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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 4 BLUE GR BLADE Volume XVII Number zi LEXIN GtOA3 Y 5 1908 Published Weekly I DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANi FREEDOM OF THOUGHT a Vcix lrrs 1 IoJIIl1 y j S OMF IM ME Julia Coon I r Sometime the sun will againVfc grainfSon tini the lanes the treteh so bare Will bloom again with veers fair t iy 7 J tSometime shall Justice1e installed y And Might and PriestJlft be recalled tJ I Sometime 0 TrutbUtypo r shall reign IWhile Falsehood hid6xj r head in shame J I 1 tJ Sometime all chains sKaiV brokeij be rAnd Mankind rise su h4ttLtx Sometime when swords by Right are sheathed And Womanhood wit Honor wreathed ty i f4 jl IIt i Ilia fi J 54 Jl Jf BLUE GRASS BLADE Depending upon the receipt of a biographical sketch which failed to arrive in time the Blade has been compelled to omit pic ture and biography for this week This omission will be only for this week the pictures and sketches being resumed again in our nextI PH Persistence of Superstition Fearful Cost of the Experiment of Believing- In Divine Revelations and Crucified Gods Like a millstone superstition in Its mul titudinous forms has hung upon the car of progress through all tho dreary ages with sorrow and with sadness we ponder over the pages of history painfully we look back into tho dark and bloody past and seo empires rising and falling at thb command of these phantoms of the human long night of savagery was prolonged for thousands of years by the terrible power of superstition in tho slow march of progress the stage of barbarism is not yet passed by a majority of tho nations ot this beautiful earth because of the super stitions that still survive and even among the most highly favored nations of the globe millions of people continue to believe In ghosts talking with the dead getting re ligion omens dreams divine revelations crucified saviors and many other stupid and Idiotic superstitions utterly antagonistic to the progress happiness and development of the human race The deadly scourges of alchollsm tuberculosis and syphilis which completely beg gar tho power of human speech to describe- are Innocent plagues when compared to tho hideous brood of superstitions that have been transmitted to us from the ages of savagery and barbarism The belief in divine revelations and crucified Gods and a thousand senseless superstitions has cost mankind In blood and tears and money more than all the mathematicians of tho entire world can computeIf vile brood of superstitions which still sway the world with moro than a monarchs power could bo destroyed today It is perfectly safe to say that in the short period of fifty years the whole human family would be singing songs of Joy and gladness and this earth would bo a far moro beautiful home for man than the mythical and fabled Garden of Kden In nearly all the cities towns and villages of the United States a very largo percent ago of the people still believe in tho su perstition of healing the sick at a distance warding off disease by amulets talking with spirits and for the propagation or these insane superstitions a vast literature has sprung up and numerous magazines and papers are published that have a wide circulation and their proprietors are grow ing wealthy in tho propagation of these absurditiesc To the ordinary mind this would seem to be Impossible in the bright morning ot the twentieth century but when we recall the historic fact that the priests of superstition have controlled the whole human family for thousands of years we need not be astonished because heredity tradition and vested interests stand like a stone wall across the path of progress nothing Is valued highly by Ignorant men and women as their superstitionshouses and lands and bankstock are Insignificant pos sessions when compared to their Insane de lusions and In the sad and bloody history of the human family every good man and every good woman who have tried to destroy the poisonous superstitions of ne cromacy sorcery witchcraft ghosts devils divine revelations and crucified gods have been ostracised and persecuted and tens of millions have been cruelly and fiendishly put to death Not many generations ago a superstition universally prevailed that a king was a God and all kings were worshipped as Gods and at their death their ghosts were propitiated and prayers and gifts and sacrifices were universally made to appease tho wrath and secure the favors of these kingly ghosts this was the real origin of all the super natural religions that have cursed the human famll Through oil tho dark and cheer less centuries and reddened nil the rivers of the earth with blood This awful sunorstltlon roaches far back In history but after thousands of years this inerstlHon that all kings were Gods gave away to the modified superstition that kings Pro not real and veritable Gods hut- Hnt all kings are sons of Gods nnd this cnnerstlMrn reaches far back into the twi light of history but after thousands or years It gave away to tho still milder superstition that kings are appointed by God to rule over tho tolling millions and this superstition with all Its sorrows and horrors still prevails among nearly nil tho- races of men except the most highly de veloped let us never cease to rejoice and give thanks to Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin who extermi nated this devilish superstition from the United States of America as completely as the Immortal Ingersoll In more recent his tory banished the devil from our great re public and forever extinguished the flames of a sulphurous hell Tho people of the United States and France are the only great nations of the earth that have completely disposed of the vile and horrible superstition of a malig nant devil arid that other monstrous super i WYO J stition that kings are appointed by God toIoppress the honest millions of tolling men In nearly all other countries this hideous nightmare and devilish superstition still continues to enslave and Impoverish many hundred millions of the human family We have on this earth sixteen hundred million people and with the exception of France and our own republic they are near ly all the abject and hopeless slaves of superstition in Russia alone there are one hundred and fifty millions of our brothers who are wretched and miserable slaves of the wicked superstition that God has ape pointed an autocrat to rule them and exploit the product of their hands and brain they have no solaceno comfort no liberty and no consolation except that which springs from the hope of death their Godappointed Czar owns everything ani mate and Inanimate the bodies and the souls of all this vast number of human beautiful and historic land of Spain there live twentyfive million of our brothers cursed with the awful blight of superstition and the terrible mildew of tho Inquisition whoso dark shadows blot out every star of hope and fill the land with sorrow and desolation the sickening and sorrowing effects tnat flow from Pandoras box of superstition end that have con verted our beautiful earth Into a vale of tears and blood could be extended until the whole circumference of tho earth would be included In tho sad recital There are many strange things In human hlstorv but the strangest and the most mysterious of them all Is the persistence of these phantoms of the brain that have held mnnklnd In bondage through all the cheer less ages need therefore not repeat that the most solemn and sacred dutv of every lover of humanity Is to labor diligently to extermi nate from our beautiful earth every form of superstition and fill the brain of the human race with tho sublime truth that the universe Is governed by law and that obe dlence to natural law would fill the world with Joy and gladness How lone 0 how long will It yet be be fore mankind will learn that Science and Reason are the only saviors of the human race Muncie Indiana Joins the School MARIETTA OA hasty search over some Blades doesnt show to whom thistshould be addressed but doubtless It will reach the right one AshleyJohnsontunity etc so I send the enclosed blank which I presume you will sign and send to will make It for one year with the pledge that will carry my part of it through the three years If he wishes to fkeep on and the school continues I shall not mind paying the 3000 for his benefit and that of the school I will write to a cousin and If he wants to take the course I will send you another pupil I think the money was to be paid Sep tember 1st or whenever It was found that a sufficient number were ready to begin September lstII M LUCAS fk fIJ r r f r BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 1Higher Science Suspends Poor Health of Editor Heald and Hard Times Forces Brave Magazine to Give Up The Blade Comes to the Rescue To my readers and subscribers of Higher Science On account of poor health and hard times I am sorry to be compelled to discontinue the publication of the radical little magazine but am glad to say that the Blue Grass Blade has kindly come to my rescue and will finish my paid subscription by sending the Blade free in Its stead for all unexpired me to those who do not object Those who would rather have balance due In cash kindly write me I will say to you that Daves letters to his heavenly parent will appear In the Blade each week as long as they are sufficiently Interesting ana It may be other articles from my pen when they are worthy- I hope you will all subscribe for and sup port the Blade when your time has expired Very truly FRANKLIN H HEALD MOTHERLOVE HOME JOINS reaajlove Movement We want a goodbye word with you that toication of prominence In the whole free thought field that seems to have sufficient courage common sense or both to even mention the Motherlove work which Richer Science has so bravely carried for two years now we ask one and nil to enlist for and with the Blade since Higher Science you note Is suspending In favor of the Blade We ask this In tho Interests of our pnr tlcular work which If dono would do all that the various other factions are trying to do and do It at one stroke We stand to destroy the church by taxIng awav Its business the sure way of killing anything Removing the demand always removes the supply Our work Is to open the eyes of woman to the fact that the whole great wooIthe Interests of class slavery and cast distinctions based on spoils of war bv caus ing her to believe that her mental economic and home slavery Is a better protection of pedigrees than her mental economic and personal freedom would be If and when this can be done will the blinded masses shiver and say we must havo the church to protect the family Dutwe find our progress must be slow i for in the outset what was told us we find to be true viz that we are up against the whole church and state of the world For this reason we are asking the freedom factions to cooperate to make strength In union alone there is power For proof