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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 11 BLUE GRABS BLADE= = T== == =Number 12 JULY 12 1408 ivOlumex- vlIDD PRi 9HOUZbedweekIY TO TP1E OF FREEDOM OF ItlARILTJA M RICKER Iand FiTctlionglil Advocate I J l Iy BLUR GRASS BLADE Manila M Ricfcer By Josephine K Henry Murllla Is the High Priestess of Free thought in America Elbert Hubbard In the Philistine of September 1005 its Editor Albert Hnbbard who wields the journalismIpays a splendid tribute to the subject of this sketch whose ability and long service to the causes of Liberty and Justice make her easily the greatest living Americas woman This tribute by the great jour nallst and oraOl sparkles with wit and pathos and the genius of the writer brings out In bold relief the true character of this woman who Is Large as mankind In her splendid hu Inanity Largo In Its record the work sho has done MarlUa Kicker has reflected great credit on tho historic State of Now Mini shire by being a native of that State und many of its statesmen jurists and orators had to look to their laurels lifter Marllla of Marlllas bitch Is unknown and it may have taken place In prehistoric times But whose business la that Tit world only time to give thanks that site lure and Is doing valiant service to the human race in freeing It from slavery superstition and Injustice Fra Elbertus says Marllla Is ninetyfour years old that she was married one thousand years ago and that she became a widow at twenty eight It would b unbecoming in mo to ills pute with this learned journalist on this quesIon It may be that Fra Elbcrtus wits there when Marlllas birth was recorded In the family Bible and who knows but ho was the best man at her wedding Marilla and Kra Elbertus These two they are indeed stars of tho first magnitude in the literary firmament and when their light ceases to shine an eclipse will take placo in the world of thought- It was most fitting that so line a tribute to Marllln and her life work should have been written by the editor of the Philistine seems to me that in his mental explorations Kra Elbertus must at times cry out Alice where art thou and Alice Hubhard with her splendid Intellectuality and mental polso generously responds and brings him fresh Inspiration to hold entranced a million readers of the wandering little PhlllsMne that sheds Its light en land and sea Surely no man could do this without the Inspira tional Influence of a grand woman Marllla Kicker was born and reared on a farm in New Durham New Hampshire Her father was lohnathan Young and her mother Hannah D Stevens Her father wits a man of splendid mind and attainment tread and liberal minded and a Freethinker ami woman suffragist front the first with a mental Integrity and rugged honesty as reek ribbed as the mighty mountains of bia native state He was a distant relative of till noted Brlgam Young Her mother was a devcut church woman she had four chil dren Three of tho children always at tended church with her on Sunday but Ma rllla positively refused to go She stayed at homo with her father who was her chum and ccmrade and In the summer they spent the Lords Day salting the cattle looking after the fences etc Marllla was indeed a child of nature she says as a child sho could run faster climb trees quicker and make more noise than any other boy or girl in tho neighborhood She rode all the horses bareback loaded hay dropped corn beans potato and pumpkin seed Her father always said a girl was as good a boy and a little better She was passionate feud of books and when only four years old sho cut the large letters out of the newspaper and followed her father around the farm asking Hint what they were She could read at five Her mother wanted all the children to kneel and pray at night Marllla sift bolt upright In her tle chair and looking her mother in the face with a determined look said I will not pray Hannah Site called her mother Hannah when she did not like her As a growing child when Marilla would refuse to pray or go to church her mother would say to her Marllla you are exactly like your father and sho would reply Yes Hannah but you gave me my father and an entirely satisfied with him Her books were her joy and delight and every evening she sat by tine kitchen table and by the light of a whale oil lamp or tallow dip gathered tho knowledge that has made her a leilr In the world of thought today Sho became a teacher at sixteen The last school site taught she made her pupils read from different books in tho morning Instead of the Bible The ctninltii came to seo her and told her she must rend In the Bible so the next morning she said to her pupils We will now read tho startling and tmlbfi preoimt of Jonah whilst ho was a sojcnrner In the submarine hotel Shb come mighty near losing her school several uniti MOVIP was marrled tc JoJii Kicker a direct descendant of the great Gen Ricker Shaw Elbert Hubbard says of him That ho had discrimination and great good sense Is sure for did ho not have brains eiviimh to marry Marilln Only an ircle angel could be a mate for this woman no archbishop could to which wo respond wit tmplmslM slur When Marllla becamj 1 widow she studied law and was admitted to Par of this Suprwo Court of the Din trlct of Columbia May 12 1882 the opened the New Hampshire Bar to women in July 1800 In 1905 the powers that be In New Hampshire decided that u woman cannot practice law In that state and Marllla in her overflowing good huinoi wrote to the judge who thus decided that Inasmuch as sho had practiced law for twenythreo years fifteen of them In New Hampshire it reminded her of the private who struck a superior olllcor and was told It was against the law for a private to strike a superior and tho private replied but by George Ive done dun It and Ma rllla with an emphatic prefix said to the Judge Ive done dun It and what are you going to do about It t In Mav 1891 she was admitted to pray Lice before tho Supreme Court of the United States and sho has won many cases before that august court Silo usually spends her winters In Washington City and more friendless prisoners without compensation than all other lawyers practicing at that bar When slit began practice at the Washington bar a man might ho Imprisoned for debt some times for life but this woman of great heart and brain advanced such arguments against such barbarism that this law Is as dead as chattel slavery in the District of Columbia Marllla was appointed a United States Commissioner by Gen Grant and her dlsclslons are quoted to this day During President McKInleys admlnlstra tlcn Marllla was slated for a foreign sulship and though far more competent than tho average consul or foreign minister She was defeated because she was a wo man which proves that political parties are looking out for favorites than the ability of their appoinccs Marilla Ulcker nun always possessed an amplo fortune and being a splendid financier she has kept It intact and increased it which has enabled her to bo more then generous to the great causes sho advocates and to those who- red help sho gives with a lavish nand She has traveled extensively spending three years In Europe On her first trip Ircad she carried a letter of Introduction from United States Chief Justice Salmon P Chase to the Chief Justice of England and site was Invited by that dignitary to don a robe and wig and sit on the Bench wlh him which sho did being the first and only woman that ever sat on the Su preme Bench with Englands Chief Justice will venture that Mnrilla had as much brains and law sense as that Chief of Jus lice and know she was better looking for she has a commanding manner and a head and face handsomer than the models of tho Roman Senator We all know judges as a rule are not handsome or burdened with brains or the other qualities that should constitute the model judge If Marllla were on the United States Supreme Bench for which she is better fitted than many that have been there we would not only have a better looking Judge that we ever had be fore but one that would not reverse her own decision for political purposes Ma rilla was a born Freethinker and Woman Suffragist There never was a time when she did want to vote and she says silo used to yell bloody murder when her father would take her brother six years older than silo was to town meeting and her mother would not let her go In March 1870 Marllla went to tho polls tit her home In Dover New Hampshire and tried to vote but was refused because sho was a woman although silo was some twentyone years old a law abiding citizen and a largo taxpayer This Is the shorn republicanism we are living under today aid wo have the results In our political financial judicial Industrial and social re ligious rottenness that Is preying on tho vitals of the United States government When Marllla M Ricker was refused a vote sho appeared before the selectmen of her town rind mado a speech of protest be fore them which is one of tho finest things in suffrage literature She Instituted the suffrage organization In Now Hampshire and with her brains influence and money b ib done more for tile women of her stato vhan any other woman within Its borders Silo is a Hf HHinlMT nf tih Notional Suff rage Association and given much money in the cause The Woman Suffrage leaders of today sire not inside of the timber of Elizabeth Cady Stanton Susan B Anthony and Marllla M Kicker but spend more time junketing through Europe than work Jug for Woman Suffrage in the United States consequently England nod other eign countries tare leaving us In tho rear on the suffrage question and It way bo that we will have to be lashed to the wheels or tho ear of Progress as the South was on tile slavery question But the crowning glory of this great tp BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 American womans life Is the work she has done for Freethought Marilla Is a born Freethinker and her reason has been her guide through life She never learned wis don from her mothers knee she learned It from old mother Nature Sad Is the fact that the average Christian woman cultivates the wisdom In her knee and never brings her brain power Into action but kneels before the fetiches set tip for her by the clergy and while she prays and teaches her children knee rev ligion the clergy prey upon her credulity fear vitality and substance This woman Is so deep a thinker that the faith delivered to the saints always capitulates to her robust reasoning The Pope of Rome and his cardinals the archbishops of Can 4lerhurv combined with the high prelates of the religious world hold not so helpful and honored a place In the progress of the world as this American woman with her great mind sterling common sense sublime courage and splendid Individuality filbert Hubbard says of Marilla She had no predecessors she never will have a successor site has no duplicates and the only person who looks like her Is Manila RIcker and he Is right She Is an Indi vidualized selfpoised