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Digital page images are linked to the text file. t7 r trIt t r BLUE ftRASS BLADEu hn Volume XVI Number 50 LEXINGTON KY APRIL 5 igo8 Published Weekly u 4IDEVOTED TO PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT I I A B BENNETT 91 Ia IiNEEnland Freethinker and Writer l II f 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE o AB BENNETT y ww wN w wwNN wN w N wMN Mw From time Immemorial the cause of Freethought has been able to boast a number of active workers Many do not get Into the limelight of public knowledge but there exists a mighty host of men and women who for years have boldly faced orthodoxy In Its every shape and form and have never hesi tated to strike a blow for mental freedom whenever an oppor tunity presented Itself Among the latter may be found the subject of this sketch Well may It be said that by their fruits shall yo know them and judged by his fruits A B Bennett of Norwalk Connecticut stands today in the front ranks of the valiant army of Freethought Bennett Is a product of American country life In his veins flows the blood of the revolutionary fathers He comes of a sturdy Scotch and English stock which gave him that Indomitable will and courage that enabled him to work con stantly for improvement He succeeded as few have done Ho was born In the little town of Wilton Fairfield County Con necticut on the 27th day of June 1851 and will therefore be 57 years of age this year Ills father Henry Dennett was the only son of Thomas Durr Bennett while his greatgrandfather wasa Captain M command of a company of revolutionary patriots which fired an effective volley upon Cornwallls buc caneers as they marched In battle array through the town of Westport Conn Isis mother was a Miss Jane Lockwood the eldest daughter of Henry B Lockwood of Weston Conn so that his lineage Is composed of that old New England stock which has done so much In milking uji the strength and glory of the American republic At the age of twentyone years he was married to Miss Elsie F Gorham a daughter of Samuel Ciorliain a prominent business man of Westport from which union four daughters and three sons have been born These are now all upon the threshold of manhood and womanhoods bright dawning and it is the parents proud boast that In all theW years of their married life the family has not been visited by a death and very little sickness to discomfort or distract While the name of Bennett may appear new to many fL ilL of the present readers of the made It is perfectly familiar to the old guard who from time to time have read with pleasure the effusions of his pen He was among the first to rally to the support and assistance of the Blade and to him with a few others Is due the fact that the Blade has been ablo to make its present improvements Ready and willing at all times to help of his financial means he Is just as ready to defend his principles by argument From Ills father he inherited much of his Independence for according to his own statement his fathers religion was in effect to practice what you preach and mind your own business with a diligence and perseverance that few men possessed The subject of this sketch was born to farm life Ills father owned one hundred acres of land and the first few years of his life was spent in this manner with opportunities and advan tages for plenty of work with a schooling of three months each year during the winter season And yet a diligent student an ardent lover of good books and of nature thirty years of Investi gation has broadened Ills views of things especially as pertaining to religion and religious subjects until today ho declares he has no use for creeds or dogma spirits spooks or ghosts He has been in the service of Uncle Sam as a mall carrier for fifteen years and for the past Jive years he has been conducting an ice plant on his own account Thrift frugality Industry economy and perseverance combined to place him in a position above want His life may bo made an exemplar for others arId to such men Freethought owes much of its present glory While not a prolific writer he has at various times given free expression to his honest opinions The Dlade has published some of his compositions at various periods of time Not so very long ago he wrote an article upon What constitutes a Freethinker or deist which for the benefit of Dlade readers Is reproduced In this issue In order to see what manner of man we have In Mr Bennett Could Freethought boast a thousand men like him with the vigor and energy he possesses It would not be long before our cause would bo the cause triumphant In America t I BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 e NNHHNNNHNHNNNNNNNHNHNHHNNHNHH + Persistence of Superstition I- y HN1H1e NN4 HNNHNNNNHHN NHNNNNNNH e The Destroyer of Government and the Great Highway that Leads to the Graveyards of Nations By Dr J T Bowles- It Is the paramount duty of every good man and every good woman to labor un ceasingly to drive superstition from the brain of their fellow men It has filled the whole world with crime and sorrow and It still poisons all the fountains and all the springs of life In all the history of the ancient world not a single government was Instituted among men that it did not destroy and on the surface of the globe today In the bright morning of the twentieth century there Is not a single government controlled by the priests of superstition that Is not rapidly speeding along the highway that leads to the graveyard of nations- It has always filled the sky with mon strous gods and It has always filled the thrones of earth with heartless tyrants and between these pitiless Molechs It has sacrificed and devoured the toiling millions of the earth with fiendish glee and delight The conspiracy between the gods of the sky and the tyrants of the earth to slave forever the whole human race reached Its climax about two thousand years ago when Jesus Christ ascended the celestial throne of Jupiter and Constantine the murderer mounted the throne of the the long sojourn of the human raco on this planet extending over a period of not less than five hundred thous and years neither traditional nor history give any account of a period so dark and desolate as tho thousand years which menced when Constantino sat down In the golden chair of tho Caesars and proclaimed to the world that Jesus Christ was tho god of heaven and earth For a thousand years Rome had been tho mistress of the world and Jupiter had been worshipped as the supreme and almighty god of tho universe but tho scepter now fell from his withered hands and tho new god Jesus Christ drovo him from his celestial abode and Into tho hands of Constantino now seated on tho throne of the Caesars ho delivered tho keys which opened tho portals of heaven and hell From that very day and that very hour superstition In its most hideous and appall ing form took complete possession of all tho provinces ot tine mighty but now tottering Roman Empire and universal darkness enveloped the earth with a pall of despair and for a thousand years known In history as tho Dark Ages not a single star was seen through the terrible gloom of this midnight sky There Is no tongue nor pen that can em body In speech the ruin that was wrought the countries that were wrecked and the millions of lives that were blasted during this awful chiliad of Impenetrable gloom and appalling darkness Five million men women and children were killed In the wars of the Crusades to rescue the sepulchre where their new god was hurled before ascending from earth to heaven one million men and women were murdered for refusing to be lieve that tho god of the universe had ever been killed and hurled In Palestine one million Alblgenses Hugeuots Waldenscs and Netherlanders were cruelly and fiend ishly put to death one million were murdered by tho Holy Inquisition nine million were put to death for witchcraft twelve millions of natives In the New World were slaughtered by the priests of super stition to satisfy their thirst for blood and for the glory of their new god with fiend ish ferocity and malignity nearly all tho great men and noblo women as fast as they appeared In the world were cruelly put to death and nearly every book containing any useful information was consumed flames kindled by the priests of supersti tionEvery nation of the earth has been cursed by this hideous monster and all of Europe for a thousand years was converted Into a swimming Golgotha of blood and today the priestridden nations of the earth are seek ing to extinguish tho torch of reason and remand the whole human family Into the black night and universal