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I l IftIf BLUE GRASS BLADE itj rr lVolume XVIII LEXINGTON KY JUNE 13 lyop Number 7 tM l DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGZNDpp FDOM OF THOUGHT f 111I4t 31 Am an At0t IIll I am an Atheist because Im built onsuch t a plan I cant believe absurdities or make lieve Ican For an eternal Universe is easier in thought Than one made by a selfmade God and both made out of naught- I cant accept theology thats founded on a devil That was created by a God that does things on a level t I cant believe one God is three or that three Gods are ono That ono lived all eternity and then begot a son I cant believe pure virgins have babies by ghosts begot It ought to be a crime to preach suchsilly t tommyrot I am an Atheist because Ive never seen a God Or heard or smelt or tasted ono or seen where one has trod By CHARLES BROWN Phenomenas no proof of God nor flowers nor birds nor grain No mind can act or thought can spring apart from nerve and brain Eternal energy exists must follow cause But no eternal brainless Gods revealed in Natures laws- I am an Atheist because Im not a hypocrite V Am not looking for Influence or trade a little bit f Idrather bo my honest self and free to think and speak Than be a President and know I was a moral sneak I cant believe Atoning blood that scheme vicarious Will cut much ice onthntlgreat day and I dont care a cuss Whod wash his vileness in the bloodof an Atoning Lamb fWill steal the jewels from the crown of every saint ho can Ialii an Atheist because I like the precept trlle Do unto others as youd have all others do to you I try my best to livo up to this Heathen Christian rule I seek tho reason in all things and dont care who keeps school I I am an Atheist because I say with bra zen face I do believe that character is more than saving grace or i i 1 ilfiiJ jfII am an Atheist because I read within the word That Christ came not sweet peace to bring but to set up a sword Because theology has brought to suffering mankind More persecution wars and strife than all things else combined I am an Atheist because I cant make it appear That Gods would mock calamityor laughnt honest fear I cant conceive a God so base as to nive or wink At witchcraft slaves polygamy which make tho Biblo stink I cant conceive a God of WrathaGod of Vengeance dire Who sits and sniffs the incense sweet of damned souls in hell xiv911 cant believe this hell ideaIcant a a little jot A luke of fire and brimstone be for Esquimaux too hot ftW6raity will damn your soul7 All right just let it rain llItmy2bnnces with Socrates witli Paine I amTmv tfieistfbccauso Id have my hea ivyeh herey An ford never wait to renl1 my title ButlwfiyiamUn clearIt to fall Tluoworldre uld not contain the books nor heeave 9nor even hell w11id i f 2t BLUE GRASS BLADE Name and Aim Progressive Human Elements ConsideredTimely Review of Existing ConditionsScience Has Greater Liberty- in EuroDe than in America By Dr A Hausman The history of progress illustrates the old truth that in unity lies strength in division weakness Every step on the road to civilization has been preceded by ninny futile efforts owing to insufficient power of the progress ive elements which were either inferior in numbers or divided among themselves which amounts to the same in effect This latter condition prevails at the present day for considering the extent to which rational views about the world and its inhabit ants have supplanted the old religious traditions it seems rather strange that the beneficent effect upon our social institutions which ought to bs expected as the natural consequence is so little in evidence Most of the liberties we enjoy today were attained at the end of the 18th and in the first half of the 19th century before tho great mechanical inventions and scientific discoveries of which we are so inordinately proud had been made It cannot be said that Darwins most important discovery has resulted in any immediate social reforms and it would be strange indeed if such was the case because the material conditions render impossible a sudden magic transformation of a social order based on an cient deeplyrooted traditions But in due time it will effect great changes and in science it has already revolutionized the basis on which scientific researches and theories are made It is a remarkable fact that in our own country there has been less social progress since the foundation of tho republic than in most advanced countries in Europe where personal lib erty and democratic government have steadily trained ground Aside from the splendid material development of this country owing to its immense natural resources and their unrestricted exploitation tho government has steadily degenerated and lib erty is giving way to tyranny which often causes tho down trodden nations to wonder Organized bodies take advantage of our defective method of legislation to acquire control of the natural resources and public utilities making thereby tho mass of the people tributary to the few The courts of justice do not protect the weak against tho stronger they are merely devices to give some individual an opportunity to acquire a greater share of tho common wealth than others could obtain by more useful work People vWI imperfectly developed mental functions and moral concept but physically strong by organization dictate to others how to regulate their individual lifewhat to drink what to read and how to dispose of their time Perhaps it is not generally known that our stupid laws leave the censorship of scientific books in regard to their moral standing to the arbitrary option of guy time to bo denounced as obscenr and their owners fined It has ass or fool who may have been appointed to such an office by political influence All the works on sexual diseases and espec ially on tho art of midwifery or obstetrics aro liable at any actually happened that a citizen of this free country has been finedand imprisoned for having in his possession one of tho best foreign illustrated medical works Already have American publishers commenced to omit in anatomical works the pictures of certain human organs which the prude hypocritical church r members cannot view without experiencing any other than the erotic sensations suggested by their libidinous lascivious pro clivities Science does not enjoy the same liberty to search for and pro claim tho truth as in some European countries and as the in evitable results it is badly mixed with fraud and humbug and used for mercenary purposes Here in California for instance any humbug is recognized by the Legislature if it commands enough money to buy political power Tho laws regulating the practice of medicine are stupid and uncertain and instead of serving tho purpose to exclude quacks they are used to exclude legitimate competition for the benefit of certain individuals All this is known to tho people The news in the daily papers consist principally of accidents scandals and crimes of all kinds and the farces enacted in the courts of which the latter are the cause An appearance of righteous indignation is kept up by the papers supposed to voice public opinion but nothing is done the people feel their helplessness and pretend to consider the permission to squeal when they are robbed the greatest lib erty they can enjoy But not all there are always a few truth fulsensible persons who are able to read the signs of tho times and know from history what will be the inevitable result when abuses are carried so far that their efforts become materially of society are the same allover tine world the evils are tho same and also tho remedies Ignorance of cause and effect which finds expression in tho various religions is the fundamental evil which prevents man from living as well as his natural environments would permit him and the first step of re form must be the substitution of those errors by rational views It is an encouraging sign that societies are being organized for this purpose they will do some good but they could do more if they agreed upon a certain object and combined to accomplish it There are at least four societies hero in San Francisco pro fessing to pursue the sumo object but differing in sonic minor points which prevent them from consolidating for cooperation Especially the declaration of tho Materialist SocietwlhClo is no god and no future life has been subject to criticism aud- is called H orthodox by some persons who like to pose ns radical Liberals In tho faco of tho positive assertion by tho church that there is a god and a future life without any tangible proof whatever it does not seem presumptuous to muka positive assertion to tho contrary for not only are all tho facts which make us cognizant of tho existence of a thing miggjus but nor malreasoning rejects such an assumption as impossible- Wo are accustomed to express our strong convictions by a positive or negative statement on many occasion when it is less justifiable than in this case because an attempt lo imcgino such a being as tho Christian standard god of tho bible leads to absurd propositions and is simply impossible Practically it floes not make any difference whether we deny outright the existence of this intellectual monstrosity or