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Digital page images are linked to the text file. 3 1 tJJf A 1 j BLUE GRASS BLADE21 Volume XVIII LEXINGTON KY AUGUST I oq Number 13 DEVOTED TO THE PROPAGANDA j t purtUtitl T As A CONVERT TO FBEETHOUGUT By Joseph Rogers The Roman throng detecting joy in deeds of blood Tho Coliseum fills to wager gold or worded breath On whether sword or spear would win when Nero should With haughty moiii demand tho cruel feast of death wariOf vanquished foe or bleeding gladiator Tho Roman courts etes that allow tho ring ofsteel A word ho speaks and blood of man befouls tho sands Ho nerves tho arm of Jovo to servo tho mighty stroke That mailed breast or trained skill in vain withstands To guard tho human life subjected to his yoke r13ut see The gladiator walk toward the place Where Nero sleepless stuffer of tho maws of Rome i In quiet sits amid tho dames and men who grace Withmirth and murder plot tho splendor of his home With lightning speed they draw tho swords from out their sheaths Then pauso whore Nero can their every action see Andnot award how Victory may give her wreaths Thoy cry Caesar Wo die and lying salute thee r The noise of speculation hovers over all As warily tho brawny warriors throw their shields In place much needed measures for tho battles call Allows tho sudden blow Alertness always deals The signal peals and wild excitement dances out As clash of weapon ushers in tho bloody strife Attack him warily tho most cautious shout And carnage answers back with Uso well tho knife e r The fighters over fearful of tho cowards fate Are worked up to madness by tho hoots and jeers Andstrive like tigers eaqh other to subjugate For tardiness meets torment that tho bravest fears Tholflashing steel like tongues of resenting snakes Eeap hero and there in hopes to reach the vitalspot By thrust or cut what matter which if blow but backs OF snaps tho earthborn right to life the foo has got The snob enshrind in doubt allays its noisy din Andj tries to read in feints or deeds the fighters minds For Hold in plenty come to those whose judgments win now which sword tho greater skill unwinds Iseeing is The cruel steel finds flesh at last blood before tho Roman vision pours As the victors tigerish yell of victory floats past To fire the plaudits that in wildest frenzy soars painIwins oAtcontingago will note tho fall of those so slain flfiffljl off your children ask correction for your sins TljSrvtor plants his foot on his late comrades neck To c ash resistance in I body nearly dead And Cries Thy will oh Caesar visit on the wreck Him who bravely at thy gory banquet bled YVsre with soul of tiger darting front his ey- es1esbyuise that the noisy slob gives breath better view the bleeding prize of voice and thumb the sign of death k r Ia BLUE GRASS BLADE The thirsty steel in mercy plies its hellishwork And tosses on the sands the fallen mortals head lurkIoer won clayForgiveI lost all sight of thy dear friendship in the fray Shrine for Pope The New Scheme Announced by Archbishop Farley for Raising More Cash Comes in for Biting Criticism By Josephine K Henry The press announces that Archbishop Farley of New York is to purchase the home of Pope Pius IX in Italand convert it placedNosimplyissuethey will come and the Archbishop will perform the rest of the stunt in founding a new shrine When the thing has been done it will be blazoned forth what a great service the Arch bishop has rendered the world and what a hard working self sacrificing Archbishop he is and that he is grooming himself canonizationWhat good is a shrine to this weary old struggling world Shanties for the people are needed much more than shrines for popes Yet the people who under orders from their bishop put up their hardearned money for shrines seldom have a roof to shelter them and as long as they are exploited by popes and prelates they never will have One would think with a Vatican containing eleven hundred rooms there would bo enough room to store the relics of tho popes ecclesiastical millinery the ridiculous petticoats aprons capes hats etc tho clergy get themselves up in I have often wondered when bishops get themselves up in satin petticoats lace capes red hats diamonds rings etc if they do not have n good laugh in their bishops sleeves of what clowns they make of themselves in order to dupe tho people A bishop in full costume to wor ship the Lord in the Leautof holiness throws in tho shade the summer girl in her comingout ball dress Rulers and the clergy always get tho credit for whatever the people do and pay for To read the comments on the Victorian era one would think Queen Victoria personally built the great battleships of the English navy won the battles of English soldiers with weak and oppressed nations made the laws and scientific discoveries and wrote all the books of her time when in fact she was an extremely ordinary woman who never did or said anything worth recording except to beat the English people out ofvast stuns of money to support her numerous progeny When the Episcopal Bishop Potter of New York died recently the press rung with praises of his great services to mankind nothing was 44 TI thoughtDestroysSo taughtThyArouse thy hosts and when oh nation of the free gatesAmidWho died to glut his ire on conditions that ho hates Salt Lake City Utah Proposed havobeonlennthobuildingMorningsido drive This cathedral has already cost over ten millions of dollars and it will take two or three times that much to finish it Bishop Potter had the richest sinecure in the American Church beside was a man of wealth and married a t second wife worth millions It would bo interesting to how much of his wealth Bishop Potter put into tho St Johnrtthe Divine Cathedral Possibly not enough to buy two bricks and tho mortar to cement them yet this same bishop was tho champion clerical beggar of his time Ho stood in his gorgeous chancel and begged millions of motley yet if the halfstarved then and women who are out of work in this country beg on the streets they are escorted by the gentlemen in blue to tho station house starvingbeggarChristianity t New Testament tells of two Johns one of them was the brotherIof Jesus one of the seven children of tho Virgin Mary these Johns were Imere men How did one of them become St John the Divine for which the Potter Cathedral is named placein l John had his raiment of camels hair undIt leathern girdle about his loins and his meat was locusts and wild honey The other John had less than this and if either of them should appear today at nI Bishops Palace ho would bo ordered from ciate time po rich the premisesiChurch doors never swing wide to shelter tho homeless from cold or storm If it were not for tho Almighty Dollar bishops nnd tho other clergy would not bother much about churches and shrines they would leave Almighty God severely alono to build his own cathedrals and shrines It would bo interesting to know just how much of the coin r J tl 01 t BLUE GRASS BLADE S Heavenly Exchequer and how much per cent the clergythe middle menget for their begging services The church is the that is eastoil tho altar of the Lord over reaches the giant robber of tho world It is the same yesterday today and forever and its various questionable methods of getting money have never been equalled by tho most accomplished political graftersIt an insult to common intelligence to claim that ono class l Short Lessons in Greatness tr 4As the Lives of Great and Brave Men In spire Patriotism and Love We Honor Ourselves by Honoring Them Giordano Bruno By August Seymore The name of Giordano Bruno is a thorn in tho eye of tho triumphant beast of Rome This great apostle of confirmed truths was born at Nola Italy in the year 1548 of poor parents lie was like his native lifestsocalled learning of thd church of Rome Wonderful truths and wisdom poured forth from his intellectual crater liko streams of lava from a volcano He wus brought up in the churchof f Rome Ho early realized tho corruption pcrvertiou and deterioration of that organi zation and his contempt for clerical and political tyranny soon fanned itself into a longing for mental freedom Wo find him at seventeen in tho convent of Domenico Maggiore in Naples whence ho had gone there being but three oppor tunities for a ambitious young man in his J days namely Tho law tho army and tho church In 1575 we find him a full Hedged priest Ho soon became a monk but as ono of tho chief qualities of a monk is mental submission ho resigned preferring to re 1main honest with the world With tho great Shelly ho might have said From that hour did 1 with earnest Heap thought knowledge from forbidden mines f of lore Yet nothing thought that my tyrants know or I cared