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Digital page images are linked to the text file. fo rJrnJIf j BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVIII LEXINGTON KY JULY 4 ryoq Number q DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT soit 8F04rA SEBMON IN VEUSK By Mrs JJ Ifyckcs What Lath religion done for man Behold her record since the world began From fetichism to the creed of Christ Truth unto error hath she sacrificed Jr And good to evil reason fair to faith IITponMost barbarous the blood the woe the That could alone sate her fell appetite blightIUnto some goblin god suako deified Wore offerings made and bubo and virgin died t So man could hill Reason turnedshuddering thence While he deluded clothed omnipotence In a fiends cruel wickedness and vice And set Hell by the side of Paradise While human flesh hp ate some crafty priest Blest in his idols name that barbarous feast Blood glutted every god of sayagedom The Aztec Mayax negro Greece and RovmeGCold Scandinavia oven strove togaifi Celestial aid through blood of victims slainr i In Carthage Syria Cyprus Crete and Tyre Men made their offspring pass to Baal through fire In Mclkarths Molochs brazen furnace tossd JlWrithed babes devoted to tho holocaust 1 At Ishtws shrine Religion aimed a thrust At woman humbling virtue to tho And made faith oven cooperate with lust In Israel site preached her evil laws Unleashed the fury of religious wars Midst murder rapine cruelty and vice Sho sang her lying song of PUIII iso Aye read tho talc how hapless Midiau fared How God the lows upbraided since they spared The suckling and its mother How ho bade That they be slaughtered and the virgin made A spoil for priest and soldier How the blight Of madness a ludaean king did smite r fllewiuso he dared to spare the Amalekite b tRead farther still for now 0 Christendom Xlhou art on trial Thy hour at last has come x IWhat Last thou dono that maketh thee accurstfReligions latest guise yea and its worM i rr holier thou than fctichisms crude1 That have of old betrayed tho multitude Not holier than tho faith that made the hordes Of Islam whet for holy war jut ii swords JS Or than the creed of fair exotc I nil That bids while railings rise upon the windy ijjiThc veiled widow as a virtuous dame HScd her fair living body in the flange mThero motlters starve their babes that milk he yivqii t To sacred cobras for the grace of Heaven llclironlgoen in your Christian guise myou tire au eyesore to discerning eyes You made of heretics a hecatomb ijirhnt racked with anguish pleased tho church of Route The witchcraft craze its origin most fell ECan trace to you and purgatory hell Art your pet doctrines womans womanhood hro desecratingtarnishing all good SpTtivo called an oilsintho gate of hull iYoil stoned scourged crushed her with your power fell The Inquisition tho Crusades tho fire In which Jew Gipsy heretic expirejAnd that poor victim ofIt monstrous craze aTho sorceress tho bloody oil days r r 2 BLUE GRASS BLADE t When darkness denso about tho globe lay furled And Reason from his splendid throne was hurled These these 0 Christendom I charge to you Twas you who tortured you who burnt andslew And yet you breathe the samo old siren tale 3fy cause is righteous and I will prevail For God shall fight my battlesI must win Truth am Isacret is my origin Your name is mischief is delusion and lopConfusion Sever yet mint saw you stand Upon tho side of progress reason right You in tho dead past sitting hate the light For of tho past you are spawncd by the night By ignorance and fear in chaos nursd An evil growth was yours an evil thirst Peabodys Revolt Against Mrs Eddy Made the Subject of Critical ReviewSome Tests Suggested for the Faithful of the Cult By Josephine K Henry Christian Science and the claims and methods of its founder Mrs Jlary Baker Eddy have had a searchlight thrown them by Frederick W Peabody a prominent lawyer of Boston Mr Peabody has been a student of what called Christian Science for ten years Ho now publicy from the platform and through the press pronounces the whole thing as a monstrous absurdity and crime So in earnest Mr Peabody that a few days ago ho delivered a lecture at the Bijou Theatre in Boston which city is now the home of Mrs Eddy If she would maintain her power over her it seems that Mrs Eddy will promptly and answer the questions of this student of 10 years of her socalled religion The name Christian Science is in itself n monstrous absurdity Mrs Eddy should at least have the honor of being the first one to discover any science in Christianity The science of Chris tianity consists in n sixday creation a clay roan a rib woman the earth rich with verdure before the sun was created a talking snake the whole world drowned by a fortyday nin the sun halted in its course at the command of a roan a talking jackass the killing of 150070 men because two of their neighbors looked into the box that held Gods Book Christian Science plays a trump carol in the twice repeated of the Bible which says And it came to puss that night the angel of the Lord went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred four score and live thousand And Reason Truths priestess seemed to you accurst Justice you labeled sin and truth a crime And would to error yoke us for all time 00 JJut its tho years speed on as man grows free Less will he heed you and your deity Till as a phantom of tho past you take Your place among tho idols Truth did break With Edda Veda and the Alcoran And all tho divers creeds that shackled man Unto the future racq thology- A mythologic curio will be Nor shall its sway it exercise again May Progress speed the happy day f San Francisco ColifI I I Christian Science in the Crucible I is is followers unequivocally chapter J when they arose early in the morning behold theywere till dead corpses Modern Science must take n buck seat and hang 11inon the Bible Now if she will show how this trick was done that the dead may wake up early in the morning and find themelvcs dead corpses Mrs Eddys religion will put till tho modern scientists to flight and the dnctors and undertakers out of business Beside if she will show how this thing can be done nil other religions will capitulate to her For years Airs Eddy leas been licensed of purloining her ideas from Quimby who long ago taught that error is sickness that t belief is sickness that discord is sickness that there is no life truth intelligence or substance in matter that matter is error that tho belief of intelligence in matter is the cause of all disease that truth is God that there is no other truth but God that God is principal that wisdom love and truth fire principal that truth is health nndellc sickness that harmony by destroying disharmony cures disease and finally that all dis ease originates in mind and is cured by mind alone lip to 1870 Mrs Eddy claimed to bo n follower of Qniinby She later cast Quimby aside told launched en the sea of credulity socalled Christian Science claiming to be the nulhof the ideas on which it is founded Mrs Eddy claims to have written a book called Science and Health This boot is the Bible of Christian Science and hits been road by millions of people in tine new 11111oM world The followers of Mrs Eddy and they lure legion believe that God literally dictated this book Science j If t BLUE GRASS BLADE 3 i and Health to Mrs Eddy and that it is in every part as much the word of God as the Christian believes the Bible to be the word of God God made a revelation to Moses to Mahomet to Joe Smith and to Mrs Eddy You pay your money and take your choice It does seem strange that God selected Mrs Eddy to receive his modern revelation as he had to dig her out from so many entangled intrtrimonial alliances as uptodate the founder of Christian Science bears the name of Mrs Mary Baker Patterson Glover Eddy While Mrs Eddy has been receiving revelations front God she has taken time enough to marry a tandem team of husbands and extort from her dupes a million and a half of dollars One thing is certain while revelation and matrimony had claimed her time and attention she has not neglected the financial end of her religiomediealcommercial enterprise Mrs Eddy makes her followers believe that God has revealed to her as absolute truth that sickness pain and suffering do not exist in reality The dupes of this modern witchcraft sicken suffer and die and Christian Scientists fool themselves and their patients by denying the reality of disease as long as there is breath in the body and then when death comes they deny the reality of death A welldeveloped cancer or carbuncle is no argument with them They say such things are only delusions of the mortal mind If Mrs Eddy ixssessed the