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Digital page images are linked to the text file. r BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVII Number 9 LEXINGTON BY JUNE 21 1908 Published Weekl =DEVOTED TO TIlE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT I Ii J N F GRIS OLD il 1t Strong supports of Freethoucht and New Englandpioneer J 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Ne F Griswold The character of man to be Judged liy his deeds and not by Ills profession of belief It has been well said that actions speak more eloquent than words and the subject we now have before us furnishes an Illustration of the truth contained In that famous expression age nonessentials and bigoted Intolerance have combined to produce serious reflection In the minds of honest and liberal men ultimately leading them to an abandonment of all forms of religion or religious history of Freethought contains many generous and unselfish Vcharacters Paine gave his all for the cause of Independence and since his day Freethinkers have been found who have never fulled to give of their means at any time when n call was made for the means nec essary to better propagate truth or to defend It from assault allotted- span N F Griswold of Merlden Conn now rapidly nearing lifes must be written ns one of those generous and heroic few who has from time to time given of Ills means for Freedoms cause Though not gifted with eloquent speech for public occasions he has done still better for the cause we love for his contributions first to one cause and then to another If known would amount to several thousands of dollars and he has taken great delight In thus extending aid another direction than public work And yet were It not for such as he the public part of our work the propaganda Including different representatives of the Freethought press would have languished and probably died for lack of support years ago i Living upon New England soil In the famous old state of ConncctN cut he has experienced a varied and withal a successful life He was born In Lockport New York but was a mere Infant when he was taken motherless to Connecticut Ills mother died when he was but three days old hence unable to know by experience the supreme love and affection of a mothers heart At this tender age ho wits placed In the care of his grand parents where he remained until he was six years of age at which period of his life his father married a second time and lie then took charge of his son In person At the age of eleven years he started out In life for himself an age when most children are still at school and by working upon n farm then In a country store ho managed to make his own way In the world of struggle and toll Fol lowing this he learned the trade of u tinner and It was hero that ho laid the foundations for his future successful career In a short tune thereafter he managed to buy out his employer and ho began a busin ess venture In his own behalf In the course of time as the business grew and nourished he organized that well known cooperative firm the arlswoldUlchmondGlock Company at Meriden which came to bo recognized us one of the most successful business enterprises Now England t In his younger days and during his early manhood Mr Griswold was n member of the Universalist Society lie attended the Sunday meet ings and took a prominent part the work of the Sunday School Ho took a g eat Interest In this work It reported that by some unac countable way Mr Griswold obtained a copy of one of the late Col Ingersolls lectures which he rend with both pleasure and profit The Intellectual food ho had craved had now been furnished him Very soon afterwards Ingersoll lectured New Haven Conn and Mr Gris wold took advantage of this opportunity to hear him Elated with the flood of rich thought that came from the distinguished orators lips Mr Griswold sent Col Ingcrsoll check to have him come to Merlden and lecture before the people of that old Puritanical town Uncertain of Ills ground of being able to secure tho Town Hull for Ingersoll to lecture he sought out tho trustees of the Unlversallst Society and asked for the privilege of uslng their church building for that purpose It wits denied him This net nf Intolerance and religious bigotry be came the one great turning point his life On the theory that such Illlherullty wits not In accord with the honest Impulses of the human heart and believing himself out of place among such a society ho now severed his connection therewith and carne over to the side of Freethought where he has since remained loyal and true Mr Griswold now became n subscriber to tho Freethought Journals of the country All at different times have been made tho recipients of his extreme generosity From this time he devoted himself to aiding the cause at every opportunity To Blue Grass Blade has been favored with his bountiful generosity and contributions whenever an emergency arose that rendered financial help n necessity In this manner has Mr Griswold donated thousands of dollars and only those who have had to go through the struggle of keeping the propaganda alive can possibly know and fully appreciate the great value of his service thus rendered Believing the principles of Freethought with nil the ardency of his beneficent nature he regarded tho movement as tho only hope of dom and light He hud no longer any use for tho church us an Insti tution and yet he has never lacked for a host of admiring friends among his neighbors These are testimonials to Ills sterling worth Not one selfish thought did he over entertain Horn In ho now years of age but still of u remarkable vigor and Intellect for such an Is with profound pleasure sincere admiration that tile Blade Is table to pay this small tribute to one who has done so much for tho cause In u general and substantial and for the Hindu Itself In purtieular Were there more Freethinkers Ilku the subject of this sketch the cause would never be permitted to languish BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 I Bryan and the Religious Question Great Exponent of Democracy Taken to Task by a Woman Writer for His Religious Pretentlons Being Put Into a Pol itical Campaign Harriet Closz Whenever a now minister locates among us attend church at least once and during tin winters protracted efforts make the round of the revivals and take stock of those who have contracted tho cold weather conta gion which iccurs with unchanging regularity and exposes most of tho Invertebrates In till vicinity besides Inducing the loquacious ad mission ot Irresponsibility by the victims who seeks with frenzied fervor to get something for nothing The resident ministers call a crowd of per haps people who listen with more or less Indifference to the old old story that said to bo refreshing and regenerating you know resident ministers tare paid from six to twelve hundred dollars per annum cording to the size of the parish Well recently repaired to the largest audi torium In our city to hear tin same old story by the renowned orator William J Bryan The house wits crowded to Its utmost capacity and the doors closed against many clamoring to enter The Prince of Peace n lecture prepared for the general platform It two hours plus In length and the reg ular charge for same however lielnn sandwiched between two regular lectures we escaped for half price but as the time wan cut In two by tho democratic rhetorician we paid the regular rate tho later while In Chicago he delivered the same lecture for the Catholic Womans Society tree of charge Of course It Brother Uryans privilege to lecture free or for state the fact as evidence of the penetrating business foresight which placed the free lecture where would probably bring tho greatest return have heretofore held William Jennings liryan In high regard but when posing as tile exponent of democratic principles he seeks to Incorporate religion anti politics seems me time that the thoughtless voters of this country should sit up and take notice Uryans opinion of religion as nn Individual none of our concern hut his pretense belief as tho authorized standard bearer of Democracy Is of great moment for the question of religious sincerity be not establish ed does It not follow that political sincerity should bo questioned quote front his lec ture sparingly for lade of space but with the assurance of dispassionate consideration op criticism by made readers Ho said am Interested science of government but more Interested In ion I like to address a political meeting but prefer to address a religious gathering shall be In the church long after am out or woidd like to Inquire why W J OBrien as ho was Introduced at the St Patrick lily banquet Chicago why with Ills abil ity as nil orator ho does not seek preferment from a church conference The Idly See scouting for capable men Or why did he not proclaim his Christian enthusiasms during tho two previous campaigns- As n sample of profound wisdom how thisnellglous sentiment Is not fear but consciousness that wo have come short of the glory of God Religion the only basis upon which wo can build mo nifty Morality being the outward manifestation of the Inward re latlon between man and Clod Nothing can Shake my faith Jehovah Do these assertions sound tike those of sincere Investigator who elating to have searched the literature of all religious and an alyzed the writings of Darwin Spencer and Wallace lie says Some believe in the theory of evolution am not convinced that the monkey any part of my familytree If others prefer to find their ancestry that direction Ittnot object but they cannot connect mo the relationship It takes mo e faith to Jump st many gaps than to believe In tho Bible crea passed through a period of skepticism college and learned of the many guesses that ore being mode so wont back to the old lament and decided to stand there and am stnpdlng there yet Does this savor of the spirit of progression or of tho straightforward sincerity of domo erode Ideals We were regaled