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TVBLUE GRASS BLADE1Volume XVI Number 52 LEXINGTON KY APRIL 19 1908 Published Week f DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHTA I I PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY il it Greatest Poet of Freethought 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE 0000000 ooXooohhOO +A PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY A ooOO K XXXKK x R Many a criticmoth has been singed In the flames of a poets t song and with the full plethora of verse confronting us with a perfect plague of poetry above them stands Percy Bysshe Shelley = perplexing fascinating with some ardently worshipped and by others no less abhorred Shelley was a philosopher whose rhyme Is as smooth as oil upon a summer sea In It may be seen the towering oak and the i ornamental vine It sweeps with one master stroke every heart pasas ice While some have proclaimed that Tennyson Moore and Burns constitute the poetic trinity of the English speaking world we are more inclined to agree with Mathew Arnold In his Judg t ment upon Byron but would go further and place Shelley on the 3same pinnacle t1 U The moment we seek to Identify a poet with his poetry we are in danger of illusion At least this may be true in a majority of cases but It is not so with Shelley What he wrote was pure nature His heart and brain and pen worked together Born at a time when human rights were being asserted and the crusted class of privilege were being hurled pellmell from power at a time when the French revolution was in its prime and its influences had reached the shores of ngland and the very stars seemed to be fighting In their courses against the established or der of things both spiritual and temporal Shelley the poet come pelled admiration and respect and Shelley the man won both sympathy love and affection Ho was essentially the poet of Atheism Well may we wonder If the age of true poetry Is forever past Promethean fire should burn brighter in the brain of wisdom than in the breast of barbarism Here Is the secret of Shelleys greatness Because of him the Delphic Oracle hath long gone silent and the Dodona Oaks have ceased to whisper their strange secrets Gone are all the gods from High Olympus These were but the crude conceits of the worlds infancy the coat of many colors with which It clothed its infancy Percy Bysshe Shelley was born at Field Place near Horsham in the county of Sussex England on Saturday August 1792 t He was the eldest son of Sir Timothy and Elizabeth Shelley l From early childhood he was mentally restless and imaginative Unnoticed trifles by other children of his age made profound impressions upon Shelley His faculty of memory was remark able and his elders were soon compelled to take notice thereof Although of delicate mold and almost feminine beauty he was possessed of a naturally vigorous constitution Even as a child his splendid intellectual delirium as we might term It which is the common heritage of all genius filled him with the spirit of unrest dissatisfaction and inquiry Oxford was selected as his place of final instruction but he was soon expelled from this traditional and historical Institution for having written and published a pamphlet on the Necessity of Atheism Shelley deeply regretted the Incident for he had learned to love many of his associates at Oxford but he fused to retract or withdraw any of the opinions he had expressed Following this he was practically driven from home while yet in his teens and allowed a small competence to reside with a private tutor In London Shelleys Independent nature soon volted at the proscription During this time he began a communication with Harriet Westbrook whom he afterwards though unfortunately married This marriage was the result of merer I sympathy for the young lady had sincerely expressed great sym 11hadgladly took for granted the essential equality of all men who could meet on intellectual ground Since his death attempts have been made to refute the Atheism fjof this great poetical mind Shelleys declarations stand In the way One day it is recorded he visited Chamounl Switzer land A preacher was In the party The preacher had reached the register at the hotel in advance of Shelley With that in trusion so common to all preachers this one had written on the i rscenedirect challenge and he answered and suethePercy Bysshe Shelley England AtheistfShelley and his wife soon separated but two children had been t iaratlonherself Her parents obtained legal possession of the children and Shelley was deprived of their comfort His wife loved him but it was known from the first that Shelley had but an ordinaryEregard for her She had practically thrown herself upon him andiShelley had married her to save her name from the gossip oft the day There had been nothing wrong between them Shelleys conduct was commendable In the extreme If ill timed The greatest poetical effusion that came from his pen was Queen Mab which may be summarised as a complete refutation of Christianity The Revolt of Islam Prometheus Unbound and others are among his best productions while Prince Athanase Eplpsycbldlon Rosalind and Helen are his most beautiful love songs In brief account such as this must be there Is not space to do full justice to the subject All that can be done is to give the principal events in his life and works On July 18 1822 Shelley was drowned while yachting off the coast of Italy Byron Trelawney and many other friends had f suspected the sad truth when Shelley failed to return and three days later his emaciated body was washed ashore near ReggIo Under the laws of Italy the body had to be cremated This was ifrelawneyAverelyhis own friends and Trelawney planted cypress and laurels In i their branches the thrush now sings by day and the nightingale at night Behind rises the pyramid of Calus Cestius on one side Is Jlifetiful and serene brilliant withal ceased suddenly amid a brief tJ turmoil of wind and sea The great beauty of his nature his abil ity to see the good that existed in ail things enabled him totwrite with all sincerely in the beautiful opening of AlastorJIf no bright bird Insect or gentle beast it I consciously have Injured but still loved And cherished these my kindred 4a QF- t fffiJttLtt tii BLUE GRASS BLADEt 3 rJ A The Angel of the LordIitj BIBLICAL RECORDS WITH CHAPTER AND VERSE ARE 7 CITED UPON THIS IMPORTANT DEPUTY OF GOD FOR BENEFIT OF THE POPES BIBLE REVISIONISTS t By Josephine K Henry Now that the Pope of Rome Is having the Holy Bible revised revisionistsnever have been explained and cruelties and obscenities that would even in this land of the free jeopardize the liberty of a searcher after eternal life to even mention or even send through the U S mail the exact words recorded in the Holy Scriptures tomOf course the Popes revisionists are so learned able and competent as to throw light on all the Bible mysticisms that it is much easier to Interpret what God actually wrote 4000 years after he gave His written commands to the world than at any other period of the worlds history Theologically speaking It Is easier to dig up a truth 4000 years old than to find one a year or two old these days Theologians are mighty with the tongue and pen when expounding the Laws of God with whom they are in personal communication and fidence How can we learn without a preacher Sure enough Pope Pius IX Is himself a modernist in one respect The Cath olics have always regarded the traditions of their church as much more Important than the Bible and have denounced all Bible societies for circulating the Bible among the laity Now when the strictest vigilance Is required In all countries that are the strongholds of the Vicar of Christ it certainly is a modern method to set the mental lights of Roman Catholicism rto revising the Bible But really the Bible needs revising and I hopo the Pope will see to It that his revisionists broaden the gate and the path in the Scriptures that lead to eternal Jife Sinners and saints oilhave a pretty rough time in this old world and If the Pope can extract tidings of great Joy from the Holy Book he will be the benefactor of the ages Let us have an explanation of Psalms 84 For thou hast made man a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor This whole angel business ought to be ventilated How high are the angels t Where are the angels what are they and what are their offices In the Christian scheme of salvation None of the saints that I know In this world have ever seen a sure enough booksrand church windows I know I shall never an kI am a woman All angels are men The sculptor of the Epls copal Cathedral of St John the Divine of New York City carved some women angels out of stone for the glory of God to ornament that edifice and the D Ds Doctors of God stormed and raged so at Jhe outrage of women angels that the