to learn but from that secret storo Wrought linked armor for my soul before It might walk forth to war among man kind The doctrines of church of Homo had r become obnoxious to Bruno and ho never hesitated to give his opinions to the world r mJ of human beings have a knowledge of the destiny of humanity and are called by a God to be spiritual guides for the race Not one pope priest or preacher that over begged money for the Lord has over been able to produce his commission from Deity The priest is tho begging delegate of an imaginary god and though other duties are sidetracked he never neglects to beg Versailles Ky He loved mental honesty a virtuo fatal to tiny church Ho know the risk he was in curring for men were daily tortured to death for treason against God The motto of tho Church of Rome was Lo Mcsso on La Mort mass or death A noble motto worthy of the Church of God and perfectly in keeping with its prac tice After being hunted from city to city from France to Italy theuco to Germany back to France thence to Switzerland the homo of the gentle Calvin after filling rost rums in tho great universities of Europe after defeating in mental combat all tho intellectual giants of Eijrope the cruel lingers of Rome red witj human blood black with crime finally ctyight him tried him and condemned him to death by fire It was on Thursday tho 17th day of Feb ruary 1000 that this intellectual giant hero champion lover of intellectual free dom was brought forth to die It was a feast day in Rome as was any day when a human being was to be burned to death by tho order of the followers of tho meek Nazarene It was a grand spectacle Spe cial platforms were erected for sightseerv and Pilgrims of tho true church who had come to enjoy the agony of a dying infidel and incidentally to purchase sin forgiveness from him who Stands on an equality with tho son of God Also spe cial platforms elaborately decorated with tho colors of tho true church had been erected opposite tho stake for tho special benefit of tho holy men of God who ducted tho praying and singing withonu hand while they lit tho fagots with tho other hand Fifty cardinals had come to Rome to attend the burning of Bruno and thus show their loyalty to tho true religion There they sat dressed in purple wearing tho holy cross tho symbol of meekness while their hearts were filled with venom and hatred for their helpless victim If there bo a treason against God it is to burn a man at tho stake in His name or for His causeI go to carry tho divino in us to tho divine in tho universe These were among it his last words which contemporary tradi tions assigned to him And now tho fagots are being piled high about his feet Ho submits himself to be bound What his thoughts were we know not but that enthusiasm for truth supported Giordano Bruno in his last moments we cannot doubt Tho last smile which passed over his manly face was when a little girl following the example of the holy men of God carried a fagot to tho feet of the great martyr and philosopher The fire blazes around the form of Bruno but not a moan escapes his thin lips No expression of anger passes his pale face But to add insult to injury a priest thrust a crucifix under his eyes but Biuno looking straight at tho offender exclaimed I have no hell to fear and no heaven to hope forBruno is no more but today his bronze statue stands in Rome erected on tho very spot where ho was burned to death by the vicious fingers of rapacious Home as an eternal witness to the inhuman treatment which this great and harmless man suf fered at tho hands of those men whoso God lives in tho sky His name is firmly hewed upon tho great rocks of immortality His honesty cost him his life THE PHILOSOPHICAL BIBLE CLASS UNION OF AMERICA TextBook Bible Myths and Their Parallel in Other Religions by Doane Lessons for tho month of August 1900 August llho Crucifixion of Christ Jesus continued from page 187 to page 193 August 8Tho Crucifixion of Christ Jesus continued from page 193 to page 199 August 15Time Crucifixion of Christ Jesus continued from page 190 to page 206 August 22rime Darkness at tho Cruci fixion page 206 to page 211 August 29 Christ Jesus Descent into Hell page 211 to page 215 Prof A J Clausen Natl Organizer St Ansgar Iowa 4 I 4 BLUE GRASS BLADE Let the Fight Be Fair Author of Mans Origin and Destiny Makes Strong Reply to a Number of His CriticsProtest Against Abuse of Language By Dr A Hausman The better is the enemy of the good says a proverb whose truth is illustrated by progress we are eternally striving to obtain something superior to what we pos sess The purpose of this peaceable strug gle is not destruction as in wars but the improvement ofour existence and both parties the victor and the vanquished par ticipate equally in the beneficial results In this friendly rivalry in which both com batants are moved by a common impulse interest in the general welfare there are certain rules and restrictions observed in the use of weapons or tools employed in tended to secure a fair decision of the ques tion at issue In scientific disputes lan guage is the weapon used consisting of many words each of which has a certain meaning universally understood and agreed upon and it is easy to see that we can not argue a matter unless the accepted signifi cance is respected by both parties In such contests it is usually the weaker party which resorts to unfair tricks and subter fuge and it is against such reprehensible practices employed by our opponents in the battle of progress that I want to register a protest with the umpirethe public I have frequently noticed that our op ponents at the wrong end of the rope in the eternal tug of war between progress and barbarism resort to jugglery of words instead of arguing with facts when they arc cornered and can no longer avoid ab surd conclusions from wrong premises Whenever you call the attention ofa pre tended Christian a real one does not exist to the unpleasant fact that the Christian era was more barbarous than the pagan age the reply will bo almost invaria bly that the religion at the time was not the right kind of Christianity although there was never any other Or if you make uncomplimentary remarks about the god who is supposed to bo responsible for all the human misery the answer will be oh that is not the right god the one that I mean is quite different ho is outside the universe and in it ho is in the sky in the earth tile water and the solid rocks around me and in mothe latter being the most astounding assertion the speaker betraying in no way n trace of divinity Now our friend A E Wade has fallen into the same sinful ways using words in a wrong manner tending to distort the meaning of my remarks on Christian Sci enco in its relation to medicine I do not care to be called a fool or ass provided it is proved that I deserve such epithets but I object to having imputed false opinions by means of using certain terms to desig nate objects for which they are not in explanations Brother Wade men tions certain parties in Los Angeles and San Diego intimating that it could bo in ferred from my statements that they were liars Since I do not know them nor their relation to the matter in dispute I fail to see the point But in regard to my opinion of our judicial system and court proceedings Brother Wade has expressed my sentiments correctly and recent events in California have not tended to change them A San Francisco paper recently published an ac count of the costs of the graft prosecution since the fire which amount to a little over 213000 and to this 57000 more must be added as the cost of the Calhoun trial just ended What has the city received for this money paid at a time when she was suf fering from the recent disaster and thou sands of people were without work Noth ing absolutely nothing not a dollar restored nor a single criminal in the penitentiary Brother Wade may be satisfied with this kind of justice I am not Concerning Mrs Eddys pretensions I reduced them to their proper limits but my opponent claims as a fact that mind is the sole and principal agent in tho cure of all diseases not only functional but organic and here is where I differ with Brotlier Wade Aside from tho one class of dis eases in which disturbance of tho mind causes disorders of the nutritive system diseases take their course entirely inde pendent from the intellectual functions In certain fevers as in typhoid for instance the mind is affected often to tho extent of complete unconsciousness and if Brother Wade can show that even in this condition it isthe partial or entire agent in the cure of the disease ho will have enriched science by a great discovery and have conferred upon him honorary degrees by the