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BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVII Number 10 LEXINGTON KY JUNE 28 1908 Published Weekly =DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT Ii CAPTAIN ROJBERT C ADAMS I IPiesident of Canadian Secularf Union and Freethought advocate ljit 4n i 2 RASS BLADE iif Captain Rdfeert C Adams fi oi We have made frequent mention of reactionary influences in the field of Intellect and Freethought Reaction does not always Imply extremes but there are Innumerable cases w re the extremes commingle or one follows the other as nlghLtCol- lows day Ingersoll was brought up In a strict Presbyterian faith He not only turned against Presbyterianism but against all forms of orthodoxy Other similar examples are to be found in the course of Freethought history but none more striking than the subject of this sketch Born In Puritan faith of a Puritan sire without a glimmer or glimpse of skepticism to break the gloom of orthodox environment and then through all the training that such environments naturally produce to a personal experience with the great wide world which not only shook his early faith but wrought such n complete change In his Intellectual opinions that ho ultimately became the President of tho Canadian Secular Union active alert energetic industrious In all its propaganda fearless in defence and advocacy is the career of Captain Robert C Adams of Montreal Canada Captain Adams is not unknown to American Freethinkers His pen has produced Innumerable articles that have been given publication in the American Freethought press and his eloquence has been heard from American Froethought platforms Genial kindly wellread of vast experience and with a host of friends and admirers he stands In the forefront of Libertys great army a valiant champion of right and truth He was born In the city of Boston in 1839 and was the son of Rev Nehemiah Adams of that city The father had Intended that his son should follow the same profession as himself and- began preparing for tho necessary religious instruction to be given him Through illhealth the boy was unable to follow this course of study and as physicians had recommended more access to the fresh air at the age of fifteen he embarked upon a sea faring life and by degrees ho worked his way up the ladder and from a seaman he became commander of some of the finest merchant vessels In the American marino service His last voyage was on the Golden Fleece of which he had command and upon this occasion his sisters accompanied him on a voyage round the world His treatment of sailors under his command was always humane and kind a course of conduct for which he became exceptionally noted He later wrote and published a book entitled On Board the Rocket In which he gives pictures of seafaring life and explains his methods for elevating tho ordinary seamen The experience of Captain Adams in foreign lands first con spired to shake his faith In tho Christian religion He came In contact with innumerable nonChristian people Ho learned their customs and habits He found them a conscientious and justiceloving people He at once rebelled against tho thought of their ultimate damnation for lack of faith In Jesus Without anyf t tlx J I n Ji J rIMU tJJ OM lffll skeptical work to guide or Inspire he was at once led into an understanding of tho great truth concerning the natural origin of things The religious training given by his father during his younger days still influenced his mind to a great extent and he Instinctively turned to religious subjects He had not yet began to doubt He became Sundayschool superintendent and preacher by turns Patient study soon completed tho reformation of his mind The evolution of natural philosophy attracted his attention and after a brief research In the natural phenomena he soon became a confirmed doubter and Freethinker In IRS1 he wrote and published his Radical Avowal which is reported to have startled the Puritanical minds of Now England and since that time he has been publicly Identified with the Freethought plat form In both Canada and America Following his advent on tho Freethought platform Captain Adams wrote and published a work on his Religious Experi ences or better known by the title of Travels in Faith This book showed how every step towards Libertys goal from the citadels of religious faith had been taken with scrupulous care It marked out a course which every honest mind must neces sarllly take once Intelligence can influence that mind It Is a resume of other experiences and the work received universal commendation at tho hands of Freethinkers Unlike some we know Captain Adams was not born an infidel He won that proud distinction by his own labors Any extensive experience Is a bad thing for theology and as Captain Adams studied nature upon tho great ocean read his lessons from wind and tide in the multitudinous stars in the character of the people of other nations sounding as It were the very depths of religious faith he followed the natural lines of evolu tion and mounted the heights of Intellectual freedom by renouncing all theologies and asserting himself one with the universe of man At the age of thirty years Captain Adams was married to an English lady in Liverpool and soon thereafter ho engaged in the shipping commission business at Montreal In 1882 ho sold out his Interest in this business and went Into mining In which he has been eminently successful Blessed with an intellectual wife who shares his radical views It was not strange that their son ItreserveVery shortly after his acceptance of Freethought Captain Adams becamo a leading and commanding figure in Canadian secularism He was a strong supporter of the late Charles Watts r and assisted him in maintaining a branch of the Secular Union at Montreal Ho was afterwards elected President of the Cana J dian Secular Union and although well advanced in years ho gave strength courage and sustenance to the Secular movement In the Dominion r i 44r 22 iliii tZ i r aBLUE GRASS BLADE 3 I Life and Death FeflowTravelers Scattering Spring Flowers and Autumn Leaves Along Times Pathway While Destiny Stands Waiting To Gather the Ripe Fruits of Eternity By Judge Parish B Ladd This time it Is the fato of one of the last great religions of the world that Is dying Its days and years mark an eventful epoch on the dial of the dark ages its life has been a waste its harvest one of desola tion mingled with tears of sorrow and sad ness The reaper Is always In the field the burnished blado of his sickle flashes on tho waiving grain the wheat Is overripe decay everywhere perches on the tmco floating banners of spring life and gayety of Christianity there Is no mistaking tho ominous signs of its evening life its vivid flush must not be taken as sign of vigor its energy moro potent than ever before Is but tho final struggle to prolong life but the decrees of destiny are written over the thresholds of its churches in all lands It and the bible its nnchor have outlived their choldhood In the light of full manhood aided by history and science no religion can live Christianity at this time Is but a dead weight on the soulders of even the unlet tered more heavily does it bear on men of deep thought still heavier if to thought learning be added Everywhere among thinkers nnd men of research lawyers doctors and even clergymen Christianity with its three gods and Judaism with its one are no longer believed In Many of these unbelievers from force of habit con tinue to frequent tho churches where they can meet their old friends in social chat but tho belief In any of tho Christian dogmas or tenets has left them to return no more nor are they longer believers In tho Hebrew Jehovah or any other heav only monarch All the old believed stories to such men are now but fairy tales myths and legends First we had the sci ences all of which aro at war with every form of religion then come the finds from out the ruins temples and on tho monu ments of ancient Babylon and Egypt showing as n matter of positive history that the bible was at least In all its founda parts untrue To all this the natural 1mental of Intelligence and scholastic learn ing have made longer belief in any ligion an utter Impossibility 1 e with all others than the most ignorant and stupid class This class will cling to is Idols for no amount of logic or array of evidence can over penetrate their Inherent darkness when Christianity Is dead these people largely women Intuitionists not thinkers nor reasoners will rally around some now superstition for a totem they must have Christianity now on Its deathbed is but following its sister religions of tho dead past Tho once great and flourishing re llgons of Elam Arabia Chnldea Babylon Egypt Scandinavia Ancient Finland Phoenicia Prohistoric Italy Carthage Greece Rome et n1 look down through the misty veil of sleeping centuries to toll us of their once greatness that they were false that all that is false must die pass on to live no more that truth alone Is Immortal Though crushed to earth as In 3v jv1 Sitf F y the dark ages sho will rise again as in tho Renaissance for the eternal years of fate are hers but falsehood wounded writhes In pain to dio amid her worshippers The historical fate of these great religious systems the most of them flourished for ninny thousands of years point out to us the unfailing signs that Christianity Is on Its death bed Like its predecessors it Is now ripe and ready for the harvest In order to better understand tho impending crisis one should have at least n brief statement