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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1 r i BLUE GRA r BL JJ1Jh tVolume XVII Number 30 LEXINGTON RY NOVEMBER 15 ijjoS Published Weekly UnDEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA FREEDOM OF THOUGHT IItr J ELIZA MOWRY BLIVEX FOand First Secretary of the Materialist Association I nJ woXw M t o ooox o oooXooo 1 J 16J1 11 J fWI WWUWW1fVJfY J lIvrWYltw 14111IJW1IJU J P 11141w J c t if I mrf J rtU1 r1 BLUE GRASS BLADE r ELIZA MOWRY BLIVEN AUTOBIOGRAPHY Eliza Mowry Dllvcu was born In Oxford Mass August 14 1845 Her parents Daniel Mowry 4th and Eliza Angell were both descendants of the earliest settlers of Rhode IslanrtssuBStan tial farmers One was a Major another a Captain In the Rev olutionary War one was a Judge and member of the Continental Congress Daijlel was the elgh li In a family of nine and Elza was the fourth in a family of fourteen Daniel marrlcdRuth Farnum and Eliza married Stephen Farnum of another large family all of Smithfield R Ruth died of cancer Stephendled of consumption then the widower and widow married and the child of their old was Eliza A MowryTIll she was six they lived on a lone farm where she seldom had a playmate but she could amuse herself was often out In the lots with her father or rambling afer wildflovj fs with her cat and the hensHerqy neat industrious mother tit a JSwirioKew and readand to be a good girl church1tI1Genesis to Revelations and was a capable IyceumdebaterMIn a both orthodox and liberal came to his homo to argue on religion he always took fro opposite side sometimes thifr ar t gued most all night and he could match them en either side He had been editor of three papers In Providence R I for three years but he was a radical reformer and opposed to all secret societies fearlessly denouncing tricks and crimes alleged to have been committed by Free Masonsand the dark deds 6f aMeth odlst preacher who bad betrayed and murdered a young woman This brought so many enemies and loss of subscribers that it almost ruined him He was no very successful as a former and finally sold hs place to pay debts His losses Increased a ten dency to insanity inherited from hIs mother his reason gave way and ho died in an insane asylum The mother went back to Rhode Island and did housework for relaivesand others to support herself and girl always choosing a place where Eliza could attend a good school for the child oft declared she was going to be an old mad and teach school After two years in High School she taught three years to mother doing the housework and taking in sewing Then health gave out the school was given up bcth took in sewing for four years when ibe mother died Eliza went back to teach ing for a year but wanted to know mare so entered the Normal School and graduated second In her class In 1876 taught seven more years in large ungraded village schools health gave out She did not believe docors medicine would cure nervous pros tration she tried housework no help there but when out of doors she found she could sleep better So she gave up all reading and writing bought land had poulry houses built and raised fowls fruit and flowers for ten years As health and brain power returned she became Secretary of the local W T U helped secure the Prohibitory Amendment secured Physologyeachlng in the schools of that town as the best method to promote temperance and wrote regularly for one local newspaper and occasionally for several others ort8 variety of subjects but mainly on temperance and hygiene But she found ouf that temperance dId not maker much head way for the W C T U and other church people would pray for their God to do the tasks which they ought to plan fd themselves She wrote a radical article against praying and fused to have praying in her Sunday temperance meetings for the millfolks This aroused the resentment of the church people she already had the politicians and saloon men against her She had become a Vegetarian a Connecticut widower who was a Vegetarian and Freethinker asked her to become his wife and she consented The marriage ceremony was perform ed by a clergyman but the word obey had to be left out They bought a large substantial oldfashioned farmhouse and farm near Brooklyn Conn where they have lived since 1895 Besides her housework size cultivates many flowers and picks berries In summer and sometimes rebuilds tumbledown stonewalls during the winter for outdoor exercise health and clear brains When teaching she took many vacation trips to Instl tues seashore mountains Saratoga Niagara Centennial Chi cago and one summer In Europe She has collected quite a library of books minerals and pictures When about eleven years old while visiting some cousins they told her she ought to pray before going to bed and repeated several orthcdox Bible verses After returning home she tried to pray for three nights but was afraid her mother would catch her and not like It Finally she bluntly asked her mother Why do Aunt Mary Anns folks pray and we dont How sharp those gray eyes looked as she sternly asked What has Mary Ann been saying to you It wasnt her It was Josle and the whole was soon told The wise mother replied I be lieve as an old man once said God dont want us always telling him what to do Then she repeated Unlversallsts Bible verses about Christ died to save sinners So all would be happy there wasnt any tell after death That was the first lesson In comparing religions Liter she read bocks to find out the dif ferences between rellgons In High School studying Latin she compared the miracles believed by tae Greeks and Romans with tho Christians Bible miracles and decided all miracles were stories Was there a God remained an unsetled question till after S D BlIvEns arguments convinced her there was neither God nor future life Once thoroughly convinced she began to see why the Christians prayers prevent the reforms needed and thereby forestalling many kinds of beneficial Insructlon that might otherwise be given In Sunday meetings So she began urgng this Interesting beneficial kind of Sunday Schools In the Free thought papers Thus a year or more In each she has written in turn for Torch of Reason of Oregon Ideal of Kansas Freeth ought Magazine of Chicago HumanitarIan Review of Los Angeles Cal a short time for the Blue Grass Blade and now writes for Peoples Press But three years ago she became convinced that Freethinkers were such a mIxedup mess of Spiritualists Agnostics and Maer lallsts wth such differences of belief tbat they would never work together In harmony to promote human be torment but just be growlers denouncing the Bible and Christians She wondered how many real Materialists there are that KNOW there Is no God nor future life they would like to become acquainted they could work together to make this life more worth living So she begun Materialist Association which now lies a happy harmonious earnest wldoawake memo bership of 432 men and women 4AIII t II i1f llfiwi HqrJ1 t lI t It BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 J What Women Ought to do Instead of Church work Text of an Address Delivered before the Buckeye Secular Union Convention Canal Dover Ohio September 6 1908 By Eliza Mowry Bllvcn The Churches claim as a part of church work everything of a beneficial or philanthropic character that their members do But whatever people do to prevent or relieve suffering and promote good citizenship justice right and happiness In this life Is pure humanitarianism not religion and Is dune by people outside as well as Inside the churches through sympathy and honest desire to help others and better tho conditions around themI do not consider that as church work Humanitarian work is right and every man and woman should do as much of that as their opportunities and means permit If you cant do great deeds do the little kind