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Digital page images are linked to the text file. oe jfjo JJtr c jN t iI rV1 RAJYBEss B AD= = Volume XVI Number 4- 6DEVOTED LEXINGTON fVjMARCH 8 iyo8 Published Weekly t TO THE PRQPAGANMOF FREMOF THOUGHT n J IttlI v V r 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE J John Wmans Gilbert Silent workers tire sometimes as effective in their methods as those who openly advocate a given cause TIll open workers are known more their names conic before the public more conspicuously for both commendation and criticism Freethought can boast innumerable silent workers Mon and women who do all they can in their selected way to further the interests of liberalism and none have been found more sturdy true and really devoted to Freedom of Thought than John W Gilbert of Elk Park Friend Nebraska Winans Gilbert is one of those sturdy pioneers who act ing upon tin sentimental mid yet practical advice of Horace Greely went west and grew up with the country In fact he helped to snake the country grow and by the force of his labor mental anti manual it imply had to grow lie is nn enthusiastic lover of Nature and fairly revels in the bracing air of the morning lie lives in the sunshine Ho is a lover of animals and while indulging in hunting for big game he unlike most hunters who kills for the sake of killing he tries to capture his gene alive rind takes it to his home It is no uncommon sight to see a number of antelope grazing quietly on the prairie gras on his farm while ho had nn immense park constructed and fenced in with a high fence to hold a number of elk from which his magnificent country ionic Elk Park derives its name At every opportunity lie hay taken pains to enlighten the community in which he lives and it is a safe assertion that ho knows not an enemy in Saline county Ills wife shared in iris Frecthought opinions but he had the misfortune to lose her by death a few months ago a sad blow to him and one from which he is slow in recovery She was his lifes light his hearts great joy and the one being upon whom he had showered a wealth of love and sincere affection In the veins of John W Gilbert flows the old Puritan blood Ho came of nn original English stock The tenacity and vigor of those hardy pioneers who landed on Plymouth Hock nay be found in the personal characteristics of this dccendent Instead of run ring in the direction of Puritan ideas his mind took the other extreme and seeing tho good there wits in men and things becamo tolerant of the rights of others and strcnously insisted upon enjoying IiiOWII His principal weapon was kindness With kindness lie won nil who knew him for friends His rugged honest heart would not permit an uncharitable view of other human beings mill his neighbors looked to him for that counsel and advice in public and private affairs which so many fumed of great value So universally was he known and admired so respected is oven now that standard works like Morton History of Nebraska felt it necessary to do him ample justice and accredit him with Liberal opinions as distinguished from orthodoxy From that History we quote ns follows for the balance of this biography Joint AVinans Gilbert iII Nebraska pioneer and n retired farmer of Saline county Ho born in Darko county Ohio July lllJ was a son of Jonas and Louisa Winans Gilbert tile Gilbert family cane from England in the time of Cotton Mather and settled in New England from whence the members emigrated and drifting to other parts of America built new homes at different places Mr Gilberts greatgrandfather was killed by Tories and Indians near Ilarrisburg Pennsylvania six months before his grandfather was born His father was born in Shelby County Ohio 1810 and his mother Louisa Winans wits born in New Jersey 1810 In the spring of Mr Gilbert with his father and mother and five sisters started west from Ohio and settled in that portion of Nebraska now known as Saline county where his father in 1S2 at the age of years and his mother also died in the age of 70 years They were buried in the same spot llieclItheir head of their resting place stands a monument upon ii engraved tho following expressive verse composed by the just two days before he died It reads Think of peace of fifty years Of lives devoid of hellish fears Died without fear of gods or ghosts Or heaven or hell with till their hosts Mr Gilbert acquired the simple rudiments ofnn education in one of tho oldfashioned country log schoolhouses He attended this institution of learning for three or four months each winter until ho reached his majority when he had to abandon it for the sterner duties and realities of life At this time Iris family wits very poor At tire age of thirtyfive years Mr Gilbert retired from active work upon the farm and rented hii land to tiuinttj one of whom has been with him for more thin twenty years llchi raised in till nagged atmosphere ofII frontier life Mr Gilbert became a natural hunter and is now an enthusiastic lover of animals both wild and domestic Some years ago he fenced in a forty nero tract which he stocked with deer and elk This small tract he improved from time to time adding thereto until his purl comprises seventyfive acres enclosed with a woven wire fence within which range forty Lead of elk dear and buffalo safe protected and sheltered from the guns of hunters and sportsmen ThU iirk and his stock of wild animals afford Mr Gilbert iiwh sincere pleasure and the place is made a point of interest by the people for miles Gilbert wu one of the original organizers of Saline county Ho wits its first accessor and his father was a member of the first board of County Commissioners Mr Gilbert next served a term as County Commissioner and was then elected Representative of hU district in State Legislature Although it is notat matter of complete historical record it is believed he was a member of the Grand Jury which found an indictment against Chirki Uraden the notorious preacher for an offense which was afterwards eo promised and settled without proecution At no time in iris long and useful lifo wits Mr Gilbert ever a member of tiny oliurch or seer t society Hisole idea of religion as he co happily expresses it was the practical application of tin golden rule and to which he has faithfully adlicml lie is both philanthropist and philosopher a stern lover of Nature can sac toerl in nil things around him lie was niirried to Miss Muiiha llorchoucr of Ohio in 18i2 Nub willingly left parents and frfcud to hare him tho perils and dangers of frontier life Sin patiently endured nil the hardships thus imposed and her litupid courage and bravery were often put to the severest test She was fiviuiutly left alone in the drg ont which constituted her home while her husband was detained for a night and a day at tine mill or blacksmiths shop sumo miles distant Her nearest neighbor was half a milo away and with no other companion than a faithful dog she had her courage put to the severest test with marauding bands of hostile Indians ttcattered over the plains Mr and Mrs Gilbert had no children of their own but they have adopted and reared two girls who are today a monument to their love and devotion and a credit in any society l r IBLUEGRASS BLADE 3 NNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNt 1RELIGION IN THE NAVY 1 t NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN Facts that Show the Certain Decline of JI Chaplains Among Jackies Uncle Sams By One Who Knows I have just gleaned a harvest of peculiar information a succint account of which believe will interest your renders In n recent trip to the eastern coast visited one of our new war ships which was lying in the Boston Navy Yard and while questioning a sailor concerning the daily drills and occupation of the blue jacket my attention was attracted by the passing of an officer I noticed a silver cross pinned to the collar of his coat and asked to what rank he belonged Jack1 smiled and replied Oh thats father OGorman our chaplain I was sir prised for a moment ns I had forgotten that a manowar carried such a personage and I remarked as much to my new acquaintance Yes said he all navies carry them but not in such quantities os formerly Perhaps you may remember that the Spanish Armada of 1588 contemplating the conquest of Eng land had on board twenty priests to each ship and also you might incidentally recol lect that the fate of that expedition could hardly have been worse had Pope Sextus V cursed instead of blessed it Wo have n Gay Head Indian who is a boatswains mate on board this ship and lie says that had the dagoes only had one priest to twenty ships in lieu of the reverse they might have stood a little show but as it was they were handicapped from the start The Indian actually believes our chaplain brings us bad luck Ho wits growling only last evening that wo had hove up nothing but anchors ever since the sky pilot had been aboard and lying right on the tailing grounds last week when every craft about its was catching all it could handle not a single lash would bite a hook front this ship And does your Indian friend think all this is accounted