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BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVII Number 33 LEXINGTON DECEMBER 6 igo8 Published Weekly nu = = == = = iDEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOJll OF THOUGHT l I 8ThoBlessed Trinity ELJAS ofiJFulhor B 1 MOFFITTkMother and ChildkI I BLUE GRASS BLADEIELIAS B MOFFITT I Written by Clara Moffltt Among the quiet hosts of Freethought In America who without ostentation or display work with quietude and In peaceful strength for advancement of libertys cause are many whose names would be practically unheard of by the great world but for the persist ence and admiration of their personal friends The big waves of old ocean compel attention by sheer force but the smaller though equally as Important waves of that great deep perform their work play their part scarce noticed save by those In close of Freethought Insist that It Is by deeds and not by creeds not by spoken words that the character of the Individ ual Is to be judged and viewed In this splendid light the wrsonul characteristics of he herein described point not only to a life of patient honest toll but those who know him entertan no doubt concerning his Integrity loyalty and patriotism Elias B Moffltt was born near Winchester Randolph county Ind November 7th 1842 He traces his ancestry to Hugh Mof fitt who came from Ireland to the United States and located In North Carolina Grandfather Joseph Moffitt was born In North Carolina in and was a Quaker by birth Eary In his life ho removed to Ohio and located In Rose county where his son Stephen was born June 20 1807 Stephen Moflltt removed with his parents to Indiana at the age of eleven years He was always liberal minded never having united with any church He married Mary Cox of English extraction who was a Quaker- In 1852 on the 2Cth of October she accompanied her husband with nine children to Iowa and located on the farm west of Newton Jasper county now owned by our subject where he has lived for years The hardships endured In the frontier life cannot be expressed and hardly appreciated by the present was nine years old when he made the trip by wagon wth his parents to Iowa where he has received a prac tical education in the common schools Times were hard and he was one to help haul goods from Keokuk Iowa or go to mill forty miles distant which would take two weeks on account of the throng to make the trip with oxen Ho was good at hand ling oxen thus showing his ability early as a farmer Many a day he worked for twentyfive cents Ho was shrewd and saving having learned the value of a dollar In the pioneer days When the war broke out ho showed his patriotism by enlisting In 18C2 In Company K 28th Iowa Infantry and participated in the battles of Port Gibson Vicksburg Jackson Champion Hills the siege of Vicksburg and many other minor engagements After serving twentyone months ho was taken and sent to College Hospital at New Orleans from which he was discharged on account of disability March 23 He returned to the old homestead the place he longed to see that was cared for In his absence by his maiden sister Irene and his two younger brotherstAfter he regained his health somewhat he resumed farming 4- L II He was always successful with stock and engaged in stock raising to such an extent that he became one of the most successful farmers In his locality- In the meantime he had been a great reader and his studies in private have made him a wellinformed man He is nonbeliever in the church having been convinced during the war that religion was kept up principally by an unthinking class that clergymen were in it for the mcney and his chaplain In the war said he was preaching for one hundred and thirteen dollars per month Ho has been a reader of Freethought literature for almost thirty years and is a follower of Tom Paine and Robert Ingersoll The sister Irene Moffitt has shared the hardships of her brother and helped to make the home a center from which radiated many benefits This silvercrowned sister is untiring In her toll and simple In her tastes She Is uncompromisingly opposed to the Christian System but most unselfish In ministering to Its victims She is outspoken in her arraignment of arbitrary methods but most gentle in applying balm to the afflicted She cares nothing for the superficial expressions of society but her nature overflows with hospitality to her neighbors and friends or the strangers that are within their gates Time alone can bring a measure of appreciation which should be given to these campaigners who have made possible the advance of the timid camp followers These sentinels on the picket line who are alert while the rank and file slumbers and who draw the fire of the enemy have but the solace of conscience and an occasional personal appreciation from friendsthat they have put themselves into the work and done their bes- tIr Moffltt has always hugged close to nature with her beauties He loves the products of the farm and owes his success to the clean pure surroundings of the farm and the good broadminded thought extracted from the Freethought literature On Sept 25 1895 our subject married Clara Allen To this union have been born a son on the 17th day of April 1898 and on tho 10th of April 1902 a daughter Miss Amelia Oressa Moffitt who still lives to brighten their home Our subject Is the founder of what is called the Ingersoll Picnic whIch occurs once n year at his grove on Tngersolls birthday On some of these occasions have been delivered able addresses by Charles C Moore J E Remsberg Harriet M Closz and C A Windle These Ingersoll Picnics held In Moffltts Grove have been features of the summers entertainments for many years The originator of the idea has very generously prepared the groundsa natural amphitheatre shaded by the natural growth of timber A substantial structure has been erected to meet the contingency of Inclement weather An artificial lake for boating together with swings and other picnic features makes the resort a pleasant one not alone for this memorial occasion but for parties seeking recreation any time during the season tho entire expense being borne by this practical ben efactor May ho live long la fearlessly defend the rights of liberty IBLUEGRASS BLADE 3 I I What is Orthodoxy ICritical Revew of Some Remarks Made by Rockefellers Imported Preacher By J T Bohon One Chas P Akcd styled a clergyman of unquestioned orthodoxy has been ex ploiting himself in a secular periodical Ho declares that excessive literalism of bibli cal Interpretation may prove a stumbling btoek rather than a prop to Christianity- My nurture and admonition of the Lord was In a denominational factory whoso faculty was composed principally of clergy men of orthodox creed and propagandist was the meat of every sermon preached from New Testament texts Orthodoxy then meant unqualified acceptance of the Bible as Inspired of God Infallible and Incontrovertibly harmonious The geocentric phil osophy was not assailed In any Instruction as Joshua certainly suspended tho move ments of the sun to supply light for more complete slaughter of Tohovahs enemies ntluslon to the four corners nWIJ net to he challenged nut In fnct tho Old Testament was rel egated to the obsolete list and J Christ and Paul supplied the controversial texts Tom Paine was the archInfidel who furnished In his lying prayer the awful fate of an unbeliever and the lake of fire and brim stone wits running full time at the old tanda warning to nil antitypes of Dives nnd Ananias Abraham clasping Lazarus affectionately browsed delightedly around tho great white throne with tho sheep whilst they witnessed tho agonies of the goats begging In vain for n few drops of the water flowing so copiously through their pastures A literal acceptance of the Holy Bible was then orthodoxy Now after half a century the orthodox are thoroughly aligned with tho Infidels of that dav who were then and are now literally orthodox Rev Aked states tho