selfconverted inde pendent woman The chromo woman manufactured from the cut made by the clergy and her number Is legion is a burden to herself and a bar to the progress of the world Christianity proclaims In Its Bible creeds and canons that woman Is an Infer ior creature and It has always scorned and outlawed the questioning woman A Marga ret Fuller a Matilda Toslyn Gage an Eliza beth Cady Stanton or a Marilla RIcker could scuttle tho ship of Zion with their knowledge and regal reasoning its robed masculine dignitaries Tho Christian clergy are mental cowards They dare not engage In open honorable Intellectual battle and their religion Is only safe until women arise In the majesty of womanhood and demand equality In church and state or know the reason why When women give more time to Reason and com mon sense and less to religion and mance both of which aro mental delusions when women dethrone priests and en throne Reason when women refuse obedl once to man made religions and laws aim obey their own sense of right and Justice tho dawn of the golden ago will be upon us Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Manila Richer aro tho two American women whoso words and deeds shlno with resplendent lustre In tho mental liberation of the race and when justice reigns their names will be enshrined In tho Pantheon of Immortals Robert Ingersoll Is the mental and moral titan of modern tunes and ho has had more tributes penned bv great minds than any man that has lived for centuries but of them all Marilla M RIcker is his greatest eulogist Her tributes to the far mortal Thomas Paine and tho immortal Robert O Ingersoll tire classics that are not excelled In literature except by Paine and Ingersoll themselves Marilla Is not only a strong and polished writer but her humor Is equal to her sense of Justice and flashes from her sentences like tho tips of bayonets In a moving column under a wrong seenllght Marilla always reminds mo of Shakes peares Rosalind in her charming sallies of wit In her tho ardor of youth never burns to ashes She expects no reward but goes on her way doing grand and noble deeds and forgets them to make way for r others Tho character of this American woman loom up in Its Isolation and its majesty She has thrown down the gaun let to church and state and neither has the courage to pick It up Marlllas dissertation on Immortality la clear cut concise and convincing and heartily commend It to the persons who sermonize on Recognition In heaven shall we know each other there Tin home of the Soul The New Jerusalem and Beulah Land Marilla says Just so long as man is taught that he has an Im mortal soul that can never die ho Is going to fear the future and speculate on his destiny In another world Thought fixed upon a fog that conceals the unknown Is a perpetual source of misery and live un rest The belief In personal Immortality with Is accompanying threats has forced upon men tho thought that this life Is Calhuctho world a desert tread We will never produce a great and magnificent race until we cease all thought of another world and devote ourselves to tills A religion that embraces vicarious atonement miraculous conception regeneration by faith baptism and other absurdities a religion that promises a heaven of idle ness for all those who agree with us and a hell for those who do not Is barbaric de grading absurd and unworthy Marilla says without the belief in mortally tbero could have been no demon oVigy no persecution no hot opposition to science no fighting of progress at every step and no continuance of superstitious dogma Into a scientific age This Is an portune time for theologians to silence this women who Is radiant with Ideas anti guided by reason The cornerstone cf Christianity rests on tho credulity and silence of woman When she awakes In her mental majesty the faith delivered to the saints win become obselete and the cross will capiulate to tho Torch of Reason Marilla M RIcker Is not only one of the strongest writers in the Liberal press but sho Is an Impressive platform speaker she Is a great favorite at Paine Hall Boston and she has spoken extensively before the Liberals of tho Eastern States California slid Washington Cly Secular League Her sledge hammer arguments trip hammer sentences scintillating with wl musical voice and individualized personality make lor one of the most forceful Freethought speakers of our time The great work Marila Kicker has done fur Freetbougbt cannot ho recorded in a Hurt shoch Site Is always on guard sIll gets In some line strokes In the metropoli tan press writing with the vigor of nn Addison anti the clearness of a Ricardo Site never ceases her labors to help remove tho Iron hand of priestcraft from the human mind or to break tho bonds of all who spffrr injustice and to break tho political chains of tho most moral and lawabiding half of our people namely women all lovers of Liberty and Justice owe her lasting grat itude Personally she has been a tower of strength to me May this beloved woman live In health hope and purpose until tho power of priest craft and Injustice Is paralyzed and until Reason reigns whereer the sun Doth his successive journeys run reverentially place the laurel on tho living brow mud tho rose In tho living hand of Marilla M RIcker because sho has proven herself ono of the glories of our ago and country Versailles Kentucky I I THE MAD PREACHER And In The End It Must Either Be Liberty OrHell By John F Clarke A preacher out In Oklahoma went mad got two guns and shot at people front be hind trees and wounded several women lie was finally shot and killed by fellow Christians He died with his heat In his wifes lap and his last words were Father fcrglve them they know not what they do The account says hat sanity returned just before he made the celebrated repetition The newspaper reporter has a unique perception of sanity when lie states that a recurrence of sanity would result In sue a statement He had rnll hell and nothing for which to forgive of himself hatlito proxy Why should God allow a who hud dedicated his life to Gods service to become Infected with bughouse microbes What the hell Is the use to pray Lend us not Into temptation and ll diver us front all evil and then be germl fled for bughouse demonstrations Gods assurances are made to the ear rod o ihe hope This Is the quintessence of machlvaeltan ni When a prayer Is answered by a counter demonstration of woe It Is tine to cease proving and to begin to curse It has been said that curses like chickens come home to roost What judgment of those who have observed their answers f Hell hah no fury like a woman hath no harpy like a mlsmater to the answering of prayer in person or lets the contract to gratifying ranges nad isaints is speculative The answers are stantial proofs of botch work on a rampage Peopir vliM tiny minds and place them In bond cannot expect to go much Intellectual embellishment Whether their minds were furnished them by God or Nature the act of glftage demands that the best use be made of them Minds are keys to knowl edge and should not be hung in priests closets to rust but should he used for tho owners own profit Mans power to learn Is restricted enough without being limited bv dunces in cowls Let us all say to pop priests ministers postotllce Inspectors and Inqulsitlonlsts Give us this tiny our dally liberty or give us hell FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS Iowa Volunteer Who Is Well Equipped To Officiate Thereat In reply to some of your correspondents wish to say That Dr R Ayers Hanni hal Maryland compiled a Secular Marri age and Funeral Ritual and Collection of Secular hymns price 2Cc any freethinker ought to be able to conduct a funeral re spectable with the aid of It rho next thing to do Is for the liberal publications to keep a directory of people who will volunteer to conduct funerals also their terms next all people who can be In readiness to attend such culls should ropor with terms and here Is mine Undersigned will conduct Secular fun erals within miles of St Ausgar Iowa Terms Traveling expenses to be PutA J CLAUSEN St Ansgar Iowa p t i BLUR GRASS BLADE The Planet Mars Editor of Higher Science Takes Issue Upon Its Habitation and Limits It To a Few Probable Insects By Franklin H Heald I have been reading the continued article by your correspondent Chas OIIayes upon his ideas of the Planet Mars and the possi bilities of it being Inhabited and beg leave to submit to your intelligent readers the following facts which believe prove clusively that it is impossible that Mars Is Inhabited by any life much more evolved than plants or at most Insects and reptiles Almost all scientists Including your able correspondent Mr Hayes base hell logic upon the Nebular Hypothesis e that Mars Is oder than the earth and that each planet away up from the sun is millions of years older that the last This seems to mo to be a false premise for the simple reason the figures prove that the elder ones are nearer the sun First we find the planets located In a regu lar ratio of distance from the sun as fol lows Mercury Venus Earth Mars Asteroids 28 Jove 52 Saturn 100 Uranus 201 Neptune 412 And while Neptune billion mile front the sun Is raveling but 20000 miles I Mercury which is but MoooOOO miles distant Is traveling miles per day and each cue between them is traveling In the exact ratio as its distance from the sun requires according to the laws of gravity and centrifugal force which acted on It In s fall toward the un There can then be no other alternative but tint the planets aro formed beyond Neptune as material is furnished and there afer gradually fall In an orbit around the sun until they finally reach It which shows us that the nearer they are to the still tine older they are This Is the foundation upon which Is built the theory of a Procession of Planets The Nebular theory Is based upon an Impos Hllty I e that a vast cloud of white hot gas once occupied the space of the solar system and that It gradually eendensed In its revolving forming the sun at tie center find dropping off the planets one ot a tithe as cooled and condensed In which case the farthest away would bo tie oldest Let us see Wily should there be In spue1 a patch of white hot gas It Is an entire Impossi bility Gas Is Invisible to begin with and cannot bo seen not even by a spook and If It could It Is impossible that It should be heated There Is nothing to heat It In I Christian Missionaries India Personal Reports Gross y and the Plain Truth TOd By One Who Knows Uy Dr Krishna Mho following Interesting interview upon the Christian Missionaries in India was given by Dr Krishna to the WageSlave of Hancock Michigan and coming from such a source the author being a native his utterances are entitled to every fair con sideration Among other things he said r the next place let us suppose that there was such a vast revolving mass and that it formed and dropped off the planets one at a time we should then find Neptune making Its orbit