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BLUE GRASS BLADET Volume XVI Number 51 LEXINGTON KY APRIL 12 1908 Published Weekl DEVOTED TO TIlE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGII- Trv a rc = 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE J CHARLES BRADLAUGH Greater than titled monarch on jeweled throne greater than belted knight in plumage gay greater than he that taketh an empire was the subject of this brief sketch Alone singlehanded and penniless with all the power talent skill and wealth at the command of the British government Charles Bradlaugh met the representatives of that government defeated it and by his titanic intellectual strength and superior courage established what will be known in history as the era of freedom for the British press a consummation for which Richard Carlyle spent ten years in a prison It is impossible to find words In the whole range of human vocabulary that would be sufficiently expressive to describe the sterling character of this hero of Briishi secularism An avowed atheist he met and defeated allcomers and compelled both rec ognition and respect for himself and the cause for which he had so gallantly fought Charles Bradlaugh was born on the Lfith lay of September 1833 and after a life of toll and struggle unrequited save by the honor and glory accorded by those who knew him died on the 30th day of January 1891 and was therefore hut 58 years of age when he was called io his final rest But in those 58 years what change was wrought What battles won What victories achieved England had but one Charles Bradlaugh and tt is doubt ful if just such another will ever grace her shores Born to poor parents he Inherited whir might be termed a life of partial poverty But a common school education was al lowed him At an extremely early aye he was practically forced upon the world to shift for himself in that homo had become intolerable because of his parents anger at his Infidel tendencies While a mere lad it Is recorded he was prepared for confirmation In tha established church but at the last moment lie backed down and out and professed his honest unbelief in the system This was too much for the elder Bradlaugh and the result was that at the age of seventeen he was adrift in the great world to do battle with it first occupation ho took up was that of an agent for selling coal lie did fairy well Among his best customers was a lady of Christian sentiment who conducted a bakery She was his mainstay In the business Christian hatred made itself felt and some kind friend approached the lady customer and informed her that her coal agent was an Inlldel His next visit was his last Going for his usual order he was met with a blank refusal the lady frankly telling him why and suggesting that she would bo afraid to buy any more coal from him for fear it would smell of brim stone From this ho was given an opportunity to peddle sus penders His employer felt an Interest in him Bradlaugh made a failure In this lino and soon realized that ho was not earning the salary paid him ho refused to become an object of charity and threw up his Job He then went into the army but made such a poor soldier under compulsion that be was appointed regimental clerk Upon leaving he sought employment again Perceiving a notice of an errand boy wanted by a firm of lawyers Bradlaugh applied for the position The lawyers were amazed at the gigantic stature of the man who had applied for a boys position How much will you pay asked the applicant Ten shillings per week came the response Then Ill take it and Bradlaugh did take it Bill It was not so very long before he had worked his way up to a brad clerkship in the firm and while In this office he laid the foundations for and finally acquired that great legal knowledge which enabled him to win his way against prejudice and bigotry in the later years of his life Bradlaugh married as soon as he felt ho was able to keep a wife and family and two daughters were born to him Alice Bradlaugh who died before her father and Hypatia Bradlaugh who was afterwards married to Charles Bonner The latter com piled a history ot her fathers vigorous life For many years Bradlaugh lectured and debated throughout England under the nom de plume of Iconoclast That cogno men became a terror to all bigots and fa natics He was mobbed and stoned by the jeering crowds of fanatical Christian be lievers but In the end Bradlaugh came out victorious He was later elected to Par liament by the people of Northampton but upon refusing to take an oath he was forcibly ejected from the House of Com mons by the sergeants but three or four of them were knocked down In the effort Front the bar of the House Bradlaugh de livered a scathhig rebuke to the tory ernment and Belled them He went back to his constituents and thrice did they turn him to his seat At last by strategy he secured a seat in the House and held it to the day of his death His great tri umph came however after ho had passed away for a motion was made and adopted by the Parliament that the Bradlaugh in cident be expunged from the records as though they were ashamed to allow such a record to bo handed to future generationIFor the publication of a by Dr Charles Knowlton he that is Brad laugh In company with Mrs Annie Besant Charles Watts George Jacob Holyoake and others were prosecuted for publishing ob scene literature Bradlaugh and Mrs Des ant were the only two to fight the prosecu triumphedII1gherestimation of the British Freethinkers Hradlaugh founded and edited the National Reformer In which Mrs Beoant assisted as an associated editor The Reformer perished a short time after Ms death Bradlaugh was also President of the National Secular Society and upon hilt death ho was admirably succeeded by W Footo editor of the London Freethinker who holds that high distinction to this day This brief sketch of the life and career of such a wonderful man Is hardly enough to do Min justice Volumes could be written on such a subject lIe was mourned by thousands when the end came The picture on tine front of this issue was repro byhiseditor Tile picture on this page of his monument erected by loving hands was taken at the unveiling and shows a group of English Freethinkers gathered about It f S BLUE GRASS BLADE I N NNNN NNNNNHHHNNNHHNNNNNNNHH Y y- iI Thoughts on Death and a Future Life i I A Wide Difference Between a Scientific Fact and a Theory Advanced by Theology Uy William H Cox Will it ever reveal itself to the mind of man Is it something beyond the conception of the human brain t These are questions to which I have given long and serious thought I confess do not know and I do not think any other man does know Wo all see death and have no positive proof of any life beyond death Then death seems to mo to end all The millions upon millions of the human family that have preceded us in death not a single one of them has come back to con firm life after death There are some peo plo who believe there is life after death That Is that the spirit lives beyond the death of tho body and they to confirm their theory cite us to tho Resurrection of Jesus after death They think they know exactly what death is but they only give us a superstitious theory to subor dinate their claim ot life after death There is a vast difference between a theory and a living fact or truth I cannot except Ihtir theory as the real truth ana tho difference between a theological fact socalled and a demonstrated scientific fact Is as wide as tho North and South Pole or as the rise and set of the sun or as between day and night In other words it docs not har monize with the best thoughts of tho hu man family On the other hand a scientific fact is something which can always be demon strated to be absolutely correct This Well Is tho difference between a fact and a theory Tho Theologians give us nothing but a theory to support their belief The ologically tho story may be right but scientifically It Is not There are thous ands upon thousands of good men and wo men in this world of ours who reject tho whole story and some always will To some people tine account of tho ascension may not bo clear enough and to others It may border too much on tho sleight of hand or ledgerdemaln to suit them From my own point of view I reject it both ways We havd long since ceased to look to Theology for any truth Wo now look to Science for all truth Just as a child looks to Its parents for its support All truth worth recording wo owe to Science and right hero I wish to say that all Scientists worthy the name reject Theology N N H N N H NONON HON N To give this story of the ascension a serious thought let us stop a minute We will say then that on such an extraordinary occasion as the Resurrection of Jesus after death it should have been done in the open at least All the people should have seen It and been eyewitnesses to it A body coming to life after death should have been seen by thousands A thing that Involves such magnitude should not have been left to a small number of thirteen people Mary Magdalena and tho other Mary and eleven of his own disciples have the same right to doubt it as the apostles of his own choice did in that time and i frankly declare that the whole story Is written in such a childish way that cannot harmonize It with reason 1 was forced by my own reason to abandon It long ago and look upon It now as an an cluit history written by and for nil Igno rant people and It should have no place In modern literature Let us dig a llttlr1 deeper under their temple the first thing wo see Is a robber We go a little further and see this robbers name on the roster recorded as a fullHedged member and his dues paid ahead Ho Is the most Influential member of his church He is capable of offering up tho loudest and most sincere prayer to his omnipotent God Now stop again Is it an uncommon thing In this ago to see where some great financier has gone wrong and has robbed tho whole com mu pity has stolen tho very bread from the washerwoman and her helpless children taken tho last cent from tho poor mechanic who has tolled unceasingly to accumulate enough to secure his beloved family a home In many cases of this kind it has driven men to commit suicide Then this foully who was