for by the chaplains presence lie knows laughed Jack then begged him to tell me about the religion of the people in the navy and he astounded mo with the amount of information he seemed to possess nn the subject and by his free and easy man ner of explaining the degree ot unbelief in which these men arc saturated lie begun with You are not one of those gentlemen of tho pen who write for tine Sun day papers are youT I dont like to talk to those people for they always get ones remarks twisted assured him that should I ever have occasion to quote anything with which he might favor me it would to the letter and he continued I believe the real religion of the country at largo is exactlyoil n par with our piety in tho navy Concerning the latter Ican give you the few bald facts that are plainly evident to us all Wo have now in commis sion two hundred Rhipthat carry guns alxtut fifty tugs and tenders not armed and thirty shore stations nil officered and man ned by a personnel in round numbers of eighteen hundred commissioned and six hun Bred warrant officers thirtysix thousand blue jackets and eight thousand eight hun Bred marines Attending to the spiritual wants of these fortyseven thousand two hundred people are twentyfour chaplains liftecn of whom are attached to shore stations In proportion to the personnel we used to have live times as ninny chaplains as now but we are a progressive institution and there are no lines along which improve ments are not being puahcd forward for tho benefit of the service Previous to only protestant ministers had been enrolled upon tho naval roster but during that year a catholic priest was commissioned and I am now going to make a prediction that will strike you as rather peculiar but will plain to you my method of deduction later After five years there will be no protestant chaplains entering this branch of our service and this will he the reason the navy is an organization officered and conducted by brains ability and experience There are certain necessary improvements being constantly in troduced tho utilityof which must be ex perimentally demonstrated Perfectly pre cise and accurate descriptions are kept of all stages of these experiments end tine records of tho saute so promulgated throughout the service that valueless observations are never repeated nor tho Minis mistake made twice Some things in our navy that were very useful in the pastso useful that they wero almost sacred have when their usefulness became seriously impaired by modern condi tions been extremely difficult of eradication owing to tho scntiinenb surrounding them Kven our officers of acknowledged talent skill and diplomatic dexterity have been obliged to handle with great care one of these relics of antiquity in order not to jar the delicate sensibilities of those good souls who live in thoTdark past and tremble in con templation of the dint future There was a time in the life of our navy when the great majority of its enlisted force 1 J was unablo to read or even to think for themselves of things beyond the horizon of their daily routine Their knowledge of everything exterior to the pale of their personal observations was legendary and their intelligence was warped by an criminate absorption of incredible folklore- It is self evident that nothing but a state of deplorable ignorance could accompany such conditions and as ignorance and super stition are twins always travel hand in land the chaplain was in those days a very necessary adjunct But thanks to the con stitution of our glorious inheritance the mints of our youths have been developed and expanded to act and investigate The dor mant faculties of a past generation over which he of a little learning held undis puted sway are mostly buried in the century lately closed There is a minute remnant remaining but that fagend ofII kindly and knotty coil wo are easing away handsomely The universally admitted fact that edu cation improves tho public morals develops love for law and order and inspires respect for the principles of discipline and that the reverse produces the contrary needs no veri fication from mo A few years ago one of our observing youngsters in the navy marked to me Isee by the Army and Navy Journal that tho uepnrtinent is very much concerted about the great number of court martial punishments that have been found necessary for tho maintenance of discipline in the navy and commanding officers are being called upon to use their best endeavors toward obviating this necessity Xow know one sure way in which just eighty per cllItof these court martial offenses can be ntlllUi tlui Department calls it and Ill tell you how Did you read the three last lots of court martial orders from Washington X01 well you are not keeping up with the times read theta and copied the names In tho first bunch there were thirty four in the second nineteen in tho third thirtytwo Here iii the beginning of tho first list Olell Murphy Collins Kelley Donnelly and so on up to twentynine of them and the second Shea Flynn Dooley Donovan Klaherty and the like up to four teen and the last Mulcahy OGrady Iftimesy AfcDonough Brennan Casey and no change until it reaches twentyfive Xow if you will east your lightning calculator adrift among these figures for a minute you will learn that when the Navy Department issues an order to stop shipping the Irish it will obviate just eighty per cent of the present courts martial The measure proposed by my young friend was a roughnndready remedy for the evil which would unnecessarily wound the self love and national pride ofa class of hardy men whose only fault is a clinging to their early teachings that they must let some one else study and examine and think for them while their own intellect is hibernating Continued on page I BLADEI4 BLUE GRASS Pathetic Picture for Pulpit Press and Pew WHEN A PREACHER MUST PLEAD FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF TELLING THE TRUTH IT SHOULD AWAKEN THE INTEREST OF ALL By Harriet Cloaz IlIk for freedom to preach the truth as in experiment for two years Tho above account of the expression by Rev William Babcock of Bayonne N j appeared in till Chicago RecordHerald of February Fourth in the year of our Lord A preacher pleading for the privilege of telling till truth is a spectacle that should awaken the interest of all Dr Babcock has been in the service of tho Lord twenty years and says If i had known an much about the ministry twenty years ago as do today never would have put my head in tho twenty lung years this Man of God has according to his own admission been teaching faishood and now pleads for tho portunity to tell the truth Ho has grown grey in till service of the church of Christ because no doubt nn adept in the conceal ment of his Immune and better nature but he has wearied of the deception and longs to lay aside the load Will his prayer bo granted No more than if ho prayed to God fur deliverance His only hope lies in self release which entails heresy trials the loss of lifelong friends and the dropping of pricst ly prestige Ksiape is no so easy after twenty years with my head in the noose and the Reverend Doctor declares that there a vast armyof ministers who long to speak out sum overstep tho barriers that havo been placed about them Yes these then who pose as the impersonation of truth who occupyone position of exemplars who exhort the people to honestythese sire the men who long to speak out and one of whom now pleads with that old prostitute tho church for n period of two years in which to tell the truth Ah such a pitiable indictment of Church methods and members is an indication of till dire degener acyof our time Telling the truth would be the most fatal tiling that could befall the churchly institution If this great army of preachers who long to speak out should make such u concerted movement the re sult would be irresistibly the death of dogma the church ruled Europe She crowned and unsccptered kings ancle tablished the lines of her dominion as she wished To her adherents she said Conic or go and they bowed in obscipueous sub mission To her enemies she declared No interference will be tolerated And well they knew its menaced meaning How far have we progressed from that time Then was physical force applied as a persuasion and it was a most effective agent Now is the same force applied from a slightly dif ferent angle tho bread and butter consider ation and in addition the mental deterrent the fear of los of position and influence and no one but an heroic man can brave such inevitable results Dr Babcock states that the methods of the system arc practically the same as in tho sixteenth century I wonder docs he realize what such charge carries with it This assertion of the Reverend gentleman gives us oriel concern for sixteenth century church methods in politics do not differ afar terially from our own and if the truth were told about the intrigue and tyranny in eccle siastical councils the chicanery and duplicity of delegates the credulous ignorance of constituents and the manner in which they are rounded up and robbed if tho truth were told about these things by tho partici pants