sculptor Is recasting his work by removing the busts and flowing locks of the female angels and substituting brawny muscles and beards The idea of desecrating a church with a female angel Women should realize that their places are In the church scullery and The Pastors Aid societies According to the laws of Church and State woman is a superfluous factor In Christendom and It she were eliminated the sex that priests and angels are made of would be saved a lot of trouble It is to be hoped that the Popes revisionists will thoroughly expound just what bearing Bible angels have on poor mortalitys search for eternal life The angel of the Lord seems to have played the star role In the Bible drama Whenever mighty deeds were needed In t Bible times the angel of the Lord was sent out to accomplish the coup deetat The ability of the angel of the Lord to per form the duties assigned him Is testified to In 2nd Kings 1935 where it is recorded this angel smote 185000 men in the camp of the Assyrians in one night An angel that could perform that mighty deed of valor is certainly an able deputy of the Lord of Hosts I have studiously pursued the Bible career of the An gel of the Lord and I herein submit It to the Popes Bible revisionists to aid them In their work The first appearance of the Angel of the Lord in in Genesis 167 It is written he met Hagar In the wilderness after she had been turned adrift by Sarah because Hagar was about to bear a son to Sarahs husband Abraham Sarah had stormed and raved at Abraham and called him into the tent and made him see Mars Jupiter Venus and the tornado before she got through with him and Hagar had to flee from tile wrath of her mistress The angel of the Lord said to Hagar Genesis 167 Return to thy mistress and submit thyself under tel hands have no re spect for that angel for giving Hagar such advice The angel should have forced Abraham to have provided for Hagar and his child and Sarah should have taken Abraham into the divorce court and gotten rid of him Genesis 2211 says And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven Abraham Abraham lay not thy hand upon the lad Abraham was about to slay his son Isaac to prove that he feared God The angel of the Lord did a very humane thing to save the lad from Abrahams knife I never believed that Abraham intended to kill the boy It was a tableau to be used with telling effect by theologians If a man in this day should attempt to murder his child to prove that toe feared God he would land in prison or the lunatic asylum In Numbers 22 23 25 27 31 the angel of the Lord has the front of the stage with Balaam and his ass Gods anger was kindled against Balaam because he saddled his ass and went with the princes of Moab God sent the angel of the Lord out to head him off Balaam did not see the angel In the middle of the road but the ass did The angel had a drawn sword in his hand and this scared the ass and he shied off the road and Balaam tried to beat him back and ho crushed Balaams foot against a stone wall The ass fell down and Balaam got madder than ever Then the Lord opened the mouth of the ass Balaam and the ass had a long conversation In which the ass was much more gen tlemanly than Balsam The language of the ass was more con ciliatory and choice than that of Balaam or the angel for Balaam threatened to kill the ass and the angel sword In hand threatened to slay Balaam When Balsam saw the angel of the Lord he became very meek and fell flat on his face The revisionists should show how this angel and Balaam and his ass have helped on the salvation of the world The angel next appears in a towering rage and says in Judges 523 Curse yo Meroz said the angel of the Lord curse ye bit terly the Inhabitants thereof because they came not to the help of the Lord Then the angel next appears in Judges 611 where it says And there came an angel of the Lord and sat under an oak Then the angel said to Gideon The Lord Is with thee thou mighty man of valor Next the angel brought fire from a rock and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes and departed out of sight Judges 133 the angel of the Lord appeared unto the wife of Man cafe and told her a barren woman she would bare a son and no ifIv 5f + J r r 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE tra or shall come on his head The woman thought the angel was a man and she told her husband about him and the man tit angel and Manoah got very chummy Manoah asked him his name and the man angel said it was a secret Manoah killed rt kid and burned it on an altar and the man angel ascended to r heaven In the flame of the altar and in due time Sampson he of the flowing locks was born It is a pity the name of Sampsons p mother is not recorded for she had a wonderful experience The Angel of the Lord next turns up at the threshing place of Araunah 2d Samuel 2416 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it the Lord repented him of the evil and said to the angel that destroyed the people t It is enough stay now thy hand Then the angel makes his way r to the camp of the Assyrians and we know what execution he thereif the angel was on his tour of destruction he skips over kinto 1st Chronicles 2112 And the Angel of the Lord destroying X throughout all the coasts of Israel There the angel commanded t God to tell David what to do and David did it and David was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the Lord t Psalms 347 The Angel of the Lord encampeth roundabout them that fear him and delivereth them As this angel with the sword had not yet done much deliver r ing no wonder David and every one else was afraid of this angel visitor for Psalms 355 says Let them be as chaff before the 3wind and let the angel of the Lord chase them Let their way be dark and slippery and let the angel of the Lord persecute them As though the angel of the Lord were growing tired of smiting appearing destroying protecting chasing and persecu ting vZachariah 112 says Then the angel of the Lord answered and said 0 Lord of Hosts how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah against which thou hast had indignation these three score and ten years The command is Let not the sun go down on thy wrath yet when God is in a towering rage with his wretched and helpless chi dren for 70 years It Is up to the Bible revisionists to show how this Is a good example and leads humanity to eternal life and to prove that God hast made man a little lower than the angels and crowned him with glory and honor The crowns of glory and honur of Bible ladles and gentlemen cannot be found in Holy Writ and there Is not on our planet today a single heaven t1bestowed crown of glory and honor but all tho mystified children of earth are staggering under their physical mental moral and financial burdens In Zachariah 39 The Angel of the Lord gives Joshua a stone with seven eyes and then explains that these seven eyes are tho eyes of the Lord which run to and fro through the whole earth No wonder God sees everything When was a child was taught to repeat these lines Remember child remember That God is In the sky And Ho looks on all you do With an ever watchful eye I thought God had but one eye I had no Idea God had seven eyes and I am glad did not know it then The Angel of the Lord seems to have busied himself with all the affairs of this world Ho next appears to Joseph in a dream and said to him Joseph thou son of David fear not to take unto then Mary thy wife for that which Is conceived In her Is of the Holy Ghost And she shall bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins This was a momentous dream and on it hangs the salvation of the race Think of the destiny of humanity depending on such stuff as dreams are made of Why did the angel not ap pear to Joseph when ho was wide awake and call Mary the most Interested party in and hold a conference and explain this wonderful scheme of redemption The world would have been better satisfied of Its truth Josephs dream may have been produced by a heavy supper the cup that cheers and inebriates or mental anxiety There have been billions of dreams and not a word of truth in any of them The Angel of the Lord who seems to have retired from bus iness since Bible days said that Jesus would save his people from their sins If the angel should come to earth today he would find that after 2000 years Jesus had not even begun to fill his contract and that mountains of sin are hourly being piled on Jesus with not the faintest hope that his people will ever be saved from their sins I always thought it a peculiar proceed ing for Joseph and Mary to go junketing around the country with Mary in such a delicate condition and more peculiar that God would allow His Beloved Son In whom He was well pleased to be born In a stable and I always had a sympathy for Joseph Marys family seem to have been greatly bothered with the Angel