acts and say the little kind words In your own little candle shine You In your small corner I In mine What I regard as churchwork taking part In prayer meet ings missionary meetings church singing teaching the Bible fallacies in the Sunday School and home inducing people to join the church getting up fairs and suppers and subscrlptons to help pay the preacher soliciting funds to build churches etc writing religious articles for publication and any oher means used to propagate their doctrnes and win converts Probably the most common and the most harmful of all church work Is in the home mothers teaching the little ones that there Is a God and devil heaven and hell thatthe Bible Is the word of Gcd true and sacred and teaching them to pray Those early lessons by mother and Sunday School teacher be fore he child can reason ond distinguish truth from story be come a permanent part of theIr growing brain and generally last through life The little child full of vivid Imnelnatlcns fears the devil hell nnd tho dark but mother says Prayto God end he will tako care of you nnd forgive everything you do that is wrong So one child is always fearful while another witchcat will do any thing she chooses except what mother will find out and spank her for because she can pray and God will forgive her Theo early seedthoughts bear their fruit all through life What ought the mothers teach their little ones about religion Nothing except to keep them free from beliefs that ohers and borks woud teich to them Teach them that fairies ghosts angels God nnd the Bible are only stories nnd teach them as much of nature and Its laws and human abillles as they can understand and above all Instead of prayer and forgiveness of sins teach them what sins really are how each sin hurts the child or parent or home or some one Thus cultivate a knowl edge of right and wrong and selfcontrol to avoid everything that might harm any one Thus humanitarIanism will be veloped nnd all the moral quallles and the growing children will pity unfortunates and do thIs and that for others good AH tho womens churchwork Is helping to teach errors falsehoods wrong Incentives and especially the praying and forgiveness of sins doctrine It soothes them to feel that everything wrong Is forgiven and they are going to glory and eternal happiness and they become drifting dreamers not seeing the real harm their own sins and follies have wrought and the sins and follies and ignorance of others are continually increasing the r calamities around them and In their own homes also Religion makes folks blind submissive slaves allowing the increase of diseases immoralities crimes Injustice political corruption classclashes and wars because they cast their cares on Jesus and dont learn the real causes and stop them But all the doings of the people for betterment in this lifethe common schools sciences Industries the newspapers lec tures all philanthropic movements womens clubs and strivings for political Improvementsdo educate commonsense enough to counteract In a great measure the religious teachings and ten dencies Women are the mothers of all the men and the men will think wrong choose wrong and do wrong till the women gain commonsense enough to quit believing and teaching religious follies and Instead teach from the cradle all through boyhood the real humanitarian principles that underly all morality jus tice and good citizenship Women MUST study the causes of evils and diseases and the results of follies or sins and how to encourage mankind Into real humanitarian thinking choosing and doing For the betterment of all means the betterment of r ones own environments and family and ourself and It promoes peace health prosperity wisdom and happiness Women must study natures laws and politics to bring about the redemption of mankind from his wickedness and to stop the temptations that lie in wait to destroy her own boys and girls by and by O Is politics too foul dirty corruptno place for women What has woman done to cleanse It Nothing xThat Is why It Is so bad and keeps growing worse Women are full half of the nation and some woman suffers for every wrong done by men and the women could and should stop the wrongdoing Wherever women choose o go en masse the men respect her presence and wishes and good order and decent behavior and deference to her requirements prevail In depots cars steamboats parks fairs stores schools churches nil kinds of public entertainments where there tire pleny of wom nUterr gentlemanly conduct and cleanliness prevali and due regard for the womens good opinions When women study all political questions with the same thoroughness as she has educaional and philanthropic subjects determined to find some way to stop the evils she will accom plish that But now her religious duties take all the time she can spare from her home duties and she leaves the cleaning of politics and the use f her abilities In promoting the betterment of humanity mainly for her God to do when he sees fit In answer to her countless hours wased in praying Womens energies turned In those directions would rapidly develop their Intelligence into ability to grapple with the most perplexing social and political problems Just as In the schools the girls keep up with the boys and generally advance beyond them so that twice as many girls graduate as boys and they prove fully as competent for teacherssYou may ask why women In politics would no become Just as corrupt as the men have There are few women In Jails but many men Why Motherlove the welfare of the home and the future of the boys and girls will be her everpresent bal ancewheel The girls help mother care for the smaller chil dren When they become mohers or teachers the constant watchfulness guiding the children to avoid danger to do right to learn the needful etc and their own obligations to set good examples to tho children at oU times develops their own e t J1 kr 1 TM1 11 BLADEId BLUE GRASS conscience selfcontrol and abilities to govern more or less while the mcn among all kinds of associates and temptations are drifting the other way and political corruption and greed for weal h without work rush them headlong Womens trained qualities In the home will continue to seek the welfare and bet terment of the grownup boys and girls when she enters the po litical arena I do not expect that all women will become so marvelously Intelligent In all societies a few are in advance of the rest who recognize their wisdom learn some of It from them and follow their guiding They will do so much more when they find ouf that the priests and preachers are false teachers and are keeping them from very much that they could learn and do for their own health enjoyment and growth of their abilities The Catholic Church will not allow any divorces A woman must live with the man she marries no matter how bad he is and if he will not support her she has to work and support him and tho family When women give up religion and are sure there Is no God to do anything and no future life of punishments and rewards they will be very alert o do themselves whatever they can to better conditions in this life They will get together read whatever will make a question clearer plan how tn bring about Aental Science College I Advanced Subjects Treated by Students In their Resent Grad uating Exercises Wr F McParlane J The Blade has bu nnIUestdo publish the following with list of graduates from the Mental Science College at Bryn Majurf tI Washington as Indicating by the papers read themit a marked advancement along educational lines It is certain that but little of Use orthodox superstition can find lodgment in the muds 014 the students after inquring Iwo and preparing heir essays upon the subjects there tratei The communication and list are as r followssLetter from Class Reporter t Hryn Mawr Washington trust you will find