oldtime standard of orthodoxy and then adverts to His torical errors arithmetical mistakes inconsistencies and manifold contradictions and whet Is far worse they find that tho most horrlblo crimes tire committed hy men who calmly plead In Justification of thor terrible misdeeds tho Imperturbable God said Tho heart and conscience of man Indig nanny rebels against the representations of the Most High given In some parts of the Bible What happens Why such men declare are now declaring and will In constantly Increasing numbers declare they can have nothing to do wlthl a book whose errors a child can discover and whose revelation of God partakes at times of the nature of blasphemy against man To such Biblerejection has Bible worship led This was arrogant unmitigated unpar donable blasphemy against God in former times Ho says But the Bible remains the noblest monument of the religious genius of the race It preserves the words of the most truly inspired men of bygone ages It contains the record of the revelation of God and It stands In unapproachable majesty as a volumethe Book of books su perior to all others and Itself a literature not merely Inspired but Inspiring the liter ature of the world Is there no assumption In according hon or to tho truly Inspired men of bygone ages Can the reverend gentleman prove au to various versions and their relations ho explains Inconsistencies ob scurities contradictions due to translators copyists and tho canonicity of the books determined by men of like passions with ourselves some more learned some less learned than we It Is palpably absurd to regard every question disputed for twenty centuries debated by Innumerable councils Jewish Catholic and Protestant adjust ed time after time by tho simple expedient of a majority vote ns so Irrevocably fixed by tho will of divine omnipotence to open any question to reconsider any dence upon which men of other ages took action to travel over the ground trodden by them with their own methods of In quiry and with prayer to the God they wor shipped for the aid of the Spirit for which they begged to do exactly what they did form an Independent judgmentIs a crime so heinous that tho bitterest words In the vocabulary of Christina hate must needs be spoken and tho deadliest weapons In the armory of religious persecution forged against the heretic and sinner The decis ions come to may be rlht They mny bo wrong But they were the decisions of men nnd as such aro subject to criticism and revision equally with any other conclusions In the whole realm of intellectual life This Is a complete surrender to the telligent Froethought of our fathers who were consigned by tho selfrlgbteous of the jCalvin John Knox nnd Cotton Mather brand to eternal and outer darkness In a enough for celestial harpists to recognize onetime friends as they broiled In unavail ing expiation of a few misdeeds done in the body What kind of reasoning do our anthro popathlc guardians servo us The Bible Is declared Gods last will and testament dic tated to holy men of old who wrote as mere amanuenses as automatajust as the faithful scribe writes the will of a finite omnipotent and omniscient Pre sumably as at the close of each days work in his job of creation he said that it was good after reading the proof before OK Ing the copy As the original was filed away without regulation seal and the repository undis covered till the languages in which It and the codicil had been written were dead It appears unreasonble that He should have declined to supervise all the translators and copyists just as Ho did his original agents Tho object of a testator Is to lucidly convey to his executors Just what details of observance he wills Ir posthumous pro ceedings and avoiding prolixity he strives for a simplicity and perspicuity of phrase ology which preclude all possibility of con rovers The Introductory declaration of most wllli is to the soundness of the testators mind It Is reasonable that an uneducated unfor tunate shall get his metaphors mixed and fall to express wishes as clearly as desired but tho creator of tho language and its grammar should be able to forestall merce nary quibblers who seek to Invalidate a valuable document by strained construc tions and equivocal Interpretations The original and standard testatorom nipotent omniscient and ubiquitous capriciously discontinued association with his beloved children and heirs nnd so va guely expressed details of his divine will for their eternal salvation that more than a thousand emissaries aro before the courts each clamoring for a decision In ac cordance with his particular Interpretation All concede validity of tho document but plead errors of translators mistakes of copyists and general Imperfections And why dd an affectionate Intelligent testator encumber his will with such vol umes of Irrelevant Incongruous Incorrect Incomprehensible matter when tho asserted crux of tho farrago Is so plain that a fool can comprehend l TADEIj BLUE GRASS God s ways are not as our ways is not a satisfying answer- Anthropomorphism and nnthropopathy cant be eliminated from contemplation of the God In whose image man Is created and what a man similarly endowed would do under similar circumstances will ob trude Is there an intelligent and impartial human being who furnishes the material and tools and commissioned to regulate the universe wouldnt improve on much of his environmentsIt that the Rev Aked ached too solemn a theme for punningfor noto riety In seeking secular publicity and if Jno D doesnt formulate charges of heresy of rankest character we shall be moved to exclaim with the cultured and dignified U S Senator Where are we at The clergy has atrophied amazingly with in a generations limit Theodore Parker Henry Ward Beecher Phillips Brooks Spurgeon J Alex Dowie anti many com peers nave cashed In liven Sam Jones and Talmadge are not left to maintain the spectacular side of the pulpit and Billy Sunday Aked and similar rushlights are left with the burden of theology Billy Is an orthodox hummer who exploits an un abridged argot and billingsgate whilst Rev Aked is a dignified heretic though billed as of unquestioned orthodoxy- In a little w lIe apologists will have re tired to the outer bounds of clvllzitlon and the Testament will be decided a flagrant forgery in its claims of inspiration and infalllbllty When mothers cease to saturate credu lous children with the fictions of the Bible as facts and teach superstitious stuff as miracles the dawn of commonsense will have burst effulgent and humanltarlansm will Ftinpant the Cross and Its vicarious twaddleIt Incredible that an educated mother can conscientiously encourage a child to believe the absurd fiction of Jonahs gourd vine and Include Its companion piece of Jack and His Bonn Stalk with nursery fairy loreeA heritage from my grandfather Is a pon derous compendium of biblical commentar ies which amaze In the demagogic evasions omissions assumptions and subterfuges of commentatorsholy men of modern times whoso mission was to establish that har mony so indispensable and essential to the assumption of Infallibility Simply careful not critical reading of scriptures suffices to disillusion the Inquiring unless so bigoted a believer as lately declared he KNOWS there Is harmony In the contradic tion of John V404144 though ho cant explain It The Blade Is an eyeopener which de serves circulation wherever a Bible Is read Hustonvllle Ky Is Healds Astronomy Correct Questions and Criticisms Put Upon the Capable Author of Procession of Planets By D Leahy- think am free to say dont like Mr Healds astronomy the least little hit He asks If the planets are not falling what other possible force can compel them to move That is not the kind of question a person posted In physical law would be ex pected to ask Suppose wo place a horseshoe magnet and a needle upon a level plane the needle being beyond the reach of the magnets power Will the needle fall to the magnet Suppose we move the