of the rlso and life of Christianity to know how it was forced on the world and there held so long in the face of truth justice and numanlty Its life has been so crowded with momentuous events that the reader to get fair knowl edge of them must go to some largo library for facts as only a synopsis can here be given Let mo here presume tho reader to bo more or less conversant with the history of Christianity which as the off spring of the proletarian element of Greece and Judaism was born on the bleak and barren shores of the Dead Sea some 200 years before our era Its stock consisted of poverty piety ignorance and devotion it struggled In Its poverty under the names of Therapeuts and Essenes until about the year 120 E when It threw off Its old titles etc baptized the Infant In the name of the Father Son and Holy Ghost and for the first time appealed to the world as a society bearing the namo of Christians meaning good pure and holy men In this garb it appealed to Its own the unlettered pious element of the Roman empire its appeal was not In vain for the great mass of the Roman people were Ignorant and religions In their Infancy tho new born sect gathered Its harvest of people like unto Itself threw Its colors to journeyofto Its own use the worncut clothes of dead paganism Thus fables myths legends and fairy tales became its life study Its numbers vastly increased when Constan tino then on tho throne saw in this babe of tho forest a force to keep him on the throne It was men for his army not telligence that this crafty monarch wanted ho bid for It received it and recruited his army out of the sinews of the child of destiny for this favor ho first nut the now sect on an oven footing with his pagan subjects Inter ho extended his bounty finally putting Christianity on a state basis where It was no longer to bo rho suppliant for favors but tho master of Its own doc trines Once on Us feet tho child of fato nattering after Imperial donar set out In dependent thought and net not in harmony with thotenets of Christianity end the wish and will of its pope ArtiJuncture Christianity trite to Its after life bent all her energies for suc cess regardless of every rule of justice and Humanity bribery fraud forgery force torture death and every other criminal means for a most nefarious end were her weapons No eminence station in life sex blood ties stood in the pathway of tho pope and his priesthood In their criminal strife for power Violent conversions burn Ing at the stake cutting out tongues burn t Ing out eyes torture on the rock by break Ing the bones of his victims were only a ahoodworld groaned under the Iron wheels of Christian savages for more than a thous and years when every government Europe like Its people become the slaves of the Christian system The made and unmade kings princes and ofIperors nnd forced them to do her Poverty rags and starvation were the of all save and except the priesthood lived In luxury and licentiousness Every thought act and move out of har mony with the church was rebellion not only against the church but against tbo decrees of heaven to crush which by force of arms the church and Its priesthood were but the spiritual agents of the Al mlchtv All Europe and the parts of Asia and Africa under Christian rule were but slaves Iibery was crushed but not dead truth still lurked In disguise under the forms of Christianity Thousands hun dreds of thousands and millions went flown to torture and death under the fate of heresy In ones twos tens and hundreds at a time not one known heretic was snared The number of violent deaths In this way not In the wars forced church M spread Christianity his beenestl mnfod pt 000000 This represents tho fruit of Christianity f tborpd In about 1000 years white the Church was In power but the terrible pieMire of torture and suffering inflicted on so many cannot be gene Into here When the people of Europe could no longer en iiiirp Christian rule a few of the leading men of Ttnlv came together and secretly resolved to stun Christian rule Out of this was born the Renaissance revival of de c ncv and learning Ml Europe arose In her might in tho end the ecclesiastical power of the church was overthrown and civil cr vrrpipnt restored Tile bloody hand of frirtlnnltv staved unbelief everywhere enter to the front If Christianity Im been trite or possessed any semblance of truth or even decency why nil these crimes and this force to nprnptunto It The 11 were ftilnirs which the sensible pro nip of the world at the tlmo of the Reno were thinking and revolving In their minds and these are some of the matters nm1 thanes which sensible people are now revolving In their minds and talking about Tint the dend part of Chrttlnnlty Is onlv small part of what scholars and other w men of are thinking and talking nhnllt They vnnt to know who this Hebrew rod and who this second Christ in who and wlioppp the Holy Ghost ns well ns hoW won It possible for n child to lie horn of n virgin begotten by n dove nnd ixr nirt miracles resurrection from the dead divinity vicarious atonement and numerous other thanes taught In the Bible and by the priesthood As to the more scholarly people then have learned that everything claimed bv Christianity has been borrowed from pug anism not only tots but their know that Christianity ns well ns nil other rolltrlons are nt war with the well known principles of natural law nt wnr with each and every brunch of pclenco all of which are predi cated on natural law The better Informed of the clerics Protestant and Catholic know these things and they realize that Christianity does not satisfy their con sciences that It Is not true but It keeps their feed trough filled to give up preach il4J1 f1f4 GRASS BLADE Ing means to look for support somewhere else that elsewhere is not always at their call even though they could secure other employment it is often precarious some times less easy than talking often less re this staring the clergyman in the face he is a brave man who will desert the old craft Little else than a disturbed conscience and a belief in his ability to secure his rations in the lecture field sel dom finds the cleric brave enough to come out boldly and tell the truth as he sees it that Christianity Is a deception and a fraud But notwithstanding all this desertion of the old craft are of almost daily occurrence not only among Protestants but with Cath olics often the deserter attempts to veil his unbelief by obscure and ambiguous phraseology and thereby continue to feed in the clerical trough But there is a less intelligent class of priests men who still see Adam and Eve in the garden and hear Jehovah call on them to get up and dress these like the more learned priests see their flocks thinning out day by day which with the desertions of more brainy men are omens for the continuance of their labors in the vineyard of Christ Something is wrong The Protestant clergy have combined and are working as never before to save their feed and their creed In this strug gle the less intelligent priesthood bemoan their fate while deep down the desperate conflict stands the trembling lay Christian between whom and the heavenly powers we behold the pulpiteer with outstretched arms imploring his three gods to stand by him in this his last ditch save the feed trough and the faith of the unsuspecting dupe while the tithe gatherer goes march ing on But Nature Is monocrat the universe is her field of action against which the feeble acts of man are but dust in a tornado her decrees have gone forth and Christianity like all else that is false Is on its deathbed all who will may see the approach- Ing end of one of the last great religions of the world hovers nigh Intelligent men no longer believe as did their forefathers Christianity Is worn out even the Catholic church is divided against Itself many ot the leading bishops and priests are In open rebellion not only against the pope but against the creed they under the name of Modernism are denying the divinity of Christ the emaculate conception the resur rection the atonement and even god him selfSuch is their attitude that there is no material difference between them and my self and I know I have not changed my views on these matters This revolt against old and venerated beliefs Is every where In and out of the churches It is blown from the treetops rolls in on the tide Is blown from the white caps of the rolling deep is heard in the song of the nightingale echoed from the dells of the forest wild heard in the roll of distant thunder and flashed in the lightning It comes to us from the mountain tops rolls along the vale where It echoes In the still hours of night the death throes of Chris tianity From far off lands It whispers In our ears from the deserts of the world It proclaims the low pulsation the quivering limbs pallored face and crimson cheeks of the dying criminal Even the flowers of the field tell us of Its departed glory while the waiving grain bids farewell to the church Even the grave yard tells us of 7ij L i ljwr 1J14 the lamentationof the sorrowing priest hood nor do the babbling waters of many rivers withhold from us their Joy over the departing glory of the worlds greatest forbids that I close this article without tribute of recognition to that noble queen of the middlewest whose devotion to the cause of truth justice and humanity has for so many years been untiring Everywhere within the sound of her voice and the reach of her pen she has stood in the front ranks where she bravely and fiercely battled for the right and against every wrong