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If 0 1- Jf n t fro 9pi f BLUE GRASS BLADE XVII Number 13 i- LEX KY JULY 19 1908 Published Weekly IVolume DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA QF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT I I ir One Who Has Wo1iYin It 4k the Freetkouglifc il 1 1fr r BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 William C Dalyo Success or failure depends upon the men behind the guns We know that generals do not fight and win battles Command- Ing officers may plan lead or direct how a campaign should be carried on but all the planning the leading and direction amounts to naught unless men of courage of valor of ability and daring stand behind the guns It is a well admitted fact that it is the man behind the gun that counts most in any enterprise Upon the man in the trench depends the success of the undertaking So it is with Freethought All the editors all the leaders all the plans formed would amount to but little were it not for the brave men and women who fight in the trenches who give battle to the enemy from the firing line William C Daly the subject of this sketch has long been recognized by those who know him as one of the force of active fighters in freedoms cause A thinker an investigator a reason an inquirer he thought himself from out the orthodox supersti tions of the day along economic as well as religious lines He boasts to all whom he meets that he is not only an Athlest a Materialist but a Socialist as well thereby indicating thatho does not do things by holves but travels the entire dlstnnco wherever a pathway is opened to him Because ot his radical views on religion and politics he has been made the victim of capitalistic combinations which induced his friends to take action in his behalf and he is now a Socialist candidate for the office of Joint Representative in the General Assembly of Indiana from his district All friends will join the Blade in wishing for him the success he so richly deserves Born in Indiana ho has lived in the Hoosier State foriho whole of his life Ho first saw the light of day in Posey county Indiana a few miles west of Stewartsvllle His father was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church and emigrated llto America from Ireland His mother was a pronounced Campbelllte and was the daughter of John Boyle one of Posey countys earliest settlers From this it will be seen that his immediate ancestors had enough of the orthodox religion and to spare that Ms Infancy was spent In superstitions environments In these days W C Daly claims that what he does not know about a general Baptist mourners bench Is scarcely worth knowing although he has long ceased to make even the slightest pre tension in that direction Concerning his religions experiences he saysI made a profession of any kind although I was attentive to such matters in my boyhood days I went to the bleSingno winter warmness or summer coldness For these reasonsd- I will never be compelled to make answer or give explanation rf i tJr if t Ii1I to my children my neighbor or my fellow man for having ac cepted or belonged to any religious creed I am an Athlest and a Socialist Robert G Ingersoll started me on the rood to Free thought and Thomas Paine by reading their works finished the job for me Later I attended the Congress of Freethinkers at the St Louis Worlds Fair and there I heard our old friend C C Moore discuss Socialism He was opposing it but he let drop a few thoughts that took possession of me started me to investigate and I became a Socialist Investigation leads to both Such has been my personal experience I have never had any use for spirits gods ghosts or hobgoblins Brief as the outline above given may bo it points to the same conclusions we have all reached namely that doubt Is the mother of investigation and investigation must prove fatal to all ortho dox forms In Dalys case we have a living sample of this great truth for no man in America is a more energetic and pertsistent advocate of his individual principles and beliefs than is Mr Daly Always sincere in his advocacy of what he deems to be right he has compelled attention from the newspaper publica tions of his community He never hesitates to get Into an argument and is willing and anxious to defend his principles against all comers He never tires or wearies of good doing He has given solid help to the Blade believing htat one of the surest methods by which we can spread Freethought is by the dissemination of good literature His great heart is filled with an abundant charity to all and he holds malice toward none Wo had the pleasure of meeting Mr Daly and his little son then four years of age D D Daly at St Louis and the meeting was all that could be desired producing a mutual admiration andYhigh regard From that day Mr Daly has been a frequent con tributor to the Blade The resolutions recently adopted by the Huntingburg Socialist local in his behalf will speak for the high esteem in which he is held by his comrades Those resolu tions recently appeared in the columns of the Blade Measuring men by their mental and moral worth we can point to Mr Daly as an exemplar Could the cause of Free thought boast a thousand men like him it would soon be made a tremendous power for good In the land Measuring the man by his declarations we can best Judge his character and makeup from his personal expression as follows If we had no love for mothers In this country there would be neither Atheists or Socialists The principles of either of these will guarantee to her the same blessings through life and the same roses along the pathway of her future destiny No grander sentiment was over uttered and those who know him best say these are the principal characteristics of the man i r r t alf v rt d ot o f BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 HoststArraignment of Socialism by One of the Most Caustic Writers In America By M Grier Kidder Every rascal is Dante enough to suggest an Inferno which every fool Is Dore enough to advertise To the majority thought is a stranger or a white elephant and to the variety of rascality and the vagaries of folly we owe the galloping nightmares of today While castlebuilding is the relaxation of intelligence it is the occupation of ignorance the first doubts till reason con vinces the second howls Lord I believe help thou mine unbelief Socialism may be defined as faith fath ered by wish manufactured premise in labor with impossible conclusion expecta certaintytgence which has stampeded all tho fools who were not haltered to the corpse of precedent It is a species of emasculated An archy to which it is related as varioloId to small pox harmless theory to devilish credulity is Infinite and If you make up your mind to believe an absurdity you can believe it as easily as if you hadnt mind enough to doubt it ignorance is not necessarily the mother of devotion nor In telligence the father of doubt Of the mind we know relatively nothing literally next to nothing Psychologists grope their way until confronted by that veil that sepa rates the proved from the unproved known territory from Dont Know Land that twi light realm of hope despair fear faith speculation doubt and dogma Folly rushes t in where wisdom fears to tread and to the vulgar tho Promised Land is realized by desire even if Jordon rolls between Mystery Invites alike the investigation of reason and tho faith of fancy- I have never met a Socialist who could define Socialism or could believe in my definition Ho seems to think that as in theology if you understood what is preached there would be no room for faith Why tell me that poverty is a bad thing Thats stale Or that Existing conditions are not favorable to a poor man What conditions aref or that The trusts grab all they can reach Who doesnt Ho deluges me with what I know and calls me a damn fool because I ask him to tell me what I dont know and perhaps I am I dont want the doctor to tell me I am sick or that poor health is worse than good health I knew that before he arrived what I want to know Is how to get well Hypotheses are cheap impressions cost nothing and an unproved assertion merely calls attention to the as setter so does a bray The Socialist ex plains what nobody knows In language nobody understands emphasized gibberish substantiating nonsense His dream while too complicated for analysis is toopleasant to repudiate he doesnt know what ho has bold of but its too good to let go If you try to tell him what Socialism is he thinks you are crazy if he tries to tell you you are certain he is He is the only missionary I have met who gets angry if you ask him tr d- 1f to explain his creed the only man I know of who considers you personal when you try to quench your thirst for a little useful in formation No sane man looks for agree ment between poverty and wealth in po litical economy man is the creature of his environments the slave of his surroundings the essence of his association change of state is change of nature Nothing is naturally jealous of something envy is the homage that failure pays to success he that never covets never emulates Socialists agree that rent Interest and patent laws are iniquitous I must pay the carpenter wages for building my house but ho shouldnt pay me rent for living in It I pay you mule hire but ycu shouldnt pay me money hire Of course they believe in cooperation what poor man does not They cant see that the truest benevolence is the benevolence that guarantees one against the benevolence of others Poverty is not only uncomfortable it is dishonorable it is dangerous there is nothing more threatening than an empty stomach destitu tion is tho prolific mother of temptation Yet poverty like bad health is in the ma jority of cases selfinflicted An unmarried man receives five dollars a day for ten years wastes it on whiskey and other lux uries then assails existing conditions And of such is the kingdom of Socialism To wear the crown you must first bear the cross Wealth like other good things cost something if this wasnt so there would be no premium on good things For my poverty I blame myself I ate my cake it