tho Joy and life of this poor man have been cast adrift In this cold world and left to subsist tho best they can on sweet charity Then stop preaching this old dogma and tell man that this is tho only life worthy of a serious thought Begin In his Infancy and teach him that there Is nothing more noble than truth and justice morality and reason charity and love Teach hint that those things are tho paramount issues of his mission in this life Teach hint that all other life de pends to n largo degree on his cultivation of those principles In his moral mental and physical self Let the church stop giving passports into this supposed king dom of heaven Tills and this alone has been the cause of more war murder blood shed and strife than tiny other one thing that was ever conceived by the brain of I man In this enlightened age when we look t back over the dark gloomy and bloody past It Is enough to cause a thrill of horror to see the countless millions of human ings I that have been sacrificed In the cause of this Christian god i My Christian friends you cannot do with out war It has been associated with you ever since you showed any signs of strength and as long as you have any strength you cannot let go of it War has gone hand In hand with you from Genesis to Revelation My Christian friend can you tell why so many of the best and most highly educated people of the past and present have dis believed your theory of God and the future Here are a few reasons that give you why a Freethinker cannot accept your dogma They cannot harmonize An omni present God with disaster on land and water They cannot harmonize A God of love and mercy with war and murder They cannot harmonize A God of Infinite wisdom with Ignorance and vice They cannot harmonize A God to famine and flood They cannot harmonize The birth and resurrection of Jesus with reason nor do they believe that Jesus ever did rise from tho dead or that saints ever arose from their tombs and walked Into the city It may have been customary In that early age for the dead to get up from heir graves and make a parade but this does not hole good here In this twentlo h century And now to my friends ministers of theigospel you have been preaching this holy Bible doctrine for the last 1900 years has there been a single one of you In all this time that has saved a single human soul and sent It Into the kingdom of your i God What Did you say yes Then If you have any particular regard for me will you not send me this partys particular address so that can get into communication with him that lie may con firm your word Mrs Henrys pamphlet on Bible re vision is now ready Ten cents per copy or twelve copies for one dollar N F Griswold declares that it ought to bo sent to the ends of the earth As a means of assisting the Blade in its propaganda Free bought literature can be had from this office For the most part these are at popular prices and can bo easily distributed Our jlremium otter is still open A Trip to Homo or Dog Fennel freo to any address for five subscribers at ono remittance at the rate of one dollar each JIll = r 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE N N H N N N H H N N N N N H N N N H N N H N H N N N N N N N y iyJ N N H N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N N H Beautiful Tribute to the Late Col Inger soil Found Among Effects of a Re cently Deceased Freethinker Written jy W H Tower Some time ago an unbeliever In evan gelical Christianity died at Fort Dodge Iowa and among his effects was found a splendid and eloquent tribute to the memory ot the late Coi Robert Ingersoll which was given to the papers and published The author was William H ower und the tribute was written In the declining years of his life showing that old age had not affected nls mind caused its activities to cease or impaired his men tality In his tribute he poured out the affection of a lifetime and left to the world the most convincing proof of his loyalty to Freedom Even this compliment was paid him by the Fort Dodge press which gave publica tion to his tribute Its authenticity Is with out question It offers a stimulus to thous ands and by being read Is capable of Infusing sstemsIEven when creeping paralysis seized him when he knew that his end was near when ho lost in turn the use of his hands his legs his body and finally his voice he steadfastly maintained his old attitude toward churches and religions Ho was a nonbeliever to the very last Mr Towers tribute possesses additional Interest because of his own career The manuscript Is well worn and has the ap pearance or having been studied again and Is one case where the priestly car rlon crows will be unable to traduce the memory of the dead by Insisting that ho had recanted or attempted to make Ills peace with a fictitious god upon the ap proach of death All who knew Mr Tower knew what e was in matters of re ligion and they also know that ho died just as he had lived an agnostic His splendid tribute to Col Ingersol follows Ingersoll Is dead The urilliant meteor that flashed across the horizon of the nineteenth century has gone down at Its close America has lost her greatest citi zen humanity her best friend The champion of intellectual liberty tins performed his life work and sunk quietly peacefully and contentedly to that last re pose which Is the common lot of us all He was born of humble parents amid the rugged hills and primeval forests of west ern New Yore Cradled among the pio neers of Ohio and reared on the broad prairies of Illinois his body strengthened by simple life and honest toll his mind broadened In the school of nature His judgment was not biassed by the fact that his father was Presbyterian minister and no came upon the great stage of life with a mind free and unfettered And with his wonderful personality his honesty of purpose his ability as a reasoner nls courage In denouncing that which he estly believed to be wrong and his match less eloquence In defending the right made him easily tho greatest character of his time Garibaldi oecame famous as the patriot of Italy Gladstone will bo remembered as the great commoner of England Bis marck by the mailed fist Lincoln as tho emancipator and Grant as the soldier out the imperishable crown the immortal laurels will be placed by posterity on the life work and achievements of Robert Ingersoll True ire had been preceded by others now ant then along the great pathway of life Grand men had risen who mad fought and suffered and died for the cause of humanity but Ingersoll alone had the power to clothe the power of his reason- Ing anu argument in the simplicity and elo quence that compelled people to listen and the listener to admit its truth Ho took from death Its sting and from the grave Its terrors Ho kindled the torch of reason with tne spark from his genius and painted tho rainbow of hope In tile horizon of despair lie liberated the church creed and clergy and elevated man kind while he denounced dishonesty and hyprocrlsy and gavo the death blow to and soldiers are usually tho servants of one country or one people but Robert Ingersoll was the friend tno benefactor tho liberator of mankind THE CRACKING OF A NUT Treatise on Atheism and Socialism In tended to Show That the Former Is Not a Mere Kindergarten By Dennis Leahy To the average Socialist atheism bears tho same relation to political economy that simple numbers bear to the higher matho matics Atheism is kindergarten knowledge for overgrown oables The atheistic element have had tho col umns of the made all to themselves for some time and Socialists have developed that tired feeling so hard to describe and so grating on the nerves But now tho winter of our discontent Is made glorious summer by this son of agriculture with Nuts to cracK M E Galke One question at n time please This article will answer the land question as propounded by Mr Galke What will the Socialist state do with me as the case stands It will look at your deed to that piece of land and finding It spurious will throw It Into the gutter as worthless for tho following reason You bought some thing from Uncle Sam that he had no rlgnt to sell because it was stolen property at the time he got it Ho got from tho King of England by the use of physical force The king got It from a follow who crossed the Atlantic and found It Here we have tho origin of your title deed and measured by exact justice to all men It Is worthless and would bo so considered by a socialistic staTS The true origin of tho right to property of any kind is duo to tile expenditure of labor expended in using the earth and not In finding It A horse is not necessarily yours because you bought him neither Is a piece of land Socialists do not recog nize tho divine right of kings or the In fallible right of popes to parcel out tile earth amongst their favorites A wild horse is common property So is wild land and no man or set of men can secure title to the horse until ho is caught and broke to worK The same Is true of wild land lint dont worry fret or got needlessly alarmed Ulatchford was dealing with land lordism as it exists in England He was not thinking of your case only in so far as your title from Uncle Sam is concerned As you state your case you title Is secure by reason of tno fact that you are using the land as it ought to be used Therefore while a Socialist state would probably burn your deed It would nevertheless recognize your right of possession originating as it did in the expenditure of your labor and your life In the use of the land and tho placing of tine product of that expendituremof life and labor at tho service of your from Unclo Sam was a gold brick regular green goods Tine state sold you tho land conditionally al though the conditions are not stated In the deed After buying tho land In order to maintain possessions you must contribute to the support of the federal state tho lesser state the county and municipality In tho price you pay tho merchant for his goods you contribute to the support of the town landlord and town lot speculator as i Ifr aBLUW LADE 5 well as a horde ot other parasites too num erous to mention railing to do so you lose the land you fondly bought from your benov lent Uncle Sam- Investigate this matter honestly and fairly