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Digital page images are linked to the text file. j ytrj V i f l BLUE GRASS BLADE Volume XVIII LEXINGTON KY LY iz igoq Number io DEVOTED TO THE PROPAG4ND44 FREEDOM OF THOUGHT l i nb It i iByJohn Yoi l2 J Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing and one of t them shall not fall 9n the ground you Father nlmmberedax 201 30 i Whilst the Lord was busy watching cheeky sparrows small and big Softly chirping feathered gossip as they hopped from twig I to twig Whilst ho watched them with attention listening to their voices sweet I He ignored eat the fact that Smithers died of having naught- to Said the Lord Twits rough on Smithers But the poor are always with us nuisa1icoltWhen Im gazing on my birdies Nono of their petitions heard is I must watch my darling dickies lest they topple oer and fall Whilst the Lord was busy counting every hair on Tommys pate Whyto sought to know tho number heavenly records do stnto1fcertain creatures worshippers of Christ on earth Were despatching ono another yea for all that they were I Said tho worth 101d1I really oughtcr tf d i miII Stop this sanguinary slaughter aseeingIIIt jjehooves me then to mention jThat my best attention TpEhoffniatter when Ive counted all the hairs on every j head uWhen my worms have all abandoned every trace of thatch jr Iron top onz1JLtJl1 see all wrongs are righted then Ill conquer death cjfcffand tell Now possess your souls in PlltionceIam Yahvohl All is well Siiidthe people Wily Father Wo have heard thee and wed rather hyyfyour worry But you seo were in a hurry f fFfJ ondon Freethinker 1 I jt lr BLUE GRASS BLADE The High Gourt of Reason or The Justice Shop of Faith Faith is But a Charnel House and Spells Mental Stagnation Reason the Only Dependable Guide to Ultimate Truth By J Atwood Culbertson Faith as applied to religion is a corrupt Justice Shop which rules that all the tenets of religion are trueinfallible The rulings of this Justice Shop to its adherents are final and to protest against a ruling is contempt heresy It is a con taminating agency that breeds mental slavery It means the acceptance of a doctrine without investigation thought or re search a total submission to the dictates of masters Faith is the archenemy of Truth which dethrones Reason without ex planation or apology and enthrones superstition instead It is the crumbling rock upon which Christianity stands slowly but surely disappearing before the vigorous onslaughts of Reason It is a mental malady that causes persons to become deaf dumb and blind while ambassadors of an imaginary supreme being relieve them of their money Faith is cherubim with flaming swords standing guard over thcU controlling supernatural powers born of mans fears and hopes and pro tected by its resources a small fraction of these forces have thus far managed to keep alive Faith spells mental stagnation its command isU Lose thy reason Submission is the best sgn of piety Faith wants no proofs and asks for none Believe your brothers to be devils and your mothers witches back up the belief with a suflicient amount of Faith and they will be devils and witches With Faithenough you can produce any number of gods devils heavens and hells as well as a few ghosts holy and otherwise that will be asU selfevident as are the present editions issued by the Christian Faith Reason is the High Court of Courts to which man may appeal front any ruling of any other Court examine and weigh the evidence in an impartial manner and decide in accordance therewith Reason means the act of attempting to arrive or arriving at a conclusion by the use of the mind that is by proof examination argument and discussion The Justice Shop of Faith and the High Court of Reason are eternally at war with Gael other and the person who dares not appeal from the questionable rulings of Faith are mental serfs forever barricaded from gaining an acquaintance with Truth Reason is polish Faith is rust a rust that clogs It is folly to say that one can arrive at Truth by stopping the machinery of the mind Reason is a cleansing agency which renovates the mind of the inheritance of nursed and accumulated fears and superstitions of centuries leaving the shining Trinity of Love Hope and Truth It was never the unprejudiced High Court of Reason that declared the Christian bible the inspired word ofa supreme being It was the domineering Justice Shop of Faith As long as men subunit to the rulings of Faith alone they are underlings But once let them rise to the dignified height of bravery to appeal to the High Court of Reason they will no longer drink up without question the admonishments of the professionally good men to he godfearing lest they be eternally damned Tlicywill learn to know that wo have had enough of Faith and that Reason must be her conqueror For over b 3000 yars Christian Faith held the reins of government pro tected by the murderous sword which was worked unceasingly and in the name of Faith all the hideous cringes on the criminal calendar have been practiced Faith burned Servetus Joan of Arc and Bruno and perse cuted Galileo Faith prosecuted the search for New England witches and sent hundreds of women to their dent haud though that Faith still lives somewhat impaired it has never apologized for its errors Faith has ever been the stumbling block in front of Truth while Reason has prosecuted the cam paign against the crimes of Faith stood for individual liberty of the mindand soul and defiantly flaunted the flag of justice in the face of the overwhelming opposing forces of the pious Apologists do not wash Christianity clean of the gore of inno cence which is upon her bloody hands by saying that the wrongs committed in upholding the supremacy of Faith are due to the ignorance of the times Why are not the ruling powers the men of Christ who are so pleased to advertise themselves asucalled by God to preach the truthabove the ignorance of the erratic mass If gods own ambassadors are susceptible to the singe errors as the lay people wherein is the advantage of being called by GOll receiving divine revelation and com muning with the still If it he now admitted that the wrongs committed against unbelievers and nonChristians in the past were not in accord with our present conception of right and god permitted his children to practice murder and torture in his name without stopping them were not those Christian dren and the god they worshipped morally below the men and women murdered and tortured If Christians were lit any time morally inferior to the unbeliever and nonChristian when did they rise to be morally superior to the unbeliever and non Christian and therefore entitled to special recognition froth the god that was an accessory to their crimes In that impossible combination of holy phantom subjects known as the Trinity god is made to say I am My Son My Son is I We are the Holy Ghost the Holy Ghost is we My Son is My Father My Father is 1 The IIigh Court of Reason would never give a decision claring such an impossible combination to bo a fact Only the corrupt Justice Shop of Faith would rule upholding the U truth of such a conglomeration of gods Faith is unquestionably on the decline Moro people are questioning today than ever in the history of Christendom They are sayingwiIf there is a God If there is a ho1l7 If there is a devil If there is a heaven Allof which goes to express their serious doubts of the existIence of any of these Faithmade things People are to realize that havo been IItllWances of a like nature are being repeated by followers of other gods r BLUE GRASS BLADE H mentApostleswe find it stated that Jesus descended into hell and later ascended into heaven If he descended he naturally had to go skywardThereforeinto the earth The Christians have not shown that hell is a part of the earths interior as is implied in the Apostles Creed and no man who uses Reason as his guide has ever come to such conclusion If the Christian tell is at some remote place from earth or a part of the earths interior did Jesus reach it hy descension Faith and creed say he did Reason says he did not Reason is the only dependable guide to direct us to the truth Faith has been tried and failed miserably even with the sup port of kings sword and statute Reason has fought along and has made an estimable showing Only during the last term of the Pennsylvania Legislature was a bill passed putting the Agnostic on an equal footing with the Christian with respect to giving testimony in Court And here it is well to note that these Christian legislators who for years have looked upon Agnostics and Freethinkers as a sect of liars recognizing the inadequacy of their divine law and the avenue of escape it fur nishes by offering absolution to the repentant evildoer have enacted laws making perjury a crime in order to punish the god believers who have no hesitancy in taking an oath yet are heady to lie for the purpose of defeating justice Finally Reason