there would be such n disillusionment as would make impossible a longer reign of religious ronegaues- Uy all means let us have tho truth Not on the installment plan of two years but one of perpetuity Nor would we have half truths bit tho whole truth in all its naked ness and deformity Infidels have for long thrust their pens into the systems vitals but being on the outside anti in return as viciously attacked by those on the inside their work of necessity has been slow but they have set in motion the thought currents in this ministers brain which resulted in his cry for freedom to speak the truth Ration alists have been ridiiculed and reviled for discrediting superstitious fables They have been deserted and defamed ny friends They have been ostracized and anathematized by Christians and doomed to perdition by popes but they have persisted in the work of tell ing the truth and the church methods which have not changed since the 10th century according to Doctor Babcock have with governmental sanction throttled free speech and press and today martyrs many suffer for their principles and the curtailment of con stitutional rights is continued regardless of protest When tho rights of peacablo ns sembly and to free speech and press supposed to ne secured to the whole pcoplo by the guar antee of government have been invaded should we expect this Christian consort of state to grant to the individual permission to tell the truth tIt No it should not be ex pected for centuries of struggle have shown that every concession to the common people has been wrested from the institution amid the pious protests and against the insistent opposition of the priesthood Here is my hand Dr Babcock come out from onion 4the religious mendicants and join the throng of truth tellers Exhale from your life the musty air of the tomb and inhale the inspiring draught of independence Do not ask permission of tho church to tell the truth but walk out and tell it A martyr well why not t But for the sacrifices of our ancestors we would in very truth be in the pith century of degradation and despair Tell the truth The rank and file of the Rationalist army salute you WHY PEOPLE FEAR GOD HOW THE BRICKS ARE MOLDED FROM WHICH THE BUILDERS GET THEIR RAW MATERIAL By John F Clarke In making God tho Christians gave free rein to the imagination and let it run riot Whenever a fellow had a hideous dream and remembered some particular horror of till dream that horror was used as a brick in God building After a while they got to shivering at the thing that they had conjured up and they became a Godfearingsect Whenever nn atrocious act was committed and it was up to the atlrocee to get his good knocks with stones he claimed that God toM him to do tile net as a pious accost plishment If lie was put to the test ho lied miraculously that it was conceded that nothing short of Omnipotence could stand for tho act so God got another feather in His holy cap The Pal riarchical family put a lot of stud into tho God image Abraham talked to God and His messengers lie turned Mrs llagnr and her brat out with his blessing and nothing else to brouso in the wilderness to appease God tin l Mrs Saria who got gay and proud nl giving birth at four score Abe got credit for fearing God but Sara was she who pulled the wires and Abe danced ns site whistled Then Abraham took little Iko upon the mount and going to fear God some more but his heart failed him and ho let God persuade him to stay the knife goat wits substituted and smelt louder to heaven and God was pleased with the aroma of burnt goat The goat may have feared God also but it got no credit for anything but smelling good to a smell thirsty God Mr Isaac Patriarch played but a passive part in the God fearing business but his wife was a dally and worked the blind man Take put God up to a lot of wrinkles and God stood for them so that when we hear of the God of Jacob we r BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 know that it is the real thing in the lord line Mr Jnlmn was n sidewheeler and had Gods of his own hut ho lost them in the end of the deal with Jacob and God Jake played God for ringstreaked cattle and other ringing in in the stock line and God worked in a mysterious manner His wonders to form as the roundabout way in which La bans Gods forsook Laban and went with the Ifnly alliance Laban had cause to fear God and Gods honesty also So had Esau As long articles are not suited to the Blade will inuko this in installments A PASSING HAIL Let us rest ourselves a bit Worry wave your hand to it Kiss your finger tips and smile It farewell a little while Weary lire the weary way Wi have come from Yesterday Let us fret not instead Of the weary way ahead Let us pause and catch our breath On the Hither side of death While wo see the tender shoots Of the grassesnot the roots While we yet look down not np To seek out tho buttercup And the daisy where they wave Oer tile green hone of the grave Let us launch us smoothly on The soft billows of the lawn And drift out across tile main Of our childish dreams again Voyage oil beneath the trees Oer the fields enchanted seas Where the fillies are our sails And our seagulls nightingales Where no wilder storm shal beat Than the wind that waves the wheat And no tempest burst above The old laughs wo used to love Lose all troubles gain release lnngor and exceeding peace Cruising idly oer the vast Calmmid ocean ot the Past Let us rest ourselves a bit Worrywave your hand to it Kiss your finger tips and smile It farewell a litte while Tomes Whitcomb Riley Religion is an order to obtain heaven by begging because it would be too troublesome to earn it The priests are the brokers for it Schopenhauer NNN N NN N N NNNNNN NH 2 LIBERAL CHRISTIANITY y I Its Devotees Cannot Claim Freedom and Independence Whilo Their Thought Is Governed by Precedent By Dora Buckhol themselvesit possible that any orthodox person can claim to be Liberal and retain liis or her orthodox standing in church One noticeable and striking fact in mode rn orthodox circles is that on every hand where any independent thought has managed to creep into tho churches we hear some Christians exclaim wo allow you your own opinions so leave us in peace to pursuit our way as dictated by our victions From a truly liberal standpoint how many of them are really personal convictions It is safe to assume that by far the greater number of their socalled convictions are borrowed ideas or have been forced upon them by primary religious instruction lated by tho church Very Christians take tho liberty or pains to do any independent thinking They oven refuse to think out anyone problem in their codu of conduct or upon their moral or religious discipline This is left wholly to the control of tho leaders their mental and moral monitors and these are blindly unthinkingly followed by men and women who go through life claiming religious liberty Do liberty and freedom mean such blind servitude ns this Surely Occasionally we find ministers and other religious leaders making bold statements lowing greater personal freedom in the churcltcs 1heyiare becoming alarmed at tho progress of rrecthought These allowances are made it would seem to help in counteracting Kreetliought by making a less striking contrast between it and Christian attitudes are assumed with original aim and expected ultimate result maintaining tho hold of the church and to preserve its standing with the people by keeping the ad vancing generations within its inlluenco and better controlling those whoso moral natures are continually crying out for a greater sonal liberty in n religious or orthodox sea e Hy these means tho monopoly on thought is materially strengthened By mak ing these small concessions the clergy are enabled to appear as being liberal and for a while longer they may retain a firm old 1m upon thur church followers Wo would ask then under such circum stances whether or not it is possible to be a freo Christian when in reality the faith is founded upon precedent and the clergy are permitted to govern the thought of the church members History and philosophy says otherwise Common sense suggests a negative answer Xo thought can be free even in a modified sense that is governed by precedent and ruled by fable Then is no liberal Christian Persons professing Christianity may be tol erant and respectful of the rights of others who do not believe with them and in this sense be liberal but where their own thought is concerned they are not free and when the orthodox claims are mixed in they are not even liberal for they cannot be FREETHOUGHT SAVES Hy W Foote Free though t is the real Savior When we make a man a Freethinker we need not trou ble greatly about his politics He is sure to go right in tie main He may mistake hero or falter there but his tendency will always bo sound Thus it that thinkers always vote work and light for the popular cause They have discarded the prin ciple of authority in the heavens above and on the earth beneath and left it to the religionistsbelongdoxy of their faith Frceihought goes to the root It reaches the intellect and the con hllphazlllliterests and