in the same time that Mercury does or traveling billions of miles while Murcury traveled 180 millions of miles Instead of Murcury traveling ten tines faser than Neptune as it does In fact It should If the Nebular theory Is true be traveling only one hundredth part as fast Must we not then concede that the oldest planets are nearest the sun Do wo not prccelve that each planet away from the sun has more moons and that they are holding exacly the same ratio of distance and speed to their planets tint the planets hold to the sun Do we not also see that each planet as we near the sun from Tup ier Is more cooled which Is proven by its mountains As a planet cools the act of crystallzallon makes It larger and thus raises mountains upon Its surface Mars has no mountains the highest mountains on the earth with a crust forty miles thick are five miles high while those on Venus ate nearly 0 miles high becaus It Is much more cooled than he earth If then the earth Is mil of years older thou Mars need we expect to find a people of great Intelligence there Certainly not What kind of life occupied the earth a few hundred million years ago Serpentine animals as near as we can tell The first birds were winged sfrpuits mid the first animals were serpents with legs and no doubt the first rerpenls evolved from worms with posi tive and negative degrees of heat which is eictrlclty or lifer organized In the water or front plants upon the land Why could an intelligent people build great canals to Irrigate laud that Is no doubt under water when It la not frozen solid More likely these socalcd canals lire mountain ranges that are beginning to bo forced up cut of the water and change color If they do change by producing vogoatlon during their warm season which Is a whole year of our time Uven with a solid year of sunshine tie surface of flip pfnet could not have pufilcltnt warmth wire It not for Its close proxlmlnlty to its Internal fire Inasmuch as the sun only gives onefifth as much light and neat as at the iiirtli When fe great now telescope Is In place upon Mt Wilson let us hope It will stttlo this question of whether or not we see canals upon the surface of Mart Los Angeles Gal in Exaggerated What do Asiatics as a rule think of tine missionaries A Most of these missionaries belong to tile down and out middleclass the country from which they come seldom either to tho workingmen class or to the cultivated among the rich No people on Gods earth are so Ignorant superstitious or tyrannical as they are Their scientific knowledge Is nil They know as much about philosophy as Morgan and Rockefeller know about hon esty They are filled with a burning hatred J toward all religions except their own They come to Asia to tear down our superstitions and build up greater ones If possible in their place Q How do you reconcile those state ments Doctor with the fact that ninny of those missionaries are College graduates A I hardly believe that three per cent of them can be graduates of reliable Co leges such as Johns Hopkins Columbus Girard or Yale Many of them are grad mates of Denominational Colleges socalled Colleges In name only You know what they are I believe you have been a student In two such Tnptltutlons yourself- Q How do file missionaries live A leave never seen a Protestant mis slonarv live in India Japan or China with less than three servants Most of them take from three to frill irrnths vacation They lire all provided out of thoIMissions funds with two homes for tho suns utter and one for thin winter The salary received Is Pr0on besides ret an allownue for ench member smallpRtIfntniiipq psp a large amount nstRtaiioc Considering tho power rf monev In India I should say that a mlsslonnrv receiving nominal salary of ssoo would bo as well provided fr a5 If in this country he had nn income non How do tine missionaries Justify thatr lcrnliif of ninny servants- two ways First they claim flint other TCuronraiis Americans live In this wnv In Indn and Hint It Is therefore live PsPr on MoIr tart to keep in their sIn Mrn mill else dltrnlty of tin Christian ro Won So then It leers the Christian re lioipn n religion of tlltmiv Secondly flipv emits that two servants In India will like cppoinnllsi n9 much us In America would ask thrill how manv of thorn worn finrMitttomril to one servant In American ivilosionnrlpR have often told mo that heron nrrawomentH were strictly necessary to their health ami perhaps their lives be omio rf the climate What can you say aa to Mint I hive only to ronlv thnt during throe or four moiifs when the weather Is unduly hot urnt of the mssfonnrlos tales vnoaMon that thorn jit least 150000 Furoiipans in India who keen one ST vnnt while the missionaries keep throe 0 What io the missionaries The average missionarys life Is refit sonipthlnc like this Ho arises mill has breakfast nt eight or nine Then If he children of his own he spends a few hours with them teaching tbfni his lancti no find other things then hn rends his naiier mos of them take a morning walk nv that time It Is time for dinner After dinner many of them take n nap Then they meet the native Christian workers and hoar their reports Then they go driving In their carriages or blovclo riding Manv play polo hockey tennis or cricket till It H time for afternoon tea Ty this tlmo they are exhausted with the lelns hard work and It Is time for supper After simper God knows what they do Q now do you know all this Bv personal observation by the ports of native servants employed by tho missionaries by the reports of native teachers employed by tho missionaries while learning native languages by all tho rcnort of native Christian workers Q Do tho people of Asia look upon these missionaries as moral teachers First of nil the average life led by t BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 a missionary is luxurious and idle the Orlentlals cannot see the propriety of this in one who supposedly devotes his life to preaching Jesus Christ Second the missionary always shows that he Is act uated by the profoundest hatred and Intol erance toward other religions Now anti then there are a few exceptions but the natives pcrtnllzp from the majority Fre quently the missionaries are drinkers of whatever Intoxicating liquors In vogue In the countries they como from Rut they must be accomplishing some results I have myself seen and talked with nalve converts which they lave brought back to this country What can you say about these native converts- A These native converts that the sionaries bring to Europe and America for exhibition purposes are usually the moral degenerates of Asia half starved too and poverty stricken who will do anything for a piece of bread and butter without work They got all this from the missionaries and In return they are willing to toll as many lies as possible about their own Bind and their own religion though to say the truth many of the poor degraded beings are too Ignoran to know scarcely anything about either Q What points of difference and re semblance Christianity and the native faiths of India suggest themselves to youT The Christian superstition make much of the River Jordan the Hindu su juTstltlon makes much of the River Ganges The Christian superstition delivers Its votaries Into the hands of preachers and priests the Hindu superstition does the same Tlo Christian sapersttt inn teat lhci belief li renal God the rtiiii Ppcrjtitlon does the same Affecting The Veracity of Jehovah The Bible God The Devil and The Prophets By George Leesou GENESIS Ic IVNow the Serpent was more sub tie than any beast of the Held which the Lord God find made And ho said unto tho woman yea both God said ye shall not eat of every tree of tho garden yc MrAnd the woman said unto tho Serpent Wo may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden o Vlint of the fruit of tho tree which Is in tho midst of tho garden God hath said yo shall not cat of it neither shall ye touch lest yo die ic VAnti the Serpent said unto tho woman yo Shall not surely die rc VAud Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and begat a son In his own Piioss after his Image antI called his name Seth tic VAnd tho days of Adam after ho had begotten Seth were eight hundred years and ho beget sons and daughters Comment According to the above state ment tho Serpent told tho truth and God wins In tho error for Adam was 930 years old when ho died r The Christian Mipfrstltion has always Opt posed every scientific or progressive move mutt the Hindu superstition has done the same alwaysboclass rut keeping the workers quiet while they were robbed the Hindu superstition has been till carne The Christian toachurs preach one thing and pracilco another the Hindu religious teachers do tin sane Tho ChrUiibii hhpous teacher points us to Jifciirf Christ and faith to conform his own life the Buddhist religious teacher uts us to the life of Buddha and falls to conform his own life On the whole I would say that there Is about as mufli rcnmbince and about as much difference iutween Christianity and the native faiths of India doctrinally will practically as there Is between two rotten potatons Q What do you think of Christian In telligence and Philanthropy- A Chancellor Day of Syracuse ernor Iluchtel of Colorado John Rockefeller J Plerpont Morgan Thos P Ryan the Czar of Russia the Emperor of Ger many In fact all the ruling bloodslickers In Europe mid in America are prominent supporters of some form or other of Chris tianity When the Christian churches can show not only that they are not dominated by such men but that they can get along without them and vrslt their hands of too blood money they are now receiving from them It will bo time enough for thom to send missionaries to teach us how to live in Asia Till then had better be occu pied In cleaning the dirt off their own door steps I Biblical Commentaries This Serpent and forbidden fruit trans action c taken place In the garden of Ellen In an early stage of the game They did not die tho day they cat of tho fruit but lived centuries afterwards Now watch the smart alers try to explain what they did too 17e VAnll I will make thee exceed- Ing fruitful and I will hake nations ot theo and kings shall come out of thee 17c Vl will establish my covenant after thee In their generations for an everlasting covenant to be a God unto theo to thybetween me and theo and thy seed and to thy seed after thee 17e VAnll will give unto theo and to tliy seed after thee the laud which then art a s ranger all the lands of Canan for an everlasting possession and will bo their Go- dComnientNow what floes everlasting mean Webster says perpetual eternal du ration eternity Tho Jews claimed Abraham as their father do tho Jews own thnt country to day Do they own any country Some people fly to tho flimsy subterfuge that the Jews will yet return to their country and possess it Just listen to them quote prophecy to try to sustain It If God put a lying spirit Into the prophets mouths on other occasions so that they might