medical faculties In tho meantime wo know the course these diseases take without the slightest regard to tho mind We also know that wo have no remedies against tho diseases except about half a dozen and yet tho mortality in all of them has been greatly reduced by proper treatment in typhoid fever for instance from over 30 per cent at tho beginning of tho last cen tury to 5 per cent and less at the present time In his statement that in consumption nature mind will rebuild the wasted tis sues and restore the lungs again Brother Wade has so far strayed from the truth that I advise him to consult in future a competent person if he intends to write on a subject on which ho is ignorant In tho first place the destroyed lung is never rebuilt after the germs are killed it is re placed by a solid connective tissue which can not perform the functions of the lung In the second mind has nothing to do with the healing directly it may improve condition and to use the term thojmously with nature is the practice which I protest It is true that to our views not Mrs Eddys mind is t Ipart of nature the same as life death fire electricity and everything else but the term designates something definite our in tellectual functions and since Darwin those of the higher animals and can not be applied indiscriminately to something elseWhen a bone is broken the tissue has tho injury whether tho individual has a mind or not as in young children and ani mals In some of the lower forms of the latter which certainly can not claim io posses a mind the power of regeneration is developed to such a degree that an entire limb may be reproduced Medical science has recognized the healing power of nature long before our friend Wade was born and his well meant advice to keep up with the new discoveries comes a triflo late Medical science docs not pre tend to usurp these functions of nature but steps in where she fails to save the life or usefulness of an individual and in this way tho art of healing has achieved its satisfac tory results When a bone is broken tho tissues have tho tendency to produce ma terial for tho union of the fragments but neither mind nor nature can replace them into tho proper position and keep them in it until a union has been effected It re quires indeed a human mind not of tho patient but of tho surgeon to perform this task and when properly done it matters not whether the former applies his mind to Mrs Eddys book tho Koran Bible or any other work When a joint is dislocated It must be reduced by skillful manipulations during which tho mind of the patient is often excluded from taking part in tile pro ceedings by being temporarily extinguished in narcose Many wounds will never heal and others for instance those which open tho abdomen aro invariably fatal if not properly closed according to tho rules of surgery And improved technique alono does not account for the brilliant results of modern surgery the strict observance of antiseptics is an indispensable postulate To give an idea of tho wonderful reduction of mortality in certain operations tho mind of scientists to whom wo owe this method fmDGRASS BLADE 5 Lister in the front rank has produced thoiA prominent physician professor of surgery of the preantiseptic use remarked to a younger colleague who Inter attained even greater prominence that the climate of that city was not favorable to operations requiring the opening of the abdominal cavity he had done it times and all ho had to show were 15 graves in the cemetery Tho younger surgeon later performed this Wat Me An Ant Patty Knowed How the Preecher Got a Mud Bath as Punishment for Flirtatious Propensities By E J and May BealsHoffpanir Wun time I ast our skool tecchcr wat is a hootchy kootchy lance an our skool tcccher sez its the way tin pure in lietrl dance at camp meetin wormy But my pa sez our skool teechcr ia rybaldan pro fayn yung man Our hole nayborhood goes crazy on camp meetins every year Weve got a big tabcr nncle down by the bayou an great big oke trees aroun itnn the wimmcn has prayer mectins at sundown way out under the trees an howl Wun time my ant Patty come a visitin us at campmeetin time Ant Patty is a beaut nn agood fellow Her eyes is smiley an shiney an our skool teecher told her wun night her hare is spun gold I hard him cos they wos sittin on the gallery steps an I lied done crawled under em I thawt they wos talkin rccligin but they wosnt I didnt kilo our skool teecher cud talk squaw talk I told Jimmy nn ho sed we cud overlook it bekaws ho was talking to my ant Patty If it lied bin the preechers dnwter who gigguls an laces her wnyst wo wild skorn tho skool teechcr Jimmy sed mabco tho skool teecher wild marry my ant Patty an that mayd me mity prowd I thawt Id put a bug in ant Pattys ear so I told her our skool teecher is as strong as John L Sullivan an bravo as a bloody pirate Silo gaffed an looked rito interrustcd an so I told her the skool teecher has denied tho faith an is wurso than a infidel Ant Patty give a little screech nn sell what makes you think that Tommy An I told her the proecher sod so an Id kno it any way bekaws ho stars by me an Timmy an gives his last cent tu cnnybody thats hard upp nn if I wos a girl Id go after our skool teechcr like a hownd pup after liver r it operation more than seventy times in suc cession without losing a single case I hope Brother Wndo will relate some cases in which a dislocated joint was re duced a broken bone set a smashed limb cured a child in shoulder presentation turnedall by the powerful mind of Mrs B Eddy or anybody else then I am ready to forsake the god of reason and worship the idol of humbug Alameda Calif t Ant Patty didnt say nothin nn that evening when the skool teccher kum ant Patty wos sittin out on tho gallery talkin tu the new precchcr Hes the evangtilest thats kum tu help in the cainpmeetins and he wos struck on ant Patty an didnt like for the skool teecher tu put in a wurd edjways An went walkin with ant Patty the now preecher did most every day an the skool teechcr looked as glum as a old allyga tor An he set by ant Patty in the choir tho new preechcr did an sung tenner lies a roundeyed guy with a mouth like a catfish an we didnt like his face me an Jimmy didnt but we thawt he wos on the square envy how till I listened inside tho olio tree I dumb the oko to git a birds egg form klection an then I found a hole in a great big limb clost to the ground and I slid inside to see what I end find I was slid down where nobody cadent see me from the outside nn that precchcr that wos stuckon ant Patty kum along an anuthor feller with him A feller that wos at skool with him an is going to be a moocher ncx year An they set down ncer the oko an wos talkin about havin fun with the girls an I prikked up my eels This time lost yeer I woodnt of knowed wat ho meant when he began talkin about ant Patty but our school tcecher told mo wunst that preechers is rottener than tho devvul an put mo nex As soon as they went off I dumb out an hunted ant Patty I thawt about tellin the skool tecchcr kaws ho sure wood enjoy lickin em but the skool teecher says every eddy must stand on their own peddestul so I told ant Patty fust Ant Patty just stood an looked at mo while I wos tellin her an her eyes had blue fires in em An when I told her tho other fellow said but old chap she1 pretty enuf for a preechcr wife Id marry her you she spoke up an sez to me thats cnuf sonny the insullence ov tho beasts An I went on ennyway an told her the preecher marryherI want a highly culchered wife An my ant Patty woodnt listen to enny envybodyAn that evening when the preecher kum to take her tu tho wimmens sundown squelchhimpie an when she started off tu meeting with him I sez fraylty thy name is woman an I wos so dumfoundered it made me rite sea sick But ant Patty stopped at the gateau ast me tu bring out her parusol an I did an wunk at me with one eye so the precchcr cudnt see an that put me nex an I knew she wos game- I called Jimmy an we went tu the wim mens prayermectin an ho wudnt ofwent an no more wud I but I knew there wos sumthin doin an told him it wood be nex thing tu a circus if not nexter An sure enuf it wos the grandest ever There wos only a lot of wimmcn an two or three preechers that likes wimmenfolks an the yang man thats goin tu be a preecher nex yeer an me an jimmy One of the preechers dawters stood up under a big oke an talked a little an then they all knelt Pattyhadan her preecher knelt down they wos right i at the edge of the bayou an he wos be i tween her an the bayou An he led in prayer an raised his voyse high an suns of the wimmcn fokes begun shoutin an the preechers tn An all at wunst ant Patty raised up her voyse in a screech just liko the