Seo what your title has and Is now costing you in the expenditure of life and labor and then crack this nut for me What would a deed from Uncle Sam be worth If land could only be owned by those who use It as you use yours THE HISTORY OF RELIGION The Fearful Nightmare Seen by St John Explained upon the Hypothesis of Moving Pictures and a Mechanical Show By Susan J Peck John the revelator was shown In his clairvoyant visions what was then the past the present and tho future and was told to write of them The message was sent from him which Is and which was and which is to come also from the seven spirits which are before the throne and the Jesus who Is called tile faithful wit ness and the first begotten of the dead and tho prince of tho kings of tho earth John saw moving pictures produced In part by picture telegraphy and In part by other mechanism in human hands and a part of what he saw was real The beasts dragons horses etc were pictures relating some of them to the past present or future of persons on earth and some of them to the dead The seven mountains meaning Rome and the eight kings meaning eight of Romes rulers while tho other pictures In which were crowns lated to ther countries and their rulers and tho pictures being understood only by the dead many of whom were communicat ing by means of them their significance was explained to John Tho message sent was to tho effect that for that present time tho churches were to bo at peace but later wars were ordered and the picture of the woman clothed with tho sun related to Mary tho quen of Jews and tho mother of tho only begotten sonn tho twelve r stars representing tho twelve tribes of Israel and tho moon under her feet tho promise that her feet tho promlso that her followers should conquer tho turksr her flight into the wilderness meaning her flight into Egypt where she remained for nearly three and onehalf years while tho picture of tho dragon tho tall of which drew a third part of tho stars of heaven which wore cast unto tho earth repre sented death and tho number of men to bo killed in war and through drunkenness about tho number which modern stat istlcslan furnish and tho blood which flowed from tho wino press showed tho volume shed because of tho use of Intoxi JJlIIIII cants and th sealinghe hundred and fortyfour thousand to rule over others and the counselio the earths In habitants to buyof mafgold tried In the fire shows that gambllij In gold as else where tho setting of thf prices in wheat and barley and tine coiijrolllng of the oil and wine was tobfe do by them In the future as in thejjfotpjaM we read of one of a class of rumthat In righteousness In their righteousness when no offense1iad6given and no enmity existed beCwen lie different na tions of Gentiles lie trudgo and make war even as his success s done and as Is being done ow fpjefln the midst of righteous treatment a peaceable In tention of the comet pej pie of Japan and the United StatesjUowarl each other the rulers with money o loaned talk of bringing the two ioatmna to war and talk as freely as they mighi ifrwar were heaven for the soldier butljwhich One who knew hell And when had passed away a new ruler tookplace for the ruler had a now to him self but which JohnVcajfed the Word of God The word ofJtH aron and his vesture was dlppejp5lriilood his fine raiment was th the price of them sold Into the of war the blood money of soldlerjBjihom he had sent to murder and be muraJred You will observe in reading Revelations that the templo was occupied ra Jtho Jews only while the Gentiles we lven the outside and tho Holy CHratfltteen hundred miles long and wide an d bIgh was exclu sively Jewish so thaTtlBible furnishes no promise of heavens after death for the pThe he only be gotten son John waeiiV were there called the beast and it Image and wore called ClirlstlansV vo no rest day nor night and that theTDbkoof their tor ment rises up forever ail ever tormented by those of other beliet the worshippers of other men gods or rather devilgods And tho angels nrmlesTof those devils represented by John as bejng in heaven but who in reality were3 hell for if heaven means anything Itjnjeans harmony ho saw fighting with ono for tho supremacy not only In on tho anothersearth torturing one subjects oven as tho only begotten son had promised his followers that they should do with those on earth who sanuld resist his roll as an earthly king add those of my enemies who would not that I should reign over them bring hither and slay 1Among one like unto the son of man that othervjesus tho Gen tile who was tho son of a carpenter who taught tho people that obedience to con science Is tho only true religion and that they needed no other and to which the priests then as now were opposed and who also performed some cures and many mental cures but no miracles That the cures the real cures were performed by the Gentile we learn by reading the ex clamation of the people It was never so seen In Israel No Jew ever performed such wonderful cures Much more preve lation is to be found in the Epistles as the transposers decreed The prophecies were more properly promises which those rulers of the dark world made and which they tended to force the fulfillment of and among them was the fall of cities and em pires the latter represented by the fleeing away of the mountains etc and the com mand Come out of her my people Among other things John saw one of the devils and his army cast unto the earth to torment Its drunkenness and the dis eases incident to both another he saw bound inthe bottomless pit and another he saw cast into the lake of fire and brim stone to keel the company of the beast the Holy Father and the false prophet and even death and hell were cast Into the lake of fire And whosoever was not found written in the book o f life who soever was not honest was cast into the lako of fire And they are not honest with themselves who accept the decrees of priests SOVEREIGNTY By J Thornton Glttman What man shall say to mo Bow down and think as Or else be doomed to endless night gives my fellowman the right To fence my mind and liberty of thought deny That twice ten thousand kneel before cestral shrines Is no Indisputable proof Of wrong In him who stands aloof Unbowed rejecting what his Inmost soul declines What though majorities condemn my un belief Majorities are errors friends And nail too oft on man depends Blaming another for his own created grief am master of my destiny my willjHevolts from every rude Of superstitious circumstance Ana takes mo far beyond credulities that kill i am tho sovereign ruler of that realm my mind No doubtful creed shall prosper there Nor will I harbor weak despair By building hospitals forerror and its kind A d 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE I I Current Comment on Public Events i + + + TTT + TT + + TT IDEAS AND ORATORY Nations become great only through the greatness of the individuality of its citi zenship When men do their all for party and nothing for the state the outlook is not of the roseate order When men do for the state first and let party take care of itself the highest duties are fulfilled Great things great events a popular war t or some pending danger will find many men ready for the emergency but what men should do Is to practice the same methods in times of peace Be ready for little events small things Never be caught unaware What Is it that makes the American republic It Is not a flag It is not a uniform It is not Congress It is not a fleet of battle ships sailing round the world nor an army of trained soldiers These are but the outward manifestations of something even bigger grander and better The people make the nation and without tho will and consent of the people these things could not exist The glory of tho republic rests upon the brain the bone the sinew of her men and the purity of her women Underneath it lies tho worker tho toller Political leaders both fear and despise them They fear the coming power that stands as a correlative of knowledge They fear the result of too much thought on things social and political If knowledge brings power and to a great extent it does then it is our plain duty to extend that knowledge wherever we possibly can and we must learn to labor together to secure that end Both religion and politics have gone to trading and peddling in trivial technicalities They create divisions among tho people for no other purpose than to keel them apart to prevent them from getting together working together standing together What boots It whether fiddle strings be placed on the free list and fishhooks taxed to the thoughts have been suggested by reason of a diatribe from President Wil son of Princeton College In which ne says There never before was a period of such loose reckless thinking Men are thinking with their emotions not their minds We have some splendid talkers in this country If one or two of them should happen to have an idea they would come irresistible Then is a difference between an Idea and an excited purpose an idea and an antipathy rrrrrrrrrrr+ Admitting that some men have greater ability to talk than to think it would be worth while to tho direction from whence this reckless thinking comes la it possible that it can emanate from Princeton t Many an Idea has been ex pressed only to Incur the anger and sentment of the scholastics of the age And did not Emerson say that to express an idea under sucH conditions could be taiien as positive proof of having said some thing that was actually worth while some thing that ought to have been said long before There are plenty of Ideas float ing about but It so happens that they are not of the right Kind Every gosling leg islator is imbued with the kea that the salvation of the country depends upon some of his particular hobbles and the legisla tive hopper Is crammed with bills that the country could well afford to miss alto gether But who chooses to think with their emotions Hunger Is an emotion well calculated to make a man do some reckless thinking and create an excited purpose and if it is to such as these that President Wilson refers we opine that ho Is very nearly right Mens hunger is not appeased by being handed a bill of fare to read over The orderly well