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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 1p j J BLUEGRAISBLAD E Volume XVIII Number i LEXINGTON KY 2 Iyoq DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT VON GOETHE Great German Dramatist Poet and Freethinker W4I OOOttGeoo OtO U 111 ill 10 V iIlVV II f ti+ lr or 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE Bible Inconsistencies POINTED ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE ALLEGED DIVINE REVELATIONSSOME NUTS FOR PREACHERS TO CRACK IF THEY HAVE TIME By Josephine K Henry It was smooth sailing for orthodoxy until the human mind be gan to think and question The citadel of Christian superstition Is now being stormed and is trembling under the questionings of Reason The pulpit has demanded and obtained the protection of the civil law the clergy from the socalled sacred desk proclaim what is unreasonable improbable and untrue and the civil law protects them for no one dare dispute their assertions how ever much they may outrage truth Law and Science must prove their assertions but not so with Religion The clergy from their lawprotected cowards castle Issue their proclamations and silenced congregations are forced to let it go at that But the mental reservations of those who occupy the pews find expression through the press The sea of thought Is lashed to white foam and the unrest In Zion is alarming The truth or falsity of the Holy Bible Is the top root of all the trouble all this is the fault of the Church If Its Holy Book rests on the eternal rock of truth it should demand Investi gation court inquiry and once for all settle the paramount ques tion as to whether the Bible Is of divine or human authorship fallible or Infallible Science and Reason are clamoring for fair treatment and commonsense refuses to accept anything less There are all sorts of Ministerial Associations but one should be formed of the ablest clerics and its name should be The Reconcilers whose duty should b to reonclle the contradictions explain the Impossibilities nun ntsurdltes In the Holy Bible and remove the doubts of the grand army of skeptics who are searching for and thirsting for the Truth The preacher tells us that God ls not the author of evil taking his text from Deuteronomy xx194 to prove It A god of truth and without Iniquity just and right is He but the inspired Isaiah xlv7 says make peace and create evil The Christian claims that God created ALL things and that the devil Is the author of evil If God created ALL things he must have created the devil Then logically God is the author of evil Romans 1111 says There Is no respect of persons with God but in Romans ix13 it says Jacob have loved Esau have hated yet tho history of these two characters shows lisau to havo been a superior gentleman in comparison with hla twin brother Jacob the most dshonest licentious trickiest schemer and grafter depicted In Holy Writ whose progeny swarm In Chrhtlan civilization today If were going to select from among the Bible gentleman a lovable man would tell Jacob to go way back and sit own Ezekiel xvlil32 says I have no pleasure in the death of him that dleth aalth the Lord God and Psalm cxlv says The Lord Is good to all and his tender mercies are over all his works I should imagine that Ezekiel and David would not bo authorities with the people of Galveston Martinique San Francisco and Italy but would think that Jere miah xlll14 knew what he was talking about when he makes God to say I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy but de stroy the themIjealous God visiting the Iniquities of the fathers upon the chil dren to the third and fourth generations Romans 1113 says The doers of the law shall be justified but the 20th verso of the third chapter says By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be Justified Job vll9 says As the cloud Is consumed and vanlsheth away so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no more yet Paul who is more often quoted by the clerics than Jesus says in Corinthians xv32 the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall bo raised Here we find Job and Paul in open conflict As bil lions of human beings have gone down to the grave and not one of them has yet been raised by tho sound of the trumpet Job up to this time is right and it remains to be proven that there Is any truth in Pauls assertion Ecclesiastes vll20 says For there is not a just man upon the earth that doeth good and sinneth not The inspired Sol omon wrcto that yet John contradicts Solomon tho wisest man when he rays Whatsoever born of God doth not commit sin Ho that commltteth sin is of the devil And then John 18 says If wo say that we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not In us Now it is up to the Reconcilers to deter mine whether Solomon or John Is telling the truth Biblical writers are like modern politicians One makes an inspired asser tion and another equally Inspired contradicts it and says You ore another The Annanlas Club was as necessary in Bible days as In Presidential campaigns In the United States today It Is a logical ecnelusilon that the truth is not In one of them Solomon or Johnand that one of them is a deceiver- If f we can believe David the man after Gods own heart when he says In Psalm 11611 All men are liars Solomon and must be both on that list though one may bo a bigger one Johnfthe other and from what the Bible says of David the Solomon he may grasp the palm from both of them I had much faith in Davids Integrity for the tricks he 1Bathshebaleniency should bo shown to Solomon Max ORoll says that All men deceive their wives and I guess Max knew what ho was talking about As Solomon had one t thousand wives ho must of necessity have been a monumental falsifier for wo are all creatures of environment If a man with ono wife deceive tel think of Solomon who had to deceive a thousand wives It does seem to mo if I were a titan environed by a thousand wives would be forced not only to be a falsifier but also a highwayman a pirate a traitor a thief a bushwhacker a boxer and an undesirable citizen all In one Solomon was always an Interesting character to me and when I got to writing about him never know how to round to It Is a dead certain ty that Solomon had an interesting family Tho Bible says plainly that All men are liars To my mind It should have read Nearly all men and women are liars with serious doubts about the small contingent not Included in thefword all Of course the ono thousand Mrs Solomons wore 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 church members and lived according to Scripture as women church members do today and the amount of downright that falsifying women Indulge In proves conclusively that men have not a trust on that business as David says they have The Bible told the one thousand ladles of Mr Solomons family If they would know any thing they must learn of their husband at home Think of a thousand women wanting to know a lot of things and one poor man even the wisest one on earth expected t to educate taem I cant help having sympathy for Solomon all his tailings If I had been In his place would have 1with passage in an airship for heaven where women are not and rested forevermore in Abrahams boson Solomon though Indulging in some Inconsistenclesmade a name for him selff and his departure from matrlmopial bliss to heavenly ecstasy was mourned by one thousand weeping widows who no doubt kept his memory and his grave green John x8 says All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers The Inspired John records that Jesus made this asser tion when teachng In the temple This is a very damaging statement to make of all the human beings who lived from Adam Jesus This would Include of course all the priests prophets and saints including also the Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus and us David the ancestor of Jesus says All men are liars the Bible itself disproves the fall of the perfect Adam for the Book says the race wero all liars thieves and robbers before Jesus This trinity has not the slightest resemblance to per fection so it is in order for the Reconcilers to clear this Bible Inconsistency up Wo know this Is true of the human race since the coming of Jesus botlh from history and actual condi L tions In Christendom To the Bible trinity of liars thieves and robbers can be added murderers The armies of the Christian world are like crouched lions ready at any moment to spring upon their prey whllo the masses are the helpless victims of popes prelates presidents and pothouse politicians On tho eve of battle the