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Digital page images are linked to the text file. i11tW ii BLUEQMSS BLADE yolumeXVII Number 27 LEXINGTON KY i OCTOBER 25 1908 Published Weekly DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT I IIkSTRATFORD nrJIn the Freothought rnnksII I j lF RNWv 1 12 BLUE6RASS BLADE JOHN STRATFORD l By Harriet M Closz The account of the good ship Mayflower bearing her burdenOf English enthusiasts to America has been recorded in song and story and the fact dwelt upon that they were anxious to leave friends and foes and fatherland and to dare both dangers and deprlvatons If therby they could but secure freedom for their votees at sacred shrines But knowing as we do that later R these fanatics were more assiduous in religious persecution than their forefathers in foreign lands the question arises why we should continue the wholesale exploitation of such deeds of doubt ful virtue while the patient plodding individual with purity rpurpose and the geniality and generosity of a justiceloving life remains unrecorded But let us hope the aim is to teach by generations removed from the men and women of the 7 Mayflower and while yet the steel fingers of orthodoxy gripped the naked form of religious freedom a young lad sailed from Lon don Dock and after two months of toilsome journeying reached his destination Cleveland Ohio June 19 1842 The subject of this sketch John Stratford was born in Ivanhoe r parish Buckinghamshire England June 30 1821 and is therefore 4inow past 87 years of age His mother was Sarah Fountain whose i home was near Mentmore the present location of the grand and jr Imposing manorhouse of the millionaire Rothschild the magI cence of which but serves to accentuate the miseries oftbe 1 masses l In referring to his mother grandpa Stratford smilingly says I sprang from a fountain but am deeply grateful it was not the itone drawn from Immanuels veins j The name Stratford is a notable one in England the home of V 0our friend being but a few hours from StratfordonAvon the home of Shakespeare The father of John Stratford was a welltodo farmer of his day but as the laws of England made the oldest son heir to all the property the little John orphaned at a year and a half Was kindly cared for in the family of an aunt until ten years of age at which time the elder brother having attained his majority and se cured his money took him into his home where for three years he was given the opportunity of studying Christian charity at close range for the little lad worked for eleven cents a day and boarded himself The heir to tale property had been given a theological education and begun preaching at 21 and at 90 years of agewas still preaching One naturally concludes that this representative of religion must have been a consistent Christian character for at 13 the younger brother was turned adrift having received no d ucatlon except to learn the alphabet and to spell small words which was done while being taught to weave straw plat at which ho later worked to earn a living his stint being 10 yards of 11 strand braid a day often finished after hours with his book before him At 18 he attended a night school for three months his only schooling as such but throughout the years he has kept abreast of the times yes has forged ahead of the faltering and unthink ing masses who are content to follow a master From the grind of poverty and the knowledge of oppression was hn liS i l JfitJi J4 d lLlll L JL born the desire to sail out upon the sea of promise to the western world but no probability of such good fortune illumined his hor izon but relief came unexpectedly through the death of a rela tive who left him a small legacy after securing which he purchased some needed clothing and took passage for America where he hoped with fervent faith that the arrogance of family was not flaunted and affluence awaited the willing worker Arriving In Cleveland Ohio without a cent in his pocket and to add to his distress and the discomfiture of his traveling companions he was taken sick ad for seven weeks was a helpless bur den in a log cabin near the now aristocratic Ohio city In the spring of 1843 he bound himself as an apprentice to a boot and shoe maker at which trade he worked until displaced by the modern machines On April 29th 1846 John Stratford was married to Mary Moore a also a native of England And again he traveled westward and In the spring of 1855 builded the first log cabin In Palo Iowa where five children were born to them and where on August 1 i 1899 his wife died Our friend says he does not know how long his name was re tained on the church roll but for forty years he has been an out spoken and enthusiastic advocate of Freethought and declares that priestcraft and kingcraft are the twin curses of the human first liberal reading was a publication by Andrew Jackson Davis then followed the RellgioPhilosophlcal Journal He is an active propagandist always passing along liberal literature and dearly delights in controversial conversation This valiant man who has subdued poverty and the press of adverse circumstances has developed the majesty of freedom to the full and now with the frosts of 87 years glistening upon his brow and his eyes grown dim with the ceaseless work of many seasons ho stands erect without fear and faces the future with a thrill of triumph as he declares he needs neither Doctors LawFyers Preachers Kings nor Gods He says he Is not vain and self ish and hypocritical enough to be a Christian That he is quite willing to rest his chances for a future life If he can but secure justice in this world His faith is anchored to cause and effect Instead of suspended natural laws He is the enemy of no than but the Implacable foe of the system of ignorance and ejcplolta tlonIEven at his great age his memory Is remarkable He is com panionable for the middle aged and children delight In his com panyaregretted that death was near said I am sorry to leave the children and the birds So with grandpa Stratford ho is sorry to leave his friends end he desires and has provided for a Freethought funeral With the Rationalist ranks filled with members of unassailable integrity like John Stratford our examples will have weight in the worlds work I salute with respectful sincerity this silverhaired son of Britain i Y 27f 6ii JIt tjHfir kt- zBLIIE r GRASS BLADE 1 Striking a Balance Sheet IGraphic Picture of the Renaissance with which Came the Revival of Learning upon the Decadence of Papal Power ARTICLE By Judge Parish B Ladd r Resuscitation of learning was the work of Freethinkers after the long night of Christian darkness terror persecution torture death poverty and crime When Great Augustus made wars tempests cease His halcyon days brought forth the arts of peace It was the learning peace happiness and prosperity of the Augustan Era which descended to Constantine who turned all over to Christianity From the fourth to the fourteenth century the Christian church held all Europe in her terrible grasp the product was death to learning destruction of all secular knowl edge the closing of all colleges and other schools the inaugura tion of a system of torture and death a reign of terror a land of poverty piety and crime This article will be devoted to a brief history of the acts and efforts of Atheists and other Free thinkers to restore to the world what was taken from it by Christ ianity and the church- It will be remembered by historians that Christianity took its first national step under Constantine the first Christian Emperor of Rome during the fourth century of our era that Augustus Caesar the second Emperor was born 67 B Cdled 14 B C Augustus being a man of great learning devoted his imperial life to the welfare and happiness of his people This was the begin ning of what is known as the Augustan Era an era unsurpassed in the worlds history for learning comfort prosperity and happiness of the human race Rome at that time was In the zenith of her life politically socially and intellectually The extent of em pire had reached Its limits The world was at peace The arts and sciences gave this great pure and humane emperor full