being of society is not enhanced by multifarious legislation of a privileged character Greatness does not attach an ability to talk for it Is very often the work of a single night National strength and better individualities cannot be fostered except by wholesome education and In this lies great secret of power and progress NOT IN WEST VIRGINIA Over In our neighboring state of West Virginia they have a method of doing things that is admirable and commendable Neither bible or preacher are capable of turning them from their course or under mining their strict sense of justice The courts do not appear to be the handmaids of the orthodox religion and the executive and judicial officers are evidently no re specters of persons For centuries the gentlemen of the cloth were deemed su perior to the law The presence of the bible created a feeling of reverential awe Now both have been relegated to the judicial dunghcap and are powerless to di vert popular justice This much Is said in favor of tho people of West Virginia and they havo Just given a practical lesson affording a splendid example for other parts of the country to follow It is reported from Moundsvllle in the state named that one giving the name of Rev J R Fitch a pastor In the Church of god who had been conducting a rather strenuous religious revival in the place mentioned has been sent to jail for sixty days upon being proved guilty of failing to support his wife and family The In jured wife brought suit which resulted n criminal prosecution Her witnesses and herself all testified that the parson was in the habit of clandestinely visiting sa loons and spending the money he should have given to his family in the aguadl onto that taketh away tho sense and reason of men During the trial It Is ported Fitch neld the bible in his hand and took especial pains to let the court know that fact by holding it up to public view with every gesture made His pro fession and his bible wero expected to work a charm in his favor but they didnt The effort to divert justice by a religious sham Was foiled Despite his sanctimonious pretensions he was found guilty of Uo offense charged ana being unable to furnish a bond for guarantee of furnishing his wife and children with grub he was marched off to jail amid the jeers of the crowd that had attended tne proceedings In court From this may we learn much that Is of real benefit The ulblo is no longer a fetich to terrify The parson Is no longer a superior being His religion Is powerless to save him from a just fato Piety does not constitute an apology for justice In this instance the parson professed the former but the courts handed him a sum cient dose of tho latter Now that he has got both ho may learn to do better and be capable of realizing that others have rights which even a parson is bound to respect WARS STERN ALARM Johnny get your gun Turn loose the dogs of war Open wide the flood gates and turn hells battery loose Let tho trumpets be blown for the fray Como armed booted and spurred Let there be shedding of blood in abundance Soap the plank and let em slide Clarence E Cornell who we are informed is pastor of the First Church of the Nazareno in the Windy City hath spoken Recently this bathers kite in disguiserAddressed tho Cook County Womens Temperance Union on the liquor question and while tho lawlessness attributed many saloonkeepers may be acqtilscced In ho de clared that ninety per cent of the preachers today were moral cowards on the prohibition question and spoke of using the most drastic measures to kill off tho liquor trade Ho would not abolish it by law Oh nol Preachers have such an utter dls Ir BLuE GRASS BLADE 7 regard for law unless It bo for their Inter est that no thought Is given to such a proceeding As a preacher should and as some preachers do this man advocates the aboli tion of the saloon by violence and his ut terances on the subject are quoted In the press dispatches In the following graphic t mannerI the streets would run with blood in this struggle Id like to go out wltn a gun myself Nine out of ten preachers are moral cowards on the prohibition question They hold the key to tho situation They talk prohibition but when It comes to a question of salary or displeasing a congre gation they falter and submit Och Wurra wurra Somebody head us otr or we are sliding hell bent to destruc tion Wont somebody call In the police Streets run with blood and that is what this servant of the Prince of Peace would like to see Kill somebody Shoot them down like untagged dogs In a pound until they drown In a crimson flood Beautiful religion Gentle Christ Sweet conservator of public morals Desirous of going out with a gun and well loaded we must naturally suppose is an Indication that this servant of the clear Lord wants to kill somebody himself And is not this the Christian spiritI lias not this been the at titude of the church for centuries Have not streets run with blood following the sword held by fanatical worshippers of tae Christian faith What a fearful price to pay for the establishment of a fad And to cap the climax the same dispatches state that fifty women and four men who were present to listen to such a diatribe against law and order actually endorsed by an abundance of Awmen Would not this further tact show the degrading power of religion upon the minds of women when It can bring them to such a pass that they could actually sanction murder without a just cause But fancy Cornell with a gun on his shoulder preserving the dignity of the church Judging him at this distance we assume that should sonic mlschevlous boy suddenly explode a bunch of Fourth of July crackers near his pedal extrem ities he would lump for the tall and uncut Ulowards In peace become tile veriest cow ards in war This preacher ought to take a tumble to himself before some sure enough American citizen expectorates upon him and drowns him But wo have It now that as a rule church congregations are opposed to many things the preachers in sist upon having and the congregations manage to have their way while the preach ers have an eye largely upon salary As for Connell wo simply say SCAT THE UNWRITTEN LAW Hunger both of the heart and tho stom ach social ostracism and a loss of old r time friendship are salu to be tho punish ments lulllcted upon Mrs Anna M Brad ley by a modern society for the killing of Arthur Brown the former Senator from Utah on the ground that he had ruined nor lite and nad refused to keep his promise made to her that he would give a name to her two boys of which the deceased was the father It is this very treatment that has prevented many another woman from following the same method of exact ing redress for alleged wrongs done by man As a rulo a moaest woman who may nave sinned through love will not tell her troubles to a policeman but broods over teem In quiet solitude It was Solomon so wo are told who wrote that pride goeth before destruction but we would amend that saying without quarreling with tile shade of bolomon by suggesting that pride Itself is tho sheet anchor of human morality the dynamics of noble deeds When love falls and hope tiles pride still lingers tile savage rearguard of those who resolve to die only In the last ditch When pride is crushca out of a man or woman by a load of rags and wretchedness as Is now reported to be the case with Mrs Bradley damnation Is even knocking at the door Ana yet there Is one other view we might take The BrownBradley liason vas It ap pears a mutual contract Both parties went Into the affair with their eyes wide open They were both of mature mind and both had enjoyed marital experiences Both know No such contract could have been entered Into without both parties con senting agreeing thereto In such matters Mrs Bradley was as wise as Mr Brown The latter know no more than the former and neither knew less than the other True false promise might have been made end in the end the consideration mutually agreed upon may have failed Tills was a violation of the contract and It was for this violation that Mrs Bradley killed her paranlour Such a contract could not have been enforced by tine courls as It was legal on Its face Mrs Bradley also knew this when site uecame a consenting party In the abstract she Is not entitled to any particular sympathy but we do pity her forlorn condition the sad fate especially In view of tho fact that thousands of her sisters have been equally ns guilty but have been fortunate enough to escape notoriety and detection All this brings us to tho Issue of the unwritten law which seems to have taken such a linn hold upon our criminal juris prudence If tho woman In tho case be young Inexperienced or weak minded or victim- Ized then a shotgun might bo allowed to play Its part but If tho woman be of nature years and of average Intelligence the unwritten law in its application becomes vlolatlvo of human morals Many wives l are so grossly neglected by their husbands that the flame of love mounts the altar no more and the turnpike to perdition isrpaved with the ashes of loves that are dead Since tho dawn of civilization virtue has constituted womans chief charm and it Is in this respect that she has risen Immens-ely superior to the sterner sex If every man Who nad loved woman not wisely but too well been served as Senator fJrown was history would be but a whiteRmark on a snowbank and ancient Israel would have been considerably shy on kings The whole tribe of Judah would have been non est and tho proverbs ascribed to Solomon would never have been written Ken the psalms of David might have been abridged had Uriah gone at him with a butcherknife wnlle dallying In the boudoir of Uathsheba QUESTION OF PER CAPITA Eleven dollars per capita for chewing gum Sevenfifty per capita for spreading Christian light in foreign lands These are marked Exhitit A In a play recently made by the Presbyterian church as a means of illustrating the dis regard of the people of America for mission work and their greater regard for the tempting wax with which so many of our females keep their Jaws In motion We do not complain but tho church does The Blada feels that the eleven dollars has been spent to better advantage than the seven and a half The former has at least found