parson prays thus Great God wlhose almighty breath Smote the Assyrian hosts with death spetfmake us strong cause we fi- ghttIn tho great power of Thy might thou our bullets straight anu true that small stone which David threw with Thy people now as then Jesus sake Amen Amen up to the Reconcilers to reconcile the characters and lItis of the people of God In their social commercial and systems with humane principles truth justice and and to reconcile the claim that Christianity with the religion of a socalled Prince of Peace who says In Matthew t x34 Think not that am come to send pence on earth came not to send peace but a sword y 1Matthew x35 am come to set a man at variance against ihis rather and the daughter ngalnst her mother and the daughter against her motherinlaw f Luko xv2C If any man como to mo and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters yea 4and his own life also he cannot be my disciple How does all agree with the saying of Jesus I come to bring peace on earth and good will to men Two thousand years have rolled away since It Is clamed this Prince of Peace was on this earth yet millions have been murdered lu the name of His religion The worst tyranny that has over cursed the race has been committed In the name tho Prince of Peace Matthew x34H5 Is a perfect picture of Christian civilization today Marital family church and state dissensions are the order of the daythe rule rather than the exception The Catholic priest hates the Protestant preacher and each look on the other with conteihpt as false teachers de ceiving the people The sons who are at variance with fathers and tho daughters who are at variance with mothers the pews of Christian churches If a man or woman can be found who has not questioned the wisdom of the selection of a wife or husband or never regretted the alliance they should be put in the museum for a show And the families who truly love their stmslnrlaw and daughtersinlaw should be given through tickets to the New Jerusalem and there will be no fear of them being crowded when they get there Yet It Is proclaimed that Christianity Is a religion of Love and Its God is love It Is hiorder now for the clerical reconcilers to prove the Love of God to poorsufferlng Italy Dr Lyman Abbott the eminent preacher Is quoted as using these comforting words regarding the Italian earthquake While I hear the shrieks of the dying the roar of the earthquake and the rush of the tidal wave open my Bible and read that God is our refuge and our strength a veryIpresent help In the time of trouble Dr Abbott with true Bible consistency forgets that the folks in Messina and the earth quake districts did not have time to open their Bibles before tho Love of God was manifested to them that their religion Catlo lie forbade them reading the Bible and If they had had both time and Bibles they could not read at least the majority of them If Dr Abbott had been In the earthquake lu Italy he would have made tracks for anywhere to save himself from his God of Love Hunting Bible texts midst the crush of the world and the roar of waters would have been his last thought Saving himself would have been his only thought and alto and unless In the Interest of truth Dr Abbott retracts what he says he would have done If he had been In the earthquake he should servo as President of the Annanlas Club Honor bright Dr Abbott would you have tried to save your bacon or your Bible lu that earthquake Now right now Is a good time to recon cile John lv19 God is love with Jeremiah xllliH will not pity nor have mercy but destroy them and with Deuteronomy lv21 Tile Lord thy God Is a consuming fire The first and second chapters of Geness are now accepted by millions of Christians as mere myth and legends The six days of creations Is now known as six long creative periods or aeons If this Is so what becomes of tho Holy Sab bath If human beings are to rest only at the end of every six neons no wonder the manufactured machine Is running the hu man mnchno out of the market If this be so the Holy Sab bath with Its Sundayschools sermons churches and collections Is an Imposition on Christians and a contradiction of the Bible statement that tho ago of Methuselah was 909 years and that he had died a few years after tho Hood If that Is true where was Methuselah during the Hood Ho was not In the ark Ho may have been an export swimmer or he may have waded out The Bible Is silent on this point livery line of literature by Christian authorities Is apologetic There never was a time when the truth of the Christian religion was regarded as selfevident So great an apologist as Cardinal Newman emphasizes the fact that intellectually Christianity is not even defensible and the use of reason naturally engenders unbelief The whole system has to be constantly propped up by sermons and defensive works and all this because the consistencies contradictions and Impossibilities In the Holy Bible cannot be accepted by reason and common sense J It Is nn axiom that Christianity stands or falls with Christ 1 The American Republic has today a President whose religion denies the divinity of Christ and to the greatest scholars of our tlmo tho history of Jesus Christ the man Is highly problematical or entirely rejected Suppose that Jesus was tho only 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE begotten son of God what becomes of the Bible text John xll32 And I If I be lifted up trom the earth will draw all men unto myself The Bible says that Jesus was lifted up 2000 years ago and yet not onetenth of the human beings who have been the earth since then have ever heard of him and a majority who have do not believe In him What Is tne use of having tne Son of God as the worlds Savior If he docs not pave and has failed to keep his word All the explanations of the clerics of all ages have dismally failed to reconcile the absurdities and Impossibilities printed In the Bible The Intellectual world today rejects the story of crea tion and Science has proved It to a myth This foundation stone of the system being dislodged the superstructure the fall of man WHAT is PuoiEiiTY MEX AXI ANIMALS BOTH HAVE PKOlEItTY MOXEY LAIIOK NECESSITIKS AND LUXUJUES BAIAXCE CANNoT BE MAINTAINED By Dr A Hausman PROPERTY It seems hardly necessary to say anything about the meaning of property but considering that such foolish definitions as Property is theft still find be believers it may not be amiss to repent here that property is tho product of labor Animals have property bees have their hives ants their hills birds their nests The property of persons may consist in the natural articles or money which represents all values the great importance of money it is not surprising that it is the object of human desirethe idol against which oven the Christian god has to take a back seat in spite of all the of the believers who profess to despise the mammon but cannot do without it Instead of feigning indiffer ence against the filthy lucre they might as well admit the truth that money next to health is indeed the most valuable possession on earth it represents everything that human ingenuity has invented to contribute to happiness and make life worth living Apostles of tho millenium have frequently denounced the unequal distribution of money as unjust and against the intention of god but whenever an attempt was Wade to run society on tho principle of equality it proved a dis mal failure There is no equality in this world the Declaration of which says Wo hold these truths to bo selfevident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness The latter part of this passage is quite correct but the first one is a mistake The truth is that no two men are born alike they differ in physical and mental capacity and their inalienable rights would not help them much if they happened to ho the ribwoman thtt Virgin birth and tho Resurrection are tottering an I will soon be a mass of ruins a theological scrap pile Nothing can save the Christian system but absolute proof that woman was made from Adams rib that the father of Jesus was a ghost and that Jesus arose from the dead When It is proven that Human beings have immortal souls and a heaven of happiness awaits the faithful the whole human race will enter Into the port of safety without the aid of priest or preacher Mark ix24 says Lord I believe help thou mine unbelief This Is the brand of belief in both pew and pulpit today and Bible inconsistencies are the cause of this state of the religious Kentucky MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY I Considering protestations contemptible hypocritically notwithstanding