was good and digestion thereof perfect Now I con solo myself with the consciousness that while Rockefeller cant eat what he likes I could If I couldget It I have never had dyspepsia and under existing conditions I dont believe Ill catch it Well suppose Socialism is realized will our oflico holders be kept honest by their love for their constituents asked a Socialist that and ho said that under Socialism there would be nothing to steal and I said I thought so too So you see wo agree on some things after all These politicoeconomic vertebrates lay great stress on the amount of money a man makes dishonestly and until they have decided how much he can make honestly the Socialist Party will remain conscientiously justicetIcyItaly so would an epidemic be In short Socialism Is necessary where there can be no change without Improvement no revolu tion without evolution But after the Government is subverted Socialisms solicitude should cease the time is then ripe for those who can build up and keep up I know somewhat of my text because I was in San Francisco when the Government was Social ism intensified by the Rev Peter Yorke We had to put everybody in jail to stop operative Improvement If there was ever a time when the workingman had his fling It was then If there was over prima facie evidence that rascals can lead fools to the satisfaction of both this unhappy city fur nished it It is noteworthy as being tho only case on record when Socialists recog nized their need of a chaplain i f oiii 1i eJJ As to the trusts a trust is as useful In building up a new country as Socialism Is Butlikelargelyfor profit are naturally slow in surrendering profit for principle Socialists say the rail roads stoleif they hadnt what would there be for any body else to steal Sup rascals4theySouthern Pacific pilfered laud it gave us the Pullman for the oxcart If RockefellerImonopolized oil he raised Its owered Its price Now which are most use ful to tho countrysyndicates that are pro gressive for profit or Socialists that are paupers for principle I dont believe in the divinity of Mr Rockefeller Im a Uni tarian care not whether he be hypocrite or consistent deepwater Baptist his divinity and dampness are alike immaterial to me but in doing much for himself he has done mere for millions and any man who is not socialistically idiotic knows I speak the thelacktions The Beatitudes would be as much HolyFamilyspoorjHuntington aScotchRockefeller hadnt the money to buy enough oil to lubricate a gimlet Jay Gould was r penniless Lipton belonged to the same r ratButappetltle lack of variety Money was their God and there wasnt a backslider In the congregation Instead of worrying about others each made a specialty of his own itslegitimate l him who can use them Let him who cant make way for him who can Criticism of others comes naturally to the man who sInlessfrommade mistakes never tried to make anything else Now Haywood is Socialist candi Andthesemutualhlpled on laziness and governed by conscience regulatedkoowsthebeen tested Integrity Is to temptation as awaitingtrialtepmtatlonwant to but couldnt The only safe course morally la to do nothing for he who does somethingwrongto many phases of temptation to which the maybeAs to what a man should givE away it onhowoverwhelmed with appeals for help you receivePhilanthropybut most of us prize tho philanthropy in philanthropistyour faculties for looking out for yourself while inviting no other to look out for you i i ji Ll u tt i 1i JfJ 1t4 BLUE GRASS BLADE Under Socialism of course there would be a mutua looking out The man who had devoted time labor and health to acquiring something would dlvy finding his reward In the applause of his conscience This equality mutualhenefitassoclatlon theory Isnt new the Spartans tied It the Puritans tried It I tried it a friend and I agreed to share a room he to cook one day I another At the end of the first month he evaporated surreptitiously leaving mo to pay rent and carrying off my pajamas and umbrella That cured me of collective ownership My only consolation is the hope that through the asisstance of my cook Ing he has become a confirmed dyspeptic As I said above San Francisco tested the AlmightyfOIworking man evened off with his vote The Infinite has received several valuable sug gestions from this town of late Pensioning the aged which Socialists ad vocate has this drawback the certainty of a future pension would guarantee nothing but age to Justify It everybody in the present would bank on the future at every body elses expense it wouM be the death blow to prudence the blinding of foresight Men save because they have to save all the virtues spring from necessity We amount to something because there is no choice be tween something and nothing Tho poor boy works for a modest competence that real 0Ized habit born of necessity becomes sec nature and ho cant stop few men realize immense wealth with malice afore thought The poor boy has the advantage of have to the rich boy the disadvantage of already have A faculty or organ coddled by prosperity atrophies adversity is the solo spur fear of starvation the only stlmulent Under Socialism such progress Is Impossible Why should you clip my wings because you cant lIyr A dependent family may stir a mans energy hardly a d pendent neighbor Its the old old story wait for the other fellow to do something then do him- Socialism is the dream of fools the vision of Idiots the apocalypse of lunatics Wo are told that when this mlllenlum ar rives no ono will have to work more than three hours a day Every town will have a big department store to which every man will carry a ticket to draw his rations There will be neither class four hundred nor Newport set everybody will call everybody else Tom Dick or Harry Exclusiveness will be the unpardonable sin and a tendency to pick your own company rectal blasphemy The elegancies of life art literature painting music everything that liberty fosters will be stifled in the fetid atmosphere of this moral quagmire of poverty Ignorance equality laziness llrense ireo lovo and intolerance This dream Is soothed by a literary lullaby nick named An appeal to Reason the which if any man believeth he shall be saved and lie that liclleveth not shall be damned Abrupt reformation must ever be a fail ure Evolution the slow and tireless mis sionary carries us gradually toward per fection but that state of stagnation we shall never reach Rob man of his hop for bet ter things and he becomes a clam keep him from going ahead and he goes backward Without a vision the people perish but the vision must paint a weldeflneil ideal on their horizon of hope An we attain one ideal wo create another Forgot our ideal In contentment and we are lost Our happi ness lies In our determination to realize realization satisfies but for a moment Specious sophistry is the logic of little minds and a sermon with equnl division Thethirst Ittthe owner Man may reach that angelic state In which mutual solicitude warrants consci entiousness and sense of duty crowds out selfishness but If he does ho will be a negative nambypamby bepanted nothing good through weakness selfsacrificing through lack of ambition The world Is unfitted for angels at present and the brother who has all the virtues If you do not watch him is going to have something Canadaladeviltrytowealth is where wealth Is security is communtywbosoIts poverty When I discover equality In fourlegged animals Ill hunt for it in the twolegged Then why try to equalize arti ficially the naturally unequal Socialists complain that the present laws favor the rich under Socialism the law would Im partially coerce everybody and repress alike budding ambition and blossoming aspiration whether prompted by money or science A marked trait In man is to consider some thing new and unanswerable because he has just heard of it and nobody thinks it worth answering What pleases the vulgar con thoughtimaginationThere is no real harm m Socialism on the contrary It is a psychological question of considerable important to the Insane specialist Its harmlessness lies in its want of a definition there Is no settled delusion that the patients are enabled to find and fortify cnly a variety of emphasized symp deflnitpdiseasevictions stimulate the ecstacies of the feebleminded to expect a heaven where milk and honey will be free sort of forty acres and a mule rhapsody where house rent will cease to trouble and the lazy be at rest- I have collected considerable data from the afflicted partly because in spite of my modesty I feel Intellectual by comparison when talking with them and largely from the fact that a certain class of people insist upon finding ir mo con genial company Sometime ago a man wile hal broken out of the Illinois State Insane Asylum and started a paper before ho was taught wrote to mo asking for a contribution He said that the Lunatic Herald would bo devoted to showing that the only sane were In the asylums and the only insane out He also said he was a Socialist in fact his call to the uncon verted was replete with superfluous Information And yet he came nearer defin ing Socialism than any of his confreres to whom I have gone for facts all of which I attribute to tho high grade ho has tained In his cult Only the ridiculous can bo ridiculed nothing worth living need be hedged about with lauahproof fortifications every fraud shies Instlctively at sacrilege The most frivolous man grows serious when the shafts of levity are launched against his lianctlfleil nonsense for this reason I take it the most benign Socialist contracts a s vero meln when confronted with the reverent The faintest show of doubt un corks hid vialsof wrath and when he be gins to erupt there are but threo means of t1 1 r 1 III 44 relief unconditional surrender setting u if the drinks or asking him if he has paid h polltax Every age has been fertile In dignified tomfooleries and when lazy brains cease to plan work for the brainless muscle selfishness and enterprise will have left thjs planet Jealousy Is vulgar emulation and risingforcovetousness To be satisfied is to be am mienforho is above worldly ambition or whether he if below it