employment for a large number of men women and children and helped to keep up the commercial and inSdustrial markets The latter has gone a few cheerful Iseloctdo not Intimate that the eleven dollars could not have been put to a much better uso but wo give the chewing gum the preference over the missionary contri butions Our contention is that the wo men should be given a chance and If they prefer a quid of wax to dropping their nickels in the mission box they have a right to their own sweet way and even a preacher has no Just ground for plaint While discussing education and friendsitthe Correspondence School You oncedropped J4 a BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore in and edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Editor and Publisher 1268 N Limestone St Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 3150 per year In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remit tance 110 each Five trial subscriptions 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hearty welcome THE BLADE is entered at the Postomce at Lexington Kentucky as secondclass mail ing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P Box Lexington Ky X Ifldiial l THE ART OF CONVERSION Militant Christianity is much the same in this clay and generation as it Wit on the continent of Europe tt hcn Constantine established lliu treed as a state religion in the Roman Empire It works very much along the sane old lines although the mediums used are dillerent Upon the hypothesis or presumption that men and Woe lire like so many sheep ready find willing to where another leads thousands were forced into a recognition of Christianity not because of filly intelligent understanding of the doctrine but be cause of Imperial inundate and an in clination to ape those in authority Once a foothold had been established anti a profession of Christianity made 1 advertisement was made of the fact and heralded broadcast ill order to in duce the more ignorant to follow in iiuc an swell the numbers This is the method by which Christianity got a start in Home and from thence by sword und famine by torture and intimidation gradually spread to other parts of Europe ultimately to domi nate the continent Upon the saute hypothesis or presumption Christian Evangelists of day follow the same methods Numbers are wanted No question is asked concerning motive or sincerity of pro fession Just walk up and say I believe and you are counted as out washed in the blood of the lamb acd though their sins be scarlet they arc made white as the snow The first few converts fire judiciously arran d for beforehand These lire old standbys They are the bellwethers of the Hock These professional converts are well posted as to the exact psycho logical moment fund in an apparent fit of religious frenzy put on for the occa sion become so impressed with the eloquence of the evangelist that they walk up to the penitent form fund profess Christ in a loud voice Once the program has been started the rest is usually easy for the multi tudes follow in order to be in the seeming fashion- Experiments have shown that if you start a Hock of sheep in a given direction and by the aid of a stick compel the leader to jump at a given point then draw away the stick every other sheep in the flock will jump at the same place although there be nothing in fact to compel then to jump it is only a case of following the leader Because one jumped the balance imag ine they have got to do so Mmiy people are like those foolish sheep This folly is made a prominent factor at all revival meetings The clergy know of this failing and antecedent provisions are made to cater to it to the limit In this manner a rather large number of conversions are re ported and the cause of Christ gains another temporary boost In a recent issue we made a comment upon Evangelist Scovellc who has been working his graft in Lexington We have received through the mails from a friend copies of the Decatur Ill Herald containing reports of the re vival meeting there being conducted by Billy Sunday Although these revivals tire being conducted by diller ent men in different places and the reports appearing in dillerent newspapers presumably written by diller ent hands and invented by different brains they are so similar in construc tion and verbiage that they appear to have been printed from a stereotype plate Both claim that the plan of salvation was made so simple that it seemed a wonder how the crowdcould hold hacknnd that an enormous number of conversions were made Could the reading public know that these newspaper reports are cookedjready to serve by the coterie of preachers in charge of this work they would he able to detect the hypocrisy behind it all The report is usually pre pared before the meeting is heldand a few blank places left for the insertion- of any particular feature that might unexpectedly develop These if they take place are rushed into the copy and a devoted follower hotfoots to tile newspaper office and hands it in for publicationThe ent who sends us thi Decatur account of Billy Sunday adds that he wears diamonds of the finest water while the fastenings of Madame Sundays costly wearing apparel glisten with sparklers of immense value find that the hands of both fairly gleam with the rich light of the crystalized carbon stones Vanity piled upon the top of vanity and yet the account states that the preachers were then at subserptioninof TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS for the personal benefit find emolument of Mr and Mlrs Sunday Well done thou good and faithful servants In the land where cotton is hug and in those lands where the lowy corn holds sway those natural products of toil which iced and clothe mankind men may labor year in mill year out fund never see onetcnfh some far less of that magnificent sum But a frazzled baseball player with an eye to business fancied he could make money quicker in the lords vineyard than by striving for home runs and one weeks preaching is to net him ten thousand No wonder the diamonds glitter and glisten on the clothing of Monsieur and Madame No uonder poverty stalks gaunt through the land when so much money can be wasted in this manner Thousands for supersti tion and never a cent for struggling humanity Billy Sunday may holdout his palm and it is filled with gold He preaches the sinners to repentance Labor holds out its hands for bread and receives a stone But labor toils It is surely time that the revival fake was exploded Once let a preacher fall behind in drawing new members to I BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 his church and he at once hits upon the professional plan to prevent his congregation from kicking at his failure There is a spasmodic rush The con gregation is satisfied The preacher is delighted lie is content to allow the evangelist to cart the cash away What he desired has been accom plished In a few da san the bulk of the converts repenting their folly slide back into what they were told were sins to go through the process of conversion again with the appearance of the next evangelist THE GOLDEN RULE Ask any Christian for an example of orthodox morality a guide to right doing and he will direct you to thn golden rule as the sum and substance of all that morality contains Further than this he will also lay claim to the notion that such a rule was original with his lIlan god Jesus and that the world never having previously heard the doctrine taught became deeply impressed with its great wisdom loving mercy and charitable inculcation at the same time recog nizing in the author the elements of from the viewpoint of always desiring the right the good and the true the socalled golden rule may tend to produce a higher moral con cept if universally practiced With a mind toward evil the rule would apply conversely and the world would not see it generally practiced This is its apparent defect Jt will not work both ways It could if so desired be construed equally for evil as for good Good and evil being relative terms laid upon an evershifting axis it is readily admitted that what is good to one people in one age is not good to another people in another age and miens ideas concerning those qualities change with the changing impulses of the race Admitting however that an application of the rule has but one general trendand that for good it is none the less a fact that it is not and was not original with the Christian organiza tion and that if ever bt by Jesus he had learned it from the surrounding cults and races This probably took place during the young manhood of Jesus if at all as the gospels are silent concerning him from the time he is alleged to have disputed with the doctors in the temple at the age of twelve years until he was somewhere about 28 or 30 years of age Assuming that he had been given advantages of some education superior to that which obtained among the general run of his countrymen it is certain that he was brought in contact with the teachings of other cults upon which he founded his own system and promulgated the notions acquired as original sayings Historical research has revealed the fact that this golden rule formed a conspicuous part of much older religions than Christianity It was taught in Ancient India in Egypt in Greece long before the Jewish messiah was ever dreamed of It did not always appear in the saute form but the sub stance of the rule existed Sixteen hundred years before the time of the al leged birth of Jesus there existed in Ancient Egypt a vale to the dead which ran He sought for others the good he desired for himself Let him puss on I fere the express intention towards good is made manifest This expression is lacking in the rule as ap plied to Christianity There is no possibility of misconception in that aphorism The intention for good and good only is plainly expressed Coming even a century litter at a time when the Hindu kingdoms were being estab lished along the Ganges the religious teachers of that ancient period wrote and taught Tile true rule in business is to guard and do by the things of others as they do by their own What would such a rule accomplish if in vogue in Christian countries The mime of theft would be unknown There is not