Independence born in Russia or any other despotic country It is self evident that unequal causes must produce unequal effects Different abilities of individuals must necessarily bo fol lowed by different results of their labor one will gain wore money than the other and the use they make of it will vary according to their tastes and dispositions We en counter hero the same original biological principles which we found throughout the animal kingdom the law of variation and adaptation in the struggle of existence and tho survival of the fittest as tho result As the most important biological law which has tho greatest effect upon tho transformation of species we found the law of inheritance it applies as well to a community as to a single individual A community or nation in herits institutions as government standing army law re ligion etc and also technical and scicntifical accomplish ments A single individual enters this world naked and helpless tho only point in which all men are equal but en dowedwith various natural gifts physical and mental fac ulties which constitute useful or injurious qualities in the struggle of existence But not only are physical and men tal traits or talents transmitted from tho parents to tho child which alone must lead to different results in life but this inequality is heightened by another factorthe inheritance of property Wo see this same law in opera tion among tho animals bees may inhabit for generations the same hive and leave always a supply of food for their progeny The complicated conditions of human culture make it possible for man to leave property in various shapes or in money which is identical with all values To the social principles enumerated above we must therefore add another which reads No two persons aro born alike and no equality can obtain in earthly possessions Nor is equality essential or indispensable for happiness- In view of tho physical laws wo must abandon all ideal istic hopes for absolute liberty fraternity and equality in this world and assign them to the realm of dreams Defining tho term fittest to survive great stress was laid upon the fact that no moral significance whatever at j BLUE GRASS BLADE I tanhcSto it Money represents material value at all times and at all places but docs not imply the necessity of person al merits of the owner A person inheriting fortune has certainly done nothing to deserve it has not given society any equivalent in return but this does not affect the value of his money because it is absolutely impossible for society to repudiate its obligations to exchange the in itself worth less metal for the real necessities of life Money is uni versally acknowledged by all civilized nations only savages with few wants can dispense with its use and exchange directly the products of their primitive industry In dealing with the social question it is of the greatest importance to keep in mind this peculiarity of money that it retains its power under all conditions no matter how it may have been obtained A Roman emperor is credited with saying in regard to an income from a very unsavory source Non alet it does not stink LABOR AND CAPITAL As the inevitable result of tho unequal distribution of wealth wo find the accumulation of great fortunes on one side and poverty on the other Socialistic writers frequently treat this nturnlrelntion as two different subjects under the name of Labor and Capital Knowing the true meaning of money wo must sepnrnlionrated and much less be placed in opposition as two hostile factors of society Capital is no well defined fixed entity it runs from one cent upwards It may be acquired by in dustry or commerce in which case society received an equivalent in material value or by some illegitimate trans action when society receives no value in return As long as certain industries can be carried on to greater advantage on a largo scale it will remain so The great technical terprises of today require a largo amount of organized labor and unless they are carried out under the system ofco operative labor or by the State which is the same on larger scale individual pluck and energy must be allowed to reap tho profits if they take the risks Concerning tho illegitimate acquisition of capital that is accumulation of wealthor money for which society has not received any equivalent in return and which is a leud108R there is no other remedy except the abolishment of such institutions which afford an opportunity for obtaining a share of the common wealth without giving any value in return Such institutions are the government tho standing armies and the church Tho first named could not bo dispensed with but it can bo mado less burdensome Standing armies might bo reduced to a small contingent adequate to the limited warfare against savages and no physicalnecessity exists for tho maintenance of tho church It could be abol ishedentirely as soon as the evolution of reason has made sufficient progress among the mass4 CHAPTER XI PRODUCTIVE AND UNPRODUCTIVE OCCUlATIOXSNECES SITIKS AND LUXURIES IMPOSSIBILITY BALANCING PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION Nowithstanding the simplicity of tho physical laws upon which the complex organization of society is based they are still little understood especially by those who are most directly affected the socalled working classes that is those performing manual labor It is an absolute axiom that for everybody that does not work himself somebody else must work that for everyman who does not produce the necessities of life some one else must do it And it follows further that the sustenance of allsuch persons who do not contribute anything to the material wealthof society is a burden that must be borne by some one Wo distinguish as useless all such occupations which neither contribute to the gratification ofa necessity or a luxury of life and owe their existence to the inheritance of institutions for which there is no longer a physical no cessity but onla moral one consisting in transient whim andcaprices of the people or tho low intellect and brutal instincts of tho masses As the most expensive and detrimental institution we must consider tho standing armies whichentail an enor mous loss for the nations that have to support them To feedclothe and shelter several hundred thousand men and furnish the expensive equipment of war arms ammunition etc requires an enormous amount of labor for which no reciprocal service is rendered society and which is no benefit to any one But as stated above there is no nation yet that can afford to be without an army All that they might possibly attain in this respect in Europe would be tho disarming of the civilized nations who together could force the barbaric nations Russians and Turks to do the same But the bulk of all the nations is still too ignorant and brutal to permit tho prediction of such a movement for tho near future The armies required to conquer savages and introduce civilization by force which is the only way it has ever been introduced would not bo largo and no great burden How ignorant people are in regard to tho burden imposed upon them by tho maintenance ofa largo army is shown by tho curious argument which one hears not in frequently that it helps to bring money among the people True enough but where does the money come from Al- Ways from tho people who must perform a certain amount of work to get it back Exactly so much work as it re quires to earn tho money that goes to support the army is lostfor tho person who pays ho does not receive any benefit from it Supposing tho soldiers were merely fed and clothedwithout having any arms or doing tiny duty the loss would be less than now tho labor necessary to produce the material of war being saved But supposing that every person enlisted in the army was devoting his energies to productive labor what would bo tho result Tho saute amount of money would represent a larger quantity of actual value that is necessities and luxuries of life The objection that there was no opportunity for employing tie 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE idle hands is simply absurd because the population has been steadily increasing and with it the army showing that there was room for additional numbers There is no other possibility for the application of human labor and industry but nature When the extreme limit of productiveness has been reached further increase will be impossible Next to standing armies in regard to costliness and uselessness come the governments What an enormous burden is the support of so many princely houses in Europe for which the people do not receive any