come now to the most painful phase of Socialism Its utter lack of piety and which I grieve to say Is apparent to the most casual observer I have never met Socialist whose future welfare I feel dots not rest upon the utmost stretch of dvlne prerogative He Is of the earth earthy too enthusiastically turning this world Into an earthly heaven and Its habitants Into flesh and blood angels to waste a thought on his immortal soul In flct under Soclallsm rom all I can learn salvation is the only thing that will not be free Nothing portrays this spirit more than the answer given a clergyman by a prominent Socialist of this city Being asked lV the clergyman of he thoughtlessly had ever committed the unpardonable sin ho plied that he didnt care a damn whether ho had or not After all perhaps the most bizarre theory of Improvement Is preferable to abject and resigned misanthropy that considers the present merely the warmedover past and the future only what is left over from the present A comforting mistake Is to be couraged If Its correction be not too abrupt The mob has been fed on falsehood so long that it hinds truth as unpalatabu as gestible Such people are naturally im patient of practical suggestions and it is only by degrees that they can be taught that the specious is not necessarily the truthful The curse of a republic Is every body out of the lunatic asylum Is couraged to think himself a statesman in embryo The most flamboyant spread eagled advocate for popular Government cannot fall to see that what wai good for the country seventyfive years ago is not alficlentiy restrictive now We seem to think that because a European peasant has been given the franchise that his grati tude will do the rest as if sodden liberty to a slave was not an invitation to license The franchise to tho vast majority of our immigrants is a newlyfound Intoxication fermenting Into delirium One extreme is mighty lonely till It finds another the slave is not satisfied with his own freedom and the man who has been delivered from one tyrant if given the chance will not stop short of being another Was there ever a jnnn or woman governing who did not need the eternal vigilance of the governed f What is there in oppression to fit a man for anything but revolutions f Witness the present howl for the ref erendum Before trying It with the country at largo I think wo should test It at San Cucntln and Agnows safety is found be tween two extremes liberty between despotism and license A nation is an ag gregatloa of Individuals and I shall not believe m the angelic nature of the many I dont know until tho few I do know begin to sprout wings Woman has been sucked into this maelstrom of Socialism and under gino an Intellectual whirl that has intensi fied her normal giddiness into politico economic hysteria i was speaking with one f r dif i i ii iuill lUll M1 ia rtr j f f f i L c BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 or these gyrating sisters lately and she said what puzzled her Is why tho world hasn t found out Socialism before Then I asked leer what It Is and site was puzzled to dls aver that she hadnt found It out herself Socialist have aggravated their Idolatry verythlngtheyCarthago est delenda Socialism Is panaceatleand everything Is to be stretched or shrunk till it fits Ah what an alchemist is distance How shy transmutes everything base into shInIngthrough pIgmentHowterday and dream of tomOt row as distance divests them of the gross environments of today But every dreameels In tho awakening that Introduces the dreamer to practical work Without work there is the empty stomach and what visions can an empty stomach inspire but visions of a full one Alas what a short step from the sub lime revels of fancy to tho stern call of im perative duty The safeguard of our country lies in tho right of free speech tho multitude is never dangerous till silenced forbid people theory and they will drift into practice and a Gov ernment that cant stand tho criticism of wisdom and the abuse of Ignorance has no excuse for standing Tho brotherhood of man theory is on a par with the vox pjpull vox Del nonsense I am unac quainted with tho range of the iflnites vocal gifts but If It be not sacrl go to call the voice of tho people tho voice of God it can hardly bo blasphemy to suggest a course in elocution to bothaj FREETHOUGHT PRINCIPLES Freethinkers are not in need of any sort of a creed by which to make a declara tion of their principles Many Freethinkers hold aloof from organization upon tho tion that to Join ono In which any sort of platform was promulgated would amount to a creed But if a creed were felt to be a necessity all Freethinkers could agree with tho following enunciated by tho late Col Robert C Ingersoll Happiness is tho only good The way to bo happy is to make others happy Other things being equal that man is the happiest who is nearest justwho Is truthful merciful and intelligent in other words tho one who lives in accordance with tho conditions of life The time to bo happy is now and the place to bo happy is here Reason is the lamp of tho mind tho only torch of progress and Instead of blowing that out and depending upon darkness and dogma It is far better to increase that sacred light Every man should bo intellectually pro prietor of himself and intellectually hos pitablo and upon every brain reason should bo enthroned as king Every man must bear the consequences at least of his own actions If ho puts his hands In the fire his hands must smart and not the hands of another In other words each man must eat tho fruit of tho tree be plants ji1 j itI lll Persistence of Superstition Resume of the Agencies ThavJHave Brought Error In the Minds of Men By Dr T J Bowls If any one of the many thousand readers of the glade will take a stroll along the principal streets of tho cities of the United States and read the signs as he passes aong he will be shocked on discovering many signs like tho following Palmistry ReaiingaWantedClasses Obscesclon Treated and many millions of American citizens5 are firm be lievers In these idiotic superstitions and are annually paying out vast sums of money to torpetuate these diabolical institutions transmitted to us from the dark ages of the gIndebasIng and degrading superstitions caii ilourlsh Is it any wonder that tho insane asylums of tho United States are filled to heir utmost pacity In a social atmosphere where the superstitions of tho savage and barbarous last can grow rind flourish Is It any wonder that jails and almshouses and penitentiaries overflowingAll brain and all those hideous superstitions had a natural origin in the remote and distant past when Ignorantnow devolving on enlightened meu and edu generationimmutable and unbreakabr1and that Nothing Is or be supernatural J This work Is now being done with accel rated speed atew more Humboldtsa low more Darwlns =a few more Palnes a few moro Drapersa few more Hecleelsa fiw more Ingersolls and a lew moro Charlesvorths and all the ghosts and all the devils and all the suporstltlcns will be forever banished from our beautiful earth There are only three agencies that have any Influence in controlling the conduct of men ono of these is fear of invisible beings ono Is fear of visible beings and the third Is lovo for humanity these three forces rogulato and control tho conduct of tile whole human race and the first two fur nish nearly all tho criminals in tho world More than ninetyfive per cent of tho in mates of all the Jails penitentiaries and asylums in the whole world are believers in Holy Books divine revelations personal pods getting religion crucified saviors obsession holy days or some other super stition equally idiotic and cbsurd In Australia it is said they stave a culiar treo called the cannibal tree Its leaves roach out like great arms until they touch tho ground and on the top of tho tree is a cup filled with a mysterious kind of honey on stated occasions the tribes of savages surround this tree and worship it by shouting and dancing and then one of their number is selected as a victim ho tastes the mysterious honey In the cup and is soon overcome by a strange intoxication the great arms of the tree then encircle him In their powerful arms and he It crushed to death while his companions look on and shout for Joy The great tree of superstition with its multitudinous and poisonous branches is still crushing the life out of many millions k of human beings and all the kings and tyrants of the earth and oil the priests of viperstitlon throughout the world are look Ing on and shouting for I need not repeat that tho highest and most sacred work of enlightened and educated women Is to extirpate this dreadful Upas tree root and branch and burn It to ashes In tho sacred flames of Science Lovo and Reason How long 0 how long will It take man- kInd to emancipate themselves from these hideous phantoms of the brain that have made slaves of the human race through all tho dark and dreary centuries Muncie Ind THE CREATION By J E Ashercraft Prior to the beginning When there was no heaven or earth When there was no starlight sunlight When creation had no birth When a black and boundless nothing lroathless lifeless round him fell What was there to wake his slumbers What was there to break tho spell Breathless lifeless all pervading nightWaslightOutCountless worlds remote or near And all living moving creatures In the depths of see or alrf Yet wo know not what aroused him To begirt this mighty plan Of creation In Its vastness Forming lastly sinful man nothingInKather than make so snafu As to damn tho human race rut tls said that man was sinless Until tempted when he fall Tempted by a subtle serpent Crawling from the depths of hell Pure an l spotless as the Illy In its early opening bloom Until tempted by tho devil tho shades of sIn and gloom tothlngHarmlesshy did god create the devil Or conceive an endless hell f If creation sent for evil Or an evil conies of good dividingSatans starlightsunlightWhen sinningOrWhy silence over broken t Why was man to weaknes born f Why were devils made u tempt him And then leave him hero to mourn questionsPiercingPeering back beyond creation