at length with tho attempt ed explanation of tho miracles and were told that a God who can make a world can do anything ho wishes that tho transformation the heart when one begins to hate what he once loved a greater miracle than tha of the loaves and fishes Ho continues have seen so many things about ne more mys terious than the miracles that I am not will hag to allow tiny miracle to stand between nit tilt Christian religion The analytical 1 mind that can see noth ing more mysterious In the Individual multi plication of loaves and fishes or raising tilt dead than In the constantly recurring rind natural processes of life and growth and eve Italian must have some hitch in Its machinery or some motive for Its methods At last wo are startled out of our apathy b tho exclamation Christ history thero fact face It The fact that Caesar Alexan der and Napoleon lived nothing but the fact that Christ lived meting much The world has never seen such another character as Jesus Christ and we con account for his lire only by his divinity and the tlmo will com when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess and the belief his teaching shall bring peace to every heart Well during years of Ills teaching Christendom ling been embroiled In destruct ive conlllcts his pious representatives have duced tho people to penury massacred tin Investigator and Imprisoned tho doubter ecuting Ills tenets men have become fanati cal fiends and forbearance a lost virtue Seek ing to harmonize Ills contrndlctoy commands thousands have been driven to Insanity amt suicide while the alleged working of miracles made Impossible to sustain a system of en deavor that made for progress much less fo peace The usual hair Splitting regard to the negative form of tho golden rule ns given by Confucius tho positive as attributed to Jesusj wits gone over but William the commentator seems to forget that the now Testament upon which he stands so firmly records most of tho commandments In tbl negative form but n small thing like that did not present Ills pleading for missionaries to bo sent to the heathen chine Having traveled In the Orient Bryan s opinion on the relative merits of Christian and heathen Ilization accepted as final and the latter pronounced a failure but over against It quotu tho opinion of the minister plenipoten tiary from England to China He said on Ills return to Ixindon have seen more misery drunkenness and degradation In tho streets of London in one day than saw In all my twenty years ot residence in china Isnt that a pretty hard knock on the pencil that Bryan declares to be brought to every heart by the teaching of Jesus The fact that this lecture was delivered with out a single oratorical and with no show of interest or enthusiasm no ringing rhetorlcaJ outbursts that Jmost convince without argument seems to mo to bear the linger traks of being prepared for a purpose In Innsrating tho beauties of faith Dryav related one Story that though aged will bear repetition An old colored man was requested to Illustrate Ills Idea of faith and said pose the Lord should tell me to Mutt my head through n stone wall It wouldnt be mine to question whether would get through or not would my business to butt And the lips of the Nebraskan lengthened Into a smile ft mil It Is my place to butt without question when do not understand Gods ways Does our pcrrcnlnl politician apply this rule to every dry affairs To be sure many will ndmt that butting the Republican party an adamantine prop osition but does our good brother trust God for success or to the political machine and the rank and tile of the ballot holders Does he rennin quietly at homo and butt with faith believing that tho Lord will bind victorys banner about Ills bruised form One constrained to call Into question the religious sincerity of a man whose assertions contradict his actions hence It Is only cal to apply tho same rule along all lines or life Democracy stands for the sovereignty of the Individual fused Into a united whole and not for the kingly discipline of God or one mar rule It believes in excursions of the mina for present benefits not the acceptance of ready- made misfits of the past Democracy spells honesty sincerity of pur pose and courageous defense of principal not subterfuge subservience to authority or dering to popularity Tho condition faces the American voter We women are not responsible for RAINMAKERS lie lands were parched und dry The grass had withered and the tall corn stalks bowed their sunbrowned heads and seemed to cry for moisture The river beds showed signs of dust and the streams and springs were un marked by even a drop of water Tho farmers were In despair lie cloudy refused to sprinkle tholr precious drops of rain on the land and rapidly tho crops were becoming ruined Rainmakers were employed without success Every effort was seemingly exhausted when relief carne and the rain fell The vll sage church hall given a picnic Forgiveness Is better than revenge for giveness Is tho sign of a gentle nature but revenge tilt sign of a savage nature Eplctetus BLUE GRASS BLADE If Thou Art God New Prayer promulgated for Universal Use Vastly Superior to the Stereotyped Forms By John Emerson Roberts 0 thou Infinite Invisible nameless One whom men must name and naming call Thee God If thou art why may not men know Thee as Thou art If Thou art not why should the thought of Thee embitter and vert the hearts of men Thy worshippers are guessers and guessing at the Divine riddle men like children at play fall out and quarrel turning happiness and Joy to strife and tears In Thy name they have built dungeons piled fagots and devised toiturcs from which life lied to the cool embrace of death the last and only friend They have called Then Maker of Paradise and Hell Thou the Infinite and have said the glory of Thy throne shone more refulgent the music of celestial Joy was sweeter for the cry of anguish and the sobs of pain which rose and reached tho heartless happiness of the blest In Thy name men have trampled Into the mire the sweet earth with blood touched with fingers of hate every nerve of pain violated every holy human right clamed the world with every elnu and In Thy name Listening for Thy unspfnklng voice sufrwas Thine they have been blind to truth dear to reason and enemies of knowledge Fol lowing Thee they have gone sfstray serving Thee they have burdened their fellowman Moral Unfitness of Religion To Get Full of the Holy Ghot Means the Person Filled also Buyhouse Hy John F Clarke Ono after another the preachers come be e the public and do startling stunts things that do not agree with the public Idea ot right but the people are prone to overlook their misconduct This Itev Coffman had a temporary fit ot Insanity following a successful revival of re ligion It claimed that a wave of crlmu al ways follows an outpouring of the Spirit of God and Mr Coffmiins break tends to lrm the claim Kmotlonnl religion a phase of Insanity The man who full of the Holy Ghost bughouse Dementia eccleslastla will be the defense of this man when tried for killing his wife Religion a duinned good thing to let alone The world has boon cursed with It since history began find still under Its baneful domlnltlon This week Is nn event ful one for religion nut three days have passed and it has had two field days chapel was dedicated at Annapolis Md upon government ground for the Naval Officers and cadets of the U service Tho constitution says that no recognition or religion shall be made but tho government does not bother about Constitutional Inhibitions when It desires to graft The Supremo Court has decided that the Roman Cathollo Dwellers In huts have built Thy cathedrals and overlaid them with barbaric gold Wearers of rags have woven purple and fine linen for Indolent tyrants claiming to net for Thee Priests have fattened while children cried for bread And Thou art God Hadst Thou been mother tho cry of children hau touched Thy heart Marys tears as she watched the death agony of the cross were kindlier than Thy silence In the skies Help us to forgive Thee If Thou wouldst have thy name revered on earth make kind and gracious those who em broider It on their garments and banish It from their hearts If religion Is to endure among men cast out from It the devils of hatred end clothe It with the comeliness of sanity nnd love If Thy temples tire to remain open then to tho light and make them hospitable to every honest thought Since Thou lire silent may imiy spool modestly when they speak of Thee Since Thou art hidden may men not claim they see And If In the Illimitable mysteries of life and death there be those who seeking can tint find pondering cannot lIOWwhll tion the eternal silence In vain who say at lust Thou art notturn not Thou from them May honest doubt find favor In Thy sight reason unfenrlng walk the earth character bo counted as salvations very self tho noble purpose and unselfish aim bo dear to Thee virtue unblushing meet Thy searching gaze and love the key unlocking the gates or joyif Thou art God Church schools are entitled to receive the In diini Trust Funds held by tint govurnmunt To celebrate the triumph of church over state Mr Coffman fittingly goes on in ecclesiastical debauch and cuts his wifes throat Suelj we tire blessed with a thousand hands of re ligion working for the demoralization or of a woman kept her husbands body for live days while Christian Scientists laid on holy hands In nn endeavor to rosuriect tin remains The corpse still dead As a won derful exhibition of faith this event Chris tian Science endurance and failure Intorns but as a euro for the disease It Ifvs When takes possession of tho mind It does so to the exclusion of all sense and reason and tile vlcfn becomes as u little child or big dint awl therefore for Heaven Itellglou has so often proven Its unfitness for human toleration that It a miracle that fools enough can bo found to otter to It There no depth In degredatlon that religion has not fathomed and wallowed