party struggles It aims at the bytheand the free play of mind on every subject It loves Truth and Freedoms It turns away from the false sterile lIens of the Kingdom of God and faces the truth fruitful idea of the Republic of Man When we have hut tie will to do it that veryinstantIinstlPeter Kropotkin Let us never forget that an net of goodness is of itself always an act of happiness It is flavor ofa long inner life of joy and contentment it tells of peaceful hours and days on tho sunniest heights No reward coming after the ovnt can compare with tile sweet reward that went with it L v f 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE NHNNNNNHHHNNHH HNHNNNNMHHNHNN + i Current Comment on Public EventsiZ MNN NN iPTTOLSTOIS GREATEST VICTORY The church is now after Tolstoi Not in a resentful niiiod but in an effort to win him back and secure his gnat influence for the benefit of the church True to the human lurhut impulses that took him out of the church Tolstoi is reported to have scorned tho ecclesiastical advances and refuses to recog nize the synod as tin authority in Christian affairs In other words the Greek Catholic church of Russia which excommunicated Tolstoi because of his humanitarianism now proposes to restore him to good standing in the synod without tiny advance coming from Iolstoi and unconditional Tolstoi declines to bo a participant and has curtly told the church that his restoration or nonrestoration is a matter of absolute indifference to him and he has plainly told the church leaders that he regards himself superior to the members of the synod in every way denying tiny and all authority over him is a sinister motive behind this Iconclssion or seeming concession which the willing and anxious to make- in tho ease of the great Russian philan thropist At thu present moment Tolstoi is out of the church fwd he fairly revels in his independence At the same time his factions have won for him the love and esteem of his suff ring countrymen Ho is advanced in years and the end cannot be so very away Tim church realizes all this and re ports state that the synod anxious to re store Tolstoi to the church because is a great and good and reached that age when his departure from this life nay take place tiny day lore is the milk in tine orthodox cocoanut tile church admits that Tolstoi is both great and good and they cannot afford to let him meet death unattended by sanctified slobbering for dread of the effects it might have upon the people If Tolstoi can remain great and good and die without fear of the church why not others and one can readily perceive the craft and cunning that lie behind the proposition to take Tolstoi back lint Tolstoi dont want to go He did not ask for it He did not seek the church The church sought him The church attempted its tyrannyover him Tolstoi defied it He refused to make terms with the church and the church now seeks to make terms with hits Tolstoi spurns the ap proach and true to his honest self he declines the corrupt invitation WOMEN WHITECAPS When Pope wrote that tho worst sort of mailman was a saint run mad he had not lewd of the little hamlet of Canon Georgia and the strapping Amazonian guard it can boast Although there is much of sentiment in and about the old couplet which runs a woman will she will You may depend on t And when sho wont she wont AnI theres an end on t yet there is such a thing as currying the sentiment too far when a bunch of females with whip in hand starts out a a regulation committee on the person of the male gender Icing unfavorably impressed with certain criticisms made by the principal of the pub lie school concerning their domestic concern for their children and appearance at school it is reported that the women organized a meeting appointed a committee of twelve to execute its mandates and the committee pro ceeded to inflict a personal correction by each member thereof plyinga buggy whip on the bodyof Dr J II Bailey tho aforesaid principal The reports state thatsa com pletely did the Amazons execute the job that Dr Bailey cut and run and has not been seen in Canon since This is unfortunate for Canon It is un fortunate for tho community and unfortu nato for Dr Bailey The ladies might far better have tnkcn a cub rod killed him for he is a ruined man and wherever ho goes the ignominy will cling to him Of course Dr lluiley had to take it He could not strike back That would have been unchival rous especially in a southern state like Georgia Xo gentleman is expected to raise a hand in his own defense even when brutally assaulted by tho softer sex those dear creatures who were created but a little lower than the angels And yet these Georgia ladies have injured thomselvo more than they have injured Dr Bailey in that they have branded their husbands and brothers as being moral bankrupts and in tellectual miscarriages For our part we would rather be Dr bailey than u husband or brother of the females who assaulted him It is no joke when the women take it unto themselves tla regulate the social economy of the community and their husbands nest feel awfully cheap As mutters now stand everybody will think of Canon as an excellent place to keep away from But tho injustice of the punishment is what deserves most serious comment It appears that tho Cow hide Legion demanded a retraction which was made in good faith and then the dis patches stateIn the presence of tho chil dren at the school the woman lasted him unmercifully with buggy whips Unmercifully What a description And after a retraction had been made tool Where is the female sense of justice Had a man demanded an apology for a wrong done the apology being made the man would have been satisfied Not so with tho Georgia sheTarquins The retraction simply fired their zeal and after such an exhibition of bad taste it will be extremely difficult for the Georgian to regain the old idea of true womanhood so dear to the masculine heart Tadics please dont try to imitate the example of the dear Lord upon the money changers FINANCIALLY DEPRESSED There is a gloom in the Eternal City and the angel Gabriel now wears his wing at halfmast Hells fires leave cooled and are today incapable of wresting a responsive cense to matters churchly Public opinion has clanged to such an extent that church organizations arc tunable to meet expenditures and in order to obtain a longer lease upon life they have been compelled to make a cutwagerate for pastor and janitor alike Heaven can no longer bribe nor hells yawning abyss terrify Priestly threats arc impotent and pulpit curses no longer terrorize the souls of men Mother Gruiidy has lost her orthodox standing TIll collection box falls short and the preachers tire getting shy on salary The fat living that once acted as a magnet of attraction goes glimmering and the church organization is on its last lap Complaints have crone in from snore than one Uarcr The Old Trinity Protestant Episcopal churcn in Pittsbnrg an institution patronized by the wealthy and elite ot Iittslmrg swell society is in such financial stress that it has necn compelled to make a cut in the salaries of tine employes which include organist paid choir singers choir dirrctor janitor and ushers of tell per cent while the pastor who is under contract at t000 per annum keeps hii salary intact In order to help the church prevent the publicity of its poverty there was no ex tension of aid from the beloved rector who with his 7liO per month pore than thousands tarn in a year stands pat and takes his pound of flesh The others cheerfully made the re quired sacrifice of accepting a cut in salary for the sake ot the church so it reported but nothing less would suit the preacher and he hugs his contract with feelings of delight and safety Through the medium of a private letter sent to the lllado by n Louisville subscriber we also heart that tho Methodist church south of that city is in even woro financial straits and itemized statements of accounts showing the unpaid assessments of ita members lire being sent to all appearing to be in arrears with an appeal that they cough Vt BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 up anil do it with grace and speed One extract from this circular letter reads us first quarter of the present conference year ended with December Our collections during this three months period have been mefll IIImall1oor domestic missions 12147 the ussosment upon us for this last named cause is 3330and should have been fully paid in during November It is also shown that the total collections for the period named exclusive of special assessments amounted 01118 which it is claimed is an amount not large enough to payour pastor nothing for presiding elder organist or choir our janitors water gas electric lighting coal and incidental panses Tho circular closes with the fol lowing appeallf we will measure up ho will pour out his love and blessing upon us Accompanying thU circular letter was a bill of indebtedness which contains the following items of arrears which the member ad dressed is expected to hand in instautcr For envelope assessment 130 Domestic mission assessment Total SI 80 What do these