vassalage of the Dark Ages For one thousand years after Jesus Christ was Invested with the dominion of heaven and earth and Constantino was clothed with tho Imperial purple of the Caesars superstition dominated and controlled every human being in tho vast Roman Empire and among these superstitious was a uni versal belief In witchcraft necromancy sorcery demons ghosts augury divina- tions and Hundreds of like phantasms filled the Ignorant and perverted brain of the whole human family- In a modified form many of these Idiotic and absurd superstitions still prevail nil over tho world and in spite of the growth and demonstrations of science thousands of people In every large community and city are still to be found who believe in such nonsense as palmistry obsession astral bodies talking with god getting re ligion interpreting dreams obtaining knowl edge by passivity and Illumination and hundreds of similar superstitions- It will thus be seen that the power of heredity tradition and vested Interests still keep alive theso pernicious superstitions of the Dark Ages and that a stupendous work still remains to be done by science before tho social atmosphere of the world Is and good movement peace and righteousness will fill the earth when superstition disappears and the most sacred duty now devolving on the higher types of men and women Is the persistent Impartation to their fellow men of the sub lime truth that the universe embodies all causes and all effects and that n knowledge of these causes and these effects Is the only path that can lead to individual and social happiness Long ere this the hatreds and strifes tho discords and wars engendered by superstition would have disappeared from the earth had It not been for heredity tra dition and vested Interests but the bright light of science Is now flooding the world and we can safely Indulge the hope that among civilized peoples the grosser forms of superstition will soon pass Into the vast cemetery of tho past How long 0 how long will it yet be before mankind will learn that fabulous gods In tho sky are the deadliest enemies of tho human race THE GRIM REAPER By Dr T 1 Bowles It becomes my melancholy duty to in form the renders of The Blade that James Monroe Anderson of Oakvlllo Indiana was struck and killed by a train of cars at Waterloo Indiana on tho 4th dust Although unknown to fame he was probably tile ablest and most enlightened ex ponent of nationalism that ever lived In liuliiiim told death to tliote of us who knew him is a great personal grief and mi irreparable loss Ho was taken to tile home of one of his dearest friends Benjamin Lukens of Ander son Indiana and tho funeral services were conducted by the writer and by W Leo of Muncie Indiana t r 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE NNN HNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN 1 Lot His Family and Angel Visitors Y t t v 3HNHHHg3MH W N N As the Ways of God are not the Ways of Man it Is for the Preachers to Explain this Salacious Story lUy Ononon CHAPTER IX Lot cntertalncth two angels The vicious Sodomites are stricken with blindness Lot is sent for safety In to the mountains He obtaineth leave to go Into Zoar Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed 26 Lots wife is a pillar of salt 30 Lot dwelleth in a cave The Incestuous origin of Moab and Is the heading of the chapter named As the Blade may not hive space to give the whole chapter the reference is made In order that investiga tors may read It for themselves This episode of Lot and his daughters Is a preface to the salacious tales that the good Book from time to time serves to its readers It puzzles the clergy to explain why such stories are given and all they can say Is the ways of God are not as mans the ways of God are marvelous yea the ways of God are past finding out Lots tribulations commenced by trying to entertain two angels They always were exceedingly troublesome visitors mid we are right glad they went out of fashion long years ago Lot was an obtuse man with no character at all Hospitality is a virtue but when It comes to a man offering his two virgin daughters to appease the desires of a howling mob in order to save fellows of doubtful reputation who were sailing un der false colors it even then may be a Bible virtue but common people will en deavor to struggle along without it and gladly turn it over to Bible worthies who were almost too close to God for the good of the truth leaks out the Lord had sent them to destroy It V 13 and the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah was sealed They were ordered to destroy only one city but havinG their fire works ready they finally concluded it best while they were about It to burn down two We can never like angels or their culiar ways Having thoroughly alarmed Lot and his family they were well aware their curoslty would be excited to the high est pitch especially the female part of the q 1 r household All know the desire on the part of most people to witness a conflagra tion But the command was given Look not behind thee and although Lot said Oh not so my Lord all arguments all reasonable requests are denied when angels indulge In wholesable arson Now comes the hideous part of the story Lots wife In a moment of inadvertence or by n sudden impulse forgetting the com mand turned quickly around and in a twinkling became a pillar of salt a sort of briny Psyche standing in the midst of the fiery desolation an awful example of the penalty of forgetfulness and the ciety of angels In the lids of the Bible there Is no more harrowing account nothing more dastardly nothing so manifestly unjust as the saline annihilation of Mrs Lot Lots wife has a mission to perform a station in society to fill a family that required her wifely offices and as tine context shows two daughters who needed looking after with a watchful eye to say nothing of a husband who was erratic to the least and fond of celestial society- If these daughters who dwelt with their father In the cave were the same two he offered to the mob of Sodom and they must have been identical we feel sorry they had not been given up as their misfortunes would have entitled them to our sympathy while now they remain ob Ipcts of detestation They were bad women and weak In ar gument too for they affected to believe that because two little cities with the plain round about had been destroyed men worn at such n premium or so scarce In fact they said there Is not a man In the earth a quibble a subterfuge Intended to show that any delay was dangerous to population and by such specious reason Ing endeavored to condone In their own minds their lecherous fault Had their poor Mother alas standing In her pillared solitude been present and left In her wifely relation the acts of these erring daughters would not to day blacken the pages of sacred history- In another part of the Bible wo are told to remember Lots wife and we always shall and with feelings of the deepest sympathy and to this biblical admonition we beg to add let us all try to forget Lots daughters and this especially for the benefit of the clergy and the good of Sunday schools THE FREEDOM OF CARDINAL JIM Short Lay Sermon Upon The Sudden Change In And Controlling Influence- of Cardinal Newmans Freedom By John P Clarke I send herewith the sermon of my con temporary Cardinal Jim who talks upon free will Jim says that listening and hearkening to him and his kind is getting advice direct from God He has apostolic authority for that but what indemnity company will stand for the apostles JimIsays that we can not be free unless we get next to Christ as He is tho only One who can free us again As Christ Is a mere figment of the mind he can not free us or even the most devout believers of any bad traits Jim talks of spirituality It takes material food to keep It spirit in man alive and inside sparks tnat depend upon dally rations are material emanations despite all that Jim may say When we are dead the spirit does not move us nay more Jim has devoted his life to celibacy a state of Immoral aeflance to nature Na ture makes man and mate and implant In each a yearning for each other An ethereal system whoso priests defy this magnetism of sexual conjunction Is out of alignment with Nature or God or whatever designed the mating of man and woman and Is irreligious from any standpoint A true religion is a compliance with the ap parent designs of tne Law of Nature The law of eating Is a Natural Law andIdemands compliance Also the law ofIbreathing Jim Is a great free willIn clrcleHe Is a casuist but awfully transJparent He says In effect exercise free willbut do It this way Bo a treoIthinker