occu pation the happiness of his people filled all his desires This state of things remained little changed socially and Intellectually down to the time of Constantine called the Great This became known as the Halcyon Agethe placid quiet peaceful and happy days of Rome Such was Rome when Christianity and its church like ravenous beasts came forth from their hiding places to feed on a world of love and humanity At the end of a thousand years nothing was left but poverty piety and crime It was here that Freethouglit entered the field for the resuscitation of learning This dates from the close of the 13th century Constantine who gave birth to state Christianity being ambi tious left nothing undone that would augment his power Among his first moves was the murder of rivals including his wife her son and all other near relatives Totally unscrupulous a pagan by birtha nonbeliever in all religions all things to attain his ends was his motto The early Christians who had become for midable in his time wore opposed to entering his army To bring them over to Wa support he granted to them In common with the pagans many favors finally turned the empire over to them and on his deathbed Joined the sect for which one of the bishops gave him a clear bill of piety and freed him from the murder of his was Christianity launched on the throne ot empire destined to rule and ruin for a thousand years the fairest part of the earthrr iit j iI iiftik t J t 11 JcBeginning with the reign of Constantine commenced the decline r 4fjmentarts sciences learning and virtue were neglected Piety forms and ceremonies took their places These under the control and r guidance of a licentious priesthood soon caused the great empire rL firbrokenlites from bad to worse was the almost dally record From thehrtfourth to the fourteenth century all Europe was at the mercy of the papacy what tint mercy was let the bleaching bones of its countless victims answer The Popes and their priests had absolute power over all Christ endom Hierarchal rule had overthrown civil government progress was out of the question Christianity and Its Bible were fromY allthings r be no Improvement for that which Is perfect is not susceptible of amendment All learning outside of the Bible as taught by the Christlanltythe church could lay hands were destroyed For the benefit of translaedotDooksher Interest All persons were denied the reading of forbidden hooks Hence the vast literature of Greece and Rome where preserved were useless Ignorance In all things useful was the Inevitable result- Ignorance being largely the source of poverty and crime all Europe gradually sunk to the lowest depths of misery There was no public conscience no one dared to express an opinion contrary to Christianity as interpreted by the church The church could follow Its murderous master Constantine or put Into practice the r saying Think not that I came to bring peace but a sword Ftitortureinto her corral all within her reach The most favorite instru ment of torture consisted of burning out the eyes cutting out the tongue breaking the bones of Its victims on iron wheels bury or burn them alive For hundreds of years in every town and pre cinct all Europe was Illumined by the lurid glare of burning fag ots piled around the quivering flesh and charred bones of witches and heretics first in small numbers later by hundradsand thous ands footing up to millions Not less than seven million mostly Women were tortured and put to death under Bible authority Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live The number of heretics Including Jews who were tortured and murdered by the church under the forms of civil law made and enforced by the church Is unknown Force was used everywhere to add members to Christ ianity Kings were bought to accept Christianity and then used with their armies to force conversions to the Christian faith Amid all these crimes degradation and misery and poverty no p voice for a time dared to protest To Voltaire and other Freethinkers the world today Is Indebted for what liberty It enjoys To these men and their successors the church is still left the priv ilege of showing its devilish teeth During the secular life of the church all Europe was socially morally humanely and Intellectually dead Christianity and the church only lived The Popesr r FrCti jzayt 1t i ISM l v S5 WM sti ftfi 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE and their priests would have been happy but for distrust quay i rels and murders of each other Poverty filth rags starvation t piety and crime were all that Christianity produced from the- E r j noble heritage which came down from pagan Rome Europe had t a few povertystricken cities with hovels for shelter mud lanes r3 for roads no lights still worse In the country where the people lived In huts like our wild Indians The mode of travel was on foot or in oxcarts for clothing they wore untanned skins or rags filled with vermin straw In many oases wrapped around t their limbs to ward off the winters cold in summer almost nak ifedness their lot To this was added a still more revolting pic ture the life of the Ascetic At this time about one man in five rotook to the hills deserts and rocks where as monks they lived partly on what was given them or otherwise on snakes lizards toads bark of trees grass and even on excretions of the beasts of the fields with whom many of them stripped nakedwent on all ti fours and associated themselves The more devout of these re t cluses tortured their bodies in the most hideous manner Few even of the priests could read a less number could write Dur ringthese times and after the Mohammedan conquest there arose who with other FreeAtheists swa of free Inquiry headed by thinkers devoted their time to study In a short while Spain k Northern Africa and Asia Minor swarmed with literary men Col leges and other schools were established in all the important twcities and towns where every branch of learning now in Europe h and America was taught To learning they added not only the f comforts but the luxuries of life All this and among Moham medans was in full vogue while Christianity in Europe was at 1 the depths of ignorance poverty crime and degradation YThe first glimpses of European learning came from the Sara cens The Crusaders who went to Jerusalem to avenge the sacrilege of Christ his tomb and the home of early Christianity brought back to Christian barbarity the news of a highly cultivated and prosperous people What has heretofore been said by me in this and the former are rsof this series of the barbarism of Christianity in Europe during the Dark Ages and a thousand times more of the same kra kind was but the natural result of the systemthe inevitable product of Christianity under the teachings of the Bible and the priesthood who made that book and who launched Christianity on the world as the work of a great and almighty god whose prow ince it was through its priesthood to convert or exterminate all state of affairs produced what ought to have been expectedthe disgust of all men born with thinking faculties r Not daring to express their opinions Freethinkers hid their delity and contempt behind the veil of conformity lo the popular superstition trusting the time to come when the church would be so far immersed in its crimes and rottenness aa to be unable to enforce Its edicts Nor were they in error as to this The spark from the old fire of Grecian and Roman Intelligence virtue and humanity was kept alive in the brains of Freethinkers ready to rekindle light up and adorn as of old the fires of pagan Intel ligence progress and humanity First In whispers later in louder tones these thinking spirits met in secret council where plans were devised to lift the veil of piety crime and superstition and allow Nature In all her simplicity and purity to come forth from her retreat and give downtrodden humanity the benefit of her luminous rays The church so sunk in the mire of crime poverty and degradation was too stupid to discern the purport of these Freethinkers who were determined to restore to the world what t hechurch and Christianity had taken from It This meeting