a Christian in the wide world today who is not compelled to resort to locks hillS and bolts in order to protect his goods and chattels from thieves The superiority of the IIindu code may be fpund in the fact that doors were never locked and the people had a sacred regard for property and individual rights Further investigation shows that the Greeks more thing one thousand years OAr FIVE BLADE before the alleged time of Jesus taught the golden rule in the negative form and with far greater force than the Christian conception of it could teach Their rule ran Do not that to thy neighbor which tiiou wouldst take ill front him Summarizing the additional data col lected on this subject it can be shown that the books and scrolls of the Hebraic law taught the truth In a timestained parchment believed to have been inscribed first some twenty fivo hundred years ago is to be read Whatsoever you do not wish your neighbor to do to you do not that to him And to strengthen this the teachers of B C added immedi ately Thus is the whole law Tile rest is mere exposition of it Confucius in 551 B C advised What you would not wish done to yourself do not unto others At the first Buddhistic Council held in Rajagrilm in 477 B C the scribes almost duplicated the advice of Egypts priests writing One should seek for others the happiness one desires for oneself e A century and a half before Christ the law of Rome once more repeated the theme The law imprinted on tho hearts of all men is to love the members of society as themselvs It is practically certain that no land which has at any time laid claim to a more or less true form of civilization lots omitted some phrasing of this basic ethical teaching front its moral or civil philosophy When Alexander of Mace don marched into Persia in 334 B did lie not find there before him the most usual of all these closely par alleled formulae Do as you would be done by ran the Zoroastrian precept Finally Mohammed gave yet another expression to it for the Koran instructs Let none of you treat his brother in a way ho himself would dis like to bo treated If you want good reading send Twentyfive cents for Mrs Henrys Marriage and Divorce Ten cents for Kidders Virgin Mary Ten cents for Bible Revision by Mrs Henry Ten cents for The Sacrament by Kidder For A trip to Rome by Dr Wilson 125 For Dog Fennel in the Orient by C C Moore 125 Write for catalogue for others Well Tile Correspondence School is growing Slow to be sure but it is growing none the less Read what Mrs Closz and others have to say about it andthen think over those lost oppor tunities Fall in line Send your name in for enrollment Only 100 students to start Read over the announcement on pages 12 and 13 of this issue about th correspondence school and being satis fled send in your name us amember The school wants pupils and it wants you t lr junong thorn d BLADEt10BLUEGRASS POPULAR PREJUDICE What have infidels deists and the like ever done for humanity Lookat our great institutions of learning etc If Christianity is such a cold unreasoning and cruel creed why is it that so many great men have believed in it and given it their support The foregoing comes not from any one in particular but from most every orthodox believer in general and pecially from the paid advocates of the church In a recent argument just a mere casual talk the proposition was submitted as a final and complete ar gument against infidelity and was sup posed to end the controversy right there The suggestion at once came up that it might be good enough to use as a text for an article in the Blade theIsuch conditions While it is true that many educa tional institutions and many hospitals abound in Christian lands for the im provement of the individual mind and the alleviation of human suffering noble and worthy causes yet these in stitutions both kinds are not any part or portion of the Christian belief or creed They belong solely to the hu manitarian promptings of the human heart They are secular and not sac ted An air of religiosity has been thrown about them and in some in stances Christian names are bestowed If schools colleges and universities and even hospitals were essentially beenIencouragement from them On the contrary hospitals are essentially of pagan origin for such institutions existed among pagan peoples long before the advent of Christianity and those people actually had hospitals for sick Jomestic animals Jesus never built a school a college or a hospital He even told his hearers to let the dead bury themselves so little regard had he for the subject if the account be true Copying from the custom and habits of the opposing cults by which they were surrounded the early CUris tiahs began to plan such institutions and from them magnificent systems of educational and material human help have been built Just so far as the church carries on such a work then so far is it ful filling a mission of humanity But this is not Christianity pure and simple Christianity merely consists of a be lief in impossible things and existed for long centuries without a hospital or a school lueouwiuie both hospitals and schools auounueu where Christian ity had not obtained a foothold and yet Ute moment the Christians gained entrance they destroyed the schools uurned libraries routed the people tutu bunt up a system of their own upon the rums The work of the Christians in Alexandria in Andalusia in Itouie aim otter parts of the civilized world furnish abundant evidence of their op position to learning for even in those uays they reaiizeu that the creed nourished best where ignorance pre vailed hat have infidels deists and the like ever done for humanity Plenty Turn buck vo the pages of history and numerous examples are there to e fodbbzvpvubizburLfcJTAOlN there to be found The greatest ser vice ever rendered humanity came from a deist a nonbeliever and an opponent of the Christian faith when Thomas Paine destroyed the divine right of lungs and established a free and popular government The gifts of ItocKfellcr are offset by the phil anthropy of Carnegie who is practic ally a nonChristian Neither did more than Stephen irard who founded his college for poor orphan boys with a legacy of six million dollars but even this has been prostituted by a sordid Christian faith and through petty scheming the cross has sup planted the American flag Now the Christians are claiming it us their own when in truth and in fact it was founded by an Atheist and a Materialist Why should so many great men be lieve in ivY The answer to such an interrogation must depend what is meant by great ness If to found a republic to explode dogma to bring to human knowledge thC jhysical facts of the universe and to exalt man is to be con sideredas proof of greatness then deed the church is unable to lay claim to one truly great man If to indulge in a flash of mere rhetoric to be able to compose a fairly god ser mon to write a commentary on the bible to lead in prayer is accepted as proof of greatness then the church is welcome to all she can muster Men of science men of letters men of broad literal mind are not in the church They do not belong there be cause they cannot be confined or cramped within the contracting limita tions of a narrow creed As a matter of fact names proves nothing for the truth or falsity of any system of religion Were such the case and taking the human family as a whole the Christians are in a dread ful minority Gladstone was great in his particular line ofstatesmanship but as a theologian he was a miserable failure Napoleon was great as a butcher of men but when he attempted to ficr an argument in favor of the existence of god he was an abject and miserable failure In an effort to holster up their creed the Christians assert that Washington was caught on his knees at Valley Forge in silent prayer but history refutes sucha notionPolitical parties take especial de light in making reference to the names of their greatest men So do religious institutions Both are unmindful of the fact that still greater men than they live today for the world has had the benefit of their experience and men have grown past and beyond them all rent as the present age may be the coming ages will of a necessity prove to be still greater It must be so It cannot bo otherwise The greater the knowledge of men concerning material things the wider will be the gulf be tween them and orthodoxy Knowl edge takes from the gods and adds to the power of men Thinking men still pine for progress for development but the sum and sub stance of all theological systems may be found in those familiar lines which declare The oldtime religion is good enough for me THE CHURCH AND SLAVERY It is curious to note the attitude of the opposing forms of orthodox faith touching the situation in the Kongo with the bitter complaints made by protestant countries concerning al leged abuses inflicted upon the natives while the Catholic organizations are a unit in declaring that no abuses exist and the latter point to conditions pre in of the Kongo under Protestant rule and by comparison attempt to show that the Catholic Kongo is the best governed Just so far it is made a matter of religious dispute alone no harm can possibly come to the natives under either side but when it is announced that protestant England has a rod in pickle steeped in brine for Leopold of Belgium thereby making it a politi cal controversy with probable war as a resultant it is time for Humanita rians to sit up and take notice From this point of view it begins to look I r IBLUEGRASS BLADE 11 like another attempt at conquest for territorial expansion on the part of Great Britian and the religious cloak has been thrown about it to give it a pretext of another and different color There may be some truth in the charges that Leopold tyrannizes over the Kongo natives The principal dustry of that region is the cultiva tion of rubber and the immense revenues derived therefrom are bestowed upon Leopold as a ransom for his pri vate use The British Kongo is in much the same condition only that the revenues are l by trading companies I going to British royalty But is the difference Injustice is the same whether committed in the name of an individ ual or in the name of a company of in