space In your valuable paper to report thy completion cf the graduating exercises of tho Mental Science College at Bryn Mawr Tho Auditorium was artistically decora ed and many people from British Columbia and tho Sound Cities were in attendance The College was founded by Prof Knox and this tho ninth term with about fifty udents In nil was most succassful tins institution earthing primarily How to LlvcHow to Have Wenltl and How to Succeed In Business The exercises were held on Friday 21st Saturday 22d and Sunday the 23d Insand the papers read surely marked an iipocH in the lives of thinking people Trusting to hear from your valuable paper am very truly D F McFarlane Class Reporter CLASS AND EXERCISES Program J B Jakobsen Bryn MawrH Pgaces Sake de Vries Bryn Mawr IJapnlhesB Daisy do Saffery Bryn MawrttWomanM B DorfingerBryn Mawr Growth E L Schumacher Bryn Mawr MagnetiI t 2 t Jr t this or that Improvement and vote for the men whom they can trust to bring about the desired cbject An immoral or unre liable man will not be selected for any office for tho women will prevent his election thus they can cleanse poppies The marriage ceremony will be changed A woman Is as good as a man and ought not to have to promise to obey him Divorce laws will be changed too When a man misuses his wife will not support his family runs after other women or gets drunk and Is a burden Insead of a help to his family she should be allowed a divorce and should have all her children they will support themselves and will be happier without a bad politics and philanthropy are not the only Improvements to como In place of religion For health and long life they will sudy the human body and change the fashions for healthy clothing change the foods and drinks to stop diseases secure pure air all the time and discard drugmedication When all church work Is discarded then all humanitarian questions will have ample discusrlon in the Sunday meetings which will be full of variety to promote health happiness and all sorts cf Improvements This tho women will do In place or church work r Stopp Victoria B Cr0CrcatonHanson Bryn Mawr Mother PctcrsonBryn Mawr Vegetable J C Jones Bryn Mawr Youth Stark Olympla Wash Art A Thompson Bryn Mawr Know Thyself t II RnnBryn MawrAgo-A L McFartene Tttachlpl California Bathing C L MinerBryn Mawr Success G rllnerUryu Mawr Hygiene It1 Metcalfe Bryn Mawr Evolution Y K Stopp Victoria B LifeRG Grassland Bryn Mawr Psychology W Carver Bryn Mawr Coopcralon L Braun Bryn Mawr Plant N KnowlcH Bryn Mawr Beauty OrtonVictoria B C 1 Heal h JJudy Bryn Mawr Mind W Adam Bryn Mawr Intelligence D McLean Bryn Mawr Universe- A Moscr Bryn Mawr Continuity- W SnulaberryByn Mawr Law P Townsend Bryn Mawr When Baby Cried Vroom Bryn Mawr Freedom F McFarlane Fairbanks Alaska Time Gardner Victoria B C Forco F HniiEon Bryn Mawr Reason B LeeKern City CaliforniaProtoplasm- N N BergBryn Mnwr Physical Culture- V Do Saffery Bryn Mawr Mental Science E L Moser Bryn Mawr Burro- L Schumacher Bryn Mnwr Truth- S Schumacher Bryn Mawr Truth E Mason Bryn Mawr Telephone O G Berry Bryn Mawr Travel W SchumacherBryn Mawr Heart G M WilsonVictorIa B C Brvn Mawr H E Collier Bryn Mawr Industries th BLUE GRASS BLADE Freethought Funeral Address rave yet Tender Sad yet Sweet and ou iung Words Uuertd over the bier or a Loved une nuw bead l sly Harriet M CloszJ III lull and cuuiieu accord wiuti the policy uuuvuixu uy Lilt uiaue ot fioomUmerd lit mo evtwc ueaiu uuug mid o heir nual rtsiiig piacc fillies uirisun loruid uuu iu u Jiiiiiiiitr luting to tner mental attitude upon oruicuox maters it Id gratifying to oo tat our vaued contributor Mrs Hal rot iu jiosz has taitutuiiy performed such situ ruts umae saUu r still by tae lact that nu services were conducted over the luau imuiu turns ot u relative The following ad urccs was Widely published In Iowa papers uti the services wero largely attended Many were deeply impressed and others expressed a desire for additional ratlcua sac rites upon such occasions The services were conducted by Mrs Closz from her own house and after the elimination of famliy his ory therefrom she has pre pared tlio address for publication for this n ii cf Blade readers it follows THE ADDRESS Friends Vit last act in tho drama of life has been merged into tragedy and we are now assenr bled to pay a tribute to one who has lived among us for many many years It was tho earnest wish of this woman that no preacher be permitted to participate at this service and her request that I write un exposition of her thoughts on life and death and I have as best could com after all what do we know of this mysterious thing called death or the equally inexpllcablo thing called life Death dis places life an easily as the sun disperses clouds Life slips away Oh so suddenly and so alien ly and we marvel at its incom prehensibility Life and death are tho two mighty mysteries which centuries of thought have sought to solve The invincible touch which marks the vic tim wlh death lays upon tho hearts of In dividuals a blighting grief But tho Law of Nature knows not tho Individual The forces of tho Universe transcend tho triv ial Intellect Tie sweep of evolution com prehends only the ultimate Notwithstanding we send our thoughts sonrlng Into tho realm of tho unseen seek ing to sound the solemnity of silence but Its esoteric meaning escapes boh the sage and tho savant Wo strain our eyes hoping to I pierce the portals of the shining empyrean but as yet its beauties are an undiscovered domain With burning brain we bend oer Natures book and sraln to read the eternal riddle but within the universal scroll alas is locked the secret key Thrust here as we are between two il limitable eternities wn raise cur arms hop ing to grasp a glowing reality but the soughtfor substance shrivels and its glist citing garments crumble to ashes in our hands With faltering lips we formulate the fearsome query Why the past has been why the present is and what the se cret of the future But the mighty cosmic silence vouchsafes to us no answer The human unit desires eternal life and the very Intensity of tho desire has In duced iho assumption that after death there is a continual conscious personal existence But while we desire eternal lire wo as nat urally avoid death so tho desire for the one and tho avoidance of the other gives no as surance of Immortality If wo assume that after death wo are en dowed with tho conscious personal attrib ute of Immortality It must be reasoned that wo possessed the samo attribute before birth but as memory returns only to in fancy the coirinulty of thtfwhaln Is broken So when we contend that selfconsciousness tho result of physical organization plus life force persists after bodily dissolution we exceed our present realm of facts and revel only In the realm of speculation So because of the dark Inscrutability of these eternities wo are slowly though painfully learning the lesson of living one life at a timeliving In the hero and the nowthe only life of which wo are assured We are learning tho lesson of cheerfulness of help fulness of happiness The lesson of glean- Ing tho little gladnesses along the way that grow from the gracious gliding of Lifes ho rizon for our friends and If there be a life beyond file grave tho best preparation pos sible to merit it is In making a perennial paradise here SoWo waste no time In useless dread In trembling fear Tho present lives the past Is dead And wo are here Without a fear of coming night Wo seek the truth wo love the light In our eager desire to search out our ors gin and discover our destiny wo have un derestmated the Importance of tho present How patiently wo ponder tho problemhe profound mystery of death while wo carelessly waive aside the more perilous tragedy of let life an death are inseparable bile and deatn are mevituuie One is tue concouiituui ot tile otticr and one as ua