whether it be from the Bible or man against the numerous assaults from these sources she has sounded the alarm in tones too potent to be unheard nor has the old abuses of her sex escaped her blighting power For the great wrongs of the priesthood and the church the un stinted lash of her logic tempered by fern enlne eloquence has worked deep into the hearts of all who have tasted her writings For long years has she stood at the throt tle to steer the cars over the rugged path way of life For the uplifting of humanity she has ever been at the helm nor has her work been unfailing in this great struggle for the overthrow of the blasted crime of Christianity along whose pathway she has showered grape and canister but not unmixed with charity and toleration That she has contributed her queenly share to bring about the early demise of Christian ity no one will doubt Although the cruel decrees of fate have laid low her dearest and most beloved friends which for a time stayed her ener gies but only to be aroused again She sees In the terrible trial over her losses the hand of fate uplifted and in urgent tones bids her come back for a renewal of the contest This with the direful wrongs everywhere impels her to renew lost energy and again enter the field for Justice truth and humanity May her queenly virtues rise above the clouds of despair while the great Apollo recognizing her genius sends to earth his messengers of love to kissaway the spark ling dew drops from the waiving blue grass in that favored land which gave to the world the life and labors of Josephine K Henry NO NEED FOR CHRISTIAN FORMS Freethinkers Should Break Away From Orthodox Ceremony In Burial of Our Dead By James F Morton Jr I note in a recent issue this sentence from one of your correspondents Are there any of our friends that can tell mo where I can get music and words suitable for our erals or will we always have to be behold ing to Christians to bury us Surely the dilemma Is a wholly unneces sary one What on earth does a real Freethinker want of a funeral ceremony any how This silly fetich worship which must have a set form for doing everything Is fit only for churches and their simian adher ents If we must cling to ceremonies why not stay in the church and adopt those which have at least some relevancy to our professional belief The great mission of Freethought should be to cultivate individ uality and to eliminate not some but all superstition from the theory ond practice of our lives When we die the one thing of t ifh f iuroo rvJI value that we leave behind Is our memory The rotting carcas is of no future use to ourselves or to anybody else and is no more sacred than an old pair of clothes The only rational way to dispose of it is to use the quickest and most hygienic means to bring about its disintegration As far as science has progressed no method except cremation seems to fit the conditions But no preservation of ashes In cinerary urns That stupid procedure is a mere revamping of the old spirit of relic worship Why sould not every Freethinker protest in death as well as in life against the entire religionbegotten nonsense of cere monialism It is easy to make a testament ary provision to the effect that the body shall be cremated with no ceremony of any sort religious or other over the remains and that the ashes shall be in any con venient manner so thoroughly scattered that no particle can be identified and made the object of a superstitious veneration A few such cases occurlng every year would attrack public attention and prove the best means of propaganda as showing that Freethought really cures of foolish fears even regarding the solemn fact of death There is nothing coldblooded in the prop osition The memory of the loved friend can be cherished just as intensely in the absence of a public exhibition of the decaying corpse Where the loss is widely felt It is easy to hold memorial meetings after a decent and quiet disposition of the body where the spontaneous tributes of those who take part will Infinitely more than fill te place of any perfunctory service cribbed from a book Let us prove our sincerity and consistency t CHEERFUL PHILOSOPHY Did you tackle the trouble that came your way With resolute heart and cheerful Or hide your face from the light of day With a craven soul and fearful Oha troubles a ton or a troubles an ounce And it isnt the fact that youre hurt that counts But only how did you take It You are beaten to earth Well well whats that Come up with a smiling face Its nothing against you to fall down flat But to lie therethats the disgrace The harder youre thrown why the higher your bound Be proud of your blackened eye It isnt the fact that youre licked that counts Its how did you fight and why And though you be done to the death what then If you battled the best you could If you played your part in the world of men Why the critic will call It good Death comes with a crawl or comes with- a pounce spryItdead that counts But only how did you die JQ S f G BLUE GRASB BLADE 5 I Measures for Muzzling the Press By Channing Severance When my article appeared In the Blade relative to the Penrose bill I made the mistake of attributing it to the wrong per son and how the wires got crossed In my cabeza leading me to say Hepburn Instead of Penrose is not clearly apparent Both names have been prominent in the doings of our last Congress and by some inad vertence I got them mixed at that time I had read the bill as presented In your last issue by C B LeBarron and my com ments were based strictly upon that so while It was erroneously attributed to the wrong personreally a matter of small im portanceI regret that fact but have no apology to make for views expressed rela tive to the bill itself for I still regard it as the most serious matter that ever oc curred in Congress in relation to the liber ties of the people If as seems the case with Mr Le Bar ron the bill is not objectionable in any way because conditions have made it necessary to restrict the vicious and nihilistic elements In society it is difficult to see why he should think attributing such a needed bill to his friend Hepburn could be vlrulous and libelous If the bill is a good one and was needed no man could be libeled by being named as its author Again as there is no Senator Hepburn and Congressman Hepburn could not introduce a bill into the Senate where as stated in my article It was introduced the name of his friend in the lower House cannot be connected with my remarks so let him not feel aggrieved Now let us look a little further at this bill which seems so harmless to Mr Le BarronA from Washington on the twentyfirst of May says the Penrose bill designed as an amendment to the post office appropriation bill has passed both houses So if the president has signed it it is now a law We shall soon know for if the power has been created to muzzle the press by giving the Post Master Gen eral authority to exclude from the mails any periodical he sees fit to shut out no one can foresee the end The claim is made it is said that back of this secret and stealthy legislation was the directing hand of the Rev Crafts whose speciality for years has been plotting against Free thought getting Sunday laws enacted and such ohter legislation as would redound to the Interest of the churches If this bill has become a law for the first history as a nation we have established legalized press censorship It is a power that rightly belongs to a despotic govern ment like Russia but has no right or place under a free republic like ours It is in direct conflict with the constitution of the United States the supreme law of the land but as constitutions are now null and void when plutocrats and preachers want any thing they no longer stand as the bulwark of our liberties Courts rise above con stitutions and their decisions are final for a time We know that for years Chris tians have tried to reach strictly Free thought publications with the notorious Comstock law smuggled through the last hours of a drunken Congress more than thirty years ago but with it they have failed Now If they have got what they I j5 l i S t 1 Itl t wvit prepari see them use it rill gva SIIIt reasonable explanation or Illappearance of my article which was pub lished In the Blade and If the article Itself was not self explanatory add to it the above ideas and work your thinker along those lines until you realize what press censorship really means Itts the denial by law of mens rights guaranteed by the Constitution to publish their honest thoughts on every subject that concerns mankind and to disseminate them through the malls that thougt influences may en lighten the world and raise humanity to higher and better conditions than now pre vail To deny this right is to strike the great est blow to progress that It is possible and yet the religious and reactionary portion of mankind would do it at once and effect ively had they the power Highgrade in telligence is not wantel by the prlesthool or professional politicians for dull and stupid minds are more easily controlled and kept In subjection Conversatism of the rankest kind isfound in most religious organizations and every government when once established shuns and fights with vigor radical changes As all governments have imperfections and are guilty of in justice at times the agitator is forever in action and it is right he should he for without him progress ends in Improve ments As those In control of governments do not wish to be disturbed they hate and despise a socialist today as they did an abolitionist 50 years ago