equivalent hi return even the onerous duty of governing making lriwsand i By A J Clausen Since the beginning of my work as Na tional Organizer for the Philosophical Bible Class I have received letters from a num ber of clergymen who have turned from the disgraceful business of living by spreading falsehoods and fraud Wo need their labor and they need our sympathy and respect and we are abundantly able to render both as wo outnumber all igious superstitious sects In the United States But owing to Indifference for or ganization we are no better to the honest clergymen than a desert would be to him This is wrong and a strong reason for clergymen to remain in their churches and spread superstition and falsehood rather than starve for being honest and telling the truth to the people It Is to tho scholarly clergy we are most indebted for much hard work In clearing up tho root and foundation of religious mystification If we would do our duty as faithfully as do tho ignorant and superstitious people as they see it clerical frauds would soon como to an end Just think how many Churches there are with but a few families to keep each of them going while Freethinkers In many places outnumber the church people fen to one and these very Freethinkers are held up to help support lueso Institutions of superstitions with which they do not sympathize in the least If tho amount of money paid into tho churches by Freethinkers was used to pay for the services of a man who would teach their own doctrines this country would look different from what it does now and our Republic would not bo threatened with a displacement for a monarchy as it Is now in the interest of rich plutocrats and a corrupt clergy Wo must wake up and organize The elutes are determined to displace our Re public for a monarchy and to suppress education to keep the people in Ignorance in order to maintain their power as lords AtJ superintending their execution being no longer incumbent upon the scions of the ruling families Changing names docs not alter facts republican governments are often just as expensive and even more so The unwieldy machinery of civil government the courts of justice etc ara synonymous with a great loss of labor and though govern ment cannot bo dispensed with it might be much reduced andsimplified if people would learn to better understand and observe the laws of society instead of following im plicitly their shortsighted egoism To be continued ExClergymens Correspondence Bureau of tho land The orthodox clergy is heart and hand with them to bring about tho wane conditions in order to force tho people down upon their knees before them Meanwhile the intelligent people are shirk ing from their duty to counteract by edu cation tho criminal work going on to put an end to our republican liberties Waite up friends wake up before it Is too late I will do what little I can to serve you by conducting an ExClergymens Bureau where exclergymen cans file their wants and Liberals can file their needs for local lecturers In this way I hope to be able to bring about a correspondence between tho people In need of a local lecturer and the lecturers who are in readiness to serve them I am depending on the Liberal press of tho country to do tho advertising free as I am doing my work free for the good of us all St Ansgar Iowa- EXCLERGYMENS CORRESPONDENCE BUREAU Exclergymen desiring to correspond with Liberal societies contemplating to engage a local lecturer taro notify this Bureau free of societies desiring to correspond with Liberal lecturers with a view to se curo ono to serve as a local lecturer can notify this Bureau free of charge Always enclose a selfaddressed and stamped envelope for a reply Prof A J CLAUSEN Ph D M St Ansgar Iowa REFLECTIONS ON THE DEBATE Blade Writer Gives Expression of His Opinion Concerning the Journey and Its Results By Warren S Dean It was gratifying to mo as a lover of vL reason and truth to learn from tho pen of our Editor and the proceedings of his debate at Canal Dover Ohio between himself and the Rev L S Keyser spec ially so that part where the Rev Doctor lost his temper and was hissed by the audience But what a contrast there must have been between those debatersone putting truth and reason forward In regard to Lincolns Freethought views and being hissed by tho audience he coming back with proof to substantiate his assertions and challenged a repetition while the Rev Doctor acknowledged his error and admitting he had done wrong Also note the marked contrast in tho preparation of that debate The Free thought advocate simply bringing his intel ligent individualist views forward that was based on natures laws mans brain and handiwork while the orthodox shepherds preparations consisted in giving a months revival drunk from tho dregs of superstition to their Hocks for the purpose of blindfolding the mental faculties of any and all to keep them from discovering tho true merits in tho remarks of the advo Date of Freethought It docs not seem possible that any part of an audience that professes to bo in telligent would allow their mental facul ties to become so blunted as to blind them to tho absurdities and contradictions that ancient traditions Ignorance Impose on their minds Many of them seem unable to discover tho gross contrast between the socalled holy history on the ono hand and plant life and many useful end beautiful things for human needs which many of them aro engaged In training jointly with the forces and laws of nature on the other hand and they seem almost unable to discover or realize tho marked contrast between tho professed piety and good nee of orthodox priesthood pretensions and their known acts of past and present times And last what a marked contrast be tween that class of people who spend ono day seven In prayers and slavish suppli cations to an unknown being while during tho other six days they aro in numerous ways welding their schemes on any and 1 i BLUE GRASS BLADE I all things to hold and extend their power to enslave the human mind While on the other hand the great body of people who are trying In their numerous ways to give and do something to better conditions and make moro happiness In this lifes work who realize whatever good and useful production conies to them comes solely thro works of nature and the Intelligent ef torts of the brain and hand of useful nu man endeavor What a great pity It Is that the great body of people could not know and distinguish not only tho marked contrast between two debaters on the platform but also to that far greater ques tion Who and what party Is upholding Ignorance delusions and falsehoods of old And give them to understand they will be justly despised by those who are or wish to bo mentally honest by making them prove their assertions by the true standards of the KNOWN experience In this worlds life Delhi N Y WHAT IS A FREETHINKER Discussion upon Remarks of J Frantz which Appeared In Blade Columns By A E Wade I thought when I commenced to corre spond with professed Freethinkers through the press and otherwise that I had found a people who were not sectarian or bigot ed and who were open to conviction when ever tho truth was made plain to their un derstanding I am moved to write this by an article In the last Issue of the Dlade by J Frantz In reply to John Maddock on tho Materialist attitudes I leave Brother Maddock to reply to tho justice of exclud ing him from tho organization as ho may only Intend to give him a few facts presuming of course that he has sense enough to distinguish between a fact and a Is It not a fact that Abraham coln our martyr President frequently re sorted to a noted Spiritualist for counsel and advice when ho was about to Issue famous Emancipation Proclamation A full account of tho whole proceeding may be found In a book published by Mrs Net tie Colburn Maynard In 1891 under the title Was Abraham Lincoln a Spiritual 1st The genuineness of her testimony Is verified by Mark Pomeroy Francis B Carpenter D N Southworth and Simon P Chase Again Bro Frantz has no doubt read of Joan of Arc who heard voices and was thereby led to take mand of the French army and as long as she was obedient to these voices she led tho army on to victory and crowned their King Is not this a matter of history or is it a fable We read a very Interesting book not long ago written by Helen Bingham en titled The Irish Saint The book is said to be an authentic account of a poor little Illiterate Irish girl who could neither read nor write and who heard voices telling her what to do In nearly every affair of lite The boys called her Holy Ann because sho always addressed