but think my way and way This like giving Icecream putting salt In it Cardinal Jim promised to aid tho local optionlsts and afterwards came out flat footed for high license Now the local optlonlsts are saying things about him I guess God told him that high license Is the real thing His free will Is about as free as that which ho offers to others Jim Is as free as a bird in a cage A fellow In Rome owns his spiritual and moral freedom Knows a Good Thing HASWBLL COLOI enclose stamps for whlcn please send me The Virgin Mary by Crier Kidder I would also like a sample copy of the DladeL G HOGE 1 YII BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 r + + iena gule of St John H N N N H H N H N N H H N N NTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT How the Seven Angels were Given Vials Filled with the Wrath of god and Other Things lily E Lewis We who are not saints or divine might 1think that the winepress caper would close gods menagerie and satisfy Joints curiosity for extravagant sightseeing but not so for John saw In heaven great and marvelous wonders seven angels having the seven last plagues in seven vials for In them is filled up the wrath of god then John saw that the temple of the tabernacle In heaven was opened so that ho could seo what was going on up there and the seven angels cattle out of the temple having the seven plagues and one of tho four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of god and the temple was full of smoke from the glory of god so that no man could enter into It and the temple would remain full of smoke until the seven plagues were lulflllcd That was a peculiar way god had of protecting himself against Intruders while he played hell with his people In dispensing his wrath on them God had sent out his seven last vials of wrath to scourge his people and sat down to rest and take a good quiet smoke and await results That Is about what we can gather from Johns Ktntemcnts know of no lament so uni versally detested as smoke It was a cute old scheme for the boss to strike upon to canIrelatingIyears ago when I was a boy in Western two of my brothers and my self as was customary In tho fall of the year when grapes persimmons black hawes and other wild fruits wero ripe went out possum hunting one night taking with us two well trained dogs After meandering about In the woods for some time after wo sent he logs out they gave tongue lively spirited Wo knew It was not an opossum So wo hastened to tho scene of alarm but before reaching the howling wilderness of activity wo mot a wireless message which Informed vs that a polecat was In trouble with our dogs Wo waded through tho rich fragrance that exuded from a hole just at tho ground In the sldo of a largo hollow oak tree there was not room for either dog to get Inside of tho tree but either one could get his head in one at a time So his catshlp held tho fort and was in no danger But as soon as either dog poked his unsanctified nose Into that hole that polecat would pour out at least one vial of tho wrath of his Indig nation into that dogs face and he would balk and fly back and cough and sneeze and roll and tumble and root his nose In the fallen leaves and then go stick his nose in the tree again and again During that little campaign that cat poured out more than seven vials of the wrath of his indignation Into the faces of those faithful dogs and no dog could enter Into that cats temple for tho abundance of the fogs any more than a man could enter Into gods temple for the abundance of the supposed smoke which John speaks of which may have resulted from a vigorous use of gods old corn cob pipe John says every island disappeared and every mountain was laid low and all the rivers well dried up as turned to blood but what got John the worst was when ho was expecting that great outflowing of Dago Red front the winepress of tho wrath of god it turned out to be a deluge of blood It was a bloody shame to disappoint John in that way John says furtner he saw the dragon and the beast and the false prophet vomit up frogs That Is possible There are people so constituted that selfgovernment is out of tho question with them so that when they have the opportunity of enjoying an extraordinary good meal say something like a dish of live frogs they never think to stop eating until they can hear tho frogs croaking just below their swallow then tho exodus begins with a rush for their native pond and fresh air and the untrammelled enjoyment of personal liberty But John says those frogs were tho spirits of devils working miracles but how could John see tho spirits of evils unless he was full of tho spirits of Dago Red And more than that I do not think It would bo a miracle for frogs towant to got out of such stomachs as tho dragon and the beast and the false prophet possessed think I can about parallel that case and tell the truth Tho Incident occurred within less than half a mile of where I now write hero in Pasadena Some three or four years ago a colored brother was pastor of a negro congre gation here Ho was ono of those heavy built broad shouldered largo featured groes with great capacity for storing grub Son thing like a small wheat in After solemnly asking tho beneficent father to watch over him through the night and hand him over to his dear ones at the early dawn in line time to pursue his sacred calling had retired for the night In the little par sonage by the church trusting that all all would be well with him when the morn ing came He was soon sound asleep with his mouth open forming as it were a great cave both enticing and yet danger ous That cave was not well guarded A mouse while out on a foraging expedition discovered the opening and concluded to explore its uttermost limit and suiting the action to the thought dived Into it like a shot and down the parsons throat with all the speed he was master of Did the parson find it out Aye Suddenly he sprang to the floor reaching for the mouse but the mouse was down In his stomach frightened nearly to death trying to dig way out The parsons eloquence rose to a height far beyond anything he had ever reached in his mst earnest revival efforts only ho was not using that kind of language Ills voice aroused the neighborhood Peo ple were alarmed and ran In half attire to learn who was murdering the parson On learning the cause of the alarm medi cal aid was sought and a lively emetic ad ministered and in due time the parson vomited the mouse back to earth again The mouse was Resurrected but not to a newness of life as Paul says for the mouse was dead for all time Nor was that mouse an unclean Spirit as tho spirit of devils as John says Rev 1714 but just a nat ural dead mouse Nature has her way In spite of spook doctor I have not colored this story beyond the truth as given In the Pasadena papers at the time In a recent issue we nettle comment upon tho orthodox complaint of the persecution of Science Upon this subject Draper in his Conflict says Science has never been an aggressor She has always acted on the defensive and left to her antagonist the slaking of wanton attacks This antagonist has been and is now the whole aggregation of Christian idolatry and that their attacks have been wanton is amply verified by history There is nothing exclusive about science It is truly and thor oughly cosmopolitan This is the real dilVorcnce between spirituality and practicality between tho imaginary and the real Have Commented On It EAU CLAIRE W1SC Enclosed please clipping from Eau Claire Dally Leader Father Dunns Lecture reply to It If you see fit1V H SHERMAN m p T6 BLUE GRASS BLADE tJ NN N HNHNNNH HHHHNNNHNHH = Current Comment on Public Events r y0 N N N H N W H N N H H N H N N N NTTTT RELIGION AND SEX Strange is it not the excesses to which religious impumkb will Itad men and wo muii especially women Start any sort of a tad no matter what Its demands may be upon license or indulgence sanctify It with Urn name of orthodox religion put some god or some Christ behind it and it goes like hot cakes All sorts of religious fads are springing up They are known by divers and sundry names The latest and must starving is one known as the Limitless Life sect which has been running in Denver led by a Negro Rev Alzamou Ira Lucas While there might have been something attractive in the name yet the reported strange doings of the sect are sullicient to repel any selfrespecting man and any decent minded man The idea of a life without limit supposing that It can bo had here and as we have known and experienced It might catch many dupes but how so many foolish women and white women too could retain their member ship In the organization after finding