deceive tho people what assurance do wo have that ho did not put a lying spirit in the prophets mouths that our brethren quote thatfrompossess Jerusalem and the Holy Land It everlastingsince they were In possession of Canaan or any other country Now be honest Ices It look like this God knew what ho was talking about NUMBERS He 22 V Because all of those men which have seen my glory and my mir aches which did in Egypt and in the wilderness and have tempted me now these ten times and have not hearkened m voice comoIntoto make you dwell thereinsave Calalr the ofXMe VAfter the number of days in fortydaysyour imgulties even forty years and yo shall know my breach of promise Comment Now you se e this God de clared that they should know his breach of promise That ia they should know that he would not do what he promised to do thingsWeessence of truth and cannot lie and that nothingIJddencertainly got off of his base and acted like a promisesNoho was when he threatened to annihilate tho children of Israel for their murmuring etc Moses told Jehovah if he did this thing the people whom tho Israelites had left behind would hear of ItaUlI would say that you were not able to do what you started to doso it appears that Jehovah tumbled to the lay of the ground and did not carry out his rash threat KINGS 22c 22 YAnll the Lord said unto him Wherewith and he said I will go forth and will bo a lying spirit In tho mouth of all his prophets and he said Then shalt persuade him and provide also go forth and do so 22c 23 VNow therefore behold the Lord hath put a lying spirit in tho mouth of all these thy prophets and the Lord hath spoken evil of thee CommentIf the above statements be true this God put lying spirits In these prophets mouths so It should persuade Ahab to go up and fall at Bamothgllzad It seems like the Lord was bent on his de struction and also it seems to mo ho did considerable fussing around to get the thing done wonder why ho lId not strike him down dead like he did Saphira and hubby and the maul that put him up to keep the Ark front toppling over Various Instances might bo mentioned of Jehovahs cruel acts What do you think of a great and truth ful God forcing people to lie and then ishing them for so doing or causing other to bo punished on tho account thereof Dont you think that such a God would bo Continued on page 12 r 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE t + A Current Comment on Public Events NNNNNN NNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNII Excelsior Onward Forward Upward At last the church has been able to realize that the spiritual dont pay and it Is rapidly turning to the material Splendid result of a splendid and per sistent work Two clippings have recently reached our olllce One came from Thomas Truheart of Plalnvillc Connecticut consisting of an editorial from The New York Daily Tri bune and tho oilier from H Flsk of Polla Iowa being a news Item In the columns of the Chicago Dally Inter Ocean Both point conclusively to the trend of tho age In which we live as it concerns tin orthodox religion The Tribune caustically comments upon the establishment by an eastern preacher of a series of smokers for men only In connection with the church of which he Is pastor whereat pipes cigars and cigarettes are literally enjoyed the preacher taking part therein and setting the pace This is in line with the Chicago preacher who de cided to become an aid to matrimony among the young people of his church by the In stallation of courting rooms In which lit tle cosycorners were built with seats just two Dim lights und other conven iences were allowed and of course at the end wedding fees were expected to result in a rich harvest and more members for the church It would suggest however that singing societies sewing circles reading rooms and the like are now out of date and the new Innovations are expected to set the pace that kills off all opposition and enhance the power and glory of the Chris tian church In the course of time who knows it may bo appropriate with Chris flan propaganda and tho struggle for memo hers to even read tho bible in church once In a great while but this can bo considered later The one question new Is to got up something new and attractive In order to keep people Interested In the church move ment for the Idea of a crucified savior a doting father In heaven a glorious res urrection are no longer regarded as drawing cards and the limning sword is unable to terrify In New York It is a prayer between puffs In Chicago It Is a case of hug and payChicago has another and better proposi tion It Is a departure with which many Freethinkers are able to agree Prof Theodore Snares of the Chicago Univer sity In a recent lecture on tho Process Religious Development advanced the theory that children need exercise not tho ology and that good gasses not religion were tho best things for them Here are Homo of his precepts Build up a childs health and let re ligious training go Religion is all right at the proper ago but precocious religious emotion Is danger ous for a child This is well said but how many of tho orthodox professors can be found who will agree with him Their great aim has been to fill the mind of childhood with tho fears and torments accompanying a belief in angry gods talking ghosts wicked devils and fires ot brimstone so that upon reach ing maturity his church membership can oe relied upon Train up the child in tilt way he should go etc has been tho argu ment used for generation upon generation and well the priest knew want was meant many parents have felt pride at thb religious precocity of their children unable to discern the ironclad environments into placesGivegood games and allow to play and work This will produce a healthy body and a healthy mind necessarllly accompanies It Cut out theology Let It go back where It belongs among the owls and bats of super stition and darkness We quote the following from Prof Soares commending it to all our readers There is a normal religious develop ment beyond which the child should not be forced No religious experience In children should be sought which goes beyond a nor mal healthy development Awakening religious emotions In a child at too early an age is bad for the child The utmost that should bo asked of the child is a healthy life and a gradual appre elation of law and tho love of people about himThere Is a grave danger In appealing to the religious emotions of a child of nine or ten years Three serious mistakes are commonly made In training children These are In laying too much emphasis on do cision on using wrong motives and on an expression of religion r r r r Prof Haeckel of Jena tho eminent Dar winian whoso public appearances are ex ceedingly rare lectured recently In Berlin before a distinguished audience of scientists from all parts of Germany on The Prob lem of Man The zoological Institute ot tho University of Jena produced all its treasures skeletons of a gorilla of man of various races of apes decorating the plat paying a tribute to early work of the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus as the predecessor of Darwin In the theory of descent Haeckel claimed Darwin as thb man who established for all time the morphological relationship of men and apes It Is not to bo understood by relationship said the lecturer that man has been de scended from some existing typo of ape but rather that he and the existing an thropolds had one common ancestorper- haps In the remote Tertiary period thai this ancestor was descended from n more remote halfape which In turn descended front some Insecteating beast of mammal affinity This lino of descent claimed Haeckel Is now accepted by scientists with greater cer tainty than any other theory about tho descent of tho elephant or the whale As for the religious or philosophical copse qucnces of such n theory It was Immaterial whether mans origin was found in tho re gion of the apes or In that of any other IL species of mammalia for example tike sheep as Prof Vlrchow once sarcastically suggested However our pride may rebel afactnearer to man than the apes toIluxleytheir relationship was Dealing with the anatOlnIcalwho lay stress on mans consciousness of good and evil his sympathies his nobler feelings Haeckel said that although these objections had his entire sympathies there would he thought be more Intellectual pleasure among men on this question If they freed themselves once and for all from the blinding Influences of traditional prejudices and If they recognize In their lower origin the best evidence of their bril liant faculties and In their progressive past a reasonable ground for belief that their future will lead them to still loftier heights r r r r It Is now reported that Pope Plus X Is extremely anxious to call and hold a coun cil composed all the bishops of tiic Roman Catholic faith from all over the world In order to complete tho work of the Vatican In determining questions of uni versal discipline which was Interrupted in tho time of Plus IX because of the entrance of Italian troops In Home while the Council was in progress By reason of such an announcement coin Ing from tho Vatican at this time it Is well to note that several of these councils have been contemplated but none actually held and carried to a conclusion It Is called that Plus IX tried it and failed He held tho bishops together for a little while but file luxury Indulged In tho expense of which had to be borne by the Pope caused such an extravagant expenditure of Peters pennies that ho Is reported to have said If this council does not soon end I will uu bankrupt but the calamity was averted by tho unexpected entrance of government troops about the scene that tho Pope felt It a wise trove to call the council off which he did Leo XIII tho successor to Plus IX en tertained a hope of bringing the bishops Into such a conclave but the cost stag gored him and ho backed out What with bible revision and universal discipline the Pope has a world of trouble and worry on his hands The Improving changing and reediting of gods inspired word Is an undertaking so vast and so Im portant that It Is not to he lightly sidered To further outline and get a mon agreement as to how the humbler clergy those lower than a bishop should bo disciplined Is another Job requiring much faith and barrels of prayer to complete Many years ago or rather In tho teenth century when the celebrated Council of Trent was In progress many things were It Is said left undone which every pope since that time has had a desire to do The entire time of that council was occu pied In trying to got an agreement concern ing tho canonical bible resulting in the Donny version or Vulgate which has been tho Catholic bible over since Additional opportunities have never presented them selves despite tho fact that It Is supposedIto bo gods work and god has never ex pressed himself on the subject or offeredhtho slightest personal aid towards ac complishment I IBLUEGRASS BLADE q If such