miraculous power to heal the sick as she claims why did she let lien third husband die of heart disease It may be she wanted to get rid of him or did not think him worth saving Why did she nut save her granddaughter where her only son appealed so piteously to her to do sll9 Why did she not save her coachman who died at her house in Concord Why did she send Mrs Leonard front her house a few days before site died of diabetes if not to try and avoid discredit on her professed powers Why did Mrs Eddy send a hurry call to a Boston dentist when she was wild with the toothache Certainly toothache in her own mouth ought to have been cured by the modern miracle worker If Mrs Eddy could have saved three people from suffering fund death and she can save poor humanity front its pains and pangs and floes not there certainly must be some thing radically wrong with her heart even if her mortal mind is loaded down with Christian Science Did any one ever hear of this high priestess of Christian Science healing any one She retired from the practice of the healing art 30 years ago because she has been too busy launching her army of fake healers upon a credulous world and gathering in the shekels front them and their deluded victims Lawyer Peabody in his lecture in Boston said Mrs Eddy is the inventor and solo proprietor of the greatest getrichquick ifSdlUlIIO ever conceived Her business ruins the highest emotions of people by appealing to their religious feelings and extort money from multitudes of credulous dupes for healing them of nothing but the delusion that there is something the matter with them Mrs Eddy claims that in 1850 site received a final revelation from God who for many years had been fitting lien to receive it Mrs Eddy claims that God is mind and mind is GouV It seems passing strange that this mind God should have waited 3800 years of the Christian era and several thousand years before that tithe to have made a revelation that there is no such thing as sickness and suffering except in the evil imagination of the human race after billions have fallen victims to nil the ills that flesh is heir to It seems cruel that this mind God had not found a Mrs Eddy ages ago to herald the tidings of great joy The Bible says that man is made in the image of God and the book also say that God has ey s ears fret hands hinder parts and is fashioned like human beings Arc the Bible God and theybothopportune time to prove that Christian Science ever relieved anyone of troy thing except common sense and their money and of these thousands have been effectually relieved judgehclearlydenicnstratedsome 4000 students were taught by me her in this college Think of it four thousand students at tIOU per student for a college course of lessons four thousand times 300 is ono million two hundred thousand dollars Pretty good pay even for instruction in Christian Science Besides this hundreds of thousands of copies of Science and Health and tons of other literature have been sold No wonder Mrs Eddy retired from the healing art and let her students heal the diseases in the mortal minds of her followers After attending to the business end of her religion she had no time to relieve the mortal mindof its pains and aches Now as to Mrs Eddys book Science and Health if one has an eternity of time to while away in reading and is careless whether their mental health is preserved or not it will be well enough to follow Mrs Eddy through her meaningless nonsensical jargon Science and Health is like unto an unabridged die tionary that had passed through an earthquake and been put together haphazard No wonder the world is swarming with mental inn aids said physical wrecks with such literature in Peabody in his lecture asks Is it nut now clear beyond possibility of cavil that all of Mrs Eddys absurdmind irrelevant pretensions have been merely unique business methods utilized to the utmost to give a fictitious value to ln r foolish and harmful teachings Tens of thousands of deluded people sire looking to this priestess of modern witchcraft for health for their diseased bodies stud peace for their tumbled souls and like all other spiritual commodities the goods have never been delivered Mrs Eddy has been reported dead a number of times despite her plaint of power over disease mill death It is not a dead sure thing that Mrs Eddy is living as lien house is guarded like a hastile and her death has been announced in the press several tries The New York papers announce that a conference Christian Scientists has been called by Mrs Delia Gilbert IfIprominent Christian Scientist promising to reveal fraud trickery to perpetuate tile fiction oftut unseen and leader Mrs Gilbert says All my efforts to see Mrs Eddy have been futile and the noun at Mrs Eddys home was unable lu produce the leader in the flesh Mrs Gilbert also says that Mrs Eddy is either dead or a helpless windless puppet and for this she has been expelled from the Christian Science Church Helen Wibnan the Mental Scientist who became a million aire and built the town of Sea Breeze Florida with money extorted from her dupes fur absent mental healing proclaimed that she would never die as site lead conquered death but Helen died and maybe Mother Eddy has shullled off this mortal roil and may have joined Helen in the sweet fields of Eden These two would certainly be kindred souls They may be resting in the ground where all good fakirs go or they may bo resting under the shade of the trees in spirit land planning a scheme to beat the saints and angels out of the coin of the celestial realm But Christian Science is hat one brand of religious fraud All peddlers of revelation play upon the ignorance credulity and fear of men and women who prostrate themselves intel lectually before the most patent frauds But for the money 4 TIlE BLUE GRASS BLADE extorted from the credulous every religion would die within n decade There would be no more spiritual goods on the bar gain counter no more masses for the souls of the dead no more justification by faith no more instantaneous conversion and sanctification no more salvation by immersion no more spiritualmanipulation of the mortal mindno more coasting to heaven with the Holy Rollers The bulls and bears on the Western Tributetol Thomas Paine Synopsis of an Address Delivered at a San Francisco Celebration of the Paine Centennial By Augustus Seymore The Iconoclast The following tribute was delivered by Sir Seymore before the Materialist Asso ciation of San Francisco Juno the 8th 1909 Ladies and Gentlemen- It is difficult for me to conceive how a glow worm can add to the lustre of the noonday sun however we are met here for the purpose of honoring the memory of Thomas Paine defender of the faith of The Rights of Man In the words of the great Emancipator let me sayuIt is altogether proper and fitting that we should do this but in a larger sense it is rather us the living who honor ourselves by meeting here in his name since we can neither add nor detract from the honor glory and fame which is hisThe world will little note nor long re member what we say here but it can never forget what Thomas Paine did Like Abraham Lincoln Tom Paine knew the bitterness of poverty Unlike Voltaire he never did accumulate much wealth Like Ingersoll he drank heavy and deep at wisdoms purest source He had more brains than books he filled the world with light Confined as he was behind the gloomy prison walls of St Lazaire he wrote his Age of Reason with out the sacred book in the immediate prospect of violence and death His name was on the list of the con demned had Robespierre lived but three more days Tom Paine would surely have lost his head and liberty its champion This great and gifted manwhose soul was oak whose will was steel and flint was barren of all fear He did not fear to stand alone His mighty quill was wet with ink in freedoms holy cause while cruel priests did stain their hands with human blood until the holy cross became the pioneer of sword and stake the symbol of the iron boot and molten lead spiritual stock exchange keep close tab on the pocket books of their customers and nothing but the failure to pay up will put the spiritual trusts out of business All religious fakirs dcrationalizc the human mind They lead from the pursuit of knowledge and keep the world steeped in the superstitions of the Dark Ages Versailles Kentucky He saw oppression and injustice like giant twins walk hand in hand Venality on the bench Hypocrisy kneeling at the altar Labor crawling in the dust Hon esty begging for a crust Truth assas sinated Rascality wearing the purple the sirong enslaving the weak and the few spending the profit and the substance of the many until his soul revolted and gave the world