of kindred spirits furnished the germs out of which grow what is called the Ren aissance rebirth resurrection from Christian death revival of learning of virtue and suspended humanism A new life was in store a feast of intelligence to supplant the Ohtistlan feast on a dead myth Every move by these thinkers AthetatsdIri a r fidels was in the line of restoring to mankind the blessingsof the old Roman Empire as they existed under the reign of Augustus and down to the time of Constantine A few saw no other way to accomplish this except by the restoration of Roman paganism but brighter stars shown among Freethinkers paganism was dis carded and reliance placed on the dawn of the new era Italy the source of all the Christian misery and degradation was to be the first battlefield the pontifical head of the church was to be bearded in his lair the people In the place of crime and piety were to be given the protection of civil government administered by Freethinkers The duration of the Renaissance may be fixed at about four hundred yearsfourteenth to the seventeenth century inclusive All who were not of the church baptized In the faith under what ever name designated were Infidels protestants tho worst of all The protestants of France were called Hugenots between whom and their Freethought allies on one side and the Popes cattle on the other side a relentless war for the extermination of all dels raged for four hundred years the eagles alternately perch ing on the banners of the contestants The Popes minions show ed no mercy men In arms and noncombatants women children and even babes in their mothers arms went down to death that Christianity under the leadership of the Pope might live live to worship a myth and perpetuate their crimes The Catholics ahd Hugenots were alike the worshippers of he trine three pods differing only in detailsbut In spite of tho great odds at the start protestantism from day to day augmented In form and numbers and in the end the pontifical dragon wen bink to IiK lair on the banks of the Tiber wounded and bleeding from the loss of civil where he now lies helpless and homeless in the arms of power terrible contest long and bitter as It was mostly between rival Christians where the mythical gods were deaf to the pray ers of their devotees was not sufficiently convincing and power ful to eradicate the poisonous germs of Christianity which had been so imbedded In the minds of the populace that they still linger to keep alive the old fabric of superstition which from day to day has been getting weaker and weaker until this time when It may be said a second Renaissance Is on holding court and dis pensing justice from the Higher Criticism and the unearthed records of Babylon and Egypt aided by the battering rams of commonsenseThis Renaissance bids fair to exterminate the entire fabric of ignorance piety and crime and thus give to the world a new era of Intelligence progress and humanity The old the ories of a devil and hell have gone to return no more while the mythical Christ is fading from view leaving Jehovah to die from dearth of believers and mingle his ashes with those of other pagan gods Old Christianity among men of reason like other fairy tales has gone forever leaving to the stupid proletariat t enough of fiction to amuse and edify them In their moments of sorrow and death It was during this period of the Renaissance that the bitter strife between the Popes and the civil governments was waged ending as we know in the complete overthrow of the papal civil rule in Europe and the partial establishment of religious liberty To gain this much the strife has been long and severe nor Is the end with us the warfare must go on until freedom of thought expression and practice has been gained All that has so far been accomplished Is the work of Freethinkers and In the teeth and protest of the church I here reach the place for a brief history of the rise progress and leading actors of the Renaissance A full history I should like to give were time and magazine space at my command but as the fates are otherwise the reader must be content with brev ity When all Europe had reached the lowest depths of poverty crime and degradation under Christian rule and nothing better i Li wi d5 Fi1 iI ItL V ls i BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 was seen ahead under Christian guidance all men of Intelligence throughout Europe stood ready to break the chains of priestly in tolerance crime and superstition The move was fraught with the greatest danger Torture fire and fagots were the churchs weapons so freely used on all who dared to defy the Popes will The early moves must be in secret or disguise Numerous meet Ings were had allegory was resorted to a revival of ancient lit erature offered the least resistance the time for action had come The old Grecian and Latin classics which the church had so long suppressed again madq their appearance above the dark and threateJiing clouds of Christianity which for a thousand years bad hung as a pall over the spirit of progress and humanity The Copernican was about to take the place of the Ptolemaic system of astronomy the flat earth was to give place to a round globe 1 The Persistence of Superstition 1 Human Slavery as a Divine Institution Comes under the Critics Pen Get Rid of the Vampires By Dr T J Bowles Superstition is the child of Ignorance and hate It breeds mallcoit petrifies the heartIt ossifies the brainIt is a coiled serpent with poisonous fangsIt is a wild beast in ambush thirsting for the blood of innocent victims Only a little while ago superstition with Its bloody hands seized tile good and the great Servetus tied him to a stake and with green hickory wood piled around him slowly and fiendishly burned to ashes the body of this sublime teacher and grand consisted in an effort to rid the world of the absurd and idiotic super stition that the maker of all the worlds had an infinite and eternal son This beautiful heroic and matchless man flooded the world with light and love and when I recall the awful fact that during all the centuries superstition has been piling fagots around the feet of the good and the great the merciful and the just I am amazed and grieved that men and women can still be found who will defend this vile and hideous monster Only a little while ago the superstition was nearly universal that the God of the Universe had enjoined It as a duty upon the white man to keep the black man in perpetual bondage and so thoroughly was this superstition ground into the popular mind and heart that it was embodied in a sacred hymn rind sung by the heartless priests of superstition I recall two lines of this infamous hymn 1j revolving on its axis and around the sun the philosophy of pagan Greece and Rome was to be resurrected to supersede Christian ig norance and superstition In short a new world was to usher In and intelligence virtue progress and humanity were about to take the place of Ignorance crime piety faith and Christian savagery Many of the more intelligent Popes and priests seeing no inter vention from heaven to stay the hand of fate ceased to believe In their religion Some covered their unbelief by strict conformity to the rules of the church while not a few others Joined hands with avowed unbelievers even to the denial of a god A few ofsthe Popes at this time and a little later loaned their influence to the promotion of the Renaissance of these men and the reason of their action more will be said later on To be continued Slaveships sail from coast to coast Fanned by the wings of the Holy Ghost All the languages of all the tribes and all nations of the earth do not contain enough words to describe the agonies and horrors that were inflicted upon the human race by this inexpressibly savage superstition and when we think of Lovejoy and Wendell Phillips when wo think of the gentle Chan ning and the dauntless Theodore Parker when we think of the heroic Garrison and the matchless Sumner who flung the flag of revolt to the breeze against this hydra headed monster and finally planted it in triumph upon the ramparts of this devilish superstition every knee should touch