There Is no crime It has not committed It appeals to the most sordid and most selfish passions In human nature and thrives upon dissimulation It Is all that It describes Hell to be and more It deserves nil tho denunciation tint nil lan guage can furnish and nil tongues utter and pens portray DAVES LETTER To His Dear Heavenly Father NO4 Copyright applied for by Franklin H Honld My Dear Heavenly Fat her What kind or water It that comes out from under the great white thrown where you set Is It wholy water Is that where tho river of life gets a start If I conclude to go there will have to swim It Joe says It will be easy to swim If we have faith Is It thick says we will Jus scoot ober but I dont believe ho knows but he thinks he does tho Joe the most Imaginative darkey I over saw Ho can tell exactly how you look andthow everything looks up there when ho gets excited or Inspired specially If he has a dose or two of peruna or sacryment He generally takes the Peruna before church and thn sacryment after Wore tho ravens that brought meat to KHJa on the desert Inspired Wo have six kinds hear that curry spoiled meat to each other Tho little ones tire butcher birds the next crows the next ravens the next buzzards the next vultures and the big ones arc con dors condor could carry a burro It hadnt been dead too long Could you Inspire me you wanted too If prayed Joe says you eon Inspire anything you want to but papa says you cant Inspire anything that has bruins that a sure enough war hoven only a joke to amuse you We have lots of pictures of It and there are lots of horses with four legs and two wings and two arms and they are riding and flying and slashing each other with soards Do you like see people bleed Is Roosevelt a man after your own heart Papa says ho and will go to Maven He says ho will want to boss when ho gets there and you better look out As DAVE FUGITIVES Iy Julia Coon say can you see dear a glimmer of day The thorns press about me so close My feet grow so tired of tho stones by the way And hoar the low bay of the hounds 0 love bo glad for the gloom must pass The lay oen must follow the night must press on for Justice for right and for truth For nil mankinds sake wo must fight 0 look far ahead can you not see a light My strength seems fast slipping away The path so steep and the brambles so sharp Tell tell me when cometh the day 0 love be strong for the morn must come The first rays are gleaming on us And tho night will bo passed the long lint tle won And will rest In the dawns soft glow take my hand help mo up the rough path Lot mo borrow of courage and strength Till wo reach the bloom of the worlds aftermath And the nations a glad welcome ring FLUE GRASS BLADE t- j I That Grain of Gold Text Taken From an Apt Saying by the Late Robert Ingersoll By Susan J Peck- I belong to the great church that holds the world within Its starlit aisles that finds with joy the grain of gold In every creed and Hoods with light and love the germs of good In every soulIngersoll- I shall not accuse Mr Ingersoll of alluding to material gold for I believe that he meant the gold of truth Aye the grain of the gold of truth How well the creed makers understood their work against human nature with Its Innate longings after truth How subtly they plotted when they scattered the few grains of truth through the creeds that they would force upon their fellow beings How they calculated that after the sharp conflict in which their liberties and the recognition of their right to the one natural creed of justice should be wrested from them they would retain the creeds false though they were and for the sake of the grains of truth hidden In them And so for nineteen hundred years the basest the cruelest the most degrading creed made by sensualsts and tyrants a creed of mur der plunder outrage and drunkenness and misnamed Christianity has held the great majority of Europe and for the last few centuries of this Western Hemisphere held them In a thrall equalled only by that to which their ancestors were subjected under the same creeds much older and called by other names and all because of the few scattered grains of the gold of real Christi anity or natural religion of Love thy neighbor as thyself and Do unto others as yo would that they should do unto you And so too one of the worst requirements of that creed viz war you have accepted War with Its last farewells spoken by pale lips above breaking hearts War with Its tragedies In every home from which a soldier goes forth to murder others as much In slavery as Is he Tragedies In which the father presses to his breast for the last time the little ones who have been wont to look to him for protection and whom he In that last embrace dares not hope to meet again Tragedies In which young wives and mothers looking through the vista of the coming years cling despairingly to those for whom they loft fathers mothers homes and all their earlier associations and with the heart breaking cry How can I let you go How can I live without you Tear themselves from the encircling arms to watch with tear dimmed eyes the reced ing forms which turn and ever turn to catch each one more glimpse until they are lost miong those other heavy hearted gaily uniformed husbands fathers and brothers so soon to march away to bo made an army of murderers each trying to be bravo and think It alt just And you my sisters have accepted all this and because a few well sounding words and phrases Our Hag Our country Our patriotism and even the Insulting ones our rights and Our liberties and In some lands Our king scattered like the few grains of gold through the awful the terrible creed of war have been spoken by tho wily creed makers to lull to sleep tho spirits of men and women and make them the puppets of brutal rulers who feast upon the blood money when they have driven their dupes like sheep to the slaughter And more than that you wives and mothers sisters and sweethearts have accepted this fiends creed of war because of the word god forgetting that nearly all the gods were and still are wicked men and the prayers of the chaplain whoso share of the feast Is his salary and because of the small privil ege granted to you of sometime bringing home your poor starved or mangled dead yes dead now after the last shriek and the last groan have sunken into the last sigh after the last thought of home has given place to tho last dying hope Sometime you may bring home all that remains and place them in graves over which you may strew flowers and weep while you remember the last smile the last word or the last letter your own suspense now given way to the dreader certainty and even over those graves the chaplain says more prayers and because you knew the right of yourselves and those who are gone to make home and life and love and peace sacred and holy you have mistaken your sentiments which hollowed them all with tho memory of your dead for your veneration for war and the makers of war those blood thirsty fiends who should be known as such- Although there is no doubt that there are exceptions war demolishes those who es cape death or wounds and probably few escape these and disease too and have heard women tho wives of veterans say of their husbands that they have never been the same in character since the war something of selfrespect had departed something of manliness had gone After the close of our civil war I re member having heard a mother say that at its beginning she had seven sons old enough to enlist and that mother said It with pride Seven men whom she had given to the country as she regarded It and I can appreciate her pride because she be lieves their cause a Just one and so 1t Is in every war and also that waris a part of tho godmade destiny of the world But oh if she could have known that that was like all other wars had been for many years contemplated and for the revenue that It would yield to Its promoters could she have known that each approach to the ultimate end had been carefully provided for and by men the only gods of war think that her pride would have been somewhat different The following quotations from the Minneapolis Tribune shows to what dangers the wives and families of soldiers oven army olllcers are exposed while their husbands and fathers are engaged in serving tho baron called tho lord and other slayers of the people Mrs Mary Lawless Rorschach wife of Lieu Frank Rorschach U S N was mur dered In her home by an known burglar early today She was shot through the heart with her own pistol taken front her hand by the burglar Mrs Rorschach whoso fearlessness was well known was living with her two chil dren aged seven and live years her only protectors i Her husband Lieu Rorschach formerly of the United States battleship Kentucky but now more recently promoted and trans ferred to the United States cruiser Tennes see now with Admiral Evans fleet off Provlncetown Mass on target practice was absent The shots awakened the older boy Frank jr and the mother cried to the boy upstairs Frank somebody has taken my pistol and shot me Go quickly for help But when he returned with neigh bors his mother was dead A victim of war An effort was made to Inform Lieu Rorschach by wireless of the tragedy Mrs Rorschach was a handsome woman 36 years old and one of the most accomplished musicians In Virginia Gov Swanson has offered a reward of 200 for the capture of the murderer of Mrs Rorschach The cap tain of the ship was requested to break the news to the husband who was located on board the armored cruiser Tennessee now at the Boston navy yard It Is under stood that he will be Immediately relieved from duty so that he may at once go to NorfolkIf RorSChach had fallen on the deck of that floating palace shot through the heart during a battle would his death have been called a tragedy No They would have called it patriotism the patriotism that demands that a man desert wife and helpless little ones to engage In the work of gaining glory gold for the money loaners and to make another vain attempt