and the well meaning but foolishly impracticable an archist they view as an Intellectual degen erate sunk so low he is dangerous in so ciety Conditions produce every kind of men found in society and if we have so cialists who want better government and anarchists who want none the cause can be found very readily by looking for it And if you wish to know why a man Is either one Just ask him and ynv will get a good and sufficient reason from his stand point If you want to know whY hero are heretics infidels and unbelievers in the Christian religion just give them a chance and they will tell you The effort to hold the world stationary and to make all men think alike was tried for centuries and the most bloody pages in human history were the result of repres sion and mental despotism We want no return to such times and such conditions for wo know that the natural law of life Is growth and progress and any man or set of men that seek to limit the action of the human mind are the deadly enemies of their own race We want freedom to work out our own destines regardless of the past or what men have thought and taught In ages dead and gone We have a right to cut loose from dead and worn out Ideas and to embrace new and live ones and no factor in human experience compares with the printing press in uplifting humanity and filling the vorld with light and knowledge Because of It one man can speak to mil lions and as great thinkers and men of progressive Ideas are always a small mi nority to deny them the right to reach the masses to disseminate their thoughts which are the greatest dynamic forces in the world is to commit the greatest of crimes This is what press censorship Is designed to do so it is not strange that ono thought ful senator as this Penrose bill welt to a vote asked his colleagues to seriously sider whether they wanted to establish such a censorship Short sighted and stupid were the men who voted this bill into a law and as for the nion who intro duced it and whose name is read with the amendment he deserves and doubtless will receive greater odium and reproach than was ever showered on Benedict Arnold I hold him in utter contempt and as I read again that bill to amend section thirty eight hundred and ninety three I see a flood of evils turned loose upon the people of this country greater than those con tained in the box of the mythical Pandora Reactionary forces are at work In our midst as never before and on every hand we see government and religious forces try Ing to hold the people in check and stay the march of progress Note the suppres sion of freespeech in all our cities and give attention to this straw that reveals the di rection of the wind Socialists In Los Angeles were denied a permit to speak on the streets their mission being to make better conditions in this world The par sons wanted to talk about the next and how to save souls and permits were immediately given for seven different locations on the streets and they are now talking dally to men that they cannot catch inside a church In opposing the efforts of socialists to speak on the streets the citytattorney claimed they were not intended for public speaking but for public travel yet his mouth opened not like that when the black coats asked for that privilege and got it More and more the forces of government and religion are drawing together and the Catholics recently got a European periodical barred from this = country because it was offensive to them though printed and circulated where the pope holds swayrkThere Is a growing and determined effort on the part of the reactionaries in society to curb freespeech and this press censorship Is an opening wedge for more and greater restrictions As we have plenty of law to prevent what Mr LoBar ron calls license in freespeech there exists no need of mall restrictions for dangerous characters who make threats and advocate destruction of life and property can be silenced In other ways No matter what a mans ideas are if they are the fruit of reason and philosophy they should be al lowed to circulate and only when physi cal violence is advocated to sustain them are they or he dangerous Men who be lieve In right and justice In freedom and equal rights are not afraid of ideas and never were Those who have tried in all ages to hold the human mind in check have done so because their graft or power was endangered by freethought and free speech and no other reason exists today fort muzzling the press and putting the ban on mental growth and development The people have a natural and constitu tional right to advocate u socialistic gov ernment and If a majority desires that kind they have the right to establish it Let us not be afraid of our reasoning faculties nor think necessity requires a man with a club to stand over one who docs think to Insure public safety GIve us freethought freespeech freepress and free malls and watch the world move on as It never moved before 11Nk T LJI t f 7 if Vij 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE N N N N N N N N N N N N N N NON N N NON N NPN N N N N N P + 1 Current Comment on Public Events 1 2P + NNNNNN ONNNNNNPONNNNNNNNNNNNNNN1i Modern Christianity can be nothing un less it runs to the sensational In the old days it sought to border upon the spiritual to such extremities that the religion actually made men and women appear miserable True religion is true misery for no thought ful person man or woman can believe in all its doctrines and teachings anent future rewards and punishments without experi encing deep concern and frequent agony of mind Not one bright thought can it generation or more the Christian propaganda in America found its desire for sensationalism gratified in tho personality of Sam Jones but with his passing the par ticular form and methods used by liim seemed to disappear Of course his meth ods were the means of reaping consider able coin and his disappearance has cre ated a void which several have sought in vain to fill None succeeded until Billy Sunday made his advent upon the orthodox predictionpass from public view It is reported that the ballplayerpreach erforcash has endeavored to instruct the ministers of an eastern city upon the reasons or causes of their failure in win amongIhis hearers that they had little true religion molIdox minister in these days of progress and political prosperity being denounced as such And by what right does Billy Sun IIday appropriate Roosevelts epigrams no and descriptions to give phasis to his remarks t Roosevelt ought to have had the bunch of jokes copyrighted and thus prevented infringement even by a preacherIstrove for the plaudits of the crowd and as a preacher he is simply at the samo old have often heard it said that fools and children sometimes tell the truth As Sunday Is not a child and as he has certainly given utterance to some truths cidedly unpalatable to the orthodox preach ers our readers are left to Infer his proper classification The reports say that he told the congregation of preachers some of the folllowlng sentiments Many of you ministers are fudgeeating mollycoddles and you are continually springing bum bullcon to your congrega tions Few of you are not stiffs salary quacks willing to accept social distinction and most of you are qualified candidates for the funnyhouse One of the reasons why you fall is that so many of you are full of leomade and buttermilk instead of being filled with to basco sauce and mustard Your churches of today have degenera ted Into third and fourth rate amusement houses The congregations are made up largely of champagneguzzling beerdrink ing winesizzling Sundaygolf playing novelreading persons who lie back and sing Throw Out the Life Line when they couldnt throw out a clothes line Some of you ministers aro controlled by riches and not by the Bible Many of you are grafters pure and tlmple You know this too There are some of you preaching today that should be carrying the hod How sadly and how solemnly true Just what the Blade has been saying for lo these many years The Blade Is at last vindicated and its vindication is none the worse coming from such a source But one mistake did Billy Sunday make and that was that ho failed to include himself in the mollycoddles and grafters Ten thousand dollars for qne revival may not be grafting in an orthodox sense as view cd by Billy Sunday but the time will como when the people will have no other cog nomen to bestow upon It In any event wo are Inclined to say with Gratlano we thanlt thee Sunday for teaching us these words Two essential elements belong to every miracle in order to gain credence for it and induce belief in it These essential elements are age and distance Ago gen erally puts unbelief at a discount while distance may readily lend enchantment to the view Modern society does not quickly fall to believing miracles unless their nat ural trend is already In that direction It a person is anxious to believe in miracles as a test of evidence of great faith any sort of miracle will do Incredulity de mands proof Credulity accepts without miracles are reported In the bible and without them the bible would be of little consequence even in the orthodox world Miracles are essential to orthodox Christianity It required a miracle to bring It Into existence miracles to propa gate It but it will dlo without any supposed miraculous event Among the bible mira cles there is none more unsupported less believed in than the one reported by Dan iel where he tells us that Shadrach Meshach and Abednego successfully walked about in a fiery furnace without harm not