needle within the sphere of the magnets Influence will the movement of the needle be the result of a fall or the result of a pull There Is no up and down In spnceno bottom and top Matter moves inward to a center and outward to a circumference This rule is absolutely universal It is a rule In a community of human beings as well as In a solar system Centrifugal force Is duo to the tendency of a moving body to move In a straight line Moving bodies are subject to restraint when they move along curved lines That Is the reason why a rail road track Is made to form an inclined piano around a curve The level plane is gradually shaded Into the Inclined plane and that again Into a level plain where the train reaches a straight line Centrifugal force or the tendency to leave the track at the tangent ought to lie enough to con vince any one that a planet lees not fall to tho sun of Its own volition It falls to the sun because It Is pulled by the sun The shortening of the orbit proves noth ing for Mr Healds theory Is not due to the supposed fact that the body is falling It is accounted for another waveA planet is hold in check by counter attraction The growth and development of the sun serves to overcome tho counter attraction The nlanet moves in as the attractive power Increases and the counter attraction wanes I venture to assert that If when expert minting with the magnet and needle the magnet Is made to move rapidly as If mov ing on Its axis the needle will also show a tendency to move along a curved line tn reach the magnet The solar system Is like a machine made up of cogwheels The rotary motion of a planet Is evidently duo to Inherent force This Is most as suredly true of the sun This motion orig inates when the planet is in a gaseous state and dies away as the planet cools and congeals A rotary motion is Imparted where two particles of matter are drawn together by affinity And here Is where the rotary motion of a planet originates- An orbit is the result of attraction and counter attraction The sun is a growing body that Is grad ually absorbing its satellites and Is gaining in heat Instead of losing it I venture to assert that planets or suns are formed in a vast field of nebulae prac tically Independent of one another The larger and more attractive body gradually becomes the center or sun and growing In size and power by aborptlon This hypoth esis appears true to me because all growth is the result of absorption And this Is a universal law Only dead bodies disintegrate and throw off their parts A meteor Is part of a integrating planet A live planet throws Healds astronomy seems to me to be a strange mixture of fact and fallacy and shows a lamentable failure to grasp the meaning of physical law I therefore respectfully suggest that Dave and his deer erthly paw Join the Corre spondence School and post up THAT SWEET STORY OF OLD By The Chaplain One day so they say In a time far away Far away In the dim mystic past- A Savior was born In the morn all forlorn Neath the roof of a stable manger cast Quite absurd lie n third so Ive heard A Father and a Son and a Ghost That beats me so you see Im up a tree Waiting for the fires of the lost Loosing sleep No I keep both my feet Neath the blankets of the bed where tis warm Then I say to the day hie away Im off for a sleep till the morn Addendum Brother Clark what a lark In thodark I presume it was dark when the ghost Came around on tho ground and Mary found Till Joseph Imagined she was lost tBLUEGRASS BLADE 5 IBibles Brutes and Beasts How Certain Parts of Holy Writ Looks to One Who Is Capable of Thinking for Himself By E Galke Reading a religious paper lately somo writer said The followers of the meek and lowly yea are magazines of concealed white lightning When people acquire enough spiritual understanding to believe that of themselves then they will soon be able to believe that Thomas Paine was a filthy little infidel and when people reach that stage once then they can wleiiio around any fact and are willing to believe that with gods hell they could wiggle through and fro the earth all around tho universe wear the sun for a sunbonnet lock the moon In the bottomless pit to keep the man In tho moon from stealing their bonnet and do all that In less time than It takes a hen to crow When they say they believe the Bible they really mean the men that wrote the Bible They ought to try and find out who and what manner of men they were that wrote the Bible since on these men rests the responsibility as to the truths of Bible history Take Moses for Instance tho posed author of tho first five hooks of the Bible and consequently the first Inspired writer tho man of all men since on this man or his authorized biographers state ments say tho narratives of tho creation the flood tho ten commandments the his tory of tho children of Israel up to tho tlmo of his death and burial by god Christ or rather god during his sojourn on this earth as tho son of man Is quoted as referring to Moses Now let us see what great deeds ho has performed besides thoso that art preached about in tho churches Taking tho Bible for It Num ch tells of him as handing 16000 virgins over to the tender mercies of 12000 warriors of tho lord to do with them as they please after these obedient heroes had killed tho fathers mothers down to the little baby brothers of 32000 virgins at tho express command of Moses Just compare Orchards or Mrs Guinness records in that lino What a divine motive for ordering the killing of at least a 100000 poor unfortunate helpless human beings of all ages just reserving 32000 virgins to reward the beastly brutes that could debase themselves to do it What a slur on ones own Integrity of character to accept anything no matter how good or how bad from tho hands of n human being that could do that And yet wo are asked l to believe Implicitly tile statements of such person or be damned To taluk of the many minions of kindhearted people if they had to witness such a tragedy wire powerless to prevent It it would break their hearts and yet they are willing U beingkusplredSome kindhearted orthodox believer cently wrote See poor Robert Ingersoll standing at the grave of his brother without any hope of ever seeing nim again What u diffcrenco of sentiment In comparison with the brutal remark mado about Thomas Pane being a filthy little Infidel both or thodox While one speaks the truth about Ingersoll the other utters a vile slander But what a consolation for a Christian to andbo conic from god whicn tire handed to them originate by tho hands of a man who Is credited with being the star actor In a deed as afore mentioned infidelhate pityyoustar performer Moses and including the sub lJtoa giventhemn thc peril of their own They could perform killhhnchildren so two sho bears kill of them etc as easy as soma people say their pray ImplicitlytheirYou star believers mid tho men you ploy to goad you on to believe what murderers wrote when driven to tho last ditch Say we must or else wo could or commit all kinds of crime If we had no geilariously t man In the back and all you have to do is to uric forgiveness of your heavenly father and then have tho Impudence to speak e future punishment HOW CHILDLIKE By Helen 41 Phllbrick Noting with amusement in tho Blade tho childs question to her Rev Papa as to whether god told him what to write re minds mo of n remark by ono of my little friends In Minnesota Daughter of pious parents well coached In religious duty and yet more fond of ICObwhite Sunday dress covered with mud spatters and from past experience knew i sho would meet with severe reproof for her carelessness Thinking very prudently to thetlessonsdthat it was thatJesusactions and also that he was supposed to beauurul herther mother looked with unfeigned horror at her be spattered gown and In a tone of deep grav wouldntJesus HIiealdtoldthea word because ho wan especially fond of playing In the dirt was born out In tho twasuttered So easy It Is for humanity to con