facts indicate The member to whom this circular and statement was dressed states that she receives one of these loveletters once every few weeks and these are sent to her irrespective of the fact that sho has proclaimed herself to be an agnostic an unbeliever1 and has requested that her name be stricken from the roll of church membership They suggest that as the church cannot work without money and money falling short tho work nest he limited and that the period of decay hat set in t LOVE AND RELIGION Imagine ill Ono real live Indian prince has safely passed through the United States from San Francisco to New York without disturbing tho planetary sysUm or causing a through sleeper to get sidetracked by mistake Itcports have it that one who carries the distinguished name of Nawah Sultan Ul Hahadiir of Hyderabad India on a dead run from his wigwam to specialists in Eng land for the purpose of getting a crazy bug out of his head lie is said to he a young man of fastidious tastes and can boast a small coterie of 300 wives who mourns his absence lie is also said to bo crazy an affliction not uncommon those calling themselves royalty Ho is no tho first member of a royal family to be thus classified It is not of this however that wo wish to speak but one of tho symptoms given why tho young roan should be con sidered insane The published report states when ho left his native village amid tho clashing of cymbals and the beating of tomtoms he wits a devout Mohamcdau and repeated his prayers eight times a tiny with unfailing regularity We tare next told the while travelling en route through Japan he happened to meet up with an English missionary Dr Cham erelte who wa reading a bible The prince with unsound mind requested loan of the hook which he read and announcing himself converted to Christianity proclaimed him self Esu tho Mohammedan name for Jesus a fact which he declared hi had learned front its pages This was immediately ac ppptnl as further manifestations ofan sound mind showing an indisputable con nection between extreme fanatical piety and insanity His Mohammedan escort refuse to believe his alleged conversion and are rushing hint on to Europe in the hope of effecting a cure before it is everlasting too late The storyof his conversion however is sadly as ailed by the fact that while on board ship crossing tho Pacific hn saw and loved the daughter of the Austrian ambassador This was after he had been converted Seeing her was enough Despite the fact that he had just left three hundred wives in his native land he proposed to the Austrian girl on the spot and asked for an immediate answer AH1ogies were demanded and made but the gay hunch of royalty felt he was it and con tinned his journey in peace Lovemaking and religion are thus given as evidences of inqanite cannot blame the prince for falling ir love with a pretty woman for every son of Adam is very apt to imitate his example Neither do we blame him for announcing himself to he Jesus Christ for if as we informed ho had studied the bible he saw the graft that was in the game and resolved to play it for all it was worth111I trouble with him is that his conversion happened at n wrong time in a lay and ago when such things are not eagerly devoured by the multitude The manifestations thus given ofan unsound mindoffer a now suggestion Wherea some people have been inclined to look upon the claims of Jesus as spiritual king to bo impositions it would he a milder description to say they were simply the ravings of a person with an niiiiiind mind THE RELIGIOUS KISSING BUG Rev J W Ileddin authorized and ac credited us an inspired agent of the Holy Ohosters has set fashionable Denver to grasping for breath because of his insistence injunctionand indulging in an oscillatory demonstration Ihu lips of feminine beauty as they became converts to his cause The men of Denver interposed an objection it is said and made it known with so much persuasive ha Mr lliddin Ilex for other and unknown parts When the bacteriologists announced that kissing was a dangerous pastime they prob ably meant where the indulgence was In discriminate and the reasoning inductive Many men will cheerfully admit that bad breath overabundance of face powder are not inviting Under such con ditions there should be a rigid quarantine lint Mr Heddiii never raised tho slightest objection He dared those fierce bacilli that did browse upon the lips of beauty and went at it on wholesale plan caring not for the sour milkbottle of youth or the chilling frost of age No sooner hadn female expressed willingness and a desire to become a holy ghoster than ho pounceil down upon her like a hungry henhawk upon a brood of chickens and began to osculate until priety compelled him to desist It is to be presumed that Rev lleddin was ill love with his jobttitd enjoyed thi sanctified dedication of the first fruits of the Lord to his priest hood All went well until he attempted the kissing racket at a large indoor meeting Tho number of converts simply overwhelmed him and he would kiss none of the fcniinititt aspirants for Italy ghst honors save and cept those who e liv met his approval Then a kick was made The reports do not state whether this emanated from those whom h- ehll religiously ignored or whether it came front those who had been selected for oscula tion In tiny event a row followed which broke up the meeting and tho appearance of a police ollicer on the settle sent the kissing parson into a rage and a frenzy during which he tosstd over the organ to the hoer and thutfollowed greetingssex color or previous condition of servitude thiiv might have never been a kick rondo but tho trouble began when ho slowed crimination and pecill IIselected a few chosen females from his flock This was enough to create and excite feelings of jealou ntl had he been a man of judg uncut based upon experience he might have worked on a different plan Simplythissition any scheme no matter how low or onlyitligion Give it the stnmp of seeming vinity and it goes like hot cakes Dress it up in truth and you expose it No Rest for Him Spiritlils this heaven Stv PeterYes 1 was afraid of it Goodbye hamtIIII coming in No thanks During my life I played the harp on an excursion steamer and I want a rlstLife b 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 JAMES HUGHESEdltor and Publisher 1268 N KyPSUBSCRIPTION 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City Kansas Tile above quotation is parti of a speech delivered before a convention of preachers constituting the Anti Saloon League and is utilized as a frontispiece for u ragtag periodical 1t which passes current under the nape American Issue fathered managed published printed and sold by preach ers That should be used in such a planner indicates that these preachers are gratified at the splendid bunch of tally they have handed themselves It may be that it is used front the ikcjt that if they did not boost themselves nobody else would If a man or any body of men set out for the accomplishment of any useful or beneficial reform that man or those men are entitled to a great share of the credit but in spite of the desig nation uppen house etc n ill is a palpable and well known fact that an original idea a new andstartling truthIt new fact a useful measure has never emanated from the Chris tian pulpit in America for a whole century Instead of leaving their flocks and rushing to the front the preachers skulk behindthe pulpit and take refuge from the fray ride behind it as a sort of breastwork to shelter them front the storm of criticism and the fire of investigation a proceeding which hills brough into common use the appellation of cow ards castle as applied to the pulpit in general The church has never been an active agent in measures ofreform on the contrary itt has been a big stumbling block a millstone about the neck of progress and the present dis graceful political and social systems tire directly attributable to the in fluences of the pulpit Preachers shrink from true reform as though it were an infection sore frightful disease They know and dread the re sult Instead of banding together for human advancement they simply organize to unite thick efforts at main taining existing conditions their prompting motive being selfishness When slavery was an issue in the United States resulting in a fratricidal war the pulpits were the last to es pouse the cause of abolition and only did so under compulsion when it be came evident that war was inevitable hat slavery rust go they got into the movement in order to acquire the privilege of claiming some of the credit Other well known facts point to the conclusion that the ministers of America so far from arousing public sentiment invariably oppose what is best until that sentiment has acquired sufficient strength to stand upon its merits and they then fall in line The Blade lops not wish to appear captious in a discussion of this character It does not wish to even appear guilty of frivolous criticism And yet the Blade chal lenges controversy on the issue here raised and demands proof of one single measure of useful or beneficial re form that originated in the