uriu and us necessary as the otter and wucii snail have discovered wneuce we came we snail Know wultner we go after ueaih I3ui as yet we do not know whether life or death is the greater good tor our simple senses canto couipacs tub ceaseless changes of matter will of torte and our little limitations leave us only at tile oceans shore of uncertainty- So why should we waste time in speculat irlveltemplation Thought and action are needed t now Our work should be for this world our labor for this life our purpose for the IJlescntIthe domain of the dean all distinctions disappear yet It Is daily t udo painfully apparent that in the realm of this life tho toilers are despoiled of their substance innocence is debauched honesty degraded and justice dethroned r We are aware that on the urgIng sea of death the wise man and the wight the poet and the philosopher the saint and the sage sail together in solemn silence But wo are also aware that on the voyage of life the prisoners of fate are persecuted the up right are prosecuted and the virtuous vic timized Wo note that at the pale portal of the tomb the mighty monarc h surrenders his sceptre tho tyrant treads the threshold with the tenant and tho prince passes with tho pauper But in the household of lifetthe weak and weary and wounded are wronged beyond hope of repairtSo friends are we to death Then let us help to harmonize inhumanl les of life The dead has beyond the pale where humnn hands help but all about us is a surging theImultitude who deserve our services As long as blatant Ignorance and rank injustice rules as long as tlon survives and 1astsupinely seeking the supernatural has signally t failed In strengthening tho race Tho fear of God has blighted the flower of feltlowship and religions ritual has wasted the energies of men Our relative realized the unreason of selr ish reverie which omitted tho sunny smile of hope the welcome word of praise the r r il1f f 14Al BLADEIe BLUE GRASS handclasp of comfort She repudiated the dogmas of revealed religion and maintain ed that mental freedom ony could emancl pa e the race from the thralldom of tradi tion She ueclared that the literature and Inventions of great men like Watt and Darwin and Edison have done more to ilize enlighten and transform the world than all the labors of theologians through ot the ages She believed that to be happy and to help others to be happy were two of the essen tials of life and that the more of joy we libcrae the greater measure we retain that a helping hand for humanitys sake Is far than mission funds for Christs IIbetter that a kind word is more civilizing than the fear of destruction that reason is a bo ter route to right living than the fear of hell and that the countless prayers said in the seclusion of the sanctuary fail utterly to balance against the service of a willing believed in natural laws not super na ural suspension of them In scientific investigation not inspired declarations from a deity In liberty and light and justice not slavery and darkness and usurpation In the exercise of reason and right living not in faith Induced by Ignorance In the majesty of human wisdom not in the revel ation of dogmatic ritual In truth accredit ed by the Individual not in the wholesale acccpance of decreed authorities She declared that the mighty universal balance sheet must be kept ttue and that through deaths processes Nature regained her recompense for Litea natural a ben eficent a beautiful transition- Is there beyond the silent night An endless day Is death a door that leads to light I cannot say Will tho spirit of our relative continue to live I DO NOT KNOW Will her body be resurrected YES For even aslio thought can perish neith er can any atom of the Universe be destroyed So the alkahest of Nature will reduce and redlsrlbute her body to the elemental wealth of the worlds substances through which forever the vital currents pulsate Her thoughts and work remain with us and the grosser elements will finally be adjusted and diffuse beneficence in the chatter of childhood the beauty of bursting bud the note of the nightingale the sparkle of the sunlight the song of the streamlet the thunder of the tempest and the sweep of the spheres Therefore having reached the conclusion that lifes conscious line begins with the cradle and is broken at the coffin resting in this result of personal researches our serenity Is unshaken for who shall say that eternal oblivion does not approximate per peual joy Who shall say that everlasting release from mortal miseries does not out 1 l R il I class an eventless personal Immortality And who would not ten thousand times pre fer that friends should sleep the soundless dreamless sleep of ceaseless ages than to trust their destinies to the remorseless Christian God and the terrors of the ortho dox hell Dear friends in the presence of the migh ty majesty of death we put aside all petty differences for in her embrace Mother Na ture receives with calm benignity the just and the unjust the dogmatist and the doubter the professor ond the plodder the laborer and the loaner Here at the thres hold of the tomb terminate the troubles and trials of time and at last Natures final seal in equity is affixed Here the distinctions of rank and riches the strife for power and place and the pride of race and religion The Ohio Idea of Propaganda I What Can Be Accomplehed by Local Union Work If Rationalists Will Only Take Up the Work By Lou Lawrence The Ohio idea of Rationalistic propagand ism is probably more prominently before the Freethinkers of the country than any other proposition for the spread of anti religious knowledge The idea upon which the plan hingesthat of local organization 1S the proper method for the spread of Rationalistic thought It is Natures method for the extensive propagation of organic structures of every order No great movement can ever be successful unless it es tablishes itself permanently in many local ities where its principles and tenets can be t In ac ive agitation and its purposes for the betterment of humanity made a matter of dally action This is tho method by which all ideas have come to dominate mankind and by which they must do so In the future The purpose of Rationalism is to supplant superstition in the minds and hearts of the people To do this it must inaugura a system of entertainments diversions and Instructions which will appeal to the great mass of humanity It must take the people as It finds them and win its way by cater ing to their needs social mental senti mental and otherwise Those individuals who are strongly intellectual may some times be won by appeals In the shape of printed arguments but the most intellectual of the race as well as the most sensual must eat drink and wear clothing and the result Is that they exercise their powers as far as possible along the linea which give worldly advancement in return or failing In this most of them deem it expedient to seek to keep as closely as possible in touch IL L r L lII vanish forever away and here at last Is peace and equality a reality The thorny track of time has been trav ersed by the departed The wearying weight of traditions burden has iontly slipped from her shoulders The finger of destiny indicated the doorway of death The cosmic tragedy has be i consumma tde The ponderous pendulum of the ages seeks s equilibrium The penalty of life has been paid- Standing beside the bier of one who has been as closely associated with me as a sis ter I am constrained to say that Death Is cruel only to those he leaves behind Sweet Mother Earthy accept his charge This form which we resign And through thine alchemy transmute To other forms sublime with the masses for the sake ol having their assistance in the mere struggle for exist ence There are a few rare spirits to whom this does not apply but such is the natural trend The majority of