has convinced some of the Faith legislators that willingness and ability to tell the truth is not dependent upon ones belief or isbeief in the supernatural Gradually Reason overcomes leer foes not by sword cannon Inquisition Holy Olllce or torch but by perseverance and education Faith propagators point to China and Japan and ask us to look at what Faith has done for those countries Is the awaken ingof China and Japan due to the inculcation of Christian prin ciples Or is it due to the injection of the Western spirit of activity into their lives Or the education which many of the Orientals have received in Western Universities during the past half century llhc benefits of which the less fortunate receive by imitating their Western educated brothers What did Faith do on its first attempt to gain recognition in Japan when Faith alone was the importation When it left none of its trickery persecution and domineering methods behind It is generally admitted that the Oriental are a passive people who have been satisfied with little The American missionary goes there im porting with him the same methods he used with success in this country to gather money to finance his soulsaving expedi tion Some of the people with whom he comes in contact absorb the spirit of activity which he practices hud go at matters differently This change of manners of the native the mission ary tells him is due to his having been converted to Christianity Who would accuse Rockefeller Carnegie llarriman or Morgan of being successful on account of their Christian Faith or lack of it Was it Christianity that aided idolatrous Japan to whip Christian Russia Was it a Christian god that allowed the soldiers of these two nations to butcher each other on the battle fields of war Did a Christian god cause the soldiery of these two nations to clash Could ho have averted this war Reason tells us that gods were missing in this instance as in all others where they could make themselves useful and reveal their pow ers It is not Faith that is changing Mongolian but it is his awakening to the Western spirit of competition and his getting in touch with the outside world The Christian sionary does not forget to import Western progression customs and habits as well as Christian Faith The Faith can no longer resort to the torch thumbscrew and rail and dungeon The lash tall no longer bo used as argu tormentinintolinotion and keep alive the intcrest as well as keep the member ship books well filled the mon of God have adopted the novel The uptodate skypilot no longer exhorts his people andGodblessyoubrothersbrigade a boys choir a girls choir has a moving picture show advertises widely the new soloist has converted China men and missionaries from the firing line of the RussoJapanese war lecture gives special sermons for the benefit ofat lodge ofit secret order and invites the lodge to attend in a body IiitrodticeThe Catholics largest audience is at the Spring event of fightforllopefulsspectacularsupport of the Faith than to offer him a sword and a suit of khaki With sword dangling at his side and leggings about his calves his dreams are realized and to perpetuate his import ance he will readily submit without question to any creed or discipline No one understands better than the preacher that possesssion is nine tenths of the law that people are slow to break away from the old and accept the new Burn a childs mind with the fires of superstition and it will always be under subjection but fertilize the unscarred mind with the ripe fruits of Reason and its works will find immortal recognition in the minds of all posterity Every god believer wants to hear the converted Chinaman tell about the idolatry of his father and what Jesus has done for him the convert They go and listen for one hour always to hear the chink conclude with an appeal for money toIaid the poor selfsacrificing missionaries who are doing such a noble work in the fields of idolatry spreading the gospelof Jesus Christ and awakening a love for the only true and living God Going to a church and listening to a converted China man preachers and underlings tell of what Jesus has done for them reminds one of reading medicine testimonials They tell you they tried everything else but nothing helped them so much as their fear of God and the love of Jesus Likewise a man of one hundred years is asked by an agent of Duffys whiskey to what he attributes his old age and ho says Duffys Pure Malt Whiskey The patent medicine matt asks the sauce question and he answers Peruna The skypilot comes along and makes the saute iuquhfillli hears Brother Bash it is nothing but the love of Jesus Faith calls him a Christian Reason says he is a hypocrite For live days in the week Reason teaches the pupil in the public school that the indestructibility of matter is a fact and that the nebular theory is tenable On Sunday the same child goes to the Faith school and has all the good it has acquired during the week destroyed by the Faith teacher teaching the opposite and to doubt the Faith teacher is a sin Do we want the High Court of Reason or the Justice Shop of Faith Reason of course Why Because Reason lands that Faith is the vehicle which carries man into mental night instead of its promised realm of eternal joy And only by being guided by Reason can a man remain free Sewickley Penn I Y 4 THE BLUE GRASS BLADE Another Freethought Funeral Beautiful Tribute Paid to a Departed Free thinker at St Charles Minn By B Peabodyj Recently we buried a lifelong free thinker one of the early settlers being the first settler in the town of Dover and the third in the county of Olmsted Following is the address read at the funeral by the writer held under the trees in his front yard He requested that there should be no and no flowers A sheaf of ripenedwheat rested on the coffin which was very appropriateThe Again we are brought face to face with that mystery which man calls death But however mysterious it may seem and by some said to be an unnatural thing I be lieve it is just as natural as anything under the sun It is as natural to lie as it is to live just as natural asoc horn and although the many have denied this it has been recognized and advocated by all the greatest and most learned of the past ages But life concerns us more than death It is life we sympathize with the throbbing the moving things of the uni verse not the dead the silent the motion less It is the joy of life our hearts call for and yet we all know that the day must end the word must grow cold that the clasp must loosen and the red tide of life must freeze in the veins Our dead brother lying here lived a long and useful life He was an absolutely hon est man a man who always kept his word fulfilled all his contracts and never tried to overreach his neighbor in any of the affairs of life He was true to his ideal true to his thought and what his brain conceived his lips expressed The first win ter in the West he took a job of chopping wood in Wisconsin He built a shanty in the woods and boarded himself The only reading matter he had was a bible his mother gave him when he left home He read it a great deal and has always kept a copy lying on the table in his sitting room He had gathered quite a library of books together but I think the bible was referred to oftener than any other book He car ried much of it in his head and could re peat more of it than any one I have ever met lie soon came to the conclusion that there was more evil than good in itIInd that instead of being written or dictated by infinite wisdom it was written by ignor ant fallible men f Leonard Knapp was born in Lewis county N Y Feb 17 1825 Ho came Westat the age of 23 Located in Dodge county Wis where he remained until the spring of 1854 when he came to Olmsted county Minn locating on section 20Dover Township He was married in April 1854 to Miss Sarah Thompson a native of New York State and who died in 1804 His children were Pete Kate and Wright Kate and Wright are still living He was again married in 1807 to Lucretia Harris who died in 1880 Geo L is the only child of this marriage Married again to Martha Y Waterman who still survives He was the second in a family of eleven children four of whom two boys and two girls are still living He leaves to mourn his loss his wife three children Kate Wright and Oco L two grandchildren also two brothers and two sisters When tho springtime touch is lightest When the summereyes are brightest Or the Autumn sings most drear When the winters hair is whitest Sleep old pioneer Safe beneath the sheltering soil Late enough you crept You were weary of the toil Long before you slept Well you paid for every blessing Bought with grief each day of cheer Discussion of Sunday Laws and Their In fluence Upon the RaceOther Laws Enacted by the Devotees of Orthodox Faith By Dr T J Bowles The dead past still molds in a largo de gree the thought of the living present Heredity tradition and vested interests are powerful obstacles