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Digital page images are linked to the text file. ittL vJ BLUEGRASS BLADE J 7 Volume XVII Number 34 LEXINGTON KY DECEMBER 13 1908 Published Weekly = ru h l DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT n JIf M pt f tJ Vl lttttM ttl M r1 i I bpdag ulusr ti ayauTill t lrReliliousIGEOBGEI r t+ 4+ O x oo Me 0 1010 11 r Ito llllliffl I J I J r 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE I GEORGE WILLIAM McCORMICK I The subject of this sketch first inhaled the breath of life in Beaver Creek Valley at the base of Mount Donaihan then in Bath County Kentucky but now within tho corporate limits of the city of Frenchburg Menefce County He first saw the light bornIsisters being younger than he His parents were Joseph Morrison McCormick and Loulsana Allen McCormick His brothers and sisters all lived to maturity married and had families of their own This midway son of whom this sketch is written was named George William McCormick Even as Ms nomenclature was derived from both his maternal and paternal ancestry so he inherits an admixture of blood of different races and nationalities His maternal grandfather was of English German and Jewish stock His paternal grandfather was of Scotch Welsh and Irish blood In the latter part of the seventeenth century his paternal grandfather with other mem bers of his family made packhorses of themselves and wended their way along by the waters of tho blue Juanlta River from Northeastern Virginia over the Allegheny Mountains to the Ohio River at Pittsburg where they made canoes of some light floating timbers and placing their belongings aboard Just drifted with the current of this historic stream to Limestone now Maysvllle Kentucky where these pioneer pilgrims of the Blue Grass State landed From this time and for many years thereafter tho McCormick family aided in the building of the public roads for which this section of Kentucky so soon grew into almost national fame The lifework of George William McCormick began when he was but five years of age His duties were to carry In tho stove wood chips bark and water for tho best cook the best home spun knit and woolen ware architect that ever livedhis mother The beauty of her character is found In tho fact that she was always kind affectionate polite and truly considerate of the rights and happiness of others These lofty principles she stilled Into the minds of her children and not without effect or purpose With It all as a boy our subjectwas not over strong and it was the one desire of his parents that he should receive a classical education Fate was against him however for he never got beyond the mountain district schools and the In struction they gave read In rltln and rithmetlc of tho most primary order Later in life ho imbibed the notion that the Almighty Dollar was the ruling power of the nation that it rected the actions and controlled the very thoughts of teachers preachers priests popes and kings In 1877 he slipped away from father and mother wife and children and having about one thousand dollars In his pocket ho went to Cincinnati where at the corner of Fifth and Vine streets the West end of Fountain Square established a news paper by the name of The Peoples Dollar Issued weekly with which ho acquired a circulation of 12000 In Its columns he ad vocated the Institution of Peoples Banks and condemned the government banking systems and crown script He also advocated the Peoples Religion and condemned all religious systems that came from tho lips of popes priests preachers or titled monarchs Ho also and more especially resisted the third term Ideas of President Grant which he denounced as a step towards a dicta torship and verily believes that he managed to sow good seeds on good ground furnishing the text of a speech delivered at a banquet In Cincinnati to Grant by ono Grcosbeck which set back tho hopes of the Grant people In June 1880 when the Re publican National Convention was being held In Chicago and fII F L when after a week of balloting Grant had derived Southern votes George William McCormick from Mt Sterling Kentucky sent the following telegram Warner Bateman Member Chicago Convention Stand fast We are not dreaming over Grants third term the empire and despotism We are wide awake with Sher man peace plenty and the Republic Old Kalntuck In tho summer of 1888 lie wrote copyrighted and circulated ten thousand copies of a pamphlet of 100 pages entitled The Age of tho White Cross or Uses and Abuses of the Devil In this enterprise he spent one thousand dollars and at the same time he spent the best part of his life in attempting to destroy kingcraft priestcraft secret societies moneymongerlng and government banking When approached by the census takers of 1890 ho gave Ills business occupation as being that of a political and religious agitator and a weekly newspaper in search of a name acting upon the suggestion here given adopted Agitator a name which it still retains Two years ago ho copyrighted a book consisting of ono folding page and two words This Is credited with being the only book ever written or printed that Is endorsed by all its readers It is according to the authors notion capable of doing more good for humanity If lived up to and fully obeyed than any other book known to the reading world The essence and wording Is as follows DO RIGHT On Its face It looks almost too simple to be regarded as a book yet to do or to bo up and doing Is one thing and to study to experiment to inquire and to learn and then find out what Is best or right Is another thing Having found out what Is right do It and keep on doing and these two points will cover every phase of human life In addition to this ho has an order now pending for another copyright of the following lines which he hopes to have Inserted In tho correspondence jpace on the address side of the national postal card There Is not a person of sufficient Intelligence ta be account able for his or her acts in existence who does not want the best of every phase of life or real happiness but the great trouble that confronts us Is how people are to bo taught to think and to learn what Is right for all Principal among Its many friends the Blade can with truth count In Georgo W McCormick When trials ani tribulations beset it and what seemed almost Insurmountable difficulties con fronted It ho came to Its rescue with financial moans and en couraged It by his constancy and devotion Even today he Is ono upon whom the Blade can depend in an emergency According to his notions all religions that must depend upon animal forms as Insignias or emblems aro grossly brutal and depressing In their Influences To briefly sum up his views In this respect ho says I maintain that peace kindness and equity should be made the Insignias of civil lIfo and usefulness and theso should bo made tho working mottoes of the powers of government I hopo the time will come and that may live to witness Its dawn when man will not regard his brother man as a dangerous and destructive roe but tho representative of all that Is noble and grand and good I realize that as matters now stand man Is the worst enemy of man but we must work to change tho system IBLUEGRASS BLADE 3 Christianity Crime and Criminals Compendium of Prison Statistics Complied upon Request of the Blade in Answer To a Preacher By E Lewis Recently received a letter from B Wyatt of Beebe Arkansas asking for Infor mation on prison statistics and with that letter was ono from the Editor of the Blntlo to B Wyatt saying If you will write E Lewis of Pasadena Gal he will give you both facts and figures