this unseen ueing as her Father When they would lose anything they would always go to Ann and ask her to get It She would go to her Tcom and walk up to a corner with her eyes closed and In her simple way she would say Father where Is It and after standing a moment or two In silence she would turn around and go directly to the spot where the article was Mrs Baker G Eddy the founder of the Christian Science sect also heard voices calling her name according to her biogra pher and she retired from the busy world for a space of three years for meditation and spirit Illumination when she wrote her book Health and Science and Key to the Scriptures Now it Is a fact as much so as any sworn testimony In court that Hundreds of persons have been healed of all manner of diseases by simply react ing that book- Doubtless Bro Frantz is well versed In all the material sciences such as Astronomy Geology etc but knows nothing about Christian Science or Spiritualism hence he Is all one sided In his knowl edge of the universe My object in belong ing to the Freethinkers Is to reason on tnese questions In order that wo may as certain all the facts and so bo able to come to a correct knowledge of the truth In the matter The greatest obstacle hi the way of progress is these narrow sectarian parties that claim that they know the truth and nobody can teach them anything Of such churches or associations be they orthodox or heterodox Spiritualist or Material 1st I have no use if they will not allow mo to proclaim what I believe aro the facts or the truth Urbana III BIBLE LESSONWISE OR OTHERWISE By The Chaplain When tho world was young and Ignorant a little Jewish maid Espoused to ono named Joseph a carpen ter by trade Got full of pure religion and running somewhat wild Mot a holy ghost ono nlghttho conse quence a child Tho llason of Mary and the ghost was never known Till she really couldnt help Ittwas very plainly shown And then her lover Joseph got rattled In his mind And thought hed fire Mary leave her far behind But Joseph was religious believed In fairy dreams So when the angel of the Lord appeared in sleeping scenes And told him twas a holy ghost that came from heaven above He woke to find his troubled brains were once more filled with love MORAL Snould your Sunday girl get busy as dear Mary did of yore Dont get your gum to working to settle such a score Strange things might once more happen m the flight of Father Time Your girl might be a virgin and her kid be called divine San Francisco Calif TIME By Julia Coon Roll on 0 Time with steady sweep roll on The ages rear a record to thy hand The earth once young and with her virtue crowned Now shows thy heavy mark Before thy scythes have forests bent while on their track The grain fields wave afar Rivers have come have gone have como again And een the rocks cry to us of thy weight Roll on 0 Time you only hold our hope TIs you alone can right dull Errors sway And shrivel like tho leaves dark Falsehoods power Roll on 0 Time along the centurjes roll TIs you shall place mankind on his estate Roll on 0 struggling nuinnn tide roll on Thy hopes thy alms make up tho sum of life thy briny tears have made the ocean salt And Is there one among the multitude t But sells his birthright for a mess of pottage But barters truth and peace yea life ItselCtFor shallow myths and hope of other worldstBut writ iiIctlmsnor throne t Bartow FInJ r 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by him until his death February JAMES 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to his typewriter But in any event Cardinal Gibbons has spoken lie does not shower upon the breast the gleaned wealth of antiquity nor attempt to unsphere the spirit of Plato but he essays the role of a moral and social censor unmindful of the fact that the great body of the American people give little or no heed to the decrees of the church The object and purpose of the interview was to ascertain from him an expression as to how far the modern isms had pen etrated the Roman hierarchy fund their effects upon the Roman Catholic congregations The Cardinal asserts that these have had no visible effect upon any department of his church And yet the very fact that a necessity wits felt for an interview upon such a subject and the very filet that the Cardinal talked indicates that such a possibility exists and while the Romish church may withstand the spirit of liberality and progress longer and more see 4 cessfully than its Protestant offshoots yet the church that will not progress keep up with the spirit of the age must perish find this will be the fate of all who stand in the wayThe church fosters and encourages every department of science but just because she is the friend of true science she is opposed to all false pretensions of science There is as much difference between true and false science as there is between authority and despotism liberty and license So declares Cardinal Gibbons in his interview And since when has the Catholic Church become the friendof Science l Since when has the Catholic Church fostered and encouraged Science When Science was in its infancy still in its swaddling clothes did the Catholic Church foster and encourage the babe If so how By burning with green wood anti by torturing those who lid foster encourage and teach it The crowning glory of Science crime in the century last past when it demonstrated the i indestructibility matter and for this the Church has never forgiven Science because it took its personal god outIof the universe and established the law of cause and effect as against special creation Neither Cardinal Gibbons or his church would foster and encourage any department of science unless it could be shown that by so doing the church would derive material aid and benefit therefrom The Cardinal even goes so far as to admit this when ho said further When she the church hears a man or woman ad vancing some crude theory at variance with the received doctrines of revelation with the existence of God for example or his superintending providence etc she knows that his or her assumptions must be false because she knows that Gods revelation must bo true Hero may we see the dogmatism of the church person fled Place before a man like Cardinal Gibbons any fact no matter how certain may bo its demonstration and if it is in the slightest conflict with his ideas of revelation ho will ignore the fact refuse to receive itund still refuse to critically examine his alleged revelation But what revelation has any god made And to whom revealed Surely it will not bo contended that the book called tho Bible contains the sum and substance of a gods revelation to man portraying the plans and concepts of the infinite True find false in Science Aye just as there bo the true said the false in all things oven in the churches of all denominations The true science is to bo found of and independent of the church The false exists onlyt where the church permits For centuries the church has been teaching a false science and it is still teaching it untiltthis day It has been and is now the policy and p11lpOSlJ of the church to so contort science as to make it fit as far as thin bo possible with the teachings of the church con corning gods power and revelation Recognizing till forces of scientific thought the church at first opposed Repeated victories brought the church to its senses and with unwilling heart it accepted as much as it dare and only that which would enable it to maintain its orthodox I BLUE GRASS BLADE pretensions intact and yet appear before the world as be ing liberal in its attitude towards science The church still prays for rain when it knows that prayer will not produce rain That is unscientific It may fit with revelation but it does not fit in with science The church prays for power and yet it knows that power can alone bo obtained by and through the number of its adherents The church sells indulgences and grants dispensations well knowing that it is committing larceny upon the pockets of the people The Cardinal proceeds to expound tho attitude of the church of tho gospels and of Paul concerning women alleging that these regarded her and taught that she wa tho peer of man in origin and destiny and in redemption by the blood of Christ This is fine talk my Cardinal but tho one trouble with it is that it is not true The bible does not givo to woman tho same origin as man i Neither is she made the peer of man by the gospels or by Paul Wo are somewhat afraid that it has been so long 1sinco the Cardinal has read his bible that he has actually forgotten what it does say But when he denounces di