look at the power of the church united on describedI w iil ffr in its true light We have found such a lamentable few among what we supposed the gods of intellect materialists who can see it that we at last realize the size of the burden we have espoused to lift We are up against the density of Intellect of the masses and the crafty cunning of those who do not have their names spelled the massesSolet us close by repeating Ho for cooperation Let us have one or two good strong freethought papers that can say what they please and will not be afraid of extinction because they tell all the truth and then after such a beginning is made we may talk business with the Pope and his God Almighty which Is now we know the main dependence of the mothers of the race to protect their children from Im as we are afraid of the devil you may be sure the devil will have the fun and we will pay the fiddler Slowly but surely the Motherlove princi pIe Is destined to work through the unwill ing and unwitting factions of reform and then only till all reform factions from ma terialism to socialism take up the true edu cation of young women showing the funda mental reasons for fidelity to their children their mates and society will the church of Rome ever find In those factions anything to be really afraid of AnrtIn the goodbye thats not to eoodbve let us ask of every render of dear old Hither Science the bravest of the brave which launched the work that undercuts the whole deviltry of crAft to keen In touch with us throiteh the columns of tho Wnilo which now and then will hove word from the Motherlnve principle as It slowly stnicrtrleB to the fore It seems to us that when s great nrln doll as human freelom Is In the hnlnnon tnt nil porsnnnl eeoM m would die and every one rally to mtnnort the nrlnclnlo Tef us try to work like the trusts co operate nnd conquer for the ltch3 jf freedom Ie law Mothefove Home Society Helen Phllbrlck CT Set THE BLADE ACCENTS The Blade deeply regres the necessity of publishing the foregoing announcement and yet It Is filled with hope nnd gratitude at tho supreme confidence displayed In Its ability and capacity to make un for what ever losses may be sustained thereby Freethought cannot afford to lose one of Its periodicals The cause we advocate needs all the workers It needs every force we can command and when cramping oP- pressive conditions surround any of our publications It is the stern duty of all to come to its Immediate rescue During its career Higher Science has laid tho foundations for a clear and Intelligent understanding of the Freethought position It has inculcated a higher ground for Free thinkers to occupy and as Its name Implied It was in fact a Higher Science magazine resting assured that with the teaching of such subjects It would more surely work for the overthrow of orthodox superstitions The Blade feels complimented by reason of the fact that Editor Franklin H Heald li x If ih has selected the Blade as a medium through which to fill his unexpired and paid up sub scriptions an undertaking which the Blade cheerfully and willingly accepts In this connection we wish to say that Editor Heald has promised to continue his weekly contributions of Daves Letters to the Blade columns with other articles from his pen as opportunity permits May the day and hour soon come when ahispropaganda through the great West is the profound wish of the BladeEditor DAVES LETTER TO HIS DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER Copyright Applied for 1908 by Franklin H Heald My dear heavenly father Which do you want for President Rose veldt or Bryan Which do you think can preach the best Cud Bryan tell as big a lye about Thomas Paine as Roseveldt told In his book if he wanted too Did you Inspire Roseveldt to tell It for your glory Is it all rite to lye for your glory like Paul and Roseveldt did In their books If I should tell a lye for 4 your glory wood It be true Did you ever tell a lye Did you make the Jews In your age or did Moses lye about it in his book Did Geo Washington ever have a little hatchet or did he lye for your glory to Bernstein Is our groceryman an he was born on Washingtons birthday but he cant tell the truth at least he never has yet He lyes In his sleep When Joe tells a lye he believes It his pelf but when Bernstlne tells one there dont anybody believe It If he maid a mistake and told the truth nobody wond believe tnt hut I dont think he Is liable to Poes Pod Burdet believe the things hp onrhpp about or are they his newest token Which will set the nearest to vou In Henvpn Rob or Orchard or Roseveldt or Toe Cud I set on the other side next to the window If I conclude to go there Did they hang your Jesus between thieves be iso e and the Apostles stole corn on Sunday Were the Apostles dungken hums like the ones In Cnnnda or were they Holy rollers like the ones here Do all thieves go to Heaven the same as mur derers do How many do you no that are in the other place Mv Jesus is an awful thief He wood steal corn or anything else any day in the weak He is my Burro that I told you about His real name Is Hasuse in Span Ish but when we are talking English we have to say Jesus He Is so patient that he wont move unless you swear at him In Spanish and if vou hit him with a club he will turn the other cheak and Just scruches up a little move He Is an ass and he hates to work worse than anything else He goes bear headed and his hare parts In the middle and looks Just like a finny In the the face only he is sleepyer The only time he moves fast is when I want to catch him to ride I believe he Is slower than Joe when you want him to hurry As Ever DAVE The child says the proverb Is father to the man What sort of fathers must our unfed unloved slum children be fTi i a J 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE Chas Chilton Moore in literature Son of Our Late Editor Produces Remark able Literary Work of Rare Merit For Sale Soon Blade readers will be pleased to know that Charles Chilton Moore the eldest son and namesake of our late editor has writ ten a rare work of great merit under the attractive title of Tamam which Is now in the publishers hands The Neale Pub lishing Company of Washington We have not yet had an opportunity to review the toIUp from Earths Centre through the Sev enth Gate- I rose and on the throne of Saturn sate And many knots unriivld by the Road But not the Knot of Human Death and Fate When Omar Khayyam had written the last line of his great poem and the sadness of a completed task encompassed the old man he took up the pen he had laid down All was not written the last word was not said And he wrote a word that stood by itself on the page a word without com panion without rhyme without comment a lonely terrible fascinating word The word the poet wrote was TamamThe End Not tho End of the poem the com pletion of the thoughts and emotions that had pressed for utterance but The End of all thlnps The Ultimate Silence That Is to say Oblivion With a poets vision Mr Moore has used the Persians last word Tamam for the title of his book With the joet he says This too shall pass away Love beauty hope these things are but they are not JThePower Prayer Folly of Orthodox Believers In Prayer Shown by Recital of Facts By Charming Severance There are many peoplo who still believe In the power of prayer but most of them when using It as an Imaginary aid to relief or assistance turn to It as a last resort r While hope remains and soars fairly high people In trouble try natural means and exert themselves In a sensible manner to accomplish their purpose but when things look dark and hope has fled or nearly de parted then they begin to pray and turn loose the hot air hoping the audible sounds will reach the ear of Jehovah and lead him to do what he evidently would not do unless Implored and beseeched It would be a very nice thing to have such a god for emergencies If possible but uptodate the evidence Is lacking that such a one exists and responds to the Importunings of human beings Still they keep on praying and claiming that prayers are answered In spite of tho Immovable and indestructablo fact that no aid over rendered In answer to prayer could be traced direct to Jehovah or connected with any superhuman power When aid Is impossible from natural ff i jifJt i immortal I too write at the beginning as he wrote at the close Tamam It Is The End Tamam will give a rare and deep pleasure to tho nonlabeling sore of mind the highest sort of mind The book can not be labeled It Is not romance It Is not an historical novel it Is not a psychic study though it Is something of all three It Is hardly fact It is certainly not fancy It does not pertain y wholly to this world yet It encroaches very little upon any other It IfJa lovestory yet there is not a word of love spoken In It it is a psychological study but it presents no definite problem and solves nothing Stronger and truer than our usual conceptions of mance It is less realistic and formal than our accepted notions of the novel In brief it defies all our categories- A strong man Iqves a beautiful girl That is net unusual Tnrough the girls brilliant coquetry they are estranged This Is not unusual They remain absolutely faithful to their mutual unspoken love he through the pride of selfmastery she In the con fidence that he will return to her Neither is that unusual But the series of incidents that keep the lovers apart Is unusual and Mr Moore has used the Irony fate with excellent courage and with a great deal of these facts of life and loveand death Mr Moore has woven a remarkable tapestry of delicate colors an Interming ling of vision and retrospect that Is unique and suggestive It is a poets brooding subdued to prose form a lovetragedy som bre and powerful And at the beginning of the tragedy of love he writes as Omar wrote at the close of the tragedy of life Tamam Which Is to say Oblivion of sources and human beings are powerless to help each other in times of trouble and distress put it down aa a foregone con clusion that nothing can or will bo done Some people were lately drifting In a dis abled steam launch off tho coast of South ern California and with exhausted food sup ply and no signs of relief from passing ves sels they begun as usual to foray to God and for two days and nights they implored and beseeched his assistance But there was nothing doing and they were nearly dead from exposure and exhaustion when one of Uncle Sams Cruisers appealed In the distance and men on the lookout hap pened to see them and their signal of distress This was the way God saved them and became the recipient of their thanks and gratitude later on but to a man who has reasoning faculties and uses the same It Is very hard to see what God and prayer had to do with their rescue In Chicago tho other day a man thought by many Innocent of the crime for which he was about to be hung was the cause of remarkable public demonstrations in which the sympathy of the people was much ex cited In fact these public