as ho has made a collection of such data based upon actual prison reports Thanks to you for your kind remembrance of mo to Bro Wyatt Then I read In the ulade a notice cover Ing tho samo ground as Bro Wyatts letter towlt That a reverend minister in Heche had stated from his pulpit that only ono criminal out of convicted had attended Sunday School- lIavlng several thousand pages of such statistics which I have collected within the past thirty years I shall try to place before tho Rev minister and tho readers of the Blade somo facts wov hy of the closest scrutiny of every thinking man niil woman In this churchridden lend of curs I choose the State of Kansas bevinsesho Is a State lying centrally among her sstcr States and Is considered a mod1 State morally mill otherwise I quote front U S Census Statistics Department of the Inter ior Interior Census Division Robert P Por ter Superintendent Carroll D Wright Commissioner of Labor In charge Abstract of tho Eleventh Census 1S90 Kansas has a wellorganized State ernment with a population in 1S90 of 1427090 of as Industrious and well disposed people as live In any Stato In tho Union The character of her moral equipage Is thoroughly sufficient f all mid has done Its work as completely as any ono of tIll sisterhood In 1S90 Kansas hall 4920 church organizations with 2851 church edifices with a seating capacity of 701331 people the church property had a valuation of 7417509 with 330579 members the per cent of members to tho whole population being 2358 with preachers awl all Sabbath schools In harmony and abundance to mako tho whole a reasonable success and no In terest was spared to solid to all Joy and glad tidings to tho uttermost limits of the Stato The 7C44 per cont of tho people who were not church member felt kindly towards their followcitlzens who were so far In the minority and levied no taxes upon their church property they gave the preachers half faro or free asses on the railroads and allowed them the free use of school houses to worship In where they had no churches also helped them to pay their preachers and build their churches that the seeds of peace and good will sad righteous ness might be speedily sown broadcast over every part of the soil of the Sunflower State that their little ones nrght grow up free from evil influences In hopes that there might be one State in this great Sisterhood of States almost If not altogether free from tho disgrace of prisons Their ministers wore appointed Chaplains In both Houses of the Stato Legislature and a Chaplain for each regiment of soldiers and Chaplains In each of the lienltentlarles of tho State and at tho Asylums By their fruits ye shall know them- have before me the Seventh Blonnlal Report of the Directors and Warden of tile Kansas State Penitentiary to the Governor of Kansas for the fiscal year 1SS91SOO at Topeka This report covers 79 pages of tabulated matter TABLh FIersonnl Record of Prisoners received at tho Kansas State Penitentiary during the period commencing July and ending Tune 30 1S9- 0INTERROGATORIES Parents Church Members 104 500 No Dont Know tDenomlnatlona Catholic Methodist 175 Baptists 125 Presbyterhms 30 Cum berland Presbyterians 10 Christian 30 United Brethren Lutheran 20 Episco pal Congregational Dtinkard vent Quaker Dont Know 10 Have You Been a Church Member Yes 374 No 37- 0DenomillationsCathollc Methodists 79 Baptists 57 Presbyterians 45 Christ ians United Brethren Lutheran 30 Congregational Quaker 1 Have You Attended Sunday School Hog ularly Yes 500 No 211 Did your Parents use Liquor as a Beverage Yes 521 No 220 Dont Know 41 Have You Used Liquor as a Beverage Yes 521 No 220 Average age at which prisoners began to drink Prisoners whoso ancestors were crim inals 10 Now how do these figures agree with the Reverend ministers statement that out of convicted only one had attended Sabbath School and his carefully prepared statistics proving It want to say to the reverend gentleman that he never saw any statistics There are none such In exist ence nor ever was Figures are no positive evidence of sta tistics All statistics are special and em anato from some source of legal authority Now will deal fairly with the reverend gentleman Out of the 235S per cent of the 142709G people In Kansas as given by U S Census of 1S90 who were Christians they the churches furnished 500 convicts for the penitentiary of Kansas while the non church element which Includes all Infidels and Atheists and comprising 7G42 per cent of the people furnished only convicts for tho samo prison Please figure up the per cont that we furnished and the per cent you furnished then consult your conscience and think of the statement you made from tho sacred pulpit Is Christianity a moral factor In our civ ilization In 1S90 there were In our prisons 82320 persons about twice tho number of our standing army at that time and lli03G ministers pulpit orators claiming to bo the moral salt of our civilization There were also 165177 church organiza tions and 112521 church edifices with an approximate seating capacity of 43564863 with a valuation of 679630139 all untaxed Their communicants number only 20612800 iatNow ask In the name of justice whoreiare your moral fruits With till of this vast accumulation of untaxed wealth and the labors of your 111036 preachers and all of the attendant Incidental expenses In keeping up this vast organization where are your i moral fruits Ono groat trouble Is that the pulpits are dishonest and the pews Ignorant To be continued f 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE II Sound Light and Language Sclentfic Treatise of Important Physical tacts i rom the Viewpoint of a Thinker By Franklin H Heald Former readers of Higher Scitncu will res aiomber a copyrighted oiilclv In llOo and one lu 1900 which I wrote to show the Mm clarity between the vibiatlous of Light Sound and LMiiu ruconinicnuint the making of a maculae ur apparjii to duce what I called LightMusic and also to teach Language Music and Light or artistic color blending simultaiicosly to the babies In their Kindergarten work Helen H Plillbrlck who assisted me in the study of these subjects is a remarkable woman a primary teacher and the author of a book and partially developed system of primary phonetic work In which she repre sents the phonetic characters in colors By this means she Is enabled to teach babies scarcely able to more than lisp to spell and understand any word which they can nounce readily and without fatigue There Is apparently no effot required to remem ber more than Is exerted In gaining the acquaintance and names of the objects and conditions which surround every young life in Its continual acquisition of knowledge Her success with very young children al most babies Ins been phenomenal wherever she has taught and seems to be the result of keeping close to nature as she Interprets light sound and language to the unfolding young Intellect When we come to compare and analyze the vibrations which are the real basis of them we find first Language divided into seven vowel sounds second Light divided by tho prism Into seven cardinal colors and third each chord of Music divided Into seven notes as follows a e Iou w y violet indigo blue green yellow orange red do ra me fa sol In so Le us contemplate what may sometime he accomplished by representing tho seven vowel sounds in the seven cardinal colors using tho short method of stenography In stead of the old Inhuman alnhabot and or thography which wo uso at tho present time We might after tho first lessons easily substitute heavy or shaded lines for the vowels filling In with light lines for