pujpit True sonic liberal notions have sprang front that source but the author has been subjected to criticism and in some cases a punishment dismissing him from the service has resulted by reason thereof These are isolated cases however and for present purposes a reference is made to the ministers as a body not as individuals There arc known instances where ministers have attempted political work with a view to reform but in nine cases out of ten it arises from an impotency in other directions and is employed as a means of inviting attention and attracting the public rather than an honest desire to be of service to humanity Most preachers like actors love advertise ment and they play for it As a rule they strive to cultivate the acquaint ance and friendship of some newspaper reporter to the end that the press can be utilized for the desired end In stead of being an tipper house a body of ministers in any community is like a pound of putty in the stomach of a dyspeptic and about as useful Many cities can boast a ministerial association As a rule the majority of ministers of all denominations ex cept the Catholic are members of that body They indulge in regular meet ings They hold discussions upon this or that topic and adopt resolutions but in all the wide area of this continent front the storm lashed Atlantic coast to the sunny slopes of the Pacific from wild Ontarios lakes to the placidlwaters of the Gulf it is point to a solitary association of these ministers or an individual member thereof as a new and Iiormflattering imitators in the world They live in the dead past They subsist upon hoary superstitions They dare not stand farce toward tho cast and greet the rising sun They will tearfully regret the disappearance of the1-bright orb of day behind the western hills and may stand entranced at its golden setting but the glories of the bright morning are to them unknown They are unable to appreciate the up ward and onward march of humanity For this reason they have been left back upon the trail and other and more capable hands are carving the way for future generations to tread The author of the statement quoted i r 1U L BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 above is a politician He owes his of ficial position to politics and Kansas is too well known for church politics to admit ofsuch a statement having too much weight To get church votes tally tits preacher and the preacher can work the congregation This seems to be well understood in Kansas and what obtains in that state can be worked to greater or less degree in promptingthinking public will be able to read Ibetween the lines and these will know statement is absolutely and altogether untrue IN ADAM ALL SINNED The recent action of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has proven that thu copious tears sited by jMirk Twain at the supposed graves of our first parents were in vain Some Christians have failed to see behind the veil of sarcasm which the noted humorist had drawn about that biblical myth Some profess to see in the story a beautiful pathetic and tender sentiment manifested by the holylandsthe sheltered thrust which the Author of Innocents Abroad gave to the Adam and Eve story has done as much to ward the eradication of that myth as some of the demonstrations and re vealed facts of science iRidicule is a most effective though to some people an undesirable weap thousrands subjectedIcepted or supposedly accepted facts puhlieImind inducing investigation and the latter furnished all the evidence that was necessary That which ridicule can overwhelm ought to perish for it is not strong enough to live and assert its truth and integrity- In any event the Adam and Eve myth has gone It has been relegated to the realm of fiction It has been de clared by this body of eminent investi gators to be but a mere dream The science anthropology is responsible for this condition in that it has clear ly revealed the fact that the variations in human specie could not have been produced from one original pair es pecially within the comparative short space of time allowed by biblical J chronologj Granting all the ages necessary to such a result the imposs bilityj in still before us ofso many distinct types in cnthnology With the passing of Adam and Eve the garden of Eden story fades from human consideration Science hats shown that there was no such garden with flowery meads and chanting birds with its purling brooks and trees of life and knowledge Thus does science explode the fable ofour first parents being driven therefrom by angels with flaming swords in order to prevent them from pulling the fruit of the tree of life With the disappearance of these figments of mans imagination we abolish the notion that a curse was put upon labor and we are accorded the privilege of knowing that all labor is It blessing and a benefit to him who toils Once the orthodox people can be brought face to face with these facts anda careful consideration in duced the Christian myth will perish and the ninny institutions iow devoted to its propagation will be rededicated to the service of man- Like many other myths of a similar character it has served its purpose During file stages of infantile civili zation the race had no better no more satisfactory explanation of mans origin For centuries it stood a complete answer to the wondering questionings of men It was a dead wall beyond which they could not travel or explore All that wall investigation stopped It held the mind of man in thrall just as the ends of the world checked navigation until Columbus dissipated the end theory and proved there was land beyond the seas So has modern science broken through the wall of the Edenie myth exposed fo view what actually lays beyond and one of the greatest essentials in the Christian faith has gone never to re turn Years will come and years will go within which some poor benight ed mind will give ready credence to the story aural upon such minds must the Christianity of the future depend for its existence Thd tales of nursery the Mother Goose rhymes please and delight the mind of childhood but in more mature years these mental mon strosities must bo discarded and the mind absorb material facts So it is with religion Common experience will aid as strenuously in exploding much that is connected with religion and the discoveries of modern science offer a foundation for the new thought that must take its place The importance of this so far as the orthodox religion is concerned lies in the fact that with the abolition of the ILL Adam and Eve myth much else of a religious nature indispensable con nected therewith must fall along with it If there was no Adam and Eve to sin in a supposed Garden of Eden they did not introduce sin into the world and entail the curses of the fancied creator upon all underneath posterity Assuming that man pos sesses a something called a soul there being no Adam that soul was not in fluenced by or affected by the supposed sin of the supposed Adam If the sup posed sin atlect not the supposed soul of man there was no necessity for any redemption front that sin no necessity for a redeemer and any person who puts himself forth as a supposedre deemer must either be a deluded enthusiast or a known imposter Henceforth the doctrine that iniAdam all sinned must be urged caul ion The doctrine was never en titled to any serious consideration but now with the advancement of human knowledge and coupled with the action of these men of Science the t church will have to be careful in its interpretation of the Edenic fables for thr people are no longer inclined to accept theta as facts Tile Blade would urge upon its friends not to relax in their ellorts to get us subscribers Those are now our only hope Take care of the blanks we have sent out and use them at the Hirst opportunity Our expenses are now double what they were before the change wits shade and we are struggling for a better patronage You call Stopforthoughtsinto Feet houglht is a preventive rather than a cure Frccthought docs not wait until a man is driven to crime by the iron law of necessity a woman to dishonor a child to beggary and then organize some fake relief so helpingthe shame Dont forget our clubbing offer Five subscribers sent in with one re mittance will be accepted at one dollar each per year Public opinion is an evershifting rainbow and the heretics of one age become the saints of the next Now it is Trilby parties and greater rallles for the great glory of god Let him be praised 1 rtij n 1J 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE SIGNS IN THE SKIES According to the common orthodox notion heaven is located somewhere in the skies while hell is given habitat somewhere beneath the earths crust Illimitable space excludes heaven as a place for human abode while the earth being but eight thousand miles in diameter the center thereof cannot be more than four thousand miles away a distance within which hell must be if the orthodox theory is Christians have partially abolished hell and now pretend to look upon it as a mere condition not a place for eternal punishment but they cling to heaven