to satisfy the Insatiable greed and ferocity of the savage mengods of war President Roosvelt is reported to have said A good soldier should not only be willing but anxious to fight So apparently should some dogs and for the same causethat their masters may win the proceeds What think you must have been in the mind of that mother Mrs Rorschlch while she dying awaited the return of her little sevenyear old son t Did she remember the promise made only a few years before by the absent husband to love honor and cherish t And what else does cherish mean but to protect Ephesians v 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ the true Christ and there were and are false Christs Is the head of the church and ho Is the Savior of the body Grain of gold Lieu Rorschach was engaged in target practice wasting your earnings and mine that he And others might become profi cient In the arts of war and that the missiles thrown front the guns with which that cruiser Is armed may fall among the homes of soldiers of other lands And In those homes dwell families whose mental condi tion like that of so many in the homes of our own soldiers may be best described In the words of the little girl who In explanation of her timidity said We are always afraid now little brother and mama and I afraid at night too to go to sleep cause papa Is gone to the war f President Roosevelt has spoken against race suicide and urged men who earn per t haps two or three dollars per day to follow each his example and he a man whoso income Is at least many thousands ayear and rear a large family and that too with out consulting with tho mother which is in t Itself the grossest of Immorality and Is creed of the licentious drunken tyrants whom wo read in tho old and new ments and who ordered young women theIfor the same purpose that brutal ery might furnish material for war the natural moral code regarding and which obtained before man Continued on page f I Il l 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE b Current Comment on Public Events s N N HO H H N H N H H H N N N N H N N H N N N N N N N N N Political expediencies have led to a system of governmental espionage over the doings of corporations and the doctrine of publicity has become engrafted upon political platforms No matter what course may be pursued by either of the parties It n selfevident fact that corporate power will continue to exist but It Is a wise maxim that would bring cor porations under governmental control than to have the corporations control the government Now why could not the same doctrine apply to tho church Churches are but aggregations or combinations of Individual units and It Is palpable that commercial corporations stave wrought less evils upon tho masses than have the churches Once a church membership con ceives the notion that It would bo advontn geous to their institution for certain special legislation to be enacted they at once combine an effort to secure It Lawmakers are sought after and specious arguments offered These lawmakers invariably seek to play to the ma natIchurchIThe suggestion Is now made and let It known that It comes from a preacher that churches should be subjected to government Inspection especially concerning the acquisi tion and expenditure of money and so the Rev J n Swoyer pastor of Point Breeze church In Philadelphia announces his Inten tion of preparing and presenting a bill be fore the next Pennsylvania General Assembly making It obligatory upon all churches to re port to the state showing how much money has been received by each during the year and the purposes and direction which it has been spent It also extremely gratifying to know that this same preacher Is in favor of Imposing a tax upon church property and he quoted ns saying know of no other class of prop trty better able to pay taxes dont see why a single member of a parish should want for the necessaries of life while his church Iworth thousands perhaps hundreds of thous a That well said and It looks as he really meant It If every other invithir tho country would but come to ids way of ing and speaking It would not bo long bofoe the unjust burdens Imposed upon the cottage of labor would bo partially removed and taxation more equalized As for church funds being spected by the government that another and different matter If tho churcl Is a private Institution organized for private good or gain It is doubtful If the govonnmeni has a right to interfere or to require them to make any report There such a thing as carrying government too far On tho other hand It may bo true that church funds arn in many Instances handled In a loose manner and that even the majority of Its membership does not know just how the moiiiy spent Greater publicity In church affairs might lend to a more speedy undoing The fact that Thomas Paine should bo madn the subject for a church sermon indicates radical departure from tho church customs of a few years ago To use Paine as a sub ject and to commend his work from a pulpit an Indication of church liberalization and followed up will soon bring the name of that Illustrious patriot more truthfully before the a clipping sent to the Made we learn that Rev William Thurston urown a Unitarian preacher of some western city recently lauded Paine for his labors both In America and France In behalf of human liberty It has long been tho sacred duty of the clergy to couple the name of Paine with terms or hatred and reproach and it but n few months back since tho President of this mighty republic outdo sneering reference to Paine by calling him a filthy little Atheist Enough criticism has been made of Roose velt for his malicious and untruthful attack without entering further upon such u course at this time the principal point desired to bo emphasized that with a constantly Increas ing humanity there a greater feeling of charity and love In every human heart which bodes well for the future The crimes of preachers still keep apace with the times With all the civilizing fluence of education It seems Impossible to make men that is real men of some preach ers It is bad enough when a preacher out rages womanhood hut when passion spends Its force upon a more child tha brute nature becomes supreme From Groesbeck Texas comes the report that Rev L Hurt n preacher of that place now Jail on an exceeding serious charge that of a criminal assault upon a young child of the tender ago of yeais who report states has be come u mother When arrested by the con stable upon n warrant charging him with tin offense named this preacher was filling an appointment to preach at some nearby place and had doubtless called upon the faithful to continue the service of his dear Lord and chip In liberally to support the church pouring forth his crude and barbarous doctrine the childvictim of his rapacity was agonizing with pain and suffering he scarcely giving her a single thought No wonder tin community wild to he shocked and his crime being made tho subject of much criticism and comment No wonder the church so Incap able and Ineffectual the moral uplifting of the race No wonder that readers urn coming more and ono Into contempt What makes the crime even worse than one would suppose by a mere cursory glance at the re port the fact that tho child had been ah Inmate of the State Orphan at Corslcnna from which Institution Hart had taken her to his home Inder the guise of giving her a homo and covered by the cloack of religious hypocri sy this of God outraged tho child lie had morally pledged himself to protect While we do not approve of the methods of the court of Judge Lynch nor sanction mob violence yet this is a case If tho report bo true where ono preacher less In tile land would bo n uplendld thing Ono of the unsolved problems that appears to confront the Christian church In America of denominations tho scarcity of JJ f1l L lentil for the ministry These facts are grow ing more patent every day The passing of till Andover theological seminary for lack or rapnble students to take the prescribed course for ministerial purposes For some yearn fast the Episcopal churches have complained of this lack of desire upon the part of young men to enter th e ministry and the result day that this church presents but an In ferior class of preachers when compared with some of the other denominations Tho Method ists have been and still aro In tho same dllenv ma Now comes the Presbyterians who find similar cause for complaint In tho recent general assembly held at Kansas City Rev W Sneed of Plttsburg plainly told his confreres that all the land at all the col leges now being maintained for tho training of preachers for this form of faith only stu dents could bo found Many of the members laid the blame for this upon the state colleges and universities of the country for turning the thoughts of students from religious to com mercial currents They probably forget that personal desire cuts some figure for with the abundance of training establishments for all faiths young men strive to avoid them and prefer an education In other and different lines The only solution that was offered came from Rev Joseph W uochrnn of Net York who declared that it would bo necessary for the Presbyterian church to either Import more ministers draw upon other denominations or use untrained men in the pulpit From such facts ns these wo tire justified drawing the Inference that the entire Christian church Is a condition of neglect from which It must ultimately sink Into ulsuse It not so nanny years ago that young men eagerly sought tho ministry because of he Importance they could derive from tho position Today young men dodge tho pulpit and these arn healthy signs of a retrogressive movement far its the orthodox religion concerned follystrated through crime Genevieve Colomn wife of Leon Calami u cook employed San Francisco hotel while under the deleter Ions Influences of a religious mania shot and killed her husband the largo dining room filled with guests According to tho published report