tho consonants much as the bet systems of ste nography are written now and thus have our Kindergarten chlldre who are able to talk also able to read write and spell what should be a universal languaTO and in uni versal characters In this way such a uni versal language written in universal char acters could bo accomplished In a genera tion As there Is absolutely no religion other form of superstition or change of such in It there would be little or no opposition outside of the usual graft In the handling of school books If it could ho brought about it would be one of the greatest small things over accomplished by humanity both from tho timesaving and relief from fatigue of children in the beginning of their lives and also the time and worry saved in reading writing and spellng all through the balance of their lives There Is a growing tendency upon the stage at the moving picture anti magic lan tern shows It seems to me to enjoy too ored lights thrown upon tho skirt dancers and screens Often these follow each other lending with grand and pleasing effect but sometimes they grato harshly upon the artistic eye tho same as bad music or an In strument out of tune grates upon tho sensi tive ear and mind of a good musician What might b3 possible then If some ingen ious student of our Blade Correspondence School should so construct a piano that It would not only vibrate harmonious sounds hut ho so arranged that in a dark room each key touched would throw Its corresponding color In the octave upon a screen In a sequacious stream of beautifully blend Ing light perhaps by arranging tho colors to the keys as in the above diagram making each octave lower of more dim colors and each higher more bright There Is a vast difference il rlnclpally a matter of training in the capacity of differ rat brains to measure vibrations of sound light and other sensations conducted to them through the organs and nerves which carry the motions For example wo may send or receive as many messages over tho same wire at tho same tlmo as wo can distinguish different tones They do not mix or blend with each other unless tho tones are so nearly alike as to be undistinguishable Some persons can distinguish more tones or notes In an octavo than others and are that much morn capable of malting good sicians So also are some eyes color blind because they do not measure closo and tho seven cardinal colors enoughIeach other- I once visited a friend at Atchison who was an expert telegraph ing In his office seven different clicking their messages over tho InstrumentsIeach in a different tone and all Babel to me any one of stantly attract his attention If it called him because his ear was so delicately attuned that these tones did not blond upon his mInd or feeling of sound vibration It seems to me that were a child taulhttfrom very first mompnt of life the beauty and symmetry of the vibrations of light and sound In connection with Its snokcn and written language It would develop naturally Into music art lancuaeo anti tlmosavlnt habits the same as crows Into the hnblt of correct analytical thinking In tIle Kindergarten play In following these seven cardinal colors of light seven vowels of laneiiitre and seven notes In each of the seven octavos of music rln not wish to he misunderstood as ndvn cntlnc anv mysterious system of magic numbers or any other manic or sunorsMtlon hut only wish to call your attrntlon to the fact that all Nature Is simplicity Itself and vibratos Its force the same way along the same lines of least resistance when we come down to first principles or what placer miners would call bedrock In washing for the yellow metal from which we make sound moneymoney that sounds U Take a hoe of childs school crayons and fill Inch of these seven spaces with the color named over It and you will represent the colors In the order of tho solar spec trum Announcement and Answer IOWI will prepare my article No Futuru Life shortly and send my 200 to Mrs Blevln as sons ns know tho publication will bo go wish to make a few suggestions garding tho publication think there should ho considerable Intl ndo taken on tho subject by different writers order to give tho more Information and to ho of Interest to those not posted Some might dwell much on tho Influence that the belief In a future life has on morals Others on what la the consolation of tho hope of a future lire worth to man tc Rut let each select his own course think the publications should not be given away or at least should not generally be If possible the most or at least a part of them should bo sold and at n profit too The funds should he used getting out moro publications on other subjects Tho bulk of them that re main should ho loaned out under strict rules such are adopted by public libraries Ono fnmllytorood by manyA SNOW J II BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 I II Thanksgiving and Other Feasts Blade Contributor Objects to Presidents and Governors Appolntlrg Days For Prayer A A Snow IBy religious Should circumstances appoint tho t Devil to call and advise the people to wor shipWhen the Governor of Massachusetts originally culled the people togetaer to give thanks to DivIne Providence for the blessings bestowed upon them there Is no doubt of the sincerity of that Governor lie no doubt had absolute faith In prayer But is this the case with all the Governors day And is It the case with all the people We are quite sure It Is not Governors may all pretend they are sincere In their advice to woranlp But are they Do you say if they are hypocrites in this respect it is their lault anu not ours But is it not our fault if wo insist on Covornors act ing as they do in this matter lu not mo briber of an action at least in a great part responsible for that action suppose wiien a Governor was entreated by a number of the people to advise ills suujecls to meet togeuier in prayer on u certain day should make the following repiy cannot con scientiously make sueu advice believing us do that tau laws of nature are inex orable They act as they must their courses cannot bo changed by prayer by the Influence of puny man uesides ours is u secular government and is in no way established on tho union of church and state It would bo perfectly proper tar tau churches to appoint days of tasting and prayer but out of place for me to do so since aui Governor not for a class or u sect but for all tho people My domain Is of this earth It reaches not beyond the skiesI should a Governor make such a candid reply ho would never again be elected Governor that would bo his pen ally for not being u hypocrite Vo are simply hypocritebribers when wo insist on Governors and Presidents being spiritual advisers for us It may be all right to be a Pope if ono Is such of his own free will and if over people who also willingly choose him as such but to force ono to act as Pope In tho least capacity whether willing or not and over subjects not all willing is tyranny Aro wo not thus taxed tosup port religion Do we not pay the Governor for his every olllclal ncl J Do you say that all Governors are re ligious But we dont know and never will Know as long as we aro hypocritebribers as to the religious sentiments of any or them But now and then there are tilings that leak out In spite of great caution inspired by policy enough conies to the surface to show Coat our Governors are not altogether what tho masses are wont to force them to be When tile Governor of one of too southern states Wits implored iy a largo nuaiuer of the fatuiful to point a nay fur prayer during a drouth he made this sigmticuut reply There is no use praying for rain