with all the old time fervor As we can only know pleasure through contrasting id with pain the orthodox bliss of heaven can not be genuine happiness if there be tio pain on the othcrside When the Christian gives up hell he quietly permits heaven to depart with it Such crude conceptions of a life be yond the grave have given plenty of room for speculation with a hollow protense added At frequent inter vals men will profess to see signs of heaven in the clouds or in the skies while wo seldom hear of tiny signs from or concerning hell Many pro attainIthe conditions of existence therein how to get there and what you will do upon arrival These pretend or assume to have readsigns and they then undertake to attempt an interpretation thereof as if they could possibly know any more about what is not than the humblest person on to recent publications Prof J G Porter of tin University of Cincinnati in an address before the Lane Seminary told his audience that he had seen signs in the skies of astronomical import which proved the life beyond the grave and were confirmatory of the power wisdom and benign character of the deity lie is reported to have insisted upon the notion that the whole trend of the science of astronomy was to confirm the faith that existed in men of a reality of the life after death Ever capable student of the science of astronomy knows that such a state ment is not true and if Prof Porter has been correctly quoted the University of Cincinnati ought to get rid of him at the earliest possible moment If he is undertaking to teach to the minds of young men and women such false and absurd notions he is a posi tive injury to education If ho has no better conception of the cosmos as drawn from astronomy he is un fitted to teach even a class of shoats As a matter of fact if as reported Prof Porter is a Doctor of Philosophy lie has been sadly overlooked and has a philosophy all to himself One of the earliest impressions made upon the student of astronomy is its eternal conflict with theology and bible cosmogony The student soon engagedinjust happened to make the stars also lie soon learned that the earth was not the all in all of the universe and that it was not placed here for tho sole and especial benefit of the biped man Ile soon learned that the earth in comparison with tho solar system was but as a mere grain of dust a flyspecked eidolon on the horologue of time lIe also learned that even the solar system was but one of many solar systems making up an astral system of enormous magni tude and that the astral system was but one of many other astral systems of a like vast extent and his learning soon extended to the knowledge that in all the universe there was no room for a planet making god especially of that order which exhibited to Moses a part of his anatomy which he ought to have kept under cover The science of astronomy is a study of the planetary systems their arrangement and orderly procession The science of geology is a study of their composite elements Both have made enormous inroads upon the pre vailing orthodox beliefs and as a rule the clergy resist them with all tho intensity of their nature Signs in the skies of a character that con firm the belief in heaven or hell or the existence of a scnthicnt world made of Supreme power and Intelligence can only be seen by the credulous and ig norant These signs never appear to the educated They always manage to get out of the way of intellect meaningfriendpointed to a snow storm and asked the Blades editor who made it The re producedhmoisture in the atmosphere became congealed by being brought into con tact with a falling temperature and lightlyitation In other words the snow we replied was but congealed moisture or rain But who made the moisture he askedIt is drawn from the earth by the heat rays of the sun was the reply Who made the suu1 came the next inquiring response- I do not know do you we repliedYes god Then who made god lie was not made but is self existent Then the sun without god is to you a mystery Without god it would be but with god it is not Then you undertake to explain one mystery by referring to another and call it a rational explanation- But god is not a mystery to me Then you really understand god- I do Describe him This was the stumbling block The absolute end of the argument had been reached front the god stand point Until that moment that friend actually believed did understand god The belief had boon accepted without investigation but it is enough to show that god disappears when the light of investigation begins to shine in the darkuorners Similar conditions confront Prof Porter He talks glibly about god and the future life when he is even unable toi comprehend either and is incapable of making demonstration to prove his contention God was the answer to ignorance to everything it did not understand and it is the cry of ignorance still when confronted by nat ural phenomena The storm billows rolling on in their ever ceaseless motion and the fury of the elements have all boon taken as manifestations- of divine anger Pestilence and anlic filtl1quakbfloodthe orthodox deity and if these be the results of his handiwork humanity would be better oil without him Upon this point we cannot do better than to quote Lucifers answer to Cain when discussing the supposed goodness of deity when Byron makes him say If good he gives you so name him but ii evil comes from him do not mil it mine One of the most effective methods of fighting superstition is by the spread of Freethought literature end we lion eslly believe that the Blade is the best medium you could use for such a purpose JBLUEGRASS BLADE 11 BY CHRISTIAN COURTESY One speaker who gloried in the estimable blessings of civil and re ligious liberty in our country in formed the infidels and Jews that they came in after the state was formed and if they were permitted to carryout their peculiar views it would be by courtesy and not by right This is the Christian view of things and an ignorant one at that It is ex pressive of the sweet sentiment of Christian charity and toleration and the result of a Christian education It is absolutely Christian It is Chris tian in essence Christian in construc tion Christian in letter and spirit The Christian notion is there expressed in all its hideous and naked truth If is the remnant of the middle ages that has crept along into modern civilization now almost flickered out Ibid the Blade been asked the question whether or not there existed any orthodox Christian sect in America that entertained such a notion we would almost have answered in the negative for we did not believe it was possible that America could boast one man or woman who actually believed what is above quoted much less dare to put such a sentiment in print Through the kindly thought ofnfriend we have received a clipping from the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald published by the Religions liberty Bureau itself a misnomer a veritable fraud The article in ques tion from which the quotation is made was written by George Spies of Harrisburg Pa and purports to be a report of a meeting held in that city February 14 and 15 last by the National Reform Association aided by tho local Ministerial Association for the purpose of a conference upon how best to enforce Bible principles of Civil Government It is reported that nearly fifty speakers took part and the reporter named above gives the names of some of the speakers with extracts of what they said but in giving the quotation placed at the head of this article no name is furnished of he who uttered it probably on the ground that with the conference all overLI cETA thor would be ashamed to see his name in public print attached to such a sentimentBut the National Reform Asso ciation We have alluded to it as a fraud it is The idea of Reform em bodies notions of progress and change The very name is used for the pur pose of practicing fraud and decep tion upon an unthinking people Most men can bo attracted to a movement having some good and useful reform for its objective For this reason the name Reform was put into the cognomen of this Association when its avowed purpose is to inject god into the federal and state constitutions to enforce a national observance of Sun day by law and such other Christian ideas even to injecting the bible teachings into matters of government Now to the point If the speaker giving utterance to the sentiments knew anything of the history of this country he would know that the fidels at least did not come into the state after the state was formed He would know if he cared to find out that the Revolutionary fathers they who actually made the state who gave their treasure their strength and risked their lives for Independence they who led the colonial army who cheered and encouraged iton its weary march es and kept up he fight at the bayonets point were infidels and this includes Washington Paine Franklin Jefferson and a host of others who at that time were the leaders of American thought and made the American states possible The infidel tendencies of the Revolutionary Fathers led them to adopt a