give it the benefit of tho doubt and say wo do not know it does not matter as long as wo leave him out of our human affairs do not attempt to hold him responsible for tho mistakes rind crimes of man In tho application of the false and unnatural Teachings of religion to our social life lies tho danger and any ono working for their exclusion promotes progress bo ho known as an inlldel atheist agnostic or by any other name Tire term Materialist may t I r BLUE GRASS BLADE 3Ibe properly applied to everybody that is what we aro and must be because wo cannot help it But it is frequently conceive in a rfenss doily different from the definition given by comrade J Frpnl in liU struiiir and lucid reply to Mr J Mattock in No 51 of the Blade and it is not an uncommon occurrence to hear ono oi tile iLoty hilosi pliers who have not the courage of a l3limru opinion and semi to be a cross between a acuhcn and a JHuit describe a Materialist as a person who is silisded wills iuiini drinking and denying god and then annihilate him Cortmutdy inly ii mind end not in body Although a true conception of the world and its creatures is the initial step for the emancipation from the relics of barbar ism with which our civilization is still encumbered we must not imagine that mere knowledge is sufficient to accomplish thin task it is necessary to carry it out in justice or else it is worth less What an application of our modern rational views signifies is clearly demonstrated in Judge Ladds excellent article Criticism on Government in No 52 of the Blade It is a very gratifying but unfortunately rare event to tweet with a member of the legal profession who still takes an interest in the welfare of the people and whoso social consciousness has not been superseded by the callous mercenary principles of his vacation Only when such ideas as he advances and such reforms as he proposes are generally accepted and introduccd can wo look for permanently better times While it is comparatively easy to point out the causes of our social evils and suggest a remedy to induce a nation to carry out an act of reform is so difficult that as wo know from tory an abuse is usually permitted to become unbearable before it is abolished Every social institution is of benefit to some body whoso interest it is to maintain it and as long as those who suffer by it are not strong enough to force its abolition it will remain It is the lack of social instinct some would prefer social psychology or rational patriotism which forms the great est obstacle to reform We make a wonderful display of patriot ism against the foreigners always boasting of our liberties and ready to resent any insult of the flag with the sword but at homo wo meekly submit to being robbed and enslaved and crawl before the man who says The people bo damned And the people have no reason to complain they have no money for men to do the work necessary for reform but they have millions for men who play ball or give each other black eyes I wish to avail myself of this opportunity to mako a few comments on Mr A E Wados criticism of the mental attitude of my comrade in arms J Frantz If I am not mistaken the three cases of Lincoln tho Irish Saint and Mrs Eddy are of fered as proof of tho existence of god and a future life and under this supposition I will review tho evidence Granting that Lincoln was a Spiritualist what about it It would not detract a particle from his merits his works that made his namo immortal It is what a man docs not what he y believes that constitutes his value as a member of society and if Lincoln hall been a Mohammedan or Catholic his deeds would bo just as great But all the same his belief in Spiritualism would not convince me of its truth I want facts as proof That II Joan of Aro and Holy Ann heard voices seems not impossible such things may happen in certain nervous dis orders but such hearsay evidence cannot bo accepted as fact in the court of truth Concerning Mrs Eddys work I am afraid Mr Wade pro sents a weak case if tho facts aro not based on any better evi dence than any sworn testimony in court An oath admin istered in court is nothing but an empty form and as a means of ascertaining the truth a total failure The word ran honest man cannot bo improved by an oath and a liar will not be co erced by it to toll the truth So little faith have the judges and lawyers in this II holy sacrament that they do not expect wit nesses to tell any of the II truth excel that which will benefit the party in whoso interest testify and who often their for their servicesIII believe our believes others to be the same But I accept his statement that some people have been cured by the application of Christian Science There is a group of physical disorders caused by the reaction of the mind upon the body which may bo relieved by employing strong impulses and emotions as a remedy to correct the abnormal functions It matters little by what means they aro produced and a sudden fright has sometimes caused a wonIderful effect These results of tho mutual dependence and inti mate relations between the mental and physical organs have heretofore been entirely neglected by the medical science but their importance is being recognized and the matter investigated All the miraculous cures of ancient and modern times must be ascribed to physiological changes effected through the influence of the controlling nerve center Tile field for this method of healing is however very limited and giving Christian Science due credit for curing till cases of this kind that come under its care there is no doubt that they would appear a poor offset only against the evil that has been caused by the absurd and dangerous teachings of tho queen of dupes Mrs B G Eddy To deny conditions which in obstetrics and surgery mean cer tain death if not removed by certain methods of science is simply criminal or idiotic and many lives have been lost and often health has been ruined by following the advice of that conceited false prophet I have seen the results of an investigation of several hundred cases reported as cured by Christian Science and it was found that those who were well 1not have an organic disease and all tho results were unreliable becnuseIthe diagnoses were made by persons who did not know anything about medicine But the greater number who are not benefitted at all by the treatment or who die victims of criminal omission are never mentioned in those reports I have seen some of the Christian Science curesI daresay more than our friend Wade and while I have not tho slightest objection to his proclaiming what he believes to bo tho facts ho can hardly expect mo to accept that belief against what I know to ho the fact not because I read it but have seen it myself I have more faith in my own senses than in tho revelations of Mrs Eddy and all the saintly virgins in the world Alameda Calif By denouncing the organs and method of propagation on which the perpetuity of tho human race depends as immoral the believers cast reflections upon the creator who made them and charge him with being lewd and obscene Among the books reaching our office is one Tie Good tho Beautiful the True a book of poems by C Brown of Ithaca N Yto graduate of the Northwestern and Cornell Universities The splendid little poem which appears on our first page in this issue is used from it by special pcriufcsion of the author tho work being copyrighted the title of tho book is also conferred upon the lending stanzas while Freethought or lint imtIflox views prcmeato its every page While some of the poems have a personal note in their lines tho majority tire upon general topics many bold thoughts tire tastefully ex pressed fine book contains 150 pages with five illustrations including portrait of author and 58 poems There is an air of boldness in utility of the thoughts given which put a decided charm into tho lines Wo have been pleased with the opportunity of reading it and recommend it to our friends Ij sells for 1 per copy Address the author 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE What the Christian Believes If the Christian Religion Was Right and True in the Centuries J Past It Must Be Right and True Today By J Atwood Culbertson The Christian believes that 5913 years ago there existed but one immense vacuum that in this vacuum some place was a god or the vacuum itself was a god How long this god was a res ident of the vacuum is not stated One day this god took a no tion to create and started out on a weeks labor Whether this crime was the giving way to the impulses of a moment or n premeditated affair has not been revealed or recorded His first work was that of making the little insignificant planet commonly known as the Earth which he made the first day a creating record which did not last long The second and third days a few finishing touches were put on The fourth day the record breaker he made the sun and moon and the stars also a record which has never been equalled The fifth day a few fishes and their like were created and on the sixth day man and beast were made On the seventh day he rested The Christian believes that man was made on the sixth day male and female He also believes that man was not made male and female on the sixth day that only a single