an understanding among the clergy were desirable or even necessary how easy it would be for god to Inspire theta or make another revelation In such terms and figures that all might know and unaci stand Should one of their number io ninUir how high In the Councils of this church he might be claim to have such a revelation or have received such inspirit tint tIc other would et him lowit tot a charlatan and utterly refuse to believe In him Reduced receipts for the Popes exche quer the general trend of the world anent questions ot orthodox dispute render the situation exceedingly critical for the Pope and we are safe in assuming that the pro posed council will never bo held and thus will the benighted millions bo In serious dame en thai niTint Vo can express an opinion concerning what the laity think about such matters fand that would not be very much r Horrors of all horrors Impious hands have been violently laid upon the fviinjins form of a godly cur From Suffield Connecticut comes the ro that weeping and shrinking from a jeering threatening crowd of infuriated men and women Ilev John A Smith formerly pas or of the reported popular Congre gational Church in the city above named was compelled to board a train snake the dust of StiffieM from Ms shoes leave the town in de1 disgrace and Pledge himself novel again to return thereto And why Cuilty of gross i morality Such Is the verdict of thn Jopulaco and wo are given one more Instance of the power of saving grace and pandfleaa The particular offense or offenses for bo it known chat they are given tho plural is not or are not named in tine press lit patches leaving the public to assume that to even name them would be unprintable It Is reported however that tho disgraced and discharged pastor had been exceedingly popular but that he had been suspected ot gross wrongdoing and certain Information had been laid before a committee of his church The report buys that when brought face to face with his accusers ho broke down meekly confessed to his sins signed tho written confession by placing his name in writing thereto promised to leave town inside of fortyeight hours anti never re turn Ho kept his promise lit somo mya torlcus way tho report got out that ho was going The public wanted to know Tile public got the desired information and It wits on hand when ho went away Could mora light be thrown lit upon the dark corners of church doings and church practices what a startling revelation would bo made With this preacher as with many others ho was all right until caught and being caught ho confessed and know tho jig was up Oio more lamb for the altar r r Lying cold In death a mass of blood stain with an open blbo and hymn book at his side Tie above Is a newspaper description given by tho Dally Sollphono of Paragould Arkansas concerning a bloody and heart rending crime caused by tho Influence of religion It is told therein how Jeff Urn shears fired a bullet Into his fathers brain killing him instantly because of an alleged difference with his mother over religion and church worship It Is reported that live years ago the parents of the patricide had separated cause of religion The father belonged tt oho denomination and the mother to an other Differences sprang up between them Each tried to convert tho other Both failed It ended In separation Tho wife agreed to return and to pacify her husband joined his denomination The husband later became filled with re ligious jealousy which led to fresh trouble and a final separation During coverture so the lad claims his father gave his mother frequent whippings and this so preyed upon his mind that lie resolved upon his maniacal deed and killed his father Ordinarily this crime is not different from many other crimes The feature worthy of comment In these columns Is the fact that sectarian hatreds was tho remote cause of tho terrible deed At the bottom It Is religion and this dread plague has one more horror credited to Its account In tho faco of such events can It still be said that Christianity Is a religion ot Hiilrlliinl holiness and from god r r r Hev William Thurston Brown the West ern Unitarian preacher has followed In tho footsteps of several other preachers by questioning the reality of loans as an his torical personage This has been a long time coming but tho turning point has been reached Grad ually silently but certainly tho spirit of doubt Is permeating the pulpit and In a few years the refusal to accept the historic character of Christ will be a popular move Ono by one the clergy are coming over True Rev Brown is a Unitarian and theism represented by that church has been well described as a feather bed upon which to catch a falling Christian The Blade has no criticism to offer upon what Hev Brown had to say but appreci ating his utterances on this subject wo quote tho following from him with approba tion and commendation An attempt to establish the historical truth of Christ on literary grounds is a diff icult task It is fair to say that there does not exist a single contemporary who men tions Christ outside of tho New Testament writings and the works of those to whose Inerest It was to prove that the character really existed Profane history Is silent concerning such a man The alleged quotation from Tactltus has no historical value and clearly belongs to tho category of forgeries which unfortu nately were so very numerous during tin tine of our now testament writings were taking from In determining this question wo must depend on religious writings tirely and In Interpreting these wo can not honestly Ignore tho fact that some Ma credit Is due them especially where tin miraculous stories of tho gospel are In evi dence Tho days of authority In religion art numbered It means something more than mere believing In miraculous doctrines the data upon which wo must determine what Is right for ourselves what Is our duty or our destiny In this world or other Is not to bo found in ancient records The greatest number of human failures can bo Had at tho door of precedent Wo ourselves must attempt now things and not try to enter futures portal with the pasts bloodrusted key I The Central Christian Church of Lexing ton one of tho largest organizations In the city following In the wake of Alexander Campbell has made a proposition to its di rectors which Is In turn to be submitted to the congregation which if carried to a log ical conclusion will be the beginning ot the end The world orthodox and heterodox knows what Is meant by the term back slider and It appears that the church above named has had Its full share of that class of people It would obviate this difficulty In the future by a new plan which It Is hoped will bring the desired results According to newspaper reports we do net vouch for their accuracy the church directors will submit to the congregation a proposal to deprive the lukewarm members of their standing in the church and to place them on a sort of probationary list until such time as they have demonstrated their intention to overcome backsliding In addition to this certain Individual require meats are to be named and falling in the standard or qualifications set salvation by this route will be denied and tho backslider will have to get into another life boat or suffer chances of dodging hell on his own account But look at what this church wants Character Attendance at church Liberal contributions to tho church Observation of the Lords supper To tho average Individual It would seem that this church has gone a little too far and If carried to the limit It will result In Its depopulation Not one church In ten could stand up under such a strain As a general rule and It Is seriously doubted It the church In question can be made an ception tho parson will Insist upon tin third qualification to the exclusion of the others Liberal contributions are desir able at all times and with gold the donor Is led to believe that he has purchased a front seat In heaven right up near to the throne Tile liberal contribution If forth coming will supersede all defects In the other qualifications enumerated and out advice to tho preacher of this church and Its directors would be not to Insist upon too close an observance of the first second and fourth It may be that beneath tho plan proposed Mrs tho motive of forcing tho Liberal con tributions and the otner qualifications have been suggested as more side Issues Character Is always desirable whether It be on the Inside or tine outside of any church ana character can bo found without church nt tendance without contributing to the sup port thereof or lilting Jesus once a month through the medium of a crackerr r He Was Slightly Mistaken MARSHALL ILLPu t mo down for five dollars In tho Blades defenso It needed Am agreeably surprised at the juvenile appearance of both of you as per picture In the Blade I fully expected tit see old hzle heads With two such men hull of vim and vinegar tho Blade ought never become feeble and die JOHN II SCHWARTZ Wanted 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discovery ful provided it is true Rev Reynolds does not claim to have been in anyway inspired or to have been made the recipient of some divine revelation front some supposed deity but it just occurred to him in the natural order of things by a simple exercise of his individual gray matter TIe has discovered and so announced through the medium of a printed newspaper report of his Sunday sermon that it was gods great plan to found tile American republic and to build up a mighty nation in the land of great promise even as ho had led the children of Israel out of the wilderness into their bright Canaan Turning back the pages of American history and with but a casual glance thereat we are forced to the conclusion that if it was gods plan to build up a new nation in the precise way there portrayed he is in a mighty poor business a mighty poor manager and ought to make application before one of those gold gagged courts to have his company put in the hands of a federal receiver One would naturally suppose that even a god would become wise through repeated experience but that stern tutor appears to have had It In Jl J JI Tl slight effect upon tho Christian god First with the Israelites then with Christian Europe we have a right to expect that he would offer some improvement but given the saute power accorded to this particular deity wo could give him cards and spades and then beat t him at his own game Seven long Of blood yearsIWas ths gods plan Can wise and heneficient deity had building Think of the lives t homes ruined by bayonet and torch the hardship and suffering endured through all that period of the formation of our republic and then ask yourself in sober seriousness if this was gods plan Picture the agony of men women and children scalped toma hawked and cruelly tortured to death by savage bar barians in the conflict for possession of the soil and then ask again if this was gods plan Did not godtknow from the beginning that such