expressions of doubt as to his guilt and desires for a reprieve were sufficient to cause the Judge of a higher court tnan the one he was convicted in to grant him an extension of time that his innocence if possible may be established And now because a lot of religious devotees prayed for him they are loudly claiming their prayers were answer ed and his respite was gained by and through prayer It is a longdrawn and strenuous conclusion that prayer aided him In any way and If nothing had been done for him except to prayand that in secret as the book coun sels and adviseshe would have trod the trap promptly on time and been legally exe cuted It was the action of the people In mass meetings and their demonstrations of disapproval that led the aforesaid judge to intervene in this mans behalf and nothing else can be made out of it by any person who applies reason to the facts And so we always find It when seeking to discover power In prayer for It has none and believing a good thing should be per petuated in the minds of the people the In spired and immortal remarkof the late Brick Pomeroy is again presented for sideration and the approval It must receive from thinking minds Prayer may ease the soul but a tin born blown up the chim ney will accomplish Just as much Sierra Madre California Fanaticism Gets W C Daly HUNTINGBURG INDWo enclose you herein a resolution defending the welfare of a friend who has been victimized by capitalistic greed and prejudicial tyranny for which weas awell said to be f free people will not stand for It shall be a fight for liberty or death and we know you wont blame us Yours for political and all other freedom in the fullest meas ureF PICKHART Rec Sec Local Hunttingburg RESOLUTION Passed and Adopted by Local Huntlngburg at a Meeting Held Thursday Night June 4 1908 WHEREAS it has come to pass that Hulman Co Wholesale Grocers of Terre Haute Indiana have dismissed from their services Comrade W C Daly because he f talked socialism therefore bo it RESOLVED That Local Hun lngburg resent this action of Hulman Co as low spiteful and diabolical and to say the least unbecoming in a firm who so much depend on the common people for their profitable business and be It further RESOLVED That we notify allof our sister Locals Trade Unions and the com munity at large of the action of this firm and ask their cooperation and support In denying them their trade good will future support until such time when theyfishall cease their hostility in the cause of political freedom That they be taught that we have rights that they must respect That until they show a changed attitude and more friendly spirit that we will con sider that An Injury to one Is the con cern of all and that we spurn their tyranny 1Bibleborn of woman Do we realize what that means And how do we treat our women the mothers of the race i i r iif BLtJE GRASS BLADE r ITha Pot of Oil While Answering Critics Some Definitions and Meanings of Bible Terms Are Given By George Vale As I have not visited the columns of the Blade for more than a year and wishing to congratulate its editor on its Improved size and appearance and also to apologize to Mr Roser for having written that his let ter in which he staed that Gain and Abel are the only children of Adam and Eve accounted for entirely forgetting Seth from whom Abraham and his posterity are de scendedI asking admission again Then too I wished to answer Mr Lewis letter writ ten a year ago or more and in which he again if he did not deny the fact the the genealogies given by Matthew and Luke relate to two individuals he at least evaded the acknowledgment of that fact The Bible is the book under discussion and whatever is in it is these and no amount of denial can change the fact Mr Lewis might as well write that the book entitled Nicholas Nlckleby does not contain the name of Mike or that the word Jesus does not occur once in the Bible and try to convince his readers that they cannot trust to the evidence of their own eyes Just why Mr Lewis a Freethinker is so anxious to try to prove that there was either only one Jesus or no Jesus a position that we might expect of a Christian nocalled Mr Lewis may know and lIe implied that I am entitled to be called a Freethinker and seemingly because I Am willing to acknowl edge the facts as they exist and help others to understand that one and one make two k as surely in the Bible as elsewhere and although the Bible may be proven to be mingled allegory parable romance and much hidden history its story is certainly different from the one given by the priests to the people and the New Testament con tains the genealogies of two men one of the descendant of Davids son Solomon and whose name was Joseph and who was the stepfather of one called Jesus The other the descendant of the same Davids son Nathan and himself called Jesus but whose advent occurred five hundred years later Mr Lewis once informed us that he had spent seventy years in listening to ortho dox sermons which may have made him In capable of determining as to what is pre sented to his sight and so he will maintain the old orthodox He or nothing and when I assured my readers that I had con vinced Christians merely by showing them that those two genealogies are of two per sons and in two distinct lines of descent from David Mr Lewis replied that those Christians would rather accept any number of saviors than lose one but Mr Lewis could not possibly have known the minds of those persons and besides I did not pre sent them to increase their faith in a savior or to induce them to believe in a greater number of them but to overthrow their faith in even one savior My mention of the now version from i which the genealogies had been om- ittedland which Mr Lewis criticised was in to a then recent article which appeared In the Blade for tho new version had not then been announced and I 1 l11 D right here I would like toadvise Free thinkers to keep their old Bibles for future reference as they will need them in making comparsions with the new for a book which is changed so often needs to be watched as well as do those who make the changes And what I say unto you I say unto all Christians socalled be deceived if we must but let us not part with the evi dences of the changes made from time to time in the Jewish book Another excuse for asking admission to the Blades columns is that I should like to tell you more of the real meaning of certain Old Testament stories By consulting Websters Dlstlonary I read that Adam was the progenitor of tho whole human race but by reading the Bible I find that only Jews were descended from Adam and not all the Jews even for some had already located elsewhere In the land of Nod Ned was another Jew and that land that Nod had invaded was the one to which the despoilers of Eden sent their criminals for Cain was branded and ban ished to the land of Nod and that trial and banishment mean more than the ridding of Eden of a slayer of his brother Some of you will remember my last let ter in which I told you of Elisha and the bearS and now let us turn to II Kings IV in which we read Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of tho prophets gamblers on the stock market were called prophets because they prophesied concerning futures and the woman appealed to SlIsha whom you will remember was only a stock broker and called a man of God because he was an agent of the cief broker whom those Jews called their God or ruler and whom I shall continue to call tho baron and tho woman continued Thy servant my husband Is dead and thou knowest that thy servant did fear tho Lord the Baron and tho creditor Is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen You can scarcely wonder that tho dead gambler had feared the baron since his investments had proved to be so unfortu nate as to leave his widow so deeply In debt that the creditor required tho services of their sons as payment And Elisha asked What shall I do for thee tell me what hast thou In the house in tho house of Elisha Co And she said Thine handmaid hath not anything In the house save a pot of oil All that she possessed was a certain number of shares In the oil market Then he said Go borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors Oven empty vessels borrow not a few And when thou art come In thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons and shalt pour out into all those vessels and thou shalt set aside that which Is full So she went from him and shut the door upon her and upon her sons who brought tho vessels to her and she poured out And It came to pass when the vessels were full that tho oil strayed Then she came and told tho man of God the barons agent and ho said Go sell the oil and pay tho debt and live thou and thy sons of tho rest The vessels that tho widows sons borrowed were not pots nor jars nor bot tles nor cans but vessels Is a figure for something to hold the oil and was In reality money which they borrowed in various sums but refrained from telling for what purpose the closed doors being the figure for secrecy and tho money thus secured was Invested on the oil market which accounts for the increase in the quantity of oil And when the price of oil stock had risen the broker Elisha told the widow to sell which she did realizing a sum sulffclent to pay her indebtedness and to furnish a living for herself and family And that other little story of the meal barrel and the oil crult Is of tho same character And these are miracles that our Sundayschool teachers repeated to us to help us to fear the Lord The Baron The real age of Methusalah was nine hundred days and sixtynine years or sixtynine years with the addition of nine hundred days making a total of seventy one years and one hundred and seventy pit that Josephs brethren throw him Into was only the wheat pit Beersheba or the word beer compound ed with any other word means a brewery The sun worshippers hasoJ not to go down for about a day and th7 moon iwor shippers stood still that Joshua might win the battle To clothes of the Isralites in the wilder ness of war trusts boycotts heer whisky nnd devil worship waved not nld because they sold them at the secondhand store while they were yet new that they might array themselves in still newer onus In Lev we read what vho poor might eat the locust the bald locust the beetle and the grasshopper And the quails were shipped by the Lord tho duke across the sea and the people many of them Gentiles spent two days and a night un loading the ships and the Lord Moses while they were eating them grew wrath because he had not been able to stand be tween the shipper and tho consumers and the plague with which he smoto them was a trust which controlled tho quail market after that His Opinion of the Blade GRIMES OKLA Enclosed find Money order for 450 to pay up back subscription and to set me ahead again with the best paper published k My wife has promised mo that when I am dead1 that n copy of the Blade shall be placed under my head In my coffin and that no