scelve an Ideal and then hunt up most any old thing to represent It FREETHOUGHT FUNERALS IN THE HOUR OF GREAT r NEEDIFollowing is a list of the names and addresses of Liberal speakers who are pre theremainsOn account of probable delay It would telegramJosephine StreetCillclllllatl TomorrowrJohn II Charlesworth Lexington Ky KansasAJ C iinnnon 3575 Wallace St PafOHConn Is Bound to Like the Blade IOWAWould you kindly send me some sample copies of different dates of your paper as soon as convenient I am a Freethinker and woulu like to subscribe for a journal that expresses my views Eugene C Meyeo BLUE GRASS BLADE II 11 Editor Footes Reply to Bernardj Shaw Able and Critical Review of the Novelsti Defense of his AUtude Concerning- the Orthodox Religion From Loiidou Freethinker There is no need for me to answer Mr Shaws letter with another letter It wilt stated last week tha preferred to treat hit letter as public What have to say hi rejoinder may therefore appear in the present form without any detriment to our personal relations which are perfectly me begin uy complimenting Mr Shaw on his good temper A smaller and less sensible man might easily have taken offense at some of my criticisms Mr Shaw is magnanimous enough to recognize that the personal equation is really the most trilling element in these controversies- Let me next say that I am delighted tc be able to print this letter from Mr Shaw It clears up a good many matters which were obscure and perplexing It leaves some points dubious but these may be cleared up hereafter On the whole I think I had better make out a srt of profit and loss account and then go on to consider the future of affairs On the credit side we may first of all place Mr Shaws strong denunciation of the Blasphemy Laws and his Intense loath- Ing of popular Christianity On these matters his attitude is all that could be desired My only regret is that he did not find an opportunity to tell the nation what ho thought of the blackest spot in English public life when I was fighting hard to defeat the last blasphemy prosecution in the early part of this year know very well that Mr Shaw is no cow ard he may have concluded that he could do no good Just then but in that case think he was mistaken The credit side also includes the expla nation of how Mr Shaw found Christ This part of his letter ought in common honesty to be reproduced in the Christian Commonwealth That Journal made all the capital it could out of his address at the City Temple It stuck him up as one of Mr Campbells converts and paraded him on its very contentssheet as the Joint of the billoffare Well it appears that Mr Shaw only found Christ in the sense that he once thought the Gospels pure tion whereas he now believes they may contain a little biography There may have been an actual preacher called Jesus s JI or bcvvu or uigut iiracucrs coiled jesus uilk nub Ucst liUimliji wliU tilt uriuouox tutory mo aero ot toe r gilt Gospels it does not even liming sir aiiav appreciably nearer air Campbell as a JllrdHwotIlpperror that is what tit oracle of the City Temple really Chrlsi is Mr Campbells ailluall it is thruuph Christ Wilt he anew uuythlu God Take away Christ and ills tock ln trade as a theologian is exhausted Mr Shaws attitude towards Cunst is very ferent He Is us far oil the deity ol Christ as ever On this point as he says himself there is no change in his religious opinions And this Is tile only point that matters to Mr Campbell and the Christian Commonwealth We may say then that the credit side ol the account is fairly satisfactory And now for the debit side In one sense the debit side is compllcat ed in another sense it is very simple Behind all Mr Shaw explanations qualifications and reservations behind all Ills curious and even fantastic criticism ol Freethought and the National Secular So cietylies the fact that ho is Inclining more and more to a Theistic interpretation of the universe This Is not altered by his still using language which is essentially Atheistic Such language is a survival from his more iconoclastic past When you Inquire where a man is going it is Importan to know the road he is on Twenty years ago when I felt obliged to criticise Mrs Besants newfound Theoso ply I explained what the road was which she had entered and where It led If she went forward Many oCher Secularist friends thought I was too severe but they were not long In discovering that my se verity was merely tho expression of unwelcome truth It gave me no pleasure to In dicate where Mrs Besant was going It gives me no pleasure to indicate where Mr Shaw seems to be going The one conso lation I have In his case Is the hope that he will pull up In time and cheat tho chuck ling supernaturallsts Having disposed substantially of the profit and loss account I proceed with tho rest of my task Mr Shaw still holds that the Gospels are works of fiction There Is history In Henry V and there may he some biography in the evangelistic narratives but Shakespeare wrote a drama and the evan gelists wroto a religious epic I take it that rill mis is Mr Saaw s position must regard wuai no says about Mr JampueU a recon struction of a credibly msioncai Jesus as inanity a personal compKuieut Air tiliaw is prouauiy aware tuat Mr Campbells jesus Is one of a hundred modern recoil btiucuoiis venture to pass all that by cud to nx attention on the theory which ur bnaw btill entertains as a literary pert wilt the uobpels are works of art Tnis Is what I nave been saying all along The nero of the Gospels is a construction of early Christian Imagination through sev eral generations This is toe justification of reethought Iconoc asm and I am sur prised that Mr Shaw does not see It We nave no quarrel with the Gospels when they are accepted as literature Ve oppose them as history and doctrine They are respon sible as such for the mess of mean super stitions which aro rammed down tho J throats of children in this country It is obvious therefore that if Biblesmashing Is tetanus it is still necessary We should have to go in for Shakespearesmashing If Hamlet were Imposed upon the nation as a work of divine authority Mr Shaw imagines just as the common garden Christian does that Secularists live on negation It ought to occur to him for he has a vivid and subtle intelligence that every negative Implies a positive and every denial an nfllrmatlon Feuurbach well said that he denied the Illusions of theology In order to alllrm the realities of nature Those who drop God have a positive sub stitute In Humanity If they read the Bible less they read other great literature more- morsonK poetical way of putting it is that when the halfgods go the gods arrive Tluro Is something Inexpressibly comical In tho idea that the man who regards the Book of Jonah as Inspired Is In a positive state of mind while the man who laughs at Its Inspiration and much prefers Gullivers Travels Is In a negative condition Mr Shaw Is profoundly right In saying that tho clearing away of false solutions brings you face to face with the problems This is another justification of Freethought Iconoclasm Is it not true throughout the civilized world that tine then who grapple with the problems of life tire the men who havo dismissed the false solutions If wo aro mado for heaven wo aro lost for earth In that epigram Ingersoll sums up tho whole situation Continued on Page BLADEIBLUE GRASS Men Mites and Things yea maoe jnc nc itiaue the other et tor oat rurpobe and Under what Motive By John clarke When we see tne mites that Infest the setting hens and cousiUer tout cacti one of tnese puny plague ia uu tinny m useli uu independent organism we are astouuueu that so wee a UiiUg can live and tliiiiK let cacti one of these tiny devils is provided wltn brain stomach eyes and legs 1tIas much a creation as man Is Perhaps the breast of a neu is the mite as a 100acro farm is to a mail Ttiu iias means of locomotion although it wound take It ail nour to move au Inch lu journeying from the neck towards