know I am right here at my home and desk It is this grand mental suprem acy of all understanding this Gray Matter which the Materialist considers the Soul He has no spirit mixed with it for he docs not believe there is any such thing and when the body dies this Gray Matter this great power to think this greatest and most sublime part of the human body Dies What evidence have we on the face of the earth that this is not the truth I there fore challenge any man or woman in the world to prove by and tnrough absolute demonstra tion that the Materialist Idea of Death is wrong and that the Christian theory pf Life after death ii a positive fact Death is sure and certain But life after death is only theory Therefore give me one grain of absolute truth a whole world of theory HONOR TO AN AGED FREETHINKER Descriptive Report of the Anniversary Cele bratlon Given to Silas Rockwell by His Friends on His 92d Birthday By Josephine K Henry The Interesting and impressive celebration of the 92d birthday of the venerable and honored Freethinker Mr Silas Rock well of Covington Ky took place at his residence on Garrard avenue on Sunday January 20 1908 The occasion will over be a happy memory to all who attended Troops of friends gathered to offer their congratulations and best wishes to the old est and one of the most valued citizens of Covington and all felt grateful that ho had lived and labored among them and was yet a living example of mental Integrity and moral worth Fine music enlivened the oc casion a tempting lunch was served and the ififl- i l many verbal and written congratulations and those sent by wire to the host attest the estimation in which Mr Rockwell Is held by a legion of friends who recognize the moral dignity of his character and his sterling qualities and usefulness as a citizen Among r the many congratulations the following lines i were sent by the writertJi To Mr Silas Rockwell on his 92d birthday iG In our daily walk through this workaday world 1 We sometimes meet with a man 1 Who brings hope and courage to human ihearts ljti And helps on the way all he can l J And such a man is Silas Rockwell Noble honet and true iHe wears this badgo of nobility The day ho is 92 I He has not had time for the gods and the ghosts And the mythical creed of the priest He has been too busy with the duties of life iAnd bringing the captives release He has not had time for dogmas and creeds 1 Hes been chasing away human fears He has not had time to worship god Hes been drying human tears 5 And may he live ninetytwo thousand years tTo help those on lifes weary way lifea9And playa grand role In the drama of r In the worlds spectacular play So Silas R wo greet you dear friend With gratitude and a smile For this world is a bloomin lot brighter i Because youve been in it awhile THE CRYPTIC CIPHER Criticism of the Theory Advanced by Rev 1Laudenberger on the Gospelsr tIBy F El Hall siRev L Laudenbcrger of St Louis Mo in his letter in the Truth Seeker of February 8th informs us that the gospels are written in a kind of cryptic cipher a holy trinity tstylo which men with brains fail to under syt stand This exegetical exponent of diviner mysteries fails to explain how learned men can make a key for the solution of tho ci M pher or how the first man ever solved it All he has to say is this Launch out into the deep and yo shall find Poetical enough f but another worse than the first to of fSpeakingand literal it cannot be gainsaid that there ful i l A Jsi r BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 discrepanciesfof the gospels there are no contradictions but there is a most beautiful harmony One has to destroy his conscience mind and do his thinking with his subconscious or solar plexus to understand such twaddle This quotation if true proves that god moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform and wo know he put lying spirits into the mouths of his prophets that Ahab might bo damned Query why did not these cipher exegetists oriwas as necessary as now to have a loop hole of escape from tho onslaughts of the advancing forces of Freethought which with rapid firing and long range guns lire making the old position of the apologist untenable Jesus came to save that which was lost and l then had his message recorded in cipher so that for 1000 years his object was unknown unsolved and then the phenomenal necrom ancer appeared dressed in clerical garb and solves the cipher Think of the billions of souls today writh ing in hell through no fault or act of their own simply because of a cipher record What a libel on God or any holy trinity this dernier resort is WHO ARE THE BLASPHEMERS i The Real Offenders Are They Who Believe In Deity and Insist Upon Blackening His Character By W Foote Atheists are offen charged with blasphemy but it h a crime they cannot commit God is to them merely a word expressing all sorts of ideas and not a person It is prop erely speaking a general term which in cludes all that there is in common among the various deities of the world The idea of the supernatural embodies itself in a thousand ways Truth is always simple and the same but error is infinitely diverse Jupiter Jehovah and MumboJumbo are alike creations of human fancy the products of ignorance and wonder Which is the God is not yet settled Whoa the seers have cided this point the question may take a fresh turn but until then god must bo con sidered as a generic term like tree or horse or man with just this difference however that while tho words tree horse and man express tho general qualities of visible oh f jects the word god expresses only the im agined qualities of something that nobody has ever seen When the Atcliist examines denounces f or satirises the gods he is not only dealing with persons but with ideas