of the Lord for he appeared to Zacharias the husband of Marys cousin Elizabeth and told him in due time his son John would be born and he was Joseph and Zacharias were exceptional men If an angel should appear In a dream to a man in this day and tell him his wife would bear a child by the Holy Ghost the dream would windup by the man putting the angel to flight with a shot gun Mary and Elizabeth were exceptional women If a woman this day should claim that the Holy Ghost was the father of her child she would be branded not only as an outcast but as the modern change and we change with them The Angel of the Lord Acts 519 came by night and opened the prison doors and told the Apostles to go forth and preach the gospel Acts 826 The angel of the Lord spake unto Phillip sayingt arise and go toward the South Acts 1223 says And Immediately the angel of the Lord smote Herod and ho was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost All Bible students know that Herod needed smiting and was no loss to the world but it was a very unangellc thing for an angel to do the smiting and cruel in the extreme to let Herod bad as he was be eaten of worms before he gave up the ghost The goings on of the angel of the Lord when he came to earth were enough to make the angels in heaven weep but the Bible does not say anything about that What the other bible angels did would fill volumes I have only called attention to a few of these little matters with the hope that the Popes Bible revision ists will make all things plain Two thousand years is long enough to demonstrate any truth and the Bible revisionists should remember what is said In Revelations 221819 If any man shall add unto these things God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book and If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things which are written in this book The Catholics accuse the Protestants of willful corruption of the Word of God and the Protestants affectionately call the Catholic church the Whore of Babylon and The Scarlet Lady who sits upon the seven hills The Jewish rabbis even to this hour call the Now Testament the roll of Iniquity Then there are the Ten Commandments As there are two versions of them one In Exodus 20117 and the other in Deuteronomy 5621 the revisionists should make it plain which version God prefers Every one of Gods children have broken nearly every one of them many times and God as recorded in the Bible himself broke every one of them but the first one The Popes Bible t rWZj BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 revisionists should show after thousands of years of Bible fluence under the reign of the God of love why Children of one family Fall out and chide and fight and why Gods children of different religions put each other to the sword t Two wonderful records In the Bible those of Enoch and Isaiah are amazing Genesis 522 says And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years and begat sons and daughters Enoch did not begin his walk with God until he was 65 years old and then walked for three hundred years with God Think of that Isaiah 203 says And the Lord said like as my servant Isalaa hath walked naked and barefoot three FUTILE EFFORTS OF A YOUNG LADY TO CONVERT SILAS ROCKWELL- TO A CONFESSION OF FAITH IN CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH By James S Scott The following letter has been sent to the Blade for publication By a careful read Ing it will tell its own story Friend Mr Rockwell What you have to say about the young lady Is very Interesting You tell me she is a bible teacher that she comes In con tact with bible scholars of ability and is actively engaged In church work So she has taken upon her shoulders the task of bringing you Into the fold I admire her zeal and courage and regret that her en thusiasm has not ueen enlisted in the cause of freedom Considering the active part she takes in church work her advice to you to study the life of St Paul as care fully as you have studied the works of Thomas Paine Voltaire and others Is amaz ing Your retort that St Paul told her to shut up was a happy one This seemed to give her some trouble and you say that she at your next meeting advised you to read the context that she admitted that Paul did say Women shall remain silent but that the context shows that he merely opposed their tendency to gossip women being as prone to that evil 1800 years ago as well as at the present day Now the best plan is to return her advice tell her to read the context call her attention to the 2nd and 3d chapters of 1st Timothy She will discover that her apology for Paul will hot hold water In the revised version of 1881 the language has been softened by the revisionist but the sense remains prac tically the sable it would be advisable to read the same chapters In the unrevlsed edition and she will learn that Paul spoke years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia These are certainly the most remarkable walking matches In history Enoch makes Weston and all of his profession look like 30 cents and if a modern pedestrian should enter a walking match clad in bare skin like Isaiah was a gentleman In blue with aPhelmet hatwould escort him to the lockup Many other Biblical questions press upon my mind but I will not submit them now but will wait for a more convenient season I am fashioned so that I am in dead earnest I hope the Bible revisionists will make all things clear Christians I know will not attempt the task for they never read the Bible they just believe It with all their hearts they never call their brains into action on Biblical Questions Versailles Kentucky Attempt at Conversion Failed 1as follows That women adorn themselves in modest apparel with shamefacedness In the revised edition Shamefastness and sobriety not with broldered hair or gold or pearls or costly array I gather from your description that her appearance is not to be despised that she Is very fond of nice clothes and knows how to array herself to advantage It Is her womanly duty to adorn her natural beauty and she is all the more to be admired for not adopting the decree of St Paul He goes on Let the women learn In silence with all subjection But I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence How does she square this dogmatic command with her bible teaching And again For Adam was first formed then Eve And Adam was not deceived but the woman be ing deceived was in transgression Since the dawn of history when a man and wo man were Involved In trouble the man has wltH few exceptions played the coward and cur and shifted the responsibility hiding behind the womans shame and this has been true from Adam to Harry Thaw Paul is found on the side of Adam Jus tice to woman and equality of right has no place In his philosophy According to Paul a man who cannot rule In his own house having his family In subjection cannot care for the house of God Pauls attitude to woman was the common view point of his ago A great preacher Is always In advance of his time and this narrowminded teacher in his failure to rise above his century forfeits all right to the respect of posterity Her bert Spencer one of the greatest thinkers of the Christian era nas this to say The true sentiment of love between man and woman arises as each serving as the rep resentative of the others Ideals From this position I think we may deduce the corol lary that the first condition to happiness in the married state is continuance of that representation of the ideal and hence the conduct of each toward the other should always be so regulated as to give no of fence to Ideality And on this ground I conceive that instead of there being as is commonly the case a greater familiarity and carelessness with regard to appearance between husband and wife there ought to bo a greater delicacy than between any other parties There should be a thorough recognition on both sides of the equality of rights and no amount of power should ever be claimed by the one party greater than that claimed by the other The pres ent relationship existing between husband and wife where one claims a command over the actions of the other is nothing more than a remnant of the old leaven of slaveryIt necessarily destructive of refined love for how can a man continue to regard as his type of the Ideal a being whom he has by denying an equality of privilege with himself degraded to something be low himself To me the exercise of command on the part of the husband seems utterly repug nant to genuine love and I feel sure that a man of generous feeling has too much sympathy with the dignity of his wife to think of dictating to her and that no woman of truly noble mind will submit be ing dictated to As far as I can see It seems to me that the men that occupy the pulpit are not teaching the religion of Jesus but the theology of St Paul It seems strange that