the ground and every head should be uncover ed as a tribute to the memory of these fearless and noble defenders of Justice and Human Liberty Only a little while ago nearly all the people of Europe had their happiness blast ed and their lives made wretched and mis erable by the dreadful superstition that the air was swarming with vampires who in the darkness and stillness of the night visit ed men women and children while asleep and sucked blood from their bodies for many centuries this horrible nightmare ann dreadful superstition completely robbed life of all its jo sand converted the continent of Europe into an earthly hell In a modified form vampirism still pre vails all over the civilized world but our vampires are not the ghosts of dead men they are clothed with flesh and Intensely alive and active they are rotund sleek and fat and dressed In purple and fine en Unlike the vampires of old who suckea the blood of their victims only at night out hc ij d v l p ia vampires continue their nefarious worK r unceasingly and s ck the blood from the whole human family every minute both by day and by nightuThe vampires of olden times knew noth ing about the value of organization for tual aid but each one acted independently and went forth at night thirsting for the blood of a sleeping victim but our modern vampires have learned the immense ben efits which spring from combination ann by the aid of cunningly organized schemes under the cover of law they have no difhcculty in robbing the widow of her pittance and the orphans of their Inheritance every day and every hour the ignorant tolling millions of the earth are cheerfully handing rover to the vile priests of superstition the fruits of their labor and the products of their toll in exchange for fraudulent titles to corner lots in the New Jerusalem the bloodsuckng power of these modern vam pires and false pretenders Is almost un limited Every man in the world who loves wife and child and who feels an interest in the generations that are yet to come should s wage an unceasing warfare against these modern vampires who literally live upon the flesh and blood of the suffering and the tolling millionsyHow long 0 how long will it yet be be fore mankind will learn that the vampires of superstition still have their poisonous fangs fastened into the quivering flesh of millions of Innocent men women and chil den MuncIe Ind iW 71 a 1 jH 5mr f41i rlt fJ I7 BLUE GRASS BLADE I f CINCINNATI CLUB NO 2 President George O Roberts of the Buck j eye Secular Union Sends Report ot his Successful Labors In the Cause- Dennison Ohio Oct 16 E M 308 While on a trip to the Queen City on Wednesday Oct 14th last I called upon 1 soveral of thQ members of the Buckeye Sec ular Union and in tho evening of the same 7 day we held a called meeting in the office I of Dr J B Wilson on East Fourth Street The object of the meeting was to devise the means of organizing a Secular Club under the auspices of the Secular Union t r The meeting was enthusiastic Upon mo ftlon duly carried Dr C N Bradford was elected temporary chairman After thank t ing those present for attending the meeting he stated the object in view and asked those Cpresent for an expression of an opinion On the motion of Dr Wilson It was unan imously decided to organize the Secular qJr Club which was done jfChairman Bradford now called for an of officers which resulted as fol lows PresidentDr W P Murray 429 Race Street Cincinnati Ohio fVlcoPresldentDr J B Wilson 204 t East Fourth St Cincinnati Ohio SecretaryDr C N Bradford 429 Raco St Cincinnati Ohio f f TreasurerMrs Nannie H Bradford After considerable ofa discussion con cerning a suitable name to give the Club it was agreed that it should be known as Cincinnati Club No2 of the Buckeye Secular Union r The subject of bylaws was considered and on motion it was decided to follow tho Constitution and ByLaws of the Buckeye Secular Uulon with the exeptlon that only one vicepresident should be had instead of George O Roberts then nounced that until the next annual session of the B S U all clubs enrolling new members should divide the membership fee equally between the State organization and the local body one half being remitted to Miss Lawrence Secretary of the B S U and the other half going into the local treasury for the use of the local club Great enthusiasm was manifested and all who attended the meeting were confident that the club would be successful in adding many new members and that the social features of the clpb would be var ied and enjoyable The meeting was decidedly pleasant and harmonious The time passed only too quickly At the close fittJ S of the business we adjourned for an ele gant repast together The dispensation to operate and maintain the aforesaid club will be granted to the following members and their successors namely Dr W P Murray Mrs Nannie H Bradford Dr C N Bradford Mrs Ma tilda M Murray and Dr J B Wilson Congratulations Sent The following telegram was sent to the newly organized club which will explain itself Dennison 0 Oct 16 1908 Twin City Club No of the B S U of Dennison Ohio sends greetings to Cin cinnati Club No2 and wishes them a happy and prosperous future Edwin M Lowe President Cora M TCail Secretary It is with considerable pleasure that I am able to give this report and to announce that more clubs will be organized shortly GEORGE O ROBERTS President B S U THOMAS PAINE Orthodox Calumniators of the Revolutionary Hero Given a Setback By B O Fenton Upon a recent occasion I was accosted by a Rqman Catholic neighbor of mine who saidIs there an infidel writer by the name of Alfred Henry Lewis Not that I ever heard of I replied but if he was one of the leading men I would quite likely have heard of him Why did you make such an inquiry Because he is the only writer I ever read after who makes mention of Thomas Paine Well if he has made any false state ments I would also know that for I have made a critical study of Thomas Paine for 31 years The discussion ran along in this manner until I discovered that the statements ferred to appeared in the Metropolitan Mag azine for October 1907 and is as follows When Franklin sent over Thomas Paine from England to write his pamphlets Jef ferson took him to his bosom while such as Adams and Hamilton hated and Washington distrusted the Thetford corset seeming to beg the question there are three lies in that brief statement FI stFrankllndld not send Paine over to write any pamphlets but Franklin ad vised him to come and gave him a letter of introduction to his nephew Thomae Paine surprised Franklin by sending to him the first copy ot Common Sense a pamphlet if h lii f 1 jlAil that aroused three millions of people to take up arms to fight for Independence and finally to subdue the British ministry SecondWashington did not distrust Paine but on the contrary Washington wrote him letters of the very highest mendation relative to Common Sense Washington al ordered paines pamphlets known as The Crisis read at the head of every regiment in the Colonial army Fol lowing this Washington wrote Paine a let ter which as the late Moncure D Conway says ought to be engraved upon the tomb stone o fboth I have not time to elaborately describe the trip that Thomas Paine made to France for money and of being hauled from Boston to Philadelphia by ox teams to get a ship or of the 500 he gave his entire salary to keep the soldiers of Washington from starvation Third Paine was not a corsetmaker For more than one hundred years vice and ignorance has poured it villificatlon against this great and grand apostle of hu man liberty aye Liberty a word without which all other words are vain This man Lewis like one Roosevelt has shown him self to be an Ignoramus relative to ThomasIPaine When both of these men shall be laid to rest in the quiet stream of forgetful ness their writings out of print their names unspoken the name of Thomas Paine he whom they lave assailed will shine on and on to the downtrodden and oppressed forever Chardon Ohio MY REQUEST Let for me an Epitaph be reward Not in Marble but Minds the record Say Her bold assertion stands Appealing to the Mental of Man Reason Knows no fear