He is incapable of insulting God for he docs not admit the existence of any such being Ideas of god may be good or bad beauti ful of ugly and according as ho finds them the Atheist treats them If we lived in Turkey we should deal with the god of tho Koran but as we live in England we deal with the god of the Bible We speak of Unit god as a being just for convenience sake and not from conviction At bottom wo admit nothing but the mass of contradictory notions between Genesis and Revelation We attack not a person but a belief not a being but an idea not a fart but a fancy Lord Brougham long ago pointed out in hh Life of Voltaire that the great French heretic was not guilty of blasphemy as his enemies alleged since he had no belief in the actual existence of the god he dissected analyzed and laughed at Kir Ruskin very eloquently defends Byron from the same charge In Cain and elsewhere the great putt does not impeach God he merely impeaches the orthodox creed We may sum up till whole matter briefly No man satirises the God he believes in and no man believes in th cl he latiisps- Wo shall not therefore be deterred by the cry of blasphemy which is exactly what the Jewbh priests shouted against Jesus Christ And ns it is better in the words of Plutarch to have no notion of the gods than to have lotions vrnie liihlI11r them we ere satisfied that the Lord if he exlit will never burn us in hell for denying a few lies told in his name The teal blasphemers ar those who belies in God and blacken his character wisp credt him with les krowlcdge thai a child and 1S intelligence than an idiot who make him quibble deceive and lie who represent him as Indecent cruel and revengeful who give him the heart of a savage and the brain of a fool These are the blasphemers When the priests steps between husband and wife with the name of God on his lip4 he blasphemes When in the name nf God ho opposes freed in of thought niiil liberty of conscience he blasphemes When in the name of God he robs tortures and kills those who differ from him he blasphemes When in the name of God he opposes the equal rights of all he blasphemes When in the name of God he preaches content to the poor and oppiesses flattrs tie rich and powerful and makes religious tryanny the handmaidm of political privilege he blasphemes And when ho takes the Bible In his hand and says it was all written by the inspiration of Go ho blasphemes almost beyond forgiveness Who are the blasphemers Not wo who preach freedom and progress for all men but those who try to bind the world with chains of dogma to burden it in Gods name with nil the foul superstitions of its ignorant past London Freethinker AS OTHERS SEES US Commenting upon orthodoxy and its in influence upon the affairs of the American t r nation Alex 3L Thompson writing upon a trip to America in an article in the Clarion says But President Roosevelt has a long way to go1f he means effectively to curb the rights of war and political brigandage exercised by the American Trusts Behind the Trusts stand it would seem all the religion the country possesses Tha clergys bitter hostility to Roosevelt wa manifested last Sunday when fifty disciples y of Christ denounced him from their pulpits because the newlyissued gold coin does not beau tho former inscription In God We Trust The President probably thought that the Trust God in America needed no advertisement Those people who get the new coin can see the American selves the other get no Trust anyhowxThey are merely the slaves tributaries of the Trusts Residing in Dallas Texas some years ago was n Chinese laundryman by the name of Sam Choi True to his native cunning and deception Sam hail joined the Campbellitc church professing Christianity as a means of enticing a few extra shirts in his wash tub In order to more effectually carry out his plan Sam had obtained poscssion of a duplicate bible one page printed in English and the opposite printed in Chinese so that he could learn the text and the lesson One day a visitor called upon him and discovered him rending the duplicate bible What have you there asked the visitorLeadeeWhat part do you read Lee plodigal sonee How do you like It Bleautiful storee In what way Wellee man havee tloo bloys Himee pa say haveo somce mun and lectio bloy takee the mun goeo way haveo glood timee Bloy goee bloke lie goce homed and get co some more mun Is a bleautiful storee THE LAST DESIRE When the time comes for me to die Tomorrow or some other day If God should bid me make reply What wouldst thou I shall say 0 God Thy world was great and fair Yet give me to forget it clean Nor vex me more with things that were And things that might have been I 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given encouragement fo my cruelly crucified sisters I owe the result to tho original inspiration found in the Free Thought writings of Josephine K Henry v and I am duly grateful that our mental t music is written in the same key and that t our current thought vibrations flow in tho Panic I lay this leaf of Laurel in tho hand of my dear friend and tho proffer affords me infinite pleasure HUMAN ECCENTRICTIES tContinued from page 3 r Charles V of Germany used to attend his own funeral his only relaxation from state affairs Nothing was omitted in tho obsequies but n dead corpse He used to get into a coffin prayers were said over Win and you can bet your life the gentleman who preached tho funeral sermon handed out the best lie had in the shop With his majesty playing pos sum was a mania like Paul God knows he died daily Now how long could a fellow in the minority cut up those didoes without clashing with the State insanity expert The little man with nothing but his eccentricities to invite 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