the gentler sex those creatures that we love and admire y who have always been our equals and never our Inferiors have been willing to accept the doctrines of the orthodox pulpit and bow before the intolerant Paul who so shamelessly abused them 1I4 n W j t Jf Tf V 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE HHHNNNNNNNNNNHNNNHNHHHHHNHHHN l L Current Comment on Public Events I N H H N H N N N H CHRIST OR CANDY What subtle plot What deep conspiracy What treasons and stratagems the faithful will resort to In order to prop up andsustain a tottering creed The art of medicine has been to success r fully administer nauseating decoctions and compounds In the form of a sugarcoated pill The covering not only successfully concealed the contents of the interior but actually deceived the patient and made gltM bitter dose palatable Orthodoxy if all accounts be true is now trying to co- ceal its motive towards the little children n and intends feeding them the bible deity with a sugared covering and are putting j forth sweet candies as a substitute for Christ Through tho bribe just offered Christ is expected to win a further victory T over the human mind i In the old days it is said the maxim of the priesthood was when dealing with her etics the end justified the means Accord ing to Denver reports their successors in andthowever in the means employed by which the end sought is to be attained Then stakeExful than allowing the heretic to destroy his own soul From a truly pious stand point there is a virtue in the claim When judged according to modern notions the fallacy is exposed Now the professors of that bloody faith being compelled to aban don human butchery as an argument against Infidelity resort to bribery in order tq entice children into their sanctuaries i and while having them corralled poison their minds by cramming their superstition down the little ones throats There was something courageous though brutal about the old method The later or the new method excites only contempt The dispatches say that the children of a little town In Colorado known as Golden not far from Denver positively refused to attend Sunday School There is something about the mountain air that breeds independence Anyway the children did r not go Sunday Schools were opened but the boys and girls never darkened their portals The Jesus crowd felt chagrined They were mortified The result was a conspiracy After close communion the conspirators agreed that something must be done to get the yoke of orthodoxy about the necks of those mountain tots The N N H N H H N N gospel failed to attract Bible reading was too dull too insipid Heaven could not win nor could hell terrify As a last re sort the conspirators announced a plan of issuing trading stamps to each child at tending the Sunday School and a given number of stamps represents so much cash value which candy merchants have agreed to accept In lieu of cash for the tempting wares he has to sell Now we are told all the kids in the community have flocked to this Sunday School to the great delight of the promoters of this plan It would seem then that candy is more attractive to the infantile mind than Christ The children may stomach the former but the latter will be found the hard est pill for them to swallow And of what value will such a showing be The Sun day School is precluding from claiming any personal charm for the children in that they admit their failure to win them In a fair trial of orthodox merit and bri bery has accomplished that which Christ and gospel could not When these children grow up and are able to realize the imposi tion the church will be a greater loser than everJETT JOSHUA AND JEHOVAH The late Col Robert G Ingersoll once said Heaven may have the best climate but hell has got the best society and if recent accounts be true there is more truth in that aphorism than many wiould suspect As a matter of fact a tired world is Informed that Curtis Jett a Selfconfessed and admitted murderer one of the notorious Kentucky mountain feu dists now serving out a sentence of life imprisonment In the penitentiary has re pented him of his past and through the ef forts of a Lexington lady so it is said he has been induced to confess Christ and him crucified led to a conversion and now his sins though several degrees darker than the symbolic scarlet are whiter than the snows on the summit of icebound Mount story Is pretty much the same old gag that has been travelling around for a century or two It Is hero given that a hired assassin a man who could willingly take human life for a money payment and is known to have had a hand in a number of killings has fell to reading the bible has been convinced and nowto use his own language I asked god to take the revenge and murder out of my heart and ho heard my prayers I feel free from every wrong I ever did I have killed my fellow man but god has seen cause to for give me- Bully for god and also bully for Curt What a fine team they would make when they get hitched together in the New Jerusalem Of course Curt having read the new testament is now familiar with how god aided his oldtime advocates to es cape from prison by sending an angel to shatter the chains and open the prison walls and again by having them let down bya wall in a basket but he hardly ex pects any of these things to happen for him Anyhow Curt is convinced But convinced of what Has there ever been a time in his checkered career when he doubted either god or his book And from what has he been converted f Not from any form of unbelief Curt always believed but did not profess it Like the majority of men he had never given any thought to the subject arid dt a dollar to a doughnut that he would not at this time except he knew the jig was up In any event he was In the ninehole and no chance to save losing the game The principal point to be considered however Is that as Curtis Jett is now con verted he is fit company for the angels and must perforce reach heaven in due time Strange that the Commonwealth of Kentucky should still consider him unfitIfor the company of honest men and pre fers to keep him officially numbered and tagged to prevent him from getting lost It may be that so few honest men are to be found in heaven that upon his arrival Jett will find a thoroughly congenial company Fancy Jett and Joshua getting together and each trying to outbrag the other on the number of men they have killed Then Jehovah himself is no slouch for his biog raphers have put quite a number of howls on his credit side qf the ledger And think of the number of angels that have been sent to earth on a mission of murder and slain thousands in a single night Truly Jett will find plenty of company when he gets there Under the circumstances we feel constrained to suggest a new trinity as a shrine for Christian worship consisting of Jett Joshua and Jehovah They are three of a kind and when it comes to bloodshed theln hearts beat as onet The Christians are welcome to the trio startroleclaim right title or privileges to a place therein and fearlessly Insist that we prefer hell tobeIng compelled to keep such company WHEN THE LAW FALLS SHORT When the Rev Robert Carson of Rocky Ford Colorado accepts another call to I 1i il r 7 0 BLUE GRASS BLADE preach he will probably exercise greater caution In calling upon the female mem bers of his flock In other words he has been taught a lesson that will tend to pre vent him calling at a time when the hus band Is not at home His recent exper- Iences were such that they ought to make a profound impression Most husbands would have done precisely what the hus band In this case has done Lacking suffi cient testimony to justify the institution of criminal proceedings against him the husband proceeded to exact individual ven geance In the good oldfashioned way by punching the preachers face with his fist As a result Rev Carson made an exodus from the city but it is reported that the woman in the case has also mysteriously so the story goes runs a good second t9 the belles of the Blue Grass Region in that the reports say she is both young and pretty The principal failing with most preachers recognized as of long standing Is that they very read ily become enamored of women poses sing those qualifications It maters not to the preacher who they are Married or single the result is the same Charmed to a de gree by the personal pulchitrude of Mrs Briggs who had been attending his revival services he took occasion to call upon the lady at her home This was perfectly proper In the first Instance Ono visit brought on another and as a rule the preacher timed his calls so that the hus band could always be caught away from home Something happened The dis patches do not state The public Is left to Infer In anyevent Mrs Briggs com plained to her husband the latter com plained to the public prosecutor but that officer decided it