the rlgat wing of the hen Perhaps the mite Imagines that when It encircles the hens body that It has only moved over a plaue and not around u spheroid Tiius a mite may be as ignorant as the mass of men of years ago were If god made man he also made the mite Perhaps there are fleas that inhabit gods ophod and tantalize tho deity while he Is resting upon the seventh day Gods hair may be coarser than a horses mane and may be inhabited by sacred vermin as large as cockroaches and have as little sense as the mites that live on hens bodies Does the mite have a soul I will answer my question by another question Would god go to the trouble to make or create a mite and breath the breath of life into the nostrils of the Adammite and then not blow in a soul The mite is wonder fully and fearfully made He was also prayerfully made for god who exacts prayer from man and mite surely prays to his god There is an endless chain of gods for no god made himself nor even gave out the contract for nls making The thunder is said to be gods voice How does god roll the thunder off his tongue Is his tongue corrugated so as to give tho reverberations or are the reverberations echoes made by tho cuss words cutting into the rocks on tho mountains When the lord swore a great swear did that make the earth quake Does god ever stop to think how wonderfully and fearfully ho Is made Won der If ho prays to tho ultra god Did god repent wnen ho made tho first mite How long did the Adammite have to wait for tho Adam rooster to bo created for his breakfasts I wonder if the chicken thinks that god Is a fool for creating mites Does man think that god was bughousn when ho turned his creative genius toward lico license Is ho a licentious or a Ho scudcous goa t lets the unto Know Dots the man ViilcU knows tile most about gOlttlle man or the mite Does tho mite believe that it was created in gods image Does the maneating tiger know that it Is eating the Image ot god when It consumes a human being Wonder If some tiger got god by mistake for man and garnished the mnurtlger with the flavor of deity God ought to taste hue a sugarcured hum because he has had sweet savors and hickory smoke enough sent up to him to make him a very delectable morsel for a hungry tiger This may account for the soul of god being mixed with the spirit of the tiger Also for the tigers disposition Perhaps In entering the body of the tiger he was sym bolizing tho eucharist If god did not enter tho tiger as Jonah entered the whale where the whale did lie go Did ho go to Stand ard Oil lie has not benzine for a long time The oldest Inhabitant could not identify him When did god live After ho died When did god die Before he was born Thus we see that ho had a miraculous be ginning and a wonderful ending Did the celebrated cockrobin witness his death Did the eye of the fly see him die Did the bull toll the bell as his spirit went towell will drop the subject for It is getting too deep LOOKING FOR NOTHING By J Frautz have roamed the world around And been on Planet Mars went from there up to the Sun Then visited all tho stars- I have been searching for a power Greater than we are A God we call him down on earth Not seen near nor far I have roamed tho Universe Within space far away Have been on all tho meteors And in the Milky Way I have been searching everywhere For heaven god and hell Ive asked thOm all up there But none of them can tell have roamed around tho earth On water and on land I inquired of every one On every continent have been asking greatest men And all geologists 1IhoseTho greatest scientists i have roamed the U S A And went from town to town went on mountains down m caves f Ana searched them all around I searched through the geography And looked through all the maps- have been searching everywhere In earths weary depths Yes searched hard everywhere For a heaven god and hell have been asking everyone But none of them can tell Have you seen them above Or anywhere below have inquired of men on stars But their response was no What are these some animals That you are trying to Hud Are they human birds or snakes Or visions of your mind I told them neither do we know What these things consist of Whether spirits vision matter Or some other stuff only know god to be worshipped- By every Ignorant one That some do worship him through Jesus And others through the sun Some do worship Mohammed Confucius and the moon Somo do worship money gods And do their fellows ruin Some of them are hypocrites And to church will go Either for some business sake Or their clothes to show Then asked thoso men above If they have any faiths If they do worship any gods And who their things creates If we would worship they did respond Wo would In somethln good Wed worship In a loaf of bread Or In some other food To them It seems ridiculous They cant of myths conceive They do not at all comprehend How wo in such believe And so Ive been trying hard But none of them can tell There are no 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SOLID FAITH There is something worthy of admiration in one who believing an absurdity having divine sanction affirms his belief in spite of physical facts and confesses that under his belief in divine guidance and sanction he would con tinue to believe oven though the absurdity should be multiplied in intensity and incredibility Chicago can boast one preacher of that ilk and Chicago ought to feel proudof him He is certainly a hummer There is no skepticism about hint or connected with his thinking apparatus As a matter of fact ho doesnt think Ho doesnt have to JJe merely believes and accepts the entire dose in the most childish faith lie is simplicity and orthodoxy combined He balks at any sort of halfway belief He swallows it all entire and complete This is as 1 a preacher should bo or get out of the pulpit Therefore no is consistent But lew preachers can bOast of consist encyilus is wily wo suggest that Uhicugo ought to proud oi linn ills name is Kev A U Inxou and 1eelIreported as being pastor of the Chicago Avenue mcago iius was formerly ALoouy s church and he is unuumiy u worthy successor ucv oJixon not only believes that the whale swallowedI oonaii but ho would believe if the Bible so recorded that uouaii swallowed the whale it need be lie auinits it to be a miracle but declares that miracles are necessary to strengthen the faith ol the confiding believer and he must inueeu bo of the most confidingortitIleast so saying that nothing is impossible with god must be couceued that he is bound to believe the J onallnurn anti that god caused bears to eat up little children for piiung inn at a baldheaded prophet In lact itev Dixon alter sonic remarKs on the Jonah episode says 11 Almighty Ood had needed a hsh big enough to swallow not only Jonah but the crew and tho ship on winch ho was sailing ho was equal to the emergency ox maKing such a lash and preserving both ship and crew unuer the water for three days Is it too much to say mat such a Jot if he wished to do it could make an animal largo enough to swallow the globe and fly through space with it f U o tiro purposely extravagant 1 in language m order that you may exalt the Omnipo tent laud Let puny man stand dumb before him Let Human weakness not presume to measure his power nor human wisdom to compass his knowledge bulncieut unto the power and gloryof Dixons god is Dixon s expression of belief lie is entitled to a front seat tine heavenly opera boulle One can leathers alreauy sprouted upon his sanctified shoulUer1t anu ere long he may be able Elijahlike to soar in the seventh stratum of heavenly bliss Such a statement is a complete answer to every scientiliu objection Demonstra tion is unnecessary The Herbert Spencers the Haeekeld and the Darwins to say nothing of lugersoll all lived and worked in vain Of course they did not know Dixon But that cuts small ice foj Dixon knows his god and it is pre sumed that god knows Dixon alsoITHE BLADE AND ITS FUTURE Being sensible of the great