as long as the wind ivnuuiis m tae southwest How much tills sacrllbglous remark cost hUll I do not know I claim that the act of forcing Governors to take a hand religion in their olllclal capacity is a relic of tae Dark Ages The union of church and state has drenched tho earth in blood has murdered tens of mil lions of our fellow men Our bust states men after viewing tau past have declared tnat church and state should be kept forever separate tio spoke Washington Jefferson urunt etc But wo are told that these governmental thanksgiving days are edging in only very lightly on forbidden ground and then too the trespassing is ull by the feet of angels you know and so it ought to bo overlooked But It Is an entering wedge and gradually driven toward the heart of our secular government log Now observe Thanksgiving is a Protestant measure Tho Roman Catholics Lire not generally In sympathy with It Further their uunibors uro gradually increasing on our soil They will and in fact are asking for concessions for their religion Politicians finding them solves hard grossed for vot s and with the excuse to balance accounts will grunt a little hero and then a little to the other suit until like tho monkey dividing up iho catr chem they may turn our government from secular In form into a religious literarclif Eternal vigilance is tho price of liberty Religious tyranny is tho worst tyranny that over cursed the earth iledompilon from its hells Is tho most dllllcuilt Why Because religion deal with tlio imaooi with that which Is virt tho nan of reason ami wo aro emancipated from tyranny to liberty only through tho uso of reason Religion Is built on precedent and precedent Is all against such deliverance Again persons cannot bear to have their religion cleansed from any imperfections or corruptions wIth- In It To attempt to purify it is to annihilate It or so it is generally considered and this the people will not give ear to That which comes from God cannot be improved upon and so they struggle on age after age the forgers of their own chains of bondage TO ONE LOVE By Louie Calais Upon my word sweet little maid You ve made an luipresrou ot which Im afraid Afraid My life will be desolate Afraid That for you my heart will ache Happiness tis said is the aim of life Yet life is often a game of strife Even Love lifes greatest Joy Does It ever comp without alloy To bo happy is to make others so And the greatest happiness know Is to love und to say and ado That which most pleases you Were a poet with thought sublime Empowered to think In sweetest rhyme iwould afford me pleasure to coin In verse The grandest thoughts imagined on earth I would travel ufl1rIll Imagination To the distant lauds of a faroil nation And all that was grand beyond tho sea would bring It back In verse to thee would search the world for gems of thought And be uuuappy if I found them naught Because my happiness depends on thane And thine on tho beautiful grand sublime vii uappiuess each contributing cause Must bo within tho moral laws Its Man who made of pleasure a sin And made it because of profit to him Somo teach its wrong for losers to kiss But surely they must be amiss For If tho act is so indiscreet Why was tho ecstasy made so sweet Life is action and life is sweet But no life is oer complete Unless two souls are combined as one Then Natures decree can say Well done Ignorance Is crime Thoughts invlncjblo It you value your own Do not traduce or nurt anotherJ Burkhart BLUE GRASS BLADE I Does a Believer Exist I If New Testament Doctrine Was Meant to Apply to One Age It Was Also Intended- to Apply to Ah AgesBut Does It Uy J M Gilbert Aud he said unto Uitmi Uo ye Into all tile world anu prcaun the gospel to every creature And he that bellevetn and is bap tized shall be saver but ho that buliuvetu not snail be dawned And these signs shall follow them that believe In my name snail they cast out devils they shall speak vita new tongues they shall take up serpents and If they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt thom Whey shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover Mark 15 17 Uut Christians pretend that these words were not meant 1cr this age but only for the apostolic age They know that they cannot show themselves to he believers hence the necessity for the evasion Hut they have no authority whatever for such an assumption The gospel was to be preached to every creature of nil the world and the signs were to follow every one that believed It was by the signs that any one was to know that he really believed If one cannot give the slcns he is not a believer We have Just as good 1u fact better authority to say that the commands to preach the gospel do not apply to this age that the promise to be saved through belief and baptism does not apply to this age that the threat to be damned because of unbelief does not apply to this age that not a particle of the New Testament applies to this age If the signs do not apply to this age then none of the com mands promises and threats In regard to belief or unbelief apply to this age We have better authority for saying these things than the Christian has for saying that be lief Is not the same now that It was 1800 years ago They claim the same God and the same Christ that they had then They say that God never changes belief could do miracles once It could do o now What is our authority for saying that none of the New Testament applies to this age It Is conceded by the best authorities and apologists that Jesus taught that the world was to end In a very few years Jesus said that sonic of those standing there should not taste of death until he would come Into his kingdom and power See Mark 91 Ho taught thorn to take no thought for the morrow to give to all that asked to lay up nothing for future use J This advice would slave been alright If the world was to end very soon Jesus no doubt considered that there was already enough produced to last until the end But If the world was to last for thousands of years longer Jesus was u fool for giving such advice Jesus sent his disciples out to preach and told them that they would not be able to go over the cities of Israel until all those things would come to pass It is clearly sect that Jesus was a false prophet and that he was either a deluded person or else an impostor Prayer It seems to any common observer that a real believer in a prayeranswering God does not exist Many think that they be Hove but they are practicing lfdeceptlou Consider the period of the last four years The overabundance of rain that wo have been having has been the ruin of the country Crops could not be properly planted or properly cultivated The rains washer away and drowned the crops washed away the soil and cut the fields into ditches This has been a calamity to thousands of people Any one would have prevented It If they could A believer could have done so by prayer Over in James 51718 we read Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are and he prayed earnestly that It might not rain and It rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months And ho prayed again and the heaven gave rain and the earth brought forth her fruit Did any one pray for less rain during the last few years If any one did It was clear that he was not a believer We are told All things are possible to him that be liovethMark 923 He that believeth on mo the works that do shall ho do also and greater works than these shall ho do John 1112 If ye abide In mo and my words abide in you ye shall ask what ye will and It shall be done unto youJohn 157 All things whatsoever ye shall ask In prayer believing