oven a hair singed or a blister raised Of course the orthodox insist that this salva tion from Injury was all on account of their great faith in Jehovah who Is supposed to havo Interfered with the picnic in order to prove his existence and power and to further confound his enemies As a gen eral rule Bible miracles aro unsurpassed in ferocity and criminal surroundings Word now comes from India by way of Madras that during a recent festival of ligious Import nonChristian by tho way forty devotees of the faith walked through a pit seventeen feet by twelve dressed only In light saffron colored clothes in which forty cartloads of fuel has been set- on fire producing a bed of burning coals two feet deep and lo none of them wero injured The strangest part of this roo ii tit i q iI ported miracle is that the fanatics were not the Christian faith who scorned the Christian god and refused to worship him The ceremony Included the reading of the Mahabharata and was followed by tho festival of Droupadi and Arjuna It Is said that numerous officials witnessed this strange firewalking test and their names are given as if in anxiety to prove its actual occurence Of course we unhesitatingly declare that the whole story is a pure fabrication but if we are compelled to admit Its truth we must at the same time admit that the bible god Jehovah has a dangerous rival and competitor in tho miracle business Fur thermore It would prove that after all Jehovah is not tho only miracleworking god If true it ought to put a quietus on the Christian claim that their god Is the only god worthy the name and expose all their fabulous pretensions Again if mir acles attest tho truth of religion the Chris tian world is placed in dreadful quandary for while claiming a belief In their own they must give credence to tho miracles of other religions and other gods Russia Is deeply Christian It is also onlythehead of the church and priest and pilgrim are supposed to believe in and worship the great white father Russia is also a de potism that ought not to find existence in the twentieth century civilization Tho AngloSaxon may often wonder why nihil ism revolution revolt and anarchy should exist to such an extent in Russia and why so many Russian refugees should declaim against the methods In vogue in that fateful country But a moments reflection and tho truth must be made clear Recent reports from St Petersburg state that during the past three months 766 death sentences have been executed In Russia Yet despite this average of nearly nine men a day officially put out of exist ence the prisons are seriously overcrowded The Empire contains accomodatlons for 107138 prisoners whereas the number ot prisoners actually incarcerated Is 167830 A horrible condition of things prevails in Kieff Jail where there are only 690 places whereas the number of prisoners amounts to 2207 In Odessa the prisons have 804 places but 1610 inmates In the light of such startling reports can wo wonder why religion should bo held in such contempt for in the main it is largely responsible for such a terrible condition of affairs The priests have taught humility and obedience to the powers that be and In response to tho promptings of their religions they have silently obeyed and suffered contumely and wrong at the hands of the oppressor Intelligence brought revolt Intelligence saw and tected the Iniquity and by far the greater portion of those imprisoned are men and women of more than tho average Intelli gence who havo dared to utter mild protest against the system that mado them what they were The ignorant and uneducatea do not know enough to make a protest and these manage to escape official wrath Surely such conditions cannot much longer obtain and wero it not for the fact that Russia Is a Christian nation or pretending to be the other socalled Christian nations would repeat the China episode and flood the empire with an allied army to demand that such iniquitous practices instantly cease 4 ciY h I r f Itr BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 Prophets are not the divinely protected ElijahFreethinkersstory one of the most diabolical In the upfortytle childish fun with an old baldheaded prophet Of course there was little use In being a prophet unless the deity extended special protection and this being believed caused many prophets to arise In those vastlydissimilarnamed Elijah Skaggs at Fort Smith Arkansas has suddenly discovered to his great cost havebeenet with the biblical name has been sen tenced to twenty years penal servitude for an alleged offense against a Mrs Taylor one of the members of his flock The wo mans testimony convicted him but It Is also made to appear that In spite of her accusations still believing to be of the dl vince sanction and in close touch with the heavenly hierarchy she sought to hedge some in order to save him and the result that a charge of perjury is now over her devoted head Understand both this man and woman were and are ex guplngdownIng under the Christian brand respectsdiabolicalrible power that religious pretensions and assumptions can exert upon a single wo mans mind It Illustrates the fiendish ferocity of religious hypocrites who can successfully use orthodoxy to gratify per sonal ambition It demonstrates the fact that orthodox religion is an open sesame to crime and It is a cause for extreme con gratulation that our judiciary have the courage and purpose to punish crime when committed under such a guise irrespective- of the religious pretensions of those ac cused Among the peculiar features incident to the trial we are told that Skaggs the prophet expressed his willingness to be hanged in order to prove to the world his assumed divinity Later he employed law yers but these preparations for defense were not made until he had been allowed a consultation with his victim and the pre sumption was Justified that he fixed things with her alright so that her testimony should not hurt him and for this the woman has got in trouble herself His cuse for hiring a lawyer was to the effect that he had been told nothing worse than the penitentiary stared him in the face and ho asserted that ho did not want that but If the authorities would hang him on the following Friday he would bo delighted because he said it would enable him to demonstrate his closeness with god by rising again Although the prosecutor did his best to give Skaggs a chance in that direction the Jury felt that a state service of twenty years would take some of the foolish notions out of his head Now we come to think of It who over beard fa divine prophet carrying the name of Skaggs Many Freethinkers will recall that New Rochelle New York was the home place of Thomas Paine Reluctantly some of the Paine relics and landmarks have been stroyed and removed but It is a noteworthy i ti i J fact that the name of Paine Is still alive within the memories of some of the better class of people in that city Published in New Rochelle is a daily newspaper by the name of the New Roch elle Paragraph Furthermore it is the official newspaper oft the city republican in politics showing that it is not without honor and distinction In its own country In its issue of Friday June 12 a copy of which has reached this office through the medlumship of some friend there is an article marked to attract our attention in which Thomas Paine is extolled as being the first to advocate the granting of old ago pensions Upon examination we discovered that the body of the article was a republica tion of one previously appearing In the London Freethinker England and from the pen of its Editor W Foote The article shows that Thomas Pains was the first man known to have advocated such a pension system Instead of John Ruskin as had been beauty of this article Is well dis played and Its arguments are given in full Better than this however is the fact that an American Daily newspaper will quote from a Freothought paper with approbation and better still when the Editor of that American newspaper will write and publish such headlines as the following PAINE FIRST FOR AGE PENSIONS Claim Made That New Rochelle Patriot Originated Idea of Pensions For Soldiers of Plough Further examination revealed the fact that the article had been sent to the paper by E B Footo Jr of Larchmont Manor New York and it is a fine compliment to this splendid champion of Freothought that the article sent by him received such a con spicuous place In the columns of the paper mentioned THE CHURCH Or HUMANITY Report of Recent Convention Showing the Successful Incorporation of the New Infidel Institution By WH Kerr lam glad to be able to Inform the Blade readers that the National Convention of The Church of Humanity was successful incorporationfromThe purposes of this Church as set forth In Its application for a charter are To teach the two discoveries In natural science that no Immaterial intelligent bo ings exist In the universe and that Indi vidual conscious life ceases forever at death organize and charter local propa ganda societies of people who learn them publish a periodical and other literature teaching these discoveries maintaining u college for the preparation of teachers and Instructors provide and maintain lecturers and organizers receive fees dues assess ments donations endowments and bequests and administer the same for the Church or present at the convention the following comrades- J W Stapleton Chula Mo Emil Fredrich 111 Sterling Ky Wm E Gates Shirley Thomas V White R Great Bend Kan MpMr Neb i i J l Ella P Hunt Moline Kans H M Fisk Pella Ia Wm R Adams Hooker Okla i Mrs