tragedies lay in wait for the sons and daughters of men By a simple exertion of his wjll it could have been otherwise if Christian theology be true but he moved not in that direction Is there a school child in America today able to read who does not know that the few liberties we enjoy today even in America had to be wrested in a fierce deathstruggle from the reluctant hands of political tyrants who claimed the right to rule by the fiat and authority of this same Christian deity Granting the truth of their claims would it not also be true that every soldier in the army of the revolu tion was fighting against the willund power of this saute Christian deity Even the hell of ortho dox Christianity can offer no terror or suffering such as were endured by the early settlers of this continent and to say that this was in full accord with gods plan is to make him It monster fit only for It supreme con tempt After all it would appear that there was method in the orthodox madness of this Presbyterian kypilol Urging upon his ignorant congregation that god had given them this country as the home of the free and the trimmings usually attached he insisted that it was their paramount religious duty to see that god got there was coming to him by striving to increase theJsio of Sunday congregations swell the hoxannahs and incidentally increase the amount of the collec tionNo search warrant is necessary to find out the mo tives that actuate the preachers in all they undertake The bulk of them have run the limit and thinking people are next to the game rBLUE 1GRASS BLADE ANOTHER EDITOR CONVICTED The trail of the serpent is attain seen on the broad prairies of the northwest Through Dr E B Foote of New York City treas urer of the Free Speech League the Blade is informed t that Freeman Knowles editor and publisher of The Lantern at Deadwood South Dakotif has been tried and convicted in a federal court on the charge of sending I obscene matter through the mails andaccording to the present outlook it looks as if he will have to spend some months if not years in prison the sent tence not having been imposed at This writing From a perusal of the article in question which has been republished since the trial and conviction the Blade is unable to detect the slighcst obscenity but on the contrary a beautiful tender and pathetic pen picture of a gigantic social evil in which thousands of young women are led to monstrous sacrifice There can be no question that the alleged obscenity was far from the mind of the author when he penned that article and the only judgment any sensible person could impose would be that the evil exists only in the minds of those whose thoughts instinctively turn to evil who desire evil practice evil and encourage it Dr Footo writes as the mouthpiece of the Free Speech League I have kept track of such things for thirty years and this seems to be the worst case yet Every Freethinker is willing to abide by his judgment Under such circumstances it is gratifying to know that the fight is not over for through the opera tions of the League the convicted editor will derive liberal support and it would be fitting that lovers of liberty should do what they could to help in the effort to maintain the freedom and integrity of the American press If you are willing and able to help write Dr E B Foote at 120 Lexington Avenue New York City THE ETERNAL CONFLICT Thou shalt believe on the Lord Jesus Christ So the command of the orthodox Christian church run neth and all who heed it not are forever and 1eternally damned Any religion that could consistently hold to such a doctrine and insist upon an obedience thereto by thinking men and women seals its own fatnud is unworthy of consideration A man is no more to be blamed for disbelieving in deity than he is for dis believing aught else that seems to him to bo absurd Man doubts because the evidence submitted is altogether unsatisfactory or he is incapable of properly analyzing it Not one of the socalled books ever written the Vedas the Korans the Talmuds and the Bibles over yet succeeded in convincing an intelligent human being that there is aught in the universe greater than himself and they never will succeed in doing so Those who can accept such evidences do so because they harmonize or appear to harmonize with their own halfconscious religious conceptions and because such socalled truth is established by esoteric rather than exoteric evidence Mohammedanism and Buddhism still voice the religious sentiment of the Orient despite the many years of futile effort of the followers of Jesus to Christianize it And yet through all the living breathing thinking world men and woolen are drifting more and more from the influence of sacred books and it must be said that the orthodox pulpit is leading the procession This is not con sciously or intentionally done however but it is being lone just the same Even in these days of science and humanity the devout believer points us to his sacred books for all authority Wo have these sacred books in abundance and yet Atheism rises ever higher and higher just as education increases and marches on with irresist able force and in the course of time it must engulf the reasoning world of men The Christian will on account of his faith take issue with this statement but what has he to say when after nineteen centuries and more of earnest proselyting scarcely onefourth of the world is Christian and in every country which is now professedly Christian Materialism and Athe ism flourish like a green bay treed Of eighty million American people less than onethird are church communicants and it is exceedingly doubtful if half of them actually believe the Bible Beecher criticised the Bible even as Ingersoll did while innumerable preachers occupying pulpits even today are striving to explain to their church congregations that the bible is a collection of beautiful myths and fabled allegory The story of a sullering savior appeals to the heart perhaps and brings up a feeling of sentimental pity but with reasoning men it can never get beyond the head If sympathies were evidence we could prove almost anything but in matters of such great import ance the Atheist demands stronger evidence which not being forthcoming ho suspends his judgment for a season until he can investigate and this ultimately leads to a rejection of all gods or belief in gods and sacred books When an honest doubter asks for evidence from those still in the faith he is pointed to the miracles of Moses to the miracles of Jesus and if the aforesaid honest doubter find these to be violative of his reason j10 BLUE GRASS BLADE or beyond his comprehension the exponents of the faithmeet his objections with Time fool hath said in his heart there is no god The doubter is compelled to retort that his wouldbe spiritual advisers are Zither ignorant or guilty of rank dishonesty so honors veinain even and neither side is satisfied No thinker can change the construction of his mind He sees and understands and if anything is presented to him that conflicts with his formed opinion he subjects it to a critical examination This the believer refuses to do He prefers to accept upon faith alone which he is old is the evidence of things unseen THE CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL Get ready friends for the Correspondence School The Correspondence School is getting ready for youMany have written us concerning the Schooland Lave expressed a desire or intention of joining it and to these we would urgently request that they send in their names immediately so as to enable us to get the full roster completed before it opens for actual bus nessThis is now important- It is important to the School and it is also import hint to the cause it aims to advocate First it is important to the School in that it should begin with a good class of pupils und have them all start together upon their studies It is important to the cause because the more pupils we can secure the stronger will be the advocacy of Frcethought There is no longer any doubt about the School open ing and carrying out its plan of work A box of geological specimens have been secured from abroad for use by the students in that branch ofstudy and this will be shipped on its rounds to all students for examination and inspection It will include fossil plants and animals and different specimens of geolog emanating from the School If it only result in help ical formations This is a departure from the system of any other Correspondence School and is designed to furnish ocular demonstration to the students of the SchoolTuition fees can now bo paid at any time and the Scholarship will be immediately issued Textbooks ought to be obtained and the student can order these through the School and obtain the twenty per cent reduction Remember friends there is no profit to the Blade ing to build up the Blade we shall be eminently satis fied Our object is to teach Frcothought principles and to lay a scientific foundation therefor With the demand for higher education there is no reason why the School should not succeed At this writing we have partially decided upon a Zoological work by lames Orton or F Herrick the only question to be decided is the rate of reduction we can get for the benefit of the students front the pub lishersWe will make a final decision in our next Send your name in if you have not already done so Be ready to begin when the School opens Septem her 1 Our time is getting limited and we are striving to get ourselves in readiness to begin the work properly FREIHIOUG IT FUNERALS AGAIN To guard and protect our beloved dead from the carrion crows of the dread superstition of orthodox beliefs should he the first consideration of evcry Freethinker in the world We have previously written on this subject We do not wish to grow monotonous or tiresome Since our previous comment other articles have appeared relative thereto which suggest further thoughts along this line and in view of what has been said we deem it the part of wisdom to offer our readers what might bo a solution of a problem that has long been pressing them Following the article from the pen of lames F Morton Jr wherein it is suggested that we get away from Christian forms and a good suggestion it is Mirs Henry and others have written on the same subject and it begins to look as though a system can be inaugurated which will insure the Freethinkers of America that their wishes in this respect tray be com pliedwith when the end comcth The communication front A J Clausen of St Ans gar Iowa is valuable and straight to the point The Blade heartily commends and endorses the sugges tions therein contained and will readily open its columns for time publication of a standing list of the names and addresses of Freethinkers who are both capable and willing to undertake such a sad duty In one thing however the Blade would offer an amend ment namely in regard to the distance or radius sug gested Fifty miles is but a comparatively short distill