mankind however Is not strongly Intellectual nor are its units dis posed to go far out of the easy tenor of their ways to get ideas but they are the bone the muscle the very lifeblood of so ciety and without a footing among them no movement will ever be thoroughly suc cessful They may never bo able to give a reason for their faith but the truths which are to benefit mankind must be made their as the brain cannot fully control the health of the remainder of the body so he intellect of a nation cannot propagate its conclusions very expeditiously nor Indeed at all unless It adopts me hods which reach the physical welfare tho emotions or the affections of the average individual of the race It is useless for the brain to be conscious of the fact that the health of the entire man is being Impaired by the conduct of a sluggish liver unless sad brain can evolve n plan by which said liver can be Induced to exert itself So those individ uals who rejoice In the belief that they are thinkerswho are the thinkerswhich can be of no service to mankind until they have methods by which they can Induce humani ty to accept and practice tho result of heir knowledge Then as the renewed health of the body gives additional strength to he brain so the growth of a truth among a people at largo reacts upon Its thinkers and new effort is put forth and new truths are the great thinkers of the world and tho moss of Its people stands a class to whose lot it falls to educate humanly to a conception and application of the LJIf t r EWE GRASSBLADE 7 truths which genius has discovered These are the nerves of the social body and his is the function which must be played by those Rationalists who wish to benefit their fellowmen To this end it Is no siilllcient that work ers devote themselves to the study of the great wasters and thus improve their own minds They must also conneci themselves with tho body politic in order to drect Its movements The brain in a sense directs the hand but it does so through tho nerves which reach tho nand in its particular lo cation and the orders given are to the per formance of actions allied to those for which the hand is already fitted Over and over the nerves lead the hand through the practice of certain movements unit the hand becomes tho efficient servant of the brain Thus Rationalists must commence with the people where they find them and stir their minds along lines allied to those with which they are familiar until at last they will embrace the principles and prac McewfAId down by the master minds of the ageThis Is what local unions will do So ciety is familiar with tho idea of men band ed together for the purpose of studying teaching or practicing certain ideas and principles Freethbught Society will first arouse the people to a knowledge of tho ex istence of religious ideas not In harmony with popularly acceped beliefs Though they rebel at first they will gradually como to an aceptance of the fact as a part of the esabllshed order Then the varied pro grams of the Unions will appeal first to one and then to another of the onlookers These will be led to Investigate and the result is patent to all who have traveled the path to mental emancipation This Is the way to success that must be traversed by every now movement and by which old associations are kept alive What would the Republican National Committee be able 1o accomplish if the party had no other organization What headway would tho Methodist Episcopal Church make with only a general conference Either of these bodies with its hundreds of thousands of adherents would soon cease to be a power If It confined Itself to tho work of the na tional organization Who has not heard of the rapid rise of KnowNothlnglsm or of the comparative speed with which Wesley garnered the peoplo into the Methodist fold Doth these societies grew along these and along these lines must tho spread of Rationalism bo accom plished A national organization for national business State organizations for State work and local organlzn ions for the education of the people Baroesvllle 0 The Supreme Battle of Life IGods of Selfishness Have Always Impeded Progress and Against These Thinkers Must Contend and Fight By Warren S Dean When we reflect what small atoms we are in this great world and how unable to acompllsh In any great undertaking wl out the helping hands of others we realize how little our own efforts would be If our work was not placed in a true and solid noble causo has ever succeeded withoi t those who realize that unselfish devotion to them has often brought trou ble and suffering to those who will persist In forcing them to the front When we think of tho many who now and in the past have labored with the materials from mother earth in harmony wlh the forces of nature and brought things useful to us iiiour driily lives and then to know how some others who devoted to their gods of selfishness con trolling many of those things a commer cial asset for their own profit and glory we are impressed wi h the thought that there is no good that comes from human toll of brain or hand but what has to contend with the gods of selfishness It is quite easy for those of us who are willing to reason out problems that affect the good of nil but it is a trange thing for us to know in this day and generation there are many who hark back to ancient history of ignorant supers itlon for their mental guidance blind to the fact that the socalled guide has been the great curse to Is known that old history Is tho spawn that has been tho means of bringing to this earth the most useless and selfish beings the prlestcraft of super stllon and then those who call themselves Intelligent and honest go on decade after decade giving their support and encourage men to the propaganda of ignorance In the reflection of tbo socalled wisest and richest man In ancient history giving himself up to his passions under the eyes of his mythical god and then not only note the blight that those teachings has done to woman In our own day by the Mormon hierarchy but tho cuckoos of the same old history are still able to make largo commercial gains from tho greatest breeders of fiction delusions falsehood end lies Mnt humanity was over cursed with It may bo some Interest to others to know what some Rev Missionaries home on leave says In regard to tho young Turks movement In Turkey In which Rev Washburn says In part l One of the most interesting features of the movement Is the prospect of the edu cation and emancipation of Moslem woman The young Turks recognize the fact that the greatest obstacle in the way of the generation of Turkey is to be found in the ignorance and social degradation of the Moslem woman There are Turkish families which are remarkable xceptions to the general rule but the ordinary Turk looks upon woman as an inferior being devoid of morality fit to be only a slave or not the Rev Washburn give the cause of the Ignorance and degradation of Moslem women Is it not the ancient teachings of the wise men by and for a degrading and slavish religion that is the real cause of such Perhaps the Rev knows full well where the fault lays but one of his brotuer Revs unconsciously lifted the curtain in the same meeting Rev Dyer said in part One of the great evils of today was the fact that so few men attended church and those who did took no interest in church work He said that in the Congregational church of this country there aro 227000 more women than men who take an active In terest In church affairs It Is women who form the organizations and keep the church going If men with strength would get together and work for tho churches what a boon and uplift It would mean cried Dyer Think of It tho advocates of that institution which Is not only the greatest blight against mental progress but is the mother of slavish minds giving out the plea that It is one of the