Clarence Market Claflln Kans DendKansas CRathburnA constitution was adopted and articles of incorporation A board of directors was theNationalEmillredrlchSecretarySix sessions were held Wm H Kerr was vicepresidenttarytreasurer The Board of Directors are Emil rich J M Herman Ella P Hunt JRathburn Mary Belle Markel and FredJKerr To finance its propaganda tjcarly 1asbers will allow About Funeral Ceremonies CHEWSVILLE MILDYou will find en closed moneyorder for two dollars one dol andpfiftytFreethinkeroccasionand none of them have made any arrange leaveitFreethoughtpart of Liberals Wo have very few lib erals here who could serve In that capacity We should have some one like Dr Wilson who could go when called on for such oc casions to represent us In speech at the grave of departed friends and liberals His ofthetho liberals should form beneficial associa tions like the woodman of tho world United i ttoto see in the last weeks Blade tho trouble with tho Postofflco Department I am In clined to think yoif will come out alright religiouslibertytho disbelief in a God is no religious belief Mr Hughes I certainly admire your penrlthatarticle to Mr W H Kerr as against Paine and Voltaire If such a spirit would per meato all liberals and Christians It would heal many a wounded heart I will try and fgive a mite for the trial if needed Wish ing you success and a long and useful life GEO DAHLHAMER Wants Extra Copies MULLAH OKLAWould you pleaso send me a couple of late copies of the Blue- Grass DladoDR J E HILL V S f tfM C 8 GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE f r 1Founded4 his death February 0 u JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 1268 N TtiiPSUBSCRIPTION RATES v By advanceFiveFive trial subscriptions sent In with one remittance for six ATrJalForeign subscriptions postpaid 200 per year V ADVERTISING RATES ftf One inch single column insertion cents one month or four Insertions 100 six months 600 one year 800 sQuarter column single insertion 200 one month 400slx sVHalfrates upon application The publisher has the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued attheexpiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up in advance The address slip on the paper will show sub scribers the date of expiration of subscription Back numbers or numbers omitted will be sent If asked for upon renewal in case of disclntinuancc SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address advise this office giving both old and new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade at 126118 North stone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a 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 Ky THE BLADE GIVES THANKS The Blade is still being published and is stiI going through Uncle Samuels mails to its subscribers f No further action has been taken by the postal authorities and we are unable to offer any further information upon the subject other than we are hold in readiness for any emergency 1The present movement has not been unproductive some good It has demonstrated the fact that an emergency soon finds the Freethinkers of America combined to resist any invasion of their rights and privileges as citizens of the republic It has shown that where there is a will there is also a way and the Blade is deeply gratified at the splendid letters it has received from allover the country It has been well said that real friends are those who stand by you in the hour of need or danger To exclude the Blade from the mails was a distinct danger and to fight such a movement created a great and pressing need Those needs have been well met by prompt pledges of assistance in a solid and substantial manner and while the danger has not yet passed we are of the opinion that it is passing By reason of the numerous letters that have poured in upon us by reason of the magnanimous offers made to us by reason of the many valuable pledges made to us the Blade feels that it must extend its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all who have so written Now friends as it took a big thing an emergency tw27 11440 to unite you all in preparation for such a contest would it not be better if we were even more closely united so that we could be ready to meet even smaller enemyThinkget ready to act MANS EVOLUTION IN FOOD As an aid to Nature studies and a gradual unfolding of the evolution of man from a savage past no con tribution of modern times has afforded such wide spread interest as a paper recently delivered before the Royal society of Medicine in London by Dr Harry Campbell in which he reviewed the continued changes in mans diet proving therefrom his natural connection with all animals and that while man has been progressively developing toward his present changesinmanner of preparing it for consumption From many of the facts collaborated much valuable information is to be obtained Many of them are almost universally known hence disassociated with t theory and are drawn from an almost universal exrperience This may be better and more aptly explained by intimating that physicians are made for sick people and not that sick people are made for the physiciansIn Dr Campbell points out that mans simian ancestor was mainly frugivorous i e he subsisted chiefly on a concentrated vegetable diet but he also consumed small proportion of animal food Man in his evolution from the ape lists made Ihreo great dietic advances The first advance was made when he learned to hunt and fish by which means he greatly increased his supply of animal food The second advance consisted in the artificial prepara tion of Iris food The third and final advance was cibicwtureie the breeding of animals and the cultivation of the vegetable kingdom for purposes of food Dr Campbell traced the fluctuations in the rela tive proportion of animal and vegetable food consumed by man during the various phases of his evolution and contended that during the early hunting period he was even more carnivorous than vegetarian and that inasmuch as man has evolved from the ape on a highly animalized diet it is idle to contend that ho is by nature essentially vegetarian and that animal food is necessarily injurious to him Dr Campbell drew attention to the fact that since the advent of cookery man has consumed less and less raw vegetable food and that during this time his if1 1i1 f 9 ri 0 A i e y BLUE GRASS BLADE cookedvegetable food had become increasingly soft so much so indeed that from the dietetic standpoint the present age might be called The Age of Pap He insisted that a due proportion of vegetable food should be eaten raw and that cooked farinaceous foods should be in a form of compelling abundant mastication Were this plan adopted not only indigestion but diseases of the teeth nose and throat would greatly diminish in frequency Dr Campbell also drew attention to the enormous increase in the consumption of sugar within recent years He pointed out that whereas wild honey was the sole source of pure sugar for primitive man thousands of tons of canesugar are at the present time ex tracted yearly from sugarcane and beetroot He has no doubt that in England at all events far more good is to be obtained from curtailing starchand sugar than from cutting down the animal food although the latter may sometimes be necessary also THE CENSUS TAKER One of the particular prerogatives of the clergy is to claim themselves to be viceregents or pleni potentiaryrepresentatives of almighty god By reason of this claim they have been and in a measure still are accorded a public recognitions usually denied to men of other and different callings This recognition has led to innumerable assumptions of power and privilege unauthorized and unwar ranted authority even in matters of a private or do mestic character It is the will of god they cry but as our friend Channing Severance of Los Angeles writes us the will of god is simply the wish of the priest and we could also add that it comes only through the voice of the priest But read It is the duty of every parent to see that their children attend Sundayschool That all depends upon the parent Dont your children attend Sundayschool They do not And why dont they Because I do not wish them to and further it is none of your business Be it known that recently the preachers of Lox ington combined to take a church census of the entire city The object was not to come in contact with and find out how many people attended church and Sun dayschool but to get a list of those who did not attend church and whose children did not attend the Sundayschool In a measure the scheme succeeded but it wont do them any good y nxlt The above conversation took place between the wife of the Editor of the Blade and one of the census takers While on his rounds he struck the Editors domicile at a time when only the wife andchildren were at honey On the table in the middle of the room lay the current issue of the Blade andmany furtive glances were cast in its direction He evi dently knew what it was but carefully abstained from asking any questions about it which was a rather lucky escape for him The conversation will illus trate the methods by which the census takers went to work the audacity of presumption in assuming to dictate to parents concerning their duty towards their offspring and the brazen effrontry of penetrating the privacy of a home in an effort to cram an orthodox superstition down the throats of innocentchildren Well in any event the census was taken It is reported as being complete But what a showing The Tdaily papers amounce that fully fourfifths of the