his three great booksH Common- Sense Age of Reason and Rights of Man and these three books made gods and popes and kings look sick and pale and tremble for their crumbling thrones and falling crowns These three great books opened the eyes of a sleepy world and form today the foundation of that mental liberty which you and I enjoy In the days of Thomas Paine red hats walked in the open street while men of science met under cover of darkness To give to the world your honest opinion was fraught with danger In the folds of his dress the priest car ried a dagger Thomas Paine knew this but unmindful of his own safety he wrote and spoke and fought with pen and ink with brain and book for freedoms bril liant star and won Ho lived to sign the Declaration of Inde pendence The whole declaration glitters with his genius and his thought Take from us the word liberty and the world becomes a damp dark dreary dis mal prison cell where crawl the slimy beasts of mental slavery Tom Paine was great his heart was Tribute to the Ugly Little God Bellgious Criminals Shielded by a Toady Press Expose of the Orthodox Shell Game By J P Clarke Billiken is God Allah is down and out Jehovah is n has been 01 lp with the slave he ate the bitter bread of sorrow as his share while giving to theOfworld the Rights of Man He made two ears of corn grow whom formerly there grew but one He looked on sin as stumblings of the blind and knew that in the heart of every man there is a longing for the good and honest upright things fo do Ho knew that man is but a plant a part of nature selfn feeble fragile pliant plant limited in power harassed by pas sions storm that life at best is but a narrow winding path midst sin and sor row tears and thornsa mere flash of light upon a dark and clouded midnight skyAcquainted with lifes bitterness its fears and faiths its joy and folly this great and loving man now dust these hundred years today wearied with the toil and strife of a long and useful life using his burdens and his grief for a pillow laid down by lifcs wayside for n brief and needed rest but fell into the everlasting sleep Thus passed this soul from this seat of iniquity and sin to the great unknown hissed by the unclean birds of Christendom His name is a jewel fit for any nations crown torch and starlight of his age The world will little note nor long re member what we say here but it con never forget the name of ore who placed upon a nations brow these stars of hope Liberty Equality and Fraternity greater words than ever issued from Jehovahs shrivelled lips- I hope the name of Thomas Paine will ever live within the hearts and memory of every thankful citizen San Francisco Calif Boost for BillilcinIGods like dogs have their days and pass off the stage to make room for better dogs and Gods- Comparisons are odious but when wo compare a dog to a God the dog is the only one with a legitimate kick Dogs are usually faithful to mankind while Gods carry knives up their sleeves i e the old Gods did but Billiken is n l THE BLUE GRASS BLADE 5 well disposed fellow Ugly things are good natured and Billi ken is ugly enough to dissipate fear Billi kcn is tame enough to cat out of ones hand Our Billikcn sits upon the mantle and seems to like gas incense or wood smoke equally well All incense is alike to Billikcn He takes itas well from the Latrobe stove as from a censer Billikens two hig toes are turned up invitingly and one may kiss them without bothering with a Pope Billiken docs not inspire belief in miracles I told him that superstition was not in my line and he seemed to wink at me I am sure that he did not frown A fly lit upon Billikens feet and kissed his toe and Billiken seemed as much pleased with the tribute as if a man had done the labial Catholic official at the City Hall in Baltimore has gone wrong and tak en a little over 400 front the city The Sun Baltimore is editorially sore because college professors will make light of the Bible and set at naught old sacred traditions The Sun thinks or says that a harvest of iniquity will result in conse quence of pulling down the walls of superstition Various preachers have written the Sun and commended its course Not a word ofadverse criticism is allowed This is a specimen of Christian fair play The preacher and the Sun have by implication placed those who do not take to Biblical nonsense in the class of persons susceptible to wrong doing and by inference puts those who hold to superstition beyond the pale of temptation But all the crime is directly traceable to believers in the truck that preachers teach and disbelievers seem immune to wrongdoing Send n markedcopy of this to the Sun Let it know that some readers have been put onto the Jesuitical game Catholicism could not save all those embezzlers that have come to light in Baltimore within the last five months All but one were known to be Roman Catholics Cardinal Gibbons prayers do not become effective beyond the shadow of the Cathedral The priest who wits 130000 to the bad is still at Mt Hope Retreat and the public is still in ignorance of tile crime Money is being solicited front all sources to cover the deficit made by the funny finance of the priest Protestants ladies are joining in with Catholic ladies and devising ways and means of paying off the debt and help ing the Cardinal out ofn bad hole Ho lilts assumed the debt although ho has no means of his own Sympathy for the Cardinal is counted upon to raise the cash and let the malefactor out of the scrape Heligion is not only a shield for hypocrites hut also a buckler against prosecution In the meantime the Sun throws up dust to obscure the issues Inueiidocs against an honest class of people are made to distract attention from a criminal class This is honest journal ism The Sun had better turn Atheist and run the sure risk of being honest than following the beaten track of religious criminology The Sun is damned hard to smoke out- Cardinal Gibbons intercession with God for bettering the actions of his religious and political constituency is not worth a There is some more hell to pay in Balti more town William Downs son of Saloon keeper Michael Downs a good Catholic and holder of office by virtue of Catholic antecedents is a defaulter to the tune of 07000 Willie was appointed to the position of stock clerk at the City Hall at a stipend of 900 per annum which stipend was recently increased to 1400 Ho was a personal appointee of City Comp troller Harry Hooper Mr Hooper was elected to the office chiefly because of his good standing in Catholic societies He was the only Democrat elected at one elec tion showing that his church mates were willing to vote for him but not for his Protestant political running mates The present mayor Barry Mahool is a Presby terian Democrat and was elected because of his excellent Sundayschool record Mr William Downs was used to carry the cash to the 18 depository banks which the city favored Ho altered the checkslips and put 1000 500 or any old sum that he felt the need of into his own pocket The City fathers had so much confidence in this Catholic saloonkeepers son that no ques tions were asked and the peculations began soon after Willie was appointed Willie owned two race horses and an interest in a shore resort Ho was married in all due solemnity by Priest Didier a few years ago and his house furnishings are valued at 4000 He also claimed and had his claims allowed friendship with the giddy girls of St James street Even the street patronized by him bears a holy name ExCongressman Wolf a Jew defended the gentle Witue No doubt Cardinal Gibbons prayed for Willie Downs the de faulting stock clerk mid for Priest Eberle who blowed in 130000 worth of raised money belonging to the churchs creditors but if God hoard the prayers ho did not lead them not into temptation but let them go the limit This priest is still at Mount Hope retreat The Baltimore M E Conference was recently held but aside from passing resolution thanking God for electing a Unitarian President of the U S they have done nothing startling The resolution as ut first drawn was too l much for some of the brethren and was modified I suppose God will take par ticular notice of the thing as finally put up to him If they had thanked Cardinal Jim there would have been much more sense tion and real recognition in the resolu Jims gang voted solid for Taft Gods forces were divided and some voted for Bryan I guess I will have another Catholic defaulter next week to report on Arlington Md A FUNERAL ORATION By T C Jefferies We are met to honor and to care for one who in life we liked to call our friend In all the world there is not h question on which there is more speculation than the end of each and allno question is more