great evils for men not to take interest and uphold the greatest evil that has been invented by man But it is a bright outlook for our frcothought movement when we note there is a remarkable exception from the gen eral rule when women in our own coun try has got the courage and ability to como out openly to help strip he shackles from their fellow beings minds If men of strength as Rev Dyer says who will not take interest in church work would all make an earnest effort to do away with all the superstition doctors place them with men and women who have the strength to 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benutitted thereby Now friends this statement is made to you in the hope of getting you interested in the salvation of tho Blade Something has got to be done or we will be compelled to give up the ship Tho Blado wishes a flood of letters from its friends ex pressive of their opinions concerning the plans hero sug gested Each present subscriber sending in a new subscriber 1would materially aid in keeping the Blade at work To it much longer at such a heavy financial loss will be an utter impossibility and now is tho accepted time for its friends to do something say something accomplish something in its behalf Will YOU got ono now subscriber Do YOU approve of the plan of incorporation Will YOU purchase any of tho stock should it incorporate To what extent will you help When writing upon these subjects try and answer each of the questions here given- EVOLUTION OR CREATION There are but two essential yet widely differing views uiou the origin of natural things First carne what might be termed the theological view or that now taught by those believing in a specially creative deity at whose fiat all things were wade which from its very nature must assume told then strive to maintain the notion that the earth and all it contains such as we now know them possessed the stone form and qualities the same configuration from the supposed beginning Nothing could be more natural to man than this belief in the infancy of civilization And yet nothing could be further removed from the actual truth Under such a belief it was held that the continents and oceans have always been where they tire now that tho mountains and plains have remained al ways the same that rivers always had their courses climate remained unchanged plants andanimals have always been identical with those now familiar to us As science began to unfold the actual phenomena of the i earthmen discovered that the coast lines of maps the direc tion and elevation of mountain chains tho very courses of 6r our rivers the soundings of every ocean are not things pri = rmordially arranged in thQ earths construction but are the t results of successive and complex actionsoiua former state of things making up a begiuningless and endless chain of successive events Pursuing the investigations the scion lists discovered an interminable visfa extending in each direction and thus was born the modern vew of evolution musinga process of change and development always nuking for improvement without any master hand to guide and direct Prof IT Alleync Nicholson in an article on Tho Laws of Geological Action discussing this latter view of exist once says Admitting then there is a truth at the bottom of the once current doctrines catastrophism still it remains cer tain that tho history of the earth leas been one of law in all past times as it is now Taking this broad open free and candid declaration evidently the result of long observation and study for its full value we must be vividly impressed with the remark all past time This leaves no room for a beginning and hence destroys special creation As a matter of fact we tore unable to conceive of time when there was no time when time did not exist And we need not shrink back affrighted at the vastness ofsuch a thought Groping our way backward through tho dark labyrinth of the ages epoch succeeding to epoch and period to period each looming move gigantic in its outlines and more shalowy in its features as it rises dimly revealed from the mist and vapor of an older aunt everolder past We cannot measure this by centuries These are only modcnudivisions of time When wo pass a certain boundary line which after all is lUJt4 JlJ u IJO BLUE GRASS BLADE reached1 very soon figures ceaso to convey to our minds any conception of the vast periods that lay behind us The few thousand years of which we have historical evidence sink into absolute insignificance beside the unnumbered aeons which unroll themselves one by one as we penetrate the dim recesses of the past and decipher with feeble vision the ponderous volumes in which the record of the earth is written Vainly does the strained intellect seek to over take an everreceding commencement and toil to gain some adequate grasp of tit apparently endless succession In time as in space the universe must ever remain concealed from us and of the end we can know no more than of the beginningBut the beginning god made the heavens and the earthcries the theologian and the human heart that pilgrimIthis infinity Let mo lie down in the grave and hide me from the persecution of the Infinite for end I see there is noneIt must follow if there be no end there can be no be ginning for what is beginning but an end The theolog ian strives to answer this by drawing distinction between tmo and eternity a distinction that is absolutely with out a difference Wo measure time for human conven ience from solar signs and movements but the sun moved on giving both light and heat for unnumbered ages before our earth found a place in which to rotate and swirl in the mighty orbit Time was evenlong before the earthcame into existence and the believer in special creation con founds time itself with the divisions of time made by man Ask the believer in special creation if he can to fix in his mind a line or boundary of time lIe at once reverts to Genesis and says In the beginning But in the be ginning of what Grant it may refer to the beginning of our little earth it could not mean the beginning of time for wherever such a believer fixes such a line or boundary he must think of a time being even before that And ho does for lie attempts to call this eternity in which his god is supposed to have existedalone Once let the view obtain that there can bo no end and you have shattered tho beginning If there could bo no begin ning then there could bo no creation If creation be de stroyed wo are forced to accept evolution as the only alter native and wo have reasoned god out of the universe WHY IMURDERIIUMAX rOy Dryden says that not heaven itself upon the past has power and so it is that yesterday is fixed for all time like some fossil in the strata of earth We cannot change or undo the past Hut we can im proves the present and so prepare for a better future Posterity will judge us not by what we profess to be but by what wo actually arc pad what we have actually lone Each day becomes the material drawn from tho workshop of Time How shall wo use it JW No sane person would consent to hang a gloomy picture upon tho wall Then why do believers in superstitious creeds insist upon casting shadows of darkness and gloom upon the mind of roan Both are extremely calculated to produce constant melancholia and this is recognized as one of the manifestations of orthodox belief The bloody sweat and the crown of thorns cannot produce happi ness Thinking people cannot bo happy at the very thought of sufferingand agony When a believer in the doctrine ofIl crucified Savior says he is really happy he belittles his own human nature or is possessed ofa crude conception of happiness v Mankind clamors for a religion cheerfulness and joy Orthodox Christianity turns over tho dust of unhappy centuries and points to a cross with a human figure stretch 4 ed thereon in the throes of death