out what It was Is one of those miracles that must forever remain unexplained not un indicate that Lucas who claims to be of numerous races and types but withal a negro had gathered about him a number of fair women and falling desperately in love with one sought to marry her The Denver officials know- Ing the man refused him a license Noth ing daunted he went to Cheyenne in Wyoming a neighboring state and there ob tained that which he sought and was In due time married to a Miss Clara C Oherdorfer a former school teacher who gave up social position respect and decency to mate herself with this unedu cated Negro of a new faith She merly lived in Pottstown Pa where it is said her parents wealthy people now re side This marriage broke up the cult and caused the leader with his bride to be chased out of the Colorado capital The now sect was simply practicing a form of promiscuity under tine guise religion and religious instruction and when the negro leader married Miss Oberorfer the other women members became insanely jealous and insisted that ho had violated the very principles of the sect he had founded and that us a matter of religious scruple lie ought not to have married any of them Others claim to see further Into rt TTTthe real motives of tho Negro and these Insist that he started the new cult as more fake a method of his own to break Into white society and secure a white wo man for a wife Lucas claims that he married the woman to settle the public outcry that had been raised against him and to permit him to carry on his religious meetings The outcome of it all was that Denver society became filled with such extreme indignation that Alzamon and his white bride felt It better to shake the dust of Denver from their feet ANOTHER CASE BUT WORSE That sex Is continuously thrusting itself Into public notriety under the cloak of relig- Ious dissembling is manifested by another case just brought into public view through tho medium of a petition for divorce filed in the courts of Chicago by Mrs Lola P Sadony against J A Sadony who is said to be tho founder and leader of another religious cult known as The Society of Psychological Science and Institute of Men tal and Athletic Development It is also known as the Community of Souls and Its chief aim is to find its members soul mates Irrespective of marital obligations or regard thereto In her petition tho fair plaintiff states that all the male members of the Soul Community are divorced and that the proceedings was made a condi tion precedent to being admitted to mem bership Tho women members must bo unmarried and marrIed women are held to be ineligible Like the priests of old this chief Sadony held it to bo his special prerogative to take unto himself the first fruits and every member wits bound to keep him supplied with an abundance of cashAccording to the bill of complaint that has been filed by the wife young girls are enticed Into the community and these aro held to go about only half clad and are subject to the whims und caprices of tho men but under tho direction and guidance of their chief Tho latter tries to imitate the rulers of earth by occupying a throne of power clad in gorgeous costume with blazing clusters of lights about him and thus attired at convenient moments ho falls Into a trance and while In this men tal state ho directs certain acts which his disgusted spouse ueclares would not be tol erated for one moment in civilized society If society only knew about It In support of her bill Mrs Sadony has filed a number of loveletters written to her liege lord by married women In dif ferent parts of the country making dates unknown to their husbands and all from start to finish In the name of religion TaKe the cases here referred to and we cannot fall to observe the gross bestiality displayed Religion Is made a convenient cloak Revolting to a degree disgusting in detail the cause of Christianity is brought into a righteous contempt Or iginally borrowed from ancient phallic wor ship it is going back to its primal source but In more brutish form In the old days the phallic worshippers wero honest in their beliefs and sincere in their practices Their representatives In this day and age as outlined above are simply beasts in hu man form of low mind and character hy pocrites who trade upon the religious fears of men and women in order to more con veniently gratify theIr passions In the most prurient form Not a word of protest is heard from the sanctified slobberers who would crush hon est thought by blue laws and stifle Inquiry by church discipline Neither pulpit or pew have uttered a word in condemnation of such practices and It Is a shame and a dis grace that they can bo allowed in a coun try where enlightenment is reputed to ex ercise some little influence In matters of government THE DEVILS MUSIC BOX How pleasant It is for brethren to dwell together In unity If you can dwell in unity tho jig Is up The Kansas City Pot of February 24 reports a case from Diam ond Grove Missouri a little burg near JoplIn wherein wife was pitted against husband and husband against wife with a church membership In actual war all about tho Installation of a new organ in tho edifice of public worship Sides have been drawn and these are known as tho progressives and the antiprogressives Tho story is rich in humor and demon strates tho extent to which religion can enter Into tho foolish controversy- It appears that some time ago the Ladles Aid Society feeling the necessity for an organ iu the church took their noodles and thread and made a lot of fancy quilts all for the church and gods great glory They sold tho products of their labor and with tho money rerlisod pur chased a brand now organ and Installed it in tho church An evangelist was at work there and feeling himself a trifle better than tho occupants of tho pews and risking a personal chastisement ho nounced tho organ as being tho devils music box and immediately there was the devil both to pay and to play In any event tho devil got in his work all rlghlIThe Ladles wero determined that the or BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 gan should go In the church In spite ot the denunciations of the evangelist It went in The antis declared that it should go out It went out Back and forth in and out went that troublesome organ a lust resort the antis by stealth laid rough hands on the instrument and the next morning the women found that the organ for which they had tolled and bored occupied an uninviting position in a coal shed and tile traditional bull in a China shop was as nothing compared to what followed The progressives backed by the women were not to be outdone and it is reported that one moonlight night willing hands went to work and the gan was rescued from the shed carried back Into the church and securely fastened to the floor by large strong staples and a guard was left over it Threats of ar rest were now made if any further attempt was made to dislodge it and the latest report is that the organ is safe And this is religion aye the Christian religion too Both sides claim to be ported in their contention by Biblical authority But we are inclined to agree with the reactionaries The organ has no place In a church wherein a theory of damnation is taught Music cannot make the pains of hell lighter or Induce men and women to accept them cheerfully Music may be the best part of the church service as practiced in these times but there Is no religion In It Death blood pain hell damnation eternal torment are not mule bright or acceptable by the uso of an organ mid music is decidedly out of place In an orthodox sanctuaryrinr ad vice would be to take the organ out keep It out mud make kindling wood of the framework or donate the entire Instrument to some more worthy Institution ON THE WRONG TRACK What is the American conscience in gard to authority When the founders of our republic overthrow the royalist govern ment of haughty Britain till authority was vested in the people on the principle that government came from the people Its power resting in the people and dependent upon them The American notion in tilts day Is that the people is the source of all authority and If rightly carried out our government would bo safely bottomed upon n rock foundation from which it could never bo moved Through a friend we have received n clipping from the Dally Leader of Lan Claire Wisconsin which gives a report of one of a series of Lenten sermons preached by hither Dunne a Roman Catholic priest In which ho undertakes to define tho American conscience In regard to nod con cerning matters of authority Admitting that we recognize no political authority save