ye shall receive Mutt 2122 But maybe these passages do not apply to this age Then consistency demands that people quit making fools or themselves by praying But so much rain has not boon the only evil The boll worms and boll weevils have boon destroying what was Mt from the floods A believer could have prevented It all But as It was not prevented It Is very good evidence that a llovor does not exist If such a ono existed ho was guilty of crim inal neglect and an enemy to the good of the communityIs among you Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing Win with oil In the name of the Lord and the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up and if ho have committed sins they shall be forgiven hlmJames 51415 If a believer existed there would be no need of any one dying or of being burled after dying Christ is said to have healed the sick and to have raiscu the dead after they stunk He said that a believer could do as great and greater works If a believer existed there would be no need of doctors One believer In a community would be am ply sulllcient to put doctors and undertakers out of business When Christians send for a doctor It shows tnat they do not believe Remember the old warning Asa sent for a physician and ho slept with his fathers Faith What must be the amount of faith And Jesus said unto them because of your un belief Verily I say unto you If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain Remove hence to der place and it shall remove and nothing shall be Impossible unto you As all things are possible to a believer Mark 923 ho must necessarily possess as much faith as a grain of mustard seed If bo does not possess that much ho certainly cannot be a believer If he possessed Unit much there would be nothing Im possible unto him To say that ono does not possess as much faith as a grain or mustard seed which the New Testament says Is tho least of all seeds nut that Is not true Is only one way of saying that ho does not possess tiny faith at all and Is not a believer How To Pray The New Testament gives explicit In structions how to pray But Christians pay no attention to It They tire told And when thou grayest thou shalt not bo fls the hypocrites are for they lovo to pray standing In the synagogues and on the corners of tho streets that they may bo seen of men Verily say unto you they have their reward But when thou prayest outer into thy closet and when thou hast shut tho door pray to thy father which Is In secret and thy father which seeth in secret shall reward theo openlyMatt 050 flo bo crtannrq IBLUEGRASS BLADE I Criticism ofa Christian Crank Open Letter To Prof Naul of Des Moines College Des Moines Iowa By Prof A J Clausen I see by the Public School Notes In the Mitchell County Press Iowa for Nov IS that you led In devotional exercises Tuesday morning and gave an Instructive talk on Liberal Education- I wish to Inform you that a devotional vomit before the pupils of an American pub lie school Is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States and also by rulings the Supreme Court It make no dlffercncu whether it Is the vomit of a Mohammedat a Jew or a Christian so foul and lllthy th it nothing but the blood of Jesus can cleans him all are alike enjoined from exhibiting their devotion before pupils In American public schools- think there is a secular devotion that the Constitution of the United States has not prohibited In public schools directly or indirectly and that Is the devotion to the Infant of America This devotion has i First Catch the Rabbit Famous French Recipe Applied to the Business of Saving Souls fly John F Clarke The best way to save ones sole U lo walk on tho upper The parsons teach that gutting into tho uppers will save the soul The French recipe for stuwod rabbit is first catch the rabbit In order to save a soul It is best to first obtain the suil Occultism Is a nice sonorous word lit Its lack of materialism is a woeful lack aid makes it Intangible The MUSI usually talks glibly about the Inward sight but plays such a want of knowledgeof his ject as does M Grier Kidder on Socialism Given a straw man labeled Socialism and filled with shucks of communistic platitudes and dividing up nonsense and Grier Kidder rises fully to the occasion and tho straw flies He has evidently hoard of hitherto been exercised privately by tho most females of the land but In case that you tire so devotional by nature as to mik it Impossible for you to get your tongue to work before public school pupils until you have previously performed some devotional exercise then it would we think bo better for you to adopt Secular Devotion to the Infant or America Bring with you a living specimen of the Infant and wash it not in the blood of any animal but in warm soap water then dress the infant In clean garments Wo feel sure that nearly all of the girls will admire you and some of the boys will wish that you could stave been their grand mamalt my opinion that In case you adopt my suggestion on public school devotion it will not be long before you will gain tho repu tation of being the most devotional speci men in the State and also have the opin ion that all of the women will make a strong effort to fill your college with pupils Yours for Secular Public Schools tho Cooperative Commonwealth in connec tion with Socialism and tries to reduce it to Individualistic cooperation The Cooperative Commonwealth will a drastic institution and allembracing The whole community will own and use the tools of Industry for the common benefit Tho laborer will receive tho full product of his labor Capitalism will fade out like Kid ders spectres Socialism will be a despot Ism but less much less than the ratio Do mocracy and the theoretic Republic that wo now enjoy Liberty Is nearly annihilated today my son Kidder Tho old sardonic slogan of the cynic If you have not shoes you may go barefoot Is not a Jest just now The panic has decreed that one shall not have the shoes and perforce one must go bare foot There is no liberty about ItIt Is imperative Therefore I say again The best way to save tho sole Is to walk on tno uppers AFFIRMATION AND NEGATION By C parr As for work for freedom from supersti tion being a negative it does not seem so to meIf we call a belief in religious dogmas a superstition Is not that just as much an atllrmative us a statement of a belief in those dogmas could be If a titan should say I believe the aton ing blood of Jesus is my only salvation we would not call that a negation because it gives the idea that there is no salvation without it If we say Tin dogma of the atonement it of any effect is immoral in Us tendency it is just as much an affirmation as the expression of tho other belief The statement I believe In God is no more affirmative than the statement I believe the idea of a God Is unreasonable My understanding of the derivation of the word philanthropist is that it Is from words meaning loving and man while Philadelphia means loving and brother It does not seem to me that the idea of God Is In any way connected with the words philanthropy or Philadelphia Man Is re lated to his fellow man in a general way living in tho saute world with the same general surroundings having the same general needs Then there are tho different particular relations parent and child teacher and pupil etc Would not man bear the same relation to his fellow man God or no God When a man tears down a hovel 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her belief in gods spirits for goocll1lulspirits for evil which were supposed to people the nil and could bo made to interfere with the plans