orthodox soulsaver shall howl over my remains at my grave I have ten children three are married three are school teachers seven are grown up and every ono is an Infidel Not ono has ever contracted a debt that they did not pay as agreed not one has over been arrested not ono has ever taken a drink a smoke or a chew They have never attended Sundayschool only at intervals And I am truly glad that not one has ever experienced religion nnd been saved by the blood of the lamb There has never been a prayer offered up In my house nor a blessing asked at my table I was born an Infidel and therefore cannot help it I am waiting for the great change that know is sure to comeE W FRANKLIN Subscribes For Blade WILBURTON LAI want to subscribe for the Blue Grass mo how much the XHAZEL i p B f t tJ i r + + r Li wr H rT 4r Fr re lIt BL fh lF 71 t rI f Itj 6 UE GRASS BLADE 4 Mti Current Comment on Public Events 4 TT Through the forethought of a little Freethinker Miss Hazel Sherman of lau Claire Wisconsin we are in receipt of a clipping from one of her home papers which tains an article written by H C Putnam on the religious issues of the day wherein he seeks to unravel and explain much of physical phenomena without resorting to supernaturalism and in a measure to dis cuss such topics as life and death Friend Putnam judging from his works is of a liberal turn of mind yet tinctured with orthodox traits to such an extent that ho can swallow the divinity of Jesus which he says lie admits and even goes so far as to accept the burning bush yarn of the old testament wherein god spake with Moses Both of these are supernatural In other words they are not natural We have only Moses word for it at least said to be his about the bush being on fire and his conversation with deity On the other hand we have only fable and tradition to support the claims of Jesus to divinityshlp Just a brief reflection will be enough to convince any intelligent mind that that only is natural which actually is and that which we are com pelled to accept on faith alone that which cannot be demonstrated that which is not compatible with truths already in evidence and inconsistent in terms must be relegated to the intellectual rubbish heap It is not natural for gods to appear in burning bushes and talk with men It is not natural for gods to become incarnate in the form of a man and walk about the earth among a limited few and then consign all to hell who cannot believe It Commenting upon some of the bible stories and the doctrines taught by the modern Christian church we can agree to a large extent with the writer He frankly condemns as nastiness much of what is taught today in the orthodox church and quotes Beecher approvingly on that subject He advances his own theories anent the soul without any explanation of what he means by the soul other than calling it mind Of course we can fully appreciate his discarding of ancient theories but in taking up new theories we must be satis fied that they are better than what we have thrown away A slave may break his chains but if he permits new chains to be put about him newer in construction and of later design they are still chains and he has connived at his own enslavement This holds true in every department of intellect ual life thought and action We glory in the man or woman who discerning a ray of light investigates discovers and makes known So we can afford to walk along with friend Putnam for a short distance but when he seeks to fasten a new form of superstition upon us we must part com panyHistory knows no divine Jesus save as wo all are divine It knows no burning bush or talkative gods Science knows no soul These are the concomitants of superstition and it is the duty of all to eradicate a belief In them from the human mind Per haps in a little while If he keeps at it long enough friend Putnam will get there i fF ttt i t Once again reference must be made to the utter powerlessness of the Christian religion to restrain its adherents from wrong doing Nearly every day nay but almost every hour evidences of crime com mitted by some reputed good church mem ber finds publication in the columns of the dally press Not the laity alone but the clergy are thus catalogued for their crimes The latest however to bo thus classified is Robert H Green who was vice president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Waynetown Indiana He was also a good church member prominent in Its work and propaganda He first began to speculate with the stock markets winning and losing until he got way on the wrong side of his ledger accounts at the bank In making these speculations ne had simply failed to count the cost In order to try and recoup his losses although a consistent church member he turned horse thclt and by disposing of the stolen animals which he quartered on his own farm thinking to avoid suspicion he sought to replace a part of the money which he had taken from the bank Months of successful operation are charged up to him until detection came and he was landed in a prison cell accused by the police of being one of the boldest crim inals of this kind in the police annals of the state Among the strangest facts brought out is that Green was caught in Indianapolis where he was trying to sell some of the stolen horses A negro coachman In the employ of Judge McCabe the latter losing some of his horses saw Green with one of the horses in his possession recognized the horse and followed them up until he came in with a police officer The latter called upon Green to halt He ran instead The policeman fired at him He stopped For three days he stood the ordeal of a sweat box and insisted that his name was Ross and that he lived at the Auditorium Hotel In Chicago True indeed the way of tho transgressor is always a hard one but if Green had only permitted a little more of humanity to creep Into his heart and less of Christianity ho would now be an honest man enjoying his 36 years of life with his wife and children Instead of being confined in a felons cell Few people may know It but it is none the less a fact that the Christian cult main tains a society having for Its object the conversion of Jews to Christianity They probably work along these lines believing that if the Jews can be brought to confess Christ their triumph would be complete for although Jesus was a Jew according to tradition not history lived and died a Jew the Jew refuseto accept or believe In him and denounce the whole Christmyth as a monstrous fake Be that as it may this society exists and thousands of dollars are spent annually through It for the conversion of the Jews The results show that the proceedings are rather expensive considering the amount expended and the number of Jews con verted Occasionally they can get one and f a hullaballoo is made over him Some years ago they captured one Rev Samuel Freuder formerly a JewIsh Rabbi He confessed Christianity and was made a mis sionary to his own people We do not know the motives of the man in confessing Christ nor would wo Judge them He might have been sincere and he might not In any event he was a dead failure The fact that he had renounced Judaism the faith of his fathers for the infidel gave him small standing among his own people They would neither listen to him or heed him These conditions caused him to seriously reflect upon his situation and so at last he determined to renounce the new faith and If he had need of any to return to the old Now the story goes that while holding forth in the name of Jesus and him cruci fied for our sins at tho Hebrew Messianic Conference In Park Street Church New York he broke forth in violent renunciation which is said to have both disturbed and shocked the congregation According to published reports he said I have never baptized a Jew From this day forth I will never baptize a Jew or anybody else If I ever preach in a Christian pulpit again may my right hand forget its cun ning and may my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth It is now up to the exevangelist mission ary to keep his word It is also comforting to know that he does not even intend to baptize anybody much less a Jew His declaration not to preach no more in a Christian pulpit ought to be extended to other cults and If he wants to preach any sort of a gospel let him take up and advo cate humanitys cause for the balance of his life Great Is the power of religion Greater still Is the power of that religion known as Christianity Well lndec1 has it been said that rivers of human blood have flowed because of tho envy malice and hatreds that it has successfully engendered Re ligious frenzy is responsible for many crimes but none more hideous none more revolting than the crime reported from Nazareth Pa In which Robert Bachman a fanatic who had Imagined himself as god deliberately stamped a fiveyearold girl Irene Smith to death as a means of alter- Ing a sacrifice upon the bloodstained altars of this worldcursing despotism According to the published accounts Bachman the leader of a religious sect known as the House of god and regarded by all his followers as the king of all man kind had conducted a wlldorgled religious meeting which had lasted Incessantly for two days and nights At the close of the meeting Bachman grabbed the child threw her to the ground and crying out that the body of the little girl housed a devil de liberately Jumped upon her with both feet stamped upon her in such fiendish frenzy that the life of the Infant was soon sped The child was a nclco of the fanatical re ligious murderer and he together with the parents of the child who it Is said stood by and witnessed tho horrible sacrifice wore arrested on the capital crime of mur der Tho account given in the papers say that the trio take their fate calmly and re signedly looking upon tho horrible death of the child as a divine decree And this from a religion which sings Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not Poor deluded lowers of a phantom myth While such Air It ji iJ Iit J J il BLUE GASS BLADE 1 conditions prevail and while the Christian religion can exert such fearful power over the minds of supposedly reasonable men and women there is a work waiting to be done by all Instead of being even the semblance of a blessing such a religion is a positive curse and must be destroyed If the race is ever to be free Such fearful examples lire given in the bible Moses and Isaac Jepthah and his daughter to say nothing of the bible god offering up his only son as a sacrifice all tend produce morbidity of mind In its believers and It they imitate the examples given they are led to believe that they are following di vine guidance Let us strive to rid the world of all gods and a belief In gods s our imperative duty and this duty must not be shirked Modern Christians are Incapable of trusting each other Even church officials are suspected of mismanagement in hand ling gods cash The Sunday collections are to be protected and it has even been hinted that some churches might