Fear knows no reasoni Allle LindsayLynch S O Aunt Allie For Freethought Socialism this last As I have been tho former in the past WANTEDSuccess Magazine requires the services of a man in Lexington to look after expiring subscriptions and to secure new business by means of special method usually effective position permanent prefer one with experience but would consider any applicant with good natural qualifications salary 150 per day with commission option Address with references R C Peacock Room 102 Success Magazine Bldg New York Is your Blade Tab Uptodate i t tjJ rt rt z AlII JTNfr it 1 ti c 777Md k BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 Get Ready to Help t Secretary of Materialist Association Outlines Propaganda Work Freethinkers Should Fall In pine At the close of her official report of the proceedings of the Ma terialist Association Convention Mrs Eliza Mowry Bllven outlines the proposed methods of propaganda in addition to others sug gested through the Peoples Press as follows Our Convention and consequent Organization should inspire every member with a high resolve to do with tongue pen and purse whatever you can in promoting materialism wisdom virtue health and consequent happiness May our Convention work stir you to renewed effort to double our membership this winter Comrades remember our object is not to undertake whatever has been evolved by Chris tans and others that is beneficial to manity in this but rubbish Impedes progress so we must uproot ft and abolish the stupendous pile of supernatural beliefs worship Jt and follies because they mislead and hinder best development printingItoward publishing this Symposium in papercovered book form I BLADE PICTURES DO FINE WORK A Little Jolly from an old Friend backed up with Strong Arguments By John F Clarke I think that the pictures upon the cover of the Blue Grass Blade make an attract ive feature for the paper and helps to for ward the Freothought movement They are also an inspiration to the active workers in letting each know how the other fellow Christians who see them know that they are against an intelligent class of men and women and that challenges their admirationand attention Keep it up The seemingly endless procession of Free thought lights will appall the enemy who has been told that there are no Infidels We cannot publish photographs of per sons who have no existence and that fact is potentI to see the face of Albert John son of frisky Frisco I have received nu merous letters and cards from him and if I could spare the time would like to keep up a continuous correspondence with him As it is I receive about 30 letters or cards each week and my time is so taken up that I scarcely have time to breathe I would like to see the beaming face of Wm H Cox of Ohio in the Blade- I imagine that every regular reader of the Blade has a fine collection of Free Yrll lt 44L 51Each one contributing to the Symposium and funds is to receive 10 copies to give away Secure other subscriptions to help pay the cost and we can have more than 1000 copies printed All Freethought magazines are requested to help by asking their J writers to send them articles on this subject No Future Life After they are printed in the magazines or in any newspaper Ithe writers should send the clippings to me for use in the book To help upset the Christians idea that none but the pious ever do noble deeds we advise all our writers to prepare articles lthroplstof such articles to Mrs Helen M Lucas Marietta Ohio She JdistributionELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN 1st Secy Materialist AssociationMBox 76 Brooklyn Conn MATERIALIST ASSOCIATION APPLICATION BLANKiI am a Materialist there is no God nor future life Count me me a member of the Materialist Association Name Address Q To become a member copy this Blank sign and send it to Eliza Mowry Bliven box 76 Brooklyn Conn thought portraits Perhaps many a studio is plastered with them and many a sleeping apartment tastefully decorated with them Religious ghosts are not likely to haunt the sleeper In such a place The shade of Jon athan Edwards or Cotton Mather would be stricken with cramp colic at sight of such a frescoed galaxy Baltimore is being spiritually regenera ted Rev Gipsy Smith of England is here for a fortnights work He has audi ences numbering 6000 and many are turn ed away The power of God is manifest so the newspapers say but then perchance the villains lied as Donald Dhu said to Fltz James in The Lady of the Lake- I saw no less than four detachments of the Salvation Army on Baltimore street last Saturday night rjtch had quite a gathering and I halted long enough to ascertain how much Interest was manifested It appear ed that all but a few were simply in quest of amusement or diversion I heard a very pretty ypung womantalk very sweetly to a mixed crowd of regresses and white people of the alleys There was an appealingly sad note in her voice that made me think that she had had a bitter experience in her y9ung life i was struck with the melan choly charm of her talk She did not draw from her own life but quoted sad tales that came of her visitations of the slums I I never looked into clearer eyes nor upon a more open and frank countenance I spoke to a man In the crowd and com 1 r mented upon the seeming honesty of the girl Pshaw said the man she is the paramour of one of the men of the army Do you know that I asked I ought to rAwith a couple of me on the outskirts of the crowd and I heard her make several frivolous remarks and punctuate them with r coarse fijThusShe is a natural actress and has as sweet a face and as alluring an expression as I ever saw I have not seen Gipsy Smith but I would not be surprised to loam that he is as two sided as the Salvation Army lassj IItfitted with It allows people to do things f that otherwise they would be above doing ij The claim that religion comes from the highest source I know that it festers in the deepest infamy in human realms It destroys contentment and tans the cold embers of feuds into flame It bolsters hypocricy and spoils character tSmithand spades and make a better showing upon essential probity of character Baltimore is not as black as he paints it and he not as white as he paints himself IJ i i tJJiA ff7O J c 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE e BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington 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President George O Roberts upon the success achieved in the Queen City The Blade knows the distinguished gentle men who were present and participated in that meeting and can say with good grace that the Cincinnati Club is in good capable and competent hands One thing must not be overlooked however in the work of these clubs Such organizations should aim for more than mere public meetings andshould strive to cultivate a socialsideia social atmosphere in which all could move freely for with interested companionship will come a greater interest in the workGood luck to the Cincinnati Club Good luck to all other clubs that follow in its wake From information at hand it is known that efforts are to bo made for the institution of a number of other clubs in some of theilarger fi L 417 Ji cities and towns in the State and the next official reports may be able to show an abundance of such clubs This is the right step towards organization First organize localities and then extend to the State Localities can help each other and the State organization can help all that come under its jurisdiction Strong local societies mean a stronger State organization and when these are accom plished the Freethought movement will begin to demand more respectfulattention There are several towns in Ohio that should have such a club Our experiences in the Buckeye State in the years j gone by suggest that such clubs could be organized with small labor and expense Columbus Marietta McCon uellsvillo Alliance Masillon Cleveland Toledo andothers tire pll able to boast a goodly number of Freethinkers They need Waking up To get them interested in the work is the first essential Strike the right trail and follow it Make the work of tho