ofmen for good or evil through the mere force of prayer was then all powerful Today men have discarded such childish liefs and civilization is here It must follow then that civilization is not with the church or its teachings and has come in spite of it but it carrying mon away from it A belief in a fanciful god affords man no sound basis upon which to build A belief in future life affords no solid ground for humanitarian labors here It must follow then that to build a successful system that shall inure to the benefit and happiness of the race gods devils hells and heavens must be ignored discarded and thrust aside While the devout worshipper points to his sacred books the Freethinker points to humanity alone We have had sacred books in abundance as far back as we can traco human history yet the wave of Atheism of unbelief rises higher and ever higher and must ere long engulf the world After two thousand years of earnest proselyting and claiming to have the only divinely ordained religion in ex istence less than onethird of tile world are Christians and in those countries professedly called Christian the growth of Atheism has been more marked Of moro than eighty millions of Americans but little more than thirty millions are church members and it is amatter of great doubt if onehalf of these really believe the Bible Needier crit icised it as freelas did Col Ingersoll while the Briggs the Abbots thqIIober Xowtons the Crapseys tire multiplying everywhere Pulpit and press are joining in the con fession that the Bible is little more than a collection of oriental myths and ill this tho breakdown of the Christian system is plainly to be seen AIany will admit that a man is no more to bo blamed for disbelieving in deity than ho is for refusing to believe in aught else that appears to him to be absurd A man doubts because the evidence submitted to him is unsatisfactory None of the bibles priests or preachers that have yet encum bered the earth have ever been capabl ofconvincing man that thro is any being in existence higher than himself In the religious world there is general confusion and chaos On every hand may bo found the discarded and worn out materials of innumerable forms of faith TLoy nay bo be found on the stim beaten shores of every coiuinour and truth like a mighty ship with ribs of iron and sails of steel is sailing on every sea Shall wo open our ports to receive her or proscribe truth hu high tariil of superstition The hour for Frcelhoiight triumph is at hand Everywhere the thinking people are ready to welcome the message we bring There is a general demand for liberal effort for humanizing orkLet the builders of honest thought stir themselves Let there bo no drones in the hive of the great humanity We want workers Tho world wants workers It is your duty and mine to labor incessantly to IBLUEGRASS BLADE 9 the end that truth may triumph over the cohorts of superstition The mind of everyman and woman is a court in which every cause must bo tried honestly and impartially It has taken many years of patient labor to bring these conditions to the front but they are here Wo must utilize them SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS UPON CRIMINALS While many wellminded yet sentimental people have uttered a vehement protest against vivisection and dissection as a means of arrivingtit the cause and effect as well as a cure of many of the ills that afflict humanity yet it must be candidly admitted that much valuable scientific knowledge has been acquired under such experiments as these The law is well said to be no respector of persons that justice is blind in its administration and so mustalso he saidwith very truth that surgery knows no morals In fact the moral character is not to bo considered under such condi tions but tho detail of tho work and the result of the labors thus expended arc tho first and last considerations From a newspaper clipping sent to us by our valued friend Franklin II lleald wo learn that a wellorganized movement is on foot in California to have tho Legislature of the Golden State take such steps as will legalize a series ofscientific experiments upon tho bodies ant persons of criminals condemned to die provided it is done with the consent of tho criminal The incipalobject of this is to give the person legally condemned to die tho power of choosing exercising an option whether or not he meet death in tho mode prescribed by law for his crime or sub mit to a scientific test for the benefit of humanity the con sideration being that if he survive tho test he be given his liberty by tho pardoning power of the Stator and while undergoing the test ho shall be confined in the penitentiary This is a decided step forward in scientific experimenta tion The Blade has no doubt if adopted tho plan will prove a success Tho California doctors who by reason of the influx of people afflicted with tuberculosis to that State in order to derive some benefit temporary or otherwise from the climate have been compelled to wrestle with this problem to a greater extent than physicians in other parts of tho country and it is from these that the movement has originated In other words they wish to make tests with tuberculin The plan being that a man condemned to death for crime may if ho so chooses be saved from the gallows and instead submit to an innoculation with tubor culin for tho sake experimenting with it If ho survives tho ordeal and lives for five years thereafter ho is to bo given his liberty No doubt there are many under such circumstances who would be willing to submit to such a test rather than face a certain death at tho end of a rope and in tho end seine valuable knowledge would bo gainedwith which to combat this dread white plague Four years ago a similar proposition was made in this city by an eminent physician but having no sanction of law no guarantee could bo given tho condemned men that their liberty would follow a successful recovery Three men were in jail in Lexington condemned to die They were white men All had been found guilty of foul and atrocious murder The physician hi iitc uon believed he had discovered the syphilitic germ lie could not get proof without an ex periment Jle sought permission to innoculate any one of the three condemned men but all refused and the experi ment was never made Could this have been successfully proven to be a germ disease much good would have resulted from the recovery Again if by innoculation and scientific tests tuberculosis be wipdout how much better it will be for mankind Kentucky already has law permit ting tho dissection in tain conditions uy a medical college of unclaimed dead for the benefit of uririfal and medical science and Leided credit California if legal provisions cai np for the tuberculin tests pro posedand wo doubt not that the majority of patients will become ready and willing subjects if given the opportunity TAFT AND HIS RELIGION Many of our friends have written us coat ruing thoIelection of William Howard Taft to the Presidential chair and many liberalminded papers throughout the country have made serious comment upon the glaring tact of his political success in spite of the opposition i1 numerous preachers because tho Republican nominee hail adopted a religious creed that docs not believe that Jesus was born in the flesh and conceived by the spirit in a manner contrary to the avowed opinions of tho orthodox clenches of the land In many respects Unitarianism tho sect to which tho Presidentelect belongs is but a mild form of Christianity and has frequently been described as a feather bed to catch a falling Christian It is also a notorious