vorce and terms all divorcees who marry again as polygamists and bigamists ho is bringing himself in conflict with revelation which ho started out to defend The Old Testament by implication restricts the possession of one wifo only to the Bishops of tho church Every Free thinker can tell the Cardinal what Paul taught about women how she must ask her husband if she wants to know anything and to bo and remain subject to their husband in all things As a matter of fact Paul places man as far above woman as Christ is said to be above man and if tho Cardinal thinks this is being tho peer of man ho is far from understanding tho meaning of tho term The church is fixed in its mentality All science is progressive The intellectual attitude of church members is determined for them not by them The man of science changes his concepts at will always and over guided by physical facts The senses of man stand between him and natural phenomena They stand between him and the external world and tho world of thought Ho takes his facts from Nature and transfers them bodily to tho domain of tho mind Ho looks at them compares them observes their mutual relations and connections over bringing them clearer before his mental oyo until ho is ablo to settle upon the cause which unites them This is Science On the other hand tho church insists upon a formula of belief from which there is no escape no alternative This is religion Science and religion are opposite Religion t has never aided Science and Science can givo no aid to t religion INVENTION AND GOD Orthodox ideals are being shattered on every hand by the unimpassioned and independent assaults of science and education The rainbow is no longer believed in as a sign of promise for men know that tho rainbow has appeared upon tho sky over since tho suns light rays wore deflected through water prisms in tho atmosphere Not one bible believer in ten really accepts tho orthodox version of tho ori gin of the rainbow And yet this portion of the bible text must be as much inspired as any other portion no more andno less Tho first great invention was a bow and arrow The next was tho invention of fire God had absolutely nothing to do with either With a bow and arrow tho first important weapon of offense and defense man became Jn reality master over tho beasts of the field Before this man was but a beast himself little removed from brute domain and frequently engaged in a contest with other beasts for the exorcise of some personal right The bow and arrow gave him power almost at will to bring the birds of the air at his feet to subdue by death tho most powerfuland most dreadedof all his fourfooted compeers Not until this moment did man actually become lord of creation but ho was still a beast Ho still ate raw flesh and raw roots His diet was much like that of other beasts biped and quad ruped Ho was now able to conquer them but he was not far above them There lurked within him however the possibilities of more speedy development waiting an opportunity Stop by step tho change The process was slow and painful The history of tho development and growth has been written only in blood with tho pen of tho suffering Each successive organism climbed higher only by standing upon tho corpse of its weaker brother This is natural history Now camo the invention of fire and at one mighty bound man leaped from his humble surroundings to the pinnacle of success Ho could now cook his food and he no longer ate it raw A lino was drawn between man and the brute Across that line no bruto has ventured andman had taken tho first great step toward civilization Still god had naught to do with human affairs It was the result of human effort alone From that day innumerable inven tions and discoveries have been made but at no stage does the hand of any god become visible Then let it bo asked Of what use or benefit is god to man Why should man be asked to worship him pay him homage when ho has done nothing forman Tho facts in development reveal a glorious history of mans upward growth The doctrine of special creation as taught by Christian theology suggest a miserable failure a fiasco invented and designed by deity It wore charitable indeed to say of any deity that Christian teachings are not true a libel on tho character and intelligence of the deity they worship Mans progress being unaided of god man can well afford to continue to ignore god in all undertakings Convince intelligent men and women of this fact and tho occupation of hired preachers will disappear They are as useless as barnacles on the hull ofa ship They are as necessary as mosquitoes and of about equal value to human ity Their mission is to teach a lie against nature to sup press truth to distort fact and try to force an acceptance of themselves as accredited representatives ofa god that does not and cannot exist 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE There is no god but ignorance still trembles at the soundof a meaningless and emptyword There is no god and priests preachers and politician Combine to propagate a myth for personal profit There is no god and the race will bo happier when the knowledge and a proper understanding of that fact be comes more universal God is a mere invention born of ignorance TO COMMUNICATE WITH MAKS During tho mouth of July this year tho planet Mar will be nearer to the earth by about five millions of miles than it has ever been before or is likely to be again awl this approaching proximity of the ruddy planet is moving the students of astronomy to a serious and painstaking at tempt at communication with its inhabitants if the planet really be inhabited by sentient beings Last year the Blade published number of articles pro andcon upon tho subject of Mars and tho discussion afford ed some interesting reading Tho writers differed in their opinions concerning tho habitability of our solar neighbor its capabilities of sustaining sentient life and all gave good reasons for the theories advanced However that may be if it is possible to properly conduct tho experiments proposed some interesting scientific data may bo adduced JTO one interested in such matters can question or entertain tho slightest doubt concerning the importance of such au undertakingand it is to be hoped that an opportunity will bo given to try it- Soveralleading astronomers have suggested from time to time different means and methods of trying to communicate with Mars Oamillo Plammariou tho French theo rizer has written upon tho subject and that staid astronomer Sir Robert Ball discussed it seriously enough to point out many of tho difficulties that would be encountered Ever since Schiaparelli discovered the channels or canals upon the surface of Mars wo have made rapid and great progress in learning more facts about our celestial neighbor Prof Edward U Pickering of Harvard University suggests a series of heliographic signalling through stellar space by means of giant revolving mirrors and he esti mutes the cost of tho experiment at 10000000 Even f tho results of tho effort were to spell failure yet it would jot altogether bea waste of money for the experiments could certainly disclose something new It would mean that a step had been actually taken in an effort to communi ttto with Mars or her people if she have any and were message of some sort to be lashed back to earth tho triumphof science would bo made complete and permanent conquest of superstition would be afforded The proposed plan is to arrange a series of mirrors so as planetTheseallel to tho axis of the earth to run the mirrors by means ofa motor and so timed as to make one complete revolu tion every twentyfour hours In order to reflect a suffic ient quantity of light to attract tho attention of any people on Mars these mirrors would have to bo set over an area of a quarter of a mile and even then assuming the existence of people on Mars to see tho signal it could not be seen with tho naked eye hence this experiment must pro suppose that tho Martians are in possession of some me ehanical contrivance similar to our telescopes to bring die taut objects within the radius of vision This would pre sent the appearance of a small point of light on tho surface of the earth and by using a series of dots and dashes or sonic other characters furnishing a change from one to the other it would attract tho attention of tho Martians and lead to an answering signal of some sort If such an answer could bo received it would soon become an easy matter to establish a code for transmittingmessages With tho rapid advances now being made in wireless telegraphy there comes the possibility remote it may