would be useless to take action without stronger and more corrobor ative testimony There was nothing left for the husband to do but to play John L Sullivan upon the preacher and the latter we are told with a face that resembled a map of the Ozark mountains suddenly va moosed and hit the road for parts unknown Then the lady was missed It is not known whether she has struck the same trail as the preacher For her own sake we hope she has not If she has then her husband is a lucky man to get rid of her that easy According to all accounts the Briggs home was an exemplar for happiness peace and domestic bliss Nota cloud appeared upon the horizon of this happily wedded pair The preacher came with a new gospel and he preached Now that home Is wrecked and there is a moral In this story that needs not a diagram to explain it PEACE BE STILl Such a command might calm the angry billows allay the storm and smooth the surface of the troubled sea but it will not work In bringing peace love and goodwill among the worshippers of the lowly Naz arene Time and circumstances exert a tremendous influence upon such questions It might work In one age but not in another Miracles rely upon age and antiquity for credence and belief Jesus might have performed the miracle to which was made the foregoing allusion but If over a miracle was necessary to preserve what is called the Christian spirit it ought to be worked off upon the members of Emmanuel Epis copal Church In Philadelphia Not alone should the members be gently touched but It appears that the parson Rev E G Knight and some of the members of his choir ought to get a liberal dose of the divine afflatus Let us read Drop that money Make me do so HUt Bang Leter go Galligher and a threecornered fight followed In which the aforesaid preacher and a choir boy both in sacred vestments and warden George Shegog wero the principal participants But did you observe what the trouble was about Money Just so They do not fight for the glory of god or for a cruci fied savior The scrap was for cash Nor is this the first row of the kind that has taken place In this church A similar dif ficulty took place about one year ago and the same Warden who appears to have the right to perform an auditing of ac counts was hauled before a magistrate and put under a bond to keep the peace for one year The year was just out and the Warden proceeded to paint the church red in the same old way Think of It For one whole year he kept well within the requirements of the law but as soon as the restricted period had passed he re turned to tho encounter For one solid year Warden Shegog had nourished and cultivated his bitter animosity For ono whole year tne parson had Imitated this divine example Each had nursed his wrath and when the opportune moment arrived all forgiveness all atonement all brotherly love were forgotten and the disputants started In to settle their difficulties In the good oldfashioned way After reading this edifying account of Christian believers dwelling together In sucn unity allow your mind to reflect upon the fact that the bone of contention happened to be a few paltry dollars Keep your eye on the Correspondence School It is growing Ten names are now enrolled Ninety more and it opens Wont you be the next Only ten dollars for one years instruc tion in science and philosophy BOOK REVIEW SIDEREAL SIDELIGHTS It has been well said that variety is the spice of 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world not to comfort him in this Knowledge was at its lowest ebb and all efforts at learn ing were frowned upon discouraged and actually forbidden under pains and penalties Ecclesiasticism leas undergone but lit the change in its attitude towards knowledge and is much the sumo to day as it was in the fifteenth century Tile ecclesiastical ban placed upon the Abbe Loisy is an evidence of this fact Prior to this step the Pope had ex communicated Father Tyrrcl the Cath olic primate of Great Britlain because of his modernist views Thus two of the greatest Catholic scholars in Europe have been thrust outside the pale of Rome because of their learning and for holding and teaching advanced views anent some of the principal tenets of the Christian doctrine From these evidences we find ample proof for the assertion that the Christian church once so full of vigor and strength contains within itself the seeds of inevitable cay The principal medium of destruc tion lies in the attempt to maintain an immobility of intellect in the midst of an ever advancing knowledge which encompasses the church on every side What little progress the ecclesiastica orders have made is due to a reluctant relinquishing of the dogmas of immuta bility and infallibility shifting the axis of faith as the progress of human events required One by one the cherished traditions of the church were over thrown and abandoned and human so ciety was readjusted the new basis showing but little regard for the ortho dox demands Both the Catholic and Protestant churches are undergoing a similar transformation at the present time This is an age of change and reason has been the propelling power Excommunica tions by the one heresy convictions and punishments by the other are the su premo manifestations of this mighty force It would appear that in both theology had almost run mad From these causes that is the causes of an advancing human intelligence termed as Modernism by the Church of Rome and denounced as heresy by the Protest ant branches that Catholic priest and Protestant clergyman stave been un frocked and shorn of their ecclesiastical authority by the heads of their respec tivo departments One of the principal offenses said to have been charged against the Abbo Loisy was that he had after years of patient study and research held that the gospel of John was but a mystical allegory a work of speculation The doctrine is reported to have provoked the Vatican t 4r tiJt r and yet such a conclusion as regardSthe historical value of the fourth gos pel is concurred in by every scholar worthy the name and it is not a new theory by any means No wonder that when the judgment of excommunica tion was pronounced against him Loisy sure of his position announced that he would appeal from the judgment of ecclesiasticism to that of an enlightened conscience and intellect What kind ofa picture is here pre sented A man struggling for light de t nounced by church authority lurningtto the other side of the canvas picture may bo seen It is of the same man at an earlier period taking the first step in that mighty struggle For years the Catholic clergy was in a condition of intellectual sterility Their priests were far behind the Protestant leaders in matters of learning save in the direc tion of matters of a mere antiquarian recognizedno question was raised as to his author dox standing Study and investigation extending over a period of thirty years had wrought a vast change lie saw many forms of theological doctrine in another and different light What is more he possessed the courage to make known the truths he had found Rome anger kindled A refusal to retract added fuel to the flames and Loisy was put out of the church THE BLADE COMPLIMENTED There is always a certain pride ex perienced when we know that otlieis are appreciative of the best efforts we put forth to win A little praise now and then is a wonderful stimulant In the case of a child who really tries to do something if you praise him for his effort even though he fail you have done good And are we not all grown children Do we not appreciate the praise just as much in our mature age ns vo did years ago In any tvcnt tit- feel that way and our inclination is toJbelieve that it is the same way with others This is in perfect accord with human nature and we would not have it otherwise if we conk1 Our friends can now easily understand how we appreciate the kind words printed for tho Blade by some of our contemporaries In the April issue of tho Searchlight published at Waco Texas by J D Shaw a fearless advocate of Liberalism the editor puV lished the following complimentary no tice of tho Blade Several of tho later issues of the Blue Grass Blade of Lexington Ky contains portraits and short biographi cal sketches of noted Liberals some of 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 whom are dead and others are still liv ing If this is to be a regular and con tinuous feature of the Blade its readers longdesiredSearchlight but have feared the addi tional cost would overtax my final resources Thanks Brother Shaw and the Blade wishes you healthstrength and abund ant prosperity in your fight against superstition in the Lone Star States InOne thing is certain you have hit the rnail squarely upon the head when ou the overtax upon financial resources connected with the publi cation of the portraits We find it a great true and it is for this reason