to overcome and through these forces many of the customs faiths and institutions of tho savage and barbarous peoples of early ages have come down to us and seriously poisoned the stream of modern life In all civilized countries a large number of good men and good women are now at work to rid the world of barbarisms stu pidities and that have been I PI Natures arms around yoti pressing i Natures lips your brow caressing Sleep old pioneer When the hill of toil was steepest When the forest frown Was deepest Poor but young you hastened here Came where solid hope was cheapest Canea pioneer Made the Western jungles view Civilizations charms Snatched a home for yours and you Among these prairie farms Toil had never cause to doubt you Progress path you helped to dear But today forgets about you And the world rides on without you Sleep old pioneer I Careless crowds go daily past you Where their future fate has cast yon Leaving not a sigh or tear And your wonderworks outlast you Brave old pioneer Little care tho selfish throng Where your heart is hid Though they thrive upon the strong Resolute work it did But our memory eyes have found you And we hold you grandly dear With no workday woes to wound you With the peace of man around you Sleep old pioneer At the Grave With morn with noon with night with changing clouds and changeless stars with grass with tears and birds with leaf and bud with flower and blossoming vine with all the sweet influences of Nature we leaveIour dead Again farewell Persistence of Superstition J superstitions transmitted to us through the operation of l these powerful laws of inheritance With a profound sense of my responsi bility to my fellowmen and with an ardent desire to aid in the good work of rescuing some of my countrymen from the galling bondage of superstition I shall continue this series of articles until every rag and r figleaf is removed from this hideous mon ster and expose it to the horrified gaze of the many thousand readers of these pages The awful horrors and terrors of un numbered millions of the human race nee now being tortured in the flames thatjan endless hell as described by Dante Jonathan Edwards I would have each of you know do not exceed tho agonies and sorrows and sufferings that have been in flicted by the bloody hands of superstition- fi 1 l u r BLUE GRASS BLADEQ on billions of your fellowmen while living on this beautiful earth With my feeble powers of description I have endeavored to impress upon your minds n fnint idea of the diabolical and hellish history of superstition but language is utterly inadequate to describe its infinite Iihorrors and I ask every reader of these pages to multiply what I say n thousand fold and even then it would be impossible to approximate the awful tortures and mis eries and agonies that have been inflicted on innocent men women and children by this bloody monster Go with me to New England the cradle of culture and a high type of manhood and womanhood and only a little while ago the stupid superstition that Sunday was a Holy I day was so firmly fixed in the public mind that a law was passed forbidding under heavy penalty any mother from kissing her darling babo on Sunday and thousands of loving fathers and mothers literally wore violatingtofsuperstitionI have you remember that this savage statute passed and enforced by heartless fiends would still be in full force today nil over our blessed country had it not been for the angel of Science and the Goddess of Reason Another statute passed by the devotees of the superstition that Sunday is a Holy day forbid under heavy penalty any citi zen from walking or riding on Sunday ex cept to and front church and thousands were kept impoverished all the days of their lives for violating this statute No human tongue can describe the un speakable sorrows and sufferings that were visitedon good women for kissing their babes on Sunday and thousands of indus trious fathers were kept in abject poverty all the days of their miserable and wretched lives by the payment of heavy fines for being caught in their barnyards and gar dens on Sunday- A t statute providing heavy penalties on every citizen for failing to attend public worship on Sunday kept tho houses of correction constantly filled to overflowing for in default of payment of tho heavy fines imposed they were compelled to workout their fines rand thousands of little children were at till times exposed to the dreadful horrors of starvation whoso fathers and mothers had been arrested and committed to tho workhouse for nonattendance at church on Sunday This idiotic superstition that Sunday is Hoy day still prevails in a modified form I mid on this account every good man and every good woman should treat Sunday as a holiday instead of a Ilolyday and dulge in till kinds of innocent games sports and amusements visiting friends excur sions to the woods and lakes picnics con certs theatres museums and every species of pleasure and recreation should be freely indulged for the purpose of stamping out and exposing the idiotic practice of wear ing long faces and fasting in deference to the superstition that Sunday is a Ilolyday and that God will be angry if his children have any pleasure on this Holyday Persons not familiar with the history of superstition will be astonished to learn that not long ago in the New England states a statute with heavy penalties was enacted forbidding any citizen to appear at the polls and offer to vote for any candidate for office if the voter was unconverted and not a member in good standing in the church and this same statute provided for the disfranchisement of any citizen who cast his ballot for an unconverted man Another statute provided that if any citizen joined the Quaker church he should be banished and if ho ever returned ho should be put to death and many noble men and grand women were victims of this infamous law There are many evil influences in the world that are calculated to degrade and debase the human mind but superstition is the most demoralizing agency that ever escaped from Pandoras boxit completely destroys every nobe and generous impulse and converts the heart into a desert waste filled with the serpents of hate and cruelty Superstition enacted laws in New Eng land forbidding under dreadful penalties any citizen to cook a meal make a bed sweep a house walk in a garden or in a barnyard on Sunday and superstition acted n law in New England making itn duty of all constables and sheriffs to arrest every ono suspected of being a Quaker and if found guity to be publicly whipped with knotted thongs after which their tongues were to bo bored through with a redhot iron and hundreds died in agony while undergoing these savage tortures Persecuting defaming torturing and as sassinating men women and children has been the devilish pastime of superstition in all ages of the world down to this very hourSuperstition in New England made it tho duty by law of every policeman mil the whole constabulary were required to arrest every man and woman who was caught in the act of writing a letter to a friend on Sunday and in default of payment of ex cessive fines they were committed to tho to bo prompt in their at tendance at church hundreds were publicly whipped with knotted leather thongs on their naked bodies and for criticising min isters of the gospel and speaking disrespect fully of the church manywere branded with a red hot iron on the foreheadand had their ears cut off It is therefore within the limit of sober truth when I saw that the tortures and horrors of the lost souls in tellas de scribed by Dante and Johnnthan Edwards are no greater than the agonies endured by men women and children in the flesh while living on this earth inflicted by the heart less fiends of superstition the horrible death of Jesus Christ on the cross was t merciful in the highest degree when com pared to the unspeakable and savage tures of many millions of grand men nobler1women and innocent children who have per ished in the slimy coils of the venomous serpents and wild beasts of superstition- It staggers the imagination and well nigh passes all human belief that only a little while ago the prisons of New England at Salem Ipswich Boston and Cambridge were literally overflowing with innocent awaitindtheirturn 1theycrime of witchcraft and I want every reader of these pages to know that if it had not been for the angel of Science and Goddess of Reason the whole of the United States today would be a swimming Gol gotha of blood and under the absolute trol of the heartless priests of superstition In the present age of intelligence and science free thought and rationalism it would seem that no danger need be feared of a return of those awful superstitions but when wo remember that there are still hun dreds of ignorant people in tile United States who believe that God had a son by a woman and ignominiously killed him it is only a short step to a belief in the hide ous superstition of