rest an she waved her arras aroun like a windmill an hollered glory glory An sure enuf it wos glory for me kaws when ant Patty throwcd her arms out in front of her and brot em in a long sweep she knocked tho preecher into the bayou head first An all the dam full thot it wos aksidentul but me an Jimmy An ant Patty jumped rite up a screochin like silo wos gittin relijin an fust thing we know she lited with her two littlo feet in tho middle of the preechers back an ho wos face down in the mud Timmy sez golly shell drown him an I sez limit I hope so Ant Patty is only sixteen but shes as big as my ma and strong like a Gibson girlrtho skool tecchcr said wunst She wos a fine waltzer fore sho got relijin an kwit waltzin an thats huccum she just waltzed up an down that preechers spine az easy az rollin offn log and kept him most al under tho mud and never got her toes wet lee whizz that wos bettorn sccin a monkey ride a circus pony an jump thru red hoops Jimmy an me just rolled on the ground an on page 12 cc 6 BLUE GRASS BLADE MANS ORIGIN AND DESTINY SELFDELUSION MAKES COWARDS OF MEN BELIEF IN DIVINE PROVIDENCE REDUCES MANKIND TO SLAVERY Tim TENOR OF SOCIAL AND POLITICAL LIFE IN AMERICA By Dr A Hausman- It is exactly the same hero in America though we have no monarchy and but a small standing army But we have a largo army who live far better than tho average citizen without doing a stroke of work And the same as in tho old country we find the whole political legaland clerical power opposed to progress and from the samo rea son That it is so difficult to introduce improvements and reforms is simply because the people do not hold out any inducements for persons to exert themselves in behalf of the public welfare The foolish system of short terms must necessarily corrupt the government Although the people here know better than to believe in a divine origin of the government they fall into another superstition which answers tho purpose just as well Whenever I had a con versation with a born American who had never been out of tho country about the miserable government his final argument would bo invariably Tho laws are good enough if they were only enforced This is the great political mis take of tho American people the fault of tho disgraceful corruption lies in tho laws they are no longer fit for tho present age the people have outgrown them and they are defective if they do not carry in themselves tho power to control their proper execution This can bo done only by stimulating tho interest of tho person hired by the people in tho right direction Human nature is tho samo allover the world tho average man will be honest if it is his interest to bo so ho will steal if that pays better In Germany the official is honest because it is his interest to be so hero ho steals because it is his advantage to do so tho people do not appreciate honesty they only respect wealth not the manner in which it is gained It is true that infractions upon honesty are not entirely excluded among any nation but is it not better that one insteadof a hundred dollars bo stolen Another foolishargument against reform is tho bugbear centralization as a conse quence ofa longer or even lifetime term of office How can any public institution bo operated without a system and a central power Only make tho subaltern officers in dependent in position from tho supreme power and reform of tho whole department will bo the result Mutual con trol and improvements will bo the natural sequence of as sured position but as it is now the holder of an office has no interest in the effective operation of tho department Ho dares not denounce his superiors if ho detects any irregularities and does not attempt to abolish abuses be JIJ cause ho expects to go out of office before long The idea ofrotation of office is childish andstupid though there are many offices it is impossible that every citizen can have his turn And why should not a person make a certain branch of political economy or government of lifelong study and occupation tho same as any other profession Referring to the curious fact that the nations in tho oldicountry sacrifice themselves for the personal ambition ofItheir rulers we found as tho cause a perverted egoism a stupidvanity arising from ignorance Taking Napoleon for example thousands gave up their life for the glory an empty name and boasted of the great battles they fought and won though they only playeda passive pnrt in these historicalevents being nothing but food for the cannon trained dogs who fetched tho spoil for their master and were rewarded with welldeserved contempt This irra tional sentiment of vainglory springs from national van ity the foolish prido of being born in a certain part of the planet This stupid egoism keeps up tho politicalwars in Europe between nations who have no real cause for fighting ea h other In America it forms tho greatest obstacle for political and social reform The great mass of tho people grow up imbued with the idea that it is enough to bo born on tho free soil of America to be a great and wonderful man and that everything hero is as perfect as it can bo because it is free Under this belief the people aro as easily led and governed by the law as tho ass by tho bridle They aro robbed and abused to an extent that is quite incomprehensible former subjects of tho kings and they hear it with patience and humility because Aro wo not tho greatest and freest nation in the world dont wo make our own laws which therefore must bo the best in the world This self delusion makes them moral cowards tho same as the belief in a divine provi dence reduces the ignorant people in the old country to slaves Napoleon appealed to tIle vanity of his soldiers ho promised them glory and took their lives hero tho politicians flatter the conceit of the masses and take their money Patriotism is a sad necessity when selfdefense tho preservation of the state the future welfare of the nation demands tho sacrifice of lives hut ifa person claims individual merits from the accidpntal fact of being born ina certain spot lIe is usually sadly lacking other qualifications as a useful member of society How stupid of a man to boast of the deeds of a Washington or Lincoln as his personal merits These men had a duty to perform in their days and it is their merit that they did it and wore not satisfied with priding themselves of what some one else had dono beforo them But it is a weakness a vanityof the lesser intellects of all nations to pride themselves with tho merits of others their great men although BLUE GRASS BLADE 7 very often they do not even know in what their greatness consists Blind adoration of authorities and of the past has never lead to progress and how little such a course would he in harmony with the sentiments ofa Washing ton wo may infer from his own words in his farewell address on September 17th 189G However combinations and associations of tho above description may now and then answer popular ends they are likely in tho course of time and things to become potent engines bwhich cunning ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the powers of tho people and to usurp them tselyes tho reins of tho government destroying afterwards very engines which had lifted them to unjust dominionIt that no reform in laws can be attempted unless a sufficient number of individuals have become con vinced of tho necessity Thought and intention must pre cede the action ofa single person as well as that ofa largo number And before any unison in action can be achieved a plan must be agreed upon and since it is im possible for every one to follow his own plan a few per sons must take tho initiative and design the changes in law and government to bo submitted to tho people It seems quite feasible to take the laws of some other coun tries the Swiss France and Germany compare them with our own select tho best from all and adapt them to tho requirements of this nation Such a work requires ability time and labor and though there is an abundance ofall it is never devoted to such a purpose because the evils arising from misrule have not reached an unbearable de gree and history teaches us that the reason has never been tho impulse for unanimous action ofa whole nation When the burden becomes intolerable tho people will bo rife for reform and sonic one will naturally take tho lead in tho movement When wo examine tho tenor of social and political life in America wo have no difficulty in tracing all tho good and bad traits to tho development and blending of innate social instincts of tho original elements composing the American nation under favorable conditions tho absence of hostile neighbors and tho possession of vast areas of virgin soil