people of Lexington never attend any church their children do not go to the church schools and now a campaign is promised in an effort to get some of the abstainers in the spiderweb of Christian superstition Our knowledge of the temper of the people of Lexington suggests that it wont succeed and we opine that Lexington is not much different fromother American cities 1IlITTING THE RIGHT NAIL Commenting upon the threatened inquiry by the Post Office officials concerning the Blade as previous ly announced our esteemed British contemporary r The London Freethinker edited by G W Foote lItters a great deal of hitherto unsuspected truth lllCpotty tyrannies to which reference is made are becoming far too numerous and the Penrose bill is simply another sop thrown to the capitalistic and Church classes in order to enable an extension thereof The Freethinker says Wo wish every success to our American ex change the Blue Grass Blade of Lexington Ken tucky under its new management We particu larly wish it success in resisting the persecution of the Post Office which has served the publisher a and printer ll4 James E Hughes with notice that an inquiry is being made with a view to excluding it from the mails It often amuses Englishmen to hear America called the land of freedom There are so marry quiet respectable tyrannies over there and one of the worst is c2jwielded by tho Post Office officials These gentle men actually think that they have a call from i i 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE heaven or somewhere to decide what the American people shall and shall not read If they dont like a paper they say it is not good enough to be carried by the mails and that is the principal way in which publications are distributed inihe United States so that the Post Office boycott is almost equivalent to a sentence of deathvWe hope the Blade will win this fight jjjj iTHE CHURCH OF HUMANITY The Blade congratulates the members of the Church of Humanity upon the successful organization and incorporation of their propaganda institu tion From the report submitted by W H Kerr the promoter and organizer it is evident that but a small attendance favored the incorporation preliminaries Political and financial conditions may account for and those in charge of the institution ought not to feel discouraged at the lack of an exceedingly large gathering It is a fact in histqry that large results have been obtained from small beginnings Prolonged wars have followed trivial causes Gigantic institutions have been built from small things and there is no reason why the Church of Humanity should not be a success Its directors are well known men and women capable and alert and free from superstitious taints The Church of Humanity must in any event be an improvement upon the existing order of things and any institution that deigns to advance the intellectual standing of the people should be well sup ported fThepolice of Colorado Springs Colo have arrest put in jail a half dozen socialists for no other crime than insisting upon their right to hold meetings and speak thereat on the public thoroughfares of the city Those under arrest are Kenneth M Smith H C Darrah Walker C Smith Richard Woodward Philip Engle and John Corelli A fund is being raised for their defense The outcome of these prosecutions will be watched with interest by every lover of liberty THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL As the time is rapidly approaching when the school will begin the course for its first years instruction it is meet that a few words should be addressed to students already enrolled and to the prospective students In the first place we want our friends to realize ti L j lUlUM IUlWlIff1d lU that the Blade cannot possibly make any profit out of the undertaking and that we are taking upon our selves additional labor without hope of adequate remuneration simply to strengthen the propaganda of our cause and admit of a more rapid growth and increasing strength It may be taken for granted that not one of the students will ever become an ad herent of orthodoxy and it is intended that they should not be but on the contrary our aim is to con vince them that the orthodox theory of the universe is erroneous and bring it home to them in such a way that conviction must follow The lessons for the four subjects named Geology Astronomy Zoology and Botany are now in course of preparation These will be printed and mailed to each student once each month the lessons following each other in regular order and sequence Students may begin work by the first of September and the first examination will be completed by the first of October One examination each month will be con ducted in this manner until nine months have passed and at the end of that period a general examination will be held in the nature of a review of the years work Each student will be called upon then to write a brief essay upon the effect of the studies upon leis or her mind and these will be published in the Blade Our chief concern is for more students We now have 22 enrolled We ought to have at least double that number to meet the cost of printing stationary and postage If you have the means but not the time or inclination to take the course offered the Blade would suggest that you purchase a scholarship and donate it to some worthy young man or woman who would like to acquire the instruction here offered By so doing you have made a sure and certain foe against orthodoxy You help the student and at the ame time help the school You also help the Blade and what helps that helps the propaganda we need so muchAll should be prepared to pay the tuition lee on or before August 1 This allows a fraction more than one month By paying the fee at the time suggested you remove a burden from our shoulders in the matter of printing etc Students shouldalso make provision for obtaining the text books named in the prospectus which may bo found upon another page of this issue Because of conducting a school the Blade has been allowed a reduction in cost of 20 per cent from the publishers catalogue price The Blade does not intend to take any advantage of this generous offer but will confer upon the students every advantage thus granted Got your books as soon as possible This will give you an opportunity to exam aiii i I htl f ii IBLUE GRASS BLADE 11 inc them before the school begins You can then familiarize yourself with the subject to be treated and what they mean It will give you a better start To get the benefit of the reduction in price you should order the textbooks through the Blade In other words just write to us and say you wish them and we will order them sent to you through the express office C 0 D or you can send the four dollars and sixteen cents to us and we will pay direct leaving you only express charges to pay whichwill not be much We are happy to announce that Mrs Helen M Lucas of Marietta Ohio has already purchased one scholarship and promises another Other friends have written that they will do the same thing and to all such friends who propose aiding the school in this manner we request that they take time by the fore lock by sending in the name of the student now and the tuition fee by August 1 It is with a supreme confidence that we approach the beginning of this educational movement We have from time to time given an outline of the sev eral subjects we propose to treat this coming year Our hope is that we have whetted the appetite and created a desire for more The school will be able to furnish it in better form Read the prospectus on another page in this issue Send in your name at once if you are going to join Tuition fee can be paid August 1 Dont hesitate or delay Get in line FREETHOUGUT FUNERALS There is no subject about which Freethinkers are so sensitive as the manner in which we shall part with our beloved dead Now is there any subject about which Freethinkers as a class can well afford to take a deep and serious interest in that from time almost immemorial they have been hampered by creed and custom until it has become difficult in many instances to successfully overcome these influences and environments During tho past few weeks tho Blade has been in receipt of several communications upon this subject and for a sound practical commonsense solution of the question we commend the article appearing in another column of this issue from the pen of James F Morton Jr While it is radically different from tho known opinions of many Freethinkers it is none the less a departure from prevailing customs that might well be adopted by Freethinkers for the pur poses suggested The fact of death affects principally those of kin to tho deceased With the multitude it is not the fact of death but the manner of dying Assuming jurisdiction over body and soul 1 the church has assumed the right to mumble perfunctory prayers at birthat marriage and at death No act can be committed by the individual but what the church assumes x a sort of guardianship or control The cradle and the brave have been made special fields for their operation Regarding the latter the Christian world has costlynnddeparture The first step in this direction came when Cremation was inaugurated and its increasing popu larity testifies to tho soundness of this method of dis posing of tho deadrrllO time will come when the people will understand that the church is incapable of praying a man into heaven or keeping him out of hell and time burial service will undergo a change Time fact of a Freethought funeral or otherwise s rust largely be left to the desires of the