clubs educationalwith enough of the so cal features introduced to awaken enthusiasm and interest find success will be bound to follow such an effort FUNERAL OF A FREETHINKER Tho influence of theological instruction upon the mind duringchildhood and more immature years when reason is deficient and analysis almost impossible when the mind readily accepts such stories of myth and legend including Santa Claus Easter eggs and tales of crucified saviors to be followed by a later renunciation of all that such folk t lore implies when the mind is capable of comparing and contrasting and the effect ofsuch a mental change upon all theological pretensions to the chagrin of tho hired clergy never received a better illustration than that afforded by the recent death and burial of S J Ritchie at Akron Ohio The deceased was not known to the Blade nor oven to any of its friends so far as wo now know but the incidents to which wo hero refer were given in the Akron Times of September 20 and editorially commented on by the Ohio State Journal at Columbus in its issue of October 8 Wo have not read the report of the funeral as given by tho Akron Times but through tho thoughtfulness of Wm JL Cox of Marietta we have a copy of tho State Journals editorial front which wo cull the following facts The deceased S J Ritchie was in early life a devout believer in tho Christian form of faith and u constant u church and Sundayschool worker As ho advanced in years ho delved into science and began a course of study and Investigation became absorbed in trade and commerce and learning to think for himself he became in the fullest sense of the term a Freethinker severed his connection and relation with the church and embraced the materialistic philosophy His family did not go that far with him along tho planes of mental development He was a most successful business man and of precise moral habits No fault could be found with his character in any partic r 1 i t 1R- i BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 ular and he was in all respects a model husbandand father a successful business man of good moral habits and above all an unbeliever in the Christian creed Death overtook him and true to the common custom ofa Christian family in all such cases a Christian minister Rev William Blackmoro Marsh was called in to deliver the fu neral address At this time when the body of tho ceased was surrounded by his family and friends he preachedand preached of Christ and him crucifiedand then closed by saying I do not wish any of my friends or his to think that Mr Ritchies religious attitude was acceptable to me How glad we would all have been could ho have been more ex plicit Ho was in earlier life a devout disciple of Christ In later life ho throw off tho yoke ecclesiasticism andof a dead theology Would God he could havo kept bright and clear tho elements of tho simpler faith of Christ Now comes the Ohio State Journal with its argument and editorialcomment upon the brief paragraph above quo ted and in ti spirit of prurient pandering to the orthodox element refers to such a statement in the following lan guage Strange words perhaps in the dead mans own house sinIBut the paragraph suggests Mr Marshs wholo argument a man devoted to his church estranged by tho ppirit of material progress abandons tho theology of his youthful aspi rations andwith it goes all church affiliation leaving be hind in his life only the fragrance of his early sympathy and faith Tho argument has a wide application and for that wo give it expression Ono might bo inclined to say in response to such a comment that it is tho merest moonshine imaginable and it will serve to measure tho mental capacity of tho person who wrote it If tho words of tho preacher aro to be considered as strange then oven stranger still are tho comments made upon them The utterances of tho preacher were not real words of sincerity and friendship but on tho contrary they wore used for tho purpose of intimidation at a time when hearts wore filled with grief because of tho loss sustained through death in tho hope that if any of his auditors were of tho same mental trend of the deceased he might deter them from such a course and insure perhaps a stronger allegi anco to tho church Rev Marsh know that with tho disassociation of tho deceased from the church there came a fallingoff in tho revenue Every Freethinker is a stand ing menace to Christian dogma and a lessening of clerical power and authority It was not friendship with Rev Marsh but a puro matter of business and his utterances at such a time can only be characterized a direct and deliberate insult to the memory of the dead Common experience should havo led tho editorial writer of the Stato Journal to know better and different than that whereof ho writes Tho estrangement of thA deceased me Ji j l Jg- Mbrthrough tho avenues of trade and commerce It is evident that ho only believed during his youth when he was unable to understand but with mature thought carne the power pf reflection and conception and ho saw felt and understood that tho teachings of tho church were false fallacious and futile and taking tho only honorable course that lay beforefhim ho abandoned the dry bones of theology for the light fbolievorsof his youthful aspiration is a credit to him and to his I intellect As a matter of fact ho discovered that there was no fragrance attaching to his early sympathy and faith Ho had tho moral courage to discard it He did discard itand this fact alone brought chagrin to the man who preached his funeral sermon and gave an opportunity for tho editorial writer of tho Ohio State Journal to dis play his ignorance of physical fact ug HELP THE EMERGENCY FUND s Our appeal to friends for the creation of an emergency fund with which to enable tho Blade to carry on its lists the number of poor and indigent subscribers and release them from all financial responsibility at the same time taking a portion of tho burden from our shoulders has so far resulted in the subscription of 550 duo announce = ment of which s made in the Blade columns In accordance with our promise we have written to three of our old subscribers who had requested their names taken off our lists because of being too poor to pay for the paper that they have 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and our common work wo do not feel like cuttingrY them out and wo do not propose doing so Tho start t Af f t If 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE i made in the direction we have advocated is fairfy good and wo would rejoice to see it grow t j These are what may be called weak piping times of manipulatring things to save themselves Still we must be up and S doing Our cause cannot afford to lag Each has a part to play Let us play that part as well as wo can If our 4interest in humanity is strong enough all should come to j aid of our more unfortunate comrades and a small sum donated to sucha cause will never be missed while you have the joyful experience of knowing that you have done in the worldsome good 1 Send what you can to the emergency fund i tj THE EMERGENCY FUND XI t Previously received 450 vr r John Gherken 100 if Total 550 rJ BOOK REVIEWS ii1 TILE MONEY CHANGERS r This is the title of the latest political novel from the lfpen of Upton Sinclair published by B W Dodge Co of New York While the plot or story or romance call it what you will that this talented young author has thrown about the purpose of the book does not approach some of his pre i vious efforts in that direction it is none the less strong f enough to weave a fascinating story of fiction based upon actual fact and the political occurrences of the ll r It demonstrates that the author has gleanedconsiderable i inside information for one can readily detect that his ii characters are drawn from real life in which both pathos and tragedy are intricately woven The keynote of the work is that the recent financial rpanic which is now being followed by an era of adverse 0business depression in which the poor suffer most were the results of governmental intrigues wherein the servants of the public have taken desperate chances with honesty