that which is legally and constitu tionally vested ho holds however that the source of all authority is god and that this authority is managed In Homo through a viceregent of god to whom we should all look in a comment upon this subject ho saysOur government was born at the death of a monarchy and cradled on the grave of a throne Many foreigners com here owing to hatred for authority Millions of them are never taught the true weaning of liberty and freedom Liberty to them means license and freedom lawlessness The welfare of our nation depends en re spect tor authority and It is well that we should properly teach thoso who come hero to weld their blood with ours The premise Is correct but his reasoning erroneous which leads him to a false conception of the American conscience It Is true that many emigrants land upon our shores from foreign countries because of their hatred of authority and this hatred extends to religious as well as political authority These foreigners come hero to bo members of the American family of free men women untrammelled by crown or creed Their desire for freedom comes not alone from political considerations They recognize that In America there Is no established church no crowned mon arch to arbitrarily dictate and no mitred bishop to direct the path upon which they shall tread With a due regard for the fundamental law of the land they become desiring and desirable citizens and unlike the helrarchies of Rome and Protestant Christianity they do not seek lo Influence legislation and governmental appointments to further some political or religion scheme Neither Is It true that liberty to them means license Nor does their freedom signify lawlessness It a slimier upon the men and women who took oar hospitable shores to so declare Xo greater enemy of American Institutions can be found anywhere than the priests awl preachers of tho Christian faith for they owe not their allegiance tile law of the country rather to extraneous sources It does depend upon a respect for tho tights of each other Of course Is easy to discern that tho authority which Fattier Dunne would have tho Amrl nn ncopli respect comes through him from a for eign potentate This sort of authority does not sit well upon the mind and conscience of a full fledged American citizen and all the sermons In tho country piled mount ains high will never bo able to revert the public mind in that direction The American conscience Is such that It revolts against all usurped authority whether It bo front Homo or Westminster The average American to tho manor born or naturalized has a habit of shifting forIhimself on such matters and both and preacher will find this to be too emnly true should an attempt ever be I made to undermine It HOLY SMOKE Who says the Bible Is without use Tako heed friends if you have no use for the bible others have Of course much may depend upon what use it Is to be put Those others may not feel clined to read It or study its pages for doctrine and form but it may be that they have a more practical use a real human use It is reported that a number of chicken t thieves broke Into the African Episcopal Church at Horntown Pa IethollislIceal themselves while occupied picking and dressing for market t they had stolen during the night It was said to be a cold night but the profit ex pected warmed the ardor of the thieves although It failed to warm their hands and feet while thus engaged Near them stool a stove but alas there was no fuel A search was made 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barefooted in to the woods in an effort to save sec tarian colleges intact Touch not that tree seems to be his cry He resents the attempted perversion as he call it to require U ILT ments madby donors of college pen sion funds and makes a specific assault upon the Laird of Skiho Andrew Carnegie for stipulating ertaiu con ditions upon an acceptance by secta rian colleges of a donation tendered by him In the Christian Advocate a Metho disi organ published ii New York Mr Day discusses this subject at great length After commenting upon the demands made by college donors in general and denouncing these demands as being financial inducements for these sectarian institutions to break faith with the people who founded them he discussed the col lege pension fund donated by Car negie and makes sarcastic reference to the stipulation that no college under denominational control shall be eligi ble to its benefits Right here is where the shoe pinches most Chancellor Day is at the head of a sectarian institution and as a natural result he is unable to draw upon the fund Feeling this isolation from such a stream of gold he plays the dog in the manager act and advises all sectarian colleges to refuse participation in the fund rather than forego their orthodox standing in the faith and flays those institutions of like character who have partaken of the fund on the conditions named as being justly classed with being a Judas in the church an Arnold in the nation Tie then addsThere are not millions enough on the earth to pay the price of such perfidy and said Sir Galahad but did you ever permit your mind to dwell upon tho perfidy and treason committed by the Christian Church upon the col logo founded by Stephen Girard Did this august defender of the dark and bloody faith even raise a finger in protest against the perversion of Stephen Girards will and the black in sult heaped upon his precious memory To be consistent in his plea that sectarian colleges should not cater away their rights for gold he should make a sincere effort to have the Qirard col lege restored to those conditions which its founder provided should control its management This is a horse of another and different color The Christians simply stole Girard College and they actually gloried in such a monumental crime They fairly gloated over the enormous insult they had heaped upon the dead By perjured testimony and hired witnesses they turned this College from its original purpose and appropriated it to their own use and benefit In this plea for the preservation of the sectarian colleges Mr Day pays a high tribute to those whose sacri fices built the colleges and he follows it up by saying If ever wo forget those old min isters and their wives if we ever turn our backs upon the fathers and mothers of higher learning among our intelligent laymen may our right hands forget their cunning and our tongues cleave to the roofs of our moutlis Great words these but the Blade does not believe them to be sincere We do not deny the right of Mr Day or his glorious privilege if yon please to refuse to even look upon the money of Andrew Carnegie and keep his sec tarian tendencies intact but when he attempt ts prove that a Methodist College is not a Methodist College he is simply begging the question Talk not of college rights and privileges until a Cull and complete justice has been lone the memory of Stephen G hard As a matter of fact no one ever heardof a preacher factory of any de nomination turning out preachers fla an opposiig net Methodist Colleges do not manufacture Presbyterian or Catholic preachers Mr Day knows this only too well Methodism is as much Methodism now as it was in the lays of John Wesley All such col leges are sectarian and they must con tinue to be so or quit business It is oven so with Mr Days University Because of its sectarian character it is unable to participate in the benefits of the Carnegie fund else why the tirade he has delivered against the conditions By reason of his strictures Jill condemns himself spud gives the map away Whatever Mr Days opinions maybe one thing is morally certain name ly Andrew Carnegie will not modify t the conditions for his especial benefit And yet another thinf appears equally certain which is that Andrew Car negiehad best make ample provision to protect that fund after ho shall have shuffled oil his mortal oilor it will when he is deal and powerless to pre vent shine the fate meted to tIll Gi rard Collhgc The present pointed criticisms of Chancellor Day betrays the feeling in that direction and despite all the wishes of the donor the fund will be perverted and used for sectarian purposes What did you do with that sub scription blank There arc still many we have not heard from Come BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 friends it is up to you This is a busy season of the year with many but it costs just the same to get the Blade out and a few minutes spent in its be half will never be missed RELIGION AND INSANITY Religion is now held to be an anti dote for insanity Instead of being an efficient cause it is actually declared to be a cure and more