truth contained in the a which insists that there is but little uso in crying oerIspilt milk wo have reached tho determination to steadily forward in the publication of the Blade under itsiexisting business arrangement in the hope that its friends we 1Abeen said to show the exact truth of the situation We also feel it to be a duty wo owe to our readers mIll to ourselves LIirrJ BLUE GRASS BLADE lin offering this explanation for suggesting the organi zation of u corporation and cruel Matters couuccieu whit tho first of January liJVIJ We paperI tile sum ol i2ouyoi or uu liiis io estimated up to aiiU PULJl1CUUOUIlowing blitchiug wrapping mailing postage paper cost ox making cuts for pictures carrying oil the iitxcaoury cur rcapoiiueiiee amounts to tpaUOUU per mouth or a total of poouU fur tile year Assuming that the balance 01 oNoveiii uer and December will average tile same receipts as tile fprccollmg ten mouths wo will tall behind at tile end of the year iUUUo or an average delicieney of poooJ per KeptIearnIeven living expenses the papers resources eu cieney lUlU to bo made up with borrowed money and it was tae approaching maturity of the obligations thus assumed that alarmed us to the extent of bringing it before our readers Uloso friends of the Blade have suggested tile advisability of raising a fund of 1000 with which to meet this indebt 2cUuo and wo can but express the hope that such might t dune Such a fund would relievo the Blade of pressing anxiety and enable those at the helm to face the future with a more cheerful aspect PRIESTS POLITICIANS PLUNDEK hat u mighty and powerful triumvirate when arrayed i- against people Priests preachers and politicians ever consistent part ners in iniquity have wherever possible combined to rob and plunder the masses No vice wits too vicious offense against the moral law too black but what the church has made it a source of revenue and profit while the politician has stooda ready and willing tool in its hands to aid in the nefarious work Those of our readers who have carefully studied the lines of Judge Parish B Ladd in his recent series of articles Iou Striking a Balance Sheet now concluded could not to bo impressed with the vice of tho clergy combined with ignorance during the middle ages und tho fearful results that fell upon tho people But wo need not revert to tho middle ages to find such examples for if current reports from the Philippine Islands bo true even worse conditions have been found to exist in that ChribtiiuicurseJ land where monks and friars abound to their great glory und the detriment of tho people Once a priest always a and the characteristics that marked holy orders in and years gone govern them to a great extent 1pricdttoday writing these lines I have before me a copy of the National Prohibitionist the official organ of the National Prohibition Party published at New York the issue of Ji J November 5 1908 In its colums is an article written from Manila designated as special correspondence bear ing postdate of September 5 The article is entitled Light on tho Philippines It is not signed but it is presumed the editor konws the author and willvouch for the truth of tho facts it undertakes to relate and expose In tiny event it is certain that it was written by one in authority in that party for it speaks of the task that was duly assigned to him and that after making a care ful inquiry into the subjectmatter in controversy assisted by two wellknown missionaries he asserts that he is in a position to know Accepting this dicta of authority and assuming that his credentials for veracity are without ques tion tho writer goes on to relate how the church in the Philippines under the sanction of the American govern ment is reaping an annual profit from vice by certifying to it and issuing permits for its very exstence On this point ho says In any event whatever was the motive the system of supervising and taxing prostitution in this city is now car ried on for tho American government by tho Archbishop through St Pauls Hospital and the active anent of tho Archbishop is a United States army chaplain by the name of Murphy who was detailed by Secretary Taft as the Archbishops private secretary Under the system as carried on by the church for tho government every woman engaged in a life of vice is obliged to be registered and to live in a certain zone and to report regularly for examination at the St Pauls Hospital and to pay a tax or license fee Every inmate of a disrep utable house pays five pesos 250 in American money and every keeper ofsuch a house pays twentyfive pesos 1250 in American money each month The hospital authorities are believed to make a good thing out of this A gentleman who has carefully examined the matter asserts that there is a not rakeoil of every month for Chap lain Murphy and Archbishop Harty unless perhaps they divvy up with tho United States officials or send it all to Home or have contributed it to tho Tuft campaigns fund Tho permits Lire issued to prostitutes by a police captain upon an agreement to pay these specified fees Any woman found engaged in prostitution without police permits and tiny women who do not report regularly for medical ex amination at tho Catholic Hospital arc fined by tho United States government There are at tho present moment not less than twenty women in prison hero for violation of these regulations Moralists may well stand aghast at such a system of spoliation Any church or any institution religious or otherwise that enters into a financial partnershipwith vice for profit must stand forever condemned in tho eyes of honest people That the American government should even tolerate such a system much less to give it official sanction is almost unthinkable It is a monumental crime against irtro Wo do not know the name or calling of the author of the lines above quoted but we assume that he is u H 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE I Protestant preacher perhaps some sort ofa missionary struggling for a foothold in the Philippines and we are further justified in the presumption that ho wits specially assigned to the Philippines for the purpose of investigating the system exposed Ao need then to uuuru the ashes of the deador plunge into the musty tomes of history to find facts for condemna tion of Christian practices liere we have a prurient partnership between Christ andcrime preachers politicians and plunder This is at the beginning of the twentieth century not in sonic remote age when ignorance ruled with despotic sway As for the intimation or inference concerning the disposition of the money thus collected from vice it is of no moment The one important question is that it was col lected actually found Its way into the church cotters and the ignominy comes from the fact that Secretary Tuft now the Presidentelect gave his sanction to the system only to bo ratified by President Roosevelt thus making tho Ameri 5cau government a sort of political godfather of this child of tained money Well may Dr Gladden Attorney Alouuett and others who have denounced the use of taiued money by the church denounce such nefarious traf liickiug in vice Oula sanctified hypocrisy would refuse a donation from a Rockefeller and take and enjoy the use of money collected from sources as above indicated puny of our readers will doubtless have read through the columns of the daily press concerning the peculations of J udge Booe of iieutucKy formerly an assistant auditor of the State An estimate is now given that his stealings willapproximate lUUUUO and yet it is a matter of record that ho donated a portion of this money stolen from the people deliberately to the amount of to build a church in Fleming county and then gave an additional s15U toward the purchase of a suitable organ Tainted money Hardly any worse than the Philippine taint except that it did not have the government sanction NATURE AND HUMAN NATURE When the theologian undertakes to discuss the character istics or