bo that some time in tho future if it bo successfully proven that Mars is inhabited a more specific means of communication may bo established and a friendly conversation with tho Martian people indulged in That Mars has an atmosphere capable of sustaining life is not questioned It is also known that it enjoys a mild and equable climate It is also admitted that it supports vegetation There is no doubt but what abundant water exists upon its surface Under such conditions it is not improbable or impossible that sentient life may also exist upon its surface Many astronomers believe this Percival Lowell of Boston has devoted his life and his fortune to investigating this planet lie has built an extensive observatory at Flagstaff Arizona from which he has patiently studied it Ho expresses the firm belief that Mars is inhabited and Prof Pickering who now wishes to undertake this experiment of signalling agrees with him Prof Hough insists that Mars is not only inhabited by a race of people similar to ourselves but that they are one million years advanced beyond us in intelli gence But let us suppose that communication be established with Mars and unquestioned proof secured of its habitation what is to become of tho Christian scheme of salvation and its atonement of blood I It will prove a serious blow to bible cosmogony Modern interpretations of the Genesaic creation will have to undergo reconstruction in order to conform with the nowly discovered truths Wo could also anticipate what would happen to Jehovah for hero would lmowledgCEthnologists men of which the bible makes no mention and if god when inspiring his bible writers overlooked these it could not bo expected that ho was aware of any people living on Mars Put the people of earth in communication with the people of Mars and there will be considerable wriggling in tlw Christian pulpits The Martians may have another story concerning these things but it is too far fetched a theory to assume that they would havo the same god myths and the I BLUE GRASS BLADE U same story of a crucified savior It may be that the Mar tians never got that bad as to need a redeemer It may bo that god if there is one made them of different clay in a different mold But come what will if the experiment is attempted it is bound to prove disastrous to Christian theology EDITORIAL POTPOUIII With this issue we commence the eighteenth volume of tile Blade and we hope to stick to it for another eighteen volumes or more Parker II Sercombe editor of Tomorrow is now on a lecturing tour in the east In the advocacy of the principles of Freothought there must bo no falling back Duty demands that wo press onward and forward The cohorts of senseless supersti tion still exercise a devilish power over some of tile people Keep the Paine Centennial in your minds eye The late is drawing near and those in charge of the program will need all the help they can get to make it a success By a careful study of Judge Ladds article in our last issue we may bo ablo to realize tho necessity of an elongated purse to meet tho enormous cost of govcrumnt in America 0 Under sectarian rivalry onehalf oforthodox believers inherit theological prejudices which they do not understand and the other half tire made tho dupes mountebanks and charlatans falling into every ditchwhich a foolish super stition digs for their feet Tile great majority of men in all highly civilized coma tries have small regard for tho church they take no thought of her doctrines and give small heed to her petitions they seek truth in science rather than in revelation and the church in her senile ignorance fails to realize how stu pendous this army is getting to be and tho effect it will produce on all religious organizations Christians point tho finger at Doubting Thomas but it was evidence for truth ho sought and tho world would bo made still wiser and better did wo have more to follow his example instead of blindly following the gonfalon of theological quacks- 0 Tho soul of Joe Pctrosino the Now York detective who was assassinated at Palermo Italy by supposed members of tho Black Hand is now expected to rest in peace At a cost of 450 a candle has been made for him which is to be placed in tho Koman Catholic cathedral in Now York and allowed to burn itself out Tho cantle is nine feet highand is three feet six inches in circumference It weighs 178 pounds and is embossed with 14 karat gold It is estimated that by burning continuously night and day it will last nearly five years Poor fools One century hence tho world will know not that Joe Petrosino ever lived and the candle will be forgot long before that Preachers advocate religion for what there is in it and the credulous support it because they refuse to think There are seven thousand students in the colleges of California and there is not enough religion in the whole to save a rat ifu rat was a subject of salvation This is not our statement gentle reader but a statement made by Rev W E Vaughn of the Golden State while ad dressing a convocation of Methodist Episcopal minister recently at Atlanta Georgia We sincerely hope it is true for it means a great deal more to posterity than ap pears on the surface Education destroys religion Thi preacher however used the statement as an argument in favor of more strenuous work along religious lines for tho benefit of his profession It is doubtless distressing to th clergy to see such an army of educated young men slipping front their clutches Prof Paul Haupt author of tho Polychromic Bible and Dean of the Oriental Languages at tho John Hopkin University in a recent address before the American Oriental Society of New York denied that tho Red hca ever parted to permit the Israelites out of Egypt denied that Lots wife was turned to a pillar of salt and denied that Moses or any other matt ever talked to god though professing to remain a Christian Prof Haupt is treading upon dangerous ground As an orieud scholar the professor knows tho origin of many of tho bible tales and his familiarity with natural phenomena his knowledge of Egyptian topography together with tile derivation j Hebrew names impels his unbelief In Christian eyes this is no great crime but tile criminality consists in giving expression to the unbelief and the reasons for it Tho true history of Frecthought forms a largo pro portion of all we cnn know and enjoy of civil ai religious liberty Its principles are such as have always attracted the loftiest minds and boldest characters In its organ izatious Frccthought has refused to make any compromise with sacerdotalism along tho lines of conscience Her defenders could not bo deflected from the path of duty and honor by tile frown of authority or the blandishments of corruption Tho path of its advocates has led oftener into r exile than into favor oftener to tho and the 11thu1forlorni r r 112 BLUE GRASS BLADE Our next issue will contain another splendid article from the pen of Mrs Josephine K Henry on bibles literature As a writer and a critic Mrs Henry has few equals and the readers of the Blade are fortunate indeed to have an herIIn sonic instances the world may appear to bo a cruel mother to her most deserving children Those who court the many headed monster who filter its rank breathand to its idolatries bow the patient knee may materially pros per for a season but sooner or later it will trample them beneath its brutal heel But those who take duty for their guiding star and are strong enough to withstand the gibes ofmalice and the jeers of ignorance will find that the years are seldom unjust Tomorrow Magazine has made its appearance in a new form approaching closely to the size and stylo of the Blade pages The last issue is for January February and March thereby enabling its publishers to bring it up to date It contains an abundance of good reading matter from the pen of Sercombe himself and its regular contributors Tomorrow has just completed the fourth year of its exist ence and the Blade wishes for it a greater success in the years to come Parker Sercombe editor of Tomorrow who has been devoting himself to the production of his an nounced book advises the Blade that his work is now on the press and will shortly be ready for delivery From the sample copy of the pages submitted we bespeak for it a cordial reception and our readers are referred to the quotation therefrom which ap pears on another page as showing the trend and character of this latest literary effort of the Chicago philosopher Ancient custom and belief are rapidly hastening toward their final setting and the world now know that there is no hideous devil who makes it a