fact that the crudities of tho alleged miraculous conception are by no means acceptable to tho intelligent minds of day and while without much serious thought the fact of Jesus being a historical character in tiny sense can bo made a subject of doubt tho majority of those who first experience any degree of skepticism fall into the Unitarian church This body in cities has been denied representation in the councils of ministerial associations on tho ground that they are not sufficiently orthodox for fellowship and communion thereinAmerican Freethinker whether favoring Taft political ly or otherwise may come to regard his election at this time as a sure and certain sign of the decay ofmilitant orthodoxy and if the sentiment makes any serious headway within tho next four years it may be possible in the near futuiv to elect a man to this high oflico of oven more pronounced views Let i be understood however that Taft is by no means what we ire pleased to coil a liberal man He has publicly expressed himself rs being in favor of church missions and other enterprises for tho promotion of church influences Nor can wo go so far as somo of our contemporaries andex press boliof that because Tafta Unitarian has been 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE Ielected to the Presidency a majority of the voters of the United States agree with him in his religious views TV1 Blade merely expresses the wish that it might be so aiu to jay that while Ingersoll lost the nomination for Governor of Illinois because he refused to surrender his religious independence yet forty years have passed since then an it has been possible for a man of liberal and tolerant views in religious matters to be elected to even a higher Wee than Ingersollsought From this fact let us assume what may be regarded as a pointed position in regard thereto Wouldsuch an election have been possible had it not been for the persistent iforis of the Freethought and radical press the persistent labor and sacrifices of the liberal and radical workers during the past generation or two The majority of tIll American people may rightly be said to have sonic sort of an opinion or belief that goodness social or political does out depend upon a mans religious beliefs or pretensions Had they believed otherwise Tuft would not have been elected and the Prince of Peace lectures by the Democratic nominee would have caught the rabble and secured their votes It may be that Bryan protested too much that he went a trifle too far in his religious pretensions to please the majority and if this were the case then there are good and sufficient grounds for hope and encouragement that the work of Freethought is not in vain Smallminds have big religious notions Big minds want none of religion at all Where religion rules smallminds are evidently in control Where intelligence dominates with justice and equity religion may receive an equal con sideration but it gains no preferential rights The religion of Bryans mother may have been good enough for him but it carried no weight with the American people Tafts election may not mean much in the direction here suggested but it is a good index to the growing liberality and heterodoxy of the American people It is a challenge to the orthodox faith and its professors that they need ex pect no special favoritism no special privileges not granted to those of a different religious temperament and this is a grandstep forward at the beginning of the twentieth century INTELLECTUAL BOMBAST Great was persiflage and Voltaire was its prophet Ho was the king of all who ever dealt in it These are the opening lines of an editorial on Voltaire which recently appeared in the Daily Times of Los Angeles Cal By some it is deemed a popular idea to attack a dead DailyTimestempt to answer Voltaire but contents himself by giving expression to a personal opinion Fortunately the day is past fund gono when tho editorial columns of a daily news paper were popularly supposed to emanate from some mighty intelligence an oracle in which was contained the sum and substance of all earthly wisdom Judging from the mental caliber of the editorial writer on the paper referred to from what he has written he is certainly of small measure His page reminds one of a des ert after it has been struck with a simoon showing a great waste of space To paraphrase the above quotation we might say- Great is intellectual bombast and the editorial writer of the Los Angeles Daily Times is its greatest living repre sentative He is the peer of any who have ever tried it and made a miserable failure The aspersion standing alone would be scarcely worthy of notice or mention but what follows in the editorialwould indicate that the writer thereof had undertaken u task that was entirely too largo for him His utterances remind one ofa schoolboys struggle with his first essay or a young girl going giddy over her first kiss He accuses Voltaire of being a parsilleur We are inclined to doubt if he has over read Voltaire or reading him knows tho literal meaning of the appellation he employs Of course he cannot injure Voltaire and Voltaire being unable to make answer the admirers of the great French scholar can take up the cudgel in behalf of his memory He adds The letters of St Paul still enrich ions minds but Voltaires philosophy is as deadits tho hands that once were given in his praise This sentence ought to be sufficient to permit an accurate estimate of tho mental pabulum of the writer As a matter of fact the letters of St Paul are not read by men nowadays but are left to be simpered over by some women and a few preachers who are anything but turn as true manhood goes Aror are tho minds of these women and preachers enriched by reading or studying them for there is nothing to be found therein worthy of the slightest human considera tion or of the slightest value to humanity On tho other hand the works of Voltaire may bo found in the libraries- of till reading and thinking people even the public libraries and they are not permitted to lay and accumulate dust upon the binding Only within the last few months has a great publishing house issued a now complete edition of Voltaires works and the Blade carried an advertisement for a period 4 of three months But let us quote again And back of all this ho failed to see that the religion of Sorrow Suffering and Love was and forever must be the ligion of tho human heart whose environments and life in allages and climes must ever bo sorrow and suffering anti love tho offspring of these two Persiflage was to make tine story of the cross stale a sneer was to void the human heart of its love and a jest was to snake away with suffering aiu sorrowIf description of religion as here given is meant to Lo applied to the Christian religion tho application is timely and well taken The Blade and many modern writers have long contended that there is nothing but sorrow anal- 11463pop J IBLUEGRASS BLADE suffering in that system of religion and that to acquire the greatest possible human happiness it must be destroyed But even in this ho has got his verbs and adverbs mixed Love occasions joyand happiness True love brings sun shine into every hour of the day True love is the one great elixir of life and to catalogue suffering and sorrow with love is as much out of place as the editorial we fire now lis cussing is from the truth That which produces sorrow and suffering in the human heart and mind ought not to be encouraged It is unworthy of human consideration It belongs to the dead and ignorant past It is not for Iu present or the future If this be the Christian religion then