To great nothing nothing moro Vast though simple Is the PIercIng probing to tho IluestlonIIs it true there once Nothing nothing more i o J iiI n r 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE NN+ y y 1 Current Comment on Public Events 1 H + NNNHHNNNNNNNHNNNHHHNNNNNNN Since the advent of Darwinism upon the stage of Intellectual thought volumes have been written pro and con concerning man and monkey Despite the popular notion that Darwinism meant a direct ascent of man from the simian Instead of a common origin for both it is none the less a fact that monkeydom affords an Interesting field for investigation and experiment 1According to California reports there Is 1under consideration a movement looking the importation of a herd of South American monkeys into the land of gold for the purpose of training them to gather prunes during the harvest as a means of attempting to solve the labor problem Prune growers are reported to have lost crops through the lack of harvest hands Men women children and then Chinese and Japanese have all been tried but it seems that the problem of gathering the prune crop has not been solved and Martin V Seeley of San Jose Is reported to have announced his intention to make an effort at training imported monkeys for the job The report further states that Mr Seeley has already communicated with a friend A B James of Acapulco Panama with a view to securing the monkeys for the pur poses Indicated Then upon receiving them the work of training will begin Once trained the prune grower anticipates that the monkeys will take the place of men In the harvest field and he be enabled to gather his crop at less cost and expense No one will question or deny the prune growers property right In the monkeys thus purchased and Imported But the ghost of former years still haunts the southland and It would not bo surprising if another abolition movement sprang up In the effete east demanding an emancipation proclamation for the simians But this Is not all It Is also currently reported that some distinguished natural historian proposes to affiliate himself with a few apes of high order live with them talk with them take down phonographic record of their vocabulary for preservation to study their ways habits methods and if possible arrive at some definite conclusion concerning their capabilities of development towards civilization Thus It will appear that whether man and monkey be closely related by progenltal ties or not both are destined to be brought into closer contact Not only Is It proposed to make them of use for scientific Investi gation but to bring them In the labor markets of the world and by taking the places of men Increase the demand for op portunities to labor decrease compensation therefor and while monkeys live well are fed welt in order to enchanco their oppor tunities for labor human children may Be permitted to cry themselves In hunger to sleep Julia Ward Howe of fiction fame has had a vision in which It is alleged there was brought to Julia a vision of the final disappearance of evil in the world But Julia is not the only civilized being who has had such dreams or visions Thousands have dreamed in the same direction and many have believed that the day was about to dawn when a realization of what they had dreamed was about to come From the beginning of written history there have been men and women noted as dreamers and Julia can find innumerable prototypes by a little searching If Julia can be persuaded not to Inflict her socalled vision upon a suffering public her friends ought to get seems to afflict Julia at this time is an attack of mental jlmjams This di sease is epidemic among writers of fiction She brings nothing Into the world for all she has to report Is that in her dream she saw an age of human battle with forces of evil suffering followed by triumph and an era of universal peace and purity Every man and woman who has ever entertained a thought for the welfare of the human race has realized this eternal conflict and no dream was necessary to make the revelation Every reformer man or woman has constantly had such a vision before their minds eye working struggling laboring to bring about its realization We said eter nal conflict and the conflict is eternal Everywhere the good and the bad right eousness and crime intermingle It Is a constant struggle These opposing forces have ever been at work so long as man has inhabited the globe They will continue to be at work so long as man shall continue to inhabit the globe Even taking Christian theology at Its word there can ibe no end to the conflict for what will be able to quench the mutual and irrevocable hatred and enmity of Its deities for good and bad Crime may wear a mask error may be blinded by prejudice selfishness may live under a cloak of piety greed may pose as possessing sainthood but the forces for evil still remain and all the combined hosts of orthodox religions are powerless against them To repress the evil and enhance the good should be the true aim of every noble man and woman This inlllenlum can never be attained while superstition Is allowed to obstruct the wheels of the car of prog ress and the labor of the army of Free thought Is to lessen evil by systematic though Intellectual personal restraint lowing improved personal character result ing In a life of purity and purpose Julia Is not the only person to dream dreams Joseph of old Is said to have been afflicted with the same disease but his dreams first got him into dire distress and then he became lucky and dreamed himself Into opulence For Julia to attain the perfect state which she is alleged to have witnessed in her vision she must first align herself with the forces that make for religious political and economic prog ress leaving In the rear all forms and su perstitious that have combined to keep the world in Intellectual darkness Dreams at best are but mental phantasies and we opine that Julia has slipped her mental trol ley pole and got on the wrong current Rev Liston D Bass pastor of the First Baptist church of East St Louis has up against a losing game Ho publicly nounces that ho will hereafter goneImarry any couple where the woman to take the obligation to obey her spective husband and he calls upon ministers of the gospel to follow his foolish ignus fatui Theologically as also from an orthodox standpoint he Is right and no woman living in the hope of heavenly reward in company with Jesus and his apostles ought to offer the slightest objection Paul places woman as far beneath her husband as her husband Is beneath Christ and that is a deuced long way If Christianity be right Then accord ing to the law of dominant right wherein the Inferior must obey the superior woman must conform to the scriptural requirement and promise to obey her husband In all tendency of the age Is for woman to avoid the taking of such a pledge The day has dawned when woman is recognized as the mental and Intellectual equal of man In many instances woman has shown a mental superiority over some men Realizing this she has refused to bow the knee In humil ity and submission asserting her equal right and mental capabilities and In defer ence to expressed wishes on the subject In numerable parsons have agreed to overlook the theological Injunction to obey and omitted the word from the service altogether It Is a safe and reasonable pre sumption that If Rev Bass persists In ad hering to his expressed plan the number of marriages consummated by him will be materially reduced and there will be a inquency In the amount of wedding fees Jo t f d BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 Even should Rev Bass succeed in getting all parsonsto agree with him neither man or woman would need find ought to occa sion serious alarm If parsons refuse to tip the knot there are many others who will And the woman will not have to promise to obey either On the other hand man need entertain no feelings of distress for whether woman agrees to obey or not the fact remains that she will intentionally or unintentionally she will continue to do it just the same Neither priest parson or civil olHcer can change the ultimate result lad now WIlE we cone to lank f the matter it will bo a happy day fur wjiuan kind when sho can bring herself to that mental portion wherein she can abandon the parson altogether It would seem like Rev Bass is striving to hasten the day when woman will be where she ought to lie r Current newspaper reports state that the Baptists of the Pacific Coast have just closed ono of their periodical conventions and that while it was in progress a general discussion was held concerning the propo sition to discontinue the use of such titular prefixes as Reverend and Doctor and to refer to the clergy of that denomination In the homely oldfashioned appellation of the thought Of what use is it to make any sort of a sacrifice to become a parson and receive no public acknowledge ment of superiority To call a parson brother indicates equality rather than periority and merely pulls the parson down It has long been a custom in America to designate all lawyers as Judges poll ticians as statesmen while in Kentucky wo are all colonels Rob a Kentuckian of his distinguished title and you make him poor Indeed and to take away the special privileges of the clergy by placing him upon a mere equality with his fellowman is an unfortunate proceeding for him It amounts to a complete reduction in caste If he is not revered ho is nothing To be otherwise would create a contradiction in terms For the sake of the skypilots of America the Blade utters Its protest against the proposed abandonment of this timehonored custom Even the devil ought to be given his duo What would a Kentuckian think of a par son at homo or abroad who would address him as plain Mister Ono minister Is just as good as another in the eyes of the world The leading citizen is invariably called judge or colonel and is not the pastor the salvation doctor of the com munity Then why not continue to call him doctor It makes no difference whether his prescriptions bring the desired results for do not doctors of medicine even mako failures