preventive Never was a statement made more at variance with fact than one tJlint appeared in the Western Christian Ad vocate of Cincinnati accredited to one Dr A B Richardson who is reported to have considerable experience with those mentally unsound Ac cording to the published account he has thingsThe rich consolations and glad songs of religion ire such an antidote for the causes of insanity that thousands of people in bythemhospitals would have to be doubled in patientsIf a statement we pity him and still more pity the patients under his care history and experience both give him a direct negative So common has the affliction become that alienists have classified religious mania as a dis ease of the mind by itself There are thousands of patients in the asylums of the country today suffering from this particular malady Only a few years ago while on a visit to Columbus Ohio a personal inspection of the Asylum was made In that magnifi contl institution were a large number of patients suflering from It dementia caused by religion and so classifiers dangers1treme of refusing to do any of the work of sweeping or cleaning up the ward on the ground that he was Jesus Christ and did not have to work The very language quoted indicates that 111 Richardson is not an impartial witness It is easy to perceive that he is ofsuch a decided religious tempera ment that he would not admit truth upon such a subject Fortunately there are litany people who know hotter and a large number have conic to regard all phases of religious manifestations as- a disease in itself a sort of mentaland moral mania a delirium tremens caused by superstition But who has heard of any good cheer being derived from a belief in hell If there are any bright hopes in religion they must conic front the lurid glare of hells incessant fire What rich consolations tire offered to a believing molllior when she knows or believes that her unbelieving son is doomed to everlasting torment What are the glad songs of religion We have foiled to find them It is a noteworthy fact that Dr Richardson is at variance with other lead ers of religions for we have that in a recent debate covering the alleged punishment of the wicked between Nov C T Russell find Rev b S White representing different religious factions of the Christian church the former a main of years and experience held The belief throat the Bible teaches hell is a place of torment has caused many persons to go insane and is re sponsible for much misery That is our contention and statistics prove that many persons have gone in sane because of such n belief with all the respeei due to Dr Richardson STAGE ATTACKS THE CHURCH For years the church has with great license assailed the stage as tending- to immorality Now the stage is com ing back at the church and through the medium of the histrionic art the gross abuses of the church are being portrayed to an admiring public I3nlly for the stage Let thcchiirch now look at the beam in its own eye for the war is on It is reported that Charles Rann Kennedy till Englishman lilts written a play entitled The servant in the houses It is built upon church cus toms and failings Strange to relate there is no love play in the plot and stranger still to relate the lines are so forcibly written and the purpose of the author so plainly expressed that we are informed the audience is held spell bound from start to finish by the well written lines and powerful presenta tion of the subject This is the first actual and positive step assumed by the stage in an effort at retaliation The play was designed for that especial purpose and it is bound to have its influence While at times the church will receive a sting ing criticism or rebuke at the hands of playwrights yet never in the history of the stage has any play been pre viously produced with the avowed ob ject of antagonism The play sets out to show the hollow mockery of the church front foundation to dome and in it the illustration is furnished that LI if Jesus should be able to come to earth again assuming that he came once before the first people he would assail would bo the modern orthodox Christian clergyman The play main tain itself entirely on idea and char acter and follows the form of the old Greek drama as to unity of time place and action In it are shown the opera tions of the clergy for the promotion preservation and emolument of their class The arrant hypocrisy underly ing their almost every act is brought out with vivid touches of word paint ing and in the end we can perceive that this line of attack will go far to ward weakening the power and in fluence of the church- CRASPEYMANGASSARIAN DEBATE The Blade is in receipt of the ad vance press copies of the report of the recent Crapsey lan assa1an debate livid in Chicago upon the issue of Jesus being an historical character It is well printed the argu ment having been supervised by both disputants and being in large clear type it is easy to read and the narrative is interesting enough to hold tile readers from start to finish It has 90 pages and is published under the auspices of the Original Research Society of Chicago Illinois While the debate assumes a style similar to all productions of a like character the information to be tained from a persual of Mr Mjm gassarians discourse is invaluable to students of socalled sacred history in that numerous claims and pretensions of modern Christian apologists are completely shattered In it Dr Crap soy until recently an Episcopal clergy man admits under compulsion that Christ was hut an idea of no histor icity hut ho contends that Jesus of Nazareth the carpenters sou was a real character in Jewish history His learned opponent also shattered this idea and by competent evidence proved the man Jesus and the god Christ altogether a myth a dream a mere phantom The authorities cited are copious and by a careful persual of these pages a plethora of information may be ob tained Did you read what Brother Clarke said about getting a new subscriber lie hit the nail on the head One new member of the family from each of our present subscribers means a double circulation j II J BLADEI10 BLUE GRASS THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL We cannot tire of the subject Its importance should appeal to every friend of humanity At the risk of being deemed guilty of repetition we again stake reference to the School for the sake of getting all our readers interested in it Attention is directed to the letter of praise and commendation front S F Benson of Pierson Iowa a stalwart Freethinker and friend of Humanitys cause He is an old warrior who has fought in the trenches and contributed of his means His testimony ought to have great weight The object of the School is first to teach the elementary principles of modern science aided by philosophy that its pupils may be able to teach others the beautiful harmony of the are comparatively few people who can really understand and appreciate the wondrous beauty the might whole of the universe and yet the knowledge that will enable thousands to acquire such enjoyment is laid at the door of your house through the medium of the Correspondence School By taking the prescribed courses of study the pupil would soon learn that fill of Nature every pore is hosting with life that the ocean we call life is inexhaustible that every death is a new birth ever grave a cradle Nature isprodigal of space but econom ical in filling it This life is found in provincesEarthevery direction into time past and present flowing and surging everywhere On the mountain top in the abysess of the oceans depths in the deepest crevices of the earths crust may be found traces of animal life Can you not see the storehouse of knowledge thus opened unto you Do you not grasp the rich quality of formation offered Is it nothing to know to understand and to be able to teach others how the very earth we tread is largely formed of the debris of life Think of it The old flints which struck the fire of llevo luionary muskctr were but the re aiis of countless skeleton forms The Alps the Rocky Mountains and the Chalk Cliffs of Englandare monu mental relics of bygone generations From the ruins of this living architecture have the Pyramids been built Wonderful Say you It is indeed wonderful but it is more wonderful when we penetrate these secrets of the past following generation after generation to find that even the bodies of animals are little worlds themselves having their own fauna and flora And is it not beneficial helpful and desirable to learn and to know the how the why the when and the wherefore ofall these things Such is the knowledge the Blade proposes to