there was no special motive for the crime It was committed deliberately Concealing the weapon beneath the folds of her dress she called her husband from tho kitchen and Immediately shot him Not n word was pissed between them The husband stated that his wife was Insane on tho subject of religion and this Is the solo excuse given Can you call that re ligion divine there bo anything that divine about a religion that can exert such a murderous Influence upon the mind of n man or woman Inspired adultery and murder are the crowning characteristics of the Christian religion and no wonder need be expressed at the demoralizing Influences It is capable of exerting In Its mildest form rolldon bad enough hut such extreme cases It affords an unanswerable argument agalns itself That people who go to church regularly each Sunday do so morn from habit than from prin ciple it is fact now admitted by some of the church authorities Church attendance is n habit which priests and preachers assldlously cultivate Beginning with the child who is sent to Sunday School and gradually drawn Into tho church the habit becomes almost a second nature and It Is difficult to overcome wiBLUEGRASS BLADE i It in more mature years Early In life fore the mind has been formed the child saturated with the Christian superstition and the tree bonds naturally In the direction In which the young twig Inclined- In spite of nil this there a tendency for adults to abstain from attending church and to such an extent has this tendency grown that the churches are loudly complaining of the lack of attendance each Sunday and the evident lack of Interest ln religion upon till part of the masses both England and Amer- Ica Every Sunday some preacher finds It is necessary for him to hold forth upon this sub ject and not n few offer some suggestion as a means of Increasing the attendance at his particular church tribes are offered They used to employ threats but that game wont work these prosaic days An estimate has been made which places fully seventylive per cent of the people who remain away from church and many different causer 11r this difference are assigned Hut few seem to have discovered the real cause which the fact that the people have had enough of rellgliu mo sick and tired of the subject and have practi cally abandoned It According to Sebastian Messmer Archbishop of the Homan Catholic Diocese of Milwaukee the disestablishment of tho church In Italy bound to take place in tile near future This consumatlon devoutly to wished With Franco ousting the church and Italy following suit tile latter now the home of the Vatican will inflict a more serious blow upon tho church Bishop Mcssmor admits that everything now points to such nn event and capable of realizing that the government does not occupy a friendly attitude towards tho church The growth of education In Eu rope Is producing an anticlerical feeling and the Innumerable hypocrisies within tho church working tho Freclhought leaven among tho masses till Europe It must have been a bitter pill for bishop Messinor to swallow when In a recent statement rondo In public ho said It true that a largo portion of tho peo ple of Italy seem to be drifting away from tho Church many of them Into Infidelity This duo to two causes first to the fact that the universities and higher Institutions of learning are all In tho hands of tho govcrnmen Infidels are appointed to tho professorships and tho works of the Norman philosophers tending to infidelity are translated Into Italian and taught In these institutions Thus fidelity sown broadcast among tho upper classes Without knowing It or realizing perhaps this priest hits placed education as u correla tive of Infidelity and practically admits that the orthodox religion can flourish best only where Ignorance prevails Nor will an extended religious Instruction avail tho church cause tho character of Instruction Implied thereby does not make for the progress that marks tho age In which wo lire living When wo consider tho further fact that tho Tope cannot appoint n bishop belay save some of the old Homan states without tho consent and approval of tho government we may ceive that this church no longer able to dictate but dictated to There can bo no doubt about the unfriendliness of tho Italian government towards the church and tile ernment has good and mifllolont muse to be unfriendly Tim church has never aided the government save when It could aid Itself by sodoing Expel hence has taught even govern ments that a church power solid and Inlluon tlal within Its jurisdiction ls nn unmixed evil and one by restrictions are placed upon tho ohurch and Its power curbed Nat urally enough the preachers make a kick but it is worse than useless Let disestablishment come and may the day that brings It be hast ened In Its dawning Instructive figures showing tho apathy of tho people towards the church are contained in tho report of the Manchester City Mission submitted to the annual meeting- In six districts of tho city details were ob tained concerning streets totalling houses Taking ono representative from each house claimed to attend n place of wor chip stated that they never go anywhere and claimed a nominal adherence to church or chapel but owned that they did not go In another district out of houses tenanted by Protestants only six professed to attend a place of worship In some localities the average was one In ten at best It was one in four or Seventyfive per cent of tile people there fore do not attend worship while tho claim of attachment tu some place made by many for the sake of respectlblllty will he found on examination says tho report to be no Index as to tile facts of the case Frequently on Inquiry It discovered that they have not been for six or seven years many cases und not since marriage the husband gave It up when he left Sunday school and the woman claims that It possIble to go on account of having tho chil dren to seo to or as ono woman bluntly pressed It Good leavens man Ive got enough to do to k after the kids That Plttsburg preacher denies that he fused to accept in moUoless gold from Ills congregation lie offers as proof of the denial tho fact that no money was offered him THE PERFECTION Or Well Written Article on a Deep Subject From a Fifteen Year Lad By Joe B Thorn For tho sake of a mere experiment let us borrow the tine machine of If Wells and travel backward If we can far Into the past Were It possible for us to gaze upon the earth from a distance we would behold an enormous body probably twlco its present size completely enveloped lame with an abundance of oxygen and hydrogen that have not been forced oft tho surface by chemical or mechanical action Still travelling wo observe tho two elements named a more condensed form and we per cilia thy have now formed water The water and the land were not divided then as they lire now but the land overlapped the water and tho water overlapped the land In other words tho combination wrought was simply a shallow muddy ale extending finm polo to pole for be It known there were no mountains In those drtjfi Nosy tho question arises how did life first originate Life but the natural evolution of a body supplied with proper elements In passing from heated state Into a cold state thero was no life for thcro could bo none Wo will not stop our machine at every sta thin but turn the cranks and push rapidly on until wo reach tho monkeynun epoch The flint maul noticed till movements of the sun unit stars ho saw the lightning and heard the thunder ho saw tho ceaseless movements of rivers and seas ho saw volcanoes eruption told front these phenomena the mungod epoch camu to be From these terrestlul solar and stellar experiences man drew the forces those notions from which he created god In other words simpler perhaps everything this early bird failed to understand he converted Into a god and what he did know could have been Into a capsule Each of these gods had a separate function to perform but every durn one of them took It out of the poor little monkeyman who had created them and was unable to defend self against them In a few years he began to understand things a little better and he began to get rid of his gods one by one Ing the days of Hellenic civilization man was blessed or cursed with over gods The Hebrews were perhaps the first to show n little common sense They got awful tired so many cranky gods and narrowed their vision down to but one In making this Unitarian selection they donated to him the possession of absolute power not knowing or caring how he would use It He was a sour sometimes a Just god but was extremely Jealous He enjoyed himself by busting the banking Institutions of the Jews and appro priating their savings by sending either an Egyptian or Assyrian army down upon them In this manner tho Jewish god was getting perfected day by day Later the Hebrews gave him to the Greeks but the strangest part of this affair Is that the Hebrews had Just as touch left This god grew Jealous toward the people for eating hogmeat because he liked It better as a burnt offering When god hall monopolized Israel he turned Ills attention to a few other countries but didnt succeed In crossing the Atlantic until Columbus showed him the way Maybe he could have done It If he wanted to but was jifrnld of the redskins I do not blame him either for not coming all by his lonesome and ton erting Injuns God seemed to take an especial delight in watching people blow out each others brains ever since he allowed a monk to Invent powder Before that ho had the people use sets He also burnt San Francisco and allowed the heathen Japanese whip the Chris tian Russians and now looking for another scrap like that somewhere Here then we have the peoples great god Ho selfish unjust and cruel Instead of fixing up home missions for his people visits foreign lands and It maybe that he has got all the followers he can here as the army Freethought steadily advancing If we can run him and his missionaries abroad why can