at times Tho latter deal exclusively with matters mundane with t things as they are and yet they sometimes err The former deal exclusively with matters celestial altogether speculative with things as they havo faith shall be and be ing more liable to error they should be dealt with leniently Givo the parsons a chancel Do not thoughtlessly deprive them of a considerable portion of the only comfort they enjoy by taking away their titular prerogativesIf will of the people that they shall still bo called doctor and rever end that Seattle convention will find that they have struck a granite lock against which they must beat in vain Does too much piety lead to unblushing is a rather serious question and the Brooklynites are now having to wrestle with ngersoll has said that the strictures of Presbyterianism thrown about him during youth galled so upon him that he Involuntarily rebelled and ultimately came to op pose it Many parents insist upon too strict an observance of orthodox forms for their children bring them up in a sort of tightcorset manner cramping the mind and intellect until with personal freedom comes tho reaction and the rebound In many cases it is a jump from one extreme to tho other and there are enough facts to be gathered from everyday life to prove the truth of this position- It is reported that the police of Brooklyn havo succeeded In running down a pair of enterprising burglars They were caught hiding in a coalbln and promptly arrested They had just gone through the residence of Mrs Mary Hanlon at J99 Flatbush Avenue and a portion of their loot was found with them They were carried to headquarters where according to tho lan guage of professional crooks they were mugged through the aid of Bertillon ma chines and their pictures now adorn tho rogues gallery They were discovered to bo George and Henry Banta brothers and tho sons of a well known Presbyterian min ister in Brooklyn But this Is not all for tho police of that city insist that George the elder one has been In trouble before so that ho Is rapidly becoming an adept in the business of burglary And ministers sons Angels of grace defend usl Weep ye gods on Olympus heights and may the tears of sorrowing pity fall upon a suffering and humiliated world But are the children altogether to blame Havo we not been told that If a child is brought up In tho way he should bo that when ho grows older he will not depart therefrom Has this minister dono his whole duty by his offspring Doubtless lie taught them to say prayers and to repeat iiLJrW the catechism Ho would be untrue to his calling had he not done so Is this enough t Do the facts in the case suggest it Surely not Had these boys been taught the prin ciples of true morality the difference between right and wrong encouraged in striving to rely upon self had they been taught to respect the rights of others even as they ought to respect themselves they would never have become accomplished burglars and would have proven a blessing Instead of a curse Sad as this case maybe It Is an evidence of tho Insufficiency of the Christian creed to make for morality The name of the Christian deity affected them not Prayer failed to move them from their selected way Bible precepts were un availing A weak religion naturally pro duces weak men and women and the rigid discipline imposed upon children by orthodox parents lead to untold misery The Blade can truly sympathize with the suffering and sorrowing parents of these erring lads but it insists that the blame should not fall upon them altogether for with heredity and environment at work upon them In the formation of character a and befogged with the dark clouds of a frlghtsomo religious creed It is no wonder they are what they are Cut out the religion and give them more of the humanity that is lying at the feet of all RELIGION By John T Bays Religion Is a curious thing it makes of man a foe To fall beneath its idle whim or be sub ject to its rule It makes a man fanatic and lose all com mon sense It wastes away his intellect without any recompense mightbeIt keeps him gazing skyward Into unknown realms of mirth It Is a cloud of superstition that waters every creed It darkens earth beneath It and makes its victims bleed Tho heathen in his blindness bows down to wood and stone The Christian In his fineness can worship god clone But all in all both worship imaginary and unrealiprostitutes to which the Christians kneel From all religious superstitions thankINature I am free No god of wood or thought or stone shall over humble me tA b tG i r 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by hint until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 1268 N Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 150 per year in advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remittance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent In with one remittance for six months cents each Trial subscriptions cents per month Foreign subscriptions postpaid 200 per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion cents one month or four Insertions 100 six months 506 one year 800 Quarter column single insertion 200 one month 400 six months 2000 one year 3000 Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates upon application The publisher has the right to reject any and all advertisements offered 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Although gone we admit that ho was one of a few men who ought to have lived for ever FOR A PAINE CENTENNIAL Freethinkers must give honor to their illustrious deadMarble monuments and figures of bronze and brass may attract the attention of the outside world but the principles taught may never be considered in this passing glimpse Principles must be made to count for more than mere persons but when human principles enduring and eternal founded upon love and patriotism were enunciated by one person more than another poster ity would do well to give honor to that person Such a person was Thomas Paine The immortal Thomas Paine Beloved by all patriots and honored by even those who feared him By honoring Paine we honor ourselves The question now to be consid ered is what shall we do to carry that thought into practical effect- Attention of Blade readers is earnestly di rected to the communication in this weeks issue from Secretary James B Elliott of the Paine Memorial Association upon this subject But eleven months now intervene between the present date and the time i j 1 i ix i 1trj I i BLUE GRAss DADEtfor the proposed Paino centennial Money is needed 11 by the Association to complete the program It must be a program befitting the occasion and commensu Irate with its vast importance Surely Paine has yet enough admirers in America to make this centennial one of the grandest and greatest celebrations of its kind in the history of our country We of this gener ation will never have another similar opportunity Do not let it go by you without serious thought Join hands with those in charge of the movement Help all you can to make this celebration a success Join the Association Send in a contribution to aid in preparing the program Let every Freethinker with in reach of the Blade be prepared to do every possible honor to him who gave us this government without a king and a constitution without a god Write to James B Elliott 3515 Wallace Street Philadelphia or to Dr E B Foote 120 Lexington Avenue New York City The Blade will also receive and acknowledge contributions for this purpose Now do your very best TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS To a large number of our friends we again direct their attention to the tab on their papers indicating the expiration of their subscription to the Blade Upon a reexamination of our mailing list we find that more than 3000 is owing to us on delinquent subscriptions and the hard struggle encountered to keep up and maintain a Freethought paper is con siderably increased by such a delinquency Some of our friends will receive a statement in a few days and the Blade expresses the hope that immediate attention will be given thereto We know that Free thinkers do not intend to allow themselves to get de linquent to this extent but the repeated delay in sending the subscription causes it to double and as our bills rent taxes payroll all have to be mot when due the continual grind creates discourage ment Look at your tab and finding yourself behind be prompt in making a remittance for the salce of the cause FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS One of the most gratifying and beneficial results of the discussion in the Blade columns concerning the propriety of Freethought funerals and asserting their necessity is the fact that an umber of prominent and influential liberal speakers have kindly volun teered for this dutiful work Principal among these recent volunteers Is Parker i f J W L H Sercombe editor of Tomorrow Magazine of Chi cago who kindly volunteers his services for the mere payment of travelling expenses and entertainment Located in Chicago he is within comparatively easy reach of Northern Illinois Indiana Michigan and Wisconsin Iowa and even Minnesota in the north west at a pinch and Missouri in the southwest Of course the travelling expenses will be heavier the further the distance but it is well to know that in time of great need we have one eminent volunteer for such occasions Next in line is Marion W Marley of Bucklin Kansas who also volunteers for these services and through him the State of Kansas Oklahoma western Missouri mal Arkansas can be covered Mr Marley was formerly a minister of the gospel and upon rare occasions styles himself still as rev but he is now an outspoken atheist and friends can by reading his letter judge well of his capabilities The foregoing have been added to the list men tioned in the Blade in previous issues and now for the sake of convenience and information the Blade will maintain a standing column of the names and addresses of these worthy soldiers who have so kindly volunteered their services for the purpose of protect ing our beloved dead from insult at times when they ire unable to speak for themselves