man was at first made who was blind This blind man was placed in a certain garden known as Eden where god brought unto him all the beasts and fowls on earth and the man familiarly known as Adam named all of them As Adam did not find among all these beasts an animal suitable as an helpmeet ho was lonesome Therefore god caused a deep sleep to come upon him and while poor Adam was asleep the tilwise performed the first surgical operation on record and took from Adam a rib of which the female was made This cutlet Adam called Woman later naming it Eve Eve like Adam was also blind Adam had been told that he could eat of every tree in Eden except of the tree of knowledge but there appeals to boono recordof god having told Eve not to cat of this tree And at the solicitation of a certain serpent that had the gift of speech Eve was induced to eat of the fruit of this tree after she had seen that it would make one wise was pleasant to the eyes and goodas a food dont forgetshe was still blind find after she had eaten she gave to Adam who also ate find their eyes were opened and they saw their nakedness and were ashamed and they knew good and evil The Christian believes that because of the above crimo com mitted by Adam and Eve all men are born insin that is totally depraved and must die In order to be saved and have everlast ing life they must be born again which is to say believe unfeignedly in all the tenets of orthodox Christianity and bo baptized in the name of the father the son and the holy ghost To the good Christian there is no question about the serpent having talked with Eve but when the serpent lost its speech is a matter of conjecture At any rate to acknowledge the truth of tho Christian doctrine is to say that had Eve not eaten of the fruit of the tree of knowledge all her posterity would have been going about blind and naked idiots According to Christianity in a short while god became very much displeased with the inhabitants with which he had peopled the earth and to erase his very serious mistake he gathered to gether a certain family and a certain number of each of tho two hundred twentytwo thousand two hundred twotwo differ J J ent kinds of animals reptiles and insects placed them in a little craft which was about the size of a washtub as compared with some of our present day ocean liners closed the one window and one door and sent a flood After all the corrupt people on earth as well as the dumb animals bugs and reptiles had been destroyed by the before mentioned flood and the waters x earth had subsided the first complete menagerie was turned upon theI This circus manager was named Noah The posterity of the Noah family proved to be no better than that of Mr and Mrs Adam and god had to resort to other means to regenerate the people of the earth To do this ho sent his only begotten son to redeem the sinners of the world The Christian believes that this son known as Jesus Christ and many aliases was born of a virgin named Mary conceived by a ghost was crucified dead and buried descended into hell andon the third day rose from the dead and some five weeks later ascended into heaven and now sits at tho right hand of god the father almighty If n virgin would go to any Christian today with a like story she would not be believed yet Christians will accept this timeworn story without question Further the Christian believes that to doubt any of the above unreasonable rot is a crime that should be punished by eternal torment And in order to mete out sufficient justice to all those who do not accept the tenets of their preachings they believe that their god has prepared a place known as hell into whichall those who have not been regenerated shall be cast and burn eternally in an unquenching fire Why do they believe such rot Because in a certain book which they believe to be the inspired word of God hell is promised to the unbelieving and heaven to the faithful About this book most Christians differ very materially each interpreting it differently giving us tho sorry spectacle of fallible man trying to interpret an alleged infallible book infallibly The hell idea is the most infamous doctrine that was ever inflicted upon a people the very enormity of such a punishment being n crime beside which nil other crimes sink into insignificance The perpetrators of such a doctrine who dethrone rea son and install fear instead commit a crime against intellectual liberty of tho first magnitude And while Ingcrsoll has scared the devil pretty much out of tho sermons of preachers and turned a quenching stream of reason upon the crackling fires of the Christian hell of fire and brimstone the preachers of today 1thisr If Christianity emanates from an infallible head what was true of it in its incipiency should bo just as true today If it was right according to Christian principles to burn heretics in tho 10th century it should bo right according to those same principles today If tho Inquisition thumbscrew and rack Christian institutions were right centuries ago they should bo just as correct today And if witchcraft had the sanction of an infallible church in the time of Moses up to tile 17th century and later it should have tho sanction of the same institution today BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 But why arent all these things in operation now Because the principles of Christianity do not emanate from an allwise and infallible head and because the majority of the people have be come infidel to such doctrines broken away from the clutches of bloodthirsty priests and denominational skypilots whoso one purpose is to fill the peoples minds with fearful imaginations of gods and devils collect their revenues and send the poor credulous souls away soaked in faith For this reason there are 58000000 nonchurch members in the United States today We probably have a population of 90000000 people Of this number the church claims about 32000000 which is to say that only about onethird of the people of our country have been regenerated According to Christian teachings that part of the 32000000 who die each day will find eternal happiness awaiting them while that part of the 58000000 who die each day will meet eternal damnation Most of these 58000000 people are good citizens who have committed no crime against government or individual but have committed the unpardonable offense of not joining the church and being baptized born again consequently they must be cast into hell for all eternity to expiate the one unpardonable crime of not pooling their con science with an insatiate Christian god and socalled Christian fellowmen Can such a doctrine appeal to any reasonable or right thinking man as being justice Can any man other than those blinded by a cloud of faith and superstition respect a god who will sanction such punishment In our several wars many men have been killed and many more died of disease It is reasonable to suppose that many of these men were not members of a church thousands ofwhom were doubters or indifferentists According to the socalled in fallible doctrine of the Christians of an eternal hell of fire and brimstone which they would like to discard for something not so infamous these indifferents who passed into oblivion fighting the battles of liberty on the sunbleached fields of war will be aroused out of the calm and pence of death and their bodies cast into a godmado hell reigned over by a Christian devil to fry and simmer for all eternity for having been champions of personal and intellectual liberty To perpetuate this damnable doctrine Christians are asked to and do contribute liberally On Easter morning of the present year I attended church at the Episcopal edifice at Sewickley Pa The congregation at this church is rich and fashionable The Rector in asking for his Easter offering remarked about as follows Last Easter our offering was over 150000 this morning I want it to bo 200000 I have since learned that the offering was 182483 and the Sunday School Mite Box offering 20000 in addition making an Easter contribution of 202483 for the cause of hell and superstition- On this Easter morning the theme of the Rectors sermon was beliefmakes the man that no man is bettor than what ho be lieves and if he was at any time bettor ho will gradually grow quiteiso us guns Atheist the Pantheist tho Deist and tho Christian He said j Atheism breeds selfconsciousness that the Atheist knows no god and as it is tho inclination of man to worship something 9tho Atheist is a manworshipper and in denying immortality puts man on n par with animals therefore puts himself on an equality with the beasts Pantheism breeds selfrighteousness us the Pantheists god is matter itself Deism breeds superiority as the Deist puts god in sumo remote place from earth from which place lie rules the world Christianity ho said is a humiliating religion which brings god to earth and associates him with maul and makes men how down to tho cross What hotter argument could Atheist or Agnostic give in their con tention that gods are mancreated Ho makes belief make tho god The Atheist has no god because ho can find none and be lieves in none The gods of tho Pantheist Deist and Christian l 1theirbelief bring to man a guarantee of an eternal association