we On hundred miles can bo traversed in three hours in almost any part of the country and in the times gone past the Blades editor has travelled six tines that distance in order to conduct a Froethoiight funeral Suppose we had two in each State each in a differ ent section of the State who would undertake these BLUE GRASS BLADE 11gduties when occasion demanded them we could there by cover the whole State and no Freethinker need he laid to his last rest without such rites as he may desire or express a wish to have The names could he kept in a standing column so that all Bade readers may know where to find them and a telegram could quickly call them to any desired point As soon as two or three have volunteered for this purpose the list will he made up for the benefit of those living within easy reach There is also considerable gratification to know that Mrs Henry is inclined to wake such a work a part of her future labor for Freethought With Dr Wilson living less than a hundred miles away Kentucky can rest assured that all the wants throughout the State in the direction indicated can be supplied A considerable portion of Ohio can also be covered What we want now is a volunteer service for the purposes suggested and with Mrs Henry and Mr Clau sen we have a splendid beginning- All are invited to send a communication to the Blade on this subject and if possible to volunteer for the duties herein suggested Tile announcement made by the Humanitarian lie view to the effect that its editor is about to realize one of his fondest hopes by enlarging the maxagine is refreshing and encouraging When any Free thought periodical is able to enlarge and thereby increase the scope and power of its activities in pro paganda work it shows forth a healthy sign This ought to become epidemic The good work ought to be catching Freethinkers everywhere could now well afford to allow their mental efforts to expand in the same proportion and wo could soon make ourselves felt With the August number so Editor Davis announces its pages will bo enlarged and the Review will be almost double its present sic Good news from the West surely The church leaders of the country are not taking very kindly to the facts given by Thomas Dixon Jr and repeated by Dr A keel front the pulpit of the Rockefeller church concerning the arrested church progress in the large cities of the country but railas they may the fact remains that the church is failing to keep up in numerical strength with the increasing population of the country Only a few days ago an outspoken infidel was ex ceedingly rare but every town village and hamlet on the continent can not only boast one but several In some communities infidelity has become fashionable and the church is in the attitude of playing to empty benches almost begging for a crust an opportunity to do something in an orthodox way To condemn the strictures of the gentlemen above named does not mend matters or alter the facts Anyone at all conversant with the religious sentiment of the nation at large well know and realize that the church is engag ing in a mighty struggle to keep up appearances and by the judicious use of an elegant bluff they are able to keep their heals above the rising waters of honest doubtIt useless for the clergy to deny The people know different Their denials may go unchallenged undisputed but the people are doing considerable thinking and this in itself is a fatal proceeding for the church In dealing with the supernatural as with till things else it were well to bear in mind the apothegm of Seneca which is to the effect that many persons would have attained wisdom if they had not presumed that they had already possessed it After all old orthodoxy is the very efficient wet nurse of Infidelity Refusing to accept any middle ground counting all who are not openly for it as against it the majority have taken the superstition at its word Now is the time to send in the new subscriber along with your 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interpretating Scripture Is a won derful business scores upon top of scores of sects and creeds the Christians havo sprung up over the land due to the different Interpretations of the Scriptures Many of thsse different creeds of the Christians in timo past have shed each others blood in deadly combat all due to their different interpretations of the word cf God fought each other like tho different tribes of Indians have fought each other in bygone days Heretics have suffered tre mendlously at the hands of these Christians Now when you Christians undertake to answer this flounder and squirm and twist and juggle things together and look as wise as serpents and try to appear to be as harmless as doves and tell us how God works in mysterious ways 2 CHRONICLES ISc 19 VAnd the Lord said Who shall entice Ahab King of Israel tlnttho may go up and fall at Rainoth Gllad And one spake saying after this manner and another saying after that manner 18c 20 VThen there came out a Spirit and stood before the Lord and said I will entire him And the Lord said unto him Wherewith Comment It now seems that this Spirit was about to let this God of whom these is nothing hiddenInto the secret 18c YAnd he said I will go out and be a lying Spirit in tho mouth of all his Lord said then shalt entice him and then also prevail go out and do even so 18c 22 YNow therefore behold the Lord hath put a lying Spirit In the mouth of these thy prophets and the Lord hath spoken against thee Comment am satisfied that this God spoken of here is the same one spoken of in Second Kings but If not he must be ot the same family of Gods for ho seems to be just as tricky what do you think of suc- haGodI think it would bo a terrible thing to fall Into the hands of such a cruel and unjust God AiATIIEW ICc 27 VFor tho son of man shall como In the glory of his Father with tho angels and then he shall reward every man according to his works ICc 28 VVerlly say unto you There l be some standing here which shall not taste of death till they seo the son of man coming in his kingdom Comment I wonder who it was standing there that should not taste of death till they see tho son of man wi h his lock or angels coming in his kingdom If these people are still IIvlngt they are much older than It was said Methusalah was yetlivingterrogated as to how soon wo may expect Christs second coming If Christ has already come the second time ho has been very still about It nobody has found it out yet I should not wonder If there was another one of them prophets that the Lord put a lying spirit into Ills mouth tae 30 VAnd then shall appear tho sign of the son of man In heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn and they shall see tho son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory 24c VAnd he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet and trey shall gather together his elect from tine fourwinds from one end of heaven to the 32 YSo likewise ye when yo shall see all these things know that it is near even at the doors 24c 34 VVerily I say unto you thlft generation shall not pass till all these oven at tho doors 21c 34 YYerl1y I say unto you this gen oration shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled Comment Christ says this generation shall not pass away till those things all be fulfilled What generation Tile genration that was in existence at the time these Whigs was said to have been spoken how clue can you make any sense of it There generation after generation passed away since that time no second coming yet peradventure that God that appears to bo so handy at putting lying Spirits Into prophets mouths got in his work on that prophet also MARK 13c 21 VThen if any man shall say to you look hero Is Christ or look he is leers believe hull not 13c 22 Vor false Christs and fable prophets shall rise and shall show signs uid wonders to seduce If it were possible even the elect 13c VSo yo In like manner when yo shall see these things come to pass know that it is nigh oven at the doors 13c 30 VVorlly say unto you that this generation shall not pass till these things bo don- eCommentWe have seen none of these signs cone to puss as the sun being dark ened iitul the moon refusing to give her light etc only In u natural way This gen oration shall not pass etc till these things como Is getting to be old A thousand years Is as a day with tho Lord is a subterfuge that Christians quote on some oc casions to try to sustain argument but u is a failure with real honest thinking ple God created and made till that was made In six days and rested on tho seventh honco our Christian Sabbath now measure tills seventh day by a thousand year as a day with the Lord you might work six thousand years and then rest a thousand years I knew of no one that would be liable to got to work one day even let alone resting one day thousand years 13c 31 V Heaven and earh shall pass away but my words shall not pass away Comment No your words will not pass peoplefulldown mythical teachings In the above 22 V It says for false Christs and false prophets shall use etc I admit there has arose In times gone by many false saviors and prophets and I believe that Christ Is no exception Many religions have their sacred books words of God or Bibles so to speak with their virgin born saviors who they claim was born of a virgin through an Imnnculnto conception and all before the Christian savior and offer the same quality of evldoiice that tho Christians do to try to establish it as i fact therefore I believe about the one the same as the otherhat is that they are all mythical having no foundation In fact They have their prophets and miracle workers and they juggle twist and squirm and cut and coverand try to get everybody to accent it as a fact tho same as Christians do Some may claim that wo should believe In the second coming of Christ or it would not bo repeated so many times in the New Testament want to tell you that a myth or a falsehood re heated n legion of times In the BIble or out side of It does not make it a truth LTI 21c 27 VAnd then shall they see tho son of man coming In the cloud with power and great glory 21c 29 VAnd ho spake to them parable behold the fig tree and all the trees 21c 33 V Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass Comment You see wo are reminded again of the endurance of his words Now as to my part had just as soon look for tile second coming of Moses or Elijah as for the seccnd coming of Christ Oh you may say that we have no promise of Moses or Elijahs second coming Well whist Is tho difference hadnt you as soon look for unreasonable things to come to pass that had not been promised as to look for an unreasonable thing to como to pass that had been promised by somebody that you know nothing about Centuries have passed since the time that Is said was promised to como to paws or bo say unto you There bo sonic standing which shall not taste of death till they seo the door of man coming in his kingdom ROlIANS 3c VIor if