we not run them to the moon But let us not be too hard on the Christians for they are modifying him that after a while we can accept him Until that time comes let us await the perfection of god The Wage Slave Socialist Weekly that advocates Indus trial to the core EDITED FREETHINKER Tho enemy of everything that supports the existing social order Send for sample copy Address The Wage Slave Box Hancock Mich STIRTON Editor BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly nt Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore and edited by him until his depth February lOG JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 12C8 X Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 150 per ycnr in advance Five new yearly subscribers nt one remittance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent with one remittance for six months cents each Trial subscriptions 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welcome THE BLADE Is enterd at the Postofllce at Lexington Kentucky as secondclass mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P Box Lexington K- yPREETIIOUGIIT ORTHODOXY AND SOCIALISM All Freethinkers are not Socialists All Socialists are not Freethinkers Freethought is a protest against an arbitrary re ligious authority in matters of government Socialism is a protest against economic wrongs inflicted upon the masses through the avenues of governmentNeither upon precisely the same lines hut both had their origin in outrage Tile one religious the other political In the course of investigation the Socialist found that much of the injustice along economic lines had its origin in religious authority and as a result the Socialist soon discovered that to attain his ideals he was compelled to work and labor outside of mind against the orthodox church The lat ter institution offered him no encouragement afforded him no hope for its doctrines of obedience and selfabnegation did not harmonize with his own notions of right On the other hand the Freethinker became convinced that no true or lasting political or economic reform can obtain until the church has been completely driven out of politics and its influence entirely destroyed Under such conditions it is not at all surprising that as a political factor the church authority is on a rapid decline The sincere Socialist cannot remain in the church To such an extent is this fact becom s ing both recognized and admitted that serious alarm is being felt by all the church authorities in Europe over the growth of secularism and what is deemed to be a wholesale neglect of Christian worship The clergy attribute the existing and continuing defections to the widely spreading doctrines of scientific agnosti cism and the influence of Socialism In this both secularism and socialism are held to he joint factors and there is considerable of truth in the idea for both are so closely allied in their causes and effects The Socialist however prefers to confine his efforts at immediate economic reform The Freethinkers realizes that no reform is possible while the church is capable of wielding any political authority and the litter prefers to concentrate his efforts upon the destruction of theology and all that it implies to the end that a peaceful evolution will ultimately lead to the redemption of society and its reconstruction upon a sounder basis than at present with the consequent happiness of the race In Germany where Socialism has acquired great political proportions the clergy are looked upon as- a sort of black police and the church is regarded as an institution of stultification against which war must be waged sooner or later In France it is re ported that upon a recent public occasion the presi dent refused to enter Notre Dame and in a letter written from Vienna and published in a Parisian journal he expressed his belief that if Catholicism was not already dead it was at least dying in his native land Following this comes the official an nouncement that in spite of growth in population the evangelical church in Germany suffered from 12000 defections in 1JOG and that last year in the city of Berlin alone 4000 people severed their connection with the church and its membership was that much less as the figures are given over and above all admissionsThese is the penalty the church has got to pay for her neglect of the public welfare of her selfish system of selfaggrandizement caring naught for the condition of the people The same results will ultimately obtain in America Tho tendency of the church authorities to interfere in affairs of political importance to the detriment and of the people must culminate in popular contemptf and when that day comes the church will be shorn of all such conditions there is every reason why the aggressive Socialist and the aggressive Free thinker though not agreeing on all things should not labor together for the ultimate triumph of both The attitude of tho church towards Socialism should be IBLUEGRASS BLADE enough to convince its most enthusiastic supporter that its power must be taken from it before any sure enough reform can be won That the church does exercise a power and influence over the government is a fact too plain to allow of any denial Witness the haste and readiness with which Congress played right into the hands of the church power by restoring the hypocritical lie upon the coin of the realm in order ito stand good with their constituents No Free mr should vote for any member of that congress to succeed himself and if his defeat can be accom plished through this then let him know just how it all happened Political appointments are yet made with a view to placating this or that sect provided it can boast a large and influential membership and when the Socialist begins to realize these facts and under stand their force and meaning he will come to the conclusion that the Freethinker is correct in his views and lend if support in overthrowing the system Whatever virtue there may exist in Socialism it can never be won until the church power has been destroyed The success of Socialism must lead to the destruction the church The church is a stumbling block in the path of all progress It belongs to the past and is not in harmony with the present Let us quote- Socialism nor any ism for the benefit of humanity can never come until the power of the church and god superstition is destroyed Hence economic freedom can never come as long as the minds of the people are enslaved with god and heaven superstitions This paragraph comes from the Peoples Press of Chicago and is so appropos to our own ideas upon this important subject that we reproduce it approvingly to show that others agree with us thereon Front time to time the Blade has laid particular emphasis upon the fact that it is practically impossi ble to win and retain the slightest modicum of reformatory progress until the church power in public affairs has either been destroyed or its influence weakened to the extent that it is incapable of making itself felt The church has ever been a reactionary The church has invariably undertook to give its support to the established order of things In its politics as in its theological professions it has stubbornly fought against any change realizing that thought transitions are dangerous to the perpetuity of socalled divine institutions The only change the churchwould ever tolerate were such as were calculated to increase its power and influence and incidentally to increase its revenues Every political tyrant was held to be of divine ordination until political intrigue turned aganst the church tself The priests and preachers of all re ligions must live somehow and being nonproducers they must finda sustenance upon the fruits of anothers labor and the church system is admirably adapted to the purpose of extracting a full share of the worlds wealth without expending any effort toward its production Any change from the estab lished order tended to injure the church For these reasons the church opposedchange The church seeks to keep its adherents in that frame of mind wherein the individual will sink all moral and social improvements into an attitude of subserviency as comparedwith issue of the church itself It is not assuming too much to say that every social reformer is capable of fully realizing the truth of the position here stated Then the wonder is that pro nounced advocates of social reform as shown by the reports of the recent Socialist convention at Chicago should bo fearful lest they be recognized as openly offering an antagonism to the church and its multi farious phases of religious belief The reports givens of that convention indicate that the warmest sort ofit discussion took place between the various elements composing it We have previously stated that some Freethinkers are Social ists and some are not others being indifferent It is also true that some Socialists are Freethinkers while other Socialists are still adherents to one or another of the denominational manifestations of Christianity There can be no doubt or question that as a whole the Socialist party stands opposed to church activity in politics This fact is readily admitted by all factions Such an admission makes the ChristianSocialist an anomaly If church activity in politics is admittedly pernicious product ive of evil or a subversion of the true principles of positionOrthodoxy is not merely a question of private con science as some of the Socialist debaters appear to infer It is something more For centuries it has been an applied force and the application has been derogatory to the best interests of the masses Just so long as orthodox Christianity ruled supreme either by its priests in person or through kings by proxy every new idea of reform was denounced as a sinful revolt against the authorities that had been divinely instituted and ordained As orthodoxy can not change without becoming heterodox so will it bean utter impossibility for Socialism to make any great headway until the power of