withfthe monumental church tyrants of the past and present corrupt popes and maintainers of the Inquisition But does the Atheist put man on a level with tho beast In 1 death yes but in lifeno The Atheist Agnostic and Free thinker know that man is superior to all other animal kind TholAtheist knows that the white man is superior to the negro as he knows that the thoroughbred horse is superior to the jackass The white man and thoroughbred horse are superior by nature which are facts and not theories Death is the great leveler that in time puts everything on an equal The Christian is just as cold in death as is tho Atheist and with all the prom ises held out by Christianity of a glorious future life she drys not a single tear When tho shadow of death visits the home of the Christian as many tears fall upon the coffin as on like occasions in tho home of tho Atheist Death makes the Christian see how worthless worship is how remote the possibilities of a future life seem and brings to him the realization of the fact that death is no respecter of religion and that after all as Ingersoll has said Nature creates without purpose and de stroys without regret What does the Christian believe It is hard to tell there arL so many different species Why Because each church believes that it has some superior manner of worship and finds some special favor in tho sight of tho Christian god who on II Judgment Day will furnish them with a box or reserve seats in the theater of tho Lord If this were not tho case they would join hands Butt listen you nonchurch members indifferentists and unbe lievers Do you believe that you have committed enough wrongotr in this world that should you die today a god would bo justified- in sending you into eternal damnation in a Christian hell Any religion is as good as its followers make it which is to say that all religions are manmade For a religioa to be good its maintainers must be broadminded liberal honest men Men or religions are not honest unless they give all people equal rights before the law reason and eternity No religion asso ciation or society is honest if it ostracizes a man because of his belief or disbelief so long as ho docs not advocate violence Many people are better titan tho ism they profess to believe because they have been educated to worship and under such conditions thoII ism will soon meet with a revisionII In Things Certain Unity In Things Doubtful Liberty ThinkiChristian think- Sewickley Penna Wo deeply regret to learn of the death of Qeorgo W of Paris Ky He has been a worm and ardent supporter StiversIBlade for many years His personal friendship for C C Moore his eariust efforts for the cause of truth his ferrIless stand for mental liberty were true characteristics of his nl1Iture and his daily life exemplary in the extreme was tho strongest argument in favor of the eternal principles of Free thought The San Francisco Materialist Association has arranged for a Paine Centennial celebration The Blade will give a report of the meeting at an early dateI 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE 4 MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY THE GIIUICOII VAS BASED ON TIlE TGNOUANCE OF TILE PEOPLE AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN OPPOSED TO FREEDOM OF THOUGHT HEAVEN is HAPPINESS AND CONTENTMENT By Dr A Hausman What progress is has been already defined in general outlines in a preceding chapter and it remains only to enter a little further into the details of the process Progress is tho result of evolution the change of one form into another Letter adapted to the prevailing conditions Since life is but one continuous atomistic movement manifested by a series everchanging forms each now one descending from the preceding one must pass through allstages Man develops from the original typo of life the cell and all tho characters and traits ofa perfect body represent additional subsequent acquisitions All the accomplish ments of mankind called collectively civilization are the result of acquired individual experience transmittedupon the offspring augmented and inherited from generation to generation Every individual has to pass through the en tire series of evolutions transcurred by the whole species A person learning a mechanical art has to begin with tho rudiments which once at an early period of history formed tho whole of this art Science consists in tho recognition of facts and their relations and its wonderful accomplish ments which wo admire and view with pride today tire the result of the observations and labors of a hundred gen erations The astronomer who solves the deep and complex problems of tho movements of tho celestial bodies has to begin his studies with the four species which once com prised the entire science of arithmetic the author has to learn tho a hC before ho is able to writo poetry etc In regard to our social institutions we find the same law of evolution Among tho gregarious animals we find a leader the savages have a chief tho civilized nations a king or president all from tho same reason the struggle for exist ence By comparison with past times we discovered why we call the present a progressive age end as the essence of progress we found hotter knowledge and increased use of the natural forces And how was this attained There is but one possibility because a nation consists of single individuals the progress of the world must tho result of the progress of single persons Ono man studies some question and discovers that the prevailing opinion is wrong ho communicates his ideas to his fellowmen and ifIt sufficient number have become convinced of the trutha practicalresult will follow Copernicus discovered that the prevailing idea about the earths shape was wrong and that the earth moved instead of the sun filets whose immense importance is universally acknowledged foday and PowP has secured the discoverer immortality in history But at the time when he lived ho did not receive much credit for the great service he had rendered mankind and Gallileo who held the same views was prosecuted for having pro claimed the same truth History shows that every human institution is of advantage to some people who strive to maintain it from egotis tic motives Tho church was based on tho ignorance of the people and leas always been opposed to freedom of thought and tho assertion of truth which must tend to enlighten tho people and render them unfit for implicit obedience Hand in hand with the church went the worldly powers who depend on the same divine charter of stupidity and brutality still they have done more for science than the mass of the people who has never appreciated andaided the efforts at reform of humane enlightened men They have rather acted like a certain dog who was cruelly maltreated by his master and when a humane person interfered in his behalf turned around and bit his friend The people has never recognized its friends and the business of social and politicalreform has always been the most ungrateful avoca agoithuman affairs Those that throve and prospered on tile ignorance of tho people church and government would prosecute the reformer and tho people would stand byand see him beheaded or burned without moving a hand for his rescue These times fortunately have passed but when we study the history of discoveries and inventions wo find that very few of the promoters of progress earned tho reward their labors merited During their lifetime they were misjudgedscoffed at or even prosecuted and died often in poor circumstances but a generation or two after their death when their inventions had been tested and found valuable their ideas been discussed and found true then their merits were conceded their memory honored by a monument people would speak with pride of them as their great men and every good patriot wouldmodestly credit himself with their deeds People must have great men their vanity demands itund they come cheaper dead than alive Tho Germans are particularly notorious for the mean shabby manner in which they have treated their meritorious men There is scarcely any invention which they do not claim for ono of their nation who died un known and in poverty but was a hundred years or so later rewarded with a monument by the grateful people Notwithstanding that a poet has said that of all tho earthly treasures glory was the most precious because the name survived the body I consider glory tho poorest compensation a man can obtain for his labors on earth Ho lives but once and his comfort and happiness depend on the amount of money ho earns the only token of estimation and ap i BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 proval a people can give that is worth contending for To speakof tho love and respect ofa people is all nonsense Seldom is u proverb so far from tho truth as Vox Populi vox deitho peoples voice gods voice Tho man who uttered this falsehood must have been deaf to mistake the bray of an ass for the voice of god What is public opinion A chaotic incongruous mass of single minds who differ in almost everything except in one point all want to make money as quick andwith as little labor as possible Take the population of tho old world tho majority is no more 4 civilized than a hundred years ago