sorcery and witchcraft and every goood man and every good wo man should labor without ceasing to extirpate root and branch this deadly Upas tree that still exhales its poisonous cjlluvia and fills the social organism with vice and long 0 how long Will it yet be before mankind will learn that the only saviours of tho human raco are the of Science and tho Goddess of ReasontHow long 0 how long will it yet bo be fore mankind will learn that tho beautifulrand fragrant flower of pure religion can never bloom in the human heart until tho wild beasts of superstition are driven from the human brain Muncie Ind Takes Hausmans Book NEW YORK CITY Enclosed find money order for tho 5 copies of tho Blade partillC 110US IAN BLUE GRASS BLADE MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY CORRUPTION IX CIVIl GOJmXmX1FUIlrS OF PRESENT SYSTEM EliiniKXCK WITNESS ix MUIIDKU TUIAI TIn DOCTOR AND THE LYWYEII- 33y Dr A Hausman Our governmental machine is one of the most complicated fund ineffective in the world it has too many wheels t and costs too much to run There is too much particu larism in the legislative power of the single states which is of no advantage to the people but only to those to whom this arrangement affords an opportunity to make a comfortable living without much physical or mental exertion Why for instance should a state like Rhode Island or Delaware have separate criminal and civil laws while Teas which is many times as large as both taken together has only one law 11ltycan not these laws he the same allover the United States are not the laws of society the same everywhere This would an immense sling for the people who have to pay enormous sums on account complications arising from differences in the laws tween the states or collision with the constitution Why must the extradition of a criminal require the intervention of the governor when it is of general interest to effect the apprehension and punishment ofIt criminal with as little delay as possible Why must tile marriage and divorce laws so confused and stupid that a persons marriage may he legal in one find void in another state How much money is wasted for useless or injurious legislation when it would ho much cheaper and sensible to have the laws framed hrIt few competent persons and afterwards sub mitted to the people for approval In Germany the people felt relieved when tile smaller states lost their independ once find union was restored in fall the important departments of government while hero every little state clings to the vain prerogative of hawing its own laws at a great is it that this great free nation has a government so corrupt and dishonest that to be a politician is con sidered a detracting epithet suggestive ofIt disreputable character while in Europe such an office is held to bo a trust of honor Is the general moral standard lower here titan in Europe Originally perhaps not but the obnoxi ous system tends to make tile officers dishonest to blunt tile sense of honor and diminish the regard for the rights of the people In Europe tile state demands certain qualifications for an office and gives certain guarantees in return permanency of position and a chance for promotion Egoism is tile only natural motive for any individual act fund it is in obedience to this impulse that the officers fire honest it is their interest to ho so lint here it is different Qualhcation is not required and the appoint ment to a certain office is made a political issue although Ithethe ono who has availed himself of the opportunity 111orfeathered his own nest at the expense of the public what is still worse the thief who lifts stolen a fortuneIwhen retiring to private life will be respected as nent citizen while the honest matt who goes out of t with clean hands and empty pockets is looked at with oflicelrespect as a fool who was not smart enough to make while the sun shone Why do the people expect a go through all the indignities of an election run the gaunt let of vilification by the papers pretending to bo the mouthpiece of public opinion How cnn the people expect that anybody should bo fool enough to sacrifice his personal interest for that of the public for which there is neither 11JlInecessity nor obligation If the people want honest they can have it as well as private persons and under the same conditions But as long as they maintain this fool ish system the result must be that honest men are to a great extent debarred from public offices and the dishonest individuals secure as much as possible of the peoples money the only remuneration worth having Public opinion as an entity does not exist tho maul who has the peoples motley floes not care a straw what Tom Dick and Harry think of him ho has the power tho real value Fin worse than the departments of tile United States corruption infests tho state county fund municipal gOumIfoetus foul tho free people stand powerless while being robbed systematically This is tile natural sequent of honesty thieves are the of disregarding the principle that docs not recognize fittest to survive among a nation and encourage honesty Through the fault of the system individuals who could hardly make an honest living by labor fire enabled to appropriate millions which means IIIcorresponding loss to those who have to pay Hut it more A person acquiring a largo fortune mel1JlStwithout givingfat equivalent in return obtains motley control over a largo share of tho land ho thousands of acres and hold them on speculation is one of tho causes of land monopoly against which George might have justly directed his attack because rrrabolish it to some is within the scope of possibility to tent while it is impossible to undo the accomplished and overthrow tho system of landproperty which has always been and will bo forever tho basis of society Comparing tho efficiency of our civil government with that of the most advanced states of Europe irrespective of monarchies we can not standing armies and hereditary n 1 THE BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 tho disagreeable fact that they lire governed better Ifdenycheaper than wo are Largo cities and communities have as a rule considerable property either in cash funds or in real estate forests com mons etc from which they derive considerable income while hero almost every town is overburdened with debt con tracted by dishonest oflicers Hero in Leadvillo for in stance so muck money leas been stolen that property is oftenIteachers But dont we enjoy tho great privilege of free speech Oh yes wo can call every body a thief etc be hind his back ho does not care he has our money enjoys tho fruit of our labor and the people be ddIInd ho is right If wo pay dearly enough for being badly governed the administration of justice is a downright shame a mockery of liberty When I came over from tho land of tho downtrodden nations it wits with a feeling of awe akin to veneration that I put nay foot on tho sacred soil of liberty Hero was tho land of the free where all people are equal before the law personal rights held sacred honest labor recognized officers models of integrity imbued with patri otic fervor to serve the interest of their country etc But this beautiful dream was soon dispelled when I became a witness in a murder case When the trial opened and tine examination of witnesses commenced Ins surprised Heretofore I had looked at every free citizen as a king proudly asserting his right against tiny one in the state no matter how high his position but as soon as he sat down on tho witness chair his dignity was gone How meek and humble ho submitted to till tho abuse and insults tho lawyers hurled at him evidently astonished at his own iniquity which he was unaware before Since then have had IIof misfortune to become better acquainted with the courts true to tho proverb this greater familiarity has only bred contempt On tho top of court houses we see frequently a female figure blindfolded with a pair of scales in ono and a sword in tho other hand tho goddess of justice Indeeda fit of justice blind unable to distinguish right and a harlot who bestows her favors upon the one who 1wrong the greatest weight of gold in her scales What pros is physically that is the profession of law mentally lost till sense of shamo and decency till perception of wrong and right till interest in tho welfare of tho com munity Its object is not to protect the lifo of tho weaker f against the stronger to guarantee the industrious laborer tho enjoyment of tho fruit of his exertion to guard tho common wealth against tho depredation of organized bands of robbers etc no tho solo object is to afford a largo num ber of individuals an opportunity to receive for thoir per sonal labor an undue proportion of the material wealth of tho community a corresponding amount of money There js no other class of professional people except artists who receive such enormous fees for personal services than the lawyers because their work is not estimated like