install onearmed men to take up tho weekly col lections Be that as It may the parishioners of St Casimirs Church at Worcester Mass are to be given an innovation By order of Bishop Beaver who is in charge of the diocese modern cash registers are to be placed at each entrance to the church and the congregation as they pass in not as they come out are to deposit their con tributions in the register ringing up the amount of cash given In each case By these means the church officials hope to keep a stricter tab on the money collected and maintain a close espionage upon those in charge of the cash Just think of It DIsnonesty among church officers Too handling of cash Accounts all tingled up and even prayer will not help in making a balance God says nothing practically refuses to In terfere and human Inventions a machine known far and wide in fact a cash register must be used in an effort to keep the church officials from pilfering and mismanagement Now the question arises what moral or bencflclent effects has the Christian religion wrought upon such people Further If suspicion must attach to professing Christians who can blame a heretic for getting wrong occasionally Horse racing gambling and the saloon Bad enough In their way and yet these con stltute the trio of objective attacks for the efforts of the modern reformer The latter have not yet apparently realized a far greater evil which Is undermining the moral vitality of the nation that of bad literature Inspired by religious zeal many of these so called reformers actually believe that the kingdom of heaven Is very near to a reali zation In that community where there Is neither saloon or betting upon horse races- The closing of saloons and the abolition- of racetrack gambling do not of themselves create moral character Nor do they re move the sources of evil in civilization These things are merely thn outward ex pressions of certain moral phases In our social or community life and are by their very nature mere effects rather than causes Honest men liberal men Intelli gent and highminded women all are essen tial to the true morality of society The victims of the saloon and tho race tracks are as a rule made up of the debris of society and those who have not tho moral courage and force of Individual character to overcome temptation It h well enough r t 4 to help the weak and to limit as far as possible the opportunities of temptation but after all the stability and morality of society must depend upon the strength of character of the individual There is In circulation in this country today without protest or opposition a tremendous volume of polluted literature that distorts the mind and strikes at the very foundation of morality These consist ot books and periodicals many of which may bo found in our public libraries and to which young men and women have free access Such as these would not be harmed by the presence of a saloon and may never Indulge in betting on a horse race and yet by reading imbibing and discussing much of the literature mentioned they are doing more to wreck morality than all the saloons and horse races combined Hero Is presented a magnificent opportu nity for some ardent reformer but he must not be of the prurient Comstock type Clean literature make for a clean people and with a clean people many of the evils now complained of In society will disappear r r There may be something worthy of com mendation in the physical courage mani fested by Rev George Hayes of Sholburn Indiana by standing up in a pistol duel against two officers of the civil law but his judgment is not to be admired In the first place a minister of the gospel ought not to violate the written law by even carrying a pistol much less to engage In deadly from that section of the country state that Rev been viciously active in prohibition propaganda and accus ing the civil authorities with failure to en force the law undertook to enforce It him self and caused himself to be sworn as a special officer for that purpose While on his mission ot law enforcement he encount ered John Myers and Curt McCloskoy con stables when a quarrel ensued as to the respective rights and powers of these posing officials when Hayes drew his re volver Myers drew his and ordered tho preacher to throw his hands up Instead of sodoing the preacher tooK a shot at Myers with the Intention of killing him and tho pistol battle followed McCloskey took part in it as against the preacher and the latter battling agalnt two from their re spective shelters which they had sought kept up the Interchange of shots until the preacher got a severe wound The climax came when town officials camo up and ar rested tho three Hero Is another Instance of the peace promoting power of the rlsUan religion A professor of Christianity a supposed leader of people to a better and a peaceful life a worker In the vineyard of him who is said to have been the prince of peace actually courting trouble by going about armed with loaded pistols getting himself sworn in a special officer to better enable him to carry out his plans and act ually trying to kill another peace officer be cause he did not agree with him or did not like him Can it bo possible that the followers of such a man If he has any could possess any higher moral sentiments than himself Is he setting a good ex ample Is he Imitating his Jesus Who said resist not evil Christian socialism appears to be the latest move upon the part of the church to prevent the constant defection from its doors and Influences Just as flies are not 411tifJ to be caught with vinegar and as ye can not gather grapes of thistles so will the sincere socialist reformer refuse to bo caught or bamboozled Into even a modest acceptance of the claims of the church byysuch a movement topicInto make the foregoing observation by publicationsWeeklyPeoplecratic elements which have long used the church as a willing tool to serve Its pur poses with effecting a complete somersault regarding the movement for eco nomic reform Whereas previously the church refused to recognize or tolerate socialism Its advocates now Insist there is nothing inconsistent between Christianity and Socialism which the publication re thoroughbackdownstrength for the church It Is gratifying to observe that the scheme has been detected and a compliance denied From the day of Its Inception down to the present the church has been the active foe of labor and a successful panderer to the rich It cares for neither elements save that which it can extract from them Render unto Caesar tho things that are Caesars has been its constant cry and this has been used to stiffle tho cry of labor against injustice and fraud Now that labor is gradually compell Ing some recognition of its rights the church with its businesslike propensities Is overanxious to stand In and then draw to Itself the lions share of the glory to say nothing of financial profit Tried weighed and found wanting This Is the unanimous verdict of every thinker to such preposterous claims We can but re Iterate our assertion that by this time tho socialist ought to know that economic free dom can never obtain until tho church power has been destroyed Then why not join hands with the Blade to that end How To Make Him Happy CAMERAN 11I0I call you friend for the reason that I think you are a real friend to all the people who read your paperxA person could not read the Blue Grass Blade without knowing more and feeling better than ho did before You have made so much Improvement In the paper by dress ing it up new that I cannot say enough to j do It justice If I could only get my neigh bors to read it I would be happy If C C Moore could see the Blade In its new dress he would be happy also I am pleased to read Mrs Henrys articles They are good In fact all of tlie Blades articles I suits mo Enclosed find 200 Set me ahead for another year and use the balance for what you think bestA D UHL The Kind That 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the fact that the Christian re- t ligion through its paid advocates and ignorant fanatical votaries has invariably failed to miss a single opportunity to wreak its petty vengeance upon all who refuse to worship at the shrine of its tyrant of a god and bow the knee in humble submission to its mandatesNot a few years back could any be found strong enough brave enough willing enough to dare to question its authority deny its divine origin ques tion its power for moral influence and virtue or ex- pressx a doubt about the milk of human kindness con tained within the breasts of Christian fanatics Now the woods are full of such men and women and these t refuse to submit to the orthodox yoke great honor tlt and glory to them all Seldom can any Christian fanatic be found with the courage to express his or her opinions especially when those opinions savor of violence a deprivation of legal or constitutional right and expressive of a desire to impose or inflict punishment for mere opin ions sake Once in a while some person but little removed from the ape still dominated by savage and barbarous instincts minus reason intelligent opinion yet strong in faith and extremely anxious to curry favor with some religious institution will muster up courage enough to express himself and such a person has been found in the author of the com munication which appears in our last issue denounc ing the Blade for its socalled irreligious utterances condemning its writers as being bigoted egotistical profane immoral blasphemous etc and so on ad libitum ad infinitum For bigotry and egotism commend us all to the author of that very article He not only sets himself up as a judge of the personal character of other men and women whose aspirations are higher and nobler than his own but he confesses a purpose to seek aid from brute force to suppress that with which he can not agree fearful to leave the matter to a conflict of intellectuality The personal pronoun plays a con spicuous part in Iris creed and clearly betrays the hatred the passion the envy the malice the ill temper which moved him to write in fancied defence of his holy religion Assuming that the Christian religion produced him and made him what he is we are glad that we make no pretensions in that direction but have undertaken to oppose and resist it as far as we are capable of sodoing One such man in a nation of eighty millions is just one too many His parents ought to be proud of him The Blade does not care to undertake any discussion of the contents of his letter It would be time wasted We are content with tin expression of our opinion of the writer thereof Asa gentle reminder we would suggest should a copy of this issue ever fall into his hands to practice kindness and charity and he will get along far better in the world than to attempt an undertaking that is too big for him Suspecting a desire upon the part of the author of that letter to curry favor with some particular ortho dox official or institution by a 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AS