constitution for the future government of the colonies now to be known as the United States without mentioning tho name of god or the holy ghost or the observance of Sun day facts which brought their very organization into existence So far as tike state is concerned if by the term is meant government it was here be fore militant Christianity got a foot hold and it is only by trickery artifice and strategy that these Christians have so perverted the avenues of government as to make them lean towards Christianity instead of away from it If infidels formed the state they were hero before the state was formed and the speaker quoted by Mi1 Spies in his report is clear oil the track During the revolutionary period the Chris tians were opposing independence The church taught obedience and subservience to the king Tile church people were the monarchists the royalists the tories of the colonial lays It was an infidel who first suggested who first wrote down the very idea of American Independence and Paine s Common Sense was the efficient cause of colonial independcnco from Great Britain Another course in American history if any previous studies have been made would prove an eye opener to the National Reform Association so we Ire politely informed that infidels and Jews are merely per H mitted to express their peculiar views as a courtesy and not as a right If there be any man or woman within the broad territory of Uncle Sams domain who thinks that Infidels exist and propagate their prin ciples only through courtesy and would like to put up an end to it then let him try just once He would soon discover whether it was courtesy or right Of course Freethinkers all realize as they have done for years that in the Christian mind there exists neither rights or courtesies that are not essentially Christian Outside of Christianity outside of their teachings and propaganda there are no rights and men or women assuming to have rights ought to be denied them unless they conform to Christian notions and ideas Such is the Christian notion of Liberty which the National Reform Association would invoke upon this continent hut we are thankful that with Freethinkers standing gUll Idfeverywhere watchful and alert that lay shall never again dawn when any Christian church shall have the right peopleslibertiesBut pray who are these sanctified toilers who would undertake to inter pret for America quito unaskedtho will of any deity and who would abro gate a fundamental of the land Are they in anyway responsible for what we do Do we interfere with their re privilegesway things are run in America there are plenty of vessels leaving our ports upon which they can take immediate passageIt true and must continue to be true under any and all circumstances that government whatsoever their name or profession must to some ex tent shadow forth the religious views of the great body of its people protensionsthing as a minority permitting the majority to express their views as a mere courtesy on their part Nor can there bo any justification for cramming unnecessary and useless formulas down tho throats of dissenters with a police mans club If Shakespeare could revise his seven ages of man he would assert that in the first lie often got neglected in the second he was licked in the third girlfrienda mark for the arrows of falsehood and slander And think of this in a world that is supposed to be Christian 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE y y gtBy Buckeye + t Down at Muncie Indiana tString hard to free poor souls persistent superstition + + Lives our hero Dr Dowles t2 God and devil hell and heaven All alike fire myths with him + + + And lie speaks right out in meetin + + Something like our Brother lilll Y Jlo says man is not immortal That death ends u1 pain and strife tt And that tis the height of folly In expect n future life + + He declares these foolish notions + All most certainly began t Long before the morn of science DIIICI upon the mind of mail Bowles speaking thinking writing tPutting church creeds to the test Indiana + lie has stirred a hornets nest With some articles appearing + 2In paper in his town And the readers say the Doctort tIRextremely hard to down Ile keeps writing while these priestly tHornet buzz about his car For their sting has been extracted + + And theroR little left to fear + i But if everything In nature Comes of grim necessity Priests cant help what they are doing tBowleR can help It though youll see tThochief object of this jingle I am allowed to speak Is to ask our family Doctor + To prescribe for us each weM s With the Doctor in the sanctum + + t We would hear the eagle IcrcamtWouhlilt Hughes and Uowles + Make a spanking three horse team t would soon flood hell with water t tThey Free thou ghts resistless stream t y y NN OPEN LETTER TO OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE Some Reasons Why The Bill For Bible Reading In The Schools Ought Not To Be Passed To the Hon Members of the Legislature of Oklahoma I desire tot call your attention to the Bill providing for the reading of tho Bible in the Public Schools and to state a few objections to it 1 It is at variance with the spirit of the U S Constitution and has been so hold by the Courts 2 It is a ligious legislation inimical to the Republic and to tho Liberties of the people 3 It is Glass Legislation since tho Church claims but n0000 members out of a population of 80000000 in tho United States Because the 1005 Report of the Penitentiary showed tho Church affiliations of the Parents of the prisoners and of the IfiM prisoners only 27 twenty seven had no Church affiliations Brcaiio tho statistics of tho city of New York showed that 05 per cent of its juvenile criminals were of Catholic Parent age Because history shows that in all Christendom tho moro religious the people are thu more Ignorant and criminal Because it would open the door for a never Pulling Religious War with persecution the thumbscrew tho rack the stakeandtorch for its arguments Because tho oppo ition would see to it that the Jewish Bible the Catholic Bible and tile Mormon Bible had nn equal show with any other Because Religion and Liquor tend to rob IIlman of his reason and produce insanity 10 Because tho Bible in most common use is unlit to bo in tile hands of children on account of its obscurity under any other cover it coulil not bo sent through United States Mails and would not be tol crated in tliri bookstores Because after years of controversy over the subject Ilho Bible in the Schools the School Board of Chicago has wisely excluded tile Billie and sent to Japan for a copyof their Code of Morals 12 Because tho Church is Inherently opposed to Freethought Free speech and Freepress without which tho PEOPLE cannot maintain their LIBERTIES Respectfully submittedA Oklahoma City Okla Feb 20 1008 There Ionly one euro for public distress and that is public education The modern majesty consists in work What man can do is his greatest ornament Do not conllno your children to your own learning They were born in another time 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 vvv x 9 f- i Che Blades Conitcspondence i t NINNNNN MNNNNNN NN NNNNN MNNHNMNNNNNN NNNM NNNNNN N ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS N MILLER The lllmle appreciates your kindly feelings Such expressions of good will always encourage E D NAUMANThanks for renewal Have answered personal questions liy letter Glad you like the lllnde so much better E ALEXANDER You promise of help is appreciated Only hy such cooperation will our cause be able to win out T L WATSON Sample copies have been sent to names and addresses given us Thanks for the interest shown It is a real pleasure sometimes to be called a fool Of course it depends largely upon the caller W II STEEN Thanks for renewal We contemplate further improvements if our friends only buckle to and help us to increase the circulation THOMAS TEItlhnt is one of the I glorious privileges of being a Freethinker in that a man can call himself whatsoever ho chooses Your position 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enough to send it with out the money which very much appreciate think you have made a great improve ment in the paper and I like it very have not been to church for eight years said told tho preacher that I wits an Agnostic and did not believe in the bible and to please take my name on of tho church book of my illness from September to September not ono of the mem hers came to see mo and I came very near dying I send you a letter that I received from the church You can publish it if you wish and continent on ELIZABETH J PIERCY RELIGION IN THE NAVY Continued from page That sagacious gray matter in Washington which is controlling the destinies of us fortunate mortals in the navytook cognizance as did my young friend of these cognomans anti realized the fact that this turbulent ele ment with minds still in the middle ages could be properly controlled only through its superstitions and now thirtythree per cent of our chaplains are catholic priests And the results justify the conclusion 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