important and none is more difficult ofan answer We vainly try to wring an answer from the grave and hope again to meet and greet those wo have loved and lost We do not know if death ends life or in reality begins it but we cannot but be lieve the dead will novel know again the pain of sorrow We thinkof our friend as resting in quiet and in peace Perhaps we have grown to think of death as a greater terror than it really is If it is indeed eternal rest and freedom from all earthly pains and tears and anguish then do we say that death is a great and lasting benefit We cling to those we love and cannot let them go but our aching hearts are forted by the noble manly life our friend has led by the fight he fought and always where the fray was thickest He is crown ed with laurels of justice truth and cour age He despised the easy things of life and never fouled in the great game of existenceIOur friend is dead but his on forever He long ago became a part of us and always will remain His body will bo tenderly laid away but his being ills life his love his works will be with us Ohio- FOURTH OF JULY RATES Tickets will be sold at reduced rates via the Queen Crescent Route July 2nd3rd 4th and 5th with return limit July 8th to many points South and North Ask Agents for Particulars DOG FENNEL IN THE ORIENT By CHARLES CHILTON MOORE Account of former Blade Editors visit to the Holy Land and strong criticism of the many fakes and impositions practiced on the traveling public in the name of re ligion Cloth125 postpaid 6 GRASS BLADE MANS ORIGBLUE AND DESTINY SrxoLM TAX STILL UXUKIC Finn CRITICISM AND USSIOX BKUIXMXU OF CJIAlTKU XVI Ollll- GOVKUNMKNT JtKVIKWKD- JJy Dr A Jlausiiiiin Book V treaty of the recurring paroxisms of industrial depression and persistency of poverty amid wealth which is attributed to speculative advance of rent If the real cause had been recognized by the author he must have seen that the majority of people are not seriously affected by such financial catastrophes but only that por tion relying for a livelihood on an uncertain basis With a goodcrop and a little money as reserve it does not concern a farmer at all whether the great money kings or speculative institutions are financially ruined Tho land held on speculation near San Francisco would not alter natters if thrown open for settlement all at once When the entire west was still unsettled within easy reach of the eastern colonies poverty existed the steno as it does today Laud alone does not help anybody a poor man would starve on square miles of fertile virgin ground if he had not tho means to cultivate tho soil told live until the first crop was gathered Book VI contains some commendable recommendations in regard to the unproductive occupations described in a previous chapter But tho sixth paragraph more general distribution of land is a conundrum based upon tho same erroneous conception of the relation between soil and labor which forms the basis for all subsequent deductions and culminates in tho measure proposed as the great remedy for poverty To make land common property Although the main fact is undeniable that all human beings mi earth de pend on the soil for subsistence the great increase in value of land in certain localities is solely and exclusively due to the system of division of labor to personal exertions favored by natural conditions as for instance inN ew York by the presence of a fine bay and river a natural highway of commerce But what right lilts the newly arrived anarchist to any of the laud or its improvements to which ho lass not contributed anything at tall At another place tho author repeats the trite saying that the laws of nature are harmonious what that means ill regard to mankind I am unable to comprehend But now comes tho great revelation ho proposes to reform the natural laws which he leas discovered are wrong to substitute equality for inequality plenty for want justice for injustice etc in short to inaugurate tho era of universal prosperity and happiness In Book VIT the author falls buck into tho same conventional practice followed by all those who want to make tho world believe some fallacy or absurdity as the church has always done ho announces himself the inter preter of gods will and of course his new revelations must be true beyond cavil and doubt When be says We are all hero by the equal permission of the creator we are all hero with an equal title to the enjoyment of his bounty with an qual right to the use of all that nature so partially offers ho only demonstrates his belief in the orthodox conception of the world told his ignorance of the biological laws discovered by modern science The high sounding declaration that the poorest child born in England lilts as much right to the estates of some duke as his eldest son betrays a generous disposition of Mr Gat sOlllclwclJI else expense but I am afraid it will not help the infantImulch Mr George lilts discovered allut once that theIworld has hewn wagging its tail the wrong way lilts com mitted the unpardonable mistake and injustice to make portions of tho earth surface personal property Since the law is worthless without the application of labor find labor can not he applied without land tho world lilts considered the two as integral inseparable parts constituting prop erty and since it is natural that such property passes upon the offspring after the death of tho parent these two factors property toil inheritance have formed since time immemorial the basis of society in tall parts und among nil nations of the earth Isnt it singular that so many people mado this mistake mid did not findout until Mr G dis covered it Tho civilized nations have attained their pres ent high state of culture and refinement which means material wealthunder this system told wherever society was organized on a different plan tho community of laud it lilts not proved conducive to tho progress of tho race and its preservation in tho struggle of existence But of the biological laws tho author seems to bo ignorant he forms his ideas and declares tho world to be wrong if tho filets do not agree with his views Other mortals file satisfied withstudying tho laws of nature but not so with this Titan JI George who wants to storm tho heavens und call nature to account for having made men unequal and having imbued them with ideas of justice not in conformity with his own If ho Lad studied history unbiased by his own preconceived ideas he might have discovered that till attempts to reform mankind by teaching doctrines that tare in opposition to tho natural laws and impulses roved dis mal failures and as tho grandest example of this kind ho must have recognized his own christian religion which lilts neither prevented tho dark ago of barbarism during which tho christians surpassed the lowest brute in ferocity cruelty told immorality nor could it cheek tho covert stealthy action of those agencies that have wrought a trans million of ideas which finds a tangible expression in the phenomenon called progress Where in tho world a letter security can bo found for THE BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 the improvements of land than its ownership I am unable to understand us little its the reason why the tact of non possession should prove a greater incentive for productive ness than ownership The great remedy to make land public property finally turns out to ho nothing else hut a change of taxu lion to abolish all taxation save that upon hind value Mr G seems to assume that all laud was preoccupied or rather preempted before it was cultivated and was never worked hy the owner but always hy some one else who to pay rent As it really is with money as the gen tuxeIfspeaks of land monopoly but does not state how this monopoly originated If he had investigated this question without any prejudice ho would have discovered the truth that this unequal distribution of soil was the result of division of labor under the pressure of tho struggle of existence The bestowal of largo land grants in tho old country upon persons as a reward for real or imaginary services during tho mediaeval age forms the basis of many possessory titles and was tho result of the feudal system Hilt how did it happen that this monopoly grew up hmo in America under a republican government tho owner of an immense area of uncultivated land ofwhich prior land grants form but an insignificant part Only a hundred years ago land was so plentiful in the United States that everyone could take a homestead How did some persons acquire more land than others though they could not pre empt more under the llnd Did they steal it No they bought it or received it in return for sonic work crformcd in tho interest of the community