A CBOIiE CURE t 1 vtVemoral sense It has taken just one generation for one of the leading nations of the earth to attain the moral standard set by the late Col Robert G Ingersoll Strange to say thatj nation is not our own It is England The move has been made in Parliament through Herbert Gladstone son of the lute distinguished statesman by the introduction of a measure having for its objective the cure of crime by kindly treatment instead of harsh dis cipline More than twenty years ago Col Ingersoll delivered his famous brochure upon Crimes against Criminals In it lie pointed to the2erroneous systems in vogue at that time and since that time but the mawkish sentimentalists and the expert penologists failed to grasp the splendid truths he uttered The question may be asked why do we punish crime Answern Either as a deterrent b because we do not like the criminal c to prevent criminal repetition or d for the simple protection ofsociety The element of deterrence is entirely speculative Then again it is wrong It suggests that we do not punish a hi man because he land committed crime but because it is expected that by punishing him we frighten some others who might be inclined to commit crime and therefore deter him But we can never know hoW far we actually deter and to punish a man on this principle alone is to punish him for the uncommitted and anticipated crime of have we any excuse for inflicting punishment upon any organism because we do not like them A proper appreciation of the rights of persons would be a sufficient preventive of this principle If we punish for one crime committed on the theory that we are liable to prevent the same person from committing another crime when his term and meet of punish anent have expired then we are not carrying thut into prac tical effect for our prison officials are turning out of the prisons and penitcntaries every day criminals whom the officials know will again commit crime at the first opporl tunitysIf the simple protection of society is the principle in volved then our entire criminal procedure must be recon structed with a view to carrying into more practical effect Let it be understood that there should be no element of punishment that is not intended for the prisoners own good There should bo nothing vindictive about it Under existing judicial conditions the clement ofvindictiveness figures to a largo extent in every form of punishment Every criminal law is declaratory directory mandatory flr tiit ifcrimeswrong within the body politic It directs against the J commission thereof It is mandatory in that it requires all within its provisions to obey the written letter It is l vindictive because of the penalty it imposes against those admitits sole strength The power to enforce its mandates andxt-o punish for violations constitutes the great strength of the law- Modern custom demands that a man shall be confined for a given number of years for a given crime the terns varying with the character of the crime committed Once inside the prison walls heis put to continual hard labor brief resting spells solitary confinement at night with ybenecessary to pay for the cost of his keep and maintenance The balance of his time should be devoted to useful instruc tion education along moral lines and pains taken to impress upon his mind that the persons and property of others must be held in sacred esteem Reformation and not simple punishment should be the objective of all prison transactions In his address before the Parliament Herbert Gladstone shade a rather caustic reference to the habitual professional criminal In the light of investigations made he has discovered that as a rule the professional criminal leads a decorous and blameless life while in durance vile On this subject he is quoted as saying They are orthodox attendants at chapel and in mnny r cases they are regular attendants at communion Unthinkingly and unintentionally perhaps the British Mine Secretary has advanced serious argument against the prevailing orthodox religion What he has referred to simply conies as an emanation of the cross episode in the new testament where the penitent was admitted to heaven in company with Jesus because he had expressed sympathy for him during his dire distress Ninety and nine out of every one hundred criminals are firm believers in the orthodox creeds Prison statistics prove this to be a fact Then inasmuch religion fails to lead them from doing wrong it is time some other nloral system was tried LOOK AT YOUR TAB +Once again the are compelled to remind those of our sub scribers who are delinquent in the payment of their sub scriptions that the new ruling made by the Postoffiee Department at Washington to refuse to transmit and deliver secondclass mail to subscribers who are shown by the date tab on the paper to be one year or more in arrears In the exercise of such authority provided any of the Blade subscribers are one year behind in tIre pays J I r r flJ1 i Vff 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addresses at once It is essential that examinations be sent out to all stu dents at the same time This plan makes it easier for the student and easier for the Instructor Remember the dates September 1 the School begins its work August 1 the tuition fees should be paid Textbooks may now be purchased at any time If you buy through the School you can get a reduction of 20 per cent from the catalogue prices Write to the School about the matter and all information will be immediately sent By securing the textbooks as early as possible the stu dent will have an opportunity to become more familiar with the subjects by the time the school opens You can not begin too soon- ENGLISH SECULAR CONFERENCE 1With a well attended and truly representative gathering the English Secularists under the magnificent leadership of President G W Foote have just closed their annual con ference in Manchester A number of important reform measures were discussed including the part English Free thinkers should take in the pending campaign for secular education pure and simple in tho public schools and other measures intended to produce greater activity among the members of the National Secular Society The Blade congratulates Mr Foote upon his reelection to the office of President and it congratulates the National Society for having elected him Mb Foote is the one essen tial man for the place There is no temporizing no make believe no compromise in his intellectual character These elements are essential in a leader of men and women Years of experience in secular work have convinced our English brethren of the value and utility of these annual conferences Under such conditions and circumstances there is nothing strange or remarkable in the fact that II good sense good feeling and general harmony were the outstanding features as told in the Freethinkers report thereof But what could be done in America through such a representative Freethought gathering Here we have innumerable Freethinkers True a large number are not openly connected with the cause but these could be brought into active cooperation could such gatherings be held and the same good sense good feeling and general harmony allowed to prevail While our numbers are many our workers are few Nothing is better calculated to transform passive supporters into active workers than to meet in general convention The social contact the per sonal encounter tho friendships made and remade the good cheer the mutual regard for the welfare of the cause all combine to create an enthusiasm which nothing else can- 7 4t Ii l if1ti1i U v 1 r BLUE GRASS BLADE it produce and this enthusiasm takes possession of the humblest among us He carries that enthusiasm with hiii back to his home communicates it to others and thus the good work is enhanced The coming conventions lit Canal Dover Ohio offer a nucleus for this work If these are well attended as they should be the enthusiasm engendered will last unt another succeeding convention If such conventions MuM be held in each state at or about the same time of the year then the states could send delegates to a National Convention to be held later and this body could then ag iltiin a uniform method of propaganda anti uplmil ling Wo anuot accomplish these results all rt once Vo are now practically without a national organization but ono can be built up by gradual and persistent eflort Thing the Materialist Association as the foundation upon which to Build American Freethinkers could soon construct a national societiy in which they could find pride and pleasure Book Reviews THE CAREER OF A JOURNALIST Every book written and published bears Its own Individuality Some are more or less a copy of others Some shine with a greater luster than others Some como before the public with a mission to fulfill but running across a work of real literary value vastly dissimilar from the great mass of modern publications we may truthfully say that we have found u gem a pro duction of real art wearing the stamp of exceptional genius With an experience as a working Journalist from police court reporter to the desk of City Editor and then Managing Editor and Editorial writer upon different daily newspapers wo can appreciate the recently published work of William Salisbury entitled The Career of a Journalist published by B W Dodge Company of New York The book is clear and convincing without any attempt at argument and after a pnrsual ono is driven to tho same conclusion as the author namely that with few honorable exceptions tho American press is in tho grasp and control of trusts and monopolies to such an extent that much jof what Is actually news Is given a coloring for special purposes Many an ambitious young man has turned toward Journalism filled with hope and enthusiasm only to meet with bitter disappointment at thQ merciless butchery of real news Tho experi ences related by the author are similar to those root with by many other Journalists and they furnish abundant facts upon which to form Judgment The Incidents related furnish interesting material for a thorough persual of the book Every phase of American life is gone Into and covered in such a manner as to leavo no trace of doubt lingering in tho mind of tho reader First on one great dally and then on another following first ono ideal only to abandon it for something which momentarily appeared of a superior quality allows the author ample scope to describe American newspapers as they are and not as the public would believe them to lt has been well said that ono halt of tho world knows not how tho other halt lives and few cure for any revelation but in the Career of a Journalist revelations are made of which the American public had scarcely deemed and what is more they are based on fact instead of fiction The book is composed of 532 pages handsomely bound and well illustrated THE ROMANCE OF THE REAPER Only a few years ago it was Englands proud boast that the AngloSaxon drumbeat was heard around the world and It may be