de siring to retain such a commendable feature that we urge upon our friends constantly to their best efforts in assist ing the Blade to a much larger circulation than it now enjoys Many friends are helping us by sending new sub scribers and if the plan we have recent ly suggested is carried our our circulation can bo doubled before 1108 passes out By these means only can the portraits be continued another year Next in line for a mention is thee Rumford Citizen published at Rum ford Falls Maine In its issue of March 26th the Citizen says editorially We have received a copy of the Blue Grass Bladet a paper that has been published in Lexington Ky for the past sixteen years as a fourpage weekly It is now enlarged to sixteen pages and is very finely gotten up It seems to be a radical sheet on various subjects and has the peculiar distinc tion of being a prohibition paper pub lished in the midst of the whisky stills ofold Kentucky We do not know whether tho prohibition wave that has swept over the country has given the paper now life or not but wecon gratulate it upon having fought for which it deemed right in the past and hope it will enjoy future prosperity The foregoing is an acceptable com pliment It is true that for years the Blado enjoyed the distinction of being as its late editor termed it an infidel prohibition paper but under its present edit rtal control it does not advocate prohibition or force but teaches tem perance as an individual virture to be encouraged and maintained The polit ical issue of prohibition will then ad just itself However we desire to thank the editor for the kindly mention made and wish him many happy returns of the day OWhen renewing your own subscrip tion try and get another from a friend to send along with it That is the way to help rRi VR i THE TRIUMPH OF EVOLUTION The attitude of the Christian church towards evolution and its intolerance towards the most pronounced advocates of the doctrine with its present pre sumption in favor of those teachings is impotenejinits inability Ito grapple with the cos mological problems that are constantly being presented When evolution was first announced by Laplace Humboldt Lamarck and other renowned scientists of that age oven in its then modified form the shurch presented a bitter and open hostility encouraged by the indecision of other scientific think ers upon the subject One by one through successive demonstra tion and experiment the greatest minds of to world gave evolution their sup port and encouragement and the church was left alone fight it out as best slu may Realising that evolution utterly shattered the theory of special creation the church knew that it was facing crisis and that crisis is mori marked today than it was in the past The church regarded evolution as a roost deadly enemy an enemy to her cher ished traditions an enemy to biblical cosmogony an enemy that must b i de stroyed an enemy deserving dcptnic tion and that destruction essential to the salvation of the church itself Now tho leading advocates of orthodox doe trine are attempting a peaceful com promise They announce an acceptance of all that evolution implies and even insist that it is in perfect harmony with gods plan and confirmatory of the bible account of the creation This radical change simply proves that an intolerant orthodoxy invariably quires audacity as it grows in strength and numbers but it is only the intelli gent reaction among the greatest scien tific thinkers of the world that has pro duced this wonderful transformation By its very nature evolution must be in direct conflict with special creation The bible teaches special creation If evolution be accepted by orthodox pro fessors then they must of a necessity abandon the special creation theory This naturally displaces god for there is no room in nature for such an unfounded hypothesis Further than this if there be a creating god and this creating god actually made natural law ho bound himself by tHe process for he is prohibited from producing natural phenomena by any other medium than through the operation of the natural jaw which ho is supposed to have cre ated The assumption however that J tIi iI 0000= evolution harmonizes with special ereuition that it is gods plan could not be foisted upon the people in this day and age but for one important fact That fact has been clearly expressed by Ernst Haeckel the German philosopher when ho said in his famous Berlin lee tures The leaders of orthodoxy have shrewdly calculated that the great masses of the people do not give any attention to these problems Here friends is the great secret In their very hearts the clergy know that in preaching evolution as being gods plan they are preaching a clear false hood Ignorance trained for centuries to accept the bible expounders view ofIthings readily assimilated the new doc trine under the belief that if it was alljright with the preacher it must be all right with them As a matter of fact the great mass of the people do not think upon these important subjects ul a all The preachers thought is mada their thought They have no thought Theyhave I tunity and the the clergy is to keep opportunity frontthem The Darwinian achievements and the readiness of the church to accept almost everything that it implies under tho sophistical teaching that it is gods plan is a victory for evolution This triumph has been further increased by the laborious research of Professor Haeckel who but a short time ago was declared by tho church to have re nounced some of his principal evolutionary tenets and the Berlin lectures followed as u means of showing to the world that evolution was still the crown and summit of intellectual research SHORT ON THEPROOF Orthodox professors insist that Jesus is the central figure of their faith the founder of the system of religion called t Christian A close perusal of the new testament will reveal the fact that Jesus did not found a new faith that such was not his purpose or mission but that if ho lived at all he lived and died in the faith of his fathers Further it is t impossible to follow the instructionsTJesus is alleged to have becoming a Jew Being the sixteenth f savior the world is reported to have 1J 1notJesus and came contact and reasoning intelligence is r bound to accept the notion that if hIover came into this old world of ours ho came in the regular way and no other Wf i r tj t 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE GIVE THE SCHOOL A START Do you realize that the workshop of character is in human life Remember friends that the harvest of the future depends altogether upon thecharacter and quality of the seeds we sow now 1f Alien may sow wild oats as they are familiarly called and the sowing will not injure them but it is in the gather ing of the crop raised where the trouble is found The basis of all power is knowledge and knowledge is the handmaid of human happiness and peace Knowl edge upsets speculation Knowledge is a substitute for theory Knowledge is the key to the future and the open to individual greatness IIdoor Correspondence School has been for the purpose of diffusing of the greatest utility To study through the courses of instruct tion it will prescribe will make you a now being and lay the material uni- verseb the all in all before you in au- f entirely new ligth The whole problem undergoes a change and the cobwebs oft bigotry and pious indolence are re phenomenaJ refbeing opened Give us ninety additional students and the primary lessons will at once be mailed to each The school can then begin without much fear concerning its future welfare So confident do we feel regarding the canrk to any student who having taken k one years course of instruction will honestly say that ho or she has not been benefitted thereby unless the def linquency appear to be of the students r own lack of energy If a one years K course will do this for you what should be the benefits accruing from a three years course Our object is to sow good seed the seed of intelligence and knowledge tr The harvest may be slow in appearing but when it is ready to gather the bene fits derived will be both material and permanent The savings of money ac quired during a lifetime of toilmay bo squandered lost in a single day Knowledge once instilled into the mind and brain is never lost It cannot be swept away or taken from you It is there with you to stay The half score students already en rolled are earnestly awaiting the time when the full complement shall be iri made up In other wordstheir joining the School is made an appeal for you to do likewise They are as follows Ebert Anderson Nashville Tenn Howard J Tunberry San Antonio TexasV Anderson M D Bridgeport Neb Daniel B Whitman Lexington Ky Herman Straus Lexington Ky Clara Higganbotham Waterloo Iowa J J Jones Somerset Ky Helen H Quisenberry Chicago Ill Mary Anderson Lee Cook County Ill