Elsewhere in this issue the column will be found When the occa sion comes that calls for these service pick out the one nearest to you or the one most preferable and a wire will call them to you GOD AND FUTURE LIFE God and a future life or a belief therein constitute the entire field of religious thought All the books and bibles all the prayers and creeds all the religions known to man have been constructed upon the belief in these theories without an iota proof concerning them ofITake the idea of god out of the human mind the belief in a future life would speedily follow for without god or gods a future existence beyond this life would be meaningless The god idea first found root in human thought as the answer of the ignorant savage to all he could not understand The future life theory was a later conception and necessarily grow out of the former Primitive man very naturally formed crude and materialistic ideas connected with both theories His god was made into a crude but somewhat enlarged imago of himself His place of future abode was pictured as an extravagant imitation of earthly lux iyiries seen perhaps to some extent but never ex i J A IJ f 1 7 0 10 i tEGRASS BLADE j rJ perieuced or enjoyed by himself Other elaborations followed and new features were added from time to time but heaven was always in the future somofclung to cncomngb speculation Let it be distinctly understood however that both godand future life still remain mere theories itcap- able of proof a mirage that shrinks into nothingness before our earnest and scrutinizing gaze In the last issue of the Blade appeared a communication from William Smith M D of Muncie Ind in which a series of questions were propoundedand answers thereto requested Prima facie the letter indicates good intention honest motives and a desire to learn or to know It is an easy matter to ask ques tions To answer them is another matter In the first place the answers may not prove satisfactory 1and the labor expended thereon is thereby illspent A child may propound more questions in one minute than the brightest among us could answer in a life time Briefly stated the questions which the Blade has been requested to answer are as follows 1 How do you know there is no god 2 How do you know that man has not an immortal principle that does not exist beyond the grave 3 What builds different bodies from protoplasm 4 Has protoplasm mind and is it able to communi cate with other protoplasm and exchange ideas The first and second questions are absurd They are altogether improper Furthermore they are illogical In propounding them the interrogator is insisting that the person interrogated shall undertake to prove a negative The first and most elementary principle of logic is that the burden of proof rests npon the affirmative of a given proposition and not upon him who assumes the negative No thinker will question the truth of tIns proposi tion namely that which is incapable of being proven remains unproven and until the believer in god pro duces some demonstrable fact in proof of his theory the presumption lies against the believer and not against the unbeliever The question could have been put in a more debatable form by simply asking that reasons be given why we do not believe in god Taking the question as propounded the best an swer that could be given is that the inability of the believer to prove god leads us to disbelieve in god and the further fact that the believer does not abso lutely know there is a god ho merely believes we are justified in questioning gods existence until satisfactory proof is forthcoming Man can only know god through sensation posi tively or he may assume to infer god from the phe nomena of nature We doubt not that evenDr Smith ri l must admit that we cannot sensate god and thereI fore the believer is forced to rely upon the argumentt of inference A casual study of natural phenomena fails to justify any such inference hence we are without a belief in god and must so remain until the 1believer adduces satisfactory proof The proper proceeding at this point is to ask the believer How do you know there is a god It is indeed a truth that a mans belief or dis belief is not always a safe guide a fact proved by the existence of the innumerable religious sects and this truth falls with greater force upon the believer than upon the unbeliever By reason of having studied the faculties of the mindus well as creed and dogma we have been enabled by comparison to judge the latter at close range and led to a discarding of them altogether The questions marked as numbers 3 and 4 are more to the point but it is necessary that a better under standing or one more mutual be had before an an swer is attempted Question No 3 may be answered by saying the law of natural selection as applied to the develop ment and origin of species first propounded by Charles Darwin and elaborated upon by Ernst Haeckcl furnish a more satisfactory explanation of the principle here involved than any other we can conceiveApproaching the next and last question we are com pelled to ask what is meant by the term Mind Is it to be held or regarded as an entity a material sub stance in itself or a quality or attribute of material processes Is mind a cause or a result Man enjoys certain mental processes or faculties Among these are thought reflection conception perception memory etc and the combined operation of alt produces what we call mind When this mentality ceases to be the mind simply ceases to be and it could not possibly continue to exist elsewhere as mind when its necessary and primate causes are no 1tityof matter and when the form of matter producing the quality or attribute undergoes a change the attri bute also changes From the above and realizing that protoplasm is but a formless speck without distinctions of struct ure and therefore without distinctions of function protoplasm as such can have no mind as we know and understand mind but it is equally certain that the primary principle from which mind develops is in tIle protoplasm becoming mind only as sensations begin to appear In this early stage of existence tho law I BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 j selfpreservation is bound to rule And while a is the simplest form of organized life its inclina towards natural selection and union which con 1cell the building up process its tendency to pro life its avoidance of danger suggests a faint of mind in comparison to the extent of its CRUCIFY HIM It is an almost universally admitted fact that through the long line of human history every reformer has been met with the cry given in the caption of this article Crucify him This has been the answer of orthodoxy to all who have dared to oppose it even as the Scribes and Pharisees of Palestine are said to have urged it against the Jewish Carpenter Assuming for the more sake of argument that the events related in the four gospels are true as far as they concern the life of its central figure it will be conceded that the pre servers of the ancient Jewish faith unwilling to ad mit of any change therein or departure therefrom fearful of tine march of human progress actually con nived at the death of the Jewish reformer and were loudest in their cries of crucify him77 Modern clergymen are splendid imitators of that ancient priesthood for with every suggested change in the existing order of things they cry out in alarm and insist that the authorities shall immediately crucify the one who suggests or instigates it Let it be said of a man that he is an infidel that he is not prepared to swallow every draught prescribed for him by the preachers that ho does not accept as true all that is found between the lids of the orthodox bible and the church ministry instead of trying to convince him by kindly arguments that he might be in error at once begin a bitter war of denunciation and misrepresentation They open the sluicegates delugerthat man with a torrent of Christian calumny The infidel may be honest sincere brave and charitable but bo commits crime in the eyes of the clergy the moment ho denies or questions their authority and with them it is made the one sin of all sins more of fensive than the one spoken of as being against the holy ghost His fault if fault it be lies in the fact that he has called in question the legitimacy of the preachers business and he may expect no mercy not oven simple justice at their hands Religion may be capable of many things but it never made a truly pious man liberal in views and J charitable in sentiment The more piety the harder tine heart The same thing is equally true in politics The plutocrat dreads the reformer and the reformer must struggle under the most adverse circumstances r created through and by the plutocrat Once let a man depart from the political shibboleths of the day and set or run with a new party and the adherents of the old faith immediately seek to crucify him upon the altar of political iniquity Whether in politics or re ligion the feeling is the same and the man who em barks upon the selfappointed mission to bring about or induce a change realizes before he makes the start that he has got to face the monster of custom and standstill advocates If an infidel aspires to public office the place hunters will strive to crucify him with the cry of antiChrist or infidel If ho starts up in business they will try to work a sys tematic boycott upon him by bushwhacking If he prints a book or paper the public is warned not to read it lest perhaps they happen to learn something Crucify him It is the only argument of faith against fact It is the only weapon in the hands of fools who are unable to combat successfully against the growing intelli gence of the people Crucify him The end and the triumph of all Christian argument I The Blade is not informed whether any real effort has ever been made to make silk purses from asseskcars but it does know that every preacher in the daily striving to make asses ears for their congrega tion out of any old thing they can lay their hands on i 1 It is exceedingly appropriate that some bibles be bound in calf- Education should be devoted to the training of the mind