orthodoxy has been broken and destroyed r 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE Fully realizing this great truth the Blade has elected to concentrate its efforts towards the eradica tion of Christianity in particular and all religious systems in general To this extent must it pursue a destructive policy The seas must be cleared of pirates before commerce can be made secure Every retrograde influence must be weeded out of our polit ical system before reform can ever obtain a sure foothold Just as this labor is made necessary in the interest of every worthy reform movement then to the end that it may be successful all reformers can afford to take part in it Socialism may not be concerned with religious beliefs as some of its convention delegates assert but the Socialists cannot be blind to the fact that re ligious beliefs have been and are yet mightily con cerned with Socialism PREACHERS BLUE MONDAY According to an article which appeared in the Literary Digest of the issue of June 33 the preachers of America are in a permanent condition of Blue Mon day This looks like retribution and in a measure is compensatory for having so long inflicted upon a people what has been known as Blue Sun c 1day In any event it is a reckoning upon which they had not probably counted for with the appearance of Blue Monday we can discern the disappearance of the Blue Sunday Thus after all there is hope for the masses and the day of public judgment is not yet The most cheering part of the article that is so far as Freethinkers can be concerned is thai which sug gests that ninetenths of the preachers are dis couraged that the great majority of pastors are practically hopeless of accomplishing anything worth while that they are restless and discontented that they heartily wish they had never entered the ministry It is almost too good to be true but as the author of these statements is declared to be a preacher him self and should be in a position to know considerable of that concerning which he speaks we are justified in assuming that the principal cause of such a condi tion of affairs is the continued hammering upon theology by the higher critics the continued assaults made upon orthodoxy by Freethought and the more beneficent teachings of modern science One of the greatest difficulties in the way of the clergy is the fact that the people of this age know too much for them Education has worked the wrong way for the church Instead of leading the mind of humanity toward god it leas led the multitude from god and this means a loss of prestige to the church anda decrease in the social standing of the preacher No wonder they get restless and discontented for they can see innumerable of their prerogatives slipping from their grasp Some of the preachers are not inclined to agree with him and they have entered mild protests against what he has had to say They simply remind us of the boy who whistled to keep his courage while in the dark There is not a preacher of any pretension to any intelligence in the country who can avoid see ing knowing and realizing the conditions that sur round them as a class Have they not already made a tabulation of the reasons why young men do not enter the ministry and are not the conditions here suggested one of the reasons assigned in the tabulation Furthermore this is not a mere temporary depression one that suddenly steals across without invitation It is permanent impressive and binding It is based upon actual facts and as a rule preachers are averse to facts All classes of men no matter their occupation or profession may have to encounter trials but these trials of the clergy come from a mental disregard of their shibboleths their creeds and their profession as a means of directing the human mind and consequent action Wo may go even further and point to the editorial utterances of our great dailies to the powerful plead ings in court of some great lawyer Editorial utter ances are no longer capable of directing the political action of the people leading them into this or that party like so many sheep because the people have begun to think for themselves Legal orators are no longer able to sway the minds of jurors by impas sioned utterances to the end that they can induce the juries to do things and render verdicts against their own feelings after hearing the man and the facts in the case for jurors are growing in wisdom and under standing and in these days have a mind of their own and are capable of exerting it To what do these facts point Clearly to the rising power of the people Then just as the editors of dail ies and just as leading lawyers are incapable of sway ing the public mind against its will so are the preachers even more powerless to control the people through theology and its innumerable nonessentials that have been foisted upon them through all the centuries of Christian faith The day time hour the minute of social political and religious deliverance is at hand Every light that comes from intelligence points to a clearer and better way Popular triumph is the death of priestcraft and political tyranny Then is our work not hopeless In mlJ1 rJ Ill 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 the same inverse proportion as the preachers get without hope and become restless and dissatisfied so do the hosts of Frcethought take on a new hope and a greater determination to succeed enervates theta CHURCH SEPARATION IN MEXICO Church antagonism is coming nearer and nearer to our very doors and if one is permitted to express an opinion in the light of current events the recent separatist movement in France appears to he becom ing epidemic and rapidly spreading to other govern mentsAccording to recent authentic reports the Govern ment of Mexico for many years under the practical domination of the Roman Catholic church through its properly constituted authorities has issued an order directed to fill the heads of churches in the republic requiring them to make out an inventory of their property real personal and mixed held and owned in the name of the church and to immediately thereafter make a report upon the same to the official head of the republic Experience with Mexico the Mexican people and the church induces no small degree of wonder und astonishment at such a procedure and whether the order be in mere imitation of France or independent of such outside influences as is charged it is certainly a step in the right direction and our neighboring republic should be congratulated by the free and inde pendent people of America for their courage and wisdom in making such a move Could many of our American people witness a church meeting in some of the remote villages of Mexico and there see the combinations of ignorance in both clergy and laity see them grovelling in the dust at the church doors the priest on the inside swinging incense pots and muttering prayers in Latin which the people are un able to understand and which it was never intended they should understand Could our free people those who fire independent of all church influences witness the methods in vogue and realize what they mean for the extortion of money from these ignorant Mexican peoples they like the civil authorities could under stand the full drift of the church in thatcountry With such awful power it is no wonder that the church could erect magnificent edifices of marble and gold extravagant almost beyond hunuui conception and in the course of time it is no wonder that the church should grow richer and more powerful than the government itself The thousands of priests in Mexico exerting their influence upon the public mind created a condition of affairs wherein the church exercised a far greater public control than the gov ernment itself Can any one doubt that the govern f mentwas unable to perceive the tendency of the church towards public control Thfn under such circumstances it was but the natural and logical outcome for the government to resort to such measures for its own protection- Of still deeper significance is the meaning given to tile order which carries with it the presumption that IfpuhlieRepublic Under such a construction it is but the inevitable bent that the trustees should be required to make due report upon how they had executed their I trust and it is in precisely such a light that the gov ernment of Mexico views the present situation Con ditions in Mexico were and are now worse than they were in France just prior to the Separation and such action must soon be taken by all countries where the church makes any claim to exercise power over the mind and actions of tile peopletThe claim made that these edifices were built by the church with its own money as some American apolo gists are asserting is not altogether true As a matter of fact the church had no money save what it obtained from the people It has been able to accumulate wealth at an alarming rate The same is true of this country and unless checked in time it willnot be long before the church has grown to such proportions as to be a distinct danger and a menace to the government The Blade has been put in excellent company Vol taire was wrong Paine was wrong Bradlaugh was wrong Watts was wrong Putnam was wrong Edger soil was wrong These are of the past ITaeckel is wrong Kemsburg is wrong and the Blades editor is 10n gT IT Kerr of Great Bend Kan alone is light This sounds very much like beating time on a bass drum to a bullfrog duct or mounting some gray goose as a pegasus mIll soaring to the sun only to be pitched headlong into Icarian seas Tile Puritans persecuted because they were as a rule ignorant men but modern orthodox professors persecute solely with a view to political power and pecuniary profit Big times are anticipated when the double Free thought convention takes place at Canal Dover Ohio in September this year nf f l 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE Correspondence School PROSPECTUS School will open September with twenty or more students enrolled On or be fore