still but these merely point to a military conquest Modern writers have argued that the arts of peace and com merce have their victories oven greater than taking a city and a after a persual of Herbert N Cassons new work The RomanceIof tho Reaper wo see abundant signs of the rapid Americaniza tion of the wholo world of agriculture The first great step In civilization was tho development of agriculture and as a factor in the further progress and develop ment of the race agriculture must occupy the front and commanding position As the author points out bread is the first essential and so admirably Is this feature portrayed that we feel constrained to quote the following lines on this point If Marcus Aurellus had Invented the reaper or if the Gracchl had been inventors instead of politicians the story of Rome would have had a happier ending But Rome said The first thing is empire Egypt said The first thing Is fame Greece said The first thing is genius Not one of them said The first thing is breadII To bo brief this new book Isa romantic story of the remark able growth of an Important branch of American industry and Its rapid spread throughout the entire world In some respects- It reads like a fairy tale and its illustrations are made with a charm that Is almost incomparable in modern literary construc tion And what is the meat of the story Simply the origin birth construction and development of tho American Reaping machine now used in all lands with such remarkable success portraying tho fine art to which modern agriculture has been brought through laborsaving machinery Tho story is told in a cleverly constructed vlen and shows that tho American Reaper Is not tho product of one brain but of ono hundred brains all combining to produce what was destined to revolutionize the field of agriculture and its consequent effect upon the commerce of all nations The book is handsomely Illustrated containing pictorial rep resentations of American reapers now actually at work in the fields of many different countries Tho Romance of the Reaper is published by Doubleday Page Co of New York Twentysix Illustrations 200 pages price 100- Herbert N Casson tho author is not a stranger to the Liberal readers of America In addition to his Romance of Steel a publication of a similar vlen to that herein reviewed we also known of him as the capable author of tho Crime of Credulity published by Peter Eckler of New York According to Bible theology Jehovah appeared once as a creator and ever afterwards as an lator He drowned the whole world so we are told and got quick action on Annanias But it were prefer able that he would drown the world again than to make falsehood instantly fatal Paine destroyed a divine right before he could build a republic and Lon oIn demolished another divino institution by his cmancipaton proclamation At Lj t j t J7 tf fi tra tiyi 1 r v 12 x 8 tTE GfeASS BLADE Christian Rule in India Religious Conditions and British Tyranny Responsible For Much of the Peoples Sufferings By Dr Krishna The following is a synopsis of a lecture delivered at Hancock Michigan by Dr Krishna a celebrated Hindu reformer an account of which was first published in the WageSlave which the Blade is pleased to f the speaker has a history of about 5000 years India possesses three varieties of climate In the Northeastern part away up In the HImalays Jt is extremely cold much colder than in Michigan and often as cold as in Alaska In the Central part the climate is mild and equitable the greatest heat being 90 degrees above the most severe cold 10 degrees below zero I i Only in the Southern part of the Peninsula is the climate exceedingly hot popular opinion in America to the contrary notwith of India approximates 290 million and Includes four races the Caucasian numbering about 150 million the Aborigines of unknown origin of about 70 million the Mongolian of about 25 millions and the remainder Semites including Arabs and Persians There are in India five great religions the Brahmin or Hindu which is the most numerous embracing 175 million the Mo hammedan 60 million the Buddhist 40 mil lion Christianity embracing about 4 million twothirds of them Roman Catholic and the Jains numbering an eclectic system which embraces all tuat is rotten in all of the principal products of India are Cotton Indigo Rice Wheat Jute Silk Rugs Tea Coffee Petroleum Gold and Diamonds- Of the 290 million population in India 5000 are millionaires or multimillionaires twomillion are welltodo the rest are very poor 100 million or such a matter cant get rice soup enough to drink once a day In the last 15 years 45 million have died of hunger every year One million of chil dren below the age of 15 die of Plague every year This Plague is a wholly preventable disease and is due simply to underfeeding blame for a great deal of this Dr Krishna placed on the British Government which he declared to be an unqualified curse to India Under native rule there was oppression and robbery enough but British rule was infinitely worse Native rule at the worst never cost the people of India more than per cent of their total income British rule costs India per cent of their total income In taxation alone to maintain her army and less func tionaries England plunders the poverty stricken people of India of about nine mil lion dollars worth of wealth every year thetyear This official is appointed by the British Crown but the people of India pay the bills r Five thousand Englishmen in India ceive salaries all the way from 5000 to 300000 annually The GovernorGeneral Governors LieutenantGovernors Judges of all High Courts Imperial Minister of India Provincial Ministers CommandersinChlef all these men when they have served five years retire on a pension of 10000 And the starving natives are taxed to pay the the Episcopalian Bishops and about 1000 clergy are also paid out of these taxes The political system of India he said was equally bad Very few of the millions ot workingmen have a vote On the other hand many of the privileged classes had several votes a student on graduating from College had votes when he received his Doctors degree more a land holder also had votes Thus the speaker himself was possessed of 12 votes in India This corrupt political system was also a fruity of the British Government For all that the people of India are so outrageously taxed the British Government expends only 2 million dollars annually in the Interests of education among a popu lation of 290 million yet on the army which she maintains in India she spends 130 mil lion And every cent of it raised by taxa tion on the Hindoos This the speaker held accounted in large measure for the poverty and destitution of India But neither Is this all nor the worst ac cording to Dr Krishna England has also systematically discouraged India indus tries By means of a subsidy which she raises on the Hindoos and pays to British ships sailing between Great Britain and India English manufacturers have been en abled to lay down goods in India cheaper than they could be manufactured on India soil and thus all manufacture in India has been competed into decay Recent years are developing however a well organized resistance among the Hin doos A Nationalist Organization has been formed having close to 50 million adherents which operates India industries and shipping and has declared a boycott on Eng lish goods Furthermore the political agitation is growing and Dr Krishna predicts that If England does not grant a true Parliament to India within the next ten years there will be a violent insurrection from one end of the country to the other that will drive the English into the Sea or England will have to kill every native in India to es tablish her supremacy INITIAL VELOCITY Blade Writer Not Willing To Be Criticised Without Reply By John F Clarke- I sod that a fellow in the Ordinance Department at Wishlngton got cut with the Blade It must have hurt himkind- of 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He calls us scoundrels and says we cause fools to separate themselves from the cash do give a little to Freethought but have never received one cent from it in return He calls us liars He should show us where we lie His letter is somewhat intemperate and suggests that the writer may be also in temperate He has marked paragraphs in the Blade and passed them on to the Post office Inspectors No doubt the inspectors will thank him for the diversion it will afford them We would just as lief have the initial velocity expert become a mis for the Blade and distribute our message as have it done by ourselves He read the good things in thu Blade and in time they will do him good After reading them the humdrum reading pf re ligious papers will pall upon his stomach He can never repose confidence in Bible stories after reading Freethought literature Doubt is the beginning of wisdom Some Practical Commonsense BARTOW FLAThe Blade has certain ly made a wonderfully pleasing change in appearance as well as in contents Am sorry I cannot become a subscriber at pres ent but a neighbor gives me a bundle of Blades occasionally for distribution The Convention of Materialists ought to be a grand success next September and must be one I do not see any application blanks printed in Blade for the convenience of those who would like to join Would It not be a good plan to print one every week at least until the beginning of Convention I am a member of both Church of Humanity and Materialist Association but think it quite Immaterial whether one Is a Mater ialist or not compared to the question as to whether one Is a Freethinker It is less important that we know the actual truth in regard to gods and a future life than that wo recognize tho inherent right of every individual to settle religious questions with his own reason and conscience This policy with unselfish consideration for each others economic rights is all that will ever bring the millennium- I did not consider that I had made any particular discovery when I became a terialist It sems to me that to announce ourselves as a great discoverer without any new or original facts to offer on the sub jectis premature Hundreds of people must have made the discovery that there could be no supreme being cognizant of their sufferings during the years of the Christian Inquisition but it would not have been good policy for them to have adveN tlsed it I am a Materialist simply because I have never yet seen any reliable evidence that there is any god or any evidence on which to base a hope of future existence Certainly any god who was cognizant of the inhumanities perpetrated in his name and who could as Christians claim have ended such misery by a mere wordbut did not deserves to be C COON l l J e BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 Gods Great Menagerie As Portrayed by John The Alleged Divine Revelator PART By K Lewis Rev 211 And I saw a new heaven and Iia new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and there was no more sea There