in the search for truth and there is more real religion in this than can be found in all the creeds this side of Jordan In an autobiography by Mrs Annie Besant justjpublished she expresses the belief that her fonnerlcolaborer Charles Bradlaugh has now that ho was wrong in his belief that life ceased withjdeath Wo disagree with Mrs Besant in such a conclusion and still hold to the notion that at this day Charles Bradlaugh knows nothing Ex nihilo nihil fit fi 71 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE GhostlyGeometryFailsl Give Its Metes and Bounds John F Clarke We will all be dead a long time That much is settled for fair Ghostly geometry fails to determine the limit of our deadness The failure is charged up to the people who still die with very hazy notions as to where why raid when the deadness takes hold and lets go Jesus Christ came into this world as a splendid myth two centuries after his al leged advent to advise the worM as to reprisals on condemnation and death He was a miraculous conception and a miraculous resurrection In fact he was t resurrected before ho was born and born alter ho was dug up He had a pos thumous birth and exhumous death Ho vas conceived of the crazy wheels in the headpieces of whirling dervishes The Oriental scrapheap was raked over to ob lain a crazyquilt pattern of religion and it was made to fit to the backs of reluctant JJebrows like the paperonthewal method of Dizzy Jzzy Redemption may be had from sin and death by accepting this hotchpotch and paying for tho same Salva tions free Yes but whosoever entereth by any except the straight gate that same is a thief and a robber and toll is ex 1ected at tho straight gate and tho wings are not furnished on the near silo of the rate so that flying over the fence is out of the question The rules of finance tako precedence and also tho cake Some one wrote me and ad vniscd me not to try to mako fun of religion as I would only fall If my fresh corre spondent reads this I would remind him that religion should not try to make a fool of me as it is likely to miss the mark I am often asked Are you not afraid to die If I can stand tho racket of life and I have stood It for fifty years I can stand death for a while The only objection I have to death is It is overdoing the rest business Sleep is ephemeral death and death is elongated sleep He who hath feasted upon sleep hath tasted death Whether the sleep bo short anJ sweet or whether it be for keeps matters little to the sleeper who sleeps Sleep is intruded upon by nightmares but the palo horse does not rattle the brain of the dead one The cod tha serves as a screen from tho corruption of the body also acts as a haze to dim the memory of the putridity of past life Death is charitable to tho ovll and harsh und harms not the good and benign it was easy for tho abortive mind to produce a Christ but it is hell for sane minds to dlspell tho Illusion The evil lives after the one who dug it up Is dead A mans soul no more exists after death than docs tho mans shadow Dessicated men will have a disseminated soul You cant cat your cake and have It too When you feed your body to death you soul will be lost In the devouring process Dead men tell no tales Departed souls are silent Spiritual microbes click their heels Spiritualists brains and produce phenomena bughouse emanations THOMAS PAINE ON THE BIBLE Did we find In any other book pretending to give a system of religion the falsehoods falsifications contradictions and absurdi ties which are to bo met with in almost every page of tho Old and New Testament all the priests of tho present lay wino sup posed themselves capable would triumph antly show their skill in criticism and cry it down as a most glaring Imposition But since the books in question belong to their own trade and profession they or at least many of them seek to stifle every inquiry into them and abuse those who have the honesty and tho courage to do it THAT YARD CHRISTIAN By K B Hall That otter from that Washington Navy i and bigot which you rightly name Folly and Fury of Fanaticism which appeared in the Juno 15th Issue of tho Blade is truly a corker It has not been tho ruling custom in the past for tho pretended followers of that lowly Christ who never existed to feel to solicitous for the well being and happi ness of unbelievers as this letter Informs us that tho writer truly is There has been a change for some rea from torture to anxiety and well being for the unbeliever He condemns the low vile underhand way that the Blade corre spondents delude its innocent readers Ho really feels a pity for them No doubt he thoroughly damns the correspondents He no doubt thinks it was much better for tho Gammon people when tho church was all powerful and these poor victims whom ho is so anxious about could not read lived on acorns and In mud huts and worked their laves away for the exalted dignitaries of the church and In pay received the salva tion of their souls from the wrath of an angry god whom the priests placated by prayer and supplication Ninetenths of the people were most wretched and miserable toiling the long day to got the benefit of salvation at death This when the church had full unlimited power In all Europe civil and political Were tho people then happier or less wretched and miserable than the dear read ers of the Blade today Lot this Navy lard Christian draw a parallel and see for himself If the Blade readers are worse off than were the people for whom tho church framed all laws and executed all laws from the 8th to tho 17th century Probably he as a true Christian would like to see those centuries of deep religious feeling with their racks and fagots re inacted in the near future but thanks to the Blade and all others of tho freothought kind ho never can no never Augusta Mich DAVES LETTER To His Dear Heavenly Father Copright applied for 1908 by Franklin H Heald My dear heavenly father When you spired them old fellows that rote the bible Why dldent youhave them tell of something good that you dun if you ever did instdad of tho wicked things and the people you and your favorites killed or something you told too trutn about Or something bad the Devil dunor some lye ho told if ho over did I bleve nice people wood think a hole lot more of you and want to go their more if you had Goers It dont matter to people as blackas Joe or to people that are ignorant like Bob Burdett or the Murphys or to murderers like Durant or ff A3k Orchard but I shud think you wood want at least a few nice people their that new some tiling pr enuf to cone In when It reigned qM anyway What do you think of Luther Burbanks rew creations Do you ever get Jealous or angry of him Cant you kill him or is he posesscd like the Devil t Some of the tnlngs he Is making are way yonder ahead of anything you made and lots of people who are up to date and clean ore beginning to find it out and find fault with your s lyo work Now Burbank thinks ho can make a better man than Adam was or David was and tho nlest people hear In California are beginning too think so two i The only way you can stop him now is to ftrlke him ded with lightning It hardly ever does lightning In California but If you could ever catch him at San Hozay or Pasadena and get him to swallow some of tl ere Prohibition licker at a drug store or at church you cud get him that way The gratest treble is he dent drink liker eyether m church or out If lIe was a church member you cud nock him out in a hurry Why do you want your kind of people to drink licker In church Dose it make them have more faith in you tho more they drink Did you make Chuckawallows and Hela Monsters and Sidewinders the same day you made Adam What color was Adam when he got dry Did he have hair on like an Irishman or feathcie like ngol Yours for more lite DAVE FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS IN THE HOUR OF GREAT NEED Following Is a list of the names and ad dresses of Liberal speakers who aro pre pared to conduct funeral services over the remains of deceased Freethinkers On account of probablg delay It would be advlslblo to call them uy telegram Josephine K Henry 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Program If NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME Liberal Friends The world Is my Country and to do good Is my ReligionThus wrote Thomas Paine more than a century ago and these words were echoed round the world for the reason that they contain all that are use ful and practical In ethics or religion t As a rationalist of twentyfIve years standing and a Philadelphian by birththe city In which Paine was a lesldent for eight years and where ho was made an author where ho was In dally communlca tlon with Thomas Jefferson Dr Thomas Cooper Dr Priestly and John Felth and other eminent thinkers and scientists I feel that something ought to be done In celebrating the centennary of his death which takes place next year In the city of New York eleven months yet remain to prepare for the event and I hope your read Iers will send what they are able to spare- to Dr Foote Treasurer of Paine Memorial Association- It Is a strange fact among liberals that the great majority do not contribute with i the same zeal to help the practical side of Palnes philosophy and I think the most portant to do good of Paines work another strange fact remains that two of the most remarkable men that put Paines philosophy Into practice were Philadelph fans Stephen GIrard and James Lick who first carried on the piano business in partnership with Mr Meyer and afterward gave 20000 toward erecting Paine Hall Boston Of GIrards works you are familiar Both applied Paines religion of doing good If Paines works did not contain somo practical method of good work It would not have appealed to me The M CAs are doing practical work mapped out by Paine Will the Liberals of the world stand pat with the Paine Memorial Associa tion and help us make this centennary n successor let the anniversary of the man who did more than any other man to throw light upon revealed religion go down to many will contribute what they gave to tho preacher In one yeartoward celebrating tho anniversary of tho