dividuals The cause docs not alter the resultant fact These govern mental tryannies led the American colonies to revolt and the thirty mill ions of natives in Central Africa may some day find courage enough to throw every political yoke under which they now exist Certain it is that neither Belgiums kingor the British government either as a per sonal matter or acting for others can afford to kill off the geese that lays the golden eggs but the murder of a few is expected to have a most salu tary effect upon the others and force submissionSo has the stiuation become that parliament has taken cognizance of it and is demanding that the terri torial rights of Belgium in the Kongo be transferred fo the people and taken from the King while the Catholic heirarchy has come to the defense of Leopold and seek to show that far greater abuses exist in other parts of the Kongo not under Catholic rule Be it known that Leopold is a Catholic monarch and it is the privilege of that church to rush to his defense This has resulted in charges and counterchanges denials and counter denials but the orthodox religion profiting by either side is at the bot tom of the controversy and in this we find another example of the church opposing human liberty Slavery would not be tolerated in America again and so far as the South is concerned site dod not want it Free labor is cheaper that slave labor It was a big mistake to over purchase a slave and no section of the country realized it more keenly than did the South Slavery would not be tolerated in Great Britian but both countries will view with complacent mien a sys tem of slavery in Africa and the N N H N iDONT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY i J = Grasp and Enjoy the Pleasure of Conscious Culture and Compel = saRespectful Consideration + iSTART THE SCHOOL y t By Harriet M Closz Z I have gone over the proposed plan sketched for the Blade = = Correspondence School and wish to say that I am in hearty accord = = with its purpose It speaks to me as the best possible means for liberal propaganda Once scientific knowledge and independent ttthought are acquired by increased numbers then will the organiza efficient societies for direct dissemination of rationalistic ideas become feasible I wish I could impress upon the younger members among us = = the benefits that would accrue to them in the personal pleasure of = conscious culture and the power that enables one to compel a t- t respectful hearing and consideration We who have missed these larger opportunities for improvement during our earlier years know t+ + their necessity and lament their loss and whether our failure has + + been due to ignorance or advancement during recent decadess= I therefore especially admonish those who seek to strive for = and with the worlds great workers not to miss this opportunity t t for improvement and achievement as set forth in the Blade t Correspondence School Webster City Iowa + y y church looks on approvingly because of the revenues it is made to yield IMPORTANT NOTICE The Blade is pleased to announce that the next subsequent issue will con tain another article front Mrs Henry on Bible revision consisting of a series of questions and suggestions offered for the benefit of the Popes revision ists It is a splendid companion piece to her first article and it will also be put in pamphlet form Additional copies of the Blade will be printed and those desiring extras should notify us at once Tie article ought to be read everywhere THE ANNUAL EASTER SHOW With the reappearance of Easter time religious world is again thrown into paroxysms of emotion and excitement when by prayer and praise they go through the annual ceremony of greet ing an alleged risen Lord Not one in t a thousand ever pause long enough to inquire into the origin of this Easter festival its shifting dates the pagan festivals of which it is the prototype and successor or any of the causes that brought it into existence Thousands r actually profess to believe without thought or investigation that Easter is the anniversary of the death and bodily resurrection of Jesus the Naza rene Jew Once the light of reason caw break through the clouded intellect this myth will take its place with those of centuries ago Affording an opportunity for display both by church and congregation by pulpit and pew the festival is destined to last for some years to come and religion will strive to retain it because of the attraction it offers Thousands of hard earned dollars will again be spent in profuse floral decorations in music and song to celebrate something that never happened meanwhile children cry themselves to sleep in hunger and grins want stalks athwart the threshold of hundreds of homes 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE OBITUARY By John Thomas David Engler an old and highly respected citizen of Walton Cass county Indiana was born in Ross county Ohio December 3th 1816 died at the home of his daughter Ida Rodibaugh Galveston Indiana Janu ary 5th 1908 age ninetyone years and tVent seven days At the age of sixteen re accompanied his father to Marion county Ohio where his father entered a tract of and In 1840 our subject Immigrated to nis state and located in Shelby county n the spring of he came to Cass county and located in Walton In this place he first engaged in the mercantile businessIn he engaged in hotel keeping which has ever since received his attention March Cth 1843 ho was married to Eliza beth A White a native of Shelby county this state She died February 13th 1856 Jan 29th 1857 he married Martha J White no relative to the former Elizabeth White a native of Ohio who died March Mi 1861 July 9tn 1861 he was married to Amanda Doran a native of Shelby county She died April 16 1902 By his trst wife ho had four children Milton i hebe Owen and another who died un amed By his second wife he had two children John and Ida To his third marriage three sons have been born Mailing ton David and William His children are all living except Phebe and John He was a firm believer in the laborer and he strong ly opposed monopolies As to sect he was an independent Freethinker Strong in his convictions and fearless In the expressions of his opinions he did not hesitate to give utterance to those sentiments which lead to the establishment of truth and the en lightenment of mankind He payed true tribute to those elements of character which are indispensable in the makeup of a noble spirit MIRACLES 2 The Doctrine of the Gift of Tongues and How to Better Practice the Art of Deception By Rev Marion W Marley Copyrighted by Author The gift of tongues or speaking in differ ent languages may bo performed by learn ing the alphabet of a certain language and by committing to memory passages or dec lamations from books or from persons speaking the desired language In the first case of u person understanding the language Is very beneficial The Interpretation of that speech may bo t given through an uneducated ally who haS been taught his little speech In his or some other language Even two languages maybe spoken at one timea sentence In one language and a sentence In another given was fifteen years old I worked for an old German He always gave thanks at the table in the same words One day decided to learn that speech In a few days had committed to memory I pre sume I spoke that speech a hundred times to the boys of tne neighborhood and about two years afterwards bought a german dictlnary and learned what I had been talking about I am now thirty three years old and can say that speech today but cannot give a correct interpretation of it A queer Incident was related to me by a physician Ho was called to visit a girl about sixteen years of age who was In bed and appears to her folks to have a great fever Her pulse and temperature were slightly above normal Her face was flush ed almost red lIe noticed her some time but was unable to ascertain just what was the matter and after leaving some medi cine suggested she might have a skin disease Ho mauo several visits without curing his patient One day he unexpectedly called at his patients home Looking at her closely he noticed a small piece of vegetable matter just below one ear The right thought flashed into his mind He said Go and wash your face thoroughly vlth soap and it will have a tendency to euro the skin desease In your face She reluctantly washed her face She was im mediately cured She had rubbed elder berries over her face to make it red She Hid not want to go to school I knew a boy that baffled the doctors for four years by putting pepper into his eyes He said he had sore eyes They all said he hadsore eyes Ho did have sore eyes and hesucceeded In staying out of school THE CLERICAL OFFENSE By way of parenthesis it is well to call attention to the fact that the preachers arc still indulging in their passions of making cruel sport of tho gentler sex The death hal confession of Miss Lizzie Gleason a twentytwo year old school teacher of Els berry Mo has led to the arrest ot Dr W A ircmpliill un the charge of having performed ii criminal operation anda warrant was issued for the arrest of a preacher whose name is not given but tho man of god tho author of the young girls woes skipped before the authorities could get hands on him irom Memphis Tennessee comes a report that a fourteen year old girl is suing Leo Conite a Baptist preacher for divorce on the ground of abandonment The dispatches show that the preacher simply married the girl to gratify his passion then abandoned her wrote to her from a number of different places after a period of three months from the date of her marriage suggesting a divorce for him Thus it happens that a mere strip of a girl scarce at the age of puberty and who ought yet to oe in school finds herself an abandoned wife and there are foolish women who will shed tears for parsons while their daughters are despoiled Will the day over dawn when these rascals will be com JfJSo by preachers growing that the paper e teeming with such disjointing reports ncerning them For crimes against the sex the parson takes the lead Ho stands head and shoulders above the men of every trade or profession The onlysafe remedy is to get rid of the parson and that too as speedily