they do not appreciate progress nor do they accept it but they partake of its ble- sslings because they cannot help it In scientific questions absolutely worthless but all the same it is tho supreme judge it has the power it represents money and is there fore eagerly coveted by such professions that live on it the clergy politicians and all sorts of frauds who seek it for tho sake of money and despise it in their hearts Public opinion is worth tho amount of money some one can make out of it nothingmore Wo started out to find tho truth about what About ourselves about man We had been told in school that we wore descended from a noble ancestor a great and mighty king who rules over the universe the stars tho sun anti tho planets tho saute as tho kings on earth rule over land and men And wo were fur ther taught that our parents had been disinherited on ac count of disobedience and for thoir sins wo wore condemn ed to live a miserable life on this miserable little earth Our grand old ancestor took however still a little interest in his poor relatives and let them know through the mouth of a few chosen ones that ho might yet relent and take them back to his divine realm if they lived in a manner ordained by his agents but if they did not obey these injunctions they would go to a place after death infinitely worse than their present habitation These conditions were horrible for centuries tho country was reeking with tho blood of in nocent people sacrificed by tho faithful to reconcile the dreaded god At last a few people began to think and then to doubt If our great father they argued finds pleasure in seeing his children suffer for deeds they have not com mitted he cannot bo a just and good man and we cannot see any reason why wo should wish to go to him after death They examined tho documents claimed to be written by tho god and found them to bo forgeries ant the agents to bo frauds But when thoy told thoir opinion the false prophets denounced them as bad men enemies of the good lord and tho people who wore too stupid to think and could not believe that these few should be rational and free and i the rest so ignorant and brutal rose and slow them proving by this deed that tho few were riglu Again andagain bravo men would rise for tho sake of humanity to be perse cuted by the church until at last their number was largo enough to protect themselves And now ve have searched tho records and find that tho whole story of our noble de scent is nothing but a lie and all the alleged divine documents are a fraud Not long ago wo discovered tho gen uine original records of our birth in the archives ofoir aged mother tho earth which prove that we have no other relations but her her creatures and ourselves Since then wo have given up tho idea of searching the universe for a heaven wo have hell on earth and here we must also look for a heaven But what sort of a heaven can there be on earth Look around for people who are contented and happytherey- ou will find heaven tho only one you can ever hope to attain If you ask what is necessary for such a blissful state examine tho conditions and you will see that some are indispensable and others only relatively so According ly among those who are denied happiness there are scne- who cannot bo happy because they are lacking the essential requirements and others who possess all that is needed but do not know how to bo happy Everybody must there fore try to find a heaven on earth for himself and by his actions he may help others to reach the same foalor he may prevent them from doing so For mankind lakon as an entity tho highest state of perfection that an possibly bo attained on earth would be to apply all human energy to productive labor to conduct tho struggle existence exclusively against nature insteadof one against the ther Progress points that way but how far the most advanced nations are still distant from the zenith of human evolution is impossible to tell When wo regard tho useless wars manifestations if hu man imbecility if which the animal is incapable we may well ask how it is possible that such institutions exist which demand the sacrifice of thousands for the imaginary benefit ofn few Tho errors of society are the error of many and institutions based upon them cannot be abolished before a sufficient number havo corrected their idea which always must precede action Investigating tho evolution of mind wo found that the process of thinking is subjected to the same physical laws as tho rest of the functions rif body It depends on tho perception of facts through our senses where they are wanting there is no thought Now ideas therefore require now facts now facts require labor to discover them and ascertain their relations mind thus is progress governed by the mechanical law of division of laborIMan cannot act without a reason unless he be demented and if ho is unable to find a rational motive for his own actions ho will assume an imaginary cause i that is resort to lying Although it is a fact that in a war the two op pored parties act each one likIt dog or at least ono of them who is set on to another dog for tho and benefit of his master and that both aro losers ovenItho victor gaining nothing that could not be obtained out tho sacrifice this modo of reasoning is never applied by th majority The low animal egoism of tho masses finds expression in a foolish sentiment patriotism or national pride Ifa man says I am a Frenchman American or German and am proud of it ho is an unmitigated ass What difference sloes it make where he is born Continued on page 12 r 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chllton Moore in and edited by him until his death February JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 1268 N Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 160 per year in advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remittance 100 each Five trial subscriptions sent in with one remittance for six months 6t cents each Trial subscriptions 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hearty welcome TUB BLADE Is enterd at the Postofflcs at Lexington Kentucky U secondclass mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P Box IU Lexington Ky A RECKLESS ASSAULT UPON TEUTIi Inordinate vanity has over and always in all places and at all times in season and out of season been tho stock in trade of fools To say that Rev George A Hough pastor of the Grace Episcopal Church San Francisco is possessedof a replete stock of vanity would ho putting the case mildly and be fore we are through with this castigation we will show that he is even worse than vain Something has been said about provaricators being in need of good memories At times they manifest a con venient memory but the two adjectives do not convey tho same meaning The professional prevaricator can remem ber many things that never occurred and thoy take to lying just as naturally as a duckling takes to water not infre quently lying for the mere pleasure of the occasion This trait in expounders of tho gospel of the Nazarene is by no means rare It is as common as fleas at a camp meet ing Paul encourages them in the art but if thero bo a semblance of a monetary reward in sight they go right at the business without any encouragement at till From wliat is reported tho Kov Hough must bo classed in the latter categoryIn recent sermon reported in tho San Francisco Calla copy of which has been sent to our office ho makes a reckless assault on truth when referring to Ingorsolls College at 4 Liberal Mo and uses statements in connection therewith not altogether in accord with history As a matter of fact Jngcrsoll had to do with the founding of the town named Liberalin Missouri It was established by a few independent enthusiastic Freethinkers many years ago and succeeding in the experiment of establishing a truly liberal community where absolute freedom tif thought and liberty of conscience reignen friends gild relatives were invited to join them Taking advantage of fhie opportunity the unusual liberty afforded in matter of religion and religious worship tho Christian element gained a footholdand under its charter successfully claimedIthe right to build establish and maintain a church This was done The aims and objects of the y Freethinkers who had settled the community were cast aside and backed by tho State tho Christians gained con trol But this is not the most grievous untruth stated by Rev Hough Speaking of the college which he denomi nates as a National Frecthought College ho goes on to say as reported Its first president was a friend and classmate of mineIan exceptionally brilliant man In three this scheme of Ingersolls was proved a miserablefailure petIfriend tho president a sincere enthusiast went about the country preaching his doctrine of Freethought- und ultimately went back to educational work on tho strict understanding that ho should his beliefs to himself Ho was finally eonvertOlIUpon duo reflection after reading the above wo felt inclined to take tho piseopalclnuches of America under our wing that the several congregations might not bo so flagrantly imposed on by their pastors When Rev Hough is able to como off his high perch of seeming great dignity he will doubtless feel like asking to