squiring tho outlay of money Thus tho accumulation of money preceded tho appropriation of land and in that cause of tho land monopoly not tho effect as Mr G wants tho people to believe And how did individuals gain the money By their superior ability or tho ignorance of tho people which amounts to tho same in its results in short through all these factors described in the preceding chapters The value of land is measured by the sauce standard as any thing else by money by tine probable income that maybe derived front it it has no other value besides Desert land unfit for cultivation is not worth tho costs of recording land requiring irrigation is worthless without the necessary expenditure for ditches etc What tho monopoly value of such land and tho rent that the state is to fake represent is a mystery which the author himself does not appear to know because ho docs not explain it In conclusion the author expresses his belief in a per sonal god eternal life etc and produces the time worn argument that these venerable superstitions must ho true because tho ancient barbarisms and modern savages believe them in one form or another thereby denouncing science and progress CHAPTER XVI Tim UNITED STATUS AMEKICA The better is the enemy of the goodin these few words is contained the whole principle of progress And what constitutes the better Everything that is an improvement on tho means and methods employed by mankind in its pursuit of happiness every increase of our knowledge of nature in which consists the only and all the truth on earth And by what signs or token can we recognize tho better from tho good only by comparison there is no other way If we want to form a correct opinion of the value of our institutions wo must compare them with those of other countries considering tho welfare of the present and the future generations without any regard to the glori ous traditions of tho war of independence Those men to whom wo owo tho present form of governmnt bad a ques tion to solve in their time which involved their own happi ness and that of their descendants and they did it breaking with all traditions of tho past and building up their gonerationhilsnecessary to tear down some of tho old structures this does neither imply any disparagement of their original value nor does it in tho least lessen the merits of their founders It simply means that the present generation must follow tho same course as their ancestors in the race of progress that is substitute tho existing by something bettor Our GOVKUXMKXT In accordance with the general laws wo found government to lo tho result of necessity arising from tho struggle of existence between individuals and bodies of individuals nations based upon the saute principles everywhere and differing only in form In tho old country tile oflico of a ruler originally attained through ersonal merit has become hereditary regardless of the qualifications of tho successor who may even an idiot Hero the holder of the highest office is 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judge that an answer was asked to eachof the questions wo hud propounded howbeit Mr Frantz received a letter in reply wherein the preacher seeks to substantiate and justify his statement The founding and institution of the town of Liberal Mo were accomplished long before our open anti public affiliation with tho Freothbught cause in America and it was never our fortune to visit tho town although wo have lconsiderable correspondence in the past with Free thinkers residing there Tile sparsity of our personal in formation upon the subjects hero treated precludes a positive and definite reply but us manyof our older readers especially in Missouri may bo more familiar with tho facts than ourselves wo publish Mr Houghs letter in these columns first to give it prominence and second in tho J hope of securing tho information necessary to probo intoIIthe situation and get at tho truth1o are not in habit of taking any preachers word for and upon matters connected with Frecthoiight If anyof our readers know the facts will they kindly furnish them to tho Blado Mr Houghs letter is as follows HEAD THIS LETTER i San Francisco CalAs to the facts called for submit the following Name of institution referred toNational Frecthought University establishel in Liberal 1fo in fall of 18SG First president M D Leahy I had it from Mr Leahys own lips that ho had Mr Ingcrsolls advice before he accepted tho presidency and that Mr I tributed 5000 towards the sum necessary for conitho institution I am not sure as to how long continued in operation I think less than 8 years After that Mr L lectured widely throughout tho Southwest He finally became president ofun Independent Normal School in Great Bend Kansas While there ho was converted during evangelistNitsin tho College building The remainder of his life ho spent in trying to undo the evil which ho had done and widely proclaimed the fact of his conversion Ho died about two years after his conversion For my facts as to his con version I am indebted to Prof L II Uausam who was then an unbelieving professor in tho sumo institution at Great Bend and who was converted at the same time Prof Ilausam is now in charge of one of tho Commercial Colleges in Denver Colo and ho can give the exact datesIMi Leahy was very brilliant as an orator Tho finest speaker of his age I ever knew His generalscholarship was not remarkable Know a little something of his early life I was not surprized that he should have some proju dice against religion I was much pleased to know that lie lead at last discovered tho error of his way I can hope and pray for you no better experience than that which ulti mately came to him GEO A HOUGH The Blade now desires particular information upon tho following items 1 Did you know M D Leahy 2 What was his connection with Liberal Mo if any a Does any Freethinker remember him us a Free thought lecturer especially in tho Southwest 4 At what points did ho lecture Does anyone at Great Bend Kansas remember him as being connected with tho Independent Normal School or of any fact connected with his alleged conversion in his room in that city by a lady evangelist 0 Docs anyone know whore ho died and when 7 Does any reader know Prof L II Hausam of tile Commercial College in Denver Colo t THE BLUE GRASS BLADE O S Was ho at any timo a Freethinker and what was his connection with the Frccthought movement Can anyof our readers state whether or not either M D 1eahorL If Hausam hadal intimate personal acquaintance with tho late Col Robert G Ingersoll 10 Can anyone give the name of the lady evangelist who converted them Briefly commenting upon the purported facts as given 1by Mr Hough in his letter wo observe 1 That he has given us a dead ono to investigate 2 That tho alleged conversion is made to take place in the privacy of a room 3 That the dead man was not remarkable for his general scholarship as a Freethinker but grew to brilliancy after his supposed conversion 4 That if Ingersoll did give 5000 to this National Freothought University tho lips of him to whom it was given are closed in death 5 That Houghs alleged facts about Leahys conversion were ohtainedsecondhan AVo propose to push this investigation as far as we pos sibly can and hope that our friends capable of doingso will aid us to the full extent of their power THE SIGEL MURDER Tho shocking details that have been revealed as a result of the investigation made into tho murder of Elsie Sigel iu New York City by a Christianized Chinaman are so revolting in character that tho public authorities ought to interfere if foolish parents insist upon allowing giddy girls to run loose among suchcompanions The world knows that no Chinaman ever accepted the Christian religion because ho really believed in it or had any love for it but on the contrary had a personal end to gain business profit to make or some brutal pleasure to gratify Tho good Chinaman docs not have to borrow any religion His own religion is good enough Tho teach ings of Confucius tire enough to induce moral character if consistently followed The Christian religion can offer nothingsuperior Its cheaps and easy means of salvation through blood atonement its redemption from sin through more repentance and forgiveness are not calculated to create tho best of impressions upon tho mind of the Chinese and if tho missionaries succeed in really shaking his belief in his own religion his baser nature is naturally developed thereby It is precisely thus with tho Sigel murder While wo aro not able to say that tho suspected murderer was in every sense a Christian he none tho loss had been mado a special object of attack by tho volunteer female missionaries and it is highly probable that