as possible FREETHOUGHT NOTES LIBERAL LIBRARIES One of the most hopeful signs of the times is the establishment of Lib eral Libraries- A liberal library now in successful growingics No 2003 East 34th St Kansas City 3kl- flCleveland Ohio has fallen in line in this useful work and The Cleveland Progressive Library has been estab lished at No 3314 Wopdlanl Avenue This method of propaganda for the Freethought cause should have the cordial support of every Freethinker in the United States These libraries exert an influence to bring resident Freethinkers together in a literary home where too they can become acquainted with each other and extend a cordial welcome and glad hand to visiting Liberals who will be glad to come in touch with liberal friends If lectures and discussions could be held in these libraries they would be of great advantage to the cause and attract many who have never heard many of the leading phases of Free thought discussed We feel sure that the Liberal press would donate copies of their publica tions to such libraries and all authors of Frcethought books and pamphlets will be glad to contribute copies of their works Let the good work go on and may we hear of the Free thought Libraries springing up in all sections of the country We congratu late Kansas City and Cleveland JOSEPHINE K HENRY 1 t BLUE GRASS BLADE 15 c XrH XH x K x xH x oyxor x I fzt uuuuuMMvty From One of Experience DICKENS IAI am a very busy man and do not get time to read very much of the Blue Grass Blade but from reading a paper occasionally I think It has steadily Improved since you have had full charge of the paper and with the exception of a sharp tirade of abuse of some official of the Republican party which I think hurts your paper very much in tnls neck of the woods although some of It comes from Iowa I think It very much Improved of late I am very doubtful about your making a financial success but certainly hope you may I run a Freethought loca paper here for five years and tried to make the local advertisements and locals pay the expense of running the paper and did but that was about all I got all the subscribers I want ed but It Is a notorious fact that the Free thought subscribers never paid although sold the paper to many of them and many that I did not think were freethinkers came forward and expressed regrets that r so good and great a man should die I commenced exchanging with the Blue Grass Blade as soon as i began to run the Leader and remelnber now tnat I got a good roast from Bro Moore for an article that In picking the meat out of Bro Moore twisted out of all semblance of the Intellectual meaning as written by me and made it mean nearly or quite the exact opposite of what was written In plain straightforward English Bro Moore was altogether too agresslvo or inconoclostlc Perhaps not more so than the circumstances would justify but the only way I can express exactly what I would wish to convey to you is we can catch a thousand times more flies with a drop of honey than we can with a barrel of vinegar therefore let us honey or at least sugar coat tho medicine wo wish our friends to take to cure them of mental disease I think we can make more free thinkers by Introducing scientific facts than wo can by arguing on reason from cause to effect I have been reading F H Healds theory of Astronomy and think It the most forcible argument I ever saw or read perhaps with the exception of Andrew D Whites Warfare of Science and The ology against the religion of the present day as it leaves no place or uso for a God Devil Heaven or Hell which were all built up and instilled into the minds of mankind first through a misconception of tho facts and tho necessity of a god to do what in the opinion of the master minds of that day could not be done by any other power than a god and In later times was taught and the devil and hell created for the express purpose of wringing from the poor people their hard earned cash that the clergy might live In comfort luxury and ease without toll or labor Jesus Christ was created to redeem a fallen world that wo now know never fell and when this fact Is fully established in the minds of every body everywhere and by all the divinity of the dead Jew will certainly vanish from the minds of everybody and this part of religion Is now the principal fact of the present day religion a fact that Is noth ing but a myth will pass away and the victory will be won by Science The Igno rant devout Christian will undoubtedly be just as well oft In the future world as the most learned scientific Freethinker and If where Ignorance Is bliss tis folly to be wise they aro just as well off In this life for they are apparantly perfectly happy In their Ignorant worship of ancient myths so I think it not only a hard thoughtless task to put them right tut also a most un profitable one to undertake since happi ness here and now is about all any of us live for or care to live for Inclosed find 300 for which push my subscription as far as you can and If you will send mo a few left over Blades I will put them where Oaks Alnes did his money in Congress where I think they will do the most good JAMES E MILLS A New Found Friend ATLANTA GA While In Florida this winter I came in possession of some of your literature I read a part of a book en titled the crime of preachers or something like that I was told the book could bo had by addressing you If so advise me as to cost etcIt R JACKSON Bad Luck for the Chaplain SAN FRANCISCO CALAs my sub scription soon falls duo thought I drop a line on my financial situation The bank where I had a few hundred dollars closed Its doors Market St Bank and I am un able to draw at present Have been out of work for a month There are about 20000 more hero In the same fix in The Busiest City in The World as Overland Monthly has it Am up against it hard but therell bo a resurrection financially soon I hope Will then remit subscription A JOHNSON MIt nl 1111 Our Course Approved CIRCLEVILLE OAs one who received some literature from J Smith last Sep tember I must say that I appreciate your attitude toward him I regard him as very Ignorant e that he has had a very meager schooling also that he is at argumentation CHAS R KIIDERLY A Future Life Critical Inquiry into the Scientific Value of the Alleged Evidences that Mans Conscious Personality Survives the Life of the Body Embracing A discussion of the Doctrines of Resurrec tion of the Body ReIncarnation Spiritism Annihilation Theories of Metaphysicians Phenomena of Spiritualism etc BY SINGLETON WATERS DAVIS An octavo volume of 172 pages with tine frontispiece Portrait of the author and full table of Contents well printed on Crystal Book paper and neatly bound In cloth A Future Life Is tho title of a book Just out In my opinion It takes rank with the best thought of the times on the subject Every conceivable phase of this mysterious subject Is treated In the clearest scientific planner My impression on reading It was that all that Is known on this subject up to date is told here It Is a fortification behind which the thinker may feel himself secure this very ex ceptional book Is the product of a mature and oxceptlonallyllne analytical mind J Wilson D in the Blue Grass Blade Seventyfive Cents Postpaid to any point within the United States Foreign 10c extra Published by the Author at 854 Lee St Los Angeles Cal No Beginning By William H Maple THE IDENITY OF GOD WITH NA TURE DEMONSTRATED The only book of its kind In existence Neat cloth binding 183 pages two striking Illustrations 75 cents paper binding 35 cents postpaid INGERSOLL BEACON CO 78 LA SALLE ST CHICAGO 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE Doesnt Like Prohibition HIGHLAND ILLPlease accept my compliments as you expressed in number 41 of the Blade my public sentiments in regard to Prohibition This Prohibition Movement craze will create very strange and serious conditions as Prohibition is bound to become a political issue forcing the politicians to take sides and show their colors The old proverb will again come true Politics makes strange bed fel Instigators of this movement are a certain element of the protestant clergy and some fanatics bare of any regard for the rights and liberties of those who do not believe in their doctrines and are so in their fanaticism that they have no con ception of the catastrophe they will bring over our country We know that the Catholic clergy as a class and the Catholics in general are against sumptuary laws or Prohibition consequently religion will become a factor in our political struggles with disastrous way to check the mlssuse of intoxicating beverages is to make the dispensing of same an honorable voca tion by granting license to responsible parties or persons only under strict regula tion By observation I do know that a good many in that business will do more for temperance and decency In one month than one hundred socalled temper ance crusaders in one year The saloon can and should be conducted as open and respectful as restaurants or drugstores where meals or refreshments are served and whereas the license granting officers are the cause and to bo blamed for the undesirable elements wo have In that business they should be made codefend ants to a certain extent with the license for damages- I frankly admit that our side gave Just cause for complaint I am convinced that temperance will make more progress by the good example of well meaning persons than by all the laws in our Statute books J PAGAN From an Ex Rev BUCKLIN KANSReceived your paper today I am pleased with the paper No tice enclosed 150 for subscription Also notice a part of an essay written on mir acles It Is divided into parts or chap ters each chapter being about twice this size of the one I inclose This essay ex plains a great number of miracles In a terse manner This essay shall be free to you provided you publish only one chapter at an Issue as I send It to you Of course you shall have the privilege of rejecting any chapter REV MARION W 1IARLEY BOOK REVIEW SIDEREAL SIDELIGHTS It has been well said that variety Is the spice of life and from a perusal of the Interesting pages of Sidereal Sidelights a Medley of 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