the work t ofothers by tho time required but by the amount of value in litigation Measured by this scale the services ofaphysician when a lifo is at stake ought to command the highest price but in this case the people would never sub mit to extortion and unreasonable demands could not bo collected But in the case of tho lawyer they subunit cause they must the letter of the law gives him the right carryingtho lawyers receive such enormous fees for their services because they have tho opportunity and the courage to take them and the people are powerless because they are too ignorant and cowardly to abolish this extortion Now let us illustrate bylot example how the law works in the interest of the people as is claimed by some fools those that pay and some smart men those that receive In the Denver Republican of Dec 11 1S92 we find the following THE MILLINGTOXS ATTOKXEY THOMAS ATTACHES THEIR PROPERTY lion UN PAID SERVICES Tho trial of the celebrated case of the state against Frank Millington Mary and Dilly Millington chargedwith the murder of William Avery of Fort Collins some two years ago is recalled by an attachment suit filed yesterday in the district court by Attorney Chas S Thomas against Frank and Mary Eo Millington Tho suit is for 20lf 438 and is brought on sundry promissory notes made to Mr Thomas individually and to Thos M Patterson and Chas S Thomas jointly tho latter having been assigned to the plaintiff in tine case Tho bill does not state for what consideration the note wore made but as Messrs Patterson and Thomas were the attorneys of the Millingtons in tho lengthy trial in which their lifo and liberties hung in tho balance the inference is that tho notes wero given in consideration of services rendered at tho trial in which tho accused wore acquitted Supposing this to bo true what does it signify In the first place ifat crime has been committed tho law could not protect the victim and can not make the deed undone Consequently there remains no other duty for tho law but to find the guilty party and punish them as a warning example for others that may have murderous propensities In regard to the suspected persons there are two possibili ties and only two they are guilty or they are not In tho first wise it shows that it was merely a matter of money whether a guilty criminal be convicted or acquitted in tho second it proves that innocence can not expect a fair trial ill court Hut in both cases it shows that the laws and Continued on Page 12 t t 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by him until his death February lilt JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLESWORTH Editor 121S N Limestone Street Lexington Ky P Box SUBSCRIPTION RATES By mall postpaid 161 per year In advance Five new yearly subscribers at one remittance lllt each Five trial subscriptions sent In with one remittance for six months it cents each Trial subscriptions cents per month Foreign subscriptions postpaid SIN per year ADVERTISING RATES One Inch single column Insertion I cents one month or four insertions II II six months UOf one year Jl9Quarter column single insertion 111 one month 419 six months JJM one year IMt Half column whole column or larger advertisements at special rates upon application The publisher has the right to reject any and all advertisements offered GENERAL BUSINESS RULES ALL SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Blade will be discontinued at the expiration of the term for which the subscription has been paid up In advance The address slip on the paper will ahow scribers the date of expiration of ubcrlptlon Back numbers or number omitted will be sent If asked for upon renewal It ease of dlsclntlnuanc SHOULD ANY SUBSCRIBER change his or her address advise thl offlce giving both old and new address as desired THE OFFICE of publication of the Blade is at IllIll North stone Street Lexington Kentucky to which all Freethinkers will be given a hearty welcome THE BLADE is enterd at the POI tome at Lexington Kentucky as secondclass mailing matter ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE BLUE GRASS BLADE P Box III Lexington Ky HIGHER CRITICS AND TILE CLERGY If a man believes in the teachings of destructive higher critics he lifts no place in an evangelical pulpit Ho hud best go fishing instead of preaching Rev Dr Thomas Cincinnati Ohio From the very inception of Christianity until the present time its advocates have been unwilling to subject the sys tem to tho supremo test of criticism If the Christian religion is of divine origin as claimed it ought to bo able to stand any critical test tho only fair method that can bo applied in tho search for truth Religious prejudice such as wo observe from tho quotation given above is invariably tho result of early training This form of prejudice has led to every religious persecution and cruelties innumerable and destructive have followed in its wake And of what is tho higher criticism Can it destroy truth Does it alter or change a proven fact Truth and fact court criti cism mid demand tho fullest investigation for tho more severely critical tho inquiry the more complete tho investi gation tho more potent do truth and fact become Tho real alarm of Dr Thomas comes from tho fact that the higher criticism is destructive only of his religious fantasy The higher critics have penetrated the dark corners of theology they have explored the realm of the supposed mirnculousandexposed tho vagaries of tho different theological systems They have carefully weighed tho evi I r dence for and against tile doctrines promulgated by the church and have found a preponderance to bo antagonistic thereto With the moral courage of their convictions the higher critics have not hesitated to make known the results of their labors and this publicity is the one crime for whichmen like Dr Thomas would condemn them The higher critic believes in calling a spade by its proper name but Dr Thomas would resort to subterfuge in order to conceal a truth that the members of his congregation may he kept from knowledge of that truth Tho higher criticris naturally heterodox Dr Thomas and his coadjutors are naturally orthodox Herein lies tho real difference Hut higher criticism will continue to labor and orthodoxy is bound to suffer as a result 1J Tho last sentence in tho statement quoted is aptly put Tile higher critic has no place in any pulpit To occupy a pulpit would bo to stultify tho criticism As a higher critic a man knows that tho pulpit is wrong that it is out of joint with tho times that it has become fossilized and withsuch a knowledge ho would not want to occupy it Only they who keep a sharp eye upon a business con tract looking to tho cash extremity of a churchpulpit bar gain would desire a place in tho pulpit that ho may bo richly paid for tho making of promises he can never fulfil In our judgment tho world would have been happier by far and fullone thousand years in advance of where it is today if every Christian preacher from tho first century to tho twentieth had gone fishing for fish insteadof fishing for cash Could they have angled patiently and long for tho finny inhabitants of tho deep and made less claims to an assumed divine authority and power which they knew they never possessed much suffering pain and agony would have been saved to millions of men and women If there bo suckers among tho race who gulp at tho wily parsons bait they should not ask all mankind to suffer because they have been foolish enough to get caught B S U CONVENTION President George O Roberts of the Buckeye Secular Union writes tile Blade that ho has completed arrange ments for the coming annual Convention which brieflyasummarixcd tho details may bo given as follows Tho Convention will bo held at Columbus Ohio on Sunday September 12 next The place of meeting will bo at Schencks naIla largo and commodious assembly room located at 835 South High StreetHeadquarters for members and visitors Lave been se cured at the American Hotel No 20 North State Street which is but three squares from tho Convention Hall The hotel is run on tho American plan with special rates of 150 per day for single rooms two occupying President Roberts writes thatono room 100 per day the hotel is O K andset a good table J BLUE GRASS BLADE 0 Three sessions are being arranged for morning after noon and night but the program is yet in course of prepara tionAs quite a number of Freethinkers live in and near Columbus and this being ono of the most central points in the State being accessible front all parts with a twocent fare tho Convention ought to bo male a historymaking affair and an improvement even upon tho splendid gather ing at Canal Dover last year For any further information write to Geo 0 Roberts Dennison Ohio or to Lou Lawrence JJarnesville Ohio FIVE FEET OF nOOKS is admittedly tho nurse of culture It is not 7JfHeading ono reads but tho kind and quality of the read Thousands of books are born and but live Many deserve to lie und