death of tho man who relieve them from paying pow rent for over There were only four persons at Palnes funeral a century ago Will you attend or send the comforter Tho dollar our programme Is largo and + we expect men of national reputation Our expenses will be great to make it what wo no national organizations In the Hold I would like tho admirers In every state to get busy nt once and everyone who have been benefited by Painos writings and who wishes to bo represented on our pro grammo to write to Dr Footo or yours truly JAMES B ELLIOTT Secy 3575 Wallace Street- Philadelphia Pa Blade and TextBooks KEELER CALIFI see you havo in tho Blade Textbooks I should like to obtain tho whole list Please forward the same 0 O D Find enclosed 150 for ono years subscription to tho Blade H A SHAFFER NON ON NONONON N NONON N N N NeNON N N N N N NOO ZeCbe Blades Cottttespondence f 00 N N N N 0 + N + N N +N o0 N N N N N N N H N N N N R Criticism From a Believer LOUISVILLE KYHavIng been a reader of your publication known as the Blue Grass Blade for somo time and I have noted carefully your doctrine comments letters and so forth of the different ad herents of your belief if such It may be called I would beg that you give my few remarks some consideration Having been a student for some time of Astronomy Botany Geology Religion and other things not on this order I am an electrician by trade But am always very much interested in discussions of a deep nature and that Is why I take so mucii Interest In your paper To begin with I am a Christian a Sundayschool teacher very careful reader of the Bible I havo always been much Interested In church work of all kinds for the further advance ment of tho Christian faith So you can see where I stand I have two friends who are Freethinkers and I highly respect them and from all evidences which I can seo they highly respect me Sinco this world is only a minor planet even of the system of which it is a member and the universe stretches out millions of miles beyond it In every direction contain ing hundreds of worlds and systems and suns It we are to believe astronomy and man Is tho highest of all living creatures here on this little speck of matter In the universe I sometimes wonder how that he came so puffed up with iris importance and his knowledge after all Science has merely scratched the surface of the earth I would still think that it is in its infancy the question with me is this How could a human being with all his ignorance of tho universe and things yet to be discover ed through science and other forms of Inves tigation think that he Is the highest form of development that the life that a human being possesses Is the only life that there is no life no where in the universe nor being that Is superior to himself how could ho positively affirm that to be true Where is his proof that there Is no God Why has ho faith In such logic Are there any other forms of life manifested superior or Inferior to mans life in the universe With nil of our boasted knowledge and ad vancement wo are profoundly ignorant of such a question Concerning the Christian faith as I see it I would say this Wo also are Ignorant of the existence of n God that Is to say I do not know that there Is a God in the same manner that I know that this city exists in which I live I know that Louisville ex ists I see it I live in the city I also am ignorant of Gods existence I can say that Ho Is I cannot say that He Is not But by faith along I certainly believe that He is Doubting Thomas believed after seeing Ho must have been from Missouri Blessed are they that believe without having seen were tho words of the Christ It seems that there Is a great purpose to be carried out In Gods plan that of faith It could bo easy for all the world to believe If they could see God Other j ia ll wise as it Is now the thing is different It takes no faith for me to believe that Louisville exists but It does take Calthzto believe that God exists All those who are Freethinkers have faith in that doc trine and yet you may be at error in your belief The same may be said of Christi anity The believers of both creeds have faith in It What I am trying to show in my humble way Is this faith Is the main thing in both beliefs in order that you may have followers There Is no more unreasonableness in having the Christian religion based on faith alone than It requires faith to believe in any other doctrine I believe that Christ arose from the dead I believe In tho trine that He was born of a virgin without sexual contact with any man I care not for the argument as to how the philosophy of it all bothers not me I do not under stand It I know It Is contrary to nature I admit but if there is a God at all Ho Is vastly superior to me In His knowledge and In His power over the manifestations of nature I am too ignorant of the possibil ties of nature to doubt that this event could not be a fact Nature reveals God at work I cannot understand all the nomena of nature anyway otherwise why does It require twentyone years to make a full grown mar why not fortyone or eleven Twenty jne years sterns a long tlmo to make a man who after all may be 1snapped out of existence In ui Instant bu- ttts is Gods way and so be It The birth of Christ in that manner was also one ofaHis mysterious ways past finding out Canst thou by searching find out bad l Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection Job II chap verso I believe that It is possible for us to live again after death for the simple reason that It would be absurd to think that what ever power call It God If ou will brought us Into this existence could not If It desired tiring us back into another existence from nothing If It desired to do so It would have power tho same ns at Irst This Is not hard for mo to believe It louks reasonable With all good will and respect to you I remain CLARENCE S JOHNSON The Cart Before The Horse BEAR RIVER MINNDont send mo your paper havo no time or energy to spend fighting mythical gods There can bo 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address or that the enterprising publisher Is angling for subscribers and lest it maybe the latter who will be held up in his gratuity by the new postal regulations I enclose a Postoffice Money Order for seventyfive cents 75 cts which will keep the Blade coming until I can do better- I shall endeavor to secure a club of at least five subscribers for the Blade f am deeply interested in scientific questions please send me the Issue of the Blade In which the origin of our Planet is discussed it was referred to in the issue of the Inst under I the title of Mans Origin and Destiny I have been for the last fiftyfour years like a ship without a compass floating in the social sea of unrest consequent from the Impracticable superstitious and unjust cults and tenets promulgated by both the religious anti political organizations of this country but fortunately in my old age I have found a compass that is likely to steer me right through the remainder of my life e The Church of Humanity I being one of the charter members Whilst my trials through life have not at any time been as severe as those to which Jas E Hughes was subjected yet I have had through a long and eventful life a ter rlty of horrors to the tranquility of a happy contented life e I have been consider ably ostracized on account of both religious and political ideas that were not In accord with those entertained by my neighbors and also by financial embarrasments Some day I may send to the Blade a synopsis of my struggle up from Romanism to Tho Church of Humanity and from whlskylsm to socialism I am what I style a selfmade Infidel as I had become from reading the Bible with a critics eye an avowed Freethought ad vocate before I had c chance to read my infidel of freethought work I have n man uscript criticizing the Bible beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelations that I entitled a self made Infidel but owing to financial Inability have not done any thing With ItE A BYRNE Now Do Ye Likewise MUNCIE 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economics laws and political economy are as full of superstition as the bible It is preposterous for us to think that the hu own race hae only produced one supersti tious book I am glad to see the Blade give the primer of ignorance a rest and pay some attention to the higher calculus of modern superstition as expounded by Teddy the Great Taft and Graft and Bryan the hot air orator of the Platee They are all in cahoot with Got and the Capitalist class And no doubt It shall come to pass that the Capitalist class and God will elected to rule over us for four more long years of howling prosperity for God and themselves What is the price of the four textbooks Geology Zoology Astronomy and Botany delivered to me by express prepaid nil In ono order us advertised in your Correspondence School I am not taking tho course for the reason that I am too busy with other reading Fraternally DR J L HIGBIE Going Back Into History CORNELL WISPlease give me the columns of your paper to ask J S McKin ney of Excelsior Wisconsin to apologize for his error in saying through the columns of the Blade that ho had never had a fight In his life and wanted to join In with you to try Uncle Sam a twirl J S McK Is wrong about this and I can prove It I also want to say to him that Uncle Sam Is a much larger man than is Davo Galloway whom J S McK broke his fist on because Dave would not pay for some work ho had done Now John show your right hand that is selfevident Johns second offense was with the Christian revivalists In 1S81 when ho had three preachers in his wool and one of them a woman at that Think back John Do you remember tho old Rustic the old county paper and how you fought those people because they could not J 11 give you gods address so you could write him about the holy ghost calling at Jos sephs residence while Joseph was away and about the holy ghost becoming tho father of a boy whom tho Christians palm off as the savior of the world Now John think back and acknowledge the corn I dont 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