be recognized just longenough by honest men to apologue for his existence Can it be possible that a minister of the gospel will not be truthful when dealing with an intellectual foe According to his own estimation of Frcethought it is a synonym for intelligence for docs he not say that this friend who was also a classmute of his and the first president of the pet scheme of Ingersolls was an exceptionally brilliant man But mark tho consistency of Christiantadvocates they gave him a position as an educator presumably because of his exceptional brilliancy but ho was well charged to keep his beliefs to himself In other l words ho must hea hypocrite in a land of liberty and freedom or starve But ho was finallyconvcrted This is the climax Upon that statement the curtain is rung down The audience departs The parson rubs his hands together in great glee reflecting how successfully ho has got the people fooled Kov Hough know that his congregation did not know and ho also know that being well trained they would take no trouble to investigate Christian congregations r l 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 9 especially of the Episcopal denomination are not prone to investigation The error was in permitting such a statement to be published and thus affording those who did know an opportunity to read what ho had said In his church Rev Hough was safe Tho danger came from publicity There would have been scarcely any point to his fabulous story unless a conversion was alleged To have permitted an infidel who was an exceptionally brilliant manto have remained an infidel would have done his profession no good hence the allegedconversion At this point we are prone to ask Rev Hough the name the first president of this pet scheme of Jngorsolls lof might also state somo of the places at which he lectured and whero did the alleged conversion take place Is this converted Freethinker still in the land of the living If so will Rev Hough give his name and address that one may communicate with him CollegeIwas ever wits a Freethought society which held regular meetings and it had its officers including a president If this is what is meant will Rev Hough so state But there are hundreds of similar societies in existence throughout tho United States today so if this one became a miserable failure what answer can Rev Hough give regarding other and numerous Froothought societies organized since that time and in existence and operation now Assuming for the sake of argument that it was a miserable failure how many miserable failures are recorded concerning Epis copal churches in America If such an argument is good in one instance is it not also good in tho other Rev Hough may deplore the atheistic tendency of tho age but if the story ho has related about Liberal Mo be true ho ought not to fool tho slightest fear He was finally converted bespeaks a fearful apprehension lest a fat job should slip away from him It is the solace of priestly fools who seeing danger shut thoir own eyes in the hopo of not having to recognize it But wo spoke of vanity and wo asserted that Rev Hough had his plethora of a very suspicious brand of that article This wo gather from tho fact that ho exploits his purty in tho paper along with tho report of his sermon Judging from his physiognomy ho ought to bo planting postholes in tho dark of tho moon instead ofrelating to ignorant congregations incidents that novel had any actual occurrence selling tho truth for a miserable mess of pottage tholprove some 1satisfaction in knowing that somowhcro in this universe there wits a sulphurous hell whore fiends howling lie and that the warmest section would bo reserved for him A CHICAGO JUDGE ON EVOLUTION Thoro are innumerable instances wherein the prejudices of honesty are entitled to consideration but till judgment of real genius will always command a respect bordering I upon reverence It so happens however that in this age of almost universal inquiry wo cannot accept any man however wise as an infallible pope in the realm of intellect appealWe mindthatfor tho office of Judge of the Superior Court as viewed in the light of sonic recent utterances of Justice Kavanaugh who is accredited with occupying seat on that bench the present time and ho may be seeking a reelection atIto sport and play with lines of thought foreign to understanding and beyond his comprehension in an effort to gain notoriety by pandering to a sordid superstition be his chosen path to fame ho will find innumerable mental microbes encumbering his journey Jurisprudence is one thing theology is an altogether different issUJ And yet neither jurisprudence or theology can tolerate evolution eternallyboundpast to invariably control tho present and as if by habit bent Judge Knvanaugh permits his bias for precedent to control his opinions on other and different subjects According to a report published in tho Chicago Record Herald Judge Kavanaugh recently addressed tho Sunday Evening Club whatever that may be but wo presume tho character of the organization addressed by the diameter of the utterances made by the person thus addressing its members As a fact this pettifogging judge opens his mouthvomits a few sensational remarks and vainly imagines ho has felled Darwin Huxley and Haeckel at one fell swoop Ho announces his utter contempt for such creatures and a far greater contempt for tho doctrines or theories advanced by them And after all tho Chicago judge may bo right for tho expounders of tho doctrine of evolution never tried to run in his class nor did they seek his advice or consent ore they launched on the world of intellect their views of tho cosmos Judge Kavanaugh may know tho law but it is evident that ho docs not understand evolution If his legal judgments aro as far from tho truth as is his judgment anent evolution ho ought to last on the bench not longer than his present term Just read That muss of useless inferences piled one on tho other high may pass in sonic circles as delightful scientific ox position In a court of justice when tho right to a pewter watch was at stake judge jury and lawyer would call it so Judge Kavanaugh would quarrel with Science because it is not yet made perfect according to his limited capacity to understand it Ho might as well quarrel with music because men sometimes produce a discord On the other hand ho is ready to accept that a virgin was con ceived by a spook and produced divinity in tho shape of man Wore somo young girls character on trial before him tr i 10 BLUE GRASS BLADE and she offered testimony of a similar character we opine Judge Kavanaugh the lawyers on either side and the jury if one were impanelled would pronounce it even worse rubbish than the Chicago theologicojurist puts upon physical Science It wouldnot be to our liking to bo impaled before such a judge His rank prejudice would bo good grounds for a change of venue and the aid of the law to that end would be speedily invoked Nor could wo trust the ownership issue of the pewter watch to such an arrant bigot It seems that Judge Kavanaugh is unable to realize the fact that truth will live in spite of his ravings even if it be contempt of the judicial prerogative for evolution to establish itself without consent Some years ago we witnessed an egotistical bullpup hop astride the collar of an adult wildcat and the woeful result convinced us that judgment and ambition should blithely foot it hand in hand After reading Judge Kavanaughs strictures our opinion has been confirmed But read further Tho moderate evolutionists like Darwin allow heaven the privilege of having created life but limit its activities to four or five progenitors among the animals and less than that among the plants The radicals like Haeckcl regard god as a capricious interferer with their theories Any man who could give vent to such an expression might be expected to deliver a dissenting opinion upon tho proposition that three times one makes more than one He would bo willing to denounce men of Science as mere ad venturers but is unable to toll whether Jonah was a duly appointed delegate of tho deity or an erstwhile Chicago jur ist It is doubtful if ho could discover an original thought without tho aid ofa searchwarrant Neither Darwin or Ilaeckel over took god into consideration when making their investigations into scientific fact If god reigns as Judge Kavanaugh appears to believe then evolution is a frightful lie and those churches now claiming evolution as gods plan lire guilty of promulgating what is known to them to be untrue As opposed to Judge Kavanaughs assertion it is impossible for any god to interfere with evolution which disposes of his criticisms concerning Ilaeckel while Darwin announced spontaneous generation and natural lection as the law of life which cut heaven out of the crea tion business altogether Hut if croatiou be a fact we ought to be thankful that Judge Kavanaugh vu not em ployed as a model in tho man hiaking factory Siuh a man would deny the sun bccaus of its spoil and dcciaiv love for a monster because encompassed with passion- It is a selfevident fact that this Chicago juds willnever set the woods on fire by reason of whet ho What ho does not know would filln much larger book There is a probability that ho would