ho had pro fessed Christianity as a means to an end But of what character are these Christian missionaries Public confidence was supreme in Elsie Sigol as a Him tian mission worker among tho heathen Chinese but Ailed I the sickening developments have been made public her other side is exposed and with it comes a shame and disgrace that the blood of Christ can never efface Take even tho confession of Miss Helen Clark director of therChirk mission on Worth Street sold from her lipwe learn that more women missionaries have been degraded and ruined than the number of Chinese mOil converted by their missionary effort Test what the actual figures would show it is impossible to even intimate but we do know that but few Chinese men aro over really converted but large numbers make a profession of conversion If these are counted in Miss Clarks tabulation as converts then the number of degraded and ruined white women at the hands of Chinese must reach larger proportions than wo dare even presume Consider the hordes of Chinese men who flock to and live in this country and then reflect that so few of their women come with them then the dank r of young girls entering their opium dens andchop Sit ey restaurants alone in tho guise of Christian missionary work will become painfully apparent It is no uncommon proceeding in New York City for some white woman mis sionary to marry a Chinaman after a few months work among them But for her death a similar fate awaited Elsie Sigel send in our judgment she is now far better off If ever any fact could bo asked for to show the utter fallacy sold absurdity of Christian missionary enterprise the case under consideration should prove to bo tall that could bo desired Fools there be who willet give of their means to keep up the good work because of tho appeals for cash that will yet lo made by tho dear pastors and the pitfalls continuo to be dug for the unwary feet of fool ish and giddy young girls Had Elsio Sigel gone to work in a laundry or studied tho art of making pie she would bo alive today and of some probable use in the world Asa missionary sho was a failure as they all are fpr with all tho arts sold eloquence that cometh from the gift of tongues they had not succeeded inconvincing one China man perhaps more that murder was wrongs a Chris tian the murderer can secure forgiveness at tho end of tho rope or as ho sits in tho electric chair The springof a trap the touch of a button and another Chinese angel is in heaven Elsie Sigel mission worker as sho was her sins still upon her had no timo for repentance even and if the theoryto had taught bo true wo can understand her fate Tito American mind may now reflect upon to what ex tent tho religion of Jesus will influence the mind ofa Chinaman for good They may also estimate the moral worth of Christianity upon the human mind for if it will produce an Elsio Sigel as well as her Christian murderer then it is timo that something else was tried One is tempted to ask whether this business of missions among the Chinese is worth while since tho history of the movement shows that tho Chinaman is morn likely to con 1YBLUEGRASS BLADE workerisSir Robert Hart for many years in charge of the Chi nese customs on behalf of the British government and probably hotter acquainted with China and tho Chinese than allyother white man has made the frank statement that no matter what missionaries may believe and say not one Chinaman leas ever been really converted to Chris tianity Ho contends that the solo object of attending English speaking schools is to learn English and to pickup foreign methods and that John Chinamans pretense of conversion is pretense and nothing more- CIIURCII GRAFT It is gratifying that one preacher in all Americr tins been found who possesses the courage to publicly denounce the infamous systems of graft now being practiced by tho a Seattle Wash dispatch to the daily papers we learn that one Rev M A Matthews pastor of the First Presbyterian church of that city in a recent sermon took occasion to deplore the methods now in vogue hehtlleh organizations for touching merchants and politicians in an effort to get money He oven went so far as to term it differontiatillgitWhen one reflects upon the too frequently questionable inauguratelhreligion fund avowedly for the purpose of sustaining it thinking minds would be appalled at the heartless treachery and false pretenses resorted to Business men ara cajoled into paying for an advertisement in a church pro gram upon the plea that it may bring him trade bill in discussing this Rev Matthews asserts and mark you tho argument comes from himnomerchant over sold five cents worth of goods through such an advertisement Did not tho church members fund its pastor know this before thoy solicited the advertisement and the cash If they did was it not downright dishonesty to take them t But did any church institution ever refuse to accept nosey collectedjgoes even that any church resorting to such a method of getting money is simply using the church for holding up the merchant to get the money and is simply grafting Other means of graft even more despicable have been used bysome churches to get cash Trilby parties wher young ladies of tho church exhibited their bare tootsies at twentyfive cents per glimpse kisses from young church women sold at public auction to tho highest bidder old maids auctions and other devices tore by no means rare among tho sanctified when cash is needed Rev Matthews also denounces the church dinner where the butcher baker and the grocer are asked to give of their stock for tho purpose of furnishing tho meal find then they are charged fifty cents to sit down and cat that which they had given Speaking of these issues Rev Matthews became fiery in his denunciation and his utter ances fire so apt that we prefer to allow him to speak for himself He said further simplyheldpublish programs and cannot give entertainments and din ners without this sort of grafting they should forever cease publishing programs and giving dinners Churches also graft on the cities in which they are located by Legging free water fund free light find by seeking to escape paying their just proportion of the taxes I believe that every dollars worth of church property in this and every other city should bo taxed quotationishope on our part that this preacher will undertake a can paign aiming his brother ministers aye even with Dr L S ICoyser our late opponent in the Canal Dover debate lo bring them fill to the same opinion about the taxation of church property WHAT WILL THE PEOPLE SAY How many stand aloof front duty because they what will be said of them by others These fire the stereotyped respectables those mincntly proper people who accept tho gospels as true not that they theylackThe all important problem to them is what will people say They have unconsciously followed some old bell wether or lead gander into the flock in the wiregrass pas ture of rospcdabilia These fire the people who fire shocked at the slang of Victor Hugo decry tho vulgarities of Goodie but allow heir daughters to read tine Cnnticlca and compel them to learn whole passages from tho bible These fire the selfsame people who would stone tho prophets of progress Their deal is expediency their moral law is tho eleventheomunmmwdlnentDont get will people say It is natural for a wellbalanced person to desire to be opinionself Romemlor that the whole faire puts on deep mourning whenever there is a loss of selfrespect What will poplo say Well if you undertake to tell them a now truth they fire liable to denounce you as a blasphemer or a demagogue But when your now truth has been transformed by Tunics J ITIlEBLUE GRASS BLADE I1 great alembic into an old falsehood theywill have absorbed it Socrates laughed at tho too amorous godof Greece and the people said poison him Galileo denied tho old falsehood that tho world was flat and they cried out imprison him Robert Emmet refused to become an Angloinaniac and tho mugwumps cri 11ollt hang him This is usually what people saywhen confronted with something radically strange and true lofty in pur pose and high in ambition but once in a while there conies ciao who will repeat tho old crytheymay destroy tho ease of Anaxarchus himself they cannot reach That is the spirit we would put into the Freethought movement today It is not what foolish sound is shaped by fetid breath not what tho idle gabble of foolish geese proclaims us that should be our chief concern hot what wo actuallyare The consciousness that you are right yourself the consciousness of sincerity will sustain and fortify you against all tho assaults of tho world If you do not believe in yourself you cannot expect others to have confidence in