playing a fast and loose game while posing as political exemplars and avatars of American ideals The work consists of 310 pages well written handsome ly bound and should command ready sale Wo are in receipt of The Holy Bible in a Nutshell republished by J Frantz a Blade enthusiast a Secretary of the Materialist Association and a student in the Correr f spondence School It is a neat little pamphlet of 20 pages and deals with the Bible in a way that must set one to inerrancyvAddress James Frantz 1728 Ellis Street San Fran cico Cal Jl Iii Mrs Henrys admirable pamphlet on Marriage and Divorce ought to have wide circulation It deals with these important phases of the social problem in a masterful and forceful way It is a complete answer to the orthodox contentions Send 25 cents to Mrs Henry nt Versailles Ky and get a copy Having read it pass it on to your friends WHO IS THE LAUGHINGSTOCK Discussing the effect of the socalled spirit communica tions as offered by professional mediums and the reported conversion of Sir Oliver Lodge to spiritualism The Chris tian Work and Evangelist in an editorial comment says We advise the mediums not to indulge in verse again To do so is liable to make the whole thinga universal laughingstock Well said indeed but wo had always been of theion that mediums claimed to be wholly irresponsible when under spirit influence and had no control over such commu nications as would bo given through them In other words we heard the argument made that mediums had to take just whatever the spirits offered whether it be poetry or prose and just how a medium could avoid indulging in verse under such circumstances made the editor of the organ referred to a universal laughingstock instead of the mediumsAs gentle reminder wo might add that the entire art ofspirit mediumship has long been a laughingstock with thinking investigating people HATES TO GIVE UP HELL The physical facts of modern science have furnished the wouldbe supporters of the doctrine of hell with additional arguments upon which to build theories concerning the existence of this place of great torment for the supposedly wicked tho unbeliever Aside from the horror contained in such a belief the inhumanity of a fancied divine power attaching thereto it wouldappear that the believer in tho theological hell has no desire to relinquish the doctrine of eternal punishments through a literal fire and would contort scientific state ments for the purpose of trying to prove that hell does exist and that thinking sentient beings may be tortured therein at tho whim and fancy of infinite love For many years a strong controversy waged between theologians over the supposed location of hell and some sects held and argued that it was in tile center of the earth thereby giving it a positive and definite locality at a dis tance of not more than four thousand miles from the sur face of tho earth This notion was dropped and hell soon came to bo a mere condition a sort of figurative speculation which nobody could fully understand It has remained however for one James Grant who writing in the New York World takes up the statement of Prof Ernst Haeckel l1tiL d1tr4 1t Ii Lj lt t F f BLUE ORASSiBLADE aM that as tho earth must draw nearer to the sun as the latter luminary shrinks in diameter by reason condensation and crystalization the time must come when the earth will fall into the sun to be consumed as it were by tho intense heat and although this is placed at untold ages in tho future this writer urges that after all the sun may bo tho hell of orthodoxy on the mere theory that it would cer tainly be hot enough From a perusal of his article on the subject one almost mightboalso consider the fact that ho has sought to twist and contort tho great scientists statements relative to matter being sentient wo are induced to the belief that he means what ho says and intended his production as a critcism of the philosophy of materialism as expounded by Haeckel and other thinkers In tho first place the gradual approach of the earth towards tho sun is a fact in nature but that approach is so imperceptibly slow that it impossible to givo a mathe matical calculation There can bo no question that with a shrinkage in the diameter of the sun there must follow a slight change in its power of attraction but this will not be appreciable until the sun decreases in specific grav ity a proceeding with which its diameter has nothing to do tho controlling force being its density rather than its size And suppose tho earth drawing closer and closer to the sun finally falls into it and is destroyed can not this critic perceive that long before tho final stages are reached there will bo no sentient life on the earth nothing- to suffer nothing to know Certain and fixed degrees of heat and light and moisture are necessary to tho production development and suste nance of life Excessive heat or too much ofa decreased temperature would destroy life by destroying life condi tions In our journey towards the sun the temperature would rise as wo approached nearer thereto and long before the final contact there would bo no life upon the earths surface In other words by the time it reached the sun it would be what wo term a dead planet As if in answer to this ho quotes from Haeckels Riddle of tho Universe in which the Jena philosopher argues that tho mystery of tho universe can only bo reasonably accounted for on tho hypothesis that each infinitesimal molecule possesses a modicum of intelligence or conscious feeling and from which this James Grant assumes that JTaockel insists upon tho earth itsolf having consciousness of being a planet or something will with that conscious ness experience pain upon being made a part of the sun Such an argument can only bo regarded as mere ridicule Surely no denial will or can be made of tho now accepted fact that all matter contains a certain momentum of intelli gence That such is demonstrated by natural selection through affinity Long before our solar system with the greet sun itself came into existence and nothing but star mist was there awaiting the application of the law of growth the foundation for every living form including i ij flj 7 f L plants flowers birds beast and man the foundation for 0 every musicalnoteupon any instrument even tho instruments themselves were existant in that starmist waiting Jfor development and later to ho fashioned and applied by the inventive and creative genius of man Intelligence or at least the potentialities of intelligence existed in that starmist Art science and literature are processes applied by man through intelligence and while it is tho same kind of intelligence applicable to all matter or forms of matterjit differs only in degree The higher the organization the higher and more complex the degree While offering a handsomely bound volume of the Blade for tho more cost we would prefer giving it away to those sending us in the fifteen subscribers asked for according to Jj our premium offer To obtain a volume only calls for a little work on your part but it would mean much more tojus than selling the volume for 350 Read our premium offer on the back page of this issue 1i The voice of god accompanied by the jingle of gold has had such a pleasant effect upon Rov Edward Young of Pittsburg that ho was able to buck against an entire con gregation Read what a contributor has to say about it f j Four special orders have been received for bound volumes of the Blade as announced in our last issue and three Jitdevoted friends of the paper have written announcing their intention to make an effort to secure the fifteen subscribers and thereby earn a copy of the bound volume free of cost This is a gratifying result for tho first week and we hope l for still better results between tho present hour and tho 1st lay of December Hero is an opportunity offered to all r Blade friends to secure a valuable contribution of Free thought literature at no cost and with but little effort on t their part Wo would bo satisfied if our subscription list can only be increased as an outcome of the plan suggested Information coming to tho Blade office from McConnells ville 0 is to tho