Tears come and go but even with the enchantment that distance is said to lend to a given view sucha picture such a scene can produce naught but sorrow and grief There can be no joy in pain and the Christian who hopes and expects to tread flowery paths not by his own effort but through the sufferings of another would rob human life of every noble aspiration every righteous impulse and leave man helpless and for lorn upon the shoals of despair The late beloved Ingersoll saw andrealized all this and if passing judgment upon such a system he declared that no mini had a moral right to murder the sunshine of a day Through tho chronic gloom of the centuries Christianity brought not a solitary ray of joy It was then and is now the murderer of the sunshine of life It was then and is now a poisonous fungi that grows best in rtho dark Freothoiight strives to put more light mote joy more happiness snore sunshine in all human life It strives to dissipate the orthodox gloom In its very essence Free thought is a part and parcel of humanity SIGNS OF THE TIMES In an editorial announcement the Evening News of Los Angeles makes the broad statement that to the revolu tions in tho scientific world at the close of tho nineteenth century there has been added the political reconstruction at tho opening of the twentieth and now there is every reason to believe that the third move in this cycle of change will bo tho remodeling of many of tho creeds which have remained unchanged from generation to generation Coming from what is commonly designated as tho sec ular pressor better known as the daily public press such a statement is calculated to open the eyes of many devout Christian believers for had it originally appeared in a purely Frecthought publication tho outside world would have condemned it as a mere assertion a fiction existing ill the mind of the writer Hut what can such a statement mean Simply this It denotes thatthe time for constructive and educational work along the lines of a strictly Frcethought sentiment is I IBLUEGRASS BLADE 1i now at hand Nay but that very time is here Ours the fault ours the neglect if we fail to take advantage of the splendid opportunities the present Further on in the same editorial the Evening News goes on to say Times are changing and the moment has come not to hide our heads in the sand ostrichlike but to study this new movement in all its varied details trace it Wits source andascertain so far as human mind can analyze world movements its significance to us as individuals This is followed by the announcement that Henry C Warnack is preparing a series of articles on the subject which are to appear in its columns But a few years ago andsuch an announcement would have meant the sudden 4death of a daily paper It would have been boycotted out by the orthodox believers of the community Today it is regarded as a step in advance of modern jour nalism and used as an advertisement to attract attention its publication How times and conditions do change The Blade is not familiar with the writings of Mr Warnack but ifas stated he is and has been a close student of evolution in religions and the full truth is given he may do some good in hastening the death of orthodox superstition TUB WETTSTEIN PAMPHLET- So many friends have written us commending the prop osition to publish the address of President Otto Wcttstein in brochure that we feel encouraged in si chan undertaking Head what some of the Blade friends had to sayabout it and then give us your opinion upon the advisability of publicationI DR J T BOWLES The literature of the whole world does not contain its equaland it will bo a monument to your tho authors memory for thousands of years after your are gone In a letter to the Blade DrBowles adds By the way Brother Wettsteins address at Canal Dover is a masterpiece and it ought to be put in pamphlet form Every member of tho Buckeye Secular Union and Mater ialist Association and every reader of the Blade ought to purchase one hundred copies for distribution HELEN M LUCAS The publication of Wettsteins address in pamphlet form is a good idea I will subscribe ono dollar toward its its cost W DEAN In regard to tho publication of President Otto Wett steins article as well as the present article of Nudge Ladds in pamphlet form I think tho idea an excellent one and ought to bo done Secretary Bliven expresses tho opinion that it ought to bo published but wants to know where tho money is coming fromThere can be no doubt concerning tho great value of such a publication because of offering a reference to varied quotations from so many authors In that address there were given thoughts from the masterminds of the world and successfully meets and disposes of all the arguments ever advanced bfill orthodox church Ten thousand copies are wanted nay but even a larger number than that The question is will the members of the Materialist Asociation take hold and help Write to President Wettstein LaGrange Illinois or to Secretary Blivcii Box 70 Brooklyn Conn Tho Blade asks the patience of a number of contributors for the delay of their articles Lack of space and an abun dance ofmanuscript are the causes The editor has been compelled to eliminate the current comment for the same reasons and this will give explanation to those who have written on the subject ONLY A CONTRAST The Blades editor was turning the corner of a prominent thoroughfare in Lexington recently and observed a group of men in conversation the group being composed of that class of men commonly known as sports When did you get back Last nightIGrab anything Only thisIThe last speaker who is a professional prizefighter drew from his pocket a largo roll of Uncle Sams mental anguish plasters and counted offa number of the denom ination of100 50 and several twenties tens and fives iiuiid the wondering and envious gaze of those who stood about him It appearedupon inquiry being made that the proud possessor of this big bunch of currency had been awayon a twoweeks trip during which he hail taken part in some alleged boxing bouts and this money was given lo him as compensation therefor But a few steps away the Blades editor met and conversed with a man well advanced in years who had figured prominently in tho educational movements of the State His life had been spent in trying to upbuild human char acter mill bring about some improvement Infirmities Mad crept upon him poverty attacked him His home had boon soldunder tho judgment of a court he was without money and without means Hunger assailed him and in the face of what he had done ho was compelled to beg money with which to get tho price ofa square meal at a nearby restaurant This was his compensation Is furthercomment necessary Do not these cases offer each their own argrment i From a worldly point of view the prizefighter was a brilliant successtile educator a rank and dismal nuluro And yet I had rather be that educator and know that had done some good in the world than be the possessor of ill wenlthIWhat is tho matter with our social system anyway J l Jn j 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE I Religion and Christianity Mean One and the Same According to Au thorized Definiton Claims in Mediumshlp By Alllc LindsayLynch Aunt Allie I have never been able to understand how a selfclassed Freetiought advocate could fail to recognize his error In up holding any of ihe fallible errors of belief that beong with religion Yet many are loath to drop the mantle thereof and ly stand forth opposed to what they term in preference Christianity as religion To mo these terms are synonymous even as Gcd and Christ are usually used Now let us see Webster Is authority for the definition Religion Duty to God and a system of faith and worship Of Chris 1anltas the religion taught liy Christ Of a Christian a disciple of Christ As Freethinkers we have no Christ to