hundreds ought never to have been written The law of life applies to books as it does to men and mice Only the fittest survive Occasionally some one book will live longer than necessity nJbookcan hive but little individual merit What to read in order to acquire what is regarded as a liberal education has long been a puzzling question with many andso far as we the aware but ono man has attempted the compilation of tho list It is an interesting subject in filly fund all events There are grave doubts if any two men could bo found to agree upon such a list of books Therefore we may bo justified in entering into this discussion in that Dr Charles W Eliot former president of Harvard College his prepared a list of books which is now designated as five feet of- hooks find deemed to bo necessary by him to a liberal education Wo can afford to ignore sonic of the books mentioned by him as in the exorcise of our private and personal judgment wo do not consider some of those named essential to such an issue In his list mention is made of such writers as Bacon Plato Epictotus Marcus Aurolius Emerson Shelley Goethe Cicero Pliny Plutarch Dante Darwin Adam Smith and he oven includes Arabian nights 1Thin most significant feature about his list is that ho hula omitted the bible altogether find for his religious feature ho assigns Bunyans Pilgrims Progress as being till sufficient This omission of tho bible has created a storm of protest but not till tho preachers in tho land could induce him to substitute the bible for anyone of the books named or oven to add it to the list ho hits compiled That the bible should not bo regarded essential to a course of study intended to produce what is called a liberal education by so eminent an authority in such matters is really fund truly significant Tt is a declaration of dis oftItho worlds scholars find thinkers are vastly superior to the bible for the purpose outlined That so ninny preachers should presume to utter a protest must lead to tine con clusion that they keenly realize the position to which tho bible is being assigned and that as a godinspired book it lifts been relegated to the rear of works of greater merit that have been written by man While appreciating this act upon the part of Dr Eliot we are none the less of the opinion that the bible ought to be read by till persons ofmature mind else how would tinyone bo justified in accepting or rejecting that which ho has not examined Believer or unbeliever alike must bo able to give n reason for the faith that is in them But the bible should pruningknifosenseSome of the preachers insist that a mans education is incomplete until he has read find studied the bible This will depend upon what is meant by education If it is an education for preaching merely the bible may be necessary If it is an education intended to fit a man for tho prac tical affairs of life then the bible eat well be ignored for thousands multiplied are getting an education without it Five feet of books and not an inch of tho bible FKKKTI OUGHT IX JAPAN The light of Freethought and the humanizing influences of the principles it inculcates have penetrated tho clouds oforthodoxy that have heretofore hung like a pall over the Orient In the land of tho Mikado are at least two men who may be classed with Paine find Ingersoll and whom the historian of the future will chronicle as the real saviors of their country Ono of these D Kotoku has started a Freethought paper at Tokio a copy of the initial number coming to our office through the courtesy of chapcomrades were in prison at the tinge of receiving tho com munications heroin given for having dared to express their Fr thou it opinions without trying received permission from the Mikados official censor Tho now Japanese paper is appropriately named it is called The JiyuShiso which interpreted means Free thought It is published semimonthly at Tokio and the copy now in our hands is dated May 25 IflOJ American Freethinkers will beyond doubt express a fond hope for the success of tho now publication and while extending a heartfelt sympathy with the imprisoned heroes for the persecution tileyare being subjected to wish for their final victory and a speedy release And yet it has ever been thus World reformers have ever been villified and perse cuted Tt is the same in fall countries and Japan offers no exception to the rule Messrs Kotoku and Sakai are not personally unknown in America They spout a number of years on the Pacific coast und being of broad and liberal mind deep find earnest thinkers they readily imbibed and y 9 BLUE GRASS BLADE assimilated the most progressive thought of the day and feeling it to be their duty to carry the religious and po litical truths to their countrymen they returned to Japan andentered upon a course of propaganda which very speedily attracted the attention of the government As a cause prospers through persecution so will Frccthought triumph even in Japan The public mind is more or less affected by the agitation that opposition naturally creates and on the other hand the friends of the cause are brought closer together for mutual support and defense Although non Christian Japan is among the religious nations of earth and every religion having the power of the secular arm at its command has resorted to a persecution of those who dare oppose it Tile advocates of Freetliought ever con scious of his intellectual strength falter not in the path of duty though all hells hyenas bark told howl in his wakeIn this new Japanese movement find an earnest and capable advocacy of Freethought as against all forms of religious superstition The Buddhist superstition as well as tile Christian find hero a foe that must be reckoned with This is really the first gun fired in a campaign for intellectual liberty and the means of teaching the millions in Japan their true relations to their fellowman and to Nature It is our duty to encourage the movement and as a means to this end we suggest that all Blade readers who can write a friendly letter comradeship and cheer to D Kotoku 903 Sendagaya Tokio Japan As an incentive to such a proceeding we here publish the letter written by this sterling Japanese patriot and sent by him to Friend Johnson It reads Tokio May 25 Dear Friend and Comrade How are you J low tire your eyes Forgive mo my negligence in writing you hiving been moving froth place to place owing to barbarous persecution I couldnot get time to write to you I translated and printed Kropotkins Conquest of Bread two month ago and soon its sales were prohibited Kropotkins Law of Authorityalso wore translated and secretly printed The officials are vehemently researching its translator and printer I newly started a Freetliought paper first number of which I enclose here I ask you that if you have time and if you have time and health you will write an article for my paper Comrade Sakai and other eight comrades lire still in prison My health is recovering hawl by In a hurry Yours fraternallyD KOTOKU 005 Sendagaya Tokio The Blade was requested to forward the above letter to Mrs Josephine K Henry but wo deemed it of sufficient interest to print and Mrs Henry will be able to read it in these columns In the new Freetliought paper is one column printed in Englishwhich we reproduce that our readers may see and understand just how this new advocacy has been received by the Japanese government At the same time it will suggest the necessity for such assistance as we are able to give that they may keep up the fight Men confined in prison no matter the cause cannot do much and friends outside must bo relied upon to render till the help they can One thing is sure they must need money to wage such a war and a few dollars will go a long way in Japan Should any friend feel like sending a contribution to aid in the defense of the imprisoned men and the propagation of their work the Blade will gladly forward the same or it may he sent direct The article which is reallytill initial editorial reads as follows Till JiYUSmso Tile JiyuShiso is issued hsOllie Japanese Free thinkers and FreeCommunists The word JiyuShiso literally means Freethought but wo intend to uso this word as the title of our paper not only for the freethought in religious belief but for broader sense Indeed Japanese society at present is not so deeply poisoned by the evils of Christianity as tile west ern nations are On the other handwo are pressingly urged byour daily life to think that it is most important work for us to propagate tile freethought against tile false doctrine in political economical sexualand tillother prob lems So wo have decided the publication of this journal as an organ of our cause The Japanese Government however always endeavors to suppress tiny advanced thought and especially the present Cabinet which is known as most reactionary one is using its all powers for tho persecutions Every was dissolved ijtiny meeting is not allowed and rloutiolluryi publications also suppressed