like to get Doer on the bench again when his term expires ind that ho is livinj in hope would deny the sun because of its spots raid declare love u monster because encompassed with passion Pitiful god Must thou really depend upon such ser vices Of course Judge Kavanauglr believes that design is apparent everywhere in the boundless universe and he de Glares If there bo design evident in the creation of the universe we shall live again Design Where In the grinding poverty that exists in Chicago under tho very walls of the courthouse Was there omnipotent design in tho elevation of such a man as this to the judicial bench When the universe is but a vast slaughterHouse each organism warring and preying upon a weaker antagonist in tho struggle of existence can a be nevolent purpose or design bo inferred oven Logically this Chicagocse is but groping among tho pestilential shad ows of an intellectual Dismal Swamp mistaking shadow for substance and attempting to criticise his intellectual superiors by a questionable bid for notoriety If existence as it is now known is the work of design then the designer is an infernal monster a bloody butcher a gigantic criminal unworthy oven tho association of an honest man IIo may do for a Chicago judge to keep company with but selfrespect compels honesty to turn the other way With these thoughts expressed we revert io the statement contained in tho first paragraph hereof and venture tho assertion that Judge Kavanaugh is not a genius who would command our respect neither are his prejudices en titled to tho slightest consideration because they cannot be honest THAT GREAT CONSPIRACY A Judge Ladd and other able writers whoso contributions have appeared in tho Blade columns have made reference to tho Great Conspiracy and this is especially understood as applying to tho maneuvers of tho professors and paidad vocates of tho orthodox faith in adopting what may bo known as Utility methods for tho promotion of their own in terests at any cost to personal liberty We may rightly conclude that among these methods is a secret understanding to compel as far as possible an ex ploitation of their ancient traditions before the public by a prolific use of tho daily press and to this end no effort is being spared In some instances a pandering press is only too willing to comply with their demand tho better to fill the sails of an expected rich Argosy and as a result we see columns of orthodox commonplaces in tho daily paper which pass by unread andunheeded by thousands of the American people Some newspapers use this matter as a means to economy Take for example the series of ortho dox publications known as tho International Sunday School Series a weekly contribution to many newspapers Tho mats from which these tire printed are furnished free ofcost and expense which saves tho publisher from the necessity fund expense of setting typo and they come in handy as fillers under tho general belief that the religious element will appreciate it and admire the paper and its editor the more for having used it Did tho editor know that to ninctyandnino out of every one hundred of his pa 1BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 trolls such matter is nauseating ho would realize that it was simply a waste of space and a different policy might ensue Wo may however take it as a truism that if the newspapers had to pay for the article and then payout money for putting it in type it would never get into the columns of but exceeding few of our modern papers Aside from this reference might be made to the habits of many preachers especially those of an evangelistic stripe who from their pulpits denounce the Sunday paper but frequently prepare a synopsis of their Sunday sermons for tho Monday morning papers well knowing that tho printer must labor Sunday night to get it into type Honesty would impel a retaliatory denunciation of this as being an arrant hypocrisy but the indifference of tho reading public is largely responsible for it all But we need not rest here for so anxious are this class of preachers for notoriety that the moment the service of Sunday night is over and tho congregation safely ill retreat behind the doors of their homes this same preacher who decries Sunday labor hies him to tho newspaper office with his manuscript copy in handand lays it before tho editor with flattering unction that he has conferred boon that is not to bo estimated in dollar and cents Careful instructions are given as to the particular part of tho paper in which ho would like it to appear and an introduction is demanded which is laudatory of his great eloquence and his remarkable power in spreading the gospel which carry conviction All this is a part of The Great Conspiracy to destroy liberty and enthrone the religious mendicant These things are perfect ly understood by the profession and not infrequently they conic up for discussion at ministers meetings when press committees are appointed whose duty it be to secure the widest possible publicity to their labors for Christ and the Cash Ono glance over a collection of our modern daily papers will be sufficient to convico any intelligent person of these facts Take tho antiquated details of Weekday Sermons prepared especially for tho occasion tho sayings of this or that preacher upon different topics tho reports of meetings etc and the pubile will know as it must that all these things have been furnished tho press by personally interested agents for no paper of any pretension would over send a reporter to secure it as News Every orthodox convention by whatever name and wherever hold appoints its special committee on publication and these prepare just what is wanted for the press giving details in ninny in stances that never acutally occurred From one to three columns of this preparation get into print for tho moro pur pose of keeping tho preachers before the public eye realiz ing that otherwise ninetenths of the community would forget they wore living Nothing desired or needs false notoriety much as a fake Taken from public notice und attention a fake will soon die The constant and increasing use of the daily papers by orthodox suporstitionists is for tho solo purpose of striving to impress upon the minds of those in govern mental authority a notion that orthodoxy is exceedingly popular and once such a condition is made repressive legislation is rendered easy After this wheel begins to work within a wheel The preacher directs all this to tho atten tion of tho politician Ho promises him votes and influence in return for legislation The bargain is made Liberty is bartered away anda nations rights betrayed This cor rupt combination cannot much longer endure it may tinuo for a few moro years in fancied security but the coniand tho hour will come when tho people will revolt bothin this great day when right receives due recognition tho pandering newspapers that helped to make suchcondi tions possible will get caught in the maelstrom and then after us the deluge Bible and booze are tho pet hobbies of Rev Francis Car ruthers pastor of tho Presbyterian church at New Water- ford Ohio Nor does tho jewel of consistency rest upon his brow Condemning tho uso of booze by texts from the biblo and drinking liquor on tho sly was his long suit Rut he has tripped and fallen During the recent localoption fights in tho Buckeye State he mado till active canvas against booze March 17th last he was arrested and jailed upon a charge of being drunk iiis defense was the liquor men had doped him His own church people refused to believe him andnow they have suspended him for one ear ou the charge of conduct unbecoming a minister A fitting companion is founu for tho preacher mentioned in tho preceding paragraph in ilia person 01 W F MoYul ty an evangelist hailing from Binghamton Now York State lie was found stretched across tho sidewalk by tho police in Chicago paralyzed drunk and upon being locked up ho admitted that ho had been drinking but allowed that the western brand of cornjuico was exceedingly deceptive and ho had drank more than ho had intended to do lie was picked up at 2 oclock in tho morning Tho argument to bo drawn from the foregoing is that some preachers tire saintly saints at homo but onco beyond tho limits of his place of domicile ho lays aside his mask bares his heat and becomes what ho really is Denying to other men the privilege of regulating their appetites ho demands to bo given tho privilege of getting outside all the rod liquor ho comes in contact withIkecpIIn spito of tho scriptural mandate that waninu must her head covered before the Lord or when in church tho First Baptist Church at Elgin Ill has adopted a rule which is now being unforced requiring all women in tho congregation to remove their hats Just wait until Paul gets a chance to put n word or after till are tho people beginning to realize that tho preacher is not really an almighty god or divine law can be disobeyed without any serious consequence resulting In a little while other extravagances will get tho marble heart n BLUE GRASS BLADE Continued from page MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY f lie has neither created the earth nor his country he has not made it what it is and ho cannot change it What