adore worship follow therefore no sys tem of faith either It sickens me to read tiny Freuthought writers verging Inio a trib ute to religion even though toward the Buddha for what la that but mythology even though believed by another nation Crucified Saviors have all been myths hatched and patched by priests to draw the pence from slim purses to feast gluttony of various kinds upon Cut it out Now dont burl bajjk at me a slur be cause I do affirm there is no death and that the true Freethought mind becomes in continued lifetho angel why should not they be the highest In tho spheres oernnl AndI am as godless as any ono of tho Blade readers and my angels are not those who have sprouted wings since their transition but are simply of the an Relic typo because f their fearless reason and lives of worth Nor have I come Into this materiallsIc periodical to greatly ad vocato spiritualistic opinion but since Its well known I nm one of these advocates yet Godless Its but n natural conse quenco that where I go by minds opinions as naunilly incline to expression I came to strike a blow for Freethought To entreat Blade writers to omit the claim that religion has ever mtlIL virtue It has not but has cursed wherever worshiped or revered Bibles have been manmade and without Bibles theres no Gods of any na ture To class a man as godlike or of tho Chrstsplrit Is In my opinion to insult his manhood Thomas Pnlno through my medlumship yes has saId Man Is but God is not and Paine has said We have an gelhood which Is the highest intellectual uu uiiuuiti iur me lujjatr lilt realm s as bUlin nave our nigubtit nun uu uud emu wo uu stunts or bprit ate where ignorance is uuisu wuosb minutes minus or gnats we seeL Liiugntbii us uuuu nay enter uugul uiuii mey nave uu grown tile gods Among tile uluuu writers some those must noteu lean noutiuhy to tills fact Know to me have so sand and wrltttii i ew minus are so bitterly opposed life as to teal to say hope it ends in death In gui oil wuom wo allau who are Free thought advocates dp honor us a mind held the hope though he had not been vinced before his souls transiton am as confident that Ttobcrt Ingersoll has voiced his repugnance to religion through me since his higher birth as am that Taomas Paine had and that each have as that I write these words iiuu had nut incuiii write them for this paper They uuvc iiowu item my pen i ttlt nut recall mtui menus Say your guy let me say miie Ioo lute tuu allude taut am now u subscriber trust you writers and rcauoro io welcome uio lot my godiessiicas Waile Mrs lugersoil is asking for a teat front her beloved Robert us is uut natural she snould nor is not nut ural that she should not understand that tests direct are the most difficult things to obtain for reasons havent space to ex plain but will say that my own timid sensi tiveness has always led mo to say I am not a test medium though as surprising tests of full names have been obtained through me as through any medial instru ment I can say this Tho logic of a por tion of u talk voiced by Ingersoll gave evi dence 10 me twas ho whose thoughts opened my lips and snake Here I will leave the thought for the Blade readers to reflect upon But If you will let mo Mr Editor I will preface by saying Bouour Bob refuted the lecture that I had read aloud in a Pro gressive Thinker of December 17 1899 pur porting to be by Ingersoll through a most noted medium nor do nor did he say aught against the instrument used fcr de ceptive purposes further than that her rev orance was tho cause of attracting a de ceptive spirit Now proceed to read tho words I claim came front R Ingersoll Aunt Allie- Bob Ingersoll stood not by that mo dlums side as said before would never enter through that open dcor Why TIs because that I my principle retain I would not though fame I gained Intrude whore gods are still adored Within that shrine that mediumistic mind lingers a reverence which I scorn Ihere Mr Editor have dared your icuuusi will you to rellect toward spiritualism I had not thought out this my con tribution or I might have hesLated but I j nave ruined tae pen even as eeeaied must tor some good reason The entire talc us spoken immediately I had read uiuud me uiscourse m print nor questioned and as laixen uowa by uiy eoouiuuou um crave clangs to give to iUu uiauu read via u ue grautcu space Unit my own poverty and tile opposition of socaued spiritualist und ir etuougat publications to my own radcui spiritualism has been cause of delay preventing me giving many sAni lar lalics from angels Please note do not class my guides as spirits Attached to tms becitusu that several have written for my address and to thank B 0 lcuton hoc his quotation Air In gtrsolls opinion of the book seek to sell to all classes of minds Keelers Short His tory of the Bble that of Itself makes plain is origin say that tilt price is so nominal that if any send me a dollar Will Hum will return two copies hero give my full address has fit earnest woman who is out for truth and humanityF60005 Parnell Ave Chicago Ill JChicago Ill DAVES LETTER To Hs Dear Heavenly FatherICopyright applied for 1008 by Franklin II Heald My Deer Hevenly Father Is It so thatIwo cant bee a dislpcll of your Jesus un less we hate our Fathers and mothers and our Brothers and Sisers And yea our own life also Did your Jesus hate you and Mary Christ and his ia brothers and sis ters and yea his own life also Joo says ho did in a spiritual cents Papa dont blame him and says he wood of two if he had been Jesus but ho dent now Joe dont oyohcr hate his fokes but he says he cant bccaus lie dont no who they are He was named after his ole mars down in Alabama ho says and his mother was sold as soon as ho was weened and he dont remember her at all but ho thinks she was black Joe is yeller hlssclf He blames you with it and says you dun It all for tho best and for your glory He coated a lot of verses from tine bible to show that it was rlto for you to do it Is it so that you dun it I dont see how you cud get any glory by letting them sell n poor old black woman away from her baby dont no ns I would want to keep Joe If ho was my sun but If was black mite What color Is your Jesus Mine which is Ilazuie is gray Ills mother was gray two What color was Mary Christ j 13IBLUE GRASS BLADE blooded Jew Why dldent you nock Joes brains out on the dare post of there cabin I when he was a baby put him out of his misery Instead of selling his old black mamy dont you think their wood ov been more glory In It for you How many peple hav you killed for the boat wi h this hot wether In New York I wish If you no you wood let me no which yu wanted elect ed Bryan or taft It you will I will put a nickel In the hethen box everry Sunday torn year as ever DAVE DECIDEDLY UNORTHODOX The Granger published at Auburn Neb Is evidently edled by a rationalist In any event he who occupies the tripod can have but small sympathy with orthodox presumptions The following taken from the Granger columns will bear witness TrusIng In the Lord Isa bit of weird sentiment but where or when It has ever been of practical benefit to the ono trust Ing remains to be ascertained Out at Fairfield the Congregational church valued at 5000 sustaned a loss of 2000 In the tornado that came that way on the evening of the 5th Tho Baytst church 4000 building was a total loss and the Christian church a 12000 edifice would have been a total loss had tho trustees trusted In the Lord Instead of the Insurance companies As It Is 8200 await the ac tion of the board Churches most general ly get a large share of the wrecking when tornados or electric storms stalk abroad not because they are dedicated to the Lodr or because of the degree of hollow mockery within their walls but because their height and emptiness Invite the storm king It people had trusted In the 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