is every good man and every good woman having the courage to lift their voice and wield their pen against it justified in what they have said and done But that all the Annanias Club members are not yet dead in spito of Iloosevelts ambition to increase the membership is proven by the fact that in the editorial mentioned it is said But light Voltaire and all his persiflage passed The man of infinite conceit has been wellnigh forgotten no plaudits disturb tho lead ear no flowers of praise can wake the dead optic nerves Persiflage means a sort of thin sparkling thought or what looks like wit but is not And in this sense we are almost forced to the belief that the editorial writer undov discussion was trying to outpersiflage Voltaire In the first place tho construction is not even pretty and iu the next instance tho statements made aro not true Aside from the fact that not even tho writer can cull from life or history an instance wherein any plaudits could disturb the ears of the dead ho undertakes to make capital out of the fact that oven Voltaire could not be roused from tho grave to give thanks to the admiring multitude Dead optic nerves ore good but it takes more than mere flowers of praise to rouse them into life and activity It looks like a case of an attempt at padding his lines to fill up with and wrote anything that occurred to his mind without regard for its sense or meaning Hut Voltaire is not forgotten Millions read him and millions admiro him even to this good lay In the mind of ignorance ho may be regarded as a parsiilcur but his wit sent daggers into tho heart of the orthodox church and do stroyed its evil influence in Europe That Voltaire was not the weakling that the editorial writer of the Daily Times would have his readers believe is to be inferred from his own words whoro ho unwittingly and unintentionally per haps says Yet his attitude toward religion is a good index to the limited reach of his keenedged intellect That sentence is enough No keenedged intellect can have a limited reach In the world of letters and art it is only ignorance that runs against limitations and tho Los Angeles man seems to bo ono among them His limit was reached when ho undertook to discuss and criticise Voltaire a subject too big for him a subject that is entirely beyond him Ho may bo at homo with a dissertation on the Acts of the Apostles or the Revelations of St John but in coming in contact with the mightiest intellects of the ages he finds himself against a snag BE YOURSELF Too often men and women will strive to imitate others or at least some person with whorl they have come in contact Did you ever try to be yourself How often are you yourself In other words how often are you somebody who is really ill tlionghtof by your real selH How often tire you through some sort of influence something bigger and better than your moral self If we stop to think we will find that we are not very often our real selves In order to be yourself you must first know yourself and then express yourself This may sound easy when reading it but it is not if we try to put it into practice Sometimes we must pay a heavy price for the effort None the less if we succeed the re ward is there People may disagree with you they may not see things as you see them but they may not themselves even dare to say what they really believe But in the end they will re spect you And when they have mustered up sufficient courage they will come round and tell you so And you friend reader with every logical straight impersonal thought you are gaining personal power You tire climbing up and out of the stratum of the commonplace into that other stratum where dwell the lords of lifefJust begin to ask yourself What do I think on this or that question Never mind what the other man or woman thinks Never consider how it will affect you but how it will affect the world Do not consider so much what is best for you but what is best for mankind Hero is the great secret When upon this broad fair open and honest unselflish basis you have really found an opinion talk it Listen also to the other mans views Ho may be able to teach you something give you a pointer or even cause you to change your opinion And do so if you want to and whatever that opinion be go and tell it You may be called queer Jt and even harsher names for bad names and persecution ore the tributes which the stupid rabble pays to genius Bo yourself anyway Winter nights are longest and best for instructive reading and you ought now to see that the Blade gets into the hands of all your personal friends Send iu their names with ten cents for sample copies We can book a few more orders for bound volumes of the Blade and wo urge a speedy response to those desiring them j 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE I Materialist Association Propaganda Strong Letter from the Capable and Efficient Secretary to the Iviemoers with out line of Plan of Work By uhza iowry uiKeiij Otto Wetlstbin s auures at tilt tonvcu tion was prin lea iu mo uiue uiuue of Oct 11th He Is president of the Materialist Association and also ue ablest writer on Materialism m tne world His writings have found their way Into most all Free thought papers so he Is widely known But of all his writings tnat address Is the best his masterpiece Have you read It through carefully thoughtfully weighing every gument If not you had better do so Like the most valued of classic literature It will bear several readings and be valued more each time But the masses kept Ig norant by the priests and preachers teach Ings of Bible superstitious their brains not j allowed to develop by scientific teachugs ind discussions Lacy would not understand value that address It they tried to reau So to them wo Had better give the little symposium leaflets For educated hiuking men and women that address by Jtto ettsteln Tae Ax at the toot is ui inu tiling needed He proposes having t printed ill pamphlet or little book form oouu or 20000 copcs so it can be widely distributed but it will cost for 10000 copies btsldcs advertising and postage We want cash enough conirbutcd to pay for the 1rmlng Each who contributes 100 will receive 100 copies which they call distrib ute or sell at cents each If there Is any profits from the sale of the booklets that goes into the M A treasury If fifty members or friends each send 100 for 100 copies to Otto VettsteIn La Grange Ill we should soon have this most valuable addition to our literature in our hands for use Then praise it to the most Intelligent people we know to excite their wish to read It and decld on its merits themselves Will you help John U Charlesworth says The article will read well In pamphlet form the argu ment Is strong it is a brilliant array of facts and authorities against the God idea Otto Wettstein himself says In addi tion to my thought you will find It a valua blo symposium of the worlds greatest thinkers In advocacy of materialism and I have endeavored to meet all points of attack of the church so It will slake a strong pamphlet to convince the Investigator ot the truth we are anxious to Impart know that my little tract would make 100 converts where Herbert Spencers great volumes jlf would make one have elucidated and slmplthed World Problem so that the peo pie can understand them r T J iiowies our Indiana presswriter lecturer and sage writes as touows- Auuiiug in uiy judgment WU increase toe met Ot1Aillp iu mo uui nuiist itbsociu tou to rapidly us tile dutnimtiou among tau masses of rirotuer U easterns Canal louver address me ateraturu of the world uoes not 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