Thomas Hitchcock Wellington Kan sasrEugene A Asgood Garfield Utah Four of the above express a desire to be made teachers in the work two do not and the others are undecided In our judgment this is a good be ginning The school has hardly been launched as yet and even in its initial stages it can be said to have done well Ofcourse none of those enrolled have been asked as yet to pay the tuition fee nor will thpy until a full one hun dred has been put on the list Just as soon as the requisite number is secured each student will be notified and the tuition fee can then be paid and the school begin As an incentive arrangements have been completed with University pro fessors to pass upon all examinations and these have been selected with a view of obtaining the highest intellectual authority obtainable so as to give standing character and credit to the Blade will for temporary pur poses or until some other medium can be established if necessary act as a means of communication between the pupils and the Instructor and between the pupils themselves In other words it will stand as a School Journal to promote its best interests and keep it before the Freethinkers of the country But few eneourging letters have been received as yet Sonic of these are ex tremely enthusiastic Others admit that the School is a desirable institution but fears are expressed concerning the outcome for lack of support We do not entertain any of these fears We know time School will grow once we can get it started The start is what is most opportunities that have never before been presented to the great mass of Liberal people in America The school is open to young and old Will not the Freethinkers en courage it by their cooperation Let it not be said that Liberalism cares J r Lif 4 1Li1 naught for education This is one of the Christian taunts today irrespective of the fact that it is education alone that make Liberals of men and women Now friends get busy We need money to start the printing work for the lessons and examinations We need students enough to make up the 100 asked for It ought to have a thousand but the century mark will give us a good foundation to begin on Send in your name as as tndent Failing that send a donation to start the school off in the proper manner Our argument is that the School pur poses to teach and promulgate the truths of Science and Philosophy It is not intended to teach any ism or to make any particular factional disposi tion Its sole aim is truth and for the good that lies in such an undertaking we prefer to quote from John Ruskin who in his The Two Paths say We are all of us willing enough to accept dead truths or blunt ones which can be fitted harmlessly into spare niches or shrouded and coffined at once out of the way we holding complacently the cemetery keps and supposing we have learned something But a sap ling truth with earth at its root and blossom on its branches or a trenchant truth tluit can cut its way through bars and sods most men it seems to me dislike the sight or entertainment of if by any means such guest or vision may bo avoided And indeed this is no wonder for one such truth thoroughly accepted connects itself strangely with others and there is no saying what it may lead us to SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS posthasteChester Gillette of New York State Sundayschool teacher and devout Christian was convicted of the murder of Grace Brown was sent to the electric chair and from the chair be was trans ported forthwith to everlasting glory lie is now safe in the arms of Jesus This much ds gathered from the news paper accounts of the murderers last days on earth Making a full con fessionof hs crime as to leave no doubt concerning his guilt ho indulges in an harangue for the edification of young men exhorting them to lead Christian lives and confessing himself at peace with his god he announced his readiness to leave the world the flesh and the devil happy in the thought of a celestial paradise awaiting him And this is religion aye the Christian religion Is it any wonder that decent Z x p i sfe BLUE GRASS BLADE Y1 people shrink from the thought of having to spend eternity in such com pany r The murder of a young woman in the prime of healthful e was noth ing to him although imbued with a love of Jesus and firmly believing in future rewards and punishments Orthodoxy had no restraint for him Not until he knew the end was nigh did he exhort for socalled righteousness and professed his great love for god imagining that god entertained similar feelings for him Such morbid prurient damnable doc trines go tar toward licensing crime Had Chester Gillette been taught that he must accept every responsibility for his own acts that the consequences thereof were inevitable and that he had to face them himself that there was no atoning savior for such black crime the chances are that he would have hesitated upon the very threshold of his wrongful act and both he and his victim would have been alive today It is to be observed however that none of the accounts show any repentance for his act no consideration for the future welfare of the girl whose life he took Being in sin socalled when death overcame her in such form she had no time for repentance and in all this heavenly tirade there is no pitying thought for the murdered girl all is for her murderer and his salvation To this end his last night was spent in the company of priests of the Christian faith who according to the account gave him all the consolation and hope of which their pernicious creed was capable assuring him that his death in the electric chair was but the opening of a door to eternal life with the god he professed to worship Under this doetnine the blood stains were washed from his hands the crim son spots became white as the polar snows and Chester Gillette was trans formed from a convicted murderer to a Christian saint with the privilege of settling down to eternal rest in the bosom of old father Abraham Glorious religion Beautiful creed Splendid doctrine Happy day when the world can be well rid of it and the energies of men and women turned to better purposes THE HEAD OR THE HEART To believe in orthodox religion is but a matter of mere sentiment Atheism demands an intellectual con sideration and is therefore bottomed upon reason There can be no reason in religion for the sentiment never reasons and would cease to be sentimnt if it did IF t r J This differentiation is borne out by an expression made by an American writer in undertaking to explain the differ ence between a believer and unbeliever in the Christian form of superstition He said The story of a suffering savior ap pealed t6 Mr Gladstones heart but it got no further than Col Ingersolls head 1he one tries it by his sympa thies the other by the rules of evidence that obtain in a court of law In that brief but pointed paragraph the whole sum and substance of founda tion for orthodox belief is contained It comports with the expressions used at the opening of this article As the heart is altogether incapable of intelli gent sensation and Christianity appeal ing directly to the heart its founda tion is based upon sentiment pure and simple land is accepted without reason or question Desire is sufficient The suffering of any man or animate body will attract sympathy from all who are not calloused To say however that such evidence is sufficient to prove the truth of the story of a suffering savior simply exposes its inherent weakness and lays bare its most vulnerable point Sympathy or sentiment based upon sympathy is purely emotional It lacks vigor and strength On this ground it may be said that orthodoxy is fit only for children and people who are incapable of intelligent thought One thing is certain Mr Gladstone could not have demonstrated the truth of the bible to Col Ingersoll and inas much the former accepted the story through the heart instead of the head Col Ingersoll could make but little pression on Mr Gladstone The main issue however is which of the two had the best most solid foundation for the particular faith that was in him Inger soll or Gladstone The present might well be termed the Age of Reason for the people are drifting further than ever from the in uuences of the story ofa suffering savior and so fur as the biblical au thority is concerned the pulpit appears to bo leading the procession This is a necessary result of the use of reason using the head instead of the heart When charitable impulses move us to actie is said that our II hearts have been touched but even in such a mere figure of speech we perceive and the hope must depend upon charitable impulses for an acceptance and the hope is to move the masses by senti ment Is it not a remarkable fact that open Atheism flourishes most abundantly in those countries professedly Christian The mind of noon is like unto a court in which every