Thus in Japan there is no socialist paper existed but a mild Marxian monthly Under such circumstances wo can not know how long our paper will bo allowed to exist here At any rate we will do earnestly our duties as ollgliS we EDITORIAL POT PO JIM Another heresy trial seems imminent for an Episcopal preacher and if his congregation tire able to sufficiently recover from their astonishment and surprise long enough to do a little thinking Dr Crapsoy will soon have excellent company It is reported that Rev Dr Chcesoman a recently installed pastor of the Episcopal Church at Mt Carmel TlJhlu completely annihilated the divine origin divine inspiration and infalliblity of the bble lie is quoted as saying Who told you that the bible is of any more authority than what Dickens or Tennyson or l JTIlEBLUE GRASS BLADE 11 Wordsworth wrote I do not know where you get the idea This thing of making fetich of the bible and bow ing down to it is one of the most ridiculous ideas ever heardof The bible is no more infallible than the book you are going to write We could not have said more on sucha subject Dr Chcesnian is to he heartily commended for his superb courage in giving public utterance to such a truth His liberality and courage may cost him his pul pit but from the little knowledge we have concerning him we are inclined to the belief that ho will shed no tears experience no regret should the church authorities send him to the ranks of heretics The demand for young men in the orthodox Christian ministry and the extreme paucity of the supply have led the Presbyterian authorities in Xew York City to license as preachers three young men who in answer to questions put to them made heretical replies and according to church rule should have been denied the right to preach The most cardinal doctrines of the Presbyterian church were denied by them and their acceptance proves that things are moving in the right direction Bravo Prof Foster The Baptist Conference in Chicago gave him the bounce but they cannot change his line of thought nor cause him to retreat He is now quoted by the KeeordHerald Chicago as saying The time has come when freedom of thought must bo permitted Tho ministers will have to change their atti tude They cannot control the universities and must yield these points You may be sure that lant not going to quitI will not resign and Twill not change my teachings to suit tho Baptist ministers I will go on teaching the truth have but little to do with the Baptist church organization and confine my work to the classes I have It just happens that the subject I teach encounters tho doctrines of the ministers more than astronomy etiology or sociology But Iwill not change It is time ministers cllllllgell their views TilE UiIOLI IKiT OF TUUTII The old saying that Rome was not built in a day maybe taken as suggesting the slow and laborious processes of improvement Vats if the idea is at all applicable to the material changes wrought by the hand of man such as the erection of large cities inventing and building machines it is indeed of far greater application to the slow but eel byNaturennfoldment Especially do we perceive this if the truth is antagonistic to the cherishednotions and beliefs of the ma jority In many cases the truth is first met with denial andonly in the great alembic of time does it undergo the transitory stages from rejection to acceptance In a previous issue we made a rather long comment upon a series of articles by Harold Bolce published in the Cosmopolitan Magazine wherein a largo number of quota tions were given from the leading educators of America defining their attitude towards the orthodox pretensions of presentday Christianity We are pleased to notice that in the August number of the same magazine the same writer appears with an extended article upon Christianity in the Crucible lI1ulonce again the expressed opinions of university teachers and professors find elaboration At this writing we have not time to enter upon a full and com plete discussion of the issues here presented and this will be reserved for our next issue The most interesting phase of Mr Holces articles is the direction whither they tire leading Their certain tendency must be toward the overthrow of ultraorthodox beliefs for in an editorial note explanatory of the articles the editor of the Cosmopolitan intimates that they have shown that our great universities repudiate the dogma and orthodoxy of the established church and he predicts that it will ultimately result in the proclamation ofit new religion divested of biblical and church creed It is encouraging to those who have been prosecuting relentless war against all forums of orthodox superstition for many years without hope or possibility remunerative considerations to find in the present age such a task being undertaken bymen of profound learning and ability who have not heretofore been identified therewith These men as a result of critical study and investigation have reached the conclusion that the leading educational institutions and the leading educators of the country are now convinced that the religious thought inculcated by the church and its advocates are not only far in the rear of social needs land social truth but that they have ever been an obstacle to human advance ment and an obscuring pall to physical truth Thus then all truth no matter its complexion is of slow nnfoldment but once unfolded it remains in open view for all time A truth is and must be always a truth laving submitted church claims and church dogma to tho crucial test ofa high scholasticism it is but natural that all so called sacred institutions shall be subjected to tho most searching scientific tests We purpose to follow this discussion in greater detail and in the meantime we would advise our readers to a care fullCIlIsalof the article in question 12 BLUE GRASS BLADE MAPS ORIGIN AND DESTINY Continued from Page tho courts are not equivalent to right and only servo to afford the lawyers an opportunity to receive higher wages for their labor than any person engaged in a useful avoca tion In fact the socalled administration of justice is noth ing but a gigantic humbug which owes its existence to the moral cowardice of tho people Every body is afraidof it but as long as it only hits his neighbor nobody cares Tho ignorance of the peoplein regard to the true relations between natural and human laws makes them moral cow ards Notwithstanding that no law is taught in schooland tho majority of the people grow up and become good and usefulmembers of society without tho least knowledge of the statutes the common error is prevailing that laws were necessary to maintain the social order while it is a fact that only ri small minority requires a check for their brutal animal instincts incompatible with a peaceable state of human existence This erroneous conception of human nature causes mutual distrust and consequently personal selfishness which prevents tho generation of public spirit tho feeling of relationship and mutual dependence necessary for cooperation in behalf of tho general welfare In the struggle of existence this error becomes the means by which some individuals secure an unproportional share of the nations wealth to the detriment of those who are com RELIGIOUS EQUATIONS By Norman Murray In your editorial June Pith you state that II All the Christian nations gave a secret sympathy and a silent support to Russia Now the fact of the matter is that Britain was an ally of Japan and had tic sympathy whatever with Russia secret or otherwise In the Crimean War both Britain and Franco were both in alliance with Turkey aaginst Russia The trouble with Christianity and much of what is now called freethought is that they dont mean anything in particular Some people who call themselves Christians are a great eat better people than some people who call themselves freethinkers and some people who call themselves freethinkers are better than some people who call themselves Christians So these shibboleths dont mean much to the practical man of tho world To some freethinkers and Chris tians freethought means atheism and free love Ifa man is pointed out to me as a Quaker I expect to meet a man of a par ticular fine type of character from my point of view To many the motto of a free thinker is supposed to be No God no soul no hereafter and than is the child of a monkey I was a freethinker when I was engaged in church work because I J I polled through tho law to pay sonic one else ten times more for his labor than they receive for their own Lot us examine now how tho laws fulfill their functions which we found consist in dealing with those who disregard the rights of their fellow men As tho first postulate for the existence of society we foundsecurity of life The law docs not and can not pro tect life it can only deal with tho accomplished fact of murder and by its action exert an influence upon the moral impulse from which every deed springs it can