tho truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory why yet am also Judged as a sin ner Paul Paul also must have become afflicted wilt that lying spirit that wo have been reading about Paul seems to think that It Is the right thing to do to Ho for the glory of God reckon if wo tell some worshipping lies for the glory of God and for tho causo of the church and religion we will get a lot of big bright stars to beautify our crowns with Say didnt joint when ho was on tho Isle of Patmos see a wonderful de rangement of the stars and a lot of queer things BLUE GRASS BLADE A3 We are told about the Serpent tho Devil Santa etc being tho Father of lies and a deceiver and so slick with his tonguo it looks like he or that God that was so handy with lying Spirits give Paul a dose We read In tho holy Bible about what God did and what tho Devil didWhat Go- dcommendwhat he sanctified and what ho winked at etc If those things be true conclude that tho Devil is fully as humane as God the Bible God and fully as truthful and shrewder for If tho accounts of what each cue did be true the Devil has out generated God from the garden of Eden down till to day God never undertook anything but what the Devil butted in and caused God a peck of trouble caused him to have to drown tho whose world with a flood of water and also had to suffer his own to be crucified so that we might bo saved from our sir The Serpent Mie Devil commenced right In the garden of Eden and showed God what ho could do Wo Christians claim that we have tho true religion and that there Is no other Oven under heaven or amongst men where by be saved except thIs Jews Christ Now if this be true there will be but a very small per cent of tho people of the world Raved at tho most that can be saved Nineteen hundred years of this Savior Christ arrangement what per cent of thb people of tie world have bowed their knee to him and with their tongues confessed ifs name millions of them have not heard of his name and dont know him from AdamIt to me If this Bible God and Savior was so wise and powerful and so mindful of tho people of the world and so desirous of them being saved In the Chris tian heaven as you would have us to be lieve that they would have got a move on themselves and had things working their full capacity ages ago Some Christians In attempting to answer those quotations questions and continents In trying to put a quleMis to these attacks much of It would run after this manner Gods ways are not mans ways The ways of God are mysterious These things were not Intended for us to know The way of God God does those mysteriousMngs for some wise purpose best known to himself If we dont understand these things wo will understand them later All of Gods ways are wisdom and a lot of stuff of tho same quality ONE MORE JOINS IN Tho author of the article headed Folly and Fury of Fanaticism Instead of showing tho benevolence religion has Infused Into his mind it appears he would rather strive to bring you Into trouble Ho closes his letter by alluding to tho sacred truths of tho bible which lying and unscrupulous men have attacked Will the writer of that article be good enough to state just three or four of those sacred truths such as tho world will re gard as truths and hitherto unknown to history and philosophy and promulgated to the world know of no such truths In the bible A llltlo discussion along this line carried on In tho spirit of truth would do sonic good A A BELL M D Madison Ga wy THE HISTORY OF RELIGION Susan J Peck The heaven of Revelation Is not only tho heaven of the Jews but of no Jews cept those of the twelve tribes of Israel The Jews who were in the land of Nod Nod himself being a Jew at tho time that one of their lords wh an army vaded Eden as well as ethers then dis persed amciig other nations of the Iles hpir excluded The ling Jesus tho only begotten son in his message given to John See Rev III assured his fol lowers that he would como on them as n thief lie made no pretense of being est but thus openly declared himself to bo a thief And In his coronation speech de livered his officers other Jewish lords just before his capture while living ho told them that not all his followers not tho Gentiles among them should enter Into his heaven as he called See Matt VII 2123 Not every one that salth unto mo Lord Lord shall enter Into the kingdom of heaven Many will say unto me in that day Lord Lord have we not prophesied In thy nan11t And then will profess unto them never knew you depart from me yo workers of Iniquity The statement that ho would profess mllo them never knew you was an acknowledgement that ho would lie to them and not only did he promise to lie to them but to send them to hell for being followers of hlsteachings or Will discord and dishonesty In his speech again ho said See Matt XVI1 Then shall ho the ling say also unto them oil tho left hand Depart from mo ye cursed yo whom now curse Into everlasting sire prepared for the devil another devil and his angels Messengers or follow ors In the passages quoted wo have his promise to rob them to He to and deny theta and to condemn them to perdition for obedience to his teachings and this Jewish Jesus Is the churchs socalled Savior Ccncerning tho churchs chief saint and first people Peter let us tread in Acts V till story of Ananias and Sapphlra his wife who lead sold some land and of the money received for tho same had given to the church n sum deemed by them to bo suffi cient or all that they could afford Wo have no evidence In tine Hlblo account that Ananias and Sapphlra lied to Peter though Peter accused theta of doing so assuring them that the alleged had been told to tho ghost of tho Jewish king called tin Holy Ghost who through Peter was fetlll priHdlng over tho church established by Ma thievish son In fifallng of the land Peter asked ot Ananias While It remained was It not thlno own and after It was sold was It not in tlilno own power The power which Peter was robbing hint of Even if Ann alas did say that ho sold tho land for a certaii sum but did not mention tho full amount received by him bo refrained from tlolii no doubt as n safeguard against possible loss by theft which ho had need to do Wo read that while Ananias was hearing tho accusation of Peter ho fell down and gavo up tho ghost and great fear ciiine on all them that heard those things And tho young men arose wound him up and carried him out and burled him And It was nloul the space of three hours after when Wit wife not knowing what was done came in And Peter answered unto leer Toll mo whether yo bald tilt land for so notch And site said Yea for so much Then PHer said unto her How Is It that yo have agreed together to tempt tho Spirit of the Lord Let us remember that the spirit of the Lord was the spirit of the thief Behold the feet of them which have burled thy husband are at the door and shall carry thee out Then fell yieldedIn and frniiul her dead and carrying her forth burled her by her husband And great far carne upon all the church and upon all the church and upon as many as heard these things Uhther Inter by his own hand used a bludgeon or a dagger In slaying Ananias and Sapphlra or wheter they were killed by others at his command we do not read but It Is certain that what we do read furnishes the evidence of the coldblooded murder and burial without ceremony with robbery as the object of those two per Will Snpphlra was not even apprised or her husbands death nor Invited to his burial for a funeral he had not for both were dragged ou after having been rob tied and thrown Into graver prepared for the nt by Uiil innrOererj at the command of the hurchs chief saint who was one of 1s chief devils Further persual of the chapter rovf N the fact that although the people feared Peter tile lord the number In tie churches was Increased front that very cause as In those earlier times ot which we read In Esther VIII 17 Ana many of the people of the land became Jews for tae fear of the Jews fell upon them Still farther we are Informed that the high priest of the Sadducees Materialists Imprisoned those who opposed them Hut one of the lords sent a messenger called an angel by night to bring them fcrh with the command to teach all tho words of this life The chief priests ot the Sadducees would have compelled them to teach Materialism but when they haa Ieen released they continued their former teaching Aid some of tile Jews advised others as to their treatment of them men tioning other teachers who had been slaineand their followers dispersed Paul tho second chief saint of the church after having persecuted tortured and killed tho followers of tho Gen Hes Jesus or just one lie who taught that tho right ot tho Individual to obey conscience Is preme forever spent years travelling through different countries remote from the scenes of his persecutions In chains and under guard teaching because forced to till doctrine which ho had murdered others for tho teaching of that ho might then hop a Increase the number of the follow trs of tho Gentile called Jew and who was tho carpenters son whoso following tie hut once to much reduced Tho method of frightening converts Into tho churches by murdering robbing and persecuting employed by Peter and his associates Is still resorted to by mission arles In foreign countries and the reports that India and China will soon be Chris tian Is duo to such practices Tho mission pries who are usually representatives or syndicates whoso members possess property requiring tho employment of laborers add to tho means mentioned tho boycott relying on tho presence of the army of their own country olllcercd by Jews to enforce by raids massacres nod outrages Including tho kidnapping of women the conversion of tho natives 14 BLum GRASS BLADE x f Cbc Blades Correspondence Irrc ww y Joins the School GRAND RAPIDS WISPapers with out line of Correspondence School received am 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froethoiiglit tt the rore I like broad platforms and liberal views There are few people who con face sound reasoning with faith and faMe I never have Seen a person Christian I wean who could stand continued fill of good lode and reason verytong Their faith will soon fade away It will not do to abuse Christians Always administer the balm of glllad for wounded feelings before the onslaught Is made An ounce of pre vontatlvo is worth a pound of cure First get them to realize that tho humano emo tions of love and devotion to humanity exists within us I first give my whole re ligion experience my great struggle with unbelief my pleadings with Jesus and god for years I quote the scripture Faith Is tho gift of god claim thy promise It is up to thee am waiting waiting am pleading pleading Thy promise oh god thy promise claim I am helpless helpless Lost Lost and then some more pleadings Of course no answer comes Then the whole responsibility Is on gou and his son and the scripture This is very 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