immediate family of the deceased In all cases where the family do not share the Freethought views entertained and expressed by the deceased while living there can be no Freethought funeral and while some Christian form of burial may be given we know that it neither injures or helps the dead In such cases it is useless to complain or criticise irrespective of the manifest injustice perpetrated Again it is the desire of mummy Freethinkers arising principally from custom that some sort ofa cere mony be held over them when dead and to this end Some even go so far as to make provisions therefor before the end comes Christian people have argued and talked that to be buried without some ceremony sUggests that it is being buried like a dog and the same scrupulous care that moved Voltaire to guard against such a proceeding induces Freethought funer ads There is no earthly reason why Freethinkers should ape after Christian customs and while the sub ject is a serious one with many yet the further we can get from Christian form and ceremonials the better For our ownpart wo much prefer a brass band to play Johnny goes marching home than to have any of the old hymns commonly used on such occasions Time air suggested would also be much near the truth- Freethinkers do not need show or display Ifa ceremony is desired let it be as simple as possible A gathering of friends at the residence with a few appropriate words in the nature of an everlasting farewell are all that need be required and should please the most fastidious tastes There is much worthy of consideration in the article to which we have referred and it can be read with a great deal of profit f 112 BLUE GRASS BLADE A NEW LIFE OF JESUS Modern Version of an Alleged Ancient Romance Now Accepted by Many By John F Clarke Jesus Christ was born in a barn and came a barnstormer of one night stand Carpenter stood sponsor for him after a dream seance with an angel of the was heralded by a Jack olantern that looked good to several Wise Guys who lived insomnomanlcal lives and comed a diversion They came to the ac couchment and witnessed the Saviorical Birth They were traditional flrstnightera and their bald heads made a splendid showing from the gallery The star ad mitted them to reserved seats at the ex iltloii There was an entire lack of modesty displayed by the Carpenter family and the star guests Coming as they did from a distance and being Wise Guys they deserved to have the best foot shown prominently to them but no display above the ankle was the one thing needful in a hospital sense As Jesus was not con suited about his birth we charitably relieve him from the open shop attachment Strange to say the Wise Guys after taking the trouble to follow the will o the wisps for the purpose of attesting the birth of the Savior forgot in the rubber neck fest to make affidavit to the fact and the historical gents only got oral statements that one breath passed to another breath ad Infinitum The illustrious names of the servants who hotfooted after the Star of Bethlehem are lostirretrievably lost in the haze of history Lew Wallace in Ben Hur labels them but I take no such lib erties with Dame History for the wench might recoil and kick my reputation for veracity A biographer without a veracity is like a photographer with a crosseyed lenshe distorts the truth by personal veniality The true historian should conceal himself and reveal his hero and that is my mission but the fond reader must observe that fact for himself as I shall under no circumstances aid nor abet the game This is a digression and I must revert to my hero Jesus Christ I left him in the act of being born The mother and babe did well for the time- The proud father Mr Carpenter who was a dream parent demurely rocked the manger in lieu of a cradle The Semitic word khw p means stoned but I translated It as rocked I learn that Mary The Madonna was brought up in a monastery and that Joseph Carpenter had but recentlyi called for her and married her which leads me to think of a prophetic statement in The Decameron to the effect that even the shadow of a convent wall it pregnant e Infested with Holy Ghosts The Infant Savior failed to invite the Wise Guys to join him in his t supper and as they could not eat hay like t other asses they took their departure and the family silver as souvenirs of the occa sion The Star having fulfilled Its mis sion blew out its candle and vanished in the darkness and left the Wise Guys to find the back trail as best they could r It is a fair presumption that they got lost as history forsakes them at this psy cologlcal moment I shall not attempt tot out do history so I say R I P History called the bunch into existence and she f i ijtsjiL j wiped them oft her slate This is Chapter One of The Infancy Footnote by author It must not be inferred from the title to the premier chapter that it is written in fancy it Is straight fact- FOLLY AND FURY OF FANATICISM Challenge To Publish Letter From An Irate Orthodox Believer Accepted Washington Navy Yard Ordinance Office June 15th 1908 Sir I happened to glance over your Blue Grass Blade of June 14th 1908 I might say before Igo farther that it has never been my luck to read a paper which as far as freedom of thought or religion is concerned can rival this It is absolutely immoral Is poorly written and really unfit to pass through the mails There are sev eral articles in it that would not be out of place in the official anarchist organ In the first place you announce your paper to be the herald of the Free Thinkers Then God help the Free Think ers The contributions from such fanatics as William H Cox B Clavern and John F Clarke have so warped the minds of the subscribers as to make them anything but free thinkers You proclaim yourself Free Thinkers yet in every issue of your famous paper you publish contributions from your corrupt illiterate correspondents attacking by means of lying and even pro fane staements the sacred faith of people in a far higher stage of civilization than you can ever attain Perhaps some time in the dim future the poor misguided readers of this herald of free thinking will awaken to the fact that a certain clique of unscrupulous scoundrels has been playing upon their credulity and Incidentally separating them from their hard earned coin Ho was indeed a wise man who said a fool and his money are soon parted In his article The Soul not Found Wil liam H Cox brands himself as the author to be a bigoted egotistical individual who seems to have no reverence whatever for the truth or the faith of another peet His statements in regard to the Reverend Father Sherman indicate a lack of gray matter commonly known in this section of the country as brain tissue But Wil liam H is not alone In his misery this discrepancy is common with the editor and more of the contributors- It Is a wonder to me that God Almighty in his wrath did not strike dead the author of that blasphemous article New Plan of Redemption John F Clarke Such a pro fane immoral contribution is a disgrace to any paper or community The editor who allows such to be published in his paper is no better than the author Another article lewd and suggestive is Daves Letter This is suitable reading for such as the author and contributors but no one of a higher sphere would read such viler literature Such as this and other paragraphs in your weekly are unfit for decent women to read- I shall consider it my duty to send the copy I have with certain paragraphs of it marked to the Post Office Department There no doubt some of the cleanminded and intelligent assistant Postmasters will condemn it as unfit to pass through the U S Mails and prohibit the use of the i fJ t + same to this Blue Grass Blade office- I am quite sure that you will not dare earlyissuesof the deluded readers of the Blue Grass Blade to the understanding that they have unscrul1ulouseven the sacred truths of the Bible Challenging you to publish this letter in your paper in the near future I remain Yours antagonistically DAVES LETTER To His Dear Heavenly Father Copyright applied for 1908 by Franklin H Heald My dear heavenly FatherWhy dldent you tell the truth to Adam and Eve about the applet so that the Devil would have to lie to them or either keep still t The best people in Los Angeles would have thot more of you if you had Most all the peo ple at Watts like you but there are not so many and they are quite dark There is only about 350 people at Watts and there is 350 thousand at Los Angeles Why did you take one of Adams ribs to make Eve of I should think you wood of taken one of his fingers How many times have you operated on people that way Can you operate on them without hi rUng them Who was the girl that Cain married in the land of Nod t I cant seem to understand whether she was an old maid or a grass widough and it even puzzles Papa Joe thathasme some day when he is speclaly inspired after he stays to communion Do you think it is all right for them to eat the body and didentJesuswife and a baby of his own Wasent ho as good as Roosevelt Was he a PreastT Were the Marys and Marthas that cried on his feet and poared greese on him Nuns t Are there any Nuns In Heaven Are you married Would you have struck Roosevelt ded if he had not put In God We Trust back on the coins Joe says you would of Why dont you strike him ded for lleing about Tho Payne I think that was a dirtier trick than putting the lie about trusting god back on the money Ill bet Jim Jeffries can lick Sampson Jim lives next to us but I spose he and 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