peculiarities of human nature he exhibits a marked tendency to deal with human nature as being something totally different and separated from by clearly defined boundaries the universe outside of man lien the rationalist or Freethinker who cheerfully ac cepts evolution approaches the same subject he realizes that man enjoys a few arts selfacquired selfattained but beyond these he has absolutely nothing which he is not compelled to share in common with all sentient life it is natural and inevitable that these widely differing sets of opinions should be altogether incompatible but as the dark shadows flee before the approach of the sun so do ancient forms of thought disappear when confronted by natural and physical fact True indeed there is an impassable gulf between man and brute but that is duo alone 4IJl to the fact that tho environment surrounding the origin and uuveiopiuent oi me human specie were vastly superior and uuu man uas worked out a mentality wliicn the brute can uc or acquire gull appears widest us we contrast and uumjjuru great geniuses among men the sweet and ton uur emotions 01 muividual men and women with the ten uencies oi the lerocious brute world and yet there was a uuy ana a time when man himself was but little removed acutiment and emotion mentality and morality from uiu louriooted denizens of the jungle jLiiore is certainly comfort in the thought that man with ma vastly superior mentality though yet imperieet is in no ucgraucd Iroin his high estate by reason of the fact milt no ia a direct descendant of some naked savage an ixator a bestial barbarian Neither is it necessary that the maionaii should cover Iroin our sight and Knowledge the aiow pamiul and tortuous paths that man has trod in order to reach ills present high prominence in organized ine lor Lila higher he climbs the greater glory the more brilliant me conquest and the more inspiring must be the story ol ma career Uceause man has ascended iron humble and iuuy uugmuiugs is no argument against hint because a aiuuy oi mo individual nature oi man may reveal aelusu j1131011i and merge appetites it does not follow that no auouiu auandon Ills laudable ellorts and endeavors to load a iiouio Hie AS Sir John 1yudal once wrote Is mother iuvo vile because a Lieu shows it or fidelity base because cogs possess iti Laying aside hereditary prejudices and passions we are noneatly impelled to take the position that if hellish pus aious and tierce appetites are attributes of man and these unquestionably appear then he could not and cannot be otja uivino origin lor uivmity which implies perfection nut nave wrought might so irail and impelled in the lowly humble and ignorant stock from which man has sprung we hud tho beat and greatest evidences of his present great splendor and in his long and weary march from the past wo Hud reasonable and solid grounds for a belief in a still higher still grander greater and nobler future in support oi tins thought we again quote Prof Tyudal who says Our reverence for the nobility of manhood will not be lessened by tho knowledge that man is in substance and in structure one with the brutes j for ho alone possesses the marvellous endowment of intelligible and rational speech whereby in the secular period of his existence ho has slowly accumulated and organized tho experience which is almost wholly lost with the cessation of every individual life in other animals so that now he stands raised upon it as on a mountain top far above the level of his humble fellows and transfigured from his grosser nature by reflect ing hero and there a ray from tho infinite source of truth The London Freethinker edited by G W Foote presi dent of the National Secular Society has reproduced tho major portion of the biographical sketch of John Emerson Roberts recently published in our columns Extracts from IBLUEGRASS BLADE Mr Roberts published lectures have frequently been given thoroughly111111111ur PUT YOUR HARNESS ON Although the proposition to publish the address of Presi dent Otto Uettsteiu before the Lanai Dover convention form ofu brochure has been before the jUaterialistAsso ciation lor several weeKs wo have no information concern ing the progress that is being made in that direction A large number oi reotlnukers have written letters encouraging the plan and offering to purchase the brochure in liberal quantities bur purposes of distribution but we pre sume the ohicers oi the Materialist Association are m need ox tile iuuus necessary to that end 1reethmkers as well as others cannot fail to realize that nu extort at serious propaganda no step towards an enlarge ment ol our missionary enterprises can possibly succeed without the nuncJUlmcans necessary to put it into active operation Ao hell to threaten no heaven to bribe no crown oi thorns as an atonement for our shortcomings we too ireqiiently stand back and allow others to do the work wherein wo should render all possible assistance Secular organizations Materialist associations and Freethought publications all demand attention and need a liberal sup port if they are to mako a success of their selected duties the light is not being made for one alone but for allan all should take a hand in the struggle to the end that mental emancipation may ensue and the powers of orthodoxy in us effort to restrict and limit liberty may be successfully curtailed But a small sum is necessary from each to secure the publication of the brochure and it would be a happy present for the New Year if Secretary 13liven could be assured of the necessary funds to put the address in the desired form Then whnot put on the actual working harness and make yourself felt in the cause of Freedom DATE OF DEBATE CHANGED The dates for the joint debate between the Blades Editor rand Rev Leander S Keyser at Canal Dover will have to be changed These were originally fixed at February llth and liith 1909 but as the anniversary of Lincolns birthday fulls upon the 12thand as arrangements have been completed for a Lincoln celebration on that day it was discovered that a conflict would arise and the committee in charge is now considering other dates Due announcement will bo made as soon as an agreement has been reached We have suggested Monday and Tuesday of the same week which will place the debate for February Sth and Oth JUDGE LADD TO WRITE FURTHER Judge Parish B Ladd that eminent historian andwriter has advised the Blade that ho is now preparing another series of articles for publication in our columns and those who have read his recent articles on Striking a Balance Sheet will doubtless await his further contributions with considerable pleasure and interest The Blade congratu lutes itself upon having so distinguished writer on its list ofcontributors and anticipates much good to result from his articles THANKSGIVING Tile Blade may be justified in assuming that if Freethinkers in America had occasion to regard the annualcrop of Thanksgiving proclamations it was for the purpose of giving thanks because all our liberties are not yet destroyed and there are possibilities that by unitedeffort an exten sion of those liberties we now enjoy may bo secured But unless Freethinkers put their shoulders to the wheel they havingiso 0 0 to 0 harness and show by your works not by prayers and faith that you mean business BIBLE IN THE SCHOOLS The Bible ought not to be read in the public schools If tho deacons and pastor of the Southside Christian church in this citaro consistent men they must now petition thin Board of Education to prohibit Bible reading altogether in the schools under their charge Tho church above named recently held a joint debate among tho young men members of its literary society The subject was Resolved that the Bible should be taught in the public schools Tho debate was held and at its close the judges announced that tho negative side of the proposi iItion had wonIEven a step in church affairs Now lettthem cut out religious exercises of any character forbid teachers