To its geographical advantages America owes her superiority in tho first place It is doubtful whether tho colonies would have been able to win their liberty and establish a republic if tho wide ocean had not separated them from tho mother country As it was tho struggle The freedom of personal actionwas a severe and long one and the vast opportunities for application of individual ability have naturally led to a wonderful development of good and bad tho same as the fertile soil produces grain and weeds indiscriminately if not controlled by human interest Thus tho tendency of life is exceedingly material istic and selfish According to tho maxims laid down in this book tho materialistic conception of life is the only correct nay tho only possible one it only depends on tho meaning of tho term If used in opposition to the theistic theory it means science the study of nature the search for truth at its only source instead of assuming a distorted human mind and calling it the last cause as religion does But if materialism is used to indicate a strong preponder ance of tho animal instincts the desire to satisfy tile ma terial wants without regard to the welfare of tho fellow man it corresponds exactly to tho tendency of American life A fierce struggle for material gain for money and disregard for tho higher accomplishments of the human mind science whenever the material advantage is not obvious at once Religion is the natural outcome of this gross materialistic conception of life it seems tho most convenient and easy wily to get rid of all duties towards society requires no particular intellect nor iny mental exertion A man who has worked hard during the week to obtain some advantage over others to make money goes to church on Sunday babbles sonic effusion of fear and egoism called prayer listens to tho mixture of commonplace talk and nonsense called sermon and returns homo satisfied that ho has lone his duty towards society The poor laborer gives somo of his hard earned money to the church and prays to god for somo of the coveted wealth for which ho envies the rich because he believes that some of it was originally destined for him but unjustly appro priated by the other Ho is unable to comprehend that most of the people possessing more of tho earthly goods than ho docs owe their fortune to their own efforts per haps favored by circumstances perhaps starting withno better prospects than ho himself He does not see that tho small contributions to tho church from people like him clothe a bishop in splendor and surround him with comfort ho does not consider that the money spent by thecworking classes for whiskey beer and tobacco makes rich tho saloonkeepers distillers brewers and dealers in these luxuries ho does not know that tho vote ho casts for popular candidate who flatters his national vanity by calling him a free citizen of this great countryetc turns into another link of tho chain that ties him to drudgery of hard labor by reducing his share of the common wealth in favor of those who obtain more without returning any value To bo continued Pastor Herbert G Buss and his wife of the first Pap tist Church of Colfax Wash pair of good actors In this case wo fullan exception to tho generalrule Pastor Buss insisted upon preaching the religion of humil ity and meekness in his own way which the congregation resented and tile latter sought to drive him out of church and homo by force but tho papers say Mrs Buss hold the fort with pistol in hand and chased tho deacons out of church by holding a helldon thong from the choir loft She night have made tho shootin iron sing Come to Christ with more certainty than tho choir itself r 8 BLUE GRASS BLADE BLUE GRASS BLADE Published weekly at Lexington Ky Founded by Charles Chilton Moore In and edited by him until his death February un JAMES E HUGHES Publisher and Manager JOHN CHARLE8WORTH Editor 1261 N KyPSUBSCRIPTION RATES By advanceFivesixmonthsmonthForeign 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portrayed the suffering sorrow and misery that have flowed in its wake and as a necessary result Quite naturally one of the first questions presenting itself to the mindof the earnest thinker is as to the cause The re n flisnow deal Stating the situation briefly it may be ascribed to that inordinate individual egoism of which Dr Hausman has so admirably written and we find a pointed illustration of tho modus operandi in the language of Abraham Gruber noted in New York as a lawyer of highmerit an orator of rare ability and a politician As a general rulo poli 4superstitionssayingA two and two mak ing four simply doesnt know and I am sorry for him but if ho doesnt subscribe to my superstition I hate him For what superstition really means wo have tho answer given by Mr Gruber in a nutshel- lI hate him This was tho condition of those minds of ecclesiastics in the middle ages which led to tho horrible butcheries and intelligenceTheygated by them but hated the individual and with fiendish ness perpetrated almost unspeakable cruelty upon them It is the same feeling that prompts tho modern clergy and presentday dovotccs superstition to boycott and ostracize tho Freethinker not because of an alleged erronous con ception of Nature and her laws but because they posi tively hate him for having dared to oppose their supersti tions There is no hatred so virulent as that which springs from superstition History records that many of tho worlds wars have been caused by trivial Ricans but tho bloodiest of all were those wrought by tho cohorts of super stition and tho end is not yet Men worshipping tho same god though in slightly different form cannot dwell to gether in peace in tho same community because of their personal hatreds and animosities This much is evidenced by the turmoils and strife between Catholic and Protestant Irishmen and other religious outbreaks upon the continent of Europe Even in our country tho sumo sentiment of personal hatred is experienced Witness tho violent outburst at tho Chicago Baptist Conference by reason of the attack made upon Prof Foster by the paid advocates of superstition These men simply hated Foster and they wore unable to conceal that hatred oven in an orthodox assembly where tho influence superstitions god was expected to bo felt I hato himIThat is superstitions battlecry It is far worse thanIfanatical ignorance Superstition has always been relent less in tho persecution of those whom it hated brazen in its efforts to rulo or ruin mankind and cruel in its every attitude towards those who have shared to oppose it In closing this brief comment wo again quote from Mr Gruber who very aptly describes tho situation as follows Many people hug tho superstitions that laughter is friv J t BLUE GRASS BLADE olous that the gloomy aro great that mercy is weakness that birth is character that education is morality that selfpraiso is commendation that reform is progress that faultfinding is better than assistance that wit and humor aro defects and only some solemn person should bo mayor or governor or presiden- tIf overy patriotic American man and woman could think like that feel like that and talk like that the end of super psttions day would be nigh- SAYING AND DOING It has been well said that men live by deeds not by figures on a dial So it is with the Freethought party The Freethinkers of our age will live with posterity not for what they are now saying but what they are doing What is the uso of mincing words There is nothing to bo gained by covering onos meaning with carefully written phrases leaving others to vaguely guess the hidden thought Tallyrands joke about language being made to conceal thought may bo apt in many cases but as it is only through language that thought can bo expressed it is well to use language that is plain and unequivocal pointed sharp and without ambiguity- If tho Freothought party is to live by deeds then by our deeds shall wo bo known and judged Then what are wo doing What can wo do What are wo going to do Scatteredas wo aro from Kalamazoo to Yuba Dam wo aro utterly incapable of formulating and putting into effect any practical policy United wo aro a rock against which tho waters of orthodox intolerance and bigotry may beat in vain Wo are at present liko tho sands on tho shores of old ocean Wo are many but wo lack adhesion Every triflingwind that blows sends us hither and thither be causo wo havo not solidity of action necessary to success fully resist Tho power of resistance is with ourselves if wo only strive to see that it is properly applied Tho Blado has suggested a meeting for tho purpose of bringing about a national organization worthy of tho cause So far but few responses have been made Out of nine letters