impart through the medium of the Correspondence planOneundertakingbutsituation Jt is more than big It is immense And yet we have a supreme confidence in ourselves We arrangethepilus to place the knowledge of all these things within comparatively easy reach The burden exists at this end tile part of the student is light beside it The glory of scientific research the brilliant conquest it has made lies in the fact that it hits been able to re veal the universe as it is fund not as theology had led an ignorant world to believe it was oust as the movements of ecclesiastical orders gave life fund vigor to the chlllchso the demon strated filets piling one on another gave an impetus to Scientific thought laythethese demonstrations before its pu pils in the easiest possible manner fund knowledgetheyFriends is it not worth while Is it not a splendid mission Being satisfied can you not help to three it a success Two paths fire open before you One is to become a pupil in the School fund encourage others to join wih you The other is by snaking a donation to give the School a proper start Just ns Brother Benson slates the School must leave money It Everydollarhe spent on the School fund for no other purpose Tine name of every contributor mill time amount con tributed shall be given in the Blade columns so that its friends fund belle factors may know precisely what is taking place In any event the Blade realizes that it must shoulder an enormous responsibility ill the undertaking and it is willing to assume the risk because ofa desire to be of sots use in the world Some question has been made con impartinginstruction l 1 we might leave this teaching to the many college that stud the conti nent The suggestion is not a good one Not one Freethinker in a thous and is able to attend college Rail road expense tuition fees boarding and other incidentals make it too costly a proceeding and thousands are prevented from attending these useful institutions The School may not be able to impart so complete an instruc tion but it can go It long way in that direction and by taking the School into their homes it affords a splendid opportunity for utilizing their leisure hours when the work of the day la done Learn that even empires lire but sand hills in the hourglass of time that the human race is trot at rest that it never will be at rest until earth conditions are such as to render life untenable that no man or men can stop the march of destiny Learn that afros is the archetype of society that individual development is the model oftill social progress Loam that nil mundane events are the re suits of the operation of law that every movement in the sll qn the earth makes this law manifest Learn that from the mote floating in a sun beam to stars revolving in the sweep of their mighty orbits we recognize a like operation of law among living things fund nonliving things through out the organic and inorganic worlds With this knowledge the gods ghosts lYJisfortCdhave disappeared faded and died as other fictions of his mental babyhood What relation has the lesort to the tribes that live upon it What illa tion have the fertile plums mild grassy meadows to pastoral lochs that browxe thereon These all import ant parts in our information of stu pendous whole and hJltiellt inquiry we find that organic operation fire the result of physical agencies Thus it is we have been able to learn that it is altogether needful that our planet should be at a definite distance from the sun the source of its light and heat and that if its pass were tlmillgslifelessthe same as they lire now Here is the ease in nlslicll Ifnw many know these things How many can now understand Fn light of Science the innumerahlo mysteries which theology has wound about out bythrowingwe hope to dispel what still remains BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 Arc you ready and willing now to help Are you able to grasp the scope of the work we have undertaken Do you realize what it means Then give us your help your assistance and sup port Do it now Delay is known the dangerous Fill out the appliuation blank for membership in the School Get your friends to lo likewise Swell the roster to inaic it worthy the name and an honor to the causa it shall represent PAPAL DECREE Otf MARRIAGE Through the ministrations til Father James P Barry of St Pauls ttoman Catholic Church of this city Lexing ton we are given an interpretation of the recent Papal Decree concerning marriage the marriage relationship the issue thereof and the particular force of the decree as affecting children horn of an issue wherein the contracting parties are not both of the Catholic faith but in case where ono parent is a Catholic and the other not a Catholic their progeny are hold to be illegitimate unless the marriage be solemnized at the altar of a Catholic church and the children brought up in the Catholic faith There can be no doubt that the prompting motive underlying the de cree is to be found in the fact that so many Catholics and nonCatholics arc contracting tho marriage relation in utter disregard of the Catholic doc trine and teaching and in utility in stances the contracting Catholic is in part or in whole weaned from attend ing mass and manifests a delinquency in church membership and in order to maintain the faith intact to pre vent any possible inroads upon tile or ganization the decree comes as a desperate effort to control all Catholics whether merely nominal or active by drastic measures atlecting their chil Oren While there can be legal im pediment laid at the door of such marriages no disinheritance no bustard izing of children in tlia eyes of tins statutory law yet there are many timid people who will be seriously adcctcd hsuch a measure and it is to this class that the manifesto hats been mainly directed Fatlicr Barry in an explanatory sermon based upon the deere pro ceeds to remonstrate the attitude of data church toward marriage and argues that it is a natural contract if vine institution then declares This natural contract was levaled to the dignity of a sacrament by our divine lord 1 In sonic respects Father Barry play be considered a wed read maai but if he really and sincerely believes what he says about marriage to be true it is evident that he does not yet under stand the subject It is also evident that he docs not undersilind the attl tUlle of Jesus toward marriage for nowhere in the new Testament account of the tile and sayings of Jesus did ho ever encourage marriage and what is more Jesus made no effort to eu courage marriage by taking unto himself a wife as an example On the contrary if we have read the new testament right Jesus disfavored marriage for we are told that when asked if it was better to marry he re plied that it was better to become a eunuch for the kingdom of heavens sake thereby leading us to infer that he teemed celibacy and impotency as a better passport to eternal life than the institution of marriage Under such conditions it cannot be true that Jesus elevated the marriage contract to a sacrament or event placed an air of supposed divinity about it in order to bring trite subject before the Catholic churches a pastoral letter has been prepared tad signed by a number of bishops and archbishops as a sort of agreement that unanimity in construction might obtain in this pastoral letter Catholics are forbidden to act as groomsmen or bridesmaids at nonCatholic weddings thereby in tending to create an estrangement be tween the sects Permission eaai be thepowerenhanced by compelling Catholics to first obtain that permission and thus another condition of servitude is created To be valid and binding a marriage must be preceded by a writ ten engagement and the engagement contract signed in the presence of wit nesses This pastoral refuses to rec ognize any such contract unless the subscribing witnesses also be Catholics thereby placing a premium upon Catholic membership and utterly dis paraging the members of other sects on the probable ground that being heretics they cannot testify truthfully to what took place in their presence Under the new decree Catholic mar riages before a judicial olliccr are in valid This is designed to effectually put a stop to marriages of Catholics unless sanctioned by the church It means more power for the hlllchovel the home over the domestic economy and the issue of such marriages Ag grandizement of the church through the priest is the sole aim of the now order of things It will fail just as other decrees allecting ihu rights of individuals have failed The im potency oi the jneiicuti decree will ere long become manifest for in this age even Catholics tire not