reason has he to he proud of something others have done and of which he enjoys the benefit through tho accidental circumstances of his birth The laws of society are the same all over tho world and tho most a person can do is to live in n manner that the country may ho proudof him Among Expose of a False Picture While Priest craft Flourishes There Will Be Fools for Christs Sake By Channing Severance Presumably many of the Blade readers lave heard of the muclitalkedabout paint- Ing with the above name for it has been nrried about the country for more than ten years proclaimed as an inexplicable product of mortal man without supernatural assistance To describe it will say It is a painting of the mythical Jesus and when exhibited in n dark room a large cross not visible at other times is revealed distinctly To make an interesting story for tho credulous it is claimed the artist acciden tally discovered this phenomenon and being unable to account for it never put the finishing touches on his work Ho claims to have been so mystified that ho could not do otherwise but ho was not so awed by the thought that supernatural forces had helped him in his work that be did not think of tho money value to be gotten out of it Oh no that came to him like a flash of inspiration and the idea has been worked for more than ten years under the claim that the money thus obtained was for the Shanghai missionary fund which ofcourse exerted great influence in its fa vor for all Christians are deeply interest ed in tho souls of Chinamen and their salvation There is no doubt it has been as good as a gold mine for thousand and thousands of people have paid to see it and are still paying and oviu three hundred sermons have been devoted to its wonders and mysteries so it has not look ed for advertising And furthermore a wager of 5000 without pulling rp the money has been mlle by oilous parlies that no person could duplinnto it But it has been duplicated by Bishop Garrison the noted exposcr of fake mediums and r a progressive minority this prejudice does no longer and they judge a person by a personal not by a standard For tho ruing classes patriotism u existIfor they owe their privileged position to this ftupid ment The subjects need it because they are 100 to understand tho true cause of these social relations are proud of their nationality because they have else to be proud of it flatters their small vain egotism yITo be continued Crosskclairvoyants and he is now exhibiting his duplicate in this city with luminous paint to account for the other fellows miracle The press favorable to such fakes has published such rot as this The painter has been offered fabulous sums to repro duce the picture but though he has worked hard constantly and continuously for a year ho has utterly failed to obtain any luminosity whatever Yet Garrison got busy and in a few days he excelled the miraculous painting by improving on it With one exception the press of this city is notably silent on Gar risons exposure but he has located on one four main streets with two good talkers from the Liberal Club to assist him he is attracting considerable atten tion from tho public and his work has caused tho managers of the fake picture to present it to visitors in a much more modest manner In a visit to the real thing yesterday I found them rather testy and not inclined to talk about tho picture ad when the man in charge of it made his usual address to the sightseers ho said I present this picture as a curiosity and if the word miracle is applied to it it is in the sense used by Websters diction arya wonder or wonderful thing and ho furthermore requested that every one refrain from expressing an opinion of tho picture while in the room no matter what it might be When such fakes as this can be worked in this tho 20th century its not flatter ing to general intelligence and when we sea the press and tho pulpit working to gether to bambooxlu the simpleminded and the credulous it produces disgust that is too great to Thud expression in words It is not surprising that during the thousand years the world stood still the masses lieved implicitly in religious humbugs but how they can in these days of light and knowledge is a marvel but people who think and reason clearly and who know the value of common sense are not found save in rare exceptions where theological nonsense perverted their minds in child while priestcraft flourishes we will have fools for Christs sake in unlimit ed numbersLos Calif THE JOCUND AND CHURCH REVIVALIST By J E Burkhart You may have been converted And you may have some acquaintance And seen demons in tho air With tho resurrection scare JStirYour headlights on behind You may be full of spirits And prayed a lot at night But its best to tell the people That you were on a tight Now dont forget to say it Its Christianlike to tell And then youll feel persuaded That you are saved from hall In the midst of Christian habits Its hard to call it sinIBut youre none the Should you elevate your chin Then face the caustic glances Of the prayerful ones yon know The thinking ones will trust you When you let Superstition go Wants Extra Copies MOl STO CALIF Inclosed please find Ifie for which kindly send mo a copy of tho Blade of tho issue of February 28 March 7lh and March 14th have a copy of February 21st containing the first in stallment of the poem Deathand desire the other three installments LAW ItKNCE BROADWELL J 1BLUE RASS BLADE 13 r 1Cbe Blades tonnespondenee X T T T T T T T T T Discusses Scientific Topics ITKANAWHA FALLS W VAPlease me two or three extra copies of Blade May 16th My article in that number The Evolution of a Planet is based on Healds Procession of the Planets the ory which while ridiculed by many or thodox scientists and astronomers of the old school seems to me a more rational and plausible theory of the origin of plan etary systems than the nebular theory or the ring theory as we might term it The glacial period through which our earth is conceded to have passed many thousands of years ago it seems to me is a striking proof or at any rate a strong argument in favor of the idea that planets move in ward toward the sun with increasing or bital speed I expect to send you later a short article on this subject I hope you will feel quite free to dump any ofmy stuff into the wastebasket that you do not consider of sufficient interest or benefit to publish except when I request return of 1itwhen not used I take it that the Blade chiefly among and is read mostly I by avowed Freethinkers unorthodox people Many really good church people think it is a sin even to read an avowed Frcethought or as they call it infidel paper Might it not be well to make the Blade a little more of a weekly news and family paper but a thoroughly independent one retaining nIl its present features and policies but adding thereto a brief summary of the important news of the week some miscellaneous literature suit able for the young and old in the family It seems to that this would commend rendersrnews ter Incidentally the gospel of Free thought would bo brought to the notice of this last named class and probably cause them to investigate and think for them selves We dont want to teach anything but truth and what is at least reasonable and this is bound to prevail sooner or lat er and Freethought become as popular as orthodoxy now isJ C WATKINS For Campaign Purposes TULAROSA TEXWill you please in form me whether you could print me 100 copies of the article entitled Prayer swered which appeared in issue of Mar T 14th I find ita very good propaganda article What would it cost pier 100 to print If printed I would like it in sheet form that it might be posted in public places I enclose herewith some comments on the teachings of the churches thatuIn the Beginning God Existed I do not know whether you will consider them worth giving to your readers or not but they express my condensed views on the subject Long live the Blade- COMMENTS uIn the Beginning God alone existed The author of the above evidently had not advanced far enough to recognize the fact that all matter moved in cycles But if God alone existed then God and Nature must be one and the same as Nature was and is bound to exist at all times and as beginninginmust have existed at all previous periods of time As matter exists and is iqde structible God must be matter which is the visible manifestation of Nature therefore matter has always existed in some of its various forms and was never createdas something cannot be made from nothing Now matter being Nature natural or God if we should worship anything we should worship all Nature by studying her and her laws as manifest around us every dayBut Nature and God being one and the same man is a part of God and ho makes himself ridiculous by begging whole which includes himself to protect him from the wrathof tho whole or of any part there- ofN11iJ IIOWERTON Send Them When Ready CALEDONIA MICITI herewith en close to you two clippings from April 11 08 and April 24 09 issues of the Pro gressive Thinker from my pen thinking you might wish to copy portions of thorn I beg to explain that owing to the extreme publishedinpeople resort must be had to 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