eight are in the affirmative and four of these havo promised to attend tho meeting True tho time has been short within which many of our friends havo had an oppor tunity to write The timo will bo extended until August 31 for answers to como in and tho final announcement of to bo or not to bo will bo made in our first issue of September This gives alla chance If tho meeting is favored wo may proceed to organize upon a now a solid firm and substantial foundation Ono of our intimate friends writes us that coldwater may bo thrown over the movement in anticipation of tho Blado having a personal axe to grind by securing for itself tho title and position of official organ Wo enter right here a formal disclaimer and disavowalof any such intention As a matter of fact we would not accept any such office Our plan is to make overy Freethought paper an official organ to tho extent that any official organ is necessary and combine all elements in the party for tho common good No such feeling ought to bo allowed to enter tho heart Tho cause of Freethought belongs to no man It is universal in concept and must be universal in operation Our principles are for mankind Let no selfishmotive operate to prevent tho consummation ofa proper organization Answers havo been solicited to certain questions touching this important matter Opinions thereon are sought from all If we would win if we would hasten the day of organizationWe personsbutcombat of intellect Write freely what you think about it Do not delay too long Do it now- Remember deeds count not words PRAISE OR CRITICISM In a previous issue we made mention of books land the habit of reading them suggesting that but fow books wero worthy of being read unless they could bo criticized Ono particularly bad habit of tho present is that too many peo ple strive to read tho same book at tho same time tho re sult ofa purposed trick played upon the reading public by publishing housestTho Blade has now in mind the forthcoming book of Dr A Hausman on Mans Origin and Destiny Wo havo but sixtytwo pages of the manuscript yet to be published and as we aro printing the book pages close up to tho serial publication we anticipate that in ten weeks more its pub lication in tho Blado columns will bo completed and in three weeks from that time the new book will be ready for delivery to thoso who have subscribed for it When this is dono two purposes will havo been fulfilled two am bitions gratified Most important of these to ourselves has been tho realization ofa purpose to furnish our subscribers with interesting and instructive reading matter and tho next important to tho author is the publication of his work in book form a consummation previously denied him through lack of financial means and the fear of some publishers lest they offend the popular orthodox senti mentDuring tho past fow weeks wo have received a number ofcriticisms upon tho sentiments expressed andarguments offered by Dr ITausman as far as these have been pub lished Some of these criticisms have como from ardent advocates of tho single tax theories of tho lato IIemy Georgo and others from advocates of tho different social istic propaganda These criticisms will bo collaborated under ono head and published in our next succeeding issue Owing to a largo quantity of excellent copy on 1 0 THE BLUE GRASS BLADE hand from different contributors we have been prevented from publishing them sooner ns our office rulo is to pub lish articles in the order of receiving them except in cases of important emergencie- sIt is not our purpose to attempt any reply to these critics as we are confident that Dr Hausman is anxious to undertake this in person In fact he cordially invites for we know ho recognizes the fact that a book incapable of drawing the fire of intellectual criticism mut be almost too insipid to attract attention The Blade realizes what this means to its limited space for combining the criti csms with tho answers that Dr Hausman is bound to give a draft will bo made upon our capacity and some articles now on hand will bo compelled to await further time for publication And yet the Blade is pleased that these criticisms have been made It is in the discussion thereby created that new thoughts will arise new inspirations be given and the truth brought nearer to us While some of tho critics have employed harsh terms in which to express their views some becoming almost per sonal yet feeling that Dr Hausman will be better pleased by knowing tho exact opinions of others concerning him and his merited work we purpose to give them just as they ate We might add that any merited criticism of true literary worth could with the consent of Dr Ifaus man bo published with tho book as an Addenda along with the authors replies Being on this subject wo again direct our renders to tho near approach of publication and suggest an immediate advance subscription thereto whichwill save the cost of postage After publication we shall be compelled to ask 25 cents additional to pay the postage charges for delivery now while you can get it for the modest sum of 200 ONE MORE ON REV HOUGH Another letter received from 0 E Alexander of Chanuto Kansas regarding tho alleged conversion of M D Leahyas stated by Rev George A Hough tho Episcopal preacher of San Francisco informs us that Mr Leahy did not at any time speak lecture or work for the Chris tian religion but reiterates his former statement that M D Leahy died firm in his atheism It will bo recalled that Rev Hough stated that after his alleged conversion at Great Bend Kansas by a lady evangelist in tho privacy ofa room Mr Leahy labored to undo the evils ho had previously done and thereafter until his death preached throughout tho Southwest on Christ and him crucifie- dIt is now due from Mr Hough that he name places find dates whereat and when Mr Leahy did these things as stated by him and to give tho name of tho lady evangelist who is said to have converted him Surely the conversion of tho first president of tho National Freethought Uni versity is not such a light incident that the name and personality of the converter can bo conveniently forgotten Tho intimate personal friendship that existed between Mr Alexander and Mr Leahy ought to put tho former in a position to know tho facts while Mr Hough admits in his first letter to Mr Frantz that his information was based only upon hearsay testimony With tho facts wo now have at hand and tho confessions of Mr Hough we conclude that ho has been powerful reckless with the truth but wo do not anticipate that ho is possessedof sufficient moral courage to inform his credulous congregation that ho was either mistaken or had wilfully told an untruth Up to the hour of this writing wo have not heard aught concerning tho Professor who was converted with Mr Leahy by the same lady evangelist and at tho same time and place now said to bo in some Commercial College in Denver Failing in this respect we are again led to the conclusion that in order to extricate himself from a big sized hole Rev Hough has furnished as an authority the name of a fictitious person or a dead one If any informa tion is furnished wo shall be glad to correct the opinion here expressed Enough facts are at hand to explode Rev Houghand his grand stand play and tho Blade is satisfied with the investigation as far as it has gone Wo would be pleased however to obtain further light on the subject as we would delight in exposing tho lack of truth in some Christian preachers FREETHOUGHT AND THE REPUBLIC Under the doctrines of tho orthodox Christian Church the very existence of this republic is a blasphemy against its and preachers pulpit and pew each have vehe mently declared that this is a Christian nation that it is especially favored of tho Christian god that it has usurped the place of Canaan as tho promised land and each loudly claims it as his own To such as these however the cross is of higher importance than the flag tho church greater than tho nation and tho clerical profession is by them regarded as of greater authority than the governmen- tIt has been said that the clay has no rights in tho hands of tho potter which tho potter is bound to respect Man being but clay according to Christian theology in the hands of an almighty potter man according to tho same theology can have no rights which tho almighty potter is hound to respect thereby reducing man to the status ofa mere puppet in the potters hands This doctrine means tho utter destruction of human rights Tho logical sequence of such an argument is that man is born a prisoner lives a prisoner and dies a prisoner Hence this republic must either bo a mistake or its existence is in opposition to gods plan But theology has over failed to