to talk god Jesus Christ or the creation of Adam and Eve and wo will be getting along swimmingly Owing to pressing duties in the Blade ollice we have been compelled to abandon the proposed lecture tour into In diana and all engagements secured has been cancelled If conditions appear more favorable during January and February or about the tinge of the Canal Dover debate other engagements for lectures will bo sought in both Ohio and Indiana anda general Freethought propaganda indulged in Several have written from Ohio for lecture appoint ments and these will be given every consideration so far as the editorial duties will admit oftill absence from the office for any length of time New local clubs are expected to bo organized during this spring campaign and Free thinkers aro urged to an activity and an interest in this behalf o I BLADEI12 BLUE GRASS EDITOR FOOTES REPLY TO CERNARD SHAW Continued tom Page Atheists are uot Usgatoulsts because they refuse to utter Suiuooituis about tile Unknown They slave au emit rallY matters all that is rtaily pusitvtoLaunii0wii- When I am respeciiuiy iivued to explain the universe repij teat i tave taut job to greater and more umuuious intellects They have been engaged on it for thous ands of years and they have iot been par ticularly successful When they have laud in sight and are agreed about it I shall bo happy to listen to them Atheism simply means without God and It does not die wneu God is dead It lives and possesses the Held What dies in the final victory of Atheism is Atheistic propaganda It is no longer needed Mr Shaw does not use the word God yet But I fear he is on tte way to it He believes in a conscious i ife iorce a Creative Will or Purpose and lie rightly judges that this places nia nearr iiij inelst than any Atheist At tile same time he calls it a penetrating remark of mine that God is in process of manufacture Without dis puting the adjective I may repeat that tne remark is Atheistic God as an objectve reality cannot be in process of manufac ture the expression can only apply to a subjective reality a conception an Ideal Grant Allen proposed to ohnsten his book The Evolution of God at Spencers sug gestion he christened it Tho Evolution of the Idea of God It was more words for the same thing- Everybody considers his guss about the infinite as vastly important Mr Shaw does But he must try to pardon me for not accepting it at his own valuation He does not refer to what people are far more Interested Ina future fe Mr Shaw has powerfully repudiated this doctrine In the preface to Major Barbara agree with all he said there But venture to remind him that the doctrine of a future life is the vital essence of every Thelstc religion God is the dot to complete the Theists the guarantee of his personal Immortal ity It seems to me that at tve finish Mr Shaw is quite close to the Secularst with out knowing It I must point out that Secularsm and Ath eism do not stand or fall wills Darwinism or any other theory of Evolution Secular ists are certainly not conspicuous among the mob of futllo cowards scekng the elixir of lIfo by vlvsection No more passionate denouncer of vivisection ever existed than InKersoiI have said some warm things about It In my humble way And the extension of the moral law to the lower animals Is one of the objects of the National Secular Society Those of us who are Darwinianscurious as it may seem to Mr 5aawchid the Darwinian demonstration of too universal iansiip of lie a great support to our Humaultariaiilsm I do not quite understand what Mr Shaw means by Oeiug antirationalist Surety no cannot mean that he despises and de tests reason When he says he Is anti maieransi I btg to tell Will that Brad laugh never called himself a materialist neither have nor is there any obligation to use that label resting on the members of the National Secular Society We uo not ask our members whether they agree with Berkeley or Hamilton We are con cerned with nearer and more urgent ques tions The work I do In the world do deliber atelyat some cost and I do not quarrel with Mr Shaw for doln his own work in his own way but whether it more pos itive than mine Isa question on which varous people may hold different opinions But I solemnly warn him that calling your own views by nice names and other peo ples by nasty ones is all unworthy policy A theory is none the worse for being called materialistic neither Is another theory any better for being called mystical Honesty asks which is true Courage faces tho facts W FOOTE DAVES LETTER To His Dear Hevenly Father Copyright applied for by Franklin II Heald My Deer Heveniy father Did you sea Uoovelts letter to tho Ohio man about Tafts religion Papa is glad Taft is elect ed because ho is an Infidel and he says if ho wood part his hare on tho side like a man he wood soon be an Atheist Dd you help Bryan I shud think you wood He has a church rite on his ranchlto in Ne braska and preaches and drinks your Jesus blue and when ho is away his boys and girls preach and prey and drink for him Joo prayed a lot to try and find out which you wanted him to vote for but he cant rite hlsself so he got Papa to help him mark his ballot and Papa dont take much stock In gospel ranches Joe likes to talk like white folks and ho thinks Abo Lin cols Is next to you so he says ho scraches Komo of his ticket all the tune and all of it some of the time but ho cant scratch all of It all tho time Will Taft take tho Ho about every body trusting you off of the money Papa thinks lie will but Joe thinks you will strike him dell If ho does Will you Ho says it Is lucky for Roosevelt that he put It back on last winter as quick ass he dd Do you think It is rite to lye on the money for your glory Does It make you feel good to see it on the money Do you no who cuts off the t and makes it read In god we rust and wood you strike him ded if you new Will Bryan run for President next time If he ever does get elected he will make a silver dol lar big enuf to rite a prayer on and put a cross lusted of the eagle Did you ever no a man before that cud run 16 years with out sloping and still want to run more Cant you stop himAs ever DA- VEConnespondenee How Many Will Join This DECATUR ILLI notice your article In the Blade of 20th lust regarding the finan cial condition of your our paper and feel that it is too good a paper to lose out on and I will give or will be one of an hundred to donate 500 to the cause This is uo more than is given to the church by many washerwomen and I feel that It Is necessary for Freethinkers to open out a little and sacrifice a little for their cause If the churches were as loth to donate to their cause as we Freethinkers there would be no churches Hence we must fight the Devil with fire There are many more Freethinkers than one would suppose and there are many of them who have never seen a Freethought paper and as soon as wo can get to these parties our cause wIllIbecome strong Can I get 100 Freethought men and women to come forward on this proposition 11 T Phillips Proves His Friendship SAN FRANCISCO CALI noticed In your last Blade editorial a question which excited mo very must The question whether It shall live or die Is too strong I have never dreamed that tho Blade would como to such a crisis but as It happened I will aid you all I can although I earn very little and can not afford at present to do much But Instead to see our Blade dlo I would rather go hungry If necessary En closed you will find as Immediate relief Hoping that there will be another hundred like tho one enclosed before the week is over and call on mo when more Is wanted As to your four questions First wH get you more than one subscriber second yes third to tho best of my ability fourth all I can Yours fraternally Frantz One That Brings Cheer DELHI N YIn regard to tho proposi tion by you Shall tho Blade live or die Is something that consumes all true honest Freethinkers And to tho first 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