effect that Mrs Helen M Lucas of Marietta VicePresident of the Materialist Association has written a challenge to tho preacher who wished to make name and fame possibly revenue by debating with tho Blade editor to tho effect that if any McConnellsville paper r can bo obtained for the purpose she will discuss with him thereby and therein any of the vital issues between ortho dox Christianity and Freethought If his motives are good and if ho really wishes to debate minus a desiro for noto riety hero is an opportunity for him Now is tho time for him to got loosened up or forever after hold his peace Wo are now considering the publication of President Otto Wottsteins recent article and the present article of Judge Ladds series in pamphlet form What do our read ers think about it The Blade would liko to hear from some on the subject rYii jiJit f j v1 t h V r i j BLUE GRASS BLADE 1 f a t Another Wrestling Match ittsburg Parson supported by God puts Congregation to Rout and Gets his New Job with More Pay Jacob the immediate progenitor of the en tribes of Israel we are told by a book wrestled with the Lord and was given a fallfNow certain congregation Iri Pittsburg dndertook to resist the Lord and one of His accredited representatives unmindful of what happened to Jacob with the result camePout on leople who believe in the Lord and His great power ought to have known better than to go up against such a combination c but it is an exceedingly difficult matter t- convince some until it is too late The story is thus related by the following communication which we give in full Pittsburg Pa Oct 13 1908 Mr John R Charlesworth Editor Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky Dear Sir Note the attached clippings from the anaMfrrespecting the resignation of Rev S Ed ward Young Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church this city This is to allow him to pilot a congregation of Brooklyn people heavenward Althougu the Rev Young is persuaded that the call to the Bedford Presbyterian Church Brooklyn Is a call from God the Presbyterianrcommand to defeat the call of their God and to persuade the Rov Young that he is mis taken relative to having been called You will note that the congregation of the Sec end Presbyterian Church in their eager ef forts to defeat the will of their God voted the Rev Young an increase of salary of 3000 per year the increase meaning a sal ary of 10000 per year The 3000 how ever was not persuasive and they have now offered him a years rest on pay at a salary of 10000 per year and traveling ex penses covering a trip to Europe The Rev Young has not given his answer to this last effort of the congregation to defeat the call of their God It would seem that the congregation Is J It t y j Jiit1A soaiuWaui liouuuui of iuci lJLU Uulj Cull Luvlr Uuubs IIUU LClbul IUh 11uu LUc UL Lue Wcl Lui11tU 11ul- wry 1atvtUg lUUiI iouy iconic Wile me r liu iuc iiuv ULhb tittu runny reutivfcu a IUd jjoui iOU iu tuaer woruti we havu Cue ca turf ounmluu oous uwuitsbuuuni uiitgiiit mat iiid nab iiiouucieu elm to alt uiuiaeii tmuicr Willie u uouy iiicn inane wiiemer or suuu la me ease liousisibui itsui ill non uer waul His odunpoituce imiiKt ot nia aucoiiu iresuyieriau Uuurcu cmitlrtii ilusuurg feuuBylvaum u b A rarth it will oe amusing to watch tue outcome of tuis cube auu set just where tne irusuy terluu Uod lauas after tne congregation and prtsDytbry nave finished wln him and have set him right Mr Young further says It111 the work that calm and tne goou tiut may result from it lor tne greater glory of uod not the monetary reward tnat it may bring same old story but his abut loses Us torce lit it ever contained any wnen MM young says Still the East Is my home always hived there until we came here and it seems to me Hue tne only place to really live The wife convicts the husband Jfoor woman the blame always tarts on her lint what else could be expected Has not Mrs Young violated Holy Writ in breaking silence Well I thoroughly agree with Mrs Young that Pittsburg and vicinity Is not the most LLaalIL iiuco on earth in which to live I have been here just a year long enough indeed but we poor people must be con tented with the place our bread Is coming from I suppose that I must content myself with the hope that after I have lived here for eleven years as Mr and Mrs Young have may receive a call to a larger and a better field U I understond It right Mr and Mrs Youngs work is that of regenerating the world and if this Is a fact they should be satisfied with Pittsburg for here we have the blue laws tight Sundays corrupt mil lionaires destitution unthinkable criminals of every type piety on parade In the livery of heaven as well as we have a few hea thens and a few heretics With 10000 a year to spend with society and the crowd If1 = Z lust mentioned It would seem that the Rev young haVe been able to Keep well occupied most of tne lime Wf will wait patiently lor the final land Ing of the Rev Young aner God the Second frwbyteriaii and Hedtord congregations and the presbytery have finished with him Assuring you of my high appreciation of Jur endeavors to dethrone superstition and make truth and reason the twin mon archs to govern the world of thought I am Falthfuly yours in the work J A CULBBRTSON Young and God Win Out Pittsburg Pa Oct 14 1908 Mr John R Charlesworth Editor Blue Grass Blade Lexington Ky Dear Sir Note the attached from the Gazette Times of even date God assisted by the Rev Young scores again- J A CULBERTSON TEN COMMANDMENTS By J Frantz These ten commandments have been adopted by the Free Discussion Society of San Francisco Cal Sept 27 1908 at 230 p m for the use of the Progressive Generation the 20th Century Thinking Humanity Thou shalt love thy life and live It 2 Thou shalt love the truth and say It Thou shalt love mankind and be It 4 Thou shalt love to know and learn It Thou shalt love to learn and spread It 6 Thou shalt love liberty and get It 7 Thou shalt love health and have it 8 Thou shalt love Justice and demand It 9 Thou shalt love nature and study It 10 Thou shalt love thyself for thou art It FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS IN THE HOUR OF GREAT NEED Following Is a list of the names and ad dresses of Liberal speakers who are prepared to conduct funeral services over the remains of deceased Freethinkers On account of probable delay It would be ad visible to call them by telegram Josephine K Henry Versailles Ky Dr J B Wilson 206 East Fourth Street Cincinnati Ohio Parker H Sercombe Editor Tomorrow 139 East D6th Street Chicago Illinois John R Charlesworth Lexington Ky Marlon W Marley Bucklin Kansas A J Clausen St Ansgar Iowa x J C Hannon 3575 Wallace St- Philadelphia r A t j1 h t i 1 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE is THE Humanitarian RevieWA GREATLY ENLARGED AND IMPROVED Singleton W Davis Editor and Publisher No 854 E 54 St Los Angeles Cal Price 100 a year single copy 10c Constructive Concrete Practical Organized and Aggresive Propagandlem of Truth as Revealed by Modern Science The Review labors 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Colldid mlatraoprlla tbrIidpu1D 8puu- eR4u Aoo a1 Ibt Nraluy J11p lttp e4 Mt Write today Mention this Paeer SEND ZS CENTS tatuatri1ur1Ior oatmob eaota 111111 111it bre = oIa4 oiui 1651ItJODIE JEHOVAH AND HIS FLOOD New Version of An Ancient Fable Gl In Verse ByJ E Davis Forages and ages Jehovah slept Alone up there In the sky Nobody knew he went to sleep Nor when nor where nor why His slumber oer Jehovah found Nothing to do but think Nothing to read nowhere to go Nothing to cat or drink There is a saying all have heard Though old tls always true Tho Devil finds some mischief still For idle hands to do Jehovahs fingers seeking work His brain began to plan He built the heavens and the earth Abiding place for man Put vegetation everywhere Then animals and men His fingers being very tired Jehovah rested then And looking down upon his work Pronounced it very good Considering the chance he had He did the best he could But Adam ate the apple and The trouble did begin The animals were fighting 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