seemed to have been a general goneness of everything except John He ing a saint and a divine he probably just lingered about until the change was be ing made from the old to the new I have wondered where they stored the old heaven and the old earth and the sea while they were putting In position the new heaven and the new earth and the new sea John does not say that they put In a new sea but it is evident that they did for It is so marked on the maps and the Isle of Patmos is there to show that the original plans were followed to a fraction Of course not having been over the grounds to personally inspect It we are obliged to take some things for grant ed From Johns statement I would infer that the old sea was mopped out until it was aa dry as a desert and that includes the Atlantic Pacific Arctic and all other oceans and seas completely mopped out dry with gods great moprag After much serious meditation I think I solved the problem of where all of the living creatures of land and water were stored while the change was being made No doubt many of the readers of the Blade will remember the good old Methodist hymn which was so earnestly sung some 50 years ago in their devotions Read Beyond the bounds of tlmn and space Look forward to that heavenly place The saints secure abode Either that or John had been freely sampling a new consignment of Dago Red- I do not know how large that secure abode is or where It is located but it is certainly a very commodious apartment to be capable of comfortably housing all of the living of land and water for even a short time and then returning them safely to their respective localities again It would not be polite In me to throw a square contradiction at John for he says he was there and saw the transaction when I know that I was not there If I could reach John with a wireless when he was sober I might get a compromise out of him but I do not know his present location Rev 212 and John saw the holy city new Jerusalem coming down from god out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying Behold the tabernacle of God Is with men and he will dwel with them and they shall be his people I have lived more than seventy seven years and have never seen as much of him as Moses did John describes the city as very com r modious He said It had a wall great and high and had twelve gates and at tho gates twelve angels and the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel were written on the gates on the east three gates on the west three gates on the south three gates and on the north three gates And the wall of the city had twelve foundations and in the foundations was written the names of the twelve apostles John tries to bea Jew and a Christian at the same time and the fellow that talked with John had a golden reed to measure the city and tjro gates and the wall thereof The city was four square the length and breadth and height were the same The walls were 1500 miles long and 1500 miles high Talk about skyscrapers in our day We will say for convenience as a busi ness proposition that the golden Reed that the fellow had to measure the wall with was six hundred and sixty feet long that fellow had to climb thatwall to the top which is twelve thousand furlongs and we must all concede that he had a huge job on his hands I will be generous with him and grant him the use of Jacobs ladder the one that used to be sung so much about in the Revival meetings Something like this We will climb up Jacobs we will say that Jacobs ladder was set up against the wall close against it from bottom to top so that the fellow could measure and tally all the way up as se went and would have to make twelve thousand tallies As a business proposition he could not make that journey short of one hundred and fifty days He could not climb up that ladder more than ten miles per day and move his Reed and drive his steel nail and enter his tally in his mem orandum book then ho must go into camp where night overtook him and that would be six thousand and six hundred feet above the base of the ladder supposed to be at sea level Then it would take him sixty days to make the trip back to earth again after he had reached the top of the wall one thousand five hundred miles above sea level It is also necessary that he should be provided with a grub stake of bread and water at least or wine as he chose The round trip up and back to earth again would consume at a fair estimate two hun dred and ten days and for this trip he would need at a fair estimate two hundred and ten ten percent loaves of bakers bread and four hundred pounds df first class beef or bacon and forty gallons of water or wine For be It remembered that about the third or fourth day up the ladder he would be getting into a very rarified atmosphere or rather he would have no atmosphere at all Yet he has fourteen hundred and fifty miles of his Journey still ahead of him Added to his grub stake he would need at least a one hundred pound keg of number six heavy steel wire nails and a hammer to drive them into the wall at every tally to set the lower end of his golden Reed on to keep It In place while he climbed up the six hundred and sixty feet to tally the upper end and drive another nail and so on to the top It would also be necessary that he should have a commodious sleeping fake made of heavy ducking with a hook at each end so that he could hook it on to the rings ot the ladder to crawl into for the night while he rested and slept otherwise ho might make a wrong move in his sleep and fall and be crippled for life and be disabled so that he could not finish the balance of his allotted measurement On arriving at the top of the wall he would have a splendid place for rest and recreation for the wall Is two hundred and thirtyeight feet i rportunityoneness of his long and tedious journey up If his grub stake would admit of It he could j take a day or two off out of the dust and turmoil of business below On his return trip to terra firma he would need to travel the same as on his upward trip for if ho undertook to slide down the ladder the friction would burn the seat of his britches out before he reached the first furlong tally and then there would be a hot time in the old town tonight Now we will asIsume that the most difficult task of measuring is accomplished without accident and the fellow has returned to earth and had a rest and is ready to start on the measurement around the wall of the city the com bined length of which is six thousand miles To be continued- FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS Provisions Should Be Made To Have Them Properly Conducted By Josephine K Henry- I wish to say a word in regard to a mat ter which In my opinion should be dls cussed by Freethinkers at once I refer to the great need of having proper persons of ability ready at all times to conduct the funeral ceremonies of Freethinkers Twice within the past ten days I have been im portuned to conduct Freethought funerals one In Illinois and the other in Warren county Kentucky I am in no condition of health to render such services to our departed comrades and to our great cause beside for nearly three weeks death has been hovering over my home as my aunt Mrs Jane Fuller now nearly eightyfive years old had a terrific fall and has been lingering between life and death so I have been totally un fitted In my own extremity to respond to these urgent calls The last requests of Freethinkers should be sacredly complied with and provision should be made by us at once to have speakers ready at all times to conduct cere monies There is nothing that ChristiansJso gloat over as to go through their mean ingless platitudes over the lifeless body of a Freethinker and we should see to it that it is not allowed If circumstances about me and my health would permit I should make the conduct Ing of Freethought funerals my special line of work and if I am ever situated so I can I will do so Let us stand by our colors in life and make suggestions on this important matter through the Blade and other Liberal Jour nals and that the coming Freethought Con j vention at Canal Dover Ohio will provide for this great need Let us see to It that the rights and requests of Reason are respected Loyally yours for Freethought in life and In death Versailles Kentucky- Ready To Help If Needed NEWTON IOWAEnclosed find five dol tars to move my tab forward to that date- I see in the Blade you may need some help- I will do my part to defend our Liberty- E B MOFFITT t r r4 f 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE H oooyx A Cbe Blades Correspondence ivwo v Wants to Know MUNCIE INDI have been reading the Blade for four or five months I think I have read every article that has been pub lished In it during that time Some of the articles are quite spicy Some of them are such that show the writers to have been persons who have tried to Inform them selves upon the subject they were writing about And to me it appeared that some were writing to Just fill up space in your paper providing you printed It But take it altogether I like it very well What t like it the most for is its tendency towards Freethought The great trouble I see not only with Freethought periodicals and papers but also with what is known as religious periodicals and pepers Is they all went to convince the world that they are right and to do this they continually quote quote and quote and refer to what some one has written or said and by doing so try to establish their claims Or else argue theland scoff at as they put It such foolishness To me all such stuff is the very worst of manyfof a God An overruling divine prov To whom they look for a happi beyond the grave others deny any 1belief being and seem to be Just ns happy as much as your paper denies the of a God Will you please tell me through your t paper how you know there is no God Tell mo also how you know that man has not an Immortal principle that does not exist beyond the grave Now dont refer me to the Bible Neither tell me what some one else taught But tell me how you know it Will you also please tell me what It Is that builds different bodies from the protoplasmprotoplasm is able to communicate and ex protoplasmof animal man birds Insects fishes etc bejan existence beyond tho grave Itotheyhavewould quickly tell me because havo seen I have heard I havo conversed with and whosebodiest course we know the position tho churches takes concerning Jesus Is this not a truth A mans belief or Isitthofacultytime and also the degree We know as quick as thought mens minds have been betterand Creeds and Dogmas less Let each person understand from what faculty they speak and act and to what degree they t fui 1I ffr1iwi i have the faculty or faculties In action at all times Do you not think that would re move superstition from the mind of Indi viduals far quicker than any other course that can be taken Hoping you will answer this through your paper and also publish this 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