cause should be tried with a rigid impartiality and absolute honesty A fool may mislead a childmay convince but not even the posses sor himself himself can coerce his own mind He knows what he actually be lieves and what he does not believe He cannot deceive himself no matter how loud his protestations To com mand a person to believe without first providing with a satisfactory basis for his faith were an idle waste of breath No man can honestly bo blamed for doubting the existence of any deity p than for doubting aught else that may may appear to Trim to be absurd It is extremely doubtful if all the socalledsacred books ever written have suc ceeded in convincing any man that there exists in the universe anything greater than himself While the Gladstones continue to accept religion through the heart and by senthmiet be brought to support a niililMi fable the Ingersolls will stiil cling to human reason as tIll great IlItilpt in HI things Mrs Henrys pamphlet on Bible ReVvision and its possible effect upon eternal life is now ready for distribu tion Ten cents a copy or twelve for one dollar It should be read by every man and woman on the continent Read the four plans we publish on s tho last page of the Blade as a means of pushing the Blade Here is an opportunity for you to spend an extra fifty cents and plenty of time to pay it in and double our circulation before tho present year expires Now friends think what that will mean and you must admit the Blade deserves it Sign that blank and mail to our office Your attention will not bo recalled until October 1st While glancing over your literature dont overlook the Blade publicationsr Mrs Henrys books on Marriage and Divorce and Bible Revision are splen did missionary documents y To sum it all up we might as well say right now that we mean to win and make that Correspondence school a go Twenty dollars a year will insure you a good scientific and philosophical education at the end of three years by taking the courses in the correspondence school This includes tuition and cost of text books 1ttif If BLUE GRASS BLADE I t Towering Tantrums of Terrible Teddy By Harriet M Closz The merits or demerits of the cases measiderate outbursts recorded of President Roosevelt should cause the careless Ameri can voter to ponder well his position in the Republic In a March 9th Chicago Examiner Press Report the President of the United States S is said to have declared that Harry K Thaw did right in killing Stanford White but that if he had his way Thaw would be hanged before sundown and that all the members of both juries that failed to convict ought to hang with him r So this is the safe and sane man whom we have placed in the Presidential chal This Is the popular idol who prates about r respect for law Yes this is the impulsive r puppet of passion who ornaments the exec utive brunch of our government and not only discredits the laws and the Thaw r juries but would send the latter to the pgallows because its individual members did not agree This is the one man idea with a ven gance Much has been said about free speech and press but this tirade against the traditions of our courts is remarkable to say the least and would be denounced rt as dangerous doctrine had It been uttered by the halfstarved individual who often bears the appellation of Anarchist The hungry horde of men who are in dally contract with the laws unjust conditions have not voiced such denunciatory state ments as this fullfed sourstomached swaggerer of the G O P PresidentY carried to a ogical conclusion the ter abouttagree with him It seems to me that from present Indications the free expression of opinion by the masses will soon be de clared a capital offense and the nonagrpo ment of the people with the erratic no tions of a president will bo deemed a crlma deserving death This bloodthirsty nunciation of the members of the Thaw juries and the unrestrained manner of speech suggests the possibility of a sim liar quality of brainstorm to that sail to have been developed by Henry K That It appears that talking tantrums is one of our Teddys pastimes for the sans report describes a terrific interview with a western delegation who sought tha pardon oJono Richard B Shepherd u J7i lUINUiHi prominent attorney of Salt Lake City who was convicted on a technical charge of disseminating evil literature Evil literature may have more than one meaning but judging from the experiences of various progressive publications this particular phraseology must have been in terpreted evil literature because it threatened to enlighten the populace of the wonderworkings of the political ma again to the violent outburst of our Judicial jumplngjack as recounted by Mr Root spokesman of the committee Ho said The President scarcely waited for au introduction before he began a tirade sucn as I never heard from the mouth of a man presuming to hold a high position- I am against you I am against you said President Roosevelt I am surprised that any man should come to me for a pardon of a man who would dare to keel such a book in his library You all ought to be in prison for life for even asking such a thing and Shepherd should be there for the rest of his life You see even for the preferring of arc quest that did not meet the approval of the autocrat the ones preferring the pol tion were denounced as fit subjects for thr penitentiary Still I suppose these men should be gratified to escape with Incarc ration instead of the gallows as recom mended for the Thaw Juries The account an hour the President kept up his tirade though ho was not at fill familiar with the facts in the Shepherd case and it was impossible for me or any of the Senators with me to say a word I made several ineffectual attempts to cot rect him but ho paid no attention to me He grew red with rage and would listen to nothing I became disgusted as did those with me Mr Roosevelt finally seized the petition and wrote on the backDe nied This man ought to be in prison for the rest of his life The contemplatl n of such conduct should give the American people grave concern The man permitted to sit at the head of a nation should recognize the desirability and necessity of great and dispassionate deliberation on all questions submitted to him and give a final but unprejudiced de clsion Personal bias should not swerve him from a serious study of the facts and extenuations A man great in the councils of state is he who holds his place with perfect poise but who Is cautious to fear J iJJ i f nI L ilL fulness of his great responsibility He gath ers carefully the oft tangled threads of varying and manifold interests and weaves the web of potentialities with the tactful and tender touch of father or friend He guardeth well the gateway of language permitting no incendiary speech no thought less expression of injustice or unreason for ho realizes that to gain and retain the gracious regard of thoughtful citizens he first must rule himself That it is better to rule with reasonable leniency than to ride roughshod over the rights of constit uents for he cannot fully forget that the units composing a commonwealth are of human material much like himself and whom ho would strongly resemble in In tellect and action if grown under their surroundingsDo that the mind of Theodore Roosevelt is unduly burdened with the thought of Brotherliness Does he at all approximate the methods of the magnam imous Lincoln No ho is a consistent survival of the hoof and horn the tooth and tusk period when I am stronger than thou prevailed His warword Is menace not mercy He practically says to the less fortunate that he fell on his feet when hejlanded that he is now at the top of the heap and that ho rules the roost regardless of constitution of court precedent or of the wishes and 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Theodore Roosevelt It does not require a prophetic pen to delineate upon the horizon the loom of n military dictatorship Were the unpar allelled and horrible tragedy of Havana Harbor reenacted In the Pacific ocean at the present time what think you would happen iLloerty can be lost more readily than regained What are you going to do about Itr Y 1t d v rL 7 T rrY BLUE GRASS BLADE IfLikes The New Form CORRIGAN TEXI send you a clipping you may get all those scamps out that maybe you did not so send it I could send one In often We like the book form of the Blade splendid Expect to make a bookvof them all togetherW A GHENT Best Paper In the World LOUISVILLE KYThe Blade Is bring ing them all to time Keep on James with your good work you are all there The Blade is the best paper In the world In my oplnlonI W WALSH Nearing the Century Mark FREDERICK lIDI ant nearly 80 years old Cannot work tiny more I can walk only about in my room and a littlo in the open air Fivo years ago I divided allof my 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