you Never part with belief in yourself Never mind what people will say You nut survive any lack of confidence provided you are honest with yourself The infidels of one ago are tho saints of the next tho cranks of our own time become tho philosophers of future ages and the despised rebels ofa century ago tire the men whose graves we bedeck with our garlands Those who take duty for a guiding star and are strong enough courageous enough to stand tho gibes and jeers of bigotry and ignorance will find that the years are seldom unjust What will people say Never you mind just be yourself EDITORIAL POTPOURI Pastor Russellof Pittsburg whoso front elevation of nomen clature is Charles T editor and owner of v religious publication known as the Watch Tower from which lie huts accumulated a fortune lias just been made to pay 0050 alimony 1500 lawyers fees and court costs making a total of 7 iJi His attorneys filed for him at one stage in the proceedings an affidavit of his own stating that lie could not pay the alimony as ho was only drawing a salary of 20 per month Common experience proves that no titan on such a salary could pay such a sum of notary lint the pastor has paid and then only by having his properly attached which ho had moved to Brooklyn and being threatened with arrest for contempt It will he called that his wife sued him for divorce after catching him in the bedroom of their hired servant attired only in his pajamas It is currently reported that he will henceforth occupy the pulpit of the late Henry Ward Needier in Brooklyn Tabernacle and we are of tile opinion that ho will prove a fitting successor for both were evidently tarred with the same bestial brash T P Mitchell of Columbus Ohio writing in the Ohio State Journal declares that tho church fails because it is not a con ter front which radiates u lifegiving force Mr Mitchell is correct But how eau ho expect a lifegiving force to radiate front a dead theology and institutions that are built upon past human mistakes Preacher Gun Toter at Work on Chain Gang These are the bin headlines appearing above an article on the first page of till Parkersburg Sentinel W Ya relating to arrest trial and conviction of Rev W Hopkins a Baptist preacher of Blneficld the same state Rev Hopkins was charged with having too much booze on boardand holding up two colored Inds on the street at the point of his shooting iron Recorder Crockett sentenced the hilarious parson at tit days in jail at hard labor and to pay a line of 200 Not having the rash and being unable to escape the jail part of his sentence this cold waterandwhisky skypilot had a ball and chain put on him and was put to actual labor under an armed guard From the London Freethinker we learn that the recent annual inference of the National Secular Society held at Liverpool nglllllllwns a greater success than preceding conferences both in point of attendance told the importance of business transacted Mr G W Foote was again reelected president which everybody expected and none opposed Why cannot the Freethinkers of America enjoy annual meetings of this character An error was made by tho Blade in its announced price for Mrs Lucas new hawk View of Lamberts Notes on Ingersoll We had set the price at one dollar but it should be 7 i cents The hook is ready for immediate delivery upon order The Blade having received its portion through the kindness of Mrs Lucas the author Rev Mr Cloaky pastor of the Presbyterian church at Troy Ohio has been greatly shocked by the use of the word Dammit in Sheridan play called The Rivals recently given by the graduates of the High School at that place during Comniiiici iiient exercises Rev Cloaky demands the expurgation of the world from the play without even consulting the author his friends or his publishers but his indignation points not to tho Bible which contains far more profane and filthy sentences nor lInes ho ask for any expurgation of its pages If to use the nerd- quoted is to imply a bad example for young children then Rev leaky ought to keep the Bible under lock and key to prevent it falling into the hands of girls and young children Dr Gottlmrd Deutsch of the Hebrew Union College Cincin nati Ohio has filed a protest with the Board of Hdneation regard ing the use of the name Christ during the Commencement exercises of the High School And he has also stirred up a hornets nest A counter protest was Wed by the Presbyterians and now tho Board will have to wrestle with the problem even as Jacob wrestled with the Uml Basing their protest upon n partisan ruling of a partisan judge of the United States Su premo Court that this is a Christian nation they argue that the use of the name of Christ is appropriate on till publicfoccasions If the American people were unanimous regarding a belief in Christ such an argument might have great weight but serious divisions existing in public opinion and belief Pmt Deutsch is right and the Presbyterians are wrong rccentltPastor Charles T Russell of Pittsburg who pair several thousand dollars alimony must be a sort of ladykiller for it is reported that ho has caused the ItIof Miss Eliabeth Harsam a member of Russells Tower Society because tIll young lady insisted upon illg him Were it but kisses the girl sought tho pasltor might hmo planted a resounding smack upon her ruby lips andgratified her ambition but it was ill public oldfmany prying eyes were in close vicinage QLADEI72 BLUE GM88 d Whos Responsible for My Unbelief Given the Faculty to Think and Power to Reason Man Is Justified in Rejecting Religious Doctrines that Are Foolish and SelfContradictory By I W Beckwith greatdeal1 heard a chapter read every day at family prayers so knew pretty well what it said readitGod Hut when I became older some passages would come to my mind as How 37when Paul admits that he tells lies for the benefit of the church Mark 1113 ignorantthatwinter and was so angry and cursed the tree so hard that it died God did not know how to get rid of King Ahab and called a council of the angels and at the advice of one put a lying spirit in the mouthof 400 prophets 1st Kings 2217 Godcommanded Balaam to go with the angrybecausecould not Num 22 So I got a little skeptical but thought the preachers might explain these things so as to make them reasonable so I asked several of them for explanation I told them what I wanted to believe and hoped tjiey could remove the execptClarkticular subject but would refer me to some Bradendidhours at his disposal I read five of their mydoubtsalarmed as I in imagination saw that lake of burning brimstone into which I avoid myiloublsdamned Mark 1G1C I then studied the Bible carefully from beginning to fin ish took notes and compared different pas sages and by the time I was through my fear of hell had lied One woman told me that I was not of the elect and so God was sending me strong delusions and quoted 2nd Thus 211 Of course I was then satisfied that the bible is allIl fraudand am still of the same conviction Now considering what Paul says of God sending strong delusions and that Christ says that he purposely keeps the people in ignorance so that he can damn them li Jffiij J TIf Mark 411 Ifa prophet be deceived J the Lord have deceived that prophet and will damn him for being deceived and- tJawn all who believe his word spoken by that prophet Ezek 149 1 now ask who is responsible for my unbelief If justice requires that some one be damned in hell who monad it bot 1or tho God that caused we to disbelieve 1 have been told by the preachers three different times that 1 could believe if I wanted to and therefore 1 was responsible 1 will relate one of those cases I went into a lawyers olllce out morning about lu years ago between Jand 10 oclock to see Mr Orr and found hint and another man standing by the stove talking As 1 dayMrgomery from Culbertson Nebwho had cowe to our place Hayes Center to con duct a series of meetings and save some souls from hell They then proceeded with their talk Mr Orr denying tho inspiration of the Bible and the Hev Gent of course thingsthatsay there was no such thing in the bible and as Mr Orr was not posted so as to turn to it the It G was getting the best of it till IchilJpe in picked up the bible and read ono of those passages Mr Orr then went and sat down and left me with the H G to occupy the floor which we did till 4 oclock and we soon had an audience as it was noised on the street what was going on Near the outset he EaiduYou could believe tho bible if you wanted to It is only because you will not that you do not believe Said 1 So you claim that a man can believe just as he wants to with YesdDid you ever believe a thing because you contrarytoWill you tell us one of those cases in which you believed a thing