business to bargain for human souls neither is there a god withwhom such a devil could drive a trade r Ever since boys began to be and they were able to read from printed types the youthful mind filled with the love of adventure and deeds of daring has turned to novels ofa daring character This demand naturally brought on a goodly supply and who has not watched a boy stand ing at the window of some hookstore eagerly devouring the front pages of dime novels Well now conies Mrs E 0 Knapp a wellknown Sundayschool worker of Do troit Michigan who urges the boys to turn their backs upon Diamond Dick and Roaring Pete and to read the bible which she declares is teeming with deeds and events every bit as exciting as the ingeniously concocted adventures of the nickel novel hero Mrs Knapp is r partly right but it is very evident that she has momentarily lost sight of the fact that there are grossly immoral deeds and events in the bible far worse han anynickel novel contains Bible tales satisfied the minds of the people of the ago wherein they were written As humanity pro guessed they discarded bibles for matters of higher nioinimt just as the boy drops his light literature as manhoods dny draws nigh In our judgment the bible is too indecent tr be made a substitute for the yellow novel The people are ever drifting further from fanciful tales of bible lore and the pulpits are getting into the pro cession Belief without evidence is the demand of faith but no man can believe that which does not receive the sanction of his reason Man is no more responsible for what he believes or disbelieves than he is for the time and place of his birth Ho may succeed in deceiving the work with a false profession of faith but ho cannot deceive himself The mind of even the worst man is a court in which every cause is tried with rigid impartiality Ho may not announce his true finding but he knows what it is himself Therefore it is not only honesty in thought but honesty in expression that must obtain Men doubt when the evidence is unsatisfactory or the mind incapable of analyzing it No sacred book socalled ever yet convinced any man that there was any greater being in the universe than himself The Blade is pleased to announce that it has appointed an English representative to solicit subscriptions and pro mote its interests in Great Britain Our agent is P Gill 123 Vicarage Road Wolverhampton England to whom the proper commission has been sent Our bound volume of the Blade for 1908 is now in the hands of its subscribers The delay caused by running short of copies will not occur again as this experience hn caused us to take extra precautions against such a contin gency with the 1909 volume During the absence of M Mongasarian in Europe his platforms will bo occupied by Fra Elbortus Jonn Emerson Roberts of Kansas City Henry Frank of New York and tho Blades editor Although the order ofappearance for each has not yet been mode known to the Editor ho bas requested the last Sunday in May owing to the absence of his wife with a sick mother in Kansas When the date has been agreed upon duo announcement will be made in Blade columns and the Editor will bo pleased to meet once more the friends ofa generation ago and new ones acquired since l BLUE GRASS 13 PAGE FROM ORIGINAL- DBLADES POETS DEATH OF BRUNO By Joseph Rogers Alone upon the deck of a ship of Mar tyrdom Bruno meets the enemys boarders with a pistol and cutlass in his hands Go back yo foes he cried Ye shall not Jeer The moan that beckons death to claim its own The orphans sob the stricken mothers tear That rise to cloud the sun of morrows dawn These bloody decks and tatterd flag revere TIs well yo halt to hear for one yet stands To save my countrys flag and guard the dead From senseless foes whose red and tainted hands Would oer the death of heroes try to spread The rag that fills with woo so many lands Bo patient yet awhile Your captains heart Is coverd by a gun that never falls And cross this space a leaden slug will dart It but one hostile move my life assails Keep calm and liveI in good time depart Adieu my friends ye who in battle fell To keep our flag unsullied from the foe Adieu Ye died but made a seething hell Of grQans and mangled forms when you did throw Against yon sinking hulk your shot and shell Ill die with you No tyrants prison chain- Shall bind me last to show abroad my shame To ask a cowards fate would foully stain The matchless glory of my countrys fame And brands my honor with the foes disdain This wreck so wetted with your noble blood Shall never enter port as Neros prize But passes down to join the brotherhood Of crafts whoso worthy deeds immor talize The death of those who at their cannons stood Away yo slaves that work a masters will Your servile blood did paint your decks in vain For soon the moving spark the air will fill With human limbs that scattering o er tho main The shark will find with his accustomed skill Ha ha ye go the sainted flag ye sought- A thing of activo life eludes your grip So other times may learn how poorly wrought Are all the thrones and crowns of Caesarshlp Farewell I await the end my messmates bought Salt Lake City Utah OLD FALSEHOODS By Harold Banning Aye tear our shattered bible down Long has It spread its lies And many a dupe has dance To hear of heaven in the skies Before it rang tho preacherq shout And burst the Christian roar That ancient Jewish story Shall insult our minds no more Its pages red with victims blood Were read by mankinds foes When priests were sailing oer the flood To spread that faith by blows No more shall fool the believers grasp Nor believers eyes shall see The scholars of today have plucked That old absurdity Oh better that Its shattered hulk Should sink before the blaze Its readers plied tho awful flame And there should be Its grave Nail to its boards Its ghastly tale Tell of its awful fame And give it to its mighty friends The whirling smoke and flame Mt Vernon Ohio TO JOHN F CLARKE By a Friend How sweetly you do tell Of ono who stormed the battlements of hII- ndeed you prove an expert with the lyre Whenever you essay to sing of tire Ono would suppose to listen to your lay You have no fear of it yourself some day Beware sweet singer for dost thou not know Warm regions yawn for sinners down be low Where even snowballs are served piping hot And cool by contrast Is the pepperpot Where little devils and a lot who are not small Turn handsprings night and day and cat terwaul To sober thee a bit and make thee think Ill take thee for a voyage to the brink And hope as on its horrors you do gaze You will resolve at once to mend your ways The time is very short 0 beauteous bard Turn turn thee round about and pedal hard Come with me into the awful pit The very thought of It gives a fit The sides are greased to make the Ingress smooth But alas not even claw and tooth Can pull one out again when once hes in For no one ever up its sides did shin From out its blackened mouth a horrid smell Doth plainly to the lookers nostrils tell Of Limburger of hoary age and ripe The only word that rhymes with that Is tripeISnakes toads and lizards and uncounted rats Walt patiently for tnee with myriad cats Devils there also be of visage grim Cry ceaseless Let US have a crack at him Each with some torture thats entirely new I dare not name them all dear friend to you While rasping whiskeytenors loudly sing Sweet roundelays unto the beauteous spring Uncounted Editors are there who make theo write And stuff tho waste basket with great de IIght- Swiping thy stamps enclosed for Its return Or else thy writings fore thine eyes do burn When thou art thirsty as a billy goat A hotlead cocktall is poured down thy throat could continue but Ist not enough Suffice It then to say the place Is tough Bo good and join the MoodySankey clan And from this day let this be all thy plan For If thou dont I really hate to tell How slim thy chances are of scaping hlBaltimore Md r 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE FREE AMERICA By J H Geycr Tho Christian churches one and all Are bound some future day to fall Before the powers of Freethought For which our great forefathers fought The best will stand but a short while Till comes the final test and trial And then the people all shall see The U S A as It ought to be When In Seventeen SeventySix The U S A was In en awful Ilx Who was It to their aid then came But the brave and noble Thomas Paine The Independency clause he wrote It sounded like music word for note And claimed thIs ounr to lie free the A today should lo But now he has gone away from here 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