recognize the naturalrights of man tho great dignity of human nature tho imperishable glory of human freedom those cardinal principles that form tho foundation of civilized society But it maybe said that although the republic does exist as 0 1 BLUE GRASS BLADE 11 sugarcoatedment honco no reply could ho logically demande- dIt is the daring men of science and investigation the enthusiasm of the philosophers that have drawn from tho enjoyFromwhich in its onward course will wash across the shore of oblivions sea tho thrones and tiaras that yet remain to curso a struggling world All tho magnificence of modern progress emanated in tho aflirmativo declaration of human liberty and human rights All other progress would bo useless for its meaning is that humanity must retrace its steps for a certain point of divergence from tIll true path andresume the toilsome march onco more but in another direction But tyranny could not rule forever and that institution which not only refused to help but actually opposed tho church must submit to tho inevitable or allow itself to bo merged into the mighty whole It may now be understood how a godmade man can have no natural rights Assuming man to be so made tho declaration of American Independence cannot bo true Accepting man as tho highest product of natural law ignoring god tho Declaration of Independence becomes a document of firo that has singed tho wings of angelic authority No thinking man or woman can possibly doubt that Frcethought or at least tho principles upon which it is built has been tho one electric spark which has flashed forth tho nascent glory of what lay dormant in tho hearts of tho blind and struggling masses Freethought has been the fulcrumand it is yet upon which is turning tho destinies of mankind It was tho glory and is now tho pride of Freethought to point out the fact that no safe political structure was possible unless founded upon uni versal human rights These aro not questions of capacity or of fortunato circumstance but a question of human nature a question of what essentially is This is tho mes sago Freethought brings to all It is tho grandest the greatest message over spoken or pointed for in it lies tho glory ofnIl civilization tho grandeur and tho majesty of man Freothought finds intense pleasure in tho enjoyment of mental liberty in doubting questioning and searching in overthrowing superstitious beliefs It knows that every effect must have had a preceding cause and realizing that t it is impossible to break this everlasting chain god has been taken from his pedestal in tho clouds analyzed and found to ben figment of tho ignorant imagination A GENUINE PRAYER TEST In tho summer of 1895 tho editor of the Blade of course long before any connection of his with this paper entered into a contract to submit himself to a supreme test of prayer which resulted in ignominious defeat for the prayer Going through some old papers tho editor came across a twocolumn article published in tho Dallas Morning News of issue December 1895 which gives an account of tho test and its results Considerable interest was aroused by reading over that article and it brought to mind an incident almost forgotten- At tho time mentioned tho Dallas Freethinkers Association was one of tho most active organizations of its kind in all America It had largo audiences every Sunday night and its energetic secretary Ormonde Paget saw that a good entertainment was furnished The editor gave a number of lectures before tho Association Upon one occa sion a lady by tho name of Mrs S J Sweeney a worker in the Texas W 0 T U being present took issue with what had been said and after some argument demanded that tho editor allow her to place his name upon her prayer roll to the end that she might pray for his con version Tho audience enjoyed the situation At last an agreement was reached whereby tho editors namo went on th prayer ro11rs Sweeney was to pray earnestly for a period of three months Provided a conversion was wrought wo promised to mako a public announcement of tho fact On tho other hand in tho event wo remained unconverted at tho end of the stipulated period Mrs Sweeney was to publicly admit her failure admit there was no efficacy in prayer and that a prayerhearing and prayeranswering god did not exist So the prayer test months from tho date of tho contract after duo public announcement and a special invitation being sent to Mrs Sweeney tho editor announced from tho same plat form that ho had not been converted and called upon Mrs Sweeney to perform her part of tho contract Sho was not present Tho News now sent a reporter to interview both and a statement from each was published Tho of tho article read hendlinesIEfficacy of Prayer Result of Mrs Swcneys Supplication for tho Con version of Oharlesworth Statements From Each Mr Charlesworth Claims Ho is Still Unconverted J Mrs Sweeney Admits It But Givjs Reasons for Failure Without giving tho substance of tho report wo deem tho foregoing sufficient Mrs Sweeney had confidence in her ability to win Sho failed as all such tests must fail Sho refused to carry out all tho conditions she had sumed but tho result was beneficial to tho Association Tho reception of a now truth sends a thrill through him who receives it and by tho necessity of our human nature wo must all delight in a noble act oil 101 l2 BLUE GRASS BLADE NATUREISM By Quirin Bachler I enclose some of my latest A few knows our Creator We are living on Nature our Creators body but the wisdom of our Creator exists in the invisible matter which fills all space in the Universe All knowledge comes from the wisdom of our Creator but Nature does not feed us with the spoon of knowledge we have to study hard to understand Nature Our brain has no knowledge it only is matter which draws the knowledge we inhale and with the organism of nerve system which is the most wonderful machination in the Universe it creates the knowledge we have got or get The invisible matter of knowl edge does not rot like all matter that is solid or in liquid form consequently it will go into another body that is newly created and so we live again on earth This is what I call the new faith We have learned that all living creations have grati tude if you treat them kind why should the Creator not give us justice Everything living or everything that faces the invisible matter or space of the Universe has but a short time to exist and will be destroyed Solid matter will be solved in liquid and drawn up in the invisi ble matter and come down again in rain to be created over again Much will float in the oceans and gather in heavyweights which will cause earthquakes The Universe or our Creator consists of three kinds of matter solid liquid and invisible mat ter and so does the bodies of animals and men when living The duration of life without the invisible matter is about two minutes but without food or drink you can live over two weeks Consequently the duration of life without invisible matter is 10000 times shorter So you can figure out how much stronger is the invisible matter than solid and liquid matter The soul or wisdom of our Creator is in the invisible matter and furnishes all the knowledge to its living beings I think it is a sin not teaching the school chldrcn common sense or the value of our Creator If Roosevelt does nt pet punished by the Creator in his present life for not enact ing a law to teach school children common sense I do not believe anybody ever will get punished in its present life I am not the only one that advised Roosevelt to enact a law to teach school children knowledge of our Creator There are many different opinions of science Prof Agassiz the great American scientist once said When the unitary science comes it will be something so en tirely aside from our forced habits of thought that it will find its first appre ciation probably among men of large gen l oral culture rather than among men who arc specialists in science Chicago Ill BROADLIBERALFREEO- utline of a Plan For National Organiza tion of Freethinkers By W F Tamicsoii J M Reed Wm J Howcrton Henry C Roberts in July nth Blade express their strong desire for organizaztion They want one which is broad liberal free liThe Humanitarian Society is this kind to which H M Fisk in the Blade calls attention- The mistake is sometimes made of sup posing that an organization must be built of complex cumbersome machinery The simpler the better more effective Its foundation principles should be truisms No personal antipathies should be al lowed to exist in a society or brotherhood Be brethren in fact While our Liberal friends have been talking organization a few of us have organized As Horace Greeley once said liThe way to resume is to