disposed to accept arbitrary rulings of the priest hood upon matters affecting indi vidual rights Hymens torch will still shoot forth its flame Cupid will still send his tarts lit human hearts marriages will be contracted both witlhiu and with out the church Catholic or nonCatho lic and one would think that consider able time has been wasted and energy misspent in the construction of this lat est decree of the Vatican The church cannot control marriage It has tried to do so but in vain The civil courts have more power over marriage and divorce than the church can boast to day and being within the law con tracting parties will have but little tard for the church or its decrees taniage dill not begin ill Kden as lather Harry declares for the insti tution existed long before the Mosiae period began A persnal of the old testament vil bear this out for in it we find traces of all sorts of marriages taken from the customs of surrounding cults There is marriage both by capture and by purchase Abraham purchased Rebecca for his son Isaac and Jacob was compelled to purchase Rachel and Leant by giving seven years of labor for each The members of the tribe of Levi waited at night until the young women of till tribe of Henjamin came out to dance and then pounced upon them stole them and carried them away for wives The issue of the Blade containing Mrs Henrys article on Bible lc vision has been sold out Two friends have bought up every copy we had on hand and they have been widely distributed The Blade is rapidly grow ing more popular and many of its friends proclaim it the best Free thought paper in America especially at its low rate of subscription Push it Tn the course of time provided it be given the proper support the Corre spondence will become a mighty factor in human development and it will place Freethonght Oil a more solid foundation We want one thousand dollars in sight before we can begin and this can be made up by tuition fees and donations After that the school will be able to take care of it self s 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE x Truth is God y A A uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu uu lily Susan J Peck At the earnest request of several friends send the lines which the type setter omitted from my last published article The eyes and the ears with their Intricate construction the hair protecting the brain all provided for mans comfort with nothing omitted And yet we are told We do not appreciate the goodness of God but we do appreciate the goodness and ability of mankind Mans ability to destroy the good effect of God Almightys work for mans comfort has been demon strated for many centuries through war and other equally savage means and even in his inventions man has but employed the principles already expressed ifl God Almightys work through Nature WHEN GOD SPOKE God Never Spoke Julius Parker Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return The baron Gen III The men have founded every church except the Christian Science church and they must have found the society that teaches the truth about God Children cannot do It Women cannot do It W H Kerr In The Truth About God May he live ninety two thousand years Josephine K Henry In Blue Grass Blada From Edens garden the decree Went forth Thou now shalt worship me My word must be thy law- am thy lord vny king thy god And oer thee I will hold the rod For men who crowned me saw Though rough the task and hard the school That Thoud obey and be my tool Neath force of brutal power Thou must accept each word of mine For others say that Im divine Though a tyrant Thy doer Is slavery for dust thou art Forever thou of dust apart Must toll in grief and pain Thus men forgetting Reasons sway By darkness led from day to day And who for greed and gain tiBeyondDeclaring man alone His makers Image bears and then Extend tho ban to other men And still In harshest tone Exclaim Believe me thou shall die And deaths tho end suppress thy cry Although thy soul bo strong T TT TT TT TT TT TT TT Wnat oer thy loss thou wilt not know When thou unto thy grave shalt go Still victim of the wrong In ignorance of what thou might Have been but for the hidden light Put forth no hope again Thy light once quenched shall shine no more For thee there is no other shore This is the creed of men Of men who for the greed of gold Their fellow mortals bought and sold And for excuse to throw Contending armies Into war Divided creeds They knew what for But tis not always so For when a woman would obey clayAndThough tolling on through grief and tears That she may banish others fears And rescue them rom sin When Courage she would thus express Courage to live and do no less For thos1 who are In woo Than all she can to lift the load From weary hearts and stay the goad May It be ever so The truth put forth by her old friend Hespouse awoke and then she penned Abroad to other sons That heartiest wish deep from her soul Oh may he live and reach the goal With other truthful ones That light long pent neath hopeless woo Repeated oft I do not know Now from Immortal heart It flashes forth inwords divine- O may be thousands ten times nine Plus two remain apart Of life That is tile makers plan Too short this little earthly span More truth is his I know And may he live more truth to tell Though not mong mortals I know well That he from earth must go Where Truth forever must expand Ills soul In some more favored land The land where truth abides More time cries Truth give unto me Aye give mo all eternity Andglve me all besides Whereer Is found my glorious light Whereer Is banished shade of night The voices echo mine They cry aloud Thou shall not die But mount unfettered where on high the Truth Is all divine So echo answering echo calls r Through Natures vast and starry halls And each Its strength does give And so from heart to heart they roll From mind to mind from soul to soul Crying Live thou only live That thou mayest know Immortal life Beyond the lOW r of sin and SHfe And there thv I Oh may thou ewer there aliil Forever true whateer betide And this is womans creed God speaks whenever Truth Is told In word or deed or thought they hold Immortal life the clod Must die but soul eternal Light Forever lives and In Its might Proclaims that Truth is God MIRACLES PART Powers and Privilege Conferred upon ers In Apostolic Succession Miracles That are Easy By Rev Marlon W Marley Copyrighted Author- A miracle is a wonderful thing event effect or being that apparently Is super natural or contrary to the laws of nature Miracles and religion are inseparable Miracles have either preceded or followed every great religion In nearly all the real power to perform miracles casesibeen kept a secret To prove that my religion Is as true as any other religion I give my apostles and apostolic elders power to per I form the following miracles and In process of time they shall perform many other miracles Who would not believe that my apostles and apostolic elders are unable to perform the miracles herein described It is unnecessary to explain every miracle In detail In order to puzzle the best physicians and very witty people It Is necessary to study the best books of magic and to thoroughly understand these diseases as de scribed in the medical books of tho age or by tile best physicians One of the most successful methods of performing a miracle is to cure the disease secretly or have a physician cure tho dis ease rccretely the person cured pretending to be diseased until favorable circum stances in which a person arrives and spontaneously cures the apparently diseased person by the laying on of hands or soma other simple method WRITE HIM LADIES Wanted Correspondence Ladles of earnest Industrial ranks Address O JOHNSON Missoula Mont Box 35 BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 o yxX IY Cbc Blades Correspondence f r nT rSrTO CORRESPONDENTS ELIZA MOWRY BLIVENHave written you personally It Is as we thought there Is so little difference between us that we are practically grinding on the same subject N F GRISWOLDWe are delighted to hear from so valued a friend Pamphlets as directed Thanks S F BENSON Your splendid letter In praise of the school Is so appreciated that we have made a display of It to encourage others The Idea seems to have taken very well and agreeing with you we believe It can be made the nucleus for a powerful organization In the future In any event it will have an educational basis which ex isting Freethought bodies do not possess WILLIAM H COXBravo You have complaintifare We shall strive to Justify every effort I on your part in our behalf JOHN P 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