that date each student will receive the primary course of examination questions blanks and such Instructions as may be nec essary to assist In an investigation of the subjects given SUBJECTS TREATED Four of the principal branches of natural science will be studied during the first years course These Include the following AstronomyAs showing the origin of the earth together with other planetary bodies whereby the student can draw compari sons between the subject treated and theological representations GeologyAs showing the earths great his tory Its formation composition change decay repair and waste a science that completely upsets the biblical cosmogony ZoologyAs showing the history of animal life upon the earth from the earliest times of which any records are known jdown to the present giving a general and gradual growth from protoplasm to man with all Intermediate types onstrating one common origin BotanyAs showing the origin and develop- mente of plant life Its Importance in the material world structure means of re production and specie underInot what the church Is teaching it Is and enables the student to grasp the principles under which nature produces all phenomena which we call life or existence TEXTBOOKS Arrangements have been made with the Macmillan Publishing Company of Chicago for a series of cheap textbooks recommended for use by students In the Correspondence School These books may be ordered through the Blade or directly from the Macmillan Company While these arrangements for a slight reduc in cost have been made It Is for the ben tilt of the student find the Blade does not wish to make any profit upon their sale For Ihls reason the orders may be sent In as the Atudent desires Following are the textbooks GeologyElementary Geology by Ralph Tarr Professor of Dynamic geology at Cornell University pages Illustra ted Price 140- 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tho practice of demanding and accept ing only the healthiest and strongest men for war leaving only the weakest to bo propagators of the race RUSKIN CLASSES When wo get nt the bottom of tho matter we llml tho Inhabitants of this earth broadly divided Into great masses tho peasant pay masters spado In hand tho original and Inn Aerial producers of turnips and waiting on them nil round a crowd of polite persons modestly expectant of turnips for sommetoo often theoretical service There Is first the clerical person whom tho peasant pays In tur nips for giving his moral advice then the legal person whom the peasant pays turn ips for tellliiK him Mack letter that his house Is his own there Is thirdly the courtly person whom the peasant pays In turnips for presenting celestial appeanineo to him there Is fourthly the literary person whom tho peasant pays In turnips for talking daintily to him and there Is lastly the military per son whom the peasant pays turnips for standing with a cocked lint on In the middle of tile field and exorcising a moral Influence upon the neighbors John Ruskin WORLDLY CHRISTIANITY An advertisement In ono of tho religious papers offers opportunity to n Christian lady to tako entire charge of four children and their wit drohe to wash them and their linen and tench them music singing and the rudi ments of English for a salary suitable of twelve pounds per annum It Is further stipulated that applicants must lie Dissenters and ono hopes the advertiser will find then so On the terms offered tho most heathenish of logger slaves surely should turn Protestant tv 1J JjV AAJJJO J 1InIV Che JJJJJBlades Correspondence I r STILL THEY If there must be fight let It come too tend over the letters that follow and then judge of the Blades standing anmong the Freethinkers of America If any Freethought paper had reason to feel proud of the heroism of Its constituency tho lllado ought to entertain such feeling Freethought Editor Joins LOS ANGELES CALI notice your fears 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you neces saryL WILLRODT Woman to the Rescue EAST LYNNE MOin defense of the Blade ns present Indications tire you may put mo down for five dollais enclose stamps for Sirs Henrys Bible Revision EMILY JONES From the Lone Star State WH1TESBORO TEXAS I see your In tho saute boat with the Appeal to Reason and should tho postal authorities got after you draw on mo for five dollars when needed First National Hank Whltcsboro Texas FRANCIS REST From the Chaplain Tho Illado Is Interesting rending May 31st Religious Liberty Threaened That no news to those who have kept run of Jesuitism nnnn i In this country for many years The press of the U centured by Rome with headquar ters In Washington With the tools of Rome In every department of our government and a fourth rate San Francisco lawyer on the Supremo Bench nnd two more I think I dont see how you are going to make any thing In the event of a holdup by going to law Moses Harmon will smile when he reads this Issue The liberties of the people are slowly but surely being taken from them by time will come In this country when those who love liberty of thought nnd freedom of press will be comuelled In self preserva tion to spend their coin for a gun In place of a lawyer A study of all the celebrated cases Into years will convince any deep thinker how useless It Is In our present government to employ layers I said years ago when Ed t itor Price was fighting Rome here and went to prison for It that t e time would comefwhen they would attempt to suppress all Free thought literature and with a little more power Rome will do the trick Even now the highest Masonary New Age calls on Masonnry to look out for Rome Few men care when others are prison It Is only when they are there that the shoe pinches If the gun argu ment In the present state of Rome control Is not better than the law ALBERT JOHNSON the Chaplainl Some Truths Plainly Told tpresllcredit my subscription to the Blade Will send some more In July I see the critics differ on all points keep the name Blue Grass Blade as long as It Is published The name both unique and catchy You might be n iCorrellpolJllencething that has been suggested that will advance our cause as the school Mr B Bennett says the with lecturers where can you get them where are tile Ingersolls they pre not alive If bright young people graduate from that school of them will take the lecture platform Suppose Miss Buckholtz was a graduate my guess Is she would soon prove a power In the lecture lleul It takes us old fellows that was tit up In the nurture and admonition of the Lord so long to get rid of the moss that prenchers planted on us that we are old and gray before we are aware of It am years oldJ MOODY One More From the West I LOS ANGELES CUIC comes to a fight whether the dear old Blade shall be denied being sent through the malls and you can put mo down for five dollars to help fight the battle am old and have no way of making money or would give more hoping that the Blade will pull through all rrshtJ W FOWLER J 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE Another Woman Writes BLUE EARTH MINN Last evening read the Blade of May 31st that the authorities want to make a hot time for you and not only you hut for all who say n word against their cursed religion Now If there one mean thing hate most It Is the foolishness op Christianity It cis plain to see that orthodoxy Is dying hard Just like a snake dies when hacked with a hoe like one about as well ns do the other of the two the snake tve lest even ho Is a ratlerI pledge myself to give five dollars to help In carrying on a contest It should flatly come to that Wish I were able to give much more but am prize the pictures on each paper end shall put my papers Into bindings about twenty numbers to a book MRS LEE Strong But Its True McCOY OREGON note with concern the attack of the Rev W F Crafts and Ills organization to Invade and to destroy the rights of a free press and free speech have formation that this same professional con gressional lobylst of many yens past against the natural and constitutional rights of Amer ican citizens was the Instigator of the Infa mous Penrose Hill and later the same clusion tacked on to the general appropriation bill by Congress appealing to the capitalistic and trust Interests of the ruling class to crush out Socialist propaganda and especially the Appeal to Reason published at Girard Kansas having arrested Fred Warren Its editor un der U Grand Jury procured Indictments for publishing In the Appeal to Reason a reward for the arrest and return to the State of tucky of exGov Taylor a Republican capl list whoso hands are soiled with the red blood of Govelect Coble and so charged by a ularlY Impaneled Grand Jury of his former J 1 State Kentucky I did not fall to note that Just seven days after this rcdhanded murderer fled from the state of his crime Into Indiana that he was carried on the arms of delegates to the platform In the hall of the Republican State Convention at Indianapolis and there given an ovation as a hero Also did not capitalistrlican National Convention In at Phila delphia and that he was guaranteed protec tion by the capitalist Governors of four states through which ho was transported to this con vention and among the number of capitalist Governors affording protection was our blatant trust buster seeking out undesirable citizens T It Roosevelt of Chicago and Alton fame and of Harriman campaign funds Well am compelled to put up good money to defend Warren and the Appeal In doing this am defending your rights now menaced To the same end now cheerfully pledge say to the Blade defense fund Let us fight this tyr anny and Czarism to the death These twin relics of the barbarous past Imperial Pluto cracy and Ecclesiasticism They are ever and always allied together against human rights Lets fight to the end JAMES R SEARS Willing to Chip In NEW HAVEN COrNI note your ar ticle In last Issue In reference to your possible npproachlig trouble through a threatened 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