resume The way to organize is to organize By all means says Mr Reed let us hove a colossal national Freethought organization on the most liberal plan pos sible consistent with its objects What are the objects of the Humani tarian Society AnswerTo do good to elevate humanity to make mankind free just and true On this broad basis free as the expand ed heavens is the Humanitarian Society organized which welcomes every man wo man and child without regard to beliefs or disbeliefs all who are willing like The Good Samaritan to labor for themselves and the good of their fellowbeings here and now willing to practice the great law of kindness toward all mankind Liberty Fraternity Equality the natural rights of human beings should he the first words and constant practice of every member of this Humanitarian Society Children and adults are cordially invited to join tho Humanitarians no matter with whet other societies they are connected Our noble Quaker poet John G Whittier said If I were n young man I should ally myself with some high and at present unpopular cause and devote my effort to accomplishing its success MichNOTEThe commends the prin ciples outlined in tho above nrtiole and knowing Mr Jamicson for many years a willing worker in our cause is pleased to publish the sameEel If Continued from page 5 WAT ME AN ANT PATTY KNOWED An the other folks thot she wos happy I meen relijus happy but the oldest preecher ran tit the edj of tlie bayou an sez deer sister kam yourself But the yung fellow that had talked bout ant Patty looked at me an kawt on an started toreds ant Patty an she saw him kummin an give a wurse screech than ever an jumpedoff of the preecher onto tho bank and went at that yung man an he turned and run an ant Patty stopped an sed tu me less go home An we did But Jimmy stayed tu see if tho preecher wos drownded an the wimmem wiped the mud off of him with their pocket hanke chiffs an took him homo to our pastors house an put him tu bed an give him cam momile tea But Pa mayd a nwfful fus an sed ant Patty has disgraced the family An ma sedant Patty had a good reason for it an the preecher must have cnsulted her An my Pa sez what of that wumman Site shudof tole me An pa swelled up like a toad an sez lImn attend to them matters Pattys acks wos unladylike But our skool teecher sez revenge is one of tho manly virtues Rafter Tenn- SECULAR UNION CONVENTION Attention Members of the Buckeye Secu lar Union Rationalists Materialists and all Liberals By Lou Lawrence Secretary Tile date of tho annual convention of tho Buckeye Secular Union September 12th is rapidly drawing near The few interven ing weeks ought to be full ofaction for others besides the Executive Board of tho Union Tile officers of the association need the hearty cooperation of Freethinkers in general and of those in Columbus and vicinity in particular Let every man and woman interested in the spread of Ration alism make two resolutions viz To be in attendance themselves and to bring with them all their availible friends In a recent letter Dr T J Bowles as sured the secretary that ho would be on hand and will occupy a place on the pro gram There will bo plenty of other speak ers and tho completed program will be given to tho press at an early date Wo have no national Frcethoiight association and tho Buckeye Secular Union is our only state organization It deserves tho hearty support of all lovers of mental liberty and it ought to be a matter of pride among Liberals to make tho coming convention a brilliant success- I am hero reminded of the attitude of BLUE GRASS BLADE 13 the schoolmen on the subject ofreligion as it is illustrated by the articles by Mr Harold Bolce in late issues of the Cosmopolitan That a revolution in the religious world is at hand cannot be doubted by discerning people and while Freethinkers cannot but rejoice over such powerful allies we must not rest upon our oars and leave the work professorsmost of the credit due for the spreadof mental freedom but I am disposed to be lieve that had it not been for such as taire Paine Bradlaugb and Jngersoll the path of the scientists would have been much more thorny titan they have found it And is it not incumbent upon Rationalists Materialists and other disciples of these great apostles of the mental liberty to make themselves seen and heard that they may at least perpetuate the honor due to these founders of the liberal movement plenteoushnrvestFrom among the thousands of Freethinkers in Ohio and the adjoining states we should have a representation at Columbus that will demand the respect of the press and tho people- Barnesville Ohio- PROGRAM FOR AUGUST San Francisco Materialist Association meetings every Friday nightJefferson Square Building 025 Golden Onto Ave The DialecticBy Austin Lewis Attor neyatLaw Seven Successful SuperstitionsBy Win McDevitt LL M The Eye and Its Influence upon IifoBy Dr Rudolph II Gerber IIistoryByprogramDrford University Cameron H King AttornoyatLaw UniversityEmil Kentucky and the Sunday Law ELLICOTTVILLE N YThe first passedinman who did not attend church on Sunday should be fined two pounds of tobacco The quotation is taken from the Cattaran gus Union of Salamonicn N Y and as Kentucky was a Virginia colony the statement about tho first Sunday law is ap propriate For the enclosed stamps please send me somo extra copies of No 10 tho last issue of tho llIadoE D NORTH RUP y iCb Blades Correspondence tH + T T More About M D Leahy CHANUTE KANSASYours of the LeahyIany time in behalf of tho Christian re ligion olof his renouncing Freethought and from the fact of his friend and also mine Mr Elmer Harmon who was with him during his last sickness at St Paul Neosha county told me after his death he did not recant as they tried to particularcemeteryIlast sickness but was unable to do so from somo cause but you can bo assured ho religionlie I further know that ho converted two of his brothers Thomas and John from Catholic ism to Freethought and John the youngest became quite an orator in our cause and later was appointed to some Government office by Grover Cleveland I will try and learn where ho now is and if I do will let you know as ho could give us all tho information neded Ho was with M D Leahy all tho time he conducted the school at Liberal Mo and was a bright student I heard his oration on their commencement day Now dear friend if I can learn anymore facts in regard to tine case will be glad to inform yohC E ALEXANDER 1105 S Central Ave- GenerousHearted CoLaborer PENTWATER MICHAshod time ago I wrote to my oldtimo friend John R Charlesworth editor of the Blade quiring if Ican havo space toH say my say in reply to strictures in the Blade subject of course to tho rules of polite polemics honorable controversy I believe fully in free discussion For the past six months I havo been in partial retirement front tho lectureplatform while wife and I have been devoting our energies to tho building ofn cozy cottage homo on tho shore of Litho Michigan Ishall now soon bo out battling for tho truth as I seo daysThereits sake Mr Chnrlcsworth practices tho spirit of true brotherhood which so many Christians and soma Freethinkers merely profess Hero is his reply to my TTTTTTTTTT r letter 1909IVPentwater Mich My Dear Friend buthavowrittenbythe youThoto you for I can never forget your kindness to me when I began my Freethought work years ago possiblehappiness W F JAMIESON Suggests PostCards TULAROSA TEXAS It seems to me that publishers of Freethought literature are neglecting one very promising field of propaganda and that is illustrated post havebeenand have been unable to find a suitable line This is a suggestion for what it is worth Yours fraternally WM HOWER TON Proper Names or Nonns ANNAPOLIS mIn the Blade of June 27th A E Wade explains his attack on Friend Frantz thus spellingthe anythingnames commence with a capital letter I presume ho meansall proper names commence with capital letters I learned the same thing from my gram mar and I also learned that roper names placesNowignorant readers of the Blade will Mr Wade please carry his explanations a little further and tellus why he and all his coadjutors even to the pious translators of holy writ in writing of those two places concerning the existence of which they fire so certain always continence them with small hs W L LUCE Prose and Poetry CANNON FALLS MINN Yours of tho 14 THE BLUE GRASS BLADE 22 inst received today and I make haste to answer because I went to relieve my mind and keep up the habit 1 have of ex pressing my opinion wherever and when ever I can without making a fool of myself in uiy own mind you must know that I aui in my 77th year my wife 73 und 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