because you contrarytowill not give us a ease I will suppose one for you I will suppose your father died recently and you buried him and the next veryblllcklips and says Why John what is the mat morningYouyou crazy I am not dead So I see but my father is Yes I am your father and mJB JHIJ tilt youbelievewant to I am not so sure of that He expectedtoyou deny him ho will give it elsewhere greatfortune7 yourheadsend you to hell this minute now see that he is a maniac and he is liable to shoot and if ho should you will certainly youhadimagination thatfathercertainly believe and so escape No an youknow thefearas Ior any other man does You believe IIbilHytoI will relate one other incident that oc curred that day though it is entirely foreign to the subject of this article I made some allusion to evolution and ho said sarcastically You must be proud to think YesIGodhimselftriumphantly And Adam his first born created perfect Yes And now in 6000 years see how low you have got At howlongfrom the limb ofa tree by your caudle appendage We on the other land com upWesuperstitions and fraud and we hope to continue to ascend Now which has the thathouststhe ability to improve and takes advan tape of the opportunity Perhaps some reader of tIle Blade may bo acquainted with this R Gand if so will askhimfluestionLander Wwo WANTED Boys and Girls I NomoneylOceach Arvidson Novelty Co 23033 rl r 111J BLUE GRASS BLADE H WHY WOMEN SHOULD NOT VOTE Man SamePlaneorMental By S R Boohcr In InoteVote Oillell Should nndmustcovered againstwomon valuablorcasonsthe touchedPhysicallythe womans sphere nor woman mans thoyCIIUthoSUIIIOso isradicallysympathetic lovable kind and pleasing justThe cradle is tho unadnltCll1tedWomans sphere is that ofmotherhoodIt is mentallyandlabor to perform in her enough own sphere thatslue must be apartwe inotherseems childphysicallymentally madehyclubworkho cared for by nurses hirelings who have o thatitTho proportion of the women capable certainlycompares becausomostques notmakee franchisoea1lies e discoverthatsterner duties of life while tho woman is preeminently adapted for the finer part spherehutMan to secure the food woman to pro tnsteMIIIIhomoindeed women must pay taxes If taxation with out representation if that means to vote then let us change our laws Woman day without the voting right has more honor and is accorded greater rights for her sex than she could hope to have were she given tho right of franchise Again we find school children ten years old possessing a better knowledge of the h story of our country and of our govern ment than a large part of the voting popu lation Does that argue that the children should ot07 We think not Mr Jefferies saysII Give her as much liberty and as much freedom as is allowed man We say amen yea more Give her the full and sole freedom and liberty in liar domain her sphere and hold her accountable for her shortcomings in her domain and wise man in his Then and only then will wo have that worlds progress that will vance by leaps and hounds Just as we could not hope to have site cess by transplanting cotton from tho sunny fields of the South to the frozen areas of the North or transplanting wheat or corn to tropical clime just the same with man and woman Allow each to be king and queen in his or liar respective spheres and each will be an aid to the other but whenever we attempt to alter into one for the other or each assume the others place or both occupy the same place trouble will ensue and harmony will not bo uttermost Dundee Ohio NATURE IS SUPREME By W II Cox feareOf parting life here on this sphere While life and death are natural laws And oer them all we only pause This magic speck this germ of life This cause which gives us birth We have no power to interfere But must obey her laws Then why should wo bo afraid to die And leave those scenes of night and dayt For natures laws are all supreme Man hath no power to intervene They speak of life beyond the grave But do not make this clear For every life now on this earth Must sometime disappear They die byones twos rind threes And sometimes by the score Immortal life beyond the gll1ve A II guess and nothing more Long weeks and monthE and years of toil Of suffering strife and pain 11No thoughts of life beyond the grave Are cherished in my brain As I see nature some call it God Ina wholesale killing act Two hundred thousand lives go out Which demonstrates this fact pointsOnLies the fairest of her cities Their people cry no more But to their God they sing and chant And give to him all praise While thousands of those human souls Had perished in those flames Then to those stern cold facts and laws Of naturewho is supreme Why curse or praise a mythical God While nature is supreme Favors Organization PELLA IOVAl Unclosed find check for 150 Send Blade to Ed Carson Pella Iowa lie is a good substantial Liberal SorryClueBlade is suspended I heartily indorse what you say on organization and now Brother Charles worth dont you think tho Humanitarian Society as organized by Prof W F Jamieson of Pentwater Mich is a starter for just about the kind of an order you recommend in tho Blade Isupport everything that is branded Liberal Free thought Infidel Atheist or Materialist in fact everything that is opposed to orthodox rule The trouble with car people is panthoyargument that they are only liberal so long as everybody else comes their way The result is n hundred little sects about as dogmatic as the churches are Let us be Liberals in deed as well as in name Yours for organization II M FISK GOD AND MY NEIGHBOR By Robert Blatchford Britains Foremost Agnostb Socialist This is the seventh edition It was orig inally published at two shillings and pence after it appeared in serial form in II The Clarion under tho title ofII Bible and Science A cheaper edition tins just been issued of which I imported a lot and I will mail ova to tiny address postpaid for 15 cents NORMAN MURRAY 2Hi St James St Montreal Canada J 14 BLUE GRASS BLADE Brave Womans Thoughts CARROLL WVOIenclose herewith five dollars for subscription to the Blade- like the paper and dont see how 1 can get along without it besides it is the duty of every honest Freethinker to do his part in the uplifting of humanity from the depths of religious slavery and supersti tion The idea of people living in the 20th century having to go back two thousand years for laws and regulations by which to be governed in this day and age of the world is too absurd for people of any in telligence to contemplate and yet that is just what they are doing whet tlfey imag ine for an instant that there is going to be a life beyond death and unless they live and abide by the laws laid down h the apostles or disciples of Jesus Christnnll others they will certainly be cast into the lake of lire and brimstone to be tortured forever 11111eCI Is it any wonder that all Christians or at least the most of them fear death more than the average Freethinker who knows that death ends all and has nothing to fear in the future Why the average Christian will fly to medical aid the minute any part of his anatomy goes wrong because he is afraid to die just yet lie wants n new lease on life in which prepare himself for the Great Beyond and is afraid to trust his precious life to his imaginary god He wants something more substantial something that he can see and feel lie knows that science has wrought many remarkable changes and he is willing and glad to accept their superior knowledge and expel 1ncemlll apply it to to his own ease What has Christianity dune for human ity in the wayof science Nothing They have held the scientific world in restraint a thousand years The Bible has been a curse to the human race If there could be some way of eradicating this greatest of ancient novels there would he a broader irimled peope and less crime in this world Well as this letter is growing long I will close wishing you touch success MRS r n HAVEN The Price of Liberty ST ANSCAR TAI hereby wish to ex press lilY pleasure upon reading in the Blue Grass Blade Huldah L Potter Jxomis erit icsm on Sir Ladils plan of government and Lucien Stebbins review of sane in the Peoples Press The lad has evidently been caught with the little joker of his u select few shellgame up his sleeve When I read the Judges plan my mind recurred to the part that Helen Gardner played in the Boston Arena in the Silver campaign Verily the price of liberty is eternal vigilance C 0 W CLAUSEN 420 CHATTANOOGA 411111 AND RETURN QUEEN CRESCENT ROUTE JULY 19TH AND 20TH Return Limit July 31st 1909 I IChickamaugaStopover Privilege at RHEA SPRINGS Spring City Tcnn SPECIAL RATES AT ALL HOTELS fOR or JUST OUT NAMING SONG AND 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