encourage crime by leniency or discourage it by swift retribution Although it is true enough that no law in the worldcould abolish crime altogether it is nevertheless a fact that con sciousness of immunity from severe and prompt punish ment will turn the scale in favor of crime in tho mindof a person whose ferocious instincts are in conflict with his better knowledge It does not require elaborate statistics to prove this we have the best illustration in the wonder ful efficiency of tho lynch law to restore public order and safety of life and property where the courts failed com pletely mentioned already my own experience in a min ing camp beyond tho reach of tho law and refer for further article in tho August nuninformation on this subject to an ber 1892 of Harpers Monthly Magazine by John W Clampitt the Vigilantes of California Idaho and Montana To bo continued never had any apologies to make to anyone for my opinions and I never asked any one to apologize to me for his I am a pagan because dont see why I should go to the Jews directly or indirectly for religion Most of the unchurched people have just as little or as much use for Christianity as they have for what is com monly called frecthoiiglit The pagan gods lead some definite meaning attached to them Jupiter or Zeus in Greece or Rome was the head god as Thor was in Scandinavia Venus was the goddess of love Bachus tine god of the drunkard and Nemessis was the goddess who pursued evil doers The Jews Mahommetans and Christians are all supposed to worship the same God This god is so extraordinary that no one knows what he stands for lie is the god of love and the god of hate and revenge and forgive ness The great difference between some people who call themselves freethinkers and some people who call themselves Chris tians claim their aim to bo to snake mankind into ono family on earth and get some of them to heaven when they die and send the bad people to hell The free thinkers dont appear to have any definite programme I maintain that an atheist anela philosopher is never under the one lint Atheism is a fad like stamp collect ing Wo can form a very good idea of the character ofit people when we discover their ideas about god As there has never been such a people yet a pure atheistic community would 12 a very good sociological study For my self I dont think I would like to live in such a community I find a good deal of amusement in all the different Christian denominations Since I now belong to all the churches that is to tho outside of themI find myself in an entirely new world I am not an evolutionist and hue no great faith in humanity I like a good dog a great deal better than a bad man If the number of divorces increase in the United States with the increase of atheism it is a sure sign that atheism is no good Montreal Canada THE ROAD TO FREETHOUGHT- By Andrew Rood At the age of 10 years I had occasion to batch one winter with a friend on a farm One morning after the chores were done and breakfast over my friend said IIYell Andy I am going to town when you get the housework done just make yourself at homehelp yourself to the books if you like to rend Glad for that privilege I hurried through with my work and going to the bookcase I BLUE GRASS BLADE I selected a small book took a sent and began to read at random through its pages I was soon delighted and amazed at the beauty eloquence originality and feelingof its contents I was charmed I slopped short and asked myself half aloud Who can be the author Then turning to the title page I readWit Wisdom and Eloquence by Col Robt G Ingersoll That book closed like a steeltrap and found its place on the bookshelf never again to be read by me It is so nice that I am afraid I will like it was the way my young orthodox brain reasoned I had heard Ingersoll abused and reviled from every pulpit and had naturally asso ciated his name with the lowest imps of darkness For years I tried to forget his beautiful words regarding them as a snare of the evil one to catch the unwary souls of men Nine years later I heard a prominent Methodist preacher give Ingersoll a fearful word Hogging but he was frank or subtle enough to say that Ingersoll was a learned man used good languageclo quent language and I regret to say said he that the most respectable intel ligent and prominent people in tho land go to hear him Tho man is honest but mis taken A month later I heard another divine He said that Ingersoll was an ignorant foulmouthed fool vulgar and obscene in his speech and that nobody but thieves cutthroats drunkards gamblers and wo men off the streets went to hear him They contradicted each other on every point It was obvious to me that one of the divines was wilfully lying and that the only way for mo to learn the truth about Ingersoll was to read his books my t self which I hastened to do I now wish t his books were read in every hone They would bo an inspiration and spur to every heart I tell this little experience to show how ignorance and prejudice will keep well meaning people from reading some of the worlds best literature Kansas City Mo GOD AND MY NEIGHBOR By Robert Blatchford Britains Foremost Agnostio Socialist This is the seventh edition It was originally published at two shillings and six pence after it appeared in serial form in Tho Clarion under the title of Biblo and Science A cheaper edition has just been issued of which I imported a lot and I will mail one to any address postpaid for 15 cents NORMAN MURRAY 240 St James St Montreal Canada y y iCb Blades Correspondence i 1 = Favors Our Plan to Organize BIRTHRIGHT TEXASI certainly approve of your plan for a national Free thought organization on a truJy liberal plan Such an organization would meet with my hearty approval and support so far as I am financially able and know your plan also meets the approval of at least four Freethought friends of mine in this state By way of suggestion I would men tion that the Socialist party and Mormon church are two of the most thoroughly organized and equipped organizuztions in America and are both strictly selfsupport ing financially Even should we emulate the example of Peter the Great who learned important lessons from his worst enemies we would bo doing a good work for both the present and future genera tions This is a day of mammoth organiza tions and huge undertakings In tho words of the immortal Freethinker Patrick Henry Shall we lie supinely on our backs hugging the delusive phantom of hope until our enemies have bound us hand and foot What can wo hope to gain without concerted effort on our part I His tory fails to record an instance of any peo ple in any age or clime who have gained any concessions from tho ruling classes without first asserting and then vigorously and aggressively contending for and main taining said rights And we are no exception to this invariable law of nature By all means let us have a colossal National Freethought organization on tho most lib eral plan possible consistent with its ob jects with our brainiest and most influen tial Freethinkers nt its heIH1J M REED Organize on Broad Platform TULAROSA TEXASI have waited patiently to see some plan organization discussed but as Freethinkers do not seem to care enough about it to stato their preference I will state miner think that wo should organize ann tional Freethought association and I prefer that it should bo on the lines of a secret order or society but in whatever form it is organized it should be so constituted that it could act as a trustee to receive dona tions and gifts for propaganda work and to distribute the same according to the donors expressed desires and it through its various local branches should have power to assume the directions as to funeral of its members The dues should be small to induce all liberals to join and as an additional in centime it might be arranged to pay benefits to the surviving member of the family or not as a council should decide as these are mere suggestions as to matters of de tail But above all the platform should be broadenough to permit all liberals whether Atheist Infidel Materialist or Agnostic or any person by whatsoever name designated so long as they deny any of the preposterous claims of the church and are searching after truth to become members but all should be compelled to acknowledge natures laws as paramount and to reject any teaching that conflicts with natures laws as we see them exemplified WM J IIOWERTON By AU Means Organize BENNINGTON KASBy all means let tho prominent and leading Freethinkers of the U S meet in convention and devise a scheme or plan for the union of all radical thinking intellectual men and women into one grand harmonious and vigorous organi zation having for its object the spread of Freethought Propaganda Why should they not thus present a solid phalanx to tho fanatical sky pilots and their credulous hosts who meet in their great Stnto Sundayschool 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